EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/28/2011

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  ABA   


Two other players signed by the Express - by Gianni Pascucci
According with official website www.jerseyexpress.net, the Jersey Express have agreed to terms for the upcoming ABA season with froncourt players Dexter Gray (6'7''-F-85, college: St.John's), (a comeback from last season) and Zahir Carrington (6'7''-F)

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Bombers loading up for season - by Justin Moore
BELTWAY BOMBERS RETURN 5 ALL-STARS AND TARGET OPENING NIGHT FOR ACPBL SEASON

Coach Chaz Dudley and his Beltway Bombers are always one of the most talented professional basketball teams in the country, but ths upcoming ACPBL season, they are really loaded. The Bombers are entering this 2011-2012 ACPBL season returning 5 out of their 8 all-stars from last season; ACPBL MVP and Player of the Year Hugh Jones (6'3''-F-80) ACPBL leading scorer Marcus Fisher (6'4''-G/F-83, agency: Gamble Sports Management), Ed Jones (6'7''-F-86, college: N.Carolina A&T), Angelo Hernandez (6'3''-G, college: N.Carolina A&T) and Camontae Griffin (5'9''-G-86, college: St.Mary's, MD). Last season all-star Jamaal Wise (6'5''-F-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Rhode Island) is playing overseas, Steven Miles (6'2''-G-81, college: American) is on injured reserve, and 5-10 PG Joe Flegler is playing in Canada.

The Bombers are also returning Chris Darnell (6'9''-F/C-86, college: William & Mary), Rogers Barnes (6'2''-G-86, college: Morgan St.), Darrian Lee (6'5''-G-78, college: Goucher Perry King (6'0''-G, college: St.Bonaventure), G Kareem Collins (6'3''-G/F-80, college: New Jersey City St.) and Keith Gray (6'8''-C-80, college: American). Coach Chaz also signed and/or has committed to training camp; Johndre Jefferson (6'9''-F), Lawrence Felder (6'9''-C-76, college: Salem Intern.), Arbry Butler (6'8''-F), Stanley Jones (6'10''-C/F-86, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Francis Marion), Antwi Atuahene (6'3''-G-84, college: Arizona St.), Nate Flowers (6'5''-F-87), 5-11 PG Rahmmel Fishback, 6-5 G/F Chris Grant (6'2''-G), 6-10 F Chris Karlheim, Kyle Cannon (6'8''-F-86), Tremayne Russell (6'1''-G-88), Anthony Williams (6'2''-G-79, college: Pfeiffer), 6-3 G Marcus Ashton, Jonathan Hart (6'6''-F-86, college: UNC Pembroke), Lex James (6'10''-C-84, college: Bridgeport), Anderson Labase (5'11''-G, college: Queens, NY), Kayode Ayeni (6'5''-F-88, college: St.Francis, NY) and Patrick Behan (6'8''-F-87, college: Bucknell).

Going into his 19th year of coaching pro, with over 640 wins and 44 championships, the well known and respected Owner and Head Coach of the Bombers is looking forward to training camp and opening night on December 3rd. Known for his very grueling and physical training camps, along with his up-tempo style and intense defense, Coach will have a lot of pro talent from which to choose from. 'Our two training camps in October and November will allow me to evaluate assorted talent and add the final players to my roster. Being that we don't have tryouts, our initial training camp will enable me to invite specific players to veteran camp.

The Bombers ACPBL season opens on Saturday night December 3rd, with a home game vs a new team in the league; Bay Area Shuckers. Seems that the Shuckers had requested in the off-season to play the Bombers for their first game. Being a new franchise, I'm not sure if the Shuckers really are aware of the Bombers pro talent level, intensity and championship resume. Coach Chaz commented that 'they will get to know us on December 3rd. Seems their off-season enthusiasm prompted those comments. Be careful what you wish for. Every team has a game-plan until the buzzer sounds and they get hit. My players and I are very much looking forward to welcoming them to the league on opening night.' With the Bombers averaging over 160 points per game, and with several players in every top ACPBL statistical category, the Shuckers definitely need to be ready on December 3rd.




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  ARGENTINA   


Last import transactions - by Facundo Iatzky
Union Sunchales (TNA) released Antoine Joseph, just before the beggining of the season. They replaced him with DeAndre Coleman (201-F-86, college: S.Alabama)
Delonte Holland left Club 9 de Julio. despite he had had a great game in the debut of the team, he will not play anymore in 9 de julio. Now the team os looking for a replacement.
Atenas Cordoba released Elton Tyler and agreed terms with Angel Alamo (206-F/C-85)
Quimsa added Jeremy Hunt (196-G-83, college: Memphis) to their roster
Bahia Estudiantes signed Ricardo Sanchez (212-C/F-87). they also added young center Joel Comba (202-F-92, agency: Dream Team Management)


Obras Sanitarias add James Maye - by Eurobasket News
Obras Sanitarias strengthened their backcourt. They landed James Maye (201-G/F-81, college: NC-Greensboro). The shooting guard started the previous season in Australia. James Maye tallied 7.5 points, 3.0 boards and 1.0 steal for the Gold Coast Blaze in NBL. In January James Maye moved to Poland. He joined Zastal Zielona Gora. His stats read 14.6 points, 2.8 steals, 4.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per appearance. James Maye moved to Puerto Rico in April. He inked a deal with Caciques de Humacao. His stats came up to 14.5 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in BSN. James Maye finished the season in Dominican Republic. He posted 19.3 points, 4.3 rebounds per game for Titanes de Distrito Nacional.


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Gmunden wins Supercup - by Eurobasket News
Allianz Swans Gmunden - BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers 82-61

Allianz Swans Gmunden is the winner of Austrian Supercup 2011. They cruised past BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers 82-61 to win the first trophy this season. Sharaud Curry (178-G-87, college: Providence) was the leading scorer in victory with 20 points. Dan Oppland (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Valparaiso) also was great registering double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Robert Arnold (198-F, college: Boise St.) helped with 16 points. On the other side, Furstenfeld got 12 points and 8 boards from Bryant Matthews (201-G/F-82, college: Virginia Tech). Timothy Burnette (188-G-82, college: Tarleton St.) stopped to 11 points and 6 assists. Gmunden took control on their rivals from the beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 16-11, 20-9, 21-19, 25-22.
Austrian top division starts next weekend. Gmunden will host UBSC Graz, while Furstenfeld will meet Klosterneuburg on the road.

Gmunden: Sharaud Curry 20, Dan Oppland 17+11 boards, Robert Arnold 16
Furstenfeld: Bryant Matthews 12+8 boards, Timothy Burnette 11+6 as


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Pepinster grabs thriller win in Fegersheim - by Eurobasket News
Strasbourg IG (Pro A) - Verviers-Pepinster 69-70

Verviers-Pepinster played a friendly game in France on Sunday. They met Strasbourg IG in Fegersheim and managed to grab 69-70 thriller win. Devan Downey (175-G-87, college: S.Carolina) and Justin Love scored 14 points each for the Belgians. Tyrel Reed (190-G-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Kansas) had 13 and Mike Singletary (198-F-88, college: Texas Tech) helped with 8 points. In the loosing squad, Jusitn Harper replied with 23 points. Chris Oliver (198-F-85, college: Radford) had 15 points and 9 boards, while Lavoy Allen (205-F-89, college: Temple) added 12 pts and 13 rebs. Quarters: 17-18, 14-16, 17-19, 21-17.
Ten days ago Pepinster met ProB team CCRB in Reims. Belgians celebrated 78-88 win in that game. Belgian league starts next weekend.

Strasbourg IG: Justin Harper (208-F-89, college: Richmond) 23, Chris Oliver 15+9 boards, Lavoy Allen 12+13 boards
Verviers-Pepinster: Devan Downey 14, Jason Love (206-F/C-87, college: Xavier) 14, Tyrel Reed 13, Mike Singletary 8


Oostende drub Norrkoping in Sweden - by Eurobasket News
Norrkoping - Oostende 62:88

Oostende tipped off EuroCup Qualifying Round campaign with a comfortable win over Norrkoping in Sweden. Jason Rich (191-G-86) posted 19 points to lead the Belgian team.
Norrkoping surged ahead early in the game and posted a 15:12 lead after ten minutes. However Oostende answered with 10:0 run early in the second term to spur in front. Sakota and Quentin Serron (190-G-90) made it 42:31 for the visitors late in the first half. The margin grew at 15-point mark midway through the third term. Oostende piled up a 63:45 advantage with ten minutes to go. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) gave Oostende a 20-point lead early in the final term. The Belgian side never looked back en route to the victory afterwards. Matt Lojeski posted 18 points, while Quentin Serron contributed 13 points and 5 assists in the win. Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79, college: Kent St.) answered with 13 points for the Dolphins. Anton Saks (200-G-89, agency: Lanshire Group) had 10 points in the loss.

Norrkoping: Andrew Mitchell 13, Anton Saks 10
Oostende: Jason Rich 19, Matt Lojeski 18, Quentin Serron 13



Besiktas draw first blood in EuroCup Qualifying Round series - by Eurobasket News
Besiktas - Dexia Mons-Hainaut 78:70

Besiktas stepped closer to the EuroCup regular season following a home win over Dexia Mons-Hainaut. Ambitious Turkish team claimed an 8-point victory at home court. Marcelus Kemp (196-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Nevada) stepped up with 24 points to lead the effort.
It was never an easy battle for the hosts. Dexia led for the bigger part of the opening frame. But three-pointers from Marcelus Kemp and Deron Williams (191-PG-84, college: Illinois) gave Besiktas a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. The hosts used a 7:0 run midway through the second term to post a 35:28 lead. Bekistas piled up a 41:37 lead at the interval. Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) and Hawkins ensured a 59:46 lead for the home team midway through the third term. Bekistas ensured a 63:52 advantage at the final intermission. The hosts enlarged their lead to 15 points with under four minutes to go but Dexia stayed in the game. Slaughter helped the Belgian team to narrow the gap to 8 points at the end. Zoran Erceg and Deron Williams posted 15 points each for Besiktas. Justin Cage (198-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Xavier) responded with 13 points for Dexia. Ronell Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) and Ahmad Nivins (206-F-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: St.Joseph's) chipped in 12 points apiece in the loss.

Besiktas: Marcelus Kemp 24, Zoran Erceg 15, Deron Williams 15
Dexia: Justin Cage 13, Ronell Taylor 12, Ahmad Nivins 12



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Lukoil Academik edge Prostejov in EuroCup Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Lukoil Academic - Prostejov 70:65

Lukoil Academic celebrated the victory in the first leg of the EuroCup Qualifying Round series versus Prostejov. Lamont Mack (201-F-87, college: Charlotte) scored 17 points to pace the Bulgarian team. The teams will meet again on October 4 in Czech Republic.
Lukoil went on a 15:2 run late in the opening frame to take a 21:10 lead. Prostejov cut the deficit to just six points at the first break 17:23. Lukoil opened the second term with six points in a row to establish a 28:17 advantage. Lukoil stayed in charge to record a 36:31 lead at the interval. Prostejov answered with a 9:0 run midway through the third term to grab a 45:44 lead. Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances) and Lamont Mack regained the advantage for Lukoil as they entered the fourth frame up by 4 points 51:47. Banev and Bozhidar Avramov stretched the gap to 11 points 64:53 midway through the final stanza. The hosts hung on to escape with a five-point win at the end. Bozhidar Avramov and Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 10 points each for Lukoil. Jamar Smith (191-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) answered with 22 points for Prostejov. Bertengeh Cadri-Nicholson (208-C-83, college: Denver) had 10 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Lukoil Academic: Lamont Mack 17, Bozhidar Avramov 10, Todor Stoykov 10
Prostejov: Jamar Smith 22, Bertengeh Cadri-Nicholson 10



Lukoil Academic and Rilski Sportist finished the home Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Lukoil Academic and Rilski Sportist finished the home Tournament that was played in Samokov, Bulgaria.
In Day 1 Lukoil Academic outscored Rilski Sportist 86:64. Andre Owens paced all the winners with 22 points and Bruno Sundov (221-C-80, agency: Alti Sport) scored 17. Filip Vukosavljevic (206-C-83) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort and Stanislav Vaklinov (206-F-89, agency: Interperformances) had 10.
In Day 2 Keravnos overcame Rilski Sportist 67:65. The team from Cyprus started with 19-17 and both teams later nailed 16 points each in the second period. Another 21-15 in the third frame gave Keravnos the bigger advantage, while the team from Bulgaria reduced due to 17-11 in the last period. Samuel Haanpaa (203-G/F-86) poured in 15 points and Panagiotis Trisokkas scored 13. Filip Vukosavljevic collected 13 points and 10 boards in defeat, while Bogdan Boev posted 12.
Lukoil Academic finished second at the tournament beating Keravnos 67:66 in Day 3. The team from Bulgaria started with 17-9 and added 23-19 in the second frame. The second half belonged to the team from Cyprus, but Lukoil saved 1-point deficit. Bruno Sundov stepped up with 13 points and Damjan Stojanovski posted 12. Andrei Mandache (189-G-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) delivered 17 points in defeat, whilst Marcus Moore had 10.
Crvena Zvezda Beograd won Samokov Tournament. In the Final game the Serbian team outscored Rilski Sportist 73:65. Trailing 33-40 after the first half, Crvena Zvezda Beograd needed two strong periods in the second half to win the game. They produced 23-9 in the third quarter and finished the game with 17-16. Andreja Milutinovic poured in 13 points and Nemanja Nedovic as well as Petar Popovic (211-C-79) posted 10 each. Filip Vukosavljevic ended up with 17 points for Bulgarian team.



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Storm signs small forward Michael Dale - by Eurobasket News
Summerside Storm head coach and vice-president of player personnel Joe Salerno announced the signing of six-foot-six small forward Michael Anthony Dale (6'6''-G/F-84, college: S.Illinois) on Monday.

'Mike brings a veteran attitude, and a lot of pro experience from playing overseas,' commented Salerno. 'He is also very familiar with FIBA rules, something many of our guys have not experienced yet.'

The Storm is a member of the National Basketball League of Canada.



Chicago native

Dale, 27, hails from Chicago, Ill., and he played his collegiate ball not far from there at Southern Illinois University. Since then, he has played professionally at some of the highest levels in Austria, Hungary and France. Dale most recently played for Kecskemeti Univer in Hungary's A Division during the 2009-2010 seasons, where he averaged 15 points and six rebounds per game. During the 2008 season, Dale averaged 26.4 points and six rebounds per game in helping lead UBSC Graz in Austria's A Division to a Bundesliga league championship.

'He can really score the basketball in a variety of different ways,' added Salerno. 'He is someone I have had my eye on for quite some time now, and I am thrilled we were able to get this deal done.'



Training camp

Dale will join current signees Mike Williams, Chris Cayole, Al Stewart, Eric Gilchrese, Troy Gottselig and Jessan Gray when the Storm kicks off training camp in Summerside in two weeks.

The Storm's first pre-season contest will be against the Halifax Rainmen at UPEI on Friday, Oct. 21. The Storm will open the regular season at home against the Quebec Kebs on Thursday, Nov. 3. Game time at EastLink Arena is 7 p.m.

Storm season tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased at the Credit Union Place box office.

Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com




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China's Yao Ming going back to school - by Eurobasket News
Chinese sporting hero Ming Yao (226-C-80) is to return to school this autumn, three months after retiring from the game that made him a global star, the state Xinhua news agency said, citing his agent.

The former Houston Rockets player will attend Shanghai's Jiaotong University, one of China's most prestigious institutions, but has not yet decided what he will study, his agent Zhang Mingji said.

But fellow students won't be sitting next to the towering Yao. The university will assign him special teachers for one-on-one sessions because he was worried his appearance in class would affect other students, Xinhua reported late Monday.

'Yao has always been learning after retirement,' Zhang said. 'He has never stopped learning.'

Jiaotong, considered one of China's top universities, is renowned for its science and engineering departments.

Yao, whose success on the court made him a hero to hundreds of millions of basketball-mad Chinese, announced his retirement in July.

He enrolled at Jiaotong for his undergraduate degree shortly before heading to the United States to play in the National Basketball Association, but was too busy to do the coursework, state media has previously reported.

AFP could not immediately reach Zhang or anyone at Jiaotong University for comment.

Courtesy of www.channelnewsasia.com


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FEDERATION CUP 2011, DAY 7 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Guerreros claim its fourth win of the season, defeating the San Andres Caribbean Heat 100 69 in Bogota, the game had Guerreros took an early control of the game, and managed the game good enough to get the victory despite the ejection of its star Kammron Taylor, Caribbean Heat guard Franklin Forbes throws the ball to Taylors face and Kammron reacted punching Forbes, wich meand the ejection of both players.
Guerreros de Bogota 100 C. Silva 26 pts, (5 of 7 3ptr), Steve Thomas 14 pts.
Caribbean Heat 69 P. Culvert 16 pts, J. Manuel 15 pts

Bucaros stole a very important victory as visitor in Cucuta defeating Cucuta Norte, Bucaros had a bad third quarter scoring just 2 points allowing the locals to get into the final with a 2 points lead, but Carlos Parra made its voice sound among his players, and a strong reaction of the yellow squad in the last quarter, gives them the victory.
Cucuta Norte 68
Bucaros 83
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Indervalle lost at home against the Patriotas, Patriotas is having its best start of the Cup in many years, with 4 straight victories in 5 games, Indervalle had the debut of Dante Hunter but his help was not good to change the history, in Patriotas Kavon Lycht keep doing a good job in the paint.
Indervalle 95
Patriotas 102.



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Elan Chalon won over Cedevita at the Eurocup Qualifying Round Day 1 - by Eurobasket News
Elan Chalon-Cedevita 78:73

Elan Chalon won over Cedevita at the Eurocup Qualifying Round Day 1. The French side celebrated 78:73 win in Chalon sur Saone in front of almost 4000 fans.
Cedevita started with 7-0 run but managed to take only 16:15 lead as Smodis closed the first period. Smith gave the French side the lead early in the second as Chalon erupted with 29-14 in it. Alade Aminu (208-F-87, college: Georgia Tech) sent the teams to the lockers at 44:30. Moreover another 24-18 allowed the hosts to take plus 20 at the end of thirty minutes. They failed however in the last one and gave good chances for the Croatian side to advance. The latter needed 25-10 in the last stanza to lose by 5.
Alade Aminu stepped up with 20 points and Blake Schilb (201-G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) netted14. Nicolas Lang (196-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 11 and Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) produced 10. Chris Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) posted 13.

Elan Chalon: Alade Aminu 20, Blake Schilb 14, Nicolas Lang 11, Steed Tchicamboud 10
Cedevita: Chris Owens 17, Dontaye Draper 13, Marino Bazdaric (197-G/F-78) 12


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Eurocup Qualifying Round: Intercolege Etha vs Spartak St. Petersburg - by Chris Mammides
The most significant game for the team of Head Coach Antonis Konstantinides and for InterCollege Etha Engomis (since its birth -1942) will take place tomorrow the 28th of September, 2011against the Russian super power Spartak St. Petersburg. The fight is between Goliath and David as the Russian Super house has a roster which cost more or less 60 times more than the one of the Cypriot Champions.

The team of Greeks Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84) and Stefanos Dedas (assistant Coach) , the team of the other 'Greeks' Miha Zupan (ex player of Trikala), Yotam Halperin (ex player of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus), Patrick Beverley (185-G-88, college: Arkansas) (ex player of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus), Anatoly Kashirov (ex Aris Thessalonikis) and of cource of the Slovenian Head Coach Jurij Zdovc (who spent a decade in the Greek courts as a player and Head Coach) arrived today in Cyprus and unfortunately for the Cypriot team, not only is the 'David' against the Russians but the Slovenian Head Coach of Spartak has a very good friend in Afrodite's island and he allready received all the necessary information about the Engomis's team whcich was scrutinised and analysed in deapth especially for the Slovenian Head Coach.

Whether any surprise from the Cypriot coaching team was supposed to take place in their tomorrow's game this have been lost as according to some behind the scene news this Jurij Zdovc 's 'basketball friend' did a special analysis with al the possible tactics that the Engomis team is planning to do as he knows very well the team and he 'offered' his services to Spartak in order to avoid any unnecessary and unpleasant (for the Russian millionaires) negative surprise.


In any case the top performer for the Russians (and was proved also in the last friendly games) is no other than the ex player of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus Greek power forward, Loukas Mavrokefalides who scored in the last friendly game against the Italian team of Sardinia Dynamo Sassari in Bormio of Northern Italy, 29 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 block shots while the other ex Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus player and only American of the team Patrick Beverley in the same game scored 16 points, 5 rebounds, 10 assists!! And three steals. The American is the brains of the team as everything starts from him and its better for the Cyprus team to have him guarded very well. The Israeli international and ex player of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus Yotam Halperin scored 10 points, 3 assists and 2 steals while the only Russian who will be among the starters (probably 7th player) Valery Likhodey scored 9 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in the victory over the Italians with 81-75.

The Russian super house has also two great Monte Negro players who can harm any team, Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) the ex Caja Laboral power forward who can play with the same effectiveness in both forward positions and in the pain as a center as his 2.07 allows him to do so especially with theoretically weaker opponents like InterCollege Etha Engomis. Furthermore, the second Monte Negro player Nicola Dragovic is only a back up of Dragicevic and Mavrokefalides but still a great tool in the hands of Jurij Zdovc who has in his roster 2 Monte Negro players, 1 Greek, 1 American, 1 Israeli, 1 Slovenian, 1 Sierra Leone (Victor Keyru who will not play against Etha due to injury) and 5 Russians most of which have not so serious role (with the exception of Valery Likhodey and Aleksey Kotishevskiy who will have a bit more important role than their country-mates)


The game is taking place tomorrow afternoon and very soon we will whitness either a solid win by Russians or a small miracle by the Cypriots....



Keravnos comes back from Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
Keravnos comes back from Bulgaria with the third place at Samokov Cup. In Day 1 Crvena Zvezda celebrated 81-73 win thanks to well played second half of the game.
In Day 2 Keravnos overcame Rilski Sportist 67:65. The team from Cyprus started with 19-17 and both teams later nailed 16 points each in the second period. Another 21-15 in the third frame gave Keravnos the bigger advantage, while the team from Bulgaria reduced due to 17-11 in the last period. Samuel Haanpaa (203-G/F-86) poured in 15 points and Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80) scored 13. Filip Vukosavljevic (206-C-83) collected 13 points and 10 boards in defeat, while Bogdan Boev posted 12.
Lukoil Academic finished second at the tournament beating Keravnos 67:66 in Day 3. The team from Bulgaria started with 17-9 and added 23-19 in the second frame. The second half belonged to the team from Cyprus, but Lukoil saved 1-point deficit. Bruno Sundov (221-C-80, agency: Alti Sport) stepped up with 13 points and Damjan Stojanovski (197-F-87) posted 12. Andrei Mandache (189-G-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) delivered 17 points in defeat, whilst Marcus Moore had 10.



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BK Prostejov Travels to Bulgaria to Take on PBC Lukoil Akademic Sofia in Eurocup Qualifying - by Surujh Roopnarine
Tonight at 18:00, BK Prostejov begins their quest to qualify for the 2011-12 Eurocup season. They will take part in a home-and-away two-game series with Lukoil Academik Sofia Sofia of Bulgaria, with the winner on aggregate points advancing to the main competition. Prostejov is coming off of a Friday night 70-67 victory over Astrum Levice in Slovakia, their first game of the domestic NBL season. Lukoils last game was on Thursday as they defeated Keravnos Strovolou of Cyprus to claims second place in a pre-season tournament in Samokov.
Critical to the outcome tonight will be the availability of guard Jamar Smith (191-G-87, college: S.Indiana) for Prostejov. Missing in action the last three matches, Smith has been nursing a leg injury and his readiness for tonight remains to be seen. The explosive scorer and ball-handler would help ease the scoring burden from Dusan Pandula (196-F-84) and Travis Peterson (208-C-85, college: Samford) against an experienced Lukoil squad. The home team, which has a deep and rich basketball tradition, are coming odd a 2010-11 domestic league championship and return many seasoned veterans for this season. The most recognizable names would probably be former NBA center Bruno Sundov (221-C-80) and Bulgarian National Team legend Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77). The team reached the quarterfinals for the EuroChallenge last season (while Prostejov finished 2-4 in Group L) and has new American imports Andre Owens (193-G-80, college: Houston) and Akida McLain (206-F-86, college: Indiana, PA) to go with holdovers Lamont Mack (201-F-87, college: Charlotte) and Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) from last season.
An interesting player to watch is new Prostejov big man Travis Peterson who spent last season in Sofia with Lukoil.
The home team is favored tonight on their home-court, but Prostejov, which has been completely re-vamped for this season will have an opportunity to show their worth on the big stage, knowing a shot at the Eurocup is within their grasp.
Prediction: BK Prostejov vs. Lukoil Academik Sofia Sofia: 65-79


BK Prostejov Fall to Lukoil Academik Sofia in Game One of Eurocup Qualifying - by Surujh Roopnarine
Last season's NBL second-place finishers BK Prostejov hit the road tonight to face Lukoil Academik Sofia in game one of the home and home series. The winner of the two-game series based on cumulative points would advance to the 2011-12 Eurocup regular season. The hosts from Bulgaria started out well, building an 11 point advantage in the first quarter, one they eventually took 23-17. Prostejov fought to keep the game close, but could never close the gap below a few baskets. Down 51-47 to start the fourth quarter, a Jamar Smith (191-G-87, college: S.Indiana) three-pointer at the 8:07 mark brought Prostejov within one at 51-50, but a 12-3 run by Lukoil put the game out of reach down the stretch. Jamar Smith had an an impressive debut after missing Prostejov's first domestic-league game on Friday. The second-year guard out of Southern Indian scored a game-high 22 points on 8-11 shooting, including four three-pointers. Unfortunately, the rest of the team did not step up offensively, scoring just 43 points among the other 10 players who saw action. Travis Peterson (208-C-85, college: Samford), who was returning to Bulgaria after spending last season with Lukoil, had an uneven performance, collecting a game-high 10 rebounds, but shooting just 2-8 from the field for six points. Lukoil was led by its bench, specifically the outstanding play of forward Lamont Mack (201-F-87, college: Charlotte). In 27 minutes as a reserve, he scored a team-high 17 points on 7-13 shooting. Lukoil's bench outscored Prostejov's 44-21 on the night.
PROSTEJOV: Jamar Smith (22pts), Yemi Nicholson (208-C-83, college: Denver) (10pts+9reb), Travis Peterson (6pts+10reb), Jaroslav Prasil (201-F-80) (8pts)
LUKOIL ACADEMIC: Lamont Mack (17pts), Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77) (10pts), Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90) (10pts), Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) (6pts+6reb+5ast)



Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. BK Prostejov 1-0 
 2. CEZ Nymburk 1-0 
 3. B&W Opava 0-0 
 4. BC Kolin 0-0 
 5. BK Decin 0-0 
 6. BK Pardubice 0-0 
 7. Chomutov 0-0 
 8. Inter Bratislava 0-0 
 9. NH Ostrava 0-0 
 10. Plzen 0-0 
 11. Svitavy 0-0 
 12. USK Praha 0-0 
 13. Usti n/Labem 0-0 
 14. Levice 0-2 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Pavel PUMPRLA
  CEZ N.
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 23
 1. Pumprla, CEZ N.23.0 
 2. Peterson, BK Prost.18.0 
 3. Grant, Levice16.5 
 4. Sokolovsky, CEZ N.15.0 
 5. Pandula, BK Prost.14.0 
 6. Cadri-N., BK Prost.13.0 
 7. Venta, BK Prostej.13.0 
 8. Benda, CEZ Nymburk13.0 
 9. Henderson, Levice12.5 
 10. Bernard, Levice12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petr BENDA
  CEZ Nymburk
  (203-F/C-82)
  Avg: 12
 1. Benda, CEZ Nymburk12.0 
 2. Venta, BK Prostej.9.0 
 3. Sokolovsky, CEZ N.8.0 
 4. Henderson, Levice7.0 
 5. Prasil, BK Prost.6.0 
 6. Pumprla, CEZ N.6.0 
 7. Peterson, BK Prost.6.0 
 8. Bernard, Levice5.5 
 9. Grant, Levice5.5 
 10. Lawrence, CEZ N.5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  BK Prost.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Cadri-N., BK Prost.3.0 
 2. Eitutavicius, BK P.3.0 
 3. Grant, Levice3.0 
 4. Stemberger, Levice2.5 
 5. Sokolovsky, CEZ N.2.0 
 6. Peterson, BK Prost.2.0 
 7. Vyoral, CEZ N.2.0 
 8. Bohacik, BK Prost.2.0 
 9. Lawrence, CEZ N.2.0 
 10. Kremen, CEZ N.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pavel PUMPRLA
  CEZ N.
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Pumprla, CEZ N.4.0 
 2. Grant, Levice3.5 
 3. Lenzly, CEZ N.3.0 
 4. Kostomaj, Levice1.5 
 5. Stemberger, Levice1.5 
 6. Prasil, BK Prost.1.0 
 7. Lawrence, CEZ N.1.0 
 8. Peterson, BK Prost.1.0 
 9. Venta, BK Prostej.1.0 
 10. Kremen, CEZ N.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  BK Prost.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Cadri-N., BK Prost.3.0 
 2. Grant, Levice1.5 
 3. Lawrence, CEZ N.1.0 
 4. Lenzly, CEZ N.1.0 
 5. Pumprla, CEZ N.1.0 
 6. Benda, CEZ Nymburk1.0 
 7. Bernard, Levice1.0 
 8. Sokolovsky, CEZ N.1.0 
 9. Henderson, Levice0.5 
 10. Klein, Levice0.5 


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Standings - 1st Division
1st Division Standings
 1. Glostrup 1-0 
 2. Koge BK 1-0 
 3. Lemvig 1-0 
 4. Randers 1-0 
 5. Aarhus BF 0-0 
 6. Amager BK 0-0 
 7. Haderslev 0-0 
 8. Solrod 0-0 
 9. ALBA 0-1 
 10. Jonstrup 0-1 
 11. Stevnsgade 0-1 
 12. Virum 0-1 


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Leones take Game Five for 3-2 lead - by Eurobasket News
LNB Finals, Game 5: Leones SD - Cocolos 93-88 (3-2)

Game Five of the LNB Finals was played on Sunday. Leones SD handed 93-88 loss to Cocolos for 3-2 lead in the series. Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois) exploded in this victory with double-double of 31 points and 11 rebounds. He also handed out 5 assists beside that. Chris Johnson (211-C-85, college: LSU) had 18 points and 6 boards, while Walker Russell (183-G-82, college: Jacksonville St.) helped with 15 points and 9 assists. In Cocolos, Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) shined with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Their second scorer was Justin Dentmon (183-G-85, college: Washington) with 20 points, while Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama) had double-double of 18 pts and 13 rebs. Quarters: 22-21, 20-17, 22-18, 29-22.
Game Six is scheduled for tomorrow. Leones are one win away from the title.

Leones: Eulis Baez 31+11 boards+5 as, Chris Johnson 18+6 boards, Walker Russell 15+9 as
Cocolos: Jack Michael Martinez 24+12 boards, Justin Dentmon 20, Evan Brock 18+13 boards


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Standings - KML
KML Standings
 1. Kalev/Cramo 0-0 
 2. Parnu 0-0 
 3. Rapla 0-0 
 4. Tartu Ulikool 0-0 
 5. Tarvas 0-0 
 6. Tln Kalev 0-0 
 7. TTU/Kalev 0-0 
 8. Valga/CKE 0-0 


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Esian HENDERSON
  Levice
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 19
 1. Henderson, Levice19.0 
 2. Peterson, BK Prost.18.0 
 3. Grant, Levice17.0 
 4. Pandula, BK Prost.14.0 
 5. Venta, BK Prostej.13.0 
 6. Cadri-N., BK Prost.13.0 
 7. Stemberger, Levice11.0 
 8. Bernard, Levice11.0 
 9. Prasil, BK Prost.8.0 
 10. Cervenka, Levice4.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Matej VENTA
  BK Prostejov
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 9
 1. Venta, BK Prostej.9.0 
 2. Prasil, BK Prost.6.0 
 3. Peterson, BK Prost.6.0 
 4. Henderson, Levice6.0 
 5. Cadri-N., BK Prost.5.0 
 6. Grant, Levice5.0 
 7. Pandula, BK Prost.5.0 
 8. Vojtek, Levice4.0 
 9. Bohacik, BK Prost.4.0 
 10. Bernard, Levice4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sinisa STEMBERGER
  Levice
  (195-G-79)
  Avg: 4
 1. Stemberger, Levice4.0 
 2. Eitutavicius, BK P.3.0 
 3. Cadri-N., BK Prost.3.0 
 4. Grant, Levice2.0 
 5. Peterson, BK Prost.2.0 
 6. Bohacik, BK Prost.2.0 
 7. Henderson, Levice2.0 
 8. Bernard, Levice2.0 
 9. Klein, Levice1.0 
 10. Bratcenkov, BK Pr.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Sinisa STEMBERGER
  Levice
  (195-G-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Stemberger, Levice3.0 
 2. Grant, Levice2.0 
 3. Venta, BK Prostej.1.0 
 4. Prasil, BK Prost.1.0 
 5. Peterson, BK Prost.1.0 
 6. Cadri-N., BK Prost.1.0 
 7. Kostomaj, Levice1.0 
 8. Bohacik, BK Prost.1.0 
 9. Pandula, BK Prost.1.0 
 10. Bratcenkov, BK Pr.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh CADRI-NICHOLSON
  BK Prost.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Cadri-N., BK Prost.3.0 
 2. Grant, Levice3.0 
 3. Henderson, Levice1.0 
 4. Bernard, Levice1.0 
 5. Kostomaj, Levice0.0 
 6. Eitutavicius, BK P.0.0 
 7. Cervenka, Levice0.0 
 8. Stec, Levice0.0 
 9. Bratcenkov, BK Pro.0.0 
 10. Peterson, BK Pros.0.0 


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Benetton TV 0-0 
 2. Valencia 0-0 
 3. Aris 0-0 
 4. B.Muenchen 0-0 
 5. Hapoel J-M 0-0 
 6. GasTerra 0-0 
 7. Krka 0-0 
 8. Fraport SKY 0-0 
 9. Rudupis 0-0 
 10. Lokomotiv 0-0 
Qualifying Round
 1. Besiktas 1-0 
 2. Lukoil Academik 1-0 
 3. Chalon 1-0 
 4. Ventspils 1-0 
 5. Oostende 1-0 
 6. Le Mans 1-0 
 7. Spartak SP 0-0 
 8. Art.Dragons 0-0 
 9. Etha 0-0 
 10. Gran Canaria 0-0 
 11. BK Prostejov 0-1 
 12. Cedevita 0-1 
 13. Azovmash 0-1 
 14. M.Hainaut 0-1 
 15. Norrkoping 0-1 
 16. Karsiyaka 0-1 


John Thomas to Hapoel Jerusalem, Greivis Vasquez Will Join Shortly? - by David Pick
American 36-year-old center John Thomas who recently played for Aris Thessaloniki (Greece) is undergoing intense negotiations with Israeli organization, Hapoel Jerusalem as reported by Sport5.

Thomas will join a very deep front court lineup including Brian Randle, Jarvis Varnado, Elishay Kadir and Uri Kokia as Eurobasket was informed that the contract should be signed within the next 48hours and that Thomas, will only play with the team in the European competition.

The New York Knicks 1997, 25th NBA draft pick will return to Israel after playing for Hapoel Holon two-seasons ago. Thomas began last year training with the Minnesota Timberwolves but was waived after pre-season try-outs, moving to Aris Thessaloniki where he would record 8.0ppg and 6.1rpg in the domestic league and 5.2ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.0bpg in the Eurochallenge before leaving in April.

Another deal the Holy-Land's glorious city team Hapoel is trying to finalize is that of the Memphis Grizzlies Venezuelan point guard Greivis Vasquez. Eurobasket understood that the player's agent and the Israeli team have already reached an agreement regarding financial terms and all that remains for the deal to be signed is an 'OK' from the player himself. A source also tells Eurobasket that if the NBA lockout should go on the entire season, Vasquez will be paid retroactively, eventually earning more money.

Vasquez recently scheduled a Friday meeting with VZ President Hugo Chvez and is to give his final decision after the meeting. Earlier today Vasquez confirmed interest by the Israeli team. A person who was in contact with Vasquez throughout the summer and has been pressuring him to join the team is Jerusalem's American guard D.J. Strawberry who played with the VZ guard during their time at the University of Maryland.

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


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Panathinakos confirm Sarunas Jasikevicius - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos have officially announced the return of Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland). The veteran guard will spend the next season in Greece. Sarunas Jasikevicius played for Panathinaikos back in 2007/10 seasons. He led Panathinaikos to two A1 League champions titles in 2008 and 2009. The guard also celebrated Euroleague title with Panathinaikos in 2009. Sarunas Jasikevicius started the previous season in Lietuvos Rytas. He tallied 10.3 points, 3.8 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game in LKL. In Euroleague his stats read 7.3 points, 4.3 assists and 1.3 boards. In December Sarunas Jasikevicus moved to Fenerbahce Ulker. The guard posted 8.3 points, 2.6 assists and 1.0 board per TBL game. In Euroleague Jasikevicius delivered 4.8 points, 1.5 assists and 1.0 board.


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KORISLIIGA: Kouvot signed with Jordan - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Kouvot (Kouvola) has signed with American G Antoine Jordan (196-G-83, college: Siena). Jordan has played in Europe already in four different countries (Italy, Lithuania, Holland, Germany) and averaged last season in Goettingen (Ger-1.Bundesliga) 4,7 ppg - 1,9 rpg in 23 contests. A tall Finnish C has also joined Kouvot roster. Samuli Vanttaja (210-F/C-91) will not play in Italy, but stays in Finland and brings height to Kouvot, which they badly need. Kouvot and Head Coach Jyri Lehtonen will start the season on the road on Thursday as they will travel 65 km West of Kouvola and meet local YMCA Team in Lahti.

Jerice Crouch joins UU-Korihait Uusikaupunki - by Eurobasket Center
UU-Korihait Uusikaupunki agreed terms with 27-year old American guard Jerice Crouch (182-G-84, college: Chattanooga). Crouch played most recently at Rochester RazorSharks (PBL) in the U.S. While playing 24 games for Rochester R. last season his stats were: 14.5ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.7apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to win the championship title. Crouch played also pro basketball in Holland and Slovakia. He graduated Univ.of Tennessee - Chattanooga in 2006.

Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kataja 0-0 
 2. Kauhajoki 0-0 
 3. Korihait 0-0 
 4. Kouvot 0-0 
 5. KTP 0-0 
 6. LrNMKY 0-0 
 7. Namika Lahti 0-0 
 8. Nilan Bisons 0-0 
 9. Pyrinto 0-0 
 10. Salon Vilpas 0-0 
 11. ToPo 0-0 


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Elan Chalon won over Cedevita at the Eurocup Qualifying Round Day 1 - by Eurobasket News
Elan Chalon-Cedevita 78:73

Elan Chalon won over Cedevita at the Eurocup Qualifying Round Day 1. The French side celebrated 78:73 win in Chalon sur Saone in front of almost 4000 fans.
Cedevita started with 7-0 run but managed to take only 16:15 lead as Smodis closed the first period. Smith gave the French side the lead early in the second as Chalon erupted with 29-14 in it. Alade Aminu (208-F-87, college: Georgia Tech) sent the teams to the lockers at 44:30. Moreover another 24-18 allowed the hosts to take plus 20 at the end of thirty minutes. They failed however in the last one and gave good chances for the Croatian side to advance. The latter needed 25-10 in the last stanza to lose by 5.
Alade Aminu stepped up with 20 points and Blake Schilb (201-G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) netted14. Nicolas Lang (196-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 11 and Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) produced 10. Chris Owens (204-F-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Texas) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) posted 13.

Elan Chalon: Alade Aminu 20, Blake Schilb 14, Nicolas Lang 11, Steed Tchicamboud 10
Cedevita: Chris Owens 17, Dontaye Draper 13, Marino Bazdaric (197-G/F-78) 12


Le Mans steps closer to EuroCup Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Pinar Karsiyaka-Le Mans 73:80

Le Mans steps closer to EuroCup Regular Season after a road victory at the Eurocup Qualifying Round Day 1. The French side rolled over Pinar Karsiyaka 80:73 and will have 7-point deficit after the second game in France.
Le Mans took the lead from the very beginning and an 8-0 run gave them 16:6 midway through the first period. They had also 10-point advantage at the end of the first 10 minutes, while Henry Kahudi (193-PG-91) scored for 34:22. Kouguere nailed three to send the teams to the lockers for 43:34.
Pinar Karsiyaka however erupted with 27-12 in the third frame and grabbed 61:55 at the end of three quarters. It was too early to celebrate as Le Mans responded with 25-12 in the last stanza.
Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85, college: Washington St.) stepped up with 17 points, while Marcellus Sommerville (200-F-82, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bradley) added 16. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) followed them with 14 points, while Henry Kahudi and Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 10 apiece. Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) ended up with 17 points in defeat, while Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90) collected 14 points and 15 boards. Raymar Morgan (202-F/C-88, college: Michigan St.) scored 13 and Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) finished the game with 11 points.

Pinar Karsiyaka: Mire Chatman 17, Ilkan Karaman 14+15 rebs, Raymar Morgan 13, Birkan Batuk 11
Le Mans: Taylor Rochestie 17, Marcellus Sommerville 16, Joao Paulo Batista 14, Henry Kahudi 10, Alain Koffi 10


Dijon triumphed at d'Alfortville Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Dijon wins d'Alfortville Tournament Final beating Ukrainian Budivelnyk. The French side grabbed 75:71 win as well as the first place. Rolandas Alijevas (192-G-85) and Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) came up with 12 points each for Budivelnyk. Jack McClinton (185-G-85, college: Miami, FL) added 11 points in the losing case.
Earlier Budivelnyk celebrated in Day One of the Tournament in Alfortville. The reigning Ukrainian champion cruised past Peris-Levallois 82:66. Michailis Anisimovas (214-C-84) was the leading player in victory with 18 points.
In the game for the third place STB Le Havre won over Hyeres Toulon 84:76. Fabien Paschal (208-C/F-91) top-scored for the winners with 15 points, while Ousmane Camara (202-C-89) and Wise scored 14 each. Earlier STB Le Havre rolled over Dexia Mons-Hainaut 98:95.



Demetris Nichols replaced Robert Hite in Cholet Basket - by Eurobasket News
Demetris Nichols (205-F-84, college: Syracuse) replaced Robert Hite in Cholet Basket as the latter will miss 4-6 more weeks due to injury he suffered at the beginning of the month (Achilles tendon).
In 2010-2011 Demetris Nichols played for signed at JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket (France-ProA, starting five) and in 21 games became the third top-scorer with 18.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 34.2%, FT: 83.3%.
Last year JA Vichy announced signing of Demetris Nichols. The American forward arrived to his new team from BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral, where he spent second half of 2009/10. Nichols appeared 27 times in ProA averaging 6.7 points and 2.1 rebounds. He also added 6.7 ppg and 3 rpg for three EuroChallenge games. Nichols played for the Portland Trail Blazers at the 2010 Las Vegas Summer League, but failed to secure a deal.
Demetris Nichols is versatile small forward who is able to shoot the ball with excellence. He is an amazing three-point shooter who always plays and scores within the team's system. His shooting touch is perfect, he is able to score on his defender from any given situation.



Limoges wins, Strasbourg fails in friendlies - by Eurobasket News
Limoges CSP and Strasbourg IG played friendly games on Sunday.
Limoges CSP was better than Boulogne 89-76 at home. The hosts took control on their rival from the beginning and never looked back. Raphael Desroses (199-F-80) top-scored in Limoges with 19 points. Christophe Massie (206-F/C-77, agency: Court Side, college: Memphis) had 16 and Landon Milbourne (201-F-87, college: Maryland) helped with one point less. On the other side, Boulgone got 24 points from James Mathis (199-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: Niagara). Quarters: 25-15, 26-18, 20-28, 18-15.
Strasbourg IG failed in thriller against Belgian team Verviers-Pepinster 69-70. Jason Love (206-F/C-87, college: Xavier) and Devan Downey (175-G-87, college: S.Carolina) scored 14 points each for the winners. Tyrel Reed (190-G-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Kansas) followed them with 13 points. In Strasbourg, Justin Harper (208-F-89, college: Richmond) shined with 23 points and Chris Oliver (198-F-85, college: Radford) netted 15. Quarters: 17-18, 14-16, 17-19, 21-17.


Stephen Brun joins JSF Nanterre - by Eurobasket News
JSF Nanterre announced signing of Stephen Brun (202-F-80) for the upcoming season. The French forward heads to Nanterre from Nancy, where he spent 2010/11. He helped them win the ProA title with 6.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 1.5 apg for 35 games. Brun also added 8.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg and 1.9 apg for 8 games in EuroChallenge. Stephen Brun played for Nancy from January of 2009. Before that, he spent half of the season with Croatian Split. From 2006 to 2008, Stephen Brun was a member of Gavelines. He had 10.6 ppg and 4.8 rpg in their second season together (ProA, 29 games). In the past, he played for ASVEL, Brest and Nantes. Brun also has experience from Switzerland, where he played for Lausanne Morges.

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D1 Standings
Superleague Standings
 1. ABA Strumica 0-0 
 2. Feni Indistrija 0-0 
 3. Kozuv 0-0 
 4. Kumanovo 0-0 
 5. Lirija 0-0 
 6. MZT Skopje 0-0 
 7. Ovce Pole 0-0 
 8. Rabotnicki 0-0 
 9. Torus Skopje 0-0 
 10. Vardar 0-0 


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Devon Baker to Schwelm - by Moritz Korff
According to the website of the 2. Bundesliga, Pro B side Schwelmer Baskets added a new American import player to the roster. His name is Devon Baker (185-G-87), a product of Northwestern State (NCAA Division One). The 24-year-old guard hails from Bronx, NY and completed his collegiate career earlier this year. He appeared in 32 games during his senior season, averaging 15.5 points, 2.4 boards and 2 assists per contest. Baker was named All-Sotuhland Conference Honorable Mention following the 2010-12 season.

Waves, Basketball And Tagalong In Hawaii For Christian Standhardinger - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
If at first you dont succeed, then try try again is the famous quote by WC Fields which has been heard as much in sports movies in Hollywood as Lebron James has been dreaming about when he can finally present a few of his homies an NBA ring in Cleveland, but another guy who might have this famous quote engraved somewhere in his mindset is German Christian Standhardinger (203-F-89). Standhardinger is a 22 year old 203 cm forward from Munich that simply will not give up with the NCAA dream. The big German kid who is a very talented player that is able to stretch the floor with his three-point accuracy as well as get to the hoop with a quick first step and a variety of finishing moves in the paint came to football country at the University of Nebraska in the fall of 2009-2010 to become a house hold name in the college basketball world in the NCAA.

Despite starting in the fall of 2009-2010 at Nebraska, it took him a while to really get started in a Nebraska uniform, because he had violated the rules of amateurism and by the time that had all been taken care of, he had missed enough games that wasnt really helping a struggling team that was craving for that savior. The German was able to play 16 games as a freshman averaging 8.1ppg, 3.8rpg, FGP: 40.9%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 78.3%. However as any basketball player can be hot or cold, he also made good use to this name having stellar games like producing 25 points and grabbing 8 rebounds against Iowa State, but there were other games where he seemed to disappear on the court as if he had been caught stealing a bundle of corn from a field from his Nebraskas girlfriends father.

In his second season, expectations still seemed very high for the German who has Filipino ties, but he had a rocky relationship with coach Doc Sadler and his playing time decreased to only 18 minutes a game and he was setting up a bed in the Cornhuskers dog house. Before Cornhusker fans really knew what had happened, the short basketball career at Nebraska seemed to end abruptly as the German was booted off the team. Then according to many sources, he was offered a spot on the very religious school La Salle team, but he never played a second for that school as he had been charged with public indeceny. On account of this lewid act, La Salle erased their scholarship with Standhardinger about as quickly as Paris Hilton would exit a Woolworth after removing her big over-flated sunglasses and seeing she wasnt actually in a Chanel store. Standhardinger had hit rock bottom in December 2010 and he first totally disappeared from the face of earth as quickly as one hit wonder three 6 Mafia did after Lolli Lolli (pop that body) did after their minor top 20 hit in the States to regroup and still try to keep that NCAA dream alive somehow.

Now 9 months later after that unforgettable evening in the car with the encounter with the police, Standhardinger is back in the NCAA even if he cant play this season in Hawaii, but a year older and wiser and will have an additional challenge with the temptations of the big waves and always present new opportunities with girls that might cloud his basketball vision in his free time. Standhardinger is on the campus of the University of Hawaii, but will have to sit out the 2011-2012 season due to transfer rules. The German will be allowed to practice and workout with the team, but not be able to be inserted into games. He will be a junior in the 2012-2013 season and be allowed to play. Of course Standhardinger will miss gathering extra valuable experience in game situations, but he will be able to work on certain aspects of his game and have to focus only on that instead of added unwanted nervousness that is always present when your playing against a Duke or North Carolina. 'I think I will work on my ball-handling, on my defense, on my shot, pretty much a lot of things. But the most important things to work on for me are defense, and my left hand, and my ball-handling', stressed Christian Standhardinger. The German who played for Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule before making the trek across the Atlantic ocean to test the waters in the NCAA had played for the German U-16, U-18, and U-20 teams, but hasnt received an invitation yet to the German national team, might have caught some of the Eurobasket 2011 action on TV, but most likely is just enjoying his new life on the fantasy island Hawaii, but keeping in mind that basketball should be his first priority, but having a Filipino mom, he does understand a bit of Tagalog and might just have a second language version of If at first you dont succeed, then try try again.



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Antic: I could not resign this proposal - by Kostas Papadopoulos
The new player of Olympiakos Piraeus, Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Beo Basket), arrived on Monday afternoon at Athens airport and appeared determined to succeed with the Reds, maintaining the fact that he wanted from the beginning to come to Olympiakos despite the other proposals he already had.
'I came to Olympiakos because I like the red and white color. Since 2005, these are the colors of the teams I have been playing. When being asked by coach Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) and such a great team like Olympiakos to collaborate with it, you can not turn the proposal down. The truth is that after my performances at the Eurobasket, several proposals came from Turkey and Spain, but my desire was to come to Olympiakos' Pero Antic stated initially and then added: 'I did not come to Olympiakos in order to score; I came to implement what the coach will ask from me: to play defense, get the rebounds, even more since having many superstars in a team is not always good for it. Perhaps, it is even more important to become a real team, in the literal sense of this phrase; to get the essential chemistry'.
Pero Antic referred also to Vassilis Spanoulis (193-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket), with the best words for him: 'I know that the team is new, I know we have a great player on our team, Vassilis Spanoulis, whom I remember from the young national teams back at 2001. He reminds me of McCalebb, with whom we work incredibly this summer. They are excellent shooters, leaders in their teams who can also penetrate the opponents' defenses very well'.
Regarding Reds' goals this season, Pero Antic said: 'I want to celebrate a championship with Olympiakos, since the season I won it with AEK I was young and I had not such a great participation. When I left AEK in 2005, I was hoping to return to Greece but the circumstances did not allow it, although I had some proposals from Panionios and some teams from Thessaloniki'.
When asked about a video showing him singing in the FYROM's locker room a nationalist slogan, Pero Antic replied: 'Politics is something other than sports and I personally do not care at all. I love Greece, I love the people here and I have many friends from the past who I look forward to seeing them since I came here. Let other people solve what matters the two countries. Concerning the song, it is a song that is sung by our fans; we used it throughout the tournament both after defeats and after victories in the locker room, in order to remind us that we represent a country. To be honest, before the beginning of the Eurobasket, I did not even know the words of this song. I certainly know what that means but I remind the reasons we sung it. I have no problem with Thessaloniki, no problem with Greece. I remind you my very good relations with Bourousis and Zisis'.




Panathinakos confirm Sarunas Jasikevicius - by Eurobasket News
Panathinaikos have officially announced the return of Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland). The veteran guard will spend the next season in Greece. Sarunas Jasikevicius played for Panathinaikos back in 2007/10 seasons. He led Panathinaikos to two A1 League champions titles in 2008 and 2009. The guard also celebrated Euroleague title with Panathinaikos in 2009. Sarunas Jasikevicius started the previous season in Lietuvos Rytas. He tallied 10.3 points, 3.8 assists and 1.5 rebounds per game in LKL. In Euroleague his stats read 7.3 points, 4.3 assists and 1.3 boards. In December Sarunas Jasikevicus moved to Fenerbahce Ulker. The guard posted 8.3 points, 2.6 assists and 1.0 board per TBL game. In Euroleague Jasikevicius delivered 4.8 points, 1.5 assists and 1.0 board.


Igor Milosevic heads to BC Astana - by Eurobasket News
Igor Milosevic (193-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) will continue his career in BC Astana. He signed a one-season deal with the newly formed team from the Kazakhstan capital. They will compete in VTB United League. Milosevic heads to BS Astana from Tarbzon, where he finished last season. He joined them in December averaging 9.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists for 15 games in TBL. Milosevic started last season with Lietuvos Rytas. He had 4.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 2.2 apg for 6 Euroleague games with them. Igos Milosevic played for Rytas also in 2009/10. He signed with them in January. Before that, he spent first half of the season with Marousi. In the past, Igor Milosevic played for Olympiacos, Crvena Zvezda and Iraklis. In 2010, he won the Lithuanian league title and Cup with Lietuvos Rytas. Milosevic played for Greek B National Team two years ago and earlier he was a member of U18 and U20 Greece.

KAO Dramas tab Gary Flowers and Ioannis Athineou - by Eurobasket News
KAO Dramas bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Gary Flowers (203-F, college: S.Mississippi) and Ioannis Athineou (194-G-88).
Gary Flowers will start his pro career in Greece. The forward graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi this year. He tallied 18.8 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game in his senior season. Gary Flowers made it onto All-C-USA 1st Team.
Ioannis Athineou spent the previous season with Panionios. The guard posted 0.7 points per game. Ioannis Athineou was the member of Greek University National Team in 2009. He participated at the World University Games. The guard notched 6.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in Belgrade.



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Leroy Dawson and Jibril Hodges will play for JKSE - by Tamas Deri
The management of JKSE finally agreed with two american guards for the coming season. LeRoy Dawson (188-G-81, college: S.Nazarene, agency: TSS Management) is a very explosive guard playing on both positions. The 188 cm tall Dawson spent several seasons in Romania and was the leading scorer of the league with 22.5 points per game playing for Politechnica Iasi. He also helped his team with 5.4 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 1.9 steals in 36.2 minutes per game.
The second american guard of the team will be Jibril Hodges (188-G-84, college: Long Beach St.). The 188 cm tall shooting guard is well known in our country, as he played for ASE during the last season.
The son of former NBA-player Craig Hodges started the last season with Dusseldorf in Germany, but left the team and moved to Paks in October. He played 32 games and put up 14.2ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.7apg, 1.5spg. He had also an amazing percentage from the Free Throw Line - 96.9% - as he missed only 2 of 64 his shoots.


Marcus Neal is playing with Kanizsa KK in the 2nd division - by Tamas Deri
American guard, Marcus Neal (196-G-86, college: Delaware St., agency: TSS Management) agreed with the management of Kanizsa KK and started the season very well in the Western Division of the 2nd Division. The 196 cm tall all-around guard graduated on the University of Delaware State and had a solid senior season averaging 13.7ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 39.0%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 69.0%. He signed his first professional deal with ABA Strumica in the Top Division of FYR-Macedonia and helped his team with 9.1ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 41.8%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 72.0% in 15 games. The regular season of the 2nd Division just started this month and Neal had two very good games so far and averaged 28.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

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Helgi Magnusson stays in Sweden - by Siggi Hjorleifsson
Helgi Magnusson Icelandic National Team forward has found a new Club in Sweden. Sign with 08 Stockholm for next season. Magnusson has played for Solna Vikings and last season for Uppsala Basket.
Stjarnar has sign Keith Cothran (193-G-86, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Rhode Island) 6'4' guard from Rhode Island NCAA D-1. Cothran average 14,3 points and 3,4 rebounds his senior year 2010. Had a try-out with EnBW Ludwigsburg in Bundesliga Germany before last season but was not sign


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Nolland's double-double lands him (Preseason Tournament) Player of the Week award - by Charles Ramsdell
29-year old power forward Vinton Nolland (194-PF-82) put on an amazing game in the last round for Garuda and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5 (Preseason Tournament).
He had a double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat Bima Sakti (#5, 2-2) 61-54. Garuda is placed at 3rd position in league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this stage. Garuda will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Nolland as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Vinton Nolland averages just after two games 8.5ppg.

Second best performed player last round was H Herman (193-C-89) of league's second-best CLS Knights. He is a center in his first season at CLS Knights. In the last game Herman recorded impressive 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Of course he lead CLS Knights to another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Satya Wacana (#9, 1-2) 72-34. CLS Knights' second position in the standings has not changed. A very good start of the Preseason Tournament for his team, which won so far all 4 games without any defeat. Herman is a newcomer at CLS Knights and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Antonius Joko (186-PF-76) of league's leader Aspac. Joko scored 8 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Aspac, leading his team to a 60-41 easy win against the lower-ranked Comfort Mobile (#10, 1-3). Aspac started extremely well this Preseason Tournament. They recorded 4 victories without losing a single game. Joko turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Joko has a very solid season. In 2 games in Indonesia he scored 4.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Herman Kurniawan (171-PG-86) of Comfort Mobile - 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Rizky Effendi (187-SF-88) of Aspac - 12 points and 9 rebounds
6. Yudhi Mardiyansyah (193-F-83) of Pelita Jaya - 6 points and 8 rebounds
7. Yanuar Dwi Priasmoro (178-SG-89) of Bima Sakti - 12 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Octoviano Sura (190-PF-84) of Garuda - 6 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Made Indra (179-SG-87) of Bima Sakti - 12 points and 9 rebounds
10. Juliano Sucipto (188-F-82) of Pelita Jaya - 11 points and 7 rebounds

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


NBL Round 5 of Preseason Tournament - by Charles Ramsdell
Stadium Jak. - Pelita Jaya 37-51

Pelita Jaya won at the court of Stadium in Jakarta, keeping the host team down to just 37 points. The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 10-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 51-37. Pelita Jaya dominated on the defensive end, holding Stadium Jakarta to just 7 points in fourth quarter. They held Stadium Jakarta to an opponent 17.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 31.3 percent accuracy of the winners. Pelita Jaya forced 23 Stadium Jakarta turnovers. The former international guard Erick Sebayang (180-83) stepped up and scored 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners and forward Juliano Sucipto (188-82) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. Merio Ferdiansyah (176-85) responded with 10 points and 6 rebounds and Randolph Ariestedes (197-87) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Pelita Jaya: J.Sucipto 11+7reb, G.Gumilar 10+4reb+1ast, K.Purwanto 9+7reb+1ast, E.Sebayang 9+6reb+5ast, Y.Mardiyansyah 6+8reb, S.Kurniahu 4+3reb
Stadium Jak.: M.Ferdiansyah 10+6reb+2ast, R.Ariestedes 8+5reb, R.Ruslan 5+4reb, E.Hadi 5+1reb, A.Arifin 3+1reb, A.Sujarwo 3+1reb
gschID: 143965


Satya Wacana - CLS Knights 34-72

CLS Knights which shares top position with Aspac crushed Satya Wacana on their own court by 38 points (!!!). They kept the host team down to just 34 points (72-34). The game without a history. CLS Knights led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Satya Wacana to just 2 points in third and fourth quarters and to 13 points in second half. CLS Knights held Satya Wacana to an opponent 22.4 percent shooting from the field compared to 43.8 percent accuracy of the winners. CLS Knights forced 21 Satya Wacana turnovers and outrebounded them 40-22 including a 27-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was center H Herman (193-89) who scored 13 points (perfect from the field making all six shots). Elia Bukit (119-85) chipped in 8 points and 5 rebounds. Forward Valentino Wuwungan (193-89) produced 19 points and 5 rebounds and guard Yo Sua (180-91) added 2 points respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
CLS Knights: H.Herman 13+3reb+2ast, J.Jeffry 11+2reb+1ast, S.Febiansyakh 8+2reb, E.Bukit 8+5reb+1ast, H.Sudjana 7+5reb+1ast, E.Koswara 6+2reb+2ast
Satya Wacana: V.Wuwungan 19+5reb+1ast, J.Lolowang 5, F.Nugroho 4+1reb, R.Pamungkas 3+2reb, Y.Sua 2+2reb+2ast, M.Halim 1
gschID: 143966


Garuda - Bima Sakti 61-54

The hosts were ahead by 6 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 14-12 run, which allowed them to win Garuda got an important victory against closely ranked Bima Sakti 61-54. Garuda dominated on the defensive end, holding Bima Sakti to just 7 points in first quarter. They also forced 22 Bima Sakti turnovers and outrebounded them 48-29 including a 21-7 advantage in offensive rebounds. Vinton Nolland (194-82) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Forward Christ Gideon (188-84) contributed with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Garuda's coach Wan Amran allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Made Indra (179-87) answered with 12 points and 9 rebounds and Bima Rizky Ardiansyah (182-90) added 15 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Bima Sakti.
Top scorers:
Garuda: V.Nolland 16+16reb+2ast, C.Gideon 11+7reb, N.Fritzgerald 9+4reb+3ast, H.Ramli 9+1reb+4ast, O.Sura 6+6reb+3ast, I.Budianto 5+5reb
Bima Sakti: B.Rizky Ardiansyah 15+5reb, M.Indra 12+9reb+1ast, Y.Dwi Priasmoro 12+2reb+4ast, D.Sartika 7+5reb+4ast, S.Cahyadi 4+2reb, H.Gunawan 3+1reb+1ast
gschID: 143967


Comfort Mobile - Aspac 41-60

Leader ASPAC had no problems in the game against Comfort Mobile beating them by 19 points (60-41). The game was mostly controlled by Aspac. Comfort Mobile was better in second period 17-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aspac dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Comfort Mobile's 18. Aspac forced 24 Comfort Mobile turnovers. Rizky Effendi (187-88) nailed 12 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and the former international Antonius Joko (186-76) accounted for 8 points and 7 rebounds. point guard Herman Kurniawan (171-86) came up with 7 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Richardo Orlando Uniputty (163-87) added 11 points respectively for Comfort Mobile in the defeat. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Aspac: R.Effendi 12+9reb+1ast, S.Harun Nurman 10+4reb+2ast, A.Prastawa 9+2reb, P.Regowo 9+4reb, A.Joko 8+7reb+2ast, K.Akbar 6+5reb+2ast
Comfort Mobile: R.Orlando Uniputty 11+3reb+1ast, H.Kurniawan 7+6reb+4ast, G.Sitaniapesy 6+6reb, S.Afriatna 5+4reb, P.Susanto 4+4reb, R.Ongkowijoyo 3+1reb
gschID: 143964




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


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Erick SEBAYANG
  Pelita J.
  (180-G-83)
  Avg: 16
 1. Sebayang, Pelita J.16.0 
 2. Sapto, Muba H.16.0 
 3. Effendi, Aspac13.0 
 4. Purwanto, Pelita J.13.0 
 5. Regowo, Aspac12.0 
 6. Sitaniapesy, Comfo.11.5 
 7. Dwi Priasmor., Bim.11.3 
 8. Kurniawan, Comfor.10.5 
 9. Indrajaya, CLS K.10.0 
 10. Rizky Ardian., Bi.10.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dian HERYADI
  Muba H.
  (194-F/C-80)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Heryadi, Muba H.7.7 
 2. Indrajaya, CLS K.7.3 
 3. Kurniawan, Comfor.7.0 
 4. Thoyib, Aspac7.0 
 5. Muharri, CLS K.7.0 
 6. Regowo, Aspac6.5 
 7. Rizky Ardian., Bim.6.3 
 8. Sitaniapesy, Comfo.6.0 
 9. Sabara, Comfort6.0 
 10. Febriyan, NSH G.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Kelly PURWANTO
  Pelita J.
  (177-PG-83)
  Avg: 4
 1. Purwanto, Pelita J.4.0 
 2. Sapto, Muba H.3.7 
 3. Thoyib, Aspac3.0 
 4. Heryadi, Muba H.2.7 
 5. Sartika, Bima Sakti2.7 
 6. Indrajaya, CLS K.2.3 
 7. Sebayang, Pelita J.2.0 
 8. Sudjana, CLS K.2.0 
 9. Wijaya, Garuda2.0 
 10. Kurniawan, Comfor.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Isman THOYIB
  Aspac
  (202-C-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Thoyib, Aspac6.0 
 2. Purwanto, Pelita J.3.5 
 3. Ramli, Garuda3.0 
 4. Sartika, Bima Sakti3.0 
 5. Wijaya, Garuda3.0 
 6. Nolland, Garuda3.0 
 7. Nurman, Aspac2.5 
 8. Kurniawan, Comfor.2.5 
 9. Minallah, Garuda2.0 
 10. Israelli, NSH G.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 I G Ngurah TEGUH
  Muba H.
  (189-G-88)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Ngurah, Muba H.3.3 
 2. Sitaniapesy, Comfo.2.0 
 3. Sura, Garuda1.5 
 4. Kurniawan, Comfor.1.0 
 5. Muharri, CLS K.1.0 
 6. Nurman, Aspac1.0 
 7. Budianto, Garuda1.0 
 8. Junaidi, Muba H.1.0 
 9. Febriyan, NSH G.1.0 
 10. Arizki, Aspac1.0 


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John Thomas to Hapoel Jerusalem, Greivis Vasquez Will Join Shortly? - by David Pick
American 36-year-old center John Thomas who recently played for Aris Thessaloniki (Greece) is undergoing intense negotiations with Israeli organization, Hapoel Jerusalem as reported by Sport5.

Thomas will join a very deep front court lineup including Brian Randle, Jarvis Varnado, Elishay Kadir and Uri Kokia as Eurobasket was informed that the contract should be signed within the next 48hours and that Thomas, will only play with the team in the European competition.

The New York Knicks 1997, 25th NBA draft pick will return to Israel after playing for Hapoel Holon two-seasons ago. Thomas began last year training with the Minnesota Timberwolves but was waived after pre-season try-outs, moving to Aris Thessaloniki where he would record 8.0ppg and 6.1rpg in the domestic league and 5.2ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.0bpg in the Eurochallenge before leaving in April.

Another deal the Holy-Land's glorious city team Hapoel is trying to finalize is that of the Memphis Grizzlies Venezuelan point guard Greivis Vasquez. Eurobasket understood that the player's agent and the Israeli team have already reached an agreement regarding financial terms and all that remains for the deal to be signed is an 'OK' from the player himself. A source also tells Eurobasket that if the NBA lockout should go on the entire season, Vasquez will be paid retroactively, eventually earning more money.

Vasquez recently scheduled a Friday meeting with VZ President Hugo Chvez and is to give his final decision after the meeting. Earlier today Vasquez confirmed interest by the Israeli team. A person who was in contact with Vasquez throughout the summer and has been pressuring him to join the team is Jerusalem's American guard D.J. Strawberry who played with the VZ guard during their time at the University of Maryland.

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


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Bennet Cantu : Parakhouski on his way to Venezia - by Giovanni Bargna
He was chosen by Bennet Cantu few months ago in order to add size under the boards but, according to rumors, it seems that Artsiom Parakhouski (211-C-87, college: Radford) is going to leave the team very soon. Both Benetton Treviso and Umana Venezia seem interested in inking the player for next season but Venezia seems closer to reach an agreement.
In the meantime Cantu is said to be in contact with Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89), who will join his National teammate Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86).


The big man from Georgia spent last three years at Panathinaikos Athens and was sent on loan to Union Olimpija Ljubljana last season where he averaged 7.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 1.1 bpg in Euroleague, 6.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg in the Adriatic League and 8.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg in the national league.




Kobe Bryant shocks Virtus Bologna, asks $15M for the season before taxes - by Eurobasket News
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) responded to Virtus Bologna offer yesterday. The NBA superstar refused $6.7M and at the same time demanded $15M for the season before taxes. Virtus Bologna announced this news on their official web site. Demanded amount by Kobe worth about $7.5M for the season after taxes. It is hard to believe that Virtus Bologna will be able to offer him a season deal now.
In August, Kobe Bryant got an offer from China worth $1.5M per month. However, Chinese Basketball Federation banned teams for signing temporary deals with NBA players and allowed only full season contracts, without NBA escape option. Kobe Bryant had 25.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 4.6 apg for 92 NBA games last season. He won five NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers. With USA National Team, Kobe Bryant won the Gold at the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing. They also wont he Gold at FIBA Americas in 2007.


Virtus Bologna 'only' option' for Manu Ginobili during lockout - by Eurobasket News
Virtus Bologna may have made a big splash recently with their major offer to Kobe Bryant (198-G-78), but they're also targeting another NBA All-Star. One with a prominant bald spot and a paralyzing step-back jumper.

Via an interview with DiarioShow.com via Sportando, Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) confirmed that Virtus Bologna is the 'only option' if he decides to play overseas during the lockout.

'I did not say NO to the proposal. In Bologna I had great time and my wife Marianela loves Italy. There is a possibility that I will join Virtus Bologna during the NBA lockout. I have to give an answer by the end of the month. I had also an offer from Brazil but if I leave San Antonio Spurs during the lockout, I am going to play only with Virtus Bologna. It would be just for few months and then I will be back to Spurs'

Obviously Ginobili, like a lot of other players, is willing to take his time in making a decision. There are more meetings and still time for a deal to get settled. But there's no doubt he's interested. Bologna apparently has a solid financial backing and is willing to pony up some solid money for a player like Ginobili.

Why it's the 'only option,' I don't know. But Ginobili's home country of Argentina doesn't exactly have a strong professional league and Bologna is one of Italy's larger clubs. Same goes for Brazil.

Ginobili is aging and has dealt with injuries in the past, so I'm sure he's a bit hesitant to that risk in playing overseas, but he'll get his contract insured. Like he said, it would just be a quick stint and he'd be eager to return to the Spurs.

My question is: Why not play with Tony Parker for his ASVEL club? Probably because Parker can't pay Ginobili anywhere near what Bologna is looking to, but that would be a cool wrinkle. - by Royce Young

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Umana Venezia lands Tim Bowers - by Giovanni Bargna
Umana Venezia, recently admitted to the Lega A tournament, has announced Timothy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) today.
The player played for Caserta in the last two seasons averaging 10 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 2.6 assists.
'He's been one of our main goals this summer, we've been in contact with Timothy Bowers during last months. He's a great player with good skills and he knows the italian league' commented Federico Casarin, team manager of the italian team.

Timothy Bowers played in the NCAA with the Mississippi State Bulldogs from 2000 to 2004, then was part of Asheville Altitude in the NBDL.
He flew to europe in 2005 joining the israeli league where he played for Maccabi Giv'at Shmuel and for Hapoel Jerusalem (2006-2009)

The guard is in the USA at the moment and will join his new teammates in the next days.



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Ventspils steal home win over Azovmash - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils - Azovmash 75:74

Ventspils sneaked past Azovmash in the opening game of the EuroCup Qualifying Round series. Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) knocked down 28 points to pace the Latvian team. Ventspils went on a 5:0 run in the dying seconds to seal the victory at the end.
The hosts opened the game with five points in a row. Ventspils maintained the lead posting a 25:19 lead at the first break. Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) and Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) erased the deficit early in the second term. Ventspils pulled back in front to eke out a 42:39 halftime lead. Jahmar Young knocked down five points in a row at the start of the third term to boost the margin. Jahmar Young stretched the gap to as many as 10 points midway through the third term. Azovmash managed to get within four points 57:61 at the final term. The Ukrainian team denied the deficit midway through the fourth period. Ricky Minard and Ewing made it 74:70 with just 65 seconds to go in the regulation. But Meiers and Jahmar Young capped the game with five points in a row to give Ventspils a difficult victory. Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) and Bojan Bakic (197-G-83, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 12 points each. Sam Willard (205-F, college: Pacific) provided 10 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Ricky Minard answered with 16 points for Azovmash. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) and Hasan Rizvic netted 14 points apiece in the loss.

Ventspils: Jahmar Young 28, Janis Strelnieks 12, Bojan Bakic 12
Azovmash: Ricky Minard 16, Radoslav Rancik 14, Hasan Rizvic 14



Standings - LBAL
LBL2 Standings
 1. Barons/Keizar. 0-0 
 2. BK VEF 0-0 
 3. Cesis 0-0 
 4. DSN 0-0 
 5. Gulbene 0-0 
 6. Jelgava/LLU 0-0 
 7. Liepaja-2 0-0 
 8. Livani 0-0 
 9. Ogres 0-0 
 10. Ridzene 0-0 
 11. Riga 0-0 
 12. RSU 0-0 
 13. Saldus 0-0 
 14. VA 0-0 
 15. Valmiera U21 0-0 
 16. VEF Kadeti 0-0 


LBL Standing
LBL Standings
 1. Jelgava 0-0 
 2. Jurmala 0-0 
 3. Liepaja 0-0 
 4. LU 0-0 
 5. Turiba 0-0 
 6. U18 0-0 
 7. Valmiera 0-0 
 8. VEF Riga 0-0 
 9. Ventspils 0-0 


Ventspils, Liepaja and BK Valmiera reached the preseason victoies - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils outscored Techasas 81:67. Trailing 21:25 after the opening period the Latvian team won the second 18-13. Moreover they added 26-21 in the third quarter and finished with 16-8 in the last stanza. Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) stepped up with 21 points and Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) scored 16. Vilard collected 13 points and 14 rebounds, while Bojan Bakic (197-G-83, agency: Alti Sport) netted 12.
Neptunas lost to Liepaja 80:82. The Lithuanian team started with 26-19 and had 9-point advantage at the halftime. The second half however belonged to the Latvian side. They won the third quarter 18-12 and added 23-18 in the last. Josh Mayo (182-G-87, agency: RIZO, college: Ill.-Chicago) posted 25 points to lead all the winners, while Martins Kravcenko (192-G-85) added 14. Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) delivered 17 in the losing effort and Bonner brought 16.
BK Valmiera edged Turiba 81:68. Lukas led the way with 28 points and Royit scored 17.



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Perlas-MRU and Neptunas taste victories - by Eurobasket News
Perlas-MRU won over Trakai-TonyResort 74:61. Perlas started with 14-11 and then added 16-11 in the second quarter. Moreover Perlas produced a 24-15 in the third frame and did not mind 20-24 in the last stanza. Antanas Udras (202-F-92) led the way with 17 points and Karolis Brusokas (200-F-91) notched 12. Rimgaudas Kukta (192-F) nailed 11, while Paulius Semaska (183-PG-93) delivered 9. Edgaras Pundzius (187-G-90) scored 13 in defeat and Linas Valatkevicius (182-G-91) brought 10.
Neptunas lost to Liepaja 80:82. The Lithuanian team started with 26-19 and had 9-point advantage at the halftime. The second half however belonged to the Latvian side. They won the third quarter 18-12 and added 23-18 in the last. Josh Mayo (182-G-87, agency: RIZO, college: Ill.-Chicago) posted 25 points to lead all the winners, while Martins Kravcenko (192-G-85) added 14. Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) delivered 17 in the losing effort and Luke Bonner (213-C-85, college: Massachusetts) brought 16.


Krasnye Krilya bruise Siauliai at VTB League Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Krasnye Krilya - Siauliai 98:78

Krasnye Krilya opened the VTB League Qualifying Round with an impressive victory. The Russian team fired past Siauliai in Lithuania. DeJuan Blair (201-F-89, college: Pittsburgh) stepped up with 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort.
Krasnye Krilya opened the game aggressively. They posted a 26:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Krasnye Krilya stretched the margin in the second term. They established a 50:37 halftime advantage. It did not get any better for Siauliai in the second half. Krasnye Krylia unleashed 28 points in the third period. They piled up a 23-point lead at the final intermission. Siauliai posted 23 points in the fourth quarter but could not save the encounter as Krasnye Krilya breezed to the victory at the end. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Grambling St.) and Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 16 points apiece in the winning case. Denzel Bowles (208-F-89, college: JMU) responded with 14 points for Siauliai. Arvydas Siksnius (196-F-87, college: Weatherford JC) had 13 points in defeat.

Krasnye Krilya: DeJuan Blair 23+11 boards, Brion Rush 16, Dragan Labovic 16
Siauliai: Denzel Bowles 14, Arvydas Siksnius 13



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Virtus Bologna 'only' option' for Manu Ginobili during lockout - by Eurobasket News
Virtus Bologna may have made a big splash recently with their major offer to Kobe Bryant (198-G-78), but they're also targeting another NBA All-Star. One with a prominant bald spot and a paralyzing step-back jumper.

Via an interview with DiarioShow.com via Sportando, Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) confirmed that Virtus Bologna is the 'only option' if he decides to play overseas during the lockout.

'I did not say NO to the proposal. In Bologna I had great time and my wife Marianela loves Italy. There is a possibility that I will join Virtus Bologna during the NBA lockout. I have to give an answer by the end of the month. I had also an offer from Brazil but if I leave San Antonio Spurs during the lockout, I am going to play only with Virtus Bologna. It would be just for few months and then I will be back to Spurs'

Obviously Ginobili, like a lot of other players, is willing to take his time in making a decision. There are more meetings and still time for a deal to get settled. But there's no doubt he's interested. Bologna apparently has a solid financial backing and is willing to pony up some solid money for a player like Ginobili.

Why it's the 'only option,' I don't know. But Ginobili's home country of Argentina doesn't exactly have a strong professional league and Bologna is one of Italy's larger clubs. Same goes for Brazil.

Ginobili is aging and has dealt with injuries in the past, so I'm sure he's a bit hesitant to that risk in playing overseas, but he'll get his contract insured. Like he said, it would just be a quick stint and he'd be eager to return to the Spurs.

My question is: Why not play with Tony Parker for his ASVEL club? Probably because Parker can't pay Ginobili anywhere near what Bologna is looking to, but that would be a cool wrinkle. - by Royce Young

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com


Joey Dorsey signs one-season deal in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Joey Dorsey (6'9''-C/F-83, college: Memphis) is another player who signed an overseas deal. He joined former Spanish champions Caja Laboral for the upcoming season and there is no NBA out option. Dorsey heads to Caja Laboral from Toronto Raptors, where he spent 2010/11. He appeared 42 times in the league averaging 3.2 points and 4.5 rebounds. Before Toronto, Joey Dorsey played for the Sacramento Kings. He joined them in February of 2010 registering 1.7 ppg and 2.6 rpg for 7 games. Dorsey started that season with the Houston Rockets, where he had 1.6 ppg and 3.6 rpg for seven appearances. In the meantime, he played 14 games for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers averaging 14.9 points and 13.2 rebounds. He played for them also in 2008/109. Joey Dorsey graduated at the University of Memphis in 2008. He played for the USA National Team at the Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) -07: 5 games: 3.0ppg, 3.4rpg.

Knicks' Anthony had surgery on knee, elbow in May - by Eurobasket News
Maybe the delayed training camp won't be so bad for Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse).

The Knicks forward revealed more elements to his mysterious offseason, disclosing last night he had knee and elbow surgery simultaneously in May. Anthony disclosed the surgeries after playing 48 minutes and dropping 31 points with 17 rebounds last night at the sweaty Palestra in a lockout-inspired barnstorming-tour loss.

The Knicks never announced the procedures. Anthony said he had arthroscopic surgery on the left knee and an elbow procedure, as he suffers from chronic bursitis.

'Can't tell, can you?' Anthony said after his rugged performance.

Anthony said it was the first time in his life he's had surgery.

'I did both of them,' Anthony said. 'They were bothering me seven years.'

Anthony said the procedures came at the same time. The Post had reported in June that he was shut down in the offseason by the Knicks to rest his elbow bursititis, but Anthony had never complained about knee soreness.

He did not return to the basketball court until August when Team Melo, representing Baltimore, started its barnstorming tour. The 6-8 small forward claims he's down to 230 pounds - which is four pounds less than he was last season.

'I would be coming back at training camp, if there is one, less than than I left last year,' Anthony said. ' I feel good mentally and physically. My mindset is about starting next week. That's where my mindset is at and body is at. Games are fun for charity, but at the same time we want to get something out of it.'

Playing with LeBron James and Chris Paul before 8,000 in the non-air conditioned University of Pennsylvania arena, Anthony tired in the second half, scoring just 11 of his 31 points. His 3-point shot was errant - 1 of 7. He finished 9 of 24 but did heavy damage inside and on the boards, and reached the free throw line plenty - going 12 of 14.

Still, the Big 3 got beaten by modest Team Philly, 131-122, in what was billed as the battle of I-95. The arena was bedlam, with organizers charging $35 a ticket, going to the charities of Anthony and Hakim Warrick.

Training camps set to begin Oct. 3 were postponed indefinitely because of the lockout, but talks resume this week.

'We don't know how powerful we are right now,' Anthony said of the union. 'We support Billy (Hunter) 100 percent. We got to stick together as players. In the meantime, we'll keep doing stuff like this, keep having basketball games, keep playing and giving fans what they want. It's not everything they want. They want a season.'

Team Melo fell down 16 points in the first half to a Team Philly Big 3 of Tyreke Evans, Louis Williams and Warrick. But the LeBron-Anthony-Paul troika rallied within one with 2:45 left before James missed two straight treys and that was that. James played all 48 minutes and scored 43 points with 23 boards (1 of 8 on treys) and blew off the media. Paul had an sorry night - 3 of 12 for 6 points, but had one wonderful bounce-pass assist to Anthony, stirring up fantasies of what could be if he signs with the Knicks in 2012.

Courtesy of www.nypost.com


New Jersey Nets now Brooklyn Nets - by Eurobasket News
Brooklyn Nets, this is what the NBA world will now be calling the New Jersey Nets.

Media mogul Shawn 'Jay-Z' Carter revealed the name Monday, along with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Forest City Ratner Companies Chairman and CEO Bruce Ratner, and Barclays Center and Nets CEO Brett Yormark at Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn. They were near the construction site of the Nets' future home, The Barclays Center.

'We are proud to announce this highly anticipated decision to name the team the Brooklyn Nets, a choice which reflects the decades-long tradition of our team and fans, as well as the dynamic new place that will be our home,' Nets Chairman Chris Charlier said.

Carter, a part owner of the Nets, also said he will be the first to perform at the venue's opening, scheduled for September 2012.

'From the moment the Barclays Center became a reality, I knew this meant something significant for Brooklyn,' Carter said. 'This is where I'm from, I'll always be Brooklyn, and opening this arena will mean more to me than anywhere else,' he said. 'We're going to create an atmosphere like only Brooklyn can.'

The Barclays Center is set to host major entertainment and sporting events, which could mean some competition for New York's staple Madison Square Garden. It will also feature four bars, three clubs and a restaurant.

Carter invited 25 students from George Westinghouse High School, a high school he attended, to take part in the announcement, which included the unveiling of a marketing campaign for fall's All Access Pass featuring Carter. Marketing includes 250,000 coffee cups, 150 taxi tops, print ads, pay phones, direct mail and a billboard across the street from the venue.

Courtesy of CNN, via www.wpxi.com


Kobe Bryant shocks Virtus Bologna, asks $15M for the season before taxes - by Eurobasket News
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) responded to Virtus Bologna offer yesterday. The NBA superstar refused $6.7M and at the same time demanded $15M for the season before taxes. Virtus Bologna announced this news on their official web site. Demanded amount by Kobe worth about $7.5M for the season after taxes. It is hard to believe that Virtus Bologna will be able to offer him a season deal now.
In August, Kobe Bryant got an offer from China worth $1.5M per month. However, Chinese Basketball Federation banned teams for signing temporary deals with NBA players and allowed only full season contracts, without NBA escape option. Kobe Bryant had 25.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 4.6 apg for 92 NBA games last season. He won five NBA titles with the Los Angeles Lakers. With USA National Team, Kobe Bryant won the Gold at the Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing. They also wont he Gold at FIBA Americas in 2007.


Warriors hire former Suns executive Rick Welts - by Eurobasket News
Rick Welts has found the ideal fit: a new gig in the Bay Area with the Golden State Warriors.

Welts was hired as Golden State's president and chief operating officer Monday and will report to owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber while handling the franchise's business operations.

The team planned to introduce Welts on Tuesday at the team's practice facility. He replaces Robert Rowell, who resigned in June as the club's top executive for business operations.

Welts left a position as president and chief executive of the Phoenix Suns earlier this month for personal reasons, four months after he became the first senior sports executive to openly acknowledge he was gay.

Welts said at the time he would relocate to Northern California to be with his partner.

'It's an opportunity probably for the first time for me to align my personal and professional lives,' he said.

The 58-year-old former NBA front office executive - he was third in command when he left in 1999 - said he hoped to return to work for a professional sports franchise in the Bay Area. He didn't have to wait long for that opportunity.

'His track record in all facets of the business - sponsorship, marketing, public relations, event management, team services, merchandising - and his ability to be strategically creative and cutting-edge make him the ideal candidate to lead our organization,' Lacob said. 'Quite honestly, I'm convinced that we could not have found a better candidate for the job.'

Welts joined the Suns in 2002 as president and had the additional title of CEO the past two seasons. He announced in May that he was gay.

He said his life since then has been 'fascinating' and that he intended to do more work to promote the cause of 'treating everyone equally.'

Welts has 36 years of NBA experience.

'It's hard to express how excited I am to embrace this opportunity and be part of a collective group in building the Warriors into a championship caliber organization,' Welts said. 'I've been most impressed with Joe Lacob and Peter Guber's vision and desire to do something great. Not good, but great. Many of the ingredients are here - the Warriors' rich history, the team's amazing fan support, and the strength of the Bay Area as a sports market.

'We have a lot of work to do and I can't wait to get started.'

Lacob and Guber, who bought the Warriors for a record $450 million in July 2010 from longtime owner Chris Cohan, have wasted no time putting their stamp on the organization.

There have made major changes in a matter of months.

In April, they gave general manager Larry Riley a new contract to stay in his current position as GM and executive vice president of basketball operations, and hired former sports agent Bob Myers as the team's assistant GM and vice president of basketball operations to serve as Riley's right-hand man and contract expert.

The Warriors parted ways with coach Keith Smart after one season and replaced him with Mark Jackson. Smart led Golden State (36-46) to 10 more victories than a year ago after taking over last minute last September for the NBA's career wins leader, Don Nelson.

Golden State hired Jerry West this spring to serve in an advisory role in the front office.

'Peter Guber and I have made it quite clear since we assumed control of this team in November that we're looking to build a world class organization from top to bottom,' Lacob said. 'We feel that we've taken a quantum leap in that direction today with the addition of Rick Welts as our president and COO. Rick is simply one of the most highly regarded executives in the NBA and his accomplishments at both the team and league levels are extremely impressive.

'He's been an integral part of every organization that he's worked for in the NBA, including the league office in New York, where he earned the respect and admiration of (commissioner) David Stern, as well as with the SuperSonics in Seattle and the Suns in Phoenix.'

Welts began his NBA career as a ball kid for the SuperSonics in 1967. He worked for 17 years in the NBA front office, rising to the position of executive vice president and chief marketing officer.

Courtesy of The Associated Press


Derek Fisher tries to unite NBA players ahead of Tuesday meeting - by Eurobasket News
Ahead of Tuesday's crucial talks between the NBA and the National Basketball Players' Association, NBPA President Derek Fisher (6'1''-PG-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR) indicated differences among NBA owners.

Fisher wrote to the players in a letter obtained by ESPN.com that the 30 teams in the NBA do not share same goals in the lockout.

'There are a number of team owners that will not lose the season over the hard cap system. We've been clear from Day 1 of this process that we cannot sign off on a deal that attempts in any way to include a hard salary cap for our teams. That has not changed,' Fisher said in the letter.

'The owners also remain divided over a revenue sharing model. ... It is also my belief that once they have worked out more of their internal issues, the opportunity to negotiate and get a fair deal done is there,' Fisher added.

The Lakers' guard also wants all the players to remain united and 'must drive this game' in order to ensure all profits are shared fairly. In the letter Fisher said that 'we can't sell ourselves short for instant gratification.'

Courtesy of www.ibtimes.com


NBA postpones training camp, cancels exhibition games - by Milord Nikolic
With a labor agreement still not in place, the NBA on Friday postponed indefinitely the start of training camps and canceled the first 43 scheduled exhibition games. Training camps were to open Oct. 3. Exhibition games from Oct. 9-15 have been canceled. The regular season is scheduled to begin Nov. 1. The first cancellations of the 2011-12 season mirror the lockout of 13 years ago, when the NBA first began canceling events on Sept. 24. That work stoppage was the first to cost the NBA regular season games. The 1998-99 season was shortened to 50 games in a compressed schedule, beginning Feb. 5 and ending in late June. Owners locked out players on July 1 following the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement. They claim to have lost $300 million last season and are looking for a larger percentage of basketball-related income and an across-the-board reduction in salaries, possibly through a hard salary cap. Players questioned the accounting used by owners to arrive at the $300 million figure and are adamantly opposed to any proposal that does not include a soft cap and guaranteed contracts. The sides have met several times in the last weeks and there have been reports of willing movement on some of the issues.









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Storm signs small forward Michael Dale - by Eurobasket News
Summerside Storm head coach and vice-president of player personnel Joe Salerno announced the signing of six-foot-six small forward Michael Anthony Dale (6'6''-G/F-84, college: S.Illinois) on Monday.

'Mike brings a veteran attitude, and a lot of pro experience from playing overseas,' commented Salerno. 'He is also very familiar with FIBA rules, something many of our guys have not experienced yet.'

The Storm is a member of the National Basketball League of Canada.



Chicago native

Dale, 27, hails from Chicago, Ill., and he played his collegiate ball not far from there at Southern Illinois University. Since then, he has played professionally at some of the highest levels in Austria, Hungary and France. Dale most recently played for Kecskemeti Univer in Hungary's A Division during the 2009-2010 seasons, where he averaged 15 points and six rebounds per game. During the 2008 season, Dale averaged 26.4 points and six rebounds per game in helping lead UBSC Graz in Austria's A Division to a Bundesliga league championship.

'He can really score the basketball in a variety of different ways,' added Salerno. 'He is someone I have had my eye on for quite some time now, and I am thrilled we were able to get this deal done.'



Training camp

Dale will join current signees Mike Williams, Chris Cayole, Al Stewart, Eric Gilchrese, Troy Gottselig and Jessan Gray when the Storm kicks off training camp in Summerside in two weeks.

The Storm's first pre-season contest will be against the Halifax Rainmen at UPEI on Friday, Oct. 21. The Storm will open the regular season at home against the Quebec Kebs on Thursday, Nov. 3. Game time at EastLink Arena is 7 p.m.

Storm season tickets are on sale now, and can be purchased at the Credit Union Place box office.

Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com




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Source: Owners, players to meet again Tuesday, maybe Wednesday - by Eurobasket News
With one round of cancelations behind them and more significant ones looming without a new labor deal soon, representatives for NBA players and owners will meet Tuesday and perhaps Wednesday for talks aimed at ending the lockout.

The union has canceled a regional meeting with players Tuesday in Miami so its negotiators can meet with league officials in New York instead, a person familiar with the plans told The Associated Press on Monday on condition of anonymity because the details are supposed to remain confidential.

Both sides said after meeting last week they hoped to talk again this week, but scheduling conflicts threatened to make that difficult. Union executive director Billy Hunter was supposed to travel to Miami on Monday to brief players Tuesday, and some members of both bargaining teams will be unavailable from Wednesday evening through Friday evening because of the Jewish holiday.

It's unclear who will take part in the talks, though the expectation is it will again be small groups. NBA Commissioner David Stern, Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, Spurs owner Peter Holt, who leads the labor relations committee, and senior vice president and deputy general counsel Dan Rube represented the NBA last week. Hunter, NBPA president Derek Fisher of the Lakers, attorney Ron Klempner and economist Kevin Murphy were on the union side.

The bargaining session, first reported by CBSSports.com, comes just days after the league postponed training camps and canceled all 43 preseason games scheduled for Oct. 9-15.

The remainder of preseason play would be in jeopardy without an agreement by early next week, and the Nov. 1 opening of the regular season could be scrapped by the middle of next month.

The slow pace of the negotiations has left players frustrated, but they insist still united with the lockout nearing the three-month mark.

'We support Billy 100 percent, we support D-Fish 100 percent,' Knicks All-Star Carmelo Anthony said after an exhibition game Sunday in Philadelphia. 'My main thing, we've just got to stick together. As players, we're sticking together.'

Yet he also didn't rule out decertification of the union, a tactic NFL players used during their battle with the league but one that Hunter and Fisher have continued to reject thus far.

'If that's where we got to take it, that's where we got to take it,' Anthony said. 'Whatever it takes to get a season, that's what we want to do.'

Two issues remain in the way of that. Players are resisting owners' desire for a hard salary cap, and have said owners want their share of basketball-related income to drop into the 40s after they were guaranteed 57 percent under the deal that expired at the end of the day June 30.

The news has been bad, but players still hope a deal can come in time to avoid losing games to a work stoppage for only the second time.

'Every report that you guys in the media is hearing, we're hearing the same exact thing, and we're just trying to get something done and hopefully something can get done,' Houston Rockets player representative Kyle Lowry said. 'If not, we're going to stick together as players, the players union, and hopefully something gets done.'

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


St. John's coach Lavin to alter treatment of prostate cancer - by Milord Nikolic
St. John's men's basketball coach Steve Lavin needs to treat his prostate cancer differently. Lavin, 47, was originally diagnosed with the disease last September, but did not publicly announce his condition until April. After his initial plan of attack was thwarted, Lavin is changing his approach. Lavin does not expect this latest turn to alter his plans for the upcoming season. Lavin led the Red Storm to a 21-12 record, good for third in the Big East. St. John's qualified for the NCAA tournament where it fell in the second round to Gonzaga.




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Nick Wolf gets pro deal in Spain, Las Rozas - by Eurobasket News
Nick Wolf (198-G/F-88, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Rollins) is set to start his professional basketball career. The American shooting guard/small forward penned a deal with Las Rozas. They will compete in Spanish third division (LEB Silver). Nick Wolf is a product of the Rollins College, where he graduated few months ago. He had 21.2 ppg, 10.1 rpg and 2.8 apg for his school as a senior (32 games). Rollins won the SCC Tournament this year and Wolf was named All-SSC Summary 2010-2011 All-Tournament MVP -11. He was also awarded with All-SSC Summary 2010-2011 Player of the Year -11. As a junior Wolf had 17.7 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 3.2 rpg for his school. That season Rollins reached NCAA D2 Sweet 16. In 2009, he was named SSC Player of the Year.

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Orthodox Ramallah Champs of the 31st Shuhada Tournament - by Tamara Awartani

The 31st Shuhada (Martyrs) Tournament organized by Sarriyet Ramallah finished with an earned title for Orthodox Ramallah coached by the well known coach Othman Budeiri after beating Orthodox Beit Jala coached by the great coach Maher Mata. While Berzeit Club took 3rd place and Orthodox Beit Sahour 4th place.

Orthodox Ramallah vs. Orthodox Beit Jala 82 - 78
The game was very intense, both teams played good with talented players at both ends. Orthodox Ramallah played hard with one heart and eye on the championship title, led by Ahmad Dib (81) who was unstoppable with his 3pointers scoring 33 points along with the shooting guard Ibrahim Zaibaq and Nadeem Moussa (89) and Yasin Zeitawi under basket with several rebounds. While Beit Jala players where very competitive not giving up so easil, with Kamal Mukarker scoring 21 points and Nicola Fadayel was playing all around the court being strongly guarded by the other team having 19 rebounds. Shadi Bahnan was fast as usual penetrating along with Raed Abu Rumman under basket.

On another end - a few updates on Palestinian Basketball:
- One more Tournament for this season which is the cup tournament with 22 Teams taking part and the draw will take place on the 1st of October - Stay tuned.

- Check this link about Palestine (What makes a country) that also shows the Palestinian National Team player - Tamara Awartani: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ad6GVN-8Pis




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Standings - Superior
Superior Standings
 1. Regatas 29-2 
 2. Real Club 26-5 
 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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Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
 1. Anwil 0-0 
 2. AZS Koszalin 0-0 
 3. AZS PW 0-0 
 4. Energa Czarni 0-0 
 5. Kotwica 0-0 
 6. LKS Lodz 0-0 
 7. PBG Basket 0-0 
 8. PGE Turow 0-0 
 9. Polpharma 0-0 
 10. Siarka Jezioro 0-0 
 11. Slask Wroclaw 0-0 
 12. Trefl Sopot 0-0 
 13. Zastal ZG 0-0 
Play in international cups:
 1. Asseco Prokom


2 Liga Day 1 Group C - by Maciej Paszyn
AZS II Politechnika Warszawska - Staco MNLK Niepolomice 65:71 (27:22, 17:17, 12:20, 9:13)

Key facts : Staco won rebounds 53-33 ; 3 AZS players has got 5 personal fouls
Top scorers : Wojciech Majchrzak (194-G/F-74) ( Staco ) 23, Michal Michalak (194-G-93) ( AZS II PW ) 21
MVP : Michal Michalak ( AZS II PW ) 21 pts., 8/17 FG ( 47 % ), 4/8 FT ( 50 % ), 7 rb. ( 7 def. ), 2 as., 30,5 min

MKS Limbach Limanowa - Rosa II Radom 69:61 (20:10, 16:18, 25:14, 8:19)

Key facts : Limanowa 19/27 FT ( 70,4 % ), 5 TO - Rosa II 5/11 FT ( 45,5 % ), 15 TO ; Two players with double-double : Piotr Kwandrans (200-F-79) ( Limanowa ) 12 pts., 13 rb. ( 2 off., 11 def. ), Tomasz Pisarczyk (205-F-85) ( Rosa II ) 12 pts., 12 rb., ( 4 off., 8 def. )
Top scorers : Maciej Maj (201-C-88) ( Rosa II ) 19, Andrzej Peciak (195-G/F-78, agency: Promotex) ( Limanowa ) 18, Wojciech Rykala (180-G-76) ( Limanowa ) 18
MVP : Andrzej Peciak ( Limanowa ) 18 pts., 5/14 FG ( 35,7 % ), 7/8 FT ( 87,5 % ), 8 rb. ( 1 off., 7 def. ), 3 as., 25 min.

UMKS Kielce - KKS Novum Lublin 87:88 (17:32, 25:18, 21:16, 24:22)

Key facts : Only 6 players of Novum team was on the floor ; Novum 8/18 3 PM-A ( 44,4 % ) - UMKS 3/18 3 PM-A ( 16,7 % )
Top scorers : Wojciech Miernik (194-F-88) ( UMKS ) 30, Jakub Karolak (192-F/G-93) ( Novum ) 27
MVP : Wojciech Miernik ( UMKS ) 30 pts., 12/15 FG ( 80 % ), 10/12 2 PM-A ( 83,3 % ), 2/3 3 PM-A ( 66,7 % ), 4/5 FT ( 80 % ), 5 rb. ( 2 off., 3 def. ) 2 as., 28 min
Jakub Karolak ( Novum ) 27 pts., 10/17 FG ( 58,8 % ), 6/11 2 PM-A ( 54,5 % ), 4/6 3 PM-A ( 66,7% ) 3/7 FT ( 42,9 % ) 2 rb. ( 2 def. ) 5 to., 40 min

UKS Siemaszka Piekary - Wisla AWF Krakow 66:75 (16:16, 15:20, 17:12, 18:27)

Key facts : Siemiaszka 23/64 FG ( 35,9 % ) 14/24 FT ( 58,3 % ) - Wisla 26/52 FG ( 50 % ), 20/32 FT ( 62,5 % )
Top scorers : Jakub Dwernicki (180-G-86) ( Wisla ) 22, Pawel Murza ( Siemaszka ) 17
MVP : Jakub Dwernicki ( Wisla ) 22 pts., 6/11 FG ( 54,5 % ), 10/14 FT ( 71,4 % ), 4 rb. ( 4 def. ) 12 rvf., 31 min

BKS Tur Bielsk Podlaski - PWiK Piaseczno 75:80 (25:22, 14:17, 20:20, 16:21)

Key facts : Only scoring run trough the game was made by Piaseczno between 31 and 34 minute ( 8-2 )
Top scorers : Marcin Krajewski (204-F-73) ( Tur ) 20, Andrzej Paszkiewicz (180-G-79) ( PWiK ) 18
MVP : Andrzej Paszkiewicz ( PWiK ) 18 pts., 6/10 FG ( 60 % ), 5/9 3 PM-A ( 55,6 % ), 2 rb. ( 1 off., 1 def. ), 6 as., 9 to., 27min

KS Pulaski Warka - SSA Unia Tarnow 60:78 (11:21, 18:15, 13:17, 18:25)

Key facts : Warka 36 RB., 15 AS., 7 ST., 25 TO. - Unia 44 RB., 21., AS., 15 ST., 20 TO., ; 2 Unia players with double-double : Tomasz Zych (188-G-87) 24 pts., 11 as. ; Przemyslaw Cygan (198-F-82) 22 pts., 11 rb. ( 11 def. )
Top scorers : Tomasz Zych ( Unia ) 24, Przemyslaw Cygan ( Unia ) 22
MVP : Tomasz Zych ( Unia ) 24 pts., 8/12 FG ( 66,7 % ), 8/10 2 PM-A ( 80 % ), 8/9 FT ( 88,9 & ), 4 rb ( 1 off., 3 def. ), 11 as., 7 st., 8 rvf., 5 to., 36 min


Enisey cruise past Anwil in Siauliai - by Eurobasket News
Enisey - Anwil 83:66

Enisey opened the VTB League Qualifying Round with a convincing victory. They rallied past Anwil in Siauliai. Lonny Baxter (204-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) stepped up with 23 points to pace the winners.
Enisey did not waste too much time as they jumped ahead early in the encounter. The Russian team posted a 22:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Anwil bounced back in the second term. The Polish team cut the deficit pulling within a single point at halftime 36:37. Enisey stopped the rot and kept in charge throughout the third frame. They arrived at the final intermission up by 6 points. Enisey outscored their opponents 22:11 in the fourth frame and coasted to the victory at the end. Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) posted 11 points, while Sergey Toporov (197-F-81) and Andrei Komarovskiy (196-G-85) added 10 points each in the winning effort. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) answered with 15 points for Anwil. Krzysztof Szubarga (182-G-84) netted 11 points in defeat.

Enisey: Lonny Baxter 23, Elmedin Kikanovic 11, Sergey Toporov 10, Andrei Komarovskiy 10
Anwil: Corsley Edwards 15, Krzysztof Szubarga 11



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Portuguese competition is back - by Luis Filipe Cristovao
Time for the new season to begin, this weekend, with the first round of LPBs Antnio Pratas Cup. The LPB teams are divided in four groups of three, and just the winner of each group will get a place in the Semi-finals.

Here are the groups:

North: Vitria Guimares, B. Barcelos, FC Porto
Center-North: CAB Madeira, Sampaense, Ovarense
Center South: Acadmica, Casino Ginsio, Lusitnia
South: Barreirense, Terceira Basket, Benfica

The Semis will be played in October 8th.



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Enisey cruise past Anwil in Siauliai - by Eurobasket News
Enisey - Anwil 83:66

Enisey opened the VTB League Qualifying Round with a convincing victory. They rallied past Anwil in Siauliai. Lonny Baxter (204-C-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Maryland) stepped up with 23 points to pace the winners.
Enisey did not waste too much time as they jumped ahead early in the encounter. The Russian team posted a 22:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Anwil bounced back in the second term. The Polish team cut the deficit pulling within a single point at halftime 36:37. Enisey stopped the rot and kept in charge throughout the third frame. They arrived at the final intermission up by 6 points. Enisey outscored their opponents 22:11 in the fourth frame and coasted to the victory at the end. Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) posted 11 points, while Sergey Toporov (197-F-81) and Andrei Komarovskiy (196-G-85) added 10 points each in the winning effort. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) answered with 15 points for Anwil. Krzysztof Szubarga (182-G-84) netted 11 points in defeat.

Enisey: Lonny Baxter 23, Elmedin Kikanovic 11, Sergey Toporov 10, Andrei Komarovskiy 10
Anwil: Corsley Edwards 15, Krzysztof Szubarga 11



Nizhniy Novgorod and Triumph won the latest games - by Eurobasket News
Nizhniy Novgorod and Triumph won the latest games in pre-season clashes. Nizhniy Novgorod recorded another victory over the Serbian representative. The Russian team overcame Crvena Zvezda 84:81.
Nizhniy Novgorod started with 27-26 and added massive 22-10 in the second frame. The team from Serbian bounced back with 20-12 in the third quarter and reduced to 5 points after three periods. They also won the last stanza 25-23 but could not win the game.
Ernest Bremer (195-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) stepped up with 19 points and Antonov added 16. Stepanenkov scored 12, while Savelyev netted 11. Bojan Radetic (203-F-88) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and Filip Covic (180-G-89, agency: Interperformances) posted 14.
Triumph meanwhile overcame Erdemir from Turkey. The Russian team celebrated 72:64 victory. Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) netted 17.



Krasnye Krilya bruise Siauliai at VTB League Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Krasnye Krilya - Siauliai 98:78

Krasnye Krilya opened the VTB League Qualifying Round with an impressive victory. The Russian team fired past Siauliai in Lithuania. DeJuan Blair (201-F-89, college: Pittsburgh) stepped up with 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort.
Krasnye Krilya opened the game aggressively. They posted a 26:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Krasnye Krilya stretched the margin in the second term. They established a 50:37 halftime advantage. It did not get any better for Siauliai in the second half. Krasnye Krylia unleashed 28 points in the third period. They piled up a 23-point lead at the final intermission. Siauliai posted 23 points in the fourth quarter but could not save the encounter as Krasnye Krilya breezed to the victory at the end. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Grambling St.) and Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 16 points apiece in the winning case. Denzel Bowles (208-F-89, college: JMU) responded with 14 points for Siauliai. Arvydas Siksnius (196-F-87, college: Weatherford JC) had 13 points in defeat.

Krasnye Krilya: DeJuan Blair 23+11 boards, Brion Rush 16, Dragan Labovic 16
Siauliai: Denzel Bowles 14, Arvydas Siksnius 13



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Igor Milosevic heads to BC Astana - by Eurobasket News
Igor Milosevic (193-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) will continue his career in BC Astana. He signed a one-season deal with the newly formed team from the Kazakhstan capital. They will compete in VTB United League. Milosevic heads to BS Astana from Tarbzon, where he finished last season. He joined them in December averaging 9.7 points, 1.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists for 15 games in TBL. Milosevic started last season with Lietuvos Rytas. He had 4.5 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 2.2 apg for 6 Euroleague games with them. Igos Milosevic played for Rytas also in 2009/10. He signed with them in January. Before that, he spent first half of the season with Marousi. In the past, Igor Milosevic played for Olympiacos, Crvena Zvezda and Iraklis. In 2010, he won the Lithuanian league title and Cup with Lietuvos Rytas. Milosevic played for Greek B National Team two years ago and earlier he was a member of U18 and U20 Greece.

Cajasol signs Serbian NT guard Milenko Tepic - by Eurobasket News
Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) officially became a new member of Cajasol. The Serbian National Team guard penned a deal for the next two seasons. Tepic spent latest two with Panathinaikos Athens. He helped them win the Euroleague title with 2.8 ppg and 1.2 rpg for 17 games. The Greens also defended title in Greece. There, Tepic collected 7.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2 apg in 34 games. Tepic won the Greek title with PAO also in 2009/10. From 2006 to 2009, Milenko Tepic was a member of Partizan Belgrade. He won many trophies with them, including three Adriatic league and Serbian league titles. In the past, Tepic played for Vojvodina Srbijagas. Milenko Tepic is active member of the Serbian NT since 2007. At the EuroBasket in Lithuania he had 8.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 1.9 apg for 8 games. Spanish ACB league begins in less than two weeks.

Crvena Zvezda Beograd triumphed at Samokov Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Crvena Zvezda Beograd won Samokov Tournament. In the Final game the Serbian team outscored Rilski Sportist 73:65. Trailing 33-40 after the first half, Crvena Zvezda Beograd needed two strong periods in the second half to win the game. They produced 23-9 in the third quarter and finished the game with 17-16. Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) poured in 13 points and Nemanja Nedovic as well as Petar Popovic (211-C-79) posted 10 each. Filip Vukosavljevic (206-C-83) ended up with 17 points for Bulgarian team.
Last night Nizhniy Novgorod meanwhile recorded another victory over the Serbian representative. The Russian team overcame Crvena Zvezda 84:81 in a friendly game. Nizhniy Novgorod started with 27-26 and added massive 22-10 in the second frame. The team from Serbian bounced back with 20-12 in the third quarter and reduced to 5 points after three periods. They also won the last stanza 25-23 but could not win the game.
Ernest Bremer (195-G-80, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: St.Bonaventure) stepped up with 19 points and Antonov added 16. Stepanenkov scored 12, while Savelyev netted 11. Bojan Radetic (203-F-88) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and Filip Covic (180-G-89, agency: Interperformances) posted 14.



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Union Olimpija and Elektra Sostanj won pre-season clashes - by Eurobasket News
Union Olimpija won over Anadolu Efes 74:73. The Turkish side started with 19-16 and had 13-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover they led 57:52 with 10 minutes in the game, while Union Olimpija needed a strong last period to win the game. Danny Green (198-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Jagodnik scored 13. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) collected 10 points and 8 rebounds in a win. Stanko Barac (217-C-86) answered with 17 points in the losing effort and Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84) netted 13.
Elektra Sostanj meanwhile overcame Gorica 67:57. The winners started with 16-12 and added 23-12 in the second frame. Moreover after 17-11 in the third quarter it became clear about the winner. Gorica managed to win the last quarter 22-11 to reduce to 10 points.



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Andrew Betts back to Spain, signs with Lagun Aro GBC - by Eurobasket News
Andrew Betts (216-C-77, college: Long Beach St.) is back to Spain after three years. The British veteran center penned a deal with Lagun Aro GBC for the next season. He spent the last one with Budivelnyk Kyiv helping them to win the Ukrainian league title. Betts had 9.9 ppg and 3.9 rpg for 51 games. He also added 7.1 ppg and 4.1 rpg in 14 EuroCup games last season. In 2009/10, Andrew Betts played for Aris Thessaloniki. He had 9.8 ppg and 5.4 rpg in Greek league. Betts joined Aris in January of 2009. From 2003 to 2008, he played in Spain. First, he played two years for Tau Ceramica and after that two for Joventut and one year for Cajasol. With Cajasol Betts averaged 7.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in 34 games. With Tau he reached ACB and Euroleague Finals in 2005. A year before that, they won the Spanish Cup. In 2006, Betts won the FIBA EuroCup title with Joventut.

Barcelona Regal wins 'Lliga Catalana' - by Eurobasket News
FIATC Joventut - Barcelona Regal 54-94

Barcelona Regal is the winner of 'Lliga Catalana 2011'. The reigning Spanish champion destroyed FIATC Joventut in the Finals 54-94. The tournament was played in Manresa. Joventut managed to resist only in the first quarter (18-18), after what Barca took control on them. Barca made impressive 14-31 in the second period and continued with 15-26 after the breather. It was already clear at that time who the winner of this game will be. Despite that fact, Barca continued in the same rhythm in Q4 (7-19) celebrating huge 54-94 victory at the end. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) top-scored in Barca with 15 points. Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports) had 13, while Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) and Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) added 11 points each. In the loosing squad, Pooh Jeter (179-PG-83, college: Portland) delivered 14 points. David Jelinek (194-G-90) had 10 pts and Latavious Williams (202-F-91) stopped to one less.

FIATC Joventut: Pooh Jeter (14), David Jelinek (10), Obasohan (3), Llovet, Latavious Williams (9), Trias, Todorovic (8), Van Lacke (4), Barrera (4), Oliver (2), Suarez
Barcelona Regal: Huertas (6), Eidson (5), Rabaseda (5), Wallace (6), Boniface Ndong (15), Erazem Lorbek (11), Joe Ingles (13), Vazquez (9), Juan Carlos Navarro (11), Sada (5), Perovic (8)


Cajasol signs Serbian NT guard Milenko Tepic - by Eurobasket News
Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) officially became a new member of Cajasol. The Serbian National Team guard penned a deal for the next two seasons. Tepic spent latest two with Panathinaikos Athens. He helped them win the Euroleague title with 2.8 ppg and 1.2 rpg for 17 games. The Greens also defended title in Greece. There, Tepic collected 7.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2 apg in 34 games. Tepic won the Greek title with PAO also in 2009/10. From 2006 to 2009, Milenko Tepic was a member of Partizan Belgrade. He won many trophies with them, including three Adriatic league and Serbian league titles. In the past, Tepic played for Vojvodina Srbijagas. Milenko Tepic is active member of the Serbian NT since 2007. At the EuroBasket in Lithuania he had 8.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 1.9 apg for 8 games. Spanish ACB league begins in less than two weeks.

Nick Wolf gets pro deal in Spain, Las Rozas - by Eurobasket News
Nick Wolf (198-G/F-88, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Rollins) is set to start his professional basketball career. The American shooting guard/small forward penned a deal with Las Rozas. They will compete in Spanish third division (LEB Silver). Nick Wolf is a product of the Rollins College, where he graduated few months ago. He had 21.2 ppg, 10.1 rpg and 2.8 apg for his school as a senior (32 games). Rollins won the SCC Tournament this year and Wolf was named All-SSC Summary 2010-2011 All-Tournament MVP -11. He was also awarded with All-SSC Summary 2010-2011 Player of the Year -11. As a junior Wolf had 17.7 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 3.2 rpg for his school. That season Rollins reached NCAA D2 Sweet 16. In 2009, he was named SSC Player of the Year.

Plasencia Extremadura signs F Clayton Longmire - by Eurobasket News
Clayton Longmire (201-F-84, college: St.Rose, NY) will continue his career in Spain. The American forward signed a deal with Plasencia Extremadura. They will compete in LEB Silver next season. Longmire was the top-scored of Irish Superleague in 2010/11. He had 27.8 ppg in 18 games with Belfast Star. Longmire also added 9.4 ppg, 2 apg, 1.5 spg and 1.9 bpg. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Irish Superleague 2nd Team -11 and Eurobasket.com Irish Superleague All-Imports Team -11. Before Ireland, Clayton Longmire spent one season with German BG Hagen. They competed in Regionalliga, where Longmire had 25.4 ppg. He missed 2007/08 due to shoulder injury. Clayton Longmire graduated at the College of Saint Rose (NCAA2) four years ago.

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Dragons land American F Marcus Johnson - by Eurobasket News
Sundsvall Dragons completed their roster for the upcoming season. The Swedish squad signed a deal with forward Marcus Johnson (198-F-87, college: USC). The American spent last season in Croatia as a member of Cibona Zagreb. Actually, he appeared 15 times for the club after what they parted ways. Johnson had 7.2 ppg and 4.8 rpg for 10 games in Adriatic league. He also added 1.6 ppg and 2.4 rpg for 5 Euroleague games. It was a rookie season for Johnson, who graduated at the University of Southern California a year ago. He had 9.6 ppg and 4.6 rpg for his school as a senior. They won the Pac-10 Tournament in 2009. Marcus Johnson transferred to USC from the University of Connecticut in 2008. With Connecticut he reached NCAA Elite Eight in 2006.

Oostende drub Norrkoping in Sweden - by Eurobasket News
Norrkoping - Oostende 62:88

Oostende tipped off EuroCup Qualifying Round campaign with a comfortable win over Norrkoping in Sweden. Jason Rich (191-G-86) posted 19 points to lead the Belgian team.
Norrkoping surged ahead early in the game and posted a 15:12 lead after ten minutes. However Oostende answered with 10:0 run early in the second term to spur in front. Sakota and Quentin Serron (190-G-90) made it 42:31 for the visitors late in the first half. The margin grew at 15-point mark midway through the third term. Oostende piled up a 63:45 advantage with ten minutes to go. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii) gave Oostende a 20-point lead early in the final term. The Belgian side never looked back en route to the victory afterwards. Matt Lojeski posted 18 points, while Quentin Serron contributed 13 points and 5 assists in the win. Andrew Mitchell (181-G-79, college: Kent St.) answered with 13 points for the Dolphins. Anton Saks (200-G-89, agency: Lanshire Group) had 10 points in the loss.

Norrkoping: Andrew Mitchell 13, Anton Saks 10
Oostende: Jason Rich 19, Matt Lojeski 18, Quentin Serron 13



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Starwings won the latest two games - by Eurobasket News
Starwings won the latest two games over the other two Swiss representatives.
Starwings edged BBC Monthey Starwings 75:67. The first quarter was decisive in the game and brought 31:14 lead for the winners. BBC Monthey replied with 21-13 in the second period and reduced to 9 points at the halftime. Moreover they cut it to 5 winning the third frame 13-9. In the last period Starwings needed 22-19 to win the game. Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: IPFW) paced all the winners with 24 points and Brandon Jenkins (190-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Louisville) netted 17. Joel Fuchs (189-G-89) and Tony McCrory (199-G/F-77, college: Simon Fraser) followed them with 8 points apiece.
BC Alte Kanti lost to Starwings 51:85. The latter started well and never looked behind. They reached 52:28 at the halftime an increased to 34 points at the very end. Brandon Jenkins and Jaraun Burrows ended up with 16 points each, while Tony McCrory, Joel Fuchs and Stefan Petkovic (186-G-92) posted 11 each.


STB Bern-Giants keep Head Coach Mihailovic - by Eurobasket News
STB Bern-Giants announced signing of a one-year contract extension with their Head Coach Ratko Mihailovic . He will lead the team this season in LNB. MIhailovic took over the Giants during the summer of 2010. They finished as No.8 in LNB last season. Bern won the promotion from 1LN to LNB in 2009/10. Before Bern, Ratko Mihailovic worked in Holland. He was a Head Coach of MyGuide 2 Amsterdam and later ROC RIVOR Tiel juniors. In 2006/07, Mihailovic worked in United Kingdom. He was coaching junior teams of BC Thunder London. In the past, he spent couple of years with youth selections of Crvena Zvezda Belgrade.

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Good performance and good results for Syrian NT .. coach Goran thank you very much - by Ahmad Madwar
Syria National team finish Asia Chmapion 2011 at the 9th postion .. and this postion is better than the last time we played in Asia champion at 2007,when we finished that champion at 11th postion .. but it's big different the NT at 2007 and the NT at 2011 ..
at 2007 we played with all syrian stars and the situation in the country was normal .. but this year the NT played without many syrian stars ... like Michel Maadanly, Al Hakam Abdallah ... etc and the situation in Syria is not really good to think about basketball .. any way ..
Coach Goran arrived at 24th july .. before the champion start by aroud 40days .. and 40days are not Enough time to prepare for big challenge like Asia champion .. but Goran didnot care about that, and he started work very hard .. and called many youth players Who have become stars in Asia like Mahmood Osfira, Wael Jlilati and Abd Al Wahab Hamowi ... he started to build youth and good young team for the future .. and no coach before take care about that ..
he gave chance for many players didnot play that time in them clubs like Ittihad players Sameer Al Dags and Mahmood Osfira .. and they were too good .. so what some people want ??
our NT showed good performence in this chmapion against teams had long time for prepartion like Jordan and philipen .. any way we have to thanks coach Goran Miljevic for what he did with the National team In all cases if he complete with the NT for arab champion at december or not ..
everybody who followed the practises and the games .. saw coach Goran is different than any pro coach who came to Syria before .. and he has a lot to provide for Syrian basketball ...


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Anadolu Efes and Erdemir lost the friendlies - by Eurobasket News
Turksih teams continues the friendly clashes to prepare better for the upcoming season. Union Olimpija won over Anadolu Efes 74:73. The Turkish side started with 19-16 and had 13-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover they led 57:52 with 10 minutes in the game, while Union Olimpija needed a strong last period to win the game. Danny Green (198-G/F-87, college: N.Carolina) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Jagodnik scored 13. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) collected 10 points and 8 rebounds in a win. Stanko Barac (217-C-86) answered with 17 points in the losing effort and Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84) netted 13.
Triumph meanwhile overcame Erdemir from Turkey. The Russian team celebrated 72:64 victory. Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) netted 17.


SPOR TOTO Turkish Cup is beginning. - by Baha Kurtulus
In order to determine the groups attending to quarter finals, the games will take place in four different cities and groups in 6-8th October and 9-11th October 2011.
Groups, cities and teams schedule is;

6th October 2011
TOFAS - Olin Edirne ( Group B - Erzurum )
Mersin BSB - Fenerbahce Ulker ( Group B - Erzurum )

Erdemir- Bandirma Kirmizi ( Group D - Samsun )
Antalya BSB - Galatasaray ( Group D - Samsun )

7th October 2011
Fenerbahce Ulker - TOFAS ( Group B - Erzurum )
Olin Edirne - Mersin BSB ( Group B - Erzurum )

Galatasaray - Erdemir ( Group D - Samsun )
Bandirma Kirmizi - Antalya BSB ( Group D - Samsun )

8th October 2011
TOFAS - Mersin BSB ( Group B - Erzurum )
Fenerbahce Ulker - Olin Edirne ( Group B - Erzurum )

Erdemir - Antalya BSB ( Group D - Samsun )
Galatasaray - Bandirma Kirmizi ( Group D - Samsun )

9th October 2011
Hacettepe - Banvit ( Group A - Eskisehir )
Besiktas - Trabzonspor ( Group A - Eskisehir )

Pinar Karsiyaka - Aliaga Petkim ( Group C - Izmir )
Turk Telekom - Anadolu Efes ( Group C - Izmir )

10th October 2011
Trabzonspor- Hacettepe ( Group A - Eskisehir )
Banvit - Besiktas ( Group A - Eskisehir )

Anadolu Efes - Pinar Karsiyaka ( Group C - Izmir )
Aliaga Petkim - Turk Telekom ( Group C - Izmir )

11th October 2011
Hacettepe - Besiktas ( Group A - Eskisehir )
Trabzonspor - Banvit ( Group A - Eskisehir )

Pinar Karsiyaka - Turk Telekom ( Group C - Izmir )
Anadolu Efes - Aliaga Petkim ( Group C - Izmir )



Tenis E.Dagcilik Istanbul sign Bruce Brown - by Eurobasket Center
Tenis E.Dagcilik Istanbul (TB2L) announced the signing of 28-year old American center Bruce Brown (213-C-122kg-83, college: Hampton). Brown played most recently at Saitama Broncos (Japan). While playing 35 games for Saitama Bron. last season his stats were: 6.1ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.0bpg. He is a very experienced player. Brown played also pro basketball in Australia, Bulgaria, Japan, Lebanon and Portugal. He graduated Hampton University in 2006.


Enes Kanter is open for offers - by Orhan Suer
Enes Kanter (208-C-92, college: Kentucky), whos drafted 3rd overall by Utah Jazz, a young player of Turkish National Basketball Team, said he had not been playing basketball for 2 years and in case the lockout in NBA took so long, gave signs of playing for a team in Europe.

Enes Kanter said he does not want to be a star player but a team player. Young player reminded he was away from the basketball for 2 years I havent spoken to my manager yet but I am very hungry for basketball. If the lockout takes too long, I want to sign with a team, there are some offers, I am reviewing them, I havent decided yet.



Besiktas draw first blood in EuroCup Qualifying Round series - by Eurobasket News
Besiktas - Dexia Mons-Hainaut 78:70

Besiktas stepped closer to the EuroCup regular season following a home win over Dexia Mons-Hainaut. Ambitious Turkish team claimed an 8-point victory at home court. Marcelus Kemp (196-G-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Nevada) stepped up with 24 points to lead the effort.
It was never an easy battle for the hosts. Dexia led for the bigger part of the opening frame. But three-pointers from Marcelus Kemp and Deron Williams (191-PG-84, college: Illinois) gave Besiktas a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. The hosts used a 7:0 run midway through the second term to post a 35:28 lead. Bekistas piled up a 41:37 lead at the interval. Zoran Erceg (210-C/F-85) and Hawkins ensured a 59:46 lead for the home team midway through the third term. Bekistas ensured a 63:52 advantage at the final intermission. The hosts enlarged their lead to 15 points with under four minutes to go but Dexia stayed in the game. Slaughter helped the Belgian team to narrow the gap to 8 points at the end. Zoran Erceg and Deron Williams posted 15 points each for Besiktas. Justin Cage (198-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Xavier) responded with 13 points for Dexia. Ronell Taylor (196-G-82, college: UAB) and Ahmad Nivins (206-F-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: St.Joseph's) chipped in 12 points apiece in the loss.

Besiktas: Marcelus Kemp 24, Zoran Erceg 15, Deron Williams 15
Dexia: Justin Cage 13, Ronell Taylor 12, Ahmad Nivins 12



Le Mans steps closer to EuroCup Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
Pinar Karsiyaka-Le Mans 73:80

Le Mans steps closer to EuroCup Regular Season after a road victory at the Eurocup Qualifying Round Day 1. The French side rolled over Pinar Karsiyaka 80:73 and will have 7-point deficit after the second game in France.
Le Mans took the lead from the very beginning and an 8-0 run gave them 16:6 midway through the first period. They had also 10-point advantage at the end of the first 10 minutes, while Henry Kahudi (193-PG-91) scored for 34:22. Kouguere nailed three to send the teams to the lockers for 43:34.
Pinar Karsiyaka however erupted with 27-12 in the third frame and grabbed 61:55 at the end of three quarters. It was too early to celebrate as Le Mans responded with 25-12 in the last stanza.
Taylor Rochestie (185-PG-85, college: Washington St.) stepped up with 17 points, while Marcellus Sommerville (200-F-82, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bradley) added 16. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) followed them with 14 points, while Henry Kahudi and Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 10 apiece. Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) ended up with 17 points in defeat, while Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90) collected 14 points and 15 boards. Raymar Morgan (202-F/C-88, college: Michigan St.) scored 13 and Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) finished the game with 11 points.

Pinar Karsiyaka: Mire Chatman 17, Ilkan Karaman 14+15 rebs, Raymar Morgan 13, Birkan Batuk 11
Le Mans: Taylor Rochestie 17, Marcellus Sommerville 16, Joao Paulo Batista 14, Henry Kahudi 10, Alain Koffi 10


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  UBA   


2011 UBA Draft breakdown - by UBA media

2011 UBA Draft breakdown

No other league in the USA was more exciting than the UBA. The league that has set a new standard in minor league basketball is gearing up for this 3rd draft. Last season we seen major talent that have all moved on like Michael Sloan (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.) (Iceland), Jermaine Dailey (6'8''-F-86, agency: SportsList Inc., college: Ill.-Chicago) (Taiwan), Richard Jeter (6'6''-G/F-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Atlanta Metro JC) (Ukraine) to say the least.

Lets take a look at some of the top players of the 2011 UBA Draft and see what they bring to the table.

*NBA Comparison: The NBA comparison is to give people an idea of the players style of play. This does not mean that these players are better or on the level with the NBA player.

Kevin Sims (5'10''-G-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Tulane)
Last played: (U.M.F-Iceland): 15.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 47.8%
Strengths: Gifted athlete, playmaker and brings speed to PG position.
Breakdown: Sims was Mr. Tulane just 2 years ago leading the team in scoring before moving on to Iceland. Sims has great speed but needs to create more to make it back to the level he belongs.
Prediction: Top 5 (Scouted by GIE Morrow Disciples, Nashville Musicians, Georgia Lions)
*Comparison: Brandon Jennings

Jimmy Drew (6'5''-G-88, college: De Paul)
Last Played: (De Paul-NCAA): 7.1ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.3apg, FT: 83.2%
Strengths: Clutch, seasoned (played five years of major D1 basketball) and shoots a high percentage (shot 39.9 percent from the 3 last seasons).
Breakdown: Drew is a big guard with the ability to play the 3-4. He should fit well in the UBA with his physical style.
Prediction: Top 5 (Scouted by Tennessee Dragons, Nashville Musicians, Georgia Lions)
*Comparison: John Salmons

Ervin Williams (6'9''-F/C-88, college: St. Catharine)
Last Played: (St. Catharine-NAIA): 14.2ppg, 8.3rpg, 2.0bpg, FGP: 58.9%
Strengths: Shows freakiness athletic ability in the paint and has NBA frame to build on (6-9, 226 pounds).
Breakdown: Williams will be the biggest surprise in this draft. He was named to the NAIA All-American team as a senior.
Prediction: Top 5 (Eastern Conference)
*Comparison: Chris Bosh

Marques Johnson (6'5''-G-88, college: Georgia State)
Last Played (Georgia State-NCAA): 6.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.9apg, FGP: 50.2%
Strengths: Well-rounded player with athletic ability and can knock down the outside shot (Shot 41.5 percent from 3-point range last season). Johnson has the talent to play all 3 guard spots well and is predicted to be this season rookie of the year.
Breakdown: Johnson is a silky smooth guard that can do it all. Very unselfish which can hurt him at times. Has top league talent for the next level.
Prediction: Top 5 (Southern Generals, Georgia Lions, Atlanta Assault, GIE Morrow Disciples)
*Comparison: Kevin Martin

Charles Corbin (6'7''-F, agency: Strategic Sports)
Last Played: (Winthrop-NCAA): 12.8ppg, 9.0rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 49.8%
Strengths: Power post player, has a mean streak and can get on the glass (Avg. 9.0 rebounds). Can become a true SF and be a big time player. A UBA all-star as soon as he they call his name in the draft.
Breakdown: Corbin is a twiner (3-4). Must develop into a true SF. His talent and potential is off the charts.
Prediction: Top 5 (Atlanta Assault, GIE Morrow Disciples)
*Comparison: Antoine Walker

In looking at the rest of the draft, this is who stood out to me:

1. James Williams (6'3''-G/F-85, college: Crichton). Williams is entering the UBA draft as a free agent. Shocked a lot of the scouts with his ability to guard 1-3. He will be a big impact on a team. From what UBA Gms are saying, Williams will be put in a situation to carry a franchise like T-Mac after leaving Vince Carter.

2. Will Richard (6'5''-F/G-84). Richard will play in Europe next season. A player that has been overlooked by his freakish jumping ability. He has found the right league. Richards has the talent to become All-UBA this season.

3. Dante Curry (6'4''-G). Mr. Ray Allen of the UBA. Currys talent is off the charts and shooting ability is from the parking lot. He will be an early 2nd round selection.

4. Timir Patel (6'11''-F/C, college: Houston Baptist). Patel has the ability to be Import player of the Year in the UBA. He can step out and hit the 3 or even go inside and post. He will likely be a 2nd round selection.

5. LaPhonso Ellis Jr. (6'3''-G-87, college: Greenville). Son of a legend Ellis Jr. will be a solid addiction to any roster. Will be a 2nd round selection for sure.

6. Jeremy Caldwell (6'8''-F/C-87, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Jackson St.). Dont be surprised if Caldwell jumps to the top 5. He has European experience to go along with great size. Last season Caldwell played in the Spain-EBA where he average 15.0ppg and 9.7rpg.



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  UKRAINE   


Ventspils steal home win over Azovmash - by Eurobasket News
Ventspils - Azovmash 75:74

Ventspils sneaked past Azovmash in the opening game of the EuroCup Qualifying Round series. Jahmar Young (196-G-86, college: N.Mexico St.) knocked down 28 points to pace the Latvian team. Ventspils went on a 5:0 run in the dying seconds to seal the victory at the end.
The hosts opened the game with five points in a row. Ventspils maintained the lead posting a 25:19 lead at the first break. Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) and Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) erased the deficit early in the second term. Ventspils pulled back in front to eke out a 42:39 halftime lead. Jahmar Young knocked down five points in a row at the start of the third term to boost the margin. Jahmar Young stretched the gap to as many as 10 points midway through the third term. Azovmash managed to get within four points 57:61 at the final term. The Ukrainian team denied the deficit midway through the fourth period. Ricky Minard and Ewing made it 74:70 with just 65 seconds to go in the regulation. But Meiers and Jahmar Young capped the game with five points in a row to give Ventspils a difficult victory. Janis Strelnieks (191-G-89) and Bojan Bakic (197-G-83, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 12 points each. Sam Willard (205-F, college: Pacific) provided 10 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Ricky Minard answered with 16 points for Azovmash. Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.) and Hasan Rizvic netted 14 points apiece in the loss.

Ventspils: Jahmar Young 28, Janis Strelnieks 12, Bojan Bakic 12
Azovmash: Ricky Minard 16, Radoslav Rancik 14, Hasan Rizvic 14



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Hinnenkamp Heads To Durham - by Paul Nilsen
The Durham Wildcats have snapped up their second import in 24 hours after flying power forward Fred Hinnenkamp (200-F) into the North East.



And the 6ft 6in star bumped into a familiar face at his first Wildcats practice - with former Houston Baptist team-mate Mario Flaherty the first to welcomeDurham's final pre-season signing.



It was the duo's explosive inside partnership for the Huskies' college side which persuaded Durham head coach Dave Elderkin to ink a deal with Hinnenkamp. And the former Sunderland and Newcastle playcaller is now confident he has a roster capable of competing at the highest level of British hoops.



'Signing Fred signals the end of our overseas recruitment,' revealed Elderkin. 'We have a rounded squad now - we have more experience than people think and Fred will bring a lot to the team.



'He's played at a high level and has already shown some nice touches. The fact that he has played a couple of seasons with Mario Flaherty back in the States will be helpful to them both and I think Fred will be an asset for us.'



Hinnenkamp's college stats made the versatile big man a hot property on the European market this summer. But the lure of a British degree course at Durham University persuaded Hinnenkamp to pick the Wildcats.



'Ultimately the opportunity to play in the elite league in Britain - at the same time as getting a world class education - was too good an opportunity to turn down,' he said. 'It is going to be a year that I am going to remember and one that I want to be truly special.'


Andrew Betts back to Spain, signs with Lagun Aro GBC - by Eurobasket News
Andrew Betts (216-C-77, college: Long Beach St.) is back to Spain after three years. The British veteran center penned a deal with Lagun Aro GBC for the next season. He spent the last one with Budivelnyk Kyiv helping them to win the Ukrainian league title. Betts had 9.9 ppg and 3.9 rpg for 51 games. He also added 7.1 ppg and 4.1 rpg in 14 EuroCup games last season. In 2009/10, Andrew Betts played for Aris Thessaloniki. He had 9.8 ppg and 5.4 rpg in Greek league. Betts joined Aris in January of 2009. From 2003 to 2008, he played in Spain. First, he played two years for Tau Ceramica and after that two for Joventut and one year for Cajasol. With Cajasol Betts averaged 7.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in 34 games. With Tau he reached ACB and Euroleague Finals in 2005. A year before that, they won the Spanish Cup. In 2006, Betts won the FIBA EuroCup title with Joventut.

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Malvin defeated Larre Borges 76-69 - by Hector Lopez
Malvin, the last Uruguayan League champions, began the new season defeating Larre Borges 76-69. Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91) was the scorer fie the winner with 19 points amd 7 assists, while Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) scored 14 and grabbed 7 rebounds, and Jesse Smith (211-C/F-82, college: Idaho St.) netted 12 points took 8 reboudns with 3 blocks. For Larre Justin Keenan (201-F/C-88, college: Ferris St.) scored 17 with 11 rebounds and 2 blocks and Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, college: Lewis) netted 11 with 7 rebounds. Other results:
Olimpia 84 - Torre Johnson (198-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) 30 points 12 rebounds, Marques Lewis (203-C-83, college: UAB) 8 points 5 rebounds
Union Atletica 74 - Will Caudle (206-C-82, college: Xavier) 17 points 10 rebounds, Blake Walker (197-F/G-82, college: Portland St.) 4 points 8 rebounds
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Montevideo 73 - Braxton Byerson (190-G/F-83, college: Virginia Union) 26 points, Federico Haller (198-F-88) 21 points 11 rebounds 2 blocks, Otis Polk (206-C-88, college: Bowling Green) 4 points 8 rebounds, 3 blocks.
Welcome 70 - Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) 28 points 7 rebounds, Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, college: Park) 18 points


Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
Capital
 1. Montevideo 2-0 
 2. Aguada 1-0 
 3. Bohemios 1-0 
 4. Defensor 1-0 
 5. Guruyu Waston 1-0 
 6. Malvin 1-0 
 7. Olimpia 1-1 
 8. Welcome 1-1 
 9. Un.Atletica 1-1 
 10. Hebraica 0-0 
 11. Bigua 0-1 
 12. Cader 0-1 
 13. Cordon 0-1 
 14. Sayago 0-1 
 15. Trouville 0-1 
 16. Larre Borges 0-2 
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 


Stats Leaders - LUB
Points Per Game
 Willard CREWS
  Cader
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 31
 1. Crews, Cader31.0 
 2. Johnson, Olimpia30.5 
 3. Mitchell, Guruyu W.26.0 
 4. Haller, Montevideo23.0 
 5. Roland, Sayago20.0 
 6. Boston, Welcome20.0 
 7. Palacios, Cordon19.0 
 8. Perez, Guruyu W.19.0 
 9. Giano, Cordon18.0 
 10. Byerson, Monte.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Angel VARELA
  Larre B.
  (187-G-87)
  Avg: 14
 1. Varela, Larre B.14.0 
 2. Mitchell, Guruyu W.11.0 
 3. Haller, Montevideo11.0 
 4. Hartford, Cader11.0 
 5. Martin, Guruyu W.10.0 
 6. Charquero, Welcome9.0 
 7. Monroe, Larre B.9.0 
 8. Caudle, Un.Atletica9.0 
 9. Shellman, Sayago9.0 
 10. Simpson, Cordon9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Juan Carlos ZABALL
  Guruyu W.
  (181-PG-77)
  Avg: 8
 1. Zaball, Guruyu W.8.0 
 2. Pereyra, Bohemios7.0 
 3. Acosta, Welcome5.5 
 4. Hartford, Cader5.0 
 5. Crews, Cader4.0 
 6. Roselli, Cader4.0 
 7. Modernell, Larre B.4.0 
 8. Silvarrey, Sayago4.0 
 9. Caudle, Un.Atletica3.5 
 10. de Gouveia, Mont.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Terence SHELLMAN
  Sayago
  (199-F-78)
  Avg: 5
 1. Shellman, Sayago5.0 
 2. Hartford, Cader4.0 
 3. Lazzaroni, Larre B.4.0 
 4. Pereyra, Bohemios3.0 
 5. Keenan, Larre B.3.0 
 6. Zaball, Guruyu W.3.0 
 7. Acosta, Welcome2.0 
 8. Martinez, Guruyu W.2.0 
 9. Acuna, Sayago2.0 
 10. Gallo, Sayago2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert MITCHELL
  Guruyu W.
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Mitchell, Guruyu W.3.0 
 2. Izaguirre, Un.Atle.2.0 
 3. Polk, Montevideo2.0 
 4. Charquero, Welcome1.5 
 5. Garcia, Cordon1.0 
 6. Byerson, Monte.1.0 
 7. Suarez, Cordon1.0 
 8. Haller, Montevideo1.0 
 9. Caudle, Un.Atletica1.0 
 10. Vazquez, Olimpia1.0 


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Standings
VTB United League Standings
Group A
 1. Enisey 1-0 
 2. BC Astana 0-0 
 3. Budivelnyk 0-0 
 4. Kalev/Cramo 0-0 
 5. Khimky 0-0 
 6. N.Novgorod 0-0 
 7. Unics 0-0 
 8. VEF Riga 0-0 
 9. Zalgiris 0-0 
 10. Anwil 0-1 
Group B
 1. Krasnie Krilya 1-0 
 2. Asseco Prokom 0-0 
 3. Azovmash 0-0 
 4. CEZ Nymburk 0-0 
 5. CSKA 0-0 
 6. Lietuvos rytas 0-0 
 7. Lokomotiv 0-0 
 8. Minsk-2006 0-0 
 9. Spartak SP 0-0 
 10. Siauliai 0-1 


VTB-United-League Qualifying Round Day 1: Krasnie Krilya and Enisey win the openers - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Enisey - Anwil 83-66
Enisey opened the VTB League Qualifying Round with a convincing victory. They rallied past Anwil in Siauliai. Lonny Baxter stepped up with 23 points to pace the winners. Enisey did not waste too much time as they jumped ahead early in the encounter. The Russian team posted a 22:11 lead after ten minutes of action. Anwil bounced back in the second term. The Polish team cut the deficit pulling within a single point at halftime 36:37. Enisey stopped the rot and kept in charge throughout the third frame. They arrived at the final intermission up by 6 points. Enisey outscored their opponents 22:11 in the fourth frame and coasted to the victory at the end. Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) posted 11 points, while Sergey Toporov (197-F-81) and Andrei Komarovskiy (196-G-85) added 10 points each in the winning effort. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) answered with 15 points for Anwil. Krzysztof Szubarga (182-G-84) netted 11 points in defeat.

Group B
Krasnie Krilya - Siauliai 98-78
Krasnye Krilya opened the VTB League Qualifying Round with an impressive victory. The Russian team fired past Siauliai in Lithuania. DeJuan Blair (201-F-89, college: Pittsburgh) stepped up with 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort. Krasnye Krilya opened the game aggressively. They posted a 26:16 lead ten minutes into the game. Krasnye Krilya stretched the margin in the second term. They established a 50:37 halftime advantage. It did not get any better for Siauliai in the second half. Krasnye Krylia unleashed 28 points in the third period. They piled up a 23-point lead at the final intermission. Siauliai posted 23 points in the fourth quarter but could not save the encounter as Krasnye Krilya breezed to the victory at the end. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Grambling St.) and Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87, agency: Alti Sport) accounted for 16 points apiece in the winning case. Denzel Bowles (208-F-89, college: JMU) responded with 14 points for Siauliai. Arvydas Siksnius (196-F-87, college: Weatherford JC) had 13 points in defeat.






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Women News

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Mali4-0
2. Mozambique.4-0
3. DRCongo2-1
4. Tunisia1-3
5. Ghana0-2
6. Ivory Coas.0-4
Group B
1. Senegal4-0
2. Angola3-1
3. Nigeria2-2
4. Rwanda1-2
5. Cameroon1-4
6. Guinea0-3


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  ARGENTINA - Women  


Argentina jumps to 2-0 in Neiva - by Eurobasket News
PUERTO RICO - ARGENTINA 61-66

Argentina registered second straight win at the FIBA Americas Championship 2011 in Neiva. They outplayed Puerto Rico 66-61 for 2-0 record in Group A. Erica Sanchez (184-F/C-76, agency: Players Group) was a key player in victory with 27 points and 6 rebounds. Agostina Burani (189-F/C-91, agency: Players Group) followed with 11 points and 9 boards, while Paula Reggiardo (175-F-84, agency: Players Group) helped with 9 points in this game. On the other side, Jazmine Sepulveda (177-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) collected 15 points and 6 rebs. Carla Cortijo (170-G-87, college: Texas) and Cynthia Valentin (173-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Indiana) netted 13 points each. Their Puerto Rico dropped to 1-2 in this pool. Quarters: 25-15, 10-14, 19-20, 7-17. In the next game, Argentina will meet Cuba. Puerto Rico will play against Chile.

Puerto Rico: Jazmine Sepulveda 15+6 boards, Carla Cortijo 13, Cynthia Valentin 13
Argentina: Erica Sanchez 27+6 boards, Agostina Burani 11+9 boards, Paula Reggiardo 9


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  BELGIUM - Women  


D1: First Round review - by Eurobasket News
The new season in Belgian top division started this past weekend. Here are the results:

Round 1
Sep. 24, 2011 Tulikivi Deerlijk-Jeugd Gentson 59-62
Sep. 24, 2011 Point Chaud-Sint Kateline 49-62
Sep. 24, 2011 Blue Cats-Castors Braine 67-75
Sep. 25, 2011 Willebroek-Waregem 52-64
Sep. 25, 2011 Houthalen-Dexia Namur 54-84
Sep. 25, 2011 Kangoeroes-B.-Spirou Monceau 94-72

Waregem is the defending champion. They outplayed Sint Kateline in the 2010/11 Finals. It was a 2-1 victory in the series. Both teams already opened 2011/12 campaign successfully and both celebrated on the road. As you can see above, Waregem cruised past Willebroek 52-64 on Sunday. A day earlier, Sint Kateline handed 49-62 home loss to Point Chaud. Round Two will be played next weekend. Here are the pairs:

Schedule - Round 2
Oct. 1, 2011 Jeugd Gentson-Houthalen
Oct. 2, 2011 Waregem-Dexia Namur
Oct. 2, 2011 Spirou Monceau-Tulikivi Deerlijk
Oct. 1, 2011 Point Chaud-Willebroek
Oct. 2, 2011 Sint Kateline-Blue Cats
Oct. 1, 2011 Castors Braine-Kangoeroes-B.


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Castors Braine 1-0 
 2. Dexia Namur 1-0 
 3. Jeugd Gentson 1-0 
 4. Kangoeroes-B. 1-0 
 5. Sint Kateline 1-0 
 6. Waregem 1-0 
 7. Blue Cats 0-1 
 8. Houthalen 0-1 
 9. Point Chaud 0-1 
 10. Spirou Monceau 0-1 
 11. Tulikivi Deerlijk 0-1 
 12. Willebroek 0-1 


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Brazil secures Semifinals in Neiva - by Eurobasket News
BRAZIL - JAMAICA 73-50

Brazil cruised past Jamaica 73-50 for 3-0 record in Preliminary Group B. It means that Brazil already booked a ticket for the Semifinals of FIBA Americas Championship 2011. Jamaica faced with the first loss so they have 1-1 record now. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) paced Brazil to victory with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) had 12 points and 5 boards, while Palmira Marcal (177-G-84) added 11 pts. Jamaica got double-double from Vanessa Gidden (193-C/F-85, college: Hofstra): 23 points and 10 rebounds. Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn) and Simone Edwards (194-C-73, college: Iowa) (5 rebs) scored 10 and 9 points respectively. Quarters: 22-13, 16-12, 18-9, 17-16. Brazil will meet Mexico today. Jamaica will play against Paraguay.

Brazil: Erika De Souza 19+7 boards, Damiris Dantas 12+5 boards, Palmira Marcal 11
Jamaica: Vanessa Gidden 23+10 boards, Nicole Louden 10, Simone Edwards 9+5 boards


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  CAMEROON - Women  


Cameroonian National Team 2011 - by Greg
4 Marguerite Ngo 160-G-88 INJS Cameroon
5 Priscilla Nbiandja
6 Astride Gand 88 BEAC Cameroon
7 Sandrine Nzeukou 187-F/C-89 UNLV USA
8 Solange Ebonti 177-G/F-87 INJS Cameroon
9 Clementi Ellong
10 Anne Tchoumba 185-C-86 Mondeville France
11 Hermine Ngueko
12 Sandrine Meyini 178-F-90 INJS Cameroon
13 Amina Njonhou
14 Ramse Longlack
15 Christine Nyobe 185-F-90 USC Upstate USA

Fabio Fossati Head Coach Nyon Switzerland


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  CANADA - Women  


Canada destroys Paraguay in Neiva, 77-26 - by Eurobasket News
PARAGUAY - CANADA 26-77

Canada improved their record to 2-1 in Neiva, Group B. They blasted Paraguay yesterday 77-26 and stayed in the race for Semifinals. At the same time, Paraguay dropped to 0-2 in this pool. Kalisha Keane (185-F-89, college: Michigan St.) top-scored for Canadians with 15 points. Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) was their second scorer with 11 points and Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) added one less. Paraguay did not have anyone with double-digits. Ilda Pena (180-C-84) had 7 points and Rocio Insfran (175-C-94) stopped to 5 pts, plus 7 rebounds. Quarters: 6-22, 11-20, 5-19, 4-16. Canada will have a day-off now. Paraguay will meet Jamaica.

Paraguay: Ilda Pena 7, Rocio Insfran 5+7 boards
Canada: Kalisha Keane 15, Lizanne Murphy 11, Kimberley Smith 10


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  COLOMBIA - Women  


Cuba stays perfect at FIBA Americas - by Eurobasket News
CUBA - COLOMBIA 75-65

Cuba made another step forward to Semifinals in Neiva. They handed 75-65 loss to the host of FIBA Americas Championship and jumped to 2-0 in Preliminary Group A. On the other side, Colombia dropped to 1-2 and now shares third place with Puerto Rico. Oyanaisy Gelis (172-G-83) stepped up for Cuba with 22 points and 5 assists. Clenia Noblet (191-C-87) had 18 points and 7 rebounds, and Ineidis Casanova (165-G-88) helped the winners with 14 points and 7 rebs. Erika Valek (168-G-82, college: Purdue) responded with 22 points, 11 rebs and 6 assists in defeat. Their second scorer was Mabel Martinez (176-F-86) with 12 points and Elena Diaz (185-F-83, college: Nebraska) added three less. Quarters: 15-15, 16-16, 22-19, 22-15. In Day Four, Cuba will meet Argentina. Colombia will take a rest.

Cuba: Oyanaisy Gelis 22+5 as, Clenia Noblet 18+7 boards, Ineidis Casanova 14+7 boards
Colombia: Erika Valek 22+11 boards+6 as, Mabel Martinez 12, Elena Diaz 9


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  CROATIA - Women  


Perfumerias signs short term deal with C Sonja Kireta - by Eurobasket News
Perfumerias Avenida announced signing of Sonja Kireta (198-C-76) to a one-month deal. They also included option for rest of the season. Kireta spent 2010/11 with the French team Reze Nantes Basket. Actually, she joined them in December averaging 8 points and 2.8 rebounds for six games in LFB. The Croatian center played for USK Praha from 2008 until the last summer. In their second season together she had 8 ppg and 4.1 rpg for 9 Euroleague games. Her numbers in Czech league were slightly lower. In 2007, Sonja Kireta won the French LFB title and Cup with Bourges. She played for them in 2006/07 as well. In the past, Kireta was a member of Valenciennes, Aix en Provence and Vigo. She played for Ros Casares in 2004/05 helping them to reach Spanish LFB Finals.

The League 11 starts 15th October - by Vladimir Ivankovic
For the first time in more than 10 years, all of Croatian clubs will participate in a unique league. Because of the already well-known story about IWBL-finals last year, as well as the fact that CBF did not accept the participation of Croatian clubs in the newly formed Women's International regional basketball league, Croatian women's basketball fans will have the opportunity to see this unique league.

Unfortunately, just before the start of the league, EBC Pozega dropped out of the competition; the league will count 11 instead of 12 teams.

This year the favorite No 1. for the title will be, again, Gospic Croatia Osiguranje. Although this year's roster does not have Reid and Maslovski, Gospic has left the backbone of the team that plays together for years, both in the domestic competition and in the Euroleague. Vrsaljko, Ivezic and Mandir, and the coach of the Croatian national team Stipe Balic will be the greatest strength of the team.

Although ZKK Sibenik Jolly JBS so far been the biggest rival to Gospic, this year will really have to try to remain. Compared to last season, Jolly had left Salopek, Lokas, tampalija, Balic and Vasovic, and Jolly can count only for Cakic, Misura, Ivankovic Semren from last years roster. From Lupa Promotion arrived Cuncic and Benic, but the rest of the roster complement juniors and cadets. The impression is that Sibenik is weaker than last year, and this is confirmed by the recent defeat of the Rockwool ZKK Rockwool Pula in the bidding for the tournament Vladimir Seselj, which until recently was virtually impossible.

Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb started transitional period announcing the arrival of great players - Reid, Vasovic, Lokas, Salopek, Jurcenko - as well as change of the coach (Ciglar replaced Ivankovic). However, the recession has hit here, too, so that the amplification remained just Salopek. However, from Medvecak arrived two best best players - Bedalov Menaric, as well as from Zadar - Blazevic and Sikiric. With last year's flagship, Cacic, Matic and Juric, Lupa's ambition is to skip Sibenik. Ivankovic was again returned as coach, while Ciglar is in charge for younger team, in order to bring them to the top.

ZKK Rockwool Pula, led by new sponsor, will be a serious rival for fourth place. There is still Studenac Omis, who left the best player Dina esnic (Partizan) and Medvecak, who lost his two best players (and Bedalov Menaric), but on the wings of Europe's best junior (Tikvic and Begic) will try to achieve the best possible placement.

Weakened by lost of three best players, Mestrovic, Sikiric and Blazevic, yet reinforced with Balic (Jolly), Bilic (Kranjska Gora) and Nikpalj (ZKK Agram Zagreb), Zadar is likely to ensure survival, as well as the Pleter, newcomers in the A1 division, and Croatia 2006 from Zagreb.

Great fight to avoid the last position, which leads to the A2 division will have Dubrava Zagreb (also newcomers) and Agram from Zagreb. Although Agram inks Nina Premasunac from Rockwool Pula and Ema Mestrovic from Zadar, the rest of the team is not on their level and will fight hard to ensure survival.

After the regular championship, 22 rounds, teams will play off (1-8, 2-7, 3-6, 4-5), on two match won, and the semifinals and finals.

The pairs of first round, which is played Oct 15, 2011 are as follows:

Zadar - Jolly JBS
Agram - Medvecak
Rockwool Pula - Braiding
Croatia 2006 - Zagreb
Dubrava - Gospic
Studenac Omis - free


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  CUBA - Women  


Cuba stays perfect at FIBA Americas - by Eurobasket News
CUBA - COLOMBIA 75-65

Cuba made another step forward to Semifinals in Neiva. They handed 75-65 loss to the host of FIBA Americas Championship and jumped to 2-0 in Preliminary Group A. On the other side, Colombia dropped to 1-2 and now shares third place with Puerto Rico. Oyanaisy Gelis (172-G-83) stepped up for Cuba with 22 points and 5 assists. Clenia Noblet (191-C-87) had 18 points and 7 rebounds, and Ineidis Casanova (165-G-88) helped the winners with 14 points and 7 rebs. Erika Valek (168-G-82, college: Purdue) responded with 22 points, 11 rebs and 6 assists in defeat. Their second scorer was Mabel Martinez (176-F-86) with 12 points and Elena Diaz (185-F-83, college: Nebraska) added three less. Quarters: 15-15, 16-16, 22-19, 22-15. In Day Four, Cuba will meet Argentina. Colombia will take a rest.

Cuba: Oyanaisy Gelis 22+5 as, Clenia Noblet 18+7 boards, Ineidis Casanova 14+7 boards
Colombia: Erika Valek 22+11 boards+6 as, Mabel Martinez 12, Elena Diaz 9


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  FIBA AMERICAS - Women  


Day Three in Neiva: Argentina, Cuba and Brazil stay perfect - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Puerto Rico - Argentina 61-66
Argentina registered second straight win at the FIBA Americas Championship 2011 in Neiva. They outplayed Puerto Rico 66-61 for 2-0 record in Group A. Erica Sanchez (184-F/C-76, agency: Players Group) was a key player in victory with 27 points and 6 rebounds. Agostina Burani (189-F/C-91, agency: Players Group) followed with 11 points and 9 boards, while Paula Reggiardo (175-F-84, agency: Players Group) helped with 9 points in this game. On the other side, Jazmine Sepulveda (177-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) collected 15 points and 6 rebs. Carla Cortijo (170-G-87, college: Texas) and Cynthia Valentin (173-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Indiana) netted 13 points each. Their Puerto Rico dropped to 1-2 in this pool. Quarters: 25-15, 10-14, 19-20, 7-17. In the next game, Argentina will meet Cuba. Puerto Rico will play against Chile.

Cuba - Colombia 75-65
Cuba made another step forward to Semifinals in Neiva. They handed 75-65 loss to the host of FIBA Americas Championship and jumped to 2-0 in Preliminary Group A. On the other side, Colombia dropped to 1-2 and now shares third place with Puerto Rico. Oyanaisy Gelis (172-G-83) stepped up for Cuba with 22 points and 5 assists. Clenia Noblet (191-C-87) had 18 points and 7 rebounds, and Ineidis Casanova (165-G-88) helped the winners with 14 points and 7 rebs. Erika Valek (168-G-82, college: Purdue) responded with 22 points, 11 rebs and 6 assists in defeat. Their second scorer was Mabel Martinez (176-F-86) with 12 points and Elena Diaz (185-F-83, college: Nebraska) added three less. Quarters: 15-15, 16-16, 22-19, 22-15. In Day Four, Cuba will meet Argentina. Colombia will take a rest.

Group B
Paraguay - Canada 26-77
Canada improved their record to 2-1 in Neiva, Group B. They blasted Paraguay yesterday 77-26 and stayed in the race for Semifinals. At the same time, Paraguay dropped to 0-2 in this pool. Kalisha Keane (185-F-89, college: Michigan St.) top-scored for Canadians with 15 points. Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) was their second scorer with 11 points and Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) added one less. Paraguay did not have anyone with double-digits. Ilda Pena (180-C-84) had 7 points and Rocio Insfran (175-C-94) stopped to 5 pts, plus 7 rebounds. Quarters: 6-22, 11-20, 5-19, 4-16. Canada will have a day-off now. Paraguay will meet Jamaica.

Brazil - Jamaica 73-50
Brazil cruised past Jamaica 73-50 for 3-0 record in Preliminary Group B. It means that Brazil already booked a ticket for the Semifinals of FIBA Americas Championship 2011. Jamaica faced with the first loss so they have 1-1 record now. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) paced Brazil to victory with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) had 12 points and 5 boards, while Palmira Marcal (177-G-84) added 11 pts. Jamaica got double-double from Vanessa Gidden (193-C/F-85, college: Hofstra): 23 points and 10 rebounds. Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn) and Simone Edwards (194-C-73, college: Iowa) (5 rebs) scored 10 and 9 points respectively. Quarters: 22-13, 16-12, 18-9, 17-16. Brazil will meet Mexico today. Jamaica will play against Paraguay.


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Cuba2-0
2. Argentina2-0
3. Colombia1-2
4. P.Rico1-2
5. Chile0-2
Group B
1. Brazil3-0
2. Canada2-1
3. Jamaica1-1
4. Mexico0-2
5. Paraguay0-2


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  FRANCE - Women  


LF2: Round Two review - by Eurobasket News
Second round of the French LF2 was played this past weekend.

LTB 29-Reims 65-63
Oumou Toure (190-F-88) was a key player in victory with 25 points and 11 rebounds.

Dunkerque-Voiron 70-80
Melanie Venier (185-F-84) exploded with 25 points and 5 rebounds for the guests.

Roche-CFBB 66-54
Elodie Gerard (172-G-81) top-scored for Roche with 12 points.

Armentieres-SIG 76-70
Mia Fisher (175-G-82, college: Rhode Island) led the winners with 23 points and 5 rebounds for 32 minutes on the court.

COB Calais-Laveyron 78-43
Easy one for Calais. They best player was Floriane Herrscher (187-F-84) with 18 points and 7 rebounds.

Perpignan-Limoges 71-33
Agathe Nnindjem (192-C-80) stepped up for the hosts with 16 points and 9 boards.

Toulouse-Le Havre 86-56
Toulouse got 24 points from Nina Bogicevic (178-G-89).



Here is also the standings after two rounds.

LF2 Standings
1. Armentieres 2-0
2. Roche 2-0
3. Toulouse 2-0
4. Voiron 2-0
5. Perpignan 1-1
6. Le Havre 1-1
7. CFBB 1-1
8. COB Calais 1-1
9. LTB 29 1-1
10. Limoges 1-1
11. Dunkerque 0-2
12. Laveyron 0-2
13. Reims 0-2
14. SIG 0-2




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  GERMANY - Women  


Jaroslaw Zyskowski leaves SV Halle Lions - by Eurobasket
After losing the first game of the season, Jaroslaw Zyskowski has resigned from the position of head coach of SV Halle Lions.
The official announcement is expected soon.

Polish ex-national team player signed a 2-year contract with the German club this summer. Before he came to Halle he was a coach of BBV Leipzig Eagles and Odra Brzeg in Polish PLKK.


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  GHANA - Women  


Ghanian National Team 2011 - by Greg
4 Eva Al Hassan
6 Balikisu Sadat
7 Anabelle Dsane
8 Memunatu Mumuni
9 Elisabeth Atebkah
10 Cynthia Sosavi
11 Grace Yinamyah
12 Eorgina Ntow
13 Rahinatu Sulemana

Salamane Al Hassan Head Coach


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  JAMAICA - Women  


Brazil secures Semifinals in Neiva - by Eurobasket News
BRAZIL - JAMAICA 73-50

Brazil cruised past Jamaica 73-50 for 3-0 record in Preliminary Group B. It means that Brazil already booked a ticket for the Semifinals of FIBA Americas Championship 2011. Jamaica faced with the first loss so they have 1-1 record now. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) paced Brazil to victory with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Damiris Dantas (192-C-92) had 12 points and 5 boards, while Palmira Marcal (177-G-84) added 11 pts. Jamaica got double-double from Vanessa Gidden (193-C/F-85, college: Hofstra): 23 points and 10 rebounds. Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn) and Simone Edwards (194-C-73, college: Iowa) (5 rebs) scored 10 and 9 points respectively. Quarters: 22-13, 16-12, 18-9, 17-16. Brazil will meet Mexico today. Jamaica will play against Paraguay.

Brazil: Erika De Souza 19+7 boards, Damiris Dantas 12+5 boards, Palmira Marcal 11
Jamaica: Vanessa Gidden 23+10 boards, Nicole Louden 10, Simone Edwards 9+5 boards


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  LATVIA - Women  


Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
 1. Cesis 0-0 
 2. DU 0-0 
 3. Kolibri/U-16 0-0 
 4. Liepajas 0-0 
 5. LU 0-0 
 6. RTU-Merks 0-0 
 7. TTT Juniores 0-0 
 8. TTT Riga 0-0 


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Telge Basket adds Brittney Thomas - by Eurobasket News
Brittney Thomas (5'10''-G-89) is ready to start her professional basketball career. The American guard signed a one-season deal in Sweden. Her employer is Telge Basket, who already landed Erica Prosser a month ago. Brittney Thomas is a product of the Michigan State University, where she graduated few months ago. She had 8.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.9 rpg and 1.7 spg in their last season together (33 games). Michigan State was the Big Ten regular season champion and reached Tournament Semifinals later. Thomas was named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention and she got the same award in 2010. That season she had 7.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 3.2 apg. In 2009, Michigan State reached NCAA Sweet 16. A year before that, they played in NIT Finals.

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  PARAGUAY - Women  


Canada destroys Paraguay in Neiva, 77-26 - by Eurobasket News
PARAGUAY - CANADA 26-77

Canada improved their record to 2-1 in Neiva, Group B. They blasted Paraguay yesterday 77-26 and stayed in the race for Semifinals. At the same time, Paraguay dropped to 0-2 in this pool. Kalisha Keane (185-F-89, college: Michigan St.) top-scored for Canadians with 15 points. Lizanne Murphy (185-F-84, college: Hofstra) was their second scorer with 11 points and Kimberley Smith (187-F-84, college: Utah) added one less. Paraguay did not have anyone with double-digits. Ilda Pena (180-C-84) had 7 points and Rocio Insfran (175-C-94) stopped to 5 pts, plus 7 rebounds. Quarters: 6-22, 11-20, 5-19, 4-16. Canada will have a day-off now. Paraguay will meet Jamaica.

Paraguay: Ilda Pena 7, Rocio Insfran 5+7 boards
Canada: Kalisha Keane 15, Lizanne Murphy 11, Kimberley Smith 10


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  POLAND - Women  


CCC Polkowice wins President Cup - by Eurobasket News
CCC Polkowice wins President Cup of the team.
MBK Ruzomberok rolled over CCC Polkowice 62:54 in the opener. The teams were tied at 47:47, while MBK Ruzomberok played better in the second half. Carmen Guzman (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) top-scored with 17 points and Andersson posted 16.
In Day 2 MBK Ruzomberok overcame KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp 67:53. The Slovakian team led 41-40 at the halftime and increased to 14 points at the end of the game. Tetemondova poured in 20 points to lead the charge. Andresson netted 12 and Dominika Baburova (183-F-91) posted 10.
In the Final game CCC Polkowice edged MBK Ruzomberok 77:56. The winners started with 16-8 and led the entire game. Megan Frazee (191-G/F-87, college: Liberty) paced all the winners with 12 points, while Valeriya Musina (183-G-87, college: Lee) netted 11 and Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas) scored 10. Carmen Guzman and 8 Stepanova delivered 8 points each in a loss.



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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


Argentina jumps to 2-0 in Neiva - by Eurobasket News
PUERTO RICO - ARGENTINA 61-66

Argentina registered second straight win at the FIBA Americas Championship 2011 in Neiva. They outplayed Puerto Rico 66-61 for 2-0 record in Group A. Erica Sanchez (184-F/C-76, agency: Players Group) was a key player in victory with 27 points and 6 rebounds. Agostina Burani (189-F/C-91, agency: Players Group) followed with 11 points and 9 boards, while Paula Reggiardo (175-F-84, agency: Players Group) helped with 9 points in this game. On the other side, Jazmine Sepulveda (177-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) collected 15 points and 6 rebs. Carla Cortijo (170-G-87, college: Texas) and Cynthia Valentin (173-G-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Indiana) netted 13 points each. Their Puerto Rico dropped to 1-2 in this pool. Quarters: 25-15, 10-14, 19-20, 7-17. In the next game, Argentina will meet Cuba. Puerto Rico will play against Chile.

Puerto Rico: Jazmine Sepulveda 15+6 boards, Carla Cortijo 13, Cynthia Valentin 13
Argentina: Erica Sanchez 27+6 boards, Agostina Burani 11+9 boards, Paula Reggiardo 9


BSNF Round 12 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News
What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

The most interesting game of round 12 in the BSF was a home defeat of 7th ranked San Juan W. (3-7) to sixth ranked Guaynabo M. (4-6) 70-65 in the game for the sixth place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But San Juan W. won fourth quarter 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Guaynabo M. made 7 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Monique Martin (180-83, college: Brewton Parker) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks and forward Dominic Seals (188-87, college: Texas Tech) who added 15 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. The best for the losing side was Tocara Ross with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line). Guaynabo M. maintains sixth position with 4-6 record. San Juan W. at the other side keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. Guaynabo M. are looking forward to face league's leader Morovis M. in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. San Juan W. will play against Ponce L. (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game between Top Four teams took place in . One of their biggest challengers host Carolina G. (5-3) lost to third ranked San German (7-4) 83-69. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Carolina G.. The winners were led by American guard Amber White (167, college: N.Carolina St.) who scored that evening 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Simone Jelks supported her with 16 points and 7 rebounds (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). Even 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by guard Rodsan Rodriguez (173) did not help to save the game for Carolina G.. Carolina G.'s coach rotated thirteen players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. San German maintains third position with 7-4 record having just 0 victories less than leader Morovis M. Defending champion Carolina G. keeps the fourth place with three games lost. San German will play against league's second-placed Juncos V. in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Carolina G. will play against the league's leader Morovis M. and hopes to get back on the winning track.
The game in was also quite interesting. Second ranked Juncos V. (7-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Ponce L. (5-8). Juncos V. did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 91-73 on Friday. The best player for the winners was Renee Taylor who scored 33 points (!!!). At the other side the best for losing team was Nikki Teasley who recorded 9 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Juncos V. have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-3 record having just one point less than leader Morovis M. Loser Ponce L. dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. Juncos V. will meet San German (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Ponce L. will play against San Juan W. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Ponce L. (5-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Aguas B.T. (1-10). Ponce L. defeated Aguas B.T. 88-78. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a good game for Amber Bland who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Ponce L. moved-up to fifth place. Aguas B.T. at the other side stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Ponce L.'s next round opponent will be San Juan W. (#7).

The most impressive stats of the last round was 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists by Zuleymarie Sanchez of Guaynabo M..



Ponce L. - Juncos V. 73-91

The game in was also quite interesting. Second ranked Juncos V. (7-3) played at the court of 6th ranked Ponce L. (5-8). Juncos V. did not have too big problems and got a relatively easy victory 91-73 on Friday. The game was mostly controlled by Juncos V.. Ponce L. managed to win third quarter 17-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Ponce L. 45-28 including a 36-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American guard Renee Taylor (158-85, college: Miami, FL, agency: Merit Sports) who scored 33 points (!!!). The former international Yahimily Cabrera (-82) chipped in 6 points, 13 rebounds and 9 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Nikki Teasley (183-79, college: N.Carolina) who recorded 9 points and 5 rebounds and Judianna Batiz added 11 points respectively. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Juncos V. have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 7-3 record having just one point less than leader Morovis M. Loser Ponce L. dropped to the fifth place with eight games lost. Juncos V. will meet San German (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Ponce L. will play against San Juan W. and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ponce L.: J.Batiz 11+2reb+1ast, S.Pacheco 11+1reb, S.Rivera 10+1reb+1ast, M.Rosche 9+4reb+1ast, A.Bland 9+4reb, N.Teasley 9+5reb+2ast
Juncos V.: R.Taylor 33+1reb+2ast, M.McClean 17+2reb+3ast, M.Jaime 12, T.Lanza 7+7reb, Y.Cabrera 6+13reb+9ast, K.Ruiz 5+4reb
gschID: 133170


Carolina G. - San German 69-83

The game between Top Four teams took place in . One of their biggest challengers host Carolina G. (5-3) lost to third ranked San German (7-4) 83-69. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Carolina G.. It looked good early as Carolina G. took an 2-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then San German had a 28-12 second period charge getting the lead and Carolina G. was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 69-83. San German made 31-of-38 charity shots (81.6 percent) during the game, while Carolina G. only scored fourteen points from the stripe. San German forced 21 Carolina G. turnovers. Carolina G. was plagued by 30 personal fouls down the stretch. The winners were led by American guard Amber White (167, college: N.Carolina St.) who scored that evening 24 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and the other American import swingman Simone Jelks (180-86, college: USC) supported her with 16 points and 7 rebounds (went 12 for 12 at the free throw line !!!). Four San German players scored in double figures. Even 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists by guard Rodsan Rodriguez (173) did not help to save the game for Carolina G.. American power forward Monique Blake (187-85, college: Seton Hall, agency: Merit Sports) added 9 points. Carolina G.'s coach rotated thirteen players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. San German maintains third position with 7-4 record having just 0 victories less than leader Morovis M. Defending champion Carolina G. keeps the fourth place with three games lost. San German will play against league's second-placed Juncos V. in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Carolina G. will play against the league's leader Morovis M. and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Carolina G.: R.Rodriguez 11+6reb+4ast, Y.Tosado 10+2reb, E.Flores 9+2reb+1ast, M.Blake 9+4reb+1ast, A.Rockwell 8+1reb+2ast, L.Laur 7+2reb+5ast
San German: A.White 24+6reb+5ast, S.Jelks 16+7reb+2ast, D.Gant 14+8reb+2ast, K.Colon 12+6reb, Z.Gonzalez 7+2reb+2ast, L.Falcon 5+1ast
gschID: 133171


San Juan W. - Guaynabo M. 65-70

The most interesting game of round 12 in the BSF was a home defeat of 7th ranked San Juan W. (3-7) to sixth ranked Guaynabo M. (4-6) 70-65 in the game for the sixth place. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But San Juan W. won fourth quarter 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Guaynabo M. made 7 blocks. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Monique Martin (180-83, college: Brewton Parker) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points, 16 rebounds and 4 blocks and forward Dominic Seals (188-87, college: Texas Tech) who added 15 points and 12 rebounds during the contest. Four Guaynabo M. players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Tocara Ross with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 12 rebounds (went 7 for 7 at the free throw line) and forward Holly Mahan (183-86, college: Towson) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds. Guaynabo M. maintains sixth position with 4-6 record. San Juan W. at the other side keeps the seventh place with seven games lost. Guaynabo M. are looking forward to face league's leader Morovis M. in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. San Juan W. will play against Ponce L. (#5) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Juan W.: T.Ross 27+12reb, H.Mahan 15+11reb+2ast, N.Montalvo 10+1reb+3ast, F.Flores 6+2reb, T.Tapia 4+8reb, Y.Cabrera 3+10reb+4ast
Guaynabo M.: C.Wiley 15+3ast, Z.Sanchez 15+7reb+4ast, D.Seals 15+12reb+1ast, M.Martin 14+16reb, S.Roman 7+2reb+5ast, M.Colon 4+1ast
gschID: 133172


Aguas B.T. - Ponce L. 78-88

The game in was also worth to mention about. Sixth ranked Ponce L. (5-8) played at the court of 8th ranked Aguas B.T. (1-10). Ponce L. defeated Aguas B.T. 88-78. The game was mostly controlled by Ponce L.. Aguas B.T. was better in second period 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Ponce L. won last quarter 32-23. 25 personal fouls committed by Aguas B.T. helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. It was a good game for guard Amber Bland (180-86, college: N.Carolina A&T) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds. Guard Nikki Teasley (183-79, college: N.Carolina) contributed with a double-double by scoring 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Four Ponce L. players scored in double figures. Guard Jasmin Young (165, college: E.Carolina) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and forward Tegsa Jones (182-89, college: Kent St.) added 19 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Aguas B.T.Ponce L. moved-up to fifth place. Aguas B.T. at the other side stay at the bottom position with ten games lost. Ponce L.'s next round opponent will be San Juan W. (#7).
Top scorers:
Aguas B.T.: J.Young 23+10reb+4ast, B.Concepcion 20+2reb+1ast, T.Jones 19+8reb, M.Ramirez 7+11reb, Y.Negron 4+3reb+1ast, M.Villegas 3+5reb+1ast
Ponce L.: A.Bland 22+14reb+2ast, N.Teasley 18+11reb+6ast, C.Vega 15+4reb+1ast, S.Pacheco 13+2reb, J.Batiz 11+6reb+1ast, M.Rosche 8+6reb+1ast
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Taylor number one in for week 12 - by Eurobasket News
American guard Renee Taylor (158-G-85, agency: Merit Sports) put on an extraordinary performance in the last week for second-ranked Juncos V., receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 12.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (33 pointstwo assists) to her team's victory, helping them to crush Ponce L. (#5, 5-8) with 18-point margin 91-73. Juncos V. maintains the 2nd position in Puerto Rican BSNF. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Juncos V. will need more victories to improve their 7-3 record. In the team's last game Taylor had a remarkable 72.7% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 6 attempts. She turned to be Juncos V.'s top player in her first season with the team. Former University of Miami, Florida star has very solid stats this year. Taylor is league's best scorer averaging so far 28.3ppg. Taylor is in league's top in and averages impressive 2.8spg and 47.6% from behind 3-point line.

The second best player in last week's games was 25-year old American Amber Bland (180-G-86) of Ponce L.. Bland had a very good evening with a double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds. Of course Ponce L. cruised to a 88-78 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Aguas B.T. (#8, 1-10). This victory allowed Ponce L. to move up to 5th position in the standings. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-8 record. Bland is a newcomer at Ponce L., but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last week was another Juncos V.'s star - former international Yahimily Cabrera (82). Cabrera showcased her all-around game by recording 6 points, thirteen rebounds (!!!) and nine assists in the last week. She was another key player of Juncos V., helping her team with a 91-73 easy win against the lower-ranked Ponce L. (#5, 5-8). Juncos V. needs these victories very badly if they think about taking over top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 3 lost games. Cabrera has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 10 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 9.8rpg (9th best) and assists with 7.6apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zuleymarie Sanchez (165-G-87) of Guaynabo M. - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Danielle Gant (180-G/F-87) of San German - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Monique Martin (180-G-83) of Guaynabo M. - 14 points and 16 rebounds
7. Dominic Seals (188-F-87) of Guaynabo M. - 15 points and 12 rebounds
8. Tocara Ross) of San Juan W. - 27 points and 12 rebounds
9. Nikki Teasley (183-G-79) of Ponce L. - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Jasmin Young (165-G) of Aguas B.T. - 23 points, 10 rebounds and 4 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)


San Juan Warriors sign Ricshanda Bickham - by Eurobasket Center
New Orleans native and recent Nicholls State graduate Ricshanda 'Shakey' Bickham (167-G-89) has signed a contract to continue her professional career with the San Juan Warriors of the Puerto Rico Women Basketball League. She will be available to play on Wednesday, Sept. 28 against the Aguas Buenas Tigresses.

The San Juan Warriors are second to last in the standings and in their last push to make the playoffs.

The 5' 6' point guard caught the attention of professional scouts while participating in the Eurobasket Summer League on July 16-17 in Suwannee, Ga.
In the two games in the league, Bickham averaged 12 points per game with 5.5 assists and 4 rebounds. She received All-Star and All-Tourney honors at the event.


Stats Leaders - Superleague 25
Points Per Game
 Renee TAYLOR
  Juncos V.
  (158-G-85)
  Avg: 28.3
 1. Taylor, Juncos V.28.3 
 2. Martin, Guaynabo.22.3 
 3. Bingham, San G.21.0 
 4. Williams, Morovis20.5 
 5. Ross, San Juan W.20.3 
 6. McLean, Juncos V.18.8 
 7. Wiley, Guaynabo M.18.0 
 8. Raven, Morovis M.17.9 
 9. Bland, Ponce L.17.3 
 10. Young, Aguas B.T.17.0 
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. Seals, Guaynabo M.11.2 
 4. Blake, Carolina G.11.0 
 5. Jones, Aguas B.T.10.6 
 6. Pineiro, Morovis M.10.6 
 7. Ross, San Juan W.10.0 
 8. Martin, Guaynabo.10.0 
 9. Cabrera, Juncos V.9.8 
 10. Willoughy, Juncos9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Yahimily CABRERA
  Juncos V.
  (--82)
  Avg: 7.6
 1. Cabrera, Juncos V.7.6 
 2. Young, Aguas B.T.6.6 
 3. Raven, Morovis M.5.0 
 4. Bingham, San G.4.7 
 5. Flagg, San Juan W.4.7 
 6. Teasley, Ponce L.4.2 
 7. Montalvo, San J.4.0 
 8. Flores, Carolina G.3.7 
 9. Williams, Morovis3.5 
 10. Figueroa, Morov.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Yahimily CABRERA
  Juncos V.
  (--82)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Cabrera, Juncos V.3.2 
 2. Flores, Carolina G.2.9 
 3. Taylor, Juncos V.2.8 
 4. Roman, Guaynabo M.2.7 
 5. Mahan, San Juan W.2.7 
 6. McLean, Juncos V.2.7 
 7. Raven, Morovis M.2.5 
 8. Teasley, Ponce L.2.5 
 9. Williams, Morovis2.5 
 10. Bingham, San G.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Dominic SEALS
  Guaynabo M.
  (188-F-87)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Seals, Guaynabo M.1.8 
 2. Willoughy, Juncos1.7 
 3. Williams, Morovis1.4 
 4. Ramirez, Aguas B.1.3 
 5. Bingham, San G.1.3 
 6. Jones, Aguas B.T.1.1 
 7. Jones, Juncos V.1.0 
 8. Martin, Guaynabo.1.0 
 9. Bermudez, San G.0.9 
 10. Tapia, San Juan0.9 


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


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Cadi la Seu signs Slovakian G/F Andrea Oravcova - by Eurobasket News
Andrea Oravcova (182-F/G-87) will continue her career in Spain. The Slovakian National Team G/F penned a deal with Cadi la Seu. Oravcova spent last season with ZBK Whirpool Poprad. She led them to Extraliga Semifinals with 13.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.6 apg and 2.3 spg. Before Poprad, Oravcova spent half of the season with Bosnian Trocal Jedinstvo. She had 9.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 1.8 apg for them in six games. From 2008 to April of 2010, Andrea Oravcova was a member of Nitra. She exploded with 14.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.9 apg and 3.3 spg in their second season together. In the past, Oravcova played for Ruzomberok. She is active member of the Slovakian National Team since 2008.

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Cadi la Seu signs Slovakian G/F Andrea Oravcova - by Eurobasket News
Andrea Oravcova (182-F/G-87) will continue her career in Spain. The Slovakian National Team G/F penned a deal with Cadi la Seu. Oravcova spent last season with ZBK Whirpool Poprad. She led them to Extraliga Semifinals with 13.4 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.6 apg and 2.3 spg. Before Poprad, Oravcova spent half of the season with Bosnian Trocal Jedinstvo. She had 9.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 1.8 apg for them in six games. From 2008 to April of 2010, Andrea Oravcova was a member of Nitra. She exploded with 14.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.9 apg and 3.3 spg in their second season together. In the past, Oravcova played for Ruzomberok. She is active member of the Slovakian National Team since 2008.

Perfumerias signs short term deal with C Sonja Kireta - by Eurobasket News
Perfumerias Avenida announced signing of Sonja Kireta (198-C-76) to a one-month deal. They also included option for rest of the season. Kireta spent 2010/11 with the French team Reze Nantes Basket. Actually, she joined them in December averaging 8 points and 2.8 rebounds for six games in LFB. The Croatian center played for USK Praha from 2008 until the last summer. In their second season together she had 8 ppg and 4.1 rpg for 9 Euroleague games. Her numbers in Czech league were slightly lower. In 2007, Sonja Kireta won the French LFB title and Cup with Bourges. She played for them in 2006/07 as well. In the past, Kireta was a member of Valenciennes, Aix en Provence and Vigo. She played for Ros Casares in 2004/05 helping them to reach Spanish LFB Finals.

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  SWEDEN - Women  


Telge Basket adds Brittney Thomas - by Eurobasket News
Brittney Thomas (5'10''-G-89) is ready to start her professional basketball career. The American guard signed a one-season deal in Sweden. Her employer is Telge Basket, who already landed Erica Prosser a month ago. Brittney Thomas is a product of the Michigan State University, where she graduated few months ago. She had 8.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.9 rpg and 1.7 spg in their last season together (33 games). Michigan State was the Big Ten regular season champion and reached Tournament Semifinals later. Thomas was named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention and she got the same award in 2010. That season she had 7.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 3.2 apg. In 2009, Michigan State reached NCAA Sweet 16. A year before that, they played in NIT Finals.

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Season Opening LNAF 2011-12 - by Melanie Nussbaumer
Here is the program of the season opening of LNA 2011-12. This year it is organized on a two days event in Pully on October 8th and 9th.
Saturday October 8th:
14h00 Lu-Town Highflyers Luzern vs Nyon Basket Feminin
17h00 Hope-GBA Bernex vs Canti Riva Basket Ceresio
Sunday October 9th:
11h00 BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket vs SC Uni Basel Basket
13h30 Sdent Helios VS Basket vs Canti Riva Basket Ceresio
16h00 Esperance Sportive Pully vs Ovronnaz-Martigny Basket



New signatures in Nyon and Helios - by Melanie Nussbaumer
Nyon Basket Feminin signed post player Erica Beverly (183-F) who graduated from the University of Hartford in 2010, where she averaged 9.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.2apg, 1.3spg, 2.2bpg her senior year. She has great defensive skills, she is the all time leading shot blocker of Hartford and was name All-AEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2010. Second new comer for Nyon, is french player Stephanie Pognon (172-G-79), an experienced guard who played in Etoile de Voiron in LF2 last season. Helios announcing their goals for the season with signature of Whitney Boddie (175-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn), a WNBA drafted guard who played in Poland and Turkey. At the point guard position, they signed Latvian player Anda Eibele, who played for Euroleague team TTT Riga the past two seasons. At the center position, they brought size and experience with Andrea Hajdune Csaszar (200-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Kent St.), who played in Spain last season. For Eurocup games, they will count on the help of Aleksandra Vujovic (182-G-80, agency: LBM Management), who will bring her 3pts shooting skills and Shyra Ely (188-F-83, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) who is in the playoffs with her current WNBA Team Indiana Fever.

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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; she was 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.




Schwinn Bicycle, Golden Corral and others agree to contine partnership with WUSBA in spring 2012 - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga., (September 27, 2011) --- Schwinn Bicycle, Golden Corral, Subway and Schwinn Bicycle agree to keep the vendor and sponsorship relationship with the Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA). The agreements are part of a vendor and sponsor purchase package with the new league.

'We please these companies are going to continue a relationship with our league, however after many unsuccessful attempts to activate a season, we are pleased with this news and their commitment is appreciated and we will honor their businesses', said Kenneth Green, Executive Vice President, WUSBA. 'Initially our agreement with Honda was created in fact that they has been a long-time supporter of sports throughout the world and in the United States. This relationship between Honda and the other vendors with the WUSBA strengthens our connection with target consumers in the southeastern U.S. market, particularly families, sports fans and multicultural audiences. Additionally, the WUSBA's aggressive expansion plans closely align with these companies current southern foot print of local franchises.'

As the official vendors and sponsors suppliers to the WUSBA, all companies affiliated with the league will receive rights to all teams in all WUSBA cities. The agreement will deliver expanded exposure across the WUSBA's southern footprint for grassroots and regional radio audiences, allowing Honda the ability to continue to enhance consumer experiences around their passion for the sport of basketball. The agreement includes utilization of Honda's fleet of vehicles for WUSBA special events and league operations, player appearances, intellectual property, content generation platforms, regional arena exposure, on-site activation at all WUSBA local team basketball games and the culmination of Hondas entitlement of the one of the official automotive supplier to the WUSBA. 'American Honda has made a long-term commitment to the sport of basketball in the Southeast United States and we look forward to working together as we both grow our business.'

As a part of the compensation package, the WUSBA gives each player and coach a daily meal card redeemable at Golden Corral. 'This company has vast, universal appeal among all age groups and is a perfect brand association for the WUSBA because they are widely known for a sparkling clean environment, coupled with a huge variety of great selections and like the WUSBA their core audience consists mainly of families,' said Duane Jenkins, WUSBA president and C.E.O. 'The Golden Corral brand represents all-American fun, a sense of pride and connection with family and friends.'

In addition to developing new, unique regional programs in partnership with the WUSBA, The sponsors will also be included in the existing WUSBA Youth Outreach initiatives including the WUSBA 2012 Season Ticket Extravaganza. 'The WUSBA is excited to partner with companies that are synonymous with excellence, innovation and great legendary customer service,' said Jenkins.

These companies joins the WUSBA's corporate family including: Official suppliers, vendors and sponsors such as, Air Tran Airlines, Russell Athletic, Outback Steak House, Papa Johns Pizza, Gatorade, Holiday Inn, Visa International and others.

The WUSBA will begin with twenty teams targeted, in four divisions, spread out over nine southern states. 'In November we will know how many gyms we will have sign, whatever we have at that time is what we go with', said Jenkins.

Women's United States Basketball Association is a women's professional basketball league based in the United States and features many players from the U.S. and around the world. The 2012 regular season will commence on April 11, 2012 and will conclude June 30, 2012. The league has expansion plans that will develop additional teams within its American footprint.





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Freeman gets deal with Polish pro hoops team - by Willie McCray
Marke Freeman's bags have been packed for a couple of weeks and now shes off to Europe.

The Lanphier High School graduate has signed a one-year contract to play professional basketball in Poland for Tecza Leszno in the PLKK, a Polish League. The season starts later this month and lasts through March.

Freeman is driving today from Springfield to Chicago where shell pick up her passport, stay overnight, board a 10-hour flight Thursday to Warsaw, Poland, and then hop on a two-hour flight to her final destination: Leszno, which is located in central Poland.

Freeman, 22, was in negotiations for two weeks, so Mondays phone call didn't come as a complete surprise.

I was packed and ready to go, she said. I just didn't know when that phone call was going to come.

Freeman, a 5-foot, 5-inch guard, has awaited a chance to head overseas since March, when she wrapped up her playing career at Northern Illinois University. She averaged 16.1 points, poured in 49 3-pointers and snagged 74 steals as a senior.

Poland = Melting pot

In the meantime, Freeman participated in multiple free agent camps and played for the Rock County Robins in the Women's Blue Chip Basketball League. Freeman helped Rock County win a national championship last month, leading the team with 19 points in the title game after missing four weeks with a fractured foot. The WBCBL is made up of international players and former college, NWBL and WNBA players.

All summer I had an agent working for me, Freeman said. We were talking to a couple of teams in Poland, a team in France and a team in Germany.

Basketball in Poland is really growing. I know about four girls who Ill be playing with in the same conference. It had a little to do with my decision. I wont be over there completely alone.

I cant wait to get over there and compete against people from all over the world.

- Marcia Martinez
THE STATE JOURNAL-REGISTER



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Fever awaiting word on status of Tamika Catchings - by Eurobasket News
The Indiana Fever are still waiting to find out if theyll have WNBA MVP Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Finals tomorrow at Conseco Fieldhouse.

Catchings injured her right foot midway through the fourth quarter of the Fevers 17-point loss to the Atlanta Dream on Sunday.

We have to be prepared for the fact that she may or may not play, Fever coach Lin Dunn said after practice today. Weve got two different scenarios. Well know her status later today. We just cant worry about that situation right now. We have to focus on what we have to do.

Center Tangela Smith said Catchings has been sending out encouraging text messages throughout the day as they try to reach the WNBA Finals for the second time in three seasons.

(Shes) telling us how she believes in us, Smith said. Its all about stepping up for her. We really want to do it for her.

Courtesy of www.indystar.com