EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/29/2011

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  ACPBL   


Enterprise join ACPBL, the league continues East Coast take over ! - by Gianni Pascucci
The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League announced that it has added a new team, named The Enterprise for the upcoming 2011-2012 ACPBL season. The Enterprise will be based out of Philadelphia, PA.
After a successful first pro season last year in a different league (the team was named South Jersey Enterprise), The Enterprise ownership felt it was time to make the leap to the big time (ACPBL). 'We decided on the ACPBL because of the overall leadership from the league office', stated Enterprise owner Avery Watkins . 'As well as the talented teams the ACPBL has recently landed before us',
'The top owners and teams are lining up to play in the ACPBL' stated league Commissioner James R. Schutz . 'We have raised the bar for all of minor league professional basketball and the best of the best want to be a part of this'.
The Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League is one of the first minor leagues to successfully implement revenue sharing for all its teams through league sponsorship. Previously such things as revenue sharing were only seen on the major league level such as the NBA. 'We are proud of where we now stand, yet realize we must never settle if we wish to remain the best.' stated ACPBL commissioner James R. Schutz .



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Vuk Radivojevic to undergo surgery - by Eurobasket News
Vuk Radivojevic (197-G-83) will most probably miss first half of the season due to knee injury. His team Crvena Zvezda announced that Radivojevic will undergo surgery on Monday. The club already started search for his replacement.
Vuk Radivojevic played for FMP Zeleznik last season. He had 10.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 4.9 apg for 33 games in Serbian league. He helped FMP to reach the Semifinals. The club also played in Serbian Cup Finals this year. In 2009/10, Radivojevic played for Crvena Zvezda and was named Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention -10. From 2007 to 2009, Vuk Radivojevic was a member of Spanish Fuenlabrada. He had 7.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 2.1 apg in their second season together. He spent couple of years in the past with Crvena Zvezda.


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  ARGENTINA   


Quilmes land Louis Truscott - by Eurobasket News
Louis Truscott (201-F-78, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Houston) will continue his career in Argentina. The forward signed contract with Quilmes Mal del Plata. Louis Truscott spent the last season in Poland. He played for Siarka Tarnobrzeg in PLK. The forward tallied 12.9 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.2 assists per game. Louis Truscott is not new to Argentina. The forward played here back in 2005/06 season (Capital Federal), 2006/07 season (Atletico Parana) and 2009/10 season (Belgrano San Nicolas). Louis Truscott earned Latinbasket.com All-Argentinean TNA Honourable Mention in 2010. Louis Truscott also had spells in CBA, USBL, United Kingdom, Uruguay, NBDL, Mexico, Chile, Romania, Portugal, Venezuela and Poland. Eurobasket.com named the player into Romanian League All-Imports Team in 2008.


Elgrace Wilborn joins Club 9 - by Eurobasket News
Club 9 brought in new import player. They agreed on terms of contract with Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, college: W.Kentucky). The 28-year-old forward spent the last season in Uruguay. He averaged 19.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 1.5 steals per Liga Sudamericana game for Bigua. In LUB his stats read 12.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.0 steal per appearance. Latinbasket.com name Elgrace Wilborn into Uruguay LUB 1st Team. Previously the forward had stints in Uruguay, D-League and Spain. Elgrace Wilborn is meant to replace Delonte Holland on the roster of Club 9.


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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marcus DOUTHIT
  USA
  (210-C/F-80)
  Avg: 21.9
 1. Douthit, PHI21.9 
 2. Wright, JOR19.2 
 3. Ahmad, UAE17.0 
 4. Yi, CHN16.6 
 5. Hoskin, LEB16.3 
 6. Haddadi, IRI15.4 
 7. Koroth, IND15.3 
 8. Daghles, JOR14.8 
 9. Malabes, BHR14.5 
 10. Sitepu, IDN13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus DOUTHIT
  USA
  (210-C/F-80)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Douthit, PHI12.2 
 2. Takeuchi, JPN11.4 
 3. Haddadi, IRI11.4 
 4. Yi, CHN10.8 
 5. Hoskin, LEB10.1 
 6. Li Wei, MAS9.1 
 7. Kazemi, IRI8.9 
 8. Gorges, SYR7.6 
 9. Abbas, JOR7.1 
 10. Indrawan, IDN7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mario WUYSANG
  (176-PG-79)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Wuysang, IDN6.4 
 2. Guganeswaran, MAS4.9 
 3. Daghles, JOR4.6 
 4. Malabes, BHR4.0 
 5. Kamrani, IRI4.0 
 6. Yang, KOR3.9 
 7. Akl, LEB3.8 
 8. Shonaka, JPN3.7 
 9. Lee, TAI3.7 
 10. Haddadi, IRI3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  JOR
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Daghles, JOR1.8 
 2. Ahmad, UAE1.8 
 3. Sun, CHN1.8 
 4. Lee, TAI1.7 
 5. Chang, TAI1.6 
 6. Wright, JOR1.6 
 7. Hirose, JPN1.6 
 8. Malallah, BHR1.5 
 9. Salem, UAE1.5 
 10. Kamrani, IRI1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamed HADDADI
  IRI
  (218-C-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Haddadi, IRI2.9 
 2. Zaghab, JOR1.7 
 3. Douthit, PHI1.7 
 4. Yi, CHN1.4 
 5. Sun, CHN1.4 
 6. Singh, IND1.4 
 7. Kim, KOR1.3 
 8. Sitepu, IDN1.2 
 9. Hamowi, SYR1.1 
 10. Kim, KOR0.9 


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  BELGIUM   


Mickael Gelabale to miss 4-6 weeks due to ankle injury - by Eurobasket News
Bad news for Charleroi and Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83). The French forward suffered right ankle injury (anterior ligament) and he is expected to miss next 4-6 weeks. Its a blow for the Belgian champion, who will host the Euroleague Qualifying Tournament this week. They cannot count on Gelabale now.
Mickael Gelabale joined Charleroi during the summer. He spent last season with ASVEL averaging 14.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists for 36 games in ProA. Gelabale also added 12.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 2.8 apg for 6 games in EuroCup. Before ASVEL, he spent one season with Cholet and helped them win the ProA title. Gelabale was a member of the Seattle Supersonics from 2006 to 2008.
Mickael Gelabale helped France to win the Silver at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. He had 7.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg and 1 apg for 9 games.


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  BOSNIA   


Damir Krupalija recovers, will play for Hyeres-Toulon - by Eurobasket News
It seems that Damir Krupalija (205-F/C-79, college: Illinois) fully recovered from back injury and he should be ready for the opening round of ProA. His team Hyeres-Toulon was in doubt to use a medical joker or not, but it seems they will not need it at the end. Krupalija appeared 22 times for the club last season averaging 13.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals. There were some rumors that Krupalija will move to Strasbourg during the summer, but that did not happen. From 2007 to 2010, Damir Krupalija played for JDA Dijon. He also has experience from Charlerou and Anwil. In 2003, Krupalija was named Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLK League Forward of the Year. He won the title with Anwil that season. In 2004, Krupalija helped Charleroi to win the Belgian league title.
Damir Krupalija is a product of the University of Illinois, where he graduated in 2002.


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  BRAZIL   


Tijuca sign three players from Fluminense - by Paulo Freire
The Tijuca del Valle Rio de Janeiro basketball team the new team in the next NBB season, is working thru their roster.
Looking for some young talent, the Tijuca del Valle Rio de Janeiro found on Fluminense basketball team three new pieces to complete their roster, players that are looking for some national expirience.
The power forward Assis Cardoso who has been with the Brazilian NT for young ages on the past.
The shooting guard Victor Leal, more knowing for his quickness.
And the point guard Luiz Eduardo Coelho dos Santos who is also a young brother of the Tijuca del Valle Rio de Janeiro veteran point guard Ricardinho.




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  BULGARIA   


Todor Gechevski will not play for Levski - by Eurobasket News
Todor Gechevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) will not play for Levski after all. The Macedonian center agreed a deal with Levski few days ago and he was expected to come to Sophia to sign it, but that did not happen. Gechevski informed the club that he is still not ready to play. The player broke his left arm during the EuroBasket in Lithuania and it seems his recovery will take longer than he expected. Todor Gecevski appeared 6 times in Lithuania before the injury. He had 9 ppg and 4.3 rpg. FYROM made huge surprise and reached Semifinals. Todor Gechevski spent last two seasons with PAOK Thessaloniki. In the latest one he had 10.3 ppg and 6.2 rpg in 34 Greek league games. He also added 8.8 ppg and 5.8 rpg for six games in EuroCup. Before PAOK, Gechevski played for Zadar.

The last basket of Bulgarian legend Georgi Mladenov - by Maria Mitzova
One of the legendary Bulgarian players, the best guard Bulgaria has ever had, true leader and warrior Georgi Mladenov (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) played his last game in front of thousands of basketball fans in Sofia. Mladenov said his last goodbye as a player in Levski Sofia shirt against the reigning champion Panathinaikos Athens. The game ended 97:78 for the N1 team in Europe.
Whoever doesnt know both teams, Mladenov, Obradovic and Papazov, may think it was a friendly match-up. Not a chance. Levski Sofia and PAO played an intense game, with the Bulgarian team not giving up easily at all. It was his last game, but Greek players didnt give baskets easy for Mladenov.
PAO managed to go ahead early, but then bit by bit Levski Sofia climbed back, and even led by a point, two minutes before the break 34:33.
It was logical for the Greeks to push harder in the second half, and it happened. Still Levski Sofia kept it close around 10 points most of the time, and finished with heads up high of its performance.
The clock stopped at 12 seconds to the end of the game, so Georgi Mladenov (agency: Global Sports Plaza ), wearing number 12 all his life, can give the way to his young son Borislav, to finish the match on his behalf. Mladenovs shirt was symbolically retired, and his way to the locker room was followed by the crowd on the monitors, to see the legend putting his sneakers on the outside door-handle of the locker.
The last 12 seconds Levski Sofia gave the ball to be handled by Borislav, who is one of Bulgarias youngest prospects, and supported by one player of each team, Mladenovs successor dunked the last basket in the game.
Georgi Mladenov (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) played 10 minutes in the game, scoring six points. Two-time Bulgarian topscorer Aaron Harper nailed 20 points, Hrisimir Dimitrov added 17, Marcus Hall had 12 points and seven assists, and Vasil Evtimov got the double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Seven players of PAO scored in double digits, with Dimitrios Diamantidis pouring 13, David Logan 12, Pat Calathes 11, and Jasikevicius, Maric, Nick Calathes and Tsartsaris adding 10 each.
Panathinaikos Athens will stay in Sofia to play one more game, versus Macedonian Feni Industri, on Thursday.

Mladenov will stay in Bulgarian basketball, as a coach.


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  CANADA   


RATS in CURRIE CENTER OCT 23 - by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com The University of New Brunswick s new Richard J Currie Center will be infected by rats Oct 23,Mill Rats. The Saint John MillRats of the new National basketball league of Canada will host the Quebec Kebs in a preseason exhibition game at the new Currie Center at 2pm on that Sunday,a game that Fredicton basketball enthusiast Kelly LamRock admits will be a gauge of interest in pursing its own franchise in the league. The building has just under 1500 seats that will translate into general admission tickets priced at tweleve dollars and sixteen dollars for courtside seats that will become available this monday through the Fredicton playhouse website {theplayhouse.ca}or through the MillRats website. Lamrock and MillRATS General Manager Ian McCarthy,also the leagues cofounder first made contact over a year ago while the MillRats were in the Premiere Basketball League.

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  COLOMBIA   


FEDERATION CUP 2011, DAY 8 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Guerreros de Bogota got its victory number 5 of the season and 3rd in a row, defeating the San Andres Caribbean Heat in an exciting game, the team from Bogota found in the Heat a hard team to beat , but this time Norbey Aragon took the offensive load on its shoulders to guide his team to the success in the game.
Guerreros 85 Norbey Aragon 27 pts, Cesar Silva 18
Caribbean Heat 77 P. Culver 16 pts

Cucuta Norte took revenge of the first game and defeated Bucaros in Cucuta, the Black and red team this time handled the game with a hard defense to keep the lead in the first half, but Bucaros took new breath in the third and finished just one point behind Cucuta, but in the last quarter the team was out of focus and allow the Cucuta Norte reach the victory, Bucaros coach Carlos Parra was ejected from the game in the second quarter
Cucuta Norte 78
Bucaros 69.

Patriotas keeps having its best start in many years, this time got its second victory at Indervalles home in Cali, Adriano Dillones squad is getting stronger in the paint, while the young boys coached by Guillermo Moreno still needs a better help from its imports.
Indervalle 104
Patriotas 116



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
.David Harrison 29 pts.

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.



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


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  CYPRUS   


How can a 10% better FGP give a team 16 pt difference - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
Statistics is the study of the collection, organization, analysis, and interpretation of data.


Even though it cannot and should not constitute an objective measurement of the performance of a player, statistics provide tools for prediction and forecasting using data and statistical models. Statistics is applicable to a wide variety of academic disciplines, including natural and social sciences, government, and business but also in basketball. Statistical consultants are available to provide help for teams. Teams in the NBA and many teams in Europe have their own statistical consultant, a person who provides statistical advice and guidance to teams interested in making decisions through the analysis or collection of data.

In Cyprus no team has a statistical consultant to do such a job.

Below, we are providing a scenario as to how important is for a team to have a 10% better Field Goal Percentage compared to its opponent.

Supposedly Team A has 80% 2FGP


This means it scores 8 out of 10 attempts
This means it gives the ball 2 times to its opponent
This means it gives away 8 possible points (4 that it fails to score and 4 that it accepts)

Supposedly Team B has 70% 2FGP


This means it scores 7 out of 10 attempts
This means it gives the ball 3 times to its opponent
This means it gives away 12 possible points (6 that it fails to score and 6 that it accepts)

This equals to 4 pts deficit for Team B.
If this takes place in all 4 quarters of a game, OTHER THINGS CONSTANT, Team A will win the game by 16 pts.

This is how important is to outscore your opponent in FGP. Even a 10% better FGP can give a team a huge victory.


Source: Nasios Orinos




Spartak St.Petersburg beat Etha in Nicosia - by Eurobasket News
ETHA- Spartak St.Petersburg 59:60

Spartak St.Petersburg beat Etha in Nicosia at their start of the EuroCup Qualifying Round. The Russian team had a massive lead but could take only 60:59 victory.
Patrick Okafor (203-F-79, college: Houston) and Dragicevic opened the game for their teams and Shawn Ray (194-F-80, college: N.C.Central) gave the team from Cyprus 10:4 lead. Moreover the hosts enjoyed 17:15 advantage after the first 10 minutes and increased to 6 in the start of the second. Spartak St.Petersburg meanwhile finished the half with 10-0 run and grabbed 36: 25 advantage at the halftime. Dragicevic made it 50:36 late in the third while Jackson closed the frame at 50:38. Etha did their best to catch up and managed to reduce to 59:60 with 1 minute to go. It was however the last score in the game as the teams will face each other again in Russia.
Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) stepped up with 16 points, while Patrick Beverley (185-G-88, college: Arkansas) netted 9. Aleksey Zozulin (199-G/F-83, agency: RIZO) posted 8 and Miha Zupan (205-F/C-82) scored 7. Shawn Ray ended up with 15 points for the home side, while Patrick Okafor added 10.

ETHA: Shawn Ray 15, Patrick Okafor 10
Spartak St.Petersburg: Yotam Halperin 16, Patrick Beverley 9, Aleksey Zozulin 8, Miha Zupan 7




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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Stats Leaders - NBL
Points Per Game
 Rob LOWERY
  Chomutov
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 28
 1. Lowery, Chomutov28.0 
 2. Bridgewaters, Inte.27.0 
 3. Wright, Chomutov25.0 
 4. Sedmak, USK Praha24.0 
 5. Pumprla, CEZ N.23.0 
 6. Luettgerodt, NH O.22.0 
 7. Sanders, BK Decin22.0 
 8. Barnes, BC Kolin22.0 
 9. Toth, Plzen21.0 
 10. Hughes, NH Ostra.19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Petr BENDA
  CEZ Nymburk
  (203-F/C-82)
  Avg: 12
 1. Benda, CEZ Nymburk12.0 
 2. Toth, Plzen9.0 
 3. Venta, BK Prostej.9.0 
 4. Votroubek, USK P.9.0 
 5. Hughes, NH Ostrava9.0 
 6. Sokolovsky, CEZ N.8.0 
 7. Pistecky, BK Decin8.0 
 8. Kovanda, Plzen8.0 
 9. Machac, BC Kolin7.0 
 10. Houska, BK Decin7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Stepan VRUBL
  Plzen
  (186-G-76)
  Avg: 6
 1. Vrubl, Plzen6.0 
 2. Sotnar, USK Praha6.0 
 3. Marko, BC Kolin5.0 
 4. Muirhead, BK Pardu.5.0 
 5. Sanders, BK Decin4.0 
 6. Hampton, BK Pardu.4.0 
 7. Ames, BC Kolin4.0 
 8. Inge, NH Ostrava4.0 
 9. Eitutavicius, BK P.3.0 
 10. Peterka, BK Pardu.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Radim KLECKA
  B&W Opava
  (188-G-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Klecka, B&W Opava5.0 
 2. Pumprla, CEZ N.4.0 
 3. Grant, Levice3.5 
 4. Lenzly, CEZ N.3.0 
 5. Sedmak, USK Praha3.0 
 6. Longmire, Usti n.3.0 
 7. Bridgewaters, Inte.2.0 
 8. McFadden, Usti n.2.0 
 9. Muirhead, BK Pardu.2.0 
 10. Allen, Inter B.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  BK Prost.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Cadri-N., BK Prost.3.0 
 2. Slavik, USK Praha2.0 
 3. Grant, Levice1.5 
 4. Hughes, NH Ostrava1.0 
 5. Lawrence, CEZ N.1.0 
 6. Lenzly, CEZ N.1.0 
 7. Arnold, BK Pardu.1.0 
 8. Longmire, Usti n.1.0 
 9. Benda, CEZ Nymburk1.0 
 10. Muirhead, BK Pard.1.0 


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


The start of the 2011/2012 season - by Eurobasket News


BK Pardubice - B&W Opava 86-46

B&W Opava was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. BK Pardubice dominated on the defensive end, holding B&W Opava to just 3 points in fourth quarter and to 14 points in second half. BK Pardubice dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to B&W Opava's 28. They outrebounded B&W Opava 34-23 including a 29-16 advantage in offensive rebounds. BK Pardubice players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by B&W Opava's players. American power forward Marcus Arnold (207-84, college: Illinois, agency: Stanley International) stepped up and scored 17 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Maurice Hampton (188-84, college: Austin Peay St.) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. Arnold is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. At the losing side guard Radim Klecka (188-90) responded with 19 points and 5 rebounds and forward Jakub Blazek (203-80) scored 15 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
B&W Opava: R.Klecka 19+5reb+1ast, J.Blazek 15+6reb, P.Dokoupil 6+2reb, P.Strnisko 3+2reb, B.B. 3+2reb+2ast, M.Vanak 0
BK Pardubice: M.Arnold 17+6reb+1ast, Z.Pospisil 11+2reb, M.Hampton 11+2reb+4ast, M.Carnecky 11+1reb+3ast, O.Peterka 9+5reb+3ast, M.Peterka 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 136572


Levice - BK Prostejov 67-70

Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 39-32 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. BK Prostejov outrebounded Levice 42-26 including a 32-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. American center Travis Peterson (208-85, college: Samford, agency: Edge Sports) nailed 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and Slovenian guard Matej Venta (187-84) accounted for 13 points and 9 rebounds. American forward Esian Henderson (203-86, college: Cent.Missouri) came up with 19 points and 6 rebounds and the other American import guard Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Levice in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Levice: E.Henderson 19+6reb+2ast, K.Grant 17+5reb+2ast, M.Bernard 11+4reb+2ast, S.Stemberger 11+2reb+4ast, A.Cervenka 4+2reb, J.Vojtek 3+4reb
BK Prostejov: T.Peterson 18+6reb+2ast, D.Pandula 14+5reb, M.Venta 13+9reb, B.Gadri-Nicholson 13+5reb+3ast, J.Prasil 8+6reb+1ast, V.Bratcenkov 3+2reb+1ast
gschID: 136573


Plzen - Inter Bratislava 88-83

Inter Bratislava trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 34-23 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 83-88 at the end of the game. Forward Ladislav Toth (196-83) nailed 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and power forward Jaroslav Kovanda (204-82) accounted for 17 points and 8 rebounds. Five BK Loko Plzen players scored in double figures. American guard Kevin Bridgewaters (175-84, college: Chattanooga) came up with 27 points and Canadian-British power forward Kwbana Beckles (203-81, college: Lee) added 12 points respectively for Inter Bratislava in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Inter Bratislava: K.Bridgewaters 27+3reb+2ast, K.Beckles 12+3reb, R.Kucsa 11+3reb, D.T. 9+6reb, W.M. 7+5reb, K.A. 5+1reb+1ast
Plzen: L.Toth 21+9reb+2ast, J.Kovanda 17+8reb, L.Pecka 13+4reb+2ast, H.V. 12+2reb, P.Frana 10+7reb, M.Kozlik 9+2reb+2ast
gschID: 136574


BC Kolin - Usti n/Labem 93-64

The game was mostly controlled by BC Kolin. BK Usti nad Labem managed to win fourth quarter 21-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Chadwick-Farrell Barnes (190-83, college: New Orleans) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Forward Richard Field (196-83, college: Mercyhurst) contributed with 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Five BC Kolin players scored in double figures. American guard Lekendric Longmire (196-87, college: Oregon) answered with 15 points and center Jaroslav Tyrna (208-86, college: New Orleans) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for BK Usti nad Labem. 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:
Usti n/Labem: L.Longmire 15+3reb+1ast, L.Bazant 12+1reb, J.Tyrna 9+6reb+1ast, T.McFadden 6+4reb+1ast, M.Kuchalik 4+2reb, J.Fohler 4+4reb+2ast
BC Kolin: C.Barnes 22+5reb+2ast, R.Field 16+7reb+1ast, J.Nemecek 13+5reb, D.Machac 13+7reb+2ast, S.Zuzak 12+4reb+2ast, R.Ames 9+4reb+4ast
gschID: 136575


Chomutov - NH Ostrava 82-97

The guests trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 38-15 charge, which allowed them to win the game. NH Ostrava dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Levharti Chomutov's 38. American players dominated the game. Center James Hughes (211-83, college: N.Illinois, agency: I.D.S. Law) nailed 19 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and swingman Riley Luettgerodt (196-85, college: Hawaii, agency: I.D.S. Law) accounted for 22 points and 6 rebounds. Luettgerodt is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five NH Ostrava players scored in double figures. Guard Rob Lowery (188-87, college: Dayton) came up with 28 points and 6 rebounds and guard Derek Wright (175-86, college: Austin Peay St.) added 25 points respectively for Levharti Chomutov in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Chomutov: R.Lowery 28+6reb+2ast, D.Wright 25+2reb+3ast, J.M. 8+2reb, Z.Hanzlik 7+1reb, S.P. 7+7reb+1ast, R.Anderson 5+4reb
NH Ostrava: R.Luettgerodt 22+6reb, J.Hughes 19+9reb, S.J. 15+2reb+4ast, S.Inge 12+5reb+4ast, C.A. 10+2reb+2ast, S.Manousos 9+5reb
gschID: 136570


BK Decin - USK Praha 69-60

BK Decin led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. BK Decin outrebounded USK Praha 47-34 including 35 on the offensive glass. American guard Levell Sanders (189-75, college: Seton Hall, agency: Stanley International) nailed 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and international forward Pavel Houska (201-84) accounted for 17 points and 7 rebounds. Slovakian center Peter Sedmak (207-85) came up with 24 points and the former international center Stanislav Votroubek (212-81) added 8 points and 9 rebounds respectively for USK Praha in the defeat.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: P.Sedmak 24+3reb+2ast, V.Hruban 10+4reb+3ast, S.Votroubek 8+9reb, M.Mares 5+3reb+2ast, M.Sotnar 5+2reb+6ast, M.Vocetka 4+2reb
BK Decin: L.Sanders 22+7reb+4ast, P.Houska 17+7reb+1ast, S.L. 8+6reb+3ast, A.Alic 7+1reb+2ast, T.Pomikalek 5+5reb+1ast, H.J. 4+6reb+2ast
gschID: 136571


Round 5
Levice - CEZ Nymburk 64-74

The guests trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 74-64. CEZ Nymburk made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. International guard Pavel Pumprla (196-86) nailed 23 points and 6 rebounds for the winning side and international power forward Petr Benda (203-82, agency: Court Side) accounted for 13 points and 12 rebounds. CEZ Nymburk's coach used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American guard Keaton Grant (193-86, college: Purdue) came up with 16 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals and British center Michael Bernard (205-78, college: S.Florida) added 13 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Levice in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Levice: K.Grant 16+6reb+4ast, M.Bernard 13+7reb+1ast, S.Stemberger 13+4reb+1ast, A.Cervenka 7+5reb, E.Henderson 6+8reb+1ast, J.Vojtek 5+3reb
CEZ Nymburk: P.Pumprla 23+6reb+1ast, L.Sokolovsky 15+8reb+2ast, P.Benda 13+12reb+1ast, E.Lawrence 6+5reb+2ast, L.Wilson 5+3reb, M.Kremen 4+4reb+2ast
gschID: 136569




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Ligaen: Round One review - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Ligaen just started. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results.

Falcon - Horsholm 71-69
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 21-13. But Horsholm won second period 21-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Falcon forced 20 Horsholm turnovers. Strangely Horsholm outrebounded Falcon 46-29 including a 34-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. 29 personal fouls committed by Horsholm helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. International guard Julian McFarlane (184-G-86) (184-86) fired 15 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. The former international swingman Henrik Thomsen (203-84, college: Cal-Riverside) chipped in 17 points. Falcon's coach Henrik Koll used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American power forward Joe Benjamin (201-83, college: W.Virginia St.) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds and forward Alexander Bak (193-91) added 16 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. It was the only win of host team this round and in all other games visitors recorded victories.
Top scorers:
Horsholm: B.Marinkovic 19+8reb, A.Bak 16+9reb+3ast, J.Benjamin 13+16reb, A.Haas 7+2reb+2ast, P.Hertz 5+3reb, J.Bro 5+3reb+2ast
Falcon: H.Thomsen 17+3reb+2ast, J.McFarlane 15+3reb+5ast, C.Nielsen 10+7reb+1ast, J.Rottgardt 8+2reb+1ast, C.Thomsen 7+2reb+1ast, P.Christiansen 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 136086


Aabyhoj - Naestved 57-87
The game was mostly controlled by Naestved. Aabyhoj was better in fourth quarter 19-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Aabyhoj 39-23 including a 27-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Aabyhoj was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Corin Henry (180-88, college: Tarleton St.) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). The former international power forward Peter Johansen (205-80) contributed with 14 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Naestved's coach Geoff Kotila felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. International guard Rasmus Soby Dalboge (191-89) answered with 14 points and 5 rebounds and Icelandic center Gudni Valentinusson (204-85) added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Aabyhoj.
Top scorers:
Aabyhoj: R.Soby Dalboge 14+5reb+1ast, G.Valentinusson 13+5reb, D.Jukic 11+3reb+2ast, R.Laier 6+3reb, O.Sigurdsson 5+3reb+4ast, J.Wang 5+1reb+1ast
Naestved: C.Henry 26+3reb+4ast, J.Glynn 14+3reb+2ast, P.Johansen 14+9reb+3ast, N.Christensen 8+1reb+2ast, M.Frandsen 6+6reb+1ast, M.Hoirup 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 136087


Horsens IC - SISU 82-95
The game was mostly controlled by SISU. Horsens IC was better in third quarter 25-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when SISU won last quarter 29-18. They dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Horsens IC's 44. Horsens IC was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Donald Rutherford (198-87, college: Catawba) fired 32 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Swingman Mickey Dennis (190-78, college: JMU) chipped in 19 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Four SISU players scored in double figures. Forward Will Harris (198-86, college: Albany) produced 32 points and 6 rebounds (made all of his seven free throws) and power forward Mike St.John (203-84, college: La Salle) added 15 points and 11 rebounds respectively for lost side. Horsens IC's coach Arnel Dedic rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Horsens IC: W.Harris 32+6reb+3ast, M.St.John 15+11reb+3ast, J.Larsen 14+5reb+2ast, M.Sakne 5+5ast, U.Grinbergs 5+2reb+1ast, H.Schur 4+2reb+2ast
SISU: D.Rutherford 32+9reb+4ast, M.Dennis 19+9reb+6ast, M.Flowers 12+5reb+1ast, D.Harder 10+4reb+1ast, M.Nielsen 9+1reb+2ast, H.Sigmer Nielsen 8+2reb
gschID: 136088


SISU - Bakken 56-74
Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
gschID: 136089


Aalborg - Vaerlose 70-73
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Aalborg won fourth quarter 20-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Forward Mads Rasmussen (191-86) stepped up and scored 26 points for the winners and Icelandic forward Axel Karason (193-83) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. At the losing side American point guard Ryan White (177-88, college: Texas St.) responded with 27 points and 4 steals and the former international guard Lasse Kristiansen (196-82) scored 16 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Aalborg: R.White 27+4reb+3ast, L.Kristiansen 16+8reb, S.Eleraky 11+7reb+1ast, M.Christensen 8+5reb, M.Rasmussen 6+1reb+1ast, C.Elgmork 2+5reb+7ast
Vaerlose: M.Rasmussen 26+4reb+3ast, A.Karason 14+8reb+1ast, A.Osgood-Richardson 12+5reb, S.Jensen 7+4reb+3ast, R.Larsen 6+5reb, A.Wire 5+9reb+3ast


SISU adds big - by Thomas Soltau
After a long search SISU has finally inked their second american. The team has signed the athletic all around player Jenard Harrison (203-F-84, college: Amer.Internat.). The 203 forward, should provide some much needed help inside.

The player attended American College (NCAA2) and have played most recently in Ecuador for team Marvort, but have also played in Europe before, in the Irish League, where he put up 21.8ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.8apg.

When Harrison will have clearance to play is still unknown.




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


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


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  D-LEAGUE   


Crittenton free on bond in shooting case - by Eurobasket News
Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton (6'5''-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) was allowed to go free on bond on Tuesday after he was charged with murder in a drive-by shooting.

Fulton County (Ga.) Magistrate Judge Karen Woodson released Crittenton on $230,000 bond after presiding over testimony from the former player's friends and coaches. Additionally, she ordered ex-Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt - who testified on his behalf - to co-sign the bond.

Crittenton is charged in the shooting of Julian Jones, 22, although police believe the target was one of two men walking with her on Aug. 19 whom the NBA player was targeting for revenge for a robbery.

A witness picked Crittenton's picture out of a photo array, identifying him as the gunman, according to media reports.

Detective James Thorpe testified that Crittenton was charged with the shooting of Jones after a man with her told police he had a 'good, clear look' at the person who fired the gun.

Thorpe said a neighbor also pegged Crittenton as the shooter. The attorney for Crittenton has said his client is not guilty, basing that claim on incorrect testimony from eyewitnesses.

Crittenton played briefly in the NBA after a college career at Georgia Tech and was suspended for a chunk of the 2009-10 season after he and then-teammate Gilbert Arenas drew guns on each other in the Washington Wizards' locker room.

Courtesy of www.ksat.com


Vitaly Potapenko named assistant coach of Dakota Wizards - by Eurobasket News
The Dakota Wizards have hired Vitaly Potapenko (6'10''-F/C-75, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wright St.) (vee-TAH-lee) (poe-TAH-pen-koe) as the teams assistant coach, the team announced today. Potapenko will serve under newly hired Head Coach Nate Bjorkgren for the 2011-12 season.

Potapenko brings two years of coaching experience to the Wizards, having most recently served as an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers this past season. In Indiana, under Head Coach Jim OBrien and Interim Head Coach Frank Vogel, Potapenko helped lead the Pacers to a 37-45 record and a trip to the 2011 NBA Playoffs.

Prior to joining the Pacers, Potapenko served as an assistant coach for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League under Head Coach Joey Meyer during the 2009-10 season.

Potapenko was selected 12th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1996 NBA Draft. Nicknamed The Ukraine Train, he averaged 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds over 11 seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics and the Sacramento Kings. His most productive season came in 1998-99 after being traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics on March 11, 1999. He averaged 10.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 33 games (32 starts) for the Celtics.

Prior to joining the NBA, Potapenko played for Budivelnyk (Ukraine) from 1992-1994 and finished his career playing for MMT Estudiantes in the Spanish ACB during the 2007-2008 season.

Potapenko, 36, was born in Kiev, USSR.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


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Kalev/Cramo and Rakvere post wins at Estonian Cup quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Kalev/Cramo and Rakvere advanced into Estonian Cup semifinals. They celebrated victories at the quarterfinal stage yesterday.
Kalev/Cramo overcame Parnu 98:56. Kristjan Kitsing (201-F/C-90) stepped up with 27 points and 17 rebounds to pace the effort. Bamba Fall (216-C-86, college: SMU) added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Kalev/Cramo erupted for 52 points in the first half to establish a comfortable 19-point halftime lead. They never looked back en route to the victory. Kaido Saks (205-F-86) contributed 16 points in the win. Rannar Raap (188-G/F-92) responded with 19 points for Parnu.
Rakvere narrowly defeated Rapla 69:66 behind 21 points from Reinar Hallik (208-C-84). Rakvere enjoyed a 4-point halftime lead. But Rapla got within three points at the final term and kept the pressure on their opponents till the final seconds. Janis Vahter (195-F-86) accounted for 16 points in the win. Janar Soo (195-G/F-91) answered with 16 points for Rapla.




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EuroCup Qualifying Round. Day 1 - by Eurobasket News
ETHA- Spartak St.Petersburg 59:60

Spartak St.Petersburg beat Etha in Nicosia at their start of the EuroCup Qualifying Round. The Russian team had a massive lead but could take only 60:59 victory.
Okafor and Vladimir Dragicevic (206-C/F-86) opened the game for their teams and Ray gave the team from Cyprus 10:4 lead. Moreover the hosts enjoyed 17:15 advantage after the first 10 minutes and increased to 6 in the start of the second. Spartak St.Petersburg meanwhile finished the half with 10-0 run and grabbed 36: 25 advantage at the halftime. Vladimir Dragicevic made it 50:36 late in the third while Jackson closed the frame at 50:38. Etha did their best to catch up and managed to reduce to 59:60 with 1 minute to go. It was however the last score in the game as the teams will face each other again in Russia.
Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) stepped up with 16 points, while Patrick Beverley (185-G-88, college: Arkansas) netted 9. Zozulin posted 8 and Miha Zupan (205-F/C-82) scored 7. Ray ended up with 15 points for the home side, while Okafor added 10.

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 Kahudi scored for 34:22. Max Kouguere (198-F-87) 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.
Rochestie stepped up with 17 points, while Marcellus Sommerville (200-F-82, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bradley) added 16. Batista followed them with 14 points, while Kahudi and Koffi delivered 10 apiece. Mire Chatman (187-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) ended up with 17 points in defeat, while Karaman collected 14 points and 15 boards. Morgan scored 13 and Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) finished the game with 11 points.

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 Matjaz Smodis (205-F-79) closed the first period. Smith gave the French side the lead early in the second as Chalon erupted with 29-14 in it. Aminu 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.
Aminu stepped up with 20 points and Blake Schilb (201-G-83, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Loyola, IL) netted14. Lang delivered 11 and Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) produced 10. Owens ended up with 17 points in the losing effort and Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston) posted 13.

Norrkoping - Oostende 62:88

Oostende tipped off EuroCup Qualifying Round campaign with a comfortable win over Norrkoping in Sweden. Jason Rich 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 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 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.

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 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 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 and Hasan Rizvic netted 14 points apiece in the loss.

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 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 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 had 10 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

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 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 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 and Ahmad Nivins (206-F-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: St.Joseph's) chipped in 12 points apiece in the loss.

Artland Dragons- Gran Canaria 56:61

Gran Canaria registered a road win over Artland Dragons to move closer to a return to the Eurocup Regular Season. The Spanish side celebrated 61:56 victory in Germany.
Palacios and Haynes gave the guests 6:0 lead and then Spencer Nelson (203-F-80, college: Utah St.) brought 14:8. The latter also closed the first frame at 18:13. Martinez later increased the advantage to 10 points and Beiran nailed three for 31:19. Hilliard closed the half 31:22 and Bailey delivered two for 34:24. Nathan Peavy and Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) brought the German side back to 43:38, while Beiran closed the third quarter at 45:38. Johannes Strasser (190-G-82, agency: Court Side) netted three for 45:44 early in the last stanza but the guests from Spain needed a 9-0 run to seal the victory. Rey was the last to score for Gran Canaria as the teams will travel now to Spain.
Marquez Haynes (191-G-86, college: Texas Arlington) scored 14 and Spencer Nelson 10 for the visitors, who led by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter before Artland went on a late run.



Azovmash tab Vladimir Golubovic - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash added depth to their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Vladimir Golubovic (213-C-86). The Montengrin centre spent the last season in Turkey. Vladimir Golubovic tallied 11.0 points and 6.3 boards per EuroCup game for Banvit. In Euroleague Qualifying Round the centre posted 10.0 points and 7.0 boards per appearance. Vladimir Golubovic also delivered 10.2 points and 5.1 rebounds in Turkish League. The centre started his career in Vojvodina. Then Vladimir Golubovic moved to Union Olimpija and Caja Laboral. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Centre of the Year in 2009. Vladimir Golubovic is the member of Montenegrin National Team.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Alade AMINU
  Chalon
  (208-F-87)
  Avg: 20
 1. Aminu, Chalon20.0 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans17.0 
 3. Owens, Cedevita17.0 
 4. Chatman, Karsiyaka17.0 
 5. Sommerville, Le Ma.16.0 
 6. Batista, Le Mans14.0 
 7. Karaman, Karsiyaka14.0 
 8. Schilb, Chalon14.0 
 9. Morgan, Karsiyaka13.0 
 10. Draper, Cedevita13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ilkan KARAMAN
  Karsiyaka
  (205-F-90)
  Avg: 15
 1. Karaman, Karsiyaka15.0 
 2. Owens, Cedevita8.0 
 3. Bazdaric, Cedevita7.0 
 4. Aminu, Chalon7.0 
 5. Koffi, Le Mans6.0 
 6. Rochestie, Le Mans6.0 
 7. Jean-B., Chalon6.0 
 8. Chatman, Karsiyaka6.0 
 9. Kahudi, Le Mans6.0 
 10. Sommerville, Le M.5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Mire CHATMAN
  Karsiyaka
  (187-G-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Chatman, Karsiyaka6.0 
 2. Rochestie, Le Mans6.0 
 3. Tchicamboud, Cha.5.0 
 4. Acker, Le Mans5.0 
 5. Vukusic, Cedevita4.0 
 6. Schilb, Chalon4.0 
 7. Warren, Cedevita4.0 
 8. Draper, Cedevita3.0 
 9. Aminu, Chalon3.0 
 10. Sommerville, Le M.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Raymar MORGAN
  Karsiyaka
  (202-F/C-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Morgan, Karsiyaka3.0 
 2. Draper, Cedevita3.0 
 3. Chatman, Karsiyaka3.0 
 4. Kahudi, Le Mans2.0 
 5. Stanojevic, Karsi.2.0 
 6. Princ, Cedevita2.0 
 7. Delaney, Chalon2.0 
 8. Sommerville, Le Ma.1.0 
 9. Owens, Cedevita1.0 
 10. Kouguere, Le Mans1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Adolphe Michel JEAN-BAPTISTE
  Chalon
  (205-C-79)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jean-B., Chalon2.0 
 2. Owens, Cedevita2.0 
 3. Kouguere, Le Mans1.0 
 4. Lauvergne, Chalon1.0 
 5. Karaman, Karsiyaka1.0 
 6. Koffi, Le Mans1.0 
 7. Draper, Cedevita0.0 
 8. Car, Cedevita0.0 
 9. Smith, Chalon0.0 
 10. Bilan, Cedevita0.0 


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. Gran Canaria 1-0 
 5. Ventspils 1-0 
 6. Oostende 1-0 
 7. Le Mans 1-0 
 8. Spartak SP 1-0 
 9. Karsiyaka 0-1 
 10. Art.Dragons 0-1 
 11. Cedevita 0-1 
 12. Azovmash 0-1 
 13. M.Hainaut 0-1 
 14. Norrkoping 0-1 
 15. Etha 0-1 
 16. BK Prostejov 0-1 


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PAOK signs 3-year deal with Efthimios Tsakaleris - by Eurobasket News
Efthimios Tsakaleris (207-C-89) is a new member of PAOK Thessaloniki. The Greek big guy penned a three-year deal. It means that he will play for PAOK until the end of the 2013/14 season. Efthimios Tsakaleris joins his new club from Panellinios Athens, where he spent last two seasons. In the latest one Tsakaleris averaged 2.8 points and 1.4 rebounds for five games in Greek league. He also appeared five times in EuroCup adding 2.4 ppg and 1.6 rpg. Before Panellinios, the young center played for Anagennisi Floga. He helped them win promotion from C to B league in 2007. Efthimios Tsakaleris won the Gold with U20 Greece at U20 European Championships 2009 in Rhodes. However, he had very limited playing time at this event.

Partizan to sign young Ivan Marinkovic - by Eurobasket News
Ivan Marinkovic (208-C/F-93) is set to sign his first professional deal. The young Serbian big guy will join Partizan Belgrade in November, when he turns 18 years. Marinkovic spent last few seasons with Crvena Zvezda. He mostly played for their juniors. Last season he also appeared 9 times in Adriatic league averaging 1.8 points and 1.3 rebounds. Marinkovic got a chance twice in Serbian league. He already played for Partizan in the past.
At the same time, Vukasin Vujovic (205-F/C-93, agency: Interperformances) decided not to sign with Partizan. The young PF/C will continue career in some other club. He played for Partizan juniors last season. Vujovic was a member of Serbian U17 and U16 NT in the past.


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KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto - Korihait 101-86 - by Rauno Hurmalainen
The new season 2011-12 is opened. Last season Finnish Champion Pyrinto (Tampere) defeated UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) 101-86 (51-45). Quarters: 33-16, 18-29, 26-17, 24-24. Pyrinto's start was strong. Five minutes and visitor Korihait had scored two points. Pyrinto had 13 pts at that moment. Season first bucket was made by Center Antti Nikkila, time 14 seconds. First quarter was difficult for Korihait, but they came back in the game at the end of the second quarter. However Pyrinto was leading from start to the end. The hosts had six players in double digits. Antwine Williams (192-F-75, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: N.Colorado) led Pyrinto with 18 pts and five assists. Antero Lehto (184-G-84) added 18 pts and Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) 17 pts + 14 assists! Nigel Moore (195-F/G-81, college: Alabama A&M) (Korihait) scored game high 23 pts.
Pyrinto - Korihait 101-86 (51-45). P: Antwine Williams 18/5a, Antero Lehto 18, Damon Williams 17/7/14a, Brant Bailey 17, Antti Nikkila 11/9, Jesse Niemi 11. 1 - 70,5% (12/17), 2 - 52,3% (34/65), 3 - 43,7% (7/16). R: 26+17=43. TO: 10. K: Nigel Moore 23, Jarice Crouch 18, Cedric Latimer 15. 1 - 80,0% (12/15), 2 - 46,3% (19/41), 3 - 46,1% (12/26). R: 27+10=37. TO: 16. A: 1022.




KORISLIIGA: Three in a row? - by Rauno Hurmalainen
There are magic men on and off the court in Tampere. Local Pyrinto has won two Finnish Championships in a row (2009-11) with the smallest budget in Top League (Korisliiga) and when the new season 2011-12 gets started tonight, the trend is again the same: The third championship in a row with tiny money (300.000 euros). Head Coach Pieti Poikola will start his fourth season at the end of Pyrinto bench with the roster, that is almost equal to last season successful (record 46-9) roster. Pyrinto's key player Damon Williams (201-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) will be one year older (38 yo in December) and may have two passports soon? D.Williams (last season 18,1 ppg - 9,9 rpg - 4,3 apg) is very important player for Pyrinto getting a lot of help from Antwine Williams (192-F-75, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: N.Colorado) (16,5 ppg - 5,9 rpg) and Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) (16,4 ppg - 4,2 rpg).
Last season finalist Kataja (Joensuu) could be again Pyrinto's most dangerous challenger? Kataja has made the finals four times, but has never won the last contest of the season. This year Kataja will be stronger than a year ago, when they lost the finals in the fifth contest at Tampere. Kataja's Head Coach Jukka Toijala wants for sure to be the hero, who brings the Panther statue to Joensuu.
11 teams will play 40 rounds during the regular season and then follow the play-off-games for top eight teams. The season will be over by May 12, 2012.

Finland came back on European basketball map after a break of 16 years. The 'Wolf Team' got position # 9 in EuroBasket 2011 in Lithuania. FIBA is ranking Finland now # 48 in the world (# 97 before) and # 19 in Europe. The time will show how this kind of progress will be seen in national Top League.



VTB United League: ToPo lost in Poland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
VTB United League, Qualifying: Anwil, Wloclawek (Poland) - Torpan Pojat, Helsinki (Finland) 94-72 (43-36). Quarters: 22-14, 21-22, 29-17, 22-19.
It was ToPo's first game with this roster and the result does not quite give the right picture of the contest. ToPo was quite long in the game, but the third quarter and American Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) were the key factors Anwil ran away. Edwards scored game high 35 points. Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) led ToPo with 16 pts.
Anwil, Wloclawek: Corsley Edwards 35, John Allen 13, Dardan Berisha 12, Lukasz Majewski 12. ToPo: Carl Lindbom 16, Jonathan Heard 11, JaSon Stamper 11, Tim Frost 7, Chase Griffin 7, Timo Heinonen 7, Tuomas Iisalo 4, Eero Lehtinen 4, Sad Niskanen 3, Jarkko Kyllonen 2.


Corsley Edwards pulls Anwil over ToPo in Day 2 of the VTB League Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Anwil-ToPo 94:72

Anwil celebrated the first victory at the VTB League Qualifying Round in Day 2. After the loss in the opener from Enisey, the Polish side overcame Finnish ToPo 94:72.
The Polish side opened the game with 22-14 and did not allow the opponents control the game. Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) however brought 27:26 and Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86) scored for31:29. Although the Finnish team won the second frame 22-21, the board showed 43:36 at the halftime. In the third quarter Anwil added 29-17 and then celebrated the victory due to 22-19 in the last stanza.
Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) erupted with 35 points for the winners and John Allen (194-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Seton Hall) added 13. Lukasz Majewski (199-F-82) and Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 12 apiece. Carl Lindbom ended up with 16 points in the losing effort, while Jason Stamper and Jonathan Heard scored 11 each.

Anwil: Corsley Edwards 35, John Allen 13, Lukasz Majewski 12, Dardan Berisha 12
ToPo: Carl Lindbom 16, Jason Stamper 11, Jonathan Heard 11


Standings - Korisliiga
Korisliiga Standings
 1. Pyrinto 1-0 
 2. Kataja 0-0 
 3. Kauhajoki 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. Salon Vilpas 0-0 
 10. ToPo 0-0 
 11. Korihait 0-1 


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga
Points Per Game
 Nigel MOORE
  Korihait
  (195-F/G-81)
  Avg: 23
 1. Moore, Korihait23.0 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto18.0 
 3. Lehto, Pyrinto18.0 
 4. Williams, Pyrinto17.0 
 5. Latimer, Korihait15.0 
 6. Niemi, Pyrinto11.0 
 7. Nikkila, Pyrinto11.0 
 8. Heinonen, Korihait9.0 
 9. Jalonen, Korihait9.0 
 10. Johnson, Koriha.8.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Antti NIKKILA
  Pyrinto
  (210-F/C-78)
  Avg: 9
 1. Nikkila, Pyrinto9.0 
 2. Heinonen, Korihait8.0 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto7.0 
 4. Johnson, Korihait7.0 
 5. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto6.0 
 6. Jalonen, Korihait5.0 
 7. Williams, Pyrinto4.0 
 8. Moore, Korihait4.0 
 9. Rainamaa, Korihait3.0 
 10. Niemi, Pyrinto2.0 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 14
 1. Williams, Pyrinto14.0 
 2. Jalonen, Korihait6.0 
 3. Williams, Pyrinto5.0 
 4. Moore, Korihait4.0 
 5. Lehto, Pyrinto2.0 
 6. Rainamaa, Korihait2.0 
 7. Johnson, Korihait1.0 
 8. Nikkila, Pyrinto1.0 
 9. Latimer, Korihait1.0 
 10. Heinonen, Koriha.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Antwine WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (192-F-75)
  Avg: 6
 1. Williams, Pyrinto6.0 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto2.0 
 3. Moore, Korihait2.0 
 4. Heinonen, Korihait2.0 
 5. Rainamaa, Korihait1.0 
 6. Latimer, Korihait1.0 
 7. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.0 
 8. Nikkila, Pyrinto1.0 
 9. Johnson, Korihait0.0 
 10. Mattila, Pyrin.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cory JOHNSON
  Korihait
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Johnson, Korihait2.0 
 2. Nikkila, Pyrinto2.0 
 3. Heinonen, Korihait1.0 
 4. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.0 
 5. Williams, Pyrinto1.0 
 6. Latimer, Korihait0.0 
 7. Niemi, Pyrinto0.0 
 8. Mattila, Pyrinto0.0 
 9. Pekkola, Pyrinto0.0 
 10. Lehto, Pyrinto0.0 


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Boris Diaw joins JSA Bordeaux during NBA lockout - by Eurobasket News
Boris Diaw (6'8''-F/C-82) will start the season with French ProB team JSA Bordeaux. He will play there until the end of the NBA lockout. Diaw is originally a member of the Charlotte Bobcats. He had 11.3 ppg, 5 rpg and 4.1 apg for them in 82 NBA games last season. In 2009/10, he had almost the same numbers for 86 games. Before Charlotte, Boris Diaw played for the Phoenix Suns and Atlanta Hawks. He started basketball career with Bordeaux and later played for INSEP and Pau-Orthez. Boris Diaw won the EuroBasket Silver with French NT earlier this month. He had 8 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 2.5 apg for 11 games in Lithuania. In 2005, Diaw helped France to win the Bronze at EuroBasket in Belgrade. There, he had 13.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 3.4 apg for 7 games.
Boris Diaw became a President of JSA Bordeaux last year.


Mickael Gelabale to miss 4-6 weeks due to ankle injury - by Eurobasket News
Bad news for Charleroi and Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83). The French forward suffered right ankle injury (anterior ligament) and he is expected to miss next 4-6 weeks. Its a blow for the Belgian champion, who will host the Euroleague Qualifying Tournament this week. They cannot count on Gelabale now.
Mickael Gelabale joined Charleroi during the summer. He spent last season with ASVEL averaging 14.2 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists for 36 games in ProA. Gelabale also added 12.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 2.8 apg for 6 games in EuroCup. Before ASVEL, he spent one season with Cholet and helped them win the ProA title. Gelabale was a member of the Seattle Supersonics from 2006 to 2008.
Mickael Gelabale helped France to win the Silver at the EuroBasket in Lithuania. He had 7.3 ppg, 1.8 rpg and 1 apg for 9 games.


Damir Krupalija recovers, will play for Hyeres-Toulon - by Eurobasket News
It seems that Damir Krupalija (205-F/C-79, college: Illinois) fully recovered from back injury and he should be ready for the opening round of ProA. His team Hyeres-Toulon was in doubt to use a medical joker or not, but it seems they will not need it at the end. Krupalija appeared 22 times for the club last season averaging 13.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals. There were some rumors that Krupalija will move to Strasbourg during the summer, but that did not happen. From 2007 to 2010, Damir Krupalija played for JDA Dijon. He also has experience from Charlerou and Anwil. In 2003, Krupalija was named Eurobasket.com All-Polish PLK League Forward of the Year. He won the title with Anwil that season. In 2004, Krupalija helped Charleroi to win the Belgian league title.
Damir Krupalija is a product of the University of Illinois, where he graduated in 2002.


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Todor Gechevski will not play for Levski - by Eurobasket News
Todor Gechevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) will not play for Levski after all. The Macedonian center agreed a deal with Levski few days ago and he was expected to come to Sophia to sign it, but that did not happen. Gechevski informed the club that he is still not ready to play. The player broke his left arm during the EuroBasket in Lithuania and it seems his recovery will take longer than he expected. Todor Gecevski appeared 6 times in Lithuania before the injury. He had 9 ppg and 4.3 rpg. FYROM made huge surprise and reached Semifinals. Todor Gechevski spent last two seasons with PAOK Thessaloniki. In the latest one he had 10.3 ppg and 6.2 rpg in 34 Greek league games. He also added 8.8 ppg and 5.8 rpg for six games in EuroCup. Before PAOK, Gechevski played for Zadar.

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  GERMANY   


Gran Canaria registered a road win over Artland Dragons - by Eurobasket News
Artland Dragons- Gran Canaria 56:61

Gran Canaria registered a road win over Artland Dragons to move closer to a return to the Eurocup Regular Season. The Spanish side celebrated 61:56 victory in Germany.
Palacios and Haynes gave the guests 6:0 lead and then Spencer Nelson brought 14:8. The latter also closed the first frame at 18:13. Martinez later increased the advantage to 10 points and Beiran nailed three for 31:19. Hilliard closed the half 31:22 and Bailey delivered two for 34:24. Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, college: Miami, OH) and Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) brought the German side back to 43:38, while Beiran closed the third quarter at 45:38. Johannes Strasser (190-G-82, agency: Court Side) netted three for 45:44 early in the last stanza but the guests from Spain needed a 9-0 run to seal the victory. Rey was the last to score for Gran Canaria as the teams will travel now to Spain.
Marquez Haynes (191-G-86, college: Texas Arlington) scored 14 and Spencer Nelson (203-F-80, college: Utah St.) 10 for the visitors, who led by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter before Artland went on a late run.



Joe Herbers 3 Pointers Cant Save The Fraport Skyliners as EnBW Ludwigsburg Escape The Fraport Arena With a 85-82 Victory - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
With late summer temperatures gracing the city of Frankfurt, it is only seemingly that a majority of people might be enjoying post work in one of the cafes on the Fressgasse, taking a dip in the main river, playing a quick nine hole round of golf before dusk settles in or having another listen to the legendary Nirvana album Nevermind while reading an exciting John Grisham novel on the balcony, but for the Fraport Skyliners a test game was on the agenda as they gave a strong fight in the second half, but came up short as EnBW Ludwigsburg crawled out of the Fraport arena with a hard fought 85-82 in their last preseason game. Even on a nice day like this, I want to be in the gym. And before you ask me if I want to be at a cubs game, I dont want to talk about them, smiled ex Telekom Baskets Bonn center John Bowler (206-F-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: E.Michigan) St Louis native Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri) who is sporting a slick goatee also wouldnt want to be in any other place than the place where he comes to work. I want to be in the gym on a day like this and not enjoying the weather on the Mississippi river, because there are a lot of dead bodies in that river, added Jimmy McKinney. Since the game wasnt open to the public, it was a shame that fans were unable to witness the fierce battle between 206cm 100 kilo Marius the force Nolte and 204cm 123 kilo John old school Bowler as the Chicago native seemed to have the upper hand on the German in this game. He is always a difficult player to play against. He had a good game. I hope that I can annoy him a bit more in the regular season, stressed Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) Bowler finished with 14 points and four rebounds in 21 minutes which shows his effectiveness that he has shown for years in the Beko BBL. Nolte is very physical and always plays hard. His strength is frustrating other big men and just getting into their heads, added John Bowler EnBW Ludwigsburg had a comfortable lead in the first half, but in the second half, the Fraport Skyliners kept digging their way out of their hole and showed a spirited come back. We picked up our defensive intensity and were able to chip away at their lead. However they were able to keep their composure down the stretch, but we showed a good team effort and can learn from it, stressed Fraport Skyliner guard Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern). We struggled a bit with the zone, but were still able to score 85 points. We have to share the ball more. We showed that we can play quick, something we did last year too, but which was out of control. Coach Jochum wants us to make better decisions. We are on a good way, warned John Bowler

The Fraport Skyliners were without Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern) who is recuperating from a partial tear in his knee and En BW Ludwigsburg point guard Jerry Green (191-G-80, college: Cal-Irvine) sat out on account of a back injury. The Fraport Skyliners got off to a horrible start as they allowed EnBW Ludwigsburg to take a lightening 18-3 lead as four minutes had surpassed. Everything was working for the Schwaben team in this run as they got scoring inside and out, but quickly found their touch as Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) hit as did Terrell Harris (196-G-87, agency: Dream Hoops, college: Oklahoma St.) and Alex Harris (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) John Bowler scored inside and even hit a three pointer and Mark mr fantastic Dorris got hot early with a lay up and dunk off a steal. Frankfurt had break downs on defense and couldnt come to terms with the aggressive Ludwigsburg defense. Frankfurt slowly started to find a groove as they closed out the second part of the first quarter with a 16-6 run to trail only 24-19. Joe Herber continues to be hot from downtown nailing two three pointers and Jimmy McKinney dropped one as well. Little used Ludwigsburg German Tim Koch (196-F-89) closed out the first quarter with a slick spin move which might be forgotten tomorrow by those who were there, but might stay a few days longer in his mind. Frankfurt was very dangerous from outside, but we were communicating well, defending well, had good ball movement and worked well as a team, declared EnBW Ludwigsburg sport director Mario Probst. We had a bad start and the traffic jam on the highway A66 seemed to carry over into our game. It was hard playing in this ghost like atmosphere. We will present ourselves differently against Oldenburg in a full arena, warned Marius Nolte

The Fraport Skyliners were able to cut the Ludwigsburg lead down to 24-21 as German national player Tim Ohlbrecht was able to use all of his 211cm as he was able to tip the ball in with the tip of his fingers as the pass was very high. However whenever Frankfurt was able to threaten, EnBW Ludwigsburg had an answer this time with a 10-2 run to lead 35-23. Ex Giessen forward Johannes Lischka (203-F/C-87) started the run with a three pointer from the wing which was followed by a jumper from Terrill Harris who was the third best field goal percentage shooter in the D-league last year for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. That was followed by the most prettiest basket of the night by Mark Dorris (188-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: Marshall) who glided through the zone changing hands and scoring. En BW Ludwigsburg continued to keep up the pressure and keeping the comfortable lead as mark Dorris nailed a three pointer as did German David McCray (188-G-86) as Frankfurt trailed 41-27. Mccray scored nicely over Nolte hard getting to the hoop and Milwauke Buck draft pick Jon Leuer (208-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin) made a nice lay in going coast to coast as the second quarter came to an end and EnBW Ludwigsburg led 43-35. We did a good job stopping Frankfurt in transition and were moving the ball well and hitting our shots, added EnBW Ludwigsburg guard Jerry Green (191-G-80, college: Cal-Irvine). EnBW Ludwigsburg was shooting 55% from the field and 46% from outside while The Fraport Skyliners were shooting 50% from the field and 38% from outside. EnBW Ludwigsburg had the clear 18-11 rebound edge and six turnovers while Frankfurt had eight turnovers.

In the first part of the third quarter, EnBW Ludwigsburg were still able to have a comfortable 10 point lead as Frankfurt continued to play sloppy. Bowler scored inside and Dorris scored twice and Zavackas scored again from downtown. Frankfurt put up some bricks as Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) and Jon Leuer (208-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin) put up some air balls. Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest) kept Frankfurt in the game somewhat with his consistent shooting. Frankfurt started to add more intensity in their defense which seemed to fuel their offense as more shots started to fall. Frankfurt didnt have much text book easy inside baskets until this time until Nolte scored inside getting a nice lob pass from Gray. Herber and Gray then added jumpers as the Fraport Skyliners cut the EnBW Ludwigsburg lead down to 56-50. Frankfurt ended the third quarter with a 5-3 run as Olhbrecht dunked after getting a pretty no look feed from Gray and Jimmy McKinney nailed a three pointer as EnBW Ludwigsburg led 59-55 after 30 minutes.

The comeback by the Fraport Skyliners had a small dent in it in the first minutes of the fourth quarter as EnBW Ludwigsburg sped out on a 7-2 run to lead 66-57. John Bowler hit from the left and right wing and David McCray was rewarded with a three pointer after a flowing ball movement. The Fraport Skyliners continued to fight and keep chipping away at the EnBW Ludwigsburg lead as Marius Nolte used every last inch of his body to get a tip in on the third chance and Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest) was left alone so no hesitation but a three pointer as Frankfurt trailed 66-62. It was the two Harriss Terrell and Alex that were a thorn in the side of the Fraport Sklyiners that seemed to put the game out of reach with a few minutes to play as they scored a combined 8 points to give EnBW Ludwigsburg the 76-68 lead. The game now really started to gain excitement and shooting brilliance as Frankfurt knocked down three pointer after three pointer led by Jimmy McKinney with two with his second making a quick dribble around his back to get into better shooting position as EnBW Ludwigsburg led only 78-76. Frankfurt continued to have to foul as time was running down. A Jon Leuer (208-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin) bomb cut the EnBW Ludwigsburg lead to 80-79, but Zavackas then nailed a three pointer and free throws as the Fraport Skyliners trailed 84-79 with 30 seconds to play. Johannes Herber (197-G-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: W.Virginia) then hit a huge clutch three pointer to cut the EnBW Ludwigsburg lead to 84-82, but there was only 0,7 seconds to play. Joe doesnt only have a great three point shot, but he is a great defender and is smart and knows how to play the game, added Jimmy McKinney. Mark Dorris (188-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: Marshall) made one of two free throws as time elapsed before Mckinney could unleash a last shot. You have to give Frankfurt a lot of credit. They hit their three pointers at the end. However we hit our free throws and showed composure and just showed more experience and made the right decisions, commented John Bowler Our pick and role defense was horrible. We showed character in the second half fighting back, said Jimmy McKinney.

EnBW Ludwigsburg was led by Mark Dorris (188-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: Marshall) with 16 points and five assists. Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) produced 15 points. John Bowler contributed 14 points and Terrell Harris (196-G-87, agency: Dream Hoops, college: Oklahoma St.) chipped in with 11 points. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Justin Gray (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest) with 17 points, four assists and four rebounds and Jimmy McKinney with 17 points, five rebounds and three assists. Jon Leuer (208-F-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wisconsin) produced 15 points, seven rebounds and three assists. Johannes Herber (197-G-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: W.Virginia) added 14 points, two assists and two rebounds. The Fraport Skyliners have completed their pre season with a 7-3 record, but still seem to be missing something. We have to get better as a team. Our team chemistry isnt there yet. Once we get it, we will be ok, stressed Jimmy McKinney. The Fraport Skyliners begin the season on October 3rd against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg at home.



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PAOK signs 3-year deal with Efthimios Tsakaleris - by Eurobasket News
Efthimios Tsakaleris (207-C-89) is a new member of PAOK Thessaloniki. The Greek big guy penned a three-year deal. It means that he will play for PAOK until the end of the 2013/14 season. Efthimios Tsakaleris joins his new club from Panellinios Athens, where he spent last two seasons. In the latest one Tsakaleris averaged 2.8 points and 1.4 rebounds for five games in Greek league. He also appeared five times in EuroCup adding 2.4 ppg and 1.6 rpg. Before Panellinios, the young center played for Anagennisi Floga. He helped them win promotion from C to B league in 2007. Efthimios Tsakaleris won the Gold with U20 Greece at U20 European Championships 2009 in Rhodes. However, he had very limited playing time at this event.

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PromotieDivisie Scores Week 2: Staying focused - by Terry Cooper
Week 2 gave teams a chance to bounce back from week 1 losses or to begin a winning streak to catapult their team to the top early in the season. For other teams it can give them the opportunity to get things together and not get too many loses and have to climb out of hole later. Jerome de Vries (196-G-76) and GOBA bounced back from last week's loss to win over Groene Uilen 76-57 while Red Giants defeated Punch 81-75. Almonte made easy work over VBC Akrides at home 87-68 while De Hoppers bruised newcomer Jugglers 74-69. Binnenland stole one on the road over the Cangeroes 75-65 while BC Amsterdam sunk BV Hoofddorp at home 78-61. Finally Z&Z2 handed Rotterdam2 their first loss in the Promotie winning on the road 77-64. Every year people say that the league is getting stronger and to a degree this is true. However with the DBL having only 28 games in the regular season, there may be some shockers when it gets around to Beker Cup time. Just have to wait and find out how much work are teams willing to put in on a successful season. Stay Tuned...

Week 2 Scores:

Goba -Groene Uilen 76-57
Red Giants - Punch 81-75
Almonte - VBC Akrides 87-68
De Hoppers - Jugglers 74-59
Cangeroes - Binnenland 65-75
BC Amsterdam - BV Hoofddorp 78-61
Rotterdam2 - ZZ Leiden2 64-77



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


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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 


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Sharper comes back to Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan - by Eurobasket Center
Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan (National League) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old American John Sharper (186-PG-84, college: San Diego St., agency: Gross Zeev ISA). Its actually Sharpers comeback to Ironi Ramat Gan as she played here before. Sharper played most recently at BBC Monthey (Switzerland). While playing 33 games for Monthey last season he averaged 15.0ppg, 3.1rpg, 4.0apg and 2.1spg. He helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Honorable Mention. Sharper is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Cyprus, Switzerland and Ukraine. Sharper graduated San Diego State University in 2006 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Tony Younger joins Ironi Kiryat Ata - by Eurobasket Center
Ironi Kiryat Ata (National League) agreed terms with 31-year old American forward Tony Younger (200-F-80, college: Spring Hill, agency: Gross Zeev ISA). Younger played most recently at Elitzur Netanya (Premier League). While playing EuroChallenge in released during the season for Elitzur Netanya last season his stats were: 9 games: 7.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.0apg and 1.0spg. He also played 12 games in Israeli League averaging 6.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1apg. He helped them to make it to the cup final. Younger played also pro basketball in Hungary and USA. He graduated Spring Hill College in 2002 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Unicaja blasts Benetton 90-62 - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja - Benetton 90-62

Unicaja demonstrated their power against Benetton last night. It was the first game of the Triangular Costa del Sol and Unicaja celebrated huge 90-62 victory. The Malaga team advanced to Finals, where they will take on Emporio Armani Milan. Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) top-scored for Unicaja yesterday with 15 points. Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) nailed 13, Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) had 12 and Nedzad Sinanovic (221-C-83) helped with 10 pts. In the loosing squad, Sani Becirovic (196-G-81) and Alessandro Gentile (197-G/F-92) delivered 12 points each. Jeff Adrien (202-F/C-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Connecticut) had two less. Unicaja took control on Benetton from the very beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 20-10, 21-21, 24-16, 25-15. Unicaja will meet Milan tomorrow.

Unicaja: Rowland (3), Fitch (6), Tremmell Darden (12) Luka Zoric (15), Jorge Garbajosa (13), Rodrguez (4), Valters (4), Blanco (8), Tripkovic (8), Peric (7), Nedzad Sinanovic (10)
Benetton: Moore (4), Mekel (6), Alessandro Gentile (12), Jeff Adrien (10), Wojciechowski (2), Sani Becirovic (12), Bulleri (0), De Nicolao (6), Cuccarolo (0), Moldoveanu (6), Scalabrine (4)


Virtus Bologna makes last offer to Kobe Bryant: $2.5M for one month - by Eurobasket News
Virtus Bologna made their last offer to NBA superstar Kobe Bryant (198-G-78). The Italian team offered $2.5M per for one month, before taxes. It is something more than $1M net. The Bologna team is expected to play eight games during that one month. Yesterday, Bryant asked $15M for the season, before taxes. After taxes it would be around $7.5M.
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.
Kobe Bryant will be in Italy today and tomorrow for his NIKE tour. He will visit Rome and Milan.


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Sendai 89ers land Rashaad Singleton - by Eurobasket News
Sendai 89ers strengthened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Rashaad Singleton (213-C-87, college: Florida Southern). The centre will team up with Dan Fitzgerald and ONeal Mims to form a strong frontcourt for the 89ers. Last season Rashaad Singleton started in Jordan. He played for ASU Sports Club before moving to Mexico. He was on tryouts with Fuerza Nogales and Panteras de Aguascalientes. Rashaad Singleton is not new to Japan. He played for the Oita Heat Devils back in 2009/10 season. The centre notched 6.0 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. Rashaad Singleton graduated from Florida Southern College winning SSC Tournament in his senior season.


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BC Astana lose Russian Railways Cup opener - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv - BC Astana 79:62

BC Astana opened their Russian Railways Cup campaign with loss. The Kazakh team came up short against Lokomotiv Kuban. Rawle Marshall (201-G-82, college: Oakland) stepped up with 17 points but could not rescue the visitors from losing. BC Astana will now take on Asseco Prokom for the third position at the tourney.
Lokomotiv got to a strong start. They outscored BC Astana 24:10 in the opening ten minutes. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the second term. They registered a 40:25 halftime advantage. BC Astana however adjusted their defence in the third term. The Kazakh team cut the deficit at 11 points with ten minutes to go. But Lokomotiv unloaded 26 points in the fourth frame and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Branko Cvetkovic (200-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket) posted 14 points, while Goran Cakic (208-C/F-80, agency: Beo Basket) added 10 points in the loss.



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Abaz back in Lebanon.. - by Ahmad Kerdi
Bosnian Coach Alen Abaz arrived earlier this week to Lebanon to join the newest club in the Lebanese League division 1 Bejjeh.
Abaz had 2 previous experiences in Lebanon in 2008-2009 season with Tebnin and early last year with Sagesse before being replaced by Jordanian National Team Head Coach Thomas 'Tab' Baldwin.
Bejjeh started acquiring some players such as former Champville player Patrick Bou Abboud and former Antranik Guard/Forward Nadim Souaid and Jad Kabbara while there are some news claiming that the club is in negotiation with Hany Zakaria who played last year with the second division winners.


Foreigners List Updated: - by Rabih Khoury
Below you can find the foreigner list updated for the 2011-2012 season. Some teams have completed their roster by signing the 2 imports. Others are still in negotiations.

Riyadi: Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) - Ahmed Ismail (201-F-76)
Champville: Samuel Hoskin (206-F/C-79, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: De Paul) - Garnett Thompson (207-F/C-80, college: Providence)
Sagesse: Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.)
Mouttahed: Porter Troupe (196-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Portland) - Kibwe Trim (208-F/C-84, college: Sacred Heart)
Anibal: Jasmon Youngblood (195-G-84, college: Kent St.) - Ndudi Ebi (206-F-84, agency: Higher Vision Sports)
Hoops: Enique Clemons (180-G-80, college: Missouri)
Byblos:
Antranik: Shelton Colwell (202-C/F-80, college: Missouri St.)
Bejje:


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Dnipro needed a strong finish to beat Siauliai in VTB League Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Siauliai -Dnipro 84:88

Dnipro grabbed 88:84 win over Siauliai to win their opener of the VTB League Qualifying Round. The Ukrainian team will face now Krasnie Krilya tomorrow.
The Lithuanian team started strong and Mindaugas Zukauskas brought 16:13. Edvinas Ruzgas closed the period for 8-point lead and Valdas Vasilius later scored for 22:15 early in the second. Vytautas Sarakauskas (204-C-82) scored three for 38:31 and Rashaun Broadus closed the half at 41:35. The second one however belonged to the Ukrainian side. Trailing 52:59, Dnipro tied the game at 71:71. Frederick House brought 82:75 and then Dnipro never looked behind after.
Charles Thomas (203-F-86, college: Arkansas) stepped up with 19 points and Derrick Low (188-PG-86, college: Washington St.) delivered 18. Steven Burtt and Maxym Korniyenko notched 16 apiece, while Frederick House added 13. Darius Gvezdauskas (191-PG-88), Vytautas Sarakauskas and Denzel Bowles (208-F-89, college: JMU) posted 12 points each in the losing effort.

Siauliai: Darius Gvezdauskas 12, Vytautas Sarakauskas 12, Denzel Bowles 12
Dnipro: Charles Thomas 19, Derrick Low 18, Steve Bertt (185-G-84, college: Iona) 16, Maxym Korniyenko 16, Frederick House 13


Sabonis suffers heart attack - by Eurobasket News
Hall of Fame center Arvydas Sabonis (222-C-64) suffered an apparent heart attack Tuesday while playing basketball, but is expected to recover, according to Lithuanian media reports.

The Lithuanian basketball website, LTbasket.com, reported that the 46-year-old was rushed to the hospital in his hometown of Kaunas, Lithuania. The website reported Sabonis' life was not thought to be in danger and that he would spend at least the next day in the hospital.

Arturo Ortega, a representative of Sabonis, told the Spanish website CadenaSer.com that the former Portland Trail Blazer was 'out of danger.'

Sabonis, who was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame this year, is heavily involved in building the national teams in his native country. He recently embarked on a swing through Europe to promote the EuroBasket 2011 tournament, which took place in Lithuania and was won by Spain last week.

The sweet-shooting seven-footer was named European Player of the Year six times from 1984 to 1999 and was a member of the Soviet Union's gold medal-winning Olympic team in 1988. He went on to play for the Portland Trail Blazers in 1995 and maintained a double-digit scoring average for six straight years.

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com


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Heffingen invite Robert Manson - by Eurobasket News
Heffingen have invited Robert Manson (201-C/F-86, college: Loyola, LA) for a tryout period. The 24-year-old centre is expected to replace Robbie Sihota (198-F-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) on the roster. Robert Manson spent the previous season in Australia. He played for the Geelong Supercats in ABA. His stats read 4.6 points per game.


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Sources: NBA slightly eases cap stance - by Eurobasket News
NBA commissioner David Stern offered a new proposal to the players' union in Tuesday's labor talks that modestly budged from the owners' long-held position on establishing a hard cap, according to league sources familiar with the negotiations.

Sources told ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher that the owners did not offer players a finite annual team limit on salaries but as of Tuesday night were willing to relax the cap only if the following conditions are met:

The 'Larry Bird exception,' which allows teams to exceed the cap to retain their own free agents regardless of their other committed salaries, is limited to one player per team per season.

The mid-level exception, which the league valued at $7.4 million last season and could be extended by as many as five years, is reduced in length and size.

The current luxury tax, the $1-for-$1 penalty a team must pay to the league for the amount it exceeds the salary cap, is to be severely increased.

In last week's negotiating session, the owners proposed that the players' share of basketball-related income, or BRI, be sliced from 57 percent to 46 percent, and a source told ESPN.com's Chris Broussard that the players were offered 48 percent of BRI on Tuesday. The owners also want a five-percent reduction on all existing salaries for this season, a 7.5 percent reduction of all 2012-13 salaries and 10 percent reduction of 2013-14 salaries, a source said.

Even before Tuesday's session, several agents expected that the owners would relent on the hard cap but dubbed it a negotiating ruse. One prominent agent, who requested anonymity, said the players already were effectively working under a hard cap in the last deal because of the existing escrow system, whereby owners were allowed to hold and keep eight percent of each player's salary if total salary expenditures exceeded 57 percent. Although it was not outlined in Tuesday's proposal, presumably the same escrow system would be in place, only with the threshold being 46 percent of BRI.

That means, then, sources said, that the only concession owners made Tuesday -- in the face of an array of cuts sought by the players -- is no concession at all.

Stern hinted that Wednesday's negotiating session will determine when more discussions are warranted. It's been expected there would be no talks Thursday because members of both bargaining teams will be observing the Jewish holiday, but they could resume talks before the weekend.

'They and we have both agreed that so long as there is reason to keep discussing, we will keep discussing, undeterred by the calendar or weekends or things like that,' Stern said. 'We will know more after tomorrow's session.'

Both sides said neither concern nor optimism should be read into the brevity of the meeting. They simply needed time to think about what had been discussed.

'We've talked extensively in ideas and concepts, these are things that if we can get into the range of, get into the zone of, then maybe we can put a deal together,' players' association president Derek Fisher of the Lakers said.

Unlike last week, Stern grinned often while speaking to reporters, but he said that was 'only because when I didn't smile the last time I was described as something between dour and surly, so this is my smiling face. And we're looking forward to reconvening tomorrow.'

He repeatedly said the sides discussed 'concepts,' but wouldn't get into any of them. And when asked if more exhibition games would be scrapped without a breakthrough this week, he borrowed a line from Rasheed Wallace in answering.

'Both teams played hard,' he said. 'And the calendar is not our friend.'

Training camps were postponed and all 43 preseason games scheduled for Oct. 9-15 were canceled Friday. With the lockout nearly three months complete, players and owners are trying to agree on a labor deal in time to avoid any further damage to the NBA calendar. The regular season begins Nov. 1.

The format was again with small groups, and that will remain the case Wednesday. However, Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver said the owners' labor relations committee would be prepared to return to the table this week if necessary.

'They stand ready to come to New York, or wherever else, if there's a reason to continue on Friday,' he said. 'So the groups may expand.'

Stern and Silver were joined by Spurs owner Peter Holt , who leads the labor relations committee, and NBA senior vice president and deputy general counsel Dan Rube.

Fisher and union executive director Billy Hunter had attorneys Jeffrey Kessler and Ron Klempner with them, and economist Kevin Murphy will return Wednesday.

Stern was asked if the sides would continue to meet often if this wasn't headed somewhere. Though he assumed they would, a clearer idea could emerge Wednesday.

'We won't really be able to answer that question fully until after tomorrow's session,' he said.

Courtesy of ESPN


Crittenton free on bond in shooting case - by Eurobasket News
Former NBA player Javaris Crittenton (6'5''-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech) was allowed to go free on bond on Tuesday after he was charged with murder in a drive-by shooting.

Fulton County (Ga.) Magistrate Judge Karen Woodson released Crittenton on $230,000 bond after presiding over testimony from the former player's friends and coaches. Additionally, she ordered ex-Georgia Tech coach Paul Hewitt - who testified on his behalf - to co-sign the bond.

Crittenton is charged in the shooting of Julian Jones, 22, although police believe the target was one of two men walking with her on Aug. 19 whom the NBA player was targeting for revenge for a robbery.

A witness picked Crittenton's picture out of a photo array, identifying him as the gunman, according to media reports.

Detective James Thorpe testified that Crittenton was charged with the shooting of Jones after a man with her told police he had a 'good, clear look' at the person who fired the gun.

Thorpe said a neighbor also pegged Crittenton as the shooter. The attorney for Crittenton has said his client is not guilty, basing that claim on incorrect testimony from eyewitnesses.

Crittenton played briefly in the NBA after a college career at Georgia Tech and was suspended for a chunk of the 2009-10 season after he and then-teammate Gilbert Arenas drew guns on each other in the Washington Wizards' locker room.

Courtesy of www.ksat.com


LeBron, Wade, Bosh set to headline Oct. 8 game in Miami - by Eurobasket News
Miami Heat stars LeBron James (6'8''-F-84), Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) and Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) are planning to host about 20 NBA players for a charity game on Oct. 8.

Details are still being finalized and an official announcement is expected Wednesday. The game is being planned for Florida International, where Basketball Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas is a coach.

The game would be the latest in a series of exhibitions NBA players are participating in this offseason during the league's lockout. James has appeared in several of those contests, including one on Sunday in Philadelphia.

It will be the first time James, Wade and Bosh take the court together since last season's NBA finals.

According to ESPN, who first reported news of the game, the NBA players set to compete in the charity events are the Heat's star trio, New Orleans' Chris Paul, New York's Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire, Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Atlanta free-agent Jamal Crawford, Memphis' Rudy Gay, Miami free-agent Mario Chalmers, and former Heat players Dorell Wright and Caron Butler.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Virtus Bologna makes last offer to Kobe Bryant: $2.5M for one month - by Eurobasket News
Virtus Bologna made their last offer to NBA superstar Kobe Bryant (198-G-78). The Italian team offered $2.5M per for one month, before taxes. It is something more than $1M net. The Bologna team is expected to play eight games during that one month. Yesterday, Bryant asked $15M for the season, before taxes. After taxes it would be around $7.5M.
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.
Kobe Bryant will be in Italy today and tomorrow for his NIKE tour. He will visit Rome and Milan.


Bulls' Rose may play overseas if lockout lingers - by Eurobasket News
Fresh off a vacation to Bora Bora with his mother, Brenda, Derrick Rose (6'4''-G-88, college: Memphis) said Tuesday that if the NBA lockout drags deep into the season, he will consider playing overseas.

'Yes, I am taking into consideration that I might move overseas,' Rose said. 'I don't know where. There are a lot of great places overseas. I haven't really had time to get the details of every place.'

Rose said he has one concrete offer from an undisclosed foreign team and a source close to Rose said several others have inquired about his services. The source stressed those opportunities would be pursued only if regular-season games get canceled and labor talks break down for an extended period.

As of now, the first two weeks of training camp have been the only casualty of the NBA lockout, which began July 1.

'It's kind of weird knowing that I don't have a job right now,' Rose said. 'I haven't felt this way from high school. It's all positive, though. I'm hoping the season starts no matter when. Hopefully, I don't have to go overseas.

'I do miss talking to the people at the Bulls organization, my coaching staff. I miss that. But it's not stressful or anything. I'm not panicking. I'm taking my time.'

Rose spoke on the renovated playground at Murray Park, the South Side basketball court where he first honed his skills in pick-up games. A bevy of Rose's sponsors, spearheaded by Powerade, began renovations on the court in May with the aid of the Chicago Park District. The spiffy unveiling Tuesday included Rose talking to 100 select children, who each received gift bags from Adidas, and answering questions from them before posing for group photos.

'Just coming back here, I know it means a lot not only to me but the community,' Rose said. 'If I was younger, I think it'd be cool for a guy who made it before me came back to show he appreciates us and didn't forget about us. Every day, every time I play, they're the reason I play, this neighborhood right here. This court is what brings everyone together. People have picnics, barbecues up here. It means a lot to this neighborhood.'

And Rose vowed to continue spreading a positive message about his neighborhood.

'This is only the base,' he said. 'You never know in a couple of years not only me but what some other people can do for this neighborhood. I'm looking to change it. People look at Englewood as a bad neighborhood. But it's everything to us.'

Rose rued the potential damage an extended lockout would have on the fans. Until it ends, he planned to resume workouts in Santa Monica, Calif., his home base for a busy offseason that has included extended promotional trips to Europe and Asia. His popularity particularly in the Far East has reached rock star levels.

'It's a blessing,' he said. 'I'm only 22 and I've seen almost half the world at a young age. I don't take it for granted at all.'

Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com


Boris Diaw joins JSA Bordeaux during NBA lockout - by Eurobasket News
Boris Diaw (6'8''-F/C-82) will start the season with French ProB team JSA Bordeaux. He will play there until the end of the NBA lockout. Diaw is originally a member of the Charlotte Bobcats. He had 11.3 ppg, 5 rpg and 4.1 apg for them in 82 NBA games last season. In 2009/10, he had almost the same numbers for 86 games. Before Charlotte, Boris Diaw played for the Phoenix Suns and Atlanta Hawks. He started basketball career with Bordeaux and later played for INSEP and Pau-Orthez. Boris Diaw won the EuroBasket Silver with French NT earlier this month. He had 8 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 2.5 apg for 11 games in Lithuania. In 2005, Diaw helped France to win the Bronze at EuroBasket in Belgrade. There, he had 13.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg and 3.4 apg for 7 games.
Boris Diaw became a President of JSA Bordeaux last year.


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The PBL Adds Bloomington, Illinois Team for 2012 - by Allen White
The Premier Basketball League has announced another addition to their recently acquired teams for the upcoming 2012 season. A team from Bloomington, Illinois has been approved and has established their venue, the U.S. Cellular Coliseum, which seats 7,000, located in downtown Bloomington.

League officials have agreed to ownership terms with a local Bloomington businessman and successful entrepreneur. A press conference has been scheduled for Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 3pm at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum to introduce the team owner, team name, and Head Basketball Coach.

We are extremely excited to add a PBL team as a new tenant in our facility. Central Illinois is a hotbed for basketball and we anticipate tremendous support for the team, commented John Butler, President of Central Illinois Arena Management.

The Bloomington expansion marks the ninth team scheduled to play in the PBLs 2012 season. The strategic PBL regional growth model has encouraged responsible minor league basketball team ownership focused on the highest standards of the sport.

The greater Bloomington-Normal area is a great market for minor league basketball. We are excited about having such solid ownership and a fan base for the new team, and look forward to having a strong Midwest Division in 2012, commented Tom McGinn, Vice President of Team Development for the Premier Basketball League.

For more information on the Premier Basketball League and the 2012 season visit www.ThePBL.com.


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Trefl Sopot cruise past Polpharma in friendly - by Eurobasket News
Polpharma - Trefl Sopot 62:81

Trefl Sopot posted yet another win at the pre-season. They rallied past Polpharma in a friendly clash. Jamelle Horne (200-F, college: Arizona) stepped up with 16 points to pace the winners.
Trefl Sopot pulled ahead early in the game. They recorded a 21:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Polpharma stopped the rot in the second term. They narrowed the deficit. Polpharma entered the second half down by just 4 points 37:41. But Trefl Sopot decided on the outcome in the third term. They went on a 26:11 run in the quarter to establish a comfortable 19-point lead at the final intermission. Polpharma and Trefl Sopot exchanged baskets throughout the fourth quarter as Trefl coasted to the victory. John Turek (205-F/C-83, college: Nebraska) posted 13 points, while Adam Waczynski (199-F-89, agency: Limelight Hoops) contributed 11 points in the winning case. Michael Hicks (193-G-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Missouri) answered with 16 points for Polpharma. Ivan Koljevic (185-G-84, agency: BeoExcell) had 8 points in the loss.

Polpharma: Michael Hicks 16, Ivan Koljevic 8
Trefl Sopot: Jamelle Horne 16, John Turek 13, Adam Waczynski 11



Corsley Edwards pulls Anwil over ToPo in Day 2 of the VTB League Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Anwil-ToPo 94:72

Anwil celebrated the first victory at the VTB League Qualifying Round in Day 2. After the loss in the opener from Enisey, the Polish side overcame Finnish ToPo 94:72.
The Polish side opened the game with 22-14 and did not allow the opponents control the game. Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) however brought 27:26 and Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86) scored for31:29. Although the Finnish team won the second frame 22-21, the board showed 43:36 at the halftime. In the third quarter Anwil added 29-17 and then celebrated the victory due to 22-19 in the last stanza.
Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) erupted with 35 points for the winners and John Allen (194-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Seton Hall) added 13. Lukasz Majewski (199-F-82) and Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 12 apiece. Carl Lindbom ended up with 16 points in the losing effort, while Jason Stamper and Jonathan Heard scored 11 each.

Anwil: Corsley Edwards 35, John Allen 13, Lukasz Majewski 12, Dardan Berisha 12
ToPo: Carl Lindbom 16, Jason Stamper 11, Jonathan Heard 11


Zastal Zielona Gora parts ways with Jeff Foote and Ryan Wittman - by Eurobasket News
Zastal Zielona Gora announced that Jeff Foote (212-C-88, college: Cornell) and Ryan Wittman (198-F-87, college: Cornell) are no longer members of the team. Both players arrived during the summer.
Jeff Foote finished last season with Spanish LEB Gold team Melilla. He had 7.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 2 bpg for 25 games. He was loaned to Melilla from Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv. Foote graduated at the Cornell University a year ago.
Ryan Wittman split last season between Italian Forli and D-League team Fort Wayne Mad Ants. With Forli, Wittman had 14.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 2.8 apg in 14 Lega Due games. He added 7.1 ppg and 2.3 for the Mad Ants later.
Zastal Zielona Gora already started search for their replacements.


CSKA edge Asseco Prokom in Krasnodar - by Eurobasket News
CSKA - Asseco Prokom 76:52

CSKA advanced into the title game at the Russian Railways Cup in Krasnodar. They defeated Asseco Prokom in the first game at the tournament yesterday. Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) scored 14 points to pace the winners.
CSKA stormed into the game. They recorded a 22:10 lead after ten minutes of action. CSKA maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The Russian powerhouse boosted the gap to as many as 18 points at the interval 38:20. CSKA did not slow down in the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 22 points. Asseco Prokom had no chance of saving the game as CSKA cruised to the victory at the end. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) delivered 12 points, while Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) had 11 points in the winning case. Alonzo Gee (198-G-87, college: Alabama) answered with 19 points for the Polish side. Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) provided 6 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

CSKA: Andrey Vorontsevich 14, Jamont Gordon 12, Nikita Kurbanov 11
Asseco Prokom: Alonzo Gee 19, Donatas Motiejunas 6+10 boards



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CSKA edge Asseco Prokom in Krasnodar - by Eurobasket News
CSKA - Asseco Prokom 76:52

CSKA advanced into the title game at the Russian Railways Cup in Krasnodar. They defeated Asseco Prokom in the first game at the tournament yesterday. Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) scored 14 points to pace the winners.
CSKA stormed into the game. They recorded a 22:10 lead after ten minutes of action. CSKA maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The Russian powerhouse boosted the gap to as many as 18 points at the interval 38:20. CSKA did not slow down in the third term. They arrived at the final intermission up by 22 points. Asseco Prokom had no chance of saving the game as CSKA cruised to the victory at the end. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) delivered 12 points, while Nikita Kurbanov (202-F-86) had 11 points in the winning case. Alonzo Gee (198-G-87, college: Alabama) answered with 19 points for the Polish side. Donatas Motiejunas (213-F/C-90, agency: Interperformances) provided 6 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

CSKA: Andrey Vorontsevich 14, Jamont Gordon 12, Nikita Kurbanov 11
Asseco Prokom: Alonzo Gee 19, Donatas Motiejunas 6+10 boards



Spartak St.Petersburg beat Etha in Nicosia - by Eurobasket News
ETHA- Spartak St.Petersburg 59:60

Spartak St.Petersburg beat Etha in Nicosia at their start of the EuroCup Qualifying Round. The Russian team had a massive lead but could take only 60:59 victory.
Patrick Okafor (203-F-79, college: Houston) and Dragicevic opened the game for their teams and Shawn Ray (194-F-80, college: N.C.Central) gave the team from Cyprus 10:4 lead. Moreover the hosts enjoyed 17:15 advantage after the first 10 minutes and increased to 6 in the start of the second. Spartak St.Petersburg meanwhile finished the half with 10-0 run and grabbed 36: 25 advantage at the halftime. Dragicevic made it 50:36 late in the third while Jackson closed the frame at 50:38. Etha did their best to catch up and managed to reduce to 59:60 with 1 minute to go. It was however the last score in the game as the teams will face each other again in Russia.
Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) stepped up with 16 points, while Patrick Beverley (185-G-88, college: Arkansas) netted 9. Aleksey Zozulin (199-G/F-83, agency: RIZO) posted 8 and Miha Zupan (205-F/C-82) scored 7. Shawn Ray ended up with 15 points for the home side, while Patrick Okafor added 10.

ETHA: Shawn Ray 15, Patrick Okafor 10
Spartak St.Petersburg: Yotam Halperin 16, Patrick Beverley 9, Aleksey Zozulin 8, Miha Zupan 7




Ural confirm Lorenzo Gordon - by Eurobasket News
Ural added depth to their frontcourt. They confirmed the signing of Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City). The forward started the previous season in Italy. He played for Forli in LegaDue. Lorenzo Gordon tallied 19.5 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game. In March the forward moved to Israel. He joined Maccabi Ashdod in Premier League. Lorenzo Gordon posted 11.0 points and 5.4 boards per appearance. Eurobasket.com named the player into All-Italian LegaDue 2nd Team after the season. Lorenzo Gordon also had stints in Sweden, France, Turkey and Germany before. He participated at Swedish and Turkish League All-Star Games.


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Vuk Radivojevic to undergo surgery - by Eurobasket News
Vuk Radivojevic (197-G-83) will most probably miss first half of the season due to knee injury. His team Crvena Zvezda announced that Radivojevic will undergo surgery on Monday. The club already started search for his replacement.
Vuk Radivojevic played for FMP Zeleznik last season. He had 10.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg and 4.9 apg for 33 games in Serbian league. He helped FMP to reach the Semifinals. The club also played in Serbian Cup Finals this year. In 2009/10, Radivojevic played for Crvena Zvezda and was named Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention -10. From 2007 to 2009, Vuk Radivojevic was a member of Spanish Fuenlabrada. He had 7.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 2.1 apg in their second season together. He spent couple of years in the past with Crvena Zvezda.


Partizan to sign young Ivan Marinkovic - by Eurobasket News
Ivan Marinkovic (208-C/F-93) is set to sign his first professional deal. The young Serbian big guy will join Partizan Belgrade in November, when he turns 18 years. Marinkovic spent last few seasons with Crvena Zvezda. He mostly played for their juniors. Last season he also appeared 9 times in Adriatic league averaging 1.8 points and 1.3 rebounds. Marinkovic got a chance twice in Serbian league. He already played for Partizan in the past.
At the same time, Vukasin Vujovic (205-F/C-93, agency: Interperformances) decided not to sign with Partizan. The young PF/C will continue career in some other club. He played for Partizan juniors last season. Vujovic was a member of Serbian U17 and U16 NT in the past.


OKK Beograd brings in two familiar faces - by Eurobasket News
OKK Beograd signed deals with Nenad Misanovic (217-C-84) and Slavko Stefanovic (206-C-81, agency: BeoExcell) for the next season. Both players started 2010/11 there as well.
Nenad Misanovic had 15 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 1.9 bpg for 9 games in Serbian league last season. He also added 14 ppg and 6.3 rpg for 3 games in Balkan league, after what he moved to Iran. The Serbian center joined Towzin Electric Kashan and reached Iranian league Semifinals with them. Season 2009/10, Misanovic split between Radnicki Kragujevac and PBG Basket Poznan. He also has experience from Igokea, Buducnost Podgorica, Dynamo Moscow, Crvena Zvezda and Hemofarm.
Slavko Stefanovic played just two games for OKK Beograd last season and than moved to Cypriot Keravnos Nicosia. He had 13.3 ppg and 3.4 rpg for 15 games on Cyprus. Keravnos reached Semifinals. Earlier, Stefanovic played for Lukoil Akademik, Universitet Surgut, Igokea, ALBA Berlin, Mega Isharana etc.


Mega Vizura wins Slobodan Ivkovic Piva memorial, Branko Milisavljevic MVP - by Eurobasket News
Mega Vizura is the winner of Slobodan Ivkovic Piva memorial tournament, which was held this past weekend.
Mega Vizura grabbed 81-80 thriller win against Radncki in the Finals. Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) paced his team to victory scoring 25 points. Vasilije Micic (192-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket) had 18 and Dusan Cantekin (222-C-90, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 13 points. Radnicki was the host of this tournament.
Mega Vizura outplayed MZT Skopje in the Semifinals 111-104. Dusan Cantekin top-scored in victory with 26 points. Branko Milisavljevic had 20, while Stefan Matovic (203-G-91) and Vasilije Micic added 18 points each. Bojic was the last one with double-digits with 13 points.
In the battle for this place, MZT Skopje was better than Kumanovo 87-76. Branko Milisavljevic was named the MVP of the tournament.


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Duane James and Nacho Fort shine with Canoe - by Mariano Galindo
In the second game of the EBA season, Group B, the American forward had a great performance in the triumph of his team, Canoe, over Eurocolegio Casvi (73-59) Duane James (198-F-83, college: Binghamton) (198-F-83, college: Binghamton), who last season played for Oviedo (LEB Silver), signed 15 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 15 index rating. He was helped by Ignacio Fort (200-F-83), again a big game for him, with 16 points and 12 boards and 32 index rating. For Christopher Owens (196-F-80, college: Columbia) was a bad day, with 0 points and -6 index rating after only 5 minutes.


Unicaja blasts Benetton 90-62 - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja - Benetton 90-62

Unicaja demonstrated their power against Benetton last night. It was the first game of the Triangular Costa del Sol and Unicaja celebrated huge 90-62 victory. The Malaga team advanced to Finals, where they will take on Emporio Armani Milan. Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84) top-scored for Unicaja yesterday with 15 points. Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) nailed 13, Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) had 12 and Nedzad Sinanovic (221-C-83) helped with 10 pts. In the loosing squad, Sani Becirovic (196-G-81) and Alessandro Gentile (197-G/F-92) delivered 12 points each. Jeff Adrien (202-F/C-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Connecticut) had two less. Unicaja took control on Benetton from the very beginning and never looked back. Quarters: 20-10, 21-21, 24-16, 25-15. Unicaja will meet Milan tomorrow.

Unicaja: Rowland (3), Fitch (6), Tremmell Darden (12) Luka Zoric (15), Jorge Garbajosa (13), Rodrguez (4), Valters (4), Blanco (8), Tripkovic (8), Peric (7), Nedzad Sinanovic (10)
Benetton: Moore (4), Mekel (6), Alessandro Gentile (12), Jeff Adrien (10), Wojciechowski (2), Sani Becirovic (12), Bulleri (0), De Nicolao (6), Cuccarolo (0), Moldoveanu (6), Scalabrine (4)


Caja Laboral and Real Madrid celebrate in friendly games - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral and Real Madrid played friendly games yesterday.
The Vitoria team grabbed 83-81 victory against Lagun Aro GBC. Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) led the hosts with 21 points. Pau Ribas (193-PG-87) scored 17 and Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) followed with 15 points. All three players came off the bench in this game. Starter Fernando San Emeterio stopped to 9 pts. On the other side, Lagun Aro GBC got 22 points from Jimmy Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island). David Doblas (206-C-81) was their second scorer with 16 pts. Quarters: 20-22, 15-28, 26-11, 22-20.
Real Madrid cruised past Fuenlabrada 81-62. Jaycee Carroll (188-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports) was unstoppable in this game scoring 29 points. Ante Tomic (217-C-87) and Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) added 12 and 9 points respectively. Jon Cortaberria (200-F-82) and Leonardo Mainoldi (204-F-85) had 12 points each in Fuenla. Quarters: 15-22, 24-11, 23-13, 19-16.


Gran Canaria registered a road win over Artland Dragons - by Eurobasket News
Artland Dragons- Gran Canaria 56:61

Gran Canaria registered a road win over Artland Dragons to move closer to a return to the Eurocup Regular Season. The Spanish side celebrated 61:56 victory in Germany.
Palacios and Haynes gave the guests 6:0 lead and then Spencer Nelson brought 14:8. The latter also closed the first frame at 18:13. Martinez later increased the advantage to 10 points and Beiran nailed three for 31:19. Hilliard closed the half 31:22 and Bailey delivered two for 34:24. Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, college: Miami, OH) and Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Canisius) brought the German side back to 43:38, while Beiran closed the third quarter at 45:38. Johannes Strasser (190-G-82, agency: Court Side) netted three for 45:44 early in the last stanza but the guests from Spain needed a 9-0 run to seal the victory. Rey was the last to score for Gran Canaria as the teams will travel now to Spain.
Marquez Haynes (191-G-86, college: Texas Arlington) scored 14 and Spencer Nelson (203-F-80, college: Utah St.) 10 for the visitors, who led by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter before Artland went on a late run.



Caja Laboral recruit Unai Calbarro - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral added talent to their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Unai Calbarro (204-C-89). The deal is meant for one season. The youngster spent the last season in LEB Silver. Unai Calbarro played for Santurtzi. His stats read 4.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game.



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


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BBC Monthey signs Bilal Salaam - by Luca Maffioli
BBC Monthey announced, after Mikalauskas's injury, the signing of Bilal Salaam (201-F-81, college: Kutztown). The American power forward/center spent the pre-season with Lions de Geneve but he was replaced by Erroyl Bing. Salaam, last season, played in Sweden with KFUM Jamtland Basket averaging 11.2 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 42 games of Basketligan. He played also in Solna Vikings, Lausanne Morges Basket, Reading Railers, Vantaan Pussihukat and Regatas San Nicolas Buenos Aires.

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Fenerbahce Ulker and Mersin celebrate in friendly games - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce Ulker grabbed 96-94 win in a friendly game against the Croatian champion Zagreb. Croatian NT player Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) exploded in this meeting with 28 points. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor), Omer Onan (194-G-78) and James Gist (203-F-86) followed him with 14 points each. The last player with double digits in scoring was Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) with 10 pts.
Mersin and Olin Edrine also met in a friendly game. Mersin was a better team and celebrated 68-55 win in this meeting. Anthony Grundy (189-G-79, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) top-scored in victory with 15 points. Mutlu Demir (210-C-87) delivered one less. In the loosing squad, center Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) nailed 14 pts.
TBL begins in something more than two weeks, so teams will play more friendlies.


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Vitaly Potapenko named assistant coach of Dakota Wizards - by Eurobasket News
The Dakota Wizards have hired Vitaly Potapenko (6'10''-F/C-75, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wright St.) (vee-TAH-lee) (poe-TAH-pen-koe) as the teams assistant coach, the team announced today. Potapenko will serve under newly hired Head Coach Nate Bjorkgren for the 2011-12 season.

Potapenko brings two years of coaching experience to the Wizards, having most recently served as an assistant coach for the Indiana Pacers this past season. In Indiana, under Head Coach Jim OBrien and Interim Head Coach Frank Vogel, Potapenko helped lead the Pacers to a 37-45 record and a trip to the 2011 NBA Playoffs.

Prior to joining the Pacers, Potapenko served as an assistant coach for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the NBA Development League under Head Coach Joey Meyer during the 2009-10 season.

Potapenko was selected 12th overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 1996 NBA Draft. Nicknamed The Ukraine Train, he averaged 6.5 points and 4.5 rebounds over 11 seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics and the Sacramento Kings. His most productive season came in 1998-99 after being traded by the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Boston Celtics on March 11, 1999. He averaged 10.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 33 games (32 starts) for the Celtics.

Prior to joining the NBA, Potapenko played for Budivelnyk (Ukraine) from 1992-1994 and finished his career playing for MMT Estudiantes in the Spanish ACB during the 2007-2008 season.

Potapenko, 36, was born in Kiev, USSR.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Azovmash tab Vladimir Golubovic - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash added depth to their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Vladimir Golubovic (213-C-86). The Montengrin centre spent the last season in Turkey. Vladimir Golubovic tallied 11.0 points and 6.3 boards per EuroCup game for Banvit. In Euroleague Qualifying Round the centre posted 10.0 points and 7.0 boards per appearance. Vladimir Golubovic also delivered 10.2 points and 5.1 rebounds in Turkish League. The centre started his career in Vojvodina. Then Vladimir Golubovic moved to Union Olimpija and Caja Laboral. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League Centre of the Year in 2009. Vladimir Golubovic is the member of Montenegrin National Team.


Dnipro needed a strong finish to beat Siauliai in VTB League Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Siauliai -Dnipro 84:88

Dnipro grabbed 88:84 win over Siauliai to win their opener of the VTB League Qualifying Round. The Ukrainian team will face now Krasnie Krilya tomorrow.
The Lithuanian team started strong and Mindaugas Zukauskas brought 16:13. Edvinas Ruzgas closed the period for 8-point lead and Valdas Vasilius later scored for 22:15 early in the second. Vytautas Sarakauskas (204-C-82) scored three for 38:31 and Rashaun Broadus closed the half at 41:35. The second one however belonged to the Ukrainian side. Trailing 52:59, Dnipro tied the game at 71:71. Frederick House brought 82:75 and then Dnipro never looked behind after.
Charles Thomas (203-F-86, college: Arkansas) stepped up with 19 points and Derrick Low (188-PG-86, college: Washington St.) delivered 18. Steven Burtt and Maxym Korniyenko notched 16 apiece, while Frederick House added 13. Darius Gvezdauskas (191-PG-88), Vytautas Sarakauskas and Denzel Bowles (208-F-89, college: JMU) posted 12 points each in the losing effort.

Siauliai: Darius Gvezdauskas 12, Vytautas Sarakauskas 12, Denzel Bowles 12
Dnipro: Charles Thomas 19, Derrick Low 18, Steve Bertt (185-G-84, college: Iona) 16, Maxym Korniyenko 16, Frederick House 13


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Jones back to An Nasr - by Ali Ahmed
An Nasr Dubai came up with important signing for the this season. The team signed with the American Center Vincent Jones (210-C-77, college: Jackson St.).

Jones is an excellent shot - blocker, due to his good timing and leaping ability. This guy is an hard worker with a good attitude - a very quality player. He is an exciting and enthusiastic player who has a tendency to dunk over anybody guarding him.

Awards/Achievements:
SWAC Tournament Winner -00
SWAC 2nd Team -00
SWAC Defensive Player of the Year -00
Russian League Defensive Player of the Year 01
Russian League All-Defensive Team 01
Turkish League Regular Season MVP -02
Turkish Cup Finalist -02
Polish Cup Semifinals -04
Polish League Semifinals -04
Asian Club Championships -06 (Finalist), 07 (Finalist)
Asia-Basket.com All-Asian Clubs Championships 2nd Team -07
Syrian Cup Winner -07
Syrian League Champion -07
Syrian League Regular Season Champion -07
Iranian Superleague Semifinals -09
Iranian Superleague Regular Season Champion -09


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Men's National Trophy round-up - Thunder start with win - by Eurobasket News
Worthing Thunder picked up an 81-77 home victory against Bristol Academy Flyers, despite a furious fourth quarter comeback.


Thunder held their visitors scoreless for the first 4 minutes of the game as they powered to a 14-0 lead behind 9 points from Courtney Small (191-G-88) - who ended with a game-high 25.


Bristol recovered to keep the gap in the low teens until half-time. They closed the gap even further to be down just 50-45 early in the third, but a 14-4 run powered by Small and Francesco Amato saw Worthing move out to a 64-51 lead with just one quarter remaining.


The gap was still 11 points inside the final four minutes, but Tyrone Treasure (193-G) and Davis Bowne (203-C-84, college: Appalachian St.) chipped away to leave Bristol trailing by just 6 going into the final few minutes.


They missed their next two fied-goal attempts, but Treasure capitalised from a Chris Talley turnover to make the score 80-77 to the home team with less than 30 seconds to play.


Bristol fouled Marcus Tullis to stop the clock and he missed his second free-throw, but Flyers coudn't capitalise because they allowed Amato to grab the offensive rebound and run some more time off the clock.


Treasure finished with 22 points to lead Bristol and Bowne contributed 19 points and 10 rebounds. Small added 7 rebounds and 7 steals to his 25 points for Worthing and Talley (16), Tullis (14) and Amato (10) all scored in double figures.



Bradford Dragons had a crucial 11-2 run in the fourth quarter to pick up 74-67 road victory at Medway Park Crusaders.


The home team had edged ahead after one quarter (17-13), but a 14-4 run by Bradford in the second gave them the lead.


Neither team was able to wrestle control in the third as the contest was tied at 42, 44, 46 and 48. It was Dragons who went into the final period with a slender 53-50 lead.


From a tie at 57, Dragons scored 11 of the next 13 points in a three minute span to take control of the game and leave Medway Park with too much to do. A single Joe Schow free throw did make it a six point game with a minute to go, but the home team were not able to threaten overturning the deficit as they dropped to 0-2 in the competition.


Rihards Sulcs had 23 points (on 11/15 shooting) and 7 rebounds for the victors and Chris McGrew added 15. The home team were led by 28 points and 10 rebounds by Adrian Fenyn, with no-one else in double figures.


Derby Trailblazers were simply too much for PAWS London Capital as they won 96-45 at Moorway on Saturday evening.

Capital actually held an early 6-5 lead, but they failed to score for the remainder of the opening quarter and Derby amassed 20 consecutive points on their way to a 46-17 half-time lead.

The pain continued for Capital in the third period as Derby poured in 37 points to push their lead out to the 50 point mark - a lead that was maintained through the unsurprisingly uneventful fourth quarter.


Derby's perimeter shooting was impressive throughout the night as Rishi Kakad (188-G, college: Hawaii-Pacific) hit 7 three pointers on his way to a game-high 25 points and Martyn Gayle went 6-for-10 from the arc for 18 points. They also dominated the boards 49-24 and were one Jush Guddemi point from having three double-doubles on the night. Guddemi had 11 rebounds, Mark Woodhouse had 12 points and 12 boards and David Attewell (203-F/C-74, college: Siena) had 11 poins and 10 rebounds.


Rema Lascelles also flirted with a double-double as he finished with 9 points and 9 assists. Leigh Cascoe had 23 points for Capital to contribute over half of his team's output, with no-one else scoring more than 7.



Brixton Topcats used strong first and third quarters to secure a comfortable 88-66 victory over London neighbours Westminster Warriors on Sunday.


A 16-3 run to finish the opening period saw Brixton establish a 10 point gap and a 10-2 start to the third period extended that lead to 20.

Brixton used a balance scoring effort with four players - Samuel Toluwase (191-F) (15), Karolis Petkus (14), Laurie Lewis (12) and Arturo Noha (11) - in double figures. Edmir Lucas led Westminster with a game-high 17 points.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk


Patrons Cup recap - Hemel win pair at home - by Eurobasket News
81 64
Hemel Storm began defending their 2011 Patrons Cup title with an 81-64 win over London Westside on Saturday in the first game of a double-header weekend.
Despite being without key starters Drew Spinks and Rich Wellings due to injury, Storm managed to hold off a physically bigger Westside team after a slow first quarter.
With the teams level at 16 at the end of one quarter, Storm went onto win the final three periods as their guard Andy Harper (186-G-81, college: Albertson) led all scorers with 27 points, followed by Bode Bode Adeluola with 23. Ausridas Petraitas led Westside with 18 points.
Hemel coach Dave Titmuss said: 'Westside has a strong European-based roster and play a style that is prevalent there. They will be a handful for anyone this season and I expect to see them figure in the Division's top three. I thought we showed mental toughness throughout the game and made some big defensive plays.'
101 73
On Sunday, Harper and Bode Adeluola teamed up again combining for 52 points against Mansfield Giants in a convincing 101-73 win.
Mansfield were successful in the early stages of the game utilizing their zone defence and dribble-driving attacks against a Hemel club slightly weary from the previous day's encounter, but coach Titmuss made the necessary adjustments in the second quarter and Storm took control.
'We were sluggish in the second quarter and looked like we were suffering a little from the previous day's exertions,' said Titmuss. 'We gave up some soft baskets but will be better prepared when we meet them in the league.'
Bode Adeluola had 28 and Harper 24 for Hemel while Mansfield were led by Gary Collins' 20 point effort.
77 72
Team Solent defeated Team Northumbria 77-72 at St Mary's Sports Centre on Saturday to open their Patrons Cup pool games with a win.
Ryan Payne led Solent with 14 followed by Anthony Rutter and James Chubb scoring 11 apiece. Jamie Glen, Siman Stewart and Ross Wilson (93) all scored 14 for Team Northumbria in the losing effort.
Visitors Northumbria started the stronger team, leading at the end of one quarter 26-21, but Team Solent roared back with a 28-19 second period to lead by four (49-45) at the break.
A nip and tuck affair for the game's remainder saw Solent close it out as winners.
80 102
Scoring 38 points in the final quarter was impressive for London United-Harefield Academy on Sunday, but as they trailed 80-32 heading into the fourth, they left themselves too much to do and went down 102-80 to Birmingham Mets.
Franck Kouagniakandoum led Birmingham with 20 points, matched by United's youngster Elvisi Dusha, as the Mets stay perfect in the competition and the Londoners remain winless.
74 81
Glamorgan Gladiators got their EBL season off the mark well with an 81-74 win over Eastside Eagles on Saturday led by a dominant performance by their new American signing Greg Hernandez.
Hernandez had 32 points and a pile of rebounds in his debut leaving any worries about the departure of last season's Division 3 MVP Joseph Womack dwindling.
Eastside were led by former London Leopard guard Carl Latham-Henry with 19 and Williamz Omope (196-F-82, college: Marshalltown CC), who scored 17.
Glamorgan's 65-52 lead heading into the fourth was reduced by a 22-16 Eagles run, but it was not enough and the Welsh club kept Eastside without a victory in the Patrons Cup.
Courtesy of:http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk/


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Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
Capital
 1. Aguada 2-0 
 2. Bohemios 2-0 
 3. Defensor 2-0 
 4. Montevideo 2-0 
 5. Hebraica 1-0 
 6. Malvin 1-0 
 7. Olimpia 1-1 
 8. Guruyu Waston 1-1 
 9. Trouville 1-1 
 10. Welcome 1-1 
 11. Un.Atletica 1-1 
 12. Bigua 0-2 
 13. Cader 0-2 
 14. Cordon 0-2 
 15. Larre Borges 0-2 
 16. Sayago 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. Giano, Cordon28.0 
 4. Mitchell, Guruyu W.26.0 
 5. Simpson, Cordon24.0 
 6. Palacios, Cordon23.5 
 7. Herring, Bohemios23.5 
 8. Haller, Montevideo23.0 
 9. Pereyra, Bohemios22.0 
 10. Douglas, Bohemios21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Angel VARELA
  Larre B.
  (187-G-87)
  Avg: 14
 1. Varela, Larre B.14.0 
 2. Haller, Montevideo11.0 
 3. Hartford, Cader11.0 
 4. Mitchell, Guruyu W.11.0 
 5. Douglas, Bohemios10.5 
 6. Martin, Guruyu W.10.0 
 7. Simpson, Cordon9.5 
 8. Caudle, Un.Atletica9.0 
 9. Charquero, Welcome9.0 
 10. Shellman, Sayago9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Juan Carlos ZABALL
  Guruyu W.
  (181-PG-77)
  Avg: 8
 1. Zaball, Guruyu W.8.0 
 2. Acosta, Welcome5.5 
 3. Pereyra, Bohemios5.0 
 4. Hartford, Cader5.0 
 5. Roselli, Cader4.0 
 6. Crews, Cader4.0 
 7. Modernell, Larre B.4.0 
 8. Silvarrey, Sayago4.0 
 9. de Gouveia, Monte.3.5 
 10. Caudle, Un.Atleti.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. Zaball, Guruyu W.3.0 
 5. Keenan, Larre B.3.0 
 6. Pereyra, Bohemios2.5 
 7. Gallo, Sayago2.0 
 8. Herring, Bohemios2.0 
 9. Acosta, Welcome2.0 
 10. Gallo, Sayago2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert MITCHELL
  Guruyu W.
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Mitchell, Guruyu W.3.0 
 2. Douglas, Bohemios2.0 
 3. Polk, Montevideo2.0 
 4. Izaguirre, Un.Atle.2.0 
 5. Charquero, Welcome1.5 
 6. Johnson, Olimpia1.0 
 7. Vazquez, Olimpia1.0 
 8. De Leon, Sayago1.0 
 9. Caudle, Un.Atletica1.0 
 10. Byerson, Monte.1.0 


Four leaders after the LUB second round - by Hector Lopez
Jaycen Herring (196-G/F-86, college: SE Missouri St.) scored 34 points (0/1, 10/15, 14/16) leading Bohemios to defeat Cordon 89-68 and his team is leading with Aguada, Defensor Sporting and Montevideo the Uruguayan League (Group Capital). Also for Bohemios Jamaal Douglas (201-F-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: E.Kentucky) netted 18 with 15 rebounds. For Cordon Anthony Simpson (203-F-87, college: Kent St.) scored 12 points with 10 rebounds and Keving Palacios (203-F/C-84, college: S.Carolina) added 9 with 6 rebounds. The results to complete the 2nd round were:
Hebraica Macabi 83 - Hatila Passos (211-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) 21 points 8 rebounds 1 block, Kodi Augustus (203-F-87, college: Mississippi St.) 9 points 5 rebounds
Sayago 55 - Derrick Roland (193-G-88, college: Texas A&M) 12 points 5 rebounds, Terrence Shelman 11 points 4 rebounds
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Aguada 96 - Alejandro Muro (187-G-74, agency: Players Group) 23 Steffphon Pettigrew (195-F, college: W.Kentucky) 13 points, Phillip Michael Jones (208-F/C-85, agency: ARN Sports and Entertainment, college: Charlotte) 5 points 11 rebounds 2 blocks, Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 12 ponts 2 rebounds
Cader 92 - Willard Crews (203-F-88, college: Bowie St.) 41 points 16 rebounds 2 blocks,
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Defensor Sporting 77 - Juan Pablo Silveira (191-G-86, college: Weber St.) 18 points Robert Ferguson (203-F/C-85, college: St.Joseph's) 17 points 9 rebounds, Christopher Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) 7 ponts 9 rebounds 1 block
Guruyu Waston 64 - Kevin Martin (208-C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast) 26 points 5 rebounds, Robert Mitchell (198-F-86) 16 points 16 rebounds 2 blocks
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Trouville 81 - Martin Aguilera (197-F-87) 22 points 16 rebounds, Brad Kanis 12 points 8 rebounds, Adam Zahn (203-F-84, college: Oregon) 9 points 2 rebounds
Bigua 52 - Marvin Jefferson (206-C-86, college: Idaho) 14 points 12 rebounds 1 block





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Women News

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Mali6-0
2. Mozambique.4-2
3. Tunisia3-3
4. DRCongo3-3
5. Ivory Coas.1-5
6. Ghana0-4
Group B
1. Senegal6-0
2. Angola5-1
3. Nigeria3-3
4. Cameroon3-4
5. Rwanda1-3
6. Guinea0-4


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Cameroon walk tight rope, loses to Angola 45-66 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The hope of Cameroon of making appreciable impact in the 22nd Afrobasket for Women appear slimmer Monday as it lost her second straight group-B game to Angola at the Pavillon des Sports in Bamako, Mali by 45-66 points.

The lioness hope of making it to the quarter-final will rest on her game against Guinea on Tuesday at the Stade du 26 Mars before rounding off against defending champion, Senegal on Wednesday at the same venue.

The lioness showed some promises in the first quarter though it lost the quarter to Angola by 15-25 points only to fizzle out in the second and third quarters losing by 05-13 and 10-19 a late rally to salvage the already bruised situation in the last quarter which it won by 15-09 was not enough to see it go down by 45-66 points for a 1-2 records.

Angola Felizarda Jorge led her team resurgence with 14 points; Sonia Guadalupe added 13 points with forward Nacissela Mauricio leading other players on the board with 11 rebounds.

Angola will confront Nigeria on Tuesday in a tough group-B pairing at 16H00 at the Stade du 26 Mars as the championship approaches the final day of the preliminary round.

Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Inexperience Ghana goes down to RDC 37-89

Inexperience cost Ghana second loses in group-A of the 22nd FIBA Africa Championship for Women on Monday at the Pavillon des Sports Modibo Kaita Stadium, Bamako, Mali to Democratic Republic of Congo by 37-89.

Ghana lost in all four quarters by 08-24, 15-17, 06-23 and 08-25 for a 0-3 record.

Six Congolese players hit the score-sheet with double points led by centre Amongi Kabobo with a double double effort of 15 points and 11 rebounds, Makaite Mfulila had 12 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists, the duo of Bopoli Mangongo and Tebapale Miloso with 11 points each and the duo Kanku Tshibola and Mubalo Kanyibo contributed 10 points each for their second win in the group.

RDC Congo will battle Tunisia in both sides group ties Tuesday at 20H00 at the Stade du 26 Mars while Ghana takes to the court against Cote dIvoire at 14H00 at the Pavillon des Sports Modibo Kaita Stadium Bamako, Mali.

Other games billed for Tuesday in the Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women will Guinea battling it out against Cameroon at 14H00 in group-B; Angola and Nigeria will try each other for size at 16H00 while defending champion Senegal set sight in it tie against Rwanda in the last group-B.

Mali full strength will be put to test Tuesday when they confront rejuvenated Mozambican side at 18H00, the match promises to be electrifying going by the antecedent of Mozambique in the championship so far while Mali will back on her vociferous supporters to edge Mozambique in the race for the top of the group.



Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Senegal keep clean slate beat Rwanda 71-61 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Africa most crowned women basketball team and defending champion of Afrobasket for Women; Senegal today (Tuesday) stressed her unbeaten run in the 22nd Afrobasket for Women with 71-61 points win over Rwanda to remain top of group-B.

The game played at the Pavillon des Sports Modibo Kaita Stadium Bamako, Mali saw the Senegalese jump to a 35-22 points half time win but decide to calm down a little in the third and last quarter thus allowing the Rwandese some breather 15-17 and 21-22 for a final score-line of 71-61 points.

Senegal Mame Diouf led her team quest for a record eleventh title with 12 points; Aminata Diop added 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds with Ndeye Sene contributing 10 points and 3 rebounds.

Senegal will end her preliminary game against Cameroon on Wednesday at 20H00 at the Stade du 26 Mars while Rwanda confront Nigeria at 16H00.



Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Mali end Mozambique unbeaten run 73-43 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
2007 champion of the Afrobasket for Women today (Tuesday) end Mozambique unbeaten run by 73-43 points in a group-A tie of the 22nd Afrobasket for Women at the Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako.

Mali rose from a first quarter loss of 10-14 points to take the game beyond the reach of Mozambique from the second quarter to the buzzer winning the remaining three quarters by 17-08, 26-13 and 20-08 for cumulative scores of 73-43 points.

Propelled on by versatile captain, Hamchetou Maiga Mali out-played the Mozambican on the board and in assists with 35-18 rebounds and 15-06 assists, Mali forward Djenebou Sissoko led the floor with 21 points and 8 rebounds, Hamchetou Maiga had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists while Tirera Meiya added 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.

Mali will take Democratic Republic of Congo who is having one of its best outing in the continent biggest women basketball competition at 18H00 at the Stade du 26 Mars while Mozambique last group game is against win-less Ghana at 14H00 at the Pavillon des Sports.



Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Resilient Tunisia sees off RDC 55-48 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Determination, resilient and doggedness gave Tunisia a well deserved victory over complacent Democratic Republic of Congo Tuesday in a group-A tie at the Stade du 26 Mars.

The Tunisian who slump to a 07-21 points lose in the first quarter stood the Congolese side with greater determination which started to yield dividend from the second quarter through the buzzer winning the quarters by 13-12, 12-06 and 23-09 points for a final score-line of 55-48 points.

Tunisia like Congo now has a 2-2 record with a game in hand against Cote dIvoire in final day of the preliminary round of the 22nd Afrobasket for Women.

The must-win game for Tunisia if they must make it to the last eight holds at the Pavillon des Sports at 16H00, a win for Tunisia will see Cote dIvoire edged out the championship as the Ivoirians only need to win by six points to have their place permutated as Congo will have her hands full when they battle host Mali at 18H00 at the Stade du 26 Mars.

Tunisia Rim Gannar led her team quest for victory with 14 points and 6 rebounds, Salma Mnasria poured in 12 points and 3 rebounds while Hela Msadar added 10 points.


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Mozambique in record wins over Ghana 106-37 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
After sealing its place in the quarter-final of the 22nd Afrobasket for Women, Mozambique decides to take it calmly against Ghana and set a championship record of 106-37 points victory over Ghana at the Pavillon des Sports, Modibo Keita Stadium, Bamako, Mali.

The victory thus guaranty the Mozambican a second place finish behind host Mali in group-A.

Mozambique forward, Leia Dongue also set championship record of 19 rebounds. The hard fighting forward scored 22 points with points guard United States based Deolinda Ngulela adding up 16 points and 4 rebounds while the duo of Catia Halar and Filomena Micato contributed 16 points each.

Mozambique who awaits its Friday quarter-final opponent won in all four quarters by 22-13; 27-10; 34-11 and 23-03.

And at the Stade du 26 Mars Guinea lost to Angola by 49-63 points to finish bottom of group-B while the win see Angola placing second behind defending champion Senegal.



Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Tunisia out of contention, loses to CIV 53-74 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The hope of Tunisia making it to the knock stage of the Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women came crashing Wednesday at the Pavillon des Sports Modibo Keita Stadium, Bamako, Mali after losing by 53-74 points to reawaken Cote dIvoire in her last group-A.

The Coach Moussa Toure tutored Tunisian who won a hard fought game against Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday were unable to match the determination of the Cote dIvoire side who refused to give hope of being among the last eight teams going to the quarter finals.

The Tunisia lost the first quarter by a point margin of 15-16 points rose up to pick the second by 15-12 points thus taking a two points lead going into the break by 30-28 points.

The third provided the Ivorians the opportunity to play themselves back into reckoning as the pound the Tunisian upping their offensive and defensive play forcing the Tunisian to drop the third and fourth quarters by 09-29 and 14-17 points to sneak into the quarter-finals.

Cote dIvoire Stephane Ngarsanet led her side challenge with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists, Kani Kouyate who before the Tunisia tie has been a shadow of herself had 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds she was joined by her sister Minata Kouyate who poured in 11 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists.



Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Rwanda bow to Nigeria 49-59 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Rwanda entered her last group-B against two-time champion of the Afrobasket for Women, Nigeria with an ambition to spring surprises but all that filtered into the air after an excellent first quarter start which she won by 17-10 points.

After picking the first quarter the Rwandese were out-played by the Nigeria who rely on her defensive style of play to stop the FIBA Africa Zone-5 side from causing any upset.

Rwanda lost the second, third and fourth quarters by 11-19, 07-09 and 14-21 points to bow to the superior fire power of the Nigeria who were the better side on the board with 44 rebounds to Rwanda 25. As final scores stood at 49-59 points in favour of Nigeria who finish the preliminary round in third place behind Senegal and Angola.

Nigeria guard Joyce Ekworomadu led the Nigeria side with 10 points and 6 rebounds, home girl and reigning Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) most valuable player First Deepwater basketball club guard, Nkechi Akashili recorded 10 points and 4 rebounds while Rosalyn Onwude completed the Nigeria charge to a quarter finals ticket with 10 points.

Nigeria will now keep a date against Mozambique in the quarter final on Friday at the Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako, Mali.



Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: RDC fail against Mali 57-70 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
...... As Cameroon succumbs to Senegal 59-78

Democratic Republic of Congo Wednesday confirm it place in the quarter-finals of the 22nd Afrobasket for Women despite losing her last group-A game to host Mali by 57-70 points at the Stade du 26 Mars.

Playing one of her best in the championship the Congolese side lost the first quarter by 14-25 points won in the second quarter by 12-11 points for a half time scores of 26-36.

RDC Congo who finish the group in fourth place due to the splendid performance in her last group game against Tunisia at the Pavillon des Sports, Modibo Keita Stadium lost the third quarter by 10-18 points but gained three points back with a 21-18 points win in the last quarter for a final score-line of 57-70 points just as Mali maintain a clean record to lead the group into the last eight.

Mali Djenebou Sissoko led the floor with 21 points and 5 rebounds while her teammate Nagnouma Coulibaly led the board with 11 rebounds.

The 2007 champion will battle group-B fourth placed team, Cameroon in the quarter-final.

Cameroon lost the battle of the Lioness against Senegal in the last preliminary game decided Wednesday night at the Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako by 59-78 points.

The lose thus confine Cameroon to the fourth position in group-B led by the defending champion who is in the race to set a new African record of eleven title having ten of the last twenty-one editions.

Cameroon won the first and fourth quarters of the energy sapping battle (16-15, 21-15) while it gave up the second and third 06-29 and 16-19 for a cumulative score-line of 59-78 points.

Senegal guard Ndeye Sene led her team with 19 points while the kid sister of former Senegalese national team forward and one of Africa legendary women basketball player, Anta Sy, Mame Sy added 12 points and 7 rebounds.



Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Guinea goes down woefully to Cameroon 28-78 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The dwindling fortune of the guinea women national team continue in the preliminary of the 2nd Afrobasket for Women as it went down woefully to Cameroon by 51 points margin of 28-76 points.

The Guinean lost in all four quarters by 06-22, 02-18, 11-25 and 09-21 to erase any hope of making it to the knock-out stage of the Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women at the Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako.

Cameroon captain and forward France-based Amina Njonkou told journalists in a post match conference that the main objective of her team is to make to the quarter-finals.

Cameroon now with a 2-2 records has defending champion Senegal to contend with it last group-B game on Thursday at 20H00.

Cameroon Anne Tochoumba led her side with 14 points, the duo of Ramse Longlack and Sandri Meyini added 12 points each while Sand Nzeukou contributed 11 points.




Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: CIV record centenary over Ghana 101-23 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Cote dIvoire recorded her first victory in a group-A tie of the 22nd Afrobasket for Women at the Pavillon des Sports, Modibo Kaita Stadium, Bamako Mali with a resounding 101-23 points becoming the first team in the 2011 Afrobasket to achieve a centenary point.

The Ivories who are not ready to give up hope a quarter finals berth with a last group game Tunisia on Wednesday won in all four quarters by 28-04, 19-05, 28-04 and 28-10 to set a new championship record.

Cote dIvoire Marquese Meilleure led the floor with 21 points and 5 rebounds, Maimounatou Kolga and Salimata Berte had 11 points each, the duo of Awa Meita and Christelle Ngarsanet added 10 points each for the side first win of the Afrobasket for Women.



Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Angola 67-60 points better than Nigeria - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Angola continue her dominance over Nigeria in Africa basketball competition with a 67-60 points victory recorded over Nigerian side in a group-B tie of the 22nd edition of Afrobasket for Women at the Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako Mali.

The action packed game began with Angola losing the first quarter by one points to Nigeria 15-16 but came into the second and third quarter forcefully winning both quarters by 19-15 and 16-10 points respectively.

A late rally by the Nigeria could only secure a two-point for them as they beat the Angolan to the fourth quarter 17-19 points in the game that drew large applause from the crowd that throng the Stade du 26 Mars to see the best of basketball from two of Africa great teams.

The win thus shot Angola to the second spot behind group leader and defending champion, Senegal who are top favourite to retain the title they won two years ago in Madagascar while Nigeria must defeat Rwanda to finish the preliminary in the third position on Wednesday.

Felizerda Jorge led the floor with 17 points with Angela Cardoso adding 13 points to give their side a hard earned victory.

Angola will round off her group game against hapless guinea at 14H00 at the Stade du 26 Mars on Wednesday.



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Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Angola 67-60 points better than Nigeria - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Angola continue her dominance over Nigeria in Africa basketball competition with a 67-60 points victory recorded over Nigerian side in a group-B tie of the 22nd edition of Afrobasket for Women at the Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako Mali.

The action packed game began with Angola losing the first quarter by one points to Nigeria 15-16 but came into the second and third quarter forcefully winning both quarters by 19-15 and 16-10 points respectively.

A late rally by the Nigeria could only secure a two-point for them as they beat the Angolan to the fourth quarter 17-19 points in the game that drew large applause from the crowd that throng the Stade du 26 Mars to see the best of basketball from two of Africa great teams.

The win thus shot Angola to the second spot behind group leader and defending champion, Senegal who are top favourite to retain the title they won two years ago in Madagascar while Nigeria must defeat Rwanda to finish the preliminary in the third position on Wednesday.

Felizerda Jorge led the floor with 17 points with Angela Cardoso adding 13 points to give their side a hard earned victory.

Angola will round off her group game against hapless guinea at 14H00 at the Stade du 26 Mars on Wednesday.



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Argentina secures first place in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Argentina - Cuba 65-59

Argentina secured first place in Group A and of course already booked a ticket for the Semifinals in Neiva. They handed 65-59 loss to Cuba yesterday jumping to 3-0. Cuba dropped to 2-1, but still has a nice chance to reach the next stage. They will have to beat Chile today. Marina Cava (168-G-85) paced Argentina to victory scoring 18 points. Erica Sanchez (184-F/C-76, agency: Players Group) had 9 points and Agostina Burani (189-F/C-91, agency: Players Group) added 8 points, plus 6 boards. Yamara Amargo (180-F-85) and Oyanaisy Gelis (172-G-83) netted 11 points in defeat. Clenia Noblet (191-C-87) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebs. Quarters: 14-13, 15-17, 11-17, 25-12. Argentina will meet Colombia today. As mentioned above, Cuba will play against Chile in do-or-die game.

Argentina: Marina Cava 18, Erica Sanchez 9, Agostina Burani 8+6 boards
Cuba: Yamara Amargo 11, Oyanaisy Gelis 11, Clenia Noblet 10+9 boards


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Erin Phillips and her Indiana Fever face with elimination - by Eurobasket News
This WNBA season is over for the Australian star Erin Phillips (173-G-85) and her team Indiana Fever. They failed in crucial Game Three against the Atlanta Dream, 67-83. So, Atlanta won the Eastern Conference with 2-1 in the series. They head to WNBA Finals now and will meet Minnesota Lynx. Erin Phillips had 5 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists last night.
Game Three report - Angel McCoughtry scored 26 points and Iziane Castro Marques added 23 and the Atlanta Dream defeated the Indiana Fever 83-67 on Tuesday night to win the series 2-1 and advance to the WNBA finals for the second straight year. Lindsey Harding scored 16 points and Sancho Lyttle added 10 points, 11 rebounds and five steals for the Dream. Atlanta will play at Minnesota on Sunday in Game 1 of the best-of-five series. Indiana's Tamika Catchings, the WNBA MVP, played despite dealing with pain from plantar fasciitis in her right foot. She had six points, five rebounds and four fouls as a reserve. Katie Douglas had 16 points and nine rebounds and Tamara Sutton-Brown added 11 points and nine rebounds for top-seeded Indiana.
Erin Phillips appeared 36 times for the Indiana Fever this season. She registered 8.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Phillips joined Indiana during the summer.


Penny Taylor and her Phoenix Mercury fail in WNBA Western Conference Finals - by Eurobasket News
Penny Taylor (185-F-81) and her team Phoenix Mercury faced with elimination in the WNBA Western Conference Finals. They were not able to resists against the Minnesota Lynx, who won series with perfect 2-0. Minnesota blasted Phoenix in the first meeting 95-67. Taylor scored just 6 points in this game. Phoenix was the hosts in the second meeting, but faced with 86-103 loss. Penny Taylor had 8 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.
Penny Taylor appeared 33 times for Phoenix this season. She shined with 15.9 ppg, 4 rpg and 5 apg. However, this time Taylor was not able to deliver when it matter most. She signed a multi-year contract extension with Phoenix recently.


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Brazil wins Group B in Neiva - by Eurobasket News
Mexico - Brazil 61-88

Brazil is the winner of Group B in Neiva with perfect 4-0 record. They handed 88-61 loss to Mexico yesterday to stay undefeated. Of course, Brazil booked a spot for the Semifinals, while Mexico dropped to 0-3 with no chance to advance. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) shined for Brazil with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Adriana Moises Pinto (169-G-78) was their second scorer with 13 points, while Franciele Nascimento (191-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 11 points and 6 boards. In Mexico, Alexis Castro (184-G/F-86, agency: 22ft, college: Vermont) responded with 17 points and 8 rebs. Erika Gomez (187-F/C-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 16 points and 6 rebs, and Abril Garcia (189-F/C-80, college: ORU) stopped to 9 pts. Quarters: 11-24, 13-21, 13-20, 24-23. Brazil will take two days off before the Semifinals. Mexico will play against Paraguay today.

Mexico: Alexis Castro 17+8 boards, Erika Gomez 16+6 boards, Abril Garcia 9
Brazil: Erika De Souza 22+6 boards, Adriana Moises Pinto 13, Franciele Nascimento 11+6 boards


Iziane Castro Marques leads Atlanta Dream to WNBA Finals - by Eurobasket News
Brazilian star Iziane Castro Marques (183-G/F-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) will fight for the WNBA title again. She paced Atlanta Dream to 83-67 win in crucial Game Three against the Indiana Fever. It means that Atlanta won the Eastern Conference with 2-1 in the series and will meet Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA Finals.
Game Three report - Angel McCoughtry scored 26 points and Iziane Castro Marques added 23 and the Atlanta Dream defeated the Indiana Fever 83-67 on Tuesday night to win the series 2-1 and advance to the WNBA finals for the second straight year. Lindsey Harding scored 16 points and Sancho Lyttle added 10 points, 11 rebounds and five steals for the Dream. Atlanta will play at Minnesota on Sunday in Game 1 of the best-of-five series. Indiana's Tamika Catchings, the WNBA MVP, played despite dealing with pain from plantar fasciitis in her right foot. She had six points, five rebounds and four fouls as a reserve. Katie Douglas had 16 points and nine rebounds and Tammy Sutton-Brown added 11 points and nine rebounds for top-seeded Indiana.
The other Brazilian star in Atlanta Dream, Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas), did not play in this series. She is with Brazilian NT in Neiva.


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  CAMEROON - Women  


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Tunisia out of contention, loses to CIV 53-74 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The hope of Tunisia making it to the knock stage of the Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women came crashing Wednesday at the Pavillon des Sports Modibo Keita Stadium, Bamako, Mali after losing by 53-74 points to reawaken Cote dIvoire in her last group-A.

The Coach Moussa Toure tutored Tunisian who won a hard fought game against Democratic Republic of Congo on Tuesday were unable to match the determination of the Cote dIvoire side who refused to give hope of being among the last eight teams going to the quarter finals.

The Tunisia lost the first quarter by a point margin of 15-16 points rose up to pick the second by 15-12 points thus taking a two points lead going into the break by 30-28 points.

The third provided the Ivorians the opportunity to play themselves back into reckoning as the pound the Tunisian upping their offensive and defensive play forcing the Tunisian to drop the third and fourth quarters by 09-29 and 14-17 points to sneak into the quarter-finals.

Cote dIvoire Stephane Ngarsanet led her side challenge with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists, Kani Kouyate who before the Tunisia tie has been a shadow of herself had 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds she was joined by her sister Minata Kouyate who poured in 11 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists.



Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Guinea goes down woefully to Cameroon 28-78 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The dwindling fortune of the guinea women national team continue in the preliminary of the 2nd Afrobasket for Women as it went down woefully to Cameroon by 51 points margin of 28-76 points.

The Guinean lost in all four quarters by 06-22, 02-18, 11-25 and 09-21 to erase any hope of making it to the knock-out stage of the Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women at the Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako.

Cameroon captain and forward France-based Amina Njonkou told journalists in a post match conference that the main objective of her team is to make to the quarter-finals.

Cameroon now with a 2-2 records has defending champion Senegal to contend with it last group-B game on Thursday at 20H00.

Cameroon Anne Tochoumba led her side with 14 points, the duo of Ramse Longlack and Sandri Meyini added 12 points each while Sand Nzeukou contributed 11 points.




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  CANADA - Women  


WNBA season is over for Tamara Sutton-Brown and her Indiana Fever - by Eurobasket News
Tamara Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) and her team Indiana Fever faced with elimination in the WNBA Eastern Conference Finals. They lost in crucial Game Three 67-83 against the Atlanta Dream (1-2 in the series). Atlanta heads to WNBA Finals now and will meet Minnesota Lynx. Tamara Sutton-Brown had 11 points and 9 rebounds last night.
Game Three report - Angel McCoughtry scored 26 points and Iziane Castro Marques added 23 and the Atlanta Dream defeated the Indiana Fever 83-67 on Tuesday night to win the series 2-1 and advance to the WNBA finals for the second straight year. Lindsey Harding scored 16 points and Sancho Lyttle added 10 points, 11 rebounds and five steals for the Dream. Atlanta will play at Minnesota on Sunday in Game 1 of the best-of-five series. Indiana's Tamika Catchings, the WNBA MVP, played despite dealing with pain from plantar fasciitis in her right foot. She had six points, five rebounds and four fouls as a reserve. Katie Douglas had 16 points and nine rebounds and Tamara Sutton-Brown added 11 points and nine rebounds for top-seeded Indiana.
Tamara Sutton-Brown appeared 39 times for Indiana this season. She averaged 6.1 points and 3.7 rebounds. Sutton-Brown is a member of Indiana since 2007.


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  CHILE - Women  


Puerto Rico beats Chile 64-49 - by Eurobasket News
Chile - Puerto Rico 49-64

Puerto Rico handed 64-49 loss to Chile for 2-2 record in Preliminary Group A. Will it be enough for the Semifinals, Puerto Rico will find out today. Chile dropped to 0-3 and they have no chance to reach the next stage. Marie Placido (181-F-87) led Puerto Rico in scoring with 13 points. Yolanda Jones (185-F-84, college: La-Lafayette) (7 rebs) and Angiely Morales (178-G-87) followed with 8 points each. In Chile, Javiera Novion (168-G-87, college: Eckerd) shined with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Their second scorers were Daniela Troncoso (175-F-87) and Dominique Del Canto (162-PG-87) with 7 pts. Quarters: 19-19, 5-12, 16-22, 9-11. Puerto Rico already played their four games at this stage so they wait now for other results. Chile will play against Cuba.

Chile: Javiera Novion 22+5 boards, Daniela Troncoso 7, Dominique Del Canto 7
Puerto Rico: Marie Placido 13, Yolanda Jones 8+7 boards, Angiely Morales 8


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  CUBA - Women  


Argentina secures first place in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Argentina - Cuba 65-59

Argentina secured first place in Group A and of course already booked a ticket for the Semifinals in Neiva. They handed 65-59 loss to Cuba yesterday jumping to 3-0. Cuba dropped to 2-1, but still has a nice chance to reach the next stage. They will have to beat Chile today. Marina Cava (168-G-85) paced Argentina to victory scoring 18 points. Erica Sanchez (184-F/C-76, agency: Players Group) had 9 points and Agostina Burani (189-F/C-91, agency: Players Group) added 8 points, plus 6 boards. Yamara Amargo (180-F-85) and Oyanaisy Gelis (172-G-83) netted 11 points in defeat. Clenia Noblet (191-C-87) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebs. Quarters: 14-13, 15-17, 11-17, 25-12. Argentina will meet Colombia today. As mentioned above, Cuba will play against Chile in do-or-die game.

Argentina: Marina Cava 18, Erica Sanchez 9, Agostina Burani 8+6 boards
Cuba: Yamara Amargo 11, Oyanaisy Gelis 11, Clenia Noblet 10+9 boards


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  DENMARK - Women  


Dameligaen Round 1 Review - by Eurobasket News
The Regular Season in Dameligaen just started.

Aabyhoj defeated Lemvig at home 56-51. Lemvig was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 14-8 charge of Aabyhoj, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Lemvig to just 7 points in first quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Courtney Coryea (185) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Maria Jespersen (179-94) contributed with 9 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Aabyhoj's coach Thomas Press used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Emely Hatch (-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds for Lemvig. Lemvig will play next round against Falcon trying to get back on the winning streak. Aabyhoj will try to continue on its current victory against seventh ranked Horsens on the road.
Falcon were rolled over by Horsholm (1-0) 62-31. Guard Amalie Bonde (167-89) stepped up and scored 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Mie Burlin chipped in 11 points. At the losing side forward Charlotte Hansen (176-82) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds. Horsholm will play against Amager (#5) in Kastrup in the next round. Falcon will play on the road against Lemvig to get more than just one victory in their record.
An interesting game was also tough home loss of Amager in a game in Kastrup versus SISU 74-67. Trine Duelund nailed 18 points for the winning side. Anna Seilund came up with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for Amager in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SISU will meet at home Vaerlose (#4) in the next round. Amager will play against Horsholm.



Falcon - Horsholm 31-62

Falcon were rolled over by Horsholm (1-0) 62-31. The game without a history. Horsholm led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Falcon to just 3 points in fourth quarter and to 11 points in second half. Horsholm made 19-of-21 charity shots (90.5 percent) during the game, while Falcon only scored two points from the stripe. Horsholm forced 24 Falcon turnovers. Guard Amalie Bonde (167-89) stepped up and scored 10 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and swingman Mie Burlin (178) chipped in 11 points. At the losing side forward Charlotte Hansen (176-82) responded with 11 points and 7 rebounds and forward Julie Abildgaard (175-88) scored 5 points and 9 rebounds. Horsholm will play against Amager (#5) in Kastrup in the next round. Falcon will play on the road against Lemvig to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Horsholm: M.Burlin 11+4reb+1ast, A.Bonde 10+6reb+1ast, L.Piechnik 9+4reb+1ast, M.Pedersen 9+1reb, N.Toft 7+1reb+1ast, M.Blyme 6+6reb
Falcon: C.Hansen 11+7reb, E.Klint 6+2reb+2ast, J.Abildgaard 5+9reb, P.Brodersen 4+3reb, M.Christensen 3+2reb, E.Hansen 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 130542


Amager - SISU 67-74

An interesting game was also tough home loss Amager in a game in Kastrup versus undefeated SISU 74-67. Amager trailed by 13 points at halftime and as many as 18 after three quarters before a 26-15 last quarter charge cut the deficit to 67-74 at the end of the game. SISU dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Amager's 32 and made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. Forward Trine Duelund (181-84) nailed 18 points for the winning side and forward Iben Soltau (187-86, college: St.Bonaventure) accounted for 14 points. Guard Anna Seilund (174-93) came up with 10 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and center Sussie Kruuse (191-83) added 13 points respectively for Amager in the defeat. Five Amager players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. SISU will meet at home Vaerlose (#4) in the next round. Amager will play against Horsholm.
Top scorers:
SISU: T.Duelund 18+1ast, I.Soltau 14+2reb, J.Kongeskov 12+1reb, K.Lund 9+3reb+2ast, C.Blands 7, T.Jorgensen 6
Amager: S.Kruuse 13+4reb+2ast, C.Jensen 12+2reb, E.Viso 11+2reb, A.Seilund 10+6reb+4ast, L.Tobiasen 10+3reb+1ast, I.Klussmann 5+1reb
gschID: 130543


Vaerlose - Horsens 20-0

Aabyhoj - Lemvig 56-51

Aabyhoj defeated Lemvig at home 56-51. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Lemvig was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 14-8 charge of Aabyhoj, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Lemvig to just 7 points in first quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Courtney Coryea (185) who helped to win the game recording 19 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Maria Jespersen (179-94) contributed with 9 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Aabyhoj's coach Thomas Press used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Forward Emely Hatch (-89) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 15 rebounds and American center Rebecca Kielpinski (188-89, college: Alaska-Anch.) added 14 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Lemvig. Lemvig will play next round against Falcon. Aabyhoj will try to continue on its current victory against Horsens on the road.
Top scorers:
Aabyhoj: C.Coryea 19+6reb+1ast, M.Jespersen 9+8reb+2ast, T.Randrup-Thomsen 7+7reb+2ast, C.Andersen 4, T.Laursen 4+4reb, L.Ravn 4+3reb
Lemvig: E.Hatch 20+15reb, R.Kielpinski 14+7reb, I.Udovalieva 13+1reb, B.Schelde 4+3reb+3ast, L.Pedersen 0, T.Kristiansen 0
gschID: 130545




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


Stats Leaders - Damenligaen
Points Per Game
 Emely HATCH
  Lemvig
  (-F-89)
  Avg: 20
 1. Hatch, Lemvig20.0 
 2. Coryea, Aabyhoj19.0 
 3. Kielpinski, Lemvig14.0 
 4. Udovalieva, Lemvig13.0 
 5. Jespersen, Aabyhoj9.0 
 6. Randrup-T., Aabyhoj7.0 
 7. Husted, Aabyhoj4.0 
 8. Andersen, Aabyhoj4.0 
 9. Ravn, Aabyhoj4.0 
 10. Laursen, Aabyh.4.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emely HATCH
  Lemvig
  (-F-89)
  Avg: 15
 1. Hatch, Lemvig15.0 
 2. Jespersen, Aabyhoj8.0 
 3. Randrup-T., Aabyhoj7.0 
 4. Kielpinski, Lemvig7.0 
 5. Coryea, Aabyhoj6.0 
 6. Husted, Aabyhoj4.0 
 7. Laursen, Aabyhoj4.0 
 8. Kjems-K., Aabyhoj3.0 
 9. Morsoe, Aabyhoj3.0 
 10. Ravn, Aabyhoj3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sophie KJEMS-KROGNOS
  Aabyhoj
  (177-G-94)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kjems-K., Aabyhoj3.0 
 2. Morsoe, Aabyhoj3.0 
 3. Randrup-T., Aabyhoj2.0 
 4. Jespersen, Aabyhoj2.0 
 5. Husted, Aabyhoj2.0 
 6. Coryea, Aabyhoj1.0 
 7. Hatch, Lemvig0.0 
 8. Pedersen, Lemvig0.0 
 9. Preetzmann, Aabyh.0.0 
 10. Henriksen, Lemv.0.0 
Steals Per Game
 Emely HATCH
  Lemvig
  (-F-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Hatch, Lemvig3.0 
 2. Udovalieva, Lemvig3.0 
 3. Jespersen, Aabyhoj2.0 
 4. Kielpinski, Lemvig1.0 
 5. Randrup-T., Aabyhoj1.0 
 6. Morsoe, Aabyhoj1.0 
 7. Coryea, Aabyhoj1.0 
 8. Andersen, Aabyhoj0.0 
 9. Pedersen, Lemvig0.0 
 10. Henriksen, Lemv.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Maria JESPERSEN
  Aabyhoj
  (179-G-94)
  Avg: 1
 1. Jespersen, Aabyhoj1.0 
 2. Kjems-K., Aabyhoj0.0 
 3. Kielpinski, Lemvig0.0 
 4. Ravn, Aabyhoj0.0 
 5. Husted, Aabyhoj0.0 
 6. Preetzmann, Aabyh.0.0 
 7. Henriksen, Lemvig0.0 
 8. Morsoe, Aabyhoj0.0 
 9. Hatch, Lemvig0.0 
 10. Kristiansen, Le.0.0 


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Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Argentina3-0
2. Cuba3-1
3. P.Rico2-2
4. Colombia1-2
5. Chile0-4
Group B
1. Brazil4-0
2. Canada3-1
3. Jamaica1-3
4. Mexico1-3
5. Paraguay1-3


Day Four in Neiva - by Eurobasket News
GROUP A

Argentina - Cuba 65-59
Argentina secured first place in Group A and of course already booked a ticket for the Semifinals in Neiva. They handed 65-59 loss to Cuba yesterday jumping to 3-0. Cuba dropped to 2-1, but still has a nice chance to reach the next stage. They will have to beat Chile today. Marina Cava (168-G-85) paced Argentina to victory scoring 18 points. Erica Sanchez (184-F/C-76, agency: Players Group) had 9 points and Agostina Burani (189-F/C-91, agency: Players Group) added 8 points, plus 6 boards. Yamara Amargo (180-F-85) and Oyanaisy Gelis (172-G-83) netted 11 points in defeat. Clenia Noblet (191-C-87) contributed with 10 points and 9 rebs. Quarters: 14-13, 15-17, 11-17, 25-12. Argentina will meet Colombia today. As mentioned above, Cuba will play against Chile in do-or-die game.

Argentina: Marina Cava 18, Erica Sanchez 9, Agostina Burani 8+6 boards
Cuba: Yamara Amargo 11, Oyanaisy Gelis 11, Clenia Noblet 10+9 boards



Chile - Puerto Rico 49-64
Puerto Rico handed 64-49 loss to Chile for 2-2 record in Preliminary Group A. Will it be enough for the Semifinals, Puerto Rico will find out today. Chile dropped to 0-3 and they have no chance to reach the next stage. Marie Placido (181-F-87) led Puerto Rico in scoring with 13 points. Yolanda Jones (185-F-84, college: La-Lafayette) (7 rebs) and Angiely Morales (178-G-87) followed with 8 points each. In Chile, Javiera Novion (168-G-87, college: Eckerd) shined with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Their second scorers were Daniela Troncoso (175-F-87) and Dominique Del Canto (162-PG-87) with 7 pts. Quarters: 19-19, 5-12, 16-22, 9-11. Puerto Rico already played their four games at this stage so they wait now for other results. Chile will play against Cuba.

Chile: Javiera Novion 22+5 boards, Daniela Troncoso 7, Dominique Del Canto 7
Puerto Rico: Marie Placido 13, Yolanda Jones 8+7 boards, Angiely Morales 8


GROUP B

Jamaica - Paraguay 69-71
Paraguay won their first game in Neiva. They outplayed Jamaica 71-69 joining them with 1-2 record in Preliminary Group B. Maria Caraves (170-F-92) stepped up for the winners with 21 points. Tamara Insfran (175-G-89, college: Cumberland) had 15 and Johanna Ghiringhelli (168-G-86) helped with two points less. On the other side, Jamaica got 24 points and 6 rebounds from Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn). Vanessa Gidden (193-C/F-85, college: Hofstra) had 17 pts and 9 boards, while Simone Edwards (194-C-73, college: Iowa) added 10 points and 8 rebs. Quarters: 10-21, 20-15, 21-19, 18-16. Today is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Neiva. Paraguay will meet Mexico. Jamaica will take on Canada and it will be the crucial game for both teams.

Jamaica: Nicole Louden 24+6 boards, Vanessa Gidden 17+9 boards, Simone Edwards 10+8 boards,
Paraguay: Maria Caraves 21, Tamara Insfran 15, Johanna Ghiringhelli 13


Mexico - Brazil 61-88
Brazil is the winner of Group B in Neiva with perfect 4-0 record. They handed 88-61 loss to Mexico yesterday to stay undefeated. Of course, Brazil booked a spot for the Semifinals, while Mexico dropped to 0-3 with no chance to advance. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) shined for Brazil with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Adriana Moises Pinto (169-G-78) was their second scorer with 13 points, while Franciele Nascimento (191-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 11 points and 6 boards. In Mexico, Alexis Castro (184-G/F-86, agency: 22ft, college: Vermont) responded with 17 points and 8 rebs. Erika Gomez (187-F/C-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 16 points and 6 rebs, and Abril Garcia (189-F/C-80, college: ORU) stopped to 9 pts. Quarters: 11-24, 13-21, 13-20, 24-23. Brazil will take two days off before the Semifinals. Mexico will play against Paraguay today.

Mexico: Alexis Castro 17+8 boards, Erika Gomez 16+6 boards, Abril Garcia 9
Brazil: Erika De Souza 22+6 boards, Adriana Moises Pinto 13, Franciele Nascimento 11+6 boards




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  FRANCE - Women  


Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
 1. Arras 1-0 
 2. Bourges 1-0 
 3. Challes 1-0 
 4. Lattes Montp. 1-0 
 5. Mondeville 1-0 
 6. Tarbes 1-0 
 7. Villeneuve 1-0 
 8. Aix-en-Provence 0-1 
 9. Charleville 0-1 
 10. Landes 0-1 
 11. Lyon 0-1 
 12. Nantes 0-1 
 13. Nice 0-1 
 14. Union Hainaut 0-1 


LFB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Tamara ABALDE
  Aix-en-P.
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 30
 1. Abalde, Aix-en-P.30.0 
 2. Humphrey, Landes22.0 
 3. Gomis, Villeneuve21.0 
 4. Carter, Union H.21.0 
 5. Breitreiner, Ville.20.0 
 6. Aziz, Lyon17.0 
 7. Skrba, Lattes M.17.0 
 8. Sulciute, Mondevil.17.0 
 9. Lardy, Challes16.0 
 10. Berezhynska, Char.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jennifer HUMPHREY
  Landes
  (191-C-84)
  Avg: 16
 1. Humphrey, Landes16.0 
 2. Robbins, Villeneuve16.0 
 3. Skrba, Lattes M.14.0 
 4. Mims, Challes14.0 
 5. Kublina, Bourges12.0 
 6. Aziz, Lyon11.0 
 7. El Gargati, Tarbes11.0 
 8. Page, Challes10.0 
 9. Kamba, Mondeville9.0 
 10. Neaves, Tarbes9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kathy WAMBE
  Villeneuve
  (173-G-81)
  Avg: 10
 1. Wambe, Villeneuve10.0 
 2. Sauret Gille., Lyon8.0 
 3. Aubert, Nantes7.0 
 4. Sharp, Mondeville5.0 
 5. Bade, Arras5.0 
 6. Lawson-Wade, Latt.5.0 
 7. Bouderra, Charlevi.5.0 
 8. Aziz, Lyon4.0 
 9. Manic, Landes4.0 
 10. Bar, Challes4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Catherine JOENS
  Bourges
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Joens, Bourges5.0 
 2. Skrba, Lattes M.4.0 
 3. Berezhynska, Charl.4.0 
 4. Manic, Landes3.0 
 5. Robbins, Villeneuve3.0 
 6. Grishaeva, Arras3.0 
 7. Solopova, Union H.3.0 
 8. Bar, Challes3.0 
 9. Lawson-Wade, Latt.3.0 
 10. Michel, Nantes3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Mistie MIMS
  Challes
  (191-C-83)
  Avg: 1
 1. Mims, Challes1.0 
 2. Robbins, Villeneuve1.0 
 3. Bouzenna, Villeneu.1.0 
 4. Stampalija, Union1.0 
 5. Digbeu, Bourges1.0 
 6. Sulciute, Mondevil.1.0 
 7. Lelas, Lattes M.1.0 
 8. Tahane, Nantes1.0 
 9. Cata-Chitiga, Tar.1.0 
 10. Bertal, Lyon1.0 


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  IVORY COAST - Women  


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: CIV record centenary over Ghana 101-23 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Cote dIvoire recorded her first victory in a group-A tie of the 22nd Afrobasket for Women at the Pavillon des Sports, Modibo Kaita Stadium, Bamako Mali with a resounding 101-23 points becoming the first team in the 2011 Afrobasket to achieve a centenary point.

The Ivories who are not ready to give up hope a quarter finals berth with a last group game Tunisia on Wednesday won in all four quarters by 28-04, 19-05, 28-04 and 28-10 to set a new championship record.

Cote dIvoire Marquese Meilleure led the floor with 21 points and 5 rebounds, Maimounatou Kolga and Salimata Berte had 11 points each, the duo of Awa Meita and Christelle Ngarsanet added 10 points each for the side first win of the Afrobasket for Women.



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  JAMAICA - Women  


Paraguay celebrates first win in Neiva - by Eurobasket News
Jamaica - Paraguay 69-71

Paraguay won their first game in Neiva. They outplayed Jamaica 71-69 joining them with 1-2 record in Preliminary Group B. Maria Caraves (170-F-92) stepped up for the winners with 21 points. Tamara Insfran (175-G-89, college: Cumberland) had 15 and Johanna Ghiringhelli (168-G-86) helped with two points less. On the other side, Jamaica got 24 points and 6 rebounds from Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn). Vanessa Gidden (193-C/F-85, college: Hofstra) had 17 pts and 9 boards, while Simone Edwards (194-C-73, college: Iowa) added 10 points and 8 rebs. Quarters: 10-21, 20-15, 21-19, 18-16. Today is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Neiva. Paraguay will meet Mexico. Jamaica will take on Canada and it will be the crucial game for both teams.

Jamaica: Nicole Louden 24+6 boards, Vanessa Gidden 17+9 boards, Simone Edwards 10+8 boards,
Paraguay: Maria Caraves 21, Tamara Insfran 15, Johanna Ghiringhelli 13


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  MALI - Women  


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Mali end Mozambique unbeaten run 73-43 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
2007 champion of the Afrobasket for Women today (Tuesday) end Mozambique unbeaten run by 73-43 points in a group-A tie of the 22nd Afrobasket for Women at the Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako.

Mali rose from a first quarter loss of 10-14 points to take the game beyond the reach of Mozambique from the second quarter to the buzzer winning the remaining three quarters by 17-08, 26-13 and 20-08 for cumulative scores of 73-43 points.

Propelled on by versatile captain, Hamchetou Maiga Mali out-played the Mozambican on the board and in assists with 35-18 rebounds and 15-06 assists, Mali forward Djenebou Sissoko led the floor with 21 points and 8 rebounds, Hamchetou Maiga had 11 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists while Tirera Meiya added 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.

Mali will take Democratic Republic of Congo who is having one of its best outing in the continent biggest women basketball competition at 18H00 at the Stade du 26 Mars while Mozambique last group game is against win-less Ghana at 14H00 at the Pavillon des Sports.



Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Cameroon walk tight rope, loses to Angola 45-66 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The hope of Cameroon of making appreciable impact in the 22nd Afrobasket for Women appear slimmer Monday as it lost her second straight group-B game to Angola at the Pavillon des Sports in Bamako, Mali by 45-66 points.

The lioness hope of making it to the quarter-final will rest on her game against Guinea on Tuesday at the Stade du 26 Mars before rounding off against defending champion, Senegal on Wednesday at the same venue.

The lioness showed some promises in the first quarter though it lost the quarter to Angola by 15-25 points only to fizzle out in the second and third quarters losing by 05-13 and 10-19 a late rally to salvage the already bruised situation in the last quarter which it won by 15-09 was not enough to see it go down by 45-66 points for a 1-2 records.

Angola Felizarda Jorge led her team resurgence with 14 points; Sonia Guadalupe added 13 points with forward Nacissela Mauricio leading other players on the board with 11 rebounds.

Angola will confront Nigeria on Tuesday in a tough group-B pairing at 16H00 at the Stade du 26 Mars as the championship approaches the final day of the preliminary round.

Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Inexperience Ghana goes down to RDC 37-89

Inexperience cost Ghana second loses in group-A of the 22nd FIBA Africa Championship for Women on Monday at the Pavillon des Sports Modibo Kaita Stadium, Bamako, Mali to Democratic Republic of Congo by 37-89.

Ghana lost in all four quarters by 08-24, 15-17, 06-23 and 08-25 for a 0-3 record.

Six Congolese players hit the score-sheet with double points led by centre Amongi Kabobo with a double double effort of 15 points and 11 rebounds, Makaite Mfulila had 12 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists, the duo of Bopoli Mangongo and Tebapale Miloso with 11 points each and the duo Kanku Tshibola and Mubalo Kanyibo contributed 10 points each for their second win in the group.

RDC Congo will battle Tunisia in both sides group ties Tuesday at 20H00 at the Stade du 26 Mars while Ghana takes to the court against Cote dIvoire at 14H00 at the Pavillon des Sports Modibo Kaita Stadium Bamako, Mali.

Other games billed for Tuesday in the Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women will Guinea battling it out against Cameroon at 14H00 in group-B; Angola and Nigeria will try each other for size at 16H00 while defending champion Senegal set sight in it tie against Rwanda in the last group-B.

Mali full strength will be put to test Tuesday when they confront rejuvenated Mozambican side at 18H00, the match promises to be electrifying going by the antecedent of Mozambique in the championship so far while Mali will back on her vociferous supporters to edge Mozambique in the race for the top of the group.



Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Senegal keep clean slate beat Rwanda 71-61 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Africa most crowned women basketball team and defending champion of Afrobasket for Women; Senegal today (Tuesday) stressed her unbeaten run in the 22nd Afrobasket for Women with 71-61 points win over Rwanda to remain top of group-B.

The game played at the Pavillon des Sports Modibo Kaita Stadium Bamako, Mali saw the Senegalese jump to a 35-22 points half time win but decide to calm down a little in the third and last quarter thus allowing the Rwandese some breather 15-17 and 21-22 for a final score-line of 71-61 points.

Senegal Mame Diouf led her team quest for a record eleventh title with 12 points; Aminata Diop added 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds with Ndeye Sene contributing 10 points and 3 rebounds.

Senegal will end her preliminary game against Cameroon on Wednesday at 20H00 at the Stade du 26 Mars while Rwanda confront Nigeria at 16H00.



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  MEXICO - Women  


Brazil wins Group B in Neiva - by Eurobasket News
Mexico - Brazil 61-88

Brazil is the winner of Group B in Neiva with perfect 4-0 record. They handed 88-61 loss to Mexico yesterday to stay undefeated. Of course, Brazil booked a spot for the Semifinals, while Mexico dropped to 0-3 with no chance to advance. Erika De Souza (197-C-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) shined for Brazil with 22 points and 6 rebounds. Adriana Moises Pinto (169-G-78) was their second scorer with 13 points, while Franciele Nascimento (191-C-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 11 points and 6 boards. In Mexico, Alexis Castro (184-G/F-86, agency: 22ft, college: Vermont) responded with 17 points and 8 rebs. Erika Gomez (187-F/C-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) had 16 points and 6 rebs, and Abril Garcia (189-F/C-80, college: ORU) stopped to 9 pts. Quarters: 11-24, 13-21, 13-20, 24-23. Brazil will take two days off before the Semifinals. Mexico will play against Paraguay today.

Mexico: Alexis Castro 17+8 boards, Erika Gomez 16+6 boards, Abril Garcia 9
Brazil: Erika De Souza 22+6 boards, Adriana Moises Pinto 13, Franciele Nascimento 11+6 boards


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Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Mozambique in record wins over Ghana 106-37 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
After sealing its place in the quarter-final of the 22nd Afrobasket for Women, Mozambique decides to take it calmly against Ghana and set a championship record of 106-37 points victory over Ghana at the Pavillon des Sports, Modibo Keita Stadium, Bamako, Mali.

The victory thus guaranty the Mozambican a second place finish behind host Mali in group-A.

Mozambique forward, Leia Dongue also set championship record of 19 rebounds. The hard fighting forward scored 22 points with points guard United States based Deolinda Ngulela adding up 16 points and 4 rebounds while the duo of Catia Halar and Filomena Micato contributed 16 points each.

Mozambique who awaits its Friday quarter-final opponent won in all four quarters by 22-13; 27-10; 34-11 and 23-03.

And at the Stade du 26 Mars Guinea lost to Angola by 49-63 points to finish bottom of group-B while the win see Angola placing second behind defending champion Senegal.



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  NIGERIA - Women  


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Rwanda bow to Nigeria 49-59 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Rwanda entered her last group-B against two-time champion of the Afrobasket for Women, Nigeria with an ambition to spring surprises but all that filtered into the air after an excellent first quarter start which she won by 17-10 points.

After picking the first quarter the Rwandese were out-played by the Nigeria who rely on her defensive style of play to stop the FIBA Africa Zone-5 side from causing any upset.

Rwanda lost the second, third and fourth quarters by 11-19, 07-09 and 14-21 points to bow to the superior fire power of the Nigeria who were the better side on the board with 44 rebounds to Rwanda 25. As final scores stood at 49-59 points in favour of Nigeria who finish the preliminary round in third place behind Senegal and Angola.

Nigeria guard Joyce Ekworomadu led the Nigeria side with 10 points and 6 rebounds, home girl and reigning Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) most valuable player First Deepwater basketball club guard, Nkechi Akashili recorded 10 points and 4 rebounds while Rosalyn Onwude completed the Nigeria charge to a quarter finals ticket with 10 points.

Nigeria will now keep a date against Mozambique in the quarter final on Friday at the Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako, Mali.



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  PARAGUAY - Women  


Paraguay celebrates first win in Neiva - by Eurobasket News
Jamaica - Paraguay 69-71

Paraguay won their first game in Neiva. They outplayed Jamaica 71-69 joining them with 1-2 record in Preliminary Group B. Maria Caraves (170-F-92) stepped up for the winners with 21 points. Tamara Insfran (175-G-89, college: Cumberland) had 15 and Johanna Ghiringhelli (168-G-86) helped with two points less. On the other side, Jamaica got 24 points and 6 rebounds from Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn). Vanessa Gidden (193-C/F-85, college: Hofstra) had 17 pts and 9 boards, while Simone Edwards (194-C-73, college: Iowa) added 10 points and 8 rebs. Quarters: 10-21, 20-15, 21-19, 18-16. Today is the last day of the Preliminary Round in Neiva. Paraguay will meet Mexico. Jamaica will take on Canada and it will be the crucial game for both teams.

Jamaica: Nicole Louden 24+6 boards, Vanessa Gidden 17+9 boards, Simone Edwards 10+8 boards,
Paraguay: Maria Caraves 21, Tamara Insfran 15, Johanna Ghiringhelli 13


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Puerto Rico beats Chile 64-49 - by Eurobasket News
Chile - Puerto Rico 49-64

Puerto Rico handed 64-49 loss to Chile for 2-2 record in Preliminary Group A. Will it be enough for the Semifinals, Puerto Rico will find out today. Chile dropped to 0-3 and they have no chance to reach the next stage. Marie Placido (181-F-87) led Puerto Rico in scoring with 13 points. Yolanda Jones (185-F-84, college: La-Lafayette) (7 rebs) and Angiely Morales (178-G-87) followed with 8 points each. In Chile, Javiera Novion (168-G-87, college: Eckerd) shined with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Their second scorers were Daniela Troncoso (175-F-87) and Dominique Del Canto (162-PG-87) with 7 pts. Quarters: 19-19, 5-12, 16-22, 9-11. Puerto Rico already played their four games at this stage so they wait now for other results. Chile will play against Cuba.

Chile: Javiera Novion 22+5 boards, Daniela Troncoso 7, Dominique Del Canto 7
Puerto Rico: Marie Placido 13, Yolanda Jones 8+7 boards, Angiely Morales 8


Standings - Women
BSNF Standings
 1. Morovis M. 11-2 
 2. Juncos V. 8-3 
 3. San German 7-5 
 4. Carolina G. 6-3 
 5. Ponce L. 6-8 
 6. Guaynabo M. 4-7 
 7. San Juan W. 3-8 
 8. Aguas B.T. 1-10 


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  SAINT VINCENT - Women  


Sancho Lyttle and hear Atlanta Dream head to WNBA Finals - by Eurobasket News
Spanish National Team member Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) and her team Atlanta Dream will fight for the WNBA title again. They managed to beat Indiana Fever in crucial Game Three 83-67 to win the Eastern Conference with 2-1 in the series. Lyttle and her teammates will meet Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA Finals. Game Three report - Angel McCoughtry scored 26 points and Iziane Castro Marques added 23 and the Atlanta Dream defeated the Indiana Fever 83-67 on Tuesday night to win the series 2-1 and advance to the WNBA finals for the second straight year. Lindsey Harding scored 16 points and Sancho Lyttle added 10 points, 11 rebounds and five steals for the Dream. Atlanta will play at Minnesota on Sunday in Game 1 of the best-of-five series. Indiana's Tamika Catchings, the WNBA MVP, played despite dealing with pain from plantar fasciitis in her right foot. She had six points, five rebounds and four fouls as a reserve. Katie Douglas had 16 points and nine rebounds and Tammy Sutton-Brown added 11 points and nine rebounds for top-seeded Indiana. Sancho Lyttle appeared 27 times for Atlanta so far this season averaging 10.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2 assists. Atlanta Dream reached WNBA Finals last season as well, but they failed to win the title. Now they have a second chance.

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  SENEGAL - Women  


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: RDC fail against Mali 57-70 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
...... As Cameroon succumbs to Senegal 59-78

Democratic Republic of Congo Wednesday confirm it place in the quarter-finals of the 22nd Afrobasket for Women despite losing her last group-A game to host Mali by 57-70 points at the Stade du 26 Mars.

Playing one of her best in the championship the Congolese side lost the first quarter by 14-25 points won in the second quarter by 12-11 points for a half time scores of 26-36.

RDC Congo who finish the group in fourth place due to the splendid performance in her last group game against Tunisia at the Pavillon des Sports, Modibo Keita Stadium lost the third quarter by 10-18 points but gained three points back with a 21-18 points win in the last quarter for a final score-line of 57-70 points just as Mali maintain a clean record to lead the group into the last eight.

Mali Djenebou Sissoko led the floor with 21 points and 5 rebounds while her teammate Nagnouma Coulibaly led the board with 11 rebounds.

The 2007 champion will battle group-B fourth placed team, Cameroon in the quarter-final.

Cameroon lost the battle of the Lioness against Senegal in the last preliminary game decided Wednesday night at the Stade du 26 Mars, Bamako by 59-78 points.

The lose thus confine Cameroon to the fourth position in group-B led by the defending champion who is in the race to set a new African record of eleven title having ten of the last twenty-one editions.

Cameroon won the first and fourth quarters of the energy sapping battle (16-15, 21-15) while it gave up the second and third 06-29 and 16-19 for a cumulative score-line of 59-78 points.

Senegal guard Ndeye Sene led her team with 19 points while the kid sister of former Senegalese national team forward and one of Africa legendary women basketball player, Anta Sy, Mame Sy added 12 points and 7 rebounds.



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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


WNBA season is over for Sidney Spencer - by Eurobasket News
This WNBA season is over for the Slovakian forward Sidney Spencer (191-F-85, college: Tennessee). Her team Phoenix Mercury failed in the Western Conference Finals against the Minnesota Lynx. They faced with two straight defeats in this series and will not have a chance to fight for the WNBA title. Spencer got a chance in the first meeting and scored 2 points. Minnesota won Game One at home 95-67 and Game Two on the road 86-103. Sidney Spencer joined Phoenix Mercury in August from the New York Liberty. She played 9 games for Phoenix averaging 1.7 points. With New York, she had 2.9 ppg and almost 1 rpg in 14 games. Sidney Spencer won the Slovakian league title in 2009. She played for Maxima Broker Kosice at that time.

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  SPAIN - Women  


Sancho Lyttle and hear Atlanta Dream head to WNBA Finals - by Eurobasket News
Spanish National Team member Sancho Lyttle (192-C-83, college: Houston) and her team Atlanta Dream will fight for the WNBA title again. They managed to beat Indiana Fever in crucial Game Three 83-67 to win the Eastern Conference with 2-1 in the series. Lyttle and her teammates will meet Minnesota Lynx in the WNBA Finals. Game Three report - Angel McCoughtry scored 26 points and Iziane Castro Marques added 23 and the Atlanta Dream defeated the Indiana Fever 83-67 on Tuesday night to win the series 2-1 and advance to the WNBA finals for the second straight year. Lindsey Harding scored 16 points and Sancho Lyttle added 10 points, 11 rebounds and five steals for the Dream. Atlanta will play at Minnesota on Sunday in Game 1 of the best-of-five series. Indiana's Tamika Catchings, the WNBA MVP, played despite dealing with pain from plantar fasciitis in her right foot. She had six points, five rebounds and four fouls as a reserve. Katie Douglas had 16 points and nine rebounds and Tammy Sutton-Brown added 11 points and nine rebounds for top-seeded Indiana. Sancho Lyttle appeared 27 times for Atlanta so far this season averaging 10.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2 assists. Atlanta Dream reached WNBA Finals last season as well, but they failed to win the title. Now they have a second chance.

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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Basel and Lu-Town news - by Melanie Nussbaumer
SC Uni Basel Basket announced signature of american player Colleen Hart (163-G) graduated of University of Tufts where she averaged 16ppg, 5rpg, 3.3apg, 2.2spg. They also managed to signe back Megan Skouby (193-C-86, college: Iowa) , who averaged 17.7ppg, 9.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.3spg, 1.4bpg last season for Basel.
Lu-Town Highflyers Luzern signed athletic guard/forward Shantrell Moss (175-G-85, college: Clark Atlanta). She recently played in Australia. They also signed Malian center Ramata Diakite (188-F-91) who played in France (LF2) last season where she scored 5.2ppg, 5.8rpg.


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  TUNISIA - Women  


Mali 2011 Afrobasket for Women: Resilient Tunisia sees off RDC 55-48 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Determination, resilient and doggedness gave Tunisia a well deserved victory over complacent Democratic Republic of Congo Tuesday in a group-A tie at the Stade du 26 Mars.

The Tunisian who slump to a 07-21 points lose in the first quarter stood the Congolese side with greater determination which started to yield dividend from the second quarter through the buzzer winning the quarters by 13-12, 12-06 and 23-09 points for a final score-line of 55-48 points.

Tunisia like Congo now has a 2-2 record with a game in hand against Cote dIvoire in final day of the preliminary round of the 22nd Afrobasket for Women.

The must-win game for Tunisia if they must make it to the last eight holds at the Pavillon des Sports at 16H00, a win for Tunisia will see Cote dIvoire edged out the championship as the Ivoirians only need to win by six points to have their place permutated as Congo will have her hands full when they battle host Mali at 18H00 at the Stade du 26 Mars.

Tunisia Rim Gannar led her team quest for victory with 14 points and 6 rebounds, Salma Mnasria poured in 12 points and 3 rebounds while Hela Msadar added 10 points.


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  WNBA - Women  


Dream beat Fever 83-67, advance to WNBA Finals - by Eurobasket News
East
Indiana F. - Atlanta D. 67-83
Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) scored 26 points and Iziane Castro Marques (6'0''-G/F-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 23 and the Atlanta Dream defeated the Indiana Fever 83-67 on Tuesday night to win the series 2-1 and advance to the WNBA finals for the second straight year. Lindsey Harding (5'8''-G-84, college: Duke) scored 16 points and Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83, college: Houston) added 10 points, 11 rebounds and five steals for the Dream. Atlanta will play at Minnesota on Sunday in Game 1 of the best-of-five series. Indiana's Tamika Catchings, the WNBA MVP, played despite dealing with pain from plantar fasciitis in her right foot. She had six points, five rebounds and four fouls as a reserve. Katie Douglas had 16 points and nine rebounds and Tammy Sutton-Brown added 11 points and nine rebounds for top-seeded Indiana. *Courtesy of www.kxnet.com




Seattle G Sue Bird has hip surgery - by Eurobasket News
Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) has undergone surgery to repair the labrum in her right hip.

The surgery took place on Tuesday morning at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo. Dr. Marc J. Philippon performed the surgery and said Bird should be able to return to playing by mid- to-late December.

Bird will remain at the clinic through the weekend and start rehab immediately.

Bird said last week after the Storm lost to the Phoenix Mercury in the first round of the WNBA playoffs that the hip had been bothering her during the season.

Bird finished the season with a team-high 14.7 points and 4.9 assists per game.

Courtesy of www.seattlepi.com