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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
North
 1. Libertad S. 8-1 
 2. Olimpico LB 6-2 
 3. Sionista 5-4 
 4. Regatas C. 5-4 
 5. Quimsa 4-4 
 6. Atenas 3-5 
 7. Union Progr. 1-6 
 8. La Union 1-7 
South
 1. Penarol 7-2 
 2. Argentino 5-3 
 3. Lanus 4-3 
 4. Obras 4-3 
 5. Wuber-Est.Bahia 3-4 
 6. Boca Jrs 3-4 
 7. GECR Indalo 3-5 
 8. 9 de Julio 1-6 

Regular Season: Round 9

North

Oct. 12: Atenas - Olimpico LB
Oct. 12: Union Progr. - La Union
Oct. 12: Quimsa - Libertad S.
Oct. 12: Regatas C. - Sionista

Round 10

Oct. 10: Sionista - Regatas C. 86-81

Round 13

Oct. 9: Penarol - GECR Indalo 76-65

Round 9

Oct. 10: Quimsa - Libertad S. 92-69

South

Oct. 12: GECR Indalo - Lanus
Oct. 12: Penarol - Wuber-Est.Bahia
Oct. 12: 9 de Julio - Argentino
Oct. 12: Boca Jrs - Obras


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Juan GUTIERREZ
  Obras
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Gutierrez, Obras19.8 
 2. Fizer, Wuber-Es.19.4 
 3. Roby, Wuber-Es.19.0 
 4. Nelson, 9 de Julio19.0 
 5. DeGroat, Boca Jrs17.7 
 6. Lewis, La Union17.5 
 7. Pau, Olimpico LB16.8 
 8. De los Santo., Arg.16.6 
 9. Phillip, Union Pro.16.4 
 10. Cequeira, Sionista16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.12.7 
 2. Clancy, Olimpico.10.0 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.8 
 4. Seawright, GECR I.9.4 
 5. Kammerichs, Regat.9.1 
 6. Lewis, La Union8.5 
 7. Nelson, 9 de Julio8.3 
 8. Fierro, Atenas8.1 
 9. Carlwell, Argentino8.0 
 10. Fizer, Wuber-Es.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Campazzo, Penarol7.0 
 2. De los Santo., Arg.4.9 
 3. Aguirre, Quimsa4.8 
 4. Cajal, Union Progr.4.4 
 5. Cequeira, Sionista4.4 
 6. Faggiano, Wuber-.4.1 
 7. Martinez, Regat.4.1 
 8. Osimani, Obras4.0 
 9. Treise, Libertad S.3.9 
 10. Labaque, Atenas3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Ariel PAU
  Olimpico LB
  (186-G/F-84)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Pau, Olimpico LB3.4 
 2. Campazzo, Penarol2.6 
 3. De los Santo., Arg.2.3 
 4. Aguirre, Quimsa2.3 
 5. Espinoza, Obras2.3 
 6. Salles, Olimpico.2.1 
 7. Boccia, Lanus2.0 
 8. Ciorciari, GECR I.1.9 
 9. Pittman, Sionista1.8 
 10. Faggiano, Wuber-.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Sam CLANCY
  Olimpico.
  (202-C-80)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Clancy, Olimpico.1.6 
 2. Battle, Lanus1.4 
 3. Mata, Penarol1.1 
 4. Sanchez, Libertad.0.9 
 5. Williams, Quimsa0.9 
 6. Dilligard, Union P.0.8 
 7. Gutierrez, Obras0.8 
 8. Guaita, Atenas0.8 
 9. Wolkowyski, La Uni.0.8 
 10. Torres, Wuber-Es.0.8 


South American League 2012: Obras Sanitarias wins Group A - by Eurobasket News

Club Deportivo Mavort (Ecuador)- Obras Sanitarias (Argentina) 91:104

Obras Sanitarias wins Group A at the South American League 2012. The defending champions overcame Club Deportivo Mavort 104:91 and finished with 2-1 record. Centauros de Apure (Venezuela) and Pinheiros/Sky (Brasil) also had the same record, but Obras Sanitarias had a better difference.
Obras Sanitarias started the game with 19-16 lead and added massive 30-21 burst in the second frame. Moreover they scored another 30 points in the third period and led 19 points after three quarters. Club Deportivo Mavort however did not give up and erupted with 31-25 in the last stanza for the final result.
Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) nailed 16. Fernando Calvi (200-F/C-81) and David Huertas (195-G/F-87, college: Mississippi) followed them with 14 points each. Michael Sloan (194-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.) ended up with 27 points in defeat, while Elys Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) posted 25. Raul Cardenas (190-G-82, college: Faulkner) scored 19 and Hiram Fuller (206-C-81, college: Fresno St.) collected 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Club Deportivo Mavort (Ecuador): Michael Sloan 27, Elys Guzman 25, Raul Cardenas 19, Hiram Fuller 17+11 rebs
Obras Sanitarias (Argentina): Martin Osimani 17, Juan Gutierrez 16, Fernando Calvi 14, David Huertas 14



South American League 2012: Centauros de Apure beat Obras Sanitarias in a thriller - by Eurobasket News

Centauros de Apure (Venezuela)- Obras Sanitarias (Argentina) 90:89 OT

Centauros de Apure beat Obras Sanitarias in a thriller. The team from Venezuela improved to 2-0 record in Group B after a 90:89 overtime win.
It was the best game so far at the Coliseum Luis Leoro Franco. Both teams enetered the game with the victories in Day 1 and desired to remain undefeated. Obras Sanitarias started the game with 20-17, but Centauros de Apure replied with 18-12 for 3-point lead at the halftime. The team from Argentina tied the game after three quarters and then both teams nailed 17 points each in the fourth period. It was hot in the court in overtime as well, while Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) with a basket of three-point shot gave to Centauros of Apure the necessary win.
Clarence Matthews (201-F-83, college: Tennessee St.) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Jesus Centeno as well as Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87, college: Campbellsville) posted 17 each. Jose Vargas (195-G/F-82) delivered 11 points in a win. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) replied with 25 points in the losing effort, while Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) collected massive 15 points 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Daniel Fitzgerald (206-F-84, college: Marquette) nailed 15 and David Huertas (195-G/F-87, college: Mississippi) had 11.

Centauros de Apure (Venezuela): Clarence Matthews 24, Jesus Centeno 17, Nestor Colmenares 17, Jose Vargas 11
Obras Sanitarias (Argentina): Juan Gutierrez 25, Martin Osimani 15+8 rebs+9 ast, Daniel Fitzgerald 15, David Huertas 11



Torneo Federal 2012/13 rosters: North group - by Facundo Iatzky

Division NOA:
Union Oran:
Nahuel Calvo (187-G-86), Juan Pablo Trapote (202-C-81), Emmanuel Forrest (184-G-80), Jose Szpilard, Sergio Zacarias, Federico Mateo, Santiago Roncoroni (188-G-91), Manuel Garcia (202-C-92), Emiliano Kiorcheff (F-93), Guido Garnica, Nicolas Montero
Coach: Gabriel Albornoz

El Bordo:
Marcos Maidana (195-F-80), Cristian Reigenborn (200-C-91), Nelson Peralta, Jose Gatti (193-F-92), Matias Palacios, Nicolas Luna , Jose Bustamante (186-G-87), Guillermo Ibarra, Sebastian Rossa, Martin Alonso, Pablo Nieto
Coach: Carlos Zambrano

Talleres Tafi Viejo
Sergio Ale (198-F/C-70), Jose Muruaga (198-G-84), Ivan Albornoz (200-F-86), Alvaro rodriguez, Lautaro Solorzano (190-G-93), Facundo Romani, Leonardo Vildoza, Roberto Orresta, Jeronimo Solorzano (196-F-88), Ivan Julian, Rafael Banegas
Coach: Mario Vildoza

Independiente tucuman
Victor Sudol (201-F/C-83), Ignacio Corbalan (198-F-92), Lisandro Caniza (198-F-86), Nahuel Marchetti, Esteban Velasco, Patricio Aranda, Fernando Ortiz, Gustavo Ahumada, Lucas Velazquez (188-G-94), Jorge Fares, Gerardo Miranda (203-C-93).
Coach: Facundo Anduesa

Avellaneda Santiago del Estero
Fernando Small (184-G-77), Juan Angel Lopez (190-G/F-84), Ignacio Luna, Lucas Tarchini, Luciano Tarchini (188-G-85), Marcelo Zanni, Gustavo Fernandez, Martin Balterio, Pablo Martinez
Coach: Jose Small

Division NEA:
Sarmiento Formosa
Marcos Sabaj, Alan Omar (195-G-90), Fabian Hector Barraza, Felix Medina (182-G-84), Gonzalo Alvarez, Nicolas Dominguez, German Chiaruttini, Lucas Villanueva (F-93), Franco Antonellini, Manuel Martinez, Aron alarcon, Cristian Wolkowisky
Coach: Gustavo Vega

Tokio Posadas
Lucas Gornatti (188-G-82), Luis Ayala, Luciano Pozzer (196-F-90), Luciano Garrone, Maximiliano Acosta, Nicolas Martinez, Nicolas Fulquet, Pablo Woloszyn, Ennzo Stietz, Emiliano Gomez
Coach: Juan Bidarra

Santa Rita esquina:
Eduardo Schaab, Victor Ocampo, Gustavo Caceres (181-G), Sebastian Benitez, Gonzalo Traverso (196-G/F-88), Francisco Ortiz, Hernan Faletto, Rogelio Salinas, Facundo Alberici (200-F-92), Santiago Hinchliff (200-C-93)
Coach: Juan Acevedo

Hindu resistencia
Mauro Coronel (185-G-83), Pablo Walter, Leandro Ayala, Fernando Mendez (200-C-71), Andres Boni, Juan Gimentes, Martin Fernandez, Nestor Serantes, Luciano Dalzotto
Coach: Luis Cequeira

Regatas resistencia
Mauro La Regina (182-G-86), Juan Vargas (194-F-94), Maximiliano Martinez (185-G-90), juan tortella (184-G-91), Diego Rodeghiero (173-G-84), Nahuel Henain (198-F-94), Nestor Novo (190-F-90), Pedro Machin (183-G-82), Jorge Cardozo (207-C-86), Luciano Gyldenfeldt (182-G-94)
Coach: Guillermo Arevalo

UNCAus saenz pena
Jose Luis Melchiori (185-G-89), Ariel Alvarez, Diego Fernandez, Antonino Forte (190-G/F-90), Gonzalo flores, Luis Arganaraz, Alejandro Scalise, Roberto Acuna, Federico Grenni, Marcos Bosch
Coach: Diego Lifschitz

Division entre rios
Racing gualeguaychu
Cristian Delgui (185-G-81), Joaquin Etcheverry, Abel Pascual, Gabriel Meriano, Gabriel Diaz, Diego Bernardi, Ezequiel Manzanares (197-G-90), Juan Cansina (202-F/C-75), Pablo Mander,
Coach: Gaston Narbay

Ferrocarril Concordia
Juan toriani (197-F), Ariel Blanc (189-G-78), Federico Cabrera, Emanuel Oliveri, Federico Perez (194-F-90), Lucas Calleja (178-G-89), Facundo Ortiz, Franco rivero, Maximiliano Marzilli
Coach. Ricardo Lagrana

Regatas Uruguay
Federico Grattarola (180-G-78), Leandro Mas, Nicolas Greco, Juan Wall, Alejandro Madera (193-F), Facundo Varela, Joaquin Baeza (182-G-86), Federico Mariani, Agustin Aguirre
Coach: Sebastian Torre

Atletico Rosario del Tala
Isaac Monti (192-F), matias hauscarriague, Juan Rodriguez Suppi, Maximiliano Morel (184-G-79), Jorge Garcia (197-F), David Fric, Leonardo Catelotti, Jorge Silva (F), Julian Gatti, David Velazquez
Coach: Alejandro florido

Penarol Rosario del Tala
Gabriel Dominguez (184-G-82), Alejandro Ivetich (181-G), Mariano Panizza (178-G-84), Rodrigo Riquelme, Damian Echazarreta, Alexander Gonzalez (180-G-96), Nicolas Mendyk, Emanuel Arevalo, Mauro Cerone, Carlos Herrera, Sergio Mora, Salvador Giletto (195-F-92)
Coach: Pablo Columba

Firmat FC
Alejandro Burgos (206-C/F-78), Juan Ignacio varas, Gonzalo Maggio, Nahuel Ledesma (198-F-90), Juan de la Vega, Andres Paredes, Maximiliano Iturrioz, Gabriel Hospital, Santiago Orellano, Fabricio Rebecchi
Coach: Damian Gamarra

Division Santa FE
Brown san vicente
Andres Horst (197-G-81, college: Brescia, KY), Emanuel Sayal, Sebastian Rodriguez (194-F-83), Dennis Gomez, Jonatan Morero, Sebastian Punet, Ezequiel Gaido, Matias Bonfiglio, Genaro Priotti, Alejo Britos (188-G-94)
Coach: Sergio britos

Sportivo Las parejas
Diego Foradori (175-G-81), Emiliano Colgmena (F-83), Julian Fernandez, Mariano Ortega, Mauro Simonutti, Ignacio Fernandez (195-F-81), Leandro Faranna (201-C), Sebastian Mignani, Facundo Toia, Ramiro Saenz (196-F-93)
Coach: Gabriel Casalegno

Alma juniors
Danilo Delset (197-F-73), Dragan Capitanich (190-G-90), Lautaro Bouchet (196-F), Roman Talotti, Nicolas Correnti, Ivan Antonivk, Eduardo Nunez, Franco Farina, Leonardo Strack, Manuel Garcia (185-G)
Coach: Sebastian Saborido

Argentino Firmat
Gonzalo Sabatini (191-G), Esteban Silvero (196-G), Gustavo Bronzino (194-G-90), Franco Borselino (185-G), Fernando Giraudo (197-C), Alejandro Fabrini, Gaston Fogolin (182-G-93), Omar Zanocco, Diego Cordera, Nicolas Morales, Julian Fogolin (186-G-94)
Coach: Mario Fogolin

Union Santa fe
Hernan Tetamantti (198-F-79), Gaston Sieiro, Roman rodriguez, Gaston garcia, Matias Ruger (200-F/C-91), Matias Stival, Jaime Cabre, Federico Scandroli, Sebastian Godoy (196-F-93), Mauro Cosolito, Fernando Re, Luciano Copello, Pablo Renzi (190-F-94)
Coach: Juan Siemienczuk

Sportsmen Unidos rosario
Ignacio Tripelli, Sebastian Ghirardi, Federico Poratti, Matias Bernardini (190-G-94), Juan Cravero (178-G-91), Cristian Scaramuzzino (206-C-92), Fernando Falco, Martin Bisaro, Federico Dayer (197-F-94), Pablo Mecoli (C-92), Valentin Marchisio
Coach: Cristian Le Bihan

Division Cuyo
El Chorrillero
Rafael Costa (180-G-73), Alexandro Fermani , Luis Casazza (180-G), Guillermo Giuliodori, Leandro Conti, Nicolas Arese, Diego Prego (198-F-77) , Mauro Bulchi, Gustavo Acosta, Agustin Caffaratto (186-G-93), Nicolas Plache (202-C-93)
Coach: jose pestuggia

Sociedad Espanola San Luis
Alejandro Pappalardi (198-C-80), Gustavo Maranguello, Elnes Bolling, Jorge Sanchez, Lionel Sola (183-G-83), Juan Parnisari, Karim neme, Adolfo ramos, Agustin Maldonado
Coach: jose Franzi

Anzorena Mendoza
Fernando Crespi (178-G-86), Nicolas Aguilera, Gabriel Menza, Leandro Masieri (201-F-76), Agustin Paparini, Alejo Schestakow (186-G-93), Juan Hernaez, Matias Lopez, Ignacio Revellino
Coach: Walter Gutierrez

Deportivo Rivadavia Mendoza
Nahuel Jerez, Nicolas Seoane, Diego Cabanez (183-G-83), Giovanni Francese, Fernando Ronco, Abel trejo (204-C), Ivan Ravera, agustin Gomez , Diego Arce, Andres Llaver
Coach: Fernando Minelli

Atenas San jose Mendoza
Cristian Gianoboli (195-F-90), Santiago Baravalle (201-C/F-90), Rodrigo Griffa, Heber Sierra, Joel Sierra, Matias blanco, Martin Fernandez, Rodrigo Anton, juan Rimola, Sergio rosales
Coach: Alejandro Benito
Division central andina

Division Central Andina
Barrio Parque Cordoba
Santiago Luduena (176-G), Juan Kelly (190-F-88), Esteban Cantarutti (185-G), Samuel Aladin, Lautaro Rivata, Emiliano Rossi, Patricio Alloco, Diego Cerutti, Agustin jure, Sebastian Acevedo, Joaquin Ferez, rodrigo Gieco (185-G-93)
Coach: Osvaldo Arduh

Tiro Federal Morteros
Luis Martina (191-F), Sebastian Rossi, Cristian Balcells, Agustin Busso, Manuel Olocco (198-F-88), Mariano Ceruti (194-F-79) , Bruno Romano, Lucas Frank, Joaquin Marengo, Santiago Gandino (190-F), Federico Barra, Pablo Albertinazzi.
Coach: dario arrigoni

San Martin La rioja
Julio Herrera, Cristian Romero, German Vega, Mateo Rodriguez, David Vera, Martin Vaquero (196-G/F-76), Sebastian Paz Duarte (200-C-88), Francisco Quinteros, Gustavo Martin, Facundo rodriguez,
Coach: enrique rodriguez

Facundo La rioja
Juan Meza, German Bernhardt (179-G-86), Juan Abeiro, Claudio Marcelo Cufre, Rodrigo Campos, Gustavo Orona, Maximiliano Gomez, Gabriel fuentes, Walter Granillo (198-C-93), Matias Vergara, Juan Cabrera (185-G-93)
Coach: Bernardo Murphy

Olimpia Catamarca
Fernando Pistochini, Ignacio Aguirre (184-G-87), Facundo Zambrano (184-G), Diego Gustavo Fessia, Sebastian Osores, Marcos Piedrabuena (196-F-78), Jose Suarez, Gabriel Sosa, julian Espeche, Juan Brizuela, Ricardo Cordoba (185-F-92), Gonzalo Zamboni (185-G-94)
Coach: Hugo Lopez




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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   

Standings

Asian Club Championships Standings
 1. Al Riyadi 0-0 
 2. Al Shabab 0-0 
 3. Belent 0-0 
 4. Duhok 0-0 
 5. E.R. Falcons 0-0 
 6. Mahram 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 15: Duhok - Al Shabab
Oct. 15: E.R. Falcons - Mahram
Oct. 15: Belent - Al Riyadi


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Chris WILLIAMS
  USA
  (199-F/G-80)
  Avg: 24.4
 1. Williams, Mahram24.4 
 2. Dragajlovic, Al It.21.6 
 3. Khatib, Al Riyadi21.0 
 4. Leslie, Al Rayyan19.9 
 5. Douthit, Smart Gil.19.1 
 6. Watkins, ASU18.7 
 7. Giles, Duhok18.6 
 8. Gray, Duhok18.2 
 9. Keely, Al Ittihad17.1 
 10. Ismail, Al Riyadi16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladislav DRAGOJLOVIC
  (209-C-79)
  Avg: 13.9
 1. Dragajlovic, Al It.13.9 
 2. Giles, Duhok12.1 
 3. Douthit, Smart Gil.12.1 
 4. Woods, Al Riyadi10.7 
 5. Ismail, Al Riyadi10.5 
 6. Watkins, ASU9.8 
 7. Ngombo, Al Rayyan9.7 
 8. Samb, Mahram7.9 
 9. Cuffee, Al Rayyan7.6 
 10. Hadrab, ASU7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Osama DAGHLES
  JOR
  (198-G-79)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Daghlas, ASU7.4 
 2. Casio, Smart Gilas6.1 
 3. Nikkhah, Mahram4.9 
 4. Miller, Al Jalaa4.3 
 5. Keely, Al Ittihad4.3 
 6. Al-Doori, Duhok4.1 
 7. Akl, Al Riyadi4.0 
 8. Tiu John, Smart G.3.9 
 9. Ismail, Al Riyadi3.8 
 10. Maadanly, Al Jalaa3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Hamed AFAGH
  (190-SG-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Afagh, Mahram2.1 
 2. Watkins, ASU1.7 
 3. Williams, Mahram1.6 
 4. Al-Doori, Duhok1.4 
 5. Douthit, Smart Gil.1.3 
 6. Gray, Duhok1.3 
 7. Casio, Smart Gilas1.1 
 8. Miller, Al Jalaa1.1 
 9. Giles, Duhok1.1 
 10. Cuffee, Al Rayyan1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Loren WOODS
  USA
  (218-C-78)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Woods, Al Riyadi3.8 
 2. Samb, Mahram2.9 
 3. Giles, Duhok1.6 
 4. Douthit, Smart Gil.1.3 
 5. Ismail, Al Riyadi1.2 
 6. Walker, Al Jalaa1.2 
 7. Aguilar, Smart Gil.1.1 
 8. Mahdi, Duhok1.0 
 9. Yaqqub, Al Jalaa1.0 
 10. Watkins, ASU0.7 



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division I

Ethias League Standings
 1. Aalstar 1-0 
 2. Antwerp 1-0 
 3. Leuven 1-0 
 4. Liege 1-1 
 5. Oostende 1-1 
 6. M.Hainaut 0-1 
 7. Spirou 0-1 
 8. Verviers-Pep. 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 11: Liege - Oostende 85-81
Oct. 13: Verviers-Pep. - Spirou
Oct. 13: M.Hainaut - Leuven
Oct. 14: Aalstar - Antwerp


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Matt LOJESKI
  Oostende
  (198-G-85)
  Avg: 17
 1. Lojeski, Oostende17.0 
 2. Wilkinson, Oostende15.5 
 3. Mukubu, Liege15.0 
 4. Stojic, Oostende14.0 
 5. Gillet, Liege12.5 
 6. Wright, Oostende10.0 
 7. Iarochevitch, Liege8.5 
 8. Monteiro, Liege8.5 
 9. Bosco, Liege8.0 
 10. Katnic, Oostende8.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pierre-Antoine GILLET
  Liege
  (201-F-91)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Gillet, Liege8.5 
 2. Mukubu, Liege8.0 
 3. Iarochevitch, Liege6.0 
 4. Wright, Oostende4.5 
 5. Williamson, Liege4.5 
 6. Wilkinson, Oostende4.5 
 7. Lojeski, Oostende4.0 
 8. Petrovic, Oostende3.5 
 9. Bosco, Liege3.0 
 10. Ware, Liege3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Dusan DJORDJEVIC
  Ooste.
  (195-G-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Djordjevic, Ooste.6.0 
 2. Wright, Oostende3.0 
 3. Katnic, Oostende3.0 
 4. Monteiro, Liege2.5 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende2.5 
 6. Troisfontain., Lie.2.5 
 7. Mukubu, Liege1.5 
 8. Bosco, Liege1.5 
 9. Hockins, Liege1.5 
 10. Ware, Liege1.5 
Steals Per Game
 Brent WRIGHT
  Oostende
  (203-F/C-78)
  Avg: 3
 1. Wright, Oostende3.0 
 2. Katnic, Oostende2.0 
 3. Wilkinson, Oostende1.5 
 4. Petrovic, Oostende1.5 
 5. Williamson, Liege1.5 
 6. Mukubu, Liege1.0 
 7. Bosco, Liege1.0 
 8. Djordjevic, Ooste.1.0 
 9. Monteiro, Liege1.0 
 10. Stojic, Oostende1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Wesley WILKINSON
  Oostende
  (207-PF-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wilkinson, Oostende2.5 
 2. Mukubu, Liege0.5 
 3. Williamson, Liege0.5 
 4. Iarochevitch, Liege0.5 
 5. Lojeski, Oostende0.5 
 6. Gillet, Liege0.0 
 7. Bosco, Liege0.0 
 8. Petrovic, Oostende0.0 
 9. Stojic, Oostende0.0 
 10. Katnic, Oostende0.0 


Belgian Cup 1/8 Finals: Belgacom Spirou eliminated by Division II team Cuva Houthalen (+5) - by Bert Larsimont

In the first 1/8 Final game of the Belgian Cup, Division II host team Cuva Houthalen (+5) welcomed Belgacom Spirou Charleroi of Coach Giovanni Bozzi at the Sportpark Lakerveld. Cuva Houthalen is the team of Coach Brian Lynch and was supported by the coach's wife, former tennis star Kim Clijsters, and family on Wednesday evening.

Thanks to excellent first and second quarters (36-23 and 17-13) and a clutch play by Ronnie McCollum (192-G-78, agency: Two Points, college: Centenary) on the final buzzer, the hosts qualified for the Quarter-Finals and surprisingly eliminated Spirou Charleroi.

Many efforts by Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, college: Florida) and a crucial basket by Sacha Massot (205-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management) to put 84-84 on the scoreboard were not sufficient for Belgacom Spirou to win this game. Injured Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) was missing for Spirou.

Score evolution: 36-23, 53-36, 71-60 and 90-87.

Best scorers:
Cuva: R. McCollum 20, O. Hodge 20 and J. Westrol 23.
Spirou: M. Walsh 24, D. Allen 23.

Here are the other Belgian Cup 1/8 Final games scheduled in October:

BBC Gembo (+5) vs. Port of Antwerp Giants (on 2012-10-17)
Gent Dragons (+5) vs. Liege Basket (on 2012-10-17)
BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde (+5) vs. Leuven Bears (on 2012-10-17)
Sint-Niklase Condors (+5) vs. Belfius Mons Hainaut (on 2012-10-17)
Kangoeroes Boom (+5) vs. BC Telenet Oostende (on 2012-10-23)
Bent Schoenen Waregem (+5) vs. Okapi Aalstar (on 2012-10-24)
CEP Fleurus (+5) vs. RBC VOO Verviers Pepinster (on 2012-10-28)



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South American League 2012: Smith and Boracini paced Pinheiros/Sky over Mavort - by Eurobasket News

Pinheiros/Sky (Brasil)- Club Deportivo Mavort (Ecuador) 82:73

Smith and Boracini paced Pinheiros/Sky over Mavort in Day 2 of the South American League 2012. They both scored 24 points for an 82:73 win. The team from Brazil improved to 1-1 record, while the hosts fell at 0-2 record.
Pinheiros/Sky opened the game with 23-15 lead and enjoyed 6 points advantage at the halftime. They also posted two narrow victories in the second half to seal a comfortable victory. Pinheiros/Sky won the third period 25-24 and finished the game with 18-16 in the last stanza.
Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88) and Marcio Dornelles (194-F-75) delivered 8 points each for the winners. Michael Sloan (194-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.) nailed 22 points in defeat and Elys Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) scored 19. Raul Cardenas (190-G-82, college: Faulkner) ended up with 15, while Hiram Fuller (206-C-81, college: Fresno St.) followed them with 10.
Pinheiros will face tomorrow in their final game against Centauros, while Mavort will play against Obras Sanitarias.

Pinheiros/Sky: Joe Smith (193-G-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) 24, Paulinho Boracini (183-G-84) 24, Mineiro Ferreira 8, Marcio Dornelles 8
Mavort: Michael Sloan 22, Elys Guzman 19, Raul Cardenas 15, Hiram Fuller 10



South American League 2012: Pinheiros/Sky edge Centauros de Apure - by Eurobasket News

Centauros de Apure (Venezuela) and Pinheiros/Sky (Brasil) 81:88

Pinheiros/Sky edge Centauros de Apure at the South American League 2012. The team from Brazil needed an 88:81 win as both teams finished with 2-1 records. Obras Sanitarias however wins Group A at the South American League 2012. The defending champions overcame Club Deportivo Mavort 104:91 and finished with 2-1 record. Obras Sanitarias had a better difference than the opponents.
Pinheiros/Sky opened the game with 28-20 led but led only 3 points at the halftime. Moreover Centauros de Apure won the third period 24-17 and led 4 points entering the last stanza. Only due to 26-15 in the last stanza Pinheiros/Sky managed to seal the victory.
Paulinho Boracini (183-G-84) led the way with 34 points. Joe Smith (193-G-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) nailed 16, while Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88) had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87, college: Campbellsville) finished the game with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Michael Flores (192-G-85) and Clarence Matthews (201-F-83, college: Tennessee St.) nailed 15 each. Jose Vargas (195-G/F-82) ended up with 14 points in the losing case.

Centauros de Apure (Venezuela): Nestor Colmenares 18+11 rebs, Michael Flores 15, Clarence Matthews 15, Jose Vargas 14
Pinheiros/Sky (Brasil): Paulinho Boracini 34, Joe Smith 16, Mineiro Ferreira 10+10 rebs



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Heat roll past Clippers in Beijing - by Eurobasket News

Miami Heat - LA Clippers 94:80

Miami Heat and LA Clippers played an exhibition clash in Beijing, China. The Heat claimed the first pre-season victory rolling past their opponents. LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) posted 20 points to lead the winners.
The Heat erupted for 29 points in the first term to take an 11-point lead. The Heat maintained the lead throughout the second term. They established a 53:35 halftime advantage. The Clippers narrowed the deficit in the third term. They got within 16 points at the final intermission. The Clippers stayed competitive throughout the fourth frame but the Heat hung on to win the game. Ray Allen (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut) finished with 15 points, while Carney Rodney (6'7''-F-84, college: Memphis) and Norris Cole (6'2''-PG-88, college: Cleveland St.) posted 11 points apiece for the winners. Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the Clippers. Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Miami Heat: LeBron James 20, Ray Allen 15, Carney Rodney 11, Norris Cole 11
LA Clippers: Blake Griffin 19, Jamal Crawford 16



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Standings

Copa Federacion Standings
 1. Guerreros 14-4 
 2. Once Caldas 12-6 
 3. Bucaros 12-6 
 4. Islanders 11-7 
 5. Arrieros 10-7 
 6. Cafeteros 8-10 
 7. Choco 8-10 
 8. Patriotas 6-12 
 9. Hormigueros 5-12 
 10. Bayside 3-15 

Second Stage: Round 2

Oct. 12: Hormigueros - Bayside
Oct. 12: Islanders - Bucaros
Oct. 12: Cafeteros - Choco
Oct. 12: Arrieros - Patriotas
Oct. 12: Once Caldas - Guerreros
Oct. 13: Hormigueros - Bayside
Oct. 13: Islanders - Bucaros
Oct. 13: Cafeteros - Choco
Oct. 13: Arrieros - Patriotas
Oct. 13: Once Caldas - Guerreros



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Euroleague: Zalgiris romp to win over Cedevita - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Cedevita 90:62

Zalgiris clinched the first win in Euroleague regular season. The Kaunas team shot down visiting Cedevita in the opener. Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84, agency: Alti Sport) posted 20 points to lead the winners.
Zalgiris started the game strong. They fired 27 points in the first frame to take a 7-point lead. Zalgiris stayed on fire in the second frame. The hosts piled up a 55:38 halftime buffer. The Kaunas team held their opponents to 15 points in the third term to boost the gap at 26-point mark. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) notched 17 points, while Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) added 15 points in the victory. Mickael Gelabale (201-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 16 points for Cedevita. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) had 15 points in the loss.

Zalgiris: Paulius Jankunas 20, Ksistof Lavrinovic 17, Marko Popovic 15
Cedevita: Mickael Gelabale 16, Bracey Wright 15



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Standings - Division A

Division A Standings
 1. AEK 0-0 
 2. AEL 0-0 
 3. Apoel 0-0 
 4. Apollon 0-0 
 5. ENAD 0-0 
 6. Etha 0-0 
 7. Keravnos 0-0 
 8. Omonia 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 26: AEK - Keravnos
Oct. 27: Apollon - Omonia
Oct. 28: AEL - ENAD
Oct. 29: Etha - Apoel



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SLUNETA Usti nad Labem Bring In Philip Gavin - by Surujh Roopnarine

After parting ways with Haakim Johnson (201-G-87, college: Pikeville) the management of SLUNETA Usti nad Labem has agreed to terms with American guard Philip Gavin (191-G/F-86, college: Jarvis Christian). The 6-3 Gavin played last season for TS Goeppingen in the German Regionalliga, where in 26 games he averaged 17.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 2.3 steals.
During his senior season at Jarvis Christian University (NAIA) in 2009-10, he averaged 16.8 points and 5.7 rebounds while shooting 49.2% from the field, 31.5% from three-point range and 73.0 from the field in 29 games.
In his second game last night versus Chomutov he logged 20 minutes off the bench scoring 13 points on 4-10 shooting to go along with five rebounds.



Czech Republic NBL round 3 best performance: Jeremiah Wilson - by Eurobasket News

American forward Jeremiah Wilson (203-F-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked NH Ostrava, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 23 points and 16 rebounds, while his team beat BC Kolin (#9, 1-2) 75-68. NH Ostrava maintains the 2nd position in Czech Republic NBL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but NH Ostrava already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Wilson had a remarkable four three-pointers out of 8 attempts. He turned to be NH Ostrava's top player in his first season with the team. Former Tarleton State University star has very solid stats this year. Wilson is in league's top in points (5th best: 19.0ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 10.7rpg) and averages impressive 80.0% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 36-year old Pavel Stanek (203-F/C-76, agency: Court Side) of Chomutov. Stanek had a very good evening with a double-double of 26 points and 13 rebounds. Of course Chomutov cruised to a 90-80 relatively comfortable win over Usti n/Labem (0-3). The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Stanek is one of the most experienced players at Chomutov and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Michael Deloach (183-PG-86) of Svitavy (#12). Deloach scored 20 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Deloach's great performance Svitavy lost 72-88 to USK Praha (#4, 2-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Svitavy can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 3 games. Too bad for Deloach he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Deloach has individually a great season in Czech Republic. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.7ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Boris Meno (203-F-83) of USK Praha - 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Zbynek Pospisil (206-F/C-81) of BK Pardubice - 15 points and 11 rebounds
6. Demarius Bolds (190-G-84) of BC Kolin - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Peter Sedmak (207-C-85) of BK Decin - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Corey Muirhead (197-F-83) of BK Pardubice - 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Jiri Slavik (203-F-89) of USK Praha - 13 points and 9 rebounds
10. A.J. Abrams (180-G-86) of CEZ Nymburk - 19 points, 5 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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Standings - Basketligaen

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

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 11: Horsens IC - Aarhus BC 79-65
Oct. 11: Naestved - Bakken 72-76
Oct. 13: Aarhus BC - Randers
Oct. 13: Aalborg - Vaerlose


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Ryan WILLEN
  Aalborg
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 26.3
 1. Willen, Aalborg26.3 
 2. Ocana, Randers24.3 
 3. Delaney, Aalborg23.3 
 4. Rutherford, Svend.22.6 
 5. Tomko, Bakken21.6 
 6. Dennis, SISU20.0 
 7. Darboe, Svendborg20.0 
 8. Delk, Vaerlose19.7 
 9. Thomann, Horse.19.6 
 10. Bowlin, Horsens IC18.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Damian OCANA
  Randers
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 10.3
 1. Ocana, Randers10.3 
 2. Dezouvre, Aarhus10.2 
 3. Rutherford, Svend.9.4 
 4. Sorensen, Aalborg8.5 
 5. Moritz, SISU8.5 
 6. Willen, Aalborg8.5 
 7. Washington, Svend.8.4 
 8. Hesseldal, Horsholm8.0 
 9. Jukic, Horsens IC8.0 
 10. Thomann, Horse.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 7
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC7.0 
 2. Nielsen, SISU5.2 
 3. Murphy, Naestved5.2 
 4. Tomko, Bakken5.0 
 5. Dennis, SISU5.0 
 6. Darboe, Svendborg4.8 
 7. Hansen, Horsholm4.6 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.4.4 
 9. Delaney, Aalborg4.3 
 10. Moller, Vaerlose3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC4.0 
 2. Walker, Naestved2.6 
 3. Nielsen, SISU2.4 
 4. Tomko, Bakken2.2 
 5. Jakobsen, Bakken2.0 
 6. Jukic, Horsens IC2.0 
 7. Ortega, Randers2.0 
 8. Ocana, Randers1.8 
 9. Rutherford, Svend.1.8 
 10. Varga, Horsens IC1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Washington, Svend.2.0 
 2. Marinkovic, Horsho.1.5 
 3. Thomann, Horse.1.4 
 4. Jukic, Horsens IC1.2 
 5. Smith, SISU1.0 
 6. Delk, Vaerlose1.0 
 7. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 8. Jensen, Vaerlose1.0 
 9. Ocana, Randers0.8 
 10. Chin, Bakken0.8 



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Wizards transfer becomes official - by Eurobasket News

The Dakota Wizards finally, officially are no more. After months of delay, the D-League announced on Wednesday that after a 17-year run in Bismarck, the Wizards are relocating to Santa Cruz, Calif. The team will be renamed the Santa Cruz Warriors.
The Dakota Wizards were a successful team in our league. They started off with a championship in their first year, D-League president Dan Reed said. I want to reiterate that its always hard to leave a market where a team has been successful. At the same time, were excited about the future of the NBA D-League and of the Santa Cruz Warriors.
The Golden State Warriors, who bought the Wizards in the summer of 2011, announced their intention to move the team in April, just before the end of the regular season. The deal between the Wizards and the city of Santa Cruz required several votes before it was given the green light in early September. Construction on the teams new arena began in the middle of last month.
Its definitely nice to have final approval, said Kirk Lacob, assistant general manager of the Golden State Warriors and general manager of the Santa Cruz Warriors. Its been awhile to go through, but we had to check off every box we needed to. Obviously the league was confident in our ability to get there, or they wouldnt have let us go as far as they did. The Wizards began operations in 1995 as members of the now-defunct International Basketball Association. After winning the IBA title in 2001, the Wizards jumped ship to the Continental Basketball Association, historically the primary minor league for the NBA. The Wizards continued their success in the CBA, winning championships in 2002 and 2004. With the NBA using its resources to back the D-League, the Wizards again shifted leagues, leaving the CBA for the 2006-07 season. The Wizards won their fourth championship that year and had been members of the D-League ever since. The Warriors purchased the Wizards from Steve McCormick and Dawn Kopseng last summer. At the time of the sale, the Warriors said they would explore the possibility of moving the team after the 2011-12 season. Kopseng expressed disappointment that the Wizards will not remain in Bismarck. Its hard knowing that we didnt accomplish what we were hoping to accomplish, she said.
The Warriors have sparked interest in Santa Cruz. The team has already sold nearly 700 season tickets for the 2012-13 campaign, even though they werent officially located in California until Wednesday. Considering that we didnt have a Web site where people could buy them and havent run a single ad, thats pretty good, Lacob said. As he said in April, Lacob reiterated that the franchise shift was because of geography.
Our time in Bismarck was invaluable, he said. There was a reason we bought the Dakota Wizards, because if we werent able to move the team closer or if we decided that was not the best strategy, Bismarck was somewhere we were comfortable being.
Everybody was really welcoming, even though it was an awkward situation, because everybody knew we were looking around, Lacob said. It wasnt a secret. Bismarck would be a good place to return. They deserve a minor-league team, whether its in basketball or some other sport. But the Wizards relocation is part of a trend in the D-League toward one-to-one relationships between an NBA team and a nearby minor-league affiliate. Reed was noncommittal about the D-League ever returning to Bismarck.
We have no plans for expansion right now, but never say never, Reed said. A lot of NBA teams have wanted to have an affiliate close by, but if you look at baseball or hockey, they arent necessarily that close geographically.
Courtesy of: http://bismarcktribune.com



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South American League 2012: Obras Sanitarias wins Group A - by Eurobasket News

Club Deportivo Mavort (Ecuador)- Obras Sanitarias (Argentina) 91:104

Obras Sanitarias wins Group A at the South American League 2012. The defending champions overcame Club Deportivo Mavort 104:91 and finished with 2-1 record. Centauros de Apure (Venezuela) and Pinheiros/Sky (Brasil) also had the same record, but Obras Sanitarias had a better difference.
Obras Sanitarias started the game with 19-16 lead and added massive 30-21 burst in the second frame. Moreover they scored another 30 points in the third period and led 19 points after three quarters. Club Deportivo Mavort however did not give up and erupted with 31-25 in the last stanza for the final result.
Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) nailed 16. Fernando Calvi (200-F/C-81) and David Huertas (195-G/F-87, college: Mississippi) followed them with 14 points each. Michael Sloan (194-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.) ended up with 27 points in defeat, while Elys Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) posted 25. Raul Cardenas (190-G-82, college: Faulkner) scored 19 and Hiram Fuller (206-C-81, college: Fresno St.) collected 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Club Deportivo Mavort (Ecuador): Michael Sloan 27, Elys Guzman 25, Raul Cardenas 19, Hiram Fuller 17+11 rebs
Obras Sanitarias (Argentina): Martin Osimani 17, Juan Gutierrez 16, Fernando Calvi 14, David Huertas 14



South American League 2012: Smith and Boracini paced Pinheiros/Sky over Mavort - by Eurobasket News

Pinheiros/Sky (Brasil)- Club Deportivo Mavort (Ecuador) 82:73

Smith and Boracini paced Pinheiros/Sky over Mavort in Day 2 of the South American League 2012. They both scored 24 points for an 82:73 win. The team from Brazil improved to 1-1 record, while the hosts fell at 0-2 record.
Pinheiros/Sky opened the game with 23-15 lead and enjoyed 6 points advantage at the halftime. They also posted two narrow victories in the second half to seal a comfortable victory. Pinheiros/Sky won the third period 25-24 and finished the game with 18-16 in the last stanza.
Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88) and Marcio Dornelles (194-F-75) delivered 8 points each for the winners. Michael Sloan (194-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.) nailed 22 points in defeat and Elys Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) scored 19. Raul Cardenas (190-G-82, college: Faulkner) ended up with 15, while Hiram Fuller (206-C-81, college: Fresno St.) followed them with 10.
Pinheiros will face tomorrow in their final game against Centauros, while Mavort will play against Obras Sanitarias.

Pinheiros/Sky: Joe Smith (193-G-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) 24, Paulinho Boracini (183-G-84) 24, Mineiro Ferreira 8, Marcio Dornelles 8
Mavort: Michael Sloan 22, Elys Guzman 19, Raul Cardenas 15, Hiram Fuller 10



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Standings

Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Fener.Ulker 1-0 
 2. Union Olimpija 1-0 
 3. Panathinaikos 0-0 
 4. Real Madrid 0-0 
 5. Khimky 0-1 
 6. Pall. Cantu 0-1 
Group B
 1. Chalon 1-0 
 2. Maccabi T-A 1-0 
 3. ALBA 0-0 
 4. Montepaschi SI 0-0 
 5. Asseco Prokom 0-1 
 6. Unicaja 0-1 
Group C
 1. Olympiacos 1-0 
 2. Zalgiris 1-0 
 3. Anadolu Efes 0-0 
 4. EA7 Armani 0-0 
 5. Caja Laboral 0-1 
 6. Cedevita 0-1 
Group D
 1. CSKA 1-0 
 2. Besiktas 0-0 
 3. Brose Baskets 0-0 
 4. FCB Regal 0-0 
 5. Partizan 0-0 
 6. Lietuvos rytas 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

A

Oct. 11: Fener.Ulker - Khimky 92-80
Oct. 11: Cantu - Union Olimpija 71-84
Oct. 12: Real Madrid - Panathinaikos

B

Oct. 11: Chalon - Asseco Prokom 81-74
Oct. 11: Unicaja - Maccabi T-A 80-85
Oct. 12: Montepaschi SI - ALBA

C

Oct. 11: Zalgiris - Cedevita 90-62
Oct. 11: Olympiacos - Caja Laboral 85-81
Oct. 12: EA7 Armani - Anadolu Efes

D

Oct. 11: CSKA - Lietuvos rytas 75-73
Oct. 12: Besiktas - Partizan
Oct. 12: FCB Regal - Brose Baskets


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Earl CALLOWAY
  Unicaja
  (191-G-83)
  Avg: 25
 1. Calloway, Unicaja25.0 
 2. Preldzic, Fener.Ul.20.0 
 3. Jankunas, Zalgiris20.0 
 4. Simon, Unicaja19.0 
 5. Seibutis, Lietuv.19.0 
 6. Lampe, Caja L.18.0 
 7. Lavrinovic, Zalgir.17.0 
 8. Printezis, Olympia.17.0 
 9. Evtimov, Chalon17.0 
 10. Rush, Chalon17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aaron BAYNES
  Union O.
  (208-C-86)
  Avg: 12
 1. Baynes, Union O.12.0 
 2. Williams, Chalon9.0 
 3. Thomas, Maccabi8.0 
 4. Aradori, Cantu8.0 
 5. Koszarek, Asseco7.0 
 6. Krstic, CSKA7.0 
 7. Hines, Olympiacos6.0 
 8. Salin, Union Olimp.6.0 
 9. Brooks, Cantu6.0 
 10. Seibutis, Lietuv.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jerel BLASSINGAME
  Asseco P.
  (175-PG-81)
  Avg: 11
 1. Blassingame, Assec.11.0 
 2. Tchicamboud, Cha.9.0 
 3. Planinic, Khimky8.0 
 4. Waters, Union O.6.0 
 5. Spanoulis, Olympia.6.0 
 6. Blums, Lietuvos.6.0 
 7. Popovic, Zalgiris5.0 
 8. Heurtel, Caja L.5.0 
 9. Rannikko, Union O.5.0 
 10. McCalebb, Fener.U.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Brion RUSH
  Chalon
  (186-G-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Rush, Chalon4.0 
 2. Schilb, Chalon4.0 
 3. Koszarek, Asseco3.0 
 4. Seibutis, Lietuv.3.0 
 5. Eliyahu, Maccabi3.0 
 6. Erceg, CSKA3.0 
 7. Lavrinovic, Zalgir.2.0 
 8. McCalebb, Fener.Ul.2.0 
 9. Planinic, Khimky2.0 
 10. Delas, Zalgiris2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexey ZHUKANENKO
  Khimky
  (210-F-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Zhukanenko, Khimky4.0 
 2. Savas, Fener.Ulker3.0 
 3. Thomas, Maccabi3.0 
 4. Khazzouh, Asseco3.0 
 5. Loncar, Khimky3.0 
 6. Khryapa, CSKA2.0 
 7. Monya, Khimky2.0 
 8. Nocioni, Caja Labo.2.0 
 9. Krstic, CSKA2.0 
 10. James, Maccabi T.2.0 


Euroleague 2012-13: Top offseason teams - by Dimitris Katsionis


Let's take a look to the top offseason's teams, evaluating them in accordance with the money spent and the quality they add. The Top-recruitings for the upcoming season

4. Fenerbache: Pianigiani brought all the right pieces for his quick & hit style of basketball, building a new very quality team that will run and defend in all over the court. The Turkish powerhouse paid 1.3 million dollars for McCalebb but they took as an extra- Pianigiani and Andersen's freedom from Montepaschi. The Italian choose Mike Batiste (who is an expert on Pianigiani's favorite hedge out defense) for the paint, knowing that if ''iron Mike'' hurt, his frontcourt chemistry will be in trouble.

3. EA7 Milano: ''Scarpette rosse'' improved their roster largely, adding two Euroleague stars, Keith Langford and Richard Hendrix, whom Blatt calculated as a key pillar for his new Maccabi. Sergio Scariolo also added important role players like Chiotti (a younger replacement for Rocca) Roc Stipcevic and legendary shooter Gianluca Basile. The quality of the roster is undeniable such as Scariolo's responsibility for a deep run..

2. Olympiakos: The European champions didn't change a lot of things, after last year's legendary achievement but the club's administration deserves a credit. The renewals of Printezis, Law, Dorsey reached after tough and long negotiations. Besides, the Reds manage to sign two quality Greek NTs players, Perperoglou and Mavroeidis, increasing their benchs quality level. Ok, Dusan Ivkovic is not around anymore and that is a big absence but you can't have it all..

1. Real Madrid: Real manage to keep most it's players and coach Laso brought back Rudy and a great USA duo (Slaughter-Draper) which can thrive in transition offense. Llull signed a new contract and took a place in the starting backcourt next to Fernadez. Their execution speed as a team is something inconceivable..




Euroleague power rankings (1) - by Dimitris Katsionis


Euroleague season starts today and those are the first power rankings for this year. The start line for the 24 teams..

1.Real Madrid:" The team to watch". They are so fast that maybe you can even watch them..

2.CSSKA Moscow: Once they manage to play defense in the level Messina wants, the Russians will stand out from the competition.

3.Fenerbahce

4.Olympiakos: The ''team to win''. Can coach Bartzokas give the solutions in the difficult cold nights of the winter?

5.Anadolou Efes

6.Barcelona: Barca plays in a slower speed this year. Without Navarro in the court they simply are not a heavy favourite for London..

7.EA7

8.Panathinaikos: With or without Obradovic, Panathinaikos is a winning team. Obviously not in the same level but coach Pedoulakis will keep many elements from Obradovic's area in his team's style.

9.Maccabi Tel Aviv: Ohayon starts next to Hickman in the backcourt and Maccabi seems to find a chemistry. It is proven that Blatt can overcome teams with -theoritically- better rosters if he needs to..

10.Pall. Cantu: Maybe the biggest ''underdog'' in the competition.. (?) Trinchieri brought players that can handle at a faster pace and as a result Cantu can compete in the 75+ points-games.

11.Montepaschi Siena: Montepaschi is more athletic this year, especially with the Hacket-Moss-Sanikidze lineup. But Pianigiani is not around anymore..

12.Caja Lamporal

13.Khimky

14.Partizan: Westerman, Lucic, Thomas, Gordon.. Its Dule's time.. Lets see some magic!

15.Zalgiris

16.Cedevita

17.Brose Baskets: Fleming send two players in the NBA (Tucker, Roberts), two in ACB's contenders ( Pleiss, Slaughter) and build a totally new team. Interesting..

18.Unicaja: Quality players but chemistry will be an issue.

19.Besiktas

20.Chalon

21.Lietuvos Ritas

22.Alba

23.Olimpija

24. Asseco Prokom




Panathinaikos tab Igor Milosevic - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos Athens (A1) inked 26-year old naturalized Serbian guard Igor Milosevic (193-86, agency: Beo Basket). Milosevic played most recently at NY Phantoms in German BBL league. In 15 BBL games last season he recorded 7.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.5apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the cup semifinals. Milosevic also played at BC Astana in Kazakhstan league earlier that season. In 4 VTB United League games last year he averaged 3.0ppg and 2.3apg.
He was a member of Greek U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006 and a member of U18 National Team back in 2004. Milosevic represented Greece at the Mediterranean Games three years ago.
He is a very experienced player. Milosevic has played also professionally in Turkey (Trabzonspor), Serbia (Crvena Zvezda) and Greece (Olympiacos, Iraklis and Marousi).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @Eurohoopsnet)



Round 1. Results and Stats from Thursday - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Cantu - Union Olimpija 71-84
Pallacanestro Cantu faced the harsh reality of Euroleague regular season tonight. The Qualifying round winners were upset by Union Olimpija at the PalaDesio. Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) nailed 17 points to lead the Slovenian team to a comfortable victory. Union Olimpija gained control early in the game. The Ljubljana team recorded a 20:17 advantage after ten minutes. Cantu cut the deficit in the second period. The hosts got within a single point at the interval 40:41. However Union Olimpija limited the hosts to just 13 points in the third term and boosted the lead to 6 points heading into the fourth frame. Union Olimpija unleashed 25 points in the final stanza to seal the initial win in the new Euroleague season. Aaron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) had 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Sasu Salin added 15 points for the visitors. Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) answered with 16 points for Cantu. Manuchar Markoishvili had 13 points in the loss.

Fener.Ulker - Khimky 92-80
Fenerbahce entertained the home crowd with the first Euroleague victory this season. The Turkish team overcame Khimky in Istanbul tonight to improve at 1-0 record in Group A. Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 20 points to lead the hosts. The game was decided mostly in the second frame. The teams stayed close throughout the opening ten minutes. The scoreboard read 25:25 after the starting quarter. However Fenerbahce went on a 21:11 run in the second term to pile up a 10-point lead. Khimky tried to turn things around in the third term. They stiffened defensively and narrowed the gap at 8-point mark at the final break. But Fenerbahce fired 30 points in the fourth term and cruised to the victory at the end. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) provided 17 points, while Omer Onan added 15 points for Fenerbahce. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) answered with 17 points for Khimky. K.C. Rivers had 14 points in the loss.

Group B
Unicaja - Maccabi T-A 80-85
Maccabi Tel-Aviv clinched the first win at the Euroleague season. The Israeli powerhouse prevailed against Unicaja in Malaga tonight Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) chipped in 16 points to topscore for the visitors. Maccabi Tel-Aviv dominated in the first half. They prevailed in nearly every facet of the game in the first part of the clash. Maccabi posted a 25:20 lead ten minutes into the game. The visitors boosted the margin to 11 points at the interval 47:36. But Unicaja were not about to surrender. The hosts dropped 27 points in the third term to cut the distance to just two points with one quarter remaining. It was a tough battle in the fourth frame as Maccabi came out winners registering a valuable road win. David Logan (185-G-82, college: Indianapolis) netted 14 points, while Lior Eliyahu finished with 13 points for the Tel-Aviv team. Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) answered with game-high 25 points for Unicaja. Krunoslav Simon netted 19 points in the loss.

Chalon - Asseco Prokom 81-74
Elan Chalon registered their first win in Euroleague regular season. Elan Chalon enjoyed a winning debut beating Asseco Prokom in France. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St.) and Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St.) posted 17 points each to lead the hosts. The teams started the game slowly. They teamed up for 23 points in the first period as Asseco Prokom grabbed a 12:11 lead. Elan Chalon increased the tempo in the second frame. The French outfit posted 22 points in the quarter to ensure a 33:28 halftime advantage. Elan Chalon maintained the lead throughout the third term. The home side secured a 9-point advantage before the fourth quarter. Asseco Prokom fired 26 points in the fourth frame but had to surrender at the end. Steed Tchicamboud delivered 16 points and 9 assists for the winners. Mateusz Ponitka answered with 13 points for Asseco Prokom. Lukasz Koszarek topscored with 14 points for the Polish team.

Group C
Olympiacos - Caja Laboral 85-81
Olympiakos victoriously opened Euroleague regular season campaign. They overcame Caja Laboral in Piraeus tonight. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) scored 17 points to lead the effort. Caja Laboral silenced the Reds fans in the first quarter. The Vitoria team gained a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. But Olympiakos quickly recovered. The Hellenes exploded with 30 points in the second frame to ensure a 48:37 halftime lead. Caja Laboral lived up to the challenge and regained control in the third term. The Spanish team erupted for 29 points in the frame to spur ahead for a 66:65 advantage at the final intermission. However Olympiakos took the lead back in the decisive moments and hung on to clinch the victory. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) provided 16 points, while Stratos Perperoglou added 14 points for the hosts. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) answered with 18 points for Caja Laboral. Brad Oleson netted 13 points in the loss.

Zalgiris - Cedevita 90-62
Zalgiris clinched the first win in Euroleague regular season. The Kaunas team shot down visiting Cedevita in the opener. Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84, agency: Alti Sport) posted 20 points to lead the winners. Zalgiris started the game strong. They fired 27 points in the first frame to take a 7-point lead. Zalgiris stayed on fire in the second frame. The hosts piled up a 55:38 halftime buffer. The Kaunas team held their opponents to 15 points in the third term to boost the gap at 26-point mark. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) notched 17 points, while Marko Popovic added 15 points in the victory. Mickael Gelabale responded with 16 points for Cedevita. Bracey Wright had 15 points in the loss.

Group D
CSKA - Lietuvos rytas 75-73
CSKA opened the Euroleague regular season with victory. They held off pesky Lietuvos Rytas in a tough home game. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) scored crucial points late in regulation to propel CSKA to a come-from-behind victory in Group D. He finished with 14 points for CSKA. Lietuvos Rytas bravely entered the game in Moscow. The Vilnius team grabbed a 23:20 lead after the starting quarter. CSKA rebounded in the second frame. The Russian team surged ahead for a 46:37 halftime advantage. Lietuvos Rytas limited CSKA to just 8 points in the third period and narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark at the final intermission. Lietuvos Rytas pulled ahead for a 71:68 lead late in regulation. But Sonny Weems came up with crucial points late in regulation as CSKA surged ahead. Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) had a chance to win the game for Lietuvos Rytas but missed a buzzer-beating three-pointer. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) and Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) delivered 12 points each for CSKA. Renaldas Seibutis answered with 19 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Mindaugas Katelynas posted 12 points in the loss.



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Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Anton GAVEL
  SVK
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 25.9
 1. Gavel, SVK25.9 
 2. Teletovic, BIH24.3 
 3. Davis, AZE22.7 
 4. Gortat, POL21.1 
 5. Jerebko, SWE20.3 
 6. Koponen, FIN19.9 
 7. Casspi, ISR19.5 
 8. Stefansson, ISL18.5 
 9. Markoishvili, GEO18.0 
 10. Haciyeva, AZE17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Orhan HACIYEVA
  AZE
  (200-PF-89)
  Avg: 12.5
 1. Haciyeva, AZE12.5 
 2. Gortat, POL11.6 
 3. Shima, ALB9.6 
 4. Baeringsson, ISL9.2 
 5. King, CYP9.1 
 6. Sanikidze, GEO9.1 
 7. Hysenagolli, ALB8.3 
 8. Smeulders, NED8.3 
 9. Simmons, BUL8.3 
 10. Talts, EST8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Zack WRIGHT
  USA
  (195-G-85)
  Avg: 7.4
 1. Wright, BIH7.4 
 2. Kudrautsau, BLR5.6 
 3. Jansen, NED5.3 
 4. Ohayon, ISR5.3 
 5. Tsintsadze, GEO5.1 
 6. Gavel, SVK5.1 
 7. Massamba, SWE5.0 
 8. Preldzic, TUR5.0 
 9. Fernandes, POR4.9 
 10. Teodosic, SRB4.9 
Steals Per Game
 Manuchar MARKOISHVILI
  GEO
  (196-SF-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Markoishvili, GEO2.9 
 2. Davis, AZE2.7 
 3. Jones, LUX2.6 
 4. Wright, BIH2.5 
 5. Dasic, MNT2.5 
 6. Hanga, HUN2.3 
 7. Razis, CYP2.3 
 8. Tsintsadze, GEO2.3 
 9. Kotti, FIN2.0 
 10. Bashak, AZE2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Viacheslav KRAVTSOV
  UKR
  (212-C-87)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Kravtsov, UKR2.5 
 2. Gortat, POL2.3 
 3. Cusin, ITA1.6 
 4. Rindin, AZE1.5 
 5. Erden, TUR1.5 
 6. Tyus, ISR1.4 
 7. Berzins, LAT1.4 
 8. Varbanov, BUL1.4 
 9. Parakhouski, BLR1.3 
 10. Simmons, BUL1.3 



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   

Stats Leaders - Group A

Points Per Game
 Matej SVOBODA
  (200-PF-96)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Svoboda, CZE19.7 
 2. Arapovic, CRO19.0 
 3. Kobets, UKR16.4 
 4. Garcia, ESP16.1 
 5. Stamatis, GRE15.9 
 6. Avenitis, LAT15.0 
 7. Mazalin, CRO15.0 
 8. Mussini, ITA14.6 
 9. Meznieks, LAT14.5 
 10. Sabonis, LTU14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Domantas SABONIS
  (199-PF-96)
  Avg: 14.4
 1. Sabonis, LTU14.4 
 2. Lazarevic, SRB10.4 
 3. Karpenkov, RUS9.8 
 4. Donzelli, ITA9.3 
 5. Oliva, ITA9.0 
 6. Oghide, ENG8.2 
 7. Bozic, CRO8.0 
 8. Malmanis, LAT7.9 
 9. Wimberg, GER7.9 
 10. Arapovic, CRO7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dominykas ZUPKAUSKAS
  (184-PG-96)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Zupkauskas, LTU6.9 
 2. Akodo, ENG5.2 
 3. Gavrilov, RUS4.9 
 4. Ory, FRA4.4 
 5. Zywert, POL4.2 
 6. Cima, LAT4.2 
 7. Mazalin, CRO4.1 
 8. Gecim, TUR3.7 
 9. Schmitt, GER3.4 
 10. Toliopoulos, GRE3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Marek ZYWERT
  (185-SG-96)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Zywert, POL3.4 
 2. Arapovic, CRO3.2 
 3. Donzelli, ITA2.6 
 4. Pryimak, UKR2.3 
 5. Ory, FRA2.3 
 6. Wlodarczyk, POL2.2 
 7. Svoboda, CZE2.2 
 8. Rossato, ITA2.1 
 9. Korolyatin, RUS2.1 
 10. Akodo, ENG2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Georgios PAPAGIANNIS
  (214-C-97)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Papagiannis, GRE2.4 
 2. Wimberg, GER1.9 
 3. Cavars, LAT1.8 
 4. Guven, TUR1.8 
 5. Sabonis, LTU1.4 
 6. Pryimak, UKR1.4 
 7. Pruefer, POL1.4 
 8. Malmanis, LAT1.4 
 9. Skranc, CZE1.3 
 10. Leczo, CZE1.2 



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   

Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marko MUGOSA
  (195-F-93)
  Avg: 18
 1. Mugosa, MNT18.0 
 2. Sanadze, GEO17.2 
 3. Burjanadze, GEO16.4 
 4. Prepelic, SLO16.3 
 5. Larentzakis, GRE16.3 
 6. Eriksson, SWE15.9 
 7. Nikolic, MNT15.2 
 8. Omic, SLO15.1 
 9. Pustovyi, UKR14.9 
 10. Antonakis, GRE14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vyacheslav BOBROV
  (201-F-92)
  Avg: 8.9
 1. Bobrov, UKR8.9 
 2. Burjanadze, GEO8.4 
 3. Omic, SLO7.7 
 4. Nikolic, MNT7.7 
 5. Gaddefors, SWE7.1 
 6. Trushkin, RUS7.1 
 7. Gobert, FRA7.0 
 8. Jean-Charles, FRA6.8 
 9. Pavic, MNT6.8 
 10. Norman, SWE6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Klym ARTAMONOV
  UKR
  (183-PG-93)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Artamonov, UKR5.3 
 2. Prepelic, SLO4.9 
 3. Cizauskas, LTU4.6 
 4. Westermann, FRA4.3 
 5. Pajovic, MNT4.1 
 6. Laane, EST4.0 
 7. Traini, ITA3.9 
 8. Pkhakadze, GEO3.8 
 9. Antonakis, GRE3.6 
 10. Rupnik, SLO3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dovydas REDIKAS
  (195-G-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Redikas, LTU2.1 
 2. Pozas, ESP2.0 
 3. Lagana, ITA1.9 
 4. Larentzakis, GRE1.7 
 5. Eroglu, TUR1.5 
 6. Timma, LAT1.5 
 7. Dokuyan, TUR1.5 
 8. Cvetkovic, SRB1.3 
 9. Edge, TUR1.3 
 10. Barrera, ESP1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Rudy GOBERT
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Gobert, FRA3.9 
 2. Pustovyi, UKR2.3 
 3. Nurger, EST1.4 
 4. Nikolic, MNT1.3 
 5. Orlenko, RUS1.3 
 6. Silins, LAT1.2 
 7. Tessitori, ITA1.1 
 8. Omic, SLO1.0 
 9. Vaitiekunas, LTU0.9 
 10. Gaddefors, SWE0.9 



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Korisliiga

Korisliiga Standings
 1. Kauhajoki 2-0 
 2. Pyrinto 2-0 
 3. FoKoPo 2-1 
 4. KTP 1-1 
 5. Nilan Bisons 1-1 
 6. LrNMKY 1-1 
 7. Kataja 1-1 
 8. Salon Vilpas 1-1 
 9. Korihait 1-1 
 10. Kouvot 1-1 
 11. Namika Lahti 0-2 
 12. Lapua 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 10: Nilan Bisons - Kataja 98-75
Oct. 11: Lapua - FoKoPo 81-92
Oct. 12: KTP - Salon Vilpas
Oct. 12: Namika Lahti - Pyrinto
Oct. 12: Korihait - LrNMKY
Oct. 13: Kataja - Kauhajoki


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Martin ZENO
  Nilan Bisons
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Zeno, Nilan Bisons28.5 
 2. Ikavalko, FoKoPo24.0 
 3. Conley, LrNM.22.0 
 4. Gibson, LrNM.22.0 
 5. Holloway, Namika L.21.0 
 6. Jalonen, Korihait20.5 
 7. Bullock, Kauhajoki20.0 
 8. Hall, Salon Vilpas19.5 
 9. Burgess, FoKoPo18.5 
 10. Johnson, Namika18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan MCDADE
  Nilan B.
  (201-F-80)
  Avg: 17
 1. McDade, Nilan B.17.0 
 2. Tolbert, Lapua9.7 
 3. Atupem, Salon Vilp.9.5 
 4. Lehtinen, Salon V.9.0 
 5. Burgess, FoKoPo8.5 
 6. Ulmer, Pyrinto8.5 
 7. Conley, LrNM.8.5 
 8. Molenius, FoKoPo8.3 
 9. Hester, Kouvot8.0 
 10. Vanttaja, Kouvot8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 8
 1. Williams, Pyrinto8.0 
 2. Holloway, Namika L.6.0 
 3. Smith, Kataja5.0 
 4. Zeno, Nilan Bisons5.0 
 5. Nikkarinen, Kouvot5.0 
 6. Ikavalko, FoKoPo4.7 
 7. Holmes, Lapua4.7 
 8. Conley, LrNM.4.5 
 9. Ivey, Nilan Bisons4.5 
 10. Sarcevic, KTP4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Matthew GIBSON
  LrNM.
  (196-G-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Gibson, LrNM.4.0 
 2. Rainamaa, Korihait3.0 
 3. Lehto, Pyrinto2.5 
 4. Conley, LrNM.2.5 
 5. Hall, Salon Vilpas2.0 
 6. Bullock, Kauhajoki2.0 
 7. Thornton, FoKoPo2.0 
 8. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.5 
 9. Smith, Kataja1.5 
 10. Burgess, FoKoPo1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris COMMONS
  Lapua
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Commons, Lapua2.0 
 2. McDade, Nilan B.1.5 
 3. Taft, Korihait1.5 
 4. Lehtoranta, Kataja1.0 
 5. Nikkila, Pyrinto1.0 
 6. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.0 
 7. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.0 
 8. Barrett, KTP1.0 
 9. Giles, KTP1.0 
 10. Williams, Pyrinto1.0 


KORISLIIGA: FoKoPo winning at Lapua - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, round 3: Top League newcomers Korikobrat (Lapua) and FoKoPo (Forssa) met tonight at Lapua. Lapua was better during the first half and FoKoPo at the end: 81-92 (46-38) for FoKoPo. Quarters: 24-20, 22-18, 15-27, 20-27. Korikobrat had three players over 10 points, FoKoPo had five players in double digits. FoKoPo won the rebounds 44-30. Samuel Haanpaa (203-SG-86) led Lapua with 25 points. Sami Ikavalko (188-G-89) (FoKoPo) scored game high 27 pts. Jahmar Thorpe (198-F-84, college: Houston) had a double-double 17pts/13rbs.
Lapua - FoKoPo 81-92 (46-38). (Samuel Haanpaa 25, Bryan Holmes 20, Dwight Tolbert 13/7 - Sami Ikavalko 27, Jahmar Thorpe 17/13, Andrais Thornton 16/9. A: 612).



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Euroleague: Elan Chalon hold off Asseco Prokom for first win - by Eurobasket News

Elan Chalon - Asseco Prokom 81:74

Elan Chalon registered their first win in Euroleague regular season. Elan Chalon enjoyed a winning debut beating Asseco Prokom in France. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St.) and Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St.) posted 17 points each to lead the hosts.
The teams started the game slowly. They teamed up for 23 points in the first period as Asseco Prokom grabbed a 12:11 lead. Elan Chalon increased the tempo in the second frame. The French outfit posted 22 points in the quarter to ensure a 33:28 halftime advantage. Elan Chalon maintained the lead throughout the third term. The home side secured a 9-point advantage before the fourth quarter. Asseco Prokom fired 26 points in the fourth frame but had to surrender at the end. Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) delivered 16 points and 9 assists for the winners. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) answered with 13 points for Asseco Prokom. Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) topscored with 14 points for the Polish team.

Elan Chalon: Brion Rush 17, Ilian Evtimov 17, Steed Tchicamboud 16
Asseco Prokom: Lukasz Koszarek 14, Mateusz Ponitka 13



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Mr Offensive Rebound Kelly Beidler Blocks And Rebounds MBC Past The Fraport Skyliners 71-68 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Every once in a while, you have that special player that escapes the radar of teams and basketball experts like an Air France jet over the Bermuda triangle. Back in the 2007-2008 Beko BBL season, there was a big strong 198cm center from New York named Jason Boone who made the rapid jump from the Regionaliga team Lok Bernau to Beko BBL team BG Goettingen. Head coach John Patrick noticed his hidden talent and the rest is history as the big man reached three playoffs in four seasons in the university city and won the 2010 Eurochallenge. Not every player can make that rapid jump up three leagues like Boone did. It takes some players longer as this season there is an American playing for the Mitteldeutscher BC who played Regionaliga in 2009 for BG Leitershofen and passed through the PRO B, PRO A and now is in the Beko BBL. He helped Leitershofen move to the PRO B and last season was one of the top players in the PRO A for the Kirchheim Knights where he averaged 17,2ppg and 8,6rpg. Uskoski who hails from Washington and played in the NAIA for Rocky Mountain has arrived in the Beko BBL not producing the numbers he did in the lower leagues, but has been a spark off the bench as he was a force under the boards in the late going in the thrilling 71-68 MBC win on the road against the Fraport Skyliners. Americans Kelly Beidler (199-F-88, college: Mt.St.Mary's) and Sharaud Curry stole the show scoring a combined 37 points, but Uskowski was solid scoring eight points and grabbing six rebounds. His teammates laud the American in the highest tone. He is a key player for us. When he gets hot from outside than he can hurt you. He opens up the floor, keeps fighting defends well, goes hard for rebounds and is just a team player, stressed Virginia Beach native Kelly Beidler. MBC manager Martin Geisler had a sparkle in his eyes when the name Uskoski was mentioned. Uskowski reached every level and was always the best player . He really has seen it all. He is so thankful that he can play at this level and you notice it by how often he always says thank you. I think that he can play at this level. It is a learning process. He has always palyed in small gyms and he still has to get used to playing in the bigger arenas. He just needs to not show so much respect and turn off the nervousness which he has at times. He didnt hide from anyone in the lower leagues and why should he now. We should not expect wonders, but he should just play his game. He will always give 100%, warned Martin Geisler.

The Fraport Skyliners came into the game with a record of 1-1 and wanted to reward their fans with a victory in the Fraport arena. The Fraport Skyliners gave their fans a very exciting game, but the only thing missing at the end was a little luck and possibly a call which might have swung the game around. The Mitteldeutscher BC led for the most part of the game except for a very brief period at the start of the game and in the third quarter as Larry Wright gave the Fraport Skyliners their only lead with a huge three pointer. MBC head coach Silvano Poropat was relaxed at the end of the game and the only thing missing was a cigar as he was more than pleased by the performance of his team. Our intensity and rebounding was key for the win today. The Beidler block on Peacock at the end showed just how much we wanted to win this game. I dont know if Beidler was the best player today, but he was great. He was so important on defense, stressed Silvano Poropat. The Fraport Skyliners gave a spirited effort again, but werent able to play their game as MBC was able to keep them away for long enough periods to keep the game out of their reach of being able to turn it when they needed to. The Fraport Skyliners had their chance as MBC almost gave it away. Frankfurt was unable to keep tempo up and when you give up 17 offensive rebounds than it is hard to win. When you play aggressive, then you tend to be further away from the basket which makes it tougher to get the rebounds. Frankfurt started to hit their shots late. Rebounding and turnovers was a factor which enabled MBC to have 9 possessions more which made the difference in a close game. You can never underestimate a team like MBC. They understood that they had to play calm and disciplined even at the end when it was close, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss.

It was the first home game of the season where everyone in the arena can see familiar faces and getting back into the basketball groove in the living room of the Fraport arena. A rare occurrence before the game saw Muli Katzurin and Silvano Poropat having some chit chat as coached dont usually take the time to do that before the jump ball. Unlikely MBC top scorer Steve Wachalski after two games nailing jumper after jumper in warm ups and sprouting of unending self confidence. Only 4,030 people wanted to see the home opener of the Fraport Skyliners, but the home team sped out quickly to a 4-0 lead as Frankfurt had high intensity on offense as Zach Peacock scored over Djordje Pantelic and Johnathan Jones scored inside on hard penetration. After a Chad Timberlake lay in, Peacock scored over Pantelic again as MBC trailed 6-2. However MBC soon found its rhythm as Providence graduate Sharaud Curry got going nailing three free throws and a shot from the parking lot as MBC led 8-6. Jones was able to tie the score at 8-8 with a pull up jumper, but MBC closed out the first quarter in style going on a 11-5 run to lead 19-13. MBC was able to keep the tempo down and play their style. It should be noted that Steve Wachalski and Kelly Beidler hit two fortunate bank shots. Curry at 178cm hit a huge shot over 203cm Peacock as well. Peacock played a great first quarter scrambling inside for a tip in and dunking moments before the buzzer sound to end the first quarter. If MBC hadnt made those two bank shots the score would have been 13-13. Both teams were playing equally, the slow tempo helped MBC and Curry did a great job with discipline on the playmaking, said basketball expert Steven Clauss. MBC was shooting 60% from the field and 57% from outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 43% from the field and 0% from outside. MBC had the 7-4 rebound edge, but four turnovers while Frankfurt only had two turnovers.

In the second quarter, the Mitteldeutscher BC was able to keep control of the game against the Fraport Skyliners. When Curry was in the game the MBC offense was very controlled and there was good shot selection, but when he was on the bench, they had more difficulty getting a good shot on offense. The Fraport Skyliners used this to their advantage going on an 8-1 run to cut the MBC lead to 25-23. Robertson was involved in the first two buckets of the run feeding Danilo Barthel for an easy lay up and then going coast to coast for a basket. Dion Dowell who had difficulty finding his rhythm and getting shots off made a tip in and Barthel hit two more free throws. Runs continued to reign in this quarter as MBC was able to extend their lead a bit with a 5-0 run to lead 30-23. Wachalski made a tough tip in in traffic and Curry hit a bank shot. Frankfurt didnt lose their cool and closed out the second quarter strong with a 9-4 run to trail only 34-32. Robertson nailed a big three pointer and Peacock continued to give production with a lay in and dunk. Jones finished the scoring with an off balance jumper. Frankfurt was able to play their game more and play fast and give MBC more pressure. Frankfurt played good defense, but allowed MBC to score too much inside as they were shooting 70% from the two point area, commented basketball expert Steven Clauss. The Mitteldeutscher BC was shooting 46% from the field and 29% from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 48% from the field and 13% from the three point line. MBC had the 16-13 rebound lead and five turnovers while Frankfurt only had three turnovers.

The third quarter was tight and was the lowest scoring in the whole game. The Fraport Skyliners were on the door step of the MBC wolves den door, but were unable to fit into the small crack of the door. Beidler started off the scoring in the third quarter with a tip in and Zach Peacock followed with another spot up jumper over Pantalic. Frankfurt continued to have problems stopping the mBC penetration as it wasnt only Curry who could skip into the lane without problems, but also Timberlake who did giving MBC the 38-34 lead. Quantez Robertson who was penetrating as if he was Dashaun Wood went coast to coast for the hoop as Frankfurt trailed 38-34. Whenever Frankfurt was with one foot in the crack of the door, it was MBC that would close the crack as Beidler retrieved a no look pass from Curry for the easy basket as MBC led 40-36. Larry Wright who had been quiet in the first quarter finally got going nailing a three pointer on the fast break, but Curry did damage again on the penetration as MBC led 42-39. Frankfurt then saw some daylight going on a rapid 6-0 run to lead briefly 45-42. Peacock scored inside and Wright dropped a huge three pointer for the Frankfurt 45-42 lead. Just when one thought that the Fraport Skyliners could take this momentum into the fourth quarter, MBC swung back ending the quarter with a 5-0 run and retaking the lead something that they would never relinquish. MBC has two scorers with Beidler and Curry and it will probably be them that most people will remember at the end of the season, but in the last run it was the two work horses Wachalski and Uskowski that helped the 17 offensive rebound account with battling on the offensive boards and scoring. MBC led after three quarters 49-45. The Fraport Skyliners came out very dynamic in the third quarter, but let up again in the last minutes. They let MBC back into the game. Frankfurt was simply not consistent enough in keeping the game fast. They continued to let up too many offensive rebounds and both teams were shooting three pointers poorly, stated basketball expert Steven Clauss. The Mitteldeutscher BC was shooting 45% from the field and 25% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 46% from the field and 25% form the parking lot. MBC had the significant 25-18 rebound edge, but 10 turnovers while Frankfurt had nine turnovers.

One will never say that the Fraport Skyliners didnt fight, because fight they did in the fourth quarter and they were so close, but would never lead again in the game. After Wachalski opened up the scoring with a three pointer to give MBC the 52-45 lead, it was Frankfurt that didnt allow them to break away going on their own 6-0 run to cut the MBC lead to 52-51. German guard Konstantin Klein nailed a three pointer and Dion Dowell who had not been a factor all game made a fade away. The story of the game was that the Fraport Skyliners never could make a sufficient amount of consecutive stops, because MBC kept hitting big shots to keep the lead. After a Curry three pointer, it was Robertson who made a fade away jumper to cut the MBC lead to 55-53. Frankfurt was close again, but MBC kept their offense consistent going on a 4-0 run to lead 59-53. Uskoski got another offensive rebound and put back and Beidler continued to keep the offensive board his personal stomping ground with a bucket. However Frankfurt continued to match MBC in scoring going on a 5-0 run as Jones scored on the penetration and Klein hit another three pointer as MBC led only 59-58. MBC kept up the pressure as it was Beidler who just continued to punish Frankfurt on the offensive boards scoring twice as Frankfurt trailed 64-59. With less than three minutes to play, crunch time had arrived as Peacock made a dunk and after a missed Tez dunk it was Jones that scored cutting the MBC lead to 66-63. Curry who had been hot all game saved his best for last as he made a raindrop shot in the lane looking like a Chris Paul in motion as MBC led 68-63. Robertson and Timberlake then exchanged free throws as MBC led 70-66. Then came the turning point of the game. Wachalski was hit with an unsportsmanlike foul. Peacock made two free throws cutting the lead to 70-68. Frankfurt had the ball with 13 seconds and the chance to bring the game into OT or win it with a three pointer. Beidler who had been big on the glass proved to also be big as he blocked Peacock on the last shot giving MBC their first win of the year. The man of Peacocok got beat so I came over to help my teammates. I thought better to try and block and risk the foul and giving up free throws then letting him score. I always have liked to be aggressive. I have been blocking shots all through my career even though it doesnt get noticed as much. People look at points and rebounds. Blocking shots is a strong point in my game, warned Kelly Beidler. Beidler is the central force in our defense. His long arms make a difference on defense and rebounding. That block was huge for us, said Sharaud Curry. The Fraport Skyliners were so close, but something was missing from the Artland game. We didnt come out with the same intensity as in Artland on offense and defense. We gave up too many second chances and didnt box out well. They just wanted it more than us, stressed Fraport Skyliner guard Quantez Robertson. For MBC it was just a relief getting the monkey off their back with that first win. We didnt want to start 0-3 since we have big games with Bamberg and Munich coming up. We took tempo out of the game and went inside. We did good job recognizing the mismatches, said Sharaud Curry. MBC have already shown early in the season that in pressure situations that they are on the same page. We stayed sound at the end. We played together as a team getting defensive stops and key rebounds, expressed Kelly Beidler.

The Mitteldeutscher BC was led by Sharud Curry with 20 points and four assists. Kelly Beidler with 17 points and ten rebounds (8 offensive rebounds). After a performance like that, you could call the American Mr offensive rebound Kelly Beidler. I havent been called that. I just work hard and bring my part to the game. I think that it would be tough having to live up to that nickname every night, warned Kelly Beidler. Steve Wachalski chipped in with 11 points and Chad Timberlake with 10 points. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Zach Peacock with 24 points and nine rebounds. Quantez Robertson chipped in with 12 points. The Fraport Skyliners shot better than the Mitteldeutscher BC shooting 47% from the field and 31% from outside while MBC shot 42% from the field and 23% form outside. MBC won the rebounding duel 37-27 including 17 offensive rebounds and had 11 turnovers while Frankfurt had 12 turnovers. The next opponent for the Fraport Skyliners is TBB Trier who are known for playing defense and they will have to bring a better offensive performance than against MBC. Our offense was stagnant at times. We would run the pick and roll and the kick out, but ten at other times we didnt. As a point guard I need to get the whole team involved and I didnt. We werent consistent enough. We got Peacock involved a lot, but not enough other players. We need a better balance of inside out, warned Johnathan Jones. TBB Trier host the Fraport Skyliners October 14th at 17:00.




Larry Gordon: I love being the underdog, it pumps and hypes me up! - by Daniel Poerschke

Swingman Larry Gordon (196-F-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona, agency: Scorers1st Sportmanagement) plays for Phoenix Hagen in the german BBL and is enjoying a great start into this season. After three games Gordon averages 16.0ppg (10th in the league) and 8.3rpg (3rd in the league), plus he is shooting 69% (9 for 13) from three-point range so far. Eurobasket.com had the chance to get a short interview with him after yesterdays 89:78 victory at home versus Braunschweig.

After two wins in three games, what can be expected from Phoenix this season?
Continued strong play, and build our team chemistry, so that towards the end of the season we can finish strong. We are building towards having a great season and a playoff spot.

How has your transition from the Austrian Bundesliga to the German BBL been so far?
It's been okay, after playing three games so far and preseason, I have a sense of how to compete in this league and what it is going to take from me to be successful. I'm very excited and very grateful for my opportunity to compete in the German BBL.

The next game is at ALBA Berlin, who just lost a close game to the Dallas Mavericks from the NBA. Does Hagen have a chance for an upset?
There is always a chance for an upset, no matter who the team is. Our focus is to go out there and play Phoenix Hagen basketball and do the things we are good and I think we have a great chance at winning the game. I love being the underdog, it pumps and hypes me up. I Love It!



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Euroleague: Georgios Printezis leads Olympiakos past Caja Laboral - by Eurobasket News

Olympiakos - Caja Laboral 85:81

Olympiakos victoriously opened Euroleague regular season campaign. They overcame Caja Laboral in Piraeus tonight. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) scored 17 points to lead the effort.
Caja Laboral silenced the Reds fans in the first quarter. The Vitoria team gained a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. But Olympiakos quickly recovered. The Hellenes exploded with 30 points in the second frame to ensure a 48:37 halftime lead. Caja Laboral lived up to the challenge and regained control in the third term. The Spanish team erupted for 29 points in the frame to spur ahead for a 66:65 advantage at the final intermission. However Olympiakos took the lead back in the decisive moments and hung on to clinch the victory. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) provided 16 points, while Stratos Perperoglou (203-F-84) added 14 points for the hosts. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) answered with 18 points for Caja Laboral. Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) netted 13 points in the loss.

Olympiakos: Georgios Printezis 17, Vassilis Spanoulis 16, Stratos Perperoglou 14
Caja Laboral: Maciej Lampe 18, Brad Oleson 13



Panathinaikos tab Igor Milosevic - by Eurobasket News

Panathinaikos Athens (A1) inked 26-year old naturalized Serbian guard Igor Milosevic (193-86, agency: Beo Basket). Milosevic played most recently at NY Phantoms in German BBL league. In 15 BBL games last season he recorded 7.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.5apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the cup semifinals. Milosevic also played at BC Astana in Kazakhstan league earlier that season. In 4 VTB United League games last year he averaged 3.0ppg and 2.3apg.
He was a member of Greek U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006 and a member of U18 National Team back in 2004. Milosevic represented Greece at the Mediterranean Games three years ago.
He is a very experienced player. Milosevic has played also professionally in Turkey (Trabzonspor), Serbia (Crvena Zvezda) and Greece (Olympiacos, Iraklis and Marousi).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @Eurohoopsnet)



Euroleague 2012-13: Top offseason teams - by Dimitris Katsionis


Let's take a look to the top offseason's teams, evaluating them in accordance with the money spent and the quality they add. The Top-recruitings for the upcoming season

4. Fenerbache: Pianigiani brought all the right pieces for his quick & hit style of basketball, building a new very quality team that will run and defend in all over the court. The Turkish powerhouse paid 1.3 million dollars for McCalebb but they took as an extra- Pianigiani and Andersen's freedom from Montepaschi. The Italian choose Mike Batiste (who is an expert on Pianigiani's favorite hedge out defense) for the paint, knowing that if ''iron Mike'' hurt, his frontcourt chemistry will be in trouble.

3. EA7 Milano: ''Scarpette rosse'' improved their roster largely, adding two Euroleague stars, Keith Langford and Richard Hendrix, whom Blatt calculated as a key pillar for his new Maccabi. Sergio Scariolo also added important role players like Chiotti (a younger replacement for Rocca) Roc Stipcevic and legendary shooter Gianluca Basile. The quality of the roster is undeniable such as Scariolo's responsibility for a deep run..

2. Olympiakos: The European champions didn't change a lot of things, after last year's legendary achievement but the club's administration deserves a credit. The renewals of Printezis, Law, Dorsey reached after tough and long negotiations. Besides, the Reds manage to sign two quality Greek NTs players, Perperoglou and Mavroeidis, increasing their benchs quality level. Ok, Dusan Ivkovic is not around anymore and that is a big absence but you can't have it all..

1. Real Madrid: Real manage to keep most it's players and coach Laso brought back Rudy and a great USA duo (Slaughter-Draper) which can thrive in transition offense. Llull signed a new contract and took a place in the starting backcourt next to Fernadez. Their execution speed as a team is something inconceivable..




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Kenneth van Kempen out for season because of cartilage problem in knee - by Fred Roggen

Dutch center Kenneth van Kempen (208-C-87, agency: Court Side, college: Ohio) faces cartilage problem in one of his knees, a potentially career-threatening injury for the Stepco BS Weert 25-year-old center.
The coming weeks will reveal whether Kenneth van Kempen ever play basketball at the highest level again. After four seasons at the Ohio University, he returned in 2010 to his old club Stepco BS Weert. Last season he was one of the leaders of the team and averaged 9.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 2.4apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 66.2% in 29 Dutch
Basketball League games.



Interview with Niels Meijer - Dutch Basketball - by Fred Roggen

As the glow of the London Olympics and the U17 World Championship for Women starts to fade, some of us start to look ahead for the long-term opportunities that have emerged from The Games. On the team sports side, the surprising qualification run of the Netherlands womens basketball team raised many eyebrows and shows that there is growth in the game during the Year of Basketball. The womens team received a huge boost in the eyes of the international public with the great run during the Championship, upsetting Spain and Turkey.

Niels Meijer (204-F-80) is account manager at the Johan Cruyff Sports Institute Amsterdam and formerly played as a professional at BC Omniworld Almere, Amsterdam Astronauts and Donar Groningen. As a native Dutch, Niels played professional basketball for 17 years in Europe and now lives in Amsterdam. We caught up with Niels to ask him about global hoops and the growing interest in basketball in the Netherlands.

In a country where basketball is not a popular sport, how did you start playing basketball and where did you start?
I come from a real basketball family. Both of my parents are passionate about the game, as well as my uncles. I started playing when I was 7 year old in my hometown Velsen. At the age of 16, I played my first game for a professional team in Almere. After that I transferred to Amsterdam. I have played there for 6 years, including winning 2 championships and 2 cupfinals. During that period I received my first invitation for the national team, which I have been representing since then for 4 years. Unfortunately I had end my career because of a major knee injury.

What was your experience as a professional basketball player in the Netherlands?
Compared to other European countries, basketball in the Netherlands is not that popular. There are 3 or 4 top teams that rule the competition every year. Luckily for me I was on these teams, so every year I had the chance to play for the European Cup. I played against big teams like Real Madrid, Barcelona, Girona, Khimki Moscow, etc. I played against a lot of big names like Marc Gasol, Ricky Rubio and Rudy Fernandez.

Amsterdam just hosted the U17 Women Basketball World Championship, with a great performance by the Dutch team. What do you expect in the next years for the Netherlands in basketball?
Especially the level of womens basketball has grown during the last couple of years. This is because a few years ago the city of Amsterdam, the National Olympic Committee and the Dutch Basketball Federation started a project called the CTO (Centre for Topsport and Education). Their main focus is on the sports and they organize about 25 hours a week of basketball practice. In the past years they visibly increased the players strength, mental toughness and of course their technical and tactical game. At the same time, the U20 reached the semi-finals during the European Championship. A great proof that this program is working!

The NBB is also working to promote the year of Womens Basketball? Is it the reason for the Orange Success in the U17?
The best reason is of course the performance of the girls themselves. I think that what might have helped a little is the success of U17. But again, all credit goes to the team and its staff. However, I personally still have the ambition to help the sports to a higher level in the Netherlands. Together with an ex-teammate I started a network group for Dutch former internationals. Our goal is to be an external consultancy group for our Federation and for other basketball organizations.

What do you think should be done to take basketball to the next level in the Netherlands?
The CTO project should continue as it is. It should be noted that it only exist through the funding of the NOC (the Dutch Olympic Committee) and the government. So this should be regarded as its structure for the future. If they continue like they do, I have no doubt that we will see our womens national team at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
The same goes for our wheelchair basketball teams. They also started a program for both women and men who are competing on a professional basis. The wheelchair women won the bronze medal at the Paralympics in Londen 2012.The mens national basketball team however is struggling. There is no plan or vision whatsoever. In my opinion they should use the blueprint of the CTO program for the women and focus on their youth (U14 and U16).

What can you tell us about the recruiting landscape from North America and the rest of Europe seeking Dutch players?
Of course the experience you find in the competition of North America is really special. As a player you want to reach for the top and in North America you will find the best players, the best coaches and the best competition. So I understand the choice of most players who wish to make that step across the ocean. Another trend we see in the Netherlands is that a lot of talented players go to Spanish league at the age between 14-16. My hope for the future is that talented players will not have to travel that far to get the best accommodation, the best coaches or play against great players. I hope that soon those conditions are right here in the Netherlands. But for now, that is just a dream.

Francisco Elson and Dan Gadzuric are current players in the NBA. How do you see their experience there going thus far?
I thinks for basketball in the Netherlands its great we have two players in the NBA. I think that the Dutch Federation should put them even more into the spotlight to promote the sports. To grow as a sports, you need heroes. So their experience is of great value for the next generation.

What has the Johan Cruyff Institute and its programs brought to you and the basketball world in the Netherlands?
The Johan Cruyff Institute for Sport Studies educates sports people worldwide and generates projects and ideas for the sports industry. The Cruyff Institute was created by athletes, is fully sports-oriented, and aims at becoming a reference center in the sports world. The Cruyff Institute builds bridges between education and businesses through talent and knowledge development.
We have had some well-known athletes in our programs, like for instance Edwin van der Sar (the famous goalkeeper). But our programs are also meant for people with a passion for sports. And this combination of athletes and people of the business world who have a passion for sports is very powerful. We aspire to help people, athletes and sport in general to a higher level. We educate, develop and connect!
The Institutes offers two Master programs: The International Master of Sport Management and the Master of Coaching. I have studied the first, after which I started working for the Institute as a manager of the Master in Coaching and our online programs. In this way, I still feel very much connected to top sports in general. But who knows Someday I might return to my first love basketball.

Courtesy of www.globallization.com



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Standings - A Division

A Division Standings
 1. Atomeromu 2-0 
 2. Falco-Szova 2-0 
 3. Szedeak 2-0 
 4. Albacomp 1-0 
 5. Marso NYKK 1-1 
 6. Jaszberenyi 1-1 
 7. Kaposvari 1-1 
 8. PVSK Pannon 1-1 
 9. Szolnok 0-0 
 10. Soproni 0-1 
 11. FS Debrecen 0-2 
 12. Kormend 0-2 
 13. ZTE KK 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 10: ZTE KK - Falco-Szova 93-98
Oct. 10: Szedeak - Marso NYKK 91-90
Oct. 10: Jaszberenyi - Kormend 87-68
Oct. 10: PVSK Pannon - FS Debrecen 75-66
Oct. 10: Kaposvari - Atomeromu 102-103

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 12: Albacomp - PVSK Pannon
Oct. 13: Atomeromu - ZTE KK
Oct. 13: Falco-Szova - Szedeak
Oct. 13: Kormend - Soproni
Oct. 14: FS Debrecen - Kaposvari
Oct. 14: Marso NYKK - Jaszberenyi


A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Kyle SWANSTON
  Kapos.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 27.5
 1. Swanston, Kapos.27.5 
 2. Spica, Kaposvari26.5 
 3. Nelson, Marso N.24.5 
 4. Berkis, Marso N.23.0 
 5. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.21.0 
 6. Dukic, Szedeak20.5 
 7. Shaw, Kormend20.5 
 8. Vojvoda, Atomeromu20.5 
 9. Levy, Falco-Szova19.5 
 10. Fey, Falco-Szova19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sean CARTER
  FS Debrecen
  (205-F/C-88)
  Avg: 13
 1. Carter, FS Debrecen13.0 
 2. Toth, PVSK P.12.5 
 3. Nelson, Marso N.10.5 
 4. Spica, Kaposvari10.0 
 5. Dukic, Szedeak10.0 
 6. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.9.5 
 7. Markovic, Jaszbere.8.5 
 8. Koertelyesi, Atome.8.5 
 9. Shaw, Kormend7.5 
 10. Davis, Marso N.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.8.5 
 2. Nelson, Marso N.8.0 
 3. Dunn, Kaposvari7.0 
 4. Williams, Atomeromu6.0 
 5. Rakic, Jaszberenyi5.5 
 6. Drahos, Kaposvari4.5 
 7. Fekete, FS Debrec.4.5 
 8. Gaspar, ZTE K.4.0 
 9. Vida, Szedeak4.0 
 10. Levy, Falco-Szova4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher DUNN
  Kaposvari
  (189-PG-83)
  Avg: 4
 1. Dunn, Kaposvari4.0 
 2. Spica, Kaposvari3.5 
 3. Rujak, Kormend3.0 
 4. Kertesz, ZTE K.2.5 
 5. Legion, PVSK P.2.5 
 6. Pettis, FS Debrec.2.0 
 7. Levy, Falco-Szova2.0 
 8. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.2.0 
 9. Baki, ZTE K.2.0 
 10. Hudson, ZTE K.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sean CARTER
  FS Debrecen
  (205-F/C-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Carter, FS Debrecen2.0 
 2. Davis, Marso N.2.0 
 3. Idlet, Atomeromu1.0 
 4. Levy, Falco-Szova1.0 
 5. Horti, Jaszberenyi1.0 
 6. Kovacs, ZTE K.1.0 
 7. Dramicanin, Jaszbe.1.0 
 8. Harazin, Falco-Sz.0.5 
 9. Szanati, Falco-Sz.0.5 
 10. Cseh, FS Debrecen0.5 


A Division: Round 2 - by Eurobasket News

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

Kaposvari - Atomeromu 102-103
The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Lorenzo Williams (189-84, college: Rice, agency: Court Side) who scored 22 points and 5 assists. International swingman David Vojvoda (196-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) chipped in 20 points and 7 rebounds. Atomeromu's coach used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Serbian power forward Marko Spica (205-86, college: Cent.Michigan) produced a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!) and 12 rebounds and American point guard Christopher Dunn (189-83, college: W.Virginia St., agency: Court Side) added 21 points and 11 assists respectively for the hosts. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Kaposvari: M.Spica 35+12reb+1ast, C.Dunn 21+4reb+11ast, R.Hendlein 13+4reb, G.David 13+7reb, K.Swanston 12+1reb, G.Drahos 8+4reb+2ast
Atomeromu: N.Williams 22+4reb+1ast, L.Williams 22+1reb+5ast, D.Vojvoda 20+7reb+1ast, A.Toth 16+2reb, S.Idlet 8+3reb, G.Koertelyesi 7+4reb
gschID: 196843


Jaszberenyi - Kormend 87-68
The game without a history. Jaszberenyi led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Jaszberenyi outrebounded Kormend 41-26 including a 18-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84) notched 16 points and 9 rebounds to lead the effort and Serbian center Rastko Dramicanin (207-86, agency: BeoExcell) supported him with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Four Jaszberenyi players scored in double figures. Even 21 points and 9 rebounds by American forward Matt Shaw (203-88, college: UNLV) did not help to save the game for Kormend. Croatian forward Zvonko Buljan (206-87, college: TCU) added 20 points for the guests.
Top scorers:
Kormend: M.Shaw 21+9reb+1ast, Z.Buljan 20+3reb+2ast, A.Brown 11+2reb+3ast, C.Ferencz 8+7reb, G.Fodor 4+1ast, A.Farkas 2+2reb
Jaszberenyi: R.Dramicanin 19+6reb+2ast, M.Markovic 16+9reb+2ast, M.Rakic 15+4reb+5ast, B.Horti 12+8reb+1ast, R.Torok 9+5reb, G.Soos 7+3reb
gschID: 196842


Szedeak - Marso NYKK 91-90
Marso NYKK was tied at the half but could not keep up in last two quarters eventually losing the game. Szedeak made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Serbian power forward Nebojsa Dukic (206-85) saved the victory by scoring 25 points and 6 rebounds. American guard Anthony Gurley (190-88, college: Massachusetts) contributed with 21 points for the winners. Four Szedeak players scored in double figures. American guard Anthony Nelson (185-89, college: Niagara) replied with a triple-double by scoring 28 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists and Latvian forward Martins Berkis (198-85, agency: TSS Management) added 30 points in the effort for Marso NYKK. Szedeak keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Atomeromu and Falco-Szova.
Top scorers:
Marso NYKK: M.Berkis 30+2reb, A.Nelson 28+11reb+10ast, B.Davis 18+9reb, M.Mohacsi 6+3reb+1ast, C.Kaluha 5+2ast, F.Boldizsar 3+8reb+4ast
Szedeak: N.Dukic 25+6reb+1ast, A.Gurley 21+3reb+1ast, Z.Kiss 12+6reb+3ast, J.Gilchrist 12+4reb+2ast, M.Csorvasi 9+4reb+1ast, A.Tanacs 9+2reb
gschID: 196846


ZTE KK - Falco-Szova 93-98
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But ZTE KK won fourth quarter 23-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Falco-Szova made 35-of-42 charity shots (83.3 percent) during the game. 33 personal fouls committed by ZTE KK helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The former international Laszlo Simon (190-86, agency: TSS Management) notched 26 points (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and American guard Jonathan Levy (193-82, college: CS San Bernar.) supported him with 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Even 21 points and 6 assists (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) by Bosnian center Teo Simovic (205-84) did not help to save the game for ZTE KK. Adam Kovacs (200-93) added 21 points for the hosts.
Top scorers:
ZTE KK: A.Kovacs 21+4reb+2ast, T.Simovic 21+4reb+6ast, D.Hudson 18+3reb+1ast, D.Gaspar 11+6reb+4ast, D.Puszta 10+1reb+1ast, G.Baki 6+3reb+2ast
Falco-Szova: L.Simon 26+3reb+2ast, J.Levy 20+5reb+5ast, T.Ivosev 16+6reb, M.Fey 13+6reb, L.Kalman 12+3reb+5ast, T.Harazin 9+4reb
gschID: 196845


PVSK Pannon - FS Debrecen 75-66
The hosts started the game with a very strong first quarter 24-11. But FS Debrecen won third quarter 21-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The former international forward Norbert Toth (203-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) had a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Peter Kovacs (189-88) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds during the contest. American power forward Sean Carter (205-88, college: Massachusetts) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and Serbian guard Stefan Fekete (188-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
Top scorers:
FS Debrecen: S.Carter 20+12reb+4ast, E.Pettis 16+4reb+2ast, S.Fekete 11+7reb+5ast, G.Cseh 9+1reb+2ast, V.Vas 4+2reb, A.Helmeczi 4+1reb
PVSK Pannon: N.Toth 22+11reb+1ast, P.Kovacs 12+6reb+1ast, A.Legion 12+6reb, A.Csabay 9+3reb+1ast, B.Loesing 8+3reb+3ast, K.Nagy 6+3reb+1ast



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  IBL   


Tapscott Heading to NBA D-League - by Kip Leonetti

After an enormously successful rookie season in the International Basketball League, forward Chehales Tapscott (6'5''-F-90, college: Portland St.) is moving up this fall to the official minor league of the NBA, the NBA Development League, ready to make an impact at the next level.

Less than two months removed from his senior season at Portland State, where he was named to the Big Sky All-Conference team, Tapscott made the short trek down I-5 to Salem and joined the Salem Soldiers for their inaugural season in the IBL. His impact in the league was immediate, scoring 32 points in his first game as a pro, 112-105 a win over the eventual league champions, the Bellingham Slam.

"It was a smooth transition [going from college to the IBL] but I felt like the IBL fit my game better," commented Tapscott in regard to his early success for the Soldiers. "There was more space to operate, whereas at Portland State there was less spacing in games and it was more constructed offensively so I couldnt play to my full ability."

The Soldiers' run-and-gun style allowed Tapscott to highlight the scoresheet throughout the season, finishing first in the IBL in scoring with 28.5 points per game and second in rebounding with 12.7 boards per game. He also proved to be one of the league's most efficient shooters, sinking his field goals at a rate of 63.6 percent. His impressive numbers led him to twice be named IBL Player of the Week, and at the season's conclusion he was named a First Team All-IBL All-Star and also picked up the league's Rookie of the Year award.

After finishing the 2012 IBL season, Tapscott joined other league all-stars at the 39th annual Southern California Summer Pro League in Los Angeles, where he was highlighted as a "Diamond in the Rough" and selected as a second team SPL All-Star thanks to his 19 points and 11 rebounds per game performance. While in southern California, Tapscott was invited to workouts with both the D-League's Bakersfield Jam and Los Angeles D-Fenders, and later impressed new Head Coach Michael Peck at a tryout for the Idaho Stampede held at their affiliate, Portland Trail Blazers' practice facility. As a recipient of the Big Sky all-conference accolade as a senior at Portland State, Tapscott will go directly into the D-League draft and await his destination.

Tapscott's journey to the IBL, and now the D-League, was by no means direct. Raised by his father, Lawrence, in a single-parent household, Chehales and his sister bounced from city to city before settling in Hillsboro, Ore., when he was 10. Complicating matters was Lawrence's battle with skin cancer, which has been ongoing since his time as a high ranking Army officer during the Vietnam War. Through the challenges, the elder Tapscott kept Chehales focused on getting an education and playing professional basketball.

"In college the idea was for my son to go into the NBA draft, and when scouts came to see [Damian] Lillard they noticed Chehales," explained Lawrence. "This is his game, this is what he does and it has been verified by signing with the NBADL, which gives him the opportunity to show he can advance within his realm and to reach his ultimate goal of the NBA."

"He is my sole motivator, the reason why I compete so hard on the hardwood and is my best friend, idol, mentor," Chehales shared when asked about his father. "I appreciate him being by my side through my decisions. Without him, honestly I wouldnt be in the situation I am in."

Tapscott is optimistic about the future after deciding to take a shot at the D-League rather than head overseas.

"The D-League has better opportunities to improve my game and chase my dream. I feel like I'm just scratching the surface with my abilities," said Tapscott.

The 2012 D-League Draft is set for November 2, when the league's 16 teams will select players through eight rounds. Full coverage of the draft will be provided on the league's website at www.nba.com/dleague.



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  ICELAND   

Standings - Iceland Express League

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 11: Skallagrimur - Njardvik 77-74
Oct. 11: Grindavik - Snaefell 110-102
Oct. 11: Stjarnan - Keflavik 101-83
Oct. 12: IR - Thor Thorl
Oct. 12: KR - Tindastoll
Oct. 12: KFI - Fjolnir


Stats Leaders (Men)

Points Per Game
 Pall Axel VILBERGSSON
  Skalla.
  (197-F/G-78)
  Avg: 30
 1. Vilbergsson, Skall.30.0 
 2. Zeglinski, Grindav.29.5 
 3. Valdimarsson, Stja.28.5 
 4. Broussard, Grind.25.5 
 5. Belin, Njardvik25.5 
 6. Shouse, Stjarnan24.5 
 7. Threatt, Snaefell22.0 
 8. Jonsson, Snaefell19.0 
 9. Medlock, Skallagri.17.5 
 10. Fridriksson, Njar.17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Marcus VAN
  Njardvik
  (201-F/C-85)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Van, Njardvik16.5 
 2. Belin, Njardvik10.0 
 3. McQueen, Snaefell9.0 
 4. Helgason, Stjarnan9.0 
 5. Mills, Stjarnan8.5 
 6. Jonsson, Snaefell8.0 
 7. Thorsteinsso., Gri.8.0 
 8. Broussard, Grind.8.0 
 9. Eiriksson, Skallag.8.0 
 10. Valdimarsson, Stj.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jay THREATT
  Snaefell
  (180-G-89)
  Avg: 8
 1. Threatt, Snaefell8.0 
 2. Zeglinski, Grindav.7.0 
 3. Shouse, Stjarnan6.0 
 4. Fridriksson, Njard.5.5 
 5. Gunnarsson, Kefla.5.5 
 6. Olafsson, Grindavik4.0 
 7. Medlock, Skallagri.4.0 
 8. Lewis, Keflavik4.0 
 9. Sigurgeirsso., Sna.3.5 
 10. Broussard, Grind.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Fridrik STEFANSSON
  Njard.
  (--95)
  Avg: 3
 1. Stefansson, Njard.3.0 
 2. Zeglinski, Grindav.2.5 
 3. Shouse, Stjarnan2.5 
 4. Giltner, Keflavik2.5 
 5. Broussard, Grind.2.0 
 6. Lewis, Keflavik2.0 
 7. Medlock, Skallagri.2.0 
 8. Jonsson, Snaefell1.5 
 9. Torfason, Snaefell1.5 
 10. Craion, Keflavik1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brian MILLS
  Stjarnan
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mills, Stjarnan2.5 
 2. Gudbrandsson, Kefl.2.0 
 3. Valdimarsson, Stja.1.5 
 4. Thorsteinsso., Gri.1.5 
 5. Craion, Keflavik1.5 
 6. Saevarsson, Grind.1.0 
 7. Helgason, Stjarnan0.5 
 8. Olafsson, Grindavik0.5 
 9. Olafsson, Grindavik0.5 
 10. Egilsson, Skallag.0.5 


Standings - 1 Division

D1 Standings
 1. KFI 17-1 
 2. Hamar 12-5 
 3. Skallagrimur 12-5 
 4. Hottur 12-7 
 5. Breidablik 9-9 
 6. IA 9-9 
 7. FSU 7-11 
 8. Thor AK 7-12 
 9. IG 4-14 
 10. Armann 2-16 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 11: Hottur - Thor AK 100-81
Oct. 12: Augnablik - Hamar
Oct. 12: Reynir S. - Valur
Oct. 12: FSU - Haukar
Oct. 12: Breidablik - IA


Fjolnir pick up second win - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Fjolnir is starting strong in Domino's league and picket up their second win last night by beating KFI 95- 67
Arni Ragnarsson (190-SG-87, college: Al.-Huntsville) is playing very well for Fjolnir and led the team in both scoring and rebounding.. Sylvester Cheston Sylvester Spicer (198-F-86, college: Rogers St.) played his first game for Fjolnir.
For KFI Chris Miller- Williams led in both scoring and rebounding
Top scorers for KFI. Chris Miller-Williams (198-F/G-87, college: W.Georgia) 20 + 15 rebounds. Bradford Spencer 15 Mirko Virijevic 11.
For Fjolnir. Arni Ragnarsson 22 + 12 rebounds. Christopher Matthews 15 Tomas Tomasson 13.



Four games in Domino's league - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Four games tonight and all of them won by the home teams

Grindavik looks very strong now and beat Snaefell 110- 102. Not a defensive game here.
Top scorers for Grindavik. Samuel Sammy Zeglinski (182-PG-88, college: Virginia)i 37. Aaron Broussard 28.
For Snaefell. Hafthor Gunnarsson 26. Jon Olafur Jonsson 20. Jay Threatt 20.

Stjarnan starting season very well and secure second win by beating Keflavik 101-83. Marvin Valdimarsson hot again tonight with 31 and Justin Shouse 27 for Stjarnan.
For Keflavik. Kevin Giltner 14. Darrel Lewis 12. Michael Graion 12 Magnus Gunnarson 12.

Skallagrimur won Njardvik ona buzzer three ointer. 77-74. Carlos Medlock 17. Haminn Quarintance 16. Pall Vilbergsson 15 for Skallagrim
Jeron Belin 24. Elvar Fridriksson 20 Marcus Van 14 +18 boards for Njardvik

KR beat Tindastoll 90-69. Leading from beginning and controlling the boards 39-20 Helgi Magnusson & Finnur Magnusson 17 points each. Danero Thomas 14 for KR.
For Tindastoll. Isacc Miles, Helgi Viggosson George Valentine, Fridrik Hreinsson & Throstur Johannsson all with 12 points each



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  IRAN   


DIEGO FAJARDO moves to Iran - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

Hamyari Shahrdari Zanjan signed Italian big man Diego Fajardo (208-C-76, agency: Players Group). Fajardo is experienced guy who played professional basketball since 95-96 season. Last season he played for Cimberio Varese in SerieA where he averaged 7.6 ppg in 32 matches.

Diego Fajardo Awards/Achievements:
ACB Summer League in Fuenlabrada Finalist -00
Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Bosman Team -03
Spanish ACB Supercup Winner -06
Italian SerieA Regular Season Runner-Up -07
Italian SerieA Semifinals -07
Italian Supercup Finalist -09
Italian Cup Finalist -10



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  ISRAEL   


Euroleague: Maccabi claim important road win in Malaga - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga - Maccabi Tel-Aviv 80:85

Maccabi Tel-Aviv clinched the first win at the Euroleague season. The Israeli powerhouse prevailed against Unicaja in Malaga tonight Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) chipped in 16 points to topscore for the visitors.
Maccabi Tel-Aviv dominated in the first half. They prevailed in nearly every facet of the game in the first part of the clash. Maccabi posted a 25:20 lead ten minutes into the game. The visitors boosted the margin to 11 points at the interval 47:36. But Unicaja were not about to surrender. The hosts dropped 27 points in the third term to cut the distance to just two points with one quarter remaining. It was a tough battle in the fourth frame as Maccabi came out winners registering a valuable road win. David Logan (185-G-82, college: Indianapolis) netted 14 points, while Lior Eliyahu (204-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) finished with 13 points for the Tel-Aviv team. Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) answered with game-high 25 points for Unicaja. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) netted 19 points in the loss.

Unicaja: Earl Calloway 25, Krunoslav Simon 19
Maccabi Tel-Aviv: Ricky Hickman 16, David Logan 14, Lior Eliyahu 13



Yaniv Green may join Gilboa/Galil - by Idan Seggev

Israel's national team center and ex Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv, Yaniv Green (204-C-80, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices), may join Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa for the upcoming season. The 32-years-old who played last season in Teramo until he had been cut off from the team in the middle of the season had an average of 4.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg & 1.8 TO per game. He will start to train with Gilboa this weekend and most likely to join at the end. "Yaniv will be a good addition for the team", said Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa's director-general, Amit Gal.


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  ITALY   

Standings - B1

Nazionale A Standings
 1. Bari 2-0 
 2. Firenze 2-0 
 3. Treviglio 2-0 
 4. Matera 2-1 
 5. Casalpusterlengo 2-1 
 6. Bologna 2-1 
 7. Agrigento 2-1 
 8. Lucca 2-1 
 9. Torino 2-1 
 10. Ferrara 1-1 
 11. San Severo 1-1 
 12. Mirandola 1-2 
 13. Recanati 1-2 
 14. Latina Basket 1-2 
 15. Castelletto 1-2 
 16. Reggio Calabr. 1-2 
 17. Rieti 0-0 
 18. Chieti 0-2 
 19. Omegna 0-2 
 20. Perugia 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 10: Mirandola - Reggio Calabr. 89-75
Oct. 10: San Severo - Casalpusterlengo 83-99
Oct. 10: Torino - Castelletto 81-71
Oct. 11: Firenze - Ferrara 79-66
Oct. 10: Bologna - Recanati 77-63
Oct. 10: Matera - Lucca 75-69
Oct. 10: Latina Basket - Agrigento 69-66
Oct. 10: Perugia - Bari 58-65

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 13: Omegna - Firenze
Oct. 14: Treviglio - Mirandola
Oct. 14: Ferrara - San Severo
Oct. 14: Lucca - Torino
Oct. 14: Reggio Calabr. - Matera
Oct. 14: Casalpusterlengo - Latina Basket
Oct. 14: Recanati - Chieti
Oct. 14: Bari - Bologna
Oct. 14: Agrigento - Perugia


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Daniele CASADEI
  Firenze
  (199-F/G-81)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Casadei, Firenze21.5 
 2. Ferrarese, Trevigl.21.0 
 3. Chiumenti, Casalp.21.0 
 4. Gueye, San Severo20.0 
 5. Losi, Mirandola19.7 
 6. Prandin, Casalp.19.5 
 7. Ruggiero, Bari19.5 
 8. Wojciechowsk., Tor.19.0 
 9. Reati, Treviglio18.5 
 10. Iannilli, San Sev.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andrea IANNILLI
  San Severo
  (207-C-84)
  Avg: 17
 1. Iannilli, San Seve.17.0 
 2. Rossi, Chieti13.0 
 3. Benfatto, Ferrara10.5 
 4. Casadei, Firenze10.0 
 5. Ihedioha, Castelle.10.0 
 6. Bonessio, Bari9.5 
 7. Pignatti, Mirandola9.3 
 8. Bisconti, Bari9.0 
 9. Baldi Rossi, Torino9.0 
 10. Wojciechowsk., To.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Tommaso MARINO
  Casalp.
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 7
 1. Marino, Casalp.7.0 
 2. Losi, Mirandola6.7 
 3. Simoncelli, Castel.6.0 
 4. Piazza, Bologna5.5 
 5. Cantone, Matera5.3 
 6. Mossi, Agrigento4.7 
 7. Spizzichini, Ferra.4.5 
 8. Rajola, Chieti4.5 
 9. Ferrarese, Trevigl.4.0 
 10. Mariani, Reggio C.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Alessandro PIAZZA
  Bologna
  (174-PG-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Piazza, Bologna7.0 
 2. Parente, Lucca6.0 
 3. Caroldi, Firenze5.0 
 4. Chiumenti, Casalp.4.0 
 5. Sanna, Firenze4.0 
 6. Capitanelli, Firen.4.0 
 7. Tavernelli, Latina3.7 
 8. Casadei, Firenze3.5 
 9. Perego, Treviglio3.5 
 10. Ranuzzi, Castelle.3.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Filippo GAGLIARDO
  Latina B.
  (206-F-78)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Gagliardo, Latina1.7 
 2. Ranuzzi, Castellet.1.5 
 3. Capitanelli, Firen.1.5 
 4. Rossi, Chieti1.5 
 5. Chiarello, Perugia1.3 
 6. Casadei, Firenze1.0 
 7. Sanna, Firenze1.0 
 8. Raminelli, Bologna1.0 
 9. Ricci, Casalpus.1.0 
 10. Reati, Treviglio1.0 


Montepaschi Siena release Antonio Maestranzi - by Eurobasket News

Antonio Maestranzi (178-PG-84, college: N.Illinois) and Montepaschi Siena reach agreement on terms of contract termination. The guard joined Montepaschi Siena in 2011. He holds both US and Italian passports. Maestranzi spent the previous season on loan in Lottomatica Roma. Antonio Maestranzi tallied 5.0 points and 1.9 assists per game in SeriaA. Previously the player had stints with Montegranaro, Fileni Jesi, Reggio Calabria. He made it into Italian SeriaA All-Newcomers Team in 2010. Antonio Maestranzi was the member of Italian National Team in 2010/11 seasons. He participated at 2011 EuroBasket. Antonio Maestranzi can soon reinforce Air Avellino as some reports indicate.


Nazionale A Round 3 results and stats - by Eurobasket News

Round 3 means everything may happen in Nazionale A as the season just started.

Round 3 in Nazionale A means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Latina where host Latina Basket (1-2) edged league's leader Agrigento (2-1) 69-66 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Agrigento. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Latina Basket forced 20 Agrigento turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Filippo Gagliardo (206-78) who scored 17 points and 4 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Naturalized Serbian forward Marko Micevic (198-89) chipped in 12 points. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Michele Giovanatto (202-81) who recorded 23 points and 7 rebounds. Agrigento's coach Franco Ciani rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Latina Basket left bottom position moving up to twelfth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted Agrigento dropped to the fourth position with one game lost. They share it with 5 other teams. They were replaced at the leadership position by Bari. Agrigento will play next round against Perugia trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Latina Basket will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Casalpusterlengo on the road.
The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Naturhouse Ferrara (1-1) on the court of leader Firenze. Visitors were defeated by Firenze 79-66. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 1-0 record before this meeting. It was a good game for swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Mattia Caroldi contributed with 18 points for the winners. Power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for Naturhouse Ferrara. Firenze (2-0) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Treviglio and Bari. Newly promoted Naturhouse Ferrara dropped to the tenth place with one game lost. They share the position with San Severo. Firenze will play against Omegna (#19) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Naturhouse Ferrara will play against Mazzeo San Severo (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Very important is a road loss of second ranked Lucca (2-1) against eleventh ranked Matera (2-1) on Wednesday night. Visiting Lucca was defeated by Matera in a tough game in Matera 69-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lucca. It was a great evening for Massimo Rezzano who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). The best for the losing side was Matteo Negri with 22 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Matera moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Lucca. Matera will meet Reggio Calabr. (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lucca will play against Torino (#9) and hope to secure a win.
The game with biggest result difference took place in San Severo. Local Mazzeo San Severo (1-1) lost to ninth ranked Casalpusterlengo (2-1) 99-83. It was a quality performance for Alberto Chiumenti who led the winners and scored 27 points and 6 rebounds. Mazzeo San Severo's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Casalpusterlengo moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Mazzeo San Severo at the other side dropped to the tenth position with one game lost. Casalpusterlengo's next round opponent will be Latina Basket (#14) at home and are hoping to win another game. Mazzeo San Severo will play against Naturhouse Ferrara (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

Other games of round 3 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Reggio Calabr. was defeated by Mirandola in a road game 89-75. Bologna beat Recanati at home 77-63. Castelletto lost to Torino on the opponent's court 71-81. Winless Perugia lost to undefeated Bari in a home game 58-65.
The best stats of 3rd round was 19 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists by Andrea Iannilli of San Severo.


Firenze - Ferrara 79-66

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Naturhouse Ferrara (1-1) on the court of leader Firenze. Visitors were defeated by Firenze 79-66. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 1-0 record before this meeting. The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 22-7 run, which allowed them to win the game. Firenze dominated on the defensive end, holding Naturhouse Ferrara to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Firenze forced 21 Naturhouse Ferrara turnovers. It was a good game for swingman Daniele Casadei (199-81) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 9 rebounds. The former international point guard Mattia Caroldi (185-82) contributed with 18 points for the winners. Five Firenze players scored in double figures. Power forward Michele Benfatto (205-85) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and forward Andrea Campiello (200-87) added 16 points in the effort for Naturhouse Ferrara. Firenze (2-0) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Treviglio and Bari. Newly promoted Naturhouse Ferrara dropped to the tenth place with one game lost. They share the position with San Severo. Firenze will play against Omegna (#19) on the road in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Naturhouse Ferrara will play against Mazzeo San Severo (#11) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ferrara: A.Campiello 16+4reb, M.Benfatto 12+11reb+3ast, G.Spizzichini 10+2reb+2ast, S.Cortesi 9+3reb+3ast, M.Ferri 8+3reb, S.Casati 8+1ast
Firenze: D.Casadei 19+9reb+2ast, M.Caroldi 18+1ast, S.Spizzichini 13+5reb, M.Sanna 10+6reb+1ast, A.Capitanelli 10+4reb+1ast, S.Rabaglietti 6+3reb+5ast
gschID: 191631


Mirandola - Reggio Calabr. 89-75

There was a minor upset when higher ranked Reggio Calabr. (1-2) was defeated on the road by eighteenth ranked Mirandola (1-2) 89-75. The game without a history. Mirandola led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 16-of-20 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Mirandola especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. It was an exceptional evening for guard Michele Venturelli (188-82) who led the winners and scored 20 points and 7 assists. Forward Luca Pignatti (195-86) accounted for 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Naturalized Argentinian swingman Augustin Fabi (199-91) came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds and guard Giacomo Mariani (191-86) added 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists respectively for Reggio Calabr. in the defeat. Five Mirandola and four Reggio Calabr. players scored in double figures. Mirandola left bottom position moving up to twelfth place, which they share with 4 other teams including defeated Reggio Calabr. Mirandola's next round opponent will be higher ranked Treviglio (#3) on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Reggio Calabr.: A.Fabi 22+7reb+3ast, F.Quaglia 17+7reb, G.Mariani 13+8reb+4ast, L.Fontecchio 12+3reb+2ast, M.Caprari 6+4reb, M.Ammannato 5+1reb
Mirandola: M.Venturelli 20+4reb+7ast, A.Pilotti 19+1reb+2ast, A.Mancin 16+9reb, L.Pignatti 15+8reb+2ast, J.Losi 12+3reb+7ast, W.Mantovani 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 191625


Bologna - Recanati 77-63

Everything could happen in Ozzano Emilia at the game between two tied teams. Both tenth ranked Bologna and 8th ranked Recanati had identical 1-1 record. This time Bologna used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Recanati 77-63. The game was mostly controlled by Bologna. Recanati was better in fourth quarter 25-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bologna forced 22 Recanati turnovers. It was an exceptional evening for center Matteo Raminelli (203-83) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 10 rebounds. point guard Alessandro Piazza (174-87) accounted for 12 points, 7 assists and 7 steals for the winning side. Four Bologna players scored in double figures. Nicolo Benedusi (193-88) came up with 19 points and 5 rebounds and guard Marco Gnaccarini (185-81) added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Recanati in the defeat. Bologna (2-1) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Recanati at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with two games lost. Bologna's next round opponent will be league's leader Bari on the road and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Recanati will play against Chieti (#18).
Top scorers:
Recanati: N.Benedusi 19+5reb, G.Cantagalli 14+3reb+1ast, M.Gnaccarini 8+7reb+3ast, M.Tagliabue 6+6reb+1ast, M.Maganza 6+6reb+1ast, A.Pierini 4+1reb
Bologna: V.Circosta 15+4reb+1ast, R.Pederzini 14+4reb, M.Raminelli 12+10reb+2ast, A.Piazza 12+4reb+7ast, A.Poti 9+6reb+1ast, J.Silimbani 7+4reb
gschID: 191624


Torino - Castelletto 81-71

Everything could happen at the game between two tied teams. Both thirteenth ranked Torino and 14th ranked Castelletto had identical 1-1 record. This time Torino used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Castelletto 81-71. The hosts were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 30-18 run, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Torino especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. It was an exceptional evening for naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) who led the winners and scored 22 points and 5 rebounds. Power forward Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-91) accounted for 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Center Marco Pazzi (203-79) came up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds and forward Alex Ranuzzi (195-86, agency: Interperformances) added 20 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Castelletto in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Torino (2-1) moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Castelletto at the other side dropped to the twelfth position with two games lost. Torino's next round opponent will be Lucca (#8) on the road.
Top scorers:
Castelletto: A.Ranuzzi 20+8reb, M.Pazzi 18+11reb+3ast, A.Simoncelli 10+3reb+4ast, F.Ihedioha 10+10reb, F.Bolzonella 7+3reb, G.Sanguinetti 6+2ast
Torino: J.Wojciechowski 22+5reb, F.Baldi Rossi 16+8reb+2ast, M.Evangelisti 13+3reb+1ast, L.Gergati 13+5reb+1ast, D.Sandri 9+4reb+2ast, C.Tommasini 6+2reb
gschID: 191630


Latina Basket - Agrigento 69-66

Round 3 in Nazionale A means a new league leader. The biggest surprise took place in Latina where host Latina Basket (1-2) edged league's leader Agrigento (2-1) 69-66 on Wednesday evening. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Agrigento. The hosts were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Latina Basket forced 20 Agrigento turnovers. The best player for the winners was forward Filippo Gagliardo (206-78) who scored 17 points and 4 blocks (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Naturalized Serbian forward Marko Micevic (198-89) chipped in 12 points. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Michele Giovanatto (202-81) who recorded 23 points and 7 rebounds and guard Vincenzo Di Viccaro (191-84) added 14 points respectively. Agrigento's coach Franco Ciani rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Latina Basket left bottom position moving up to twelfth place, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted Agrigento dropped to the fourth position with one game lost. They share it with 5 other teams. They were replaced at the leadership position by Bari. Agrigento will play next round against Perugia trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Latina Basket will try to continue on its current victory against fifth ranked Casalpusterlengo on the road.
Top scorers:
Agrigento: M.Giovanatto 23+7reb, V.Di Viccaro 14+1reb, F.Mian 10+4reb+1ast, P.Mossi 6+2reb+5ast, A.Quarisa 4+6reb, D.Demartini 4+5reb+4ast
Latina Basket: F.Gagliardo 17+4reb+1ast, M.Micevic 12+4reb+1ast, T.Plateo 9+4reb+4ast, M.Arrigoni 6+4reb, A.Pastore 6+1ast, R.Santolamazza 5+5reb+6ast
gschID: 191628


Perugia - Bari 58-65

Very predictable result when leader Bari (2-0) beat on the road bottom-ranked Perugia (0-3) 65-58. It looked good early as Perugia took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Bari had a 26-17 second period charge getting the lead and Perugia was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 58-65. 31 personal fouls committed by Perugia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was an exceptional evening for point guard Tommaso Laquintana (187-95) who led the winners and scored 16 points. The former international power forward Luca Bisconti (206-82) accounted for 13 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Four Bari players scored in double figures. Center Paolo Chiarello (204-78) came up with 9 points and 7 rebounds and forward Simone Bonamente (203-79) added 15 points and 5 steals respectively for Perugia in the defeat. Perugia's coach Andrea Fabrizi tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Bari keeps a position of league leader, which they share with Firenze and Treviglio. Perugia at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Bari's next round opponent will be Bologna (#6) in Ozzano Emilia which should be theoretically an easy game. Perugia will play on the road against Agrigento (#7) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Perugia: S.Bonamente 15+2reb, G.Chiatti 11+4reb+2ast, P.Chiarello 9+7reb+2ast, C.Cutolo 7+6reb+2ast, D.Poltroneri 5+5reb+1ast, F.Santantonio 3+5reb
Bari: T.Laquintana 16+4reb, S.Bonfiglio 16+4reb, A.Ruggiero 13+5reb, L.Bisconti 13+7reb, D.Bonessio 7+6reb+1ast, F.Di Donna 0+2reb+1ast
gschID: 191623


Matera - Lucca 75-69

Very important is a road loss of second ranked Lucca (2-1) against eleventh ranked Matera (2-1) on Wednesday night. Visiting Lucca was defeated by Matera in a tough game in Matera 69-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Lucca. It was a great evening for the former international power forward Massimo Rezzano (203-82) who led his team to a victory scoring 19 points and 7 rebounds (went 10 for 10 at the free throw line !!!). Naturalized Argentinian guard Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-86, agency: Players Group) helped adding 16 points and 6 rebounds. The best for the losing side was Matteo Negri (194-91) with 22 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and Simone Zanotti (206-92) scored 11 points and 6 rebounds. Matera moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 5 other teams including defeated Lucca. Matera will meet Reggio Calabr. (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Lucca will play against Torino (#9) and hope to secure a win.
Top scorers:
Lucca: M.Negri 22+2reb+1ast, S.Zanotti 11+6reb, W.Santarossa 9+2reb, D.Parente 8+5reb+3ast, R.Casagrande 7+2reb+1ast, A.Barsanti 6+1reb+2ast
Matera: M.Rezzano 19+7reb+1ast, C.Sebastian Vico 16+6reb+2ast, M.Cozzoli 11, A.Iannuzzi 7+4reb+1ast, C.Cantone 7+6reb+4ast, C.Grappasonni 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 191629


San Severo - Casalpusterlengo 83-99

The game with biggest result difference took place in San Severo. Local Mazzeo San Severo (1-1) lost to ninth ranked Casalpusterlengo (2-1) 99-83. They made 21-of-27 charity shots (77.8 percent) during the game. Strangely Mazzeo San Severo outrebounded Casalpusterlengo 36-22 including 28 on the defensive glass. 24 personal fouls committed by Mazzeo San Severo helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a quality performance for power forward Alberto Chiumenti (204-87, agency: Players Group) who led the winners and scored 27 points and 6 rebounds. Guard Roberto Prandin (188-86, agency: Two Points) accounted for 27 points for the winning side. Center Andrea Iannilli (207-84) came up with a double-double by scoring 19 points, 20 rebounds and 5 assists and naturalized Senegalese guard Ousmane Gueye (188-82) added 27 points respectively for Mazzeo San Severo in the defeat. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Mazzeo San Severo's coach tested ten players seeing no chance for a win. Casalpusterlengo moved-up to fourth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Mazzeo San Severo at the other side dropped to the tenth position with one game lost. Casalpusterlengo's next round opponent will be Latina Basket (#14) at home and are hoping to win another game. Mazzeo San Severo will play against Naturhouse Ferrara (#10) and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San Severo: O.Gueye 27+4reb+3ast, A.Iannilli 19+20reb+5ast, I.Scarponi 12+2reb+3ast, R.Maggio 11+1reb+2ast, L.De Paoli 6+1reb, F.Mirando 4+2reb
Casalpusterlengo: A.Chiumenti 27+6reb, R.Prandin 27+3reb+2ast, T.Marino 16+4reb+5ast, F.Bellina 11+2reb, M.Venuto 7+2reb, G.Ricci 4
gschID: 191627



Euroleague: Union Olimpija surprise Cantu in Italy - by Eurobasket News

Pallacanestro Cantu - Union Olimpija 71:84

Pallacanestro Cantu faced the harsh reality of Euroleague regular season tonight. The Qualifying round winners were upset by Union Olimpija at the PalaDesio. Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) nailed 17 points to lead the Slovenian team to a comfortable victory.
Union Olimpija gained control early in the game. The Ljubljana team recorded a 20:17 advantage after ten minutes. Cantu cut the deficit in the second period. The hosts got within a single point at the interval 40:41. However Union Olimpija limited the hosts to just 13 points in the third term and boosted the lead to 6 points heading into the fourth frame. Union Olimpija unleashed 25 points in the final stanza to seal the initial win in the new Euroleague season. Aaron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) had 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Sasu Salin (192-G-91) added 15 points for the visitors. Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) answered with 16 points for Cantu. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) had 13 points in the loss.

Pallacanestro Cantu: Pietro Aradori 16, Manuchar Markoishvili 13
Union Olimpija: Dylan Page 17, Aaron Baynes 16+12 boards, Sasu Salin 15



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  KENYA   


USIU Torch Blazers as Eagle Wings Fly Over Strathmore - by Eurobasket News

UNITED States International University (USIU) torched Blazers 57-33 in a Premier League encounter at Nyayo Stadium gymnasium.
Tigers, who had lost to KCB Lions 90-84 the previous day, dominated the proceedings and were pepped by Alvin Nyangweso who collected 11 and Evans letting (10). Jafeth Areba scored the losers' 12 points.
The women champions Eagle Wings beat Strathmore University 64-35 behind Angela Okoth's 15 points and Shilalei Shani's 12. The speedy Melissa Akinyi bagged the students 14.Leading scorer Hilda Indasi scored 24 points as USIU Flames doused Sprite Storms 57-44. Linet Mukiri made the losers 12.
In the lower division matches, Kenyatta University "Pirates" continued their climb with a 53-44 win over Parklands Baptist while Upper Hill clobbered Emyba 77-58. Kenya College of Accountancy (KCA) University won 53-49 over Umoja.
Meanwhile, Be Own will support Nairobi Basketball Association (NBA) during next year's All Stars game, company founder/CEO Aly Samabaly disclosed yesterday.
He said he is impressed with the talent and effort by the branch officials to promote the sport. "We will work together to help young players with talent," he said.



Frustrated KPA determined to win KBF league - by Eurobasket News

After failing to travel to Ivory Coast for the FIBA African club championships that kick off October 19, the players of Kenya Port Authorithy have shifted their attention to winning the 2012 KBF league.
According to the clubs coach, Anthony Ojukwu, they want to win the league in order to represent their country at the next Zone 5 club championships. Meanwhile, Kenya will be represented at the continental show in Abidjan by national champions; Eagle Wings. The FIBA African club championships run from October 19 to the 28th.
Courtesy of: Starafrica.com



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Standings - LBAL

LBL2 Standings
 1. RSU 2-0 
 2. BK VEF-LSPA 1-0 
 3. Jelgava/LLU 1-0 
 4. Kvele 1-0 
 5. Livani 1-0 
 6. Saldus 1-0 
 7. VEF skola 1-0 
 8. Ogres 1-1 
 9. ViA Riga 1-1 
 10. Gulbene 0-0 
 11. Liepaja-2 0-1 
 12. VeA 0-1 
 13. DSN 0-2 
 14. Ridzene 0-2 
 15. Valmiera BSS 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 10: RSU - Ridzene 90-57
Oct. 11: ViA - Valmiera BSS 79-67
Oct. 11: Ogres - VEF skola 66-72
Oct. 10: DSN - BK VEF-LSPA 54-79

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 13: Saldus - Gulbene
Oct. 13: Liepaja-2 - Valmiera BSS
Oct. 14: VeA - Gulbene
Oct. 14: BK VEF-LSPA - VEF skola



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  LIGA SUDAMERICANA   

Standings

Liga Sudamericana Standings
Group A
 1. Obras 2-1 
 2. Pinheiros/Sky 2-1 
 3. Cent.Apure 2-1 
 4. Mavort 0-3 
Group B
 1. Amistad 0-0 
 2. Malvin 0-0 
 3. Regatas C. 0-0 
 4. Uniceub/BRB 0-0 
Group C
 1. Dep.Castro 0-0 
 2. Flamengo 0-0 
 3. Hebraica 0-0 
 4. Penarol 0-0 
Group D
 1. El Bosque 0-0 
 2. Libertad S. 0-0 
 3. S.Jose/Unimed 0-0 
 4. Tiburones 0-0 

Preliminary Round: Round 1

Oct. 11: Mavort - Obras 91-104
Oct. 10: Cent.Apure - Obras 90-89 OT
Oct. 10: Pinheiros/Sky - Mavort 82-73
Oct. 9: Pinheiros/Sky - Obras 81-88
Oct. 11: Cent.Apure - Pinheiros/Sky 81-88
Oct. 9: Mavort - Cent.Apure 73-84

Preliminary Round: Round 2

Oct. 16: Malvin - Regatas C.
Oct. 16: Uniceub/BRB - Amistad
Oct. 17: Regatas C. - Amistad
Oct. 17: Malvin - Uniceub/BRB
Oct. 18: Amistad - Malvin
Oct. 18: Uniceub/BRB - Regatas C.


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Paulinho BORACINI
  Pinheiro.
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 28
 1. Boracini, Pinheiro.28.0 
 2. Guzman, Mavort24.0 
 3. Osimani, Obras21.3 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras20.7 
 5. Matthews, Cent..19.7 
 6. Sloan, Mavort19.3 
 7. Smith, Pinheiro.19.3 
 8. Colmenares, Cent..17.0 
 9. Cardenas, Mavort14.3 
 10. Huertas, Obras13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hiram FULLER
  Mavort
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Fuller, Mavort11.3 
 2. Ferreira, Pinheiro.9.3 
 3. Colmenares, Cent..9.3 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras9.0 
 5. Guzman, Mavort8.3 
 6. Matthews, Cent..7.0 
 7. Vargas, Cent.Apure6.0 
 8. Espinoza, Obras5.3 
 9. Cardenas, Mavort5.3 
 10. Araujo, Pinheiro.5.3 
Assists Per Game
 Martin OSIMANI
  Obras
  (194-G-81)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Osimani, Obras7.3 
 2. Cardenas, Mavort5.7 
 3. Smith, Pinheiro.4.0 
 4. Centeno, Cent.Apu.4.0 
 5. Vargas, Cent.Apure4.0 
 6. Konsztadt, Obras3.3 
 7. Boracini, Pinheiro.3.0 
 8. Ferreira, Pinheiro.3.0 
 9. Mazzaro, Obras2.3 
 10. Colmenares, Cent..2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nestor COLMENARES
  Cent..
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Colmenares, Cent..2.3 
 2. Ferreira, Pinheiro.2.3 
 3. Sloan, Mavort2.0 
 4. Flores, Cent.Apure1.7 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras1.3 
 6. Mazzaro, Obras1.3 
 7. Boracini, Pinheiro.1.3 
 8. Cardenas, Mavort1.3 
 9. Morro, Pinheiro.1.0 
 10. Centeno, Cent.Ap.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Leonardo MORRO
  Pinheiro.
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Morro, Pinheiro.2.0 
 2. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.7 
 3. Fuller, Mavort1.3 
 4. Espinoza, Obras1.3 
 5. Matthews, Cent..1.0 
 6. Dias, Pinheiros/Sky0.7 
 7. Bambu, Pinheiro.0.7 
 8. Guzman, Mavort0.7 
 9. Colmenares, Cent..0.3 
 10. Araujo, Pinheiro.0.3 


Day 2 at the Coliseum Luis Leoro Franco - by Eurobasket News

GROUP A
Pinheiros/Sky (Brasil)- Club Deportivo Mavort (Ecuador) 82:73

Smith and Boracini paced Pinheiros/Sky over Mavort in Day 2 of the South American League 2012. They both scored 24 points for an 82:73 win. The team from Brazil improved to 1-1 record, while the hosts fell at 0-2 record.
Pinheiros/Sky opened the game with 23-15 lead and enjoyed 6 points advantage at the halftime. They also posted two narrow victories in the second half to seal a comfortable victory. Pinheiros/Sky won the third period 25-24 and finished the game with 18-16 in the last stanza.
Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88) and Marcio Dornelles (194-F-75) delivered 8 points each for the winners. Michael Sloan (194-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.) nailed 22 points in defeat and Elys Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) scored 19. Raul Cardenas (190-G-82, college: Faulkner) ended up with 15, while Hiram Fuller (206-C-81, college: Fresno St.) followed them with 10.
Pinheiros will face tomorrow in their final game against Centauros, while Mavort will play against Obras Sanitarias.

Pinheiros/Sky: Joe Smith (193-G-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) 24, Paulinho Boracini (183-G-84) 24, Mineiro Ferreira 8, Marcio Dornelles 8
Mavort: Michael Sloan 22, Elys Guzman 19, Raul Cardenas 15, Hiram Fuller 10



Centauros de Apure (Venezuela)- Obras Sanitarias (Argentina) 90:89 OT

Centauros de Apure beat Obras Sanitarias in a thriller. The team from Venezuela improved to 2-0 record in Group B after a 90:89 overtime win.
It was the best game so far at the Coliseum Luis Leoro Franco. Both teams enetered the game with the victories in Day 1 and desired to remain undefeated. Obras Sanitarias started the game with 20-17, but Centauros de Apure replied with 18-12 for 3-point lead at the halftime. The team from Argentina tied the game after three quarters and then both teams nailed 17 points each in the fourth period. It was hot in the court in overtime as well, while
Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) with a basket of three-point shot gave to Centauros of Apure the necessary win.
Clarence Matthews (201-F-83, college: Tennessee St.) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Jesus Centeno as well as Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87, college: Campbellsville) posted 17 each. Jose Vargas (195-G/F-82) delivered 11 points in a win. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) replied with 25 points in the losing effort, while Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) collected massive 15 points 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Daniel Fitzgerald (206-F-84, college: Marquette) nailed 15 and David Huertas (195-G/F-87, college: Mississippi) had 11.

Centauros de Apure (Venezuela):
Clarence Matthews 24, Jesus Centeno 17, Nestor Colmenares 17, Jose Vargas 11
Obras Sanitarias (Argentina):
Juan Gutierrez 25, Martin Osimani 15+8 rebs+9 ast, Daniel Fitzgerald 15, David Huertas 11



Day 3 at the Coliseum Luis Leoro Franco - by Eurobasket News

GROUP A

Centauros de Apure (Venezuela) and Pinheiros/Sky (Brasil) 81:88

Pinheiros/Sky edge Centauros de Apure at the South American League 2012. The team from Brazil needed an 88:81 win as both teams finished with 2-1 records. Obras Sanitarias however wins Group A at the South American League 2012. The defending champions overcame Club Deportivo Mavort 104:91 and finished with 2-1 record. Obras Sanitarias had a better difference than the opponents.
Pinheiros/Sky opened the game with 28-20 led but led only 3 points at the halftime. Moreover Centauros de Apure won the third period 24-17 and led 4 points entering the last stanza. Only due to 26-15 in the last stanza Pinheiros/Sky managed to seal the victory.
Paulinho Boracini (183-G-84) led the way with 34 points. Joe Smith (193-G-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) nailed 16, while Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88) had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87, college: Campbellsville) finished the game with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Michael Flores (192-G-85) and Clarence Matthews (201-F-83, college: Tennessee St.) nailed 15 each. Jose Vargas (195-G/F-82) ended up with 14 points in the losing case.

Centauros de Apure (Venezuela): Nestor Colmenares 18+11 rebs, Michael Flores 15, Clarence Matthews 15, Jose Vargas 14
Pinheiros/Sky (Brasil): Paulinho Boracini 34, Joe Smith 16, Mineiro Ferreira 10+10 rebs


Club Deportivo Mavort (Ecuador)- Obras Sanitarias (Argentina) 91:104

Obras Sanitarias wins Group A at the South American League 2012. The defending champions overcame Club Deportivo Mavort 104:91 and finished with 2-1 record. Centauros de Apure (Venezuela) and Pinheiros/Sky (Brasil) also had the same record, but Obras Sanitarias had a better difference.
Obras Sanitarias started the game with 19-16 lead and added massive 30-21 burst in the second frame. Moreover they scored another 30 points in the third period and led 19 points after three quarters. Club Deportivo Mavort however did not give up and erupted with 31-25 in the last stanza for the final result.

Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) nailed 16. Fernando Calvi (200-F/C-81) and David Huertas (195-G/F-87, college: Mississippi) followed them with 14 points each. Michael Sloan (194-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.) ended up with 27 points in defeat, while Elys Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.) posted 25. Raul Cardenas (190-G-82, college: Faulkner) scored 19 and Hiram Fuller (206-C-81, college: Fresno St.) collected 17 points and 11 rebounds.

Club Deportivo Mavort (Ecuador):
Michael Sloan 27, Elys Guzman 25, Raul Cardenas 19, Hiram Fuller 17+11 rebs
Obras Sanitarias (Argentina):
Martin Osimani 17, Juan Gutierrez 16, Fernando Calvi 14, David Huertas 14



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Vene's 16 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

22-year old Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) had a great game in the last round for second-ranked Rudupis and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had the game-high 16 points adding seven rebounds and four assists for Rudupis in his team's victory, helping them to crush Pieno Zvaigzdes (#7, 1-1) with 21-point margin 100-79. Rudupis is placed at 2nd position in Lithuanian league. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Rudupis won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. It was one of impressive evenings for Vene as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Vene has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 4.5apg) and averages solid 1.5bpg and 75.0% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Tony Bishop (201-F-89, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) of Nevezis. He is American forward in his first season at Nevezis. In the last game Bishop recorded impressive double-double of 17 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Nevezis lost that game 67-83 to the lower-ranked Sakalai (#9, 1-2). This loss caused Nevezis to drop to 6th position in the standings. His team lost some distance to top teams. But 1-1 record is not bad and everything may still change. Bishop is a newcomer at Nevezis and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Darius Gvezdauskas (191-PG-88) of Juventus (#5). Gvezdauskas scored 16 points. He was a key player of Juventus, leading his team to a 83-74 win against LSU-Baltai (#11, 0-2). Juventus needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Gvezdauskas has a very solid season. In 3 games in Lithuania he scored 8.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Darrick Leonard (190-G-84) of Juventus - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Vitali Liutych (198-SG-92) of Siauliai - 18 points and 7 rebounds
6. Papa Dia (208-F-87) of Siauliai - 17 points and 6 rebounds
7. Zygimantas Janavicius (192-G-89) of Rudupis - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ignas Ramasauskas (211-C-93) of Sakalai - 14 points and 10 rebounds
9. Aurimas Kieza (202-PF-82) of Siauliai - 8 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Aivaras Kiausas (199-F-80) of Sakalai - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 5 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)



Euroleague: CSKA open regular season with victory in Moscow - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Lietuvos Rytas 75:73

CSKA opened the Euroleague regular season with victory. They held off pesky Lietuvos Rytas in a tough home game. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) scored crucial points late in regulation to propel CSKA to a come-from-behind victory in Group D. He finished with 14 points for CSKA.
Lietuvos Rytas bravely entered the game in Moscow. The Vilnius team grabbed a 23:20 lead after the starting quarter. CSKA rebounded in the second frame. The Russian team surged ahead for a 46:37 halftime advantage. Lietuvos Rytas limited CSKA to just 8 points in the third period and narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark at the final intermission. Lietuvos Rytas pulled ahead for a 71:68 lead late in regulation. But Sonny Weems came up with crucial points late in regulation as CSKA surged ahead. Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) had a chance to win the game for Lietuvos Rytas but missed a buzzer-beating three-pointer. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) and Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) delivered 12 points each for CSKA. Renaldas Seibutis answered with 19 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Mindaugas Katelynas (206-F-83, college: Chattanooga) posted 12 points in the loss.

CSKA: Sonny Weems 14, Nenad Krstic 12, Viktor Khryapa 12
Lietuvos Rytas: Renaldas Seibutis 19, Mindaugas Katelynas 12



Euroleague: Zalgiris romp to win over Cedevita - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Cedevita 90:62

Zalgiris clinched the first win in Euroleague regular season. The Kaunas team shot down visiting Cedevita in the opener. Paulius Jankunas (205-PF-84, agency: Alti Sport) posted 20 points to lead the winners.
Zalgiris started the game strong. They fired 27 points in the first frame to take a 7-point lead. Zalgiris stayed on fire in the second frame. The hosts piled up a 55:38 halftime buffer. The Kaunas team held their opponents to 15 points in the third term to boost the gap at 26-point mark. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) notched 17 points, while Marko Popovic (185-G-82, agency: Alti Sport, college: S.Idaho JC) added 15 points in the victory. Mickael Gelabale (201-SF-83, agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 16 points for Cedevita. Bracey Wright (191-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Indiana) had 15 points in the loss.

Zalgiris: Paulius Jankunas 20, Ksistof Lavrinovic 17, Marko Popovic 15
Cedevita: Mickael Gelabale 16, Bracey Wright 15



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Standings - 1A

1A Standings
 1. Centar BP 0-0 
 2. Danilovgrad 0-0 
 3. Ibar Rozaje 0-0 
 4. Jedinstvo 0-0 
 5. Lovcen 0-0 
 6. Mornar Bar 0-0 
 7. Primorje 0-0 
 8. Sutjeska 0-0 
 9. Teodo Tivat 0-0 
 10. Ulcinj 0-0 
Play in international cups:
 1. Buducnost

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 20: Lovcen - Primorje
Oct. 20: Ulcinj - Centar BP
Oct. 20: Sutjeska - Danilovgrad
Oct. 20: Jedinstvo - Mornar Bar
Oct. 20: Teodo Tivat - Ibar Rozaje


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Nemanja VRANJES
  Sutjeska
  (188-G-88)
  Avg: 23
 1. Vranjes, Sutjeska23.0 
 2. Mugosa, KK Podgo.21.3 
 3. Dubljevic, Buduc.18.3 
 4. Lopicic, Lovcen17.7 
 5. Lekovic, Jedinstvo17.1 
 6. Petkovic, Danilovg.16.6 
 7. Bulatovic, Primorje15.8 
 8. Nicaj, KK Podgorica15.4 
 9. Radulovic, Teodo T.15.2 
 10. Seferovic, Mogren14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milos LOPICIC
  Lovcen
  (216-C-90)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Lopicic, Lovcen8.6 
 2. Nicaj, KK Podgorica8.0 
 3. Dubljevic, Buduc.7.4 
 4. Radulovic, Teodo T.7.4 
 5. Mugosa, KK Podgo.7.2 
 6. Jocovic, Sutjeska7.0 
 7. Devrnja, Primorje6.9 
 8. Popovic, Sutjeska5.9 
 9. Gajovic, Sutjeska5.9 
 10. Djurkovic, Ulcinj5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Goran BULATOVIC
  Primorje
  (184-G-88)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Bulatovic, Primorje4.8 
 2. Anderson, Buducno.3.7 
 3. Bogojevic, KK Podg.3.6 
 4. Scott, Mornar Bar3.2 
 5. Vranjes, Sutjeska3.2 
 6. Mugosa, KK Podgo.2.8 
 7. Mijovic, Teodo Tiv.2.7 
 8. Jelenic, Mornar B.2.6 
 9. Calic, Teodo Tivat2.5 
 10. Tepavcevic, Ulcinj2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Goran BULATOVIC
  Primorje
  (184-G-88)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Bulatovic, Primorje2.2 
 2. Scott, Mornar Bar2.2 
 3. Miljic, Jedinstvo1.8 
 4. Jovovic, Danilovgr.1.8 
 5. Pavlicevic, Lovcen1.7 
 6. Vranjes, Sutjeska1.6 
 7. Gajovic, Sutjeska1.5 
 8. Seferovic, Mogren1.5 
 9. Radulovic, Teodo T.1.5 
 10. Latkovic, Ulcinj1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Ljeko NICAJ
  KK Podgorica
  (210-C-87)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Nicaj, KK Podgorica2.4 
 2. Lopicic, Lovcen1.1 
 3. Vujosevic, Mornar1.1 
 4. Vitkovac, Buducno.1.0 
 5. Radulovic, Teodo T.1.0 
 6. Djurkovic, Ulcinj1.0 
 7. Pavic, Mornar Bar1.0 
 8. Cebalovic, Danilov.0.9 
 9. Mrdak, Danilovgrad0.9 
 10. Dubljevic, Buduc.0.9 



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Six games on Wednesday as pre-season action continues - by Eurobasket News

Detroit Pistons celebrated the first win in pre-season as they narrowly defeated the Toronto Raptors 101:99. Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90, college: Paul George (6'9''-G/F-90, college: Fresno St.)town) came up with 17 points and 10 rebounds to pace the winners. Brandon Knight (6'3''-G-91, college: Kentucky) added 14 points for the Pistons. Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) topscored with 17 points for the Raptors as they fell at 1-1 record.
Minnesota rally past Indiana 84:70 for their initial success. Nikola Pekovic (6'10''-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Chase Budinger (6'7''-F-88, college: Arizona) delivered 14 points apiece for the Timberwolves. Brandon Roy (6'6''-G-84, college: Washington) accounted for 13 points in the winning case. Paul George delivered 16 points and 6 boards for the Pacers.
The Spurs registered the second straight win at the pre-season narrowly defeating the Hawks 101:99 at the AT&T Center. Josh Powell (6'9''-F-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) stepped up with 14 points to pace the home team. Gary Neal (6'4''-G-84, college: Towson) contributed 12 points for the Spurs. Mike Scott (6'8''-F-88, college: Virginia) and James reacted with 11 points apiece for the Hawks.
The Kings hold off the Suns 102:96 for the first win. DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-C/F-90, agency: SportsTalent, college: Kentucky) dominated on the court scoring 21 points and pulling down 9 rebounds. Robinson provided 12 points for Sacramento. Wesley Johnson (6'7''-F/G-87, college: Syracuse) responded with 18 points for the Suns as they fell at 0-1 record.
The Trail Blazers stormed past the Lakers 93:75 improving on 1-0 record. LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) and Damian Lillard (6'2''-PG-90, college: Weber St.) accounted for 14 points apiece to pace the winning side. Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) led the Lakers with 13 points.
Finally the Rockets toppled the Thunder 107:105 as Terrence Jones (6'9''-F-92, college: Kentucky) fired 20 points. Jeremy Lamb (6'5''-G/F-92, college: Connecticut) contributed 12 points and 8 rebounds for Houston. Russell Westbrook (6'3''-PG-88, college: UCLA) led the charge for the Thunder with 19 points.



Heat roll past Clippers in Beijing - by Eurobasket News

Miami Heat - LA Clippers 94:80

Miami Heat and LA Clippers played an exhibition clash in Beijing, China. The Heat claimed the first pre-season victory rolling past their opponents. LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84) posted 20 points to lead the winners.
The Heat erupted for 29 points in the first term to take an 11-point lead. The Heat maintained the lead throughout the second term. They established a 53:35 halftime advantage. The Clippers narrowed the deficit in the third term. They got within 16 points at the final intermission. The Clippers stayed competitive throughout the fourth frame but the Heat hung on to win the game. Ray Allen (6'5''-G-75, college: Connecticut) finished with 15 points, while Carney Rodney (6'7''-F-84, college: Memphis) and Norris Cole (6'2''-PG-88, college: Cleveland St.) posted 11 points apiece for the winners. Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89, college: Oklahoma) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds for the Clippers. Jamal Crawford (6'5''-G-80, college: Michigan) chipped in 16 points in the loss.

Miami Heat: LeBron James 20, Ray Allen 15, Carney Rodney 11, Norris Cole 11
LA Clippers: Blake Griffin 19, Jamal Crawford 16



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  NBLCANADA   


Rainmen takes Eddie Smith in trade - by Eurobasket News

The Halifax Rainmen completed the trade with the Laval Kebs. The Rainmen acquired Eddie Smith (6'2''-G-83, agency: Veracity Sports, LLC, college: Ill.-Springfield) in exchange for Anthony Johnson (6'7''-F-89, agency: Elite Talent Exchange, college: Azusa Pacific) and the first-round draft selection.
Eddie Smith had an excellent last season with the London Lightning. The guard notched 17.3 points, 4.1 assists, 4.0 boards and 1.7 steals per game in NBL. He participated at NBL Canada All-Star Game last season. Eddie Smith earned NBL Canada Sixth Man Award. He could not agree on terms of contract with the Lightning and was traded to the Laval Kebs earlier.
Anthony Johnson was drafted by the Moncton Miracles in 2012 Draft. The Rainmen traded in Anthony Johnson in exchange for Tyrone Levett and Christian Upshaw. Anthony Johnson graduated from Azuza Pacific in 2012. He notched 10.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists per appearance in his senior season.



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  NCAA1   


The University of Connecticut mens basketball coaching staff has been restructured under new head coach Kevin Ollie - by Eurobasket Center

Glen Miller , starting the third season of his second stint on the Connecticut staff, will assume the duties of Associate Head Coach, while Karl Hobbs , last years Director of Basketball Administration, will join veteran George Blaney as fulltime assistant coaches. Kevin Freeman, who was added to the Connecticut staff last year as Assistant Director of Administration, will take over as Director of Basketball Administration.
As I said when I accepted the job as head coach at Connecticut, I think I have the greatest coaching staff in the country, Ollie said. I feel extremely fortunate to have a staff with so much head coaching experience behind me. I know that we are going to work as hard as we can to continue the legacy of tremendous success that Connecticut enjoyed under Coach (Jim) Jim Calhoun .
The Connecticut coaching staff has a combined 57 years of collegiate head coaching experience with a combined total of 860 victories.
Miller returned to Jim Calhoun s Connecticut staff in 2010-11 as Director of Basketball Administration following 17 years of head coaching experience at Connecticut College, Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania. Last year, he moved into the role of fulltime assistant coach and was an integral part of practice work, game strategy, and recruiting.
A native of Groton, Conn., Miller played for two seasons at Connecticut, then played two seasons for Jim Calhoun at Northeastern. He joined Jim Calhoun s first staff at Connecticut in 1986 and worked with the Huskies for seven seasons before being named head coach at Connecticut College in 1993. In six seasons, Miller led Conn College to unprecedented success, including a 28-1 record and a berth in the Division III Final Four.
Born 8/20/1961, Miller and his wife Yvonne are the parents of four children: Tony, Genelle, Jillian (a Connecticut junior), and Emma.
Hobbs, who spent eight years as a Connecticut assistant from1993-2001 and helped the Huskies win eight BIG EAST championships and the 1999 NCAA title, returned to Storrs last season and will again become a fulltime assistant on Ollies staff.
Hobbs had spent the previous 10 years as the head coach at George Washington University, leading the Colonials to two Atlantic 10 Tournament championships, a regular-season title, and five straight postseason appearances, including three consecutive NCAA Tournament berths. He was the Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year in 2005-06, and notched 166 wins while at GWU.
Out of Roxbury, Mass., Hobbs was a four-year starting point guard for Connecticut (1980-84), where he served as team captain and was an All-BIG EAST selection as a senior. He led the team in assists all four years and still ranks fifth on the all-time list.
Hobbs began his coaching career as a six-year assistant at Boston University before joining Jim Calhoun s Connecticut staff. While Hobbs was at Connecticut, he was instrumental in the recruitment of such Husky stars as Richard Hamilton, Caron Butler, and Emeka Okafor. The Huskies had a record of 216-56 while Hobbs was on the staff.
Born 8/7/1961, Hobbs and wife JoAnn are the parents of two daughters, RaShauna and Kaliah.
Blaney has spent the last 11 years as a member of Jim Calhoun s coaching staff, serving as associate head coach for the past five seasons and taking charge of the team on those occasions when Jim Calhoun was incapacitated.
Since Blaney joined Connecticut, the Huskies have a 278-102 record, captured six BIG EAST championships, made 10 NCAA appearances, three trips to the Final Four, and won two national championships.
Blaney, a 2003 inductee into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, brought more than 30 years of coaching experience with him when he came to Connecticut, including two seasons at Stonehill, three years at Dartmouth, and 22 years at Holy Cross, his alma mater, where he won 357 games, posted seven 20-win seasons, and made eight postseason appearances.
He also was head coach for three years at Seton Hall in the BIG EAST before leaving to become the Vice President of Basketball Operations for the International Basketball League. Blaney returned to college coaching in 2000-01 as an assistant coach at the University of Rhode Island before joining Jim Calhoun at Connecticut the following year. In 30 years as a collegiate head coach, Blaney compiled an impressive 461-383 overall record.
A native of Jersey City, N.J., Blaney was an All-New England player at Holy Cross, where he scored 1,012 points. After he graduated in 1961, he was drafted in the fourth round of the NBA Draft by the N.Y. Knicks and played the 1961-62 season with the team.
Born 11/12/1939, Blaney and his wife Maryellen have two daughters and three sons, and five grandchildren.
Freeman, a former Connecticut captain and the programs all-time leader in games played (140), came back to Storrs last year after playing 11 seasons of professional basketball in Italy, Australia, Greece, South Korea, China, Puerto Rico, Spain and Venezuela. He served as assistant director of administration under Hobbs last year and will assume the directors position this year.
Freeman, a native of Springfield, Mass., was an all-state performer at Paterson (N.J.) Catholic before his stellar career at Connecticut. He was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 1999 BIG EAST Championship and selected to the 1999 NCAA West Regional All-Tournament Team as an invaluable starter on Connecticuts first National Championship team. During Freemans career, the Huskies compiled a 109-32 record, made three NCAA appearances, reaching the Elite Eight in 1998 and winning the crown in 1999.
He is No. 17 on Connecticuts all-time scoring list with 1,476 points, No. 8 on the all-time rebounding list with 913, and earned his degree in 2006.
Born 3/3/1978, Freeman and his wife Nicole are the parents of a daughter, Kekoa, and a son, Sire.



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  NCAA2   


Larry Gordon: I love being the underdog, it pumps and hypes me up! - by Daniel Poerschke

Swingman Larry Gordon (196-F-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona, agency: Scorers1st Sportmanagement) plays for Phoenix Hagen in the german BBL and is enjoying a great start into this season. After three games Gordon averages 16.0ppg (10th in the league) and 8.3rpg (3rd in the league), plus he is shooting 69% (9 for 13) from three-point range so far. Eurobasket.com had the chance to get a short interview with him after yesterdays 89:78 victory at home versus Braunschweig.

After two wins in three games, what can be expected from Phoenix this season?
Continued strong play, and build our team chemistry, so that towards the end of the season we can finish strong. We are building towards having a great season and a playoff spot.

How has your transition from the Austrian Bundesliga to the German BBL been so far?
It's been okay, after playing three games so far and preseason, I have a sense of how to compete in this league and what it is going to take from me to be successful. I'm very excited and very grateful for my opportunity to compete in the German BBL.

The next game is at ALBA Berlin, who just lost a close game to the Dallas Mavericks from the NBA. Does Hagen have a chance for an upset?
There is always a chance for an upset, no matter who the team is. Our focus is to go out there and play Phoenix Hagen basketball and do the things we are good and I think we have a great chance at winning the game. I love being the underdog, it pumps and hypes me up. I Love It!



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PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Willie MILLER
  Global Port
  (180-PG-77)
  Avg: 24
 1. Miller, Global Port24.0 
 2. Chan, Rain or Shine22.5 
 3. Caguioa, Barang.20.0 
 4. Wilson, Air21 Expr.17.0 
 5. Isip, Air21 Express14.0 
 6. Canaleta, Air21 E.14.0 
 7. Maierhofer, Barang.13.0 
 8. David, Global Port13.0 
 9. Tenorio, Barang.11.0 
 10. Matias, Rain or S.11.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy MAMARIL
  Barang.
  (198-F-80)
  Avg: 10
 1. Mamaril, Barang.10.0 
 2. Maierhofer, Barang.9.5 
 3. Taha, Air21 Express8.0 
 4. Sena, Air21 Express8.0 
 5. Hatfield, Barang.8.0 
 6. Cruz, Rain or Shine7.5 
 7. Norwood, Rain o.7.0 
 8. Quinahan, Rain o.7.0 
 9. Matias, Rain or Sh.6.0 
 10. Deutchman, Global6.0 
Assists Per Game
 LA TENORIO
  Barang.
  (177-PG-84)
  Avg: 6
 1. Tenorio, Barang.6.0 
 2. Norwood, Rain o.4.0 
 3. Wilson, Air21 Expr.4.0 
 4. Mandani, Global Po.4.0 
 5. Miller, Global Port4.0 
 6. Hatfield, Barang.3.5 
 7. Tang, Rain or Shine3.5 
 8. Arboleda, Air21 E.3.0 
 9. Caguioa, Barang.2.5 
 10. Canaleta, Air21 E.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Bonbon CUSTODIO
  Air21 E.
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Custodio, Air21 E.2.0 
 2. Tang, Rain or Shine1.5 
 3. Tenorio, Barang.1.5 
 4. Manuel, Global Port1.5 
 5. Chan, Rain or Shine1.5 
 6. Taha, Air21 Express1.5 
 7. Caguioa, Barang.1.0 
 8. Mandani, Global Po.1.0 
 9. Wilson, Air21 Expr.1.0 
 10. Hatfield, Barang.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jervy CRUZ
  Rain or Shine
  (193-F/C-86)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Cruz, Rain or Shine1.5 
 2. Ellis, Barangay.1.5 
 3. Quinahan, Rain o.1.0 
 4. Taha, Air21 Express1.0 
 5. Baclao, Air21 E.1.0 
 6. Deutchman, Global1.0 
 7. Guevarra, Global P.0.5 
 8. Matias, Rain or Sh.0.5 
 9. Norwood, Rain o.0.5 
 10. Chan, Rain or Shi.0.5 



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  POLAND   

DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ben MCCAULEY
  Polph.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. McCauley, Polph.24.5 
 2. Mosley, Kotwica22.0 
 3. Wisniewski, AZS K.20.0 
 4. Hosley, Stelmet ZG19.5 
 5. Leonczyk, AZS K.18.0 
 6. Addison, Siarka J.18.0 
 7. Carter, Polpharma18.0 
 8. Chylinski, PGE T.18.0 
 9. Hodge, Stelmet ZG18.0 
 10. Dloniak, Siarka J.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ruben BOYKIN
  Anwil
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 10.5
 1. Boykin, Anwil10.5 
 2. McCauley, Polph.9.0 
 3. Cel, PGE Turow9.0 
 4. Robinson, AZS K.8.5 
 5. Gadri-N., Energa C.8.5 
 6. Stevic, Stelmet ZG8.5 
 7. Ginyard, Anwil7.5 
 8. Bogavac, Rosa R.7.5 
 9. Dylewicz, Trefl So.7.5 
 10. Djuric, Kotwica7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 9
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG9.0 
 2. Turner, Trefl Sopot7.5 
 3. Skibniewski, AZS K.6.5 
 4. Szubarga, Anwil5.5 
 5. Kowalczyk, Start G.5.5 
 6. Blassingame, Assec.4.5 
 7. Vasojevic, Rosa R.4.0 
 8. Long, Siarka J.4.0 
 9. Addison, Siarka J.4.0 
 10. Jefferson, Kotwi.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Matt ADDISON
  Siarka J.
  (172-PG-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Addison, Siarka J.3.0 
 2. Malczyk, Start G.2.5 
 3. Skibniewski, AZS K.2.5 
 4. Dabrowski, Trefl S.2.5 
 5. Ginyard, Anwil2.5 
 6. Zamojski, Trefl S.2.0 
 7. Bolden, Kotwica2.0 
 8. Jackson, PGE Turow2.0 
 9. Tomaszek, Energa2.0 
 10. Kardas, Rosa Rad.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Milos LOPICIC
  Stelm.
  (216-C-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lopicic, Stelm.2.5 
 2. Khazzouh, Asseco2.0 
 3. Harris, AZS K.1.5 
 4. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.5 
 5. Lapeta, Stelmet ZG1.0 
 6. Robinson, AZS K.1.0 
 7. Stefanski, Trefl S.1.0 
 8. Kowalczyk, Start G.1.0 
 9. Stevic, Stelmet ZG1.0 
 10. Mielczarek, AZS K.1.0 


Euroleague: Elan Chalon hold off Asseco Prokom for first win - by Eurobasket News

Elan Chalon - Asseco Prokom 81:74

Elan Chalon registered their first win in Euroleague regular season. Elan Chalon enjoyed a winning debut beating Asseco Prokom in France. Brion Rush (186-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: Grambling St.) and Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, college: N.Carolina St.) posted 17 points each to lead the hosts.
The teams started the game slowly. They teamed up for 23 points in the first period as Asseco Prokom grabbed a 12:11 lead. Elan Chalon increased the tempo in the second frame. The French outfit posted 22 points in the quarter to ensure a 33:28 halftime advantage. Elan Chalon maintained the lead throughout the third term. The home side secured a 9-point advantage before the fourth quarter. Asseco Prokom fired 26 points in the fourth frame but had to surrender at the end. Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) delivered 16 points and 9 assists for the winners. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G/F-93) answered with 13 points for Asseco Prokom. Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) topscored with 14 points for the Polish team.

Elan Chalon: Brion Rush 17, Ilian Evtimov 17, Steed Tchicamboud 16
Asseco Prokom: Lukasz Koszarek 14, Mateusz Ponitka 13



Asseco Prokom confirms Krzysztof Roszyk for the season - by Eurobasket News

Asseco Prokom Gdynia (TBL) agreed terms with 34-year old ex-international forward Krzysztof Roszyk (200-78) after he was tested there shortly. Roszyk was on try-out at Energa Czarni (TBL) before. The last season he played for Energa Czarni (TBL). In 38 TBL games last year he had 5.2ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.2apg.
He was a member of Polish Senior National Team between 2002 and 2009. Roszyk also represented Poland at the European Championships in Poland three years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 1.0ppg, 1.7rpg.
Roszyk has played previously for four other Polish teams: Polonia W-wa, PGE Turow, Asseco Prokom and Alba Chorzow

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @probasketpl)



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  RUSSIA   


Euroleague: Fenerbahce too good for Khimky in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce - Khimky 92:80

Fenerbahce entertained the home crowd with the first Euroleague victory this season. The Turkish team overcame Khimky in Istanbul tonight to improve at 1-0 record in Group A. Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 20 points to lead the hosts.
The game was decided mostly in the second frame. The teams stayed close throughout the opening ten minutes. The scoreboard read 25:25 after the starting quarter. However Fenerbahce went on a 21:11 run in the second term to pile up a 10-point lead. Khimky tried to turn things around in the third term. They stiffened defensively and narrowed the gap at 8-point mark at the final break. But Fenerbahce fired 30 points in the fourth term and cruised to the victory at the end. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) provided 17 points, while Omer Onan (194-G-78) added 15 points for Fenerbahce. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) answered with 17 points for Khimky. K.C. Rivers (196-G-87, college: Clemson) had 14 points in the loss.

Fenerbahce: Emir Preldzic 20, Bo McCalebb 17, Omer Onan 15
Khimky: Zoran Planinic 17, K.C. Rivers 14



Euroleague: CSKA open regular season with victory in Moscow - by Eurobasket News

CSKA - Lietuvos Rytas 75:73

CSKA opened the Euroleague regular season with victory. They held off pesky Lietuvos Rytas in a tough home game. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) scored crucial points late in regulation to propel CSKA to a come-from-behind victory in Group D. He finished with 14 points for CSKA.
Lietuvos Rytas bravely entered the game in Moscow. The Vilnius team grabbed a 23:20 lead after the starting quarter. CSKA rebounded in the second frame. The Russian team surged ahead for a 46:37 halftime advantage. Lietuvos Rytas limited CSKA to just 8 points in the third period and narrowed the deficit at 2-point mark at the final intermission. Lietuvos Rytas pulled ahead for a 71:68 lead late in regulation. But Sonny Weems came up with crucial points late in regulation as CSKA surged ahead. Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85) had a chance to win the game for Lietuvos Rytas but missed a buzzer-beating three-pointer. Nenad Krstic (212-C-83) and Viktor Khryapa (203-F-82) delivered 12 points each for CSKA. Renaldas Seibutis answered with 19 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Mindaugas Katelynas (206-F-83, college: Chattanooga) posted 12 points in the loss.

CSKA: Sonny Weems 14, Nenad Krstic 12, Viktor Khryapa 12
Lietuvos Rytas: Renaldas Seibutis 19, Mindaugas Katelynas 12



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  RWANDA   


Good start for champions KBC - by Eurobasket News

Sunday
KBC 114-31 Rusizi
UGB 51-75 APR
Espoir 131-31 NUR
CSK 57-41 30 Plus

Saturday
CSK 50-49 APR
UGB 69-50 NUR
30-Plus 45-86 KBC
ESPOIR 110-42 Rusizi

CHAMPIONS Kigali Basketball Club started the defence of their league title with two back to back wins on the first weekend of the 2012/13 season.
KBC started the season with an 86-45 win over the leagues new comers 30-Plus on Saturday and followed up with an impressive 110-42 victory against Rusizi on Sunday at Amahoro indoor stadium courts. Mike Buzangu scored 35 points for KBC in their route.
On the same, Sunday, Kami Kabange scored 30 points as Espoir downed National University of Rwanda 131-41. It was their second win in a row following their 110-42 win against Rusizi on the opening day.
Elsewhere, APR came from the opening day 50-49 defeat to CSK on Saturday to beat UGB 75-51 on Sunday. New signing Lionel Hakizimana scored 20 points which helped APR secure their first win of the season.
Against CSK, APR dominated the first and second period with 12-10, 12-11, but CSK came back stronger in the third and fourth period, to win 13-12 and 16-13.
Elsewhere Espoir downed the National University of Rwanda 131-31 on Saturday at Rafiki courts in Nyamirambo, while CSK beat 30-Plus 57-41.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  SLOVENIA   


Samo Udrih may be added to Zlatorog roster, ex Blancos de R. - by Eurobasket News

Zlatorog Lasko (Telemach League) is close to ink 33-year old former Slovenian international guard Samo Udrih (195-79). Udrih played most recently at Blancos de Rueda Valladolid in Spanish ACB league. In 21 ACB games last season he averaged 5.3ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.7apg. His team made it to the Slovenian final.
Udrih was voted to Eurobasket.com Croatian A1 League All-Defensive Team in 2010.
He was a member of Slovenian Senior National Team between 2006 and 2011. Udrih also represented Slovenia at the European Championships in Lithuania last year. His stats at that event were 9 games: 1.8ppg.
Udrih is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece (Panellinios), Israel (Hapoel Tel-Aviv), Italy, Croatia (Cibona), Spain (Asefa Estudiantes, Girona FC and CB Granada) and Slovenia (Union Olimpija and Polzela).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @yugobasket)



Euroleague: Union Olimpija surprise Cantu in Italy - by Eurobasket News

Pallacanestro Cantu - Union Olimpija 71:84

Pallacanestro Cantu faced the harsh reality of Euroleague regular season tonight. The Qualifying round winners were upset by Union Olimpija at the PalaDesio. Dylan Page (204-F-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) nailed 17 points to lead the Slovenian team to a comfortable victory.
Union Olimpija gained control early in the game. The Ljubljana team recorded a 20:17 advantage after ten minutes. Cantu cut the deficit in the second period. The hosts got within a single point at the interval 40:41. However Union Olimpija limited the hosts to just 13 points in the third term and boosted the lead to 6 points heading into the fourth frame. Union Olimpija unleashed 25 points in the final stanza to seal the initial win in the new Euroleague season. Aaron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) had 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Sasu Salin (192-G-91) added 15 points for the visitors. Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) answered with 16 points for Cantu. Manuchar Markoishvili (196-SF-86) had 13 points in the loss.

Pallacanestro Cantu: Pietro Aradori 16, Manuchar Markoishvili 13
Union Olimpija: Dylan Page 17, Aaron Baynes 16+12 boards, Sasu Salin 15



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  SPAIN   


Euroleague: Georgios Printezis leads Olympiakos past Caja Laboral - by Eurobasket News

Olympiakos - Caja Laboral 85:81

Olympiakos victoriously opened Euroleague regular season campaign. They overcame Caja Laboral in Piraeus tonight. Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) scored 17 points to lead the effort.
Caja Laboral silenced the Reds fans in the first quarter. The Vitoria team gained a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. But Olympiakos quickly recovered. The Hellenes exploded with 30 points in the second frame to ensure a 48:37 halftime lead. Caja Laboral lived up to the challenge and regained control in the third term. The Spanish team erupted for 29 points in the frame to spur ahead for a 66:65 advantage at the final intermission. However Olympiakos took the lead back in the decisive moments and hung on to clinch the victory. Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket) provided 16 points, while Stratos Perperoglou (203-F-84) added 14 points for the hosts. Maciej Lampe (211-F/C-85) answered with 18 points for Caja Laboral. Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) netted 13 points in the loss.

Olympiakos: Georgios Printezis 17, Vassilis Spanoulis 16, Stratos Perperoglou 14
Caja Laboral: Maciej Lampe 18, Brad Oleson 13



Euroleague: Maccabi claim important road win in Malaga - by Eurobasket News

Unicaja Malaga - Maccabi Tel-Aviv 80:85

Maccabi Tel-Aviv clinched the first win at the Euroleague season. The Israeli powerhouse prevailed against Unicaja in Malaga tonight Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) chipped in 16 points to topscore for the visitors.
Maccabi Tel-Aviv dominated in the first half. They prevailed in nearly every facet of the game in the first part of the clash. Maccabi posted a 25:20 lead ten minutes into the game. The visitors boosted the margin to 11 points at the interval 47:36. But Unicaja were not about to surrender. The hosts dropped 27 points in the third term to cut the distance to just two points with one quarter remaining. It was a tough battle in the fourth frame as Maccabi came out winners registering a valuable road win. David Logan (185-G-82, college: Indianapolis) netted 14 points, while Lior Eliyahu (204-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) finished with 13 points for the Tel-Aviv team. Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) answered with game-high 25 points for Unicaja. Krunoslav Simon (197-G/F-85, agency: Beo Basket) netted 19 points in the loss.

Unicaja: Earl Calloway 25, Krunoslav Simon 19
Maccabi Tel-Aviv: Ricky Hickman 16, David Logan 14, Lior Eliyahu 13



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  SWEDEN   

Standings - Basketligan

Basketligan Standings
 1. Boras 3-0 
 2. Solna 2-0 
 3. Eagles 1-0 
 4. Uppsala 1-1 
 5. 08 1-1 
 6. LF Basket 1-1 
 7. Sodertalje 1-1 
 8. Jamtland 1-1 
 9. Sundsvall 1-1 
 10. Norrkoping 0-1 
 11. Nassjo 0-2 
 12. Eco Orebro 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 8: 08 - Jamtland 84-83
Oct. 7: Uppsala - Boras 83-88
Oct. 9: Solna - Sodertalje 75-70
Oct. 9: Eco Orebro - Sundsvall 72-92
Oct. 9: Nassjo - LF Basket 69-78

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 11: Boras - Eco Orebro
Oct. 12: Sodertalje - Nassjo
Oct. 12: LF Basket - 08
Oct. 12: Sundsvall - Eagles
Oct. 12: Solna - Norrkoping
Oct. 12: Jamtland - Uppsala

Round 2

Oct. 14: Norrkoping - Eagles


Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. Miller, Boras27.3 
 2. Bizaca, Sodertalje26.0 
 3. Wesby, Sundsvall20.5 
 4. Inan, 0819.5 
 5. Klaric, Jamtland19.0 
 6. Walker, Nassjo18.5 
 7. Person, LF Basket18.5 
 8. Beck, 0818.0 
 9. Toutziarakis, Solna18.0 
 10. Hudson, Jamtland17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (209-C-79)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Palm, Boras10.7 
 2. Hudson, Jamtland9.5 
 3. Igbavboa, LF Bask.9.5 
 4. Toutziarakis, Solna9.0 
 5. Santee, Eco Orebro8.7 
 6. Thomas, Boras8.7 
 7. Simms, Sodertalje8.5 
 8. Damjanovic, Nassjo8.0 
 9. Walker, Nassjo7.5 
 10. Wesby, Sundsvall7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Willy BECK
  08
  (185-PG-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Beck, 086.0 
 2. Hudson, Jamtland5.5 
 3. Hellgren, Jamtland4.5 
 4. Inan, 084.5 
 5. Ahonen, Solna4.5 
 6. Miller, Boras4.3 
 7. Baeringsson, Sunds.4.0 
 8. Carter, Uppsala4.0 
 9. Chuk, Sodertalje4.0 
 10. Castle, Eco Orebro3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Rhys CARTER
  Uppsala
  (190-PG-84)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Carter, Uppsala4.5 
 2. Hellgren, Jamtland3.0 
 3. Wazzi, Nassjo3.0 
 4. Person, LF Basket2.5 
 5. Bizaca, Sodertalje2.5 
 6. Grundberg, Uppsala2.0 
 7. Carlsson, Boras2.0 
 8. Santee, Eco Orebro2.0 
 9. Walker, Nassjo2.0 
 10. Fernandes, Jamtl.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Sodertalje
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Simms, Sodertalje2.5 
 2. Palm, Boras1.7 
 3. Henderson, LF Ba.1.5 
 4. Cvilak, 081.0 
 5. Lukasiak, Nassjo1.0 
 6. Nilsson, Sundsvall1.0 
 7. McKnight, Boras1.0 
 8. Baeringsson, Sunds.1.0 
 9. Johnson, Solna1.0 
 10. Carter, Uppsala0.5 


Standings - BasketEttan

Basketettan Standings
North
 1. Umea 4-0 
 2. Taby 3-0 
 3. LF Future 2-0 
 4. Akropol 2-1 
 5. Orongo 2-2 
 6. Blackeberg 1-1 
 7. Uppsala KFUM 1-1 
 8. Alvik Basket 1-2 
 9. Solna Branten 1-2 
 10. BG Lulea 1-3 
 11. Fryshuset 0-3 
 12. Jarva Devils 0-3 
South
 1. Boras II 3-0 
 2. Eos 3-0 
 3. Haga Haninge 2-0 
 4. Brahe Basket 2-1 
 5. Eskilstuna 2-1 
 6. Malbas 2-1 
 7. Hogsbo 1-2 
 8. Hoganas 1-2 
 9. Talje 1-2 
 10. Jarfalla 0-2 
 11. Helsingborg 0-3 
 12. Sanda 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

North

Oct. 10: Umea - BG Lulea 93-64
Oct. 3: Alvik Basket - Jarva Devils 86-70
Oct. 6: Orongo - BG Lulea 86-59
Oct. 6: Akropol - Fryshuset 85-60
Oct. 6: Uppsala KFUM - Solna Branten 79-77

Round 2

Oct. 6: Haga Haninge - Hoganas 99-79
Oct. 4: Taby - Akropol 86-68

South

Oct. 7: Malbas - Hogsbo 95-87
Oct. 7: Boras II - Helsingborg 85-61
Oct. 6: Eskilstuna - Sanda 83-57
Oct. 10: Brahe Basket - Eos 71-86
Oct. 7: Talje - Hoganas 65-56

Regular Season: Round 4

North

Oct. 13: Fryshuset - Uppsala KFUM
Oct. 13: Solna Branten - Akropol
Oct. 13: Orongo - LF Future
Oct. 13: Taby - Alvik Basket
Oct. 14: Umea - LF Future
Oct. 14: Jarva Devils - Blackeberg

Round 18

Oct. 13: Hoganas - Eskilstuna

South

Oct. 13: Haga Haninge - Talje
Oct. 13: Sanda - Jarfalla
Oct. 13: Hogsbo - Brahe Basket
Oct. 14: Hoganas - Malbas
Oct. 14: Helsingborg - Eskilstuna
Oct. 14: Eos - Boras II


Stats Leaders - BasketEttan

Points Per Game
 Markus LENNGREN
  Hogsbo
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 27.7
 1. Lenngren, Hogsbo27.7 
 2. Karovic, Eos22.7 
 3. Dawit, Fryshuset21.3 
 4. Strazdauskas, Hog.20.3 
 5. Gafor, Malbas20.3 
 6. Saleman, Umea19.5 
 7. Sellin, Helsingborg19.3 
 8. Andersson, Taby19.0 
 9. Andersson, Boras19.0 
 10. Westerlund, Taby17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin UKHAGBE
  Brahe B.
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Ukhagbe, Brahe B.14.3 
 2. Larsson, Talje11.0 
 3. Sellin, Helsingborg11.0 
 4. Ferizi, Malbas10.7 
 5. Lenngren, Hogsbo9.3 
 6. Saleman, Umea8.8 
 7. Westerlund, Taby8.3 
 8. Hillgren, Alvik B.8.0 
 9. Almstrand, Malbas7.7 
 10. Medjedoub, Eos7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Johan WESTERLUND
  Taby
  (191-G/F-84)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Westerlund, Taby9.3 
 2. Nystrom, Eos6.7 
 3. Trott, Hogsbo6.3 
 4. Blazevic, Talje6.3 
 5. Bankhead, Malbas5.0 
 6. Lundin, Taby4.7 
 7. Lopez, Eskilstuna4.3 
 8. Juozapaitis, Hogan.4.0 
 9. Gjorup, Eos4.0 
 10. Pierre, Umea4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nathan DAWIT
  Fryshuset
  (189-SG-94)
  Avg: 3
 1. Dawit, Fryshuset3.0 
 2. Saleman, Umea2.8 
 3. Jagbeck, Alvik B.2.7 
 4. Hansson, Alvik B.2.7 
 5. Westerlund, Taby2.3 
 6. Oksman, Eskilstuna2.3 
 7. Urban, Eskilstuna2.3 
 8. Dilek, Fryshuset2.3 
 9. Juozapaitis, Hogan.2.3 
 10. Sellin, Helsingbo.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Hugh ROBINSON
  Brahe B.
  (202-C-83)
  Avg: 4
 1. Robinson, Brahe B.4.0 
 2. Saleman, Umea1.8 
 3. Dawit, Fryshuset1.7 
 4. Hallberg, BG Lulea1.3 
 5. Ferizi, Malbas1.3 
 6. Hartmann, Akropol1.3 
 7. Kidane, Solna B.1.0 
 8. Mukoko, Brahe B.1.0 
 9. Strazdauskas, Hog.1.0 
 10. Korling, Alvik Ba.1.0 


Basketettan: Round 3 - by Eurobasket News

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in Basketettan, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results.

Group North
Umea - BG Lulea 93-64
The game without a history. Umea led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to BG Lulea's 30. Umea forced 22 BG Lulea turnovers and outrebounded them 38-26 including 26 on the defensive glass. The best player for the winners was forward Egal Saleman (199-88) who scored 20 points and 7 rebounds. Forward Per Bergmark (195-89) chipped in 17 points and 5 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was David Niklasson (-95) who recorded 20 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and forward Andreas Von Uthmann (196-96) added 13 points and 6 rebounds (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) respectively.
Top scorers:
Umea: E.Saleman 20+7reb, P.Bergmark 17+5reb+1ast, J.Kersys 16+3reb+2ast, M.Engstrom 9+4reb+1ast, H.Pierre 7+3reb+1ast, A.Frank 6+1reb+2ast
BG Lulea: D.Niklasson 20+5reb, A.Von Uthmann 13+6reb+1ast, M.Grahn 7+1reb+2ast, A.Toft 6+1reb+3ast, J.Hallberg 4+4reb+1ast, F.Mosesson 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 198167


Orongo - BG Lulea 86-59
The game without a history. Orongo Dragons led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to BG Lulea's 44. Orongo Dragons forced 22 BG Lulea turnovers. The best player for the winners was power forward William Gutenius (205-92) who scored 17 points and 7 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field). Guard Joakim Holmback (176-94) chipped in 18 points. At the other side the best for losing team was David Niklasson (-95) who recorded 14 points and 6 rebounds and forward Denzel Andersson (198-96) added 11 points and 10 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Orongo: J.Holmback 18+2reb+3ast, W.Gutenius 17+7reb+3ast, P.Lennartsson 12+6reb+1ast, M.Elfving 8+5reb+1ast, M.Williams 7+5reb+3ast, S.Lennartsson 6+1reb
BG Lulea: D.Niklasson 14+6reb+3ast, E.Thomasson 11+5reb, D.Andersson 11+10reb, M.Grahn 9+4reb+1ast, F.Mosesson 7+1reb+4ast, A.Toft 4+2reb
gschID: 195524


Akropol - Fryshuset 85-60
Akropol led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Akropol shot 27 for 37 from the free-throw line, while Fryshuset only scored six points from the stripe. Fryshuset was plagued by 31 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Corrie Sutherlin (183-81) who scored 16 points and 6 assists (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line). Naturalized Greek forward Athanasios Kalpakas (198-84) chipped in 14 points. Four Akropol players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was naturalized Ugandan guard Kassim Nagwere (187-90) who recorded 11 points and 9 rebounds and Nathan Dawit (189-94) added 14 points and 4 steals respectively.
Top scorers:
Akropol: C.Sutherlin 16+2reb+6ast, A.Kalpakas 14+3reb+1ast, R.Hartmann 10+4reb+3ast, S.Desport 10+1reb+4ast, B.Abdulkadi 6+1reb+1ast, M.Jonsson 5+4reb
Fryshuset: N.Dawit 14+4reb+2ast, M.Halabi 12+1reb+1ast, K.Nagwere 11+9reb+1ast, M.Dilek 6+1reb, J.Kulin 5+2reb, C.Kipa 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 195525


Alvik Basket - Jarva Devils 86-70
The game was mostly controlled by Alvik Basket. Jarva Devils was better in second period 18-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Alvik Basket forced 27 Jarva Devils turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Olof Jagbeck (188-91) who scored 20 points, 5 assists and 5 steals. American forward Jakob Andersson (196, college: Allan Hancock CC) chipped in 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four Alvik Basket players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was Kevin Olofsson (-92) who recorded 28 points and guard Omid Behboudi (191-86) added 17 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest.
Top scorers:
Alvik Basket: O.Jagbeck 20+2reb+5ast, J.Andersson 16+8reb+2ast, H.Olsson-Drebold 16+8reb+1ast, G.Hansson 12+6reb+2ast, A.Juhlin 9+5reb+6ast, B.Larsson Hillgren 6+5reb+2ast
Jarva Devils: K.Olofsson 28+4reb+2ast, O.Behboudi 17+6reb+1ast, S.Hasan 8+6reb+3ast, K.Turan 4+4reb, C.Hugner 4+8reb+3ast, J.Tekle 4+5reb+4ast
gschID: 195521


Uppsala KFUM - Solna Branten 79-77
The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 21-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. KFUM Uppsala forced 19 Solna Branten turnovers. The best player for the winners was guard Lukas Friberg (183-95) who scored 12 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals. Alexander Gorski (194-94) chipped in 15 points. At the other side the best for losing team was Niklas Larsson (198-94) who recorded 17 points and 7 rebounds and swingman Patrik Horman (186-94) added 16 points respectively. Five KFUM Uppsala and four Solna Branten players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Uppsala KFUM: A.Gorski 15+2reb+1ast, L.Friberg 12+5reb+6ast, A.Mikaelsson 12+1reb+2ast, K.Grant 10+3reb, J.Hellerstrom 10+5reb+2ast, S.Eliasson Godonou 8+3reb+1ast
Solna Branten: N.Larsson 17+7reb+2ast, P.Horman 16+3reb+2ast, J.Gunnarsson 15+3reb, H.Kidane 10+2reb+3ast, D.Johansson 9+3reb, J.Eliasson 4+6reb
gschID: 195523


Round 2
Haga Haninge - Hoganas 99-79
The game was mostly controlled by Haga Haninge. Hoganas was better in third quarter 15-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Haga Haninge forced 26 Hoganas turnovers. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. The best player for the winners was guard Bjorn Johansson (190-83) who scored 27 points and 5 rebounds. Guard Tomas Oberg (183-82) chipped in 21 points and 4 assists. Haga Haninge's coach Stefan Ameln used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the other side the best for losing team was Lithuanian forward Nerijus Strazdauskas (198-84) who recorded 24 points and 9 rebounds and Lithuanian power forward Linas Savickas (197-79) added 13 points and 10 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Haga Haninge: B.Johansson 27+5reb+1ast, T.Oberg 21+3reb+4ast, T.Hakansson 11+6reb+1ast, P.Hultman-Boye 11+5reb+8ast, U.Soderman 8+7reb+1ast, P.Sahlberg 6+3reb+1ast
Hoganas: N.Strazdauskas 24+9reb+2ast, L.Savickas 13+10reb+1ast, M.Kuksta 11+7reb, E.Juozapaitis 11+4reb+5ast, D.Bartkus 10+1reb+2ast, S.Stulginskas 6+3reb
gschID: 195652


Taby - Akropol 86-68
The game was mostly controlled by Taby Basket. Akropol was better in third quarter 19-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Taby Basket forced 19 Akropol turnovers and outrebounded them 36-24 including 23 on the defensive glass. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 22 assists. It was a good game for swingman Johan Westerlund (191-84) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists. Swingman Erik Andersson (197-87) contributed with 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Taby Basket players scored in double figures. Guard Samuel Desport (183-83) answered with 13 points and naturalized Greek forward Athanasios Kalpakas (198-84) added 11 points in the effort for Akropol.
Top scorers:
Taby: E.Andersson 20+6reb+1ast, J.Westerlund 16+13reb+8ast, F.Nordin 14+7reb+1ast, Y.Merzoug 11+3reb+1ast, J.Lundin 11+1reb+4ast, J.Jonsson 8+2ast
Akropol: S.Desport 13+3reb+3ast, A.Kalpakas 11+4reb+3ast, R.Hartmann 10+4reb+1ast, C.Sutherlin 8+5reb+2ast, J.Masabe Paulsson 6+2reb+1ast, L.Sonko 6+3reb+1ast
gschID: 195522


Group South
Brahe Basket - Eos 71-86
The guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 86-71. IK Eos forced 26 Brahe Basket turnovers. It was a great evening for guard Adnan Karovic (187-88) who led his team to a victory scoring 34 points (!!!) and 4 steals. Center David Hult (204-89) helped adding 20 points and 12 rebounds. The best for the losing side was naturalized Nigerian forward Kevin Ukhagbe (200-85, college: Bethany, KS) with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds and Jamaican center Hugh Robinson (202-83) produced a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 8 blocks. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
Top scorers:
Eos: A.Karovic 34+4reb+2ast, D.Hult 20+12reb+1ast, G.Nystrom 13+7reb+8ast, D.Motyka 9+1reb+1ast, N.Gjorup 4+5reb+1ast, A.Medjedoub 2+2reb+1ast
Brahe Basket: M.Cavalieri 19+7reb+1ast, H.Robinson 17+10reb+1ast, K.Ukhagbe 16+16reb, P.Mukoko 7+1reb, K.Groenhage 6+2reb, T.Yulman 4
gschID: 195656


Malbas - Hogsbo 95-87
Malbas managed to secure a 8-point victory 95-87 on Sunday. Malbas forced 23 Hogsbo turnovers and outrebounded them 51-38 including a 20-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Hogsbo was plagued by 32 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was guard Kristoffer Gafor (194-92) who scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. American point guard Dwight Bankhead (181-83) chipped in 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Markus Lenngren (196-83) who recorded a double-double by scoring 32 points and 10 rebounds and center Robert Isaksson (202-87) added 20 points respectively. Four Hogsbo players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Malbas: K.Gafor 23+7reb+2ast, D.Bankhead 15+6reb+6ast, C.Almstrand 14+9reb+1ast, A.Ben Hamida 13+1reb, K.Ferizi 9+12reb+2ast, H.Erhardt 8+7reb
Hogsbo: M.Lenngren 32+10reb+1ast, R.Isaksson 20+4reb+1ast, A.Brandt 15+2reb+5ast, M.Johansson 12+7reb+1ast, J.Alberto Garcia 4+2reb+2ast, J.Minges 2+3reb+1ast
gschID: 195657


Eskilstuna - Sanda 83-57
The game without a history. Eskilstuna led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Sanda Basket's 18. Eskilstuna forced 22 Sanda Basket turnovers. The best player for the winners was Spanish forward Lluis Jacas (198-90) who scored 16 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Robert Norstrom (191-83) chipped in 13 points. Four Eskilstuna players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was guard Jonathan Asherov (183-95) who recorded 15 points and guard Alexander Russom (191-95) added 12 points and 4 assists respectively.
Top scorers:
Eskilstuna: L.Jacas 16+6reb+2ast, D.Urban 15+3reb, R.Norstrom 13+4reb+3ast, J.Rodriguez Lopez 10+3reb+5ast, P.Oksman 9+1ast, J.Blanco 7+6reb
Sanda: J.Asherov 15+3reb+1ast, A.Russom 12+3reb+4ast, A.Hall Eriksson 9+6reb, N.Holmstrom-Forster 7+2reb+1ast, A.Rudensten 6+2reb, J.Enarsson 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 195653


Boras II - Helsingborg 85-61
Boras II led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Helsingborg's 20. Boras II forced 29 Helsingborg turnovers. It was a quality performance for guard Adam Andersson (188-91) who led the winners and scored 24 points and 4 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Forward Mohamed Nefatti (196-84) accounted for 16 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Forward Niklas Sellin (197-91) came up with 15 points and 8 rebounds and Kosovan forward Gazmend Sinani (203-91) added 8 points, 12 rebounds and 4 blocks respectively for Helsingborg in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Boras II: A.Andersson 24+2reb+4ast, M.Nefatti 16+7reb+2ast, H.Ismaili 8+6reb, E.Lundstedt 7+2reb+2ast, J.Ganstrand 5+1ast, J.Svensson 5+2ast
Helsingborg: N.Sellin 15+8reb+2ast, A.Ahlman 11+2reb+1ast, G.Sinani 8+12reb, F.Sjostrom 8+6reb+1ast, L.Engstrom 7+1reb+2ast, M.Fastberg 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 195654


Talje - Hoganas 65-56
Hoganas were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. The best player for the winners was guard Sheriff Drammeh (186-96) who scored 26 points. Center Alexander Larsson (203-95) chipped in a double-double by scoring 10 points and 16 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Lithuanian forward Nerijus Strazdauskas (198-84) who recorded 18 points and 8 rebounds and Lithuanian center Paulus Barauskas (201-81) added 16 points and 8 rebounds respectively.
Top scorers:
Talje: S.Drammeh 26+1reb+2ast, L.Swanstrom 15+1reb+2ast, A.Larsson 10+16reb+3ast, T.Karlsson 5+2reb, O.Gustavsson 4+2reb, W.Asplund 3+9reb
Hoganas: N.Strazdauskas 18+8reb+2ast, P.Barauskas 16+8reb, M.Kuksta 12, E.Juozapaitis 4+5reb+4ast, L.Savickas 4+5reb+2ast, S.Solimanjad 2



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  TURKEY   


Euroleague: Fenerbahce too good for Khimky in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce - Khimky 92:80

Fenerbahce entertained the home crowd with the first Euroleague victory this season. The Turkish team overcame Khimky in Istanbul tonight to improve at 1-0 record in Group A. Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 20 points to lead the hosts.
The game was decided mostly in the second frame. The teams stayed close throughout the opening ten minutes. The scoreboard read 25:25 after the starting quarter. However Fenerbahce went on a 21:11 run in the second term to pile up a 10-point lead. Khimky tried to turn things around in the third term. They stiffened defensively and narrowed the gap at 8-point mark at the final break. But Fenerbahce fired 30 points in the fourth term and cruised to the victory at the end. Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) provided 17 points, while Omer Onan (194-G-78) added 15 points for Fenerbahce. Zoran Planinic (198-G-82) answered with 17 points for Khimky. K.C. Rivers (196-G-87, college: Clemson) had 14 points in the loss.

Fenerbahce: Emir Preldzic 20, Bo McCalebb 17, Omer Onan 15
Khimky: Zoran Planinic 17, K.C. Rivers 14



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  UBA   


Express win UBA draft lottery - by David Walls

David Walls Reports:
10/11/2012

The Express, recently relocated to Houston, won the UBA's draft lottery Wednesday and the No. 1 pick overall -- which they almost certainly will use to pick former Maryland star Terence Morris (6'10''-F-79, college: Maryland).

The Express started it's franchise in Norman, Oklahoma and was know for just having a middle of the road team that prides it's self on defense and hustle. In 2011 the Express upset UBA favorite GIE Morrow Disciples in the 2nd round of the playoffs. They would later lose in the Semi Finals but proved that heart not talent can win big the the playoffs.

The Express have been led by 2011 co-Rookie of the Year Brayon Brown (6'3''-G-86, college: Oklahoma) and UBA All-Star Kenneth Henderson (6'7''-F-82, college: Texas Arlington) who later left to join Svit of Slovakia. Henderson ranked 3rd in the league in scoring and was named Eurobasket.com All-Slovakian Import Team.

The UBA draft will take place Saturday November 3rd in Atlanta, GA. The Express will be on center stage where again they will most likely draft former NBA player Terence Morris with the 1st overall pick.

The pick of Morris along with the return of of Ken Henderson changes the complete make up of the Express. Brayon Brown will continue to produce 15 plus ppg and Anthony Allison (6'7''-F-86, college: Texas Coll.) will also return. This puts the Express in a power position to win it;s first UBA title.

"I have been quite this whole offseason just waiting for December, said Express star Brown. It's time for the Express to move up to one of the elite teams of the UBA.

Brown would be right. The UBA has been dominated but the SEC like dominance of the Southern Conference. The Southern Conference holds every UBA title and looks to continue it's dominance. GIE is returning league MVP Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Point, GA) and Freddie Williams (6'2''-G-87, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Clayton St.). Who looked great for Team USA this summer in the Asia Cup. The Georgia PRIME add legendary coach Michael Davis . Davis wasted no time in the offseason selecting DeAndre Bray (5'6''-G-85, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Jacksonville St.) as his point guard (reigning UBA guard of the year). The Southern General return Will De La Cruz (6'2''-G-80, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Atlanta Christian) as it's head. The Generals were the 2011 UBA champs and look to reclaim the thrown with De La Cruz at the head.

This will be the most competitive UBA season yet.



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  UGANDA   


KIU beat Falcons to go third - by Joel Nature

Nkumba Marines 50-65 Miracle Eagles ...KIU Titans 70-63 Falcons

Richard Osano scored 18 points (13 in the second quarter) and picked 9 rebounds as kiu tatans beat falcons 70-63 on Tuesday night at YMCA.

Falcons (18-4) got into the game early taking the first quarter 17-12 but Titans (16-5) responded in the second quarter and went up with 7:56, kept falcons under 10 points in the period and took a 30-26 lead into halftime.

Nelson Njau (13 points and Moses Olobo (11 points) took over the third quarter for KIU to push the university sides lead into double figures as Falcons played the 10 minutes with levity. Edwin Katerega scored team and co-game high 18 points for Falcons and led the rally back in the fourth quarter for the former champions.

Substitute center, Mark Orom opened the final period for KIU from downtown to ignite a n 8-2 run that saw Titans take a 17 points lead with 6:13. Steven Omonyi (12 points), Philip Ameny (16 points, 8 rebounds) led falcons back and with 3:16 they had trimmed kius 17 points lead to 9 but Njau restored titans lead to double digit with a corner 3-ball.

With 1:20 Katerega was sent to the line, hit one throw and Ameny banked in one off the second and missed shot and Omony made the final basket.

Meanwhile Miracle Eagles beat Nkumba Marines 65-50 led by guard Yusuf Mohamed.

Andrew opio added 11 points and center, Ivan Lumanyikas 9 points went along with 14 boards. Brian Sivachi led Marines with a 12/11 performance and Wynard Kigobe scored team high 13 points.



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  UKRAINE   

Standings - Higher League

Higher League Standings
 1. Avantazh-Pol. 0-0 
 2. Aviastar 0-0 
 3. BK Kremen 0-0 
 4. Koksokh-Stal 0-0 
 5. Musson 0-0 
 6. Pulsar 0-0 
 7. Sportlitsey 0-0 
 8. Ternopil 0-0 
 9. Vinnitsky Zubry 0-0 
 10. VolinBasket 0-0 


Pecherov's 26 points give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

27-year old center Oleksiy Pecherov (213-C-85) put on an amazing game in the last round for league's best team Azovmash and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
He had the game-high 26 points adding four rebounds for Azovmash in his team's victory, helping them to crush Dnipro (#12, 1-4) with 22-point margin 86-64. It allowed Azovmash to take over top position in the Ukrainian league. Azovmash have a solid 4-1 record. In the team's last game Pecherov had a remarkable 75.0% from 2-point range. It's his second year at Azovmash and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Oleksiy Pecherov averages this season 16.0ppg and 5.4rpg.

Second best performed player last round was Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88). He is Serbian center in his first season at Azovmash. In the last game Raduljica recorded impressive 16 points and 7 rebounds. Of course together with Pecherov he helped Azovmash with another comfortable win outscoring the lower-ranked Dnipro (#12, 1-4) 86-64. This victory allowed Azovmash to move up to 1st position in the standings. His team lost just one game this season, while they won 4 matches. Raduljica is a newcomer at Azovmash and despite he is not a team leader yet, every game he becomes more reliable player. Hopefully performances like the last one will happen more often.

Third place about best performers goes to Maksym Pustozvonov (200-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) of BC Donetsk (#5). Pustozvonov scored 17 points. He was a key player of BC Donetsk, leading his team to a 80-59 easy win against the lower-ranked DniproAzot (#11, 1-3). BC Donetsk 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. Pustozvonov has a very solid season. In 4 games in Ukraine he scored 6.5ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Derrick Low (188-PG-86) of Dnipro - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Ivan Radenovic (209-F-84) of BC Donetsk - 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Ramel Curry (192-G-80) of BC Donetsk - 16 points and 4 rebounds
7. Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83) of Dnipro - 15 points and 5 rebounds
8. Lynn Greer (186-PG-79) of Azovmash - 13 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Doron Perkins (188-PG-83) of BC Donetsk - 10 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
10. D'or Fischer (211-C-81) of BC Donetsk - 8 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)



BC Kyiv send Roman Gumeniuk to MBC Mykolaiv - by Eurobasket News

MBC Mykolaiv strengthened their frontcourt. They brought in Roman Gumeniuk (218-C-87) on loan from BC Kyiv. The centre appeared in just one Superleague game this season with BC Kyiv. Roman Gumeniuk posted 1 board and 1 block against Budivelnyk. Last season Roman Gumeniuk played in Lithuania. He started the season with Siauliai. The centre averaged 7.5 points, 5.0 boards in LKL. In Baltic League the centre delivered 2.5 points and 2.0 boards per appearance. Roman Gumeniuk also notched 3.5 points and 4.5 boards in VTB League. Later the Ukrainian player moved to Juventus-LKSK. His stats read 6.3 points and 3.7 rebounds in LKL. In Baltic League the centre accounted for 7.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks for the Utena team.


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Standings - LUB

LUB Standings
 1. Malvin 7-0 
 2. Hebraica 5-2 
 3. Aguada 5-2 
 4. Bigua 4-2 
 5. Defensor 4-3 
 6. Un.Atletica 3-2 
 7. Sayago 3-2 
 8. Trouville 3-4 
 9. Nacional 3-4 
 10. Welcome 3-4 
 11. Montevideo 3-4 
 12. Larre Borges 2-3 
 13. Tabare 2-4 
 14. Olimpia 1-3 
 15. Cordon 1-5 
 16. Bohemios 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 7

Oct. 8: Bigua - Cordon 94-81
Oct. 10: Trouville - Olimpia 91-82
Oct. 8: Bohemios - Sayago 79-82
Oct. 8: Nacional - Welcome 78-65
Oct. 8: Malvin - Montevideo 76-72
Oct. 8: Hebraica - Aguada 76-60
Oct. 8: Tabare - Defensor 67-66

Round 5

Oct. 10: Un.Atletica - Aguada 72-75

Regular Season: Round 8

Oct. 11: Larre Borges - Bohemios
Oct. 11: Welcome - Defensor
Oct. 11: Montevideo - Tabare
Oct. 11: Cordon - Malvin
Oct. 13: Nacional - Un.Atletica
Oct. 13: Aguada - Trouville
Oct. 13: Sayago - Hebraica
Oct. 13: Olimpia - Bigua


Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Justin KEENAN
  Trouville
  (202-F/C-88)
  Avg: 31.6
 1. Keenan, Trouville31.6 
 2. Baxley, Defensor28.6 
 3. Garcia Moral., Agu.23.6 
 4. Ambres, Nacional22.1 
 5. Jeffries, Bigua22.0 
 6. Johnson, Bigua20.7 
 7. Taboada, Un.Atlet.20.4 
 8. Huggins, Bohemios20.2 
 9. Alvarez, Sayago19.8 
 10. Jennings, Cordon19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin MARTIN
  Nacional
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 19
 1. Martin, Nacional19.0 
 2. Faber, Welcome14.4 
 3. Shellman, Sayago13.2 
 4. Passos, Hebraica12.6 
 5. Blankson, Un.Atlet.9.8 
 6. Myles, Malvin9.6 
 7. Johnson, Bigua9.5 
 8. Keenan, Trouville9.4 
 9. Hayes, Aguada9.1 
 10. Wilkerson, Tabare8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Federico BAVOSI
  Un.Atletica
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Bavosi, Un.Atletica8.4 
 2. Fitipaldo, Malvin7.6 
 3. Cortizas, Welcome6.7 
 4. Barrera, Hebraica6.3 
 5. Garcia Moral., Agu.5.6 
 6. De Gouveia, Tabare5.4 
 7. Gonzalez, Aguada5.3 
 8. Tornaria, Trouville5.3 
 9. Jeffries, Bigua5.3 
 10. Aguiar, Hebraica5.1 
Steals Per Game
 Mauricio TRASANTE
  Olimpia
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Trasante, Olimpia3.3 
 2. Barrera, Hebraica2.6 
 3. Jennings, Cordon2.5 
 4. Delgado, Olimpia2.3 
 5. Jeffries, Bigua2.2 
 6. Chambers, Monte.2.0 
 7. Roselli, Larre Bor.2.0 
 8. Aguilera, Trouville2.0 
 9. Varela, Olimpia2.0 
 10. Keenan, Trouville2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jon ROGERS
  Un.Atletica
  (204-C-84)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Rogers, Un.Atletica3.4 
 2. Faber, Welcome2.3 
 3. Kanis, Trouville2.1 
 4. January, Larre B.1.8 
 5. Wilkerson, Tabare1.7 
 6. Johnson, Bigua1.5 
 7. Passos, Hebraica1.4 
 8. Bravo, Defensor1.3 
 9. Shellman, Sayago1.2 
 10. Charquero, Nacion.1.1 


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

29-year old center Kevin Martin (208-C-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Nacional and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 7.
He had a double-double of 15 points and 67 rebounds, while his team beat Welcome (3-4) 78-65. The game rather meaningless between the teams, which do not have any influence on the top of the standings in . Nacional is placed at 9th position in Uruguayan league. Nacional is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 3-4 record. Martin turned to be Nacional's top player in his first season with the team. Florida Gulf Coast University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Martin leads league in rebounds with 19.0rpg. Martin is in league's top in and averages solid 52.9% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Anthony Johnson (203-F-88) of Bigua. He is American forward in his first season at Bigua. In the last game Johnson recorded impressive double-double of 30 points and 14 rebounds. Of course he lead Bigua to another comfortable win 94-81 over the lower-ranked Cordon (#15, 1-5) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Bigua to move up to 4th position in . His team's 4-2 record is not bad at all. Johnson is a newcomer at Bigua and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.7ppg (#7). He also registered 9.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88) of Trouville (#8). Keenan showcased his all-around game by recording 29 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the last round. He was a key player of Trouville, leading his team to a 91-82 win against the lower-ranked Olimpia (#14, 1-3). The chances of Trouville ranking at the top of , however are very questionable as they have already lost 4 games, recording just three victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Keenan could help Trouville to bring them higher in the standings. Keenan has a great season in Uruguay. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 32.0ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 9.5rpg (8th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Chris Jeffries (199-F-80) of Bigua - 25 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists
5. Mildon Ambres (198-F/G-84) of Nacional - 24 points and 10 rebounds
6. Terence Shellman (198-F-78) of Sayago - 20 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists
7. Reggie Chambers (175-G) of Montevideo - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Hatila Passos (211-C-86) of Hebraica - 20 points and 17 rebounds
9. Jon Rogers (204-C-84) of Un.Atletica - 15 points and 15 rebounds
10. Alejandro Perez (200-F-78) of Cordon - 22 points and 8 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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South American League 2012: Pinheiros/Sky edge Centauros de Apure - by Eurobasket News

Centauros de Apure (Venezuela) and Pinheiros/Sky (Brasil) 81:88

Pinheiros/Sky edge Centauros de Apure at the South American League 2012. The team from Brazil needed an 88:81 win as both teams finished with 2-1 records. Obras Sanitarias however wins Group A at the South American League 2012. The defending champions overcame Club Deportivo Mavort 104:91 and finished with 2-1 record. Obras Sanitarias had a better difference than the opponents.
Pinheiros/Sky opened the game with 28-20 led but led only 3 points at the halftime. Moreover Centauros de Apure won the third period 24-17 and led 4 points entering the last stanza. Only due to 26-15 in the last stanza Pinheiros/Sky managed to seal the victory.
Paulinho Boracini (183-G-84) led the way with 34 points. Joe Smith (193-G-77, college: Al.-Huntsville) nailed 16, while Mineiro Ferreira (208-C/F-88) had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87, college: Campbellsville) finished the game with 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Michael Flores (192-G-85) and Clarence Matthews (201-F-83, college: Tennessee St.) nailed 15 each. Jose Vargas (195-G/F-82) ended up with 14 points in the losing case.

Centauros de Apure (Venezuela): Nestor Colmenares 18+11 rebs, Michael Flores 15, Clarence Matthews 15, Jose Vargas 14
Pinheiros/Sky (Brasil): Paulinho Boracini 34, Joe Smith 16, Mineiro Ferreira 10+10 rebs



South American League 2012: Centauros de Apure beat Obras Sanitarias in a thriller - by Eurobasket News

Centauros de Apure (Venezuela)- Obras Sanitarias (Argentina) 90:89 OT

Centauros de Apure beat Obras Sanitarias in a thriller. The team from Venezuela improved to 2-0 record in Group B after a 90:89 overtime win.
It was the best game so far at the Coliseum Luis Leoro Franco. Both teams enetered the game with the victories in Day 1 and desired to remain undefeated. Obras Sanitarias started the game with 20-17, but Centauros de Apure replied with 18-12 for 3-point lead at the halftime. The team from Argentina tied the game after three quarters and then both teams nailed 17 points each in the fourth period. It was hot in the court in overtime as well, while Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) with a basket of three-point shot gave to Centauros of Apure the necessary win.
Clarence Matthews (201-F-83, college: Tennessee St.) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Jesus Centeno as well as Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87, college: Campbellsville) posted 17 each. Jose Vargas (195-G/F-82) delivered 11 points in a win. Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) replied with 25 points in the losing effort, while Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne) collected massive 15 points 8 rebounds and 9 assists. Daniel Fitzgerald (206-F-84, college: Marquette) nailed 15 and David Huertas (195-G/F-87, college: Mississippi) had 11.

Centauros de Apure (Venezuela): Clarence Matthews 24, Jesus Centeno 17, Nestor Colmenares 17, Jose Vargas 11
Obras Sanitarias (Argentina): Juan Gutierrez 25, Martin Osimani 15+8 rebs+9 ast, Daniel Fitzgerald 15, David Huertas 11



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   

Standings

VTB United League Standings
Group A
 1. Kalev/Cramo 1-0 
 2. Khimky 1-0 
 3. Krasnie Krilya 1-0 
 4. Spartak SP 1-0 
 5. Unics 1-0 
 6. BC Astana 1-1 
 7. Azovmash 0-1 
 8. BC Donetsk 0-1 
 9. PGE Turow 0-1 
 10. Lietuvos rytas 0-2 
Group B
 1. CSKA 1-0 
 2. Enisey 1-0 
 3. N.Novgorod 1-0 
 4. VEF Riga 1-0 
 5. Zalgiris 1-0 
 6. CEZ Nymburk 0-1 
 7. Lokomotiv 0-1 
 8. Neptunas 0-1 
 9. Triumph 0-1 
 10. Tsmoki-Minsk 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 11: Tsmoki-Minsk - Enisey 65-79
Oct. 14: Neptunas - VEF Riga
Oct. 14: CEZ Nymburk - Lokomotiv
Oct. 14: CSKA - Enisey
Oct. 14: Zalgiris - Triumph
Oct. 15: Tsmoki-Minsk - N.Novgorod




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Women News

Standings - AWBL

AWBL Standings
 1. BK Duchess 1-0 
 2. Fl.Foxes 1-0 
 3. Basket Flames 0-0 
 4. BC Vienna 0-1 
 5. UBI Graz 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 13: BK Duchess - Basket Flames
Oct. 14: BC Vienna - Fl.Foxes



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  BELGIUM   


Belfius Namur is looking for a new coach - by Bert Larsimont

Daniel Goethals (agency: LBM Management ) does not coach Belfius Namur Capitale anymore. Several media (press and internet) relayed the news today. Jean-Francois Davreux, the club's President, gave some explanations to the local media: the coach has been fired because the beginning of the season has been disappointing and because Goethals and the group were not getting along very well anymore.

After a first experience in Namur in 2009-10, Goethals had moved to Declercq Stortbeton Waregem in 2010-11 and won the title that season. Big Dan (his nickname) went back to coach Belfius Namur last season: he led his team to the play-off and Belgian Cup semi-finals as well as through the regular season group stage of the FIBA Eurocup for Women.

Belfius Namur lost against Point Chaud Sprimont (57-34) on the 2012-13 Season Opening Day held in Kortrijk on Sep. 29th. Last weekend, Belfius Namur won at home against DBC Houthalen: 86-50.

Belfius Namur's President Jean-Francois Davreux has announced that an internal solution would temporarily be found before hiring a new coach. Belfius Namur will play in the 2012-13 FIBA Eurocup in Group C with Spartak Noginsk, Tarbes Gespe Bigorre and Mersin BSH Bld. The European competition will start on Oct. 25th for Belfius Namur.

Daniel Goethals (agency: LBM Management ) has learned and built some good experience in coaching women basketball teams. Last February, he and Etienne Louvrier had shared some thoughts on young Belgian star Emma Meesseman and Belgian Women's basketball in general: click here to see interview.



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Czech Republic ZBL round 5 best performance: Zora Jileckova - by Eurobasket News

Center Zora Jileckova (194-C-81) had a very impressive game in the last round for Strakonice, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 31-year old player had a double-double of 34 points and 16 rebounds, while her team beat DSK Karlin (#8, 2-3) 84-73. Strakonice maintains the 11th position in Czech Republic ZBL. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 4 games and recorded just one victory. Jileckova turned to be Strakonice's top player in her first season with the team. Zora Jileckova has solid league stats. She is in league's top in points (4th best: 20.2ppg), rebounds (7th best: 8.4rpg) and averages impressive 62.7% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old American Baendu Lowenthal (183-F-88) of VSE Praha. Lowenthal had a very good evening with a double-double of 14 points and 19 rebounds. Of course VSE Praha cruised to a 70-60 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Lokomotiva (#10, 1-4). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But VSE Praha managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 9th place. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-3 record. Lowenthal is a newcomer at VSE Praha, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American El Sara Greer (188-C/F) of Trutnov (#3). Greer scored 14 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). She was a key player of Trutnov, leading her team to a 77-38 easy win against Pardubice (#12, 0-5). Trutnov is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 4-1 record is not that bad... Greer has a great season in Czech Republic. After only 5 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 10.6rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kia Vaughn (193-C-87) of USK Praha - 18 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Porchia Green (180-G-87) of Slovanka MB - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Amber Sprague (196-C-86) of Valosun Brno - 25 points and 4 rebounds
7. Michaela Hartigova (192-C-83) of Hradec Kralove - 18 points and 4 rebounds
8. Farhiya Abdi (188-F-92) of IMOS Brno - 28 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Klara Pochobradska (186-C-89) of Hradec Kralove - 21 points and 8 rebounds
10. Dagmar Chlebovcova (172-PG-84) of VSE Praha - 19 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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Standings - 2.Bundesliga - by Eurobasket News

2.Bundesliga Standings
North
 1. Berlin 2-0 
 2. Chemnitz 2-0 
 3. Quakenbrueck 2-0 
 4. Neuss 1-1 
 5. Bielefeld 1-1 
 6. Goettingen 1-1 
 7. Opladen 1-1 
 8. Hagen Phoenix 1-1 
 9. Hannover 1-1 
 10. Gruenberg 0-2 
 11. Mainz 0-2 
 12. Rhein MB II 0-2 
South
 1. Heidelberg 2-0 
 2. Jahn Muenchen 2-0 
 3. Saarlouis 2-0 
 4. Keltern 1-0 
 5. Wuerzburg 1-0 
 6. Bad Aibling 1-1 
 7. Speyer 1-1 
 8. Leimen 0-2 
 9. Sandhausen 0-2 
 10. Trier 0-2 
 11. Viernheim 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 3

North

Oct. 13: Neuss - Bielefeld
Oct. 13: Hagen Phoenix - Hannover
Oct. 13: Mainz - Rhein MB II
Oct. 13: Chemnitz - Goettingen
Oct. 13: Quakenbrueck - Gruenberg
Oct. 13: Berlin - Opladen

South

Oct. 13: Wuerzburg - Keltern
Oct. 13: Saarlouis - Heidelberg
Oct. 13: Viernheim - Trier
Oct. 13: Jahn Muenchen - Speyer
Oct. 13: Leimen - Sandhausen



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Standings - Women

A Division Standings
 1. UNI Gyor 3-0 
 2. UNIQA Eurol. 3-0 
 3. ZTE NKK 2-0 
 4. DKSK 2-1 
 5. PEAC-PECS 1-2 
 6. Cegledi EKK 1-2 
 7. Atomeromu 1-2 
 8. BSE-FCSM 1-2 
 9. Bacsbasket 0-2 
 10. MBK Eurl.Vasas 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 10: ZTE NKK - DKSK 76-67
Oct. 10: Cegledi EKK - BSE-FCSM 71-61
Oct. 9: UNI Gyor - PEAC-PECS 66-48
Oct. 9: MBK Eurl.Vasas - Atomeromu 65-73
Oct. 11: Bacsbasket - UNIQA Eurol. 48-58

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 12: PEAC-PECS - MBK Eurl.Vasas
Oct. 13: Cegledi EKK - UNIQA Eurol.
Oct. 13: BSE-FCSM - DKSK
Oct. 13: Atomeromu - ZTE NKK


Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Brittainey RAVEN
  DKSK
  (183-G-88)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Raven, DKSK24.3 
 2. Balint, Atomeromu22.0 
 3. Vida, ZTE N.19.0 
 4. Mrozinska, Cegledi18.7 
 5. Orban, Cegledi EKK18.3 
 6. Szalay, ZTE N.18.0 
 7. Milovanovic, UNIQA17.5 
 8. Rasheed, UNI Gyor16.0 
 9. Lakloth, UNI Gyor13.3 
 10. Furtos, DKSK13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Judit SZELESY
  ZTE N.
  (184-F-78)
  Avg: 8
 1. Szelesy, ZTE N.8.0 
 2. Kublina, UNI Gyor8.0 
 3. Sanford, DKSK7.7 
 4. Teilane, UNIQA E.7.5 
 5. Vida, ZTE N.7.5 
 6. Jaeschke, PE.7.3 
 7. Mrozinska, Cegledi7.3 
 8. Vukov, BSE-.6.0 
 9. Shegog, UNI Gyor6.0 
 10. Kobolak, Cegledi6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Judit SZELESY
  ZTE N.
  (184-F-78)
  Avg: 6
 1. Szelesy, ZTE N.6.0 
 2. Furesz, PE.4.7 
 3. Szalay, ZTE N.4.5 
 4. Koch, MBK E.4.3 
 5. Medgyessy, Cegledi4.3 
 6. Simon, UNI Gyor4.0 
 7. Theodorean, Atome.3.5 
 8. Katona, MBK E.3.3 
 9. Raven, DKSK3.3 
 10. Baksa, Cegledi E.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Hanna ZAVECZ
  UNIQA E.
  (182-F/G-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Zavecz, UNIQA E.4.0 
 2. Gensler, ZTE N.3.5 
 3. Szalay, ZTE N.3.5 
 4. Chek, Atomeromu2.7 
 5. Krnjic, UNIQA E.2.5 
 6. Milovanovic, UNIQA2.5 
 7. Theodorean, Atome.2.5 
 8. Fegyverneky, UNIQ.2.5 
 9. Karolyi, BSE-.2.3 
 10. Hatar, MBK E.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Amy JAESCHKE
  PE.
  (196-C-89)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Jaeschke, PE.3.3 
 2. Teilane, UNIQA E.2.0 
 3. Hatar, MBK E.2.0 
 4. Zavecz, UNIQA E.1.0 
 5. Sanford, DKSK1.0 
 6. Barnai, MBK E.1.0 
 7. Shegog, UNI Gyor0.7 
 8. Czukor, PE.0.7 
 9. Barbour, PE.0.7 
 10. Mihailova, ZTE N.0.5 



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  ICELAND   

Standings - Women

Express L. Standings
 1. Keflavik 3-0 
 2. Snaefell 3-0 
 3. Njardvik 2-1 
 4. Valur 2-1 
 5. Haukar 1-2 
 6. KR 1-2 
 7. Fjolnir 0-3 
 8. Grindavik 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 10: Grindavik - Njardvik 65-70
Oct. 10: Haukar - Snaefell 59-68
Oct. 10: KR - Keflavik 54-76
Oct. 10: Fjolnir - Valur 53-76

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 17: Snaefell - Grindavik
Oct. 17: Njardvik - Keflavik
Oct. 17: Valur - Haukar
Oct. 17: Fjolnir - KR


stats leader

Points Per Game
 Britney JONES
  Fjolnir
  (172-G-87)
  Avg: 31.5
 1. Jones, Fjolnir31.5 
 2. Hardy, Njardvik28.3 
 3. Evans, Haukar25.0 
 4. Marlow, Snaefell20.0 
 5. Criner, Grindavik19.0 
 6. Hinriksdotti., Kef.18.0 
 7. Gunnlaugsdot., Kef.16.0 
 8. Amundadottir, KR15.0 
 9. Auguste, Valur14.7 
 10. Gunnarsdotti., Sn.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Siarre EVANS
  Haukar
  (178-G/F-88)
  Avg: 19.7
 1. Evans, Haukar19.7 
 2. Hardy, Njardvik19.3 
 3. Marlow, Snaefell12.0 
 4. Sigurdardott., Sna.10.0 
 5. Hinriksdotti., Kef.10.0 
 6. Kjartansdott., Sna.10.0 
 7. Hallgrimsdot., Gri.9.3 
 8. Amundadottir, KR9.0 
 9. Saevarsdotti., Nja.9.0 
 10. Criner, Grindavik8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Alda JONSDOTTIR
  Snaefell
  (179-G-79)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Jonsdottir, Snaefe.5.3 
 2. Criner, Grindavik5.0 
 3. Sigurdardott., Sna.5.0 
 4. Hardy, Njardvik4.7 
 5. Sigurdardott., Nja.4.0 
 6. Marlow, Snaefell4.0 
 7. Gunnarsdotti., Hau.3.7 
 8. Hartman, KR3.3 
 9. Auguste, Valur3.3 
 10. Jenkins, Keflavik3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Palina GUNNLAUGSDOTTIR
  Kefla.
  (168-G-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Gunnlaugsdot., Kef.5.0 
 2. Hardy, Njardvik4.7 
 3. Auguste, Valur4.3 
 4. Gunnarsdotti., Hau.3.7 
 5. Criner, Grindavik3.5 
 6. Skuladottir, Grind.3.3 
 7. Jonsdottir, Snaefe.3.0 
 8. Marlow, Snaefell3.0 
 9. Thorsteinsdo., KR2.7 
 10. Hinriksdotti., Ke.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Signy HERMANNSDOTTIR
  Val.
  (183-C-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Hermannsdott., Val.5.0 
 2. Saevarsdotti., Nja.3.0 
 3. Jonsdottir, Snaefe.1.7 
 4. Hinriksdotti., Kef.1.3 
 5. Sveinsdottir, Hau.1.3 
 6. Ellertsdotti., Gri.1.0 
 7. Kristinardot., Kef.1.0 
 8. Ragnarsdotti., Fjo.1.0 
 9. Amundadottir, KR1.0 
 10. Jones, Fjolnir1.0 


Dominos League: Round 3 - by Eurobasket News

This is still too early stage of the Regular Season in Express L. and we should expect many changes in upcoming rounds. What a coincidence that all visitors won their games.

KR - Keflavik 54-76
The game without a history. Keflavik led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Keflavik forced 19 KR turnovers. It was a quality performance for forward Sara Run Hinriksdottir (165-F-96) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 15 points and 15 rebounds. The former international guard Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (168-87) accounted for 17 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. The former international power forward Sigrun Amundadottir (181-88, agency: Promotex) came up with 15 points and 6 rebounds and the former international forward Helga Einarsdottir (186-88) added 8 points and 8 rebounds respectively for KR in the defeat.
Top scorers:
KR: S.Amundadottir 15+6reb, B.Einarsdottir 11+1reb+4ast, P.Hartman 9+2reb, H.Einarsdottir 8+8reb+3ast, G.Thorsteinsdottir 6+11reb, K.Palsdottir 3+1reb
Keflavik: P.Gunnlaugsdottir 17+5reb+1ast, S.Run Hinriksdottir 15+15reb+2ast, J.Jenkins 13+4ast, B.Valgardsdottir 9+3reb+3ast, I.Kristinardottir 8+3reb+2ast, B.Gudmundsdottir 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 180058


Fjolnir - Valur 53-76
Fjolnir was crushed at home by 23 points 53-76 and even the advantage of their own court did not help. The guests trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 46-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Valur forced 19 Fjolnir turnovers. It was a good game for American forward Alberta Auguste (180-85, college: Tennessee) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Guard Gudbjorg Sverrisdottir (180-92) contributed with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Four Valur players scored in double figures. American guard Britney Jones (172-87, college: UAB) answered with 29 points and 7 rebounds and center Bergdis Ragnarsdottir (184-92) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Fjolnir.
Top scorers:
Fjolnir: B.Jones 29+7reb+2ast, B.Ragnarsdottir 9+6reb, F.Gudmundsdottir 4+9reb, B.Eiriksdottir 4+4reb, E.Kristinsdottir 3, H.Harpa Rikhardsdottir 3+9reb
Valur: A.Auguste 20+10reb+5ast, K.Sigurjonsdottir 17+4reb+1ast, G.Sverrisdottir 14+7reb+5ast, T.Bjarnadottir 10+8reb, U.Asgeirsdottir 6+3reb+1ast, K.Oladottir 3
gschID: 180057


Haukar - Snaefell 59-68
The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Haukar won third quarter 15-10. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Snaefell won last quarter 17-9. They made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. Snaefell outrebounded Haukar 58-42 including a 37-25 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for guard Hildur Kjartansdottir (183-94) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 16 points, 19 rebounds and 5 assists. The former international guard Hildur Sigurdardottir (178-81) helped adding 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Snaefell players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was American swingman Siarre Evans (178-88, college: E.Tenn.St.) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds and guard Margret Halfdanardottir (173-94) scored 17 points and 8 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Haukar: M.Halfdanardottir 17+8reb+3ast, S.Evans 17+16reb+3ast, D.Samuelsdottir 11+1reb+1ast, J.Sveinsdottir 8+9reb, G.Gunnarsdottir 6+4reb+4ast, I.Sigfusdottir 0
Snaefell: H.Sigurdardottir 17+7reb+4ast, H.Kjartansdottir 16+19reb+5ast, B.Gunnarsdottir 14+6reb+3ast, A.Jonsdottir 12+9reb+7ast, H.Bjorgvinsdottir 9+11reb+1ast, R.Indridadottir 0+6reb
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Grindavik - Njardvik 65-70
Njardvik managed to secure a 5-point victory 70-65. The guests were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 27-21 run, which allowed them to win the game. Njardvik outrebounded Grindavik 50-35 including a 37-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American Lele Hardy (182-88, college: Clemson, agency: Merit Sports) who had a double-double by scoring 28 points, 22 rebounds and 6 assists. Center Salbjorg Saevarsdottir (182-91) chipped in 6 points and 13 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Dellena Criner (170-87, college: Nevada) who recorded 19 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Berglind Magnusdottir (172-89) added 16 points respectively.
Top scorers:
Grindavik: D.Criner 19+6reb+6ast, B.Magnusdottir 16+4reb+1ast, H.Hallgrimsdottir 12+7reb+1ast, P.Skuladottir 10+7reb+3ast, S.Gretarsdottir 4+2reb+1ast, H.Hallgrimsdottir 2+8reb
Njardvik: L.Hardy 28+22reb+6ast, I.Maria Einarsdottir 11+2ast, I.Vilbergsdottir 8+5reb+1ast, E.Sigurdardottir 8+3reb+4ast, S.Saevarsdottir 6+13reb, E.Hakonardottir 5+1reb



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  KENYA   


KPA cancels Ivory Coast trip - by Eurobasket News

Coast based Kenya Basketball Premier League club KPA will not be traveling to Ivory Coast for the FIBA African club championships. This was communicated officially to the clubs management on Wednesday by sponsors Kenya Ports Authority.
The team that finished second behind Eagle Wings in the Zone 5 Basketball competition held in Kampala a few weeks ago will now shift their attention to winning the 2012 KBF league.
We received the communication on Wednesday. The girls were devastated but we have talked to them as a team and we are determined to shift our attention to the league. We want to win it this year so we can represent Kenya in next years Zone 5 club championships. KPA coach Anthony Ojukwu told michezoafrika.com
KPA took part in last years FIBA competition held in Lagos and they needed over six million shillings to finance their travel to Ivory Coast this year.
The other Kenyan club Eagle Wings who defeated KPA in the finals to qualify for the FIBA games as Zone 5 champions are expected to travel for the games in Ivory Coast. The team has also been conducting a series of fundraising initiatives to be able to meet their 3.5 Million shillings budget for the trip.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  KOSOVO   

Standings - Women

A1 Standings
 1. Bashkimi 0-0 
 2. Drita Gjilan 0-0 
 3. Kalaja 0-0 
 4. Kastrioti 0-0 
 5. Penza Peja 0-0 
 6. Sigal Prishtina 0-0 
 7. Trepca 0-0 
 8. Vellaznimi 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 27: Penza Peja - Vellaznimi
Oct. 27: Drita Gjilan - Kalaja
Oct. 27: Kastrioti - Bashkimi
Oct. 27: Trepca - Penza Peja



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  MONTENEGRO   

Standings - Women League

Prve A ZCKL Standings
 1. Buducnost 0-0 
 2. Lovcen 0-0 
 3. Primorje 0-0 
 4. Roling Niksic 0-0 
 5. Rudar 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 27: Primorje - Lovcen
Oct. 27: Buducnost - Rudar


BC Primorje announced the roster for new season. - by Darko Pekic

BC Primorje has began the new season with a completely changed roster. Maja Novak, Bojana Samardzic and sisters Sanja Dabovic and Jelena Dabovic will be the only four players from last season in the club and the roster was completed with young players from the junior team with no professional experience. Given that this year the Club plays in both domestic league and regional league the management agreed terms with Maja Gajevic and Andjela Zlajic (178-F-92).

"We need reinforcement for the position 5 and 1 to be competitive with experienced teams from Niksic, Dubrovnik, Sibenik and Trebinje" said the experienced coach Dragan Prga for eurobasket.com.

The agile management led by Zeljka Ratkovic will try to to provide conditions and reinforcements to Primorje again this year to be competitive with the other teams in the newly formed regional league. According to eurobasket.com sources the club agreed terms with Stephisha Walton (180-G/F-87, college: Cal Poly Pomona) who should arrive in Herceg Novi tomorow morning. Stephisha is a US 4/5 who played for Cal Poly Pomona (NCAA2) where she averaged 12.0ppg and 9.6 rpg in 2009-2010 season. Then she moved to Luxembourg and shined for Black Star Mersch in Diekirch League averaging 21.7ppg, 12.4rpg, 1.2apg, 1.5spg during the season 2010-2011. In 2011 she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League Honorable Mention and participated in the All-Star game. Last season she decided to sit out and finish school and now she will try to add some size under the basket and experience to the young team coached by Dragan Prga.



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  PUERTO RICO   

Standings - Women

BSNF Standings
 1. Quebradillas 14-4 
 2. Morovis M. 13-4 
 3. Carolina G. 13-4 
 4. San German 8-9 
 5. Juncos V. 7-10 
 6. Aguas B.T. 6-11 
 7. Ponce L. 0-19 

Regular Season: Round 16

Oct. 10: Juncos V. - Ponce L. 61-58
Oct. 11: Morovis M. - Carolina G.
Oct. 11: Quebradillas - Aguas B.T.


Stats Leaders - Superleague 25

Points Per Game
 Monique MARTIN
  Aguas B.T.
  (180-G-83)
  Avg: 28.7
 1. Martin, Aguas B.T.28.7 
 2. Werema, Juncos V.21.4 
 3. Williams, Morovis20.9 
 4. Valentin, Carolina20.8 
 5. Lewis, Ponce L.19.5 
 6. Bruszewski, Quebra.17.7 
 7. Rosado, Morovis M.17.0 
 8. Jones, Carolina G.16.7 
 9. Seals, Aguas B.T.16.6 
 10. Fairweather, Ponc.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Esmary VARGAS-SANCHEZ
  Juncos V.
  (191-C-81)
  Avg: 12.7
 1. Vargas-S., Juncos12.7 
 2. Lewis, Ponce L.12.0 
 3. Rosario, Ponce L.11.1 
 4. Seals, Aguas B.T.10.8 
 5. Martin, Aguas B.T.10.5 
 6. Jones, Carolina G.10.3 
 7. Williams, Morovis9.4 
 8. Gonzalez, San G.8.3 
 9. Werema, Juncos V.8.2 
 10. Szunko, Carolina8.1 
Assists Per Game
 Karla RUIZ
  Aguas B.T.
  (--)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Ruiz, Aguas B.T.3.6 
 2. Szunko, Carolina G.3.2 
 3. Bruszewski, Quebra.3.1 
 4. Rodriguez, Carolin.3.1 
 5. Concepcion, Junco.3.0 
 6. Rosario, Ponce L.3.0 
 7. Colon, Ponce L.2.9 
 8. Johnson, Aguas B..2.9 
 9. Jones, Carolina G.2.9 
 10. Escalera, Morov.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Carla CORTIJO
  Carolina G.
  (172-G-87)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Cortijo, Carolina2.7 
 2. Martin, Aguas B.T.2.6 
 3. De La Paz, Juncos2.6 
 4. Valentin, Carolina2.5 
 5. Rosado, Morovis M.2.4 
 6. Flores, Aguas B.T.2.2 
 7. Fairweather, Ponce2.1 
 8. Jones, Carolina G.2.1 
 9. Centeno, Quebradil.1.8 
 10. Rodriguez, Caroli.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Esmary VARGAS-SANCHEZ
  Juncos V.
  (191-C-81)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Vargas-S., Juncos3.4 
 2. Williams, Morovis2.3 
 3. Rosario, Ponce L.1.9 
 4. Seals, Aguas B.T.1.1 
 5. Werema, Juncos V.1.1 
 6. Rosado, San German0.9 
 7. Flores, Ponce L.0.9 
 8. Placido, Quebradil.0.9 
 9. Escalera, Morov.0.7 
 10. Martin, Aguas B.T.0.7 



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  ROMANIA   

Standings - Women

Division A Standings
 1. ICIM Arad 4-0 
 2. Targoviste 4-0 
 3. Satu Mare 3-0 
 4. Timisoara 3-0 
 5. Alba Iulia 2-1 
 6. Sf.Gheorghe 2-1 
 7. Brasov 2-2 
 8. Craiova 2-2 
 9. Olimpia 1-2 
 10. Rapid 1-2 
 11. Alexandria 1-3 
 12. Cluj Napoca 1-3 
 13. Sp.Studentesc 1-3 
 14. Oradea 0-4 
 15. Targu Mures 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 10: Rapid - Timisoara 87-96
Oct. 10: Alexandria - Oradea 87-34
Oct. 10: Cluj Napoca - Brasov 58-53
Oct. 11: Sp.Studentesc - Targoviste 57-104
Oct. 10: Craiova - Olimpia 50-47
Oct. 10: Targu Mures - ICIM Arad 30-79
Oct. 12: Alba Iulia - Satu Mare


Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Biljana PESOVIC
  Timisoara
  (180-G-83)
  Avg: 27.3
 1. Pesovic, Timisoara27.3 
 2. Brown, Timisoara20.7 
 3. Bailey, Sf.Gheorghe20.0 
 4. Ferenczi, Cluj N.19.5 
 5. Thompson, Alba Iul.18.7 
 6. Ungureanu, Rapid18.0 
 7. Givens, ICIM A.17.5 
 8. Ene, Rapid17.0 
 9. Cursaru, Brasov17.0 
 10. Lyons, Alexandria16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amanda THOMPSON
  Alba Iulia
  (183-F-87)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Thompson, Alba Iul.12.3 
 2. Stjepanovic, Brasov12.0 
 3. Thornton, Brasov12.0 
 4. Robbins, Targoviste11.3 
 5. Munteanu, Olimpia9.3 
 6. Arlen, Alexandria9.3 
 7. Freeman, Satu Mare8.7 
 8. Johnson, Targu M.8.3 
 9. Tikhonenko, Targo.8.0 
 10. Kajdacsi, Sf.Gheo.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Annemarie PARAU
  Satu Mare
  (175-G-84)
  Avg: 9
 1. Parau, Satu Mare9.0 
 2. Cursaru, Brasov5.0 
 3. Babkina, Targoviste4.5 
 4. Risper, ICIM A.4.3 
 5. Rhoads, Sf.Gheorg.4.3 
 6. Lyons, Alexandria4.0 
 7. Beljanski, Sp.Stu.3.8 
 8. Ivanovic, Sf.Gheor.3.7 
 9. Boriga, ICIM A.3.5 
 10. Arnold, Alexandria3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Tiffany BROWN
  Timisoara
  (165-G-86)
  Avg: 4.7
 1. Brown, Timisoara4.7 
 2. Drye, Satu Mare4.7 
 3. Robbins, Targoviste3.7 
 4. Parau, Satu Mare3.7 
 5. Risper, ICIM A.3.5 
 6. Ivanovic, Sf.Gheor.3.3 
 7. Bailey, Sf.Gheorghe3.0 
 8. Freeman, Satu Mare3.0 
 9. Pesovic, Timisoara3.0 
 10. Rhoads, Sf.Gheor.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Dara KOVACEVIC
  Satu M.
  (197-C-83)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Kovacevic, Satu M.1.3 
 2. Frieson, Cluj N.1.3 
 3. Robbins, Targoviste1.3 
 4. Rus, Alexandria1.3 
 5. Ionescu, Craiova1.3 
 6. Ene, Rapid1.3 
 7. Chelariu, Olimpia1.0 
 8. Valentine, Sf.Gheo.1.0 
 9. Toma, Craiova1.0 
 10. Wampler, Sf.Gheor.1.0 



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  RUSSIA   


Energy Ivanovo keep Natalya Dorovskikh, Vera Loskutova and Milana Sumets - by Eurobasket News

Energy Ivanovo keep Natalya Dorovskikh (186-F-90), Vera Loskutova (167-G-84) and Milana Sumets (179-G-88, agency: LBM Management) for the upcoming season. The Russian team will hope for these players also in 2012/2013 season.
Energy Ivanovo re-signed 22-year old forward Natalya Dorovskikh. In 16 Superleague games last season she recorded 8.3ppg and 3.2rpg.She was a member of Russian U20 National Team two years ago. Dorovskikh has played previously for two other Russian teams: Vologda-Chevakata and Chevakata-SDYUSHOR Vologda.
Vera Loskutova recorded 4.4ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.2apg last season. She is a very experienced player.
Energy Ivanovo confirmed in their roster 24-year old domestic guard Milana Sumets. In 19 Superleague games last season she had 7.3ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4apg and 2.3spg.She was a member of Russian University National Team last year. Sumets has played previously for Nadezhda Orenburg.



BC Rostov sign Pavlova, Gogiya; keep Podpnetennaya and Zhitnaya - by Eurobasket News

BC Rostov nad Donou added to their roster 23-year old swingman Elena Pavlova (185-G/F-89). Pavlova played most recently at Chevakata. In 6 Eurocup games (10-11 season) she recorded 4.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.7apg and 1.3spg. Pavlova also played 12 games in PBL where she averaged 4.2ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg.
She was a member of Russian U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009 and a member of U18 National Team back in 2007. Pavlova represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) three years ago. Her team got to the Semifinals and her stats at that event were 9 games: 6.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.1apg, 1.1spg, FGP-1 (66.7%), 3PT: 43.8%, FT: 50.0%.
BC Rostov nad Donou also signed 25-year old domestic center Elena Gogiya (191-C-87, agency: LBM Management). Gogiya has played for the last three seasons at Dynamo-GUVD Novosibirsk. In 5 Eurocup games last year she had just 2.2ppg and 2.2rpg. She also played 5 games in Eurocup where she recorded only 2.2ppg and 2.2rpg. Gogiya also played 20 games in PBL where she recorded 5.8ppg and 4.2rpg.
She was a member of Russian U21 National Team back in 2007, and played also for U20 National Team between 2006 and 2007. Gogiya represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Sofia (Bulgaria) five years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 12.0ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 54.8%, 3FGP: 22.2%, FT: 75.9%.
Olga Podpnetennaya (187-F-90) and Anastasiya Zhitnaya (172-G-88) will remain with the team.



Yunost keep Albina Razheva, Olga Sizyakova and Viktoriya Plotnikova - by Eurobasket News

Yunost Penzevskaya Oblast confirmed in their roster 18-year old power forward Albina Razheva (188-PF-94). Razheva was a member of Russian U18 National Team between 2011 and 2012 and a member of U16 National Team two years ago. She represented Russia at the European Championships U18 in Bucharest (Romania) this year. Razheva's team won Silver and her stats at that event were 9 games: 12.4ppg, 7.3rpg, FGP: 45.7%, FT: 71.4%.
Yunost Penzevskaya Oblast also re-signed 24-year old forward Olga Sizyakova (186-F-88). It was a very successful year in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Superleague 2nd Team. Sizyakova was a member of Russian U20 National Team in 2008. She represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Chieti (Italy) four years ago.
Yunost confirmed in their roster 27-year old ex-international forward Viktoriya Plotnikova (181-F-85). Quite impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Superleague 2nd Team.Plotnikova was a member of Russian Senior National Team back in 2006. She also represented Russia at the European Championships U20 in Brno seven years ago.
Plotnikova has played previously for five other Russian teams: Dynamo Moscow, Nadezhda Orenburg, CSKA Moscow, TU Kazan and Nadezhda Orenburg.



Russian Cup: The Quarterfinals are set - by Eurobasket News

Four games were played in the country of the Russian Cup. Dynamo-GUVD, Dynamo Moscow, Spartak Noginsk and Vologda beat their opponents to join 4 top teams in the next stage.
UMMC will face Dynamo-GUVD in the Quarterfinals. The latter overcame Rostov 68:57. Tatiana Petrushina (185-F-90) and Maria Khrustaleva (167-PG-87) top-scored for the winners with 13 points each, while Potemina Natalya and Liubov Paskalenko (205-C-90) netted 10 each. Pavlova ended up with 17 points in the losing effort.
Dynamo Kursk will play against Dynamo Moscow. The latter needed overtime to beat Energia 73:70. Ilona Korstin (183-SG-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stepped up with 15 points and Tatiana Vidmer (191-C-86) added 13.
Spartak Noginsk won over Spartak St.Petersburg 67:52. Maria Merzliakova (178-G-86) and Chistyakova E. top-scored for the winners with 13 points each, while Sergeeva Tatiana and Anna Tolikova (19-C-86) added 10 each.
Vologda overcame Yunost Penzevskaya Oblast 76:60 and will face Nadezhda.



Spartak St.Petersburg announced Maria Kalmykova and Svetlana Maksimenko - by Eurobasket News

Spartak St.Petersburg announced Maria Kalmykova (194-C-78) and Svetlana Maksimenko (183-PF-82, agency: LBM Management) for 2012/2013 season.
Spartak St.Petersburg added to their roster 34-year old ex-international center Maria Kalmykova. Kalmykova played last season at Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (PBL). In 4 Euroleague games last year she had just 1.0ppg. She also played 11 games in PBL where she recorded 3.3ppg and 3.0rpg. Kalmykova helped them to make it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. A very spectacular season in her career as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Superleague Honorable Mention. She also played at Gloria Moscow earlier that season. Kalmykova contributed to her team making it to the final after they ended regular season as second best team. Great season indeed as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Superleague Honorable Mention.
She was a member of Russian Senior National Team between 2001 and 2004. Kalmykova also represented Russia at the Olympic Games in Athens eight years ago. Her team won Bronze.
Spartak St.Petersburg tabbed 30-year Svetlana Maksimenko. Maksimenko played most recently at Dynamo Moscow (PBL). She also played at Dynamo earlier that season. In 5 Eurocup games last season she averaged 10.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.8spg. Maksimenko also played 26 games in PBL where she had 6.6ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.7spg.



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  SLOVAKIA   

Standings - Women

Extraliga Standings
 1. Good Angels 6-0 
 2. MBK Ruzomb. 5-1 
 3. Samorin 4-1 
 4. Piestanske C. 4-2 
 5. SKBD Rucon 3-2 
 6. Petrzalka 2-3 
 7. Ostrava 1-3 
 8. Levice 1-4 
 9. Cassovia K. 1-5 
 10. Poprad 0-6 

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 10: Samorin - Levice 92-44
Oct. 10: MBK Ruzomb. - SKBD Rucon 88-54
Oct. 10: Cassovia K. - Ostrava 67-78
Oct. 10: Poprad - Piestanske C. 40-75
Oct. 10: Good Angels - Petrzalka 100-49

Regular Season: Round 7

Oct. 13: SKBD Rucon - Cassovia K.
Oct. 13: Piestanske C. - MBK Ruzomb.
Oct. 13: Petrzalka - Poprad
Oct. 13: Levice - Good Angels
Oct. 13: Ostrava - Samorin



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  TURKEY   


SPORTOTO Turkish Cup is beginning. - by Baha Kurtulus

In order to determine the groups attending to quarter finals, the games will take place in three different cities and groups in 12-14th October 2012.
Groups, cities and teams schedule is;

Group A - KUTAHYA
12th October 2012
Mersin BSB.- Tarsus Belediye
Ceyhan Belediye - Edremit BLD.
13th October 2012
Edremit BLD. - Mersin BB
Tarsus Belediye - Ceyhan Belediye
14th October 2012
Mersin BSB - Ceyhan Belediye
Edremit BLD - Tarsus Belediye

Group B - KONYA
12th October 2012
Kayseri KASKI - Canik Belediye
Samsun Basketbol - Besiktas
13th October 2012
Besiktas Kayseri KASKI
Canik Belediye - Samsun Basketbol
14th October 2012
Kayseri KASKI - Samsun Basketbol
Besiktas - Canik Belediye

Group C ORDU
12th October 2012
Botas - Istanbul Univ. B.G.D
Antakya BLD. - TED Ankara Kolejliler
13th October 2012
TED Ankara Kolejliler - Botas
Istanbul Univ. B.G.D - Antakya BLD.
14th October 2012
Botas - Antakya BLD.
TED Ankara Kolejliler - Istanbul Univ. B.G.D



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  UBA   


Olivais Coimbra add Mattilyn McIntyre for 2012/13 - by UBA Basketball


Mattilyn McIntyre (5'9''-G-89, college: UALR) made it back to Europe signing a deal with Mrgroup. The 5 feet 9 inch guard spent last season in Romania for BCT Alexandria.

This season McIntyre signed with the Southern Generals of the WUBA. Looking to help coach Jared Johnson get back the the finals. But this great situation was short lived when Johnson pulled the trigger on McIntryre leaving for Europe.

"It's my job to help the ladies move on to the next level, said Johnson. There was a situation for me to place her so I did. I would do it for any of my ladies.

McIntryre is a product of the Texas A&M-CC. As a senior she ranked 8th in the NCAA in scoring with 19.8rpg.



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  UGANDA   


Leopards hand Lady Canons first season loss - by Eurobasket News

UCU Lady Canons unbeaten season run came to a stop Friday evening following a 60-70 loss to KCCA Leopards.
After an explosive performance Rangers last weekend, KCCAs guard, Flavia Oketcho put up another big show against the three time defending champions hitting game high 22 points, picking 8 rebounds, handing out 4 assists and swiping 4 steals. We took her lightly but by the time we
realized she was killing us, it was late UCUs coach, Boniface Okello on Oketcho.
KCCA were edged out 51-46 in the first round and were not going to let that happen again as they jumped on to a double figure lead early in the opening period taking it 21-8 off a strong start and maintained it through the second quarter going into halftime up by 11 points.
UCU spent the third quarter chipping away and came within 6 points, 2:56 after back-to-back shots from Verginia Awino and Purity Adhiambo (12 points, 11 rebounds) inside the key after Peace Proscovia (17 points, 11 rebounds) had solely KCCAs 16 points lead to 10.
KCCA went to the final period leading by 7 and scored the first 6 points of the fourth quarter to restore their double digit lead and did not allow UCU anywhere closer than 9 points with great team defense that caught out Lady Canons on the shot clock on three occasions. Sarah Nassuna contributed 14 points for Leopards and Martha Soigi added 11 points and picked 9 rebounds.
Meanwhile UCUs mens side fell to Kyambogo Warriors 66-60. Henry Malinga led the way for Warriors with 13 points and Norman Blick added 12. Center, Michael Kariuki chipped in with 10 points and 12 rebounds while Sam Gombyas 9 points went along with 13 boards.
Shooting guard, Suudi Ulanga led Canons with 12 points including two 3-pointers off 11 attempts. Boniface Okello and Brian Namake contributed 11 points apiece and Desmond Owili added 10 points.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  WNBA   


Fever blast Sun out of postseason, 87-71 - by Eurobasket News

It was inevitable Thursday that the Indiana Fever or Connecticut Sun would leave Mohegan Sun Arena feeling like their soul was ripped out.

It's the nature of sport. Only one team can win the final game of the series. Only one team can win the final game of the year.

What the Fever never expected was that feeling could come after their biggest win of the year.

This year, Indiana is the team with the shot from the Eastern Conference. But it paid a big price.

Playing for the last 35 minutes without Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue), the star of the first two games, the Fever pulled together, shot with incredible accuracy (55.7) and blasted the Sun, 87-71.

"There really isn't a lot to say when you get your butts beat like that," Sun coach Mike Thibault said.

Tamika Catchings (6'1''-SF-79, college: Tennessee), the 2011 MVP, led the Fever with 22 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. Former Sun guard Erin Phillips (5'8''-PG-85) added 15.

Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut), the 2012 MVP, led the Sun with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

And now the Fever move on to Minnesota for Game 1 of the best-of-five WNBA Finals on Sunday. They haven't been to the finals since 2009 when they lost to Phoenix and are still looking for their first title.

But whether they will have Douglas is unknown.

"We don't know yet," Catchings said. "But we are going to go there and get ready to play."

Douglas, a Fever pillar and top scorer in the series, severely injured her left ankle five minutes into the first quarter and was taken to the hospital for X-rays.

"We were going to [win the game] for her," Phillips said.

Douglas, named to the Sun's All-Decade team last month, had scored 81 points in the first two games. She was hurt doing what she does best, driving to the basket with her left hand when she fell on Tan White's foot.

Douglas badly rolled the ankle and immediately cried out in anguish, her fists smashing into the floor. The Fever were leading, 12-4.

Dunn inserted Shavonte Zellous (5'10''-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) (11 points), whose basket beat the Sun in Game 2, and turned to Jeanette Pohlen, the former Stanford star, who hadn't scored since Sept. 28.

And Indiana took flight. Pohlen's three (14 points) with 2:57 to play in the half gave it a 41-20 lead after a 21-6 run.

"We couldn't hit the rim and they were making everything," Thibault said. "It was a bad start."

It also made the Fever 7 of 7 from three. They were 17 of 29 from the floor in the first half. Meanwhile, the Sun missed their first 10 threes in the first half, during which they shot 11 of 34. And they trailed, 43-24.

The Sun ended 4 of 18 from three, shooting 40.6 percent.

The Sun's season ends one win short of their first Eastern Conference title since 2005. They swept New York, won Game 1 against the Fever and led 11-0 in Game 2 before their momentum was stunted.

"It's hard to be a champion and we are not there, obviously," Thibault said.

Indiana also recovered from a 1-0 deficit to win its first-round series against Atlanta. No team has ever won a title in such fashion.

The Fever's two stars, Douglas and Catchings, have never won a title. And during the Sun's stop in Indiana for Game 2, Thibault heard tell of the "burn" inside the Fever to get them one.

"Asjha [Jones] and Kara [Lawson] have the same burn those guys do," Thibault said. "What more right do they have to the title than us? It's the same emotion."

And if the perception was that Indiana's championship window was closing, the same could be said for the Sun, so desperate to get Jones a WNBA crown to go along with her two NCAA championships at UConn and her 2012 Olympic gold medal.

"Everyone is trying to get a championship. I know they've been pushing hard to get a championship, but so have we," Sun guard Tan White said.

And this game was played where the Sun wanted it.

"Which makes this so hard," Renee Montgomery said.

Thibault said he knew the game might come down to hustle plays, like Monday's did in Indiana. But he suspected it would have more to do with who was able to sustain the effort, which the Sun did not do defensively.

"It's not a big deal to do that. In the NBA, you might have to play 28 games to win the championship. This is supposed to be fun. If you don't like playing these kinds of games, you shouldn't be in the business."

And the Fever won this game, and the series, on adrenaline. Instead of flailing with the loss of Douglas, the Fever just kept burning the Sun.

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