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  ARGENTINA   


LigaA Round 4: Undefeated Boca Juniors lose their first game against Penarol - by Eurobasket News
There was no lack of excitement in the last round games. The round ended with defeat of the leader, favorites losing the games and even winless team recording their first victory.

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Boca Juniors (3-1) in Buenos Aires on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Penarol (3-2) 73-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Boca Juniors. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 45-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Kyle Lamonte (191-84, college: William Carey) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) who added 5 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side American guard Larry OBannon (194-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Boca Juniors' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Obras. Boca Juniors at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with 5 other teams. Penarol is looking forward to face Obras (#3) in Buenos Aires in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Boca Juniors will play on the road against Quilmes MP in Mar del Plata and is hoping to win this game.
Very significant was Wuber-Est.Bahia's (#3) 87-80 road victory against their biggest opponent GECR Indalo. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The winners were led by American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) who scored that evening 20 points and 7 rebounds and Juan Ignacio Sanchez supported him with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Even 22 points and 6 rebounds by American power forward Andrew Feeley (206-83, college: UMBC, agency: Promotex) did not help to save the game for GECR Indalo. Wuber-Est.Bahia (3-1) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 5 other teams. GECR Indalo at the other side dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. They share the position with Libertad S.. Wuber-Est.Bahia will play against Club 9 (#6) in Rio Tercero in the next round where they are favorite. GECR Indalo will play on the road against Lanus in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Parana between Sionista and Quimsa. Fourth ranked Sionista (3-1) got a very close home victory over top-ranked Quimsa (3-1). Sionista managed to escape with a 2-point win 77-75 in the fight for the first place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Quimsa. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Matias Sandes fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. Sionista's coach Sebastian Svetliza used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. James Williams produced 12 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Sionista have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Quimsa. Sionista will meet at home Atenas (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Quimsa will play against the league's second-placed Regatas Corrientes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Libertad Sunchales (2-2) against fourth ranked Sionista (3-1) on Sunday night. Visiting Libertad Sunchales was defeated by Sionista in a tough game in Parana 78-87. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It was a very good performance for Johwen Villegas who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!). Sionista's coach Sebastian Svetliza allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Sionista have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 5 other teams. Libertad Sunchales at the other side dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. Sionista's next round opponent will be Atenas (#3) in Cordoba, which may be the game of the day. Libertad Sunchales will play at home against La Union in Formosa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Lanus has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Club 9 (1-3) 85-51 on Sunday. Worth to mention a great performance of Terrell Taylor who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 7 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lanus left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Club 9. Lanus will face higher ranked GECR Indalo (#5) in Comodoro R. in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.

There were no shocking results in the other games in round 4: Regatas C. won against Olimpico LB on the opponent's court 82-64. Winless San Mart.C. unfortunately lost to Quimsa in a home game 70-76. Club 9 recorded a loss to Quilmes MP on the road 61-72. Obras defeated Penarol on its own court 95-81.



Lanus - Club 9 85-51

Lanus has registered their first victory this season after three consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Club 9 (1-3) 85-51 on Sunday. The game without a history. Lanus led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Lanus especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.1 percentage. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Terrell Taylor (203-81, college: Virginia Tech, agency: Dream Team Management) who helped to win the game recording 11 points and 7 rebounds and Italian-Paraguayan forward Bruno Zanotti (197-82, college: Merrimack) who added 14 points during the contest. At the losing side guard Gaston Torre (185-85) responded with 14 points and 5 steals and forward Martin Melo (197-82) scored 9 points and 5 rebounds. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Lanus left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Club 9. Lanus will face higher ranked GECR Indalo (#5) in Comodoro R. in the next round and it may be quite challenging game.
Top scorers:
Lanus: B.Zanotti 14+1reb+1ast, T.Taylor 11+7reb+2ast, D.Guaita 11+4reb+1ast, F.Giorgi 9+4reb+2ast, J.Pablo Cantero 9+1reb+4ast, A.Boccia 9+5reb+1ast
Club 9: G.Torre 14+2reb, E.Martina 9+3reb, M.Melo 9+5reb, J.Cowan 7+4reb, P.Orlietti 5+6reb, E.Wilborn 4+3reb
gschID: 136248


Olimpico LB - Regatas C. 64-82

Rather expected game when 6th ranked Olimpico de La Banda (1-3) was defeated at home by fourth ranked Regatas Corrientes (3-1) 82-64 on Sunday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-64. Regatas Corrientes dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Olimpico de La Banda's 24. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Louis Roe (200-72, college: Massachusetts) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and the other American import forward Ramzee Stanton (197-80, college: W.Chester, agency: Dream Team Management) who added 14 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Four Regatas Corrientes players scored in double figures. Regatas Corrientes' coach Nicolas Casalanguida used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Puerto Rican forward Alexander David Galindo (198-85, college: FIU) responded with 10 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and power forward Cristian Amicucci (201-85) scored 6 points and 11 rebounds. Regatas Corrientes keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Olimpico de La Banda keeps the sixth place with three games lost. Regatas Corrientes will face league's leader Quimsa in Santiado Estero in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Olimpico de La Banda will play on the road against San Martin Corrientes (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Regatas C.: L.Roe 22+10reb+1ast, R.Stanton 14+8reb+2ast, D.Kante 13+7reb, J.Martinez 11+4reb+7ast, P.Quinteros 10+3reb, N.Romano 8+5reb
Olimpico LB: M.Ibarra 14+1reb+1ast, A.David Galindo 10+5reb+4ast, F.Malara 10+1reb+2ast, E.Villares 8+1reb+2ast, A.Sucre 7+10reb+1ast, C.Amicucci 6+11reb+1ast
gschID: 136249


San Mart.C. - Quimsa 70-76

Very predictable result when first ranked Quimsa (3-1) defeated on the road bottom-ranked San Martin Corrientes (0-4) 76-70 on Sunday. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-17. But San Martin Corrientes won second period 16-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Nicolas Aguirre (182-88) who helped to win the game recording 10 points and 4 assists and international guard Carlos Schattmann (194-87) who added 10 points and 4 assists during the contest. At the losing side naturalized Spanish guard Lucas Victoriano (190-77, agency: Interperformances) responded with 15 points, 9 assists and 4 steals and American forward William McFarlan (201-76, college: St.Thomas Aquinas, agency: Dream Team Management) scored 10 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Quimsa have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 3-1 record, which they share with 5 other teams. Newly promoted San Martin Corrientes still closes the standings with four games lost. Quimsa will face league's second-placed Regatas Corrientes at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. San Martin Corrientes will play against Olimpico de La Banda (#6) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Quimsa: D.Tintorelli 12+4reb+1ast, B.Robinson 12+2reb+2ast, D.Lo Grippo 10+5reb, N.Aguirre 10+3reb+4ast, C.Schattmann 10+3reb+4ast, J.Williams 8+3reb+2ast
San Mart.C.: L.Victoriano 15+3reb+9ast, F.Elias Saad 13, W.McFarlan 10+9reb+2ast, H.Rollins 10+7reb, F.Ramirez 10+6reb+1ast, R.Davis 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 136250


Sionista - Libertad S. 87-78

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Libertad Sunchales (2-2) against fourth ranked Sionista (3-1) on Sunday night. Visiting Libertad Sunchales was defeated by Sionista in a tough game in Parana 78-87. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It looked good early as Libertad Sunchales took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Sionista had a 22-17 second period charge getting the lead and Libertad Sunchales was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 78-87. 31 personal fouls committed by Libertad Sunchales helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a very good performance for Puerto Rican guard Johwen Villegas (193-85, college: FIU) who helped to win the game recording 33 points (!!!). The former international swingman Matias Sandes (201-84) contributed with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Sionista's coach Sebastian Svetliza allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American center Robert Battle (204-81, college: Drexel, agency: Dream Team Management) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists and swingman Juan Emiliano Fernandez (196-91) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Libertad Sunchales. Five Sionista and four Libertad Sunchales players scored in double figures. Sionista have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 5 other teams. Libertad Sunchales at the other side dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. Sionista's next round opponent will be Atenas (#3) in Cordoba, which may be the game of the day. Libertad Sunchales will play at home against La Union in Formosa and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sionista: J.Villegas 33+3reb+1ast, M.Sandes 12+14reb+1ast, A.Zilli 11+5reb+1ast, L.Cequeira 11+6reb+6ast, E.Nelson 10+2reb+1ast, J.Manuel Locatelli 4+1reb+1ast
Libertad S.: J.Emiliano Fernandez 14+7reb+1ast, R.Battle 14+10reb+5ast, S.Johnson 13+4reb+1ast, E.Ruiz 10+5reb+1ast, M.Saglietti 9+3reb+1ast, J.Treise 7+2ast
gschID: 136252


Boca Jrs - Penarol 65-73

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Boca Juniors (3-1) in Buenos Aires on Wednesday night. Hosts were defeated by fifth ranked Penarol (3-2) 73-65. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Boca Juniors. The guests trailed by 5 points at the halftime before their 45-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Kyle Lamonte (191-84, college: William Carey) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and forward Nicolas Lauria (202-88) who added 5 points and 10 rebounds during the contest. Lamonte is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side American guard Larry OBannon (194-83, college: Louisville, agency: Interperformances) responded with 20 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Maximiliano Stanic (178-78, agency: Players Group) scored 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Boca Juniors' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Defending champion moved-up to third place, which they share with Obras. Boca Juniors at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with 5 other teams. Penarol is looking forward to face Obras (#3) in Buenos Aires in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Boca Juniors will play on the road against Quilmes MP in Mar del Plata and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Penarol: K.Lamonte 24+2reb, S.Safar 13+1reb, L.Gutierrez 12+5reb, F.Campazzo 9+2reb+5ast, M.Leiva 6+10reb+1ast, N.Lauria 5+10reb+3ast
Boca Jrs: L.OBannon 20+5reb+3ast, D.Alston 10+6reb, W.Graves 9+5reb+2ast, M.Fierro 7+4reb+1ast, M.Stanic 7+6reb+4ast, L.Barlasina 5
gschID: 136245


GECR Indalo - Wuber-Est.Bahia 80-87

Very significant was Wuber-Est.Bahia's (#3) 87-80 road victory against their biggest opponent GECR Indalo. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests were ahead by 1 point but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 23-14 run, which allowed them to win the game. Strangely GECR Indalo outrebounded Wuber-Est.Bahia 38-26 including 28 on the defensive glass. GECR Indalo was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American power forward Jerome Meyinsse (206-88, college: Virginia) who scored that evening 20 points and 7 rebounds and international guard Juan Ignacio Sanchez (193-77, college: Temple) supported him with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Five Wuber-Est.Bahia players scored in double figures. Even 22 points and 6 rebounds by American power forward Andrew Feeley (206-83, college: UMBC, agency: Promotex) did not help to save the game for GECR Indalo. His fellow American import forward Cedric McGowan (198-85, college: Cincinnati, agency: Court Side) added 16 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Wuber-Est.Bahia (3-1) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 5 other teams. GECR Indalo at the other side dropped to the fifth place with two games lost. They share the position with Libertad S.. Wuber-Est.Bahia will play against Club 9 (#6) in Rio Tercero in the next round where they are favorite. GECR Indalo will play on the road against Lanus in Buenos Aires and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Wuber-Est.Bahia: J.Meyinsse 20+7reb, J.Espil 19+1ast, J.Ignacio Sanchez 16+8reb+3ast, J.Mojica 12+1reb, R.Sanchez 10+4reb, F.Aguerre 5+1reb
GECR Indalo: A.Feeley 22+6reb, C.McGowan 16+9reb+1ast, F.Funes 11+4reb+1ast, I.Ofoegbu 7+1reb, R.Gabini 7+6reb+2ast, D.Romero 6+7reb+2ast
gschID: 136246


Round 3
Quilmes MP - Club 9 72-61

There was a minor upset in Mar del Plata where 6th ranked Club 9 (1-3) was defeated by eighth ranked Quilmes MP (1-3) 72-61 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Quilmes MP. Club 9 was better in fourth quarter 22-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Quilmes MP dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Club 9's 30. Worth to mention a great performance of naturalized American guard Phillip McHopson (188-87, college: Idaho) who helped to win the game recording 18 points, 5 assists and 5 steals and American forward Britton Johnsen (208-79, college: Utah, agency: Priority Sports) who added 13 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Five Quilmes MP players scored in double figures. At the losing side American power forward Jazwin Cowan (205-83, college: Hampton, agency: Dream Team Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and forward Martin Melo (197-82) scored 20 points and 5 rebounds. Quilmes MP left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Club 9. Quilmes MP will face league's leader Boca Juniors in Buenos Aires in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Quilmes MP: P.McHopson 18+4reb+5ast, B.Johnsen 13+8reb+3ast, B.Morris 12+6reb+1ast, F.Pinero 10+2reb+2ast, N.Ferreyra 10+2reb+2ast, G.Eseverri 5+5reb+2ast
Club 9: J.Cowan 20+10reb+2ast, M.Melo 20+5reb, D.Gerbaudo 9+1reb+4ast, G.Torre 5+4reb, P.Orlietti 4+1ast, G.Luchino 3+1ast
gschID: 150356


Sionista - Quimsa 77-75

A very close game took place in Parana between Sionista and Quimsa. Fourth ranked Sionista (3-1) got a very close home victory over top-ranked Quimsa (3-1). Sionista managed to escape with a 2-point win 77-75 in the fight for the first place. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Quimsa. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Sionista made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. The former international swingman Matias Sandes (201-84) fired a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Edward Nelson (203-82, college: Connecticut, agency: Dream Team Management) chipped in 20 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!). Sionista's coach Sebastian Svetliza used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward James Williams (204-79, college: Brown Mackie, agency: Dream Team Management) produced 12 points and 9 rebounds and the former international forward Diego Lo Grippo (198-78) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Quimsa players scored in double figures. Sionista have a solid three-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Quimsa. Sionista will meet at home Atenas (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Quimsa will play against the league's second-placed Regatas Corrientes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sionista: M.Sandes 20+10reb+1ast, E.Nelson 20+6reb+1ast, F.Ferrini 8+3reb, J.Villegas 8+3reb, A.Zilli 7+3reb+1ast, L.Cequeira 7+3reb+4ast
Quimsa: D.Lo Grippo 17+5reb, C.Schattmann 13+3ast, J.Williams 12+9reb+2ast, B.Robinson 10+6reb, D.Tintorelli 7+3reb, J.Hunt 5+3reb
gschID: 150357


Round 5
Obras - Penarol 95-81

There was a small surprise in Buenos Aires where fifth ranked Obras (3-2) beat 5th ranked Penarol (3-2) 95-81 on Monday. Penarol was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 33-18 charge of Obras, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Penarol's 18 and made 23-of-25 free shots (92.0 percent) during the game. Penarol was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of international power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-83) who helped to win the game recording 16 points and 9 rebounds and forward Pablo Espinoza (195-87) who added 15 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side international forward Leonardo Gutierrez (200-78) responded with 27 points and 7 rebounds and guard Facundo Campazzo (180-91) scored 14 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Five Obras and four Penarol players scored in double figures. Penarol's coach Sergio Hernandez tested ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Obras have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with defeated Penarol. Obras will face again Penarol (#4) in Mar del Plata in the next round.
Top scorers:
Obras: J.Gutierrez 16+9reb+2ast, P.Espinoza 15+7reb+3ast, A.Elsener 15+2reb, J.Mazzaro 13+1reb+2ast, J.Maye 13+3reb, A.Konsztatd 7+1reb+1ast
Penarol: L.Gutierrez 27+7reb, S.Safar 16+3reb+1ast, F.Campazzo 14+8reb+8ast, M.Leiva 12+5reb+1ast, N.Lauria 9+2reb, F.Giorgetti 3
gschID: 150355




Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maya KAWAHARA
  Toyota A.
  (167-G-87)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Kawahara, Toyota24.5 
 2. Takada, Denso Iris21.0 
 3. Kanade, Airlines R.20.5 
 4. Nagi, Fujitsu RW18.0 
 5. Wantsu, Mitsubishi18.0 
 6. Miyamoto, Mitsubis.17.5 
 7. Tokashiki, JX Sun.15.0 
 8. Shinohara, Fujit.14.0 
 9. Huziwara, Denso I.14.0 
 10. Takasaki, Aishin13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Enjin WANTSU
  Mitsubishi K.
  (189-C-87)
  Avg: 12
 1. Wantsu, Mitsubishi12.0 
 2. Takahashi, Airline.11.5 
 3. Tokashiki, JX Sun.11.0 
 4. Takada, Denso Iris11.0 
 5. Obata, Denso Iris8.0 
 6. Miyamoto, Mitsubis.8.0 
 7. Mamiya, JX Sunfl.7.0 
 8. Okami, JX Sunfl.6.5 
 9. Yano, Toyota A.6.0 
 10. Watanabe, Chanson6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Oh OKAMI
  JX Sunfl.
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Okami, JX Sunfl.6.0 
 2. Obata, Denso Iris5.0 
 3. Hashimoto, Mitsub.5.0 
 4. Machida, Fujit.4.5 
 5. Kimura, Fujitsu RW3.5 
 6. Rin, Chanson V-M3.5 
 7. Tanaka, JX Sunfl.3.0 
 8. Kudeken, Toyota A.3.0 
 9. Terada, JX Sunfl.3.0 
 10. Hirata, Toyota A.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Emi KUDEKEN
  Toyota A.
  (165-G-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kudeken, Toyota A.4.0 
 2. Ootaka, Aishin AW3.0 
 3. Watanabe, Chanson2.5 
 4. Takasaki, Aishin A.2.5 
 5. Miyamoto, Mitsubis.2.5 
 6. Wantsu, Mitsubishi2.0 
 7. Takahashi, Airline.2.0 
 8. Tsukano, Chanson2.0 
 9. Machida, Fujit.2.0 
 10. Fujiyoshi, Chanson2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Reika TAKAHASHI
  Airlines.
  (177-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Takahashi, Airline.3.0 
 2. Tokashiki, JX Sun.3.0 
 3. Shinohara, Fujit.2.5 
 4. Mamiya, JX Sunfl.1.5 
 5. Honda, JX Sunfl.1.5 
 6. Takada, Denso Iris1.5 
 7. Machida, Fujit.1.0 
 8. Nagaishi, Chanson1.0 
 9. Morikawa, Denso I.1.0 
 10. Shimizu, Fujit.1.0 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Bogut's Australian plans halted by insurance - by Eurobasket News
Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut (7'0''-C/F-84, college: Utah) will not play for the Sydney Kings or any other Australian team due to insurance issues, Bogut's agent, David Bauman, confirmed Thursday.

Bogut had hoped to play for the Sydney team in the Australian national league (NBL). Two other teams - Adelaide and Gold Coast - also had expressed interest in signing Bogut.

Bauman said Bogut needed coverage for the $39.5 million and three years remaining on the 7-foot center's contract with the Bucks.

'If Andrew goes back with a broken leg or a broken ankle, the Bucks might say, 'Cancel the contract,'' Bauman said in a phone interview Thursday. 'This is something players get, but the Bucks still might be in a position, given a new CBA (collective bargaining agreement), to terminate the deal.

'There was no way to resolve that type of issue. It was too much of a risk.'

Bogut has been working out to prepare for a basketball season while the NBA lockout continues. But the Melbourne native had considered options to play in his home country in the meantime.

He is recovering from right elbow surgery - a procedure performed by surgeon James Andrews - in April. It was the second surgery on the elbow following a gruesome injury Bogut suffered in April 2010.

Bauman said he had calls from many insurance carriers, but the coverage could have cost as much as $1 million to cover Bogut's deal with the Bucks.

'The teams in Australia were great and the NBA players union was very supportive,' Bauman said. 'They bent over backwards to try to help.

'But it's just too big of a nut. That's why you won't see Kobe (Bryant) or LeBron (James) or KG (Kevin Garnett) playing overseas. This is the undercurrent of the business we do.'

Talks between the players union and owners broke down Tuesday, and the rest of the NBA preseason was canceled. Commissioner David Stern said he would be forced to cancel the first two weeks of the regular season on Monday if no agreement is reached by then.

Still at issue are the revenue split between players and owners, the structure of the salary cap and the length of the new agreement.

The owners offered a 50-50 split of revenue on Tuesday, but it was rejected by the players union.

Stern said players would have the right to opt out of a 10-year agreement after seven years.

Courtesy of Journal Sentinel


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  BELGIUM   


Stats Leaders - Division I
Points Per Game
 Christopher COPELAND
  Aalstar
  (203-F-84)
  Avg: 26
 1. Copeland, Aalstar26.0 
 2. Slaughter, M.Hai.22.0 
 3. Tofi, Leuven20.0 
 4. Rich, Oostende20.0 
 5. Waters, Liege18.0 
 6. Bostic, Liege18.0 
 7. McLean, Leuven18.0 
 8. Chaney, Gent18.0 
 9. Kruger, Aalstar16.0 
 10. Brown, Gent16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jamel MCLEAN
  Leuven
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 10
 1. McLean, Leuven10.0 
 2. Jackson, Aalstar9.0 
 3. Chaney, Gent9.0 
 4. Matela, Liege8.0 
 5. Bostic, Liege7.0 
 6. Van Den Spie., Oos.7.0 
 7. Jennings, Liege6.0 
 8. Lojeski, Oostende6.0 
 9. Nivins, M.Hainaut6.0 
 10. Young, Aalstar5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dusan DJORDJEVIC
  Ooste.
  (195-G-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Djordjevic, Ooste.8.0 
 2. Bosco, Gent6.0 
 3. Rich, Oostende5.0 
 4. Anderson, Gent5.0 
 5. Slaughter, M.Hai.5.0 
 6. Davis, Leuven4.0 
 7. Taylor, M.Hainaut4.0 
 8. Ruoff, Aalstar4.0 
 9. Fox, Aalstar4.0 
 10. Jackson, Aalstar3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Richard CHANEY
  Gent
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Chaney, Gent5.0 
 2. Sakota, Oostende5.0 
 3. Ruoff, Aalstar3.0 
 4. Singletary, M.Hain.3.0 
 5. Matela, Liege3.0 
 6. Salumu, Leuven3.0 
 7. Bosco, Gent3.0 
 8. Hanavan, Leuven2.0 
 9. Nivins, M.Hainaut2.0 
 10. Foster, M.Hainaut2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Christopher BOOKER
  Oostende
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Booker, Oostende3.0 
 2. Nivins, M.Hainaut2.0 
 3. Foster, M.Hainaut2.0 
 4. Cage, M.Hainaut1.0 
 5. McLean, Leuven1.0 
 6. Young, Aalstar1.0 
 7. Bostic, Liege1.0 
 8. Brown, Gent1.0 
 9. Lojeski, Oostende1.0 
 10. Iarochevitch, Lie.0.0 


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  BULGARIA   


FIBA considering Olympics and Worlds qualifying system changes - by Maria Mitzova
FIBA World is considering changes in the Qualifying system for Olympic Games and World Championships. As of now, the zone championships, i.e. Eurobasket, serve to determine the participating counties in the bigger tournaments.

That was one of the topics, discussed by FIBA World president Yvan Mainini during his visit in Bulgaria. Mainini attended the 80-years old anniversary of legendary rule-maker Valentin Lazarov, and met with Bulgarian basketball federation.

Heres what Mainini explained in Sofia:
The changes plan to be really huge, and to get together in Qualifying tournaments countries from all over the world. That way for example, Bulgaria can meet in their group Japan, Australia, Canada or Uruguay, any country from the FIBA register.
These Qualifying tournaments will be held in one country per group, which will probably be made to cut the travel costs.
The changes are thought to be made in favor of the smaller nations, especially the European ones, who want to play at Olympics or Worlds, and usually cant reach it, because of the strongest, more competitive zone championship.
This should help other countries also take more care of the basketball development, growing their own players, and competing with powerful opponents.


Also, Yvan Mainini was clear that more than one nationalized player is not going to happen. Asked if some countries might be allowed to use foreign-born players by certain rules, the FIBA president stated that its not right, because any more nationalization and it wont be a National team, but just a team. Spain insist on changes, that will allow them to use both Serge Ibaka and Nikola Mirotic, because Mirotic has had Spanish passport for long time, and has participated for the country in youth levels.

Mainini also stated, that is highly unlikely something to change about Ilian Evtimovs situation, so he can play for Bulgarian national team, instead of the French one.

He also praised Eurobasket 2011, but also criticized FIBA Europe, for expanding it in a very short notice.

Yvan Mainini thanked Valentin Lazarov for the years of effort to develop basketball, and said, that nowadays people like Lazarov are just gemstones rare and dear.

LISTEN TO THE WHOLE INTERVIEW WITH YVAN MAININI AFTER THE MEETING!



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  CANADA   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Rob LOWERY
  Chomutov
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 27
 1. Lowery, Chomutov27.0 
 2. Pumprla, CEZ N.23.0 
 3. Bridgewaters, Inte.21.7 
 4. Sedmak, USK Praha20.3 
 5. Henderson, Levice19.5 
 6. Houska, BK Decin19.0 
 7. Stanek, Chomutov18.5 
 8. Luettgerodt, NH O.18.0 
 9. Wright, Chomutov18.0 
 10. Peterson, BK Pros.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  Svitavy
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 9
 1. Meno, Svitavy9.0 
 2. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.7 
 3. Votroubek, USK P.8.3 
 4. Benda, CEZ Nymburk8.3 
 5. Field, BC Kolin8.0 
 6. Houska, BK Decin8.0 
 7. Luettgerodt, NH O.7.7 
 8. Peterson, BK Prost.7.5 
 9. Stanek, Chomutov7.5 
 10. Hruby, Usti n.7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Michal SOTNAR
  USK Praha
  (189-PG-92)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Sotnar, USK Praha6.3 
 2. Wright, Chomutov6.0 
 3. Smith, BK Prost.4.0 
 4. Soukup, USK Praha4.0 
 5. Sanders, BK Decin3.7 
 6. Barnes, BC Kolin3.5 
 7. Marko, BC Kolin3.5 
 8. Macela, Svitavy3.5 
 9. Vrubl, Plzen3.3 
 10. McFadden, Usti n.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pavel PUMPRLA
  CEZ N.
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Pumprla, CEZ N.4.0 
 2. Klecka, B&W Opava4.0 
 3. Honomichl, Plzen3.0 
 4. Sirina, B&W Opava2.5 
 5. Grant, Levice2.3 
 6. Jelinek, BC Kolin2.0 
 7. Wright, Chomutov2.0 
 8. Hruban, USK Praha2.0 
 9. Sedmak, USK Praha2.0 
 10. McFadden, Usti n.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  BK Prost.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Gadri-N., BK Prost.3.5 
 2. Hughes, NH Ostrava2.3 
 3. Grant, Levice1.8 
 4. Kramny, Svitavy1.5 
 5. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.0 
 6. Smith, BK Prost.1.0 
 7. Brlit, B&W Opava0.8 
 8. Henderson, Levice0.8 
 9. Longmire, Usti n.0.7 
 10. Benda, CEZ Nymbu.0.7 


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  CBL   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Jermaine BARNES
  (194-G/F-82)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. Barnes, GIE M.27.3 
 2. Barrett, S.Generals26.6 
 3. Perkins, Austin K.24.3 
 4. Kearse, Dallas S.24.0 
 5. Sloan, S.Generals24.0 
 6. James, DFW W.22.5 
 7. Holmes, Atlanta A.21.7 
 8. Allison, Houston E.21.6 
 9. Clark, Z*St..21.1 
 10. Grismore, C.Tex.19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sylvester MORGAN
  USA
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Morgan, GIE M.13.1 
 2. Dailey, GIE M.12.6 
 3. Hall, Z*St..10.8 
 4. Bryant, Dallas S.10.5 
 5. Hill, C.Texas C.10.3 
 6. Hill, DFW Warriors10.2 
 7. Akpele, S.Generals10.1 
 8. Wilson, Tennesse.9.7 
 9. Holmes, Atlanta A.9.6 
 10. Shewmake, Tennes.9.6 
Assists Per Game
 DeAndre BRAY
  (168-G-85)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Bray, S.Generals9.9 
 2. Horton, DFW W.9.5 
 3. De La Cruz, S.Gen.9.3 
 4. Haskins, C.Texas C.8.3 
 5. Williams, GIE M.8.3 
 6. Belton, GIE M.7.9 
 7. Belton, Atlanta A.7.9 
 8. Beaulah, GIE M.6.4 
 9. Douglas, DFW W.6.3 
 10. Taylor, Tennesse.6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Freddie WILLIAMS
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Williams, S.Genera.3.6 
 2. Kearse, Dallas S.3.5 
 3. Williams, GIE M.3.3 
 4. Bray, S.Generals3.0 
 5. Taylor, Tennesse.2.7 
 6. Brown, Houston E.2.7 
 7. Haskins, C.Texas C.2.5 
 8. Snell, Atlanta A.2.4 
 9. Barnes, GIE M.2.4 
 10. Clark, Z*St..2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Demario WILLIAMS
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Williams, GIE M.6.2 
 2. Moore, S.Generals5.5 
 3. Morgan, GIE M.5.0 
 4. Bryant, Dallas S.4.7 
 5. Davis, Dallas Stars3.2 
 6. Wilson, Tennesse.3.0 
 7. Hall, Z*St..2.9 
 8. Hill, DFW Warriors2.5 
 9. Williams, Houston2.4 
 10. Dailey, GIE M.2.4 


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  CHILE   


Stats Leaders - LIBSUR
Points Per Game
 Jermaine BARNES
  (194-G/F-82)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. Barnes, GIE M.27.3 
 2. Barrett, S.Generals26.6 
 3. Perkins, Austin K.24.3 
 4. Sloan, S.Generals24.0 
 5. Kearse, Dallas S.24.0 
 6. James, DFW W.22.5 
 7. Holmes, Atlanta A.21.7 
 8. Allison, Houston E.21.6 
 9. Clark, Z*St..21.1 
 10. Grismore, C.Tex.19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sylvester MORGAN
  USA
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Morgan, GIE M.13.1 
 2. Dailey, GIE M.12.6 
 3. Hall, Z*St..10.8 
 4. Bryant, Dallas S.10.5 
 5. Hill, C.Texas C.10.3 
 6. Hill, DFW Warriors10.2 
 7. Akpele, S.Generals10.1 
 8. Wilson, Tennesse.9.7 
 9. Holmes, Atlanta A.9.6 
 10. Shewmake, Tennes.9.6 
Assists Per Game
 DeAndre BRAY
  (168-G-85)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Bray, S.Generals9.9 
 2. Horton, DFW W.9.5 
 3. De La Cruz, S.Gen.9.3 
 4. Williams, GIE M.8.3 
 5. Haskins, C.Texas C.8.3 
 6. Belton, GIE M.7.9 
 7. Belton, Atlanta A.7.9 
 8. Beaulah, GIE M.6.4 
 9. Douglas, DFW W.6.3 
 10. Taylor, Tennesse.6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Freddie WILLIAMS
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Williams, S.Genera.3.6 
 2. Kearse, Dallas S.3.5 
 3. Williams, GIE M.3.3 
 4. Bray, S.Generals3.0 
 5. Taylor, Tennesse.2.7 
 6. Brown, Houston E.2.7 
 7. Haskins, C.Texas C.2.5 
 8. Snell, Atlanta A.2.4 
 9. Barnes, GIE M.2.4 
 10. Clark, Z*St..2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Demario WILLIAMS
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Williams, GIE M.6.2 
 2. Moore, S.Generals5.5 
 3. Morgan, GIE M.5.0 
 4. Bryant, Dallas S.4.7 
 5. Davis, Dallas Stars3.2 
 6. Wilson, Tennesse.3.0 
 7. Hall, Z*St..2.9 
 8. Hill, DFW Warriors2.5 
 9. Stokes, Dallas S.2.4 
 10. Williams, Houston2.4 


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  CHINA   


Recap of Shanghai Sharks Cable Beach Tournament campaign - by Eurobasket News
Shanghai Sharks participated at the inaugural Cable Beach Tournament in Australia at the beginning of October. The Chinese team split two games at the tourney. They opened their campaign with a narrow 45:41 win over Indonesian National Team. Meng Lingyuan (190-G-89) stepped up with 13 points to pace the effort.
Shanghai held their opponents to just 6 points in the opening quarter. The Sharks posted an 8-point lead after ten minutes. The Chinese team boosted the margin to 11 points at the interval 28:17. Indonesia however bounced back in the third stanza. They erased the deficit and leveled things up at 32 with one quarter to go. But Shanghai regained the lead in the final frame and rolled to a narrow win at the end. Ji Xiang (208-F-89, college: Hawaii) scored 9 points, while Zhang ZhaoXu (221-C-87, college: California) and Wu Yang (208-C-88) had 6 points each in the victory. Amin Prihantono (188-F-82) answered with 18 points for Indonesia.
But the second game at the tournament turned into an embarrassment for the Sharks. They took on hosting Perth Wildcats and suffered a stunning 23:66 loss. Perth dominated from start to finish. They recorded a 32:12 lead at the interval. The Wildcats never slowed down in the second half. They limited Shanghai to just 11 points in the second part of the encounter and rallied to the victory at the end. Cameron Tovey (200-F-85, college: Augusta St.) and Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) stepped up with 11 points apiece for the winners. Luke Nevill (218-C-86, college: Utah) provided 10 points for Perth. Peng Fei (203-C-87) responded with 7 points for the Sharks.


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  COCABA CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Div.A Stats leaders
Points Per Game
 Jermaine BARNES
  (194-G/F-82)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. Barnes, GIE M.27.3 
 2. Barrett, S.Generals26.6 
 3. Perkins, Austin K.24.3 
 4. Kearse, Dallas S.24.0 
 5. Sloan, S.Generals24.0 
 6. James, DFW W.22.5 
 7. Holmes, Atlanta A.21.7 
 8. Allison, Houston E.21.6 
 9. Clark, Z*St..21.1 
 10. Grismore, C.Tex.19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sylvester MORGAN
  USA
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 13.1
 1. Morgan, GIE M.13.1 
 2. Dailey, GIE M.12.6 
 3. Hall, Z*St..10.8 
 4. Bryant, Dallas S.10.5 
 5. Hill, C.Texas C.10.3 
 6. Hill, DFW Warriors10.2 
 7. Akpele, S.Generals10.1 
 8. Wilson, Tennesse.9.7 
 9. Holmes, Atlanta A.9.6 
 10. Shewmake, Tennes.9.6 
Assists Per Game
 DeAndre BRAY
  (168-G-85)
  Avg: 9.9
 1. Bray, S.Generals9.9 
 2. Horton, DFW W.9.5 
 3. De La Cruz, S.Gen.9.3 
 4. Haskins, C.Texas C.8.3 
 5. Williams, GIE M.8.3 
 6. Belton, GIE M.7.9 
 7. Belton, Atlanta A.7.9 
 8. Beaulah, GIE M.6.4 
 9. Douglas, DFW W.6.3 
 10. Taylor, Tennesse.6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Freddie WILLIAMS
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Williams, S.Genera.3.6 
 2. Kearse, Dallas S.3.5 
 3. Williams, GIE M.3.3 
 4. Bray, S.Generals3.0 
 5. Taylor, Tennesse.2.7 
 6. Brown, Houston E.2.7 
 7. Haskins, C.Texas C.2.5 
 8. Snell, Atlanta A.2.4 
 9. Barnes, GIE M.2.4 
 10. Clark, Z*St..2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Demario WILLIAMS
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Williams, GIE M.6.2 
 2. Moore, S.Generals5.5 
 3. Morgan, GIE M.5.0 
 4. Bryant, Dallas S.4.7 
 5. Davis, Dallas Stars3.2 
 6. Wilson, Tennesse.3.0 
 7. Hall, Z*St..2.9 
 8. Hill, DFW Warriors2.5 
 9. Williams, Houston2.4 
 10. Dailey, GIE M.2.4 


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  COLOMBIA   


RECTIFICATION, NAKIEA MILLER STAYS AT PATRIOTAS - by Victor Garcia
Yesterday Latinbasket.com - Colombia posted an information about Nakiea Miller and Kavon Lycth leaving Patriotas, we wan to make the following rectification: Nakiea Milller did not leave Patriotas, the player stays with team in the 2011 Federation Cup, but we can confirm that Kavon Lycht and Jerome Richardson leaves the team to days ago.
The team is now searching a new couple of imports to fill its roster for the upcoming games.
Patriotas has 3 losses in a row.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Stian MJOS
  Baerum B.
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 24
 1. Mjos, Baerum B.24.0 
 2. Sahlertz, Tromso22.3 
 3. Land, Asker Aliens21.7 
 4. Stien, Asker Aliens21.0 
 5. Kombat, Froya B.20.7 
 6. Hagen, Ammerud18.7 
 7. Okoroafor, Ammerud18.3 
 8. Wallace, Tromso18.0 
 9. Berg, Gimle BBK17.0 
 10. Mahnin, Centrum16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony LEE-INGRAM
  Asker A.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Lee-Ingram, Asker13.7 
 2. Byerson, Tromso9.0 
 3. Bullock, Froya B.8.7 
 4. Hagen, Ammerud8.0 
 5. Oatis, Baerum B.7.7 
 6. Kombat, Froya B.7.3 
 7. Ferranti, Baerum B.7.3 
 8. Wallace, Tromso7.0 
 9. Nwachukwu, Ammerud7.0 
 10. Ouakkaha, Froya6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Hani ISSALHI
  Tromso
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Issalhi, Tromso7.0 
 2. Mjos, Baerum B.5.0 
 3. Midtvedt, Asker A.5.0 
 4. Gabrans, Froya B.4.7 
 5. Byerson, Tromso4.0 
 6. Lee-Ingram, Asker4.0 
 7. Stien, Gimle BBK3.7 
 8. Stien, Asker Aliens3.7 
 9. Mjos, Baerum B.3.7 
 10. Mahnin, Centrum3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Hani ISSALHI
  Tromso
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Issalhi, Tromso3.0 
 2. Sahlertz, Tromso2.0 
 3. Mjos, Baerum B.2.0 
 4. Westerlund, Ammeru.2.0 
 5. Mjos, Baerum B.2.0 
 6. Gabrans, Froya B.1.7 
 7. Hagen, Ammerud1.7 
 8. Vangen, Centrum1.3 
 9. Sumskis, Gimle BBK1.3 
 10. Andersen, Langhus1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum B.
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Oatis, Baerum B.3.7 
 2. Byerson, Tromso1.3 
 3. Nyborg, Centrum1.0 
 4. Nwachukwu, Ammerud1.0 
 5. Lee-Ingram, Asker1.0 
 6. Andreassen, Baerum0.7 
 7. Bullock, Froya B.0.7 
 8. Kombat, Froya B.0.3 
 9. Mjos, Baerum B.0.3 
 10. O''Garrow, Langhus0.3 


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  CROATIA   


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Edgars CIMARS
  Livani
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Edgars Cimars Liva.20.6 
 2. Gundars Rauza Gulb.18.4 
 3. Kaspars Rais., Jur.18.1 
 4. Ingars Aizpu., Gul.17.5 
 5. Davis Zeps Saldus17.2 
 6. Kriss Rozens., Rid.16.7 
 7. Juris Kalnins Liva.16.1 
 8. Arturs Bricis Daug.15.8 
 9. Kristaps Dar., Ogr.15.6 
 10. Klavs Strazd., Da.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kristaps DARGAIS
  Ogr.
  (195-G-90)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Kristaps Dar., Ogr.9.8 
 2. Davis Paberzs Sal.8.5 
 3. Ingars Aizpu., Gul.8.4 
 4. Klavs Strazd., Dau.8.3 
 5. Nauris Maska., Liv.8.2 
 6. Juris Kalnins Liva.7.9 
 7. Renars Magone VEF7.9 
 8. Arturs Vitins Daug.7.6 
 9. Ervins Jonats VA7.4 
 10. Valts Damber., Ju.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mikus SOKOLOVS
  Gulbe.
  (194-G-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Mikus Sokolo., Gul.5.0 
 2. Edgars Cimars Liva.4.6 
 3. Didzis Berzi., Liv.4.1 
 4. Davis Zeps Saldus4.0 
 5. Kaspars Rais., Jur.3.6 
 6. Kristaps Pla., VEF3.5 
 7. Gundars Rauza Gulb.3.3 
 8. Oskars Rusma., Jur.3.3 
 9. Visvaldis Bi., Riga3.3 
 10. Davis Coders VA3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Uldis SVEDE
  Ogres
  (177-G-83)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Uldis Svede Ogres3.4 
 2. Arturs Zarans Liv.2.5 
 3. Edgars Cimars Liva.2.5 
 4. Raitis Liepa Jurma.2.4 
 5. Didzis Berzi., Liv.2.2 
 6. Ingars Aizpu., Gul.2.2 
 7. Mikus Sokolo., Gul.2.2 
 8. Oskars Rusma., Jur.2.0 
 9. Niks Neverci., VA1.9 
 10. Davis Zeps Saldus1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrejs GRAZULIS
  VA
  (203-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Andrejs Graz., VA1.8 
 2. Maris Snikis Gulbe.1.4 
 3. Mareks Mejer., Lie.1.2 
 4. Juris Kalnins Liva.1.1 
 5. Roberts Stum., Lie.1.0 
 6. Davis Bertans Riga1.0 
 7. Aigars Indri., Liv.0.9 
 8. Einars Bucs Jurma.0.8 
 9. Ivars Grasma., Jel.0.8 
 10. Rihards Paze VEF0.8 


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  CYPRUS   


A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Rob LOWERY
  Chomutov
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 27
 1. Lowery, Chomutov27.0 
 2. Pumprla, CEZ N.23.0 
 3. Bridgewaters, Inte.21.7 
 4. Sedmak, USK Praha20.3 
 5. Henderson, Levice19.5 
 6. Klecka, B&W Opava19.0 
 7. Houska, BK Decin19.0 
 8. Stanek, Chomutov18.5 
 9. Wright, Chomutov18.0 
 10. Luettgerodt, NH18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petr BENDA
  CEZ Nymburk
  (203-F/C-82)
  Avg: 10
 1. Benda, CEZ Nymburk10.0 
 2. Meno, Svitavy9.0 
 3. Arnold, BK Pardu.8.7 
 4. Votroubek, USK P.8.3 
 5. Field, BC Kolin8.0 
 6. Houska, BK Decin8.0 
 7. Luettgerodt, NH O.7.7 
 8. Sokolovsky, CEZ N.7.5 
 9. Peterson, BK Prost.7.5 
 10. Stanek, Chomutov7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Michal SOTNAR
  USK Praha
  (189-PG-92)
  Avg: 6.3
 1. Sotnar, USK Praha6.3 
 2. Wright, Chomutov6.0 
 3. Soukup, USK Praha4.0 
 4. Smith, BK Prost.4.0 
 5. Sanders, BK Decin3.7 
 6. Barnes, BC Kolin3.5 
 7. Macela, Svitavy3.5 
 8. Marko, BC Kolin3.5 
 9. Vrubl, Plzen3.3 
 10. McFadden, Usti n.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Radim KLECKA
  B&W Opava
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Klecka, B&W Opava5.0 
 2. Pumprla, CEZ N.4.0 
 3. Honomichl, Plzen3.0 
 4. Grant, Levice2.3 
 5. Ames, BC Kolin2.0 
 6. Necas, CEZ Nymburk2.0 
 7. Sedmak, USK Praha2.0 
 8. Lenzly, CEZ N.2.0 
 9. Venta, BK Prostej.2.0 
 10. Wright, Chomutov2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  BK Prost.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Gadri-N., BK Prost.3.5 
 2. Hughes, NH Ostrava2.3 
 3. Grant, Levice1.8 
 4. Kramny, Svitavy1.5 
 5. Smith, BK Prost.1.0 
 6. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.0 
 7. Henderson, Levice0.8 
 8. Blazek, B&W Opava0.7 
 9. Votroubek, USK P.0.7 
 10. Arnold, BK Pardu.0.7 


Keravnos Strovolou 25th Basketball tournament - Day 1 - by Chris Mammides
VAP Kolossos Rodou of Coach Frangias (ex coach of Keravnos Strovolou and Pizza Express Apollon Limassol) beat quite easily the team of AEL Limassol in opener of the 25th Keravnos Strovolou Tournament which took place in Strovolos, Cyprus. It is worth mentioned that AEL played without two key players as the American McCoy and the Serbian Dragovic were injured
The final score was 63-85 for the islanders from Rhodes Island who saw two of their key Greek players Angelos Tsamis (192-G-81) and Giannis Georgalis (198-F-83) scoring 34 points together while the American Ruben Boykin (201-F-85, college: N.Arizona) scored 23 points.
From the Cyprus team the top scorer was the American power forward Alex Stepheson (205-F-87, college: USC) with 16 points followed by the experienced Monte Negro forward Radunovic who had the same points while Paul Carter scored 14 points
It is also worth mentioned that the team of VAP Kolossos Rodou played mostly without its top scorer in the first unofficial game between the 2 teams days ago, Scotty Hopson, the American player scored 26 points in that game. The quarters were: 20-21, 38-44, 49-64, 63-85
The points for the two teams were as follows:
Kolossos: Liakopoulos 4, Ruben Boykin 23, Charisis 8, Angelos Tsamis 18, Hatten 7, giorgallis 16, Asimakopolos 7, Avgenikos 2.
AEL Limassol: Liatsos 6, Stepheson 16, Kounounis 5, Palalas 2, Radunovic 16, Loizidis 4, Carter 14



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Texas Legends sign Matt Rogers for 2011-12 season - by Eurobasket News
Power Forward Matt Rogers (6'11''-C-87, college: SW Baptist), who was the Legends first-ever draft pick, has signed with the Texas Legends for the upcoming year. Rogers, a 6'11' forward out of Southwest Baptist University, started 14 games for the Legends in 2010-11 season as he averaged 7.4 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game.

'Matt is a very skilled post player with tremendous potential,' commented Legends Assistant General Manager Nancy Lieberman. 'His ability to shoot the basketball provides match-up problems, and I look forward to seeing his continued development. I fully expect to see Matt in the NBA someday soon.'

Rogers, as well as Legends guard Justin Dentmon, was recently selected to participate in USA Basketball's training camp for the upcoming Pan American games.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Illimar PILK
  TT.
  (195-F-88)
  Avg: 23
 1. Pilk, TT.23.0 
 2. Arnold, TT.22.0 
 3. Raap, Parnu18.0 
 4. Hallik, Tarvas18.0 
 5. Cunda, Va.17.0 
 6. Karner, Parnu17.0 
 7. Raadik, Parnu16.0 
 8. Cipruss, Tarvas16.0 
 9. Veideman, Tartu U.16.0 
 10. Soo, Rapla14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Taavi HAMARSALU
  Parnu
  (199-C/F-89)
  Avg: 12
 1. Hamarsalu, Parnu12.0 
 2. Ringmets, Rapla11.0 
 3. Cunda, Va.10.0 
 4. Cipruss, Tarvas10.0 
 5. Kajupank, Rapla10.0 
 6. Vasar, Va.9.0 
 7. Adedeji, Va.9.0 
 8. Amis, Tartu Ulikool8.0 
 9. Kaja, TT.7.0 
 10. Hallik, Tarvas7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rain VEIDEMAN
  Tartu U.
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5
 1. Veideman, Tartu U.5.0 
 2. Karner, Parnu5.0 
 3. Dorbek, Tarvas5.0 
 4. Doronin, Tartu U.4.0 
 5. Kriisa, Tarvas4.0 
 6. Cunda, Va.3.0 
 7. Tomingas, TT.3.0 
 8. Amis, Tartu Ulikool3.0 
 9. Sokk, Tartu Ulikool3.0 
 10. Pilk, TT.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Rain KARNER
  Parnu
  (186-PG-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Karner, Parnu7.0 
 2. Veideman, Tartu U.4.0 
 3. Dorbek, Tarvas4.0 
 4. Eichfuss, Tartu U.3.0 
 5. Cunda, Va.3.0 
 6. Laane, Rapla3.0 
 7. Amis, Tartu Ulikool2.0 
 8. Saage, Tartu Uliko.2.0 
 9. Cricelli, Va.2.0 
 10. Raadik, Parnu2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill AMIS
  Tartu Ulikool
  (205-F-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Amis, Tartu Ulikool4.0 
 2. Voolaid, Parnu3.0 
 3. Eichfuss, Tartu U.2.0 
 4. Adedeji, Va.2.0 
 5. Hallik, Tarvas2.0 
 6. Raadik, Tartu Ulik.1.0 
 7. Vares, Va.1.0 
 8. Kriisa, Tarvas1.0 
 9. Vasar, Va.1.0 
 10. Raadik, Parnu1.0 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marcelus KEMP
  Besiktas
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 21
 1. Kemp, Besiktas21.0 
 2. Young, Ventspils21.0 
 3. Minard, Azovmash20.0 
 4. Beverley, Spart.17.5 
 5. Schilb, Chalon17.5 
 6. Chatman, Karsiyaka17.0 
 7. Mack, Lukoil Acade.16.0 
 8. Rochestie, Le Mans16.0 
 9. Ewing, Azovmash15.5 
 10. Draper, Cedevita15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sam WILLARD
  Ventspils
  (205-F-)
  Avg: 10
 1. Willard, Ventspils10.0 
 2. Peterson, BK Prost.8.0 
 3. Dagli, Besiktas8.0 
 4. Chatman, Karsiyaka7.5 
 5. Carter, M.Hainaut7.5 
 6. Karaman, Karsiyaka7.5 
 7. Booker, Oostende7.0 
 8. Rancik, Azovmash7.0 
 9. Rey, Gran Canaria7.0 
 10. Ayuba, Norrkoping7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Taylor ROCHESTIE
  Le Mans
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 8
 1. Rochestie, Le Mans8.0 
 2. Williams, Besiktas8.0 
 3. Draper, Cedevita6.5 
 4. Chatman, Karsiyaka5.5 
 5. Holston, Art.Drag.4.5 
 6. Taylor, M.Hainaut4.5 
 7. Schilb, Chalon4.5 
 8. Halperin, Spart.4.5 
 9. Djordjevic, Ooste.4.0 
 10. Acker, Le Mans4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Shawn RAY
  Etha
  (194-F-80)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Ray, Etha4.5 
 2. Draper, Cedevita3.5 
 3. Beverley, Spart.3.0 
 4. Minard, Azovmash2.5 
 5. Rizvic, Azovmash2.5 
 6. Morgan, Karsiyaka2.0 
 7. Saruhan, Karsiyaka2.0 
 8. Delaney, Chalon2.0 
 9. Bratcenkov, BK Pro.2.0 
 10. Taylor, M.Hainaut2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Oleksiy PECHEROV
  Azovmash
  (213-C-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Pecherov, Azovmash2.0 
 2. Boukichou, Oosten.2.0 
 3. Owens, Cedevita1.5 
 4. Willard, Ventspils1.5 
 5. Ewing, Azovmash1.5 
 6. Koffi, Le Mans1.5 
 7. Jean-B., Chalon1.5 
 8. Gadri-N., BK Prost.1.5 
 9. Booker, Oostende1.0 
 10. Rizvic, Azovmash1.0 


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Zaza Pachulia to play for Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray bolstered their frontcourt prior to the start of TBL and Euroleague regular season. The Turkish team has agreed on terms of contract with Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84). The deal is meant for the period of NBA lockout. Zaza Pachulia was in talks with Besiktas and Charleroi but accepted the offer from Galatasaray at the end. The Georgian centre has been playing in the NBA since 2003. Last season Zaza Pachulia spent with the Atlanta Hawks. He tallied 4.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. The centre also is the member of Georgian National Team. Zaza Pachulia participated at the 2011 EuroBasket. He averaged 13.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game in Lithuania in September. Zaza Pachulia is not new to Turkey. He played for Ulker Istanbul back in 1999-2003 seasons.

Olympiakos gets pre-season blessing at Ecumenical Patriarchate - by Kostas Papadopoulos
During its preseason visit to Istanbul, Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus' players, led by club president George Angelopoulos, visited the Phanar and were welcomed by Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch. During the visit, Vassilis Spanoulis (193-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) presented the Ecumenical Patriarch with an official Turkish Airlines Euroleague basketball signed by the team. The Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus basketball club has a special relationship with the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The grandfather of George Angelopoulos, Panagiotis Angelopoulos and his family helped fund the rebuilding of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Church of St George, which is located at the site.
Courtesy of Euroleague.net


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Talor BATTLE
  Cholet
  (182-PG-88)
  Avg: 23
 1. Battle, Cholet23.0 
 2. Loncar, Khimky20.5 
 3. Quinn, Khimky20.0 
 4. Jackson, PGE Turow20.0 
 5. Goss, AS.19.0 
 6. Vucevic, Buducnost18.0 
 7. Simmons, CEZ N.17.7 
 8. Goree, PAOK17.0 
 9. Kalambokis, PAOK16.0 
 10. Allen, ALBA15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 J.K. EDWARDS
  Grave.
  (202-C/F-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Edwards, Grave.11.0 
 2. Loncar, Khimky8.5 
 3. Necas, CEZ Nymburk8.0 
 4. Cain, VEF Riga8.0 
 5. Dikoudis, PAOK8.0 
 6. Radenovic, BC Do.8.0 
 7. Green, Charleroi7.7 
 8. Armstrong, AS.7.5 
 9. Simonovic, ALBA7.5 
 10. Roberts, Lietuvos.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Fabien CAUSEUR
  Cholet
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Causeur, Cholet6.0 
 2. Moore, PGE Turow6.0 
 3. Acik, Galatasaray5.3 
 4. Rice, Lietuvos.5.3 
 5. Mallet, Charleroi5.0 
 6. Weaver, ALBA4.5 
 7. Kelati, Khimky4.0 
 8. Wood, ALBA4.0 
 9. Lawrence, CEZ N.3.7 
 10. Welsch, Charleroi3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Dante STIGGERS
  PAOK
  (187-PG-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Stiggers, PAOK3.0 
 2. Gordon, Galatasaray2.7 
 3. Kelati, Khimky2.5 
 4. Thompson, AS.2.5 
 5. Quinn, Khimky2.5 
 6. Millage, VEF Riga2.0 
 7. Broyles, Charleroi2.0 
 8. Causeur, Cholet2.0 
 9. Pumprla, CEZ N.2.0 
 10. Erdogan, Banvit2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Dounia ISSA
  Gravelines
  (198-F-81)
  Avg: 3
 1. Issa, Gravelines3.0 
 2. Kravtsov, BC Do.3.0 
 3. Riddick, Charleroi2.3 
 4. Vaty, Gravelines2.0 
 5. Goree, PAOK2.0 
 6. Cain, VEF Riga2.0 
 7. Fofana, AS.1.5 
 8. Valanciunas, Lietu.1.3 
 9. Rudez, Cibona1.0 
 10. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.0 


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Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 22
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons22.0 
 2. Blue, KTP21.5 
 3. Haynes, LrNM.21.0 
 4. Koivisto, Nilan B.20.0 
 5. Ivey, Nilan Bisons20.0 
 6. Hamm, LrNM.20.0 
 7. Beidler, Kauhajoki19.7 
 8. Brooks, Namika L.19.3 
 9. Tiedeman, LrNM.19.0 
 10. Heard, ToPo19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John FIELDS
  Salon Vilpas
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Fields, Salon Vilp.14.3 
 2. McDade, Nilan B.13.0 
 3. Blue, KTP11.0 
 4. Zeno, Nilan Bisons11.0 
 5. Hairston, Salon V.10.3 
 6. Young, Namika L.9.3 
 7. Bell, KTP9.0 
 8. Nuutinen, Nilan B.9.0 
 9. Nikkila, Pyrinto9.0 
 10. Heinonen, ToPo8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 14
 1. Williams, Pyrinto14.0 
 2. Haynes, LrNM.8.0 
 3. Virtanen, Kataja6.7 
 4. Jalonen, Korihait6.3 
 5. Zeno, Nilan Bisons6.0 
 6. Walker, Kataja5.3 
 7. Nikkarinen, Kouvot5.0 
 8. Williams, Pyrinto5.0 
 9. Hannah, Kauhajoki4.7 
 10. Moore, Korihait4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Antwine WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (192-F-75)
  Avg: 6
 1. Williams, Pyrinto6.0 
 2. Haynes, LrNM.4.0 
 3. Moore, Korihait3.3 
 4. Sten, Kataja3.3 
 5. Holloway, Salon V.3.0 
 6. Young, Namika L.2.7 
 7. Newson, Kataja2.7 
 8. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.7 
 9. Terwilliger, Kataja2.0 
 10. Sarcevic, KTP2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons4.0 
 2. Fields, Salon Vilp.3.0 
 3. Beidler, Kauhajoki2.0 
 4. Newson, Kataja1.3 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto1.0 
 6. Rainamaa, Korihait1.0 
 7. McDade, Nilan B.1.0 
 8. Davis, KTP1.0 
 9. Williams, Pyrinto1.0 
 10. Bell, KTP1.0 


KORISLIIGA: A thriller at Kotka - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Korisliiga, Round 3: Basketball game is lasting at least 40 minutes. Hosting KTP (Kotka) understood that tonight, but visitor YMCA Lahti didn't. Three minutes to go and KTP was down by eight (70-78). One (1) minute to go and KTP was down by three (77-80). However KTP made two more steals, Sami Pekkola and Steven Wright gave bad passes and KTP (1-2) won first time this season 82-80 (44-45) after seven lead changes and five ties. Quarters: 19-20, 25-25, 18-17, 20-18. KTP had four players in double digits. Tim Blue (205-F-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) led the hosts again with 29pts/12rbs. Juho-Matti Lehtoranta (194-G/F-89) added 13 pts. YMCA Lahti (1-3) had only two players in double figures. Ryan Brooks (193-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) was hot scoring game high 36 points (1 - 9/12, 2 - 6/9, 3 - 5/8). Ville Makalainen (194-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 15 pts.
KTP - YMCA Lahti 82-80 (44-45). KTP: Tim Blue 29/12, Juho Lehtoranta 13, Bennet Davis 11/8. YMCA Lahti: Ryan Brooks 36/7, Ville Makalainen 15/5, Steven Wright 7.




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Stats Leaders - Superleague
Points Per Game
 Edgars CIMARS
  Livani
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Edgars Cimars Liva.20.6 
 2. Gundars Rauza Gulb.18.4 
 3. Kaspars Rais., Jur.18.1 
 4. Ingars Aizpu., Gul.17.5 
 5. Davis Zeps Saldus17.2 
 6. Kriss Rozens., Rid.16.7 
 7. Juris Kalnins Liva.16.1 
 8. Arturs Bricis Daug.15.8 
 9. Kristaps Dar., Ogr.15.6 
 10. Klavs Strazd., Da.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kristaps DARGAIS
  Ogr.
  (195-G-90)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Kristaps Dar., Ogr.9.8 
 2. Davis Paberzs Sal.8.5 
 3. Ingars Aizpu., Gul.8.4 
 4. Klavs Strazd., Dau.8.3 
 5. Nauris Maska., Liv.8.2 
 6. Juris Kalnins Liva.7.9 
 7. Renars Magone VEF7.9 
 8. Arturs Vitins Daug.7.6 
 9. Ervins Jonats VA7.4 
 10. Valts Damber., Ju.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mikus SOKOLOVS
  Gulbe.
  (194-G-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Mikus Sokolo., Gul.5.0 
 2. Edgars Cimars Liva.4.6 
 3. Didzis Berzi., Liv.4.1 
 4. Davis Zeps Saldus4.0 
 5. Kaspars Rais., Jur.3.6 
 6. Kristaps Pla., VEF3.5 
 7. Gundars Rauza Gulb.3.3 
 8. Oskars Rusma., Jur.3.3 
 9. Visvaldis Bi., Riga3.3 
 10. Davis Coders VA3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Uldis SVEDE
  Ogres
  (177-G-83)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Uldis Svede Ogres3.4 
 2. Arturs Zarans Liv.2.5 
 3. Edgars Cimars Liva.2.5 
 4. Raitis Liepa Jurma.2.4 
 5. Didzis Berzi., Liv.2.2 
 6. Ingars Aizpu., Gul.2.2 
 7. Mikus Sokolo., Gul.2.2 
 8. Oskars Rusma., Jur.2.0 
 9. Niks Neverci., VA1.9 
 10. Davis Zeps Saldus1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrejs GRAZULIS
  VA
  (203-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Andrejs Graz., VA1.8 
 2. Maris Snikis Gulbe.1.4 
 3. Mareks Mejer., Lie.1.2 
 4. Juris Kalnins Liva.1.1 
 5. Roberts Stum., Lie.1.0 
 6. Davis Bertans Riga1.0 
 7. Aigars Indri., Liv.0.9 
 8. Einars Bucs Jurma.0.8 
 9. Ivars Grasma., Jel.0.8 
 10. Rihards Paze VEF0.8 


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Garrett Williamson Jumps To Erdgas Ehingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Trading baseball cards is often in the interest of the trader and so are Basketball players as PRO A team Erdgas Ehingen had to react quickly as Zambalist Frederick returned back home on account of personal reasons, so the club brought in Garrett Williamson (196-G-88, college: St.Joseph's). Williamson is a 23 year old 196cm guard from Lower Merion, Pennsylvania. Last season was his rookie season as a professional as he played for the Austin Toros (D-League): 9 games: 6.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 77.4%; in Jan.'11 moved to Tulsa 66ers (D-League): 25 games: 4.0ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.7apg.'Garrett convinced us right away with his intensity. He has the potential to become one of the top defenders in the league. He will be a big help with his athletcism and leadership', stressed Erdgas Ehingen head coach Ralph Junge. He started his basketball career at Lower Merion high school the same school where NBA legend Kobe Bryant played. Williams is the second leading scorer in school history after Kobe Bryant. He then played at St.Joseph's (NCAA) from 2006-2007. In his senior year, he played 31 games: 12.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.9apg, 1.7spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 76.7%. He then was drafted by the Austin Toros (D-League,4rd (3). He has had NBA workouts with the Nets and Spurs. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career hae been Atlantic 10 Tournament Winner -08, Atlantic 10 All-Defensive Team -09, 10, and D-League Semifinals -11


Source: Erdgas Ehingen


Justin Howard ready for Karlsruhe return - by Moritz Korff
30-year-old post player Justin Howard (208-C-81, college: Mercer) is set to return to Pro A side BG Karlsruhe, the club unveiled today. The Karlsruhe team has been struggling in the first three games of this current season and is sitting on a 0-3 record. The coaches spoted a problem in the paint in the course of the openings encounters and reacted quickly.
Howard spent the 2008-09 season in Karlsruhe and averaged 13.4 points and 9 rebounds a contest through 30 Pro A games back then. In the meantime the Orlando, Florida native and 2003 graduate of Mercer University played two years in Spain. In the 2010-11 season he scored 10.5 points and pulled down 6.9 boards a game for LEB Silver outfit B.C. River Andorra, while making it all the way to the play off finals.


Can The Fraport Skyliners Delay The Birth Of The Walter Tigers Tuebingen NCAA Kids Into Professional Basketball Manhood October 8th? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The severe magnitude of disappointment can always be categorized from minimal to great depending how critical one looks at the picture. For Boston Redsox fans, the unbelievable, shocking and painful September slide in which they came into September with a 9 game lead in the Wildcard race, but a 7-20 September record and 4-3 loss in a do or die game in the last game in minor Bill Buckner fashion must of uttered a new famous phrase in Boston not again, great tennis player Ivan Lendl coming to Wimbeldon so many times, but never leaving the hallowed grass courts as a true Wimbeldon champion and possibly removing the word grass from his vocabulary which is difficult to do for him considering he is a passionate golfer or Paris Hilton after walking her little dog walking into a harmless kids food fight in a corner of Central Park west and getting her designer clothes dirty. These are all painful occurrences for these people, but what Walter Tigers Tuebingen fans recently endured with the sudden unannounced overnight disappearance of full bearded center Kenny Wiliams could be classified as deep unexpected hurt. This would have been the fourth season for the Miami native, but instead he is gone having left a very young and inexperienced Tiger team standing on brittle thin ice shortly before the start of the season. Ex teammate Steven Wright seemed concerned who is playing in Finland this season. I was shocked when I heard that Kenny had left. I dont know all the details, but knowing Kenny, it really wouldnt seem like he would leave in the middle of the night if it wasnt really urgent. Istill havent talked to him, but people have told me that he is ok. Kenny is a good player that always worked hard and is a good rebounder. We didnt do too much off the court, but he was a cool guy and will be missed under the basket, warned ex walter Tiger Tuebingen guard Steven Wright. Beko BBL players have noticed the void that has been left under the court even if experienced Velimir Radonovic was brought in, Wiliams had played in Tuebingen for years and knew the system well. He will be missed obviously underneath the basket on both ends of the floor, his rebounding and just his presence is a key loss for the team. He was real active at both ends on the floor and we had to focus on keeping a body on him at all times. he can hurt you on the offensive glass, stated TBB Trier guard John Bynum. Kenny was one of our leaders and was going to play a huge role on our team. It definitely was a setback but I think we have grown closer as a team because of it.Kenny could always make me laugh so easily and his friendly personality was so contagious which is why so many people in Tuebingen liked him, remembered Vaughn Duggins (190-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wright St.)

Since coming into the BBL in 2004-2005, the Walter Tigers Tuebingen have been treading water in the BBL middle standings and at times scrapping the deregulation area. The best finish of the club was 2006-2007 as they finished in 10th place. The Tigers have been more a harmless creature that seems to have their mouth sealed with little power escaping instead of showing their absolute unconquerable qualities of a tiger on the court. The team has been known for developing a healthy fan base and letting guys like Rasko Katic and AJ Moye (his first year) develop into top BBL players, but then again also have gone the usual BBL route of signing an abundance of Americans and closing an eye for further developing German players and the organization also has been prone to getting involved with minor scandals like in 2006 with Tamien Trent and Mike Moten who were banned by the German basketball federation following a drug test. Making the jump to the BBL is not easy and if one were to ask experts in the Tuebingen surrounding, one would always here two things. A slim budget and not getting the right mix of players seemed to be the most important reasons why the club has never been able to play games in May when it counts most. Since entering the Beko BBL in 2004, the team has always hovered between 10th and 15th place and their best finish was 2007 as they were in 10th place.

Last season, The Walter Tigers Tuebingen finished in 12th place with a record of 15-19. Lacking more consistence at home in the Paul Horn arena showed with their 9-8 record. Last season the team celebrated huge victories against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg, Alba Berlin and The Telekom Baskets Bonn before the Allstar break, but then again showed their inconsistency losing games to teams like the Mitteldeutscher BC or Phoenix Hagen. Just like the season before, The Walter Tigers Tuebingen made a dash for the Beko BBl playoffs in winter winning six games in a row and heightening the playoffs hopes for the fans with big wins against Bonn Oldenburg and Ulm. However then as if each player had seen a black cat and then walked under a ladder for so called bad luck went on an unlucky losing streak losing six games in a row and finishing the season 2-7 and once again not making the playoffs. A 40 point loss to Bamberg in the heat of their six game winning streak and an 18 point loss to the LTi Giessen 46ers just seemed uncharachteristic after their successful run. It was an up and down season. The season started rough, then we had a nice winning streak, but then had a long losing streak, but closed out the season well. We hurt ourselves with our inconsistency. We were unable to bring the same effort night in and night out which killed us, stressed ex Walter Tigers Tuebingen forward Chris Oliver who is playing in France this season with SIG Strassburg.

This season, The Walter Tigers Tuebingen might use a motto that German basketball player Christian Standhardinger might be using after a few miscues in the NCAA and always coming back to try his luck in the NCAA with If you dont succeed at first then try try again in hopes of reaching the Beko BBL playoffs. However if a strong starting five last season with Bane Ratkovica, Johannes Herber, Chris Oliver, Dane Watts and Anatoly Kashirov wasnt potent enough for May basketball, how does the team see making an impact this season in the even stronger Beko BBL and a new starting five? Guys like Dane Watts had a very strong season whereas other starters solid seasons, but were still able to double their market value and get better financial contracts with other teams. Some teams play for titles, while other teams play for the playoffs and in the last years , The Walter Tigers Tuebingen seem to be a team that brings in younger talented players guaranteeing them playing time so they can develop further and then go to more attractive and more lucrative teams. You can expect a group of guys that play with a lot of passion and play extremely hard. We will defend well and can score with anybody in the Bundesliga, warned Vaughn Duggins Last season, Tuebingen already had established Beko BBl players like Dane Watts and Chris Oliver, but this season the team has their youngest team ever having six guys that were only 23 years old this summer. With Beko BBL babies Vaughn Duggins, Tyrone Nash and Adnan Hodzic coming from the NCAA and Americans Reggie Redding and Josh Young coming off their rookie years last season and born in 1988, Igor Perovic has indirectly shown that these guys will have perform right away getting their feet wet quickly. Perovic has much experience with thirty something players Lou Campbell and Velomir Radiovic and Nicolai Simon who has title experience with Alba Berlin, but still many young bucks that will be in a nasty shark infested basketball pool each weekend. . I think if you have a good chemistry of players then it is a good thing. Experience is key in close games early in the season but once your out on the court all that age goes out the window in most cases. It is risky but if you got good chemistry it will help in a lot of ways. I think the team will play hard and will surprise a lot of teams. Young teams are usually hungry and they may struggle at times but just like most young teams we may not know which team may show up. But they will be a team that competes just like the rest of the BBL, warned TBB Trier guard John Bynum. Still having so much youth can also be a positive thing. I think their strength will be them playing hard, I didnt really get a chance to see them in preseason but on paper they have some solid individual players. I really dont know about weaknesses but I'm sure that will show up as the season goes along, added John Bynum. We just need to continue to get better as a whole. Our ceiling with how good we can be is so high because we are so young. If we get better every day we will be fine during the season, added Walter Tigers Tuebingen guard Vaughn Duggins The glue for the Walter Tigers Tuebingen will be Lou Campbell and teams will learn quickly that keeping the American in check will make basketball life on the court very difficult for the Tigers. I think they Campbell is a key but we have to see what the newcomers bring to the table as well. To put so much pressure on one guy meaning Campbell isnt fair but I think they got some young guys who can make a difference as well, stressed John Bynum. One Skyliner that will be motivated to play hopefully his first official professional game and against the NCAA players is Michael Thompson who is aware of the NCAA rookies in Tuebingen. I will be great to be on the court with those three great players with Duggins, Nash and Hodzic. All three had great careers in the NCAA. I played against Nash. We will have to keep an eye on him. He can do it all, shoot the three, play with his back to the basket and play aggressive defense, warned Michael Thompson.

The first and most important signing this past summer for the EWE Baskets Oldenburg was Lou Campbell who is a 32 year old 190cm point guard from New Jersey that played three years in Japan was easily the top playmaker in the BEKO BBL in 2009-2010. Had he been with Oldenburg in 2009-2010, he might have made the difference between an early exit in the playoffs and a second championship. After getting a jump start in Giessen from 2004-2006, he played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in 2009-2010 leading the team into the playoffs playing 43 games averaging 13.0ppg, 3.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.7apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 81.6% . He can guide an offense, but also score when needed especially in crunch time. However a lot of the magic that he had for Douglas Spradley two years ago wasnt present last season for Predrag Krunic and the EWE Baskets Oldenburg as he played 40 games averaging 9.8ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.4apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 82.1%. However what many didnt know, Campbell has a serious Adductor injury. Most guys would of sat out, but he continued to play, because Oldenburg had no other alternative at the point. With the departure of Kenny Wiliams, the team recently had to respond and brought in experienced Velimir Radinovic that played in the Beko BBL the last two years for MBC. Radinovic is a 30 year old 212cm Serb-Canadian that played at the well know Ohio State and has gathered experience playing for top clubs FMP Zeleznik Beograd and KK Hemofarm Vrsac. He alos played in France and Greece and last season for MBC played 27 games: 6.6ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 52.6%, FT: 68.8%. he scored in double figures seven times and his best scoring game was 16 points against the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Velimir is so big and strong that he can clog up the middle and give us a shot blocking presence. He is a smart player with a high basketball IQ and can be a leader for the young guys, stressed Vaughn Duggins Even though Nicolai Simon is only 24 and should belong to the younger generation, is the third most experienced player on the roster. He is a 191 cm guard that is playing his second season in Tuebingen. He is made a comeback in The BEKO BBL in 2009-2010 after coming into the BEKO BBL in 2006-2007 after being heralded as a big German talent. In 2006-2007, he was able to play 33 games for Alba Berlin despite being on a team with a deep roster. In 2007-2008, he injured himself playing only five games. Last season, he took a step back and played for Ergas Ehingen in the German PRO B averaging 8,9ppg, 2,4rpg and 5,2apg. and to develop further as a professional basketball player. In 2009, he played at the World University games in Belgrad averaging 4,1ppg, 3,6rpg and 1,4apg. Last season for Tuebingen, he played 31 games: 2.8ppg, 1.4rpg.

Vaughn Duggins is a Beko BBL rookie that is a 24 year old 187cm guard from Pendelton, Indiana. He played at Wright State from 2006-2011 including his freshman season with 2011 Beko BBL MVP Dashaun Wood as has fond memories of the Alba Berlin guard on the court and their one on one battles. Every once in a while at practice I'd be walking by Dashaun and he would stop me and tell me exactly how he was going to score on his opponent that next possession and sure enough he would go out there and do that exact thing and look at me and laugh while running down the court. Thats easy! Dashaun beat me 9 out of 10 times on one on one. I was a young puppy out of high school and he was the horizon league player of the year. I don't remember him having any weaknesses other than he was smaller than me so I could post him up, stressed Vaughn Duggins In his senior year, the American played 33 games: 18.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 44.7%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 82.2%. Beko BBL teams will have to be aware of the dangerous game of the American. He is a scorer, but also has hidden attributes. My jumping ability isnt always noticed. I've surprised a lot people when I get up to block a shot or dunk, warned Vaughn Duggins Another Beko BBL rookie this season is Tyrone Nash. Nash is a 23 year old 203cm forward from Queens, New York. He played together with FC Bayren Munich guard Ben Hansbrough at Notre Dame and in his senior year played Notre Dame 34 games: 9.5ppg, 5.9rpg, 2.6apg, FGP: 48.7%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 68.9%. Another Beko BBL rookie for the Tigers is Adnan Hodzic who is a 23 year old 203cm forward from Bosnia and Herzegovina. He played at Lipscomb (NCAA) from 2007-2011 together with BG Goettingen guard Josh Slater and in his senior year played 30 games: 17.7ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 72.6%. Despite playing for a less known school and losing some credibility of his worth, he had some great performances at the NCAA level which brought notice. It did hurt a bit, however, some of my best games were against bigger schools and better competition. The best player I played against in the NCAA was my junior year. I played against Derrick Williams. I had 34pts 13reb I just play hard every night. The critics and doubters will always be there, warned Adnan Hodzic. Hodzic also has a hidden strength. One strength that is very overlooked is my ability to shoot from outside. All spring and summer I have been working on expanding my game. I have developed a good mid range and long range shot. I am also good at driving the ball to the rim, stressed Adnan Hodzic.

The team also brought in Reggie Redding who will be starting his second professional season despite being only 23 years old. Redding is a 196cm guard from Philadelphia and possesses a great feel for the game, moves well without the ball, offers size and the ability to score from the guard position. He played at Villanova (NCAA) with ex BG Goettingen forward Dwayne Anderson and in his senior year played 23 games: 7.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 40.8%, 3PT: 39.5%, FT: 63.8%. he reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2008. Last season he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-Division A) winning the league and cup title and played 16 games: 9.5ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.1%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 73.9%; EuroChallenge: 8 games: 7.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 62.5%. The club also brought in Josh Young who makes the jump from the PRO B to the Beko BBL. Young is a 23 year old 185cm guard from Shawnee, Oklahoma. He played at Drake from 2006-2010 including two years with ex Skyliner Adam Emmenecker. In his senior year, he played 32 games: 14.4ppg, 3.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 35.8%, FT: 73.0%. Last season he came to Germany and played for Bayer Giants Leverkusen (Germany-ProB) tearing up the league playing 11 games averaging 26.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 3.0apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 45.3%, FT: 79.0%. Rueben Spoeden is a 22 year old 202cm forward from Frankfurt that is playing his second season in Tuebingen. He started his basketball career with Eintracht Frankfurt an dthen played for TV Langen where his teammate was Robin Benzing. He also has a license for Ergas Ehingen. Last season he with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen he played 8 games: 1.3ppg; also played at ErdgaEhingen/Urspringschule (ProB): 28 games: 7.4ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 21.7%, FT: 60.7%. German American Akeem Vargas rounds out the roster. He is a 21 year old 190 cm guard that started his basketball career with the SG Urspringschule junior team in 2005. In 2009-2010, he got experience in the States playing for Iowa Lakes CC (JUCO): 31 games: 5.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 53.0%, FT: 94.0%. Last season with Tuebingen, he got into 12 games: 0.4ppg; and also had also a license to play for Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (2. Bundesliga Pro B)playing 27 games: 8.6ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.9apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 25.5%, FT: 77.6%.

This Saturday, The Fraport Skyliners will be looking to rebound from their disappointing home opening 72-53 loss to the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. In the loss, The Fraport Skyliners had a dismal shooting day, had an off day under the basket and turned over the ball and a frightening 18 times something that was less prevalent in the preseason a time when turnovers can be more common. Frankfurt had a not 100% Justin Gray against Oldenburg and were without ex NBA player Jermario Davidson and Beko BBL rookie Michael Thompson due to injuries. Thompson could be back in the lineup to give the point guard position more of a push when Gray is taking a breather. Gray suspects a totally different game and no one should worry after only one loss. We only played one game so far. We have to look at our mistakes form the Oldenburg game, come up with a new game plan and execute better in Tuebingen. A lot of the Fraport Skyliner mistakes started in the offense which transformed into their defense. We have to communicate better on defense and just be more aggressive on offense and defense, warned Skyliner guard Quantez Robertson. The Walter Tigers Tuebingen will be highly motivated as they start their season at home against the Fraport Skyliners. One match up to watch will be at the point guard position with Lou Campbell and Justin Gray. . Cambpell has a lot of experience and I'm sure he has something to prove after having a so called down season from what we expect to see from him. Gray is a rookie in this league although he has experience playing but it should be a great matchup to see, warned John Bynum. The Fraport Skyliners go into the game as the favorite and Tuebingen have nothing to lose and will give everything that they have. . Frankfurt just has to play their game and control the tempo and the boards and use their experience in crucial parts of the game, warned John Bynum. It's going to be a hard fought game but I think the team that is the most aggressive and the team that plays the hardest for the longest will win, warned Vaughn Duggins The Walter Tigers Tuebingen host The Fraport Skyliners on Saturday October 8th at 20:00.



Dane Watts (ratiopharm Ulm) Tyrese Rice Was Great For Them Last Year but Artland Have Good Players That Will Step Up This Year. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) is a 25 year old 203cm forward from Warrensburg, Missouri. He is playing his first season for ratiopharm Ulm. He played at Creighton (NCAA) from 2004-2008 with NBA player Anthony Tolliver. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 11.3ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 53.4%, 3Pts: 42.5%, FT: 71.8%. In 2008, he came to Germany and started his professional basketball career with EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 8.9ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP-1 (68.4%), 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 68.7%. In 2009-2010, he came to The Walter Tigers Tuebingen playing 34 games: 10.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 37.6%, FT: 71.0%. Last season for Tuebingen, he played 33 games: 13.7ppg, Reb-4 (7.6rpg), 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 54.5%; in May'11 moved to Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket (France-ProA): 3 games: 7.0ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg. At Creighton, he won awards such as MVC Tournament Winner -05, 07, MVC All-Freshman Team -05, MVC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, and MVC Tournament Semifinals -08. He spoke to eurobasket before their first home game of the season against the Artland Dragons October 8th.

Congrats on the 82-71 win in Bayreuth. Was the Bayreuth arena louder than last season and how difficult was it having this tough first road game?

Thanks Miles, it was a tough physical game. They made a run in the 3rd quarter to tie the game and the arena was LOUD. Great atmosphere to play in and big win for us on the road, those are never easy to come by and it was important for us to get this one. Bayreuth will not be a easy place to get wins for opponents.

There wasnt too much difference in the shooting and rebounding of both teams, but I believe it was the little mistakes that Ratiopharm Ulm seemed to control better?

I think that we did a good job of controlling the ball and not letting them get easy buckets in transition. We were also aggressive and the guys knocked down free throws.

How much praise do you have for the development of Steven Esterkamp who had 24 points and seems to be the Esterkamp of old after his 2 year injury?

Grandpa Steve gets grief for being the oldest player on the team but his legs got two years off and he has not missed a beat. He played well all preseason and he has a new hunger for the game after sitting on the sidelines for two seasons. He came up big for us in Bayreuth and that was not surprising for the team, he is capable of having big nights.

Isiah Swann also had a monster game with 27 points. What has impressed you most about his game so far?

He didn't get it rolling this game but he is a deadly shooter. If some of those 3's he normally makes would have fallen you are looking at a 40 ball.

The next game is against the Artland Dragons. You lost both games last season to them in a Tigers uniform. How excited are you about making your debut in the Kuhberg arena? You might as well enjoy the few home games in the next months since you enter a new arena on December 10th.

It is going to be a fun atmosphere in the Kuhberg. We only have a few more games before the new arena is ready so we want to play well and get the fans excited to see us in the bigger gym.

The Artland Dragons have another interesting team. How much does the absence of Tyrese Rice hurt? Will they be as strong as last season?

Artland is always a tough game, they are well coached and brought back some veterans from last years team. Tyrese Rice was great for them last year but Artland have good players that will step up this year. Ready to give my guy Tyronne grief on the sideline.

Pau Gasol and Marc Gasol are practicing with FC Barcelona until the lockout ends. If the Spanish team could pay them and sign them, how sick would that team then look with the two Gasol brothers?

It would look like their national team, don't know if many teams in Spain or Europe could match up with them both on the floor. Im sure they would have to play for less than they are worth to be there.

What movie do you want to see in the theaters in the near future?

Money Ball

Thanks Dane for the chat.



Jason Boone (s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) Our Goal This Season Is Not To Underestimate Anyone. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a 25 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He will be playing his first season with the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and his fourth in the Beko BBL. He played three seasons for BG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Three seasons ago, he played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. In 2008-2009, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7. In 2009-2010, he won the Eurochallenge playing EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 53.8%; German League: 35 games: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 55.9%. Last season with BG Goettingen he played 37 games: 8.5ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 34.9%; EuroCup: 14 games: 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 59.8%, FT: 36.0%. Jason spoke to eurobasket before the game against the LTi Giessen 46ers on October 8th.

Congrats on the 73-67 home win against TBB Trier. The Lokhalle will always be unique for you, but how would you describe the atmosphere in the Wurzburg arena?

The s.Oliver arena was awesome. The fans, who were waiting a long time to see a home BBL game, were loud and energized from start to finish. I'm hoping that they can continue to show support like that and that we can continue to give them things to cheer about.


TBB Trier was known last season for grinding out wins with tough defense. After one game the s. Oliver Baskets gave up only 67 points. What was key in keeping most TBB Trier players in check?

It's going to take us a little while longer to be 'clicking on all cylinders' when it comes to offense, but as far as defense is concerned...it's all about effort. We had guys come in the game and hustle, take charges and dive for loose balls. When you have everyone working hard out there, it doesn't take 'keys' to keep players in check...the effort will make it work.

You know Maik Zirbes from the last years and he exploded in the first game with 23 points and 12 rebounds. Is this a guy that could belong to the top German centers in 2-3 years if he continues to develop?

He's got a lot of upside, but he definitely has things he needs to work on. What I do know though, is that if he averages 23 and 12 he'll be the best center in the league THIS year.


Ivan Elliot seems to be one of the early big winners in the rotation of John Patrick. Last season, he was cut in Bremerhaven and then helped Wurzburg reach the Beko BBL. You practice with him each day. What impresses you most about his play on the court?

He plays with a chip on his shoulder. John Patrick is notorious for giving guys chances to prove themselves because he knows he can get them to work hard everyday. The same goes for Ivan. He's been in the BBL before and wants to prove he belongs. And those are the best qualities one teammate can ask for in another.

The next game is against The Giessen 46ers. They belong to a group of teams that will be fighting to remain in the Beko BBL. What is your general impression of the team on paper?

There you go with those 'on paper' questions again. Opinions on paper don't matter because any team is good enough to beat any other team in this league on any given night. I've been part of the team who 'on paper' was supposed to move down and loved beating teams that underestimated us. Our goal this season is not to underestimate anyone.

The Giessen 46ers are a team with talented players and some good shooters. Where will this game be decided?

But you said 'on paper' they are fighting to stay in the league? I'd agree that they are talented and have players that can stretch the court, so we're going to have to focus on our defensive intensity and communication. It's our first BBL road game of the season so we need to be up for the challenge.


Pau and Marc Gasol are practicing with FC Barcelona until the lockout ends. How sick would a FC Barcelona look if they were to play for the Spanish team?

I'll tell you three things that that Barcelona team would be...Big...Talented...and Ugly. Probably pretty 'sick' too.


This Sunday your New York jets travel to play my New England Patriots. The Pats have hurt players and their defense is suspect at times. What can we expect from this game?

It'll be a hard-nosed grind-it-out sort of game. Any time two rivals meet in a game where both teams need a win it makes for some good football. I'm looking forward to a NYJ bounce back though. What the hell happened to my DVD question? I just saw Horrible Bosses...it was hilarious.

Thanks Jason for t chat!



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Keravnos Strovolou 25th Basketball tournament - Day 1 - by Chris Mammides
VAP Kolossos Rodou of Coach Frangias (ex coach of Keravnos Strovolou and Pizza Express Apollon Limassol) beat quite easily the team of AEL Limassol in opener of the 25th Keravnos Strovolou Tournament which took place in Strovolos, Cyprus. It is worth mentioned that AEL played without two key players as the American McCoy and the Serbian Dragovic were injured
The final score was 63-85 for the islanders from Rhodes Island who saw two of their key Greek players Angelos Tsamis (192-G-81) and Giannis Georgalis (198-F-83) scoring 34 points together while the American Ruben Boykin (201-F-85, college: N.Arizona) scored 23 points.
From the Cyprus team the top scorer was the American power forward Alex Stepheson (205-F-87, college: USC) with 16 points followed by the experienced Monte Negro forward Radunovic who had the same points while Paul Carter scored 14 points
It is also worth mentioned that the team of VAP Kolossos Rodou played mostly without its top scorer in the first unofficial game between the 2 teams days ago, Scotty Hopson, the American player scored 26 points in that game. The quarters were: 20-21, 38-44, 49-64, 63-85
The points for the two teams were as follows:
Kolossos: Liakopoulos 4, Ruben Boykin 23, Charisis 8, Angelos Tsamis 18, Hatten 7, giorgallis 16, Asimakopolos 7, Avgenikos 2.
AEL Limassol: Liatsos 6, Stepheson 16, Kounounis 5, Palalas 2, Radunovic 16, Loizidis 4, Carter 14



Stats Leaders - A2
Points Per Game
 Nikos ARGYROPOYLOS
  Apollo.
  (188-G-78)
  Avg: 25
 1. Argyropoylos, Apol.25.0 
 2. Pettas, Doxa L.25.0 
 3. Totsios, Ikaroi S.24.0 
 4. Daniil, Apollon24.0 
 5. Vasilopoulos, AEK21.0 
 6. Virijevic, Apollo.21.0 
 7. Iliadis, Ermis L.20.0 
 8. Pekovic, Doxa L.20.0 
 9. Kolokas, Nea Kifis.20.0 
 10. Giannakopoul., La.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dimitris LOLAS
  Amyntas .
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 15
 1. Lolas, Amyntas15.0 
 2. Veskoukis, Pagrati10.0 
 3. Kallianotis, Paner.9.0 
 4. Diamantopoul., Nea9.0 
 5. Sioutis, Nea Kifis.9.0 
 6. Kaberidis, Ikaroi8.0 
 7. Simeonidis, Ikaroi8.0 
 8. Daniil, Apollon8.0 
 9. Toutziarakis, OFI8.0 
 10. Macheras, Panery.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sakis PANAGAKIS
  OFI
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 7
 1. Panagakis, OFI7.0 
 2. Makris, Pagrati6.0 
 3. Totsios, Ikaroi S.6.0 
 4. Zoupas, Amyntas6.0 
 5. Macheras, Panery.6.0 
 6. Koronidis, Perama6.0 
 7. Argyropoylos, Apol.6.0 
 8. Kerasovitis, OFI5.0 
 9. Nikou, Panelefs.5.0 
 10. Troulialis, Ermis5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sakis VESKOUKIS
  Pagrati
  (195-G-80)
  Avg: 5
 1. Veskoukis, Pagrati5.0 
 2. Giannakopoul., Lav.4.0 
 3. Sioutis, Nea Kifis.3.0 
 4. Stamopoulos, Apoll.3.0 
 5. Vasilopoulos, AEK3.0 
 6. Papantoniou, AEK/.3.0 
 7. Damalis, Periko.3.0 
 8. Anagnostopou., Erm.3.0 
 9. Lewis, OFI2.0 
 10. Michalos, Perama2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nikos LIBARIS-PSOMAS
  Doxa L.
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Libaris-P., Doxa L.5.0 
 2. Paschalis, Perama2.0 
 3. Giannakopoul., Lav.2.0 
 4. Michalopoulo., Nea1.0 
 5. Petrodimopou., Nea1.0 
 6. Pettas, Doxa L.1.0 
 7. Flevaris, AE.1.0 
 8. Siamandouras, AEK1.0 
 9. Katiakos, OFI1.0 
 10. Simeonidis, Ikaro.1.0 


Olympiakos gets pre-season blessing at Ecumenical Patriarchate - by Kostas Papadopoulos
During its preseason visit to Istanbul, Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus' players, led by club president George Angelopoulos, visited the Phanar and were welcomed by Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch. During the visit, Vassilis Spanoulis (193-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) presented the Ecumenical Patriarch with an official Turkish Airlines Euroleague basketball signed by the team. The Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus basketball club has a special relationship with the Ecumenical Patriarchate. The grandfather of George Angelopoulos, Panagiotis Angelopoulos and his family helped fund the rebuilding of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and the Church of St George, which is located at the site.
Courtesy of Euroleague.net


Div.B Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Corsley EDWARDS
  Anwil
  (205-C/F-79)
  Avg: 23
 1. Edwards, Anwil23.0 
 2. Burtt, Dnipro21.3 
 3. McCarty, Unics21.0 
 4. Skele, Kalev/Cramo19.0 
 5. Williams, BC As.18.0 
 6. Johnson, BC Astana18.0 
 7. Kolesnikov, Krasni.17.7 
 8. Hajric, Anwil16.0 
 9. Blair, Krasnie Kri.16.0 
 10. Low, Dnipro15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Corsley EDWARDS
  Anwil
  (205-C/F-79)
  Avg: 11
 1. Edwards, Anwil11.0 
 2. Klimavicius, Zalgi.11.0 
 3. Wilkinson, Unics10.0 
 4. Thomas, Dnipro10.0 
 5. Korniyenko, Dnipro9.7 
 6. Bowles, Siauliai9.0 
 7. Williams, BC As.9.0 
 8. McCarty, Unics8.0 
 9. Heard, ToPo7.5 
 10. Hajric, Anwil7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Broadus, Siauliai5.0 
 2. Szubarga, Anwil4.7 
 3. Rush, Krasnie Kril.4.3 
 4. Miles, Krasnie Kri.4.3 
 5. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.4.0 
 6. Marshall, BC As.4.0 
 7. Burtt, Dnipro3.7 
 8. Low, Dnipro3.7 
 9. Zukauskas, Siauliai3.5 
 10. Nissim, Enisey3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Evgeniy KOLESNIKOV
  Krasni.
  (195-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kolesnikov, Krasni.2.3 
 2. Heard, ToPo2.0 
 3. Wilkinson, Unics2.0 
 4. Baxter, Enisey2.0 
 5. Williams, BC As.2.0 
 6. Veremeenko, Unics2.0 
 7. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 8. Popovic, Zalgiris2.0 
 9. Berisha, Anwil2.0 
 10. Collins, Zalgiris2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  Siauliai
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bowles, Siauliai2.0 
 2. Heard, ToPo1.5 
 3. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.3 
 4. Lindbom, ToPo1.0 
 5. Zukauskas, Siauliai1.0 
 6. Weems, Zalgiris1.0 
 7. Frost, ToPo1.0 
 8. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo1.0 
 9. Labovic, Krasnie1.0 
 10. Varbanov, Kalev/C.1.0 


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Stats Leaders - Eredivisie
Points Per Game
 Lance JETER
  Leeuwarden
  (190-G-)
  Avg: 30
 1. Jeter, Leeuwarden30.0 
 2. Turner, Den Bosch22.0 
 3. Anderson, Weert22.0 
 4. Boxley, Leiden21.0 
 5. de Paula, Leeuw.20.0 
 6. Kennedy, Leiden19.0 
 7. Hilliman, Leiden16.0 
 8. Wesby, Groningen16.0 
 9. Coleman, Weert15.0 
 10. Akerboom, Den B.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yamene COLEMAN
  Weert
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 12
 1. Coleman, Weert12.0 
 2. Chitwood, Leeuw.11.0 
 3. Wesley, Den Bosch9.0 
 4. Turner, Den Bosch7.0 
 5. Kennedy, Leiden7.0 
 6. de Pagter, Rotte.7.0 
 7. Jones, Rotterdam6.0 
 8. Bell, Groningen6.0 
 9. Wyatt, Groningen6.0 
 10. Koenis, Groningen5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Robbie HARMAN
  Weert
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Harman, Weert6.0 
 2. Turner, Den Bosch5.0 
 3. Bell, Groningen5.0 
 4. Anderson, Weert5.0 
 5. Slagter, Leiden4.0 
 6. Mladenovic, Rotte.4.0 
 7. Dawson, Leeuwarden4.0 
 8. Wesley, Den Bosch3.0 
 9. Williams, Rotterdam3.0 
 10. Jansen, Den Bosch3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Manny ADAKO
  Leeuwarden
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Adako, Leeuwarden4.0 
 2. Sanchez, Leeuw.2.0 
 3. Shepherd, Leiden2.0 
 4. Harman, Weert2.0 
 5. Wesley, Den Bosch2.0 
 6. Kennedy, Leiden2.0 
 7. Jones, Rotterdam2.0 
 8. de Jong, Leiden2.0 
 9. Jackson, Leiden1.0 
 10. Poels, Leeuwarden1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Albert JACKSON
  Rotterdam
  (211-F/C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jackson, Rotterdam2.0 
 2. Minter, Weert2.0 
 3. Williams, Rotterdam1.0 
 4. Wyatt, Groningen1.0 
 5. Dourisseau, Groni.1.0 
 6. Wessels, Den Bosch1.0 
 7. Jansen, Den Bosch0.0 
 8. Hilliman, Leiden0.0 
 9. Harman, Weert0.0 
 10. Turner, Den Bosch0.0 


Head coach Erik Braal, " I am more relaxed in my approach towards the players" - by Fred Roggen
This week I talked with one of the best coaches in the Dutch Basketball league, head coach Erik Braal of Lasaulec Aris. When last summer, after a year's sabbatical, Braal signed with Lasaulec Aris a two-year deal. From his first club, Rotterdam Basketball, Braal went to Bergen op Zoom to guide WCAA Giants to the Dutch playoffs finals.
Coach Braal has the highest aspirations for his team, and the start of the season with a win over Dutch champion ZZ Leiden in the DBL show that his players believe, too.

You have gone to Italy (Armani Jeans Milano) and the United States during your sabbatical. What did you learned that year?
If you see a topteam like Olimpia Milano prepare and play on Euroleague level it is hard to copy things directly. Budget, facilities and possibilities are so different from the Dutch situation. But off course I am influenced, saw new things and try to implement them in our way of doing things in Leeuwarden. I talked to a lot of coaches, discussed a lot of situations. I used the time to reflect and evaluate. It was great to have the time and the freedom to do that.

How does that experience influence the way you coach now?
I think that I am more relaxed in my approach towards the players. Have a better understanding what really matters and try not to overcoach.

Considering your wide experience, what is most important when taking over a new team with expectations?
I think that in the last couple of years coach Miller did a great job in building stability in the organization. They had good results and having a full-time coach helped them develop as an organization. So coming here I knew that a lot of things were already in place. I just try to build on what is already here. So for me it was more to learn what they already did well.

Have you put a style on Lasaulec Aris or is it your philosophy to coach to the style of the players on the roster?
We signed 5 players back, because they played well. They played well in a certain style. So I try to add things on what they already did.

Erik, what will be the key for Lasaulec Aris in its drive to make the playoffs?
We have the talent and we have balance in the team. We need to continue to grow and develop as players and as a team. All players know that and are committed to do what it takes to be successful.

Could you talk about Tjoe de Paula and what you expect from him this season.
I think with Tjoe and with all new players we added to the team we created depth on the roster. Mike Nahar connected Tjoe and me and after 2 meetings I knew that he still had a fire burning. He really wanted to play again and show that he could compete on this level. I expect him to be himself and play his own game. Tjoe is an underrated defender and a very creative offensive player who sees the floor well. And he is very competitive. Skills that will help our team.

Are you concerned about your team's health during the season? Punch has been injured, some other players had injuries during the pre-season. Do you think you guys will be healthy enough to compete at your top level?
No, I am not concerned. We had to adjust, it were all minor injuries. With a good strength program we try to reduce injuries with better balance and core stability. So when the season progresses we hope to become stronger and increase our workload capacity to maintain a good intensity and effort in practice. In games that is part of our identity, but we need it in practice to continue to get better.

What are your general thoughts on the team's performance against ZZ Leiden? What went better than you expected? What didn't go as well as you'd hoped?
In general we played a good game. We had trouble scoring against Leiden especially in the 3rd quarter, because of their switching defense. We did not panic, kept playing good defense and found solutions in the 4th quarter. We knew that Leiden was a scrappy team to play against.

What was your overall strategy for that game?
The overall strategy was to play our own game and focus on what we did already well in the preseason. We have talented players and our main goal was to play our own game in offense and to keep a great focus in defense. Leiden is a well-coached team with very good players. On top of that they excel in hustle plays. Loose balls and offensive boards. Our focus was to match that aspect of the game. For most part we could, but Leiden proved to be a very tough opponent.

Your team seems to have great chemistry. Can you talk about the character of the team and how things have come together?
First of all, I think the players that played here last season did a great job in making everybody feel welcome. From the start they helped all new players to feel comfortable in Leeuwarden. But we are not done yet. For sure we will face adversity and the character of the team will be build on how we deal with those kinds of situations. During the pre-season we experienced some of those situations and they helped us building a better team and prepare for the game against Leiden.

Are you settled with your starting lineup? Expect any particular battles for the open spots?
I don't believe in a starting line-up. We are a team with 11 players and all players are important. They all make their contributions and have their specific roles and together they make a great team to be around with. Some contributions are more visual, but everybody on the team is important.

One last question: Your team is in the lockerroom in Groningen, Leiden or Den Bosch, what is the emotion you feel right before you go out on the floor for a Dutch Basketball league game?
Great to go out on the floor and play a game again.

Thanks Erik for taking the time for this interview and wish you and the team great success this season.



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Standings - D1 League
Points Per Game
 Ousmane BARRO
  Bourg
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 28
 1. Barro, Bourg28.0 
 2. Tsagarakis, Bourg24.0 
 3. Copeland, Bourg23.0 
 4. Gomis, Limoges22.0 
 5. Siggers, Rouen22.0 
 6. Flowers, Vichy22.0 
 7. Guichard, Vichy22.0 
 8. Bah, Boulogne22.0 
 9. Bronchard, Rouen21.0 
 10. McKenzie, Boulaz.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris DANIELS
  Chalons-.
  (200-PF-82)
  Avg: 14
 1. Daniels, Chalons-.14.0 
 2. Flowers, Vichy13.0 
 3. Bradford, Lille12.0 
 4. Dunn, Rouen10.0 
 5. Brown, Maurienne10.0 
 6. Rupert, Rouen10.0 
 7. Badiane, Antibes9.0 
 8. Wyatte, Le Portel9.0 
 9. Prowell, St Vallier9.0 
 10. Curtis, Vichy9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Donald COPELAND
  Bourg
  (177-PG-84)
  Avg: 19
 1. Copeland, Bourg19.0 
 2. Poupet, Rouen8.0 
 3. Gomis, Limoges8.0 
 4. Choquet, Fos Ouest7.0 
 5. Paelay, Quimper6.0 
 6. Eito, Vichy5.0 
 7. Rousselle, Boulogne5.0 
 8. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.0 
 9. Joss-Rauze, Chalo.4.0 
 10. Milbourne, Limoges4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ousmane BARRO
  Bourg
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Barro, Bourg5.0 
 2. Eito, Vichy4.0 
 3. Denave, St Vallier4.0 
 4. Paelay, Quimper3.0 
 5. Rowland, Evreux3.0 
 6. Dardaine, Bordeaux3.0 
 7. Stanley, Boulogne3.0 
 8. Lovedale, Quimper3.0 
 9. Toti, St Vallier3.0 
 10. Charles, Nantes3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Malick BADIANE
  Antibes
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Badiane, Antibes4.0 
 2. Ford, Bordeaux3.0 
 3. Dunn, Rouen3.0 
 4. Daniels, Chalons-.2.0 
 5. Ramseyer, Nantes2.0 
 6. Fields, Nantes2.0 
 7. Aka, Vichy2.0 
 8. Diaw, Bordeaux1.0 
 9. Ho You Fat, Evreux1.0 
 10. Lessort, Quimper1.0 


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Jeppiaar All India Basketball tourney inaugurated - by Greg
Chennai, India - 8 October 2011

The 3rd annual Jeppiaar All India Invitation Basketball tournament was inaugurated this evening at J.J. Indoor Stadium here by chennai customs commissioner Mr. Rajan.

Live up to its billing, defending champions Indian Army humbled Chennai Customs 61-52 in their opening encounter. The Chennai team was trailing six points behind the Army (31-25) at half-time.

Army forwards Rajesh and Dalib Kumar raided the customs area in quick succession. The local team, which desperately tried to reduce the gap and was at one stage 42-44 in the third quarter but could not control the game as their players had virtually gave-up at the waning moments of the match.

Army lad Gopal Ram was adjudged man of the match.

There are ten teams taking part in the mens side that divided in to two pools of five each. The matches are played on league basis till the semi-final stage, thereafter on knockout method.

IOB lost to Sathyabama University

Two chennai-based teams, Sathyabama University and Indian Overseas Bank, clashed in the second match of the evening.

IOB, the semifinalists in the last two editions of the Jeppiaar basketball tourney, was just two baskets behind the varsity team at half time (31-27) but lost its grip as the match entered the second half.

Students of Sathyabama, Raghuram, Rikin and Siddique, powered their university team to a facile victory against the bankmen. At the end Sathyabama registered a 13 points lead over IOB (63-50).

Host club grounded Air Force

Hosts Jeppiaar Institue of Technology Basketball Club registered a thrilling victory over Indian Air Force team from Delhi.

IAF team was on the lead at half time with a score of 42-23. The whooping 19 points lead gave them an edge over the Chennai team until the last minute. A dynamic show by Jeppiaar in the second half however reduced the margin.

With just 7 seconds remained on the clock, IAF had a two points lead (69-67). That time Anbu Kumar netted a three pointer and thus hunted down the high-fliers to the ground in 70-69 at the end.

Results:
Indian Army 61 (Gopal Ram 17, Dalib Kumar 10) bt. Chennai Customs 52 (Vinod 14, Saravanarajan 10). HT: 31-25;
Sathyabama University 63 (Raghuram 23, Rikin 21, Siddique 10) bt. Indian Overseas Bank 50 (Harish Korat 17, Mihir Pande 10). HT: 31-27;
Jeppiaar Tech BBC 70 (Pawan Kumar 29, Anbu Kumar 26) bt. Indian Air Force 69 (Narender 35, Praveen Kumar 12). HT: 23-42.


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Indonesia lose two in a row at Cable Beach Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Indonesian National Team took part at the inaugural Cable Beach Tournament in Broome, Australia. Indonesia suffered two losses in as many games.
They opened their campaign against the Shanghai Sharks of China. The Sharks got to a strong start. They recorded a 28:17 lead at the interval. But Indonesia picked up the tempo in the third term. They erased the deficit and drew things level at 32 heading into the fourth frame. But Shanghai proved the strength eking out a tough 45:41 win at the end. Meng Lingyuan (190-G-89) posted 13 points to pace the Sharks. Ji Xiang (208-F-89, college: Hawaii) added 9 points for the winners. Amin Prihantono (188-F-82) answered with game-high 18 points for Indonesia. Xaverius Prawiro (184-G/F-86), Andi Poedjakesuma (187-F-80) and Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-C/F-86) had 6 points each in the loss.
Next Indonesia took on the Singapore Slingers. The Singapore powerhouse proved to be stronger claiming a 68:44 victory. The Slingers stunned their opponents in the opening frame. They grabbed a 22:5 lead after ten minutes. Indonesia stopped the rot and narrowed the gap to just 14 points at the interval. But the Slingers picked up the slack and rallied to the victory in the second half. Jamal Brown (198-F-78, agency: Tank Sports, college: TCU) posted 16 points, while Robert Wainwright (196-F-73, college: Solano CC) contributed 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Rony Gunawan (194-F/C-80) answered with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Indonesia. Ponsianus Indrawan (191-C-85) netted 6 points in defeat.


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Avery Bradley Thinks Hapoel Jerusalem's A Great Oppertunity - by David Pick
'Honestly, what I want most it to keep playing basketball and Jerusalem sounded like the best possibility,' Hapoel's newly acquired NBA guard, Avery Bradley exclusively told Eurobasket before landing in the holy land on Sunday.

'I'm in great shape. I played in the Pro am games and in the Impact league in Las Vegas, so basically, I work out all the time and I always make sure I'm ready to play.'
After intense pursuits of a recognized player to complete the team's roster, 20-year-old Avery Bradley's impressive athleticism, defensive skills and overall talent, fit exactly into what Jerusalem was missing.

Who were some of the players you consulted about coming to Israel?

 (Photo: Zimbio.com)'Tre Simmons is a friend of mine who played for Hapoel in the past. He said Israel's a great country and that it's a good opportunity for me. I heard Hapoel are known for their crazy fans so I'm just excited to get out there, play basketball and help the team win.'

Although a simple good luck phone call from Celtics head coach Doc Rivers could cost around $100,000, Bradley settled on calls, text and twitter messages from his green Shamrock teammates, wishing him luck and taking somewhat of an interest on his new journey. 'I'm happy I got the opportunity to play in the city of Jerusalem, a place known for its holy history and western wall.' Added Bradley.

Regardless of an impressive high-school and college career, Bradley hasnt yet made his mark in the NBA, but will need to do so immediately for his new team, and even though no contact with the team's coaching staff was made, Bradley's familiar, to some extent, with his new teammates, 'I know we got Jarvis Varnado who's a great athletic shot blocker. D.J. Strawberry is a recognized name I'm excited to meet. I know Luke Jackson played in the NBA and Brain Randle is a key guy for our team, so I'm just ready to meet everyone and start the season.'

When it comes to talking about championships and setting goals, the young Celtics player takes things one step at a time, knowing there are many Israeli league battles down the road, 'Jordan Farmar and Jon Scheyer play on the same team and they're suppose to be really good. Trevor Booker from Washington can also do some damage, so overall I'm expecting to have a lot of good games.'

As far as the NBA lockout and how long he will stay in Israel, Bradley said, 'the players and owners are doing whatever they can to end the situation we're in. No one wants the lockout, everybody wants the same thing - for it to be over. Until then, I'm with Jerusalem and my focus is on helping out the team in any way possible.'

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




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Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Austin FREEMAN
  MarcoPol.
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 38
 1. Freeman, MarcoPol.38.0 
 2. Goldwire, Centra.29.0 
 3. Pecile, Biancobl.27.0 
 4. Brooks, Fileni BPA27.0 
 5. Prato, Aget Imola24.0 
 6. Thomas, Givova S.24.0 
 7. Hardy, Giorgio23.0 
 8. Maggioli, Fileni B.22.0 
 9. Voskuil, Morpho B.21.0 
 10. McConnell, Fileni21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 James THOMAS
  Givova S.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 16
 1. Thomas, Givova S.16.0 
 2. Maggioli, Fileni B.13.0 
 3. Martin, Sigma Barc.11.0 
 4. Ghersetti, Centra.11.0 
 5. Toppo, Giorgio10.0 
 6. Edwards, Tezenis9.0 
 7. Williams, Assi Ost.9.0 
 8. Easley, MarcoPol.9.0 
 9. Brooks, Fileni BPA9.0 
 10. West, Tezenis9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Roman NARDI
  MarcoPol.
  (186-G-85)
  Avg: 10
 1. Nardi, MarcoPol.10.0 
 2. Johnson, Assi O.9.0 
 3. Mathis, Giorgio5.0 
 4. Porta, Tezenis5.0 
 5. Galanda, Giorgi.5.0 
 6. Cantone, S.Antimo5.0 
 7. Levin, Givova Scaf.5.0 
 8. Brooks, Fileni BPA4.0 
 9. Freeman, MarcoPol.4.0 
 10. Rowe, Prima Veroli3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mike GREEN
  Sigma B.
  (185-G-85)
  Avg: 6
 1. Green, Sigma B.6.0 
 2. West, Tezenis5.0 
 3. McConnell, Fileni4.0 
 4. Dordei, Sigma Barc.3.0 
 5. Masoni, Aget Imola3.0 
 6. Bruttini, Aget Imo.3.0 
 7. Rowe, Prima Veroli3.0 
 8. Borovnjak, Enel B.3.0 
 9. Cantone, S.Antimo3.0 
 10. Martin, Sigma Bar.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Shane EDWARDS
  Tezenis .
  (201-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Edwards, Tezenis3.0 
 2. Baldassarre, Bianc.2.0 
 3. Jurevicus, Assi O.1.0 
 4. Maestrello, Enel B.1.0 
 5. Brooks, Fileni BPA1.0 
 6. Maggioli, Fileni B.1.0 
 7. Callahan, Enel B.1.0 
 8. Marigney, Givova S.1.0 
 9. Daniels, Aget Imola1.0 
 10. Martin, Sigma Bar.1.0 


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BC Astana record second straight win over BK Atyrau - by Eurobasket News
BC Astana - BK Atyrau 129:39

BC Astana recorded the second straight win over BK Atyrau. The Kazakh powerhouse stunned their opponents at home court to improve at 2-0 record in D1 ladder. Maxim Voyeykov (197-F-88) provided 21 points to pace the charge.
BC Astana unleashed 37 points in the first frame to establish a 27-point lead. The hosts added 33 points in the second term to build a 70:18 halftime lead. BC Astana limited their opponents to just 6 points in the third term to register a comfortable 98:24 lead with one period remaining. BC Astana obviously had no problems en route to the victory in the final quarter. Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) finished with 19 points, while Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket) and Rustam Yargaliev (195-F/G-86) added 17 points each in the victory. Mikhailo Nasennik (200-F/G-83) answered with 8 points for BK Atyrau. Yuriy Korshunov (204-F-86) netted 7 points in the loss.

BC Astana: Maxim Voyeykov 21, Jerry Johnson 19, Branko Cvetkovic 17, Rustam Yargaliev 17
BK Atyrau: Mikhailo Nasennik 8, Yuriy Korshunov 7


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  KOSOVO   


Bashkimi demolishes Vellaznimi in pre-season match - by Dren Shporta
In the preparation match played last night in Sezair Surroi Hall in Prizren, Bashkimi won over Vellaznimi with huge difference in result. The game was a test for Sasa Katalinic boys to see if they can realize new style of play during the game.

The starting five of Bashkimi where all new players and of course the last years starting five was in a bench! Samir Shaptahovic (174-G-81) was the best in a night where Bashkimi in a third quarter created the difference of plus 53 points, (83:30).

Around 500 spectators came to see live the newcomers in the orange team from Prizren. Stephan Haynes and Kabine Sissoko took many ovations from the public while there were scoring some attractive points.

In the last quarter the bench of Bashkimi played all the quarter. Visar Bunjaku and Artin Gashi were among the best that came from the bench. In the end Bashkimi won the game with the result which was not so important, 104:45. Vellaznimi plays in a lowest league of Kosovo.




Standings - Superleague
SuperLeague Standings
 1. Bambi 0-0 
 2. Bashkimi 0-0 
 3. Drita 0-0 
 4. Kolegji Univer. 0-0 
 5. Kosova 0-0 
 6. Peja 0-0 
 7. Prishtina BC 0-0 
 8. Trepca 0-0 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Laurence VANMALDEREN
  Dexia N.
  (193-C-81)
  Avg: 18
 1. VanMalderen, Dexia18.0 
 2. Dubuc, Dexia Namur15.0 
 3. Malfait, Kangoero.14.0 
 4. Decroos, Kangoero.14.0 
 5. Jones, Dexia Namur13.0 
 6. Raman, Waregem13.0 
 7. Dochez, Willebroek13.0 
 8. Halin, Castors Bra.13.0 
 9. Greene, Point Cha.12.0 
 10. Vanloo, Waregem12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dana BOONEN
  Kangoero.
  (197-C-79)
  Avg: 10
 1. Boonen, Kangoero.10.0 
 2. Tetschiag, Waregem9.0 
 3. Dochez, Willebroek9.0 
 4. Deyaert, Waregem8.0 
 5. Greene, Point Cha.7.0 
 6. Jones, Dexia Namur6.0 
 7. Vanloo, Waregem6.0 
 8. Hendrickx, Kangoe.6.0 
 9. VanMalderen, Dexia6.0 
 10. Malfait, Kangoero.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Oksana AGABALOVA
  Dexia N.
  (186-F-73)
  Avg: 4
 1. Agabalova, Dexia N.4.0 
 2. Halin, Castors Bra.4.0 
 3. Lauwers, Kangoero.3.0 
 4. Greene, Point Cha.3.0 
 5. Van Driel, Kangoe.3.0 
 6. Boonen, Kangoero.2.0 
 7. Mayombo, Point C.2.0 
 8. Hendrickx, Kangoe.2.0 
 9. Doppee, Point Cha.2.0 
 10. Crelot, Dexia N.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Noemie MAYOMBO
  Point C.
  (171-PG-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Mayombo, Point C.7.0 
 2. Schyvens, Willebro.4.0 
 3. Delaere, Kangoero.4.0 
 4. Dochez, Willebroek3.0 
 5. Van Driel, Kangoe.3.0 
 6. Poffyn, Willebroek3.0 
 7. Deneil, Dexia Namur3.0 
 8. Bijnens, Willebroek2.0 
 9. Kazadi, Castors2.0 
 10. Lonay, Point Cha.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sarah DOCHEZ
  Willebroek
  (181-F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Dochez, Willebroek3.0 
 2. Raman, Waregem2.0 
 3. Decroos, Kangoero.2.0 
 4. Dubuc, Dexia Namur1.0 
 5. Malfait, Kangoero.1.0 
 6. Mayombo, Point C.1.0 
 7. De Meyer, Willebro.1.0 
 8. Meylemans, Kangoe.1.0 
 9. Bijnens, Willebroek1.0 
 10. Schyvens, Willebr.1.0 


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  LATVIA   


LBL D2 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Edgars CIMARS
  Livani
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Edgars Cimars Liva.20.6 
 2. Gundars Rauza Gulb.18.4 
 3. Kaspars Rais., Jur.18.1 
 4. Ingars Aizpu., Gul.17.5 
 5. Davis Zeps Saldus17.2 
 6. Kriss Rozens., Rid.16.7 
 7. Juris Kalnins Liva.16.1 
 8. Arturs Bricis Daug.15.8 
 9. Kristaps Dar., Ogr.15.6 
 10. Klavs Strazd., Da.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kristaps DARGAIS
  Ogr.
  (195-G-90)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Kristaps Dar., Ogr.9.8 
 2. Davis Paberzs Sal.8.5 
 3. Ingars Aizpu., Gul.8.4 
 4. Klavs Strazd., Dau.8.3 
 5. Nauris Maska., Liv.8.2 
 6. Juris Kalnins Liva.7.9 
 7. Renars Magone VEF7.9 
 8. Arturs Vitins Daug.7.6 
 9. Ervins Jonats VA7.4 
 10. Valts Damber., Ju.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mikus SOKOLOVS
  Gulbe.
  (194-G-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Mikus Sokolo., Gul.5.0 
 2. Edgars Cimars Liva.4.6 
 3. Didzis Berzi., Liv.4.1 
 4. Davis Zeps Saldus4.0 
 5. Kaspars Rais., Jur.3.6 
 6. Kristaps Pla., VEF3.5 
 7. Gundars Rauza Gulb.3.3 
 8. Oskars Rusma., Jur.3.3 
 9. Visvaldis Bi., Riga3.3 
 10. Davis Coders VA3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CIMARS
  Livani
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Edgars Cimars Liva.2.5 
 2. Raitis Liepa Jurma.2.4 
 3. Mikus Sokolo., Gul.2.2 
 4. Didzis Berzi., Liv.2.2 
 5. Ingars Aizpu., Gul.2.2 
 6. Oskars Rusma., Jur.2.0 
 7. Davis Zeps Saldus1.9 
 8. Niks Neverci., VA1.9 
 9. Ugis Pinete VA1.8 
 10. Ingus Jakovi., Ri.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrejs GRAZULIS
  VA
  (203-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Andrejs Graz., VA1.8 
 2. Maris Snikis Gulbe.1.4 
 3. Mareks Mejer., Lie.1.2 
 4. Juris Kalnins Liva.1.1 
 5. Roberts Stum., Lie.1.0 
 6. Einars Bucs Jurma.0.8 
 7. Ervins Jonats VA0.8 
 8. Rihards Paze VEF K.0.8 
 9. Davis Paberzs Sal.0.8 
 10. Ivars Grasma., Je.0.8 


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  LEBANON   


Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 0-0 
 2. Anibal 0-0 
 3. Antranik 0-0 
 4. Byblos 0-0 
 5. Chabab 0-0 
 6. Champville 0-0 
 7. Hoops 0-0 
 8. Moutahed 0-0 
 9. Sagesse 0-0 


Anibal brings back Ammouri.... - by Rabih Khoury
In the latest transactions for the next season, Anibal Zahle management agreed to terms with Bachir Ammouri (197-F/C-83). Ammouri will be back in his hometown Zahle and playing for his first team after going to the united stats in 2006. Ammouri played previously for Anibal,Sagesse, and Blue Stars. Ammouri will be a great addition to Anibal, he can play inside and outside and will help his new team a lot.!! Ammouri arrived on sunday from the states and started practicing with his new team. The lebanese league will start on the 22nd of October.

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  LITHUANIA   


Deividas Pukis lands Sakalai - by Deividas Valiunas
Sakalai Vilnius is officially pens deal with Deividas Pukis (194-G/F-92) for the upcoming season. Sakalai Vilnius head coach Kazys Maksvytis giving him quite some time in a number of friendly games to show his abilities.
Pukis played for Lihuania U-19 National team at World championship and in 9 games averaged 5 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 0.6 apg.
Last season guard played for Christian Life Center Academy, but got injured for rest of the 20102011 season.


Best players of NKL round 1 - by Eurobasket News
Talented former international forward Karolis Brusokas (200-F-91) had an amazing evening in the last round for Perlas-MRU and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com NKL Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 20-year old forward had a double-double of 25 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat Radviliskis 77-69. Thanks to this victory Perlas-MRU moved-up to the 6th position in the NKL. Perlas-MRU is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. It's Brusokas' second year at Perlas-MRU and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Brusokas has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (7th best: 8.5rpg) and averages solid 64.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old forward Audrius Maneikis (203-F-84) of Meresta. Maneikis impressed basketball fans with 27 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Meresta lost that game 93-98 to Silute. 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. Maneikis is a newcomer at Meresta 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 Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-F-86) of LKKA-Atletas. Sragauskis got into 30-points club by scoring exactly 30 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds . Despite Sragauskis' great performance LKKA-Atletas lost 90-96in overtime to S.Marciulionio. But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing LKKA-Atletas needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Sragauskis has a great season in Lithuania. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 23.5ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Mantas Tamasevicius (196-G-86) of Silute - 18 points and 11 rebounds
5. Agnius Gurklys (205-C-88) of ABRO-Univ. - 14 points and 13 rebounds
6. Raimondas Ambrulaitis (199-F-82) of Ezerunas-Karys - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Andrius Slezas (200-F-75) of Ezerunas-Karys - 23 points and 8 rebounds
8. Tomas Lekunas (195-F-93) of S.Marciulionio - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Martynas Paliukenas (178-PG-93) of S.Marciulionio - 17 points and 4 rebounds
10. Tauras Jogela (201-F-93) of Zalgiris-Sabonio - 20 points and 11 rebounds

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


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  MEXICO   


LNBP Week 12 - by Alejandro Martinez
After the early season games, the teams have started to settle in and give a strong indication to their place in the standings. Monterrey, Nuevo Laredo, and Veracruz seem to be the early favorites but after a slow start Xalapa has been on a good stretch, while the surprising Barreteros continue to stay within striking distance of the leaders. Quintana Roo is attempting to get in position to contend for top seeding and Mexicali after having a rough go of things for a few weeks seems they may be on the right path. The league's early season favorite for MVP could go to Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV) of Pioneros de Quintana Roo (Cancun), who has led in scoring and credits. Credits is a system that takes into account alot of factors in the games such as points, efficiency, rebounding, and assists. But Beck is only holding onto the credits lead by 2 points over Jeremis Smith (203-F-86, college: Georgia Tech) who has appeared in 2 less games and is a big force for league leader Monterrey. Smith is averaging 21 points and 7 rebounds while shooting 59% from the field. He's also leading the league in fouls received, which can be a big indicator to the ability for defenders to contest him. Connecting on over 80% of his free throws makes the strategy a difficult one for opposing teams. John Millsap, the older brother of Utah Jazz forward Paul, is part of the lethal 1-2 punch in Cancun. The club is hoping the dominance of these two players translates into climbing higher in the rankings as a team. Melvin Council has been a huge part of the early season success for Barreteros with great percentages for a guard of .609 (2pfg)and .462 (3pfg). It's still early yet but these clubs are beginning to show their strengths and the players listed above have been a big part of that. Keep up to date with Mexican Pro Basketball here on www.latinbasket.com

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  MONTENEGRO   


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


An American played for KK Ibon Niksic, a club with great tradition ( but due to financial problems they changed their name and now are known as KK Sutjeska). His name is Gentry Lewis (206-F/C-81, college: Philander Smith). The husband od Doneeka Hodges Lewis (WNBA player) had a brief experience in Niksic during the 2006/2007 season and didn't leave a great impression. After 10 games Lewis left the team. Although very physical Lewis struggled a lot and was not able to dominate at this level. His playing career continued in Slovenia. Last summer he was seen in Houston as a member of the team Okinawa ( Eurobasket Summer League)

KK Mogren also tried that experiment in 2006. They brought Eliot Goren (188-G-83, college: Carnegie Mellon), a white boy from a small school, but he failed to impress the coaching staff in Budva and returned home in December. A month later Goren moved to Germany, played till the end of the season and it seems that he was not able to get any other pro contract after that. In January of 2007 they signed a replacement, Jamahr Warren (194-G/F-79, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Missouri So.). The older brother of Chris Warren (ex FMP Zeleznik, Cibona etc now in Cedevita) played the second part of that season for Mogren and the coach Miodrag Baletic was satisfied with his performances. Jamahr did well and averaged 16.5ppg 6.5rpg and 2.4spg. After the end of the season he returned to South America where he spent the most of his career. Last summer he played in FIBA Americas for Panama National Team.

A year later Mogren's neighbour KK Primorje Herceg Novi sorprised everybody when they decided to sign a tall guy from Mali, Kabine Sissoko (209-C-86), to help them in the Superleague. The 25 years old big man with Croatian passport spent most of his career in ex Yugoslavia where he played for KK Zadar, KK Zagreb, OSK Celic etc. KK Primorje and Herceg Novi were just another stop on his journey through Balkan wilderness. His club for the 2011/2012 seson will be KB Baschimi from Kosovo. A new start, after two years in Croatian lower leagues..

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




Buducnost outscored by 30 in the First Round of ABA League - by Darko Pekic
KK Buducnost lost the first away game of the season. And not only lost it, but was demolished by the more experienced Croatian team Cedevita. The Croatian side won the game by 30 points (92-62) and proved that experience factor is always very important. On the other side, Buducnost youngsters will have to wait for their first victory at least till the next week. Although they will have a difficult task against the new Red Star team with Adam Morrison (203-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) in major role.

The best in Buducnost were Nikola Vucevic (208-F-90, college: USC) with 11 points and 5 rebounds, Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) with 10 points and Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket) with 8 points and 7 rebounds. The best in Cedevita was the American with croatian passport Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) with 10 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds and 3 steals

Cedomir Vitkovac sad after the game:

' We played horrible defense and Cedevita deserved the victrory. We have to play better against Red Star...'






Erste Basketball League - by Darko Pekic
The new season in Montenegro will start next week (15 October). This is the most important news from the meeting held yesterday in Podgorica with Top Ten club from Montenegro. The league will be called Earste Basketball League and the Basketball Federation of Montenegro will provide four Molten basket balls for each club to play the League and cup games with them. The draw decided that in the first round wiill meet :

Mogren -Podgorica

Ulcinj -Teodo

Mornar- Sutjeska

Jedinstvo -Lovcen

Danilovgrad- ABS Primorje


After the first part of the season, KK Buducnost will join the league and it will be called the Superleague ( 6 best teams in Montenegro) while the others will compete in the Survival League. The four best teams from Superleague will play in the play-offs. The last two teams from the Survival League will be relegated.


The Lost Talents of Montenegro - by Darko Pekic

The Adriatic League (ABA) starts today. If you like fantasy games you will pick a team for youself and expect good performances from your picks. Is Morrison good enough to carry his team on his weak shoulders? What about Vucevic? He is young but can play, I should take a chance. Or maybe Pekovic? He had a bad Euroean Championship, he must prove his worth now etc. Every fantasy player has its own ideas about the ideal line up and here I want to present you a team, a team without any import player, just Montenegrins.

Try to imagine a team with Nenad Mijatovic (193-G-87) on point guard, Mladen Sekularac (203-G/F-81) (203-G/F-81) on shooting guard, Balsa Radunovic (206-F-80) as a small forward, Zarko Cabarkapa (211-F/C-81) on power forward, and Ivan Todorovic (214-C/F-84, agency: Interperformances) on center position. These guys are our starting five but what about the reserves? On the bench you get: Ivan Koljevic (185-G-84, agency: BeoExcell) (PG), Boris Bakic (194-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) (SG), Bojan Pelkic (206-F-83, agency: Beo Basket) (SF), Ivan Maras (208-C/F-86, agency: Beo Basket) (PF) and Luka Sjekloca (212-C-84) (C).

This would not be a bad team, you would agree. But someone could ask- why them? There are many better players around. Well, I chose them because these guys have something in common. Each of them has played for KK Buducnost but they have never played together. And one more thingthey have never reached their full potential

Nenad Mijatovic was a super talented point guard. Period. A point guard with excellent energy on the court, mixed with quickness, great ball handling and court vision. A natural born leader. Born in Split (Croatia) and raised in Montenegro, Nenad started his professional playing career in Buducnost Podgorica. At the age of 15 played his first game for Buducnost and showed signs of a great career. Soon he became the member of the National Team and won a lot of trophies, among them the 2003 European Championships U16 in Spain- (First place) and 2006 European Championships U20 in Turkey- (First place ).

In his first professional season (2004/2005) Nenad averaged 8.5ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.5apg. It didnt take him long to become the best player and the leader of the team and many powerfull teams from Europe and the NBA became interested in him. He averaged over 11 ppg along with 1.3 apg and 1.4 rpg, while shooting 42% from the field in the strong Adriatic League and was compared to Drazen Petrovic and other great ex Yu players. But unfortunately his dream didnt last long.. During the summer of 2007 Mijatovic broke his leg in a swimming pool and missed the first part of the season. When he recovered from the injury, he was not the same player. His numbers dropped (only 2.9ppg, and 1.3apg). Mijatovic then moved to Ukraine where he played only one game. After that he returned to Buducnost and 6 months later went to Spain where he was not able to prove his great talent. Then again he tried his luck in Turkey but with no results ( 2 games, 0 points). Last season Mijatovic played in Lovcen Cetinje.

Mladen Sekularac was also compared to Drazen Petrovic. He was the biggest prospect in Yugoslavia in his generation. A good athlete with the whole package of skills, Sekularac went to FMP Zeleznik, the famous Yugoslavian 'fabric' of young players. He impressed there and in his second season averaged 11.1ppg and 3.4rpg. The NBA scouts saw in him a potential NBA player and he was drafted by the Mavericks in 2002 (2nd round pick). He then moved to Italian powerhouse Kinder Bologna in order to prepare himself for the NBA. But now we can say that he made a wrong move. The Kinder squad was too strong and they were not ready to wait a young player so he was released during the season. After the bad experience in Italy he went to Buducnost, played the first part of the season well (16.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.7apg in Adriatic League) but in December he left the team due to lack of payments. However, it was clear that he wont be able to reach his full potential. Sekularac continued his career in Greece, Belgium and Bosnia, always had good numbers, but that was simply not good enough from a player who should have been the new Drazen Petrovic.

Balsa Radunovic was something like the young Toni Kukoc, Who remembers him now? Well, he was among 20 best talents in the World in his generation and was an important player of Buducnost Championship Teams (1999, 2000, 2001). Balsa, the brother of Montenegro international Hajdana Radunovic (192-F/C-78), had NBA body and long arms. Coaches expected a lot from him. But he always had ups and downs and was not consistent enough for the pro level. After 5 seasons in Buducnost he moved to Pivovarna Lasko and continued with his ups and downs in the Adriatic league and Euroleague. Then he moved to France, to Gravelines, for the season 2003/2004 and we can say that France was his last experience at the highest level. After a year in France, he went to Cyprus where he spent the most of his career and is still playing there. For the 2008/2009 season Radunovic signed in Greece for the famous AEK Athens but was released after a couple of games. He never got a chance to represent the National Team of his country and to play in the NBA.

And what to say about Zarko Cabarkapa? Enormous basketball potential, sense for the game, sizeeverything. 211cm tall Serbian wingman with Montenegrin origin, he started his career at the small forward and people realized his potential just after a season among the professionals. Zarko averaged 13.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.2apg for KK Beopetrol at the age of 19! He movced to Buducnost to add another puzzle to a great young team: Milojevic, Pavlovic, Koljevic, Cabarkapa, Cakic..and his enourmous potential exploded- 11.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1apg in Euroleague! The NBA scouts wrote down his name and a year later the young forward was selected by Phoenix Suns in the 1st round of NBA draft (17th pick). Zarko signed a 3 year contract with the Suns and everybody thought that he would be the star of the decade. Somebody like Stojakovic or Divac, to get an idea about the potential he had. But the unjuries ruined his knees and his NBA career suffered. After 3 seasons in the NBA and two seasons on the injured list he returned to Podgorica but he was not able to revive his basketball career. In 2009 Zarko decided to retire from professional basketball.

Ivan Todorovic, a player with great size, didnt live up to expectations. He was one of Buducnost products, along with Balsa Radunovic and Blagota Sekulic (208-F/C-82, agency: FCM). He should have been 'the next generation', the center of the future. He had good coaches ( Bogdan Tanjevic (agency: Interperformances ), Miroslav Nikolic , Dusko Vujosevic (agency: Beo Basket ), Vlado Djurovic (agency: Alti Sport ) etc) and good teammates around him ( Dejan Tomasevic (208-F/C-73, agency: Beo Basket), Dejan Milojevic (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket), Milenko Topic (204-F-69) etc) but he got lost anyway. Why? Probably nobody knows that. After a couple of seasons in Buducnost, where he won everything, he decided to go to Belgrade and sign for FMP Zeleznik. Buducnost management didnt agree to let him go after they invested a lot of money and work in him so he had to sit out a season. He lost a year in his basketball development and it was a cost he had to pay..In FMP Zeleznik Todorovic stayed till the 2007/2008 season when he moved to Greece. After a couple of below average seasons abroad (Estonia, Slovenia) he returned home and last season he did well for Lovcen in the National Championship (10.8ppg and 4.2rpg)

Another Ivan, was a potential star, maybe even NBA material. His name is Ivan Koljevic and he was born in Cetinje. While playing for Buducnost he was probably even better than Sasha Pavlovic (200-F-83), the future NBA player. Ivan got more minutes and a more important role in the team. Lets see the stats: 13.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.3apg in YUBA league and 8.9ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.2apg in Euroleague. Not bad from a rookie, you would agree.. He was a promising point guard and a fantastic 3 point shooter. Not afraid to penetrate or shoot the 3 in key moments. Unfortunately, he left Buducnost after only three years and started his journey: Spain, Greece, Russia, Ukraine, Turkey. During the 2009/2010 season Ivan changed three clubs! He now plays in Poland and is doing okey. Last summer he was not invited to join the National Team for the European Championship in Luthuania although a couple of years ago he was considered the National Team point guard of the future.

Boris Bakic, like his brother Bojan, was a big talent. A great shooter combined with a great defender, what else would you like to see in a shooting guard? However, he chose to leave Podgorica early, moved to the Belgrade giants Partizan at the age of 18 and during the 2004/2005 season played 7 games in the Euroleague for them! But, due to several injuries his progress was limited and in 2007 Dusko Vujosevic (agency: Beo Basket ) decided to let him go. He signed a contract with their big opponent- Crvena Zvezda Belgrade and played for them till the end of the last season. Unfortunately, the injuries didnt want to let him play and he was not consistent enough on the highest level. Last season Boris averaged 8.8ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg in the Adriatic League and had a minor role for his National Team during the European Championship in Lithuania. He is a free agent now.

Maybe people dont remember well Bojan Pelkic. He was vey quick and tall for his position and did all the little things on the floor (rebounds, steals, assists ecc). Coaches love players like that. Bojan got a chance in Lovcen and in his third year he delivered 10.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4apg against strong competition in Serbia & Montenegro. He was expected to sign for one of the top teams or to go abroad but he chose to remain in Cetinje. But when he decided to move abroad the timing was wrong. Bojan moved to Poland in November of 2006 and signed for WTK Anwil Wloclawek. In 3 games he scored only 6 points. In February of next year he was loaned to Buducnost but saw no playing time there. After that he moved to Estonia and won the Baltic League All-Star Game Slam Dunk Contest. Three times he returned home ( Buducnost, Ulcinj and Lovcen). Last year Bojan was in Bosnia ( KK Capljina) and now is looking for a new club.

Another Buducnost player got lost though everybody expected a lot from him. The forward Ivan Maras, an 'old school' player, very skilled and with a deadly left arm (3 point specialist). A player who was able to play inside and out and that was probably his biggest problem because some coaches saw him as a small forward while others wanted from him to gain muscle and be a power forward. Unfortunately, he got stuck in the middle.. Maras had his debut for Buducnost in 2003, along with Mijatovic he helped the U18 National Team to win the European Championship in Turkey (2006). He soon became the team captain of Buducnost and many teams wanted him. Among others, the Serbian powerhouse Partizan was interested in hiring him. After 7 seasons in Buducnost, Maras moved to Metalac Valjevo and then to Hemofarm where he plays right now. His numbers dropped significantly and now he is a role player. This summer, the Montenegro international and one of the biggest talents in his generation, was not able to make the team for the European Championship in Lithuania.

Luka Sjekloca is the part of the same generation as Balsa Radunovic or Ivan Todorovic. Luka was a typican Yugoslavian center with long arms, agile and quick for his size. A team player. He was invited several times to the Big Men Camp in Treviso. In 2003 Dusko Vujosevic (agency: Beo Basket ) invited him to join Partizan. They are known as a Big Man Factory (Krstic, Perovic, Pekovic etc.) and Luka got a chance to develop his skills with one of the best coaches in Europe. But after a season Partizan sent him to Sloga Kraljevo where he got playing time but didnt impress (4.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 0.6apg). He then returned to Montenegro and signed for ambitious KK Mornar. But he became too slow and heavy. Sjekloca then went back to Serbia and in 2007 missed the first part of the season due to Hepatitis A. After two seasons in Slovenia (2008-2010) he returned to Serbia (KK Crnokosa) where he spent the last season averaging 5.2ppg and 3.4rpg.

Unfortunately the guys listed above didnt make it, or like Cabarkapa or Koljevic didnt reach their full potential. As you can see, they were big talents and they wasted their potential, no matter what the reasons are. Unfortunately, the life is like that. For every Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) or Sasha Pavlovic you get thousands of Ivan Todorovics or Balsa Radunovics



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Avery Bradley Thinks Hapoel Jerusalem's A Great Oppertunity - by David Pick
'Honestly, what I want most it to keep playing basketball and Jerusalem sounded like the best possibility,' Hapoel's newly acquired NBA guard, Avery Bradley exclusively told Eurobasket before landing in the holy land on Sunday.

'I'm in great shape. I played in the Pro am games and in the Impact league in Las Vegas, so basically, I work out all the time and I always make sure I'm ready to play.'
After intense pursuits of a recognized player to complete the team's roster, 20-year-old Avery Bradley's impressive athleticism, defensive skills and overall talent, fit exactly into what Jerusalem was missing.

Who were some of the players you consulted about coming to Israel?

 (Photo: Zimbio.com)'Tre Simmons is a friend of mine who played for Hapoel in the past. He said Israel's a great country and that it's a good opportunity for me. I heard Hapoel are known for their crazy fans so I'm just excited to get out there, play basketball and help the team win.'

Although a simple good luck phone call from Celtics head coach Doc Rivers could cost around $100,000, Bradley settled on calls, text and twitter messages from his green Shamrock teammates, wishing him luck and taking somewhat of an interest on his new journey. 'I'm happy I got the opportunity to play in the city of Jerusalem, a place known for its holy history and western wall.' Added Bradley.

Regardless of an impressive high-school and college career, Bradley hasnt yet made his mark in the NBA, but will need to do so immediately for his new team, and even though no contact with the team's coaching staff was made, Bradley's familiar, to some extent, with his new teammates, 'I know we got Jarvis Varnado who's a great athletic shot blocker. D.J. Strawberry is a recognized name I'm excited to meet. I know Luke Jackson played in the NBA and Brain Randle is a key guy for our team, so I'm just ready to meet everyone and start the season.'

When it comes to talking about championships and setting goals, the young Celtics player takes things one step at a time, knowing there are many Israeli league battles down the road, 'Jordan Farmar and Jon Scheyer play on the same team and they're suppose to be really good. Trevor Booker from Washington can also do some damage, so overall I'm expecting to have a lot of good games.'

As far as the NBA lockout and how long he will stay in Israel, Bradley said, 'the players and owners are doing whatever they can to end the situation we're in. No one wants the lockout, everybody wants the same thing - for it to be over. Until then, I'm with Jerusalem and my focus is on helping out the team in any way possible.'

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




Pau Gasol: Spain 'best option' if NBA games canceled - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles Lakers star Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) practiced for the first time with Barcelona, his team until the NBA lockout ends.

Gasol says Spain would be the best option if he had to look for another league.

He says it would be a catastrophe if the NBA lockout leads to the season being canceled.

Younger brother Marc Gasolof the Memphis Grizzlies started practicing with Barcelona on Tuesday, while Pau waited a few more days because of an ankle injury.

The brothers were part of the Spain team that won the European Championship last month.

Dallas Mavericks forward Rudy Fernandez signed a contract last month with Real Madrid to play basketball until the end of the lockout.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Calipari, Rose settle to avoid Memphis lawsuit - by Eurobasket News
Coach John Calipari and former Memphis guard Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) agreed last year to pay $100,000 to avoid a lawsuit over the Tigers' season that ended in the 2008 Final Four with the wins later vacated by the NCAA.

According to a settlement signed May 28, 2010, with attorneys representing some Memphis season ticket holders, not only did Calipari and Rose agree to pay $100,000, but Calipari and Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson committed to repaying Final Four bonuses.

The Commercial Appeal first obtained a copy of the agreement Thursday from the University of Memphis under Tennessee's open record laws.

Attorneys Martin Zummach, Frank L. Watson III and William Burns represented 'certain ticket holders' who argued they bought tickets under false pretenses and threatened to sue. They argued they also made donations to the Tiger Scholarship Fund not knowing Memphis might be charged in the future with alleged misconduct by Rose, Calipari and the athletic director, which potentially could hurt the value of their tickets for 2009-10 and future seasons.

Calipari, Rose and Johnson all denied any responsibility in the settlement.

The coach left for Kentucky after the 2008-09 season. Memphis already had been served with an NCAA notice of an investigation, which didn't become public knowledge until weeks after his departure. The NCAA did not find Calipari guilty of any violations during his tenure as coach of the Tigers.

The NCAA ordered Memphis in August 2009 to vacate its NCAA-record 38 wins and eliminate mentions of the Final Four and appearance in the national championship game after finding the university guilty of using an ineligible player believed to be Rose. That player had been ruled retroactively ineligible for the 2007-08 season because of questions over his SAT score.

Memphis lost that title game to Kansas in overtime.

The settlement required the $100,000 to be paid within 14 days of signing the agreement into an account held until Dec. 31, 2010, and controlled by a third party. If no other lawsuits were filed against Calipari, Rose and Johnson, the agreement allowed for the money and interest to be paid out 'as they agree among themselves.'

In the settlement, Calipari agreed to donate the bonus he received to the university's scholarship fund over four years, a total of $232,000 after taxes. The deal also mentions that Rose, now with the NBA's Chicago Bulls, will consider making a 'suitable' donation to the scholarship fund within five years.

University attorney Sheri Lipman told The Commercial Appeal she believes Calipari made a donation of $58,000 last fall, the first in the four-year plan. She wasn't aware if Rose had made a donation.

Johnson received a bonus of $105,875, but repayment already was called for by the language in his contract. In the agreement, the athletic director agreed to meet those obligations.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Bogut's Australian plans halted by insurance - by Eurobasket News
Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut (7'0''-C/F-84, college: Utah) will not play for the Sydney Kings or any other Australian team due to insurance issues, Bogut's agent, David Bauman, confirmed Thursday.

Bogut had hoped to play for the Sydney team in the Australian national league (NBL). Two other teams - Adelaide and Gold Coast - also had expressed interest in signing Bogut.

Bauman said Bogut needed coverage for the $39.5 million and three years remaining on the 7-foot center's contract with the Bucks.

'If Andrew goes back with a broken leg or a broken ankle, the Bucks might say, 'Cancel the contract,'' Bauman said in a phone interview Thursday. 'This is something players get, but the Bucks still might be in a position, given a new CBA (collective bargaining agreement), to terminate the deal.

'There was no way to resolve that type of issue. It was too much of a risk.'

Bogut has been working out to prepare for a basketball season while the NBA lockout continues. But the Melbourne native had considered options to play in his home country in the meantime.

He is recovering from right elbow surgery - a procedure performed by surgeon James Andrews - in April. It was the second surgery on the elbow following a gruesome injury Bogut suffered in April 2010.

Bauman said he had calls from many insurance carriers, but the coverage could have cost as much as $1 million to cover Bogut's deal with the Bucks.

'The teams in Australia were great and the NBA players union was very supportive,' Bauman said. 'They bent over backwards to try to help.

'But it's just too big of a nut. That's why you won't see Kobe (Bryant) or LeBron (James) or KG (Kevin Garnett) playing overseas. This is the undercurrent of the business we do.'

Talks between the players union and owners broke down Tuesday, and the rest of the NBA preseason was canceled. Commissioner David Stern said he would be forced to cancel the first two weeks of the regular season on Monday if no agreement is reached by then.

Still at issue are the revenue split between players and owners, the structure of the salary cap and the length of the new agreement.

The owners offered a 50-50 split of revenue on Tuesday, but it was rejected by the players union.

Stern said players would have the right to opt out of a 10-year agreement after seven years.

Courtesy of Journal Sentinel


Corbin adds low-key Lowe to Jazz coaching staff - by Eurobasket News
The NBA lockout continues, but the Utah Jazz are still conducting business.

Not exactly business as usual -- under normal circumstances they'd be in the middle of training camp -- but for the Jazz, it's all about being prepared for the upcoming season, whenever it starts.

General Manager Kevin O'Connor reiterated that feeling Thursday afternoon as the team announced it had hired Sidney Lowe as an assistant coach.

Lowe, who spent the past five seasons as the head coach at North Carolina State, will join Scott Layden and Jeff Hornacek on coach Tyrone Corbin's bench.

'We didn't hire people in July, we hired people now because we want to be ready to move,' O'Connor said.

'Any kind of homework you did on Sidney came out really positive,' he added.

Lowe was the point guard on the NC State team that won the 1983 NCAA title, where he played alongside former Jazzman Thurl Bailey. Later, he was a teammate of Corbin's as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Lowe also has NBA head coach experience, compiling a record of 79-228 over parts of five seasons with Minnesota and Memphis/Vancouver.

When Corbin initially took over the Jazz's head coaching job in February, Lowe made a phone call to his former teammate, simply to congratulate him on getting the job.

Lowe, who resigned his post at NC State in March, said once he realized Corbin might be in the market for a new assistant, he called to inquire about it.

'When he called me (back) I knew right away I wanted to be with him,' Lowe said. 'I'm just thankful to be here.'

Lowe said he is a low-key person who simply likes to focus on his job with little fanfare.

'That's how I see this organization,' he said. 'They just want to get in and get it done. Just work. Just get it done.'

Corbin said he received dozens of inquires about Utah's vacant assistant coach position beginning in February. Once the 2010-11 season ended he received even more and even a few more after the lockout began.

He said Lowe's name was already on a short list of candidates.

'He was on the list and it just worked out,' Corbin said. 'I've known him as a friend for a lot of years.'

Corbin finished the 2010-11 season with just Hornacek and Layden helping him. Once the season ended the Jazz were immediately in the market for another coach, but held off because they knew a work stoppage was likely.

The NBA already has canceled all its preseason games and is poised to begin canceling regular season contests if an agreement with the NBA Players' Association can't be reached soon.

While Lowe's hiring isn't necessarily a sign that a deal is in the works, it does mean the Jazz felt they couldn't wait any longer to make the hire.

O'Connor chose his words carefully while speaking with reporters on Thursday, dancing around specific questions regarding the lockout. He did, however, say the Jazz are ready to jump into action as soon as the season starts.

'We're trying to be prepared for when we get started,' he said.

Courtesy of www.standard.net


Rosters set for Florida exhibition - by Eurobasket News
As expected, LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) and Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) will be on opposite sides for Saturday night's South Florida All-Star Classic at Florida International.

James' team for the game is set to include Miami Heat teammate Chris Bosh, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant of Oklahoma City, Boston's Rajon Rondo, Philadelphia's Lou Williams, Memphis' Rudy Gay, Atlanta's Jamal Crawford, Houston's Jonny Flynn and free agent guard Damon Jones.

Expected to play with Wade are Heat teammate Mario Chalmers, former Heat teammates Caron Butler (Dallas) and Dorell Wright (Golden State), New York's Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony, New Orleans' Chris Paul, Portland's Wesley Matthews, Washington's John Wall and free agent center Eddy Curry.

The rosters were released by FIU on Thursday, but are subject to change -- and typically do somewhat before most exhibitions.

Courtesy of ESPN


Vaden replaces Fryer as NBA VP of officials - by Eurobasket News
The NBA has chosen longtime referee Don Vaden as its new vice president and director of officials.

Vaden will replace Bernie Fryer, who will become director of referee development. The league says Friday that Fryer has some health issues that make him better suited for a role with less travel.

Vaden, who officiated 854 regular-season games and 59 playoff and finals games in a 15-year career, will be responsible for the management and performance of the referee staff. NBA president of league operations Joel Litvin says Vaden has worked in the officiating program for nine years and 'is fully prepared to assume Bernie's role as manager of our referees.'

Fryer will mentor and evaluate current referees and scout potential new ones.

Courtesy of http://online.wsj.com


Stats Leaders
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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UCLA's coastal shift (and Arizona's invasion of California) - by Rick Ross
Courtesy of sportsillustrated.cnn.com
The Bruins have long been a California program, and they stayed that way
even when coach Ben Howland arrived from Pittsburgh in 2003 with his
bruising brand of basketball: Of the 34 scholarship players who arrived
in Westwood from 2003-11, either by recruitment or transfer, 25 were from California.
Four more were from the West Coast (Oregon, Washington and Arizona).
Howland's entire impressive lineage of UCLA-to-NBA guards came from California, too.

But the state's Class of 2010 talent pool was exceptionally light
it only included one, top-40 player in the Recruiting Service Consensus
Index (RSCI) in Bruins commitment Tyler Lamb, at 39 -- and Howland and his
staff didn't gain footholds into the much stronger 2011 and 2012 classes.
Arizona coach Sean Miller swooped in to grab four of the top six California-grown prospects
(Josiah Turner, Brandon Ashley, Grant Jerrett and Gabe York) from those classes,
positioning the Wildcats to be the league's dominant program. Howland,
who's three years removed from his last Final Four trip, desperately needed
to respond to the threat of an Arizona juggernaut
and he went all the way across the country for reinforcements.

The Bruins hiring of assistant coach Korey McCray, the former CEO of the Atlanta Celtics,
perhaps' adidas best AAU program, helped net them four-star small forward
Jordan Adams in June, and has put them in the running for two Georgia big men,
Tony Parker and Shaq Goodwin. While UCLA did land one California point guard,
Dominic Artis, its biggest prize to date came from the previously untapped market of New Jersey,
in the form of 6-foot-8 point forward Kyle Anderson, the No. 4 overall prospect in the
Class of 2012. The do-it-all playmaker picked the Bruins after they waged a fierce
recruiting battle with Seton Hall, St. John's, Florida and Georgetown. The irony of that,
said Rivals.com recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer,
is that some UCLA people were worried Steve Lavin would steal
recruits from Southern California for St. John's.

UCLA's focus has now shifted to Las Vegas, the home of the
No. 1 overall prospect in the Class of 2012, wing scorer Shabazz Muhammad.
He's the crown jewel of the adidas AAU conglomerate, and has been rumored to
be leaning toward the Bruins, but is unlikely to make a decision until the spring.
If he picks UCLA, it would almost certainly own 2012's No. 1 class
a stunning climb out of a two-year recruiting rut.





St. John's coach Steve Lavin undergoes successful surgery - by Eurobasket News
St. John's coach Steve Lavin has had successful surgery to treat prostate cancer.

The 47-year-old Lavin underwent the surgery Thursday at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

According to Lavin's physicians, the surgery went as planned and there were no complications. Lavin is expected to return to his full-time coaching responsibilities after a recovery period.

Lavin announced in April that he was diagnosed the previous September with an early stage of the disease. After continuing his coaching duties for about a year while pursuing a physician-recommended course of active surveillance, Lavin changed his treatment path to surgery.

Practice begins Oct. 14, and St. John's first game is Nov. 7 against William & Mary.

In Lavin's first season with the Red Storm they went 21-12 and made their NCAA tournament appearance since 2002.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Calhoun: UConn talent is better this season - by Eurobasket News
Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun says he has more talent this season than he had on the team that won the national championship in April.

Calhoun made the comment Thursday before a dinner at which the 2010-11 Huskies received their national championship rings.

'We're more talented right now,' Calhoun told reporters. 'It doesn't mean we're going to win any games. It doesn't mean we're going to win a national championship. I think we can.'

UConn returns four starters from last season's squad, which went 11-0 in the postseason to win both the Big East and the NCAA titles.

The Huskies also have added a highly-regarded recruiting class that includes 6-foot point guard Ryan Boatright, 6-8 forward DeAndre Daniels and 6-foot-11 center Andre Drummond -- a surprise signing that came late in August, and propelled the Huskies to the top of many preseason watch lists.

'All three of them right now are going to make a hard run at a lot of playing time,' Calhoun said.

But UConn lost star guard Kemba Walker, who left after his junior season for the NBA draft, something he said he does not regret despite the current lockout.

'No regrets at all,' he said. 'It's been a crazy summer, especially because of no basketball, but things happen. We'll be back soon, I'm pretty sure.'

Calhoun said it will take a team effort to replace Walker's leadership. The Huskies will look to junior center Alex Oriakhi, and sophomores Jeremy Lamb and Shabazz Napier for that.

Oriakhi stepped into that role Thursday, saying he agrees that the talent is there for another title run, but has cautioned the underclassmen that it will take a lot more than talent to repeat.

'Last year's team, we worked our butts off every day in practice,' he said. 'So, if this team can do that and more, then I definitely agree. But, talent doesn't mean anything without work, so I feel as long as we're willing to put in the work, everything will take care of itself.'

Walker and other UConn alumni who have been locked out of the NBA, such as Celtics guard Ray Allen, have been playing pickup games with the Huskies this fall.

Oriakhi said that can only help the team get better, but said the real work will begin with the first official practice on Oct. 14.

Lamb said the Huskies are looking forward to that, but first want to celebrate with their new jewelry.

The rings handed out at Thursday's banquet feature the UConn logo of an interlocking red letter 'U' and blue 'C' on a bed of diamonds, with the words, 'National Champions.' The players name and number are on the side of the ring, along with an image of the NCAA trophy.

'I've turned the page, but at the same time I still have the memories,' said Lamb. 'Nobody can take those memories from me.'

Calhoun declined to comment on Thursday's news that TCU had been invited to join the Big 12 conference.

'The only thing that I'm going to concern myself with tonight is the celebration of last year's team,' he said. 'That's what I'm here for, one simple thing, to celebrate an incredible year. Tonight is all about that and nothing else. Tomorrow we'll get back to the realities of life.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Calipari, Rose settle to avoid Memphis lawsuit - by Eurobasket News
Coach John Calipari and former Memphis guard Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) agreed last year to pay $100,000 to avoid a lawsuit over the Tigers' season that ended in the 2008 Final Four with the wins later vacated by the NCAA.

According to a settlement signed May 28, 2010, with attorneys representing some Memphis season ticket holders, not only did Calipari and Rose agree to pay $100,000, but Calipari and Memphis athletic director R.C. Johnson committed to repaying Final Four bonuses.

The Commercial Appeal first obtained a copy of the agreement Thursday from the University of Memphis under Tennessee's open record laws.

Attorneys Martin Zummach, Frank L. Watson III and William Burns represented 'certain ticket holders' who argued they bought tickets under false pretenses and threatened to sue. They argued they also made donations to the Tiger Scholarship Fund not knowing Memphis might be charged in the future with alleged misconduct by Rose, Calipari and the athletic director, which potentially could hurt the value of their tickets for 2009-10 and future seasons.

Calipari, Rose and Johnson all denied any responsibility in the settlement.

The coach left for Kentucky after the 2008-09 season. Memphis already had been served with an NCAA notice of an investigation, which didn't become public knowledge until weeks after his departure. The NCAA did not find Calipari guilty of any violations during his tenure as coach of the Tigers.

The NCAA ordered Memphis in August 2009 to vacate its NCAA-record 38 wins and eliminate mentions of the Final Four and appearance in the national championship game after finding the university guilty of using an ineligible player believed to be Rose. That player had been ruled retroactively ineligible for the 2007-08 season because of questions over his SAT score.

Memphis lost that title game to Kansas in overtime.

The settlement required the $100,000 to be paid within 14 days of signing the agreement into an account held until Dec. 31, 2010, and controlled by a third party. If no other lawsuits were filed against Calipari, Rose and Johnson, the agreement allowed for the money and interest to be paid out 'as they agree among themselves.'

In the settlement, Calipari agreed to donate the bonus he received to the university's scholarship fund over four years, a total of $232,000 after taxes. The deal also mentions that Rose, now with the NBA's Chicago Bulls, will consider making a 'suitable' donation to the scholarship fund within five years.

University attorney Sheri Lipman told The Commercial Appeal she believes Calipari made a donation of $58,000 last fall, the first in the four-year plan. She wasn't aware if Rose had made a donation.

Johnson received a bonus of $105,875, but repayment already was called for by the language in his contract. In the agreement, the athletic director agreed to meet those obligations.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


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1 Liga summation : Jacek Jarecki ( Siden Torun ) MVP of day 1 - by Maciej Paszyn
Day 1 Summation :

MVP : Jacek Jarecki (197-G-88) ( Polski Cukier SIDEn Torun ) 27 pts., 8/13 2PM-A, 3/4 3PM-A, 2/2 FT, 3 rb. ( 2 off., 1 def. ), 3 as., 2 stl., 1 bl., 36 min.

Best 5 :
Jacek Jarecki ( Polski Cukier SIDEn Torun )
Aleks Perka (201-F-87, agency: Stanley International, college: Rice) ( AZS Polfarmex Kutno ) 23 pts., 10/15 2PM-A, 0/1 3PM-A, 3/4 FT, 4 rb. ( 1 off., 3 def. ), 1 as., 0 stl., 1bl., 1 to., 30 min.
Adrian Czerwonka (196-G/F-81, agency: Promotex) ( SKK Siedlce ) 20 pts., 8/12 2PM-A, 4/5 FT, 6 rb. ( 3 off., 3 def. ), 0 as., 2 stl., 1 to., 32 min.
Maciej Klima (205-C-82) ( PTG Sokol Lancut ) 20 pts., 6/12 2PM-A, 1/1 3PM-A, 5/6 FT, 5 rb. ( 1 off., 4 def. ), 2 as., 1 stl., 2 bl., 2 to., 33min.
Lukasz Pacocha (182-G-82, agency: Promotex) ( AZS Radex Szczecin ) 21 pts., 4/7 2PM-A, 3/4 3PM-A, 4-4 FT, 4 rb. ( 2 off., 2 def. ), 3 as., 0 stl., 2 to., 25 min

Double-Doubles :
Karol Pytys (202-C-85) ( AZS Radex Szczecin ) 12 pts., 13 rb.


2 liga summation : Tomasz Celej ( Novum Lublin ) MVP of day 2 - by Maciej Paszyn
MVP of all 2 liga day 2 : Tomasz Celej (198-F/G-78, agency: Promotex) ( Novum ) 42 pts., 8/11 2PM-A, 6/12 3PM-A, 8/9 FT, 3 rb. ( 3 def. ), 2 as., 2 stl., 0 to., 36 min.

Best 5 of all 2 liga day 2 :
Tomasz Celej ( Novum )
Andrzej Peciak (195-G/F-78, agency: Promotex) ( Limanowa ) 41 pts., 7/13 2PM-A, 7/10 3PM-A, 6/7 FT., 6 rb. ( 2 off., 4 def. ), 3 as., 1 stl., 1 to., 33 min.
Piotr Niedzwiedzki (209-F-93) ( WKK ) 14 pts., 5/8 2PM-A, 0/1 3PM-A, 4/6 FT., 19 rb ( 6 off., 13 def. ), 1 as., 1 stl., 4 bl., 3 to., 26 min.
Pawel Wolk-Jankowski (180-G-81) ( Mickiewicz ) 22 pts., 8/11 2PM-A, 1/2 3PM-A, 3/4 FT, 5 rb., ( 2 off., 3 def., ) 11 as., 4 stl., 2 to., 42 min.
Adam Rajkowski (206-C-79, agency: Promotex) ( Ksiezak Lowicz ) 23pts. 11/16 2PM-A, 1/2 FT., 10 rb. ( 6 off., 4 def. ), 0 as., 2 stl., 2 bl., 2 to., 33 min.

Best 5 of Group A :
MVP : Adam Rajkowski ( Ksiezak Lowicz )

Dorian Szyttenholm (194-F-83) ( Astoria ) 20 pts., 9/15 2PM-A, 2/3 FT, 11 rb. ( 4 off., 7 def. ), 1 as., 2 stl., 4 to., 33 min.
Wojciech Rogacewicz (203-F-86, college: Mount Olive) ( GKK Gorzow ) 19 pts., 6/8 2PM-A, 2/3 3PM-A, 12 rb. ( 2 off., 10 def. ), 2 as., 4 stl., 1bl., 3 to., 34 min
Slawomir Buczyniak (180-PG-84) ( Open Pleszew ) 18 pts. 6/8 3PM-A, 2 rb. ( 2 def. ), 3 as., 0 to., 20 min
Pawel Pawlowski (198-F-82) ( Zuraw ) 27 pts., 8/11 2PM-A, 3/6 3PM-A, 2/2 FT, 8 rb ( 4 off., 4 def. ), 4 as., 0 to., 31 min.

Best 5 of Group B :
MVP: Pawel Wolk-Jankowski ( Mickiewicz )

Piotr Niedzwiedzki ( WKK )
Jaroslaw Pawlowski (194-F-80) ( Pogon Prudnik ) 17 pts., 7/8 2PM-A 3/4 FT, 8 rb. ( 1 off., 7 def. ), 2 as., 2 st., 1 to., 22 min.
Marcin Kalowski (191-G-80) ( Stal Ostrow ) 21 pts. 4/5 2PM-A 4/7 3PM-A, 1/2 FT, 1 rb. ( 1 def. ), 2 stl., 1 to., 19 min.
Karol Leszczynski (194-G-87) ( GTK Gliwice ) 22 pts., 6/9 2PM-A 3/6 3PM-A 1/3 FT, 3 rb. ( 3 def. ) 4 as., 4 stl., 1 to., 32 min.

Best 5 of Gropu C :

MVP : Tomasz Celej ( Novum )

Andrzej Peciak ( Limanowa )
Lukasz Kasperzec (187-G-74) ( Siemiaszka ) 30 pts., 3/5 2PM-A, 7/13 3PM-A, 3/6 FT., 3 rb ( 3 def. ), 3 as., 2 stl., 0 to., 29 min.
Patryk Andres (191-F/G-80) ( PWIK Piaseczno ) 23 pts., 8/9 2PM-A, 7/8 FT, 5 rb. ( 2 off., 3 def. ), 2 as., 3 stl., 1 to., 28 min.
Dominik Majewski (185-G-83) ( PWIK Piaseczno ) 19 pts., 2/2 2PM-A, 5/7 3PM-A, 0 rb., 1 as., 3 stl., 1 to., 27 min.

Double-doubles :
Dorian Szyttenholm ( Astoria ) 20 pts., 11 rb
Marcin Wilk (202-F/C-77) ( Gniewino ) 16 pts., 14 rb.
Adam Rajkowski ( Ksiezak ) 16 pts., 14 rb.
Wojciech Rogacewicz ( GKK ) 19 pts., 12 rb.
Grzegorz Radwan (200-G/F-80) ( Wisla ) 12 pts., 10 rb.
Pawel Wolk-Jankowski ( Mickiewicz ) 22 pts., 11 as.
Jakub Gadomski (202-F-87, college: USC Aiken) ( Doral Nysa ) 13 pts., 12 rb.
Piotr Niedzwiedzki ( WKK ) 14 pts., 19 rb.,
Piotr Kwandrans (200-F-79) ( Limanowa ) 12 pts., 10 rb.
Maciej Kucharek (204-F-93) ( AZW II Politechnika ) 19 pts., 11 rb.



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Stats Leaders - UZO Liga
Points Per Game
 Jacek JARECKI
  P.Cuk.
  (197-G-88)
  Avg: 27
 1. Jarecki, P.Cuk.27.0 
 2. Niesobski, Sudety24.0 
 3. Perka, AZS Kutno23.0 
 4. Pacocha, AZS S.21.0 
 5. Mordzak, Start G.21.0 
 6. Klima, Sokol Lancut20.0 
 7. Czerwonka, SKK S.20.0 
 8. Zytko, P..18.0 
 9. Kukielka, Sportino18.0 
 10. Miszczuk, Polonia17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Karol PYTYS
  AZS Szczecin
  (202-C-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Pytys, AZS Szczec.13.0 
 2. Grudzinski, Spojnia11.0 
 3. Wilusz, Sudety10.0 
 4. Strzelecki, Sporti.10.0 
 5. Michalek, Sportino9.0 
 6. Kwiatkowski, P.Cuk.8.0 
 7. Wiekiera, Rosa R.8.0 
 8. Bodych, Spojnia8.0 
 9. Przybyszewsk., P.C.8.0 
 10. Lewandowski, P.Cu.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Pawel ZMARLAK
  MKS D.
  (195-F-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Zmarlak, MKS D.6.0 
 2. Zytko, P..6.0 
 3. Brek, AZS Kutno5.0 
 4. Baran, MOSiR K.5.0 
 5. Lewandowski, P.Cuk.5.0 
 6. Ochonko, Spojnia4.0 
 7. Szczypka, MKS D.4.0 
 8. Bacik, AZS Kutno4.0 
 9. Parzych, Spojnia4.0 
 10. Kowalczuk, SKK S.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mariusz PIOTRKOWSKI
  MOSiR K.
  (197-F-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Piotrkowski, MOSiR3.0 
 2. Pustelnik, AZS K.3.0 
 3. Grudzinski, Spojnia3.0 
 4. Wierzbicki, Sporti.3.0 
 5. Niesobski, Sudety3.0 
 6. Malecki, AZS Kutno3.0 
 7. Budzinski, Sudety3.0 
 8. Kostrzewski, Start2.0 
 9. Musijowski, Polonia2.0 
 10. Radke, Rosa Radom2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Michal WOLOSZYN
  MKS D.
  (202-F-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Woloszyn, MKS D.3.0 
 2. Pytys, AZS Szczec.2.0 
 3. Soltysiak, Polonia2.0 
 4. Szurlej, Sokol L.2.0 
 5. Kukielka, Sportino2.0 
 6. Zielinski, MKS D.2.0 
 7. Klima, Sokol Lancut2.0 
 8. Mazur, Polonia2.0 
 9. Kobus, P..2.0 
 10. Kostrzewski, Star.1.0 


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Jonathan Rodriguez wins the 2011 Dominican Republic title - by Interperformances
SF Jonathan Rodriguez (196-F-87, agency: Interperformances, college: Campbell) conquered the 2011 LNB title with Leones de Santo Domingo.. They outplayed Cocolos 82-70 in Game Six for 4-2 victory in the Finals series. There was also Edward Basden (196-G/F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Charlotte), the MVP of the LNB playing the finals for Cocolos. Leones finished regular season as the second ranked team of Group South. They eliminated Reales with almost perfect 3-1 in the Semis. Jonathan's regular season stats were: 9.3ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.4 apg. Now he is completely free agent and ready to play in Europe.

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  RUSSIA   


Standings - Superleague A
PBL Standings
 1. CSKA 1-0 
 2. Khimky 1-0 
 3. Spartak-Prim. 1-0 
 4. Enisey 0-0 
 5. Lokomotiv 0-0 
 6. Spartak SP 0-0 
 7. Triumph 0-0 
 8. Krasnie Krilya 0-1 
 9. N.Novgorod 0-1 
 10. Unics 0-1 


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  SCOTLAND   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Minja TERZIC
  Herner
  (188-F/C-79)
  Avg: 26
 1. Terzic, Herner26.0 
 2. Tulikihihifo, Goet.25.0 
 3. Tay, Sandhausen23.0 
 4. Vogel, Berlin23.0 
 5. Martin, Quakenbr.23.0 
 6. Jochimczyk, Wuerz.23.0 
 7. Muller, Speyer23.0 
 8. Walker, Viernheim22.0 
 9. Gelbke, Speyer21.0 
 10. Goessmann, Hagen20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicola DALTON
  Quakenbr.
  (180-C-84)
  Avg: 16
 1. Dalton, Quakenbr.16.0 
 2. Sokoll-P., Quakenb.15.0 
 3. Grieb, Trier12.0 
 4. Stevenson, Trier12.0 
 5. Bleker, Hagen P.12.0 
 6. Franklin, Sandh.12.0 
 7. Nettersheim, Oplad.11.0 
 8. Moller, Viernheim11.0 
 9. McNeill, Viernheim11.0 
 10. Jandova, Mainz10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kristin GREINER
  Berlin
  (--)
  Avg: 8
 1. Greiner, Berlin8.0 
 2. Grieb, Trier6.0 
 3. Eitel, Jahn M.5.0 
 4. Jochimczyk, Wuerz.4.0 
 5. Vogel, Berlin4.0 
 6. Siegfried, Berlin4.0 
 7. Busalt, Leimen4.0 
 8. Hirmke, Bamberg3.0 
 9. Ochs, Rist Scala3.0 
 10. Dalton, Quakenbr.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Julia GAUDERMANN
  Gruen.
  (166-PG-92)
  Avg: 8
 1. Gaudermann, Gruen.8.0 
 2. Seyler, Berlin5.0 
 3. Gelbke, Speyer5.0 
 4. Auer, Sandhausen5.0 
 5. Seemann, Keltern4.0 
 6. Zasly, Keltern4.0 
 7. Oser, Trier4.0 
 8. Tulikihihifo, Goet.4.0 
 9. Steiner, Jahn M.4.0 
 10. Baatz, Mainz3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Mareike NETTERSHEIM
  Oplad.
  (186-C-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Nettersheim, Oplad.3.0 
 2. Oberpaul, Bamberg3.0 
 3. Jandova, Mainz2.0 
 4. McNeill, Viernheim2.0 
 5. Flaherty, Heidelbe.2.0 
 6. Merrill, Viernheim2.0 
 7. Harris, Speyer2.0 
 8. Schmitz, Opladen2.0 
 9. Koch, Mainz2.0 
 10. Bode, Goettingen2.0 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Damiris DANTAS
  BRA
  (192-C-92)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Dantas, BRA20.9 
 2. Amer, EGY19.3 
 3. Gortnar, SLO18.8 
 4. Watanabe, JPN18.0 
 5. Takada, JPN16.9 
 6. Roberts, AUS15.9 
 7. Fields, CAN15.9 
 8. Diaz, ARG15.4 
 9. Plouffe, CAN15.2 
 10. Motokawa, JPN15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Damiris DANTAS
  BRA
  (192-C-92)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Dantas, BRA12.6 
 2. Tikhonenko, RUS10.3 
 3. Cabrera, ARG9.2 
 4. Ndour, ESP9.1 
 5. Gortnar, SLO9.0 
 6. Amer, EGY8.8 
 7. Roberts, AUS8.4 
 8. Djaldi-Tabdi, FRA7.9 
 9. Elshaarawy, EGY7.8 
 10. Stewart, USA7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rui MACHIDA
  (161-PG-93)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Machida, JPN6.2 
 2. Cole, AUS6.0 
 3. Gretter, ARG5.6 
 4. Massengale, USA4.3 
 5. Baric, SLO3.3 
 6. Hartley, USA3.2 
 7. Degorces, FRA3.1 
 8. Ortiz, ESP2.7 
 9. Takada, JPN2.4 
 10. Stolyar, RUS2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Debora CARANGELO
  (167-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Carangelo, ITA2.6 
 2. Massoud, EGY2.5 
 3. Ramona, BRA2.4 
 4. Allen, AUS2.4 
 5. Osama, EGY2.3 
 6. Plouffe, CAN2.2 
 7. Gretter, ARG2.2 
 8. Williams, CAN2.1 
 9. Maffenini, ITA2.1 
 10. Carcavalli, BRA2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hala ELSHAARAWY
  (181-F-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Elshaarawy, EGY2.0 
 2. Stewart, USA1.7 
 3. Ndour, ESP1.6 
 4. Djaldi-Tabdi, FRA1.1 
 5. Tikhonenko, RUS1.1 
 6. Tippett, AUS1.0 
 7. Amer, EGY1.0 
 8. Gil, ESP0.9 
 9. Ma, CHN0.8 
 10. Dolson, USA0.8 


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Stats Leaders - 1B
Points Per Game
 Stian MJOS
  Baerum B.
  (182-G-89)
  Avg: 24
 1. Mjos, Baerum B.24.0 
 2. Sahlertz, Tromso22.3 
 3. Land, Asker Aliens21.7 
 4. Stien, Asker Aliens21.0 
 5. Kombat, Froya B.20.7 
 6. Hagen, Ammerud18.7 
 7. Okoroafor, Ammerud18.3 
 8. Wallace, Tromso18.0 
 9. Berg, Gimle BBK17.0 
 10. Mahnin, Centrum16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony LEE-INGRAM
  Asker A.
  (198-F-)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Lee-Ingram, Asker13.7 
 2. Byerson, Tromso9.0 
 3. Bullock, Froya B.8.7 
 4. Hagen, Ammerud8.0 
 5. Oatis, Baerum B.7.7 
 6. Kombat, Froya B.7.3 
 7. Ferranti, Baerum B.7.3 
 8. Wallace, Tromso7.0 
 9. Nwachukwu, Ammerud7.0 
 10. Ouakkaha, Froya6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Hani ISSALHI
  Tromso
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Issalhi, Tromso7.0 
 2. Mjos, Baerum B.5.0 
 3. Midtvedt, Asker A.5.0 
 4. Gabrans, Froya B.4.7 
 5. Byerson, Tromso4.0 
 6. Lee-Ingram, Asker4.0 
 7. Stien, Gimle BBK3.7 
 8. Stien, Asker Aliens3.7 
 9. Mjos, Baerum B.3.7 
 10. Mahnin, Centrum3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Hani ISSALHI
  Tromso
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Issalhi, Tromso3.0 
 2. Sahlertz, Tromso2.0 
 3. Mjos, Baerum B.2.0 
 4. Westerlund, Ammeru.2.0 
 5. Mjos, Baerum B.2.0 
 6. Gabrans, Froya B.1.7 
 7. Hagen, Ammerud1.7 
 8. Vangen, Centrum1.3 
 9. Sumskis, Gimle BBK1.3 
 10. Andersen, Langhus1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Donald OATIS
  Baerum B.
  (206-F/C-79)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Oatis, Baerum B.3.7 
 2. Byerson, Tromso1.3 
 3. Nyborg, Centrum1.0 
 4. Nwachukwu, Ammerud1.0 
 5. Lee-Ingram, Asker1.0 
 6. Andreassen, Baerum0.7 
 7. Bullock, Froya B.0.7 
 8. Kombat, Froya B.0.3 
 9. Mjos, Baerum B.0.3 
 10. O''Garrow, Langhus0.3 


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  SINGAPORE   


Singapore Slingers participate at inaugural Cable Beach Tournament in Broome - by Eurobasket News
Singapore Slingers took part at the inaugural Cable Beach Tournament in Australian Broome. They played just one game at the tourney after their game against the Perth Wildcats was cancelled. The Slingers took on Indonesian National Team and celebrated a comfortable 68:44 win. Jamal Brown (198-F-78, agency: Tank Sports, college: TCU) stepped up with 16 points to pace the Slingers.
Singapore Slingers started the game aggressively. They limited Indonesia to just 5 points in the opening frame to take a 17-point advantage. Indonesia stopped the rot in the second term. They outscored the Slingers to cut the deficit to 14 points at halftime 20:34. But the Slingers controlled the situation in the third term. They registered a 15-point buffer with ten minutes to go. Singapore Slingers went on a 19:10 run in the fourth quarter and sealed the victory at the end. Robert Wainwright (196-F-73, college: Solano CC) posted 11 points, while Desmond Wei Jie Oh (176-F-86) provided 10 points in the winning effort. Rony Gunawan (194-F/C-80) answered with 14 points and 11 rebounds for Indonesia. Ponsianus Indrawan (191-C-85) had 6 points in defeat.


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  SLOVAKIA   


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Anthony JONES
  Handlova
  (194-G/F-84)
  Avg: 30
 1. Jones, Handlova30.0 
 2. Batka, Nova Ves24.0 
 3. Petty, Vahostav.22.0 
 4. Majok, Nitra21.5 
 5. Jones, Komarno20.0 
 6. Soska, Vahostav.20.0 
 7. Grznar, B.Bystrica20.0 
 8. Mathis, Komarno20.0 
 9. Berkis, Svit19.5 
 10. Guede, Prievidza19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrew JONES
  Nova Ves
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 14
 1. Jones, Nova Ves14.0 
 2. Roberson, Svit12.0 
 3. Tomek, Nitra11.5 
 4. Perrin, Vahostav.10.0 
 5. Kratochvil, Komar.10.0 
 6. Mathis, Komarno10.0 
 7. Majok, Nitra9.0 
 8. Terlanda, Handlova9.0 
 9. Batka, Nova Ves8.0 
 10. Petty, Vahostav.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Corey JEFFERSON
  Nova Ves
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 13
 1. Jefferson, Nova V.13.0 
 2. Clemente, Nitra5.0 
 3. Jones, Handlova5.0 
 4. Jones, Komarno4.0 
 5. Mathis, Komarno4.0 
 6. Godbold, Prievidza3.5 
 7. Cosic, Svit3.5 
 8. Roberson, Svit3.5 
 9. Seman, Levice3.5 
 10. Bilic, Komarno3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Corey JEFFERSON
  Nova Ves
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Jefferson, Nova V.5.0 
 2. Nuber, Nitra4.0 
 3. Jones, Komarno3.0 
 4. Zavodny, Vahost.3.0 
 5. Ziak, Nitra2.5 
 6. Vaden, Nitra2.5 
 7. Tomek, Nitra2.5 
 8. Phillips, Prievidza2.0 
 9. Urland, Levice2.0 
 10. Soska, Vahostav.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ater MAJOK
  Nitra
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Majok, Nitra3.0 
 2. Mathis, Komarno2.0 
 3. Roberson, Svit1.5 
 4. Tomek, Nitra1.0 
 5. Dorazil, B.Bystrica1.0 
 6. Tasic, B.Bystrica1.0 
 7. Berkis, Svit1.0 
 8. Keller, Levice0.5 
 9. Terlanda, Handlova0.5 
 10. Ravasz, Levice0.5 


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  SLOVENIA   


Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Robert GLENN
  Trotamundos
  (201-F/C-89)
  Avg: 21
 1. Glenn, Trotamundos21.0 
 2. Nembhard, Gaiteros19.4 
 3. Millsap, Guaros19.3 
 4. Centeno, Gaiteros18.7 
 5. Walker, Gigantes18.1 
 6. Feeley, Gigantes18.1 
 7. Lugo, Bucaneros17.4 
 8. Flores, Toros17.3 
 9. McGowan, Guaros17.3 
 10. Martinez, Cocodri.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Cocodrilos
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Martinez, Cocodril.13.7 
 2. Lugo, Bucaneros10.4 
 3. Coleman, Panteras10.4 
 4. Glenn, Trotamundos9.8 
 5. Flores, Toros7.9 
 6. Young, Bucaneros7.7 
 7. Millsap, Guaros7.6 
 8. Sucre, Marinos7.6 
 9. Bethelmy, Cocodril.6.7 
 10. Bayona, Guaros6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Marinos
  (182-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Vargas, Marinos6.5 
 2. Mensah, Panteras5.2 
 3. Cedeno, Guaiqueries3.6 
 4. Cubillan, Trotamun.3.4 
 5. Guillent, Bucaneros3.2 
 6. Nembhard, Gaiteros2.7 
 7. Warren, Toros2.6 
 8. Smith, Marinos2.5 
 9. Torres, Marinos2.5 
 10. Mijares, Toros2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kojo MENSAH
  Panteras
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Mensah, Panteras3.7 
 2. Walker, Gigantes3.3 
 3. Baez, Gigantes3.0 
 4. Nembhard, Gaiteros3.0 
 5. Guillent, Bucaneros2.8 
 6. Cubillan, Trotamun.2.8 
 7. Vargas, Marinos2.6 
 8. McGowan, Guaros2.4 
 9. Thomas, Cocodrilos2.4 
 10. Cedeno, Guaiqueri.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Evan BROCK
  Guaiqueries
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Brock, Guaiqueries2.4 
 2. Bethelmy, Cocodril.1.7 
 3. Coleman, Panteras1.4 
 4. Marriaga, Trotamun.1.3 
 5. Glenn, Trotamundos1.3 
 6. Feeley, Gigantes1.3 
 7. Bayona, Guaros1.1 
 8. Lugo, Bucaneros0.9 
 9. Jackson, Panteras0.9 
 10. Bravo, Gigantes0.9 


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  SOUTH KOREA   


Only one Week before KBL Season Kicks Off - by Kevin Campigotto
Heading into the 2011-2012 season there are many questions that face the KBL. The most prominent surround the rule change that limits teams to one foreigner. Which foreigners will break down as the season progresses? This question is particularly relevant if one considers last years late season injury to Jasper Johnson and the subsequent elimination of Busan KT in the semi-finals. If a teams foreigner goes down with an injury late in the season or in the playoffs that may end that teams championship chances. With no backup, it is expected that teams will be playing their foreigners more minutes than ever before.

Last season most of the starting Import players averaged around 29 minutes. If that stat were the same this season it would mean teams were playing eleven minutes without a foreigner on the floor, more than an entire quarter. If the opposing team is able to keep their foreigner on the floor for even a few of those minutes, or if that team has one of the naturalized Koreans, that is a massive advantage. This means that teams will be playing their foreigners a lot more minutes, and will be trapped in a game of chicken with the other team over foreigner minutes. Teams without a big Korean player will obviously be more negatively affected.

Only two teams, Wonju Dongbu and Busan KT, retained their foreigners, Rod Benson and Charles Rhodes respectively, from last season and this is another interesting issue. Rhodes is quite small compared to some of the other import players but is an explosive scorer and possesses athleticism that will be hard to match. Benson is another fast, athletic player who provided great shot blocking and rebounding last season. Towards the end of the season Benson suffered a series of injuries that made him less effective. If Wonju wants to make another run at the finals they will need a healthy Benson all season. To be fair, if any team wants to make a run at the finals they will need their import player healthy all season. Any team who loses their foreigner for an extended period, at the end of the season, or during the playoffs is doomed.

Another major question facing the league is how games will be officiated. The KBL referees have long suffered from an inability to call games consistently and have struggled especially to officiate large, strong, fast, athletic foreigners. This was a major problem throughout last season and throughout the playoffs culminating in a fifth foul that eliminated star Kim Joo-Sung from game six and sealed the championship for the KCC Egis. This season if a foreigner picks up two early fouls does the coach rest them? If they do they risk the other teams foreigners or naturalized Koreans going on a major run. If the coach risks further fouls they may end up with no foreigner in crunch time. If the problems with officiating in the KBL are not dealt with effectively this season the referees will absolutely decide more games than the players.

Besides all the new foreigner faces there are a handful of rookies who will play big roles in their teams' success. One will be Daegu's Choi Jin Soo, back from a year in the United States where he was attending Maryland University. Academic issues made Choi ineligible to play for Maryland, but even the fact that he was recruited and had the skills to play for a major division one school suggests he should outshine his competition in the KBL.

Many teams have also used the off-season to complete major rebuilds. Inchon traded veteran big man Seo Jang-Hoon and has decided to go small. Led by Moon Tae-Jong, who was a standout for the national team this summer, only time will tell if their new smaller, explosive look will pay off. The Sakers also shook up this roster this summer and are in the process of trying to implement the triangle offense. So far the experiment has been faltering, but as the season progresses the players will learn the offense better, and we'll see if the triangle was the missing element the Sakers needed to get them past the first round.

As far as making predictions, Jeonju KCC remains the team to beat. Ever since they received the number one draft pick in the naturalized Korean draft despite winning a championship, which they turned into all-star point guard Tony Akins, the team has been at the top of the standings. The new rule changes and foreigner limit helps them more than any other team because of center Ha Seung Jin so unless the injury bug takes them down, I dont see how they arent back in the finals. I see a lot of the teams who were at the bottom of the standings last year improving and will be interested to see see if the smaller, more atheletic lineups of Inchon and Busan can keep them in championship contention. Last year's runner up, Wonju Dongbu, will need a full healthy season from Benson and all-star Kim Joo Sung, who spent the offseason playing for the national team. Kim wore down a bit last season towards the end, and with little rest time this year I worry if the 32 year old forward can stay healthy. No matter what happens, it looks to be an interesting, exciting KBL season.


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


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  SPAIN   


Pau Gasol: Spain 'best option' if NBA games canceled - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles Lakers star Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) practiced for the first time with Barcelona, his team until the NBA lockout ends.

Gasol says Spain would be the best option if he had to look for another league.

He says it would be a catastrophe if the NBA lockout leads to the season being canceled.

Younger brother Marc Gasolof the Memphis Grizzlies started practicing with Barcelona on Tuesday, while Pau waited a few more days because of an ankle injury.

The brothers were part of the Spain team that won the European Championship last month.

Dallas Mavericks forward Rudy Fernandez signed a contract last month with Real Madrid to play basketball until the end of the lockout.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Cameron Echols back to Iceland - by Mariano Galindo
(With Siggi Hjorleifsson info) Cameron Echols (203-F/C-81, college: Ball St.) (203-F/C-81, college: Ball St.) is back in Iceland. 6'8' power forward out of Ball State has sign with Njardvik. Echols has played in Iceland before, with KR 2004-2005 season where he average 28,2 points and 13 rebounds. Since then Echols has played Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Uruguay and Mozambique
A veteran player that should be a good help for this young Njardvik team where most of the players are younger than 20 years old. Last January, Echols joined Alfas (EBA Spanish League) where he averaged 5.6 points and 2.6 boards.


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  TURKEY   


Wins for Galatasaray and Fenerbahce-Ulker in Turkish Cup - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray overcame Antalya 89:67 at the group stage of Turkish Cup. Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) stepped up with 16 points to pace the winners. Galatasaray dominated from the start. They recorded a 16:12 lead after ten minutes. The Istanbul team maintained the lead well throughout the second frame. They registered a 37:29 halftime lead. The margin grew at 19-point mark in the third term. Galatasaray stayed in control throughout the reminder of the contest posting a well-deserved win at the end. Cevher Ozer (206-F/C-83, agency: 1x1 Sports) accounted for 12 points, while Shumpert nailed 13 points in the victory. Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 25 points for Antalya. Melih Mahmutoglu (193-G-90) provided 20 points in the loss.
Fenerbahce edged Mersin 82:77 in Group B. Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) chipped in 16 points to pace the winners. Fenerbahce registered a 45:36 halftime lead. They stretched the gap to as many as 14 points at the final intermission. Mersin went on a desperate rescue rally in the fourth period cutting the distance but Fenerbahce hung on to escape with a tough victory at the end. Savas and Peker nailed 13 points each for Fenerbahce. James Mays (206-F-86, college: Clemson) answered with 24 points and 12 rebounds for Mersin. McCamey notched 11 points in defeat.
Erdemir prevailed against Bandirma 73:60. Mutlu Akpinar (203-C/F-83), Henderson and Erol accounted for 13 points in the victory. Safak Edge (188-PG-92) answered with 15 points in the losing case.


Pinar Karsiyaka part ways with Raymar Morgan and brings in Brandon Bowdry - by Baha Kurtulus
Brandon Bowdry arrives for a tryout period.
Turkish team Pinar Karsiyaka parted ways with J.Raymar Morgan (202-F/C-88, college: Michigan St.) and signed for a trial period rookie Brandon Bowdry (198-F-88)

J.Raymar Morgan arrived in the summer from Israeli club Maccabi Rishon LeZion with whom he averaged 11.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.7apg, 1.4spg in 31 Loto League games. In the two games played in the season with Pinar, Morgan scored 10ppg with 6rpg and 2apg. Bowdry is a rookie from Eastern Michigan Eagles with whom he scored 19.9ppg and pulled down 9.5rpg in his senior year in college.

Courtesy of www.sportando.net


Zaza Pachulia to play for Galatasaray - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray bolstered their frontcourt prior to the start of TBL and Euroleague regular season. The Turkish team has agreed on terms of contract with Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84). The deal is meant for the period of NBA lockout. Zaza Pachulia was in talks with Besiktas and Charleroi but accepted the offer from Galatasaray at the end. The Georgian centre has been playing in the NBA since 2003. Last season Zaza Pachulia spent with the Atlanta Hawks. He tallied 4.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. The centre also is the member of Georgian National Team. Zaza Pachulia participated at the 2011 EuroBasket. He averaged 13.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game in Lithuania in September. Zaza Pachulia is not new to Turkey. He played for Ulker Istanbul back in 1999-2003 seasons.

SPOR TOTO Turkish Cup : Day 1 - by Baha Kurtulus
Group B - ERZURUM
TOFAS 77 - Olin Edirne 79
Mustafa Abi (197-G-79) netted 18 points, Chris Wright (185-G-89, college: Georgetown) helped 17 points and 6 assist and Wes Wilkinson (207-F-84, college: Nebraska) 15 points for winner.


Bradley Buckman (203-F-84, college: Texas) 25 points, 8 rebouds and Austin Nichols (198-G/F-82, college: Humboldt St.) added 18 points in defeat.

Mersin BSB 77 - Fenerbahce Ulker 82
Bojan Bogdanovic (203-G/F-89) 17 points, Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side), Emir Preldzic (205-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) and James Gist (205-F-86) helped with 13 points each.
James Mays (206-F-86, college: Clemson) 24 points, 12 rebounds in defeat.

Group D - SAMSUN
Erdemir 73 - Bandirma Kirmizi 60
KZell Wesson (201-F/C-77, college: La Salle) 10 points and 11 rebounds, Gerrod Henderson (192-G-78, college: Louisiana Tech) helped 12 points 6 assist for Erdemir.
Ahmet Cantitiz (92) netted 11 points and 8 rebounds, Ibrahim Yildirim (190-G-90) added 11 point and 5 rebounds for Bandirma Kirmizi.

Antalya BSB 67 - Galatasaray 85
Joshua Shipp (196-G/F-86, college: UCLA) netted 16 points, Caner Topaloglu (199-F-85) and Preston Shumpert (198-G/F-79, college: Syracuse) added 13 points each for winner.
Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89, agency: BeoExcell) responsed 25 points and 7 rebounds, Melih Mahmutoglu (193-G-90) helped 20 points for Antalya BSB




Fenerbahce starts Turkish cup fight with victory over Mersin - by Pervin Elgin
Fenerbahce Ulker beat Mersin Turkey in the first match in group B of the Turkish Cup. Champions League. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 16 points to lead his team past Mersin with 82-77.

The first period started with mutual baskets, but Oguz Savas soon made the difference, taking his team to a 13-9 advantage after 5 minutes. Demetri McCamey was the main man for Mersin, but couldn't prevent Ulker from finishing the first period with a 25-20 lead.

In the second period Fenerbahce increaded gear, and Omer Onan's three-point basket raised the difference to double digits: 33-23 with 14 minutes of playtime on the clock. Bojan Bogdanovic's participation increased the gap to 40-25 after 16 minutes. After that, Mersin fought back hard, but Ulker went to the locker room with a 45-36 advantage.

Fener re-took control of the game in the second half. Bojan Bogdanovic contributed with exterior shots, and James Gist and Omer Onan took advantage of mistakes by Mersin with a 9-2 series, increasing the difference to 17 points: 62-45. In the last section of the third period Mersin managed to close the gap a bit, but Ulker stopped their opponents just in time to have a 14 point lead at the final intermission: 66-52.

The final period started with mutual bakets. After that, Mersin Turkey made a strong run lead by James Mays, who scored 24 points in the entire game. Emir Preldzic's scores from the free throw line ended the Mersin resurrection and assured a 75-62 lead with 5 minutes of playing time left. In those final minutes Fenerbahce almost lost control but managed to hang on, winning the fight with 82-77.





Fenerbahce Ulker shows no mercy to Tofas: 88-65 - by Pervin Elgin
In the second match in group B of the Turkish Cup, Fenerbahce Ulker had no problem dequalifying. Within 5 minutes of play, the Istanbul team secured a 11-0 lead. A series of three point scores by Tofas's Ronald Steele closed the gap, but Ulker didnt gave away control and finish the first quarter with 21-17 superiority.

In the second period, Fenerbahce increased the hardness in their defense, starting with another big run, a series of 11-2. After 15 minutes of playing time the difference in scores was once again raised to double digits: 32-19. Jurica Zuzas scores for the Tofas team put an end to Ulker's walkover. After a series of mutual baskets, Fener went into the dressing room with the 13-point gap intact: 41-28.

Ulker started the second half even faster than the first two quarters. Curtis Jerrells and James Gist secures a series of 14-1, raising the difference to over 20 points after 25 minutes of playtime: 55-29. After that, Tofas did attack more, but because of their low shooting percentage Fenerbahce cruised to a comfortable 67-41 lead at the end of the third.

In the final quarter Fenerbahce took it relatively easy. Tofas scored a few more baskets than the Istanbul side, but with 5 minutes of playing time left on the clock, Ulker still cherished a 20-point gap: 77-55. Bojan Bogdanovic and Roko Ukic stepped up one more time, giving their team an easy 88-65 victory at the final buzzer.




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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Kemba Walker Joins UConn Champs At Celebration In Hartford - by David Edole
HARTFORD It didn't take long for Jim Calhoun to notice the change in Kemba Walker (185-PG-90, college: Connecticut).

'He's wearing a custom-made suit instead of the blazer and khakis,' Calhoun said.

Walker, now an NBA rookie-in-waiting, was wearing a gray suit with subtle plaid, with a burgundy pocket handkerchief. He looked very much the professional. But for one more moment, he was the man of the hour on Thursday, getting a standing ovation as he strode onto the dais at a banquet to honor the national champions at the Connecticut Convention Center. More than 800 people attended, including the incoming freshmen who sat at a separate table, not on the dais with the champs.

'No regrets,' Walker said of his decision to give up his fourth year of eligibility for the NBA, where the season is in jeopardy because of the lockout. 'None at all.'

He has been in Storrs playing in pick-up games, trying to do more of what he did last year: make the other players better, including his replacement at point guard, Shabazz Napier.

'Shabazz has me on speed dial,' Walker said. 'I know last year he spoke a lot when he shouldn't have. He's going to be a leader, guys look up to him, listen to him.'

Walker also has been impressed with freshman center Andre Drummond: 'He's a monster. He doesn't even know what he has yet.'

And freshman Ryan Boatright: 'He's going to be a great player, a great point guard.'

But now Walker, who averaged 23.4 points last season, moves on, sooner or later, to the Charlotte Bobcats, and the Huskies move on without him.

'We're going to have to replace Kemba's scoring load,' Alex Oriakhi said. 'But we have a lot of guys who can score Jeremy Lamb, Shabazz, myself. And if one guy's not hot we're going to have depth.'

Oriakhi, a junior, is the old man of the team and, he says, he will have to pick up some of the leadership slack, as will Napier and others.

'We have to replace him collectively,' Calhoun said. 'It can't just be one person.'

Yes, the Huskies return the entire supporting cast from the championship team and added three highly regarded freshmen in DeAndre Daniels, Drummond and Boatright. The intangibles Walker brought will be the mystery void. What he leaves behind is an air of confidence.

'Last year, we didn't know how good we could be,'' Oriakhi said. 'This year, we do know how good we can be if we work hard. No one's going to be as timid as they were last year, because we've played on the biggest stage there is.'

Said Calhoun: 'After we get past Midnight Madness, we'll tell them, you don't start 11-0, you start 0-0.'

For Calhoun, the expectation for this year and conference upheaval TCU's move to leave the Big East before it even entered was another tremor could wait. He wanted to focus one more time on the 11-game run in the postseason last year. 'The most amazing run in sports history in my opinion,' he said. 'I was a casual observer.'

And this event, which gave the Huskies a chance to show off their championship rings, represented closure.

'This is the end,' Lamb said. 'The only thing we're carrying from last year is experience, learning from our mistakes. The only thing left from last year is the memories.'



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  UKRAINE   


Standings - Higher League
Higher League Standings
 1. Avantazh-Pol. 0-0 
 2. Aviastar 0-0 
 3. BK Kremen 0-0 
 4. Koksokh-Stal 0-0 
 5. Mussom 0-0 
 6. Pulsar 0-0 
 7. Sportlitsey 0-0 
 8. Striba 0-0 
 9. Ternopil 0-0 
 10. Vinnitsky Zubry 0-0 
 11. VolinBasket 0-0 


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


EBL Div.1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Emilie GRONAS
  Ulriken
  (168-G-92)
  Avg: 30
 1. Gronas, Ulriken30.0 
 2. Austgulen, Ulriken27.0 
 3. Kristiansen, Ullern22.5 
 4. Sand, Ammerud18.0 
 5. Jasiunskaite, Gimle13.0 
 6. Austheim, Ullern13.0 
 7. Lovik, Ammerud13.0 
 8. Ytrehus, Ullern12.5 
 9. Gjerdevik, Gimle12.0 
 10. Grindelid, Ammerud12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amanda GRAN
  Gimle
  (174-PG-93)
  Avg: 14
 1. Gran, Gimle14.0 
 2. Jasiunskaite, Gimle11.0 
 3. Kyrkjebo, Gimle9.0 
 4. Kristiansen, Ullern7.5 
 5. Sand, Ammerud7.0 
 6. Austgulen, Ulriken6.0 
 7. McCarthy, Ullern6.0 
 8. Ytrehus, Ullern6.0 
 9. Breivik, Ulriken6.0 
 10. Gjolmesli, NTNUI5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Emilie GRONAS
  Ulriken
  (168-G-92)
  Avg: 8
 1. Gronas, Ulriken8.0 
 2. Kyrkjebo, Gimle4.0 
 3. Hammer, Ammerud4.0 
 4. Sand, Ammerud3.0 
 5. Kristiansen, Ullern3.0 
 6. Nesse, Ammerud3.0 
 7. Ytrehus, Ullern3.0 
 8. Muren, Ullern3.0 
 9. Austheim, Ullern2.5 
 10. Austgulen, Ulriken2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Stine Hoff AUSTGULEN
  Ulriken
  (177-G-94)
  Avg: 10
 1. Austgulen, Ulriken10.0 
 2. Huuse, Ammerud5.0 
 3. Gronas, Ulriken5.0 
 4. Aas, Ammerud5.0 
 5. Gran, Gimle4.0 
 6. Nesse, Ammerud4.0 
 7. Yapici, Oslo Tigers4.0 
 8. Ytrehus, Ullern3.5 
 9. Ifejilika, Oslo T.3.0 
 10. Hammer, Ammerud3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sarune JASIUNSKAITE
  Gimle
  (188-F-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Jasiunskaite, Gimle5.0 
 2. Gran, Gimle2.0 
 3. Austgulen, Ulriken2.0 
 4. Kongestol, Ulriken1.0 
 5. Austheim, Ullern1.0 
 6. Lindback, NTNUI B.0.5 
 7. McCarthy, Ullern0.5 
 8. Skorpen, Ullern0.5 
 9. Hammer, Ammerud0.0 
 10. Gronas, Ulriken0.0 


Weekend Preview : Crunck Time Comes Quickly For New - by Paul Nilsen

After just one week of action, its already crunch time for Michael New

The Prestige Homes MK Lions play-caller knows his team realistically need to produce a big win against visiting Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders tonight if they want to keep their BBL Trophy dreams alive and extract sweet revenge for their loss last weekend.

With silverware very much on the line right from the first tip-off again, there is no time for anyone to ease their way into the campaign with New admitting it feels a little strange to be facing something of a potential win-bust situation after just seven days of the new season.

It is quite early to have your back against the wall for anyone. explained New.

The teams that come together the fastest, will be successful and we are working hard to do just that

While neither side will be taking their match-ups against London Leopards for granted, the likelihood is they will both be expected to defeat the EBL team and therefore points difference in their games against each other could come into play. Consequently the Lions may have to not only win, but do so by more than eight points taking into account last weekends result.

Durham Wildcats are a club that used to be in the EBL of course but will get a taste for the first time of what it feels like to hit the road in the top flight when they make the short trip up the A1 for another derby game against Newcastle Eagles. They competed well last weekend despite losing although might find it a little more difficult facing their new local rivals at Sport Central where few teams have left with a victory or happy memories.

Just ask the Rocks players who were soundly beaten by the Eagles a week ago and player-coach Sterling Davis will be looking to take advantage of the Wildcats rookie status and chalk up a first success when the BBL newcomers visit Kelvin Hall on Sunday.

Two other teams also looking to get off the mark are defending BBL Trophy champions Mersey Tigers and local rivals Cheshire Jets. They will go head to head in what looks to be another potentially mouth-watering North West derby at Northgate on Sunday.

However before that, Tony Garbelotto must take his new-look team to face One Health Sharks Sheffield this evening. The Tigers didnt play last weekend and they will step out for the first time with the difficult task of stopping a Sharks side with real momentum after Atiba Lyons and his team wrapped up a win-double against Jets to take control of the Group.

Meanwhile in Trophy Group 4, something has to give this weekend when Worcester Wolves host UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders. Both teams tipped off their respective campaigns with victory against Guildford Heat and the winner of this one would really be in the box-seat to advance.

Despite their opening night win, David Watts explained there are still some adjustments and improvements to come from Wolves.

He said, The new guys are settling in nicely although they had a bit of foul trouble against Guildford. But, once they get used to the refereeing here, theyll be fine.

I also missed a lot of open shots but when I start making them, well do okay. added Watts.



BBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Joe CHAPMAN
  Newcastl.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 23
 1. Chapman, Newcastl.23.0 
 2. Smith, Newcastl.20.0 
 3. Harrison, Glasgow20.0 
 4. Thomson, Newcastl.19.0 
 5. Cole, Cheshire Jets19.0 
 6. Green, Glasgow16.0 
 7. Schneck, Cheshire.15.0 
 8. Brown, Cheshire.14.0 
 9. Langhurst, Sheffie.14.0 
 10. Reinking, Sheffie.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin DOBBINS
  Sheffield S.
  (203-C/F-87)
  Avg: 18
 1. Dobbins, Sheffield18.0 
 2. Thomson, Newcastl.17.0 
 3. Davis, Glasgow11.0 
 4. Brown, Cheshire.10.0 
 5. Cranston, Glasgow9.0 
 6. Smith, Newcastl.8.0 
 7. Schneck, Cheshire.8.0 
 8. Flournoy, Newcastl.8.0 
 9. Wedemire, Glasgow7.0 
 10. Cole, Cheshire Je.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Charles SMITH
  Newcastl.
  (198-F-75)
  Avg: 4
 1. Smith, Newcastl.4.0 
 2. Brown, Cheshire.4.0 
 3. O''Reilly, Cheshire.4.0 
 4. Flournoy, Newcastl.4.0 
 5. Page, Cheshire Je.3.0 
 6. Tuck, Sheffield S.3.0 
 7. Green, Glasgow3.0 
 8. Langhurst, Sheffie.3.0 
 9. Reinking, Sheffiel.3.0 
 10. Chapman, Newcast.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Adam BROWN
  Cheshire.
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Brown, Cheshire.3.0 
 2. Page, Cheshire Je.2.0 
 3. Harrison, Glasgow2.0 
 4. Cole, Cheshire Jets2.0 
 5. Dobbins, Sheffield1.0 
 6. Green, Glasgow1.0 
 7. Davis, Glasgow1.0 
 8. Schneck, Cheshire.1.0 
 9. Bridge, Newcastl.1.0 
 10. Smith, Newcastl.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bill COLE
  Cheshire Jets
  (205-F-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Cole, Cheshire Jets2.0 
 2. Myers, Cheshire.1.0 
 3. Dobbins, Sheffield1.0 
 4. Brown, Cheshire.1.0 
 5. Green, Glasgow0.0 
 6. Gachette, Sheffiel.0.0 
 7. Flournoy, Newcastl.0.0 
 8. Schneck, Cheshire.0.0 
 9. Defoe, Newcastl.0.0 
 10. Page, Cheshire J.0.0 


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  URUGUAY   


New import players for the Uruguayan League - by Hector Lopez
New import players were announced by teams playing the Uruguayan League. They are: Demario Mattox (188-G-87, college: Wingate) (Lagomar), David Butler (203-F-82) (Lagomar) both to play the Uruguay League Group South, Myles Anthony (208-F/C-82, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Xavier) will be playing the South American League with Malvin, Jonathan Karwacki (183-G) also joined Malvin, but to play ina development league. Tommie Eddie signed with Cordon, Cheyenne Moore (198-G-84, college: Georgetown, KY) joined Montevideo and Ryan Humphrey (203-C/F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) is playing for Bigua the South American League in Sao Paulo.

Hebraica is sharing the lead with Defensor - by Hector Lopez
Hebraica Macabi won its fourth straigth game and is now sahring 4-0 with Defensor Sporting the Uruguayan League leadership after beating Cader 98-84. For the winner Joaquin Izuibejeres (184-G-82) netted 26 points, with 4/6 three points 7/6 two points and 2/2 free throws and 10 rebounds. Also for Hebraica Hatila Passos (211-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) scored 7 points with 8 rebounds and Kodi Augustus (203-F-87, college: Mississippi St.) added 20 points and 7 rebounds. For Cader Jason Hartford (206-F-85) scored 24 with 5 rebounds and 5 assists and Willard Crews (203-F-88, college: Bowie St.) netted 20 with 3 rebounds and 4 blocks.

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  VENEZUELA   


Stats Leaders - LPB
Points Per Game
 Robert GLENN
  Trotamundos
  (201-F/C-89)
  Avg: 21
 1. Glenn, Trotamundos21.0 
 2. Nembhard, Gaiteros19.4 
 3. Millsap, Guaros19.3 
 4. Centeno, Gaiteros18.7 
 5. Walker, Gigantes18.1 
 6. Feeley, Gigantes18.1 
 7. Lugo, Bucaneros17.4 
 8. Flores, Toros17.3 
 9. McGowan, Guaros17.3 
 10. Martinez, Cocodri.17.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  Cocodrilos
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 13.7
 1. Martinez, Cocodril.13.7 
 2. Lugo, Bucaneros10.4 
 3. Coleman, Panteras10.4 
 4. Glenn, Trotamundos9.8 
 5. Flores, Toros7.9 
 6. Young, Bucaneros7.7 
 7. Millsap, Guaros7.6 
 8. Sucre, Marinos7.6 
 9. Bethelmy, Cocodril.6.7 
 10. Bayona, Guaros6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Gregory VARGAS
  Marinos
  (182-PG-86)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Vargas, Marinos6.5 
 2. Mensah, Panteras5.2 
 3. Cedeno, Guaiqueries3.6 
 4. Cubillan, Trotamun.3.4 
 5. Guillent, Bucaneros3.2 
 6. Nembhard, Gaiteros2.7 
 7. Warren, Toros2.6 
 8. Smith, Marinos2.5 
 9. Torres, Marinos2.5 
 10. Mijares, Toros2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Kojo MENSAH
  Panteras
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Mensah, Panteras3.7 
 2. Walker, Gigantes3.3 
 3. Baez, Gigantes3.0 
 4. Nembhard, Gaiteros3.0 
 5. Guillent, Bucaneros2.8 
 6. Cubillan, Trotamun.2.8 
 7. Vargas, Marinos2.6 
 8. McGowan, Guaros2.4 
 9. Thomas, Cocodrilos2.4 
 10. Cedeno, Guaiqueri.2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Evan BROCK
  Guaiqueries
  (204-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Brock, Guaiqueries2.4 
 2. Bethelmy, Cocodril.1.7 
 3. Coleman, Panteras1.4 
 4. Marriaga, Trotamun.1.3 
 5. Glenn, Trotamundos1.3 
 6. Feeley, Gigantes1.3 
 7. Bayona, Guaros1.1 
 8. Lugo, Bucaneros0.9 
 9. Jackson, Panteras0.9 
 10. Bravo, Gigantes0.9 


Stats Leaders - LNB
Points Per Game
 Emilie GRONAS
  Ulriken
  (168-G-92)
  Avg: 30
 1. Gronas, Ulriken30.0 
 2. Austgulen, Ulriken27.0 
 3. Kristiansen, Ullern22.5 
 4. Sand, Ammerud18.0 
 5. Jasiunskaite, Gimle13.0 
 6. Austheim, Ullern13.0 
 7. Lovik, Ammerud13.0 
 8. Ytrehus, Ullern12.5 
 9. Gjerdevik, Gimle12.0 
 10. Grindelid, Ammerud12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amanda GRAN
  Gimle
  (174-PG-93)
  Avg: 14
 1. Gran, Gimle14.0 
 2. Jasiunskaite, Gimle11.0 
 3. Kyrkjebo, Gimle9.0 
 4. Kristiansen, Ullern7.5 
 5. Sand, Ammerud7.0 
 6. Austgulen, Ulriken6.0 
 7. McCarthy, Ullern6.0 
 8. Ytrehus, Ullern6.0 
 9. Breivik, Ulriken6.0 
 10. Gjolmesli, NTNUI5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Emilie GRONAS
  Ulriken
  (168-G-92)
  Avg: 8
 1. Gronas, Ulriken8.0 
 2. Kyrkjebo, Gimle4.0 
 3. Hammer, Ammerud4.0 
 4. Sand, Ammerud3.0 
 5. Kristiansen, Ullern3.0 
 6. Nesse, Ammerud3.0 
 7. Ytrehus, Ullern3.0 
 8. Muren, Ullern3.0 
 9. Austheim, Ullern2.5 
 10. Austgulen, Ulriken2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Stine Hoff AUSTGULEN
  Ulriken
  (177-G-94)
  Avg: 10
 1. Austgulen, Ulriken10.0 
 2. Huuse, Ammerud5.0 
 3. Gronas, Ulriken5.0 
 4. Aas, Ammerud5.0 
 5. Gran, Gimle4.0 
 6. Nesse, Ammerud4.0 
 7. Yapici, Oslo Tigers4.0 
 8. Ytrehus, Ullern3.5 
 9. Ifejilika, Oslo T.3.0 
 10. Hammer, Ammerud3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sarune JASIUNSKAITE
  Gimle
  (188-F-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Jasiunskaite, Gimle5.0 
 2. Gran, Gimle2.0 
 3. Austgulen, Ulriken2.0 
 4. Kongestol, Ulriken1.0 
 5. Austheim, Ullern1.0 
 6. Lindback, NTNUI B.0.5 
 7. McCarthy, Ullern0.5 
 8. Skorpen, Ullern0.5 
 9. Hammer, Ammerud0.0 
 10. Gronas, Ulriken0.0 




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Women News

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  BALTIC LEAGUE - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Corsley EDWARDS
  Anwil
  (205-C/F-79)
  Avg: 23
 1. Edwards, Anwil23.0 
 2. Burtt, Dnipro21.3 
 3. McCarty, Unics21.0 
 4. Skele, Kalev/Cramo19.0 
 5. Williams, BC As.18.0 
 6. Johnson, BC Astana18.0 
 7. Kolesnikov, Krasni.17.7 
 8. Hajric, Anwil16.0 
 9. Blair, Krasnie Kri.16.0 
 10. Low, Dnipro15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Corsley EDWARDS
  Anwil
  (205-C/F-79)
  Avg: 11
 1. Edwards, Anwil11.0 
 2. Klimavicius, Zalgi.11.0 
 3. Wilkinson, Unics10.0 
 4. Thomas, Dnipro10.0 
 5. Korniyenko, Dnipro9.7 
 6. Bowles, Siauliai9.0 
 7. Williams, BC As.9.0 
 8. McCarty, Unics8.0 
 9. Heard, ToPo7.5 
 10. Hajric, Anwil7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Broadus, Siauliai5.0 
 2. Szubarga, Anwil4.7 
 3. Rush, Krasnie Kril.4.3 
 4. Miles, Krasnie Kri.4.3 
 5. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.4.0 
 6. Marshall, BC As.4.0 
 7. Burtt, Dnipro3.7 
 8. Low, Dnipro3.7 
 9. Zukauskas, Siauliai3.5 
 10. Nissim, Enisey3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Evgeniy KOLESNIKOV
  Krasni.
  (195-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kolesnikov, Krasni.2.3 
 2. Heard, ToPo2.0 
 3. Wilkinson, Unics2.0 
 4. Baxter, Enisey2.0 
 5. Williams, BC As.2.0 
 6. Veremeenko, Unics2.0 
 7. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 8. Popovic, Zalgiris2.0 
 9. Berisha, Anwil2.0 
 10. Collins, Zalgiris2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  Siauliai
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bowles, Siauliai2.0 
 2. Heard, ToPo1.5 
 3. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.3 
 4. Lindbom, ToPo1.0 
 5. Zukauskas, Siauliai1.0 
 6. Weems, Zalgiris1.0 
 7. Frost, ToPo1.0 
 8. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo1.0 
 9. Labovic, Krasnie1.0 
 10. Varbanov, Kalev/C.1.0 


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Bosnian woman league - by Senad Sadikovic
There were drawn pairs in men's and women's competition for the first round, in the Basketball alliance of BiH. League - 7 for women starts on october 22-nd, while men start earlier their League - 13, on october 15-th.
Last years winner of the championship, which had a most interesting final, basketball player of Mladi Krajisnik, are guests to Rudar. Borac ist hometeam to Igokea, while Jedinstvo is going to Zeljeznicar. Banovici team is free.

1. round, League - 7 (women):

Jedinstvo - Zeljeznicar
Borac - Igokea
Mladi Krajisnik - Rudar

Banovici team is free.


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Catalin BURLACU
  Ploiesti
  (210-C-77)
  Avg: 35
 1. Burlacu, Ploiesti35.0 
 2. Silvasan, U.Mobite.33.0 
 3. Durham, Dinamo B.32.0 
 4. Pesic, Oradea29.0 
 5. Popovic, Otopeni24.0 
 6. Jocovic, Otopeni23.0 
 7. Calota, Pitesti22.0 
 8. Seals, Giurgiu22.0 
 9. Dykes, U.Mobite.21.0 
 10. Markovic, Oradea21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 LeVar SEALS
  Giurgiu
  (195-G-82)
  Avg: 14
 1. Seals, Giurgiu14.0 
 2. Stanescu, Targu M.14.0 
 3. Durham, Dinamo B.13.0 
 4. Grubisic, Giurgiu11.0 
 5. Cuic, Timisoara11.0 
 6. Haymon, Dinamo B.11.0 
 7. Forte, Targu Mures10.0 
 8. Jocovic, Otopeni9.0 
 9. Ross, Craiova9.0 
 10. Lazar, Oradea9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Christopher LONG
  Perla Harghitei
  (187-G-87)
  Avg: 10
 1. Long, Perla Harghi.10.0 
 2. Howell, Gaz Metan7.0 
 3. Lupusavei, Oradea7.0 
 4. Burlacu, Ploiesti7.0 
 5. Badila, Dinamo B.7.0 
 6. Cooley, Targu M.7.0 
 7. Cuic, Timisoara6.0 
 8. Wisseh, CSU Sibiu6.0 
 9. Scott, Otopeni6.0 
 10. Jones, Ploiesti6.0 
Steals Per Game
 Rade DZAMBIC
  Ploiesti
  (188-G-80)
  Avg: 11
 1. Dzambic, Ploiesti11.0 
 2. Dykes, U.Mobite.9.0 
 3. Vlahovic, Ploiesti6.0 
 4. Morris, U.Mobite.6.0 
 5. Burlacu, Ploiesti6.0 
 6. Krstanovic, U.Mobi.4.0 
 7. Capusan, Ploiesti4.0 
 8. Medvedj, Otopeni3.0 
 9. Szijarto, Ploiesti3.0 
 10. Cooley, Targu M.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Aleksandar VLAHOVIC
  Ploiesti
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Vlahovic, Ploiesti5.0 
 2. Morris, U.Mobite.5.0 
 3. Dzambic, Ploiesti5.0 
 4. McKenzie, CSM B.3.0 
 5. Lawrence, U.Mobite.3.0 
 6. Silvasan, U.Mobite.3.0 
 7. Jocovic, Otopeni2.0 
 8. McCulloch, Dinamo2.0 
 9. Topchov, Oradea2.0 
 10. Archie, Timisoara2.0 


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Delisha MILTON-JONES
  USK P.
  (186-F-74)
  Avg: 23
 1. Milton-Jones, USK23.0 
 2. Johnova, VSE Praha19.5 
 3. Vlkova, Valosun18.8 
 4. Hanusova, Frisco S.18.8 
 5. Skrabalova, Strak.18.5 
 6. Kucerova, Karlovy18.3 
 7. Hejdova, Frisco S.17.4 
 8. Abdi, Frisco Sika17.4 
 9. Reisingerova, VS P.17.0 
 10. Montanana, USK P.16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Delisha MILTON-JONES
  USK P.
  (186-F-74)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Milton-Jones, USK11.5 
 2. Reisingerova, VS P.11.2 
 3. Spirkova, DSK K.9.8 
 4. Hanusova, Frisco S.9.6 
 5. Abdi, Frisco Sika9.6 
 6. Kulichova, USK P.9.0 
 7. Vetrovcova, Trutn.8.8 
 8. Kucerova, Karlovy8.8 
 9. Snajdrova-Z., Trut.8.0 
 10. Brezinova, Pardu.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA
  Slovan.
  (170-PG-84)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Nezdarilova, Slova.5.3 
 2. Montanana, USK P.3.6 
 3. Tarasava, VS Praha3.2 
 4. Novocka, Karlovy3.0 
 5. Zavazalova, Hradec3.0 
 6. Elhotova, USK Pra.2.8 
 7. Petraskova, Pardu.2.5 
 8. Milton-Jones, USK2.5 
 9. Harapesova, VSE P.2.5 
 10. Vlkova, Valosun2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Hana NEZDARILOVA
  Slovan.
  (170-PG-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Nezdarilova, Slova.4.0 
 2. Hejdova, Frisco S.3.8 
 3. Montanana, USK P.3.2 
 4. Eldebrink, USK P.3.2 
 5. Abdi, Frisco Sika2.6 
 6. Elhotova, USK Pra.2.6 
 7. Novocka, Karlovy2.5 
 8. Stara, Hradec K.2.3 
 9. Brezinova, Pardu.2.3 
 10. Kotlanova, Slovan.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jasmine THOMAS
  Frisco S.
  (175-G-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Thomas, Frisco S.2.0 
 2. Kulichova, USK P.1.6 
 3. Elhotova, USK Pra.1.4 
 4. Reisingerova, VS P.1.4 
 5. Bakajsova, VS Pra.1.0 
 6. Mircheva, VS Praha1.0 
 7. Milton-Jones, USK1.0 
 8. Bartonova, USK P.0.8 
 9. Zrustova, USK Pra.0.8 
 10. Pohunkova, VS Pr.0.6 


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  EUROCUP - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Isaiah SWANN
  Ratiopharm
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 27
 1. Swann, Ratiopharm27.0 
 2. Carter, Phoenix26.0 
 3. Nadjfeji, B.Mue.25.0 
 4. Esterkamp, Ratio.24.0 
 5. Zirbes, TBB Trier23.0 
 6. Ovcina, LTi 46ers21.0 
 7. Harris, s.Oliv.18.0 
 8. Hamilton, Bayreuth18.0 
 9. Melzer, NY Phant.18.0 
 10. Ensminger, Teleko.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksandar NADJFEJI
  B.Mue.
  (203-F-76)
  Avg: 13
 1. Nadjfeji, B.Mue.13.0 
 2. Zirbes, TBB Trier12.0 
 3. Ensminger, Teleko.12.0 
 4. Burrell, EWE B.10.0 
 5. Ovcina, LTi 46ers10.0 
 6. Seward, Phoenix9.0 
 7. Leuer, Fraport SKY9.0 
 8. Hunter, Bayreuth9.0 
 9. Mittmann, NY Phan.8.0 
 10. Zavackas, EnBW L.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Anton GAVEL
  Brose B.
  (189-G-84)
  Avg: 9
 1. Gavel, Brose B.9.0 
 2. Joyce, TBB Trier9.0 
 3. Jordan, Telekom7.0 
 4. Dennis, NY Phant.7.0 
 5. Smith, Bayreuth6.0 
 6. Hamann, B.Muenchen5.0 
 7. Nadjfeji, B.Mue.5.0 
 8. Green, EnBW L.5.0 
 9. Greer, NY Phantoms5.0 
 10. Dale, Goettingen4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mark DORRIS
  EnBW L.
  (188-G-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Dorris, EnBW L.5.0 
 2. Gavel, Brose B.4.0 
 3. Jacobson, s.Oliv.3.0 
 4. Visser, NY Phant.3.0 
 5. Dennis, NY Phant.3.0 
 6. Jenkins, Brose B.3.0 
 7. Blackwood, Phoeni.3.0 
 8. Carter, Phoenix2.0 
 9. Smith, Bayreuth2.0 
 10. Bowler, EnBW L.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tibor PLEISS
  Brose B.
  (214-F/C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Pleiss, Brose B.2.0 
 2. Slaughter, Brose B.2.0 
 3. Ibekwe, Bayreuth2.0 
 4. Gaffney, Teleko.2.0 
 5. Looby, EnBW L.2.0 
 6. Mafra, Goettingen1.0 
 7. Oehle, LTi 46ers1.0 
 8. Brown, s.Oliver.1.0 
 9. Seward, Phoenix1.0 
 10. Dorris, EnBW L.1.0 


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  FINLAND - Women  


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

FoA - Espoo Team 58-74

Espoo Team led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Espoo Team dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Forssan Alku's 40. Espoo Team forced 19 Forssan Alku turnovers. International power forward Niina Laaksonen (185-85) had a double-double by scoring 26 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the former international Laura Wilson (184-84, college: Binghamton, agency: LBM Management) chipped in 12 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Four Espoo Team players scored in double figures. American swingman Heidi Heintz (177-88, college: Cal-Davis) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds and international forward Henna Koponen (183-86, college: Coker) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Espoo Team: N.Laaksonen 26+15reb+3ast, A.Holopainen 13+3reb+2ast, L.Wilson 12+11reb+4ast, E.Iiskola 10+1reb+1ast, V.Holtta 8+7reb+1ast, M.Bedretdin 4+3reb+2ast
FoA: H.Heintz 15+6reb+1ast, H.Koponen 12+5reb+2ast, V.House 9+7reb+3ast, H.Salomaa 9+2reb, J.Jahilo 8+8reb+2ast, K.Heath 4+6reb
gschID: 146514


ToPo - HoNsU 74-59

HoNsU was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 36-18 second half run of Torpan Pojat. They dominated on the defensive end, holding HoNsU to just 5 points in third quarter. They made 17-of-21 charity shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded HoNsU 42-31 including a 29-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Forward Kaihla Szunko (187-88, college: Cent.Michigan) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Ellen Nurmi (185-93) supported her with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Torpan Pojat players scored in double figures. Even 23 points and 4 steals by guard Katja Summala (173-89) did not help to save the game for HoNsU. American forward Charlee Underwood (178-85, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) added 12 points and 6 rebounds for the guests. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
ToPo: K.Szunko 21+11reb+1ast, E.Nurmi 15+6reb+3ast, S.Wahlgren 13+2reb+1ast, K.Valtakari 11+4reb, S.Weckstrom 8+5reb, L.Saarinen 2+5reb+2ast
HoNsU: K.Summala 23+1ast, C.Underwood 12+6reb, M.Sten 10+8reb, K.Karkkainen 8+3reb, K.Lind 3+1reb, T.Lepisto 2+8reb
gschID: 146511


Catz - Kerava 75-39

The game was mostly controlled by Catz Lappeenranta. Kerava Energia Team was better in fourth quarter 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Catz Lappeenranta dominated on the defensive end, holding Kerava Energia Team to just 3 points in first quarter and to 13 points in first half. Catz Lappeenranta dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Kerava Energia Team's 26. Catz Lappeenranta forced 25 Kerava Energia Team turnovers. Swingman Lotta Aaltonen (179-85, college: Coker) notched 19 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and American guard Takia Starks (173-87, college: Texas A&M) supported her with 16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Even 6 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Centhya Hart (185-89, college: St.John's) did not help to save the game for Kerava Energia Team. Forward Saara Lehtoranta (170-90) added 8 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. Kerava Energia Team's coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Catz: L.Aaltonen 19+8reb, T.Starks 16+5reb+4ast, V.Kesanen 10+2reb+1ast, A.Anderson 10+11reb+1ast, D.Pounds 8+5reb+2ast, E.Reshetko 8+7reb+4ast
Kerava: S.Helenius 9+3reb, S.Lehtoranta 8+9reb, E.Sipila 6+2reb+1ast, S.Paavola 6+7reb, C.Hart 6+12reb, E.Raikkonen 2+1reb
gschID: 146512


Huima - PeKa 78-60

Peli-Karhut was better in second period 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aanekosken forced 21 Peli-Karhut turnovers and outrebounded them 38-26 including 24 on the defensive glass. American forward Madina Ali (182-87, college: W.Virginia) notched a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and the other American import center Kenya Robinson (182-70, college: New Orleans) supported her with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Five Aanekosken players scored in double figures. Even 17 points by international guard Linda-Lotta Lehtoranta (175-91) did not help to save the game for Peli-Karhut. International guard Reetta Piipari (170-80, college: Xavier) added 7 points and 13 rebounds for the guests.
Top scorers:
Huima: M.Ali 26+11reb, K.Robinson 14+6reb+4ast, M.Bland 13+3reb+3ast, P.Holmes 11+5reb+2ast, S.Viitanen 10+4reb+1ast, N.Nissinen 4+2ast
PeKa: L.Lehtoranta 17+4reb+2ast, B.Bruszewski 12+3reb, A.Pounds 10+3reb+1ast, L.Lehtoranta 9+1ast, R.Piipari 7+13reb+1ast, R.McCants 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 146513




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  GREECE - Women  


A1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Latoya WILLIAMS
  Esperides
  (193-C-87)
  Avg: 25
 1. Williams, Esperides25.0 
 2. Johnson, Panionios23.0 
 3. Gotzi, Kronos AD22.0 
 4. Nikolaidou, FEA N.21.0 
 5. Koch, FEA Neas20.0 
 6. D''Amico, Apollon17.0 
 7. Stavridou, Aris17.0 
 8. Tzegianaki, Esperi.16.0 
 9. Daskalopoulo., Ast.16.0 
 10. Evans, Apollon Pt.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mellisa D''AMICO
  Apollon .
  (195-C-86)
  Avg: 19
 1. D''Amico, Apollon19.0 
 2. Barnes, PAOK17.0 
 3. Williams, Esperides16.0 
 4. Giannopoulou, PAOK14.0 
 5. Melnika, Asteras12.0 
 6. Chalivera, FEA Neas9.0 
 7. Evans, Apollon Pto.8.0 
 8. Koch, FEA Neas8.0 
 9. Axiopoulou, Panion.7.0 
 10. Nikolaidou, FEA N.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kary KOCH
  FEA Neas
  (173-G-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Koch, FEA Neas8.0 
 2. Tzegianaki, Esperi.8.0 
 3. Axiopoulou, Panion.6.0 
 4. Giannopoulou, PAOK5.0 
 5. Gotzi, Kronos AD5.0 
 6. Dunham, Esperides4.0 
 7. Stamati, FEA Neas4.0 
 8. Kiratzi, Apollon3.0 
 9. Deli, FEA Neas3.0 
 10. Chalivelaki, Aste.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Theoni TZEGIANAKI
  Esperides
  (162-G-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Tzegianaki, Esperi.4.0 
 2. Koch, FEA Neas3.0 
 3. Nikolaidou, FEA N.3.0 
 4. Barnes, PAOK3.0 
 5. Evans, Apollon Pto.3.0 
 6. Kalopita, Esperides2.0 
 7. Stavridou, Aris2.0 
 8. Williams, Esperides2.0 
 9. Avtzi, PAOK2.0 
 10. Zikiridou, Kronos2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Avgoustina ROUSSOU
  FEA Neas
  (186-F-78)
  Avg: 3
 1. Roussou, FEA Neas3.0 
 2. Spanidou, PAOK1.0 
 3. Stamati, FEA Neas1.0 
 4. Evans, Apollon Pto.1.0 
 5. D''Amico, Apollon1.0 
 6. Melnika, Asteras1.0 
 7. Kalogirou, Esperid.0.0 
 8. Johnson, Panionios0.0 
 9. Hatzakou, Aris0.0 
 10. Stavridou, Aris0.0 


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tanya BROERING
  Lekdetec.
  (178-G-84)
  Avg: 37
 1. Broering, Lekdetec.37.0 
 2. McDowell, ProBui.24.0 
 3. Cornelius, CTO22.0 
 4. Ten Caat, ProBui.17.0 
 5. Roubehie-F., Binne.16.0 
 6. Ligthart, Lekdetec.15.0 
 7. Hochstetler, Binne.14.0 
 8. Kathmann, Lekdete.12.0 
 9. Van Der Keij., CT.11.0 
 10. Bettonvil, CTO10.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Natalie VAN DEN ADEL
  Binnen.
  (185-G-90)
  Avg: 16
 1. Van Den Adel, Binn.16.0 
 2. Nieuwveen, ProBui.11.0 
 3. Ligthart, Lekdetec.9.0 
 4. Broering, Lekdetec.7.0 
 5. Keppy, ProBuild.6.0 
 6. Van Der Keij., CT.6.0 
 7. Roubehie-F., Binne.6.0 
 8. Essenstam, CTO6.0 
 9. Hochstetler, Binne.5.0 
 10. Zappeij, CTO5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Molly MCDOWELL
  ProBui.
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. McDowell, ProBui.7.0 
 2. Van Den Adel, Binn.4.0 
 3. Cornelius, CTO3.0 
 4. Kasius, Binnenland2.0 
 5. Nieuwveen, ProBui.2.0 
 6. Butter, CTO2.0 
 7. Kraak, Binnenland2.0 
 8. Broering, Lekdetec.2.0 
 9. Hartman, ProBuild.1.0 
 10. Ten Caat, ProBui.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Molly MCDOWELL
  ProBui.
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 6
 1. McDowell, ProBui.6.0 
 2. Van Den Bosc., Le.5.0 
 3. Roubehie-F., Binne.5.0 
 4. Broering, Lekdetec.4.0 
 5. Biesters, Lekdetec.4.0 
 6. Ligthart, Lekdetec.3.0 
 7. Bettonvil, CTO2.0 
 8. Ten Caat, ProBui.2.0 
 9. Van Den Adel, Binn.2.0 
 10. Butter, CTO2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Dewi KEPPY
  ProBuild.
  (184-F-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Keppy, ProBuild.2.0 
 2. Van Den Adel, Binn.2.0 
 3. Kraak, Binnenland1.0 
 4. Nieuwveen, ProBui.1.0 
 5. Bettonvil, CTO1.0 
 6. Van Der Keij., CT.1.0 
 7. Appers, Binnenland1.0 
 8. Bettonvil, CTO1.0 
 9. Ligthart, Lekdetec.1.0 
 10. Hartman, ProBuild.0.0 


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  ICELAND - Women  


stats leader
Points Per Game
 Maya KAWAHARA
  Toyota A.
  (167-G-87)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Kawahara, Toyota24.5 
 2. Takada, Denso Iris21.0 
 3. Kanade, Airlines R.20.5 
 4. Nagi, Fujitsu RW18.0 
 5. Wantsu, Mitsubishi18.0 
 6. Miyamoto, Mitsubis.17.5 
 7. Tokashiki, JX Sun.15.0 
 8. Shinohara, Fujit.14.0 
 9. Huziwara, Denso I.14.0 
 10. Takasaki, Aishin13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Enjin WANTSU
  Mitsubishi K.
  (189-C-87)
  Avg: 12
 1. Wantsu, Mitsubishi12.0 
 2. Takahashi, Airline.11.5 
 3. Tokashiki, JX Sun.11.0 
 4. Takada, Denso Iris11.0 
 5. Obata, Denso Iris8.0 
 6. Miyamoto, Mitsubis.8.0 
 7. Mamiya, JX Sunfl.7.0 
 8. Okami, JX Sunfl.6.5 
 9. Yano, Toyota A.6.0 
 10. Watanabe, Chanson6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Oh OKAMI
  JX Sunfl.
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Okami, JX Sunfl.6.0 
 2. Obata, Denso Iris5.0 
 3. Hashimoto, Mitsub.5.0 
 4. Machida, Fujit.4.5 
 5. Kimura, Fujitsu RW3.5 
 6. Rin, Chanson V-M3.5 
 7. Tanaka, JX Sunfl.3.0 
 8. Kudeken, Toyota A.3.0 
 9. Terada, JX Sunfl.3.0 
 10. Hirata, Toyota A.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Emi KUDEKEN
  Toyota A.
  (165-G-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kudeken, Toyota A.4.0 
 2. Ootaka, Aishin AW3.0 
 3. Watanabe, Chanson2.5 
 4. Takasaki, Aishin A.2.5 
 5. Miyamoto, Mitsubis.2.5 
 6. Wantsu, Mitsubishi2.0 
 7. Takahashi, Airline.2.0 
 8. Tsukano, Chanson2.0 
 9. Machida, Fujit.2.0 
 10. Fujiyoshi, Chanson2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Reika TAKAHASHI
  Airlines.
  (177-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Takahashi, Airline.3.0 
 2. Tokashiki, JX Sun.3.0 
 3. Shinohara, Fujit.2.5 
 4. Mamiya, JX Sunfl.1.5 
 5. Honda, JX Sunfl.1.5 
 6. Takada, Denso Iris1.5 
 7. Machida, Fujit.1.0 
 8. Nagaishi, Chanson1.0 
 9. Morikawa, Denso I.1.0 
 10. Shimizu, Fujit.1.0 


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  ITALY - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Damiris DANTAS
  BRA
  (192-C-92)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Dantas, BRA20.9 
 2. Amer, EGY19.3 
 3. Gortnar, SLO18.8 
 4. Watanabe, JPN18.0 
 5. Takada, JPN16.9 
 6. Roberts, AUS15.9 
 7. Fields, CAN15.9 
 8. Diaz, ARG15.4 
 9. Plouffe, CAN15.2 
 10. Motokawa, JPN15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Damiris DANTAS
  BRA
  (192-C-92)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Dantas, BRA12.6 
 2. Tikhonenko, RUS10.3 
 3. Cabrera, ARG9.2 
 4. Ndour, ESP9.1 
 5. Gortnar, SLO9.0 
 6. Amer, EGY8.8 
 7. Roberts, AUS8.4 
 8. Djaldi-Tabdi, FRA7.9 
 9. Elshaarawy, EGY7.8 
 10. Stewart, USA7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rui MACHIDA
  (161-PG-93)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Machida, JPN6.2 
 2. Cole, AUS6.0 
 3. Gretter, ARG5.6 
 4. Massengale, USA4.3 
 5. Baric, SLO3.3 
 6. Hartley, USA3.2 
 7. Degorces, FRA3.1 
 8. Ortiz, ESP2.7 
 9. Takada, JPN2.4 
 10. Stolyar, RUS2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Debora CARANGELO
  (167-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Carangelo, ITA2.6 
 2. Massoud, EGY2.5 
 3. Ramona, BRA2.4 
 4. Allen, AUS2.4 
 5. Osama, EGY2.3 
 6. Plouffe, CAN2.2 
 7. Gretter, ARG2.2 
 8. Williams, CAN2.1 
 9. Maffenini, ITA2.1 
 10. Carcavalli, BRA2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hala ELSHAARAWY
  (181-F-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Elshaarawy, EGY2.0 
 2. Stewart, USA1.7 
 3. Ndour, ESP1.6 
 4. Djaldi-Tabdi, FRA1.1 
 5. Tikhonenko, RUS1.1 
 6. Tippett, AUS1.0 
 7. Amer, EGY1.0 
 8. Gil, ESP0.9 
 9. Ma, CHN0.8 
 10. Dolson, USA0.8 


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  LATVIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Vallo ALLINGU
  Tartu U.
  (206-C-78)
  Avg: 21
 1. Allingu, Tartu U.21.0 
 2. Skele, Kalev/Cramo16.0 
 3. Kadziulis, Rudupis15.0 
 4. Peciukas, Kedainiai15.0 
 5. Amis, Tartu Ulikool15.0 
 6. Blaus, Ventspils14.0 
 7. Strelnieks, Ventsp.13.0 
 8. Lowe, Kedainiai13.0 
 9. Salenga, Rudupis13.0 
 10. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 David MCCLURE
  Kedainiai
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 11
 1. McClure, Kedainiai11.0 
 2. Vitas, Liepaja9.0 
 3. Barnes, Kedainiai9.0 
 4. Beliavicius, Kedai.9.0 
 5. Berzins, Ventspils8.0 
 6. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.8.0 
 7. Allingu, Tartu U.7.0 
 8. Amis, Tartu Ulikool7.0 
 9. Peciukas, Kedainiai7.0 
 10. Orelikas, Rudupis7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Aidas VISKONTAS
  Rudupis
  (185-PG-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Viskontas, Rudupis5.0 
 2. Lowe, Kedainiai5.0 
 3. Doronin, Tartu U.4.0 
 4. Mayo, Liepaja4.0 
 5. Peciukas, Kedainiai3.0 
 6. Skele, Kalev/Cramo3.0 
 7. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.3.0 
 8. Dorbek, Kalev/Cr.3.0 
 9. Berzins, Ventspils3.0 
 10. Saage, Tartu Ulik.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tanel SOKK
  Kalev/Cramo
  (184-G-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Sokk, Kalev/Cramo3.0 
 2. Skele, Kalev/Cramo3.0 
 3. Peciukas, Kedainiai3.0 
 4. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.0 
 5. Blaus, Ventspils3.0 
 6. Cizauskas, Baltai2.5 
 7. Salenga, Rudupis2.0 
 8. Laksa, Ventspils2.0 
 9. Timma, Liepaja2.0 
 10. Janavicius, Balta.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Pavel ULYANKO
  Kalev/Cr.
  (204-F/C-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 2. Barnes, Kedainiai2.0 
 3. McClure, Kedainiai2.0 
 4. Fall, Kalev/Cramo2.0 
 5. Meiers, Ventspils1.0 
 6. Strelnieks, Ventsp.1.0 
 7. Timma, Liepaja1.0 
 8. Doronin, Tartu U.1.0 
 9. Vitas, Liepaja1.0 
 10. Allingu, Tartu U.1.0 


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - LMKL
Points Per Game
 Corsley EDWARDS
  Anwil
  (205-C/F-79)
  Avg: 23
 1. Edwards, Anwil23.0 
 2. Burtt, Dnipro21.3 
 3. McCarty, Unics21.0 
 4. Skele, Kalev/Cramo19.0 
 5. Williams, BC As.18.0 
 6. Johnson, BC Astana18.0 
 7. Kolesnikov, Krasni.17.7 
 8. Hajric, Anwil16.0 
 9. Blair, Krasnie Kri.16.0 
 10. Low, Dnipro15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Corsley EDWARDS
  Anwil
  (205-C/F-79)
  Avg: 11
 1. Edwards, Anwil11.0 
 2. Klimavicius, Zalgi.11.0 
 3. Wilkinson, Unics10.0 
 4. Thomas, Dnipro10.0 
 5. Korniyenko, Dnipro9.7 
 6. Bowles, Siauliai9.0 
 7. Williams, BC As.9.0 
 8. McCarty, Unics8.0 
 9. Heard, ToPo7.5 
 10. Hajric, Anwil7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Rashaun BROADUS
  Siauliai
  (183-PG-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Broadus, Siauliai5.0 
 2. Szubarga, Anwil4.7 
 3. Rush, Krasnie Kril.4.3 
 4. Miles, Krasnie Kri.4.3 
 5. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.4.0 
 6. Marshall, BC As.4.0 
 7. Burtt, Dnipro3.7 
 8. Low, Dnipro3.7 
 9. Zukauskas, Siauliai3.5 
 10. Nissim, Enisey3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Evgeniy KOLESNIKOV
  Krasni.
  (195-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Kolesnikov, Krasni.2.3 
 2. Heard, ToPo2.0 
 3. Wilkinson, Unics2.0 
 4. Baxter, Enisey2.0 
 5. Williams, BC As.2.0 
 6. Veremeenko, Unics2.0 
 7. Ulyanko, Kalev/Cr.2.0 
 8. Popovic, Zalgiris2.0 
 9. Berisha, Anwil2.0 
 10. Collins, Zalgiris2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Denzel BOWLES
  Siauliai
  (208-F/C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Bowles, Siauliai2.0 
 2. Heard, ToPo1.5 
 3. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.3 
 4. Lindbom, ToPo1.0 
 5. Zukauskas, Siauliai1.0 
 6. Weems, Zalgiris1.0 
 7. Frost, ToPo1.0 
 8. Arbet, Kalev/Cramo1.0 
 9. Labovic, Krasnie1.0 
 10. Varbanov, Kalev/C.1.0 


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Diekirch League Round 2: AB Contern loses to Residence - by Eurobasket News
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Diekirch League.

There was a change at the Diekirch League leadership position after last games. Round 2 most important game was a defeat of AB Contern (1-1). They were edged by ninth ranked Residence (1-1) 74-72 on Friday night. AB Contern was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 19-16 charge of Residence, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Addie Micir (182-G-88, college: Princeton) (182-88, college: Princeton) scored 24 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Jill Bausch (176-87) chipped in 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. American power forward Amanda Stowe (186-79, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) responded with 28 points and 5 rebounds. AB Contern's coach Rene Keiser tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Residence left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated AB Contern. AB Contern will play next round against T71 Dudelange trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Residence will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Etzella in Ettelbruck.
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated T71 Dudelange (1-1) at the home court. Hosts were rolled over by Basket Esch (2-0) 89-61. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 1-0 record before this meeting. Canadian swingman Katie Donovan (182-82) notched 28 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and Lamisha Augustine supported her with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Even a double-double of 20 points and 17 rebounds by American guard Cerie Mosgrove (182-88, college: Massachusetts) did not help to save the game for T71 Dudelange. Basket Esch keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Musel Pikes and Etzella. T71 Dudelange at the other side dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Basket Esch will play against Amicale (#5) in Steinsel in the next round. T71 Dudelange will play on the road against AB Contern to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game in Luxembourg was also quite interesting. Top-ranked Etzella (2-0) played at the court of bottom-ranked Racing (0-2). Etzella defeated Racing 66-55 on Friday. Etzella keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Basket Esch and Musel Pikes. Loser Racing still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Telstar and Heffingen. Etzella will meet at home Residence (#4) in the next round. Racing will play against Musel Pikes (#3) in Stadrbredimus.
The game in Heffingen was also worth to mention about. Top-ranked Musel Pikes (2-0) played at the court of bottom-ranked Heffingen (0-2). Musel Pikes defeated Heffingen 69-57. Christine Fisher orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Basket Esch and Etzella. Heffingen at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Musel Pikes' next round opponent will be Racing (#9) in Luxembourg and are hoping to win another game. Heffingen will play at home against Telstar in Hesperange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 2 winless Telstar lost to Amicale on the opponent's court 65-72.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 34 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds by Meghan Gardler of Amicale.


T71 Dudelange - Basket Esch 61-89

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated T71 Dudelange (1-1) at the home court. Hosts were rolled over by Basket Esch (2-0) 89-61. 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 game without a history. Basket Esch led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Basket Esch forced 22 T71 Dudelange turnovers. Canadian swingman Katie Donovan (182-82) notched 28 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and American forward Lamisha Augustine (186-82, college: San Jose St., agency: LBM Management) supported her with 25 points and 7 rebounds. Even a double-double of 20 points and 17 rebounds by American guard Cerie Mosgrove (182-88, college: Massachusetts) did not help to save the game for T71 Dudelange. The former international point guard Anouk Wagener (160-89) added 10 points and 4 assists for the hosts. Basket Esch keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Musel Pikes and Etzella. T71 Dudelange at the other side dropped to the fourth place with one game lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Basket Esch will play against Amicale (#5) in Steinsel in the next round. T71 Dudelange will play on the road against AB Contern to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Basket Esch: K.Donovan 28+8reb+4ast, L.Augustine 25+7reb+2ast, A.Szaboova 10+11reb+1ast, A.Haris 8+3reb+2ast, S.Michels 6, A.Breuskin 6+1ast
T71 Dudelange: C.Mosgrove 20+17reb, L.Schmit 11+4reb, A.Wagener 10+3reb+4ast, R.Wagener 9+1ast, C.Sitz 4+4reb, K.Schintgen 3+1reb
gschID: 141581


Residence - AB Contern 74-72

There was a change at the Diekirch League leadership position after last games. Round 2 most important game was a defeat of league's leader AB Contern (1-1). They were edged by ninth ranked Residence (1-1) 74-72 on Friday night. AB Contern was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 19-16 charge of Residence, which allowed them to win the game. American guard Addie Micir (182-88, college: Princeton) scored 24 points and 5 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and international guard Jill Bausch (176-87) chipped in 17 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) during the contest. Four Residence players scored in double figures. American power forward Amanda Stowe (186-79, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) responded with 28 points and 5 rebounds and German swingman Eva Schonecker (181-81) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. AB Contern's coach Rene Keiser tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Residence left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated AB Contern. AB Contern will play next round against T71 Dudelange trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Residence will try to continue on its current victory against second ranked Etzella in Ettelbruck.
Top scorers:
Residence: A.Micir 24+5reb+2ast, J.Bausch 17+4reb+2ast, S.Krier 11+3reb, P.Scheuren 11+2reb+3ast, K.Claes 4+9reb, J.Fischbach 3
AB Contern: A.Stowe 28+5reb+3ast, E.Schonecker 10+7reb+2ast, F.Welsch 8+2reb, S.Hinger 6+4reb+1ast, A.Ludivig 6+2reb+5ast, L.Kauffmann 4+2reb
gschID: 141582


Racing - Etzella 55-66

The game in Luxembourg was also quite interesting. Top-ranked Etzella (2-0) played at the court of bottom-ranked Racing (0-2). Etzella defeated Racing 66-55 on Friday. Etzella keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Basket Esch and Musel Pikes. Loser Racing still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Telstar and Heffingen. Etzella will meet at home Residence (#4) in the next round. Racing will play against Musel Pikes (#3) in Stadrbredimus.
gschID: 141583


Heffingen - Musel Pikes 57-69

The game in Heffingen was also worth to mention about. Top-ranked Musel Pikes (2-0) played at the court of bottom-ranked Heffingen (0-2). Musel Pikes defeated Heffingen 69-57. The game was mostly controlled by Musel Pikes. Heffingen was better in fourth quarter 17-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Musel Pikes forced 20 Heffingen turnovers. American power forward Christine Fisher (183-83) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 12 rebounds. Russian Irina Mazjoukhina (181-76) contributed with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American forward Tressa Beckel (182, college: Chicago St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 20 rebounds and international guard Nadia Marcus (173-93) added 10 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for Heffingen. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Basket Esch and Etzella. Heffingen at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. Musel Pikes' next round opponent will be Racing (#9) in Luxembourg and are hoping to win another game. Heffingen will play at home against Telstar in Hesperange and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Musel Pikes: C.Fisher 19+12reb+3ast, I.Mazjoukhina 17+7reb+4ast, C.Cigrang 11+7reb+1ast, C.Schmit 6+5reb+4ast, L.Diederich 6+7reb+1ast, M.Meynadier 4+3reb
Heffingen: T.Beckel 27+20reb+3ast, M.Hetto 11+7reb, N.Marcus 10+5reb+4ast, J.Putz 7+2reb+1ast, A.Hoffmann 2+3reb, J.Herling 0
gschID: 141584


Amicale - Telstar 72-65

Everything could happen in Steinsel at the game between two tied teams. Both sixth ranked Amicale and bottom-ranked Telstar had identical 0-1 record. This time Amicale used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Hesperange 72-65. Telstar was ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 23-13 charge of Amicale, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 23 Telstar turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by Telstar helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American forward Meghan Gardler (183, college: Connecticut) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!) and 14 rebounds. Forward Nadine Mangen (175-83) contributed with 14 points, 9 rebounds, 5 assists and 8 steals for the winners. Canadian forward Dale-Marie Cumberbatch (180-88, agency: LBM Management) replied with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and forward Charlotte Ransquin (179-88) added 6 points and 10 rebounds in the effort for Telstar. Amicale (1-1) left bottom position moving up to fourth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Telstar still closes the standings with two games lost. Amicale's next round opponent will be league's leader Basket Esch on the road and it may be the game of the week. Telstar will play against Heffingen (#8) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Amicale: M.Gardler 34+14reb+1ast, N.Mangen 14+9reb+5ast, N.Petersen 11+2reb+1ast, L.Santioni 9+2ast, I.Flick 2+4reb+1ast, C.Weynandt 1+2reb+1ast
Telstar: D.Cumberbatch 31+12reb+3ast, N.Schroeder 9+7reb+1ast, C.Marchi 8+3reb+3ast, C.Ransquin 6+10reb+2ast, P.Buzasi 5+7reb, L.Grulms 4
gschID: 141580




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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


BSNF Round 15 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Eighth ranked Aguas B.T. won an overtime thriller against 3rd placed San German by one point 80-79. The game took place in . But the guests were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of San German. The game was dominated by American players. It was an exceptional evening for Tegsa Jones who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. Aguas B.T. maintains eighth place with 2-13 record. San German at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Aguas B.T.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Guaynabo M. (#6) and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. San German will play against San Juan W..
Seventh-ranked San Juan W. (4-10) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Carolina G. (8-3) on Wednesday. Carolina G. managed to secure only five-point victory 92-87. However their fans expected easier game. The best player for the winners was Lindsay Laur who had a double-double by scoring 30 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Carolina G. have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 8-3 record. Loser San Juan W. keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Carolina G. will face Ponce L. (#5) in the next round. San Juan W. will play against San German.

In the last game of round 15 San German defeated Guaynabo M. in a road game 76-67. Morovis M. beat Aguas B.T. at home 73-63. Ponce L. was destroyed by Juncos V. on the opponent's court 99-66. San Juan W. unfortunately lost to Ponce L. in a home game 55-67.



Guaynabo M. - San German 67-76

There was no surprise when 6th ranked Guaynabo M. (4-8) was defeated at home by third ranked San German (9-6) 76-67 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 28-6 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. San German dominated on the defensive end, holding Guaynabo M. to just 6 points in third quarter. They also forced 23 Guaynabo M. turnovers and had a 29-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was swingman Danielle Gant (180-87, college: Texas A&M) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Amber White (167, college: N.Carolina St.) chipped in 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Monique Martin (180-83, college: Brewton Parker) who recorded a double-double by scoring 26 points and 10 rebounds and forward Dominic Seals (188-87, college: Texas Tech) added 16 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. San German maintains third place with 9-6 record having just 0 victories less than leader Morovis M. Loser Guaynabo M. keeps the sixth position with eight games lost. San German will face San Juan W. (#7) in the next round. Guaynabo M. will play against the league's second-placed Juncos V..
Top scorers:
Guaynabo M.: M.Martin 26+10reb+1ast, D.Seals 16+11reb+2ast, Z.Sanchez 10+4reb, C.Wiley 10+1ast, M.Figueroa 4+1reb, A.Roman 1
San German: A.White 16+5reb+6ast, L.Comfort 15+3reb+1ast, A.Santos 14+1reb, D.Gant 14+13reb+2ast, K.Colon 5+4reb+3ast, Z.Gonzalez 5+9reb+5ast
gschID: 133184


Morovis M. - Aguas B.T. 73-63

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Morovis M. (12-3) defeated at home bottom-ranked Aguas B.T. (2-13) 73-63 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Morovis M.. Aguas B.T. was better in second period 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Morovis M. won last quarter 23-15. Morovis M. outrebounded Aguas B.T. 71-29 including a 26-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was forward Angelina Williams (183-83, college: Illinois) who had a double-double by scoring 19 points and 16 rebounds. Guard Brittainey Raven (183-88, college: Texas) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 13 rebounds. Morovis M.'s coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Tegsa Jones (182-89, college: Kent St.) who recorded a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and guard Jasmin Young (165, college: E.Carolina) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively. Morovis M. maintains first place with 12-3 record. Loser Aguas B.T. stay at the bottom position with 13 games lost. Morovis M. will face San Juan W. (#7) in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Aguas B.T. will play against Guaynabo M. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Aguas B.T.: T.Jones 21+11reb+2ast, B.Concepcion 13+1reb+1ast, J.Young 12+3reb+4ast, R.Quinones 9+2reb, Y.Negron 8+3reb, M.Ramirez 0+4reb+2ast
Morovis M.: B.Raven 20+13reb+1ast, A.Williams 19+16reb, G.Rosigi 13+10reb+2ast, N.Emmanuelli 6+8reb+3ast, S.Pineiro 6+10reb+1ast, A.Sepulveda 3+3reb
gschID: 133185


Carolina G. - San Juan W. 92-87 OT

Seventh-ranked San Juan W. (4-10) made lots of trouble for fourth ranked Carolina G. (8-3) on Wednesday. Carolina G. managed to secure only five-point victory 92-87. However their fans expected easier game. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 20-18. But San Juan W. won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where San Juan W. used huge pressure winning it 23-17 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 17-22. Carolina G. made 32-of-38 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 San Juan W. turnovers. San Juan W. was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American forward Lindsay Laur (182, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) who had a double-double by scoring 30 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Her fellow American import guard Kirstyn Wright (180-89, college: Clemson) chipped in 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American Tocara Ross who recorded a double-double by scoring 29 points and 13 rebounds and the former international Yoliana Cabrera (-82) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Carolina G. have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion maintains fourth place with 8-3 record. Loser San Juan W. keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Carolina G. will face Ponce L. (#5) in the next round. San Juan W. will play against San German.
Top scorers:
San Juan W.: T.Ross 29+13reb+1ast, F.Flores 16+6reb, Y.Cabrera 14+8reb+1ast, L.Vazquez 10+6reb+2ast, R.Bickham 8+1reb+5ast, H.Mahan 5+9reb+3ast
Carolina G.: L.Laur 30+14reb+5ast, A.Nash-Gerlach 21+4reb, K.Wright 21+9reb+6ast, E.Flores 14+4reb+3ast, Y.Tosado 3+1reb, R.Rodriguez 2+6reb+3ast
gschID: 133186


Juncos V. - Ponce L. 99-66

Rather expected game when 5th ranked Ponce L. (7-10) was rolled over on the road by second ranked Juncos V. (10-3) 99-66 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Juncos V.. Ponce L. was better in third quarter 27-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Juncos V. dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Ponce L.'s 46. They outrebounded Ponce L. 52-37 including a 37-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. Juncos V. looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was American guard Monique McClean (180-87, college: St.John's) who scored 24 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Canady J. chipped in a double-double by scoring 26 points and 11 rebounds (on 12-of-14 shooting from the field). At the other side the best for losing team was Judianna Batiz who recorded 22 points and Senegalese forward Marie Rosche (188-87, college: Dayton) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Juncos V. have an impressive series of seven victories in a row. They maintain second place with 10-3 record having just one point less than leader Morovis M. Loser Ponce L. keeps the fifth position with ten games lost. Juncos V. will face Guaynabo M. (#6) in the next round. Ponce L. will play against Carolina G. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ponce L.: J.Batiz 22+4reb+2ast, A.Bland 10+6reb+1ast, M.Rosche 8+7reb+3ast, K.Martinez 7+3reb+2ast, S.Pacheco 5+2ast, L.Falcon 5+2reb+2ast
Juncos V.: J.CANADY 26+11reb+1ast, M.McClean 24+7reb+9ast, R.Taylor 23+8reb+5ast, J.Carrasquillo 8+3reb, T.Lanza 5+7reb+1ast, K.Willoughy 4+8reb+1ast
gschID: 133187


San German - Aguas B.T. 79-80 OT

Eighth ranked Aguas B.T. won an overtime thriller against 3rd placed San German by one point 80-79. The game took place in . But the guests were better at the end. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of San German. San German was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 21-13 charge of Aguas B.T., which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time. They were better in overtime eventually winning that period 10-9. Strangely San German outrebounded Aguas B.T. 48-30 including a 20-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. The game was dominated by American players. It was an exceptional evening for forward Tegsa Jones (182-89, college: Kent St.) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 28 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Jasmin Young (165, college: E.Carolina) accounted for 9 points and 11 assists for the winning side. Swingman Danielle Gant (180-87, college: Texas A&M) came up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 17 rebounds and guard Amber White (167, college: N.Carolina St.) added 27 points and 4 assists respectively for San German in the defeat. Four San German players scored in double figures. Aguas B.T. maintains eighth place with 2-13 record. San German at the other side keeps the third position with six games lost. Aguas B.T.'s next round opponent will be higher ranked Guaynabo M. (#6) and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. San German will play against San Juan W..
Top scorers:
San German: A.White 27+4reb+4ast, D.Gant 23+17reb+1ast, L.Comfort 11+8reb+1ast, Z.Gonzalez 10+11reb+3ast, K.Colon 6+8reb+5ast, A.Santos 2+1ast
Aguas B.T.: T.Jones 28+11reb, B.Concepcion 14+4reb+4ast, M.Villegas 11+1reb+1ast, Y.Negron 9+2ast, J.Young 9+4reb+11ast, M.Ramirez 9+8reb+1ast
gschID: 133182


San Juan W. - Ponce L. 55-67

Rather predictable result when fifth ranked Ponce L. (7-10) beat on the road 7th ranked San Juan W. (4-10) 67-55 on Monday. San Juan W. was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 23-7 charge of Ponce L., which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding San Juan W. to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Ponce L. dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to San Juan W.'s 38. Ponce L. forced 24 San Juan W. turnovers. The best player for the winners was Senegalese forward Marie Rosche (188-87, college: Dayton) who scored 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. American guard Amber Bland (180-86, college: N.Carolina A&T) chipped in 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was American Tocara Ross who recorded a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds and the other American import forward Holly Mahan (183-86, college: Towson) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Ponce L. maintains fifth place with 7-10 record. Loser San Juan W. keeps the seventh position with ten games lost. Ponce L. will face higher ranked Carolina G. (#4) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. San Juan W. will play against San German.
Top scorers:
San Juan W.: T.Ross 24+11reb+1ast, H.Mahan 10+7reb+2ast, T.Tapia 8+6reb+1ast, R.Bickham 5+2ast, L.Vazquez 4+3reb+1ast, T.De La Paz 2+3reb+3ast
Ponce L.: M.Rosche 21+9reb+4ast, A.Bland 14+6reb+5ast, J.Batiz 8+2reb+2ast, C.Vega 6+1reb+2ast, K.Martinez 6+4reb+1ast, L.Falcon 4+1ast
gschID: 133183




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  RUSSIA - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Edgars CIMARS
  Livani
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Edgars Cimars Liva.20.6 
 2. Gundars Rauza Gulb.18.4 
 3. Kaspars Rais., Jur.18.1 
 4. Ingars Aizpu., Gul.17.5 
 5. Davis Zeps Saldus17.2 
 6. Kriss Rozens., Rid.16.7 
 7. Juris Kalnins Liva.16.1 
 8. Arturs Bricis Daug.15.8 
 9. Kristaps Dar., Ogr.15.6 
 10. Klavs Strazd., Da.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kristaps DARGAIS
  Ogr.
  (195-G-90)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Kristaps Dar., Ogr.9.8 
 2. Davis Paberzs Sal.8.5 
 3. Ingars Aizpu., Gul.8.4 
 4. Klavs Strazd., Dau.8.3 
 5. Nauris Maska., Liv.8.2 
 6. Juris Kalnins Liva.7.9 
 7. Renars Magone VEF7.9 
 8. Arturs Vitins Daug.7.6 
 9. Ervins Jonats VA7.4 
 10. Valts Damber., Ju.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mikus SOKOLOVS
  Gulbe.
  (194-G-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Mikus Sokolo., Gul.5.0 
 2. Edgars Cimars Liva.4.6 
 3. Didzis Berzi., Liv.4.1 
 4. Davis Zeps Saldus4.0 
 5. Kaspars Rais., Jur.3.6 
 6. Kristaps Pla., VEF3.5 
 7. Gundars Rauza Gulb.3.3 
 8. Oskars Rusma., Jur.3.3 
 9. Visvaldis Bi., Riga3.3 
 10. Davis Coders VA3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Edgars CIMARS
  Livani
  (182-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Edgars Cimars Liva.2.5 
 2. Raitis Liepa Jurma.2.4 
 3. Mikus Sokolo., Gul.2.2 
 4. Didzis Berzi., Liv.2.2 
 5. Ingars Aizpu., Gul.2.2 
 6. Oskars Rusma., Jur.2.0 
 7. Davis Zeps Saldus1.9 
 8. Niks Neverci., VA1.9 
 9. Ugis Pinete VA1.8 
 10. Ingus Jakovi., Ri.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Andrejs GRAZULIS
  VA
  (203-C/F-93)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Andrejs Graz., VA1.8 
 2. Maris Snikis Gulbe.1.4 
 3. Mareks Mejer., Lie.1.2 
 4. Juris Kalnins Liva.1.1 
 5. Roberts Stum., Lie.1.0 
 6. Einars Bucs Jurma.0.8 
 7. Ervins Jonats VA0.8 
 8. Rihards Paze VEF K.0.8 
 9. Davis Paberzs Sal.0.8 
 10. Ivars Grasma., Je.0.8 


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  SCOTLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Minja TERZIC
  Herner
  (188-F/C-79)
  Avg: 26
 1. Terzic, Herner26.0 
 2. Tulikihihifo, Goet.25.0 
 3. Tay, Sandhausen23.0 
 4. Vogel, Berlin23.0 
 5. Martin, Quakenbr.23.0 
 6. Jochimczyk, Wuerz.23.0 
 7. Muller, Speyer23.0 
 8. Walker, Viernheim22.0 
 9. Gelbke, Speyer21.0 
 10. Goessmann, Hagen20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nicola DALTON
  Quakenbr.
  (180-C-84)
  Avg: 16
 1. Dalton, Quakenbr.16.0 
 2. Sokoll-P., Quakenb.15.0 
 3. Grieb, Trier12.0 
 4. Stevenson, Trier12.0 
 5. Bleker, Hagen P.12.0 
 6. Franklin, Sandh.12.0 
 7. Nettersheim, Oplad.11.0 
 8. Moller, Viernheim11.0 
 9. McNeill, Viernheim11.0 
 10. Jandova, Mainz10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kristin GREINER
  Berlin
  (--)
  Avg: 8
 1. Greiner, Berlin8.0 
 2. Grieb, Trier6.0 
 3. Eitel, Jahn M.5.0 
 4. Jochimczyk, Wuerz.4.0 
 5. Vogel, Berlin4.0 
 6. Siegfried, Berlin4.0 
 7. Busalt, Leimen4.0 
 8. Hirmke, Bamberg3.0 
 9. Ochs, Rist Scala3.0 
 10. Dalton, Quakenbr.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Julia GAUDERMANN
  Gruen.
  (166-PG-92)
  Avg: 8
 1. Gaudermann, Gruen.8.0 
 2. Seyler, Berlin5.0 
 3. Gelbke, Speyer5.0 
 4. Auer, Sandhausen5.0 
 5. Seemann, Keltern4.0 
 6. Zasly, Keltern4.0 
 7. Oser, Trier4.0 
 8. Tulikihihifo, Goet.4.0 
 9. Steiner, Jahn M.4.0 
 10. Baatz, Mainz3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Mareike NETTERSHEIM
  Oplad.
  (186-C-)
  Avg: 3
 1. Nettersheim, Oplad.3.0 
 2. Oberpaul, Bamberg3.0 
 3. Jandova, Mainz2.0 
 4. McNeill, Viernheim2.0 
 5. Flaherty, Heidelbe.2.0 
 6. Merrill, Viernheim2.0 
 7. Harris, Speyer2.0 
 8. Schmitz, Opladen2.0 
 9. Koch, Mainz2.0 
 10. Bode, Goettingen2.0 


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Stats Leaders - Women
Points Per Game
 Ousmane BARRO
  Bourg
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 28
 1. Barro, Bourg28.0 
 2. Tsagarakis, Bourg24.0 
 3. Copeland, Bourg23.0 
 4. Gomis, Limoges22.0 
 5. Siggers, Rouen22.0 
 6. Flowers, Vichy22.0 
 7. Guichard, Vichy22.0 
 8. Bah, Boulogne22.0 
 9. Bronchard, Rouen21.0 
 10. McKenzie, Boulaz.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris DANIELS
  Chalons-.
  (200-PF-82)
  Avg: 14
 1. Daniels, Chalons-.14.0 
 2. Flowers, Vichy13.0 
 3. Bradford, Lille12.0 
 4. Dunn, Rouen10.0 
 5. Brown, Maurienne10.0 
 6. Rupert, Rouen10.0 
 7. Badiane, Antibes9.0 
 8. Wyatte, Le Portel9.0 
 9. Prowell, St Vallier9.0 
 10. Curtis, Vichy9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Donald COPELAND
  Bourg
  (177-PG-84)
  Avg: 19
 1. Copeland, Bourg19.0 
 2. Poupet, Rouen8.0 
 3. Gomis, Limoges8.0 
 4. Choquet, Fos Ouest7.0 
 5. Taylor, Le Portel6.0 
 6. Paelay, Quimper6.0 
 7. Rousselle, Boulogne5.0 
 8. Eito, Vichy5.0 
 9. Darrigand, Bordeaux4.0 
 10. Milbourne, Limoges4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ousmane BARRO
  Bourg
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Barro, Bourg5.0 
 2. Eito, Vichy4.0 
 3. Denave, St Vallier4.0 
 4. Paelay, Quimper3.0 
 5. Rowland, Evreux3.0 
 6. Dardaine, Bordeaux3.0 
 7. Stanley, Boulogne3.0 
 8. Lovedale, Quimper3.0 
 9. Toti, St Vallier3.0 
 10. Charles, Nantes3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Malick BADIANE
  Antibes
  (211-F/C-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Badiane, Antibes4.0 
 2. Ford, Bordeaux3.0 
 3. Dunn, Rouen3.0 
 4. Fields, Nantes2.0 
 5. Ramseyer, Nantes2.0 
 6. Daniels, Chalons-.2.0 
 7. McKenzie, Boulazac2.0 
 8. Aka, Vichy2.0 
 9. Gay, Fos Ouest1.0 
 10. Lessort, Quimper1.0 


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  SPAIN - Women  


Stats Leaders - LFB
Points Per Game
 Iziane CASTRO MARQUES
  Extrugasa
  (183-G/F-82)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Castro, Extrugasa20.5 
 2. Murphy, San Jose20.3 
 3. Ziomara Morr., Bur.15.0 
 4. Lidia Gestei., Caj.14.3 
 5. Aja Parham Cajar.13.2 
 6. Lucia Pablos Burgos13.0 
 7. Shannon John., Caj.13.0 
 8. Aitana Cuevas Caja.12.4 
 9. Lorena Infan., Bur.11.9 
 10. Tuukkanen, Extru.11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ziomara MORRISON
  Bur.
  (193-C-89)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Ziomara Morr., Bur.9.5 
 2. Aitana Cuevas Caja.7.1 
 3. Turek, Extrugasa7.1 
 4. Murphy, San Jose7.1 
 5. Monica Garri., Bur.6.9 
 6. Krista Phill., Bur.6.3 
 7. Pascua, San Jose5.8 
 8. Lima, San Jose5.8 
 9. Da Silva, Extrugasa5.7 
 10. Noelia Otero Burg.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Lorena INFANTES
  Bur.
  (171-PG-81)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Lorena Infan., Bur.5.4 
 2. Lidia Gestei., Caj.3.5 
 3. Revuelto, San Jose2.8 
 4. Shannon John., Caj.2.5 
 5. Lucia Pablos Burgos2.4 
 6. Thorburn, San Jose2.3 
 7. Noelia Otero Burgos2.1 
 8. Berta Chumil., Caj.1.8 
 9. Gomez, Extrugasa1.7 
 10. Perez, San Jose1.7 
Steals Per Game
 Shaya MURPHY
  San Jose
  (182-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Murphy, San Jose2.8 
 2. Revuelto, San Jose2.3 
 3. Aja Parham Cajar.2.2 
 4. Lidia Gestei., Caj.2.1 
 5. Berta Chumil., Caj.1.5 
 6. Noelia Otero Burgos1.5 
 7. Gomez, Extrugasa1.5 
 8. Castro, Extrugasa1.5 
 9. Gomez, Extrugasa1.4 
 10. Lorena Infan., Bu.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Aja PARHAM
  Cajar.
  (183-G/F-84)
  Avg: 1.1
 1. Aja Parham Cajar.1.1 
 2. Laura Gimeno Cajar.0.9 
 3. Krista Phill., Bur.0.6 
 4. Ziomara Morr., Bur.0.6 
 5. Tuukkanen, Extru.0.5 
 6. Lima, San Jose0.5 
 7. Farah Suarez Burgos0.4 
 8. Aitana Cuevas Caja.0.4 
 9. Monica Garri., Bur.0.3 
 10. Daira Varas Cajar.0.3 


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Stats Leaders - Damligan
Points Per Game
 Andrzej PECIAK
  MKS L.
  (195-G/F-78)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Peciak, MKS L.29.5 
 2. Pawlowski, Zuraw G.23.0 
 3. Maj, Rosa II Radom19.0 
 4. Rajkowski, Ksieza.18.5 
 5. Kowalewski, AZS U.18.5 
 6. Kromer, Ksiezak17.0 
 7. Szydlowski, AZS P.17.0 
 8. Janiak, Ksiezak17.0 
 9. Wilk, Zuraw Gniewno16.0 
 10. Wojciechowsk., Ks.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcin WILK
  Zuraw Gniewno
  (202-F/C-77)
  Avg: 14
 1. Wilk, Zuraw Gniewno14.0 
 2. Pisarczyk, Rosa I.12.0 
 3. Kwandrans, MKS L.11.5 
 4. Maj, Rosa II Radom11.0 
 5. Golebiewski, Korsa.10.0 
 6. Rajkowski, Ksieza.9.5 
 7. Janiak, Ksiezak8.5 
 8. Kapturski, Rosa I.8.0 
 9. Szydlowski, AZS P.8.0 
 10. Sobkowiak, AZS P.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jacek CHOJNACKI
  AZS U.
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Chojnacki, AZS U.5.5 
 2. Kindlik, MKS L.5.0 
 3. Iglinski, Zuraw G.5.0 
 4. Wojciechowsk., Ksi.4.5 
 5. Wolczynski, Rosa I.4.0 
 6. Sarzalo, Korsarz4.0 
 7. Stankiewicz, AZS P.4.0 
 8. Mamcarczyk, Rosa3.5 
 9. Wluczynski, Ksieza.3.5 
 10. Chudy, Korsarz3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mateusz ZWEGLINSKI
  Rosa I.
  (--94)
  Avg: 4
 1. Zweglinski, Rosa I.4.0 
 2. Kowalewski, AZS U.3.5 
 3. Baszak, AZS P.3.0 
 4. Sarzalo, Korsarz3.0 
 5. Sadowski, Korsar.3.0 
 6. Wolczynski, Rosa I.3.0 
 7. Jankowski, AZS U.2.5 
 8. Mamcarczyk, Rosa2.5 
 9. Stanios, Rosa I.2.5 
 10. Labedz, Rosa I.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Marcin WILK
  Zuraw Gniewno
  (202-F/C-77)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wilk, Zuraw Gniewno2.0 
 2. Zweglinski, Rosa I.2.0 
 3. Kuczynski, Rosa I.1.0 
 4. Dudek, MKS Limbach1.0 
 5. Pisarczyk, Rosa I.1.0 
 6. Rajkowski, Ksieza.1.0 
 7. Golebiewski, Korsa.1.0 
 8. Szydlowski, AZS P.1.0 
 9. Trojan, SMS P.1.0 
 10. Sobuta, Rosa I.1.0 


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  TURKEY - Women  


Galatasaray win GS Store Cup tournament - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray celebrated the third win in as many games at the GS Store Cup tournament in Istanbul. The hosts overcame Nadezhda Orenburg 72:68. Alba Torrens (188-F-89) stepped up with 15 points to pace the winners.
Galatasaray started the game slowly. Nadezhda jumped to a 24:16 lead after ten minutes of action. The Russian side stayed in control throughout the second term. They recorded a 43:32 halftime lead. Nadezhda outgunned Galatasaray 21:11 in the third quarter to pile up a comfortable 64:43 advantage with one quarter to go. But Galatasaray went on a sizzling 29:4 run in the fourth quarter to seal the victory at the end. Gulsah Gumusay (180-F-89) and Epiphanny Prince (175-G-88, college: Rutgers) came up with 14 points each in the winning effort.


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  WNBA - Women  


Taj McWilliams-Franklin is likely to start tonight - by Eurobasket News
Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said Taj McWilliams-Franklin (6'3''-F/C-70, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: St.Edward's) chances of playing tonight have improved from questionable to probable.

A lot depends on how Taj's sprained right knee reacts to Friday's mid-day shootaround, Reeve said. The Lynx arrived at Philips arena at 10:15 am (CDT), conducted interviews for 15 minutes and then started stretching.

McWilliams-Franklin, who injured her knee in the third quarter of Wednesday's game, was moving around slowly. But that's her usual pace. She will turn 41 on Oct. 20 and doesn't even shoot at shootarounds, hasn't for years.

She was stretching with the rest of the team, lifting both knees -- right, left, right -- during one drill.

McWilliams-Franklin will try to play, I'm sure. The question is how the knee responds. The Dream like to play at a frantic pace.



SELLOUT -- BUY TICKETS FOR SUNDAY

If someone goes on the Dream web site, they will find out Friday's game is a sellout, in WNBA terms at least. A crowd of 14,000 to 15,000 is expected.

The lower bowl, which seats 10,160, will be full. And the suites and upper level in one end are also sold out. But about half of the upper levels are curtained off. The team decided not to open them up for this game. Perhaps not expecting such demand, perhaps wanting to keep a more intimate atmosphere in the building.

For the Atlanta Hawks' NBA games, the arena seat 18,371 with all the upper levels open.

Courtesy of www.startribune.com




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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19 - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Damiris DANTAS
  BRA
  (192-C-92)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Dantas, BRA20.9 
 2. Amer, EGY19.3 
 3. Gortnar, SLO18.8 
 4. Watanabe, JPN18.0 
 5. Takada, JPN16.9 
 6. Roberts, AUS15.9 
 7. Fields, CAN15.9 
 8. Diaz, ARG15.4 
 9. Plouffe, CAN15.2 
 10. Motokawa, JPN15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Damiris DANTAS
  BRA
  (192-C-92)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Dantas, BRA12.6 
 2. Tikhonenko, RUS10.3 
 3. Cabrera, ARG9.2 
 4. Ndour, ESP9.1 
 5. Gortnar, SLO9.0 
 6. Amer, EGY8.8 
 7. Roberts, AUS8.4 
 8. Djaldi-Tabdi, FRA7.9 
 9. Elshaarawy, EGY7.8 
 10. Stewart, USA7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Rui MACHIDA
  (161-PG-93)
  Avg: 6.2
 1. Machida, JPN6.2 
 2. Cole, AUS6.0 
 3. Gretter, ARG5.6 
 4. Massengale, USA4.3 
 5. Baric, SLO3.3 
 6. Hartley, USA3.2 
 7. Degorces, FRA3.1 
 8. Ortiz, ESP2.7 
 9. Takada, JPN2.4 
 10. Stolyar, RUS2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Debora CARANGELO
  (167-PG-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Carangelo, ITA2.6 
 2. Massoud, EGY2.5 
 3. Ramona, BRA2.4 
 4. Allen, AUS2.4 
 5. Osama, EGY2.3 
 6. Plouffe, CAN2.2 
 7. Gretter, ARG2.2 
 8. Williams, CAN2.1 
 9. Maffenini, ITA2.1 
 10. Carcavalli, BRA2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Hala ELSHAARAWY
  (181-F-93)
  Avg: 2
 1. Elshaarawy, EGY2.0 
 2. Stewart, USA1.7 
 3. Ndour, ESP1.6 
 4. Djaldi-Tabdi, FRA1.1 
 5. Tikhonenko, RUS1.1 
 6. Tippett, AUS1.0 
 7. Amer, EGY1.0 
 8. Gil, ESP0.9 
 9. Ma, CHN0.8 
 10. Dolson, USA0.8