EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/25/2011

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  ABA   


Two other signings from the Jersey Express - by Gianni Pascucci
The Jersey Express announced the addition of two key players to the growing roster for the upcoming 2011/12 ABA season: Darnell Braswell (6'1''-G-88) will team-up with Sedale Walton (6'1''-G-85), to create a potent back-court. These former DeSales University guards bring an exciting fire-power to the Express. 'Braswell adds toughness to the backcourt. Hes a scoring threat from everywhere on the basketball court, and he should be in contention to lead the league in assists. Walton will be a headache to guard ! With his speed, quickness, and ball-handling, he ll be able to get anywhere he wants on the court. Hes also going to be a scoring threat, and will battle his teammate for assist honors. Coach Terry Dehere and I have added a special duo to help run the team' stated Team Owner, Marsha Blount .



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


B.C. Bosna struggles vs. Tunisian amateurs - by Sead Buljina
In the second game of the memorial tournament 'Mirza Delibasic' host Bosna had hard time beating Etoil du Sahel, a semi-amateur team from Tunisia. Actually, Tunisia champion players are at amateur level reinforced by PG Will Kemp and a solid PF Romdhane. BOSNA has shown in its first game that it must bring a PG, SF and PF if it wants to avoid fight for D1 status the next season. Bosna has a young team, which is a good move but at least 6 years late. Currently, B.C. Bosna has only Dzenan Rahimic, Esmir Guzonjic, Sindis Demic, Eldin Camdzic and Dino Hodzic who are ready to play D1. Ali Demic is a good prospect at SF but not ready to carry the load, yet. Same applies to Nermin Buza who needs to bulk up in order to play PF. Amin Hot and other young players will hopefuly develop with more playing time at senior level.
A report from the game Bosna-Etoil du Sahil would not be complete without a word about guests' free throw shooting. Their second best player, Romdhani, has been throwing bricks from the FT line amusing around 1,000 spectators in Skenderija. At one sequence Romdhane threw 2 (two) consecutive air balls that fell almost a meter short of the rim.
It remains a mistery how Tunisia with champion like Etoil du Sahil won FIBA African Championship ahead of perenial African powerhouses Angola and Nigeria.
Bosna will play final tournament game against Buducnost, a serious team from Podgorica. Buducnost beat Croatian team with strong tradition Zadar in the semi-finals.


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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - LigaA
LigaA Standings
North
 1. La Union 1-0 
 2. Libertad S. 1-0 
 3. Quimsa 1-0 
 4. Regatas C. 1-0 
 5. Atenas 0-1 
 6. Olimpico LB 0-1 
 7. San Mart.C. 0-1 
 8. Sionista 0-1 
South
 1. Penarol 2-0 
 2. Boca Jrs 1-0 
 3. GECR Indalo 1-0 
 4. Wuber-Est.Bahia 1-0 
 5. Club 9 0-1 
 6. Lanus 0-1 
 7. Obras 0-1 
 8. Quilmes MP 0-2 


Stats Leaders - LigaA
Points Per Game
 Delonte HOLLAND
  Club 9
  (201-F-82)
  Avg: 25
 1. Holland, Club 925.0 
 2. Alston, Boca Jrs20.0 
 3. Lamonte, Penarol18.0 
 4. Campazzo, Penarol18.0 
 5. Stanic, Boca Jrs16.0 
 6. Graves, Boca Jrs16.0 
 7. Johnsen, Quilm.14.0 
 8. Gonzalez, Quilm.14.0 
 9. Hopson, Quilmes MP13.0 
 10. Leiva, Penarol11.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Derrick ALSTON
  Boca Jrs
  (208-C/F-72)
  Avg: 10
 1. Alston, Boca Jrs10.0 
 2. Hopson, Quilmes MP8.0 
 3. Gayden, Club 98.0 
 4. Morris, Quilmes MP7.0 
 5. Gonzalez, Quilm.7.0 
 6. Reinick, Penarol7.0 
 7. Orlietti, Club 96.0 
 8. Campazzo, Penarol6.0 
 9. Johnsen, Quilm.6.0 
 10. Diez, Boca Jrs6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Maximiliano STANIC
  Boca Jrs
  (178-G-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Stanic, Boca Jrs6.0 
 2. Lauria, Penarol4.0 
 3. Hopson, Quilmes MP4.0 
 4. Campazzo, Penarol4.0 
 5. Gutierrez, Penarol2.0 
 6. Lamonte, Penarol2.0 
 7. Ferreyra, Quilm.1.0 
 8. Morris, Quilmes MP1.0 
 9. Safar, Penarol1.0 
 10. Diez, Boca Jrs1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mac HOPSON
  Quilmes MP
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Hopson, Quilmes MP6.0 
 2. Gutierrez, Penarol5.0 
 3. Stanic, Boca Jrs3.0 
 4. Gonzalez, Quilm.3.0 
 5. Lamonte, Penarol2.0 
 6. Pinero, Quilmes MP2.0 
 7. Ferreyra, Quilm.2.0 
 8. Morris, Quilmes MP2.0 
 9. Lauria, Penarol2.0 
 10. Leiva, Penarol1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Will GRAVES
  Boca Jrs
  (198-F/G-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Graves, Boca Jrs2.0 
 2. Martina, Boca Jrs1.0 
 3. Reinick, Penarol1.0 
 4. Gayden, Club 91.0 
 5. Eseverri, Quilm.1.0 
 6. Leiva, Penarol1.0 
 7. Gorostiaga, Quilm.0.0 
 8. Gerbaudo, Club 90.0 
 9. O''Bannon, Boca Jrs0.0 
 10. Fierro, Boca Jrs0.0 


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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Jordan outsmart Philippines, close in on Olympic debut - by Omar Shafaamri
WUHAN (FIBA Asia Championship) Jordan have produced another mastermind performance to book a place in the FIBA Asia Championship Final and move within a win from their first-ever appearance at an Olympic Games.

Islam Abbaas led a strong team defensive performance that held Marcus Douthit, the tournaments leading scorer, to just nine points in the second half, and closed down the Philippines running game.

At the other end, Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) scored 14 points in the first half when his team was ice cold, before finishing with 24, then Sam Daghles stood up in the second half, delivering 14 points, four assists and a tempo perfectly to his teams liking as they suffocated the Philippines to claim a 75-61 victory.

Zaid Abbas added 14 points for Jordan, while Joseph Casio (15 points) provided lone support for Douthit, who compiled 21 points, 15 rebounds and three assists.

Where Jordan were hot in the Quarter-Finals, they started ice cold in this game, committing seven turnovers and going 0/4 from the three-point line in the first quarter. With Douthit dominating inside with nine points, only Jordans switching defense managed to keep them within reach at the first break, trailing 18-12.

With Abbas and Daghles both on two fouls early in the second period and the Philippines leading by six points things looked ominous for Jordan, but their reserves stepped up on the defensive end, keeping their opponents scoreless for over five minutes to only trail 28-27 at halftime.

At the offensive end the brilliance of Wright kept Jordans score ticking over, albeit slowly, shooting at 45% as his team shot just 32%. The Philippines struggles were even greater, hitting just 26% of their attempts.

After another tense struggle for the first five minutes of the third quarter, Jordans discipline in maintaining a slow tempo to strangle the free-flowing Philippines started to pay off, an 8-2 run giving them a 46-39 advantage.

When Wright got his 20th point on the three quarter time buzzer, the margin was eight points and the Philippines desperately needed something to change the momentum.

An unsportsmanlike foul on Jordans Abdalla Abuqoura did just that, as three points from that play, a tip jam from Kelly Williams and Douthits second basket of the half brought the score to 49-48 with 6:36 to play.

Abbas responded with a clever basket inside, then he and Daghles hit three straight triples between them to blow the margin out to 12.

From there Daghles controlled the tempo and Jordan nailed their free-throws to set up their first appearance in a FIBA Asia Championship final.

FIBA


China Defeats Korea 56-43, Will Face Jordan in Tourney Final - by Arthur Volbert
In a tense defensive struggle China rallied in the second half to defeat South Korea 56-43 and reach the Asian Championship Finals. It will face surprising Jordan, which defeated the Philippines 75-61.

China played excellent defense, holding Korea to 27 percent shooting including hitting only 1 of 20 three-pointers. But China returned to the offensive woes of the pre-tounament exhibition games hitting only 28 percent of its own shots and 3 of 15 three-pointers. But China did hit 21 of 25 free throws, not the woeful percentage they hit in pre-tounament games. China outrebounded Korea 45-43 and had only 10 turnovers to 14 for Korea. Korea led 11-8 after the first quarter but China led 21-19 at the half and 36-30 after three quarters.

Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) led China with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Wang Zhizhi had 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 30 minutes. Liu Wei had 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Sun Yue and Zhu Fangyu each scored 5. Yang Donggeun had 17 points and 4 rebounds for Korea. No one else scored more than 6. Moon Taijun hit only 3 of 17 shots. 7-3 Ha Seung Jin was handcuffed by China's big men and only had 4 points and 6 rebounds in 26 minutes.

Jordan, which lost to China 93-60 in the second round, surprised the Philippines 75-61. It had lost to the Philippines 72-64 in the second round. Rasheim Wright led Jordan with 24 points while CBA stars Osama Daghles and Zaid Abbas had 16 points and 14 points respectively. Jordan held the Philippines to 31 percent shooting. Jordan trailed the Philippines 28-27 at halftime but pulled away in the second half. Jordan has been a far better team in the final round than it was in the preliminary rounds. China cannot let up or suffer from fatigue as its older stars -- Wang Zhizhi, Liu Wei and Zhu Fangyu -- play their third game in three days.

In the battle for fifth place Iran defeated Chinese Taipei 98-56. Hamed Haddadi had 21 points and 14 rebounds. Lebanon defeated Japan 80-78. Samuel Hoskin had 16 points and 16 rebounds. Syria finished in ninth place with a 76-72 win over the United Arab Emirates. Malaysia finished eleventh with an 82-76 win over Uzbekistan.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marcus DOUTHIT
  USA
  (210-C/F-80)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Douthit, PHI21.3 
 2. Wright, JOR18.4 
 3. Ahmad, UAE17.0 
 4. Haddadi, IRI15.8 
 5. Rida, LEB15.5 
 6. Yi, CHN15.5 
 7. Daghles, JOR15.4 
 8. Koroth, IND15.3 
 9. Malabes, BHR14.5 
 10. Kawamura, JPN14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus DOUTHIT
  USA
  (210-C/F-80)
  Avg: 11
 1. Douthit, PHI11.0 
 2. Haddadi, IRI11.0 
 3. Yi, CHN10.1 
 4. Takeuchi, JPN10.1 
 5. Hoskin, LEB9.9 
 6. Li Wei, MAS9.1 
 7. Kazemi, IRI8.9 
 8. Gorges, SYR7.6 
 9. Takeuchi, JPN7.1 
 10. Indrawan, IDN7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mario WUYSANG
  (176-PG-79)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Wuysang, IDN6.4 
 2. Guganeswaran, MAS4.9 
 3. Daghles, JOR4.7 
 4. Kim, KOR4.0 
 5. Malabes, BHR4.0 
 6. Shonaka, JPN4.0 
 7. Yang, KOR3.9 
 8. Haddadi, IRI3.9 
 9. Akl, LEB3.9 
 10. Park, KOR3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Yue SUN
  CHN
  (206-G/F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Sun, CHN2.0 
 2. Ahmad, UAE1.8 
 3. Lee, TAI1.7 
 4. Daghles, JOR1.7 
 5. Chang, TAI1.6 
 6. Wang, CHN1.6 
 7. Hirose, JPN1.6 
 8. Salem, UAE1.5 
 9. Wright, JOR1.5 
 10. Malallah, BHR1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamed HADDADI
  IRI
  (218-C-85)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Haddadi, IRI3.3 
 2. Zaghab, JOR1.9 
 3. Douthit, PHI1.8 
 4. Singh, IND1.4 
 5. Sitepu, IDN1.2 
 6. Kim, KOR1.1 
 7. Sun, CHN1.1 
 8. Yi, CHN0.9 
 9. Kim, KOR0.9 
 10. Tseng, TAI0.8 


China and Jordan to fight for the title in Wuhan - by Eurobasket News
Semifinals
South Korea - China 43-56
China overcame South Korea in a low-scoring battle tonight to join Jordan in the Asian Championship title game. Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) stepped up with 17 points and 12 rebounds to pace the hosts. South Korea will take on Philippines for the Bronze medals. South Korea ensured a slightly better start to the game. They limited the home team to just 8 points in the opening frame to take a 3-point lead. South Korea led throughout the bigger part of the second frame before China capped the half on a 7:2 run to take a 21:19 lead. The hosts opened the second half with six points in a row to stretch the lead. China maintained the lead and posted a 36:30 advantage with ten minutes to go. South Korea never got closer than four points in the final quarter as China rolled to the victory. Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-77) posted 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Liu Wei (190-PG-80) added 11 points for the winners. Yang Dong-Geun (181-G-81) answered with 17 points for South Korea. Moon Tae-Jong and Kim Yong-Hwan provided 6 points each in the loss.

Jordan - Philippines 75-61
Jordan stayed on fire at the Asian Championship in Wuhan. They saw off Philippines in the semifinal clash tonight. Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) stepped up with 24 points to pace Jordan into the championship game. Jordan opened the game with four points in a row but Philippines quickly erased the deficit. Rajko Toroman team capped the period on a strong rally to take an 18:12 lead after ten minutes. Ranidel deOcampo gave Philippines a 20:12 lead early in the second frame. Jordan needed an 8:0 run to surge back in front. Philippines eked out a 28:27 advantage at the interval. The lead changed hands for several times before Jordan capped the third term on a 9:2 rally to take a 49:41 lead. Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) dragged Philippines within a single point 48:49 midway through the fourth quarter however Jordan responded with 11 points in a row to clear off. Jordan quickly boosted the margin to 18 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Daghles Osama (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) posted 16 points, while Abbas Zaid (203-F-83) contributed 14 points for the winners. Marcus Douthit replied with 21 points and 15 rebounds for Philippines. Joseph Casio (177-PG-86) provided 15 points in the loss.

5-8 place
Iran - Taiwan 98-66
Iran outgunned Taiwan in the classification round of Asian Championship in Wuhan. Iran will now play for the fifth place at the tournament. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) posted 21 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists to pace the winners. Iran scored 21 points in the starting quarter to surge ahead. They established a 21:16 lead after ten minutes. Iran opened the second term on a 15:0 run to clear off. Iran enjoyed a comfortable 48:31 lead at the interval. Iran stretched the gap in the third quarter. They piled up a 25-point lead at the final intermission. Taiwan had no chances in the fourth term as Iran coasted to the victory. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) and Mahdi Kamrani (186-PG-82) posted 18 points each for Iran. Arsalan Kazemi (199-F-90) added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Wu Tai-Hao (202-C-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) replied with 16 points for Taiwan. Wen-Ting Tseng (202-C/F-84) netted 13 points in the loss.

Japan - Lebanon 78-80
Lebanon will play for the fifth place at the Asian Championship. They overcame Japan tonight to set up the clash versus Iran. Japan will take on Taiwan for the seventh overall position. Mohamad Ibrahim (195-G-83) drained a late three-pointer to seal the win for Lebanon today. Japan opened the game with a 12:2 run. They maintained the lead throughout the starting frame posting a 23:15 lead after ten minutes. Lebanon narrowed the deficit in the second term. But Japan hung on to post a 42:41 halftime advantage. Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) organized an 8:0 run midway through the third term as Lebanon grabbed a 53:48 lead. However Japan regained advantage late in the period after Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) hit a jumper. Japan entered the fourth frame up by a single point 62:61. Japan boosted the gap to 11 points 76:65 midway through the final term. Lebanon answered with a 15:2 run that was crowned by a triple from Mohamad Ibrahim and stole a tough victory at the end. Samuel Hoskin delivered 16 points and 16 rebounds for Lebanon. Elie Estephane (194-G/F-86, college: Alabama So. CC) and Mohamad Ibrahim added 16 points each in the win. Takuya Kawamura responded with 20 points for Japan. Tomoo Amino (196-F-80) netted 17 points in the losing effort.

9-10 place
United Arab Emirates - Syria 72-76
Syria ended their Asian Championship campaign in the ninth place. They toppled UAE in their final game at the tournament. Mahmood Osfira (203-F-91) stepped up with 18 points to lead the effort. UAE raced in front early in the game. They maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter posting a 24:21 lead after ten minutes. Syria stole the advantage late in the first half. They registered a 43:39 halftime lead. Syria stayed in front throughout the third stanza. Goran Milijevic team secured a 6-point lead with ten minutes to go 59:53. The margin grew at 8-point mark early in the fourth quarter. UAE got within a single points midway through the final term but Syria immediately responded with a 10:0 run to clear off for good. Watche Nalabandian (180-PG-83) posted 16 points for Syria. Eder Arjo Gorges (212-C/F-81, college: Walsh, OH) added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Mohamed AlBraiki (205-C-91) answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds for UAE. Husain Ahmed (180-G-89) delivered 19 points in the losing effort.

11-12 place
Malaysia - Uzbekistan 82-76
Malaysia finished their Asian Championship campaign on a high note. They overcame Uzbekistan to clinch the 11th overall position. Shee Fai Loh (192-G/F-89) stepped up with 18 points to pace the winners. Malaysia grabbed the initiative right from the start. They secured a 22:14 lead after ten minutes. Malaysia maintained the lead throughout the second period. The scoreboard read 45:33 for Cheng Huat Goh team at the interval. But Uzbekistan managed to revive the intrigue in the third quarter. They cut the deficit to just 5 points at the final break 59:64. Uzbekistan erased the deficit and eventually pulled in front after a three-pointer from Vyacheslav Denisov (195-G-83) 67:66. The teams traded baskets before Malaysia went on a 9:0 run to take an 81:73 lead with 59 seconds remaining. Vyacheslav Denisov hit another three-pointer but Malaysia hung on to escape with a narrow win at the end. Li Wei Chee posted 13 points and 14 rebounds for Malaysia. Chuan Chin Wee (180-G-84) and Ng added 9 points each in the victory. Vyacheslav Denisov responded with 21 points for Uzbekistan. Aleksandr Kozlov (201-F-82) accounted for 15 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.




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  AUSTRALIA   


Gold Coast in high-scoring win over Breakers - by Eurobasket News
In a high powered battle at Chandler Arena in Brisbane, the Gold Coast Blaze overcame the defending NBL champion New Zealand Breakers 107-100 to finish third in the 2011 NBL Sunshine State Challenge.

The Breakers led at halftime before Gold Coasts frenetic offence wore them down in the second half and they finished the preseason tournament with a 1-2 record after losses to Sydney and the Gold Coast and a win over the Cairns Taipans on Friday night.

New Zealand went into the game missing veterans CJ Bruton and Dillon Boucher while Gold Coast were almost at full strength save for the rehabbing Anthony Petrie, and both teams showed they are going to be at the least highly competitive this season, especially at the offensive end of the floor.

Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) led five Blaze in double figures with an impressive display, tallying 26 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, while Adam Gibson (188-G-86) had 22 points and three assists and Will Hudson (205-F-89) finished with 21 points and 11 boards ten of those offensive.

New Zealand got 26 points, nine rebounds and three assists from Gary Wilkinson (206-F-82, college: Utah St.), 17 points and five assists from Daryl Corletto (193-G-81) and 13 points from Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Washington St.).

It wasnt a surprise that two offensively potent ballclubs were going to put up some points early, and a long bomb from new Breaker Daryl Corletto gave the defending NBL champs a 9-6 advantage in less than three minutes.

The Blaze offence dried up midway through the quarter as New Zealand upped their energy levels, and Wilkinson was dominant with 13 points in the opening six minutes as he powered the Breakers to an 18-10 lead.

Seven foot New Zealand centre Alex Pledger had a monster two hand slam and Cedric Jackson found Dion Brewster with a behind the back pass for the score, but Worthington knocked in a big triple at the buzzer for the Gold Coast to make it a 26-23 Breaker lead after one.

Defence was more of a focus for both clubs early in the second, but Pledger nearly ripped down the basket with a power jam and Mika Vukona went hard to the rack for the deuce to give the Breakers a 30-25 advantage with seven minutes left till halftime.

Adam Gibson and Chris Goulding nailed threes to cut the margin to one, but consecutive three point plays to Corletto and Abercrombie as they sliced through some flimsy Gold Coast D raised the ire of Blaze coach Joey Wright, who called for time with his team down 38-31 midway through the quarter.

Gold Coast responded briefly before Benny Anthony keyed a 9-2 run to keep the Breakers in charge, but Worthington inspired a late Blaze comeback with some typically relentless play, and his eight points reduced the Breaker lead to just one, 51-50, as the teams headed to the change rooms.

The Blaze maintained the rage as the third period began, crashing the offensive boards with great desire, and Gibson hit two threes as part of an 8-0 run in the first two minutes, forcing New Zealand coach Andrej Lemanis to call for time with his team down 58-51.

Coach Lemanis mood wasnt helped by a technical foul called shortly after on Wilkinson, and midway through the period Gold Coast remained in control leading 63-55.

Benny Anthony copped another tech for arguing with an official, and the Breakers were clearly frustrated at their inability to eat into the Blaze lead as Gold Coast answered every New Zealand challenge.

Leon Henry hit a much-needed trey late in the period, but the Blaze took a 73-67 advantage into the last break.

Worthington continued his torrid offensive night with five quick points as we started the final quarter, and the Breakers were having problems containing Blaze point guard Jason Cadee, who sliced into the paint at will and helped his team to an 83-73 lead within the first three minutes.

But New Zealand finally responded as Abercrombie, who had been struggling from the perimeter, hit a big three, and when Wilkinson jammed one home, the Blaze lead was cut to just four with five minutes left in the ballgame.

Wilkinson was trying his best to get his team the W, hitting some big shots, but every time he did, the Blaze responded, whether by a Goulding trey or some great work on the offensive glass by Will Hudson.

Still, the Breakers cut the margin to four with three minutes remaining, but a technical foul their third of the game stalled their momentum, and when Goulding attacked the rim for the three point play, the Gold Coast lead was suddenly 11 with ninety seconds left and the game looked out of reach for New Zealand.

Henry and Corletto hit late treys, but the margin was too great to overcome, and Hudson sealed it with a layup off a nice feed from Gibson.

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


Perth Wildcats down Sydney in pre-season finale - by Eurobasket News
The Perth Wildcats are making a habit of winning preseason tournaments and they continued their great run with an 84-77 victory over a gutsy Sydney Kings to win the 2011 Sunshine State Challenge at Chandler Arena in Brisbane.

Perth finished the tournament as the only undefeated team, blowing out Townsville and Melbourne in impressive fashion before being surprisingly challenged by a Kings unit that came into the game severely undermanned. Already missing starting two guard Ben Madgen and key reserve Graeme Dann, they lost franchise centre Julian Khazzouh before the game as he was held out due to a nasty virus he picked up the previous day.

But Sydney played with tremendous character and nearly stole one from the 2010 NBL champs before fatigue caught up with them in the final minute.

I think we probably came in with the wrong mindset when we saw that Khazzouh wasnt playing, and quite frankly they outworked us tonight, Perth coach Rob Beveridge said afterwards.

I think its a good wakeup call for us. We got exposed in a lot of areas tonight, and in reality they beat us everywhere but the scoreboard. Fatigue obviously got them in the end, and I think this tournament has shown that we have a lot of work to do.

Wildcat import guard Kevin Lisch (188-G, agency: Warren Sports International, college: St.Louis) was named Tournament MVP after going 10 of 16 from the field for 27 points and five rebounds in the decider, while Matthew Knight (204-F/C-85, college: Loyola Marymount) was a bulldozer inside to finish with 19 points and Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) had 11 points, seven rebounds and five assists for a Perth squad that shot just 41% from the field and a miserable 19% from three point range yet forced a whopping 26 Sydney turnovers and that was ultimately the difference in the end.

The Kings had five players in double figures led by Aaron Bruce (191-G-84), who had 18 points, five rebounds and five assists, while Kevin Ratzsch (201-F-86, college: Northern St.) had 15 points and eight rebounds, Alex Gynes produced 11 points and Jerai Grant had 10 points, 10 rebounds and five blocked shots, and changed several others with his otherworldly athleticism.

As ever, Perths fearsome pressure defence was the story early in the first period as they made it extremely difficult for the Kings to get off a quality shot, and Knights six points gave them a 10-4 lead after just three minutes.

But this Sydney unit has already shown some resiliency in the preseason, and an 11-2 run keyed by two spectacular Jerai Grant blocked shots gave the purple and gold a 15-14 lead midway through the quarter.

However the Wildcats quickly responded to the Kings charge, and ripped off 11 straight points including a monster two hand jam from Luke Nevill before Anatoly Bose knocked down a three at the end of the quarter to make it a 25-18 Wildcat lead after one.

It was a scrappy beginning to the second period as both teams fought hard for loose balls and neither team could score a field goal for more than three minutes before Knight threw in a hook shot to give the Cats a 29-18 advantage.

Both teams began to loosen up from the perimeter, with Perths Drew Williamson and Sydneys Aaron Bruce hitting two threes apiece, and although Grant wowed the fans with two more rejections, Knight was still an imposing presence inside and led the Wildcats to a 40-30 lead with four minutes left to halftime.

Sydney upped their intensity considerably and Perth were suddenly second-guessing themselves, especially with the intimidation factor that was Jerai Grant. Luke Cooper was a veritable whirling dervish as he attacked the Wildcat D with zero fear, and he knocked down a triple to close a 14-3 run that gave the Kings a surprising 44-43 lead at the main break.

After taking a real shot from Sydney, Perth were always going to ramp up the defensive intensity as we got underway in the second half and they restricted the purple and gold without a field goal for over two minutes before Bose scored on a nice inbounds play and Perth led 47-46 early in the third quarter.

However, their intensity came at a price as they found themselves in the penalty very early in the quarter, and nine straight points from the Kings including a two hand stuff from the ultra-active Grant gave them a 53-47 lead with six minutes left in the period.

Kevin Lisch tried to inspire his team with five straight points, but three straight offensive rebounds in one sequence from the Kings illustrated their desire and they kept the Wildcats at bay, with a Ratzsch corner triple giving them a 62-56 lead with a quarter to play.

Bruce extended the margin to eight as we got underway in the fourth, but the dangerous Lisch had another five consecutive points and Perths pressure started to get to the Kings as the Cats made their move.

Redhage nailed a big three, Brad Robbins knocked down a corner jumper and Lisch went to the bucket for his 20th point of the game to cap a 12-2 Wildcat run that gave them a 68-66 lead, forcing Sydney coach Ian Moose Robilliard to burn a timeout to settle down his suddenly jittery troops.

Once again, the purple and gold responded, going on a 7-2 run with Cooper knocking down an unlikely three point basket, and with four minutes left the Sydney lead was three.

Redhage and Damian Martin had scores to put the Wildcats ahead before Bruce and Alex Gynes answered for the Kings, but the Wildcat D went to another level, and Lisch just flat out took over down the stretch with a clutch three followed by a turnaround baseline jumper as part of seven closing points to give the Perth another title.

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


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Another injury in Levski - Denis Agre will go through surgery - by Eurobasket News
The injury issues continue to worry Levski before the start of the new season. After the team captain Stefan Georgiev - Toro hurt his knee, and went through surgery, his replacement Denis Agre (203-C-88, college: Pepperdine) also got hurt in the teams friendly game against Balkan.

The 205-cm tall center attempted a dunk over an opponent player, but fell on his hand and had to leave the game.

After he went through observations by doctors, it became clear that he will have to go through surgery as well, as this will happen next Monday.

Its not clear yet how long will Agre be away from basketball, but his possible replacement is Vassil Evtimov, who is currently practicing with Levski.

Courtesy of BIBL (www.balkanleague.net)


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Bill Amis joined the forces of University of Tartu - by Eurobasket News
Bill Amis (205-F-87, college: Hawaii) joined the forces of University of Tartu and officially debuted with a great performance in BBL Cup Semifinal. He erupted with 21 points for University of Tartu that needed overtime to edge Kalev/Cramo in the BBL Cup Semifinal.
In 2005-2006 he started for Putnam City High School in Oklahoma. In 2006-2007 Bill moved to Pratt Community College in Kansas and averaged 7.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. In 2007-2008 appeared for Hawaii (NCAA) and debuted with 8.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 55.7%, 3Pts: 40.0%, FT: 66.7%. In 2008-2009 he improved to Hawaii 10.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 46.8%, 3Pts: 28.6%, FT: 74.5%. Last season for the team he showed 15.2ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.0spg, 2.2bpg, FGP: 54.6%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 77.3%. In 2011-2012 appeared for Trefl Sopot (Poland-PLK, starting five), only pre-season.
In his top game last season Bill Amis scored 24 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead Hawaii to a win over Cal State-Fullerton. Hawaii shot 52 percent from the field and 42 percent from beyond the arc.



Baltic Cup 2011: Semifinal Stage - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga advanced to the Final of Baltic Cup 2011. The Latvian team overcame Rudupis 80:75 to face University of Tartu tomorrow.
The Lithuania team started with 21-19 in the first period and added 20-19 in the second frame. Both teams nailed 22 points each as Rudupis stayed in front after 30 minutes. Trailing by three points going into the final quarter, Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) and Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) would score the first 11 points of the deciding frame to put their team in front for the remainder of the game, despite the best efforts of Rudupis who never looked out of contention up until the final whistle.
Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Bertans added 16. Kavalyauskas posted 13, Millage had 12 and Perry notched 10. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) answered with 20 points in the losing effort and Gintaras Kadziulis (193-G-80) added 12. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) followed them with 11 points in defeat.
University of Tartu needed overtime to edge Kalev/Cramo in the BBL Cup Semifinal. Tartu started better and had 18-17 lead after the first period. The six point lead that University of Tartu had developed by the half would disintegrate rapidly in the third quarter as Latvian Armands Skele led the comeback for Kalev/Cramo who started the second half on a 13-3 run to go from trailing by six to be leading by four midway through the frame. University of Tartu erupted with 30-13 to take the lead after the third quarter but could not win. Tartu needed 31-20 to tie the game at the end of 40 minutes and after 20-18 in overtime won the thriller.
Bill Amis (205-F-87, college: Hawaii) led the way with 21 points, while Raadick collected 18 points and 9 rebounds. Sokk netted 17 and Veideman Rain added 16. Armands Skele (192-G-83) collected 19 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort. Pavel Ulyanko (204-F/C-79) also scored 19, while Tanel Sokk (184-G-85) notched 17. Gregor Arbet delivered 14, while Dorbek Gert posted 11.



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  BELGIUM   


Lietuvos Rytas edge Charleroi twice - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas celebrated back-to-back victories over Charleroi Spirou in their final preparations for the upcoming season.
Lietuvos Rytas opened the friendly series with a 70:61 win. The Lithuanian powerhouse led by just a single point 35:34 at the interval. They used a 19:15 third term to stretch the gap. Lietuvos Rytas maintained the lead throughout the final period and earned a tough win at the end. Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) posted 12 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Brad Newley (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points, while Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) had 10 points in the winning effort. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) responded with 13 points for Charleroi. Christopher Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.) notched 12 points in the loss.
Lietuvos Rytas celebrated a 77:73 win in the second game. Lietuvos Rytas started the game strongly. They posted a 42:33 halftime lead. But Charleroi cut the deficit to just 2 points with one quarter remaining. Lietuvos Rytas stayed confident in the fourth term and snatched yet another narrow win at the end. Tyrese Rice provided 15 points for the winners. Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) contributed 14 points, while Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) had 10 for the Lithuanian team. Christopher Hill answered with 14 points for Charleroi. Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91) notched 13 points in defeat.




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7th Mirza Delibasic memorial - by Nedzad Kladusak
Honourging the greatest Bosnian sportsmen of all times, Mirza Delibasic - Kindje; KK Bosna opened yesterday the seventh Mirza Delibasic memorial.
Due to the agony of KK Bosna the host of the tournament this time the fans will not have th eopportunity to see Euroleague teams. However Buducnost and Zadar will compete in the NLB league. The fourth team is Tunisian Etoile Sahel, three-times champion of Tunisia.

In the initial match Buducnost demolished Zadar and will play in thefinal against the hosts.

Buducnost - Zadar 101:65 (23:19, 19:15, 27:10, 32:21)
Buducnost: Anderson 7, Mihailovic 6, M. Popovic 3, M. Milosevic 10, Bozovic 3, Vucevic 17, Krstovic 19, Vitkovac 2, Dubljevic 17, A. Popovic 9, Ivanovic 8, N. Milosevicc
Zadar: Delas 4, Batur 8, Brnas, Ramljak 4, Radic 5, Sango 7, Olivari 4, Ivanov 15, Toncinic 10, Kastropil 4, Zadnik 4, Vlaic.


B.C. Bosna struggles vs. Tunisian amateurs - by Sead Buljina
In the second game of the memorial tournament 'Mirza Delibasic' host Bosna had hard time beating Etoil du Sahel, a semi-amateur team from Tunisia. Actually, Tunisia champion players are at amateur level reinforced by PG Will Kemp and a solid PF Romdhane. BOSNA has shown in its first game that it must bring a PG, SF and PF if it wants to avoid fight for D1 status the next season. Bosna has a young team, which is a good move but at least 6 years late. Currently, B.C. Bosna has only Dzenan Rahimic, Esmir Guzonjic, Sindis Demic, Eldin Camdzic and Dino Hodzic who are ready to play D1. Ali Demic is a good prospect at SF but not ready to carry the load, yet. Same applies to Nermin Buza who needs to bulk up in order to play PF. Amin Hot and other young players will hopefuly develop with more playing time at senior level.
A report from the game Bosna-Etoil du Sahil would not be complete without a word about guests' free throw shooting. Their second best player, Romdhani, has been throwing bricks from the FT line amusing around 1,000 spectators in Skenderija. At one sequence Romdhane threw 2 (two) consecutive air balls that fell almost a meter short of the rim.
It remains a mistery how Tunisia with champion like Etoil du Sahil won FIBA African Championship ahead of perenial African powerhouses Angola and Nigeria.
Bosna will play final tournament game against Buducnost, a serious team from Podgorica. Buducnost beat Croatian team with strong tradition Zadar in the semi-finals.


D1: Varda HE signs Ivan Miceta - by Sead Buljina
Varda HE from Visegrad has signed experienced center Ivan Miceta from Vojvodina, Novi Sad. New Varda's center was the best scorer in Serbian Super League last season. After returning to Bosnian D1 last season and playing one decent season among best Bosnian teams, Varda HE has brought a couple of reinforcements. They want to secure a spot in the middle of the standings in the upcoming season. 'Our primary goal is to become a stable member of Bosnian D1,' says Varda HE coach, Dragoljub Vidacic.

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Vila Velha return Bruno da SIlva as their first sign - by Paulo Freire
The Vila Velha CETAF/Garoto/UVV/PMVV basketball team, has agreed the return of small forward Bruno da Silva (205-F-81, college: W.Florida) after one season out of the team.
The player is the Vila Velha first sign for the 2011-2012 season.
He was playing in Rio de Janeiro State for the Cabo Frio team. Bruno has college experience as he played in Florida.
In Brazil, the player was knwoning when he played for Flamengo and Telemar.
Vila Velha team will still been coach by Marcio Azevedo , a former player who will be in his second year as a head coach.
The team is still looking forward to sign some sponser agreement so they can full fill their roster.




Caxias do Sul 2011-2012 roster - by Paulo Freire
The Caxias do Sul BasqueteTriches basketball team, who represent the south of Brazil already made their changes looking for the 2011-2012 season.
From last season, it will remain on the team Douglas dos Reis (197-F-85), Dida Bellato (198-F-85), Antonio Bego (189-G-80) and Rubinho Campagnolo (197-F/C-77).
The new faces of the team are american Omar Kinsey (183-G-95), B.A. Muniz (202-C-75) and Leo Gomes (194-F-75).
From Junior team will complete their roster, Daniel Grigol, Gabriel Echer, Jonas Giacomin, Rafael Kurtz and Matheus Fagundes.
The team still been coaching by Rodrigo Barbosa, who is leading the team in the last few seasons.




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Another injury in Levski - Denis Agre will go through surgery - by Eurobasket News
The injury issues continue to worry Levski before the start of the new season. After the team captain Stefan Georgiev - Toro hurt his knee, and went through surgery, his replacement Denis Agre (203-C-88, college: Pepperdine) also got hurt in the teams friendly game against Balkan.

The 205-cm tall center attempted a dunk over an opponent player, but fell on his hand and had to leave the game.

After he went through observations by doctors, it became clear that he will have to go through surgery as well, as this will happen next Monday.

Its not clear yet how long will Agre be away from basketball, but his possible replacement is Vassil Evtimov, who is currently practicing with Levski.

Courtesy of BIBL (www.balkanleague.net)


Levski with second win in friendlies over Balkan - by Valentin Anguelov
Levski beat for second time Balkan in another friendly match between the two teams. 'The Blues' were guests in 'Balkan' hall in Botevgrad and overcame his rival by 10 points difference - 86-76. Three days before basketball Konstantin Papazov again beat Balkan as the difference back then was 14 points. The next match of Levski will be historic as they will face European champion Panathinaikos in last game of the legends Georgi Mladenov. The meeting will take place on 28th (Wednesday) in the new modern hall in Sofia.

The first quarter was very interesting but both teams were very equal - 9-9. After the first ten minutes Balkan led by a single point - 15-14. Good series for guests at the beginning of the second half brought them ahead by 6-7 points and by the end of the first half they had their advance up to 10 at 45-35.

After very equivalent minutes at the beginning of the second half the difference stay as it was. However by the end of the third quarter Balkan managed to get closer to their opponent at 63-56. Visitors quickly regained its double-digit advance and managed to keep it until the very end of the meeting.

'The Blues' crushed their opponents under the basket, and captured 13 rebounds more than them - 39 against 26. Both teams carried out a large number of errors, but the worst rate of the three Balkan contribute to the difference, since there had only 4 success of 25 tries shooting beyond the arc.

Hrisimir Dimitrov was top scorer for the winners with 17 points and he added four rebounds. Great double-double of 16 points and 17 rebounds for Vassil Evtimov (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina) while Aaron Harper scored 11.

For Balkan Lubomir Lilov was the best with his 19 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. American Josh Crawford added 16 points and 5 rebounds while Stanimir Marinov and Dwayne Morton ended with 13 points apiece.


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Mill Rats sign slick forward - by Eurobasket News
The Saint John Mill Rats have added a slick offensive forward to their lineup.

General manager Ian McCarthy said Friday the team has signed a one-year deal with 6-foot-10 Terrence Woodyard (6'10''-F/G-82, college: W.Carolina).

Mill Rats fans who attended the charity game last April versus the Sendai Japan All-Stars should be familiar with Woodyard. The former Division 1 Western Carolina Catamount lit up the Mill Rats for 36 points in leading all scorers in the exhibition contest staged to raise money for Japanese tsunami relief.

Woodyard displayed a complete arsenal of offensive tools in accounting for 39.1 per cent of his team's output, scoring on dunks, post-up moves and deep three-pointers in a 102-92 loss.

'Terrence stood out to us as a young man who was not only extremely talented, but also a quality person,' said McCarthy, also the Mill Rats president.

'This was evident by his willingness to travel to Saint John to heed the call to help Japan.'

Woodyard is a Jonesboro, Ga., native who played at Western Carolina from 2001-05 before turning pro with the Atlanta Vision of the American Basketball Association. He also played in the International Basketball League and the British Basketball League before spending the last three seasons in the Basketball Japan League.

In 2009-10, Woodyard was one of two members of the Saitama Broncos to average double-digit scoring for the season, finishing at 12.2 points per game.

He started 2010-11 with the Sendai 89ers before that team's season came to an abrupt close after the seaside Japanese city was devastated by a magnitude 9 earthquake March 11.

Woodyard was on the team bus at a roadside stop near the epicentre when the earthquake hit at 2:46 p.m. Japanese Standard Time.

'Our bus is jumping up and down,' Woodyard said in an interview prior to the Sendai charity game. 'We're looking out the window and all the other buses, cars and vehicle in the parking lot are jumping, light poles are swinging and the ground is rippling.'

Woodyard joins returning Mill Rats 6-foot-7 forward Steve DeLuca, 6-foot-7 guard Mark Egerson and 5-foot-11 guard Anthony Anderson as players under contract. The team has also signed its three selections from the National Basketball League of Canada draft to one-year deals.

The Mill Rats chose Canadian guard Jerome Brown, 6-4, with its first pick, fifth overall, during the August draft. Guards Sherton Sanderson, 5-11, from Markham, Ont., and Toronto native Kevin Massiah, 6-5, followed.

The team will hold two open tryouts before starting training camp in Saint John Oct. 17.

The first will be Oct. 8 at Rothesay Netherwood School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The second will be the team's annual New Hampshire Combine in Derry, N.H., Oct. 15 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Players selected from that combine will travel with the team to Saint John for the opening of training camp.

Saint John begins its exhibition schedule four days later in Quebec City versus the Kebs Oct. 23, the Mill Rats will play Quebec at the Richard J. Currie Center in Fredericton. The team will play its first home pre-season game Oct. 27 versus the Moncton Miracles.

Saint John opens its regular season on the road versus the Summerside Storm Nov. 4. Their first home game is Nov. 6 against the London Lightning.

The seven-team NBL of Canada is in its inaugural season. It was formed in March after the Mill Rats, Kebs and Halifax Rainmen left the Premier Basketball League over disagreements with the management of that league. Moncton, Summerside, P.E.I., London, Ont., and Oshawa, Ont., joined the league this summer.

Courtesy of http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com


Mill Rats sign two talented guards - by Eurobasket News
The Saint John Mill Rats, presented by Rogers, are thrilled to announce the signing of two talented guards to their roster: 6'3 shooting guard JaJuan Smith (188-G-85, college: Tennessee) and 6'0 combo guard Dele Ojo (183-G-81, college: Pfeiffer).

JaJuan Smith, from Decatur, Tennessee was a star player for the University of Tennessee from 2004-2008. He posted a season high scoring average of 15.2 points per game as a junior and 14.4 as a senior.

In the summer of 2008 he played well enough for the Dallas Mavericks summer league squad to get a contract with the Mavs, but ultimately was released as their final cut just prior to the start of the regular season. Since he has had playing stints in the NBA Development League, the Philippines, Brazil, and Spain.

'This is a respected player that packs a lot of offensive fire-power in his game, and we consider him still an NBA prospect' stated Mill Rats Head Coach Jaren Jackson. 'The fans in Saint John are going to be treated to a great show watching this young man perform.'

Dele Ojo, a wiry 6'0 guard, has taken the 'road less travelled' to get an opportunity with the Mill Rats.

A sensation and fan favourite on the Washington, DC summer circuit, Ojo caught the eye of Coach Jackson this past summer while playing at the notorious Goodman League in Barry Farms. Its a league that regularly features NBA stars such as Kevin Durant, Michael Beasley, Ty Lawson, Gilbert Arenas, and many other area big names.

Ojo led his team to the Goodman League Championship and was named Finals Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, and League Most Valuable Player.

Reporter Collin A.J. Murphy of the Severna Park Voice wrote of Dele Ojo: 'While Durant was putting on his usual show offensively, Ojo was the perfect Robin to KD's Batman. Playing point guard, he is one of the Goodman League's leading rebounders, and it only requires a few possessions watching him to see why. He attacks the glass defensively and loves to get out and push. Offensively he drove the DMV Hoopers and their coach crazy all night by flying in for the board and putback several times too many. He should likewise be given some frequent flyer miles for his repeated coast-to-coast trips.'

Ojo has also played professionally throughout the U.S. minor leagues as well in Mexico last season.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Storm adds PF/C Jessan Gray - by Eurobasket News
The Summerside Storm have signed a player head coach and vice-president of player personnel Joe Salerno says will be a 'very important piece' of the team's offence in the inaugural season of the National Basketball League of Canada.

That person is centre/forward Jessan Gray (6'10''-F-84, agency: Hightower Law Firm, college: Iowa St.) of Portland, Ore.

'He's (Gray) six-foot-10, but is really six-foot-four,' said Salerno. 'He shoots very well from the peremetre for a big guy.

'It's tough to find big guys who can put the ball on the deck, get to the rim and create their own shots. That's something Jessan can do.'

Gray, 27, played college ball in the Big 12 at Iowa State University and in the Big 10 at Indiana University. He has also played in Portugal and Australia the last two years, and was a 2009 IBL all-star with the Vancouver Titans.

Salerno visions the 230-pound Gray complimenting six-foot-eight and 235-pound power forward Mike Williams very well.

'I'm really looking for and hoping Jessan will be a big part of what we do offensively this season,' said Salerno.

Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com


Storm signs power forward Troy Gotteselig - by Eurobasket News
The Summerside Storm head coach Joe Salerno also confirmed the recent signing of power forward Troy Gotteselig. The six-foot-nine and 230-pound Gotteselig will be one of the team's mandatory two Canadians on the 12-man roster.

'We are thrilled to have such a talented big man from Canada coming to camp,' said Salerno. 'Troy had a great career at the University of Saskatchewan, as well as his first two pro seasons with the Edmonton Energy in the IBL.

'He will bring some grit and toughness to the post for us this season.'

Gotteselig was a starter with the Energy last year, and, with the University of Saskatchewan, he averaged 13.6 points per game in 20 games in 2009-10 and 15 points per game in 22 games in 2008-09.

Gotteselig played in the CIS Final 4 in 2010.

Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com


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China Defeats Korea 56-43, Will Face Jordan in Tourney Final - by Arthur Volbert
In a tense defensive struggle China rallied in the second half to defeat South Korea 56-43 and reach the Asian Championship Finals. It will face surprising Jordan, which defeated the Philippines 75-61.

China played excellent defense, holding Korea to 27 percent shooting including hitting only 1 of 20 three-pointers. But China returned to the offensive woes of the pre-tounament exhibition games hitting only 28 percent of its own shots and 3 of 15 three-pointers. But China did hit 21 of 25 free throws, not the woeful percentage they hit in pre-tounament games. China outrebounded Korea 45-43 and had only 10 turnovers to 14 for Korea. Korea led 11-8 after the first quarter but China led 21-19 at the half and 36-30 after three quarters.

Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) led China with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Wang Zhizhi had 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in 30 minutes. Liu Wei had 11 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Sun Yue and Zhu Fangyu each scored 5. Yang Donggeun had 17 points and 4 rebounds for Korea. No one else scored more than 6. Moon Taijun hit only 3 of 17 shots. 7-3 Ha Seung Jin was handcuffed by China's big men and only had 4 points and 6 rebounds in 26 minutes.

Jordan, which lost to China 93-60 in the second round, surprised the Philippines 75-61. It had lost to the Philippines 72-64 in the second round. Rasheim Wright led Jordan with 24 points while CBA stars Osama Daghles and Zaid Abbas had 16 points and 14 points respectively. Jordan held the Philippines to 31 percent shooting. Jordan trailed the Philippines 28-27 at halftime but pulled away in the second half. Jordan has been a far better team in the final round than it was in the preliminary rounds. China cannot let up or suffer from fatigue as its older stars -- Wang Zhizhi, Liu Wei and Zhu Fangyu -- play their third game in three days.

In the battle for fifth place Iran defeated Chinese Taipei 98-56. Hamed Haddadi had 21 points and 14 rebounds. Lebanon defeated Japan 80-78. Samuel Hoskin had 16 points and 16 rebounds. Syria finished in ninth place with a 76-72 win over the United Arab Emirates. Malaysia finished eleventh with an 82-76 win over Uzbekistan.



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FEDERATION CUP 2011, DAY 5 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Bucaros defeated Orgullo Paisa and now there are not more undefeated teams in the Federation Cup, Cucuta had to fight hard but got its first victory at home this season, while Patriotas keep doing good and defeated Caribbean Heat as local..

Bucaros 67
Orgullo Paisa 54.

Cucuta Norte 82 - W. Graterol 28 Pts, 12 rebs, E. Moreno 20 pts
Guerreros de Bogota 79 - K. Taylor 28 pts, C. Silva 14 pts.

Patriotas 103
Caribbean Heat 97.


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Standings - Basketligaen
Ligaen Standings
 1. Naestved 1-0 
 2. Vaerlose 1-0 
 3. Bakken 0-0 
 4. Falcon 0-0 
 5. Horsens IC 0-0 
 6. Horsholm 0-0 
 7. SISU 0-0 
 8. Svendborg 0-0 
 9. Aabyhoj 0-1 
 10. Aalborg 0-1 


Horsholm announce Bonell Colas and Vaso Aleksic - by Eurobasket News
Horsholm have officially announce the signing of Bonell Colas (205-F-82, college: Florida) and Vaso Aleksic (201-F-85, college: Mountain St.) for the next season.
Bonell Colas spent the previous season in Vaerlose. The forward tallied 19.8 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game. Eurobasket.com named Bonell Colas into Danish Basketliga All-Imports Team. Earlier Bonell Colas had stints with Atomeromu in Hungary, Randers in Denmark, Eugene Chargers in EBL and Panteras de Miranda in Venezuela.
Vaso Aleksic is the Serbia forward. He spent the last season in Bosnian championship. Vaso Aleksic posted 0.3 points per game for Hercegovac Bileca.



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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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  ESTONIA   


University of Tartu needed overtime to edge Kalev/Cramo - by Eurobasket News
University of Tartu Kalev/Cramo 108:106

University of Tartu needed overtime to edge Kalev/Cramo in the BBL Cup Semifinal. Tartu started better and had 18-17 lead after the first period. The six point lead that University of Tartu had developed by the half would disintegrate rapidly in the third quarter as Latvian Armands Skele led the comeback for Kalev/Cramo who started the second half on a 13-3 run to go from trailing by six to be leading by four midway through the frame. University of Tartu erupted with 30-13 to take the lead after the third quarter but could not win. Tartu needed 31-20 to tie the game at the end of 40 minutes and after 20-18 in overtime won the thriller.
Bill Amis (205-F-87, college: Hawaii) led the way with 21 points, while Raadick collected 18 points and 9 rebounds. Sokk netted 17 and Rain Veideman (192-G-91) added 16. Armands Skele (192-G-83) collected 19 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort. Pavel Ulyanko (204-F/C-79) also scored 19, while Tanel Sokk (184-G-85) notched 17. Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) delivered 14, while Gert Dorbek (194-G-85) posted 11.

University of Tartu: Bill Amis 21, Raadick 18+9 rebs, Sokk 17, Rain Veideman 16
Kalev/Cramo: Armands Skele 19+9 rebs, Pavel Ulyanko 19, Tanel Sokk 17, Gregor Arbet 14, Gert Dorbek 11



Bill Amis joined the forces of University of Tartu - by Eurobasket News
Bill Amis (205-F-87, college: Hawaii) joined the forces of University of Tartu and officially debuted with a great performance in BBL Cup Semifinal. He erupted with 21 points for University of Tartu that needed overtime to edge Kalev/Cramo in the BBL Cup Semifinal.
In 2005-2006 he started for Putnam City High School in Oklahoma. In 2006-2007 Bill moved to Pratt Community College in Kansas and averaged 7.4 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. In 2007-2008 appeared for Hawaii (NCAA) and debuted with 8.5ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 55.7%, 3Pts: 40.0%, FT: 66.7%. In 2008-2009 he improved to Hawaii 10.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 46.8%, 3Pts: 28.6%, FT: 74.5%. Last season for the team he showed 15.2ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.0spg, 2.2bpg, FGP: 54.6%, 3PT: 30.0%, FT: 77.3%. In 2011-2012 appeared for Trefl Sopot (Poland-PLK, starting five), only pre-season.
In his top game last season Bill Amis scored 24 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead Hawaii to a win over Cal State-Fullerton. Hawaii shot 52 percent from the field and 42 percent from beyond the arc.



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Maccabi T-A Clinched 2011/12 First Title Winning Pro Stars Tourney - by David Pick
Maccabi Tel-Aviv had the upper hand tonight vs. French host Nancy (played without NBA star Nicolas Batum), 86:62, in the Pro Stars competition finals, clinching their second tournament title and delightfully returning to Israel with a fantastic 4:0 pre-season record. Maccabi's Greek big man, Sofoklis Schortsanitis was released from tonight's game and is to be wed in Greece, saying his 'I dos'.

Lior Eliyahu (5st), Milan Macvan (6reb) and Jordan Farmar (6ast) were superb for the blue-and-yellow men, leading the team scorers with 20, 16 and 15 points. Devin Smith drained three-treys adding 11 points.

Maccabi 86 - Nancy 62

Fans at the Salle Jean Bouin arena in Angers saw the hosts take an early 5:0 lead, but Eliyahu with eight first-quarter points and three-steals gave Maccabi a 16:12 advantage before both sides took an intermission breather with the visitors up 24:14. The guests kept their foot on the accelerator as Eliyahu and Farmar combined for a first-half 21-points and 6-steales. Maccabi, like the first-quarter, won the second-period by ten-points (23:13), taking a double-digit, 47:27, half-time lead.

Blatt's men continued to cruise and despite losing the third-session (22:19), they took a promising 17-point advantage into the final ten-minutes. The fourth came with no surprises as Maccabi brutally demolished the French squad with score board showing, 86:62, when the final buzzer sounded.

Maccabi: Eliyahu 20, Macvan 16, Farmar 15, Smith 11, James 8, Hendrix 6, Pnini 4, Ohayon 3, Papaloukas 2 and Burstein finished with 1 point.
Nancy: Jamal Shuler and Nobel Boungou-Colo led respectively with 15 and 12 points.

Maccabi will return to Israeli soil tomorrow afternoon and prepare for its Adriatic league opener, Oct 1st against KRKA Novo Mesto.

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




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Jusuf El Domiaty debuted for Cuxhaven BasCats - by Eurobasket News
Jusuf El Domiaty (189-G-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) debuted for Cuxhaven BasCats with 4 points. The German Guard moved to the team from Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig.
Cuxhaven BasCats overcame Nurnberg 68:56 as the player had 1 rebound and 1 steal.
In 2006-2007 he joined SG FT/MTV Braunschweig (2.Bundesliga), while in 2007-2008 moved to Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (2.Bundesliga). In 2009 for Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (Germany-ProB, starting five) averaged 9.9ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 38.1%, FT: 65.2%. In 2009-2010 moved to New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany-1.Bundesliga) but also played at Spot Up Medien Baskets Braunschweig (ProB). In 24 games his stats read 9.9ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 30.5%, FT: 71.9%.
In 2010-2011 played for New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig and Spot Up Medien (1.Bundesliga) and in 23 games had 11.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 56.7%, 3PT: 26.8%, FT: 82.7%.
In Regular Season Round 30 Jusuf El Domiaty recorded 6 points as NY Phantoms rolled over MBC 94-55. New Yorker Phantoms led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter.



The Rapid Miles Basketball Exchange With Marcus Smallwood (MBC) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Marcus Smallwood (198-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: N.Illinois) is a 29 year 198cm forward playing his first season with the Mitteldeutscher BC. He is from Elgin, Illinois and played at Northern Illinois from 2000-2004. He came to Europe for his rookie season and played for Ostromecko Astoria Bydgoszcz (Poland-EBL): 4 games: 9.5ppg, 9.0rpg: was released in and later that month signed at Pyrbasket Tampere (Finland-Sparliiga): 6 games: 13.5ppg, 10.8rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 59%, and also played shortly at Solna Vikings (Sweden-Basketligan): 3 games: 8.3ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.0bpg. The next season, he played in Finland for Forssan Koripojat (Finland-1st Division, starting five): 26 games: 19.7ppg, Reb-2 (11.1rpg), 1.3apg, 1.0spg, Blocks-1 (1.4bpg), 2FGP-3 (64.1%), 3PT: 31.6%, FT: 56.2%. 2006: Elgin Racers (IBL). He had a very strong season in Finland, but surprisingly in the next few years played only briefly in the IBL for the Elgin Racers. He played for the Saar-Pfalz Braves (Germany-ProA) from 2008-2010 and in 2009-2010,he played 30 games: 14.5ppg, Reb-2 (9.5rpg), 1.1apg, FGP: 62.8%, FT: 49.0%.Last season, he played for Cuxhaven BasCats (Germany-ProA, starting five): 9 games: 12.6ppg, 10.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 51.6%, FT: 52.8%; in Dec.'10 moved to VfL Kirchheim Knights (Germany-ProA, starting five): 20 games: 15.7ppg, Reb-1 (10.8rpg), Blocks-2 (2.1bpg), FGP: 60.3%, FT: 47.8%. He spoke to Eurobasket over the summer about basketball.

So many players the last years have had difficulty finding jobs, because the market has been so tough. You got ajob with MBC in mid July this year. How did the off season search for a team go? Did you have many other offers besides MBC?

Well I was very fortunate to have interest from some other clubs including some outside of Germany, but to be honest when I learned I might have a chance to play for MBC that instantly became the offer I wanted the most

Since 2008, you have played nonstop in Germany. Why do you keep coming back? Is it the women or the food or something else?

Haha even though those are both good answers I would say its a combination of the great people and friends Ive been able to meet since being here along with Germany just being a great country to live in as well. I just feel that if I had my choice of living somewhere besides the States Germany would definitely be the place if I were ever able to properly learn the language.

The Mitteldeutscher BC seem content to want to return back to the Beko BBL as soon as possible. What was the main reason for you going to Weissenfels?

Well I saw it as a opportunity to be a part of a club that has a clear vision of their main goal this year. And I really wanted to be a part of something that could be special

Did coach Silvano Poropat have a special way of convincing you to join?

Not really. In all honestly Im just glad they viewed me as being a player which could help contribute to their goals this year.

You told me in the last interview that you have a big desire to play in the Beko BBL. This is your fourth team in the PRO A. Are you very disappointed that you havent made that step yet? What do you think is the main reason? You are 198cm and a great rebounder,maybe too small to survive in the Beko BBL? Guys like Kyle Hines and Jeff Gibbs also showed that they could play. They must be your motivation right?

To be honest the Beko BBL was a goal for me for what it represents..the most professional clubs in Germany, the highest level of competition in Germany, the opportunity to play in front of large crowd environments as well as playing with a team full of people that are as motivated as I am or even more. Signing with MBC has given me a chance to have all of that. So if Im blessed enough to play with clubs which are as professional as MBC for the rest of my career I will be very happy.

The new MBC roster is slowly taking shape. The club brought in Americans Darius Hargrove (much experience) and Aaron Cook (top assist man in PRO A last season) and Germans like Steve Wachalski,Malte Schwartzand Phillip Heyden. What can we expect from the team this season?

Honestly Im probably the wrong person to ask because this is Coach Poropats team and Im just a small part to that. I just look forward to getting to play with them because they are all really talented guys.

Last season, you split time bewteen Cuxhaven and Kirchheim. What was the main reason for you switching teams?

The thing that will always be hard for me is to think that people thought I left Cuxhaven because we were losing. I actually had two great coaches that I loved playing for in Cuxhaven and they both understood that Kirchheim represented a better situation for both them and me for the rest of the season

Last season Branislav Ignjatovic coached you at Kirchheim. What was the most important thing that you could learn from him on and off the court?

Not a lot of people know that Coach Frenki drives 2 hrs each way to practice everyday. Just that speaks volumes of the commitment you have to be willing to give to something you are passionate about.

On what things have you been working on this summer in preparation for the upcoming MBC season to better your game?

Ive tried to do the things Ive always done in the summer training wise. But the most important thing for me is to be prepared to accept whatever role Coach Poropat feels Im best for. This will be the most talented team Ive had a chance to play for since Ive been in Germany. So its my main goal to make sure I fit into what the team needs me to do.

How much do you miss catching ally-opps from Whit Holcomb-Faye. What is your fondest memory with him on and off the court?

Playing with Whit was like a kid in the candy store..there wasnt any time he was afraid to throw the ball at the rim for an ally- op. No fondest memory I guess but only because Whit is someone that you cant help but enjoy yourself all the time when hes around.

If you had to guard Jeff Gibbs in a game, how would you shut him down under the boards? Maybe you dont want to reveal your rebounding secret? Lol.

Well hes the definition of the word Beast so you never really shut him down, haha. But I try to always stay active on the boards so hopefully he would tire using energy boxing me out as I would him.

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

Have to respect him for changing his name to a great cause, but it will always look funny on a drivers license thats for sure

If you could ask 2011 NBA champion Dirk Nowitzki one question what would you ask him?

If I could the borrow the ring and get catch a ride on the team plane sometime

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Inception with Leonardo DiCaprio

Thanks Marcus for the chat.



Standings - ProA
ProA Standings
 1. Braves 1-0 
 2. Cuxhaven 1-0 
 3. MBC 1-0 
 4. Chemnitz 0-0 
 5. Crailsheim 0-0 
 6. Duesseldorf 0-0 
 7. Heidelberg 0-0 
 8. Jena 0-0 
 9. Karlsruhe 0-0 
 10. Kirchheim 0-0 
 11. Leitershofen 0-0 
 12. Webmoebel 0-0 
 13. Ehingen 0-1 
 14. ETB Wohnbau 0-1 
 15. NBC 0-1 


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PAOK land Marcus Goree - by Eurobasket News
PAOK bolstered their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia). The 33-year-old forward spent the last season in Germany. Marcus Goree posted 11.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game for Braunschweig in 1Bundesliga. Marcus Goree earned Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention. Previously Marcus Goree played in Russia, Italy, Israel, Spain, France. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Centre of the Year in 2004. Marcus Goree also became Eurobasket.com All-Russian Superleague Defensive Player of the Year in 2008.



Rethymno bring in Zack Wright - by Eurobasket News
Rethymno strengthened their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Zack Wright (188-G-85, college: Cent.Missouri). The deal is meant for one season. Zack Wright spent the last season in France. The guard played for Limoges averaging 10.6 points, 5.3 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game in ProA. Previously Zack Wright had spells for Le Mans, Chalon, Braunschweig. Eurobasket.com named the guard All-German 2. Bundesliga Player of the Year in 2008.



Olympiakos fall short against Montepaschi Siena in Cagliari - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi Siena - Olympiakos 79:75

Olympiakos lost the opener at the Citta di Cagliari tournament. They faced Italian champions Montepaschi Siena and had to surrender at the end. Olympiakos will now take on Partizan Belgrade for the third position tonight. The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. The scoreboard read 18:18 after ten minutes of action. Montepaschi pulled in front for a 41:34 halftime lead. Siena stretched the lead to as many as 9 points at the final break. Olympiakos cut the deficit to a single point in the fourth frame but Montepaschi survived the challenge and escaped as winners at the end. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) scored 16 points to pace the winners. DaJuan Summers (203-F-88, college: Georgetown) posted 12 points for Siena. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) responded with 22 points for Olympiakos. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) netted 14 points in the loss.

Montepaschi Siena: Bo McCalebb 16, DaJuan Summers 12, David Andersen (212-C-80) 11
Olympiakos: Kyle Hines 22, Martynas Gecevicius 14



Fenerbahce open Gomelsky Cup with win over Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce - Panatanaikos 88:85

Fenerbahce will play in the title game of the Gomelsky Cup in Moscow. They narrowly defeated Panathinaikos tonight. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) drained a late three-pointer to propel the Turkish team to the victory. Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) stepped up with 22 points to lead the effort.
The teams got to a flying start. They scored eagerly as Fenerbahce posted a 27:24 lead after ten minutes. The Turkish team stretched the margin in the second term. They established a 47:38 halftime advantage. But Panathinaikos adjusted their game in the third term. They outscored Fenerbahce to get within 6 points at the final break. Panathinaikos erased the deficit late in regulation but a three-point bomb from Curtis Jerrells sealed the victory for Fenerbahce. Curtis Jerrells delivered 14 points, while Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 18 points for the winners. David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) answered with 24 points for Panathinakos. Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) had 20 points in the losing effort.

Fenerbahce: Bojan Bogdanovic 22, Emir Preldzic 18, Curtis Jerrells 14
Panathinaikos: David Logan 24, Romain Sato 20



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ZZ Leiden Wins SuperCup - by Sanders Jackson

In Utrecht on Saturday in the 1st annual SuperCup championship, the matchup between last season's regular season and Dutch Cup winner, and a rematch to last season's finalists, defending Dutch champion ZZ Leiden added to its trophy case, winning over GasTerra Flames by the score of 66-60. The Flames were stronger in the 1st half, leading 30-21 at the half, but the team of ZZ head coach Toon van Helfteren outscored the Flames by a 15-point difference. Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) picked up where he left off in the 2010-11 season with a solid all-around game, with numbers of 15 pts., 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 blocks. Both Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Temple) and Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) led the Flames with 14 pts. each. ZZ Leiden also forced the Flames into 20 turnovers, with the Flames struggling at the free throw line, shooting only 41.7%. The DBL season begins next weekend.


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


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Albacomp signed Billy White and El-Amin - by Tamas Deri
The management of Albacomp published yesterday that two american players were signed and will be tested during the next week in Szekesfehervar. Power Forward Billy White (203-F-89) graduated on the University of San Diego State and led his team for a MWC-title and playing in the Sweet 16. The 203 cm tall big man run a good senior season averaging 10.2ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 56.2%, 3PT: 34.6%, FT: 73.2% in 36 games. In April 2011 he played also 3 games on the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

The other american player is well known in our country as he spent his rookie season with Pecs last year. The 196 cm tall Muhammad El-Amin (196-G/F-87, college: Stony Brook) graduated on the University of Stony Brook in 2010 and was the player of the year in the AEC puting up 16.7ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.9apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 40.2%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 79.7% in 31 games. He signed his first professional contract with Pecs and was the leading scorer of our league with 22.0 points per game. He also collected 3.9 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. The all-around guard agreed this summer with Politekhnika-Halychyna in Ukraine, but asked the team for his release some days ago and moved immediately to Hungary.



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Hordur Vilhjalmsson in Germany - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Icelabdic National team guard Hordur Axel Vilhjalmsson (188-G-88) had a good start in his firstt game with MBC in Pro A Germany when team beat Ehingen 83-77 in the first league game of the season. Vilhjalmson who moved to Germany from Keflavik, Iceland this summer scored 16 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assist in a 100% shooting day 1/1 in two points and 3/3 in three pointers and 5/6 from free throw line. Very good start for him.
Haukur Palsson (198-F-92, college: Maryland) scored 3 points when Assignia Manresa beat Lucentum Alicante 81-671 in a friendly game lasr wednesday


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NBL Round 2 of Preseason Tournament - by Eurobasket
Satria Muda - Garuda 54-66

Garuda spoiled season opener for Satria Muda defeating them 66-54. The game was mostly controlled by Garuda. Satria Muda managed to win fourth quarter 15-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Garuda forced 28 Satria Muda turnovers. 29 personal fouls committed by Satria Muda helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Vinton Nolland (194-82) scored 11 points and 5 steals to lead the charge for the winners and guard Hendru Ramli (188-88) chipped in 13 points and 5 steals during the contest. Four Garuda players scored in double figures. Guard Arki Wisnu (187-88) responded with 16 points and Bonanza Siregar (192-87) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Satria Muda: A.Wisnu 16+1reb+1ast, B.Siregar 12+5reb, V.Michel 8+1reb, F.Susanto 7+8reb, S.Liogu 4+4reb, A.Sunarko 3+3reb+3ast
Garuda: H.Ramli 13+3reb+1ast, F.Minallah 12+2reb, I.Budianto 11+2reb, V.Nolland 11+4reb+3ast, C.Gideon 9+5reb+1ast, N.Fritzgerald 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 143955


NSH GMC Riau - Comfort Mobile 48-51

Comfortable Mobile managed to get their first victory after being defeated in opening game previous round. This time they edged on the road NSH GMC Riau 51-48. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 32-27 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Comfort Mobile forced 25 NSH GMC Riau turnovers. Point guard Herman Kurniawan (171-86) had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Gabriel Sitaniapesy (185-85) chipped in 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks during the contest. Reza Israelli (182-82) responded with 9 points and 6 rebounds and point guard Samuel Augustinus (172-86) scored 10 points. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game.
Top scorers:
NSH GMC Riau: S.Agustinus 10+4reb+2ast, W.Chandra 9+3reb, R.Israelli 9+6reb+3ast, M.Yesyurun 5, N.Fadhilah 5+2reb, K.Harun 4+5reb
Comfort Mobile: H.Kurniawan 14+10reb+2ast, G.Sitaniapesy 12+7reb, A.Hermawan 8+2reb, R.Rudini 7+3reb, S.Afriatna 6+6reb, A.Sabara 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 143952


Bima Sakti - Aspac 52-58

Aspac got their second victory in the tournament. They beat on the road Bima Sakti 58-52.
Bima Sakti was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 24-11 charge of Aspac, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Bima Sakti to just 6 points in first quarter. Aspac forced 21 Bima Sakti turnovers and outrebounded them 40-28 including 26 on the defensive glass. Forward Pringgo Regowo (-87) notched 15 points and 7 rebounds to lead the effort and Rizky Effendi (187-88) supported him with 14 points. Aspac's coach Tjetjep Firmansyah allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 12 points and 7 rebounds by Gandi Novonsen (185-84) did not help to save the game for Bima Sakti. Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) added 8 points and 6 rebounds for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Bima Sakti: G.Novonsen 12+7reb+2ast, U.Gendro Maryono 8+4reb+1ast, B.Rizky Ardiansyah 8+6reb+2ast, G.Sudrajat 7, Y.Dwi Priasmoro 7+3reb+2ast, D.Sartika 5+4reb+1ast
Aspac: P.Regowo 15+7reb+2ast, R.Effendi 14+2reb, A.Joko 8+6reb, O.Wira Sanjaya 8+3reb+1ast, S.Harun Nurman 6+2reb+2ast, K.Akbar 4+4reb
gschID: 143953


CLS Knights - Pelita Jaya 61-57

Last season champion Pelita Jaya was defeated at the court of CLS Knights 57-61. The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 35-29 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was the former international center Agustinus Indrajaya (191-83) who scored 9 points and 8 rebounds. Dimaz Muharri chipped in 8 points and 8 rebounds. CLS Knights' coach Risdianto Roeslan used entire bench in such tough game. The former international point guard Kelly Purwanto (177-83) produced 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Yudhi Mardiyansyah (193-83) added 9 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Pelita Jaya: K.Purwanto 14+5reb+4ast, E.Sebayang 13+2ast, D.Wenas 9+4reb, Y.Mardiyansyah 9+7reb+1ast, J.Sucipto 7+5reb+1ast, S.Kurniahu 3+6reb
CLS Knights: J.Jeffry 14+1reb+1ast, A.Indrajaya 9+8reb+3ast, H.Herman 8+5reb, R.Utomo 8+2reb+2ast, D.Muharri 8+8reb+2ast, H.Sudjana 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 143954


Satya Wacana - Pacific Caesar 48-40

Satya Wacana beat Pacific Ceasar in the lowest result this round 48-40. It's a very unique when none of the teams could pass 50-points level. It was opening game fro both teams. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 20-6. But Pacific Caesar won third quarter 13-6. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Satya Wacana dominated on the defensive end, holding Pacific Caesar to just 6 points in first quarter. They held Pacific Caesar to an opponent 22.4 percent shooting from the field compared to 33.3 percent accuracy of the winners. Satya Wacana forced 19 Pacific Caesar turnovers. Forward Valentino Wuwungan (193-89) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Respati Pamungkas (180-91) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Forward Gege Nagata (185-88) replied with 15 points and 5 rebounds and Dony Kurniawan (178-88) added 11 points in the effort for Pacific Caesar. Pacific Caesar's coach B Bisih rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Pacific Caesar: G.Nagata 15+5reb, D.Kurniawan 11+3reb+2ast, H.Listiyono 5+4reb+1ast, R.Anggakara 2+5reb+5ast, E.Wahyudi 2+5reb, D.Galih 2+6reb+5ast
Satya Wacana: R.Pamungkas 17+4reb+1ast, V.Wuwungan 15+13reb+1ast, A.Laffitar 5+3reb+1ast, F.Nugroho 4+5reb, J.Hasoloan 4+9reb+1ast, J.Lolowang 3+4reb+3ast
gschID: 143951




Standings - IBL
NBL Standings
 1. Aspac 2-0 
 2. CLS Knights 2-0 
 3. Satya Wacana 1-0 
 4. Bima Sakti 1-1 
 5. Garuda 1-1 
 6. Pelita Jaya 1-1 
 7. Comfort Mobile 1-1 
 8. Muba Hangtuah 0-1 
 9. NSH GMC Riau 0-1 
 10. Pacific Caesar 0-1 
 11. Satria Muda 0-1 
 12. Stadium Jak. 0-1 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Yanuar DWI PRIASMORO
  Bima S.
  (--)
  Avg: 13
 1. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.13.0 
 2. Sitaniapesy, Comfo.11.0 
 3. Rizky Ardian., Bim.9.0 
 4. Novonsen, Bima S.9.0 
 5. Virgian, Bima Sakti8.0 
 6. Herlusdityo, Comfo.7.0 
 7. Setiawan, Bima Sak.7.0 
 8. Gunawan, Bima S.7.0 
 9. Kurniawan, Comfor.7.0 
 10. Indra, Bima Sakti7.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Airlangga SABARA
  Comfort .
  (--)
  Avg: 9
 1. Sabara, Comfort9.0 
 2. Rizky Ardian., Bim.7.0 
 3. Sitaniapesy, Comfo.5.0 
 4. Virgian, Bima Sakti5.0 
 5. Gendro Maryo., Bim.5.0 
 6. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.5.0 
 7. Sartika, Bima Sakti5.0 
 8. Kurniawan, Comfor.4.0 
 9. Prasetyo, Comfor.4.0 
 10. Rudini, Comfort3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Denny SARTIKA
  Bima Sakti
  (174-G-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Sartika, Bima Sakti3.0 
 2. Novonsen, Bima S.3.0 
 3. Cahyadi, Bima Sakti3.0 
 4. Kurniawan, Comfor.2.0 
 5. Sabara, Comfort1.0 
 6. Indra, Bima Sakti1.0 
 7. Susanto, Comfort1.0 
 8. Mu''Ammal, Bima S.1.0 
 9. Hermawan, Comfor.1.0 
 10. Dwi Priasmor., Bi.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Denny SARTIKA
  Bima Sakti
  (174-G-80)
  Avg: 4
 1. Sartika, Bima Sakti4.0 
 2. Ongkowijoyo, Comfo.2.0 
 3. Rizky Ardian., Bim.2.0 
 4. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.2.0 
 5. Cahyadi, Bima Sakti2.0 
 6. Kurniawan, Comfor.2.0 
 7. Gendro Maryo., Bim.1.0 
 8. Sitaniapesy, Comfo.1.0 
 9. Sabara, Comfort1.0 
 10. Ingutali, Comfor.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Herman KURNIAWAN
  Comfor.
  (--)
  Avg: 2
 1. Kurniawan, Comfor.2.0 
 2. Rudini, Comfort1.0 
 3. Novonsen, Bima S.1.0 
 4. Gunawan, Bima S.1.0 
 5. Ingutali, Comfor.0.0 
 6. Herlusdityo, Comfo.0.0 
 7. Setiawan, Bima Sak.0.0 
 8. Gendro Maryo., Bim.0.0 
 9. Sabara, Comfort0.0 
 10. Dwi Priasmor., Bi.0.0 


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  IRAN   


A.S Bond Shiraz will participate in Iran super league - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou
Shiraz a.s Pipe will replace B.A. Shiraz in Iran super league . Shiraz team played with AS Bond name for 2 season but last season team played under name of B.A .
Masoud Ghasemi will be A.S bond head coach this season , he was B.A coach last year. A.S team started training camp 2 weeks ago.
In 2010-11 season B.A stood at 11th place. A.S team finished 7th in 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons.
Rumors says A.S Bond team signed with Mehdi Shirjang (191-F-90, agency: SportsList Inc.) and they are talking with some other players.


2011 Asian Championship: Iran bruise Taiwan in Wuhan - by Eurobasket News
Iran - Taiwan 98:66

Iran outgunned Taiwan in the classification round of Asian Championship in Wuhan. Iran will now play for the fifth place at the tournament. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) posted 21 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists to pace the winners.
Iran scored 21 points in the starting quarter to surge ahead. They established a 21:16 lead after ten minutes. Iran opened the second term on a 15:0 run to clear off. Iran enjoyed a comfortable 48:31 lead at the interval. Iran stretched the gap in the third quarter. They piled up a 25-point lead at the final intermission. Taiwan had no chances in the fourth term as Iran coasted to the victory. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) and Mahdi Kamrani (186-PG-82) posted 18 points each for Iran. Kazemi added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Wu Tai-Hao (202-C-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) replied with 16 points for Taiwan. Wen-Ting Tseng (202-C/F-84) netted 13 points in the loss.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 21+14 boards, Hamed Afagh 18, Mahdi Kamrani 18
Taiwan: Wu Tai-Hao 16, Wen-Ting Tseng 13



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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi T-A Clinched 2011/12 First Title Winning Pro Stars Tourney - by David Pick
Maccabi Tel-Aviv had the upper hand tonight vs. French host Nancy (played without NBA star Nicolas Batum), 86:62, in the Pro Stars competition finals, clinching their second tournament title and delightfully returning to Israel with a fantastic 4:0 pre-season record. Maccabi's Greek big man, Sofoklis Schortsanitis was released from tonight's game and is to be wed in Greece, saying his 'I dos'.

Lior Eliyahu (5st), Milan Macvan (6reb) and Jordan Farmar (6ast) were superb for the blue-and-yellow men, leading the team scorers with 20, 16 and 15 points. Devin Smith drained three-treys adding 11 points.

Maccabi 86 - Nancy 62

Fans at the Salle Jean Bouin arena in Angers saw the hosts take an early 5:0 lead, but Eliyahu with eight first-quarter points and three-steals gave Maccabi a 16:12 advantage before both sides took an intermission breather with the visitors up 24:14. The guests kept their foot on the accelerator as Eliyahu and Farmar combined for a first-half 21-points and 6-steales. Maccabi, like the first-quarter, won the second-period by ten-points (23:13), taking a double-digit, 47:27, half-time lead.

Blatt's men continued to cruise and despite losing the third-session (22:19), they took a promising 17-point advantage into the final ten-minutes. The fourth came with no surprises as Maccabi brutally demolished the French squad with score board showing, 86:62, when the final buzzer sounded.

Maccabi: Eliyahu 20, Macvan 16, Farmar 15, Smith 11, James 8, Hendrix 6, Pnini 4, Ohayon 3, Papaloukas 2 and Burstein finished with 1 point.
Nancy: Jamal Shuler and Nobel Boungou-Colo led respectively with 15 and 12 points.

Maccabi will return to Israeli soil tomorrow afternoon and prepare for its Adriatic league opener, Oct 1st against KRKA Novo Mesto.

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




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  ITALY   


Montepaschi and Dinamo Sassari enter Torneo Citta di Cagliari Final - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi Siena and Dinamo Sassari entered the championship game at the pre-season Citta di Cagliari tournament. They overcame Olympiakos and Partizan Belgrade respectively.
Montepaschi clashed with the Greek powerhouse Olympiakos. The teams stayed close throughout the opening frame. The scoreboard read 18:18 after ten minutes of action. Montepaschi pulled in front for a 41:34 halftime lead. Siena stretched the lead to as many as 9 points at the final break. Olympiakos cut the deficit to a single point in the fourth frame but Montepaschi survived the challenge and escaped as 79:75 winners at the end. Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) scored 16 points to pace the winners. DaJuan Summers (203-F-88, college: Georgetown) posted 12 points for Siena. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) responded with 22 points for Olympiakos. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) netted 14 points in the loss.
Dinamo Sassari overcame Partizan 81:76 in another clash. Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) notched 21 points to lead the charge. Dinamo Sassari pulled in front early in the game. They registered a 24:13 lead after ten minutes. The Italian team controlled the tempo in the second stanza. They built a 46:31 halftime advantage. Partizan got within five points in the fourth term but Dinamo Sassari hung on to escape with victory at the end. Quinton Hosley (200-F/G-84, college: Fresno St.) accounted for 14 points in the victory. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) answered with 26 points for Partizan.



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  JAPAN   


2011 Asian Championship. Mohamad Ibrahim brings win for Lebanon against Japan - by Eurobasket News
Lebanon - Japan 80:78

Lebanon will play for the fifth place at the Asian Championship. They overcame Japan tonight to set up the clash versus Iran. Japan will take on Taiwan for the seventh overall position. Mohamad Ibrahim (195-G-83) drained a late three-pointer to seal the win for Lebanon today.
Japan opened the game with a 12:2 run. They maintained the lead throughout the starting frame posting a 23:15 lead after ten minutes. Lebanon narrowed the deficit in the second term. But Japan hung on to post a 42:41 halftime advantage. Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) organized an 8:0 run midway through the third term as Lebanon grabbed a 53:48 lead. However Japan regained advantage late in the period after Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) hit a jumper. Japan entered the fourth frame up by a single point 62:61. Japan boosted the gap to 11 points 76:65 midway through the final term. Lebanon answered with a 15:2 run that was crowned by a triple from Mohamad Ibrahim and stole a tough victory at the end. Samuel Hoskin delivered 16 points and 16 rebounds for Lebanon. Elie Estephane (194-G/F-86, college: Alabama So. CC) and Mohamad Ibrahim added 16 points each in the win. Takuya Kawamura responded with 20 points for Japan. Tomoo Amino (196-F-80) netted 17 points in the losing effort.

Lebanon: Mohamad Ibrahim 16, Samuel Hoskin 16+16 boards, Elie Estephane 16
Japan: Takuya Kawamura 20, Tomoo Amino 17



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  JORDAN   


Jordan outsmart Philippines, close in on Olympic debut - by Omar Shafaamri
WUHAN (FIBA Asia Championship) Jordan have produced another mastermind performance to book a place in the FIBA Asia Championship Final and move within a win from their first-ever appearance at an Olympic Games.

Islam Abbaas led a strong team defensive performance that held Marcus Douthit, the tournaments leading scorer, to just nine points in the second half, and closed down the Philippines running game.

At the other end, Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) scored 14 points in the first half when his team was ice cold, before finishing with 24, then Sam Daghles stood up in the second half, delivering 14 points, four assists and a tempo perfectly to his teams liking as they suffocated the Philippines to claim a 75-61 victory.

Zaid Abbas added 14 points for Jordan, while Joseph Casio (15 points) provided lone support for Douthit, who compiled 21 points, 15 rebounds and three assists.

Where Jordan were hot in the Quarter-Finals, they started ice cold in this game, committing seven turnovers and going 0/4 from the three-point line in the first quarter. With Douthit dominating inside with nine points, only Jordans switching defense managed to keep them within reach at the first break, trailing 18-12.

With Abbas and Daghles both on two fouls early in the second period and the Philippines leading by six points things looked ominous for Jordan, but their reserves stepped up on the defensive end, keeping their opponents scoreless for over five minutes to only trail 28-27 at halftime.

At the offensive end the brilliance of Wright kept Jordans score ticking over, albeit slowly, shooting at 45% as his team shot just 32%. The Philippines struggles were even greater, hitting just 26% of their attempts.

After another tense struggle for the first five minutes of the third quarter, Jordans discipline in maintaining a slow tempo to strangle the free-flowing Philippines started to pay off, an 8-2 run giving them a 46-39 advantage.

When Wright got his 20th point on the three quarter time buzzer, the margin was eight points and the Philippines desperately needed something to change the momentum.

An unsportsmanlike foul on Jordans Abdalla Abuqoura did just that, as three points from that play, a tip jam from Kelly Williams and Douthits second basket of the half brought the score to 49-48 with 6:36 to play.

Abbas responded with a clever basket inside, then he and Daghles hit three straight triples between them to blow the margin out to 12.

From there Daghles controlled the tempo and Jordan nailed their free-throws to set up their first appearance in a FIBA Asia Championship final.

FIBA


2011 Asian Championship: Jordan pile up scalps, enter title game - by Eurobasket News
Jordan - Philippines 75:61

Jordan stayed on fire at the Asian Championship in Wuhan. They saw off Philippines in the semifinal clash tonight. Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) stepped up with 24 points to pace Jordan into the championship game.
Jordan opened the game with four points in a row but Philippines quickly erased the deficit. Rajko Toroman team capped the period on a strong rally to take an 18:12 lead after ten minutes. Ranidel deOcampo gave Philippines a 20:12 lead early in the second frame. Jordan needed an 8:0 run to surge back in front. Philippines eked out a 28:27 advantage at the interval. The lead changed hands for several times before Jordan capped the third term on a 9:2 rally to take a 49:41 lead. Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) dragged Philippines within a single point 48:49 midway through the fourth quarter however Jordan responded with 11 points in a row to clear off. Jordan quickly boosted the margin to 18 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Daghles Osama (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) posted 16 points, while Abbas Zaid (203-F-83) contributed 14 points for the winners. Marcus Douthit replied with 21 points and 15 rebounds for Philippines. Joseph Casio (177-PG-86) provided 15 points in the loss.

Jordan: Rasheim Wright 24, Daghles Osama 16, Abbas Zaid 14
Philippines: Marcus Douthit 21+15 boards, Joseph Casio 15



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  KOSOVO   


Two great matches in the first round of regular season - by Dren Shporta

New established team, Prishtina BC, will meet play-off finalists of last season in the first game of new season in BKT Superliga, KB Peja. This encounter has been drawn in the fixture of the first round of regular season which will begin in October 1st or October 8th depending on what decision will be taken in the board meeting of Basketball Federation of Kosova (FBK) regarding request of the clubs about delaying the start of new season for a week.

The other match that has a great rivalry between is KB Trepa versus KB Bashkimi. Green boys from Mitrovica are strengthened with 24-year old American guard Jaleel Nelson (196-G-87, college: Chowan Univ.) and Daniel Milanovski (193-F-87), 24-year old FYR Macedonian forward. While their arch rivals from Prizren, KB Bashkimi, have taken the two experienced kosovar guards Samir Shaptahovic (174-G-81) and Valentin Spaqi (194-G-79).

The other two encounters of the first round will be played between Kolegji Univers vs. Bambi, and Kosova vs. Drita.


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  LATVIA   


VEF Riga advanced to the Final of Baltic Cup 2011 - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga- Rudupis 80:75

VEF Riga advanced to the Final of Baltic Cup 2011. The Latvian team overcame Rudupis 80:75 to face University of Tartu tomorrow.
The Lithuania team started with 21-19 in the first period and added 20-19 in the second frame. Both teams nailed 22 points each as Rudupis stayed in front after 30 minutes. Trailing by three points going into the final quarter, Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) and Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) would score the first 11 points of the deciding frame to put their team in front for the remainder of the game, despite the best efforts of Rudupis who never looked out of contention up until the final whistle.
Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Dairis Bertans added 16. Kavalyauskas posted 13, Curtis Millage had 12 and Marque Perry (185-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: St.Louis) notched 10. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) answered with 20 points in the losing effort and Gintaras Kadziulis (193-G-80) added 12. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) followed them with 11 points in defeat.

VEF Riga: Kristaps Janicenoks 17, Dairis Bertans 16, Kavalyauskas 13, Curtis Millage 12, Marque Perry 10
Rudupis: Dainius Salenga 20, Gintaras Kadziulis 12, Gediminas Orelikas 11




Liepajas Lauvas lands Mayo - by Eurobasket Center

Josh Mayo (182-G-87, agency: RIZO, college: Ill.-Chicago) signed in Liepajas Lauvas after succesfully passing try-out period. Mayo was MVP of team in preseason tournament LIEPAJAS OC International Basketball CUP 2011.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  LEBANON   


2011 Asian Championship. Mohamad Ibrahim brings win for Lebanon against Japan - by Eurobasket News
Lebanon - Japan 80:78

Lebanon will play for the fifth place at the Asian Championship. They overcame Japan tonight to set up the clash versus Iran. Japan will take on Taiwan for the seventh overall position. Mohamad Ibrahim (195-G-83) drained a late three-pointer to seal the win for Lebanon today.
Japan opened the game with a 12:2 run. They maintained the lead throughout the starting frame posting a 23:15 lead after ten minutes. Lebanon narrowed the deficit in the second term. But Japan hung on to post a 42:41 halftime advantage. Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) organized an 8:0 run midway through the third term as Lebanon grabbed a 53:48 lead. However Japan regained advantage late in the period after Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) hit a jumper. Japan entered the fourth frame up by a single point 62:61. Japan boosted the gap to 11 points 76:65 midway through the final term. Lebanon answered with a 15:2 run that was crowned by a triple from Mohamad Ibrahim and stole a tough victory at the end. Samuel Hoskin delivered 16 points and 16 rebounds for Lebanon. Elie Estephane (194-G/F-86, college: Alabama So. CC) and Mohamad Ibrahim added 16 points each in the win. Takuya Kawamura responded with 20 points for Japan. Tomoo Amino (196-F-80) netted 17 points in the losing effort.

Lebanon: Mohamad Ibrahim 16, Samuel Hoskin 16+16 boards, Elie Estephane 16
Japan: Takuya Kawamura 20, Tomoo Amino 17



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  LITHUANIA   


Lietuvos Rytas edge Charleroi twice - by Eurobasket News
Lietuvos Rytas celebrated back-to-back victories over Charleroi Spirou in their final preparations for the upcoming season.
Lietuvos Rytas opened the friendly series with a 70:61 win. The Lithuanian powerhouse led by just a single point 35:34 at the interval. They used a 19:15 third term to stretch the gap. Lietuvos Rytas maintained the lead throughout the final period and earned a tough win at the end. Lawrence Roberts (205-F/C-82, college: Mississippi St.) posted 12 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Brad Newley (201-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points, while Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) had 10 points in the winning effort. Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) responded with 13 points for Charleroi. Christopher Hill (191-G-83, college: Michigan St.) notched 12 points in the loss.
Lietuvos Rytas celebrated a 77:73 win in the second game. Lietuvos Rytas started the game strongly. They posted a 42:33 halftime lead. But Charleroi cut the deficit to just 2 points with one quarter remaining. Lietuvos Rytas stayed confident in the fourth term and snatched yet another narrow win at the end. Tyrese Rice provided 15 points for the winners. Predrag Samardziski (214-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) contributed 14 points, while Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) had 10 for the Lithuanian team. Christopher Hill answered with 14 points for Charleroi. Tornike Shengelia (207-F-91) notched 13 points in defeat.




CSKA beat Zalgiris at Gomelsky Cup - by Eurobasket News
CSKA - Zalgiris 69:61

CSKA overcame Zalgiris to enter title game at Gomelsky Cup in Moscow. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) scored 13 points to pace the hosts. CSKA will now take on Fenerbahce tomorrow. Zalgiris will face Panathinaikos on Sunday.
The teams stayed close throughout the first half. CSKA eked out a narrow 18:17 lead after ten minutes. They stayed in charge throughout the second frame. CSKA built a 36:33 halftime lead. The home team stiffened defence in the third term. The Moscow team limited Zalgiris to 11 points to boost the margin to 9 points with one quarter remaining 53:44. Zalgiris raised the tempo in the fourth frame but CSKA hung on to secure victory at the end. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) and Shved posted 10 points each in the win. Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) answered with 15 points for Zalgiris. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) netted 12 points in the loss.

CSKA: Nenad Krstic 13, Milos Teodosic 10, Shved 10
Zalgiris: Tadas Klimavicius 15, Sonny Weems 12



VEF Riga advanced to the Final of Baltic Cup 2011 - by Eurobasket News
VEF Riga- Rudupis 80:75

VEF Riga advanced to the Final of Baltic Cup 2011. The Latvian team overcame Rudupis 80:75 to face University of Tartu tomorrow.
The Lithuania team started with 21-19 in the first period and added 20-19 in the second frame. Both teams nailed 22 points each as Rudupis stayed in front after 30 minutes. Trailing by three points going into the final quarter, Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) and Curtis Millage (185-G-81, college: Arizona St.) would score the first 11 points of the deciding frame to put their team in front for the remainder of the game, despite the best efforts of Rudupis who never looked out of contention up until the final whistle.
Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Dairis Bertans added 16. Kavalyauskas posted 13, Curtis Millage had 12 and Marque Perry (185-G-81, agency: N.E.T., college: St.Louis) notched 10. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) answered with 20 points in the losing effort and Gintaras Kadziulis (193-G-80) added 12. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) followed them with 11 points in defeat.

VEF Riga: Kristaps Janicenoks 17, Dairis Bertans 16, Kavalyauskas 13, Curtis Millage 12, Marque Perry 10
Rudupis: Dainius Salenga 20, Gintaras Kadziulis 12, Gediminas Orelikas 11




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  MALAYSIA   


2011 Asian Championship: Malaysia edge Uzbekistan to claim 11th spot - by Eurobasket News
Malaysia - Uzbekistan 82:76

Malaysia finished their Asian Championship campaign on a high note. They overcame Uzbekistan to clinch the 11th overall position. Shee Fai Loh (192-G/F-89) stepped up with 18 points to pace the winners.
Malaysia grabbed the initiative right from the start. They secured a 22:14 lead after ten minutes. Malaysia maintained the lead throughout the second period. The scoreboard read 45:33 for Cheng Huat Goh team at the interval. But Uzbekistan managed to revive the intrigue in the third quarter. They cut the deficit to just 5 points at the final break 59:64. Uzbekistan erased the deficit and eventually pulled in front after a three-pointer from Vyacheslav Denisov (195-G-83) 67:66. The teams traded baskets before Malaysia went on a 9:0 run to take an 81:73 lead with 59 seconds remaining. Vyacheslav Denisov hit another three-pointer but Malaysia hung on to escape with a narrow win at the end. Li Wei Chee (189-F-85) posted 13 points and 14 rebounds for Malaysia. Chuan Chin Wee (180-G-84) and Ng added 9 points each in the victory. Vyacheslav Denisov responded with 21 points for Uzbekistan. Aleksandr Kozlov (201-F-82) accounted for 15 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.

Malaysia: Shee Fai Loh 18, Li Wei Chee 13+14 boards, Chuan Chin Wee 9
Uzbekistan: Vyacheslav Denisov 21, Aleksandr Kozlov 15+15 boards



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  NBA   


Ex-NBA player Tate George charged in Ponzi scheme - by Eurobasket News
Tate George, who hit one of the most memorable shots in UConn basketball history and then went on to a brief NBA career, surrendered to federal authorities in New Jersey on Friday to face charges stemming from what prosecutors say was a Ponzi scheme.

George used his company, which he purported to be a real estate investment firm, to run a more than $2 million scam, prosecutors said.

George's attorney, Thomas Ashley, said his client was innocent of the charges and planned to plead not guilty.

Prosecutors claim that between 2005 and March 2011, George persuaded people -- including former professional athletes -- to invest in what he promised would be high-return real estate development projects in Florida, Illinois, Connecticut and New Jersey. He claimed to be managing a real estate portfolio of more than $500 million in assets as CEO of The George Group and personally guaranteed people returns on their investments, plus interest, according to prosecutors.

George instead used some of the new investor money to make principal and interest payments to existing investors, New Jersey U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said. He also used the money for improvements on his home and personal expenses including gas, restaurant meals and clothing, Fishman said.

Wearing a grey-green suit and with his wrists handcuffed in front of him at his first appearance Friday in Newark federal court, the 43-year-old George spoke briefly to say he understood his rights. Bail was set at $250,000, secured by a property bond signed by George's mother, who was in court with other family members.

George is perhaps best known for a shot he made playing for the University of Connecticut, when his last-second turnaround jumper at the buzzer in 1990 gave UConn a victory in the NCAA regional semifinal game against Clemson. That earned him a spot among 25 members of Connecticut's All-Century Team, as voted on by a panel of experts and fans in 2001.

He was the New Jersey Nets first-round pick, the 22nd round pick overall, in the 1990 NBA draft. He played in 177 NBA games over four seasons for the Nets and the Milwaukee Bucks, averaging 4.2 points per game.

George would face up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Sources: Vaden named NBA director of officials - by Eurobasket News
Don Vaden, a ex- NBA referee and the leagues contemporary administrator of officials, has replaced Bernie Fryer as boss of officials, league sources said Friday.

Fryer will assume another character, as the change was made to care for Fryers affect and not over dissatisfaction including his normal, sources said.

Fryer succeeded Ronnie Nunn as boss of officials in July 2008, but he has been manufacture including unspecified affect issues for the last two being, a league fund said. Persons issues be inflicted including been resolved, but it was felt Fryer would be best served continuing in a less stressful character, the fund said.

Vaden was ranked among the leagues preeminent referees by the end of his on-incite tenure, which ran early 1988-2003. But he was also among eight referees charged including tax dodging in 1998 for downgrading first-grade plane tickets and not reporting the refunded money. He was found guilty and served six months of home confinement and two being of probation.

Including he retired early effective games in 2003, Vaden typical an off-incite dash including the league. Even if numerous distinguished referees be inflicted including recently retired most notably, Steve Javie, Bob Delaney and Characteristic Wunderlich the league named Vaden lacking interviewing anyone moreover or conducting an commence search for Fryers substitution, sources said.

Before this summer, the league laid off Nunn, Jim Wishmier and Mike Lauerman, who had been serving as assemble supervisors.

Ex- NBA referees Joe DeRosa, Joe Forte and Sean Corbin are probable to be superfluous as advisors when the league returns to action early the contemporary NBA push to out, sources said.

The NBA league personnel declined to annotation.

Courtesy of http://sports7news.com


NBA postpones training camps, cancels 1st week of preseason exhibitions - by Eurobasket News
With the NBA and its players far apart on a new collective bargaining agreement, league officials announced Friday that they have indefinitely postponed training camps and have canceled all preseason games that were scheduled for Oct. 9-15.

The move wiped out four Orlando Magic exhibitions, including two that were scheduled to be played at Amway Center. The team's four remaining preseason games and the start of the 2011-12 regular season are in jeopardy.

'We have regretfully reached the point on the calendar where we are not able to open training camps on time and need to cancel the first week of preseason games,' NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said in a statement. 'We will make further decisions as warranted.'

The possibility that large chunks of the regular season and perhaps even the 2012 NBA All-Star Game, scheduled to be played at Amway Center on Feb. 26 will be canceled has local businesses bracing for the worst.

The Magic were scheduled to hold their first training-camp practice on Oct. 4 and open their preseason by hosting the Memphis Grizzlies on Oct. 9. The Magic also were going to host the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 13.

'I'm just kind of stunned,' said Ralph Oliver, the chef and managing partner at Kres Chophouse, an Orlando restaurant located a few blocks from the arena.

'This thing's been looming, but I hadn't heard anything about the games being canceled yet. We are looking at an opportunity to book several days in a row for All-Star Weekend, and that definitely would be a big loss if that doesn't happen.'

The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association remain at odds over how they'll divvy up basketball revenues and how the salary cap will be structured. After Thursday's meeting in New York fizzled out, almost everyone in basketball circles anticipated that the league would cancel some preseason games on Friday.

'This is what we expected,' said point guard Chris Duhon, Magic players' representative to the union. 'It's not a surprise to us. Obviously, we want to play. That's our stance. We want to play. We're trying to play. But we knew that they [the owners] were really firm on what they wanted, and we're really firm on what we wanted. We just haven't found a great negotiating scheme yet.'

With no basketball in the immediate future, about 180 Magic employees including President Alex Martins, General Manager Otis Smith and four assistant coaches spent Friday at Palmetto Elementary School to beautify the school grounds.

An edict from NBA Commissioner David Stern prevented them from discussing the current labor situation in detail.

But Allen Johnson, the executive director of Orlando Venues, isn't bound by Stern's restrictions.

There's one bit of good news for the city: The Magic are still required to pay the city $2.8 million whether or not any games are played in 2011-12.

When asked for his reaction to the NBA's announcement Friday, Johnson responded, 'It is what it is.

'I can't control it or change it. So we'll staff our venue for the activities we have accordingly and hope that a resolution comes soon. We're still doing planning, and now this probably gives us a couple extra days to plan that we didn't have. Obviously, we'd rather be working [at games].'

Courtesy of http://articles.orlandosentinel.com


Orlando likely faces December deadline as 2012 NBA All-Star host - by Eurobasket News
If past NBA lockout history is any guidepost to the present, the city of Orlando should know around mid-December whether the 2012 all-star game will be played at Amway Center - or cancelled.

In the last lockout, the league cancelled the Feb. 14 1999 all-star game scheduled in Philadelphia on Dec. 9, 1998.

This years game is set a little later - Feb. 26 at the Amway Center in downtown Orlando.

So it could be that if this lockout continues, eating up regular-season games, the league likely will cancel Orlandos game around Dec. 15.

The NBA salvaged a 50-game season in 1998-99, with games beginning in early February.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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Storm signs power forward Troy Gotteselig - by Eurobasket News
The Summerside Storm head coach Joe Salerno also confirmed the recent signing of power forward Troy Gotteselig. The six-foot-nine and 230-pound Gotteselig will be one of the team's mandatory two Canadians on the 12-man roster.

'We are thrilled to have such a talented big man from Canada coming to camp,' said Salerno. 'Troy had a great career at the University of Saskatchewan, as well as his first two pro seasons with the Edmonton Energy in the IBL.

'He will bring some grit and toughness to the post for us this season.'

Gotteselig was a starter with the Energy last year, and, with the University of Saskatchewan, he averaged 13.6 points per game in 20 games in 2009-10 and 15 points per game in 22 games in 2008-09.

Gotteselig played in the CIS Final 4 in 2010.

Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com


Storm adds PF/C Jessan Gray - by Eurobasket News
The Summerside Storm have signed a player head coach and vice-president of player personnel Joe Salerno says will be a 'very important piece' of the team's offence in the inaugural season of the National Basketball League of Canada.

That person is centre/forward Jessan Gray (6'10''-F-84, agency: Hightower Law Firm, college: Iowa St.) of Portland, Ore.

'He's (Gray) six-foot-10, but is really six-foot-four,' said Salerno. 'He shoots very well from the peremetre for a big guy.

'It's tough to find big guys who can put the ball on the deck, get to the rim and create their own shots. That's something Jessan can do.'

Gray, 27, played college ball in the Big 12 at Iowa State University and in the Big 10 at Indiana University. He has also played in Portugal and Australia the last two years, and was a 2009 IBL all-star with the Vancouver Titans.

Salerno visions the 230-pound Gray complimenting six-foot-eight and 235-pound power forward Mike Williams very well.

'I'm really looking for and hoping Jessan will be a big part of what we do offensively this season,' said Salerno.

Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com


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  NEW ZEALAND   


Breakers Academy beat Northland - by Mike Lacey
The NZ Breakers Development Academy took their record to 2-2 in the 2011 Conference Basketball League with an emphatic 97-78 victory over Northland Suns.
Isaac Fotu was prominent early on as the Breakers forged an early 11-6 advantage which was extended to 25-14 at quarter time. Fotu and Nick Barrow were largely dominating the paint and between them they had half of the Breakers points as they led 46-32 at half time.
The Suns scored the first seven points in the second half and were still only nine points behind when Shea Ili grabbed a steal and made a lay up. However, midway through the quarter Tai Webster made a couple of and one plays to re-establish a double figure lead. James Ashby and Ili made a pair of baskets each and the Breakers lead was 76-53 at three quarter time.
Coach Dave Mackay was able to work his bench in the final quarter as the Breakers cruised to the win.
Final Score;
NZ Breakers 97 (Isaac Fotu 22, James Ashby 16, Tai Webster 10, Anamata Haku 9, Nick Barrow 9) Northland Suns 78



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  PERU   


Standings - Superior
Superior Standings
 1. Regatas 28-2 
 2. Real Club 26-4 
 3. Escuela Fap 24-7 
 4. El Bosque 20-11 
 5. Inmaculada 18-13 
 6. Centro Naval 13-18 
 7. Ejercito 11-20 
 8. San Augustin 9-22 
 9. San Marcos 3-28 
 10. Universitario 2-29 


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  PHILIPPINES   


2011 Asian Championship: Jordan pile up scalps, enter title game - by Eurobasket News
Jordan - Philippines 75:61

Jordan stayed on fire at the Asian Championship in Wuhan. They saw off Philippines in the semifinal clash tonight. Rasheim Wright (192-G-81, college: District of Col.) stepped up with 24 points to pace Jordan into the championship game.
Jordan opened the game with four points in a row but Philippines quickly erased the deficit. Rajko Toroman team capped the period on a strong rally to take an 18:12 lead after ten minutes. Ranidel deOcampo gave Philippines a 20:12 lead early in the second frame. Jordan needed an 8:0 run to surge back in front. Philippines eked out a 28:27 advantage at the interval. The lead changed hands for several times before Jordan capped the third term on a 9:2 rally to take a 49:41 lead. Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) dragged Philippines within a single point 48:49 midway through the fourth quarter however Jordan responded with 11 points in a row to clear off. Jordan quickly boosted the margin to 18 points and never looked back en route to the victory. Daghles Osama (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) posted 16 points, while Abbas Zaid (203-F-83) contributed 14 points for the winners. Marcus Douthit replied with 21 points and 15 rebounds for Philippines. Joseph Casio (177-PG-86) provided 15 points in the loss.

Jordan: Rasheim Wright 24, Daghles Osama 16, Abbas Zaid 14
Philippines: Marcus Douthit 21+15 boards, Joseph Casio 15



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  POLAND   


Trefl Sopot post two victories in Wloclawek - by Eurobasket News
Trefl Sopot opened pre-season tournament in Wloclawek with back-to-back wins. They overcame Turkish Tofas Bursa 69:68 in the opener. The teams needed overtime to decide on the winner. Tofas Bursa led by as many as 5 points after ten minutes of action. Trefl Sopot pulled in front in the next two periods but the Turkish team managed to level things up sending the game into overtime. Trefl Sopot sneaked past their opponents in the extra period posting a narrow win at the end. Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) scored 12 points to lead the effort. Josh Alexander (193-G-87, college: Stephen F. Austin) added 11 points in the winning effort.
In another game of the day Anwil Wloclawek prevailed against Slask Wroclaw 69:66. Seid Hajric (203-F-83) stepped up with 26 points to lead the effort. John Edwards (213-C-81, college: Kent St.) added 14 points, while Berisha had 10 points in the win. Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell) responded with 18 points for Slask. Slavisa Bogavac (200-G/F-80, agency: BeoExcell) netted 13 points in defeat.
Trefl Sopot stayed on the winning track next day. They surprised Anwil Wloclawek 83:79 behind 23 points for Lukasz Wisniewski (186-G-84, agency: Promotex, college: Barton County CC). Jamelle Horne (200-F, college: Arizona) and Lukasz Koszarek netted 13 points each in the victory. John Allen (194-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Seton Hall) responded with 15 points for Anwil. Lukasz Majewski (199-F-82) had 14 points in the loss.
Tofas Bursa opened win count at the tournament defeating Slask Wroclaw 66:61. Austin Nichols (198-G/F-82, college: Humboldt St.) delivered 14 points for the winning team. Tomislav Ruzic (208-F/C-79) contributed 13 points for Tofas Bursa. Akselis Vairogs (195-F-85, agency: Players Group) responded with 14 points for Slask.



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  RUSSIA   


CSKA beat Zalgiris at Gomelsky Cup - by Eurobasket News
CSKA - Zalgiris 69:61

CSKA overcame Zalgiris to enter title game at Gomelsky Cup in Moscow. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) scored 13 points to pace the hosts. CSKA will now take on Fenerbahce tomorrow. Zalgiris will face Panathinaikos on Sunday.
The teams stayed close throughout the first half. CSKA eked out a narrow 18:17 lead after ten minutes. They stayed in charge throughout the second frame. CSKA built a 36:33 halftime lead. The home team stiffened defence in the third term. The Moscow team limited Zalgiris to 11 points to boost the margin to 9 points with one quarter remaining 53:44. Zalgiris raised the tempo in the fourth frame but CSKA hung on to secure victory at the end. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) and Shved posted 10 points each in the win. Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) answered with 15 points for Zalgiris. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) netted 12 points in the loss.

CSKA: Nenad Krstic 13, Milos Teodosic 10, Shved 10
Zalgiris: Tadas Klimavicius 15, Sonny Weems 12



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  SERBIA   


Partizan with a loss at the start of Citta di Cagliari tournament - by Eurobasket News
Dinamo Sassari - Partizan 81:76

Partizan came up short against Dinamo Sassari in Citta di Cagliari friendly tournament in Italy. The Serbian team will now face Olympiakos of Greece for the third position in the tourney. Travis Diener (184-PG-82, college: Marquette) notched 21 points to lead the Italian team to the victory in this one. Dinamo Sassari pulled in front early in the game. They registered a 24:13 lead after ten minutes. The Italian team controlled the tempo in the second stanza. They built a 46:31 halftime advantage. Partizan got within five points in the fourth term but Dinamo Sassari hung on to escape with victory at the end. Quinton Hosley (200-F/G-84, college: Fresno St.) accounted for 14 points in the victory. Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) answered with 26 points for Partizan. Vladimir Lucic (202-F-89, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 12 points in the losing case.

Dinamo Sassari: Travis Diener 21, Quinton Hosley 14
Partizan: Miroslav Raduljica 26, Vladimir Lucic 12, Acie Law 10



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  SOUTH KOREA   


2011 Asian Championship. China topple South Korea to reach Final - by Eurobasket News
China - South Korea 56:43

China overcame South Korea in a low-scoring battle tonight to join Jordan in the Asian Championship title game. Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) stepped up with 17 points and 12 rebounds to pace the hosts. South Korea will take on Philippines for the Bronze medals.
South Korea ensured a slightly better start to the game. They limited the home team to just 8 points in the opening frame to take a 3-point lead. South Korea led throughout the bigger part of the second frame before China capped the half on a 7:2 run to take a 21:19 lead. The hosts opened the second half with six points in a row to stretch the lead. China maintained the lead and posted a 36:30 advantage with ten minutes to go. South Korea never got closer than four points in the final quarter as China rolled to the victory. Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-77) posted 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Liu Wei (190-PG-80) added 11 points for the winners. Yang Dong-Geun (181-G-81) answered with 17 points for South Korea. Moon Tae-Jong (199-F-75, agency: Alti Sport, college: Richmond) and Kim Yong-Hwan (195-F-84) provided 6 points each in the loss.

China: Jianlian Yi 17+12 boards, Wang ZhiZhi 15, Liu Wei 11
South Korea: Yang Dong-Geun 17, Moon Tae-Jong 6, Kim Yong-Hwan 6



KT Sonic Boom Progressing in Exhibition Play - by Jeff Liebsch
Defending regular season champs Sonic Boom KT split their first two exhibtions in the Korean Basketball League this week.

The Sonic Boom defeated KCC Egis on Wednesday afternoon 90-84 in a tightly contested ballgame. However, they fell 77-72 to Dongbu Promy on Thursday. The team will now have a three game exhibiton series with Anyang KGC next week, with two games at home on Thursday and Friday. Game times are at 4 p.m. at Sajik Indoor Stadium.

The Sonic Boom KT were winless in the exhibition tour of Japan, playing two games against JBL club Toshiba Brave Thunders. The Sonic Boom tied Toshiba Brave Thunders 71-71, led by 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists from 2010 League MVP Park Sang-oh. They lost previously two days earlier 68-65, though they were led by Charles Rhodes' 21 points, 13 rebounds and 4 blocks.

The Sonic Boom begin their regular season schedule October 15th in Incheon, before returning home on the 16th to open up versus Anyang KGC.


Coach Hur is upset for Chinese press - by JungHwan Seo
Korean national team coach Hur Jae is upset for an impolite attitude from Chinese media.

China defeated Korea to 56-43 in the semifinal. It was the greatest game during the competition with strong defensive battle for each country. Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) (17 points, 12 rebounds and 1 block) and Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-77) (15 points and 9 rebounds) dominated the post while Yang Dong-Geun (181-G-81) scored 17 points.

The problem happened at the official press conference after game. Some of Chinese reporters were trying to make upset Coach Hur with their impolite attitude.

A Chinese reporter asked to Hur that 'Do you think that Korea lost because of disadvantageous call from judges?' Coach said 'No comment' then Chinese reporters laughed at his answer.

At last, a female Chinese asked to coach that 'Why Korean guys moved their bodies while Chinese national anthem sounds?' That question made coach Hur very upset. He left press conference immediately. At that time, a Chinese reporter said 'Go back home!'

Related video (http://sports.163.com/11/0924/22/7EOJ8JB400052UUC.html)

'This impolite attitude is totally unacceptable at the international competition. How they can ask to me that questions in the official press conference?' Hur said to Korean reporters.



These kinds of troubles were happened a lot during the competition. A Chinese reporter said 'Go! Jordan' in front of Team Iran bench in the quarter final. Then, she brawled with some Iranian players.


There was a cultural insult too. A Chinese reporter asked to Korean players that 'Did Korean guys play after they are eating only Korean noodle?' after preliminary round.

Media members from many different countries complained about Chinese media who were eating and taking a nap on the floor to get a good photo position.

All of international media members are agreed that China has a great facilities, good atmosphere and top performance team in the Asia. But impolite attitude from some of Chinese had disappointed them.




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  SPAIN   


Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Breogan 1-0 
 2. Burgos 1-0 
 3. Clavijo 1-0 
 4. Girona 1-0 
 5. Granada 1-0 
 6. Lleida 1-0 
 7. Melilla 1-0 
 8. Navarra 1-0 
 9. CB Tarragona 0-0 
 10. La Palma 0-0 
 11. Caceres 0-1 
 12. Clinicas Rincon 0-1 
 13. Huesca 0-1 
 14. Leon 0-1 
 15. Mallorca 0-1 
 16. Menorca 0-1 
 17. Palencia 0-1 
 18. Tenerife 0-1 


Real Madrid and Bizkaia Bilbao register pre-season victories - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid clinched Trofeo Ciudad de Zaragoza. They overcame CAI Zaragoza 77:55. Jaycee Carroll (188-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports) and Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) posted 12 points each to lead the winners. CAI Zaragoza got to a stunning start. They outscored Real 20:5 in the opening frame. But Real answered with a 31:10 rally in the second term to pull ahead. Real stretched the gap in the third term and rolled to a comfortable win at the end. Sergio Rodriguez (191-G-86) contributed 9 points for the winners. Hettsheimier responded with 14 points for CAI Zaragoza. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) netted 11 points in the loss.
Bizkaia Bilbao prevailed against Asefa Estudiantes 79:62. Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-C-76) stepped up with 16 points to lead the effort. Bizkaia Bilbao used a shocking 24:0 run in the second term to clear off for good. Janis Blums (190-G-82) posted 15 points, while Aaron Jackson (193-G-86, college: Duquesne) delivered 11 points in the victory. Antoine Wright (201-F/G-84, college: Texas A&M) replied with 15 points for Estudiantes. Cedric Simmons (206-F/C-86, college: N.Carolina St.) notched 11 points in defeat.
UCAM Murcia knocked down Alicante 68:61. Andres Miso (199-G-83) register 17 points to pace Murcia. Blagota Sekulic (208-F/C-82, agency: FCM) and Josep Franch (194-PG-91) delivered 10 points apiece in the winning effort. Lamont Barnes (208-F/C-78, college: Temple) had 15 points for Alicante.



Stats Leaders - LEB Gold
Points Per Game
 James FELDEINE
  Breogan
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 32
 1. Feldeine, Breogan32.0 
 2. Bivia, Mallorca27.0 
 3. Ordin, Girona24.0 
 4. DeVries, Melilla23.0 
 5. Pino, Girona21.0 
 6. Phillip, Burgos20.0 
 7. Perez, Menorca20.0 
 8. Montanana, Huesca20.0 
 9. Richotti, Tenerife19.0 
 10. Lawal, Clavijo19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jesus FERNANDEZ
  Granada
  (204-C-75)
  Avg: 14
 1. Fernandez, Granada14.0 
 2. Antelo, Caceres13.0 
 3. Morentin, Menorca12.0 
 4. Lawal, Clavijo11.0 
 5. Alzamora, Lleida11.0 
 6. McNeil, Huesca11.0 
 7. Green, Mallorca9.0 
 8. Odiakosa, Melilla9.0 
 9. Tillman, Burgos9.0 
 10. Coppenrath, Menor.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jose Salvador ARCO
  Melilla
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 7
 1. Arco, Melilla7.0 
 2. Bravo, Palencia6.0 
 3. Rodriguez, Caceres5.0 
 4. Arevalo, Clavijo5.0 
 5. DeVries, Melilla5.0 
 6. Mena, Palencia5.0 
 7. Feldeine, Breogan5.0 
 8. Norris, Lleida4.0 
 9. Sabat, Tenerife4.0 
 10. Perez, Menorca4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sergio ALONSO
  Mallorca
  (180-PG-80)
  Avg: 6
 1. Alonso, Mallorca6.0 
 2. Guerra, Granada6.0 
 3. Toledo, Burgos4.0 
 4. Montanana, Huesca4.0 
 5. Bonds, Clavijo3.0 
 6. Sabat, Tenerife3.0 
 7. Sanz, Navarra3.0 
 8. Arco, Melilla3.0 
 9. Bernabe, Leon3.0 
 10. Orfila, Huesca3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Shaun GREEN
  Mallorca
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Green, Mallorca3.0 
 2. Freimanis, Girona2.0 
 3. Lawal, Clavijo2.0 
 4. Antelo, Caceres2.0 
 5. Coleman, Girona2.0 
 6. Lorenzo, Clinic.1.0 
 7. McKeither, Melilla1.0 
 8. Amador, Mallorca1.0 
 9. Moss, Palencia1.0 
 10. Chubrevich, Clavi.1.0 


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  SWEDEN   


Standings - BasketEttan
Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Blackeberg 1-0 
 2. LF Future 1-0 
 3. Taby 1-0 
 4. Akropol 0-0 
 5. BG Lulea 0-0 
 6. Eagles 0-0 
 7. Haga Haninge 0-0 
 8. Jarva Devils 0-0 
 9. Orongo 0-0 
 10. Hallsta 0-1 
 11. Talje 0-1 
 12. Uppsala KFUM 0-1 
South
 1. Brahe Basket 0-0 
 2. Eos 0-0 
 3. Fryshuset 0-0 
 4. Helsingborg 0-0 
 5. Hoganas 0-0 
 6. Hogsbo 0-0 
 7. Malbas 0-0 
 8. Nassjo 0-0 
 9. Norrkoping BK 0-0 
 10. Sanda 0-0 
 11. Solna Branten 0-0 
 12. Srbija 0-0 


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  SYRIA   


2011 Asian Championship: Syria prevail against UAE, clinch 9th position in Wuhan - by Eurobasket News
Syria - UAE 76:72

Syria ended their Asian Championship campaign in the ninth place. They toppled UAE in their final game at the tournament. Mahmood Osfira (203-F-91) stepped up with 18 points to lead the effort.
UAE raced in front early in the game. They maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter posting a 24:21 lead after ten minutes. Syria stole the advantage late in the first half. They registered a 43:39 halftime lead. Syria stayed in front throughout the third stanza. Goran Milijevic team secured a 6-point lead with ten minutes to go 59:53. The margin grew at 8-point mark early in the fourth quarter. UAE got within a single points midway through the final term but Syria immediately responded with a 10:0 run to clear off for good. Watche Nalabandian (180-PG-83) posted 16 points for Syria. Eder Arjo Gorges (212-C/F-81, college: Walsh, OH) added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Mohamed AlBraiki (205-C-91) answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds for UAE. Husain Ahmed (180-G-89) delivered 19 points in the losing effort.

Syria: Mahmood Osfira 18, Watche Nalabandian 16, Eder Arjo Gorges 12+11 boards
UAE: Husain Ahmed 19, Mohamed AlBraiki 18+10 boards




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  TAIWAN   


2011 Asian Championship: Iran bruise Taiwan in Wuhan - by Eurobasket News
Iran - Taiwan 98:66

Iran outgunned Taiwan in the classification round of Asian Championship in Wuhan. Iran will now play for the fifth place at the tournament. Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85) posted 21 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists to pace the winners.
Iran scored 21 points in the starting quarter to surge ahead. They established a 21:16 lead after ten minutes. Iran opened the second term on a 15:0 run to clear off. Iran enjoyed a comfortable 48:31 lead at the interval. Iran stretched the gap in the third quarter. They piled up a 25-point lead at the final intermission. Taiwan had no chances in the fourth term as Iran coasted to the victory. Hamed Afagh (190-G-83, agency: SportsList Inc.) and Mahdi Kamrani (186-PG-82) posted 18 points each for Iran. Kazemi added 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Wu Tai-Hao (202-C-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) replied with 16 points for Taiwan. Wen-Ting Tseng (202-C/F-84) netted 13 points in the loss.

Iran: Hamed Haddadi 21+14 boards, Hamed Afagh 18, Mahdi Kamrani 18
Taiwan: Wu Tai-Hao 16, Wen-Ting Tseng 13



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  TURKEY   


Fenerbahce open Gomelsky Cup with win over Panathinaikos - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce - Panatanaikos 88:85

Fenerbahce will play in the title game of the Gomelsky Cup in Moscow. They narrowly defeated Panathinaikos tonight. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) drained a late three-pointer to propel the Turkish team to the victory. Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) stepped up with 22 points to lead the effort.
The teams got to a flying start. They scored eagerly as Fenerbahce posted a 27:24 lead after ten minutes. The Turkish team stretched the margin in the second term. They established a 47:38 halftime advantage. But Panathinaikos adjusted their game in the third term. They outscored Fenerbahce to get within 6 points at the final break. Panathinaikos erased the deficit late in regulation but a three-point bomb from Curtis Jerrells sealed the victory for Fenerbahce. Curtis Jerrells delivered 14 points, while Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 18 points for the winners. David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) answered with 24 points for Panathinakos. Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) had 20 points in the losing effort.

Fenerbahce: Bojan Bogdanovic 22, Emir Preldzic 18, Curtis Jerrells 14
Panathinaikos: David Logan 24, Romain Sato 20



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Kemba Walker opens up about going overseas during lockout NBA Update - by David Edole
NBA Rookie Kemba Walker (185-PG-90, college: Connecticut) doesnt want to play in a foreign country so early in his career, but if situation arises, he has that option up his sleeve. The Charlotte Bobcats draftee has always dreamed of playing in the NBA, but he might have to wait longer than expected.

At present, Kemba is just not sure. Speaking to Washington Times in an interview, the point guard revealed that his decision would most probably be made for him by the NBA lockout.

Ive been thinking about it [playing overseas] lately. I dont really want to because I dont know if I want to go so far away, Walker said. But if its something that has to be done, it could be possible, depending how long we go into this lockout. I just want to play basketball.

Walker was one of the more sought after talents in this years draft and the Bobcats were lucky to pick him at number nine, a position not befitting his credentials. However, the NBA lockout and the slim hopes for an end to it any time soon have put that future on delay for the NCAA Champion.

Ever since the lockout was enforced, many NBA players have taken the overseas route. Players like Deron Williams of the New Jersey Nets and Kenyon Martin of the Denver Nuggets are some of the bigger names to have made the move. But, for first round draft picks, such as Walker, going abroad is risky business.

First of all, they are never going to make the sort of money they would in United States. Plus, if their foreign adventure does not go too well, or they get injured, the NBA contract promised to them might no longer be available once they come back.

Therefore, one can understand the pressure situation facing Walker. The youngster does seem to have a level head on his shoulders though, and said during the interview that he understands the need for the players to get a good deal done. He believes the delay in the arrival of said day is understandable and necessary.

Ive always had big dreams about playing in the NBA, and the year I come out, we have a lockout. But at the same time, we want to make the best deal possible for us as players in the long run.

For now, Walker and the rest of the 2011 NBA Rookie class can do nothing but wait for a resolution of the NBA labour dispute with baited breath, hoping that they can start their careers in the big league soon.

By: Jorge Arce


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  UBA   


SLAM magazine spotlights UBA star: Jermaine Barnes - by UBA media

The UBA has made its mark as one of the most popular US leagues for several international countries. The leagues popularity will continue to grow with reigning MVP Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Atlanta Christian) spotlighted in Slam online. Below you will find the article posted in SLAM.

The Journey of Jermaine Barnes
An under the radar minor league hoopster tells his story
By: Slamonline.com


As the NBA lockout continues to prolong, its looking like the coming months will be awkward for basketball fans. Every basketball player dreams about making it to the League one day. They put extra hours in the gym, spend more time studying film, they push themselves through injuries to make themselves more durable and they deal with the criticism and scrutiny of hearing they cant excel at the next level. And along with all of the hard work comes the personal journey. Many players have made their mark at the college level, only to fall short of making their presence known in the NBA. Many take the overseas route, some head to minor leagues, and unfortunately, some are never heard from again. Making a name for yourself as a player does not necessarily mean you have to be on an NBA roster, it just means that you need to leave a lasting impression anytime you get the opportunity.

Minor league basketball is a tough market. Team owners talk a good game at first, then before you know it, the team folds up before the season even starts. Even more do not finish the season. This leaves a lot of hard-working athletes with less hope and more frustration. It is a fact that players have come up from the minor league level to have successful careers overseas, and also get contracts with NBA teams. Its not impossible, but the fact remains its very hard to do.

Professional basketball player Jermaine Barnes, currently playing in the UBA (Universal Basketball Association), talked with SLAMonline about his experience in the minor league basketball system, why players are overlooked, and why the UBA is the best minor league in the country.

At 6-5, 210, Barnes is an outstanding scorer, very athletic and can finish above the rim. He has played in minor leagues around the country, as well as teams in Japan, Mexico, Uruguay and Saudi Arabia. In 2008 he tallied a career best 63 points while playing in the All-Japan in 2008.

SLAM: Minor league basketball has experienced more downs than ups over the years, what keeps you motivated to continue to work hard and try to make a name for yourself?

JB: Well, most countries dont respect US minor league basketball. I feel Im the Jackie Robinson of US minor league basketball right now. I feel I have done it overseas and here. So they have to respect me and the UBA at this point.

SLAM: Why do you feel like minor league basketball players are so overlooked, if seen at all?

JB: I think minor league players are overlooked because for the past 10 years US minor leagues have been terrible, besides the NBA D-League. The leagues dont push hard enough for the players, or the team folds. Thats why I respect the UBA. The league is all about the players and moving them on to the next level.

SLAM: Throughout your career overseas what has been your best experience?

JB: My best experience overseas was my first year out of Atlanta Christian. I was named the National Player of the Year but no one respected me. But then a guy by the name of Jerone Dodd (6'8''-C-79, college: Morehouse) gave me a chance in a Division 3 league in Japan. I only made $500 a month but it put Jermaine Barnes on the map. It really taught me how to be a man. So I would like to say thank you to Mr. Dodd for making me who I am.

SLAM: You have competed against some of the best players in the country, who is that one player that you believe made you work the hardest?

JB: I have seen a lot of great players from my experiences in Japan, Saudi, Uruguay, Mexico, the D-League and the UBA. I would have to say Mychal Kearse (6'5''-G-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's) is the best. Kearse was my teammate in Japan and I havent had a better one yet. He has the ability to defend and score points. I respect him because our first day in practice we killed each other but he never backed down. He raised my level of play in the games and was the main reason for my 60-point game in the All-Japan tournament back in 08.

SLAM: You have won two championships in the UBA and you are also the reigning MVP, how does that compare to other accomplishments in your career?

JB: Winning those championships were great because the league is so competitive. Winning MVP is big because the league sends over 25 players overseas every year. That means Im doing something right. I was also named USbasket.com All-United States guard of the year. To win that award over guys who are in the D-League was not only big for me, but also for the UBA as a professional basketball organization. The league itself was named the number one minor league in the country. It goes to show just how much talent is in our league. But I think the best honor was winning National Player of the Year in college. That was a rough period in my life and God pulled me through.

SLAM: Every great player has someone they molded they game after, who did you watch coming up and who do you watch now?

JB: When I was growing up it was all about Dominique Wilkins (6'9''-F-60, college: Georgia Tech). Im from Atlanta and he was our MJ. Now that Im a grown man and have come into my own, of course I watch Kobe Bryant. His triple threat is awesome and I take a lot of his moves. I think Kobe is number two all-time behind Mike.

SLAM: A lot of players slip through the cracks and end up getting discovered late. Did you ever have any doubt about getting the recognition you wanted coming from a small school?

JB: Well I signed with the University of Tennessee when I graduated from Morrow High. So I always felt I would be an NBA player. But I didnt take my books seriously so I slipped through the crack. But Im very proud to have made it overseas from a DIII school. I feel that says a lot about my game. God made it hard for me so I would be grateful now. But I never doubted myself for one second. I knew I would be a professional basketball player ever since I was in seventh grade.

SLAM: Whats next for you?

JB: Well I havent been to Europe yet due to the birth of my daughter and business ventures. But now that she is older I think its time for me to take my show back on the road. This season I will play the first half of the season in the UBA, and then join Coach Ricky Benitez in Mexico. After that I will go to the NBA D-League or Europe for sure.

SLAM: What do want to be remembered for when your playing days are over?

JB: When Im done playing this game I want people to remember me for giving back. Helping young players reach greater heights regardless of my own achievements. Jesus gave his whole life, so I figure who am I not to give back?

For more information visit SLAMonline.com



http://www.slamonline.com/online/other-ballers/2011/09/the-journey-of-jermaine-barnes/




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  UKRAINE   


Dnipro tab Derrick Low - by Eurobasket News
Dnipro bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Derrick Low (188-PG-86, college: Washington St.). The guard spent the previous season in Israel. He played for Maccabi Haifa in Premier League. Derrick Low averaged 7.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per EuroChallenge game. In Premier League his stats read 5.5 points, 1.6 assists and 1.1 rebounds per appearance. Previously Derrick Low had stints in Lithuania, Australia and France. Eurobasket.com named Derrick Low All-Lithuanian LKL Import Player of the Year in 2010. The guard was on the USA National Team roster in 2007. He participated at PanAmerican Games. Derrick Low posted 8.6 points and 1.0 board per game in Rio de Janeiro.


Cherkasy announce Ivars Timermanis - by Eurobasket News
Cherkasy have officially announced the signing of Ivars Timermanis (202-F-82, agency: Alti Sport). The 29-year-old forward started the previous season in Barons Riga. He tallied 8.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game in LBL. In March Ivars Timermanis moved to Estonia. He inked a deal with Rakvere Tarvas. His stats read 17.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game in EMKL. Ivars Timermanis earned Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Honourable Mention. In 2010 the forward was named Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Player of the Year. Ivars Timermanis had stints in Poland, Germany and Latvia before. He was the member of Latvian National Team in 2003-07 seasons.


BC Odessa open home tournament with victory - by Eurobasket News
BC Odessa opened the home pre-season tournament with victory. They outscored Kryvbasbasket 85:64. Shawn King (208-C-82, college: ORU) stepped up with 17 points to lead the hosts. The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. BC Odessa posted a 19:15 lead after ten minutes. But the second term turned disastrous for the visitors. BC Odessa outscored their opponents 28:7 in the second term to build a 25-point halftime lead. Kryvbasbasket stopped the rot in the third quarter. They managed to cut the deficit by three points. The visitors outscored BC Odessa in the fourth term as well but it was too late to change the outcome. Sergiy Koval (189-G-89) posted 12 points for the winners. Rostyslav Kryvych (198-F/G-78) delivered 9 points for BC Odessa. Dmitry Korablev (198-F-77) answered with 12 points for Kryvbasbasket. Artem Shchepkin (193-G-86) netted 11 points in defeat.
Kryvbasbasket will take on MBC Mykolaiv tonight.



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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


2011 Asian Championship: Syria prevail against UAE, clinch 9th position in Wuhan - by Eurobasket News
Syria - UAE 76:72

Syria ended their Asian Championship campaign in the ninth place. They toppled UAE in their final game at the tournament. Mahmood Osfira (203-F-91) stepped up with 18 points to lead the effort.
UAE raced in front early in the game. They maintained the lead throughout the opening quarter posting a 24:21 lead after ten minutes. Syria stole the advantage late in the first half. They registered a 43:39 halftime lead. Syria stayed in front throughout the third stanza. Goran Milijevic team secured a 6-point lead with ten minutes to go 59:53. The margin grew at 8-point mark early in the fourth quarter. UAE got within a single points midway through the final term but Syria immediately responded with a 10:0 run to clear off for good. Watche Nalabandian (180-PG-83) posted 16 points for Syria. Eder Arjo Gorges (212-C/F-81, college: Walsh, OH) added 12 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Mohamed AlBraiki (205-C-91) answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds for UAE. Husain Ahmed (180-G-89) delivered 19 points in the losing effort.

Syria: Mahmood Osfira 18, Watche Nalabandian 16, Eder Arjo Gorges 12+11 boards
UAE: Husain Ahmed 19, Mohamed AlBraiki 18+10 boards




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  URUGUAY   


Results for the LUB 1st round - by Hector Lopez
Results for the first round for the LUB (Group: Capital):
Aguada 78 - Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F, college: W.Kentucky) 23 points 8 rebounds 1 block, Phillip Michael Jones (208-F/C-85, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment, college: Charlotte) 12 points 11 rebounds Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 6 rebounds
Trouville 66 - Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 17 points 6 rebounds, Adam Zahn (203-F-84, college: Oregon) 10 points 9 rebounds 1 block
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Montevideo 87 - Federico Haller (198-F-88) 25 points 11 rebounds, Otis Polk (206-C-88, college: Bowling Green) 10 points 7 rebounds 1 block, Braxton Byerson (190-G/F-83, college: Virginia Union) 9 points 2 rebounds
Olimpia 80 Torre Johnson31 points 5 rebounds, Marques Lewis 13 points 5 rebounds
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Welcome 71 - Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) 12 points 4 rebounds, Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, college: Park) 13 points 5 points 4 assits
Larre Borges 63 - Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, college: Lewis) 13 points 9 rebounds Justin Keenan (201-F/C-88, college: Ferris St.) 8 points 5 rebounds



Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
Capital
 1. Aguada 1-0 
 2. Bohemios 1-0 
 3. Defensor 1-0 
 4. Montevideo 1-0 
 5. Welcome 1-0 
 6. Cordon 0-0 
 7. Guruyu Waston 0-0 
 8. Hebraica 0-0 
 9. Malvin 0-0 
 10. Sayago 0-0 
 11. Un.Atletica 0-0 
 12. Bigua 0-1 
 13. Cader 0-1 
 14. Larre Borges 0-1 
 15. Olimpia 0-1 
 16. Trouville 0-1 
Littoral
 1. Anastasia 0-0 
 2. Juventus Salto 0-0 
 3. Remeros 0-0 
 4. Universitario S. 0-0 
 5. Wanderers 0-0 
South
 1. Flores Trinidad 0-0 
 2. Lagomar 0-0 
 3. Lavalleja 0-0 
 4. Maldonado 0-0 
 5. Plaza 0-0 


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  UZBEKISTAN   


2011 Asian Championship: Malaysia edge Uzbekistan to claim 11th spot - by Eurobasket News
Malaysia - Uzbekistan 82:76

Malaysia finished their Asian Championship campaign on a high note. They overcame Uzbekistan to clinch the 11th overall position. Shee Fai Loh (192-G/F-89) stepped up with 18 points to pace the winners.
Malaysia grabbed the initiative right from the start. They secured a 22:14 lead after ten minutes. Malaysia maintained the lead throughout the second period. The scoreboard read 45:33 for Cheng Huat Goh team at the interval. But Uzbekistan managed to revive the intrigue in the third quarter. They cut the deficit to just 5 points at the final break 59:64. Uzbekistan erased the deficit and eventually pulled in front after a three-pointer from Vyacheslav Denisov (195-G-83) 67:66. The teams traded baskets before Malaysia went on a 9:0 run to take an 81:73 lead with 59 seconds remaining. Vyacheslav Denisov hit another three-pointer but Malaysia hung on to escape with a narrow win at the end. Li Wei Chee (189-F-85) posted 13 points and 14 rebounds for Malaysia. Chuan Chin Wee (180-G-84) and Ng added 9 points each in the victory. Vyacheslav Denisov responded with 21 points for Uzbekistan. Aleksandr Kozlov (201-F-82) accounted for 15 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.

Malaysia: Shee Fai Loh 18, Li Wei Chee 13+14 boards, Chuan Chin Wee 9
Uzbekistan: Vyacheslav Denisov 21, Aleksandr Kozlov 15+15 boards





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Women News

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Mozambique2-0
2. Mali1-0
3. Tunisia1-1
4. DRCongo0-1
5. Ghana0-1
6. Ivory Coast0-1
Group B
1. Senegal1-0
2. Cameroon1-1
3. Nigeria1-1
4. Rwanda1-1
5. Angola0-0
6. Guinea0-2


Day One in Bamako - by Eurobasket News
GROUP A

Mozambique - Ivory Coast 69-65 OT

Mozambique opened AfroBasket 2011 with victory. It was a real thriller and Mozambique managed to grab 69-65 overtime win against Ivory Coast. Both teams are placed to Group A together with Ghana, Tunisia, DR Congo and Mali (host). Leia Dongue (184-F-91) stepped up for the winners with double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds. Ana Azinheira (156-G-77) and Valerdina Manhonga (163-G-80) scored 9 points each, while Anabela Cossa (171-G-86) added 8 points. On the other side, Ivory Coast for 23 points from Kani Kouyate (178-F-90). Salimata Berte (182-F-89) and Christelle N'Garsanet (191-C-83, agency: Merit Sports, college: Missouri) netted 15 and 10 points respectively. Quarters: 15-11, 12-16, 15-19, 16-12, 7-11 OT. Mozambique will meet DR Congo in the next game. Ivory Coast will play against Mali. Both games are scheduled for today.

Mali - Tunisia 69-45
Mali celebrated in the opening day of the AfroBasket 2011. The host of this event handed 69-45 loss to Tunisia for 1-0 record in Group A. Their rivals in the same pool are Mozambique, DR Congo, Ghana and Ivory Coast. Djenebou Sissoko (190-F/C-82, college: Union (TN)) shined for the winners with double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds. Nassira Traore (185-F/C-91) and Fatoumata Bagayoko (170-G-88) helped with 10 and 9 points respectively. On the other side, Tunisia got 11 points from Heriem Hamrouni (F-89). Selma M'Nasria (190-C-86) and Zoubayda Kaarami (5 rebs) netted 10 and 8 points. Quarters: 19-5, 17-12, 20-13, 13-15. In Day Two, Mali will meet Ivory Coast. Tunisia will play against Ghana.



GROUP B

Senegal - Nigeria 86-62
Senegal demonstrated great performance in Day One of the AfroBasket 2011. They smashed Nigeria 86-62 for 1-0 record in Group B. Astou Traore (182-F/C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) paced Senegal with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Aya Traore (186-F-83, college: Purdue) scored 16 points, Ndeye Sene (167-G/F-88) had 12 and Oumoul Sarr (185-F/C-84) added 10 points in this victory. On the other side, Nigeria got 16 points from Cold Onwude. Rashidat Sadiq (188-F-81) and Helene Ogunjimi (175-G/F-85, college: Columbia (MO)) posted 14 and 12 pts respectively. Quarters: 22-16, 19-19, 18-10, 27-17. In the next game Senegal will meet Angola. Nigeria will play against Guinea. Participants of Group B are also Rwanda and Cameroon.

Rwanda - Guinea 69-35
Rwanda had a joyful Day One of the AfroBasket 2011 in Bamako, Mali. Rwanda blasted Guinea 69-35 for 1-0 record in Group B. Participants of the same pool are also Angola, Senegal, Nigeria and Cameroon. Tierra Henderson (178-G-87) was the leading player in victory with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Honoree Amibare followed her with 18 points and Leatitia Mahoro (89) helped with 8 points, plus 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Sidime Fante collected 10 points and 5 rebs. Khady Mbaye and Mariama Diallo stopped to 8 and 7 points respectively. Rwanda took control on Guinea from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 28-11, 15-9, 17-10, 9-5. In Day Two, Rwanda will meet Cameron. Guinea will take on Nigeria.




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  ARGENTINA - Women  


Argentinian National Team 2011 - by Greg
Argentinian NT 2011
#s#
Sandra Pavon
Pavon
Paula Reggiardo
Reggiardo
Erica Sanchez
Sanchez
Marina Cava
Cava
Debora Gonzalez
Gonzalez
#e#5
Sandra Pavon 175-F-85 Velez S. Argentina
Paula Reggiardo 175-F-84 Eivissa Spain
Erica Sanchez 184-F/C-76 Velez S. Argentina
Marina Cava 168-G-85 Velez S. Argentina
Debora Gonzalez 172-PG-90 Lanus Argentina
Agostina Burani 189-F/C-91 Lanus Argentina
Ornella Santana 184-F/C-90 Velez S. Argentina
Stephany Thomas 175-G-89 Clemson USA
Melisa Pavicich 182-F-91 Lanus Argentina
Melisa Gretter 167-PG-93 Union Florida Argentina
Diana Cabrera 187-C-93 Union Florida Argentina
Melani Soriani 180-F/C-87 Lanus Argentina

Roberto Santin Head Coach
Carlos Spellanzon Assistant


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Liz Cambage back and hungry for success - by Eurobasket News
WNBL most valuable player Liz Cambage (203-C-91) of the Bulleen Boomers is back in the country and hungry for success following her rookie season in the WNBA.

Cambage experienced both highs and lows during her first international season, from the highs of being picked number two overall in Aprils draft, then being named to both the All-Star and All-Rookie Teams, to the lows of constant roster and coaching changes, as part of a Tulsa Shock team that recorded the worst win-loss season record in WNBA history.

But now the 203cm centre is back for season 2011/12 of the WNBL, ready to resume her mantle as the dominant force of the league as the Boomers set about defending their maiden title.

Cambage said she was thrilled to be back home in Melbourne, surrounded by her family and friends, their cooking and her bed.

Its amazing to be back home, she said. There really is no place like home.

Just being home to Mum and Nanas cooking was what I was looking forward to and I just wanted to pass out on my own bed. Ive missed my bed.

Im not going to lie, I put on a few kilos over there from eating (American) food and not getting much court time, so Im ready to get back into action and start burning it off.

Cambage returns to an almost completely overhauled Bulleen team from the championship winning outfit of Marchs Grand Final victory over the Canberra Capitals.

Our squad is so different, said Cambage. I got to see the girls practice on Monday night before they left for China and we are looking so good.

Weve got Sammy (Richards) in the point guard position and young Kerryn Harrington backing her up, and weve got a girl from the Great Britain team (Jo Leedham).

We are so young, but I think we are going to do so well this season. People might underestimate us, but Tom is getting us all into line and we are going to look so good.

Cambage also acknowledges that at just 20 years of age, she will be one of the most experienced players on the Bulleen roster this season and will be looked upon for guidance from the likes of AIS and Australian Gems recruit Tayla Roberts, a situation she says she is looking forward to.

Ive learned a lot being a rookie in the WNBA and I kind of want to be able to teach, nurture and help our young girls, she said.

Even though Im young, Ive been through a lot already and Im ready to pass on the wisdom and Im so excited to have Tayla on board, shes going to be great.

Cambage said she learned a lot from her time in the States as a rookie in a foreign country, things that will hold her in good stead for the rest of her career.

At the start the team was great and everyone looked out for me, but that only lasts so long and youve got to find your own way, she said. Its about growing up and being able to take it on the chin really. I definitely got a lot stronger over there, mentally and physically.

Every game saw Cambage facing different opponents and different challenges, against players not wanting to be shown up by the big rookie from Australia.

However, Cambage said no one opponent stood out above the rest.

Every game was different. Every big was strong and had their key abilities. Some of them were shooters, some of them were strong in the post and every game had a different challenge.

Now Cambage is taking up another challenge back home, something her near 6000 Twitter followers will surely soon come to notice.

This season my main goal is to go back-to-back with the Bulleen Boomers, but also try and get womens basketball back out there, she said.

Fans will get there first chance to see Cambage in action when the Boomers host the Canberra Capitals in Round One of the WNBL season on Saturday, October 8th at the Veneto Club in Bulleen.

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


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  CHILE - Women  


Chilean National Team 2011 - by Greg
Chilean NT 2011
#s#
Maryorett Madrigal
Madrigal
Barbara Cousino
Cousino
Jenifer Fuentes
Fuentes
Paula Moya
Moya
Claudia Leiva
Leiva
#e#5
Maryorett Madrigal 182-F/C-90
Barbara Cousino 178-F-96 Colo Colo Chile
Jenifer Fuentes 178-F-96 Club Brisas Chile
Paula Moya 174-G-90 Santiago Chile
Claudia Leiva 193-C-89 Santiago Chile
Javiera Novion 168-G-87 Santiago Chile
Daniela Troncoso 175-F-87 Elsa del Valle Chile
Gamboa Marisol 178-F-86
Dominique Del Canto 162-PG-87
Milena Koljanin 182-F-96
Catalina Abuyeres 182-F-97 Club Brisas Chile
Monserrat Videla 175-F-92 Club Brisas Chile

Cristian Santander Head Coach
Juan Manuel Cordoba Assistant Dep.Valdivia Chile


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  COLOMBIA - Women  


Colombian National Team 2011 - by Greg
Colombian NT 2011
#s#
Elena Diaz
Diaz
Elisa Garcia
Garcia
Mabel Martinez
Martinez
Ana Mendoza
Mendoza
Tathiana Mosquera
Mosquera
#e#5
Elena Diaz 185-F-83 Leipzig Germany
Elisa Garcia 180-F-90 Medellin Colombia
Mabel Martinez 176-F-86 Valle Colombia
Ana Mendoza 190-C-91
Tathiana Mosquera 195-C-89 Medellin Colombia
Jenifer Munoz 170-G-91 Medellin Colombia
Maria Palacios 163-G-85 Valle Colombia
Katherin Quimbaya 188-C-89
Leidy Sanchez
Levys Torres 195-C-78 Valle Colombia
Erika Valek 168-G-82 Sallen Sweden
Sara Olarte 175-PG-89 Medellin Colombia

Luis Miguel Cuenca Head Coach Halc.Rojos Mexico


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  DENMARK - Women  


SISU and Horsholm 79ers opened 2011/2012 season with the wins - by Eurobasket News
SISU and Horsholm 79ers opened 2011/2012 season with the wins and Vaerlose also tasted the win without playing.
Horsens did not appear for the game and Vaerlose got 20-0 over them.
SISU grabbed 74:67 over BK Amager. Duelund stepped up with 18 points and Soltau scored 14. Julie Kongeskov (174-G-83, college: Valdosta St.) delivered 12, while Kiki Lund (178-G-83, college: Dayton) added 9. Kruuse ended up with 13 points in the losing effort, whilst Jensen notched 12.
Hrsholm 79ers smashed Falcon in the opener. The first and the last quarters were dominating in the game for the favorites that grabbed 62:31 win. Mie Burlin (178-G) stepped up with 11 points and Bonde scored 10. Hansen replied with 11 points in the losing case. The rest of the games will be played later.



Standings - Dameligaen
Dameligaen Standings
 1. Horsholm 1-0 
 2. SISU 1-0 
 3. Aabyhoj 0-0 
 4. Horsens 0-0 
 5. Lemvig 0-0 
 6. Vaerlose 0-0 
 7. Amager 0-1 
 8. Falcon 0-1 


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  GERMANY - Women  


Standings - Women
DBBL Standings
 1. Freiburg 1-0 
 2. Oberhausen 1-0 
 3. Rhein MB 1-0 
 4. Donau-Ries 0-0 
 5. Halle 0-0 
 6. Osnabruck 0-0 
 7. Rotenburg/Sch 0-0 
 8. Saarlouis 0-0 
 9. Wasserburg 0-0 
 10. Chemnitz 0-1 
 11. Marburg 0-1 
 12. Wolfenbuettel 0-1 


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  GUINEA - Women  


Rwanda opens AfroBasket 2011 in style - by Eurobasket News
RWANDA - GUINEA 69-35

Rwanda had a joyful Day One of the AfroBasket 2011 in Bamako, Mali. Rwanda blasted Guinea 69-35 for 1-0 record in Group B. Participants of the same pool are also Angola, Senegal, Nigeria and Cameroon. Tierra Henderson (178-G-87) was the leading player in victory with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Honoree Amibare followed her with 18 points and Leatitia Mahoro (89) helped with 8 points, plus 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Sidime Fante collected 10 points and 5 rebs. Khady Mbaye and Mariama Diallo stopped to 8 and 7 points respectively. Rwanda took control on Guinea from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 28-11, 15-9, 17-10, 9-5. In Day Two, Rwanda will meet Cameron. Guinea will take on Nigeria.

RWANDA: Tierra Henderson 22+8 boards, Honoree Amibare 18, Leatitia Mahoro 8+6 boards
GUINEA: Fanta Sidime 10+5 boards, Khady Mbaye 8, Mariama Diallo 7


Guinea National Team 2011 - by Greg
4 Alimatou Koulibaly
5 Aminata Sylla
6 Kadiatou Camara
7 Djenebou Sylla
8 Khady Mbaye
9 Fatoumata Sylla
10 Mariama Toure
11 Moussogbe Sidibe
12 Fanta Sidime
13 Mariama Diallo
14 Simone Keita
15 Mireille Sylla

Ousmane Sylla Head Coach


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  IVORY COAST - Women  


Mozambique grabs 69-65 OT win against Ivory Coast - by Eurobasket News
Ivory Coast - Mozambique 65-69 OT

Mozambique opened AfroBasket 2011 with victory. It was a real thriller and Mozambique managed to grab 69-65 overtime win against Ivory Coast. Both teams are placed to Group A together with Ghana, Tunisia, DR Congo and Mali (host). Leia Dongue (184-F-91) stepped up for the winners with double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds. Ana Azinheira (156-G-77) and Valerdina Manhonga (163-G-80) scored 9 points each, while Anabela Cossa (171-G-86) added 8 points. On the other side, Ivory Coast for 23 points from Kani Kouyate (178-F-90). Salimata Berte (182-F-89) and Christelle N'Garsanet (191-C-83, agency: Merit Sports, college: Missouri) netted 15 and 10 points respectively. Quarters: 15-11, 12-16, 15-19, 16-12, 7-11 OT. Mozambique will meet DR Congo in the next game. Ivory Coast will play against Mali. Both games are scheduled for today.

Ivory Coast: Kani Kouyate 23, Salimata Berte 15+6 boards, Christelle N'Garsanet 10
Mozambique: Leia Dongue 13+12 boards, Ana Azinheira 9, Valerdina Manhonga 9, Anabela Cossa 8


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  JAMAICA - Women  


Jamaican National Team 2011 - by Greg
Jamaican NT 2011
#s#
Nicole Louden
Louden
Christina Mitchell
Mitchell
Angelee LaTouche
LaTouche
Vanessa Gidden
Gidden
Kimberly Bennett
Bennett
#e#5
Nicole Louden 172-G-83 Cajarural Spain
Christina Mitchell 173-G-89 Liberty USA
Angelee LaTouche 187-F/C-85 George Mason USA
Vanessa Gidden 193-C/F-85 Alcamo Italy
Kimberly Bennett 184-F/C-83 Killester Ireland
Simone Edwards 194-C-73 Pecs 2010 Hungary
Danielle Moseley 192-C-83 Kean USA
Simone Jackson 176-F-84 Miami R. USA
Tajay Ashmeade 190-C-89 Seton Hall USA
Rhona McKenzie 183-F-76 Riva Basket Switzerland
Zandria Dell 158-PG-84

Vincent James Head Coach


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  MALI - Women  


Mali National Team 2011 - by Greg
Starting five
#s#
Diana Gandega
Gandega
Hamchetou Maiga-Ba
Maiga-Ba
Djene Diawara
Diawara
Meiya Tirera
Tirera
Djenebou Sissoko
Sissoko
#e#5
4 Nassira Traore 185-F/C-91 DAC Mali
5 Aissata Maiga 168-G-92 DAC Mali
6 Adizatou Maiga
7 Fatoumata Bagayoko 170-G-88 DAC Mali
8 Diana Gandega 171-F-83 Strasbourg ABC France
9 Hamchetou Maiga-Ba 184-G/F-78 Tarbes France
10 Astan Dabo 203-C-92 Reims France
11 Djene Diawara 192-C-85 Charleville France
12 Magnouma Coulibaly 192-C-89 Pleyber Christ France
13 Meiya Tirera 180-F-86 DAC Mali
14 Fanta Toure F-89 DAC Mali
15 Djenebou Sissoko 190-F/C-82 Helios Switzerland

Herve Coudray Head Coach Mondeville France


Mali cruises past Tunisia 69-45 - by Eurobasket News
Mali - Tunisia 69-45

Mali celebrated in the opening day of the AfroBasket 2011. The host of this event handed 69-45 loss to Tunisia for 1-0 record in Group A. Their rivals in the same pool are Mozambique, DR Congo, Ghana and Ivory Coast. Djenebou Sissoko (190-F/C-82, college: Union (TN)) shined for the winners with double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds. Nassira Traore (185-F/C-91) and Fatoumata Bagayoko (170-G-88) helped with 10 and 9 points respectively. On the other side, Tunisia got 11 points from Heriem Hamrouni (F-89). Selma M'Nasria (190-C-86) and Zoubayda Kaarami (5 rebs) netted 10 and 8 points. Quarters: 19-5, 17-12, 20-13, 13-15. In Day Two, Mali will meet Ivory Coast. Tunisia will play against Ghana.

Mali: Djenebou Sissoko 15+13 boards, Nassira Traore 10, Fatoumata Bagayoko 9
Tunisia: Heriem Hamrouni 11, Selma M'Nasria 10, Zoubayda Kaarami 8+5 boards


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  MEXICO - Women  


Mexican National Team 2011 - by Greg
Mexican NT 2011
#s#
Erika Gomez
Gomez
Alexis Castro
Castro
Taine Ramirez
Ramirez
Brisa Silva
Silva
Monica Garcia
Garcia
#e#5
Erika Gomez 187-F/C-76 Bembibre Spain
Alexis Castro 184-G/F-86 San Diego S. USA
Taine Ramirez 173-G-78 Estado de Mexico Mexico
Brisa Silva 168-G-84 Herner Germany
Monica Garcia 172-G-86 Jalisco Mexico
Fernanda Gutierrez 186-C/F-84 Distrito Federal Mexico
Abril Garcia 189-F/C-80 Caceres Spain
Sonia Ortega 175-G-78 Visby Sweden
Laura Nunez 187-F-93
Lucia Sanchez 167-G-93
Maylene Ornelas 164-PG-88
Sofia Garcia 170-G-89

Ray Santana Head Coach
Sergio Castanieda Assistant


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  MOZAMBIQUE - Women  


Mozambique National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Deolinda Ngulela
Ngulela
Anabela Cossa
Cossa
Deolinda Gimo
Gimo
Valerdina Manhonga
Manhonga
Ana Azinheira
Azinheira
#e#5
4 Valerdina Manhonga 163-G-80 Desportivo M. Mozambique
5 Deolinda Ngulela 170-G-81 Augusta St. USA
6 Ana Azinheira 156-G-77 A Politechnica Mozambique
7 Anabela Cossa 171-G-86 Desportivo M. Mozambique
9 Catia Micato
10 Filomena Micato 168-G-86 Desportivo M. Mozambique
11 Leia Dongue 184-F-91 Desportivo M. Mozambique
12 Rute Muianga F-83 Ferroviaro M. Mozambique
13 Ondina Ahampossa 184-F-79 Desportivo M. Mozambique
14 Odelia Majaneia
15 Deolinda Gimo 189-C-87 Ferroviaro M. Mozambique

Carlos Alberto Niquice Head Coach Fer.Maputo Mozambique


Mozambique grabs 69-65 OT win against Ivory Coast - by Eurobasket News
Ivory Coast - Mozambique 65-69 OT

Mozambique opened AfroBasket 2011 with victory. It was a real thriller and Mozambique managed to grab 69-65 overtime win against Ivory Coast. Both teams are placed to Group A together with Ghana, Tunisia, DR Congo and Mali (host). Leia Dongue (184-F-91) stepped up for the winners with double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds. Ana Azinheira (156-G-77) and Valerdina Manhonga (163-G-80) scored 9 points each, while Anabela Cossa (171-G-86) added 8 points. On the other side, Ivory Coast for 23 points from Kani Kouyate (178-F-90). Salimata Berte (182-F-89) and Christelle N'Garsanet (191-C-83, agency: Merit Sports, college: Missouri) netted 15 and 10 points respectively. Quarters: 15-11, 12-16, 15-19, 16-12, 7-11 OT. Mozambique will meet DR Congo in the next game. Ivory Coast will play against Mali. Both games are scheduled for today.

Ivory Coast: Kani Kouyate 23, Salimata Berte 15+6 boards, Christelle N'Garsanet 10
Mozambique: Leia Dongue 13+12 boards, Ana Azinheira 9, Valerdina Manhonga 9, Anabela Cossa 8


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  NCAA1 - Women  


UCLA's Dixon to miss senior season - by Eurobasket News
UCLA forward Jasmine Dixon (6'0''-G-90) will miss the upcoming basketball season after rupturing her right Achilles' tendon during a team workout Monday.

A team spokesman says the senior will undergo surgery on Thursday.

Dixon was the team's second-leading scorer at 12.1 points a game. She led the Bruins in rebounding and steals last season and was an honorable mention AP All-American after helping the team go 28-5.

She also participated in the World University Games trials in May.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Summitt says F Alyssia Brewer no longer with team - by Eurobasket News
Senior forward Alyssia Brewer (6'3''-F-90) has agreed to leave the Tennessee program, coach Pat Summitt said Thursday.

'We met with Lyssi (Wednesday) and came to an agreement that she would no longer be a member of the team,' Summitt said in a statement. 'She will finish this semester at UT, and we will help her if she'd like to transfer to another school.'

Brewer was expected to be a part of a tall rotation in the Lady Vols' post game that includes fellow seniors Vicki Baugh and Glory Johnson and freshman Isabelle Harrison.

The 6-foot-3 Sapulpa, Okla., native tore her Achilles' tendon before the start of the 2010-11 season but averaged 2.9 points per game, 2.6 rebounds and 10 minutes and made seven starts in 20 games after returning. She occasionally drew Summitt's ire, though, for inadequate effort on defense and rebounding.

Brewer averaged 6.9 points and 4.6 rebounds and had four double-doubles in 87 career games. She was named the most valuable player of the 2010 Southeastern Conference tournament after averaging a team-best 14.7 points and was a McDonald's high school all-American.

Courtesy of www.timesunion.com


Iowa F Jade Rogers out for '11-12 - by Eurobasket News
Iowa sophomore forward Jade Rogers (6'0''-F) will miss all of next season to repair her left knee.

The Hawkeyes say Rogers will have surgery Thursday to realign her left leg. Rogers tore her anterior cruciate ligament in high school and has had issues with her knee while at Iowa.

Rogers had 21 points and 22 rebounds in 13 games last season.

Iowa coach Lisa Bluder says the surgery will give Rogers a chance to return to basketball and improve the quality of her life after she's done playing.

Courtesy of www.mysanantonio.com


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  NIGERIA - Women  


Nigerian National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Aisha Mohammed
Mohammed
Joyce Ekworomadu
Ekworomadu
Adeola Wilie
Wilie
Rashidat Sadiq
Sadiq
Nwamaka Adibeli
Adibeli
#e#5
4 Helene Ogunjimi 175-G/F-85 Z*ESL Atlanta USA
5 Nwamaka Adibeli 180-G-85 First Bank Nigeria
6 Erdoo Angwe 178-G-87 First Bank Nigeria
7 Sarah Ogoke 175-G Pittsburgh USA
8 Nkeci Akashili G First Deepwater Nigeria
9 Aisha Mohammed 191-C-85 Indiana F. USA
10 Chinyere Ibekwe 193-F/C-87 Point Chaud Belgium
11 Joyce Ekworomadu 175-G-86 First Bank Nigeria
12 Adeola Wilie 191-F/C Ceyhan Bld Turkey
13 Rashidat Sadiq 188-F-81 Antakya Turkey
14 Grace Okonkwo C First Bank Nigeria
15 Rebecca Iritei G Sunshine A. Nigeria

Ayo Bakare Head Coach Comets Nigeria


Senegal too strong for Nigeria in Bamako - by Eurobasket News
Senegal - Nigeria 86-62

Senegal demonstrated great performance in Day One of the AfroBasket 2011. They smashed Nigeria 86-62 for 1-0 record in Group B. Astou Traore (182-F/C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) paced Senegal with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Aya Traore (186-F-83, college: Purdue) scored 16 points, Ndeye Sene (167-G/F-88) had 12 and Oumoul Sarr (185-F/C-84) added 10 points in this victory. On the other side, Nigeria got 16 points from Cold Onwude. Rashidat Sadiq (188-F-81) and Helene Ogunjimi (175-G/F-85, college: Columbia (MO)) posted 14 and 12 pts respectively. Quarters: 22-16, 19-19, 18-10, 27-17. In the next game Senegal will meet Angola. Nigeria will play against Guinea. Participants of Group B are also Rwanda and Cameroon.

Senegal: Astou Traore 17+6 boards, Aya Traore 16, Ndeye Sene 12, Oumoul Sarr 10
Nigeria: Cold Onwude 16, Rashidat Sadiq 14, Helene Ogunjimi 12


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  PARAGUAY - Women  


Paraguayan National Team 2011 - by Greg
Paraguayan NT 2011
#s#
Ilda Pena
Pena
Maria Caraves
Caraves
Melina Perez
Perez
Johanna Ghiringhelli
Ghiringhelli
Marta Peralta
Peralta
#e#5
Ilda Pena 180-C-84 Olimpia Asun. Paraguay
Maria Caraves 170-F-92
Melina Perez 165-G-89 Sol de Amer. Paraguay
Johanna Ghiringhelli 168-G-86 Olimpia Asun. Paraguay
Marta Peralta 171-G-93 Sol de Amer. Paraguay
Gloria Zalazar 172-G/F-91 Felix Perez Paraguay
Rocio Insfran 175-C-94 And 1 Paraguay
Ana Escauriza 175-F-89 Sol de Amer. Paraguay
Lidia Fernandez 175-F/C-84 Sol de Amer. Paraguay
Astrid Huttemann 178-F/C-92 Olimpia Asun. Paraguay
Maria Mercado 163-G-89 Sol de Amer. Paraguay
Tamara Insfran 175-G-89 Sol de Amer. Paraguay

Jorge Elorduy Head Coach Melilla Spain
Diego Jara Assistant


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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


Puerto Rican National Team 2011 - by Greg
Puerto Rican NT 2011
#s#
Pamela Rosado
Rosado
Cynthia Valentin
Valentin
Esmary Vargas-Sanchez
Vargas-Sanchez
Sandra Garcia
Garcia
Marie Placido
Placido
#e#5
Pamela Rosado 161-G-86 Morovis M. Puerto Rico
Cynthia Valentin 173-G-84 Carolina G. Puerto Rico
Esmary Vargas-Sanchez 193-C-81 Pio XII Spain
Sandra Garcia 190-F-90 Wake Forest USA
Marie Placido 181-F-87 Mayaguez I. Puerto Rico
Carla Cortijo 170-G-87 Carolina G. Puerto Rico
Jazmine Sepulveda 177-G-85 Nitra Slovakia
Angiely Morales 178-G-87 Carolina G. Puerto Rico
Michelle Pacheco 175-G/F-88 Mayaguez I. Puerto Rico
Carla Escalera 177-F/G-84 Mayaguez I. Puerto Rico
Angelica Bermudez 185-C-92 San German Puerto Rico
Yolanda Jones 185-F-84 Desportivo M. Mozambique

Omar Gonzalez Head Coach Isabela Puerto Rico
Raymond Cintron Assistant


Stats Leaders - Superleague 25
Points Per Game
 Renee TAYLOR
  Juncos V.
  (158-G-85)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Taylor, Juncos V.27.4 
 2. Martin, Guaynabo.22.3 
 3. Bingham, San G.21.0 
 4. Williams, Morovis20.5 
 5. Ross, San Juan W.19.8 
 6. McLean, Juncos V.19.2 
 7. Wiley, Guaynabo M.18.0 
 8. Raven, Morovis M.17.9 
 9. Laur, Carolina G.17.8 
 10. Bland, Ponce L.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Candyce BINGHAM
  San G.
  (183-F-86)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Bingham, San G.12.9 
 2. Rosigi, Morovis M.12.4 
 3. Blake, Carolina G.12.2 
 4. Seals, Guaynabo M.11.2 
 5. Jones, Aguas B.T.11.0 
 6. Pineiro, Morovis M.10.6 
 7. Ross, San Juan W.10.1 
 8. Martin, Guaynabo.10.0 
 9. Willoughy, Juncos9.5 
 10. Rosche, Ponce L.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Yahimily CABRERA
  Juncos V.
  (--82)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Cabrera, Juncos V.7.4 
 2. Young, Aguas B.T.7.3 
 3. Raven, Morovis M.5.0 
 4. Teasley, Ponce L.4.9 
 5. Flagg, San Juan W.4.8 
 6. Bingham, San G.4.7 
 7. Montalvo, San J.4.6 
 8. Flores, Carolina G.4.2 
 9. Williams, Morovis3.5 
 10. Figueroa, Morov.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Yahimily CABRERA
  Juncos V.
  (--82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Cabrera, Juncos V.3.3 
 2. Mahan, San Juan W.3.2 
 3. Teasley, Ponce L.3.1 
 4. Flores, Carolina G.3.0 
 5. Taylor, Juncos V.3.0 
 6. Roman, Guaynabo M.2.7 
 7. Montalvo, San J.2.7 
 8. Raven, Morovis M.2.5 
 9. Williams, Morovis2.5 
 10. Young, Aguas B.T.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Dominic SEALS
  Guaynabo M.
  (188-F-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Seals, Guaynabo M.1.8 
 2. Willoughy, Juncos1.8 
 3. Ramirez, Aguas B.1.5 
 4. Williams, Morovis1.4 
 5. Bingham, San G.1.3 
 6. Jones, Aguas B.T.1.2 
 7. Jones, Juncos V.1.0 
 8. Martin, Guaynabo.1.0 
 9. Bermudez, San G.0.9 
 10. Raven, Morovis M.0.7 


BSNF Round 11: San Juan W. beats San German by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News
The most exciting game of round 11 in the BSF took place in . This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of second-ranked San German (6-4) to seventh ranked San Juan W. (3-6) 74-72 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 25-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. San Juan W. made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. American Tocara Ross orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Her fellow American import forward Holly Mahan (183-86, college: Towson) contributed with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Danielle Gant (180-87, college: Texas A&M) answered with 28 points and 8 rebounds for San German. San Juan W. moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Guaynabo M. San German lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with four games lost. San Juan W. is looking forward to face Guaynabo M. (#6) in the next round. San German will play against Carolina G. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in . Fourth ranked Juncos V. (6-3) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Guaynabo M. (3-6) 79-78 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Guaynabo M.. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for guard Monique McClean (180-87, college: St.John's) who led her team to a victory scoring 26 points and 8 rebounds. Renee Taylor helped adding 31 points and 4 steals. Guard Monique Martin (180-83, college: Brewton Parker) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds. Juncos V. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Guaynabo M. at the other side keeps the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with San Juan W.. Juncos V. will play against Ponce L. (#5) in the next round. Guaynabo M. will play against San Juan W. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
BSF top team - Morovis M. (10-1) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Ponce L. (4-7) 70-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ponce L.. It was a quality performance for Angelina Williams who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. Treasure Johnson came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for Ponce L. in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Morovis M. have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-1 record. Loser Ponce L. keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Morovis M. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ponce L. will play against Aguas B.T. (#8) and hope to secure a win.



San German - San Juan W. 72-74

The most exciting game of round 11 in the BSF took place in . This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of second-ranked San German (6-4) to seventh ranked San Juan W. (3-6) 74-72 on Wednesday evening. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 25-19 charge, which allowed them to win the game. San Juan W. made 22-of-26 free shots (84.6 percent) during the game. American Tocara Ross orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Her fellow American import forward Holly Mahan (183-86, college: Towson) contributed with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Danielle Gant (180-87, college: Texas A&M) answered with 28 points and 8 rebounds and forward Zacha Gonzalez (175-87) added 9 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists in the effort for San German. San Juan W. moved-up to sixth place, which they share with Guaynabo M. San German lost third consecutive game. They dropped to the third position with four games lost. San Juan W. is looking forward to face Guaynabo M. (#6) in the next round. San German will play against Carolina G. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San German: D.Gant 28+8reb+1ast, A.White 17+3reb+3ast, S.Jelks 12+8reb+2ast, Z.Gonzalez 9+12reb+4ast, K.Colon 6+5reb+2ast, G.Rivera 0
San Juan W.: T.Ross 16+11reb+3ast, H.Mahan 16+10reb, Y.Cabrera 13+6reb+4ast, M.Flagg 10+1reb+2ast, T.Tapia 8+7reb, N.Montalvo 7+2reb+6ast
gschID: 133167


Ponce L. - Morovis M. 59-70

BSF top team - Morovis M. (10-1) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat fifth ranked Ponce L. (4-7) 70-59. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Ponce L.. The game was mostly controlled by Morovis M.. Ponce L. managed to win fourth quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Morovis M. looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. It was a quality performance for American forward Angelina Williams (183-83, college: Illinois) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds. Her fellow American import guard Brittainey Raven (183-88, college: Texas) accounted for 11 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists for the winning side. American swingman Treasure Johnson (182, college: NC-Wilmington) came up with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds and Carmen Vega added 10 points (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) respectively for Ponce L. in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Morovis M. have an impressive series of ten victories in a row. They maintain first place with 10-1 record. Loser Ponce L. keeps the fifth position with seven games lost. Morovis M. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Ponce L. will play against Aguas B.T. (#8) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Ponce L.: T.Johnson 14+10reb+1ast, C.Vega 10+4reb+2ast, M.Rosche 7+7reb+1ast, C.Valentin 6+1reb+2ast, S.Pacheco 6+4reb+1ast, S.Rivera 4+1reb
Morovis M.: A.Williams 27+10reb+2ast, N.Emmanuelli 13+3reb+5ast, B.Raven 11+10reb+7ast, G.Rosigi 7+14reb+2ast, N.Figueroa 6+1reb+4ast, S.Pineiro 4+8reb
gschID: 133168


Juncos V. - Guaynabo M. 79-78

Important game to mention about took place in . Fourth ranked Juncos V. (6-3) saved a 1-point victory at home edging 6th ranked Guaynabo M. (3-6) 79-78 on Thursday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Guaynabo M.. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Guaynabo M. won third quarter 20-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Juncos V. made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. American players dominated the game. It was a great evening for guard Monique McClean (180-87, college: St.John's) who led her team to a victory scoring 26 points and 8 rebounds. Guard Renee Taylor (158-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Merit Sports) helped adding 31 points and 4 steals (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Guard Monique Martin (180-83, college: Brewton Parker) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds and guard Chelsie Wiley (170, college: Cent.Florida) scored 18 points. Juncos V. have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to second place. Guaynabo M. at the other side keeps the sixth position with six games lost. They share it with San Juan W.. Juncos V. will play against Ponce L. (#5) in the next round. Guaynabo M. will play against San Juan W. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Guaynabo M.: M.Martin 27+12reb+2ast, C.Wiley 18+4reb+3ast, D.Seals 9+10reb+5ast, M.Colon 8+1reb+3ast, Z.Sanchez 7+7reb+1ast, S.Roman 4+5reb+1ast
Juncos V.: R.Taylor 31+3reb+1ast, M.McClean 26+8reb+2ast, K.Willoughy 14+13reb+1ast, Y.Cabrera 6+12reb+9ast, K.Ruiz 2+3reb+1ast, T.Tanza 0+1reb
gschID: 133169




Williams' double-double lands her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
28-year old forward Angelina Williams (183-F-83) put on an amazing game in the last week for league's best team Morovis M. and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 11.
She had a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds, while her team beat Ponce L. (#5, 4-7) 70-59. It allowed Morovis M. to consolidate first place in the BSNF. Morovis M. has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 10-1. In the team's last game Williams had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 13 attempts. She turned to be Morovis M.'s top player in her first season with the team. University of Illinois graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams is in league's top in points (4th best: 20.5ppg) and averages solid 1.4bpg,2.5spg and 60.6% FGP.

Second best performed player last week was Monique Martin (180-G-83) of Guaynabo M.. She is American guard in her first season at Guaynabo M.. In the last game Martin recorded impressive double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Guaynabo M. was edged by the higher-ranked Juncos V. (#2, 6-3) 79-78. Guaynabo M. is still second from the bottom in the standings. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 3-6 record. Martin is a newcomer at Guaynabo M. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 21.6ppg (#2). She also registered 9.7 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Danielle Gant (180-G/F-87) of San German (#3). Gant scored 28 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Despite Gant's great performance San German lost 72-74 to the lower-ranked San Juan W. (#7, 3-6). But her team cannot count on just a single shooter as she also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing San German needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 4 lost games. The season just started for Gant as she played only first game. But it already looks like she can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Yahimily Cabrera (82) of Juncos V. - 6 points, 12 rebounds and 9 assists
5. Kim Willoughy) of Juncos V. - 14 points and 13 rebounds
6. Renee Taylor (158-G-85) of Juncos V. - 31 points and 3 rebounds
7. Dominic Seals (188-F-87) of Guaynabo M. - 9 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Yoliana Cabrera (82) of San Juan W. - 13 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Brittainey Raven (183-G-88) of Morovis M. - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
10. Monique McClean (180-G-87) of Juncos V. - 26 points, 8 rebounds and 2 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)


Standings - Women
BSNF Standings
 1. Morovis M. 10-1 
 2. Juncos V. 7-3 
 3. San German 7-4 
 4. Carolina G. 5-3 
 5. Ponce L. 4-8 
 6. Guaynabo M. 3-6 
 7. San Juan W. 3-6 
 8. Aguas B.T. 1-9 


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  RWANDA - Women  


Rwanda opens AfroBasket 2011 in style - by Eurobasket News
RWANDA - GUINEA 69-35

Rwanda had a joyful Day One of the AfroBasket 2011 in Bamako, Mali. Rwanda blasted Guinea 69-35 for 1-0 record in Group B. Participants of the same pool are also Angola, Senegal, Nigeria and Cameroon. Tierra Henderson (178-G-87) was the leading player in victory with 22 points and 8 rebounds. Honoree Amibare followed her with 18 points and Leatitia Mahoro (89) helped with 8 points, plus 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Sidime Fante collected 10 points and 5 rebs. Khady Mbaye and Mariama Diallo stopped to 8 and 7 points respectively. Rwanda took control on Guinea from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 28-11, 15-9, 17-10, 9-5. In Day Two, Rwanda will meet Cameron. Guinea will take on Nigeria.

RWANDA: Tierra Henderson 22+8 boards, Honoree Amibare 18, Leatitia Mahoro 8+6 boards
GUINEA: Fanta Sidime 10+5 boards, Khady Mbaye 8, Mariama Diallo 7


Rwandan National Team 2011 - by Eurobasket
4 Scholastiq Mukanda
5 Honoree Amibare
6 Angellica Williams 87
7 Leatitia Mahoro 89
8 Jonthe Kabarebe 86
9 Tierra Henderson 178-G-87 UCLA USA
10 Jackie Mubabe
11 Joselyne Munyaneta
12 Liliane Kayitesi
13 Yvonne Kirenzi
14 Claublet Imanishcmwe 82
15 Ame Tuyizere

Nenad Amanovic Head Coach Medvescak Croatia


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  SENEGAL - Women  


Senegal too strong for Nigeria in Bamako - by Eurobasket News
Senegal - Nigeria 86-62

Senegal demonstrated great performance in Day One of the AfroBasket 2011. They smashed Nigeria 86-62 for 1-0 record in Group B. Astou Traore (182-F/C-81, agency: Josep and Nicolas) paced Senegal with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Aya Traore (186-F-83, college: Purdue) scored 16 points, Ndeye Sene (167-G/F-88) had 12 and Oumoul Sarr (185-F/C-84) added 10 points in this victory. On the other side, Nigeria got 16 points from Cold Onwude. Rashidat Sadiq (188-F-81) and Helene Ogunjimi (175-G/F-85, college: Columbia (MO)) posted 14 and 12 pts respectively. Quarters: 22-16, 19-19, 18-10, 27-17. In the next game Senegal will meet Angola. Nigeria will play against Guinea. Participants of Group B are also Rwanda and Cameroon.

Senegal: Astou Traore 17+6 boards, Aya Traore 16, Ndeye Sene 12, Oumoul Sarr 10
Nigeria: Cold Onwude 16, Rashidat Sadiq 14, Helene Ogunjimi 12


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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


The first Korean woman player attends to NCAA D1 level - by JungHwan Seo
Korean woman player attended to NCAA division 1 school for the first time in the Korean basketball history.

The University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) announced that they recruited Jae-Young Shin (5-8, Shooting guard, Mercer Island High School in Washington) with scholarship at last 19th May.

Shin will play from 2011-12 season alone with the other freshmen Sharnice Brooks (P) - Bastrop (La.) High School, Tyler Holley (P) - Crowley (Texas) High School, Christina Gray (G) - Winnfield (La.) High School, Jenna Lee (C) - South Beauregard (La.) High School, Reagan Maricle (G) - Fairview (La.) High School and Taylor Maricle (G) - Fairview (La.) High School.

'We are very excited to be adding more depth to the floor at the guard position. Shin is a just a pure shooter with excellent touch on the ball.' Mona Martin, Head coach of ULM, said.



Shin is daughter of Hwa-Soon Kim who was a legend player of Korean women's national team. (In Korea, the wife did not follow husband's family name after her marriage) Kim was a silver medalist at LA Olympic 1984. She got the scoring leader with 16.8 points per game and selected as a best 5 player at the Olympic competition.

Shin inherited a great talent from her mother. She started playing the ball at mother's basketball clinic in Korea since 11 years old. Kim realized that her daughter got special talent just like herself and decided to move to the states.

Shin joined Mercer Island High School Warhawks in Washington in 2007. The captain of this team averaged 17 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game at her senior season. Especially, her shoot touch was great with 44% from the 3-points line and 88% free throw shot. She named 2011 3A KingCo All-league MVP, a Washington All-State All-Star and also a Queens of the Hardwood All-Star.


'I was trying to go to the local school. But, I got a National Letter of Intent from ULM. That was so excited because I always wanted to compete at the higher level' Shin said.

'3pts shot is my best weapon just like my mom. When I got the ball, I am just thinking about the 3points. I was training all the time with my mom' she smiled.

Shin's goal is simple. Playing at professional levels like her mother.

'I always wanted to play at professional level since I was a kid. I also want to play at Korean women's national team like my mom' she expected.


Shin is the second Korean player who attended one of NCAA Division 1 schools. The first player was Jin-soo Choi (6-8, Maryland) who quit from the program in 2010. Shin will debut 6th Nov. against Louisiana College.




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  TUNISIA - Women  


Mali cruises past Tunisia 69-45 - by Eurobasket News
Mali - Tunisia 69-45

Mali celebrated in the opening day of the AfroBasket 2011. The host of this event handed 69-45 loss to Tunisia for 1-0 record in Group A. Their rivals in the same pool are Mozambique, DR Congo, Ghana and Ivory Coast. Djenebou Sissoko (190-F/C-82, college: Union (TN)) shined for the winners with double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds. Nassira Traore (185-F/C-91) and Fatoumata Bagayoko (170-G-88) helped with 10 and 9 points respectively. On the other side, Tunisia got 11 points from Heriem Hamrouni (F-89). Selma M'Nasria (190-C-86) and Zoubayda Kaarami (5 rebs) netted 10 and 8 points. Quarters: 19-5, 17-12, 20-13, 13-15. In Day Two, Mali will meet Ivory Coast. Tunisia will play against Ghana.

Mali: Djenebou Sissoko 15+13 boards, Nassira Traore 10, Fatoumata Bagayoko 9
Tunisia: Heriem Hamrouni 11, Selma M'Nasria 10, Zoubayda Kaarami 8+5 boards


Tunisian National Team 2011 - by Greg
4 Khouloud Mefteh 91
5 Siwar Khalifa
6 Heriem Hamrouni F-89
7 Hela Msadek 89 ASFJ Tunisia
8 Maha Chelly 172-G/F-82 CSFB Tunisia
9 R Zineddine
10 Rim Gannar 82 ES Cap Bon Tunisia
11 Wafa Zagroub 83 ZS Tunisia
12 Selma M'Nasria 190-C-86
13 Emma Jnda 175-F-88 ZS Tunisia
14 Lilia Inoubli G-92
15 Zoubayda Kaarami

Moussa Toure Head Coach


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  USBA - Women  


Ten questions with WUSBA president Duane Jenkins - by USBA Media
Atlanta, Ga. (September 24, 2011)-------'I sat down with Duane Jenkins of the Women's United States Basketball Association to find out what his real purpose with his involvement professional basketball'. 'The following is a candid one on one conversation with the president of the WUSBA'.

1). First off, talk a little bit about the evolution of the league and how it came to be?

Well where do I begin? In the spring of 1999, I was assigned to officiate basketball games at the Suwannee Sports Academy in Suwannee, Ga. The United States Basketball League (USBL) had a team there called the Atlanta Trojans. The owner of the Academy, Paul Kinney approached me to help garner sponsorships for the team. I was amazed at the popularity of this league. Shortly thereafter I approached the home office of the USBL to inquire about franchise ownership. Originally I wanted to place teams in Savannah and Macon, Ga.; however the USBL and I were unable to negotiate a deal. $300,000.00 per franchise was I thought a little much

My interest in basketball remained very high. In the fall of 2005 I replied to an advertisement placed by the World Basketball Association (WBA). I meet with the two principle owners and they invited me to sit in on an owners meeting. I was so impressed that I signed an agreement to create advertising and sponsorship products for four of their teams.
Due to some problems with the WBA league and the legal battles they faced in several cities, that eventually took place, I decided to withdraw myself from association with the league. At that time Ed Krinsky then the USBL Director of Operations was being attacked by the WBA, Ed and I began to talk about creating franchises for the Southeast United States. I began to write, what I thought to be proper league procedure. I convinced three of my clients to purchase franchises in the USBL: Savannah, GA; Macon, GA; and Nashville, TN. When the USBL failed, we then started up the USBA on July 7, 2007. The WUSBA came during the 2010 Georgia 5-A Girls State Championship finals. My daughter, Elizabeth said to me, Dad you should forget about those dumb old boys and play girls basketball. Our team, the Norcross (Ga.) Blue Devils won the state championship. The next day I called the school and spoke to people who knew Coach Hembry and asked what she would think. I went over there to speak to her and to get her opinion. After talking to coach I began the WUSBA. She was right.

2). All of your teams are in the southeast region of the US; why this particular region?

First of all I love Georgia; it's a great state that's ripe with opportunities. We believe regional competition will be the key to the success of the WUSBA. The south is overflowing with great talent. Until we came along, there wasn't a viable league here in the south to display the talent pool of basketball players. When we pit Columbia, SC against Augusta, Georgia, or Nashville against Birmingham, you have two large southern cities within two hours driving time of each other, border war and bragging rights come into play. Every southern city loves to beat Atlanta at anything, so this is perfect for us.

3). You have some big names as far as coaches. Talk about some of those big names and how you were able to recruit them to work with the WUSBA.

I'm astonished at the ability to attract the type of men and women to lead our teams. In Atlanta we have Mr. Kenneth Green and Ms. Phebe Smith; these two are legends in the State of Georgia and are known nationally. Phebe is the sister of NBA great Josh Smith. Head Coach of Birmingham Starz enlisted Connie Morris; she can out play most men. We secured Patrick Lee, who had an outstanding career at Virginia Commonwealth University. We retained Terry Truax, longtime NCAA coach to assist our coaches with their teams. He is basketball. I could talk about our people all day. We have several young coaches such as Tawanna Flowers of Texas Tech and NCAA standout Rose Hammond; both were to coach in the summer, then fall league. We will do everything we can to secure them for our debut in the spring of 2012. Coach Truax can help these kids with their careers in coaching and assist them with job placement in the NCAA in the future.

We've been fortunate to have attracted people who not only have a rock solid background in the game but are respected people in their communities. With the great coaching talent we've amassed for our teams, we think we have the opportunity to field great players. The final component that is needed for a great game is the quality of the referee. The WUSBA is extremely fortunate to have acquired the services of Simmie Lavender as our Supervisor of Officials. You can rest assure that with Mr. Lavender in charge, we now have top flight officials with extensive NCAA and D-league experience. Mr. Lavender helped train me as an official. He's the best of the best

4). You are marketing your teams to churches in each area. Talk a bit about the philosophy behind that part of your marketing plan.

We have a vested interest in our team communities and I believe the single best way to positively reach the young people is through the schools and the churches. We have set up a revenue sharing program with the universities and colleges in the cities in which we play. The schools in our team cities and the church groups assist in programs that will directly assist in the educational and cultural development of our children in these communities.

5). You seem to focus on community as much as playing the game. Why do the churches and schools like your program?

One of the goals of the league is to promote community service and working with inner city kids. Talk about some of the things the league will do in those areas to fulfill these goals. First and foremost our players and coaches will be active in the community. Each game will have two 'pre-games' where four churches or schools will be invited to play a game before the main game. We have provided the schools and the churches with guest passes so the rest of the children can attend the game for free. Our WUSBA Youth Outreach programs will provide a variety of programs to each community to hopefully help them with some of the challenges facing our young people. Our programs are available to all families in our cities. The goal of the WUSBA is not just to give basketball players the chance to advance their careers, we will do that, but we will use the game of basketball to establish a very aggressive social agenda to do the best we can to help where ever we can.

6). Over the past few years, the minor leagues have gotten a bad rap. What will the WUSBA do that is different from other leagues?

There is only one official basketball minor league in the United States, the National Basketball Association Development League (NBADL).
The leagues on our level traditionally have not been good stewards of the game of basketball. We recognize our place in the pecking order. We will never make any claims to falsely tell a player we can get him a job in the WNBA, in Europe or any other international league. We will tell our players that they will be paid for the services and if you work hard enough, the possibilities of someone approaching them to advance is good. We will try and steer our kids back to college to complete their post graduate education, as we believe a post college education is a necessity in today's time. If they move up, well that's great. Our league is designed to aid develop young players in the careers on and off the court. I do not understand why I have so many unamed enemies in the world of basketball. I've been called some vicious names by people who chose not to identify themselves and for what reason. In thirty five years in business I have never been through what I have suffered since entering professional basketball in 2007. I will chose how and when to spend my monies. We are ready to begin in April 2012.



7). The minors tend to come up with quirky rules such as the ABA's '3-D' rule. Can we expect to see any of those in the WUSBA?

We play by combination of NCAA and WNBA rules, period, with the exception of our fines. We've adjusted the fines to reflect our pay scale. Our basketballs are the Spaulding TF-1000. The integrity of the game is paramount and must be protected.

8). What are the standards you expect WUSBA players to live by both on and off the court?

As my grandfather said, I have zero tolerance for monkey business. The players and coaches agreements state that if anyone is convicted in as much as misdemeanor, they will be terminated from the league. I want them out of the night clubs and into the books. We play at colleges and universities, our personnel will be model citizens or they will be gone, it's as simple as that. Fighting, cursing, or blatant disrespect for the officials is also cause for termination for the league, not suspension, termination. Our fan base will see good kids play top quality basketball and we will keep our league as clean as possible. I would safely say that 97% our players are college graduates, they are great role models for the young kids we will reach in our team communities.

9). Your first season of play is just under five months away. Talk about some of the challenges you have faced leading up to opening night?

The list is long and arduous, We are working hard to be ready and with the leagues commitment, all should go well. We have two practice runs at conducting our season. In 2010, we had serious issues with several coaches and league staff personnel. Having never dealt with womens basketball and having little experience in professional basketball, I didnt know who to trust, so as a novice, I was burned, bad. This year we wanted to play right along with the WNBA this past summer had some unforeseen challenges, dealing with gymnasiums without air conditioning. I couldnt and wouldnt place these kids at risk. This was the hottest summer on record, too dangerous. When I switch to the fall, most of our venues had commitments for the gymnasium already in place. Scheduling was a bear. All of my venues suggested we wait until the spring, when the gyms are relatively free of use and since we had planned on a spring league anyhow, here we are. I finally figured out that basketball is a winter and spring sport, we will leave summer to baseball and the fall to football and volleyball.

10). When fans get to the arenas, what can they expect as far as level of play?

We have had great expectation for the attendance at our games. I have been told by our partners that they looking forward to attending our games thus far. With a spring league, we have been able to get players from all over the United States and some International leagues. Keep in mind we are a professional womens basketball league, and we will get a lot of super talent. The NCAA is the best amateur basketball league in the world. The WNBA and the European leagues have traditionally used the NCAA as a feeder league and so will we.

Each game will be very entertaining. We have set in place halftime promotions as well as top quality entertainment for the fans. I'm extremely excited. We selected these communities because the interest in basketball is extremely vibrant. The folks in our towns have shared their support of our league, our teams and our civic programs. With our commitment to assist them in the community we believe this will be the start of a beautiful relationship.





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  WNBA - Women  


Erika de Souza to miss remainder of WNBA Conference Finals - by Eurobasket News
Atlanta Dream center Erika De Souza (6'6''-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) will miss the remainder of the WNBA Eastern Conference Finals, the team announced today.

De Souza, who recorded eight points and 13 rebounds in Game 1 on Thursday, will join the Brazilian national team in Columbia for the 2011 FIBA America Championship for Women. The tournament takes place from September 24 through October 1 and is a qualifier for the 2012 Olympics. It is a single-elimination tournament and de Souza is expected to return to the Dream immediately following play.

The Indiana Fever holds a 1-0 lead over the Dream in the best-of-three conference finals series. Atlanta, the defending Eastern Conference Champions, will host Game 2 on Sunday, September 25 at 3 p.m. Game 3 (if necessary) will be played in Indiana on Tuesday, September 27 at 7 p.m. The 2011 WNBA Finals, a best-of-five series, begin on October 2.

De Souza, a 6-5 center, averaged 11.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.3 blocks during the regular season. She appeared in 32 games, starting all of them. This year in the playoffs, de Souza is averaging 12.0 points and 10.7 rebounds per game.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com