EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/3/2011

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  BELGIUM   


BC Telenet Oostende starts with two victories - by Eurobasket News
BC Telenet Oostende overcame ZZ Leiden twice. In the first game the Belgian team celebrated 68:49 victory. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii), Booker and Rich stepped up with 13 points for the winners. Seamus Boxley (201-F-82, college: Portland St.) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort and De Jong scored 10. Sas and Hilliman delivered 6 points apiece and Jackson notched 5.
In the second game ZZ Leiden lost to BC Telenet Oostende 64:68. It was a better game for the Dutch team but they could not win the game anyway. Dusan Sakota (209-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Matt Lojeski added 14. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) followed them with 11 points, while Rich scored 8. Seamus Boxley answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds in defeat, whilst De Jong collected 11 points and 8 rebounds.
Optima Gent meanwhile lost first two. St Jan Antwerpen beat Gent 93:66 and then Dexia Mons-Hainaut edged Optima Gent 64:59.



Verviers Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Two players out and one player in, is what happened at VOO Verviers-Pepinster today. Ollie Bailey and Dan Geriot are no longer on the team's roster, Mike Singletary (198-F-88, college: Texas Tech) is the new addition for the coming season. Mike played 4 seasons of college ball at Texas Tech in the strong Big 12 Conference. After a decent Freshman season his stats got better for his Sophomore and Junior seasons. As junior in 2009-2010 he averaged 15 ppg and 6.8 rpg. His stats took a slight dip for his senior year with averages of 12.7 ppg and 5.8 rpg.

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  BULGARIA   


Lukoil Akademik keeps Brandon Heath - by Eurobasket News
Brandon Heath (193-G-84, college: San Diego St.) will stay with Lukoil Akademik for the next season. The American guard will join the preparations on Monday. Heath appeared 36 times in NBL last season averaging 12 points, 2.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 2.2 steals. He finished as third best assistant and second stealer of the competition. Lukoil defended the title and Heath was named Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Guard of the Year -11. Lukoil also won the Cup last season. In EuroChallenge, Heath had 10.5 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 3.3 apg in 14 games for his team. Before Lukoil Akademik, Brandon Heath spent one season on Cyprus. He won the title with APOEL and was named Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League Player of the Year -10. In the past, Heath also played in Venezuela and NBA D-League. He has experience from France as well.

Adrienne Johnson will join Dunav on September 20 - by Eurobasket News
First signing of Dunav this summer, Adrienne Johnson (182-F-89, agency: LBM Management, college: Louisiana Tech), will join the club on September 20. The Bulgarian outfit announced this news yesterday. Johnson was selected in third round of the WNBA Draft this year. She was picked by the Connecticut Sun, but failed to secure a deal with them. Adrienne Johnson is a product of the Louisiana Tech University, where he graduated few months ago. She exploded with 21.9 ppg, 9.4 rpg and 2.1 spg for his school as a senior. Johnson helped them reach WAC Tournament Finals. In 2010, Louisiana Tech was the winner of WAC Tournament. Johnson had 16 ppg and 7.2 rpg that season. She was named WAC All-Tournament Team -10. In 2009 and 2010, Adrienne Johnson was also awarded with All-WAC 1st Team.

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  CANADA   


Canada grabs 73-72 thriller win against Dominicans - by Eurobasket News
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - CANADA 72-73

Canada grabbed their first win in Mar del Plata. They celebrated in thriller against Dominican Republic 73-72 for 1-1 record in Group A. This is the first loss for Dominicans, who slipped to second place in this pool with 2-1 score. Andrew Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) came up with 15 points in victory. Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) had 12 and Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) helped with two points less. In Dominican Republic, Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) had double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) followed with 17 points and 11 rebs, and Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) netted 12 pts. Quarters: 16-19, 14-11, 14-21, 28-22. Canada will play against Cuba today and it should be an easy game for Canadians. Dominican Republic will meet undefeated Brazil.

Dominican Republic: Jack Michael Martinez 21+16 boards, Alfred Horford 17+11 boards, Francisco Garcia 12
Canada: Andrew Rautins 15, Carl English 12, Jevohn Shepherd 10


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  CUBA   


Venezuela celebrates first win in Mar del Plata - by Eurobasket News
CUBA - VENEZUELA 69-106

Venezuela registered first win in Mar del Plata. They cruised past Cuba 106-69 making a big step forward to the next round. Venezuela has 1-2 record now, while Cuba dropped to 0-2. Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, college: Maryland) shined in victory with 21 points and 6 rebounds. David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette) had 18 points, while Dwight Lewis (196-G-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: USC) added 11 pts for his team. In defeat, Alexis Mestre (180-G-86) delivered 26 points (6 triples). Yoan Luis Haiti (200-C-82) (8 rebs) and Lisvan Valdez (194-G/F-88) scored 11 points each. Quarters: 13-34, 20-23, 15-25, 21-24. Venezuela will take a rest today. Cuba will meet Canada.

Cuba: Alexis Mestre 26+6 boards, Yoan Luis Haiti 11+8 boards, Lisvan Valdez 11
Venezuela: Greivis Vasquez 21+6 boards, David Cubillan 18, Dwight Lewis 11


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  CYPRUS   


Pizza Express Apollon added three players - by Chris Mammides
Three players have been added in the roster of the team of Igors Miglinieks , Pizza Express Apollon.

The American forward Troy Gillenwater (203-F-87) the New Mexico graduate will be the new American forward for the 'blues' . Troy is a baskeball scoring machine as during his last season in the New Mexico Angies he ended the season with 19 points per game, 6 rebounds and 1 block shot. Troy has an amazing vertical jump and is a great defender.
The Czech Center Pavel Englicky (210-F/C-83) is continuing in the Limassol team for a fourth consecutive season while he wil have as a team mate another seven footer as the Latvian Raitis Grafs (208-C-81, college: Valparaiso) will be officially his partner in the paint.




Transfer news in Cyprus league - by Michael Aristidou

Some activity we had these past days in the teams. Pizza Express Apollon was the most active team adding another two in their roster and renewing another one.
Moreover the blues added a great signing, the American forward Troy Gillenwater (203-F). With no doubt that was the most important add in the squad this season for the team.


Furthermore Pizza Express Apollon sign up Leetonia center Raitis Grafs (208-C-81, college: Valparaiso). Also the team renews contract with Pavel Englicky (210-F/C-83). The Czech center will play for fourth year in a row in the team.

In other news Hasapis Omonia Nicosia renew with American guard Devron Bostick (196-G-88, agency: Stanley International, college: Minnesota).




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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Canada grabs 73-72 thriller win against Dominicans - by Eurobasket News
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - CANADA 72-73

Canada grabbed their first win in Mar del Plata. They celebrated in thriller against Dominican Republic 73-72 for 1-1 record in Group A. This is the first loss for Dominicans, who slipped to second place in this pool with 2-1 score. Andrew Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) came up with 15 points in victory. Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) had 12 and Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) helped with two points less. In Dominican Republic, Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) had double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) followed with 17 points and 11 rebs, and Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) netted 12 pts. Quarters: 16-19, 14-11, 14-21, 28-22. Canada will play against Cuba today and it should be an easy game for Canadians. Dominican Republic will meet undefeated Brazil.

Dominican Republic: Jack Michael Martinez 21+16 boards, Alfred Horford 17+11 boards, Francisco Garcia 12
Canada: Andrew Rautins 15, Carl English 12, Jevohn Shepherd 10


Panteras de Aguascalientes adds Lopez to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Panteras de Aguascalientes (LNBP) agreed terms with 26-year old Dominican Rep.-Puerto Rican power forward Ivan Lopez (208-C/F-85, college: Memphis). Lopez played most recently at Vaqueros de Bayamon (Puerto Rico). While playing 35 games for Bayamon last season he recorded 1.7ppg and 2.1rpg. He helped them to win regular season and make it to the semifinals. Lopez is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Brazil, Chile, Puerto Rico and Spain. Lopez graduated University of Memphis in 2004 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Charlie Parker Goes to Iceland - by EBA Media
Charles Parker, Harrisburg Horizon 64 All-Star Shooting Guard has signed a contract to play for the Keflavik team in the Iceland Express league.

Parker reports to the team today (September 2, 2011). The team begins play on October 13.

The Keflavik team is considered one of the best in the league. The addition of the all-around, top-scoring Parker makes them an immediate favorite to claim the league title.

Parker completed his 2011 campaign with the EBA's Harrisburg Horizon by being named Co-MVP of the league. He won the league scoring title with 416 points in 12 games for a 34.7 average.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Results and Stats from Day 3 in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Turkey - Lithuania 68-75
Lithuania grabbed 3-0 record in Group A of the home tournament. The Baltic State overcame Turkey 75:68 in one of the top games in Day 3 at Eurobasket 2011. This game as well as Germany-France was expected more than any other in Day 3. Tony Parker (183-PG-80) was too good for France at that game as the end did not bring too much intrigue, however Turkey and Lithuania struggled until the last seconds. Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) scored for 8:4 and Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) tied the game at 11:11. Asik gave Turkey 16:15, while Kanter later tied it all at 17:17. Lithuania took 19:17 after the first period, while Savas again made it equal in the court. Turkoglu brought 29:23 and Ersan Ilyasova increased to 8 points. Only Jasaitis's three sent the teams to the lockers at 35:32. Turkey. Asik and Ersan Ilyasova scored for 45:39, while again Jasaitis reduced to 47:47. Later Jasikevicius scored from the perimeter for 659:58 as Lithuania took the lead. Preldzic brought 63:63 with 3 minutes in the game and Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) made the same at 65:65. The last points the host scored from the free throw line and it was enough to seal the victory. Preldzic, Preldzic, Jasikevicius and Jasaitis ensured the third straight win for Lithuania. Darius Songaila paced all the winners with 12 points, while Jasaitis and Kaukenas notched 11 each. Ersan Ilyasova answered with 20 points in the losing effort and Asik chipped in 11.

Spain - United Kingdom 86-69
Spain won the third straight game at Eurobasket 2011. The defending champions overcame Great Britain 86:69. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) opened the game with four straight points and Fernandez scored for 9:2. Great Britain reduced the gap immediately in the end of the frame as Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) made it 19:16 after 10 minutes. Luol Deng brought 21:19 for Great Britain in the start of the second frame but Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) scored for 28:23. Rubio and Reyes brought 32:25, while the latter made it plus 9. Spain produced the same result in the second period adding another 19-16 for 38:32 at the halftime. Marc Gasol and his brother made it 46:36 and Reinking cut it to 52:38 later in the third. Reinking and Johnson exchanged the late baskets for 60:45 after thirty minutes. Pau Gasol brought 67:48 and Ibaka delivered for 71:50. Ogooluwa Adegboye (182-G-87, agency: Interperformances) and Luol Deng made three free throws for 71:53, but Reyes increased to 20. Claver closed a 7-0 run for Spain, while Ogooluwa Adegboye scored 4 in a row for 78:57 with 3 minutes to go. Johnson and Ogooluwa Adegboye reduced to 80:62, while again Johnson and Freeland cut it to 13. Reyes and Marc Gasol ensured the last points for Spain that celebrated 86:69 victory. Pau Gasol top-scored for Spain with 21 points, while Marc Gasol collected 18 points and 11 rebounds. Fernandez notched 11 and Reyes posted 10. Luol Deng finished the game with 17 points and Clark added 14.

Portugal - Poland 73-81
Poland celebrated the initial victory at the Eurobasket 2011. The team improved to 1-2 record after 81:73 over Portugal due to the second half. Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) scored from the arc in the opening tip, but Portugal replied with 7-0 run. Tavares scored the last 4 points in the first period for 13:10 at the end of the first period. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) meanwhile tied the game at 17:17, while Portugal again went on a bigger lead. Santos nailed three for 33:24 and Filipe Da Silva closed the half at 36:29. Poland erupted with 13-0 run when the teams came back to the court after the break. Berisha nailed three for 42:36 and Szymon Szewczyk scored for 45:38. Miguel Miranda's layup however halted the long drought for Portugal and they outscored their opponents 13-7 to go into the final frame with the game knotted at 49:49. The last quarter became the most offensive and Poland managed to score 32 points. Szymon Szewczyk brought 54:51, while Adam Hrycaniuk (208-C-84, college: Cincinnati) added for 64:61. Lukasz Koszarek increased to 71:65, while he scored from the perimeter at the very end for the final result in the game. Lukasz Koszarek ended up with 18 points for the winners and Berisha nailed 16. Szymon Szewczyk delivered 13, while Leonczyk scored 11. Tavares and Costa answered with 13 points in the losing case, whilst Santos and Filipe Da Silva notched 12 apiece.

Group B
Serbia - Israel 89-80
Serbia stay perfect at Eurobasket 2011 after a tough game over Israel. The latter stayed in front for the majority of the game but failed at the end and lost the game. Serbia needed 89:80 to improve to 3-0 record in Group B. Halperin and Eliyahu made it 5:0 for Israel and Eliyahu later brought 11:6. Kadir and Bjelica exchanged the late baskets at the end of the game for 25:22, Israel. Macvan tied the game at 27:27, but Serbia failed 4-11 run and Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) scored for 41:31. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) however reduced to 41:35 at the halftime, but Israel did not slow down in the second half. Afik Nissim gave his side 53:41 that was the biggest lead in the game. Serbia got a three-point play by Kosta Perovic and a shot from the arc on the left wing by Stefan Markovic to pull level at 64:64. Serbia then took the control and Nenad Krstic (214-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) scored for 79:76. Dusko Savanovic erupted from the arc for 84:76 and Teodosic scored the last two points from the free throw line. Dusko Savanovic poured in 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Nenad Krstic added 18 points and 7 boards. Keselj ended up with 15 points and also 7 rebounds, whilst Macvan notched 7. Halperin produced 18 points in the losing case and Blu as well as Afik Nissim had 16 apiece.

Latvia - Italy 62-71
Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) brings Azzurri the victory over the Baltic State on Friday afternoon at Eurobasket 2011. The Italian player erupted with 36 points for 71:62 win as Italy grabbed 2-1 record in Group B. Italy could not score for the first three minutes and only Andrea Bargnani made the first points. He scored the first seven points and gave Italy 7:5. Latvia however played better in the opening quarter and Selakovs closed it at 21:18. Strelnieks brought 25:20 and Meiers made two free throws for 28:22. Andrea Bargnani and Bertans exchanged the baskets at the end of the half for 33:31, Latvia. Andrea Bargnani tied the game at 33:33 and Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83) brought 48:46 lead. Two free-throws by Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) gave the Italians a 55:53 lead at the end of the third quarter and then at the beginning of the fourth, captain Mordente and Andrea Bargnani struck two major blows. Andrea Bargnani was the hero of the last quarter and ensured the victory for Italy. Marco Belinelli made the last free throw in the game for the final result. Marco Belinelli posted 11 points for the second victory at the tournament. Rihards Kuksiks (198-G/F-88) finished the game with 19 points and Selakovs notched 10 in defeat. Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) posted 8 points as Latvia dropped at 0-3 record.

France - Germany 76-65
Tony Parker did whatever he wanted to propel France over Germany in Day 3. France needed 76:65 to stay perfect, while Germany suffered their first loss. Kaman and Nowitski opened the game for 5:0 and Kaman later made 11:2. Germany however they did not expect France to recover immediately. Batum reduced to 14:12, while Hamann closed the period mat 16:12. Although Benzing made it 24:17, France had Tony Parker to respond. He nailed three and then made two free throws for 29:26 lead. Tony Parker scored another 5 in a row for 39:33, while Joakim Noah (211-F/C-85, college: Florida) followed him for 8-point deficit. Schaffartzik reduced to 46:39, but Tony Parker closed another 10-0 run for 56:39. Traore closed the third period at 58:40. Schwethelm and Tony Parker exchanged the early baskets in the last period and Ohlbrecht cut it to 60:43. Batum and Traore brought 64:45, while Tony Parker made it 66:45 with 7 minutes to go. Germany however cut it to 11 as Nowitzki made two free throws for 68:57. Joakim Noah increased to 13 and Staiger made it 72:62. Batum made an amazing dunk for 74:62, while Batum hit from the half court for the final result. Tony Parker erupted with 32 points staying on the bench for the majority of the last quarter. Batum notched 14 and Gelabale nailed 10. Nowitzki delivered 20 points in defeat and Schaffartzik scored 12.




Serbia Beats Israel 89:80, Advances to the Second Round - by David Pick
After losing both its first two games to Germany and France, on paper, Israel yet again stood no chance against an extremely high quality European Serbian national team falling 89:80, losing any hopes of qualifying to the next round.

It was a game that for the most part, rested on familiarity, as Israeli guard Yotam Halperin faced his recent Olympiakos back court buddy, Milos Teodosic, and legendary coach, Dusan Ivkovic. Serbian forward Milan Macvan got the last laugh in Maccabi Tel Aviv's locker room, beating teammates Lior Eliyahu, Guy Pnini, Tal Burstein, Yogev Ohayon and David Blu.

Serbia's 'W' gave them and well deserved top spot in Group B as they prepare for their final tough battle versus the winner of tonight's game between undefeated NBA like teams -- France and Germany. If Serbia were young and exciting two years ago when winning the gold-medal at the 2009 EuroBasket, or after last year's run to fourth place at the World Championship games in Istanbul, a more matured, talented and tough group of men are fearfully a more dangerous force today, keeping the same coach and virtually the same group of players.

Other games today in Group B: Italy vs. Latvia, France vs. Germany.

Serbia - Israel 89:80

Israel's starting five for the first time in a long time did not include center Yaniv Green, however, it did show Yotam Halperin, Lior Eliyahu, Guy Pnini, David Blu and Afik Nissim. Serbia opened with Milos Teodosic, Milenko Tepic, Dusko Savanovic, Marko Keselj and Nenad Krstic.

WIN OR GO HOME was the motto of today's game for Israel who came aggressively to the first quarter. Halperin's three gave Israel their second tournament lead (3-0) another floater from Eliyahu surprisingly put Israel in front 7:1. Savanovic began to heat up and with significant help in the paint from Krstic, the Serbians tied things up at 11:11, after five minutes. Israel's fast tempo game resulted into Blu and Halperin threes as the underdogs took a 25:22 first quarter lead.

The second period was a battle between Maccabi players Macvan and Blu. The Serbian forward gave his nation its first and second leads (29:27, 31:29), but Blu (11 points), officially began trash-talking, regained Israel's lead (33:31) and single handedly increased it to 39:31 with back-to-back corner pocket threes. Savanovic and Nissim exchanged buckets as the first half ended with a shocking 41:35 Israeli lead.

Pnini elbowed Krstic in the stomach and lighted up the atmosphere in the third. Dusan Ivkovic walked over to the Israeli forward, said a few unnecessary comments and got T'd up, all happening while the Israeli bench players are cracking up, 53:45, Israel. Halperin scored again (14), sending Ivkovic a message as to the quality player he gave up on this summer. Savanovic's two and-one plays (21), kept the Serbians close in the end of the third, 64:58.

Ivkovic went off on his men during the 60-second break, as the Serbians tightened their defense allowing Israel 0 points in the first three minutes of final quarter. A Markovic three tied the game for the first time since the first period 64:64. Teodosic kept his foot on the gas giving Serbia a 70:60 advantage. Krstic tipped Eliyahu's floater off the rim and Keselj hit a crucial three with 3:16 remaining, 77:71, Serbia. Halperin's lay-up and Nissim's and-one play brought Israel close, 77:76. Krstic used his NBA experience to seal the deal 89:80, sending Serbia to the second round and Israel to two meaningless games against Latvia and Italy.

Savanovic had a game high leading the winners with 24 points (10/17 from the field) and 7 board. Krstic had 18 and 7, Keselj finished with 15 points. Macvan 7, Teodosic 6 points, 5 assists and 7 boards. Halperin led all Israeli scorers with 18 points and 5 steals. Nissim 16 points (9 assists), Blu 16 (4/6 from three), Eliyahu 14, Pnini 9, Kadir 7 points
and 10 rebounds.

Game Notes: Serbia won both the battles under the boards and in assists, 45:27 (15:3 offense), 16:13. Israel had 8 steals, Serbia 2.

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Standings Div.A (Men)
Standings
Group A
1. Spain3-0
2. Lithuania3-0
3. Turkey2-1
4. Poland1-2
5. Portugal0-3
6. U.Kingdom0-3
Group B
1. France3-0
2. Serbia3-0
3. Germany2-1
4. Italy1-2
5. Latvia0-3
6. Israel0-3
Group C
1. Greece2-0
2. FYR Macedo.1-1
3. Montenegro.1-1
4. Bosnia1-1
5. Croatia1-1
6. Finland0-2
Group D
1. Russia2-0
2. Slovenia2-0
3. Bulgaria1-1
4. Georgia1-1
5. Ukraine0-2
6. Belgium0-2


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Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Brazil2-0
2. Dominican R.2-1
3. Canada1-1
4. Venezuela1-2
5. Cuba0-2
Group B
1. P.Rico3-0
2. Argentina2-0
3. Panama1-1
4. Uruguay0-2
5. Paraguay0-3


Day Three in Mar del Plata - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Dominican Republic - Canada 72-73
Canada grabbed their first win in Mar del Plata. They celebrated in thriller against Dominican Republic 73-72 for 1-1 record in Group A. This is the first loss for Dominicans, who slipped to second place in this pool with 2-1 score. Andrew Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) came up with 15 points in victory. Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) had 12 and Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) helped with two points less. In Dominican Republic, Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) had double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds. Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) followed with 17 points and 11 rebs, and Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) netted 12 pts. Quarters: 16-19, 14-11, 14-21, 28-22. Canada will play against Cuba today and it should be an easy game for Canadians. Dominican Republic will meet undefeated Brazil.

Cuba - Venezuela 69-106
Venezuela registered first win in Mar del Plata. They cruised past Cuba 106-69 making a big step forward to the next round. Venezuela has 1-2 record now, while Cuba dropped to 0-2. Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, college: Maryland) shined in victory with 21 points and 6 rebounds. David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette) had 18 points, while Dwight Lewis (196-G-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: USC) added 11 pts for his team. In defeat, Alexis Mestre (180-G-86) delivered 26 points (6 triples). Yoan Luis Haiti (200-C-82) (8 rebs) and Lisvan Valdez (194-G/F-88) scored 11 points each. Quarters: 13-34, 20-23, 15-25, 21-24. Venezuela will take a rest today. Cuba will meet Canada.

Group B
Uruguay - Puerto Rico 64-74
Puerto Rico registered third straight win in Mar del Plata. This time they handed 74-64 loss to Uruguay keeping the first place in Group B. Of course, Puerto Rico already booked a spot for the next stage, but they also want to finish this phase with perfect score and to win this pool. Uruguay slipped to 0-2. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) top-scored for Puerto Rico with 19 points and he grabbed 5 rebounds beside that. Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) had 14 points and 6 boards, while Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) (11 rebs) and Ricardo Sanchez (212-C/F-87) (10 rebs) helped with 8 points each. Uruguay got 16 points and 12 boards from Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83). Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) and Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) also had 16 points apiece. Quarters: 12-15, 17-21, 18-16, 17-22. Puerto Rico will meet Argentina and it will be a game for the first place in Group B. Uruguay will play against Panama.

Paraguay - Panama 86-89
Panama was better than Paraguay yesterday 89-86 and it was their first win in Mar del Plata. Panamanians have 1-1 record now and they are currently third ranked team in Group B. Paraguay dropped to 0-3, but they still have a chance to reach the next stage. Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) exploded for Panama with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia) also was impressive adding 25 points and 6 rebs, while Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) helped with 18 points and 10 rebs. In Paraguay, Enrique Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) drained 36 points (6 triples, valuation 32). Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) had 25 points and 8 rebs, but Paraguay did not have anyone else with double-digits in scoring. Quarters: 19-23, 25-17, 11-30, 31-19. Panama will meet Uruguay today. Paraguay will take a rest.


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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Top League without Honka - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Finland Basketball Association has refused Honka (Espoo) the permission to play in Top League (Korisliiga) in Finland 2011-12. Team Honka is in big financial troubles and
was not able to take care the old commitments. The new season (2011-12) will start on September 30 and there will be now 11 teams on top level. For instance NT player
Tuomas Iisalo (195-G-82, agency: Court Side) must now find a new team and job, but that will probably be no problem although the season is so close. There are a few teams which have good room on the rosters.




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  FRANCE   


EuroBasket 2011: Parker destroys the German machine - by Eurobasket News
France-Germany 76:65

Tony Parker (183-PG-80) did whatever he wanted to propel France over Germany in Day 3. France needed 76:65 to stay perfect, while Germany suffered their first loss.
Kaman and Nowitski opened the game for 5:0 and Kaman later made 11:2. Germany however they did not expect France to recover immediately. Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) reduced to 14:12, while Hamann closed the period mat 16:12. Although Benzing made it 24:17, France had Tony Parker to respond. He nailed three and then made two free throws for 29:26 lead. Tony Parker scored another 5 in a row for 39:33, while Noah followed him for 8-point deficit. Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) reduced to 46:39, but Tony Parker closed another 10-0 run for 56:39. Traore closed the third period at 58:40.
Schwethelm and Tony Parker exchanged the early baskets in the last period and Ohlbrecht cut it to 60:43. Nicolas Batum and Traore brought 64:45, while Tony Parker made it 66:45 with 7 minutes to go. Germany however cut it to 11 as Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) made two free throws for 68:57. Noah increased to 13 and Staiger made it 72:62. Nicolas Batum made an amazing dunk for 74:62, while Nicolas Batum hit from the half court for the final result.
Tony Parker erupted with 32 points staying on the bench for the majority of the last quarter. Nicolas Batum notched 14 and Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83) nailed 10. Dirk Nowitzki delivered 20 points in defeat and Heiko Schaffartzik scored 12.

France: Tony Parker 32, Nicolas Batum 14, Mickael Gelabale 10
Germany: Dirk Nowitzki 20, Heiko Schaffartzik 12



Pro B: Latest victories for Evreux and Rouen - by Eurobasket News
USSM Le Portel (Pro B) lost to ALM Evreux (Pro B) 87:90. Le Portel opened the game with 22:16 and added 19-18 in the second frame. The third quarter however was decisive in the game and brought 27-21 for Evreux. Austen Rowland (186-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: Lehigh) stepped up with 17 points and Kevyn Popovich (196-F-85, college: SE Louisiana) posted 15. Guillaume Costentin (196-G-82) had 14 and Sambe scored 12. Taylor replied with 20 points in the losing effort, while Ismaila Sy (192-G-79) delivered 16.
Rouen overcame Boulogne-sur-Mer 89:65. The winners started with 26:21 and added the same result in the second period for 52:42 at the halftime. Rouen also won the third and the last periods to seal the victory. Klemensas Patiejunas (186-PG-77) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Ivory Clark (198-F-85, agency: Lanshire Group) notched 14. Tony Stanley (192-G/F-77, college: Dayton) replied with 17 points in the losing effort.



Karim Souchu at the try-outs in Lleida - by Greg
Karim Souchu (198-F-79, college: Furman) is in Spain and practice with CE CIP Lleida Basquetbol (LEB Gold) in September. The 32-year old forward last year was in Limoges, France Pro A with whom he has played 29 games and averaged 4.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.1apg. Karim Souchu has a 8 year experience in Europe in France, Belgium and Cyprus where he won the Cup in 2007

Papa Beye joined JL Bourg Basket - by Eurobasket News
Papa Beye (203-F-89) joined JL Bourg Basket for the upcoming season. The Senegalese Forward arrived from Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne.
In 2007-2009 he appeared for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (ProA) but played mostly for U21 team. In 2008-2009 also was registered for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA) but played mostly for U21 Team. In 2010-2011 moved to Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (France-ProB) and in 33 games averaged 2.6ppg, 1.6rpg.
In his top he recorded 12 points at the Regular Season Round 25. Clermont lost to Boulogne 71-77. It looked good early as Stade Clermont took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then SO Maritime Boulogne took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 6 points. 25 personal fouls committed by Stade Clermont helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities.



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Phillip Holm moves from Merida, Spain to Leipzig - by Moritz Korff
Pro B side Uni Riesen Leipzig has acquired Phillip Holm (175-G-80) as a back-up point guard for the 2011-12 season. The 31-year-old gained a lot of European experience in this past decade, playing for teams in Spain, Portugal and Switzerland. He spent most of the years competing in the Spanish EBA. Holm started the 2010-11 campaign with the Zurich Wildcats of Switzerland (4 games: 4.3ppg), but moved back to Merida in October. He appeared in 22 EBA games for the Spanish team, averaging 10.3 points, 4 assists and 2.3 rebounds per contest, while shooting 90.5% from the foul line. Holm was born and raised in Montevideo, Uruguay, but also holds a German passport thanks to his German grandfather.

EuroBasket 2011: Parker destroys the German machine - by Eurobasket News
France-Germany 76:65

Tony Parker (183-PG-80) did whatever he wanted to propel France over Germany in Day 3. France needed 76:65 to stay perfect, while Germany suffered their first loss.
Kaman and Nowitski opened the game for 5:0 and Kaman later made 11:2. Germany however they did not expect France to recover immediately. Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) reduced to 14:12, while Hamann closed the period mat 16:12. Although Benzing made it 24:17, France had Tony Parker to respond. He nailed three and then made two free throws for 29:26 lead. Tony Parker scored another 5 in a row for 39:33, while Noah followed him for 8-point deficit. Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) reduced to 46:39, but Tony Parker closed another 10-0 run for 56:39. Traore closed the third period at 58:40.
Schwethelm and Tony Parker exchanged the early baskets in the last period and Ohlbrecht cut it to 60:43. Nicolas Batum and Traore brought 64:45, while Tony Parker made it 66:45 with 7 minutes to go. Germany however cut it to 11 as Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) made two free throws for 68:57. Noah increased to 13 and Staiger made it 72:62. Nicolas Batum made an amazing dunk for 74:62, while Nicolas Batum hit from the half court for the final result.
Tony Parker erupted with 32 points staying on the bench for the majority of the last quarter. Nicolas Batum notched 14 and Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83) nailed 10. Dirk Nowitzki delivered 20 points in defeat and Heiko Schaffartzik scored 12.

France: Tony Parker 32, Nicolas Batum 14, Mickael Gelabale 10
Germany: Dirk Nowitzki 20, Heiko Schaffartzik 12



The German teams open 2011/2012 pre-season games - by Eurobasket News
Artland Dragons overcame Cuxhaven BasCats 94:63 in their first pre-season game. They easily started with 28:11 and never looked behind. The team exchanged victories in the second and the third quarters, while Artland Dragons added 23-9 in the last stanza. David Holston (170-G-86, college: Chicago St.) poured in 21 points for the winners and Hilliard notched 19. Fenn supported them with 18, while Bailey and Guido Grunheid (209-F/C-82) added 10 apiece.
Brose Baskets edged Japanese national team 101:73. The teams were tied at 47:47, while the German side pushed the tempo for good at the end . Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Jacobsen as well as Tucker posted 16 each. Stuckey ended up with 12 points and Neumann had 12.
BBC Bayreuth edged Science City Jena 78:74. Hamilton led the way with 16 points and Torbert followed him with 14. Schmidt ended up with 12, while Beckham Wyrick (198-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) had 10 and Ibekwe added 9. Schwartz replied with 17 points in the losing effort and Roquette notched 15.
FC Bayern outscored Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (ProA) 103:69. Sharrod Ford (206-F/C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) posted 25.



It Aint OJ Juice Simpson But Michael Juice Thompson Landing With The Fraport Skyliners - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
It has been no secret that the Fraport Skyliners have been looking for a point guard and announced today the arrival of Michael Thompson (177-G-89, college: Northwestern) who recieved a three week try out and will meet the team at training camp in Trevisio, Italy. Michael juice Thompson who celebrated his birthday yesterday is a 22 year old 177cm guard from Chicago, Illinois and the Fraport Skyliners will be thrilled if Thompson can combine the early quickness of NFL legend OJ Simpson as well as doing all the duties that is required of a point guard.. Thompson who got his nickname named after the macerating of fresh fruits played his entire NCAA career at Northwestern from 2007-2011.In his senior year, he played 34 games averaging 16.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 4.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 82.5%. 'Michael is a very good three point specialist and very team orientated. He has a very strong bod yand has good basketball qualities. It was clear that we needed a player at the point that would give us quality minutes. We saw many videos of him and were fascinated. He is a very good player, but there is always the question if a guy coming out of college can get used to the European level. He will practice with us in the next three weeks playing and have time with the team. Then we will know what further will happen with him', stressed Fraport Skyliners head coach Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ). Northwestern has not had much success in their 110 year NCAA basketball time, but NCAA experts are sure that Thomspson is one of the best guards that ever came out of the Chicago school. He was the schools fifth all time leading scorer, and holds the NU records for assists, minutes, games played, and games started. Other achievements and awards in his basketball career have been HS: Chicago Public League All-Academic Team -07, All-Big Ten Honorable Mention -10, All-Big Ten 3rd Team -11, Big Ten All-Tournament Team -11,and NIT Elite Eight -11

Source: Fraport Skyliners



The Webmoebel Baskets Paderborn Say Goodbye To David Schneider - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
With the PRO A season only a few weeks away, the Webmoebel Baskets Paderborn got some bad news as they had to bid farewell to American David Schneider (191-G-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: William & Mary) Schneider and the club came to a decision to terminate the contract. Schneider had suffered a thigh injury during the test game against the Giessen 46ers. This was the same injury, he had suffered a year ago after only a few games for the team Guildford Heat in England. 'David wants to get home as quickly as possible as he wants to get back on track away from the court. We hope he gets fit soon and wish him all the best', said Webmoebel Baskets Paderborn CEO Thorsten Schroeder.

Source: Webmoebel Baskets


Essen brings in Joey Henley - by Moritz Korff
The Wohnbau Baskets Essen have bolstered their roster for the next season by signing Joey Henley (196-F-85, college: Sacred Heart). The 26-year-old power forward helped BSV Wulfen to stay in the Pro B last season. Henley scored 22 points per contest and pulled down 9.2 rebounds per contest for Wulfen throughout the 2010-11 season. The Sacred Heart grad started his professional career with SVD Dortmund in 2009. Henley will be the fourth American player on the Essen roster for the upcoming campaign.

Prasuhn returns to Hannover, while Powell has to leave - by Moritz Korff
The UBC Hannover Tigers (2. Bundesliga Pro B) welcome back Jan-Peter Prasuhn (198-G/F-82), but at the same time say goodbye to Damon Powell (198-F-89).
Prasuhn returns to his hometown after one year with USC Heidelberg. The 29-year-old already joined the Tigers between 2007 and 2010. He played 17 games for Heidelberg during the 2010-11 season and tallied 2.2 points per contest.
Meanwhile, Powell was cut from the roster and sent back to the United States, as the 20-year-old former highschool star did not live up to the expectations of the Hannover coaching staff.


Failed medical: Wuerzburg waives Tisdale - by Moritz Korff
BBL newcomer s.Oliver Baskets Wuerzburg has cancelled the contract with big man Mike Tisdale (215-C-89, college: Illinois), after the 21-year-old failed to pass the medical test, the club unveiled today. According to a press release the Wuerzburg doctors diagnosed Tisdale with back problems. Following this news the club decided to terminate Tisdale's contract, not wanting to take the risk going into the season with Tisdale being hurt. The former Illinois center has already returned home. 'It's a pity and we are sorry for Mike, but given these circumstances, it would be too risky for him and for us to compete in the Bundesliga. We trust our medical staff, that is why he terminated his contract', coach John Patrick stated.

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Dedas in AGOR and Apostolidis in Ilysiakos - by Chris Mammides
Two of the Greek players of PAOK's team last season will no longer continue their career in PAOK as they have agreed financial terms with other teams. In more analysis, Giorgos Dedas (200-F-80) agreed financial terms with A.G.O Rethymno Aegean while Giorgios Apostolidis (199-G-84) agreed financial terms with Flevarakis's Ilysiakos Athens and he is continuing his career witht he 'yellows'
Other transfer news
Justin Robinson (187-G-87) is officially a player of Marousi after he sent his signed contract earlier this week to the North Athenians


Antonios Mantzaris (196-G-86) agreed financial terms with Panellinios as he split ways with Peristeri.

Haralampos Giannopoulos (206-F-89) agreed terms with Peristeri and is replacing Mantzaris who left the team




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GasTerra Flames beat Japan in the opener - by Eurobasket News
GasTerra Flames beat Japan in the opener of the pre-season games 2011/2012. The Dutch side celebrated 72:58 victory. The Flames started with 20:16 and had 42:26 at the halftime. The board showed 55:42 after thirty minutes, while GasTerra Flames enjoyed 14-point victory at the end.
Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Virginia St.) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) nailed 15. Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Temple) posted 14, while Sergio de Randamie (201-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Houston) and Brian Davis notched 8 apiece.
Avis Wyatt became the great addition to the team this season. In Dec.'09 he signed at Ironi Ashkelon (Israel-Premier League) and in 12 games averaged 4.3ppg, 1.7rpg. The season 2010-2011 started for Proteas Danoi AEL (Cyprus-Division A, starting five), but left in Mar.'11. In 11 games he averaged 11.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, Blocks-1 (2.1bpg), FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 63.2%.



Magixx and EiffelTowers reach the victories in the openers, ZZ Leiden lost first two - by Eurobasket News
Magixx outscored PFK Leiden 2 86:42. Ross Bekkering (203-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Henry Bekkering (198-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: E.Washington) netted 16. Markel Humphrey (198-F-87, college: Marshall) finished the game with 15, while Marcel Aarts had 13.
EiffelTowers meanwhile overcame De Hoppers of Hoorn 99:61.
BC Telenet Oostende overcame ZZ Leiden twice. In the first game the Belgian team celebrated 68:49 victory. Matt Lojeski (198-G-85, college: Hawaii), Booker and Rich stepped up with 13 points for the winners. Boxley ended up with 12 points in the losing effort and De Jong scored 10. Terry Sas (197-F-86, agency: Court Side) and Hilliman delivered 6 points apiece and Jackson notched 5.
In the second game ZZ Leiden lost to BC Telenet Oostende 64:68. It was a better game for the Dutch team but they could not win the game anyway. Dusan Sakota (209-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Matt Lojeski added 14. Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) followed them with 11 points, while Rich scored 8. Boxley answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds in defeat, whilst De Jong collected 11 points and 8 rebounds.




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Serbia Beats Israel 89:80, Advances to the Second Round - by David Pick
After losing both its first two games to Germany and France, on paper, Israel yet again stood no chance against an extremely high quality European Serbian national team falling 89:80, losing any hopes of qualifying to the next round.

It was a game that for the most part, rested on familiarity, as Israeli guard Yotam Halperin faced his recent Olympiakos back court buddy, Milos Teodosic, and legendary coach, Dusan Ivkovic. Serbian forward Milan Macvan got the last laugh in Maccabi Tel Aviv's locker room, beating teammates Lior Eliyahu, Guy Pnini, Tal Burstein, Yogev Ohayon and David Blu.

Serbia's 'W' gave them and well deserved top spot in Group B as they prepare for their final tough battle versus the winner of tonight's game between undefeated NBA like teams -- France and Germany. If Serbia were young and exciting two years ago when winning the gold-medal at the 2009 EuroBasket, or after last year's run to fourth place at the World Championship games in Istanbul, a more matured, talented and tough group of men are fearfully a more dangerous force today, keeping the same coach and virtually the same group of players.

Other games today in Group B: Italy vs. Latvia, France vs. Germany.

Serbia - Israel 89:80

Israel's starting five for the first time in a long time did not include center Yaniv Green, however, it did show Yotam Halperin, Lior Eliyahu, Guy Pnini, David Blu and Afik Nissim. Serbia opened with Milos Teodosic, Milenko Tepic, Dusko Savanovic, Marko Keselj and Nenad Krstic.

WIN OR GO HOME was the motto of today's game for Israel who came aggressively to the first quarter. Halperin's three gave Israel their second tournament lead (3-0) another floater from Eliyahu surprisingly put Israel in front 7:1. Savanovic began to heat up and with significant help in the paint from Krstic, the Serbians tied things up at 11:11, after five minutes. Israel's fast tempo game resulted into Blu and Halperin threes as the underdogs took a 25:22 first quarter lead.

The second period was a battle between Maccabi players Macvan and Blu. The Serbian forward gave his nation its first and second leads (29:27, 31:29), but Blu (11 points), officially began trash-talking, regained Israel's lead (33:31) and single-handedly increased it to 39:31 with back-to-back corner pocket threes. Savanovic and Nissim exchanged buckets as the first half ended with a shocking 41:35 Israeli lead.

Pnini elbowed Krstic in the stomach and lighted up the atmosphere in the third. Dusan Ivkovic walked over to the Israeli forward, said a few unnecessary comments and got T'd up, all happening while the Israeli bench players are cracking up, 53:45, Israel. Halperin scored again (14), sending Ivkovic a message as to the quality player he gave up on this summer. Savanovic's two and-one plays (21), kept the Serbians close in the end of the third, 64:58.

Ivkovic went off on his men during the 60-second break, as the Serbians tightened their defense allowing Israel 0 points in the first three minutes of final quarter. A Markovic three tied the game for the first time since the first period 64:64. Teodosic kept his foot on the gas giving Serbia a 70:60 advantage. Krstic tipped Eliyahu's floater off the rim and Keselj hit a crucial three with 3:16 remaining, 77:71, Serbia. Halperin's lay-up and Nissim's and-one play brought Israel close, 77:76. Krstic used his NBA experience to seal the deal 89:80, sending Serbia to the second round and Israel to two meaningless games against Latvia and Italy.

Savanovic had a game high leading the winners with 24 points (10/17 from the field) and 7 board. Krstic had 18 and 7, Keselj finished with 15 points. Macvan 7, Teodosic 6 points, 5 assists and 7 boards. Halperin led all Israeli scorers with 18 points and 5 steals. Nissim 16 points (9 assists), Blu 16 (4/6 from three), Eliyahu 14, Pnini 9, Kadir 7 points and 10 rebounds.

Game Notes: Serbia won the battle under the boards and in assists, 45:27 (15:3 offense) and 16:13. Israel had 8 steals, Serbia 2.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd



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Centrale del Latte Brescia build up the roster - by Eurobasket News
Centrale del Latte Brescia build up the roster for 2011/2012 season and already played a friendly game against Krasnie Krilya Samara.
Krasnie Krilya Samara overcame Italian Centrale del Latte Brescia 76:68. The Russian team took 23:15 after the first 10 minutes of the game, while had 4-points advantage at the halftime. Brescia responded with 19-15 in the second frame to reduce to 38:34. Krasnie Krilya meanwhile looked better in the second half and produced both victories. They needed 21-18 for 7-point lead after thirty minutes and finished the game with 17-16 in the last quarter. For Italian team Busma scored 22 points and Thompson netted 15. Leemire Goldwire (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Charlotte) delivered 14 and Rodolfo Rombaldoni (190-G-77, agency: Players Group) added 7.
Earlier the team announced new arriving Ryan Thompson (198-G-89, college: Rider), Leemire Goldwire, Deividas Busma (213-C-87, college: Idaho St.) and Andrea Scanzi (198-G-88) Andrea. First two are American players, while Deividas Busma comes from Lithuania. Andrea Scanzi Andrea is of course our Italian player.
The team will keep Massimo Farioli (202-F/C-77), Rodolfo Rombaldoni, Franko Bushati (188-G-85), Andrea Scanzi, Stevan Stojkov (182-G-89), Lorenzo Gergati (188-G-84) and Mario Jose Ghersetti (200-F-81).



EuroBasket 2011: Bargnani brings Azzurri the victory over the Baltic State - by Eurobasket News
Latvia-Italy 62:71

Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) brings Azzurri the victory over the Baltic State on Friday afternoon at Eurobasket 2011. The Italian player erupted with 36 points for 71:62 win as Italy grabbed 2-1 record in Group B.
Italy could not score for the first three minutes and only Andrea Bargnani made the first points. He scored the first seven points and gave Italy 7:5. Latvia however played better in the opening quarter and Andrejs Selakovs (210-C-88, agency: Players Group) closed it at 21:18. Strelnieks brought 25:20 and Meiers made two free throws for 28:22. Andrea Bargnani and Bertans exchanged the baskets at the end of the half for 33:31, Latvia. Andrea Bargnani tied the game at 33:33 and Mancinelli brought 48:46 lead. Two free-throws by Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) gave the Italians a 55:53 lead at the end of the third quarter and then at the beginning of the fourth, captain Mordente and Andrea Bargnani struck two major blows. Andrea Bargnani was the hero of the last quarter and ensured the victory for Italy. Marco Belinelli made the last free throw in the game for the final result.
Marco Belinelli posted 11 points for the second victory at the tournament. Rihards Kuksiks (198-G/F-88) finished the game with 19 points and Andrejs Selakovs notched 10 in defeat. Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) posted 8 points as Latvia dropped at 0-3 record.

Latvia: Rihards Kuksiks 19, Andrejs Selakovs 10, Dairis Bertans 8
Italy: Andrea Bargnani 36, Marco Belinelli 11



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Barreteros de Zacatecazs sign Mugabe Thomas - by Eurobasket Center
Barreteros de Zacatecazs (LNBP) signed 31-year old ex-international former international forward Mugabe Thomas (193-F-80, college: Cedarville). Thomas played most recently at Lobos Grises de la UAD Durango (LNBP). While playing 31 games for Lobos Grises last season his stats were: 12.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. He is a very experienced player. Thomas graduated Cedarville University in 2006 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball. Thomas played for Jamaican senior national until 2006.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Japan lost another three in Europe - by Eurobasket News
Japan lost another three in Europe finishing the tour before Sept 15 25 26th FIBA Asia Championship at Wuhan.
Brose Baskets edged Japanese national team 101:73. The teams were tied at 47:47, while the German side pushed the tempo for good at the end . Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Jacobsen as well as Tucker posted 16 each. Stuckey ended up with 12 points and Neumann had 12.
GasTerra Flames beat Japan in the opener of the pre-season games 2011/2012. The Dutch side celebrated 72:58 victory. The Flames started with 20:16 and had 42:26 at the halftime. The board showed 55:42 after thirty minutes, while GasTerra Flames enjoyed 14-point victory at the end. Avis Wyatt (211-F/C-84, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Virginia St.) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83, college: Nebraska) nailed 15. Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Temple) posted 14, while Sergio de Randamie (201-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Houston) and Brian Davis notched 8 apiece.
The Fraport Skyliners rolled over Japan 89:73. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Gray Justin (188-G-84, college: Wake Forest) with 24 points, six rebounds and six assists. Jermareo Davidson added 15 points, 11 rebounds and five assists. The Japan national team was led by Keijuro Matsui (188-G-85, college: Columbia) with 26 points (8/10 three pointers). Joji Takeuchi (206-F/C-85, agency: N.E.T.) added 14 points and Kosuke Takeuchi (206-C/F-85) added 10 points.



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Sam Daghlas : Year 2 in CBA - by Omar Shafaamri
Jordan National Team Guard Osama Daghles (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) will spend his next season again in China, after playing last season for Shanxi Zhongyu being the Best Guard in CBA with 9.1 Assist per Game, now Sam agreed the Terms with the 13th ranked club last season Jilin Northeast Tigers for the 2011-2012 season. His fellow Islam Abbas played shortly last season for the same team.

Osama who was born in Amman-Jordan , he started to play the game at 14, is preparing with Jordan NT for the 26th FIBA Asia Championship (15-25 September in Wuhan, China) targeting the Gold Medal to clinch a Birth in London Olympic Games next year. Osama played before in Jordan, UAE,Syria, China and USA (D-League)


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EuroBasket 2011: Bargnani brings Azzurri the victory over the Baltic State - by Eurobasket News
Latvia-Italy 62:71

Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) brings Azzurri the victory over the Baltic State on Friday afternoon at Eurobasket 2011. The Italian player erupted with 36 points for 71:62 win as Italy grabbed 2-1 record in Group B.
Italy could not score for the first three minutes and only Andrea Bargnani made the first points. He scored the first seven points and gave Italy 7:5. Latvia however played better in the opening quarter and Andrejs Selakovs (210-C-88, agency: Players Group) closed it at 21:18. Strelnieks brought 25:20 and Meiers made two free throws for 28:22. Andrea Bargnani and Bertans exchanged the baskets at the end of the half for 33:31, Latvia. Andrea Bargnani tied the game at 33:33 and Mancinelli brought 48:46 lead. Two free-throws by Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) gave the Italians a 55:53 lead at the end of the third quarter and then at the beginning of the fourth, captain Mordente and Andrea Bargnani struck two major blows. Andrea Bargnani was the hero of the last quarter and ensured the victory for Italy. Marco Belinelli made the last free throw in the game for the final result.
Marco Belinelli posted 11 points for the second victory at the tournament. Rihards Kuksiks (198-G/F-88) finished the game with 19 points and Andrejs Selakovs notched 10 in defeat. Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) posted 8 points as Latvia dropped at 0-3 record.

Latvia: Rihards Kuksiks 19, Andrejs Selakovs 10, Dairis Bertans 8
Italy: Andrea Bargnani 36, Marco Belinelli 11



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Invitation to Tournament in Maseru, Lesotho 1st to 2nd October 2011 - by Sekhoane Moshabesha
The Lesotho Basketball Association shall be hosting a 2-day invitational tournament from the 1st to the 2nd of October 2011 in Maseru, Lesotho.

This tournament will include teams from Lesotho, Botswana, Swaziland, and South Africa.

It is with great pleasure that we extend this invitation to your team and request that you come and participate in this tournament as we continue to strengthen the ties between the Lesotho Basketball Association and your team in an effort to ensure the growth of basketball to the benefit of all. On this note, we encourage you to also extend this invitation to any teams in your regions whom you feel may add value to this competition.

Registration for the tournament is R300 per team, payable on arrival to the tournament. Please confirm your intention to participate by Close of Business (17:00) Friday 16th September 2011. Late confirmation will not be accepted.

Accommodation will be arranged for all players and team officials at the cost of about R100 to R200 per person, per night. Arrangements for accommodation shall be made by the Lesotho Basketball Association upon receipt of the full payment by any team that requires such an arrangement, no later than Friday 23rd September.

All future correspondence shall be carried out through the tournament organizer Mr. Ratsolo Molupe on behalf of the LBA League Committee. For any further enquiries or assistance of any sort, please contact Mr. Molupe at the following email address; moluper@etl.co.ls.

We look forward to seeing you at the tournament.

Kind regards,


Molupe Mothepu
Treasurer
National Basketball League Committee
Lesotho Basketball Association



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  LITHUANIA   


Martynas Andriuskevicius heads to Greece - by Eurobasket News
Martynas Andriuskevicius (218-C/F-86, agency: Interperformances) will continue his career in Greece. The Lithuanian big guy signed a deal with PAOK Thessaloniki. Andriuskevicius spent last four seasons with Spanish Alicante. In the latest one he had 7.8 ppg, 5.6 rpg and 1 bpg in 34 games. In 2009/10, Andriuskevicius collected 8.8 ppg and 4.7 rpg also in 34 games. In both years Alicante managed to survive in ACB, what was their main goal. Andriuskevicius helped them win promotion from LEB Gold to ACB in 2008. In the past, Martynas Andriuskevicius was a member of Zalgiris Kaunas. He has some experience from the NBA as well. Andriuskevicius appeared six times for the Cleveland Cavs in 2005/06. He played for the Lithuanian NT last summer in Turkey.

EuroBasket 2011: Lithuania keep slate clean beating Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Turkey-Lithuania 68:75

Lithuania grabbed 3-0 record in Group A of the home tournament. The Baltic State overcame Turkey 75:68 in one of the top games in Day 3 at Eurobasket 2011.
This game as well as Germany-France was expected more than any other in Day 3. Parker was too good for France at that game as the end did not bring too much intrigue, however Turkey and Lithuania struggled until the last seconds.
Jankunas scored for 8:4 and Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) tied the game at 11:11. Omer Asik (213-C-86) gave Turkey 16:15, while Kanter later tied it all at 17:17. Lithuania took 19:17 after the first period, while Savas again made it equal in the court. Turkoglu brought 29:23 and Ersan Ilyasova increased to 8 points. Only Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82)s three sent the teams to the lockers at 35:32. Turkey. Omer Asik and Ersan Ilyasova scored for 45:39, while again Simas Jasaitis reduced to 47:47. Later Jasikevicius scored from the perimeter for 659:58 as Lithuania took the lead. Preldzic brought 63:63 with 3 minutes in the game and Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) made the same at 65:65. The last points the host scored from the free throw line and it was enough to seal the victory. Preldzic, Preldzic, Jasikevicius and Simas Jasaitis ensured the third straight win for Lithuania.
Darius Songaila paced all the winners with 12 points, while Simas Jasaitis and Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) notched 11 each. Ersan Ilyasova answered with 20 points in the losing effort and Omer Asik chipped in 11.

Turkey: Ersan Ilyasova 20, Omer Asik 11, Omer Onan (194-G-78) 10
Lithuania: Darius Songaila 12, Simas Jasaitis 11, Rimantas Kaukenas 11



Neptunas play friendlies - by Eurobasket News
Neptunas won and lost the friendly games in the start of 2011/2012 pre-season. Tonight the team was beaten by Russian Triumph 81:63. The Lithuania team however opened the game with 20:17, but lost control in the rest of the game. The Russian team won the second period to take 43:31 at the halftime. Moreover Triumphed increased to 67:41 and won the game by 18 points. Canadina Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) stepped up with 18 points and Victor Zvarykin (199-G-86) followed him 12. Artem Kuzyakin (200-G-80) and Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC) brought 11 each and Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) netted 10.
Earlier Neptunas overcame Ventspils 91:69 in Lithuania. The hosts started the game with 19-9 and added 28-23 in the second frame. Latvia side meanwhile bounced back with 19-18 to reduce the score after thirty minutes. Neptunas however pushed the tempo for good and after 26-18 in the last stanza sealed the victory.



Gintaras Leonavicius is the coach of Techasas for another two years - by Eurobasket News
Gintaras Leonavicius is the coach of Techasas for another two years as both sides renewed the agreement. The Lithuania specialist will enter his third season.
As a Head Coach in 1997-1998 he started with Kalnapilis Panevezys and remained there for a long time. In 2004 moved to Nevezis Kedainiai (LKL) for 5 seasons. In 2009-2010 was back to Panevezys Techasas (LKL).
He achieved Baltic League D2 Group 2 Regular Season Champion -05, Baltic League D1 Semifinals -06, Lithuanian League Semifinals -06. In 2008 became Baltic League Challenge Cup Winner and last season reached Baltic League Challenge Cup Semifinals -11.
Last season Techasas finished on the 6th place with 13-11 record. In the Quarter-Finals Round Rudupis overcame the etam in two games. Techasas' coach Gintaras Leonavicius rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.



Dainius Salenga heads to Rudupis - by Eurobasket News
Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) heads to Rudupis for the upcoming season. The well-known Lithuania player left the court in January but is back for the new team.
In January 2011 Dainius Salenga from B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas was suspended after Euroleague game with BC 'Khimki' on 23rd December 2010.Doping control officials took D. Salenga's urine samples and surveyed, that A sample has a material attributable to stimulant (metilhexanamin). Dainius Salenga was disqualified for half a year by International Basketball Federation Disciplinary Committee. Salenga persuaded FIBA Disciplinary Committee that he mixed all the pills in one bottle, and did not know that there still matter metilhexamin, banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency in 2010.
In 2010-2011 for B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas (LKL), in VTB League after 5 games he averaged 6.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 41.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 85.7%. In Euroleague he showed 4.8ppg, 1.6rpg, 1.1apg, while in Lithuanian League after 9 games his stats read 7.2ppg, 1.8rpg, FGP: 65.5%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 65.2%.



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Romel Beck joins Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun - by Eurobasket Center
Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun (LNBP) agreed terms with 29-year old Mexican former international (has also Mexican passport) swingman Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, college: UNLV, agency: Interperformances). Beck played most recently at Guaros de Lara (Venezuela). He is a very experienced player. Beck played also pro basketball in Croatia, Italy, Puerto Rico, Venezuela and USA. He graduated University of Nevada -Las Vegas in 2005 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball. Beck played for Mexican senior national until 2009.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun adds Feeley to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun (LNBP) agreed terms with 28-year old Mexican power forward Andrew Feeley (206-F/C-113kg-83, college: UMBC, agency: Promotex). He played most recently at Gigantes de Guayana (Venezuela). Feeley helped them to make it to the semifinals. He is a very experienced player. Feeley played also pro basketball in France, Japan, Slovenia, Uruguay and Venezuela. He graduated University of Maryland -Baltimore County in 2005 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Council signs at Barreteros de Zacatecazs - by Eurobasket Center
Barreteros de Zacatecazs (LNBP) agreed terms with American guard Melvin Council (191-G-91kg, college: Robert Morris). Its actually Councils comeback to Barreteros as she played here before. Council played most recently at Rochester RazorSharks (PBL) in the U.S. While playing 24 games for Rochester R. last season his stats were: 11.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the championship title. Council graduated Robert Morris College in 2007 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Garcia is back at Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun - by Eurobasket Center
Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun (LNBP) agreed terms with 35-year old international international power forward Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-113kg-76, college: Ky Wesleyan). Its actually Garcias comeback to Pioneros as she played here before. Garcia played most recently at Hebraica Macabi (Uruguay). While playing 11 games for Hebraica last season his stats were: 7.9ppg, 11.1rpg and 1.8apg. He is a very experienced player. Garcia played also pro basketball in Argentina, Brazil, France, Panama, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Venezuela. He graduated Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1999 and it will be his 13th season in pro basketball. Garcia played for Panama senior national team this year.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Reaves is back at Barreteros de Zacatecazs - by Eurobasket Center
Barreteros de Zacatecazs (LNBP) signed 29-year old American forward James Reaves (203-F-111kg-82, college: Niagara, agency: TSS Management). Its actually Reaves comeback to Barreteros as she played here before. Reaves played most recently at UU-Korihait Uusikaupunki (Finland). While playing 49 games for Korihait last season his stats were: 14.3ppg and 7.3rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Reaves is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Finland, Germany and Venezuela. Reaves graduated Niagara University in 2004 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Panteras de Aguascalientes adds Lopez to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Panteras de Aguascalientes (LNBP) agreed terms with 26-year old Dominican Rep.-Puerto Rican power forward Ivan Lopez (208-C/F-85, college: Memphis). Lopez played most recently at Vaqueros de Bayamon (Puerto Rico). While playing 35 games for Bayamon last season he recorded 1.7ppg and 2.1rpg. He helped them to win regular season and make it to the semifinals. Lopez is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Brazil, Chile, Puerto Rico and Spain. Lopez graduated University of Memphis in 2004 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Panteras de Aguascalientes lands Singleton - by Eurobasket Center
Panteras de Aguascalientes (LNBP) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American center Rashaad Singleton (213-C-87, college: Florida Southern). Singleton played most recently at Fuerza Guinda Nogales (CIBACOPA). But he spent there only pre-season. He played also pro basketball in Japan and Jordan. Singleton graduated Florida Southern College in 2009 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Marlyn Bryant comes back to Panteras de Aguascalientes after 5 years - by Eurobasket Center
Panteras de Aguascalientes (LNBP) added to their roster 29-year old American guard Marlyn Bryant (193-G-82, college: S.Florida). It's actually his comeback as he played there in 2006. Bryant played most recently at Fukuoka Rizing (Japan). He missed the last season and had one year break from professional basketball. Bryant played also pro basketball in Japan and Puerto Rico. He graduated University of South Florida in 2005 and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball. His best year was three years ago when playing for Criollos de Caguas in Puerto Rico, he was selected to Puerto Rican BSN All-Star Game.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Barreteros de Zacatecazs sign Mugabe Thomas - by Eurobasket Center
Barreteros de Zacatecazs (LNBP) signed 31-year old ex-international former international forward Mugabe Thomas (193-F-80, college: Cedarville). Thomas played most recently at Lobos Grises de la UAD Durango (LNBP). While playing 31 games for Lobos Grises last season his stats were: 12.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. He is a very experienced player. Thomas graduated Cedarville University in 2006 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball. Thomas played for Jamaican senior national until 2006.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Ricardo Melendez is back at Panteras de Aguascalientes - by Eurobasket Center
Panteras de Aguascalientes (LNBP) added back to their roster 28-year old Puerto Rican guard Ricardo Melendez (180-G-83, agency: TSS Management). Melendez played most recently at Cangrejeros de Santurce (Puerto Rico). While playing 27 games for Santurce last season his stats were: 6.2ppg and 1.4rpg. He played also pro basketball in Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Chaz Twan Briggs is a newcomer at Barreteros de Zacatecazs - by Eurobasket Center
Barreteros de Zacatecazs (LNBP) added to their roster 31-year old domestic forward Chaz Twan Briggs (201-F-80, college: W.Virginia). Briggs played most recently at Frankston Blues (Australia). He missed the last season and had one year break from professional basketball. While playing 27 games for Frankston B. two seasons ago he averaged 14.8ppg, 10.8rpg, 2.1apg and 1.6bpg. Briggs is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Australia, Holland, Luxembourg and Turkey. Briggs graduated West Virginia University in 2003 and it will be his nineth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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News - by Marek Krala
After the Afrobasket where the National Team did a decent campain even without cupples players missed it's now the preparation of the league season.
The teams of Renaissance Tanger and KAC of Kenitra are the new incomers in the league.Tanger will probably have a big support from authorities plus with a new gym of 6000 persons capacity,each game in Tanger will be more hard to obtain the victory.The WAC received many penalties on the board and for the assistant coach so the season look like very difficult for them.The return of the coach of Zecevic is more then a dream for the moment.From some source,the team Sport Plazza made a agreement with a french coach for the current season.The national team coach Hachad will leave the team after he save them of relegation in second division.The FUS change board too and the serbian coach who signed for the season 2011-12 will probably not stay there.


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  NBA   


Kevin Garnett says Lakers' infighting kept him from joining team - by Eurobasket News
Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76) said he was 'pretty close' to joining the Lakers as a free agent 2007, but the tension between Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson made him decide against making the move to Los Angeles.

'What disturbed me about the whole Lakers situation was just Kobe and Phil at the time', Garnett said on Dan Patricks radio show. 'They were at each other pretty bad, and a new situation full of uncertainty wasn't something that I wanted to get into.'

'There was a lot going on and I didn't want to be part of it.'

Garnett, of course, ended up signing with the Celtics, who went on to beat the Lakers in the 2008 NBA Finals.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com


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  NIGERIA   


Valladolid inks Nigerian NT player Michael Umeh - by Eurobasket News
Michael Umeh (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: UNLV) will stay in Spain for at least one more season. The Nigerian/American point guard penned a deal with Valladolid. It will be his first year in ACB. He spent last season with Murcia averaging 11.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists. In 2009/10, Umeh had 10.9 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 48 games with Menorca. He helped both teams to win the LEB Gold title. From 2007 to 2009, Michael Umeh played for the German team LTi Giessen 46ers. In their second season together Umeh registered 13.8 ppg and 3.2 rpg. Michael Umeh played for the Nigerian NT at the AfroBasket in Madagascar. He helped them win the Bronze at this event with 11.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 2.3 apg for 7 games. Umeh was named Africabasket.com All-African Championships Honorable Mention -11.

Scoring machine Derrick Obasohan heads to Spain - by Eurobasket News
After great performance at the AfroBasket in Madagascar, Derrick Obasohan (199-F-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) secured a deal in Spain. The Nigerian forward signed a contract with Joventut Badalona. Obasohan heads to Spain from the Turkish team Trabzon. In 26 games he averaged 11.8 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Last summer the TBL newcomers have agreed on terms of contract with Obasohan. The 30-year-old forward played before in France. The US-Nigerian player tallied 19.8 points, 4.0 boards and 2.1 assists per game for Hyeres-Toulon. In 2008/09 Derrick Obasohan played in Strasbourg. He averaged 11.5 points, 3.4 boards and 1.1 assists per appearance in that season. Derrick Obasohan helped Nigeria to win the Bronze in Madagascar. He had 16.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 2.4 apg for his country in 7 games. Obasohan was named Africabasket.com All-African Championships 2nd Team -11.

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  PANAMA   


Panamanians hand 89-86 loss to Paraguay - by Eurobasket News
PARAGUAY - PANAMA 86-89

Panama was better than Paraguay yesterday 89-86 and it was their first win in Mar del Plata. Panamanians have 1-1 record now and they are currently third ranked team in Group B. Paraguay dropped to 0-3, but they still have a chance to reach the next stage. Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) exploded for Panama with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia) also was impressive adding 25 points and 6 rebs, while Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) helped with 18 points and 10 rebs. In Paraguay, Enrique Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) drained 36 points (6 triples, valuation 32). Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) had 25 points and 8 rebs, but Paraguay did not have anyone else with double-digits in scoring. Quarters: 19-23, 25-17, 11-30, 31-19. Panama will meet Uruguay today. Paraguay will take a rest.

Paraguay: Enrique Martinez 36, Guillermo Araujo 25+8 boards
Panama: Jose Lloreda 29+10 boards, Gary Forbes 25+6 boards, Ruben Garces 18+10 boards


Garcia is back at Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun - by Eurobasket Center
Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun (LNBP) agreed terms with 35-year old international international power forward Antonio Garcia (203-F/C-113kg-76, college: Ky Wesleyan). Its actually Garcias comeback to Pioneros as she played here before. Garcia played most recently at Hebraica Macabi (Uruguay). While playing 11 games for Hebraica last season his stats were: 7.9ppg, 11.1rpg and 1.8apg. He is a very experienced player. Garcia played also pro basketball in Argentina, Brazil, France, Panama, Puerto Rico, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Venezuela. He graduated Kentucky Wesleyan College in 1999 and it will be his 13th season in pro basketball. Garcia played for Panama senior national team this year.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Panamanians hand 89-86 loss to Paraguay - by Eurobasket News
PARAGUAY - PANAMA 86-89

Panama was better than Paraguay yesterday 89-86 and it was their first win in Mar del Plata. Panamanians have 1-1 record now and they are currently third ranked team in Group B. Paraguay dropped to 0-3, but they still have a chance to reach the next stage. Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) exploded for Panama with 29 points and 10 rebounds. Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia) also was impressive adding 25 points and 6 rebs, while Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) helped with 18 points and 10 rebs. In Paraguay, Enrique Martinez (189-G-78, agency: Dream Team Management) drained 36 points (6 triples, valuation 32). Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) had 25 points and 8 rebs, but Paraguay did not have anyone else with double-digits in scoring. Quarters: 19-23, 25-17, 11-30, 31-19. Panama will meet Uruguay today. Paraguay will take a rest.

Paraguay: Enrique Martinez 36, Guillermo Araujo 25+8 boards
Panama: Jose Lloreda 29+10 boards, Gary Forbes 25+6 boards, Ruben Garces 18+10 boards


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  PBL   


Council signs at Barreteros de Zacatecazs - by Eurobasket Center
Barreteros de Zacatecazs (LNBP) agreed terms with American guard Melvin Council (191-G-91kg, college: Robert Morris). Its actually Councils comeback to Barreteros as she played here before. Council played most recently at Rochester RazorSharks (PBL) in the U.S. While playing 24 games for Rochester R. last season his stats were: 11.8ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.6apg and 1.4spg. He helped them to win the championship title. Council graduated Robert Morris College in 2007 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  PERU   


Standings - Superior
Superior Standings
 1. Regatas 25-2 
 2. Real Club 24-3 
 3. Escuela Fap 19-6 
 4. El Bosque 19-10 
 5. Inmaculada 16-12 
 6. Centro Naval 12-16 
 7. Ejercito 11-17 
 8. San Augustin 8-21 
 9. San Marcos 3-26 
 10. Universitario 1-25 


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  POLAND   


Trefl Sopot sign Lukasz Koszarek, in talks with Mike Cook - by Eurobasket News
Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) comes back to Poland after two seasons in Italy. In 2009-2010 he moved to Pepsi JuveCaserta (Italy-SerieA) and in 38 games averaged 5.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 34.7%, FT: 82.1%.
In 2010-2011 for Pepsi JuveCaserta (Italy-SerieA) in EuroCup he showed 5.2ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 46.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 81.3%, while at the Euroleague Qualifying Round in 2 games had high 11.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg. In Italian League after 30 games his stats read 4.7ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.6apg, 1.3spg.
Mike Cook (193-G/F-84, agency: Alti Sport, college: Pittsburgh) is an American Shooting Guard / Small Forward. In 2009-2010 he played for Sheffield Sharks (United Kingdom-BBL, starting five) and became the top-scorer of the League. He had high 26.8ppg, 4.9rpg, 4.4apg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 75.2%. He recorded 41 points in his opener as Sheffield S. needed overtime win over Everton T. 99-90. In 2010-2011 played for Qatar Sports Club (Qatar-D1, starting five).



EuroBasket 2011: Koszarek paced Poland in the late run over Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Portugal-Poland 73:81

Poland celebrated the initial victory at the Eurobasket 2011. The team improved to 1-2 record after 81:73 over Portugal due to the second half.
Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) scored from the arc in the opening tip, but Portugal replied with 7-0 run. Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) scored the last 4 points in the first period for 13:10 at the end of the first period. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) meanwhile tied the game at 17:17, while Portugal again went on a bigger lead. Joao Santos (205-C-79, college: Nevada) nailed three for 33:24 and Filipe Da Silva (192-G-79) closed the half at 36:29. Poland erupted with 13-0 run when the teams came back to the court after the break. Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) nailed three for 42:36 and Szymon Szewczyk scored for 45:38. Miguel Miranda's layup however halted the long drought for Portugal and they outscored their opponents 13-7 to go into the final frame with the game knotted at 49:49.
The last quarter became the most offensive and Poland managed to score 32 points. Szymon Szewczyk brought 54:51, while Hrycaniuk added for 64:61. Lukasz Koszarek increased to 71:65, while he scored from the perimeter at the very end for the final result in the game.
Lukasz Koszarek ended up with 18 points for the winners and Dardan Berisha nailed 16. Szymon Szewczyk delivered 13, while Pawel Leonczyk (202-F-86, agency: Promotex) scored 11. Antonio Tavares and Jose Costa (187-G-73) answered with 13 points in the losing case, whilst Joao Santos and Filipe Da Silva notched 12 apiece.

Portugal: Antonio Tavares 13, Jose Costa 13, Joao Santos 12, Filipe Da Silva 12
Poland: Lukasz Koszarek 18, Dardan Berisha 16, Szymon Szewczyk 13, Pawel Leonczyk 11




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EuroBasket 2011: Koszarek paced Poland in the late run over Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Portugal-Poland 73:81

Poland celebrated the initial victory at the Eurobasket 2011. The team improved to 1-2 record after 81:73 over Portugal due to the second half.
Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84) scored from the arc in the opening tip, but Portugal replied with 7-0 run. Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) scored the last 4 points in the first period for 13:10 at the end of the first period. Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) meanwhile tied the game at 17:17, while Portugal again went on a bigger lead. Joao Santos (205-C-79, college: Nevada) nailed three for 33:24 and Filipe Da Silva (192-G-79) closed the half at 36:29. Poland erupted with 13-0 run when the teams came back to the court after the break. Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) nailed three for 42:36 and Szymon Szewczyk scored for 45:38. Miguel Miranda's layup however halted the long drought for Portugal and they outscored their opponents 13-7 to go into the final frame with the game knotted at 49:49.
The last quarter became the most offensive and Poland managed to score 32 points. Szymon Szewczyk brought 54:51, while Hrycaniuk added for 64:61. Lukasz Koszarek increased to 71:65, while he scored from the perimeter at the very end for the final result in the game.
Lukasz Koszarek ended up with 18 points for the winners and Dardan Berisha nailed 16. Szymon Szewczyk delivered 13, while Pawel Leonczyk (202-F-86, agency: Promotex) scored 11. Antonio Tavares and Jose Costa (187-G-73) answered with 13 points in the losing case, whilst Joao Santos and Filipe Da Silva notched 12 apiece.

Portugal: Antonio Tavares 13, Jose Costa 13, Joao Santos 12, Filipe Da Silva 12
Poland: Lukasz Koszarek 18, Dardan Berisha 16, Szymon Szewczyk 13, Pawel Leonczyk 11




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Puerto Rico jumps to 3-0 in Mar del Plata - by Eurobasket News
URUGUAY - PUERTO RICO 64-74

Puerto Rico registered third straight win in Mar del Plata. This time they handed 74-64 loss to Uruguay keeping the first place in Group B. Of course, Puerto Rico already booked a spot for the next stage, but they also want to finish this phase with perfect score and to win this pool. Uruguay slipped to 0-2. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) top-scored for Puerto Rico with 19 points and he grabbed 5 rebounds beside that. Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) had 14 points and 6 boards, while Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) (11 rebs) and Ricardo Sanchez (212-C/F-87) (10 rebs) helped with 8 points each. Uruguay got 16 points and 12 boards from Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83). Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) and Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) also had 16 points apiece. Quarters: 12-15, 17-21, 18-16, 17-22. Puerto Rico will meet Argentina and it will be a game for the first place in Group B. Uruguay will play against Panama.

Uruguay: Esteban Batista 16+12 boards, Leandro Garcia Morales 16, Mauricio Aguiar 16
Puerto Rico: Carlos Arroyo 19+5 boards, Jose Juan Barea 14+6 boards, Daniel Santiago 8+11 boards, Ricardo Sanchez 8+10 boards


Ricardo Melendez is back at Panteras de Aguascalientes - by Eurobasket Center
Panteras de Aguascalientes (LNBP) added back to their roster 28-year old Puerto Rican guard Ricardo Melendez (180-G-83, agency: TSS Management). Melendez played most recently at Cangrejeros de Santurce (Puerto Rico). While playing 27 games for Santurce last season his stats were: 6.2ppg and 1.4rpg. He played also pro basketball in Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  ROMANIA   


Gaz Metan Medias too strong for CSU Atlasi Sibiu in a friendly, 103-72 - by Eurobasket News
Gaz Metan Medias - CSU Atlasi Sibiu 103-72

Gaz Metan Medias and CSU Atlasi Sibiu met in a friendly game yesterday. Gaz Metan was much better team celebrating 103-72 victory at the end. Deven Mitchell (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances) was their leading player with 18 points. Jarrett Howell (188-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) scored 16 points, while Craig Moore (191-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Northwestern) helped with 15 points and 9 assists. Aurelian Dumitrescu (195-G-79) also had 15 pts in this victory. On the other side, Mychal Kearse (194-G-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's) shined with 20 points and 7 rebounds. Jaytornah Wisseh (185-G-88, college: LIU Brooklyn) had 19 points and 5 assists, and Kaylone Riley (203-C, college: Warner Pacific) delivered 15 pts for Sibiu. Gaz Metan took control on their rival from the beginning and never looked back. They resolved question about the winner in third period (32-7). After that last ten minutes were just the formality. Both teams will play more friendlies in the upcoming days.

Gaz Metan Medias: Deven Mitchell 18, Jarrett Howell 16, Craig Moore 15+9 as, Aurelian Dumitrescu 15
CSU Atlasi Sibiu: Mychal Kearse 20+7 boards, Jaytornah Wisseh 19+5 as, Kaylone Riley 15


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  RUSSIA   


Khimky and Krasnie Krilya won in the first day of September - by Eurobasket News
Krasnie Krilya Samara overcame Italian Centrale del Latte Brescia 76:68. The Russian team took 23:15 after the first 10 minutes of the game, while had 4-points advantage at the halftime. Brescia responded with 19-15 in the second frame to reduce to 38:34. Krasnie Krilya meanwhile looked better in the second half and produced both victories. They needed 21-18 for 7-point lead after thirty minutes and finished the game with 17-16 in the last quarter. For Italian team Deividas Busma (213-C-87, college: Idaho St.) scored 22 points and Thompson netted 15. Leemire Goldwire (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Charlotte) delivered 14 and Rombaldoni added 7.
Khimky meanwhile outscored Krka 95:78. The Slovenian team just started the preparation for 2011/2012 season and could not match the Russian titan. Khimky led almost the entire game and celebrated the rightful victory. Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) stepped up with 21 points for the winners and Chris Quinn (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) netted 18. Vyaltsev Egor and Alexey Zhukanenko (210-F-86, agency: Alti Sport) delivered 15 each, whilst Loncar Kresimir scored 13.



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  SENEGAL   


Papa Beye joined JL Bourg Basket - by Eurobasket News
Papa Beye (203-F-89) joined JL Bourg Basket for the upcoming season. The Senegalese Forward arrived from Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne.
In 2007-2009 he appeared for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (ProA) but played mostly for U21 team. In 2008-2009 also was registered for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA) but played mostly for U21 Team. In 2010-2011 moved to Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne (France-ProB) and in 33 games averaged 2.6ppg, 1.6rpg.
In his top he recorded 12 points at the Regular Season Round 25. Clermont lost to Boulogne 71-77. It looked good early as Stade Clermont took an 11-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then SO Maritime Boulogne took control and eventually winning the game that evening by 6 points. 25 personal fouls committed by Stade Clermont helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities.



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  SERBIA   


Donetsk celebrates 75-67 win against Mega Vizura - by Eurobasket News
Mega Vizura - Donetsk 67-75

Donestk registered another win this pre-season. This time the Ukrainian runner-up was better than the Serbian team Mega Vizura. Donetsk celebrated 75-67 victory in this meeting. Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona) shined for the winners with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Vitaly Kovalenko (201-F-84) had 14 points and DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Duke) helped with 12 points and 5 assists. Michael Lee (207-F-86) and Dmytro Gliebov (198-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 11 and 10 points respectively. In Mega Vizura, Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored with 13 points. Pavle Reljic (194-G-93) and Nikola Vujovic (207-C-93) had 12 and 11 pts in this defeat. Donetsk had nice first half and later managed to keep its lead. Quarters: 23-18, 17-11, 18-18, 17-20. Donetsk returned to Ukraine today.

Mega Vizura: Branko Milisavljevic 13, Pavle Reljic 12, Nikola Vujovic 11
Donetsk: Ivan Radenovic 15+9 boards, Vitaly Kovalenko 14, DeMarcus Nelson 12+5 as, Michael Lee 11, Dmytro Gliebov 10


EuroBasket 2011: Serbia stay perfect - by Eurobasket News
Serbia-Israel 89:80

Serbia stay perfect at Eurobasket 2011 after a tough game over Israel. The latter stayed in front for the majority of the game but failed at the end and lost the game. Serbia needed 89:80 to improve to 3-0 record in Group B.
Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) and Lior Eliyahu (206-F/C-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) made it 5:0 for Israel and Lior Eliyahu later brought 11:6. Kadir and Bjelica exchanged the late baskets at the end of the game for 25:22, Israel. Milan Macvan (206-C-89, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) tied the game at 27:27, but Serbia failed 4-11 run and Afik Nissim (180-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) scored for 41:31. Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) however reduced to 41:35 at the halftime, but Israel did not slow down in the second half. Afik Nissim gave his side 53:41 that was the biggest lead in the game. Serbia got a three-point play by Kosta Perovic and a shot from the arc on the left wing by Stefan Markovic to pull level at 64:64. Serbia then took the control and Nenad Krstic (214-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) scored for 79:76. Dusko Savanovic erupted from the arc for 84:76 and Teodosic scored the last two points from the free throw line.
Dusko Savanovic poured in 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Nenad Krstic added 18 points and 7 boards. Marko Keselj (205-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) ended up with 15 points and also 7 rebounds, whilst Milan Macvan notched 7. Yotam Halperin produced 18 points in the losing case and David Blu (201-F-80, college: USC) as well as Afik Nissim had 16 apiece.

Serbia: Dusko Savanovic 24+7 rebs, Nenad Krstic 18+7 rebs, Marko Keselj 15+7 rebs, Milan Macvan 7
Israel: Yotam Halperin 18, David Blu 16, Afik Nissim 16, Lior Eliyahu 14



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  SLOVAKIA   


Prievidza signed Point Guard - by Martin Bosko
BC Prievidza signed on Tuesday their starting PG Corey Pelle (180-G) for one season. Corey played last year at West Liberty State in the NCAA2. He led his team in assists and scoring and brought his team last season to the Final Four. He was named WVIAC Player of the year. His team won the WVIAC Championship in 2010 and 2011. He scored in average 17.3 points and added 6.2 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 34 games.

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Basketball Without Borders Africa 2011 - by Elvis Dickson
A sunny spring weather welcomed Campers, Guests and NBA legends to the opening day of Basketball Without Borders Africa 2011. As 50 thousand fans gathered in Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton to celebrate the departure of South African Rugby world cup team to New Zealand, a few kilometers away in Houghton Estate was another gathering of 70 top U18 boys Basketball players from across Africa and 25 girls from South Africa and Basketball enthusiasts to welcome the NBA Legends, NBA and College Coaches and Dignitaries to Basketball Without Borders Africa 2011 in Johannesburg.
The event opened with a press conference where NBA Vice president for Africa Amedou Fall, Basketball South Africa president Mr. Malesela Maleka, FIBA Development Director Zoran and US Ambassador to South Africa Donald Gibs all spoke about the platform that Basketball provide for young people for cross-border interactions and the hope that through the sport, they can better their lives.
Denver Nuggets General Manager Mr. Masai Ujiri and NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Motumbo were recognized for the job that they have done to promote Basketball in Africa and to provide opportunities for young players to excel.
A standing ovation was afforded when Dikembe took the stand to declare the Camp opened.
The NBA legends that made the trip to Joburg this spring include: Dee Brown, Patrick Ewing, Jeff Hornacek, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo and Bo Outlaw. And two legends from the WNBA Tamika Raymond and Edna Campbell.
The NBA Legends and Coaches participated in a community event- Special Olympics clinic and will play key role in indoctrinating fundamental skills to young players who have travelled from across Africa to participate in this camp.
Basketball Without Borders is an NBA Cares initiatives to bring young players together, training under NBA and WNBA legends and coaches, and competing against their peers. Campers receive top-level instruction on-court and participate in daily life-skills seminars focused on values of the game such as leadership, character development, and living a healthy lifestyle.
- Elvis Dickson



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  SPAIN   


Valladolid inks Nigerian NT player Michael Umeh - by Eurobasket News
Michael Umeh (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: UNLV) will stay in Spain for at least one more season. The Nigerian/American point guard penned a deal with Valladolid. It will be his first year in ACB. He spent last season with Murcia averaging 11.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists. In 2009/10, Umeh had 10.9 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 48 games with Menorca. He helped both teams to win the LEB Gold title. From 2007 to 2009, Michael Umeh played for the German team LTi Giessen 46ers. In their second season together Umeh registered 13.8 ppg and 3.2 rpg. Michael Umeh played for the Nigerian NT at the AfroBasket in Madagascar. He helped them win the Bronze at this event with 11.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 2.3 apg for 7 games. Umeh was named Africabasket.com All-African Championships Honorable Mention -11.

LOBE Huesca signs Diego Sanchez, completes roster - by Eurobasket News
LOBE Huesca completed its roster for the upcoming season. Their last addition is Diego Sanchez (198-F-78). The Spanish forward heads to Huesca from Menorca, where he spent last two seasons. In the latest one had had 1.6 ppg and 1 rpg for 27 games in ACB. He helped Menorca to win the LEB Gold title a year ago. At that time Sanchez had 5.3 ppg and 2.7 rpg in 47 games. Before Menorca, Diego Sanchez played for Ricoh Manresa four years. They won the LEB Gold title in 2007. Sanchez also played for Tenerife and Gualdalajara in the past. With Tenerife, he reached LEB1 Finals in 2003.

Obila signs Anaterve Cruz - by Eurobasket News
Anaterve Cruz (196-F-86) will play his fourth consecutive year in LEB Silver. The Spanish forward signed a deal with Obila. Cruz heads to his new club from Leyma Basquet Coruna, where he spent last season. He had 6.9 ppg and 2.6 rpg for 28 games with them. In 2009/10, Cruz was a member of Plasencia Extramadura. He averaged 9.2 points and 2.7 rebounds for 32 games. It was his second year in LEB Silver. Before that, he spent one with Canasta Jerez Unibasket. In the past, Anaterve Cruz played for Jerez and Las Palmas. He also has some experience from Gran Canaria.

Albert Moncasi and Alex Llorca join Caja Laboral for training camp - by Eurobasket News
Caja Laboral brought in Albert Moncasi (209-C-86) and Alex Llorca (192-G-89) for the training camp. The former champions were forced to react after latest injuries of Maciej Lampe and Reggie Williams.
Albert Moncasi finished last season with Lleida. He had 9.5 ppg and 4.4 rpg for them in 10 LEB Gold games. Moncasi started 2009/10 with Sant Josep Girona. There he had 3.2 ppg and 2.6 rpg for 5 games. He played for Murcia, Granca and Barca in the past.
Alex Llorca played last two seasons for Manresa. In the latest one he had 3.4 ppg and 1.7 rpg. In 2009/10, Llorca registered 2.6 ppg and 1.2 rpg for 31 games. He also has experience from Vic and LHospitalitet.


EuroBasket 2011: Pau Gasol top-scored in the third victory in a row - by Eurobasket News
Spain-Great Britain 86:69

Spain won the third straight game at Eurobasket 2011. The defending champions overcame Great Britain 86:69 in the first game of Day 3.
Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) opened the game with four straight points and Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) scored for 9:2. Great Britain reduced the gap immediately in the end of the frame as Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) made it 19:16 after 10 minutes. Luol Deng brought 21:19 for Great Britain in the start of the second frame but Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) scored for 28:23. Rubio and Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) brought 32:25, while the latter made it plus 9. Spain produced the same result in the second period adding another 19-16 for 38:32 at the halftime. Marc Gasol and his brother made it 46:36 and Reinking cut it to 52:38 later in the third. Reinking and Johnson exchanged the late baskets for 60:45 after thirty minutes. Pau Gasol brought 67:48 and Ibaka delivered for 71:50. Adegboye and Luol Deng made three free throws for 71:53, but Felipe Reyes increased to 20. Claver closed a 7-0 run for Spain, while Adegboye scored 4 in a row for 78:57 with 3 minutes to go. Johnson and Adegboye reduced to 80:62, while again Johnson and Freeland cut it to 13. Felipe Reyes and Marc Gasol ensured the last points for Spain that celebrated 86:69 victory.
Pau Gasol top-scored for Spain with 21 points, while Marc Gasol collected 18 points and 11 rebounds. Rudy Fernandez notched 11 and Felipe Reyes posted 10. Luol Deng finished the game with 17 points and Daniel Clark (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances) added 14.

Spain: Pau Gasol 21, Marc Gasol 18+11 rebs, Rudy Fernandez 11, Felipe Reyes 10
Great Britain: Luol Deng 17, Daniel Clark 14



Karim Souchu at the try-outs in Lleida - by Greg
Karim Souchu (198-F-79, college: Furman) is in Spain and practice with CE CIP Lleida Basquetbol (LEB Gold) in September. The 32-year old forward last year was in Limoges, France Pro A with whom he has played 29 games and averaged 4.9ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.1apg. Karim Souchu has a 8 year experience in Europe in France, Belgium and Cyprus where he won the Cup in 2007

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Demond Watt took his talent to Eco Orebro - by Eurobasket Center
Eco Orebro agreed terms with 22-year old American forward Demond Watt (200-F-89). Watt has graduated Texas A&M - Corpus Christi (NCAA) in the U.S. While playing 31 games for Texas A&M - C.C. last season he recorded 15.0ppg, 8.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.1spg and 1.3bpg. He was aslo selected to the NABC Division I All-District 23 2nd Team and All-Southland Conf. 3rd Team (second straight year). It will be his first professional basketball deal.


Urule Igbavboa is a newcomer at LF Basket - by Eurobasket Center
LF Basket strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American-German center Urule Igbavboa (206-C-87). Igbavboa is the product of Valparaiso, where he was named All-Horizon League 2nd Team in his senior year. Igbavboa played most recently at SFK Perikos/Arhelaos (Greece). While playing 28 games for Periko/Arhelaos last season he averaged 7.8ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.1apg. Igbavboa played also pro basketball in Germany, Greece and Iceland.

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SAM Massagno signs Nikola Stevanovic and Westher Molteni - by Luca Maffioli
SAM Basket Massagno announced signing with Nikola Stevanovic (191-G-92) and Westher Molteni (200-F/G-87). Stevanovic, last season, played in Germany at BG Illertal/Weissenhorn in ProB. The Serbian-Swiss combo guard averaged 2.4 points and 1.1 rebounds. He played for the Swiss NT at European Championships U20 Division B in Sarajevo. Westher Molteni (200-F/G-87) come back to Canton Ticino after 3 seasons. The 24-years old forward played 10 games in 2009 with Lausanne Basket and two seasons with BBC Monthey. The Swiss NT member averaged 7.7 points and 6.6 rebounds.

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EuroBasket 2011: Lithuania keep slate clean beating Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Turkey-Lithuania 68:75

Lithuania grabbed 3-0 record in Group A of the home tournament. The Baltic State overcame Turkey 75:68 in one of the top games in Day 3 at Eurobasket 2011.
This game as well as Germany-France was expected more than any other in Day 3. Parker was too good for France at that game as the end did not bring too much intrigue, however Turkey and Lithuania struggled until the last seconds.
Jankunas scored for 8:4 and Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) tied the game at 11:11. Omer Asik (213-C-86) gave Turkey 16:15, while Kanter later tied it all at 17:17. Lithuania took 19:17 after the first period, while Savas again made it equal in the court. Turkoglu brought 29:23 and Ersan Ilyasova increased to 8 points. Only Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82)s three sent the teams to the lockers at 35:32. Turkey. Omer Asik and Ersan Ilyasova scored for 45:39, while again Simas Jasaitis reduced to 47:47. Later Jasikevicius scored from the perimeter for 659:58 as Lithuania took the lead. Preldzic brought 63:63 with 3 minutes in the game and Darius Songaila (205-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) made the same at 65:65. The last points the host scored from the free throw line and it was enough to seal the victory. Preldzic, Preldzic, Jasikevicius and Simas Jasaitis ensured the third straight win for Lithuania.
Darius Songaila paced all the winners with 12 points, while Simas Jasaitis and Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) notched 11 each. Ersan Ilyasova answered with 20 points in the losing effort and Omer Asik chipped in 11.

Turkey: Ersan Ilyasova 20, Omer Asik 11, Omer Onan (194-G-78) 10
Lithuania: Darius Songaila 12, Simas Jasaitis 11, Rimantas Kaukenas 11



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KR Reykjavik (Iceland) adds Ed Horton - by UBA media
David Walls Reports
Atlanta, GA

Ed Horton (6'4''-G-85, college: Murray St.) has reportedly agreed on terms of contract with KR Reykjavik. The American guard spent the previous season in the UBA. He averaged 18.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game with the Knights. He posted a season high of 28 points and 14 assists vs. the Southern Generals in the UBA Classic game in 10. Usbasket.com named him All-UBA Classic 1st Team.

This summer Horton played for Team UBA (Team Tokyo) in the Eurobasket Summer League where he caught the eye of KR Reykjavik head coach Hrafn Kristjansson. Horton was named ESL All-Tournament 1st Team. He scored an event high 35 points vs. Team Buenos Aires.

Horton will join KR Reykjavik in mid September, for more information please follow the link below.



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Cherkasy Monkeys gets ready for the upcoming season - by Eurobasket News
Cherkasy Monkeys gets ready for the upcoming season and played a friendly game agaisnt Kremen. They also added Yuri Zozulia (189-G-81) to their roster.
Yuri Zozulia is a known name in Cherkassy. In 2009-2010 he played for SK Cherkasy Monkeys (Higher League, starting five). In 2010-2011 moved to BC Donetsk (Superleague), and in 36 games averaged 1.4ppg, 1.1rpg. He recorded 13 points at the Regular Season Round 23 when BC Donetsk overcame Kryvbasbasket 93-71. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Kryvbasbasket. The game was mostly controlled by BC Donetsk. Kryvbasbasket managed to win third quarter 23-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening.
SK Cherkasy Monkeys also announced keeping Maxim Shepil (197-G-86), Vitaliy Bliznyuk (206-C-79), Maxim Parkhomenko (206-F/C-87), Mikhailo Nasennik (200-F/G-83).


Last night the team overcame Kremen 107:71. The Superleague team started with 30:20 and added 26-23 in the second period. Moreover the second half also belonged to the winning side. Morris Almond (198-F-85, college: Rice) stepped up with 21 points and Maxim Parkhomenko posted 20. Wright Ryan (206-C/F-87, college: Oklahoma) ended up with 18 points, while Alexandr Nerush (194-G-83) scored 15.



Donetsk celebrates 75-67 win against Mega Vizura - by Eurobasket News
Mega Vizura - Donetsk 67-75

Donestk registered another win this pre-season. This time the Ukrainian runner-up was better than the Serbian team Mega Vizura. Donetsk celebrated 75-67 victory in this meeting. Ivan Radenovic (208-F-84, college: Arizona) shined for the winners with 15 points and 9 rebounds. Vitaly Kovalenko (201-F-84) had 14 points and DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Duke) helped with 12 points and 5 assists. Michael Lee (207-F-86) and Dmytro Gliebov (198-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) delivered 11 and 10 points respectively. In Mega Vizura, Branko Milisavljevic (193-G-76, agency: Beo Basket) top-scored with 13 points. Pavle Reljic (194-G-93) and Nikola Vujovic (207-C-93) had 12 and 11 pts in this defeat. Donetsk had nice first half and later managed to keep its lead. Quarters: 23-18, 17-11, 18-18, 17-20. Donetsk returned to Ukraine today.

Mega Vizura: Branko Milisavljevic 13, Pavle Reljic 12, Nikola Vujovic 11
Donetsk: Ivan Radenovic 15+9 boards, Vitaly Kovalenko 14, DeMarcus Nelson 12+5 as, Michael Lee 11, Dmytro Gliebov 10


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EuroBasket 2011: Pau Gasol top-scored in the third victory in a row - by Eurobasket News
Spain-Great Britain 86:69

Spain won the third straight game at Eurobasket 2011. The defending champions overcame Great Britain 86:69 in the first game of Day 3.
Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) opened the game with four straight points and Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) scored for 9:2. Great Britain reduced the gap immediately in the end of the frame as Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) made it 19:16 after 10 minutes. Luol Deng brought 21:19 for Great Britain in the start of the second frame but Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) scored for 28:23. Rubio and Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) brought 32:25, while the latter made it plus 9. Spain produced the same result in the second period adding another 19-16 for 38:32 at the halftime. Marc Gasol and his brother made it 46:36 and Reinking cut it to 52:38 later in the third. Reinking and Johnson exchanged the late baskets for 60:45 after thirty minutes. Pau Gasol brought 67:48 and Ibaka delivered for 71:50. Adegboye and Luol Deng made three free throws for 71:53, but Felipe Reyes increased to 20. Claver closed a 7-0 run for Spain, while Adegboye scored 4 in a row for 78:57 with 3 minutes to go. Johnson and Adegboye reduced to 80:62, while again Johnson and Freeland cut it to 13. Felipe Reyes and Marc Gasol ensured the last points for Spain that celebrated 86:69 victory.
Pau Gasol top-scored for Spain with 21 points, while Marc Gasol collected 18 points and 11 rebounds. Rudy Fernandez notched 11 and Felipe Reyes posted 10. Luol Deng finished the game with 17 points and Daniel Clark (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances) added 14.

Spain: Pau Gasol 21, Marc Gasol 18+11 rebs, Rudy Fernandez 11, Felipe Reyes 10
Great Britain: Luol Deng 17, Daniel Clark 14



Dobbins Switches To Sheffield - by Paul Nilsen
The One Health Sharks has released the signing of American big man Justin Dobbins (203-F-87, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: E.Michigan), formally of the Worcester Wolves basketball club.

The 6' 8' power forward who graduated from Eastern Michigan University averaging 10 points and five rebounds per game where he developed a reputation as a solid defender and shot block specialist.

Born in Cleveland Ohio, Dobbins spent his first season in the BBL playing wearing a wolves jersey, earning a reputation as a sleeping giant for the team effectively averaging 18 points per game and an impressive 8 rebounds.

'We are really pleased to have Justin on board,' said Sharks play caller 'we feel he is exactly what we need in this team to help secure that inside presence'.

Still at his home in the states, Dobbins is awaiting the necessary administrative paperwork but is eager to get in to Sheffield and start training.

'I am looking forward to playing in Sheffield, it has a great reputation and by the look of it an exciting team to be a part of,' said Dobbins. ' I am looking forward to improving on my last season as I am no longer a rookie I have a feel for the league now and what I can do!'.



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Puerto Rico jumps to 3-0 in Mar del Plata - by Eurobasket News
URUGUAY - PUERTO RICO 64-74

Puerto Rico registered third straight win in Mar del Plata. This time they handed 74-64 loss to Uruguay keeping the first place in Group B. Of course, Puerto Rico already booked a spot for the next stage, but they also want to finish this phase with perfect score and to win this pool. Uruguay slipped to 0-2. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) top-scored for Puerto Rico with 19 points and he grabbed 5 rebounds beside that. Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) had 14 points and 6 boards, while Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) (11 rebs) and Ricardo Sanchez (212-C/F-87) (10 rebs) helped with 8 points each. Uruguay got 16 points and 12 boards from Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83). Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) and Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) also had 16 points apiece. Quarters: 12-15, 17-21, 18-16, 17-22. Puerto Rico will meet Argentina and it will be a game for the first place in Group B. Uruguay will play against Panama.

Uruguay: Esteban Batista 16+12 boards, Leandro Garcia Morales 16, Mauricio Aguiar 16
Puerto Rico: Carlos Arroyo 19+5 boards, Jose Juan Barea 14+6 boards, Daniel Santiago 8+11 boards, Ricardo Sanchez 8+10 boards


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Venezuela celebrates first win in Mar del Plata - by Eurobasket News
CUBA - VENEZUELA 69-106

Venezuela registered first win in Mar del Plata. They cruised past Cuba 106-69 making a big step forward to the next round. Venezuela has 1-2 record now, while Cuba dropped to 0-2. Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, college: Maryland) shined in victory with 21 points and 6 rebounds. David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette) had 18 points, while Dwight Lewis (196-G-87, agency: Impact Basketball, college: USC) added 11 pts for his team. In defeat, Alexis Mestre (180-G-86) delivered 26 points (6 triples). Yoan Luis Haiti (200-C-82) (8 rebs) and Lisvan Valdez (194-G/F-88) scored 11 points each. Quarters: 13-34, 20-23, 15-25, 21-24. Venezuela will take a rest today. Cuba will meet Canada.

Cuba: Alexis Mestre 26+6 boards, Yoan Luis Haiti 11+8 boards, Lisvan Valdez 11
Venezuela: Greivis Vasquez 21+6 boards, David Cubillan 18, Dwight Lewis 11




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Women News

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  BOSNIA - Women  


KK RMU Banovici - by Senad Sadikovic
After the KK Jedinstvo BHT decided not to renew the contract with the last season best player Azra Becirovic, KK RMU Banovici took the player in their team.
Azra will be a coach-player in the team and the team will benefit from her experience.
- This will be a real challenge for me, especially with extraordinery talented players from Banovcii, who are among the best teams in younger categories for years. I will also play, and I take that as serious as a coach-job - told us Azra Becirovic.
First training will be held in Banovici on monday, and according to the first news she will only be able to count on home players in the next season, and those are Slisko, Rahmanovic, Brigic, Lukic sisters....


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  CROATIA - Women  


Iva Sliskovic officially presented by her Spanish team - by Eurobasket News
Croatian National Team player Iva Sliskovic (194-F-84, college: S.Carolina) arrived to Spain. He was officially presented by Rivas Ecopolis yesterday. Sliskovic signed for them during the summer and it will be her fourth straight year in Spain. From 2008 until this summer she was a member of Celta Vigo. Last season Sliskovic shined with 15 ppg, 8.2 rpg and 1.8 apg for 26 games in LFB. She finished as the fifth rebounder of the competition. Sliskovic was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Bosman Player of the Year -11. Before Celta Vigo, she spent one season with Hungarian MKB Euroleasing Sopron. She helped them win Hungarian league title. Iva Sliskovic is active member of the Croatian NT since 2008.

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  HOLLAND - Women  


Dutch prospect Kourtney Treffers presented by Rivas Ecopolis - by Eurobasket News
Young Dutch player Kourtney Treffers (186-F-94) is officially presented by her new team Rivas Ecopolis. The 17-year-old forward signed deal with Rivas during the summer. She shined last season with HLB Accountants Den Helder in Eredivisie. For 20 games Treffers averaged 14.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.8 steals. She was named Eurobasket.com Dutch Eredivisie All-Domestic Players Team -11. Kourtney Treffers is active member of Dutch U20 and U18 National Teams. She played for both teams this summer in European Championships. With U18 Holland she had 9.7 ppg and 4.8 rpg in Oradea. Before that with U20 NT Treffers collected 7.4 ppg and 5.3 rpg in Seria. In 2010, Kourtney Treffers exploded with 18.6 ppg and 9.9 rpg for 9 games at the European Championships U16 for Women in Greece.

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Bridget Yoerger joins Racing Luxembourg - by Eurobasket Center
Racing Luxembourg signed 24-year old American forward Bridget Yoerger (180-F-87, college: S.Dakota, agency: LBM Management). Yoerger played most recently at Wereldtickets.nl BV Leiderdorp (Holland). While playing 22 games for Wereldtickets.nl last season her stats were: 20.1ppg, 10.3rpg, 3.2apg and 3.5spg. A very impressive season as she received an award of Eurobasket.com All-Dutch Eredivisie Player of the Year. Yoerger graduated University of South Dakota in 2008 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.

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Amanda Sepulveda signs pro deal in Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News
Amanda Sepulveda (5'4''-G) is set to start her professional basketball career. The American guard signed a deal with Puerto Rican team Morovis. Sepulveda graduated at Rider University last year. In 29 games Sepulveda had 11.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 2.4 apg for her school. In 2008/09, she had slightly better digits. For 30 games that season Sepulveda had 12.3 ppg, 4 rpg and 2.8 apg. She was named All-MAAC 3rd Team -10. Morovis also signed Natalie Emmanuelli. The BSNF already started, but Sepulveda still did not make her first appearance. The team has perfect 4-0 record.

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Morovis signs Pamela Rosado and Amanda Sepulveda - by Eurobasket News
Morovis announced signing of Pamela Rosado (161-G-86) and Amanda Sepulveda (163-G) for rest of the BSNF season.
Pamela Rosado played for Morovis in 2009 and 2010 as well. She helped them win the BSNF title two years ago. Rosado is active member of the Puerto Rican National Team. They won the Gold in CAC Games last year. For five games at this event Rosado had 6.2 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 3.6 apg. She also played for U20, U19 and U17 Puerto Rico in the past.
Amanda Sepulveda is set to start her professional basketball career. The American guard signed a deal with Morovis. Sepulveda graduated at Rider University last year. In 29 games Sepulveda had 11.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 2.4 apg for her school. In 2008/09, she had slightly better digits. For 30 games that season Sepulveda had 12.3 ppg, 4 rpg and 2.8 apg. She was named All-MAAC 3rd Team -10.
Morovis also signed Natalie Emmanuelli. The team has perfect 4-0 record in BSNF.


Ponce lands former WNBA player Nikki Teasley - by Eurobasket News
Nikki Teasley (183-G-79, college: N.Carolina) reactivated as a professional basketball player. The American guard is back on the court after two years. She signed a deal with Ponce for rest of the BSNF season. Most recently Teasley played for Detroit Shock. She had 4.1 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 16 games in 2009 WNBA season. She started that year with Atlanta Dream averaging 3.9 points, 1.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists for them in 10 games. Nikki Teasley also has experience from Europe. She played for the Spanish Estudiantes in 2008/09 season. Before that she played in Turkey, Russia and Hungary. Teasley event played in South Korea. In WNBA, she was a member of the Los Angeles Sparks and Washington Mystics.

Bingham number one in Puerto Rico for week 4 - by Eurobasket News
American forward Candyce Bingham (183-F-86) put on an extraordinary performance in the last week for second-ranked San German, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 4.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 26 points and 14 rebounds, while her team beat Guaynabo M. (#5, 1-1) 71-63. San German maintains the 2nd position in Puerto Rican BSF. San German will need more victories to improve their 3-1 record. Bingham turned to be San German's top player in her first season with the team. Former University of Louisville star has very solid stats so far. Bingham is in league's top in points (3rd best: 19.5ppg), rebounds (9th best: 10.5rpg), assists (5th best: 4.5apg) and averages impressive 60.0% FGP.

The second best player in last week's games was 28-year old American Angelina Williams (183-F-83) of league's leader Morovis M.. Williams had a very good evening with a double-double of 25 points and 18 rebounds. Of course she lead Morovis M. to comfortable win 67-53 over the lower-ranked Ponce L. (#6, 1-2) being unquestionably team leader. Of course Morovis M. still keep the league's top spot. A very good start of the season for her team, which won so far all 4 games without any defeat. Williams is a newcomer at Morovis M., but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#6). She also registered 7.0 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last week was American forward Dominic Seals (188-F-87) of Guaynabo M. (#5, 1-1)). Seals scored 20 points and grabbed twelve rebounds (!!!). Despite Seals' great performance Guaynabo M. lost 63-71 to the higher-ranked San German (#2, 3-1). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. The season just started for Seals as she played only first game. But it already looks like she can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Monique Martin (180-G-83) of Guaynabo M. - 24 points and 10 rebounds
5. Gabrielle Rosigi (191-F) of Morovis M. - 13 points and 15 rebounds
6. Yahimily Cabrera (82) of Juncos V. - 13 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Brittainey Raven (183-G-88) of Morovis M. - 20 points and 8 assists
8. Kim Willoughy) of Juncos V. - 14 points and 9 rebounds

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


BSNF: Round 4 review - by Eurobasket News
There were just four rounds played in Regular Season of BSF and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Guaynabo M. (1-1) on the court of second ranked San German on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by San German 71-63. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-10. But Guaynabo M. won second period 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Candyce Bingham (183-F-86, college: Louisville) (183-86, college: Louisville) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists. The former international guard Karen Colon (-77) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. American guard Monique Martin (180-83, college: Brewton Parker) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds for Guaynabo M.San German maintains second position with 3-1 record. Guaynabo M. at the other side keeps the fifth place with one game lost. San German's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in to the arena .
Another exciting game for undefeated Morovis M. (4-0) which played on the court of San German (3-1). Top-ranked Morovis M. won 72-67. It was a key game for the top position in the league. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Gabrielle Rosigi (191, college: Texas Southern) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds and Brittainey Raven who added 20 points, 8 assists and 5 steals during the contest. At the losing side forward Candyce Bingham (183-86, college: Louisville) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 18 rebounds. Morovis M. have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. San German at the other side keeps the second place with one game lost. Morovis M. will play against Guaynabo M. (#5) in the next round. San German will have a break next round.
BSF top team - Morovis M. (4-0) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat sixth ranked Ponce L. (1-2) 67-53. The winners were led by Angelina Williams who had that evening a double-double by scoring 25 points and 18 rebounds. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by Judianna Batiz did not help to save the game for Ponce L.. Ponce L.'s coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Morovis M. have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Loser Ponce L. keeps the sixth place with two games lost. Morovis M. will meet at home Guaynabo M. (#5) in the next round. Ponce L. will have a break next round.
Bottom-ranked San Juan W. is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their third consecutive match to sixth ranked Juncos V. (2-2) 83-61. Renne Taylor fired 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Juncos V. moved-up to third place. San Juan W. at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Juncos V. will have a break next round. San Juan W. will play against Carolina G. (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.


Morovis M. - Ponce L. 67-53

BSF top team - Morovis M. (4-0) managed to deliver another win on Wednesday. This time they beat sixth ranked Ponce L. (1-2) 67-53. The game was mostly controlled by Morovis M.. Ponce L. managed to win third quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Ponce L. to just 1 points in second quarter. Morovis M. forced 20 Ponce L. turnovers and outrebounded them 59-39 including a 24-13 advantage in offensive rebounds. The winners were led by American forward Angelina Williams (183-83, college: Illinois) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 25 points and 18 rebounds and the other American import guard Brittainey Raven (183-88, college: Texas) supported her with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Even 16 points and 5 rebounds by Judianna Batiz did not help to save the game for Ponce L.. Guard Brittainey Raven (183-88, college: Texas) added 14 points and 6 rebounds for lost side. Ponce L.'s coach rotated ten players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Morovis M. have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Loser Ponce L. keeps the sixth place with two games lost. Morovis M. will meet at home Guaynabo M. (#5) in the next round. Ponce L. will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Ponce L.: J.Batiz 16+5reb+3ast, N.TEASLSY 14+6reb+2ast, C.Valentin 8+5reb+2ast, A.Bland 7+8reb+2ast, M.Rosche 4+6reb, K.Merchant 2+4reb
Morovis M.: A.Williams 25+18reb+3ast, B.Raven 18+12reb+3ast, G.Rosigi 12+9reb+1ast, S.Pineiro 5+9reb, N.Figueroa 3+5reb+6ast, L.Otero 2+2reb
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San German - Guaynabo M. 71-63

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Guaynabo M. (1-1) on the court of second ranked San German on Wednesday night. Visitors were defeated by San German 71-63. The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-10. But Guaynabo M. won second period 20-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Candyce Bingham (183-86, college: Louisville) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 26 points, 14 rebounds and 9 assists. The former international guard Karen Colon (-77) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four San German players scored in double figures. American guard Monique Martin (180-83, college: Brewton Parker) replied with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and her fellow American import forward Dominic Seals (188-87, college: Texas Tech) added 20 points and 12 rebounds in the effort for Guaynabo M.San German maintains second position with 3-1 record. Guaynabo M. at the other side keeps the fifth place with one game lost. San German's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in to the arena .
Top scorers:
Guaynabo M.: M.Martin 24+10reb+1ast, D.Seals 20+12reb+1ast, J.Torres 7+5reb+1ast, M.Figueroa 6+3reb+2ast, S.Roman 4+8reb+4ast, M.Dunn 2+3reb
San German: C.Bingham 26+14reb+9ast, K.Colon 13+6reb+3ast, A.Bermudez 12+7reb+2ast, S.Jelks 11+4reb+1ast, Z.Gonzalez 7+8reb, A.Santos 2+2reb+4ast
gschID: 138243


San German - Morovis M. 67-72

Another exciting game for undefeated Morovis M. (4-0) which played on the court of San German (3-1). Top-ranked Morovis M. won 72-67. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests were already 18 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 30-17 San German's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 72-67 at the end of the game. Morovis M. forced 24 San German turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. American players dominated the game. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Gabrielle Rosigi (191, college: Texas Southern) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds and guard Brittainey Raven (183-88, college: Texas) who added 20 points, 8 assists and 5 steals during the contest. Four Morovis M. players scored in double figures. At the losing side forward Candyce Bingham (183-86, college: Louisville) responded with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 18 rebounds and center Angelica Bermudez (185, college: Kean) scored 8 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Morovis M. have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. San German at the other side keeps the second place with one game lost. Morovis M. will play against Guaynabo M. (#5) in the next round. San German will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
San German: C.Bingham 27+18reb+3ast, L.Falcon 13+2reb+4ast, A.Bermudez 8+9reb+5ast, S.Jelks 8+6reb, Z.Gonzalez 5+7reb+3ast, K.Colon 4+3reb+3ast
Morovis M.: B.Raven 20+1reb+8ast, G.Rosigi 13+15reb+1ast, N.Figueroa 12+1reb+2ast, A.Williams 11+11reb+5ast, J.Quiles 9+1reb+2ast, S.Pineiro 7+9reb+3ast
gschID: 133136


San Juan W. - Juncos V. 61-83

Bottom-ranked San Juan W. is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their third consecutive match to sixth ranked Juncos V. (2-2) 83-61. The game was mostly controlled by Juncos V.. San Juan W. was better in fourth quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Juncos V. forced 19 San Juan W. turnovers and outrebounded them 50-27 including a 32-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Taylor fired 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Kim Willoughy chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. Four Juncos V. players scored in double figures. American Tocara Ross produced 20 points and 7 rebounds and her fellow American import forward Holly Mahan (183-86, college: Towson) added 10 points and 4 steals respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Juncos V. moved-up to third place. San Juan W. at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Juncos V. will have a break next round. San Juan W. will play against Carolina G. (#4) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
San Juan W.: T.Ross 20+7reb, H.Mahan 10+3reb+3ast, M.Flagg 8+4ast, L.Vazquez 6+4reb+1ast, Y.Cabrera 5+2reb+1ast, F.Flores 4+2reb
Juncos V.: R.Taylor 20+6reb+2ast, T.Tanza 15+5reb+1ast, K.Willoughy 14+9reb+1ast, K.Ruiz 10+5reb, T.Jones 7+5reb+1ast, J.Ortega 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 133137




Standings - Women
BSNF Standings
 1. Morovis M. 4-0 
 2. San German 3-1 
 3. Juncos V. 2-2 
 4. Carolina G. 1-0 
 5. Guaynabo M. 1-1 
 6. Ponce L. 1-2 
 7. Aguas B.T. 0-3 
 8. San Juan W. 0-3 


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  SERBIA - Women  


Mariana lands Serbian center Dara Kovacevic - by Eurobasket News
Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) is a new member of the Spanish team Mariana. The Serbian center signed a one-year deal. Kovacevic will play her first season abroad. Actually, she will leave Hemofarm Stada Vrsac for the first time in her career. She was their member more than 10 years. Dara Kovacevic helped Hemofarm to win many trophies in Serbia. In 2008, she was named Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Center of the Year. She was also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention -09, 11. Last season, Hemofarm reached league and Cup Finals, but failed against Partizan Belgrade. Dara Kovacevic played for the Serbian National Team from 2005 to 2008.

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Mann Filter lands Arhonda Covington - by Eurobasket News
Arhonda Covington (185-F-85, college: Louisville) is back to Spain after one year. The American forward signed a deal with Mann Filter. She arrives to Mann Filter from the French team Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut. Covington appeared 18 times with them averaging 14 points and 5.5 rebounds. She was named Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Honorable Mention -11. Arhonda Covington played for Cadi la Seu in 2009/10 season. She had 16 ppg, 7.2 ropg and 1.8 apg for 26 games. She was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB 2nd Team -10. In the past, Covington also played in Finland and Switzerland. She graduated at the University of Louisville four years ago.

Mariana lands Serbian center Dara Kovacevic - by Eurobasket News
Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) is a new member of the Spanish team Mariana. The Serbian center signed a one-year deal. Kovacevic will play her first season abroad. Actually, she will leave Hemofarm Stada Vrsac for the first time in her career. She was their member more than 10 years. Dara Kovacevic helped Hemofarm to win many trophies in Serbia. In 2008, she was named Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Center of the Year. She was also awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention -09, 11. Last season, Hemofarm reached league and Cup Finals, but failed against Partizan Belgrade. Dara Kovacevic played for the Serbian National Team from 2005 to 2008.

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  UBA - Women  


Hartman shines in WUBA national scrimmage - by UBA media
Sept. 2, 2011
Mike Allen Reports

ATLANTA, GA. WUBA National Tryout and Pre Season Scrimmage was a great success!! With the WUBA draft just a month away, females from all over came to showcase their talent in front of WUBA head coaches and GMs

'I was very excited to see the talent level we had out there', said WUBA Commissioner Jared Johnson. This will be a great season for womens professional basketball.

Surprisingly the WUBA national tryout hosted some of the top talent in the country with the likes of Shantel Ragin (5'10''-F/G-87, agency: Promotex, college: Clayton St.) (11 Import Player of the Year in Ukraine), Tara Breske (5'11''-F-88) and of course Patechia 'Phat' Hartman (5'7''-G-83, college: Georgia St.).

Playing two 20-minute halves with a running clock, the White team simply dominated the entire scrimmage. Tara Breske scored a red team high with 29 points and 9 rebounds. Patechia 'Phat' Hartman put her stamp on the entire combine with a 41 point performance in just 34 minutes.

'Hartman looked like she was back at Georgia State the way she was shooting the ball', said Johnson. It will be great to see her back doing what she loves.

Hartman was a standout at Georgia State from 2001-2005. She was named 1st team All-Conference 4x and Conference Player of the Year back to back. State honored Hartman with the unveiling for her jersey in 06. After a great career in college Hartman played professional basketball in Hungry, WUBA vet camp and the WBCBL.

The GIE Lady Disciples have already announce her as the top pick in the WUBA draft in October and look for her to carry not only the team but the league to the next level.

Phat is a once in a lifetime talent and person, said Disciples GM Andy Baker. She is what I like to call the Super Cooper of your league. It will be very exciting to see her return to the game she loves.

The WUBA will host its final national tryout September 10th at 8pm. For more information please contact Jared Johnson at 678-358-4577.




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Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Indiana F. 19-10 
 2. Connecticut S. 18-12 
 3. New York L. 17-13 
 4. Atlanta D. 16-14 
 5. Chicago S. 14-16 
 6. Washington M. 6-24 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 24-6 
 2. Seattle S. 17-13 
 3. Phoenix M. 17-13 
 4. S.Antonio SS 15-15 
 5. L.Angeles S. 13-17 
 6. Tulsa S. 3-26 


Silver Stars close in on final playoff spot - by Eurobasket News
Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) scored 23 points and Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) had 16 to lead the San Antonio Silver Stars to an 86-68 victory against the Phoenix Mercury on Thursday night.

Danielle Robinson (5'9''-G-89, college: Oklahoma) added 15 points and seven assists, and Danielle Adams scored 10 points to help the Silver Stars (15-15) win their second in a row after a six-game losing streak. San Antonio took a two-game lead on the Los Angeles Sparks for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference with four games to play.

'We know that our backs are against the walls, so we're going to come out throwing blows and not go down easy,' Perkins said. 'We came out here and played hard and had fun, and we ended up with a win.'

DeWanna Bonner (6'4''-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) scored 23 points and Diana Taurasi added 18 for the Mercury (17-13), who could have clinched a playoff spot with a win.

San Antonio outscored Phoenix 50-26 in the second half, leading by 26 points in the fourth quarter.

The Silver Stars held Phoenix to 3-of-11 shooting in the third quarter to take a 64-47 lead going into the fourth. Perkins scored nine points in the quarter for the Silver Stars, who hit 10 of 19 shots.

'They shot the ball well and they played a great game,' Bonner said. 'We just have to get ready for the next game as we can't just sit here and dwell on it. But overall, they played a great game and they hit some big shots when they needed to.'

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Mystics snap losing streak, defeat Dream 85-81 - by Eurobasket News
Perhaps it was the timely return of forward Monique Currie, or coach Trudi Lacey's tweaking of the starting lineup. But whatever the cause, the results were positive as the Washington Mystics napped a nine-game losing streak with an 85-81 win over the Atlanta Dream at Verizon Center on Thursday night.

Currie entered the game with two minutes left in the first quarter and received a standing ovation from an enthusiastic crowd of Mystics fans who clearly missed her presence on this court this season. Currie played 9 1/2 minutes and scored eight points on 2-of-4 shooting from the floor and 4-of-4 from the free throw line.

It was a total team effort for us tonight. Obviously, it was great to have Mo back. She has such presence about her, such energy, Lacey said.

Shes such a fierce competitor and I think she gives our team confidence, Lacey said.

Lacey went with a starting lineup of Jasmine Thomas (5'9''-G-89, college: Duke) and Kelly Miller in the backcourt, Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) and Kerri Gardin (6'1''-F-84, college: Virginia Tech) at forward, and Demya Walker (6'3''-F/C-77, college: Virginia) at center. Nicky Anosike and Marissa Coleman have both struggled. Coleman played only eight minutes and did not enter the game until late in the third quarter.

What I want to do is look at some different lineups, different combinations of people playing together and see who plays well together and what we can do. Lacey said of the changes.

Weve been working on some different defensive schemes, and like Ive said all along, were working on progressing as a group.

The changes, including having Currie back, were enough to pull out the win.

Jas [Jasmine Thomas] played a very good floor game. Shes really beginning to have a feel for what we need to do. Matee [Ajavon] came off the bench and was solid for us. Shes one of the most improved players in the league this year, Lacey said.

Crystal Langhorne led the Mystics with 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Jasmine Thomas added 12 points, four rebounds and five assists.

I knew it was a possibility, Currie said of her return. It wasnt something that we were pushing for, but if presented itself, were going to take advantage of it. Once the doctors cleared me, then it was up to me whether or not I was ready to play, if I felt like I could keep up and contribute a little bit.

The Mystics training staff plans to limit Currie to three or four minutes per quarter for the rest of the season.

I feel pretty good. Im still trying to get a feel for the game, go up and down the court and see what I can do, Currie said.

Theres a difference between playing and practicing. It [practice] prepares you a little bit, but its not the same when youre out on the court. I know Im not in tip-top shape, so its a good thing that my minutes are limited, Currie said.

She concedes its been tough to watch her teammates struggle this season without her.

I think we had high expectations for this year, but things did not work out the way we wanted them to. I tried to help where I could from the bench, Currie said. I just hope to be a presence. Even though were not going to make the playoffs this year, it doesnt mean were going to give up, or were going to let everybody get easy wins over us.

Were going to fight to the end, and maybe spoil a few teams playoff chances. Its not over, in the sense of competing, and I always want to compete.

Courtesy of www.washingtontimes.com