EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/12/2011

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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


26th FIBA Asia Championship: it cant, it wont and it doesn't get bigger than this! - by Omar Shafaamri
- China will play host to the FIBA Asia Championship for the fifth time.

- China won the title on three of the four previous occasions Beijing 1989, Shanghai 2001 and Harbin 2003. China finished second to Iran in the 25th FIBA Asia Championship at Tianjin in 2009.

- China hold the record for the most number of Championship wins 14 times.

Barring one occasion in 2007 at Tokushima, when they finished 10th, China have won a medal in all their 18 appearances.

- Korea are the only team to have participated in all the 25 Championships so far.

- Korea are also the only team to have entered the semifinals in 24 of the 25 appearances.

- After Korea, Japan come next in terms of appearances 24 times. Philippines follow with 23 appearances. India and Malaysia have 21 appearances.

- In Tokushima 2007, Iran became the second country who won their first medal as the gold medal.

- China were the first to post such a record - when they won the title on debut in 1975 Bangkok.

- Iran are aiming to become only the second team in FIBA Asia history to win the FIBA Asia Championship three times a in a row.

- China have the distinction of achieving a three-peat or more on three different occasions.

- From 1975 to 1983, China won five titles in a row, then from 1987 they won it for another penta-peat till 1995, and then from 1999 till 2005 they won four successive gold medals.

- Iran, of course won their maiden title in 2007 and then went on to repeat it in 2009.

- Philippines have won the title five times followed by Korea, Japan and Iran twice each.

- China (1975) and Philippines (1960) hold the unique record of having won the gold in their debut. 1960, was of course the inaugural edition of the FIBA Asia Championship.

- After China and Philippines, Lebanon are the team to have achieved the fastest climb in rankings after their first appearance.

- Lebanon finished seventh on their debut in 1999 at Fukuoka, but have ever since entered the semifinals on all the four subsequent occasions, including winning the silver medal three times (2001, 05 and 07).

- Three of the participants in 2011, didn't participate in the 2009 FIBA Asia Championship.

- Malaysia make a comeback into FIBA Asia Championship after six years the SEABA team finished 16th in the 2005 edition at Doha.

- Bahrain are back in fray after a gap of 12 years the GCC team had finished 12th at Fukuoka in 1999. Bahrain had qualified for the 2009 edition at Tianjin, but withdrew later.

- Syria missed the 2009 edition and are back in the fray the WABA team had finished 11th in 2007 at Tokushima.

FIBA Asia


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  AUSTRALIA   


Corletto leaves the Melbourne Tigers - by Eurobasket News
The Melbourne Tigers have released the following statement on their website regarding veteran guard Daryl Corletto (193-G-81):

The Melbourne Tigers confirm that veteran player Daryl Corletto has departed the club to pursue playing opportunities in New Zealand.

Corlettos playing contract with the Tigers for the 2011/12 iiNet NBL Championship Season was withdrawn last month to enable the signing of NBA and Boomers star Patty Mills. Corletto had initially agreed to continue to train with the squad awaiting an opportunity to join the active playing roster should the NBA lockout conclude and Mills return to the United States or another playing position become available.

The Melbourne Tigers would like to acknowledge Corletto's contribution to the club including championships in the 2005/06 and 2007/08 seasons.

Courtesy of The Melbourne Tigers


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  AUSTRIA   


UBSC Raiffeisen Graz sign Tim Ambrose - by Eurobasket Center
UBSC Raiffeisen Graz signed 24-year old American guard Tim Ambrose (182-G-87). Ambrose played most recently at University at Albany (NCAA) in the U.S. It will be his first year in professional basketball. While playing 32 games for Albany last season his stats were: Conf.16.6ppg (2nd best in the league), 5.2rpg, Conf.Assist-5 (3.6apg) and Conf.Steal-5 (1.3spg).

By Eurobasket Data Center


Tim Burnette back in Furstenfeld - by Stefan Prager
Timothy Burnette (188-G-82, college: Tarleton St.) recently inked with his former club Furstenfeld Panthers. The 29 year old combo guard has already played for the Panthers in 2009/2010. After the first stage of the championship he was replaced by Anthony Shavies. Burnette won the Austrian Supercup with Panthers in 2009. Last season he started at Baller Osnabrueck of the German ProA before moving to the Wurzburg Baskets in march of 2011. In 8 games for the Baskets Burnette put up 16.5 ppg along with 4.5 apg while shooting nearly 47% from the field.
Meanwhile the Panthers terminated guard Josh Gomes' try out contract. He is supposed to back to Israel where he played last season.


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Tautvydas Slezas agreed with Juventus - by Eurobasket News
Tautvydas Slezas agreed with Juventus for the upcoming season. The Lithuanian Center returned from Germany.
In 2009-2010 he played for Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL), then moved to Perlas Vilnius (LKL). In Lithuanian League after 26 games averaged 6.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 47.4%, FT: 46.2%. In Baltic League after 13 games showed 7.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 47.7%, FT: 56.5%.
In 2010-2011 played for Perlas Vilnius (LKL) and in Baltic League in 20 games had 8.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 55.6%, FT: 50.0%, while Lithuanian League averaged 6.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 59.3%, FT: 19.2%.
The season 2011-2012 started for Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (Germany-ProA, starting five), only try-out in Aug.'11.
In his top game last season he recorded 13 points at the Regular Season Round 14. Perlas lost to Siauliai 78:89. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-78. Siauliai looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Guard Aidas Viskontas produced 26 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and center Tautvydas Slezas added 13 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for the hosts.


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  BELGIUM   


Standings - Division II
D2 Standings
 1. Essor Charleroi 1-0 
 2. Excelsior 1-0 
 3. Fleurus 1-0 
 4. Gembo 1-0 
 5. Liege II 1-0 
 6. Sint-Jan Ant. 1-0 
 7. St-Niklase 1-0 
 8. De Westhoek 0-1 
 9. Gistel 0-1 
 10. Kangar.-Boom 0-1 
 11. M.Hainaut II 0-1 
 12. Melsele 0-1 
 13. Sprimont 0-1 
 14. Waregem 0-1 


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  BRAZIL   


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


Paulista Round 12 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket
The biggest surprise of round 12 in Paulista was guest Paulistano's (6-2) road victory over one of their biggest challengers Gremio Mogi (5-3) 73-68 on Thursday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 25-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Paulistano made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Felipe Ribeiro (201-79) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Power forward Renato Carbonari (204-87) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Gustavinho Lima (178-85) who recorded 17 points and 5 steals. Gremio Mogi's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Paulistano have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Vivo/Franca and S.Jose/Vinac. Gremio Mogi at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. They share it with Araraquara. Paulistano is looking forward to face bottom-ranked XV/Cosan (#16) in Piracicaba in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Gremio Mogi will have a break next round.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Santos. Local Inter Santos (2-6) was outscored by second ranked Itabom/Bauru (7-1) 103-82. It was a good game for Nigerian-American power forward Jefferson Agba (209-80, college: Embry Riddle) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. Larry Taylor contributed with 15 points, 9 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Power forward Cesar Araujo (201-81) replied with 19 points for Inter Santos. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Itabom/Bauru keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Winner/Limeira. Inter Santos at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last two games of round 12 S.Jose/Vinac defeated Americana in Sao Jose 77-66. Pinheiros/Sky beat L.S.B. at home 87-78.
The best stats of 12th round was 36 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds by Alfredo Perandini of Americana.


Americana - S.Jose/Vinac 66-77

There was no surprise when 9th ranked Americana (3-5) was defeated at home by fifth ranked Sao Jose/Vinac (6-2) 77-66. The game was mostly controlled by Sao Jose/Vinac. Americana was better in fourth quarter 25-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sao Jose/Vinac made 22-of-28 charity shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Sao Jose/Vinac outrebounded Americana 43-29 including 30 on the defensive glass. Americana was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for the former international power forward Jefferson Antonio (207-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds. The former international guard Fulvio de Assis (187-81) contributed with 18 points and 8 assists (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) for the winners. Four Sao Jose/Vinac players scored in double figures. Forward Alfredo Perandini (197-75) replied with a double-double by scoring 36 points (!!!) and 10 rebounds and center Turcao Borges (208-78) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Americana. Sao Jose/Vinac moved-up to third place, which they share with Vivo/Franca and Paulistano. Americana at the other side keeps the ninth position with five games lost. They share it with Rio Claro and Jacarei. Sao Jose/Vinac will play against Jacarei (#9) at home in the next round where they are favorite. Americana will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
S.Jose/Vinac: J.Antonio 18+12reb+1ast, F.de Assis 18+4reb+8ast, M.Becker 11+11reb+1ast, D.Stefanelli 10+1reb, A.Laws 9+6reb+3ast, P.Castro 6+4reb
Americana: A.Perandini 36+10reb+2ast, T.Borges 10+5reb+1ast, E.Moraes 9+2reb+1ast, R.Gaspar 4+4reb+1ast, R.da Silva 3+2reb+3ast, J.Addai 2+3reb
gschID: 136904


Gremio Mogi - Paulistano 68-73

The biggest surprise of round 12 in Paulista was guest Paulistano's (6-2) road victory over one of their biggest challengers Gremio Mogi (5-3) 73-68 on Thursday evening. The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 25-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Paulistano made 16-of-17 free shots (94.1 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Felipe Ribeiro (201-79) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds. Power forward Renato Carbonari (204-87) chipped in 15 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Gustavinho Lima (178-85) who recorded 17 points and 5 steals and Argentinian center Pedro I. Calderon (209-80) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Gremio Mogi's coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Paulistano have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Vivo/Franca and S.Jose/Vinac. Gremio Mogi at the other side dropped to the seventh position with three games lost. They share it with Araraquara. Paulistano is looking forward to face bottom-ranked XV/Cosan (#16) in Piracicaba in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Gremio Mogi will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Paulistano: A.Oliveira 16+3reb+1ast, F.Ribeiro 16+12reb, R.Carbonari 15+7reb+3ast, G.Vinicius 10+1ast, P.Lima 8+3reb+4ast, B.Nardi Duarte 6+4reb+2ast
Gremio Mogi: G.Lima 17+2reb+2ast, P.I. Calderon 11+6reb+1ast, E.Caviglia 8+2reb+3ast, G.Filipin 8+3reb+1ast, F.Alvim 7+4reb+1ast, C.Oliveira 6+2reb
gschID: 136905


Inter Santos - Itabom/Bauru 82-103

The game with biggest result difference took place in Santos. Local Inter Santos (2-6) was outscored by second ranked Itabom/Bauru (7-1) 103-82. The game without a history. Itabom/Bauru led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a good game for Nigerian-American power forward Jefferson Agba (209-80, college: Embry Riddle) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds. American guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) contributed with 15 points, 9 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Five Itabom/Bauru players scored in double figures. Power forward Cesar Araujo (201-81) replied with 19 points and center Rafael Mineiro (213-87) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Inter Santos. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Itabom/Bauru keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Winner/Limeira. Inter Santos at the other side keeps the thirteenth place with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Itabom/Bauru: F.Fischer 20+4reb+4ast, P.Alves 19+9reb, J.Agba 19+10reb+1ast, L.Taylor 15+4reb+9ast, G.Zilmer 10+2reb, A.de Sousa 6+2reb+4ast
Inter Santos: C.Araujo 19+4reb+3ast, R.Mineiro 12+5reb+1ast, M.Martins 11+6reb, T.Rodrigo 8+2reb+2ast, S.de Oliveira 8+2ast, C.Rico 8+3reb+5ast
gschID: 136906


Pinheiros/Sky - L.S.B. 87-78

No shocking result in a game in Sao Paolo where eighth ranked Pinheiros/Sky (6-3) defeated 12th ranked L.S.B. (3-6) 87-78. L.S.B. was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Pinheiros/Sky dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to L.S.B.'s 24 and made 22-of-25 charity shots (88.0 percent) during the game. It was a good game for international forward Olivinha Rodriguez (202-83) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 12 rebounds. The former international forward Renato Pinto (202-78) contributed with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. American guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) replied with 23 points and 7 rebounds and forward Fabricio Russo (196-85) added 21 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) in the effort for L.S.B.L.S.B.'s coach tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Pinheiros/Sky have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to sixth place. L.S.B. at the other side keeps the twelfth position with six games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros/Sky: O.Rodriguez 22+12reb+3ast, S.Stallworth 19+1reb+2ast, J.Pablo Figueroa 10+2reb+3ast, P.Boracini 10+2ast, R.Pinto 9+7reb+7ast, B.Fiorotto 9+5reb+1ast
L.S.B.: K.Dawkins 23+7reb+3ast, F.Russo 21+5reb+2ast, L.Matao 12+3reb, J.Griffin 7+2reb+1ast, P.Nery 6+3reb+3ast, T.Labbate 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 136907




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  CHINA   


Shavlik Randolph Likely to Sign in China - by Edward Bothfeld
According to Ben Golliver of CBSSports.com, Shavlik Randolph (208-F-83, college: Duke) is in serious negotiations with a Chinese team and will likely sign sometime this week. Randolph, 27, is eager to get back on the court after missing the majority of the 2011 season with a hip injury.

Randolph decided to go under the knife last November after being one of the final cuts of the Miami Heat. Highly touted out of high-school, the 6'10 Randolph had an underwhelming career at Duke University before earning himself a roster spot with the Philadelphia 76ers in 2005. He played in only 79 games in three seasons with Philadelphia and averaged a career-high 4.5 points in 2007. He then had multiple stints with the Portland Trail Blazers and Miami Heat in 2009 and 2010.

Randolph spent most of last year rehabbing his hip before playing last spring in Puerto Rico for Gallitos de Isabela. He said, 'It made all the difference in the world My explosiveness is back, my ability to box out, being able to play above the rim.' He averaged 18 points and 12 rebounds for Gallitos de Isabela, and will be expected to put up similar numbers if he signs in China.



China Outlasts Iceland 79-66 In Final Exhibition Before Asian Championship - by Arthur Volbert

China defeated little Iceland 79-66 in its final game of preparation for the Asian Championship, which begins September 15. China trailed 21-19 after the first quarter, but rallied to lead 44-32 at the half. It was then outscored 18-12 in the third quarter reducing its lead to 56-50. It then outscored Iceland 23-16 in the fourth.

Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) led China with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Yi Jianlian had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 3 steals. Zhu Fangyu had 11 points and 5 rebounds and could help China greatly if he is truly recovered from his injuries.

Zhang Zhaoxu had 10 points and 3 rebounds but it is hard too tell how real his improvenment is because Iceland has no star big men. Su Wei played 10 minutes and had 4 points, 3 rebounds and 5 fouls. Yu Shulong, Zhang Bo and Ding Jinhui each scored 5. China hit only 22 of 40 free throws and one wonders why Chinese free throw shooting tends to be so abominable.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Macc T-A's Negotiating With Young Slovakian Star -- Richard Grznar - by David Pick
Remember when in 2001 Maccabi Tel-Aviv signed and loaned a young hungry Croatian center who answered to the name, Nikola Vujcic?

Hence, after loaning the talented big man to ASVEL Villeurbanne in order for him to gain more experience, one season later, Vujcic was a key player for the yellow-and-blue for many years to follow. Now, Tel-Aviv is going in that same direction with a current young rising star in the likes of Slovakian point guard -- Richard Grznar.

Eurobasket was exclusively informed that the Israeli champions are in deep negotiating with the 20-year-old Grznar, and are interested in a sign-and-loan deal, preferably to a European organization, with hopes of gaining better experience. At the age of 17, Grznar became the future of Slovakian basketball as he began playing professionally in the first division of his country. At 6-foot-3, Grznar has impressive leaping ability which allows him to play above the rim with ease. He's a player who likes to penetrate but at the same time can shoot easily shoot from beyond the arc.

In 2009, Grznar left his home country for the first time and traveled to Spain, signing with Fuenlabrada Madrid (Spain-ACB), but shortly after returned to Slovakia to sign with Astrum Levice, playing in 24 games averaging 10.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists, leading his team to the Slovakian league finals, and becoming a member of the Slovakian national team, while being just 18-years-old. Last season, the gifted young baller started for Banska Bystrica and recorded 8.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.3apg. Grznar recently took part in the U20 European Division B Men's Championship, finishing as the tournament's second best scorer with 25.3ppg in addition to 7 boards and 4.3 dimes, displaying dazzling scoring performances, finishing games with 25, 26, 34, 35 and 38 points.

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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Standings Div.A (Men)
Standings
Group E
1. Spain4-1
2. France4-1
3. Lithuania3-2
4. Serbia2-3
5. Turkey1-4
6. Germany1-4
Group F
1. FYR Macedo.4-0
2. Russia4-0
3. Greece2-2
4. Finland1-3
5. Slovenia1-3
6. Georgia0-4
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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Luol DENG
  ENG
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 24.6
 1. Deng, ENG24.6 
 2. Bargnani, ITA22.8 
 3. Parker, FRA22.1 
 4. McCalebb, MKD21.3 
 5. Gasol, ESP20.4 
 6. Nowitzki, GER19.5 
 7. Rowland, BUL18.0 
 8. Tomic, CRO16.6 
 9. Eliyahu, ISR16.4 
 10. Kuksiks, LAT16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris KAMAN
  USA
  (213-C-82)
  Avg: 10
 1. Kaman, GER10.0 
 2. Deng, ENG9.4 
 3. Antic, MKD8.6 
 4. Asik, TUR8.5 
 5. Sanikidze, GEO8.4 
 6. Noah, FRA8.0 
 7. Dasic, MNT7.6 
 8. Bargnani, ITA7.4 
 9. Gasol, ESP7.4 
 10. Clark, ENG7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  USA
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Draper, CRO7.0 
 2. Da Silva, POR6.5 
 3. Teodosic, SRB6.4 
 4. Khryapa, RUS5.9 
 5. Vasiljevic, BIH5.4 
 6. Jasikevicius, LTU4.8 
 7. Bertt, UKR4.8 
 8. Parker, FRA4.7 
 9. Koszarek, POL4.4 
 10. Rannikko, FIN4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Andrei KIRILENKO
  RUS
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Kirilenko, RUS2.9 
 2. Trotter, HUN2.8 
 3. Batum, FRA2.4 
 4. McCalebb, MKD2.4 
 5. Kotti, FIN2.2 
 6. Hanga, HUN2.0 
 7. Kelati, POL2.0 
 8. Lawrence, ENG2.0 
 9. Fernandez, ESP1.9 
 10. Stojanovski, MKD1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris KAMAN
  USA
  (213-C-82)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Kaman, GER1.8 
 2. Kravtsov, UKR1.6 
 3. Bargnani, ITA1.6 
 4. Gasol, ESP1.6 
 5. Asik, TUR1.5 
 6. Begic, SLO1.4 
 7. Mozgov, RUS1.3 
 8. Mbenga, BEL1.2 
 9. Valanciunas, LTU1.1 
 10. Samardziski, MKD1.0 


Serbia and Lithuania book quarterfinal tickets - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Lithuania - Germany 84-75
Lithuania overcame Germany in a gripping game at EuroBasket tonight. The victory propelled the hosts at 3-2 record in the third position in Group E. Lithuania thus entered the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. Germany on the other hand fell at 1-4 record and got eliminated from the tournament. Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) stepped up with 19 points to lead the charge. Lithuania used an 8:0 run midway through the opening frame to take a 21:15 lead. They maintained well enough throughout the second quarter. Rimantas Kaukenas accounted for 11 points in the first half as the hosts piled up a 37:33 lead at the interval. However Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) and Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) teamed up for an 8:2 surge at the start of the second half as Germany pulled in front 41:39. Lithuania immediately responded with a 13:2 surge to gain back the lead. The home team ensured a 58:52 lead with one quarter remaining. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) and Chris Kaman helped Germany level things up at 62 midway through the final term. The teams traded baskets before Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) ignited a 8:0 run from the hosts that sealed their victory. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) posted 17 points, while Jonas Valanciunas added 15 in the win. Chris Kaman answered with 25 points and 13 boards for Germany. Robin Benzing chipped in 18 points, while Dirk Nowitzki managed 16 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Serbia - Turkey 68-67
Serbia earned a crucial win at the EuroBasket 2011. They overcame Turkey in a dramatic clash in Vilnius to improve at 2-3 record in Second Round Group E. Serbia thus clinched the spot in the tournaments quarterfinal. Turkey slipped at 1-4 record and remained without playoffs. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) orchestrated the victory tallying 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Serbia started the game on a 10:2 run. They maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter posting an 18:11 advantage ten minutes into the game. Milos Teodosic stretched the gap to 14 points midway through the second term 29:15. Turkey however managed to narrow the deficit to 8 points 27:35 at the interval. Turkey tipped off the second half on a 7:2 surge to narrow the gap. Serbia did not allow their opponents to pull in front securing a 56:53 lead with one quarter to go. Turkey got as close as two points with under three minutes to go 60:62. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) and Milos Teodosic made it 68:63 for Serbia but Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) and Arslan accounted for four points in a row to keep Turkey hopeful. Milos Teodosic missed a triple but Omer Onan (194-G-78) got his shot blocked and Serbia escaped with a heart-stopping win at the end. Dusko Savanovic provided 14 points, while Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) contributed 12 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Enes Kanter (208-C-92, college: Kentucky) and Omer Onan answered with 11 points each for Turkey. Ersan Ilyasova had 10 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

France - Spain 69-96
Spain claimed the third straight win at the Second Stage of European Championship. They knocked down France to climb on top of Group E. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) scored 16 points to lead the effort. France suffered their first loss at the tournament and slipped to the second position in the ladder. Spain opened the game with five points in a row but Les Bleus soon erased the deficit. Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) accounted for 10 points in the period to put France in front 22:21. The lead changed hands for several times throughout intense second frame. Spain had the last laugh though as Sada made it 39:38 at halftime. The third term turned into a disaster for Les Bleus. Spain opened it with an 18:2 run to grab a 57:40 advantage. The margin just kept on growing as Spain entered the fourth frame up by 20 points 68:48. Reyes scored five quick points as the La Roja stretched the margin and never looked back again. Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) provided 15 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds for Spain. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) contributed 11 points in the victory. Kevin Seraphin answered with 18 points for France. Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) delivered 16 points in the loss.




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Day 10: Brazil, Argentina qualify for 2012 Olympics - by Eurobasket News
Brazil and Argentina picked up victories Saturday to claim berths in next year's London Olympics.

Brazil defeated the Dominican Republic 83-76, and Argentina beat Puerto Rico 81-79 in the semi-finals of the Olympic basketball qualifying for the Americas.

The two finalists meet Sunday and qualify automatically for London. The third through fifth-placed teams earn spots in a qualifying tournament just before the games, which will award several more berths for London. Venezuela claimed the fifth-placed spot.

The United States won the world championship last year and has already qualified for London.

Brazil and Argentina were the two favoured teams in the tournament and had the best records in two rounds of qualifying..

Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) led Brazil with 20 points in the semi-final victory with 19 for teammate Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports).

Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) and Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) topped the Dominican Republic with 18.

We have realized a dream, Machado said. We have worked hard for this, and this is a prize for effort and talent.

The Dominican Republic led twice by three points in the second quarter, but trailed 39-36 at the break. The game was always close and the Dominican Republic drew level at 45 after a basket by Horford with 5:01 left in the third quarter.

Argentina just did enough to win their semi-final after fighting back from 48-40 down in the third quarter.

Puerto Rico tied the game at 79-79 on Daniel Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico)'s basket in close with 1:52 to play, but could not regain the lead.

Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) led Argentina with 27 points and Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) added 23. Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) had 20 for Puerto Rico and Daniel Santiago scored 16.

Courtesy of www.theglobeandmail.com


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


Argentina beat Brazil in title game - by Eurobasket News
Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) scored 32 points to help Argentina beat Brazil 80-75 on Sunday in the championship game of the Olympic basketball qualifying tournament for the Americas.

Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) added 16 points for Argentina in the game that was mostly for pride after both teams earned spots in the London Olympics with their semifinal victories.

Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) had 17 points for Brazil.

In the third-place game, Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) scored 23 for the Dominican Republic in a 103-89 victory over Puerto Rico The Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela - by claiming spots three, four and five in the tournament - earned places in a qualifying tournament just before the Olympics.

The United States qualified for London by winning last year's world championship.

Courtesy of www.chron.com


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EuroBasket 2011: Spain bruise France, top Group E - by Eurobasket News
Spain - France 96:69

Spain claimed the third straight win at the Second Stage of European Championship. They knocked down France to climb on top of Group E. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) scored 16 points to lead the effort. France suffered their first loss at the tournament and slipped to the second position in the ladder.
Spain opened the game with five points in a row but Les Bleus soon erased the deficit. Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) accounted for 10 points in the period to put France in front 22:21. The lead changed hands for several times throughout intense second frame. Spain had the last laugh though as Sada made it 39:38 at halftime. The third term turned into a disaster for Les Bleus. Spain opened it with an 18:2 run to grab a 57:40 advantage. The margin just kept on growing as Spain entered the fourth frame up by 20 points 68:48. Reyes scored five quick points as the La Roja stretched the margin and never looked back again. Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) provided 15 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds for Spain. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) contributed 11 points in the victory. Kevin Seraphin answered with 18 points for France. Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) delivered 16 points in the loss.

Spain: Juan Carlos Navarro 16, Rudy Fernandez 15, Pau Gasol 11
France: Kevin Seraphin 18, Ali Traore 16



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The Rapid Miles Basketball Exchange With Jason Boone (s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) is a 25 year old 198cm power forward/center from Sugar Loaf, New York. He will be playing his first season with the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg and his fourth in the Beko BBL. He played three seasons for BG Goettingen. He played at New York University (NCAA 3) from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 14.1ppg, 9.6rpg, 2.4bpg, 2.9apg, FG: 63.0%, FT: 64.3%. Three seasons ago, he played at Bernau (Regionalliga) before making the jump up three leagues to MEG Goettingen. In 2008-2009, he averaged 4.4ppg, 4.0rpg, FG: 53.7. In 2009-2010, he won the Eurochallenge playing EuroChallenge: 16 games: 10.7ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 53.8%; German League: 35 games: 9.1ppg, 6.1rpg, FGP: 60.3%, FT: 55.9%. Last season with BG Goettingen he played 37 games: 8.5ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 59.8%, FT: 34.9%; EuroCup: 14 games: 9.1ppg, 6.2rpg, Blocks-4 (1.1bpg), FGP: 59.8%, FT: 36.0%. Jason spoke to Eurobasket this summer about his new team s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg.

How has your summer been? Has there been anything special you were able to do this summer that you havent been able to do the last years in your time off?

Summer is always nice. You get the chance to see family and friends, and I have the chance to get humbled back down. It's nice being in NYC where no one knows who I am for a few months out of the year. I traveled a little more this summer than I had in the past but kept it pretty simple on a whole.

Congrats on your new job with s. Oliver baskets Wurzburg. How much did head coach John Patrick weigh into the equation for you to signing with the team?

Thank you. Obviously having the chance to play for someone I've been successful with for the past 3+ seasons was appealing, but it was also a combination of playing with John Little again as well as being reunited with Ben Jacobson.

There was some speculation that you might get offers from other top leagues in countries. Was taking the next step to say a country like France too soon for you?

I entertained a lot of offers this summer but at the end of the day I wanted to go somewhere where I could continue to prove myself as a starting center. I have a chance to do that in one of the best leagues in Europe and will be surrounded by players I know and enjoy playing with. Why go anywhere else?

You had 4 very prosperous years with BG Goettingen winning the Eurochallenge and reaching the Beko BBL playoffs 3 times. It is no secret that your cherished your time in Goettingen very much. What were the most important things that you were able to take with you as a player and person from that experience?

As a player I was able to learn a lot about preparation. Between teammates I've had and the coaches that I worked with, it was setting a goal to reach and preparing everyday to reach it. As a person, it was more about the relationships off the court. There are no fans anywhere in the world like the Veilchen fans and I've fortunately been able to form relationships that go deeper than basketball.

You played with many teammates with BG Goettingen. In 2008, you made the incredible jump from Regionaliga to BBL. How did a Willie Jenkins help you most in those last months in the 2007-2008 season?

Willie Jenkins did absolutely nothing for me, however guys like Dave Monds, Jahmar Thorpe and Jeb Ivey helped that transition by keeping my confidence high. By the time I got there the playoffs were out of reach and they could have easily tried to 'get their numbers up' in preparation for the following season, but they incorporated me and if it wasn't for them I don't think my career would have turned out the same way.

Some critics see s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg as a team fighting to stay in the beko BBL, but I think they have a pretty solid team and could be in the range of 8-14. Seeing the roster what can we expect from this team?

We have a lot of work to do, but if the past has proved anything, it would be a mistake to underestimate anyone in this league. If the season was determined by how teams look on paper then there would be no need to play the games.

The s. Oliver baskets have John Patrick, John Little, Ben Jacobson and you. Could the s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg be a second type of BG Goettingen in that they could surprise many teams every night?

The best part about being reunited with these guys is the fact that we've become accustomed to a certain level of success. And any time one of us, or our teammates is not 100% focused on pursuing that level, we are there to put each other in check. We missed a little of that this season in Gottingen but I'm confident Ben Jacobson will bring that back with him. He brings the best out of John and I.

Has John Patrick discussed with what your role will be in Wurzburg? Do you see yourself becoming even more of a force under the basket then you already was in Gottingen?

I always want to improve my game, and I feel like coming into this season fully healthy will help me establish myself as a top center in this league. In retrospect I think, on a personal level, last season was a 'down' year for me, but it taught me a lot and I'll be entering this season with a focus that I have not yet possessed.

How excited are you about becoming teammates with Gilbert Brown. He had a great career at Pittsburg. Could he become a rising star in the Beko BBL?

Growing up in NY I'm a big Big East fan. It's the best conference in the country and he was a top player in that league. I'm excited for the way his game can translate to the European style and think if he works hard he'll be able to dominate the BBL.

How does a normal Jason Boone (198-F/C-85, college: New York U.) work out day look like this summer and what things were you working most on on your game?

Depends when in the summer you are asking about. In the beginning of the summer I do a lot of weight lifting, with a focus on lower body and core strength. As the summer progresses I play more basketball and try to focus on my conditioning.

What is your take on Ron Artest changing his name to World Peace?


It's Ron Artest...I'm not surprised...are you? It was my understanding that he was just awarded a certificate for Outstanding Activism in the Community or something...so if his goal is his namesake then all the power to him.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

I was visiting my parents and watched 'Waiting For Superman' with my mother.

Thanks Jason for the chat.



EuroBasket 2011: Lithuania topple Germany to reach quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Germany 84:75

Lithuania overcame Germany in a gripping game at EuroBasket tonight. The victory propelled the hosts at 3-2 record in the third position in Group E. Lithuania thus entered the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. Germany on the other hand fell at 1-4 record and got eliminated from the tournament. Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) stepped up with 19 points to lead the charge.
Lithuania used an 8:0 run midway through the opening frame to take a 21:15 lead. They maintained well enough throughout the second quarter. Rimantas Kaukenas accounted for 11 points in the first half as the hosts piled up a 37:33 lead at the interval. However Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) and Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) teamed up for an 8:2 surge at the start of the second half as Germany pulled in front 41:39. Lithuania immediately responded with a 13:2 surge to gain back the lead. The home team ensured a 58:52 lead with one quarter remaining. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) and Chris Kaman helped Germany level things up at 62 midway through the final term. The teams traded baskets before Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) ignited a 8:0 run from the hosts that sealed their victory. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) posted 17 points, while Jonas Valanciunas added 15 in the win. Chris Kaman answered with 25 points and 13 boards for Germany. Robin Benzing chipped in 18 points, while Dirk Nowitzki managed 16 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Lithuania: Rimantas Kaukenas 19, Sarunas Jasikevicius 17, Jonas Valanciunas 15
Germany: Chris Kaman 25+13 boards, Robin Benzing 18, Dirk Nowitzki 16



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Tindastoll and Valur add their rosters - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Tindastoll sign Maurice Miller (187-G-88, 6'2 point guard from Georgia Tech in ACC conference. Miller graduated 2011 with the stat of 6 points, 2,2 rebounds & 2,4 assist.
Miller replaces Eryk Watson who did not do well enough in 2 friendly games and one week training with the Club to keep his job.
Valur has sign 6'9 Slovenian power forward Igor Tratnik. Tratnik has played in Iceland before with KFI half of the season 2009-2010. Last season Tratnik played for C.B Aridane in EBA league, Spain where he average 9,3 points & 5,8 rebounds


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Oded Brandwein lands in Kotwica - by Netanel Dahan
By Dubi Pick and Netanel Dahan:

After a short five-season career of Israeli basketball, mostly in the second division, 23-year-old point guard Oded Brandwein (188-G-88) made history becoming the first Israeli player to sign in Poland for Kotwica Kolobrzeg.

Brandwein spent the past two weeks working out with the Polish squad successfully impressing both the teams coaching staff and management.

Last season Oded averaged almost 10 points, 2 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game, leading Yavne to the Israeli National League F-4.
He also tried his luck in Italy but things didn't worked out well between him and the team.

A beneficial fact is that the young talent received his Polish passport in 2010 and is not considered a foreign player. Oded began his professional career with one of Israel's powerhouse organizations, Bnei Hasharon, followed by hooping for Elitzur Ramla, Maccabi Hod Hasharon and Hapoel Afula.

Under his belt, Brandwein takes pride of being a member of Israeli U18 and U20 National Team's.
Kotwica, who recently sent big man Darrel Harris to Israel (Ashkelon), are coming off a terrible season finishing at 11th place in the domestic league, however, after acquiring Americans Sapp Jessie and Holmes Reginald, in addition to Oded Brandwein, the new players are looking forward to bring their team to new heights.




Macc T-A's Negotiating With Young Slovakian Star -- Richard Grznar - by David Pick
Remember when in 2001 Maccabi Tel-Aviv signed and loaned a young hungry Croatian center who answered to the name, Nikola Vujcic?

Hence, after loaning the talented big man to ASVEL Villeurbanne in order for him to gain more experience, one season later, Vujcic was a key player for the yellow-and-blue for many years to follow. Now, Tel-Aviv is going in that same direction with a current young rising star in the likes of Slovakian point guard -- Richard Grznar.

Eurobasket was exclusively informed that the Israeli champions are in deep negotiating with the 20-year-old Grznar, and are interested in a sign-and-loan deal, preferably to a European organization, with hopes of gaining better experience. At the age of 17, Grznar became the future of Slovakian basketball as he began playing professionally in the first division of his country. At 6-foot-3, Grznar has impressive leaping ability which allows him to play above the rim with ease. He's a player who likes to penetrate but at the same time can shoot easily shoot from beyond the arc.

In 2009, Grznar left his home country for the first time and traveled to Spain, signing with Fuenlabrada Madrid (Spain-ACB), but shortly after returned to Slovakia to sign with Astrum Levice, playing in 24 games averaging 10.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists, leading his team to the Slovakian league finals, and becoming a member of the Slovakian national team, while being just 18-years-old. Last season, the gifted young baller started for Banska Bystrica and recorded 8.8ppg, 3.6rpg and 2.3apg. Grznar recently took part in the U20 European Division B Men's Championship, finishing as the tournament's second best scorer with 25.3ppg in addition to 7 boards and 4.3 dimes, displaying dazzling scoring performances, finishing games with 25, 26, 34, 35 and 38 points.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd





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Legadue weekend friendlies - by Giulio Signorini
In the week end a great number of friendlies have been played.
In First Saturday Prima Veroli has beat Banca Tercas Teramo for 84 to 82. Prima Veroli produced a great ensemble performance with nine man who scored some points, the best scorer was Jarrius Jackson (188-G-85, college: Texas Tech) with 17 points, for Teramo otherwise the best scorer was Brandon Brown (202-C/F-81, college: Tulane) who scored 25 points by himself.

Another friendlies was than played by Centrale del Latte Brescia and Tezenis Verona, Brescia beat Verona for 95 to 89. For the lombard team in great evidence Leemire Goldwire (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Charlotte) who scored by himself 40 points and Deividas Busma (213-C-87, college: Idaho St.) who scored 17 points and confermed the good impression made in the last friendlies. For Verona Andrea Renzi and Colli was absent. The first because he has returned only few days ago from Lithuanian championship, the second for a little injury. Moreover Porta and Vukcevic seems very far from good athletic condition while Mario West (196-G-84, college: Georgia Tech) (27 pt) and Shane Edwards (201-F-87, college: UALR) (25pt) as usual has done a great match.

Always Saturday MarcoPoloShop.it Forli met Scavolini Siviglia Pesaro and won the game for 90 to 83. Austin Freeman (190-G-89, college: Georgetown), Campani and Easley led Forl to victory with 20, 16 and 14 points. For Teramo James White (198-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati) (23 points) and Hickman (18 points) were not enough to achieve the victory. Forl seems already to have a very good athetic condition.

Finally Fileni BPA Jesi beats Aget Service Imola for 83 to 75. Fileni BPA Jesi was led to bictory by the great game played by Jeff Brooks (203-F-89, college: Penn St.) who scored 23 points and of Migliori who added 19 points, notable was the teamwork of Fileni BPA Jesi. For Aget Service Imola in great evidence David Cournooh (190-G-90) who scored 20 points on 36 minutes on the ground. For the emiilian team athetic condition seems far to be reached. Also Whiting designeted leader of the team scored only 12 points far distant from his standard performqnces.


Deron Williams debuts for Besiktas - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi Siena - Besiktas 91:93

Deron Williams (191-PG-84, college: Illinois) debuted for Besiktas. The guard led his team to a narrow 93:91 win over Montepaschi Siena in Bormio. Deron Williams delivered 14 points for the winners. Marcelus Kemp (196-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Nevada) unloaded 19 points to lead the effort. The teams were tied at 20 after ten minutes of action. But Besiktas stepped on the gas in the second frame. They grabbed a 50:39 lead after ten minutes of action. The margin grew at 13-point mark at the final break. Montepaschi Siena cut the deficit in the fourth frame but Besiktas hung on to escape with a narrow win at the end. David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) accounted for 16 points for the Turkish team. Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) answered with 17 points for Montepaschi Siena. DaJuan Summers (203-F-88, college: Georgetown) notched 19 points for the Italian champions.

Montepaschi Siena: DaJuan Summers 19, Pietro Aradori 17
Besiktas: Marcelus Kemp 19, David Hawkins 16, Deron Williams 14



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Barsy Atyrau and Kaspiy Aktau start pre-season games - by Eurobasket News
Barsy Atyrau started the Friendly tournament in Nikolaev. The team from Kazakhstan lost the opener to BC Odessa. The Ukrainian team looked better and won 102:77. They started with 28-22 in the first period and won the half 54:43. Willie Deane (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) poured in 24 points and had 9 assists. Justin Love (188-G-78, college: St.Louis) and King scored 15 points each, while Sabutskiy delivered 14 points in the losing effort.
In the meantime Cherkasy finished pre-season tournament in Latvia with victory. The Ukrainian team outscored Kaspiy Aktau 78:71. Morris Almond (198-F-85, college: Rice) stepped up with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists to lead the winners. Miljan Pupovic (209-C/F-83) provided 20 points for Cherkasy.



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VEF Riga and Ventspils play in pre-season scrimmages - by Eurobasket News
Siauliai won over Ventspils 95:68. The Lithuanian squad opened the game with 24-18 and had 5-point halftime advantage. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Siauliai needed 27-9 for the bigger lead. Vasylius top-scored ofr the winners with 18 points and Denzel Bowles (208-F-89, college: JMU) netted 15.
Budivelnyk played against VEF Riga in Latvia. The hosts celebrated a tough 87:83 victory at the end. Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) stepped up with 20 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. VEF grabbed a 27:18 lead after ten minutes and maintained it throughout the second term. The hosts led by 5 points at the interval. VEF stretched the margin to 8 points before the fourth frame. Budivelnyk cut the distance but came up just short of victory at the end. Sandis Valters and Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) posted 13 points apiece in the win. Jack McClinton (185-G-85, college: Miami, FL) answered with 23 points for Budivelnyk. Suad Sehovic (197-G/F-87) had 12 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.



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Siauliai continue pre-season actions - by Eurobasket News
Siauliai continue pre-season actions and exchanged victories with the Russian and Latvian teams.
Unics outscored Siauliai 93:75. The Russian squad started with 24-14 and then had 24-16 in the second period. In the third quarter the Lithuania squad replied with 26-21, but Domerkant and his team won the last quarter 24-19 for the final success. Domerkant stepped up with 29 points and Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) added 15. Vitali Liutych (198-G/F-92) replied with 14 points and Broadus netted 13.
Earlier Siauliai won over Ventspils 95:68. The Lithuanian squad opened the game with 24-18 and had 5-point halftime advantage. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Siauliai needed 27-9 for the bigger lead. Vasylius top-scored ofr the winners with 18 points and Denzel Bowles (208-F-89, college: JMU) netted 15.



Tautvydas Slezas agreed with Juventus - by Eurobasket News
Tautvydas Slezas agreed with Juventus for the upcoming season. The Lithuanian Center returned from Germany.
In 2009-2010 he played for Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL), then moved to Perlas Vilnius (LKL). In Lithuanian League after 26 games averaged 6.9ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 47.4%, FT: 46.2%. In Baltic League after 13 games showed 7.5ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 47.7%, FT: 56.5%.
In 2010-2011 played for Perlas Vilnius (LKL) and in Baltic League in 20 games had 8.0ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 55.6%, FT: 50.0%, while Lithuanian League averaged 6.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 59.3%, FT: 19.2%.
The season 2011-2012 started for Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels (Germany-ProA, starting five), only try-out in Aug.'11.
In his top game last season he recorded 13 points at the Regular Season Round 14. Perlas lost to Siauliai 78:89. The guests trailed by 6 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-78. Siauliai looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Guard Aidas Viskontas produced 26 points (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) and center Tautvydas Slezas added 13 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) respectively for the hosts.


EuroBasket 2011: Lithuania topple Germany to reach quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Germany 84:75

Lithuania overcame Germany in a gripping game at EuroBasket tonight. The victory propelled the hosts at 3-2 record in the third position in Group E. Lithuania thus entered the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. Germany on the other hand fell at 1-4 record and got eliminated from the tournament. Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) stepped up with 19 points to lead the charge.
Lithuania used an 8:0 run midway through the opening frame to take a 21:15 lead. They maintained well enough throughout the second quarter. Rimantas Kaukenas accounted for 11 points in the first half as the hosts piled up a 37:33 lead at the interval. However Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) and Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) teamed up for an 8:2 surge at the start of the second half as Germany pulled in front 41:39. Lithuania immediately responded with a 13:2 surge to gain back the lead. The home team ensured a 58:52 lead with one quarter remaining. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) and Chris Kaman helped Germany level things up at 62 midway through the final term. The teams traded baskets before Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) ignited a 8:0 run from the hosts that sealed their victory. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) posted 17 points, while Jonas Valanciunas added 15 in the win. Chris Kaman answered with 25 points and 13 boards for Germany. Robin Benzing chipped in 18 points, while Dirk Nowitzki managed 16 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Lithuania: Rimantas Kaukenas 19, Sarunas Jasikevicius 17, Jonas Valanciunas 15
Germany: Chris Kaman 25+13 boards, Robin Benzing 18, Dirk Nowitzki 16



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Robbie Sihota joins Heffingen - by Eurobasket News
Heffingen brought in Robbie Sihota (198-F-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement). The 23-year-old forward is expected to change Marcos de Souza (208-C-82) who was cut from the roster. Robbie Sihota started his pro career in Netherlands last season. The forward posted 12.2 points, 10.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game for Rotterdam Challengers. The Canadian player graduated from the University of Calgary in 2010. He notched 18.7 points, 6.6 boards and 1.4 assists per game in his senior season.


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Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Abejas 4-0 
 2. Barreteros 4-0 
 3. Fuerza Regia 3-1 
 4. Pioneros 3-1 
 5. Soles 3-1 
 6. Toros 3-1 
 7. Halc.Rojos 2-1 
 8. Huracanes 2-2 
 9. Aguilas Rojas 1-3 
 10. Corr.Victoria 1-3 
 11. Panteras 1-3 
 12. Halc.Xalapa 0-3 
 13. Lechugueros 0-4 
 14. Volcanes 0-4 


LNBP Round 4: Huracanes hand first loss to undefeated Fuerza Regia - by Eurobasket
This is still too early stage of the Regular Season in LNBP and we should expect many changes in upcoming rounds. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and favorites losing the games.

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Fuerza Regia (3-1) in Tampico on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by tenth ranked Huracanes (2-2) 65-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fuerza Regia. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 16-11. But Fuerza Regia won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Huracanes dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Fuerza Regia's 28. They outrebounded Fuerza Regia 34-20 including 24 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian guard Stephen Sir (195-82, college: N.Arizona) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Chris Roberts (193-88, college: Bradley) replied with 15 points for Fuerza Regia. Huracanes moved-up to eighth place. Fuerza Regia at the other side keeps the third position with one game lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Huracanes are looking forward to face Panteras (#11) in Aguascalientes in the next round. Fuerza Regia will play at home against Aguilas Rojas (#9) in San Juan and is hoping to win this game.
LNBP top team - Abejas (4-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Volcanes (0-4) in Toluca 109-88. Worth to mention a quality performance of Salvadorean-American power forward James Valladares (205-89, college: New Hampshire) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 7 rebounds and Mattis McHugh who added 16 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Abejas' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard Carlos M. Toussaint (190-91) responded with 30 points and 5 assists. Abejas have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record, which they share with Barreteros. Volcanes at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Lechugueros. Abejas will play against Lechugueros (#13) in Leon in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Volcanes will play on the road against Halcones Rojos in Veracruz and hope to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Lechugueros is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to fourth ranked Pioneros (3-1) 107-101 on Saturday evening. The winners were led by Romel Beck who scored that evening 35 points (!!!) and 7 assists. Pioneros' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 24 points by Bobby St.Preux did not help to save the game for Lechugueros. Pioneros moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Lechugueros still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Volcanes. Pioneros will meet Halcones UV Xalapa (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lechugueros will play against the league's leader Abejas in Guanajuato and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Halcones UV Xalapa is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their third consecutive match to seventh ranked Halcones Rojos (2-1) 96-94. Halcones Rojos maintains seventh position with 2-1 record. Halcones UV Xalapa at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Halcones Rojos' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Volcanes (#14) in Toluca and are hoping to win another game. Halcones UV Xalapa will play at home against Pioneros in Cancun and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
The game between top-ranked Barreteros (4-0) and 8th ranked Aguilas Rojas (1-3) in Zacatecas on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Barreteros outscored guests from San Juan 102-72. It was a very good performance for Ramiro Loera Almanza who helped to win the game recording 29 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Barreteros have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Abejas. Loser Aguilas Rojas dropped to the ninth place with three games lost. Barreteros will face Correcaminos (#10) in Ciudad Victoria in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aguilas Rojas will play on the road against Fuerza Regia in Monterrey.

In the last two games of round 4 Soles smashed Panteras on the road 96-77. Corr.Victoria lost to Toros on its own court 81-92.


Pioneros - Lechugueros 107-101

Bottom-ranked Lechugueros is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their fourth consecutive match to fourth ranked Pioneros (3-1) 107-101 on Saturday evening. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Lechugueros won third quarter 20-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Pioneros made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. The winners were led by the former international swingman Romel Beck (203-82, college: UNLV, agency: Interperformances) who scored that evening 35 points (!!!) and 7 assists and American forward John Millsap (198-82, college: UTSA) supported him with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Millsap is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Pioneros' coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 24 points by Haitian-American swingman Bobby St.Preux (196-80, college: N.Kentucky, agency: KMG Sports Management) did not help to save the game for Lechugueros. Bahamas power forward Ryan Moss (200-74, college: UALR) added 18 points and 9 rebounds for lost side. Five Lechugueros players scored in double figures. Pioneros moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Lechugueros still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Volcanes. Pioneros will meet Halcones UV Xalapa (#12) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Lechugueros will play against the league's leader Abejas in Guanajuato and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Lechugueros: B.St.Preux 24+4reb+2ast, R.Moss 18+9reb+1ast, L.Keeler 17+2reb+1ast, D.Yearby 15+4reb+2ast, B.Gillespie 10+2ast, E.Zuniga 10+3reb+4ast
Pioneros: R.Beck 35+1reb+7ast, J.Millsap 24+9reb+1ast, G.Grays 13+3reb+5ast, C.Turley 9+5reb+1ast, A.Feeley 6+5reb, J.Sanchez 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 137659


Volcanes - Abejas 88-109

LNBP top team - Abejas (4-0) had no problems winning another game. This time they crushed fourteenth ranked Volcanes (0-4) in Toluca 109-88. The game was mostly controlled by Abejas. Volcanes was better in fourth quarter 30-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Abejas dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Volcanes' 44. They outrebounded Volcanes 44-21 including a 15-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Abejas players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of Salvadorean-American power forward James Valladares (205-89, college: New Hampshire) who helped to win the game recording 24 points and 7 rebounds and American-Jamaican forward Mattis McHugh (198-84, college: S.Florida) who added 16 points and 11 rebounds during the contest. Five Abejas players scored in double figures. Abejas' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side guard Carlos M. Toussaint (190-91) responded with 30 points and 5 assists and American guard Larry Morinia (180-80, college: Montana St., agency: ProSportsCareers) scored 20 points and 5 assists. Abejas have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record, which they share with Barreteros. Volcanes at the other side still closes the standings with four games lost. They share the position with Lechugueros. Abejas will play against Lechugueros (#13) in Leon in the next round which should be another easy win for them. Volcanes will play on the road against Halcones Rojos in Veracruz and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Volcanes: C.M. Toussaint 30+3reb+5ast, L.Morinia 20+4reb+5ast, A.Clyde Nunn 20+1reb, A.Strickland 6+4reb, L.Felipe Diaz 5+1reb, A.Diaz 3
Abejas: J.Valladares 24+7reb+1ast, M.McHugh 16+11reb+2ast, B.Heredia 15+3reb+3ast, V.Buelna 15+2reb+1ast, L.Wade 14+3reb+3ast, J.Harris 11+8reb+7ast
gschID: 137660


Panteras - Soles 77-96

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Soles (3-1) crushed 11th ranked Panteras (1-3) in Aguascalientes 96-77 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Soles. Panteras was better in third quarter 26-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. Panteras were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for American power forward Robert Gleen (201-89, college: IUPUI) who helped to win the game recording 28 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Naturalized American swingman Justin Griffin (194-83, college: Hawaii-Hilo) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Griffin is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Dominican-Puerto Rican power forward Ivan Lopez (208-85, college: Memphis) replied with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds and Puerto Rican guard Ricardo Melendez (180-83, agency: TSS Management) added 21 points in the effort for Panteras. Four Panteras players scored in double figures. Panteras' coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Soles moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Panteras dropped to the ninth position with three games lost. Soles will face Toros (#6) in Nuevo Laredo in the next round. Panteras will play at home against Huracanes in Tampico and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Panteras: R.Melendez 21+3reb+1ast, D.Ford 16+1reb+2ast, I.Lopez 16+11reb+3ast, M.Bryant 16+3reb, K.Malpica 6+4reb+4ast, J.Casillas 2+1reb
Soles: R.Gleen 28+5reb+5ast, J.Griffin 19+4reb+3ast, P.Meza Rogel 15+2reb+5ast, C.Edwards 9+5reb+6ast, R.Lopez 8+2reb, J.Luis Bucio 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 137661


Barreteros - Aguilas Rojas 102-72

The game between top-ranked Barreteros (4-0) and 8th ranked Aguilas Rojas (1-3) in Zacatecas on Saturday ended with biggest points difference. Barreteros outscored guests from San Juan 102-72. The game without a history. Barreteros led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Aguilas Rojas' 38. They outrebounded Aguilas Rojas 33-21 including 22 on the defensive glass. Barreteros looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Aguilas Rojas' players. It was a very good performance for naturalized American forward Ramiro Loera Almanza (196-81, college: Cameron) who helped to win the game recording 29 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Savador Cuevas contributed with 16 points and 8 assists for the winners. Power forward Felipe Sanchez (202-74) replied with 17 points (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and naturalized American guard Forrest Fisher (193-84) added 12 points and 4 steals in the effort for Aguilas Rojas. Four Aguilas Rojas players scored in double figures. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Barreteros have a solid four-game winning streak. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Abejas. Loser Aguilas Rojas dropped to the ninth place with three games lost. Barreteros will face Correcaminos (#10) in Ciudad Victoria in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Aguilas Rojas will play on the road against Fuerza Regia in Monterrey.
Top scorers:
Aguilas Rojas: F.Sanchez 17+3reb, F.Fisher 12+4reb+3ast, C.Silva 12+1reb, D.Mercer 10+4reb, J.Montijo 9+2reb, E.Hare 5+4reb+1ast
Barreteros: R.Loera Almanza 29+2reb+2ast, S.Cuevas 16+2reb+8ast, M.Council 13+1reb, J.Reaves 13+5reb, A.Chacon 7+2ast, A.Aguirre 6+8reb+6ast
gschID: 137662


Halc.Xalapa - Halc.Rojos 94-96

Bottom-ranked Halcones UV Xalapa is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their third consecutive match to seventh ranked Halcones Rojos (2-1) 96-94. Halcones Rojos maintains seventh position with 2-1 record. Halcones UV Xalapa at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Halcones Rojos' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Volcanes (#14) in Toluca and are hoping to win another game. Halcones UV Xalapa will play at home against Pioneros in Cancun and looks forward to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 137663


Huracanes - Fuerza Regia 65-60

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Fuerza Regia (3-1) in Tampico on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by tenth ranked Huracanes (2-2) 65-60. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fuerza Regia. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 16-11. But Fuerza Regia won second period 19-18. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Huracanes dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Fuerza Regia's 28. They outrebounded Fuerza Regia 34-20 including 24 on the defensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of Canadian guard Stephen Sir (195-82, college: N.Arizona) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 5 rebounds. American power forward Robert Hornsby (196-82, college: Troy) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. American guard Chris Roberts (193-88, college: Bradley) replied with 15 points and international guard Andre Joseph Tyronzic (191-81, college: Oregon) added 12 points in the effort for Fuerza Regia. Huracanes moved-up to eighth place. Fuerza Regia at the other side keeps the third position with one game lost. They share it with 3 other teams. Huracanes are looking forward to face Panteras (#11) in Aguascalientes in the next round. Fuerza Regia will play at home against Aguilas Rojas (#9) in San Juan and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: C.Roberts 15+3reb+1ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 12+3reb+1ast, M.Mitchell 8+1reb+2ast, K.Penn 7+4reb, A.Cruz 7+1reb+1ast, A.Izaguirre 4+2reb+2ast
Huracanes: S.Sir 17+5reb+3ast, A.Fuqua 13+8reb+2ast, R.Hornsby 13+9reb+3ast, J.Douglas 8+2reb+1ast, J.Edwin 7+4reb+2ast, O.Quintero 5+4reb+3ast
gschID: 137657


Corr.Victoria - Toros 81-92

Rather expected game when 9th ranked Correcaminos (1-3) lost to sixth ranked Toros (3-1) in Ciudad Victoria 81-92 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 28-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Toros made 24-of-29 free shots (82.8 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Toros especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 53.3 percentage. Correcaminos were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Quite impressive performance for American forward Devon Pearson (198-84, college: SMU) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 5 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76, agency: Paris Global Sports) contributed with 17 points and 5 assists for the winners. Canadian guard Jermaine Watson (193-81, college: Boston Coll., agency: KMG Sports Management) replied with 13 points and 7 rebounds and Jamaican center Daniel Rose (208-83, college: Cedarville) added 12 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Correcaminos. Five Correcaminos players scored in double figures. Toros moved-up to third place, which they share with 3 other teams. Correcaminos lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with three games lost. Toros will face Soles (#5) in Mexicali in the next round. Correcaminos will play on the road against the league's second-placed Barreteros (#2) in Zacatecas.
Top scorers:
Corr.Victoria: J.Watson 13+7reb+1ast, D.White 13+1reb+3ast, D.Rose 12+7reb+1ast, L.Davis 11+4reb+2ast, D.Lamont 11+4reb+1ast, J.Penny 10+2reb+2ast
Toros: D.Pearson 19+5reb, W.Pagan 17+2reb+5ast, R.Rougeau 15+8reb, J.Lopez 9+4reb+1ast, L.Ellis Vasquez 9, J.Hutchingson Mejia 7+1reb
gschID: 137658




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Udonis Haslem opens up about the NBA lockout - by Eurobasket News
With labor talks resuming late last week in midtown Manhattan, there's reason to hope that an end is in sight for the NBA lockout -- and that the 2011-12 season might still happen. Instead of heading off on vacation until a deal is reached, Miami Heat star Udonis Haslem (6'8''-C-80, college: Florida) went to work at his 2nd Annual Restaurant Boat Run at Duffy's Sports Grill North Miami Beach.

After spending some time on the water riding Seahunter boats with some of his foundations young clients, Haslem arrived under a police escort with about 30 kids in tow to sign autographs, meet with fans, and spend the afternoon playing water basketball in Duffys pool. But before the fun began, he sat down with NBCMiami to discuss everything from his charity, his nomination to the 2012 class of the University of Florida Hall of Fame, and, of course, his thoughts on the NBA lockout.

What inspired you to start the Udonis Haslem Childrens Foundation?
It all started out because I had no idea how to give in the right way. A family friend passed away and they had three kids, so I put them through school. Then, a couple of families at my mothers church needed school supplies. Then at my stepmothers church, more school supplies. And my stepmother suggested I do a childrens foundation because we just really wanted to help a lot of families. I wanted to touch different areas of Miami, not just people we knew.

Six years later, into what would you say your stepmothers idea has evolved?
Back to school is really important. Christmas and toy giveaways, turkey and food at Thanksgiving are also really important, but the thing I think they need the most is school supplies. We do supplies, uniforms, backpacks, haircuts -- whatever they need to start the year off on the right foot. If a kid doesnt start off on the right, there is a good chance it won't end on the right foot.

How does it feel like to be newly nominated to the UF Hall of Fame?
Its a huge deal. When I signed a letter of intent, I never thought in a million years that I would be mentioned in the same conversation as the likes of Emmitt Smith and Danny Wuerffel. They are legendary. So, I never envisioned being on the same level as those guys once my career was over at UF. If I had to sum it up, I am just so blessed.

Speaking of basketball, what about the NBA lockout? Is there any hope?
I think so. I am confident that both sides are working to reach an agreement. Players are going to stick together. I am sure the way the season ended last year on such a high note with revenue going up and TV ratings through the roof, the story is already written for next season -- for the Heat, especially. All those guys have to do is sit back and let the season take care of itself. Hopefully everything works out.

If there is a next season, what can Miami fans expect?
A very exciting season. A better Miami Heat team. Hard working. The pieces are there, but for whatever reason, it just wasnt our time. I take my hat off to the Dallas Mavericks because they put in a lot of hard work. They had a lot of disappointing seasons. Losing to us, and going out to Golden State in the first round after having a perfect record, those guys have had heart-breaking seasons. Thats what people dont understand. They didnt just show up and win six games against the Miami Heat. They put in a lot of hard work.

Was it hard to hear so much criticism against the Heat last season, even though you made it to the finals?
At first it was, but it was only because growing up, you are taught teamwork, hard work, sacrifices and those are things as a team we implemented into our season for one common goal: to win a championship. We got close, but still for some reason, we were outcasts.

As a team, you all seem to get along on and off the court.
That is one thing I can say since being with the Miami Heat organization: they have done a good job of bringing in character people. We have never had locker room issues or anything that you hear behind the scenes that could eat a team up from the inside. We have had good guys, and it has all been pretty much smooth sailing.

Courtesy of www.nbcmiami.com


Chris Douglas-Roberts to play in Italy, Virtus Bologna - by Eurobasket News
Chris Douglas-Roberts' (6'7''-G-87, college: Memphis) rookie contract was up and it was clear he would not return to the Bucks this season, regardless of the lockout situation between players and owners.

Now it appears the 6-foot-7 guard will play with Virtus Bologna in Italy.

Douglas-Roberts averaged 7.3 points and 2.0 rebounds in 44 games with the Bucks last season, after arriving from New Jersey in a trade for a 2012 second-round draft pick.

The former Memphis star missed 15 games at the start of the season after undergoing right eye surgery.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin might play in China - by Eurobasket News
A third free agent who played for the Nuggets last year is in serious talks to play in China.

Kenyon Martin (6'8''-F/C-77, college: Cincinnati) has received significant interest from two professional teams in the Chinese Basketball Association, which would make him the highest-paid player in the history of that league, a source said today.

The CBA will not allow players contract opt-outs should the NBA season begins before the CBA's season ends. The NBA is currently in a labor lockout.

The longtime Nuggets power forward is currently weighing his options. If he signed with a team he would make more than the reported $3 million that Nuggets teammate J.R. Smith would make for a Chinese team, the source said.

Martin, like Smith, is an unrestricted free agent.

Wilson Chandler, who joined the Nuggets last February, is a restricted free agent. He has already signed with a Chinese team, but upon his return to the U.S., the Nuggets would still be able to match any offer for him.

League play in China begins in October and the regular season ends in mid-February. The playoffs go until mid-March, so theoretically, if the locked-out NBA is playing games at that point, Martin and Smith could sign as free agents to play down the stretch for an NBA team.

Martin, who turns 34 in December, is one of the NBA's top defenders and averaged 8.6 points per game and 6.2 rebounds last year for Denver.

Courtesy of www.denverpost.com


Report: Adelman close to being named Timberwolves coach - by Eurobasket News
Rick Adelman is expected to reach a deal this week to become the next coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Hoopsworld.com reports.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune agrees that Adelman still looks like the favorite, but the former Rockets coach wants a contract worth $5 million a year over five yearsor a total of $25 million guaranteed. Team owner Glen Taylor paid former coach Flip Saunders $5 million a year in his final years with the team, and is willing to make his next coach well-compensated, the report says. Whether he's willing to offer a guarantee of $25 million remains questionable, however.

Timberwolves president David Kahn has told others around the NBA that either Adelman or Don Nelson will be the teams next coach, according to the Star Tribune. But Sam Mitchell may still be in the running, and if he is hired, its clear that Taylor, and not Kahn, made the decision. Such a move would not bode well for Kahns future with the team, the Star Tribune surmises.

The report also says the pace with which the Wolves hire a coach could be an indicator of the progress being made on the collective-bargaining front. If the Wolves search continues to drag on, it could mean a labor deal is not close, since Taylor is involved in those negotiations. If a coach is named shortly, that could indicate that a new CBA is near.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


Doug Collins working through lockout - by Eurobasket News
Amid the uncertainy that surrounds the Philadelphia 76ers, coach Doug Collins has kept some routine.

He's also maintained his optimism.

Collins concluded a week of meetings and film sessions with his staff on Friday, and more sessions like it are planned, even as the start of the NBA season is in jeopardy because of the lockout.

Collins wants to keep operations running as usual and have the Sixers raring to go whenever a labor deal is reached.

'We should be able to hit the ground running, which is exciting,' he said by phone Friday.

Collins planned this week exactly as he did at this time last year when he started his first season coaching the Sixers. He's taking a weekend break to travel to Durham, N.C. for a celebration of Duke basketball (his son is an assistant on the men's team), but then it's back for more work next week.

'We're planning our season,' Collins said. 'We're getting together, we watched a lot of tape, watching a lot of things on film that we want to teach. We put together some practice plans. It was really to get together and start planning our training camp.'

When that starts, no one knows for certain. The Sixers would usually open camp the first week of October, but the lockout has thrown a dose of confusion into the league. The two sides return to the bargaining table Tuesday, this time with more players and owners, to try and find a way to end the league's lockout and save the 2011-12 season.

Collins spent the summer in San Diego, enjoying a relaxing summer as a satisfying reward for an exciting first season in Philadelphia. He left the TNT broadcast booth to take over a team that won only 27 games. He led them from the draft lottery to the playoffs, where they lost a five-game series to the Miami Heat.

Without the stress of prepping for a game, he relived the fun this week over film sessions. His staff broke down the season into 90-minute highlight reels and they took an up-close look at how the Sixers shook off a slow start to playing some of their best basketball in years.

'It was really fun to go back and watch how well our guys were executing and how well they started doing things,' Collins said. 'It gives us a great blueprint so that when we get started this year, it's going to be so much different. I know the guys now. I know the things that were good to us on the floor. I know what we like to do.'

He just can't personally pass along the rave reviews to his players. Like around the rest of the league, Collins and the rest of his staff and management are banned from communicating with his players.

Collins formed a tight bond with his team a year ago and was never afraid to become emotional around them. Sixers forward Elton Brand said in an interview last month how much he missed receiving the upbeat text messages from Collins.

Collins' lessons on the value of teamwork made an impact. Led by Brand and Andre Iguodala, a large group of Sixers participated in team workouts last month in Los Angeles. Guard Evan Turner, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 draft, stayed in Philadelphia this summer and was tutored on shooting by Hall of Fame college coach Herb Magee. Other players posted on Twitter their detailed offseason workout plans.

It's a nice way to keep updated -- but it's not the same as a personal connection.

At least the Sixers are easy to find.

The new ownership has been in the NBA's version of the witness protection program. Comcast-Spectacor sold the team to a group led by New York-based leveraged buyout specialist Joshua Harris. The deal is still awaiting approval by the NBA, and that could come later this month.

Harris and other members of the group have been eerily silent since the deal was announced. Interview requests have been declined and there's no idea how they plan to run the franchise. Collins has yet to meet his new boss, though they've talked on the phone.

'I think they want to feel that they own the team before they get front and center,' Collins said. 'They've been very adamant in the fact that they want to keep a very low profile until they own the team.'

Once the group gets settled, Collins will hire an assistant to replace Quin Snyder, who left for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Collins says he feels great and is recovered from a concussion he sustained on Memorial Day 2010.

He missed two preseason games last year because of symptoms related to the concussion, then had neurological testing and treatment for what was diagnosed as vertigo. He saw the Sixers earn their first victory of the season in the locker room on his back, not the bench because of dizzy spells.

Collins will visit Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation on Monday to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of concussions.

'I got two treatments for this positional vertigo and the concussion symptoms and it went away,' after the Indiana game, he said. 'I had absolutely no problem with it the rest of the year. I feel better than I've ever felt.'

All he needs is a team to coach.

Courtesy of ESPN


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UConn signs to play in 2012 Carrier Classic - by Eurobasket News
Three-time national champion Connecticut has signed a deal with the Morale Entertainment Foundation to play in the second edition of the Carrier Classic basketball game in 2012 aboard an aircraft carrier on San Diego Bay.

Mike Whalen, director of the Morale Entertainment Foundation, said Friday that UConn's opponent could be Kansas, Texas, Florida, Arizona or Illinois. That game will be played Nov. 9, 2012.

The inaugural Carrier Classic will be played this Nov. 11 - Veterans Day - between North Carolina and Michigan State on the flight deck of the USS Carl Vinson at North Island Naval Air Station, across the bay from downtown San Diego. The Carl Vinson and its sailors have attracted considerable attention since early May, when the carrier was used to bury Osama bin Laden at sea after he was killed by Navy SEALs.

It will be the first NCAA hoops game on an active flat top. The court will be surrounded by stadium-style seating for about 7,000 fans, with most of the tickets going to active military personnel.

Coach Jim Calhoun and UConn President Susan Herbst said it's an honor to be picked for the second Carrier Classic. Organizers won't know until much closer to that game which carrier it will be held on.

'I think it's an incredible honor,' Calhoun said in a phone interview. 'I think it's an event that hopefully will give our kids a better understanding of just how important our country is.'

Calhoun said he's made several overseas trips to visit troops, and that playing on a ship will be just as important.

'These are all great learning experiences. I can't imagine a better learning experience than to see those guys on that ship, who are protecting our country,' he said.

Herbst said one of UConn's trustees who knew Whalen suggested she pursue a spot in the game.

''To me, it sounded like the coolest thing, to be able to celebrate our veterans on the aircraft carrier,' Herbst said. ''It sounded so unique and amazing that we just couldn't pass it up. To both celebrate our veterans and also the men and women who are in the service now is central to our mission at UConn. We think this really fits with our values and our mission.'

Calhoun's teams have won national titles - including the 2011 championship behind Kemba Walker - in front of massive crowds. The coach said it shouldn't be much different playing in such a unique setting.

'It's a basketball game, and I'm assuming everything will be taken care of. As long as the baskets are 10 feet high, we'll be more than fine,' Calhoun said.

Also Friday, former Congressmen Jim Marshall of Georgia and Gene Taylor of Mississippi were named co-chairmen of the 2011 Carrier Classic.

Morale Entertainment Foundation, which hopes to help raise the visibility of the Navy by organizing the Carrier Classic, brings notable Americans, such as former astronauts Neil Armstrong, Gene Cernan and Jim Lovell, and coaches and race car drivers to visit troops in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

''Let's face it, there are some crummy places like Iraq and Afghanistan, and they do appreciate the visits,' Taylor said. ''They want to see a friendly face. I've got to believe that for an 18- or 19-year-old kid to meet Mack Brown or a driver is a great thrill.

''We just can't do enough for those guys,' Taylor said. 'If you think about life on a carrier, they're at sea for months at a time. To make their life easier when they're home is a great thing. I think this will be a great opportunity for the troops on the ship that day to see a great basketball game.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Kansas hoping NCAA clears way for 3 recruits to play, 2 have started classes - by Eurobasket News
Kansas recruits Ben McLemore (F) and Jamari Traylor have been cleared to enroll and attend classes. The Jayhawks are hoping for more good news about a third recruit, too.

Coach Bill Self said this week that the NCAA is still reviewing academic materials related to McLemore, Traylor and Braeden Anderson (6'8''-F/C).

McLemore is a 6-foot-5 guard from St. Louis,. Traylor is 6-foot-7 forward from Chicago and Anderson is a 6-foot-8 forward from Calgary, Alberta.

The Jayhawks lost Markieff and Marcus Morris to the NBA last spring along with guard Josh Selby and Tyrel Reed and Brady Morningstar were seniors. That leaves point guard Tyshawn Taylor and forward Thomas Robinson as the only returning players who had significant roles in Kansas seventh straight Big 12 regular-season championship.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


Krzyzewski, Hurley enter Duke sports hall of fame - by Eurobasket News
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is entering yet another hall of fame.

He was being inducted into the Duke Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday night along with Bobby Hurley, the point guard of his first two national championship teams with the Blue Devils.

Krzyzewski's selection came after the school's rules were changed to make active personnel eligible for induction. Krzyzewski quipped that before he became aware of the rule change, 'I was wondering if (athletic director) Kevin White was trying to get me out of here.'

Krzyzewski, a Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer, enters his 32nd season at Duke with 900 career wins, two shy of matching Bob Knight for the Division I men's coaching record.

Courtesy of www.wmbfnews.com


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Day 10: Brazil, Argentina qualify for 2012 Olympics - by Eurobasket News
Brazil and Argentina picked up victories Saturday to claim berths in next year's London Olympics.

Brazil defeated the Dominican Republic 83-76, and Argentina beat Puerto Rico 81-79 in the semi-finals of the Olympic basketball qualifying for the Americas.

The two finalists meet Sunday and qualify automatically for London. The third through fifth-placed teams earn spots in a qualifying tournament just before the games, which will award several more berths for London. Venezuela claimed the fifth-placed spot.

The United States won the world championship last year and has already qualified for London.

Brazil and Argentina were the two favoured teams in the tournament and had the best records in two rounds of qualifying..

Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) led Brazil with 20 points in the semi-final victory with 19 for teammate Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports).

Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) and Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) topped the Dominican Republic with 18.

We have realized a dream, Machado said. We have worked hard for this, and this is a prize for effort and talent.

The Dominican Republic led twice by three points in the second quarter, but trailed 39-36 at the break. The game was always close and the Dominican Republic drew level at 45 after a basket by Horford with 5:01 left in the third quarter.

Argentina just did enough to win their semi-final after fighting back from 48-40 down in the third quarter.

Puerto Rico tied the game at 79-79 on Daniel Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico)'s basket in close with 1:52 to play, but could not regain the lead.

Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) led Argentina with 27 points and Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) added 23. Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) had 20 for Puerto Rico and Daniel Santiago scored 16.

Courtesy of www.theglobeandmail.com


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Turow open Zgorzelec tournament with two victories - by Eurobasket News
PGE Turow opened the home pre-season tournament with back-to-back victories. They overcame Zastal Zielona Gora 73:54 in the opener. David Jackson (193-G-86, college: W.Illinois) stepped up with 14 points to pace the winners. Aaron Cel (203-F-87) added 10 points, while Konrad Wysocki (201-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) contributed 9 in the victory. Jeff Foote (212-C-88, college: Cornell) answered with 14 points for Zastal ZG. Kamil Chanas (188-G-85) finished with 11 points in defeat.
Next day PGE Turow took on Czech Pardubice. And once again the home team proved the strength claiming a 76:58 win. Aaron Cel knocked down 13 points for the winners. Dallas Lauderdale (203-F, college: Ohio St.) netted 12 points for PGE Turow. Marcus Arnold (207-C/F-84, agency: Stanley International, college: Illinois) responded with 13 points for Pardubice. Corey Muirhead (198-F-83, college: W.Carolina) had 10 points in the loss.
PGE Turow will now take on New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig for the title. The German team also enters the third round undefeated.




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Unics and Spartak Primorye delivered another victories - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Primorye overcame HKK Capljina Lasta from Bosnia 81:42. The Russian team did not have any difficulties on another game on Croatia. They started with 21-13 and added 17-11 in the second period. Moreover the second half also belonged to the favorites. Spartak won the third quarter 21-7 and finished with 22-11 in the last stanza. Akindele Jeleel stepped up with 15 points and Torey Thomas (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) notched 14. Cuthbert Victor (196-F-83, college: Murray St.) scored 8, while Fomin posted 7. Jagodic Kuridza Marko replied with 14 points in the losing effort.
Unics outscored Siauliai 93:75. The Russian squad started with 24-14 and then had 24-16 in the second period. In the third quarter the Lithuania squad replied with 26-21, but Domerkant and his team won the last quarter 24-19 for the final success. Henry Domercant (192-G-80, college: E.Illinois) stepped up with 29 points and Michael Wilkinson (204-F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Wisconsin) added 15. Liutych replied with 14 points and Broadus netted 13.



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Serbian teams warming up for new season! - by Nenad Ilijev
Teams in Serbia are warming up for new season. Young team of Mega Vizura played three tough preparation games in last month losing all three encounters to BC Donetsk (67-75), Enisey Krasnoyarsk (77-80) and latest Feni Industri (70-79). Veteran Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) was top scorer for Mega Vizura while newest acquisition Jeremiah Rivers (195-G-87, college: Indiana) made his debut. Most important news are coming from Novi Sad. Vojvodina Srbijagas and BC Novi Sad will make fusion and both clubs will play under name Vojvodina Srbijagas in the future. Teams from same city decided to reunite their capital trying to build the team that will compete in Adriatic League very soon. Sinisa Mitic will continue as head coach of new team and he already mentioned that team is looking to make Superleague in upcoming season. Considering high ambitions, team management already added important players like Stefan Stojacic (194-F-89, agency: Interperformances), Radovan Markovic (194-G-82) and OKK Beograd duo Slobodan Dundjerski (190-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) and Dragan Zekovic (210-F/C-87, agency: Interperformances). Vojvodina Srbijagas will keep only one player Marko Kesic (191-G-85) from last season roster while BC Novi Sad's talents Dusko Bunic (207-C-89) (Serbian University National Team), Bogic Vujosevic (189-PG-92, agency: Beo Basket), Petkovic brothers (Vukasin Petkovic (198-G-92) and Strahinja Petkovic (197-F-92)), Bozo Dumic (208-C-92), Rados Seslija (208-F-92) and U20 NT player Nikola Kalinic (202-F-91). The team played in Darda (Croatia) at international friendly tournament last week. In first game Vojvodina Srbijagas were demolished by Hungarian vice-champions Albacomp 38-75 while HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar was better side in game for 3rd place (47-60). Newcomer Zeleznicar Indjija is probably most active team in pre-season. The team was reinforced with experienced Goran Bajic (207-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) and Djordjo Djordjic (198-F-78), Slobodan Stanojevic (201-F-85), Nikola Jeftic (202-F-85) and Aleksandar Smiljanic (195-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) while Pavle Koprivica (207-C-85) and Pavle Boljkovac (190-G-85) didn't impressed Zeleznicar head coach Ivan Smiljanic. Zeleznicar Indjija already played several preparation games mostly against A League teams and they will also organize memorial tournament 'Oparusic Radisa-Raja' which will be held in 14 days. Vojvodina Srbijagas, Metalac Valjevo and OKK Beograd will attend this tournament along with host. Borac Cacak were fighting with financial situation for whole last year and was just step away of league abandon due to financial debts. Problems occured when FMP Zeleznik stopped supporting Borac Cacak as feeder club. Looking for speedy resolution Board management with new president at the head signed similar technical agreement with champions Partizan mt:s who will try to cover costs of Borac Cacak living and also send youngsters to Borac Cacak team which is recognized for working with young talents. At the other hand, Nikola Pesakovic (193-G-91) already signed with Partizan mt:s as investment for the future. Borac Cacak head coach Rasko Bojic started preparations one month ago and he already got three valuable signings - Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84, agency: BeoExcell), Nemanja Prolovic (188-G-87) and Stefan Lukovic (210-C-91). We should also remind that former captain Djordje Tresac (192-G-87) left team for Igokea Aleksandrovac while Nikola Vasojevic (195-G-86) signed in Hungary (PVSK Pannon). Team is participating this days at friendly international tournament in Kumanovo (FYR Macedonia) and will continue with preparation games against A League teams in next 20 days. Greek powerhouse Panathinaikos will be hosted in Cacak on September 17th. Metalac Valjevo is facing serious problems to keep quality roster for next season. Team already lost two Serbian University National Team members Marko Ljubicic (195-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) (signed with Ikarios in Greece) and Stefan Bircevic (209-F/C-89) (Radnicki Kragujevac), best scorer Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88) (Radnicki Kragujevac) while captain Marko Ljubojevic (202-F/G-84) left for Romania. Former Metalac players Stefan Atanackovic (196-G-84) and Aleksandar Tanaskovic (208-C-80) are only new faces in the team including forward Danilo Draskovic (207-C-86, agency: BeoExcell). However the team still have high ambitions to qualify for Adriatic League. After couple of friendly tournaments Metalac will continue with preparations in Slovenia. OKK Beograd started reconstructing its roster with talented but still unproved Filip Sepa (199-G/F-90, agency: Beo Basket) and Vuk Malidzan (193-G-88) but team lost key players Milos Pavlovic (210-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell) who signed in Cyprus, Uros Lucic (207-C-83) (Radnicki Kragujevac) and previously mentioned Dundjerski. Experienced players Mirko Kovac (199-F-83, agency: Interperformances), Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) and Mladen Sljivancanin (200-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) are working out with OKK Beograd too but it's still not sure whether they will stay in the team or not. Milos Suzic (205-C-88) made come back to the team after short spell at BKK Radnicki last year.
Turbulent summer in Crvena Zvezda Beograd is going to end with the team led by Svetislav Pesic already playing preparation games. Recently FMP Zeleznik owner Nebojsa Covic took president chair at new formed club Crvena Zvezda Beograd which was found by fusion of bankrupt Crvena Zvezda and FMP Zeleznik. 'Red-whites' are finally making true moves in effort to stop eternal rival Partizan mt:s dominating Serbian basketball for whole decade. Key players Nemanja Nedovic (192-PG-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) agreed on contract extension while players of FMP Zeleznik Mile Ilic (215-C-84, agency: Beo Basket) and Filip Covic (180-G-89, agency: Interperformances) signed one year contracts with new team. Head coach Svetislav Pesic already decided to cut Svetozar Stamenkovic (202-F/C-90) and Andrej Dzakovic but they will be playing next season at branch team Radnicki Basket. Players that were part of FMP Zeleznik and Radnicki Basket in last season are already practicing and playing with Crvena Zvezda Beograd waiting just on administration details to be done so they could follow Mile Ilic and Filip Covic moves and be counted officialy as part of the team. Branko Lazic (195-G-89), Dragan Tubak (216-C-87), Bojan Radetic (203-F-88), Bojan Subotic (206-F/C-90), Ivan Smiljanic (198-F-89), new captian Vuk Radivojevic (197-G-83), Nikola Vasic (194-G-84, agency: Interperformances) and Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) contributed in Crvena Zvezda Beograd preparation games triumphs including last win 86-64 over Polish outfit Slask Wroclaw. Final check is scheduled for October 5th in Pionir Arena Belgrade against high-flyers Bayern Munchen. Some of the best available players in the market are linking with Crvena Zvezda Beograd including Adam Morrison (203-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) so it's widely expected that this team is going to be one of the best in region after roster completition. Latest rumours are saying that Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) is very close to sign with Crvena Zvezda Beograd together with inside duo Ognjen Askrabic (207-C/F-79, agency: Interperformances) and Vladimir Golubovic (213-C-86). Milivoje Lazic was announced as first assistant coach to Svetislav Pesic, Milos Pejic will be head coach of Radnicki Basket while Milan Mandaric will lead Crvena Zvezda Beograd junior team.
Hemofarm STADA will enter new season with younger team than previous seasons. After unsecure situation at the beginning of summer due to budget cut by main sponsor, Hemofarm STADA added Mladen Pantic (209-C-82, agency: Alti Sport) on one year contract and Djordje Gagic (210-C-90, agency: Interperformances) on 3-year deal. Hemofarm STADA junior team won junior national championship last season in great manner so predictions are that youngsters Nemanja Krstic (198-F-93), Nemanja Dangubic (196-G-93), Luka Mitrovic (204-F/C-93) and Djordje Milosevic (198-F/G-93) will get a lot of chances this season to become leaders of the team. All of them signed long term contracts with the club and were part of U19 National Team that played at World Championship in Latvia this summer. Ivan Maras (208-C/F-86, agency: Beo Basket) agreed terms to stay in Vrsac for one more season and Marko Sutalo (194-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) re-signed for two more years. Earlier this summer Nikola Otasevic (184-G-82) was added as replacement for Miljan Pavkovic (178-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) who signed with Radnicki Kragujevac while Milivoje Bozovic (210-F/C-85, agency: Beo Basket), Milos Borisov (201-F-85), Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80) and Jerome Jordan (213-C-86, college: Tulsa) also left the team. Talented Danilo Andjusic (197-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) is practicing with Partizan mt:s and the team will probably agree on contract termination as this case is already on arbitration. Bosnian NT member Diego Kapelan (190-G-87) is trying out with the team and he played in both games that Hemofarm played this week - @Radnicki Kragujevac 71-69 and vs. BC Timisoara 92-77.

Radnicki Kragujevac becomes one of the most organized teams in Serbia. Ambitious president young Ivan Grujin succeed to attract interest of few sponsors at the end of last season and first job that Board have done is extending the contract of head coach Miroslav Nikolic for further two seasons. Board is expecting from the team in upcoming season to add first trophy in Radnicki Kragujevac history and therefore they were signing contracts with Uros Lucic (OKK Beograd), Miljan Pavkovic (Hemofarm STADA), Stefan Bircevic, Stefan Sinovec (both Metalac Valjevo), import players David Simon (207-C-82, college: IPFW), Darren Moore (190-G, college: Cal-Irvine) and Turkish talent Yunus Cankaya (199-F-85, agency: EM-PA). Latest signing Stefan Sinovec was top scorer yesterday at international memorial tournament in Mostar that organizes HKK Zrinjski HT Mostar. Sinovec led his team to 82-78 victory over Mornar Bar putting 16 points. He has signed 2+1 year contract with Radnicki Kragujevac. Tonight they will be playing Buducnost Podgorica in the final. We should remind that some starters from last season left the team this summer. Marko Cakarevic (200-F/G-88, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) signed with champions, Vukasin Aleksic (183-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) moved to Greek AGOR, Michael Lee (207-F-86) (BC Donetsk), etc. Stefan Stojacic will be transfered to Vojvodina Srbijagas on season long loan. However it's expected for Steven Markovic (190-G-85) to re-sign with 'Red Devils' after team management agreed on his financial conditions as sent him signed contract.
Reigning champions Partizan mt:s are preparing for most challenging season in recent past. Radnicki Kragujevac and especially Crvena Zvezda Beograd will be stronger than last year while Euroleague Group C will be the strongest in whole competition with Anadolu Efes, Armani Milano, Real Madrid and Maccabi Tel Aviv investing in NBA stars. European basketball fans are already familiar with Partizan mt:s spectacular home court and fanatic crowd. Most of 830 readers (79 percent) of Eurobasket.com readers that took a part in Serbian section pool strongly believe that Partizan mt:s will make Euroleague Top 16 one more time. Widely respected Partizan mt:s staff managed to sign Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) on loan from Anadolu Efes and bring back massive center Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) until NBA lock-out finishes. This two players along with Rasko Katic (208-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) will form one of the best center formation in Europe. Acie Law (190-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas A&M) is signed like replacement for Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) who left for Fenerbahce Ulker and he already came to Belgrade couple of days ago. Other two imports James Gist (203-F-86) and Nathan Jawai (207-C-86, college: Midland CC) also left the team after end of last season. Partizan mt:s favourite Jan Vesely (211-F-90) was drafted as 6th overall pick at NBA Draft this year but he denied rumours of coming back during lock out as he is looking to prepare himself for NBA and prevent any potential injury that might hurt his dream with Washington Wizards. Partizan mt:s scouts already found a guy that might be ideal substitution for 'Flying Czech' signing multiyear contract with Slovakian forward Michal Cekovsky (202-F-94) who plays with junior team. Serbian NT member Marko Cakarevic is another big signing for Partizan mt:s and there are probably yet to come. Sleeping Partizan mt:s basketball school finally give birth to one potential leader of senior team. Vladimir Lucic (202-F-89, agency: Beo Basket) is improving his skills in fast manner and he was best scorer (19 pts) in friendly 92-67 win over Sloga Kraljevo few days ago. 'Black-whites' were playing in this match without National Team members and newcomers. Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket), Bogdan Bogdanovic (198-F-92), Nikola Pesakovic, Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket)
, Nemanja Besovic (221-C-92) and potential transfer of Danilo Anjusic are road sign that Partizan mt:s staff are seriously thinking about successors of, above all, Petar Bozic (197-G-78) and Dusan Kecman (197-F-77, agency: Beo Basket). One change has been made at coaching staff too as Bojan Lazic was announced as first assistant coach. Partizan mt:s will be traveling to Pravets (Bulgaria) participating at friendly tournament organized by national champions Lukoil Akademik. Aris Thessaloniki and one Cypriot college team also confirmed participation. At the end of this month, Partizan mt:s will take a part in strong tournament that will be held in Cagliari (Italy). Montepaschi Siena, Dinamo Sassari and Olympiakos will be opponents to Serbian champion.


EuroBasket 2011: Serbia hold off Turkey in thriller - by Eurobasket News
Serbia - Turkey 68:67

Serbia earned a crucial win at the EuroBasket 2011. They overcame Turkey in a dramatic clash in Vilnius to improve at 2-3 record in Second Round Group E. Serbia thus clinched the spot in the tournaments quarterfinal. Turkey slipped at 1-4 record and remained without playoffs. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) orchestrated the victory tallying 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.
Serbia started the game on a 10:2 run. They maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter posting an 18:11 advantage ten minutes into the game. Milos Teodosic stretched the gap to 14 points midway through the second term 29:15. Turkey however managed to narrow the deficit to 8 points 27:35 at the interval. Turkey tipped off the second half on a 7:2 surge to narrow the gap. Serbia did not allow their opponents to pull in front securing a 56:53 lead with one quarter to go. Turkey got as close as two points with under three minutes to go 60:62. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) and Milos Teodosic made it 68:63 for Serbia but Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) and Arslan accounted for four points in a row to keep Turkey hopeful. Milos Teodosic missed a triple but Omer Onan (194-G-78) got his shot blocked and Serbia escaped with a heart-stopping win at the end. Dusko Savanovic provided 14 points, while Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) contributed 12 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Enes Kanter (208-C-92, college: Kentucky) and Omer Onan answered with 11 points each for Turkey. Ersan Ilyasova had 10 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Serbia: Milos Teodosic 20, Dusko Savanovic 14, Milenko Tepic 12
Turkey: Enes Kanter 11, Omer Onan 11, Ersan Ilyasova 10



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EuroBasket 2011: Spain bruise France, top Group E - by Eurobasket News
Spain - France 96:69

Spain claimed the third straight win at the Second Stage of European Championship. They knocked down France to climb on top of Group E. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) scored 16 points to lead the effort. France suffered their first loss at the tournament and slipped to the second position in the ladder.
Spain opened the game with five points in a row but Les Bleus soon erased the deficit. Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) accounted for 10 points in the period to put France in front 22:21. The lead changed hands for several times throughout intense second frame. Spain had the last laugh though as Sada made it 39:38 at halftime. The third term turned into a disaster for Les Bleus. Spain opened it with an 18:2 run to grab a 57:40 advantage. The margin just kept on growing as Spain entered the fourth frame up by 20 points 68:48. Reyes scored five quick points as the La Roja stretched the margin and never looked back again. Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) provided 15 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds for Spain. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) contributed 11 points in the victory. Kevin Seraphin answered with 18 points for France. Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC) delivered 16 points in the loss.

Spain: Juan Carlos Navarro 16, Rudy Fernandez 15, Pau Gasol 11
France: Kevin Seraphin 18, Ali Traore 16



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Deron Williams debuts for Besiktas - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi Siena - Besiktas 91:93

Deron Williams (191-PG-84, college: Illinois) debuted for Besiktas. The guard led his team to a narrow 93:91 win over Montepaschi Siena in Bormio. Deron Williams delivered 14 points for the winners. Marcelus Kemp (196-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Nevada) unloaded 19 points to lead the effort. The teams were tied at 20 after ten minutes of action. But Besiktas stepped on the gas in the second frame. They grabbed a 50:39 lead after ten minutes of action. The margin grew at 13-point mark at the final break. Montepaschi Siena cut the deficit in the fourth frame but Besiktas hung on to escape with a narrow win at the end. David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) accounted for 16 points for the Turkish team. Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) answered with 17 points for Montepaschi Siena. DaJuan Summers (203-F-88, college: Georgetown) notched 19 points for the Italian champions.

Montepaschi Siena: DaJuan Summers 19, Pietro Aradori 17
Besiktas: Marcelus Kemp 19, David Hawkins 16, Deron Williams 14



EuroBasket 2011: Serbia hold off Turkey in thriller - by Eurobasket News
Serbia - Turkey 68:67

Serbia earned a crucial win at the EuroBasket 2011. They overcame Turkey in a dramatic clash in Vilnius to improve at 2-3 record in Second Round Group E. Serbia thus clinched the spot in the tournaments quarterfinal. Turkey slipped at 1-4 record and remained without playoffs. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) orchestrated the victory tallying 20 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists.
Serbia started the game on a 10:2 run. They maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter posting an 18:11 advantage ten minutes into the game. Milos Teodosic stretched the gap to 14 points midway through the second term 29:15. Turkey however managed to narrow the deficit to 8 points 27:35 at the interval. Turkey tipped off the second half on a 7:2 surge to narrow the gap. Serbia did not allow their opponents to pull in front securing a 56:53 lead with one quarter to go. Turkey got as close as two points with under three minutes to go 60:62. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) and Milos Teodosic made it 68:63 for Serbia but Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) and Arslan accounted for four points in a row to keep Turkey hopeful. Milos Teodosic missed a triple but Omer Onan (194-G-78) got his shot blocked and Serbia escaped with a heart-stopping win at the end. Dusko Savanovic provided 14 points, while Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) contributed 12 points and 8 rebounds in the victory. Enes Kanter (208-C-92, college: Kentucky) and Omer Onan answered with 11 points each for Turkey. Ersan Ilyasova had 10 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Serbia: Milos Teodosic 20, Dusko Savanovic 14, Milenko Tepic 12
Turkey: Enes Kanter 11, Omer Onan 11, Ersan Ilyasova 10



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Friendly tournament in Nikolaev. Results - by Alexei Revenko
BC Odessa - Barsy Atyrau 102-77 (28-22, 26-21, 21-20,27-14)
O. - Willie Deane (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) 24 points + 9 asissts, Justin Love (188-G-78, college: St.Louis) 15 poits + 5 rebs + 4 asissts, King 15 points and 14 rebounds.
- Sabutskiy 14 points

MBC Mykolaiv - Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye 85-78 (22:28, 17:19, 28:15, 18:16)
In winners most productive players was Vincent Hunter (208-F-84, college: Arkansas) 20 points and 10 rebounds and Rodney Green (196-F/G-88, college: La Salle) 17 points + 6 rebounds and 7 asissts.
In Ferro-ZNTU Zaporozhye Randy Culpepper (182-G-89, college: UTEP) 16 points, R.T. Guinn (208-C-81, college: Baylor) 14 points




Budivelnyk lose to VEF Riga, Cherkasy edge Kaspiy in pre-season action - by Eurobasket News
Budivelnyk played against VEF Riga in Latvia. The hosts celebrated a tough 87:83 victory at the end. Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) stepped up with 20 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. VEF grabbed a 27:18 lead after ten minutes and maintained it throughout the second term. The hosts led by 5 points at the interval. VEF stretched the margin to 8 points before the fourth frame. Budivelnyk cut the distance but came up just short of victory at the end. Sandis Valters (193-G-78) and Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) posted 13 points apiece in the win. Jack McClinton (185-G-85, college: Miami, FL) answered with 23 points for Budivelnyk. Suad Sehovic (197-G/F-87) had 12 points and 8 rebounds in defeat.
In the meantime Cherkasy finished pre-season tournament in Latvia with victory. The Ukrainian team outscored Kaspiy Aktau 78:71. Morris Almond (198-F-85, college: Rice) stepped up with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists to lead the winners. Miljan Pupovic (209-C/F-83) provided 20 points for Cherkasy.



Derrick Zimmerman joins BC Kyiv - by Eurobasket News
Derrick Zimmerman (189-G-81, college: Mississippi St.) will stay in Ukraine in the next season. The guard inked a deal with BC Kyiv. Derrick Zimmerman spent the last season in Hoverla Ivano-Frankivsk. He tallied 10.6 points, 4.9 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game. Derrick Zimmerman participated at Superleague All-Star Game. He also earned Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Honourable Mention. Previously Derrick Zimmerman had stints in Bosnia, Italy, Germany, NBA, D-League, NBDL. The guard was named All-NBDL and All-D-League Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 and 2006 seasons.





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Women News

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  WNBA - Women  


Latest WNBA games - by Eurobasket News
S.Antonio SS - Washington M. 82-74
Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) and Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) became the brightest players n the game as they led the Sa Antonio Silver Stars on a 82-74 victory over the Washington Mystics last Saturday night. Hammon scored a double double with 15 points and a season high 11 assists, while Young scored 17 as they outpowered the Mystics in the At & T center arena. 'We're the veterans of this team. Whenever things are going down, we have to be able to lead the team. I think our team is looking for us to do that. Whenever a team trusts us and knows that we are capable of leading them, that's important. That's what our team is developing into now,' said Young who is already in her sixth season the longest tenure replay ever. Danielle Adams also scored 14 points for the Silver Stars who won three time in four games. On the other hand, Matee Ajavon scored 15 points and Monique Currie had 14 to lead mysctics. They finished their worst record since going 3-27 in their inaugural season in 1998. *Courtesy of www.mirosport.net

L.Angeles S. - Chicago S. 74-67
Delisha Milton-Jones (6'1''-F-74, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida) scored 15 points to lead the short-handed Los Angeles Sparks to a 74-67 victory over the Chicago Sky on Saturday night. Kristi Toliver (5'7''-G-87, college: Maryland) had eight of her 11 points in the first half for the Sparks (15-19), who played without leading scorer and rebounder Candace Parker for the second straight night and closed the season with two straight wins. 'You want to leave the season with a good taste in your mouth,' Sparks coach Joe Bryant said. 'We played well the past two games. We played very good defense. I'm really happy about it.' Los Angeles had 25 assists on 29 field goals. Sylvia Fowles had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Sky (14-19), Dominique Canty scored 16 and Erin Thorn had 12. Fowles, who shot 6 for 12 from the field did not score in the fourth quarter. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

New York L. - Indiana F. 83-75
Essence Carson (6'0''-G-86, college: Rutgers) scored 18 points, Kia Vaughn (6'4''-C-87, college: Rutgers) had 15 points and nine rebounds, and the New York Liberty beat the first-place Indiana Fever 83-75 Friday night. Nicole Powell added 13 points, and Plenette Pierson and Cappie Pondexter had 12 apiece to help the Liberty (19-14) pull into a tie with Atlanta for third place in the Eastern Conference with one game remaining. New York visits second-place Connecticut on Sunday, while the Dream visit Indiana. Katie Douglas scored 17 points and Shannon Bobbitt had a career-high 16 points for the Fever (21-12), who had already secured the No. 1 seed in the East. Trailing by 13 with 5 1/2 minutes to go, Indiana scored seven consecutive points to pull to 75-69 with 3:13 remaining. Bobbitt made her fourth 3-pointer of the second half to start the run, and Jessica Davenport and Douglas had layups. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

Seattle S. - Phoenix M. 85-70
Thirteen-year veteran Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) turned into the 'Katie of old' to help the Seattle Storm clinch the Western Conference's No. 2 seed. Smith scored 11 of her season-high 26 points in the third quarter to lead the Storm past Phoenix, 85-70 on Friday night and clinch home-court advantage against the Mercury in the playoffs next week. 'That was Katie of old right there,' said Phoenix guard Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut), who scored a season-high 36 points. 'That's a young Katie. She could probably do that more often, but she's willing to divert the last couple of years because she's been on some talented teams. Katie could probably do that every night.' Tanisha Wright added 18 points and Sue Bird 15 for Seattle (20-13), which has the tiebreaker against Phoenix (19-14) for the No. 2 playoff seed in the Western Conference with one game remaining. The Storm won the season series 3-1. Smith, in her first year with the Storm, used the shooting of Taurasi for motivation. *Courtesy of www.bellinghamherald.com

L.Angeles S. - Tulsa S. 84-73
Jantel Lavender (6'4''-C-88, college: Ohio St.) had 19 points and a season-high 12 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Tulsa Shock 84-73 on Friday night. The Sparks (14-19) snapped a two-game losing streak and won for only the second time in six games despite missing leading scorer and rebounder Candace Parker, who sat out for precautionary reasons after her right knee flared up. Ticha Penicheiro scored 13 points and Kristi Toliver added 12 for the Sparks. Andrea Riley and Liz Cambage each scored 18 points for the Shock (3-30), who lost their fifth straight game. *Courtesy of www.signonsandiego.com




Silver Stars' Hammon receives extension - by Eurobasket News
Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) signed a multiyear extension with the team, coach and general manager Dan Hughes announced on Saturday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Hammon's current deal expires at the end of this season.

'I'm grateful for the opportunity to spend the rest of my career in San Antonio,' Hammon said in a news release. 'I've always loved the city since the moment I arrived in Texas. I'm looking forward to continuing my relationships with my teammates, Coach Hughes and the Silver Stars' fan base.'

Courtesy of www.mysanantonio.com


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Indiana F. 21-12 
 2. Connecticut S. 20-13 
 3. New York L. 19-14 
 4. Atlanta D. 19-14 
 5. Chicago S. 14-19 
 6. Washington M. 6-28 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 26-7 
 2. Seattle S. 20-13 
 3. Phoenix M. 19-14 
 4. S.Antonio SS 17-16 
 5. L.Angeles S. 15-19 
 6. Tulsa S. 3-30