EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/4/2011

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  ARGENTINA   


Olimpico de La Banda bring in Jose Lloreda - by Eurobasket News
Olimpico de La Banda strengthened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU). The centre will replace Aaron Pettway (211-C-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma St.) on the roster. Jose Lloreda started the previous season in Mexico. The Panamanian tallied 15.7 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game for Halcones Rojos de Veracruz in LNBP. In Liga Americas Jose Lloreda posted 19.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists per appearance. In January the centre moved to Puerto Rico. He joined Atleticos de San German. His stats read 14.9 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game in BSN. Latinbasket.com named Jose Lloreda into All-Liga Americas 1st Team. The centre participated at Fiba Americas Championship this year. He averaged 15.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists for Panama in Mar del Plata.


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


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


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  AUSTRALIA   


Andrew Bogut most likely to start reign in Sin City - by Eurobasket News
Sydney Kings have firmed as the likely destination for NBA star and Australian Olympic centre Andrew Bogut (7'0''-C/F-84, college: Utah).

FIBA (Federation of International Basketball Associations) has made progress on insurance deals for NBA players looking to play overseas during the league lockout, making Bogut's NBL debut imminent.

The 2011-12 iiNet NBL Championship tips off on Friday when the Kings face Melbourne - and its NBA guard Patty Mills - at The Cage.

Bogut, drafted at No. 1 by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2005 and on the threshold of All Star status, tweeted yesterday he had '110 per cent' not signed with any of his suitors - the Kings, Adelaide 36ers or Gold Coast.

But Sydney, which has the most to offer him in terms of his post-playing business interests, is firming almost daily.

'We're confident now the insurance issues can be sorted out,' Kings media and public relations manager Mark Wells said.

Wells said to his knowledge neither Bogut nor his management had inked a deal yet with the Kings.

'I'm confident enough to say I have booked time at one of the hotels (which is a Kings sponsor) for either Tuesday or Wednesday for a press conference, should he sign,' Wells said.

Any announcement yesterday or today would most likely be lost amid the post-NRL and AFL grand final wash-ups.

Adelaide CEO Leeanne Grantham said the club was still hopeful of 'ticking all the boxes' for Bogut.

Courtesy of www.adelaidenow.com.au


'Cats favourites for title - by Eurobasket News
The Perth Wildcats, fresh from their pre-season victory at the 2011 Sunshine State Challenge, are the favourites to take out the 2011/12 iiNet NBL Championship according to Centrebet.

Perth defeated the Sydney Kings in the Grand Final of the official NBL pre-season tournament last weekend and are now the clear favourites to win their second title in three years.

The Wildcats are at $3.00 to win the title, ahead of the Gold Coast Blaze at $4.50.

The Melbourne Tigers are favoured to bounce back from their disappointing 2010/11 season with the addition of Australian NBA star Patty Mills and are the third favourite for the title at $5.50.

Last seasons champions, the New Zealand Breakers, are at $9.00 to repeat, while the Sydney Kings and Wollongong Hawks are both at $10.00.

The Adelaide 36ers are currently paying $14.00 while two top four teams from last season, Far North Queensland archrivals the Townsville Crocodiles and Cairns Taipans, are both currently ranked at the bottom of the field at $21.00.

The 2011/12 iiNet NBL Championship season tips-off on Friday 7 October.



Championship Winner Centrebet Odds

PERTH WILDCATS 3.00

GOLD COAST BLAZE 4.50

MELBOURNE TIGERS 5.50

NEW ZEALAND BREAKERS 9.00

SYDNEY KINGS 10.00

WOLLONGONG HAWKS 10.00

ADELAIDE 36ERS 14.00

CAIRNS TAIPANS 21.00

TOWNSVILLE CROCODILES 21.00

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




Vanderjagt answers Crocs call - by Eurobasket News
The Townsville McDonalds Crocodiles have acquired the services of Greg Vanderjagt (213-C-84) for a minimum of six games, for the start of the 2011/12 iiNet NBL Championship while exNBA player Luke Schenscher recovers from surgery.

The reigning MVP of the Crocs has been left sidelined for at least six weeks as he recovers from a hip condition known as FAI that could no longer be managed.

27 year old Vanderjagt is no stranger to the Crocs having played in five seasons from 2003/04 to 2007/08 and has a big task ahead of him when he takes the floor as a Croc again, this Saturday night.

Crocs CEO Ian Smythe says he has no concerns about current back up centre Ben Allen or Vanderjagts ability to cover for Schenscher.

The Crocs needed to cover for Luke quickly, we needed to continue what we have built in the pre season and that includes finding someone of similar playing styles and an ability to fit with our structures, he said.

Fortunately for us Greg is available and was able to be here with only a couple days notice.

The genuine seven foot player is a solid pick up for the Crocs and will add some real size to the Crocs while Schenscher is out of action.

He comes to the Crocs with a point to prove having spent the past four years playing for the Brisbane Spartans in the SEABL, after his last NBL gig with the Brisbane Bullets turned sour when the club dissolved in 2008.

Vanderjagt says while hes been on the sidelines of the NBL for three seasons, a good showing for the Crocs and the win is all hes here for.

Ive been overlooked for the last three years, so its a chance to show what Ive got and help the team be successful, he said.

Im excited to be here, Im a professional and I will adapt and adjust to fit the team. Its not an opportunity Im going to waste.

The Crocs have already taken to the court for the first time with both new players, Vanderjagt and Jacob Holmes. They will return to the court tomorrow, Tuesday October 4 from 1-3pm.

Vanderjagt and the rest of the Crocs face the daunting task of preparing for this Saturdays game with only five days preparation time. The Crocs take on the Cairns Taipans at the Snakepit this Saturday October 8, tip off 7:30pm.

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


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  AUSTRIA   


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


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


KK Ulcinj aims at good performance in the BIBL - by Eurobasket News
KK Ulcinj aims at good and competitive performance in the EUROHOLD Balkan League in the 2011/2012 season. Thats what head coach Nikola Milatovic said to the media, at the presentation of the clubs American players Paul Kirkpatrick (206-C, agency: Promotex, college: Howard) and Ricky Young (201-F).

'We started with practice almost two months ago. Our goal is to achieve good and be competitive in the EUROHOLD Balkan League, and in the Superleague as well. This is a young team, we have only four players from last year, so we are going to need a lot of work and team effort so that we can make progress.' Nikola Milatovic said for eurobasket.com

This is KK Ulcinjs second season in the EUROHOLD Balkan League, as the Montenegrin side made their debut last year.

Courtesy of www.balkanleague.net


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Vallo ALLINGU
  Tartu U.
  (206-C-78)
  Avg: 21
 1. Allingu, Tartu U.21.0 
 2. Amis, Tartu Ulikool15.0 
 3. Janavicius, Baltai13.0 
 4. Eichfuss, Tartu U.12.0 
 5. Lipkevicius, Balta.10.5 
 6. Vene, Baltai Kaun.10.5 
 7. Vasiliauskas, Balt.9.5 
 8. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool9.0 
 9. Veideman, Tartu U.9.0 
 10. Kupsas, Baltai K.8.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Tartu Ulikool
  (205-F-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Amis, Tartu Ulikool7.0 
 2. Allingu, Tartu U.7.0 
 3. Lipkevicius, Balta.6.0 
 4. Vene, Baltai Kaun.5.5 
 5. Eichfuss, Tartu U.5.0 
 6. Kupsas, Baltai K.5.0 
 7. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.5.0 
 8. Doronin, Tartu U.4.0 
 9. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool4.0 
 10. Veideman, Tartu U.4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marek DORONIN
  Tartu U.
  (200-F/G-83)
  Avg: 4
 1. Doronin, Tartu U.4.0 
 2. Saage, Tartu Uliko.3.0 
 3. Janavicius, Baltai3.0 
 4. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool2.0 
 5. Vene, Baltai Kaun.1.5 
 6. Drungilas, Baltai1.5 
 7. Lipkevicius, Balta.1.5 
 8. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.1.0 
 9. Vasiliauskas, Balt.1.0 
 10. Veideman, Tartu U.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Vytenis CIZAUSKAS
  Baltai K.
  (189-G-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Cizauskas, Baltai2.5 
 2. Janavicius, Baltai2.0 
 3. Vene, Baltai Kaun.1.5 
 4. Lipkevicius, Balta.1.5 
 5. Doronin, Tartu U.1.0 
 6. Allingu, Tartu U.1.0 
 7. Delas, Baltai Kaun.1.0 
 8. Kupsas, Baltai K.0.5 
 9. Drungilas, Baltai0.5 
 10. Vasiliauskas, Bal.0.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marek DORONIN
  Tartu U.
  (200-F/G-83)
  Avg: 1
 1. Doronin, Tartu U.1.0 
 2. Allingu, Tartu U.1.0 
 3. Zyle, Baltai Kaunas0.5 
 4. Delas, Baltai Kaun.0.5 
 5. Kupsas, Baltai K.0.0 
 6. Drungilas, Baltai0.0 
 7. Sorokas, Baltai K.0.0 
 8. Cizauskas, Baltai0.0 
 9. Saage, Tartu Uliko.0.0 
 10. Cepukaitis, Balta.0.0 


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  BOSNIA   


Siroki wins tournament in Trilj - by Eurobasket News
Siroki won another tournament this pre-season. The reigning Bosnian champion celebrated in Trilj. They handed 79-69 to Alkar in the Finals. Siroki took control on their rivals from the very beginning and never looked back. They entered to the last ten minutes of this game with huge 60-36 and all after that was just the formality. Dalibor Persic (193-G-85) top-scored in victory with 14 points. Coleman Collins (206-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Virginia Tech) (5 rebs) and Josip Naletilic (195-G-89) helped with 12 points each. In Alkar, Andro Anzulovic (193-G-91) delivered 14 points. In the Semifinals, Siroki was better than the home squad Cetina 103-75. In the battle for this place, Jolly JBS outplayed Cetina 101-70.

Mujo Tuljkovic joins Hungarian champion Szolnoki - by Eurobasket News
Mujo Tuljkovic (203-F-79, agency: Beo Basket) will continue his career in Hungary. The Bosnian small forward penned a deal with reigning champions Szolnoki Olajbanyasz. Tuljkovic heads to Szolnoki from PBG Basket Poznan, where he finished last season. He joined them in January averaging 6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Before Poznan, Tuljkovic played for Anwil Wloclawek. He appeared 35 times in PLK with them registering 10.7 points and 5.1 rebounds. The SF also has experience from Polpharma, Polpak, Turow, Polonia and Unia/Wisla. In the past, he played for Sloboda Dita, Bosna Sarajevo and Cenex. Mujo Tuljkovic participated at the Bosnian NT camp this summer, but did not play at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. He played for Bosnians at EuroBasket 2005 in Belgrade.

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  BRAZIL   


Brazilians move their careers to play in Chile - by Paulo Freire
The Brazilian Market for players are growing, but at the same time it still not having enough clubs for all the brazilians players so far.
Therefore, the other latin markets can be a very good place for those players, and that is what four brazilian players did and now are following their careers in Chile.
The point guard Luiz Felipe Soriani (188-G-89) and power forward Marcos de Souza (208-C-82) are now playing on the club Aleman Puerto Varas Concepcion.
Big man Ney Da Silva (214-C-87) a former Sorocaba join the San Juan Santiago team and small forward Renato Portugal (198-F-89, college: Snow CC) sign with Club Stadio Italiano de Santiago team.



Paulista Round 19: Vivo/Franca beats Araraquara by one after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in Paulista.

The most exciting game of round 19 in the Paulista took place in Araraquara. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 8th ranked Araraquara (6-7) to fifth ranked Vivo/Franca (9-4) 67-66 on Sunday evening. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Babby Araujo (211-80, college: BYU) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). The former international guard Helinho Garcia (186-75) contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Ricardo de Azevedo (201-83) answered with 18 points for Araraquara. Vivo/Franca maintains fifth place with 9-4 record. Araraquara lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with seven games lost. Vivo/Franca are looking forward to face league's leader Itabom/Bauru at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Araraquara will play against Winner/Limeira (#3) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Bottom-ranked XV/Cosan managed to get a third victory. This time they won against twelfth-ranked Americana 76-60. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 16-point difference proves that XV/Cosan was well-prepared to that game. It was a great evening for forward Caio Ranches (192-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 6 rebounds. Luciano Machado helped adding 15 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side forward Ricardo Gaspar (202-84) responded with 11 points and 6 rebounds. XV/Cosan (3-9) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with defeated Americana. Americana lost fifth consecutive game. XV/Cosan will play against higher ranked Jacarei (#10) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Americana will play against Gremio Mogi in Mogi das Cruzes and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Paulista top team - Itabom/Bauru (12-1) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat ninth ranked Rio Claro (5-8) 91-81. It was a quality performance for Larry Taylor who led the winners and scored 21 points and 5 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Alexandre Pinheiro came up with 18 points and 6 assists for Rio Claro in the defeat. Itabom/Bauru have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 12-1 record. Rio Claro at the other side keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. Itabom/Bauru will meet Vivo/Franca (#5) in the next round. Rio Claro will play against Inter Santos (#16) and hope to secure a win.
The game between third ranked Winner/Limeira (11-2) and 13th ranked Inter Santos (3-10) in Limeira ended with biggest points difference. Winner/Limeira outscored guests from Santos 101-72. Diego Pinheiro fired 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Winner/Limeira's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Winner/Limeira moved-up to second place, which they share with S.Jose/Vinac. Inter Santos at the other side dropped to the bottom position with ten games lost. Winner/Limeira's next round opponent will be Araraquara (#8) at home which should be theoretically another easy game. Inter Santos will play against Rio Claro (#9).

In the last two games of round 19 Pinheiros/Sky smashed Jacarei on the road 106-82. S.Jose/Vinac won against Gremio Mogi on its own court 85-76.
The most impressive performance of 19th round was 27 points and 9 rebounds by Murilo Becker of S.Jose/Vinac.



Americana - XV/Cosan 60-76

Bottom-ranked XV/Cosan managed to get a third victory. This time they won against twelfth-ranked Americana 76-60. It's especially surprising that the victory came too easily and 16-point difference proves that XV/Cosan was well-prepared to that game. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when XV/Cosan's pressure prevailed and they won that period 25-14 extending their advantage to 16 points. They made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. It was a great evening for forward Caio Ranches (192-87) who led his team to a victory scoring 27 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Luciano Machado (198-85) helped adding 15 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side forward Ricardo Gaspar (202-84) responded with 11 points and 6 rebounds and forward Everton Moraes (196-87) scored 7 points and 6 rebounds. XV/Cosan (3-9) moved-up to twelfth place, which they share with defeated Americana. Americana lost fifth consecutive game. XV/Cosan will play against higher ranked Jacarei (#10) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Americana will play against Gremio Mogi in Mogi das Cruzes and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
XV/Cosan: C.Ranches 27+6reb+2ast, L.Machado 15+5reb+2ast, D.Gorauskas 10+8reb, F.Marques 7+8reb+3ast, T.Silva 6+6reb+4ast, T.Oliveira 6+4reb+2ast
Americana: T.Borges 11+5reb, R.Gaspar 11+6reb+3ast, E.Limper 9+3reb+2ast, W.de Jesus 7+3reb+1ast, E.Moraes 7+6reb+3ast, B.Soares 6
gschID: 136943


Winner/Limeira - Inter Santos 101-72

The game between third ranked Winner/Limeira (11-2) and 13th ranked Inter Santos (3-10) in Limeira ended with biggest points difference. Winner/Limeira outscored guests from Santos 101-72. The game was mostly controlled by Winner/Limeira. Inter Santos was better in fourth quarter 24-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Winner/Limeira players were unselfish on offense dishing 28 assists. The former international swingman Diego Pinheiro (195-80) fired 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Dominican-American guard Ronald Ramon (185-86, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. Five Winner/Limeira players scored in double figures. Winner/Limeira's coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Laurence Young (194-81, college: Rider) produced 22 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and power forward Cesar Araujo (201-81) added 16 points respectively for lost side. Winner/Limeira moved-up to second place, which they share with S.Jose/Vinac. Inter Santos at the other side dropped to the bottom position with ten games lost. Winner/Limeira's next round opponent will be Araraquara (#8) at home which should be theoretically another easy game. Inter Santos will play against Rio Claro (#9).
Top scorers:
Winner/Limeira: D.Pinheiro 17+5reb+3ast, R.Ramon 12+4reb+4ast, J.Luz dos Santos 12+3reb+3ast, A.Bambu 12+4reb+1ast, B.Alves 11+2reb+5ast, D.Alemao 10+7reb+1ast
Inter Santos: L.Young 22+8reb+5ast, C.Araujo 16+2reb+3ast, S.Ortiz 9+2reb+3ast, T.Rodrigo 7+5reb+3ast, E.Faria 6+3reb, V.Galleti 5+5reb
gschID: 136944


Araraquara - Vivo/Franca 66-67

The most exciting game of round 19 in the Paulista took place in Araraquara. This derby game ended with only one-point home defeat of 8th ranked Araraquara (6-7) to fifth ranked Vivo/Franca (9-4) 67-66 on Sunday evening. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international center Babby Araujo (211-80, college: BYU) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). The former international guard Helinho Garcia (186-75) contributed with 19 points and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Ricardo de Azevedo (201-83) answered with 18 points and guard Luisinho da Silva (181-78) added 13 points in the effort for Araraquara. Vivo/Franca maintains fifth place with 9-4 record. Araraquara lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the eighth position with seven games lost. Vivo/Franca are looking forward to face league's leader Itabom/Bauru at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Araraquara will play against Winner/Limeira (#3) and is hoping to prove to their supporters that they can break losing series.
Top scorers:
Vivo/Franca: H.Garcia 19+1reb+4ast, B.Araujo 16+9reb+2ast, W.Drudi 12+8reb, F.Taddei 7+3reb, R.Probst 7+3reb, W.Trigueiro 2+3reb
Araraquara: R.de Azevedo 18+4reb, T.Pereira 15, L.da Silva 13+4reb+3ast, D.Costa 8+7reb, Z.Jose Anibal 6+4reb+5ast, D.Costa 4+5reb
gschID: 136945


Jacarei - Pinheiros/Sky 82-106

No shocking result in a game when fourth ranked Pinheiros/Sky (10-3) crushed on the road 10th ranked Jacarei (4-8) 106-82. The game without a history. Pinheiros/Sky led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 80 of its points in the paint compared to Jacarei's 40. They outrebounded Jacarei 34-19 including a 23-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Pinheiros/Sky players were unselfish on offense dishing 27 assists. The former international forward Marquinhos Vieira (207-84) fired 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Naturalized American forward Shamell Stallworth (196-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 22 points and 7 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Coach 's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman Isaac Goncalves (193-90) produced 19 points and forward Joao Bernardi (-90) added 18 points respectively for lost side. Five Pinheiros/Sky and four Jacarei players scored in double figures. The victory was the eighth consecutive win for Pinheiros/Sky. They maintain fourth place with 10-3 record. Jacarei at the other side keeps the tenth position with eight games lost. Pinheiros/Sky's next round opponent will be league's second-placed Sao Jose/Vinac at home and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jacarei will play against XV/Cosan (#12) in Piracicaba and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros/Sky: M.Vieira 24+5reb+5ast, S.Stallworth 22+1reb+7ast, R.Pinto 12+5ast, O.Rodriguez 11+7reb+3ast, M.Ferreira 11+6reb+1ast, B.Fiorotto 10+7reb+3ast
Jacarei: I.Goncalves 19+4reb+2ast, J.Bernardi 18+4reb+3ast, V.Oliveira 18+2reb+1ast, D.Kurtz 10+6reb+1ast, J.Campos 9+1reb+7ast, G.Gomes 8+1ast
gschID: 136946


S.Jose/Vinac - Gremio Mogi 85-76

Very expected game when 7th ranked Gremio Mogi (7-5) lost on the road to second ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (11-2) 85-76. The hosts were already 12 points ahead at halftime and as many as 23 after three quarters before a 36-22 last quarter charge of Gremio Mogi cut the lead to 85-76 at the end of the game. Sao Jose/Vinac made 27-of-33 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. Sao Jose/Vinac had a 34-21 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Sao Jose/Vinac brought some defensive toughness making 7 blocks. 29 personal fouls committed by Gremio Mogi helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International power forward Murilo Becker (210-83) fired 27 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. International swingman Dede Stefanelli (196-84) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Fernando Alvim (200-80) produced 31 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals and swingman Guilherme Filipin (191-83) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. The victory was the sixth consecutive win for Sao Jose/Vinac. They maintain second place with 11-2 record behind leader Itabom/Bauru, which they share with Winner/Limeira. Gremio Mogi at the other side keeps the seventh position with five games lost. Sao Jose/Vinac's next round opponent will be Pinheiros/Sky (#4) in Sao Paolo. Gremio Mogi will play at home against Americana.
Top scorers:
S.Jose/Vinac: M.Becker 27+9reb, D.Stefanelli 20+6reb+3ast, M.Costa 8+3reb+8ast, R.Fischer 8+2reb+1ast, J.Antonio 7+10reb+2ast, F.de Assis 5+7reb+6ast
Gremio Mogi: F.Alvim 31+6reb+6ast, G.Filipin 10+7reb+1ast, G.Lima 8+2reb+3ast, E.Soares 7+9reb+1ast, T.Gehrke 6+4reb+1ast, C.Oliveira 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 136941


Rio Claro - Itabom/Bauru 81-91

Paulista top team - Itabom/Bauru (12-1) managed to deliver another win on Saturday. This time they beat ninth ranked Rio Claro (5-8) 91-81. The game was mostly controlled by Itabom/Bauru. Rio Claro managed to win fourth quarter 29-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a quality performance for American guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) who led the winners and scored 21 points and 5 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Nigerian-American power forward Jefferson Agba (209-80, college: Embry Riddle) accounted for 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winning side. Guard Alexandre Pinheiro (185-85) came up with 18 points and 6 assists and forward Ulisses Lima (192-85) added 17 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Rio Claro in the defeat. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Itabom/Bauru have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain first place with 12-1 record. Rio Claro at the other side keeps the ninth position with eight games lost. Itabom/Bauru will meet Vivo/Franca (#5) in the next round. Rio Claro will play against Inter Santos (#16) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Itabom/Bauru: L.Taylor 21+3reb+5ast, D.Nunes 17+2reb+4ast, P.Alves 17+7reb+1ast, J.Agba 16+12reb, F.Fischer 11+3reb, G.Zilmer 5+3reb+1ast
Rio Claro: A.Pinheiro 18+4reb+6ast, U.Lima 17+7reb+2ast, R.Da Silva 16+3reb, A.de Mello 15+5reb+2ast, R.Castellon 10+5reb+1ast, C.dos Santos 2+1reb
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Standings - Paulista, Carioca, Minas G. leagues
Paulista Standings
 1. Itabom/Bauru 12-1 
 2. S.Jose/Vinac 11-2 
 3. Winner/Limeira 11-2 
 4. Pinheiros/Sky 10-3 
 5. Vivo/Franca 9-4 
 6. Paulistano 7-4 
 7. Gremio Mogi 7-5 
 8. Araraquara 6-7 
 9. Rio Claro 5-8 
 10. Jacarei 4-8 
 11. L.S.B. 4-9 
 12. XV/Cosan 3-9 
 13. Americana 3-9 
 14. Sao Caetano 3-10 
 15. America 3-10 
 16. Inter Santos 3-10 


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  BULGARIA   


Levski with 4 games in 6 days, scored one win - by Maria Mitzova
Bulgarian League runner-up Levski Sofia had a busy week of preparations with four exhibition games in just six days.
Last Tuesday the Blue team lost to European champion Panathinaikos Athens 78-97 in the commemoration game of Georgi Mladenov. Levski Sofia team played well against the Greek giant though, and had its good moments in the game.


On Friday Levski Sofia won 84-79 to Macedonian and Balkan League champion Feni Indistrija Kavadarci, in a tight game in Sofia.

Coach Papazov then led his boys to Skopje, where Levski Sofia played in two consecutive games on Sunday and Monday, respectively versus KK Lirija Skopje and KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom.

The first game against KK Lirija Skopje was very interesting, with Levski Sofia leading almost through the whole time. The Bulgarian team couldnt hold the eight-point gap till the end, and gave it up to let the hosts cut it to minimum and then took the reign. At the final whistle it was all squared at 73-73, but in the overtime KK Lirija Skopje outscored Levski Sofia 14-5 to win it 87-78.
Dustin led KK Lirija Skopje with 23 points, Aaron Harper (199-G/F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Mississippi) and Marcus Hall (185-G-85, college: Colorado) scored 20 and 18 for Levski Sofia.


Less than 24 hours later, Levski Sofia took part in the official presentation of squad 2011/2012 for KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom Skopje in front of the crowded Jane Sandanski Gym.
The hosts managed another victory, this time with 82-71. Levski Sofia started well, led the first quarter, but then allowed KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom to come back, and by the halftime, the Macedonians had 7-point lead already. It didnt get much better after the restart, and KK MZT Skopje Aerodrom comfortably slid to the win.
Noah Dahlman (200-F-89, college: Wofford) had 24 points for the win, while ex-Levski Sofia player Gjorgi Cekovski (203-F/C-79) got 18. Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-G/F-74) nailed 22 for Levski Sofia, and Harper and Hall combined managed only 19.


It was a hard week for Levski Sofia, and the team is now coming back home to get some rest and the management to work on the selection, bringing in at least one more big man to strengthen the squad. Levski Sofia is still expecting to see if Vassil Evtimov (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina) is signing a foreign team, or will stay around for a while longer.



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  CANADA   


Mill Rats sign two players - by Eurobasket News
The Saint John Mill Rats, presented by Rogers, are happy to announce the signing of 5'11 point guard Darren Duncan (180-G-88, college: Merrimack) and 6'10 centre Sani Ibrahim (207-C-82, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Gulf Coast CC) to the roster.

Darren Duncan is a crafty New York City point guard who played his college basketball at Merrimack College in Massachusetts from 2006-2010. At Merrimack he averaged 19.5 points, 7.7 assists, 3.6 rebounds, and 2.2 steals per game. He was named an NCAA D2 All American in multiple seasons, and was All-Northeast 10 Conference First Team for three consecutive years.

Last season Duncan played professionally in Austria, leading his team to the Austrian League Championship and being named Finals MVP in the process. He was discovered by Mill Rats Part Owner and Scout Ralph Allen while playing in pro am tournaments in Boston last summer.

Sani Ibrahim is a 6'10 centre who was born in Nigeria and attended high school in Toronto, Tennessee, and Virginia. It was in Virginia where he teamed with now NBA Superstar Carmelo Anthony to make Oak Hill Academy the #1 team in the nation in 2001-2002.

Ibrahim took his talents to Southern Idaho Junior College where he averaged 14.6 points, 11.1 rebounds, and and 2.6 blocks per game and was considered an NBA prospect.

After participating in NBA Summer League in 2004 with the Philadelphia 76ers, Ibrahim ended up playing professionally in Italy. Since then he has played around the world in other countries such as Belgium, Croatia, Hungary, Israel, Poland and a stint with the Montreal Matrix (ABA). Coincidentally he was also a teammate of current Mill Rat guard Anthony Anderson in Poland back in 2009.

'We are extremely excited to add these two pieces to our roster,' explained Mill Rats Head Coach Jaren Jackson. 'They say the most important positions are point guard and centre and we've got great talent now at both.'

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

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  CHINA   


Dan Gadzuric pens deal with Jiangsu - by Eurobasket News
Dan Gadzuric (211-C-78, college: UCLA) pens deal with Jiangsu and will play in China. Earlier in summer Dan Gadzuric joined Francisco Elson on Team Netherlands. Dan Gadzuric was cleared to play for the Dutch National Team in Eurobasket Division B. In two games for the National team he averaged 15.5 points per game. It did niot help however his National team in both games. In his top one Estonia beat the Dutch side 78:60 at the European Championship in Division B Qualifying Round. Dan Gadzuric responded with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Netherlands.
In 2002 he was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks (from Houston) (NBA,2rd (34)) and in his debut season averaged 3.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.1bpg. The season 2009-2010 was the last with NJ as in 39 games he had 2.7ppg, 3.0rpg.
In 2010-2011 for $7,248,325 Dan Gadzuric moved to Golden State Warriors (NBA) and in 28 games averaged 2.8ppg, 3.1rpg. In February 2011 moved to New Jersey Nets (NBA, starting five) and in 14 games had 2.8ppg, 3.5rpg.



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  COLOMBIA   


ORGULLO PAISA INKS DOMINICAN LEANDRO BONILLA - by Victor Garcia
Orgullo Paisa, already 6-2 in the standings, and getting ready to travel to Sao Paulo and face the Southamerican League inks the Dominican forward-center Leandro Bonilla (6'9'F/C), Bonilla comes after finish the Dominican league with Cupes.
Bonilla is an athletic player, and a rebounding specialist, will mate with Alejandro Flores and Heissler Guillent for the remainder of the season in the green and black team.


INDERVALLE INKS WARREN CHRISTIAN AND CAMONTAE GRIFFIN - by Victor Garcia
Indervalle currently with a 2-6 record, keeps trying to find some help from its imports, now will try with a couple of rookies coming to play its first overseas season, the players coming from the United States are: Camontae Griffin (5'9' Guard) from the ACPBL, and Cristian Warren (6'7' F).
Both players will arrive today and help the team to face its upcoming games, the team already needs help in the ofensive side and in the rebounds.


SAN ANDRES CARIBBEAN HEAT INKS GARY SMITH - by Victor Garcia
San Andres Caribbean Heat, already 2-4 in the Federation Cup inks american guard Gary Smith (6,3') , for Smith this will be the first overseas experience , the team inks him to replace Ronnie Childs.
San Andres Caribbean Heat manager and promoter , the ex- pro player Javier Gordon is already focused on the team to improve its record, Gordon is very confidente in the Islander talent, the team is already in Medellin to face Orgullo Paisa.


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


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  CROATIA   


Goran Vrbanc says no to Zadar - by Eurobasket News
Goran Vrbanc (194-G-84) will not play for Zadar next season. The Croatian guard decided to wait for some other offer. Vrbanc spent last five years with Cibona Zagreb. In the latest one he had 5.4 ppg and 1.1 rpg for 10 Euroleague games. He also added 9.5 ppg and 1.8 rpg in Croatia, plus 6.7 ppg and 1.5 rpg in 24 Adriatic league games. Vrbanc won the Croatian league title with Cibona in 2007 and 2010. They also won Croatian Cup together in 2009. In the past, Goran Vrbanc played for Triglav Osiguranje Rijeka. He was their member from 2002 to 2006. Vrbanc also played for Croatian B NT in the past.

Zagreb confirms signing of former NBAer Sean May - by Eurobasket News
Zagreb officially announced signing of the former NBA player Sean May (203-F/C-84, college: N.Carolina). He will play for the Croatian champions in 2011/12. May spent last season with Fenerbahce Ulker. He appeared 23 times for them in TBL averaging 6.1 points and 3.7 rebounds. May also added 4.3 ppg and 2.8 rpg for 8 games in Euroleague. Fener won the Turkish title and Cup. Sean May played for the Sacramento Kings in 2009/10 season. He had 3.3 ppg and 1.9 rpg for 37 games. From 2005 to 2009, he was a member of the Charlotte Bobcats. His best season as a Bobcat was 2006/07. At that time May had 11.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 1.9 apg for 35 games. Sean May graduated at the University of North Carolina in 2005. He had 17.5 ppg and 10.7 rpg for them as a senior. May was 13th overall pick at the 2005 NBA Draft.

Budimir in Darda! - by Dani Erceg
Veljko Budimir (199-G/F-85, agency: Court Side) is new member of Vrijednosnice Darda. He spent last season in Hungary playing for Szolnoki Olajbanyasz winning championship and cup. In 38 games of Hungarian League Budimir averaged 8.8ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.2apg, in 8 Eurochallenge appearances he averaged 5.6ppg, 3.4rpg.

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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


1Liga Round 4: Sokol Hradec Kralove loses a game and the top position to B&W Opava B - by Eurobasket News
After 4 rounds played we can already see who rules in the 1Liga and who belongs to weaker ones. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Sokol Hradec Kralove (3-1) on the court of top-ranked B&W Opava B on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by B&W Opava B 87-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sokol Hradec Kralove. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 3-0 record before this meeting. B&W Opava B have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Sparta Praha and J.Hradec. Sokol Hradec Kralove at the other side dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. They share the position with Proton Zlin and Trutnov. B&W Opava B is looking forward to face league's leader BK Lions Hradec in J.Hradec in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play at home against Sokol Vysehrad and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
Sokol Prazsky has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Kladno (0-4) 63-33. Sokol Prazsky (1-3) left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Vysehrad and Mlada Boleslav. It was Kladno's fourth loss in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Litomerice and Prostejov B. Sokol Prazsky will play against higher ranked BK Kondori Liberec (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kladno will play against Slavoj BK Litomerice (#13) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
1Liga top team - BK Lions Hradec (4-0) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked BK Prostejov B (0-4) 101-80. BK Lions Hradec have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record, which they share with Opava B and Sparta Praha. Loser BK Prostejov B still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Litomerice and Kladno. BK Lions Hradec will meet at home league's second-placed B&W Opava B in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Prostejov B will play against Kara Trutnov (#6) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (0-4) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to seventh ranked Kara Trutnov (3-1) 63-60. Kara Trutnov have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Proton Zlin and Sokol H.Kralove. Slavoj BK Litomerice at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Kara Trutnov's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked BK Prostejov B (#14) at home and are hoping to win another game. Slavoj BK Litomerice will play against Kladno and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
6th ranked BC Benesov (2-2) was outscored at home by eighth ranked BK Kondori Liberec (2-2) with the biggest margin this round 82-57 on Sunday night. BK Kondori Liberec moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Benesov. BK Kondori Liberec will face Sokol Prazsky (#10) in Praha in the next round.

In the last two games of round 4 Mlada Boleslav lost to undefeated Sparta Praha on the opponent's court 60-79. Vysehrad was outscored by Proton Zlin in a home game 55-76.



Sparta Praha - Mlada Boleslav 79-60

Very expected game when 9th ranked Mlada Boleslav (1-3) was crushed on the road by top-ranked Sparta Praha (4-0) 79-60 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Sparta Praha. Mlada Boleslav was better in fourth quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sparta Praha have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Opava B and J.Hradec. Mlada Boleslav lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the ninth place with three games lost. Sparta Praha will face Proton Zlin (#4) on the road in the next round. Mlada Boleslav will play against BC Benesov (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
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Benesov - Liberec 57-82

6th ranked BC Benesov (2-2) was outscored at home by eighth ranked BK Kondori Liberec (2-2) with the biggest margin this round 82-57 on Sunday night. BK Kondori Liberec moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Benesov. BK Kondori Liberec will face Sokol Prazsky (#10) in Praha in the next round.
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Sokol Prazsky - Kladno 63-33

Sokol Prazsky has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Kladno (0-4) 63-33. The game without a history. Sokol Prazsky led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kladno to just 6 points in first quarter. Sokol Prazsky (1-3) left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Vysehrad and Mlada Boleslav. It was Kladno's fourth loss in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Litomerice and Prostejov B. Sokol Prazsky will play against higher ranked BK Kondori Liberec (#7) on the road in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Kladno will play against Slavoj BK Litomerice (#13) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
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Litomerice - Trutnov 60-63

Bottom-ranked Slavoj BK Litomerice (0-4) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their fourth consecutive match to seventh ranked Kara Trutnov (3-1) 63-60. Kara Trutnov have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Proton Zlin and Sokol H.Kralove. Slavoj BK Litomerice at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. Kara Trutnov's next round opponent will be bottom-ranked BK Prostejov B (#14) at home and are hoping to win another game. Slavoj BK Litomerice will play against Kladno and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
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Prostejov B - J.Hradec 80-101

1Liga top team - BK Lions Hradec (4-0) had no problems winning another game on Friday. This time they crushed thirteenth ranked BK Prostejov B (0-4) 101-80. BK Lions Hradec have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record, which they share with Opava B and Sparta Praha. Loser BK Prostejov B still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Litomerice and Kladno. BK Lions Hradec will meet at home league's second-placed B&W Opava B in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Prostejov B will play against Kara Trutnov (#6) and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
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Opava B - Sokol H.Kralove 87-71

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Sokol Hradec Kralove (3-1) on the court of top-ranked B&W Opava B on Friday night. Visitors were defeated by B&W Opava B 87-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Sokol Hradec Kralove. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 3-0 record before this meeting. B&W Opava B have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Sparta Praha and J.Hradec. Sokol Hradec Kralove at the other side dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. They share the position with Proton Zlin and Trutnov. B&W Opava B is looking forward to face league's leader BK Lions Hradec in J.Hradec in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play at home against Sokol Vysehrad and is hoping to prove to their fans that the loss was just an accident.
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Vysehrad - Proton Zlin 55-76

Rather predictable result when sixth ranked Proton Zlin (3-1) smashed on the road 9th ranked Sokol Vysehrad (1-3) 76-55 on Friday. The game without a history. Proton Zlin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Proton Zlin moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Sokol H.Kralove and Trutnov. Loser Sokol Vysehrad keeps the ninth position with three games lost. Proton Zlin will face higher ranked Sparta Praha (#3) at home in the next round and it may be the game of the week. Sokol Vysehrad will play against Sokol Hradec Kralove (#5).
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Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. J.Hradec 4-0 
 2. Opava B 4-0 
 3. Sparta Praha 4-0 
 4. Proton Zlin 3-1 
 5. Sokol H.Kralove 3-1 
 6. Trutnov 3-1 
 7. Liberec 2-2 
 8. Benesov 2-2 
 9. Vysehrad 1-3 
 10. Sokol Prazsky 1-3 
 11. Mlada Boleslav 1-3 
 12. Kladno 0-4 
 13. Litomerice 0-4 
 14. Prostejov B 0-4 


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  DENMARK   


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


Ligaen Round 3: Falcon loses to Naestved - by Eurobasket News
Round 3 means everything may happen in Ligaen as the season just started. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, extra overtimes and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Falcon (2-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by Naestved (3-0) in overtime 80-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Falcon. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 2-0 record before this meeting. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 21-17 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 2-point victory in overtime. Naestved forced 19 Falcon turnovers. 33 personal fouls committed by Falcon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Jordan Glynn (200-89, college: Stephen F. Austin, agency: I.D.S. Law) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Corin Henry (180-88, college: Tarleton St.) chipped in 20 points. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Christian Thomsen (200-84) who recorded 16 points and 7 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Naestved have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Newly promoted Falcon dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. They share the position with SISU. Naestved are looking forward to face Aalborg (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Falcon will play against Svendborg (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.



Bakken - Horsholm 69-36

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 6th ranked Horsholm's (1-2) road loss to leader Bakken (2-0) 36-69 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Bakken. Horsholm was better in fourth quarter 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Horsholm to just 2 points in second and third quarters and to 14 points in first half. They outrebounded Horsholm 38-27 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC) who scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. German center Mike Dejworek (210-87, college: Citadel) chipped in 14 points. Bakken's coach Philip Dejworek felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American power forward Joe Benjamin (201-83, college: W.Virginia St.) who recorded 9 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Philip Hertz (210-92) added 7 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Svendborg. Horsholm at the other side keeps the sixth position with two games lost. Bakken will face league's leader Naestved at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Horsholm will play against Horsens IC (#10) in Horsens.
Top scorers:
Bakken: M.Dejworek 14+4reb+1ast, N.Iversen 14+6reb+2ast, F.Nielsen 8+3reb+3ast, C.Nielsen 7+8reb+3ast, H.Petkov 6+1reb, C.Christoffersen 4+3reb
Horsholm: J.Benjamin 9+7reb, A.Haas 7+1reb, P.Hertz 7+7reb+2ast, A.Bak 5+2reb+1ast, B.Marinkovic 4+2reb+1ast, Z.Jukic 2+6reb
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Horsens IC - Svendborg 78-105

No shocking result in a game when leader Svendborg (2-0) smashed on the road bottom-ranked Horsens IC (0-3) 105-78 on Sunday. The game without a history. Svendborg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot the lights out from three sinking 15 long-distance shots on high 60.0 percentage. Svendborg looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international guard Chanan Colman (191-84, college: Chipola) who scored 22 points and 7 assists. Swingman Niels Degn-Andersen (185-80) chipped in 20 points. Five Svendborg players scored in double figures. Svendborg's coach Craig Pedersen felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward Will Harris (198-86, college: Albany) who recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and 11 rebounds (went 9 for 9 at the free throw line !!!) and the former international power forward Hans Schur (203-83, college: Lynn) added 20 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Svendborg moved-up to second place, which they share with Bakken. Horsens IC at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Svendborg will face Falcon (#4) at home in the next round. Horsens IC will play against Horsholm (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: C.Colman 22+4reb+7ast, N.Degn-Andersen 20+3reb, M.Kingsley 17+2reb+2ast, C.Magaard 15+3reb+1ast, M.Plannthin 11+4reb+3ast, J.Hansen 10+4reb+2ast
Horsens IC: W.Harris 29+11reb+1ast, H.Schur 20+11reb+1ast, M.Sakne 14+4reb+3ast, J.Larsen 5+1reb, M.St.John 4+7reb+4ast, U.Grinbergs 2
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Aalborg - SISU 88-90

Rather expected game when bottom-ranked Aalborg (0-3) was edged at home by sixth ranked SISU (2-1) 90-88 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 44-37 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. SISU dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Aalborg's 40. Aalborg was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Donald Rutherford (198-87, college: Catawba) who had a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds. Swingman David Harder (196-87) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. Five SISU players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American point guard Ryan White (177-88, college: Texas St.) who recorded 32 points and center Sami Eleraky (210-93) added 12 points and 11 rebounds respectively. SISU moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Falcon. Aalborg at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. SISU will face Aabyhoj (#7) on the road in the next round. Aalborg will play against the league's leader Naestved and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
SISU: D.Rutherford 27+11reb+1ast, M.Nielsen 16+3reb+1ast, M.Dennis 16+3reb+2ast, D.Harder 13+11reb+2ast, M.Flowers 12+4reb+1ast, H.Sigmer Nielsen 4+3reb
Aalborg: R.White 32+2reb+3ast, S.Eleraky 12+11reb+1ast, L.Kristiansen 12+2reb+1ast, S.Sorensen 9+5reb, C.Rom 9+1reb, M.Christensen 8+5reb+2ast
gschID: 136094


Falcon - Naestved 78-80 OT

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Falcon (2-1) at the home court on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by Naestved (3-0) in overtime 80-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Falcon. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 2-0 record before this meeting. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 21-17 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 2-point victory in overtime. Naestved forced 19 Falcon turnovers. 33 personal fouls committed by Falcon helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Jordan Glynn (200-89, college: Stephen F. Austin, agency: I.D.S. Law) who had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Corin Henry (180-88, college: Tarleton St.) chipped in 20 points. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Christian Thomsen (200-84) who recorded 16 points and 7 rebounds and forward Christian Nielsen (201-86, college: Wagner) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively. Four Falcon players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Naestved have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader. Newly promoted Falcon dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. They share the position with SISU. Naestved are looking forward to face Aalborg (#9) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Falcon will play against Svendborg (#3) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Naestved: J.Glynn 26+12reb, C.Henry 20+4reb+2ast, N.Brasas 9+5reb+1ast, N.Andreasen 5+6reb+1ast, P.Johansen 4+4reb+1ast, P.Christensen 4+1reb
Falcon: C.Thomsen 16+7reb, J.McFarlane 14+6reb, C.Nielsen 10+10reb+2ast, H.Thomsen 10+5reb+4ast, J.Rottgardt 8+3reb+2ast, D.Bang 6+1reb
gschID: 136095


Aabyhoj - Vaerlose 81-76

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when eighth ranked Aabyhoj (1-2) beat at home 7th ranked Vaerlose (1-2) 81-76 on Saturday. Vaerlose was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 25-18 charge of Aabyhoj, which allowed them to win the game. Aabyhoj outrebounded Vaerlose 31-18 including 24 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was American forward D'Mario Curry (201-85, college: Lincoln Memorial) who scored 26 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. International guard Darko Jukic (199-90) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Mads Rasmussen (191-86) who recorded 21 points and Icelandic forward Axel Karason (193-83) added 17 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Vaerlose's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Aabyhoj left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with Horsholm and Vaerlose. Aabyhoj will face higher ranked SISU (#5) in Copenhagen in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Aabyhoj: D.Curry 26+8reb+7ast, D.Phillips 17+2reb+1ast, D.Jukic 14+7reb+2ast, R.Soby Dalboge 14+3reb+3ast, J.Wang 6+4reb, O.Sigurdsson 2+3reb+2ast
Vaerlose: M.Rasmussen 21+2reb+1ast, A.Karason 17+3reb, A.Osgood-Richardson 10+3reb+1ast, R.Larsen 10+1reb, S.Jensen 6+2reb+2ast, A.Wire 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 136096




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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Victor Toribio lands in Chile - by Oscar Peralta
Basketball player Victor Toribio (198-G/F-82) has signed a pro contract to play basketball in Chile. He will be joining Asociacion de Basquetbol Temuco in Chile Liga Nacional. He will be teaming up with long time veteran Tony Bishop (201-F-73, college: S.Alabama)who has been around the pro circut for many years, also joining the team will be Ibekwe Onyekachi (203-F-84, college: Long Beach St.). The rest of the team consist of very young local players and it will be interesting to see how they come together for the 2011-2012 season also cosidering the fact that this is a new club in Temuco, Chile.

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  EUROLEAGUE   


Zagreb confirms signing of former NBAer Sean May - by Eurobasket News
Zagreb officially announced signing of the former NBA player Sean May (203-F/C-84, college: N.Carolina). He will play for the Croatian champions in 2011/12. May spent last season with Fenerbahce Ulker. He appeared 23 times for them in TBL averaging 6.1 points and 3.7 rebounds. May also added 4.3 ppg and 2.8 rpg for 8 games in Euroleague. Fener won the Turkish title and Cup. Sean May played for the Sacramento Kings in 2009/10 season. He had 3.3 ppg and 1.9 rpg for 37 games. From 2005 to 2009, he was a member of the Charlotte Bobcats. His best season as a Bobcat was 2006/07. At that time May had 11.9 ppg, 6.7 rpg and 1.9 apg for 35 games. Sean May graduated at the University of North Carolina in 2005. He had 17.5 ppg and 10.7 rpg for them as a senior. May was 13th overall pick at the 2005 NBA Draft.

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 2-0 
 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 2-0 
 2. Asseco Prokom 0-0 
 3. Montepaschi 0-0 
 4. Regal Barca 0-0 
 5. Unics 0-0 
 6. Union Olimpija 0-0 


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  FINLAND   


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Ryan BROOKS
  Namika L.
  (193-G-81)
  Avg: 18
 1. Brooks, Namika L.18.0 
 2. Young, Namika L.18.0 
 3. Wright, Namika Lah.17.0 
 4. Hairston, Salon V.16.5 
 5. Fields, Salon Vilp.16.0 
 6. Vaenerberg, Salon11.5 
 7. Holloway, Salon V.11.0 
 8. Makalainen, Namika11.0 
 9. Kaaresvirta, Salon8.0 
 10. Alanen, Namika La.5.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Junior HAIRSTON
  Salon V.
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Hairston, Salon V.13.5 
 2. Fields, Salon Vilp.12.5 
 3. Young, Namika L.8.5 
 4. Brooks, Namika L.5.0 
 5. Kaaresvirta, Salon4.0 
 6. Wright, Namika Lah.4.0 
 7. Makalainen, Namika2.5 
 8. Pekkola, Namika La.1.5 
 9. Ahokas, Salon Vilp.1.5 
 10. Vaenerberg, Salon1.5 
Assists Per Game
 Alex VAENERBERG
  Salon V.
  (183-G-92)
  Avg: 5
 1. Vaenerberg, Salon5.0 
 2. Makalainen, Namika3.0 
 3. Wright, Namika Lah.2.0 
 4. Hairston, Salon V.2.0 
 5. Young, Namika L.1.0 
 6. Fields, Salon Vilp.1.0 
 7. Brooks, Namika L.1.0 
 8. Kaaresvirta, Salon1.0 
 9. Pekkola, Namika La.1.0 
 10. Holloway, Salon V.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Emmanuel HOLLOWAY
  Salon V.
  (188-G-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Holloway, Salon V.3.0 
 2. Young, Namika L.3.0 
 3. Brooks, Namika L.2.0 
 4. Alanen, Namika Lah.1.0 
 5. Makalainen, Namika0.5 
 6. Kaaresvirta, Salon0.5 
 7. Koskinen, Namika L.0.5 
 8. Hairston, Salon V.0.5 
 9. Kallio, Salon Vilp.0.5 
 10. Savolainen, Salon0.5 
Blocks Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.3.0 
 2. Hairston, Salon V.1.0 
 3. Young, Namika L.0.5 
 4. Kaaresvirta, Salon0.5 
 5. Holloway, Salon V.0.0 
 6. Alanen, Namika Lah.0.0 
 7. Sandberg, Salon V.0.0 
 8. Ahokas, Salon Vilp.0.0 
 9. Makalainen, Namika0.0 
 10. Aalto, Namika Lah.0.0 


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  FRANCE   


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


Cholet brings Donnie McGrath for try-out - by Eurobasket News
Donnie McGrath (193-G-84, college: Providence) will join Cholet for try-out. The French runner-up announced this news today. They failed in Euroleague qualifications and will play in EuroCup this season. Donnie McGrath heads to Cholet from PAOK Thessaloniki, where he spent 2010/11. He helped them reach Greek league Semifinals with 9.3 ppg, 1.2 rpg and 2.4 apg. The player also added 8.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 2.2 apg for 5 games in EuroCup. Donnie McGrath joined PAOK in December. In the past, he played for Varese, AEK Athens, Egaleo and Cantu. McGrath is a product of Providence University, where he graduated in 2006. He played for the Irish NT in 2006 and 2008.

Pau Orthez, Strasbourg and Dijon continue pre-season clashes - by Eurobasket News
French teams play thier last game before the Regular Season that will tip off next weekend.
Strasbourg lost to Dijon 69:74. Sean Marshall (198-G/F-85, college: Boston Coll.) stepped up with 20 points and Dixon netted 16. Jeremy Leloup (202-F-87) scored 12, while Melody added 8. Harper ended up with 19 points in the losing effort, whilst Greer notched 14. Anderson delivered 11 and Allen posted 9.
FIATC Joventut edged Pau Orthez 94:60. The Spanish side dominated the court and easily won the game by 34 points. David Jelinek (194-G-90) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Jeter, Williams and Derrick Obasohan (199-F-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) netted 13 each. Chinemelu Elonu (207-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M) replied with 16 points in the losing effort and Shakur scored 13.
Nanterre meanwhile edged Poitiers 92:70. William Daniels (203-F-86, college: Rhode Island) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Evan Fournier (200-G/F-92) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort.





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  GERMANY   


Kevin Hamilton (BBC Bayreuth) I Have To Be More Of A Leader Here In Bayreuth - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) is a 27 year old 193cm guard from Queens Village, New York that is playing his third year in the Beko BBl and first with BBC Bayreuth. He played at Holy Cross from 2002-2006 and played together with ex Skyliner Keith Simmons. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 17.6ppg, 6.3rpg, 3.5apg, 3.3spg, FG: 38.1%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 77.7%. In his rookies eason 2006-2007, he came to Europe and played in Poland for Polpak Swiecie playing 19 games and averaging 13.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 3.8apg, Steals-2 (2.3spg), 2FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 64.2%. In 2007-2008, he played in France for Besancon Basket Comte Doubs (France-ProB) playing 2 games and averaging 6.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.5apg. He also had a short tenure in Mexico with Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun. In 2008-2009, he returned back to Poland to play for SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg playing 32 games averaging 11.0ppg, 5.1rpg, Assists-1 (6.4apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg), FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 66.5%. He was not lazy in the last three summers staying in game shape and playing in Puerto Rico playing 90 games. This past summer, he played for Indios de Mayaguez playing 35 games and averaging 10.5ppg, 4.7rpg, Assists-3 (6.3apg), Steals-2 (1.7spg), FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 28.1%, FT: 70.6%. His father was a draft pick of The Boston Celtics in 1980. He played for the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig from 2009-2011 and last season played 39 games: 9.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.3apg, Steals-1 (1.9spg), FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 67.0%. He spoke to Eurobasket before the game against ratiopharm Ulm.

The 2011-2012 beko BBL season is about to start that is promising to be one of the most exciting ever. With what expectations are you going into the season?

I expect it to be an exciting season. There is a lot of good teams , with really good players in the league this year so I expect some exciting basketball.

How happy were you with the pre season of BBC Bayreuth? What was the most important thing gained by the team?

It was actually a pretty short and hectic preseason. We had a lot of players coming in late and some injuries but I think coach Wagner did a great job of still preparing us for the season. We get along very well on and off the court as a team already which I think is one of the points of preseason so I think we will be ok.

Is your role any different than what you had in Braunschweig?

I have to be more of a leader here in Bayreuth. I think I have been able to be a leader in terms of running the show and controlling the pace of the game, but I have always also had veterans on the team who were vocal and had experience who helped me. This year I am one of the more experienced players on the team so I have even more responsibility.

Corey Stokes came to the team recently. A kid from Villanova that can kill from outside. What has been your impression of him and what else can he do besides shoot?

He just got in yesterday so I haven't been able to see him much but I can tell you he is lights out shooter and a nice sized guard. He works hard in practice and seems to be a real nice guy as well. He is going the help the team very much.

The first game is against Ratiopharm Ulm. This is a very dangerous team that could make the playoffs. What is the most difficult thing when stopping Per Guenter?
Keeping him out of transition and stopping him from getting to the basket.


Ratiopharm Ulm are a very powerful game with the two bruisers down low with John Bryant and Dane Watts. What will be key in getting win?
I think containing dribble penetration and rebounding the ball are going to be the keys. In terms of Watts and Bryant we have to limit Watts open looks from the perimeter and keep Bryant off the offensive glass.


Virtus Bologna wanted to pay Kobe Bryant 6,7 million, but he wants 15 million. How much is he worth?

15 million.


Where will your Sea Hawks end this year?

Its not looking too good right now but I still have faith we will come out of the NFC west.

Thanks Kev for the chat.



Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm) Keaton The Anvil Nankivil Is Going To Play A Big Role In The Success In Ulm This Season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Dane Watts is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg that just completed his second season for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen averaging 13,7ppg, 7,6rpg and 1,1 apg. He played shortly in France recently for Hyeres-Toulon averaging 7,3ppg, 6,0rpg and 1,7apg. Recently he signed with Ratiopharm Ulm for the 2011-2012 Beko BBL season. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. Last season, he played for The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. Watts sat down with eurobasket concerning the season opener against BBC Bayreuth.


the 2011-2012 Beko BBL season is about to kick off. How excited are you about the presumed most exciting season ever and with what expectations are you going into the season?

I am excited for this season as well, this is my 4th season in the BBL and it looks like there are a lot of tough teams on paper. My expectations for the year are to do everything I can to help my team (Ulm) win games.


How happy were you with the pre season. What could Ratiopharm Ulm gain most in the last 6 weeks?

It has been a long and tough preseason for Ratiopharm Ulm, we had the opportunity to play a lot of games, travel to other countries and play some non BBL teams. I think that we gained experience with each other on and off the court.


Ratiopharm Ulm is one of my sleeper teams that could do damage. Is Ratiopharm Ulm a playoff team?

It might be the toughest league top to bottom since I have been in Germany. When its all said and done I think Ulm is a team that is going to surprise people and be in the picture at the end of the season.

The first game is against BBC Bayreuth. That gym is one of the toughest and loudest in the Beko BBL. How would you describe that arena to a guy like Keaton Nakivil?

It is a great gym to play in, there is a great atmosphere and the crowd is into the game no matter what the score is.

BBC Bayreuth have changed their roster bringing in top point guard Kevin Hamilton and ex NBA player Brandon Hunter and many other good role players. What is your impression of BBC Bayreuth on paper?

I have not seen them play but they have a lot of good players on paper.

BBC Bayreuth is pretty big inside this year. How will Ratiopharm Ulm escape with a win from that zoo like atmosphere?

We are pretty big inside as well with Big John Bryant. Any road game is going to be a battle in the BBL, there is going to be a lot of energy in Bayreuth for the home opener. We just need to keep our composure and play our game.

What has it been like in practice with Keaton Nakivil? What do you like most about his game?

Keaton 'The Anvil' Nankivil is going to play a big role in Ulm's success this season. He is a rookie but has been picking up on the European game quickly. He is a team player with high basketball IQ and is automatic from 3pt land. He might drop an anvil on somebody's head in transition this year if they are not careful.

What was your most unique experience that you had recently in Israel?

Hands down the tour of Jerusalem. There is so much history that happened there. To walk the same streets the Jesus walked in his last days was unbelievable, gave me a better understanding for the scriptures. Overwhelming to be standing in the same area where they crucified the Messiah. I highly recommend taking that trip to anyone that has the chance, I need to go back.



Is 6,7 million per year for Kobe Bryant in Bologna, Italy too little?

Must have been because I saw that he asked for more. I heard they want Ginobli too, don't think they can afford both. Time will tell with the lockout.

Thanks Dane for the chat.


Darryl Webb claims ProA weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Darryl Webb (198-F-88, agency: Pro One Sports) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Crailsheim and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProA Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 23-year old forward had a double-double of 16 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat ETB Wohnbau (#12, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 79-67. It allowed Crailsheim to jump to the first place in the German ProA. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Crailsheim 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 Webb had a remarkable 57.1% from 2-point range. He turned to be Crailsheim's top player in his first season with the team. Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate has very impressive stats this year. Webb is in league's top in points (7th best: 20.0ppg) and averages solid 87.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American guard Virgil Matthews (188-G-83) of Ehingen. Matthews impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists. Of course he lead Ehingen to another comfortable win outscoring Leitershofen (0-2) 92-67. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Matthews is a newcomer at Ehingen and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Logan Stutz (205-F-88, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) of Leitershofen (#14). Stutz scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Stutz's great performance Leitershofen lost 67-92 to Ehingen (#8, 1-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Leitershofen can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 2 games. Too bad for Stutz he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Stutz has a very solid season. In 2 games in Germany he scored 19.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Devin Uskoski (198-C-85) of Kirchheim - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ryan De Michael (205-F/C-77) of NBC - 17 points and 12 rebounds
6. Gary Johnson (188-PG-82) of Chemnitz - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Patrick Flomo (203-F-80) of Duesseldorf - 10 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Quinnel Brown (198-G/F-83) of Cuxhaven - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Janis Heindel (199-G/F-83) of Heidelberg - 14 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Justin Stommes (200-G/F-88) of Webmoebel - 25 points and 4 rebounds

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


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


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


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


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 Robert MCKIVER
  Braves
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 30
 1. McKiver, Braves30.0 
 2. Jeka, Braves23.0 
 3. Stommes, Webmoebel23.0 
 4. Reid, MBC23.0 
 5. Buck, Crailsheim22.0 
 6. Webb, Crailsheim20.0 
 7. Bright, Ehingen19.5 
 8. Mason, Webmoebel19.0 
 9. Stutz, Leitershof.19.0 
 10. Dunbar, Crailsheim19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Devin USKOSKI
  Kirchheim
  (198-C-85)
  Avg: 15
 1. Uskoski, Kirchheim15.0 
 2. Abercrombie, NBC10.0 
 3. Flomo, Duesseldorf9.5 
 4. Smith, Kirchheim8.0 
 5. Land, Braves7.0 
 6. Adler, NBC7.0 
 7. Okoye, NBC7.0 
 8. Capel, Cuxhaven7.0 
 9. Roessler, Karlsruhe6.5 
 10. Jost, Webmoebel6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ole WENDT
  Webmoebel
  (190-G-92)
  Avg: 7
 1. Wendt, Webmoebel7.0 
 2. Rice, Cuxhaven6.0 
 3. Matthews, Ehingen5.5 
 4. Vilhjalmsson, MBC5.0 
 5. Reese, Duesseldorf4.5 
 6. Dunbar, Crailsheim4.0 
 7. Carney, ETB W.4.0 
 8. Diggs, Webmoebel4.0 
 9. Stommes, Webmoebel4.0 
 10. Genck, Leitersho.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Justin STOMMES
  Webmoebel
  (200-G/F-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Stommes, Webmoebel5.0 
 2. Rice, Cuxhaven4.0 
 3. Brown, Cuxhaven4.0 
 4. Catovic, Braves3.0 
 5. Harris, NBC3.0 
 6. Stockton, Karlsruhe2.5 
 7. Bowlin, Leitershof.2.5 
 8. Chavis, NBC2.0 
 9. Lieneke, Webmoebel2.0 
 10. Jeka, Braves2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Martin IDES
  NBC
  (217-C-80)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ides, NBC2.0 
 2. Flomo, Duesseldorf1.5 
 3. Mason, Webmoebel1.0 
 4. Lischka, Crailsheim1.0 
 5. Veney, Leitershof.1.0 
 6. Brown, Cuxhaven1.0 
 7. Smallwood, MBC1.0 
 8. Heyden, MBC1.0 
 9. Harris, Cuxhaven1.0 
 10. McDaniel, Cuxhav.1.0 


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Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. AEK 2-0 
 2. Apollon Patras 2-0 
 3. Doxa Lefkadas 2-0 
 4. Ikaroi Serron 2-0 
 5. Nea Kifisia 2-0 
 6. OFI 2-0 
 7. Panerythraikos 2-0 
 8. AEK/Argous 1-1 
 9. Amyntas Dafnis 1-1 
 10. Arkadikos 0-2 
 11. Ermis Lagkada 0-2 
 12. Lavrio 0-2 
 13. Pagrati 0-2 
 14. Panelefsiniakos 0-2 
 15. Perama Ermis 0-2 
 16. Periko/Arhelaos 0-2 


Fenerbahce finish third at Two Nations Cup in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce - Panathinaikos 71:61

Fenerbahce clinched the third position at the Two Nations Cup in Istanbul. They overcame Panathinaikos on the final day of the tourney. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) stepped up with 18 points to lead the charge.
Fenerbahce limited their opponents to just 13 points in the starting frame. They posted a 5-point lead after ten minutes. Panathinaikos tuned up offensively in the second quarter and trimmed the deficit to just 4-point mark at the interval. Fenerbahce however repeated the trick in the third term. They held the Hellenes to only 6 points in ten minutes entering the fourth quarter up by 9 points. The hosts controlled the tempo in the final frame and rolled to the victory at the end. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) and Hakan Demirel (192-G-85) accounted for 13 points each in the win. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) answered with 12 points for Panathinaikos. Alexis Kiritsis (198-G-82) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Fenerbahce: Bojan Bogdanovic 18, Curtis Jerrells 13, Hakan Demirel 13
Panathinaikos: Sarunas Jasikevicius 12, Alexis Kiritsis 10


Div.B Standing
B Standings
 1. Aiolos Trikallon 1-0 
 2. Diagoras 1-0 
 3. Doukas 1-0 
 4. Filathlitikos 1-0 
 5. Irakleio 1-0 
 6. Near East 1-0 
 7. Niki Volou 1-0 
 8. Stratoni 1-0 
 9. Agia Paraskevis 0-1 
 10. Aias Evosmou 0-1 
 11. Anagennisi 0-1 
 12. Egaleo 0-1 
 13. Halkidona 0-1 
 14. Iraklis 0-1 
 15. Koroivos 0-1 
 16. MENT 0-1 


Anadolu Efes clinch Two Nations Cup title - by Eurobasket News
Anadolu Efes - Olympiakos 87:62

Anadolu Efes claimed the Two Nations Cup title. They defeated Olympiakos in the title clash in Istanbul. Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) stepped up with 18 points to pace the winners.
Anadolu Efes led by just a single point at the first intermission 24:23. But they stepped on the gas in the second term. The Turkish team outscored their opponents 23:9 in the period to pile up a comfortable 47:32 halftime lead. Anadolu Efes maintained the lead quite well throughout the next two periods. They entered the final stanza up by 23 points and never looked back afterwards. Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) provided 11 points, while Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 10 points in the winning case. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) replied with 11 points for Olympiakos. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) had 9 points in the loss.

Anadolu Efes: Tarence Kinsey 18, Ersan Ilyasova 11, Dusko Savanovic 10
Olympiakos: Kyle Hines 11, Martynas Gecevicius 9


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PromotieDivisie Scores Week 3: Z&Z2, Binnenland, Red Giants, Amsterdam remain undefeated. - by Terry Cooper
Week 3 showed early signs of teams really making things known on who are the top dogs in the league. So far games have been decided by only a few points while others were blowouts making other teams may want to make adjustments early to avoid embarrasment. Z&Z2 stayed undefeated by winning over last year's runner-up De Hoppers at home 76-75 While Alexandrede Sa (184-G-83) and the Red Giants won a nail bitter over BV Hoofddorp on the road 72-71. Binnenland took care of business winning easily over Almonte 90-71 while Punch won their first game of the early season over GOBA 68-49. Rotterdam2 edge VBC Akrides 58-51 while BC Amsterdam remain undefeated winning over Groene Uilen 70-58. Finally the Cangeroes got on the winning side of things blowing out newcomers the Jugglers on the road 95-44. With so much going on at stake early, I think some teams need to step it up early and get things changed fast. This game is not for everyone and don't take it personal, it more to basketball than just being a part of a team and wearing a jersey. If you cannot bring anything to the table for winning, Let the game go. Stay Tuned...

Week 3 Scores:

BV Hoofddorp - Red Giants 71-72
Binnenland - Almonte 90-71
VBC Akrides - Rotterdam2 51-58
Punch - Goba 68-49
De Groene Uilen - BC A'dam 58-70
Z&Z2 - De Hoppers 76-75
Jugglers - Cangeroes 44-95



Results Dutch Basketball League: Lauselec Aris Win Over ZZ Leiden, Gas Terra Flames Win In Blowout In Rotterdam - by Sanders Jackson

Saturday night in the first weekend of the 2011-12 DBL action, the defending Dutch champions Zorg & Zekerheid Leiden started in the defense of their title not in the way they would have imagined, as Lauselec Aris and Erik Braal put an end to the honeymoon, winning at home in impressive fashion by the score of 87-81. Lauselec Aris' backcourt proved to be the difference maker in the end, as the tandem of Lance Jeter (190-G, college: Nebraska) and Tjoe de Paula (185-G-81, agency: Court Side) had their coming out party to the tune of 50 total pts., including a game-high 30 for Jeter. The ZZ backcourt meanwhile combined for only 10. Both Jeter and de Paula also combined to make 7 three-pointers. Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) led ZZ with 21 pts., Gabe Kennedy (205-F/C-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: UAB) added 19 and Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: High Point) scored 16.

In the Topsportcentrum in Rotterdam, Gas Terra Flames had little resistance vs. undermanned Rotterdam Basketball College, as the team of new Flames head coach Hakim Salem got things back on track after the SuperCup loss with a 75-47 blowout win. The Flames had five players in double figures led by Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Temple) with 16 pts. Daniel Jones (200-F-79) was the only Rotterdammer in double figures with 13 pts. The Flames shot 50% FG and dominated the boards at a 44-29 advantage.

Sunday afternoon in the Maaspoort, the play of PG
Frank Turner (178-G-88, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) made the difference for Eiffel in an otherwise marginal game for both teams, with Eiffel spoiling the debut of BS Weert head coach Jim Meil, winning convincingly 77-64. The Limburgers attempted to use a low tempo, ball controlled attack to counter Eiffel's strong perimeter game, only in the 1st quarter did this style of play prove effctive (13-11 at end of 1st). But in the 2nd quarter Turner took over, scoring seven answered points, with Eiffel staking BS Weert to a 43-29 halftime lead. The Limburgers hurt themselves with poor decisions with the ball, which Eiffel converted into points. Turner would have no resistance in getting to the basket, dominating counterpart Robbie Harman (185-G-88, agency: Court Side, college: Cent.Michigan) 22-0. Eiffel, who were without top inside player Peter Van Paassen (211-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure), maintained the lead despite gallant efforts by the BS Weert tandem of newcomers DeMario Anderson (193-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: Quinnipiac) (22 pts.) and Yamene Coleman (206-C-86, agency: Court Side, college: Troy) (15 pts.), but did not seize the moment sooner to put the Limburgers away. BS Weert could not keep up with the pace of Turner, and could not rotate quick enough to stop his drives and ability to contain Eiffel's sharpshooters (10 three-pointers). Kees Akerboom (200-F-83, agency: Court Side) added 14 pts.


Dan Gadzuric heads to China - by Eurobasket News
Dan Gadzuric (6'11''-C-78, college: UCLA) is another player who signed a season deal in China. The Dutch center joined Jiangsu without NBA out clause. It means that he left NBA after nine years. Gadzuric finished last season with the New Jersey Nets. He joined them in February averaging 2.8 points and 3.5 rebounds. Before the Nets, Gadzuric had 2.8 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 28 games with the Gold State Warriors. Dan Gadzuric played for the Milwaukee Bucks from 2002 to 2010. They selected him in the second round at 2002 NBA Draft. Gadzurics best season with Milwaukee came in 2003/04 when he had 5.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.4 bpg for 75 games. Dan Gadzuric is a product of the UCLA University. He is also active member of Dutch National Team.

Standings - Promotie Divisie
Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. Amsterdam 3-0 
 2. Binnenland 3-0 
 3. Leiden 2 3-0 
 4. Red Giants 3-0 
 5. De Hoppers 2-1 
 6. Rotterdam 2 2-1 
 7. Punch 1-2 
 8. Hoofddorp 1-2 
 9. Almonte 1-2 
 10. Cangeroes 1-2 
 11. Goba 1-2 
 12. Akrides 0-3 
 13. De Groene 0-3 
 14. Jugglers 0-3 


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  HUNGARY   


Mujo Tuljkovic joins Hungarian champion Szolnoki - by Eurobasket News
Mujo Tuljkovic (203-F-79, agency: Beo Basket) will continue his career in Hungary. The Bosnian small forward penned a deal with reigning champions Szolnoki Olajbanyasz. Tuljkovic heads to Szolnoki from PBG Basket Poznan, where he finished last season. He joined them in January averaging 6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Before Poznan, Tuljkovic played for Anwil Wloclawek. He appeared 35 times in PLK with them registering 10.7 points and 5.1 rebounds. The SF also has experience from Polpharma, Polpak, Turow, Polonia and Unia/Wisla. In the past, he played for Sloboda Dita, Bosna Sarajevo and Cenex. Mujo Tuljkovic participated at the Bosnian NT camp this summer, but did not play at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. He played for Bosnians at EuroBasket 2005 in Belgrade.

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  IBA   


Knights thinking pink for upcoming season - by Eurobasket News
When you see pink, many times you think of the colorful ribbons that are worn to honor breast cancer awareness each October.

But this year, there is another reason to think pink. The Battle Creek Knights are taking out a new page in their playbooks by wearing pink uniforms to show their support of local cancer programs.

'We think that wearing pink, though not a traditional color for a men's basketball team, will be good for us and those who see us play,' says Michelle Genier, director of corporate sales for the Knights. 'It is another way for us to remind our fans that though we are playing a game, that cancer is serious business that requires all of our support on and off the court.'

The Knights, Battle Creek's professional basketball team, will join the Independant Basketball Association this season and begin play next month.

'We will continue to donate money to the Bronson Cancer Care Center and the American Cancer Society based upon every dunk that is made at our home games this season,' says Mike Beck, president of HBC Contracting. 'We not only want to recognize the efforts of the basketball players, but we also try to help two local organizations who are instrumental in helping those facing cancer. This really is a 'win-win.''

The Knights will debut their new uniforms and their new season in the Kellogg Arena on November 23. They will have 10 home games and 10 on the road.

Courtesy of www.battlecreekenquirer.com


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  IRAN   


Slavko Vranes heads to Iran - by Eurobasket News
Slavko Vranes (230-C-83, agency: Alti Sport) will continue his career in Iran. The Serbian giant signed a deal with Sanaye Petroshimi. Vranes spent last season with Unics Kazan. He appeared 11 times for them in EuroCup averaging 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds. He also had 5.2 ppg and 2.4 rpg for 9 games in VTB league. In Russian PBL Vranes registered 1.4 ppg and 2.1 rpg. Before Unics, Slavko Vranes spent three years with Partizan Belgrade. He won three Serbian league titles, Adriatic league titles and Serbian Cups with Partizan. They also reached Euroleague Final Four in 2010. In the past, Slavko Vranes played for Buducnost Podgorica and FMP Zeleznik. He is active member of the Montenegrin National Team.

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  IRELAND   


Cholet brings Donnie McGrath for try-out - by Eurobasket News
Donnie McGrath (193-G-84, college: Providence) will join Cholet for try-out. The French runner-up announced this news today. They failed in Euroleague qualifications and will play in EuroCup this season. Donnie McGrath heads to Cholet from PAOK Thessaloniki, where he spent 2010/11. He helped them reach Greek league Semifinals with 9.3 ppg, 1.2 rpg and 2.4 apg. The player also added 8.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 2.2 apg for 5 games in EuroCup. Donnie McGrath joined PAOK in December. In the past, he played for Varese, AEK Athens, Egaleo and Cantu. McGrath is a product of Providence University, where he graduated in 2006. He played for the Irish NT in 2006 and 2008.

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


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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi Finishes Slovenian Road-Trip Beating Zlatorog 101-72 - by Carmel Drori
Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv couldn't have asked for a better start to the 2011/2012 regular season.
The team started their season with two away games in Solvenia as part of the Adriatic league, winning both games with ease.
After beating Krka on Saturday, Maccabi took a 2-hour bus ride from Ljubljana to Tri lilije, the home of Zlatorog Lasko.
Maccabi had no trouble beating Lasko 101-72. Schortsanitis and Eliyahu both shined, leading Maccabi with 18 points each.

David Blatt:'We played very well for many parts of the game. These games were designed from the start as part of our preparation for the season, and we achieved the desired results.
Starting Thursday against Cibona it would be a completely different story. We have a wide roster built for the purposes of this special season, and I hope we continue to play like that throughout the year.'

Game MVP Lior Eliyahu:''Another successful game for us. Each game that goes by helps us to take shape and learn each other for the upcoming games. The atmosphere in the group is good, the guys are great and really supportive. it's fun to play like that '.


Celtics' Bradley nears deal in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (6'2''-G-90, college: Texas) is nearing a deal to play with Hapoel Jerusalem during the NBA lockout, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

A formal agreement could be reached as soon as this week that would allow Bradley to return to the NBA if the league-imposed lockout ends during Hapoels season.

After failing to complete a deal with Memphis Grizzlies guard Greivis Vasquez last week, Hapoel turned its attention to signing Bradley. For Bradley, a 20-year-old who turned pro after one season at the University of Texas, the chance to play meaningful minutes in the competitive Israel Premier League is a lure.

Bradley played sparingly on the veteran Celtics as a rookie last season, averaging five minutes in 31 games for Boston. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge has been extremely high on Bradleys potential.

Hapoels roster includes former NBA guards Luke Jackson and D.J. Strawberry.

Courtesy of Yahoo


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  ITALY   


Viktor Gaddefors joins Sidigas Avellino - by Eurobasket News
Viktor Gaddefors (200-F-92) will play for Sidigas Avellino in the next season. The teams decided to bolster their frontcourt after the departure of Szymon Szewczyk. Viktor Gaddefors spent the previous season with Virtus Bologna. He notched 2.3 points and 1.0 board per game in Seria A. The Swedish forward however played mostly for the junior team. Viktor Gaddefors participated at U20 European Championship this summer. He averaged 13.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in Spain.

Kobe Bryant, Bologna working 'intensely' on deal - by Eurobasket News
Kobe Bryant's (6'6''-G-78) management and Virtus Bologna have released a joint statement saying they are working 'very intensely' to bring the Los Angeles Lakers star to Italy during the NBA lockout.

Bologna president Claudio Sabatini told The Associated Press on Friday that he had reached a tentative deal with Bryant's agent Rob Pelinka for a 10-game contract worth more than $3 million.

'Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna and the management of Mr. Bryant are working very intensely to try and create this important deal,' Monday's statement said. 'Reaching such a complex deal requires both sides' maximum attention for every little detail.

'Everyone wants a positive outcome to the deal, the goal of which is Kobe Bryant's presence in Italy, economic interests for the 17 clubs in Serie A and more attention for all of Italian basketball.'

However, the deal hinges on other clubs altering their schedules to ensure Bologna has five home games during Bryant's 10-game contract. Bologna also wants its opening five away games played in Italy's biggest arenas, and wants to avoid an early-season bye.

Smaller clubs Cremona and Varese have been reluctant to alter their schedules, although the Italian league said Saturday it was intervening to help arrange an agreement.

'I hope that very shortly we'll have a deal,' Sabatini said Monday, according to the ANSA news agency. 'I want to thank Kobe, who demonstrated again overnight that he wants to return to Italy.'

The Italian league has still not released its full schedule, with Venezia recently added as a 17th team.

Bryant lived in Italy between ages 6 and 13 while his father played in the country. He still speaks fluent Italian and has said it would be a 'dream' to play in the country.

Bologna would need to have the deal signed by the end of this week to register Bryant before its opening game against Roma on Sunday.

In New York on Saturday, NBA owners and players failed to reach a new labor deal after about seven hours of talks focused mostly on the league's salary cap structure.

The sides were meeting again Monday, though time is getting short to save the scheduled start of the regular season on Nov. 1.

Courtesy of The Associated Press


CSKA thrash Avellino to clinch Citta di Caserta tournament - by Eurobasket News
CSKA - Avellino 97:59

CSKA became the winners of Citta di Caserta pre-season tournament. The Russian powerhouse thumped Avellino on the way to the trophy. Dmitry Sokolov (212-C-85) posted 14 points to lead the winners.
CSKA started the game aggressively posting a 20:10 lead after ten minutes. The Russian team exploded with 34 points in the second term to build a 54:21 lead. CSKA maintained the lead throughout the third term. Moreover they boosted the gap to as many as 40 points with ten minutes to go. Avellino finally stopped the bleeding and cut the deficit a bit in the fourth term. Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) notched 13 points, while Sammy Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul) had 12 points in the victory. Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: ACMT, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 24 points for Avellino. Taquan Dean (193-G-83, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Louisville) netted 19 points in the loss.

CSKA: Dmitry Sokolov 14, Darjus Lavrinovic 13, Sammy Mejia 12
Avellino: Chevon Troutman 24, Taquan Dean 19


Lottomatica Roma clinch third position at Citta di Caserta tournament - by Eurobasket News
Lottomatica Roma - Pepsi Caserta 70:69

Lottomatica Roma finished third at the Citta di Caserta tournament. They narrowly defeated Pepsi Caserta yesterday. Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) hit two free throws late in regulation to seal the victory for Lottomatica. Eldin Djedovic (200-F-86) came up with 14 points to pace the effort. Pepsi Caserta suffered the second loss in a row at the tourney and remained in the fourth position.
Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) accounted for 12 points in the win. Vladimir Dasic (207-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 11 points for Lottomatica. Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86, college: Providence) responded with game-high 26 points for Pepsi Caserta. Alex Righetti (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) notched 17 points in the losing effort. CSKA won the tourney beating Avellino in the title game.


DNA results, Round 2 - by Armando Caporaso
After two games of the new season just 4 teams obtained 2 wins. Omegna destroys Fabriano for 88-62 thanks the good first quarter (25-16) and the perfect third quarter (33-13!). For the Paffoni 20 assist (against only 6) and 24 steals against the 29 turnovers of the visitors. Stefano Masciadri (200-F-89) is the top scorer of the match with 23 points (7/9 at shoot), 6 rebounds, 5 steals, 4 assist and 2 blocks! For the others there are 13 points of Pierpaolo Picazio (193-G-79, agency: Players Group), 12 points in 17 minutes for Daniele Casadei (199-F/G-81), 10 points of Andrea Saccaggi (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances), 9 points and 4 rebounds for Franco Prelazzi (205-F/C-79), 5 points and 5 steals of Tommaso Raspino (196-G-89, agency: Players Group) and just 3 points for Matteo Bertolazzi (181-G-79) but with 8 assist. For the Spes Mario Gigena (198-F-77) closes with 15 points (but 5/12), 10 points of Mirko Trapella (206-F-88) with 6 rebounds and 4 steals and 11 points for Giorgio Sgobba (202-F-92) and Alessio Iardella (187-F-88). Second victory also for Napoli on the court of Santarcangelo (77-85) with a great last quarter (29-18 for the visitors). Another good performance of Bernardo Musso (193-G-86) with 20 points (5/7 by 3), 6 rebounds, 4 steals and 5 assist! From the bench good job of Paolo Rotondo (204-F/C-89, agency: Players Group) with 16 points and 8 rebounds in 25 minutes, 16 points for Simone Lenardon (189-PG-85), 9 points of Gabriele Guastaferro (178-G-91) and 8 points for Andrea Iannilli (207-C-84) (with 7 rebounds) and Nelson Rizzitiello (198-G/F-84). For the hosts not enough the good game in the first 3 quarters, Mauro Bonaiuti (192-G-78) is the top scorer with 17 points and 8 fouls suffered, 13 points of Luca Bedetti (193-G/F-89) and Andrea Ancellotti (212-C-88), 11 points of Luca Pesaresi (180-PG-89), 8 points + 8 rebounds for Jacopo Silimbani (202-F-86) and 6 points with 6 assist of Eugenio Rivali (178-PG-86). First victory in this season for Chieti, on the not easy court of Perugia, for 79-74 thanks the good match of the ex Siena Manuel Diomede (188-PG-90) that scored 23 points with 9/11 and 4 steals (28 of ranking). For the other players of the BLS double-double of Emanuele Rossi (208-C-82) with 18 points and 13 rebounds, 14 points of Antonio Porfido (190-G/F-90) and 10 points with 5 rebounds for Stefano Rajola (187-G-72). For the Liomatic bad day at rebound (just 22 against 32) and too few free throws (just 3 in 40 minutes). Mattia Caroldi (185-G-82) is the MVP for the team with 15 points and 6/9 at shoot, 14 points for Davide Poltroneri (195-G/F-85) (with a not good 6/17), 12 points for Simone Bonamente (202-C-79) (with 4 steals) and Riccardo Truccolo (188-G-89) and 10 points, with 7 rebounds, for Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-F/C-91). Thanks a perfect first half (56-35) Trento exceeds Recanati with the final result of 92-78. For the Bitumcalor six man in double digit, Andres Forray (188-G-86) was the top scorer with 20 points (8/11 by 2) adding 5 steals and 5 assist. For the others there are 16 points of Matteo Negri (194-G-91) (starting by bench) with 5 rebounds in 24 minutes, 13 points of Walter Santarossa (200-F-78) and Simone Fiorito (200-F/G-91) (for the first also 6 rebounds and 6 assist) and 10 points for Marco Pazzi (203-C-79) (close to the double-double with 9 rebounds) and Luca Conte (193-G-80). For the visitors is decisive the very bad start, Marco Evangelisti (198-G-84) closed with 19 points (6/8) and 3 assist, 11 points for Paolo Chiarello (204-C-78), 10 points for Marco Ceron (192-G-92) and Federico Gilardi (190-G-79, agency: Players Group) and 9 points with 6 rebounds for Attilio Pierini (201-F-81). In the other matches::

Consum.it Siena - FMC Ferentino 55-64 (M.Carrizo 23 pts & 8 reb & 3 stl, L.Ianes 8 reb, N.Mei 17 pts)
Brandini Firenze - Romana Chimici Anagni 77-73 (A.Amici 26 pts & 6 stl, A.Capitanelli 10 reb, R.Santolamazza 5 ass, A.Malamov 17 pts & 5 stl)
Assigeco Casalpusterlengo - Upea Capo D'Orlando 78-70 (F.Zanelli 25 pts, R.Casagrande 9 reb, R.Prandin 3 ass & 3 stl)
Co.Mark Treviglio - Adriatica Industriale Ruvo 73-57 (M.Tagliabue 18 pts & 8 reb, R.Marulli 8 reb, A.Fabi 14 pts & 5 ass, G.Tomasiello 5 stl)
Pall. Pavia - Enoagrimm San Severo 83-77 (R.Pederzini 23 pts & 7 reb, F.Amoroso 22 pts, D.Bozzetto 10 reb, L.Furlanetto 6 ass, R.Cazzaniga 4 stl)
SBS Castelletto - Bawer Matera 63-59 (A.Iannone 22 pts & 6 stl, S.Cotani 22 pts & 3 blk, A.Pilotti 9 reb, C.Vico 5 ass & 6 stl)
Zerouno Torino - Liomatic Group Bari 61-67 (M.Portannese 18 pts & 4 stl, C.Masper 11 reb, M.Cardillo 5 stl, D.Morena 12 pts & 7 reb)
AcegasAps Trieste - Benacquista Assicurazioni Latina (3/10, 20.30)


EA Milano and Vanoli Cremona celebrate in the friendlies - by Eurobasket News
EA Milano and Vanoli Cremona celebrate in the friendlies before the start of the Regular Season. EA Milano won over CAI Zaragoza 62:53. The Spanish side led 16-14 after the first 10 minutes, but Italian team grabbed 3-point halftime advantage. CAI Zaragoza looked better in the third frame and took the lead entering the last quarter, while Armani team needed 19-9 to seal the victory. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) and Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) paced all the winners with 15 points each, while Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) netted 9. Wright ended up with 10 points for the Spanish outfit.
Vanoli Cremona outscored Blancos de Rueda Valladolid 76:73. The Italian team started with 30-25 in the opening period and added 15-14 before the big break. The second half belonged to the Spanish team that won both periods. They however could not win the game. Von Wafer (196-G-85, agency: VVG Sports, college: Florida St.) poured in 20 points to lead the charge. Jasmin Perkovic (203-F-80)c nailed 12, while Eboma Beye scored 11. Robinson replied with 18 points in the losing case and Uriz notched 11.



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


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


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KCC Egis Sweep Hamamatsu in BJ vs. KBL Championship - by John Scribe
The KCC Egis from the Korean Basketball League (KBL) swept Hamamatsu-Higashimikawa Phoenix yesterday in Korea to secure this year's Japan-Korea Professional Championship.

KCC, the Korean Champions, played without its big man Ha Seung Jin, but still cruised in both of its games. The Egis beat the Phoenix in Game in Shizuoka, Japan with a score of 75-65. In the first game, DeShawn Sims of the Egis led the team with 20 points and rebounds followed Chon Tae Poong's 17 points and 5 assists.
The Phoenix shot a abysmal 4-for-31 from the three point line. Japanese National Team player Atsuya Ota kept the Phoenix in the game with an 13 point 8 rebound effort.

In game two, The Phoenix got more contributions from its imports, including All-League performer Wayne Arnold. Arnold added 20 points and 11 rebounds to Ota's 14 point effort, but wasn't able to overcome KCC as the Egis dominated the game from inside and outside. The Egis' Sims again came through with a big game with 29 points. Lee Joong Won assaulted the Phoenix from the three-point line with a 17-point performance while shooting 5-for-9 from three.

The bj league opens its season this weekend throughout the country, as well as the JBL.




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Nelson joins the team - by Dren Shporta

One of the main Trepcas transfers, Jaleel Nelson (196-G-87, college: Chowan Univ.), arrived in Saturday to Mitrovica to join greens just a week before a season starts. This was confirmed from the club director of Trepca, Besim Braha.

Braha, the former player of the mitrovican club said that, Nelson has joined the team and he is getting ready for the new season. Days before, the other transfer Daniel Milanovski arrived in Mitrovica and he has joined the team.

The kosovar elite basketball league, BKT Superliga, starts at October 8th while Trepca is one of the teams that this year will compete for trophies.



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Deividas Pukis agreed with Sakalai - by Eurobasket News
Deividas Pukis (194-G/F-92) agreed with Sakalai after try-out period in Italy. The Lithuanian 1992 year born player with join the team soon.
In 2007-2008 he started for Silute (NKL) and then moved to Christian Life Center Academy. In Sep.'11 moved to Fabi Shoes Montegranaro (Italy-SerieA) for try-out but after a month headed back home.
Deividas Pukis is a Lithuanian U19 National Team -11. At the World Championships U19 in Latvia -11 he became Champion with his team. In 9 games his stats read 5.0ppg, 2.1rpg. In his top game he recorded 13 points when Lithuania clinched another win at the U19 World Championship in Latvia. They stormed past Egypt to improve at 4-2 record and clinched the second place in Group F of the Eighth-Final Round. Deividas Pukis ensured a 41:21 lead for Lithuania midway through the second quarter. Renaldas Simanavicius scored 14 points, while Deividas Pukis added 13 in the winning effort.



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


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MaJic Dorsey Sets LNBP Assists RecordIn Consecutive Games! - by Surujh Roopnarine
Daryl 'MaJic' Dorsey (185-PG-81, college: S.Indiana) is a fan-favorite in Mexico, having averaged close to 30 points a game for Mayas de Yucatan Merida during the 2007-08 season, but the performances he gave during his last two games have been worth the price of admission, and then some. Playing for Aguilas Rojas de San Juan del Rio de San Juan del Rio the last few weeks after beginning the season with Halcones UV Xalapa, Daryl Dorsey helped welcome winless Volcanes de Toluca to town with a show unlike any other seen in the history of the LNPB. First on Thursday night he set a league record with 21 assists (to go along with 20 points) in a 111-86 victory. Then on Saturday he came back and dropped 23 more assists in a 108-99 victory. Record-setting performances by the same player in two consecutive games against the same opponent; it is safe to say that Volcanes will not be looking forward to their next game against Aguilas Rojas de San Juan del Rio. In Saturday nights performance, Daryl Dorsey played all 40 minutes, also scoring 19 points on 5-15 shooting while picking up four steals. The NBA-D-League veteran Daryl Dorsey is helping turn the tide for Aguilas which had only one victory on the season until these past two. The 6-1 guard has never had a problem scoring during his career, but these incredible assist numbers are a true testament to the teammate and leader he is on the basketball court.

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Slavko Vranes moved to Iran - by Darko Pekic
Slavko Vranes (230-C-83, agency: Alti Sport), one of the tallest players in the world and member of the National Team of Montenegro, signed a contract in Iran. His new team is called Petrochimi BC.This will not be his first experience outside the 'Old Continent' though. Vranes was draftet by the Knicks and played a season in the NBA (mostly on the injured list). He played also for FMP Zeleznik, Red Star, Buducnost, Partizan and Unics Kazan where he averaged 2.5 ppg and 2.4 rpg.



Slavko Vranes heads to Iran - by Eurobasket News
Slavko Vranes (230-C-83, agency: Alti Sport) will continue his career in Iran. The Serbian giant signed a deal with Sanaye Petroshimi. Vranes spent last season with Unics Kazan. He appeared 11 times for them in EuroCup averaging 2.5 points and 2.4 rebounds. He also had 5.2 ppg and 2.4 rpg for 9 games in VTB league. In Russian PBL Vranes registered 1.4 ppg and 2.1 rpg. Before Unics, Slavko Vranes spent three years with Partizan Belgrade. He won three Serbian league titles, Adriatic league titles and Serbian Cups with Partizan. They also reached Euroleague Final Four in 2010. In the past, Slavko Vranes played for Buducnost Podgorica and FMP Zeleznik. He is active member of the Montenegrin National Team.

Interview with Anthony Jones, former KK Jedinstvo player - by Darko Pekic
Starting from today we are going to publish every week interviews with foreign players who are playing right now or played before in Montenegro. The first one who got a chance to tell us more about himself and his experience is Montenegro is Anthony Jones (194-G/F-84, college: Indiana Tech), the former KK Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje player. Jones played in Montenegro during the season 2009/2010 and averaged 16.3ppg, 4.3apg and 5.2rpg

Hello Anthony! You are now in Slovakia, playing for MBK Handlova, in the Top Slovakian Division. How do you like your new team?

I am loving my new team and the situation that I am in right now. My coach and the organization has high expectations from me. I get to play a lot of minutes, I have freedom on the court and they are taking care of me here. Those are 3 important things for a basketball player playing overseas.

What do you expect from this new experience?

I really hate to lose, so I try to do everything I can to help our team win. I expect us to improve from the team record from last season and make it to the 2nd round of the playoffs. Individually I plan to continue to get better and gain more experience.

You played in an NAIA school. Could you explain us how hard it was your 'road to Europe'? Who helped you to get a deal in Montenegro?

It was very hard getting to Europe. It is hard no matter what college you go to nowadays because of the economy. But it is harder coming from NAIA because coaches automatically think you can not play in Europe. So I did the things all basketball players do to get overseas, network, contact some agents and some teams and hope something happens. There was one agent that was from Montenegro that got me a deal there.

Did you ask for a advice from David Jackson who played in Jedinstvo a year before?

I chatted with David a few times and he gave me some good advice. Pray on it and put it in God hands. I did that and that is one of the reasons I am very successful today.

Montenegro and Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje were the first step in your professional career overseas. Could you tell us more about the impact of european basketball on you? How did you adjust to the european style of play?

In Montenegro they play very aggressive and hard-nosed basketball, so that was not hard to adjust to. The overall european style is different from the USA but I am good adjusting to anything. I am a fast learner, I pay attention and can change things easily.

How did you like the country? Bijelo Polje is a small town, did people in Bijelo Polje treat you with respect?

Bijelo Polje is definetly not a tourist city. It is nothing really to do and no where to go, but I used it to my advantage and focused on basketball and getting better everyday. The people there were excited to see an african american since there are not many in all of Montenegro. They came up to me almost everyday, they wanted to take pictures ask me questions, so it was a lot of attention from everyone.

What can you tell us about your experience in Jedinstvo basketball team? Something that you will remember forever?

It was difficult being there. At the beginning I had an american teammate so it was good to talk with someone you can really relate to. The rest of the team were not so friendly. They looked at it as a competition instead of me being there teammate. They did not want to help me feel more comfortable while being there in the begginning so I had to be very strong. After several weeks passed the team started accepting me and I was hanging out with them and joking and having a good time like teams are suppose to do. I will remember everything about the time I was in Montenegro, from when I first arrived at the
airport until the time I left.


Did your teammates help you with advices? How was your first game? Do you remember it?



My team tried to help me as much as they could but it was difficult since their English was not so good. My first game went well, I don't remember any details but I think we won against a pretty good team on the road.

Is there a significant difference in basketball level between Slovakia and Montenegro,considering the fact that you have played in both countries?

There is not a significant difference but Slovakia is better. Montenegro has better big guys. They both are physical and the games are hard, but Slovakia has many more american players and that is a big factor.

Is there an advice you could give to other Americans who want to come to Montenegro and play basketball?

Montenegro is not really a good country for americans to come to and play. They prefer there own players and very few americans come to
play there. I would not recommend coming there to play, but I do not regret my time there, it got my career started.

Thank you Anthony for taking the time to respond to our questions. Eurobasket. com team wish you a good season, with no injuries and a lot of trophies

Thanks, I appreciate it.




Standings - 1B
1B Druga Liga Standings
 1. Buducnost II 0-0 
 2. Centar BP 0-0 
 3. Ibar Rozaje 0-0 
 4. KK Podgorica 0-0 
 5. Rudar 0-0 
 6. S.Centar 0-0 
 7. Sutjeska 0-0 
 8. Un.Mediteran 0-0 
regular season Standings


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Celtics' Bradley nears deal in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Boston Celtics guard Avery Bradley (6'2''-G-90, college: Texas) is nearing a deal to play with Hapoel Jerusalem during the NBA lockout, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

A formal agreement could be reached as soon as this week that would allow Bradley to return to the NBA if the league-imposed lockout ends during Hapoels season.

After failing to complete a deal with Memphis Grizzlies guard Greivis Vasquez last week, Hapoel turned its attention to signing Bradley. For Bradley, a 20-year-old who turned pro after one season at the University of Texas, the chance to play meaningful minutes in the competitive Israel Premier League is a lure.

Bradley played sparingly on the veteran Celtics as a rookie last season, averaging five minutes in 31 games for Boston. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge has been extremely high on Bradleys potential.

Hapoels roster includes former NBA guards Luke Jackson and D.J. Strawberry.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Dan Gadzuric heads to China - by Eurobasket News
Dan Gadzuric (6'11''-C-78, college: UCLA) is another player who signed a season deal in China. The Dutch center joined Jiangsu without NBA out clause. It means that he left NBA after nine years. Gadzuric finished last season with the New Jersey Nets. He joined them in February averaging 2.8 points and 3.5 rebounds. Before the Nets, Gadzuric had 2.8 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 28 games with the Gold State Warriors. Dan Gadzuric played for the Milwaukee Bucks from 2002 to 2010. They selected him in the second round at 2002 NBA Draft. Gadzurics best season with Milwaukee came in 2003/04 when he had 5.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.4 bpg for 75 games. Dan Gadzuric is a product of the UCLA University. He is also active member of Dutch National Team.

Andrew Bogut most likely to start reign in Sin City - by Eurobasket News
Sydney Kings have firmed as the likely destination for NBA star and Australian Olympic centre Andrew Bogut (7'0''-C/F-84, college: Utah).

FIBA (Federation of International Basketball Associations) has made progress on insurance deals for NBA players looking to play overseas during the league lockout, making Bogut's NBL debut imminent.

The 2011-12 iiNet NBL Championship tips off on Friday when the Kings face Melbourne - and its NBA guard Patty Mills - at The Cage.

Bogut, drafted at No. 1 by the Milwaukee Bucks in 2005 and on the threshold of All Star status, tweeted yesterday he had '110 per cent' not signed with any of his suitors - the Kings, Adelaide 36ers or Gold Coast.

But Sydney, which has the most to offer him in terms of his post-playing business interests, is firming almost daily.

'We're confident now the insurance issues can be sorted out,' Kings media and public relations manager Mark Wells said.

Wells said to his knowledge neither Bogut nor his management had inked a deal yet with the Kings.

'I'm confident enough to say I have booked time at one of the hotels (which is a Kings sponsor) for either Tuesday or Wednesday for a press conference, should he sign,' Wells said.

Any announcement yesterday or today would most likely be lost amid the post-NRL and AFL grand final wash-ups.

Adelaide CEO Leeanne Grantham said the club was still hopeful of 'ticking all the boxes' for Bogut.

Courtesy of www.adelaidenow.com.au


NBA Players played pick-up game in Indianapolis - by Daniel Gibson
INDIANAPOLIS,IND---While David Stern and the NBA owners face off against the NBAPA in heated meetings about the lockout, basketball is being played across the country and overseas.
A few nights ago, in a small gym located in Indianapolis, Lance Stephenson (6'5''-F-90, college: Cincinnati), Gordon Hayward (6'9''-G/F-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Butler), Shelvin Mack (6'3''-G-90), and Rodney Carney (6'7''-F-84, college: Memphis) played pick up ball with other college and D-League players. There were less than 20 people in the stands watching but the players competed as if a playoff spot was on the line.
These athletes are staying in shape and constantly working out to improve their games to stay ready for when an agreement is reachedif that happens. If not more players may look to join other pros who have already signed deals with teams overseas.
But for the mean time these players and many other pros have been playing pick-up games across the country teaming up with friends from rival NBA teams.
Last Sunday Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest), LeBron James (6'8''-F-84), and Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) all played on the same team against Tyreke Evans (6'6''-PG-89, college: Memphis), Louis Williams (6'3''-PG-86), and Jason Thompson (6'11''-F-86, college: Rider). There were other NBA guys on each team as well.
While it has been exciting for fans to see these games and have a chance to interact with the players after, the players would like for the lockout to end as soon as possible. Once the lockout ends they use the training facilities and receive medical attention from the professional staff in addition to receiving a pay check again.
The owners and players have met for hours last week and are scheduled to meet early this week as well. We can only hope that they are able to reach an agreement. Until then, these players have shown that regardless of the circumstances basketball never stops.
Under this link you can view highlights from game featuring: John Wall, Jeff Green, Eric Gordon, Zach Randolph, Demarcus Cousins, Mike Conley, Jeff Teague, Gordon Hayward, and others.





Kobe Bryant, Bologna working 'intensely' on deal - by Eurobasket News
Kobe Bryant's (6'6''-G-78) management and Virtus Bologna have released a joint statement saying they are working 'very intensely' to bring the Los Angeles Lakers star to Italy during the NBA lockout.

Bologna president Claudio Sabatini told The Associated Press on Friday that he had reached a tentative deal with Bryant's agent Rob Pelinka for a 10-game contract worth more than $3 million.

'Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna and the management of Mr. Bryant are working very intensely to try and create this important deal,' Monday's statement said. 'Reaching such a complex deal requires both sides' maximum attention for every little detail.

'Everyone wants a positive outcome to the deal, the goal of which is Kobe Bryant's presence in Italy, economic interests for the 17 clubs in Serie A and more attention for all of Italian basketball.'

However, the deal hinges on other clubs altering their schedules to ensure Bologna has five home games during Bryant's 10-game contract. Bologna also wants its opening five away games played in Italy's biggest arenas, and wants to avoid an early-season bye.

Smaller clubs Cremona and Varese have been reluctant to alter their schedules, although the Italian league said Saturday it was intervening to help arrange an agreement.

'I hope that very shortly we'll have a deal,' Sabatini said Monday, according to the ANSA news agency. 'I want to thank Kobe, who demonstrated again overnight that he wants to return to Italy.'

The Italian league has still not released its full schedule, with Venezia recently added as a 17th team.

Bryant lived in Italy between ages 6 and 13 while his father played in the country. He still speaks fluent Italian and has said it would be a 'dream' to play in the country.

Bologna would need to have the deal signed by the end of this week to register Bryant before its opening game against Roma on Sunday.

In New York on Saturday, NBA owners and players failed to reach a new labor deal after about seven hours of talks focused mostly on the league's salary cap structure.

The sides were meeting again Monday, though time is getting short to save the scheduled start of the regular season on Nov. 1.

Courtesy of The Associated Press


Celtics may target Josh Howard in free agency - by Eurobasket News
A free agent who could be on the Celtics' radar is former Wizard and Maverick Josh Howard (6'6''-F-80, college: Wake Forest), who is healthy after tearing an anterior cruciate ligament in February 2010. Howard played in 18 games for the Wizards last season, averaging 8.4 points in 10 starts .. One agent said he believes the NBA will not want to start the season after Christmas, as it did with the lockout in 1998-99. That season was pushed back to February and 50 games were squeezed into two months .. Celtics second-round draft pick E'Twaun Moore has begun the exhibition season with Benetton Treviso, averaging 10.4 points in four games for the Italian team. Ex-UConn standout Jeff Adrien and ex-Celtic Brian Scalabrine are also on the roster.

Courtesy of The Boston Globe (via www.insidehoops.com)


NBA amnesty could throw Magic lifeline - by Eurobasket News
Magic owner Rich DeVos was recently listed by Forbes as the country's 60th-richest person, worth $5 billion.

DeVos always has held billionaire status as Amway co-founder since he has owned the team.

But it's worth mentioning again because Rich is a guy who can give his highest-paid employee a $62 million severance package, bid him adieu and not worry if his next check will bounce.

If there's an amnesty clause written into the NBA's next CBA, the Magic will most likely use it to pay off Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-PG-82, college: Arizona) and part ways with the enigmatic, fading point guard.

It's an easy call to use this mulligan, given the three years and $62 million left on Arenas' contract.

With the amnesty clause, a team that foolishly overpaid for a player can pay off said player and release him, with the money this time coming off the salary cap.

This is a boon for top-spending clubs such as the Magic, whose current payroll is about $75 million, second only to the L.A. Lakers' $91 million.

The last time amnesty was used, in 2005, the so-called 'Allan Houston rule' allowed teams to lop off a salary, but they could only subtract it from the punitive luxury tax.

The bad news?

The Magic have not one, but two, amnesty candidates, which says something about their roster.

Slumping Hedo Turkoglu is owed 'only' $34 million over the next three seasons, but amnesty rules would allow a team to use the mechanism on only one player.

Arenas could then become a free agent and shop his services to the highest bidder.



Williams hospitalized

Magic VP Pat Williams, battling multiple myeloma, was hospitalized Thursday with an infection that shot his fever to 103 degrees.

Williams, 70, said from his hospital bed Friday that his doctors can't determine whether his illness is connected to his fight against his life-threatening blood disease. He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in January of 2011 and has been undergoing the draining chemotherapy treatments.

'I'm hanging in there,' he said. 'I've had nine good months fighting this and I'm hoping to be up and running soon.'

Williams said he hoped to be released from the hospital Saturday or Sunday.

I've been checking in on Pat about every 10 days or so since he was diagnosed. When I reached the former Magic general manager on Friday, I knew immediately something wasn't right. Mr. Upbeat wasn't so upbeat and didn't have that familiar bounce in his voice.

Pass along your prayers.

Courtesy of http://mobile.orlandosentinel.com




Stars shine at Chris Paul's charity game - by Eurobasket News
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) scored 48 points and Chris Paul (6'0''-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) added 39 to lead the New Orleans guard's team to a 175-146 victory over Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) and LeBron James' (6'8''-F-84) team in a charity game Saturday night.

Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) had 38 points while Wade added 32 and James had 30. John Wall (6'4''-PG-90, college: Kentucky) added 34 points.

The game was played at Winston-Salem State in front of a sold out crowd in the 3,200-seat arena.

Paul, who is from nearby Lewisville, gave a $25,000 check to WSSU during a football game earlier in the day. Both of his parents attended Winston-Salem State.

'Had a great time and run at CP3 All-Star Pick-up game at Winston-Salem St! Loved the crowd, they was in 2 it from the jump!! Much love WSSU,' James posted on Twitter after the game.

Paul also had 11 rebounds and eight assists to go along with five steals.

'I think that was the most fun I've ever had playing in a basketball game,' he said.

The game was played as NBA labor negotiations were taking place in New York. After a seven-hour bargaining session, players and owners didn't sound much closer to a labor deal than they did when the lockout began.

'We're just continuing to negotiate and hopefully we'll get a deal done because at the end of the day we want to play this game,' Paul said.

Courtesy of ESPN


NBA lockout threatens to deliver big blow to Portland businesses and workers - by Eurobasket News
As the NBA approaches the 100th day of its labor dispute and the 2011-12 Trail Blazers season becomes less and less likely to start on time, Portland-area businesses are bracing for a financial blow during an already depressed economic time.

The NBA locked out its players July 1 amid a collective bargaining dispute and, though owners and players gathered in New York over the weekend in negotiating sessions, the season remains in peril.

Already, the NBA has delayed the start of training camps, originally scheduled to open today, through Oct. 15 and canceled 43 preseason games, including three in Portland.

It's possible some, perhaps even all, of the 82-game regular season schedule will be eliminated. And though it's difficult to forecast the exact economic impact a prolonged lockout would have on the Portland area, the hit would be substantial, according to local businesses.

'The value of the Blazers team to this community is measured in the millions,' said Drew Mahalic, CEO of the Oregon Sports Authority. 'Their absence will, quite frankly, be devastating to the Portland regional community in that it impacts so many different businesses when they play.'

A lot of the revenue generated from Blazers games -- gate receipts, parking dollars, food and concession funds -- pads the wallet of billionaire owner Paul Allen and helps pay for the multimillion-dollar operation of running the team.

But Blazers home games also funnel money throughout the community. TriMet ridership increases on game nights. Business booms at local restaurants and bars. Hotels house visiting NBA teams.

Also, to help host a Blazers game, the Rose Garden contracts with up to four vendors, including Ovations Food Services, which oversees the food and beverage operations for the Rose Quarter and employs 900 people every game night.

Tony Hendryx, general manager of Ovations in Portland, declined to comment for this story, referring all queries to the Blazers. The NBA team and its employees are forbidden to publicly discuss any matter related to the lockout under penalty of a six- or seven-figure fine from the league.



Businesses envision scenarios

But local businesses that are sure to feel the pinch of lost games were willing to share their fears. At Blitz Ladd, a popular sports bar in Southeast Portland that welcomes 400 people when the Blazers play the rival Los Angeles Lakers and other popular opponents, assistant manager John Martin is preparing for the worst.

Should the season be wiped away, he estimates the bar would lose between $160,000 and $240,000. Twenty-seven people work at Blitz. If the lockout stretches into January, Martin said, the bar will be forced to cut between six and 10 jobs. The bar is already contemplating contingency plans, which include placing more focus on the National Hockey League and NCAA men's basketball, but nothing can compare with the die-hard Blazers fan base that hangs on each of the team's wins or losses.

'We'll do whatever we can to make up for any lost games, but it's going to be tough for a lot of people in Portland if the Blazers don't play,' Martin said. 'The season will be sorely missed. No doubt.'

Perhaps no establishment will feel the pain more than Spirit of 77, which is set to celebrate its one-year anniversary Oct. 13. The bar, named as a salute to the Blazers' 1977 NBA championship team, is a one-of-a-kind Portland joint that's a seven-minute walk from the Rose Garden.

With the exception of the gigantic American flag that hangs overhead, the towering wood beams spread around the room and the bar itself, Spirit of 77 manager Tim Davey and those who helped open the bar constructed it from the ground up with their own hands.

Davey, a Boston transplant who has lived in Portland for a decade, calls the 1977 championship run and the impact it had on Portland sports a 'baby Woodstock moment.' He and his partners have tried to translate this feel to the bar.

It employs 18, and Davey intended to increase the staff by 25 percent in preparation for the NBA season. He didn't offer financial details, but said 80 of his 100 highest-grossing nights so far have centered on the Blazers. On what would have been the one-year anniversary of the bar's opening, the Blazers were scheduled to host the Golden State Warriors in a preseason game that could have drawn a capacity crowd of 477.

Instead, the night figures to come and go as any normal Thursday would.

Davey is considering expanding some of his popular nonsports events -- including trivia and a weekly airing of 'Portlandia' -- to compensate for the loss of games, but this will only serve as a Band-Aid to a problem that has just one solution: the end of the lockout.

'If we lose an entire season, I worry about every sports bar in this town,' Davey said. 'I've tried to think of an analogy, but there really isn't one. It's like comparing us to a wine bar if an insane bacteria crushed the Northwest and killed all the grapes and suspended the supply of wine. That's the best I can come up with. And even that would have to be an international epidemic to compare to this.'


Hotels would take hit

The impact of the lockout won't just pain sports bars, however.

During the season, most visiting teams stay at one of four high-end downtown hotels. Representatives from the hotels declined to comment, citing confidentiality and/or concerns about losing business. But the money involved is significant when you consider most teams travel with an average of 35 people (coaches, players, trainers, broadcasters, etc.) when they visit the city.

The Blazers were scheduled to host 44 games this season, including the exhibition season. Some teams are forced to stay in town two nights because of the travel schedule. With conservative estimates of hotel rooms and daily per diems, that equates to a loss of between $500,000 to $750,000 to the Portland economy from visiting teams. And that doesn't count visiting fans or media, or any shopping trips by visitors.

Even TriMet, which features an increase in ridership of 6,000 to 8,000 on the MAX on game days, stands to be affected.

'It's the hotels, it's the restaurants, it's the airports, it's the gas stations, it's the retail stores, it's everything imaginable in the hospitality industry,' Mahalic said.

So as millionaires haggle with billionaires over how to slice up the NBA's revenue pie, fans, and Portland area businesses, anxiously await word.

Courtesy of www.oregonlive.com




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  NCAA1   


UCLA basketball: Freshman Norman Powell suffers concussion - by Eurobasket News
UCLA freshman guard Norman Powell sustained a concussion Tuesday when he was struck by a teammate's stray elbow during basketball workouts. Three staples were needed to close a small cut on his forehead. Powell is being monitored daily and is listed as day to day.

The 6-foot-5 sharpshooter is a candidate to back up starting point guard Lazeric Jones in the Bruins' season opener against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 11 with regular backup Jerime Anderson suspended after he was accused of stealing a laptop computer in July. He pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge this month.

Concussions can be tricky things to put a timetable on. Matt Carlino suffered a concussion last November and was held out of three consecutive games before he was cleared to return. He then sat out the next two games because of limited practice time and eventually transferred to Brigham Young.

Courtesy of http://latimesblogs.latimes.com


Tennessee AD: SEC will expand beyond 13 teams - by Eurobasket News
Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart says the Southeastern Conference will expand again and officials at each school need to have a number of frank discussions before moving forward.

Hart says the addition of Texas A&M as the SEC's 13th team was a good one, but the league's leaders must take their next steps deliberately because the SEC will expand again. He says those conversations will take place 'in short order.'

The SEC announced Sunday that Texas A&M will join the conference in July after leaving the Big 12. SEC Commissioner Mike Slive said later in the week that the league's presidents and chancellors are not currently considering any other schools for admission and that he anticipates having no additional members for the 2012-13 season.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Michigan St F Roe quits basketball, cites knee - by Eurobasket News
Delvon Roe (6'8''-F-89), the rugged forward who helped Michigan State make it to a pair of Final Fours, has decided to quit the basketball team because of knee pain.

The school said Thursday that Roe, a senior from Euclid, Ohio, will remain on scholarship and is on track to graduate in May.

The 6-foot-8 Roe says the pain in his knee has taken away his love of the game and it's not fair to his team to try and play.

Over three years, Roe averaged only 6.1 points and 5.1 rebounds, but was a stalwart in Big Ten and NCAA tournament games. He averaged 23 minutes per game in the 2010 NCAA Tournament and is second in school history with 106 blocks.

Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


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  PHILIPPINES   


Thriller win for Elasto Painters in season opener - by Eurobasket News
Paul Lee (191-G) was as good as advertised, helping Rain or Shine get off to a rousing start in the PBA Philippine Cup and making coach Yeng Guiao recover somewhat from an act of vandalism on his car back in Pampanga.

With the No. 2 overall pick either scoring or dishing off, the Elasto Painters hurdled the Barangay Ginebra Kings, 94-93, Sunday in the lone match ushering in the 37th season of the league at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

The former University of the East and PBL star wound up with gamehighs of 21 points and eight assists in his PBA debut coming off the bench as Rain or Shine managed to escape with the win despite a blown 16-point lead.

'It's a big win for us', said Guiao. 'First day, first game, medyo me konting jitters pa. Its good thing we had a good lead coming into the endgame. We'd take that.'

Guiao also gave special mention to Lee, who missed all his six tries from beyond the arc but atoned by going 7-for-9 from both the two-point area and the stripes.

Paul Lee played a great game, said Guiao. Hes physically tough, mentally tough. Hes just special. You cannot coach that. Galing talaga sa kanya iyon.

Lee said it was actually the Ginebra fans that got him going for good.

Sa akin gusto ko underdog. Mas masarap maglaro pag underdog, said the 6-foot-1 combo guard. College pa lang underdog na kami kaya sanay na sa pressure. Basta nilaro ko lang ang game ko.

Some thieves got into Guiaos car by breaking its windows while he was having lunch, taking his attach case containing some papers and what should have been his coaching uniform.

The ordeal the E-Painters went through later in the day made Guiao just shrug off the Pampanga incident.

Ginebra came roaring back from 16 points down in the fourth period and had the chance to tie it when JC Intal was awarded three free throws off a foul by JR Quinahan, only 1.3 ticks remaining.

Intal and JayJay Helterbrand (183-G-76, college: Kentucky St.) were actually the ones who spearheaded Ginebras comeback, combining for 14 points in the fourth canto, with the formers short jumper making it a 91-93 count, still 41 ticks left.

After Intal made the first two of his charities, the third rattled out and John Wilson's (183-G) followup before the final buzzer proved a tad long, prompting Guiao to let out a huge sigh of relief.

Intal and Mark Caguioa each had 16 points to pace Ginebra, which played minus Eric Menk, who is suffering from a pulled calf muscle.

JayJay Helterbrand added 11 points but the Kings still failed to sustain a fine start that had them scoring the seasons first seven points and racing to an early 11-2 lead.

Lees scoring actually tapered off in the last two quarters, where he notched only eight points. But he had plenty of support in that area.

Jeffrei Chan scored 18 points, including 12 in the third period, while Gabe Norwood added five of his 11 and Jervy Cruz four of his eight in the fourth.

Lee and Chan capped their scoring with charities, with the latters split making it 94-91, 20.8 seconds remaining.

Lee only scored four points in the third period but assisted five times, with the last two helping break the E-Painters away from a tight contest and into a 77-62 spread going into the final quarter.

Norwood got his scoreing groove in the early fourth, scoring five points during a 10-3 run to make it 87-71, 7:43 to go.

With Caguioa and Helterbrand doing the most damage, the Kings charged back from a 41-52 deficit and threatened to within 52-54. They were still within 54-57, when Chan and Quinahan starred in a fiery 16-3 surge that gave the E-Painters that 15-point cushion.



The scores:

Rain or Shine 94 - Lee 21, Chan 18, Norwood 11, Buenafe 10, Cruz 8, Quinahan 7, Matias 6, Belga 4,
Rodriguez 4, Ibanes 4, Arana 1.

Ginebra 93 - Intal 16, Caguioa 16, Helterbrand 11, Tubid 8, Cortez 8, Wilson J. 6, Canaleta 6,
Villanueva 6, Labagala 5, Mamaril 5, Wilson W. 4, De Ocampo 2, Cervantes 0.

Quarters: 20-19, 44-37, 77-62, 94-93

Courtesy of www.pba.ph





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  POLAND   


Szymon Szewczyk stays in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) will play in Italy for at least one more year. The Polish NT member penned a deal with Reyer Venezia. He spent last two seasons with Air Avelino. In the latest one Szewczyk shined with 14.1 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.1 apg and 1.8 spg in 34 games. He had slightly lower digits in 2009/10. From 2007 to 2009, Szymon Szewczyk played in Russia for Lomototiv Rostov na Donu. He was one of their best players in both years. In the past, he was a member of ALBA Berlin,, Scafati, Union Olimpija etc. Szewczyk is active member of the Polish National Team. He had 11 ppg, 4 rpg and 1.6 apg for five games in Lithuania this summer.

Zastal Zielona Gora signs big man Uros Mirkovic - by Eurobasket News
Uros Mirkovic (205-F/C-82, agency: BeoExcell) is back to Poland. The Serbian center signed a one-year deal with Zastal Zielona Gora. It will be his third straight season in PLK. The latest one Mirkovic spent with Polpharma. He joined them in November averaging 9.6 points and 4.8 rebounds for 21 games. Mirkovic started last season with Crvena Zvezda Beograd. In 2009/10, Uros Mirkovic also played for Polpharma. He had 8 ppg and 4.7 rpg for 33 games at that time. In 2008/09, he was MVP of the Serbian league. In 24 games with Masinac, Mirkovic collected 19.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.7 apg and 1.7 spg. He also has experience from Vojvodina Srbijagas. With Polpharma, Mirkovic won the Polish Cup last season.

Nick Lewis is a newcomer at Anwil Wloclawek - by Eurobasket Center
Anwil Wloclawek added to their roster 28-year old American power forward Nick Lewis (207-F/C-107kg-83, college: San Diego, agency: Impact Basketball). Lewis started 2010/2011 season in Greece playing 5 games for Iraklis Thessaloniki, then he moved to Strasbourg IG (France). While playing 22 games for Strasbourg last season he averaged 6.2ppg and 2.3rpg. Lewis is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Belgium, France and Spain. Nick graduated University of San Diego in 2006 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

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  ROMANIA   


The Regular Season Round 1 - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Div,A just started.

Politehnica - Targu Mures 51-88

The game was mostly controlled by Targu Mures. Politehnica was better in second period 21-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Targu Mures dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Politehnica's 28. They outrebounded Politehnica 46-28 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Targu Mures players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Politehnica's players. The former international power forward Virgil Stanescu (208-77, college: S.Alabama, agency: Interperformances) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and American forward Jason Forte (196-84, college: S.Mississippi) chipped in 17 points and 10 rebounds. Five Targu Mures players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Vlad Popovici (200-94) responded with 12 points and 7 rebounds and Alexandru Botez scored 12 points.
Top scorers:
Politehnica Iasi: A.Botez 12+3reb+2ast, V.Popovici 12+7reb+1ast, I.Hurjui 11+2reb+3ast, A.Moldovanu 4+2reb, M.Pintilie 3+1ast, D.Anghel 3+8reb+1ast
Targu Mures: J.Forte 17+10reb+2ast, F.Lapuste 15+5reb+1ast, V.Stanescu 14+14reb+3ast, C.Watson 12+4reb+4ast, L.Dumitru 11+4reb+1ast, J.Cooley 10+4reb+7ast
gschID: 130585


Timisoara - CSM Bucuresti 77-69

Visiting CSM Bucuresti was defeated by Timisoara in a tough game in Timisoara 69-77. The hosts were already 14 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-18 CSM Bucuresti's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 77-69 at the end of the game. Timisoara made 19-of-22 charity shots (86.4 percent) during the game. Montenegrin guard Branko Cuic (197-78) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. American forward Dominique Archie (200-87, college: S.Carolina) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Montenegrin point guard Goran Martinic (184-87, agency: BeoExcell) produced 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Claudiu Fometescu (188-73) added 12 points respectively for lost side.
CSM Bucuresti: G.Martinic 20+6reb+4ast, M.Ljubojevic 16+3reb, C.Fometescu 12+4reb+3ast, V.Carutasu 8+4reb+2ast, B.McKenzie 7+9reb, G.Gallimore 4+3reb
Timisoara: B.Cuic 18+11reb+6ast, D.Archie 17+8reb+2ast, B.Popescu 16+2reb+3ast, I.Siriscevic 8+2reb+1ast, Z.Jovanovic 8+2reb+5ast, N.Markovic 8+1reb+2ast
gschID: 135151


Craiova - Giurgiu 62-73

Craiova was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Giurgiu 73-62 on Sunday night. Craiova was tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Giurgiu dominated on the defensive end, holding Craiova to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Craiova's 28. They outrebounded Craiova 49-31 including a 38-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for American guard LeVar Seals (195-82, college: De Paul) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. American-German center Justin Eller (203-87, college: Sacramento St., agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) contributed with 14 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Canadian swingman Stephen Ross (201-80, college: Santa Clara, agency: Court Side) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds and Serbian power forward Branislav Tomic (205-80) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Craiova.
Top scorers:
Craiova: S.Ross 18+9reb+1ast, B.Tomic 13+6reb, I.Bajic 9+4reb+3ast, I.Orbeanu 9+2reb, V.Vlaskovic 5+2reb+3ast, C.Petrisor 4+1reb+1ast
Giurgiu: L.Seals 22+14reb+3ast, J.Eller 14+7reb, C.Hardy 10+4reb+5ast, D.Bivolaru 9+1reb, C.Vlaicu 8+5reb+3ast, B.Grubisic 6+11reb+2ast
gschID: 130582


Perla Harghitei - Pitesti 58-94

The game without a history. Pitesti led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Perla Harghitei's 28. Pitesti forced 25 Perla Harghitei turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pitesti made 14 blocks. It was a very good performance for Montenegrin guard Darko Vujacic (199-79) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 4 steals (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Serbian guard Uros Velickovic (189-83, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 20 points and 8 steals for the winners. Four Pitesti players scored in double figures. Pitesti's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. American power forward Emmanuel Dies (204-77, college: Kansas St., agency: Interperformances) answered with 11 points, 6 assists and 5 steals and the other American import guard Christopher Long (187-87, college: Elon, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 12 points and 5 steals in the effort for Perla Harghitei.


Top scorers:
Miercurea Ciuc: C.Long 12+2ast, E.Dies 11+2reb+6ast, L.Levine 6+1reb+2ast, D.Erceg 5+3ast, E.Tucker 4, Z.Samuila 2+1ast
Pitesti: U.Velickovic 20, D.Vujacic 18+3ast, A.Kazarnovski 12+2reb+5ast, S.Isleam 11+3reb+1ast, O.Calota 11+1ast, C.Hallett 8+1reb+7ast


gschID: 130583


Gaz Metan - Rovinari 104-91

Rovinari managed to win fourth quarter 26-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Gaz Metan shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 52.2 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 25 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Rovinari's players. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Deven Mitchell (197-84, agency: Interperformances) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field). International forward Titus Nicoara (203-88, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Gaz Metan's coach Ovidiu Teleaba used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Czech power forward David Steffel (212-85) answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds and American guard Brandon Fields (193-88, college: Nevada) added 21 points and 4 assists in the effort for Rovinari. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Rovinari: B.Fields 21+1reb+4ast, D.Steffel 19+7reb, B.Kabengele-Kalala 18+2reb, V.Mocanu 11+6reb, R.Giles 10+4reb, A.Gutoaia 6+2reb
Gaz Metan: D.Mitchell 19+5reb+1ast, C.Moore 18+1reb+4ast, T.Nicoara 13+9reb+3ast, S.VanderMeer 12+3reb+1ast, I.Dragusin 12+8reb, I.Ivanovic 10+1reb+3ast
gschID: 130584


Ploiesti - U.Mobitel.CN 95-97 OT
U.Mobilteco needed overtime to beat Ploiesti in the top game of the opener. Silvasan top-scored for the winners with 33 points, while Burlacu scored 35 points in the losing effort.
Top scorers:
Ploiesti: C.Burlacu 35+7ast, A.Capusan 17+2ast, D.Albijanic 11+2reb+2ast, M.Jones 10+4reb+6ast, R.Dzambic 8+2reb+4ast, L.Szijarto 6+1reb+2ast
U.Mobitel.CN: M.Silvasan 33+1reb+3ast, K.Dykes 21+3ast, Z.Krstanovic 15+5ast, T.Morris 11+1reb+1ast, R.Thomson 7+1reb, P.Chetreanu 5+2ast
gschID: 130579


CSU Sibiu - Oradea 67-84

An interesting game was also a 17-point tough home loss of 4th ranked CSU Sibiu in a game versus undefeated Oradea (#8) 84-67. CSU Sibiu managed to win fourth quarter 19-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Serbian forward Milos Pesic (205-84, agency: 011 Sports) nailed 29 points and 4 assists (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Serbian guard Nemanja Maric (196-83) accounted for 15 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. American guard Mychal Kearse (194-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's) came up with 17 points and 6 rebounds and American-Liberian guard Jaytonah Wisseh (185-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) added 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists respectively for CSU Sibiu in the defeat.
Top scorers:
CSU Sibiu: M.Kearse 17+6reb+2ast, J.Wisseh 12+6reb+6ast, C.Craciun 11+7reb, D.Austin 11+1reb+2ast, K.Riley 7+6reb+1ast, C.Sprinker 4+1reb
Oradea: M.Pesic 29+4reb+4ast, M.Markovic 21+4reb+1ast, N.Maric 15+6reb+5ast, S.Topchov 12+5reb, L.Lazar 6+9reb, R.Pasca 1+1reb
gschID: 130580


Dinamo B. - Otopeni 87-94 OT

The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 17-10 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 7-point victory in overtime. Otopeni looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a very good performance for Bosnian center Vladan Jocovic (211-82) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 9 rebounds (on 10-of-11 shooting from the field). Serbian guard Slobodan Popovic (198-80, agency: BeoExcell) contributed with 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four Otopeni players scored in double figures. American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) answered with a double-double by scoring 32 points and 13 rebounds and the other American import guard Joshua Brown (187-88, college: Towson) added 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in the effort for CS Dinamo Bucuresti.
Top scorers:
Dinamo B.: A.Durham 32+13reb+1ast, J.Brown 21+7reb+5ast, A.Haymon 17+11reb+2ast, A.Badila 8+5reb+7ast, J.McCulloch 5+5reb+2ast, E.Watson 4+4reb+2ast
Otopeni: S.Popovic 24+7reb, V.Jocovic 23+9reb+2ast, A.Santana 18+4reb+1ast, M.Medvedj 16+6reb+5ast, C.Scott 6+6reb+6ast, B.Tibirna 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 130581




Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Gaz Metan 1-0 
 2. Giurgiu 1-0 
 3. Oradea 1-0 
 4. Otopeni 1-0 
 5. Pitesti 1-0 
 6. Targu Mures 1-0 
 7. Timisoara 1-0 
 8. U.Mobitel.CN 1-0 
 9. Craiova 0-1 
 10. CSM Bucuresti 0-1 
 11. CSU Sibiu 0-1 
 12. Dinamo B. 0-1 
 13. Perla Harghitei 0-1 
 14. Ploiesti 0-1 
 15. Politehnica 0-1 
 16. Rovinari 0-1 


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  RUSSIA   


CSKA thrash Avellino to clinch Citta di Caserta tournament - by Eurobasket News
CSKA - Avellino 97:59

CSKA became the winners of Citta di Caserta pre-season tournament. The Russian powerhouse thumped Avellino on the way to the trophy. Dmitry Sokolov (212-C-85) posted 14 points to lead the winners.
CSKA started the game aggressively posting a 20:10 lead after ten minutes. The Russian team exploded with 34 points in the second term to build a 54:21 lead. CSKA maintained the lead throughout the third term. Moreover they boosted the gap to as many as 40 points with ten minutes to go. Avellino finally stopped the bleeding and cut the deficit a bit in the fourth term. Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) notched 13 points, while Sammy Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul) had 12 points in the victory. Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: ACMT, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 24 points for Avellino. Taquan Dean (193-G-83, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Louisville) netted 19 points in the loss.

CSKA: Dmitry Sokolov 14, Darjus Lavrinovic 13, Sammy Mejia 12
Avellino: Chevon Troutman 24, Taquan Dean 19


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KINGS COOKING BUT BLAZE CATCH FIRE - by Sandy Sutherland
Champions Edinburgh Kings may have trounced Troon Tornadoes 101-65
at Ayr to go 4-0 but capital rivals Boroughmuir Blaze created the
biggest ripple of last weekend by defeating Glasgow Storm 66-53 at
Scotstoun to record their first win since returning to the
Scottish League this season.
And their 53-52 away win over Tayside Musketeers at Arbroath in
the junior men's first division suggests that they are building
nicely for the future.
Significantly Blaze, who led from the second quarter, were boosted
by Scottish international guard Kevin Anderson, who made his first
appearance since switching from Kings and finished top scorer with
21 points.
He was well supported by Adam Johnstone, another ex-Kings player,
though via East Lothian Peregrines, with 14 points and John Brown
with eight.
The juniors meanwhile scored in the last second at Arbroath to
defeat a Tayside team who had beaten Kings at Portobello the
previous week and had been tipped for honours this season.
Kings seniors however will not be concerned, given that they are
now the only unbeaten team in the league and accomplished their
Ayr success without sharp-shooting vet student Mike Kirkpatrick,
who was unwell.
With six players in double figures they completely dominated a
team who were once their biggest rivals, taking the rebounds
48-34.
Lavian star Edgars Rekis, 23 points, 10 rebounds and five assists
and Simon Flockhart 16 points and 12 rebounds, both had 'double
doubles' while Paddy Campbell added 18 points, Audius Ciapas 13,
Lee Reilly, who also had a super 12 assists, and Mikey Murray both
10 and Craig Reilly nine.
At the Lagoon Centre St Mirren and Falkirk Fury fought a close
first three quarters before Fury extended their three-point lead
to finish 70-58 winners.
Jet-lagged Glasgow University, just back from a traumatic trip to
Canada where they lost all their tour games by big margins, had to
recover from 14 points down after the second quarter to beat
Glasgow Rocks 100-81 at the Stevenson Building.
Canadian off-guard John Bustin led the students with 24, Dave
Entwhistle adding 19 while veteran player-coach Phil Birch had
another 20 for Rocks.
Chasing their second win in a row, Dunfermline Reign sparked into
life late in their game against Stirling Knights at Queen Anne
High School.
A three-point shot by Ali Horne with 10 seconds to go brought the
Fifers back to within two points of their visitors.
But, despite their best attempts to foul and stop the clock, time
elapsed though not before they had conceded an 'unsporting' foul
which Knights proceeded to punish, eventually winning 68-63.
'It was a poor finish,' commented Reign coach James Steel.
Ex-Musketeer Eric Potts led the Fifers with 18 points, Horne
adding 14.
Tayside Musketeers have been tipped for trophy honours in the
Scottish junior men's league this season but they will have to
play better than they did at Arbroath on Saturday where they went
down 53-52 to Boroughmuir Blaze thanks to a last-second basket for
the visitors.
Musketeers did enjoy a decisive 78-55 win over Blaze in the cadet
game.
Perth Phoenix and Glasgow Rens fought out an exciting junior match
which had spectators on the edge of their seats throughout at
Perth, Rens winning 87-86 after overtime.
Jack Nicholson scored 26, D.J. Starks 22 and Jake Warrington 16
for Phoenix while Scott Steel had an outstanding 41 for Rens.
Phoenix cadet men were 20 down after the first quarter against
Glasgow Rocks but then held their own for the next two before the
Rocks ran away again for a 101-59 win.


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Zastal Zielona Gora signs big man Uros Mirkovic - by Eurobasket News
Uros Mirkovic (205-F/C-82, agency: BeoExcell) is back to Poland. The Serbian center signed a one-year deal with Zastal Zielona Gora. It will be his third straight season in PLK. The latest one Mirkovic spent with Polpharma. He joined them in November averaging 9.6 points and 4.8 rebounds for 21 games. Mirkovic started last season with Crvena Zvezda Beograd. In 2009/10, Uros Mirkovic also played for Polpharma. He had 8 ppg and 4.7 rpg for 33 games at that time. In 2008/09, he was MVP of the Serbian league. In 24 games with Masinac, Mirkovic collected 19.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.7 apg and 1.7 spg. He also has experience from Vojvodina Srbijagas. With Polpharma, Mirkovic won the Polish Cup last season.

Radnicki wins tournament in Novi Sad, Miljan Pavkovic MVP - by Eurobasket News
Radnicki won another friendly tournament during the pre-season. This time they celebrated in Novi Sad. Radnicki handed 80-74 loss to Vojvodina in the Finals. David Simon (207-C-82, college: IPFW) exploded in this victory with 35 points and 11 rebounds. He reached valuation 43. Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) followed him with 18 points, 11 assists and 5 boards. He had valuation 31. In Vojvodina, Dusko Bunic (207-C-89) had 18 points and 8 boards. In the Semifinals, Radnicki grabbed 85-82 win against OKK Beograd. Yunus Cankaya (199-F-85, agency: EM-PA) scored 25 points in this meeting. Miljan Pavkovic collected 22 points and 12 assists (valuation 35). In the battle for third place, OKK Beograd was better than Zeleznicar Indjija 80-64.

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Sentjur wins Memorial Matjaza Natka - by Eurobasket News
Sentjur wins Memorial Matjaza Natka. In the Final game the team overcame Elektra Sostanj 71:66. The winners started with 18-11, but failed in the second period with 11-19. Moreover they trailed 3 points before the final period but needed 27-19 in the last quarter to win the game. Tadej Ferme (187-G-91) stepped up with 16 points for the winners, while Patrick Rembert (182-G, college: Cal-Irvine) added 15. Nuhanovic and Sanel Bajramlic (198-F-85) ended up with 18 points each in the losing effort.
In the game for the third place KK Maribor Messer rolled over KK Geoplin Slovan 82:63. Trailing 20-24 after the first period, Maribor managed to win the rest of the game and clinched the third place. Ilija Zolotic (207-F/C-86, agency: BeoExcell) paced all the winners with 16 points and Pelko scored 14. Sragan Dugum (206-F-86) replied with 14 points in the losing effort.



Big chances in Maribor Messer - by Eurobasket News
Maribor Messer announced many players for the upcoming season. The team brought some loud names.
Jan Span (189-PG-92) is a Slovenian Point Guard. In 2010-2011 he played for Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Telemach League) and in Adriatic League averaged 1.8ppg. In Euroleague after 3 games his stats read 1.7ppg, 1.3apg and in Slovenian League Jan showed 1.3ppg.
Ilija Gavric (200-F-88) comes from Branic. In 2008-2009 he played for MFC.2 Branik Maribor (1B, starting five) and in 25 gamesaveraged 9.6ppg, 4.3rpg, 2FGP: 63.9%, 3PT: 20.5%, FT: 60.5%. In 2009-2010 he increased to12.7ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.0apg, 2FGP: 5.5%, 3PT: 24.1%, FT: 57.9%. Last season the player was with Primorac Branik Maribor (1B) and became the third top-scorer of the league with 18.6ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.7%, 3PT: 23.1%, FT: 57.6%.
Matjaz Miklus (199-F-89) also comes from Branic. He played for the previous team since year 2004 and now moved to Maribor. In 2010-2011 for Primorac Branik Maribor (1B) his stats read 6.0ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg.
Marko Spica (205-F/C-86, college: Cent.Michigan) is a Serbian big man. In 2010-2011 he started for Superfund BP Beograd (A League, starting five) and averaged 14.8ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 51.3%, FT: 83.7%.In Nov.'10 moved to Radnicki Kragujevac (A League, starting five): Serbian League and in 13 games had 1.4ppg; Adriatic League: 16 games: 3.1ppg, 1.8rpg.



1B Stats Leaders
D2 Standings
 1. Grosuplje 1-0 
 2. Jance Prit 1-0 
 3. Konjice 1-0 
 4. Postojna 1-0 
 5. Radenska 1-0 
 6. Sencur CP 1-0 
 7. Triglav Strazisce 1-0 
 8. Branik 0-1 
 9. Hrastnik 0-1 
 10. Litija 0-1 
 11. Medvode 0-1 
 12. Nova Gorica 0-1 
 13. Splosna plovba 0-1 
 14. Terme Olimia 0-1 


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Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Daegu Orions 1-0 
 2. Sonic Boom KT 1-0 
 3. Anyang KGC 0-0 
 4. ET Land 0-0 
 5. KCC Egis 0-0 
 6. Mobis Phoebus 0-0 
 7. Samsung Th. 0-0 
 8. SK Knights 0-0 
 9. Dongbu Promy 0-1 
 10. LG Sakers 0-1 


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


Victories for FIATC Joventut, Estudiantes and Valencia - by Eurobasket News
FIATC Joventut edged Pau Orthez 94:60. The Spanish side dominated the court and easily won the game by 34 points. David Jelinek (194-G-90) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Jeter, Williams and Obasohan netted 13 each. Chinemelu Elonu (207-F/C-87, college: Texas A&M) replied with 16 points in the losing effort and Shakur scored 13.
Valencia Basket grabbed 84:83 over Unicaja. They started with 24-18 in the first period and managed to save a minimum margin. Markovic, Rafa Martinez and Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt) led the way with 13 points each, while Caner-Medley netted 12. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) ended up with 20 points in defeat and Rowland produced 16.
Estudiantes outscored Baloncesto Fuenlabrada 70:68. The winners started with 17-11 and had only 1-point advantage at the halftime. German Gabriel (207-C-80) stepped up with 15 points and Jaime Fernandez (187-G-93) followed him with 14. Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) erupted with 28 points in the losing case.



Update on Lucentum Alicante, Cajasol, Blancos de Rueda Valladolid and CAI Zaragoza - by Eurobasket News
Lucentum Alicante surprised Cajasol 90:71. Ivanov top-scored for threw inners with 16 points and Kyle Singler (203-F-88, college: Duke) as well as Lamont Barnes (208-F/C-78, college: Temple) netted 12 each. Jeremy Hazell (195-G-86, college: Seton Hall) posted 11 and Llompart delivered 9. Davis finished the game with 17 points in the losing effort and Jasen chipped in 13.
EA Milano won over CAI Zaragoza 62:53. The Spanish side led 16-14 after the first 10 minutes, but Italian team grabbed 3-point halftime advantage. CAI Zaragoza looked better in the third frame and took the lead entering the last quarter, while Armani team needed 19-9 to seal the victory. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) and Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) paced all the winners with 15 points each, while Nicholas netted 9. Wright ended up with 10 points for the Spanish outfit.
Vanoli Cremona outscored Blancos de Rueda Valladolid 76:73. The Italian team started with 30-25 in the opening period and added 15-14 before the big break. The second half belonged to the Spanish team that won both periods. They however could not win the game. Von Wafer (196-G-85, agency: VVG Sports, college: Florida St.) poured in 20 points to lead the charge. Jasmin Perkovic (203-F-80) nailed 12, while Eboma Beye scored 11. Robinson replied with 18 points in the losing case and Uriz notched 11.




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Basketettan: Round Two review - by Eurobasket News
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Basketettan.

Group North
Talje - Akropol 45-88

The game without a history. Akropol led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Talje Knights to just 7 points in second quarter. Akropol dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Talje Knights' 30. They outrebounded Talje Knights 46-27 including a 15-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Talje Knights were plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was forward Richard Hartmann (201-89) who scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Joel Pietros (188-83) chipped in 15 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Four Akropol players scored in double figures. point guard Filip Kovacek (180-95) produced 12 points and Gustav Sundstrom added 7 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Akropol: R.Hartmann 17+9reb+1ast, J.Pietros 15+4reb+5ast, D.Kumbi 15+5reb, M.Jonsson 12+8reb, C.Sutherlin 7+3reb+1ast, S.Mukooza 7+4reb+2ast
Talje: F.Kovacek 12+4reb+3ast, E.Johansson 10+3reb+1ast, G.Sundstrom 7+8reb+2ast, A.Johansson 6+2reb+1ast, T.Karlsson 3+3reb, N.Masso 3+2reb
gschID: 150284


Jarva Devils - Blackeberg 60-77

The guests trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 49-26 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was center Nicklas Bergstrom (205-78) who had a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Niklas Axelsson (196) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Binyam Feghadu (195-89) produced 14 points and 4 assists and forward Niclas Plahn (188-89) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Blackeberg: N.Bergstrom 25+11reb+1ast, A.Holmstrom Forster 14+6reb, N.Axelsson 11+9reb+1ast, G.Panghulan 8+1reb+1ast, T.Schuberg 8+2ast, F.Nouri 5+1reb+9ast
Jarva Devils: B.Feghadu 14+3reb+4ast, N.Joe Badjie 11+2reb+1ast, J.Kebedom 9+5reb+1ast, N.Plahn 8+6reb+2ast, K.Turan 6+2reb+1ast, S.Tahir 4+1ast
gschID: 150285


Eagles - Uppsala KFUM 102-65

The game was mostly controlled by White Eagles. KFUM Uppsala was better in fourth quarter 24-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. White Eagles forced 21 KFUM Uppsala turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by KFUM Uppsala's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when White Eagles made 9 blocks. The best player for the winners was guard Yasin Merzoug (183-79) who scored 27 points. point guard Jonas Ghebremeskel (181-84, college: Wiley) chipped in 21 points, 8 assists and 5 steals. Four White Eagles players scored in double figures. Guard Alex Mikaelsson (182-90) produced 16 points and swingman Simon Ezra (197-94) added 12 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Eagles: Y.Merzoug 27+2reb+3ast, J.Ghebremeskel 21+3reb+8ast, R.Haag 17+4reb+8ast, J.Taylor 13+6reb+4ast, A.Micovic 10+7reb+1ast, D.Femic 7+12reb+1ast
Uppsala KFUM: A.Mikaelsson 16+1reb+1ast, S.Ezra 12+3reb, J.Hellerstrom 9+5reb, J.Berggrund 7+4reb+3ast, S.Eliasson 6+2reb, C.Nielsen 5+1ast
gschID: 150280


Taby - Orongo 100-77

The game without a history. Taby Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-27 free shots (81.5 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was guard Mikael Banks (191-81) who scored 27 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Frank Nordin chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Taby Basket's coach felt very confident that he used 11 players saving starting five for next games. Guard Robin Johansson (184-91) produced 21 points and 4 steals and Pontus Lennartsson (-93) added 18 points respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Taby: M.Banks 27+8reb+4ast, F.Nordin 18+10reb, J.Ehlde 14+4ast, E.Desport 10+2reb+2ast, R.Lindberg 9+3reb+5ast, S.Desport 8+4reb+3ast
Orongo: R.Johansson 21+1reb+2ast, P.Lennartsson 18+1reb, A.Nilsson 10+7reb+1ast, J.Forslund-Holmback 9+4reb+1ast, W.Gutenius 8+4reb+3ast, S.Lennartsson 5+3reb
gschID: 150281


LF Future - Haga Haninge 63-53

The game was mostly controlled by LF Future. Haga Haninge managed to win second period 15-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. LF Future forced 21 Haga Haninge turnovers. The best player for the winners was naturalized Iraqi forward Samir Ali Hussein (198-92) who had a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds. American guard Brian Curry (185-86) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. LF Future's coach Jim Enbom used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Per Hultman-Boye (192-81, college: Eckerd) produced 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Bjorn Johansson (190-83) added 14 points respectively for the guests. LF Future keeps a position of North leader, which they share with 4 other teams.
Top scorers:
LF Future: B.Curry 18+6reb+2ast, R.Ryan 15+4reb+2ast, S.Ali Hussein 11+14reb+2ast, D.Eliasson 8+1reb, J.Eriksson 4+7reb+1ast, F.Bjornsson 3+2reb+2ast
Haga Haninge: B.Johansson 14+4reb+2ast, P.Hultman-Boye 11+7reb+5ast, P.Sahlberg 8+9reb+1ast, S.Alvring 7+7reb+1ast, D.Czernik 6+7reb+1ast, J.Wernqvist 5+6reb
gschID: 150282


BG Lulea - Haga Haninge 65-91

The game was mostly controlled by Haga Haninge. BG Lulea was better in third quarter 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Haga Haninge forced 20 BG Lulea turnovers and outrebounded them 47-29 including 16 on the offensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Guard Per Hultman-Boye (192-81, college: Eckerd) orchestrated the victory by scoring 14 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals. Forward Simon Alvring (191-82) contributed with 8 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Haga Haninge players scored in double figures. Guard Johan Stenberg (189-93) replied with 19 points and 7 rebounds and forward Robin Sandberg (194-93) added 10 points in the effort for BG Lulea. BG Lulea's coach Matthias Kentta gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Despite that victory Haga Haninge went down to sixth position (North) due to points difference, which they share with Eskilstuna.
Top scorers:
Haga Haninge: J.Forsman 18+3reb+1ast, B.Johansson 14+4reb+3ast, P.Hultman-Boye 14+5reb+5ast, D.Czernik 13+4reb+4ast, O.Jernberg 12+8reb+1ast, S.Alvring 8+10reb+6ast
BG Lulea: J.Stenberg 19+7reb+1ast, R.Sandberg 10+3reb+2ast, H.Stalbrost 9+1reb, J.Turner 8+3reb+1ast, P.Anttila 7+2ast, A.Isaksson 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 150283


Group South
Eos - Srbija 55-58

Srbija managed to escape with a 3-point win 58-55 on Saturday evening. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 14-10 charge, which allowed them to win the game. FYR Macedonian forward Todorce Petkovski (200-80) had a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and naturalized Serbian forward Nino Zurovac (202-80) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Guard Adnan Karovic (187-88) responded with 24 points and 6 rebounds and forward Johannes Hellstrom (-90) scored 2 points and 7 rebounds. IK Eos' coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Srbija keeps a position of South leader, which they share with 4 other teams.
Top scorers:
Srbija: N.Zurovac 15+6reb, T.Petkovski 12+11reb+3ast, K.Gafor 11+3reb+1ast, S.Svedas 9+6reb+6ast, P.Nordlof 4+1reb, A.Sadik 4+4reb
Eos: A.Karovic 24+6reb+1ast, M.Bjarnemar 7+1reb+1ast, D.Gustafsson 6+5reb, T.Bendz 6+3reb, K.Adanovur 4+3reb+1ast, A.Sirbic 3+4reb
gschID: 150291


Helsingborg - Hoganas 73-66

Hoganas were ahead by 2 points after three quarters before a 21-12 charge of Helsingborg, which allowed them to win the game. They outrebounded Hoganas 47-26 including a 32-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. Naturalized Bosnian forward Srdjan Vukovic (197-86) notched a double-double by scoring 25 points and 14 rebounds to lead the effort and supported him with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Even 18 points and 5 steals by guard Dwight Bankhead Bankhead (181-83) did not help to save the game for Hoganas. Lithuanian power forward Linas Savickas (197-79) added 14 points and 6 rebounds for the guests.
Top scorers:
Helsingborg: S.Vukovic 25+14reb+1ast, R.Flink 16+12reb+1ast, J.Christensen 10+1reb+1ast, M.Bernborg 9+1reb+1ast, S.Radojevic 5+3reb, A.Persson 5+2reb+3ast
Hoganas: D.Bankhead Bankhead 18+4reb+2ast, L.Savickas 14+6reb, M.Kuksta 11+1reb, L.Kutra 8+5reb+3ast, E.Juozapaitis 5+1reb+1ast, D.Sutkevicius 2+4reb
gschID: 150292


Fryshuset - Brahe Basket 62-87

Brahe Basket smashed Fryshuset 87-62 on Saturday. The game without a history. Brahe Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Brahe Basket forced 21 Fryshuset turnovers and outrebounded them 38-23 including a 20-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was guard Billy Andersson (193-89) who scored 19 points and 7 rebounds. Jamaican center Hugh Robinson (202-83) chipped in 17 points and 8 rebounds. Four Brahe Basket players scored in double figures. Walter Lindstrom (-95) produced 14 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and forward Nathan Dawit (192-94) added 13 points respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Brahe Basket: B.Andersson 19+7reb, H.Robinson 17+8reb+1ast, G.Lindsten 13+5reb+2ast, A.Cahilig 12+3reb+1ast, C.Henriks 8+8reb+4ast, K.Gronhage 6+1reb+1ast
Fryshuset: W.Lindstrom 14+2reb+1ast, N.Dawit 13+2reb, G.Adersteg 10+1reb, S.Nguyen 8+1reb+1ast, E.Jakobsson 8+5reb, A.Adersteg 4+5reb
gschID: 150287


Solna Branten - Hogsbo 51-42

The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Solna Branten dominated on the defensive end, holding Hogsbo to just 7 points in third quarter. They also forced 20 Hogsbo turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Niklas Larsson (196-94) who scored 12 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Joakim Svensson (184-87) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Oscar Johansson (-91) produced 8 points and 11 rebounds and forward Anton Bergang (200-93) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Solna Branten keeps a position of South leader, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted Hogsbo still closes the standings with two games lost.
Top scorers:
Solna Branten: N.Larsson 12+6reb+2ast, J.Svensson 12+6reb+2ast, J.Eliassson 10+7reb+1ast, J.Masabe 7+3reb+5ast, T.Ljunggren 4+7reb, P.Horman 3+1reb
Hogsbo: A.Bergang 9+7reb, O.Johansson 8+11reb, P.Dreikant 7+5reb+3ast, L.Brehm 6+2reb+1ast, R.Davidsson 6+2reb, Y.Trott 3+9reb
gschID: 150288


Norrkoping BK - Nassjo 42-74

The game without a history. Nassjo led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Norrkoping BK to just 7 points in second quarter. Nassjo dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Norrkoping BK's 20. Nassjo forced 28 Norrkoping BK turnovers and outrebounded them 43-23 including a 32-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was naturalized Serbian power forward Srdjan Damjanovic (204-79) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Mathias Liljeqvist (196-92) chipped in 16 points. Center Hammadi Neffati (193-91) produced 9 points and 5 rebounds and guard Robertino Duric (-92) added 8 points respectively for the hosts. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest.
Top scorers:
Nassjo: S.Damjanovic 18+10reb+3ast, M.Liljeqvist 16+3reb, F.Heikkinen 9+2reb+1ast, K.Ternell 7+5reb, J.Graudins 7+6reb+1ast, R.Boss 6+3reb
Norrkoping BK: H.Neffati 9+5reb+1ast, R.Duric 8+1reb+1ast, N.Rydgren 6+1reb, A.Kadrispahic 6+2reb, K.Grant 4+2reb+1ast, L.Wissing 3+3reb
gschID: 150289


Sanda - Malbas 61-78

The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-61. Malbas dominated down low during the game scoring 56 of its points in the paint compared to Sanda Basket's 24. Malbas forced 21 Sanda Basket turnovers. Sanda Basket was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Australian guard John Fitzgerald (193-84, college: Lindsey Wilson) who scored 24 points and 7 rebounds (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!). Kosovan power forward Korab Ferizi (201-85) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Four Malbas players scored in double figures. Guard Adrian Thorangen (195-93) produced 17 points and forward Johan Ganstrand (192-93) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Malbas: J.Fitzgerald 24+7reb+3ast, K.Ferizi 18+11reb+1ast, C.Almstrand 13+8reb, A.Nilsson 10+3reb, A.Ben Hamida 4+3reb+1ast, G.Sinani 4
Sanda: A.Thorangen 17+2reb+2ast, J.Peltier 15+3reb, J.Ganstrand 10+7reb+1ast, M.Williams 8+5reb+1ast, J.Enarsson 4, N.Holmstrom-Forster 3+4reb
gschID: 150290


Hoganas - Eos 92-80

This time Hoganas used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Lund 92-80 on Friday night. The game without a history. Hoganas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Hoganas forced 20 IK Eos turnovers and outrebounded them 39-25 including 25 on the defensive glass. IK Eos were plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Dwight Bankhead Bankhead (181-83) who scored 25 points and 6 rebounds. Lithuanian forward Nerijus Strazdauskas (198-84) chipped in 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman Daniel Gustafsson (197-90) produced 25 points and 8 rebounds and guard Adnan Karovic (187-88) added 13 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Hoganas: D.Bankhead Bankhead 25+6reb+2ast, N.Strazdauskas 21+6reb+4ast, L.Kutra 11+2reb+5ast, V.Sutkevicius 9+4reb+6ast, M.Kuksta 8+5reb, M.Zacharenko 6+2reb+1ast
Eos: D.Gustafsson 25+8reb+1ast, A.Karovic 13+2reb+4ast, A.Sirbic 9, K.Adanovur 8+2reb, N.Gjorup 7+4reb+2ast, A.Medjedoub 6+3reb
gschID: 150286




Viktor Gaddefors joins Sidigas Avellino - by Eurobasket News
Swedish prospect Viktor Gaddefors (200-F-92) will play for Sidigas Avellino. They agreed a one-year loan with his team Virtus Bologna. Gaddefors joined Bologna team last summer, but he had limited playing time. He played mostly for their juniors and appeared just six times in SerieA. He had 2.3 ppg and 1 rpg. It is expected that Gaddefors will get more chance with Avelino this season. Viktor Gaddefors played for KFUM Uppsala and Uppsala in Sweden. He is a member of the Swedish U20 National Team. For 8 games at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao this summer he had 13.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 1.3 apg. Gaddefors also played for U18 Sweden in the past. He helped them win the Division B title in 2009.

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


Stats Leaders - BasketEttan
Points Per Game
 Yasin MERZOUG
  Eagles
  (183-G-79)
  Avg: 27
 1. Merzoug, Eagles27.0 
 2. Bankhead Ba., Ho.21.5 
 3. Ghebremeskel, Eag.21.0 
 4. Vukovic, Helsingbo.19.5 
 5. Karovic, Eos18.5 
 6. Haag, Eagles17.0 
 7. Flink, Helsingborg16.0 
 8. Zurovac, Srbija16.0 
 9. Cedermarker, Srb.16.0 
 10. Mikaelsson, Uppsa.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Todorce PETKOVSKI
  Srbija
  (200-F-80)
  Avg: 14
 1. Petkovski, Srbija14.0 
 2. Femic, Eagles12.0 
 3. Vukovic, Helsingbo.12.0 
 4. Flink, Helsingborg12.0 
 5. Savickas, Hoganas9.0 
 6. Micovic, Eagles7.0 
 7. Uusitalo, Uppsa.7.0 
 8. Gustafsson, Eos6.5 
 9. Svedas, Srbija6.0 
 10. Taylor, Eagles6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jonas GHEBREMESKEL
  Eag.
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Ghebremeskel, Eag.8.0 
 2. Haag, Eagles8.0 
 3. Cedermarker, Srb.7.0 
 4. Svedas, Srbija6.0 
 5. Kutra, Hoganas4.0 
 6. Taylor, Eagles4.0 
 7. Sutkevicius, Hogan.4.0 
 8. Roslund, Srbija3.0 
 9. Merzoug, Eagles3.0 
 10. Berggrund, Uppsa.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jonas GHEBREMESKEL
  Eag.
  (181-PG-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Ghebremeskel, Eag.5.0 
 2. Karovic, Eos3.5 
 3. Cedermarker, Srb.3.0 
 4. Bankhead Ba., Ho.3.0 
 5. Strazdauskas, Hog.3.0 
 6. Vukovic, Helsingbo.2.5 
 7. Gafor, Srbija2.5 
 8. Uusitalo, Uppsa.2.0 
 9. Hellerstrom, Uppsa.2.0 
 10. Sutkevicius, Hoga.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Joseph TAYLOR
  Eagles
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Taylor, Eagles6.0 
 2. Femic, Eagles3.0 
 3. Zurovac, Srbija1.5 
 4. Flink, Helsingborg1.0 
 5. Fastberg, Helsingb.1.0 
 6. Kuksta, Hoganas1.0 
 7. Gustafsson, Eos1.0 
 8. Petkovski, Srbija0.5 
 9. Vukovic, Helsingbo.0.5 
 10. Sutkevicius, Hoga.0.5 


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Stats Leaders LNA
Points Per Game
 Michael EFEVBERHA
  Lugano T.
  (199-G-84)
  Avg: 30
 1. Efevberha, Lugano30.0 
 2. Yates, Fribourg29.0 
 3. Abukar, Lugano T.22.0 
 4. Kazadi, Fribourg20.0 
 5. Calasan, Boncourt19.0 
 6. Ramseier, SAV V.19.0 
 7. Thomas, BBC Nyon18.0 
 8. Schneiderman, SAV18.0 
 9. Mladjan, Lugano T.17.0 
 10. McCrory, Starwings17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan RICHARDS
  Lugano T.
  (212-C/F-91)
  Avg: 17
 1. Richards, Lugano T.17.0 
 2. Calasan, Boncourt11.0 
 3. Allen, Boncourt10.0 
 4. Knutson, BBC Nyon9.0 
 5. Yates, Fribourg8.0 
 6. Abukar, Lugano T.8.0 
 7. Thomas, BBC Nyon8.0 
 8. Pape, SAV Vacallo8.0 
 9. Kazadi, Fribourg7.0 
 10. Polyblank, Fribou.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Brandon JENKINS
  Starwings
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Jenkins, Starwings7.0 
 2. Draughan, Lugano6.0 
 3. Esterkamp, Fribo.5.0 
 4. Allen, Boncourt5.0 
 5. Petkovic, Starw.5.0 
 6. Burrows, Starwings4.0 
 7. Zivkovic, BBC Nyon4.0 
 8. Thomas, BBC Nyon4.0 
 9. Efevberha, Lugano4.0 
 10. Gibson, SAV Vacal.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus SLOAN
  SAV Vacallo
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Sloan, SAV Vacallo6.0 
 2. Petkovic, Starw.4.0 
 3. Gibson, SAV Vacallo4.0 
 4. Schneiderman, SAV3.0 
 5. Efevberha, Lugano3.0 
 6. Meylan, BBC Nyon3.0 
 7. Salomone, Boncourt3.0 
 8. Mladjan, Lugano T.3.0 
 9. Esterkamp, Fribo.2.0 
 10. Uzas, SAV Vacallo2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ronald YATES
  Fribourg
  (201-F-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Yates, Fribourg3.0 
 2. Thomas, BBC Nyon2.0 
 3. Mladjan, Lugano T.2.0 
 4. Matter, Starwings2.0 
 5. Jenkins, Starwings1.0 
 6. N''Diaye, Boncourt1.0 
 7. Burrows, Starwings1.0 
 8. Richards, Lugano T.1.0 
 9. Albrecht, Starw.1.0 
 10. Schwaiger, Bonco.1.0 


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  TANZANIA   


Savio Make a Flying Start - by Carlos Pereira
Basketball giants Savio sounded a warning note to their next opponents in the Ilala District League on Friday when they trounced Jogoo 77-36 in an exciting match at the Don Bosco court, Upanga.
The winners and runners-up of the league organised by Dar es Salaam Basketball (DB), will qualify for the RBA League, one of the biggest basketball events in the country. Despite the defeat, Jogoo played their hearts out, and they seemed destined to cause an upset when they put Savio at bay in the first four minutes of the first quarter.
After surviving an early scare, Savio took the game to their opponents, commanding the proceedings with swift but accurate passes for a 13-9 first quarter lead.
In the second quarter, Savio started where they had left out, scoring points almost at will to the delight of a partisan crowd at the venue. At half time, they were leading 34-16.
George Tarimo was instrumental to Savio's victory. He scored 12 points and his teammate Syliviani Yunzu had 11.
In another match, JKT inflicted a painful 93-28 defeat on hapless Police in a one-sided game at the TCC grounds, Temeke.
JKT, led by Mkumbo Mgeni and Baraka Saidi, stamped their authority right from the start. They won 12-10, 14-9, 26-3 and 11-2.Mgeni scored 18 points for the army team and Saidi had 10. Adrew Mtalemwa was a notable player for the law enforcers. He netted 10 points.
In Kinondoni, Hope Life beat Insiders 78-35 at the Leaders Club court, and Brothers tumbled 101-28 to Leopards at the same venue.




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  TURKEY   


Anadolu Efes clinch Two Nations Cup title - by Eurobasket News
Anadolu Efes - Olympiakos 87:62

Anadolu Efes claimed the Two Nations Cup title. They defeated Olympiakos in the title clash in Istanbul. Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) stepped up with 18 points to pace the winners.
Anadolu Efes led by just a single point at the first intermission 24:23. But they stepped on the gas in the second term. The Turkish team outscored their opponents 23:9 in the period to pile up a comfortable 47:32 halftime lead. Anadolu Efes maintained the lead quite well throughout the next two periods. They entered the final stanza up by 23 points and never looked back afterwards. Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) provided 11 points, while Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 10 points in the winning case. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) replied with 11 points for Olympiakos. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) had 9 points in the loss.

Anadolu Efes: Tarence Kinsey 18, Ersan Ilyasova 11, Dusko Savanovic 10
Olympiakos: Kyle Hines 11, Martynas Gecevicius 9


Fenerbahce finish third at Two Nations Cup in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce - Panathinaikos 71:61

Fenerbahce clinched the third position at the Two Nations Cup in Istanbul. They overcame Panathinaikos on the final day of the tourney. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) stepped up with 18 points to lead the charge.
Fenerbahce limited their opponents to just 13 points in the starting frame. They posted a 5-point lead after ten minutes. Panathinaikos tuned up offensively in the second quarter and trimmed the deficit to just 4-point mark at the interval. Fenerbahce however repeated the trick in the third term. They held the Hellenes to only 6 points in ten minutes entering the fourth quarter up by 9 points. The hosts controlled the tempo in the final frame and rolled to the victory at the end. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) and Hakan Demirel (192-G-85) accounted for 13 points each in the win. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) answered with 12 points for Panathinaikos. Alexis Kiritsis (198-G-82) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Fenerbahce: Bojan Bogdanovic 18, Curtis Jerrells 13, Hakan Demirel 13
Panathinaikos: Sarunas Jasikevicius 12, Alexis Kiritsis 10


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


VI SPECIAL OPERATIONS BASKETBALL TEAM MAKES HISTORY!!! - by David Edole
For the first time in the history of high school basketball, the Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands have joined forces as one team in an effort to conquer all rivals in the Delaware High School Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Youth Basketball Tournament. 12 high profile high school basketball players, all from the VI/BVI but currently residing between Maryland, Delaware and Philadelphia will compete as one unit in the 9 week tournament. The only suitable name for this force to reckon with is VI SPECIAL OPERATION (VISO). Unity, sportsmanship and teamwork are just a few of the core values of the VISO Team. Each week their union strengthens as they take the court where their natural talent of basketball and a knack for winning is displayed. It takes tremendous efforts of planning, organization and coordination each week to get the players to and from the tournament but it is guaranteed that when the VISO Boys takes the court, the VI/BVI presence is fully felt in the Arena each and every week. The team is coached by community activist and mentor, Mr. Sheniko Frett, a VI/BVI native. The players representing this wonderful force are Deon Edwin (Captain), Norville Carey (Captain), Alex Ackhel Basil, Xavier Richards, Agyei Gregory, Javier Martinez, Kahllid Hart, Rasheed Swanson, Shakeil Humphrey, Ryan Alfred, Amadius Der-weer, and Reavaun Garraway. Honorable Mentor: Judge Roslyn Townson



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  UKRAINE   


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


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Weekend Review - by Paul Nilsen
BBL basketball came to Durham on Saturday evening, and although the home-town Wildcats found Newcastle Eagles too strong in an 88-66 defeat, it was a packed house at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre as the battle of the north east sides was watched by 1200 people writes Dave Ryan.



'Apart from the result, it was a brilliant night' said Wildcats' coach Dave Elderkin . 'The place was absolutely packed, the atmosphere was fantastic and we got lot of support from Durham University students, and the rugby team created a great atmosphere.



'It was really good fun, and I think the crowd appreciated the never-say-die attitude of the fans. We'll get better, but everyone who came to game got to see some great basketball and had a free sauna as it as absolutely boiling in there!



'It was a tough game for us' admitted Elderkin, 'Mario Flaherty's international clearance didn't come though in time and we're without Paul Elderkin. They were really, really tough, but we didn't play well in the first half.'



After a season without collecting any silverware, Eagles are clearly in no mood for a repeat, and prior to beating the Wildcats they had a strong final 15 minutes to defeat old rivals Glasgow Rocks 85-63 to take control of Group One.


It was a tough opening weekend for Guildford Heat in Group Four as they went down to a pair of defeats. Worcester Wolves needed overtime to win 93-87 on Saturday evening as coach Paul James chalked up a win against his old club, the pain continued for the Surrey Sports Park club the following day as they hosted UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders and let a 16 point first half lead slip as the visitors went home with a 95-91 victory.



Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders hold the advantage in Group Three as they held off a determined Prestige Home MK Lions to win 81-73 despite a 28 point haul from Lions' Demarius Bolds.



One Health Sharks Sheffield and Cheshire Jets met twice over the weekend, and it was the former who took control of Group Two with a pair of wins. Atiba Lyons' side won 66-62 at home on Friday night before a 21 point, 21 rebound double-double from Justin Dobbins helped them to a thrilling 86-84 win at Northgate Arena on Sunday. Great Britain's Nate Reinking sunk the winning shot on Sunday to give the Sharks a quick-fire double.


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  URUGUAY   


Ryan Humphrey will play with Bigua - by Hector Lopez
Ryan Humphrey (203-C/F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame), a formar NBA player, will play for Bigua, announced his new team. Bigua will be flying on Wednesday to Sao Paulo (Brazil) to play for the South American League., with the local team Pinheiros, Obras Sanitarias, from Argentina, and Arrieros, from Colombia. The two best teams will play the next round. Another group for the South American League will be played in Montevideo (October 13/15) with Malvin, the LUB champions, Uniceub (Brazil), Centauros (Venezuela) and Amistad (Bolivia).

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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   


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




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Women News

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Angola stops Senegal 11th title ambition - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The hope of former champion of FIBA Africa Championship for Women, Senegal of winning her eleventh title and gain direct ticket to the London 2012 Olympic Games was aborted Sunday night by Angola who defeated the Lioness in the grand finale of the 22nd edition of the championship by 62-54 points to become Africa representative at the 2012 summer Olympics leaving Senegal and Mali who defeated Nigeria in the third place game to fight for a place alongside European, Americas, Asia and Oceania in the FIBA Pre-Olympic qualifiers.

Determined to stop the ambition of Senegal Angola enter the game with strong determination playing tough in all department of the battle for the Special Africa title as FIBA Africa clock fifty June this year.

Angola went up early in the game winning the first two quarters by 16-14 and 16-12 points for a half-time scores of 32-26 points, the Senegalese fought back like wounded Lionesss in the third quarter winning the quarter by 13-19 to even scores by 45 points apiece going into the last quarter but Angola proved its worth with good showing to pick the last and decisive quarter by 17-09 points.

Sunday encounter is the fourth between both sides in two months with Senegal running away with the 10th All Africa Games Gold medal in Maputo, Mozambique last month while it also defeated the Angolan at the preliminary stage of the Mali 2011 Afrobasket but is was the Angolan that carry the day when it matter most an Olympic ticket, gold medal and trophy.

Angola Sonia Guadalupe led the floor with 23 points and 6 rebounds, new Africa Queen of the hoop, Nacissela Mauricio who was crowned the most valuable player of the championship had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists while Luisa Tomas added 10 points and 4 rebounds to give their side victory.

Host Mali defeated Nigeria by 71-62 points in a crunchy game to pick the bronze and an Olympic Games playoffs ticket.

Mozambique finished the series in fifth position, Cameroon is sixth, Democratic Republic of Congo placed seventh, under-performed Cote dIvoire occupies the eighth position while the quartet of Rwanda, Tunisia, Guinea and Ghana occupy the ninth to twelfth positions.

Mali forward Djenebou Sissoko won the highest points award with 131 points an average of 16.375 points per-game, Sissoko teammate Djene Diawara won the highest rebound award, Senegal Astou Traore won the three-point award with Angola golden girl won the MVP award.

Angola and Senegal had two players each Nacissela Mauricio and Sonia Guadalupe (Angola) and Aya Traore and Mame Diouf Diodio (Senegal) and Mali Sissoko made the continent Top-5 list.







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  ANGOLA - Women  


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Angola stops Senegal 11th title ambition - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The hope of former champion of FIBA Africa Championship for Women, Senegal of winning her eleventh title and gain direct ticket to the London 2012 Olympic Games was aborted Sunday night by Angola who defeated the Lioness in the grand finale of the 22nd edition of the championship by 62-54 points to become Africa representative at the 2012 summer Olympics leaving Senegal and Mali who defeated Nigeria in the third place game to fight for a place alongside European, Americas, Asia and Oceania in the FIBA Pre-Olympic qualifiers.

Determined to stop the ambition of Senegal Angola enter the game with strong determination playing tough in all department of the battle for the Special Africa title as FIBA Africa clock fifty June this year.

Angola went up early in the game winning the first two quarters by 16-14 and 16-12 points for a half-time scores of 32-26 points, the Senegalese fought back like wounded Lionesss in the third quarter winning the quarter by 13-19 to even scores by 45 points apiece going into the last quarter but Angola proved its worth with good showing to pick the last and decisive quarter by 17-09 points.

Sunday encounter is the fourth between both sides in two months with Senegal running away with the 10th All Africa Games Gold medal in Maputo, Mozambique last month while it also defeated the Angolan at the preliminary stage of the Mali 2011 Afrobasket but is was the Angolan that carry the day when it matter most an Olympic ticket, gold medal and trophy.

Angola Sonia Guadalupe led the floor with 23 points and 6 rebounds, new Africa Queen of the hoop, Nacissela Mauricio who was crowned the most valuable player of the championship had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists while Luisa Tomas added 10 points and 4 rebounds to give their side victory.

Host Mali defeated Nigeria by 71-62 points in a crunchy game to pick the bronze and an Olympic Games playoffs ticket.

Mozambique finished the series in fifth position, Cameroon is sixth, Democratic Republic of Congo placed seventh, under-performed Cote dIvoire occupies the eighth position while the quartet of Rwanda, Tunisia, Guinea and Ghana occupy the ninth to twelfth positions.

Mali forward Djenebou Sissoko won the highest points award with 131 points an average of 16.375 points per-game, Sissoko teammate Djene Diawara won the highest rebound award, Senegal Astou Traore won the three-point award with Angola golden girl won the MVP award.

Angola and Senegal had two players each Nacissela Mauricio and Sonia Guadalupe (Angola) and Aya Traore and Mame Diouf Diodio (Senegal) and Mali Sissoko made the continent Top-5 list.







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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


WNBL to launch 2011/12 Season in Melbourne on Wednesday - by Eurobasket News
The Womens National Basketball League will formally launch the 2011/12 WNBL season in Melbourne on Wednesday 5 October at The Olsen Hotel in South Yarra.

Returning from her rookie season in the WNBA, league most valuable player Liz Cambage of the Bulleen Boomers headlines the list of star players attending on the day, which includes players from all ten WNBL clubs.

Also set to attend are Olympian Alicia Poto of the Sydney Uni Flames and current and former Jayco Opals representatives Tess Madgen of the Bendigo Spirit, Kathleen McLeod of the Dandenong Rangers and Jo Hill of the Adelaide Lightning. A full list of attending players is below.

Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Larry Sengstock will be on hand to launch the season, along with the 2011/12 WNBL Championship Trophy.

The event will be held at The Olsen Hotel, with the media component of the launch set to begin at 10:00AM.

Working media are invited to cover the launch and should call Ryan Mobilia on 0412 058 927 to confirm their attendance ASAP. There will be multiple photo/footage opportunities against the picturesque Melbourne city backdrop, as well as interview opportunities with all players in attendance.

The 2011/12 WNBL season tips-off on October 7.

WHAT: Official WNBL Season Launch

WHO: Larry Sengstock (BA CEO), Liz Cambage (Bulleen Boomers), Alicia Poto (Sydney Uni Flames), Kathleen McLeod (Dandenong Rangers), Renae Camino (Logan Thunder), Jessica Bibby (Canberra Capitals), Tess Madgen (Bendigo Spirit), Deanna Smith (Bendigo Spirit), Rebecca Cole (AIS), Jo Hill (Adelaide Lightning), Jillian Haughton (Townsville Fire), Samantha Norwood (West Coast Waves).

WHEN: Wednesday 5 October, 10:00AM
WHERE: Penthouse Suite, The Olsen Hotel, 637 Chapel Street, South Yarra, VIC

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


Mikaela Dombkins signs with the Canberra TransACT Capitals - by Eurobasket News
Basketball ACT CEO Mark Cartwright today announced the signing of Mikaela Dombkins (181-G/F-86) with the Canberra TransACT Capitals for the 2011/2012 WNBL season.

Mikaela has spent the last three weeks trialing with the Canberra TransACT Capitals for contract with the team for this season, said Mark Cartwright.

She has shown enough at training and in the practice games to earn herself a place in the squad for the upcoming season and we are looking forward to seeing her take the court with the Capitals.

Todays announcement will see Mikaela join the seven time premiership winning club for her first season as a Canberra TransACT Capital.

The Capitals commence their 2011/12 WNBL season with a road double playing the Grand Final replay against the Bulleen Boomers in Melbourne on Saturday 8 October and back up against the Dandenong Rangers on Sunday 9 October in Dandenong.

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


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  AUSTRIA - Women  


Flying Foxes open title defence with victory - by Eurobasket News
Flying Foxes tipped off the new AWBL season with win. They overcame BK Duchess at home court 79:54. Kachine Alexander (175-G-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Iowa) nailed 29 points to pace the defending champions. BK Duchess led by five points 25:20 after ten minutes but Flying Foxes changed the complexion of the game in the second frame. They outscored the visitors 25:12 to take a 8-point halftime lead. Flying Foxes limited BK Duchess to just 17 points in the second half claiming a well-deserved win at the end. Zsuzsanna Horvath (190-F-79, college: Georgetown) produced 17 points in the victory. Sophia Plank (178-G/F-83) answered with 16 points for BK Duchess. Diana Picorusevic (165-PG-92) had 9 points in defeat.
BC Vienna rallied past UBI Graz 74:50 on the road. Agnes Roth (185-F/C-86) and Lisa Zderadicka (168-PG-94) notched 18 points each to pace the visitors. Nora Kampitsch (181-C-88) answered with 16 points for UBI Graz.
Julia Schwab (180-F-82) scored 17 points to lead Innsbruck to a narrow 59:57 win over SK Kammer on the road. Margit Forcher (177-G-76) added 14 points in the winning effort. Sybille Ebner (171-G-82) answered with 18 points for Kammer.


Standings - AWBL
AWBL Standings
 1. BC Vienna 1-0 
 2. Fl.Foxes 1-0 
 3. TI Sparkasse 1-0 
 4. UBBC 0-0 
 5. BK Duchess 0-1 
 6. Kammer 0-1 
 7. UBI Graz 0-1 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE - Women  


The new BWBL season is upcoming soon! - by Eurobasket News
Vilnius hosted the XVIII Baltic Women Basketball League (BWBL) leaders' meeting, led by long-standing President of the League professor. Kazimira Prunskiene. Meeting was attended by league general managers and coaches. In 2011-2012 season for the BWBL Cup will fight sixteen teams from six countries. For the second year in a row the richest team squad, five team, delegated Belarus: Horizont, 'Minsk-2006', and 'Berezina-RCOR' (all from Minsk), 'Olympia' and 'Victoria' (both from Grodno). It is nice to announce that Lithuania in the eighteenth season will have a total of four representatives: Vici-Aistes (Kaunas), Lemminkainen (Klaipeda), MRU (Vilnius) and 'Sirenos' (Kaunas region).



Other Baltic country, Latvia, this year delegated three teams: TTT-Riga, TTT-Riga Juniores' and 'BC RTU-Merks (all from Riga).. Also BWBL will have two teams from Estonia ECLEX and KK Tallinna likool (both from Tallinn). Together with women from Belarus, the slavic honor will defend last year's vice-champion Spartak from St.Petersburg, Russia and after the break to come back to the league Tim-Scuf representative from Kiev. Also this year BWBL will have a debut from Ivano-Frankovsk city in Ukraine which will delegate 'Galichina' team.



Championship, which starts already in October 15th, 2011, will take place in three stages. The first twelve teams will play in two groups A and B in two rounds system. In regular season, each team will play at least 10 games.



In the second stage of the competition, Elite Division, the most powerful women in the Baltic Basketball League teams will join the tournament: Vici-Aistes, Lemminkainen Horizont teams and last season's finalist Spartak.



Eight second-round teams will be divided into two subgroups: Group C bucket Vici-Aistes, Lemminkainen, first place in Group A took up team, and second place in Group B is occupied by another team. In Group D will play: Spartak, Horizont, winner of Group B and Group A second team. In the second phase of the contest participants will play six games in a two round system.



Two strongest teams of each subgroup will go to the Final Four tournament, to be held at the end of April 2012.



We hope that after a great last season, new, eighteenth championship will be even better. Moreover, that since the autumn, all women's basketball fans will be able to see 'live' scores of BWBL games, which will appear on the league website. In addition, the upcoming season of championship participants will be plenty of pleasant surprises that will bring new and old sponsors of the league!



We wish to all athletes to feel good experience and more positive emotions on the court and for the audience - a lot of pleasant moments during the unpredictable and many intriguing Baltic Womens Basketball League games!
Courtesy of: http://www.bwbl.lt



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  BULGARIA - Women  


Two Ukrainian additions for Neftohimik - by Maria Mitzova
Bulgarian champion Neftochimic 2010 Burgas has added two new players. Ukrainians Kateryna Dorogobuzova (187-F-90, agency: LBM Management) and Olga Olga Dubrovina (170-G-87, agency: LBM Management) are already preparing with the rest of the team in Bourgas.
Kateryna Dorogobuzova comes from French Toulouse. Olga Dubrovina is a guard, played in Italy, Hungary and Ukraine. Both are Ukraine national team players.
Coach Peter Marinov will take his girls to Rousse, where on Tuesday begins a friendly tournament, with Dunav, Levski and Romanian team Targovishte.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


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


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  EUROCUP - Women  


Chevakata add Keyru, Alikina and Sokolovskaya - by Eurobasket News
Chevakata add Keyru, Alikina and Sokolovskaya for the upcoming season. Kristina Alikina (187-F-86, agency: LBM Management) moved to the team from Dynamo Moscow. In 2005-2006 she debuted for UMMC Ekaterinburg and in 2007-2008 played for Dynamo-Energia Novosybirsk (A Superleague). In 22 games she avearged 6.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 90.0%. After another two seasons there she moved to Dynamo Moscow (PBL, starting five) and in EuroCup had 4.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg. In Russian League after 21 games her stats read 5.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 91.7%
Katerina Keyru (182-F-88) is a Russian Forward coming from Spartak St.Petersburg. In 2010-2011 in Russian League she showed 9.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.1apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 64.6%. In BWBL her stats read 10.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-2 (3.3spg), FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 90.5%.
Irina Sokolovskaya (186-F-83) comes back from Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (PBL). Last season in Euroleague after 6 games she avearged 2.3ppg, 1.3rpg. In Russian League after 16 games her stats read 4.1ppg, 2.5rpg.



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  FIBA AMERICAS - Women  


Latinbasket.com All-FIBA Americas Awards 2011 - by Eurobasket
Latinbasket.com All-Tournament 1st Team 2011
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Erika De Souza
De Souza
Oyanaisy Gelis
Gelis
Adriana Moises Pinto
Moises Pinto
Kimberley Smith
Smith
Erica Sanchez
Sanchez
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Best Player: Erika De Souza (197-C-82) of Brazil
Best Guard: Adriana Moises Pinto (169-G-78) of Brazil
Best Forward: Erica Sanchez (184-F/C-76) of Argentina
Best Center: Erika De Souza (197-C-82) of Brazil
Best Coach: Enio Vecchi of Brazil

1st Team
G: Oyanaisy Gelis (172-83) of Cuba
G: Adriana Moises Pinto (169-78) of Brazil
F: Kimberley Smith (187-84) of Canada
F/C: Erica Sanchez (184-76) of Argentina
C: Erika De Souza (197-82) of Brazil

2nd Team
G: Carla Cortijo (170-87) of Puerto Rico
G: Erika Valek (168-82) of Colombia
G: Nicole Louden (172-83) of Jamaica
F/C: Erika Gomez (187-76) of Mexico
C: Clenia Noblet (191-87) of Cuba

3rd Team
G: Javiera Novion (168-87) of Chile
F/G: Patricia De Oliveira (180-79) of Brazil
G: Cynthia Valentin (173-84) of Puerto Rico
C/F: Vanessa Gidden (193-85) of Jamaica
C: Damiris Dantas (192-92) of Brazil

Honorable Mention
Teresa Gabriele (165-G-79) of Canada
Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84) of Canada
Maria Caraves (170-F-92) of Paraguay
Brisa Silva (168-G-84) of Mexico


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  FRANCE - Women  


NF2 Standings - by Eurobasket
NF1 Standings
Group A
 1. Angers 0-0 
 2. Colomiers 0-0 
 3. D'Ifs 0-0 
 4. Feytiat 0-0 
 5. La Couronne 0-0 
 6. Le Poire-sur-Vie 0-0 
 7. Mondeville II 0-0 
 8. Pau Orthez 0-0 
 9. Rennes 0-0 
 10. Reze 0-0 
 11. Stade Poitevin 0-0 
 12. Thouars 0-0 
Group B
 1. Aubervilliers 0-0 
 2. Aulnoye 0-0 
 3. Avenir 0-0 
 4. CFBB II 0-0 
 5. Charnay 0-0 
 6. Chenove 0-0 
 7. Franconville 0-0 
 8. Geispolsheim 0-0 
 9. La Tronche 0-0 
 10. St Etienne 0-0 
 11. Villeurbanne 0-0 
 12. Wasquehal 0-0 


Standings - NF1 (Women) - by Eurobasket News
LF2 Standings
 1. Armentieres 3-0 
 2. Toulouse 3-0 
 3. COB Calais 2-1 
 4. LTB 29 2-1 
 5. Roche 2-1 
 6. Voiron 2-1 
 7. Perpignan 1-2 
 8. CFBB 1-2 
 9. Laveyron 1-2 
 10. Reims 1-2 
 11. Le Havre 1-2 
 12. Dunkerque 1-2 
 13. Limoges 1-2 
 14. SIG 0-3 


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  GERMANY - Women  


Standings - 2.Bundesliga - by Eurobasket News
2.Bundesliga Standings
North
 1. Rotenburg/Sch 19-1 
 2. Quakenbrueck 16-5 
 3. Osnabruck 15-5 
 4. Opladen 10-11 
 5. Gruenberg 9-12 
 6. Bielefeld 8-12 
 7. Hagen Phoenix 8-13 
 8. Rist Scala 8-13 
 9. Neuss 7-14 
 10. Dorsten 6-14 
 11. Jena 6-14 
South
 1. Leimen 17-6 
 2. Viernheim 17-6 
 3. Bamberg 16-7 
 4. Heidelberg 15-8 
 5. Speyer 15-8 
 6. Sandhausen 13-10 
 7. Mainz 12-11 
 8. Germering 11-12 
 9. Ludwigsburg 8-14 
 10. Wuerzburg 6-17 
 11. Herzogenaurach 4-18 
 12. Keltern 3-20 


Standings - Women
DBBL Standings
 1. Freiburg 2-0 
 2. Heli Girls 2-0 
 3. Wasserburg 2-0 
 4. Oberhausen 1-1 
 5. Rhein MB 1-1 
 6. BG 89 Avides 1-1 
 7. OKE Panthers 1-1 
 8. Wolfenbuettel 1-1 
 9. Marburg 1-1 
 10. Chemnitz 0-2 
 11. Halle 0-2 
 12. Saarlouis 0-2 


DBBL Round 2: TSV 1880 Wasserburg hands first defeat to Rhein Main Baskets - by Eurobasket News

Wasserburg - Rhein MB 69-67

Visitors were edged by TSV 1880 Wasserburg 69-67. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 1-0 record before this meeting. The hosts trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 21-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was American power forward Shanika Freeman (183-83, college: Jacksonville St.) who scored 12 points and 9 rebounds. The other American import guard Tiffany Porter-Talbert (175-84, college: W.Kentucky) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four TSV 1880 Wasserburg players scored in double figures. American forward Baendu Lowenthal (183-88, college: Fairfield) produced 13 points and 4 assists and guard Anna-lisa Rexroth (174-90) added 14 points respectively for the guests. Rhein Main Baskets' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion (2-0) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Freiburg and Donau-Ries. Rhein Main Baskets at the other side keep the fourth place with one game lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Rhein MB: A.Rexroth 14+2reb+2ast, B.Lowenthal 13+4reb+4ast, J.Thoman 11+1reb, S.Greunke 6+8reb+3ast, F.Pieczynski 6+2reb, S.Wagner 5+1reb+2ast
Wasserburg: K.Vaughn 16+3reb, T.Porter-Talbert 14+5reb+2ast, S.Freeman 12+9reb+1ast, H.Ozen 11+1reb+1ast, J.Hootmann 6+3reb+1ast, J.Ohanian 4+2reb
gschID: 149130


Donau-Ries - Oberhausen 61-54

Host Heli Donau-Ries (2-0) defeated guests from Oberhausen (1-1) 61-54. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 21-7. But Oberhausen won second period 16-8. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Heli Donau-Ries dominated on the defensive end, holding Oberhausen to just 7 points in first quarter. American center Amber Sprague (196-86, college: San Diego) orchestrated the victory by scoring 17 points and 7 rebounds. The other American import forward Morgan Henderson (185-88, college: San Diego) contributed with 16 points for the winners. International swingman Sarah Austmann (179-85) replied with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Jennifer Bender (185-87, college: Monmouth) added 13 points in the effort for Oberhausen. Heli Donau-Ries maintains first position with 2-0 record, which they share with Wasserburg and Freiburg. Oberhausen at the other side dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Oberhausen: S.Austmann 17+11reb, S.Beld 14+4reb, J.Bender 13+3reb+2ast, B.Thimm 4+7reb, L.Prudent 4+2reb, J.Simonis 2+1reb
Donau-Ries: A.Sprague 17+7reb+2ast, M.Henderson 16+3reb+1ast, D.Richter 10+4reb+2ast, A.Rego 9+4reb+2ast, J.Sommer 7+8reb, M.Unger 2+1reb
gschID: 149131


Freiburg - Rotenburg/Sch 88-81

Eisvogel Freiburg (2-0) defeated guests from Rotenburg (1-1) 88-81. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 88-81. Eisvogel Freiburg forced 19 Rotenburg/Scheessel turnovers. Bosnian power forward Mirna Paunovic (185-76) scored 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Yvonne Turner (174-87, college: Nebraska) chipped in 19 points and 5 steals during the contest. Four Eisvogel Freiburg players scored in double figures. American guard Kim Sitzmann (178-88, college: UALR) responded with 27 points and 5 steals and her fellow American import forward Danielle Clark (185-85, college: New Hampshire) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Eisvogel Freiburg keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Wasserburg and Donau-Ries. Newly promoted Rotenburg/Scheessel keeps the fourth place with one game lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Rotenburg/Sch: K.Sitzmann 27+3reb+2ast, P.Mankertz 20+1reb+5ast, D.Clark 14+13reb, E.lina Stach 7, J.Bos 6+6reb, B.Hueske 4+2reb+2ast
Freiburg: M.Paunovic 21+8reb+4ast, Y.Turner 19+4reb+1ast, J.Lomax 17+6reb, J.Tracey 13+3reb+2ast, S.Brunckhorst 7+5reb, J.Schindler 5+2reb+7ast
gschID: 149132


Wolfenbuettel - Chemnitz 71-47
ChemCats Chemnitz was better in second period 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Wildcats Wolfenbuettel dominated on the defensive end, holding ChemCats Chemnitz to just 4 points in first quarter. American guard Natasha Harris (177-86, college: Boise St.) notched 23 points to lead the effort and Latvian center Ieva Kulite (191-88) supported her with 10 points and 5 assists. Even 8 points by power forward Jana Heinrich (188-86, college: San Diego St.) did not help to save the game for ChemCats Chemnitz. Forward Christina Schnorr (187-92) 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. Wildcats Wolfenbuettel left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with 5 other teams. ChemCats Chemnitz at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: J.Schmidt 9, J.Heinrich 8+3ast, C.Schnorr 7+2ast, M.Jeltema 6+3ast, S.Whitcomb 6+2ast, N.Saponjic 5+1ast
Wolfenbuettel: N.Harris 23+3ast, R.Nikagbatse 11+1ast, I.Kulite 10+5ast, K.Fikiel 8+1reb+1ast, L.Haughian 7+1ast, C.Callahan 6
gschID: 149127


Marburg - Halle 73-66

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But SV Halle Lions won third quarter 22-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. BC Pharmaserv Marburg made 21-of-26 free shots (80.8 percent) during the game. BC Pharmaserv Marburg had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international center Lisa Koop (197-85, college: Winthrop) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). American forward Shenita Landry (188, college: Temple) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Four BC Pharmaserv Marburg players scored in double figures. American power forward Ashley Ellis-Milan (188-87, college: Minnesota) produced 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists and her fellow American import swingman Alissa Pierce (182-86) added 21 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. BC Pharmaserv Marburg (1-1) left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser SV Halle Lions still closes the standings with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Halle: A.Pierce 21+8reb+2ast, A.Ellis-Milan 20+9reb+4ast, M.Abelova 11+1reb+1ast, L.Hebecker 8+6reb, A.Heise 4+4reb+1ast, A.Damm 2+3reb
Marburg: L.Koop 18+14reb+2ast, S.Weber 18+1reb+1ast, A.Davidson 12+4reb+5ast, S.Landry 10+10reb+1ast, M.Skuballa 7+2reb+3ast, T.Menz 4+3ast
gschID: 149128


Saarlouis - Osnabruck 62-81

Osnabrucker Panthers outrebounded TV Saarlouis Royals 46-31 including 19 on the offensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The best player for the winners was American forward Emma Cannon (188, college: Cent.Florida) who had a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 22 rebounds (on 17-of-22 shooting from the field). Naturalized American guard Margaret Dwyer (185, college: Missouri St.) chipped in 16 points and 5 assists. American forward Candace Williams (183-88, college: New Hampshire) produced 25 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Bosnian power forward Anja Stupar (180-89) added 9 points respectively for the hosts. TV Saarlouis Royals' coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. Osnabrucker Panthers left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser TV Saarlouis Royals still closes the standings with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Saarlouis: C.Williams 25+6reb+4ast, M.Beld 11+3reb, A.Stupar 9+4reb+3ast, L.Brodersen 7+1reb+1ast, K.Haefele 4+4reb+2ast, L.Rahn 2+1ast
Osnabruck: E.Cannon 36+22reb+2ast, M.Dwyer 16+3reb+5ast, K.Williams 11+4reb+2ast, L.Vatthauer 7+2reb+2ast, N.Mossong 5+2reb+1ast, A.Pace 2+8reb+8ast
gschID: 149129




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  HOLLAND - Women  


2011/2012 Dutch women basketball league season started with home victories - by Vitalijus Kazanakovas
Last weekend three opening games in the first round of Dames Eredivisie took place. The most intriguing one was between the very new Super Cup 2011 winners- ProBuild Lions Landslake and Challenge Sports-Binnenland. Interestingly, those two already met each other a week ago in a Super Cup final where Probuild ProBuild Lions Landslake claimed their second consecutive title in a tight-defensive match 54-50. This time it was a chance for Challenge Sports-Binnenland to recover and seek for a rematch. Nevertheless, the home court advantage was too much for the visitors and ProBuild ProBuild Lions Landslake battled for their first victory in Eredivisie by 75-67. Both teams started aggressively, giving nothing to each other but at the end in a final quarter it was ProBuild ProBuild Lions Landslake who were a bit sharper and eventually prevailed. In the home team it was Molly McDowell (178-G-81, college: S.Illinois) and Demelza ten Caat who led the team in offense scoring 24 and 17 points respectively.

The other victory from the first round matches came to HLB Accountants Den Helder home in Den Helder where Tessel van Dongen (175-PG-91) scored 22 points to help her team win against STOL-Grasshoppers Katwijk by 64-53. Den Helder was too much even for STOL-Grasshoppers Katwijk newcomer C. Manuputty who made an excellent debut match scoring 33 points and grabbing 11 rebounds.

Probably the most unexpected result from the first round was set in the match between Lekdetec.nl Basketball and CTO Amsterdam. Surprisingly, home team Lekdetec.nl Basketball won with ease in home style by 88-59 against CTO which was assumed to be a favorite of this match by many experts. However, Tanya Broering (178-G-84) brought a tremendous performance in a Sporthal de Bongerd scoring 37 points and leading her team into the first position of Eredivisie after the first round.



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


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Brankica HADZOVIC
  DKSK
  (175-G-81)
  Avg: 25
 1. Hadzovic, DKSK25.0 
 2. Kovacs, Nanette F.24.0 
 3. Szalay, ZTE20.0 
 4. Simon, SE.19.0 
 5. Vida, Nanette FTC18.0 
 6. Bozoki, Bajai NKK18.0 
 7. Skoric, DKSK17.0 
 8. Szabo, Bajai NKK15.0 
 9. Scekic, Bajai NKK15.0 
 10. Teilane, Vasas14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Orsolya FARKASINSZKI
  DKSK
  (185-F/C-86)
  Avg: 13
 1. Farkasinszki, DKSK13.0 
 2. Krnjic, UNIQA E.11.3 
 3. Horvath, ZTE10.0 
 4. Englert, Nanette8.0 
 5. Bujdosi, SE.8.0 
 6. Horvath, EL.8.0 
 7. Zsamar, EL.8.0 
 8. Teilane, Vasas8.0 
 9. Krivacevic, UNIQA7.7 
 10. Hadzovic, DKSK7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Orsolya ENGLERT
  Nanette .
  (170-G-80)
  Avg: 4
 1. Englert, Nanette4.0 
 2. Czirjak, DKSK4.0 
 3. Ciglar, SE.4.0 
 4. Kovacs, Nanette F.4.0 
 5. Skoric, DKSK3.0 
 6. Katona, EL.3.0 
 7. Bozoki, Bajai NKK3.0 
 8. Fegyverneky, UNIQ.3.0 
 9. Cymmer, Cegledi3.0 
 10. Medgyessy, Atome.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Maja SKORIC
  DKSK
  (184-F-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Skoric, DKSK5.0 
 2. Szalay, ZTE4.0 
 3. Szabo, UNIQA E.4.0 
 4. Englert, Nanette4.0 
 5. Szepsi, Bajai NKK4.0 
 6. Rujak, Nanette FTC4.0 
 7. Teilane, Vasas4.0 
 8. Simon, SE.4.0 
 9. Zele, Atomeromu4.0 
 10. Horvath, ZTE4.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Anita TEILANE
  Vasas
  (196-C-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Teilane, Vasas5.0 
 2. Cvetanovic, Atome.3.0 
 3. Zavecz, UNIQA E.1.7 
 4. Kovacs, Nanette F.1.0 
 5. Kurasova, UNIQA E.1.0 
 6. Szelesy, ZTE1.0 
 7. Adamecz, Vasas1.0 
 8. Bagi, BSE-.1.0 
 9. Orban, Cegledi EKK1.0 
 10. Serban, Cegledi E.1.0 


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  IRELAND - Women  


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


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  ITALY - Women  


Standings A2 Women - by Eurobasket News
A2 Standings
North
 1. Bologna 1-0 
 2. Borgotaro 1-0 
 3. Cervia 1-0 
 4. Marghera 1-0 
 5. Piemonte 1-0 
 6. San Martino 1-0 
 7. Vigarano 1-0 
 8. Alghero 0-1 
 9. Biassono 0-1 
 10. Bolzano 0-1 
 11. Cagliari V. 0-1 
 12. Milano 0-1 
 13. Muggia 0-1 
 14. Udine 0-1 
South
 1. Battipaglia Cipl. 1-0 
 2. Chieti 1-0 
 3. Napoli BK 1-0 
 4. Napoli S.Dike 1-0 
 5. Pomezia 1-0 
 6. Ragusa 1-0 
 7. T. La Spezia 1-0 
 8. Ancona 0-1 
 9. Battipaglia Carp. 0-1 
 10. Firenze 0-1 
 11. Orvieto 0-1 
 12. R. La Spezia 0-1 
 13. Siena 0-1 
 14. Viterbo 0-1 


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  JAPAN - Women  


Best players of WJBL round 2 - by Eurobasket News
Talented international center Maki Takada (183-C-89) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Denso Iris and that's her to receive a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 22-year old center had the game-high 21 points adding eight rebounds for Denso Iris in her team's victory, helping them to beat Chanson V-M (#8, 0-2), the league's bottom-ranked team 69-55. It allowed Denso Iris to consolidate first place in the WJBL. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Denso Iris won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Takada has many years of experience at Denso Iris, through which he has constantly improved. Takada has impressive league stats. She is in league's top in points (3rd best: 21.0ppg).

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old former international forward Reika Takahashi (177-F-88) of Airlines R.. Takahashi impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Airlines R. lost that game 63-71 to Fujitsu RW (2-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Takahashi is one of the most experienced players at Airlines R. and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was international forward Yoko Nagi (175-F-82) of second-ranked Fujitsu RW. Nagi scored 27 points and grabbed five rebounds. She was a key player of Fujitsu RW, leading her team to a 71-63 win against Airlines R. (#6, 0-2). Fujitsu RW has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Nagi also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. The season just started for Nagi as she played only first game. But it already looks like she can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Akiko Obata (165-G-81) of Denso Iris - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Sangi Kanade (169-F/G-86) of Airlines R. - 25 points and 4 rebounds
6. Megumi Shinohara (184-C/F-91) of Fujitsu RW - 18 points and 6 rebounds
7. Enjin Wantsu (189-C-87) of Mitsubishi K. - 13 points and 15 rebounds
8. Mitiko Miyamoto (175-G/F-86) of Mitsubishi K. - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Nozomi Hoshino (164-G-87) of Airlines R. - 14 points and 4 rebounds
10. Aya Kobayashi (181-C/F-87) of Mitsubishi K. - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists

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


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


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


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Women's hoops roster set for Pan Am Games - by Eurobasket News
Gonzaga coach Kelly Graves said it was a no-brainer. He wasn't going to deny seniors Kayla Standish and Katelan Redmon a chance to represent their country at the Pan Am Games . Even if the timing wasn't ideal.

The two Zags stars will play for the U.S. women's basketball team in the tournament held Oct. 21-25 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The squad will start training in Houston on Oct. 15.

'This doesn't happen to schools like us very often,' Graves said. 'The higher-profile kids usually play on the international teams. I'm thrilled for them as it's a great experience.'

The Pan-Am Games, which are contested every four years, are generally played in the summer. College practices can begin on Oct. 2, meaning that players could potentially miss 10 days with their school teams.

But USA basketball national team director Carol Callan had no problems filling the squad. She sent out a letter the first week in August to Division I coaches to see who might be available. Callan got an overwhelming positive response.

'We were thrilled with the amount of collegiate players interested in representing USA Basketball in Guadalajara next month and had a very difficult time getting the list down to the final 12-member team,' she said.

The roster is made up of 11 college players - mostly from mid-major schools - and high school senior Breanna Stewart, who has verbally committed to Connecticut.

'I see far more positives than negatives for them going,' Graves said. 'We run the same stuff.'

The Americans will be led by former Colorado coach Ceal Barry and assistants Jennifer Gillom and Debbie Ryan.

'We have a great variety of players, and I think the selection committee did a tremendous job in a tough time period,' Barry said. 'It's tough for college players to get away, but this is a group that is versatile and talented. We'll find out once we get to Houston how we are going to fit these pieces together.'

First-year Santa Barbara coach Carlene Mitchell echoed Graves' thoughts about the opportunity, although she's in a different position compared to the veteran Zags coach. While Standish and Redmon are used to the Gonzaga system, Santa Barbara point guard Emilie Johnson who made the team is learning Mitchell's new schemes.

The longtime assistant coach sat down with Johnson to map out practices, and the team will start Oct. 3 to limit the time that the guard will miss. The NCAA changed its rule last season, allowing colleges to start practices 40 days before their first game last year instead of on a specific date.

The U.S. men's team doesn't' have the same problem because its made up of NBA Developmental League players.

'I asked coach Williams, our men's coach, if I had lost my mind he laughed,' Mitchell said. 'For a kid like Emilie, she's worked so hard. Her missing 10 practices for me is selfish for what she'll get out of the life experience. Her dream has always been to wear the red, white and blue.'

Missed practice time isn't the only potential problem there's always the chance of injury. Graves insists that he has no such concerns.

'You can't worry about that,' he said. 'We lost one of my future stars to a torn ACL when she got hurt during pregame introductions while getting a chest-bump a few years ago.'

Gonzaga will open up against Hofstra on Nov. 11. Like the Zags, Hofstra has its own star Shante Evans on the U.S. Pan Am roster.

Hofstra coach Krista Kilburn-Steveskey wouldn't let Evans miss this great chance.

'It's a wonderful opportunity for all these kids to make this team to get in that USA family,' Kilburn-Steveskey said. 'You can get yourself on the map.'

After Kilburn-Steveskey got the call from Callan that Evans had made the team, she reached her star player at home. The Hofstra coach made sure Evans' mom and dad were listening when she delivered the good news. She heard screams of joy.

'This is the biggest moment of my career,' Evans said. 'I'm honored to be representing my country when I step onto that court.'

Despite being the youngest member of the team, Stewart already has the most international experience in the group, helping the U.S. earn a gold medal in July as a member of the FIBA U-19 world championship team.

'I think for the most part I feel prepared because most of my coaches have been college coaches on some level, but I think it's going to be different because the players will be much older than the college players I played with this past summer,' Stewart said. 'The coaching staff, they've been coaching for a long time and have a lot of experience.'

Courtesy of www.charter.net


NCAA cites infractions at Cincinnati - by Eurobasket News
The NCAA placed the University of Cincinnati on two years of probation Thursday for violating rules on calling recruits in its women's basketball and football programs.

The NCAA said the university discovered the improper calls and reported them. The NCAA infractions committee found a major violation in women's basketball and secondary ones in football and women's basketball.

The university said the NCAA accepted its self-imposed sanctions, which it has completed. They include restrictions on making calls to recruits during certain periods and on the size of the women's basketball staff and its recruiters this season.

The NCAA said a former women's basketball assistant coach made 176 improper calls to prospective players, their relatives or legal guardians; other staff members made 24 improper calls. Football staffers made 20 improper calls. Cincinnati said the major violation case came in June 2009-November 2010.

Cincinnati said it discovered the major violation in late November 2010 during an audit of all sports conducted, and reported improper calls to the NCAA at the beginning of 2011. The NCAA said the case was resolved through a cooperative process called a summary disposition.

Cincinnati said in a statement that it cooperated fully and that the former women's basketball assistant was fired after the improper calls were discovered. Coaches weren't identified.

University President Gregory Williams said in the statement that it is the school's policy to be ethical and to adhere to NCAA rules.

'In this or any NCAA compliance matter, I expect UC to be up front, honest and accountable,' Williams said.

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


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


AD Vagos edge Alges to clinch Vitor Hugo Cup title - by Eurobasket News
AD Vagos - Alges 67:54

AD Vagos celebrated the first title of the season. They beat Alges to claim Vitor Hugo Cup title. Clarissa Dos Santos (186-C-88) stepped up with 26 points to pace the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. They traded baskets to stay leveled at 15 after ten minutes. AD Vagos stiffened their defence in the second period. They limited Alges to just 8 points in the quarter posting a 34:23 halftime lead. AD Vagos maintained the lead throughout the third period. They secured a 12-point buffer with ten minutes to go in the game. AD Vagos did not allow Alges to get within striking distance throughout the fourth quarter celebrating a comfortable win at the end. Daniela Domingues (176-F/G-92) scored 12 points, while Joana Lopes (185-F-86) had 10 points in the win. Christina Wirth (186-G/F-87, college: Vanderbilt) responded with 20 points for Alges. Ana Oliveira (176-F-83, college: UTSA) and Jennifer Risper (175-G-87, college: Vanderbilt) netted 8 points each in the loss.

AD Vagos: Clarissa Dos Santos 26, Daniela Domingues 12, Joana Lopes 10
Alges: Christina Wirth 20, Ana Oliveira 8, Jennifer Risper 8


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  ROMANIA - Women  


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


Welcome to 2011/2012 season. Round 1 - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in D1 just started.

Timisoara - Olimpia 69-50

Timisoara led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Timisoara forced 20 Olimpia turnovers. Forward Andra Haas (174-87) stepped up and scored 18 points for the winners and the former international guard Ancuta Stoenescu (169-80, agency: Data Plus Group) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. Four Timisoara players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Gabriela Munteanu (177-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds and guard Ana Maria Grigore (175-94) scored 11 points. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Olimpia: G.Munteanu 16+10reb+1ast, A.Maria Grigore 11+3reb+1ast, S.Ursu 8+5reb+2ast, S.Rotarescu 5+5reb, A.Dumitrache 4+2reb+1ast, M.Chelariu 4+1reb
Timisoara: A.Haas 18+3reb+2ast, A.Stoenescu 14+5reb+2ast, J.Vukoje 12+4reb+3ast, M.Osterman 11+5reb+1ast, C.Morosan 9+6reb+1ast, R.Alecu 4+2ast
gschID: 131203


Targu Mures - Iasi 74-54

It looked good early as Iasi took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Targu Mures had a 19-8 second period charge getting the lead and Iasi was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 54-74. They outrebounded Iasi 46-21 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Keila Beachem (187-82, college: Cal Poly Pomona, agency: Merit Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 17 rebounds. Guard Veronica Hicks (175-89, college: Michigan) contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Targu Mures players scored in double figures. Center Ceciley Johnson (188, college: W.Texas A&M) answered with 18 points and 9 rebounds and guard Danielle Walker (178-86, college: Clark Atlanta) added 7 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Iasi.
Top scorers:
Iasi: C.Johnson 18+9reb, B.Alaiba 10+3reb+2ast, D.Panait 8+1reb, D.Walker 7+5reb+3ast, G.Necula 4, M.Cioroiu 4+3reb+3ast
Targu Mures: K.Beachem 20+17reb+3ast, A.Cutas 12+2reb, V.Hicks 11+6reb+5ast, C.Graham 10+5reb+6ast, C.Cutas 9+7reb, B.Vescan 6+2reb+1ast
gschID: 131204


Satu Mare - Oradea 72-44

The game was mostly controlled by Satu Mare. Oradea was better in third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Oradea to just 6 points in first quarter and to 14 points in first half. Satu Mare forced 20 Oradea turnovers. International forward Claudia Pop (185-89) stepped up and scored 15 points for the winners and the former international swingman Andreea Orosz (180-86) chipped in 13 points. At the losing side American forward Odessa Williams (188-86, college: Longwood) responded with 13 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import guard Keiva Small (174-86, college: Longwood) scored 12 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.


Oradea: O.Williams 13+8reb, K.Small 12+4reb+1ast, E.Sabau 5, I.Gavra 4+1reb, A.Gherle 4+5reb, R.Cristea 2+1reb
Satu Mare: C.Pop 15+4reb+1ast, A.Orosz 13+1reb+2ast, R.Felicia Giurgiu 9+2reb+1ast, A.Walker 7+9reb, A.Mehmedic 6+1reb+6ast, A.Nagy 6+1reb+1ast


gschID: 131200


Cluj Napoca - Craiova 49-81

The game was mostly controlled by Craiova. Cluj Napoca was better in second period 11-9. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Craiova dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Cluj Napoca's 26. Craiova forced 22 Cluj Napoca turnovers. American power forward El Sara Greer (188, college: Oregon St.) nailed a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and her fellow American import forward Carla Bartee (182-85, college: Mississippi) accounted for 17 points. Four Craiova players scored in double figures. Forward Flavia Ferenczi (175-91) came up with 21 points and 5 steals and guard Orsolya Bocskai (170-91) added 10 points respectively for Cluj Napoca in the defeat. Cluj Napoca's coach Florin Covaciu gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Cluj Napoca: F.Ferenczi 21+3reb+1ast, O.Bocskai 10+2reb+2ast, N.Pop 5+2reb+4ast, A.Al Shaar 4, M.Fodor 4+8reb, B.Barbu 3+2reb
Craiova: C.Bartee 17+4reb, N.Mikic 14+7reb, B.Hoskins 12+2reb+5ast, E.Sara Greer 10+11reb+1ast, I.Bors 8+5reb, C.Gavrila 6+3reb+4ast
gschID: 131201


Sp.Studentesc - Alba Iulia 70-85

Alba Iulia 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 Sp.Studentesc's 36. Alba Iulia forced 26 Sp.Studentesc turnovers and outrebounded them 33-21 including 24 on the defensive glass. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. Center Nadia Parker (191-87, college: USC) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 14 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Taneisha Harrison (182-89, college: Pittsburgh) chipped in 21 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Parker is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Alba Iulia players scored in double figures. At the losing side guard Gaati Werema (183-88, college: Prairie View A&M) responded with 24 points and 6 rebounds and power forward Wilhelmina Wilson (186-82, college: S.Mississippi) scored 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals.
Top scorers:
Sp.Studentesc: G.Werema 24+6reb+1ast, A.Kovacevic 15+1reb+1ast, W.Wilson 15+6reb+4ast, T.Lungu 9+3reb, A.Cuatu 7+1reb, V.Bogdan 0
Alba Iulia: N.Parker 21+14reb+2ast, T.Harrison 21+6reb+6ast, B.Salley 19+2reb+2ast, R.Tarta 11+2reb+2ast, E.Abramzon 7+3reb+2ast, V.Dinca 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 131202


Rapid - Alexandria 47-60

The game was mostly controlled by Alexandria. Rapid was better in fourth quarter 16-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Alexandria forced 29 Rapid turnovers. Serbian guard Marija Prlja (163-87) stepped up and scored 14 points, 6 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals for the winners and American center Natasha Graboski (190-88, college: Stetson) chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds. Four Alexandria players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Andra Ionescu (190-88) responded with 14 points and 7 rebounds and center Cristina Perta (187-78) scored 12 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Rapid: A.Ionescu 14+7reb+1ast, C.Perta 12+8reb, N.Burlakova 6+1ast, M.Nicolaescu 6+10reb+3ast, C.Ene 4+6reb+1ast, R.Ungureanu 3+2reb
Alexandria: M.Prlja 14+6reb+7ast, K.Laplante 13+9reb+1ast, N.Graboski 12+10reb+2ast, A.Chivu 12+7reb, D.Bucica 8+3reb+1ast, C.Teodorescu 1+2reb+1ast
gschID: 131197


Sf.Gheorghe - ICIM Arad 35-83

ICIM Arad led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sf.Gheorghe to just 4 points in first quarter and to 10 points in first half. ICIM Arad dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Sf.Gheorghe's 24. ICIM Arad forced 21 Sf.Gheorghe turnovers and outrebounded them 32-14. American guard Porchia Green (176-87, college: Ball St.) stepped up and scored 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and her fellow American import forward Stanecia Graham (186-86, college: Washburn) chipped in 14 points and 4 steals. ICIM Arad's coach Zoran Visic felt very confident using entire bench saving starting five for next games. At the losing side center Mihaela Adi (190-88) responded with 13 points and guard Kincso Kelemen (-96) scored 10 points.
Top scorers:
Sf.Gheorghe: M.Adi 13+1reb+1ast, K.Kelemen 10+2reb+1ast, K.Dezsi 4+1ast, A.Morris 4+3reb, M.Alexander 3+8reb, I.Kerekes 1
ICIM Arad: S.Graham 14+4reb+1ast, P.Green 12+5reb+2ast, S.Milovanovic 11+1reb, D.Moraru 10+3reb, M.Boriga 9+3reb+2ast, K.Campbell 8+4reb+1ast
gschID: 131198


Targoviste - Brasov 81-42

CSM Targoviste led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Brasov to just 5 points in fourth quarter. CSM Targoviste dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Brasov's 16. CSM Targoviste forced 27 Brasov turnovers and outrebounded them 34-21 including 21 on the defensive glass. American forward Chrissy Givens (180-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) fired 21 points and 6 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. Ukrainian power forward Olena Zherzherunova (191-78, agency: LBM Management) chipped in a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. Four CSM Targoviste players scored in double figures. CSM Targoviste's coach Nini Florin felt very confident using 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. point guard Gabriela Cursaru (167-92) produced 15 points and 4 assists and Moldovan-Uzbekistani center Olga Cazac (187-74, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 15 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Brasov: O.Cazac 15+4reb, G.Cursaru 15+3reb+4ast, S.Fairbanks 4+1reb, G.Plavitu 2+2reb, A.Sinka 2+3reb, C.Usurelu 2+4reb
Targoviste: C.Givens 21+6reb+3ast, O.Zherzherunova 18+11reb, O.Samburska 15+1reb+3ast, P.Cristina Ciocan 12+3reb+3ast, F.Diaconu 6+2reb+6ast, A.Sipos 5+1reb
gschID: 131199




Olimpia add Ioana Topirceanu and Maria Pitigoi - by Eurobasket News
Olimpia and CSM Targoviste added two players each in the opener of the Romanian League. All players already debuted for their new teams.
Olimpia brought Maria Pitigoi (185-F/C-95) and Ioana Topirceanu (177-F-94). In 2009-2010 Maria Pitigoi started for CS Olimpia Bucuresti cadet team and in 2010-2011 played for CS Olimpia Bucuresti junior team. This summer she was a member of the Romanian U16 National Team -11. At the European Championships U16 Division B for Women in Arad (Romania) -11 in 7 games she had 0.3ppg.
Ioana Topirceanu is a Romanian 1994 year-born Forward. Last year she was a member of the Romanian U16 National Team. She participated at the At the European Championships U16 Division B for Women in Skopje (FYR Macedonia).
Volha Tamargeanu (182-F-81) and Denisa Dezsi were added to CSM Targovistes roster.
Volha Tamargeanu played last season for CSU Alba Iulia (Romania-D1, starting five) and in18 games averaged 9.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.8apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 39.4%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 75.0%.



Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Flavia FERENCZI
  Cluj N.
  (175-F-91)
  Avg: 21
 1. Ferenczi, Cluj N.21.0 
 2. Givens, Targoviste21.0 
 3. Beachem, Targu M.20.0 
 4. Zherzherunov., Tar.18.0 
 5. Johnson, Iasi18.0 
 6. Haas, Timisoara18.0 
 7. Bartee, Craiova17.0 
 8. Munteanu, Olimpia16.0 
 9. Cursaru, Brasov15.0 
 10. Cazac, Brasov15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Keila BEACHEM
  Targu M.
  (187-F-82)
  Avg: 17
 1. Beachem, Targu M.17.0 
 2. Zherzherunov., Tar.11.0 
 3. Greer, Craiova11.0 
 4. Munteanu, Olimpia10.0 
 5. Graboski, Alexandr.10.0 
 6. Nicolaescu, Rapid10.0 
 7. Laplante, Alexandr.9.0 
 8. Johnson, Iasi9.0 
 9. Pop, Cluj Napoca9.0 
 10. Fodor, Cluj Napoca8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Marija PRLJA
  Alexandria
  (163-G-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Prlja, Alexandria7.0 
 2. Graham, Targu M.6.0 
 3. Diaconu, Targoviste6.0 
 4. Hicks, Targu Mures5.0 
 5. Hoskins, Craiova5.0 
 6. Cursaru, Brasov4.0 
 7. Gavrila, Craiova4.0 
 8. Pop, Cluj Napoca4.0 
 9. Samburska, Targo.3.0 
 10. Beachem, Targu M.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ancuta STOENESCU
  Timis.
  (169-G-80)
  Avg: 6
 1. Stoenescu, Timis.6.0 
 2. Laplante, Alexandr.5.0 
 3. Prlja, Alexandria5.0 
 4. Ferenczi, Cluj N.5.0 
 5. Beachem, Targu M.5.0 
 6. Gavrila, Craiova5.0 
 7. Avram, Brasov4.0 
 8. Nicolaescu, Rapid4.0 
 9. Dumitrache, Olimpia4.0 
 10. Graboski, Alexand.4.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Adina STOIEDIN
  Timisoara
  (186-C/F-91)
  Avg: 3
 1. Stoiedin, Timisoara3.0 
 2. Zherzherunov., Tar.3.0 
 3. Graboski, Alexandr.2.0 
 4. Al Shaar, Cluj N.2.0 
 5. Perta, Rapid2.0 
 6. Greer, Craiova1.0 
 7. Lache, Olimpia1.0 
 8. Avram, Brasov1.0 
 9. Pop, Cluj Napoca1.0 
 10. Chivu, Alexandria1.0 


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Chevakata add Keyru, Alikina and Sokolovskaya - by Eurobasket News
Chevakata add Keyru, Alikina and Sokolovskaya for the upcoming season. Kristina Alikina (187-F-86, agency: LBM Management) moved to the team from Dynamo Moscow. In 2005-2006 she debuted for UMMC Ekaterinburg and in 2007-2008 played for Dynamo-Energia Novosybirsk (A Superleague). In 22 games she avearged 6.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 90.0%. After another two seasons there she moved to Dynamo Moscow (PBL, starting five) and in EuroCup had 4.9ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg. In Russian League after 21 games her stats read 5.9ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 91.7%
Katerina Keyru (182-F-88) is a Russian Forward coming from Spartak St.Petersburg. In 2010-2011 in Russian League she showed 9.8ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.1apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 31.4%, FT: 64.6%. In BWBL her stats read 10.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.4apg, Steals-2 (3.3spg), FGP: 42.9%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 90.5%.
Irina Sokolovskaya (186-F-83) comes back from Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (PBL). Last season in Euroleague after 6 games she avearged 2.3ppg, 1.3rpg. In Russian League after 16 games her stats read 4.1ppg, 2.5rpg.



Dynamo Moscow bring Kharchenko and Maksimenko - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo Moscow bring Elena Kharchenko (194-C-83, agency: LBM Management) and Svetlana Maksimenko (183-F-82, agency: LBM Management) for the upcoming season. The team recently came back with Croatia.
Svetlana Maksimenko played for Dynamo Kursk (PBL)last season and in EuroCup averaged 10.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 43.5%, FT: 83.3%. In Russian League after 26 games her stats read 6.6ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.7spg, FGP: 43.9%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 82.8%.
Elena Kharchenko came from Vologda-Chevakata (PBL). In EuroCup last season she aevarged 5.0ppg, 3.5rpg; Russian League: 14 games: 3.9ppg, 2.0rpg
Dynamo Moscow overcame Pula from Croatia. The Russian team opened the game with the easy lead and reached plus 40 at the end of the game. The board showed 89:49 at the end of the game.
Earlier Dynamo overcame Sibenik 70:61. Pimenova top-scored for the winners with 11 points, while Elena Kharchenko and Svetlana Maksimenko scored 10 apiece.




Russian Cup openers - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo GUVD and Chevakata meanwhile won the Russian Cup Group B and A respectively. Dynamo GUVD won Group B with 4 teams. They overcame Spartak Noginsk, Gloriya and Dynamo Moscow. Chevakata won over Energia, Spartak Sp and Kazanochka. The team from Vologda became the winner of Group A. Two teams from each group advanced to the next stage.
Spartak Moscow Region won over Dynamo Kursk 75:63 in the friendly game. The favorites trailed 5 points after the first period but took the control of the game later in the half. Spartak produced a 23-10 in the second period and grabbed 42:34 halftime advantage. Kursk replied with 18-17 in the third quarter, but Spartak needed 16-11 to seal the victory in the game. Anna Petrakova (188-F-84)'s 24 points were not enough in the losing effort.


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  SCOTLAND - Women  


ROSE JOINS WELSH LEEKS - by Sandy Sutherland
Edinburgh's Rose Anderson, who is probably
Scotland's best chance of making the Great Britain team for next
year's London 2012 Olympic Games, has moved to Cardiff to join
Welsh champions UWIC.
The former Edinburgh Kool Kat, who spent last winter on a rowing
scholarship at the University of Central Oklahoma after completing
her basketball eligibility, has linked up with the Great Britain
assistant coach and under-20 coach Damian Jenkins, who also
coaches the UWIC women in the English first division.
'I enjoyed Damian's coaching at the World University Games this
summer and I need lots of work if I'm to make the Olympic team
next year,' explained Anderson, who was the only Scot in the GB
senior team who played in the Eurobasket Finals in Poland last
June and one of three Scots who went with the British Universities
team to Shentzhen for WUGS.
'Taking a year out for rowing didn't do me any favours so I'm here
to get in shape and really focus on fundamentals,' said the
Portobello High School former pupil.
'I'm really enjoying it.'
Anderson is the younger sister of the 2006 Commonwealth Games boxing gold medallist Kenny Anderson.



Polonia Phoenix and St.Mirren RKC won the 2011/2012 openers - by Eurobasket News
Polonia Phoenix and St.Mirren RKC won the 2011/2012 openers over their opponents. St.Mirren RKC won the game over Clark Eriksson 60:51 on the first day of October. They dominated the majority of the game and rightfully clinched the victory.
Polonia Phoenix celebrated the win last night. The team overcame Glasgow Rocks 66:60.


Standings - Women
National League Standings
 1. Polonia Phoenix 1-0 
 2. St.Mirren RKC 1-0 
 3. Edinburgh KK 0-0 
 4. Clark Eriksson 0-1 
 5. Glasgow Rocks 0-1 


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  SERBIA - Women  


A League: Start of the new season - by Eurobasket News
2011/12 season in Serbian A League started with five games this past weekend. Crvena Zvezda was too strong for Celarevo celebrating 85-58 victory. Also on Saturday, Beocin handed 78-52 loss to Spartak and Jagodina grabbed 75-79 road win against Sabac. Vrbas cruised past Radnicki KG 76-63 and Student won against Proleter 64-51. Game between Loznica and Stara Pazova is postponed for October 4.

Partizan, Hemofarm, Radivoj Korac, Vojvodina and Vozdovac will join at later stage. They play in international cups. Partizan is the defending champion. Below is the schedule for the next round.

Regular Season - Round 2
Oct. 8, 2011 Celarevo-Proleter
Oct. 8, 2011 Radnicki KG-Student
Oct. 8, 2011 Jagodina 2001-Vrbas
Oct. 8, 2011 Spartak-Sabac
Oct. 8, 2011 Stara Pazova-Beocin
Oct. 8, 2011 Crvena Zvezda-Loznica


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Extraliga: Round two review - by Eurobasket News
Round two of the Slovakian Extraliga was played this past weekend.

MBK Ruzomberok - SBK Samorin 88:66 (23:15, 17:14, 26:15, 22:22)
Kamila Stepanova (193-C-88) was the leading player in victory with 22 points. Katarina Tetemondova (187-F-88) had 14 and Carmen Guzman (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) delivered 13 pts. In the loosing squad, Teena Wickett (192-C/F-88, college: Texas Tech) netted 12 points.

ZBK Whirlpool Poprad - MBK Region Roznava 73:56 (17:8, 21:14, 18:15, 17:19)
The hosts got 23 points from Beata Simova (184-F-87). Ashley Lindsey (193-F-87, college: Texas) was their second scorer with 19 pts. Viera Libicova (190-C-80) had 17 points, but in defeat.

Dannax Sport Kosice - BK SOUZ Cassovia Kosice 52:50 (16:10, 13:10, 9:14, 14:16)
Tiny win for Dannax in local derby. Angelika Oravcova (175-PG-92) stepped up in victory with 15 points. Miriama Mackulinova (180-G-91) posted 12 points in loss.

Extraliga Standings
1. Poprad 2-0
2. Dobri Anjeli 1-0
3. MBK Ruzomb. 1-0
4. Dannax Sport 1-1
5. Roznava 1-1
6. Cassovia K. 0-2
7. Samorin 0-2


Standings - Women
Extraliga Standings
 1. Poprad 2-0 
 2. Dobri Anjeli 1-0 
 3. MBK Ruzomb. 1-0 
 4. Dannax Sport 1-1 
 5. Roznava 1-1 
 6. Cassovia K. 0-2 
 7. Samorin 0-2 


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  SPAIN - Women  


LFB2 Standings - by Eurobasket News
LF2 Standings
Group A
 1. ADBA 0-0 
 2. Aguere 0-0 
 3. Aros Leon 0-0 
 4. Arxil Pontev. 0-0 
 5. Bembibre 0-0 
 6. Caceres 0-0 
 7. Cajacanarias 0-0 
 8. Cod.Carmelitas 0-0 
 9. Cortegada 0-0 
 10. Ensino 0-0 
 11. Ferrol 0-0 
 12. Guadalajara 0-0 
 13. Ourense P. 0-0 
 14. Valladolid 0-0 
Group B
 1. Alcobendas 1-0 
 2. Casablanca 1-0 
 3. Eivissa 1-0 
 4. Estudiantes 1-0 
 5. Irlandesas 1-0 
 6. Pais Vasco 1-0 
 7. Las Gaunas 0-0 
 8. Orion-GDKO 0-0 
 9. Segle XXI 0-0 
 10. Conquero 0-1 
 11. Cravic Reus 0-1 
 12. Gernika 0-1 
 13. Las Rozas 0-1 
 14. Palma 0-1 
 15. Real Canoe 0-1 


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


ROSE JOINS WELSH LEEKS - by Sandy Sutherland
Edinburgh's Rose Anderson, who is probably
Scotland's best chance of making the Great Britain team for next
year's London 2012 Olympic Games, has moved to Cardiff to join
Welsh champions UWIC.
The former Edinburgh Kool Kat, who spent last winter on a rowing
scholarship at the University of Central Oklahoma after completing
her basketball eligibility, has linked up with the Great Britain
assistant coach and under-20 coach Damian Jenkins, who also
coaches the UWIC women in the English first division.
'I enjoyed Damian's coaching at the World University Games this
summer and I need lots of work if I'm to make the Olympic team
next year,' explained Anderson, who was the only Scot in the GB
senior team who played in the Eurobasket Finals in Poland last
June and one of three Scots who went with the British Universities
team to Shentzhen for WUGS.
'Taking a year out for rowing didn't do me any favours so I'm here
to get in shape and really focus on fundamentals,' said the
Portobello High School former pupil.
'I'm really enjoying it.'
Anderson is the younger sister of the 2006 Commonwealth Games boxing gold medallist Kenny Anderson.



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  USBA - Women  


WUSBA will continue to partner with church groups; community partnership programs will offer revenue to youth programs - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (October 3, 2011) -----The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) will play top level basketball while dedicating its efforts to aid those in need in all of their communities with a variety of programs provided by the WUSBA Youth Outreach, Inc., the 501 (c) (3) not for profit sister company of the WUSBA. Through the Community Partnership Programs, it appears the league is attempting to tackle some of the core challenges facing the nations cities, churches and schools.

The league will partner with the Presbyterian Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church, The Progressive National Baptist Convention Church, the United Methodist Church, the A.M.E. Zion Church, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the National Baptist Convention, and the Episcopalian Church. All of our programs are available to any church in all our team communities that needs assistance', said WUBSA president, Duane Allen Jenkins.

WUSBA players and coaches will be active on and off the court, assisting in a very wide variety of community outreach programs, charitable fund raising events, youth advocates programs, RSVP retired senior citizen programs, and family progress initiatives. 'These programs will aid the community and its citizens as a whole. The WUSBA and the WUSBA Youth Outreach prides itself on being an advocate within the community. From the youngest child to the oldest senior citizen, helping people is our strongest commitment. The WUSBA will build relationships by its loyalty and its faith based participation in each community'.

The league will hire church parishioners to fulfill game day positions. The church choir will have the duties of singing the national anthem. The churches will share in the revenue created by concession sales. According to the itinerary issued by the league, each home game will host two pre-games that will pit four church youth teams playing against one another, a pair of youth boys team and a pair of youth girl team from different denominations. 'God never said the Presbyterians couldnt play a basketball game against the Lutherans', said Jenkins, 'In fact this should be very entertaining'. The league said they will use the children as court attendants during the feature game. 'We'll pay the kids $25.00 apiece for their services, just to give them some walking around money', Jenkins continued.

WUSBA players, coaches, and team staff members will visit senior facilities, hospitals, Boys and Girls Clubs, and local schools. The WUSBA will help raise money for local charities, collect food for local food banks and be a positive mentor to children who are housed in juvenile retention facilities, as well as children who live in foster care facilities.

The WUSBA and the WUSBA Youth Outreach have partnered with the United States Marine Corps and the 'Toys for Tots' holiday program and Feeding America, who supplies the local community food banks.

The WUSBA's coaches, players, staff and the WUSBA Youth Outreach will serve as a great role model to other and will always be a positive inspiration to all, thus being an important asset to all team cities and their communities.

The WUSBA Community Partnership programs will team up with a league wide community service partnership that will join with the city, the county, the private sector, the local business community and major industry to instill the ideals of educational values, ethical performance, honesty, sportsmanship, fair play and integrity to the youth of the local community. These programs will allow youth to develop a personal positive educational commitment and practice Faith based contributions to their community.

The purposes of the WUSBA Youth Outreach programs is to provide the youth in the community with a positive role model through a series of free educational programs.

Church leaders and local school districts from across the southeast United States are supporting this novice concept created by the WUSBA and the WUSBA Youth Outreach, which will comprise of a partnership between church groups, the community, the local schools, the WUSBA league office and all WUSBA basketball teams. The program labeled the WUSBA Community Partnership Initiative will be implemented in every town which houses a WUSBA team. The partnership programs will be made available to all churches and synagogues and their members and is open to the general public.

The initiative is launched by the WUSBA, national church leaders, local independent congregations and general religious groups. The not-for-profit initiative was designed to encourage enthusiasts to be included in the assistance of the local community. The partnership will help churches and local charities raise funds for their own causes, as well as making a contribution towards Christian aid programs.

The Community Partnership campaign is designed to unite churches and professional basketball with its emphasis on a total partnership. S'elling alcohol beverages is not permitted at any WUSBA game, we know beer and alcohol sales are a huge profit center for sporting events, it will not be a part of our profit center', said Jenkins, 'Having children integrated in our games is our main focus, we have structured the WUSBA to be a different kind of basketball league'.




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  VENEZUELA - Women  


D1 STANDING
LINABAFE Standings
 1. Yaracuyanas 8-0 
 2. Llaneras 5-3 
 3. Aguilas 3-7 
 4. Lara 2-8 
 5. Osas 0-0 


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  WNBA - Women  


Atlanta coach expects Dream's experience in Finals to help - by Eurobasket News
Marynell Meadors, Atlanta's coach, said the Dream's appearance in the WNBA Finals a year ago, should help her team this year.

'We were loose last year. We just didnt win,' Meadors said. 'It was a great series that we had with Seattle. It boiled down to eight points in three games. Being there last year was our new experience. We felt like coming in this year, we have more experience, and we know what were going after, and how it feels.'

'Last year we were just excited to get there,' Atanta forward Angel McCoughtry said, 'but this year we feel like we are supposed to be here.'

Meadors said she likes her team's determination, its ability to get things done. 'We dont have as much talent as other teams, as far as scoring is concerned,' she said, 'but, we make up for it on other ways. We press, we run. Were great on the defensive end. And we push the ball. Were still scoring 80-plus points a game.'

The Lynx beat Atlanta twice last June, Meadors said, at a time the Dream were struggling.'Last time we came in here and played them on June 17, we were 1-3 and we left 1-4,' she said. 'We went to Atlanta, lost that game, and were 1-5. We were experiencing a lot of injuries during that period of time, and we went 3-9. Then we started getting people back and our chemistry came together. We were trying to get used to a new point guard [Lindsey Harding]. I just think it took us a little time. I was very hopeful it would turn out the way its turned out because this team works really, really hard.'

The Dream will still probably be short-handed for the first game. Center Erika de Souza played for Brazil in the gold medal game of the 2011 FIBA Americas Championships for Women in Colombia on Saturday night. It's doubtful she will be in Minneapolis the next night.

So the Dream will likely stay with their small lineup, which has 6-0 forward Iziane Castro Marques replacing the 6-5 de Souza.

'Were very fortunate because we can go both ways,' Meadors said. 'Im not sure what were going to do yet. Well just have to see what takes place on the court. But, let me tell you, Erika is very important to this team.

'Its going to be a great series. We look at the Lynx and we compare them to our players in terms of size, and obviously theyre a little bigger than we are. Were small and mighty, and I think our quickness hurts a lot of teams.'

Actually, the Dream are bigger underneath with de Souza in the lineup, but the Lynx are bigger on the perimeter.

WHO CAN DEFEND?

'We have some new faces,' Atlanta guard Amintie Price said. 'We have a new point guard, and we have the experience of being here last year. We know that extra level that you have to take it to in the Finals. It is going to be a lot of fun.'

Price said defense will decide the series. 'Everyone knows it will be fast, and the teams can put points up on the board,' she said, 'but who wants to get down low and play some defense?'

As for the Lynx's home-court. Price said it won't matter. 'We are a good road team,' she said. 'We play just as well on the road as we do at home. We just left some great booing in Indiana, but it is about focusing in and drowning out the crowd.'

AUGUSTUS, BENCH KEYS FOR LYNX

McCoughty said Lynx guard Seimons Augustus and the team's bench are the reasons for the team's succes.

'Seimone is one of the most underrated players and she is, I think, the best player on that team,' McCoughtry said. 'Shes so underrated because she can score at will and dont get me wrong, you still have Maya on your side and then when you bring in the bench, you dont lose anything.

'Thats how they wear teams down because they bring in more weapons to attack. I think when we played them the first time, we hadnt found ourselves yet. Sancho Lyttle wasnt playing, I was still banged up. I wasnt 100 percent. Those arent excuses because Minnesota beat us fair and square, but we feel like we are a different team now.'

'They definitely have the power in the guards,' said Iziane Castro Marques, a 6-0 guard or forward for Atlanta. 'They have three great players on the perimeter [Lindsay Whalen, Maya Moore and Augustus] and we just have to play with the same mentality that we had until here aggressive defense. If we need to trap, need to switch, whatever we need to do, we have to make those players feel uncomfortable like they cant play their A game and, if they do, then were in a tough spot.'

Castro Marques said the Dream have to play fast to be at its best. 'We disrupt them from what they are used to doing with our aggressive defense and speed helps us do that,' she said. 'But I think the fast pace is for us more than the other team because thats how we play better and, of course, other teams cant always keep up with that pace.'

Hardings, who played with Washington the past two seasons, runs the Dream offense. 'There was a huge adjustment,' Harding said. 'Not just me, but also dealing with injuries and other things. But, right now I feel very comfortable. I feel this is my team as a point guard. I feel like we are gelling at the right time.

'I definitely enjoy Atlanta. I love the city, I love the fans, and I love being a part of this team.'

Harding's biggest concern about the Lynx's is their strength on the boards. 'This is definitely the best rebounding team. I dont like that,' she said. 'Thats going to make our job a little more challenging, to outrebound them. Whats going to be great is that youre going to see a lot of athleticism, a lot of MVP candidates on the floor playing at the same time. Its going to be extremely competitive.'

Courtesy of www.startribune.com


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Indiana F. 22-13 
 2. Connecticut S. 21-13 
 3. Atlanta D. 20-15 
 4. New York L. 19-15 
 5. Chicago S. 14-20 
 6. Washington M. 6-28 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 27-7 
 2. Seattle S. 21-13 
 3. Phoenix M. 19-15 
 4. S.Antonio SS 18-16 
 5. L.Angeles S. 15-19 
 6. Tulsa S. 3-31 


Minnesota wins Game 1 of WNBA finals, 88-74, over Atlanta - by Eurobasket News
Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) had 26 points and 11 rebounds and Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) added 22 points to lead the Minnesota Lynx to an 88-74 victory over the Atlanta Dream in Game 1 of the WNBA finals on Sunday night.

Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota) added 15 points and six assists and the Lynx turned a close game into a runaway with a 13-0 run to open the fourth quarter. Taj McWilliams-Franklin added eight points and 10 boards while battling an illness.

Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) scored 19 of her 33 points in the third quarter and Lindsey Harding (5'8''-G-84, college: Duke) scored 20 points for the Dream.

Atlanta led by 12 points midway through the second quarter, but the Lynx kept the Dream off the board for the first 4:34 of the fourth quarter to take control.

Game 2 of the best-of-five series is Wednesday night in Minneapolis.

For those who say the women's game lacks everything that makes the sport great - athleticism, shot-making and competitive fire - Game 1 will not help them make their case.

Maya Moore's sensational reverse layup, a scoop shot that started from clear on the other side of the rim, got the Lynx started on a third-quarter surge that got them back into the game. Brunson finished a three-point play and Augustus' no-look pass was finished by Whalen's reverse layup to cap a 9-0 run that gave them a 51-49 lead.

On the other end, McCoughtry was simply unstoppable, hitting an incredible array of jumpers from odd angles all over the floor, blocking shots and forcing steals to keep her team from faltering. She scored all but four of Atlanta's 23 points in the third and the game was tied at 62 heading into the fourth.

Whalen started the deciding surge with a three-point play and a shooter's roll jumper, and the Lynx turned up the pressure on the defensive end to get two fastbreak layups to take a 75-62 lead with 5:45 to play.

The Lynx outscored the Dream, 52-30, in the paint and held Atlanta to 37% shooting in Minnesota's first finals game in franchise history.

After 12 largely anonymous and often wretched seasons of existence, the Lynx finally broke through this year in a major way. With Augustus healthy for the first time in three years and Moore coming from the University of Connecticut with the No. 1 overall pick, the Lynx blew the doors off the rest of the league, finishing 27-7, six games better than the second-best team.

A fired-up crowd of 15,258 - the second-largest in franchise history - waved white pompoms and celebrated wildly after a nerve-racking start.

The Dream just seemed a step quicker than the Lynx in the early going, with Harding running circles around Whalen and the rest of the Lynx in the first 13 minutes. The Dream forced six turnovers and Harding hit two three-pointers as Atlanta jumped out to a 29-17 lead early in the second quarter.

The Lynx couldn't buy a basket while Atlanta built its lead, shooting 29% in the first quarter and a half. Augustus missed six of her first seven shots, but once she got going, the Lynx clawed back into the game.

She hit a pull-up jumper and a three-pointer from the wing to get things started and fed Jessica Adair on a pretty pick-and-roll to pull the Lynx to 39-36 at halftime.

The Dream is playing in the finals for the second year in a row after losing to Seattle last year. Not bad for a franchise that just started four years ago. It dispatched top-seeded Indiana in the Eastern Conference finals to get here, winning on the road in Game 3 to advance.

Courtesy of www.latimes.com