EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/10/2011

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Crvena Zvezda Beograd extends Nemanja Nedovic and Uros Nikolic - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda Beograd announced signing of a one-year contract extensions with Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87).
Nemanja Nedovic was one of the best Crvena Zvezda players last season. He had 16.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 4 apg in 14 Serbian league games. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Most Improved Player of the Year -11. In Adriatic league, Nedovic added 10.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 2.5 apg. Nedovic exploded at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao. He had 19.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.8 apg and 1.4 spg in 8 games. Eurobasket awarded him with Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 2nd Team -11.
Uros Nikolic shined with 16.8 ppg and 7.1 rpg in 14 Serbian league games last season. He added 8.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 1 bpg in 24 Adriatic league appearances. Nikolic won the Slovenian league title with Krka in 2010. He joined Crvena Zvezda last summer.


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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina tops Dominican Republic 84-58, both teams go to Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
ARGENTINA - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 84-58

Argentina had no troubles to beat Dominican Republic 84-58 in the last game of the Quarterfinals Round in Mar del Plata. Argentina jumped to 6-1 and advanced to Semifinals as the second ranked team. Argentineans will play against Puerto Rico at the next stage. Dominican Republic slipped to 4-3 score (4th place) and will meet Brazil in the Semis. Finalists will book a spot for the Olympic Games 2012 in London. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) came up with 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) (5 as) and Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) (8 rebs) helped with 17 and 16 points respectively. For Dominicans, Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) collected 16 points and 8 rebounds. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) added 12 points in this loss. Quarters: 17-14, 22-19, 19-16, 26-9. Semifinals are scheduled for Saturday.

Argentina: Luis Scola 25+7 boards, Emanuel Ginobili 17+5 as, Carlos Delfino 16+8 boards
Dominican Republic: Alfred Horford 16+8 boards, Francisco Garcia 12


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  AUSTRALIA   


Breakers release statement on Corey Webster - by Eurobasket News
The NZ Breakers have released the following statement from General Manager Richard Clarke.

The NZ Breakers have been informed by Corey Webster (185-G-88, college: Lambuth) that he has received advisory from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority regarding a positive test for a prohibited substance.

Corey is currently receiving legal advice as to his position, and plans to present his case in detail at a hearing in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Sydney which will be conducted under the jurisdiction of Basketball Australias anti-doping policy.

The Club understands that the positive sample is for a synthetic form of Cannabis that was not illegal to either possess or consume in New Zealand at the time of the incident, and that furthermore, although it is not deemed to be a performance enhancing substance, it is nevertheless a prohibited substance according to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Basketball Australia has the discretion to provisionally suspend Webster pending the outcome of the hearing. The Club will wait on the outcome of that hearing before determining Coreys future with the Breakers. Webster will not be involved in the Breakers programme until the hearing result is known.
There is a process to be followed with relation to the hearing. Such cases are confidential until the outcome of any appeal is heard and final judgment. With increasing speculation surrounding this matter the Club and Corey considered it in the best interests of all affected to release this information.

Because of the timing of the notification and the impact of the likely provisional suspension, the Club will be adding an additional player to our roster for the 2011-12 season. An announcement will be made on this once confirmed.

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


Australia topple New Zealand, book ticket to London - by Eurobasket News
Australia - New Zealand 81:64

Australia celebrated the second straight win over New Zealand clinching Oceania Championship series. The Boomers earned a comfortable win in Game 2 in Brisbane to seal their London Olympic Games appearance. Brad Newley (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 12 points to lead the effort.
The Boomers jumped to an early lead. They posted a 24:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) opened a double-digit lead for the Boomers midway through the second quarter. But the Tall Blacks cut the deficit to just two points at the interval 34:36. Alex Pledger (216-C-87, college: Belm.Abbey) and Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) put the Tall Blacks in front 42:40 early in the third term. The lead changed hands for several times before New Zealand posted a 54:53 advantage with one quarter remaining. Australia used a massive 21:0 run in the fourth period to clear off and never looked back afterwards. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt) scored 11 points, while Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA), Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket) and Aleks Maric added 9 points apiece in the victory. Kirk Penney answered with game-high 17 points for the Tall Blacks. Alex Pledger netted 9 points in defeat.

Australia: Brad Newley 12, Andrew James Ogilvy 11, Patrick Mills 9, Matt Nielsen 9, Aleks Maric 9
New Zealand: Kirk Penney 17, Alex Pledger 9



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Transfer News - by Stefan Prager
A few transactions have been made in tha last days in the Austrian ABL. Kapfenberg Bulls signed former Belgian U20 national team player Mikhael Linskens (213-C-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Wyoming) as an replacement for the sidelined Heinz Kgerl. Linskens is coming of Liege. The 7'0'' center started his career at Atomia Brussels before going overseas to play some NCAA ball for Wyoming. Last season Linskens was faced with limited minutes in just five appearences for Liege.

Meanwhile UBC St. Poelten brought back center Igor Bakovic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances). The Bosnian - Canadian Bakovic last played for Eroins Cherno More of Bulgaria in 2009/2010. It will be his second stint with St. Poelten. He already played there in 2008/2009.

The Gussing Knights signed Belgian forward Thomas Dreesen (199-F-88, agency: Court Side) to a try out. Dreesen last played for KBBC Zolder in Belgiums second league. In his first two games for the Knights Dreesen scored 19 and 11 points. He also played in Germanys BBL for Phoenix Hagen in the last years. In 2009 he was a member of the Belgian national team.


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Cory Carr Signs w/ Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Will Play 11th Season of Israeli Basketball - by David Pick
Texas Tech grad. Cory Carr (Agency: @2Talent Managment) will astonishingly play his eleventh season in Israel, but for the first time in the national league, as he joins favorites Hapoel Usishkin Tel-Aviv for the next two seasons.

Carr has been practicing with the 'Red Devils' since returning from the United States earlier this summer and has successfully impressed both the coaching staff and management who were keen on signing the Israeli veteran. Also important to note, last summer, Carr also worked out with the team but eventually signed a deal in Cyprus before returning to Israel's top division in April for another effort with Ashkelon. The 6-foot-4 vet brought with him an enormous amount of experience averaging 14.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.4apg. His striking performance came against local champs Maccabi Tel Aviv dropping 29 points (5/8 from deep) and collecting 7 boards in an overtime 96:92 losing effort.

Carr's basketball career began in 1994 playing for Texas Tech (NCAA). In his last college season he was awarded Texas Tech's all-time leading three-point shooter and fourth all-time leading scorer. Prior to his long European career, Carr experienced playing in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls.

His Israeli resume includes Maccabi Raanana, Hapoel Galil Elyon, Hapoel Haifa/Ramat Hasharon, Maccabi Givat Shmuel, Hapoel Ironi Nahariya and Elitzur Ashkelon. Along the way Carr also received his Israeli citizenship and is recognized by many as an Israeli in every sense of the word. Carr also played in France (Pau-Orthez, Nancy), Italy (Agricola Gloria Montecatini) and Cyprus (Primetel Apollon).

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd


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Referee Training in Belmopan!!! - by David Magana
The Belize Basketball Federation and the national instructor Karim Juan conducted a clinic for new referee aspirants this past Saturday at the Belmopan Comprehensive High School. Karim Juan, a FIBA certified official who is a basketball enthusiast and has spent some time trying to encourage youths both male and female - to try out refereeing. The clinic was divided into two full day sessions which covered knowledge and philosophy of the game and how to communicate via signs and signals. At the end of the second days session, participants were asked to take a physical and a written test for them to see how close - or far - they were from being qualified to be a referee. The main goal of the clinic was for interested persons to have a more concrete grasp of the requirements for certification and how they could better prepare themselves to become real referees. The clinic was targeting Belizeans living in central and southern Belize. Participants came from San Igancio/Santa Elena, Belmopan and Dangriga. A similar clinic will be held at the Civic Center Conference Room in Belize City for Belize, Orange Walk and Corozal districts, on September 23th to 24th and both days it will run from 9 a.m. 4 p.m. Lunch will be provided for all participants. This clinic is also approved by the Ministry of Education as personal development for primary and secondary school teachers.

During the first days session, attendants were shown some of the more common hand gestures referees utilized during a typical game. Major rules of the game and common infractions were reviewed and video clips were utilized to help illustrate when different signals would be appropriate. Hand in hand with this the responsibilities and expectations of a referee were highlighted and referees in attendance shared their experiences; describing some of their more memorable encounters as well as common trials that referees endure. The second day focused on analysis and philosophy of the game and ended with the aforementioned tests.

The tests were not meant to be easy. The written was covered a great deal of information and many admitted to understandably - not being able to recall all the details of the two day session. Few realized how fit referees need to be in order to properly carry out their duties. The physical test was more of an endurance test to help in evaluation of the aspirants stamina. Although, near the afternoons end, it had been an intensely hot day and under the shade, and temperatures were in the upper 90s. Those up for the test were asked to do the equivalent of 86 laps across the court. Most started with enthusiasm, but the heat soon wore down even some of the more fit participants and few made it to the end. The point of this test then? to let those interested know that it takes a little more than just two days training to become a referee. Nevertheless, it is a great experience and many refs will tell you it is worth it. With a little more preparation, we should likely see some of these same faces refereeing at local basketball games in the near future. National certification will be conducted in late November early December of this year in Belmopan.

The clinic was closely monitored by the BBF president Mr. Paul Thompson and by officials of the Belmopan Basketball association. The Federation along with Mr. Juan expressed their sincere gratitude towards Mr. Joseph Mahmud for his kind contribution to make this clinic possible, without his generous support the clinic would not have been successful.


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  BOSNIA   


Capljina Lasta adds Zlatan Halilbegovic - by Eurobasket News
Capljina Lasta continues with signings for the next season. Their latest addition is point guard Zlatan Halilbegovic (187-G-87). The 24-year-old Bosnian heads to Capljina from Sloboda Dita Tuzla. He had 12.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 2.5 apg for them in 19 games last season. Halilbegovic started as a teenager in Sloboda and never left the club, until now.
Recently, Capljina Last signed Albanian power forward/center Gerti Shima (205-F/C-86). He joined Capljina from Sport Klub Tirana. Shima helped them win the Albanian league title last season. Shima played for AS Prishtine from 2006 to 2008. Before that he was a member of Valbona Tropoje. In 2005/06 season Gerti Shima shined with 16.3 ppg and 5.8 rpg in four EuroCup Challenge games. Shima helped Valbona Tropoje to win Albanian league titles in both years (2005, 2006). They also celebrated in Albanian Cup in 2005. Gerti Shima is active member of the Albanian National Team.
Capljina also added Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-C-87) for the next season.


Siroki TT Kabeli meet Buducnost twice, score 1-1 - by Eurobasket News
Bosnian and Montenegrin champions met in two friendly games this week. The score is 1-1.
Buducnost won the first game with 74-64. The Montenegrins had a great first half making 29-45 lead. Siroki improved after the breather, but was not able seriously to treat. Ivan Ramljak (203-F-90) scored 18 points for the Bosnians. Darko Planinic (211-C-90) stopped to 10.
In the second game, Siroki celebrated 76-64 win. The home squad was in charge almost the entire game. Dino Butorac (192-G-90) came up with 16 points in this meeting. Boris Barac (206-F-92) helped with 15. In Buducnost, Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 17 points.


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  BRAZIL   


Brazil too strong for Puerto Rico 94-72, heads to Semis as No.1 - by Eurobasket News
PUERTO RICO - BRAZIL 72-94

Brazil advanced to Semifinals as No.1 with almost perfect 6-1 record. Brazilians handed 94-72 loss to Puerto Rico and will meet 4th ranked Dominican Republic in the Semis. Puerto Rico also advanced, but as No.3 with 5-2 record. They will play against the host of FIBA Americas Championship - Argentina. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) top-scored in Brazil with 18 points. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) had 17 points and 5 rebounds, while Vitor Alves (190-F/G-90) helped with 11 pts. Angel Alamo (206-F/C-85) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds in loss. Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) also had 15 points for Puerto Rico. Quarters: 15-29, 15-18, 19-30, 23-17). Semifinals are scheduled for Saturday.

Puerto Rico: Angel Alamo 15+6 boards, Renaldo Balkman 15
Brazil: Marquinhos Vieira 18, Tiago Splitter 17+5 boards, Vitor Alves 11


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Hoop It Up goes 24/7 with website launch! - by David Edole
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI --The BVI Hoop It Up Foundation yesterday September 7, 2011, launched their official website in response to the tremendous demand for information, news and reports of how the local basketballers that the Foundation has helped get College Scholarships, are doing with their studies and games.

Love him or hate him, you cant help but admire him as Steve Parillon (196-F-78, college: Henderson St.) has proven once again that when it comes to Basketball, his enthusiasm and drive is unmatched.

His determination to create not only a successful pathway for the Territorys youngsters to fulfil their dreams, but also to ensure they maintain an educational progress, has led him to launch www.bvihoopitup.com.

As President and Founder Parillon has a clear ambition to ensure no stone goes unturned as he and his colleagues ensure the Foundations goals.

I want to reach out to all young men, women and kids in the Territory. he said. I hope each individual that respects and appreciates what a foundation can do for a community will take the time out to visit the site and see what we are all about. This foundation, only 8 months old, is big in aspiration and results. We will continue to offer our services and work as long as the Virgin Islands exist.

Apart from information on all the various camps and activities of the Foundation, the website features articles on how all those lucky enough to receive scholarships so far are doing with their studies and acclimatising to living abroad.

In April, the BVI Hoop It up Foundation held their first annual Virgin Islands Showcase Camp that opened the opportunity for seven young men from the Virgin Islands to attend college. From this camp, 5 BVI players and 2 USVI players have earned scholarships to play college basketball in America.

The seven guys are now safe at their various institutions. I just wanted to make sure the guys got in safe, get their classes taken care of, and make sure they were comfortable with their situations, I have spoken with all of their coaches and they have given me the reassurance of the guys situations, commented Parillon.

Featured on the website are interviews with all the players which paint an interesting and unique picture on how life can change if you work and play hard.

According to Halstead JR Chiverton, I have never workout this hard in my life, their pro workout that we be doing for preparation for the season is unbelievable, you have to be dedicated or else your body would not last a week up here.

Azim Beazer who is at Missouri State West Plain is equally impressed. Its going good so far. I havent got that much homework and stuff I guess because the semester just started. We have study hall from 7:00- 9:00 from Mon-Thurs. with tutors to help you with your work.

LeManuel Fahie is a guard at Moberly Area Community College in Moberly, Missouri. As far as school goes, everything is moving in the right direction. Much different from the schools in the B.V.I, I saw a lot of new faces, different races, religions; everything is just new to me. Competition is way much harder than back home.

Killven Samuel concluded philosophically, College life is difficult as all of us know. Here at Seminole State Ive had good and bad days, but everyday isnt going to be a walk in the park. My team is full of comedians and hard working people, talented young men.

For the full interviews and all the other news on the Foundation log on to www.bvihoopitup.com




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  CANADA   


Panama beats Canada 91-89, both teams say goodbye to Mar del Plata - by Eurobasket News
PANAMA - CANADA 91-89

It was the last game in Mar del Plata for both teams. Panama celebrated their first victory 91-89 in the Quarterfinals Round, but it was not enough for them to avoid 8th place in FIBA Americas. On the other side, Canada dropped to position No.6 with 2-5 record. Both teams failed to book a spot for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia) exploded for Panama with 39 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) had 21 points and 12 boards, while Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) added 18 pts. In Canada, Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) shined with 24 points. Andrew Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) had 14 pts, while Kelly Olynyk (210-F-91) and Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) netted 13 points each. Quarters: 24-27, 25-21, 21-22, 21-19. FIBA Americas Championship continues on Saturday, but without Canada and Panama. Brazil, Argentina, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico will fight for the Finals and a spot for the Olympic Games 2012.

Panama: Gary Forbes 39+5 boards+6 as, Ruben Garces 21+12 boards, Josimar Ayarza 18
Canada: Carl English 24, Andrew Rautins 14, Kelly Olynyk 13, Jevohn Shepherd 13


Coach Leo Rautins leaves Canadian NT - by Eurobasket News
Leo Rautins is no longer a Head Coach of the Canadian National Team. The 41-year-old specialist decided to step down on his position after Canada's last game at the FIBA Americans Championship in Mar del Plata. It was an unexpected 89-91 loss against Panama. Canada finished as No.6 at this event with 2-5 record. It was not enough even for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Leo Rautins took over Team Canada in 2005. He led them in Tournament of the Americas (Copa America) in Santo Domingo -05, Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) -07, FIBA Americas in San Juan (Puerto Rico) -09, World Championships in Turkey -10 and
Marchand Cup in Foz de Iguazu (Brazil) -11.

'Leo has been the heart and soul of this program; he has built the team and made significant progress', said Wayne Parrish, CEO of Canada Basketball. 'Despite this disappointing loss, weve played some great basketball here in Argentina, which is result of Leos work with the team over the past years'. He continues, 'this team is going in the right direction and our focus is 2016. We would very much like Leo to be involved in some capacity.' (Courtesy www.fibaamericas.com)


Saint John Mill Rats re-sign trio - by Eurobasket News
The Saint John Mill Rats, presented by Rogers, are pleased to announce the re-signing of a key trio of players from last season's roster. Guard Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts) and forwards Marc Egerson (6'6''-G-86, college: Delaware) and Steve DeLuca (6'6''-G/F, college: Brandeis), who were all on the Mill Rats' protected list, are set to return.

'We're ecstatic to have these guys back in a Mill Rats uniform' said Mill Rats President and General Manager Ian McCarthy. 'Anthony and Mark were All-League performers, and Deluca is a fan favourite who developed into our secret weapon last season.'

The explosive Anderson, a 5'11 guard, led the Mill Rats with 19.05 points per game on a blistering 51% from the field and 41% from three point range. Despite having surgery in April for a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered on March 31st at Halifax, he has fully recovered and looking forward to competing in the new National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada).

'I feel great it's coming long better than I projected, so I'll be ready,' said Anderson who laced up the sneakers for the local 2011 Annual Armand Drummond Tournament last month at UNB-Saint John.

Egerson, a 6'7 forward, was right with Anderson at 18.95 points per game and also hauled in 5.26 rebounds per game. Deluca, also 6'7, is known for his sweet shooting stroke (40% from behind the arc).

The Mill Rats are now part of the new NBL Canada along with the Halifax Rainmen, Quebec Kebs, Moncton Miracles, Summerside Storm, London Lightning, and Oshawa Power.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Demasi bids goodbye to Mill Rats - by Eurobasket News
The player that came to personify the blue-collar work ethic of the Saint John Mill Rats has taken a white collar job.

Ross DeMasi (6'8''-F-86, college: SW Minnesota St.), who became an instant fan favourite last year for his hustle and determination, will not be returning to the team for the 2011-12 National Basketball League of Canada season. Instead, he'll be taking a teaching job in his hometown of Swanton, N.H.

Demasi played 13 games with Saint John last year in the Premier Basketball League, averaging 9.08 points, 7.6 rebounds and one block per night. He came to Saint John in February after the Vermont Frost Heaves folded.

'Ross was a great teammate and role model in terms of being active in the community, being on time for everything and working hard,' Ian McCarthy, Mill Rats general manager and president, said Wednesday. 'He made a real effort to reach out to the fans, to get to know them and I think they appreciated that.

'On the court Ross was a warrior, great skills inside and out. Even though he was limping sometimes with a sprained ankle, he never wanted to come out of a game. He just kept playing and gave it his best.'

The loss of Demasi leaves the Mill Rats with seven players from last year's roster who could return for the inaugural NBL season. McCarthy said he hopes to have guards Anthony Anderson and Marc Egerson along with forward Steve DeLuca signed by the end of this week.

Also expected to return is centre Modibo Diarra, who has been working out and conducting basketball camps in Saint John this summer. Forwards Terry Martin and P.J. Young are also possibilities.

Dwuan Rice, the other Frost Heaves player Saint John acquired last season, is playing pro ball in Germany this year.

Guard Mike Anderson of Grand Bay-Westfield is expected to compete for a spot with fellow Canadian guards Jerome Brown, Sherton Sanderson, and Kevin Massiah. All three were drafted by the Mill Rats in August. Each NBL team must have at least two Canadians on their 12-man roster.

Another possibility is guard Antonio Anderson, who split time last season in the NBA Development League with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and the Maine Red Claws. He is the younger brother of Anthony Anderson.

'Coach (Jaren Jackson) has also been scouting players in (Washington) D.C. and Baltimore and there are a number of players there he'd like to bring to camp,' McCarthy said.

The Mill Rats will stage an open tryout at Rothesay Netherwood School Oct. 8 followed by a player combine in Derry, N.H., Oct. 15. Training camp opens Oct. 18.

Each NBL team is allowed to bring 18 players to training camp. That number must be trimmed to 12 for the season opener Oct. 29 when the Moncton Miracles travel to Quebec City to take on the Kebs. The Mill Rats open the season on the road Nov. 4 in Prince Edward Island against the Summerside Storm. They play at home two days later versus the London Lightning. The Lightning franchise is led by former Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry coach Michael Ray Richardson. Richardson is expected to bring much of the Cavalry roster with him to London. Last year in the PBL, Lawton finished first during the regular season with a 17-2 record before falling in three games to the Rochester Razorsharks in the league final.

Courtesy of http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com


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  CHINA   


China Beats Iceland 80 - 66 - by Arthur Volbert
China defeated the Iceland National Team 80-66 today. It trailed this small country with a population of 300,000 16-13 after one quarter. However China rallied to lead 30-26 at the half and 54-45 after three quarters.

Yue Sun (206-G/F-85) led China with 16 points and 4 rebounds. Yi Jianlian had 13 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocks. Liu Wei had 10 points nad 4 rebounds but hit only 1 of 5 shots. Zhu Fangyu had 10 points and 4 rebounds but shot 2 of 10.

Ding Jinhui, returning from injury, had 5 rebounds in 20 minutes but had no shots and 2 points on 2 free throws. Wang Zhizhi had 6 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in 13 minutes. Zhang Zhaoxu had 8 points and 5 rebounds in 8 minutes and could be moving ahead of the offensively inept Su Wei on the center depth chart, Zhang Bo scored 6 points in 13 minutes.

Zhou Peng did not make the final 12-man roster because of injury. Duan Jiangpeng did not make the team because he did not have time to integrate into the flow of the offense. Zhang Qingpeng did not make the team because he isn't good enough. If China has this much trouble with a team from a nation of 300,000 how will it fare against a country of 80 million like Iran?



J.R. Smith Close to Signing With Shanxi - by Edward Bothfeld
According to Yahoo! Sports, J.R. Smith (198-G-85) is on the verge of signing a one-year, $3 million deal with Shanxi Zhongyu, making him the highest paid player in league history. By signing with Shanxi Zhongyu, Smith is taking a huge risk. As an unrestricted free agent, he is potentially forfeiting millions of dollars by not signing a multi-year contract with an NBA team. However, with the NBA still locked out and the terms of the new collective bargaining agreement unknown, he is taking the guaranteed money and season of the CBA.

It is also guaranteed that Smith will be taking a lot of shots. A seven-year NBA veteran, Smith was drafted out of high school as the 18th overall pick in the 2004 draft by the New Orleans Hornets. After two rocky years in New Orleans, he was traded to the Denver Nuggets via the Chicago Bulls, where he as been one of the league's best scorers off the bench for the past five seasons. Smith averaged 12.5 points in his seven years in the NBA, with his best season coming in 2009, when he averaged 15.2 points on 44% shooting, including 39% from three.

Often described as unpredictable and mercurial, Smith is an elite athlete with an ability to put a lot of points up in an exciting fashion, albeit with a questionable shot selection. With a seemingly endless shooting range and his propensity to dunk over much bigger defenders, J.R. Smith will be one of the top scorers in the CBA this season.



Jim Cleamons to Coach Zhejiang Guangsha - by Edward Bothfeld
The Zhejiang Guangsha Lions are bringing in Cleamons Jim to coach their two new star imports, Chandler Wilson (203-F/G-87, college: De Paul) and Clark Earl (206-F-88, college: Louisville). Cleamons boasts an impressive basketball resume. Out of The Ohio State University, he was the 13th overall pick in the 1971 draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. He was a part of the 1972 Lakers Championship team that featured Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West before being traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. In total, Cleamons played nine NBA seasons with the Lakers, Cavaliers, New York Knicks, and Washington Bullets.

After his playing career ended, his successful coaching career began. In 1989 he was hired as an assistant coach to the Chicago Bulls. While serving under one of the greatest coaches of all time, Phil Jackson, and being led by the greatest player of all time, Michael Jordan, Cleamons won four NBA championships in his seven seasons with the Bulls. After a short, unsuccessful tenure as the Dallas Mavericks head coach, he once again joined Phil Jacksons coaching staff, this time with the Los Angeles Lakers. With Kobe Bryant leading the way, Cleamons helped guide the Lakers to five NBA championships.

Needless to say, with ten NBA championships to his name, Cleamons Jim is a winner. The Zhejiang Guangsha Lions are hoping he can bring his winning ways to the team. With talented and motivated imports Chandler Wilson and Clark Earl on the roster; he is poised to do just that.



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  CROATIA   


Albacomp wins tournament in Darda - by Eurobasket News
Albacomp won the friendly tournament in Croatian city Darda. They grabbed 75-74 thriller win against the home squad in the Finals. Geary Claxton (196-G/F-86, college: Penn St.) was the leading player in victory with 22 points. Balazs Simon (188-PG-80, agency: Court Side) and Damian Hollis (203-F-88, college: George Washington) helped with 16 and 14 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Kamaldin Gamma (205-F/C-80) was better than the others with 16 points and Rudolf Jugo (183-G-84) had 13 points. Dejan Meznaric (205-F/C-87) followed him with one point less. Quarters: 18:16, 13:18, 18:19, 25:22.
In the first game in Darda, Albacomp trashed Serbian team Vojvodina. It was a huge 75-38 win. Darda was better than Zrinski 79-64 at the same day. In the Final Day, Zrinski outplayed Vojvodina 60-47 to win third place at this tournament.


Lokomotiv Kuban beats Cedevita 79-74 in a friendly - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban - Cedevita 79-74

Lokomotiv Kuban and Cedevita met in a friendly game yesterday. The Russian team was better celebrating 79-74 win at the end. The game was played in Slovenia. K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Clemson) was a key player for Lokomotiva with 28 points. Lionel Chalmers (184-G-80, college: Xavier) secured a great help adding 20 pts. On the other side, Chris Warren (196-F-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: S.Carolina) delivered 16 points for Cedevita. Chris Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) and Vedran Princ (192-G-82) stopped to 10 and 9 pts respectively. Quarters: 27:20, 22:14, 13:21, 17:19. Lokomotiv Kuban still waits their Head Coach Bozidar Maljkovic, who is currently with the Slovenian NT at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. They reached second stage there. Both, Lokomotiv and Cedevita will play more friendly games in the coming days.

Lokomotiv Kuban: K.C. Rivers 28, Lionel Chalmers 20
Cedevita: Chris Warren 16, Chris Owens 10, Vedran Princ 9


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Etha signs Nigerian forward Patrick Okafor - by Eurobasket News
Patrick Okafor (203-F-79, college: Houston) is a new member of Etha. The Nigerian forward penned a deal for the next season. Okafor heads to Etha from Rouen, where he finished 2010/11. He joined the club in January averaging 8.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in ProB. Okafor started last season with PBG Basket Poznan. He had 9.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 1.3 apg for 10 games in PLK. In 2009/10 season, Patrick Okafor was a member of SKS Polpharma. He registered 17.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 1.6 apg for them in 33 PLK games. In the past, Okafor also played for Atlas Stal Ostrow, Barons Riga, Anwil, Ramat Hasharon and Maccabi Petah Tikva. Etha will play in EuroCup qualifications this season.

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Marousi targets Eulis Baez - by Eurobasket News
According to various sources, Marousi wants to sign Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois) for the next season. The Dominican forward spent last two years with Valladolid. He had 9.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1.6 apg for 33 games last season. In 2009/10, Baez registered 6.3 ppg and 5 rpg for 27 games. Before Valladolid, Eulis Baez played for Leon and Vic. He graduated at the Western Illinois University in 2005. Baez is active member of the Dominican Republic National Team since 2008. They currently compete at the FIBA Americas Championship in Mar del Plata. Dominicans booked a spot for the Semifinals, where they will meet Brazil. Baez won the Bronze in Marchand Cup this year with Dominicans. In 2008, he won the LEB Silver title and Cup with Vic.

Argentina tops Dominican Republic 84-58, both teams go to Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
ARGENTINA - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 84-58

Argentina had no troubles to beat Dominican Republic 84-58 in the last game of the Quarterfinals Round in Mar del Plata. Argentina jumped to 6-1 and advanced to Semifinals as the second ranked team. Argentineans will play against Puerto Rico at the next stage. Dominican Republic slipped to 4-3 score (4th place) and will meet Brazil in the Semis. Finalists will book a spot for the Olympic Games 2012 in London. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) came up with 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) (5 as) and Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) (8 rebs) helped with 17 and 16 points respectively. For Dominicans, Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) collected 16 points and 8 rebounds. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) added 12 points in this loss. Quarters: 17-14, 22-19, 19-16, 26-9. Semifinals are scheduled for Saturday.

Argentina: Luis Scola 25+7 boards, Emanuel Ginobili 17+5 as, Carlos Delfino 16+8 boards
Dominican Republic: Alfred Horford 16+8 boards, Francisco Garcia 12


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France and Spain clinch Quarterfinal Spots - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Germany - Turkey 73-67
Germany beat Turkey to tie them at 1-3 records in Group E. The German side needed 73:67 to remain alive for the Quarterfinal spot. Nowitzki and Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) scored the first point s for Germany in the opening tip, but then the team could score only another two in the rest of the period. Turkey grabbed 13:6 as Savas closed the first frame from the free throw line. Kanter gave Turkey 15:6 in the start of the second and he made it later for 22:10. Germany woke up only at that time and created a 10-0 run for 22:20 when Hamann nailed a three-pointer. Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) however closed the half at 26:23 making a jump shot to score his 4th point. Turkey led in the first part of the third quarter, but Chris Kaman scored for 34:33. He later tied it all at 38:38, while Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) brought 41:38. Chris Kaman delivered two for 46:43 and Heiko Schaffartzik kept the German side in front after thirty minutes for 48:46. Nowitzki made it 52:49 and Schwethelm added from the perimeter for 55:49. Again Schwethelm and Chris Kaman brought 60:52 lead with 4 minutes to go, but Turkey was too far to give up. Asik scored 9 points in a row to reduce to 64:62, while Preldzic made two free throws for 67:66. Hamann was also perfect from the free throw line for 69:66 with 23 seconds remaining. Preldzic scored for 69:67 but then immediately on Nowitzki. The latter did not leave the chances for Turkey as he made two free throws for 71:67. Chris Kaman paced all the winners with 20 points and Nowitzki added 19. Schwethelm notched 14, whilst Heiko Schaffartzik produced 10. Asik nailed 19 in defeat and Kanter posted 11.

Lithuania - France 67-73
Who can stop France? Lithuania just failed in front of more than 10000 spectators. France remained undefeated and improved to 4-0 record on top of Group E after 73:67 victory. Kaukenas and Songaila brought the first four points for the hosts and Noah closed a 5-0 run for France. The latter did not mind to play against the full arena in Vilnius and Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) scored two free throws for 15:10. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) gave the hosts the lead back at 16:15 and Kahudi closed the frame from the perimeter. France kept Lithuania scoreless for almost 4 minutes in the start of the second frame and improved to 6 points. De Colo scored for 26:20 and Nicolas Batum brought 30:21. Tony Parker (183-PG-80) scored for 34:27, while Jasikevicius sent the squads to the lockers for 34:28 at the halftime. The third quarter completely belonged to Lithuania and they first came closer to the winners. Kaukenas and Javtokas delivered 5 for 41:39 and Jasaitis gave them the lead at 42:41. Jonas Valanciunas scored a free throw and then drove a lay-up for 46:43 with 10 minutes remaining, but then France responded with their power. Trailing 5 points in the start of the last quarter, De Colo gave France 52:50 advantage. He scored another four points for plus 4 and Tony Parker added two for 60:54. Again Tony Parker and Noah increased to 66:57 and it was clear about the winner. Boris Diaw (203-F/C-82) made two free throws for 68:62 and Noah made the same for the final points of the winning side. Nando De Colo stepped up with 21 points and Tony Parker followed him with 19. Noah and Nicolas Batum scored 9 points apiece. Jasaitis delivered 13 points in defeat and Jonas Valanciunas posted 12.

Spain - Serbia 84-59
Spain handed Serbia their third straight loss as the latter fell at 1-3 record in Group E. Spain meanwhile improved to 3-1 record after 84:59 win. Pau Gasol scored the first four points in the game and his brother added two for 12:5. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and Savanovic exchanged the shots midway through the first period, while Juan Carlos Navarro nailed another three for 18:11. Reyes scored the last three points in the first quarter to bring 23:14 lead for Spain. Paunic and Savanovic reduced to 27:20 early in the second, while Pau Gasol made it 31:22. Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) closed an 11-0 run that Spain erupted with in the middle of the second frame. Serbia meanwhile responded with a 7-0 run and Tepic scored for 39:29. Savanovic sent the teams to the lockers at 43:32 as Spain won the second frame 20-18. Pau Gasol and Calderon nailed threes in the start of the third period to bring 15-point advantage in the game. Spain produced another 13-0 run for 57:34 and it was clear at that time about the winner. Marc Gasol made it 59:36 and Rubio scored for 63:40. After 27-17 in the third quarter Spain enjoyed 70:49 before the last 10 minutes. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) scored the first 5 points in the final stanza, while Marc Gasol scored four in a row for 74:54. Juan Carlos Navarro brought 79:58 and Claver made a dunk for 81:59. San Emeterio scored his first points in the game from the free throw line giving the defending champions 83:59 lead and then Sada brought the final result in the game. Pau Gasol top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Marc Gasol notched 20. Juan Carlos Navarro followed them with 14 points. Nenad Krstic delivered 12 points in defeat and Savanovic posted 11.




Standings Div.A (Men)
Standings
Group E
1. France4-0
2. Spain3-1
3. Lithuania2-2
4. Serbia1-3
5. Turkey1-3
6. Germany1-3
Group F
1. FYR Macedo.3-0
2. Russia3-0
3. Greece2-1
4. Slovenia1-2
5. Finland0-3
6. Georgia0-3
Group Places 13-24
1. Belgium0-0
2. Bosnia0-0
3. Bulgaria0-0
4. Croatia0-0
5. U.Kingdom0-0
6. Israel0-0
7. Italy0-0
8. Latvia0-0
9. Montenegro.0-0
10. Poland0-0
11. Portugal0-0
12. Ukraine0-0


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Standings
Standings
Group Stage Two
1. Brazil6-1
2. Argentina6-1
3. P.Rico5-2
4. Dominican R.4-3
5. Venezuela3-4
6. Canada2-5
7. Uruguay1-6
8. Panama1-6
Group Places 9-10
1. Cuba0-0
2. Paraguay0-0


Coach Leo Rautins leaves Canadian NT - by Eurobasket News
Leo Rautins is no longer a Head Coach of the Canadian National Team. The 41-year-old specialist decided to step down on his position after Canada's last game at the FIBA Americans Championship in Mar del Plata. It was an unexpected 89-91 loss against Panama. Canada finished as No.6 at this event with 2-5 record. It was not enough even for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Leo Rautins took over Team Canada in 2005. He led them in Tournament of the Americas (Copa America) in Santo Domingo -05, Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) -07, FIBA Americas in San Juan (Puerto Rico) -09, World Championships in Turkey -10 and
Marchand Cup in Foz de Iguazu (Brazil) -11.

'Leo has been the heart and soul of this program; he has built the team and made significant progress', said Wayne Parrish, CEO of Canada Basketball. 'Despite this disappointing loss, weve played some great basketball here in Argentina, which is result of Leos work with the team over the past years'. He continues, 'this team is going in the right direction and our focus is 2016. We would very much like Leo to be involved in some capacity.' (Courtesy www.fibaamericas.com)


Day 9: Semifinals are set - by Eurobasket News
Uruguay - Venezuela 80-92
Venezuela did a great job in Mar del Plata. They outplayed Uruguay 92-80 in their last game to finish with 3-4 record. It is enough for the fifth place, which secured Venezuela a ticket for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament next year. Uruguay finished as seventh ranked team with 1-6 score. Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans) stepped up for the winners with 23 points. Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) (7 rebs) and Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, college: Maryland) had 18 points each, while David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette) helped his team with two points less. In the loosing squad, Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) was better than the others with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) and Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) had 18 points each. Quarters: 23-23, 14-19, 21-25, 22-25. Competition continues on Saturday with the Semifinals games. Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina and Dominican Republic reached this stage.

Argentina - Dominican Republic 84-58
Argentina had no troubles to beat Dominican Republic 84-58 in the last game of the Quarterfinals Round in Mar del Plata. Argentina jumped to 6-1 and advanced to Semifinals as the second ranked team. Argentineans will play against Puerto Rico at the next stage. Dominican Republic slipped to 4-3 score (4th place) and will meet Brazil in the Semis. Finalists will book a spot for the Olympic Games 2012 in London. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) came up with 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) (5 as) and Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) (8 rebs) helped with 17 and 16 points respectively. For Dominicans, Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) collected 16 points and 8 rebounds. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) added 12 points in this loss. Quarters: 17-14, 22-19, 19-16, 26-9. Semifinals are scheduled for Saturday.

Puerto Rico - Brazil 72-94
Brazil advanced to Semifinals as No.1 with almost perfect 6-1 record. Brazilians handed 94-72 loss to Puerto Rico and will meet 4th ranked Dominican Republic in the Semis. Puerto Rico also advanced, but as No.3 with 5-2 record. They will play against the host of FIBA Americas Championship - Argentina. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) top-scored in Brazil with 18 points. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) had 17 points and 5 rebounds, while Vitor Alves (190-F/G-90) helped with 11 pts. Angel Alamo (206-F/C-85) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds in loss. Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) also had 15 points for Puerto Rico. Quarters: 15-29, 15-18, 19-30, 23-17). Semifinals are scheduled for Saturday.

Panama - Canada 91-89
It was the last game in Mar del Plata for both teams. Panama celebrated their first victory 91-89 in the Quarterfinals Round, but it was not enough for them to avoid 8th place in FIBA Americas. On the other side, Canada dropped to position No.6 with 2-5 record. Both teams failed to book a spot for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia) exploded for Panama with 39 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) had 21 points and 12 boards, while Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) added 18 pts. In Canada, Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) shined with 24 points. Andrew Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) had 14 pts, while Kelly Olynyk (210-F-91) and Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) netted 13 points each. Quarters: 24-27, 25-21, 21-22, 21-19. FIBA Americas Championship continues on Saturday, but without Canada and Panama. Brazil, Argentina, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico will fight for the Finals and a spot for the Olympic Games 2012.


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KORISLIIGA: DeAndre Haynes leaving Germany for Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
American G DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Kent St.) and Finnish Top League Team YMCA Lappeenranta have inked the contract for starting 2011-12 season. Haynes has played already five seasons in Europe (Belgium, Hungary, Germany) and averaged last season 12,1 ppg - 4,2 rpg - 2,9 apg when starting on Duesseldorf roster in Germany 1. Bundesliga. Earlier YMCA LPR has signed with American F Lawrence Hamm (198-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) and Team new Head Coach Lassi Tuovi is still after one American Forward. The new season will start on September 28.

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EuroBasket 2011: Les Bleus proved their dominance - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania-France 67:73

Who can stop France? Lithuania just failed in front of more than 10000 spectators. France remained undefeated and improved to 4-0 record on top of Group E after 73:67 victory.
Kaukenas and Songaila brought the first four points for the hosts and Joakim Noah (211-F/C-85, college: Florida) closed a 5-0 run for France. The latter did not mind to play against the full arena in Vilnius and Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) scored two free throws for 15:10. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) gave the hosts the lead back at 16:15 and Kahudi closed the frame from the perimeter.
France kept Lithuania scoreless for almost 4 minutes in the start of the second frame and improved to 6 points. De Colo scored for 26:20 and Nicolas Batum brought 30:21. Tony Parker (183-PG-80) scored for 34:27, while Jasikevicius sent the squads to the lockers for 34:28 at the halftime.
The third quarter completely belonged to Lithuania and they first came closer to the winners. Kaukenas and Javtokas delivered 5 for 41:39 and Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) gave them the lead at 42:41. Jonas Valanciunas scored a free throw and then drove a lay-up for 46:43 with 10 minutes remaining, but then France responded with their power.
Trailing 5 points in the start of the last quarter, De Colo gave France 52:50 advantage. He scored another four points for plus 4 and Tony Parker added two for 60:54. Again Tony Parker and Joakim Noah increased to 66:57 and it was clear about the winner. Diaw made two free throws for 68:62 and Joakim Noah made the same for the final points of the winning side.
Nando De Colo (202-G-87) stepped up with 21 points and Tony Parker followed him with 19. Joakim Noah and Nicolas Batum scored 9 points apiece. Simas Jasaitis delivered 13 points in defeat and Jonas Valanciunas posted 12.

Lithuania: Simas Jasaitis 13, Jonas Valanciunas 12
France: Nando De Colo 21, Tony Parker 19, Joakim Noah 9, Nicolas Batum 9


Josh Gomes is again a free agent - by Juliane Hoehne
Joshua Gomes (190-G-83, college: E.Illinois) and BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers decided to part ways. Therefore, the 6'3 shooting guard is back on the market. Gomes graduated from E. Illinois in 2006, and has been playing professionally overseas since then. Therefore, the 27-year old comes with a lot of international experience after playing in countries such as Poland, Israel, and France. Last season, Gomes played for Maccabi Beer Yaakov in the National League in Israel, where he averaged 20.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.5apg, 1.6spg, while shooting incredible 63.4% from the floor and 47.9% behind the arc. Season 2009/10, Gomes spent with ALM Evreux Basket in ProB France, where he scored 12.6ppg, by shooting 52.9% from the field, 43.3% from 3s, and 89.6% from the foul line, which was 3rd best in the league. He also grabbed 2.0rpg, dished out 1.5apg during his season with Evreux. Gomes is a great shooting guard, but also capable of being the backup-point guard.

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Sundiata Gaines signed with BC Armia Tbilisi - by Eurobasket Center
Georgian Champ BC Armia Tbilisi agreed on terms with New Jersey Nets PG Sundiata Gaines (185-PG-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Georgia). Former University of Georgia PG will play in Georgia until the lockout is over.
Gaines played most recently at New Jersey Nets (NBA). While playing 10 games his stats were: 5.5ppg, 2.4rpg and 1.8apg. Before came to New Jersey, he played also for Utah Jazz, Minnesota Timberwolves and Toronto Raptors.
Gaines was one of the best PG on the market this summer. He turned down several offers from Euroleague teams and finally agreed with BC Armia Tbilisi which has a very ambitious roster on EuroChallange: Sundiata Gaines from NJ Nets, Jeremy Richardson (200-G/F-84) from Valencia, Will Thomas (203-F-86) from Oostende and Joakim Kjellbom (213-C-79) from Norrkoping.



Giorgi Tsintsadze was injured against Macedonia - by Darbaiseli
Georgian national basketball team lost the second basketball player at EuroBasket. After Zaza Pachulia, the second player of the team was injured in the game against Macedonia.

Giorgi Tsintsadze got injury in the second quarter. Tsintsadze was injured. He was taken to the hospital. According to the doctors, Tsintsadze's Cruciate Ligaments are severed.

Giorgi Tsintsadze needs operation and he will be operated on. Georgian team is left with 10 players at EuroBasket.
Georgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86)


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Another Giessen 46er For The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven With Anthony Smith - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Yesterday it was Zachery Peacock, today its Anthony Smith (196-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Liberty) and will it be David Teague tomorrow? The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have shown an appettie for ex Giessen 46er players in the last 24 hours, but one thing is certain a third 46er with David Teague wont happen since the American has signed to play with Ass.Pallacanestro Sant' Antimo in Italy this season and the Bremerhaven roster is complete now. The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have hauled in Anthony Smith (196-G-86, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Liberty) who is a 24 year old 196cm sharp shooting shooting guard from Plano, Texas that got a short term contract until the start of January 2012 with an option. With Giessen last season, he played 28 games: 11.3ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 32.8%, FT: 60.3%.


Smith is an explosive scorer with great quickness and leaping ability, NBA body and athleticism. He is a phenomenal athlete with great range from the shooting guard position. He has the strength and athleticism to take advantage of smaller guards. Also, because of his strength, he can play the 3 spot at times. His quickness and ball handling skills give him the ability to take almost any defender to the rim. His 3 point range is phenomenal. He can hit three pointers from downtown Indianapolis as he did when he worked out for the Indiana Pacers that led him to directly being selected to their Summer League Team. He possesses great NBA range to be a great NBA three-point shooter. He has great ball handling skills and when he is leading the team up the court on a fast break, he has the quick explosion needed to take the ball all the way, or he can stop on a dime and nail the mid-range J. Also, Anthony is also a good free throw shooter and knows how to get to the free throw line. An excellent run and jump style player. Along with his offensive skills, he is also a great defender who is very long and very good vertically on the floor as well in defensive positon. He plays good on the ball defense and has shown that he can force his opponent into committing turnovers. Anthony is a complete player who knows how to win and creates major match-up problems for the opposition. His Strength and athleticism make him a very effective rebounder from the perimeter as he demonstrated in College and in the Orlando Summer League.

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven are happy that they were able to get a player like Anthony Smith. 'I watched him two years ago and followed his way. He is a very athletic wing player that can attack the hoop and score form outside. His BBL experience was also important. I await something from both of the two new players. Both Peacock and Smith want to make the next step in their career and the fact that both played together in Giessen isn't negative', stated Eisbaeren Bremerhaven head coach Doug Spradley. Smith started his basketball career in 2005 at
Liberty where he played until 2009 and in his senior year he played 35 games: 17.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.8%, 3Pts: 37.1%, FT: 65.8%. In 2009-2010, he started his professional basketball career with CB Cornella (Spain-LEB Gold, starting five): 33 games: 14.3ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 59.0%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been ABA West Conf. Regular Season Champion -04, Big South Conf. All-Freshman Team -06,Big South Conf. Tournament Semifinals -08, 09, All-Big South Conf. 1st Team -09, and NABC Division I All-District 3 First Team -09

Source: Eisbaeren Bremerhaven




EuroBasket 2011: Germany beat Turkey; both are tied with 1-3 records - by Eurobasket News
Germany-Turkey 73:67

Germany beat Turkey to tie them at 1-3 records in Group E. The German side needed 73:67 to remain alive for the Quarterfinal spot.

Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) and Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) scored the first point s for Germany in the opening tip, but then the team could score only another two in the rest of the period. Turkey grabbed 13:6 as Savas closed the first frame from the free throw line.
Enes Kanter (208-C-92, college: Kentucky) gave Turkey 15:6 in the start of the second and he made it later for 22:10. Germany woke up only at that time and created a 10-0 run for 22:20 when Hamann nailed a three-pointer. Turkoglu however closed the half at 26:23 making a jump shot to score his 4th point.
Turkey led in the first part of the third quarter, but Chris Kaman scored for 34:33. He later tied it all at 38:38, while Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) brought 41L38. Chris Kaman delivered two for 46:43 and Heiko Schaffartzik kept the German side in front after thirty minutes for 48:46. Dirk Nowitzki made it 52:49 and Philipp Schwethelm (201-F-89, agency: Pro One Sports) added from the perimeter for 55:49. Again Philipp Schwethelm and Chris Kaman brought 60:52 lead with 4 minutes to go, but Turkey was too far to give up. Omer Asik (213-C-86) scored 9 points in a row to reduce to 64:62, while Preldzic made two free throws for 67:66. Hamann was also perfect from the free throw line for 69:66 with 23 seconds remaining. Preldzic scored for 69:67 but then immediately on Dirk Nowitzki. The latter did not leave the chances for Turkey as he made two free throws for 71:67.
Chris Kaman paced all the winners with 20 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 19. Philipp Schwethelm notched 14, whilst Heiko Schaffartzik produced 10. Omer Asik nailed 19 in defeat and Enes Kanter posted 11.

Germany: Chris Kaman 20, Dirk Nowitzki 19, Philipp Schwethelm 14, Heiko Schaffartzik 10
Turkey: Omer Asik 19, Enes Kanter 11


Josh Gomes is again a free agent - by Juliane Hoehne
Joshua Gomes (190-G-83, college: E.Illinois) and BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers decided to part ways. Therefore, the 6'3 shooting guard is back on the market. Gomes graduated from E. Illinois in 2006, and has been playing professionally overseas since then. Therefore, the 27-year old comes with a lot of international experience after playing in countries such as Poland, Israel, and France. Last season, Gomes played for Maccabi Beer Yaakov in the National League in Israel, where he averaged 20.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.5apg, 1.6spg, while shooting incredible 63.4% from the floor and 47.9% behind the arc. Season 2009/10, Gomes spent with ALM Evreux Basket in ProB France, where he scored 12.6ppg, by shooting 52.9% from the field, 43.3% from 3s, and 89.6% from the foul line, which was 3rd best in the league. He also grabbed 2.0rpg, dished out 1.5apg during his season with Evreux. Gomes is a great shooting guard, but also capable of being the backup-point guard.

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Marousi targets Eulis Baez - by Eurobasket News
According to various sources, Marousi wants to sign Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois) for the next season. The Dominican forward spent last two years with Valladolid. He had 9.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1.6 apg for 33 games last season. In 2009/10, Baez registered 6.3 ppg and 5 rpg for 27 games. Before Valladolid, Eulis Baez played for Leon and Vic. He graduated at the Western Illinois University in 2005. Baez is active member of the Dominican Republic National Team since 2008. They currently compete at the FIBA Americas Championship in Mar del Plata. Dominicans booked a spot for the Semifinals, where they will meet Brazil. Baez won the Bronze in Marchand Cup this year with Dominicans. In 2008, he won the LEB Silver title and Cup with Vic.

Aris signs long term deal with Tassos Dimas - by Eurobasket News
Aris continues with signings. Their latest addition is guard Tassos Dimas (195-F/C-88), who penned a four-year deal with the Thessaloniki team. It means that Dimas will play for Aris until the end of 2014/15 season. Tassos Dimas arrives to Aris from Megas Alexandros, where he started a as a teenager and never left the club, until now. He had pretty good last season in B League. Eurobasket awarded Dimas with Eurobasket.com All-Greek B League Most Improved Player of the Year -11. He was also named Eurobasket.com All-Greek B League 2nd Team -11

'It's a great honor for me to be a part of Aris. I want to thank the President and the Coach of the team for trusting me and I promise that I will work hard and give my best. Aris fans will help us with their presence to achieve our goals', said Tassos Dimas for Aris official web site.


Michael Taylor signs with Kavala - by Eurobasket News
Michael Taylor (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) signs with Kavala for 2011/2012 season. The American Guard spent the last season with Tezenis Verona.
After playing for Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) and Memphis Grizzlies (NBA), both teams only pre-season, the American player moved to Europe. In 2009 KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd strengthened their roster with addition of Michael Taylor. In 2008-09 he played at Los Angeles Clippers his stats were: 49 games: 5.9ppg, 1.7rpg and 2.1apg. Previous to 2009, he played in the D-League in 2008 with Idaho Stampede, he played 39 games averaging 4.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 48.2%, 3PT: 33.8%, FT: 70.7%. He also took part in the D-League All-Star games and was Slam Dunk Contest Finalist in 2008.
The season 2010-2011 started for Iowa Energy (D-League, starting five) and in 13 games showed 10.2ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.5apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 64.0%. In Mar.'11 moved to Tezenis Verona (Italy-Lega2, starting five) and in 4 games had 7.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.8apg, 1.5spg. He finished the year with 11 points as Fastweb CM beat Tezenis Verona 97-73.



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Albacomp wins tournament in Darda - by Eurobasket News
Albacomp won the friendly tournament in Croatian city Darda. They grabbed 75-74 thriller win against the home squad in the Finals. Geary Claxton (196-G/F-86, college: Penn St.) was the leading player in victory with 22 points. Balazs Simon (188-PG-80, agency: Court Side) and Damian Hollis (203-F-88, college: George Washington) helped with 16 and 14 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Kamaldin Gamma (205-F/C-80) was better than the others with 16 points and Rudolf Jugo (183-G-84) had 13 points. Dejan Meznaric (205-F/C-87) followed him with one point less. Quarters: 18:16, 13:18, 18:19, 25:22.
In the first game in Darda, Albacomp trashed Serbian team Vojvodina. It was a huge 75-38 win. Darda was better than Zrinski 79-64 at the same day. In the Final Day, Zrinski outplayed Vojvodina 60-47 to win third place at this tournament.


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China vs. Iceland - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Iceland National team is in China these days to play two friendly games with China National team
First game today. Iceland started well with three pointers from Jon Stefansson and Jakob Sigurdarson, Iceland leading after first period 16-13 but at halftime 30-26
Second half was similar to first half where China was always leading. Final score was 80-66 for China. Iceland players struggling in shooting most of the game but over all a good performance against the big Nation
Scorers for Iceland.
Jon Stefansson 18. Jakob Sigurdarson 17. Hlynur Baeringsson 14. Pavel Ermolinskij 7. Aegir Steinarsson 4. Brynjar Bjornsson 2. Olafur Olafsson 2. Finnur Magnusson 2.
Second game next sunday


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Cory Carr Signs w/ Hapoel Tel-Aviv, Will Play 11th Season of Israeli Basketball - by David Pick
Texas Tech grad. Cory Carr (Agency: @2Talent Managment) will astonishingly play his eleventh season in Israel, but for the first time in the national league, as he joins favorites Hapoel Usishkin Tel-Aviv for the next two seasons.

Carr has been practicing with the 'Red Devils' since returning from the United States earlier this summer and has successfully impressed both the coaching staff and management who were keen on signing the Israeli veteran. Also important to note, last summer, Carr also worked out with the team but eventually signed a deal in Cyprus before returning to Israel's top division in April for another effort with Ashkelon. The 6-foot-4 vet brought with him an enormous amount of experience averaging 14.6ppg, 3.5rpg and 2.4apg. His striking performance came against local champs Maccabi Tel Aviv dropping 29 points (5/8 from deep) and collecting 7 boards in an overtime 96:92 losing effort.

Carr's basketball career began in 1994 playing for Texas Tech (NCAA). In his last college season he was awarded Texas Tech's all-time leading three-point shooter and fourth all-time leading scorer. Prior to his long European career, Carr experienced playing in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls.

His Israeli resume includes Maccabi Raanana, Hapoel Galil Elyon, Hapoel Haifa/Ramat Hasharon, Maccabi Givat Shmuel, Hapoel Ironi Nahariya and Elitzur Ashkelon. Along the way Carr also received his Israeli citizenship and is recognized by many as an Israeli in every sense of the word. Carr also played in France (Pau-Orthez, Nancy), Italy (Agricola Gloria Montecatini) and Cyprus (Primetel Apollon).

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd


Young Sean Labanowski joins Maccabi Haifa - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Haifa landed a new player. The Israeli squad announced signing of young Sean Labanowski (203-F/C-92) for the next three years. He heads to Maccabi Haifa from Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv. Labanowski got a chance just three times with Maccabi Electra last season. He hopes to get more chances with Maccabi Haifa. Sean Labanowski is a member of the Israeli U20 National Team. He appeared 7 times for them this summer in European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo. Labanowski registered 4.4 ppg and 2.6 rpg at this event. Sean Labanowski played for U18 Israel a year ago. He had 10.4 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 1.8 spg at the European Championships U18 Division B in Israel. Labanowski and his teammates reached Semifinals. He also played for U16 Israel in the past.

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Motepaschi cruises past Turk Telekom in Bormio, 85-72 - by Eurobasket News
Motepaschi Siena - Turk Telekom 85-72

Many teams currently prepare in Bormio for the next season. They also play friendly games every day and it the latest meeting Montepaschi Siena was better than Turk Telekom 85-72. The Italian powerhouse was in charge from the beginning (26-21). They made plus 12 until the HT and jumped to 65-50 with ten minutes to go. Last quarter was just the formality after that. Joseph Crispin (186-PG-79, college: Penn St.) stepped up for Montepaschi with 19 points. DaJuan Summers (203-F-88, college: Georgetown) had 12, while David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) and Andrea Michelori (202-F/C-78) added 10 points each. In Turk Telekom, Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) top-scored with 16 points. Their second best player was Nedim Yucel (203-F-79) with 14 pts. Both teams will play more friendlies in Bormio.

Montepaschi: Forte 8, Ress 5, Andrea Michelori 10, Crispin 19, Lechthaler 2, Udom 2, Aradori 9, Joksimovic 8 David Moss 10, DaJuan Summers 12
Turk Telekom: Guler 5, Kambala 8, Ogut 9, Darius Washington 16, Wright 9, Yarangume 5, Nedim Yucel 14 Ashieva 2, Altay 4


Emporio Armani Milano beats Tezenis Verona 76-70 - by Eurobasket News
Tezenis Verona - Olimpia EA7 Emporio Armani Milano 70-76

Olimpia EA7 Emporio Armani Milano and Tezenis Verona played a friendly game yesterday. The Milano team demonstrated better performance and celebrated 76-70 win. Verona had much better start as they made 23-16 lead in the first ten minutes, but Milano slightly improved in Q2. They closed the gap to 37-32 until the HT. Third period was the crucial on in this game. Milano blasted Verona with 12-25 for plus 8 with ten minutes to go. Verona came closer, but was not able to make a turn until the end. Jeffrey Viggiano (198-F-84, college: Massachusetts) led Milano with 21 points. Mason Rocca (204-F-77, college: Princeton) and Malik Hairston (198-G-87, college: Oregon) helped with 14 and 13 points respectively. Giorgio Boscagin (195-G-83) responded with 15 points in loss, Mario West (196-G-84, college: Georgia Tech) had 13 and Diego Banti (204-F/C-83, agency: Interperformances) stopped to 11 pts. End of periods: 23-16, 37-32, 49-57, 70-76.

Tezenis Verona: Porta 6, Mario West 13, Vukcevic 9, Edwards 14, Diego Banti 11; Mariani 2, Giorgio Boscagin 15, Colli, Brusamarello, Bordato, Viviani, Cordioli, Naso
Olimpia EA7 - Emporio Armani Milano: Giachetti 8, Nicholas 5, Jeffrey Viggiano 21, Melli 6, Mason Rocca 14; Malik Hairston 13, Filloy 4, Cukinas 4, Di Giuliomaria 1, Szabo, Bartoli, Amato


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Sendai lands American forward Dan Fitzgerald - by Eurobasket News
Daniel Fitzgerald (206-F-84, college: Marquette) will continue his career in Japan. The American forward signed a deal with Sendai. Fitzgerald heads to Sendai from the German team Ratiopharm Ulm. He had 8.3 ppg and 1 rpg for them in 10 games last season. In 2009/10, Fitzgerald played for the Swiss team SAM Basket Massagno. He shined with 14.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 1.4 apg for them in 30 LNA games. Fitzgerald spent 2008/09 with Ratiopharm Ulm and it was his first year as a pro. Daniel Fitzgerald is a product of the Marquette University, where he graduated in 2008. He had 4.2 ppg and 2 rpg for his school as a senior. As a junior Fitzgerald had better digits: 7.4 ppg and 3.9 rpg.

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Hutchinson to send 3 players to 4-year programs - by Rangi Gescheit
Hutchinson Community College mens basketball sophomores Bruce Reed, Robert Goff and William Nelson announced where they will be playing next season at a news conference on Tuesday in the Humiston Athletic Center in the Sports Arena.

Reed, a fixture on head coach Steve Ecks first two Blue Dragon teams, has signed with Morehead State University. Goff signed with Marshall University and Nelson signed with Northwestern State University.

The trip becomes the second, third and fourth Blue Dragons to sign this season, all with Division I programs. Sophomore guard Joe Mitchell signed with Ohio University in the early signing session.

Bruce Reed (6'6''-F)
Reed helped the Blue Dragons produce 53 victories and a pair of semifinal appearances in the Region VI Tournament in his two-year tenure at HCC. The 6-foot-7 sophomore from Olathe will leave Hutchinson as the second-best shot blocker in program history.

Reed turned away 127 shots in his two-year career, second only to Aaron Pettways 151. His 74 blocked shots as a freshman were second most in a season and were a freshman-only record.

For his career, Reed averaged 8.7 points and 5.7 rebounds while shooting 47.2 percent from the field. He was a threat from 3-point range, knocking down 41 shots from behind the arc in his career. He had seven career double-doubles, including two during his sophomore season.

Reed was a strong defender. In addition to his shot-blocking ability he blocked six shots in a game three times Reed also tallied 85 career steals.

The Blue Dragon forward single-game highs of 21 points (Barton, 2010), 13 rebounds (Cloud County, 2010), five assists (three times) and five steals (Barton, 2010).

One of his career highlights was a tip-in at the buzzer to defeat Dodge City in his freshman season.

Reed heads to an Ohio Valley Conference team that was the talk of the talk of the 2011 NCAA Tournament when Morehead State, as a No. 13-seed upset fourth-seeded Louisville in the opening round of the tournament.

Robert Goff (6'9''-C)
Goff had originally signed with the University of Oklahoma in the early signing period, but was released from his letter of intent after OU coach Jeff Capel was let go by the Sooners.

Goff, a 6-9 sophomore from Indianapolis, found a new home in Huntington, W.V., at Marshall University.

During his freshman season at Cowley College under Eck, Goff had a strong season averaging 9.2 points and 6.9 rebounds and shooting almost 61 percent from the field. When Eck took the Blue Dragon job, Goff came with him and had to sit out the 2009-10 season after not being released from his letter at Cowley.

Once eligible to play at HCC, Goff got off to a slow start this past season because of injuries. He would up as one of the top players in the Jayhawk Conference in shooting percentage at 57.7 percent. He averaged 8.1 points, 6.2 rebounds and had 35 assists, 29 blocked shots and 14 assists.

For his junior college career, Goff averaged 8.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and shot 59.3 percent from the field.

Marshall is a member of Conference USA and finished 22-12 this past season.

William Nelson (6'6''-F)
A transfer from Baton Rouge Community College who is from Acadiana, La., Nelson came to HCC for the 2010-11 season and was an impact player.

His 28-point performance against Allen Community College in November grabbed peoples attention. He finished the season with three more 20-point games and five double-doubles.

Nelson was second on the 2011 Blue Dragons in scoring at 12.6 points per game. His 6.8 rebounds per contest led the team. Nelson shot 45.2 percent from the floor and 31.0 percent from 3-point range with 35 makes from long distance, second-most on the team.

He had season highs of 13 rebounds and three blocked shots against Independence, three steals against Northwest-Shoals and three assists against Cloud County.

Nelson will return to his home state and play for Northwestern State, located in Natchitoches, La. The Demons were 18-14 this past season.



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Rains and Dispute Halt Explosive Basketball Tie - by Eurobasket News
RAINS and dispute halted an explosive basketball premier league game between former national champions Ulinzi warriors and Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) at Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium.

The game ended in confusion two minutes into the last quarter after a fracas involving Ulinzi's John Apollo (196-F/C-73) and the porters Fred Odongo causing the tie to be held up for over 30 minutes.

When it resumed, KPA protested claiming it was dark forcing the match officials to call off the game. The soldiers were leading 52-51 at the time. This delay also caused the cancellation of another match involving KCB Lions and Strathmore University. Reigning women's champions KPA blanked Gladiators 72-32 behind 26 points from Hellen Oketch that also included seven three pointers. Beatrice Juma scored 11 to lift Predators to a 33-30 win over Kenya Polytechnic. World Hope lost 45-60 to Trailblazers and Nairobi Aviation College.

Kenya Airways' move back to the top of the Nairobi Basketball Association table was halted by the rains. KQ led 15-7 in the first quarter before the game was halted. Barclays Bank are tops after their 77-41 win over Friends of Basketball as Ian Wachie made 22 and George Ochieng 12. Don Bosco lost again, this time 60-62 to Legacy as Dan odhiambo hit 17 for the winners while Joel Atebe erupted with 31. Little Prince stunned Old Pirates 59-38 with Elvis Mwangi scoring 14.

Pwani Hoopers humbled Aga Khan Academy 52-15 at Mombasa Baptist High School in the Coast Basketball League opener over the weekend.The women's match paved the way for the men series as the hosts outwitted Mariakani Anglican Church 63-37. In another match Javaliers fell prey to Rollers losing 42-88.

University of Nairobi (UoN) featuring their Mombasa Campus team lost 19-80 to Gorofani from the island. In a battle of the royals Kisauni Kings succumbed 42-46 to Coastal Kings. Makupa Lakers had a date with Kiembeni Heats from Kisauni constituency in the last match of the day that ended 52-67 in favour of Kiembeni.
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star (Nairobi)


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EuroBasket 2011: Les Bleus proved their dominance - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania-France 67:73

Who can stop France? Lithuania just failed in front of more than 10000 spectators. France remained undefeated and improved to 4-0 record on top of Group E after 73:67 victory.
Kaukenas and Songaila brought the first four points for the hosts and Joakim Noah (211-F/C-85, college: Florida) closed a 5-0 run for France. The latter did not mind to play against the full arena in Vilnius and Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) scored two free throws for 15:10. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) gave the hosts the lead back at 16:15 and Kahudi closed the frame from the perimeter.
France kept Lithuania scoreless for almost 4 minutes in the start of the second frame and improved to 6 points. De Colo scored for 26:20 and Nicolas Batum brought 30:21. Tony Parker (183-PG-80) scored for 34:27, while Jasikevicius sent the squads to the lockers for 34:28 at the halftime.
The third quarter completely belonged to Lithuania and they first came closer to the winners. Kaukenas and Javtokas delivered 5 for 41:39 and Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) gave them the lead at 42:41. Jonas Valanciunas scored a free throw and then drove a lay-up for 46:43 with 10 minutes remaining, but then France responded with their power.
Trailing 5 points in the start of the last quarter, De Colo gave France 52:50 advantage. He scored another four points for plus 4 and Tony Parker added two for 60:54. Again Tony Parker and Joakim Noah increased to 66:57 and it was clear about the winner. Diaw made two free throws for 68:62 and Joakim Noah made the same for the final points of the winning side.
Nando De Colo (202-G-87) stepped up with 21 points and Tony Parker followed him with 19. Joakim Noah and Nicolas Batum scored 9 points apiece. Simas Jasaitis delivered 13 points in defeat and Jonas Valanciunas posted 12.

Lithuania: Simas Jasaitis 13, Jonas Valanciunas 12
France: Nando De Colo 21, Tony Parker 19, Joakim Noah 9, Nicolas Batum 9


Techasas announced Mindaugas Kalvelis - by Eurobasket News
Techasas announced Mindaugas Kalvelis (205-C-80) for the upcoming season.
In 2006-2007 he played for Lille Metropole Basket Clubs (France-N1) and in 23 games averaged 5.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 2FGP: 45%. In 2007-2008 signed with Aisciai-Atletas Kaunas (LKL) and in Baltic League showed 2.0ppg, 2.3rpg, while in Lithuanian League after 4 games had 4.3ppg, 1.3rpg, then moved to KKM-Aisciai Kauno (NKL).
The season 2008-2009 started with Marijampole Suduva-Arvi (LKL, starting five) and in Lithuanian League after 11 games averaged 11.3ppg, 5.4rpg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 52.9%/. In Feb.'09 moved to Juventus-LKSK Utenos (NKL, starting five) and in 19 games had 7.2ppg, 5.5rpg, 2FGP: 56.9%.
In 2009-2010 played for SISU Copenhagen (Denmark-Basketligaen, starting five) and showed 12.1ppg, 6.5rpg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 69.9%.
In 2010-2011 moved to Naglis-Adakris Palangos (LKL) and in Lithuanian League had 6.1ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 46.3%, FT: 57.9%. In Baltic League after 6 games he had 3.5ppg, 2.8rpg, then moved to Plunge-SM Plunges (RKL).
In his top game Mindaugas Kalvelis had 15 points last season at the Regular Season Round 4. Naglis-Adakris prevailed against Juventus to improve at 2-2 record. Vilmantas Dilys stepped up with 20 points for the winners. Raimundas Danys added 19 points for Naglis-Adakris. Juventus answered with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists from Gediminas Maceina.



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LNBP Round 3: Barreteros hand first loss to undefeated Soles - by Eurobasket
This is still too early stage of the Regular Season in LNBP and we should expect many changes in upcoming rounds.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Soles (2-1) in Zacatecas on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by Barreteros (3-0) 76-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Soles. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 2-0 record before this meeting. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Barreteros outrebounded Soles 33-22 including 21 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Soles helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara, agency: TSS Management) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Melvin Council (191-82, college: Robert Morris) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Power forward Robert Gleen (201-89, college: IUPUI) answered with 11 points and 5 rebounds for Soles. Soles' coach Ivan Deniz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Barreteros have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Fuerza Regia and Abejas. Soles at the other side keep the fourth place with one game lost. They share the position with Toros and Pioneros. Barreteros is looking forward to face Aguilas Rojas (#8) in San Juan in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Soles will play on the road against Panteras (#11) in Aguascalientes and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
LNBP top team - Abejas (3-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fourteenth ranked Volcanes (0-3) in Toluca 95-81. Abejas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record, which they share with Fuerza Regia and Barreteros. Volcanes at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Lechugueros. Abejas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Volcanes will play again at home against the league's leader Abejas (#1) in Guanajuato and hope to get finally their first victory.
The game in Ciudad Victoria supposed to be also quite interesting. Leader Fuerza Regia (3-0) played at the court of 7th ranked Correcaminos (1-2). Fuerza Regia smashed Correcaminos 89-65 on Thursday. It was an exceptional evening for Chris Roberts who led the winners and scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. Daniel Rose came up with 16 points for Correcaminos in the defeat. Fuerza Regia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Barreteros and Abejas. Loser Correcaminos dropped to the eighth place with two games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Fuerza Regia will meet Huracanes (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Correcaminos will play against Toros in Nuevo Laredo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between fifth ranked Pioneros (2-1) and bottom-ranked Lechugueros (0-3) in Cancun ended with biggest points difference. Pioneros outscored guests from Leon 101-73. The best player for the winners was Romel Beck who scored 28 points and 5 assists. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pioneros moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Toros and Soles. Lechugueros at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Pioneros' next round opponent will be again Lechugueros (#13) in Leon and are hoping to win another game.

In the last two games of round 3 Aguilas Rojas beat Panteras on the road 97-87. Huracanes lost to Toros on its own court 80-88.
The most impressive performance of 3rd round was 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds by Justin Brownlee of Toros.


Corr.Victoria - Fuerza Regia 65-89

The game in Ciudad Victoria supposed to be also quite interesting. Leader Fuerza Regia (3-0) played at the court of 7th ranked Correcaminos (1-2). Fuerza Regia smashed Correcaminos 89-65 on Thursday. The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-65. Fuerza Regia made 19-of-19 free shots (100 percent !!!) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Fuerza Regia especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.1 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for American guard Chris Roberts (193-88, college: Bradley) who led the winners and scored 12 points and 8 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Mike Mitchell (181-83, college: N.Mexico St.) accounted for 14 points for the winning side. Five Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures. Jamaican center Daniel Rose (208-83, college: Cedarville) came up with 16 points and American forward James Penny (198-76, college: TCU) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Correcaminos in the defeat. Fuerza Regia have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Barreteros and Abejas. Loser Correcaminos dropped to the eighth place with two games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Fuerza Regia will meet Huracanes (#10) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Correcaminos will play against Toros in Nuevo Laredo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Corr.Victoria: D.Rose 16+4reb+1ast, J.Penny 15+5reb, L.Davis 10+3reb, D.Lamont 8+5reb+2ast, J.Watson 6+2reb+1ast, G.Burris 6+5reb+1ast
Fuerza Regia: A.Cruz 14+1reb+3ast, M.Mitchell 14+3reb+3ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 13+2reb+3ast, K.Penn 13+4reb, C.Roberts 12+8reb+1ast, T.Thomas 8+6reb+2ast
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Pioneros - Lechugueros 101-73

The game between fifth ranked Pioneros (2-1) and bottom-ranked Lechugueros (0-3) in Cancun ended with biggest points difference. Pioneros outscored guests from Leon 101-73. The game without a history. Pioneros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Strangely Lechugueros outrebounded Pioneros 42-29 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Romel Beck (203-82, college: UNLV, agency: Interperformances) who scored 28 points and 5 assists. American forward John Millsap (198-82, college: UTSA) chipped in 23 points and 6 rebounds. Millsap is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Pioneros players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) who recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and Haitian-American swingman Bobby St.Preux (196-80, college: N.Kentucky, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 13 points and 8 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pioneros moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Toros and Soles. Lechugueros at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Pioneros' next round opponent will be again Lechugueros (#13) in Leon and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Lechugueros: R.Moss 18+13reb+1ast, B.St.Preux 13+8reb+1ast, B.Gillespie 10+2ast, L.Keeler 9+2reb+2ast, D.Yearby 7+14reb, E.Cuen 6+2reb
Pioneros: R.Beck 28+4reb+5ast, J.Millsap 23+6reb+1ast, G.Grays 13+2reb+2ast, A.Esparza 10+1reb+1ast, A.Feeley 10+11reb, S.Soriano 6+2reb+4ast
gschID: 137652


Volcanes - Abejas 81-95

LNBP top team - Abejas (3-0) managed to deliver another win. This time they beat fourteenth ranked Volcanes (0-3) in Toluca 95-81. Abejas have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record, which they share with Fuerza Regia and Barreteros. Volcanes at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Lechugueros. Abejas will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Volcanes will play again at home against the league's leader Abejas (#1) in Guanajuato and hope to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 137653


Panteras - Aguilas Rojas 87-97

We could consider it a predictable result in the game between close teams when eleventh ranked Aguilas Rojas (1-2) beat 10th ranked Panteras (1-2) in Aguascalientes 97-87. The game was mostly controlled by Aguilas Rojas. Panteras was better in second period 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aguilas Rojas shot the lights out from three nailing 13 long-distance shots on high 54.2 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. The best player for the winners was naturalized American guard Forrest Fisher (193-84) who scored 21 points and 6 assists. Power forward Felipe Sanchez (202-74) chipped in a double-double by scoring 12 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Dominican-Puerto Rican power forward Ivan Lopez (208-85, college: Memphis) who recorded 18 points and 8 rebounds and forward Jorge Casillas (196-90) added 18 points and 5 assists respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Aguilas Rojas left bottom position moving up to eighth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Panteras. Aguilas Rojas' next round opponent will be league's second-placed Barreteros in Zacatecas and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Panteras: J.Casillas 18+1reb+5ast, R.Melendez 18+2reb+3ast, I.Lopez 18+8reb+2ast, R.Singleton 10+2reb+1ast, M.Bryant 9+5reb+4ast, D.Ford 7+3reb
Aguilas Rojas: F.Fisher 21+4reb+6ast, C.Silva 16+6reb+1ast, D.Mercer 15+7reb+2ast, E.Hare 14+4reb, F.Sanchez 12+10reb+5ast, L.Enrique Rangel 9+3reb+7ast
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Barreteros - Soles 76-68

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Soles (2-1) in Zacatecas on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by Barreteros (3-0) 76-68. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Soles. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 2-0 record before this meeting. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Barreteros outrebounded Soles 33-22 including 21 on the defensive glass. 26 personal fouls committed by Soles helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara, agency: TSS Management) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Guard Melvin Council (191-82, college: Robert Morris) contributed with 20 points for the winners. Four Barreteros players scored in double figures. Power forward Robert Gleen (201-89, college: IUPUI) answered with 11 points and 5 rebounds and forward Carl Edwards (196-81, college: Charleston) added 13 points and 4 steals in the effort for Soles. Soles' coach Ivan Deniz rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Barreteros have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Fuerza Regia and Abejas. Soles at the other side keep the fourth place with one game lost. They share the position with Toros and Pioneros. Barreteros is looking forward to face Aguilas Rojas (#8) in San Juan in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Soles will play on the road against Panteras (#11) in Aguascalientes and are hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Soles: C.Edwards 13+1reb, J.Griffin 12, R.Gleen 11+5reb+1ast, M.Marriaga 9, R.Lopez 8+1reb+1ast, P.Meza Rogel 6+4reb+2ast
Barreteros: M.Council 20+2reb+2ast, J.Reaves 16+12reb+2ast, M.Thomas 12+4reb+1ast, S.Cuevas 11+2reb+7ast, C.Twan Briggs 9+9reb, R.Navarro 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 137655


Huracanes - Toros 80-88

Everything could happen in Tampico at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Toros and 8th ranked Huracanes had identical 1-1 record. But Huracanes were not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Nuevo Laredo 88-80. It looked good early as Huracanes took an 5-point lead at the end of first quarter. Then Toros had a 22-16 second period charge getting the lead and Huracanes were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 80-88. 28 personal fouls committed by Huracanes helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated also this game. The best player for the winners was forward Justin Brownlee (201, college: St.John's) who scored 33 points (!!!) and 7 rebounds. Guard Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) chipped in 16 points and 7 rebounds. Four Toros players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was center Albert Fuqua (211-83, college: UTSA, agency: Top Notch Sports) who recorded a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) added 19 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Huracanes' coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Toros (2-1) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Soles and Pioneros. Huracanes at the other side keep the eighth position with two games lost. Toros' next round opponent will be Correcaminos (#9) in Ciudad Victoria which should be theoretically an easy game. Huracanes will play at home against Fuerza Regia in Monterrey.
Top scorers:
Huracanes: O.Quintero 21+2reb+4ast, A.Fuqua 20+11reb, R.Hornsby 19+7reb+2ast, J.Edwin 8+5reb+1ast, S.Sir 5+4reb, J.Douglas 3+1reb+3ast
Toros: J.Brownlee 33+7reb+1ast, W.Pagan 16+4reb+3ast, R.Rougeau 16+7reb+1ast, D.Pearson 13+7reb+1ast, B.Angley 5+4reb+4ast, L.Ellis Vasquez 3+2reb
gschID: 137650




Aguilas Rojas de San Juan del Rio lands Mercer - by Eurobasket Center
Aguilas Rojas de San Juan del Rio (LNBP) strengthened their roster with addition of American David Mercer ). Mercer played since 2008 at Houston Blaze (TPBL) in the U.S. Last year he took part in the 6th Annual South American Tou. His team won Copa Ilustre Municipalidad de Villarrica. Mercer's stats were 23.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 2.0apg and 2.4spg.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Toros Nuevo Laredo lands Brownlee - by Eurobasket Center
Toros Nuevo Laredo (LNBP) strengthened their roster with addition of American forward Justin Brownlee (201-F-105kg, college: St.Johns). Brownlee played most recently at Chipola JC (JUCO) in the U.S. He just graduated St.Johns University and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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NBA All-Star point guard Deron Williams arrives In Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams (191-PG-84, college: Illinois) has arrived in Istanbul to start his stint with Turkish basketball team Besiktas.

The Istanbul-based club said the All-Star guard arrived Thursday together with his family. Williams has joined Besiktas until the end of the NBA lockout. Williams averaged 20.1 points and 10.3 assists for the Nets and the Utah Jazz last season.

Besiktas signed Allen Iverson last season, but the former NBA MVP only played 10 games because of injury.

Other NBA players that have signed to play in the Turkish league include Nets guard Sasha Vujacic, Darius Songaila of the Philadelphia 76ers and Nets draft pick Bojan Bogdanovic.

Courtesy of http://newyork.cbslocal.com


The willingness to meet is the very 1st step... - by Eurobasket
The NBA lockout now eerily resembles that of the NFL lockout, where both sides were taking verbal jabs and hay makers, as if they were locked in a prize fight. Members on each side, utilizing the media to express their anger and frustration with the lack of progress. The players unified against the owners, to seek a common ground in which both parties can be satisfied, and above all profitable.

Fast forward, to the present, it now seems like both parties are now willing to meet, and often to resolve their differences in hopes that the 2011-12 NBA season can start on time, and both sides can come to an amicable agreement now and for the foreseeable future. The willingness to meet is the very 1st step in getting this lockout resolved, it is virtually half the battle as one might say. According to very credible sources, ' the meetings have been very positive, and we now see a glimpse of a chance that the season will not be delayed at all, if any games are to be missed it will likely by less then 2 weeks into the regular season'.

It seems like the sentiment has totally changed , much like the NFL lockout, a verbal agreement could come quickly, as soon as next week or within this month at least, to save the season, and any more player defections overseas. At this point, NBA players or free agents, would risk too much to go overseas, it just 'would not make sense' says one prominent player agent.


Man gets 97 years for shooting ex NBA player Antonio Burks - by Eurobasket News
A man has been sentenced to 97 years in prison for shooting Memphis Grizzlies guard Antonio Burks (6'0''-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Memphis).

Criminal Court Judge Mark Ward on Thursday sentenced 20-year-old Darquan Lynneral Swift for the July 2009 shooting and attempted robbery during a dice game behind a vacant duplex. Burks, who played at the University of Memphis, and another man were critically injured and several others were robbed.

Burks testified at Swift's trial that Swift shot him in the stomach and then tried to shoot him in the head but the gun jammed. He said he will remember Swift's face for the rest of his life.

According to prosecutors, Swift will be eligible for parole after serving about 51 years.

Courtesy of ESPN


City pitches $400 mil arena plan to keep Kings - by Eurobasket News
A proposal for a $400 million arena and entertainment complex financed by private funds, public investment and user fees was unveiled on Thursday to help keep in NBA Kings in Sacramento.

Kevin Johnson (6'1''-G-66, college: California), a former NBA star and the mayor of Sacramento, created a task force to find a way to build a new arena as a way to avoid having the NBA team leave the California capital and the proposal was its basic plan.

In recommending the idea, supporters said it would create 4,000 construction jobs, bring three million potential customers to downtown businesses and spark more than $7 billion in revenues without boosting taxpayer rates.

'The majority of funding will come on the private sector side and not on the public,' Johnson said.

The Maloof family, which owns the Kings, was on the verge of moving the team to Anaheim late last season because they could not get a new area built, but the NBA wanted to give the city one more chance to swing a new arena deal.

The NBA is in a lockout that began July 1 as club owners and players argue over how to divide revenues, owners claiming they need more money and seeking a tight salary cap and reduced salary expenses.

NBA officials gave Sacramento until March to establish an arena financing plan or they would allow the Kings to relocate.

Courtesy of Yahoo


NBA: Larger groups asked to join lockout talks - by Eurobasket News
NBA owners and players completed another day of meetings and plan to have larger groups attend a session today, with negotiations at what commissioner David Stern said is getting to be an important time.

The commissioner also would not offer any insight into what it meant that the number of attendees would be increasing, after all the meetings since the lockout began July 1 included just the leadership from each side.

'I dont really know that it's positive or negative, I just think its time to bring the parties into the room who are ultimately responsible for either making a deal or deciding that there shouldnt be a deal', Stern said.

Meanwhile, many NBA players signed deals abroad. Some of them have NBA out clause and some not.

Courtesy of www.thenewstribune.com


Knicks' Stoudemire says NBA lockout will end 'sooner than later' - by Eurobasket News
Ailing Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) said he would be ready to roll if training camp began today and feels the camp's opening is not as far off as people think.

While Stoudemire spoke to kids in Harlem as part of the Department of Youth Program, the NBA and Players Association held a six-hour meeting further downtown and will be at it again today finally with indications of progress.

Stoudemire said the lockout will end 'sooner than later.' He has arranged a mid-October informal training camp for his mates in Bradenton, Fla., but now isn't sure they'll need it. Training camps are scheduled for Oct. 2.

'I'm hearing good things about the lockout, that we'd be starting sooner than later,' Stoudemire said. 'So that [Florida camp] would be offset. I'm not sure the change [in negotiating stance], but I do feel better about the fact we may start sooner than later. That's a positive for us.'

Stoudemire is in constant communication with Knicks guard Roger Mason Jr., who is on the negotiating committee.

Mason tweeted yesterday, 'Looking like a season. How u.' The tweet got major play until Mason deleted it and claimed his Twitter account was hacked. However, speculation is he sent it as a private message and hit the wrong button.

Asked if he's talked to Mason, Stoudemire said, 'We've been talking all summer about when it's a great time to start training to ramp it up, what's the word on the street about resolving this thing, when's the season going to start. He's been keeping me in the loop.'

Emerging from labor talks, players' association president Derek Fisher and commissioner David Stern said there's time to save the full season.

'We agreed that we're going to sit here for as many days as we can to see if we're going to be able to make progress,' Stern said. 'We have three weeks.'

Stoudemire, who pulled a back muscle during the Boston series and was rendered impotent, said his back 'feels great' and would 'definitely' be ready to play now. Like Carmelo Anthony (elbow), he has rested much of summer because of the back. He's ready to step up workouts Monday

'I feel great,' Stoudemire said. 'Been resting all summer. That's been my main priority and I feel great.'

Asked if he was nervous earlier in the summer about his back, Stoudemire said, 'It was definitely a time it was sore and I didn' t know how long it would take to recover from that type of injury.'

If the lockout is ongoing in mid-October, Stoudemire expects the entire Knicks team to show up to the IMG Academy for informal training camp.

Stoudemire said last week's addition of top assistant Mike Woodson to run the defense was a good step.

'I think it's great,' Stoudemire said. 'We talked about improving defensively. The addition of Mike will be positive for us.'

Courtesy of www.nypost.com


NBA 'Lockout League' begins Monday in Vegas - by Eurobasket News
The NBA Summer League has given fans the chance to see the newest young stars competing for a spot on their favorite team's roster since 2004.

About 40,000 people showed up on the UNLV campus last year to watch it, but this year's league was canceled due to the NBA lockout.

The 'Lockout League,' which starts Monday at Impact Basketball, will be the total opposite according to organizer Joe Abunassar.

'Here you've got guys that have contracts, that aren't worried where they're gonna be next year, just playing for the love of the game,' Abunassar said.

Abunassar says he had to turn players away. 'We never thought it would go so quickly so big, and it has.'

Names like Chauncey Billups (6'3''-PG-76, college: Colorado), Vegas resident Jermaine O'Neal (6'11''-F-78),, Zach Randolph (6'9''-C-81, college: Michigan St.) and Vegas native C.J. Watson will be playing.

In all, over 65 NBA players will make up eight teams going head to head every day for two weeks.

The games will be open to the public and there are about 700 seats in the bleachers for fans, but national media form all over the country will be here as well.

'USA Today will be here, SportsCenter will be here, sportsillustrated.com. If you can think of a media outlet, they called,' Abunassar explained.

Courtesy of www.fox5vegas.com


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Saint John Mill Rats re-sign trio - by Eurobasket News
The Saint John Mill Rats, presented by Rogers, are pleased to announce the re-signing of a key trio of players from last season's roster. Guard Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts) and forwards Marc Egerson (6'6''-G-86, college: Delaware) and Steve DeLuca (6'6''-G/F, college: Brandeis), who were all on the Mill Rats' protected list, are set to return.

'We're ecstatic to have these guys back in a Mill Rats uniform' said Mill Rats President and General Manager Ian McCarthy. 'Anthony and Mark were All-League performers, and Deluca is a fan favourite who developed into our secret weapon last season.'

The explosive Anderson, a 5'11 guard, led the Mill Rats with 19.05 points per game on a blistering 51% from the field and 41% from three point range. Despite having surgery in April for a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered on March 31st at Halifax, he has fully recovered and looking forward to competing in the new National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada).

'I feel great it's coming long better than I projected, so I'll be ready,' said Anderson who laced up the sneakers for the local 2011 Annual Armand Drummond Tournament last month at UNB-Saint John.

Egerson, a 6'7 forward, was right with Anderson at 18.95 points per game and also hauled in 5.26 rebounds per game. Deluca, also 6'7, is known for his sweet shooting stroke (40% from behind the arc).

The Mill Rats are now part of the new NBL Canada along with the Halifax Rainmen, Quebec Kebs, Moncton Miracles, Summerside Storm, London Lightning, and Oshawa Power.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Mill Rats re-sign trio - by Gianni Pascucci
The Saint John Mill Rats, presented by Rogers, are pleased to announce the re-signing of a key trio of players from last season's roster. Guard Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts) and forwards Marc Egerson (6'6''-G-86, college: Delaware) and Steve DeLuca (6'6''-G/F, college: Brandeis), who were all on the Mill Rats' protected list, are set to return.
'We're ecstatic to have these guys back in a Mill Rats uniform' said Mill Rats President and General Manager Ian McCarthy . 'Anthony and Mark were All-League performers, and Deluca is a fan favourite who developed into our secret weapon last season.'
The explosive Anderson, a 5'11 guard, led the Mill Rats with 19.05 points per game on a blistering 51% from the field and 41% from three point range. Despite having surgery in April for a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered on March 31st at Halifax, he has fully recovered and looking forward to competing in the new National Basketball League of Canada (NBL Canada).
'I feel great it's coming long better than I projected, so I'll be ready,' said Anderson who laced up the sneakers for the local 2011 Annual Armand Drummond Tournament last month at UNB-Saint John.
Egerson, a 6'7 forward, was right with Anderson at 18.95 points per game and also hauled in 5.26 rebounds per game. Deluca, also 6'7, is known for his sweet shooting stroke (40% from behind the arc).
For more information on the Saint John Mill Rats visit www.millratsbasketball.ca or email hoops@millratsbasketball.ca


Demasi bids goodbye to Mill Rats - by Eurobasket News
The player that came to personify the blue-collar work ethic of the Saint John Mill Rats has taken a white collar job.

Ross DeMasi (6'8''-F-86, college: SW Minnesota St.), who became an instant fan favourite last year for his hustle and determination, will not be returning to the team for the 2011-12 National Basketball League of Canada season. Instead, he'll be taking a teaching job in his hometown of Swanton, N.H.

Demasi played 13 games with Saint John last year in the Premier Basketball League, averaging 9.08 points, 7.6 rebounds and one block per night. He came to Saint John in February after the Vermont Frost Heaves folded.

'Ross was a great teammate and role model in terms of being active in the community, being on time for everything and working hard,' Ian McCarthy, Mill Rats general manager and president, said Wednesday. 'He made a real effort to reach out to the fans, to get to know them and I think they appreciated that.

'On the court Ross was a warrior, great skills inside and out. Even though he was limping sometimes with a sprained ankle, he never wanted to come out of a game. He just kept playing and gave it his best.'

The loss of Demasi leaves the Mill Rats with seven players from last year's roster who could return for the inaugural NBL season. McCarthy said he hopes to have guards Anthony Anderson and Marc Egerson along with forward Steve DeLuca signed by the end of this week.

Also expected to return is centre Modibo Diarra, who has been working out and conducting basketball camps in Saint John this summer. Forwards Terry Martin and P.J. Young are also possibilities.

Dwuan Rice, the other Frost Heaves player Saint John acquired last season, is playing pro ball in Germany this year.

Guard Mike Anderson of Grand Bay-Westfield is expected to compete for a spot with fellow Canadian guards Jerome Brown, Sherton Sanderson, and Kevin Massiah. All three were drafted by the Mill Rats in August. Each NBL team must have at least two Canadians on their 12-man roster.

Another possibility is guard Antonio Anderson, who split time last season in the NBA Development League with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers and the Maine Red Claws. He is the younger brother of Anthony Anderson.

'Coach (Jaren Jackson) has also been scouting players in (Washington) D.C. and Baltimore and there are a number of players there he'd like to bring to camp,' McCarthy said.

The Mill Rats will stage an open tryout at Rothesay Netherwood School Oct. 8 followed by a player combine in Derry, N.H., Oct. 15. Training camp opens Oct. 18.

Each NBL team is allowed to bring 18 players to training camp. That number must be trimmed to 12 for the season opener Oct. 29 when the Moncton Miracles travel to Quebec City to take on the Kebs. The Mill Rats open the season on the road Nov. 4 in Prince Edward Island against the Summerside Storm. They play at home two days later versus the London Lightning. The Lightning franchise is led by former Lawton-Fort Sill Cavalry coach Michael Ray Richardson. Richardson is expected to bring much of the Cavalry roster with him to London. Last year in the PBL, Lawton finished first during the regular season with a 17-2 record before falling in three games to the Rochester Razorsharks in the league final.

Courtesy of http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com


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Gaddy cleared to return after knee surgery - by Eurobasket News
Washington guard Abdul Gaddy (6'3''-G-92) has been cleared to return to action nine months after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

The school said Wednesday that doctors have given Gaddy the OK to return with no limitations. Gaddy says that late in the spring he started to feel as if he was completely back, but doctors didn't sign off on Gaddy going all out on the court until Wednesday.

Gaddy was averaging 8.5 points and leading the Pac-10 in assist-to-turnover ratio when he was injured in practice Jan. 4. Isaiah Thomas took over more of the load at point guard when Gaddy went down and Washington won the Pac-10 tournament and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Washington opens the season Nov. 12 against Georgia State.

Courtesy of http://mynorthwest.com


SEC invites Texas A&M to join - by Eurobasket News
The Southeastern Conference says it has accepted Texas A&M's application to the league. However, the move is being held up because a Big 12 school has threatened legal action if the Aggies leave.

The SEC says in a statement released Wednesday that it had already received ''unanimous written assurance'' from the Big 12 on Sept. 2 that it was free to accept Texas A&M.

The SEC says it's presidents approved the invitation to Texas A&M at the first point. But Wednesday it received word from the Big 12 that one of its schools had withdrawn its previous consent and was considering legal action.

Courtesy of www.thescore.com


Board of Regents prefers KU, K-State stay together - by Eurobasket News
The Kansas Board of Regents would prefer that Kansas and Kansas State remain in the same conference, even if the Big 12 eventually falls apart.

Board chairman Ed McKechnie told The Associated Press in a phone interview Tuesday that 'our first hope is they stay together in the Big 12, and until something happens, I'm just not going to speculate on what else there could be.'

The Big 12 has already lost Nebraska to the Big Ten and Colorado to the Pac-12, and Texas A&M has decided to leave with an eye toward the Southeastern Conference. Oklahoma and Texas have been linked to the Pac-12, too, and their departure would likely signal the Big 12's demise.

Oklahoma president David Boren acknowledged last week the Sooners have been contacted by other conferences and that he expects to decide soon whether they will remain in the Big 12.

Kansas chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little said last week that Kansas and Kansas State are not necessarily connected should the Big 12 dissolve, but McKechnie said the Board would prefer that the two schools stick together. He also said the biggest problem facing the conference is that its future is tied too much to football, which has become the biggest moneymaker in college athletics.

'Again, our preference is for the Big 12 to stay together, and that they're both in BCS-qualifying conferences,' McKechnie said of the two Kansas schools. 'One of the challenges we have is to switch the Big 12 from being a football conference to being an inclusive academic conference. So we have some work to do and we're prepared to roll up our sleeves and work to keep the Big 12 together.'

If the league should fall apart, Kansas and Kansas State may not be left in the dark.

The New York Post reported Monday the Big East has studied the feasibility of adding three more schools - possibly the Jayhawks, Wildcats and Missouri - to create a super conference with 12 football-playing members and 20 schools that participate in basketball. That would allow the Big East to hold a lucrative football championship game and create even divisions in basketball.

The 12-team Big Ten could also continue expanding as other conferences grow.

Athletic directors for Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri all expressed their desire for the Big 12 to remain together Saturday, while the coaches for each school have largely stayed out of the fray.

'I don't know all that is taking place,' K-State coach Bill Snyder said Tuesday. 'Whatever happens - and I have no earthly idea what will happen - but whatever happens, Kansas State will land on its feet just because of the people. That's the nature of Kansas State.'

Kansas coach Turner Gill said he stays in contact with Nebraska AD Tom Osborne, his former coach for the Huskers, but that the top of conference realignment never comes up. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel deftly sidestepped the entire topic during a conference call Monday.

'You know, I've got Arizona State this week,' Pinkel said. 'I really don't want to comment about it. I have absolutely no control over it. None.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Alicante hands 87-56 loss to University of Stanford - by Eurobasket News
Lucentum Alicante - University of Stanford 87-56

University of Stanford suffered another defeat in their Spanish tour. This time Alicante was better than Stanford 87-56. Two days ago, Murcia celebrated 79-57 win against the American students. Rookie Kyle Singler (203-F-88, college: Duke) led Alicante yesterday with 16 points. Alex Urtasun (193-G-84) and Benjamin Dewar (196-G/F-81, college: L.Superior) followed him with 13 points each, while Pedro Llompart (190-G-82) added one point less. Raimundo Lopez (185-PG-89) was the last one with double-digits in scoring for Alicante with 10 pts. In Stanford, Chasson Randle (189-G-93) shined with 16 points and Anthony Brown (203-F-92) had 14. Aaron Bright (180-G) stopped to 8 pts in this meeting. University of Stanford is set to play more friendlies in Spain. Their next rival will be Manresa and after that Stanford will meet reigning Spanish champion Barcelona.

Lucentum Alicante: Llompart (12), Benjamin Dewar (13), Stojic (7), Kyle Singler (16) y Barnes (5)
, Rai Lopez (10), Astilleros (-), Jodar (4), Brun (7), Alex Urtasun (13) y Germn (0)
Universidad de Stanford: Aaron Bright (8), Anthony Brown (14), Nastic (0), Chasson Randle (16), Owens (2), Mann (2), Powell (0), Zimmermann (3), Gage (0) y Trotter (2)




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Breakers release statement on Corey Webster - by Eurobasket News
The NZ Breakers have released the following statement from General Manager Richard Clarke.

The NZ Breakers have been informed by Corey Webster (185-G-88, college: Lambuth) that he has received advisory from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority regarding a positive test for a prohibited substance.

Corey is currently receiving legal advice as to his position, and plans to present his case in detail at a hearing in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Sydney which will be conducted under the jurisdiction of Basketball Australias anti-doping policy.

The Club understands that the positive sample is for a synthetic form of Cannabis that was not illegal to either possess or consume in New Zealand at the time of the incident, and that furthermore, although it is not deemed to be a performance enhancing substance, it is nevertheless a prohibited substance according to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Basketball Australia has the discretion to provisionally suspend Webster pending the outcome of the hearing. The Club will wait on the outcome of that hearing before determining Coreys future with the Breakers. Webster will not be involved in the Breakers programme until the hearing result is known.
There is a process to be followed with relation to the hearing. Such cases are confidential until the outcome of any appeal is heard and final judgment. With increasing speculation surrounding this matter the Club and Corey considered it in the best interests of all affected to release this information.

Because of the timing of the notification and the impact of the likely provisional suspension, the Club will be adding an additional player to our roster for the 2011-12 season. An announcement will be made on this once confirmed.

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


Australia topple New Zealand, book ticket to London - by Eurobasket News
Australia - New Zealand 81:64

Australia celebrated the second straight win over New Zealand clinching Oceania Championship series. The Boomers earned a comfortable win in Game 2 in Brisbane to seal their London Olympic Games appearance. Brad Newley (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 12 points to lead the effort.
The Boomers jumped to an early lead. They posted a 24:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) opened a double-digit lead for the Boomers midway through the second quarter. But the Tall Blacks cut the deficit to just two points at the interval 34:36. Alex Pledger (216-C-87, college: Belm.Abbey) and Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) put the Tall Blacks in front 42:40 early in the third term. The lead changed hands for several times before New Zealand posted a 54:53 advantage with one quarter remaining. Australia used a massive 21:0 run in the fourth period to clear off and never looked back afterwards. Andrew James Ogilvy (211-C-88, college: Vanderbilt) scored 11 points, while Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA), Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket) and Aleks Maric added 9 points apiece in the victory. Kirk Penney answered with game-high 17 points for the Tall Blacks. Alex Pledger netted 9 points in defeat.

Australia: Brad Newley 12, Andrew James Ogilvy 11, Patrick Mills 9, Matt Nielsen 9, Aleks Maric 9
New Zealand: Kirk Penney 17, Alex Pledger 9



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Etha signs Nigerian forward Patrick Okafor - by Eurobasket News
Patrick Okafor (203-F-79, college: Houston) is a new member of Etha. The Nigerian forward penned a deal for the next season. Okafor heads to Etha from Rouen, where he finished 2010/11. He joined the club in January averaging 8.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.3 assists in ProB. Okafor started last season with PBG Basket Poznan. He had 9.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 1.3 apg for 10 games in PLK. In 2009/10 season, Patrick Okafor was a member of SKS Polpharma. He registered 17.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 1.6 apg for them in 33 PLK games. In the past, Okafor also played for Atlas Stal Ostrow, Barons Riga, Anwil, Ramat Hasharon and Maccabi Petah Tikva. Etha will play in EuroCup qualifications this season.

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Standing
Standings
1. Australia0-0
2. N.Zealand0-0


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  PANAMA   


Panama beats Canada 91-89, both teams say goodbye to Mar del Plata - by Eurobasket News
PANAMA - CANADA 91-89

It was the last game in Mar del Plata for both teams. Panama celebrated their first victory 91-89 in the Quarterfinals Round, but it was not enough for them to avoid 8th place in FIBA Americas. On the other side, Canada dropped to position No.6 with 2-5 record. Both teams failed to book a spot for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia) exploded for Panama with 39 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) had 21 points and 12 boards, while Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) added 18 pts. In Canada, Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) shined with 24 points. Andrew Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) had 14 pts, while Kelly Olynyk (210-F-91) and Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) netted 13 points each. Quarters: 24-27, 25-21, 21-22, 21-19. FIBA Americas Championship continues on Saturday, but without Canada and Panama. Brazil, Argentina, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico will fight for the Finals and a spot for the Olympic Games 2012.

Panama: Gary Forbes 39+5 boards+6 as, Ruben Garces 21+12 boards, Josimar Ayarza 18
Canada: Carl English 24, Andrew Rautins 14, Kelly Olynyk 13, Jevohn Shepherd 13


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  PORTUGAL   


Lusitania Angra Patrimonio Mundial signs Brian Mills - by Eurobasket Center
Lusitania Angra Patrimonio Mundial signed 23-year old American forward Brian Mills (203-F-88). Mills has just graduated from Mercer University (NCAA) in the U.S. While playing 33 games for Mercer last season his stats were: 16.2ppg, 6.0rpg and 1.2apg. It will be his first season in pro basketball.

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Brazil too strong for Puerto Rico 94-72, heads to Semis as No.1 - by Eurobasket News
PUERTO RICO - BRAZIL 72-94

Brazil advanced to Semifinals as No.1 with almost perfect 6-1 record. Brazilians handed 94-72 loss to Puerto Rico and will meet 4th ranked Dominican Republic in the Semis. Puerto Rico also advanced, but as No.3 with 5-2 record. They will play against the host of FIBA Americas Championship - Argentina. Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) top-scored in Brazil with 18 points. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) had 17 points and 5 rebounds, while Vitor Alves (190-F/G-90) helped with 11 pts. Angel Alamo (206-F/C-85) responded with 15 points and 6 rebounds in loss. Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) also had 15 points for Puerto Rico. Quarters: 15-29, 15-18, 19-30, 23-17). Semifinals are scheduled for Saturday.

Puerto Rico: Angel Alamo 15+6 boards, Renaldo Balkman 15
Brazil: Marquinhos Vieira 18, Tiago Splitter 17+5 boards, Vitor Alves 11


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  RUSSIA   


Lokomotiv Kuban beats Cedevita 79-74 in a friendly - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban - Cedevita 79-74

Lokomotiv Kuban and Cedevita met in a friendly game yesterday. The Russian team was better celebrating 79-74 win at the end. The game was played in Slovenia. K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Clemson) was a key player for Lokomotiva with 28 points. Lionel Chalmers (184-G-80, college: Xavier) secured a great help adding 20 pts. On the other side, Chris Warren (196-F-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: S.Carolina) delivered 16 points for Cedevita. Chris Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) and Vedran Princ (192-G-82) stopped to 10 and 9 pts respectively. Quarters: 27:20, 22:14, 13:21, 17:19. Lokomotiv Kuban still waits their Head Coach Bozidar Maljkovic, who is currently with the Slovenian NT at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. They reached second stage there. Both, Lokomotiv and Cedevita will play more friendly games in the coming days.

Lokomotiv Kuban: K.C. Rivers 28, Lionel Chalmers 20
Cedevita: Chris Warren 16, Chris Owens 10, Vedran Princ 9


Unics and Spartak Sb reach the friendly victories - by Eurobasket News
Unics overcame Budivelnyk in a friendly game 81:77. The Ukrainian team started with 17-15 and added 20-19 in the second frame. The second half however belonged to the Russian squad. Unics won the third quarter 18-15 and produced 29-25 for the total success. Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) stepped up with 22 points, while Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) added 14 points and 7 rebounds. Jack McClinton (185-G-85, college: Miami, FL) replied with 14 points in defeat and Aliiev posted 14.
Azovmash meanwhile beat Enisey 81:63 in Croatia. The Russian team started better and won the first period 21-20. The rest of the game however belonged to the Ukrainian squad that won all three other quarters. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) stepped up with 14 points and Igor Zaitsev (211-F/C-89) delivered 13. Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) answered with 19 points in defeat and Babinin scored 15.
Spartak Sb outscored SAV Vacallo Basket 85:69 in Bormio. The Russian team started with 17-13 and added 25-24 in the second frame. Moreover the third and the last quarters also belonged to Spartak. They needed 21-13 in the third and 22-19 in the last periods to seal the victory. Lihodey poured in 21 points to lead the charge, while Kashirov posted 11. Matt Schneiderman answered with 15 points and Rickey Gibson (191-G-84, college: Stillman) added 11. Marcus Sloan ended up with 10 points, whilst Nate Roche, Rokas Uzas and Nate Connelly had 9 each.



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EuroBasket 2011: Spain handed Serbia their third straight loss - by Eurobasket News
Spain-Serbia 84:59

Spain handed Serbia their third straight loss as the latter fell at 1-3 record in Group E. Spain meanwhile improved to 3-1 record after 84:59 win.
Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) scored the first four points in the game and his brother added two for 12:5. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) exchanged the shots midway through the first period, while Juan Carlos Navarro nailed another three for 18:11. Reyes scored the last three points in the first quarter to bring 23:14 lead for Spain.
Paunic and Dusko Savanovic reduced to 27:20 early in the second, while Pau Gasol made it 31:22. Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) closed an 11-0 run that Spain erupted with in the middle of the second frame. Serbia meanwhile responded with a 7-0 run and Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) scored for 39:29. Dusko Savanovic sent the teams to the lockers at 43:32 as Spain won the second frame 20-18.
Pau Gasol and Calderon nailed threes in the start of the third period to bring 15-point advantage in the game. Spain produced another 13-0 run for 57:34 and it was clear at that time about the winner. Marc Gasol made it 59:36 and Rubio scored for 63:40. After 27-17 in the third quarter Spain enjoyed 70:49 before the last 10 minutes.
Nenad Krstic (214-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) scored the first 5 points in the final stanza, while Marc Gasol scored four in a row for 74:54. Juan Carlos Navarro brought 79:58 and Claver made a dunk for 81:59. San Emeterio scored his first points in the game from the free throw line giving the defending champions 83:59 lead and then Sada brought the final result in the game.
Pau Gasol top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Marc Gasol notched 20. Juan Carlos Navarro followed them with 14 points. Nenad Krstic delivered 12 points in defeat and Dusko Savanovic posted 11.

Spain: Pau Gasol 26, Marc Gasol 20, Juan Carlos Navarro 14
Serbia: Nenad Krstic 12, Dusko Savanovic 11, Milenko Tepic 8


Crvena Zvezda Beograd extends Nemanja Nedovic and Uros Nikolic - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda Beograd announced signing of a one-year contract extensions with Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87).
Nemanja Nedovic was one of the best Crvena Zvezda players last season. He had 16.4 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 4 apg in 14 Serbian league games. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Most Improved Player of the Year -11. In Adriatic league, Nedovic added 10.8 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 2.5 apg. Nedovic exploded at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao. He had 19.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.8 apg and 1.4 spg in 8 games. Eurobasket awarded him with Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 2nd Team -11.
Uros Nikolic shined with 16.8 ppg and 7.1 rpg in 14 Serbian league games last season. He added 8.7 ppg, 5.8 rpg and 1 bpg in 24 Adriatic league appearances. Nikolic won the Slovenian league title with Krka in 2010. He joined Crvena Zvezda last summer.


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Hopsi announced the roster for 2011/2012 season - by Eurobasket News
Hopsi announced the roster for 2011/2012 season.
The team added Nejc Vodovnik (190-G-88), the Slovenian Guard. In 2004-2005 he played for Savinjski Hopsi Polzela and then moved to Vrani Vransko (D2, starting five) last season.
The main announcement was made in the beginning of summer when Hopsi Polzela brought in Jasonn Hannibal (208-C, college: Portland). The centre signed his first pro contract. The Canadian player has just graduated from the University of Portland. He tallied 3.3 points and 1.6 rebounds per game in his senior season. Jasonn Hannibal reached WCC Tournament semifinals for two straight seasons in 2010 and 2011 with the Pilots.
Primoz Kobale, Andrej Podvrsnik (186-G-87), Miha Val, Dejan Hohler (188-G-86, agency: TSS Management), Stanko Sebic, Dmitry Sviridov (212-C-85), Uros Godler (203-C-85), Jasonn Hannibal ,Nejc Vodovnik, Quendrim Haideray, Lovro Fizuleto, Valentin Jurkovic (205-C-94), Jaka Golc, Miha Jezernik, Benjamin Kocevar, Bojan Tepic, Miha Zohar in Matic Perger (192-G-94).



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Quotes from Korean national team - by JungHwan Seo
Quotes from Korean national team 9th Sep.

Stevenson Cameron (200-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond)

'It is great pleasure for me playing in the Asian Championship representing my mother's country. I will do my best for my brother Greg. If there is a policy change next year, I hope to play together with my brother in the national team'

Kim Joo-Sung (205-F/C-79)


'New KBL season is coming within a month but I will fully focus on the Asian championship. If we could not go to London next year, this is possibly my last chance to play as a national team member. My last stage must be an Olympic game not an Asian championship'

Yang Dong-Geun (182-G-81)

'Our players can make up for each other's weakness. We are very confident for Asian championship. Bad memories of two years ago made me to push harder in the game. I will try everything to make a good result'

Lee Jung-Suk (184-G-82)

'Playing in the Olympic before retire is my old dream. I was very disappointed when we lost Asian game final match last year. This time will be different. I will make my opponent guards very painful in the game'

Cho Sung-Min (189-F-83)

'Even though I could not play much time, I will show that we will get together. I will try to my best to get a ticket for London'

Yang Hee-Jong (194-F-84)

'Coach Hur Jae said to me that I need to play more aggressively both offense and defense. If I play with a confidence my team will get a great result too. I hope that our guys can play without any injuries in the game'

Kim Yong-Hwan (195-F-84)

'I am trying to get rid of any pressure in the game. I will get together with my guys and get a successful result. Surely, I want to play in the Olympic game next year'

Kang Byung-Hyun (193-G/F-85)

'We must get a ticket for London. We think we have a chance. I got a great confidence since last KBL finals game. You can trust me'

Ha Seung-Jin (221-C-85)

'I am still thinking of runner up of Asian game final last year. I want to revenge this time. Even I could not play, my country will go to London'

Park Chan-Hee (191-G-87)

'I have two goals. First is to go to Olympic game. Second is learning a lot at the Asian championship. I will support my guys and try my best'

Oh Sek-Eun (201-C-87)

'I was struggle two years ago because of plantar fasciitis. I am feeling great these days. I will show you a great hustle and do my best'

Kim Jong-Kyu (207-C-91)

'My goal is conquering Asia. As the youngest man in this team, I will contribute to make a goal. I hope that Korea can go to the Olympic for the first time since 1996'





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  SPAIN   


Javier Salson signs with Las Rozas, David Guardia to Avila - by Eurobasket News
Javier Salson (199-F-82, college: Bloomfield) is a new member of Las Rozas. He signed a deal for the next LEB Silver season. Salson heads to Laz Rozas from Huesca, where he spent last two years. In the latest one he had 9.9 ppg and 4.1 rpg (LEB Gold). In 2009/10, Salson collected 13.1 ppg and 4.4 rpg for the club and they won the LEB Silver Playoffs. In the past, he played for Ourense and Plasencia.
David Guardia (197-F-90) joined Fontedoso Carrefour El Bulevar de Avila for the next season. He arrives from EBA team Adesavi San Vicente, where he had 14.2 ppg and 5 rpg for 21 games. Guardia played for Alicante, Clinicas Rincon and Unicaja II earlier. He also played for the Spanish U16 NT in the past.


Alicante hands 87-56 loss to University of Stanford - by Eurobasket News
Lucentum Alicante - University of Stanford 87-56

University of Stanford suffered another defeat in their Spanish tour. This time Alicante was better than Stanford 87-56. Two days ago, Murcia celebrated 79-57 win against the American students. Rookie Kyle Singler (203-F-88, college: Duke) led Alicante yesterday with 16 points. Alex Urtasun (193-G-84) and Benjamin Dewar (196-G/F-81, college: L.Superior) followed him with 13 points each, while Pedro Llompart (190-G-82) added one point less. Raimundo Lopez (185-PG-89) was the last one with double-digits in scoring for Alicante with 10 pts. In Stanford, Chasson Randle (189-G-93) shined with 16 points and Anthony Brown (203-F-92) had 14. Aaron Bright (180-G) stopped to 8 pts in this meeting. University of Stanford is set to play more friendlies in Spain. Their next rival will be Manresa and after that Stanford will meet reigning Spanish champion Barcelona.

Lucentum Alicante: Llompart (12), Benjamin Dewar (13), Stojic (7), Kyle Singler (16) y Barnes (5)
, Rai Lopez (10), Astilleros (-), Jodar (4), Brun (7), Alex Urtasun (13) y Germn (0)
Universidad de Stanford: Aaron Bright (8), Anthony Brown (14), Nastic (0), Chasson Randle (16), Owens (2), Mann (2), Powell (0), Zimmermann (3), Gage (0) y Trotter (2)




EuroBasket 2011: Spain handed Serbia their third straight loss - by Eurobasket News
Spain-Serbia 84:59

Spain handed Serbia their third straight loss as the latter fell at 1-3 record in Group E. Spain meanwhile improved to 3-1 record after 84:59 win.
Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) scored the first four points in the game and his brother added two for 12:5. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) exchanged the shots midway through the first period, while Juan Carlos Navarro nailed another three for 18:11. Reyes scored the last three points in the first quarter to bring 23:14 lead for Spain.
Paunic and Dusko Savanovic reduced to 27:20 early in the second, while Pau Gasol made it 31:22. Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) closed an 11-0 run that Spain erupted with in the middle of the second frame. Serbia meanwhile responded with a 7-0 run and Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) scored for 39:29. Dusko Savanovic sent the teams to the lockers at 43:32 as Spain won the second frame 20-18.
Pau Gasol and Calderon nailed threes in the start of the third period to bring 15-point advantage in the game. Spain produced another 13-0 run for 57:34 and it was clear at that time about the winner. Marc Gasol made it 59:36 and Rubio scored for 63:40. After 27-17 in the third quarter Spain enjoyed 70:49 before the last 10 minutes.
Nenad Krstic (214-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) scored the first 5 points in the final stanza, while Marc Gasol scored four in a row for 74:54. Juan Carlos Navarro brought 79:58 and Claver made a dunk for 81:59. San Emeterio scored his first points in the game from the free throw line giving the defending champions 83:59 lead and then Sada brought the final result in the game.
Pau Gasol top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Marc Gasol notched 20. Juan Carlos Navarro followed them with 14 points. Nenad Krstic delivered 12 points in defeat and Dusko Savanovic posted 11.

Spain: Pau Gasol 26, Marc Gasol 20, Juan Carlos Navarro 14
Serbia: Nenad Krstic 12, Dusko Savanovic 11, Milenko Tepic 8


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South Sudan Bags Three Silvers in the East African Schools Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Juba The Republic of South Sudan bagged three silver medals - one in basketball and two in athletics - at the East African Secondary Schools Association Games which closed over the weekend in Mbarara, Uganda.

In an exclusive interview with GOSS.ORG reporter the Deputy Director of Co-Curricular Activities in the Ministry of General Education and Instruction Mr Charles Sokivi Thomas lauded the performance taking into account that South Sudan is the youngest country in the bloc and has several challenges in sports.


Bentiu Secondary School won a silver medal in boys' basketball and the other two in athletics.

Mr Sokivi explained that South Sudan, which is a member of the association, has been participating in the games since 2008. He said that each member must present at least four teams, both boys and girls, in the games to qualify as a member. He reported that South Sudan has met this threshold. Furthermore, he explained, that 2011 was the first time South Sudan presented a girls' football team a development which he described as progressive.

He explained that South Sudan's performance at the games has been improving since 2008. He said that it is the recognition of this improvement that South Sudan's basketball team was selected to represent the federation in the inter-continental games in Ohio, USA held last month. He regretted, however, that the team could not travel owing to the Khartoum government's reluctance to issue its members with the necessary travel documents.


Mr Sokivi explained that South Sudan would perform better if the various challenges school sports in the country faces were addressed. He cited lack of qualified coaches, inadequate sporting programmes, and inconsistency in training and practice as some of the challenges that schools face regarding sports. He emphasized the need to train sports trainers.

He also suggested that every school should have a sports teacher, current sports teachers and coaches should get access to refresher courses to update their skills, talent search scheme to identify and nurture youth talented in sports should be developed, executives in the central and state governments should support sports in their respective schools, awareness of the value of sports to the country and individuals should be created, and sports be mainstreamed in the schools curricula.
Courtesy of: Government of South Sudan (Juba)


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Lugano Tigers add Ryan Richards - by Eurobasket News
Lugano Tigers add Ryan Richards (212-C/F-91, agency: Interperformances) for 2011/2012 roster. The British player recently stayed with the National team but could not make it to the Top 12.
Ryan Richards was a player of C.B. Gran Canaria 2014. In 2010 he was loaned to BBC Monthey. The NBA future prospect exploded in his second game against Boncourt on Saturday with a 20 point and 11 rebound performance as Monthey won 79-73.
Ryan had been at C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 all season practicing with the ACB team and he played in a few EBA games.
Ryan is a very versatile 7 footer who can play three positions and score either on the inside or outside.
At the European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo (Bosnia) after 7 games he averaged 22.3ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 76.3%. He recorded 32 points in the game against Israel U20 and Marcotullio brought the victory over Israel with the buzzer-beater as Great Britain edged Israel at the start of the Classification Round for 9-16 places in Sarajevo.



Blonay Basket sign four players - by Luca Maffioli
Blonay Basket announced four players for next season: Sebastian Dubath (192-F-87), Pablo Muino (184-G/F-79), Malik Mechti and Bertrand Larequi. Dubath last season played in 1LN in Morges Basket and he averaged 16.3 points in 12 games. Muino come back to play basketball after two year. He spent his career in Martigny-Ovronnaz, Martigny Basket, Martigny-Rhne Basket and, in 2008-2009, Vevey Riviera Basket. Mechti started to play basketball in Bulle Basket. Last season he averaged 5.3 points in 14 games of 1LN (regular season). Larequi come back to Swiss after one year. He played for four seasons with Morges Basket in 1LN.

Update on Vacallo Basket, Lions de Geneve and BBC Monthey - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Sb outscored SAV Vacallo Basket 85:69 in Bormio. The Russian team started with 17-13 and added 25-24 in the second frame. Moreover the third and the last quarters also belonged to Spartak. They needed 21-13 in the third and 22-19 in the last periods to seal the victory. Lihodey poured in 21 points to lead the charge, while Kashirov posted 11. Matt Schneiderman (205-F/C-81, college: N.Iowa) answered with 15 points and Rickey Gibson (191-G-84, college: Stillman) added 11. Marcus Sloan (205-F-82, college: TCU) ended up with 10 points, whilst Nate Roche, Rokas Uzas (202-F-88) and Nate Connelly had 9 each.
Lions de Geneve lost to BBC Monthey 50:54. It was a slow start and the teams scored only 22 points in the first period when the Lions took 13-9 lead. They however scored 4 points in the second frame and trailed 17:27 at the halftime. The teams exchanged the victories in the second half and that brought the win for BBC Monthey.



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Andrew Washington signs with Trabzonspor - by Eurobasket News
Andrew Washington (191-G-84, college: Delaware) signs with Trabzonspor for the upcoming season. The American Player finished the last season in Ukraine.
In April BC Odessa and Andrew Washington have reached a mutual agreement on terms of contract termination. The 27-year-old guard joined the team at the start of the season. He averaged solid 16.4 points, 4.0 boards and 3.4 assists per game in Superleague. Last season Andrew Washington started in Netherlands. He tallied 16.0 points, 4.0 boards and 3.0 assists for Matrixx Magic Nijmegen. In December 2009 Andrew Washington moved to Syria to join Karameh. Later that month the guard changed the team and moved to Argentina to play for Central Enterriano. He notched 9.0 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals in LigaA. Last season Andrew Washington ended with Taleea in Syria. He was named Asia-Basket.com All-Syrian Player of the Year in 2010.



Motepaschi cruises past Turk Telekom in Bormio, 85-72 - by Eurobasket News
Motepaschi Siena - Turk Telekom 85-72

Many teams currently prepare in Bormio for the next season. They also play friendly games every day and it the latest meeting Montepaschi Siena was better than Turk Telekom 85-72. The Italian powerhouse was in charge from the beginning (26-21). They made plus 12 until the HT and jumped to 65-50 with ten minutes to go. Last quarter was just the formality after that. Joseph Crispin (186-PG-79, college: Penn St.) stepped up for Montepaschi with 19 points. DaJuan Summers (203-F-88, college: Georgetown) had 12, while David Moss (196-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: Indiana St.) and Andrea Michelori (202-F/C-78) added 10 points each. In Turk Telekom, Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) top-scored with 16 points. Their second best player was Nedim Yucel (203-F-79) with 14 pts. Both teams will play more friendlies in Bormio.

Montepaschi: Forte 8, Ress 5, Andrea Michelori 10, Crispin 19, Lechthaler 2, Udom 2, Aradori 9, Joksimovic 8 David Moss 10, DaJuan Summers 12
Turk Telekom: Guler 5, Kambala 8, Ogut 9, Darius Washington 16, Wright 9, Yarangume 5, Nedim Yucel 14 Ashieva 2, Altay 4


EuroBasket 2011: Germany beat Turkey; both are tied with 1-3 records - by Eurobasket News
Germany-Turkey 73:67

Germany beat Turkey to tie them at 1-3 records in Group E. The German side needed 73:67 to remain alive for the Quarterfinal spot.

Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) and Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) scored the first point s for Germany in the opening tip, but then the team could score only another two in the rest of the period. Turkey grabbed 13:6 as Savas closed the first frame from the free throw line.
Enes Kanter (208-C-92, college: Kentucky) gave Turkey 15:6 in the start of the second and he made it later for 22:10. Germany woke up only at that time and created a 10-0 run for 22:20 when Hamann nailed a three-pointer. Turkoglu however closed the half at 26:23 making a jump shot to score his 4th point.
Turkey led in the first part of the third quarter, but Chris Kaman scored for 34:33. He later tied it all at 38:38, while Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) brought 41L38. Chris Kaman delivered two for 46:43 and Heiko Schaffartzik kept the German side in front after thirty minutes for 48:46. Dirk Nowitzki made it 52:49 and Philipp Schwethelm (201-F-89, agency: Pro One Sports) added from the perimeter for 55:49. Again Philipp Schwethelm and Chris Kaman brought 60:52 lead with 4 minutes to go, but Turkey was too far to give up. Omer Asik (213-C-86) scored 9 points in a row to reduce to 64:62, while Preldzic made two free throws for 67:66. Hamann was also perfect from the free throw line for 69:66 with 23 seconds remaining. Preldzic scored for 69:67 but then immediately on Dirk Nowitzki. The latter did not leave the chances for Turkey as he made two free throws for 71:67.
Chris Kaman paced all the winners with 20 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 19. Philipp Schwethelm notched 14, whilst Heiko Schaffartzik produced 10. Omer Asik nailed 19 in defeat and Enes Kanter posted 11.

Germany: Chris Kaman 20, Dirk Nowitzki 19, Philipp Schwethelm 14, Heiko Schaffartzik 10
Turkey: Omer Asik 19, Enes Kanter 11


NBA All-Star point guard Deron Williams arrives In Istanbul - by Eurobasket News
New Jersey Nets point guard Deron Williams (191-PG-84, college: Illinois) has arrived in Istanbul to start his stint with Turkish basketball team Besiktas.

The Istanbul-based club said the All-Star guard arrived Thursday together with his family. Williams has joined Besiktas until the end of the NBA lockout. Williams averaged 20.1 points and 10.3 assists for the Nets and the Utah Jazz last season.

Besiktas signed Allen Iverson last season, but the former NBA MVP only played 10 games because of injury.

Other NBA players that have signed to play in the Turkish league include Nets guard Sasha Vujacic, Darius Songaila of the Philadelphia 76ers and Nets draft pick Bojan Bogdanovic.

Courtesy of http://newyork.cbslocal.com


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UCU Start Life Without Owili - by Eurobasket News
HE has had more impact on FUBA League basketball than any other newcomer this season. But now Desmond Owili is gone and with him, the title hopes of the UCU Canons.

Then again, Owili's departure may galvanise Nick Natuhereza's side in the championship slugfest as other players step up to fill his void.

Whatever the case, today's encounter between UCU and the title-hunting Miracle Eagles will provide some answers. Canons will be hoping Miracle doesn't raise the question on everybody's mind. Can UCU contend without Owili?

As sports director Uganda Christian University Dave Scully revealed, that is a question the Canons have thought deeply about. Matter of fact, they thought about it before taking the decision to end their relationship with the Kenyan centre last week.

Owili chose to go with Kenya's netball team at the All Africa Games in Mozambique without the permission of the Mukono-based university, where he had a sports scholarship.

Scully said Owili's decision left them little choice but to release the player who had similar transgressions in the past.

'It was a situation where our commitment level was higher than Desmond's,' Scully revealed. The director admitted that Owili's departure left the Canons with 'an uphill task' but added that if they get to the playoffs, 'anything can happen'.

Elsewhere, Ndejje take on the Heaters, who are desperate to survive the drop and have signed two new players from Kenya to help in the cause.
Courtesy of: The New Vision


Here Are the True Warriors - by Eurobasket News
FOUR Warriors' players were in double figures as the Kyambogo side thrashed the Nkumba Marines 84-52 on Sunday to dent the latter's playoffs hopes in the basketball post season later this year.

Ivan Enabu, Henry Malinga, Michael Kariuki and Eric Malinga sunk 16, 14, 12 and 10 points respectively for Warriors to seal an 11-1 record, lightening up their playoffs position as the Marines recorded their worst record of 4-7.

'We have togetherness and maturity as a team which has and will continue to help us win many games,' revealed the confident Warriors' coach Mande Juruni.

Juruni displayed what many will continue to refer to as Warriors' strength - the teamwork and bench ability of a side that has shown consistency this season so far.

That Warriors started the game without stars Ronnie Kasewu, Eric Malinga and Stephen Okias saw them punished by an alert Nkumba side that finished the first quarter with a 20-13 early lead.


However, the introduction of the trio and Ivan Enabu saw a strong comeback in the second quarter as they dominated 23-7. Consistency saw the Warriors run away with 19-13 and 29-12 leads in the second half of the game.

'Warriors have better match-ups than us because they are big in size and they were shooting more than we did. This loss takes us out of the playoffs,' said a troubled Marines' coach Timothy Odeke.


FUBA LEAGUE


Miracle v Heaters

Sunday results

Men, Division 1

Nkumba 52 Warriors 84

Division 2

Kings 51 MBC 36

Division 3

Jackets 61 Crane 62

UPDF 48 Jammers 105

Michael 0 Rez Life 20 (walk over)
Courtesy of: The New Vision




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  UKRAINE   


Fesenko suffered an injury that would keep him out of the court for two-month period - by Eurobasket News
Kyrylo Fesenko (213-C-86) suffered an injury that would keep him out of the court for two-month period. The Ukrainian National team player juts had a great time at Eurobasket 2011, while the last game sent him out.
Few days ago Fesenko recorded 11 points for the National team that lost to Slovenia at the Preliminary Round Day 3. Poor Slovenia managed to escape the win over Ukraine in the end of Day 3 of Eurobasket 2011. After more than 20 points advantage in the start of the last period, Slovenia failed with 1-17 and then could win only 68:64 after a heart-breaker. Burtt scored 14 in defeat and Fesenko posted 11.
Fesenko is the player of Utah Jazz. In 2010-2011 for Utah Jazz (NBA) in 52 games he averaged 2.0ppg, 2.1rpg.
We hope that the player can recover soon and continue in a good shape that he showed in Lithuania.



Azovmash and Budivelnyk play another scrimmages - by Eurobasket News
Unics overcame Budivelnyk in a friendly game 81:77. The Ukrainian team started with 17-15 and added 20-19 in the second frame. The second half however belonged to the Russian squad. Unics won the third quarter 18-15 and produced 29-25 for the total success. Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) stepped up with 22 points, while Kelly McCarty (201-F-75, agency: Avi Zilberman, college: S.Mississippi) added 14 points and 7 rebounds. Jack McClinton (185-G-85, college: Miami, FL) replied with 14 points in defeat and Aliiev posted 14.
Azovmash meanwhile beat Enisey 81:63 in Croatia. The Russian team started better and won the first period 21-20. The rest of the game however belonged to the Ukrainian squad that won all three other quarters. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) stepped up with 14 points and Zaitsev Igor delivered 13. Marko Marinovic (183-G-83) answered with 19 points in defeat and Babinin scored 15.



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Who is Terrence Townsend? - by Eurobasket
Terrence Townsend (206-F/C-86, college: Los Angeles CC) played for the Drew League this past Summer, helping his team Hank's Blazers make it to the championship where they fell short losing by 4. The Blazers went on a 12 game winning streak during the regular season before losing their first game. Terrence Townsend averaged 9.4ppg and 10.2rpg in the Drew NBA-summer pro-am league. Over twenty players participating in the league featured guys with NBA, Euroleague, NBDL, CBA, ABA, NCAA and International experience. Townsend also participated in the Nike Real Run where he played for team Muscle Milk, another NBA-summer pro-am league where it featured NBA players as well, such as Ryan Hollins (Cleveland Cavaliers), J.R. Smith (Denver Nuggets) etc.
In his first game of the season for the Nike Real Run team Muscle Milk beat LA Unified 91:80. The game was a seesaw battle all night as the teams exchanged momentum swings throughout the game. Muscle Milk was down at half time but came storming back and was in the position to win the game but did not benefit from a couple of dubious officiating no calls. Muscle Milk had six players in double figures. Townsend came out with 27 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Terrence Townsend really showed this summer why he will be a outstanding player in UAE for team An Nahl Sharjah by providing quality play, great decision making and great leadership skills. He will be a great addition to the An Nahl Sharjah team. These summer leagues that Townsend participated in were great exposure for his Pro career.


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Bolds Is Back In BBL - by Paul Nilsen
The Prestige Homes MK Lions have returned 6'4' guard, Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Missouri Western) from last season's team.

Coach Michael New could hardly contain himself at the latest acquisition, 'Demarius was a key for us last year and for me was a key for us to return this season, he galvanises us offensively whilst bringing intensity to the defensive end hence leading the BBL in steals'. Bolds played previously in Kosovo averaging 23 points per game 4.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, he was an All Star and voted Eurobasket Import Player of the Year.

A Graduate of Missouri Western University he was a fulcrum of their offence nailing 17.4 points per game and his athleticism garnering him nearly 7 rebounds per outing. Following graduation, Bolds played in the top League in Lithuania where he played with Techasas and was impressive with nearly 14 points and 5 rebounds per game.

In the BBL last year Bolds was one of the most productive players seen here in a long time. Not only did he lead the BBL in steals at almost 3 per contest but he also averaged 21 points per game whilst shooting 41% from the three point line and dishing out over 4 assists per game.


Lions Chief Executive, Vince Macaulay said, 'Demarius was sensational for us last term, if you speak to him he'll tell you he hasn't quite found his feet yet so I'm very excited to have someone here committed to the Lions with plenty more to offer'.




Robert A Rider Once More - by Paul Nilsen
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders veteran Robert Youngblood (200-F-69, college: Southern) has re-signed for one more season, as Riders get close to a completed squad for the new season.

The 41 year old forward joined Riders for a second spell in November of last season, after being released from Milton Keynes, and his steady play helped Riders to a playoff spot. Youngblood averaged nearly 7.5 points and 4.5 rebounds a game, but his memorable moment came in Riders dramatic victory over the champion Mersey Tigers at the John Sandford Centre at the end of March, when he hit an improbable long range shot with just a second left.

Youngblood is currently 7th all time leading scorer in the BBL, and a solid season could see him rise as far as 5th by the end of the 2011/12 season, and he is 6th all time in rebounds, with the prospect of getting to 4th within his sights.

Riders Head Coach Rob Paternostro was pleased to have Youngblood back in his squad, 'Robert made a significant contribution when we had to reshape our team last season, and he is a guy who brings masses of experience and intelligence to the team. He is very much a team player, who does all the little intangibles that helps a team get the best out of a situation. He commands respect around the BBL, and his numbers speak for themselves. It is great that he is still hungry to play, and keen to hopefully win a few more trophies, and we are very excited that he is continuing his career with the Riders.'

Youngblood was also keen to be back, 'I am really pleased to be back with the Riders, because I feel there is unfinished business. At all my previous clubs, London Towers, London Leopards, Milton Keynes and in Germany, I have won a trophy, and that has not yet happened at Leicester. So it needs fixing. It is also great to be back with Coach Paternostro - he gets us really well prepared, and his energy and enthusiasm will rub off on the young players. And I think having Lataryl (Williams) helping on the coaching side will be a plus for the team as well.'

And Youngblood is not thinking of retirement - yet, 'I feel I have 2 good seasons left in me, so I am not yet thinking beyond my playing career. I feel I still have plenty to give, and by keeping in good shape around the year, I am sure there are plenty more miles in the tank.'



Richardson Rocks Glasgow At Trials - by Paul Nilsen
The Glasgow Rocks open trials was bigger than ever this year with over 22 young men coming to the Kelvin Hall for Rocks Coach Sterling Davis to put them through a vigorous training session in an effort to un-earth the best talent available to him. Sterling has always been supportive of the open trials, and younger players.

'Open try-outs are a great opportunity for any young basketball players looking to breakthrough to a professional level. This year we saw a great turn-out of young talent, so much so that we have decided to take some of them in to the Rocks for this upcoming season.'

The first product of the open trials this year was British born Greg Richards who impressed Sterling from the outset. The 29 year old has spent the last 5 years playing for the Huntington Hawks in England where he averaged a near 20 points per season. Before settling in Huntington, Greg spent 2 years in Turkey where he competed in the European Championship, as well as 2 years in the states playing High School Basketball.

Coach Davis was enthusiastic about the finding of Richards.

'We found Greg in our open trials and saw a natural talent in him to play the game. He has got that very soft left-handed touch from the perimeter and a good build body-wise.'



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Venezuela wins 5th place in Mar del Plata, books ticket for Olympic Qualifying Tournament - by Eurobasket News
URUGUAY - VENEZUELA 80-92

Venezuela did a great job in Mar del Plata. They outplayed Uruguay 92-80 in their last game to finish with 3-4 record. It is enough for the fifth place, which secured Venezuela a ticket for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament next year. Uruguay finished as seventh ranked team with 1-6 score. Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans) stepped up for the winners with 23 points. Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) (7 rebs) and Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, college: Maryland) had 18 points each, while David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette) helped his team with two points less. In the loosing squad, Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) was better than the others with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) and Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) had 18 points each. Quarters: 23-23, 14-19, 21-25, 22-25. Competition continues on Saturday with the Semifinals games. Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina and Dominican Republic reached this stage.

Uruguay: Esteban Batista 22+8 boards, Martin Osimani 18, Leandro Garcia Morales 18
Venezuela: Hector Romero 23, Oscar Torres 18+7 boards, Greivis Vasquez 18, David Cubillan 16


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  VENEZUELA   


Venezuela wins 5th place in Mar del Plata, books ticket for Olympic Qualifying Tournament - by Eurobasket News
URUGUAY - VENEZUELA 80-92

Venezuela did a great job in Mar del Plata. They outplayed Uruguay 92-80 in their last game to finish with 3-4 record. It is enough for the fifth place, which secured Venezuela a ticket for the Olympic Qualifying Tournament next year. Uruguay finished as seventh ranked team with 1-6 score. Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans) stepped up for the winners with 23 points. Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) (7 rebs) and Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, college: Maryland) had 18 points each, while David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette) helped his team with two points less. In the loosing squad, Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) was better than the others with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) and Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) had 18 points each. Quarters: 23-23, 14-19, 21-25, 22-25. Competition continues on Saturday with the Semifinals games. Puerto Rico, Brazil, Argentina and Dominican Republic reached this stage.

Uruguay: Esteban Batista 22+8 boards, Martin Osimani 18, Leandro Garcia Morales 18
Venezuela: Hector Romero 23, Oscar Torres 18+7 boards, Greivis Vasquez 18, David Cubillan 16




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Alison Lacey departs the Canberra Capitals - by Eurobasket News
Alison Lacey of the Capitals has told The Canberra Times that a lack of passion and motivation were the main reasons behind her decision to walk away from her WNBL career.

Lacey, 23, averaged 4.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in her rookie WNBL regular season, and went on to lift those averages in the finals to 5.7 points and 5.3 rebounds over three post-season contests.

But Lacey confirmed yesterday that she would not be suiting up for the Capitals in season 2011/12 for their quest to regain the WNBL championship.

She told Chris Dutton of The Canberra Times that her passion had waned and basketball had become more like work than a sport.

''I wasn't as passionate as I thought I should be to be a professional athlete,'' Lacey said.

''I don't want to waste my time, my teammates or my coach's time if it's not my main priority.

''I thought I was ready to play, I was excited about it but then my feelings came through and I wasn't willing to give 100per cent and that's not fair to my teammates and I don't want to take that opportunity away from someone who really wants it.''

The Canberra junior was a star at Iowa State college in the United States and after graduating was taken at pick No10 in the WNBA draft by the Seattle Storm.

She sat on the bench as the Storm won the championship before she returned to join the Capitals.

''Since I was 12 basketball has been the most important thing in my life, it was hard to make the decision, but I'm happy and comfortable with it now,'' Lacey said.

''I'm not saying [the passion] will never come back, but basketball has been my life for five years. I went into the professional arena and I still enjoyed it, but it wasn't like it was at college.

I didn't want to look back and say 'what if I didn't pursue playing professionally?'. But I think it's just time to step back and focus on other parts of my life now.''

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


Australia celebrate second straight win over New Zealand - by Eurobasket News
Australia - New Zealand 92:73

Australia recorded the second consecutive win over New Zealand in the Oceania Championship series. The Opals claimed a comprehensive win in Brisbane to seal their London Olympics appearance. Suzy Batkovic-Brown (193-C-80) delivered 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge.
The Opals grabbed control in the opening frame. They fired 22 points to enjoy a 14-point lead after ten minutes. The Tall Ferns answered with a flying second term. They erupted for 27 points in the period to narrow the deficit at 7-point mark at the interval. But the Opals easily restored a double-digit lead in the third frame. They established a 69:55 advantage with one quarter to go. Australia never loosened the grip in the final term rallying to the victory at the end. Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) posted 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Abby Bishop (189-C-88) had 14 points and 7 boards in the win. Micaela Cocks (173-G-86, college: Oregon) and Natalie Taylor (178-F, college: S.Illinois) responded with 17 points each for New Zealand. Jillian Harmon (185-F-87, college: Stanford) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Australia: Suzy Batkovic-Brown 19, Elyse Penaluna 17, Abby Bishop 14
New Zealand: Micaela Cocks 17, Natalie Taylor 17, Jillian Harmon 10



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UMMC Ekaterinburg keep Sandrine Gruda and Candace Parker - by Eurobasket News
UMMC Ekaterinburg keep Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) and Candace Parker (193-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) for the upcoming season.
Candace Parker started her career in 2004-2005 for Tennessee (NCAA) however missed the campaign to recover from a pair of surgeries in the off-season on Aug. 25 and Sept. 8, 2004...The latter surgery repaired both the lateral meniscus and the lateral articular cartilage in her left knee. In 2005-2006 played for Tennessee (NCAA) and in 36 games averaged 17.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.9apg, 1.6spg, 2.4bpg, FG: 55.2%, 3PT: 25%. In 2006-2007 she improved her stats to 19.6ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg, 2.6bpg, FGP: 52.9%, 3Pts: 33.3%, FT: 71.2%. In her last NCAA year Candace Parker had 38 games averaging 21.3ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.5apg, 2.3spg, 2.4bpg, FGP: 53.6%, 3Pts: 26.7%, FT: 69.8%. In 2008 she was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA,1rd (1)). Her debuted season was awesome as she had 18.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 3.4apg, 1.3spg, 2.3bpg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 73.3% in the Regular Season and 15.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 3.8apg, 1.5spg, 2.2bpg, FGP: 45.9%, FT: 75.9% in the Play-offs. In 2009 she continued with Los Angeles Sparks and in 31 games averaged 14.1ppg, Reb-1 (9.9rpg), 2.4apg, Blocks-1 (2.1bpg), FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 74.2%.
For Sandrine Gruda it will be the fifth straight season with the team. In summers meanwhile she plays in WNBA for Connecticut Sun. In 2010-2011 for UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia-PBL, starting five) in Euroleague after 16 games she averaged 13.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 54.7%, FT: 82.4%. In Russian League after 24 games her stats read 13.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 57.3%, FT: 76.1%.



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  FRANCE - Women  


Geraldine Robert heads to Poland - by Eurobasket News
Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) will continue her career in Poland. The French/Gabonese forward penned a one-year deal with Lotos Gdynia. She heads to Lotos from the Italian team Umbertide. For 22 games in Serie A1 last season Robert had 11.5 ppg, 8 rpg and 2.8 spg. She helped Umbertide to reach the Playoff Semifinals. They also played in the Italian Cup Finals. Geraldine Robert was a member of Faenza in 2008/09. With them she exploded with 16.7 ppg and 8.7 rpg for 26 games. In the past, Robert played for Villenueve. He was Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Newcomer of the Year -06. In 2010, Robert was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 Player of The Year -10.

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  GABON - Women  


Geraldine Robert heads to Poland - by Eurobasket News
Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) will continue her career in Poland. The French/Gabonese forward penned a one-year deal with Lotos Gdynia. She heads to Lotos from the Italian team Umbertide. For 22 games in Serie A1 last season Robert had 11.5 ppg, 8 rpg and 2.8 spg. She helped Umbertide to reach the Playoff Semifinals. They also played in the Italian Cup Finals. Geraldine Robert was a member of Faenza in 2008/09. With them she exploded with 16.7 ppg and 8.7 rpg for 26 games. In the past, Robert played for Villenueve. He was Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Newcomer of the Year -06. In 2010, Robert was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Italian A1 Player of The Year -10.

Geraldine Robert joins Lotos Gdynia - by Eurobasket Center
Lotos Gdynia don't stop in signing new players. The fourth team of last PLKK season announced the signing of another foreign basketballer. This time 31-year-old Geraldine Robert (184-F-80). She was born in Gabon, but also holds French passport. She spent previous season in Italian club Liomatic Umbertide, where averaged 11,5 points, 8 rebounds and 2,8 steals. Earlier she played for three years in Villeneuve d'Ascq.



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  NEW ZEALAND - Women  


New Zealand National Team 2011 - by Greg
Starting five
#s#
Micaela Cocks
Cocks
Antonia Edmondson
Edmondson
Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe
McMeeken-Ruscoe
Jillian Harmon
Harmon
Suzie Bates
Bates
#e#5
4 Micaela Cocks 173-G-86 Sandringham S. Australia
7 Antonia Edmondson 180-F-87 Bendigo S. Australia
8 Natalie Taylor 178-F UL Aughinish Ireland
9 Suzie Bates 175-G-87 Oceana GR New Zealand
10 Lisa Wallbutton 183-C/F-86 Albury W. Australia
11 Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe 170-G-79 Brisbane C. Australia
12 Rebecca Dew 193-C Hawaii USA
13 Jordan Hunter Palmerston New Zealand
14 Jillian Harmon 185-F-87 Comense Italy
15 Daneka Whipiiti



Australia celebrate second straight win over New Zealand - by Eurobasket News
Australia - New Zealand 92:73

Australia recorded the second consecutive win over New Zealand in the Oceania Championship series. The Opals claimed a comprehensive win in Brisbane to seal their London Olympics appearance. Suzy Batkovic-Brown (193-C-80) delivered 19 points and 9 rebounds to lead the charge.
The Opals grabbed control in the opening frame. They fired 22 points to enjoy a 14-point lead after ten minutes. The Tall Ferns answered with a flying second term. They erupted for 27 points in the period to narrow the deficit at 7-point mark at the interval. But the Opals easily restored a double-digit lead in the third frame. They established a 69:55 advantage with one quarter to go. Australia never loosened the grip in the final term rallying to the victory at the end. Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) posted 17 points and 8 rebounds, while Abby Bishop (189-C-88) had 14 points and 7 boards in the win. Micaela Cocks (173-G-86, college: Oregon) and Natalie Taylor (178-F, college: S.Illinois) responded with 17 points each for New Zealand. Jillian Harmon (185-F-87, college: Stanford) chipped in 10 points in the loss.

Australia: Suzy Batkovic-Brown 19, Elyse Penaluna 17, Abby Bishop 14
New Zealand: Micaela Cocks 17, Natalie Taylor 17, Jillian Harmon 10



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Standings
Standings
1. Australia0-0
2. N.Zealand0-0


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  POLAND - Women  


Geraldine Robert joins Lotos Gdynia - by Patryk Kurkowski
Lotos Gdynia don't stop in signing new players. The fourth team of last PLKK season announced the signing of another foreign basketballer. This time 31-year-old Geraldine Robert (184-F-80). She was born in Gabon, but also holds French passport. She spent previous season in Italian club Liomatic Umbertide, where averaged 11,5 points, 8 rebounds and 2,8 steals. Earlier she played for three years in Villeneuve d'Ascq.



Victories for CCC Polkowice, Widzew Lodz and Siemens AGD Lodz - by Eurobasket News
Matizol Lider Pruszkow lost to Siemens AGD Lodz 66:78. The latter grabbed 17-11 in the start of the game and had 3-point advantage at the halftime. The teams exchanged the victories in the second half and needed overtime to find out the winner. Due to 14-2 in the last extra period, the team from Lodz won the game. Melissa Dalembert (191-F-87, college: S.Florida) stepped up with 20 points and Stephanie Raymond (170-G-85, college: N.Illinois) added 17. Prochaska followed the with 15 points and Jeziorna added 11. Aleksandra Chomac (191-C-85, agency: Data Plus Group) replied with 13 points in defeat and Pietrzak scored 12.
CCC Polkowice overcame Spartak Sankt Petersburg 74:60. The Polish team opened the game with 22-16 and added 19-13 in the second frame. Both teams nailed 17 points each in the third quarter, while CCC won the last quarter 16-14 for 14-point victory. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Petronyte added 11.
Widzew Lodz rolled over PTK Pabianice 73:52. Aleksandra Pawlak poured in 14 points and Barbara Glocka scored 11.




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UMMC Ekaterinburg keep Sandrine Gruda and Candace Parker - by Eurobasket News
UMMC Ekaterinburg keep Sandrine Gruda (194-C-87) and Candace Parker (193-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) for the upcoming season.
Candace Parker started her career in 2004-2005 for Tennessee (NCAA) however missed the campaign to recover from a pair of surgeries in the off-season on Aug. 25 and Sept. 8, 2004...The latter surgery repaired both the lateral meniscus and the lateral articular cartilage in her left knee. In 2005-2006 played for Tennessee (NCAA) and in 36 games averaged 17.3ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.9apg, 1.6spg, 2.4bpg, FG: 55.2%, 3PT: 25%. In 2006-2007 she improved her stats to 19.6ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg, 2.6bpg, FGP: 52.9%, 3Pts: 33.3%, FT: 71.2%. In her last NCAA year Candace Parker had 38 games averaging 21.3ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.5apg, 2.3spg, 2.4bpg, FGP: 53.6%, 3Pts: 26.7%, FT: 69.8%. In 2008 she was drafted by Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA,1rd (1)). Her debuted season was awesome as she had 18.5ppg, 9.5rpg, 3.4apg, 1.3spg, 2.3bpg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 73.3% in the Regular Season and 15.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 3.8apg, 1.5spg, 2.2bpg, FGP: 45.9%, FT: 75.9% in the Play-offs. In 2009 she continued with Los Angeles Sparks and in 31 games averaged 14.1ppg, Reb-1 (9.9rpg), 2.4apg, Blocks-1 (2.1bpg), FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 74.2%.
For Sandrine Gruda it will be the fifth straight season with the team. In summers meanwhile she plays in WNBA for Connecticut Sun. In 2010-2011 for UMMC Ekaterinburg (Russia-PBL, starting five) in Euroleague after 16 games she averaged 13.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 54.7%, FT: 82.4%. In Russian League after 24 games her stats read 13.3ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 57.3%, FT: 76.1%.



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  WNBA - Women  


Latest WNBA games - by Eurobasket News
Phoenix M. - Tulsa S. 91-76
Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) scored 21 points, including three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, to lead the Phoenix Mercury to a 91-76 victory over the Tulsa Shock on Thursday night. Marie Ferdinand-Harris (5'9''-G-78, college: LSU) added 14 points, DeWanna Bonner had 11 points and 10 rebounds, and Candice Dupree scored 13 as Phoenix (19-13) won for the fourth time in five games and clinched at least the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. The victory also set up a first-round matchup against defending champion Seattle, with home-court for the series still to be decided. The Mercury and Storm are tied for second place with two games remaining and meet in Seattle on Friday. 'We will just treat it like every other game, we will play the same way we have been all year,' Taurasi said. 'If you have to change things for a big game, than you aren't preparing the right way. So we will go to the airport early and go to Seattle and see what we can do.' The regular season ends Sunday and the playoffs start Sept. 15. The Storm beat the Mercury 2-0 in the conference finals last year. Liz Cambage had 22 points and five rebounds to lead Tulsa (3-29), which has lost four in a row. Tiffany Jackson had 15 points and 10 rebounds and Andrea Riley added 14 points and five assists. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Atlanta D. - Connecticut S. 85-74
Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) scored 35 points and the Atlanta Dream moved into third place in the Eastern Conference with an 85-74 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Tuesday night. 'She was superb,' Atlanta coach Marynell Meadors said. 'When the stakes are high, she's at her best. She's played well against Connecticut. She's shot the ball very well every time we've played them. She's just really a great player.' The loss dropped the Sun (20-13) a game behind first-place Indiana in the Eastern Conference. The Dream (19-14) is one game behind the Sun and half a game ahead of fourth-place New York. Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Connecticut for her 22nd double-double of the season, matching the WNBA record she set last year. Renee Montgomery (5'7''-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) scored 16 for the Sun, which fell to 6-11 on the road. 'Angel McCoughtry just broke our whole team down,' Charles said. 'She's a great player and she made some tough shots. But some of her shots, like the layups, we should have been able to hold her off.' Connecticut cut a 13-point lead to three with just over four minutes left, but McCoughtry had eight points in an 12-2 run as the Dream quickly regained control. Sancho Lyttle had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Atlanta. 'I felt good,' McCoughtry said. 'I felt more relaxed than I have in a long time. You always want to be at your best against the best teams and Connecticut is a challenge. We'll likely meet them again in the playoffs and I'm looking forward to it.' McCoughtry came into the game averaging 28 points per game against Connecticut and had 36 points - one off her career high - in the teams' first meeting his season The Sun finishes the regular season at home on Sunday against New York while Atlanta plays at Chicago. The Dream used a nine-point run early in the third quarter to go up 57-45 and led by 14 points before settling for a 66-55 lead going into the final quarter. McCoughtry, who opened the scoring with a 3-pointer, had 15 points at halftime as the Dream took a 48-42 lead. Charles had 11 points and six rebounds for the Sun in the first half. 'We just weren't very good,' Sun coach Mike Thibault said. 'Our defense was bad in the first half and our offense was bad in the second half. It was not a top-flight performance.' Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

L.Angeles S. - S.Antonio SS 65-82
Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) scored 17 of her season-high 37 points in the fourth quarter and the San Antonio Silver Stars beat the Los Angeles Sparks 82-65 on Tuesday to clinch the West's final playoff berth. Hammon had 26 of her points after halftime. She shot 14 of 19 overall with four 3-pointers. Tully Bevilaqua (5'5''-G-72) added 11 points as San Antonio made the playoffs for the fifth straight year. 'To get into the playoffs, it's quite an accomplishment,' Hammon said. 'The West is brutal.' After Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, college: USC) pulled the Sparks within 61-58, the Silver Stars went on a 12-0 run over the next 3:37. Hammon and Bevilaqua combined for 10 points. Thompson had 18 points and Delisha Milton-Jones (6'1''-F-74, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida) added 16 for the Sparks, who were eliminated from postseason contention. San Antonio lost seven of nine at one point, allowing Los Angeles to creep back into the race. A win by the Sparks would have gotten them within a game with two to play, but the Silver Stars ended the suspense. 'It was extremely important,' Hammon said. 'This is a very dangerous team. We wanted to come in and take care of business tonight.' For the first time in four seasons, the Sparks will be left watching at home during the WNBA playoffs. 'Here in the Sparks organization, they want championships. The city wants championships,' Sparks forward Delisha Milton-Jones said. 'In that sense, it's been a down year for us.' Hammon had struggled in her last two road games, shooting 2 of 18 and scoring four points in a pair of losses at Seattle and Minnesota. struggled in her last two road outings. She had managed just four points on 2 of 18 shooting in losses to Seattle and Minnesota. 'I was due for a big game here,' Hammon said. Courtesy of www.sacbee.com

Indiana F. - Washington M. 87-69
Katie Douglas' (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) revitalized shooting touch helped the Indiana Fever clinch the best record in the Eastern Conference. The All-Star scored 21 points to help the Fever beat the Washington Mystics 87-69 on Wednesday night. It was her highest scoring game since July 13. 'I'm just staying aggressive,' she said. 'I'm trying to get myself ready for the playoffs and not taking a back seat.' Douglas' effort followed her 17-point outing in a win over Chicago on Sunday. Getting her into an offensive rhythm has been a focus for the Fever (21-11). 'We're running a lot of things for me with the ball in my hands as either a scorer or distributor, reading the 'D,' ' she said. 'I'm trying to mix it up because the 'D' is going to close out extremely hard around the three-point line.' The Connecticut Sun can match Indiana's record, but the Fever have the tiebreaker because of a 3-2 advantage in the head-to-head matchup this season. The last time Indiana had the top record in the East, the Fever reached the 2009 WNBA Finals. Indiana is one win short of tying the franchise record for victories in a season with two games remaining. Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Tammy Sutton-Brown added a season-high 15 points for the Fever. Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) had 18 points and 15 rebounds for Washington (6-27), which has lost 12 of 13. *Courtesy of www.usatoday.com

Minnesota L. - Chicago S. 78-69
Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota) doesn't want to talk about who is the Minnesota Lynx's MVP or her candidacy league-wide. Her coach and teammates don't have the same reservations. They are willing to do the talking for her. Whalen had 20 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, without committing a turnover and the Lynx beat the Chicago Sky 78-69 Thursday night. It marked the first time in WNBA history a player had at least 20 points and 10 assists without a turnover. 'MVP,' Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve said describing Whalen's game Thursday. 'If you're only looking at statistics, maybe it's not so impressive to an average person that doesn't watch our team. If you watch our team, and I saw this too, Seimone (Augustus) is right there as well, but I just thought Whay kind of solidified herself tonight again, an exclamation point.' Augustus scored 22 points and Maya Moore had 16 points and seven rebounds to help the league-best Lynx (26-7) win for the eight time in nine games. *Courtesy of www.dailyherald.com


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Indiana F. 21-11 
 2. Connecticut S. 20-13 
 3. Atlanta D. 19-14 
 4. New York L. 18-14 
 5. Chicago S. 14-18 
 6. Washington M. 6-27 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 26-7 
 2. Seattle S. 19-13 
 3. Phoenix M. 19-13 
 4. S.Antonio SS 16-16 
 5. L.Angeles S. 13-19 
 6. Tulsa S. 3-29