EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/28/2011

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  ACPBL   


New York City 524 joins ACBPL - by Gianni Pascucci
The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League (ACPBL) is pleased to announce that it has added the New York City 524 for the upcoming 2011-2012 season.
The successful New York City real estate investor Brian Graham will own the New York City 524. They are currently finalizing the teams venue lease agreement and the venue information will be made public very soon.
'The top owners and teams are lining up to play in the ACPBL', stated ACPBL commissioner James Schutz. 'We have raised the bar for all of minor league professional basketball and the best of the best want to be a part of this'.
The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League has recently finalized two national league sponsors that are now able to influx large quantities of money into the individual ACPBL teams through revenue sharing.
For more information on the New York City 524 please visit www.team524.com
or contact newyorkcity524@gmail.com


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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


NBA collaborate with FIBA Africa on Basketball development - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is collaborating with Africa basketball ruling body FIBA Africa with the sole aim of developing the game further around the continent.

In a seminar held at the conference hall of Palais des Sports NBA Africa President, Amadou Gallo Fall spoke on various issues the NBA Africa hope to archieve with FIBA Africa and federations across Africa.

Gallo told FIBA AFRIQUE.ORG that the main objective of the collaboration is to see much improvement in the areas of administration and execution of programme by respective Africa federation so as to raise the standard of the game.

He said the NBA Africa officte in South Africa is open to work directly with FIBA Africa, federations and other stakeholders in the game.

The former Senegalese international basketball player says he is impressed with the standard of the 26th edition of FIBA Africa Championship for Men holding at the Palais des Sports Antananarivo, Madagascar.

He also congratulate FIBA Africa on its golden jubilee anniversary.

We decide to localise what we have been doing across the globe because we have strong collaboration with FIBA world and other FIBA affiliate by coming to Africa.

Our main goal to improve on what is ground because we beleive that joint effort will bring faster development to the game in Africa and so we thank FIBA Africa executive for accepting to work closely with us.

Some of the area of focus will be development of our administrators, improvement of facilities across Africa and many other area we feel we can contribute to the growth of the game.

I must say I am impressed with the levels of competition on display by the countries taking part in the 26th edition of the biggest basketball competition in Africa The FIBA Africa Championship for Men tagged, Nadagascar 2011 Afrobasket, it shows most countries are waking up to the reality on ground but I know with a little more effort they can be better.

On behalf of the management team of NBA Africa office we would like to congratulate FIBA Africa for its fifty years anniversary, the NBA Africa top shot concluded.



26th Afrobasket: Cote dIvoire bow out, loses to Tunisia 57-60 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The dream of Cote dIvoire of making championship second straight grand finale was dashed Saturday by Tunisia in the first semi-finals of the 26th FIBA Africa Championship for Men at the Palais des Sports Antananarivo, Madagascar by 57-60 points.

Cote d@ivoire opened a six points deficits in the first quarter by 16-22 but recover three in the second and gained one more in the third quarter before slumping to a point lose in the final quarter by 14-11, 16-15 and 11-12 for a final score-line of 57-60 points.

The Ivoriens were subdued by the Tunisian in all department of the high profile game as it recorded 33 rebounds to 45 for Tunisia, 8 assists to 10 for Tunisia beat Tunisia in steal with 8 steal to Tunisia 5 but recorded just one block in the forty minute duration of the game to Tunisia 5 blocks.

Tunisia dependable forward Macram Ben Romdhave led his side quest for a grand finale ticket with a double double effort of 15 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steal and one block-shot, centre Salah Mejri also had a double double of 14 points 12 rebounds and 3 block-shot with Marouan contributing 11 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds.

The FIBA Africa Zone-1 power house and 2009 edition third place side will keep a date against the second semi-final winner between Nigeria and defending champion, Angola in the grand finale on Sunday.



26th Afrobasket: Nigeria loses to Angola 68-76 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria gave up a first quarter lead of 23-15 points to go down against ten-time champion of FIBA Africa Championship for Men, Angola who replied the first quarter eight points deficit to even score at half-time winning the second quarter by 14-22.

Nigeria again took the initiative in the third quarter of the explosive semi-finals game to gain a two points lead of 19-17 going into the fourth quarter with a 56-54 points advantage but it was the defending champion who had a last laugh winning the last quarter by 12-22 points for a final scores of 68-76 points.

Reigning most valuable player of the Afrobasket Joaquim Gomes led his team challenge for the continent sole London 2012 Olympic ticket with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and one block-shot, veteran forward Eduardo Mingas had 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists while the duo of Leonel Paulo and Felizardo Ambrosio had 14 points, 6 rebounds and 11 points, 3 rebounds respectively.

With the win over Nigeria in the second semi-finals Angola will now confront Tunisia in the grand finale Sunday while Nigeria and Cote dIvoire battle for the third place game also on Sunday.

Winner of the 26th Afrobasket gain automatic ticket to the basketball event of the London 2012 Olympic Games while the second and third place side will compete against teams from Europe, Americas, Asia and Oceania for the three extra slot available.



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  ANGOLA   


26th Afrobasket: Nigeria loses to Angola 68-76 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Nigeria gave up a first quarter lead of 23-15 points to go down against ten-time champion of FIBA Africa Championship for Men, Angola who replied the first quarter eight points deficit to even score at half-time winning the second quarter by 14-22.

Nigeria again took the initiative in the third quarter of the explosive semi-finals game to gain a two points lead of 19-17 going into the fourth quarter with a 56-54 points advantage but it was the defending champion who had a last laugh winning the last quarter by 12-22 points for a final scores of 68-76 points.

Reigning most valuable player of the Afrobasket Joaquim Gomes led his team challenge for the continent sole London 2012 Olympic ticket with 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and one block-shot, veteran forward Eduardo Mingas had 15 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists while the duo of Leonel Paulo and Felizardo Ambrosio had 14 points, 6 rebounds and 11 points, 3 rebounds respectively.

With the win over Nigeria in the second semi-finals Angola will now confront Tunisia in the grand finale Sunday while Nigeria and Cote dIvoire battle for the third place game also on Sunday.

Winner of the 26th Afrobasket gain automatic ticket to the basketball event of the London 2012 Olympic Games while the second and third place side will compete against teams from Europe, Americas, Asia and Oceania for the three extra slot available.



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  ARGENTINA   


Regatas Corrientes signs NT player Paolo Quinteros - by Eurobasket News
Paolo Quinteros (186-G-79) is back to Argentina after five years. The National Team point guard signed a deal with Regatas Corrientes. He heads to Regatas from CAI Zaragoza, where he played since 2007. Quinteros appeared 33 times in LEB Gold last season averaging 12.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists. In 2009/10, Zaragoza faced with relegation from ACB. That season Paolo Quinteros shined with 14.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.8 apg and 1.9 spg. In 2008/09, he had even better numbers in ACB. For 30 games Quinteros averaged 17.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals. Before Zaragoza, he spent one year with Leon. In Argentina, Paolo Quinteros played for Boca Juniors from 2003 to 2006. He also has experience from Estudiantes, La Union and Uruguayan Trouville.

Caja Laboral bring Argentinian Matias Nocedal - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral bring Argentinian Matias Nocedal (192-G-90) for the upcoming season. The player arrives from Italy as he played for Fileni BPA Jesi last season. In his top game last season Matias Nocedal recorded 20 points at the Regular Season Round 15. Fileni BPA overcame Tuscany PT 82-81. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 23-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game.
In 2010-2011 for Fileni BPA Jesi (Italy-Lega2) after 30 games he averaged 8.4ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 75.4%.
In 2009 Matias Nocedal joined Club Ourense. The 21-year-old guard previously signed the contract with LEB Gold team. The Argentinean player started the previous season in Tau Vitoria averaging 2.0 points and 2.0 boards per game in Euroleague. In February he was loaned to CB Vic and there tallied 5.9 points and 1.1 boards per appearance.
Matias Nocedal also participated at the U19 World Championship delivering 13.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game for Argentina.



Liga A 2011/12 rosters: Quilmes Mar del Plata - by Facundo Iatzky
Nicolas Ferreyra (185-G-85)
Mac Hopson (188-G-87, college: Idaho)
Gregorio Eseverri (195-F-87)
Facundo Pinero (201-F-88)
Esteban Lopez (185-G-84)
Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78, agency: Interperformances)
Britton Johnsen (208-F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah)
Tyler Newbold (193-G-86, college: Utah St.)
Brian Morris (205-F-87, college: Humboldt St.)
Gonzalo Gorostiaga (G-91)
Luca Vildoza (188-G-95)
Federico Cabeza (186-G-92)
Tayavek Gallizzi (203-F-93)
Federico Sarandon (182-G-94)




Liga A 2011/12 rosters: Regatas Corrientes - by Facundo Iatzky
Nicolas De los Santos (190-G-88)
Javier Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management)
Paolo Quinteros (186-G-79)
Diego Cavaco (200-F-79)
Nicolas Romano (197-F/C-87)
Julian Aprea (208-C-87)
Ramzee Stanton (197-F-80, agency: Dream Team Management, college: W.Chester)
Louis Roe (200-F-72, college: Massachusetts)
Djibril Kante (201-C-80, college: Indiana St.)
Franco Chanquet (180-G-93)
Luciano Blanco (180-G-92)
Alejo Montes Cardozo (188-G-91)
Fabian Checenelli (186-G-90)




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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Jordan prepares for FIBA Asia in Manila - by Omar Shafaamri
17 days lift for the 26th FIBA Asia Championship and the 3rd Ranked in 2009's Edition Jordan will head to Manila, Philippines and play 2 games against hosts Philippines and Qatar between 9-11 September.

Jordan is training these days under the Supervision of Coach Thomas Baldwin with the Presence of 15 players from which Baldwin will choose his Final 12-Man Roster for Wuhan 2011 , National Team will miss Ayman Idais, Mohammad Hadrab and may be Muosa Awadi due to Injury, Imad Qahwash and Jamal Abu Shamala due to Passport Problems .

15 Players List :
Osama Daghles, Rasheim Wright, Enver Soobzokov, Wesam Al-Sous, Zaid Abbas, Zaid Alkhas, Mahmoud Abdeen, Muosa Awadi, Khaldoun Abu Ruqayyah, Hani Faraj, Islam Abbas, Fares Saqf El-Hait, Abdullah Abu Quora, Mohammad Shaher, Ali Jamal


Jordan prepares for FIBA Asia in Manila - by Omar Shafaamri
17 days lift for the 26th FIBA Asia Championship and the 3rd Ranked in 2009's Edition Jordan will head to Manila, Philippines and play 2 games against hosts Philippines and Qatar between 9-11 September.

Jordan is training these days under the Supervision of Coach Thomas Baldwin with the Presence of 15 players from which Baldwin will choose his Final 12-Man Roster for Wuhan 2011 , National Team will miss Ayman Idais, Mohammad Hadrab and may be Muosa Awadi due to Injury, Imad Qahwash and Jamal Abu Shamala due to Passport Problems .

15 Players List :
Osama Daghles, Rasheim Wright, Enver Soobzokov, Wesam Al-Sous, Zaid Abbas, Zaid Alkhas, Mahmoud Abdeen, Muosa Awadi, Khaldoun Abu Ruqayyah, Hani Faraj, Islam Abbas, Fares Saqf El-Hait, Abdullah Abu Quora, Mohammad Shaher, Ali Jamal


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  AUSTRALIA   


SBL: Ettridge thankful for faith from Wolves - by Eurobasket News
The Wanneroo Wolves have ended an 18-year drought with a thrilling five-point Grand Final victory and coach Ben Ettridge says it is fantastic reward to everyone who has worked to bring success to the long-suffering club.

The Wolves beat Total Connections Perry Lakes Hawks 88-83 in the mens State Basketball League Grand Final at the WA Basketball Centre on Saturday night.

In front of a boisterous sell-out crowd, the game was in the balance right up to the final buzzer, but a Tony Pearman basket and a crucial defensive rebound from Grand Final MVP Greg Hire to secure the Wolves their second championship.

Ettridge said winning the title in his first season as head coach was a fantastic feeling.

'Its amazing. I'm so proud of my boys, proud of the club, theyve supported me as rookie coach this team has been together for a while Im just very very proud of them,' he said.

'It's just phenomenal that theyve stuck around theyve hung in, the club could have just said that the SBL wasnt worth it but they just keep supporting it and committed to it and thats what it takes. It's just great.'

The Wolves trailed by nine late in the third quarter and were having huge problems offensively, but Ettridge said he never gave up hope.

'I knew if we stuck to our process we would get the job done,' he said.

'The boys didnt fault every time out we knew we were going to come back so you know great effort. Well done to them, they deserve so much credit.'

Veteran big man Damian Matacz (205-C-79, college: N.Michigan), who had 15 points and six rebounds, said the title win was 'indescribable'.

'Its just fantastic obviously its been a while coming for some of us older guys who have been round the club for a while yeah its just hard to explain how much it means to us,' he said.

'It was a bit scary times but I guess after game three against Willetton, when we came back from 20 points down, we knew we had the confidence.

'We stuck to our gameplan and slowly chipped away and it paid dividends.' Matacz said the phenomenal performance of Hire, who had 31 points and 28 rebounds, played a huge role in Wanneroo's win.

'It was the icing on the cake. He deserves it. Not only is he a fantastic bloke and he does a lot around the club and really leads our team no by what he does on the court but also off it it tops off a fantastic year for him.'

Article by Adam McBride at the WA Basketball Centre
Courtesy of: SBL




SBL: Wolfpack's MSBL title drought over after beating Hawks - by Eurobasket News
Wanneroo Wolves have finally broken their 18-year title drought after coming from behind to defeat Total Connections Perry Lakes Hawks in a thrilling Grand Final.

The Wolves trailed late in the game but came back to win 88-83 to earn just their second championship and extend Perry Lakes' own drought to seven years.

And it was the stellar form of Wolves captain Greg Hire (201-F-87, college: Augusta St.) which was crucial in getting Wanneroo over the line. The recent Perth Wildcats signing dominated the second half to finish with 31 points and 28 rebounds, which saw him named the Grand Final Most Valuable Player.

Hire's heroics in the final quarter, where he had eight points, nine rebounds and was fouled three times, saw Wanneroo get over the line in front of the first ever sell-out crowd at the WA Basketball Centre.

The Wolves captain was well supported by Damian Matacz (205-C-79, college: N.Michigan) and Matthew Schmechtig (G-85) (15 points each), while Wildcats star Brad Robbins played a crucial role on both ends of the court, finishing with eight points, six assists and nine steals.

Anthony Lee-Ingram (198-F, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Brescia (KY)) was at his unstoppable best for Perry Lakes early in the game but faded in the second half to finish with 27 points, while young forward Ben Purser (18 points) was next best.

The Wolves brought impressive energy from the outset and jumped out to a six-point lead within two minutes and that set the tone for early in the game.

Hire provided a massive problem for the Hawks early in the game as he grabbed six rebounds in the first six minutes of the match and he finished a dominant first quarter with nine points and 10 rebounds to help Wanneroo take a six-point lead.

Robbins sent a scare through the Wolves camp midway through the second when he fell heavily and was slow to get up, but soon recovered to help his side build an eight-point advantage late in the second.

But the Hawks hit back with a bang as they went on a 21-4 run, which continued from late in the second until midway through the third and saw them build a nine-point lead of their own.

With two minutes left in the third, the Wolves had scored just six points in nearly 11 minutes of basketball, but their offense awoke as they scored nine points before the end of the period to go to the final break down by just one.

From there it was Perry Lakes' offense which fell into disarray as it scored just three points in the final six minutes of the quarter and was held scoreless in the final two minutes, which gave Wanneroo the perfect opportunity to ice the game.

Club veteran Tony Pearman delivered. His field goal with three minutes remaining gave the Wolves the lead and his clutch two-pointer with 44 seconds left wrapped up the victory and sent the huge crowd, which heavily favoured Wanneroo, into a frenzy.

Article by Jacob Kagi at the WA Basketball Centre
Courtesy of: SBL




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  AUSTRIA   


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


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Rilski Sportist signs Hristo Zahariev and Ante Bilobrk - by Eurobasket News
Hristo Zahariev (197-G/F-90) and Ante Bilobrk (203-F-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) are new members of Rilski Sportist. They signed deals for the next season.
Hristo Zahariev spent the last one with Chernomorets Burgas. He had 13.5 ppg, 5 rpg, 3.2 apg and 2.1 spg for them in 25 NBL games. He played for Varese, Levski and Spartak MVR in the past. Zahariev also played for Bulgarian U20, U18 and U16 National Teams. He exploded with U18 NT in 2007 and 2008. At the U18 EuroBasket in Madrid Zahariev had 23.2 ppg and 5.5 rpg. Next year at U18 EuroBasket in Amaliada he averaged 19.2 points and 7.7 rebounds.
Bilobrk heads to his new club from Alkar Sinj. He appeared 24 times for them last season averaging 8.4 points and 3.1 rebounds. Bilobrk also played for Alkar in 2009/10. They won promotion from A2 to A1 that season. Before Alkar, Ante Bilobrk was a member of Sibenka Sibenik. He had 7 ppg and 2.4 rpg for them in Croatian league. In the past, he played for Hapoel Galil, Split and again Alkar. In 2008, Bilobrk reached Croatian League Finals with Split. In 2007, he participated at the A1 league All-Star Game.


FIBA Europe approved the Israeli teams participation in EUROHOLD Balkan League - by Eurobasket News
The EUROHOLD Balkan League received an answer to the request about Israeli teams playing in the BIBL.Mr. Nar Zanolin, Secretary General of FIBA Europe confirm that FIBA Europe has a positive answer to this request, after confirmation by all the Board members.

The management of EUROHOLD Balkan League is very satisfied with how this matter turned out and is very thankful to FIBA Europe President Mr. Olafur Rafnsson and to FIBA Europe Secretary General Mr. Nar Zanolin for their support.

The decision of FIBA Europe shows they care about the development of the basketball in the Balkan region and it will help the League to move in the right direction. Adding Israeli teams to the competition will support reaching the main goals of BIBL to promote the basketball game in the Balkans, to support and encourage the relations, contacts and coordination between the Federations, clubs and the basketball people in the area.

However, the Balkan League will always keep the identity of the Balkan basketball.

The two teams from Israel that will make their debut in the Balkan League in the 2011/2012 season are BC Galil Gilboa and BC Hapoel Tel-Aviv.

Courtesy of www.balkanleague.net


Mornar Bar signs prospect Lazar Radosavljevic - by Eurobasket News
Mornar Bar announced signing of Serbian prospect Lazar Radosavljevic (203-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) for the next season. The 20-year-old forward heads to Mornar from Crvena Zvezda, where he spent last couple of seasons. In the latest one Radosavljevic got a chance in 18 Adriatic league games averaging 4.2 points and 1.5 rebounds. He also added 2.1 ppg and 1.9 rpg for 11 games in Serbian league. Radosavljevic played for Crvena Zvezda juniors and cadets in the past. He is active member of the Serbian U20 National Team. For 11 games at European Championships U20 in Bilbao this summer he had 4 ppg and 1.4 rpg. Lazar Radosavljevic helped U18 Serbia to win the Gold at the European Championships U18 in Metz. He had 8.6 ppg and 6. rpg for 9 games at this event. In 2007, Radosavljevic paced U16 Serbia to Gold at the European Championships U16 in Rethimno.

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  BELARUS   


SBK Grodno-93 sign Kanstantin Yafremov - by Eurobasket Center
SBK Grodno-93 signed 25-year old ex-international forward Kanstantin Yafremov (202-F-86, agency: Promotex). Yafremov played most recently at OZAA Osipovichi (Premier League). While playing 38 games for OZAA last season he averaged 16.3ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.5apg, 1.8spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Yafremov is regularly called to the league All-Star Game and is a member of Belarusian national team. He made also last three seasons to Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League 1st Team, and last two years was voted Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League Forward of the Year. Yafremov played also pro basketball in Slovakia and Turkey.
By Eurobasket Data Center


Vedran Nakic joins BK Minsk-2006 - by Eurobasket Center
BK Minsk-2006 agreed terms with 22-year old Croatian guard Vedran Nakic (184-G-89). Nakic played most recently at HKK Brotnjo Citluk (Bosnia). While playing 7 games for Brotnjo last season he recorded 5.9ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.9apg. He started last season at Dubrava Zagreb in Croatia, where in 8 games averaged 4.8ppg, 1.5rpg. Nakic is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Bosnia, Greece and Croatia. Two years ago he played for Croatia at European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece).
By Eurobasket Data Center


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  BRAZIL   


Brazil wins Marchand Cup 2011 - by Eurobasket News
BRAZIL - PUERTO RICO 89-79

Brazil is the winner of Marchand Cup 2011. The host of this event outplayed Puerto Rico 89-79 for perfect 3-0 record. Puerto Rico finished as No.2 with 2-1 score. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) stepped up for the hosts with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) had 12 points and Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) helped with one less. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) followed them with 10 points and 5 rebounds. In Puerto Rico, center Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) collected 17 points and 8 boards. Ricky Sanchez (212-C/F-87) and Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) had 14 and 11 points respectively. Brazil exploded in the first quarter 27-18 and Puerto Rico answered with 16-25 for rest of the first half. Third period was the crucial one in this meeting as Tiago Spliter and his teammates won it 22-14. Puerto Rico was not able to reply in the last ten minutes and Brazil won the Marchand Cup with perfect 3-0.

Brazil: Tiago Splitter 14+7 boards, Marcelo Magalhaes 12, Alex Ribeiro 11, Guilherme Giovannoni 10+5 boards
Puerto Rico: Daniel Santiago 17+8 boards, Ricky Sanchez 14, Alejandro Carmona 11


Standings - Paulista, Carioca, Minas G. leagues
Paulista Standings
 1. Itabom/Bauru 5-0 
 2. S.Jose/Vinac 5-0 
 3. Winner/Limeira 5-0 
 4. Gremio Mogi 4-0 
 5. Vivo/Franca 4-1 
 6. Paulistano 3-2 
 7. Americana 2-2 
 8. Rio Claro 2-3 
 9. Jacarei 2-3 
 10. Pinheiros/Sky 2-3 
 11. Araraquara 2-3 
 12. Inter Santos 1-4 
 13. L.S.B. 1-4 
 14. America 1-4 
 15. Sao Caetano 0-5 
 16. XV/Cosan 0-5 


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  BULGARIA   


Rilski Sportist signs Hristo Zahariev and Ante Bilobrk - by Eurobasket News
Hristo Zahariev (197-G/F-90) and Ante Bilobrk (203-F-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) are new members of Rilski Sportist. They signed deals for the next season.
Hristo Zahariev spent the last one with Chernomorets Burgas. He had 13.5 ppg, 5 rpg, 3.2 apg and 2.1 spg for them in 25 NBL games. He played for Varese, Levski and Spartak MVR in the past. Zahariev also played for Bulgarian U20, U18 and U16 National Teams. He exploded with U18 NT in 2007 and 2008. At the U18 EuroBasket in Madrid Zahariev had 23.2 ppg and 5.5 rpg. Next year at U18 EuroBasket in Amaliada he averaged 19.2 points and 7.7 rebounds.
Bilobrk heads to his new club from Alkar Sinj. He appeared 24 times for them last season averaging 8.4 points and 3.1 rebounds. Bilobrk also played for Alkar in 2009/10. They won promotion from A2 to A1 that season. Before Alkar, Ante Bilobrk was a member of Sibenka Sibenik. He had 7 ppg and 2.4 rpg for them in Croatian league. In the past, he played for Hapoel Galil, Split and again Alkar. In 2008, Bilobrk reached Croatian League Finals with Split. In 2007, he participated at the A1 league All-Star Game.


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  CANADA   


Canada beats Dominican Republic 64-62 for third place in Marchand Cup - by Eurobasket News
CANADA - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 62-64

Dominican Republic avoided last place in Brazil. In the last day of the Marchand Cup 2011 Dominicans grabbed 64-62 win against Canada to end as third ranked team at this event with 1-2 record. Canada is No.4 with no win (0-3). Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) led the scorers in Dominican Republic with 18 points. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) was their best player with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. He reached valuation 19. Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) helped the winners with 10 points. On the other side, Canada got 18 points and 5 rebounds from Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii). Aaron Doornekamp (198-F-85, agency: Interperformances) and Denham Brown (198-F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Connecticut) delivered 11 and 10 points respectively. Quarters: 15-17, 11-22, 17-15, 19-10. Brazil is the winner of Marchand Cup 2011. They ended it with perfect 3-0 record.

Canada: Carl English 18+5 boards, Aaron Doornekamp 11, Denham Brown 10
Dominican Republic: Francisco Garcia 18, Jack Michael Martinez 16+13 boards+5 as, Luis Flores 10


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  CROATIA   


Ante Bilobrk heads to Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
Ante Bilobrk (203-F-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) will continue his career in Bulgaria. The Croatian forward penned a one-year deal with Rilski Sportist. Bilobrk heads to his new club from Alkar Sinj. He appeared 24 times for them last season averaging 8.4 points and 3.1 rebounds. Bilobrk also played for Alkar in 2009/10. They won promotion from A2 to A1 that season. Before Alkar, Ante Bilobrk was a member of Sibenka Sibenik. He had 7 ppg and 2.4 rpg for them in Croatian league. In the past, he played for Hapoel Galil, Split and again Alkar. In 2008, Bilobrk reached Croatian League Finals with Split. In 2007, he participated at the A1 league All-Star Game.

Marko Petrovic joins Sibenik - by Eurobasket News
Marko Petrovic (192-G-91) reruns to Croatia. The young guard penned a three-year deal with Sibenik. Petrovic heads to Sibenik from the University of San Francisco, where he played last season. He and 5.8 ppg and 1.9 rpg for his school in 25 games. They reached WCC tournament Semifinals. Petrovic played for Cibona juniors in the past. Marko Petrovic was a member of the Croatian U20 National Team this summer. They competed at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao, where he averaged 3.5 points in four games. Two years ago Petrovic played for U16 Croatia. He is a son of coach Aleksandar Petrovic.

Vrankovic preferred Damjan Rudez in Eurobasket final squad - by Eurobasket News
Josip Vrankovic (agency: Agency No 10 ) leave Marko Car (188-G/F-85) and Zoran Vrkic (200-G-87) in Croatia as the players will not head to Eurobasket 2011. The Head Coach of the Croatian National team announced the final squad.
Joke Josip Vrankovic (agency: Agency No 10 ) preferred Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) to take the last spot in the squad.
Damjan Rudez played last season for Cedevita Zagreb. He averaged 14.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in Croatian League. In Adriatic League the forward notched 10.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist per appearance. In EuroCup Damjan Rudez posted 12.0 points, 2.4 boards and 1.4 assists. Damjan Rudez played for Croatian National Team in 2008-09 seasons.
The season 2011/2012 he will play for Cibona that already announced the player in the squad.

Croatia:
Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston),


Rok Stipcevic (186-PG-86),

Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC),

Marko Tomas (201-G-85),

Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89),

Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85),

Damjan Rudez,

Damir Markota (210-C/F-85),

Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket),

Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84),

Stanko Barac (217-C-86),

Ante Tomic (217-C-87)



Cibona extends Jure Lalic - by Eurobasket News
Cibona Zagreb announced signing of a one-year contract extension with center Jure Lalic (212-C-86). The 25-year-old played joined the club last summer from Union Olimpija. He appeared 14 times in Adriatic league averaging 4.2 points and 1.4 rebounds. He also added 10.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg for two Euroleague games. In Croatian league Lalic had 5.1 ppg and 2.3 rpg for 16 games. Jure Lalic started 2009/10 season with Charleroi and in March moved to Union Olimpija. He played for Charleroi also in 2008/09 season. They won the Belgian league title. In the past, Jure Lalic was a member of Zadar and Amfora Makarska. He played for Croatian B National Team at the Mediterranean games 2009.

New signings in Zabok! - by Dani Erceg
KK Zabok signed Domagoj Basic (190-G-86), Antonio Kraljic (193-G-93), Milan Kolovrat (207-C/F-86), Milos Drca (206-F-88) and also loaned Domagoj Bubalo (214-C-91) from KK Zagreb. Basic played last season for Dubrava averaging 14.3ppg and 1.8 rpg in 26 games. Kraljic came from KK Zagreb junior team, while Milos Drca (206-F-88) spent last season playing for Swiss team Vacallo averaging 2.7ppg in 18 appearances.

Vedran Nakic joins BK Minsk-2006 - by Eurobasket Center
BK Minsk-2006 agreed terms with 22-year old Croatian guard Vedran Nakic (184-G-89). Nakic played most recently at HKK Brotnjo Citluk (Bosnia). While playing 7 games for Brotnjo last season he recorded 5.9ppg, 1.1rpg and 1.9apg. He started last season at Dubrava Zagreb in Croatia, where in 8 games averaged 4.8ppg, 1.5rpg. Nakic is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Bosnia, Greece and Croatia. Two years ago he played for Croatia at European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece).
By Eurobasket Data Center


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A round up of the First division teams and their current situation - by Chris Mammides
August was the month with the most transaction in the Cyprus Basketball as nearly most teams have shaped up their rosters and they are more or less ready for the season which will begin in a month's time from today.
In more analysis the transfer movements were as follows:

The champion team of Intercollege Etha Engomis which was the first team to fulfill the roster obligations quite early in the season did a very good move which also shows the great plan which the team is targeting. So in an appreciation move the Management of the team announced officially that they renewed the contract of their coaching team for another two seasons, so Antonis Konstantinides and Christoforos Livadiotis will be coaching the Engomis team until the season 2013-2014! At the same time the ex captain of the team American Forward Anthony King (206-F/C-85, college: Miami, FL) agreed financial terms with the team which knocked off the European groups last September, so he is officially a member of the Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck in the German league. The German team is playing against Keravnos Strovolou this season in the European groups, so he will travel at least another one time in Cyprus for his European duties.

The second team which will represent Cyprus in the European courts, the team of Head Coach Panagiotis Yiannaras added in this month the Serbian Veteran Vladimir Zaric (197-G/F-72) who played for six consecutive seasons in the team of Omonoia Nicosia. It is worth mentioned the fact that the Veteran player has also a coaching diploma and last season was a head coach in the U16 of the team of Nicosia Basketball Academy. His experience all these years (he is playing professional basket nearly 22 years) will assist head Coach Panagiotis Yiannaras in many a ways. Other than that the Strovolos team agreed terms with the Romanian international guard and ex player of BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti, Andrei Mandache (189-G-87). This last addition in Keravnos was not planned but due to the fact that a divorce took place as the Serbian guard Sasa Djordjevic is no longer a member of the Strovolos team, the coaching team of Keravnos decided to replace him with the Romanian international which is quite known to the coaches as he was a member of the Romanian NT which played against the Cyprus NT (Coach Panagiotis Yiannaras is an assistant coach in the Cyprus NT) and was among the stand outs of his NT.

The team of Pizza Express Apollon Limassol did probably the most transactions this August as the Latvian Coach Igors Miglinieks and his coaching team agrees financial terms with the ex center of Balkan, the Bulgarian international Krum Doychinov (206-C-86) and fulfilled his moves with the addition of the Swedish International (and American breed) Erik Rush (195-G-88, college: Montana St.) a talented point/shooting guard and his final addition for this month was the American small forward Benjamin Raymond (198-G/F-87, college: Xavier) a Xavier graduate who spent some months in the Slovenian Helios Domzale last season being among the top scorers and top rebounders in the Slovenian league for the 19 games who was a member of the team. Other than that the team is very close to some Cypriot players with Nikolas Papadopoulos being the favorite for the Latvian Coach as he had him as a member in the team of AEK Larnakas where he coached last season, the other two Cypriots who are quite interested for the Limassol team is Grigoris Pantouris and Iraklis Pittakas. Some rumors which wanted the Greek International Vladimiro Jankovic to join forces with the Limassol team have no solid background. Within the next two weeks these transfers will be completed (or not).

The team of Deltacon APOEL did some key moves within August as the coaching team of the Nicosia club agreed financial terms with the British Forward Ben Eaves (200-F-87, college: Rhode Island) and the American guard Jontae Sherrod an East Carolina University graduate. It is worth mentioned the fact that the Head Coach of the Nicosia club is also the head coach of the Cyprus NT and with all the official and friendly games that the Cyprus NT participated had no real time to be body and soul with his club so it is more than certain that within the next couple of weeks the team will fulfill at least another three transactions as it is rumored in the Cyprus basketball neighborhood.

The team of Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agiou Dhometiou agreed financial terms with the American point guard Dewayne Reed (185-G-87, college: Auburn) who is an Auburn graduate where he had some great stats. Earlier in the month the team agreed financial terms with the American small forward Montarrio Haddock who was a team-mate of Aleksandar Matic at Widad AC de Casablanca. In the Agios Dhometios club very soon another American and at least two Bosman players will add their signature before the mid September.

In the finalist (last season) team of AEL Limassol some crucial moves took place in August as the American Forwards Alex Stepheson and Paul Carter put their signature and join forces with the Limassol Basketball queen. AEL's management is now heading for at least two Bosman players to fulfill this seasons roster. One of the teams targets the Serbian forward Milutin Aleksic was lost as he preferred to put his signature to a monthly contract in the Greek team of Panionios where he spent three months last season.

The team of Omonoia Nicosia firstly agreed terms with its new Head Coach to replace Kyriakos Adamou the new Head Coach of the team is no other than the Cyprus U16 National Head Coach, Michalis Tsaggaridis while his two assistant coaches will be the ex player of the team Giorgos Andreou and Christoforos Christoforou. The Nicosia team added two basketball talents as the international players with Cyprus NT U16, Constantinos Papacostas (193-F-95) ex player of Etha Engomis and Keravnos Strovolou and Andreas Vlachos (199-F-92) ex player of APOEL Nicosia are officially players of the green team. Further to that the Serbian guard Sasa Avalic (197-G-80) renewed his contract. Lastly, the American small Forward Gordon Watt (198-F-86, college: Houston Baptist) an ex player of Gloria Giants Duesseldorf is the first American player of the team. Within the next few weeks the Americans and the Bosman players will be coming for the Nicosia team.

The team of Nikolas Papadopoulos AEK Larnakas fulfilled his roster quite early in August as his last transactions took place at the first days of the month with the Additions of the two players, the American Lamar Karim an ex Dnipro player and the Jamaican forward Omar Barlett. The coaching team is thinking to add another one Bosman player but its still in the scouting procedure.

Lastly, no news for the team of Achilleas Kaimakli other than the fact that the player of the team Alexandros Ionov agreed financial terms with the Bulgarian team of Balkan and is no longer a player of the Kaimakli team. Rumors are bringing the Kaimakli team in a very difficult financial situation with thoughts of not participating in the league this season being more than visible. There is no official news yet but it is expected within the next couple of weeks to receive some official releases.



Transfer news in Cyprus league - by Michael Aristidou

With the teams ready to start preparation for new season some of them still looking to finish their squad.


In the latest news Pizza Express Apollon has sign up American shooting guard Benjamin Raymond (198-G/F-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Xavier). The player was in Helios (Slovenia) last year having 17.7ppg and 4,7rpg.
Raymond is the fourth player that the team announces after Erik Rush (195-G-88, college: Montana St.), Jordan Collins (208-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) and Krum Doychinov (206-C-86, agency: Interperformances)

In other news Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios has reach to agreement with American guard Dewayne Reed (185-G-87, college: Auburn). Reed was in KR (Iceland) last year.




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Javaris Crittenton charged with murder - by Eurobasket News
Former Washington Wizards player Javaris Crittenton (6'5''-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) -- the other guy in the Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-PG-82, college: Arizona) gun incident -- has been charged with murdering a 23-year-old woman.

Crittenton -- who has been bounced from the league -- is accused of shooting the mother of 3 on August 19 in Atlanta. Investigators don't believe she was the intended target. According to AJC.com, authorities believe Crittenton was gunning for someone who robbed him back in April.

The victim was shot in the hip and died in surgery.

You'll recall the famous incident in the Wizards locker room in 2009, when Arenas and Crirttenton pulled guns on each other. Crittenton pled guilty to gun possession and was placed on 1 year's probation.

Crittenton is currently a fugitive and cops are looking for him.

Courtesy of www.tmz.com


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Canada beats Dominican Republic 64-62 for third place in Marchand Cup - by Eurobasket News
CANADA - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 62-64

Dominican Republic avoided last place in Brazil. In the last day of the Marchand Cup 2011 Dominicans grabbed 64-62 win against Canada to end as third ranked team at this event with 1-2 record. Canada is No.4 with no win (0-3). Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) led the scorers in Dominican Republic with 18 points. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) was their best player with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. He reached valuation 19. Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) helped the winners with 10 points. On the other side, Canada got 18 points and 5 rebounds from Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii). Aaron Doornekamp (198-F-85, agency: Interperformances) and Denham Brown (198-F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Connecticut) delivered 11 and 10 points respectively. Quarters: 15-17, 11-22, 17-15, 19-10. Brazil is the winner of Marchand Cup 2011. They ended it with perfect 3-0 record.

Canada: Carl English 18+5 boards, Aaron Doornekamp 11, Denham Brown 10
Dominican Republic: Francisco Garcia 18, Jack Michael Martinez 16+13 boards+5 as, Luis Flores 10


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Cibona extends Jure Lalic - by Eurobasket News
Cibona Zagreb announced signing of a one-year contract extension with center Jure Lalic (212-C-86). The 25-year-old played joined the club last summer from Union Olimpija. He appeared 14 times in Adriatic league averaging 4.2 points and 1.4 rebounds. He also added 10.5 ppg and 4.5 rpg for two Euroleague games. In Croatian league Lalic had 5.1 ppg and 2.3 rpg for 16 games. Jure Lalic started 2009/10 season with Charleroi and in March moved to Union Olimpija. He played for Charleroi also in 2008/09 season. They won the Belgian league title. In the past, Jure Lalic was a member of Zadar and Amfora Makarska. He played for Croatian B National Team at the Mediterranean games 2009.

Union Olimpija Ljubljana confirm Jagodnik, Salin and Bertans - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija Ljubljana confirm Jagodnik, Salin and Bertans for the upcoming season.
In 2010 Union Olimpija Ljubljana signed with a multi year deal Davis Bertans (205-C-92). The Latvian small forward, one of the most promising players in the Old Continent, comes from BK Barons Riga with whom he was averaging 13ppg in the first games of the current season. The player definitely continues with the team.
Goran Jagodnik (203-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) moved to the team last season. In 2010-2011 for Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Telemach League) in Adriatic League he averaged 11.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 56.1%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 84.6%. In Euroleague after 16 games his stats read 10.4ppg, 3.0rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 39.0%, FT: 90.5%, while in Slovenian League he showed 9.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 83.7%.
Sasu Salin (190-PG-91) is a Finnihs player who joined the team last season. In 2010-2011 for Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-Telemach League) in Adriatic League he showed 2.8ppg. In Euroleague after 11 games he had 1.8ppg, while in Slovenian League averaged 1.8ppg, 1.0rpg.



Zalgiris returns PG Marko Popovic - by Eurobasket News
Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) is back to Zalgiris after three years with Unics Kazan. The Croatian point guard penned a 1+1 year deal with Lithuanian giant. Popovic had 13.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 5.8 apg for 11 games in EuroCup last season. In PBL, he averaged 11.6 points and 3.9 assists for 29 games and Unics reached Semifinals. In VTB United League, Popovic shined with 17.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 4.9 apg. As mentioned above, he joined Unics in 2008. He helped them win Russian Cup in their first season together. Marko Popovic won three trophies with Zalgiris in 2008. They celebrated in LKL, Baltic league and Lithuanian Cup. He was their member from 2006 to 2008. In the past, Marko Popovic played for Efes Pilsen, Cibona, Valencia and Zadar. He is active member of the Croatian National Team.

Unics tab Petr Gubanov - by Eurobasket News
Unics tab Petr Gubanov (207-C-87) for 2011/2012 season. The Russian rising star comes from Dynamo Moscow.
In 2010-2011 for Dynamo Moscow (PBL) in EuroCup Qualifying Round he averaged 5.0ppg, 4.0rpg, while in EuroChallenge his stats read 6.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 85.7%. In Russian League after 27 games he showed 7.9ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT-1 (52.4%), FT: 85.1%.
Few days ago he participated at the World University Games and was the real leader for Russia. Lithuania stepped on the pedestal at World University Games. They held off Russia in the consolation final. Petr Gubanov answered with 24 points for Russia. Anatoly Kashirov had 17 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.
In 2003-2004 Petr appeared for CSK VVS Samara reg. (A Higher League) and played also with CSK VVS-Samara (A Superleague). In 2004-2005 he played for CSK VVS Samara reg. (B Superleague) and also for CSKA Moscow junior team, and CSK VVS-Samara (A Superleague). From 2005 to 2009 played for CSK VVS Samara reg, BC Khimky-2 Moscow reg, Lobnya Moscow Region (Higher League). In 2008-2009was loaned to Universitet-Yugra Surgut (A Superleague, starting five) and in 21 games averaged 8.4ppg, 3.7rpg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 84.0%. Last season appeared in BC Khimky Moscow Region (A Superleague) and debuted in VTB League. In 7 games he showed 3.3ppg, 1.0rpg, while in Euroleague season after 11 games had 1.4ppg, 1.0rpg. In Russian League after 20 games averaged 3.0ppg, 1.1rpg. He reached VTB United League Semifinals last season and was Russian A Superleague Regular Season Runner-Up.



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FYROM NT for EuroBasket 2011 announced - by Eurobasket News
Head Coach of the FYROM National Team, Marin Dokuzovski, announced final roster for the upcoming EuroBasket in Lithuania. His last cuts are Ivica Dimcevski (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances) and Aleksandar Kostovski.


Point guards and guards: Lester McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans), Vlado Ilievski (189-PG-80, agency: World Sport Agency), Dimitar Mirakovski (179-PG-81, agency: Interperformances), Marko Simonovski (192-PG-89, agency: Interperformances), Darko Sokolov (190-PG-86) and Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87).

Forwards: Damjan Stojanovski (197-F-87), Gjorgi Cekovski (203-F/C-79, agency: New Trend Agency).

Centers: Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances), Todor Gechevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances), Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Kiril Nikolovski (210-C-88).



FYROM is placed to Preliminary Group C of EuroBasket. Their rivals will be Bosnia, Croatia, Finland, Montenegro and Greece. In the opening day (August 31), FYROM will play against Montenegro. Three teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. The finalists of EuroBasket 2011 will book a spot for the Olympic Games in London. Third, fourth, fifth and sixth ranked teams will have a chance to book a ticket through Additional Qualifying Round.



Chris Finch cuts two from squad - by Eurobasket News
Chris Finch cuts two from squad and announced the squad for Eurobasket 2011. The Head Coach left Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington) and Laurence Ekperigin (201-F, college: Le Moyne) out of the team.
In the last friendly game Australia clinched the second position at the London Invitational Tournament. They held off Great Britain 91:90 on the final day of the tournament to improve at 4-1 record. Brad Newley accounted for 23 points, 6 boards and 3 assists to pace the winners. Earlier Great Britain posted the first win at the London Invitational Tournament. The hosts held off China 64:56. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) accounted for 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge.
It was announced earlier that Ben Gordon will miss the European Basketball Championship because of insurance problems caused by the NBA lockout. He's eligible to play for Great Britain, because his mother, Yvonne - originally from Jamaica - lived in London when he was born in 1983.
Tonight the team will face Latvia in the friendly game.

Great Britain:
Robert Archibald (212-C/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois)
Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-G-87, agency: Interperformances) 182-G-87

Andrew Lawrence (185-G-90)
Kyle Johnson (195-G-88)
Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93)
Drew Sullivan (203-F-80, college: Villanova)
Joel Freeland
Daniel Clark (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances)
Eric Boateng (208-C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona St.)
Ryan Richards (212-C/F-91, agency: Interperformances)
Nathan Reinking (188-G-73, college: Kent St.)
Michael Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford)
Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke)




Vrankovic preferred Damjan Rudez in Eurobasket final squad - by Eurobasket News
Josip Vrankovic (agency: Agency No 10 ) leave Marko Car (188-G/F-85) and Zoran Vrkic (200-G-87) in Croatia as the players will not head to Eurobasket 2011. The Head Coach of the Croatian National team announced the final squad.
Joke Josip Vrankovic (agency: Agency No 10 ) preferred Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) to take the last spot in the squad.
Damjan Rudez played last season for Cedevita Zagreb. He averaged 14.3 points and 2.7 rebounds per game in Croatian League. In Adriatic League the forward notched 10.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.0 assist per appearance. In EuroCup Damjan Rudez posted 12.0 points, 2.4 boards and 1.4 assists. Damjan Rudez played for Croatian National Team in 2008-09 seasons.
The season 2011/2012 he will play for Cibona that already announced the player in the squad.

Croatia:
Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston),


Rok Stipcevic (186-PG-86),

Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC),

Marko Tomas (201-G-85),

Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89),

Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85),

Damjan Rudez,

Damir Markota (210-C/F-85),

Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket),

Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84),

Stanko Barac (217-C-86),

Ante Tomic (217-C-87)



Semih Erden to miss EuroBasket in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Semih Erden (211-C-87) will miss the upcoming EuroBasket in Lithuania. The player didnt recover from injury and will not be able to help his countrymates. Erden had 9.1 ppg and 4.6 rpg for 9 games at the World Championship last summer. Turkey won the Silver at this event. In EuroBasket 2009, Erden collected 5.6 ppg and 2.9 rpg for 9 games. He also played for Turkey in EuroBasket 2007. Semih Erden split last season between two NBA teams: Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers. With the Celtics he had 4.1 ppg and 2.9 rpg for 37 games. Later he added 3.3 ppg and 2.8 rpg in four games with Cleveland. From 2005 until the last summer Semih Erden played for Fenerbahce Ulker. They won three TBL titles together. Erden also has experience from Partizan Belgrade and Darussafaka.

Maljkovic cuts Blazic from the Slovenian NT - by Eurobasket News
Jaka Blazic (193-G-90) is the last cut of the Slovenian National Team Head Coach Bozidar Maljkovic (agency: Interperformances). The Serbian specialist thanked Blazic for great work during the preparations. He decided to keep point guard Luka Rupnik (184-PG-93).

Slovenian NT for EuroBasket: Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83), Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78), Luka Rupnik, Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency), Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79), Samo Udrih (195-G-79), Dino Muric (200-F-90), Goran Dragic (194-PG-86), Goran Jagodnik (203-F-74, agency: Beo Basket), Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89), Mirza Begic (216-C-85) and Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.).

Slovenia has a very strong team and of course they have high ambitions in the upcoming championship. They are placed in Preliminary Group D together with Belgium, Georgia, Bulgaria, Russia and Ukraine. They will fight for the first three places in this pool. Finalists of EuroBasket will book a spot for the Olympic Games. Four others teams will go to Additional Qualifications. Slovenia reached Semifinals two years ago in Poland.


Ankle's pain sent Darjus Lavrinovic out of Eirobasket - by Eurobasket News
Ankle's pain sent Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) out of Eirobasket. The Lithuania Big Man can not help the team in the upcoming home tournament.
This summer Darjus Lavrinovic agreed terms with CSKA. The 31-year-old centre spent the last season in Turkey. Darjus Lavrinovic played for Fenerbahce Ulker. His stats read 8.0 points, 4.4 boards and 1.3 assists per game in Euroleague. In PBL the centre tallied 9.5 points, 5.5 boards and 1.3 assists per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Darjus Lavrinovic All-Turkish League Defensive Player of the Year. It is not the first stint in Russia for the Lithuanian player. He played for Dynamo Moscow and Unics Kazan. Darjus Lavrinovic was on Lithuanian National Team roster since 2005.
Few years ago Darjus arrived to Dynamo from Unics Kazan where he for 8 games in ULEB Cup averaged 15.3 ppg, 8.6 rpg and 2.4 bgp. He also had 13 appearances in Russian Superleague adding 12.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2 apg and 1.5 spg. Before last two seasons, which he spent in Unics, Darjus Lavrinovic played 3 years in Zalgiris Kaunas. With Zalgiris he captured the title in Lithuanian championship twice.



Serbian NT for EuroBasket 2011 announced - by Eurobasket News
Head Coach of the Serbian National Team, Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket), made last two cuts before the EuroBasket in Lithuania. He thanked Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86) and Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) for their contribution during the preparation period. Ivkovic decided to keep Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket), despite his injury (broken cheekbone).


Point guards and guards: Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket), Ivan Paunic (194-G-87, agency: Beo Basket), Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket), Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) and Milos Teodosic (195-G-87).

Forwards: Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances), Marko Keselj.

Power forwards: Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) and Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group).

Centers: Nenad Krstic (214-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group), Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Kosta Perovic (217-C-85).


Serbia is placed to Preliminary Group B of EuroBasket. Their rivals at this stage will be Italy, France, Latvia, Germany and Israel. Three best teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Finalists of EuroBasket 2011 will book a spot for the Olympic Games in London. Third, fourth, fifth and sixth ranked teams will have a chance to book a ticket through the Additional Qualifying Round.




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Germany wins a thriller over FYR Macedonia in front of 12000 fans in Munich - by Eurobasket News
Germany-FYR Macedonia 70:68

Germany wins a thriller over FYR Macedonia in front of 12000 fans in Munich in the first friendly game between two sides. The home side grabbed 70:68 win as Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) erupted from the perimeter at the end to bring the victory for Germany.
Both teams were tied at 9:9 in the opening tip of the game. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) scored for 14:9 and Germany had 18:17 lead at the end of the first period. After another 17-16 in the second quarter Germany enjoyed 35:33 at the halftime when Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) sent the teams to the lockers. The guests looked better in the third period and took 46:37. Heiko Schaffartzik and Schwethelm needed threes at the end of the quarter to reduce to 51:53 after thirty minutes. Schultze later tied the game at 56:56 and Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) made two free throws for 62:58. Lester McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) gave his side 65:64, while again Dirk Nowitzki brought 67:65 with 30 seconds to go. Gecevski gave FYR Macedonia 68:67, but Heiko Schaffartzik erupted from the perimeter to bring the victory for Germany.
Chris Kaman top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 13. Robin Benzing and Heiko Schaffartzik delivered 9 points apiece. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) and Samardjiski ended up with 11 points in the losing effort, while Lester McCalebb and Vlado Ilievski (189-PG-80, agency: World Sport Agency) scored 10 each.

Germany: Chris Kaman 14, Dirk Nowitzki 13, Robin Benzing 9, Heiko Schaffartzik 9
FYR Macedonia: Pero Antic 11, Samardjiski 11, Lester McCalebb 10, Vlado Ilievski 10



FYROM NT for EuroBasket 2011 announced - by Eurobasket News
Head Coach of the FYROM National Team, Marin Dokuzovski, announced final roster for the upcoming EuroBasket in Lithuania. His last cuts are Ivica Dimcevski (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances) and Aleksandar Kostovski.


Point guards and guards: Lester McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans), Vlado Ilievski (189-PG-80, agency: World Sport Agency), Dimitar Mirakovski (179-PG-81, agency: Interperformances), Marko Simonovski (192-PG-89, agency: Interperformances), Darko Sokolov (190-PG-86) and Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87).

Forwards: Damjan Stojanovski (197-F-87), Gjorgi Cekovski (203-F/C-79, agency: New Trend Agency).

Centers: Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances), Todor Gechevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances), Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Kiril Nikolovski (210-C-88).



FYROM is placed to Preliminary Group C of EuroBasket. Their rivals will be Bosnia, Croatia, Finland, Montenegro and Greece. In the opening day (August 31), FYROM will play against Montenegro. Three teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. The finalists of EuroBasket 2011 will book a spot for the Olympic Games in London. Third, fourth, fifth and sixth ranked teams will have a chance to book a ticket through Additional Qualifying Round.



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Lithuania escaped a tough win over Georgia to finish the preparation for Eurobasket 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania-Georgia 88:80

Lithuania escaped a tough win over Georgia to finish the preparation for the upcoming Eurobasket 2011. The hosts of the tournament won 88:80 at the Vilnius Siemens Arena.
Simas Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) opened the scoring account for the hosts and they actually erupted with 13-0 run. Lithuania had 19:10 midway through the first quarter and finished it with 25:19. Georgia however was far to give up and won the second frame 21-16. Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) gave Georgia 42:41 and the teams were tied later at 46:46. The guests took 57:55 but Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) scored for 64:60. The teams finished three quarters with 66:63 on the board. Zaza Pachulia and Viktor Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) gave Georgia 71:70, while Simas Jasaitis scored for 73:72. Another 7-1 run allowed Lithuania to take the lead and keep it until the final whistle.
Sarunas Jasikevicius stepped up with 19 points for the winners and Simas Jasaitis notched 16. Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) and Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) chipped in 9 points each. Zaza Pachulia answered with 19 points in the losing effort, while Viktor Sanikidze scored 16 and Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91) brought 15.

Lithuania: Sarunas Jasikevicius 19, Simas Jasaitis 16, Robertas Javtokas 9, Darius Songaila 9
Georgia: Zaza Pachulia 19, Viktor Sanikidze 16, Tornike Shengelia 15



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Aaron Fleetwood has joined the BSW Sixers - by Moritz Korff
The BSW Sixers are eager to strenghten their power forward position giving Aaron Fleetwood (206-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Delaware St.) the opportunity to showcase his skills in a try out. The 26-year-old joined the Sixers in an exhibition game against Mitteldeutscher BC this week and scored two points in a 59-84 loss.
Fleetwood spent this past season with Osnabrueck and averaged 10.7 points and 5.7 boards per contest until the GiroLive Ballers folded. The native of Raleigh, North Carolina, started his professional career in Osnabrueck in 2007, then spent the following two years with Phoenix Hagen, before returning to Osnabrueck. A decision, whether Fleetwood will ink a contract with the BSW Sixers, is going to be taken shortly.


Michael Hart Gets 4 Week Try Out Phase from Herzoege Wolfenbuettel - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Herzoege Wolfenbuettel have announced that Michael Hart (206-C/F-85, college: N.Illinois) will join the club. Hart is a 26 year old 204 cm 95 kilo forward Bolingbrook, Illinois that gets a 4 week try out. He is a solid low post player that has the ability to help a lot of ballclubs at multiple professional levels. He is a tremendous athlete!!! His athletic ability is absolutely off the charts. He runs the floor exceptionally well and is a great finisher in the open court. He is great around the basket, has the ability to be a great defender. Hart played at Carthage College from 2004-2007 and then in his senior year transfered to N.Illinois (NCAA): 28 games: 4.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.1apg. Last season, Hart got playing experience for Team Warsaw (Eurobasket Summer League in Chicago): 3 games: 10.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.7spg. 'I am very optimistic about what Michael can do. He is the ideal addition to our big men', stressed Herzoege Wolfenbuettel head coach Benjamin Travnizek. Awards/Achievements in his career have been Honorable Mention All-SICA North selection -04,and Eurobasket Summer League in Chicago Finalist -11

Source: Herzoege Wolfenbuettel


Michael Umeh (Nigerian National Team) I Would Not Mind Considering BBC Bayreuth. I Am Sure It Is A Great Place And An Organization Trying To Build A Good Team - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Michael Umeh (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: UNLV) is a 26 year old 188cm guard from Houston, Texas. Currently he is in Madagascar playing in the 2011 African championships. He started jis basketball career in 2003 with UNLV (NCAA) where he played until 2007 reaching the NCAA Sweet 16 in his senior year. He turned professional in 2007 and played for the Giessen 46ers until 2009. In his second season with Giessen,he played 33 games: 13.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 42.8%, FT: 81.8%. In 2009, he made the jump to Spain and played for Vive Menorca (Spain-LEB Gold) playing 48 games: 10.9ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 58.9%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 79.7%. Last season, he made the jump to the best league in Europe playing in the ACB for C.B. Murcia playing 32 games: 11.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 44.7%, FT: 88.0%. He spoke to Eurobasket about basketball.

Thanks for taking some time to talk with eurobasket.com. You are in Madagascar taking part in the 2011 African championships with Nigeria and trying to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. What has been your coolest experience off the court there so far?

Coolest experience so far is just being with my teammates enjoying playing.

The team is 5-0 and plays Angola Saturday in semi finals. How pleased have you been with the play of the team so far? opponents like Chad or Mali dont really seem to be so intimidating?

I am very excited about our play. We have been growing as a team and continue to get better

Nigeria play Angola Saturday in the semi finals. Angola beat Germany 92-88 in Ot last season. This will be a real test for Nigeria. What will be key in winning this game?

The key against Angola is to just play great defense and continue to stick to what we do best.

Will it be half the rent to shut down a Carlos Morais who is avergaing 19,6ppg in the African championships?

Morais is playing well for Angola. We also have some guys playing well for us also. It will be a great game.

You are the third leading scorer in team Nigeria with 11,2ppg. What is your role with Nigeria?

My role on the team is to initiate offense organize the team a bit and make plays

How much fun is it playing with NBA veteran Ime Udoka? What have you learned from him?

Ime is a great all around player with great knowledge from the game. I am learning a lot playing with him.

You played in Spain the last two seasons for Vive Menorca (Spain-LEB Gold) and last season for CB Murcia. You had strong stats last season averaging 11.2ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 44.7%, FT: 88.0%. How disappointed are you that the team didnt ask you back? Do you have any clue why not?

I'm not exactly sure why Murcia decided to go in another direction. It is apart of the business though. I had a great experience there and Hopefully they play well in ACB

You are currently looking for a team. How much would you like to play in Germany again?


Playing in Germany again would be great. I enjoyed playing in the league the great competition.

BBC Bayreuth is looking for a shooter. With your great shooting percentages, this might be a team for you? Would you pursue it if interest was there?

I would not mind considering BBC Bayreuth. I am sure it is a great place and an organization trying to build a good team

What are your fondest memories playing with the Giessen 46ers?

My fondest memories playing in Giessen were the great support from the fans every game no matter the outcome.

What was the most amazing shot that you saw Heiko Schaffartzik make in a practice?

Heiko made shot after shot in practice. So no shot is too amazing for that guy

What is your opinion about Ron Artest changing his name to world peace?

Really?....Ron Artest...Really?

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Fast and Furious 5

Thanks Michael fort he chat. Good luck with your search for a team.





Germany wins a thriller over FYR Macedonia in front of 12000 fans in Munich - by Eurobasket News
Germany-FYR Macedonia 70:68

Germany wins a thriller over FYR Macedonia in front of 12000 fans in Munich in the first friendly game between two sides. The home side grabbed 70:68 win as Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) erupted from the perimeter at the end to bring the victory for Germany.
Both teams were tied at 9:9 in the opening tip of the game. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) scored for 14:9 and Germany had 18:17 lead at the end of the first period. After another 17-16 in the second quarter Germany enjoyed 35:33 at the halftime when Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) sent the teams to the lockers. The guests looked better in the third period and took 46:37. Heiko Schaffartzik and Schwethelm needed threes at the end of the quarter to reduce to 51:53 after thirty minutes. Schultze later tied the game at 56:56 and Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) made two free throws for 62:58. Lester McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) gave his side 65:64, while again Dirk Nowitzki brought 67:65 with 30 seconds to go. Gecevski gave FYR Macedonia 68:67, but Heiko Schaffartzik erupted from the perimeter to bring the victory for Germany.
Chris Kaman top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 13. Robin Benzing and Heiko Schaffartzik delivered 9 points apiece. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) and Samardjiski ended up with 11 points in the losing effort, while Lester McCalebb and Vlado Ilievski (189-PG-80, agency: World Sport Agency) scored 10 each.

Germany: Chris Kaman 14, Dirk Nowitzki 13, Robin Benzing 9, Heiko Schaffartzik 9
FYR Macedonia: Pero Antic 11, Samardjiski 11, Lester McCalebb 10, Vlado Ilievski 10



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FIBA Europe approved the Israeli teams participation in EUROHOLD Balkan League - by Eurobasket News
The EUROHOLD Balkan League received an answer to the request about Israeli teams playing in the BIBL.Mr. Nar Zanolin, Secretary General of FIBA Europe confirm that FIBA Europe has a positive answer to this request, after confirmation by all the Board members.

The management of EUROHOLD Balkan League is very satisfied with how this matter turned out and is very thankful to FIBA Europe President Mr. Olafur Rafnsson and to FIBA Europe Secretary General Mr. Nar Zanolin for their support.

The decision of FIBA Europe shows they care about the development of the basketball in the Balkan region and it will help the League to move in the right direction. Adding Israeli teams to the competition will support reaching the main goals of BIBL to promote the basketball game in the Balkans, to support and encourage the relations, contacts and coordination between the Federations, clubs and the basketball people in the area.

However, the Balkan League will always keep the identity of the Balkan basketball.

The two teams from Israel that will make their debut in the Balkan League in the 2011/2012 season are BC Galil Gilboa and BC Hapoel Tel-Aviv.

Courtesy of www.balkanleague.net


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Pallacanestro Sant'Antimo lands Cittadini - by Giulio Signorini
Ass.Pallacanestro Sant' Antimo lands for the upcoming legadue season Alessandro Cittadini (207-C/F-79).
Cittadini (207-C/F-79) is a center born in 1979. He had started his career in Fortitudo Bologna in 1997 - 1998 season, during his career he changed a great number of team in italian serie a and legadue. In 1999 - 2000 ha played in Reggio Emilia then he move to Livorno, Reggio Calabria, Teramo and Napoli. In 2007 - 2008 season he returned to Fortitudo Bologna and after two other serie a season he remained even after relegation of Fortitudo in A dilettanti during 2009 - 2010 season. He then returned to serie a in the last season when he averaged 2.3 points per game and 1.5 rebounds per game in 9 minutes on the ground. His best season as a pro was 2004 - 2005 serie a championship when he averaged 7.7 ppg and 4.5 rpg in 23 minutes on the ground.
During his career he was a member of the italian national team and also of the italian u22 national team. With the national team he had won a bronze medal at european games of Sweeden 2003 and a gold medal in mediterranean games of Spain 2005.


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Jordan prepares for FIBA Asia in Manila - by Omar Shafaamri
17 days lift for the 26th FIBA Asia Championship and the 3rd Ranked in 2009's Edition Jordan will head to Manila, Philippines and play 2 games against hosts Philippines and Qatar between 9-11 September.

Jordan is training these days under the Supervision of Coach Thomas Baldwin with the Presence of 15 players from which Baldwin will choose his Final 12-Man Roster for Wuhan 2011 , National Team will miss Ayman Idais, Mohammad Hadrab and may be Muosa Awadi due to Injury, Imad Qahwash and Jamal Abu Shamala due to Passport Problems .

15 Players List :
Osama Daghles, Rasheim Wright, Enver Soobzokov, Wesam Al-Sous, Zaid Abbas, Zaid Alkhas, Mahmoud Abdeen, Muosa Awadi, Khaldoun Abu Ruqayyah, Hani Faraj, Islam Abbas, Fares Saqf El-Hait, Abdullah Abu Quora, Mohammad Shaher, Ali Jamal


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Interview with Al Kuwait Clubs new Head Coach Vladimir Bosnjak - by Corey Washington
With over 24 Years of coaching experience, Al Kuwait Club is definitely on the right track with Coach Vladimir Bosnjak (agency: 011 Sports ) (agency: 011 Sports ). He is certainly not a new face to Middle East basketball, or his first time coaching in Kuwait. He is one of few FIBA coaches who have coached in 3 different countries and 5 different selections on FIBA competition. Bosnjak is well known as a champion of Asia U-20 champion of West Asia seniors twice (All 3 with Iran) He was also named the National team coach for Libya and Syria. Bosnjak Led Manama club of Bahrain to the National Cup Championship in 2005 and in 2006 he continued his success with Manama winning the league Championship. With great success in Jordan, he was named Coach of the Year in 2009 after taking the young team A.S.U. to the Jordanian Playoffs.With the Kuwait basketball season starting soon, we thought it would be great if Coach Bosnjak could give those of you who have yet to meet him in person, a little insight on how one of the greats prepare for the season.

Eurobasket: First off, welcome to Kuwait. We would like to know more about youTell us a little about Coach Bosnjak in your own words?
Coach Bosnjak: When I first started my coaching career, I grew up under the influence of many great Serbian coaches and I also studied in the U.S.A. under several successful American coaches. So I have learned a lot in the schools between these two locations. I believe in going hard at practice because it makes it a lot easier when it comes to game time. For me, what I teach them is that practice is the most important thing, so when the game comes it is a Show time for players, and they no longer think about the plays.. They just execute!

Eurobasket: Now that you are with Kuwait Club, what are your plans for this club this year that will differ from last year?
Coach Bosnjak: (Laughing) The Difference is that I am new! Just kidding of course, but our new import players are Mohammed Al Hajji and Vladislav Dragojlovic. We expect them to contribute largely if we plan to be successful. We do have one of the best domestic shooter coming back and expected to play team captain. The legendary Yahia is not playing anymore! So it is going to be interesting with our new players. We expect them to come in and compete for playing time in an effort to fill the loss of Yahia- I guess it is a challenge for all the players and for the club in total.

Eurobasket: Acknowledging Ramadan the Holy Month in the Arab world, how are you able to adjust to prepare for the season? Is there a practice session?
Coach Bosnjak:I will begin working next week with the club-but for sure Al Kuwait is such a serious club that they have already organized big workouts individually with members of team. So yes, there has been practice schedules, but we will get more into a rhythm once we have all our players back.

Eurobasket: All coaches have a certain type player they look for to lead their team What type of import players do you typically look for? So many players email me wanting to play basketball in the Middle East. What would you suggest to a young player looking to play Middle East Basketball?
Coach Bosnjak:Well as I said, we took maybe the best 2 imports we could bring from well a known European Agency! But I am sure there are many great guys and players who are still looking for jobs! My message to all players and coaches is; first off if you want to coach in the Middle East you must keep in mind that you have to be better than when you played and coached in Europe or in the States even! Why? Because in Europe, if you are shooting guard and you do not rebound or play the point position, you will not help your club too much here. You must be an all-around player when times of difficulties come for your team! Also a coach coming from Europe may have been successful in Europe, due to the fact that they have great import and local players in Europe and in the States also. A coach could have had average knowledge with many good players and be successful, but in the In Middle East, You must know a lot in order to develop Your Team!

Eurobasket: I have been in this region for a little over 8 years, and I know the violence that some think is everywhere in the streets is completely wrong. I would be the first to say that I feel safer in my home in Kuwait, than I do when I am in the USA. What advice would you give to new imports if they expressed their concern for the Middle East?
Coach Bosnjak: People in Middle East are more sensitive and family oriented. They carry themselves much better like humans instead of violence! They respect old family issues and have great Faith to God! I admire them for this. So anyone who comes in the Middle East has to be devoted to old values similar to what your grandparent is use to. On the other hand sometimes in sports the locals have to be more understanding to imports, with them being foreigners willing to adjust on their customs! HOWEVER LOCAL CUSTOM IS NOT THAT SOME CLUBS STEAL MONEY FROM YOUR PAYCHECKS...I do not recognize this custom and I must say only in one Middle East country, such was Syriathey left me short for some money with the club, but not in the federation. I see some players and coaches reporting this behavior, as being a regular custom there. This makes me sad! When I am giving my soul to clubs and players when I come in- so it is sad that some people will abuse coaches and players. But this happens everywhere in the world not just Middle East

Eurobasket: Imports will not be a problem for you this year with Kuwait Club already inking their Post Player and Guard to contracts. Tell us a little more about your team this year.
Coach Bosnjak:As I explained already, we have great quality on our team this year with our Selection of imports. At the Center position we have Vladislav Dragojlovic coming from Al Ittihad Jeddah. Dragojlovic averaged 21.6 ppg and 13.9 rpg for 7 games at the Asian Club Championships with Al Ittihad.. Last year in Serbia, he averaged 10.8 points and 4.2 boards for Radnicki in Adriatic League. We also have the pleasure of inking one of the best Ghanaian scorer Alhaji Mohammed Mohammed played with Towzin Electric Kashan, of Iran. he played in Spain as a member of Lleida. He averaged 16.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1 steal in 33 games in LEB Gold. Finishing as the 3rd leading scorer. We suffered a great loss of the Kuwait National Team Capt. Yahia... But I have Trust in these people who I coaching!
Eurobasket: Was there any pressure from the club for a championship this year? What are your expectations? I have been a foreigner for like last 10 now! I know I was brought here to win! There will be no excuse for me not winning, and I will live with that! This challenge turns me on.... So Kuwait club can expect to win the title this year! I will not accept anything less than a championship, and I put myself on that track!

Eurobasket: When does the season kick off this year? I know some of the players will be with the National team, how will this affect the season?
Coach Bosnjak:In January I guess but do not know for sure! Players with the National team are not with me currently, but they are with the National Team and I know coach Jordanco Davitkov (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) is preparing them well, so this is another advantage!

Eurobasket: I want to thank you for your time and wish you good luck on the season. is there anything you would like us to know about you?
Coach Bosnjak: It is pleasure to work in a country where people love sports and I pray to God We will be good! Hard work is my other name so I think it is a pleasure to try to keep the flag of the Serbian Basketball School. Our coaches and players are everywhere around World! Again hope in future we will talk more-about good things I hope!






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Latvia down United Kingdom in Jelgava - by Eurobasket News
Latvia-United Kingdom 74:51

Latvia down United Kingdom in Jelgava and did not allow any of the players to score more than 8 points. The Baltic side grabbed 74:51 victory to be ready for Lithuania.
It was a slow start from both teams that did not want to lose their energy with 4 days left until Eurobasket 2011. The board showed 15:13 after the first ten minutes, while Latvia pushed the tempo for good in the rest of the game. The Baltic side added 23-13 to take 38:26 at the halftime. In the second half Latvia scored 18 points in each of the periods and won both of them. At first they had 18-15 in the third quarter and finished with 18-10 in the last.
Rolands Freimanis (207-C/F-88, agency: Players Group) paced all the winners with 14 points, while Andrejs Selakovs (210-C-88, agency: Players Group) notched 11. Janis Blums (190-G-82) and Martins Meiers (206-C-91) followed them with 10 points each. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) and Eric Boateng (208-C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona St.) delivered 8 points each in the losing effort.

Latvia: Rolands Freimanis 14, Andrejs Selakovs 11, Janis Blums 10, Martins Meiers 10
United Kingdom: Joel Freeland 8, Eric Boateng 8



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After Syria, Qatar is Lebanons next victim..August 27,2011 by (Ahmad Kerdi). - by Ahmad Kerdi
After a big win against Syria, Lebanon continued showing their great level in the Qatar friendly tournament despite all the injuries and playing with a limited roster and for the second time in less than 10 days Lebanon tops Qatar this time with a 2 points difference 58-56.
Cedars took advantage from the start of the game and ended up the first quarter 15-13 after both teams played some tough defense.
Both teams had troubles in scoring again and the level seemed to be so close with a slight advantage for the host to tie the score at 28 points for each team.
The start of the second half was somehow similar to that of the first with Lebanon gaining the lead again and continuing to lead till the end of the game with a very enthusiastic last minute in which the experience of Lebanese players was obvious to take mark another win for Lebanon on the road to the 26th Fiba Asia Championship that will take place again in China next month.
Lebanese were led again by Ghaleb Rida (190-G-81) with 9 points, Bassel Bawji (204-F-89, College: Tulsa) 8 points, Jean Abdelnour (197-G/F-83) 7 points, Charles Tabet (205-C-87) 6 points and 12 rebounds and Ali Kanaan (206-F/C- 85, College: Mass-Lowell) 6 points to show again that all players with Coach Sarkis are contributing in the scoring process with the national team.


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Sant Josep Girona signs Arnas Labuckas - by Eurobasket News
Sant Josep Girona announced signing of the Lithuanian big guy Arnas Labuckas (205-F-87, agency: Interperformances) for the next season. The 24-year-old player heads to Spain from the Russian team Rajzan, where he spent last season. He played 38 games for them in Superleague averaging 14.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals. Arnas Labuckas played for VEF Riga in 2009/10 season. He had 10.5 ppg and 3.8 rpg for them in six EuroChallenge games. He had slightly better numbers in VTB United League in also six games. Labuckas demonstrated good performance in LBL and Baltic league as well. Arnas Labuckas won the Baltic league (Challenge Cup) in 2009 with Sakalai Vilnius. He helped them with 11.8 ppg and 4.5 rpg in 24 games. In the past, he was a member of Buratina Kaunas. Labuckas played for the Lithuanian University NT, U20 and U18 NT.

Zalgiris returns PG Marko Popovic - by Eurobasket News
Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) is back to Zalgiris after three years with Unics Kazan. The Croatian point guard penned a 1+1 year deal with Lithuanian giant. Popovic had 13.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 5.8 apg for 11 games in EuroCup last season. In PBL, he averaged 11.6 points and 3.9 assists for 29 games and Unics reached Semifinals. In VTB United League, Popovic shined with 17.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 4.9 apg. As mentioned above, he joined Unics in 2008. He helped them win Russian Cup in their first season together. Marko Popovic won three trophies with Zalgiris in 2008. They celebrated in LKL, Baltic league and Lithuanian Cup. He was their member from 2006 to 2008. In the past, Marko Popovic played for Efes Pilsen, Cibona, Valencia and Zadar. He is active member of the Croatian National Team.

Ankle's pain sent Darjus Lavrinovic out of Eirobasket - by Eurobasket News
Ankle's pain sent Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79) out of Eirobasket. The Lithuania Big Man can not help the team in the upcoming home tournament.
This summer Darjus Lavrinovic agreed terms with CSKA. The 31-year-old centre spent the last season in Turkey. Darjus Lavrinovic played for Fenerbahce Ulker. His stats read 8.0 points, 4.4 boards and 1.3 assists per game in Euroleague. In PBL the centre tallied 9.5 points, 5.5 boards and 1.3 assists per appearance. Eurobasket.com named Darjus Lavrinovic All-Turkish League Defensive Player of the Year. It is not the first stint in Russia for the Lithuanian player. He played for Dynamo Moscow and Unics Kazan. Darjus Lavrinovic was on Lithuanian National Team roster since 2005.
Few years ago Darjus arrived to Dynamo from Unics Kazan where he for 8 games in ULEB Cup averaged 15.3 ppg, 8.6 rpg and 2.4 bgp. He also had 13 appearances in Russian Superleague adding 12.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2 apg and 1.5 spg. Before last two seasons, which he spent in Unics, Darjus Lavrinovic played 3 years in Zalgiris Kaunas. With Zalgiris he captured the title in Lithuanian championship twice.



Lithuania escaped a tough win over Georgia to finish the preparation for Eurobasket 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania-Georgia 88:80

Lithuania escaped a tough win over Georgia to finish the preparation for the upcoming Eurobasket 2011. The hosts of the tournament won 88:80 at the Vilnius Siemens Arena.
Simas Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) opened the scoring account for the hosts and they actually erupted with 13-0 run. Lithuania had 19:10 midway through the first quarter and finished it with 25:19. Georgia however was far to give up and won the second frame 21-16. Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) gave Georgia 42:41 and the teams were tied later at 46:46. The guests took 57:55 but Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) scored for 64:60. The teams finished three quarters with 66:63 on the board. Zaza Pachulia and Viktor Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) gave Georgia 71:70, while Simas Jasaitis scored for 73:72. Another 7-1 run allowed Lithuania to take the lead and keep it until the final whistle.
Sarunas Jasikevicius stepped up with 19 points for the winners and Simas Jasaitis notched 16. Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) and Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) chipped in 9 points each. Zaza Pachulia answered with 19 points in the losing effort, while Viktor Sanikidze scored 16 and Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91) brought 15.

Lithuania: Sarunas Jasikevicius 19, Simas Jasaitis 16, Robertas Javtokas 9, Darius Songaila 9
Georgia: Zaza Pachulia 19, Viktor Sanikidze 16, Tornike Shengelia 15



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  MARCHAND CUP   


Standings
Standings
1. Brazil3-0
2. P.Rico2-1
3. Dominican R.1-2
4. Canada0-3


Brazil is the winner with perfect 3-0 record - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Puerto Rico 89-79
Brazil is the winner of Marchand Cup 2011. The host of this event outplayed Puerto Rico 89-79 for perfect 3-0 record. Puerto Rico finished as No.2 with 2-1 score. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) stepped up for the hosts with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) had 12 points and Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) helped with one less. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) followed them with 10 points and 5 rebounds. In Puerto Rico, center Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) collected 17 points and 8 boards. Ricky Sanchez (212-C/F-87) and Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) had 14 and 11 points respectively. Brazil exploded in the first quarter 27-18 and Puerto Rico answered with 16-25 for rest of the first half. Third period was the crucial one in this meeting as Tiago Spliter and his teammates won it 22-14. Puerto Rico was not able to reply in the last ten minutes and Brazil won the Marchand Cup with perfect 3-0.

Canada - Dominican Republic 62-64
Dominican Republic avoided last place in Brazil. In the last day of the Marchand Cup 2011 Dominicans grabbed 64-62 win against Canada to end as third ranked team at this event with 1-2 record. Canada is No.4 with no win (0-3). Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) led the scorers in Dominican Republic with 18 points. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) was their best player with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. He reached valuation 19. Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) helped the winners with 10 points. On the other side, Canada got 18 points and 5 rebounds from Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii). Aaron Doornekamp (198-F-85, agency: Interperformances) and Denham Brown (198-F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Connecticut) delivered 11 and 10 points respectively. Quarters: 15-17, 11-22, 17-15, 19-10. Brazil is the winner of Marchand Cup 2011. They ended it with perfect 3-0 record.


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  MONTENEGRO   


Mornar Bar signs prospect Lazar Radosavljevic - by Eurobasket News
Mornar Bar announced signing of Serbian prospect Lazar Radosavljevic (203-F-91, agency: Beo Basket) for the next season. The 20-year-old forward heads to Mornar from Crvena Zvezda, where he spent last couple of seasons. In the latest one Radosavljevic got a chance in 18 Adriatic league games averaging 4.2 points and 1.5 rebounds. He also added 2.1 ppg and 1.9 rpg for 11 games in Serbian league. Radosavljevic played for Crvena Zvezda juniors and cadets in the past. He is active member of the Serbian U20 National Team. For 11 games at European Championships U20 in Bilbao this summer he had 4 ppg and 1.4 rpg. Lazar Radosavljevic helped U18 Serbia to win the Gold at the European Championships U18 in Metz. He had 8.6 ppg and 6. rpg for 9 games at this event. In 2007, Radosavljevic paced U16 Serbia to Gold at the European Championships U16 in Rethimno.

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  MOROCCO   


Senegal hands 96-75 loss to Morocco - by Eurobasket News
SENEGAL - MOROCCO 96-75

Senegal made a first step forward to fifth place in Antananarivo. They outplayed Morocco yesterday 96-75 and will have to beat Central Africa today in order to take this spot. Morocco finished as No.7. Mouhammad Faye (208-F-85, college: SMU) exploded for Senegal with 32 points. He drained 6 triples in this meeting. Mamadou Ndoye (190-PG-79) had 17 pts and Mohamed Diop (198-F-81) added 16 pts. In the loosing squad, Soufiane Kourodu (211-C-85) was better than the others with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) and Kamal Hachad (194-G-83, college: Northwestern) had 12 points and 5 rebounds each. Senegal opened this game strongly making 29-11 lead in the first ten minutes. They never looked back and celebrated easy win at the end. Quarters: 29-11, 24-22, 20-17, 23-25.

Senegal: Mouhammad Faye 32, Mamadou Ndoye 17, Mohamed Diop 16
Morocco: Soufiane Kourodu 14+7 boards, Abderrahim Najah 12+5 boards, Kamal Hachad 12+5 boards


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  NBA   


Former NBA star Stephon Marbury heads to Beijing Ducks - by Eurobasket News
Former Georgia Tech and NBA standout Marbury Stephon (6'2''-G-77, college: Georgia Tech) is continuing his career in China after signing with the Beijing Ducks, the former All-Star point guard announced Thursday on Twitter.

And by announcing on Twitter, we mean that Starbury provided tangents on a number of topics including those political and religious.

Marbury tweeted: 'Because of the President of the United State I am able to create peace treaties across the globe. He allowed me to see different.'

And this one: 'I know people dont like me and thats ok because people hated Jesus and that was ok to. Im tagging my page because Im happy. I control.'

Marbury has played with Chinas Shanxi Zhongyu Brave Dragons and Foshan Dralions since 2010. Now, he will join the Ducks, whom former New York Knicks teammate Steve Francis played for in 2010.

Courtesy of www.lostlettermen.com


NBA players ready to miss 'this season and more' - by Eurobasket News
National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) vice-president Maurice Evans (6'5''-G-78, college: Texas) has insisted his organisation will not accept the National Basketball Associations (NBA) current collective bargaining agreement proposal even if it means losing 'this season and more'.

Evans told SI.com that the players are in no mood to concede ground in discussions over a new labour deal, with the work stoppage having dragged on for nearly two months. The NBA locked out players on July 1 after the league and its players failed to agree on how to share $4 billion in annual revenues. Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported that NBA arena operators would lose more than US$1 billion in ticket revenue if the lockout wipes out the 2011-12 season.

NBA owners, citing losses of US$300 million for the 2010-11 season, are seeking significant reductions in player compensation. A hard salary cap, shorter contracts and a major shift in the split of basketball-related income (BRI) is being sought. The previous collective bargaining agreement saw players receive 57% of league BRI, equating to $2.176 billion from the total of $3.8 billion for the past season.

'The offers have been so pathetic that it's hard to even talk about it when we're informing the guys', said Evans, who has been touring six cities across the United States to inform players of the latest updates in the lockout situation. We're $7.6 billion apart (over the life of the proposed deal)...We're just getting ready for them to re-engage, set the time and the place, and we'll be there willing to try and hash this thing out.

Evans added: Our guys are willing to miss this season and more. We're willing to do what it's going to take because accepting a deal at the numbers that they're asking for will be worse than missing the season. According to the NBPA vice-president, further talks are expected to take place next week, with some reports suggesting a meeting early in the week has been scheduled.

Courtesy of www.sportbusiness.com


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  NCAA1   


Andre Drummond headed to UConn - by Eurobasket News
Andre Drummond (6'11''-C-93), the 6-foot-11 center with NBA lottery-pick potential, says he is heading to UConn.

'It's official. I'm heading to the university of connecticut to be a husky this year! Do I hear a repeat?' he tweeted. He also tweeted: 'Husky fam welcome me cause I'm coming this year!!'

Indeed, adding Drummond to their already-talented cast figures to make UConn a threat to repeat as national champion. The deal is not done. There is still paperwork and the NCAA clearinghouse to be hurdled. Also, UConn has no scholarships available and will need to have a current player relinquish one.

The program is down three scholarships from the standard 13 to 10. UConn lost one scholarship because of NCAA recruiting violations and had two more taken away by the NCAA because of a poor Academic Performance Rating.

Fall semester classes at UConn begin Tuesday.

Drummond, from Middletown and St. Thomas More, is considered one of the top two or three prospects in the country. After finishing at St. Thomas More, he said in early August his plan was to return there for a post-graduate season. Then on Aug. 10, he announced he was going to another prep school, Wilbraham & Monson in Massachusetts. New London High guard Kris Dunn, a close friend and AAU teammate of Drummond, had also planned to attend Wilbraham & Monson but changed direction this week, deciding to stay at New London for his senior year and then go to Providence.

Drummond could be eligible for the NBA draft in 2012 under the current rules. Those rules, though, could change when the NBA lockout is settled.

So Drummond and his family had second thoughts about spending another year in prep school. Two sources told The Courant his decision would be made at a family meeting Friday evening. Shortly after The Courant reported on its website that Drummond could end up at UConn this year, Drummond tweeted the news UConn fans have been waiting to hear. It was 7:33 p.m., and from there Twitter lit up with comments. Kemba Walker was among those tweeting well wishes a few minutes later.

Kentucky, Louisville, West Virginia and Georgetown were among the schools Drummond was thought to be considering, but UConn was always considered the front-runner. At the time he announced he was going to Wilbraham, he was rated the No. 1 player in the Class of 2012 by the major scouting sites, including NBADraft.net, Scouts.com, Rivals.com and the ESPNU Top 100.

The addition of Drummond to a team that returns Jeremy Lamb, Alex Oriakhi and Shabazz Napier from its championship team should create high expectations at UConn, perhaps ensuring that Jim Calhoun, 69, will continue coaching. Although he hasn't officially announced it, Calhoun's return seems extremely likely.

With Drummond, Oriakhi (6-9), Roscoe Smith (6-8) and Tyler Olander (6-9), the Huskies have a formidable frontcourt rotation.

Courtesy of http://articles.courant.com


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  PUERTO RICO   


Brazil wins Marchand Cup 2011 - by Eurobasket News
BRAZIL - PUERTO RICO 89-79

Brazil is the winner of Marchand Cup 2011. The host of this event outplayed Puerto Rico 89-79 for perfect 3-0 record. Puerto Rico finished as No.2 with 2-1 score. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) stepped up for the hosts with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) had 12 points and Alex Ribeiro (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) helped with one less. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) followed them with 10 points and 5 rebounds. In Puerto Rico, center Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) collected 17 points and 8 boards. Ricky Sanchez (212-C/F-87) and Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) had 14 and 11 points respectively. Brazil exploded in the first quarter 27-18 and Puerto Rico answered with 16-25 for rest of the first half. Third period was the crucial one in this meeting as Tiago Spliter and his teammates won it 22-14. Puerto Rico was not able to reply in the last ten minutes and Brazil won the Marchand Cup with perfect 3-0.

Brazil: Tiago Splitter 14+7 boards, Marcelo Magalhaes 12, Alex Ribeiro 11, Guilherme Giovannoni 10+5 boards
Puerto Rico: Daniel Santiago 17+8 boards, Ricky Sanchez 14, Alejandro Carmona 11


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  RUSSIA   


Unics tab Petr Gubanov - by Eurobasket News
Unics tab Petr Gubanov (207-C-87) for 2011/2012 season. The Russian rising star comes from Dynamo Moscow.
In 2010-2011 for Dynamo Moscow (PBL) in EuroCup Qualifying Round he averaged 5.0ppg, 4.0rpg, while in EuroChallenge his stats read 6.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 85.7%. In Russian League after 27 games he showed 7.9ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT-1 (52.4%), FT: 85.1%.
Few days ago he participated at the World University Games and was the real leader for Russia. Lithuania stepped on the pedestal at World University Games. They held off Russia in the consolation final. Petr Gubanov answered with 24 points for Russia. Anatoly Kashirov had 17 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.
In 2003-2004 Petr appeared for CSK VVS Samara reg. (A Higher League) and played also with CSK VVS-Samara (A Superleague). In 2004-2005 he played for CSK VVS Samara reg. (B Superleague) and also for CSKA Moscow junior team, and CSK VVS-Samara (A Superleague). From 2005 to 2009 played for CSK VVS Samara reg, BC Khimky-2 Moscow reg, Lobnya Moscow Region (Higher League). In 2008-2009was loaned to Universitet-Yugra Surgut (A Superleague, starting five) and in 21 games averaged 8.4ppg, 3.7rpg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 84.0%. Last season appeared in BC Khimky Moscow Region (A Superleague) and debuted in VTB League. In 7 games he showed 3.3ppg, 1.0rpg, while in Euroleague season after 11 games had 1.4ppg, 1.0rpg. In Russian League after 20 games averaged 3.0ppg, 1.1rpg. He reached VTB United League Semifinals last season and was Russian A Superleague Regular Season Runner-Up.



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  SENEGAL   


NBA collaborate with FIBA Africa on Basketball development - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The National Basketball Association (NBA) is collaborating with Africa basketball ruling body FIBA Africa with the sole aim of developing the game further around the continent.

In a seminar held at the conference hall of Palais des Sports NBA Africa President, Amadou Gallo Fall spoke on various issues the NBA Africa hope to archieve with FIBA Africa and federations across Africa.

Gallo told FIBA AFRIQUE.ORG that the main objective of the collaboration is to see much improvement in the areas of administration and execution of programme by respective Africa federation so as to raise the standard of the game.

He said the NBA Africa officte in South Africa is open to work directly with FIBA Africa, federations and other stakeholders in the game.

The former Senegalese international basketball player says he is impressed with the standard of the 26th edition of FIBA Africa Championship for Men holding at the Palais des Sports Antananarivo, Madagascar.

He also congratulate FIBA Africa on its golden jubilee anniversary.

We decide to localise what we have been doing across the globe because we have strong collaboration with FIBA world and other FIBA affiliate by coming to Africa.

Our main goal to improve on what is ground because we beleive that joint effort will bring faster development to the game in Africa and so we thank FIBA Africa executive for accepting to work closely with us.

Some of the area of focus will be development of our administrators, improvement of facilities across Africa and many other area we feel we can contribute to the growth of the game.

I must say I am impressed with the levels of competition on display by the countries taking part in the 26th edition of the biggest basketball competition in Africa The FIBA Africa Championship for Men tagged, Nadagascar 2011 Afrobasket, it shows most countries are waking up to the reality on ground but I know with a little more effort they can be better.

On behalf of the management team of NBA Africa office we would like to congratulate FIBA Africa for its fifty years anniversary, the NBA Africa top shot concluded.



Senegal hands 96-75 loss to Morocco - by Eurobasket News
SENEGAL - MOROCCO 96-75

Senegal made a first step forward to fifth place in Antananarivo. They outplayed Morocco yesterday 96-75 and will have to beat Central Africa today in order to take this spot. Morocco finished as No.7. Mouhammad Faye (208-F-85, college: SMU) exploded for Senegal with 32 points. He drained 6 triples in this meeting. Mamadou Ndoye (190-PG-79) had 17 pts and Mohamed Diop (198-F-81) added 16 pts. In the loosing squad, Soufiane Kourodu (211-C-85) was better than the others with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Abderrahim Najah (198-F/C-84) and Kamal Hachad (194-G-83, college: Northwestern) had 12 points and 5 rebounds each. Senegal opened this game strongly making 29-11 lead in the first ten minutes. They never looked back and celebrated easy win at the end. Quarters: 29-11, 24-22, 20-17, 23-25.

Senegal: Mouhammad Faye 32, Mamadou Ndoye 17, Mohamed Diop 16
Morocco: Soufiane Kourodu 14+7 boards, Abderrahim Najah 12+5 boards, Kamal Hachad 12+5 boards


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  SERBIA   


Serbian NT for EuroBasket 2011 announced - by Eurobasket News
Head Coach of the Serbian National Team, Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket), made last two cuts before the EuroBasket in Lithuania. He thanked Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86) and Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) for their contribution during the preparation period. Ivkovic decided to keep Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket), despite his injury (broken cheekbone).


Point guards and guards: Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket), Ivan Paunic (194-G-87, agency: Beo Basket), Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket), Stefan Markovic (194-G-88) and Milos Teodosic (195-G-87).

Forwards: Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances), Marko Keselj.

Power forwards: Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) and Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group).

Centers: Nenad Krstic (214-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group), Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Kosta Perovic (217-C-85).


Serbia is placed to Preliminary Group B of EuroBasket. Their rivals at this stage will be Italy, France, Latvia, Germany and Israel. Three best teams will advance to the Qualifying Round. Finalists of EuroBasket 2011 will book a spot for the Olympic Games in London. Third, fourth, fifth and sixth ranked teams will have a chance to book a ticket through the Additional Qualifying Round.




Donetsk starts 2011/2012 season with the friendly win over Hemofarm - by Eurobasket News
Donetsk starts 2011/2012 season with the friendly win over Hemofarm in Serbia. The Ukrainian team celebrated 96:73 victory.
Donetsk started with 28:16 after the first period and never looked behind. Moreover the Ukrainian side improved to 13 points at the halftime after 20-19 in the second frame. Donetsk looked better in the second half as well producing another two victories. The guests needed 28-22 in the third frame for 74:57 after three quarters. In the last period the Ukrainian team added 20-16 to show their ambitions with the new roster for the season.
Michael Lee (207-F-86) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Vule Avdalovic (189-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) brought 18. Ramel Curry (191-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) followed them with 14 and Nelson scored 10. Marko Sutalo (194-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) replied with 18 points in defeat, whilst Boris Savovic (206-F-87) added 17.



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  SLOVENIA   


Union Olimpija Ljubljana confirm Jagodnik, Salin and Bertans - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija Ljubljana confirm Jagodnik, Salin and Bertans for the upcoming season.
In 2010 Union Olimpija Ljubljana signed with a multi year deal Davis Bertans (205-C-92). The Latvian small forward, one of the most promising players in the Old Continent, comes from BK Barons Riga with whom he was averaging 13ppg in the first games of the current season. The player definitely continues with the team.
Goran Jagodnik (203-F-74, agency: Beo Basket) moved to the team last season. In 2010-2011 for Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Telemach League) in Adriatic League he averaged 11.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 56.1%, 3PT: 33.7%, FT: 84.6%. In Euroleague after 16 games his stats read 10.4ppg, 3.0rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 39.0%, FT: 90.5%, while in Slovenian League he showed 9.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 28.2%, FT: 83.7%.
Sasu Salin (190-PG-91) is a Finnihs player who joined the team last season. In 2010-2011 for Union Olimpija Ljubljana (Slovenia-Telemach League) in Adriatic League he showed 2.8ppg. In Euroleague after 11 games he had 1.8ppg, while in Slovenian League averaged 1.8ppg, 1.0rpg.



Elektra Sostanj defeated Grosuplje in the Bisol Cup opener - by Eurobasket News
Elektra Sostanj -Grosuplje 80:67

Elektra Sostanj defeated Grosuplje in the Bisol Cup opener. The team needed 80:67 victory to face Hopsi in the Final game.
Both teams nailed 19 points each in the start of the game, while the second period became decisive in the clash. Elektra Sostanj stormed past the opponents with 29-8 to take 48:27 halftime advantage. In the second half Grosuplje however played better and won both quarters. They bounced back with 21-17 to reduce to 17 points after three quarters. In the last one Grosuplje produced 19-15 for the final result.
Salih Nuhanovic (209-C-82) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Tadej Horvat (196-G-87) posted 13. Bajramlic and Lekic netted 11 each, while Jan Rizman (194-G-94) had 9. Jure Misic (188-G-87) ended up with 18 points in defeat and Blaz Lobe (202-F/C-84) added 13.



Elektra Sostanj: Bukovic, Jan Rizman 9, Tadej Horvat 13, Slutej 4, Zagorc 7, Pajevic 4, Lekic 11, Bajramlic 11, Salih Nuhanovic 21, Puc
Grosuplje: Trafela 9, Mehce 4, Trampus 4, Jure Misic 18, Blaz Lobe 13, Virsek, Jagodic 6, Vravnik 3, Jerman 10




Maljkovic cuts Blazic from the Slovenian NT - by Eurobasket News
Jaka Blazic (193-G-90) is the last cut of the Slovenian National Team Head Coach Bozidar Maljkovic (agency: Interperformances). The Serbian specialist thanked Blazic for great work during the preparations. He decided to keep point guard Luka Rupnik (184-PG-93).

Slovenian NT for EuroBasket: Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83), Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78), Luka Rupnik, Saso Ozbolt (188-G-81, agency: World Sport Agency), Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79), Samo Udrih (195-G-79), Dino Muric (200-F-90), Goran Dragic (194-PG-86), Goran Jagodnik (203-F-74, agency: Beo Basket), Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89), Mirza Begic (216-C-85) and Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.).

Slovenia has a very strong team and of course they have high ambitions in the upcoming championship. They are placed in Preliminary Group D together with Belgium, Georgia, Bulgaria, Russia and Ukraine. They will fight for the first three places in this pool. Finalists of EuroBasket will book a spot for the Olympic Games. Four others teams will go to Additional Qualifications. Slovenia reached Semifinals two years ago in Poland.


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  SPAIN   


Alex Camarena returns to Gandia, Oviedo keeps coach Alfredo Riera - by Eurobasket News
Gandia announced signing of their former player Alex Camarena (183-PG-82) for the next season. The Spanish point guard spent last two years with EBA team Alginet. He had 17.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.3 apg and 1.3 spg for them in 26 games last season. Camarena had slightly lower digits in 2009/10. In 2007/09, he also played for Alginet and in the meantime Camarena spent one year with Sueca. Alex Camarena played for Gandia from 2001 to 2003. In 2005, he reached LEB Cup Finals with Aguas Valencia-Expobar.
Feve Oviedo Baloncesto extended contract with their Head Coach Alfredo Riera. He took over the club last summer. Riero has experience from Argentinean Asociacion Valparaiso.


CAI Zaragoza pens deal with Pablo Almazan - by Eurobasket News
CAI Zaragoza signed a one-year deal with Pablo Almazan (203-C/F-89). The Spanish power forward/center arrives from Unicaja Malaga, where he had 1.5 ppg and 1.3 rpg for 15 games in ACB. Almazan also added 3 ppg and 2 rpg in four Euroleague games. He had license to play for Clinicas Rincon in LEB Gold. There Almazan collected 9.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.4 apg and 1.2 spg. Before Unicaja, Pablo Almazan spent one year with Plasenzia Extramadura. He also has experience from Tartesosn Jerez. Pablo Almazan played for the Spanish U20 National Team two years ago. He helped them win the Bronze at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos. For 9 games at this even Almazan had 2.4 ppg and 1.8 rpg. He also played for U18 and U16 Spain in the past.

Plasencia Extremadura adds Nestor Zamora and Alex Ros - by Eurobasket News
Nestor Zamora (178-PG-84) and Alex Ros (192-G-83) are new members of Plasencia Extremadura. They signed deals for the next season.
Both players head to Plasencia from Andorra. Nestor Zamora had 9.7 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 2.9 apg for the club in 41 LEB Silver games. Andorra reached Playoff Finals. Zamora joined Andorra in 2009 from Ourense. Before that, he spent one season with Gestiberica Vigo. Zamora also has experience from Cornella, where he played from 2003 to 2007.
Alex Ros had 9.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 1.5 spg for Andorra in 41 games last season. Ros won the LEB Silver title with Alcazar in 2009/10. He helped them with 7 ppg and 1.6 rpg. In the past, he played for Ourense and Tarragona.


Sant Josep Girona signs Arnas Labuckas - by Eurobasket News
Sant Josep Girona announced signing of the Lithuanian big guy Arnas Labuckas (205-F-87, agency: Interperformances) for the next season. The 24-year-old player heads to Spain from the Russian team Rajzan, where he spent last season. He played 38 games for them in Superleague averaging 14.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.3 steals. Arnas Labuckas played for VEF Riga in 2009/10 season. He had 10.5 ppg and 3.8 rpg for them in six EuroChallenge games. He had slightly better numbers in VTB United League in also six games. Labuckas demonstrated good performance in LBL and Baltic league as well. Arnas Labuckas won the Baltic league (Challenge Cup) in 2009 with Sakalai Vilnius. He helped them with 11.8 ppg and 4.5 rpg in 24 games. In the past, he was a member of Buratina Kaunas. Labuckas played for the Lithuanian University NT, U20 and U18 NT.

Caja Laboral bring Argentinian Matias Nocedal - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral bring Argentinian Matias Nocedal (192-G-90) for the upcoming season. The player arrives from Italy as he played for Fileni BPA Jesi last season. In his top game last season Matias Nocedal recorded 20 points at the Regular Season Round 15. Fileni BPA overcame Tuscany PT 82-81. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 23-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game.
In 2010-2011 for Fileni BPA Jesi (Italy-Lega2) after 30 games he averaged 8.4ppg, 2.4rpg, FGP: 61.1%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 75.4%.
In 2009 Matias Nocedal joined Club Ourense. The 21-year-old guard previously signed the contract with LEB Gold team. The Argentinean player started the previous season in Tau Vitoria averaging 2.0 points and 2.0 boards per game in Euroleague. In February he was loaned to CB Vic and there tallied 5.9 points and 1.1 boards per appearance.
Matias Nocedal also participated at the U19 World Championship delivering 13.5 points and 3.0 rebounds per game for Argentina.



Baloncesto Fuenlabrada keep Vega Javier and Laso Adrian - by Eurobasket News
Baloncesto Fuenlabrada keep Javier Vega (205-C-88) and Adrian Laso (204-F/C-90) for the upcoming season. Both Spanish young players will continue with the squad.
The season 2009-2010 Javier Vega started for for CB Illescas Urban CLM (LEB Silver, starting five) but in Nov.'09 moved to Ayuda en Accion Fuenlabrada (ACB). In 2010 extended the contract with Ayuda en Accion Fuenlabrada (ACB) for 2 more seasons. In 2010-2011 played for Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (ACB): and also played at Melilla Baloncesto (LEB Gold, starting five) where after 34 games he averaged 5.3ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 45.5%, 3PT: 41.5%, FT: 68.0%.
In 2007-2008 Adrian Laso appeared for Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada Madrid junior team, then moved to Fuenlabrada II Madrid (EBA). In 2008-2009 played for Fuenlabrada II Madrid (EBA, starting five) and in 25 games averaged 10.1ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 51.0%, FT: 64.0%. In 2009-2010 moved to CB Illescas Urban CLM (LEB Silver, starting five) and in 12 games had 2.5ppg, 2.2rpg. The season 2010-2011 started for CB Illescas Urban CLM (LEB Silver, starting five) but played shortly with Baloncesto Fuenlabrada (ACB) and in 3 games averaged 2.7ppg.



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  TUNISIA   


26th Afrobasket: Cote dIvoire bow out, loses to Tunisia 57-60 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The dream of Cote dIvoire of making championship second straight grand finale was dashed Saturday by Tunisia in the first semi-finals of the 26th FIBA Africa Championship for Men at the Palais des Sports Antananarivo, Madagascar by 57-60 points.

Cote d@ivoire opened a six points deficits in the first quarter by 16-22 but recover three in the second and gained one more in the third quarter before slumping to a point lose in the final quarter by 14-11, 16-15 and 11-12 for a final score-line of 57-60 points.

The Ivoriens were subdued by the Tunisian in all department of the high profile game as it recorded 33 rebounds to 45 for Tunisia, 8 assists to 10 for Tunisia beat Tunisia in steal with 8 steal to Tunisia 5 but recorded just one block in the forty minute duration of the game to Tunisia 5 blocks.

Tunisia dependable forward Macram Ben Romdhave led his side quest for a grand finale ticket with a double double effort of 15 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steal and one block-shot, centre Salah Mejri also had a double double of 14 points 12 rebounds and 3 block-shot with Marouan contributing 11 points, 5 assists and 4 rebounds.

The FIBA Africa Zone-1 power house and 2009 edition third place side will keep a date against the second semi-final winner between Nigeria and defending champion, Angola in the grand finale on Sunday.



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  TURKEY   


Semih Erden to miss EuroBasket in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Semih Erden (211-C-87) will miss the upcoming EuroBasket in Lithuania. The player didnt recover from injury and will not be able to help his countrymates. Erden had 9.1 ppg and 4.6 rpg for 9 games at the World Championship last summer. Turkey won the Silver at this event. In EuroBasket 2009, Erden collected 5.6 ppg and 2.9 rpg for 9 games. He also played for Turkey in EuroBasket 2007. Semih Erden split last season between two NBA teams: Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers. With the Celtics he had 4.1 ppg and 2.9 rpg for 37 games. Later he added 3.3 ppg and 2.8 rpg in four games with Cleveland. From 2005 until the last summer Semih Erden played for Fenerbahce Ulker. They won three TBL titles together. Erden also has experience from Partizan Belgrade and Darussafaka.

Standings - TBL
TBL Standings
 1. Aliaga 0-0 
 2. Anadolu Efes 0-0 
 3. Antalya 0-0 
 4. Bandirma Kir. 0-0 
 5. Banvit BK 0-0 
 6. Besiktas 0-0 
 7. Erdemir 0-0 
 8. Fener.Ulker 0-0 
 9. Galatasaray 0-0 
 10. Hacettepe Univ. 0-0 
 11. Karsiyaka 0-0 
 12. Mersin 0-0 
 13. Olin Edirne 0-0 
 14. Tofas 0-0 
 15. Trabzonspor 0-0 
 16. Turk Telekom 0-0 


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  UBL   


UBL NEWS - by Ozzie Denson
We sat down with United Basketball League Commissioner Ozzie Denson to discuss the upcoming UBL Season, changes within the league, and how the NBA Lockout may possibly affect the UBL.
First of all, Coach, I would like to congratulate you and your team, the Texas Wranglers, for winning the UBL title. Can you talk a bit about the victory and your team's path to the championship?
Coach Denson: Well it was a great victory. It was a hard fought victory. In the UBL you have to play 2 games in one day to become a champion. Arkansas, Texas, Mississippi, and Tulsa were the final four. The winners of the first games play in the championship game.
We played Mississippi and Arkansas took on Tulsa. We ended up facing Arkansas (in the finals) with a one point differential the whole game. Whoever executed the best in the last 3 minutes was going to win. I think we executed a little bit better in those last 3 minutes to pull out the victory. It was a great win.
Did you initially expect to win it all?
CD: Yeah, that was our goal to win it all. It was our fourth season. It was just our time... We lost a lot of players to the next level, but that is what we (UBL) do. We develop players and move them ahead. We had a good core; a good group of veterans and young guys that had just come in... They played well. It worked out very well.
This season of the UBL promises to have many exciting changes to both the on court product and corporate structure. what can the fans of the UBL expect to see this season?
CD: This season as fan, you can expect a professional product. In the UBL we average about 100-120 points per game. You (teams) have to be able to put up some points. You also have to play some good defense in this league. Every team is in it to win it, but you have to be well coached and have some great players. These guys can flat out play.
Corporately, have there been any changes or modifications?
CD: This year, We have more corporate sponsors than ever before. Our sponsors know we have been around 5 seasons, and that our league is growing. They also know that we do a great job of marketing our teams, our players, and promoting our sponsors.
We pride ourselves in being a professional organization that pays our players and makes sure the fans see the best product on the court. Our standards are very high, and we have a great business plan for our teams and our organization. We have never lost a UBL team. Once a UBLTeam starts the season, it finishes the season. In fact, we have never had a UBL team to fold in 5 years of us doing this.

While the UBL Season is predominantly run during the Spring, there is a possibility of the NBA lockout bleeding into your season. Do you see this as having a negative effect on the UBL.
CD: No, it will help our league. I deal with the management of teams both in the NBA and internationally. If anything, a lockout will bring more notoriety to our league and players. We had three callups last year. Two players were called up to the Mavericks, and one player went to the D-league. A lockout will give our players a chance to be seen by more people and increase their chances of being called up to the next level.
When does the UBL Season begin?
CD: Our season starts March 17th. Before that we do preseason games. We try to get in at least four or five games. The majority of our team is usually selected by then. We hold tryouts and select the twelve best basketball playing athletes.
Any final thoughts?
CD: At UBL our motto is 'Come get some.' We want our fans to be satisfied We provide a family friendly product with players that carry themselves with professionalism, and a game that has very skilled and well coached athletes

Interview by: Lyndrick Collins



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  UKRAINE   


Donetsk starts 2011/2012 season with the friendly win over Hemofarm - by Eurobasket News
Donetsk starts 2011/2012 season with the friendly win over Hemofarm in Serbia. The Ukrainian team celebrated 96:73 victory.
Donetsk started with 28:16 after the first period and never looked behind. Moreover the Ukrainian side improved to 13 points at the halftime after 20-19 in the second frame. Donetsk looked better in the second half as well producing another two victories. The guests needed 28-22 in the third frame for 74:57 after three quarters. In the last period the Ukrainian team added 20-16 to show their ambitions with the new roster for the season.
Michael Lee (207-F-86) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Vule Avdalovic (189-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) brought 18. Ramel Curry (191-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) followed them with 14 and Nelson scored 10. Marko Sutalo (194-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) replied with 18 points in defeat, whilst Boris Savovic (206-F-87) added 17.



MBC Mykolaiv win first friendly game - by Alexei Revenko
In Evpatoriya MBC Mykolaiv and SK Cherkasy Monkeys start season 2011/2012 with a friendly game. First period ended 13-13. Other three win Mykolaiv. Total score 75:55 (13:13, 19:11, 20:15, 23:14)
In winners most productive players was Rodney Green (196-F/G-88, college: La Salle) with 19 points, Daniel McClintock (212-C-77, college: N.Arizona) 16 points, Deonta Vaughn (185-G-86, college: Cincinnati) 10 points and 5 rebounds.
In SK Cherkasy Monkeys Right 14 points, Miljan Pupovic (209-C/F-83) 12 points and 5 rebounds, Morris Almond (198-F-85, college: Rice) 6 points and 5 rebounds.



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Latvia down United Kingdom in Jelgava - by Eurobasket News
Latvia-United Kingdom 74:51

Latvia down United Kingdom in Jelgava and did not allow any of the players to score more than 8 points. The Baltic side grabbed 74:51 victory to be ready for Lithuania.
It was a slow start from both teams that did not want to lose their energy with 4 days left until Eurobasket 2011. The board showed 15:13 after the first ten minutes, while Latvia pushed the tempo for good in the rest of the game. The Baltic side added 23-13 to take 38:26 at the halftime. In the second half Latvia scored 18 points in each of the periods and won both of them. At first they had 18-15 in the third quarter and finished with 18-10 in the last.
Rolands Freimanis (207-C/F-88, agency: Players Group) paced all the winners with 14 points, while Andrejs Selakovs (210-C-88, agency: Players Group) notched 11. Janis Blums (190-G-82) and Martins Meiers (206-C-91) followed them with 10 points each. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) and Eric Boateng (208-C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona St.) delivered 8 points each in the losing effort.

Latvia: Rolands Freimanis 14, Andrejs Selakovs 11, Janis Blums 10, Martins Meiers 10
United Kingdom: Joel Freeland 8, Eric Boateng 8



Chris Finch cuts two from squad - by Eurobasket News
Chris Finch cuts two from squad and announced the squad for Eurobasket 2011. The Head Coach left Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington) and Laurence Ekperigin (201-F, college: Le Moyne) out of the team.
In the last friendly game Australia clinched the second position at the London Invitational Tournament. They held off Great Britain 91:90 on the final day of the tournament to improve at 4-1 record. Brad Newley accounted for 23 points, 6 boards and 3 assists to pace the winners. Earlier Great Britain posted the first win at the London Invitational Tournament. The hosts held off China 64:56. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) accounted for 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge.
It was announced earlier that Ben Gordon will miss the European Basketball Championship because of insurance problems caused by the NBA lockout. He's eligible to play for Great Britain, because his mother, Yvonne - originally from Jamaica - lived in London when he was born in 1983.
Tonight the team will face Latvia in the friendly game.

Great Britain:
Robert Archibald (212-C/F-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois)
Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-G-87, agency: Interperformances) 182-G-87

Andrew Lawrence (185-G-90)
Kyle Johnson (195-G-88)
Devon Van Oostrum (190-G-93)
Drew Sullivan (203-F-80, college: Villanova)
Joel Freeland
Daniel Clark (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances)
Eric Boateng (208-C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona St.)
Ryan Richards (212-C/F-91, agency: Interperformances)
Nathan Reinking (188-G-73, college: Kent St.)
Michael Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford)
Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke)




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LUB teams announced import players - by Hector Lopez
Malvin, the last Uruguayan League champions, announced they will maintain Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis), who played the last season. Already 11 teams, out of 16, announced import players signed in for the LUB 2011-12.
Bohemios - Jaycen Herring (196-G/F-86, college: SE Missouri St.) and Brendan Knox (208-C-87, college: Auburn)
Defensor Sporting - Robert Ferguson (203-F/C-85, college: St.Joseph's) and Christopher Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.)
Hebraica and Macabi - Hatila Passos (211-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.)
Larre Borges -Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, college: Lewis)
Montevideo - Otis Polk (206-C-88, college: Bowling Green) and Braxton Byerson (190-F/G)
Olimpia - Torre Johnson (198-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee)
Sayago - Terrence Shelman (198-F-78) and Derrick Roland (193-G-88)
Trouville - Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) and Brandon Crawford (201-F-84, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Albion)
Union Atletica - Jeremy Price (203-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Georgia)
Welcome - Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Park)
Each team are authorized to play with two import players






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Women News

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  ALGERIA - Women  


Algerian National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Rachida Belaidi 79
Nesrine Taibi
Sarah Lemgherbi
Yasmina Chabi 77
Zineb Sahraoui
Samia Boudjerima
Soulef Necib
Shahinez Boushaki
Sofia Saidani
Ikbal Chenaf
Radia Fantazi
Rym Chennit
Yasmina Bouhouche
Messaouada Haddad



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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


South Korea and China enter the Finals - by Eurobasket News
Semifinals
China - Japan 76-62
China advanced to the Final of the 24th FIBA Asia Championship for Women. The team outscored the hosts 76:62 and will face South Korea tomorrow in the Final. Japan meanwhile will take on Chinese Taipei for the third place. Yuko Oga (170-G-82) gave Japan the first lead and as it became known later it was the last one. The sides were tied at 6:6, while Zengyu MA closed the opening period at 21:8. Another 17-13 in the second period brought the winning side 38:21 advantage. Nan CHEN scored for 41:21 and she also increased to 22 points midway through the third frame. Yuka Mamiya (183-C/F-90) later reduced to 60:42 for Japan. The latter also won the last period 20-16 but could not come closer. Chen Nan (197-C-83) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Miao LiJie (180-G-81) netted 18. Ma Zengyu (183-F-84) notched 13 and Gao Song scored 7. Yuko Oga ended up with 14 points in the losing case and Yoshida Asami added 11.

South Korea - Taiwan 72-66
South Korea steps closer to the title at the 24th FIBA Asia Championship for Women. The undefeated team overcame Chinese Taipei 72:66 in the Semifinal clash to reach the Final. Two days ago South Korea edged Chinese Taipei at the 24th FIBA Asia Championship for Women. The favorites grabbed 69:67 win to win Group A with 5-0 record. Chinese Taipei finished fourth with 2-3 record and advance to the semis as the last fourth team from the group. Tonight Chinese Taipei opened the game with 16:14, but Choi Youn Ah (170-G-85) tied the game at 16:16 in the start of the second frame. South Korea won the second period 20-13 and Kang Ajeong (180-F-89) closed the half at 34:29. Chun-Yi LIU later tied the game at 42:42, while Young Suk gave the favorites 51:46 advantage. In the last stanza South Korea stayed in front for the whole time and after 21-18 won the game. Sin Jung Ja paced all the winners with 15 points and Kim Jung Eun (180-F-87) as well as Choi Youn Ah netted 13 apiece. Ha Eunjoo followed them with 12 points. Liu Chun-Yi (180-F/C-81) and Chiang Feng-Chun replied with 15 points each in the losing effort.



Play-off
Lebanon - Kazakhstan 65-54
Kazakhstan could not make it to the Level I for next edition of the FIBA Asia Championship for Women. The team lost to Lebanon 54:65 on Saturday opener. Brittany Denson (192-C-87, college: S.Florida) was too good for the opponents. Brittany Denson opened the scoring for the game, while Anastassiya Alishauskaite replied with a three-pointer, but it was Brittany Denson after that all the way for a long time. The winners grabbed 26:14 after the first period and never looked behind in the first period. Nadezhda Kondrakova (192-C-89) reduced to 32:26, but Lebanon had 7 points advantage at the halftime. No matter how close Kazakhstan could come in the third period, they did not tie the game. Only Nadezhda Kondrakova's shot gave Kazakhstan 50:49 lead in the last stanza. Brittany Denson responded immediately for 51:50 and she brought another four points for Lebanon. Nisrin DANDAN was the last to score for the winning side and will remain with them in Level I for next edition of the FIBA Asia Championship for Women. Brittany Denson erupted with 31 points and 20 rebounds, while Nayla Alameddine (175-F-82) added 9. Kurazova Zalina and Nadezhda Kondrakova scored 17 points each and added 23 rebounds together. Seregina Tamara followed them with 10 points in a loss.

India - Malaysia 66-60
India retains their place in Level I for next edition of the FIBA Asia Championship for Women. The team needed 66:60 over Malaysia on Saturday. India's win was their third successive success against the same opponent at the same stage. Although India looked better in the first 10 minutes, Malaysia grabbed 19:17 lead at the end of it. Suik May KEW scored for 22:17 and, while Geethu Anna JOSE tied the score at 25:25. Anitha Pauldurai (170-G-85) sent the teams to the lockers at 31:29. The third quarter became decisive in the game as India produced a 21-12 for 52:41 with 10 minutes to go. Moreover Prashanti Singh (173-G-84) scored for 60:47 with 7 minutes to play. Malaysia erupted for 9-0 run and Woon Yuen TEO reduced it to 60:56. Moreover Woon Yuen TEO scored for 62:60 with 2 minutes, but Prashanti Singh brought the last four points for India to clinch the victory with them. Pauldurai Anitha stepped up with 23 points for the winners and Geethu Anna Jose (185-C-85) added 18 points and 10 rebounds. Singh Prashanti notched 14, while Netam Bharti posted 7. Teo Woon Yuen replied with 13 points in the losing effort and Rajintiran Kalaimathi delivered 12.




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WSBL: MVP Malpass says experience got Willetton home - by Eurobasket News
Grand Final Most Valuable Player Kate Malpass (176-G-88) said the belief within her team and their experience in big game situations helped carry the Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers to their third-consecutive WSBL Championship.

Malpass claimed best on court honours with 24 points, leading her side to a one point victory over East Perth, and sealed the win by hitting the game-winning two-pointer with 4.8 seconds remaining.

We believed in ourselves that we had the experience when it came down to the end of the game,' she said.

The final play was set up for me but that wasnt the play. I was cramping pretty bad and in that situation you just want to be on the floor no matter what.

The only thing going through my mind was that I couldnt pass it. Luckily I had Zoe (Harper) there who could set a screen for me to come off and get a shot.

The whole team played well and everyone did their job. It was by far one of the best games I have ever been involved in.

We said at the start of the second quarter that we knew they were going to come out and try to shut down Melissa (Marsh) and I. We said to Jasmine and Ebony that now is a better time than any to take your opportunities to make shots and they did that.

Despite letting East Perth out to a fast start and giving up 18 first half points to West Coast Waves star Sam Norwood, Malpass said the team focused on their defence right from the outset.

We started the last few games not wanting to come out fast paced. We wanted everyone to get their hands on the ball and get everyone involved in the game,' Malpass said.

Despite her good first half, The Tigers restricted Norwood to only six second half points, and their defensive pressure forced the Eagles into some key turnovers late in the game.

We made a point of focusing on Norwood on the court, trying to double team her. In the end it worked out great because we didnt let her get the ball,' she said.

Were not known for our defence as a group. But we really stepped it up tonight when it counted.

Article by Nathan Winch at the WA Basketball Centre
Courtesy of: WSBL


WSBL: Tigers clip Eagles' wings to complete three-peat - by Eurobasket News
Southlands Boulevarde Willetton Tigers are the champions of the women's State Basketball League once again after defeating Australian Central East Perth Eagles in a thrilling Grand Final on Friday.

Kate Malpass (176-G-88)' clutch field goal from near the baseline with just 4.8 seconds remaining was enough for the Tigers to win their third-straight title and crush East Perth's hopes of an inaugural championship with the 72-71 result.

Kate Malpass' game-winning shot capped off a stellar night for her as she contributed strongly throughout, leading her side to the win with 24 points, six assists and six steals, which was enough for her to win the Grand Final MVP award.

Victory also saw Willetton set the record with its seventh title, which is one more than Perry Lakes and four more than the next highest teams - Wanneroo and the defunct Swan City Mustangs.

But the Tigers were just seconds away from being denied another win as the Eagles led by a point in the final minute after Sam Norwood's two-pointer with 46 seconds left.

East Perth forced a stop and had possession and the lead with 17 seconds remaining, but Kate Fielding couldn't inbound the ball and Kate Malpass hit the shot to give Willetton the lead on the subsequent possession.

Norwood starred in defeat for the Eagles with 24 points, while Nicole Jorre De St Jorre (14 points) also impressed.

In front of a paid-up attendance at the WA Basketball Centre of 877 people, which was a significant improvement on last year's crowd, East Perth showed impressive energy early and jumped out to an eight-point lead within three minutes.

But Melissa Marsh (175-G-85) provided a much-needed response for Willetton as she scored 11 points in less than three minutes to get her side back in the game. Marsh finished the quarter with 13 points and had 17 at the half, but finished with just 19.

The Eagles troubled Willetton with their pace in transition early in the quarter and that helped them take a six-point lead at the first break, thanks largely to the strong early form of Jorre De St Jorre, who had eight points at quarter time.

The reigning premiers hit back in the second quarter and looked much more like the side which dominated the competition earlier in the season as they took the lead with three minutes left in the half.

After a 16-5 run to finish the second period, the Tigers went into half-time with a five-point advantage and all the momentum, thanks largely to the hot shooting of Kate Malpass, who hit eight of her first 12 attempts from the field to have 18 points at half-time.

Norwood also had 18 points at the break and was causing major problems for the Tigers, as she forced Zoe Harper to the bench early in the third quarter after she picked up her fourth foul.

With the Eagles' long-range shooting proving largely ineffective, Willetton was able to take advantage and its lead ballooned out to 11 three minutes into the second half.

But East Perth responded once more and took the lead after hitting the first basket of the fourth quarter.

The two sides traded blows throughout the fourth quarter, with Willetton maintaining the lead until Norwood's field goal gave the Eagles the advantage.

After Kate Malpass gave the Tigers the lead once again, the Eagles had one last chance to win the game but Jorre De St Jorre's shot missed and Willetton held on.

Article by Jacob Kagi at the WA Basketball Centre
Courtesy of: WSBL




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


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  CHINA - Women  


China advanced to the Final of the 24th Asia Championship - by Eurobasket News
China-Japan 76:62

China advanced to the Final of the 24th FIBA Asia Championship for Women. The team outscored the hosts 76:62 and will face South Korea tomorrow in the Final. Japan meanwhile will take on Chinese Taipei for the third place.
Yuko Oga (170-G-82) gave Japan the first lead and as it became known later it was the last one. The sides were tied at 6:6, while Zengyu MA closed the opening period at 21:8. Another 17-13 in the second period brought the winning side 38:21 advantage. Nan CHEN scored for 41:21 and she also increased to 22 points midway through the third frame. Yuka MAMIYA later reduced to 60:42 for Japan. The latter also won the last period 20-16 but could not come closer.
Chen Nan (197-C-83) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Miao LiJie (180-G-81) netted 18. Ma Zengyu (183-F-84) notched 13 and Gao Song (190-F-92) scored 7. Yuko Oga ended up with 14 points in the losing case and Asami Yoshida (165-G-87) added 11.

China: Chen Nan 21+10 rebs, Miao LiJie 18, Ma Zengyu 13, Gao Song 7
Japan: Yuko Oga 14, Asami Yoshida 11, Moeko Nagaoka (180-F-93) 10




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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Kayla Pedersen will be the last edition for Good Angels Kosice - by Eurobasket News
Kayla Pedersen (193-F-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Stanford) will be the last edition for Good Angels Kosice in 2011/2012 season. The American Forward is currently enjoying the season with Tulsa Shock (WNBA).
In 2008-2009 Kayla started for Stanford (NCAA) and in 2009-2010 averaged 15.8ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 82.3%. In 2010-2011 played her last season for Stanford (NCAA, starting five) and in 35 games showed 12.6ppg, 8.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 26.2%, FT: 78.3%. She ended her Stanford career as the school's and Pac-10's all-time leader in rebounds (1,266). She also became fourth all-time in Stanford history with 8.4 rebounds per game and seventh with 1,941 points scored.
In 2011 was drafted by Tulsa Shock (WNBA, 1rd (7) and currently averages 8.3 points per game.
This season she recorded 18 points in June 23 against New York.Tulsa Shock fell 94-82 to the New York Liberty at the BOK Center. Tulsa scored 31 points -- the most in a quarter all season and more than the team scored in a half four times this year. The Liberty closed with a 17-6 run and Tulsa never got closer. Rookie forward Kayla Pedersen also had a career-high with 18 points.



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Dionne Pounds inked with Cats - by Elina Koskinen
Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, college: Lamar) has signed one-year-contract with Catz Lappeenranta. Pounds was awarded the MVP player trophy last season. She finished the season 2010-2011 with average 24,1 ppg, 6,7 rpg, 3,6 apg and 3,9 spg. During the years 2002-2007 Pounds played in Pasadena City College and in the University of Lamar. Earlier in Finland Pounds has played in HoNsU and PeKa. In PeKa Pounds won the Finish Championship in 2008. She has also played 25 games in Finland national team.

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  GERMANY - Women  


Rhein Main Baskets keep the majority of the squad - by Eurobasket News
Rhein Main Baskets keep the majority of the squad for the next season and announced keeping Nelli Dietrich (169-G-89), Svenja Greunke (188-F-89), Francis Pieczynski (187-C-89), Nadine Ripper (176-F-88), Anna-lisa Rexroth (174-G-90) and Stephanie Wagner (181-F-90) for 2011/2012 season.
Svenja Greunke was one of the key players averaging 11.1 points per game. In 2006-2007 she started for TV Langen (2.Bundesliga, starting five) and then in 2008-2009 joined Rhein Main Baskets (2.Bundesliga, starting five). In 2010-2011 after 21 games her stats read 11.1ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.9apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 74.6%.
Anna-lisa Rexroth was the second player with high stats after Svenja Greunke. In 2010-2011 for Rhein Main Baskets (DBBL, starting five) she had 9.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 40.2%, 3PT: 31.2%, FT: 86.1%.
Stephanie Wagner averaged 9.1ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 34.6%, 3PT: 30.3%, FT: 83.8%. She was also a national team player this season.



Herner TC announced few signings - by Eurobasket News
Herner TC announced few signings for the upcoming season that will be again coached by Marek Piotrowski . The Polish specialist joined the team in 2007-2008 and remains with the squad for the 2011/2012 season.
Pia Kassack (186-F/C-82), Michelle Muller (186-F/C-92), Anna-Lena Schmidt (178-G-93), Emina Karic (178-G/F-91) and Brauer Luisa (178-G-93) will remain in the squad from the previous season. Emina Karic is a U20 National team player. At the European Championships U20 in Serbia after 9 games sge averaged 5.2ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 28.8%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 50.0%. In her top game she notched 15 points as Germany made the first win in Group C betaing Belarus.
Ramona Tews (175-PG-92) will come back from New Basket Oberhausen. In 2006-2007 she started for Herner TC (2.Bundesliga) and in March 2010 moves to signed at evo New Basket Oberhausen (DBBL).
Nicole Egert (178-G) is a German Guard coming from TG Neuss (2.Bundesliga). Last season in 15 games she averaged 1.7ppg, 1.4rpg.



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  HOLLAND - Women  


STOL-Grasshoppers tab Lauren Beckley - by Eurobasket News
STOL-Grasshoppers tab Lauren Beckley (181-F/C, college: Shippensburg) for the upcoming season. The American Power Forward comes from Danemark.
In 2007-2008 she started with Shippensburg (NCAA2, starting five) and later was named PSAC Western Division Player of the Year, earning her second straight PSAC First Team selection. She capped off her season ranked fourth in the nation in scoring and ninth in rebounds per game.
In 2010-2011 moved to Lemvig (Denmark-Dameligaen, starting five). After 24 games she became the top-scorer of the League with 21.6ppg, Reb-3 (9.8rpg), 1.6apg, 1.8spg, FGP-3 (55.8%), 3PT: 26.1%, FT: 79.6%.
She recorded 38 points at the Regular Season Round 11. Lemvig rolled over Vaerlose 82:63 early in December. It was a great evening for American power forward Lauren Beckley who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds.
Lauren Beckley was named Eurobasket.com All-Danish League 1st Team -11 and Eurobasket.com Danish League All-Imports Team -11.



Kim Hartman joins ProBuild Lions - by Eurobasket News
Kim Hartman (175-G-86) joins ProBuild Lions for 2011/2012 season. The Dutch Guard comes from Wereldtickets.nl BV Leiderdorp.
In 2006-2007 she started for Yellow Bike Den Helder (Eredivisie, starting five) and in 2007-2008 for Yellow Bike Den Helder (Eredivisie) averaged 3.5ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.5apg. In 2008-2009 moved to HLB Accountants Den Helder (Eredivisie, starting five) and in her second season there had 5.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.1apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 47.3%, FT: 87.2%. In 2010-2011 moved to Wereldtickets.nl BV Leiderdorp (Eredivisie, starting five) and in 20 games showed 8.2ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.0apg, 2.9spg, 2FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 25.6%, FT: 67.9%.
Together with the team last season she became the champion of the league. Wereldtickets.nl became the new Eredivisie champion. They outplayed Binnenland in Game Three 73-65 winning the title with perfect 3-0. Wereldtickets.nl finished regular season as No.5 with 11-7 record. They eliminated Grasshoppers and HLB Accountants in the Quarterfinals and Semis.



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  INDIA - Women  


India retains their place in Level I for next edition of the Asia Championship - by Eurobasket News
India-Malaysia 66:60

India retains their place in Level I for next edition of the FIBA Asia Championship for Women. The team needed 66:60 over Malaysia on Saturday. Indias win was their third successive success against the same opponent at the same stage.
Although India looked better in the first 10 minutes, Malaysia grabbed 19:17 lead at the end of it. Suik May KEW scored for 22:17 and, while Geethu Anna JOSE tied the score at 25:25. Anitha Pauldurai (170-G-85) sent the teams to the lockers at 31:29. The third quarter became decisive in the game as India produced a 21-12 for 52:41 with 10 minutes to go. Moreover Prashanti SINGH scored for 60:47 with 7 minutes to play. Malaysia erupted for 9-0 run and Woon Yuen TEO reduced it to 60:56. Moreover Woon Yuen TEO scored for 62:60 with 2 minutes, but Prashanti SINGH brought the last four points for India to clinch the victory with them.
Anitha Pauldurai stepped up with 23 points for the winners and Geethu Anna Jose (185-C-85) added 18 points and 10 rebounds. Prashanti Singh (173-G-84) notched 14, while Bharti Netam (168-F/C-86) posted 7. Woon Yuen Teo (165-G-85) replied with 13 points in the losing effort and Kalaimathi Rajintiran (185-C-90) delivered 12.

India: Anitha Pauldurai 23, Geethu Anna Jose 18+10 rebs, Prashanti Singh 14, Bharti Netam 7
Malaysia: Woon Yuen Teo 13, Kalaimathi Rajintiran 12, Hui Pin Pang (176-90) 11



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  ISRAEL - Women  


ELIZUR HOLON SIGNED BAR GILINSKY - by Gil Goshen

Elirzur Holon signed the Israeli national team Forward and the leader of the U20
for another year.

2008-2009: Elitzur Maclaren Holon (D1): 15 games: 4.1ppg, 2.3rpg
2010-2011: Elitzur Maclaren Holon (D1, starting five): 19 games: 9.6ppg, 7.2rpg, FGP: 37.1%, FT: 69.8%
European Championships U20 Division B in Ohrid (FYR Macedonia) -11: 8 games: Score-3 (16.9ppg), Reb-1 (10.0rpg), 1.0apg, FGP: 38.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 72.4%.
Bar Gilinsky (185-F-92)


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  JAPAN - Women  


China advanced to the Final of the 24th Asia Championship - by Eurobasket News
China-Japan 76:62

China advanced to the Final of the 24th FIBA Asia Championship for Women. The team outscored the hosts 76:62 and will face South Korea tomorrow in the Final. Japan meanwhile will take on Chinese Taipei for the third place.
Yuko Oga (170-G-82) gave Japan the first lead and as it became known later it was the last one. The sides were tied at 6:6, while Zengyu MA closed the opening period at 21:8. Another 17-13 in the second period brought the winning side 38:21 advantage. Nan CHEN scored for 41:21 and she also increased to 22 points midway through the third frame. Yuka MAMIYA later reduced to 60:42 for Japan. The latter also won the last period 20-16 but could not come closer.
Chen Nan (197-C-83) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Miao LiJie (180-G-81) netted 18. Ma Zengyu (183-F-84) notched 13 and Gao Song (190-F-92) scored 7. Yuko Oga ended up with 14 points in the losing case and Asami Yoshida (165-G-87) added 11.

China: Chen Nan 21+10 rebs, Miao LiJie 18, Ma Zengyu 13, Gao Song 7
Japan: Yuko Oga 14, Asami Yoshida 11, Moeko Nagaoka (180-F-93) 10




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  KAZAKHSTAN - Women  


Kazakhstan could not make it to the Level I for next edition of the Asia Championship - by Eurobasket News
Lebanon-Kazakhstan 65:54

Kazakhstan could not make it to the Level I for next edition of the FIBA Asia Championship for Women. The team lost to Lebanon 54:65 on Saturday opener. Brittany Denson (192-C-87, college: S.Florida) was too good for the opponents.
Brittany Denson opened the scoring for the game, while Anastassiya Alishauskaite replied with a three-pointer, but it was Brittany Denson after that all the way for a long time. The winners grabbed 26:14 after the first period and never looked behind in the first period. Nadezhda Kondrakova (192-C-89) reduced to 32:26, but Lebanon had 7 points advantage at the halftime. No matter how close Kazakhstan could come in the third period, they did not tie the game. Only Nadezhda Kondrakovas shot gave Kazakhstan 50:49 lead in the last stanza. Brittany Denson responded immediately for 51:50 and she brought another four points for Lebanon. Nisrin DANDAN was the last to score for the winning side and will remain with them in Level I for next edition of the FIBA Asia Championship for Women.
Brittany Denson erupted with 31 points and 20 rebounds, while Nayla Alameddine (175-F-82) added 9. Zalina Kurazova (184-F-85) and Nadezhda Kondrakova scored 17 points each and added 23 rebounds together. Tamara Seregina (182-F-90) followed them with 10 points in a loss.

Lebanon: Brittany Denson 31+20 rebs, Nayla Alameddine 9
Kazakhstan: Zalina Kurazova 17+10 rebs, Nadezhda Kondrakova 17+13 rebs, Tamara Seregina 10



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  MALAYSIA - Women  


India retains their place in Level I for next edition of the Asia Championship - by Eurobasket News
India-Malaysia 66:60

India retains their place in Level I for next edition of the FIBA Asia Championship for Women. The team needed 66:60 over Malaysia on Saturday. Indias win was their third successive success against the same opponent at the same stage.
Although India looked better in the first 10 minutes, Malaysia grabbed 19:17 lead at the end of it. Suik May KEW scored for 22:17 and, while Geethu Anna JOSE tied the score at 25:25. Anitha Pauldurai (170-G-85) sent the teams to the lockers at 31:29. The third quarter became decisive in the game as India produced a 21-12 for 52:41 with 10 minutes to go. Moreover Prashanti SINGH scored for 60:47 with 7 minutes to play. Malaysia erupted for 9-0 run and Woon Yuen TEO reduced it to 60:56. Moreover Woon Yuen TEO scored for 62:60 with 2 minutes, but Prashanti SINGH brought the last four points for India to clinch the victory with them.
Anitha Pauldurai stepped up with 23 points for the winners and Geethu Anna Jose (185-C-85) added 18 points and 10 rebounds. Prashanti Singh (173-G-84) notched 14, while Bharti Netam (168-F/C-86) posted 7. Woon Yuen Teo (165-G-85) replied with 13 points in the losing effort and Kalaimathi Rajintiran (185-C-90) delivered 12.

India: Anitha Pauldurai 23, Geethu Anna Jose 18+10 rebs, Prashanti Singh 14, Bharti Netam 7
Malaysia: Woon Yuen Teo 13, Kalaimathi Rajintiran 12, Hui Pin Pang (176-90) 11



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  NCAA1 - Women  


Solna Vikings land rookie Tanisha Smith - by Eurobasket News
Tanisha Smith (183-G/F-88) is set to start her professional basketball career. The American guard/small forward penned a one-season deal with Swedish team Solna Vikings. She graduated at the Texas A&M University a year ago. Smith had 15.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.6 apg and 2.2 spg for her school in 34 games as a senior. Texas A&M won the Big 12 tournament and Smith was named All-Big 12 1st Team. Smith was selected in the second round of the 2010 WNBA draft by the Seattle Storm, but never got a deal. Tanisha Smith transferred to Texas A&M in 2008 from Arkansas - Ft.Smith JC. She also has experience from the University of Arkansas, where she spent one year. In 2009 with Texas A&M Smith reached NCAA Sweet 16. That same year she was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.

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  POLAND - Women  


Real Canoe keeps Katarzyna Dluzyk - by Eurobasket News
Katarzyna Dluzyk (175-PG-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) will play at least one more season in Spain. The Polish point guard signed a one-year contract extension with Real Canoe. It will be their fourth straight year together. Dlzyk played 30 games in LF2 last season collecting 9.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 1.3 apg. She helped Real Canoe to end as No.2 in Group B. Katarzyna Dluzyk joined Real Canoe in 2008. He left them shortly in January of 2010 for the German WWK Donau-Ries Noerdlingen. There she had 11.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 3.4 apg for 9 games. In the past, Katarzyna Dluzyk played for SV Halle Lions, Zepter Tigers Wels, Belkaw BasCats and Besnberg. In Poland, she was a member of WIsla Krakow, SMS Warszawa and UKS7 Poznan.

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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


MBK Region Roznava bring Jozef Lovik and Zuzana Babarikova - by Eurobasket News
MBK Region Roznava bring Jozef Lovik and Zuzana Babarikova (176-F-86) for the upcoming season.
Zuzana Babarikova started her career in 2004-2005 for UMB Banska Bystrica (Extraliga). In her second season there she averaged 5.6ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.2apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 48.1%, FT: 72.4%. In 2008-2009 moved to BK Inpek UKF Nitra (Extraliga) and in 15 games showed 1.7ppg, 0.9rpg, 0.9spg. In 2009-2010 for BK Inpek UKF Nitra (Extraliga) Zuzana improved to 4.2ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.3spg. The last season for Nitra in 34 games her stats read 3.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.1spg.
Jozef Lovik became the new Head Coach of the team. As a Head Coach in 2005-2006 he started with BK Dolny Kubin (League One), started the season also as head coach of UMB Banska Bystrica (Extraliga) women team, but resigned in Feb.'06 prefering to focus on his playing career. In 2006-2007 moved to BK SKP UMB Banska Bystrica (League One), started the season as a coach assistant, in Feb.'07 promoted to a Head Coach. In Feb.'08 moved to Slovintegra Levice (Extraliga) and last season coached SKP Banska Bystrica (Extraliga).



Kayla Pedersen will be the last edition for Good Angels Kosice - by Eurobasket News
Kayla Pedersen (193-F-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Stanford) will be the last edition for Good Angels Kosice in 2011/2012 season. The American Forward is currently enjoying the season with Tulsa Shock (WNBA).
In 2008-2009 Kayla started for Stanford (NCAA) and in 2009-2010 averaged 15.8ppg, 9.5rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 82.3%. In 2010-2011 played her last season for Stanford (NCAA, starting five) and in 35 games showed 12.6ppg, 8.0rpg, 3.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 26.2%, FT: 78.3%. She ended her Stanford career as the school's and Pac-10's all-time leader in rebounds (1,266). She also became fourth all-time in Stanford history with 8.4 rebounds per game and seventh with 1,941 points scored.
In 2011 was drafted by Tulsa Shock (WNBA, 1rd (7) and currently averages 8.3 points per game.
This season she recorded 18 points in June 23 against New York.Tulsa Shock fell 94-82 to the New York Liberty at the BOK Center. Tulsa scored 31 points -- the most in a quarter all season and more than the team scored in a half four times this year. The Liberty closed with a 17-6 run and Tulsa never got closer. Rookie forward Kayla Pedersen also had a career-high with 18 points.



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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


South Korea steps closer to the title - by Eurobasket News
South Korea-Chinese Taipei 72:66

South Korea steps closer to the title at the 24th FIBA Asia Championship for Women. The undefeated team overcame Chinese Taipei 72:66 in the Semifinal clash to reach the Final.
Two days ago South Korea edged Chinese Taipei at the 24th FIBA Asia Championship for Women. The favorites grabbed 69:67 win to win Group A with 5-0 record. Chinese Taipei finished fourth with 2-3 record and advance to the semis as the last fourth team from the group.
Tonight Chinese Taipei opened the game with 16:14, but Choi Youn Ah (170-G-85) tied the game at 16:16 in the start of the second frame. South Korea won the second period 20-13 and Ajeong KANG closed the half at 34:29. Chun-Yi LIU later tied the game at 42:42, while Young Suk gave the favorites 51:46 advantage. In the last stanza South Korea stayed in front for the whole time and after 21-18 won the game.
Sin Jung Ja (185-C-80) paced all the winners with 15 points and Kim Jung Eun (180-F-87) as well as Choi Youn Ah netted 13 apiece. Ha Eunjoo (200-C-83) followed them with 12 points. Liu Chun-Yi (180-F/C-81) and Chiang Feng-Chun (184-F-81) replied with 15 points each in the losing effort.

South Korea: Sin Jung Ja 15, Kim Jung Eun 13, Choi Youn Ah 13, Ha Eunjoo 12
Chinese Taipei: Liu Chun-Yi 15, Chiang Feng-Chun 15



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  SPAIN - Women  


Real Canoe keeps Katarzyna Dluzyk - by Eurobasket News
Katarzyna Dluzyk (175-PG-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) will play at least one more season in Spain. The Polish point guard signed a one-year contract extension with Real Canoe. It will be their fourth straight year together. Dlzyk played 30 games in LF2 last season collecting 9.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 1.3 apg. She helped Real Canoe to end as No.2 in Group B. Katarzyna Dluzyk joined Real Canoe in 2008. He left them shortly in January of 2010 for the German WWK Donau-Ries Noerdlingen. There she had 11.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 3.4 apg for 9 games. In the past, Katarzyna Dluzyk played for SV Halle Lions, Zepter Tigers Wels, Belkaw BasCats and Besnberg. In Poland, she was a member of WIsla Krakow, SMS Warszawa and UKS7 Poznan.

UNB Obenasa Navarra adds Paula Segui - by Eurobasket News
UNB Obenasa Navarra Lacturale added another player for the upcoming season. The Spanish outfit penned a one-year deal with Paula Segui (191-C-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas). The experienced center heads to Navarra from Ibiza, where she spent last season. She appeared 23 times in LFB averaging 4.9 points and 4 rebounds. Before Ibiza, Paula Segui spent one year with Soler Joventut Mariana. She had limited playing time with them registering 1.9 ppg and 1.8 rpg in 24 games. From 2007 to 2009, Segui played for San Jose Leon. She had 4.2 ppg and 2.4 rpg for them in both years (LFB). In the past, Paula Segui also played for Celta Vito and Barcelona. She won LFB title in 2005 with Vigo. Segui played for the Spanish NT in 2003 and 2006.

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  SWEDEN - Women  


Solna Vikings land rookie Tanisha Smith - by Eurobasket News
Tanisha Smith (183-G/F-88) is set to start her professional basketball career. The American guard/small forward penned a one-season deal with Swedish team Solna Vikings. She graduated at the Texas A&M University a year ago. Smith had 15.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 3.6 apg and 2.2 spg for her school in 34 games as a senior. Texas A&M won the Big 12 tournament and Smith was named All-Big 12 1st Team. Smith was selected in the second round of the 2010 WNBA draft by the Seattle Storm, but never got a deal. Tanisha Smith transferred to Texas A&M in 2008 from Arkansas - Ft.Smith JC. She also has experience from the University of Arkansas, where she spent one year. In 2009 with Texas A&M Smith reached NCAA Sweet 16. That same year she was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.

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  TAIWAN - Women  


South Korea steps closer to the title - by Eurobasket News
South Korea-Chinese Taipei 72:66

South Korea steps closer to the title at the 24th FIBA Asia Championship for Women. The undefeated team overcame Chinese Taipei 72:66 in the Semifinal clash to reach the Final.
Two days ago South Korea edged Chinese Taipei at the 24th FIBA Asia Championship for Women. The favorites grabbed 69:67 win to win Group A with 5-0 record. Chinese Taipei finished fourth with 2-3 record and advance to the semis as the last fourth team from the group.
Tonight Chinese Taipei opened the game with 16:14, but Choi Youn Ah (170-G-85) tied the game at 16:16 in the start of the second frame. South Korea won the second period 20-13 and Ajeong KANG closed the half at 34:29. Chun-Yi LIU later tied the game at 42:42, while Young Suk gave the favorites 51:46 advantage. In the last stanza South Korea stayed in front for the whole time and after 21-18 won the game.
Sin Jung Ja (185-C-80) paced all the winners with 15 points and Kim Jung Eun (180-F-87) as well as Choi Youn Ah netted 13 apiece. Ha Eunjoo (200-C-83) followed them with 12 points. Liu Chun-Yi (180-F/C-81) and Chiang Feng-Chun (184-F-81) replied with 15 points each in the losing effort.

South Korea: Sin Jung Ja 15, Kim Jung Eun 13, Choi Youn Ah 13, Ha Eunjoo 12
Chinese Taipei: Liu Chun-Yi 15, Chiang Feng-Chun 15



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  TURKEY - Women  


Nazli Guler joins Tarsus - by Eurobasket News
Nazli Guler (182-F-82, agency: 1x1 Sports) is a new member of Tarsus. The Turkish forward penned a deal for the next season. Guler heads to Tarsus from Samsun, where she spent last season. He appeared 15 times in TKBL averaging 2.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1 assist. They parted ways in February. Nazli Guler played for Besiktas in 2009/10 and before that from 2005 to 2008. In the meantime she spent one year with Ted Kayseri. With them Guler had 8.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 1.8 apg for 22 games in Turkish top division. In 2010 with Besiktas, Nazli Guler reached Turkish Cup Semifinals. In the past, played for Fenerbahce. She won the title with them in 2005.

Standings - TBBL
TKBL Standings
 1. Antakya 0-0 
 2. Besiktas 0-0 
 3. Botas 0-0 
 4. Burhaniye Bld 0-0 
 5. Ceyhan Bld 0-0 
 6. Fenerbahce 0-0 
 7. Galatasaray 0-0 
 8. Istanbul Univ. 0-0 
 9. Kayseri 0-0 
 10. Mersin 0-0 
 11. Optimum TED 0-0 
 12. Samsun 0-0 
 13. Tarsus Bld 0-0 


TBB2L Standings - by Eurobasket
TKB2L Standings
Group A
 1. Adana BSB 0-0 
 2. Baglar Bld 0-0 
 3. Bodrum 0-0 
 4. Bursa BSB 0-0 
 5. Cankaya 0-0 
 6. Dortyol 0-0 
 7. Gure 0-0 
 8. Izmir BSB 0-0 
 9. Kocaeli 0-0 
 10. Konak Gures 0-0 
 11. Nigde 0-0 
 12. Nigde T.T. 0-0 
 13. TED Ankara 0-0 
Group B
 1. AGIAD 0-0 
 2. Antakya Bld 0-0 
 3. Antalya Koleji 0-0 
 4. Bandirma 0-0 
 5. Basketbol Koleji 0-0 
 6. Bay 0-0 
 7. Canik Bld 0-0 
 8. Edremit 0-0 
 9. Izmir Basketbol 0-0 
 10. Kuzova 0-0 
 11. Nallihan 0-0 
 12. Nesibe 0-0 


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  WNBA - Women  


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Indiana F. 19-8 
 2. Connecticut S. 18-10 
 3. New York L. 16-12 
 4. Atlanta D. 14-13 
 5. Chicago S. 13-15 
 6. Washington M. 5-22 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 22-6 
 2. Seattle S. 16-12 
 3. Phoenix M. 15-12 
 4. S.Antonio SS 13-14 
 5. L.Angeles S. 12-16 
 6. Tulsa S. 2-25 


Prince, Fowles lead Sky to 80-67 win over Mystics - by Eurobasket News
Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers) had 18 points and Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) scored 14 - all in the second half - and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Chicago Sky to an 80-67 victory over the Washington Mystics on Friday night.

Tamera Young (6'2''-G-86, college: JMU) added 12 points for Chicago (13-15), which moved 1 1/2 games behind fourth-place Atlanta in the Eastern Conference.

Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) scored 19 points, Kelly Miller had 13 and Matee Ajavon added 12 for the Mystics (5-22), who have lost seven straight.

Fowles, limited to 4:57 of playing time in the first half due to early foul trouble, dominated play in the second half as Chicago pulled away from a 49-49 tie midway through the third quarter.

The Sky led 61-55 entering the final period but pushed the margin to 18 with 5:06 to play. They never led the lead slip under double digits the rest of the way

Chicago led by as many as 15 points in the second quarter before Washington's 11-0 run over a 4-minute span cut the Sky's lead to single digits.

Prince hit a jumper with 31 seconds left and followed with a 3 pointer as the Sky opened a 45-38 lead at the break.

The Mystics staged another run early in the third quarter, tying the game at 49-all on Ajavon's bank shot with 4 1/2 minutes remaining. Fowles scored eight points to restore Chicago's lead to six entering the fourth.

Washington was scheduled to return home for a Sunday game with Phoenix. But the impending arrival of Hurricane Irene could force postponement of that game.

Chicago hosts New York on Sunday and the Liberty were on hand to watch Friday's game after leaving New York ahead of the hurricane.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Connecticut beats Phoenix, 95-92 - by Eurobasket News
Kara Lawson (5'8''-G-81, college: Tennessee) scored all of 14 points in the fourth quarter, including a go-ahead 3-pointer in the final minute, as the Connecticut Sun rallied to beat the Phoenix Mercury Friday, 95-92, before 9,007 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

The Sun trailed by as much as 11 points (64-53) with over three minutes left in the third quarter.

Asjha Jones (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) had 16 points and 11 rebounds for Connecticut (18-10), which assured its first winning season in two years. Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) added 17 points and nine rebounds.

Penny Taylor (6'1''-F-81) and Diana Taurasi both scored 26 for the Mercury (15-12).

Courtesy of www.theday.com


Augustus, Moore lead Lynx over Silver Stars - by Eurobasket News
Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) scored 19 points and Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89, college: Connecticut) added 18 points and seven rebounds to lead the Minnesota Lynx to an 85-75 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars on Friday night.

Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota) added 14 points and nine assists and Rebekkah Brunson had 15 points and eight boards for the Lynx (22-6), who are running away from the rest of the Western Conference.

Silver Stars rookie Danielle Adams (6'1''-F/C-89, college: Texas A&M) scored 10 points in her first game back with the Silver Stars since July 26 because of a sprained right foot. Sophia Young added 10 points and six rebounds. But San Antonio was outscored 17-1 to start the fourth period en route to its fifth straight loss.

Courtesy of www.kxnet.com


Swoopes' late jumper lifts Shock past Sparks 77-75 to end record 20-game losing streak - by Eurobasket News
Sheryl Swoopes (6'0''-F/G-71, college: Texas Tech) hit a jumper with 2.9 seconds remaining to lift Tulsa to a 77-75 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Friday night, ending the Shock's WNBA-record 20-game losing streak.

Tiffany Jackson (6'3''-F-85, college: Texas) had 20 points and 11 rebounds, Ivory Latta (5'6''-G-84, college: N.Carolina) had 18 points and Swoopes finished with 17 points and nine rebounds for Tulsa (2-25). The Shock's only other win this season came at home against Washington on June 18.

Tulsa had also lost 22 in a row on the road, including the first 13 this season.

DeLisha Milton-Jones led the Sparks (12-16) with 24 points, while Tina Thompson added 16.

The loss spoiled a festive night for Los Angeles, which announced at halftime that former star Lisa Leslie was joining the team's ownership group.

Courtesy of www.newser.com