EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 10/10/2012 1:00:00 AM

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Bader's double-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

32-year old center Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Szolnok and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had a double-double of 40 points and 13 rebounds, while his team was edged out by Siroki WWin (1-2) in overtime 102-101.

Second best performed player last round was Elton Brown (206-C-83) of Crvena Zvezda. He is American center in his first season at Crvena Zvezda. In the last game Brown recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 10 rebounds. Crvena Zvezda cruised to a 87-76 relatively comfortable win over Union Olimpija (2-1).

Third place about best performers goes to another Crvena Zvezda's star - forward Boris Savovic (210-F-87, agency: Beo Basket). Savovic scored 17 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). He was another key player of Crvena Zvezda, helping his team with a 87-76 win against Union Olimpija (#3, 2-1).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Zeljko Sakic (204-F-88) of Siroki WWin - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Vladimir Lucic (202-SF-89) of Partizan - 25 points and 5 rebounds
6. Stefan Sinovec (195-G-88) of Radnicki KG - 25 points and 8 rebounds
7. Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82) of Buducnost - 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Nikola Vujcic (211-C-78) of KK Split - 21 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
9. D.J. Strawberry (196-G-85) of Cibona - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Luksa Andric (208-C-85) of Cedevita - 20 points and 4 rebounds

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



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  ARGENTINA   

Standings - TNA

TNA Standings
North
 1. Estudian.Con. 3-0 
 2. San Mart.C. 3-0 
 3. San Isidro 2-1 
 4. Obera TC 2-1 
 5. Instituto Cor. 2-1 
 6. La Union 1-2 
 7. Sarmiento 1-2 
 8. Union Sunch 1-2 
 9. Atl.Echague 1-2 
 10. Alvear 0-3 
South
 1. Alianza Viedma 3-0 
 2. Ciclista 3-0 
 3. Sport Club 2-1 
 4. Quilmes MP 1-2 
 5. MH Basket 1-2 
 6. Banda Norte 1-2 
 7. Rocamora 1-2 
 8. San Lorenzo Ch. 1-2 
 9. Huracan 1-2 
 10. Bragado 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 5: Ciclista - San Lorenzo Ch. 95-91
Oct. 8: Quilmes MP - Huracan 83-63
Oct. 5: San Mart.C. - Sarmiento 79-45
Oct. 5: San Isidro - Instituto Cor. 78-72
Oct. 5: Obera TC - Alvear 76-62
Oct. 5: Atl.Echague - La Union 75-77
Oct. 8: Union Sunch - Banda Norte 75-72
Oct. 5: Estudian.Con. - Rocamora 70-65
Oct. 5: Bragado - Sport Club 61-72
Oct. 5: MH Basket - Alianza Viedma 119-120

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 12: Alvear - Obera TC
Oct. 12: Sarmiento - San Mart.C.
Oct. 12: Instituto Cor. - San Isidro
Oct. 12: Banda Norte - Union Sunch
Oct. 12: Rocamora - Estudian.Con.
Oct. 12: La Union - Atl.Echague
Oct. 12: Sport Club - Bragado
Oct. 12: San Lorenzo Ch. - Ciclista
Oct. 12: Alianza Viedma - MH Basket
Oct. 12: Huracan - Quilmes MP


Obras Sanitarias wins in South American League Opener - by Leonardo Contieri

Defending South American League champion Obras Sanitarias started its title defense with an 88-81 victory over Brazil's Pinheiros in Pool "A" played in Equator. Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) had a superb production for Obras as he scored 32 points on 10 for 14 field goal shooting, adding 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Juan Gutierrez scored 21 and grabbed 14 rebounds. and David Huertas added 16 for Obras. Paulo Boracini led Pinheiros with 26 points and Joseph Smith added 18.
This edition of the South American league is played with a system similar to the one used in last FIBA Americas league. 4 groups of 4 teams each, with the top two advancing to the semiginal round, making 2 groups of 4 teams each, with the best two of each semi final group advancing to the final 4



Pearol's winning streak hits seven - by Leonardo Contieri

Pearol just defeated Gimnasia Indalo 76-65 to get its seventh straight victory after a 0-2 start.
Facundo Campazzo scored 22 points, dished out 8 assists, grabbed 5 rebounds and got 4 steals for a total value of 40 for Pearol. David Teague helped with 16 points after a slow start. David Jackson scored 16 for Gimnasia, Diego Romero added 12 and Kaheim Seawright 9 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out.



TNA round 3 - by Facundo Iatzky

After three rounds there are only 4 teams that remain undefeated. These are: estudiantes ocncordia, san martin, Alianza viedma and ciclista. On the other hands there are two teams that could not get a victory yet: ciudad bragado and alvear.
The game of the week was undoubtly the game where Alianza viedm beat monte hermoso 120-119 ! after two overtimes. san Martin Corrientes was again the team that got the biggest difference, winning to sarmiento 79-45.
the best payer of the week was Pedro Franco (187-G-81) of alianza viedma who was the key of the victory with 38 points and 6 assists, including 6/7 3P!
the other remarkable performances were:
Scott Cutley (196-F-85, college: CS Fullerton) of alianza viedma 28 points 10 rebounds
Lee Roberts (201-F/C-87, college: Findlay, OH) from estudiantes 19 points 8 rebounds
Dario Mansilla (207-C-82) of Ciclista 23 points 6 rebounds
Aaron Williams (203-C/F-83, college: W.Chester) of Echague 20 points 16 rebounds



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  AUSTRALIA   


Knight's 20 points and 9 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old power forward Matthew Knight (204-F/C-85) had an amazing evening for Wildcats and receives a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1. He had the game-high 20 points adding nine rebounds and two assists for Wildcats in his team's victory, helping them to crush Breakers (0-1) with 21-point margin 93-72.

Second best performed player was Glen Saville (197-F/G-76) of Hawks. He is former international swingman in his 5th season at Hawks. In the last game Saville recorded impressive 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists. It was enough for Hawks to edge Kings (0-1) by 3 points 79-76.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Stephen Weigh (198-F/G-87) of 36ers. Weigh scored 21 points. He was a key player of 36ers, leading his team to a 84-61 easy win against Tigers (0-1).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jacob Holmes (201-F-83) of Crocodiles - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Daniel Johnson (212-C-88) of 36ers - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Cameron Tragardh (209-C/F-83) of Taipans - 20 points and 5 rebounds
7. Kevin Lisch (188-G-86) of Wildcats - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Damian Martin (188-PG-84) of Wildcats - 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Shawn Redhage (203-F-81) of Wildcats - 16 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Jamar Wilson (185-PG-84) of Taipans - 17 points, 4 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)



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  AUSTRIA   


A Bundesliga: Round 1 review - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in A Bundesliga just started.

gschID: 179562
UBSC Graz - Gmunden 77-75
The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 23-14. But Gmunden Swans won fourth quarter 28-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. UBSC Graz made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Gmunden Swans helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. Swingman Michael Anthony Dale (197-G/F-84, college: S.Illinois) (197-84, college: S.Illinois) nailed 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Eric Gilchrese (183-87, college: New Hampshire) accounted for 19 points. Dale is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Forward Robert Arnold (198-88, college: Boise St.) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds and forward Dan Oppland (203-84, college: Valparaiso, agency: SportsTalent) added 17 points respectively for Gmunden Swans in the defeat.
Top scorers:
UBSC Graz: M.Anthony Dale 22+9reb+3ast, E.Gilchrese 19+3ast, M.Stegnjaic 18+4reb, C.Knor 5+2reb+1ast, R.Lanegger 5+5reb+2ast, M.Moric 3+4reb+1ast
Gmunden: R.Arnold 18+8reb, D.Oppland 17+4reb+1ast, E.Murati 16+1reb, R.Poiger 7+2reb+3ast, J.Brown 7+1reb+1ast, D.Friedrich 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 179564


Klosterneub. - Kapfenberg 77-86
The guests trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back getting tie in the second period and winning the second half and won the game by 9 points. American forward Joe Dean Shaw (199-87, college: Nevada) stepped up and scored 29 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and his fellow American import guard Giovonne Woods (191-86, college: Cent.Washington, agency: Court Side) chipped in 13 points and 6 assists. At the losing side Bosnian power forward Ramiz Suljanovic (205-79) responded with 24 points and 9 rebounds (on 11-of-12 shooting from the field) and the former international swingman Christoph Nagler (196-84) scored 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kapfenberg: J.Dean Shaw 29+8reb+1ast, G.Woods 13+4reb+6ast, D.Mayes 11+2reb, M.Sanchez 11+5reb+2ast, Q.Pryor 8+1reb+3ast, H.Opoku 8+9reb+2ast
Klosterneub.: R.Suljanovic 24+9reb, C.Nagler 14+7reb+4ast, J.Chappell 11+5reb, M.Lanegger 10+10reb+3ast, K.Payton 7+2reb, C.Bobb 5+4reb+7ast
gschID: 179563


BC Vienna - St.Polten 87-50
The game was mostly controlled by BC Vienna. St.Polten managed to win second period 18-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded St.Polten 40-27 including 28 on the defensive glass. Swingman Florian Trmal (193-89) fired a double-double by scoring 23 points and 15 rebounds for the winners. American swingman Shawn Ray (194-80, college: N.C.Central) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. Five BC Vienna players scored in double figures. BC Vienna's coach Andrea Maghelli felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international forward Martin Speiser (202-83) produced 11 points and 7 rebounds and the former international center Martin Kohlmaier (218-84) added 12 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
BC Vienna: F.Trmal 23+15reb+1ast, S.Ray 17+5reb+3ast, B.Danek 12+1reb+4ast, J.Francois 12+4reb+2ast, I.Boylan 11+4reb+6ast, T.Gaspar 7+6reb+3ast
St.Polten: N.Milosevic 12+1ast, M.Kohlmaier 12+4reb+3ast, M.Speiser 11+7reb+2ast, M.Pinezich 4+4reb, L.Gvozden 3+1reb, A.Worenz 3+6reb+1ast
gschID: 179560


Gussing - Arkadia 84-62
The game without a history. Gussing Knights led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. It was a great shooting night for Gussing Knights especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 56.3 percentage. International point guard Thomas Klepeisz (185-91, agency: TSS Management) fired 16 points for the winners. Slovenian forward Elvis Kadic (201-80, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. Four Gussing Knights players scored in double figures. Swingman Maximilian Graf (196-88) produced 9 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists and Montenegrin power forward Radosav Spasojevic (204-92, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Gussing: E.Kadic 16+5reb, T.Klepeisz 16+4reb+3ast, A.Djuric 12+7reb+1ast, M.Heard 12+5reb+2ast, M.Klepeisz 10+1reb+1ast, M.Jandrasits 9+4reb+1ast
Arkadia: R.Spasojevic 14+4reb+1ast, M.Bortolin 12+4reb+2ast, M.Graf 9+7reb+4ast, J.Blazevic 8+1reb, O.Sturm 6+1reb, P.Skurdauskas 4+6reb+1ast


Wels - Oberwart 84-86



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  AZERBAIJAN   


Tahir Bakhshiyev starts coaching career - by Eurobasket News

Tahir Bakhshiyev (200-PF-82) will get the taste of coaching work. The veteran forward has been appointed the head coach of Azeri U16 National Team. He will guide U14 National selection. At the same time Tahir Bakhshiyev will continue with his player's career. Tahir Bakshiyev has been playing for NTD Baku (Araz) throughout his career. He has been playing for the Azerbaijan National Team since 2001.


Zaur Pashayev extends with Kutaisi - by Eurobasket News (T)

Zaur Pashayev (188-G-83) will remain Kutaisi player for another season. The Azeri guard has agreed on terms of contract extension with the team. Zaur Pashayev moved to Kutaisi at the start of the previous season. He notched 6.1 points, 3.9 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in Superleague. The guard made it into Superleague semifinals with Kutaisi. Previously Zaur Pashayev played for Gala Baku, NTD Devon Baku and NTD Tbilisi. He was named All-Azerbaijan League Player of the Year in 2007. The guard participated at 2004 and 2009 Azerbaijan League All-Star Games. He has been the member of Azerbaijan National Team since 2001. Zaur Pashayev notched 9.3 points, 4.3 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualification.


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  BELGIUM   


Division II - Round Five - by Bert Larsimont

Essor Charleroi (Spirou B) vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp: 83-81

First success this season for the young talents of Essor Charleroi also involved in the BDL-Belgian Development League under the Belgacom Spirou bannner. On Sunday morning, the young guys of coach Sebastien Dufour surprisingly finished on top over Sint-Jan -- still without injured Vinnie Haerbos (180-PG-90) -- after 40 minutes of play. Despite efforts in offense by Senne Geukens (190-G-83, back in action after a few recovery days following injury), Brett Hartshorne (199-C/F-92) and Mario Brown (202-F-84, college: Jacksonville), the Jantjes could not avoid a first loss in the regular Division II season. French players Yann Siegwarth (184-PG-93), Arthur Zuccolini (210-F/C-91) and Luc Louves (207-C/F-89, agency: Three Eye Sports), helped by their Belgian team mate Boris Penninck (202-C-88), found the right rhythm and were always challenging in this game. They led Essor (Spirou B) to a very first victory in this competition. Watch for this young team in the future as they get better and better each week.
Score evolution: 25-20, 42-37, 58-64 and 83-81.
Best scorers:
Essor: Y. Siegwarth 23, A. Lambot 2, J. Dedave 3, J. Stas 11, A. Zuccolini 16, A. Eyenga 3, B. Penninck 17, L. Louves 8.
Sint-Jan: B. Hartshorne 20, V. Verbeeck 1, B. Raes 4, N. El Kounchar 9, A. Druwez 9, S. Geukens 23, L. Anthonis 2, M. Brown 13.

CEP Fleurus vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem: 79-63

CEP President Giovanni Mureddu was unhappy after the loss of his team in Oudenaarde last week. He cannot wait to see his team leader Kevin Jonniaux (198-G-83, still injured and unavailable for a while) come back in action. In the meantime, the CEPmen welcomed last season's play-off finalists of BS Waregem on Friday night. Stijn Dhondt (197-F-79, college: Boston U.) was sidelined with some injury for the visitors. After a slow start and easy lay-ups missed, CEP Fleurus trailed behind in the first minutes of the game but finished well the first quarter to tie the game: 18-18. Arne Steinbach (182-PG-92) in fastbreak situation as well as Ahmet Gueye (203-C/F-82, college: Hawaii) and Bart Willy Samaey (199-C-87) in the paint had been incisive for the visitors. Unexpectedly, BS Waregem looked nevertheless completely unable to react in the second quarter when CEP's young talent Louis Hazard (199-F-94) showed the way to the victory to his mates. Experienced CEP players Thomas Bauwens (192-F-86, nice reaction after last week's rather poor performance) and Sead Muric (205-C-81) (very efficient inside and from mid-range) had some strong plays. Spectacular forwards Christian Ilongo (194-F-85, agency: Promotex) and Christian Manzanza (193-F-85, college: Peninsula JC) also made the local attendance enthusiastic in the second and third quarters. Special mention to two other CEP players: Amaury Marion (196-F-91) for his excellent second half and to Ludovic Pourtoit (182-G-88) who hit crucial shots at the right time. Efforts by Arne Steinbach (who, thanks to a double affiliation, played with Okapi Aalstar against Spirou Charleroi in Ethias League the next day), Stan Naudts (195-F-86) and Ahmet Gueye (15 rebounds) in the last minutes of the game allowed BS Waregem to reduce the gap. Final score: 79-63.
See TV report on Telesambre: http://telesambre.rtc.be/content/view/15474/471/
Score evolution: 18-18, 45-29, 66-40 and 79-63.
Best scorers:
CEP: A. Marion 12, M. Kouwijzer 3, C. Manzanza 8, S. Muric 10, L. Pourtoit 12, L. Hazard 11, T. Bauwens 9, C. Ilongo 14.
BS Waregem: A. Steinbach 21, A. Gueye 15, S. Naudts 7, B. Samaey 11, H. Loontiens 7, T. Delmulle 2.

Gembo BBC vs. Point Chaud Sprimont: 92-101

The visitors led by Frederic Delsaute (191-F-86) have won away against last season's Division II champions. Gembo's coach Stefan Sappenberghs will have to focus on his team's defense in the next few weeks.

Port of Antwerp Giants II vs. BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde: 66-89

Under the lead of Mikhail Linskens (213-C-87, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Wyoming), Gilles Mestdag (197-F/C-80, college: Siskiyous JC) and Jean Salumu (193-F-90), the Haantjes gave no chance to their hosts of Port of Antwerp Giants II. A strong defense by Salumu on Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91) and nice presence by the "big Haantjes" in the paint allowed the visitors to win their second regular season game in a row.
Score evolution: 16-27, 28-43, 44-60 and 66-89.
Best scorers:
Giants II: N/A
Haantjes: G. Mestdag 27, J. Salumu 22, J. Bourdeaux 2, N. De Lepeleire 4, L. Lhote 6, M. Linskens 23, S. Vande Walle 2, S. De Lepeleire 3.

Sint-Niklase Condors vs. Cuva Houthalen: 111-80

Cuva Houthalen recorded its first loss of the season in Sint-Niklaas on Saturday night. The Condors looked quite superior through the whole game. The Cuva players of Head Coach Brian Lynch should work on their defense. Their opponents have resp. scored 93, 88, 116 and 111 points so far in Cuva's first four games of the regular Division II season. The Condors remain undefeated in this competition.

BasKet Tongeren vs. Excelsior Brussels: 77-94

The home team of Coach Ludo Horions could not do much against Excelsior. BasKet Tongeren only scored 6 points in the first quarter of the game and never came close to Excelsior. Again this weekend, the club from the Belgian capital clearly showed that it has great ambitions in 2012-13. The stats of the visitors were quite exceptional (e.g. the team had 56 rebounds and 30 assists) in the contest against BasKet Tongeren. Special mention to Lars Maesfrancx (197-F-90) who had 17 points, 12 rebounds, 1 assist and 2 steals in this game for the Brussels' team. Royal Excelsior Brussels is undefeated so far in the Belgian Division II competition.
Score evolution: 6-26, 31-52, 48-73 and 77-94.
Best scorers:
Tongeren: N/A
Excelsior: E. Mampuya 17, X. Collette 8, N. Verrept 14, M. Depuydt 5, J. Van Haevermaet 5, G. De Pooter 10, L. Maesfrancx 17, S. Pelle 12, S. Semijejero 6.

Belfius Mons Hainaut II vs. Gent Dragons: 76-84

A great start (0-5, 2-12 and 16-31) and more experience in the last minutes allowed the Dragons to travel back from Mons with a nice win. The young team of Belfius Mons Hainaut II with excellent Lorenzo Giancaterino (190-F/G-90), Amaury Gorgemans (212-C-92), Kevin Tumba (192-F/G-91) and Emmanuel Lecomte (180-G-95) finished strongly in this week's game but it was not sufficient to create a surprise. It was eventually a close game but great defense by Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side) and his mates as well as great offensive plays by Thomas Van De Vondel (194-F/G-80) made the difference in favour of Gent Dragons. In the press last week, Dragons' US player Brian Heinle (205-F-78, agency: Court Side, college: CS Northridge) said that he and his mates were playing for the title this season (source: De Gentenaar).
Score evolution: 14-22, 25-47, 48-62 and 76-84.
Best scorers:
Mons Hainaut II: L. Giancaterino 21, E. Lecomte 16, L. Schwartz 8, A. Gorgemans 15, K. Tumba 16.
Dragons: B. Heinle 18, F. Lait 9, T. Van De Vondel 33, M. Van Gelder 11, M. Detiege 2, C. Tshimuanga 7, L. Enobakhare 4.




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  BRAZIL   

Standings - Paulista, Carioca, Minas G. leagues

Paulista Standings
GroupA
 1. S.Jose/Unimed 11-3 
 2. Pinheiros/Sky 11-3 
 3. Paulistano 10-4 
 4. Gremio Mogi 8-6 
 5. Palmeiras 7-7 
 6. Metodista/S.B. 4-10 
 7. Suzano 4-10 
 8. Inter Santos 1-13 
GroupB
 1. Paschoalotto/B. 9-2 
 2. Winner/Limeira 8-3 
 3. Vivo/Franca 7-5 
 4. Liga Sorocaba 6-6 
 5. America 4-8 
 6. Rio Claro 4-8 
 7. Jacarei 3-9 
Stage Two Standings

Second Stage: Round 15

Oct. 6: Palmeiras - Suzano 89-75
Oct. 6: Vivo/Franca - Liga Sorocaba 89-63
Oct. 6: Paschoalotto/B. - Winner/Limeira 86-63
Oct. 6: Pinheiros/Sky - S.Jose/Unimed 83-62
Oct. 6: Metodista/S.B. - Inter Santos 78-64
Oct. 8: Paulistano - Gremio Mogi 73-71
Oct. 6: America - Rio Claro 66-82

Quarter-Finals: Round 1

Oct. 11: Winner/Limeira - Paulistano
Oct. 11: Paschoalotto/B. - Gremio Mogi
Oct. 13: S.Jose/Unimed - Vivo/Franca
Oct. 15: Pinheiros/Sky - Liga Sorocaba


Ryan Bacon agreed with Mogi after try-outs - by Paulo Freire (T)

The american forward Ryan Bacon (200-F-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: St.Peter's) after two weeks of try-outs training with the Gremio Mogi das Cruzes/Unip team, the player finally agreed terms with the team and had his first chance to get on the Court with the mogi jersey at the game agaist the Paulistano.

Gradually, Bacon has entered at the team's rhythm. He watched the latest matches and understood better the Brazilian way of playing.

Brazil has a very fast game, a up tempo game. My way of playing, has a lot of energy, I think I can contribute a lot with the team. said the player.




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  CHILE   


Dimayor: Q & A with Cristian Santander - by Daniel Valencia

We had a one on one with CD Tinguiririca San Fernando's coach Cristian Santander . The argentinean had a good performance with the Womens National Team and now face this challenge, leading the project of CD Tinguiririca San Fernando a new team that joined Dimayor and in the first six rounds have been the surprise.

L: How can you evaluate your stint with the Women's National Teams ?

S: I think it was a successful process, with players from Arica to Punta Arenas, we consolidated a position for the chilean basketball, with results from third to fifth position, as it happened in the last 20 years. We had a lot of players well know in the continent and we earned respect from the other teams. We leave a register of over 100 players from all over the country, year by year, so the new head coach have a lot of information. We reached the Americas Cup for the first time in the chilean basketball (womens) and also qualified to a World Cup. We won a bronze medal and two silver medals. In my opinion it was a positive process

L: What can you say about the future of basketball in the country after so many problems with the federation and also with the leaders of Dimayor. What can be done to develop this sport in Chile ?

S
: The future of basketball in Chile is difficult, with two leagues for men and one national league for womens that last a month and a half it's gonna be hard to go forward. The first step would be to think in the interest of the sport and not in personal interests, unify leagues, train coaches, have strong institutions who can provide 100 spots for professional players and a league that last 10 months in mens basketball and a womens tournament of at least six months, but in this situation it's even harder to do it.

L: How is the change from working with National Teams (long term) to meet the responsabilities of a leagua, where you work thinking of two games a week ?

S: The coaches that work with National Teams want the adrenaline of games every week and the team coaches want to lead a project and a tournament every 5 or 6 months. I'm adapting to this new situation, it's not better, it's not worse, i'm just planning differently.

L: What is the level of the league at the start of the season ?

S: There's a huge difference betwenn the three teams with history in the league, they have been wotking together for many years, they have the infrastructure, they know the league, they know the import players. That's what the other five teams, including our team, are trying to figure out. Everything it's new, we're learning, beyond any positive results. The league level is acceptable.

L: How important is to have a player like Patrick Saez (193-G/F-79) in your roster ?

S: He's a natural leader, one of the few players in the country with a huge basketball IQ, a winner. The young players admire him and he is committed with the team. I give value to his desicion to join CD Tinguiririca San Fernando, leaving Liceo, a team with all the assets where he won everything. The young players admire him and he is committed with our project.

L: What are the expectations for CD Tinguiririca San Fernando in this first Dimayor Season ?

S: Reach the playoffs in a good shape and try to be the surprise. Those are our first year expectations.


Stats Leaders - LIBSUR

DIMAYOR Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.J.Fahnbulleh 31.0
2.K.Jones 26.0
3.J.Avery 25.6
4.E.Arteaga 24.5
5.D.Holmes 23.0
Rebounds Per Game
1.J.Fahnbulleh 15.0
2.T.Taylor 13.2
3.J.Gray 11.8
4.A.J.Hardeman 8.6
5.K.Jones 8.5
Assists Per Game
1.J.Vasquez 4.5
2.C.Gallardo 4.4
3.C.Bustamante 4.0
4.F.Morales 3.5
5.P.Saez 3.3
Steals Per Game
1.J.Avery 3.2
2.C.Gallardo 3.0
3.A.J.Hardeman 2.0
4.C.Bustamante 2.0
5.M.Molina 1.8
Blocks Per Game
1.A.J.Hardeman 1.0
2.J.Schuler 0.8
3.J.Avery 0.8
4.E.Marechal 0.8
5.K.Jones 0.8


Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR

LIGA NACIONAL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.J.Chavez 27.0
2.O.Canton 24.5
3.D.Green 23.0
4.I.Torres 22.5
5.G.Velasquez 20.7
Rebounds Per Game
1.Paul Davis 16.0
2.Jermaine Griffin 15.0
3.Dallas Green 12.3
4.Omar Canton 12.0
5.Brandon Crawford 10.8
Assists Per Game
1.Erik Carrasco 7.0
2.Joaquin Oliver 6.5
3.Percy Werth 6.0
4.Francisco Bravo 6.0
5.Francisco Rasio 4.5
Steals Per Game
1.Erik Carrasco 3.7
2.Dallas Greeen 2.0
3.Felix Ibarra 2.0
4.Kenell Sanchez 1.8
5.Calvin Cleemons 1.8
Blocks Per Game
1.Paul Davis 3.3
2.Jorge Valencia 3.0
3.Terence Farley 2.5
4.Dale Carn 2.0
5.Camron Clay 2.0



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  CHINA   


Tracy McGrady may sign at Qingdao Eagles - by Eurobasket News (T)

Qingdao Double Star Eagles (CBA) is about to tab 33-year old USA ex-international swingman Tracy McGrady (203-101kg-79). McGrady played most recently at Atlanta Hawks in the NBA. In 58 NBA games last season he averaged 5.1ppg, 2.9rpg and 2.0apg.
He was voted to All-NBA 3rd Team back in 2008. McGrady was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2003.
He has played previously professionally in NBA (Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Stats Leaders - A1

Points Per Game
 Dejan MEZNARIC
  Darda
  (205-F/C-87)
  Avg: 27
 1. Meznaric, Darda27.0 
 2. Modric, Alkar Sinj25.0 
 3. Radic, Kvarner 201024.0 
 4. Rembert, Krizevci22.0 
 5. Lez, Zabok20.0 
 6. James, KK.20.0 
 7. Peric, KK.20.0 
 8. Batina, Djuro D.18.0 
 9. Svoboda, Krizevci17.0 
 10. Rimac, Djuro D.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josip MATIC
  Alkar Sinj
  (202-SF-92)
  Avg: 13
 1. Matic, Alkar Sinj13.0 
 2. Radic, Kvarner 201011.0 
 3. Peraica, Darda9.0 
 4. Poscic, KK.8.0 
 5. Bubalo, Jolly8.0 
 6. Price, Osjecki Sok.8.0 
 7. Meznaric, Darda7.0 
 8. Massamba, Djuro D.7.0 
 9. Modric, Alkar Sinj7.0 
 10. Skific, Kvarner6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan KRIVEC
  Kvarner .
  (188-G-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Krivec, Kvarner7.0 
 2. Meznaric, Darda7.0 
 3. Panduric, Darda6.0 
 4. Blajic, Djuro D.5.0 
 5. Pesut, Dubrovnik5.0 
 6. Peric, KK.4.0 
 7. Toroman, Djuro D.4.0 
 8. Anzulovic, Zabok4.0 
 9. Bilic, Alkar Sinj4.0 
 10. Juricic, Kvarner3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Krunoslav RIMAC
  Djuro D.
  (195-SG-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Rimac, Djuro D.5.0 
 2. Petkovic, Jolly3.0 
 3. Sertic, Krizevci3.0 
 4. Sipic, Alkar Sinj3.0 
 5. Panduric, Darda3.0 
 6. Skific, Kvarner3.0 
 7. James, KK.3.0 
 8. Peric, Dubrovnik3.0 
 9. Krivec, Kvarner3.0 
 10. Budimir, Osjecki2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan KROLO
  Osjecki Sokol
  (217-C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Krolo, Osjecki Sok.2.0 
 2. Sarlija, Djuro D.2.0 
 3. Krstanovic, Krizev.1.0 
 4. Meznaric, Darda1.0 
 5. Najev, Dubrovnik1.0 
 6. Diminic, Zabok1.0 
 7. Proleta, Dubrovnik1.0 
 8. Hrkac, Krizevci1.0 
 9. Sipic, Alkar Sinj1.0 
 10. Krapic, KK.1.0 


Meznaric's 27 points and 7 assists give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

25-year old power forward Dejan Meznaric (205-F/C-87) had an amazing evening for Darda and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1. He had the game-high 27 points adding seven rebounds and seven assists for Darda in his team's victory, helping them to crush Osjecki Sokol (0-1) with 22-point margin 87-65.

Second best performed player was Ivica Radic (208-F-90) of Kvarner 2010. He is a forward in his first season at Kvarner 2010. In the last game Radic recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds. He led Kvarner 2010 to comfortable win outscoring Jolly (0-1) 77-51.

Third place about best performers goes to swingman Slavko Modric (203-F/G-84) of Alkar Sinj. Modric scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was a key player of Alkar Sinj, leading his team to a 90-78 win against Krizevci (0-1).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Josip Matic (202-SF-92) of Alkar Sinj - 14 points and 13 rebounds
5. Brice Massamba (208-F/C-88) of Djuro Djakovic - 14 points and 7 rebounds
6. Ante Krapic (202-F-85) of KK Zagreb CO - 16 points and 6 rebounds
7. Marko Batina (198-F/G-86) of Djuro Djakovic - 18 points and 3 assists
8. Domagoj Bubalo (214-C-91) of Jolly - 12 points and 8 rebounds
9. Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) of KK Zagreb CO - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Ivan Svoboda (190-G-87) of Krizevci - 17 points

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)


A1 Standings

A1 Standings
 1. Alkar Sinj 1-0 
 2. Darda 1-0 
 3. Djuro Djakovic 1-0 
 4. KK Zagreb CO 1-0 
 5. Kvarner 2010 1-0 
 6. Dubrovnik 0-1 
 7. Jolly 0-1 
 8. Krizevci 0-1 
 9. Osjecki Sokol 0-1 
 10. Zabok 0-1 
Play in international cups:
 1. Cedevita
 2. Cibona
 3. KK Split
 4. Zadar

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 5: KK Zagreb CO - Dubrovnik 91-55
Oct. 6: Alkar Sinj - Krizevci 90-78
Oct. 6: Darda - Osjecki Sokol 87-65
Oct. 6: Djuro Djakovic - Zabok 77-63
Oct. 7: Kvarner 2010 - Jolly 77-51

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 13: Dubrovnik - Krizevci
Oct. 13: Zabok - Alkar Sinj
Oct. 13: Osjecki Sokol - Djuro Djakovic
Oct. 13: Jolly - Darda
Oct. 13: KK Zagreb CO - Kvarner 2010



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Turi Svitavy and Ladislav Horak Part Ways - by Surujh Roopnarine (T)

The management of Turi Svitavy and 26-year old big man Ladislav Horak (205-F/C-86) have agrred to mutually terminate the players contract.
Horak, a 6-9 PF/C had spent the past two seasons with Svitavy after a breakout 2009-10 season with Podebrady.
Last season in 34 contests Horak averaged 10.4 points and 4.9 rebounds while shooting 49.4% from the field and 67.9% from the free-throw line.
Off to an 0-2 start this season the club and Horak decided that a change would be beneficial to both parties.
Richard Lesko (204-F-81, college: Ill.-Chicago), a 6-9 forward signed in the off-season made his season debut for Svitavy this past weekend in place of Horak, scoring nine points to go along with eight rebounds in 15 minutes of action.



Boris Meno and USK Praha Knock Down Turi Svitavy 88-72 - by Surujh Roopnarine

A close contest for three quarters was taken over by host USK Praha in the fourth as they pulled away for an 88-72 victory tonight against visiting Turi Svitavy. Former Svitavy big man Boris Meno (203-F-83, college: Davidson) led the way against his former club with a game-high 21 points to go with 10 rebounds and six assists. American point guard Michael Deloach (183-PG-86, college: Norfolk St.) did his absolute bet to keep the visitors close, scoring a team-high 20 points on 8-15 shooting, while pulling down a game-high 11 rebounds. Entering the fourth quarter down just two points at 56-58, Coach Lubomir Ruzicka's club kept the contest close for half the quarter, until the six and a half minute mark when Praha would go on a 17-6 run to close out the game.
The front-court of Praha was too much for Svitavy to handle, blocking seven shots on the evening (compared to zero for Svitavy) and holding a 46-34 advantage in points scored in the paint. Effective shooting, controlling the glass and not giving up second chance points were the key for Praha as they improve to 2-1 on the season while Svitavy falls to a disappointing 0-3.
PRAHA: Boris Meno (21pts+10reb+6ast), Jiri Slavik (203-F-89) (13pts+9reb), Lukas Festr (185-PG-94) (12pts), Michal Vocetka (198-F-89) (10pts)
SVITAVY: Michael Deloach (20pts+11reb), Pavel Harcar (202-PF-89) (14pts), Pawel Mroz (215-C-84) (12pts), Pavel Milos (200-F-79) (10pts)



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Kalev/Cramo upset PGE Turow in their opener - by Eurobasket News

Kalev/Cramo upset PGE Turow in their opener of VTB League. The Estonian side grabbed 81:80 win last night for 1-0 record.
PGE Turow was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-21. But PGE Turow won second period 21-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kalev/Cramo won last quarter 18-19. American point guard Keith McLeod (190-PG-79, college: Bowling Green) nailed 25 points for the winning side. Gregor Arbet (195-G/F-83) accounted for 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84, agency: BeoExcell) came up with 17 points and 8 rebounds and Djordje Micic (195-G-83) added 19 points respectively for PGE Turow in the defeat.
In the next round PGE Turow will face Russian Khimki. Kalev/Cramo will play in Ukraine against BC Donetsk.



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  EUROCHALLENGE   


Armia bring in Marcus Faison - by Eurobasket News (T)

Armia landed Marcus Faison (196-G-78, college: Siena). The US-Belgian guard managed to play in three leagues last season. He started in Belgium with Verviers-Pepinster. Marcus Faison notched 10.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game in D1. Later Marcus Faison moved to Ukraine. He inked with Kryvbasbasket. The guard posted 8.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game in Superleague. Marcus Faison finished the season in Philippines. He notched 15.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block per Governors Cup game playing for Petron Blaze Boosters. Marcus Faison was named All-Belgian League Import Player of the Year in 2005. He played for Belgium at the 2011 EuroBasket. The guard averaged 8.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in Lithuania.


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  EUROCUP   

Standings

Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Budivelnyk 0-0 
 2. CEZ Nymburk 0-0 
 3. Hapoel J-M 0-0 
 4. Rudupis 0-0 
Group B
 1. Buducnost 0-0 
 2. Gescrap BB 0-0 
 3. Lukoil Academik 0-0 
 4. Spirou 0-0 
Group C
 1. Art.Dragons 0-0 
 2. Le Mans 0-0 
 3. Triumph 0-0 
 4. VEF Riga 0-0 
Group D
 1. Azovmash 0-0 
 2. Banvit BK 0-0 
 3. s.Oliver Baskets 0-0 
 4. Valencia 0-0 
Group E
 1. BC Donetsk 0-0 
 2. Galatasaray 0-0 
 3. Lokomotiv 0-0 
 4. Trefl Sopot 0-0 
Group F
 1. Oostende 0-0 
 2. Panionios 0-0 
 3. Stelmet ZG 0-0 
 4. Unics 0-0 
Group G
 1. Cholet 0-0 
 2. Cibona 0-0 
 3. Ratiopharm 0-0 
 4. Spartak SP 0-0 
Group H
 1. Banco di Sard. 0-0 
 2. Cajasol 0-0 
 3. Crvena Zvezda 0-0 
 4. Orleans 0-0 


EuroCup regular season Draw results - by Eurobasket News

EuroCup regular season draw was held in Barcelona tonight. 32 teams were drawn into eight groups of four teams each. The teams will play on home-away basis with best two teams from each group qualifying for Last 16 stage. Best two teams from each pool of Last 16 stage will advance into EuroCup quarterfinals.
The regular season is slated to start on November 7th and finish on December 12th. Last 16 stage will begin on February 20th. Quarterfinal series are scheduled to tip off on March 6th. The EuroCup season will conclude on April 13th with Final game.

Here are the Draw results:

Group A: Nymburk, Jerusalem, Budivelnyk, Rudupis
Group B: Bilbao Basket, Buducnost, Belgacom Spirou, Lukoil Academik
Group C: Le Mans, Triumph, VEF Riga, Artland Dragons
Group D: Valencia, Banvit, Azovmash, s.Oliver Basket
Group E: Galatasaray, Lokomotiv Kuban, BC Donetsk, Trefl Sopot
Group F: Unics, Panionios, Oostende, Stelmet Zielona Gora
Group G: Spartak SP, Cibona Zagreb, Cholet Basket, Ratiopharm Ulm
Group H: Cajasol, Banco di Sardegna, Crvena Zvezda and Orleans.



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  FRANCE   


French NM1 round 2 best performance: Abdoulaye N'Diaye - by Eurobasket News

Senegalese Abdoulaye N'Diaye (210-C/F-84) put on an amazing game in the last round for second-ranked Souffel, receiving a Eurobasket.com NM1 Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 28-year old player had a double-double of 16 points and 12 rebounds, while his team crushed Rennes (#9, 1-1) with 21-point margin 78-57. Souffel is placed at 2nd position in French NM1. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Souffel won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. It's N'Diaye's second year at Souffel and it's hard to imagine this team without him.

The second best player in last round's games was young Miguel Buval (208-C-90) of Cognac. Buval had a very good evening with a double-double of 21 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Cognac to another comfortable win 71-57 over CFBB (0-1) being unquestionably team leader. His team has extremely good start of the season. They won their first game. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Buval is well-known at Cognac and is a proven leader in his second season with the team.

Third on the list of top players last round was forward Fabien Herard (198-F-79) of Challans (#17). Herard showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, six rebounds and four assists in the last round. Despite Herard's great performance Challans lost 72-75 to Vichy (#10, 1-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ville Kaunisto (205-F-82) of Blois - 7 points, 21 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Guillaume Merie (198-F-83) of Chartres - 17 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Damien Inglis (203-PF-95) of CFBB - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists
7. Ljubomir Avramovic (201-C-79) of Chartres - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Julien Bestron (205-C-86) of Orchy - 12 points and 7 rebounds
9. SyPir Traore (204-F-85) of Angers BC 49 - 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Moise Diame (205-C-86) of Rueil - 11 points and 11 rebounds

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



Wendell McKines claims French ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Wendell McKines (198-F-88) put on an amazing game in the last round for Rouen and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 2. The 24-year old forward had a double-double of 26 points and eleven rebounds, while his team crushed Denain (0-2) with 23-point margin 104-81. McKines had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range and got four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be Rouen's top player in his first season with the team. New Mexico State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. McKines is in league's top in points (2nd best: 24.5ppg), rebounds (8th best: 9.0rpg) and averages solid 68.4% FGP and 54.5% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 31-year old Senegalese center Moussa Badiane (205-C-81) of Antibes. Badiane impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds. Of course he lead Antibes to another comfortable win outscoring Lille (1-1) 82-61. His team has extremely good start of the season. They won both games so far. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Badiane is a newcomer at Antibes 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 American Ken Horton (199-F-89) of Boulogne. Horton scored 21 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Boulogne, leading his team to a 94-87overtime win against St Vallier (#18, 0-2). Horton has a very solid season. In 2 games in France he scored 18.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. O'Darien Bassett (191-G-86) of Rouen - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 11 assists
5. Wilbert Brown (200-PF-84) of Maurienne - 27 points and 8 rebounds
6. Rafael Lopez (204-C-86) of Denain - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Tafari Toney (203-C/F-86) of Charleville - 15 points and 12 rebounds
8. Darnell Williams (202-PF-78) of St Quentin - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Errick Craven (188-G-83) of St Vallier - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 9 assists
10. John Williamson (199-F/C-86) of Fos Ouest - 21 points and 4 rebounds

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


Stats Leaders - N1

Points Per Game
 Fabien HERARD
  Challans
  (198-F-79)
  Avg: 19
 1. Herard, Challans19.0 
 2. Gunnarsson, Angers18.5 
 3. Thinon, Sorgues17.5 
 4. Staelens, Blois17.5 
 5. Thibedore, Quimper17.0 
 6. Hankins-Cole, Sorg.16.5 
 7. Tillon, St Chamond15.5 
 8. Zamroz, Sorgues15.5 
 9. Inglis, CFBB15.5 
 10. Hill, Angers BC 4915.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ville KAUNISTO
  Blois
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 18
 1. Kaunisto, Blois18.0 
 2. Hankins-Cole, Sorg.10.0 
 3. Pasut, Sorgues8.5 
 4. Pilgrim, Challans8.0 
 5. Inglis, CFBB8.0 
 6. Rinna, St Chamond7.5 
 7. Mansare, Sorgues7.0 
 8. Herard, Challans7.0 
 9. Traore, Angers B.6.5 
 10. Smock, CFBB6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ahmed FELLAH
  Angers B.
  (180-PG-81)
  Avg: 8
 1. Fellah, Angers B.8.0 
 2. Rathieuville, Chal.7.5 
 3. Cherry, Quimper6.5 
 4. Inglis, CFBB5.0 
 5. Herard, Challans4.5 
 6. Sahraoui, La Roche.4.0 
 7. Tillon, St Chamond4.0 
 8. Brochard, Blois3.5 
 9. El Amrani, Vichy3.0 
 10. Thinon, Sorgues3.0 
Steals Per Game
 El Kabir PENE
  Rennes
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Pene, Rennes2.0 
 2. Cole, La Rochelle2.0 
 3. Rathieuville, Chal.2.0 
 4. El Amrani, Vichy2.0 
 5. Thibedore, Quimper2.0 
 6. M''Boma, La Roche.2.0 
 7. Inglis, CFBB2.0 
 8. Drouault, Angers B.2.0 
 9. Fellah, Angers B.1.5 
 10. Sall, Rennes1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Daviin DAVIS
  Blois
  (193-F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Davis, Blois3.0 
 2. Traore, Angers B.2.0 
 3. Inglis, CFBB2.0 
 4. Tornato, Blois2.0 
 5. Kaunisto, Blois2.0 
 6. Pasut, Sorgues1.5 
 7. Jannel, La Rochelle1.0 
 8. Smock, CFBB1.0 
 9. Rey, St Chamond1.0 
 10. Medenouvo, Chall.1.0 



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Armia bring in Marcus Faison - by Eurobasket News (T)

Armia landed Marcus Faison (196-G-78, college: Siena). The US-Belgian guard managed to play in three leagues last season. He started in Belgium with Verviers-Pepinster. Marcus Faison notched 10.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game in D1. Later Marcus Faison moved to Ukraine. He inked with Kryvbasbasket. The guard posted 8.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game in Superleague. Marcus Faison finished the season in Philippines. He notched 15.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block per Governors Cup game playing for Petron Blaze Boosters. Marcus Faison was named All-Belgian League Import Player of the Year in 2005. He played for Belgium at the 2011 EuroBasket. The guard averaged 8.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game in Lithuania.


Zaur Pashayev extends with Kutaisi - by Eurobasket News (T)

Zaur Pashayev (188-G-83) will remain Kutaisi player for another season. The Azeri guard has agreed on terms of contract extension with the team. Zaur Pashayev moved to Kutaisi at the start of the previous season. He notched 6.1 points, 3.9 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game in Superleague. The guard made it into Superleague semifinals with Kutaisi. Previously Zaur Pashayev played for Gala Baku, NTD Devon Baku and NTD Tbilisi. He was named All-Azerbaijan League Player of the Year in 2007. The guard participated at 2004 and 2009 Azerbaijan League All-Star Games. He has been the member of Azerbaijan National Team since 2001. Zaur Pashayev notched 9.3 points, 4.3 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game at the 2013 EuroBasket Qualification.


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Standings - Pro B

ProB Standings
Group North
 1. Herten Lions 2-0 
 2. Rist Wedel 2-0 
 3. Schwelm 2-0 
 4. SU Medien 2-0 
 5. BSW Sixers 1-1 
 6. Hannover 1-1 
 7. MTV Wolfenbuettel 1-1 
 8. Recklinghausen 1-1 
 9. Dorsten 0-2 
 10. Oldenburg 0-2 
 11. Stahnsdorf 0-2 
 12. Wulfen 0-2 
Group South
 1. Dragons 2-0 
 2. Hanau 2-0 
 3. Licher Baeren 2-0 
 4. Weissenhorn 2-0 
 5. Fraport SKY II 1-1 
 6. Konstanz 1-1 
 7. Langen 1-1 
 8. Leitershofen 1-1 
 9. Bayer Giants 0-2 
 10. Dresden 0-2 
 11. Noerdlingen 0-2 
 12. TSV Troester 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 6: SU Medien - MTV Wolfenbuettel 97-79
Oct. 6: Hannover - Oldenburg 94-78
Oct. 7: Weissenhorn - Leitershofen 87-79
Oct. 6: Rist Wedel - BSW Sixers 86-84
Oct. 6: Dresden - Konstanz 78-92
Oct. 6: Wulfen - Herten Lions 78-91
Oct. 6: Noerdlingen - Licher Baeren 77-79
Oct. 7: Bayer Giants - Fraport SKY II 76-93
Oct. 6: Hanau - Langen 76-67
Oct. 6: Recklinghausen - Stahnsdorf 74-52
Oct. 7: TSV Troester - Dragons 71-77
Oct. 6: Schwelm - Dorsten 100-72

Regular Season: Round 3

North

Oct. 13: Herten Lions - Oldenburg
Oct. 13: Dorsten - Recklinghausen
Oct. 13: Stahnsdorf - Rist Wedel
Oct. 13: BSW Sixers - Hannover
Oct. 13: Wulfen - SU Medien
Oct. 13: MTV Wolfenbuettel - Schwelm

South

Oct. 13: Fraport SKY II - Noerdlingen
Oct. 13: Dragons - Licher Baeren
Oct. 13: Langen - Bayer Giants
Oct. 13: Leitershofen - Dresden
Oct. 13: Konstanz - Hanau
Oct. 14: TSV Troester - Weissenhorn


Dashaun Wood (Alba Berlin) The NBA Made Me Use My Left Hand - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


DaShaun Wood (185-G-85, college: Wright St.) is a 27 year old 185cm point guard from Detroit, Michigan that is playing his third season in Germany and second for Alba Berlin. He is a young point guard with natural leadership abilities, who directs teammates on the floor and takes the ball in clutch moments. Loves to go inside to score, challenging the big guys, but has also shooting range from behind the 3pts arch. Despite lack of size, he can be effective even at the defensive side. He played at Wright state from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 33 games averaging 19.6ppg, 5.1rpg, 4.0apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3Pts: 37.3%, FT: 88.3%. In 2007-2008, he played his rookie season for Tisettanta Cantu (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 38 games: Score-5 (16.9ppg), 3.0rpg, Assists-4 (3.3apg), 2.7spg, 2FGP:52.1%, 3PT-2 (42.8%), FT:77.4%. In 2008-2009, he played for : Benetton Treviso (Italy-SerieA), injured in Oct.'08 and was off for 2 months: Eurocup: 12 games: 5.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 3.3apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 40.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 87.5%; Italian League: 17 games: 7.2ppg, 2.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 43.1%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 70.4%. In 2010-2011, he was the Beko BBL MVP with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners playing EuroCup Qualifying Round: 2 games: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 5.0apg; EuroChallenge: 6 games: 16.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 5.2apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 73.7%; German League: 42 games: Score-1 (19.0ppg), 4.6rpg, Assists-2 (5.9apg), 1.2spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 33.2%, FT: 80.3%. Last season for Alba Berlin, he played German League: 37 games: Score-5 (15.0ppg), 3.7rpg, Assists-4 (4.8apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 79.2%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 9.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 4.0apg, 2.0spg; EuroCup: 12 games: 14.2ppg, 3.2rpg, Assists-1 (5.4apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 55.1%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 82.2%. He spoke to eurobasket about his experience playing against the Dallas Mavericks.

Alba Berlin played an exhibition game against 2011 NBA champion Dallas Mavericks. How much did this game mean to you?

This game meant very much to me. As a player you always want to play at the highest level. I have played Eurochallenge, Eurocup and will be playing Euroleague this season. Now I played against an NBA team. At the end of my career I will be able to say that I have played at every level.

It was an interesting game, but Dallas won 89-84. What was key for the Mavericks winning this game?

They made big free throws and shots at the end, but we were close. We cut the lead to two points, but Delonte west hit a big shot from the corner. We stayed with them cutting lead back, but Dirk made two big free throws then. Shawn Marion then got a huge offensive rebound. They always made big plays and never let us get the lead.


How much didnt you like the NBA ball that was being used?

The NBA ball and the ball used in Europe are different. The NBA ball feels like an outside ball and is a lot heavier. We missed a lot of open shots that we usually would have made.


How happy were you with your own game getting nine points, three rebounds, four assists and three steals?

I wouldnt give my game an A. I was just happy that I got a chance to play against these NBA guys.

Did you know any of the Dallas Mavericks personally?

No I didnt. I have seen many of those guys around at Summer League or on TV. I have followed the career of Delonte West and OJ Mayo long before they turned professional. It was just awesome to be able to play against them.

Were you able to exchange some words with Dirk Nowitzki?

No Dirk was a pretty buys guy on the weekend. It was like a coming home party for him. Just being able to play competitively was enough for me.

How much of a challenge was it playing against Darrin Collison?

It was a big challenge playing against him. He is a very good player that has NBA playoffs experience. He is a great defender. Playing against a guy like that it was all about how well one could do against him.


What was your personal favorite play of the game that you will always cherish?

I made the first two baskets with my left hand. Both were transitions baskets. I made the first over OJ Mayo with my left hand and the second also. The NBA made me use my left hand.

Was there any trash talking?

No none of that. We would just talk about how hard we have worked this season to get here.

How important was it to have your dad watch you play against the Dallas Mavericks?

It was very important to have him there and watch me play. It was always a goal and a dream for me to get to a game like this. My dad helped me get to this level and it was great sharing this moment and all the hard work I have done to get here with him.


Alba Berlin has a very talented roster, but also a very talented youngster with Nihad Djedovic. How much potential does he have and could he steal the spotlight from some of the veterans this season?

I like his game a lot. At every practice I have amazed at what he can do. He can do so much on the offensive and defensive end. He is such a smart player as well. I am always telling him in practice how much I like a certain pass or move from him. He is so young, but has already played at such a high level. So far in my career there hasnt been a player where I could say that he has amazed me in practice until him. He does things where you really have say wow. He has a very high skill level.


How is the relationship of Sasa Obradovic and you? It seems like you are on the same page. Is cuddling an option in the future?

We have been on same page since day one. I understood from the start that he was a great player for Alba Berlin and won as a coach. I wanted to learn from him from day one. I think that I have become a better player with him as coach. I think that with me learning more and more in the future that our relationship will get even better.

What do you miss most from Quantez Robertson of the Fraport Skyliners?

I miss his athleticism and ability to control a game on offense and defense. I believe that to this day that he is the only player in the Beko BBL that is as fast as me. He always does the little things that dont turn up on the stat sheet. He can control a game without putting up the big numbers.

How will your Detroit Lions do this season?

I am officially done with them. They have upset me too much in the early going of the season. It is unbelievable how they have been losing games. But My Detroit Tigers up 2-0 in the MLB playoffs. At least I am a little lucky with them


What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Lockdown with Master P.


Thanks Dashaun for the chat.




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Zvonko Buljan replaces Lamar Roberson - by Tamas Deri (T)

The management of Lami-Ved Kormend was very active on the transfer market because of Lamar Roberson's injury and agreed with croatian power forward Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU). The american forward will need a couple of weeks to get back on the court and agreed to break his contract with the club which was needing a third import badly after the lost first round against Kaposvar. The 206 cm tall croatian forward graduated on Texas Christian University in 2010 and run a great senior season averaging 12.2ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.1apg. He signed his first professional contract with Bornova Bld in Turkey but was loaned to Cytavision Apoel Nicosia. In April 2011 he moved to very famous PAOK Thesaloniki in Greece. The last season he spent with Telekom Basket Bonn and put up 14.5ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.3apg in 12 games of Eurochallenge - he had his best games against Szolnok and Turk Telekom scoring 26 and also against Chalon 23 points. He spent the pre-season with Pallacanestro Cantu in the Serie A of Italy and played one game for ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale in the Pro B France before moving to Kormend.


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Standings - Iceland Express League

Express L. Standings
 1. Fjolnir 1-0 
 2. Grindavik 1-0 
 3. KFI 1-0 
 4. Njardvik 1-0 
 5. Snaefell 1-0 
 6. Stjarnan 1-0 
 7. IR 0-1 
 8. Keflavik 0-1 
 9. KR 0-1 
 10. Skallagrimur 0-1 
 11. Thor Thorl 0-1 
 12. Tindastoll 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 8: Snaefell - IR 96-77
Oct. 7: KFI - Skallagrimur 95-94 OT
Oct. 7: Fjolnir - KR 93-90
Oct. 8: Thor Thorl - Njardvik 82-84 OT
Oct. 8: Keflavik - Grindavik 80-95
Oct. 7: Tindastoll - Stjarnan 79-90

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 11: IR - Thor Thorl
Oct. 11: Grindavik - Snaefell
Oct. 11: Stjarnan - Keflavik
Oct. 11: KR - Tindastoll
Oct. 11: KFI - Fjolnir
Oct. 11: Skallagrimur - Njardvik


Dominos League Round 1: Plenty of exciting action in the opening round - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Express L. just started. The round was exceptionally exciting as three games ended with a tiny margin while 2 of them nedded overtime. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round.

Snaefell - IR 96-77

The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-77. Snaefell made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Snaefell outrebounded IR 47-24 including a 33-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Jay Threatt (180-89, college: Delaware St.) who helped to win the game recording 24 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. His fellow American import forward Asim McQueen (203-88, college: Tulane, agency: Dream Team Management) contributed with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Snaefell's coach Ingi Thor Steinthorsson used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Eric Palm (188-87, college: McKendree) answered with 26 points and Serbian-Canadian forward Nemanja Sovic (198-77, college: Pfeiffer) added 12 points in the effort for IR. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
IR: E.Palm 26+2reb+2ast, H.Magnusson 12+2reb, N.Sovic 12+4reb+1ast, T.Hauksson 10+3reb+2ast, A.Williams 9+3reb+1ast, H.Fridriksson 4+9reb+3ast
Snaefell: J.Threatt 24+6reb+8ast, A.McQueen 22+14reb+1ast, J.Olafur Jonsson 18+5reb+3ast, P.Sigurgeirsson 14+4reb+3ast, H.Gunnarsson 6+5reb+1ast, O.Torfason 5+9reb+2ast
gschID: 180162


Thor Thorl - Njardvik 82-84 OT

Njardvik used overtime to celebrate the first win in the season. They upset Thor Thorl on the road in the opener. Jeron Belin (198-F-88, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: St.Peter's) stepped up with 27 points and 14 rebounds to pace the visitors. Elvar Fridriksson (180-PG-94) was helpful with 14 points, while Marcus Van (201-F/C-85, college: Cent.Michigan) bagged 15 rebounds for Njardvik. Benjamin Smith (178-G-87, college: Jacksonville) erupted for 28 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the hosts.
Top scorers:
Thor Thorl: B.Smith 28+6reb+5ast, G.Erlendsson 14+9reb+3ast, D.Flake 13+5reb, D.Hilmarsson 11+7reb+1ast, R.Diggs 6+7reb, G.Jonsson 5+2reb+3ast
Njardvik: J.Belin 27+14reb+2ast, E.Fridriksson 14+2reb+6ast, H.Einarsson 11+6reb+4ast, M.Baginski 11+2reb, M.Van 10+15reb, A.Orrason 7+2reb+1ast
gschID: 180163


Keflavik - Grindavik 80-95

Keflavik was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Grindavik 95-80 on Monday night. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game was mostly controlled by Grindavik. Keflavik was better in second period 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Grindavik had a 29-18 advantage in offensive rebounds. It was a very good performance for American forward Aaron Broussard (195-90, college: Seattle, agency: JEMsports) who helped to win the game recording 23 points and 7 rebounds. His fellow American import point guard Sammy Zeglinski (182-88, college: Virginia) contributed with 22 points and 6 assists for the winners. American forward Michael Craion (195, college: ORU) answered with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds and center Almar Gudbrandsson (208-90) added 14 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks in the effort for Keflavik. Keflavik's coach Sigurour Ingimundarson rotated ten players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
Keflavik: M.Craion 19+10reb+2ast, V.Valsson 17+2reb+3ast, A.Gudbrandsson 14+7reb+1ast, K.Giltner 10+2reb, D.Lewis 8+3reb+3ast, S.Hrafnkelsson 6+5reb
Grindavik: A.Broussard 23+7reb+3ast, S.Zeglinski 22+4reb+6ast, S.Thorsteinsson 18+8reb+2ast, O.Saevarsson 9+8reb+1ast, B.Brynjolfsson 8+4reb+2ast, J.Olafsson 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 180161


KFI - Skallagrimur 95-94 OT

KFI needed overtime to tame visiting Skallagrimur. JR Bradford Spencer (193-G-84, college: Jacksonville St.) delivered 25 points to lead the charge. Mirko Virijevic (201-F-81, college: Freed-Hardeman) added 21 points and 6 rebounds for the hosting team. Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-F/G-78) put on a show scoring game-high 45 points for Skallagrimur but it was not enough for the visitors to celebrate the first win in the season.
Top scorers:
Skallagrimur: P.Axel Pall Axel Vilbergsson 45+5reb+1ast, C.Medlock 18+1reb+4ast, H.Hreidarsson 8+5reb+1ast, E.Egilsson 6+3reb+5ast, T.Eiriksson 5+10reb+1ast, S.Egilsson 5+2reb+2ast
KFI: J.Bradford Spencer 25+2reb+4ast, M.Virijevic 21+6reb+2ast, C.Miller-Williams 18+12reb+3ast, J.H. Baldvinsson 11+9reb+2ast, G.Gudmundsson 8+8reb+1ast, P.Ilievski 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 180164


Fjolnir - KR 93-90

Fjolnir used a home court advantage and edged the opponent from Reykjavik 93-90 on Sunday night. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. KR was trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 7-point lead after three quarters before a 28-18 charge of Fjolnir, which allowed them to win the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. It was a very good performance for American guard Chris Matthews (193-85, college: St.Bonaventure) who helped to win the game recording 30 points and 4 steals (made all of his ten free throws !!!). International Arni Ragnarsson (190-87, college: Al.-Huntsville) contributed with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Martin Hermannsson (190-94) answered with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international guard Brynjar Bjornsson (191-88, college: Francis Marion) added 24 points in the effort for KR. Five KR players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
KR: B.Bjornsson 24+3reb+3ast, M.Hermannsson 21+6reb+4ast, D.Thomas 15+12reb, F.Magnusson 15+8reb, H.Magnusson 12+9reb+3ast, J.Kristjansson 2+1reb
Fjolnir: C.Matthews 30+4reb+3ast, A.Ragnarsson 19+13reb+4ast, B.Rikhardsson 11, J.Sverrisson 9+8reb+2ast, G.Olafsson 8+2reb, E.Sigurdsson 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 180159


Tindastoll - Stjarnan 79-90

Tindastoll was defeated by the opponent from Stjarnan 90-79 on Sunday night. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Stjarnan made 23-of-27 free shots (85.2 percent) during the game. Tindastoll was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a very good performance for swingman Marvin Valdimarsson (198-81) who helped to win the game recording 26 points and 7 rebounds. Naturalized American guard Justin Shouse (180-81, college: Mercyhurst) contributed with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Swingman Helgi Viggosson (189-83) answered with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds and American guard Isacc Miles (187-88, college: Murray St.) added 13 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists in the effort for Tindastoll. Four Tindastoll players scored in double figures. Tindastoll's coach Bardur Eythorsson rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Tindastoll: H.Viggosson 20+10reb+1ast, F.Hreinsson 16+6reb+1ast, I.Miles 13+6reb+7ast, G.Valentine 10+9reb+2ast, A.Bjornsson 6+3reb+2ast, T.Johannsson 5+6reb+2ast
Stjarnan: M.Valdimarsson 26+7reb, J.Shouse 22+6reb+4ast, D.Jonsson 14+1reb+2ast, F.Helgason 9+10reb+5ast, B.Mills 8+8reb, G.Larusson 4+2reb
gschID: 180160


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Pall Axel VILBERGSSON
  Skalla.
  (197-F/G-78)
  Avg: 45
 1. Vilbergsson, Skall.45.0 
 2. Matthews, Fjolnir30.0 
 3. Smith, Thor Thorl28.0 
 4. Belin, Njardvik27.0 
 5. Valdimarsson, Stja.26.0 
 6. Palm, IR26.0 
 7. Spencer, KFI25.0 
 8. Threatt, Snaefell24.0 
 9. Bjornsson, KR24.0 
 10. Broussard, Grind.23.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 15
 1. Van, Njardvik15.0 
 2. McQueen, Snaefell14.0 
 3. Belin, Njardvik14.0 
 4. Ragnarsson, Fjolnir13.0 
 5. Miller-W., KFI12.0 
 6. Thomas, KR12.0 
 7. Craion, Keflavik10.0 
 8. Viggosson, Tindast.10.0 
 9. Helgason, Stjarnan10.0 
 10. Eiriksson, Skalla.10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Baldur RAGNARSSON
  Thor T.
  (182-PG-90)
  Avg: 8
 1. Ragnarsson, Thor T.8.0 
 2. Threatt, Snaefell8.0 
 3. Miles, Tindastoll7.0 
 4. Gudmundsson, Fjoln.6.0 
 5. Fridriksson, Njard.6.0 
 6. Zeglinski, Grindav.6.0 
 7. Arnarson, IR5.0 
 8. Tomasson, Fjolnir5.0 
 9. Egilsson, Skallagr.5.0 
 10. Smith, Thor Thorl5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Benjamin SMITH
  Thor Thorl
  (178-G-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Smith, Thor Thorl6.0 
 2. Matthews, Fjolnir4.0 
 3. Palm, IR3.0 
 4. Viggosson, Tindast.3.0 
 5. Zeglinski, Grindav.3.0 
 6. Ingvarsson, Tinda.3.0 
 7. Hilmarsson, Thor T.3.0 
 8. Hermannsson, KR3.0 
 9. Ilievski, KFI2.0 
 10. Magnusson, KR2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Almar GUDBRANDSSON
  Kefla.
  (208-C-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Gudbrandsson, Kefl.4.0 
 2. Mills, Stjarnan2.0 
 3. Sovic, IR2.0 
 4. Valdimarsson, Stja.2.0 
 5. Miller-W., KFI2.0 
 6. Diggs, Thor Thorl2.0 
 7. Craion, Keflavik2.0 
 8. Hreidarsson, Skall.1.0 
 9. Ragnarsson, Fjolnir1.0 
 10. Ragnarsson, Thor1.0 



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  IRAN   


23rd FIBA Asia Champions Cup: Official website online-Schedule of games announced - by Maarouf Mawloud

The official website of the 23rd FIBA Asia Champions Cup is
now online at http://beirut2012.fibaasia.net
http://beirut2012.fibaasia.net provides all event related information including Archives, Overview, Rosters, System
of Competition on Asias premier basketball event for club teams.
During the competition itself, the website will feature real-time update of news, interviews, live results and statistics of
all the games.
Schedule
The schedule of games for the 23rd FIBA Asia Champions Cup has also been announced.
Hosts Al Riyadi Beirut will begin the defense of their title against newcomers Belent Ashgabat of Turkmenistan. Twice
former champions and last editions silver medalists Mahram of Iran will play against another debutant Energy
Resources Falcons of Mongolia and Emirian club Al Shabab will take on Duhok of Iraq to complete the fare for the
opening day.

FIBA ASIA - PRESS RELEASE



Anthony Grundy can not participate in Asian Club Championships due to passport issue - by Aydin Dianat

Anthony Grundy (189-G-79, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) can not participate in Asian Club Championships due to passport issue.
The player who signed a contract 2 weeks ago with Mahram Tehran to help the team during Asian Club Championships and also Iranian Superleague, after taking his passport to US embassy in Athens to renew it , couldn't take it back and the US embassy doesn't give any particular answer to the player to solve his issue.
Anthony Grundy who suppose to join team practices a week ago is waiting for his passport to join the team.
Meanwhile the club which is getting close to the big tournament shall decide upon their last 12 players today and announce the names to FIBA Asia.

The Asian club championship will be held in Lebanon from 14th to 30th October 2012.





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Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 26
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian26.0 
 2. Townes, B.Gais N.23.0 
 3. Taylor, UL Eagles22.5 
 4. Sullivan, Moycullen19.5 
 5. Killeen, UL Eagles16.0 
 6. Glover, DCU Saints14.0 
 7. Chubb, Killester13.5 
 8. Trimmer, DCU S.13.5 
 9. Kinevane, UL Eagl.12.5 
 10. Donnelly, DCU S.9.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian19.5 
 2. Sullivan, Moycullen12.0 
 3. Foley, UCD Marian12.0 
 4. Quill, DCU Saints10.5 
 5. Killeen, UL Eagles10.5 
 6. Townes, B.Gais N.9.5 
 7. Kelly, UCD Marian8.5 
 8. Stapleton, B.Gais8.0 
 9. Westbrooks, Killes.6.5 
 10. Tummon, Moycullen6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Robert TAYLOR
  UL Eagles
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Taylor, UL Eagles5.0 
 2. Noonan, B.Gais N.5.0 
 3. Kinevane, UL Eagl.5.0 
 4. Anderson, DCU S.4.5 
 5. Chubb, DCU Saints4.0 
 6. Donnelly, DCU S.4.0 
 7. McGinn, B.Gais N.3.5 
 8. Walsh, B.Gais N.3.0 
 9. Sullivan, Moycullen3.0 
 10. Lyons, Moycullen3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Keith ANDERSON
  DCU S.
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Anderson, DCU S.4.5 
 2. Summers, Killester3.0 
 3. Townes, B.Gais N.3.0 
 4. Donnelly, DCU S.3.0 
 5. Roe, Killester3.0 
 6. Campbell, UL Ea.2.5 
 7. Taylor, UL Eagles2.5 
 8. Sullivan, Moycullen2.5 
 9. Quill, DCU Saints2.5 
 10. Kinevane, UL Eag.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Paul STAPLETON
  B.Gais N.
  (201-C-78)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Stapleton, B.Gais3.5 
 2. Galvin, UCD Marian2.5 
 3. Townes, B.Gais N.2.0 
 4. Rudak, B.Gais N.2.0 
 5. Donnelly, DCU S.1.0 
 6. Killeen, UL Eagles1.0 
 7. Trimmer, DCU S.1.0 
 8. Foley, UCD Marian0.5 
 9. Noonan, B.Gais N.0.5 
 10. Quill, DCU Saints0.5 


Standings - EBS Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. UCC Demons 2-0 
 2. UL Eagles 2-0 
 3. Ballon Inter 1-1 
 4. Killester 1-1 
 5. UCD Marian 1-1 
 6. DCU Saints 1-1 
 7. B.Gais Neptune 0-2 
 8. Moycullen 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 6: UL Eagles - Killester 84-59
Oct. 6: DCU Saints - Moycullen 81-60
Oct. 6: UCD Marian - B.Gais Neptune 70-64
Oct. 7: UCC Demons - Ballon Inter 102-70

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 12: Ballon Inter - UCD Marian
Oct. 12: B.Gais Neptune - UCC Demons
Oct. 13: UL Eagles - Moycullen
Oct. 13: Killester - DCU Saints



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Aget Service Imola adds Marigney to their roster - by Eurobasket News (T)

Aget Service Imola (Lega2) added to their roster 30-year old American guard Paul Marigney (192-92kg-82, college: St.Marys, CA). The last season he played for Givova Scafati (Lega2). In 37 Lega2 games last year he recorded very impressive stats: 21.2ppg, 4.6rpg, 3.4apg and 2.3spg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Lega2 1st Team and All-Imports Team.
Marigney has played previously professionally in Italy (Trenkwalder RE, Pavia, Naturhouse Ferrara and Casalpusterlengo)
He attended Saint Marys College of California until 2005 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Samardo Samuels scored 14 as the Cavs outgun Montepaschi Siena - by Eurobasket News

Cleveland Cavaliers - Montepaschi Siena 91:85

Cleveland Cavaliers opened win count in pre-season. They toppled visiting Montepaschi Siena for 1-0 record in pre-season action. Samardo Samuels (6'9''-F/C-89, college: Louisville) deliverd 14 points and 7 rebounds to lead the home side.
Montepaschi ensured a brave start at the Quicken Loans Arena. They posted a 22:17 lead ten minutes into the clash. Cleveland slowly adjusted their game. The Cavs narrowed the deficit at three-point mark at halftime 33:36. The hosts went on a 30:24 rally in the third term to pull in front. Bobby Brown (6'2''-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) helped Siena to draw things level at 72 midway through the fourth period. However Donald Sloan (6'3''-G-88, college: Texas A&M) scored four points in a row to organize an 11:0 run from the Cavs as they cleared off for good in this one. Donald Sloan posted 13 points, while Tristan Thompson (6'8''-F-91, college: Texas) added 12 points in the victory. Bobby Brown answered with 22 points for Montepaschi. Matt Janning (6'4''-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) had 21 points in the loss.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Samardo Samuels 14, Donald Sloan 13, Tristan Thompson 12
Montepaschi Siena: Bobby Brown 22, Matt Janning 21



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T-Mac to move to China. - by Emeka Eke

SHANGHAI Longtime NBA star Tracy McGrady is close to sealing a deal to play for Qingdao DoubleStar in China with an announcement expected within days, a team official said on Tuesday.

According to Japan Times, the team in the eastern city of Qingdao has reached a verbal agreement with the seven-time NBA All-Star and was waiting for McGrady to sign a contract, Qingdao's general manager Sheng Xishun told AFP.

"Both parties have reached a verbal agreement," Sheng said. "The contract is for one year." He declined to give financial details.

McGrady , 33, is familiar to Chinese fans through his years playing alongside the now-retired Yao Ming one of China's most popular athletes with the Houston Rockets.



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23rd FIBA Asia Champions Cup: Official website online-Schedule of games announced - by Maarouf Mawloud

The official website of the 23rd FIBA Asia Champions Cup is
now online at http://beirut2012.fibaasia.net
http://beirut2012.fibaasia.net provides all event related information including Archives, Overview, Rosters, System
of Competition on Asias premier basketball event for club teams.
During the competition itself, the website will feature real-time update of news, interviews, live results and statistics of
all the games.
Schedule
The schedule of games for the 23rd FIBA Asia Champions Cup has also been announced.
Hosts Al Riyadi Beirut will begin the defense of their title against newcomers Belent Ashgabat of Turkmenistan. Twice
former champions and last editions silver medalists Mahram of Iran will play against another debutant Energy
Resources Falcons of Mongolia and Emirian club Al Shabab will take on Duhok of Iraq to complete the fare for the
opening day.

FIBA ASIA - PRESS RELEASE



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Recap of the 2012 Men's St James Hospital Preseason Tournament - by Steve Dolan

Recap of the 2012 Men's St James Hospital Preseason Tournament

Game 1 Athleta 51 v Depiro 45

The opening game of the 2012 Men's St. James Hospital Preseason Tournament is a rematch of the 2012 Malta League Championship Series that seen Athleta sweep Depiro
3-0 in the finals with none of the games ever being close. This was a hard fought game that seen both teams battle down to the end but again Athleta would come out on top. Athleta was led by Marco Tordorvic whom had 18pts, and a game hight 13 rebounds and two other Athleta Players was in double digit scoring for the defending champions while Depiro was led by American Guard/Forward Shawn Morgan with a game high 20pts 7rebs, 5stls FG 8/13 3PT 0/1 FT 4/6 . Morgan was the only player on the Depiro team within double digits for the game


Game 2 Siggiewi 58 v. Floriana 46

Siggiewi really had the control of this game from the start and never looked backed and knocked of Floriana in the 2nd game of the day. Siggiewi was led by Chris Meier Daniel Olsen. Meier finished the game with 13pts,10rebs and Olsen also finished with a double-double 10pts, 10rebs, and 5ast. Floriana was led by American forward Phillip Thomas and Bevan Camilleri. Phillips led all scorers with 15pts and Camilleri chipped in 9pts 8rebs, 3ast, and 3 stls for Floriana.

Game 3 Depiro 74 v. Luxol 70

Depiro was able to knock off Luxol after just playing a few hours earlier against Malta power Athleta but Depiro was able to knock off Luxol in a close game. Depiro was led by American Guard Forward Shawn Morgan whom had 28pts 12/18 FG and 4/5 FT. Depiro also had two other players in double figures Rodrick Vella added 14pts, 10rebs, and 6ast and Nigel Sultana added 13pts,7rebs. Luxol was led by American Stephen Shackleford whom added 33pts 13rebs and 6ast; Shackleford 7/21 FG 2/16 3PT AND 13/18 FT for the game. Luxol had one other player in double degit points Nikola Vasovic added 14pts for Luxol. Shawn Morgan and Depiro got the best of this match-up

Game 4 Siggiewi 46 v. Loyola 29

Siggiewi took control of this game early and never looked back as seen Siggiewi stay unbeaten in the tournament after this win. Chris Meier and Marco Matijevic led Siggiewi in this victory. Meier and Matijevic equal the numbers of the whole Loyoal team point wise for the entire game. Meier chipped in 15pts,6rebs and Matijevic added 14pts, and 8rebs for Siggiewi. Loyola was led their American Kenyale Evans 8pts and 6rebs.

Game 5 Athleta 58 v Luxol 40

Athleta entered this game after beating Depiro earlier in the day while Luxol entered the game after losing to Depiro. Athleta again showed why they are the defending champions by handling Luxol as many expected. Athleta was led by Steve Schembri 22pts and 6rebs. Luxol Nikola Vasovic with 13pts. Luxol American Stephen Shackleford continued to struggle from the field adding 10pts, 9stls and 5rebs 2/7 FG 1/12 3PT on the night.

Game 6 Floriana 58 v Loyola 26

Floriana walked through this game against Loyola with no problems as Loyola and their American Guard struggle to find the basket for the 2nd straight game being held under 30pts for the game as a team . Dirk Schembri again led Floriana with 14pts in the game. Loyola was led by the American Kenyale Evans whom struggled from the floor only shooting a combine 31% while scoring 13pts and leading the way for Loyola.

Game 7 Semifinals Game 1 Athleta 63 v. Floriana 54

Semi Final Game 1 was opportunity for Floriana to upset Malta power Athleta but as it turned out Athleta was to strong for Floriana and would be making their appearance for the chance to claim the championship. Athleta was led by Omar Said on their way to the finals. Said finished the game with 12pts and 5rebs. Floriana was led by American Forward Phillip Thomas 5/12 FG and 4/6 FT whom finished with 14pts and 8rebs in the loss

Game 8 Semifinals Game 2 Siggiewi 55 v. Depiro 48

Siggiewi and Deprio battle throughout the game exchanging the led back and forth before Siggiewi took control of the game late in the 2nd half. Siggiewi was led to the championship game to face Athleta by Peter Shoules whom added 13pts and 8 rebs for Siggiewi on their way to the championship game. Depiro was led by American Guard/Forward Shawn Morgan whom finished with 20ptsm 6rebs 8/17 FG 3PT 0/2 FT 4/5.

Game 9 5th and 6th place Game Luxol 58 v. Loyola 45

Luxol and Loyola both came into this final game for both teams with both teams being 0-2 in the tournament. If the games earlier in the tournament was any indication of how this game was going to go Luxol was a favorite entering this game. Loyola had struggled through the tournament and not breaking the 30 point barrier prior to entering the game. This game was closer than many would have thought with Luxol winning by 13pts at the end. Luxol was led by American Stephen Shackleford with 17pts and 15rebs despite shooting only 22% continuing to struggle through the tournament with his shooting. Vella and Sarrio led Loyola with 9points a piece as Loyola's American player Evans continue to struggle throughout the tournament.

Game 10 3rd and 4th Place Game Depiro 67 v. Floriana 59

This is not the game that Depiro wanted to be apart of as they had bigger expectations coming into the tournament and many wondered if their would be a let down on their side that would allow Floriana to knock them off but Depiro came out ready to play. Depiro was led by American Shawn Morgan whom dropped a game high 28pts and continue his hot shooting from the floor at 55%. Floriana was led by their American Phillip Thomas whom added 20pts and 10rebs for Floriana.

Game 11 Championship Game Siggiewi 59 v. Athleta 44

This was thought to be the game of the tournament when the finals was set after both teams won their semi finals match-up earlier in the day but Siggiewi took control and never looked back and the game was really never in question. Siggiewi was led by Lee Ross with 19pts but Chris Meier continued his great tournament play with 14pts and 10rebs. Athleta was led by Marco Todorovic with 17pts and 11rebs in the loss. The question is did Siggiewi set their self up to be the favorites to win the Malta League Championship in 2012-2013. What we learned from the Tournament looks like Siggiewi, Athleta, Depiro, and Floriana may be the teams favored to reach the playoffs or will their be a surprise team?



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Standings - LNBP

LNBP Standings
 1. Halc.Xalapa 10-1 
 2. Toros 8-2 
 3. Halc.Rojos 8-3 
 4. Soles 7-4 
 5. Panteras 7-4 
 6. Abejas 7-4 
 7. Huracanes 6-3 
 8. Pioneros 6-5 
 9. Barreteros 6-5 
 10. Corr.Victoria 6-5 
 11. Fuerza Regia 4-6 
 12. Lechugueros 4-7 
 13. Guerreros 3-8 
 14. Osos 2-9 
 15. Gansos 1-10 
 16. Gigantes 1-10 

Regular Season: Round 11

Oct. 6: Huracanes - Lechugueros 93-95
Oct. 6: Panteras - Halc.Xalapa 92-113
Oct. 6: Corr.Victoria - Abejas 89-102
Oct. 7: Toros - Soles 88-96
Oct. 6: Osos - Guerreros 88-90
Oct. 6: Barreteros - Halc.Rojos 85-82
Oct. 7: Fuerza Regia - Pioneros 74-86
Oct. 6: Gigantes - Gansos 103-108 OT

Regular Season: Round 12

Oct. 11: Pioneros - Gigantes
Oct. 11: Soles - Osos
Oct. 11: Guerreros - Toros
Oct. 11: Gansos - Fuerza Regia
Oct. 11: Lechugueros - Panteras
Oct. 11: Abejas - Barreteros
Oct. 11: Halc.Rojos - Corr.Victoria
Oct. 11: Halc.Xalapa - Huracanes


CIBACOPA 2013 - by Alejandro Martinez

CIBACOPA will hold its board of directors meeting next week at the league's headquarters in Cd. Obregon. Among the topics to be discussed are the 2013 season start date. Additionally, it is expected that the board will ratify the returning teams and any possible expansion to new cities. Some of the rumored cities that have shown interest are Mazatlan, Agua Prieta and Cd. Obregon. But perhaps the most important item in the agenda will be the possible election of new officers to the council. It is widely expected that the presidency, secretary and treasurer position will change hands. As a reminder, Antonio Gandara has served as the league's president since 2002 but has not fielded a team in the past 2 seasons.


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EuroCup: Buducnost to face Bilbao Basket, Belgacom Spirou and Lukoil Academik - by Darko Pekic

EuroCup regular season draw was held in Barcelona today and Buducnost got decent rivals. The club from Podgorica will have to face Spanish Bilbao Basket led by experienced Spanish National Team members Raul Lopez (183-PG-80), Roger Grimau (196-G-79, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) and Alex Mumbru (202-F-79). Bilbao is the biggest favorite for the first place in group B. The second opponent comes from Belgium- Belgacom Spirou, and they have six Americans and one well known to basketball fans in Adriatic League- Jiri Welsch (199-SG-80). The third team in the group is Bulagarian Lukoil Academic, another ambitious club with many Americans.

Dejan Radonjic (agency: Beo Basket )'s squad will start the regular season on November 7th and finish on December 12th. Last 16 stage will begin on February 20th. Quarterfinal series are scheduled to tip off on March 6th. The EuroCup season will conclude on April 13th with Final game.

Here are the Draw results:

Group A: Nymburk, Jerusalem, Budivelnyk, Rudupis
Group B: Bilbao Basket, Buducnost, Belgacom Spirou, Lukoil Academik
Group C: Le Mans, Triumph, VEF Riga, Artland Dragons
Group D: Valencia, Banvit, Azovmash, s.Oliver Basket
Group E: Galatasaray, Lokomotiv Kuban, BC Donetsk, Trefl Sopot
Group F: Unics, Panionios, Oostende, Stelmet Zielona Gora
Group G: Spartak SP, Cibona Zagreb, Cholet Basket, Ratiopharm Ulm
Group H: Cajasol, Banco di Sardegna, Crvena Zvezda and Orleans.



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Toronto fire past Real Madrid in pre-season clash - by Eurobasket News

Toronto Raptors - Real Madrid 102:95

Toronto Raptors celebrated the first victory of their pre-season campaign. They knocked down Real Madrid at the Air Canada Centre. Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) stepped up with 18 points and 6 boards to lead the hosts.
Toronto fired 29 points in the first quarter to gain a 7-point lead. Real cut the deficit in the second quarter. The Spanish team got within 2 points at the interval 48:50. The teams exchanged baskets throughout intense third period. The Raptors entered the fourth period up by just two points 75:73. The hosts however poured in 27 points in the final period to seal the victory. John Lucas (5'11''-PG-82, college: Oklahoma St.) provided 16 points, while Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85) added 14 points in the winning effort. Martynas Pocius (6'5''-SG-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) answered with 15 points for Real Madrid. Nikola Mirotic (6'10''-F/C-91) topscored with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Spanish side.

Toronto Raptors: Demar DeRozan 18, John Lucas 16, Andrea Bargnani 14
Real Madrid: Nikola Mirotic 17, Martynas Pocius 15



Warriors hold off Jazz to stay perfect in pre-season - by Eurobasket News

Golden State Warriors - Utah Jazz 83:80

Golden State Warriors claimed the second straight victory in the pre-season action. They narrowly defeated the Jazz at the Oracle Arena. David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) came up with 19 points and 14 rebounds to pace the hosts.
Utah enjoyed a 21:19 lead twelve minutes into the game. But the Warriors turned things around in the second quarter. They went on to win the half 42:33. Golden State stayed in control throughout the third period. They entered the fourth stanza up by 11 points. Enes Kanter (6'10''-C-92, college: Kentucky) helped the Jazz cut the deficit in the fourth period but they stopped just shy of victory at the end. Brandon Rush (6'6''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Kansas) delivered 14 points, while Klay Thompson (6'6''-G-90, college: Washington St.) added 11 points for the Warriors. Marvin Williams (6'9''-F-86, college: N.Carolina) and Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech) answered with 13 points apiece for the Jazz. Enes Kanter had 12 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Golden State Warriors: David Lee 19+14 boards, Brandon Rush 14, Klay Thompson 11
Utah Jazz: Marvin Williams 13, Paul Millsap 13, Enes Kanter 12+11 boards



CHICAGO BULLS SEASON PREVIEW! - by Chris Mathieu

CHICAGO BULLS SEASON PREVIEW!
The biggest offseason move the Bulls made was resigning coach Thibodeau to an extension on media day. The Bulls front office decided even though the so called bench mob was the best defensive unit in the league, they didnt believe they could win a title keeping that group together and moved almost all the players except Taj Gibson. The Bulls insisted they would match any offer for Omer Asik in the offseason, that was until Houston came in and offered him a 3 year 25 million dollar deal with a poison pill final year of 15 million. The team decided not to get too deep into the luxury tax and replaced the previous bench with players with shorter more manageable contracts. The Bulls are figuring this and possibly the year after it was unlikely to challenge for the best record in the NBA and challenge for the title. The Bulls front office decided to look to 2016 when they get the Charlotte pick which has the potential to be a top three pick overall and European phenom Nikola Mirotic is likely to come over.
Key losses: Ronnie Brewer, Kyle Korver, CJ Watson, Omer Asik, John Lucas, Mike James and Brian Scalabrine.
The biggest loss appears to be Kyle Korver and Omer Asik. Korver stretched the court and presented opposing teams with a player you couldnt leave on the double team. Asik is one of the best defensive centers in the NBA but is also one of the worst offensive shooters in the NBA. Asiks ability to defend away from the basket and guard the rim is a rare commodity in the NBA.
Key additions: Vladimir Radmanovic, Marko Jaric, Nazr Mohammed, Marko Belinelli, Nate Robinson, Kirk Hinrich, Kyryol Fesenko and Marquis Teague.
The biggest addition appears to be Marko Belinelli who can create his own shot and score off the dribble and from the outside. His problems are consistency and defense; it will be interesting to see how he adjusts to playing winning basketball. Kirk Hinrich/Nate Robinson will be called upon to hold down Derrick Roses position until he returns. Hinrich hasnt been the same player since leaving Chicago a few years ago and has battled injuries the last few years.
Key returnees: Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, Rip Hamilton, Taj Gibson, Jokim Noah and Jimmy Butler. Concern remains over Luol Dengs wrist which he opted not to have surgery on during the offseason. Boozer should get more touches and increase his scoring, he is not a traditional post power forward, he gets most of his scoring off of pick and roll and fade away jumpers and not action going to the rim. Rip needs to stay healthy and prove his value to the team after battling injuries last season. Noahs ankle injury ended the teams playoff hopes as much as Derricks knee injury. Taj is a big-time energy contributor off the bench and it is imperative the team resign him before he becomes a free agent and gets offered a big contract. Butler played well in spots and scored well this summer in the summer league; expect him to assume Ronnie Brewers spot now that he is gone. What is most important is that the Bulls dont rush back Derrick Rose until he is ready and rebuild the roster for another run at a title in 2016 and beyond.
Coach Thibodeau is one of the best head coaches in the NBA and will big needed if they are to continue to play better as a team, rather than as a bunch of individuals playing out of sync in isolation basketball which is so common among the lower level teams in the NBA.



Samardo Samuels scored 14 as the Cavs outgun Montepaschi Siena - by Eurobasket News

Cleveland Cavaliers - Montepaschi Siena 91:85

Cleveland Cavaliers opened win count in pre-season. They toppled visiting Montepaschi Siena for 1-0 record in pre-season action. Samardo Samuels (6'9''-F/C-89, college: Louisville) deliverd 14 points and 7 rebounds to lead the home side.
Montepaschi ensured a brave start at the Quicken Loans Arena. They posted a 22:17 lead ten minutes into the clash. Cleveland slowly adjusted their game. The Cavs narrowed the deficit at three-point mark at halftime 33:36. The hosts went on a 30:24 rally in the third term to pull in front. Bobby Brown (6'2''-PG-84, college: CS Fullerton) helped Siena to draw things level at 72 midway through the fourth period. However Donald Sloan (6'3''-G-88, college: Texas A&M) scored four points in a row to organize an 11:0 run from the Cavs as they cleared off for good in this one. Donald Sloan posted 13 points, while Tristan Thompson (6'8''-F-91, college: Texas) added 12 points in the victory. Bobby Brown answered with 22 points for Montepaschi. Matt Janning (6'4''-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) had 21 points in the loss.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Samardo Samuels 14, Donald Sloan 13, Tristan Thompson 12
Montepaschi Siena: Bobby Brown 22, Matt Janning 21



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Kalev/Cramo upset PGE Turow in their opener - by Eurobasket News

Kalev/Cramo upset PGE Turow in their opener of VTB League. The Estonian side grabbed 81:80 win last night for 1-0 record.
PGE Turow was very close to get their first win. But it seems they have to wait a little bit longer. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 31-21. But PGE Turow won second period 21-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Kalev/Cramo won last quarter 18-19. American point guard Keith McLeod (190-PG-79, college: Bowling Green) nailed 25 points for the winning side. Gregor Arbet (195-G/F-83) accounted for 12 points and 5 rebounds. Four Kalev/Cramo players scored in double figures. Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84, agency: BeoExcell) came up with 17 points and 8 rebounds and Djordje Micic (195-G-83) added 19 points respectively for PGE Turow in the defeat.
In the next round PGE Turow will face Russian Khimki. Kalev/Cramo will play in Ukraine against BC Donetsk.



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Mojica joins Quimsa: - by Marcos Carlo (T)

Javier Mojica (190-G-84, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Cent.Conn.St.) was announced by Quimsa Santiago del Estero as their new import for this season in Argentina.

Mojica played last season for Estudiantes and averaged 15 points per game in 29 games. He then left in mid-season for a better offer in Bayamon.

In Bayamon he averaged 10.8 points and was a defensive specialist under Flor Melendez.

He joins other Puerto Ricans in the Argentinian League like Ricky Sanchez (Libertad), David Huertas (Obras Sanitarias), Joel Jones and Daniel Santiago (Boca).

The former national team guard could make his debut later this week.



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Achara misses out on win on Rocks Debut - by Eurobasket News

Standard Life GB player, Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne) made his Rocks debut at the weekend but the Newcastle Eagles made sure the Glasgow side didn't get a win at their new home, the Emirates Stadium.

Despite posting 18 points for the Glasgow Rocks, Achara's tally wasn't enough to give his side the win as the Eagles defeated them 106-84.
It was by far the best basketball played by Fab Flournoy and his players so far this season, and made even more satisfying since the momentum was with the hosts for a large chunk of the game.

With the tip-off delayed in order to let a big debut crowd take their seats, the Rocks got off to a flying start, helped by the loan deal they recently penned with Achara.

The Rocks' forward made his mark early with a couple of big blocks which fuelled the sense of anticipation and energy from the hometown favourites and their supporters who revelled in the proceedings as they moved 38-25 ahead.

It looked like the force was going to be very much with the Rocks, but discounting the Eagles is never an option as history suggests. Having worked their way back into the contest to claw back the deficit, the away team exploded offensively during the final quarter in quite spectacular fashion.

Having managed to edge ahead 67-66 at the end of the third period, the visitors hit a purple patch of extraordinary intensity and it allowed them to amass an eye-popping 40 points in the final quarter and stroll to victory.
Courtesy of: http://www.gbbasketball.com



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Petar Bozic in Metalac - by Ivan Milenkovic

Petar Bozic (197-G-78) finally found new team. Former Partizan captain will play in Metalac from Valjevo this season. Coach of Serbian champions Dusko Vujosevic didn't want to offer him new contract and experienced guard had big problems to find new team. Fortunately for him, Metalac sacked their best player Vladimir Panic (194-F-82) after fight with teammate and needed replacement for him. Petar Bozic played for Beobanka, Radnicki Beograd and Hemofarm Vrsac before spending 8 years in Partizan.


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Handlova add Ray Jones Jr. - by Eurobasket News (T)

Handlova bolstered their backcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Ray Jones Jr. (191-G). The guard will start his pro career in Slovak Republis. Ray Jones Jr.. has just graduated from the Southern Utah University. The guard delivered 9.9 points, 4.5 assists, 4.0 boards and 1.2 steals per game in his senior season with the Thunderbirds. He led his team to the Summit League Tournament semifinal.


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Stats Leaders - 1B

Points Per Game
 Igor SPESIC
  Terme Olimia
  (204-F/C-83)
  Avg: 28
 1. Spesic, Terme Olim.28.0 
 2. Balazic, Lastovka26.0 
 3. Lozar, Crnomelj24.0 
 4. Remus, Splosna23.0 
 5. Pusic, Sencur CP23.0 
 6. Horvat, Radenska22.0 
 7. Richter, Koper21.0 
 8. Gabrovsek, Postoj.21.0 
 9. Kosi, Branik21.0 
 10. Hren, Litija21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miha MARKIC
  Koper
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 11
 1. Markic, Koper11.0 
 2. Remus, Splosna10.0 
 3. Lipovsek, Hrastnik9.0 
 4. Doljak, Parklji9.0 
 5. Zagorc, Splosna8.0 
 6. Cerkovnik, Crnom.8.0 
 7. Horvat, Sencur CP8.0 
 8. Sipura, Hrastnik8.0 
 9. Percel, Splosna8.0 
 10. Grbic, Crnomelj7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Boban VUKOVIC
  Koper
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 10
 1. Vukovic, Koper10.0 
 2. Suran, Radenska8.0 
 3. Ivanusa, Crnomelj7.0 
 4. Janza, Lastovka6.0 
 5. Blazevic, Sencur CP6.0 
 6. Span, Litija6.0 
 7. Ucman, Lastovka5.0 
 8. Lozar, Crnomelj5.0 
 9. Macek, Terme Olimia5.0 
 10. Markic, Koper5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Gasper OVNIK
  Litija
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 4
 1. Ovnik, Litija4.0 
 2. Richter, Koper4.0 
 3. Cvek, Sencur CP4.0 
 4. Vukovic, Koper4.0 
 5. Milovic, Postojna4.0 
 6. Markic, Koper4.0 
 7. Blazevic, Sencur CP4.0 
 8. Ivacic, Lastovka3.0 
 9. Rogelja, Parklji3.0 
 10. Gabrovsek, Posto.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Saso LJUBENOVIC
  Parklji
  (205-F-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ljubenovic, Parklji2.0 
 2. Markic, Koper2.0 
 3. Skornik, Radenska1.0 
 4. Urbanc, Sencur CP1.0 
 5. Vujovic, Koper1.0 
 6. Ovnik, Litija1.0 
 7. Klepo, Lastovka1.0 
 8. Erzen, Sencur CP1.0 
 9. Grbic, Crnomelj0.0 
 10. Gabrovsek, Posto.0.0 


2SKL: Round 1 review - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in 2SKL just started. There was no lack of interesting games this round.

Hrastnik - Parklji 65-62
The hosts were already 16 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-11 Parklji's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 65-62 at the end of the game. Center Crt Lipovsek (194-C-88) nailed 16 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side and Ardijan Krasnici (-90) accounted for 14 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Matej Luznar (192-92) came up with 16 points and guard Luka Hren (198-90, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) added 18 points respectively for Parklji in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Parklji: L.Hren 18+2reb+1ast, M.Luznar 16+3reb+3ast, S.Ljubenovic 10+7reb+1ast, M.Urbas 5+3reb+1ast, J.Doljak 4+9reb+1ast, A.Rogelja 4+1reb+1ast
Hrastnik: C.Lipovsek 16+9reb+1ast, A.Krasnici 14+5reb+1ast, M.Babic 11+4reb+2ast, M.Cmer 10+3ast, A.Zdolsek 9+5reb+1ast, F.Kelek 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 189909


Lastovka - Litija 80-63
The game was mostly controlled by Lastovka. Litija managed to win fourth quarter 26-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lastovka forced 19 Litija turnovers. Forward Klemen Balazic (194-89) fired 26 points for the winners. Guard Aljaz Janza (188-81) chipped in 8 points and 6 assists. Swingman Lovro Hren (202-87) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds and Jure Span (-95) added 12 points and 6 assists respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Litija: L.Hren 21+7reb, K.Panic 14+3reb+1ast, J.Span 12+4reb+6ast, A.Kajtna 6+1ast, G.Ovnik 6+5reb+2ast, Z.Marijanovic 2
Lastovka: K.Balazic 26+4reb, M.Klepo 11+3reb+2ast, M.Korosec 9+3reb, Z.Ivacic 8+2reb+3ast, A.Janza 8+2reb+6ast, D.Dolinar 6+6reb+1ast
gschID: 189912


Terme Olimia - Radenska 88-99
The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 31-16 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Radenska made 19-of-22 free shots (86.4 percent) during the game. They shot the lights out from three sinking 14 long-distance shots on high 56.0 percentage. Terme Olimia was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Tadej Horvat (190-84) stepped up and scored 22 points and 4 assists for the winners and Jure Struc (-87) chipped in 19 points. Radenska's coach used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. At the losing side power forward Igor Spesic (204-83) responded with 28 points and 6 rebounds and guard Andrej Macek (183-83) scored 20 points and 5 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Terme Olimia: I.Spesic 28+6reb+1ast, A.Macek 20+4reb+5ast, R.Gobec 17+4reb, F.Memcic 14+4reb, U.Globovnik 3+4reb+2ast, B.Pungartnik 2+1reb
Radenska: T.Horvat 22+1reb+4ast, J.Struc 19+2reb, D.Skornik 12+6reb+2ast, M.Gomboc 11+1reb, J.Jutersnik 8+2reb, A.Novak 8+3reb
gschID: 189913


Koper - Crnomelj 95-86
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Crnomelj won fourth quarter 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Koper forced 23 Crnomelj turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. 30 personal fouls committed by Crnomelj helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Miha Markic (200-88, agency: Kotnik Sports Agency) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Guard Emanuel Richter (192-86) contributed with 21 points, 5 assists and 4 steals for the winners. Five Koper players scored in double figures. Matic Lozar (-92) answered with 24 points and 5 assists and power forward Anze Cerkovnik (200-86) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Crnomelj.
Top scorers:
Crnomelj: M.Lozar 24+2reb+5ast, A.Cerkovnik 16+8reb+1ast, P.Grdesic 13+3reb+2ast, A.Henigman 10+3reb+2ast, M.Grbic 8+7reb+1ast, N.Butala 8+3reb+1ast
Koper: E.Richter 21+4reb+5ast, M.Markic 20+11reb+5ast, P.Vujovic 16+3reb+2ast, B.Vukovic 16+3reb+10ast, L.Santelj 12+4reb, L.Lazar 9+3reb
gschID: 189914


Postojna - Splosna plovba 69-77
The game without a history. Splosna plovba led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Splosna plovba outrebounded Postojna 44-26 including a 32-17 advantage in defensive rebounds. Postojna was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Aljosa Remus (200-86) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and guard Ziga Percel (188-89) chipped in 12 points and 8 rebounds. Four Splosna plovba players scored in double figures. At the losing side point guard Jure Gabrovsek (180-93) responded with 21 points and 5 rebounds and guard Tomaz Podboj (204-86) scored 17 points and 6 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Postojna: J.Gabrovsek 21+5reb+1ast, T.Podboj 17+6reb, S.Milovic 13+7reb+3ast, A.Volk 6+1ast, S.Katanec 6+1reb, N.Kalamanda 2+3reb
Splosna plovba: A.Remus 23+10reb+1ast, Z.Percel 12+8reb+1ast, A.Cveticanin 11+5reb+1ast, J.Zagorc 11+8reb, Z.Bahor 9+3reb, S.Marsic 6+4reb
gschID: 189910


Sencur CP - Branik 94-67
The game was mostly controlled by Sencur CP. Branik managed to win fourth quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Sencur CP dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Branik's 28 and made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. Sencur CP forced 29 Branik turnovers and outrebounded them 32-21 including 22 on the defensive glass. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Branik's players. Kosovan guard Dragan Pusic (193-84) stepped up and scored 23 points and 4 assists for the winners and forward Aljaz Urbanc (197-84) chipped in 14 points. Four Sencur CP players scored in double figures. At the losing side Jernej Kosi (-94) responded with 21 points (made all of his seven free throws) and Niko Senekovic (-88) scored 10 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Branik: J.Kosi 21+1reb, T.Unverdorben 13+1reb, N.Senekovic 10+5reb+1ast, M.Matijevic 9+2reb+2ast, S.Skrbinsek 6+3reb, Z.Sledic 4+5reb+1ast
Sencur CP: D.Pusic 23+3reb+4ast, A.Urbanc 14+3reb+3ast, J.Erzen 12+7reb+1ast, A.Blazevic 10+4reb+6ast, R.Horvat 8+8reb+2ast, D.Keric 8+1reb


1B Stats Leaders

2SKL Standings
 1. Hrastnik 1-0 
 2. Koper 1-0 
 3. Lastovka 1-0 
 4. Radenska 1-0 
 5. Sencur CP 1-0 
 6. Splosna plovba 1-0 
 7. Krka II 0-0 
 8. Triglav Strazisce 0-0 
 9. Branik 0-1 
 10. Crnomelj 0-1 
 11. Litija 0-1 
 12. Parklji 0-1 
 13. Postojna 0-1 
 14. Terme Olimia 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 6: Koper - Crnomelj 95-86
Oct. 6: Sencur CP - Branik 94-67
Oct. 6: Terme Olimia - Radenska 88-99
Oct. 6: Lastovka - Litija 80-63
Oct. 6: Postojna - Splosna plovba 69-77
Oct. 8: Hrastnik - Parklji 65-62

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 13: Crnomelj - Triglav Strazisce
Oct. 13: Radenska - Koper
Oct. 13: Litija - Terme Olimia
Oct. 13: Branik - Lastovka
Oct. 13: Splosna plovba - Sencur CP
Oct. 13: Hrastnik - Postojna



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Centauros de Apure defeated Mavort - by Wolfgang Lucena (T)

Centauros de Apure won its first game of the 2012 Club's South American basketball League defeating Mavort 84-73 in the Luis Leoro Franco Arena.
The Venezuelan team scored 30 points during the last part of the game to win versus the Ecuador representative.
The leader of Centauros de Apure was Clarence Matthews (201-F-83, college: Tennessee St.) with 20 points and 11 rebounds followed by both Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87, college: Campbellsville) and Tulio Cobos (196-F-86, college: Northeastern St.) with 16 points each. Despite of the defeated Mavort has its best player on Elys Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) with 28 points helped by Raul Cardenas (190-G-82, college: Faulkner) with 9 points and 10 assist.




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Lan Mobel Iraurgi Saski Baloia lands Guillermo Justo - by Eurobasket News (T)

Lan Mobel Iraurgi Saski Baloia (LEB Silver) landed 27-year old swingman Guillermo Justo (192-85). Justo played most recently at Logitravel Mallorca in LEB Gold. However his team withdrew from the league. In 34 EBA games last season he averaged 6.7ppg and 1.0apg.
He has played previously for five other Spanish teams: Tenerife, Alaior, Aridane, Fontedoso Carrefour and Alaior

By Eurobasket Data Center



Gran Canaria keep Roberto Guerra - by Eurobasket News (T)

Gran Canaria extended the contract with Roberto Guerra (195-G/F-83). The forward is expected to spend two more weeks with the team. Roberto Guerra joined Gran Canaria at the start the season signing a short-term deal. He appeared in 2 ACB games so far. He combined just 5 minutes of action grabbing one rebound in those games. Last season Roberto Guerra started with BC Granada. He notched 10.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.6 steals per game in LEB Gold. Later the forward moved to Faymasa Palencia Baloncesto. His stats read 5.0 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game there. Robert Guerra used to be the member of Spanish B National Team back in 2003.


Toronto fire past Real Madrid in pre-season clash - by Eurobasket News

Toronto Raptors - Real Madrid 102:95

Toronto Raptors celebrated the first victory of their pre-season campaign. They knocked down Real Madrid at the Air Canada Centre. Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) stepped up with 18 points and 6 boards to lead the hosts.
Toronto fired 29 points in the first quarter to gain a 7-point lead. Real cut the deficit in the second quarter. The Spanish team got within 2 points at the interval 48:50. The teams exchanged baskets throughout intense third period. The Raptors entered the fourth period up by just two points 75:73. The hosts however poured in 27 points in the final period to seal the victory. John Lucas (5'11''-PG-82, college: Oklahoma St.) provided 16 points, while Andrea Bargnani (6'10''-F/C-85) added 14 points in the winning effort. Martynas Pocius (6'5''-SG-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) answered with 15 points for Real Madrid. Nikola Mirotic (6'10''-F/C-91) topscored with 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Spanish side.

Toronto Raptors: Demar DeRozan 18, John Lucas 16, Andrea Bargnani 14
Real Madrid: Nikola Mirotic 17, Martynas Pocius 15



Spanish EBA Round 4 Best Performance: Eduard Villacampa - by Mariano Galindo

Eduard Villacampa (204-C-85) (204-C-85) had an amazing evening for CB Tarragona, receiving a Eurobasket.com EBA Player of the Week award for round 4. Like David Calvo (200-C-82) last week, the 27-year old player was so close to post a double-double, with 23 points and 8 rebounds for 31 index rating. In spite of this amazing performance, CB Tarragona, coached by Berni Alvarez, could not win the game vs Palma de Mallorca, altought Tarragona remains in the top of the league.


Tariq Kirksay claims Spanish ACB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American-French Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79) put on an amazing game in the last round for Asefa Estudiantes and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2. The 33-year old forward had the game-high 28 points adding four rebounds for Estudiantes in his team's victory, helping them to beat Lagun Aro GBC (0-2) 83-71. Kirksay had a remarkable 100.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Asefa Estudian.'s top player in his first season with the team. Iona College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Kirksay is in league's top in points (6th best: 19.0ppg), rebounds (3rd best: 8.5rpg) and averages solid 3.0spg,81.3% FGP and 44.4% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young Montenegrin power forward Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) of Real Madrid. Mirotic impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 10 rebounds. Of course he lead Real Madrid to another comfortable win outscoring Blancos de R. (1-1) 100-75. His team has extremely good start of the season. They won both games so far. However the season is at the beginning, so everything can happen. They still may lose their high position in the standings. Mirotic is one of the most experienced players at Real Madrid and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.0ppg (#4). He also registered 6.5 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was Brazilian Vitor Faverani (211-C-88) of Valencia. Faverani scored 14 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Valencia, leading his team to a 78-77 win against UCAM Murcia (1-1). Valencia has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Faverani also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 12.5rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Salah Mejri (217-C-86) of Blusens M. - 20 points and 8 rebounds
5. Tony Gaffney (204-F-84) of FIATC Joventut - 14 points and 10 rebounds
6. Sam Van Rossom (188-PG-86) of CAI Zaragoza - 21 points and 4 rebounds
7. Marcus Lewis (203-F/C-86) of UCAM Murcia - 25 points and 4 rebounds
8. Alex Mumbru (202-F-79) of Gescrap BB - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. German Gabriel (207-C-80) of Asefa Estudian. - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Spencer Nelson (202-F/C-80) of G.Canaria 2014 - 23 points, 6 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)



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Denver Holmes is a newcomer at Monthey - by Eurobasket News (T)

BBC Monthey (LNA) added to their roster American swingman Denver Holmes (193-82kg, college: Evansville). Holmes moved there from Huracanes in Mexican LNBP. Holmes posted averaged 14.7 points, 3.0 boards and 2.3 assists per game for Huracanes. 
Holmes graduated from University of Evansville in 2012 and he is in his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @pambasketball)



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Turen number one in Turkish TB2L for round 1 - by Eurobasket News

Power forward Metin Turen (205-PF-94) had an amazing evening for Darussafaka, receiving a Eurobasket.com TB2L Player of the Week award for round 1. The 18-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, eight rebounds) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Istanbul B.B. (0-1) 89-82.

The second best player in first round's games was 24-year old American Charles Hinkle (195-G-88) of Istanbulspor. Hinkle had a very good evening with a double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as Istanbulspor was edged in overtime by Pertevniyal (1-0) 89-88.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Arthur Johnson (206-F/C-81) of Istanbul B.B.. Johnson scored 19 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Johnson's great performance Istanbul B.B. lost 82-89 to Darussafaka (1-0).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Justin Carter (193-F-87) of Usak - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Jermaine Dearman (202-F/C-80) of Gelisim - 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Alex Gordon (184-G-85) of Yesilgiresun - 39 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Cem Coskun (209-C-87) of Balikesir - 17 points and 11 rebounds
8. Tyrone Nelson (206-F-85) of Akhisar Bld - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists
9. Bill Clark (195-SF-88) of Selcuk Univ. - 23 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Marshall Moses (198-F-89) of Final Genclik - 18 points, 12 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)



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VIFF: Basketball players journey sheds light on gender and politics in Iran - by David Edole

By Yvonne Zacharias, Vancouver Sun October 8, 2012

Iranian women cheer during a basketball game in a scene from The Iran Job, a movie showing at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

Iranian women cheer during a basketball game in a scene from The Iran Job, a movie showing at the Vancouver International Film Festival.
Photograph by: Handout , theiranjob.com

Imagine a dark movie theatre filled with expatriate Iranians and basketball players.

Given Metro Vancouvers sizable Iranian community and the large number of basketball fans, you just might find that intriguing combination among the audience as The Iran Job continues its Canadian debut Tuesday at the Vancouver International Film Festival.

The 93-minute documentary follows affable American basketball player Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Jacksonville) as he signs with the newest team in the Iranian Super League, A.S. Shiraz, and is charged with bringing the fledgling team into the playoffs.

As Sheppard explains in the film, God put something in my spirit that made him go to the far off land.

This might have turned out to be just a jock flick except that Sheppards engaging personality leads him to befriend three single Iranian women. The plot thickens when athletics becomes the backdrop to issues of womens rights and freedoms, or lack thereof, in the strict Muslim country.

Together, the women visit the apartment Sheppard shares with his seven-foot Serbian teammate even though its taboo for Iranian women to go to any mans home unless he is family. They take off head scarves and one even accepts a beer, both no-nos. Here, in this clandestine setting, the women engage in lively discussion about feeling repressed in their country and the film becomes gently, almost accidentally political.

Yet The Iran Job presents a favourable view of Iranian society, if not the countrys governing forces, and is alternately funny and poignant. Through German filmmaker Till Schauders lens, we get a glimpse into rarely seen corners of Iranian society, perhaps aided by his American-Iranian wife and producer Sara Nodjoumi.

In a phone interview from New York, where the film is set to open Oct. 12, Sheppard and Schauder described their initial trepidation about the project.

We started with nothing, my wife and I, said Schauder. We had a studio apartment in Manhattan. We had literally no funding, nothing. Adding to the financial pressure, they had two babies while the film was in the works.

Then there was Sheppards reluctance to move beyond basketball and share his private life, to allow Schauder who was initially a stranger, to sleep on his couch and record his every move.

He was very annoying at first, said Sheppard, explaining he is not normally a shy person in front of the camera. Having been a basketball player for hire around the world, he is used to entertaining people and being in the limelight. But this was too much. I kicked him out a couple of times because he literally would not stop rolling his camera. Id wake up at 5 a.m. Or Id go pee at three in the morning. I was coming out of the bathroom and he is right in my face.

Eventually Sheppard got so used to having Schauder and his camera around that they basically became invisible. All he had to do was be himself, a task he did not find difficult.

Once the film was made, there were other anxieties. A born procrastinator by his own admission, it took Sheppard two years to sign the release form which allowed the film to be shown publicly.

I have to admit I didnt show him the footage for a long time because I was so scared of his reaction, said Schauder, whose wife pressured him to get Sheppards approval. When the filmmaker brought Sheppard to New York to do some sound recording and show him a rough cut, the basketball player loved the result and signed the form. So my wife and I are still happily married, said Schauder with a laugh.

Then there were the women. Although Shauder had permission to film them, he felt compelled to show the women the result because of potential repercussions.

He travelled to the United Kingdom with to show the film to Hilda, a nurse who befriends Sheppard in Iran and introduces him to her two friends after he is treated for a sprained ankle at the physical therapy office where she works. Being the most cautious of the three, Schauder half expected her to veto her involvement in the film.

It was really the longest 93 minutes of my life, he said. She had every emotional reaction you can imagine. She laughed. She cried. She was nostalgic. When it was over, Hilda gave her approval, saying she didnt know what would happen as a result but she was very proud of the film.

Laleh, who had also moved to another country, requested several changes. But just as Schauder was instructing the films editors to make the changes, she called to say she had watched it again and changed her mind. Its beautiful as it is, she told him. Just leave it.

The third woman, Elaheh, an Iranian beauty who dreamed of being a movie star, is the only one still living in Iran. She was also shown the film and, according to Schauder, raised no objections.

The Iran Job has never been formally shown in Iran, although it is possible bootlegged copies have made it into the country. As far as Schauder knows, the three women have not been penalized for their participation and he doubts they will be. Oppressive regimes tend to target a films makers rather than those who appear in it, he said.

Case in point: Schauder and Nodjoumi have been barred from re-entering Iran.

Despite the challenges in making the film, Schauder and Sheppard said they wouldnt change a thing.

Sheppard feels he has done his part in changing the commonly held perception that Iran is a country full of terrorists.

His time in Iran and making the film have broadened his understanding of the world. Now the athlete is trying to take the lessons he learned and apply them back home on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands where he has started the Choices Basketball Association for struggling young men.

For his part, Schauder admits he had no track record in documentary-making when he took on The Iran Job as his first non-fiction project. He has made some strategic mistakes in getting the film out to the public, he said, but hes also had some wins.

We were very lucky with some people helping us out and not so lucky with others, he said.

The film has received positive reviews by the Los Angeles Times among others. The Huffington Post encouraged readers to view The Iran Job as a measured response to the anti-Islam film Innocence of Muslims.

A Kickstarter campaign has been started to help widen theatrical distribution.

Right now, in hindsight, we are very blessed, said Schauder.

The Iran Job plays Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 11 a.m. at the Vancity Theatre.



Coon: Duncan sixth-most overpaid in NBA last season - by David Edole

by Dan McCarney in Spurs

Between the championships and lack of drama, its probably impossible to put a dollar figure on everything Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) has meant to the Spurs over the years.

So its with more than a little hesitance that I provide this link to the latest project of NBA salary guru Larry Coon, in which Duncan rated the sixth-most overpaid player in the Association last season. Especially now that Duncans latest deal brings him back in line with what his actual production warrants at this stage of his career.

Its still a talking piece, so make of it what you will.

Its an ESPN Insider feature, which means you have to have membership access to read the entire piece. (An editorial aside: Between John Hollinger and the rest of ESPNs NBA crew, its well worth the fee.)

But were not spilling too many beans by revealing that Coon, author of the revered NBA Salary Cap FAQ, came up with his list by measuring the difference between actual salary and expected salary as determined by ESPNs recent player rank project, in which Duncan finished 27th.

A very respectable ranking, but nowhere near equivalent to the $21.1 million Duncan cleared last season. Indeed, Coons formula put the difference at $$9.6 million, just ahead of Kevin Garnett in seventh place (overpaid by $8.8 million) and trailing only five other players:

1. Rashard Lewis, $19.1 million

2. Elton Brand, $12.1 million

3. Antawn Jamison ($11.9 million)

4. Amare Stoudemire ($10.13 million)

5. Chris Kaman ($10.09 million)

(Note Coon offered a disclaimer for players like Kobe Bryant who are still major draws at the ticket office.)

Conversely, LeBron James was the NBAs most underpaid player despite raking in $16 million roughly half what Coons formula figures hes worth.



For ESPNs Stephen A Smith, Finding a Sanctuary in St Thomas - by David Edole

By Alexander Britell

Every morning at 10 AM eastern time, sports journalist Stephen A Smith goes head-to-head with colleague Skip Bayless on the set of ESPNs First Take.

The debate programme features the inimitable Smith and Bayless, two of the sports worlds most influential commentators, matching wits on some of the most pressing and controversial issues of the day.

But when Smith isnt across the desk from Bayless, writing his column for ESPN New York or hosting his daily radio show for 98.7 FM in New York, he finds a home in the Caribbean.

Each year, Smith returns to St Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands, the original home of both of his parents and his older sister, a tranquil world that is the polar opposite of his daily verbal jousting on First Take.

Its a place I go to every year its a place I consider my sanctuary when I want to get away and just relax and be at peace, Smith tells Caribbean Journal. I enjoy the beach, the sunshine, and at the same time, some family love. Its home for me anyway even though I was born in the Bronx and raised in Hollis, Queens, its like a second home for me.

St Thomas is a far cry from Bristol, Conn., the home of ESPNs campus, and New York.

For me, personally, its always great its always great weather, its never a bad time, he says. When you have a job like I have, multiple jobs, and youre constantly on your grind, its good to get away and relax and to see my relatives there. So I still get some home cooking from my aunts and see my other cousins, and hang out with them, and get to have that family time together.

The family time is largely accompanied relaxation on the beach, he says.

Im usually near Jersey Bay, or going over to Red Hook to take the boat over to Trunk Bay [in St John], which is only 15 minutes away, he says. Its always one of those two things any time Im on the island. Because my life is surrounded by noise. In this business, if youre looking for peace and quiet to dominate your life, thats not the way this business works. So its incredibly beneficial to me, that Im able to get away.

After daily debating, its a different life on St Thomas for Smith, who says he prefers to listen and hold back from talking sports while on the island.

I try to listen to the people. If they want to talk to me its fine, but I try not to engage in debate, he says. But they never show me anything but love.

Thats in part due to his public persona, and frequently bold opinions on the sports worlds most talked-about issues which lead to adulation, criticism, and sometimes more.

I get threats quite frequently when you have that kind of life, and when your life is surrounded by that, you dont invite dialogue that is going to be of a contentious nature, because thats wasted energy and its not something I engage in, he says. People are entitled to their opinions, and obviously can think what they want to think, but I do what I can do avoid that, especially on the island.

But Smiths vast sports knowledge and bold opinions have helped to advance First Take, which brought in Smith to be the featured debater along with Bayless earlier this year.

In that time, the show has seen its audience grow even further. But he gives much of the credit to Bayless, his longtime colleague.

They tell me the ratings continue to climb, and they tell me Ive been a big part of that obviously, he says. But I give a boatload of credit to Skip Bayless. We rarely agree on much, we certainly never hang out together, but from the standpoint of being professionals and colleagues and friends in this business, he is somebody that is very important to me on both fronts.

Smith and Bayless have known each other for about 15 years, he says.

He is a tireless worker he is somebody thats committed to this show, and its the most important thing that, I believe, that hes done in his mind in his professional career, he says. He takes it incredibly seriously, and hes been committed to uplifting this show from day one. What he does to prepare, the things he looks at, the things he wants to talk about, how he goes about the business, it just says a lot about him and he brings it.

Some of the shows most famous debates involve New York Jets quarterback Tim Tebow, with Bayless a major proponent of the former University of Florida star, and Smith, a critic if only for what he says is Tebows inability to throw the football.

That has led to another partnership between the two. Bayless is now a weekly guest on Smiths radio show to discuss the previous days New York Jets game regarding the performance or lack thereof of quarterback Tim Tebow, perhaps the NFLs biggest current lightning rod for debate.

He comes on after the Jets game; you cant find a bigger Tebow supporter, Smith says. Because of that, I have him on after each weeks game to chronicle what Tim Tebow isnt doing so thats something that we have going on.

Its that competitiveness that helps Smith sustain his success on the show, which recently brought in Cari Champion as its new full-time moderator.

I dont mind it, because I know hes crazy, he says. I know that hes not going to say the predictable things, and its very rarely to have a boring moment with him. Im the kind of guy that, I have to be excited about the things Im doing. If Im not, Im not going to be looking for opportunities elsewhere. And Skip Bayless enables me to look forward to coming to work everyday.

And its a professional collaboration which Smith seems to relish, and one that drives him.

If you are going to debate him everyday, you have to bring it yourself, he says. It works so much so that I really would not be interested in being on the show, I would not have signed on to do the show unless he was on it. And it means a great deal to me. He asked me to come and do it every day and if it were not for him asking, I dont think I would have.

But when the cameras dim, and the debates cool down, Smith manages to find his way to another, quieter home in St Thomas.



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Men's National Cup round-up: Worcester II upsets Glamorgan - by Eurobasket News

The second round of the Men's National Cup second round threw up some surprise results at the weekend.
Our Game of the Week between Bradford Dragons and Leeds Carnegie was one of the few second round match-ups that was decided by less than a double digit margin.
Leeds got revenge after Bradford's Trophy win earlier this season by eliminating them from the National Cup with a 68-61 victory. Henry Wilkins (195-SG-90) and Dave Ajumobi (193-F-88) combined for 43 Carnegie points in the win.
The big upset in the second round saw Division 3 side Worcester Wolves II defeat Glamorgan Gladiators 87-54.
Despite Gladiators taking an early 22-15 first quarter lead, Worcester stormed back to win the final three periods 62-32 and now await their chance at another upset against Division 1 side Bristol Academy Flyers. Flyers defeated Division 3 team Plymouth Marjon 76-61 in their second round clash.
A 24-8 opening quarter against newly-relegated PAWS London Capital saw NASSA Neptunes cruise comfortably into Round 3 where they await Hemel Storm.
Storm beat Brixton Topcats 87-73 in the second round and their associate head coach Mark Lloyd said, "The game was played at a higher level than our first match against them in the Trophy so this was an important win for us.
"They really got after us defensively but we responded well and executed - especially down the stretch. Although we're still experimenting with line-ups, for the first time we were able to close the game out in the last eight minutes with our key guys on the floor rested and ready to perform," he said.
All other second round games went the way of the upper tier team.
In the games that featured two teams playing each other from the same division, Mansfield Giants beat Killamarsh Derbyshire Arrows 96-86, Worthing Thunder defeated Medway Park Crusaders 87-78 and the red-hot Tees Valley Mohawks beat local rivals Team Northumbria 87-68.
Mohawks head coach Steve Butler was quick to praise his team:
"It's great to get a local win," he said. "Northumbria are a good team and to win here on their court is a great result for us. Jorge Ebanks got a season high 35 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists; he was excellent today but the whole team was. Lee McLaughlin came off the bench and gave us the spark we needed in the second half so I'm really pleased with his effort."
Worthing Thunder coach Daniel Hildreth was also pleased with his team's performance in Kent:
"The whole team played well and I'm proud of everyone involved. We've deserved this win, and it was a great reward for the effort and professionalism they displayed on the court this weekend," said the new coach.
The full list of Men's National Cup second round results are outlined below. The third round schedule will be finalised after the two remaining round 2 games are played on Thursday evening. London Westside host Canary Wharf London Lituanica and Reading Rockets take on Bracknell Cobras in a battle of Berkshire.
2nd Round
Oct 7 2012 Worcester Wolves II 87 v 54 Glamorgan Gladiators
Oct 7 2012 Team Solent 55 v 79 Westminster Warriors
Oct 7 2012 Essex Leopards 20 v 0 Brentwood Fire
Oct 7 2012 Leicester Warriors 75 v 51 Birmingham Mets
Oct 7 2012 Loughborough Students Riders 74 v 58 Birmingham A's
Oct 7 2012 LSBU Brixton Topcats 73 v 87 Hemel Storm
Oct 7 2012 Mansfield Giants 96 v 86 Killamarsh Derbyshire Arrows
Oct 7 2012 Medway Park Crusaders 78 v 87 Worthing Thunder
Oct 7 2012 Newham (NASSA) Neptunes 85 v 50 PAWS London Capitals
Oct 7 2012 Nottingham Hoods 66 v 89 Derby Trailblazers
Oct 7 2012 Manchester Magic 93 v 61 Rossendale Raptors (stats)
Oct 7 2012 Plymouth Marjon 61 v 76 Bristol Academy Flyers
Oct 7 2012 Bradford Dragons 61 v 68 Leeds Carnegie
Oct 7 2012 Team Northumbria 68 v 87 Tees Valley Mohawks
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk



National Trophy round-up: Home teams enjoy success - by Eurobasket News

It was a good weekend for the home teams in the National Trophy with four wins and just one defeat.
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Bradford Dragons maintained their unbeaten Trophy record with a 72-66 success over Team Northumbria on Saturday.
After the teams split the first 18 points of the contest, Dragons enjoyed an 11-0 run to lead comfortably after one quarter.
Northumbria edged back into the game through the second and third periods and held Bradford to just 12 points in quarter three to tie the game up at 50 heading into the fourth.
An 8-0 run to start the final quarter saw Dragons establish a lead that they would not surrender as Bobby Edmunds (pictured) scored 9 points in the quarter on his way to a team leading 17 for the game.
Jason Washington (183-G, college: William Jessup) was the game's top scorer with 21 and Siman Stewart added 17 for Northumbria, who are now 1-3 in Trophy play.
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Medway Park Crusaders sent Hemel Storm to their first defeat of the season in convincing fashion, winning 79-57 in Kent.
A 15-5 run by Crusaders saw them move in front in the first quarter and they won each of the middle two periods in close fashion to lead 54-44 at the final break. With Storm needing points to get back into the game in the final quarter, they were held scoreless for six minutes as Medway Park stretched the lead into the twenties.
Disraeli Lufadeju (186-G-92) was impressive for Crusaders with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Cole Hobin nearly had a double-double that didn't include points as he had 13 rebounds and 8 assists (and just 3 points). Dru Spinks led Hemel with 12 points.
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Tees Valley Mohawks as good as booked their spot in the kncokout stages of the trophy with a 98-87 win over Worthing Thunder.
Thunder led 22-20 after one quarter, but an 18-5 run in the second put Mohawks on top and they led 50-38 at half-time. The lead fluctuated around the double-digit mark for the rest of the game, ballooning to as many as 17 inside the final 2 minutes before Worthing made a run.
The high scoring trio of David Hansen (26), Jorge Ebanks (21) and Jamie Kohn (18) put in another good show for Tees Valley coach Steve Butler: "We are learning as a team as I am learning as a coach, but we switched off for one minute and a comfortable lead turned into a 7 point game. It just shows you that in this league how important it is to concentrate for the full 40 minutes.
"David Hanson was fantastic tonight for his 26 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds, DJ Glavan made his debut and fitted in well to our system, but we will see a lot more from him over the next couple of weeks. Worthing played well and I'm sure it won't be long until they get their first victory in the pool."
Tomas Seduikis (23) and Joe Carter (21) both topped the twenty-point mark for Thunder, who fall to 0-3 in the Trophy. Thunder coach Daniel Hildreth was enthused by their performance: "This was a much better performance from the guys. This is one of our longest away journeys and it takes a lot out of you as a player, but they were eager and played with a lot of promise. Unfortunately turnovers and unforced errors cost us in the second quarter and that led to the loss, but the first and fourth quarters were excellent especially."
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Reading Rockets picked up their first win of the Trophy campaign with a 66-58 win in Bristol on Saturday evening.
Both teams struggled to score the ball (although Rockets did end up shooting 50% from the floor) and were tied at 47 going into the final quarter.
A 10-3 start to the fourth by Reading, sparked by five points each from Danny Carter and Dean Williams, put them up by 7 and they held hometown Flyers at bay the rest of the way.
Ryan Lohfink top scored for Reading with 18 points, which was matched by Greg Streete of Bristol.
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Leeds Carnegie opened their Trophy account with a 76-57 success over Westminster Warriors on Saturday.
After a tight opening quarter, Leeds opened up a big gap with a 27-14 second quarter and were not threatened the rest of the way, by a Warriors team that is now 0-3.
Robert Marsden had 20 points for Leeds and Dave Ajumobi (193-F-88) added 19.
Courtesy of: http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk



Fans Flock To See BBL Games - by Paul Nilsen

British Basketball League fans all over the country are turning up in impressive numbers to see the start of another exciting season.

Last Sunday epitomised the healthy number of supporters trying to catch a glimpse of BBL action when 5,000 people were sat court-side to see Glasgow Rocks step out at the Emirates Arena for the very first time.

The tip-off even had to be delayed due to the number of fans flooding through the Arena doors ahead of their historic debut game at the new venue against Newcastle Eagles.

Rocks' General Manager Daniel Bajwoluk was delighted with the turnout, something which bodes well for the rest of the season.

He said, "It was incredible to see so many Rocks fans pack into the Emirates Arena for the first ever game in our new home.

"The atmosphere was electric and shows what we can expect over the coming months.

"It is a hugely exciting time for basketball and sport in general in Scotland and we can't wait to play a part in that at the Emirates Arena."

Indeed this classic BBL match-up has been a real highlight so far, with the Eagles also having cause to celebrate. The north-east club harvested record gate receipts for their first game of the season at Sport Central when they hosted the Rocks.

Manchester Giants have also had some excellent spectator numbers and have managed a near sell-out for each home game since their return to the BBL.

And, they have certainly repaid those who have come to watch with two wins from their first three homes games including a memorable last second win against London Lions in their first game.

This is indicative of a general rise in attendances right across the BBL as clubs try to get off to a quick start in order to make sure it's a season to remember - both on and off the court.

For more information on how you can get closer to the action and join the growing number of people watching BBL basketball, check out www.bbl.org.uk



BBL Team Of The Week - Week 3 - by Paul Nilsen

BBL Team Of The Week Week 3

It was a stellar weekend for frontcourt players, two of whom posted back-to-back performances that were both good enough to make the starting five.

Chavis Holmes (193-G-86, college: VMI) (Surrey Heat)

The most thrilling moment of the weekend came at Surrey Sports Park where new Heat guard Chavis Holmes (193-G-86, college: VMI) continued to cement himself as a real favourite with fans by not only posting a terrific performance, but by also making the game-winning shot in the last second. Holmes showed he has the composure to be a real match winner for head coach Creon Raftopoulos, not only in crunch time, but across entire games. Holmes finished with 19 points and continually posed a danger offensively, handing off three assists whilst coming up with four vitals steals at the other end of the court and seven precious rebounds. This is the second appearance of the season in our team for Holmes.

Fabulous Flournoy (192-G/F-73, college: McNeese St.) (Newcastle Eagles)

The player-coach will have been more delighted with the performance of his team in the brilliant success at Glasgow Rocks rather than his own numbers, but nevertheless he takes a deserved place in the BBL Team Of The Week. Showing that intangibles and defence can get you plaudits rather than just scoring, Flournoy showcased his trademark tenacity all over the floor to help dig his team out of a first-half hole against Rocks. This laid the foundation for a compelling second half performance which led to the Eagles streaking away with the win. He may have only scored seven points (albeit very efficiently), but the New Yorker came up with 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals to support the primary contribution of Kareem Maddox (202-F/C-89, college: Princeton).

Colin OReilly (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders)

The Irish forward produced the best performance not only of the weekend, but of the entire season with a mind-boggling valuation score of 41 as the Raiders blew out Manchester Giants in fine style. ORelly headlined a brilliant and vibrant team performance from the hosts by recording a fantastic all-action line of 28 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and three steals. This was exactly why the Raiders brought him to the Pavilions and on this kind of form, OReilly will have a big say in determining whether Raiders can get the silverware they crave this season.

Tayo Ogedengbe (198-F-87) (London Lions)

The London Lions forward posted two scorching performances over the weekend and both were good enough to make the starting five. Ogedengbe was excellent against Surrey Heat as the Lions finally got off the mark to record their first BBL Championship success of the new season. But, even better was to come on the same court just 48 hours later as he propelled his team past Durham Wildcats and into the second round of the BBL Cup. He was the standout player in a tight game with a 26 point haul which included going two of two from long-range whilst also grabbing six rebounds and four steals.

Kareem Maddox (202-F/C-89, college: Princeton) (Newcastle Eagles)

The BBL rookie enjoyed a magnificent weekend of action. As with Tayo Ogedengbe (198-F-87), Maddox produced two of the best five performances . He was excellent for the Eagles in their hard fought road victory at Manchester Giants last Friday but even better when he took to the floor against the Rocks. He was engaged in a marvellous frontcourt battle with Rocks Great Britain forward Kieron Achara who was also impressive, but Maddox certainly shaded this wonderful duel with a superb double-double of 29 points and 12 rebounds. Considering he is still finding his feet in the league, these two weekend performances suggested he could potentially be a dominant force for the Eagles across the course of the season and best of all he just loves playing defence which delights Flournoy.

Off The Bench Sam Cricelli (Surrey Heat), Charles Smith (Newcastle Eagles), David Watts (Manchester Giants), David Aliu (Manchester Giants), Kieron Achara (Glasgow Rocks), Mike Baldarelli (Durham Wildcats)



Achara Rocks The BBL - by Jeff King

One of the biggest stories in the British Basketball League last weekend was The Glasgow Rocks. Not only did they have a brand new arena to play in, they also had arguably one of Scotland's finest ever basketball talents out on that brand new court.

Team GB Olympian Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, agency: Two Points, college: Duquesne) a man born in Stirling came home to make his BBL debut for Glasgow and add to the carnival atmosphere in front of 5,000 basketball fans last Sunday and whilst there was no dream ending for Rocks at the final buzzer, it was superb to see so many people there to witness the event.

The table-topping and defending BBL Champions Newcastle Eagles spoiled The Rocks party taking a 106 - 84 win after a stunningly spectacular final stanza performance. Going in to the final ten minutes Eagles led by one at 66 - 65 but simply exploded on the home side draining in 40 points in the final quarter to take a great road victory and ruin Achara's home coming.

Or did they? As despite the defeat Achara was in positive mood after a game that saw him contribute an impressive 18 pts and 14 rebounds in a losing cause.

"It was nice being back playing in front of a home crowd. It was a phenomenal crowd tonight. I had to adapt to the game, it's a lot more physical than I'm used to and it's a little bit different. But it's great to be back in Britain and I just hope that I can stay a little bit longer and adapt to the league and hopefully get a win next time around."

Clearly the physicality and the standard surprised Achara a little bit more than he expected and as usual there's always that adaptability to the league and the referring to consider. He was though quick to praise his opponents on their win.

"It was a different type of physicality. I'm used to physical leagues but there was a lot more banging off the ball and a lot more missed things by the refs. I think they let it go a lot at times and allowed play to be a little bit rougher than what I'm used to. Newcastle were phenomenal tonight. They're a great team, very well coached and credit to them they deserved the victory."

It was interesting to hear that Achara was looking to stay a little bit longer at The Rocks and in The BBL as many had questioned whether he may be a one-game wonder or not want to hang around very long. That's not the opinion he expressed.

"I'd definitely like to stay a bit longer as I'm really enjoying being home. I hope the game can build in Britain and hopefully we can get a few more people interested in the sport. Credit to Glasgow for tonight, it was a great turn-out and Newcastle supporters travelled as well and it was great to see. I'm just hoping to be here as long as possible and hope to see the game continue to grow in this country."

But, has he had any other offers and does he see himself moving on anytime soon? Achara was very honest in his reply.

"I have had offers there's just nothing I've liked so far. I'm not in any rush. I'm getting a little bit older now so I don't want to be just jumping around anywhere. It's nice to be home as I said so I'm just going to take my time. Most likely I will be leaving at some point, I just don't know when."

Moving away from his BBL experience and taking him back to the summer what was his Olympic adventure like?

"You couldn't ask for more in front of a home crowd in London. It was great for the British public to actually experience some basketball at the highest level and it was a great measure of where GB need to be. There's some talent overseas, the likes of Spain, Brazil and others. The phenomenal guard talent the phenomenal talent all throughout their leagues."




"Its a credit to their domestic leagues that they've got their best players playing domestically and from a younger age. It starts at grassroots and I'm hoping that at some point in Britain we can mirror the Spanish way of coaching, getting the kids in at a younger age and really developing their skills."

A lot of people questioned whether Team GB had a good Olympics with only one win. But with the standard being so high and being up against the very top nations how did Achara think they coped?

"I personally think we under-achieved. I think our squad was a lot better than the one win we got. But again most of our players have played and honed their game in the States and so forth and not really come through the grass roots here."

"We haven't found the way to keep the players in the UK so I'm hoping that at some point we can develop the game a bit more, keep players at a younger age instead of them going to a University over in The States, try and let them find their own basketball style here in the UK and get them to stay."

Clearly Kieron Achara is a very level-headed and realistic young man who still has a big future in the game and continues to develop. He may not be around long in The BBL this season so catch him while you can.

However, its clear he has a passion for the game in Britain and if and when he does leave he'll keep the door open for a return to his roots and could still have a big part to play in the development of the game in The UK.



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Results for the LUB 7th round - by Hector Lopez

Alexander Galindo (200-F-85, college: FIU) scored 17 points and grabbed 7 rebounds leading Malvin to win their seveth game in a row, defeating Montevideo 76-72 for the Uruguayan League 7th round. Also for Malvin Anthony Myles (208-F/C-82, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Xavier) netted 13 points with 10 rebounds. For Montevideo Reggie Chambers (175-G, college: W.Virg.Wesl.) 21 points 8 rebounds 5 assists and Paul Crosby (203-C, college: Miss.Valley St.) 11 points 3 rebounds.
Other results:
Tabare 67 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 21 points 8 rebounds, Edward Cage (203-F-78, college: Bradley) 11 points 5 rebounds
Defensor 66 - Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) 27 points 4 rebounds Jose Juan Bravo (202-C-86) 2 points 6 rebounds
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Bigua 94 - Anthony Johnson (203-F-88, college: Fairfield) 30 points 14 rebounds, Chris Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) 25 points 11 rebounds
Cordon 81 - Timothy Jennings (193-G-83, college: Gardner-Webb) 29 points 2 rebounds, Mike Davis (211-F/C-86, college: Seton Hall) 13 points 8 rebounds
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Nacional 78 - Mildon Ambres (198-F/G-84, college: S.Nazarene) 24 points 10 rebounds, Kevin Martin (208-C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast) 15 points 10 rebounds
Welcome 65 - Krys Faber (208-C, college: De Paul) 14 points 14 rebounds, Jamar Nutter (188-G-84, college: Seton Hall) 8 points 2 rebounds
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Sayago 82 - Terence Shellman (198-F-78) 20 points 14 rebounds, Stanley Jones (208-C-86, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Francis Marion) 16 points 8 rebounds
Bohemios 79 John Huggins (188-G-82, college: Amer.Internat.) 16 points 4 rebounds, Chas McFarland (213-C-86, college: Wake Forest) 14 points 4 rebounds
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Hebraica Macabi 76 - Hatila Passos (211-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) 20 points 17 rebounds, Jamie Vanderbeken (210-F-87, college: Iowa St.) 4 points 3 rebounds
Aguada 60 - Christopher Hayes (206-F-87, college: Detroit Mercy) 15 points 10 rebounds, Gregory Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) 12 points 6 rebounds
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Centauros de Apure defeated Mavort - by Wolfgang Lucena (T)

Centauros de Apure won its first game of the 2012 Club's South American basketball League defeating Mavort 84-73 in the Luis Leoro Franco Arena.
The Venezuelan team scored 30 points during the last part of the game to win versus the Ecuador representative.
The leader of Centauros de Apure was Clarence Matthews (201-F-83, college: Tennessee St.) with 20 points and 11 rebounds followed by both Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87, college: Campbellsville) and Tulio Cobos (196-F-86, college: Northeastern St.) with 16 points each. Despite of the defeated Mavort has its best player on Elys Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) with 28 points helped by Raul Cardenas (190-G-82, college: Faulkner) with 9 points and 10 assist.





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Vrsac inks Jankovic and Iriskic, Celje's Gajic out for two months - by Zeljko Zule (T)

Vrsac improved its backourt by inking a one-year deal with Bojana Jankovic (184-F-83) and Aldijana Iriskic (172-G-85). Jankovic arrives from Adriatic League champion Partizan where she averaged 4.5 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 6 games last season. Iriskic arrives from Croatian side Pleter, for whom she averaged 14.9 points in 19 games last season.
Marica Gajic (187-C-95) of Celje was involded in car accident and will be sidelined two months after suffering a rib injury.



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Asia-Basket.com All-Asian U18 Championships Awards 2012 - by Eurobasket Center

MVP: Yang LiWei (175-G-95) of China
Best Guard: Yang LiWei (175-G-95) of China
Best Forward: Huang Sijing (190-F-96) of China
Best Center: Miyuki Kawamura (183-C-94) of Japan
Best Coach: Xin Li of China

1st Team
G: Huang Yu-Ting (160-94) of Taiwan
G: Yang LiWei (175-95) of China
F: Kang Leeseul (180-94) of South Korea
F: Huang Sijing (190-96) of China
C: Miyuki Kawamura (183-94) of Japan

2nd Team
G: Manami Fujioka (168-94) of Japan
G: Panparin Iam-U-Tama (162-95) of Thailand
C: Shi yeng Ng (186-94) of Malaysia
PF: Yunika Nakamura (177-95) of Japan
C: Supira Kianbut (175-94) of Thailand

Honorable Mention
P.S. Jeena (178-F-94) of India
Shireen Vijay Limaye (187-C-95) of India
Smruthi Radhakrishnan (175-G-92) of India
Sharanjeet Kaur (165-F-96) of India
Li Tsz Kwan (169-F-95) of Hong Kong
Wong Ka Yee (172-F-94) of Hong Kong



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Australian WNBL round 1 best performance: Kristi Harrower - by Eurobasket News

Former international point guard Kristi Harrower (166-PG-75) had an amazing evening for Bendigo S., receiving a Australiabasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1. The 37-year old player got a double-double of 20 points and 10 assists, while her team edged out Adelaide (0-1) 73-71.

The second best player in first round's games was 32-year old former international guard Deanna Smith (179-G-80) of West Coast. Smith had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as West Coast lost that game 69-76 to Bendigo S. (2-0).

Third on the list of top players last round was another Bendigo S.'s star - center Gabrielle Richards (191-C-84). Richards scored 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sara Blicavs (188-F-93) of Dandenong R. - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Alice Kunek (186-G/F-91) of Bulleen B. - 17 points and 10 rebounds
6. Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-C-80) of Adelaide - 17 points and 13 rebounds
7. Rachel Jarry (185-SF-91) of Bulleen B. - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Gabrielle Richards (191-C-84) of Bendigo S. - 16 points and 12 rebounds
9. Angela Marino (166-G-86) of Adelaide - 8 points, 2 rebounds and 7 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)



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  BELGIUM   


Division I: Round 2 review - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Division I.

Willebroek - Kangoeroes-B. 56-81
International power forward Sofie Hendrickx (186-86) scored 22 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Canadian-Dutch Janelle Bekkering (181-88, college: Gonzaga) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Forward Inge Op De Beeck (177-85) responded with 10 points and the former international swingman Nina Crelot (170-87) scored 11 points and 4 steals. Basket Groot's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Kangoeroes-B.: S.Hendrickx 22+6reb+1ast, J.Bekkering 19+7reb, D.Boonen 18+6reb+1ast, J.Rosseel 6+6reb+2ast, V.Van Driel 6+3reb, A.Delaere 4+5reb+1ast
Willebroek: N.Crelot 11+2reb, I.Op De Beeck 10+3reb+2ast, E.Lauwers 10+3reb, K.Hendrickx 9+2ast, K.Vercauteren 7+2reb+2ast, C.Kazadi 5+3reb
gschID: 182170


Spirou Monceau - Sint Katelijne 51-70
Point guard Hind Ben Abdelkader (170-95) notched 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the effort and the former international swingman Sara Leemans (178-88) supported her with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Sint Kateline Waver's coach Arvid Diels allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even 11 points and 9 rebounds by French forward Chloe Westelynck (188-91) did not help to save the game for R.Spirou Monceau. Forward Celine Coubeau (180-90) added 6 points and 9 rebounds for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Sint Katelijne: H.Ben Abdelkader 20+6reb+4ast, D.Van Dessel 15+1reb+2ast, S.Leemans 14+5reb+1ast, F.Mertens 9+4reb+1ast, I.Van der Vonder 4+4reb, K.Linskens 4+6reb
Spirou Monceau: C.Westelynck 11+9reb, V.Michiels 8+5reb+1ast, M.Hamaide 7+1reb+1ast, C.Menendez 7+4reb, C.Coubeau 6+9reb+1ast, P.Frassanito 5+1reb
gschID: 182169


Tulikivi Deerlijk - Point Chaud 52-72
American center Erica Davis (191-85, college: Yale, agency: LBM Management) notched a double-double by scoring 15 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and international point guard Noemie Mayombo (170-91, agency: LBM Management) supported her with 19 points. Even 12 points and 6 rebounds by the former international center Tamara Van Respaille (186-77) did not help to save the game for Tulikivi. Center Eline Verbeest (186-86) added 10 points and 5 rebounds for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Point Chaud: N.Mayombo 19+4reb, E.Davis 15+13reb, N.Mossong 15+1reb, N.Doppee 7+2reb, M.Grzesinski 6+7reb+1ast, J.Allemand 5+4reb
Tulikivi Deerlijk: T.Van Respaille 12+6reb+1ast, E.Verbeest 10+5reb, V.Boydens 7, L.Mestdagh 5, L.Foucart 4+3reb+1ast, A.Boucquey 4+1reb
gschID: 182171


Waregem - Jeugd Gentson 91-64
The former international point guard Julie Vanloo (171-93) notched 28 points and 5 assists to lead the effort and American forward Melissa Dennett (188-83, college: Colorado St.) supported her with 20 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Even 12 points by Luxembourg forward Liz Schmitz (180-88) did not help to save the game for Jeugd Gentson. Heleen Adams (173-94) added 16 points for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Waregem: J.Vanloo 28+3reb+5ast, M.Dennett 20+12reb+3ast, J.Raman 11+6reb+2ast, L.Biebuyck 8+2reb+1ast, M.Vucurovic 7+6reb+3ast, I.Meylemans 6+3reb+5ast
Jeugd Gentson: H.Adams 16, L.Schmitz 12+3reb+2ast, L.Delvaux 12+1reb+3ast, E.Uittenhove 8, A.De Bondt 5+3reb+1ast, L.Platteau 5+1reb+2ast
gschID: 182166


Castors Braine - Blue Cats 66-57
New Caledonian forward Soana Lucet (186-87, college: Arizona) notched 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists to lead the effort and American guard Kirby Copeland (182-85, college: Virginia Tech, agency: LBM Management) supported her with 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Castors Braine players scored in double figures. Even 18 points by international Sien Devliegher (175-93) did not help to save the game for Blue Cats. Bulgarian center Stefka Miteva (190-89) added 7 points and 6 rebounds for the guests.
Top scorers:
Castors Braine: S.Lucet 17+6reb+5ast, K.Copeland 14+6reb+5ast, M.Bestagno 14+10reb+1ast, S.Dochez 11+8reb, K.Kurtozi 6+6reb+2ast, V.Kara 4
Blue Cats: S.Devliegher 18+3reb+3ast, A.Nedovic 8+3reb, M.Versavel 8+1ast, S.Miteva 7+6reb, A.Plasman 6+2reb, L.Lentacker 5+7reb
gschID: 182168


Belfius Namur - Houthalen 86-50
Belfius Namur forced 21 Houthalen turnovers. American swingman Julie Wojta (182-89, college: Wisc.-Green Bay, agency: LBM Management) notched a double-double by scoring 27 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and Mali power forward Djenebou Sissoko (190-82, college: Union (TN)) supported her with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Even 8 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists by the former international point guard Marjorie Carpreaux (165-87, agency: LBM Management) did not help to save the game for Houthalen. The former international forward Annelies Blommaers (176-83) added 10 points for the guests. Houthalen's coach Dominic Rossi already knew that her team would not have a big chance, so allowed to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.
Top scorers:
Belfius Namur: J.Wojta 27+10reb+2ast, D.Sissoko 15+12reb+2ast, A.Salvi 13+2reb+3ast, L.Van Malderen 9+3reb+2ast, A.Vasovic 7+1reb+1ast, S.Deneil 5+1reb+3ast
Houthalen: A.Blommaers 10+3reb, N.Smolders 8+3reb, A.Zurings 8+1reb, M.Carpreaux 8+7reb+5ast, W.Bas 4+2reb, E.Vandistel 4+6reb


D1 Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Julie VANLOO
  Waregem
  (171-PG-93)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Vanloo, Waregem23.5 
 2. Dennett, Waregem20.0 
 3. Wojta, Belfius18.0 
 4. Bekkering, Kangoe.18.0 
 5. Boonen, Kangoero.18.0 
 6. Ben Abdelkad., Sin.18.0 
 7. Leemans, Sint K.17.5 
 8. Lucet, Castors17.0 
 9. Copeland, Castor.15.5 
 10. Devliegher, Blue15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Melissa DENNETT
  Waregem
  (188-F-83)
  Avg: 13
 1. Dennett, Waregem13.0 
 2. Davis, Point Chaud12.5 
 3. Sissoko, Belfius11.0 
 4. Westelynck, Spirou10.5 
 5. Wojta, Belfius10.5 
 6. Copeland, Castor.10.0 
 7. Miteva, Blue Cats10.0 
 8. Grzesinski, Point9.5 
 9. Bestagno, Castor.9.5 
 10. Carpreaux, Houth.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Krystel BALLAU
  Spirou M.
  (168-PG-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Ballau, Spirou M.4.0 
 2. Ben Abdelkad., Sin.4.0 
 3. Vanloo, Waregem3.5 
 4. Meylemans, Waregem3.5 
 5. Lucet, Castors3.5 
 6. Copeland, Castor.3.0 
 7. Boonen, Kangoero.2.5 
 8. Versavel, Blue Cats2.5 
 9. Carpreaux, Houth.2.5 
 10. Rosseel, Kangoero.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Nina CRELOT
  Willebroek
  (170-G/F-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Crelot, Willebroek4.0 
 2. Copeland, Castor.4.0 
 3. Carpreaux, Houth.4.0 
 4. Rosseel, Kangoero.3.0 
 5. Van Driel, Kangoe.2.5 
 6. Allemand, Point Ch.2.5 
 7. Bekkering, Kangoe.2.5 
 8. Vanloo, Waregem2.5 
 9. Lauwers, Willebroek2.5 
 10. Grzesinski, Point2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Laurence VAN MALDEREN
  Belfiu.
  (190-C-81)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Van Malderen, Belf.2.5 
 2. Miteva, Blue Cats2.0 
 3. Dennett, Waregem1.5 
 4. Davis, Point Chaud1.5 
 5. Boonen, Kangoero.1.0 
 6. Wojta, Belfius1.0 
 7. Westelynck, Spirou1.0 
 8. Bekkering, Kangoe.1.0 
 9. Dochez, Castors0.5 
 10. Linskens, Sint K.0.5 


Standings - Women

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 6: Waregem - Jeugd Gentson 91-64
Oct. 6: Belfius Namur - Houthalen 86-50
Oct. 6: Castors Braine - Blue Cats 66-57
Oct. 7: Willebroek - Kangoeroes-B. 56-81
Oct. 7: Tulikivi Deerlijk - Point Chaud 52-72
Oct. 7: Spirou Monceau - Sint Katelijne 51-70

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 13: Jeugd Gentson - Tulikivi Deerlijk
Oct. 13: Kangoeroes-B. - Belfius Namur
Oct. 13: Point Chaud - Waregem
Oct. 14: Blue Cats - Spirou Monceau
Oct. 14: Willebroek - Castors Braine
Oct. 14: Sint Katelijne - Houthalen



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  BRAZIL   


Lackluster Play sinks Erika de Souza and the Atlanta Dream in playoffs - by Mel Devonne

Was she tired by the Olympics? Or was it the inner team problems? What ever it was Erika de Souza and her
Atlanta Dream are out of the WNBA playoffs, when I thought they had a chance to make the finals again for the 3rd straight year.
There were some major problems with the Dream as they made a late coaching change and a surprise suspension of
their best player Angel McCoughtrey toward the end of the season. Throw in average play by Erika de Souza and bad shooting
by point guard Lindsey Harding (173-G-84, college: Duke) and the Dream tanked after winning game one of their playoff series with the Indaina Fever.
Erika de Souza's number were down in the series, with her scoring only 8pts 4rebs in game one, 10pts 9 rebs in game two,
and 8pts and 7 rebounds in game 3.
Erika needs some time off, she looked tired and I believe the Olympics wore her down considerably.
New coach Fred Williams had some trouble with Angel Mccougtry, who is one of the best in the WNBA, but she had several outbirst on and off
the court during the season.
Dream lose 2-1 in series with Indiana Fever.



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  FRANCE   


LFB: Round 3 review - by Eurobasket News

Round 3 means everything may happen in LFB as the season just started. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results.
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Lattes Montp. - Union Hainaut 70-54
The game was mostly controlled by Lattes Montpellier. Union Hainaut was better in second period 18-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lattes Montpellier made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Edwige Lawson-Wade (166-PG-79) who scored 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. The former international forward Geraldine Robert (184-80) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Bulgarian center Vera Perostiyska (196-82, college: FIU) who recorded 13 points and 6 rebounds and American-Greek power forward Stefanie Murphy (193-89, college: Boston Coll.) added 10 points and 10 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Lattes Montp.: G.Robert 17+6reb+1ast, E.Lawson-Wade 16+6reb+4ast, G.Skrela 11+2reb+1ast, A.Lelas 9+3reb+1ast, L.Turcinovic 6+3reb+1ast, A.Cata-Chitiga 6+5reb+2ast
Union Hainaut: V.Perostiyska 13+6reb+2ast, E.Silbande 11+1reb+2ast, S.Murphy 10+10reb, A.Houts 7+2reb+2ast, R.Ciappina 7+1reb+3ast, L.Garcia 6+7reb
gschID: 187995


Bourges - Arras 67-51
The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 67-51. Bourges made 16-of-20 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was Canadian forward Stephany Skrba (188-87, college: Michigan) who had a double-double by scoring 14 points and 15 rebounds. International guard Celine Dumerc (169-82) chipped in 11 points and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international Krissy Bade (182-80) who recorded 12 points and power forward Aurelie Carmona (185-87) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively. Bourges have a solid series of three victories in a row.
Top scorers:
Bourges: S.Skrba 14+15reb, C.Dumerc 11+1reb+6ast, F.Eldebrink 11+4reb, Z.Dimitrakou 8+5reb+1ast, E.Ndongue 8+5reb+1ast, S.Ballardini 6+3reb
Arras: K.Bade 12+4reb+2ast, M.Toure 10+1reb+1ast, A.Carmona 8+7reb, S.Dijon 6+8reb, J.Gomis 6+1reb, D.Evans 5+3reb+3ast
gschID: 187996


Perpignan - Toulouse 50-46
Perpignan managed to secure a 4-point victory 50-46 on Saturday. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Toulouse won third quarter 9-8. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Perpignan won last quarter 12-10. It was a great evening for Australian center Abby Bishop (189-88) who led her team to a victory scoring 16 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Helena Ciak (197-89) helped adding 12 points and 6 rebounds. Perpignan's coach Francois Gomez used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. The best for the losing side was American forward Carrem Gay (188-87, college: Duke) with 7 points and 9 rebounds and guard Agathe Degorces (168-92) scored 8 points.
Top scorers:
Perpignan: A.Bishop 16+9reb+4ast, H.Ciak 12+6reb+3ast, A.Bjorklund 7+3reb+3ast, D.Tchatchouang 6+2reb, I.Ciglar 5+2reb+3ast, P.Lo 3+6reb
Toulouse: A.Degorces 8+4reb+3ast, D.NSoki 7+2reb+2ast, C.Gay 7+9reb, I.Visgaudaite 6+2reb+1ast, L.Lokoka 6+5reb+1ast, L.De Angelis 4+1reb
gschID: 187991


Villeneuve - Aix-en-Provence 67-64
Aix-en-Provence was ahead by 10 points after three quarters before a 22-9 charge of Villeneuve D'Ascq, which allowed them to win the game. They made 16-of-18 charity shots (88.9 percent) during the game. It was an exceptional evening for Nigerian center Olayinka Sanni (188-86, college: W.Virginia, agency: Josep and Nicolas) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 16 rebounds. point guard Bintou Dieme (164-84) accounted for 8 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists for the winning side. Australian center Marianna Tolo (196-89) came up with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Canadian-British guard Shona Thorburn (178-82, college: Utah) added 8 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists respectively for Aix-en-Provence in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Villeneuve: O.Sanni 24+16reb+3ast, J.Digbeu 12+4reb+1ast, L.Williams 11+2reb+3ast, B.Dieme 8+5reb+6ast, A.Pochet 7+4reb+1ast, S.Dubois 2+1ast
Aix-en-Provence: M.Tolo 20+6reb+5ast, L.Murphy 13+5reb+2ast, S.Gruszczynski 12+2reb+5ast, C.Francis 9+9reb+1ast, S.Thorburn 8+9reb+9ast, A.Konteh 2+1reb+1ast
gschID: 187992


Lyon - Charleville 73-59
The game was mostly controlled by Lyon. Charleville-Mezieres was better in second period 19-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The best player for the winners was Croatian center Emilija Podrug (190-79) who scored 27 points and 5 rebounds (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). American forward Danielle Page (188-86, college: Nebraska) chipped in 16 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Mali center Djene Diawara (192-85) who recorded a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds and guard Amel Bouderra (160-89) added 16 points respectively.
Top scorers:
Lyon: E.Podrug 27+5reb+3ast, D.Page 16+5reb+1ast, M.Plust 9+5reb+3ast, R.Baer 8+3reb+3ast, M.Sy-Diop 8+7reb+2ast, A.Plagnard 3+1reb+4ast
Charleville: A.Bouderra 16+2reb+2ast, D.Diawara 15+10reb, A.Bonnan 11+4reb+1ast, Y.Sene 11+3reb+1ast, E.Dimitrova 3+2reb+1ast, A.Pagnier 2+3ast
gschID: 187993


Landes - Nantes 62-65
The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. It was a good game for the former international point guard Caroline Aubert (168-80, college: Colorado) who led her team to a victory with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Belarusian forward Tatyana Troina (188-81, college: S.Carolina) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. point guard Olivia Epoupa (166-94) answered with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and American center Jennifer Humphrey (191-84, college: Kentucky, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 14 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Basket Landes. Nantes Reze have a solid series of three victories in a row.
Top scorers:
Nantes: C.Aubert 14+5reb+3ast, M.Amant 14+4reb+2ast, T.Troina 12+5reb+3ast, B.Ngoyisa 8+3reb+3ast, I.Arrondo 8+5ast, V.Mircheva 4+6reb+2ast
Landes: O.Epoupa 16+6reb+5ast, J.Humphrey 14+11reb+1ast, A.Le Gluher 13+1reb+5ast, V.Ayayi 6+1reb+1ast, S.Reghaissia 5+1reb+1ast, T.Abalde 4+3reb


Mondeville - Tarbes 72-59


Standings - LFB

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

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 13: Charleville - Landes
Oct. 13: Nantes - Lyon
Oct. 12: Villeneuve - Lattes Montp.
Oct. 13: Toulouse - Union Hainaut
Oct. 13: Tarbes - Perpignan
Oct. 13: Arras - Mondeville
Oct. 13: Aix-en-Provence - Bourges



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  GERMANY   


2.Bundesliga Round 2 results - by Eurobasket News

Group North
Gruenberg - Chemnitz 64-83

ChemCats Chemnitz led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Baskets Grunberg's 34. American forward Candace Williams (183-88, college: New Hampshire) notched a double-double by scoring 43 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and Nadja Protzig (175-89) supported her with 13 points and 4 assists. ChemCats Chemnitz's coach Peter Kortmann allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Even a double-double of 11 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals by guard Elisabeth Dzirma (178-94) did not help to save the game for Baskets Grunberg. Guard Jenny Brauer (173-83) added 15 points for the hosts. Four Baskets Grunberg players scored in double figures.


Top scorers:
Chemnitz: C.Williams 43+11reb+1ast, N.Protzig 13+3reb+4ast, E.Jones 7+1ast, S.Mendler 6+1reb, K.Wohlberg 6+9reb+4ast, H.Heintz 6+3reb+2ast
Gruenberg: J.Brauer 15+1reb+2ast, N.Happel 12+3reb+2ast, E.Dzirma 11+11reb+5ast, I.Meinhart 10+5reb+2ast, K.Carthauser 7+4reb, L.Masek 4+3reb


gschID: 182296


Hannover - Bielefeld 55-54

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Dolphins Bielefeld won third quarter 15-12. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hannover forced 25 Dolphins Bielefeld turnovers. Strangely Dolphins Bielefeld outrebounded Hannover 47-30 including a 34-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. American forward Alexa Mennen (185-87, college: N.Iowa) saved the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds. Forward Janne Bartsch (177) contributed with 10 points for the winners. Hannover's coach Rodger Battersby allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. American center Sarah Acker (191, college: Delaware) replied with a double-double by scoring 14 points, 19 rebounds and 5 blocks and her fellow American import forward Michaela Hawley (185, college: Florida Southern) added 20 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Dolphins Bielefeld.


Top scorers:
Hannover: A.Mennen 12+11reb+2ast, J.Bartsch 10+3reb+2ast, A.Schudak 10+2reb+2ast, A.Weber 7+4reb, C.Christen 5+1reb, A.Battersby 4+4reb
Bielefeld: M.Hawley 20+8reb+1ast, S.Acker 14+19reb+3ast, K.Quakernack 11+5reb, D.Atsur 5+3reb+4ast, A.Tusek 2+3reb, N.Bunts 2+7reb+3ast


gschID: 182294


Opladen - Mainz 68-67

ASC Theresianum Mainz was trailing by 1 point at halftime but managed to get 2-point lead after three quarters before a 17-14 charge of SG BBZ Opladen, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was center Mareike Nettersheim (186) who scored 17 points and 6 rebounds. Canadian swingman Taryn Turnbull (178-78, college: Tulane) chipped in 9 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Cornelia Berkhoff (176-84) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds and Czech center Gabriela Jandova (190-73) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for the guests.


Top scorers:
Opladen: M.Nettersheim 17+6reb, M.Gulich 11+1reb+1ast, M.Kovacic 9+9reb, M.Hafner 9+1reb, T.Turnbull 9+10reb+1ast, J.Kunel 8+1reb
Mainz: C.Berkhoff 17+5reb, G.Jandova 12+7reb, G.Georgieva 9+7reb, S.Suttington 9+4reb, A.Delp 7+4reb, M.Neufurth 6+5reb+3ast


gschID: 182293


Berlin - Neuss 65-63

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But TG Neuss won third quarter 24-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Berlin won last quarter 15-15. They also forced 25 TG Neuss turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by TG Neuss helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was Ukrainian forward Olena Gulyamova (185-84) who scored 18 points. Forward Daniela Vogel (179-92) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. American point guard Shacondra James (172, college: Cent.Florida) produced a double-double by scoring 28 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Julia Kleen (184-89) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Berlin keeps a position of North leader, which they share with Quakenbrueck and Chemnitz.


Top scorers:
Berlin: O.Gulyamova 18+4reb, D.Vogel 12+6reb+1ast, J.Sandow 10+4reb, J.Thurau 9+4reb+1ast, N.Rouault 7+6reb, L.Gohlisch 4
Neuss: S.James 28+5reb+3ast, J.Kleen 12+8reb, C.Skrobek 8+3reb+1ast, H.Wischnitzki 6+5reb+2ast, D.Skrobek 5+3reb+2ast, D.Kowalski 2+3reb


gschID: 182297


Rhein MB II - Quakenbrueck 49-73

Quakenbrueck Dragons outrebounded Rhein MB II 38-19 including a 14-3 advantage in defensive rebounds. Rhein MB II was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was Canadian center Hannah Sunley-Paisley (186) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 14 rebounds. Canadian guard Brittany Moore (168-89) chipped in 19 points. Kristin Annawald (184-93) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds and point guard Pia Dietrich (168-94) added 15 points respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Quakenbrueck: B.Moore 19+1reb+1ast, H.Sunley-Paisley 16+14reb, K.Sokoll-Potratz 9+9reb, L.Siemund 6+2reb+1ast, K.Davis 6+6reb, M.Koopmann 4
Rhein MB II: P.Dietrich 15, K.Annawald 12+10reb, F.Schmidt 7+1reb+1ast, A.Kohler 4, L.Janko 4+3reb+1ast, P.Sagerer 3+1reb
gschID: 182295


Goettingen - Hagen Phoenix 66-54

Goettingen defeated Hagen Phoenix 66-54 on Saturday. Hagen Phoenix was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 3-point lead after three quarters before a 20-5 charge of Goettingen, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Hagen Phoenix to just 5 points in fourth quarter. The best player for the winners was American guard Danielle Smith (175, college: La-Lafayette) who had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds. The other American import swingman Jenele Peterson (174, college: Whitman) chipped in 19 points. Guard Annika Reinhardt (178-92) produced 16 points and center Alina Gimbel (186-96) added 6 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Hagen Phoenix's coach Ulrich Overhoff rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.


Top scorers:
Goettingen: J.Peterson 19+2reb+2ast, D.Smith 16+13reb, K.Grudzien 9+4reb+2ast, N.Krumm 5+1reb+3ast, M.Jorgensen 5+6reb+1ast, J.Hirmke 5
Hagen Phoenix: A.Reinhardt 16+2reb+2ast, E.Stahmeyer 10+3reb, F.Grasshoff 10+3reb, A.Gimbel 6+9reb, C.Neuwald 5+6reb, M.Kramer 3


gschID: 182292


Group South
Speyer - Saarlouis 74-76

The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 23-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. TV Saarlouis Royals outrebounded Speyer / Schifferstadt 32-21 including 18 on the offensive glass. American forward Colleen Planeta (188-88, college: Point Loma) scored 29 points and 6 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import point guard Merideth Marsh (169-88, college: Vanderbilt) chipped in 21 points during the contest. TV Saarlouis Royals' coach Rene Spandauw used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Canadian forward Kathryn Verboom (179-86) responded with 21 points and power forward Mandy Muller (183-86) scored 11 points and 5 rebounds. TV Saarlouis Royals keep a position of South leader, which they share with Jahn Muenchen and Heidelberg.


Top scorers:
Saarlouis: C.Planeta 29+6reb, M.Marsh 21+4reb+2ast, L.Brodersen 11+8reb+2ast, L.Rahn 6+2reb+2ast, M.Platte 4+2reb, L.Edringer 3+1reb
Speyer: K.Verboom 21+4reb+3ast, U.Gelbke 14+1reb+1ast, M.Muller 11+5reb+2ast, E.Duinker 9+1reb+2ast, S.Harris 7+3reb, A.Jalalpoor 6+2reb+1ast


gschID: 182302


Wuerzburg - Viernheim 79-53

TG Chooza Ladybaskets led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding TSV Amicitia to just 7 points in first quarter. TG Chooza Ladybaskets made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They also forced 19 TSV Amicitia turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Margret Pfister (182-86) who scored 22 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Felicitas Schneider (181-91) chipped in 20 points and 4 steals. Four TG Chooza Ladybaskets players scored in double figures. TG Chooza Ladybaskets' coach Gerrit Dworok felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Kellindra Zackery (182, college: Newman) produced a double-double by scoring 24 points and 10 rebounds and power forward Jeanne Wilson (190) added 4 points and 13 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Wuerzburg: M.Pfister 22+7reb+2ast, F.Schneider 20+3reb, J.Bailey 11+10reb+1ast, C.Schulz 10+1reb+5ast, A.McGuire 8+7reb, R.Jochimczyk 6+3reb+3ast
Viernheim: K.Zackery 24+10reb+2ast, A.Shaw 10+4reb, C.Hobbs 6+3reb+1ast, J.Wilson 4+13reb, E.Ruhl 4+1reb+4ast, V.Mundelius 3+2reb


gschID: 182300


Heidelberg - Trier 71-34

Trier was better in third quarter 14-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Trier to just 6 points in first quarter and to 13 points in first half. BasCats Heidelberg held Trier to an opponent 14.3 percent shooting from the field compared to 32.9 percent accuracy of the winners. BasCats Heidelberg forced 19 Trier turnovers and outrebounded them 52-27 including a 22-7 advantage in defensive rebounds. BasCats Heidelberg looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists comparing to just 4 passes made by Trier's players. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when BasCats Heidelberg made 8 blocks. The best player for the winners was American center Erica Carlson (193-88, college: Dixie St.) who scored 20 points, 9 rebounds and 4 blocks. The other American import guard Jillian Young (172, college: S.Dakota St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds. BasCats Heidelberg's coach Dennis Czygan felt very confident using 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Guard Sabrina Thomas (163) produced 11 points and 5 rebounds (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) and guard Johanna Beckert (165) added 9 points respectively for the guests.


Top scorers:
Heidelberg: E.Carlson 20+9reb+2ast, J.Young 13+11reb+3ast, S.Kranzhofer 8+6reb+3ast, S.Rickert 7+2reb, S.Heller 5+1reb, S.Benavente 5+5reb+6ast
Trier: S.Thomas 11+5reb+2ast, J.Beckert 9+1ast, R.Luisa Anna 7+3reb, B.Jana 4+4reb+1ast, U.Maerz 3+5reb, W.Jessica 0+3reb


gschID: 182298


Sandhausen - Jahn Muenchen 59-73

Bad Aibling - Leimen 68-63

The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But KuSG Leimen won third quarter 19-17. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded KuSG Leimen 40-26 including 26 on the offensive glass. The best player for the winners was the former international forward Jezabel Ohanian (170-77) who scored 14 points and 5 assists. Guard Antonia Niebler (175) chipped in 20 points. Canadian guard Lauren Taal (175) produced 20 points and guard Jennifer Shinall (160) added 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals respectively for the guests.


Top scorers:
Bad Aibling: A.Niebler 20+3ast, J.Ohanian 14+4reb+5ast, S.Polder 9+5reb+1ast, K.Schubel 8+6reb, J.Schwab 7+11reb+1ast, A.Guyton 6+4reb
Leimen: L.Taal 20+3reb+3ast, J.Shinall 13+5reb+4ast, J.Ritterhoff 11+2reb, M.Kraus 6+9reb, S.Fortunato 5+5reb, R.Luepertz 3+1reb


gschID: 182301



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  HOLLAND   

Standings - Women

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Binnenland 1-0 
 2. Den Helder 1-0 
 3. ProBuild Lions 1-0 
 4. CTO 0-1 
 5. Grasshoppers 0-1 
 6. Lekdetec.nl 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 7: CTO - ProBuild Lions 77-85
Oct. 6: Lekdetec.nl - Den Helder 67-71
Oct. 6: Grasshoppers - Binnenland 54-67

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 13: Binnenland - Lekdetec.nl
Oct. 13: Den Helder - CTO
Oct. 13: ProBuild Lions - Grasshoppers


CTO drops to Probuild Lions - by Bas Hendriks

Probuild Lions added their names to the league leaders, defeating CTO Amsterdam 77-85 on their court.

Katie Bussey led all players in the league, exploding for 26 while Molly McDowell made 14, adding 8 assists. Belinda Bos added 13 for the Supercup winner, while Ayla Simdorm claimed rookie of the week honours by hitting double digits for the winners.

Isabella Slim led CTO with 13 points, being accompanied in double digits by Laura Cornelius (173-PG-96) and Maxime Essenstam who both had 10 points. Loyce Bettonvil had 8 points and 15 rebounds.

After a solid preseason and a blowout in the Supercupgame last week, Probuild was held back a little , but as CTO wasn't in their best shape either, both teams made for an exciting game. CTO had a 8-2 advantage before Probuild got their motors running on the way to 8-11. After 19-21 Probuild extended their lead by two threes of sensational guard Katie Bussey to 38-46 at halfway.

After the break CTO did a better job using their height adventage, and they came back to 67-71 on a basket of Richelle van der Keijl but Horelika, McDowell, Bos and Bussey made a run to 71-82 ending the hopes for the hometeam. Aneta Horelika had 11 points and 10 boards in her league debut.



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  IRELAND   

Standings - Women

Superleague Standings
 1. DCU Mercy 1-0 
 2. TM Hotel Cork 1-0 
 3. UL Aughinish 1-0 
 4. Waterford W. 1-0 
 5. Singleton 0-0 
 6. Killester 0-1 
 7. Liffey Celtics 0-1 
 8. Meteors 0-1 
 9. Ulster Rockets 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 13: Killester - Meteors
Oct. 13: Waterford W. - TM Hotel Cork
Oct. 13: UL Aughinish - Singleton
Oct. 14: DCU Mercy - Liffey Celtics


Stats Leaders Superleague

Points Per Game
 Rachel VANDERWAL
  UL Aughi.
  (176-G-83)
  Avg: 24
 1. Vanderwal, UL Augh.24.0 
 2. Woods, DCU Mercy24.0 
 3. Dwyer, TM Hotel.21.0 
 4. Toner, Ulster R.18.0 
 5. McLaughlin, DCU M.16.0 
 6. Dwyer, TM Hotel.16.0 
 7. Clarke, Killester15.0 
 8. O''Gorman, Waterfor.14.0 
 9. Mullally, Waterfor.14.0 
 10. Houlihan, Ulster12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Susanne MAGUIRE
  DCU Mercy
  (183-F-75)
  Avg: 13
 1. Maguire, DCU Mercy13.0 
 2. Breen, TM Hotel.12.0 
 3. O''Connor, Liffey C.10.0 
 4. Dwyer, TM Hotel.10.0 
 5. Peat, DCU Mercy9.0 
 6. Solan, DCU Mercy8.0 
 7. Pickford, Meteors8.0 
 8. McLaughlin, DCU M.7.0 
 9. Naughton, Killester7.0 
 10. Dwyer, TM Hotel.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay PEAT
  DCU Mercy
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 9
 1. Peat, DCU Mercy9.0 
 2. Dwyer, TM Hotel.4.0 
 3. Meany, Meteors3.0 
 4. Scully, Killester3.0 
 5. Fahy, UL Aughinish3.0 
 6. Vanderwal, UL Augh.3.0 
 7. Bracken, Liffey C.3.0 
 8. Flynn, Killester3.0 
 9. O''Connor, Liffey C.3.0 
 10. Flaherty, Killest.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marie BREEN
  TM Hotel.
  (185-F/G-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Breen, TM Hotel.5.0 
 2. Dwyer, TM Hotel.5.0 
 3. Foley, Liffey Celt.4.0 
 4. Dwyer, TM Hotel.4.0 
 5. Woods, DCU Mercy3.0 
 6. Solan, DCU Mercy3.0 
 7. Toner, Ulster R.3.0 
 8. Hulgraine, Liffey3.0 
 9. Clancy, UL Aughi.3.0 
 10. Pickford, Meteors3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Hannah PICKFORD
  Meteors
  (--)
  Avg: 5
 1. Pickford, Meteors5.0 
 2. Toner, Ulster R.3.0 
 3. Maher, UL Aughi.2.0 
 4. McDermott, UL Augh.2.0 
 5. O''Connor, Liffey C.2.0 
 6. Homan, Liffey Celt.2.0 
 7. Fahy, UL Aughinish2.0 
 8. Doyle, Meteors2.0 
 9. Foley, Liffey Celt.1.0 
 10. Mullally, Waterfo.1.0 



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  ITALY   


Chieti adds Nacickaite to their roster - by Eurobasket News (T)

C.U.S. Chieti (A1) added to their roster 23-year old Lithuanian international guard Kamile Nacickaite (180-89, college: Drexel). Nacickaite moved there from Galatasaray in Turkish TKBL.
Nacickaite has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. She has played for Senior National Team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009. Nacickaite represented Lithuania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 this year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 4.0ppg, 2.6rpg.
Nacickaite graduated from Drexel University in 2012 and it is her first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @lovewomensbball)



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  JAPAN   


Japanese WJBL round 5 best performance: Megumi Shinohara - by Eurobasket News

International Megumi Shinohara (184-C/F-91) had a very impressive game in the last round for second-ranked Fujitsu RW, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 21-year old player had a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds, while her team outclassed Toyota B SR (#7, 2-2) with 30-point margin 88-58. Fujitsu RW maintains the 2nd position in Japanese WJBL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Fujitsu RW already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. Shinohara has many years of experience at Fujitsu RW, through which he has constantly improved. Megumi Shinohara averages this season 7.8ppg.

The second best player in last round's games was young former international Yuka Mamiya (185-C/F-90) of JX Sunflowers. Mamiya had a very good evening with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course she lead JX Sunflowers to another comfortable win outscoring Aishin AW (#10, 0-4) 77-55. JX Sunflowers' 3rd position in the standings has not changed. A very good start of the season for her team, which won so far all 4 games without any defeat. Mamiya is one of the most experienced players at JX Sunflowers and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 19.3ppg (#1). Her other stats are also decent: 6.8rpg and 3.5apg.

Third on the list of top players last round was swingman Misako Rikuden (172-G/F-86) of Ebara Vickies (#4). Rikuden scored 25 points. She was a key player of Ebara Vickies, leading her team to a 73-57 easy win against the lower-ranked Niigata (#8, 1-3). Ebara Vickies needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Rikuden has a great season in Japan. After only 4 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.0ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kana Motoyama (180-F-90) of Chanson V-M - 15 points and 5 rebounds
5. Kumiko Oba (169-G-88) of Denso Iris - 21 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Ryoko Yano (178-F-78) of Toyota A. - 22 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Sanae Motokawa (175-F-92) of Chanson V-M - 16 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Hiroko Noda (164-G-83) of Hitachi Cougars - 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Ramu Tokashiki (191-C/F-91) of JX Sunflowers - 14 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Arisa Fujiwara (175-F-87) of Denso Iris - 14 points, 6 rebounds and 6 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)



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  LITHUANIA   


Chieti adds Nacickaite to their roster - by Eurobasket News (T)

C.U.S. Chieti (A1) added to their roster 23-year old Lithuanian international guard Kamile Nacickaite (180-89, college: Drexel). Nacickaite moved there from Galatasaray in Turkish TKBL.
Nacickaite has been also a member of Lithuanian international program for some years. She has played for Senior National Team since 2010 and previously for U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009. Nacickaite represented Lithuania at the Qualifications to European Championships 2013 this year. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 4.0ppg, 2.6rpg.
Nacickaite graduated from Drexel University in 2012 and it is her first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @lovewomensbball)



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  POLAND   


Briana Gilbreath joins Matizol Lider Pruszkow - by Lukasz Lukaszewski (T)

Matizol Lider Pruszkow agreed on terms of contract with Briana Gilbreath (185-G-90, college: USC). This 22-year old guard will play for this polish team in this season. Club had been trying to sign this player
for a long time.

Briana Gilbreath is 22 years old guard. She graduated USC University in this year. In her last season in NCAA she averaged 12.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 28 games.
She was drafted with No 35 in the third round of WNBA Draft 2012 by Indiana Fever. She was traded to Washington Mystics, but she was not able to be in the game roster of this
club. After few injuries in Phoenix Mercury club needed some players. They decided to sign Briana Gillbreath. In 12 WNBA games she noticed 6,8 ppg 3,5 rpg and 1 apg. Matizol
Lider Pruszkow would be her first European club.




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  ROMANIA   


Biljana Pesovic gets MVP of the Week award for Romanian Division A - by Eurobasket News

Serbian Biljana Pesovic (180-G-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Timisoara and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 29-year old guard had the game-high 39 points adding four rebounds and three assists for Timisoara in her team's victory, helping them to edge out Craiova (#8, 2-2) 71-69. Timisoara maintains the 4th position in Romanian Division A. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Timisoara already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Pesovic had a remarkable 65.0% from 2-point range. It's her second year at Timisoara and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Pesovic has impressive league stats. She is league's best scorer averaging so far 27.3ppg. Pesovic is in league's top in and averages solid 3.0spg and 70.0% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 24-year old American forward Melani Thornton (185-F-88) of Brasov. Thornton impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 24 points and 13 rebounds. It was enough for Brasov to edge Alexandria (1-3) by 5 points 74-69. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Thornton is a newcomer at Brasov and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Tabytha Wampler (185-F-90, agency: Interperformances) of Sf.Gheorghe (#6). Wampler scored 21 points and grabbed six rebounds. She was a key player of Sf.Gheorghe, leading her team to a 112-30 easy win against Oradea (#14, 0-4). Sf.Gheorghe needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in . Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Wampler has a very solid season. In 3 games in Romania she scored 14.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Judit Kajdacsi (192-C-79) of Sf.Gheorghe - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
5. Milica Ivanovic (175-G-88) of Sf.Gheorghe - 16 points, 2 rebounds and 6 assists
6. Vladinka Erak (190-C-84) of Sp.Studentesc - 11 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Lashawn Johnson (188-F/C-86) of Targu Mures - 14 points and 14 rebounds
8. Jasmin Bailey (172-G/F-90) of Sf.Gheorghe - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Amanda Thompson (183-F-87) of Alba Iulia - 18 points and 11 rebounds
10. Marija Prlja (163-G-87) of Craiova - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists

The Player of the week is chosen 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)



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  WNBA   


Fever force Game 3 with 78-76 win over Sun on Zellous' late jumper - by Eurobasket News

The Indiana Fever are heading back to Connecticut thanks to Shavonte Zellous' (5'10''-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) last-second basket.

Zellous jumper with 0.5 seconds remaining lifted the Fever over the Connecticut Sun 78-76 in Game 2 of the WNBA Eastern Conference Finals on Monday night.

Now the Fever will play the decisive game in Connecticut on Thursday with a trip to the WNBA finals on the line. Indiana is winless in three playoff games in Connecticut, including a 76-64 loss in Game 1.

Im expecting a war when we go up there, Indiana coach Lin Dunn said. We are very confident we can go in there and win.

Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) scored 24 points, including seven of the Fevers last 11, and Tamika Catchings (6'1''-SF-79, college: Tennessee) added 21.

Kara Lawson (5'8''-PG-81, college: Tennessee) led the Sun with 18 points, Asjha Jones added 17 points and 10 rebounds and reigning league MVP Tina Charles had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Sun.

Obviously we thought we gave ourselves a chance to win down the stretch, Connecticut coach Mike Thibault said. Give Zellous credit, she made a good shot.

The Suns Allison Hightower (5'10''-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU) tied the game on a baseline runner with 12.5 seconds left. She was fouled on the play, but missed the free throw.

Tamika Catchings rebounded the miss and threw an outlet pass to Briann January who missed a layup. Zellous had started celebrating when January attempted the layup but gained possession of the loose ball in front of the Connecticut bench before driving and making the 13-foot jumper.

I was in the act of cheering when Briann had the layup so I thought it was going in, said Zellous, who finished with four points. Bri didnt give up on that play even though she missed the layup. (Erlana) Larkins came in, tipped it and Bri scrambled gave it to me and I went down and knocked down the shot.

Connecticut led 57-56 entering the final quarter but Indiana used a 7-0 run to go up 63-57 with 7:49 remaining.

The Sun answered back as Renee Montgomery hit back-to-back threes to tie the score at 63.

Charles, who had 11 points at halftime, scored her first bucket of the second half to give Connecticut a 70-65 lead with 4:42 remaining.

Trailing by one, Douglas stole the ball from Jones with a 1:07 remaining. She took it coast-to-coast and was fouled to give Indiana the lead 74-72 on a three-point play with 56.5 seconds remaining.

Charles snatched an offensive rebound, was fouled by Catchings and the second-year-pro made both free throws to tie the game at 74.

The Fever responded on a Catchings layup with 21.3 seconds left to set up Hightowers game-tying runner.

The Sun scored the first 11 points of the game and led 24-20 through the first quarter after shooting 56 percent from field.

Douglas gave Indiana their first lead of the game at 40-39 with 1:48 remaining in the half.

The 11-year-pro then scored two of 15 first half points to give the Fever a 46-43 halftime advantage on a driving layup as time expired.

Connecticut had three players score 11 points or more in the first half with Lawson and Charles both contributing 11 and Jones adding 12 on 5-for-5 shooting.

Indiana is now 3-0 in elimination games in the 2012 postseason and 8-1 all-time at home in elimination games.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com