EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/19/2011

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  ARGENTINA   


TNA 2011/12 rosters: Ciclista Juninense - by Facundo Iatzky
Bruno Oprandi (192-G-85)
Franco Balbi (184-G-89)
Dario Mansilla (207-C-82)
Sebastian Castineira (196-F-78)
Sebastian Chaine (201-C-86)
Jonathan Maldonado (188-G-90)
Sebastian Acosta (178-G-82)
Gordon James (198-F-79, college: Bridgeport)
Sebastian Picton (190-F-92)
Federico Uzal (180-G-92)
Andres Rolandelli
Gaspar Dutto
Bautista Arrascaete (190-F-93)



Franco Anselmo

Facundo Murias

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TNA 2011/12 rosters: Ciudad Bragado - by Facundo Iatzky
Juan Sartorelli (190-G-83)
Mario Sepulveda (200-F-77)
Lucas Bertucelli (197-F-80)
Juan Manuel Ruiz (190-F-77)
Ezequiel Dentis (206-C-82)
Javier Abbadie (204-C-82)

Javier Abadie (202-C-82)
Alejo Meire (178-G-86)
Alex Carcamo (200-F-77, agency: Dream Team Management, college: E.Washington)
Patricio Tabarez (195-F-91)
Nicolas Amaya (200-C-90)

Joaquin gomez
Inaqui Vazquez
Agustin Heredia (171-G-94)




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  AUSTRALIA   


Breakers down Hawks again - by Eurobasket News
It was closer this time but the New Zealand Breakers made it two from two in the pre-season with a 75-74 victory over the Wollongong Hawks in a near full TECT Arena at Mount Maunganui on Saturday night.

A win that looked comfortable all night was made a little nervous as the Hawks closed to within one and had free throws to take the lead in the final minute, only to blow their chances as the Breakers held on thanks to a final play steal from impressive American import Cedric Jackson (191-G-86, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cleveland St.).

That frantic final minute looked unlikely throughout the night as the SKYCITY Breakers controlled proceedings, leading by 14 at halftime and three quarter time as Coach Lemanis once again rotated the bench, giving all players plenty of court time in the absence of the rested Mika Vukona and Tom Abercrombie.

Veteran guard CJ Bruton was pleased with the workout for his team.

Tonight was another good challenge for us and obviously going on the road in New Zealand and playing such a great team and a great organisation in these games is perfect. For us it is about trying to consolidate and get better as we put the pieces together for the new season.

We have replaced a few good ball players with some great young talent and tonight was a chance to have those players contribute and allow the entire group to shine. They are getting the chance to play for the defending champions and prove that we are a force to be reckoned with once again so these games are great.

Bruton is easing into the pre-season as he nurses a few aches and pains.

I have a little tendonitis but playing through it is something you have to do but my focus is on the start of the season and for us as a group making sure with the players coming back from Tall Blacks and the new guys that we are all on the same page once the season starts.

As was the case on Thursday night at the new Claudelands Arena in Hamilton, Bruton was impressed with the new TECT Arena in Mount Maunganui and the near full house that turned up to watch the game.

The venue is just amazing, for sport, concerts but importantly for basketball with three courts it doesnt get any better than this. It is a tribute to the sponsors and organisations that have made this happen. I only wish I had access to these sorts of facilities when I was growing up as a kid.

It was another all round contribution from the SKYCITY Breakers roster with Daryl Corletto (193-G-81), Cedric Jackson, Leon Henry and Gary Wilkinson (206-F-82, college: Utah St.) all in double figures in scoring while Jackson added 7 steals and Wilkinson 7 rebounds to the stat sheet as Coach Lemanis gave the majority of the roster plenty of court time.

The road trip hasnt just been about playing though, the coaches and playing roster has been busy with community coaching clinics in the Waikato Bay of Plenty region as the North Shore based club spreads the basketball word around the country on the back of their championship success last season.

The Breakers will now head to Brisbane next week to play in the NBL Sunshine State Challenge pre season tournament as well as working hard in the practice gym as Andrej Lemanis puts the finishing touches to this new group ahead of the opening game of the season in Sydney on October 9.



NZ Breakers 75 (Daryl Corletto 14, Gary Wilkinson 14, Cedric Jackson 13)

Wollongong Hawks 74 (Rhys Martin (193-G-86, college: Nova SE) 23, Tyson Demos (192-G-88) 15)

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




SEABL: SPECTRES DISMANTLE BRAVES ON WAY TO TITLE - by Eurobasket News
Patrick Lucas, SEABL Freelancer

Nunawading put in arguably their best performance for the year on the way to taking out their first mens Championship since 1995.

The Spectres dominated all facets of the game, as an underperforming Bendigo were left to lament losing the championship game for the second year running.

Shane McDonald (187-G-85, college: Nova SE) dominated the Braves backcourt, pouring in 28 points for the game on his way to the game MVP.

Nunawading had an uncharacteristically strong start to the game. Three-point plays to both McDonald and import Eric Williams helped the Spectres take an eight-point lead before the Braves had registered a field goal.

Defensive player of the year Luke Meyer struggled against the athleticism and strength of Williams on the defensive end, as the Spectres set the tone early with rugged post-play.

Bendigo found their rhythm towards the end of the term, with East Conference MVP Ivan McFarlin (203-F-82, college: Oklahoma St.) helping himself to five points and five rebounds, and only trail 20-15 at the first break.

Both teams then traded baskets to open the second term.

McDonald continued to use his pace to score in the open court while Braves reserve Chris Hogan found his stroke from the perimeter to drain two threes for the quarter.

But the turning point came towards the end of the quarter when McFarlin left the game with a hamstring injury. From there on, Bendigo failed to combat Nunawadings size in the frontcourt and the Spectres progressively began to get on top.

Without McFarlins presence in the key, Nunawadings Nathan Kennedy had two open lay-ups to finish out the quarter and give the Spectres an 8-point edge heading into the main change.

Smelling blood and hungry for a championship, Nunawading came out firing in the third.

McDonald tore the game wide open with a myriad of close, mid- and long range shooting to light-up Bendigo for 13 points during the quarter.

Bendigos dependence on McFarlin was exposed, as Nunawading took control in the key. A Hicks dunk to finish the quarter exemplified the discrepancy in the laneway, as the Spectres finished 19 points ahead at the last break, with the title virtually theirs.

Braves coach Ben Harvey tried to make a change and peg the lead back in the fourth, starting Adam Tanner in the centre.

But Chris Cameron physically dominated the undersized Tanner, and Nunawading continued to control the game.

In a sign of frustration, Braves centre Sam Harris (221-C-84, college: ODU) got in a tussle with Kennedy late in the fourth, but it was too little too late as Nunawading triumphed 88-61.

Despite only two points from ex-Boomer Luke Kendall, Nunawading completely trounced Bendigos backcourt, courtesy of Shane McDonald. The South All-star showed up the Braves pair of Probert and Randall, and led his team to the championship in a show of poise, aggression and bravery.

Final Score

Nunawading 88 Shane McDonald 28 points (10-16 FGM-A, 4-7 3PM-A), Eric Williams 15 points 7 rebounds

Defeated

Bendigo 61 Chris Hogan 13 points (3-8 3PM-A), Luke Meyer 13 points five rebounds

Hugh McMeniman medal for MVP: Shane McDonald
Courtesy of: http://www.seabl.com.au


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  BOSNIA   


Capljina fails against Borik at home - by Eurobasket News
Capljina Lasta failed in a friendly game against Borik. The Croatian team celebrated 63-78 road win. Marino Sarlija (207-F/C-89) paced visitors with 19 points. Marko Jagodic Kuridza (204-C-87) responded with 20 points in defeat. Jozo Brkic (211-F/C-86) and Zlatan Halilbegovic (187-G-87) added 14 points each.
Meanwhile, Siroki celebrated in another friendly game. After victory on Tournament in Sibenik, the reigning Bosnian champion grabbed 82-71 win against Russian team Spartak Primorie Vladivostok. Siroki struggled at the beginning. They were down by ten at the halftime. It was plus 16 for Spartak at the one point, but Siroki players exploded after the breather and managed to grab one point win at the end. Zeljko Sakic (203-F-88) was totally the best player in Siroki. He had 27 points. Boris Barac (206-F-92) scored 11 points. In Spartak, Cuthbert Victor was better than the others with 17 points. Their second scorer was Jeleel Akindele with 15 pts.


Siroki and HKK Capljina Lasta play friendlies - by Eurobasket News
Siroki overcame Spartak Primorye 82:81 in Croatia. The Russian side won however the first period 17-16 and added massive 20-11 in the second frame. In the third quarter the team from Bosnia and Herzegovina replied with 23-19 and won due to 32-27 in the last frame. Zeljko Sakic (203-F-88) stepped up with 27 points for the winners and Boris Barac (206-F-92) added 11. Cuthbert Victor (196-F-83, college: Murray St.) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83, college: Chicago St.) notched 15.
Earlier 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. Jeleel Akindele stepped up with 15 points and Torey Thomas notched 14. Cuthbert Victor scored 8, while Fomin posted 7. Jagodic Kuridza Marko replied with 14 points in the losing effort.



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  BRAZIL   


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


Standings - NLB
Carioca Standings
 1. Flamengo 0-0 
 2. Iguacu 0-0 
 3. Macae 0-0 
 4. Tijuca TC 0-0 


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  CANADA   


Velimir Radinovic stays in Germany - by Eurobasket News
Velimir Radinovic (212-C-81, college: Ohio St.) will stay in Germany for at least one more year. The Serbian/Canadian center penned a deal with Walter Tigers Tuebingen. Radinovic spent last two seasons with Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels. In the latest one he had 6.6 ppg and 4.1 rpg for 27 games. In his first year with Mitteldeutscher Radinovic collected 6.2 ppg and 4.1 rpg for 9 games. In 2008/09, Velimir Radinovic played for Greek Iraklis. They competed in A2 at that time. In the past, he played for Hemofarm, Clermont and FMP Zeleznik. Radinovic is a product of the Ohio State University.

'Velimir Radinovic brings us the needed height. He has a lot of experience, knows the league and moves well. His strength is on defense and his pick and role is distinct', stressed Tigers head coach Igor Perovic.


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Josh Akognon Signed back in China - by Robert Wang
Dong Guan team stood at the third place last season with the great help of their point guard Mr. Akognon Josh-Emmanuel (180-G-86, college: Cal.St. Fullerton). Akognon Josh-Emmanuel did not play in any NBA teams in his pro experince but he seemed like he helped his team so much last seaosn and took his team to the best record in the team history ever. Now, Josh is back, and it's good for him to help his team to go further this year again! Josh played in Washington St. college and Fullerton College. In his pro. experince, he played in Estonia then cam e to china dong guan team. He gave everybody a surprice last season on his performance! Good luck Mr. Josh!
Here is his profile:
2004-2005: Washington St. (NCAA): 27 games: 3.9ppg, 1.4rpg, FGP: 29.2%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 33.3%
2005-2006: Washington St. (NCAA): 28 games: 10.3ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 79.5%
2006-2007: Cal.St. Fullerton (NCAA): Did Not Play Transfer Student
2007-2008: Cal.St. Fullerton (NCAA, starting five): 32 games: ScoreConf-3 (20.2ppg), 3.3rpg, 1.5apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 44.9%, 3PT: 39.3%, FTConf-1 (89.9%)
2008-2009: Cal.St. Fullerton (NCAA, starting five): 32 games: ScoreNCAA-6 (23.9ppg), 3.2rpg, 1.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.1%, 3PT: 37.2%, FTNCAA-7 (89.2%): Finished two-year career ranked seventh all-time at Cal State Fullerton with 1,411 career points. Also ranks second in three-pointers made (252) and second in scoring average (22.0ppg).
2009: Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft)
2009-2010: BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn (Estonia-EMKL): Estonian League: 25 games: 15.0ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 53.0%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 79.3%; VTB United League: 4 games: 14.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 32.6%; Baltic League: 15 games: Score-1 (19.5ppg), 2.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 89.2%
2010-2011: DongGuan New Century Leopards (China-CBA, starting five): 39 games: Score-5 (29.2ppg), 3.7rpg, 2.7apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 55.6%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 87.1%
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Awards/Achievements:
Global Games in Dallas -06
Nigerian National Team -06, 09
World Championships in Japan -06: 6 games: 2.2ppg
Big West Regular Season Runner-Up -07
Big West Tournament Semifinals -07
NABC Division I All-District 15 Second Team -08
All-Big West 2nd Team -08
Big West All-Tournament Team -08, 09
All-Big West Tournament MVP -08
Big West Tournament Winner -08
NABC Division I All-District 9 First Team -09
All-Big West 1st Team -09
Big West Player of the Year -09
NCAA DI All-Star Game -09
AP NCAA All-America Honorable Mention -09
African Championships in Libya -09: 8 games: 9.1ppg, 1.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 57.6%, 3PT: 21.1%, FT: 84.6%
Estonian Cup Finalist -10
Eurobasket.com All-Baltic League 2nd Team -10
Estonian League Semifinals -10
Asia-Basket.com All-Chinese CBA 3rd Team -11 Chinese CBA Semifinals -11


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  COLOMBIA   


Standings
Copa Federacion Standings
 1. Caribbean Heat 1-0 
 2. Guerreros 1-0 
 3. Orgullo Paisa 1-0 
 4. Patriotas 0-0 
 5. Bucaros 0-1 
 6. Cucuta Norte 0-1 
 7. InderValle 0-1 


FEDERATION CUP 2011, DAY 2 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Indervalle played a smart defense to beat Guerreros in the second game, after a hard defeat in the Cup Opener, Indervalle coach took notes and made adjustment on defense to stop Guerreros talent, Ryan Lancaster and Kyle Jeffers had a good game leading the red team to the victory and John Velez support them in the boards, in Guerreros Blake Walker and Steve Thomas made the effort.

Guerreros 63 - B. Walker 16 pts, S. Thomas 12 + 18 rebs.
Indervalle 76 - R. Lancaster 21 pts, K. Jeffers 15 pts.

Orgullo Paisa formerly known as Arrieros got another important victory, playing with the young guys and leaded just by veterans Humberto Soler and Stalin Ortiz, defeated Cucuta Norte that had Nolan and Kuga on the court, also Edgar Moreno and Eleuterio Renteria, the game arrived also to the overtime.

Orgullo Paisa - 104
Cucuta Norte -101

Bucaros imporved on its team effort to defeat San Andres in the second game in the Island, Bucaros is having in Juan Herrera and Luis Julio its main players in the first two games, the yellow team rule the from the first until the third quarter, but in the fourth the Caribbean Heat cut the distance,

Caribbean Heat 84
Bucaros 95


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  CROATIA   


Cibona hands 76-68 to Anadolu Efes - by Eurobasket News
Cibona - Anadolu Efes 76-68

Cibona was better than Anadolu Efes in a friendly game 76-68. The former Croatian champion was the host of this meeting. Cibona made 19-7 lead in the first ten minutes and never looked back. Second quarter ended with 16-16 so the home squad kept double-digit advantage at the HT. Cibona shined after the breather and with 27-18 in Q3 resolved question about the winner. Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Kentucky) and Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) stepped up for Cibona with 17 points. Hrvoje Kovacevic (191-G-86) and Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) helped with 14 and 12 points respectively. Cenk Akyol (196-G-87) responded with 18 points in loss. Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84) had 14 points, Dogus Balbay (185-G-89, college: Texas) 11 and Ermal Kurtoglu (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) stopped to 8 pts. Both teams will play more friendlies this pre-season.

Cibona: Antwain Barbour 17+5 as, Damjan Rudez 17, Hrvoje Kovacevic 14, Andrija Zizic 12+5 boards
Anadolu Efes: Cenk Akyol 18, Sasha Vujacic 14, Dogus Balbay 11, Ermal Kurtoglu 8


Anadolu Efes too much for Cedevita, 83-64 - by Eurobasket News
Turkish giant Anadolu Efes played another friendly game in Zagreb. This time Efes was better than Cedevita 83-64. Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) and Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84) scored 15 points each for the winners. Stimac followed them with 11 points. Efes played this game without Savanovic, Ilievski and Kinsey. In Cedevita, Marino Bazdaric (197-G/F-78) delivered 16 points. Chris Warren (196-F-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: S.Carolina) had 15 and Marko Car (188-G/F-85) 10 pts. Cedevita played without Draper and Smodis. Quarters - 24:15, 18:15, 21:17, 20:17.
Meanwhile, Croatian team Borik outplayed Bosnian Capljina on the road 63-78. Marino Sarlija (207-F/C-89) scored 19 points in Borik. Jagodic had 20 pts for the hosts.


Zagreb rolled over Union Olimpija in Day 2 of the Rixos Cup - by Eurobasket News
Zagreb - Union Olimpija 75:69

Zagreb rolled over Union Olimpija in Day 2 of the Rixos Cup. Zagreb tied their record at 1-1 after 75:69 victory. Union Olimpija meanwhile just started the tournament and will face Fenerbahce later tonight.
The Croatian team started the game with 20-13 and then added 16-11 in the second period. As in the game with Fenerbahce, Zagreb fully controlled the first half. Moreover the Croatian team added 24-20 in the third quarter and did not mind losing the last stanza. Union Olimpija bounced back with 25-15 to reduce the gap to 6 points at the end.
Papa Diasse (212-F-87, college: SMU) stepped up with 14 points and Damir Rancic (199-G-83) scored 12. Mulaomerovic ended up with 11 , while Ante Masic (200-F-85, agency: Interperformances) and Simon posted 10 apiece. Greeb poured in 20 points in the losing effort and Dino Muric (200-F-90) netted 8.

ZAGREB CROATIA OSIGURANJE: Mulaomerovic 11, Ante Masic 10, Halilovic, Simon 10, Babic 5, Kasun 11, Papa Diasse 14, Garrett, Damir Rancic 12, Prostran, Heytvelt 2, Rikic. Trener: Ivica Buric.
UNION OLIMPIJA: Capin 3, Rothbart 6, Blazic 7, Thompson 6, Woodside 4, Dino Muric 8, Salin, Danny Green (198-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) 20, Varda 7, Markota 5, Bertans 3, Morina. Trener: Saa Filipovski.




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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Standings - D2
1Liga Standings
 1. Benesov 1-0 
 2. J.Hradec 1-0 
 3. Mlada Boleslav 1-0 
 4. Opava B 1-0 
 5. Sparta Praha 1-0 
 6. Kladno 0-0 
 7. Litomerice 0-0 
 8. Proton Zlin 0-0 
 9. Sokol H.Kralove 0-0 
 10. Liberec 0-1 
 11. Prostejov B 0-1 
 12. Sokol Prazsky 0-1 
 13. Trutnov 0-1 
 14. Vysehrad 0-1 


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


DOMINICANS ABROAD: DILONE & SALAS RETURN TO COLOMBIA - by Peedu Goldenbeck
Coach Jose Dilone returns for his second season as coach of Patriotas de Boyaca in the Invitational Cup in Colombia.

In 2010, Dilone and his Patriotas finished with a record of 9-19, playing with a young, inexperienced team. Dilone is returning to Colombia after coaching the Caneros of La Romana in the LNB, where they finished the season 3-17 in 20 games this season.
Dilone has coached in Colombia in the past, leading Cucuta Norte for 3 seasons and also Piratas.
He has also coached abroad in the Mexico CIBACOPA with the Caballeros de Culiacan and also in the LNBP with the Bravos Piedras Negras.

Alejandro Salas Flores (204-F-81, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) returns this season with the Arrieros de Mededellin with the goal of repeating as champion of the Invitaional Cup as they did in 2010.

Salas led the Arrieros against Cucuta Norte, scoring 21 points and winning the championship in 5 games last season.
The All-Star power forward comes from having an outstanding season with Metros de Santiago in the LNB, averaging 19.2 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists and being once named Player of the week in the North Conference as well as being named an All Star this season.
courtesy of basket dominicano


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  ESTONIA   


University of Tartu to play for the third place in Liepaja - by Eurobasket News
University of Tartu to play for the third place in Liepaja as the team won and lost the openers of the International Tournament.
Dnipro easily beat University Of Tartu 101:79. The Estonian team opened the game with 24-23, but could not match the Ukrainian side in the rest of the game. The latter won the second period 27-15 and added 23-19 in the third quarter. After 28-21 in the last stanza Dnipro reached three-digit victory. Charles Thomas (203-F-86, college: Arkansas) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Maksym Kornienko (205-F/C-87) added 21.
In the second game University of Tartu edged KK Pieno Zvaigzdes 77:70. The Estonian team won the first period 17-14 and added 23-22 in the second frame. Moreover they needed 20-13 in the third quarter to take 11-point advantage after three quarters. KK Pieno Zvaigzdes replied with 21-17 in the last stanza to reduce to 7.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Caja Laboral signs Kevin Seraphin - by Eurobasket News
Kevin Seraphin (6'9''-F/C-89) will continue his career in Spain. He penned a deal with Caja Laboral until the end of the NBA lock-out. Seraphin just won the Silver with French NT at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. He appeared 9 times at this event averaging 4.7 points and 1.9 rebounds. Kevin Seraphin played for the Washington Wizards last season. He had 2.7 ppg and 2.7 rpg for 57 games. It was his rookie NBA season. Seraphin penned a four-year deal with the Wizards last summer. He was 17th overall pick at the 2010 NBA Draft. Kevin Seraphin is a product of Cholet. In 2009, he paced U20 France to Silver at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos. Seraphin was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Best Center -09. In 2010, he was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Most Improved Player of the Year -10 and Cholet won the title.

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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Spain repeat as European Champions! - by Eurobasket News
Gold
Spain - France 98-85
Spain repeated as European Champions. They overcame France in the title game tonight in Kaunas. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) put on another brilliant performance scoring 27 points and issuing 4 assists. The teams got to a flying start. Spain exploded with 25 points in the opening frame to take a 5-point lead after ten minutes 25:20. Jose Manuel Calderon (190-PG-81) and Ibaka posted 29:20 lead for the Spaniards early in the second term. Soon Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) made it 36:26 for La Roja midway through the period. Nando De Colo and Batum dragged Les Bleus as close as 5 points late in the half but Pau Gasol stepped up for Spain once again establishing a 50:41 lead at the interval. Juan Carlos Navarro kept Spain in charge throughout the third term. He unloaded 9 points and Spain ensured a 75:62 lead at the final intermission. Pau Gasol and Rudy Fernandez stretched the margin to 16 points midway through the fourth term and Spain never looked back en route to a confident win. Pau Gasol and Jose Manuel Calderon accounted for 17 points each in the victory. Tony Parker (183-PG-80) shone for Les Bleus scoring 26 points, distributing 5 assists and pulling down 5 rebounds. Boris Diaw (203-F/C-82) contributed 12 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.



Bronze
FYR Macedonia - Russia 68-72
Russia stepped on the pedestal at 2011 EuroBasket. They overcame FYR Macedonia in a thrilling consolation final encounter in Kaunas tonight. Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) posted 18 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners. Russia used a 10:0 run midway through the opening frame to establish a 13:6 lead. They rallied to a 17:13 lead at the first break. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) scored six points in a row early in the second term as Russia earned a 22:15 advantage. David Blatt team maintained the lead. They posted a 36:30 halftime buffer. Shved boosted the margin to 9 points early in the third term. Soon Andrei Kirilenko made it 43:32 for Russia. But Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) stepped up for FYR Macedonia helping them knot things up at 50 late in the period. Vorontevich capped the term with two free throws putting Russia back in charge. Vlado Ilievski (189-PG-80, agency: World Sport Agency) and Antic put FYR Macedonia in front 55:52 early in the fourth term. However Andrei Kirilenko drained two triples and Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) tipped the ball in for Russia to regain advantage. Samardziski helped FYR Macedonia to level things up at 68 with just 48 seconds to go. Bykov then converted a wild lay-up to put Russia back in front. Shved followed Stojanovskis miss with two free throws to make it 72:68 for Russia and they ran away with the victory at the end. Andrey Vorontsevich, Timofey Mozgov and Sergey Monya (203-F-83) posted 10 points each in the winning effort. Bo McCalebb responded with 22 points for FYR Macedonia. Vlado Ilievski chipped in 16 points in the loss.




Russia clinch Bronze in Lithuania - by Eurobasket
Russia - FYR Macedonia 72:68

Russia stepped on the pedestal at 2011 EuroBasket. They overcame FYR Macedonia in a thrilling consolation final encounter in Kaunas tonight. Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) posted 18 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
Russia used a 10:0 run midway through the opening frame to establish a 13:6 lead. They rallied to a 17:13 lead at the first break. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) scored six points in a row early in the second term as Russia earned a 22:15 advantage. David Blatt team maintained the lead. They posted a 36:30 halftime buffer. Shved boosted the margin to 9 points early in the third term. Soon Andrei Kirilenko made it 43:32 for Russia. But Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) stepped up for FYR Macedonia helping them knot things up at 50 late in the period. Vorontevich capped the term with two free throws putting Russia back in charge. Vlado Ilievski (189-PG-80, agency: World Sport Agency) and Antic put FYR Macedonia in front 55:52 early in the fourth term. However Andrei Kirilenko drained two triples and Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) tipped the ball in for Russia to regain advantage. Samardziski helped FYR Macedonia to level things up at 68 with just 48 seconds to go. Bykov then converted a wild lay-up to put Russia back in front. Shved followed Stojanovskis miss with two free throws to make it 72:68 for Russia and they ran away with the victory at the end. Andrey Vorontsevich, Timofey Mozgov and Sergey Monya (203-F-83) posted 10 points each in the winning effort. Bo McCalebb responded with 22 points for FYR Macedonia. Vlado Ilievski chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Russia: Andrei Kirilenko 18, Andrey Vorontsevich 10, Timofey Mozgov 10, Sergey Monya 10
FYR Macedonia: Bo McCalebb 22, Vlado Ilievski 16



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, MKD21.4 
 5. Gasol, ESP20.1 
 6. Nowitzki, GER19.5 
 7. Navarro, ESP18.7 
 8. Rowland, BUL18.0 
 9. Tomic, CRO16.6 
 10. Eliyahu, ISR16.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chris KAMAN
  USA
  (213-C-82)
  Avg: 10
 1. Kaman, GER10.0 
 2. Deng, ENG9.4 
 3. Antic, MKD8.5 
 4. Asik, TUR8.5 
 5. Gasol, ESP8.3 
 6. Noah, FRA8.0 
 7. Sanikidze, GEO8.0 
 8. Dasic, MNT7.6 
 9. Bargnani, ITA7.4 
 10. Gasol, ESP7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Dontaye DRAPER
  USA
  (180-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Draper, CRO7.0 
 2. Da Silva, POR6.5 
 3. Teodosic, SRB5.7 
 4. Vasiljevic, BIH5.4 
 5. Khryapa, RUS5.1 
 6. Bertt, UKR4.8 
 7. Jasikevicius, LTU4.6 
 8. Koszarek, POL4.4 
 9. Parker, FRA4.4 
 10. Cook, MNT4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Obie TROTTER
  USA
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Trotter, HUN2.8 
 2. Kirilenko, RUS2.6 
 3. McCalebb, MKD2.1 
 4. Kotti, FIN2.1 
 5. Hanga, HUN2.0 
 6. Kelati, POL2.0 
 7. Batum, FRA2.0 
 8. Andrade, POR1.8 
 9. Stojanovski, MKD1.7 
 10. Dragic, SLO1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Mirza BEGIC
  BIH
  (216-C-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Begic, SLO1.9 
 2. Kaman, GER1.8 
 3. Gasol, ESP1.7 
 4. Bargnani, ITA1.6 
 5. Kravtsov, UKR1.6 
 6. Mozgov, RUS1.5 
 7. Asik, TUR1.5 
 8. Ibaka, ESP1.2 
 9. Mbenga, BEL1.2 
 10. Koufos, GRE1.1 


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EuroBasket 2011: Spain defend their title - by Eurobasket News
Spain - France 98:85

Spain repeated as European Champions. They overcame France in the title game tonight in Kaunas. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) put on another brilliant performance scoring 27 points and issuing 4 assists.
The teams got to a flying start. Spain exploded with 25 points in the opening frame to take a 5-point lead after ten minutes 25:20. Jose Manuel Calderon (190-PG-81) and Ibaka posted 29:20 lead for the Spaniards early in the second term. Soon Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) made it 36:26 for La Roja midway through the period. Nando De Colo and Batum dragged Les Bleus as close as 5 points late in the half but Pau Gasol stepped up for Spain once again establishing a 50:41 lead at the interval. Juan Carlos Navarro kept Spain in charge throughout the third term. He unloaded 9 points and Spain ensured a 75:62 lead at the final intermission. Pau Gasol and Rudy Fernandez stretched the margin to 16 points midway through the fourth term and Spain never looked back en route to a confident win. Pau Gasol and Jose Manuel Calderon accounted for 17 points each in the victory. Tony Parker (183-PG-80) shone for Les Bleus scoring 26 points, distributing 5 assists and pulling down 5 rebounds. Boris Diaw (203-F/C-82) contributed 12 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Spain: Juan Carlos Navarro 27, Pau Gasol 17+10 boards, Jose Manuel Calderon 17
France: Tony Parker 26, Boris Diaw 12



Le Mans wins tournament in Saint-Brieuc - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans is the winner of the tournament in Saint-Brieuc, which was played on Friday and Saturday.
In the first game of the tournament Le Mans was better than Ukrainian Budivelnyk 81-70. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) shined in victory with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85, college: Washington St.) helped with double-double of 18 points and 11 rebs. In Budivelnyk, McClinton delivered 18 points. Quarters - 22:22, 19:20, 16:18, 13:21.
In the Finals, Le Mans handed 76-67 loss to BCM Gravelines. Joao Paulo Batista shined once again, this time with 23 points. William Coleman (206-F-88, college: Memphis) and Taylor Rochestie netted 10 and 9 points respectively. In Gravelines, Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC), J.K. Edwards (202-C/F-82, agency: Hoops Ambassadors, college: UNLV) and Xavier Silas (195-G-88) scored 12 points each.
For third place, Budivelnyk outplayed Limoges 83-77.


Latest friendly games - by Eurobasket News
Dijon celebrated 69-68 thriller win against ASVEL in a friendly game. Bobby Dixon (178-PG-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) paced Dijon to victory scoring 18 points. Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) delivered 12 points in loss.
STB Le Havre was too strong for Paris Levallois 98-87. Brian Boddicker (204-F-81, college: Texas) shined in this victory with 29 points. Nic Wise (178-G-87, college: Arizona) and Ousmane Camara (202-C-89) netted 14 points each.
Pau Orthez handed 81-70 loss to Rouen. Chinemelu Elonu (207-F/C-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Texas A&M) top-scored for Pau with 20 points and Mustafa Shakur (190-PG-84, college: Arizona) had 13 pts.
Roanne won against Chalon 93-89 in the final of tournament in Bourges. Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) exploded with 29 points for Roanne.


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EuroBasket 2011: Russia clinch Bronze in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Russia - FYR Macedonia 72:68

Russia stepped on the pedestal at 2011 EuroBasket. They overcame FYR Macedonia in a thrilling consolation final encounter in Kaunas tonight. Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) posted 18 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
Russia used a 10:0 run midway through the opening frame to establish a 13:6 lead. They rallied to a 17:13 lead at the first break. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) scored six points in a row early in the second term as Russia earned a 22:15 advantage. David Blatt team maintained the lead. They posted a 36:30 halftime buffer. Shved boosted the margin to 9 points early in the third term. Soon Andrei Kirilenko made it 43:32 for Russia. But Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) stepped up for FYR Macedonia helping them knot things up at 50 late in the period. Vorontevich capped the term with two free throws putting Russia back in charge. Vlado Ilievski (189-PG-80, agency: World Sport Agency) and Antic put FYR Macedonia in front 55:52 early in the fourth term. However Andrei Kirilenko drained two triples and Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) tipped the ball in for Russia to regain advantage. Samardziski helped FYR Macedonia to level things up at 68 with just 48 seconds to go. Bykov then converted a wild lay-up to put Russia back in front. Shved followed Stojanovskis miss with two free throws to make it 72:68 for Russia and they ran away with the victory at the end. Andrey Vorontsevich, Timofey Mozgov and Sergey Monya (203-F-83) posted 10 points each in the winning effort. Bo McCalebb responded with 22 points for FYR Macedonia. Vlado Ilievski chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Russia: Andrei Kirilenko 18, Andrey Vorontsevich 10, Timofey Mozgov 10, Sergey Monya 10
FYR Macedonia: Bo McCalebb 22, Vlado Ilievski 16



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A Conversation With Sean Brooks - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Sean Brooks (196-F/C-82, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Drexel) is a 28 year old 196cm power forward from Bladensburg, Maryland. He played at Drexel from 2001 to 2005. He was CAA Regular Season Runner-Up in 2004 and All-CAA 2nd Team in 2004. In his senior year, he played 20 games averaging 12.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 49.1%. He turned professional in 2005 and came to Europe to play to play in Holland for Polynom Giants Bergen Op Zoom (Holland-Eredivisie), left in Nov.'05: 1game, in Dec.'05 signed at Woon!Aris Leeuwarden (Holland-Eredivisie): 17 games: 9.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5spg. In 2006-2007, he came to Germany and played for ASC Theresianum Mainz (Germany-2.Bundesliga, starting five, starting five): 29 games: 16.6ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 62.7%, 3FGP: 16.7%, FT: 60.0%. In 2007-2008, he played in Holland again for Omniworld Almere (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five); left in Oct.'07, in Nov.'07 moved to TV Werne (Germany-2.Regionalliga, starting five), in Dec.'07 signed at Proveo Merlins Crailsheim (Germany-ProB, starting five): 18 games: 15.6ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 65.2%, FT: 61.2%. He has played for The Proveo Merlins Crailsheim the last four seasons and in 2008-2009 played 29 games averaging 15.6ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 65.0%, FT: 64.2%. In 2009-2010, he played 28 games averaging 9.6ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 53.8%, FT: 60.6%. Last season, he fought injuries and was limited to 18 games: 5.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 51.6%, FT: 51.9%. The American is currently in Germany and spoke to Eurobasket and can be reached at scbrooks13@gmail.com

Sean, you are currently in Germany looking for a team. How is that going for you?

I have had interest from a couple teams but nothing has worked out yet.

It seems that in the last 2-3 years the market has been very difficult in Europe, but you always had a team. Has the NBA lockout been a huge reason for so many guys being without jobs?

I dont think the lockout has played a big part in a lot of guys not getting jobs so far. I think every year there are more and more quality players and the number of jobs are limited.

You played for German PRO A team Crailsheim Merlins the last 4 years. You were offered a contract extension for this season, but why did you decline?

During the season, it was discussed about me coming back to Crailsheim but I personally felt at the time I needed a change of scenery since I had been there almost 4 years.

You dominated the first two seasons in the PRO B, but your stats dipped a bit in the last two seasons in the PRO A. Are you better than just an average PRO A player.


Im definitely better than an average pro A player. The difference between my experiences in the Pro B and my experiences in the Pro A is that my Pro A teams always had 6 Americans. Even when playing at a high level, shots and playing time is cut almost in half when having a team full of quality Americans.

You were limited to 18 games last season and was injured averaging 5.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 51.6%, FT: 51.9%. Are you back to 100%

Yes im definitely back to 100 percent. I spent the first month of the off season getting rehab at my university. I have been 100 percent and training and playing since the middle of May.

What was the most difficult thing for you in your comeback during the injury?

The most difficult thing during the season was watching my team play without me. I knew even if I wasnt 100 percent, I could help the team and I ended up coming back too early from my injury twice. This made an injury that was supposed to be 6 to 8 weeks last more than 4 months and I never recovered fully during the season.

You are 28 now. What is your biggest strength on the court now that no team should resist?

I feel that Im in still in my prime and I continue to get better. Im in great shape and right now my biggest strength is my presence in the low post and my athletic ability.

You are currently in Heidelberg and will be in Germany a few more weeks. How does a typical Sean Brooks work out day look like?


Right now while Im in Heidelberg, I go running in the mornings and do shooting and weight lifting in the afternoons.

If you could describe yourself in a few sentences about why a PRO A or PRO B club would need your services now, how would you describe them?

I think right now I can provide a physical low post presence that not too many teams have. Im in great shape, a team player, and Im willing to do whatever to help my team win. I feel Im a better player now than 2 years ago, I just havent had the opportunity to fully show it at the Pro A level.

If you dont get a job now, will you continue to look, work out and keep pursuing Sean Brooks basketball dream?

I definitely will continue to look. I dont want to end my career injured and one leg like how I was last year. Im about to start classes for my master's online and I will continue to work hard until I find the right team.

Why is it worth it to keep coming back to play in Germany?

I came back to Germany because its the place I have played the past 4 years and after having the season I had last year, I feel its the place that maybe a team will take chance because they know I can play at a high level when Im healthy.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

X-Men: First Class

Thanks Sean for the chat.



Michael Kool-Aid Juice Thompson (Fraport Skyliners) Tiramisu Looks Really Good, Tastes Good And Is The Perfect Ally-Op Dessert Between Me And Tez - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
For new Skyliner Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern), jumping on a plane recently and jetting to wine country Treviso,Italy to join the Fraport Skyliners for a one week training camp must have felt as comfortable for the man that is known as the juice as if Paris Hilton had involuntarily been caught at a Mcdonalds, but finding swank delicious caviar in her Happy meal, actor George Clooney arriving anywhere in the world and being given not one, but two sexy Miss Universe ladies for both arms and Justin Bieber not having men jeans ready for him upon arrival in his hotel room, but ladies jeans since they fit better than pieces designed for men. There are many different kind of juices, but the fact remains that wine is a juice which is a beverage made of the fermented juice of any of various kinds of grapes, usually containing from 10 to 15 percent alcohol by volume. Thompson is a rookie coming from Northwestern and has a try-out with the Fraport Skyliners and at the age of 22 still a young buck which could due to time graduate from innocent Cool-Aid juice to the disciplined and elegant taste of fabulous Italian wine.

Thompson is a 22 year old 177cm point guard from Chicago, Illinois that has come to Europe to start his basketball career with the Fraport Skyliners getting a three week try-out. He played four years at Northwestern in Chicago which has had as much success with not winning on the basketball court as the Chicago Cubs have had not winning on the baseball field, the Buffalo Bills looking depressed after 48 minutes in Super Bowl finals and Ivan Lendl wondering why he was never able to win on the hallow cow pastures of Wimbeldon. Even though Northwestern were basketball national champs in 1931, the school has been more known recently for the womans lacrosse team that won 5 consecutive NCAA titles from 2005-2009 and their football program which has been in the AP top 10, 73 times since 1936 and reached bowl games like the Citrus, Alamo and Rose, but havent won a bowl game since the 1949 Rose Bowl. The biggest success that Thompson had on the court was reaching the NIT Elite 8 in 2011, so it may not be uncommon that his nickname juice might have stirred more interest at times then the chances of Northwestern beating a Duke. His nickname has less to do with his quick moves, but more with his shot from Michigan avenue. The nickname Juice originated in 7th grade. Playing basketball at a local gym I would say Juice every time I shot a 3 pointer and that day I made almost all of my 3 pointers. People asked why I would say Juice and I would tell them that my jump shot is 100% pure like juice. Since that day the name Juice has stuck with me and everyone calls me Juice, stressed Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern). It also doesnt bother Thompson that he has the same nickname as the infamous OJ Simpson who will most likely be known more for his famous summer 1994 Bronco chase on the Los Angeles free ways or trying to fit the black gloves on his hands than rushing 11,236 yards in the NFL placing him currently at 17th place. I think its cool to have the same nickname as a great football player who accomplished many things in his professional football career. However, I want to create my own identity in the basketball world with the same nickname. Athletically I want to have an impact similar to what OJ Simpson had on the professional football world in the later years of his career beginning in the 1972 season. Simpson was an explosive athlete that set many records and I want to go down in history as a great professional basketball player like OJ Simpson did..stressed Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern).

Thompson played at Northwestern from 2007-2011 and quickly showed that shooting successfully and over 40% from downtown Chicago is as natural as Dashaun Wood scrambling in the lane, getting past 3 defenders and falling to his right and some how releasing the ball and seeing it trickle in as he is watching from the floor, Tim Thomas somehow keeping his net clean and making the most incredible saves the past season for the Boston Bruins and leading them to the Stanley Cup win or Charlie Sheen ordering champagne and chicks for a snack in Malibu. Thompson nearly shot over 40% from the parking lot for all four season just missing with 39,3% in his senior year. Despite his nickname Juice for his three point accuracy, the American sees his game as so much more versatile, which he needs to have as a point guard. My biggest strength on the court is my ability to run a team. Being a Point Guard is more than dribbling the ball up the court, as a Point Guard you got to be able to play defense, control the tempo of the game, and be able to score or set up your teammate in the right position. So overall I think my feel for the game and ability to understand what is needed in certain situations is my biggest strength along with my jump shot, stressed Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern). This season there will be many smaller point guards in the Beko BBL like s. Oliver Baskets Achmadschah Zazai or David Holston from the Artland Dragons and Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern) will also belong to this group. A Dashaun Wood who will run the Alba Berlin team will seem like a giant at 185cm. Thompson who describes his game to Dallas Mavericks standout Jose Barrea knows that showing pit bull qualities will be a must in order to withstand the court wildernesses of the Beko BBL. My toughness is a strength that doesnt get noticed right away, when people see me they automatically assume Im not good and Im just some undersized basketball player, but once people watch me I think they notice how hard I play along with my passion and love for the game of basketball, warned Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern).

Despite never reaching the big show at the NCAA tournament and making a name at March Madness, Thompson was known as a player that knew how to lead the team. As Henry Kissinger once said, The task of the leader is to get his people from where they are to where they have not been. One needs to experience situations where a team can count on you. Thompson showed time in and time out again of stepping up for Northwestern in times of adversity. In his senior year, Thompson played 34 games averaging 16.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 82.5%. The American seemed to get better as his senior year wore on and his leadership qualities shone as bright as the sun in the Sahara desert and was never brighter than when needing a win to keep NIT hopes alive in the first round of the Big Ten Tournament, the Juice posted 35 points on 11-for-22 shooting and a shooting percentage of 67.8 shooting. In the three NIT games, he averaged 20.0 points per game and shot 42.9 percent from outside and 56.1 percent field goal percentage. He didnt disappoint in his final 10 games at Northwestern as he averaged 20.7 points per game, shot 44.0 percent from the three point line and a 56.0 percent field goal percentage. He helped Northwestern reach the elite 8 at the NIT tournament. The NIT tournament wasnt the NCAA tournament, but his leadership was never more in demand than in these last months of the 2010- 2011 season. Leadership qualities came from years of studying game film which I still do to this day, I watch other great Point Guards and leaders and try to take things away from them. I also ask my coaches a lot of questions so I can be an extension of the court on the court. I also try my best to understand each of my teammates strengths and weaknesses so I can put them in the best position possible so they can succeed. Each day, I try to become a better leader, stressed Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern). During the course of the season leading up to the NIT tournament, Thompson had many memorable games even the 65-62 loss to top NCAA club 65-62 where he scored 9 of the teams last 12 points in the loss. The comeback in the bitter loss to Michigan State was unforgettable even though we didnt complete the comeback and win the game. The atmosphere in the arena was amazing, everyone was on their feet and we felt as though we were going to win the game. Michigan State is a great team with a great coach and they came together and pulled out the win, but for us (Northwestern Wildcats) we learned a lot from that game and carried that momentum forward to the remainder of the season, expressed Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern). Despite all the basketball memories at Northwestern and new ones to be made in the Beko BBL with the Fraport Skyliners, he has one memory still in his head from his childhood. The most amazing thing Ive ever done in a game was when I was a kid playing in the semi-finals of a basketball league. My team was down 3 points and I got fouled with 2 seconds left in the game. I made the first free throw, missed the second free throw on purpose, got my own rebound and made the shot as time expired to send the game into overtime. I dont know how I got my own rebound and made the shot in 2 seconds, but I wasnt going to argue that. Fortunately, my team was able to win the game in overtime to advance to the championship, added Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern).

Thompson now is in the midst in a basketball try-out with the Fraport Skyliners and didnt have it easy coming a few weeks after the start of training camp to the team in Italy. He showed positive strides in his first two test games in Italy, but the transition from the NCAA to Europe is about as big as a sub that New England Patriots offensive lineman Sebastian Vollmer might eat as a pre game meal. The transition from NCAA to pro ranks has been tough, but with the guidance from veteran players such as Justin Gray and Quantez Robertson my transition hasnt been as difficult as I thought it would be. I know there is still a lot of room for improvement, but as of now I am happy with the way things are going, smiled Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern). A player that seems to have taken the American under his wing is new Skyliner Justin Gray who played together in the NCAA with Chris Paul and has played in countries like Belgium, the Czech Republic and China. Gray can score from downtown like Thompson, but most importantly is that leadership is something that they have in common which has helped him adjust more easily. Justin Gray is a great player offensively and defensively. He is also a leader. Im always asking him questions about his professional experience. He is a veteran with a lot of knowledge. He is teaching me how to lead and he doesnt even know it. Justin has taught me a lot on the court. He has helped me with the offense, explains to me what coach wants in certain situations, and most importantly he is showing me what works and doesnt work professionally. Playing professional basketball in Europe is a lot different than college and with the help of Justin I feel I am making the transition pretty smoothly, commented Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern). Not only has Thompson been able to learn from Justin Gray, but has picked up important basketball tips from Skyliner head coach Muli Katzurin. Ive learned a lot from coach Muli Katzurin in one week. He is molding me into a better professional point guard. First off coach Muli Katzurin is a winner, so Im learning what it takes to win at the professional level. Ive learned what pace to play at during certain times of the game, what and what isnt a good shot selection, and many defensive tactics. Each time coach gives us a new defense he explains in depth why we use it and how it should be ran, I think that is important for teams so they understand exactly how things should be done, said Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern).

As a rookie, Thompson wont have easy shoes to fill as he will have heard the one or other amazing basketball story about 2011 Beko BBL MVP Dashaun Wood from Marius Nolte, Quantez Roberston or Jimmy Mckinney, but Skyliner fans no doubt will have the quickness of Dashaun Wood still dancing in their heads like an NBA title is in the head of Lebron James and might see even a smaller version of Mr road runner Dashaun Wood sprinting into the zone this season with Thompson. Quickness will play a major role in my success. Im only 510 so for the most part Ill be the smallest guy on the court, so when I have someone guarding me that is taller than me I have to use my quickness and speed to get around them and create a scoring opportunity for my teammates or myself. Defensively, I have to use my quickness to cause chaos for the other team whether Im guarding a guard, forward, or center. Quickness will be huge for my success, stressed Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern). There are many unique things in life like seeing a falling star, finding a four leaf clover or seeing a total eclipse of the sun, but a unique thing about Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern) is that he plays bigger than he really is. With shoes Im 510, but I play like Im 64. Im not afraid to go inside and battle with people that are a foot taller than me or much stronger than me. I play each game, each possession, each second like its my last time playing. I feel if I was any taller I wouldnt be the person that I am and I wouldnt be as unique, warned Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern).

After getting his first impression of Europe enjoying the beautiful area of Treviso/Venice, he is back in Franfurt preparing with the team for the upcoming season. Thompson got a quick idea of how professional the Fraport Skyliners organization is and of course will give his all in staying past the try-out period and making a name in his rookie season. He will have fond memories of the first few days in Italy where he seemed to be anything but home sick. My coolest experience in Italy would be the team bonding event. The entire team went canoeing with the coaching staff, sponsors, and other representatives of the Fraport Skyliners organization. Canoeing was a new experience for me, but being with my teammates and us helping each other through and encouraging one another really brought us closer together, added Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern). Last season, Skyliner fans were pampered with electrifying dunks from ex NBA player Roger Powell or Lufthansa flights to the basket by Quantez Robertson who were usually set up by Dashaun Wood. This season, it very well could be Thompson who will be feeding the ball to Quantez Super Tez Robertson. Frankfurter Krantz cake is a well known dessert from Frankfurt, but not on the menu from the American who has another special unique sweet ally-op offering between him and Quantez Robertson ready. Quantez Robertson is very athletic and explosive so the plan is definitely to throw him a lot of alley-oops. We have some other people on the team that are athletic so I expect to throw a lot alley-oops. The perfect alley-op between me and Tez in desert style would be a piece of Tiramisu. Tiramisu looks really good, taste good, and in Italy was a desert that our team couldnt get enough of, stated Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern). No matter what Thompson will do on the court this season for the Fraport Skyliners, he will have sweet dessert plays ready in leading the team into the playoffs.



German NT to return Svetislav Pesic? - by Eurobasket News
According to various sources, it seems that German Basketball Federation wants to return Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) on the NT bench. Reportedly, they already offered him a four-year deal. Pesic led Germans to EuroBasket title in 1993. If Pesic accepts offer he will lead Germany next year in Qualifications for EuroBasket 2013. Svetislav Pesic is currently the Head Coach of Crvena Zvezda. He took them over this summer. Last season he worked with Power Electronics Valencia and helped them to reach Eurolegaue Quarterfinals. Pesic worked with Crvena Zvezda also in 2008/09. Before that, he coached Dynamo Moscow, Girona, Lottomatica Roma, Barcelona, Coln, ALBA Berlin and Bosna Sarajevo. Pesic led Yugoslavian NT to EuroBasket 2001 and World Championship 2002 titles.

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Panathinaikos beats Serbian team Borac 89-72 - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos played a friendly game in Serbia. Their rival was Borac Cacak, the team from the Zeljko Obradovic's home town. Of course, the Greek powerhouse celebrated an easy win 89-72. Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) scored 15 points and David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) added 11 points for the Greens. Ocokoljic delivered 20 points for the hosts. Both teams are in the middle of the preparations.

'I am happy that I came to Cacak and played a friendly game against Borac. It was one our latest checks before our return to Athens. We did not play so good, but it is normal at this point of season', said Zeljko Obradovic after the game.

The game was played on Saturday.


VAP Kolossos land Marcus Hatten - by Eurobasket News
VAP Kolossos strengthened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Marcus Hatten (186-G-80, college: St.John's). The deal is meant for one season. Marcus Hatten spent the last season in Belgium. The guard played for Dexia Mons-Hainaut. His stats read 10.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.6 steals per game in EuroChallenge. Marcus Hatten also posted 10.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.3 steals per game in Belgian League. Eurobasket.com named Marcus Hatten All-Belgian League Defensive Player of the Year. Previously the guard had stints in Italy, Israel, Venezuela, Spain and Poland. He made it into Eurobasket.com All-Israeli Imports Team in 2006 and 2007.


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PromotieDivisie Scores Week 1: It's on n crackin' - by Terry Cooper
The 2011-12 basketball season began this weekend as all 14 teams prepared to open the season with a win to try and establish ground in the league. Over the summer, most teams were able to revamp their clubs while others kept their chemistry the same. With two new teams (Rotterdam2 and Jugglers) joining the mix, this league keeps getting stronger year by year. Rotterdam2 opened its first year back in the league by winning on the road over GOBA 78-70 while BV Hoofddorp won at home over Punch 64-59. Joey Schelvis (191-G-89) and Z&Z2 cruised over VBC Akrides 81-57 while BC Amsterdam won narrowly over the Cangeroes 67-65. Binnenland welcomed the Jugglers to the league winning 77-60 while De Hoppers won on the road over Almonte 89-85. Finally the Red Giants won over North rival Groene Uilen 68-58. There are still plenty of games to go and teams can easily bounce back from a 0-1 start. Stay Tuned...

Week 1 Scores:

BV Hoofddorp - Punch 64-59
Goba - Rotterdam2 70-78
Almonte - De Hoppers 85-89
Binnenland - Jugglers 77-60
Groene Uilen - Red Giants 58-68
BC Amsterdam - Cangeroes 67-65
ZZ Leiden2 - VBC Akrides 81-57



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


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Janou Rubin signed with Sopron - by Tamas Deri


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Macc T-A Lands in France For Pre-Season Tourney, More Team Updates - by David Pick
Maccabi Tel-Aviv left Israeli soil early this morning setting eyes of France where they will compete in the team's only international pre-season tournament for the upcoming 2011/12 season.

The French 'Pro Stars' tourney will be the second time in the last three years that the recent Euroleague finalists are attending. As recalled, last time Maccabi participated two-years ago, they had also clinched first place.

In addition to Maccabi, the other teams in the campaign all come from the top French league and include Cholet, Nancy, Gravelines, Le Mans and Villeurbanne.
The Israeli champions arrived in west France with a massive representation of 33 club members including hyped NBA star Jordan Farmar and several other team standouts such as Theo Papaloukas, Jon Scheyer, David Blu, Guy Pnini, Lior Eliyahu (won't play) and of course, Sofoklis Schortsanitis. Tomorrow, head coach David Blatt will finish his Russian international commitments and for the first time, meet the roster he put together.

Maccabi's first two games will be held September 22nd (Cholet), and 23rd (Gravelines) as later that weekend, the qualifying 1-6 ranked matches will be played.

Maccabi update

High sources from the Tel-Aviv coaching staff and management informed Eurobasket that despite reports, there has been no contact what so ever with young French guard Evan Fournier, and that rumors across Europe of a 4-year deal are completely false. However, the team is still interested and has already presented the Slovakian point guard Richard Grznar with a tempting proposal.

The Maccabi Caja Laboral saga regarding the yellow-and-blue's big men Richard Hendrix and Milan Macvan is known to have recently gone south. The Spanish team was interested in landing one of the two centers, but both have approached the Israeli management requesting to remain in Israel. A possibility of dealing both players was also on the table but Laboral was only interested in buying them, as oppose to a season loan, which in that case, Macvan would return to Tel-Aviv the following year.

Maccabi will return to Israel Sunday evening, Flight information: France Israel direct, El Al, flight #320 from Paris.

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



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Saturday games update - by Eurobasket News
FABI SHOES MONTEGRANARO overcame CIMBERIO VARESE 89:80. Jerel McNeal (191-G-87, college: Marquette) poured in 23 points and Di Bella followed him with 17. Yakhouba Diawara (201-F-82, college: Pepperdine) replied with 21 points in the losing effort and Fajardo notched 14.
TRENKWALDER REGGIO EMILIA lost to NOVIPIU CASALE 68:75. The latter got 24 points from Temple. Matteo Malaventura (196-G-78) and Michael Dunigan (208-C-89, agency: N.E.T., college: Oregon) scored 10 apiece, while Janning posted 9. Robinson delivered 20 points in the losing effort.
MONTEPASCHI SIENA smashed BANCATERCAS TERAMO 90:69. David Andersen (212-C-80) top-scored for the defending champions with 17 points and Aradori nailed 16. Polonara replied with 13 points in defeat.
BENNET CANTU beat CANADIAN SOLAR BOLOGNA 60:56. Andrea Cinciarini (193-PG-86) was the only player for the winners to reach double figures scoring 10 points. Homan ended up with 13 points in the losing case.
Finally EA7 EMPORIO ARMANI MILANO won over BENETTON TREVISO 78:72. Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Malik Hairston (198-G-87, college: Oregon) scored 15. Moldoveanu delivered 14 points in the losing effort.

FABI SHOES MONTEGRANARO-CIMBERIO VARESE 89-80
FABI SHOES: Di Bella 17, Jerel McNeal 23, Kirksay 2, Ivanov 6, Brunner 8, Antonutti 7, Nicevic 6, Mazzola n.e., Giuri 17, Ruini 3, Piunti n.e. CIMBERIO: Wanamaker 11, Garri 8, Talts 4, Fajardo 14, De Martini, Stipcevic 5, Yakhouba Yakhouba Diawara 21, Ganeto 6, Hurtt 11, Reati, Genovese n.e., Kangur n.e.

TRENKWALDER REGGIO EMILIA - NOVIPIU CASALE 68-75
TRENKWALDER: Robinson 20, Viglianisi, Taylor 12, Frassineti 9, Pini 6, Slanina 7, Cervi 2, Derraa, Morgotti, Germani, Chiacig 12.
NOVIPI: Matteo Malaventura 10, Gentile, Nnamaka 8, Pierich 3, Trapani 7, Chiotti 1, Temple 24, Ferrero 3, Janning 9, Michael Dunigan 10.

MONTEPASCHI SIENA-BANCATERCAS TERAMO 90-69
MONTEPASCHI: David Andersen 17, Carraretto 2, Forte 5, Ress 6, Michelori 8, Crispin 8, Lechthaler 1, Stonerook 3, Aradori 16, Joksimovic 4, Moss 4, Summers 16. All. Pianigiani
BANCA TERCAS: B. Brown 11, Di Giuseppe ne, Amoroso 5, D. Brown 9, Fultz 10, Lulli 1, Green 4, Borisov 7, Hafnar 9, Polonara 13. All. Ramagli

BENNET CANTU CANADIAN SOLAR BOLOGNA 60-56
BENNET: Lighty 6, Micov 7, Scekic 11, Ortner 6 (3/6), Marconato 4, Mazzarino 8, Abass, Parakhouski 8, Meroni ne, Andrea Cinciarini 10.
CANADIAN SOLAR: Mc Intyre 9, Person 4, Poeta 3,
Moraschini 6, Homan 13, Gigli 6, Gailius 5, Canelo ne, Quaglia 3, Parzenski 5, Vitali 2.

BENETTON TREVISO EA7 EMPORIO ARMANI MILANO 72-78
BENETTON: Adrien 10, Moore 13, Mekel 10, Becirovic 7, Bulleri, dE Nicolao, Sandri ne, Cuccarolo ne, Gentile 10, Moldoveanu 14,
Wojciechowski 1, Scalabrine 7.
EA7 MILANO: Giachetti 2, Mancinelli 10, Malik Hairston 15, Filloy ne, Piva ne, Cook 8, Drew Nicholas 19, Rocca 7, Viggiano 7, Melli 5 , Radosevic 5, Cukinas.
(Stats courtesy of: http://web.legabasket.it)



Virtus Roma wins Memorial Zeppieri tournament - by Eurobasket News
Virtus Roma is the winner of seventh Memorial Zeppieri tournament. Virtus Roma was better than Prima Veroli in the Finals 91-84. The game was played today. Clay Tucker (195-G-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) led Roma with 21 points and Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) followed him with four points less. Eldin Djedovic (200-F-86) netted 15 points in this meeting. On the other side, Prima Veroli got 22 points from Jarrius Jackson (188-G-85, college: Texas Tech) and 20 from Colussi. Riccardo Cortese (197-G-86) netted 13 pts.
In the first game Virtus Roma outplayed Sant Antimo 73-54. Vladimir Dasic (207-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) shined with 24 points in this game. Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) and Eldin Djedovic posted 17 and 11 points respectively. David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) responded with 20 points in defeat. Quarters: 22-11, 20-12, 18-14, 13-17.


Latest friendly games - by Eurobasket News
More friendly games were played today in Italy.
Montepaschi Siena blasted Pistoia 94-62. Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) shined with 26 points for the Italian powerhouse and DaJuan Summers (203-F-88, college: Georgetown) scored 17 points in this game. Ends of periods: 18-8, 47-29, 79-42, 94-62.
Sigadas Avellino handed 74-66 loss to Pepsi Juve Caserta. Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: ACMT, college: Pittsburgh) was a key player in victory with 22 points. Alex Righetti (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) answered with 13 points in loss. Ends of periods: 15-20, 30-39, 57-55, 74-66.
Dinamo Sassari met Astana also in a friendly. The Kazakhstan team celebrated 79-76 win in this game. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) and Eric Williams (206-C-84, college: Wake Forest) had 19 and 18 points for Astana. Hosley had 16 points in loss, while Travis Diener (184-PG-82, college: Marquette) and Keith Benson (210-C-88, college: Oakland) scored 13 points each. Ends of periods: 14-28, 36-44, 54-59, 79-76.


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Chiba Jets tab Gaston Moliva - by Eurobasket News
Chiba Jets have secured the services of Gaston Moliva (201-F-85, college: Richmond) for the next season. The 26-year-old forward was last seen in Qatar. He played for Qatar Club. Gaston Moliva graduated from the University of Richmond back in 2008. He averaged 4.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game in his senior season. Gaston Moliva is the member of Cameroonian National Team.


Saitama Broncos edge Chiba Jets in pre-season clash - by Eurobasket News
Saitama - Chiba 80:61

Saitama Broncos clashed with Chiba Jets in the pre-season clash at home court. The Broncos celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Yuki Kitamuki (184-G-85) posted 18 points to lead the effort.
The hosts erupted with 29 points in the opening quarter to ensure an 11-point lead. The Jets cut the deficit to 8 points at the interval. But the Broncos took over again after the big break. Saitama rallied to a comfortable 58:46 lead with one quarter remaining. The Broncos nailed 22 points in the fourth term and sealed the win at the end. Daiki Terashita (190-F-80) notched 12 points, while John Flowers added 16 rebounds for the winners. Maurice Hargrow (195-G-83, college: Minnesota) responded with 23 points for the Jets. Newly signed Gaston Moliva (201-F-85, college: Richmond) chipped in 14 points and pulled down 6 rebounds in the losing effort.

Saitama: Yuki Kitamuki 18, Daiki Terashita 12
Chiba: Maurice Hargrow 23, Gaston Moliva 14



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BC Astana grabs 79-76 win against Dinamo Sassari - by Eurobasket News
BC Astana - Dinamo Sassari 79-76

BC Astana already played couple of pre-season games. In the latest one, the newly formed team from the Kazakhstan capital grabbed 79-76 win against the Italian Dinamo Sassari. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) was the leading scorer in victory with 19 points. Center Eric Williams (206-C-84, college: Wake Forest) had 18 points and point guard Jerry Johnson (183-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) helped with 15 points in this victory. Goran Cakic (208-C/F-80, agency: Beo Basket) and Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket) netted 9 and 8 points respectively. In Dinamo Sassari, Quinton Hosley (200-F/G-84, college: Fresno St.) was better than the others with 16 points. Travis Diener (184-PG-82, college: Marquette) and Keith Benson (210-C-88, college: Oakland) had 13 pts each. Astana shined in the last ten minutes to take victory in this game. Ends of periods: 14-28, 36-44, 54-59, 79-76. Both teams will play more friendlies this pre-season.

BC Astana: Marshall 19, Williams 18, Johnson 15, Yargalev 6, Cvektovic 8, Cakic 9, Fadeikin 3, Kuhov 1, Skorniakov. Coach Matteo Boniciolli
Dinamo Sassari: Metreveli 4, Salvatore n.e. , Quinton Hosley 16, Devecchi 6, Travis Diener T. 13 , Keith Benson 13, Sacchetti B. 5, Travis Diener D. 5, Vanuzzo 6, Pinton 6. Coach Meo Sacchetti


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Anibal Zahle signs officially Ndudi Ebi. - by Rabih Khoury
Anibal Zahle officially completed today the signing of Nigerian star player Ebi Ndudi (206-F-84) who plays as a forward to join other import Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, college: Kent St.)..
Ebi Ndudi , 27 years old is a very athletic player who can play the positions 3 to 5 and will be a great complementarity to Anibal's big guys sector.
He played in Italy Lega 2 last season where he averaged Score-5 (19.2ppg), Reb-1 (9.2rpg), Steals-2 (2.9spg), Blocks-2 (1.4bpg), FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 32.0%, FT: 68.2%. He then moved to Limoges, France Pro A, before playing in the summer in the Chinese NBL and averaged: 28.3ppg, 13.5rpg, 1.6spg, 3.5bpg, FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 67.1%

Ebi Ndudi was drafted directly from high school in 2003. He was drafted in the 1st round pick number 26 in front of many NBA stars today such as Kendrick Perkins (27), Josh Howard (29), Mo Williams (47). He went then to play in Europe for the past year before landing in Lebanon this year for his first experience in the middle east....
After this signing, Anibal are considered now one of the favorites team to compete on the Championship!!


Lebanon to round 2 in the FIBA ASIA championship - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
After the finish of the first round of the FIBA ASIA Championship , Lebanon will play in a group joining him to Iran, Chinese Taipei , Uzbekistan, Korea, Malaysia. Lebanon will play against Chinese Taipei in its first game on Monday September 19th ,Chinese Taipei had a good first round pushing Iran to the limit before losing the game on the score of 37-49, the second game will be the toughest one against Iran, the champion for the past 2 times is showing a great level of basketball which make them a big favorite to the title. Lebanons last game will be against Uzbekistan who qualified to the 2nd round after the exit of Qatar.
Lebanon should finish between the first 4 teams to qualify to the Quarter Final Round , Lebanon is now 3rd in the group due to the first round results.
Lebanon had a big performance in the last game of round 1 against Malaysia, the team played very good game, the starting players were rested and the bench players had a big time performance which gave them the win on the score of 87-59,Elie Stephan finished the game with 24 points , Charles Tabet had a huge performance with 20 pts and 16 rebounds.



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Chris Kaman to Zalgris? - by Eurobasket News
It seems that Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) agreed a deal with Zalgiris Kaunas. Various media reported tonight that two sides are set to sign the contract, but it is important to mention that nothing is officially confirmed yet. Reportedly, the deal includes NBA out option which Kaman could use when the lockout ends. Chris Kaman played for the German NT at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. He shined with 15.5 ppg, 10 rpg and 1.8 bpg in 8 games. Germany failed to reach the Quarterfinals. Kaman spent last eight years in the NBA. He played for just one team - Los Angeles Clippers. Last season Kaman averaged 12.4 points and 7 rebounds in 32 games. In 2009/10, he exploded with 18.5 ppg and 9.3 rpg for 76 games. It was his best season with the Clippers. Chris Kaman is a product of the Central Michigan University. He graduated there in 2003.

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


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Brothers Gasol and other Spanish NBAers defend EuroBasket Gold - by Eurobasket News
EuroBasket 2011, FINAL: Spain - France 98:85

Spain repeated as European Champions. They overcame France in the title game tonight in Kaunas. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) put on another brilliant performance scoring 27 points and issuing 4 assists.
The teams got to a flying start. Spain exploded with 25 points in the opening frame to take a 5-point lead after ten minutes 25:20. Jose Manuel Calderon (190-PG-81) and Ibaka posted 29:20 lead for the Spaniards early in the second term. Soon Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) (214-F/C-80) made it 36:26 for La Roja midway through the period. Nando De Colo and Batum dragged Les Bleus as close as 5 points late in the half but Pau Gasol stepped up for Spain once again establishing a 50:41 lead at the interval. Juan Carlos Navarro kept Spain in charge throughout the third term. He unloaded 9 points and Spain ensured a 75:62 lead at the final intermission. Pau Gasol and Rudy Fernandez stretched the margin to 16 points midway through the fourth term and Spain never looked back en route to a confident win. Pau Gasol and Jose Manuel Calderon accounted for 17 points each in the victory. Tony Parker (183-PG-80) shone for Les Bleus scoring 26 points, distributing 5 assists and pulling down 5 rebounds. Boris Diaw (203-F/C-82) contributed 12 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.


Stephen Curry: Right ankle is 'perfectly fine' - by Eurobasket News
Stephen Curry (6'3''-PG-88, college: Davidson) said his right ankle is 'perfectly fine' and there was no re-injuring of it during a pickup game at Impact Basketball on Thursday night.

Four minutes into Thursday's game featuring several Warriors players, guard Curry left the floor, took his right shoe off and began getting some treatment on his right ankle. He watched the second quarter while icing the ankle. All precaution, according to Curry.

'I've had a schedule for my recovery of coming back and I've been doing some high-impact workouts and I just wanted to run up and down the court a little bit,' Curry said. 'I have no limitations right now and am just pacing myself to get back to 100 percent.'

Curry, one of nine Warriors players who competed in the game, had surgery on that foot in late May after it gave him trouble throughout the course of the 2010-11 season.

The surgery was performed in Charlotte, N.C., by Dr. Bob Anderson, and the procedure was intended to strengthen the ankle.

He said the ankle isn't quite 100 percent yet, but that he's been cleared with no limitations. Curry said if it were the regular season, he'd play right now.

Curry missed eight games last season because of the ankle. Curry had been rehabbing most of the summer, but was recently cleared to begin playing in five-on-five games. He watched the second quarter from the bench while getting the ankle iced.

Curry, Dorell Wright, David Lee, Klay Thompson, Charles Jenkins, Jeremy Tyler, Ekpe Udoh and Jeremy Lin were on the white team, and for some reason Lou Amundson was the lone Warriors on the blue squad.

Courtesy of www.csnbayarea.com


Chris Kaman to Zalgris? - by Eurobasket News
It seems that Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) agreed a deal with Zalgiris Kaunas. Various media reported tonight that two sides are set to sign the contract, but it is important to mention that nothing is officially confirmed yet. Reportedly, the deal includes NBA out option which Kaman could use when the lockout ends. Chris Kaman played for the German NT at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. He shined with 15.5 ppg, 10 rpg and 1.8 bpg in 8 games. Germany failed to reach the Quarterfinals. Kaman spent last eight years in the NBA. He played for just one team - Los Angeles Clippers. Last season Kaman averaged 12.4 points and 7 rebounds in 32 games. In 2009/10, he exploded with 18.5 ppg and 9.3 rpg for 76 games. It was his best season with the Clippers. Chris Kaman is a product of the Central Michigan University. He graduated there in 2003.

Kevin Durant: Players won't back down - by Eurobasket News
Kevin Durant (6'9''-G/F-88, college: Texas) made his points on the court and off it Saturday, throwing down several thunderous alley-oops during a charity pickup game and saying afterward that the players will not give in to the owner's demands in the ongoing NBA labor negotiations.

Durant, John Wall and other NBA players headlined the 'Clash of the Superstars' at Coolidge High School in Washington, D.C.

'I think we're going to stand up and stick to what we want,' Durant said. 'I don't think we're just going to give in to a deal just because we want the season to start.

'I know fans may not want to hear that, but it's kind of tough to put us in that position, but hopefully, like I said, everything gets resolved.'

Several hundred people watched the glorified scrimmage, one of numerous games players have organized across the country to reach out to fans and keep their skills sharp while they wait for the union and the league to reach a new collective bargaining agreement.

'It was just fun for me,' Durant said. 'We just want to continue to keep playing basketball first of all so that was our main focus, but to give back to the kids is something we all love doing.'

The Oklahoma Thunder star was joined by Washington Wizards guard John Wall, Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins, former Georgetown stars Jeff Green and Greg Monroe, Minnesota forward Michael Beasley and Charlotte guard Kemba Walker.

Walker agreed with Durant, saying the players are united to ensure they receive a fair agreement.

'We're just trying to stay together and get the best deal possible,' he said. 'We're not going to settle for (anything) less.'

Negotiations soured last week after a Tuesday meeting between the owners and players union went nowhere. Training camps are scheduled to open Oct. 3 and the regular season on Nov. 1, but if the standoff continues those dates could be pushed back.

'Anything can happen,' Durant said. '12 a.m. they can make a deal and we start the season so we're just going to be optimistic about it and hopefully we start on time.'

Durant is considering playing overseas if a deal isn't reached, but said he will probably stay in the U.S. and continue to play in charity games.

'It's looking like more of a chance I stay here than anything,' he said. 'I don't know. We've got to see what happens.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Caja Laboral signs Kevin Seraphin - by Eurobasket News
Kevin Seraphin (6'9''-F/C-89) will continue his career in Spain. He penned a deal with Caja Laboral until the end of the NBA lock-out. Seraphin just won the Silver with French NT at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. He appeared 9 times at this event averaging 4.7 points and 1.9 rebounds. Kevin Seraphin played for the Washington Wizards last season. He had 2.7 ppg and 2.7 rpg for 57 games. It was his rookie NBA season. Seraphin penned a four-year deal with the Wizards last summer. He was 17th overall pick at the 2010 NBA Draft. Kevin Seraphin is a product of Cholet. In 2009, he paced U20 France to Silver at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos. Seraphin was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Best Center -09. In 2010, he was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Most Improved Player of the Year -10 and Cholet won the title.

As NBA moves closer to canceling training camps, Amare Stoudemire & Kendrick Perkins making news - by Eurobasket News
Headlines from around a league that has padlocks on its arena doors:


PIGS FLY IN TWIN CITIES
After making so many blunders during the David Kahn era, the Timberwolves finally got one right. They made a great head coaching hire by bringing in Rick Adelman.

It took almost two months to find Adelman and get him to agree to a deal that pays him $5 million per season, but the former Rocket coach is a significant upgrade over Kurt Rambis, and he has a strong relationship with Minnesota's top player, Kevin Love. They'll win more and maybe have a better shot of keeping Love long-term, so what's not to like about having Adelman lead their team?

The next potential major move by ownership: Showing GM Kahn the door after this season when his contract expires.

Despite making so many missteps while running a team for the first time, Kahn has one thing in his favor: Owner Glen Taylor is famous for his patience.

But Taylor is said to be embarrassed by the team's continued losing, Kahn's disgraceful handling of Rambis' firing and the league-wide perception that he has a person in charge who does not know what he is doing. According to persons familiar with Taylor's thinking, those reasons could send Kahn packing.

Should Taylor not give Kahn an extension, there is already talk within the franchise that the Timberwolves will look to Terry Porter, a former Minnesota player and Adelman protg, to come in to run the team.

Porter has twice been a head coach, most recently with the Phoenix Suns as Mike D'Antoni's replacement. He doesn't have front-office experience, but Adelman has already made it known that he wants him on board.


ISIAH AND STOUDEMIRE AT FIU: THAT'S AMAR'E
What a coincidence that the Knicks' star just happens to be working out at the same place where Isiah Thomas coaches.

NBA teams are prohibited from having any contact with their players during the lockout. Technically, Thomas does not get paid by the Knicks. But he certainly still advises Garden chairman Jim Dolan.

Not that we care, one way or the other. But has Thomas really been helping Amare Stoudemire (6'10''-F-82) with his shooting? We were under the impression that Amar'e was already one of the most prolific scorers in the league. He doesn't need help with shooting. Now if Isiah wants to give him pointers on how he can turn into an absolute animal on the defensive glass - maybe have Dennis Rodman come in for a few sessions to show him the ropes - that might end up helping the Knicks more in the long run.


NOT ALL OK IN OKC
Even after going all the way to the Western Conference finals last June, the Thunder faces some big internal issues if and when we have a season.

As much as coach Scott Brooks chafes at GM Sam Presti's meddling, his presence in the locker room, and his demands that the Thunder continue to improve from within, the organization is a lot more concerned with how Kendrick Perkins (6'10''-C-84) treats Russell Westbrook.

After arriving from the Celtics last season and being looked at as the veteran leader Oklahoma City needed to take the next step to compete for a title, Perkins went hard at Westbrook with his verbal criticisms, often saying that the Thunder's playmaker couldn't match Rajon Rondo as a playmaker. Those words didn't sit well with Westbrook, who already had been criticized for shooting too much and was the subject of a benching heard-round-the-NBA when the Thunder played the Mavs in June.

The Thunder gave Perkins a new four-year deal worth $35 million, so the team is committed to him. But it would like him to ease up on Westbrook. A lot.


THE BIG TEN
In the next ten days, owners and players have to reach a new labor deal or else training camps will be canceled, as will the start of the regular season on Nov. 1.

Even if Nov. 1 is still a long way off, that's where we are with the lockout, now in its 80th day. After a deal is struck, the league needs about a month to put its new collective bargaining agreement in writing, run it by lawyers from each side, and then conduct free agency for upwards of 150 players. That's why Sept. 28 - the owners' deadline to start camps on time the week of Oct. 2 - is the real first key date of this lockout.

'The clock is ticking, but it hasn't struck midnight yet,' said commissioner David Stern, after the owners met in Dallas last Thursday. 'We have time to do what has to be done and we'd like to do it, actually.'

Not that many on either side think they will get it done by the deadline. True, they're getting closer on the money. But the split of $4.3 billion needs to continue to be adjusted, with even more going for the owners. Players have come down from 57% of the pie to 53%.

'Let's say we went down to 52% or 51%,' said the Suns' Jared Dudley. 'If that gets it done, I guarantee you we would have the season, if that's what it takes.'

It will take even more, which is one reason we're still a ways from an agreement. According to ownership sources familiar with Stern's thinking, he is looking in the end for a 50-50 split. He's been asking for a 55-45 split in favor of the owners, according to the union, but Stern knows he will never get that much, and will eventually come up to where he'll agree to an equal split.

Along with going right down the middle on basketball-related income, Stern is going to continue to hold out for a hard cap. It might not be as hard as some of his owners want, but the days of the soft cap are over. Most owners are willing to lose games over this issue - that's how much they see the need for a new system.

Even if it falls short of an NFL-style hard cap, rest assured, there will be the elimination or reduction of several, if not all, of the so-called exceptions. Those soft-cap features have driven up salaries to the point where players pocket $37 million if they get the mid-level exception. Owners want to cut that exception in half, if not do away with it entirely, while phasing out other exceptions.

With all the wrangling over finances with players, there's still revenue sharing that Stern has to work out among his owners. Not easy, with small-market and mid-market hawks pushing for big changes in this area. But he intends on increasing the pot available to these struggling franchises from a paltry $55 million per season to at least $150 million. Between a new system of revenue sharing and a 50-50 split with a harder cap, that's the basis of Stern's new deal.

Again, it will take a few more weeks, at the minimum. So the start of the season will be postponed, as players and owners have prepared for.

Stern has told associates he is committed to getting his owners the best deal they've had in years. He'll probably have to follow through on that to keep all of his powers during his final years as commissioner.

Stern has never been a lame-duck commissioner. And at this stage, he doesn't want to start being one.

Courtesy of www.nydailynews.com




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Team Philippines now at full strength! Lutz & Lassiter get the all clear! - by Enzo Flojo
SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national team swingmen Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) and Christopher Lutz (192-G/F-85, college: Marshall) will finally get clearance to see action in the ongoing FIBA Asia Championship.

A highly-placed basketball official told InterAKTV that the two Filipino-American players will be cleared to play before the start of the SMART-Gilas second round campaign on Monday.

Their clearance is to be signed by Patrick Baumann, FIBA secretary-general, anytime now, wrote the official, who requested anonymity, in a text message to InterAKTV late Sunday night.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Sonny Barrios said that his office is still awaiting official communication from FIBA.

Nothing official yet on my end, wrote Barrios in a text message. I hope it is true, but we have to wait for official written decision before I can officially confirm.

The SBP decided to raise the matter to the FIBA leadership in Switzerland after hitting a roadblock with FIBA Asia officials. Lassiter and Lutz missed all three of the national teams games in the first round of competition after eligibility issues were raised against them by FIBA Asia deputy secretary-general Hagop Khajirian.

For its part, the SBP maintained that the provision cited by Khajirian only applied to naturalized citizens. Lassiter and Lutz, who are each born to a Filipino parent, are considered natural-born citizens.

Several players from Qatar and Syria were also banned from playing for similar issues.

During the two players absence, the Filipinos were forced to play with a 10-man rotation, but they were able to salvage two wins of their first three matches to advance to the next round.

With Lassiter and Lutz joining SMART-Gilas in action, the teams wing rotation has become deeper and will certainly give the squad a big boost in their 3:30 p.m. encounter against Jordan on Monday.

Source: Interaktv website: http://www.interaksyon.com/interaktv/lutz-lassiter-cleared-to-play-for-smart-gilas-game-vs-jordan


DAY 3 OF THE 2011 FIBA-ASIA MEN'S TOURNEY - by Enzo Flojo

JAPAN over SYRIA, 77-55
JPN 77 - Takeuchi K 19, Kawamura 17, Hirose 12, Takeuchi J 12, Matsui 4, Ota 4, Ishizaki 3, Sakurai 2, Amino 2, Shonaka 2, Takeda 0
SYR 55 - Deeb 15, Daks 13, Al-Hamowi 8, Lubus 6, Al-Khatib 4, Jlilati 3, Nalbandian 3, Gorges 3, Al-Saman 0, Osfira 0, Abboud 0, Kasaballi 0
QS: 17-15, 34-24, 57-42, 77-55
- This time around Eder Gorges was checked by the Japanese and severely limited. It also didn't help that Samir Daks was momentarily injured in the 1st quarter as Japan made a crippling 17-0 run that turned a 12-15 deficit to a 29-15 Japanese advantage. Japan coasted from that point and quashed all hopes of a Syrian upset.
- Kosuke Takeuchi led Japan with a double-double, scoring 19 points and getting 11 rebounds. Takuya Kawamura supported him with 17 points while Kenta Hirose and Joji Takeuchi each scored 12. Japan sweeps Group C and probably faces UAE on Monday.
- The Syrians held the momentum early on until that big Nippon run. With Gorges unable to establish himself down low, Syria found the going real rough. Ioannis Deeb led them with 15 points while Daks hit 3 triples on his way to 13 markers.

PHILIPPINES over BAHRAIN, 113-71
PHL 113 - Aguilar 21, Douthit 18, Casio 15, Taulava 13, De Ocampo 13, Baracael 11, Tiu 10, Barroca 8, Alapag 2, Williams 2
BRN 71 - Malabes 15, Sarhan 13, Mahri 11, Ali 8, Isa 7, Khamis 7, Akber 6, Mubarak 2, Malallah 2, Ashoor 0
QS: 30-18, 51-40, 86-47, 113-71
- The Philippines started strong and never really let up in demolishing the Bahrainis. A 35-7 3rd quarter really put things beyond doubt for coach Rajko Toroman's wards, thanks mainly to reserve big man Japeth Aguilar's energy and athleticism. It was a nice bounce-back for the Pinoys barely 13 hours after losing to the Chinese.
- Aguilar played just 15 minutes, all in the 2nd half, off the bench, but he still managed to lead the Philippines in scoring and rebounding, scoring 21 points and getting 12 rebounds. Seven Filipinos finished in double-digit scoring to top the 100-point barrier. They move up to 2-1 and take on Jordan on Monday in the 2nd round of hostilities.
- Bahrain shot better from downtown, making 8 of their 24 attempts. Bader Malabes sizzled with 4 conversions while Mohamed Ali made 2. Bahrain drops to 0-3 and is relegated to the consolation round, where they'll probably face Indonesia.

SOUTH KOREA over INDIA, 84-53
KOR 84 - Kang 22, Stevenson 14, Cho 12, Kim JK 11, Lee 6, Kim YH 6, Oh 6, Kim JS 5, Yang DG 2, Park 0
IND 53 - Rai 11, Koroth 8, Singh Y 8, Singh At 6, Bhriguvanshi 6, Singh J 5, Bharama 2, Mishra 2, Grewal 2, Singh T 2, Singh Al 1
QS: 27-11, 46-28, 66-34, 84-53
- The Koreans didn't really waste any time here and led from start to finish. They hit 15 triples, doubled up on India's assists and forced three times as many turnovers to blow out the hapless Indians.
- Young center Kim Jong-Kyu played all 40 minutes, as Ha Seung-Jin remained rested while Kim Joo-Sung played only 10 minutes himself. The younger Kim delighted coach Hur Jae with a double-double, 11 points and 10 rebounds. Kang Byung-Hyun and Jarod Stevenson combined for 9 triples to lead the Korean barrage. They sweep Group A and have great momentum on the way to battling the Uzbeks in round 2 on Monday.
- Only Trideep Rai finished in double-figures for coach Ken Natt. A bright note, however, is how they outrebounded the Koreans, 51-44. They could build on that advantage for their remaining consolation round games, but their turnovers might be a big concern. They'll probably face the shorthanded Qataris on Monday.

TAIWAN over QATAR, 94-78
TPE 94 - Chang 35, Lee 15, Tseng 14, Lin 10, Wu 7, Mao 5, Chen HA 5, Lu 3, Chien 0, Su 0, Ho 0
QAT 78 - Salem 30, Saeed 19, Saad 18, Matalkeh 7, Adam 4
QS: 23-15, 50-40, 68-61, 94-78
- Two surprising things happened here: 1) Qatar actually played the whole game with just 5 players and 2) they stuck with the Taiwanese about three-fourths of the way. That is, until the Taiwanese outscored them 15-7 to start the final 10 minutes and effectively put a considerable distance between the squads.
- Jet Chang exploded with 35 points for coach Chou Jun-San. He also hit 6 treys and had 2 steals in an impressive show of force. Taiwan hit 14 triples in all and made up for getting grossly outrebounded by having significantly more assists and steals. Taiwan moves on the round 2 and should face the Lebanese next.
- Qatar managed to play well despite dressing just 5 cagers. Omar Salem had 30 points while EA Saeed and Abdulrahman Saad contributed 19 and 18 respectively. It was a sorry sight to see Khalid Adam go down injured in the fourth quarter because it left Qatar with just 4 men the rest of the way. Qatar bows out of contention and is relegated to the 13th-16th games, where they'll probably lock horns with the Indians on Monday.

IRAN over UZBEKISTAN, 132-38
IRI 132 - Kazemi 18, Haddadi 18, Kardoust 17, Afagh 16, Davarpanah 14, Davari 13, Bahrami 13, Sahakian 9, Kamrani 8, Sohrabnejad 3, Davoudi 2, Atashi 0
UZB 38 - Kozlov 12, Juginisov 7, Yahin 6, Pereverzev 5, Denisov 2, Kadirov 2, Zinonev 2, Belokurov 2, Shatrov 0, Nuraliev 0, Khabibullin 0, Timofev 0
QS: 38-14, 79-25, 107-34, 132-38
- When a team finishes a whole game with as many points as its opponent does in just one quarter, you know that team is in trouble. That's exactly what happened here, where Iran simply massacred the Uzbeks, almost finishing the match with a century-wide spread. The Iranians ran roughshod over their Middle Asian counterparts right from the opening tip and were just merciless all throughout.
- Arsalan Kazemi and Hamed Haddadi each had 18 points to pace the mighty Iranian war machine. Both also finished with twin digit rebounding at 14 and 11 respectively. Seven of coach Vaselin Matic's wards ended up breaching the double-digit barrier. Iran sweeps Group C and should square off against the Malaysians on Monday.
- The Uzbeks were just outclassed here, and were visibly frustrated and exasperated. Aleksandr Kozlov led them in this losing effort with 12 points while Aleksandr Yahin finished with 6 points and 10 boards. Despite this massacre, Uzbekistan advances to round 2 and should go up against the Koreans on Monday.

JORDAN over INDONESIA, 89-59
JOR 89 - Wright 18, Al-Sous 14, Abbaas 14, Abu Ruqayah 11, Hussein 10, Abbas 7, Soobzokov 6, Al-Khas 6, Abu Quora 2, Zaghab 1
INA 59 - Sitepu 15, Prihantono 12, Poedjakesuma 7, Chandra 7, Wuysang 7, Prawiro 5, Haryoko 2, Gunawan 2, Situmorang 2, Gerungan 0, Dewanto 0, Indrawan 0
QS: 22-16, 44-29, 65-44, 89-59
- Props to Indonesia for keeping things close in the 1st quarter. Jordan unleashed a 10-0 blast to start the 2nd period that just broke the game open and they coasted from there. The Jordanians pounded the boards, outrebounding the smaller Indons, 63-37, while also handing out more assists, 21-14. Sam Dahglas sat this one out after injuring his knee against Japan yesterday. His status is still unknown for Jordan's round 2 match with the Philippines on Monday.
- Rasheim Wright led Jordan with 18 points while Islam Abbaas controlled the shaded lane with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Jordan was clearly the more aggressive team by virtue of having significantly more free throw attempts -- 24 to just 6.
- Amin Prihantono made all his 12 points from downtown, but it took him 13 tries to do so. Christian Sitepu was solid down low with 15 markers, 6 boards and 3 blocks, but Jordan's quality was just too much. They have a good chance to bounce back in the consolation round against the Bahrainis on Monday.

CHINA over UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 75-60
CHN 75 - Zhang B 15, Sun 13, Yi J 7, Yu 7, Liu 6, Zhang Z 6, Su 5, Xirelijiang 5, Ding 4, Yi L 4, Zhu 3,
UAE 60 - Al-Zaabi 21, Salem 13, Al-Hattawi 10, Ahmad 6, Abdalla 5, Al-Braiki 3, Ahmed 2, Al-Sari 0, Al-Ali 0, Banihammad 0
QS: 22-8, 40-32, 61-42, 75-60
- China saved their stars for most of the game, banking on second-stringers like Zhang Bo, Ding Jinhui and Zhang Zhaoxu to slug it out with the Emirates, who gave them a tighter-than-expected contest. Ultimately, though, China was just much much better. They started the game 12-0 and were never really threatened. Statistically, they were ahead of UAE in practically every category.
- Zhang Bo and Sun Yue combined for 7 of China's 10 triples in this one. This time they didn't have to lean on Yi Jianlian too much, though nobody outside of Zhang and Sun finished in twin digits. They sweep Group D and go on to round 2 against Syria on Monday.
- Rashed Al-Zaabi impressed with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists, but he did commit 6 turnovers. UAE drops to 3rd in Group D and faces Japan to begin round 2.

LEBANON over MALAYSIA, 87-59
LIB 87 - Stephan 24, Tabet 20, Bawji 15, Ibrahim 12, Martinez 5, El Farkh 5, Bitar 4, Hoskin 2
MAS 59 - Kwaan 13, Ooi 7, Loh 7, Lau 6, Wee 5, Ng 5, Kuek 4, Chee 4, Kuppusamy 3, Batumalai 3, Soo 2, Chin 0
QS: 27-8, 43-27, 67-40, 87-59
- Coach Ghassan Sarkis chose to rest his top guns against Malaysia as only Sam Hoskin saw playing time from the usual starters. His second unit proved to be more than capable of handing the Malaysians yet another beating in Group A action. Lebanon led 27-8 after the 1st period and never looked back en route to the rout.
- Elie Stephan and Mohamad Ibrahim combined for 10 of Lebanon's 11 three-point conversions. Charles Tabet, meanwhile, dropped 20 markers and collared 16 boards as the Lebanese finish 2nd behind Korea in round 1. They'll face the Taiwanese to begin their round 2 matches.
- Malaysia will also advance to round 2, but with hardly any momentum. Yoong Jing Kwaan led the Malaysians with 13 points, but it was all for naught as nobody else finished in double-figures. Coach Goh Cheng-Huat has his work cut out for him as his team plays the Iranians next.

Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com


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Slask Wroclaw post second straight win in Zielona Gora - by Eurobasket News
Slask Wroclaw remained undefeated after two days of action at Zielona Gora pre-season tournament. Slask overcame Zastal Zielona Gora 77:74 on Day 2. Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell) stepped up with 21 points to pace the winners. Zastal ZG led by a single point at halftime 34:33. Slask surged ahead in the third term. They fired 29 points to build a 6-point lead with one quarter to go. The hosts narrowed the margin in the final frame but came up short of victory at the end. Robert Skibniewski (182-G-83) posted 14 points, while Akselis Vairogs (195-F-85, agency: Players Group) added 13 points for the winners. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) responded with 18 points for Zastal Zielona Gora. Jakub Dloniak (192-F-83, agency: Promotex) netted 11 points in defeat.
PGE Turow opened win count at the tournament as they fired past Spisska Nova Ves 79:64. Michal Gabinski (202-F-87) and Daniel Kickert (208-C-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) notched 14 points each to pace the winning side. Konrad Wysocki (201-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) contributed 12 points for PGE Turow. Andrew Jones (208-F-87) responded with 16 points for Nova Ves. Corey Jefferson (183-G-85, college: Texas St.) accounted for 15 points in the loss.



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Romanian Cup 2011/2012 - by Eurobasket News
Romanian Cup 2011/2012 opened the season in the country over the weekend.
On Friday CS Municipal Bucuresti overcame Politehnica Iasi 102:49. Garry Gallimore (192-G-84) stepped up with 19 points and Bryson McKenzie (211-C-83, college: N.Illinois) scored 13. Daniel Tudosa and Goran Martinic (184-PG-87, agency: BeoExcell) posted 13 points apiece. Alexandru Botez ended up with 10 points in the losing effort.
CSU Ploiesti beat Energia Rovinari 78:76. The favorites led in the whole game but failed with 6-24 in the last period. Luckily for them they managed to take 2-point victory. Mike Jones top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Catalin Burlacu added 16. Drasko Albijanic (211-C-86) delivered 13, while Aleksandar Vlahovic and Rade Dzambic (188-G-80, agency: TSS Management, college: NYIT) added 11 each. Brice Kabengele-Kalala (196-G-81) replied with 14 points in the losing effort.
In another games CS Dinamo overcame CSS Giurgiu 92:69, while Gaz Metan Medias edged U-Mobitelco BT Cluj Napoca 89:72. BC Timisoara rolled over BC Mures 90:67 and SCM CSS Craiova was beaten by CS Otopeni 69:73. SU Atlassib Sibiu lost to BCM U Pitesti 82:89.
The game between BC Perla Harghitei Miercurea Ciuc and CSM Oradea will be played on Monday.

CS Municipal Bucuresti - Politehnica Iasi 102-49
CSU Ploiesti - Energia Rovinari 78-76
CS Dinamo - CSS Giurgiu 92-69
Gaz Metan Medias - U-Mobitelco BT Cluj Napoca 89-72
BC Timisoara - BC Mures 90-67
SCM CSS Craiova - CS Otopeni 69-73
CSU Atlassib Sibiu - BCM U Pitesti 82-89



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Valencia wins against Khimky 86-76 - by Eurobasket News
Valencia Basket - Khimky 86-76

Valencia Basket and Khimky played a friendly game tonight in the Spanish city Algemesi. Valencia was better and celebrated 86-76 victory in this meeting. Everything started good for Khimky, who made 13-22 lead in the first ten minutes. Valencia improved after that, but still was down by six at the HT. In third period Valencia came to minus one and everything was open in the last ten minutes. Valencia shined in Q4 and thanks to 27-16 they celebrated double-digit win in this game. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) exploded with 28 points for the Spanish team. Rihards Kuksiks (198-G/F-88, college: Arizona St.) also was great adding 18 pts, while San Miguel and Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) helped with 10 points each. In Khimky, Chris Quinn (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) delivered 22 points. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) and Anton Pushkov (208-C-88) netted 15 and 12 points respectively.

Valencia Basket: San Miguel (10), Rafael Martinez (28), Rihards Kuksiks (18), Nik Caner-Medley (10), Lishchuk (6), Ogilvy (6), Faverani (8), Tirado (-), A. Perez (-)
Khimky: Chris Quinn (22), E. Karpeko (9), Kelati (5), Dudu (5), Kresimir Loncar (15), Pichkurov (2), Anton Pushkov (12), A. Karpeko (-), Vyaltsev (6)


Spartak SP and Spartak Primorye continue pre-season clashes - by Eurobasket News
Spartak SP outscored Dynamo Sassari 81:75 in Bormio. The Italian team started with 25-17 and added 21-16 in the second period. The second half however belonged to the Russian representative. Spartak Sp won the third quarter 23-17 and produced a 25-12 in the last stanza. Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84) top-scored for the winners with 29 points and Patrick Beverley (185-G-88, college: Arkansas) notched 16.
Spartak Primorye lost to Siroki 81:82. The Russian side won however the first period 17-16 and added massive 20-11 in the second frame. In the third quarter the team from Bosnia and Herzegovina replied with 23-19 and won due to 32-27 in the last frame. Zeljko Sakic (203-F-88) stepped up with 27 points for the winners and Boris Barac (206-F-92) added 11. Cuthbert Victor (196-F-83, college: Murray St.) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83, college: Chicago St.) notched 15.



Azovmash and Triumph will play in title game of Azovmash Cup - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash and Triumph will play for the title at the annual Azovmash Cup pre-season tournament.
Triumph overcame BC Odessa in the opening game of the tournament yesterday. Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC) scored 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Russian team to an 82:58 win. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) stepped up with 12 points in the victory. Triumph used a 23:10 run in the second term to clear off for good in this one. Willie Deane (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) answered with 14 points for BC Odessa. Shawn King (208-C-82, college: ORU) produced 13 points in the loss.
Triumph will be joined by hosting Azovmash in the title game. The home team overcame Cherkasy 73:64 in overtime. Cherkasy led by as many as 6 points at halftime but the Mariupol team managed to erase the deficit sending the game into overtime. Azovmash limited their opponents to just 3 points in the extra period and celebrated a tough win at the end. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, agency: Alti Sport, college: Duke) and Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) posted 18 points apiece for Azovmash. Artur Drozdov (199-G-80) accounted for 11 points in the winning effort. Miljan Pupovic (209-C/F-83) responded with 17 points for Cherkasy. Ivars Timermanis (202-F-82, agency: Alti Sport) and Morris Almond (198-F-85, college: Rice) netted 11 points each for the visitors.



EuroBasket 2011: Russia clinch Bronze in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Russia - FYR Macedonia 72:68

Russia stepped on the pedestal at 2011 EuroBasket. They overcame FYR Macedonia in a thrilling consolation final encounter in Kaunas tonight. Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) posted 18 points and 7 rebounds to pace the winners.
Russia used a 10:0 run midway through the opening frame to establish a 13:6 lead. They rallied to a 17:13 lead at the first break. Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) scored six points in a row early in the second term as Russia earned a 22:15 advantage. David Blatt team maintained the lead. They posted a 36:30 halftime buffer. Shved boosted the margin to 9 points early in the third term. Soon Andrei Kirilenko made it 43:32 for Russia. But Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) stepped up for FYR Macedonia helping them knot things up at 50 late in the period. Vorontevich capped the term with two free throws putting Russia back in charge. Vlado Ilievski (189-PG-80, agency: World Sport Agency) and Antic put FYR Macedonia in front 55:52 early in the fourth term. However Andrei Kirilenko drained two triples and Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) tipped the ball in for Russia to regain advantage. Samardziski helped FYR Macedonia to level things up at 68 with just 48 seconds to go. Bykov then converted a wild lay-up to put Russia back in front. Shved followed Stojanovskis miss with two free throws to make it 72:68 for Russia and they ran away with the victory at the end. Andrey Vorontsevich, Timofey Mozgov and Sergey Monya (203-F-83) posted 10 points each in the winning effort. Bo McCalebb responded with 22 points for FYR Macedonia. Vlado Ilievski chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Russia: Andrei Kirilenko 18, Andrey Vorontsevich 10, Timofey Mozgov 10, Sergey Monya 10
FYR Macedonia: Bo McCalebb 22, Vlado Ilievski 16



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Fig Tree wins regular season. SKABA Final Four tips off this Sunday - by Eurobasket
The SKABA Final Four is set and former Champions Fig Tree are on top of the heap as they ended the regular season as the top dawgs in SKABA and thus the number 1 seeded team heading into the final four playoffs which begins on Sunday 18th at Basketball City.
Joining Fig Tree in the Final Four will be seeds 2 to 4 namely Ghaut Bucs, Horsfords Ghetto Roots and last years Champions Rams Hitters. Ghaut Bucs had an exceptional season and can be easily characterized as the most improved team for the season while Ghetto Roots and Hitters have both maintained their status as 2 of the elite teams in SKABA. Notably absent from this years final four are St.Pauls Tuff Knots and last years finalists the Cotton Ground Rebels. The Tuff Knots seemed well on their way to winning the regular season as the return of their BIG 3 (Javid Williams, Noren and Nasharn Maynard) resulted in the team recording some very impressive blow-out victories over Ghetto Roots, Hitters among others. However the team was expelled from the league after violating SKABA rules when they forfeited 2 games . SKABA rules state that any team that forfeits 2 games shall be automatically expelled from the league. Some may argue that had Tuff Knots not been expelled the final four might have been slightly different as the 4th seeded Hitters may have been out of the loop. The CG Rebels were unable to duplicate their cinderalla season of last year but remain one of the most feared teams in the league.
The Playoffs tips off on Sunday 18th with the Number 1 seeded Fig Tree playing Number 4 seeded Hitters in Game 1 and in Game 2 number 3 seeded Ghetto Roots will be playing number 2 seeded Ghaut Bucs. Both games will be the first games of 2 best of 3 series to determine who will face off in the finals.
President Romel Tobias commented I think the decision to take games to the rural areas paid huge dividends for us as we are in the middle of September and despite the many rained out games that had to be re-scheduled sometimes 2 and 3 times over we are able to begin the playoffs in mid-september, something which we have not seen for some time as over the last few years we have seen the finals began as late as the first week in November last year it began in the last week in October and even with rain delays we expect that the entire season will be done before the 3rd week in October .
Fig Tree will no doubt have to be seen as early favourites to win the playoffs as they have won the regular season and have been playing very well behind recent college graduate Kemo Shasta Duncan who has returned to the team after completing his 4 year college basketball scholarship stint in the US. Ghuat Bucs are the surprise team as they ended last season on the brink of being relegated to the A divison. However this year the inclusion of Tamboura Tamby CAINES has made them a very formidable team. Ghetto Roots will be without the services of former national players Troy Jasbo Wattley and Rymal Bally Browne. Jasbo recently left the team to pursue studies overseas while Bally was suspended 5 games and has already served 2 which means he will not be in this first round playoffs. If Ghetto Roots advances to the finals however Bally will be available. Ghetto Roots will have to rely on Berlie Francis who has been having an exceptional season along with the veteran Kiethley Hicks who despite playing for over 20 plus seasons in the league still remains one of the better big men in SKABA. Hitters are without one of their key players from the last 10 years of their dominance and that is Shawn Shabba Forbes who returned to his home team Challengers where he has been successful in bringing that team to a likely Premier Division berth for next season. With Shabba out Hitters will once again have to depend heavily on the much tried and tested shoulders of the legend Trevor Huggins (183-G-66) who like Kim Collins seems to be aging like good wine. Marty at 45 is still the best shooter in the league and no doubt one of the most potent scorers. Ansel Bonzy Revan and Marlon Jah Love Powell provides Hitters with a very good back court and they along with marty will have to work overtime for Hitters to repeat.
The final four is wide open and who will advance to the finals is anybodys guess.



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Ostojic signs for Ittihad - by Ali Ahmed
Mladen Ostojic signed a deal to be head coach for Al Ittihad Jeddah till the end of the season 2011/2012.





Awards/Achievements:
Golden Medal with Junior NT of Yugoslavia at the European Championship -88
Israeli League Coach of the Year -00
ULEB Euroleague Quarterfinals -01
Greek League Finalist -01
Coach Assist.: Yugoslavian Junior National Team -88
Bosnia and Hertzegovina Cup Finalist -07
Romanian League Semifinals -08
Head Coach: UAE National Team -08
UAE U18 National Team -08
FIBA Asia U18 Championships in Tehran (Iran) -08




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Partizan celebrates second win in Pravets - by Eurobasket News
Partizan finished tournament in Pravets with two wins and one defeat. In the last day of the tournament the Serbian powerhouse outplayed Cypriot champions Etha Engomis 75-68. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) and Acie Law (190-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Texas A&M) led Partizan with 14 points each. Nemanja Jaramaz (201-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) had 11 points and Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) was the last one with double-digits with 10 pts. Quarters - 21:19, 23:11, 21:19, 10:19.
In Day Two in Pravets, Partizan faced with 70-82 loss against Bulgarian champion Lukoil. Miroslav Raduljica had 16 points in this game.
In Day One, Partizan was better than Greek Aris 81-69. Miroslav Raduljica also scored 16 pts in this meeting. Vladimir Lucic (202-F-89, agency: Beo Basket) had two less.


German NT to return Svetislav Pesic? - by Eurobasket News
According to various sources, it seems that German Basketball Federation wants to return Svetislav Pesic (agency: Interperformances ) on the NT bench. Reportedly, they already offered him a four-year deal. Pesic led Germans to EuroBasket title in 1993. If Pesic accepts offer he will lead Germany next year in Qualifications for EuroBasket 2013. Svetislav Pesic is currently the Head Coach of Crvena Zvezda. He took them over this summer. Last season he worked with Power Electronics Valencia and helped them to reach Eurolegaue Quarterfinals. Pesic worked with Crvena Zvezda also in 2008/09. Before that, he coached Dynamo Moscow, Girona, Lottomatica Roma, Barcelona, Coln, ALBA Berlin and Bosna Sarajevo. Pesic led Yugoslavian NT to EuroBasket 2001 and World Championship 2002 titles.

Panathinaikos beats Serbian team Borac 89-72 - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos played a friendly game in Serbia. Their rival was Borac Cacak, the team from the Zeljko Obradovic's home town. Of course, the Greek powerhouse celebrated an easy win 89-72. Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) scored 15 points and David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) added 11 points for the Greens. Ocokoljic delivered 20 points for the hosts. Both teams are in the middle of the preparations.

'I am happy that I came to Cacak and played a friendly game against Borac. It was one our latest checks before our return to Athens. We did not play so good, but it is normal at this point of season', said Zeljko Obradovic after the game.

The game was played on Saturday.


Velimir Radinovic stays in Germany - by Eurobasket News
Velimir Radinovic (212-C-81, college: Ohio St.) will stay in Germany for at least one more year. The Serbian/Canadian center penned a deal with Walter Tigers Tuebingen. Radinovic spent last two seasons with Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels. In the latest one he had 6.6 ppg and 4.1 rpg for 27 games. In his first year with Mitteldeutscher Radinovic collected 6.2 ppg and 4.1 rpg for 9 games. In 2008/09, Velimir Radinovic played for Greek Iraklis. They competed in A2 at that time. In the past, he played for Hemofarm, Clermont and FMP Zeleznik. Radinovic is a product of the Ohio State University.

'Velimir Radinovic brings us the needed height. He has a lot of experience, knows the league and moves well. His strength is on defense and his pick and role is distinct', stressed Tigers head coach Igor Perovic.


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Zagreb rolled over Union Olimpija in Day 2 of the Rixos Cup - by Eurobasket News
Zagreb - Union Olimpija 75:69

Zagreb rolled over Union Olimpija in Day 2 of the Rixos Cup. Zagreb tied their record at 1-1 after 75:69 victory. Union Olimpija meanwhile just started the tournament and will face Fenerbahce later tonight.
The Croatian team started the game with 20-13 and then added 16-11 in the second period. As in the game with Fenerbahce, Zagreb fully controlled the first half. Moreover the Croatian team added 24-20 in the third quarter and did not mind losing the last stanza. Union Olimpija bounced back with 25-15 to reduce the gap to 6 points at the end.
Papa Diasse (212-F-87, college: SMU) stepped up with 14 points and Damir Rancic (199-G-83) scored 12. Mulaomerovic ended up with 11 , while Ante Masic (200-F-85, agency: Interperformances) and Simon posted 10 apiece. Greeb poured in 20 points in the losing effort and Dino Muric (200-F-90) netted 8.

ZAGREB CROATIA OSIGURANJE: Mulaomerovic 11, Ante Masic 10, Halilovic, Simon 10, Babic 5, Kasun 11, Papa Diasse 14, Garrett, Damir Rancic 12, Prostran, Heytvelt 2, Rikic. Trener: Ivica Buric.
UNION OLIMPIJA: Capin 3, Rothbart 6, Blazic 7, Thompson 6, Woodside 4, Dino Muric 8, Salin, Danny Green (198-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) 20, Varda 7, Markota 5, Bertans 3, Morina. Trener: Saa Filipovski.




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LG Replace Rolle with OLUMIDE OYEDEJI - by Kevin Campigotto
Changwon LG Sakers have decided to cut their losses with import Magnum Rolle (211-C/F-86, college: Louisiana Tech) and will instead go with 30 year old Nigerian Olumide Oyedeji (208-C/F-81) OYEDEJI has previously played in China, Puerto Rico, and was drafted 42nd in the 2000 NBA Draft. He later secured a 2 year contract with the Seattle Supersonics and also played for the Orlando Magic. At 6'8 OYEDEJI will hopefully still fit the mold for the twin tower based triangle offence coach Kim Jin is trying to implement.

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Today's friendly games - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria was better than Granada today 77-61. Rasual Butler (201-F-79, college: La Salle) paced Granca to victory with 23 points. Javier Beiran (200-F-87) and Spencer Nelson (203-F-80, college: Utah St.) followed him with 16 points each. In Granada, Jesus Fernandez (204-C-75) netted 15 pts.
Obradoiro grabbed thriller win against CON Ourense 72-70. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) shined with 17 points in victory. Pablo Movilla (187-G-87) top-scored in loss with 20 points.
Cajasol and Unicaja also met each other today. The game finished without winner 80-80. No OT was played. Tomas Satoransky (199-G/F-91) was the leading scorer in Cajasol with 18 points. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) nailed 21 points for the Malaga team.


Valencia wins against Khimky 86-76 - by Eurobasket News
Valencia Basket - Khimky 86-76

Valencia Basket and Khimky played a friendly game tonight in the Spanish city Algemesi. Valencia was better and celebrated 86-76 victory in this meeting. Everything started good for Khimky, who made 13-22 lead in the first ten minutes. Valencia improved after that, but still was down by six at the HT. In third period Valencia came to minus one and everything was open in the last ten minutes. Valencia shined in Q4 and thanks to 27-16 they celebrated double-digit win in this game. Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) exploded with 28 points for the Spanish team. Rihards Kuksiks (198-G/F-88, college: Arizona St.) also was great adding 18 pts, while San Miguel and Nik Caner-Medley (203-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) helped with 10 points each. In Khimky, Chris Quinn (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) delivered 22 points. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) and Anton Pushkov (208-C-88) netted 15 and 12 points respectively.

Valencia Basket: San Miguel (10), Rafael Martinez (28), Rihards Kuksiks (18), Nik Caner-Medley (10), Lishchuk (6), Ogilvy (6), Faverani (8), Tirado (-), A. Perez (-)
Khimky: Chris Quinn (22), E. Karpeko (9), Kelati (5), Dudu (5), Kresimir Loncar (15), Pichkurov (2), Anton Pushkov (12), A. Karpeko (-), Vyaltsev (6)


Caja Laboral signs Kevin Seraphin - by Eurobasket News
Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) will continue his career in Spain. He penned a deal with Caja Laboral until the end of the NBA lock-out. Seraphin just won the Silver with French NT at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. He appeared 9 times at this event averaging 4.7 points and 1.9 rebounds. Kevin Seraphin played for the Washington Wizards last season. He had 2.7 ppg and 2.7 rpg for 57 games. It was his rookie NBA season. Seraphin penned a four-year deal with the Wizards last summer. He was 17th overall pick at the 2010 NBA Draft. Kevin Seraphin is a product of Cholet. In 2009, he paced U20 France to Silver at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos. Seraphin was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 Best Center -09. In 2010, he was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Most Improved Player of the Year -10 and Cholet won the title.

Estela signs Darius Cox - by Mariano Galindo
Estela has signed for the 2011-12 season Darius Cox (201-F-89), who will make with this team his debut in Europe. The forward played three seasons with Tennessee State and in his last university season, he played for Livingstone (NCAA2). Darius Cox wiil play in EBA league in a hard group like A. With this addition, the roster coached by Romano will have more power inside. Its goal, get a Silver place. Moreover, Daniel Djukovic, another forward, will play as well in the senior team.

EuroBasket 2011: Spain defend their title - by Eurobasket News
Spain - France 98:85

Spain repeated as European Champions. They overcame France in the title game tonight in Kaunas. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) put on another brilliant performance scoring 27 points and issuing 4 assists.
The teams got to a flying start. Spain exploded with 25 points in the opening frame to take a 5-point lead after ten minutes 25:20. Jose Manuel Calderon (190-PG-81) and Ibaka posted 29:20 lead for the Spaniards early in the second term. Soon Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) made it 36:26 for La Roja midway through the period. Nando De Colo and Batum dragged Les Bleus as close as 5 points late in the half but Pau Gasol stepped up for Spain once again establishing a 50:41 lead at the interval. Juan Carlos Navarro kept Spain in charge throughout the third term. He unloaded 9 points and Spain ensured a 75:62 lead at the final intermission. Pau Gasol and Rudy Fernandez stretched the margin to 16 points midway through the fourth term and Spain never looked back en route to a confident win. Pau Gasol and Jose Manuel Calderon accounted for 17 points each in the victory. Tony Parker (183-PG-80) shone for Les Bleus scoring 26 points, distributing 5 assists and pulling down 5 rebounds. Boris Diaw (203-F/C-82) contributed 12 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Spain: Juan Carlos Navarro 27, Pau Gasol 17+10 boards, Jose Manuel Calderon 17
France: Tony Parker 26, Boris Diaw 12



Caja Laboral, Obradoiro, Joventut and Navarra post wins - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral overcame CB Granada 78:67 in the pre-season clash. Mirza Teletovic (206-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for Caja Laboral with 22 points. Pau Ribas (193-PG-87) contributed 17 points in the winning effort. Fernandez and Jose Manuel Coego (204-C/F-78) responded with 13 points each for CB Granada.
Joventut narrowly defeated Menorca Basquet 77:75 in Badalona. The teams went exceptionally close throughout the whole game. But Joventut managed to pull ahead late in the game and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Pooh Jeter (179-PG-83, college: Portland) posted 14 points for the winners. Derrick Obasohan (199-F-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) had 13 points for Joventut. Roberto Morentin (206-F/C-81, college: Cent.Florida) and David Navarro (192-G/F-83) answered with 14 points each for Menorca Basquet.
Obradoiro cruised past Basquet Coruna 81:56. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) posted 14 points for the winners. Javier Bulfoni (192-G-76) contributed 13 points in the victory. Xavier Lopez (191-G-83, college: Point Loma) replied with 10 points for Coruna.
Navarra held off Lagun Aro 71:68 behind 19 points from Inaki Narros (194-G-81). Lagun Aro led by two points at the first break but Navarra surged ahead in the second term and hung on for the victory at the end. Kevin Langford (204-F/C-85, college: TCU) netted 10 points for the winning side. Andy Panko (204-F-77, college: Lebanon Valley) answered with 21 points for Lagun Aro.



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Boras and Nassjo beat Solna in friendly games - by Eurobasket News
Solna Vikings faced with two straight defeats in pre-season games. They failed against Boras and Nassjo.
Boras registered 101-97 win against the Vikings. Michael Palm (208-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: W.Washington) and Ryan Zamroz (191-G-87, agency: JEMsports, college: Master's) paced Boras to victory draining 26 and 23 points respectively. Avery Jukes (203-F, college: Butler) responded with 30 points in loss. The second scorer in Solna was Stephen McDonell with 18 points. Quarters: 24-20, 20-32, 21-28, 32-21.
Nassjo grabbed 95-91 win against Solna. Mathias Liljeqvist (196-F-92) stepped up for Nassjo with 16 points and Christoffer Sillen helped with three less. Avery Jukes shined in defeat with 27 points. Stephen McDonell had 20 pts this time. Quarters: 26-17, 18-24, 22-32, 29-18.


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Fenerbahce Ulker and Antalya reached the Final at Rixos Cup - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce Ulker and Antalya reached the Final at Rixos Cup. Both Turkish sides won their Groups and will face each other.
Fenerbahce Ulker overcame Union Olimpija 82:78. The Turkish side started with 26-18, while the Slovenian side replied with 22-20 in the second period. Moreover Olimpija needed 17-14 to reduce to 2 points entering the last quarter. Fenerbahce Ulker did not allow them to come closer and after22-21 in the last stanza remained undefeated. Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) top-scored for the winners with 21 points, while Gasper Vidmar (209-C/F-87) notched 16. Luka Drezga (196-G-87) netted 13 and Hakan Demirel (192-G-85) as well as Rashid Mahalbasic had 8 apiece. Marshall Thompson ended up with 19 points in defeat and Markota posted 16.
Antalya meanwhile edged PAOK 75:73. The Turkish representative opened the game with 27:20 and allowed the team from Greece to score another 20 points in the second period. At that time it was enough for PAOK to win the quarter as they reduce to 45:40 at the halftime. Antalya produced 18-17 in the third quarter and then Valentin Pastal (204-F-84) tied the game at 64:64. Although Antalya lost the frame 10-18 they managed to win another game. Corey Fisher (185-G-88, college: Villanova) stepped up with 18 points and Kedrick Brown nailed 14. Dimos Dikoudis (207-F/C-77) chipped in 18 points for the Greek side and Antriuskevicius followed him with 15.



Fenerbahce Ulker reaches Antalya Rixos Cup finals by defeating Union Olimpija. - by Pervin Elgin
By winning the second consecutive game, Fenerbahce Ulker has clinched a spot in the Antalya Rixos Club finals. In a close game, the Istanbul site defeated Slovenian Union Olimpija 82-78.

Lead by Bogdanovic, Fenerbahce Ulkers played a very effective first period, resulting in 26-18 lead at the buzzer. In the second period Fener kept on scoring, But Olimpija managed to hang on, closing the first half trailing 46-40.

In the third period Union Olimpija closed the gap further by increasing the speed of the external baskets. Ulker still managed to hang on to the lead: 60-57 at the end of the thrid..

In the final period, the Slovenian opponents were effective, but Fenerbahce Ulker succeeded in protecting the gap with scores by Luka Drezga from the three-point line, resulting in a close 82-78 victory.




Latest friendly games - by Eurobasket News
Besiktas failed in thriller against Italian team Teramo 84-86. Ersin Dagli (204-F/C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama) shined for the Turkish squad with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) had 18 points and 10 rebs, while Deron Williams (191-PG-84, college: Illinois) had 14 pts, 10 assists and 5 boards.
Tofas was better than Erdemir 79-76. Can Ozcan (202-F-89) scored 20 points in victory. Soner Senturk (194-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) netted 14 points in loss.
Aliaga handed 71-66 loss to Hacettepe behind 22 points by Ersin Gorkem (195-F-77). Sherron Collins (180-PG-87, college: Kansas) had 24 pts for TBL newcomer.
Gaziantep cruised past Optimum TED 72-65. Tay Waller top-scored in victory with 24 points.


Cibona hands 76-68 to Anadolu Efes - by Eurobasket News
Cibona - Anadolu Efes 76-68

Cibona was better than Anadolu Efes in a friendly game 76-68. The former Croatian champion was the host of this meeting. Cibona made 19-7 lead in the first ten minutes and never looked back. Second quarter ended with 16-16 so the home squad kept double-digit advantage at the HT. Cibona shined after the breather and with 27-18 in Q3 resolved question about the winner. Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Kentucky) and Damjan Rudez (206-F-86) stepped up for Cibona with 17 points. Hrvoje Kovacevic (191-G-86) and Andrija Zizic (207-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) helped with 14 and 12 points respectively. Cenk Akyol (196-G-87) responded with 18 points in loss. Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84) had 14 points, Dogus Balbay (185-G-89, college: Texas) 11 and Ermal Kurtoglu (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) stopped to 8 pts. Both teams will play more friendlies this pre-season.

Cibona: Antwain Barbour 17+5 as, Damjan Rudez 17, Hrvoje Kovacevic 14, Andrija Zizic 12+5 boards
Anadolu Efes: Cenk Akyol 18, Sasha Vujacic 14, Dogus Balbay 11, Ermal Kurtoglu 8


Anadolu Efes too much for Cedevita, 83-64 - by Eurobasket News
Turkish giant Anadolu Efes played another friendly game in Zagreb. This time Efes was better than Cedevita 83-64. Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) and Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84) scored 15 points each for the winners. Stimac followed them with 11 points. Efes played this game without Savanovic, Ilievski and Kinsey. In Cedevita, Marino Bazdaric (197-G/F-78) delivered 16 points. Chris Warren (196-F-81, agency: SportsTalent, college: S.Carolina) had 15 and Marko Car (188-G/F-85) 10 pts. Cedevita played without Draper and Smodis. Quarters - 24:15, 18:15, 21:17, 20:17.
Meanwhile, Croatian team Borik outplayed Bosnian Capljina on the road 63-78. Marino Sarlija (207-F/C-89) scored 19 points in Borik. Jagodic had 20 pts for the hosts.


Galatasaray overcame Pinar Karsyaka in Day 2 of the Pinar Cup - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray - Pinar Karsyaka 82:62

Galatasaray overcame Pinar Karsyaka in Day 2 of the Pinar Cup. Both teams showed an excellent battle of the Turkish teams, while Galatasaray stepped closer to the title.
Luksa Andric (210-C-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Furkan Aldemir (207-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 11 points each, while Preston Shumpert (198-G/F-79, college: Syracuse) netted 9. Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90) and Alper Saruhan (200-F-82, agency: 1x1 Sports) replied with 12 points each, whilst Jovo Stanojevic (208-C-77, agency: Beo Basket) scored 11. Emre Bayav (212-C-87) and Rayman Morgan delivered 7 points apiece.
Galatasaray took the lead early in the game and grabbed 19:14 after the first period. Moreover the winners scored another 19 points in the second period. It was again enough to outscore the hosts as the latter finished with 17. In the third frame Galatasaray added 26-14 and did not even slow down at the very end. Due to 18-17 in the last period the favorite reached 20-point victory.

Galatasaray: Luksa Andric 11, Furkan Aldemir 11, Preston Shumpert 9
Pinar Karsyaka: Ilkan Karaman 12, Alper Saruhan 12, Jovo Stanojevic 11, Emre Bayav 7, Rayman Morgan 7



Antalya surprised Turk Telekom in Day 2 of Rixos Cup - by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom-Antalya 94:97

Antalya surprised Turk Telekom in Day 2 of Rixos Cup. Melih Mahmutoglu (193-G-90) and Valentin Pastal scored the last four points for Antalya to win 97:94.
Turk Telekom won the opener of the tournament and started stronger. The team grabbed 25:16 after the first period, but failed in the second. Antalya needed 36-21 to take 52:46 advantage after Corey Fisher (185-G-88, college: Villanova) s great game. Turk Telekom did not give up and came up with 30-20 in the third quarter to take 76:72 after 30 minutes. Antalya meanwhile needed 25-18 in the last quarter to seal the victory.
Corey Fisher paced all the winners with 20 points, while Stevan Jelovac (208-F/C-89, agency: BeoExcell), Kedrick Brown and Melih Mahmutoglu all scored 18. Ali Karadeniz ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Bekir Yarangume (198-F-79) added 15. Muratcan Guler (192-G-80, agency: 1x1 Sports) notched 14, while Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) had 9.

Turk Telekom: Ali Karadeniz 23, Bekir Yarangume 15, Muratcan Guler 14, Darius Washington 9
Antalya: Corey Fisher 20, Stevan Jelovac 18, Kedrick Brown 18, Melih Mahmutoglu 18


Fenerbahce Ulker beats KK Zagreb in the Rixos Antalya Cup - by Pervin Elgin
In the fourth annual Rixos Antalya Cup Basketball Tournament, Fenerbahce Ulker beat Croation KK Zagreb 82-65. Ulkers next match will be september 18th against Slovenian Union Olimpija.

Fenerbahce started the match with no less than eight missing players, including national team players Oguz Savas, Emir Preldzic and Omer Onan. Despite struggling with the lack of these players, Ulker managed to dominate the game from start to finish. After a rapid start of Zagreb, Fenerbahce took the lead with five minutes on the clock, 11- 9. Scores by Kaya Peker, Vidmar and Bogdanovic increased the lead to 20-15 at the period buzzer.

In the second period Fenerbahce showed its defensive hardness. Zagreb only managed to score 7 points, resulting a clear 45-27 dominance at halftime for Ulker.

In the second half Ulker cooled down. KK succesfully closed the gap to 6 points, 47-41, but Fenerbahce closed ranks and finished the third quarter with 58-51 superiority.

In the final quarter Ulker was dominant again. With four minutes left on the clock, Fener extented the lead to a comfortable 72-59. In the remaining minutes the Istanbul team remained in control, and left the field victorious with a clear 82-65 victory.




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Khimik Yuzny open home tournament with two victories - by Eurobasket News
Khimik Yuzny opened the home pre-season tournament with back-to-back victories. The hosts opened the tourney with an 87:76 win over Mykolaiv. Khimik started the game aggressively. They built a 52:30 halftime lead. The visitors outscored their opponents in the third term to cut the deficit. But Khimik regained control in the fourth stanza and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) posted 19 points and 7 rebounds for Khimik. Reyshawn Terry (203-F-84, college: N.Carolina) and Stanislav Zavadsky (213-C-87) contributed 12 points each in the victory. Rodney Green (196-F/G-88, college: La Salle) answered with 19 points for Mykolaiv. Vincent Hunter (208-F-84, college: Arkansas) had 16 points in the loss.
In another game of the day Hemofarm shot down Barak Netanya 85:75.
Khimik took on Serbian Hemofarm on the second day of the tournament. It was a tough battle from start to finish. The hosts ensured a 4-point lead at the interval 36:32. But Hemofarm turned things around in the third stanza pulling ahead for a 2-point lead at the final intermission. Darrel Mitchell stepped up for Khimik in the final seconds sealing a tough 66:63 win. He accounted for 16 points to lead the charge. Reyshawn Terry contributed 14 points, while Denis Ikovlev (201-F-86, agency: RIZO, college: Nevada) had 13 points for the winners. Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) and Marko Sutalo (194-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) answered with 13 points each for Hemofarm.
In another game of the day Mykolaiv opened win count beating Barak Netanya 94:86.



Azovmash and Triumph will play in title game of Azovmash Cup - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash and Triumph will play for the title at the annual Azovmash Cup pre-season tournament.
Triumph overcame BC Odessa in the opening game of the tournament yesterday. Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC) scored 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Russian team to an 82:58 win. Tywain McKee (188-PG-86, college: Coppin St.) stepped up with 12 points in the victory. Triumph used a 23:10 run in the second term to clear off for good in this one. Willie Deane (186-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Purdue) answered with 14 points for BC Odessa. Shawn King (208-C-82, college: ORU) produced 13 points in the loss.
Triumph will be joined by hosting Azovmash in the title game. The home team overcame Cherkasy 73:64 in overtime. Cherkasy led by as many as 6 points at halftime but the Mariupol team managed to erase the deficit sending the game into overtime. Azovmash limited their opponents to just 3 points in the extra period and celebrated a tough win at the end. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, agency: Alti Sport, college: Duke) and Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) posted 18 points apiece for Azovmash. Artur Drozdov (199-G-80) accounted for 11 points in the winning effort. Miljan Pupovic (209-C/F-83) responded with 17 points for Cherkasy. Ivars Timermanis (202-F-82, agency: Alti Sport) and Morris Almond (198-F-85, college: Rice) netted 11 points each for the visitors.



Dnipro advanced to the Final in Liepaja - by Eurobasket News
Dnipro advanced to the Final of the International Tournament with 6 teams.
In Day 1 Dnipro edged Pieno Zvaigzdes 79:68. The Ukrainian team played without Kozlov and Steve Bertt (185-G-84, college: Iona) but started well and got 18:17 after the first period. Moreover they managed to win the rest of the quarters and proved their superiority over the opponent. Charles Thomas (203-F-86, college: Arkansas) stepped up with 24 points and Maksym Kornienko (205-F/C-87) scored 17.
In Day 2 Dnipro easily beat University Of Tartu 101:79. The Estonian team opened the game with 24-23, but could not match the Ukrainian side in the rest of the game. The latter won the second period 27-15 and added 23-19 in the third quarter. After 28-21 in the last stanza Dnipro reached three-digit victory. Charles Thomas again top-scored for the winners with 24 points, while Kornienko posted 21 and Steve Bertt returned to the squad with 19 points.
In the Final game Dnipro will face Georgian Sokhumi that became the winner of another group.



Budivelnyk takes third place at tournament in France - by Eurobasket News
Budivelnyk outplayed Limoges 83-77 to take third place at the tournament in French city Saint-Brieuc. Jack McClinton (185-G-85, college: Miami, FL) was the leading player in victory with 20 points. Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) and Sehovic followed him with 15 and 14 points respectively. In the loosing squad, Gomis delivered 23 pts. Quarters - 14:20, 23:22, 27:21, 19:14.
In the first game Budivelnyk faced with 70-81 loss against Le Mans. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) stepped up for the French team with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Jack McClinton top-scored in Budivelnyk with 18 points. Zach Morley had 12 and Travon Bryant (206-F-83, college: Missouri) netted 10 pts. Quarters - 22:22, 19:20, 16:18, 13:21.


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Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Cent.Apure 6-0 
 2. Graneros 6-0 
 3. Estudiantes 4-2 
 4. Lanc.Cojedes 4-2 
 5. Tiburones 3-3 
 6. Rojos de Sucre 1-5 
 7. Atleticos UCV 0-6 
 8. Cacaoteros 0-6 


Fernando Lucena is now with Boyaca - by Yelitza La Torre
Outstanding professional basketball player Fernando Lucena (185-G-86) has arrived in Boyaca City, Colombia to play in the upcoming 2011 Colombia Basketball League with Patriotas de Boyaca It is not the first time that Fernando Lucena shows his great point guard skills in Colombia - In 2008 Fernando Played with Islander Sopesa in San Andres Island and in 2010 Fernando played with Cangrejeros de Cartagena. Fernando said, ' It was great for me to be a part of Cartagena and San Andres but for this upcoming Monday September 19th I will be doing my best to bring the champion Cup for Boyaca'




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


SEABL: RANGERS HANG TOUGH TO REPEAT AS CHAMPIONS - by Eurobasket News
Patrick Lucas, SEABL Freelancer

The signs didnt point to a Dandenong win. Their leading scorer and rebounder Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) hobbled off midway through the final quarter, and they coughed up 23 turnovers for the game, but the Rangers found a way to take down Knox and take out their second consecutive championship.

Rather than use the Penaluna injury as an excuse for defeat, the Rangers rallied behind game MVP Clare Papavs (180-G-87) in the final five minutes to finish 65-57.

The win comes at a particularly emotional time for the Rangers, with Dandenong Basketball Association President Charles Ryan passing away a fortnight ago.

League MVP Amy Denson (186-F-84, college: Arizona St.) put in a valiant effort, pouring in 22 points and 10 rebounds, but ultimately it was Dandenongs balanced effort that proved too much for the Raiders.

Knox came out sluggishly but quickly gained the ascendancy in the first quarter. Guard Sarah Graham (163-G-89) showed her range from three, while Denson was getting easy looks from around the free-throw line, and Knox took a five-point edge at the end of the quarter, 13-18.

But with defensive player of the year Faith Probst giving Denson no airspace to score, Dandenong pulled back the margin in the second.

Penaluna continued to pull in offensive rebounds and pose problems for Knoxs frontline, but turnovers plagued the Rangers as they struggled to get into their offence.

A three at the half time buzzer to Hannah Kaser reduced the margin to three, 29-32, but the feeling was that Knox could have been further in front.

The games intensity lifted in the third, as Penaluna and Denson both went on scoring tears for their respective teams, finishing with 17 a piece by the end of the term.

The Rangers also tightened up in ball carrying, limiting their turnovers to just five for the quarter, and they managed to take the lead on a Cumming give and go with Penaluna,as time expired at the end of the third, 47-46.

With the season on the line for both teams, nerves began to show, and Dandenong looked edgy early in the fourth. Four consecutive turnovers to the Rangers to begin the final term suggested they may relent under the pressure, but Knox failed to capitalise.

Midway through the final term, the game was anyones after point guards Sarah Graham and Amelia Todhunter traded threes to tie the scores at 54.

The Rangers then took a two-point lead into a timeout, but tragedy struck shortly after, with the Dandenong centre Penaluna needing to be helped off the court after an inconspicuous clash of knees with Sarah Graham.

However Dandenong lifted when it mattered the most and managed to hang tough. A long two to Todhunter and a 15-foot jump shot Probst stretched their lead out to four with three minutes remaining.

With Knox looking to go to Denson down the stretch, Probst continued to play fantastic defence on the forward while also blocking a Julia Tan drive to limit Knoxs scoring chances with time running down.

With both teams in the bonus, game MVP Clare Papavs showed some nerves and could only manage to hit three of seven free-throws in the final two minutes, but it was enough to stave off Knox.

A final lay-up to Alison Downie with 20 seconds left sealed the game and the championship, leaving the final score at 65-57.


Final Score

Dandenong 65
Elyse Penaluna 19 points 11 rebounds, Clare Papavs 18 points 6 rebounds

Defeated

Knox 57
Amy Denson 22 points 10 rebounds, Sarah Graham 11 points

Barb Barton Medal for MVP: Clare Papavs (Dandenong)
Courtesy of: http://www.seabl.com.au/


Aussies battle in WNBA playoffs - by Eurobasket News
The WNBA playoffs are currently in full swing with five Aussies competing across the postseason match-ups.

Jayco Opals stars Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and Belinda Snell (181-F-81) of the Seattle Storm are currently locked in a battle against Penny Taylor's (185-F-81) Phoenix Mercury, with the series tied at 1-1 heading into the deciding Game Three.

Both Jackson and Taylor have faced injury concerns leading into the series, with Jackson still recovering from hip surgery, while Taylor missed her teams final regular season games with a back complaint.

The Storm secured game one with an 80-61 victory before Phoenix rebounding to tie things up in game two with a 92-83 win.

Another Aussie who has already made a big impact on this years playoffs is Erin Phillips (173-G-85) of the Indiana Fever. Phillips has had an outstanding season this year, and despite having a quiet Game One of her sides series against the New York Liberty, Phillips pulled off the shot of the finals so far to hit the game winner and give the Fever a 74-72 victory. New York fought back to level the series in Game Two in their best of three series.

Tully Bevilaqua (164-G-72) of the San Antonio Silver Stars is also amongst the playoff action, and after falling to the Minnesota Lynx in their first game 66-65, rallied to tie the series at 1-1 with an 84-75 victory this morning.

Game Three of Seattle versus Phoenix and Game Three of Indiana versus New York will be played on Tuesday morning, while Tully Bevilaqua and San Antonio will be hoping to clinch their series against Minnesota in Game Three on Wednesday.

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


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


ZVVZ USK Praha participates at Trutnov Tournament - by Eurobasket News
ZVVZ USK Praha participates at Trutnov Tournament and played already three games. ZVVZ USK Praha lost to Dynamo Kursk 61:77. The Russian team won the first period 21-10 and then added 19-13 in the second stanza. In the second half the teams exchanged the victories that brought the win for Kursk. Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) and Anna Petrakova (188-F-84) top-scored for the winners with 22 points each, while Lisina netted 10. Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Petra Kulichova (198-C-84) as well as Montanana poured in 12 apiece.
In Day 2 ZVVZ USK Praha overcame TSV Wasserburg 89:75. The team from Czech Republic started confident and reached 21-11 after the first 10 minutes. They also won the second frame 24-23 and added 21-16 in the third period. TSV Wasserburg managed to win the last stanza 25-23 to reduce to 14 points.
CCC POLKOWICE outscored USK PRAGA 72:65 to enter the Finals. The teams notched 21 points each in the first period and only 14-13 in the second period allowed CCC to take the minimum lead. The third quarter however brought 21-15 and then again both teams notched 16 apiece in the last stanza. Sharnee Zoll (170-PG-86, college: Virginia) ended up with 13 points for the winners, while Valeriya Musina (183-G-87, college: Lee), Maltsi, Perovanovic and Walich all scored 10.



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Estonian Mailis Pokk moved to Germany - by Eurobasket News
Estonian Mailis Pokk (185-F/C-92) moved to Germany and already joined the team TSV Wasserburg.
In 2007-2008 she started for BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (Meistriliiga, starting five) and then in 2008-2009 played forAudentes Tallinna Living (Meistriliiga). In 19 games she averaged 9.8ppg, Reb-2 (2.8rpg), Assists-1 (1.3apg). In 2009-2010 she moved to Eclex Tallinn (Baltic League) but played also at Audentes (Meistriliiga, starting five). The last season started for Eclex Tallinn (Meistriliiga) and in BWBL after 13 games showed 6.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 60.0%. In Estonian League after 16 games her stats read 8.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 2FGP: 38.6%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 74.4%.
This summer Mailis Pokk participated at the European Championships U20 Division B in Ohrid (FYR Macedonia) -11 and in 7 games showed 14.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 81.5%.
In her top game Estonia avoided last place in Ohrid. They celebrated 73-65 win against FYROM to end as No.10 at the U20 EuroBasket Division B. Mailis Pokk shined in victory with 22 points and 8 rebounds.



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  GERMANY - Women  


Estonian Mailis Pokk moved to Germany - by Eurobasket News
Estonian Mailis Pokk (185-F/C-92) moved to Germany and already joined the team TSV Wasserburg.
In 2007-2008 she started for BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite (Meistriliiga, starting five) and then in 2008-2009 played forAudentes Tallinna Living (Meistriliiga). In 19 games she averaged 9.8ppg, Reb-2 (2.8rpg), Assists-1 (1.3apg). In 2009-2010 she moved to Eclex Tallinn (Baltic League) but played also at Audentes (Meistriliiga, starting five). The last season started for Eclex Tallinn (Meistriliiga) and in BWBL after 13 games showed 6.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 47.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 60.0%. In Estonian League after 16 games her stats read 8.0ppg, 6.8rpg, 2FGP: 38.6%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 74.4%.
This summer Mailis Pokk participated at the European Championships U20 Division B in Ohrid (FYR Macedonia) -11 and in 7 games showed 14.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 48.6%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 81.5%.
In her top game Estonia avoided last place in Ohrid. They celebrated 73-65 win against FYROM to end as No.10 at the U20 EuroBasket Division B. Mailis Pokk shined in victory with 22 points and 8 rebounds.



TSV Wasserburg tries hard in pre-season - by Eurobasket News
TSV Wasserburg tries hard in pre-season tournament.
Dynamo Kursk smashed TSV Wasserburg 86:45. The Russian team dominated the whole game and clinched the rightful victory. Ekaterina Lisina (198-C-87) stepped up with 16 points and Ekaterina Arseneva (185-F-86) netted 12. Shanika Freeman (183-F/C-83, college: Jacksonville St.) finished the game with 15 points for the German side.
CCC POLKOWICE overcame TSV WASSERBURG 95:65 in their opener. The Polish side started with 28-12 and added 27-18 in the second period. Moreover CCC had 28-15 in the third quarter and did not mind 20-12 in the last stanza from the German side. Valeriya Musina (183-G-87, college: Lee) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Aleksandra Dziwinska (172-PG-91) notched 15.
ZVVZ USK Praha overcame TSV Wasserburg 89:75. The team from Czech Republic started confident and reached 21-11 after the first 10 minutes. They also won the second frame 24-23 and added 21-16 in the third period. TSV Wasserburg managed to win the last stanza 25-23 to reduce to 14 points.




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  HUNGARY - Women  


Uni Seat Gyor enjoys the European trip - by Eurobasket News
Uni Seat Gyor enjoys the European trip participating at the International Tournament in Trutnov.
In Day 1 Uni Seat Gyor beat KARA Trutnov 69:68. The hosts of the tournament started well and reached 26-12 after the first 10 minutes. The team from Czech Republic also won the third quarter 17-16, but fell in the last period with 9-21. Edita Sujanova (190-C-85) paced the Hungarian team with 18 points and Rita Rasheed (180-F-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) as well as Kata Furtos (174-G-87, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) added 12 each. Darina Misurova (163-PG-81) replied with 21 points in defeat.
Wisla Can-Pack Krakow edged Uni Seat Gyor 62:56. Trailing 18-23 after the first 10 minutes, the Polish outfit grabbed the lead after 20-10 in the second half. Bjelica Milka led the way with 14 points and De Mondt Anke scored 10. Iva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) ended up with 15 points for the Hungarian squad.
In Day 3 Uni Seat Gyor surprised MBK Ruzomberok 78:68 and finished second in the group. The Hungarian team started strong and had 30:22 after the first period. The second half also belonged to Seat Gyor that celebrated the important pre-season victory. Rita Rasheed paced all the winners with 24 points and Edita Sujanova netted 18. Katarina Tetemondova (187-F-88) chipped in 25 points for the Slovakian side.



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  POLAND - Women  


Wisla Can-Pack Krakow win Trutnov Cup - by Grzegorz Ozog
Wisla Can-Packk Krakow win the International Tournament in Trutnov. In the final game Wisla defeated CCC Polkowice 72:60.

Wisla who played without four main player (Ewelina Kobryn, Nicole Powell, Erin Phillips, Magdalena Leciejewska) from the beginning was better team.

Top player was Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) who was chosen MVP of the Tournament.

Wisa Can-Pack Krakow - CCC Polkowice 76:60 [22:16, 17:15, 19:9, 14:20]


Wisla Can-Pack Krakow wins Group A - by Eurobasket News
Wisla Can-Pack Krakow wins Group A of the International Tournament in Trutnov. The team actually scored 199 points and got the same number in defeat.
Wisla Can-Pack Krakow started the campaign with the tough win over MBK Ruzomberok 70:68. The latter grabbed 28-19 after the first 10 minutes, but the last quarter was decisive in the game. The Polish outfit needed 21-12 to seal the victory in the opener. Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) led the way with 16 points and De Mondt Anke notched 13. Kamila Stepanova (193-C-88) poured in 25 points in defeat and Carmen Guzman (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) scored 20.
In the same day Wisla Can-Pack Krakow edged Uni Seat Gyor 62:56. Trailing 18-23 after the first 10 minutes, the Polish outfit grabbed the lead after 20-10 in the second half. Milka Bjelica led the way with 14 points and De Mondt Anke scored 10. Iva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) ended up with 15 points for the Hungarian squad.
In Day 3 KARA Trutnov surprised Wisla Can-Pack Krakow 75:67 in the last game but did not change anything in the standings. Darina Misurova (163-PG-81) and Hana Snajdrova-Ziklova (183-F-80) poured in 17 points each for the hosts and Milka Bjelica scored 16 points for the Polish side.



Lotos Gdynia wins tournament in Bydgoszcz - by Eurobasket News
Lotos Gdynia is the winner of the tournament in Bydgoszcz, which was played this weekend. Lotos was better than the home squad Artego Bydgoszcz for perfect 3-0 record at this tournament. Geraldine Robert (184-F-80) top-scored for the winners with 22 points. Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) had 17 and Aneika Henry (191-C-86, college: Florida) followed her with 14 points. It is also important to mention that Jolene Anderson (173-G-86, college: Wisconsin) and Ines Ajanovic (196-C-80) netted 12 and 10 points respectively. Quarters - 23:15, 19:15, 18:14, 22:23. Energa Torun outplayed INEA AZS Poznan today 72-54.
As mentioned above, Lotos Gdynia is the winner with perfect 3-0 score. Artego Bydgoszcz is the second ranked team with two wins while, Energa Torun is third with 1-2 score. INEA AZS Poznan ended with poor 0-3.


Odra Brzeg post second win at home pre-season tournament - by Eurobasket News
Odra Brzeg stayed unbeaten at home pre-season tournament. The hosts held off Widzew Lodz 85:64 for second win in a row. Iwona Plociennik (188-F-88) posted 15 points to lead the winners. Odra Brzeg used a 26:10 run in the second term to establish a 21-point halftime lead. They never looked back afterwards cruising to the victory at the end. Justyna Daniel (179-G/F-86, agency: Promotex) accounted for 14 points, while Magdalena Rzeznik (171-G-83) and Ebony Ellis (190-C-88, college: N.Illinois) had 11 points apiece in the win. Paulina Misiek (182-F-87, agency: Promotex) answered with 12 points for Widzew Lodz. Leona Jankowska (190-C-77) delivered 11 points in the loss.
LKS Lodz also registered the second straight victory. They outscored Ostrovia Ostrow 78:49.



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  RUSSIA - Women  


Dynamo Kursk started 2011/2012 pre-season games - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo Kursk started 2011/2012 pre-season games in Czech Republic.
Dynamo Kursk smashed TSV Wasserburg 86:45. The Russian team dominated the whole game and clinched the rightful victory. Ekaterina Lisina (198-C-87) stepped up with 16 points and Arseneva Ekaterina netted 12. Shanika Freeman (183-F/C-83, college: Jacksonville St.) finished the game with 15 points for the German side.
ZVVZ USK Praha lost to Dynamo Kursk 61:77. The Russian team won the first period 21-10 and then added 19-13 in the second stanza. In the second half the teams exchanged the victories that brought the win for Kursk. Bimbaite and Anna Petrakova (188-F-84) top-scored for the winners with 22 points each, while Ekaterina Lisina netted 10. Katerina Elhotova (180-G-89) replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Kulichova as well as Montanana poured in 12 apiece.
In Day 3 CCC POLKOWICE edged DYNAMO KURSK 68:60. The Polish team opened the game with 21-14 and had 5-point advantage at the halftime. The Russian squad reduced to three more as they won the third quarter 19-16, but CCC needed 17-11 to win the game. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas) poured in 15 points and Musina scored 12. Zoll and Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) had 11 each, while Petronyte netted 7.



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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


MBK Ruzomberok started another International Tournament - by Eurobasket News
MBK Ruzomberok started another International Tournament. After the victory at the International Tournament in Jelenia Gora, the Slovakian team moved to Czech Republic.
Wisla Can-Pack Krakow started the campaign with the tough win over MBK Ruzomberok 70:68. The latter grabbed 28-19 after the first 10 minutes, but the last quarter was decisive in the game. The Polish outfit needed 21-12 to seal the victory in the opener. Bjelica Milka led the way with 16 points and De Mondt Anke notched 13. Stepanova Kamila poured in 25 points in defeat and Guzman Carmen scored 20.
In the same day MBK Ruzomberok handed KARA Trutnov another pity loss 57:56. Trailing 6-20 after the first period, the team from Slovakia won the second 27-15 and added 11-6 in the third stanza. Guzman Carmen poured in 18 points, while a newcomer Andersson Ann scored 12. Zaplatova Petra ended up with 17 points in defeat.
In Day 3 Uni Seat Gyor surprised MBK Ruzomberok 78:68 and finished second in the group. The Hungarian team started strong and had 30:22 after the first period. The second half also belonged to Seat Gyor that celebrated the important pre-season victory. Rasheed RitaSalwa paced all the winners with 24 points and Sujanova Edita netted 18. Tetemondova Katarina chipped in 25 points for the Slovakian side.


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  WNBA - Women  


East and West Semifinals: Second games - by Eurobasket News
East
New York L. - Indiana F. 87-72
The Liberty have taken up residence across the Hudson River while Madison Square Garden is being renovated. The team has largely struggled to draw fans to home games outside Manhattan, but the Liberty have provided Prudential Center with something that it has lacked with the Nets: playoff basketball. The Liberty defeated the Indiana Fever, 87-72, on Saturday in Game 2 of the W.N.B.A. Eastern Conference semifinals, evening the best-of-three series. The Liberty's first playoff game in Newark brought out Mayor Cory A. Booker, who told the crowd in the fourth quarter, 'We're bringing a championship home to Brick City!' It is perhaps debatable whether a title would belong to New York or to Newark as host city, but the quest to obtain it will continue Monday, when the fourth-seeded Liberty will face the top-seeded Fever in Indianapolis for a berth in the conference finals. 'Their back was against the wall,' Fever Coach Lin Dunn said. 'They did what they had to do. Now we'll go back to Conseco Fieldhouse.' The Liberty, who got 14 points from guard Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers), shot 50 percent from the field and scored 28 points off the Fever's 18 turnovers. But it was Nicole Powell's strong defense, and her team-high 19 points, that led the way. Powell and other Liberty defenders stayed close to Indiana's star, Tamika Catchings, holding her to 2 points. 'She's not as athletic as Catchings, but she's learned,' Liberty Coach John Whisenant said of Powell. 'She's been in our system for several years. She's learned to position herself on the floor. I'm sure Catch had an off day. Catchings is a great player.' Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) led the Fever with 20 points but made only 3 of her 10 shots from 3-point range. *Courtesy of www.nytimes.com

Atlanta D. - Connecticut S. 69-64
Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) scored all 12 of her points in the second half and the Atlanta Dream used another fourth-quarter surge Sunday to rally for a 69-64 win over the Connecticut Sun and advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the second consecutive season. Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83, college: Houston), Lindsey Harding and Erika de Souza also scored 12 points each as Atlanta finished off the sweep after winning Game 1 at Connecticut on Friday night. De Souza also grabbed 12 rebounds and McCoughtry had nine. Asjha Jones scored 15 points to lead the Sun, and Tina Charles added 13 and a franchise playoff-record 17 rebounds. Atlanta, which has won nine of its last 10 overall, will next face Indiana or New York. The deciding Game 3 of that series is Monday night. *Courtesy of www.kxnet.com

West
S.Antonio SS - Minnesota L. 84-75
Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) scored 24 points and Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) had 23 as the San Antonio Silver Stars beat the Minnesota Lynx 84-75 Sunday to even their first-round series. Becky Hammon added 18 for the Silver Stars, who had lost seven straight games to Minnesota and are trying to get past the first round for the first time since reaching the WNBA finals in 2008. Seimone Augustus scored 24 points and Maya Moore had 16 for Minnesota, which had the league's best regular-season record but has never won a playoff series. Lindsay Whalen added 15 points for the Lynx, and Rebekkah Brunson had a game-high 16 rebounds. Moore was in foul trouble throughout the game and fouled out with 4.9 seconds left. The deciding Game 3 will be Tuesday night at Minneapolis. The Silver Stars used a 17-2 run in the third quarter to take control of the game. They held Minnesota to 30 of 76 shooting and forced 17 turnovers. *Courtesy of www.forbes.com

Phoenix M. - Seattle S. 92-83
When the Phoenix Mercury gets their fast break offense going, they can be unbeatable, even against a team that has dominated them for three seasons. Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) scored a season-high 29 points and the Mercury beat the Seattle Storm 92-83 on Saturday night to even their Western Conference playoff series at a game apiece. 'We kind of were reacting to them as opposed to dictating things,' said Seattle's Sue Bird. 'With a team like Phoenix, you can't do that, you really can't.' Phoenix outshot, outrebounded and beat Seattle inside in recording just its second win in their last 12 games against the Storm dating to 2009. 'Shot the ball better, up-tempo game is our game,' Phoenix coach Corey Gaines said. 'I guess if we walk the ball down the court and play their style, they are better at that than we are. Hopefully we are better at the up-tempo game than they are.' Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) added 26 points for the Mercury. *Courtesy of www.forbes.com