EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/21/2011

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  ARGENTINA   


TNA 2011/12 rosters: San Martin Marcos Juarez - by Facundo Iatzky
Gustavo Martin (185-G-81)
David Cabezas (197-F/C-88)
Sebastian Morales (202-F/C-88)
Wilfred Benjamin (201-F/C-84, college: Marist)
Exequiel Cassinelli (196-F-92)
Nicolas Brussino (198-G-93)
Federico Oggero (195-F-92)
Facundo Toia (177-G-94)
Diego Figueredo
Fernando Falistocco
Facundo Alberici
Nahuel Ledesma (198-F-90)


Santiago Raspo (182-G-95)

Ignacio Simoni (175-G-95) - - - - - - - - - -. .



TNA 2011/12 rosters: Sport Club - by Facundo Iatzky
Omar Canton (210-C-82)
Sebastian Mignani (181-G-90)
Lucas de la Fuente (190-F-88)
Gaston Garcia (177-G-84)
Nicolas Lorenzo (173-G-82)
Ezequiel Manzanares (197-G-90)
Guillermo Saavedra (200-C-86)
Jamal Johnson (201-F-81, college: Clayton St.)
Eduardo Vassirani (200-C-91)
Matias Sesto (190-F-91)
Martin Landa (192-F-92)
Francisco Aguilar (178-G-91)
Juan Pablo Manzone (190-F-78)


Alejo Montani (188-F-92)



TNA 2011/12 rosters: Tomas de Rocamora - by Facundo Iatzky
Emilio Dominguez (202-C-87)
Alejandro Fidalgo (180-G-82)
Martin Ghirardi (188-G-82)
Diego Brezzo (206-F/C-84)
Matias Novello (198-C-84)
Pablo Jaworski (184-G-80, agency: Players Group)
Fabricio Rebecchi (192-G/F-85)
Abel Pascual (186-F-84)
John A. Thomas (198-G/F-82, college: Columbus St.)
Agustin Leyes (182-G-92)
Atahualpa Lazo


Juan Rodriguez Suppi
Nicolas Dominutti


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Union Formosa tab John DeGroat - by Eurobasket News
Union Formosa strengthened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with John DeGroat (198-F-85, college: Pittsburgh). The forward spent the last three seasons in Ukraine. Last season he played for BC Odessa. John DeGroat averaged 13.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Eurobasket.com named the forward into All-Ukrainian UBL 1st Team in 2009. John DeGroat became All-Star Game MVP in 2010. He also earned Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Honourable Mention the same season. He also had stints in Italy, Ireland, Finland, Hungary and CBA before moving to Ukraine. John DeGroat will replace injured Gregory Lewis (198-F-78, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Winthrop) on Union Formosa roster.


TNA 2011/12 rosters: Union Sunchales - by Facundo Iatzky
German Bernhardt (179-G-86)
Federico Radavero (196-F-77)
Santiago Baravalle (201-C/F-90)
Leandro Podesta (207-C-89)
Juan Meza (198-F/C-85)
Antoine Joseph (203-F)
Maximiliano Rios (185-G-81, college: Clayton St.)
Milton Vittar (185-G-91)
Luciano Lizarraga (185-G-91)
Franco Scarafia (197-F-91)
German Bernard
Rodrigo Daira (175-G-89)


Franco Tossello
Matias Loro




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TNA 2011/12 rosters: Union Progresista - by Facundo Iatzky
Cesar Avalle (189-G-85)
Gonzalo Laphitzborde (188-G-75)
Christian Schoppler (180-G-86)
Victor Hugo Cajal (179-G-80, agency: Dream Team Management)
Lisandro Rasio (197-F/C-90)
Nicolas Ojeda (208-C-83)
Alex Aleksandrowicz (200-C-79)
Charles Bailey (191-G/F-79, college: Missouri Western)
Matias Paciotti (180-G-91)
Pedro Zabala (176-G-92)
Facundo Grutzky (200-C-92)
Tayavek Gallizzi (203-F-93)
Pablo Osores (191-F-86)




TNA 2011/12 rosters: Banda Norte Rio Cuarto - by Facundo Iatzky
Juan Martinez (183-G-85)
Matias Cudos (192-G-81)
Santiago Arese (196-F-87)
Ricardo Centeno (204-C-79)
Sebastian Festa (179-G-72)
Juan Ignacio Mateo (195-G-85)
Gaston Campana (201-F/C-79)
Lisandro Villa (198-C/F-87)
Asim McQueen (203-F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Tulane)
Guillermo Giuliodori (196-F-91)
Pedro Meneguzzo (192-F-93)
Agustin Arganaraz (182-G-93)
Cristian Chilano (181-G-92)
Hernan Grasseler (186-G-92)




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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Philippines wins Jordan with illegal Lassiter & Lutz ! - by Omar Shafaamri
FIBA Asia Championship 2011 in Wuhan still have Surprises, after the elimination of 5 of Qatar National Team Players & the Farce Qatar NT did during the games, now FIBA clears two Philippines players AFTER beginning the crucial game against Jordan in the 2nd Round of Wuhan 2011.

Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) and Chris Lutz who did not complete their ID Papers were suspended the whole first round, but the surprise was that they got their Clearance from FIBA 3 Minutes after the Start of Jordan's Game which is not illegal as the Rosters Sheet should be Submitted 15 Minutes before the game where Lutz & Lassiter names were not on the Sheet!

Philippines/Jordan faced each other in the 2nd round of Wuhan 2011as the Pinoys won 72 - 64 where Lassitter & Lutz contributed 14 and 4 Points respectively. Today Jordan will face hosts China while the Pinoys plays Japan in their 2nd games of Round 2.



China, South Korea and Iran stay unbeaten in Wuhan - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Iran - Lebanon 76-45
Iran recorded the fifth straight win at the Asian Championship. They outgunned Lebanon to improve at 4-0 record on top of Group E. Samad Nikkhah (198-G/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) and Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) stepped up with 16 points apiece to pace Iran. Lebanon fell at 1-3 record after the loss. Iran limited Lebanon to only 7 points in the opening frame to take an 11-point lead. Iran maintained the tempo in the second frame. They established a 32:19 advantage at the interval. Lebanon offensive woes continued in the second half. They scored just 5 points in the third term allowing Iran to pile up a comfortable 49:24 lead at the final intermission. Iran tipped off the final quarter on a 17:6 run and never looked back en route to the victory. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) posted 12 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for Iran. Ghaleb Rida (192-G-81) responded with 16 points for Lebanon. Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) had 15 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Taiwan - South Korea 61-82
South Korea registered the fifth straight win in Wuhan. Cho Sung-Min (189-F-83) posted 19 points to lead South Korea past Taiwan. The winners improved at 4-0 record, while Taiwan fell at 2-2 in Group E. The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. Taiwan eked out a 20:18 lead after ten minutes of action. But South Korea opened the second term on a 15:2 run to surge ahead. They fired 25 points in the period to ensure a 43:32 halftime lead. The margin grew at 19-point mark midway through the third term. South Korea soon boosted to 20+ points and established a 64:40 buffer heading into the fourth period. Taiwan failed to recovered in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end. Moon Tae-Jong (199-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) posted 15 points, while Oh Sek-Eun (200-C-87) contributed 14 points for the winners. Wu Tai-Hao (202-C-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) responded with 15 points for Taiwan. Wen-Ting Tseng (202-C/F-84) chipped in 13 points in the losing effort.

Uzbekistan - Malaysia 75-80
Malaysia overcame Uzbekistan in the Second Round of Asian Championship. The victory propelled Malaysia at 1-3 record in Group E. Batumalai Guganeswaran (182-G-82) stepped up with 14 points and 6 assists to pace the winners. Uzbekistan fell at 0-4 record after the loss. Malaysia stormed into the game posting a 21:10 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Malaysia arrived at halftime up by as many as 11 points 44:33. Uzbekistan went off the dressing room firing from all guns. They went on a 13:5 rally to narrow the gap to just three points. Denisov put Uzbekistan within just two points 62:64 late in the third term. But Uzbekistan answered with a 6:0 run to clear off. Uzbekistan would get as close as two points on several occasions but Malaysia hung on to escape with a narrow win at the end. Li Wei Chee (189-F-85) posted 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists, while Yoong Jing Kwaan (200-C-90) had 12 points for the winners. Aleksandr Kozlov (201-F-82) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Uzbekistan. Gennadiy Zinovyev (198-F-84) netted 15 points in defeat.

Group F
Philippines - Japan 83-76
Philippines handed Japan the first defeat at the Asian Championship in Wuhan. Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) stepped up with 25 points and 18 rebounds to pace the winners to the victory. Philippines improved at 3-1 record and caught up with Japan in the ladder of Group F. Philippines surged ahead 8:2 early in the game but Japan quickly stopped the rot. They capped the term on a 12:0 run to take a 23:18 lead. Japan maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They ensured a 40:34 advantage at halftime. Philippines needed a 12:1 run in the third term to return the lead. Marcus Douthit and Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) ensured a 60:52 advantage for Philippines with ten minutes to go. Marcus Douthit gave Philippines a double-digit lead at the start of the fourth frame. Japan cut it back to only 5 points with seven minutes remaining. However Philippines never allowed their opponents any closer in the reminder of the encounter. Jimmy Alapag (177-G-77, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) and Marcio Lassiter provided 15 points each in the victory. Joji Takeuchi (206-F/C-85, agency: N.E.T.) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Japan. Takeki Shonaka (180-G-84) netted 14 points in the loss.

China - Jordan 93-60
China kept on piling up victories at home Asian Championship. Jordan became their next victim at the hosts claimed a comprehensive win at the end. Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) stepped up with 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort. China cleared off late in the opening frame to post a 25:15 lead. Jordan cut the deficit in the second term. Tab Baldwin got as close as six points at the interval 34:40. But China opened the second half on a 16:6 run to restore a comfortable cushion. The hosts rallied to a 71:44 lead with ten minutes to go. The margin grew at as many as 30 points midway through the fourth quarter and China cruised to the victory at the end. Yi Li (203-F/G-85) and Yue Sun (206-G/F-85) posted 14 points each for the winners. Abbas Zaid answered with 17 points for Jordan. Islam Abbaas (200-C-80) had 12 points in the loss.

United Arab Emirates - Syria 73-80
Syria registered the first win at the Second Stage of the Asian Championship. They toppled UAE in Wuhan to improve at 1-3 record in Group E. Eder Arjo Gorges (212-C/F-81, college: Walsh, OH) stepped up with 17 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. Syria fired 30 points in the opening term to take off. They established a 14-point lead ten minutes into the game. UAE however did not allow their opponents to stretch the lead in the second term. They trailed by 13 points at the interval 35:48. The teams traded baskets in the third term. Syria ensured a 64:51 lead at the final intermission. UAE narrowed the gap back to single digits in the fourth term but Syria hung on to escape with an important win. Mahmood Osfira (203-F-91) posted 14 points, while Giannis Deep (186-G-86) produced 13 points in the victory. Ibrahim Ahmad (179-G-79) answered with 25 points for Syria. Khalil Salem (178-G-91) notched 17 points in the losing effort.

13-16 place
Indonesia - India 84-75
Indonesia recorded the second win in a row at the classification round of Asian Championship in China. They fired past India to improve at 2-0 record in Group G. India slipped at 0-1 record after the defeat. Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) scored 17 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 7 assists to lead the charge. Indonesia jumped to an early lead and rolled to a 20:14 lead after ten minutes. India cut the deficit in the second term but Indonesia finished the half with a strong rally to establish a 44:37 lead. The margin grew to double digits in the third term. Indonesia ensured a 60:47 advantage midway through the period. They enjoyed a 10-point buffer heading into the fourth quarter 67:57. India tried hard but failed to erase the deficit losing at the end. Amin Prihantono (188-F-82) provided 16 points, while Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-C/F-86) had 15 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Hareesh Koroth (185-G-84) answered with 22 points for India. Jagdeep Singh (198-C-86) accounted for 11 points in the loss.




Standings
Standings
Group E
1. Iran4-0
2. S.Korea4-0
3. Taiwan2-2
4. Lebanon1-3
5. Malaysia1-3
6. Uzbekistan.0-4
Group F
1. China4-0
2. Japan3-1
3. Philippine.3-1
4. Syria1-3
5. Jordan1-3
6. United Ara.0-4
Group Places 13-16
1. Indonesia2-0
2. Qatar0-0
3. India0-1
4. Bahrain0-1


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Rasheim WRIGHT
  USA
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  Avg: 19
 1. Wright, JOR19.0 
 2. Al Zaabi, UAE18.5 
 3. Douthit, PHI18.4 
 4. Moon, KOR15.8 
 5. Yi, CHN15.4 
 6. Koroth, IND15.3 
 7. Rida, LEB15.0 
 8. Ahmad, UAE14.5 
 9. Malabes, BHR14.5 
 10. Sitepu, IDN13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus DOUTHIT
  USA
  (210-C/F-80)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Douthit, PHI11.4 
 2. Haddadi, IRI9.8 
 3. Takeuchi, JPN9.6 
 4. Takeuchi, JPN9.6 
 5. Yi, CHN9.4 
 6. Hoskin, LEB8.4 
 7. Zhang, CHN7.6 
 8. Kazemi, IRI7.4 
 9. Labes, SYR7.4 
 10. Abbas, JOR7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Mario WUYSANG
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  Avg: 6.4
 1. Wuysang, IDN6.4 
 2. Park, KOR4.7 
 3. Yang, KOR4.6 
 4. Lee, TAI4.6 
 5. Guganeswaran, MAS4.4 
 6. Akl, LEB4.0 
 7. Kim, KOR4.0 
 8. Malabes, BHR4.0 
 9. Alapag, PHI4.0 
 10. Daghles, JOR3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Tsung-Hsien CHANG
  TAI
  (192-G-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Chang, TAI2.2 
 2. Sun, CHN2.0 
 3. Lee, TAI2.0 
 4. Hirose, JPN2.0 
 5. Salem, UAE1.8 
 6. Kamrani, IRI1.6 
 7. Lin, TAI1.6 
 8. Yang, KOR1.6 
 9. Ibrahim, LEB1.6 
 10. Abbas, JOR1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamed HADDADI
  IRI
  (218-C-85)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Haddadi, IRI2.8 
 2. Douthit, PHI2.0 
 3. Zaghab, JOR1.8 
 4. Kim, KOR1.4 
 5. Singh, IND1.4 
 6. Kanaan, LEB1.3 
 7. Kim, KOR1.3 
 8. Sitepu, IDN1.2 
 9. Yi, CHN1.0 
 10. Sun, CHN1.0 


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Standings - Men
Baltic League Standings
Elite Division
 1. Juventus 0-0 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 0-0 
 3. KK Kaunas 0-0 
 4. Liepaja 0-0 
 5. Nevezis Kedain. 0-0 
 6. Pieno Zvaigzdes 0-0 
 7. Rudupis 0-0 
 8. Siauliai 0-0 
 9. Tartu Ulikool 0-0 
 10. Triumph 0-0 
 11. Ventspils 0-0 
Challenge Cup
Group A
 1. Barsy Atyrau 0-0 
 2. Naglis Palangos 0-0 
 3. Neptunas 0-0 
 4. Rakvere Tarvas 0-0 
 5. Zemgale Jelgava 0-0 
Group B
 1. Rapla 0-0 
 2. Sakalai 0-0 
 3. Techasas 0-0 
 4. TTU/Kalev 0-0 
 5. Turiba 0-0 
 6. Valmiera 0-0 


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  BELGIUM   


Belgian Division II overview: who's hot or not! - by Bert Larsimont
The Belgian Division II season began two weeks ago and a few upsets already occurred. On Day One, for instance, Gembo BBC of Serbian Coach Stefan Sappenberghs defeated Bent Schoenen Waregem 84-74 while 2008 Belgian Division II Champion CEP Fleurus of President Giovanni Mureddu went to defeat 2011 champs of BBC Kangaroes in Boom 62-68. Division II newcomers of K.Sint-Niklase Condors with Head Coach Steve Ibens left no chance to Dexia Mons Hainaut 2nd Team Hainaut II as they won 69-52 on the first day of 2011-12 action. Another team has had a perfect run so far: the young team Belgacom Liege Basket 2nd team Basket II of Coach Yvan Fassotte with two wins in a row.

On the brink of starting the 2011-12 Division II season, a few teams were considered as favourites. First of all, last season champion BBC Kangaroes-Boom of Coach Paul Vervaeke and Assistant Coach Eric Struelens will probably try to play for the title again in 2011-12. They are still hoping to join Division I and get the licence to be granted the right to play with the Belgian elite at some point. Royal Aera Excelsior Brussels, seeking to become a great club in the Brussels area, will probably play for the title too. Excelsior Brussels has a nice roster with experienced players such as Emmanuel Mampuya (200-F-79, agency: Promotex), Nathan Hervelle (192-G-84, Axel's brother), Nick Verrept (192-G/F-80) and Sam Semijejero (196-F/C-77). The dream of having a major basketball club in the European capital is still much present and Coach Serge Crevecoeur and the Excelsior staff will do anything they can to make this dream come true. But in order to achieve this, efforts to attract supporters are also necessary and the club will continue to encourage a large number of fans to join the gym. Essor Charleroi (last season's playoff surprising team) should also be a great challenger in 2011-12. 2011 eurobasket.com's coach of the year Pascal Chouli will count on US player Blake Bender (200-C-88, college: Westmont), young French center Thomas Wachowiak (203-F/C-91), Belgian talent Boris Penninck (204-C-88, arriving from CEP Fleurus and having trained with Spirou Charleroi this summer) and experienced guard Dieter Souveryns (194-G-83). Essor has lost veteran David Kalut who retired last May but the team keeps being impressive on paper. CEP Fleurus of Coach Tom Poppe with great talents like Christian Ilongo (194-F-85, agency: Promotex), Ludovic Pourtoit (182-G-88), Amaury Marion (196-F-91, the son of Belgian international Tony Marion), Mitchel Gorremans (190-G-85) and Christian Manzanza (193-F-85, college: Peninsula JC) remains a real favourite too. Playing at the CEP premises in front of an attendance of basketball connoisseurs remains very tough. The Salle Andre Robert will host some great Division II games again this season. The CEP team has been reshaped after very disappointing results in 2010-11.

Also keep an eye on Sint-Jan Basket Antwerpen of Lars Tielens, Vincent Verbeeck and Herve Djoumbi (basketball tradition is huge in the Antwerp area), experienced squad of Bent Schoenen Waregem with Thomas Van De Vondel (197-F/G-80), Olivier Foucart (195-G-84), Ahmet Gueye (203-C/F-82, college: Hawaii) and Bart Willy Samaey (199-C-87) as well as the team of BBC De Westhoek Zwevezele which lost Broderick Bobb and Brian Heinle at the end of last season but with former Belgian Lion Matthias Desaever (194-G/F-76, agency: Court Side) in the squad.

The possible surprises during the 2011-12 season could come from BC Duva Fruit Gistel Oostende, Gembo BBC or the Division I farmer teams of Dexia Mons Hainaut and Belgacom Liege Basket. Dexia Mons-Hainaut II and Belgacom Liege Basket II are two teams with young talents and interesting prospects indeed. Gembo BBC and BC Duva Fruit Gistel Oostende will be tough to play on their homecourt.

According to several observers, three teams might have to go through difficult moments: Point Chaud Sprimont, Basics Melsele and K.Sint-Niklase Condors. With some courage and self-discipline in this competition in which anything is possible, they could nevertheless grab some unexpected wins. Basics Melsele built the team around Broderick Bobb, Slavisa Vasovic, Hugo Sterk and Pieter Van Hoecke. Point Chaud Sprimont of Coach Pascal Horrion will count on Frederic Delsaute, Gilles Vrancken and several young local players to challenge the Division II favourites. Just like on Day One, when well structured club K.Sint-Niklase of Coach Steve Ibens (a former Belgian Lion guard) defeated Dexia Mons-Hainaut II of Coach Patrick Verdun at home, the Condors of Sint Niklaas could show much enthusiasm and record some successes this season.

And as the new season begins, the same question as last year is being raised again: how can Division II teams be motivated if none of them can reach the Ethias League next season? Some observers wonder what a Division II title really means nowadays if it does not allow the winning team to automatically reach the upper division (like it used to be several years ago). No matter what these observers may think, the 2011-12 Division II competition will be a nice and spectacular one and eurobasket.com will have a close look at some of its actors as usual.

Bosman and import players to watch: Thomas Wachowiak and Blake Bender (Essor Charleroi); Sead Muric (CEP Fleurus); Thomas Clement (Belgacom Liege Basket II); Herve Djoumbi (Sint Jan Antwerpen); Raimondas Petrauskas (Duva Fruit Gistel Oostende); Leigh Enobakhare (BBC Kangaroes-Boom); Broderick Bobb and Slavisa Vasovic (Basics Basics Melsele); Ahmet Gueye (Senegal).

Belgian players to be watched this season: Boris Penninck, Yannick Moray and Dieter Souveryns (Essor Charleroi); Joris De Schepper and Emma Mampuya (Royal Aera Excelsior Brussels); Christian Ilongo, Christian Manzanza, Amaury Marion and Mitchel Gorremans (CEP Fleurus); Domien Loubry, Yannick Desiron and Ward Lemaire (Gembo BBC), Vincent Verbeeck, Lars Tielens, Vinnie Haerbos and Maarten Goethaert (Sint Jan Antwerpen); Thomas Lamot (K.Sint-Niklase Condors); Bram Verdickt, Laurent Lhote and Jonathan Fiers (BBC De Westhoek Zwevezele); Jeremy Delobbe (BC Duva Fruit Gistel Oostende); Kevin Jonniaux, Sebastien Vermeulen and Brett Hartshorne (BBC Kangaroes-Boom); Lorenzo Giancaterino, Amaury Gorgemans, Julien Nesbitt and Kevin Tumba (Dexia Mons-Hainaut II); Hugo Sterk, Pieter Van Hoecke, Ward Leten and Yannick Wilms (Basics Melsele); Frederic Delsaute (Point Chaud Sprimont); Arne Steinbach, Stan Naudts, Thomas Van De Vondel, Bart Willy Samaey, Olivier Foucart and Stijn Dhondt (Bent Schoenen Waregem).



Friendly games update - by Eurobasket News
BC Telenet Oostende outscored DBB Trier 80:69. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) led the way with 18 points and Petrovic delivered 12. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) ended up with 11, while Rich and Booker scored 10 apiece.
Antwerpen won over Telenet Duva Gistel 85:66. Raimondas Petrauskas (200-F-79, agency: Court Side, college: American) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Yacine Baeri (195-G/F-89) added 14. Perez scored 13, while Berquin netted 8.
Port of Antwerp Giants rolled over Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden 72:59. Trailing 10-12 after the first 10 minutes, the Belgian team produced a 18-7 in the second frame to take 7-point halftime advantage. Moreover after 25-19 in the last stanza the board showed a confident victory for the Giants. Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) poured in 17 points for the winners and Darnell Wilson (198-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) netted 13. Michael Roll and Salah Mejri followed them with 10 points apiece. Gabe Kennedy replied with 19 points in the losing effort and Worthy de Jong posted 14.
Pepinster edged EiffelTowers 73:56. The latter got 16 points from Stefan Wessels (203-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) and Wesley collected 14 points and 8 rebounds.



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  BRAZIL   


Deivisson Costa claims Paulista weekly honour - by Eurobasket
Experienced Deivisson Costa (211-C-80) had an amazing evening in the last round for Araraquara and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com Paulista Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 31-year old center had a double-double of 14 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team beat Sao Caetano (#16, 1-10) 71-60. Araraquara maintains the 7th position in Paulista. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Araraquara will need more victories to improve their 6-3 record. Costa has many years of experience at Araraquara, through which he has constantly improved. Costa has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 8.8rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg and 65.1% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old Alex Matheus (85) of America. Matheus impressed basketball fans with 28 points and 3 rebounds. Bad luck as America lost that game 72-117 to the higher-ranked Itabom/Bauru (#2, 9-1). America is still second from the bottom in the standings. 9 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories America managed to get this year. Matheus is a newcomer at America and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.4ppg (#7).

The third best performed player last round was Joao Bernardi (F-90) of Jacarei (#11). Bernardi scored 17 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Bernardi's great performance Jacarei lost 70-74 to the higher-ranked Gremio Mogi (#8, 6-3). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Jacarei not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 7 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Bernardi could try to bring Jacarei's a little bit higher in the standings. Bernardi has a very solid season. In 7 games in Brazil he scored 11.3ppg. He also has 5.4rpg and FGP: 59.0%.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Gustavo de Oliveira (91) of Sao Caetano - 20 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Fernando Fischer (190-G-81) of Itabom/Bauru - 26 points and 2 assists
6. Shamell Stallworth (196-F-80) of Pinheiros/Sky - 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Jefferson Agba (209-F/C-80) of Itabom/Bauru - 20 points and 5 rebounds
8. Olivinha Rodriguez (202-F-83) of Pinheiros/Sky - 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Larry Taylor (185-G-80) of Itabom/Bauru - 6 rebounds and 11 assists
10. Luisinho da Silva (181-G-78) of Araraquara - 23 points and 2 rebounds

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


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  BULGARIA   


Filip Videnov will open BUBA Cup 2011 - by Valentin Anguelov
The captain of Bulgarian national basketball team Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) will officially open the third edition of the international basketball tournament for children born in 2000, BUBA Cup. One of the best Bulgarian basketball will honor the start of this year's race and would throw the symbolic first jump ball of the match between the teams and host BUBA Basketball and serbian side Foka Kragujevac. In addition to its presence, Filip will delight kids in the hall as he will sign autographs for everyone.

As is known, from 21 to 25 September in Sofia Hall 'Hristo Botev' will be held boy's basketball tournament organized by the BC BUBA Basket. BUBA Cup 2011 will start with a match between Levski and Dan Dacian (Romania). The official opening is scheduled to start at 15.30 hours wednesday afternoon.


Rilski too much for Cherno More in a friendly - by Eurobasket News
Rilski Sportist - Cherno More 97-86

Rilski and Cherno More met in a friendly game yesterday. Rilski was the host of this meeting and celebrated 97-86 victory. Martin Marinov (191-G-85) was the leading scorer in victory, despite he came off the bench. Marinov drained 19 points in 19 minutes on the court, including just one miss. Branko Mirkovic (185-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) had 18 points, while Filip Vukosavljevic (206-C-83) helped with 16 points and 9 rebounds. In the loosing squad, Tihomir Zhelev (192-G-90) was better than the others with 20 points. Milcho Borisov (196-G-90) (6 rebs) and Aleksandar Yanev netted 15 and 14 points respectively. Quarters: 29-25, 29-22, 24-16, 15-23. Both teams will play more friendlies this pre-season.

Rilski Sportist: Martin Marinov 19, Branko Mirkovic 18, Filip Vukosavljevic 16+9 boards
Cherno More: Tihomir Zhelev 20, Milcho Borisov 15+6 boards, Aleksandar Yanev 14


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New Player arrived in China for a Tryout - by Robert Wang
Haynes Aaron (201-F-81, college: Boise St.), listed as a 6/7 guard and forward at 30 yrs old, just landed in China Ji Lin team for a tryout. Mr. Aaron played Sacramento City College and Boise St. college. After then, he played his pro. league in USBL, Finland, Sweden, Lebanon, Qatar, and Korea. His shining league should be in Korea last season. he received score #1 title with (23.2ppg), 8.5rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 60.2%, 3PT-3 (45.5%), FT: 84.6%. Made Korea All star game last season. Now he turned his way to the best league in Asia- China.Aaron is the second Korean star that coming to china by far. The other star was Chris Williams who played in Korea and got MVP and then played in China Qing Dao team and got tripple doubles. Here is Aaron's resume :2004: At the beginning of June signed at Florence Flyers (USBL, starting five): 8 games: 13.4ppg, 7.4rpg, 2.1apg
2004-2005: Pyrbasket Tampere (Finland-League): got injured in Nov.'04 and was sidelined for few weeks: 28 games: 18.1ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 55.8%, 3Pts: 47.4%
2005: June: Sacramento (Ca.) Professional Developmental League (Docs/Pro Med team)
2005-2006: Sundsvall Dragons (Sweden-Basketligan): only pre-season, in Nov.'05 signed at Forssan Koripojat (Finland-1st Division, starting five): 17 games: 23.8ppg, 12.6rpg, 2.5apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 69.8%
2006-2007: Al Ahli (United Arab Emirates-D1, starting five): 17.0ppg, 10.0rpg
2007-2008: In Jan.'08 signed at Sporting Feytroun (Lebanon-Div.A, starting five): 15 games: Score-4 (23.3ppg), Reb-1 (15.4rpg), Assists-5 (5.6apg), 1.7spg, Blocks-2 (2.1bpg), 2FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 15.4%, FT: 82%: 24.0ppg, Reb-1 (17.0rpg), Assists-5 (5.0apg), Blocks-1 (2.5bpg), FT-1: 85.0%
2008-2009: In Oct.'08 signed at Al Arabi Club (Qatar-D1, starting five), in Dec.'08 moved to Seoul Samsung Thunders (Korea-KBL, starting five): 53 games: 15.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 58.2%, 3PT: 10.0%, FT: 82.2%
2009 July: Korean KBL Pre-Draft Camp in Las Vegas, NV
2009-2010: Mobis Phoebus (Korea-KBL): 60 games: 12.5ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 79.3%
2010-2011: Seoul Samsung Thunders (Korea-KBL, starting five): 56 games: Score-1 (23.2ppg), 8.5rpg, 2.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 60.2%, 3PT-3 (45.5%), FT: 84.6%
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Awards/Achievements:
2002 California Community College All-State Team
All-WAC 1st Team -04
WAC MVP Player -03, 04
Finnish 1st Division Runner-Up -06
Lebanese Cup Semifinals -08
Asia-Basket.com All-Lebanese League Honorable Mention -08
Korean KBL Finalist -09
Korean KBL Champion -10
Korean KBL Regular Season Champion -10
Korean KBL All Star Game -11
Asia-Basket.com All-Korean KBL Honorable Mention -11
Asia-Basket.com Korean KBL All-Imports Team -11




China Destroys Jordan as Japan Loses to Philippines - by Arthur Volbert
China blew out Jordan today 93-60 to remain undefeated in the Asian Championship. It will play Japan tomorrow in a true test of how good the team is. Japan was shocked by the Philippines today 83-76 as it likely took its opponent too lightly. China must not do this tomorrow.

Yi Jianlian led China with 16 points and 12 rebounds in 25 minutes. Yi Li (203-F/G-85) had 14 points and 4 rebounds while Sun Yue had 14 points and 3 rebounds. Wang Zhizhi had 10 points and 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. Zhang Zhaoxu had 9 points and 7 rebounds in 8 minutes. Zhu Fangyu had 8 points in 25 minutes. China led 25-15 after one quarter and only 40-34 at the half. It surged 31-10 in the third quarter to lead 71-44.

Zaid Abbas had 17 points for Jordan and Osama Daghlas had 10 points and 5 rebounds. Both players were stars in the Chinese Basketball Association this season. Islam Abbas, who played briefly in the CBA last season, had 12 points and Rasheem Wright had 11.

Other scores:
Malaysia 80 Uzbekistan 75
UAE 80 Syria 73
Iran 76 Lebanon 45
Korea 82 Chinese Taipei 61
Indonesia 84 India 75
Bahrain 20 Qatar 0 forfeit

Standings:
GROUP E
Team W L Pts GA
I.R.Iran 4 0 8 2.42
Korea 4 0 8 1.53
Ch. Taipei 2 2 6 0.92
Lebanon 1 3 5 0.92
Malaysia 1 3 5 0.61
Uzbekistan 0 4 4 0.60

GROUP F
Team W L Pts GA
China 4 0 8 1.30
Philippines 3 1 7 1.22
Japan 3 1 7 1.15
Jordan 1 3 5 0.90
Syria 1 3 5 0.86
United Arab Emirates 0 4 4 0.70



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FEDERATION CUP 2011, DAY 3 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Orgullo Paisa keep doing a good job with the National roster, the team faced Indervalle as local for the third day of the Federation Cup 2011, and despite been trailed by 5 points at the end of the third quarter had Stalin Ortiz on fire to get the victory, Indervalle will have to change Adam Brooke who did not show a good level for the professional Basketball.
Orgullo Paisa 70 S. Ortiz 35 pts
Indervalle 67.

The San Andres Caribbean Heat played hard to get another victory in the Island, this time the Cucuta Norte, now with its three imports, was unable to stop the combination of Patrick Culver and Devaughn Washington in the paint of the Islanders, Culver and Washington finished with 22 each, and Franklin Forbes added 14 pts, Jorry Downs 11, in Cucuta Windy Graterol scored 19, Norman Nolan 18 and Nikola Kuga 10.
Caribbean Heat 69 P. Kulver 22, D. Washington 22.
Cucuta Norte 65 W. Graterol 19, N. Nolan 18

Guerreros got its third straight victory, Kammron Taylor had an awsome night with 25 pts, including 5 of 5 from the field, 4 of 5 from the 3 pointer and 3 of 4 from the free throws, Steve Thomas added 21 and 9 rebounds, in Patriotas Kavon Lycht finished with 22 pts and 12 rebounds, veteran Cruz Salcedo score 21.
Guerreros de Bogota 98 K. Taylor 25pts, S. Thomas 21 pts
Patriotas 85 K. Lycht 22 pts , C. Salcedo 21



ROSTER CHANGES IN INDERVALLE AND CARIBBEAN HEAT - by Victor Garcia
Indervalle releases American forward Adam Brooke who did not score one sigle point in the first two games of the season, the team agrees terms with guard Dante Hunter (6'3' Calumet College NAIA), Hunter will arrive to Colombia and play in the next weekend games,
San Andres Caribbean heat also moves quickly and are wondering the option to release American guard Roonie Childs (6'3' - Guard- Albany State), Childs did not fills the expetations of the team, the directtives are already looking for a new guard.
Both players will be with the teams for the today;s games.


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  CROATIA   


Zabok won Prigorje Finance Cup - by Eurobasket News
Zabok won Prigorje Finance Cup with 4 teams participated.
In the Final Game Zabok overcame Krizevci 87:85. The winners started with 27-15 and had 7-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover Krizevci reduced to just one at the end of the third quarter producing 29-23 in the third quarter. Only due to 22-21 in the last stanza Zabok managed to seal the victory. Domagoj Bubalo (214-C-91) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Domagoj Basic (190-G-86) posted 17. Josip Glavinic (192-G-82) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort.
In the game for the third place Albacomb rolled over SKP Banska Bystrica 73:68. The Hungarian team started with 18-14, but lost the second 20-19. The team from Slovakia needed 24-16 for the lead after thirty minutes, but 20-10 in the final stanza brought 5-point win for Albacomp. Niccolo Damiani (204-C-90, agency: Interperformances) erupted with 33 points for the winners and Simon posted 11. Korner scored 16 points in defeat and Vladimir Hovanak (193-G/F-82) added 14.
In Day 1 Krizevci won over SKP Banska Bystrica 94:85. Gligora paced all the winners with 23 points and Colak netted 20. Vladimir Hovanak finished the game with 18 points, while Radosavljevic delivered 17.
Zabok reached the Final after 90:86 over Albacomp. The Hungarian team took 25-18 after the first 10 minutes, but could not win the game. All three other quarters belonged to the Croatian team that reached the necessary victory. Domagoj Basic top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Jankovic netted 19. Simon scored 25 in defeat and Niccolo Damiani chipped in 20.



Turk Telekom overcame KK Zagreb in the game for the third place at Rixos Cup - by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom overcame KK Zagreb in the game for the third place at Rixos Cup. The Turkish side joined another two representatives from the country, Antalya and Fenerbahce on top of the standings after 95:91 victory.
Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, agency: Alti Sport, college: UNLV) brought the first points for the winners and Ali Karadeniz scored for 16:13. The latter also closed the first period at 24:18, while Yucel increased to 8 points early in the second. He also made it plus 10 for the Turkish team later in the half and Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) sent the teams to the lockers at 41:34.
Trailing 59:44 in the third quarter, the Croatian team erupted with a 16-0 run and got 60:59 lead. Mario Kasun (213-C-80) closed the period at 65:62, but Turk Telekom desired the win more. Ali Karadeniz tied the game at 74:74 and Mehmet Okur (210-C/F-79) brought the last points for the winners.
Darius Washington stepped up with 21 points for the winners, while Ali Karadeniz and Mehmet Okur netted 19 apiece. Guler scored 13, while Kaspars Kambala posted 12. Damir Rancic ended up with 22 points in the losing effort and Mario Kasun followed him with 21. Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) delivered 15 and Mulaomerovic scored 10.



Zadar signs Filip Toncinic - by Eurobasket News
Filip Toncinic (212-F-84, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) is a new member of Zadar. The Croatian center successfully passed try-out period and earned a one-year deal. Toncinic played in Syria last season. He was a member of Al Wehda Damascus. Filip Toncinic is a product of the Texas A&M University, where he graduated a year ago. He had 3.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 1 bpg for his school as a senior. They reached Southland Conference Tournament Semifinals twice. In the past, Toncinic was a member of Triglav Osiguranje Rijeka.

'We think that Toncinic will be a useful player for us. He is a skilled player, who will help us under the basket', said Zadar's Sports Director Branko Skroce.


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Latest transfer news from Cyprus league - by Michael Aristidou


All the teams besides Achilleas Kaimakliou are almost done with their rosters for the new season. Some last minute action we had in the past few days in the league. Hasapis Omonia Nicosia added another two while Pizza Express Apollon took another one.

More specific Hasapis Omonia Nicosia added Greek center Thanasis Souflias (209-C-80, college: S.New Hampshire) and Serbian center Miroslav Cubrilo (205-C-82, agency: 011 Sports). The Serbian was in the team last year but he was out of contract.

Finally Pizza Express Apollon signed Lithuanian guard Tomas Gaidamavicius (191-G-82)




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Turi Svitavy Won a Pair of Exhibition Games against Komarno of Slovakia - by Surujh Roopnarine
On Friday night Turi Svitavy defeated visiting MBK Rieker Komarno 84-77 as Ravone George (193-G-83, college: Alabama) exploded for a game high 24 points to lead the host club. The game was back-and-forth through the first 20 minutes as Svitavy ended the first half up just two points at 37-35. Svitavy played without Boris Meno (203-F-83, college: Davidson), Tomas Teply (190-G-87) and Jan Spacek (195-F-89), but did have in 7-1 Polish big man Pawel Mroz (215-C-84) for a test-period.
American forward J.C. Mathis (204-F-82, college: Michigan), who is also on a try-out with MBK Rieker Komarno, scored a team-high 20 points in defeat.
SVITAVY: Ravone George (24pts), Pawel Mroz (15pts), Ladislav Horak (205-F/C-86) (14pts), Pavel Milos (200-F-79) (12pts)
KOMARNO: J.C. Mathis (20pts), Martin Bilik (194-F-87) (15pts), Vladimir Klar (191-F-86) (15pts), Jan Kratochvil (200-F-82) (12pts)

The two teams met again on Saturday afternoon, and this time Svitavy was firing on all cylinders as they crushed MBK Rieker Komarno to the tune of 94-76. The final score was not indicative of the disparity in performance, as the hosts were up by 29 points at half, 62-33 before MBK Rieker Komarno played a little bit better in the last 20 minutes. Svitavy had a very efficient line, shooting 72% on two-point field-goals, 42% from three and 83% from the free-throw line. Boris Meno suited up for this game, while Tomas Teply and Jan Spacek again were out. Pavel Milos and Ravone George led the way with 21 and 20 points respectively, while Mathes scored a game-high 23 in defeat for MBK Rieker Komarno.
SVITAVY: Pavel Milos (21pts), Ravone George (20pts), Ladislav Horak (14pts), Tomas Macela (179-PG-88) (11pts)
KOMARNO: J.C. Mathis (23pts), Vladimir Klar (16pts), Jan Kratochvil (11pts), Johnathon Jones (183-G-88, college: Oakland) (8pts)



Levharti Chomutov Score Major Coup with Signing of Derek Wright - by Surujh Roopnarine
With the 2011-12 Mattoni NBL season fast approaching Levharti Chomutov manager Martin Rapak may have scored one of the biggest signings of the offseason. Third-year veteran guard Derek Wright (175-G-86, college: Austin Peay St.) has agreed to terms of a deal that will have him in Levharti Chomutov beginning next week. Wright comes on board after the team decided not to sign Eryk Watson (190-G, college: Maryville, TN) last week after a brief try-out.

Derek Wright is well known to Czech basketball fans for his last two seasons with BK JIP Pardubice. The diminutive 5-9 point guard from Los Angeles, California helped lead Pardubice to the NBL semifinals in each of his two seasons with the club. Last season he appeared in 40 games and averaged 9.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.8 steals, good for second-most in the league. All this while shooting 42.9% on two-point field goals and a very respectable 38.4% from three. Wright put up even better numbers during his rookie season in 2009-10, where in 50 contests he averaged 10.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.0 steals while shooting 47.5% from two and 32.5% from three.

Wright has big-game experience and played well in last season's playoff against Novy Jicin and Prostejov, averaging 15.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.3 steals in eight games.

A three-year starter at Austin Peay State University, Wright finished his career ranked first all-time in steals (228), third in assists (487) and tied for first in school and Ohio Valley Conference history in games played (131). With new backcourt mate Rob Lowery (188-G-87, college: Dayton) (6-2), Levharti Chomutov will have a formidable, if undersized backcourt as they compete in the NBL after winning the 1.Liga in 2010-11.




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Mad Ants Open Tryouts - by Serafim Karaiskakis
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants announced that the local player open tryouts for the 2011-2012 season will be held on Saturday, October 22nd and Sunday, October 23rd 2011. They will be held at Wambsganss Gymnasium on the Concordia Theological Seminary campus located at 6600 N Clinton St, Fort Wayne, IN, 46825. Check-in and late registration will begin at 9:00 am with tryouts beginning promptly at 10:00am.

The Mad Ants local player tryouts offer athletes an opportunity to showcase their talents in front of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants coaching staff, including head coach Joey Meyer. Players will compete to earn an invitation to the teams training camp, which will begin in early November.

A total of nine players from the first four seasons found a spot on the Mad Ants roster by way of open tryouts.

Applicants can pre-register by submitting the official registration, disclosure and release forms, in addition to a $150 non-refundable fee by October 20, 2011. The fee for day of registration will be $200. Payments must be made by money order or cashiers check.

The Mad Ants have partnered with Don Hall's Guesthouse to provide open tryout participants discounted rates. The first rate of $79 includes both breakfast and dinner, the second rate of $69 does not include meals but offers a great discount at a great hotel. Hall's Guesthouse is located just 3 miles from the tryout gymnasium, 303 W. Washington Center Rd. Fort Wayne, IN 46825.

source: http://www.nba.com/dleague/fortwayne/index_main.html


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LNB Finals: Cocolos tie the score to 1-1 against Leones - by Eurobasket News
Cocolos managed to beat Leones 89-77 in Game Two of the LNB Finals. The score is tied at 1-1 now. Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama) was the leading player in victory with 26 points and 12 rebounds. Justin Dentmon (183-G-85, college: Washington) secured a great help adding 22 points. In the loosing squad, Manuel Fortuna replied with 20 points and 6 boards. Third quarter was the crucial one in this game. Cocolos shined in this period with 22-9 and had no troubles to keep double-digit lead until the end (18-22, 23-20, 22-9 26-26).
In Game One, Leones celebrated 83-76 win. Chris Johnson (211-C-85, college: LSU) stepped up for Leones with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Manuel Fortuna also netted 18 pts in this victory. In Cocolos, Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) collected 21 points and 11 rebs.
Game Three is scheduled for Wednesday.


Standings - District National
LNB Standings
North Division
 1. Reales 14-6 
 2. Indios SF 10-10 
 3. Huracanes 9-11 
 4. Metros 9-11 
South Division
 1. Cocolos 13-7 
 2. Leones SD 13-7 
 3. Titanes 9-11 
 4. Caneros 3-17 


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End of Regular Season !! - by Jaime Arevalo
The 'Liga de Baloncesto de El Salvador' completed its Regular Season last week. At the end of the first phase, the teams qualified to playoffs were:

1. San Marcos
2. Denver
3. Leones-Automoto
4. ExSal

With an interesting final rush, Leones managed to surpass ExSal at the third place, avoiding to play the top seeded San Marcos. he playoff started yesterday night, Tuesday 20, and will be best of 3 games. The pairings are as follows:

San Marcos vs Exsal
Denver vs Leones-Automoto


Lahud tops all the scorers - by Jaime Arevalo
At the end of Regular Season, NT member Mauricio Lahud (176-PG-84) (Denver) was the best scorer, with a total of 238 points. Lahud confirms his great scoring skills and winning mentality. Young point guard Martin Ignacio Ramos (170-PG-92) (ExSal) followed him with 220 pts, showing to be very promising.
The league best rebounder and shot bolocker was, instead, Carlos Ochoa (198-C-82) (ExSal) and the best 3pts shooter was veteran Miguel Banos (186-F/C-84) (San Marcos)


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Danilo Gallinari joins the forces of Emporio Armani Milano - by Eurobasket News
Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) joins the forces of Emporio Armani Milano until the end of the NBA lockout. The Italian NBA star will start 2011/2012 with his local team.
In 2010-2011 for $3,304,560 in New York Knicks (NBA (starting five) he played in 48 games and averaged 15.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 89.3%. In Feb.'11 moved to Denver Nuggets (NBA, starting five) and after 19 games showed 14.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 76.2%.
At the European Championships in Lithuania -11 after 5 games he had high 15.2ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 21.7%, FT: 84.0%. He recorded 19 points at the Preliminary Round Day 5 when Israel needed overtime to beat Italy in the last game for both teams in Group B of Eurobasket 2011. Israel failed in the fourth period but managed to grab 96:95 overtime victory. Bargnani finished the thriller with 26 points, while Danilo Gallinari added 19.



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  FINLAND   


Sami Kajander signed with Aanekosken Huima - by Eurobasket Center
Coach Justice Graham decided to strenghten his team roster by adding 28-year old Finnish guard Sami Kajander (189-G-83). It's actually Kajander's comeback to Huima as she played here at the beginning of his professional basketball career. Sami spent last season at BC Nokia (1st Division). While playing 10 games he averaged 10.4ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.3apg. Coach Graham said that Kajander is a great pick up for his team and Huima is going to be real strong this year.

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  FRANCE   


Fos Ouest wins tournament in Massy - by Eurobasket News
Fos Ouest is the winner of tournament in Massy, which was held this past weekend. They handed 77-67 loss to Pau-Lacq-Orthez in the Finals. In the battle for third place, JSF Nanterre was better than SPO Rouen 70-66.
In the Semifinals, Fos Ouest cruised past Nanterre 83-66. Bill Clark (195-G/F-88, college: Duquesne) top-scored in victory with 17 points. Edouard Choquet (187-PG-88) had 16 and Karim Atamna (194-F-80) helped his team with 12 points. On the other side, Nanterre got 14 points from Johan Passave-Ducteil (200-C-85). Quarters: 23-18, 11-17, 16-14, 33-17.
In other Semifinals, Pau-Lacq-Orthez outplayed Rouen 81-70. Chinemelu Elonu (207-F/C-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Texas A&M) was a key player in victory with 20 points and 5 rebounds. Alex Dunn (212-F/C-82, college: Wyoming) shined in loss with 22 points and 9 boards. Quarters: 18-20, 23-17, 27-11, 13-22.


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  GERMANY   


The Rapid Miles Basketball Exchange With Wayne Bernard (Giessen 46ers) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Davidson) is a 30 year old 180 cm guard from San Diego that is playing his first season with the Giessen 46ers. He played at Davidson in North Carolina from 1999-2003. His best season was his senior year where he played 27 games averaging 15.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 5.4apg. In 2003, he became a professional coming to Europe to play for Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan (Israel-Premier L.) playing 10 games and averaging 14.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 5.5apg, 2.4spg, but got waived and finished the season in Greece for Ilysiakos Athens playing 8 games and averaging 7.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg. In 2004-2005, he played for Norrkoping Dolphins in Sweden playing 30 games and averaging 14.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.2apg, Steals-3 (2.2spg), FGP: 40.7%, 3-Pts: 30.5%. In 2005-2006, he played for Etoile Charleville-Mezires (France-ProB) playing 34 games averaging 14.1ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.9apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 42.2%, FT: 75.7%, and during the season moved to ESPE Chalons-en-Champagne Basket Pro (France-ProB). In 2006-2007, he played for ESPE Chalons-en-Champagne Basket Pro (France-ProB), French League playing 18 games and averaging 10.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 37.7%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 70.6%; , but left in January 2007 and then joined Kouvot Kouvola (Finland-Korisliiga) playing 11 games and averaging 14.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 2.6apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 84.4%. In 2007-2008, he stayed with Kouvot Kouvola playing 47 games and averaging 16.3ppg, 3.1rpg, 2.5apg, 2.2spg, FGP-3 (62.0%), 3PT: 36.2%, FT: 78.8%. In 2008-2009, he came to Germany to MBC playing 30 games and averaging 14.4ppg, 2.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 43.2%, FT: 80.4%. He earned 2009 PRO A player of the year honours. In 2009-2010, his first in the BEKO BBL with MBC, he played 34 games averaging 8.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.7apg, Steals-5 (1.5spg), FGP: 41.6%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 80.8%. Last season with MBC, he played 34 games: 11.1ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 85.7%. Eurobasket spoke to the American this past summer about the upcoming season with the Giessen 46ers.

How has your summer been? Was there anything nice you could do this summer that you havent been able to do the last summers?

No, I didnt do anything special this summer that I haven't done in the previous summers. This summer I didn't travel much, but stayed home most of the summer.

Every summer you are a year older than the year before. Is there anything you change in your off season workout plan?

There is not much I change in my preseason workout plan. I take a break immediately after the season, and then slowly get back into being active as the summer progresses.

How does a typical Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Davidson) summer work out day look like?


My typical summer workout isn't very set. In the beginning of my workouts, immediately after my break, I do somehting active - no matter what it is, as long as I get my heart rate going. And after a while I slowly bring strength training and basketball into my workouts and phase out other types of physical activity.

Recently you signed with the Giessen 46ers. Besides the fact that your ex MBC coach Bjoern Harmsen is on board, what were the main reasons why you joined this team?

I joined the 46ers because as you mentioned, I am familiar with the coach and his style of coaching. I've also heard that it is a good place to play in terms of both the local fan support, as well as the organization.

You will be one of the older guys on the team with Mo Jeffers. Will one of your roles be being the leader in the locker room or is this something that you will leave to Mo Jeffers?

I let the team/coach decide who the official 'leader' or 'captain' is on each team I've been on of course. But I think with the team we have, each guy can be a leader in his own right. For example, Radenko and I can advise those on the team with how our coach wants to play his offense/defense since we've been playing with him for the past few years. Mo and Elvir have been with this organization for a while, and can give insight on how things work off the court here, as well as give input from their basketball experience on the court. This can also be applied to the rest of the guys on the team.

What can we expect from the Giessen 46ers this season? The Beko BBL will be even more competitive this season and staying in the league wont be any easier with two strong teams like FC Bayern Munich and s. Oliver Baskets Wurzburg in the league?

I think the BBL league will be very strong, especially with the additions of the two teams coming from Pro A. This season, we expect to just go out and compete in every game, as each game will be crucial, from day 1 to the last game of the season. It should be pretty exciting for BBL fans.


What do you know about Misan Nikabagtske? He dunked over Yao Ming in 2002. Are you looking forward to his athletic play?


I am looking forward to having Misan as a teammate. I've heard he has been a great player, but due to injuries had to sit out for a little bit. His athletic ability, professional experience, and versatility bring valuable tools to our team.

What makes the working relationship of Bjoern Harmsen and Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Davidson) so unique?

The working relationship between Bjoern and I is unique, mostly because he knows what to expect of me and I know what to expect of him. This makes practices easier, and also me to help my teammates because I can advise them on what Bjoern is looking for, or wants on the court.

Your ex team MBC have stocked up for the next season. Do you see their return to the Beko BBL a cake walk or will it be more difficult than some may think?

MBC has high hopes for returning to the BBL and have put a strong roster together. But moving up is not as easy as most people think. Each game has to be taken seriously, because at the end of the season, it could come down to just being one game away from moving up or staying in Pro A. I wish them all the best, and I will be cheering for them to move up.

There are many NBA players playing in Europe this season. Which player will make the biggest impact in Europe this season?


Its really difficult to say which NBA player will make the biggest impact in Europe this year. It is such a different style of play in Europe from the NBA, and I'm not sure most understand those small differences that make a huge impact on how you play. I would have to say that a player who has already played internationally, or is at least familiar with basketball life outside of the US, will have big impacts for their team.

What is your impression of Ron Artest changing his name to World Peace?

I don't have a real significant impression of Ron Artest changing his name. I think that although he does some wild things both on and off the court, the world appreciates his sincerity in everything he does. He may be a little weird in the head, but who isn't these days?

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The last DVD I saw was one that I should have seen a long time ago but never had the chance to see it - Iron Man 2

Thanks Wayne for the chat.




UBC Tigers sign All-Canada forward Jacob Doerksen - by Moritz Korff
The UBC Hannover Tigers (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have finalized a deal with the Canadian power forward Jacob Doerksen (200-F-87, agency: Interperformances). The 23-year-old native of Abbotsford, British Columbia, has been a dominating figure in CIS basketball over these past years. Doerksen was named the CIS All-Canada Player of the Year in 2009 and made the CIS All-Canada First Team in 2009 and 2011. During the 2010-11 season he appeared in 24 games for Trinity Western University and averaged 21.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per contest. In 2009 he made the roster of the Canadian Developement Men's National Team and attended the World University Games in Serbia the same year.

Update on ETB Wohnbau, Schwelmer and Phoenix Hagen - by Eurobasket News
ETB Wohnbau Baskets beat Schwelmer Baskets 86:62. Kendall Chones (201-F-84, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Colgate), Schroter and Alexander each scored 13 points, while Nash ended up with 11. Marco Buljevic (197-G-87, agency: Court Side) and Henley added 10 apiece.
Magixx outscored ETB Wohnbau Baskets 73:65 last night. The Dutch team had 26-18 after the first period and enjoyed 40:29 at the halftime.
Markel Humphrey top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Henry Bekkering (198-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: E.Washington) collected 16 points and 12 rebounds. Lucas Hargrove scored 12, while Ross Bekkering (203-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) added 11 points and 8 boards.
GasTerra Flames was beaten by Phoenix Hagen 74:77. Blackwood paced all the winners with 17 points and T.J. Carter (191-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: NC-Wilmington) scored 14. Zygimantas Jonusas (200-F-82) ended up with 11 points and Hasquet netted 10. Alex Wesby answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Avis Wyatt posted 14. David Bell notched 13 and Bryan Defares delivered 11.
Earlier Phoenix Hagen overcame ZZ Leiden 79:75. T.J. Carter led the way with 17 points and Brandon Brooks (188-G-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Alabama St.) notched 16. Zygimantas Jonusas followed them with 12 points and Hasquet added 10.




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Kolossos adds veteran guard Georgios Kalaitzis - by Eurobasket News
Georgios Kalaitzis (195-G-76) is a new member of Kolossos. The 35-year-old guard penned a deal for the next season. Kalaitzis heads to Kolossos from Panellinios, where the spent last three seasons. In the latest one he had 2 ppg, 1.1 rpg and 1.3 apg for 18 games in Greek league. He had limited playing time in EuroCup as well. Georgios Kalaitzis played for Aris from 2006 to 2008. They competed in Euroleague both years. From 1998 to 2006, Kalaitzis was a member of Panathinaikos. He won many trophies with them, including Euroleague titles in 2000, 2002 and 2007. In the past, Kalaitzis was a member of Panionios. He played for the Greek National Team from 1997 to 2001.

PAOK remained winless in Antalya - by Eurobasket News
PAOK remained winless in Antalya at the Rixos Cup. Union Olimpija won over PAOK to clinch the fifth place at Rixos Cup in Turkey. In the last game the Slovenian team rolled over the opponents 88:79. Woods top-scored for the winners with 17 points as six players scored in double figures. Damir Markota (210-C/F-85) netted 14 and Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79, agency: Alti Sport) as well as Capin posted 11 each. Dimos Dikoudis (207-F/C-77) produced 20 points for the Greek side and Nikos Kalles (211-F/C-87) ended up with 14.
Earlier Antalya 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 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 chipped in 18 points for the Greek side and Antriuskevicius followed him with 15.



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Leuven, Leiden, GasTerra and Magixx play friendlies - by Eurobasket News
Leuven beat Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden 69:61. Monta McGhee (198-F-79, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Lewis) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Freeman posted 16. Tofi and Marnegrave delivered 10 points each. Boxley answered with 20 points in the losing effort, while Kherrazi and Hilliman nailed 10 each.
Port of Antwerp Giants rolled over Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden 72:59. Trailing 10-12 after the first 10 minutes, the Belgian team produced a 18-7 in the second frame to take 7-point halftime advantage. Moreover after 25-19 in the last stanza the board showed a confident victory for the Giants. Ralph Biggs (199-F-76, agency: Court Side, college: Towson) poured in 17 points for the winners and Darnell Wilson netted 13. Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA) and Salah Mejri followed them with 10 points apiece. Gabe Kennedy replied with 19 points in the losing effort and Worthy de Jong posted 14.
Magixx outscored ETB Wohnbau Baskets 73:65 last night. The Dutch team had 26-18 after the first period and enjoyed 40:29 at the halftime.
Markel Humphrey top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Henry Bekkering (198-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: E.Washington) collected 16 points and 12 rebounds. Lucas Hargrove scored 12, while Ross Bekkering added 11 points and 8 boards.
GasTerra Flames was beaten by Phoenix Hagen 74:77. Blackwood paced all the winners with 17 points and Carter scored 14. Jonusas ended up with 11 points and Hasquet netted 10. Alex Wesby answered with 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Avis Wyatt posted 14. David Bell (186-G-81, agency: Impact Basketball) notched 13 and Bryan Defares delivered 11.
Earlier Phoenix Hagen overcame ZZ Leiden 79:75. Carter led the way with 17 points and Brooks notched 16. Jonusas followed them with 12 points and Hasquet added 10.
Pepinster edged EiffelTowers 73:56. The latter got 16 points from Stefan Wessels (203-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) and Tai Wesley (200-F-86, college: Utah St.) collected 14 points and 8 rebounds.



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Albacomb clinched third place in Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Albacomb clinched third place in Croatia at the Prigorje Finance Cup. In Day 1 Zabok reached the Final after 90:86 over Albacomp. The Hungarian team took 25-18 after the first 10 minutes, but could not win the game. All three other quarters belonged to the Croatian team that reached the necessary victory. Domagoj Basic (190-G-86) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Jankovic netted 19. Simon scored 25 in defeat and Damian chipped in 20.
In the game for the third place Albacomb rolled over SKP Banska Bystrica 73:68. The Hungarian team started with 18-14, but lost the second 20-19. The team from Slovakia needed 24-16 for the lead after thirty minutes, but 20-10 in the final stanza brought 5-point win for Albacomp. Damian erupted with 33 points for the winners and Simon posted 11. Richard Korner (197-G-90) scored 16 points in defeat and Vladimir Hovanak (193-G/F-82) added 14.
In the Final Game Zabok overcame Krizevci 87:85. The winners started with 27-15 and had 7-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover Krizevci reduced to just one at the end of the third quarter producing 29-23 in the third quarter. Only due to 22-21 in the last stanza Zabok managed to seal the victory. Domagoj Bubalo (214-C-91) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Domagoj Basic posted 17. Josip Glavinic (192-G-82) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort.


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2011 Asian Championship: Indonesia post second straight win in Wuhan - by Eurobasket News
Indonesia - India 84:75

Indonesia recorded the second win in a row at the classification round of Asian Championship in China. They fired past India to improve at 2-0 record in Group G. India slipped at 0-1 record after the defeat. Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) scored 17 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 7 assists to lead the charge.
Indonesia jumped to an early lead and rolled to a 20:14 lead after ten minutes. India cut the deficit in the second term but Indonesia finished the half with a strong rally to establish a 44:37 lead. The margin grew to double digits in the third term. Indonesia ensured a 60:47 advantage midway through the period. They enjoyed a 10-point buffer heading into the fourth quarter 67:57. India tried hard but failed to erase the deficit losing at the end. Amin Prihantono (188-F-82) provided 16 points, while Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-C/F-86) had 15 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Hareesh Koroth (185-G-84) answered with 22 points for India. Jagdeep Singh (198-C-86) accounted for 11 points in the loss.

Indonesia: Mario Wuysang 17, Amin Prihantono 16, Christian Ronaldo Sitepu 15
India: Hareesh Koroth 22, Jagdeep Singh 11



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2011 Asian Championship: Indonesia post second straight win in Wuhan - by Eurobasket News
Indonesia - India 84:75

Indonesia recorded the second win in a row at the classification round of Asian Championship in China. They fired past India to improve at 2-0 record in Group G. India slipped at 0-1 record after the defeat. Mario Wuysang (176-PG-79) scored 17 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and issued 7 assists to lead the charge.
Indonesia jumped to an early lead and rolled to a 20:14 lead after ten minutes. India cut the deficit in the second term but Indonesia finished the half with a strong rally to establish a 44:37 lead. The margin grew to double digits in the third term. Indonesia ensured a 60:47 advantage midway through the period. They enjoyed a 10-point buffer heading into the fourth quarter 67:57. India tried hard but failed to erase the deficit losing at the end. Amin Prihantono (188-F-82) provided 16 points, while Christian Ronaldo Sitepu (200-C/F-86) had 15 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Hareesh Koroth (185-G-84) answered with 22 points for India. Jagdeep Singh (198-C-86) accounted for 11 points in the loss.

Indonesia: Mario Wuysang 17, Amin Prihantono 16, Christian Ronaldo Sitepu 15
India: Hareesh Koroth 22, Jagdeep Singh 11



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2011 Asian Championship: Iran too good for Lebanon - by Eurobasket News
Iran - Lebanon 76:45

Iran recorded the fifth straight win at the Asian Championship. They outgunned Lebanon to improve at 4-0 record on top of Group E. Samad Nikkhah (198-G/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) and Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) stepped up with 16 points apiece to pace Iran. Lebanon fell at 1-3 record after the loss.
Iran limited Lebanon to only 7 points in the opening frame to take an 11-point lead. Iran maintained the tempo in the second frame. They established a 32:19 advantage at the interval. Lebanon offensive woes continued in the second half. They scored just 5 points in the third term allowing Iran to pile up a comfortable 49:24 lead at the final intermission. Iran tipped off the final quarter on a 17:6 run and never looked back en route to the victory. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) posted 12 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for Iran. Ghaleb Rida (192-G-81) responded with 16 points for Lebanon. Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) had 15 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Iran: Samad Nikkhah 16, Hamed Afagh 16, Hamed Haddadi 12
Lebanon: Ghaleb Rida 16, Samuel Hoskin 15+11 boards



Tina tried out former French National Karim Souchu - by Aydin Dianat
Tina Basketball team tried out former French national Karim Souchu (198-F-79, college: Furman). The club invited the player to Isfahan to join them for a week try out as on of their options to add to their roster for the upcoming season. Karim Souchu played for Limoges CSP Elite in ProA and he was French cup runner up in 2011 with this team. Last season he almost signed with Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour before Playoffs but the clearance wasn't issued from the French Club. Tina had to face Mahram Tehran, Zob Ahan Esfahan and Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour on the first 3 weeks of the league which starts on October 20th. It's been a month they started their practice and they signed almost all their local players and doing a professional job to reach their goal. There will be a lot to talk about them this season.

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Standings - National League
National League Standings
 1. Elitzur Ramla 0-0 
 2. Elitzur Yavne 0-0 
 3. Hapoel Afula 0-0 
 4. Hapoel K/S 0-0 
 5. Hapoel T-A 0-0 
 6. Hod Hasharon 0-0 
 7. Ironi K-A 0-0 
 8. Ironi Nahariya 0-0 
 9. Ironi Nes-Ziona 0-0 
 10. Ironi Ramat Gan 0-0 
 11. Kiryat Tivon 0-0 
 12. Lev Hasharon 0-0 
 13. Macc.B.Yaakov 0-0 
 14. Megido/Yokneam 0-0 


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Brad Wanamaker joins Teramo - by Edoardo Tamalio
Due to the injured that made Trey Johnson unable to play, the Banca Tercas Teramo call Brad Wanamaker (193-G-89, college: Pittsburgh) for replacing him. Wanamaker has played four years with Pittsburgh University scoring 11,2 point per game along with more than 5 dimes and 5 rebounds. With Pitt Wanamaker play the NCAA Tournament. The player, who also made some practices with Cimberio Varese in the past weeks, joined the team yesterday and will be examined by coach Ramagli and his staff in the next days.


Danilo Gallinari joins the forces of Emporio Armani Milano - by Eurobasket News
Danilo Gallinari (205-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) joins the forces of Emporio Armani Milano until the end of the NBA lockout. The Italian NBA star will start 2011/2012 with his local team.
In 2010-2011 for $3,304,560 in New York Knicks (NBA (starting five) he played in 48 games and averaged 15.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 89.3%. In Feb.'11 moved to Denver Nuggets (NBA, starting five) and after 19 games showed 14.0ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 43.4%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 76.2%.
At the European Championships in Lithuania -11 after 5 games he had high 15.2ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 21.7%, FT: 84.0%. He recorded 19 points at the Preliminary Round Day 5 when Israel needed overtime to beat Italy in the last game for both teams in Group B of Eurobasket 2011. Israel failed in the fourth period but managed to grab 96:95 overtime victory. Bargnani finished the thriller with 26 points, while Danilo Gallinari added 19.



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Lleida inks Ivorian F Jonathan Kale - by Eurobasket News
Jonathan Kale will stay in Spain for at least one more season. The Ivorian forward penned a deal with Lleida. Kale heads to Lleida from Ourense, where he spent 2010/11 season. He appeared 34 times in LEB Gold averaging 11.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals. Before Ourense, Jonathan Kale played in Germany. He had 11.9 ppg and 7 rpg for 32 games with Phoenix Hagen. Kale is a product of the Providence University, where he graduated in 2009. Jonathan Kale is active member of the Ivory Coast NT since that year. He had 7.1 ppg and 5 rpg for them at the AfroBasket 2011 in Madagascar. Ivory Coast reached Semifinals. Last summer at the World Championship in Turkey he had 5.6 ppg and 3.4 rpg. In 2009, Kale helped Ivory Coast to win the Silver at the AfroBasket in Libyia.

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2011 Asian Championship: Philippines stop Japan in Wuhan - by Eurobasket News
Philippines - Japan 83:76

Philippines handed Japan the first defeat at the Asian Championship in Wuhan. Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) stepped up with 25 points and 18 rebounds to pace the winners to the victory. Philippines improved at 3-1 record and caught up with Japan in the ladder of Group F.
Philippines surged ahead 8:2 early in the game but Japan quickly stopped the rot. They capped the term on a 12:0 run to take a 23:18 lead. Japan maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They ensured a 40:34 advantage at halftime. Philippines needed a 12:1 run in the third term to return the lead. Marcus Douthit and Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) ensured a 60:52 advantage for Philippines with ten minutes to go. Marcus Douthit gave Philippines a double-digit lead at the start of the fourth frame. Japan cut it back to only 5 points with seven minutes remaining. However Philippines never allowed their opponents any closer in the reminder of the encounter. Jimmy Alapag (177-G-77, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) and Marcio Lassiter provided 15 points each in the victory. Joji Takeuchi (206-F/C-85, agency: N.E.T.) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Japan. Takeki Shonaka (180-G-84) netted 14 points in the loss.

Philippines: Marcus Douthit 25+18 boards, Jimmy Alapag 15, Marcio Lassiter 15
Japan: Joji Takeuchi 22, Takeki Shonaka 14




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2011 Asian Championship: Jordan unable to match China - by Eurobasket News
China - Jordan 93:60

China kept on piling up victories at home Asian Championship. Jordan became their next victim at the hosts claimed a comprehensive win at the end. Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) stepped up with 16 points and 12 rebounds to lead the effort.
China cleared off late in the opening frame to post a 25:15 lead. Jordan cut the deficit in the second term. Tab Baldwin got as close as six points at the interval 34:40. But China opened the second half on a 16:6 run to restore a comfortable cushion. The hosts rallied to a 71:44 lead with ten minutes to go. The margin grew at as many as 30 points midway through the fourth quarter and China cruised to the victory at the end. Yi Li (203-F/G-85) and Yue Sun (206-G/F-85) posted 14 points each for the winners. Abbas Zaid (203-F-83) answered with 17 points for Jordan. Islam Abbaas (200-C-80) had 12 points in the loss.

China: Jianlian Yi 16+12 boards, Yi Li 14, Yue Sun 14
Jordan: Abbas Zaid 17, Islam Abbaas 12



Philippines wins Jordan with illegal Lassiter & Lutz ! - by Omar Shafaamri
FIBA Asia Championship 2011 in Wuhan still have Surprises, after the elimination of 5 of Qatar National Team Players & the Farce Qatar NT did during the games, now FIBA clears two Philippines players AFTER beginning the crucial game against Jordan in the 2nd Round of Wuhan 2011.

Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) and Chris Lutz who did not complete their ID Papers were suspended the whole first round, but the surprise was that they got their Clearance from FIBA 3 Minutes after the Start of Jordan's Game which is not illegal as the Rosters Sheet should be Submitted 15 Minutes before the game where Lutz & Lassiter names were not on the Sheet!

Philippines/Jordan faced each other in the 2nd round of Wuhan 2011as the Pinoys won 72 - 64 where Lassitter & Lutz contributed 14 and 4 Points respectively. Today Jordan will face hosts China while the Pinoys plays Japan in their 2nd games of Round 2.



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2011 Asian Championship: Iran too good for Lebanon - by Eurobasket News
Iran - Lebanon 76:45

Iran recorded the fifth straight win at the Asian Championship. They outgunned Lebanon to improve at 4-0 record on top of Group E. Samad Nikkhah (198-G/F-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) and Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) stepped up with 16 points apiece to pace Iran. Lebanon fell at 1-3 record after the loss.
Iran limited Lebanon to only 7 points in the opening frame to take an 11-point lead. Iran maintained the tempo in the second frame. They established a 32:19 advantage at the interval. Lebanon offensive woes continued in the second half. They scored just 5 points in the third term allowing Iran to pile up a comfortable 49:24 lead at the final intermission. Iran tipped off the final quarter on a 17:6 run and never looked back en route to the victory. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) posted 12 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists for Iran. Ghaleb Rida (192-G-81) responded with 16 points for Lebanon. Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) had 15 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Iran: Samad Nikkhah 16, Hamed Afagh 16, Hamed Haddadi 12
Lebanon: Ghaleb Rida 16, Samuel Hoskin 15+11 boards



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  LIBERIA   


Boakai Lalugba heads to Sweden - by Eurobasket News
Boakai Lalugba (200-F/C-81, agency: Court Side, college: Bucknell) will continue his career in Sweden. The Liberian/American big guy signed a one-year deal with Jamtland Basket. They will compete in Swedish top division. Lalugba arrives to Jamtland from Denain, where he spent 2010/11. He appeared 35 times in French NM1 averaging 14.6 points and 6.7 rebounds. He helped Denain to reach NM1 Semifinals. He was named Eurobasket.com All-French NM1 2nd Team -11. Before Denain, Lalugba spent one year with Finish Salon Vilpas Vikings and two with French ProB team Bourg. In 2006, Boakai Lalugba was Eurobasket.com All-Finnish League Player of the Year -06. He had 22.3 ppg and 10.6 rpg for UU-Korihait.

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Standings - LKL
LKL Standings
 1. Juventus 0-0 
 2. KK Kaunas 0-0 
 3. Lietuvos rytas 0-0 
 4. Naglis Palangos 0-0 
 5. Neptunas 0-0 
 6. Nevezis Kedain. 0-0 
 7. Pieno Zvaigzdes 0-0 
 8. Rudupis 0-0 
 9. Sakalai 0-0 
 10. Siauliai 0-0 
 11. Techasas 0-0 
 12. Zalgiris 0-0 


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2011 Asian Championship: Malaysia hold off Uzbekistan in Wuhan - by Eurobasket News
Malaysia - Uzbekistan 80:75

Malaysia overcame Uzbekistan in the Second Round of Asian Championship. The victory propelled Malaysia at 1-3 record in Group E. Batumalai Guganeswaran (182-G-82) stepped up with 14 points and 6 assists to pace the winners. Uzbekistan fell at 0-4 record after the loss.
Malaysia stormed into the game posting a 21:10 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Malaysia arrived at halftime up by as many as 11 points 44:33. Uzbekistan went off the dressing room firing from all guns. They went on a 13:5 rally to narrow the gap to just three points. Denisov put Uzbekistan within just two points 62:64 late in the third term. But Uzbekistan answered with a 6:0 run to clear off. Uzbekistan would get as close as two points on several occasions but Malaysia hung on to escape with a narrow win at the end. Li Wei Chee (189-F-85) posted 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists, while Yoong Jing Kwaan (200-C-90) had 12 points for the winners. Aleksandr Kozlov (201-F-82) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Uzbekistan. Gennadiy Zinovyev (198-F-84) netted 15 points in defeat.

Malaysia: Batumalai Guganeswaran 14, Li Wei Chee 13, Yoong Jing Kwaan 12
Uzbekistan: Aleksandr Kozlov 21, Gennadiy Zinovyev 15




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LNBP Round 6: Lechugueros defeat leader Abejas - by Eurobasket
There were just 6 rounds played in Regular Season of LNBP and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Abejas (4-1) in Guanajuato on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by thirteenth ranked Lechugueros (1-4) 89-83. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Abejas. Lechugueros left bottom position moving up to eleventh place. Abejas at the other side dropped to the fourth position with one game lost. They share it with Halc.Rojos. Lechugueros are looking forward to face league's leader Barreteros in Zacatecas in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Abejas will play at home against Panteras in Aguascalientes and are hoping to win this game.
LNBP top team - Barreteros (6-0) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Huracanes (3-3) in Zacatecas 77-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Huracanes. Savador Cuevas scored 17 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and James Reaves chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Barreteros' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) with 19 points and 8 assists. Undefeated Barreteros have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Huracanes at the other side keep the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with Soles and Pioneros. Barreteros will play against Lechugueros (#11) in Leon in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Huracanes will play on the road against Correcaminos (#10) in Ciudad Victoria and hope to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Volcanes is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to ninth ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (2-3) 126-62 on Saturday evening. Halcones UV Xalapa maintains ninth position with 2-3 record. Loser Volcanes still closes the standings with six games lost. Halcones UV Xalapa will meet Aguilas Rojas (#12) in the next round. Volcanes will play against Toros in Nuevo Laredo and hope to get finally their first victory.
A very interesting game took place in Aguascalientes. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 12th ranked Panteras (1-5) to eleventh ranked Correcaminos (2-4) 98-96 on Saturday evening. The best player for the winners was Ronald Selleaze who scored 29 points and 5 rebounds. Correcaminos moved-up to tenth place. Panteras lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with five games lost. Correcaminos' next round opponent will be higher ranked Huracanes (#6) in Tampico and it may be quite challenging game. Panteras will play on the road against Abejas (#4) in Guanajuato.

There were no big surprises in other games of round 6: Pioneros were smashed by Halc.Rojos on the road 92-72. Toros destroyed Aguilas Rojas on its own court 107-76. Soles unfortunately lost to Fuerza Regia in Monterrey 86-97.
The most impressive performance of 6th round was 24 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals by Jeremis Smith of Fuerza Regia.


Panteras - Corr.Victoria 96-98

A very interesting game took place in Aguascalientes. It ended with only two-point home defeat of 12th ranked Panteras (1-5) to eleventh ranked Correcaminos (2-4) 98-96 on Saturday evening. It looked good early as Panteras took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Correcaminos had a 23-16 second period charge getting the lead and Panteras were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 96-98. Correcaminos forced 21 Panteras turnovers and outrebounded them 42-31 including 16 on the offensive glass. 27 personal fouls committed by Panteras helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) who scored 29 points and 5 rebounds. The other American import guard Myron Allen (180-79, college: Lee JC) chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds, 9 assists and 5 steals. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international guard Karim Malpica (190-78, agency: SportsList Inc.) who recorded 17 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals and Puerto Rican guard Ricardo Melendez (180-83, agency: TSS Management) added 27 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Correcaminos moved-up to tenth place. Panteras lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with five games lost. Correcaminos' next round opponent will be higher ranked Huracanes (#6) in Tampico and it may be quite challenging game. Panteras will play on the road against Abejas (#4) in Guanajuato.
Top scorers:
Corr.Victoria: R.Selleaze 29+5reb+2ast, F.Harris 21+3reb+2ast, J.Penny 16+13reb, M.Allen 14+7reb+9ast, S.Monreal 6+3ast, D.Lamont 5+3reb
Panteras: R.Melendez 27+1ast, D.Ford 19+2reb, J.Casillas 19+5reb+1ast, K.Malpica 17+7reb+4ast, I.Lopez 8+1reb+2ast, R.Singleton 3+10reb+1ast
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Barreteros - Huracanes 77-71

LNBP top team - Barreteros (6-0) added another victory to their record. This time they beat sixth ranked Huracanes (3-3) in Zacatecas 77-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Huracanes. Huracanes were ahead by 3 points after three quarters before a 23-14 charge of Barreteros, which allowed them to win the game. Savador Cuevas scored 17 points and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and American forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara, agency: TSS Management) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. Barreteros' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) with 19 points and 8 assists and Venezuelan forward Nestor Colmenares (203-87, college: Campbellsville) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Five Huracanes players scored in double figures. Barreteros have an impressive six-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 6-0 record. Huracanes at the other side keep the sixth place with three games lost. They share the position with Soles and Pioneros. Barreteros will play against Lechugueros (#11) in Leon in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Huracanes will play on the road against Correcaminos (#10) in Ciudad Victoria and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Barreteros: M.Council 18+3reb+2ast, S.Cuevas 17+3reb+5ast, J.Reaves 16+8reb+1ast, A.Aguirre 6+6reb+2ast, C.Twan Briggs 6+7reb+1ast, M.Thomas 5+4ast
Huracanes: O.Quintero 19+3reb+8ast, R.Hornsby 13+3reb, N.Colmenares 12+11reb, J.Edwin 11+3reb+1ast, A.Fuqua 10+3reb, S.Sir 4+1reb
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Abejas - Lechugueros 83-89

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Abejas (4-1) in Guanajuato on Saturday night. Hosts were defeated by thirteenth ranked Lechugueros (1-4) 89-83. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Abejas. Lechugueros left bottom position moving up to eleventh place. Abejas at the other side dropped to the fourth position with one game lost. They share it with Halc.Rojos. Lechugueros are looking forward to face league's leader Barreteros in Zacatecas in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Abejas will play at home against Panteras in Aguascalientes and are hoping to win this game.
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Halc.Xalapa - Volcanes 126-62

Bottom-ranked Volcanes is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their sixth consecutive match to ninth ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (2-3) 126-62 on Saturday evening. Halcones UV Xalapa maintains ninth position with 2-3 record. Loser Volcanes still closes the standings with six games lost. Halcones UV Xalapa will meet Aguilas Rojas (#12) in the next round. Volcanes will play against Toros in Nuevo Laredo and hope to get finally their first victory.
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Halc.Rojos - Pioneros 92-72

No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Halcones Rojos (4-1) crushed 7th ranked Pioneros (3-3) in Veracruz 92-72. The game was mostly controlled by Halcones Rojos. Pioneros was better in fourth quarter 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Halcones Rojos shot the lights out from three nailing 19 long-distance shots on high 65.5 percentage. The best player for the winners was international guard Paul Stoll (178-85) who scored 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (182-86) chipped in 13 points and 9 assists. Five Halcones Rojos players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was American forward John Millsap (198-82, college: UTSA) who recorded 16 points and 9 rebounds and the former international swingman Romel Beck (203-82, college: UNLV, agency: Interperformances) added 22 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Halcones Rojos have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to fourth place, which they share with Abejas. Pioneros at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Halcones Rojos' next round opponent will be Soles (#8) in Mexicali. Pioneros will play at home against the league's second-placed Fuerza Regia in Monterrey.
Top scorers:
Halc.Rojos: P.Stoll 22+6reb+4ast, L.Bethelmy 14+9reb+2ast, G.Vargas 13+4reb+9ast, D.Cortes 12, N.Alonzo 11+1reb, C.Rivera 11+3reb+1ast
Pioneros: R.Beck 22+2reb+1ast, J.Millsap 16+9reb+2ast, G.Grays 9+3reb+4ast, C.Turley 7+6reb+1ast, J.Sanchez 6+1reb, H.Llamas 5+3reb
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Toros - Aguilas Rojas 107-76

Very expected game when 10th ranked Aguilas Rojas (1-5) were smashed by fourth ranked Toros (5-1) in Nuevo Laredo 107-76. The game was mostly controlled by Toros. Aguilas Rojas was better in third quarter 23-19. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Aguilas Rojas 46-30 including 31 on the defensive glass. Toros players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. The best player for the winners was naturalized American forward Lonnie Ellis Vasquez (198, college: Mississippi Coll.) who scored 18 points and 8 rebounds. American guard Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV) chipped in 15 points and 6 rebounds. Four Toros players scored in double figures. Toros' coach felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Christopher Silva who recorded 24 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized American guard Forrest Fisher (193-84) added 18 points respectively. Toros have a solid four-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Fuerza Regia. Aguilas Rojas lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the twelfth position with five games lost. Toros' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Volcanes (#14) in Toluca which should be another easy win for them. Aguilas Rojas will play at home against Halcones UV Xalapa.
Top scorers:
Toros: L.Ellis Vasquez 18+8reb, J.Lopez 15+2reb+1ast, R.Rougeau 15+6reb+1ast, J.Brownlee 11+8reb+2ast, D.Pearson 9+10reb+2ast, W.Pagan 9+3reb+2ast
Aguilas Rojas: C.Silva 24+7reb+5ast, F.Fisher 18+2reb+2ast, I.Silva 10+1reb+1ast, C.Gryne 9+2reb, E.Hare 7+8reb+2ast, F.Sanchez 6+6reb+2ast
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Fuerza Regia - Soles 97-86

Very predictable result when third ranked Fuerza Regia (5-1) won against 8th ranked Soles (3-3) in Monterrey 97-86. Fuerza Regia made 26-of-29 charity shots (89.7 percent) during the game. Fuerza Regia outrebounded Soles 34-23 including 23 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Soles helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American players dominated the game. The best player for the winners was forward Jeremis Smith (203-86, college: Georgia Tech) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Guard Chris Roberts (193-88, college: Bradley) chipped in 26 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was center Greg Smith (208-91, college: Fresno St., agency: Impact Basketball) who recorded 20 points and 7 rebounds and power forward Robert Gleen (201-89, college: IUPUI) added 18 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Fuerza Regia moved-up to second place, which they share with Toros. Soles at the other side dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. Fuerza Regia's next round opponent will be Pioneros (#7) in Cancun where they are favorite. Soles will play at home against Halcones Rojos in Veracruz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: C.Roberts 26+4reb+4ast, J.Smith 24+12reb+4ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 20+2reb+3ast, K.Penn 11+6reb, M.Strobbe 6+4reb, M.Mitchell 6+3reb+7ast
Soles: G.Smith 20+7reb+1ast, R.Glenn 18+9reb+1ast, P.Meza Rogel 15+1reb+4ast, J.Griffin 13+1reb+1ast, R.Lopez 9+3ast, C.Edwards 6+4reb+2ast
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The Future of the NABL - by Gianni Pascucci
(from the league media officier Michael Jackson) There have been several changes that have taken place in the NABL over this last year. First and foremost there is new ownership; a group of investors from the Portland area known as Productive Citizens Incorporated have purchased the league from its founder Nathan Mumm. Considered the driving force behind the 3 yr. old league, Mumm has shown great leadership to go along with his everlasting competitive spirit. The league has definitely progressed under his guidance. He is now ready to take on new endeavors and feels he has left the league in great hands with its new owners. The league has decided to honor Nathan Mumm by naming its championship trophy after him.
As this extremely intense, high scoring basketball league moves forward; the focus and purpose will be to provide a greater opportunity for players to sharpen their skills as they prepare for summer league play. There are currently six teams in the NABL: Portland Showtime, Salem Stampede, Seattle Aviators, Snohomish Explosion, Tacoma Undertakers and the Tualatin Black Barons. Negotiations are currently underway with a team from Washington now; their goal is to add two more teams from both the Portland and Washington areas making it a 10 team league. Ownership will invest in the league by looking for new sponsors.
The Portland Showtime were the 2010 league champions, featuring league MVP Mac Hopson (6'2''-G-87, college: Idaho), and his dynamic backcourt mate Dominic Waters (6'1''-PG-86, college: Portland St.). The teams owner Tyrone White was named and will also serve as the NABL Commissioner. During the 2011 season with owners and league officials in negotiations an exhibition season was played showcasing the Explosion and Aviator teams. The start of the 2012 season will begin in April and run thru June of the same year. Continue to check www.usbasket.com website for the upcoming season news.


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J.J. Barea wants to remain a Mav - by Eurobasket News
Dallas Mavericks guard Jose Juan Barea (5'11''-PG-84, college: Northeastern), a first-time free agent whenever the NBA lockout is lifted, strongly believes he will be back to defend the franchise's first championship.

'If you want to go by percentages, I think 75 percent I'll be back in Dallas and 25 percent something else happens,' Barea said, now back home in Puerto Rico after a bid to qualify for the 2012 Olympics fell painfully short with a semifinals loss to host country Argentina at the FIBA Americas Tournament. '... My first option is going to be Dallas.'

That comes as little surprise. Immediately after Barea helped the Mavericks capture the title with a fearless postseason run that surely worked to increase his value on the free agent market, Barea said his loyalty belongs to Dallas, the team that signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Northeastern five years ago.

In a typical year, Barea likely would have locked up his future two months ago, since free agency normally begins on July 1. However, this year that was the date that NBA's collective bargaining agreement expired, the owners locked out the players and league business ceased.

'It's definitely frustrating, but things happen,' Barea said. 'If the lockout wasn't here I'd have a contract already and I'd know where I was going. But, things happen and you just have to stay positive with it and I'm staying ready.'

Barea, 27, completed the most successful season of his career, averaging career highs in scoring (9.5), assists (3.9), rebounds (2.0) and minutes (20.6). He played a pivotal role in the championship run as the backup point guard, flummoxing the Los Angeles Lakers defense in the conference semifinals, and keying Dallas' penetration as the starting shooting guard in the final three games of the NBA Finals -- all Mavs victories -- against the Miami Heat.

Barea, who earned $1.8 million last season, said he would have to be bowled over by a dollar figure to think about leaving Dallas. He said potential promises of a starting job elsewhere won't be enough to lure him away.

'I'd probably have to be blown away by a deal to go somewhere else,' Barea said. 'The team we have in Dallas, if we keep it together, I don't mind coming off the bench and starting sometimes and doing what we have to do to win. The team we had last year was incredible. If I go somewhere else, if I'm going to start, that's not really going to be part of the decision-making.'

As for Barea's immediate future, he said he wants to gauge the progress of labor negotiations until at least November before deciding if he will sign a contract to play in Spain until the NBA resumes.

Barea said he has not had direct talks regarding a possible contract with any team, but that he will have options in Spain if he chooses to play.

'I'm going to be patient and I hope that the NBA gets back on track,' Barea said. 'I need a little bit of rest. I feel a little bit mentally and physically tired from the tournament. I will have the option (of playing in Spain), but I don't know if that's something I want to do yet.'

It has been a whirlwind summer for Barea. Soon after winning the NBA title, Barea began training with the Puerto Rican national team. At the Americas tournament, where the top two teams qualified for next summer's Olympic Games in London, Puerto Rico reached the semifinals and needed one more win to qualify.

However, the host country, led by Manu Ginobili and Luis Scola, won an emotional game, 81-79, to eliminate Puerto Rico.

Barea will have a last chance to make his first Olympics in a tournament of 12 hopeful countries from around the globe next July, just two weeks before the start of the Olympics.

'It's going to be tough again,' he said.

Courtesy of ESPN


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Former Penn State star Geary Claxton signs in Sweden - by Eurobasket News
Geary Claxton (6'5''-G/F-86, college: Penn St.) will continue his career in Sweden. The American guard/small forward penned a one-year deal with Jamtland Basket. They will compete in Swedish top division (Basketligan). Claxton is a product of the Penn State University, where he graduated in 2008. He shined with 17.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg and 2.4 apg for his school as a senior. Geary Claxton had great junior season as well. At that time he registered 16.3 ppg and 8 rpg for 26 games. In 2007, Claxton was named All-Big Ten 1st Team. After Penn State, Geary Claxton got a deal with NBA D-League team Erie Bay Hawks, where he had 3.2 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 15 games. They parted ways in January of 2009 and Claxton did not play pro ball since than. He spent some time on try out with Hungarian Albacomp this summer.

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SPU Sweeps Up in Bahamas - by Sanjey Noriega
From: gnacsports.com

Andy Poling (6'11''-C) amassed 25 points as Seattle Pacific completed a sweep on their three-game tour of the Bahamas with a 93-51 win over the Mailboat Cybots at Sir Kendall Issac Gym Wednesday night.

A 6-foot-11 post player, Poling hit 9 of 10 shots from the field. He grabbed nine rebounds to lead SPU's 38-21 advantage on the boards. Jobi Wall and Modou Niang each were credited with six rebounds. Wall tallied 11 points and led the team with three steals.

Mailboat, a professional team from the New Providence Basketball Association (NPBA), was dealt its largest exhibition defeat of the year by SPU.

The Cybots played a pair of NCAA Division I opponents in August, losing 96-68 to UNC Wilmington and 96-68 to Creighton.

Jeff Dorman pumped in 12 points for the Falcons, all of them from long distance. He converted 4 of 5 shots from 3-point range. Point guard David Downs and 10 points and also had seven assists.

Poling averaged a double-double on the trip, leading the Falcons with 19.3 points and 11.3 rebounds per game.



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Standings - 1Div.
1Div. Standings
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 2. Hop 0-0 
 3. Kristiansand 0-0 
 4. Miners 0-0 
 5. NTNUI 0-0 
 6. OSI 0-0 
 7. Persbraaten 0-0 
 8. STIF Whalers 0-0 
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2011 Asian Championship: Philippines stop Japan in Wuhan - by Eurobasket News
Philippines - Japan 83:76

Philippines handed Japan the first defeat at the Asian Championship in Wuhan. Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) stepped up with 25 points and 18 rebounds to pace the winners to the victory. Philippines improved at 3-1 record and caught up with Japan in the ladder of Group F.
Philippines surged ahead 8:2 early in the game but Japan quickly stopped the rot. They capped the term on a 12:0 run to take a 23:18 lead. Japan maintained the lead throughout the second frame. They ensured a 40:34 advantage at halftime. Philippines needed a 12:1 run in the third term to return the lead. Marcus Douthit and Marcio Lassiter (188-G-87, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) ensured a 60:52 advantage for Philippines with ten minutes to go. Marcus Douthit gave Philippines a double-digit lead at the start of the fourth frame. Japan cut it back to only 5 points with seven minutes remaining. However Philippines never allowed their opponents any closer in the reminder of the encounter. Jimmy Alapag (177-G-77, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) and Marcio Lassiter provided 15 points each in the victory. Joji Takeuchi (206-F/C-85, agency: N.E.T.) answered with 22 points and 8 rebounds for Japan. Takeki Shonaka (180-G-84) netted 14 points in the loss.

Philippines: Marcus Douthit 25+18 boards, Jimmy Alapag 15, Marcio Lassiter 15
Japan: Joji Takeuchi 22, Takeki Shonaka 14




DAY 5 OF THE 2011 FIBA-ASIA MEN'S TOURNEY - by Enzo Flojo

MALAYSIA over UZBEKISTAN, 80-75
MAS 80 - Batumalai 14, Chee 13, Kwaan 12, Loh 11, Lau 8, Ng 7, Wee 5, Ooi 4, Soo 3, Kuppusamy 3, Kuek 0
UZB 75 - Kozlov 21, Zinonev 15, Yahin 9, Juginisov 8, Belojurov 6, Denisov 6, Nuraliev 5, Shatrov 3, Khabibullin 2, Pereverzev 0
QS: 21-10, 44-33, 61-54, 80-75
- The Malaysians were able to buck their size disadvantage and lead the Uzbeks for practically the whole game. Field goal shooting and free throw shooting proved to be the key aspects of the game as Malaysia outshot Uzbekistan (50%-39%) from the floor, and they offset the Uzbeks' 11 triple conversions by shooting 22-of-30 from the line as opposed to just 8-of-14 for Uzbekistan. Malaysia also forced the Uzbeks to 21 errors while committing just 16 of their own. Amazingly, the Malaysians outscored the taller Uzbeks in the paint, 34-28.
- Four people finished in double-figures for Malaysia: Guga Batumalai, Li Wei Chee, Yoong Jing Kwaan and Shee Fai Loh with 14, 13, 12, and 11 points respectively. Chee also grabbed 9 rebounds while Batumalai dished out 4 assists. Malaysia stays alive for a quarterfinals seat, but they'll have to beat the Taiwanese next.
- This loss virtually sends the Uzbeks crashing out of quarterfinal contention and relegates them to the next round of matches for the 9th-12th places. Alekzandr Kozlov finally flashed the form he showed in the 2009 FIBA-Asia, ending up with 21 points, 8 rebounds, and 3 steals. Gennadiy Zinonev, meanwhile, shot the lights out from deep, hitting 5 triples to score 15 points.

SYRIA over UNITED ARAB EMIRATES, 80-73
SYR 80 - Gorges 17, Osfira 14, Deeb 13, Nalbandian 11, Jlilati 9, Lubus 6, Al-Saman 3, Al-Hamowi 3, Al-Khatib 2, Daks 2
UAE 73 - Ahmad 25, Salem 17, Al-Sari 11, Al-Hattawi 8, Abdalla 5, Al-Braiki 3, Ahmed 2, Al-Zaabi 2, Banihammad 0
QS: 30-16, 48-35, 64-51, 80-73
- UAE never tasted the lead as the Syrians put on the pressure early and they didn't look back. The Syrians utilized superior size to control the glass (60-30) and second chance points (26-7). UAE tried to mount a last-ditch rally in the final 5 minutes, but they were just not able to get enough stops to steal the game.
- Eder Gorges was a beast under the basket, scoring 17 points and grabbing 15 rebounds, including 8 on the offensive end. UAE just had no answer for Syria's big guy, and he made them pay. Syria's quarterfinal hopes are flickering, and they'll need to beat the Jordanians next if they still harbor intentions of staying alive for the top 8.
- UAE actually shot better than Syria from the floor, not to mention forcing 19 Syrian turnovers, but they just couldn't capitalize. Ibrahim Ahmad hit 3 treys to finish with 25 points while Khalil Salem added 17 markers and 3 thefts. They have a tall order of trying to beat the Japanese next.

IRAN over LEBANON, 76-45
IRI 76 - Afagh 16, Bahrami 16, Haddadi 12, Kazemi 8, Kamrani 7, Davari 5, Davarpanah 4, Sahakian 4, Kardoust 3, Sohrabnejad 1, Davoudi 0, Atashi 0
LIB 45 - Reda 16, Hoskin 15, Ibrahim 7, Kanaan 3, Abedl Nour 2, Stephan 2, Martinez 0, Akl 0, Bawji 0, Tabet 0
QS: 18-7, 32-19, 49-24, 76-45
- Domination was the name of the game as Iran pounded the Lebanese literally from start to finish. As expected, Iran scored a ton of points in the interior and got on the break more successfully than Lebanon. The Iranians had more rebounds, assists and blocks than their chief WABA rivals, but the glaring stat is that the Cedars were limited to just 27% shooting from the floor. Usual reliables Jean Abdel Nour and Elie Stephan shot a combined 2-of-13 from the field for a total of 4 points only. Lebanon actually trailed by a manageable 13 points at the half, but a 17-5 3rd period put Iran way beyond reach.
- The swingman duo of Hamed Afagh and Samad Nikkhah Bahrami proved to be too much for Lebanon to handle. Afagh and Bahrami paired up for 32 points while Hamed Haddadi continue to take names with another double-double (12 points & 12 rebounds). Iran remains undefeated in 5 games, but a big test awaits in the similarly flawless Koreans.
- Ghaleb Reda led Lebanon with 16 points, but he shot a measly 4-of-14 from the floor. Sam Hoskin did produce a double-double with 15 markers and 11 boards, but he too was awful from the field at just 33% shooting. Lebanon remains winless in round 2 play, but that could change when they face Uzbekistan next.

SOUTH KOREA over TAIWAN, 82-61
KOR 82 - Cho 19, Stevenson 15, Oh 14, Yang DG 10, Kim YH 9, Kim JS 8, Kim JK 5, Yang HJ 2, Lee 0, Kang 0, Ha 0
TPE 61 - Wu 15, Tseng 13, Chen HA 10, Chien 8, Mao 4, Chang 3, Lee 2, Su 2, Lin 2, Lu 2, Ho 0
QS: 18-20, 43-32, 64-40, 82-61
- Taiwan played the Koreans tight in the first frame, even leading 20-18 after 10 minutes, but they faltered in the middle periods. Korea outscored its EABA counterparts, 46-20, in the 2nd and 3rd quarters to blow the game open and simply cruise in the final stanza. Both teams shot poorly from downtown -- a combined 6-of-40 only, but Korea compensated by going to the line more often and almost doubling up Taiwan's rebound numbers. Coach Hur Jae's boys also enjoyed more dimes, thefts and rejections.
- Cho Sung-Min's hot hand remained sterling here, as he was the only player to hit multiple treys (3). He finished with 19 points to lead the Korean charge. The forward pair of Jarod Stevenson and Oh Se-Keun backed him up with a combined 29 points and 13 boards. Yang Dong-Geun, meanwhile, had an all-around performance of 10 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal. Korea's slate remains spotless, but its next assignment, Iran, will probably change all that.
- Taiwan had more inside points than Korea, led by its twin towers, Wu Tai-Hao and Tseng Wen-Ting. Wu and Tseng had a combined 28 points and 11 rebounds for coach Chou Jun-San. Taiwan just shot poorly from beyond the arc and they were not able to recover after getting blasted in the 2nd and 3rd periods. This is their first loss of round 2 and, should they win against Malaysia later on, their record may be good enough to grant them 3rd place going into the crossover quarterfinals.

PHILIPPINES over JAPAN, 83-76
PHL 83 - Douthit 25, Alapag 15, Lassiter 15, Williams 12, Barroca 6, Casio 4, De Ocampo 4, Taulava 2, Tiu 0, Lutz 0
JPN 76 - Takeuchi J 22, Shonaka 14, Hirose 13, Kawamura 12, Takeuchi K 6, Ishizaki 5, Amino 4, Matsui 0, Takeda 0, Sakurai 0, Kashiwagi 0, Ota 0
QS: 18-23, 34-40, 60-52, 83-76
- The Filipinos are slowly becoming the tournament's comeback kings. They started hot, leading 18-13 late in the first canto before Japan unleashed a furious 13-0 blast that seemingly put Team Hayabusa in control. It was a nip-tuck affair for the rest of the first half as the Japanese showed uncanny 3-point shooting while Philippine big man Marcus Douthit struggled for his points. That all changed, however, when the 3rd period started. A 10-0 spurt by the Pinoys gave them the lead at 46-43, and they extended it to 8 to start the fourth. Douthit regained his form underneath while Marcio Lassiter and Jimmy Alapag hit their jumpers to give the Philippines leads as high as 13. Japan fought back late in the game, though, and managed to cut it to just 5 with about a minute to go, but the Pinoys proved steadier in the end.
- Douthit's monster double-double (25 points & 18 rebounds), along with the great outside production of Lassiter and Alapag (15 points each, and a combined 4-of-8 from downtown) were the main factors for this win. Kelly Williams also contributed 12 points as Team Pilipinas controlled the lane, outrebounding the Japanese (44-31), outscoring them in the paint (52-20) and getting the jump on second-chances (19-8). The Pinoys move up to 2nd spot in Group F and, if they win over Syria, go into the next round against probably the Taiwanese.
- Japan suffered its first loss, but it will be big as they have yet to face China. This means they will likely fall to 3rd in Group F and have to face either Korea or Iran in the Final 8. Joji Takeuchi scored 22 points and shot 4 triples to lead Japan. His twin, though, managed just 6 markers. And for the first time in the tourney, nobody finished in double-digit rebounding for coach Tom Wisman. Japan did convert 12 triples here, but that's out of 33 attempts, which is more than half of their total field goals. They have to establish a stronger inside presence if they want to advance beyond the quarters.

CHINA over JORDAN, 93-60
CHN 93 - Yi J 16, Yi L 14, Sun 14, Wang 10, Zhang Z 9, Zhu 8, Su 6, Liu 5, Ding 4, Zhang B 4, Yu 3, Xirelijiang 0
JOR 60 - Abbas 17, Abbaas 12, Wright 11, Dahglas 10, Hussein 4, Soobzokov 3, Zaghab 2, Abu Quora 1, Abu Ruqayah 0, Al-Sous 0
QS: 25-15, 40-34, 71-44, 93-60
- What was billed as a potentially close encounter turned out to be a rout in favor of the hosts. Jordan was able to stick with the heftier Chinese in the first half, but a 31-10 blitz in the 3rd stanza emphatically shut the door on them. China outshot Jordan from the floor (52%-27%) and also doubled up on Jordan's 3-point conversions (11-5). As expected, coach Bob Donewald's wards also dominated inside, outrebounding Jordan and blocking more shots. It was never close after the halftime break as China mounted a lead as big as 36 points.
- China's two Yis were terrific here. Yi Jianlian had 16 points and 12 rebounds while Yi Li had 14 markers and 2 triples. Sun Yue was also spectacular with 14 points, but more impressive were his 2 steals and 3 blocks. China's squeaky-clean record remains, and it should continue to be that way even after Japan challenges them next.
- Jordan, despite having a couple of players with CBA experience, groped for form in the 2nd half and were just unable to get back in the game after China's 3rd quarter run. Zaid Abbas led the way with 17 points, but he had only 3 rebounds. Sam Dahglas, meanwhile, finished with 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, but he committed 5 turnovers. Rasheim Wright had another anemic shooting night, making just 4-of-15 field goals for 11 points. Jordan could very well finish 4th in Group F even if they win against UAE.

INDONESIA over INDIA, 84-75
INA 85 - Wuysang 17, Prihantono 16, Sitepu 15, Prawiro 8, Gunawan 7, Chandra 6, Situmorang 6, Poedjakesuma 5, Indrawan 4, Haryoko 0
IND 74 - Koroth 22, Singh J 11, Singh Y 9, Rai 8, Singh T 8, Bharama 6, Bhriguvanshi 5, Singh At 4, Singh Al 2, Grewal 0
QS: 20-14, 44-37, 67-57, 84-75
- The Indonesians got win #2 in the day's last game at the expense of India. The Indons finished ahead, 20-14, at then end of the first frame and never relinquished it, leading by as many as 16 points in the third period. Indonesia shot a little better from the field and they collared more caroms, which proved to be decisive in the end.
- Mario Wuysang made up for his previous scoreless performance by leading the Indons this time around. He flirted with a triple-double, finishing with 17 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Amin Prihantono backed him up with 16 points and 3 triples. Christian Sitepu was solid down low again with 15 markers and 8 boards. Indonesia effectively finishes 13th, the best they have finished in a long time.
- Hareesh Koroth displayed accurate shooting again, making 4 treys on his way to 22 points. Jagdeep Singh followed him up with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. India didn't actually win any game in the tourney, but they finish ahead of Bahrain by virtue of winning by default against Qatar yesterday.

Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com


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GREAT SHOW IN WLOCLAWEK - Anwil Fans biding Good-bye Andrzej Pluta - by Maciej Paszyn
More than 5 thousand people came today on Andrzej Pluta (182-G-74, agency: Court Side) Good-Bye friendly game between Anwil Wloclawek and Asseco Prokom Gdynia. Ex Anwil and polish national team captain, who had spent six seasons in Wloclawek, played last minutes of his career with standing ovation from Anwil and Asseco fans and invited celebrities.
Organizers prepared all ceremony on highest level today. Before first and second half fans gathered in Hala Mistrzow could watch on telebim two video highlights of Plutas games. In the half-time legend of polish league recived lot of presents and flowers from Anwil S.A. company ( main sponsor of the team ), president of Polish Baskteball Federation mr. Grzegorz Bachanski , president of Polish Extra League ( PLK ) mr. Jacek Jakubowski, president of Anwil Wloclawek mr. Zbigniew Polatowski, presidents of Energa Czarni and Trefl Sopot, Anwil fans and meny more.
In good-bye speach, Andrzej thanked firstly his wife and two kids for patience. He said to a few warm words to local fans, Anwil and polish federation managment.

Cumulative point of all ceremony was the moment when Plutas jersey had suspended under copula of Hala Mistrzow and his number became reserved.

First half of the game had got friendly character. Bouth teams played very soft in defense, especially against todays hero. Pluta had started first quater in Asseco Prokom jersey ( he played in this team in season 2003/4 ) and scored 14 pts. in five minutes, mostly from 3 point line. After 5 minutes he had got substition and he changed jesrsey into Anwil one. In Wloclawek team he had started from the beginig and he played last 5 minutes of his carrer.

Another attraction of todays evening was Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) performance. Phoenix Suns center played in Anwil team for 8 min. of first half in special 'Plutas good-bye game' jersey. He also had thanked Pluta in half time and said that Andrzej was always great example of sportsmen for him.

In the second half game had normal pre-season intesity. Leading by Alonzo Gee (198-G-87, college: Alabama) Asseco Prokom Gdynia won with Anwil 85 - 76.

An extra attraction of todays game were shows of Asseco Prokom Cheerleaders.



Siarka Jezioro Tarnobrzeg and James Helton part ways - by Eurobasket News
Siarka Jezioro Tarnobrzeg announced their decision not to sign the contract with James Helton (198-G/F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: W.Virginia St.). The American guard/small forward spent past few weeks on try-out with Siarka, but he didnt earn a deal. It is expected that Siarka will now look for some other player. James Helton played in Luxembourg in 2009/10 season. He helped Basket Esch to win N2 title that year. In 2008/09, Helton played for the Romanian CS BC Gladiator Cluj Napoca. James Helton is a product of the West Virginia State University, where he graduated in 2008. He shined with 18.4 ppg and 8.9 rpg for his school as a senior (NCAA2). Helton participated at the Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas this summer. He had 9.3 ppg and 3.3 rpg for three games with Team Geneva.

Prokom tab Fedor Dmitriev - by Eurobasket News
Prokom tab Fedor Dmitriev (205-F-84, agency: Alti Sport) for 2011/2012 season. The Russian Forward will debut abroad.
At the end of the last season Krasnye Krilya announced the acquisition of Fedor Dmitriev. The 26-year-old forward arrived on loan from Khimky. The forward tallied 4.0 points and 1.7 rebounds per VTB League game this season. In Euroleague his stats read 3.3 points per game. In Russian PBL Fedor Dmitriev averaged 2.2 points and 0.8 rebounds per appearance. Fedor Dmitriev started his second season with Khimky.
Earlier he played for Pulkovo Saint Petersburg, Ural Great Perm, Spartak Saint Petersburg and Triumph. The forward was the member of Russian National Team in 2006-09 seasons. He participated at the 2009 EuroBasket in Poland.
In 2010-2011 for BC Khimky Moscow Region (PBL) in Russian League he averaged 2.2ppg, while in Euroleague had 3.3ppg. For Krasnie Krilya Samara (PBL) after 17 games his stats read 4.0ppg, 1.7rpg.



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J.J. Barea wants to remain a Mav - by Eurobasket News
Dallas Mavericks guard Jose Juan Barea (5'11''-PG-84, college: Northeastern), a first-time free agent whenever the NBA lockout is lifted, strongly believes he will be back to defend the franchise's first championship.

'If you want to go by percentages, I think 75 percent I'll be back in Dallas and 25 percent something else happens,' Barea said, now back home in Puerto Rico after a bid to qualify for the 2012 Olympics fell painfully short with a semifinals loss to host country Argentina at the FIBA Americas Tournament. '... My first option is going to be Dallas.'

That comes as little surprise. Immediately after Barea helped the Mavericks capture the title with a fearless postseason run that surely worked to increase his value on the free agent market, Barea said his loyalty belongs to Dallas, the team that signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Northeastern five years ago.

In a typical year, Barea likely would have locked up his future two months ago, since free agency normally begins on July 1. However, this year that was the date that NBA's collective bargaining agreement expired, the owners locked out the players and league business ceased.

'It's definitely frustrating, but things happen,' Barea said. 'If the lockout wasn't here I'd have a contract already and I'd know where I was going. But, things happen and you just have to stay positive with it and I'm staying ready.'

Barea, 27, completed the most successful season of his career, averaging career highs in scoring (9.5), assists (3.9), rebounds (2.0) and minutes (20.6). He played a pivotal role in the championship run as the backup point guard, flummoxing the Los Angeles Lakers defense in the conference semifinals, and keying Dallas' penetration as the starting shooting guard in the final three games of the NBA Finals -- all Mavs victories -- against the Miami Heat.

Barea, who earned $1.8 million last season, said he would have to be bowled over by a dollar figure to think about leaving Dallas. He said potential promises of a starting job elsewhere won't be enough to lure him away.

'I'd probably have to be blown away by a deal to go somewhere else,' Barea said. 'The team we have in Dallas, if we keep it together, I don't mind coming off the bench and starting sometimes and doing what we have to do to win. The team we had last year was incredible. If I go somewhere else, if I'm going to start, that's not really going to be part of the decision-making.'

As for Barea's immediate future, he said he wants to gauge the progress of labor negotiations until at least November before deciding if he will sign a contract to play in Spain until the NBA resumes.

Barea said he has not had direct talks regarding a possible contract with any team, but that he will have options in Spain if he chooses to play.

'I'm going to be patient and I hope that the NBA gets back on track,' Barea said. 'I need a little bit of rest. I feel a little bit mentally and physically tired from the tournament. I will have the option (of playing in Spain), but I don't know if that's something I want to do yet.'

It has been a whirlwind summer for Barea. Soon after winning the NBA title, Barea began training with the Puerto Rican national team. At the Americas tournament, where the top two teams qualified for next summer's Olympic Games in London, Puerto Rico reached the semifinals and needed one more win to qualify.

However, the host country, led by Manu Ginobili and Luis Scola, won an emotional game, 81-79, to eliminate Puerto Rico.

Barea will have a last chance to make his first Olympics in a tournament of 12 hopeful countries from around the globe next July, just two weeks before the start of the Olympics.

'It's going to be tough again,' he said.

Courtesy of ESPN


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Jimmy williams - by Jimmy Williams
hi everyone my name is jimmy Williams, this is my first time writing a blog in two years. i decided to start back writing my blog to keep everyone updated on my career. since my last blog my career has gotten really interesting. Since then i have been nutrualized to play for Togo national team, and i helped them qualify to the African cup of nation for the first time in 30 years. so it was very special to me and the country. So now i take pride in representing Togo as a country and nation. The African cup of nation is very high level and was a great experience for me and Togo national team. it gave the Togo federation a chance to see which direction to go in to build the national team. I finished third in scoring in Afro basket Score-3 (16.6ppg), 3.2rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 24.1%, FT-1 (96.0%). i just wanted to prove i can play on this high level. i was also voted one of the top players there. I hope our team will learn from Afro basket and come together and get better for the future. Last season i played in club itthad in Libya which was i think was a great choice, because playing in Libya is a great place to been seen all the games are on television and all teams in golf and Africa can see you. I was also given the best scorer award by Afro basket. Also i had the chance to play in the Dubai tournament which i was one of the top scorers there, and i had the chance to play some of the top clubs in the golf. I just arrived back to the states from Africa now im waiting to see where i will play this year. well i got to go if everyone have any questions or want to chat email me williamjimmy2003@gmail.com .

thank you euro basket

Awards/Achievements:
Chicago H.S. Thanksgiving Tournament MVP -04
NJCAA First team All-Conference and First team All-Region -07
WVIAC Regular Season Champion -07
WVIAC Tournament Finalist -07
NCAA tournment All east regon team -08
Two time WVIAC player of the week -08
All-Eurobasket Summer League in Chicago 2nd Team -08
WVIAC Regular Season Runner-Up -08
WVIAC Tournament Winner -08
WVIAC All-Tournament Team -08
All-WVIAC Honorable Mention -08
Voted by asia basket as the best import player -09
Won the league championship -09
Palestinian PBBA West Bank Group Champion -09
Palestinian PBBA Champion -09 (MVP), 10
Palestine PBBA Cup Champion -10
Arab Club Championships -10
Togolese National Team -10-11
FIBA Africa Zone-3 Qualifier -10: 12.0ppg 6.3rpg 5.0apg
Libyan Olympic Al-Fateh Cup Champion -10
Sharajah Tournament UAE Single Game MVP -10
Africabasket.com best scorer-11
Africabasket.com All-African Championships Honorable Mention -11
African Championships in Madagascar -11: 5 games: Score-3 (16.6ppg), 3.2rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.3%, 3PT: 24.1%, FT-1 (96.0%)
Jimmy Williams (196-G-86, college: Alders.-Broad.)


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Prokom tab Fedor Dmitriev - by Eurobasket News
Prokom tab Fedor Dmitriev (205-F-84, agency: Alti Sport) for 2011/2012 season. The Russian Forward will debut abroad.
At the end of the last season Krasnye Krilya announced the acquisition of Fedor Dmitriev. The 26-year-old forward arrived on loan from Khimky. The forward tallied 4.0 points and 1.7 rebounds per VTB League game this season. In Euroleague his stats read 3.3 points per game. In Russian PBL Fedor Dmitriev averaged 2.2 points and 0.8 rebounds per appearance. Fedor Dmitriev started his second season with Khimky.
Earlier he played for Pulkovo Saint Petersburg, Ural Great Perm, Spartak Saint Petersburg and Triumph. The forward was the member of Russian National Team in 2006-09 seasons. He participated at the 2009 EuroBasket in Poland.
In 2010-2011 for BC Khimky Moscow Region (PBL) in Russian League he averaged 2.2ppg, while in Euroleague had 3.3ppg. For Krasnie Krilya Samara (PBL) after 17 games his stats read 4.0ppg, 1.7rpg.



Khimky, Krasnie Krilya and Nizhniy Novgorod won the latest games - by Eurobasket News
Krasnie Krilya won over Fuenlabrada 85:84. Labovic fired the shot with the buzzer to bring the victory for the Russian team. They started with 22-16 in the opening period, but the team from Spain reduced with 32-19 in the second frame and stayed in front almost until the last minute of the game. Fuenlabrada added 21-17 in the third quarter to lead 11 points after thirty minutes. Krasnie Krilya needed 27-15 in the last quarter to seal the victory. DeJuan Blair (201-F-89, college: Pittsburgh) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Hayes Jarvis notched 14. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Grambling St.) added 12, whilst Kolesnikov Evgeniy posted 10.
Nizhniy Novgorod overcame Smeredevo Serbia 81:72 in Belgrade. It was a good start for the Russia team that opened the game with 22-19 and added 20-10 in the second frame. Moreover 27-24 in the third period brought Nizhniy Novgorod 16-point lead after 30 minutes. The team from Serbia bounced back with 19-12 but could cut it only to 9 points. Ignerski Michal stepped up with 15 points for the winners and Andrey Kirdyachkin (207-F/C-90) posted 11. Ivan Nelyubov (207-C-88) scored 10, while Ernest Bremer (195-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) delivered 9. Balaban ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Svilar Vojin scored 17.
Khimky bounced back with 68:59 win over Valencia. After the loss in the first game, the Russian team dominated the second one. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) scored 14 points to lead the charge. Loncar had 10 points and 8 rebounds, while Evgeni Karpeko (204-F-89) added 8.



Universitet-Yugra Surgut signs Aleksei Savkov - by Eurobasket News
Aleksei Savkov is a new member of Universitet-Yugra Surgut. The experienced Russian guard penned a deal for the next season. He spent last three years with Enisey Krasnoyarsk. Savkov averaged 3.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in 34 PBL games last season. In 2009/10, he had 5.3 ppg and 3.8 rpg. Before Enisey, Aleksei Savkov played six years for Khimky Moscow Region. First season with Khimky was the best one for Savkov. He had 13.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg in Russia, plus 13.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg ad 2.3 apg in FIBA Champions Cup. In the past, he played for CSKA Moscow and Konik Moscow. Aleksei Savkov won the Russian Cup with Khimky in 2008. Back in 2000, he won the Russian league title with CSKA Moscow.

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FIATC Joventut tab Senegalese Pape Sow - by Eurobasket News
FIATC Joventut tab Senegalese Pape Sow (208-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) for 2011/2012 season. The player will head from Caja Laboral Vitoria where he finished last season.
In 2010-2011 he started for Meridiano Alicante (Spain-ACB) in Dec.'10 moved to Caja Laboral Vitoria (Spain-ACB). In Spanish League after 10 games he averaged 2.7ppg, 3.5rpg, while in Euroleague after 6 games he showed 3.3ppg, 3.2rpg, left in April '11.
Last year the Senegalese big guy joined the Spanish champion in December and it seems his performance was good enough to get a contract extension. Earlier he joined Alicante in March last year from Asseco Prokom. Season 2008/09, Sow spent with Armani Jeans Milano. He had 8.3 ppg and 4.9 rpg for them in 12 Euroleague games. In the past, Sow played for Prokom, Rieti and Toronto Raptors. On season 2005/06 he had 3.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg in 42 NBA games.
In March 2011 Caja Laboral announced Friday that center Pape Sow has been hospitalized with a type of pulmonary embolism.



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National League - by Carlos Pereira
Hawks in comfortable zone, main opponents go dow
PLS Hawks are in a quite comfortable zone after garnering their 12th win in 13 games and watching their main opponents Premium Cobras and Baya go down with a giant thud inside the Victoria Gymnasium l
Captained by Indian Ocean Island Games (IOIG) gold medallist Bernard Bristol, mens division one champions Hawks had it easy against Cascade Bullets with a 95-46 victory on the back of a game-high 38 points from Nigerian Alao Solomon.
Sandy Julienne got 10 points for the Bullets who are in seventh place with 18 points from five wins and eight losses, while the win helped bring leaders Hawks points tally to 25
Angels had skipper Chabel Servina and Keiren Agathine scoring 22 points apiece last Saturday to give Dominic Franoise a winning debut in their 79-77 upset of star-studded Premium Cobras boasting three IOIG gold medallists Dominic Pillay, Amadou Sylla and Darren Lesperance and the Nigerian pair of Simon P
Franoise, who joined from Drifters, contributed 15 points on his debut as Anse Boileau-based Angels made the difference with a 26-16 third-quarter win to open a five-point lead going into the fou
The win their fifth in 14 games has propelled coach/player Charles Sauziers Angels into fifth position on the 10-team standings with 19 points, while the Cobras, who got 23 points from Ajodoh and 22 from Sylla, are fourth with 21 poi
With coach Guy Hall absent from their bench for the third straight game, the Cobras have a win-lose record of 9-3.

Another IOIG gold medallist, player Nigel Sinon was on fire with five treys for 15 of his game-leading 31 points as MBU Rockers overcame a 17-point half-time deficit to outscore Baya 49-24 in the second half for an 82-74 win.
With fellow IOIG gold medallist Cyril Agrippine still absent on an overseas trip, Pascal Bibi stepped up his game to add 22 points and centre Keven Hoareau finished with 10 in the Rockers 10th win of the season for 23 points out of a possible 26.
The defeat is the fourth in 14 games for Baya who are currently second behind PLS Hawks on 24 points, but they have played a match more than both the leaders and the Rockers.
Jean-Paul JP Camille finished with 23 points for Baya and Dave Roseline came off the bench to net 16.
Ronny Julius banked two 3-pointers to finish with 21 pointers, centre Emmanuel Larue added 16, Mike Jean 15 and Emmanuel Jupiter 10 as RC Dynamics celebrated only their fourth win in 13 matches and at the same time added salt to bottom team Razors wound with an 84-69 victory.

The Razors are finding the going tough in the top flight as they conceded their 11th defeat in as many matches despite captain Serge Radegonde and Alex Baron finishing with 14 points apiece.





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Nitra announced NBAer Robert Vaden - by Eurobasket News
Nitra announced NBAer Robert Vaden (196-G/F-85, college: UAB) for a three-month contract. The American player will move to Slovakia until the lockout is over.
Vaden is an excellent three point shooter and will definitely become one of the cornerstones of Lubomir Urbans squad. In 2010-2011 he played for Tulsa 66ers (D-League, starting five) and in 48 games averaged 11.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 43.8%, 3PT: 40.5%, FT: 75.0%. In Apr.'11 moved to Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA), the same day assigned to Tulsa 66ers (D-League, starting five).
In his top game last season Robert Vaden scored 22 points. Iowa Energy however produced a 107-94 victory over the Tulsa 66ers. Iowa jumped out to a 30-19 lead after the 1st quarter as Curtis Stinson and VanderMeer had eight points each. Tulsa battled back in the 2nd quarter as a Robert Vaden 3-pointer put the 66ers up 37-35 with 7:01 left before the break. The Energy extended their lead to 20 points before coasting to the easy victory.



J.C. Mathis debuted for Komarno - by Eurobasket News
J.C. Mathis (204-F-82, college: Michigan) signed with Komarno and already debuted in pre-season games.
After 2 years with Virginia (NCAA). The American Player moved to Michigan (NCAA) and in 2005 appeared for Cleveland Majic (WBA). In 2005-2007 played for Gussing Knights (Austria-2.Bundesliga). In 2007-2008 signed with Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League) and in 46 games averaged 3.8ppg, 3.1rpg, FGP: 43.8%, FT: 66.7%. The season 2008-2009 played for Fundacion Adepal Alcazar (Spain-LEB Bronze) showing 11.7ppg, 7.9rpg, FGP: 55.7%, FT: 63.0%.
In 2009-2010 appeared for Idaho Stampede (D-League) and had 3.9ppg, 2.8rpg, while in in Mar.'10 moved to Feve Oviedo Baloncesto (Spain-EBA, starting five).
TJ Turi Svitavy meanwhile twice beat MBK Rieker Komarno. In the first game Turi won 84:77 as J.C. Mathis scored 20 points in the losing effort. In the second game TJ Turi Svitavy rolled over MBK Rieker Komarno 94:76 as J.C. Mathis delivered 23 points.



SKP Banska Bystrica finished the tournament in Croatia - by Eurobasket News
SKP Banska Bystrica finished the tournament in Croatia on the fourth place.
In Day 1 Krizevci won over SKP Banska Bystrica 94:85. Mladen Gligora (204-C/F-82, agency: Court Side)a paced all the winners with 23 points and Colak netted 20. Vladimir Hovanak (193-G/F-82) finished the game with 18 points, while Radosavljevic delivered 17.
In the game for the third place Albacomb rolled over SKP Banska Bystrica 73:68. The Hungarian team started with 18-14, but lost the second 20-19. The team from Slovakia needed 24-16 for the lead after thirty minutes, but 20-10 in the final stanza brought 5-point win for Albacomp. Damian erupted with 33 points for the winners and Simon posted 11. Korner scored 16 points in defeat and Vladimir Hovanak added 14.
MBK Banik Handlova meanwhile outscored BK Levharti Chomutov 80:51. The team from Slovak Republic won the opening period 22-14 and added 16-12 in the second frame. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Handlova produced a 27-9 in it and did not mind 15-16 in the last quarter. Jones top-scored for the winners with 28 points, while Madaj posted 14. Barisic notched 12 and Jany as well as Peter Terlanda (204-F/C-88) posted 7 apiece. Veroslav Sucharda (204-C/F-76) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort, while Stepanek and Anderson delivered 8 apiece.

MBK Banik Handlova : Jones 28, Madaj 14, Barisic 12, Jany 7, Peter Terlanda 7, Majercak 6, Mrvis 4, Haviar 2 Trner : Jany Tibor
BK Levharti Chomutov : Veroslav Sucharda 16, Stepanek 8, Anderson 8, Stanek 7, Krakovic 4, Jakes 4, Kozubik 2, Hanzlik 2 Trner : Eisner Tom
(Stats from http://www.mbkhandlova.sk)


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Union Olimpija finished the International tournament with the initial victory - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija won over PAOK to clinch the fifth place at Rixos Cup in Turkey. In the last game the Slovenian team rolled over the opponents 88:79. Ben Woodside (180-PG-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Dakota St.) top-scored for the winners with 17 points as six players scored in double figures. Damir Markota (210-C/F-85) netted 14 and Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79, agency: Alti Sport) as well as Aleksandar Capin (186-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket) posted 11 each. Yiota Dimosthenous (178-F-75) produced 20 points for the Greek side and Nikos ended up with 14.
Earlier 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 after 22-21 in the last stanza remained undefeated. Bojan Bogdanovic top-scored for the winners with 21 points, while Gasper Vidmar notched 16. Luka Drezga 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 Damir Markota posted 16.



Standings - D2
D3 Standings
East
 1. Bistrica 0-0 
 2. Calcit Kamnik 0-0 
 3. Crnomelj 0-0 
 4. Hram Gorjan 0-0 
 5. Krka II 0-0 
 6. Lastovka 0-0 
 7. Lenart 0-0 
 8. Nazarje 0-0 
 9. Podbocje 0-0 
 10. Union Olim. II 0-0 
 11. Vrani Vransko 0-0 
West
 1. Ajdovscina 0-0 
 2. Fenomeni 0-0 
 3. Globus 0-0 
 4. Javor Pivka 0-0 
 5. Jesenice 0-0 
 6. Jezica 0-0 
 7. Koper 0-0 
 8. Logatec 0-0 
 9. Pingvini S. 0-0 
 10. Plama Pur 0-0 
 11. Tolmin 0-0 


1B Stats Leaders
D2 Standings
 1. Branik 0-0 
 2. Grosuplje 0-0 
 3. Hrastnik 0-0 
 4. Jance Prit 0-0 
 5. Konjice 0-0 
 6. Litija 0-0 
 7. Medvode 0-0 
 8. Nova Gorica 0-0 
 9. Postojna 0-0 
 10. Radenska 0-0 
 11. Sencur CP 0-0 
 12. Splosna plovba 0-0 
 13. Terme Olimia 0-0 
 14. Triglav Strazisce 0-0 


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David Cubillan with Soles de Mexicali - by Wolfgang Lucena
After a fantastic performance with the Venezuela National Team at the 2011 Pre-Olympic Basketball tournament in Mar de Plata Argentina, David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette) returns to the basketball court but now in the Mexican basketball league with Soles de Mexicali.

The outstanding Venezuelan point guard will have as teammate in Soles de Mexicali his hometown's friend
Miguel Marriaga (208-C-84), with whom has been playing together since both of them were in the U17 Venezuela National team. This fact represents a plus for Soles de Mexicali due to both Venezuelan basketball players by playing together could be an especial winning key.



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2011 Asian Championship: South Korea extend their unbeaten run - by Eurobasket News
South Korea - Taiwan 82:61

South Korea registered the fifth straight win in Wuhan. Cho Sung-Min (189-F-83) posted 19 points to lead South Korea past Taiwan. The winners improved at 4-0 record, while Taiwan fell at 2-2 in Group E.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. Taiwan eked out a 20:18 lead after ten minutes of action. But South Korea opened the second term on a 15:2 run to surge ahead. They fired 25 points in the period to ensure a 43:32 halftime lead. The margin grew at 19-point mark midway through the third term. South Korea soon boosted to 20+ points and established a 64:40 buffer heading into the fourth period. Taiwan failed to recovered in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end. Moon Tae-Jong (199-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) posted 15 points, while Oh Sek-Eun (200-C-87) contributed 14 points for the winners. Wu Tai-Hao (202-C-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) responded with 15 points for Taiwan. Wen-Ting Tseng (202-C/F-84) chipped in 13 points in the losing effort.

South Korea: Cho Sung-Min 19, Moon Tae-Jong 15, Oh Sek-Eun 14
Taiwan: Wu Tai-Hao 15, Wen-Ting Tseng 13



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Raul Lopez three weeks out - by Eurobasket News
Raul Lopez (183-G-80) will miss next three weeks due to injury (quadriceps tendon rupture). The experienced point guard joined Bizkaia Bilbao Basket during the summer. Lopez arrived from Khimky Moscow Region, where he spent last two seasons. In the latest one he had 6.8 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 2.6 apg for 15 Euroleague games. Lopez also added 5.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 1.8 apg for 11 games in VTB United league. He had almost the same numbers in Russian PBL. Khimky won the title in VTB United league and reached Finals in PBL. Before Khimky, Raul Lopez played for Real Madrid three years. In 2005/06, he was a member of Girona. From 2003 to 2005, Raul Lopez played for the NBA team Utah Jazz. He had 5.2 ppg and 4 apg in their last season together.

Lan Mobel ISB signs center Kareem Johnson - by Eurobasket News
Kareem Johnson (205-C-80, college: Cincinnati) will continue his career in Spain. The American big guy penned a deal with Lan Mobel ISB. They will compete in LEB Silver next season. Johnson played on New Zealand most recently. He had 14.6 ppg and 8.7 rpg for 18 games with the Wellington Exodus Saints. He was named Australiabasket.com New Zealand NBL All-Imports Team -11 and Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL 2nd Team -11. Johnson helped the Saints to win the NBL title. He wont he same trophy with the Auckland Stars in 2005. In 2010/11, he was a member of Komarno. For 17 games in Slovakian league Johnson averaged 10.4 points and 7.9 rebounds. He also has experience from Switzerland, Uruguay, Iceland and Finland.

Fuenlabrada and Valencia are beaten by Russian representatives - by Eurobasket News
Fuenlabrada and Valencia were beaten by Russian representatives last night. Krasnie Krilya won over Fuenlabrada 85:84. Labovic fired the shot with the buzzer to bring the victory for the Russian team. They started with 22-16 in the opening period, but the team from Spain reduced with 32-19 in the second frame and stayed in front almost until the last minute of the game. Fuenlabrada added 21-17 in the third quarter to lead 11 points after thirty minutes. Krasnie Krilya needed 27-15 in the last quarter to seal the victory. DeJuan Blair (201-F-89, college: Pittsburgh) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Jarvis Hayes (201-G/F-81, agency: David Lee services, college: Georgia) notched 14. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Grambling St.) added 12, whilst Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) posted 10.
Khimky bounced back with 68:59 win over Valencia. After the loss in the first game, the Russian team dominated the second one. Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) scored 14 points to lead the charge. Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83, agency: Alti Sport) had 10 points and 8 rebounds, while Karpeko added 8.



FIATC Joventut tab Senegalese Pape Sow - by Eurobasket News
FIATC Joventut tab Senegalese Pape Sow (208-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) for 2011/2012 season. The player will head from Caja Laboral Vitoria where he finished last season.
In 2010-2011 he started for Meridiano Alicante (Spain-ACB) in Dec.'10 moved to Caja Laboral Vitoria (Spain-ACB). In Spanish League after 10 games he averaged 2.7ppg, 3.5rpg, while in Euroleague after 6 games he showed 3.3ppg, 3.2rpg, left in April '11.
Last year the Senegalese big guy joined the Spanish champion in December and it seems his performance was good enough to get a contract extension. Earlier he joined Alicante in March last year from Asseco Prokom. Season 2008/09, Sow spent with Armani Jeans Milano. He had 8.3 ppg and 4.9 rpg for them in 12 Euroleague games. In the past, Sow played for Prokom, Rieti and Toronto Raptors. On season 2005/06 he had 3.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg in 42 NBA games.
In March 2011 Caja Laboral announced Friday that center Pape Sow has been hospitalized with a type of pulmonary embolism.



Rasual Butler leaves Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News
Rasual Butler (201-F-79, college: La Salle) is no longer a member of Gran Canaria. The American forward left due to personal reasons. He thanked the club, coaching staff and teammates for the weeks he spent with them. Butler joined Granca recently from the Chicago Bulls. He had 2.4 ppg for 8 NBA games with Chicago last season. Butler started last season with LA Clippers, where he had 5 ppg and 1.9 rpg in 41 games. From 2005 to 2009, Rasual Butler played for the New Orleans Hornets. In 2009/10, he shined with 11.9 ppg and 2.9 rpg for 82 games with the Clippers. In the past he also played for Miami Heat couple of years.
Rasual Butler scorer 23 points for Gran Canaria in their latest friendly game against Granada. Granca already started search for his replacement.


FC Barcelona Regal achieved the fourth straight win - by Eurobasket News
FC Barcelona Regal achieved the fourth straight win in the pre-season campaign. Last night the squad welcomed Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) with a 90:55 win over Tarragona Basket 2017.
FC Barcelona Regal started confident and reached 24-15 after the first 10m minutes. The second quarter was the most productive for the favorites that won 28-12 and enjoyed 52:27 at the halftime. Tarragona Basket 2017 however replied with 17-16 in the third quarter and reduced to 24 points at the end of three quarters. Due to 22-11 in the last stanza FC Barcelona Regal made it to plus 35.
Chuck Eidson (202-F/G-80, agency: Court Side, college: S.Carolina) poured in 18 points for the winners and Judson Wallace (205-F/C-82, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Princeton) nailed 15. Xavier Rabaseda (198-G/F-89) delivered 11, while Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) scored 10. David Fernandez (179-PG-91) replied with 12 points in the losing effort, while Jonathan Mitchell (200-F-87, college: Rutgers) and delivered 11 each.

Tarragona Basket 2017: David Fernandez (12), Gerard Santiago (0), Lluis Jacas (0), Alejandro ALBA (0), A. SCHREIBER (10), A. Selakovs (5), Jorge SANTANA (4), Ivan MARTINEZ (11), Roger Fornas (0), Jonathan Mitchell (11) Roburt Sallie (2).

FC Barcelona Regal: Marcelinho Huertas (4), Joan Creus (3), Ivan Garcia (5), Fran VAZQUEZ (7), Judson Wallace (15), Angel Aparicio (4), Joe Ingles (9), Boniface Ndong (10), Xavier Rabaseda (11), Papa Abdulaye (2), Josep Perez (2) Chuck Eidson (18).



Lleida inks Ivorian F Jonathan Kale - by Eurobasket News
Jonathan Kale will stay in Spain for at least one more season. The Ivorian forward penned a deal with Lleida. Kale heads to Lleida from Ourense, where he spent 2010/11 season. He appeared 34 times in LEB Gold averaging 11.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.2 steals. Before Ourense, Jonathan Kale played in Germany. He had 11.9 ppg and 7 rpg for 32 games with Phoenix Hagen. Kale is a product of the Providence University, where he graduated in 2009. Jonathan Kale is active member of the Ivory Coast NT since that year. He had 7.1 ppg and 5 rpg for them at the AfroBasket 2011 in Madagascar. Ivory Coast reached Semifinals. Last summer at the World Championship in Turkey he had 5.6 ppg and 3.4 rpg. In 2009, Kale helped Ivory Coast to win the Silver at the AfroBasket in Libyia.

Murcia wins in a friendly - by Eurobasket News
UCAM Murcia - Clinicas Rincon Benahavis 88-62

UCAM Murcia celebrated in a friendly game last night. Their rival was Clinicas Rincon Benahavis and Murcia registered 88-62 win. Robert Kurz (206-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) shined for the hosts with 24 points. David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.) was their second scorer and at the same time the last one with double-digits, 13 points. Blagota Sekulic (208-F/C-82, agency: FCM), James Augustine (208-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) and Francisco Solsona (198-F-89) netted 8 points each. In the loosing squad, Alejandro Abrines was better than the others with 13 points. Todorovic and Lorenzo stopped to 10 pts each. Murcia took control on Clinicas Rincon from the very beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 29-19, 20-10, 24-17, 15-16. Both teams will play more friendlies this pre-season.

UCAM Murcia: Josep Franch (6), Andrs Miso (0), David Barlow (13), Robert Kurz (24), Blagota Sekulic (8); James Augustine (8), Pedro Rivero (7), Francisco Solsona (8), Adrin Mndez (1), Rejn (6), Jordi Grimau (7)
Clnicas Rincon Benahavis: Pozas (1), E. Daz (8), Kuzmic (9), Faifr (6), Lorenzo (10); Todorovic (10), A. Daz (3), Alejandro Abrines (13), Fall (3), Sabonis (), Nguirane (2), Conde (2)


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Lugano Tigers signs Andrija Crnogorac - by Luca Maffioli
Andrija Crnogorac (203-F/C-81) agreed terms of contract with Lugano Tigers. The Serbian power forward continue his carrer in Swiss. He come back to Lugano after three years. He played for three seasons in SAV Vacallo. In 2010-2011 season he averaged 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds in 10 LNA games. Crnogorac won two championship in 2006 with Lugano Tigers and in 2009 with SAV Vacallo.

Bilal Salaam leaves Geneve Lions - by Luca Maffioli
Bilal Salaam (201-F-81, college: Kutztown) is no longer a member of Lions de Geneve. The American power forward will be replaced by Erroyl Bing (198-F/C-82, college: E.Carolina). Bing spent his last season in France with JDA Dijon Bourgogne. He averaged 10.0 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 40 games of ProB. The American power forward/center come back to Swiss after three years: he played 8 games in Benetton Fribourg Olympic. Bing won Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honorable Mention -11 and and he runner-up with Dijon in ProA.

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EX Syrian League foreign Stars shine in Mexico league .. - by Tarek Burhan
This article about the best former import players who played in Syria last seasons .. and play in Mexico this season
and we'll start talk about Bobby St.Preux (196-G/F-80, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: N.Kentucky) .. the Haitian player who played with jeish in the playoff since 2 season when he helped them to won the league tittle for the first time since long time ago .. Bobby plays in mexico with Lechugueros de Leon , his team lost 4games and won only 1 game .. he plays well and his average 21.5pts 6rebs in the game .. 50% at 3pts line ..
another former star .. he is Daniel Rose (208-C-83, college: Cedarville) the Jamaican player who played with Wathba last season and moved him from 9th postion season 2009/2010 to 3rd postion season 2010/2011 and was the Defensive Player of the Year by leading the rebs and blks in the league .. Dany plays now with Correcaminos UAT Victoria and his team record 2/4 .. at rank number 10th .. his average 13.5pts in 19.8min 6rebs 1.5blk ...
Demetric Shaw (191-G-78, college: Kent St.) .. the american player who killed everywhere he played .. Dee played in Syria season 2009/2010 with Jalaa team .. and he was the best assistant player .. he already signed with Halcones UV Xalapa .. and played two games with his new team and helped them to get 2 straight wons ..
Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81, college: Kent St.) the sant lucian player who played with Hurriya last season .. and was the best scorer player by the average .. 27pts per game .. jason plays with Huracanes de Tampico .. he helps his team to be at the postion number 6th on the rank


2011 Asian Championship: Syria stay hopeful with victory over UAE - by Eurobasket News
Syria - UAE 80:73

Syria registered the first win at the Second Stage of the Asian Championship. They toppled UAE in Wuhan to improve at 1-3 record in Group E. Eder Arjo Gorges (212-C/F-81, college: Walsh, OH) stepped up with 17 points and 15 rebounds for the winners.
Syria fired 30 points in the opening term to take off. They established a 14-point lead ten minutes into the game. UAE however did not allow their opponents to stretch the lead in the second term. They trailed by 13 points at the interval 35:48. The teams traded baskets in the third term. Syria ensured a 64:51 lead at the final intermission. UAE narrowed the gap back to single digits in the fourth term but Syria hung on to escape with an important win. Mahmood Osfira (203-F-91) posted 14 points, while Giannis Deep (186-G-86) produced 13 points in the victory. Ibrahim Ahmad (179-G-79) answered with 25 points for Syria. Khalil Salem (178-G-91) notched 17 points in the losing effort.

Syria: Eder Arjo Gorges 17+15 boards, Mahmood Osfira 14, Giannis Deep 13
UAE: Ibrahim Ahmad 25, Khalil Salem 17



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2011 Asian Championship: South Korea extend their unbeaten run - by Eurobasket News
South Korea - Taiwan 82:61

South Korea registered the fifth straight win in Wuhan. Cho Sung-Min (189-F-83) posted 19 points to lead South Korea past Taiwan. The winners improved at 4-0 record, while Taiwan fell at 2-2 in Group E.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. Taiwan eked out a 20:18 lead after ten minutes of action. But South Korea opened the second term on a 15:2 run to surge ahead. They fired 25 points in the period to ensure a 43:32 halftime lead. The margin grew at 19-point mark midway through the third term. South Korea soon boosted to 20+ points and established a 64:40 buffer heading into the fourth period. Taiwan failed to recovered in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end. Moon Tae-Jong (199-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) posted 15 points, while Oh Sek-Eun (200-C-87) contributed 14 points for the winners. Wu Tai-Hao (202-C-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) responded with 15 points for Taiwan. Wen-Ting Tseng (202-C/F-84) chipped in 13 points in the losing effort.

South Korea: Cho Sung-Min 19, Moon Tae-Jong 15, Oh Sek-Eun 14
Taiwan: Wu Tai-Hao 15, Wen-Ting Tseng 13



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  TURKEY   


Fenerbahce Ulker loses Rixos Antalya Cup final - by Pervin Elgin
In the fourth annual Rixos Antalya Cup Basketball Tournament finals, Fenerbahce Ulker was beaten by the host Antalya BSB. After being in the lead almost the entire game, Fener gave it away in the final seconds, losing 83-79.

The first period started with mutual baskets, but Fenerbahce grabbed superiority after four minutes: 6-8. After 8 minutes of playing time, Ulker had increased the gap to six points: 14-20. Antalya BSB fought back well in the final two minutes, closing the gap to 19-20, and after mutual baskets the first period ended in a narrow 21-23 superiority for Ulker.


In the second period the close match continued. Fenerbahce never took a lead bigger than three points, and at the halftime buzzer the score was almost level again: 41-42.

In the second half it wasn't Ulker, but Antalya that managed to create a gap, raising the difference to 5 points halfway the period: 55-50. After another BSB score (58-50), Fenerbahce closed the ranks and after a 10-4 run finished the third period in the lead again: 60-62.

In the final period Ulker managed to grab a five-point lead again, 66-71, but with 1:24 left on the clock Antalya once again closed the gap, levelling at 77-77. A three point score by Melih in the final seconds gave the host a lead of 81-79, and by finding another 2 points after that, Antalya BSB rewarded themselves with a 83-79 victory and the Rixos Cup, leaving Fenerbahce Ulker empty handed.



Turk Telekom overcame KK Zagreb in the game for the third place at Rixos Cup - by Eurobasket News
Turk Telekom overcame KK Zagreb in the game for the third place at Rixos Cup. The Turkish side joined another two representatives from the country, Antalya and Fenerbahce on top of the standings after 95:91 victory.
Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, agency: Alti Sport, college: UNLV) brought the first points for the winners and Ali Karadeniz scored for 16:13. The latter also closed the first period at 24:18, while Yucel increased to 8 points early in the second. He also made it plus 10 for the Turkish team later in the half and Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) sent the teams to the lockers at 41:34.
Trailing 59:44 in the third quarter, the Croatian team erupted with a 16-0 run and got 60:59 lead. Mario Kasun (213-C-80) closed the period at 65:62, but Turk Telekom desired the win more. Ali Karadeniz tied the game at 74:74 and Mehmet Okur (210-C/F-79) brought the last points for the winners.
Darius Washington stepped up with 21 points for the winners, while Ali Karadeniz and Mehmet Okur netted 19 apiece. Guler scored 13, while Kaspars Kambala posted 12. Damir Rancic ended up with 22 points in the losing effort and Mario Kasun followed him with 21. Krunoslav Simon (197-F-85) delivered 15 and Mulaomerovic scored 10.



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Summer Hoopin: How Two Owls Spent their Summer Vacation - by David Edole
For most Temple students, the months of June and July signify the beginning of summer vacation -- widely regarded as a time to decompress, relax, travel or simply enjoy the perks of returning home. For two members of the men's basketball team, however, the summer months were an opportunity to continually hone their skills in the off-season by representing their countries in international play.

While some of his classmates may have been content to bask on the pristine beaches of the Virgin Islands, Sophomore guard Aaron Brown (195-G-92) was hard at work in St. Croix training with the U.S. Virgin Islands senior men's national team.

In his third year with the team, Brown saw action in eight games when the team competed in Nassau, Bahamas.

It's always memorable for me to play with the [Virgin Islands national team] each year, because I get better every year, Brown said. I hit a few big shots for my team in front of a sold out crowd while playing in the championship against the Bahamas.

Brown hopes to bring his international success and hard work stateside this season.

I worked to improve my jumper, mostly off the dribble stuff. I was just soaking up as much knowledge as I can get to bring back to Temple -- to help out the best way that I can, Brown said.

Also putting in time abroad was teammate Juan Fernandez, a senior shooting guard who hails from Rio Tercero, a city in the province of Cordoba, Argentina. Though it was sweltering in Philadelphia when he left in late June, it was the winter season when he arrived home and began training with the Argentine team.

No stranger to play in the international circuit, Fernandez mentioned his experience with this year's national team was slightly different than his experience in previous years.

I used to play with [Argentina's] junior national team until I turned 19, Fernandez said Over the past three or four years, I've been going to training camps with the major team.

The training camps are usually a little different than what a season [with the junior team] would be like. This past summer, we stayed in Argentina for the most part, going to different places to practice, work out and play friendly games so everyone could see us play, Fernandez explained.

Now 21, Fernandez began playing for the Argentine national team when he was 15. In his six-year stint with the team, he has been able to travel to a smattering of countries like Colombia, Venezuela, Turkey, Uruguay, New Zealand and Brazil -- all of which may have prepared him for the bi-annual 20-hour trek he makes to Temple University from his hometown.

For both players, the geographical distance isn't the only difference between minutes played at Temple versus those played internationally.

College basketball and international basketball are very different in a lot of aspects, Fernandez explained. The ball changes, the three-point-line distance changes, the shot clock, some rules -- they all change.

Brown agreed.

International basketball is just more physical, Brown said. I played against a lot of pros, so a lot of the talent is better.

Being surrounded by professional-level talent was something Fernandez also mentioned added extensively to his experience.

You get to be around players that have a lot of experience, he said. Some play or have played in the NBA and just being around them helps you a lot to improve as a player and also to grow up a little as a person.

Now back in Philadelphia after a summer spent, coincidentally, donning blue and white for their respective countries, both Fernandez and Brown will suit up alongside each other once again -- this time in cherry and white.

Kami Mattioli, Owlsports.com Columnist



Happy birthday, Raja Bell! - by David Edole
Raja Bell (196-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU), an unsung hero in Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals, turns 35 years old today.

Bell played for the Sixers in 2000-01 and 2001-02, but he was best known for coming off the bench to play 19 effective minutes during the Sixers' upset of the Lakers in Game 1 of the '01 Finals.

The Florida International product has quietly had a very solid NBA career. He has played for Dallas, Utah, Phoenix, Charlotte and Golden State since leaving Philadelphia. He appeared in 68 games for the Jazz last season, starting 63, and averaged 8.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists.

For his career, he has averaged 10.1 points in 672 games. His best season statistically came with Phoenix in 2005-06 when he averaged 14.7 points on 44 percent shooting from 3-point range. He also has been regarded as one of the league's better wing defenders for the better part of the last decade.

Sound off: What are your memories of Raja Bell's career in Philadelphia, particularly Game 1 of the 2001 NBA Finals against the Lakers?



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Aleksandr Shaposhnikov joins Cherkasy - by Eurobasket News
Cherkasy brought in new player. They agreed on terms of contract with Aleksandr Shaposhnikov (196-G/F-82). The guard started the previous season in Ferro-ZNTU. He averaged 5.4 points and 1.1 assists per game in Superleague. In November Aleksandr Shaposhnikov moved to BC Donetsk. His stats read 3.3 points, 2.0 boards and 1.5 assists per appearance. The guard finished the season in Azovmash. He tallied 4.3 points and 1.1 assists in Superleague. Aleksandr Shaposhnikov had stints with Sumihimprom and Kryvbasbasket-Lux before. The guard was also on U20 Ukrainian National Team in 2002.


Shkurupii, Gorenkov etc.: cut & free - by Alexander Muzyka
- Cherkasy Monkeys official site announced Yuri Gorenkov (215-C-88) and Mykhailo Nasennik (200-F/G-83) left the team. Volodymyr Kholopov said he's planning to cut some players after his team has lost Azovmash Cup tournament and there is the first results took place. Yuriy Gorenkov appeared from BC Kyiv, had a summer contract but his play didn't satisfied the coach. Mikhailo Nasennik played for Monkeys for two years (7,8 ppg and 3,2 rpg in Higher League) and was the MVP of Ukrainian Cup last season (14,0 ppg and 3,7 rpg). Now Ivars Timermanis (202-F-82) is on try-out. It's possible for the Latvian to replace one foreigner - rumours say Ivan Bosnjak (198-G-82) is a first candidate to out.

- Vadym Reka (206-F/C-83) and Ilia Shemosiuk (188-G-85) left BC Donetsk as well as Ivan Shkurupii (200-F-82) said good-bye to Azovmash. Politekhnika decided to cut Yaroslav Lemyk (203-C-85) who can be replaced by foreigner as Dmitrij Bazelevskij said. Plus Serhi Alfiorov (189-G-84) joined the team for try-out. MBC Mykolaiv parted ways with Volodymyr Maiorov (195-G-89), iSport.ua informs. Now the team is prearing for Oleksandr Bilostinnyi memorial that will have place in Odesa at Sep. 23-25 with a participance of MBC Mykolaiv, BC Odesa and Kryvbasbasket-Lux.


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2011 Asian Championship: Syria stay hopeful with victory over UAE - by Eurobasket News
Syria - UAE 80:73

Syria registered the first win at the Second Stage of the Asian Championship. They toppled UAE in Wuhan to improve at 1-3 record in Group E. Eder Arjo Gorges (212-C/F-81, college: Walsh, OH) stepped up with 17 points and 15 rebounds for the winners.
Syria fired 30 points in the opening term to take off. They established a 14-point lead ten minutes into the game. UAE however did not allow their opponents to stretch the lead in the second term. They trailed by 13 points at the interval 35:48. The teams traded baskets in the third term. Syria ensured a 64:51 lead at the final intermission. UAE narrowed the gap back to single digits in the fourth term but Syria hung on to escape with an important win. Mahmood Osfira (203-F-91) posted 14 points, while Giannis Deep (186-G-86) produced 13 points in the victory. Ibrahim Ahmad (179-G-79) answered with 25 points for Syria. Khalil Salem (178-G-91) notched 17 points in the losing effort.

Syria: Eder Arjo Gorges 17+15 boards, Mahmood Osfira 14, Giannis Deep 13
UAE: Ibrahim Ahmad 25, Khalil Salem 17



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Trailblazers easily won Shropshire Warriors - by George Manousidis
Shropshire Warriors 50 (14, 23, 31)}EBL Mens National Cup
Derby Trailblazers112 (30, 58, 88) }1st Round

The gulf between division one and division three of England basketball was clearly apparent as Derby Trailblazers made light work of progressing to the second round of the National Cup, where they will face Loughborough Student Riders.
Once Derby took a 7-6 lead in the fourth minute, courtesy of a Mark Woodhouse jump shot, the Trailblazers were never in arrears and they completed the first quarter with a 25-8 burst to establish a sizeable advantage. Rishi Rishi Kakad (188-G, college: Hawaii-Pacific) nailed the first couple of his five three-pointers during that spell, with Jamie McGaffin also on target from long range.
With Derby still waiting to complete the signing of two new big men, Dave Attewell again answered the call to help out and worked well alongside Woodhouse and Josh Guddemi, adding fourteen points and finishing up as the games top rebounder with seven boards.
The Trailblazers continued to dominate the second period, with Rishi Rishi Kakad (188-G, college: Hawaii-Pacific) closing the period with a trio of consecutive long range shots. That took his tally to twenty-eight points in the first half alone as he cruised to a game high thirty-six, helped by a perfect eight from eight at the free-throw line. Deep into the third quarter, Attewell produced a beautiful pass to a cutting Martyn Gayle who majestically rose to dunk the ball through the Shropshire hoop to increase Derbys lead to 86-31.
Rema Lascelles ran the point with growing confidence and was almost certainly responsible for dishing off more than the five assists he was officially credited with. He also stepped up his scoring contribution, finishing with eight points, which included the final four of the match. Stedroy Baker and Matt Shaw also contributed well in terms of setting plays up and in Maher, Derby have found a guard who match McGaffin for defensive tenacity and spot up shooting.
To give credit to the home side, they never gave up the fight, but were clearly feeling the pressure of playing against a side from a higher division. They ended up with thirty-four turnovers compared to Derbys sixteen, partially as a result of the effective full court press which Derby deployed for long periods of the game.
All in all, it was an encouraging performance by the Trailblazers, according to assistant coach Steve Baxter:
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We were pleased with many aspects of the game. Its often difficult to keep the intensity levels up when you are winning by such a large margin, but we felt we did a pretty good job of that. It also allowed us to implement some of the things weve been working on in practice which help us as the season continues.
Were delighted with the way our new additions are integrating into the side. Rishi [Rishi Rishi Kakad (188-G, college: Hawaii-Pacific)] proved what a good player he will be for us, top scoring with thirty-six and Aaron Maher started and contributed ten points along with some excellent defence. At the moment we are smaller than we were last year but are a lot quicker so our style of play has changed considerably.
Credit to Shropshire they fought hard for the whole forty minutes and didn't make the game as easy as the score line would suggest. Well face Loughborough students in the next round and theyve made a few nice additions over the summer so that promises to be an intriguing match up.
Prior to that though we have several National Trophy games so thats where well be focussing. We still have a couple of additions to make to in order to complete our team and hopefully things will move forward on that front this week, he said.
Derby will begin the group stages of the Trophy with a home match against PAWS London Capital next Saturday, with the game at Moorways tipping off at 7:30pm.

Shropshire: Hoar 16, Grant 15, Shepherd 8, Brown 4, Liutkus 3, Ruston 2, Strickland 2, Cameron 0, Hardman 0, Tyanase 0, Crutchley DNP.
Derby:Rishi Rishi Kakad (188-G, college: Hawaii-Pacific) 36, Gayle 19, Attewell 14, Woodhouse 12, Maher 10, Lascelles 8, Guddemi 7, McGaffin 3, Baker 2, Shaw 1.



Heat Opt Fot Opoku - by Paul Nilsen
Guildford Heat has signed Austrian forward, Hermann Opoku (208-F-86, college: George Washington) for the forthcoming season. Opoku, 6ft 10in, joins with a wealth of experience, having played in Europe and in the US.



Last season, Opoku played for UBC St. Poltenin in Austria and averaged 9.9 points and 6.6 rebounds in 26 minutes a game. Prior to that, he played for three years at George Washington University in Washington DC.



Creon Raftopoulos commented, 'The BBL is a fast league and I needed someone to join the team who is big, agile and athletic. Hermann Opoku (208-F-86, college: George Washington) ticks all the boxes. He is a high level power forward and we have done well to get him for the forthcoming season.



'At our pre-season friendly against USA Select on Saturday, we won by delivering a strong team performance. Mike, Tayo, Dean and JJ's performances highlighted why they are some of the best and experienced British players in the BBL. By adding Martelle McLemore, Brandon Shingles and Hermann Opoku (208-F-86, college: George Washington) to the mix - along with another key player yet to be announced - I am very excited about our potential to compete for silverware this season.'


Lithuanian Tradition At Wolves Continues - by Paul Nilsen
The Worcester Wolves coach Paul James has announced his latest signing - Lithuanian Arnas Kazlauskas (204-C/F-76, agency: Court Side). The highly experienced Kazlauskas is 35 years old; stands 6' 9' tall and weighs in at 104kg so he will fill admirably the power forward position that Coach James has been trying to bring to his new look Wolves outfit for the 2011 /12 season.



PJ commented 'Arnas has years and years of experience throughout the European leagues and is the player I have been searching for to add to the squad. He has played at the highest level in Lithuania, including the national under-22 side, and won trophies with his previous clubs in the Ukraine, Italy,Bulgaria and Hungary.'



It is the big Lithuanian's winning mentality that could be vital in the upcoming BBL season. The Wolves let slip some games they should have won in 2010/11 and PJ decided it was time to start afresh and, with several new signings already announced and training in the gym, the experience of Kazlauskas was a key factor in this high profile signing. Arnas has a reputation of having a very good outside shot and his size and strength make him a tough proposition at both the offensive and defensive ends of the court.



He is the latest in a long line of talented Lithuanian's to come to the Worcester Wolves and it further enhances the Worcester club's relationship with their contacts at the very top of Lithuanian basketball. If he is as successful as the others such as Vidmantas Uzkuratis and Evaldas Zabas, it will prove to be another master stroke by Coach James.


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2011 Asian Championship: Malaysia hold off Uzbekistan in Wuhan - by Eurobasket News
Malaysia - Uzbekistan 80:75

Malaysia overcame Uzbekistan in the Second Round of Asian Championship. The victory propelled Malaysia at 1-3 record in Group E. Batumalai Guganeswaran (182-G-82) stepped up with 14 points and 6 assists to pace the winners. Uzbekistan fell at 0-4 record after the loss.
Malaysia stormed into the game posting a 21:10 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second term. Malaysia arrived at halftime up by as many as 11 points 44:33. Uzbekistan went off the dressing room firing from all guns. They went on a 13:5 rally to narrow the gap to just three points. Denisov put Uzbekistan within just two points 62:64 late in the third term. But Uzbekistan answered with a 6:0 run to clear off. Uzbekistan would get as close as two points on several occasions but Malaysia hung on to escape with a narrow win at the end. Li Wei Chee (189-F-85) posted 13 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists, while Yoong Jing Kwaan (200-C-90) had 12 points for the winners. Aleksandr Kozlov (201-F-82) responded with 21 points and 8 rebounds for Uzbekistan. Gennadiy Zinovyev (198-F-84) netted 15 points in defeat.

Malaysia: Batumalai Guganeswaran 14, Li Wei Chee 13, Yoong Jing Kwaan 12
Uzbekistan: Aleksandr Kozlov 21, Gennadiy Zinovyev 15




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David Cubillan with Soles de Mexicali - by Wolfgang Lucena
After a fantastic performance with the Venezuela National Team at the 2011 Pre-Olympic Basketball tournament in Mar de Plata Argentina, David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette) returns to the basketball court but now in the Mexican basketball league with Soles de Mexicali.

The outstanding Venezuelan point guard will have as teammate in Soles de Mexicali his hometown's friend
Miguel Marriaga (208-C-84), with whom has been playing together since both of them were in the U17 Venezuela National team. This fact represents a plus for Soles de Mexicali due to both Venezuelan basketball players by playing together could be an especial winning key.





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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Erin Phillips helps Indiana to reach WNBA East Finals - by Eurobasket News
Erin Phillips (173-G-85) will play in WNBA East Conference Finals with her team Indiana Fever. They eliminated New York Liberty last night thanks to 72-62 home win in third crucial game. Indiana won the series with 2-1 and will meet Atlanta Dream in East Finals. Erin Phillips scored 12 points last night for her team. In the second meeting, which Indiana lost, Phillips had 6 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. New York celebrated 87-72 home win. In Game One, Erin Phillips helped Indiana also with 6 points. They grabbed 74-72 home win. Erin Phillips appeared 32 times this season in WNBA, so far. She has 8.3 ppg 2.8 rpg and 2.4 apg.

Amazing Taylor eliminates Jackson and Snell in WNBA West Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Penny Taylor (185-F-81) will play in WNBA West Conference Finals with her team Phoenix Mercury. They managed to beat Seattle Storm on the road last night 75-77 and to win the series with 2-1. It was a third crucial game. It means that the season is over for Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) and Belinda Snell (181-F-81). Penny Taylor was a key player for Phoenix last night. She scored 19 points and pulled down 17 rebounds. Taylor reached valuation 28 and the MVP of this meeting. In Seattle, Lauren Jackson scored 18 points. Belinda Snell did not play last night. Phoenix Mercury will get their rival today. Minnesota and San Antonio play crucial Game Three today.

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Tamara Sutton-Brown heads to WNBA East Conference Finals - by Eurobasket News
Canada will have its representative in WNBA East Conference Finals. Tamara Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) and her team Indiana Fever eliminated New York Liberty last night thanks to 72-62 home win. Indiana won the series 2-1 and will meet Atlanta Dream in East Finals. Sutton-Brown had 3 points and 7 rebounds in Game Three. In the second meeting, she had 8 points and 6 rebs. New York won 72-87. In the series opener Tamara Sutton-Brown shined with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Indiana grabbed 74-72 thriller win. Tamara Sutton-Brown appeared 35 times so far this season averaging 5.8 points and 3.4 rebounds. She plays for Indiana since 2007.

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Tarbes signs Daria Mieloszynska - by Eurobasket News
Daria Mieloszynska (188-F-83, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Texas) will continue her career in France. The Polish forward penned a deal with Tarbes. Mieloszynska arrives to Tarbes from Lotos Gdynia, where she spent last season. She appeared 23 times in PLKK averaging 9 points and 5 rebounds. Mieloszynska also added 8.3 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 10 Euroleague games. She was named Eurobasket.com Polish PLKK All-Domestic Players Team -11. From 2008 until the last summer, Daria Mieloszynska played for CCC Polkowice. She helped them reach PLKK Semifinals in both teams. In 2010, Mieloszynska participated at the PLKK All-Star Game. Daria Mieloszynska played for the Polish NT from 2008 to 2010.

Villeneuve d'Ascq bring Sabrina Palie - by Eurobasket News
Villeneuve d'Ascq bring Sabrina Palie (177-G-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) for the upcoming season. The French Guard comes from Challes-les-Eaux Basket.
In 2010-2011 she played for Challes-les-Eaux Basket (LFB, starting five) and in 25 games averaged 4.8ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg.
Earlier in 2008-2009 she appeared for Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut (LFB, starting five) and in Euroleague showed 3.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.3apg, 2.0spg. In French League after 25 games her stats read 6.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.0apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 42.3%, 3PT: 26.1%, FT: 92.6%.
In 2009-2010 moved to Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence (LFB, starting five) and showed 8.8ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.6apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 36.0%, 3PT: 17.6%, FT: 62.5%. Then moved to Vomero Basket Napoli (Italy-A1) and averaged 10.5ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.1apg, 3.5spg, FGP: 43.7%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 77.2%.
Sabrina Palie recorded 14 points at the Regular Season Round 20. There was a small surprise when Challes-les-Eaux beat at home one of their biggest challengers Tarbes 75-64. The game was mostly controlled by Challes-les-Eaux. Tarbes was better in fourth quarter 15-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sabrina Palie was perfect from the 2-point line (4/4) and had 2/3 from the arc.



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Standings - Women
Superleague Standings
 1. DCU Mercy 0-0 
 2. Killester 0-0 
 3. Liffey Celtics 0-0 
 4. Meteors 0-0 
 5. Oblate Dynamos 0-0 
 6. Singleton 0-0 
 7. TM Hotel Cork 0-0 
 8. UL Aughinish 0-0 
 9. Ulster Rockets 0-0 
 10. Waterford W. 0-0 


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Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Astana Tigers 0-0 
 2. BK Almaty 0-0 
 3. Irtysh Pavlodar 0-0 
 4. Okzhetpes Kok. 0-0 
 5. Taraz 0-0 


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Tarbes signs Daria Mieloszynska - by Eurobasket News
Daria Mieloszynska (188-F-83, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Texas) will continue her career in France. The Polish forward penned a deal with Tarbes. Mieloszynska arrives to Tarbes from Lotos Gdynia, where she spent last season. She appeared 23 times in PLKK averaging 9 points and 5 rebounds. Mieloszynska also added 8.3 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 10 Euroleague games. She was named Eurobasket.com Polish PLKK All-Domestic Players Team -11. From 2008 until the last summer, Daria Mieloszynska played for CCC Polkowice. She helped them reach PLKK Semifinals in both teams. In 2010, Mieloszynska participated at the PLKK All-Star Game. Daria Mieloszynska played for the Polish NT from 2008 to 2010.

WNBA season is over for Ewelina Kobryn and her Seattle Storm - by Eurobasket News
Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) finished her first WNBA season. Kobryn and her team Seattle Storm failed last night against Phoenix Mercury at home 75-77. It was a third crucial game of the West Conference Semifinals, which belonged to Phoenix 1-2. They head to West Finals mostly to amazing performance by Penny Taylor, who scored 19 points and pulled down 17 rebounds.
Ewelina Kobryn joined Seattle Storm during the season. She appeared 18 times with them averaging 1.6 point and 1.3 rebound. Seattle was one of the main candidates to win the title, but they will not have a chance to do it.
Ewelina Kobryn is active member of the Polish National Team. They were hosts of EuroBasket this summer. Kobryn shined at this event with 14.7 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.2 apg and 1.7 bpg in 6 games.


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News Women's League - by Joao Santos
Hillary Carlson (190-F-89) (ex.University of Wyoming), Matea Vrdoljak (186-F-85, agency: Promotex) (ex.Sport Alges Dafundo) and under-16 international Ines Viana (162-G-94) (ex.A.D. Sanjoanense), reinforce the team Quinta dos Lombos.
Sarah Soroka (186-F) (ex.Daemen College) and Ta-Myra Davis (185-F/C-87) (ex.Writh State University), are chosen by foreign Montijo BANDA BASKET to join the squad that will make his debut in the Women's League.
Sofia Silva (187-C-90) (ex.Olivais); Deborah Herzig (ex.Escola Meneres Alberta) Christina Wirth (186-G/F-87, college: Vanderbilt) (ex.Presov) Jennifer Risper (175-G-87, college: Vanderbilt) (ex.Presov), reinforce the team Sport Alges Dafundo.


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Tegsa Jones gets MVP of the Week award for BSNF - by Eurobasket News
Talented American Tegsa Jones (182-F-89) had an amazing evening in the last week for Aguas B.T. and that's her to receive a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 10.
The 22-year old forward had a double-double of 35 points and fourteen rebounds, while her team beat Guaynabo M. (#6, 3-5) 94-83. Aguas B.T. maintains the 8th position in Puerto Rican BSNF. The season is in a full swing, so it's only a dream for the team to make it into top half of the standings. For contrary they may face relegation if the situation turns from bad to worse. Aguas B.T. have already lost 9 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Jones had a remarkable 58.8% from 2-point range. She turned to be Aguas B.T.'s top player in her first season with the team. Kent State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Jones is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 11.0rpg) and averages solid 1.2bpg and 52.3% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last week's games was -year old American center Angelica Bermudez (185-C) of second-ranked San German. Bermudez impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 29 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as San German lost that game 75-88 to the lower-ranked Ponce L. (#5, 4-6). San German managed to keep the same second spot in the standings. Her team's 6-3 record is not bad at all. Bermudez is a newcomer at San German and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last week was former international Yahimily Cabrera (82) of Juncos V. (#4). Cabrera showcased her all-around game by recording 6 points, nine rebounds and thirteen assists (!!!) in the last week. She was a key player of Juncos V., leading her team to a 84-67 easy win against #1 ranked Morovis M. in a game of the week. Juncos V. needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 3 lost games. Cabrera has a great season in Puerto Rico. After only 8 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 7.3apg (2nd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jasmin Young (165-G) of Aguas B.T. - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 14 assists
5. Gabrielle Rosigi (191-F) of Morovis M. - 19 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Nikki Teasley (183-G-79) of Ponce L. - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Monique McClean (180-G-87) of Juncos V. - 31 points and 5 rebounds
8. Lindsay Laur (182-F) of Carolina G. - 27 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Marie Rosche (188-F-87) of Ponce L. - 18 points and 11 rebounds
10. Chelsie Wiley (170-G) of Guaynabo M. - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists

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


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Standings - Women
SKL Standings
 1. AJM Maribor 0-0 
 2. Athlete Celje 0-0 
 3. Domzale 0-0 
 4. Grosuplje 0-0 
 5. Ilrija 0-0 
 6. Jezica 0-0 
 7. Odeja KED 0-0 
 8. Pomurje 0-0 
 9. Rogaska 0-0 
 10. Triglav 0-0 
Play in international cups:
 1. Hit K.Gora 0-0 


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Standings - WKBL
WKBL Standings
 1. Bichumi 0-0 
 2. Cool Cats 0-0 
 3. KB Savers 0-0 
 4. S-Birds 0-0 
 5. Winnus 0-0 
 6. Woori Hansae 0-0 


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Gernika KESB lands American Alysha Harvin - by Eurobasket News
Alysha Harvin (178-G-88, college: Florida St.) is a new member of Gernika KESB. The American guard penned a one-year deal with her new club. It will be the first professional season for Harvin, who supposed to play the last one on Iceland. She joined Haukar last summer, but they parted ways during the pre-season. Alysha Harvin is a product of the Florida State University, where she graduated a year ago. She had 11 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 1.9 apg for her school in 2009/10. They reached NCAA Elite Eight. In 2008/09, Harvin had 7.5 ppg and 3.4 rpg in 34 games. In 2008 and 2009, Florida State reached ACC Tournament Semifinals. In 2007, they played in NCAA Sweet 16.

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Dupree leads Mercury past Storm into West finals - by Eurobasket News
Candice Dupree's (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) putback with 1.9 seconds remaining lifted Phoenix to a 77-75 victory over the Seattle Storm in Game 3 on Monday night, sending the Mercury to the Western Conference finals.

Dupree finished with 20 points and Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) had 19 to help Phoenix advance to the conference finals for the third straight year, and fourth in the last five.

The Mercury will face the winner of Tuesday night's Game 3 between San Antonio and Minnesota.

Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) scored 22 points to lead defending champion Seattle, and Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) added 18.

Bird tied the score at 75 with 10.5 seconds remaining. Phoenix's Penny Taylor (6'1''-F-81) then drove off the inbounds play and missed. A scramble for the rebound ensued and Dupree eventually put the ball in from the center of the lane.

Courtesy of www.kxnet.com


Fever beat Liberty to advance to East finals - by Eurobasket News
Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) dominated her matchup with Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers).

More than anything else, that was why the Indiana Fever clinched their Eastern Conference semifinal series with a 72-62 win over the New York Liberty on Monday. The Fever advanced to host Atlanta on Thursday in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Douglas handled Pondexter on both ends of the floor. The Fever guard scored 21 points in Game 3, just under her average of 22 points in the series. She also helped hold Pondexter, one of the league's top scorers, to 11 points on 4-for-14 shooting.

Pondexter shot 15-for-44 in the series. Indiana coach Lin Dunn praised Douglas' effort.

'She's had a super series,' Dunn said. 'She's attacking, she's scoring, she's defending. You have to give Katie a lot of credit, her assignment was Cappie. When she was in the game, she was on Cappie, and I think she did a really good job of bothering her. She's had a super playoffs.'

Douglas' size and smarts were the key elements that forced the explosive Pondexter into numerous bad shots or prevented her from getting the ball at all.

'For me, it was just important watching a lot of film, knowing her tendencies, just getting into her and not letting her catch the ball, or if she catches the ball, make her catch it outside of her comfort zone,' Douglas said. 'My teammates were great as far as talking to me, letting me know about screens.'

Pondexter had been a thorn in the Fever's side the past two years. She averaged 20.8 points in the 2009 WNBA finals and led Phoenix to a 3-2 win. She went to New York and averaged 27.3 points last year in the East semifinals against Indiana, a 2-1 win for the Liberty.

Pondexter nearly did it again in Game 1, but she missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have won that game for New York.

Douglas got help from her teammates against Pondexter five different players guarded her at some point during the game.

'She's one of the best 1-on-1 players and best offensively gifted players in this league,' Douglas said. 'I was just happy that we were all locked in and able to just try to make her touches difficult, and when she did touch it, put as much heat on her as possible.'

Indiana's Tamika Catchings, limited to two points on 1-for-8 shooting in Saturday's loss in Game 2, came back with an all-around effort that included 17 points, eight rebounds, four assists and three steals.

'For me I was really disappointed about my performance in Game 2,' she said. 'It's not about having a great game for me as far as from a scoring standpoint. I think our team needs me to have a decent game.'

Dunn said Catchings came through.

'She does everything,' Dunn said. 'She's a wonderful, multidimensional player. I thought we got her involved early offensively. It was a classic Catchings night.

Erin Phillips (5'8''-G-85) had 12 points and five steals for the Fever, who scored 26 points off New York's 20 turnovers.

'They did to us what we tried to do defensively,' New York coach John Whisenant said. 'They took away the smooth running of our offense and made us freelance.'

Nicole Powell (6'2''-G/F-82, college: Stanford) led New York with 19 points.

Indiana outscored New York 21-7 from the free-throw line.

'The real difference was the free throw line,' Whisenant said. 'We beat them in every statistic, just like the last time here. It's hard to win when the other team gets that many more free throws than you do.'

The Fever led 59-54 with 4 minutes to play when Catchings took over. She hit a 3-pointer, then scored on a putback on Indiana's next possession to push the lead to 10.

Indiana led 40-36 at halftime during a chippy affair that saw Powell and Catchings get called for double technicals.

'Tamika is obviously trying to get us to respond, and I think we did,' Douglas said. 'We were outmuscled and outworked up in (New Jersey) on Saturday, and her setting the tone she definitely raises the physicalness when she gets into that mode. I was just proud of the way she responded tonight.'

The Fever opened the second half with an aggressive driving layup by Catchings and a baseline jumper by Phillips to take a 44-36 lead. New York went scoreless for the first 3 minutes of the second half, allowing Indiana to take a 49-36 lead.

New York closed the third quarter strong and cut Indiana's lead to 54-48. The Liberty got as close as three points in the fourth quarter, but the Fever responded with their traditional shutdown defense.

'Our defensive intensity, especially in the second half, was great,' Catchings said. 'That's probably the best defensively we've played in a long time.'

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com