EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/9/2011

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  ACPBL   


New York City 524 adds guard Arnell Milton - by Gianni Pascucci
New ACPBL team based in New York City announced the agreement with 6-0 guard Arnell Milton, out from Washington & Jefferson College, also known as 'Mega Man'. Milton is a solid, well respected and recognized player throughout NYC courts. He is the first player signed ever in New York City 524 history.

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Radnicki Kragujevac inks 3-year deal with Stefan Sinovec - by Eurobasket News
Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88) will stay in Serbia after all. The 23-year-old guard left Metalac and was looking to sign abroad, but at the end he got an offer from Radnicki Kragujevac until 2014 and decided to accept it. Sinovec joined Metalac last summer from Partizan. He exploded in Serbian league with 18.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 1.9 apg. Sinovec ended as third best scorer of the competition. Season 2009/10, Stefan Sinovec spent with Partizan. They won three trophies that season and reached Euroleague Final Four, but Sinovec had very limited playing time. He appeared 8 times in Euroleague averaging 1.5 points. In Adriatic league he had 1.6 ppg for 12 games and in Serbian league Sinovec added 2.3 ppg for 13 games. In the past, Sinovec played for Vizura. He also has experience from the Ukrainian Khimik Yuzhny. Stefan Sinovec played for the Serbian U20 NT winning the U20 EuroBasket Gold with them in 2008. It is not known yet where he will continue his career.

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  ARGENTINA   


Brazil hands Argentina first loss in Mar del Plata, 73-71 - by Eurobasket News
BRAZIL - ARGENTINA 73-71

Brazil handed Argentina its first loss of the Olympic basketball qualifying tournament for the Americas, beating the host team 73-71 on Wednesday behind 19 points from Rafael Hettsheimer (206-C-86). Both teams have 5-1 record now and Puerto Rico has the same numbers. All three teams, together with Dominican Republic, already booked a spot for the Semifinals. As mentioned above, Hettsheimer scored 19 points and pulled down 8 rebounds in this meeting. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) had 17 points, Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) scored 14 and Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) helped Brazilians with 13 points, plus 8 boards. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) led Argentina with 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) had 14. Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) added 13 points and 5 assists. Argentina won its first six games and was the last unbeaten team in the tournament before losing to Brazil (5-1). 'They played well,' Argentina coach Julio Lamas said of Brazil. 'They were fair winners. We are teams that know each other, and they guarded us very well.'
Argentina will meet Dominican Republic in the last game of the Quarterfinals Round. Brazil will play against Puerto Rico.

Brazil: Rafael Hettsheimer 19+8 boards, Marcelinho Huertas 17, Marquinhos Vieira 14, Guilherme Giovannoni 13+8 boards
Argentina: Luis Scola 24+11 boards, Emanuel Ginobili 14, Pablo Prigioni 13+5 as


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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Philippines wallops Qatar in a Friendly Match - by Omar Shafaamri
Smart Gilas-Pilipinas played cohesively all game long to wallop Qatar, 69-52, Thursday night in the first of three tune-up games serving as part of its preparation for next week's FIBA-Asia Championship For Men in Wuhan, China.

The Nationals raced to an early 21-6 lead in the opening quarter and never looked back from there, cruising to the convincing win fashioned out before a modest crowd at The Arena in San Juan City.

Jimmy Alapag (178-G-77, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) showed the way for the team with 11 points while Ranidel de Ocampo added nine as the two Talk 'N Text stalwarts slowly squeeze their way into coach Rajko Toroman's system just barely a week after formally joining the team.

'Practice again (Friday) to continue to build and improve our chemistry,' said Gilas assistant coach Charles Tiu. 'But we still can improve.'

Naturalized player Marcus Douthit hardly flexed his muscle inside and finished with eight rebounds while pro-bound Marcio Lassiter had an all-around game of eight points, five rebounds, and six assists for the Nationals.

The Qataris, however, played minus star player Tanguy Ngombo and Chauncey Leslie. Ngombo is the first Qatari player to be selected in the NBA Draft after he was selected 57th overall by the Dallas Mavericks last June.

Gilas held the visitors to a 27 percent field goal shooting after three quarters and led, 57-32, entering the fourth.

The Nationals will play Jordan next on Saturday, before capping the exhibition series by playing the Qataris again on Sunday.

The team leaves for Wuhan on Tuesday for the September 15 to 25 tournament, the Asian qualifiers for the 2012 London Olympics.

JVP, GMA News



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  AUSTRALIA   


Boomers take Game 1 of Oceania Championship - by Eurobasket News
Australia - New Zealand 91:78

Australia celebrated the victory in Oceania Championship series opener. They held off New Zealand to gain a lead in the best-of-three series. The teams now move to Brisbane for the second game on Friday.
Australia started the game strongly. They surged ahead midway through the opening frame and posted a 26:18 lead after ten minutes. Barlow gave the Boomers a 10-point lead midway through the second term but the Tall Blacks bounced back. Alex Pledger capped the half with a jumper to narrow the deficit at just two points 45:47. The third term became decisive. The Boomers erupted for a 19:5 run to grab a 73:58 advantage with ten minutes to go. The margin grew at 20-point mark early in the fourth frame and Australia never looked back en route to the victory. Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) stepped up with 20 points to lead the effort. Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) added 13 points, while Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) posted 11 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) answered with 30 points for the Tall Blacks. Mika Vukona (197-F-82) had 18 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Australia: Patrick Mills 20, Mark Worthington 13, Aleks Maric 11
New Zealand: Kirk Penney 30, Mika Vukona 18+12 boards



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  BOSNIA   


Mladi Krajisnik signs Liljana Bozickovic and Monika Bosilj - by Eurobasket News
Mladi Krajisnik announced signing of Ljiljana Bozickovic (195-C-81) and Monika Bosilj for the next season.
Ljiljana Bozickovic heads to Bosnian champions from Sloboda Novi Grad. She played for Radivoj Korac and Partizan in the past. Bozickovic was named Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Honorable Mention -10. She will help Mladi Krajisnik under the basket.
Monika Bosilj arrives to Mladi Krajisnik from the Slovenian runner-up Merkur Celje. She had 8.9 ppg and 4.7 rpg for them in domestic championship. Bosilj was named Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian League 2nd Team -11. In Adriatic league she added 12.1 ppg, 5 rpg and 2 spg for 23 games. Bosilj graduated at the Florida International University last year.


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  BRAZIL   


Griffins pro career starts at Liga Sorocabana de Basquete - by Eurobasket Center
Liga Sorocabana de Basquete (Paulista) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old American guard Jason Griffin (191-G-87). He played most recently at Wayland Baptist University (NAIA) in the U.S. Griffin graduated Wayland Baptist University in 2010 and missed last season. It will be actually his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Paulista round 10 best performance: Joao Bernardi - by Eurobasket
Forward Joao Bernardi (F-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Jacarei, receiving a Latinbasket.com Paulista Player of the Week award for round 10.
The 21-year old player was the main contributor (20 points, seven rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to edge out XV/Cosan (#16, 1-6) 86-83. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings. Jacarei is placed at 9th position in Paulista. Jacarei is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-4 record. It was one of impressive evenings for Bernardi as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Joao Bernardi averages this season 11.4ppg and 5.4rpg.

The second best player in last round's games was 27-year old former international center Marcao Vinicius (205-C-84) of XV/Cosan. Vinicius had a very good evening with a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as XV/Cosan was edged by the higher-ranked Jacarei (#9, 3-4) 86-83. The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. XV/Cosan dropped in the standings to very bottom position. 6 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory XV/Cosan managed to get this year. Vinicius is well-known at XV/Cosan and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was former international forward Cassio Leal (198-F-88) of America (#14). Leal scored 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds. Despite Leal's great performance America lost 82-85 to Sao Caetano (1-6). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. America can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-6 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Leal he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Leal has a very solid season. In 6 games in Brazil he scored 12.2ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Larry Taylor (185-G-80) of Itabom/Bauru - 13 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Fernando Fischer (190-G-81) of Itabom/Bauru - 28 points
6. Babby Araujo (211-C-80) of Vivo/Franca - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Pilar Alves (200-F-84) of Itabom/Bauru - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Thiago Mathias (206-F-89) of America - 15 points and 7 rebounds
9. Fabiao Pires (199-C-77) of Sao Caetano - 9 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Gustavo de Oliveira (91) of Sao Caetano - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists

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


Paulista Round 11: Leader Winner/Limeira gets another victory - by Eurobasket
Leader Winner/Limeira delivered the seventh win on Wednesday night. This time they crushed 14th ranked America (1-7) 87-67. The game without a history. Winner/Limeira led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Winner/Limeira forced 20 America turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Rogerio Klafke (201-71) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. The former international swingman Diego Pinheiro (195-80) chipped in 17 points and 6 assists. Winner/Limeira's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Ygor Viana (-86) produced 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Winner/Limeira maintains first place with 7-1 record. America lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with seven games lost. They share it with Sao Caetano and XV/Cosan. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Important game to mention about took place in Piracicaba. Eighth ranked Pinheiros/Sky (5-3) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 16th ranked XV/Cosan (1-7) 83-80 on Wednesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. International forward Olivinha Rodriguez (202-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Shamell Stallworth contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Telmo Oliveira (200-71) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds for XV/Cosan. XV/Cosan's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Pinheiros/Sky have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Araraquara. XV/Cosan at the other side stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. They share it with Sao Caetano and America. Pinheiros/Sky will play against L.S.B. (#10) in Sorocabana in the next round. XV/Cosan will have a break next round.
The game with biggest result difference took place in Sao Paulo. Local Vivo/Franca (6-2) outscored 15th ranked Sao Caetano (1-7) 100-78 on Wednesday night. Worth to mention a quality performance of Babby Araujo who helped to win the game recording 26 points. Gustavo de Oliveira responded with 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Vivo/Franca moved-up to third place. Loser Sao Caetano dropped to the fourteenth position with seven games lost. They share it with XV/Cosan and America. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.

In the last two games of round 11 Rio Claro was defeated by Araraquara in a road game 86-76. L.S.B. beat Jacarei at home 89-77.


XV/Cosan - Pinheiros/Sky 80-83

Important game to mention about took place in Piracicaba. Eighth ranked Pinheiros/Sky (5-3) saved a 3-point victory on the road edging 16th ranked XV/Cosan (1-7) 83-80 on Wednesday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests were already 11 points ahead at halftime and as many as 15 after three quarters before a 32-20 last quarter charge of XV/Cosan cut the lead to 83-80 at the end of the game. Pinheiros/Sky made 27-of-30 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. Pinheiros/Sky had a 24-12 advantage in offensive rebounds. XV/Cosan was plagued by 27 personal fouls down the stretch. International forward Olivinha Rodriguez (202-83) orchestrated the victory by scoring 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Naturalized American forward Shamell Stallworth (196-80, college: USF, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Telmo Oliveira (200-71) answered with 20 points and 6 rebounds and forward Caio Ranches (192-87) added 18 points in the effort for XV/Cosan. XV/Cosan's coach tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players in this game, but that didn't help. Pinheiros/Sky have a solid series of three victories in a row. They moved-up to seventh place, which they share with Araraquara. XV/Cosan at the other side stay at the bottom position with seven games lost. They share it with Sao Caetano and America. Pinheiros/Sky will play against L.S.B. (#10) in Sorocabana in the next round. XV/Cosan will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Pinheiros/Sky: O.Rodriguez 25+5reb+1ast, S.Stallworth 17+5reb, M.Ferreira 14+3reb+1ast, B.Fiorotto 7+4reb+2ast, L.Morro 6+2reb+3ast, R.Pinto 5+4reb
XV/Cosan: T.Oliveira 20+6reb+2ast, C.Ranches 18+2reb+2ast, M.Savani 11+4ast, F.Marques 9+1reb+1ast, L.Machado 7+3reb, T.Silva 5+1ast
gschID: 136899


Araraquara - Rio Claro 86-76

There was no surprise when 10th ranked Rio Claro (3-5) was defeated on the road by seventh ranked Araraquara (5-3) 86-76 on Wednesday. Rio Claro was trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 9-point lead after three quarters before a 29-10 charge of Araraquara, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-18 free shots (88.9 percent) during the game. Araraquara outrebounded Rio Claro 40-27 including 25 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Rio Claro's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Araraquara made 7 blocks. It was a great evening for center Deivisson Costa (211-80) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 17 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Zezinho Jose Anibal (183-88) helped adding 8 points, 8 rebounds and 12 assists. Araraquara's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Guard Alexandre Pinheiro (185-85) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists and center Atilio de Mello (203-82) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Araraquara have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain seventh place with 5-3 record, which they share with Pinheiros/Sky. Loser Rio Claro keeps the tenth position with five games lost. They share it with L.S.B. and Jacarei. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Araraquara: L.da Silva 19+1reb+2ast, D.Costa 17+13reb+5ast, T.Pereira 12+1reb+2ast, C.Gonzaga 12+9reb, Z.Jose Anibal 8+8reb+12ast, E.de Oliveira 8+2reb+1ast
Rio Claro: A.Pinheiro 21+10reb+6ast, A.de Mello 14+7reb+1ast, R.Da Silva 14+2reb+1ast, U.Lima 12+2reb, R.Castellon 6+4reb+1ast, W.Evangelista 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 136900


Vivo/Franca - Sao Caetano 100-78

The game with biggest result difference took place in Sao Paulo. Local Vivo/Franca (6-2) outscored 15th ranked Sao Caetano (1-7) 100-78 on Wednesday night. The game was mostly controlled by Vivo/Franca. Sao Caetano managed to win fourth quarter 26-23. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Vivo/Franca dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Sao Caetano's 40 and made 22-of-25 free shots (88.0 percent) during the game. Vivo/Franca looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. Worth to mention a quality performance of the former international center Babby Araujo (211-80, college: BYU) who helped to win the game recording 26 points. The former international guard Helinho Garcia (186-75) helped adding 16 points and 9 assists. Five Vivo/Franca players scored in double figures. Gustavo de Oliveira (-91) responded with 33 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds (was perfect 12-for-12 from the free throw line !!!) and Leonardo Dias (-91) scored 15 points. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Vivo/Franca moved-up to third place. Loser Sao Caetano dropped to the fourteenth position with seven games lost. They share it with XV/Cosan and America. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Vivo/Franca: B.Araujo 26+3reb+1ast, H.Garcia 16+1reb+9ast, B.Woodward 16+2reb+2ast, R.Probst 15+4reb, W.Drudi 10+5reb+2ast, M.Dornelles 6+1ast
Sao Caetano: G.de Oliveira 33+5reb, L.Dias 15+2reb+3ast, W.da Silva 7+2reb+4ast, R.Malfi 6+1reb+4ast, F.Pires 6+6reb+4ast, G.Aleo 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 136901


L.S.B. - Jacarei 89-77

There was a surprise result in Sorocabana where thirteenth ranked L.S.B. (3-5) defeated higher ranked Jacarei (3-5) 89-77 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by L.S.B.. Jacarei managed to win fourth quarter 28-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. L.S.B. looked well-organized offensively handing out 23 assists. It was a great evening for American guard Kenny Dawkins (175-87, college: Lamar) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists. Power forward Marcos Hubner (204-82, college: Abil.Christian) helped adding 13 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 blocks. Center Douglas Kurtz (213-87, college: Hawaii) responded with 17 points and 8 rebounds and forward Rafael Fusco (192-78) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds. Five L.S.B. and four Jacarei players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. L.S.B. moved-up to tenth place, which they share with Rio Claro and Jacarei. L.S.B. will meet higher ranked Pinheiros/Sky (#8) in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Jacarei will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
L.S.B.: P.Nery 19+4reb, K.Dawkins 19+6reb+11ast, M.Hubner 13+7reb+7ast, F.Russo 12+5reb+1ast, L.Matao 11+3reb+1ast, E.Rodrigues 8
Jacarei: D.Kurtz 17+8reb, R.Fusco 14+7reb+2ast, V.Oliveira 12+4reb+2ast, I.Goncalves 11+4reb+1ast, J.Campos 7+2reb+1ast, Gutt 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 136902


Winner/Limeira - America 87-67

Leader Winner/Limeira delivered the seventh win on Wednesday night. This time they crushed 14th ranked America (1-7) 87-67. The game without a history. Winner/Limeira led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Winner/Limeira forced 20 America turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Rogerio Klafke (201-71) who scored 19 points and 5 rebounds. The former international swingman Diego Pinheiro (195-80) chipped in 17 points and 6 assists. Four Winner/Limeira players scored in double figures. Winner/Limeira's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Center Ygor Viana (-86) produced 9 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists and Alex Matheus (-85) added 15 points respectively for the guests. Winner/Limeira maintains first place with 7-1 record. America lost fifth consecutive game. They keep the fourteenth position with seven games lost. They share it with Sao Caetano and XV/Cosan. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Winner/Limeira: R.Klafke 19+5reb+3ast, J.Luz dos Santos 18+2reb+2ast, D.Pinheiro 17+2reb+6ast, B.Alves 12+5reb+3ast, A.Neto 7+1reb+11ast, A.Bambu 7+3reb
America: A.Matheus 15+3reb+2ast, C.Leal 14+1reb+1ast, N.da Silva 12+2reb+4ast, Y.Viana 9+8reb+4ast, E.Garcia 6+5reb+2ast, D.Alves 5+7reb+1ast
gschID: 136903




Brazil hands Argentina first loss in Mar del Plata, 73-71 - by Eurobasket News
BRAZIL - ARGENTINA 73-71

Brazil handed Argentina its first loss of the Olympic basketball qualifying tournament for the Americas, beating the host team 73-71 on Wednesday behind 19 points from Rafael Hettsheimer (206-C-86). Both teams have 5-1 record now and Puerto Rico has the same numbers. All three teams, together with Dominican Republic, already booked a spot for the Semifinals. As mentioned above, Hettsheimer scored 19 points and pulled down 8 rebounds in this meeting. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) had 17 points, Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) scored 14 and Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) helped Brazilians with 13 points, plus 8 boards. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) led Argentina with 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) had 14. Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) added 13 points and 5 assists. Argentina won its first six games and was the last unbeaten team in the tournament before losing to Brazil (5-1). 'They played well,' Argentina coach Julio Lamas said of Brazil. 'They were fair winners. We are teams that know each other, and they guarded us very well.'
Argentina will meet Dominican Republic in the last game of the Quarterfinals Round. Brazil will play against Puerto Rico.

Brazil: Rafael Hettsheimer 19+8 boards, Marcelinho Huertas 17, Marquinhos Vieira 14, Guilherme Giovannoni 13+8 boards
Argentina: Luis Scola 24+11 boards, Emanuel Ginobili 14, Pablo Prigioni 13+5 as


Standings - Paulista, Carioca, Minas G. leagues
Paulista Standings
 1. Winner/Limeira 7-1 
 2. Itabom/Bauru 6-1 
 3. Vivo/Franca 6-2 
 4. Gremio Mogi 5-2 
 5. S.Jose/Vinac 5-2 
 6. Paulistano 5-2 
 7. Araraquara 5-3 
 8. Pinheiros/Sky 5-3 
 9. Americana 3-4 
 10. L.S.B. 3-5 
 11. Rio Claro 3-5 
 12. Jacarei 3-5 
 13. Inter Santos 2-5 
 14. America 1-7 
 15. Sao Caetano 1-7 
 16. XV/Cosan 1-7 


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  CANADA   


Canada works hard to beat Uruguay 70-68 - by Eurobasket News
CANADA - URUGUAY 70-68

Canada finally registered their second win in Mar del Plata. They had to work very hard to beat Uruguay 70-68 for 2-4 record. Canadians joined Venezuela now on the fifth place. Uruguay dropped to 1-5. Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) shined for the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Andrew Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) scored 15 points and Denham Brown (198-F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Connecticut) helped with 9 pts, plus 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) responded with 19 points. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) (5 rebs) and Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) netted 17 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 19-17, 22-10, 15-22, 14-19. Canada will meet Panama today. Uruguay will take on Venezuela.

Canada: Levon Kendall 19+11 boards, Andrew Rautins 15, Denham Brown 9+6 boards
Uruguay: Leandro Garcia Morales 19, Martin Osimani 17+5 boards, Gustavo Barrera 12


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  CHINA   


Chinese Basketball market problem.... - by Eurobasket
In lieu of the NBA lockout and influx of NBA players migrating to the far east, specifically China. The basketball world is traditionally broken down into 3 main levels, Team (Ownership), Players (product) and Agents (facilitators). In this model, there often tends to be other parties inserting themselves into situations for a simple payoff.

Reporters, Team translators, high executives of Chinese shoe companies, even getting involved, is absolutely ridiculous, proprietary information being sold and/given to the wrong hands, is seriously causing an issue in the Chinese Basketball market. The league itself needs to mandate and set rules to ensure the CORRECT model is being followed.

The agent model is probably the most flawed when it comes to the China market, in a society where money dominates all, the sports market is no different, specifically the basketball market. Things clearly need to be reformed.

Speaking to an anonymous agent ' This market (Chinese) is like the wild wild west, everyone wants to get in on a potential deal', incorrect information is being passed directly to players, and the only person it is hurting is the player themselves'.



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  DENMARK   


Naestved and Bakken Favorites to Win Danish Title According to Official Poll - by Armen Rhodes
The results of the CDL's official preseason fan poll are now live on the league's homepage at www.canaldigitalligaen.dk.

Naestved received the most votes to win the league, with 35% of fans picking their side as the favorite. Defending champion and perennial CDL powerhouse Bakken finished behind Naestved with 26% of the vote, follwed by the Svendborg Rabbits, who claimed 11% of the vote.

On the other end, Aabyhoj, Vaerlose and recently promoted side Falcon, all received the least amount of votes, coming in at just 3% each.

Follow Eurobasket.com in the coming days, as we will be previewing each team in-depth heading into tipoff of the new CDL season later this month.




Curry to Aabyhoj - by Thomas Soltau
Aabyhoj IF brings in another forward. D'Mario Curry (201-F-85) is the name of the Aarhus team's newest addition.

The 26 year old american is said to be a NBA talent, and should hopefully bring something to the CDL that we do not see everyday.

Curry arrives from the NCAA2 and Lincoln Memorial, where he averaged more than 18ppg and 8rpg. The greens will look for a similar type of production from their new combo-forward.





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  D-LEAGUE   


Byron Mullens heads to Greece - by Eurobasket News
Byron Mullens (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.) will continue his career in Greece. The American big guy penned a deal with Panionios ON Telecoms Athens. Mullens has an option to leave when the NBA lockout ends. He appeared 12 times for the Oklahoma City Thunder last season averaging 2.1 points and 2 rebounds. He also spent some time with their affiliate Tulsa 66ers. There he had 14.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg and 1.4 bpg in 14 games. Byron Mullens played for the OC Thunder also in 2009/10. It was his rookie NBA season. He had 1.2 ppg in 13 games. Mullens also added 14.6 ppg and 7.8 rpg for the 66ers that year. Byron Mullens is a product of the Ohio State University.

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Puerto Rico cruises past Dominican Republic 79-62 - by Eurobasket News
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - PUERTO RICO 62-79

Great victory for Puerto Rico. Both teams had 4-1 record before this meeting and Puerto Rico cruised past Dominican Republic yesterday 79-62 for 5-1. They joined Argentina and Brazil on top. On the other side, Dominicans dropped to fourth place with 4-2, but they already booked a spot for the Semifinals. Alexander David Galindo (198-F-85, college: FIU) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds in victory. Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) had 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) helped with 9 pts and 6 rebs. In defeat, Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) collected 16 points and 9 rebounds. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) (9 rebs) and Ronald Ramon (185-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) delivered 12 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 15-16, 8-13, 19-24, 20-26. Today is the last day of the Quarterfinals Round in Mar del Plata. Puerto Rico will meet Brazil, while Dominicans will take on Argentina.

Dominican Republic: Alfred Horford 16+9 boards, Jack Michael Martinez 12+9 boards, Ronald Ramon 11
Puerto Rico: Alexander David Galindo 16+6 boards, Jose Juan Barea 14+7 boards, Renaldo Balkman 9+6 boards


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


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.3-0
2. Russia3-0
3. Greece2-1
4. Slovenia1-2
5. Finland0-3
6. Georgia0-3
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


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Day 8: No unbeaten teams any more, three way tie on top - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Argentina 73-71
Brazil handed Argentina its first loss of the Olympic basketball qualifying tournament for the Americas, beating the host team 73-71 behind 19 points from Rafael Hettsheimer (206-C-86). Both teams have 5-1 record now and Puerto Rico has the same numbers. All three teams, together with Dominican Republic, already booked a spot for the Semifinals. As mentioned above, Hettsheimer scored 19 points and pulled down 8 rebounds in this meeting. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) had 17 points, Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) scored 14 and Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) helped Brazilians with 13 points, plus 8 boards. Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) led Argentina with 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) had 14. Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) added 13 points and 5 assists. Argentina won its first six games and was the last unbeaten team in the tournament before losing to Brazil (5-1).
'They played well,' Argentina coach Julio Lamas said of Brazil. 'They were fair winners. We are teams that know each other, and they guarded us very well.'
Argentina will meet Dominican Republic in the last game of the Quarterfinals Round. Brazil will play against Puerto Rico.

Dominican Republic - Puerto Rico 62-79
Great victory for Puerto Rico. Both teams had 4-1 record before this meeting and Puerto Rico cruised past Dominican Republic yesterday 79-62 for 5-1. They joined Argentina and Brazil on top. On the other side, Dominicans dropped to fourth place with 4-2, but they already booked a spot for the Semifinals. Alexander David Galindo (198-F-85, college: FIU) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds in victory. Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) had 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) helped with 9 pts and 6 rebs. In defeat, Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) collected 16 points and 9 rebounds. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) (9 rebs) and Ronald Ramon (185-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) delivered 12 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 15-16, 8-13, 19-24, 20-26. Today is the last day of the Quarterfinals Round in Mar del Plata. Puerto Rico will meet Brazil, while Dominicans will take on Argentina.

Canada - Uruguay 70-68
Canada finally registered their second win in Mar del Plata. They had to work very hard to beat Uruguay 70-68 for 2-4 record. Canadians joined Venezuela now on the fifth place. Uruguay dropped to 1-5. Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) shined for the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Andrew Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) scored 15 points and Denham Brown (198-F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Connecticut) helped with 9 pts, plus 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) responded with 19 points. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) (5 rebs) and Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) netted 17 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 19-17, 22-10, 15-22, 14-19. Canada will meet Panama today. Uruguay will take on Venezuela.

Venezuela - Panama 110-74
Second win for Venezuela in Mar del Plata. They smashed Panama 110-74 and now share the fifth place with Canada. Panama faced with the sixth straight loss. Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, college: Maryland) was the leading player in victory with 24 points and 8 assists. Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) had 16 points, David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette) had 14 points and 5 assists, while Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) added 13 pts, plus 6 boards. In defeat, Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) exploded with 30 points and 6 rebounds. Their second scorer was Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) with 14 points (7 rebs). Quarters: 29-23, 21-9, 30-19, 30-23. Venezuela will play against Uruguay today. Panama's rival will be Canada.


Standings
Standings
Group Stage Two
1. Argentina5-1
2. Brazil5-1
3. P.Rico5-1
4. Dominican R.4-2
5. Canada2-4
6. Venezuela2-4
7. Uruguay1-5
8. Panama0-6
Group Places 9-10
1. Cuba0-0
2. Paraguay0-0


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EUROBASKET: Russia still undefeated - by Rauno Hurmalainen
EuroBasket, Lithuania 2011: It didn't help much the 'Wolf Team' as Finland national anthem was played and heard three times before the contest. Finland lost vs tough Russia 60-79 (20-33). Quarters: 14-18, 6-15, 18-26 and 22-20. Finland NT Coach Henrik Dettmann was coaching NT roster (Finland and Germany) the 300. time, but there were no such magic tricks Russian NT could have been in troubles. Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) led Finland with 14 points (treys 4/4). NBA-player Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) played 24 minutes and led his team with 14 pts as well. Russia is still undefeated (6-0) in Lithuania.
Group F, Vilnius 8.9.:
Georgia - F.Y.R. of Macedonia 63-65 (26-29), Slovenia - Greece 60-69 (25-37), Finland - Russia 60-79 (20-33). Finland: Shawn Huff 14, Gerald Lee Jr 11, Teemu Rannikko 11, Petteri Koponen 10. 1 - 73,3% (11/15), 2 - 29,7% (11/37), 3 - 42,9% (9/21). R: 17+10=27. TO: 18. Russia: Andrei Kirilenko 14/4r/4s, Aleksey Shved 12/6a, Timofey Mozgov 11, Andrey Vorontsevich 11. 1 - 77,8% (14/18), 2 - 70,5% (31/44), 3 - 10,0% (1/10). R: 28+6=34. TO: 19.
Standings Group F (Vilnius):
1) Russia 3-0, 2) F.Y.R. of Macedonia 3-0, 3) Greece 2-1, 4) Slovenia 1-2, 5) Georgia 0-3, 6) Finland 0-3.
Next games 10.9.: Georgia - Finland (at 15:30), F.Y.R. of Macedonia - Slovenia (at 18:00), Greece - Russia (at 21:00).



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Latest friendly games, Bobby Dixon paces Dijon to 89-71 win against Orleans - by Eurobasket News
French teams continue with pre-season games.
Yesterday, Limoges CSP grabbed 49-47 thriller with against JA Vichy. ESSM Le Portel also had to work very hard to beat Paris-Levallois 91-87. Aix-Maurienne outscored Saint-Vallier 94-90 and Hermine Nantes was better than UJAP Quimper 97-85. JDA Dijon handed 89-71 loss to Orleans. Bobby Dixon (178-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy) exploded in this meeting with 20 points and 7 assists. He made all of his five attempts from behind the arc reaching valuation 25. Andre Harris (201-F/C-85, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) and Samba Dia (201-F-84, college: West Plains JC) helped with 12 points each. In the loosing squad, Maleye NDoye (203-F-80, college: Furman) was better than the others with 16 points. More frienldies will be played this week.

Wednesday's friendly games
Limoges CSP ( Pro B) - JA Vichy (Pro B) 49-47
ESSM Le Portel (Pro B) - Paris-Levallois (Pro A) 91-87
Orlans Loiret Basket (Pro A) - JDA Dijon (Pro A) 71-89
Saint-Vallier (Pro B) - Aix-Maurienne (Pro B) 90-94
Hermine Nantes (Pro B) - UJAP Quimper (Pro B) 97-85


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EuroBasket 2011: McCalebb lifted FYR Macedonia up to 3-0 record in Group F - by Eurobasket News
Georgia-FYR Macedonia 63:65

Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) lifted FYR Macedonia up to 3-0 record in Group F as his team overcame Pachulia-less Georgia 65:63. The final shot with 2 seconds in the game was decisive for Bo McCalebb.
Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) and Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) gave Georgia 5:0 lead and Markoishvili scored for 9:4. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) and Bo McCalebb reduced to 9:8 and Vojdan Stojanovski (193-G-87) gave the first advantage for his side. Tsintsadze meanwhile closed the first quarter at 13:12, FYR Macedonia.
Pero Antic and Bo McCalebb opened the second frame for 18:12 and Vojdan Stojanovski increased to 10 points advantage. Viktor Sanikidze and Boisa cut it to 25:23, while Nikoloz Tskitishvili sent the squads to the lockers for 29:26.
Boisa and Ilievski exchanged the shots early in the third that gave FYR Macedonia 32:28. Nikoloz Tskitishvili meanwhile tied the game at 32:32 and it was him to give Georgia 35:34 lead. Bo McCalebb and Vojdan Stojanovski brought the control back to FYR Macedonia as the latter had 42L37 midway through the third quarter. Sokolov increased to 47:38 and Samardziski made a jump shot for 51:38. Bo McCalebb later closed the stanza at 54:44. Georgia however did not give up and made a huge comeback. They opened the fourth stanza with an 8-0 run and Shengelia scored for 54:52. Markoishvili later made two free throws for 63:58 and Nikoloz Tskitishvili brought 63:61 with a minute to go. Moreover after Ilievski missed a shot and Pero Antic had a foul, Nikoloz Tskitishvili tied the game at 63:63. Bo McCalebb however deserved to be named MVP of the game made the last shot for 65:63 and brought another victory for FYR Macedonia.
Bo McCalebb erupted with 27 points for the winners as his side is now with surprising 3-0 record in Group F. Vojdan Stojanovski and Pero Antic followed him with 8 each. Nikoloz Tskitishvili answered with 20 points and 10 rebounds in defeat and Viktor Sanikidze scored 15.

Georgia: Nikoloz Tskitishvili 20+10 rebs, Viktor Sanikidze 15
FYR Macedonia: Bo McCalebb 27, Vojdan Stojanovski 8, Pero Antic 8


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EuroBasket 2011: McCalebb lifted FYR Macedonia up to 3-0 record in Group F - by Eurobasket News
Georgia-FYR Macedonia 63:65

Bo McCalebb (183-PG-85, college: New Orleans) lifted FYR Macedonia up to 3-0 record in Group F as his team overcame Pachulia-less Georgia 65:63. The final shot with 2 seconds in the game was decisive for Bo McCalebb.
Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) and Nikoloz Tskitishvili (212-C/F-83) gave Georgia 5:0 lead and Markoishvili scored for 9:4. Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) and Bo McCalebb reduced to 9:8 and Vojdan Stojanovski (193-G-87) gave the first advantage for his side. Tsintsadze meanwhile closed the first quarter at 13:12, FYR Macedonia.
Pero Antic and Bo McCalebb opened the second frame for 18:12 and Vojdan Stojanovski increased to 10 points advantage. Viktor Sanikidze and Boisa cut it to 25:23, while Nikoloz Tskitishvili sent the squads to the lockers for 29:26.
Boisa and Ilievski exchanged the shots early in the third that gave FYR Macedonia 32:28. Nikoloz Tskitishvili meanwhile tied the game at 32:32 and it was him to give Georgia 35:34 lead. Bo McCalebb and Vojdan Stojanovski brought the control back to FYR Macedonia as the latter had 42L37 midway through the third quarter. Sokolov increased to 47:38 and Samardziski made a jump shot for 51:38. Bo McCalebb later closed the stanza at 54:44. Georgia however did not give up and made a huge comeback. They opened the fourth stanza with an 8-0 run and Shengelia scored for 54:52. Markoishvili later made two free throws for 63:58 and Nikoloz Tskitishvili brought 63:61 with a minute to go. Moreover after Ilievski missed a shot and Pero Antic had a foul, Nikoloz Tskitishvili tied the game at 63:63. Bo McCalebb however deserved to be named MVP of the game made the last shot for 65:63 and brought another victory for FYR Macedonia.
Bo McCalebb erupted with 27 points for the winners as his side is now with surprising 3-0 record in Group F. Vojdan Stojanovski and Pero Antic followed him with 8 each. Nikoloz Tskitishvili answered with 20 points and 10 rebounds in defeat and Viktor Sanikidze scored 15.

Georgia: Nikoloz Tskitishvili 20+10 rebs, Viktor Sanikidze 15
FYR Macedonia: Bo McCalebb 27, Vojdan Stojanovski 8, Pero Antic 8


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


BBC Bayreuth Bring In 2011 Turkish Slam Dunk Champion Tyler Smith For Try-Out - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
BBC Bayreuth have announced today that they have brought in Tyler Smith (201-F-86, college: Tennessee) for a two week try-out. The Bavarian club that will play their second season in the Beko BBL after a long drought dating back to the late 80s of playing in the top German division still need a small forward and hope that Smith is the right guy for the position. Smith is a 25 year old 201cm forward from Pulaski, Tennessee that is starting his third professional basketball season. Last season, he played for Bornova Bld (Turkey-TBL, starting five) playing 19 games: 15.4ppg, 7.9rpg, 3.7apg, FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 13.3%, FT: 70.6%. Smith is a very athletic player. We will test him the next three weeks to see if he is a guy that can help us at the position three and give us physical strength. We would be happy if he would be the missing puzzle piece', stressed BBC Bayreuth head coach Andreas Wagner. Smith started his basketball career at Hargrave Military Academy and then played at Iowa (NCAA) in 2006-2007 where he played 31 games: 14.9ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.6apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 44.2%, 3Pts: 25.4%, FT: 72.7%. He then played at Tennessee from 2007-2010, but had to leave early in January 2010 as he was detained with three other players for a weapons and drug charge and had to leave the University. 'We knew about his problem with the law and had to deal with his personality and charachter. We had numerous talks with ex coaches and teammates about the charachter of Smith. On account of what they said and that nothing had occured since January 2010, we decided to give Tyler a fair chance', stressed BBC CEO Manfred Schoetner. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been All-Big Ten 3rd Team -07, Big Ten All-Freshman Team -07, NABC Division I All-District 7 Second Team -08, NCAA John R. Wooden Award Candidates -08, SEC East Division Regular Season Champion -08, SEC Tournament Semifinals -08, All-SEC 1st Team -08, 09, CollegeHoops.net All-American Honorable Mention -08, NCAA Sweet 16 -08, NABC Division I All-District 21 First Team -09, SEC East Division Regular Season Co-Champion -09, SEC Tournament Finalist -09, SEC All-Tournament Team -09, Turkish League All-Star Game -11, and Turkish League All-Star Game Slam Dunk Contest Winner -11

Source: BBC Bayreuth



Giraffes land former NAIA standout Luke Fitzgerald - by Moritz Korff
Pro B side TV Langen has finalized the signing of a second American import player for the 2011-12 season. Luke Fitzgerald (202-C/F-87, agency: Duran International, college: Cumberlands) will wear a Giraffe jersey in the upcoming season. The 2008 and 2009 NAIA D1 All-American completed his college career with the University of the Cumberlands in 2009.
Following graduation the Cleveland, Ohio native spent his rookie season as a pro with the Kentucky Bluegrass Stallions of the American Basketball Association. He appeared in 18 games and averaged 16.7 points and 10.5 boards per contest.

He then took his game to Australia and made the roster of the Dandenong Rangers, a team of the Australian Basketball Association. He scored 18.4 points and corralled 9.1 rebounds a game in this first overseas campaign. Thanks to his outstanding performances on the Dandenong team he received contract extension and returned to the fifth continent earlier this year for a second season with the Rangers. As the season in Australia starts in April and ends in August, Fitzgerald did not enjoy much of a summer rest. He played 27 games for the Rangers in the 2011 season, while leading the team in scoring (16.8ppg) and rebounding (9.4rpg).


Joe Herber (Fraport Skyliners)Is Like Grizzly Adams Surviving In The Basketball Wilderness - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Seeing big, bushy, hairy, well trimmed and sometimes unproportional beards that sometimes look as if a mischievous bird has set up its living quarters on the basketball court is about as unlikely as Paris Hilton buying lipstick in a second hand shop, Christina Aguliera sitting down at the dinner table to get diet tips from rocker Ozzy Osbournes daughter Kelly Osbourne or Dirk Nowitzki going home to his mothers birthday party in NBA bling bling jewelry, but seeing basketball players with extreme facial hair does happen from time to time. Beards on the court mostly come to mind in the post season, but sporting a beard in the regular season hasnt been an uncommon occurrence as in the 70s you had ex Gloria Giants Duesseldorf Brendan Winters dad Brian Winters parading around with his ominous black beard, Portland Trail Blazier Bill Walton dunking with his orange colored beard as if he had just entered the court with the Hells Angels, in the late 80s, you had Vlade Divac who played 9 seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers who probably could have gone unnoticed on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and most recent beards that stay in our heads is the unique Muttonchops from Cavalier Baron Davis who could pose as a dead ringer for rapper Rick Ross or the Gasol brothers Pau and Marc who seem to worry as much about their appearance as Will Smith and Jada Pinket arent worrying about their marriage having any riffs. Currently with the German national basketball team, new Fraport Skyliner Johannes Herber (197-G-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: W.Virginia) is sporting a full fuzz which he had already demonstrated last season with The Walter Tigers Tuebingen. Wearing a beard last season in Tuebingen might not have been so different since Kenny Wiliams also looked like a model for men only hair care products. I had played against Joe in the NCAA tournament when we were both in school, he had much longer hair and a beard when I saw him in Tubingen. He never said why he wears a beard, I think he just goes with the flow. There were no jokes, we had a team full of beards, joked ex teammate Dane Watts (203-F-86, agency: Pro One Sports) This season Herber may have a problem finding some beard companion with the Fraport Skyliners unless he persuades Marius Nolte to join him who always seems good for a laugh.

Herber will be starting his 6th season as a professional. He played at W.Virginia (NCAA) from 2002-2006 where he played a total of 128 games and also with ex beko BBl players Mike Gansey and Frank Young. His best statistical season was his senior year where he played 33 games: 9.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 4.4apg, 1.0spg, FG: 40.6%, 3PT: 25.4%, FT: 79.2%. He had success with the team reaching the Big East Tournament Final and NCAA Tournament Elite Eight in 2005 and the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2006. He wasnt only a guy that spent all his free time in the weight room, but also took his studies very seriously as he studied political science and was an academic All American. He is a very well educated German and wont be caught reading a comic book on a road trip. I just remember him always reading the newspaper on the long bus rides. Most guys listen to ipods or watch movies but he was usually reading up some current events or a book, stressed ratiopharm Ulm forward Dane Watts After West Virginia, he returned back to Germany and was gobbled up from Alba Berlin. It seemed like he was living in a basketball dream world playing together with ex NBA player William Avery, Sharrod Ford and Ruben Boumtje Boumtje, but his new home would soon be converted into a nightmare as he had 3 ACL injuries limiting him to only 63 games in three seasons.

However, the German from Darmstadt never gave up and continued to battle back in rehab and was able to come back and join the Walter Tigers Tuebingen in February 2010. Last season, he was able to play his first full season in ages playing 34 games: 6.6ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 30.8%, FT: 66.7%. Herber is a big Shooting guard that is a great three point shooter with a strong body. He scores the most of his points from the perimeter, but his bulk allow him to battle inside, and this is why he's a good rebounder too. He defends well, because he's got a great knowledge of the game. Last season he scored in double figures seven times and one of his stronger games was against the Gloria Giants Duesseldorf where he produced 13 points, nine rebounds and five assists, but he doesnt need to score in double figures in every game as his worth is seen in other areas. He was a guy that played for the team and always brought defensive intensity to the wing position, added ex Creighton player Dane Watts

Herber is also back with the German national team where he had played from 2004-2008. This summer Herber started slowly, but since the Super Cup in Bamberg, he has been in the starting lineup playing along side future NBA Hall of famer Dirk Nowitzki and block sensation Chris Kaman. At the European championships in Lithuania, Herber has stepped up playing his solid aggressive defense and hit a big shot against Italy. With the vast scoring power from both NBA players, Herber can concentrate on other important areas on the court. Comparing Herber to ex Los Angeles Lakers Kurt Rambis who won 4 NBA titles and wore hideous glasses in the 80s, but stayed clear from the facial hair in the look department would be sort of an insult, but both players seem to be in the same type of situation on the court as Rambis was in the starting line up at times with guys like Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Byron Scott and like Herber not necessarily on the court to score in bunches. I am sure that Bauermann respects what he brings to the team, and he is going to make the right plays and passes to set up the stars like Dirk and Kaman. Joe can also score if the defense starts to forget about him, warned Dane Watts Watts saw Herber in practice every day last season and knows why the Herber defense is so successful. It is his effort. You can tell that he is giving his all to stop his man from scoring. He is also helping other guys out with team defense, commented ex EnBW Ludwigsburg forward Dane Watts

Herber starts a new adventure after the European championships in Lithuania as he will start his first season with the Fraport Skyliners. Frankfurt isnt foreign terrain to him as he grew up south of Frankfurt and played with TV Langen from 1999-2002. He will miss most of the pre season, but should return to Frankfurt after the European championships with much experience and a number of Dirk Nowitzki stories to keep Marius Nolte entertained on bus trips. Herber has the right combination of skill on the court and a healthy and strong mentality to make the next step in Frankfurt. I believe he can make the next step, he takes care of himself and is a true professional. The Fraport Skyliners are very lucky to have him, smiled Dane Watts Watts is playing his fourth season in the Beko BBl and continues to have a love affair with the pretty Schwabenland or he simply cant get enough of the tasty Spaetzle since he has played in Ludwigsburg, Tuebingen and now will play in Ulm. He will remember Johannes Herber with a twinkle in his eyes. I always enjoyed learning new exercises from Joe. We had a mutual interest in that area. The play of the year was a transition assist from myself to a cutting Johannes Herber for the FLUSH! Never thought I would see the day, but he got somebody running under the rim when he dunked it, joked Dane Watts Herber looks like he could be the son of American TV icon Grizzly Adams who wore a bushy Santa Claus type of beard and lived with a bear in the wilderness. I could imagine Joe surviving in the wilderness, he went to West Virginia and looks like a true mountaineer. Strikes me as the kind of guy who enjoys camping for vacation, not nice resorts. You should ask him how his road trip this summer went, laughed Dane Watts With or without the beard come October 2011, Herber will be ready for the Beko BBL wilderness on the court.



Zachery Peacock Moves To The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After a strong rookie season in Germany, it was a bit of a mystery why Zachery Peacock (203-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Tech) was still unsigned in September 2011, but The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven have announced today that they have gotten a replacement for the departed Gary Flowers with the American. Peacock is a 23 year old 203cm power forward from Miami,Florida that will be starting his second professional season in the Beko BBL. The American isnt unknown to the Beko BBL, since he played his rookie season with the LTi Giessen 46ers (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 34 games: 13.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 68.0%. He showed that he was very consistent scoring in double figurs in 26 games and registering five double doubles. 'Zachery has a good shot from the mid distance and is a great rebounder. He can set be strong in the offense and defense and knows the league. Those were the deciding factors for me', stressed Eisbaeren Bremerhaven head coach Doug Spradley. Peacock played at Georgia Tech (NCAA) from 2006-2010and in his senior year played 35 games: 8.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 79.1%. In the summer of 2010 before turning professional, he played the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft) and NBA Summer League in Las Vegas (Miami Heat). Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been HS All-state in class 6A and state tournament MVP -06, HS 6A Finals MVP honors and was named Dade County Athlete of the Year -06, and ACC Tournament Finalist -10.

Source: Eisbaeren Bremerhaven






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AGO Rethymno signs deal with Brent Petway - by Eurobasket News
AGO Rethymno announced signing of the American power forward/center Brent Petway (203-F-85, college: Michigan) for the next season. The 26-year-old player started 2010/11 with Ilysiakos Athens. He appeared six times in A1 league averaging 10.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 2.2 blocks. He got injured in December and missed two months. In February, Petway signed a deal with French JA Vichy. He registered 8.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 1.3 bpg for 9 games in ProA. In 2009/10 season Brent Petway was a member of the NBA D-League team Idaho Stampede. He had 10.1 ppg and 4.1 rpg for them in 49 games. He played for Idaho also in 2007/08. Brent Petway graduated at the University of Michigan in 2007.

EuroBasket 2011: Greece beat Slovenia in thriller - by Eurobasket News
Greece - Slovenia 69:60

Greece opened the EuroBasket 2011 Qualifying Round with victory. They held off Slovenia in Group F opener. The victory propelled the Hellenes to 2-1 record in the ladder. Nikolaos Zisis (196-G-83) came up with 19 points and 5 rebounds to pace the winning side. Slovenia fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
Slovenia opened the game with four points in a row but Greece soon erased the deficit. They jumped into an 18:13 lead after ten minutes of action. The Hellenes used an 11:0 run early in the second term to post a 29:15 advantage. They controlled the situation establishing a 37:25 halftime lead. Slovenia recovered in the third term. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) and Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) helped to narrow the deficit and then Smodis hit a triple to put his team in front 46:44. The teams exchanged baskets for the bigger part of the fourth frame. But Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) and Nikolaos Zisis knocked down five points in a row as Greece earned a 61:57 lead with just over a minute remaining. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) and Nikolaos Zisis drained triples inside the final minute to carry Greece to the victory. Ioannis Bourousis scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida), Antonis Fotsis and Michael Bramos (196-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) posted 7 points each in the win. Jaka Lakovic answered with 14 points for Slovenia. Zoran Dragic and Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) netted 10 points each in defeat.

Greece: Nikolaos Zisis 19, Ioannis Bourousis 8, Nick Calathes 7, Antonis Fotsis 7, Michael Bramos 7
Slovenia: Jaka Lakovic 14, Zoran Dragic 10, Erazem Lorbek 10



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Roi Buchbinder returns to Israel, joins Bnei Hasharon - by Eurobasket News
Roi Buchbinder (201-F-87) is back to Israel. The 24-year-old forward signed his first professional deal. His employer is Bnei Hasharon. Buchbinder graduated few months ago at the West Virginia Tech University averaging 7.7 points and 4.7 rebounds. However, he appeared just three times for his school last season. In 2009/10, he did not play at all because he transferred to West Virginia Tech from the Virginia Union. Buchbinder was not able to play in 2007/08 as well, also due to transfer rule. He moved that year to Virginia Union from the Fairfield University. With Fairfield he played six games in 2006/07 season. Roi Buchbinder played for the Israeli U18 and U16 National Teams in the past.

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Lugano Tigers grab 76-74 win against Cimberio Varese - by Eurobasket News
Lugano Tigers - Cimberio Varese 76-74

Lugano Tigers demonstrated nice performance in a friendly game against the Italian team Cimberio Varese. They met last night and Lugano celebrated 76-74 victory. Former player of Varese Dusan Mladjan (199-G-86, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for winners with 28 points. Michael Efevberha (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) secured a great help adding 24 points and Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: San Diego St.) followed him with 17 pts. For the Italians, Justin Hurtt (194-G-88, college: Tulsa) was better than the others with 15 points. Yakhouba Diawara (201-F-82, college: Pepperdine) and Davide Reati (193-G-88) posted 14 and 10 pts respectively. Quarters: 18-11, 21-27, 20-16, 17-20.
Cimberio Varese blasted SAV Vacallo earlier this week. It was a 73-55 victory. Kristjan Kangur led Varese with 17 points.

Lugano Tigers: Dusan Mladjan 28, Michael Efevberha 24, Mohammed Abukar 17
Cimberio Varese: Justin Hurtt 15, Yakhouba Diawara 14, Davide Reati 10


Sigma Barcellona wins Memorial Cezza - by Eurobasket News
Sigma Barcellona wins Memorial Cezza that was held few days ago. In the Final game the team overcame Assi Basket Ostuni 94:85.
Mike Green (185-G-85, college: Butler) stepped up with 23 points for the winners and Michael Hicks (193-G-76, college: Texas A&M - C.C.) as well as Dordei netted 17 each. Martin and Da Ros added 13 apiece, while Bonessio and Alessandro Piazza (175-G-87) scored 4 each. Williams ended up with 22 points in the losing effort and Johnson posted 13.
Earlier Assi Basket Ostuni outscored Ruvo Di Puglia 73:49. The favorites easily started with 22-6 and had 40:19 in the end of the first half. They managed to increase to 57:30 and won the game by 24 points.

Sigma Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto: Tancredi Rotundo (181-G-91) 3, Mike Green 23, Michael Hicks 17, Bucci n.e., Dordei 17, Martin 13, Alessandro Piazza 4, Bonessio 4, Da Ros 13, Mocavero n.e. All. Pancotto.
Assi Basket Ostuni:Sirakov 7, Williams 22, Canelo, Tommaso Marino (190-G-86, agency: Interperformances) 12, Dane Diliegro (205-C-88, college: New Hampshire) 12, Basei 7, Margio 2, Rinaldi 8, Carenza 2, Johnson 13. All. Marcelletti.



Andrea Fadini analyzes the state of LegaDue and Italian basketball in general - by Giulio Signorini
Andrea Fadini GM of Tezenis Verona (Italian LegaDue), scout for the New Jersey Nets from 2008 to 2010 and currently market consultant of Unics Kazan in Russia analyzes legadue and health of Italian basket in general.

First of all Fadini tell us how you see the Legadue championship at the gates?
The Legadue championship is very uncertain and balanced, especially this year. It looks like serie B of Italian football for difficulties and balance. But if it looks like soccer serie B for trouble it is surely better in quality. From the quality point I think it was the strongest second division championship in Europe, unlike for example the serieA . In SerieA case infact I believe that, even tough Serie A is very strong at international level it is not the best at least for the top teams when compared with Spain, Greece, Russia. In legadue the balance is so much so that beyond the absolute favorite the other teams are more or less at the same level and I think not to overdo if I say that at least 14 (except 16) out of 16 teams could have play off ambitions. So the balance of strength during the year may also be skewed by luck and other factors.

What's the reason for this extreme balancing?
I believe that this balancing is due to the fact that it is not difficult in LegaDue to build a competitive lineup. There are two USA players, and find two USA non-competitive is a difficult task. Then there is a european community player and even here there is a great number of player at reasonable cost, and the last two player are one a player with italian passport and the last one is an Italian.
So even with relatively small budget can definitely put together an high level quintet. In LegaDue I do not think there are bad quintets. Given the above it is no coincidence that the teams for the Americans usually choose 'sure used' player (however player who have already been in italian championship before). This choice usually is good because all the quintets are very good and also risking one only player is likely to bring more problems than benefits. Then the difference is make from the long bench, the experience of the club and good luck. But while the long the bench is usually a privilege of the absolute favorite clubs that invest more, on other factors there is little control. It is therefore essential the quality of the starting lineup. It's interesting that except for the favored among those who have invested the most and who has invested less there is at most a difference of 100000 in the budget.

So you think that it is relatively easy to put up a good team right?
Yes, and I think this is even truer this year as there is a substantial majority of supply of player over demand. So, even who has started late in the construction of the team could built teams of a very good level. To take two examples we can mention that although starting very late Bologna Basket has managed to take players of absolute value such as Baldassare one of the best Italian frontcourt player and Blizzard, now it has yet to take the Americans and this market currently has still a great availability. Another notable example is Ostuni with Marcelletti who has built the team late but still in a very solid way.

Since it feels impossible to speak of the favorite teams, tell us what teams do you consider the most interesting?
Here again there are definitely very intriguing teams in this legadue. Pistoia is surely to follow. Pistoia team made the decision to focus on a quintet consisting of 4 coloured, including the naturalized Italian Mathis as point guard and then it has bought a sixth man with much experience as Galanda. Then interesting are the newly promoted among which two are surely to follow Brescia and Ostuni. The first who made the decision to keep intact the backbone of the team that has hit the promotion, the second one instead bet on a young quintet with some experienced players like Williams and Jurevicus to close. But beyond the interesting teams all teams are to be discovered. The teams were built starting from different approaches but always coming to the result of building a great quintet.

So which team would you consider to have promotion ambitions?
There are 4 teams that are the favorites on paper Venice, Barcelona, Veroli and Brindisi. These are definitely teams that have invested more. For example Brindisi has done to all players offers that we do not even know where to come out. But even considering the favorites the legadue history teaches that there is at least a team that misses the year, while among the teams that point to the playoffs there is always an outsider that could enter in the promotion struggle.

Only two words on Verona (your team) what is your target after a revolution like the one you do?
To make a prevision it's hard having regard to the overall balance that prevails. The only thing I can say is that we have decided to accommodate the decisions of the coach. After an unlucky year he preferred not to carry around the bad toughts and then he has decided according with the management to keep only the center, the point guard and the second pg.
So once confirmed Porta, Mariani and Renzi everything else has changed in order to avoid mental catch. Obviously when we have made the team we wanted the best result possible but it is premature to say where we will arrive.

Topic changed now let's speak of the economic difficulties of the Legadue, what do you think about it?
First I have to say that there are two types of situations related to LegaDue championship. There are teams not having the necessary requirements to participate in a professional league who make a step back and decides to play in a minor legadue, this year I think for example in Casalpusterlengo. Other that this there are teams that fail. In the first case I consider the situation positive. Infact if one team can not make the championship a step back guarantee continuity and also a spare at a professional level. In the other case I believe the situation is very bad, for example, a team with the history of Udine, which disappears as happened this year is a very difficult situation to swallow for the Italian basketball.

Down in more details in your opinion do you think that these difficulties are a sign of poor economic health of the Italian LegaDue?
I believe that the health of the Italian LegaDue is in line with the health of the Italian Serie A and the situation of the nation itself. But this does not happen only in Italy. In Spain, for example, beyond Real Madrid, Barcelona and Caja Laboral other teams suffer from economic problems. Obviously in Italy the situation was worse than in Spain but the economic crisis could be surely generalized at the European level. This happens because even the European states in economic are suffering. The movement of basketball in this case is a perfect mirror of the economic situation prevailing in a state. Currently at European level there are great difficulties in general and in Italy it is even more evident. In Italy the strange thing is that football can continue to spend an exaggeration.

So you believe that more or less we are in line with the European situation?
No, not really so. If it is true that the crisis is widespread is also true that someone has been better than others. We talk for example of Germany, which historically has been considered a minor european league but now it is not true any more. Infact Germany has worked very well on sport facilities and on the public and has made small steps one at a time. As Germany also the Nordic countries, Baltic countries and Ukraine. While other nations such as historical for basketball such as Russia had make some mistake. This has led to a general leveling out where Italy weakened his top position. But I think this is not strange because as I say before Basket is just a mirror of the nation and Italy has remained more steady than others nations.

Italy comes out weakened in this confrontation especially in what aspects?
The first thing that comes to mind is about the plants. In Italy we have old equipment and less on the European standard, but beyond that we were still on the youth development and also in building the base. The base movement in Italy is stagnating. Instead in the countries that I mentioned earlier but also in Poland and in many other european countries (and surely I'm forgotten someone) they have worked very well on grass-roots movement. It ' s obvious that if you widen the base of who practices basket and of the supporters there are in fact results in both sporting and economic.

How do you see Italy at youth basketball?
We have good young but we should definitely have more. We have NBA players, with the Under 20 national team we arrived second at the European championship and this is a good sign. But what is preventing clubs from investing more in the youth sector is the bureaucracy and regulations. I repeat is not a matter related to the costs of raising a young as the bureaucratic problems that this entails.

So you think the parameters and limitations placed to help the growth of young people are perloppi a bad thing?
Let's start by saying that I am against Prohibition, from what I saw during my experience all the limitations that arise hardly lead to desired results. I am therefore of the opinion that it's not important to make bureaucratic constraints in order to improve youth movement. Instead it's important encourage teams to invest on youth with benefit or something else. A strong player if there are 4 or 7 foreigners shows off anyway. In this season is born the new lega3 with 5 under23 per team see how it goes ...


Scafati Basket triumphs at Memorial Romeo La Norcia - by Eurobasket News
Scafati Basket triumphs at Memorial 'Romeo La Norcia' as they rout Prima Veroli 85:75. The winners opened the game with 27:22 and had 7-point advantage at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game as Scafati Basket increased to 13 points and never looked behind after.
Paul Marigney (192-G-82, college: St.Mary's, CA) stepped up with 22 points and Ghiacci followed him with 14. Nikola Radulovic (207-F-73) produced 10 and Gennaro Sorrentino (185-G-85) added 9. Roberto Rullo (192-G-90) ended up with 16 points in the losing effort and Jackson scored 15. Delivered 13, while Marco Ammannato (202-F/C-88, agency: Players Group) netted 10.


MarcoPoloShop.it Forli meanwhile outscored Jesi 99:93. Campani and Freeman led the way with 25 points each, while Easley netted 17. Maggioli replied with 23 points in the losing case.

Prima Veroli- Scafati Basket 75-85
Prima Veroli: Tullio ne, Donati ne, Tommasini , Marsili , Cortese 8 , Roberto Rullo 16, Rowe 13 , Gatto ne , Marco Ammannato 10 , Colussi 7 , Jackson 15 , Brkic 6. Coach: Cavina
Scafati Basket: Levin 1 , Nikola Radulovic 10 , Casini 6 , Santoro ne , Gueye 4 , Guadagnola 3 , Paul Marigney 22 , Pauciulo ne , Rosignoli 16 , Gennaro Sorrentino 9 , Ghiacci 14, Izzo ne. Coach: Griccioli
(Stats Courtesy of: www.scafatibasket.com)




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Jordanco Davitkov Named Kuwaits National Team Coach - by Corey Washington
Kuwaits National team has started preparing for the GCC in Bahrain in October. With the selection of Coach Jordanco Davitkov (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) as the National teams Head Coach, you can be sure that this team will be ready to compete for a championship this year. Coach Davitkov is very familiar with the players in Kuwait, after coaching Al Qadsia to (2) Championships in 2009 and 2010. This year he will coach Al Jahara Club, in addition to the Head Coach of the National Team.


Eurobasket has scheduled an Answer and Question interview for coach Jordanco, Anyone with specific Questions for the coach, please email your questions and the top questions will be addressed. We will also begin interviews with the National Team Players, so check back for updated photos and interviews with your favorite Kuwait basketball players.



Kuwait's National Team Coach a Winning Target.. - by Corey Washington
Eurobasket: Coach Jordanco Davitkov (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) you have had major success in Kuwait over the last few years. Anytime someone comes to a country and in three years they win five gold medals with three championships back to back, of course its going to get noticed. You were able to take Qadsia to 3 back to back championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011. You also won the GCC in 2009 and won the Cup Title in 2010. That makes five gold medals in three seasons! Now youre with Al Jahra Club I know how talented Jahra players are, so Im sure youre excited about working with them. Aside from being Jahras head coach, you were also selected as the National Team Coach Can you tell us how this came about?

Coach J. Davitkov: As you already said, for these past three years in Kuwait during my coaching engagement with Qadsia I won 5 five gold medals. Each year I was won the Championship Title, so with that team I accomplished every challenge and I am hungry for new challenge. Although it is a young team, Jahra is promising and interesting with great potential. It is also one of the most serious teams in Kuwait besides Kuwait club, Qadsia and Kazma also teams with quality who are certainly attacking on a Championship Title. Soit wont be easy, but we will give the best of ourselves to achieve great result!
The other engagement, becoming a Head Coach of Kuwait National Basketball Team is a special and great honor for me. This acknowledges my strategic efforts and continuous accomplishments during my professional coaching engagement in Kuwait for the past three year, especially after winning five gold medals. Ill give the best of me to ensure the trust I was given by the Kuwait Federation. Not only because of the moral obligations, but also because I have given the my best, even in the tough situations. This is a part of my intrapersonal characteristics, kind of like my lifestyle.

Eurobasket: Is this your first time as a National team Coach?


Coach J. Davitkov: I was Head Coach of Macedonian National Team for seven years, from 2001 until 2007. Beside my other qualifications that experience is valuable especially because at the same time, I was coaching the Championship team in Macedonia at that time. That double role is similar with the position of my current engagements in Kuwait. accepting this position with Kuwait National Team makes me the first basketball coach from Macedonia who became a Head Coach of a National Team of a foreign country, which gives me an extra moral satisfaction, honor and pleasure!

Eurobasket: When will the players be selected for the National team this year, or have they already been identified?

Coach J. Davitkov: The players are already selected. They are all very motivated and are practicing hard and enthusiastic. In the first phase initially 20 players were chosen who have started with practicing, and from them I selected 16 players who will continue on a preparation in Saraevo. After coming back from Camp in Saraevo, after they play a few friendly games I will decide which 12 of them will configure the team for Bahrain.

Eurobasket: What is your plan in preparing the team for the GCC? Lots of practice will be needed, but Im sure you will have a great camp in Saraevo?

Coach J. Davitkov: The preparations are intensive. After the initial practices on our home court, the practices will continue in Sarajevo (Bosnia) where friendly games are planned in order to improve competition forms. During the Camp in Bosnia 8-10 friendly games are planned. After which, we are coming back in Kuwait, where the final practices will be done before going on to the GCC in Bahrain. The players presence and devotion are totally satisfying, according to the players words, this is the biggest response on a National Teams practices compared to the past years seasons, which certainly gives us extra motivation!

Eurobasket: Assuming you are successful in the GCC, how do you plan to roll the momentum over from the National Team to Al Jahra? Its a lot easier to win with a team of the best players the country has to offer, but when your back with your home club, you will deal with young players and developing the talent you have present. Is this a challenging task?

Coach J. Davitkov: At this point, so early in the gamemaking an assumption is untimely. Well go step by step At this very moment, the most important thing is to be dedicated to preparations! The aims, expectations and objectives are really high, but as usual, it wont be easy. We need huge efforts and continuous work in order to accomplishing good result on GCC, if we take in a consideration that very strong National teams are attending GCC and some of them will attend Asian Championship, and will have had an opportunity to play more games which prepares them to come into the GCC with better competition form. Anyway, arguable, we are certainly going on to win a medal! The other engagement with Jahra, is a separate challenge to which I am approaching with the same flame, devotion and enthusiasm! I am devoted to each job I do, so I seriously intend to turn this challenge into another winning opportunity!

Eurobasket: In the past Jahra has performed exceptionally well, and tend to bring in very talented imports. From 2006-2010, American Cedric Taylor (202-F-79, college: Pikeville) was the nucleus for Jahra, landing them in the (Golden 4) 2 years consecutively. John Oden (206-F/C-80, agency: Strategic Sports, college: S.Indiana) came in last year and brought some size in the paint. Im sure Jahra has brought you in to complete the Cycle Seems they have been building to this point, what you will bring to take them to a championship?

Coach J. Davitkov: Taking in a consideration the structure of Jahra team, we will engage the import player on position 5, who will play in the paint. Because the rules of Kuwait Basketball Federation allows only one import player to be on the court, the second import player will be all around court player, able to play different positions. I hope that import players combined with domestic players will act in synergy and will create a compact team capable to play quality basketball!

Eurobasket: were you given authority to make certain decisions with the club? I know usually the management will ask coaches for input on the import players they pursue, so how much of the decision is on you?

Coach J. Davitkov: For every team that I am coaching, always I am the only one that is making the decisions about each player. I dont allow anyone to interfere in the choice of players. That is kind of a rule of mine, because that responsibility is mine!

Eurobasket: Did you sign a multi-year deal with Jahra?

Coach J. Davitkov: During my coaching carrier, my approach is not to deal with long term contracts, so and this time I signed one year contract. Maybe I wont sound modest, but I really have great self-confidence, and I am aware of my potential so there is no need to be tied that way. If there is a mutual benefit, there is always an opportunity to sign the contract again.

Eurobasket: what are you goals with this team, knowing what you have seen for the past few years? Where do you envision Jahra by the end of the season? Is this the year for the championship?

Coach J. Davitkov: I am persuaded that Jahra is a promising team; otherwise, I wouldnt have signed the contract! I recognize Jahras potential, and Ill work hard enough to improve this teams performances in order to achieve the best results ever!

Eurobasket: Coach it is always a pleasure to talk with you, and I Wish you the best of luck with the National Team, and Jahra Club. Is there anything Eurobasket should know about coach Davitkov that your profile does not show?

Coach J. Davitkov: Thanks The pleasure is mutual. I am always in the mood to talk about basketball. Basketball is my life, although I have graduated from two faculties, basketball remains my basic vocation! Behind me I have 22 years of playing with championship titles and 12 years of coaching career. It is not only an issue of pure talent, but that I succeeded combining talent with hard work, huge efforts, devotion and my fire for basketball! I am really glad that my success as a player is seriously repeating on my coaching career. With faith in God, I am hoping to achieve other, bigger successes in future!




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High Expectations for the Lebanese U17 National Team - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
The Lebanese Under 17 National Team is preparing to the West Asian U17 Championship which will be held in Iran next month between 7 and 11 October 2011.
The National Team under the command of Coach Salim Chemali have been working hard since May and the results so far in the preparation games sare very positive , Lebanon managed to beat Jordan U17 on the score of 89-51 .
Coach Chemali who was in France for the past five years is preparing this team for the first Phase of WABA U17 championship; the second phase will be played next year. The sum of points of the 2 phases will qualify the best 3 teams to FIBA Asia U18 Championship in 2012.
Lebanon is strongly qualified to play the major role in the first Phase of the WABA U17 Championship, but needs to continue its program in order to develop more and not face the same disappointments that the Lebanese Youth National Teams faced since 2008. Last time that a Lebanese Youth National Team managed to score good result was in 2006 under the command of Coach Paul Coughter when Lebanon finished 3rd in the FIBA Asia U18 Championship in Urumqi - China and qualified to the FIBA World U19 Championship in 2007 which was held in Novi Sad - Serbia where Lebanon finished 13th out of 16 National Teams participating.
Looking at the work done till now the U17 National Team and the U16 National Team are heading the same direction to create positive results for Lebanese Basketball.


Lebanon will face in the WABA U17 Championship the host team Iran whos always a strong favorite ,Jordan,Yemen,Syria and Iraq.



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Giedrius Staniulis heads to Techasas - by Eurobasket News
Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) heads to Techasas for the upcoming season. The Lithuanian Big Man arrived from Perlas Vilnius.
In 2008-2009 he started for KKM-Aisciai Kauno (NKL) and in 17 games averaged 14.8ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.5spg, 1.5bpg, 2FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 51.5%. He also played at B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas junior team. In 2009-2010 moved to Perlas Vilnius (LKL) and in Baltic League after 13 games averaged 8.6ppg, 5.5rpg, FGP: 56.9%, 3PT: 43.5%, FT: 61.5%,while in Lithuanian League his stats read 9.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 60.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 56.0%. In 2010-2011 continued for Perlas Vilnius (LKL) and in Baltic League after 12 games increased to 11.4ppg, 5.8rpg, FGP: 67.6%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 51.8%. In Lithuanian League his stats read 6.3ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 13.3%, FT: 59.0%.
This summer he participated at the European Championships U20 in Bilbao (Spain) . In 9 games he averaged 8.9ppg, 6.7rpg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 57.6%, FT: 36.4%. In his top game Giedrius Staniulis erupted with 17 points as Lithuania showed their arguable best game in the most crucial moment of the U20 European Championship. They defeated Austria to secure Division A place for the next season. Giedrius Staniulis scored 17 points and collected 18 rebounds to lead the winners.



Lietuvos Rytas, Rudupis and Siauliai lost their games - by Eurobasket News
Triumph surprised Lietuvos Rytas 90:76. The latter started well and had 27-20 after the first 10 minutes. The Russian team could reduce to 6 points winning the second period 21-20. Moreover Triumph reduced to 4 at the end of the third quarter, but then erupted for the win. The Russian squad produced 28-10 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Landry Kyle stepped up with 20 points and Victor Zvarykin (199-G-86) followed his with 18. Jefferson Davon ended up with 16 points in the winning effort. Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) collected 15 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Seibutis notched 12.
Khimik overcame Lithuanian Rudupis 77:63. Both teams nailed 20 points each in the opening period, while Khimik grabbed 1-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover the Ukraienian team added 15-18 in the third period and did not mind losing the last stanza 17-19.
Earlier the Ukrainian team outscored Siauliai 86:84. It was an interesting game and only due to the end of it Khimik managed to grab the victory. Denis Ikovlev (201-F-86, agency: RIZO, college: Nevada) stepped up with19 points and McGhee Aaron netted 14. Mitchell Darrel followed them with 12 points. Denzel Bowles (208-F-89, college: JMU) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort and Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83, college: ODU) posted 10. Mindaugas Zukauskas, Cameron Long, Edvinas Ruzgas (198-G-87, college: TCU) and Vytautas Sarakauskas all finished with 8 points each.



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Best players of Mexican LNBP round 2 - by Eurobasket
American Melvin Council (191-G-82, college: Robert Morris) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's second-best Barreteros and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 2.
The -year old guard had the game-high 34 points adding four rebounds for Barreteros in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Pioneros (#5, 1-1) 78-75. Barreteros maintains the 2nd position in Mexican LNBP. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Barreteros won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Council had a remarkable 70.0% from 2-point range and got six three-pointers out of 9 attempts. He turned to be Barreteros' top player in his first season with the team. Robert Morris College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Council is in league's top in assists (4th best: 7.0apg) and averages solid 55.6% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old Dominican Rep. Ivan Lopez (208-C/F-85) of Panteras. Lopez impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds. Of course he lead Panteras to another comfortable win 93-78 over Volcanes (0-2) being unquestionably team leader. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Lopez is a newcomer at Panteras and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-F-83) of Toros (#9). Lopez scored 22 points and grabbed six rebounds. Despite Lopez's great performance Toros lost 83-95 to Halc.Rojos (1-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Toros needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 1 victories and 1 lost games. The season just started for Lopez as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Larry Morinia (180-G-80) of Volcanes - 25 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists
5. James Reaves (203-F-82) of Barreteros - 24 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Mike Mitchell (181-PG-83) of Fuerza Regia - 12 points, 4 rebounds and 9 assists
7. Ramon Clemente (200-F-85) of Halc.Rojos - 15 points and 12 rebounds
8. Jeremis Smith (203-F-86) of Fuerza Regia - 18 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Gregory Vargas (182-PG-86) of Halc.Rojos - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81) of Abejas - 21 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists

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


Standings - LNBP
LNBP Standings
 1. Abejas 3-0 
 2. Barreteros 3-0 
 3. Fuerza Regia 3-0 
 4. Pioneros 2-1 
 5. Soles 2-1 
 6. Toros 2-1 
 7. Halc.Rojos 1-1 
 8. Aguilas Rojas 1-2 
 9. Corr.Victoria 1-2 
 10. Huracanes 1-2 
 11. Panteras 1-2 
 12. Halc.Xalapa 0-2 
 13. Lechugueros 0-3 
 14. Volcanes 0-3 


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2011-2012 season is to begin soon - by Huge
New season in Moldova will begin soon. Basketball federation president Vasilii Shleagun says that season will start with qualification games for Cup, which are to begin in October. Teams have already started their pre-season practices and are getting more and more ready for new battles. So far there are only speculations about big transfers in Moldova basketball, but can be witnesses for some major changes in players rotation. But in spite of all same clubs are hoping for medals in new season.
UASM is willing to confirm both Cup win and Championship trophy.
ASEM after, let's say, not a very good season last year wants to earn their respect back.
Dondiusheni, are eager to prove it was not an accident last year.
Cahul wants to come back the most, after being disqualified.
Ribnita and Bender were always fighters.

The 'game' is soon to begin. Stay tuned.





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  NBA   


Byron Mullens heads to Greece - by Eurobasket News
Byron Mullens (7'0''-C-89, college: Ohio St.) will continue his career in Greece. The American big guy penned a deal with Panionios ON Telecoms Athens. Mullens has an option to leave when the NBA lockout ends. He appeared 12 times for the Oklahoma City Thunder last season averaging 2.1 points and 2 rebounds. He also spent some time with their affiliate Tulsa 66ers. There he had 14.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg and 1.4 bpg in 14 games. Byron Mullens played for the OC Thunder also in 2009/10. It was his rookie NBA season. He had 1.2 ppg in 13 games. Mullens also added 14.6 ppg and 7.8 rpg for the 66ers that year. Byron Mullens is a product of the Ohio State University.

Zastal Zielona Gora lands Gani Lawal - by Eurobasket News
Gani Lawal (206-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) is a new member of the Polish team Zastal Zielona Gora. The Nigerian forward penned a deal for the next season. Lawal was 46th overall pick at the NBA Draft 2010 selected by the Phoenix Suns. However, he appeared just once for the Suns last season. Lawal played 10 games for their D-League affiliate Iowa Energy. He had 11.2 ppg and 6 rpg there. Gani Lawal is a product of the Georgia Tech University. He had 13.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 1.4 bpg for his school as a senior. He helped them reach ACC Tournament Finals. As a junior, Lawal shined with 15.1 ppg and 9.5 rpg for 31 games. He was named All-ACC 3rd Team -09, 10.

Kawhi Leonard to participate in Jimmer Fredette all-star games - by Eurobasket News
They were rivals during their years playing against each other in the Mountain West Conference. Now, former BYU star Jimmer Fredette (6'2''-PG-89, college: BYU) and former San Diego State star Kawhi Leonard (6'7''-F-91, agency: Impact Basketball, college: San Diego St.), both first-round NBA draft picks, will extend their rivalry into the professional ranks.

Jimmer's All-Stars Presented by Zions Bank announced Tuesday that Leonard will participate in the two exhibition games later this month, and Leonard will captain the team opposite of Fredette.

Leonard's team will be coached by SDSU coach Steve Fisher, while Fredette's team will be guided by BYU coach Dave Rose. Both teams will feature some of the NBA's top players from last June's draft. Former UConn star Kemba Walker and former Duke star Nolan Smith - both were first-round draft picks - have already been added to the roster and other players will be named in the coming days.

'Over the past few years, Kawhi and I have played in some truly memorable games against each other,' Fredette said. 'You know what you're going to get from Kawhi each time he steps on the court and I can't wait for him to bring that energy and passion to our exhibition games. Hopefully we'll have another great duel that the fans will long remember.'

Leonard was the No. 15 pick overall of the San Antonio Spurs last June. Fredette was selected by the Sacramento Kings at No. 10.

The two exhibition games will be held on Sept. 21 at the Maverik Center and Sept. 22 at the Marriott Center in Provo. Both games are scheduled to tipoff at 7 p.m.

Courtesy of /www.deseretnews.com


Team owners reportedly want third round added to NBA Draft - by Eurobasket News
One of the less important season-destroying issues in the ongoing collective bargaining agreement discussions that have currently left the basketball world in the midst of an off-season NBA lockout is the Draft.

Generally, most people in the league are OK with NBA Draft basics: Two rounds, first round picks are guaranteed to receive a contract, while second rounders are not. There is room to discuss the amount of years rookie contracts should be, how theyre guaranteed, and of course the amount of money players who get drafted will be paid, but the basic framework is pretty simple and fairly agreeable.

But a new report today says that team owners want the NBA draft to be expanded to three rounds, while the players union has their own ideas about changing things up and helping the leagues worst teams improve in a hurry.

Chris Sheridan of SheridanHoops.com reports:

SheridanHoops.com has learned that NBA owners have proposed adding a third round to the annual draft, a proposal that the players union has countered by offering an array of changes to the draft that would help address the owners desire for more competitive balance.

According to sources involved in the leagues collective bargaining discussions, the union has proposed various changes to the draft:

Under one proposal, the 15 teams with the worst records would continue to pick 1st through 15th, but then would also have the 16th through 30th picks. The teams with the top 15 records would have the first 15 picks of the second round, then would have the 44th through 60th picks, too.

The report says that under another proposal from the players union, the eight worst teams would get an extra first round pick.

Interesting stuff. I think the only problem with this sort of stuff is where the lines are drawn.

On the one hand, a team that was going to finish in the ballpark of the 15th best/worst record in the league would probably have to consider the benefit of losing a couple of games to make sure they have a bottom-15 record. Not that I would ever accuse a team of tanking, of course. But I have to assume a team would consider every possible course of action available to them, especially if just a couple bad shots here and there would potentially lead to a possibly significant draft benefit.

But, teams make a lot of money with each home playoff game they play. Teams with the 15th best record are probably right on the playoff bubble. Would an owner want to lose out on certain financial gains just to get better draft picks? Doubtful, especially if the picks were only going to be in the mid-teens and then late 20s. The real gems in the draft tend to be the guys selected up top, of course. Usually.

I dont think the NBA draft needs a third round anytime soon. It would only make sense if the D-League was expanded and/or the NBA had a complete (and good) minor league system.

But I do like the idea of shaking things up and helping bad teams speed up the rebuilding process. Only if it makes sense and is fair to the league as a whole, though.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


NBA center Mehmet Okur signs with Turk Telekom Ankara - by Eurobasket News
Mehmet Okur (210-C/F-79) is playing professional basketball again. The Utah Jazz center signed a contract to play for Turk Telekom Ankara and will begin participating with the team from his country immediately. Okur's contract includes a provision that will allow him to leave the Turkish team to return to the Jazz when and if the NBA lockout ends this season. Mehmet Okur missed almost the entire last season due to injury. He played just 13 games for his Utah Jazz averaging 4.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists. In 2009/10, Okur collected 13.4 ppg and 7 rpg in 74 NBA games. He had even better numbers in the past. The best NBA season for Okur came in 2005/06. At that time he had 18 ppg, 9.1 rg and 2.4 apg for 82 games. Mehmet Okur is a member of Utah since 2004. He played for the Pistons (NBA champs 2003/04), Efes Pilsen, Tofas and Oyak Renault before that. Okur also played for the Turkish NT from 1998 to 2007.

NBA owners, union talk, to meet again Thursday - by Eurobasket News
NBA owners and players met for about 5 hours Wednesday, plan to resume negotiations Thursday, and could even sit down again Friday.

While neither side would say if progress is being made, the frequency of the discussions seems a good sign. They met only twice in the first two months of the lockout that began July 1.

But they went for about six hours last Wednesday, and decided they would go multiple days this week. Both sides said they could even carry over the discussions into a third consecutive day if things go well during Thursday's session.

'We agreed that we're going to sit here for as many days as we can to see whether we can make progress, but we agreed not to characterize anything at all,' Commissioner David Stern said.

Both sides were cautious not to portray any optimism though one player briefly did on Twitter, before saying his account had been hacked or any other feelings about what was happening in the room at a midtown hotel. They said last week they wanted details of the discussions to remain private and seem intent on keeping that vow.

'It's tough to characterize it in one fashion or another. Obviously, the more we have the opportunities to meet, talk and discuss and really try to figure out how we can put a deal together, the better, so you can characterize that as positive in a sense,' union president Derek Fisher of the Lakers said. 'But to characterize what comes out of the meetings and whether we're making progress or we have momentum, we can't say and it's tough to say. Until the deal is done, there is no deal.'

Stern was joined on the owners' side by Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt, who heads the labor relations committee, and NBA senior vice president and deputy general counsel Dan Rube. The union negotiators were Fisher, executive vice president Billy Hunter, attorneys Jeffrey Kessler and Ron Klempner, and economist Kevin Murphy.

Shortly after the meeting, Knicks guard Roger Mason Jr., a member of the players' executive committee, wrote 'Looking like a season. How u' on his Twitter page. He later deleted that post and wrote a subsequent one that his account had been hacked.

Hunter, who long held a pessimistic view of the negotiations, said he thought clearly 'there's more than enough time' for a deal to be reached that would allow this season's schedule to remain intact. Training camps would likely open Oct. 3, the first preseason games are Oct. 9, and the regular season opener is Nov. 1.

Those long seemed in jeopardy as the sides remained far apart on most financial issues when the old collective bargaining agreement expired at the end of the day June 30. They then didn't meet again until Aug. 1, then not again until last Wednesday.

But both sides recognize that progress must be made soon, or the threat of losing games to a work stoppage for only the second time in league history will increase.

'There's a window here. We have an opportunity to make some progress, to try to hammer some things out,' Fisher said.

'Time is running down, not necessarily out, but I think we all feel in the room that if we continue to work at it we can possibly find a way to get a deal done.'

Each side has filed a charge against the other with the National Labor Relations Board for unfair bargaining practices, and the league also filed a federal lawsuit against the players seeking to block them from using decertification of the union as a tactic. Fisher and the union negotiators were getting an update from outside counsel on where things stand with the legal matters after the meeting.

But perhaps the more frequent talks can allow the players and owners to take care of things themselves without court interference.

'We know we have a real problem to solve and there's nothing personal about these negotiations, it's going to be about problem solving,' Stern said. 'If we can, we can. If we can't, we can't, but we've agreed not to talk about it.'

Courtesy of The Associated Press


Clippers' Kaman open to overseas offers - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles Clippers center Chris Kaman (7'0''-C-82, college: Cent.Michigan) has joined the growing mass of NBA players that are interested in playing overseas if the NBA lockout drags on, according to ESPN.

Kaman is currently competing overseas for Germany at EuroBasket and leading the tournament in rebounds, the site notes.

'I totally would [give any offer serious consideration]. I'm open to any opportunity,' Kaman told ESPN. 'I just haven't got to the point where I know what's happening with the NBA yet. I want to at least wait to October to figure out if there's going to be any kind of talks about the season. We'll see what happens then.'

The 29-year-old native of Michigan averaged 12.4 points, seven rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots per game last season for the Clippers.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Griffin isn't joining Clippers in Las Vegas, yet - by Eurobasket News
With team training camps in jeopardy of starting late or being wiped out completely as the NBA lockout drags on past the two-month mark, several members of the Los Angeles Clippers are planning on taking the court together.

But rather than staging an impromptu player-run training camp at UCLA, LMU or any of the other L.A. hotbeds for hoops, the players are heading to Las Vegas.

Starting Monday at Impact Basketball Academy just a couple miles off the Las Vegas Strip, longtime NBA trainer Joe Abunassar will host approximately 40 current NBA players for a nearly two-week long 'Competitive Training Series' of officiated games culminating in playoffs and a championship game on Sept. 23.

ESPNNewYork.com reported on Tuesday that Clippers forward Al-Farouq Aminu is among the group slated to participate. The New York Times reported last week that the Clippers will also be represented by guard Mo Williams and center DeAndre Jordan.

Abunassar told ESPNNewYork.com he expects the league to be made up of six to eight teams of seven to eight players, with NBA teammates playing together when possible.

The question remains as to whether last season's Rookie of the Year, Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma), will join his teammates in Sin City.

Griffin's agent, Sam Goldfeder, told ESPNLosAngeles.com on Wednesday that Griffin is not scheduled to play as of right now, but that could change.

Griffin, who first donned a Clippers uniform two summers ago during the Las Vegas Summer League with NBA commissioner David Stern watching from a courtside seat, has largely avoided the pickup game circuit that featured NBA stars playing in small gyms across the country this summer during the work stoppage.

Rather than play in L.A.'s fabled Drew League, Griffin secured an internship at Funny Or Die, the comedy website co-founded by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Later in the summer Griffin returned to his alma mater for Oklahoma's 'Legends Alumni Game,' but instead of playing in the exhibition, he merely threw up the ceremonial tipoff to begin the game's second half and watched from the stands.

Courtesy of ESPN


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Exercising a new contract clause - by Eurobasket News
Pain waits beyond a set of heavy school doors.

Along a hall lit by a mix of sunlight and fluorescents, past white institutional walls accented by mint green trim and taupe school lockers, rests the gymnasium that houses it.

Inside, ropes, hurdles, pulleys and a strength and conditioning coach greet Saint John Mill Rats veteran Steve DeLuca (6'6''-G/F, college: Brandeis).

'I call this the dungeon. That makes him the dungeon master,' the 6-foot-7 small forward says surveying the New Brunswick Community College Saint John field house and tilting his head toward Barry Short.

Humidity and the hum of electricity fill the space inside the gym. The air is hot and sticky and DeLuca grunts as he pushes through a series of exercises designed to improve endurance, strength, balance and flexibility.

The third-year Mill Rat surrenders to the pain willingly, anticipating the expanded National Basketball League of Canada schedule ahead and a Mill Rat contract he's expected to sign as early as this week. That deal will include a clause that makes off-court training with Short mandatory - a codicil to be included in all player contracts.

The clause, common among European pro teams, is the first of its kind in the five-year history of the Mill Rats franchise, said Ian McCarthy, general manager and president, who relocated the team in June, 2010, from Manchester, N.H.

Last season, voluntary off-court workouts produced mixed results. Some players took full advantage of the programs Short offered. Others were rarely seen at the Canada Games Aquatic Centre, where the team held off-court training sessions.

This year, players will be expected to adhere to an off-court training regime or risk breaching their contract.

'You see in the NBA guys train all summer. They come to camp in shape and that's what you'd like to see ideally,' McCarthy said from his Prince William Street office, the cruise ship Carnival Glory visible through his window. 'But the reality is some of our guys are talented enough to be in the NBA but they're not because they need a little more prodding.'

McCarthy said the conditioning expectations will be outlined to players when they arrive for training camp Oct. 17, although some, such as DeLuca, are already aware.

What most do not yet know is that Short comes prepared with a new array of equipment this year, the product of a conference he attended last spring in San Diego, Calif.

That arsenal includes more than 20 feet of inch-and-a-half thick rope, agility ladders, hurdles, jump boxes and a TRX System, where players' arms or legs are suspended by a trademarked series of straps that force them to work against gravity to perform tasks such as pushups, squats and rowing.

'A very intense strength workout,' Short said, emphasizing the word very.

Training sessions will be split between the community college, where Short is athletic, recreation, wellness and student life director, and the aquatic centre. Beyond its equipment for core, strength and cardio training, the aquatic centre provides players, particularly those with injuries, a non-weight bearing workout in its pool.

'My goal is to help each player become the best that he can be on the court. I relate every exercise we do to their basketball skills,' said Short, who intends to tailor individual programs factoring in injuries, game schedules and a player's needs.

'...?If you know you're working harder off the court than a man with your skill set, you have to be a better player than him.'

It's a mantra DeLuca heard all last season and takes to heart.

Sweat pours from his forehead as he grabs a braided rope in both hands. At the other end, it's wrapped around a metal pole.

The rope is as thick as a water glass, and snaps against the blue rubberized gym floor as DeLuca whips it in continual waves. He shuffles back and forth as he does so in 60-second intervals, first with two hands on the rope and then alternating hands, the other dribbling a basketball.

'It's tough but once you're through it, I'm like 'wow, what a great workout. I'm glad I did it'?' said DeLuca, a three-point threat who earned Division III third-team All-American honours in 2009 at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass.

'I looked at the schedule and there are times when we have three games in one week.

'...?But I'd much rather have a 36-game schedule than 20 games. I felt like 20 games was too short (last season).

'We're definitely going to have to spread minutes around more and take care of our bodies. That's where working out comes in. That's what makes it worth it.'

Courtesy of http://telegraphjournal.canadaeast.com


Pro basketball team signs shooting guard - by Eurobasket News
Prince Edward Island's Summerside-based team in the National Basketball League of Canada has signed another player.

Head coach and vice-president of player personnel Joe Salerno confirmed the signing of Julian Allen (6'4''-G-87, college: Georgia Southern), a six-foot-four and 215-pound shooting guard from Waterbury, Conn.

'We're excited to have Julian,' said Salerno. 'Look for Julian to be a big contributor for us.'

Allen, 25, played Division 1 college with Georgia Southern, where he averaged 11.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, had a field-goal percentage of 49.5 per cent and made 78 per cent of his foul shots a game as a starter in 2008-09.

Allen has pro experience in the Premier Basketball League with both the Manchester Mill Rats and the Salerno-coached Vermont Frost Heaves.

He averaged 16.3 points per game as a starter with the Mill Rats in 2010. With the Frost Heaves in 2011, Allen poured in 16.7 points per game while hauling in 5.6 rebounds in a starting role. Allen, who was named the 2005 State of Connecticut high school player of the year, also had a brief stint with Springfield in the NBA Development League in 2009.

'Julian brings a very physical presence out on the perimetre for us,' said Allen. 'He is the prototypical slasher, gets to the rim at will, is extremely athletic, has a 40-inch vertical leap and is a blue-collar type guy.

'If you want to describe somebody as putting their hard hat on to go to work every day, that's Julian Allen in a nutshell.'

Courtesy of www.journalpioneer.com


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UCAM Murcia too strong for Stanford University 79-57 - by Eurobasket News
UCAM Murcia - Stanford University 79-57

UCAM Murcia and Stanford University met in a friendly game last night. The Spanish team was too strong for the American students 79-57. Andres Miso (199-G-83) stepped up for Murcia in this meeting with 16 points. Robert Kurz (206-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) and Pedro Rivero (186-PG-79) helped with 10 points each. In Stanford, Josh Owens and Randle delivered 14 points each. They did not have anyone else with double-digits in scoring. Murcia was better team from the beginning as they made 19-10 lead in the first ten minutes. Andres Miso and his teammates never looked back after that. Quarters: 19-10, 19-14, 22-19, 17-13. University of Stanford will meet Alicante today.

UCAM Murcia: Josep Franch (5), A. Andres Miso (16), Jordi Grimau (8), Robert Kurz (10), James Augustine (8); Guillermo Rejon (3), Pedro Rivero (10), Sergio Perez (6), Sekulic (7), Paco Solsona (6), Antonio Snchez, Alex Arrones
Stanford University: Aaron Brigh (4), J. Mann (3), Josh Owens (14), Powell (6), Jack Trotter (4); Brown, Gage (2), Huestis (2), Lemons, Nastic (2), C. Randle (14), Zimmermann (6)


Rookie Jeremy Hazell signs with Alicante - by Eurobasket News
Jeremy Hazell (195-G-86) is set to start his professional basketball career. The American guard confirmed his signing with the Spanish team Lucentum Alicante. He is expected to join preparations in the coming days. Jeremy Hazell is a product of the Seton Hall University, where he graduated few months ago. He had 19.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.6 apg and 2.4 spg for his school as a senior. In 2009/10, Hazell had even better numbers. At that time he collected 20.4 ppg and 3.5 rpg for 32 games. It was not the best season for Hazeell, who exploded as a sophomore with Seton Hall with 22.7 ppg and 3.8 rpg. He was named All-Big East 2nd Team -10 and All-Big East 3rd Team -09, 11. Hazell was also awarded with Big East All-Freshman Team -08.

Gelisim Koleji signs rookie DeVaughn Washington - by Eurobasket News
DeVaughn Washington (203-F-89, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Ohio) is ready to start his pro basketball career. The American forward got a deal in Turkey with Gelisim Koleji team. He will play for them in the Turkish second division. DeVaughn Washington graduated at the University of Ohio this year. He had 13.4 ppg and 5.6 rpg for them in 34 senior season games. Washington was named All-MAC Honorable Mention -11. In 2010, he helped Ohio to win the MAC Tournament. He had 11.3 ppg and 5.4 rpg for his school as that time. It was a huge improvement after 6.7 ppg and 4.4 rpg as a sophomore. In his freshman year, Washington had very limited playing time.

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Boomers take Game 1 of Oceania Championship - by Eurobasket News
Australia - New Zealand 91:78

Australia celebrated the victory in Oceania Championship series opener. They held off New Zealand to gain a lead in the best-of-three series. The teams now move to Brisbane for the second game on Friday.
Australia started the game strongly. They surged ahead midway through the opening frame and posted a 26:18 lead after ten minutes. Barlow gave the Boomers a 10-point lead midway through the second term but the Tall Blacks bounced back. Alex Pledger capped the half with a jumper to narrow the deficit at just two points 45:47. The third term became decisive. The Boomers erupted for a 19:5 run to grab a 73:58 advantage with ten minutes to go. The margin grew at 20-point mark early in the fourth frame and Australia never looked back en route to the victory. Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) stepped up with 20 points to lead the effort. Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) added 13 points, while Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) posted 11 points and 8 rebounds in the win. Kirk Penney (196-G-80, college: Wisconsin) answered with 30 points for the Tall Blacks. Mika Vukona (197-F-82) had 18 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Australia: Patrick Mills 20, Mark Worthington 13, Aleks Maric 11
New Zealand: Kirk Penney 30, Mika Vukona 18+12 boards



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Venezuela improves to 2-4, keeps Panama winless in Quarterfinals round - by Eurobasket News
VENEZUELA - PANAMA 110-74

Second win for Venezuela in Mar del Plata. They smashed Panama 110-74 and now share the fifth place with Canada. Panama faced with the sixth straight loss. Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, college: Maryland) was the leading player in victory with 24 points and 8 assists. Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) had 16 points, David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette) had 14 points and 5 assists, while Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) added 13 pts, plus 6 boards. In defeat, Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) exploded with 30 points and 6 rebounds. Their second scorer was Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) with 14 points (7 rebs). Quarters: 29-23, 21-9, 30-19, 30-23. Venezuela will play against Uruguay today. Panama's rival will be Canada.

Venezuela: Greivis Vasquez 24+8 as, Oscar Torres 16, David Cubillan 14+5 as, Axiers Sucre 13+6 boards
Panama: Josimar Ayarza 30+6 boards, Ruben Garces 14+7 boards


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Zastal Zielona Gora lands Gani Lawal - by Eurobasket News
Gani Lawal (206-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) is a new member of the Polish team Zastal Zielona Gora. The Nigerian forward penned a deal for the next season. Lawal was 46th overall pick at the NBA Draft 2010 selected by the Phoenix Suns. However, he appeared just once for the Suns last season. Lawal played 10 games for their D-League affiliate Iowa Energy. He had 11.2 ppg and 6 rpg there. Gani Lawal is a product of the Georgia Tech University. He had 13.1 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 1.4 bpg for his school as a senior. He helped them reach ACC Tournament Finals. As a junior, Lawal shined with 15.1 ppg and 9.5 rpg for 31 games. He was named All-ACC 3rd Team -09, 10.

Asseco Prokom and Anwil celebrate victories in friendly games - by Eurobasket News
Asseco Prokom overcame Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the exhibition game in Klaipeda 73:58. Przemyslaw Zamojski (198-G/F-86, college: Independence CC) stepped up with 14 points to pace the winners. Asseco Prokom grabbed the lead right from the start. They recorded a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 12-point mark at the interval. The Polish champions stayed in charge throughout the third term. They recorded a 16-point lead with one quarter remaining. Asseco Prokom limited Dnipro to just 12 points in the fourth frame and earned a well-deserved win at the end. Michael Kuebler (195-G/F-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: Hawaii) provided 13 points, while Alonzo Gee (198-G-87, college: Alabama) contributed 11 points in the victory. Charles Thomas (203-F-86, college: Arkansas) responded with 17 points for Dnipro. Fred House (195-F-78, college: S.Utah) had 7 points in defeat.
In the meantime Anwil overcame AZS Kutno in the friendly game 81:71. Anwil trailed by two points after the opening quarter but they stepped on the gas in the second term and surged ahead. Anwil maintained the lead throughout the second half celebrating victory at the end. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79, agency: Impact Basketball, college: Cent.Conn.St.) accounted for 26 points for the Wloclawek team. John Allen (194-G/F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Seton Hall) added 13 points, while Seid Hajric (203-F-83) had 12 points in the victory. Piotr Pustelnik (183-G-83, agency: Promotex) and Aleks Perka (201-F-87, agency: Stanley International, college: Rice) notched 14 points each for AZS Kutno.



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Puerto Rico cruises past Dominican Republic 79-62 - by Eurobasket News
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - PUERTO RICO 62-79

Great victory for Puerto Rico. Both teams had 4-1 record before this meeting and Puerto Rico cruised past Dominican Republic yesterday 79-62 for 5-1. They joined Argentina and Brazil on top. On the other side, Dominicans dropped to fourth place with 4-2, but they already booked a spot for the Semifinals. Alexander David Galindo (198-F-85, college: FIU) came up with 16 points and 6 rebounds in victory. Jose Juan Barea (181-PG-84, college: Northeastern) had 14 points and 7 rebounds, while Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, college: S.Carolina) helped with 9 pts and 6 rebs. In defeat, Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) collected 16 points and 9 rebounds. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) (9 rebs) and Ronald Ramon (185-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) delivered 12 and 11 points respectively. Quarters: 15-16, 8-13, 19-24, 20-26. Today is the last day of the Quarterfinals Round in Mar del Plata. Puerto Rico will meet Brazil, while Dominicans will take on Argentina.

Dominican Republic: Alfred Horford 16+9 boards, Jack Michael Martinez 12+9 boards, Ronald Ramon 11
Puerto Rico: Alexander David Galindo 16+6 boards, Jose Juan Barea 14+7 boards, Renaldo Balkman 9+6 boards


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Standings
Div.A Standings
 1. Craiova 0-0 
 2. CSM Bucuresti 0-0 
 3. CSU Sibiu 0-0 
 4. Dinamo B. 0-0 
 5. Gaz Metan 0-0 
 6. Giurgiu 0-0 
 7. Miercurea Ciuc 0-0 
 8. Oradea 0-0 
 9. Otopeni 0-0 
 10. Pitesti 0-0 
 11. Ploiesti 0-0 
 12. Politehnica Iasi 0-0 
 13. Rovinari 0-0 
 14. Targu Mures 0-0 
 15. Timisoara 0-0 
 16. U.Mobitel.CN 0-0 


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  RUSSIA   


Triumph and Nizhniy Novgorod celebrated the victories - by Eurobasket News
Triumph and Nizhniy Novgorod celebrated the victories last night in the friendly games. Triumph surprised Lietuvos Rytas 90:76. The latter started well and had 27-20 after the first 10 minutes. The Russian team could reduce to 6 points winning the second period 21-20. Moreover Triumph reduced to 4 at the end of the third quarter, but then erupted for the win. The Russian squad produced 28-10 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) stepped up with 20 points and Victor Zvarykin (199-G-86) followed his with 18. Davon Jefferson (203-F-86, college: USC) ended up with 16 points in the winning effort. Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) collected 15 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) notched 12.
Nizhniy Novgorod meanwhile overcame Ryazan 75:44.


EuroBasket 2011: Russia solved the Scandinavian puzzle - by Eurobasket News
Finland-Russia 60:79

Russia solved the Scandinavian puzzle and overcame the surprising Finland that reached Second Round after amazing theoretical events on the last day of the Preliminary Round. Russia remained perfect and produced a 79:60 victory.
Gerald Lee (208-F-87, college: ODU) and Teemu Rannikko (189-G-80) gave the Scandinavian team the lead at 5:2, while Koponen made it 9:8. Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) surprised Russia for 11:8 and Teemu Rannikko later brought 14:14. Russia meanwhile scored the last four points in the end of the quarter for 18:14 advantage. Moreover Russia continued their lead in the start of the second and reached 23:14 early in the second. Bykov and Khryapa increased to 28:18, while Khryapa closed the half at 33:20. As a result Finland managed to score only 6 points in the second frame and trailed 13 points at the halftime.
Russia made the things clear in the third quarter and went on a bigger lead. Bykov scored four in a row for 42:26 and Andrei Kirilenko (205-F-81) increased to plus 18. Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) and again Andrei Kirilenko made it 52:30 and Monya scored for 54:35. The latter also closed the third period at 59:38.
Koponen opened the last frame from the perimeter and Nikkila scored for 67:47. At some points it seemed the Scandinavian team started to play better at the end and actually it was remarkable on the board when they produced 22-20 in the last stanza. Virtanen was the last player to score for Finland to reduce to 15, while Fridzon scored 4 consecutive points for the final success.
Andrei Kirilenko poured in 14 points for the winners and Shved added 12. Andrey Vorontsevich and Timofey Mozgov (216-C-86, agency: RIZO) followed them with 11 points each. Shawn Huff delivered 14 in the losing effort, while Gerald Lee and Teemu Rannikko posted 11 apiece.

Finland: Shawn Huff 14, Gerald Lee 11, Teemu Rannikko 11
Russia: Andrei Kirilenko 14, Shved 12, Andrey Vorontsevich 11, Timofey Mozgov 11


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  SERBIA   


Radnicki Kragujevac inks 3-year deal with Stefan Sinovec - by Eurobasket News
Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88) will stay in Serbia after all. The 23-year-old guard left Metalac and was looking to sign abroad, but at the end he got an offer from Radnicki Kragujevac until 2014 and decided to accept it. Sinovec joined Metalac last summer from Partizan. He exploded in Serbian league with 18.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 1.9 apg. Sinovec ended as third best scorer of the competition. Season 2009/10, Stefan Sinovec spent with Partizan. They won three trophies that season and reached Euroleague Final Four, but Sinovec had very limited playing time. He appeared 8 times in Euroleague averaging 1.5 points. In Adriatic league he had 1.6 ppg for 12 games and in Serbian league Sinovec added 2.3 ppg for 13 games. In the past, Sinovec played for Vizura. He also has experience from the Ukrainian Khimik Yuzhny. Stefan Sinovec played for the Serbian U20 NT winning the U20 EuroBasket Gold with them in 2008. It is not known yet where he will continue his career.

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New Big Man in Komarno - by Tomas Kottra
MBK Rieker Komarno replaced their first choice center Bernard Toombs for former North Illinois University player Sean Kowal (211-C-87, college: Colorado).
211 cm high and 107 kg weighing St. Louis born player did not play last season on college because of NCAA transfer rules. Sean who started his student player career in Colorado was forced to sit out after transferring back to Colorado. Sean was not able to complete his graduation on North Illinois University so decided to complete his graduation elsewhere.
Kowal was during his last season (2009/2010) valid player for his team, playing 30 games averaging 10.5ppg and, 6.4rpg.


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  SLOVENIA   


EuroBasket 2011: Greece beat Slovenia in thriller - by Eurobasket News
Greece - Slovenia 69:60

Greece opened the EuroBasket 2011 Qualifying Round with victory. They held off Slovenia in Group F opener. The victory propelled the Hellenes to 2-1 record in the ladder. Nikolaos Zisis (196-G-83) came up with 19 points and 5 rebounds to pace the winning side. Slovenia fell at 1-2 record after the loss.
Slovenia opened the game with four points in a row but Greece soon erased the deficit. They jumped into an 18:13 lead after ten minutes of action. The Hellenes used an 11:0 run early in the second term to post a 29:15 advantage. They controlled the situation establishing a 37:25 halftime lead. Slovenia recovered in the third term. Zoran Dragic (196-F/G-89) and Jaka Lakovic (186-G-78) helped to narrow the deficit and then Smodis hit a triple to put his team in front 46:44. The teams exchanged baskets for the bigger part of the fourth frame. But Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM) and Nikolaos Zisis knocked down five points in a row as Greece earned a 61:57 lead with just over a minute remaining. Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) and Nikolaos Zisis drained triples inside the final minute to carry Greece to the victory. Ioannis Bourousis scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds, while Nick Calathes (198-G-89, college: Florida), Antonis Fotsis and Michael Bramos (196-G/F-87, college: Miami, OH) posted 7 points each in the win. Jaka Lakovic answered with 14 points for Slovenia. Zoran Dragic and Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) netted 10 points each in defeat.

Greece: Nikolaos Zisis 19, Ioannis Bourousis 8, Nick Calathes 7, Antonis Fotsis 7, Michael Bramos 7
Slovenia: Jaka Lakovic 14, Zoran Dragic 10, Erazem Lorbek 10



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  SPAIN   


Gandia pens deal with Anthony Oha - by Eurobasket News
Gandia announced signing of their first 'extracomunitario' player for the next season. They landed American forward Anthony jr. Oha (198-F-83, college: Prairie View A&M) to a one-year deal. Oha arrives to Spain for the first time in his career. He spent last season in Portugal as a member of CD Povoa/MonteAdriano. For 27 games in Proliga he shined with 17 ppg, 11.3 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.3 spg and 1.3 bpg. Oha helped his team to reach the Proliga Semifinals. For his performance, he was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Proliga 2nd Team -11. Oha missed 2009/10 season and before that he spent one year with Esgueira / Oli, also in Portugal. He is a product of the Prairie View A&M University, where he graduated in 2006. His major was criminal justice.

Rookie Jeremy Hazell signs with Alicante - by Eurobasket News
Jeremy Hazell (195-G-86) is set to start his professional basketball career. The American guard confirmed his signing with the Spanish team Lucentum Alicante. He is expected to join preparations in the coming days. Jeremy Hazell is a product of the Seton Hall University, where he graduated few months ago. He had 19.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.6 apg and 2.4 spg for his school as a senior. In 2009/10, Hazell had even better numbers. At that time he collected 20.4 ppg and 3.5 rpg for 32 games. It was not the best season for Hazeell, who exploded as a sophomore with Seton Hall with 22.7 ppg and 3.8 rpg. He was named All-Big East 2nd Team -10 and All-Big East 3rd Team -09, 11. Hazell was also awarded with Big East All-Freshman Team -08.

Caja Laboral's Thomas Heurtel to miss 2-3 weeks due to patellar tendonitis - by Eurobasket News
Another injury for Caja Laboral players in pre-season. This time it is Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89), who will miss next 2-3 weeks due to patellar tendonitis in his left knee. The French point guard joined Caja Laboral this summer from Alicante. He played 31 games for Alicante last season averaging 9.5 points, 1.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists. He helped them survive in the league. Before Alicante, Thomas Heurtel spent one season with Strasbourg IG on loan. He had 9.4 ppg and 4.8 apg in French ProA. Heurtel is a product of Pau-Orthez, where he played until 2009. He was also a member of the French U20 National Team two years ago. Heurtel helped them win the Silver at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos. He had 11 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 3.4 apg for 9 games at this event.

UCAM Murcia too strong for Stanford University 79-57 - by Eurobasket News
UCAM Murcia - Stanford University 79-57

UCAM Murcia and Stanford University met in a friendly game last night. The Spanish team was too strong for the American students 79-57. Andres Miso (199-G-83) stepped up for Murcia in this meeting with 16 points. Robert Kurz (206-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) and Pedro Rivero (186-PG-79) helped with 10 points each. In Stanford, Josh Owens and Randle delivered 14 points each. They did not have anyone else with double-digits in scoring. Murcia was better team from the beginning as they made 19-10 lead in the first ten minutes. Andres Miso and his teammates never looked back after that. Quarters: 19-10, 19-14, 22-19, 17-13. University of Stanford will meet Alicante today.

UCAM Murcia: Josep Franch (5), A. Andres Miso (16), Jordi Grimau (8), Robert Kurz (10), James Augustine (8); Guillermo Rejon (3), Pedro Rivero (10), Sergio Perez (6), Sekulic (7), Paco Solsona (6), Antonio Snchez, Alex Arrones
Stanford University: Aaron Brigh (4), J. Mann (3), Josh Owens (14), Powell (6), Jack Trotter (4); Brown, Gage (2), Huestis (2), Lemons, Nastic (2), C. Randle (14), Zimmermann (6)


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  SWITZERLAND   


Lugano Tigers grab 76-74 win against Cimberio Varese - by Eurobasket News
Lugano Tigers - Cimberio Varese 76-74

Lugano Tigers demonstrated nice performance in a friendly game against the Italian team Cimberio Varese. They met last night and Lugano celebrated 76-74 victory. Former player of Varese Dusan Mladjan (199-G-86, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for winners with 28 points. Michael Efevberha (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) secured a great help adding 24 points and Mohammed Abukar (208-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: San Diego St.) followed him with 17 pts. For the Italians, Justin Hurtt (194-G-88, college: Tulsa) was better than the others with 15 points. Yakhouba Diawara (201-F-82, college: Pepperdine) and Davide Reati (193-G-88) posted 14 and 10 pts respectively. Quarters: 18-11, 21-27, 20-16, 17-20.
Cimberio Varese blasted SAV Vacallo earlier this week. It was a 73-55 victory. Kristjan Kangur led Varese with 17 points.

Lugano Tigers: Dusan Mladjan 28, Michael Efevberha 24, Mohammed Abukar 17
Cimberio Varese: Justin Hurtt 15, Yakhouba Diawara 14, Davide Reati 10


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  TURKEY   


Gelisim Koleji signs rookie DeVaughn Washington - by Eurobasket News
DeVaughn Washington (203-F-89, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Ohio) is ready to start his pro basketball career. The American forward got a deal in Turkey with Gelisim Koleji team. He will play for them in the Turkish second division. DeVaughn Washington graduated at the University of Ohio this year. He had 13.4 ppg and 5.6 rpg for them in 34 senior season games. Washington was named All-MAC Honorable Mention -11. In 2010, he helped Ohio to win the MAC Tournament. He had 11.3 ppg and 5.4 rpg for his school as that time. It was a huge improvement after 6.7 ppg and 4.4 rpg as a sophomore. In his freshman year, Washington had very limited playing time.

NBA center Mehmet Okur signs with Turk Telekom Ankara - by Eurobasket News
Mehmet Okur (210-C/F-79) is playing professional basketball again. The Utah Jazz center signed a contract to play for Turk Telekom Ankara and will begin participating with the team from his country immediately. Okur's contract includes a provision that will allow him to leave the Turkish team to return to the Jazz when and if the NBA lockout ends this season. Mehmet Okur missed almost the entire last season due to injury. He played just 13 games for his Utah Jazz averaging 4.9 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists. In 2009/10, Okur collected 13.4 ppg and 7 rpg in 74 NBA games. He had even better numbers in the past. The best NBA season for Okur came in 2005/06. At that time he had 18 ppg, 9.1 rg and 2.4 apg for 82 games. Mehmet Okur is a member of Utah since 2004. He played for the Pistons (NBA champs 2003/04), Efes Pilsen, Tofas and Oyak Renault before that. Okur also played for the Turkish NT from 1998 to 2007.

Friendly games - by Eurobasket News
Olin Edrine was better than BC Astana 62-59 in a friendly game. They met last night in Italian city Bormio. Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87, agency: Interperformances) led Olin Edrine with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Wes Wilkinson (207-F-84, college: Nebraska) had 14 pts and 7 rebs.
Optimum TED Ankara handed 84-57 loss to Genc Telekom in a friendly. Mehmet Ozdogan (197-F-87) led the winners with 14 points. Nenad Delic (210-F/C-84, agency: TSS Management) shined with 18 points in defeat.
Anadolu Efes and Italian Cantu also met in a friendly game. It ended without winner, 57-57. Ermal Kurtoglu (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) scored 17 points for the Turkish team. Sasha Vujacic (200-G-84) had 9 pts. Of course, Anadolu Efes played without Vlado Ilievski, Kerem Tunceri, Sinan Guler, Cenk Akyol, Ersan Ilyasova, Dusko Savanovic, Esteban Batista, Stanko Barac and Kerem Gonlum.


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  UBA   


UBA Draft Set For October 22 - by Travis McAvene

Basketball season is coming soon in the UBA. The 2011 UBA Draft will be held in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, October 22.

The draft will consist of three rounds with each team having a pick for each one. This season will be loaded with new talent in the UBA and there is no doubt that players within the league will continue to get placed overseas.

Throughout the month of September pre-draft workouts will be taking place in Atlanta, Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Houston. This will allow for each team to decide on their three top picks and balance out rosters for the season.


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  UKRAINE   


Khimik wins twice over the Baltic representatives - by Eurobasket News
Khimik wins twice over the Baltic representatives. Last night Khimik overcame Lithuanian Rudupis 77:63. Both teams nailed 20 points each in the opening period, while Khimik grabbed 1-point advantage at the halftime. Moreover the Ukraienian team added 15-18 in the third period and did not mind losing the last stanza 17-19.
Earlier the Ukrainian team outscored Siauliai 86:84. It was an interesting game and only due to the end of it Khimik managed to grab the victory. Denis Ikovlev (201-F-86, agency: RIZO, college: Nevada) stepped up with19 points and Aaron McGhee (203-F/C-79, college: Oklahoma) netted 14. Darrel Mitchell (180-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) followed them with 12 points. Bowles ended up with 18 points in the losing effort and Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83, college: ODU) posted 10. Mindaugas Zukauskas, Cameron Long, Edvinas Ruzgas (198-G-87, college: TCU) and Vytautas Sarakauskas all finished with 8 points each.



Dnipro lose to Polish champions in Klaipeda - by Eurobasket News
Asseco Prokom overcame Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the exhibition game in Klaipeda 73:58. Przemyslaw Zamojski (198-G/F-86, college: Independence CC) stepped up with 14 points to pace the winners. Asseco Prokom grabbed the lead right from the start. They recorded a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 12-point mark at the interval. The Polish champions stayed in charge throughout the third term. They recorded a 16-point lead with one quarter remaining. Asseco Prokom limited Dnipro to just 12 points in the fourth frame and earned a well-deserved win at the end. Michael Kuebler (195-G/F-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: Hawaii) provided 13 points, while Alonzo Gee (198-G-87, college: Alabama) contributed 11 points in the victory. Charles Thomas (203-F-86, college: Arkansas) responded with 17 points for Dnipro. Fred House (195-F-78, college: S.Utah) had 7 points in defeat.


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  URUGUAY   


Canada works hard to beat Uruguay 70-68 - by Eurobasket News
CANADA - URUGUAY 70-68

Canada finally registered their second win in Mar del Plata. They had to work very hard to beat Uruguay 70-68 for 2-4 record. Canadians joined Venezuela now on the fifth place. Uruguay dropped to 1-5. Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) shined for the winners with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Andrew Rautins (193-PG-86, college: Syracuse) scored 15 points and Denham Brown (198-F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Connecticut) helped with 9 pts, plus 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) responded with 19 points. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) (5 rebs) and Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85) netted 17 and 12 points respectively. Quarters: 19-17, 22-10, 15-22, 14-19. Canada will meet Panama today. Uruguay will take on Venezuela.

Canada: Levon Kendall 19+11 boards, Andrew Rautins 15, Denham Brown 9+6 boards
Uruguay: Leandro Garcia Morales 19, Martin Osimani 17+5 boards, Gustavo Barrera 12


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  VENEZUELA   


Venezuela improves to 2-4, keeps Panama winless in Quarterfinals round - by Eurobasket News
VENEZUELA - PANAMA 110-74

Second win for Venezuela in Mar del Plata. They smashed Panama 110-74 and now share the fifth place with Canada. Panama faced with the sixth straight loss. Greivis Vasquez (198-PG-87, college: Maryland) was the leading player in victory with 24 points and 8 assists. Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances) had 16 points, David Cubillan (183-PG-87, college: Marquette) had 14 points and 5 assists, while Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) added 13 pts, plus 6 boards. In defeat, Josimar Ayarza (205-F-87) exploded with 30 points and 6 rebounds. Their second scorer was Ruben Garces (206-C/F-73, agency: Priority Sports, college: Providence) with 14 points (7 rebs). Quarters: 29-23, 21-9, 30-19, 30-23. Venezuela will play against Uruguay today. Panama's rival will be Canada.

Venezuela: Greivis Vasquez 24+8 as, Oscar Torres 16, David Cubillan 14+5 as, Axiers Sucre 13+6 boards
Panama: Josimar Ayarza 30+6 boards, Ruben Garces 14+7 boards




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Women News

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  ALGERIA - Women  


Narrow basketball victory for Mozambique - by Eurobasket News
At the 10th All-Africa Games in Maputo, the Mozambican womens basketball team on Tuesday night beat Algeria by the narrowest possible margin of victory - just one point.

At first, it looked as if the Mozambicans were coasting to an easy victory at the end of the first half, they were 14 points in the lead.

But the Algerians fought back in the second half, and moments from the end a foul committed by Mozambican player Anabela Cossa allowed Algeria to take the lead by 67 points to 66.

But almost immediately Cossa herself suffered a foul which gave her the right to take two free throws. She put both of them in the basket, and the final result was 68 points to Mozambique, 67 to Algeria.

This was the Mozambican teams fourth consecutive victory, after beating Zimbabwe (73-37), the Democratic Republic of Congo (67-53) and Nigeria (52-44). Mozambique is the only undefeated team in Group A, and has already won a place in the semi-finals.

In the other group A matches on Tuesday, Nigeria beat Kenya (63-61), and Zimbabwe beat DR Congo (also by 63-61). On Wednesday, Mozambique meets Kenya in the final Group A match.

In Group B, the Angolan team is enjoying the same success as the Mozambicans, with an unbroken string of victories. On Tuesday, the Angolans beat Cameroon by 68 to 39. In the two other Group B matches, Mali beat Rwanda (62-59), and Senegal beat Ivory Coast (78-36).

Courtesy of www.thezimbabwean.co.uk


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  ALL-AFRICA GAMES - Women  


Day Four review (Tuesday) - by Eurobasket News
At the 10th All-Africa Games in Maputo, the Mozambican women's basketball team on Tuesday night beat Algeria by the narrowest possible margin of victory - just one point.

At first, it looked as if the Mozambicans were coasting to an easy victory at the end of the first half, they were 14 points in the lead.

But the Algerians fought back in the second half, and moments from the end a foul committed by Mozambican player Anabela Cossa allowed Algeria to take the lead by 67 points to 66.

But almost immediately Cossa herself suffered a foul which gave her the right to take two free throws. She put both of them in the basket, and the final result was 68 points to Mozambique, 67 to Algeria.

This was the Mozambican teams fourth consecutive victory, after beating Zimbabwe (73-37), the Democratic Republic of Congo (67-53) and Nigeria (52-44). Mozambique is the only undefeated team in Group A, and has already won a place in the semi-finals.

In the other group A matches on Tuesday, Nigeria beat Kenya (63-61), and Zimbabwe beat DR Congo (also by 63-61). On Wednesday, Mozambique meets Kenya in the final Group A match.

In Group B, the Angolan team is enjoying the same success as the Mozambicans, with an unbroken string of victories. On Tuesday, the Angolans beat Cameroon by 68 to 39. In the two other Group B matches, Mali beat Rwanda (62-59), and Senegal beat Ivory Coast (78-36).

Courtesy of www.thezimbabwean.co.uk


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Australia edge New Zealand in Oceania Championship opener - by Eurobasket News
Australia - New Zealand 77:64

Australia claimed the opening win in the Oceania Championship series versus New Zealand. Suzy Batkovic-Brown (193-C-80) scored 21 points to lead the effort.
The Opals grabbed the lead from the start. They piled up a 24:12 advantage ten minutes into the game. They maintained it throughout the second term. The hosts built a comfortable 43:26 halftime lead. The Opals led by as many as 19 points midway through the third term but the Tall Ferns were able to cut the deficit at just 13-point mark at the final intermission. Rebecca Dew put New Zealand as close as 8 points midway through the fourth frame but the Opals answered with a 9:4 run and clinched the victory at the end. Abby Bishop (189-C-88) posted 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Hanna Zavecz (182-F/G-85) provided 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in the victory. Micaela Cocks (173-G-86, college: Oregon) and Jillian Harmon (185-F-87, college: Stanford) answered with 15 points each for the Tall Ferns. Natalie Taylor (178-F, college: S.Illinois) had 14 points in the losing effort.

Australia: Suzy Batkovic-Brown 21, Abby Bishop 15, Hanna Zavecz 11
New Zealand: Micaela Cocks 15, Jillian Harmon 15, Natalie Taylor 14



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  COLOMBIA - Women  


Erika Valek heads to Sweden, Sallen Basket - by Eurobasket News
Erika Valek (168-G-82, college: Purdue) will continue her career in Sweden. The Colombian point guard signed a one-year deal with Sallen Basket. Valek is not a new face in Sweden, as she already played for the Solna Vikings. It was in 2008/09 season, but she appeared just five times in the league. Valek had 3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.8 apg and 2.2 spg. In the past, Valek played for Cajarural Verona Norte and Botas. Valek is a product of the Purdue University, where she graduated in 2004. She is active member of the Colombian National Team. At the South American Championships in Santiago, Valek helped Colombia to win the Bronze. She had 10.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 6.4 apg and 2.8 spg at this event and was named Latinbasket.com All-South American Championships 2nd Team -10.

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  GREECE - Women  


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Apollon Kal. 0-0 
 2. Apollon Ptol. 0-0 
 3. Aris 0-0 
 4. Asteras 0-0 
 5. Athinaikos 0-0 
 6. DAS Ano Liosa 0-0 
 7. Esperides 0-0 
 8. FEA Neas 0-0 
 9. Kronos AD 0-0 
 10. Panathinaikos 0-0 
 11. Panionios 0-0 
 12. PAOK 0-0 


Vikings land PG Nikki Avery - by Eurobasket News
Solna Vikings continue with signings for the next season. Their latest addition is American/Greek point guard Niki Avery (168-G-86, college: E.Kentucky). She heads to Solna from Greece, where she played most recently. In 2008/09, Avery was a member of Olympiada Larissa, who competed in Greek top division. Avery registered 10.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 1.4 apg for 9 games in the league. Season 2009/10, she started with OA Hania, but they folded in November. Niki Avery is a product of the Eastern Kentucky University, where she graduated three years ago. She had 11.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 3.6 apg for her school as a senior. She had almost the same numbers in 2006/07. Solna Vikings were stopped in the Semifinals last season.

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  MOZAMBIQUE - Women  


Narrow basketball victory for Mozambique - by Eurobasket News
At the 10th All-Africa Games in Maputo, the Mozambican womens basketball team on Tuesday night beat Algeria by the narrowest possible margin of victory - just one point.

At first, it looked as if the Mozambicans were coasting to an easy victory at the end of the first half, they were 14 points in the lead.

But the Algerians fought back in the second half, and moments from the end a foul committed by Mozambican player Anabela Cossa allowed Algeria to take the lead by 67 points to 66.

But almost immediately Cossa herself suffered a foul which gave her the right to take two free throws. She put both of them in the basket, and the final result was 68 points to Mozambique, 67 to Algeria.

This was the Mozambican teams fourth consecutive victory, after beating Zimbabwe (73-37), the Democratic Republic of Congo (67-53) and Nigeria (52-44). Mozambique is the only undefeated team in Group A, and has already won a place in the semi-finals.

In the other group A matches on Tuesday, Nigeria beat Kenya (63-61), and Zimbabwe beat DR Congo (also by 63-61). On Wednesday, Mozambique meets Kenya in the final Group A match.

In Group B, the Angolan team is enjoying the same success as the Mozambicans, with an unbroken string of victories. On Tuesday, the Angolans beat Cameroon by 68 to 39. In the two other Group B matches, Mali beat Rwanda (62-59), and Senegal beat Ivory Coast (78-36).

Courtesy of www.thezimbabwean.co.uk


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Australia edge New Zealand in Oceania Championship opener - by Eurobasket News
Australia - New Zealand 77:64

Australia claimed the opening win in the Oceania Championship series versus New Zealand. Suzy Batkovic-Brown (193-C-80) scored 21 points to lead the effort.
The Opals grabbed the lead from the start. They piled up a 24:12 advantage ten minutes into the game. They maintained it throughout the second term. The hosts built a comfortable 43:26 halftime lead. The Opals led by as many as 19 points midway through the third term but the Tall Ferns were able to cut the deficit at just 13-point mark at the final intermission. Rebecca Dew put New Zealand as close as 8 points midway through the fourth frame but the Opals answered with a 9:4 run and clinched the victory at the end. Abby Bishop (189-C-88) posted 15 points and 8 rebounds, while Hanna Zavecz (182-F/G-85) provided 11 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists in the victory. Micaela Cocks (173-G-86, college: Oregon) and Jillian Harmon (185-F-87, college: Stanford) answered with 15 points each for the Tall Ferns. Natalie Taylor (178-F, college: S.Illinois) had 14 points in the losing effort.

Australia: Suzy Batkovic-Brown 21, Abby Bishop 15, Hanna Zavecz 11
New Zealand: Micaela Cocks 15, Jillian Harmon 15, Natalie Taylor 14



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Spartak beaten - by Greg
In the next sparring match held today the girls from CCC won against the Russian Spartak St.Petersburg 74:63. The Polkowice players were controlling the course of events on the court floor during the whole match.

The team from Polkowice, preparing itself for the season, presented itself well compared to the Russian rival, showing at times really interesting basketball playing. The first points in the match were thrown by Agata Agata Gajda (175-PG-80). After ten minutes CCC was leading by 22:16. By the break time the Home teams advantage grew to 12 points. Coach Koziorowicz often rotated the composition of the team, letting each girl play.

- The test matches are to look closer at particular players, to see what must be still worked on. We still have a lot to do to reach the optimal form, but you can see that the girls have a huge potential said Krzysztof Koziorowicz, the coach of CCC right after the match.

In the second half young players of our team appeared more often on the court. They presented themselves quite well, seeing that there were a lot of spectators, thus the pressure on them was quite big, as they wanted to show themselves at their best.

Eventually, the orange players beat their rivals from Russia, that are staying at a training camp in Dzieroniw, by 74:63.

The Greek star from our team, Evanthia Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas), confirmed her huge potential being most efficient on the court and throwing 19 points. Iva Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) and Gintare Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) proved their exceptional predisposition, and Sharnee Sharnee Zoll (170-PG-86, college: Virginia) and Agata Agata Gajda were impressive with their stunning and efficient playing. The latter, while talking to us, did not hide her joy about the returning to Polkowice again.

- I am glad that the club activists from Polkowice decided to hire me for another season. I think that such a strong team as now, has never been in Polkowice before. Ahead of us still a lot of work, but I hope that it will be a successful season. I am dreaming of getting the most opportunities to play and to show myself at my best said the point guard of our team.

The next test matches will be played by our basketballers at the weekend in Hradec Kralove. There a tournament will be played among strong teams, in which apart from the orange team and the Home team there will also be teams from Karlove Vary, Strakonice, Pardubice, Brno, Brzeg and Praga.

CCC POLKOWICE - SPARTAK SANKT PETERSBURG


74:63 (22:16, 19:13, 17:17, 16:14)

Points for CCC: Evanthia Maltsi 19, Gintare Petronyte 11, Sharnee Zoll, Iva Perovanovic, Joanna Walich 10 points each, Agata Szczepanik, Agnieszka Majewska 4 points each, Valeriya Musina, Agata Gajda 3 points each, Aleksandra Dziwinska, Agata Dobrowolska, Karolina Puss, Monika Jasnowska 0 points each.


Courtesy of CCC Polkowice



Energa Torun keeps Serbian center Jelena Maksimovic - by Eurobasket News
Energa Torun announced signing of a one-year contract extension with Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82). The Serbian center joined Energa last summer from Trocal Jedinstvo Tuzla. She had 10.3 ppg and 6.8 rpg for 28 games in Polish league. She helped the club to reach Polish Cup Finals and participated at the Polish PLKK All-Star Game. Maksimovic also added 14.4 ppg and 7.3 rpg for 7 games in EuroCup. Jelena Maksimovic was Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Player of the Year -10. She averaged 17 ppg and 11.5 rpg for Jedinstvo. She helped Zeljeznicar to win the Bosnian league title in 2009. In the past, Maksimovic was a member of Crvena Zvezda, Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje, Nitra, Ruzomberok and Calais. She also has experience from the Serbian National Team.

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Energa Torun keeps Serbian center Jelena Maksimovic - by Eurobasket News
Energa Torun announced signing of a one-year contract extension with Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82). The Serbian center joined Energa last summer from Trocal Jedinstvo Tuzla. She had 10.3 ppg and 6.8 rpg for 28 games in Polish league. She helped the club to reach Polish Cup Finals and participated at the Polish PLKK All-Star Game. Maksimovic also added 14.4 ppg and 7.3 rpg for 7 games in EuroCup. Jelena Maksimovic was Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Player of the Year -10. She averaged 17 ppg and 11.5 rpg for Jedinstvo. She helped Zeljeznicar to win the Bosnian league title in 2009. In the past, Maksimovic was a member of Crvena Zvezda, Jedinstvo Bijelo Polje, Nitra, Ruzomberok and Calais. She also has experience from the Serbian National Team.

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Erika Valek heads to Sweden, Sallen Basket - by Eurobasket News
Erika Valek (168-G-82, college: Purdue) will continue her career in Sweden. The Colombian point guard signed a one-year deal with Sallen Basket. Valek is not a new face in Sweden, as she already played for the Solna Vikings. It was in 2008/09 season, but she appeared just five times in the league. Valek had 3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.8 apg and 2.2 spg. In the past, Valek played for Cajarural Verona Norte and Botas. Valek is a product of the Purdue University, where she graduated in 2004. She is active member of the Colombian National Team. At the South American Championships in Santiago, Valek helped Colombia to win the Bronze. She had 10.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 6.4 apg and 2.8 spg at this event and was named Latinbasket.com All-South American Championships 2nd Team -10.

Vikings land PG Nikki Avery - by Eurobasket News
Solna Vikings continue with signings for the next season. Their latest addition is American/Greek point guard Niki Avery (168-G-86, college: E.Kentucky). She heads to Solna from Greece, where she played most recently. In 2008/09, Avery was a member of Olympiada Larissa, who competed in Greek top division. Avery registered 10.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 1.4 apg for 9 games in the league. Season 2009/10, she started with OA Hania, but they folded in November. Niki Avery is a product of the Eastern Kentucky University, where she graduated three years ago. She had 11.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 3.6 apg for her school as a senior. She had almost the same numbers in 2006/07. Solna Vikings were stopped in the Semifinals last season.

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Optimum TED Ankara Kolejliler signs Ecem Guler - by Eurobasket News
Ecem Guler (188-F-92) is a new member of Optimum TED Ankara Kolejliler. The Turkish forward signed a deal for the next season. She heads to Optimum TED from Fenerhabce, where she started as teenager and played until this summer. However, Guler appeared just twice for the Fener senior team and mostly played for their juniors. Ecem Guler is a former member of the Turkish U18 and U16 National Teams. Last summer she participated at the European Championships U18 for Women in Slovak Republic. She had 9 ppg and 3.4 rpg for 7 games at this event. In 2009, she played for Turkey at the European Championships U18 in Sodertalje. She averaged 11.1 ppg and 8.6 rpg for 8 games there. Guler practiced with the U20 NT this summer.

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A magical season for Lynx so far - by Eurobasket News
The Lynx seemed to be a cursed franchise -- until this season. Now everything is going right.

In their first 12 years, the Lynx made the playoffs only twice, in 2003 and 2004. And each year they exited quickly. Los Angeles beat them 2-1 the first year, Seattle 2-0 the second.

The Lynx hope to go much deeper this time. They have the best record (25-7) in the WNBA and the home-court advantage as long as they keep advancing.

One reason for the team's success is good health. Four starters have started every game: forwards Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89, college: Connecticut) and Rebekkah Brunson, and guards Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen.

Center Taj McWilliams-Franklin, who turns 41 on Oct. 20, has started 31 of 32 games. What a slackard.

Actually, what happened in that game on June 30 in Tulsa was MWF got kicked in one of her Achilles' tendons in pregame warmups. Jessica Adair started in her place, but Mama Taj came in soon and played 29 minutes.

She had 12 points and nine rebounds as the Lynx won 101-71.

Trainer Chuck Barta has done a great job of keeping players healthy. After games, though, some of them are hurting. It's pretty common to see Whalen, Moore, etc., with two, three ice bags attached to their knees or elbows after a game at Target Center.

Whalen, on KFAN this afternoon, said she swam a lot this year to stay in shape. It was something new, she said, that a numbers of players did.



GOOD TRADE

Roger Griffith, the Lynx executive vice president, is smiling a lot more this season, Augustus said recently.

One reason is a trade the Lynx made on April 9 -- two days before the WNBA draft -- with the Washington Mystics. The Lynx sent Nicky Anosike, a three-year starter at center, to the Mystics for their first round pick in 2012.

As it turned out, the injury-depleted Mystics finished last in the Eastern Conference. That puts their first-round pick -- now belonging to the Lynx -- in the four-team draft lottery. So the Lynx, who had the No. 1 (Maya Moore) and 4 overall (Amber Harris) picks last year, will have one of the top four again next April.

Here are four players who should go high in the 2012 draft:

* 6-2 Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Stanford ... a member of the coaches' Kodak all-america team, second team AP all-america pick ... she averaged 16.8 ppg and 7.5 rpg last season ... from Cypress, Texas

* 6-2 Shekinna Stricklen, Tennessee ... Kodak all-america team, third team AP all-america pick ... averaged 12.8 ppg, 7.3 rpg ... from Morrilton, Ark.

* 5-11 Shenise Johnson, Miami ... Kodak all-america team, third team AP all-america pick ... averaged 19.6 ppg, 8.3 rpg ... from Henrietta, N.Y.

* 5-7 Riquna Williams, Miami ... all-ACC first team ... averaged 21.7 ppg -- 11th in nation -- and 2.8 steals per game ... from Pahokee, Fla.



WHO'S UNDER CONTRACT

Brunson signed a three-year contact extension last season, but that still leaves four players unsigned for next season.

McWilliams-Franklin will become an unrestricted free agent when the season ends. Meaning she can sign with any team. She had been signing one-year contacts since she turned 35, Mama Taj said, because she doesn't know when she will retire.

The Lynx also will have three restricted free agents, Candice Wiggins, Charde Houston and Alexis Hornbuckle. That means if those players get any offers from other teams, the Lynx will be able to match them.

Wiggins is one of the first players off the bench this season. Houston and Hornbuckle, both four-year WNBA players, are averaging career lows in points and minutes.

Hornbuckle is playing 6.9 minutes per game and averaging 0.9 points. Houston, a fan favorite, is playing 7.6 minutes and averaging 2.9 points. Hard to imagine both of them being back next season.



POSTSEASON AWARDS

The Lynx should collect a few postseason this season. Here is a list of the ones they have won in the past:

Coach of the Year: Suzie McConnell Serio, 2004

Rookie of the Year: Betty Lennox, 2000; Seimone Augustus, 2006 ... Forward Maya Moore should win this award in 2011

Kim Perrot Sportsmanship Award: Teresa Edwards, 2004

Sixth Woman of the Year: Candice Wiggins, 2006



All-WNBA

First team: Katie Smith, 2001, '03

Second team: Smith, 2000, 2002; Betty Lennox, 2000; Augustus, 2006, '07

All-Defensive team: Nicky Anosike, first team, 2009; Brunson, second team, 2010

All-rookie team: Augustus, 2006; Lindsey Harding, 2007; Anosike and Wiggins, 2008, and Renee Montgomery, 2009; Monica Wright, 2010



LAST WORD

Whalen on KFAN, on team's approach to final two regular-season games: 'We will go in wanting to win. You want to feel good about yourself. And coach [Cheryl Reeve] will see how things are going into the second half.'

Courtesy of www.startribune.com




Connecticut's Charles and Phoenix's Bonner named Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News
A former No. 1 overall draft pick and one of the league's top bench players - Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) of the Connecticut Sun and DeWanna Bonner (6'4''-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) of the Phoenix Mercury - were named the WNBA's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Sep. 4.

For Charles, the Player of the Week award is her fourth of the season and the fifth of her career. While Bonner earned the award for the first time in her career, she became the fourth Mercury player to be so honored this season, making Phoenix the first team in WNBA history with four different Player of the Week winners in one season.

Charles led the Sun to a 2-1 record and kept Connecticut in the hunt for the top seed in the East, just half a game behind leader Indiana. For the week, the 2010 WNBA Rookie of the Year led the league in blocks (2.67 bpg) while ranking second overall and tops among Eastern Conference players in rebounding (12.7 rpg). She also ranked fourth in the conference in scoring (16.7 ppg, eighth in the WNBA) and tied for third in assists (5.0 apg).

The former University of Connecticut star became just the fifth WNBA player to record a triple-double when she logged 10 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists in a key win over conference rival Indiana on Sep. 2. Sandwiching that effort was a 16-point, seven-rebound, three-block outing at San Antonio, and a 24-point, 15-rebound peformance in a road win at Washington.

With two games left in the regular season, Charles, the league-leader with 21 double-doubles, is just one short of the WNBA record she set in that category a year ago. She also is the WNBA's leading rebounder (11.0 rpg), ranks second in blocks (1.72 bpg) and is tied for fifth in scoring (17.7 ppg).

Bonner, the WNBA's Sixth Woman of the Year in 2009 and 2010, was in the starting lineup for the Mercury's first two games during the week, taking the place of forward Penny Taylor, who was sidelined by back spasms. In her first start of the season, the third-year pro out of Auburn led Phoenix to a 96-74 win over Tulsa by tying her career high of 25 points and adding nine rebounds. She followed that up with a 23-point effort at San Antonio for the first back-to-back 20-point outings of her career. The Fairfield, Ala., native then closed out the week by contributing 12 boards and nine points in a win over conference rival Los Angeles that gave Phoenix a 2-1 record for the week and secured a playoff berth for the Mercury.

For the week, Bonner ranked third in the WNBA and second in the West in rebounding (9.3 rpg) while her 19.0 ppg placed her fourth overall and third in the Conference in scoring. Among Western Conference players she also ranked fifth in three-point shooting percentage (.444 on 8-for-18 from behind the arc) and sixth in both field goal percentage (.514 on 19-for-37 from the field) and free throws (.917, going 11-for-12 from the line).

Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week were Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry, Chicago's Sylvia Fowles, Los Angeles' Candace Parker, New York's Cappie Pondexter, Phoenix's Diana Taurasi and Candice Dupree, Seattle's Swin Cash, and Tulsa's Tiffany Jackson.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Fever trump Mystics to clinch top seed in East - by Eurobasket News
Katie Douglas' (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) revitalized shooting touch helped the Indiana Fever clinch the best record in the Eastern Conference.

The All-Star scored 21 points to help the Fever beat the Washington Mystics 87-69 on Wednesday night. It was her highest scoring game since July 13.

'I'm just staying aggressive,' she said. 'I'm trying to get myself ready for the playoffs and not taking a back seat.'

Douglas' effort followed her 17-point outing in a win over Chicago on Sunday. Getting her into an offensive rhythm has been a focus for the Fever (21-11).

'We're running a lot of things for me with the ball in my hands as either a scorer or distributor, reading the 'D,' ' she said. 'I'm trying to mix it up because the 'D' is going to close out extremely hard around the three-point line.'

The Connecticut Sun can match Indiana's record, but the Fever have the tiebreaker because of a 3-2 advantage in the head-to-head matchup this season.

The last time Indiana had the top record in the East, the Fever reached the 2009 WNBA Finals. Indiana is one win short of tying the franchise record for victories in a season with two games remaining.

Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Tammy Sutton-Brown added a season-high 15 points for the Fever.

Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) had 18 points and 15 rebounds for Washington (6-27), which has lost 12 of 13.

'We have to put two halves together,' Washington center DeMya Walker said. 'This time, we fought hard at the end, but at the end of the day we have to finish.'

Indiana shot 46% from the field and scored 24 points off 18 Washington turnovers.

The Fever squandered a 13-point lead in the first half, and Washington led 37-36 at the break.

'It wasn't (easy), and we knew it wouldn't be,' Catchings said. 'I think we started the game out really well and then lost our focus a little bit, so it's definitely something that we have to continue to play off of.'

The Fever came out hot in the second half. Four different players scored during a 9-0 run that gave Indiana a 45-37 lead and forced a Washington timeout.

The Fever increased their lead to 51-40 on a three-point play by Catchings. Indiana stretched the lead to 59-44, but Washington scored seven points in less than a minute to force an Indiana timeout.

Langhorne made a layup and was fouled by Catchings as time expired in the third quarter. The officials checked to see if she got the shot off before the end of the quarter and decided that she didn't. They said the foul came before the quarter ended, and Langhorne made the second of two free throws to cut Indiana's lead to 64-58 at the end of the period.

Indiana led by three when Washington's Marissa Coleman missed a three-pointer. The Fever rebounded and Erin Phillips made a three-pointer at the other end to push Indiana's lead to six points. Indiana went up double digits again on a pullup jumper by Phillips from near the free-throw line, and the Fever remained in control the rest of the way.

'I felt like in the second half, I thought you saw a really tough Fever team say, 'hey wait a minute, we're going to win this ball game,' and we took it up another notch and really turned it on in the second half,' Indiana coach Lin Dunn said.

Now, Indiana has a chance to rest players if necessary. Phillips sprained her left ankle when she stepped on Langhorne's foot. She will not play at New York and may not play Sunday against Atlanta as a precautionary measure.

The Fever want to enter the playoffs the right way. Their final two regular-season games are against New York and Atlanta, both possible playoff opponents.

'We definitely want to be at our top game, rolling, in a good rhythm and being sharp,' Douglas said. 'Standing-wise, they're not going to affect us, but we can use these two games to our advantage and get better and get ready for the playoffs.'

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Indiana F. 21-11 
 2. Connecticut S. 20-13 
 3. Atlanta D. 19-14 
 4. New York L. 18-14 
 5. Chicago S. 14-17 
 6. Washington M. 6-27 
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