EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/8/2011

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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina stays untouchable in Mar del Plata - by Eurobasket News
ARGENTINA - VENEZUELA 111-93

Argentina drained 111 points against Venezuela, what of course was enough for another comfortable win. Argentineans jumped to 5-0 in the second stage and they already secured a spot for the Semifinals. Venezuela dropped to 1-4. Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) led Argentina with 26 points. Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) also was great adding 20 points and 6 assists, while Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) (7 rebs) and Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) had 19 and 17 points respectively. Ginobili, Prigioni and Nocioni drained 16 triples together with impressive percentage. In the loosing squad, Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans) delivered 21 points and Windi Graterol (204-C-86) added three less. Heissler Guillent (186-G-86, agency: Paris Global Sports) stopped to 13 pts. Quarters: 30-20, 21-23, 28-29, 32-21. Argentina will play against Brazil today. Venezuela will meet winless Panama.

Argentina: Emanuel Ginobili 26, Pablo Prigioni 20+6 as, Andres Nocioni 19+7 boards, Luis Scola 17
Venezuela: Hector Romero 21, Windi Graterol 18, Heissler Guillent 13


Derrick Miller joins Asociacion Espanola - by Eurobasket Center
Asociacion Espanola (TNA) agreed terms with 33-year old U.S. power forward Derrick Miller (202-C/F-104kg-78, college: Georgetown, KY, agency: Dream Team Management). Miller played most recently at Ciudad de Bragado (TNA). While playing 31 games for Bragado last season his stats were: 15.5ppg and 7.5rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as he received an award of Latinbasket.com All-Argentinian TNA Center of the Year. Miller is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Austria, Chile, Colombia, Paraguay and USA. Miller graduated Georgetown College in 2001 and it will be his 11th season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  AUSTRALIA   


SEABL SOUTH CONFERENCE FINAL PREVIEW - by Eurobasket News
Nunawading Spectres (20-6) vs Geelong Supercats (18-8), Nunawading Stadium, 2pm Sunday, September 11

Form

Nunawading must be considered favourites to win the South conference title. They defeated Geelong on this court only two weeks ago, and they have lost at home only twice this year. Since their last defeat at Nunawading Stadium way back in round 5, the Spectres have strung together eleven straight wins at home, and they seem to have the pieces in place to advance to the SEABL final: depth, talent, astute coaching, home court advantage, momentum, chemistry and a mental advantage over their opponents.

Geelong might not seem to be in the same form as Nunawading, but the thing about the Supercats is they know how to lift when it counts. Against Sandringham last week, Geelong looked average in the first half, only to make the necessary adjustments and come away winners. The Supercats can adapt and change as the situation demands, and must be motivated by the opportunity to go back to back. But the fact they took a while to get going against the Sabres also suggests they are not at their absolute peak.

Key Players

Nunawading:


Chris Cameron (210-F/C-82, college: La-Lafayette) may not be in the top two centres in the league, but he wouldnt be far off it. The 29-year-old has evolved into an exceptional player who often beats opponents through a combination of experience, strength, shooting range and surprising quickness. Shane McDonald (187-G-85, college: Nova SE) would be close to a first-choice point guard for many coaches. Strong on both sides of the body, aggressive on the drive, a threatening perimeter shooter, and an outstanding passer a fantastic point guard all round.

Geelong:

Can anyone stop John Pichon? The Geelong import has racked up double-doubles in all but three games this year and was again at his sublime best against Sandringham. Somehow able to find space to operate in confined spaces, Pichon frequently eludes opponents with his agility, but still has the strength and touch to make contested shots. Despite injury, Ismail Muhammad is a champion player and cannot be counted out, and he will no doubt be figuring large in the Spectres defensive plans.

X-Factor

Nunawading:


Maalo Hicks is an exciting player to watch. The 22-year-old is still a touch raw, but with his strength and speed, he would be a starter on most other teams. More importantly, his presence allows head coach Dave Biwer to start both Simon Conn (206-F/C-83, college: Gardner-Webb) and Cameron, and ensures that the Spectres presence inside is maintained when he comes off the bench to give the starters a rest.

Geelong:

After showing plenty of promising signs early on, Jamie Medved has battled with injury and perhaps has not reached the level we know he is capable of this year. Like Ismail Muhammad, the Geelong co-captain is a fierce competitor who wears is heart on his sleeve, and can generate infectious enthusiasm if he knocks a few shots down or makes a couple of big plays.

Key Match ups

Luke Kendall vs Nathan Herbert


Kendall and Herbert have similar game styles. Both are deadly accurate shooters, and both are key players in teams loaded with talent. Both are vastly experienced and both have spent time in the NBL. This should prove to be a first-rate match up against two of the classiest players in the competition.

Chris Cameron vs Seb Loader

Seb Loader is often the unheralded player in the Supercats starting five. He does a fantastic job of banging bodies against tougher opponents and knows his role in the team. But this week the Geelong centre will be stretched to the limit against Cameron, and he must prove to be an influence so that John Pichon isnt asked to do too much in the paint.

Previous Meetings This Year

Round 4

Round 19

South Semi Final #1



Nunawading 96 def Geelong 76 @ Nunawading

Geelong 102 def Nunawading 94 @ Geelong

Nunawading 92 def Geelong 80 @ Nunawading

Overall:

If Muhammad and Medved arent too hampered by injury, if Geelong dont have a slow start, and if the Spectres stars can all be kept in check, the Sueprcats can win this game. But thats a lot of ifs, and its tough to see everything falling in their favour.

Prediction: Nunawading by 8.
Courtesy of: http://www.seabl.com.au


SEABL EAST CONFERENCE FINAL PREVIEW - by Eurobasket News
SEABL EAST CONFERENCE FINAL PREVIEW

Knox Raiders (19-7) vs Bendigo Braves (21-5), Knox Stadium, 8pm Saturday, September 10

Form


Knox could not be better positioned for this game. The Raiders have won their last five games, have had a week off to refresh, and are playing at home where they are 10-3 this year. Not only did Knox win against the Braves two weeks ago, but when these teams last met at this venue in round 17, the Raiders won by 16 points, inflicting Bendigos biggest defeat of the year. Knox has now won 6 of their last 8 quarters against the Braves, including every quarter of that round 17 game.

Bendigo needs to find a spark and fast. Of the Braves five losses during the regular season, four have come on the road. Over their last nine games including finals, Bendigo are 5-4. Of those four most recent losses, two have been against Knox. When these teams met in the first week of finals, Bendigo was +10 in turnovers. The Braves were also abysmal from the floor in that game, shooting at 34% field goal accuracy compared to Knoxs 45%, and that was despite winning the rebound count by 17.

Key Players

Knox:


CJ Massingale has improved in each of his games against the Braves this year. In round 10 he scored 14 points, in round 17 he had 24 points, and in the semi final a whopping 32 points. In fact, Massingale is in outstanding form, scoring 30 points or more in six of his last nine games. Michael Hill was the next best player when the teams met in the semi final, with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Hill is one of a bunch of Knox players who have the experience to lift in big finals such as this.

Bendigo:

Ivan McFarlin (203-F-82, college: Oklahoma St.) has been the best performing player for the Braves throughout this finals series. He had 21 points and 15 rebounds in the semi final loss to Knox, and followed that up with 23 points and 22 boards as well as some clutch plays in the win over Kilsyth. Probably the best power forward in the competition, he will again be key to the Braves chances. Adam Tanner has also been consistent in this finals series averaging 14.0 points, but he needs to improve on his field goal percentage of 25.9%.

X-Factor

Knox:


John Philip is one of those players whose performance cannot be judged on statistical output alone. His numbers arent massive, but his influence is significant because he brings a level of quality and flexibility that concerns opposition coaches. He can start or come off the bench. He is a great defender but also very aware on offence. He can play big or small, and can play up-tempo or slow down ball.

Bendigo:

Sam Harris is a game changer. Simply because of his height, Harris can influence a game in a number of ways. Obviously a presence in the lane, he can block and challenge shots on defence. At the other end, his height also means he can pick up offensive rebounds or get low post feeds close to the basket.

Key Match ups

Ivan McFarlin vs Cam Rigby


While there is no doubting Lester Strong is one of the best players in the paint across the competition, he cannot be expected to contain both Ivan McFarlin and Sam Harris. Given that Strong has the strength to push Sam Harris away from the basket, it will possibly fall to Cam Rigby to try and contain McFarlin. Rigby has the experience to do this, but he will be severely tested for speed, jumping ability and overall agility.

Sean Carroll (180-G-87) vs Kevin Probert (183-G-88)

Sean Carroll has had the upper hand the last two times these teams have met. In the semi-final, Probert was kept in check with 3 points on 1-of-9 shooting and only 3 assists versus Carrolls 7 points and 6 assists. In the round 17 clash, Probert had 4 points while Carroll had 15. The point guard position is crucial in big match ups like this, so Probert will have to turn around those recent performances against Knox this week.

Previous Meetings This Year


Round 10

Round 17

East Semi Final #1



Bendigo 104 def Knox 79 @ Bendigo

Knox 89 def Bendigo 71 @ Knox

Knox 82 def Bendigo 74 @ Bendigo


Overall:

For Bendigo, this season has been about going one step further than last year. To fulfil that destiny they will have to overcome some indifferent form against the Raiders this week. Knox will definitely feel they have the wood over Bendigo, and must be confident of a win.

Prediction: Knox by 6.
Courtesy of: http://www.seabl.com.au


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Paulista Round 10: Undefeated Winner/Limeira loses their first game against Araraquara - by Eurobasket
Paulista is at the halfway of the Regular Season and there are still another 10 rounds left. Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Winner/Limeira (6-1) on the court of eighth ranked Araraquara on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Araraquara 80-69. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Winner/Limeira. Araraquara made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Winner/Limeira 38-21 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Luisinho da Silva (181-78) scored 18 points (made all of his eight free throws) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Zezinho Jose Anibal (183-88) chipped in 10 points and 6 assists during the contest. Araraquara's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side the former international swingman Diego Pinheiro (195-80) responded with 17 points and 4 assists. Araraquara (4-3) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Pinheiros/Sky. Winner/Limeira at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with Itabom/Bauru. Araraquara is looking forward to face Rio Claro (#10) at home in the next round. Winner/Limeira will play against America (#14) in Rio Preto and is hoping to win this game.
The game between Top Four teams took place in Bauru. Second ranked host Itabom/Bauru (6-1) smashed one of their biggest challengers Vivo/Franca (5-2) 93-69. It was a key game for the top position in the league. American guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) notched a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and Fernando Fischer supported him with 28 points. Itabom/Bauru's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 24 points and 9 rebounds by the former international center Babby Araujo (211-80, college: BYU) did not help to save the game for Vivo/Franca. Itabom/Bauru used an opportunity after Winner/Limeira lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Vivo/Franca at the other side keeps the third place with two games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Itabom/Bauru will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vivo/Franca will play at home against Sao Caetano and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Sao Caetano has finally registered their first victory this season after six consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat America (1-6) 85-82 on Sunday. Gustavo de Oliveira fired 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Sao Caetano's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Cassio Leal produced 27 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Sao Caetano left bottom position moving up to fourteenth place, which they share with XV/Cosan and America. It was America's fourth loss in a row. Sao Caetano will meet higher ranked Vivo/Franca (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. America will play against the league's leader Winner/Limeira (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
A very interesting game took place in Jacarei. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 15th ranked XV/Cosan (1-6) to eleventh ranked Jacarei (3-4) 86-83 on Sunday evening. Worth to mention a great performance of Joao Bernardi who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Jacarei moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Americana and Rio Claro. XV/Cosan at the other side dropped to the bottom position with six games lost. Jacarei's next round opponent will be L.S.B. (#13) in Sorocabana. XV/Cosan will play at home against Pinheiros/Sky in Sao Paolo.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 23 points and 12 rebounds by Marcao Vinicius of XV/Cosan.


Sao Caetano - America 85-82

Sao Caetano has finally registered their first victory this season after six consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat America (1-6) 85-82 on Sunday. Sao Caetano forced 21 America turnovers. Gustavo de Oliveira (-91) fired 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Center Willians da Silva (198-91) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds. Sao Caetano's coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Cassio Leal (198-88) produced 27 points and 7 rebounds and Alex Matheus (-85) added 18 points (made all of his ten free throws !!!) respectively for lost side. Sao Caetano left bottom position moving up to fourteenth place, which they share with XV/Cosan and America. It was America's fourth loss in a row. Sao Caetano will meet higher ranked Vivo/Franca (#4) in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. America will play against the league's leader Winner/Limeira (#1) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Sao Caetano: G.de Oliveira 24+6reb+3ast, W.da Silva 17+7reb+1ast, L.Dias 17+4reb+2ast, R.Malfi 9+2reb+10ast, F.Pires 9+11reb+2ast, V.Santamaria 4+4reb
America: C.Leal 27+7reb+1ast, A.Matheus 18+4reb+1ast, T.Mathias 15+7reb, N.da Silva 9+5reb, E.Garcia 5+2reb+2ast, M.Zacarias 3+1reb+3ast
gschID: 136895


Itabom/Bauru - Vivo/Franca 93-69

The game between Top Four teams took place in Bauru. Second ranked host Itabom/Bauru (6-1) smashed one of their biggest challengers Vivo/Franca (5-2) 93-69. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Itabom/Bauru made 23-of-25 charity shots (92.0 percent) during the game. Itabom/Bauru outrebounded Vivo/Franca 42-24 including a 17-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. American guard Larry Taylor (185-80, college: Missouri Western) notched a double-double by scoring 13 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort and guard Fernando Fischer (190-81) supported him with 28 points. Five Itabom/Bauru players scored in double figures. Itabom/Bauru's coach felt very confident that he used 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 24 points and 9 rebounds by the former international center Babby Araujo (211-80, college: BYU) did not help to save the game for Vivo/Franca. The former international guard Helinho Garcia (186-75) added 7 points and 5 assists for lost side. Itabom/Bauru used an opportunity after Winner/Limeira lost their game and moved up joining them at the top position. Vivo/Franca at the other side keeps the third place with two games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Itabom/Bauru will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Vivo/Franca will play at home against Sao Caetano and hopes to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Itabom/Bauru: F.Fischer 28+1reb, P.Alves 17+8reb+3ast, G.Zilmer 13+1reb+2ast, L.Taylor 13+12reb+6ast, J.Agba 10+11reb, A.Mosso 6+2reb
Vivo/Franca: B.Araujo 24+9reb+2ast, B.Woodward 13+1reb, F.Taddei 8+2reb+1ast, M.Dornelles 7+1reb, H.Garcia 7+3reb+5ast, W.Drudi 4+2reb
gschID: 136896


Araraquara - Winner/Limeira 80-69

The most surprising game was the first loss of undefeated Winner/Limeira (6-1) on the court of eighth ranked Araraquara on Sunday night. Visitors were defeated by Araraquara 80-69. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Winner/Limeira. Araraquara made 19-of-25 free shots (76.0 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Winner/Limeira 38-21 including a 28-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Luisinho da Silva (181-78) scored 18 points (made all of his eight free throws) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Zezinho Jose Anibal (183-88) chipped in 10 points and 6 assists during the contest. Araraquara's coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side the former international swingman Diego Pinheiro (195-80) responded with 17 points and 4 assists and forward Biro Alves (200-87) scored 15 points. Araraquara (4-3) moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Pinheiros/Sky. Winner/Limeira at the other side still keeps top position with one game lost. They share it with Itabom/Bauru. Araraquara is looking forward to face Rio Claro (#10) at home in the next round. Winner/Limeira will play against America (#14) in Rio Preto and is hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Araraquara: L.da Silva 18+2reb+2ast, T.Pereira 13+2reb+3ast, Z.Jose Anibal 10+3reb+6ast, D.Costa 8+9reb+2ast, C.Gonzaga 8+5reb+1ast, E.de Oliveira 7+5reb
Winner/Limeira: D.Pinheiro 17+4reb+4ast, B.Alves 15+2reb+2ast, A.Neto 13+2reb+1ast, J.Luz dos Santos 7+3reb+5ast, R.Klafke 6+2reb, Alemao 6+4reb
gschID: 136897


Jacarei - XV/Cosan 86-83

A very interesting game took place in Jacarei. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 15th ranked XV/Cosan (1-6) to eleventh ranked Jacarei (3-4) 86-83 on Sunday evening. 27 personal fouls committed by XV/Cosan helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Joao Bernardi (-90) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Jefferson Campos (190-91) contributed with 19 points, 5 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Four Jacarei players scored in double figures. Center Marcao Vinicius (205-84) replied with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 12 rebounds (made all of his eleven free throws !!!) and forward Caio Ranches (192-87) added 20 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for XV/Cosan. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Jacarei moved-up to ninth place, which they share with Americana and Rio Claro. XV/Cosan at the other side dropped to the bottom position with six games lost. Jacarei's next round opponent will be L.S.B. (#13) in Sorocabana. XV/Cosan will play at home against Pinheiros/Sky in Sao Paolo.
Top scorers:
Jacarei: J.Bernardi 20+7reb+2ast, J.Campos 19+4reb+5ast, I.Goncalves 12+2reb, D.Kurtz 10+3reb, V.Oliveira 9+4reb, E.Lima 8+2reb
XV/Cosan: M.Vinicius 23+12reb+2ast, C.Ranches 20+7reb+2ast, L.Machado 18+7reb+3ast, F.Marques 7+1reb+2ast, D.Mina 5+3reb+2ast, M.Savani 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 136898




Brazil blasts Panama 90-65, secures the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
PANAMA - BRAZIL 65-90

Brazil cruised past Panama 90-65 for 4-1 record in the Quarterfinals Round. Thanks to this win Brazil already booked a spot for the Semis. Panama stays the last ranked team at this stage with 0-5. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) came up with 17 points for the winners, including just one miss shot for 18 minutes on the court. Augusto Cesar Lima (206-C-91) and Caio Silveira (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) (6 rebs) delivered 12 and 11 points respectively. Silveira had 5/5 from the field and 1/1 from the FT line in 16 minutes. Panama got 20 points from Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington). Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) and Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) (11 rebs) netted 16 and 10 pts respectively. Quarters: 13-20, 15-24, 18-26, 19-20. Brazil will play against unbeaten Argentina today. Panama will take on Venezuela.

Panama: Danilo Pinnock 20, Jose Lloreda 16, Ruben Garces 10+11 boards
Brazil: Guilherme Giovannoni 17, Augusto Cesar Lima 12, Caio Silveira 11+6 boards


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Fuerza Regia Monterrey sign Kleon Penn - by Eurobasket Center
Fuerza Regia Monterrey (LNBP) signed 25-year old British V.Islands international center Kleon Penn (211-C-129kg-86, college: McNeese St., agency: Paris Global Sports). Penn played most recently at Caciques de Humacao (Puerto Rico). While playing 35 games for Humacao last season his stats were: 8.0ppg, 7.7rpg and 2.6bpg ( best in the league). He was selected also to the all-star game. A very impressive season as he received an award of Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Defensive Player of the Year. Penn is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Bahamas, Dominican Rep., Morocco, Puerto Rico and British Virgin Islands. Penn graduated Mc Neese State University in 2009 and it will be his third season in pro basketball. Penn played for British V.Islands senior national team this year. He represented British Virgin Islands at the CBC Championships. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at this event were 6 games: 7.7ppg, 7.0rpg, Blocks-1 (4.8bpg), FGP: 55.2%, FT: 56.0%, while Penn was voted Latinbasket.com All-CBC Championships Best Center.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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Puerto Rico beats Canada 79-74, books spot for Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
PUERTO RICO - CANADA 79-74

Puerto Rico handed 79-74 loss to Canada securing the Semifinals in Mar del Plata. Puerto Ricans jumped to 4-1 record joining Brazil and Dominican Republic. Canada dropped to 1-4 and they lost all chances to reach the Semis. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) paced Puerto Rico to victory scoring 26 points. Alexander David Galindo (198-F-85, college: FIU) had 13 points and 5 rebounds, while Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) helped with 11 points, 5 boards and 6 assists. In Canada, Andrew Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) delivered 18 points. Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) (5 rebs) and Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) (5 rebs) netted 13 and 10 points respectively. Quarters: Today, Puerto Rico will play against Dominican Republic. Puerto Ricans lost Daniel Santiago for rest of the FIBA Americas Championship due to right foot injury. Canada will meet Uruguay in their next game.

Puerto Rico: Carlos Arroyo 26, Alexander David Galindo 13+5 boards, Jose Juan Barea 11+5 boards+6 as
Canada: Andrew Rautins 18, Carl English 13+5 boards, Levon Kendall 10+5 boards


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  CROATIA   


Marko Tomas will miss three months due to hamstring injury - by Eurobasket News
Marko Tomas (201-G-85) will miss next three months due to hamstring injury. The played got injured during the game between Croatia and FYROM. He will undergo surgery in Munich. Two years ago in Poland Tomas also got injured while playing for his country. Tomas played in two games in Lithuania and averaged 3.5 points. Marko Tomas signed a two-year deal with Fenerbahce Ulker a year ago. He helped them win the Turkish league title and National Cup in their first season together. Tomas appeared 35 times in TBL averaging 9.3 points and 2.8 rebounds. He also added 8.5 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 15 Euroleague games. Before Fenerbahce, he spent one season with Cibona and was their best player. In 2008/09, he was a member of Real Madrid. Marko Tomas also has experience from Fuenlabrada and Zagreb, where he started as a teenager.

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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


TJ Basketbal Svitavy Fall 63-102 in Pre-Season Game with CEZ Nymburk - by Surujh Roopnarine
TJ Basketball Svitavy hosted the reigning kings of Czech Basketball on Tuesday night, falling 63-102 in a pre-season matchup. This was the second game for Nymburk, after a 96-58 home victory over BK Pardubice the night before. Svitavy held up well over the first few minutes, but eventually ended the first quarter down 20-28. At the half the score was 33-52 and the eventual outcome was clear.
SVITAVY: Ravone George (193-G-83, college: Alabama) (15pts), Radim Kramny (212-C-85) (9pts), Ladislav Horak (205-F/C-86) (9pts), Boris Meno (203-F-83, college: Davidson) (5pts+13reb)
NYMBURK: Lamayne Wilson (204-F-80, college: Troy) (22pts), Lukas Palyza (204-F-89) (14pts), Michal Kremen (200-F-81) (13pts), Drew Naymick (211-C-85) (11pts)


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Pre-Season Friendlies Underway - by Armen Rhodes
Pre-season tune-ups are officially in full gear in Denmark with top sides Bakken, Horsholm, Aalborg and Naestved all in action over the past week.

Bakken squared off against Horsholm, and the defending Cup and CDL champions seemed at ease with a comfortable win over the Horsholm side.

Meanwhile, Aalborg cruised to a 28 point victory over League 1 side Lemvig.

As for Naestved, the CDL team traveled to Germany to compete in a pre-season tournament against Pro B-level teams, and dropped a close game to Leipzig by 2 points at the buzzer.


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Dominicans secure the Semifinals in Mar del Plata - by Eurobasket News
URUGUAY - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 76-84

Dominicans booked a spot for the Semifinals of FIBA Americas Championship in Mar del Plata. They outplayed Uruguay 84-76 for 4-1 record in the Quarterfinals Round. The same score also have Brazil and Puerto Rico. Uruguay has no chance to reach the Semis (1-4). Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) shined for the winners with double-double of 23 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. He reached valuation 34 and was the MVP of this meeting. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) had 12 and Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut) helped Dominican Republic with 11 points. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) responded with 22 points and 6 assists in loss. Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) had 13 pts and 7 rebs, while Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) added 11 points and also 7 boards. Quarters: 25-19, 17-25, 18-17, 16-23. Dominicans will meet Puerto Rico today. Uruguay will play against Canada.

Uruguay: Martin Osimani 22+6 as, Reque Newsome 13+7 boards, Esteban Batista 11+7 boards
Dominican Republic: Alfred Horford 23+14 boards+5 as, Francisco Garcia 12, Charlie Villanueva 11


FIBA AMERICAS: SEMIFINALS SECURED IN MAR DE PLATA - by Peedu Goldenbeck
URUGUAY - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 76-84

Dominicans booked a spot for the Semifinals of FIBA Americas Championship in Mar del Plata. They outplayed Uruguay 84-76 for 4-1 record in the Quarterfinals Round. The same score also have Brazil and Puerto Rico. Uruguay has no chance to reach the Semis (1-4). Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida)) shined for the winners with double-double of 23 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. He reached valuation 34 and was the MVP of this meeting. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) had 12 and Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut) helped Dominican Republic with 11 points. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) responded with 22 points and 6 assists in loss. Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) had 13 pts and 7 rebs, while Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) added 11 points and also 7 boards. Quarters: 25-19, 17-25, 18-17, 16-23. Dominicans will meet Puerto Rico today. Uruguay will play against Canada.

Uruguay: Martin Osimani 22+6 as, Reque Newsome 13+7 boards, Esteban Batista 11+7 boards
Dominican Republic: Alfred Horford 23+14 boards+5 as, Francisco Garcia 12, Charlie Villanueva 11


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Barcelona Regal announced Judson Wallace - by Eurobasket News
Barcelona Regal announced Judson Wallace (205-F/C-82, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Princeton) for the upcoming season. The Spanish titans bring the American Big Man from C.B. Gran Canaria 2014.
Last season Gran Canaria 2014 announced the player as the Spanish outfit has signed a deal with American Judson Wallace. The 27-year old power forward came to the island from Benetton Treviso, where he played last season. He appeared 30 times in SerieA averaging 9.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists. The team also competed in EuroCup, where Wallace added 9.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 1.5 apg. He joined Benetton in 2008 having slightly better numbers than this season.
Before Benetton Treviso, Judson Wallace spent one year with Capo dOrlando. He shined in SerieA with 14.5 ppg, 10.4 rpg and 1.9 apg. Wallace ended championship as the leading rebounder. From 2005 to 2007 Wallace was a member of the German team Eisbaeren Bremerhaven, where he also was once of the leading players.
In 2010-2011 for C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 (Spain-ACB, starting five): in EuroCup he averaged 10.2ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 75.0%. In Spanish League after 36 games his stats read 10.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 77.8%.



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Dirk Nowitzki became the second best top-scorer of European Championships - by Eurobasket News
Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) became the second best top-scorer of European Championships. It happened just few minutes ago when he nailed 19 points against Spain. The German NBA-Star took the second spot that belonged to Israeli Berkovitz. The top-scorer and the leader of the European Championships is still Greek Galis.
As it was mentioned earlier Germany lost to Spain in the opener of the Second Round matches. The latter celebrated 77:68 win due to the last quarter. Marc Gasol stepped up with 24 points and Pau Gasol added 19. Juan Carlos Navarro notched 14, while San Emeterio added 12. Dirk Nowitzki netted 19 in defeat and Chris Kaman posted 15.



Standings Div.A (Men)
Standings
Group E
1. France3-0
2. Spain2-1
3. Lithuania2-1
4. Serbia1-2
5. Turkey1-2
6. Germany0-3
Group F
1. FYR Macedo.2-0
2. Russia2-0
3. Slovenia1-1
4. Greece1-1
5. Finland0-2
6. Georgia0-2
Group Places 13-24
1. Belgium0-0
2. Bosnia0-0
3. Bulgaria0-0
4. Croatia0-0
5. U.Kingdom0-0
6. Israel0-0
7. Italy0-0
8. Latvia0-0
9. Montenegro.0-0
10. Poland0-0
11. Portugal0-0
12. Ukraine0-0


Second Round. Group E openers in Vilnius - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Serbia - Lithuania 90-100
Lithuania scored three-digit number to beat Serbia 100:90 in their start of the Second Round. Serbia and Lithuania entered the court last at the opening day of the Second Round. Newly created Group E brought as much interest as expected. Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) opened the game from the perimeter, while Tepic gave Serbia 6:3. Krstic drove a lay-up for 10:7 and he increased later to 12:7. Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) nailed three to tie the game at 14:14 and Tepic made the same at 20:20. Jasikevicius and Macvan were the last players to score for their teams for 26:24 at the end of the first period. Mantas Kalnietis increased the lead to 4 points early in the second and Jankunas scored for 35:30. Mantas Kalnietis gave one of the biggest lead in the first half as Lithuania enjoyed 43:34 midway through the second frame. Serbia actually reduced a bit, while Songaila and Kaukenas sent the squads to the lockers for 54:44 halftime advantage. Mantas Kalnietis gave the hosts plus 13 in the start of the third quarter and Mantas Kalnietis brought 63:53. Jasikevicius scored his 14th point from the free throw line to make 67:56. Both teams managed to score 24 points in the third quarter that brought 78:68 at the end of thirty minutes. When Valanciunas closed a 6-0 run in the start of the fourth quarter it became clear that the hosts would benefit from the game. Pocius scored for 86:73 and Jankunas delivered three for 90:79. Krstic and Kaukenas exchanged the shots for 93:81 and Javtokas made it 95:81 with 3 minutes to go. Simas Jasaitis made a dunk for 97:83, while Valanciunas brought three-digit number. Mantas Kalnietis poured in 19 points and Valanciunas added 18. Jasikevicius delivered 14, while Pocius and Jankunas netted 13 each. Krstic replied with 21 points for Serbia that suffered their second loss in a row. Teodosic and Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) notched 16 apiece and Tepic posted 12.

Germany - Spain 68-77
Pau Gasol is back to the Second-Round-Win opener over Germany. His brother however was the top-scorer in the important win over the German team, 77:68. Spain started with 4 consecutive points and Fernandez scored for 6:3. Germany however replied for 7:6 as Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) made a jump shot. Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) nailed three for 12:8, but Spain replied with 7-0 run. Later Schaffartzik nailed three for 15:15 and Gasol made one free throw to close the first quarter. Herber made the score 18:18 and San Emeterio closed an 8-0 run for 26:18, but v responded for 27:26 lead for Germany. Navarro and Chris Kaman later scored for 29:29 and Fernandez brought 33:29. Herber tied the game at 33:33 on the board, while Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) gave Spain 36:33. Pau Gasol started the scoring account in the third quarter and opened it with 3 consecutive points. Pau Gasol made a three-pointer later in the quarter for 42:37, while Marc Gasol improved to 50:41. It seemed it was the decisive part of the game, but Germany again reduced the gap. Dirk Nowitzki closed the third quarter at 56:55 as Germany won the frame 22-20. Dirk Nowitzki and San Emeterio exchanged the shots in the start of the fourth quarter. The latter added two more free throws for 60:57 and Fernandez increased the lead to 5 points. Chris Kaman and Pau Gasol remained the difference the same with 7 minutes to go, while again Chris Kaman and San Emeterio brought 66:61. Schaffartzik cut it to 3 and ask Spain to call for a Timeout. Navarro nailed a three-pointer for plus 5 with 3 minutes and then it was German time to call for Timeout. Chris Kaman cut it to 68:65, while Pau Gasol made it 70:65. Marc Gasol added another two for 7-point advantage and it became clear at that time about the winner. Benzing cut it to 74:68 and Pau Gasol scored for 77:68. Marc Gasol stepped up with 24 points and Pau Gasol added 19. Navarro notched 14, while San Emeterio added 12. Dirk Nowitzki netted 19 in defeat and Chris Kaman posted 15.

Turkey - France 64-68
France remained perfect at Eurobasket 2011 and won their opener of the Second Round. One of the favorites outscored Turkey 68:64. Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) and Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) opened the game for their teams and Onan made two shots from the arc for 10:2 lead. Nicolas Batum and Seraphin reduced to 12:11, while Nicolas Batum closed the period at 14:12. Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Savas surprised Turkey for 18:12 early in the second but the latter did not give up. France replied with a 7-0 run and Pietrus made it 19:18 for his side. Traore tied the game at 20:20 and Kanter made the same at 25:25. The teams continued to struggle hard in the court, while Tony Parker (183-PG-80) sent them both to the lockers for 31:27. Noah made two free throws early in the third for 35:28., while Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) reduced to 36:32. Tony Parker made sure the things went alright making 43:35 and Kahudi scored for 45:37. Again Kahudi and Gelabale closed the third quarters from the long range and brought the biggest lead in the quarter at 57:44. Traore made it plus 15 early in the fourth, but Turkey however was too far to give up. Ersan Ilyasova scored for 60:51 and Ender Arslan (190-G-83) reduced to 63:56. Turkey also scored six more points for 63:61, while Tony Parker increased to 4 points with 18 seconds to go. Emir Preldzic cut it to 65:63 with 7 seconds remaining, but again Tony Parker brought the final success for the favorites. Tony Parker top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Nicolas Batum added 13. Kahudi notched 8, whilst Noah nailed 7. Hidayet Turkoglu posted 13 in the losing effort and Emir Preldzic notched 11.




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Daniel Santiago injures right foot, will miss rest of FIBA Americas - by Eurobasket News
Bad news for Puerto Rican National Team. Their starting center and definitely one of the most important players Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) will miss rest of the FIBA Americans Championship due to right foot injury. He suffered a plantar fasciitis tear with insertion into the calcaneus and required a cast; this was confirmed by Dr. Guillermo Quinteros. Saitiago got injured during the game against Canada (second quarter). Daniel Santiago appeared five times in Mar del Plata averaging 12.4 points and 6 rebounds. He helped Puerto Rico to book a spot for the Semifinals. His best game came against Venezuela. Saintiago nailed 22 points in that meeting with just one missed shot for 20 minutes on the court. This is for sure a huge blow for the Puerto Rican NT as the most important games are not played yet. Finalists in Mar del Plata will book a spot for the Olympic Games in London. Third, fourth and fifth ranked teams will go to Additional Qualifications. Puerto Rico already secured that spot.

Day 7 in Mar del Plata: Argentina, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and Brazil secure semifinal berths - by Eurobasket News
Argentina - Venezuela 111-93
Argentina drained 111 points against Venezuela, what of course was enough for another comfortable win. Argentineans jumped to 5-0 in the second stage and they already secured a spot for the Semifinals. Venezuela dropped to 1-4. Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) led Argentina with 26 points. Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) also was great adding 20 points and 6 assists, while Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) (7 rebs) and Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) had 19 and 17 points respectively. Ginobili, Prigioni and Nocioni drained 16 triples together with impressive percentage. In the loosing squad, Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans) delivered 21 points and Windi Graterol (204-C-86) added three less. Heissler Guillent (186-G-86, agency: Paris Global Sports) stopped to 13 pts. Quarters: 30-20, 21-23, 28-29, 32-21. Argentina will play against Brazil today. Venezuela will meet winless Panama.

Panama - Brazil 65-90
Brazil cruised past Panama 90-65 for 4-1 record in the Quarterfinals Round. Thanks to this win Brazil already booked a spot for the Semis. Panama stays the last ranked team at this stage with 0-5. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) came up with 17 points for the winners, including just one miss shot for 18 minutes on the court. Augusto Cesar Lima (206-C-91) and Caio Silveira (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) (6 rebs) delivered 12 and 11 points respectively. Silveira had 5/5 from the field and 1/1 from the FT line in 16 minutes. Panama got 20 points from Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington). Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) and Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) (11 rebs) netted 16 and 10 pts respectively. Quarters: 13-20, 15-24, 18-26, 19-20. Brazil will play against unbeaten Argentina today. Panama will take on Venezuela.

Puerto Rico - Canada 79-74
Puerto Rico handed 79-74 loss to Canada securing the Semifinals in Mar del Plata. Puerto Ricans jumped to 4-1 record joining Brazil and Dominican Republic. Canada dropped to 1-4 and they lost all chances to reach the Semis. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) paced Puerto Rico to victory scoring 26 points. Alexander David Galindo (198-F-85, college: FIU) had 13 points and 5 rebounds, while Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) helped with 11 points, 5 boards and 6 assists. In Canada, Andrew Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) delivered 18 points. Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) (5 rebs) and Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) (5 rebs) netted 13 and 10 points respectively. Quarters: Today, Puerto Rico will play against Dominican Republic. Puerto Ricans lost Daniel Santiago for rest of the FIBA Americas Championship due to right foot injury. Canada will meet Uruguay in their next game.

Uruguay - Dominican Republic 76-84
Dominicans booked a spot for the Semifinals of FIBA Americas Championship in Mar del Plata. They outplayed Uruguay 84-76 for 4-1 record in the Quarterfinals Round. The same score also have Brazil and Puerto Rico. Uruguay has no chance to reach the Semis (1-4). Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) shined for the winners with double-double of 23 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. He reached valuation 34 and was the MVP of this meeting. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) had 12 and Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut) helped Dominican Republic with 11 points. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) responded with 22 points and 6 assists in loss. Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) had 13 pts and 7 rebs, while Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) added 11 points and also 7 boards. Quarters: 25-19, 17-25, 18-17, 16-23. Dominicans will meet Puerto Rico today. Uruguay will play against Canada.


Standings
Standings
Group Stage Two
1. Argentina5-0
2. Brazil4-1
3. Dominican R.4-1
4. P.Rico4-1
5. Uruguay1-4
6. Venezuela1-4
7. Canada1-4
8. Panama0-5
Group Places 9-10
1. Cuba0-0
2. Paraguay0-0


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KORISLIIGA: KTP signed with Bojan Sarcevic - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Guard Bojan Sarcevic (190-G-88) from Bosnia and Herzegovina has found a new job and team. After five seasons (2006-11) on Korihait (Uusikaupunki) roster Sarcevic first signed with Honka (Espoo), but as Honka is not allowed to play coming 2011-12 season due to financial problems, Sarcevic signed with KTP (Kotka) a two-year-contract for seasons 2011-13. Sarcevic averaged last season 12,5 ppg - 3,9 rpg - 3,5 apg. F Lauri Toivonen (200-G/F-91) instead will leave KTP without playing a game in Kotka. Toivonen will study and play in the USA. Also SG Mikael Holme (192-G-79) is leaving KTP after two seasons in Kotka. Holme is returning back to Porvoo and will join Tarmo roster in Division 1 with a 1+1 -year contract. Holme averaged passed season 9,4 ppg - 2,1 rpg in 51 contests.

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EuroBasket 2011: France remained perfect - by Eurobasket News
Turkey-France 64:68

France remained perfect at Eurobasket 2011 and won their opener of the Second Round. One of the favorites outscored Turkey 68:64.
Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) and Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) opened the game for their teams and Onan made two shots from the arc for 10:2 lead. Nicolas Batum and Seraphin reduced to 12:11, while Nicolas Batum closed the period at 14:12. Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Savas surprised Turkey for 18:12 early in the second but the latter did not give up. France replied with a 7-0 run and Pietrus made it 19:18 for his side. Traore tied the game at 20:20 and Kanter made the same at 25:25. The teams continued to struggle hard in the court, while Tony Parker (183-PG-80) sent them both to the lockers for 31:27. Joakim Noah (211-F/C-85, college: Florida) made two free throws early in the third for 35:28., while Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) reduced to 36:32. Tony Parker made sure the things went alright making 43:35 and Henry Kahudi (193-G-91) scored for 45:37. Again Henry Kahudi and Gelabale closed the third quarters from the long range and brought the biggest lead in the quarter at 57:44. Traore made it plus 15 early in the fourth, but Turkey however was too far to give up. Ersan Ilyasova scored for 60:51 and Arslan reduced to 63:56. Turkey also scored six more points for 63:61, while Tony Parker increased to 4 points with 18 seconds to go. Emir Preldzic cut it to 65:63 with 7 seconds remaining, but again Tony Parker brought the final success for the favorites.
Tony Parker top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Nicolas Batum added 13. Henry Kahudi notched 8, whilst Joakim Noah nailed 7. Hidayet Turkoglu posted 13 in the losing effort and Emir Preldzic notched 11.

Turkey: Hidayet Turkoglu 13, Emir Preldzic 11, Omer Asik (213-C-86) 10, Ersan Ilyasova 10
France: Tony Parker 20, Nicolas Batum 13, Henry Kahudi 8, Joakim Noah 7



Yesterday's friendly games - by Eurobasket News
French teams played six friendly games yesterday.
Roanne was better than ASVEL 82-69. Reigning French champion Nancy handed 96-92 loss to Elan Chalon. Lille also celebrated in a friendly yesterday. They outplayed Rouen 80-61. Gravelines was too strong for Le Havre 76-69 and Challanes grabbed 74-73 win against Quimper. Chalons-Reims cruised past Lievin 100-63. Kevin Joss-Rauze (190-G-88, agency: Court Side) was the leading player in this victory with 16 points. Tyler Sanborn (209-C-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Guilford) shined in loss with 24 points. Quarters: 22-8, 28-14, 23-22, 27-19.


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Brose Baskets triumphs at Stechert Cup - by Eurobasket News
Brose Baskets triumphs at Stechert Cup with 4 teams participating. Ratiopharm Ulm won the first Semifinal Game over FC Bayern 84:78. The latter had 28 points from Jonathan Wallace and Ben Hansbrough posted 21. In another Semifinal game Brose Baskets Bamberg beat s.Oliver Baskets 68:64.
In the game for the third place FC Bayern Mnchen edged s.Oliver Baskets 75:71. Trailing 4 points at the halftime, the Bayern team managed to win the second half and the game as well. For Oliver Baskets Gilbert Brown (198-F-87, agency: VVG Sports, college: Pittsburgh) ended up with 21 points and Ivan Ivan Elliott (203-F/C-86, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: UCSB) as well as John Little (180-PG-84, college: N.Iowa) added 16 each.
In the Final Brose Baskets outscored ratiopharm Ulm 80:71. Thanks to 3500 spectators that came to support the team, the host grabbed Stechert Cup. They led 41:29 at the halftime and managed to win another game at home. Jenkins top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Marcus Slaughter (204-C/F-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: San Diego St.) posted 12. Roberts nailed 10, while Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) scored 8. Bryant replied with 15 points in the losing effort, whilst Gunther chipped in 11.



New Yorker Phantoms won over the Polish teams - by Eurobasket News
New Yorker Phantoms won over the Polish teams. At first Trefl Sopot suffered a big 54:71 loss to Braunschweig in the exhibition clash. The game was played in Kolobrzeg and the visitors turned victorious. Immanuel McElroy (193-G-80, college: Cincinnati), Kyle Visser (211-C-85, college: Wake Forest) and Branko Jorovic (205-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 10 points each to pace the winners. Trefl Sopot led by three points at the first break 14:11. They stretched the gap to 4 points at halftime 28:24. But Braunschweig turned things around in the second half. They stepped on the gas to post a comfortable 17-point lead at the end. Jamelle Horne provided 12 points, while Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80) had 10 points in the loss.
In the second game New Yorker Phantoms overcame Energa Czarni Slupsk 92:80. They led one point at the halftime and managed to increase the lead to 12 at the end. Branko Jorovic setpped up with 18 points and Rich Melzer added 17.
WALTER Tigers Tubingen lost to LTi Giessen 46ers 71:80. The latter took the lead at the halftime and enjoyed 41:32 after the first 20 minutes. Radenko Pilcevic (188-G-86) and Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Davidson) paced all the winners with 11 points each. Young replied with 17 in defeat, while Nash notched 15.



BBC Bayreuth Add Maksym Shtein - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Maksym Shtein (206-C-80, agency: Limelight Hoops) is originally from the Ukraine, but he has never played outside Germany professionally and today has joined his 8th team in Germany, by signing with BBC Bayreuth. Shtein is a 31 year old 206cm center that is a big guy who runs the floor extremely well, is able to play both inside positions defensively because of his mobility and speed. he likes to play physical and with contact, has nice post-up moves underneath the basket and good hands cutting through the zone, his good shooting skills enable him to play also minutes offensively on Position 4. and is a confident and fearless player who will produce at any level that played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven last season (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 35 games: 3.5ppg, 2.1rpg. 'We have gotten a very experienced big man with Maksym Shtein that will help our big man rotation. It was important that we needed a player where we knew that he would give us the experience and do his role. Also we have security now should one of our other big men get hurt', stressed BBC Bayreuth manager Uli Eichbaum. In the contract of Shtein is a small try out clause. 'Maksym has given us more stability, but we want to test him. We really can use help at this position. Stefan Schmidt is doing a good job, but he is still young and with Shtein we have more stabilty at the center position', stated BBC Bayreuth head coach Andreas Wagner.

Maksym Shtein started his basketball career in 1997 with
MTV Stuttgart (Regionalliga). He then played for Ludwigsburg (Germany-D2) from 2000-2002. He then played for ratiopharm Ulm from 2002-2007 and got his first taste of the Beko BBL in 2006-007 and since then has stayed in the Beko BBL. he played for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt in 2007-2008 playing ULEB Cup: 9 games: 3.1ppg, 1.9rpg; German League: 36 games: 2.4ppg, 1.6rpg. He then played for TBB Trier from 2008-2010. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been German 2.Bundesliga (Group South) Runner-Up -03, 04, 05, German 2.Bundesliga (Group South) Champion -06,and German Bundesliga Semifinals -08.

Source: BBC Bayreuth




EuroBasket 2011: Pau Gasol is back to the Second-Round-Opener victory over Germany - by Eurobasket News
Germany-Spain 68:77

Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) is back to the Second-Round-Win opener over Germany. His brother however was the top-scorer in the important win over the German team, 77:68.
Spain started with 4 consecutive points and Fernandez scored for 6:3. Germany however replied for 7:6 as Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) made a jump shot. Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) nailed three for 12:8, but Spain replied with 7-0 run. Later Schaffartzik nailed three for 15:15 and Gasol made one free throw to close the first quarter. Herber made the score 18:18 and San Emeterio closed an 8-0 run for 26:18, but v responded for 27:26 lead for Germany. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and Chris Kaman later scored for 29:29 and Fernandez brought 33:29. Herber tied the game at 33:33 on the board, while Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) gave Spain 36:33.
Pau Gasol started the scoring account in the third quarter and opened it with 3 consecutive points. Pau Gasol made a three-pointer later in the quarter for 42:37, while Marc Gasol improved to 50:41. It seemed it was the decisive part of the game, but Germany again reduced the gap. Dirk Nowitzki closed the third quarter at 56:55 as Germany won the frame 22-20.
Dirk Nowitzki and San Emeterio exchanged the shots in the start of the fourth quarter. The latter added two more free throws for 60:57 and Fernandez increased the lead to 5 points. Chris Kaman and Pau Gasol remained the difference the same with 7 minutes to go, while again Chris Kaman and San Emeterio brought 66:61. Schaffartzik cut it to 3 and ask Spain to call for a Timeout. Juan Carlos Navarro nailed a three-pointer for plus 5 with 3 minutes and then it was German time to call for Timeout. Chris Kaman cut it to 68:65, while Pau Gasol made it 70:65. Marc Gasol added another two for 7-point advantage and it became clear at that time about the winner. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) cut it to 74:68 and Pau Gasol scored for 77:68.
Marc Gasol stepped up with 24 points and Pau Gasol added 19. Juan Carlos Navarro notched 14, while San Emeterio added 12. Dirk Nowitzki netted 19 in defeat and Chris Kaman posted 15.

Germany: Dirk Nowitzki 19, Chris Kaman 15, Robin Benzing 10
Spain: Marc Gasol 24, Pau Gasol 19, Juan Carlos Navarro 14, San Emeterio 12



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Byron Mullens is a newcomer at Panionios ON Telecoms Athens - by Eurobasket Center
Byron Mullens (213-C-89, college: Ohio St.) signed a one-year contract with Greek team Panionios. The deal has an NBA out to exercise at the end of the lockout. Mullens has played 12 games with Oklahoma City Thunder last season averaging 2.1ppg and 2rpg and was sent also to Tulsa 66ers in NBDL with whom he recorded averages of 14.9ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.0apg, 1.4bpg in 14 games.

Courtesy of Sportando




Panellinios moves to Thessaloniki for a possible merger with Iraklis - by George Fragkos
The return of GS Iraklis Thessaloniki to the A1 is more possible than ever. The club from Thessaloniki got relegated last year but probably this will not prevent 'Gireos', as GS Iraklis is nicknamed, to keep playing at the top Greek league.

During the summer there were rumors that the boards of Iraklis and Panellinios Lamia held talks about a possible merger between them. Panellinios has no funds to create a team to play in the A1 and the board decided either to dismantle the club or merge it with another one. The club that showed interest in this concept was Iraklis and after some negotiations between the two sides, this seems to be about to become true.

Through its official website Panellinios announced that there has been an agreement with Iraklis the owner of 'Ivanofio' and the team which last year had its venue in Lamia, moves to Thessaloniki and more specifically to 'Ivanofio'. This means that the plan is showing progress and very soon the merger between the two clubs may be confirmed.


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TINA signed their Starting Five Players... - by Mohammad Ahmadi
New season (2011-2012) Will be started in 42 days and the only Club that have signed their Starting Five players is Tina (Foolad Mahan) , New Club in Esfahan.
Coach Mohsen Sadeghzadeh started his job very soon and could sign 5 good players of Last season.
First of all They signed Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86), The best Iranian Pos5 in Last Season. He was playing for Qom.
After that they signed left handed Javad Davari (185-G-83), former Mahram player and Majid Ghasemzadeh. Ghasemzadeh had a good season with Qom last season and could show himself very well.
Then they signed Experienced and Smart player, Babak Nezafat (190-G/F-77). Nezafat was playing for Mahram and Gorgan last two seasons.
And their last contract was for Mohammad Hassanzadeh (202-F-90), young power forward of Towzin Electric Kashan and NT to ham combination of Kardoust-Hassanzadeh under the basket.
They are going to sign one NBA player in pos 3 to have a big start for Championship in their First experience in Iran Superleague.



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Omri Casspi Leaves Israel, Looks to Participate in Impact Academy League - by David Pick
Israel's biggest and only NBA basketball star Omri Casspi left Israeli soil earlier this morning and sets eyes on destinations such as Los Angeles, Sacramento and hopefully Las Vegas.
The Cavs newly-acquired forward suffered a knee injury while training with Israels national hoops team, causing him to miss the EuroBasket. However, since the injury, Casspi has been successfully running with Israel's leading physicians and Maccabi Tel Aviv's personal trainers.

In the states, Omri will team up with world's top basketball trainer Joe Abunassar, and if all goes according to plan, Casspi will play in Sin City along with 50 other NBA players, taking part in the Impact Academy league, hosted by Abunassar and scheduled to start on Sept. 12th.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd






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  ITALY   


Montepaschi and Benetton grab the friendly victories - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi Siena and Benetton Treviso won the latests frineldy games over their opponents.
Montepaschi Siena grabs the friendly victory over the Turkish Anadolu Efes. Montepaschi Siena celebrated 79:70 win against the Turkish representative. Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Crispin as well as Summers netted 13 each. Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84) ended up with 22 points. Ermal Kurtoglu (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) posted 11 and Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) added 10.
Benetton Treviso meanwhile edged Sidigas Avellino 69:62. The winners started with 16-15 in the first period and increased to 34:26 at the halftime. The board showed 51:44 after thirty minutes, while the teams scored the same number of points in the last quarter. For Sidigas Avellino Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: ACMT, college: Pittsburgh) notched 22 points and Taquan Dean (193-G-83, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Louisville) added 12.



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  KENYA   


Coast League Now Facing a Venue Hurdle - by Eurobasket News
COAST basketballers were thrown into confusion yesterday following the uncertainty over where they will play their premier league matches this weekend. Kenya Ports Authority and Co-operative bank were to play at the Makande gym but there is an inter-banks tournament sheduled for the venue at the same time.

The Co-op men and women's teams were expected to wrestle with the dockers were according to some quarters supposed to be in Nairobi for the inter-banks event. 'What I understand as of now is that Co-op guys are not coming as there is an inter-banks event in Nairobi thatstarts this weekend too' said KPA coach Anthony Ojukwu. Coast Basketball Association chairman Ali Hilmy said they had moved the League to Makande for the sake of fans may now revert to Mombasa Baptist if C o-op fail to make it.
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star (Nairobi)


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  LEBANON   


Riyadi lands Dewarick Spencer.. - by Rabih Khoury
Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut completed their roster by signing high level american guard Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) next to egyptian star Ismaiil Ahmad. Spencer, who played his entire career in Europe (France, Italy,Turkey,Ukraine), will have his first ever experience in the middle east with the Asian Champs. Spencer played in Ukraine last year where he averaged in Ukrainian League: 43 games: 10.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 50.2%, 3PT: 33.9%, FT: 78.9%. and won the league with his team Budivelnyk Kyiv . Also in 2007, Spencer won the France League with Chorale de Roanne Basket where he was top scorer and averaged in 34 games: Score-1 (20.6ppg), 6.1rpg, 3.6apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 76.0%.

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  LITHUANIA   


EuroBasket 2011: Lithuania scored three-digit number to beat Serbia in Vilnius - by Eurobasket News
Serbia-Lithuania 90:100

Lithuania scored three-digit number to beat Serbia 100:90 in their start of the Second Round.
Serbia and Lithuania entered the court last at the opening day of the Second Round. Newly created Group E brought as much interest as expected.
Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) opened the game from the perimeter, while Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) gave Serbia 6:3. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) drove a lay-up for 10:7 and he increased later to 12:7. Jasaitis nailed three to tie the game at 14:14 and Milenko Tepic made the same at 20:20. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) and Macvan were the last players to score for their teams for 26:24 at the end of the first period.
Mantas Kalnietis increased the lead to 4 points early in the second and Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) scored for 35:30. Mantas Kalnietis gave one of the biggest lead in the first half as Lithuania enjoyed 43:34 midway through the second frame. Serbia actually reduced a bit, while Songaila and Kaukenas sent the squads to the lockers for 54:44 halftime advantage.
Mantas Kalnietis gave the hosts plus 13 in the start of the third quarter and Mantas Kalnietis brought 63:53. Sarunas Jasikevicius scored his 14th point from the free throw line to make 67:56. Both teams managed to score 24 points in the third quarter that brought 78:68 at the end of thirty minutes.
When Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) closed a 6-0 run in the start of the fourth quarter it became clear that the hosts would benefit from the game. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) scored for 86:73 and Paulius Jankunas delivered three for 90:79. Nenad Krstic and Kaukenas exchanged the shots for 93:81 and Javtokas made it 95:81 with 3 minutes to go. Jasaitis made a dunk for 97:83, while Jonas Valanciunas brought three-digit number.
Mantas Kalnietis poured in 19 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 18. Sarunas Jasikevicius delivered 14, while Martynas Pocius and Paulius Jankunas netted 13 each. Nenad Krstic replied with 21 points for Serbia that suffered their second loss in a row. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) and Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) notched 16 apiece and Milenko Tepic posted 12.

Serbia: Nenad Krstic 21, Milos Teodosic 16, Dusko Savanovic 16, Milenko Tepic 12
Lithuania: Mantas Kalnietis 19, Jonas Valanciunas 18, Sarunas Jasikevicius 14, Martynas Pocius 13, Paulius Jankunas 13


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  MEXICO   


Halcones Rojos de Veracruz sign David Cortes - by Eurobasket Center
Halcones Rojos de Veracruz (LNBP) signed 30-year old Puerto Rican international swingman David Cortes (190-G/F-81). Cortes played most recently at Capitanes de Arecibo (Puerto Rico). While playing 42 games for Arecibo last season his stats were: 8.7ppg and 2.4rpg. He helped them to win the championship title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Cortes is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Colombia, Dominican Rep. and Puerto Rico. Cortes played for Puerto Rican senior national team this year. He represented Puerto Rico at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez (Puerto Rico) last year. Chis team won Gold and his stats at this event were 4 games: 0pts, 1.0rpg.


Ramon Clemente is a newcomer at Halcones Rojos de Veracruz - by Eurobasket Center
Halcones Rojos de Veracruz (LNBP) added to their roster 26-year old Puerto Rican-Puerto Rican forward Ramon Clemente (200-F-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza). Clemente played most recently at Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico). While playing 18 games for Mayaguez last season he averaged 11.5ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. He played also pro basketball in Israel and Puerto Rico. A very successful were two seasons he spent in Israel. He was selected twice to Eurobasket.com Israeli National League All-Imports Team. Clemente graduated Wichita State University in 2009 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Fuerza Regia Monterrey sign Kleon Penn - by Eurobasket Center
Fuerza Regia Monterrey (LNBP) signed 25-year old British V.Islands international center Kleon Penn (211-C-129kg-86, college: McNeese St., agency: Paris Global Sports). Penn played most recently at Caciques de Humacao (Puerto Rico). While playing 35 games for Humacao last season his stats were: 8.0ppg, 7.7rpg and 2.6bpg ( best in the league). He was selected also to the all-star game. A very impressive season as he received an award of Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Defensive Player of the Year. Penn is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Bahamas, Dominican Rep., Morocco, Puerto Rico and British Virgin Islands. Penn graduated Mc Neese State University in 2009 and it will be his third season in pro basketball. Penn played for British V.Islands senior national team this year. He represented British Virgin Islands at the CBC Championships. His team got to the Semifinals and his stats at this event were 6 games: 7.7ppg, 7.0rpg, Blocks-1 (4.8bpg), FGP: 55.2%, FT: 56.0%, while Penn was voted Latinbasket.com All-CBC Championships Best Center.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Rivera comes back to Halcones Rojos de Veracruz - by Eurobasket Center
Halcones Rojos de Veracruz (LNBP) added to their roster 28-year old Puerto Rican Carlos Rivera (187-PG-91kg-83, college: Hofstra, agency: Paris Global Sports). Its actually Riveras comeback to Halc.Rojos as she played here before. Rivera played most recently at Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico). While playing 29 games for Mayaguez last season he recorded 14.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.2apg and 1.6spg (3rd best in the league). It was a very successful year in his career as He was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honorable Mention. Rivera played also pro basketball in Poland and Puerto Rico. He graduated Hofstra University in 2007 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


LNBP Round 2: Leader Huracanes lose to Abejas - by Eurobasket
There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in LNBP.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Huracanes (1-1) in Guanajuato on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Abejas (2-0) 75-72. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 1-0 record before this meeting. Huracanes were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Jovan Harris (191-81, college: USF) who scored 21 points. Guard Brandon Heredia (180-85, college: Lon Morris JC) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Abejas' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) produced 10 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists for the guests. Abejas maintains first position with 2-0 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Huracanes at the other side dropped to the fifth place with one game lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Abejas is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Volcanes (#14) in Toluca in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Huracanes will play at home against Toros (#9) in Nuevo Laredo and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Important game to mention about took place in Zacatecas. Top-ranked Barreteros (2-0) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Pioneros (1-1) 78-75 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. American guard Melvin Council (191, college: Robert Morris) orchestrated the victory by scoring 34 points (!!!). James Reaves contributed with 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Barreteros' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The former international swingman Romel Beck (203-82, college: UNLV, agency: Interperformances) replied with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for Pioneros. Barreteros keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Pioneros at the other side keep the fifth place with one game lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Barreteros will play against Soles (#4) in Mexicali in the next round. Pioneros will play at home against Lechugueros in Leon to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Mexicali. Local Soles (2-0) outscored bottom-ranked Aguilas Rojas (0-2) 92-72 on Saturday night. Soles keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Aguilas Rojas still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Soles will meet league's second-placed Barreteros in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Aguilas Rojas will play against Panteras (#10) in Aguascalientes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Rest of the games of round 2 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Halc.Rojos defeated Toros in Veracruz 95-83. Fuerza Regia beat Halc.Xalapa at home 80-65. Winless Volcanes lost to Panteras on the opponent's court 78-93.


Abejas - Huracanes 75-72

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Huracanes (1-1) in Guanajuato on Saturday night. Visitors were edged by Abejas (2-0) 75-72. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 1-0 record before this meeting. Huracanes were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was the former international swingman Jovan Harris (191-81, college: USF) who scored 21 points. Guard Brandon Heredia (180-85, college: Lon Morris JC) chipped in 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Abejas' coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) produced 10 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists and Canadian guard Stephen Sir (195-82, college: N.Arizona) added 11 points respectively for the guests. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Abejas maintains first position with 2-0 record, which they share with 3 other teams. Huracanes at the other side dropped to the fifth place with one game lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Abejas is looking forward to face bottom-ranked Volcanes (#14) in Toluca in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Huracanes will play at home against Toros (#9) in Nuevo Laredo and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
Abejas: J.Harris 21+2reb+2ast, L.Wade 17+2reb, B.Heredia 13+5reb+4ast, M.McHugh 10+6reb+2ast, M.Jackson 6+7reb+2ast, C.Castillo 4+1ast
Huracanes: A.Fuqua 14+2reb, S.Sir 11+3reb+2ast, R.Hornsby 10+3reb+2ast, O.Quintero 10+8reb+6ast, J.Douglas 9+2reb, J.Edwin 7+3ast
gschID: 137631


Toros - Halc.Rojos 83-95

There was a minor upset in Nuevo Laredo where 7th ranked Toros (1-1) were defeated by tenth ranked Halcones Rojos (1-1) 95-83 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Halcones Rojos. Toros managed to win third quarter 26-24. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Halcones Rojos especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.6 percentage. American-Puerto Rican forward Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) had a double-double by scoring 15 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Venezuelan point guard Gregory Vargas (182-86) chipped in 19 points and 5 assists during the contest. The former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) responded with 22 points and 6 rebounds and American-Puerto Rican guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76, agency: Paris Global Sports) scored 17 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. It was the only win of guest team this round and in all other games host teams recorded victories. Halcones Rojos left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Toros. Halcones Rojos will meet at home Halcones UV Xalapa (#12) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Toros will play against Huracanes (#8) in Tampico.
Top scorers:
Halc.Rojos: G.Vargas 19+3reb+5ast, D.Cortes 18+3reb, R.Clemente 15+12reb+1ast, P.Stoll 13+2ast, A.Solares 8, N.Alonzo 7+4reb+1ast
Toros: J.Lopez 22+6reb, W.Pagan 17+3reb+2ast, R.Rougeau 14+4reb, D.Pearson 14+8reb, B.Angley 5+1reb+6ast, L.Ellis Vasquez 3+2ast
gschID: 137632


Fuerza Regia - Halc.Xalapa 80-65

No shocking result in a game in Monterrey where top-ranked Fuerza Regia (2-0) defeated bottom-ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (0-2) 80-65 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Fuerza Regia. Halcones UV Xalapa managed to win third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Chris Roberts (193-88, college: Bradley) scored 19 points and 4 assists to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Mike Mitchell (181-83, college: N.Mexico St.) chipped in 12 points, 9 assists and 5 steals (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) during the contest. Four Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures. American forward Brandon Brown (201-85, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) responded with 12 points and 5 rebounds and the former international forward Victor Mariscal (198-72) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Fuerza Regia keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Halcones UV Xalapa still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Fuerza Regia will meet Correcaminos (#7) in the next round where they are favorite. Halcones UV Xalapa will play against Halcones Rojos (#6) in Veracruz.
Top scorers:
Fuerza Regia: C.Roberts 19+4reb+4ast, J.Smith 18+5reb+2ast, A.Izaguirre 14+2reb, M.Mitchell 12+4reb+9ast, T.Thomas 6+9reb+1ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 5+2reb+2ast
Halc.Xalapa: B.Brown 12+5reb, V.Mariscal 8+5reb+2ast, L.Real Aguilar 7+4reb+1ast, R.Castillo 6+2reb+2ast, C.Hernandez 6+3reb+4ast, Q.Gonzalez 5+5reb+1ast
gschID: 137633


Panteras - Volcanes 93-78

Everything could happen in Aguascalientes at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Panteras and bottom-ranked Volcanes had identical 0-1 record. This time Panteras used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Toluca 93-78 on Saturday night. Volcanes were trailing by 8 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 32-14 charge of Panteras, which allowed them to win the game. Dominican-Puerto Rican power forward Ivan Lopez (208-85, college: Memphis) had a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the charge for the winners and American guard Devon Ford (193-77, college: Idaho) chipped in 22 points and 5 rebounds during the contest. Five Panteras players scored in double figures. American guard Larry Morinia (180-80, college: Montana St., agency: ProSportsCareers) responded with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists and guard Carlos M. Toussaint (190-91) scored 26 points and 5 rebounds. Panteras (1-1) left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Loser Volcanes still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Panteras will meet at home Aguilas Rojas (#11) in the next round where they are favorite. Volcanes will play against the league's leader Abejas in Guanajuato.
Top scorers:
Panteras: D.Ford 22+5reb, M.Bryant 16+4reb+1ast, R.Melendez 14+2reb+2ast, I.Lopez 14+13reb+5ast, L.Rangel 12+3reb+4ast, J.Casillas 7+1ast
Volcanes: C.M. Toussaint 26+5reb+2ast, L.Morinia 25+7reb+7ast, A.Clyde Nunn 9+5reb+1ast, A.Strickland 8+7reb, F.Ibarra 4+13reb+1ast, L.Felipe Diaz 3+1reb
gschID: 137628


Barreteros - Pioneros 78-75

Important game to mention about took place in Zacatecas. Top-ranked Barreteros (2-0) saved a 3-point victory at home edging 5th ranked Pioneros (1-1) 78-75 on Saturday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. It looked good early as Pioneros took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Barreteros had a 22-9 second period charge getting the lead and Pioneros were not able to take back game control losing it eventually 75-78. Barreteros players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists. American guard Melvin Council (191, college: Robert Morris) orchestrated the victory by scoring 34 points (!!!). The other American import forward James Reaves (203-82, college: Niagara, agency: TSS Management) contributed with 24 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Barreteros' coach allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. The former international swingman Romel Beck (203-82, college: UNLV, agency: Interperformances) replied with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Gregory Grays (185-79, college: Detroit Mercy, agency: Interperformances) added 15 points and 8 assists in the effort for Pioneros. Barreteros keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Pioneros at the other side keep the fifth place with one game lost. They share the position with 5 other teams. Barreteros will play against Soles (#4) in Mexicali in the next round. Pioneros will play at home against Lechugueros in Leon to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Barreteros: M.Council 34+4reb+1ast, J.Reaves 24+5reb+3ast, C.Twan Briggs 7+6reb+1ast, M.Thomas 7+5reb+2ast, S.Cuevas 4+2reb+14ast, A.Aguirre 2+8reb
Pioneros: R.Beck 18+5reb+4ast, G.Grays 15+3reb+8ast, S.Soriano 10+6reb, A.Esparza 8+1reb, R.Millsap 8+2reb+4ast, A.Feeley 8+4reb
gschID: 137629


Soles - Aguilas Rojas 92-72

The game with biggest result difference took place in Mexicali. Local Soles (2-0) outscored bottom-ranked Aguilas Rojas (0-2) 92-72 on Saturday night. Soles keep a position of league leader, which they share with 3 other teams. Loser Aguilas Rojas still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with 3 other teams. Soles will meet league's second-placed Barreteros in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Aguilas Rojas will play against Panteras (#10) in Aguascalientes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
gschID: 137630




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  NBA   


Omri Casspi Leaves Israel, Looks to Participate in Impact Academy League - by David Pick
Israel's biggest and only NBA basketball star Omri Casspi left Israeli soil earlier this morning and sets eyes on destinations such as Los Angeles, Sacramento and hopefully Las Vegas.
The Cavs newly-acquired forward suffered a knee injury while training with Israels national hoops team, causing him to miss the EuroBasket. However, since the injury, Casspi has been successfully running with Israel's leading physicians and Maccabi Tel Aviv's personal trainers.

In the states, Omri will team up with world's top basketball trainer Joe Abunassar, and if all goes according to plan, Casspi will play in Sin City along with 50 other NBA players, taking part in the Impact Academy league, hosted by Abunassar and scheduled to start on Sept. 12th.

Follow David Pick on Twitter: @Dpick_Mvd






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Drummond enrolls at Connecticut, added to roster - by Rick Ross
Curtesy Of sportsillustrated.cnn.com
STORRS, Conn. (AP) Star recruit Andre Drummond (6'11''-C-93) has enrolled
at Connecticut and been added to the roster of the men's basketball team.

UConn said Friday that the 6-foot-11 Drummond has decided to wear
No. 12 for the Huskies, after originally being assigned No. 15,
the same number worn last year by Kemba Walker.

The school has not said where Drummond's scholarship will come from.
Connecticut has none available after losing three due to
NCAA rules violations and a poor academic performance rating.

Several media outlets are reporting that redshirt freshman
Michael Bradley has volunteered to give up his scholarship and
apply for financial aid. The 6-10 Bradley would play as a walk-on.

Drummond made the surprise announcement that he would join
Connecticut last week on his Twitter page.

The Huskies are coming off a national-championship season
in which they finished 32-9. They won the
Big East tournament in New York as well, and defeated Butler,
53-41, in Houston to win the NCAA tournament.


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Brazil blasts Panama 90-65, secures the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
PANAMA - BRAZIL 65-90

Brazil cruised past Panama 90-65 for 4-1 record in the Quarterfinals Round. Thanks to this win Brazil already booked a spot for the Semis. Panama stays the last ranked team at this stage with 0-5. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) came up with 17 points for the winners, including just one miss shot for 18 minutes on the court. Augusto Cesar Lima (206-C-91) and Caio Silveira (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) (6 rebs) delivered 12 and 11 points respectively. Silveira had 5/5 from the field and 1/1 from the FT line in 16 minutes. Panama got 20 points from Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington). Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: LSU) and Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) (11 rebs) netted 16 and 10 pts respectively. Quarters: 13-20, 15-24, 18-26, 19-20. Brazil will play against unbeaten Argentina today. Panama will take on Venezuela.

Panama: Danilo Pinnock 20, Jose Lloreda 16, Ruben Garces 10+11 boards
Brazil: Guilherme Giovannoni 17, Augusto Cesar Lima 12, Caio Silveira 11+6 boards


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  POLAND   


Latest victories for Slask Wroclaw and PBG Basket Poznan - by Eurobasket News
Slask Wroclaw beat MKS Dabrowa Gornicza 75:65. Bogavac poured in 27 points and Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F/C-84, agency: BeoExcell) added 15. Buczak ende dup with 12 points, while Zyskowski scored 9.
New Yorker Phantoms overcame Energa Czarni Slupsk 92:80. They led one point at the halftime and managed to increase the lead to 12 at the end. Branko Jorovic (205-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 18 points and Rich Melzer (203-F/C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Wisc.-RiverFal.) added 17.
Zastal Zielona Gora lost to PBG Basket Poznan 68:73. The latter trailed 4 points after the first 10 minutes of the game but managed to bounce back. Poznan produced 15-9 to take the lead at the halftime and added 23-18 in the last stanza. Rafal Rajewicz (203-C-88) poured in 17 points and Marcin Flieger brought 13. Kamil Chanas (188-G-85) as well as Ryan Wittman (198-F-88, college: Cornell) posted 8 each, while Jeff Foote (212-C-88, college: Cornell) nailed 7.



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Daniel Santiago injures right foot, will miss rest of FIBA Americas - by Eurobasket News
Bad news for Puerto Rican National Team. Their starting center and definitely one of the most important players Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) will miss rest of the FIBA Americans Championship due to right foot injury. He suffered a plantar fasciitis tear with insertion into the calcaneus and required a cast; this was confirmed by Dr. Guillermo Quinteros. Saitiago got injured during the game against Canada (second quarter). Daniel Santiago appeared five times in Mar del Plata averaging 12.4 points and 6 rebounds. He helped Puerto Rico to book a spot for the Semifinals. His best game came against Venezuela. Saintiago nailed 22 points in that meeting with just one missed shot for 20 minutes on the court. This is for sure a huge blow for the Puerto Rican NT as the most important games are not played yet. Finalists in Mar del Plata will book a spot for the Olympic Games in London. Third, fourth and fifth ranked teams will go to Additional Qualifications. Puerto Rico already secured that spot.

Halcones Rojos de Veracruz sign David Cortes - by Eurobasket Center
Halcones Rojos de Veracruz (LNBP) signed 30-year old Puerto Rican international swingman David Cortes (190-G/F-81). Cortes played most recently at Capitanes de Arecibo (Puerto Rico). While playing 42 games for Arecibo last season his stats were: 8.7ppg and 2.4rpg. He helped them to win the championship title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Cortes is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Colombia, Dominican Rep. and Puerto Rico. Cortes played for Puerto Rican senior national team this year. He represented Puerto Rico at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayaguez (Puerto Rico) last year. Chis team won Gold and his stats at this event were 4 games: 0pts, 1.0rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Rivera comes back to Halcones Rojos de Veracruz - by Eurobasket Center
Halcones Rojos de Veracruz (LNBP) added to their roster 28-year old Puerto Rican Carlos Rivera (187-PG-91kg-83, college: Hofstra, agency: Paris Global Sports). Its actually Riveras comeback to Halc.Rojos as she played here before. Rivera played most recently at Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico). While playing 29 games for Mayaguez last season he recorded 14.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.2apg and 1.6spg (3rd best in the league). It was a very successful year in his career as He was voted to Latinbasket.com All-Puerto Rican BSN Honorable Mention. Rivera played also pro basketball in Poland and Puerto Rico. He graduated Hofstra University in 2007 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Ramon Clemente is a newcomer at Halcones Rojos de Veracruz - by Eurobasket Center
Halcones Rojos de Veracruz (LNBP) added to their roster 26-year old Puerto Rican-Puerto Rican forward Ramon Clemente (200-F-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza). Clemente played most recently at Indios de Mayaguez (Puerto Rico). While playing 18 games for Mayaguez last season he averaged 11.5ppg, 9.1rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. He played also pro basketball in Israel and Puerto Rico. A very successful were two seasons he spent in Israel. He was selected twice to Eurobasket.com Israeli National League All-Imports Team. Clemente graduated Wichita State University in 2009 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Puerto Rico beats Canada 79-74, books spot for Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
PUERTO RICO - CANADA 79-74

Puerto Rico handed 79-74 loss to Canada securing the Semifinals in Mar del Plata. Puerto Ricans jumped to 4-1 record joining Brazil and Dominican Republic. Canada dropped to 1-4 and they lost all chances to reach the Semis. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: FIU) paced Puerto Rico to victory scoring 26 points. Alexander David Galindo (198-F-85, college: FIU) had 13 points and 5 rebounds, while Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) helped with 11 points, 5 boards and 6 assists. In Canada, Andrew Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) delivered 18 points. Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) (5 rebs) and Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) (5 rebs) netted 13 and 10 points respectively. Quarters: Today, Puerto Rico will play against Dominican Republic. Puerto Ricans lost Daniel Santiago for rest of the FIBA Americas Championship due to right foot injury. Canada will meet Uruguay in their next game.

Puerto Rico: Carlos Arroyo 26, Alexander David Galindo 13+5 boards, Jose Juan Barea 11+5 boards+6 as
Canada: Andrew Rautins 18, Carl English 13+5 boards, Levon Kendall 10+5 boards


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Lokomotiv Kuban and Spartak SP won the scrimmages - by Eurobasket News
Lokomotiv Kuban overcame Zlatogor 74:68. The Russian team opened the game with 19-18 and added 23-15 for 9-point advantage at the halftime. Slovenia squad won the third quarter 22-13 and tied the game entering the last stanza. Only due to 19-13 in the last quarter the Russian team celebrated the victory.
Primoz Brezec (216-F/C-79) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Lionel Chalmers (184-G-80, college: Xavier) notched 13, while Nikolay Padius (197-G-80) netted 12. Rivers K.C. followed them with 10 points and Shukhovtsov Grigori scored 10.
Spartak SP meanwhile rolled over Olin Edirne 71:51. The Russian squad started with 15-10 and had massive 32-11 in the second period. The Turkish side however responded with 20-11 in the third quarter but could not come closer. Spartak needed 13-10 in the last quarter to increase the win to 20 points. Valery Likhodey (204-F-86) paced all the winners with 14 points, while Mavrokefalides notched 12. Kotishevskiy Aleksey and Pavel Antipov (203-F-91) delivered 8 apiece, while Patrick Beverley (185-G-88, college: Arkansas) and Zavoruev scored 6 each. Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88) replied with 14 points in defeat and Vladimir Stimac as well as Wes Wilkinson scored 10 apiece.



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EuroBasket 2011: Lithuania scored three-digit number to beat Serbia in Vilnius - by Eurobasket News
Serbia-Lithuania 90:100

Lithuania scored three-digit number to beat Serbia 100:90 in their start of the Second Round.
Serbia and Lithuania entered the court last at the opening day of the Second Round. Newly created Group E brought as much interest as expected.
Mantas Kalnietis (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) opened the game from the perimeter, while Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) gave Serbia 6:3. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) drove a lay-up for 10:7 and he increased later to 12:7. Jasaitis nailed three to tie the game at 14:14 and Milenko Tepic made the same at 20:20. Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-G-76, college: Maryland) and Macvan were the last players to score for their teams for 26:24 at the end of the first period.
Mantas Kalnietis increased the lead to 4 points early in the second and Paulius Jankunas (205-F-84, agency: Interperformances) scored for 35:30. Mantas Kalnietis gave one of the biggest lead in the first half as Lithuania enjoyed 43:34 midway through the second frame. Serbia actually reduced a bit, while Songaila and Kaukenas sent the squads to the lockers for 54:44 halftime advantage.
Mantas Kalnietis gave the hosts plus 13 in the start of the third quarter and Mantas Kalnietis brought 63:53. Sarunas Jasikevicius scored his 14th point from the free throw line to make 67:56. Both teams managed to score 24 points in the third quarter that brought 78:68 at the end of thirty minutes.
When Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) closed a 6-0 run in the start of the fourth quarter it became clear that the hosts would benefit from the game. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) scored for 86:73 and Paulius Jankunas delivered three for 90:79. Nenad Krstic and Kaukenas exchanged the shots for 93:81 and Javtokas made it 95:81 with 3 minutes to go. Jasaitis made a dunk for 97:83, while Jonas Valanciunas brought three-digit number.
Mantas Kalnietis poured in 19 points and Jonas Valanciunas added 18. Sarunas Jasikevicius delivered 14, while Martynas Pocius and Paulius Jankunas netted 13 each. Nenad Krstic replied with 21 points for Serbia that suffered their second loss in a row. Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) and Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket) notched 16 apiece and Milenko Tepic posted 12.

Serbia: Nenad Krstic 21, Milos Teodosic 16, Dusko Savanovic 16, Milenko Tepic 12
Lithuania: Mantas Kalnietis 19, Jonas Valanciunas 18, Sarunas Jasikevicius 14, Martynas Pocius 13, Paulius Jankunas 13


Radnicki Kragujevac grabs 71-69 win against Hemfoarm - by Eurobasket News
Radnicki Kragujevac - Hemofarm 71-69

Radnicki Kragujevac and Hemofarm met each other in a friendly game yesterday. Radnicki was the host and managed to grab 71-69 thriller win. Anton Gaddefors (200-F-89) was their leading player with 17 points. Stefan Bircevic (209-F/C-89) and Darren Moore (190-G, college: Cal-Irvine) helped the home squad and 16 and 15 points respectively. On the other side, Hemofarm had just one player with double-digits in scoring and it was Boris Savovic (206-F-87). He had 18 points. Marko Sutalo (194-G-83, agency: BeoExcell) and Mladen Pantic (209-C-82, agency: Alti Sport) stopped to 8 and 7 pts. Quarters: 13:16, 21:14, 15:22, 22:17. Both teams will play more friendlies in the upcoming days. They will play in Adriatic and Serbian league next season.

Radnicki: Anton Gaddefors 17, Stefan Bircevic 16, Darren Moore 15
Hemofarm: Boris Savovic 18, Marko Sutalo 8, Mladen Pantic 7


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Potter comes in Prievidza - by Martin Bosko
BC Prievidza singned Great Britain big man Liam Potter (213-F/C-86, college: Sacred Heart) to a one year deal. Liam played college ball in the states in the NCAA division 1 for Sacred Heart. In his senior year he averaged 9.5ppg, 8.3rpg and 2.0bpg. Last season he started his career in the Ukraine, but moved in october to Leicester City Riders. Last season Liam played in the BBL All star game. Liam is the 2nd player from Great Britain to join the team of Prievidza!

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BWB Ends in Johannesburg - by Elvis Dickson
Basketball Without Borders Africa ended on Sunday amidst fanfare as supporters from basketball community came out en mass to watch the BWB-Africa 2011 All-Stars games. There was a novelty game played by members of the media where former basketball players who are now working in the media took to the court to showcase their talents. The media game was closely contested for but the yellow team beat the red team 15-12 to win the game. Shortly afterward, the Girls campers took to the court for the girls All-Star game.
The outdoor courts of King Edwards Schools, Johannesburg was agog when finally the BWB Africa 2011 All-Star was named. The All-star black team was coached by Legends, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo, Tamika Raymond etc while the white team was coached by Dee Brown, Jeff Hornacek, Patrick Ewing, Edna Campbell and some NBA and FIBA Coaches.
The game was typical of All-star game with some spectacular dunks, 3-points shots and breath taking moves. But it was KAROUI Hamdi (SF 66 206) from Tunisia who stood out and was named All-Star MVP. And MENDZANA Mballa (F 65 207) from Cameroun was voted as the overall 2011 camp MVP.




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EuroBasket 2011: Pau Gasol is back to the Second-Round-Opener victory over Germany - by Eurobasket News
Germany-Spain 68:77

Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) is back to the Second-Round-Win opener over Germany. His brother however was the top-scorer in the important win over the German team, 77:68.
Spain started with 4 consecutive points and Fernandez scored for 6:3. Germany however replied for 7:6 as Chris Kaman (213-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) made a jump shot. Dirk Nowitzki (211-F-78) nailed three for 12:8, but Spain replied with 7-0 run. Later Schaffartzik nailed three for 15:15 and Gasol made one free throw to close the first quarter. Herber made the score 18:18 and San Emeterio closed an 8-0 run for 26:18, but v responded for 27:26 lead for Germany. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) and Chris Kaman later scored for 29:29 and Fernandez brought 33:29. Herber tied the game at 33:33 on the board, while Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) gave Spain 36:33.
Pau Gasol started the scoring account in the third quarter and opened it with 3 consecutive points. Pau Gasol made a three-pointer later in the quarter for 42:37, while Marc Gasol improved to 50:41. It seemed it was the decisive part of the game, but Germany again reduced the gap. Dirk Nowitzki closed the third quarter at 56:55 as Germany won the frame 22-20.
Dirk Nowitzki and San Emeterio exchanged the shots in the start of the fourth quarter. The latter added two more free throws for 60:57 and Fernandez increased the lead to 5 points. Chris Kaman and Pau Gasol remained the difference the same with 7 minutes to go, while again Chris Kaman and San Emeterio brought 66:61. Schaffartzik cut it to 3 and ask Spain to call for a Timeout. Juan Carlos Navarro nailed a three-pointer for plus 5 with 3 minutes and then it was German time to call for Timeout. Chris Kaman cut it to 68:65, while Pau Gasol made it 70:65. Marc Gasol added another two for 7-point advantage and it became clear at that time about the winner. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) cut it to 74:68 and Pau Gasol scored for 77:68.
Marc Gasol stepped up with 24 points and Pau Gasol added 19. Juan Carlos Navarro notched 14, while San Emeterio added 12. Dirk Nowitzki netted 19 in defeat and Chris Kaman posted 15.

Germany: Dirk Nowitzki 19, Chris Kaman 15, Robin Benzing 10
Spain: Marc Gasol 24, Pau Gasol 19, Juan Carlos Navarro 14, San Emeterio 12



Valladolid officially announces Michael Umeh - by Eurobasket News
Michael Umeh (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: UNLV) officially became a new member of Valladolid. The Nigerian/American point guard penned a deal for the next season. 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.

Meanwhile, many Spanish teams will start with their pre-season games. Here is the schedule:
07/09 UCAM Murcia - Stanford University
08/09 Lucentum Alicante - Stanford University
09/09 CB Clavijo - Lagun Aro GBC
09/09 CAI Zaragoza - Cajasol Banca Cvica
10/09 Assignia Manresa - Universidad de Stanford
10/09 UB La Palma - Gran Canaria 2014
10/09 FIATC Joventut - CAI Zaragoza
10/09 FIATC Joventut - Cajasol Banca Cvica
10/09 Valladolid - Ford Burgos


Barcelona Regal announced Judson Wallace - by Eurobasket News
Barcelona Regal announced Judson Wallace (205-F/C-82, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Princeton) for the upcoming season. The Spanish titans bring the American Big Man from C.B. Gran Canaria 2014.
Last season Gran Canaria 2014 announced the player as the Spanish outfit has signed a deal with American Judson Wallace. The 27-year old power forward came to the island from Benetton Treviso, where he played last season. He appeared 30 times in SerieA averaging 9.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists. The team also competed in EuroCup, where Wallace added 9.6 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 1.5 apg. He joined Benetton in 2008 having slightly better numbers than this season.
Before Benetton Treviso, Judson Wallace spent one year with Capo dOrlando. He shined in SerieA with 14.5 ppg, 10.4 rpg and 1.9 apg. Wallace ended championship as the leading rebounder. From 2005 to 2007 Wallace was a member of the German team Eisbaeren Bremerhaven, where he also was once of the leading players.
In 2010-2011 for C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 (Spain-ACB, starting five): in EuroCup he averaged 10.2ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 75.0%. In Spanish League after 36 games his stats read 10.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 54.0%, 3PT: 37.0%, FT: 77.8%.



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Norrkoping Dolphins sign Sylvester Seay - by Eurobasket Center
Norrkoping Dolphins has just announced the signing of 26-year old Swedish forward Sylvester Seay (208-F-85, agency: Edge Sports). The product of Fresno State University spent last season at KCC Egis and Waikato Pistons (New Zealand). In Korean KBL he was averaging 6.6ppg, 2.8rpg. In New Zealand he played only 4 games and his stats were: 15.3ppg, 9.3rpg, 2.3spg, 1.5bpg. He left the team in April.

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Sport school basketballers win in Venezuela - by Don Farrell
Chris Nelson was celebrated as the Best Offensive Player as well as the Overall Camper when the Ministry of Sport hosted a reception for the successful Sport School Basketball team at the Ministry of Sport Office, Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain, yesterday. Nelson and his team received gold medals in the recently concluded Roman Perez Under-20 Basketball Tournament in Tachira, Venezuela after their graduation from the Sport School training programme for the class of 2011 which comprised 23 basketball athletes. In the tournament, the team, which was up against opposition from the host country, Venezuela and the Dominican Republic, won all but one match in the first round and was victorious through the second round. The team was again successful in the knock-out rounds, all the way to the final where it was again victorious.

At the award function, Kyeon Joseph received the Most Valuable Player prize for Basketball. Occie Pierre copped the Best Defensive Player award and he also took the Iron ManPhysical Training Award for his efforts. Christopher John was awarded Most Disciplined Athlete while Chike Augustine was the Most Improved Athlete. The Sport School programme was held between July 26 and August 6 at the El Dorado Youth Apprenticeship and Development Centre. A total of 142 athletes were selected to take part in the live-in camp. After their success in Venezuela, three players received prizes for outstanding performances. Joseph won the Best Dunker award while Nelson and Christian Arthur won the Best 3-point Shooter and Best Free Throw Average awards respectively.

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Anadolu Efes too much for Montepaschi Siena, 79-70 - by Eurobasket News
Anadolu Efes met Montepaschi Siena in a friendly game last night. The game was played in Bormio and Anadolu Efes celebrated 79-70 win against the Italian champion. Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84) once again shined for the Turkish squad scoring 22 points. Ermal Kurtoglu (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) had 11 and Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84, college: S.Carolina) helped with 10 points. Before Montepaschi, Anadolu Efes grabbed 88-87 thriller win against Azovmash.
Turk Telekom also played a friendly game in Bormio last night. Azovmash handed them 80-84 loss. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, agency: Alti Sport, college: Duke) was the leading scorer in victory this time with 22 points. Hero from the game against Montepaschi Siena, Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.), delivered 21 points for his team. Center Rizvic nailed 12 points. On the other side, Michael Wright (203-F-80, college: Arizona) was better than the others with 19 points. Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, agency: Alti Sport, college: UNLV) and Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) netted 18 and 16 points respectively. Both teams will play more friendly games in upcoming days.


EuroBasket 2011: France remained perfect - by Eurobasket News
Turkey-France 64:68

France remained perfect at Eurobasket 2011 and won their opener of the Second Round. One of the favorites outscored Turkey 68:64.
Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) and Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) opened the game for their teams and Onan made two shots from the arc for 10:2 lead. Nicolas Batum and Seraphin reduced to 12:11, while Nicolas Batum closed the period at 14:12. Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Savas surprised Turkey for 18:12 early in the second but the latter did not give up. France replied with a 7-0 run and Pietrus made it 19:18 for his side. Traore tied the game at 20:20 and Kanter made the same at 25:25. The teams continued to struggle hard in the court, while Tony Parker (183-PG-80) sent them both to the lockers for 31:27. Joakim Noah (211-F/C-85, college: Florida) made two free throws early in the third for 35:28., while Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) reduced to 36:32. Tony Parker made sure the things went alright making 43:35 and Henry Kahudi (193-G-91) scored for 45:37. Again Henry Kahudi and Gelabale closed the third quarters from the long range and brought the biggest lead in the quarter at 57:44. Traore made it plus 15 early in the fourth, but Turkey however was too far to give up. Ersan Ilyasova scored for 60:51 and Arslan reduced to 63:56. Turkey also scored six more points for 63:61, while Tony Parker increased to 4 points with 18 seconds to go. Emir Preldzic cut it to 65:63 with 7 seconds remaining, but again Tony Parker brought the final success for the favorites.
Tony Parker top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Nicolas Batum added 13. Henry Kahudi notched 8, whilst Joakim Noah nailed 7. Hidayet Turkoglu posted 13 in the losing effort and Emir Preldzic notched 11.

Turkey: Hidayet Turkoglu 13, Emir Preldzic 11, Omer Asik (213-C-86) 10, Ersan Ilyasova 10
France: Tony Parker 20, Nicolas Batum 13, Henry Kahudi 8, Joakim Noah 7



Olin Edirne play friendlies - by Eurobasket News
Olin Edirne play friendlies to prepare better for the upcoming season. The Turkish team overcame Darussafaka 74:36. The favorites took 13-11 in the first period and added 17-9 in the second frame. The second half was decisive in the game as Olin Edirne had massive wins for the bigger victory. Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) posted 19 points to lead all the winners and Wes Wilkinson (207-F-84, college: Nebraska) netted 15. Kerem Hoti ended up with 11 points in defeat.
Spartak SP meanwhile rolled over Olin Edirne 71:51. The Russian squad started with 15-10 and had massive 32-11 in the second period. The Turkish side however responded with 20-11 in the third quarter but could not come closer. Spartak needed 13-10 in the last quarter to increase the win to 20 points. Valery Likhodey (204-F-86) paced all the winners with 14 points, while Mavrokefalides notched 12. Aleksey Kotishevskiy (196-F/G-85) and Antipov Pavel delivered 8 apiece, while Patrick Beverley (185-G-88, college: Arkansas) and Zavoruev scored 6 each. Ivan Lilov replied with 14 points in defeat and Vladimir Stimac as well as Wes Wilkinson scored 10 apiece.



Trabzon and Levance Fields part ways - by Eurobasket News
Levance Fields (178-G-87, college: Pittsburgh) will not play for Trabzon next season. The American point guard did not pass try-out period. According to the Turkish team, he is out of shape and they decided not to keep him. Fields missed the entire last season. Before that, he spent one year with Spartak St. Petersburg. For 25 games with them in Russian league he shined with 13.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 3.5 apg. In EuroCup, Fields registered 8.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 4.5 apg for 6 games. He helped Spartak to reach the Russian Cup Semifinals that season. Levance Fields graduated at the University of Pittsburgh two years ago. He had 10.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 7.5 apg for his school as a senior. Fields was named AP NCAA All-America Honorable Mention -09.

Spencer Declines Trabzonspor For Al Riyadi - by Pervin Elgin
In the last hour, Dewarick Spencer (Higher Vision Sports), French and Ukraine Champion who in 2007 was the second leading scorer in the regular season of Euroleague decided against signing with the troubled Turkish Club Trabzonspor. Trabzonspor is rumored to still owe salaries to players from last season and has other debts. The player liked the coach but felt the team was too much a risk. Spencer in the last moments decided to start a new career in Asia with the long term Lebanese and Asian Club Champion Al Riyadi. He signed a contract last night and the contract is rumored to be worth more than three times what the Turkish Club could pay.

Courtesy of Higher Vision Sports






Marko Tomas will miss three months due to hamstring injury - by Eurobasket News
Marko Tomas (201-G-85) will miss next three months due to hamstring injury. The played got injured during the game between Croatia and FYROM. He will undergo surgery in Munich. Two years ago in Poland Tomas also got injured while playing for his country. Tomas played in two games in Lithuania and averaged 3.5 points. Marko Tomas signed a two-year deal with Fenerbahce Ulker a year ago. He helped them win the Turkish league title and National Cup in their first season together. Tomas appeared 35 times in TBL averaging 9.3 points and 2.8 rebounds. He also added 8.5 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 15 Euroleague games. Before Fenerbahce, he spent one season with Cibona and was their best player. In 2008/09, he was a member of Real Madrid. Marko Tomas also has experience from Fuenlabrada and Zagreb, where he started as a teenager.

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Azovmash hands 84-80 loss to Turk Telekom - by Eurobasket News
Azovmash - Turk Telekom 84-80

Azovmash registered another win in Bormio. The former Ukrainian champion was better than Turk Telekom 84-80. Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, agency: Alti Sport, college: Duke) was the leading scorer in victory this time with 22 points. Hero from the game against Montepaschi Siena, Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.), delivered 21 points for his team. Center Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) nailed 12 points. On the other side, Michael Wright (203-F-80, college: Arizona) was better than the others with 19 points. Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, agency: Alti Sport, college: UNLV) and Darius Washington (188-G-85, college: Memphis) netted 18 and 16 points respectively. Both teams will play more friendly games in upcoming days.
Before Turk Telekom, Azovmash outplayed Italian powerhouse Montepaschi Siena. It was a 81-76 win.

Azovmash: Daniel Ewing 22, Radoslav Rancik 21, Hasan Rizvic 12
Turk Telekom: Michael Wright 19, Kaspars Kambala 18, Darius Washington 16


The rumors sent Vernon Goodridge to BC Kiev - by Eurobasket News
The rumors sent Vernon Goodridge (206-F-84, college: La Salle) to BC Kiev. The latter signs with BC Kiev for the upcoming season. The American 206cm Forward who recently agreed terms in Argentina moves to Ukraine.
In July 2011 Argentinean Club 9 brought in another import player. They agreed on terms of contract with Vernon Goodridge. The 27-year-old forward started the previous season in Golden State Warriors. Vernon Goodridge spent only pre-season with the Warriors and then moved to the Springfield Armor in D-League. His stats read 9.0 points, 5.4 boards, 1.6 blocks per game. In February Vernon Goodridge moved to the Maine Red Claws. The forward tallied 3.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks then. Vernon Goodridge participated at Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas in 2010. The forward made it into All-Tournament 2nd Team. Vernon Goodridge was also named into All-Big Men Team.



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Martin Final Piece Of Raiders Jigsaw - by Paul Nilsen
UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders have announced what is likely to be their final player for the 2011/12 season, and the announcement sees a fan favourite, Anthony Martin (186-G-80) return to the team.

The 6'0' point guard will be playing for the Raiders for his 4th consecutive season, and flew in with the rest of the team on Sunday morning.

He spent last season with Aabyhoj in Denmark, but returned to the Raiders for the final few games of the season to cover for Jermaine Forbes who was suffering with heart problems. Over the summer, Coach Gavin Love kept in close contact with him, and agreed his return just last week.

In Denmark he averaged 10.5 points, 4.1 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game. He returned to Plymouth for the final 8 games of the season, averaging 5 points in limited court time.

'Since he stepped onto the court at the Pavilions for the first time, he's been a fan favourite,' said Raiders Head Coach Gavin Love. 'He's quick, he's a pass first point guard and we know the ball will be safe in his hands. I'm delighted to have him back.'



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Dominicans secure the Semifinals in Mar del Plata - by Eurobasket News
URUGUAY - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 76-84

Dominicans booked a spot for the Semifinals of FIBA Americas Championship in Mar del Plata. They outplayed Uruguay 84-76 for 4-1 record in the Quarterfinals Round. The same score also have Brazil and Puerto Rico. Uruguay has no chance to reach the Semis (1-4). Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) shined for the winners with double-double of 23 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. He reached valuation 34 and was the MVP of this meeting. Francisco Garcia (201-F/G-81, college: Louisville) had 12 and Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut) helped Dominican Republic with 11 points. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) responded with 22 points and 6 assists in loss. Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) had 13 pts and 7 rebs, while Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) added 11 points and also 7 boards. Quarters: 25-19, 17-25, 18-17, 16-23. Dominicans will meet Puerto Rico today. Uruguay will play against Canada.

Uruguay: Martin Osimani 22+6 as, Reque Newsome 13+7 boards, Esteban Batista 11+7 boards
Dominican Republic: Alfred Horford 23+14 boards+5 as, Francisco Garcia 12, Charlie Villanueva 11


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  VENEZUELA   


Halcones Rojos de Veracruz adds Vargas to their roster - by Eurobasket Center
Halcones Rojos de Veracruz (LNBP) added to their roster 25-year old Venezuelan international Gregory Vargas (182-PG-86). He played most recently at Reales de La Vega (Dominican Rep.). Vargas is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Colombia, Dominican Rep. and Venezuela. Vargas represented Venezuela at the South American Championships in Colombia last year. Hs team got to the Semifinals and Vargas stats at this event were 5 games: 5.0ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.6apg. He played last year at Angeles de Puebla in the LNBP. He was even voted to Latinbasket.com All-Mexican LNBP 2nd Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Argentina stays untouchable in Mar del Plata - by Eurobasket News
ARGENTINA - VENEZUELA 111-93

Argentina drained 111 points against Venezuela, what of course was enough for another comfortable win. Argentineans jumped to 5-0 in the second stage and they already secured a spot for the Semifinals. Venezuela dropped to 1-4. Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) led Argentina with 26 points. Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) also was great adding 20 points and 6 assists, while Andres Nocioni (199-F-79) (7 rebs) and Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) had 19 and 17 points respectively. Ginobili, Prigioni and Nocioni drained 16 triples together with impressive percentage. In the loosing squad, Hector Romero (202-F/C-80, college: New Orleans) delivered 21 points and Windi Graterol (204-C-86) added three less. Heissler Guillent (186-G-86, agency: Paris Global Sports) stopped to 13 pts. Quarters: 30-20, 21-23, 28-29, 32-21. Argentina will play against Brazil today. Venezuela will meet winless Panama.

Argentina: Emanuel Ginobili 26, Pablo Prigioni 20+6 as, Andres Nocioni 19+7 boards, Luis Scola 17
Venezuela: Hector Romero 21, Windi Graterol 18, Heissler Guillent 13




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Women News

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  ANGOLA - Women  


Coach Anbal Moreira Happy With Players' Commitment - by Eurobasket News
Maputo The coach of Angola's senior females basketball team, Anbal Moreira, considered on Tuesday as positive on how the players have been complying with the match strategies planned in the first stage of All Africa Games, happening in Maputo city in Mozambique.

The coach said so to the press after the country's fourth consecutive victory over Cameroon by 89-67 in this phase of the tournament.


He said that during the first stage of the competition it was possible to have a good management of physical and athletic capacity of all players.

To him, this management strategy of using all players will also be used in the next phases where the athletes' efforts will be more demanding.

On Wednesday Angola are facing Cte d'Ivoire to close the first phase of the tournament.


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  FRANCE - Women  


Standings - NF1 (Women) - by Eurobasket
LF2 Standings
 1. Armentieres 0-0 
 2. CFBB 0-0 
 3. COB Calais 0-0 
 4. Dunkerque 0-0 
 5. Laveyron 0-0 
 6. Le Havre 0-0 
 7. Limoges 0-0 
 8. LTB 29 0-0 
 9. Perpignan 0-0 
 10. Reims 0-0 
 11. Roche 0-0 
 12. SIG 0-0 
 13. Toulouse 0-0 
 14. Voiron 0-0 


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  GREECE - Women  


Asimina Koutsounouri about to sign with Cypriot AEL - by George Fragkos
One more Greek player moves abroad. Asimina Koutsounouri (190-C) who played for Olympiakos Volou 1937 last year making a very good impression has agreed terms with Cypriot Champions and Cup holders, K.V. Imperial AEL Limassol. The club from Limassol made a very good proposal to the tall center, which she could not turn down and the 26-year-old Greek is expected to travel to Cyprus by Thursday in order to seal the deal.

Even though Olympiakos Volou failed to stay in the A1, Koutsounouri caught the attention of many clubs in A1 because of high averages during the last season. Her point average was 12.6, while she had 7.8 rebounds per game, which made her one of the top rebounders in A1. Though, the most remarkable about her is her capability to block the opponents shots, as she was the first blocker of the league, having 1.5 blocks per game.



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  KENYA - Women  


Dockers Back On Top of Totem Pole - by Eurobasket News
REIGNING Kenya women's basketball champions Kenya Ports Authority reclaimed top position when they humiliated Kenya Polytechnic University 76-7 at Nyayo National Stadium gymnasium. The dock women, had defensive guard Hellen Oketch to thank as she scored 19 points. KPA have 34 points from 18 games, Eagle Wings are second with 33 from 17 while Strathmore University are third on 33 from 18 matches.

In another women's match of the day, Sylvia Koech scored 17 and Michelle Otinda 16 as the duo pepped Gladiators to 51-25 victory over fast fading Mennonites. Tony Okello and Martin Gitonga lifted the visting porters to a 60-48 win over relegation threatened Kenya College of Accountancy (KCA) University. Blazers whipped fast fading Mennonites with Ronny Akedi scoring 18 and Jay Michoma picking 10.

The losers had 17 from Joseph Achega. Lower division leaders University of Nairobi 'Terrorists' lost 58-60 to Parklands Baptist while Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) won 49-38 over Nairobi Aviation College (NAC). Barclays Bank torched Don Bosco 73-50 in the Nairobi Basketball Association (NBA) league matches at railways Club. Ian Wachie had 18 points for BBK while Joel Atebe made 16. Kenya Airways flew all over Neosasa Morans winning 73-33 victory. Strathmore University whipped Friendsof Basketball 103-33. Baraka Xtreme whacked Dolphins 61-32 Legacy won 37-31 over Multi Media University whie Little Prince hit Heroes 65-29.
Courtesy of: Nairobi Star (Nairobi)


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  POLAND - Women  


Shonda Long and Lauren Jimenez join to Artego Bydgoszcz - by Lukasz Lukaszewski
Artego Bydgoszcz added two American players: guard Shonda Long (175-G-89) and center Lauren Jimenez (193-C). Other players who signed contract with club have already arrived at Bydgoszcz. Coach Adam Zieminski is still waiting only for Shonda Long and Lauren Jimenez.

Shonda Long is 22 years old guard, who graduated her studies this year. Last 4 seasons she spent in NCAA, in Cent. Michigan team. In the last season she averaged 16,5 points, 2,7 rebounds and 1,9 assist. Lauren Jimenez is at the same age. She also end her studies this year. Last 4 seasons she had been playing for JMU (James Madison University) . In her last season she averaged 13,7 points and 8,2 rebounds. Her team won his conference (CCA) two times (2010,2011). Lauren Jimenez was selected for All-CAA 2nd team in this
year.

Between 16th and 18th September Artego Bydgoszcz will play in friendly tournament in own city. Apart from home team in this tournament will play 3 other PLKK clubs: Lotos
Gdynia, Energa Torun and Inea AZS Poznan.

Schedule:

16.09.2011 r. (Friday)

16:00 Artego Bydgoszcz - Energa Torun
18:30 Lotos Gdynia - Inea AZS Poznan



17.09.2011 r. (Saturday)

16:00 Energa Torun - Lotos Gdynia
18:30 Artego Bydgoszcz - Inea AZS Poznan



18.09.2011 r. (Sunday)

10:00 Inea AZS Poznan - Energa Torun
12:30 Lotos Gdynia - Artego Bydgoszcz



Gorzow triumphs at the tournament of six teams - by Eurobasket News
Gorzow triumphs at Akademickie MP in Poland. In the Final game the team grabbed 54:53 victory over INEA AZS Poznan. They started with 14-11, but Poznan replied with 18-8-12 in the second quarter and took the lead at the halftime. Only due to the second half Gorzow managed to take the trophy. Agnieszka Skobel (179-F-89) erupted with 29 points for the winners and was named MVP of the tournament. Klaudia Czarnodolska (180-F-93) scored 11, while Katarzyna Dzwigalska (174-G-85) brought 9. Aneta Kotnis (186-F-89) finished the game with 14 points in the losing effort and Aleksandra Drzewinska (179-F-83) added 13. Magdalena Gawronska (168-G-83, agency: Promotex) followed them with 10 points.
In the game for the 3rd place AZS OPTeam Res-Drob Rzeszow overcame AZS UW Warszawa 73:40. The winners took the lead in the start of the game and never looked back.
Lider AZS II Swarzedz finished on the 5th place as they rolled over AZS PWSZ II Gorzow 84:63.

Standings:
1. KSSSE AZS PWSZ Gorzow Wlkp.
2. INEA AZS Poznan
3. AZS OPTeam Res Drob Rzeszow
4. AZS UW Warszawa
5. LIDER AZS II Swarzdz
6. AZS PWSZ II Gorzw Wlkp.



1Liga Standings - by Eurobasket
1Liga Standings
Group A
 1. AZS Uniw.Gd. 0-0 
 2. AZS UW 0-0 
 3. GTK 0-0 
 4. KKS Olsztyn 0-0 
 5. Lider AZS II 0-0 
 6. Lomianki 0-0 
 7. MKK Siedlce 0-0 
 8. MKK Sokolow 0-0 
 9. MUKS Kornik 0-0 
Group B
 1. AZS Rzeszow 0-0 
 2. AZS UMCS 0-0 
 3. Basketpro JG 0-0 
 4. CCC Polkow.II 0-0 
 5. L.School P. 0-0 
 6. MKS PWSZ 0-0 
 7. Ostrovia 0-0 
 8. Siemaszka 0-0 


CCC Polkowice wins Ostrowie tournament - by Eurobasket News
CCC Polkowice wins Ostrowie tournament as the Polish teams started preparation for the upcoming season.
In Game 1 CCC Polkowice overcame TS Ostrovia Ostrow 69:52. Agata Gajda (175-PG-80) top-scored for the winners with 12 points, while Dziwinska and Majewska netted 10 each.
KS Odra Brzeg meanwhile opened the tournament with the win over Matizol Lider Pruszkow 61:53. Daniel stepped up with 14 points, while Jessica Starling (186-G, college: S.Alabama) netted 12. Aleksandra Chomac (191-C-85, agency: Data Plus Group) ended up with 21 points and Antczak added 13.
In the second game Matizol Lider Pruszkow won over TS Ostrovia Ostrow Wlkp. 68:56. CCC Polkowice edged Odra Brzeg 74:65.
In the last day Matizol Lider Pruszkow shocked CCC Polkowice 63:61 but finished on the thrid place. Karolina Stanek (183-F/C-89, agency: Promotex) poured in 15 points and Rozwadowska scored 13. Majewska delivered 15 points and Agata Gajda added 14 for CCC Polkowice that won the tournament due to the better point-difference.

TS Ostrovia Ostrow - CCC Polkowice 52:69 (15:23, 8:13, 14:17, 15:16)
Ostrovia: Karolina Kaczmarek (178-F-87) 13, Padzierska 11, Cebulska 8, Misiek 8, Krygowska 3, Mielczarek 2, Parysek 2, Nowicka 2, Czaska 2, Klimczak 1, Witko 0.
CCC: Agata Gajda 12, Dziwinska 10, Majewska 10, Szczepanik 8, Walich 7, Dobrowolska 7, wiatowska 6, Jasnowska 6, Zuchora 3.

KS Odra Brzeg - Matizol Lider Pruszkow 61:53 (24:13, 10:13, 16:14, 11:13)
Odra: Daniel 14, Jessica Starling 12, Pciennik 11, yczynska 9, Inna Kochubei (174-G-82) 9, Ellis 4, Tajerle 0, Rzenik 0, Oses 0, Bolek 0.
Matizol: Aleksandra Chomac 21, Antczak 13, Wielebnowska 8, Tomiaowicz 6, Pietrzak 2, Karolina Stanek 2, Bednarek 0, Cymmer 0, Rozwadowska 0.

Matizol Lider Pruszkow - TS Ostrovia Ostrow Wlkp. 68:56 (17:18, 25:6, 15:22, 11:10)
Matizol: Tomiaowicz 27, Karolina Stanek 12, Rozwadowska 10, Bednarek 9, Pietrzak 8, Wielebnowska 2, Antczak 2, Cymmer 0.
Ostrovia: Padzierska 12, Witko 8, Mielczarek 6, Parysek 6, Nowicka 5, Misiek 5, Karolina Kaczmarek 5, Cebulska 3, Krygowska 2, Rosa 2, Czaska 2.

CCC Polkowice - Odra Brzeg 74:65 (23:24, 19:14, 11:11, 21:16)
CCC: Agata Gajda 26, Dziwinska 17, Majewska 9, Szczepanik 8, Walich 6, Dobrowolska 4, wiatowska 4, Jasnowska 0.
Odra: Ellis 17, Daniel 15, Jessica Starling 9, Pciennik 7, Inna Kochubei 7, Tajerle 6, yczynska 4, Rzenik 0, Oses 0, Bolek 0.

Day 2
TS Ostrovia Ostrw - Odra Brzeg 55:74 (14:23, 12:17, 11:18, 18:16)

Ostrovia: Mielczarek 10, Witko 7, Parysek 7, Czaska 5, Cebulska 4, Padzierska 4, Misiek 4, Rosa 4, Krygowska 3, Karolina Kaczmarek 3, Klimczak 2, Nowicka 2.
Odra: yczynska 22, Daniel 14, Ellis 10, Pciennik 9, Inna Kochubei 7, Rzenik 6, Jessica Starling 6, Oses 0, Bolek 0.

Matizol Lider Pruszkw - CCC Polkowice 63:61 (13:16, 13:14, 18:22, 19:9)
Matizol: Karolina Stanek 15, Rozwadowska 13, Cymmer 11, Bednarek 9, Pietrzak 7, Tomiaowicz 6, Wielebnowska 2, Antczak 0.
CCC: Majewska 15, Agata Gajda 14, Jasnowska 10, Dobrowolska 8, Dziwinska 5, Walich 5, Szczepanik 4, wiatowska 0.
(Stats courtesy of www.plkk.pl)



1Liga Stats Leaders - by Greg
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Rozynska, Olsztyn 23.0
2 Trzeciak, AZS UMCS 18.8
3 Golemska, AZS U.Gd. 18.7
4 Misiek, Rzeszow 17.0
5 Krzywon, Korona 16.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 Misiek, Rzeszow 11.5
2 Plociennik, Piaseczno 9.5
2 Soszynska, Wisla II 9.5
4 Markiewicz, Olsztyn 9.3
5 Witkos, Siemaszka 9.0
Assists Per Game
1 Krzywon, Korona 4.8
2 Rozynska, Olsztyn 4.4
3 Piestrzynska, Solpark 4.3
4 Krawczyszyn-Samiec, Finepharm 4.0
5 Cebulska, Ostrovia 3.9
Steals Per Game
1 Kuras, Lomianki 3.7
2 Krzywon, Korona 3.5
2 Rosciszewska, AZS U.Gd 3.5
2 Markiewicz, Olsztyn 3.5
5 Piestrzynska, Solpark 3.3


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Boa Viagem renews team - by Joao Santos
Silvia Fortunato (ex.Academico), Lavinia Da Silva (186-F/C-88) (ex.Brixton Topacats), Tatiana Milovac and Sherida Triggs (186-F/C-85, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: ODU) are the new players in the Boa Viagem-Angra-Acores. These players, join Renata Goulart (F/C), Barbara Silva (F-86), Celia Simoes (168-G/F-85), Solange Neves (174-F-89), Venusa Tavares (91), Maria Avila, Mariana Santos and Elisabete Furtado (G).

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  ROMANIA - Women  


Hemofarm too much for Timisoara in a friendly, 76-47 - by Eurobasket News
Hemfoarm - Timisoara 76-47

Hemofarm and Timisoara met in a friendly game yesterday. The Serbian runner-up was much better celebrating huge 76-47 win. Hemofarm took control on their rival from the beginning and never looked back. Tijana Ajdukovic (197-C-91) was the leading player in victory with 23 points. Sasa Cado (172-G-89) and Natasa Krnjetin (180-G-88) helped with 12 and 11 points respectively. On the other side, Corina Morosan (190-C-83) delivered 11 points. Martina Osterman (188-F-88) stopped to 10. Quarters: 21:14, 12:14, 21:12, 22:7. Two Serbian players will play in Timisoara next season. Biljana Pesovic and Jovana Vukoje joined them recently. Also the Head Coach of Timisoara is Ljubomir Kolarevic.

Hemofarm: Tijana Ajdukovic 23, Sasa Cado 12, Natasa Krnjetin 11
Timisoara: Corina Morosan 11, Martina Osterman 10


The new season will start in Sibiu - by Nagy Szilveszter
On Tuesday the Romanian Basketball Federation Board decided that the first round of the 2011/2012 Romanian Women Championship will be held in Sibiu, between October 1st and 2nd.
It is the first time in Romania when the opening round will be played in a neutral venue.

The decision was made after the final meeting on Tuesday, when the members of the Board agreed that Sibiu will be the right option.

Here are the schedule for the two days:

Saturday, 1st October 2011:
12:00 CSM Sportul Studentesc Bucuresti vs. CSU Alba Iulia
14:00 CS Rapid Bucuresti vs. BCT Alexandria
16:00 CSM Targoviste vs. BC Galactica Olimpia Brasov
20:00 CS Universitatea Cluj Napoca vs. SCM CSS Craiova

Sunday, 2nd October 2011:
10:00 BC Nova Vita Targu Mures vs. Politehnica National Iasi
12:00 BCM Danzio Timisoara vs. CS Olimpia Bucuresti
14:00 CSM Satu Mare vs. CSM U Oradea
16:00 Bball 6 Sepsi BC Sfantu Gheorghe vs. BC ICIM Arad

* Match times are currently set to local time


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  RWANDA - Women  


Lady Hoops Lose Second Consecutive Game - by Eurobasket News
RWANDA women basketball lost their fourth match of the group stage action against bottom-placed Mali in the basketball competition of the All Africa games being staged in Maputo.

The women hoops lost the game 59-62, a result that dents their chances of reaching the quarter final stage of the competition. A day earlier, the team had also lost to Angola 57-34.

Following those two back to back defeats, Rwanda needs to win today's final group game Senegal if they are to resurrect their chances of staying further in the competition.


Rwanda has now won twice and lost twice in the competition. Meanwhile, men's basketball, basketball, NPC, beach volleyball and Taekwondo are expected to touch base in Maputo this morning.


Rwanda 59-62 Mali
Courtesy of: The New Times


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  SERBIA - Women  


Hemofarm too much for Timisoara in a friendly, 76-47 - by Eurobasket News
Hemfoarm - Timisoara 76-47

Hemofarm and Timisoara met in a friendly game yesterday. The Serbian runner-up was much better celebrating huge 76-47 win. Hemofarm took control on their rival from the beginning and never looked back. Tijana Ajdukovic (197-C-91) was the leading player in victory with 23 points. Sasa Cado (172-G-89) and Natasa Krnjetin (180-G-88) helped with 12 and 11 points respectively. On the other side, Corina Morosan (190-C-83) delivered 11 points. Martina Osterman (188-F-88) stopped to 10. Quarters: 21:14, 12:14, 21:12, 22:7. Two Serbian players will play in Timisoara next season. Biljana Pesovic and Jovana Vukoje joined them recently. Also the Head Coach of Timisoara is Ljubomir Kolarevic.

Hemofarm: Tijana Ajdukovic 23, Sasa Cado 12, Natasa Krnjetin 11
Timisoara: Corina Morosan 11, Martina Osterman 10


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  WNBA - Women  


McCoughtry scores 35, Dream beat Sun 85-74 - by Eurobasket News
Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) scored 35 points and the Atlanta Dream moved into third place in the Eastern Conference with an 85-74 victory over the Connecticut Sun on Tuesday night.

'She was superb,' Atlanta coach Marynell Meadors said. 'When the stakes are high, she's at her best. She's played well against Connecticut. She's shot the ball very well every time we've played them. She's just really a great player.'

The loss dropped the Sun (20-13) a game behind first-place Indiana in the Eastern Conference. The Dream (19-14) is one game behind the Sun and half a game ahead of fourth-place New York.

Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) had 17 points and 12 rebounds for Connecticut for her 22nd double-double of the season, matching the WNBA record she set last year. Renee Montgomery (5'7''-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) scored 16 for the Sun, which fell to 6-11 on the road.

'Angel McCoughtry just broke our whole team down,' Charles said. 'She's a great player and she made some tough shots. But some of her shots, like the layups, we should have been able to hold her off.'

Connecticut cut a 13-point lead to three with just over four minutes left, but McCoughtry had eight points in an 12-2 run as the Dream quickly regained control. Sancho Lyttle had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Atlanta.

'I felt good,' McCoughtry said. 'I felt more relaxed than I have in a long time. You always want to be at your best against the best teams and Connecticut is a challenge. We'll likely meet them again in the playoffs and I'm looking forward to it.'

McCoughtry came into the game averaging 28 points per game against Connecticut and had 36 points - one off her career high - in the teams' first meeting his season

The Sun finishes the regular season at home on Sunday against New York while Atlanta plays at Chicago.

The Dream used a nine-point run early in the third quarter to go up 57-45 and led by 14 points before settling for a 66-55 lead going into the final quarter.

McCoughtry, who opened the scoring with a 3-pointer, had 15 points at halftime as the Dream took a 48-42 lead. Charles had 11 points and six rebounds for the Sun in the first half.

'We just weren't very good,' Sun coach Mike Thibault said. 'Our defense was bad in the first half and our offense was bad in the second half. It was not a top-flight performance.'

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Hammon scores 37 to lift Silver Spurs, 82-65 - by Eurobasket News
Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) scored 17 of her season-high 37 points in the fourth quarter and the San Antonio Silver Stars beat the Los Angeles Sparks 82-65 on Tuesday to clinch the West's final playoff berth.

Hammon had 26 of her points after halftime. She shot 14 of 19 overall with four 3-pointers. Tully Bevilaqua (5'5''-G-72) added 11 points as San Antonio made the playoffs for the fifth straight year.

'To get into the playoffs, it's quite an accomplishment,' Hammon said. 'The West is brutal.'

After Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, college: USC) pulled the Sparks within 61-58, the Silver Stars went on a 12-0 run over the next 3:37. Hammon and Bevilaqua combined for 10 points.

Thompson had 18 points and Delisha Milton-Jones (6'1''-F-74, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Florida) added 16 for the Sparks, who were eliminated from postseason contention.

San Antonio lost seven of nine at one point, allowing Los Angeles to creep back into the race. A win by the Sparks would have gotten them within a game with two to play, but the Silver Stars ended the suspense.

'It was extremely important,' Hammon said. 'This is a very dangerous team. We wanted to come in and take care of business tonight.'

For the first time in four seasons, the Sparks will be left watching at home during the WNBA playoffs.

'Here in the Sparks organization, they want championships. The city wants championships,' Sparks forward Delisha Milton-Jones said. 'In that sense, it's been a down year for us.'

Hammon had struggled in her last two road games, shooting 2 of 18 and scoring four points in a pair of losses at Seattle and Minnesota.

struggled in her last two road outings. She had managed just four points on 2 of 18 shooting in losses to Seattle and Minnesota.

'I was due for a big game here,' Hammon said.

Courtesy of www.sacbee.com


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Indiana F. 20-11 
 2. Connecticut S. 20-13 
 3. Atlanta D. 19-14 
 4. New York L. 18-14 
 5. Chicago S. 14-17 
 6. Washington M. 6-26 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 25-7 
 2. Seattle S. 19-13 
 3. Phoenix M. 18-13 
 4. S.Antonio SS 16-16 
 5. L.Angeles S. 13-19 
 6. Tulsa S. 3-28