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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



MZT Skopje split ways with Aleksandar Todorov - by Eurobasket News

Aleksandar Todorov (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) leaves MZT Skopje head coaching position. The club officially confirmed his resignation. Aleksandar Todorov (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) took over the Macedonian powerhouse at the start of the previous season. He led MZT Skopje to the FYR Macedonia League title. Eurobasket.com named the specialist All-Macedonian League Coach of the Year. However MZT Skopje slowly started the current season. They lost three out of five starting Adriatic League games. Aleksandar Todorov (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) will not leave the team completely. The specialist is expected to take over sports director position in the office.
The club announced that the name of the new head coach will be named before the game versus Crvena Zvezda. The Adriatic League clash is scheduled for October 27th.



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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONS CUP   

ACC Standings

African Champions Cup Standings
Group A
 1. ASS Sale 0-0 
 2. Libolo 0-0 
 3. Mazembe 0-0 
 4. Union Bank 0-0 
 5. Urunani 0-0 
Group B
 1. 1 De Agosto 0-0 
 2. CRA Hoceima 0-0 
 3. ES Sahel 0-0 
 4. Malabo King 0-0 
 5. Petroleos 0-0 
 6. Royal Hoopers 0-0 



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  ANGOLA   


Primeiro de Agosto win Cunha Cup - by Eurobasket News

Primeiro de Agosto Mens basketball team have won the fourth edition of Victorino Cunha Cup.
They defeated Petro de Luanda by 88-76 in the finals played at Rio Seco pavilion to lift their third trophy of the competition after 2009 and 2010.
The competition is aimed at paying hommage to Victotino Cunha, former national and club coach.
Courtesy of: Starafrica.com



Primeiro de Agosto player Reggie Moore named MVP of Cunha tourney - by Eurobasket News

Primeiro de Agosto player Reggie Moore (203-PF-81, college: ORU) has been named Most valuable player, MVP, of the Victorino Cunha tournament.
He won the prize after his team finished top of the tournament with five points, beating Petro of Luanda in their final game.

Official Standings :

1. 1 de Agosto - 5 points

2 .Petro de Luanda - 5 points

3. Recreativo do Libolo - 4 points

4. Interclube - 4 points

1 de Agosto's player Reggie Moore was the MVP of the tournament.
Courtesy of: Starafrica.com



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  APBL   


2012-13 APBL teams line-up - by Gianni Pascucci

Here down you can see the official Conference and Division line-up for the upcoming, 2012-13 American Professional Basketball League season.

Northern Conference
Gateway Division
1. The Destroyers
2. Hudson Valley Kingz
3. Brooklyn Firebirds
4. North Jersey Pros

Eastern Division
1. NYC 524
2. Tri-State Energy
3. Manhattan Pride
4. NYC Jaguars

Southern Conference
Patriot Division
1. Beltway Bombers
2. Rockville Victors
3. Capitol City Express
4. Metro All Stars

Colonial Division
1. Winchester Storm
2. Bay Area Shuckers
3. Nova Hawks
4. West Virginia Monarchs

Website: www.theapbl.com



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  ARGENTINA   


South American League 2012: Penarol outscore Deportes Castro in Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Penarol -Deportes Castro 86:75

Penarol outscore Deportes Castro in Day 1 of the South American League 2012 in Group C. The team from Argentina overcame Chilean side 86:75.
Penarol took the lead from the very beginning and grabbed 25-19 after the first period. They added 20-12 in the second frame and led 14 points at the halftime. Both teams nailed 23 points each in the third quarter, while Deportes Castro managed to win the last stanza 21-18.
Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) top-scored for the winners with 19 pointsm and David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) collected 15 points and 11 rebounds. Leonardo Gutierrez (201-F/C-78) also scored 15, while Thomas Terrell (201-F/C-79, college: Georgia St.) and Martin Leiva (209-C-80) nailed 10 apiece. Gonzalo Velasquez (185-G-81) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort and Richard Willie brought 18. CamRon Clay (203-PF-82) delivered 15, while Zaronn Cann (198-F, college: Eckerd) brought 12.
Tomorrow Flamengo facing Deportes Castro of Chile in the early game, while Hebraica Maccabi battles Penarol in the closer.

Penarol: Facundo Campazzo 19, David Teague 15+11 rebs, Leonardo Gutierrez 15, Thomas Terrell 10, Martin Leiva 10
Deportes Castro: Gonzalo Velasquez 22, Richard Willie 18, CamRon Clay 15, Zaronn Cann 12



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  AUSTRALIA   


Kings sign Daniel Joyce - by Hugh McAuliffe

Sydney head coach Shane Heal has confirmed that the Kings will add former Gold Coast and Wollongong guard Daniel Joyce (194-G-87) to their roster to cover for the injured James Harvey.

Harvey broke his arm in the Kings Round Three loss to Cairns and is expected to miss eight to ten weeks.

The Daily Telegraphs Tyson Otto reported on Wednesday morning that Joyce, son of former NBL championship winning coach Brendan Joyce, would act as a temporary replacement for Harvey.

Heal confirmed through his Twitter account @ShaneHeal that the Kings would utilise the services of Joyce in Harveys absence.

Dan Joyce will join the kings for this weeks road trip to nth qld. Dan has been training with us since the 1st day of camp, Heal tweeted, adding that he would replace harvs.

Joyce has played 94 NBL games in his career and played his rookie season with the Hawks and two years with Gold Coast.

Joyces career averages are 5.8 points, 2.1 assists and 1.4 rebounds.

Most recently the 194cm shooting guard has been playing with the SEABLs Ballarat Miners, where he lines up alongside Kings teammate Kevin White and Wollongongs Tim Coenraad under former Cairns Taipans head coach Guy Molloy.

Heal later tweeted that the Kings had tried to lure former Melbourne Tigers guard Daniel Dillon and last season's Rookie of the Year Anatoly Bose back from Europe before settling on Joyce.

Heal was quick to defend Joyce's addition.

"I think it's funny when some people say we should not sign Dan Joyce but don't have answers on who else is game fit, available & ready now," he tweeted in response to on-line criticism of the signing.



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

Balkan League Standings
Group A
 1. Galil Gilboa 1-0 
 2. Kumanovo 1-0 
 3. Levski Sofia 1-0 
 4. Mornar Bar 0-1 
 5. Djuro Djakovic 0-2 
Group B
 1. Kavala 1-0 
 2. Kozuv 1-0 
 3. Teodo Tivat 0-0 
 4. OKK Beograd 0-1 
 5. Rilski Sportist 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 2

A

Oct. 23: Levski Sofia - Djuro Djakovic 77-73
Oct. 24: Mornar Bar - Galil Gilboa

B

Oct. 24: Kavala - OKK Beograd

Round 5

Oct. 24: Kozuv - Rilski Sportist



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  BELARUS   

Standings - Premier League

Premier Standings
 1. Grodno-93 2-0 
 2. Sozh Gomel 2-1 
 3. Tsmoki-Minsk II 2-1 
 4. Impuls BGUIR 1-1 
 5. Rubon 1-1 
 6. Borisfen 1-2 
 7. Svisloch 0-3 
Play in international cups:
 1. Tsmoki-Minsk

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 23: Sozh Gomel - Grodno-93 81-86
Oct. 23: Tsmoki-Minsk II - Impuls BGUIR 76-64
Oct. 23: Borisfen - Svisloch 74-72

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 26: Grodno-93 - Tsmoki-Minsk II
Oct. 26: Rubon - Borisfen
Oct. 26: Impuls BGUIR - Sozh Gomel


Stats Leaders - Premier League

Points Per Game
 Ronaldas RUTKAUSKAS
  Tsmoki.
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 27.7
 1. Rutkauskas, Tsmok.27.7 
 2. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel24.7 
 3. Volodkin, Impuls B.21.0 
 4. Kamarunas, Svisl.19.7 
 5. Miakinin, Sozh Gom.19.0 
 6. Shustau, Svisloch18.3 
 7. Zakhar, Impuls B.16.5 
 8. Konuyshenko, Grod.16.5 
 9. Tatur, Borisfen16.3 
 10. Sharipov, Svisloch16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aliaksandr SEMIANIUK
  Tsmoki.
  (207-F-93)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Semianiuk, Tsmoki.11.3 
 2. Dadukin, Sozh G.9.7 
 3. Yafremov, Grodn.8.5 
 4. Mishukov, Grodn.8.5 
 5. Kuzmin, Grodno-937.0 
 6. Sharipov, Svisloch6.7 
 7. Zakhar, Impuls B.6.5 
 8. Ilyukevich, Rubon6.5 
 9. Hrumiantsau, Svisl.6.3 
 10. Azaare, Impuls B.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Vytautas KAMARUNAS
  Svisl.
  (179-PG-89)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Kamarunas, Svisl.7.3 
 2. Charykau, Sozh G.6.7 
 3. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.6.3 
 4. Shustau, Svisloch6.0 
 5. Kryukov, Borisfen3.7 
 6. Kuzmin, Grodno-933.5 
 7. Sitnik, Sozh Gomel3.3 
 8. Zakhar, Impuls B.3.0 
 9. Dadukin, Sozh G.3.0 
 10. Sapegin, Rubon2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Siarhei SAPEGIN
  Rubon
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Sapegin, Rubon5.0 
 2. Tatur, Borisfen4.0 
 3. Akulich, Rubon3.5 
 4. Ignatchik, Tsmoki.3.3 
 5. Kamarunas, Svisl.2.7 
 6. Shustau, Svisloch2.7 
 7. Charko, Grodno-932.5 
 8. Aheyenka, Borisfen2.3 
 9. Zakhar, Impuls B.2.0 
 10. Syrovatko, Grodn.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Aliaksandr KUZMITSKI
  Impuls B.
  (198-F-92)
  Avg: 0
 1. Kuzmitski, Impuls0.0 
 2. Aheyenka, Borisfen0.0 
 3. Kuzmin, Grodno-930.0 
 4. Yafremov, Grodn.0.0 
 5. Kurapau, Tsmoki.0.0 
 6. Viaroukin, Sozh Go.0.0 
 7. Kryukov, Borisfen0.0 
 8. Vashkevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 9. Krisevich, Tsmoki.0.0 
 10. Tatur, Borisfen0.0 


Belarusian Premier League round 3 best performance: Yury Mishukov - by Eurobasket News

Former international center Yury Mishukov (205-C-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for top-ranked Grodno-93, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Sozh Gomel (#2, 2-1) 86-81. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Grodno-93 to take over top position in the Belarusian Premier League. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Grodno-93 won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Mishukov had a remarkable 63.6% from 2-point range. He turned to be Grodno-93's top player in his first season with the team. Yury Mishukov has solid league stats. He is in league's top in rebounds (4th best: 8.5rpg) and averages impressive 58.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Ukrainian Sergei Dadukin (198-F-83) of league's second-best Sozh Gomel. Dadukin had a very good evening with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Sozh Gomel lost that game 81-86 to Grodno-93 (2-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Dadukin is a newcomer at Sozh Gomel, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was guard Sergey Tatur (195-G-91) of Borisfen (#6). Tatur scored 18 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was a key player of Borisfen, leading his team to a 74-72 win against Svisloch (#7, 0-3). The chances of Borisfen not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Tatur could try to bring Borisfen's a little bit higher in the standings. Tatur has individually a great season in Belarus. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 16.3ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sergei Miakinin (206-F/C-86) of Sozh Gomel - 16 points and 2 rebounds
5. Maksim Shustau (188-G-86) of Svisloch - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Evgeni Sugonyako (198-F-92) of Tsmoki-Minsk II - 25 points and 4 rebounds
7. Kiril Sitnik (190-G-89) of Sozh Gomel - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-F-92) of Tsmoki-Minsk II - 22 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Artem Malkov (185-PG-88) of Grodno-93 - 14 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Siarhei Charykau (185-PG-82) of Sozh Gomel - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 9 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)



Premier League Round 3: Grodno-93 take 2-0 record on top - by Eurobasket News

Premier League Regular Season is still in too early stage and there may be still significant changes in the standings.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Impuls BGUIR (1-1) on the court of fifth ranked Tsmoki-Minsk II on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Tsmoki-Minsk II 76-64. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game without a history. Tsmoki-Minsk II led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Impuls BGUIR to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Tsmoki-Minsk II dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Impuls BGUIR's 28. Tsmoki-Minsk II forced 21 Impuls BGUIR turnovers and outrebounded them 41-29 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Evgeni Sugonyako (198-92) helped adding 25 points. The best for the losing side was Henadziy Zakhar (198-92) with 12 points and 5 rebounds. Impuls BGUIR's coach Fedor Rodenko rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tsmoki-Minsk II (2-1) moved-up to second place, which they share with Sozh Gomel. Impuls BGUIR at the other side dropped to the fourth position with one game lost. They share it with Rubon. Tsmoki-Minsk II is looking forward to face league's leader Grodno-93 on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Impuls BGUIR will play against the league's second-placed Sozh Gomel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Important game to mention about took place in Mogilev. Sixth ranked Borisfen (1-2) saved a 2-point derby victory at home edging bottom-ranked Svisloch (0-3) 74-72 in the game for the sixth place. It was an exceptional evening for guard Sergey Tatur (195-91) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Fedor Kryukov accounted for 13 points and 5 assists. The former international guard Maksim Shustau (188-86) came up with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals for Svisloch in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Borisfen maintains sixth place with 1-2 record. It was Svisloch's third loss in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. Borisfen will play against higher ranked Rubon (#5) in Vitebsk in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Svisloch will have a break next round.
Very significant was Grodno-93's (#2, 2-0) victory against leader Sozh Gomel (2-1) 86-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sozh Gomel. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The best player for the winners was Yury Mishukov who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was Sergei Dadukin who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Grodno-93 (2-0) keeps a position of league leader. Loser Sozh Gomel dropped to the second place with one game lost. They share the position with Tsmoki-Minsk II. Grodno-93 will meet at home Tsmoki-Minsk II (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sozh Gomel will play against Impuls BGUIR in Minsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


Tsmoki-Minsk II - Impuls BGUIR 76-64

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Impuls BGUIR (1-1) on the court of fifth ranked Tsmoki-Minsk II on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Tsmoki-Minsk II 76-64. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The game without a history. Tsmoki-Minsk II led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Impuls BGUIR to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Tsmoki-Minsk II dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Impuls BGUIR's 28. Tsmoki-Minsk II forced 21 Impuls BGUIR turnovers and outrebounded them 41-29 including a 27-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great evening for Lithuanian forward Ronaldas Rutkauskas (203-92) who led his team to a victory scoring 22 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Evgeni Sugonyako (198-92) helped adding 25 points. The best for the losing side was Henadziy Zakhar (198-92) with 12 points and 5 rebounds and guard Kiril Volodkin (190-91) scored 14 points. Impuls BGUIR's coach Fedor Rodenko rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Tsmoki-Minsk II (2-1) moved-up to second place, which they share with Sozh Gomel. Impuls BGUIR at the other side dropped to the fourth position with one game lost. They share it with Rubon. Tsmoki-Minsk II is looking forward to face league's leader Grodno-93 on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Impuls BGUIR will play against the league's second-placed Sozh Gomel and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Impuls BGUIR: K.Volodkin 14+3reb+1ast, H.Zakhar 12+5reb+3ast, A.Kuzmitski 9+2reb, Y.Ignatiev 9+3reb, D.Azaare 8+9reb+1ast, A.Papruha 7+1reb
Tsmoki-Minsk II: E.Sugonyako 25+4reb+1ast, R.Rutkauskas 22+6reb+3ast, A.Semianiuk 10+7reb, A.Vashkevich 6+5reb+1ast, Y.Kurapau 5+5reb+1ast, V.Ignatchik 4+5reb+5ast
gschID: 203668


Borisfen - Svisloch 74-72

Important game to mention about took place in Mogilev. Sixth ranked Borisfen (1-2) saved a 2-point derby victory at home edging bottom-ranked Svisloch (0-3) 74-72 in the game for the sixth place. Svisloch was ahead by 7 points after three quarters before a 18-9 charge of Borisfen, which allowed them to win the game. They also forced 29 Svisloch turnovers. Svisloch was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was an exceptional evening for guard Sergey Tatur (195-91) who led the winners and scored 18 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). point guard Fedor Kryukov (181-88) accounted for 13 points and 5 assists for the winning side. Four Borisfen players scored in double figures. The former international guard Maksim Shustau (188-86) came up with 17 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 6 steals and Lithuanian point guard Vytautas Kamarunas (179-89) added 8 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists respectively for Svisloch in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Borisfen maintains sixth place with 1-2 record. It was Svisloch's third loss in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. Borisfen will play against higher ranked Rubon (#5) in Vitebsk in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Svisloch will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Svisloch: M.Shustau 17+5reb+5ast, I.Sharipov 15+3reb+1ast, A.Hrumiantsau 14+4reb, P.Shuleyko 8+2reb, V.Kamarunas 8+7reb+7ast, M.Dabravolski 5+2reb
Borisfen: S.Tatur 18+6reb+2ast, F.Kryukov 13+1reb+5ast, A.Aheyenka 11+2reb+3ast, E.Kopylov 10+5reb+1ast, A.Poljakov 8+4reb, V.Haidukevich 6+2reb
gschID: 203667


Sozh Gomel - Grodno-93 81-86

Very significant was Grodno-93's (#2, 2-0) victory against leader Sozh Gomel (2-1) 86-81. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Sozh Gomel. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Sozh Gomel won fourth quarter 27-22. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Sozh Gomel 42-21 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was the former international center Yury Mishukov (205-85) who had a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds. The former international guard Dzmitry Kuzmin (196-75) chipped in 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was Ukrainian forward Sergei Dadukin (198-83) who recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and guard Kiril Sitnik (190-89) added 24 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Grodno-93 (2-0) keeps a position of league leader. Loser Sozh Gomel dropped to the second place with one game lost. They share the position with Tsmoki-Minsk II. Grodno-93 will meet at home Tsmoki-Minsk II (#3) in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Sozh Gomel will play against Impuls BGUIR in Minsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Sozh Gomel: K.Sitnik 24+2reb+3ast, S.Dadukin 17+10reb+4ast, S.Miakinin 16+2reb, S.Charykau 15+2reb+9ast, I.Kaliayev 5+3reb+3ast, T.Viaroukin 2
Grodno-93: Y.Mishukov 24+11reb+1ast, I.Konuyshenko 17+5reb, A.Malkov 14+2reb+3ast, D.Kuzmin 11+7reb+5ast, V.Korzh 8+3reb+3ast, U.Charko 6+4reb+3ast
gschID: 203666



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  BELIZE   


COCABA U16 Championship: Belize beat Guatemala for 2-1 record - by Eurobasket News

Guatemala U16-Belize U16 50:57

Belize beat Guatemala for 2-1 record at the COCABA U16 Championship. They needed 57:50 victory to step higher in Group A. Guatemala meanwhile fell at 0-3 record.
Guatemala opened the game with 13-10 lead, but the score was tied at the halftime. Belize needed 17-14 for 27:27 at the end of the second frame. The battle continued in the court as both teams scored 12 points each in the third quarter. Only due to 18-11 in the last stanza Belize managed to grab the win.
Crawford Shaquiel Sherman stepped up with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Carbajal Jamie Dominic added 11. Espinosa Eusebio Joseph followed them with 10 points. De La Cruz Sical Estuardo Benjamin finished the game with 15 points in defeat, while Cervantes Medrano Selvyn Gerardo De Jesus added 12 points and 11 boards. Mejia Lobos Erick Rene scored 7 and Cuellar Ronquillo Jose Pablo delivered 6 points and 12 rebounds.

Guatemala U16: De La Cruz Sical Estuardo Benjamin 15, Cervantes Medrano Selvyn Gerardo De Jesus 12+11 rebs, Mejia Lobos Erick Rene 7, Cuellar Ronquillo Jose Pablo 6+12 rebs
Belize U16: Crawford Shaquiel Sherman 16+10 rebs, Carbajal Jamie Dominic 11, Espinosa Eusebio Joseph 10



COCABA U16 Championship: Belize won and lost at the Preliminary Round - by Eurobasket News

Belize won and lost at the Preliminary Round of the COCABA U16 Championship. In Day 1 Belize beat Honduras 71:32. Trailing 9-11 after the first period, Belize needed a 21-8 surge to take 29-19 lead at the halftime. Moreover they erupted with 26-2 in the third period and won the last stanza 15-11. Usher Zachary Isaac top-scored for the winners with 15 points and 19 rebounds. Rodrick Williams (97) and Brown Kevin Lindon followed him with 10 points each. Bejarano Nolasco Adrian Abel finished the game with 10 points in the losing effort.
In Day 2 El Salvador beat Belize 69:55. The winners won the first two quarters and led 40:26 at the halftime. Belize managed to win the third period 18-15 and reduced to 11 points at the end of 30 minutes. El Salvador however needed a 14-11 surge in the last stanza to seal the victory. Escoto Bran Luis Eduardo top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Alas Solorzano, Rene Alejandro had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Hernandez Gamero, Leonardo Salvador posted 16, while Gonzalez Garcia, Diego Jose added 9. Crawford Shaquiel Sherman ended up with 16 points and Rodrick Williams had 14.



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  BOSNIA   


Results Bosnian D2 round 2! - by Chris Mathieu

RESULTS 2nd SCHOOLS - TUZLA: MCO Freedom-Brcko District of 58:83 (10:26, 21:24, 18:18, 9:15), SARAJEVO: Spars (S) - Student 95:74 (19:26, 24:25, 28:12, 24:11), SREBRENIK: Gradina - Lower Vakuf 93:80 (14:13, 31:23, 23:23, 25:21), MOSTAR: Spars - Limometal 113:83 (28:18, 23 : 29, 34:17, 28:19), ILIDA: Play Off - Orlovik 79:55 (24:15, 16:18, 27:14, 12:8), ZENICA: Steel - Bosniak 91:84 (25: 21, 21:29, 25:13, 20:21).

TABLE

Play Off 2 2 0 4 173:120
Spars 178:128 2 2 0 4
2 2 0 Steel 189:161 4
Spars (M) 1 1 2 3 193:168
Bosnjak 194:174 2 1 1 3
2 1 Gradina 1163: 153 3
BD 2 1 3 1 148:152
Student 2 1 1 3 159:175
MCO Freedom 2 1 1 3 131:153
Donji Vakuf 163:203 2 0 2 2
2 0 2 Limometal 160:211 2
Orlovik 2 0 2109 : 162 2

In the third round (27/28. X.) meet - Brcko: Brcko District - Castle, EPCE: Orlovik - Freedom, TUZLA: Student - Play Off CAZIN: Limometal - Spars (S), HADINI: Bosnjak - Spars (M), VAKUF LOWER: Lower excel - Steel.

MCO FREEDOM 58
DISTRIKT 83
(10:26, 21:24, 18:18, 9:15)

TUZLA - Hall Mejdan. Spectators 500th Judges: Kunosic, D. Efendic (Tuzla) and corp (Brcko).
MCO FREEDOM: M. Ibracevic 9, Jahic A. 8, A. Arnautalic 3, D. 2 Radic, A. Ahmedic, F. Zekavicic, E. Latifagic, R. Groic 2, M. Tanasilovic 2, M.. Andelija 10 A. Pejic 9, N. Hujdurovic 13th Coach: Adnan Hodzic.
DISTRIKT: B. 13 Nesic, D. Ignjic, A. Josic 13, M. Islamovic 17, Dj. Grdan 3, I. Christmas 28, B. Ahmetbaic 2, R. Crnic, I. Vidakovic, J. Mujkic, I. arenac 5, M. Mojic. Coach: Azur Hadovic

MCO spars SARAJEVO 95
STUDENT 74
(19:26, 24:25, 28:12, 24:11)

SARAJEVO - Hall Skenderija. Spectators 300th Judges: Pasalic and Delic (Zenica), Dapo (Ilidza).
MCO spars: A.Zahiragic, A. Nikolic 3, D, Petkovic, A. Sparrow 14, F. Smajlovic 8, E. Ahmedovic, Z. Halilbegovic 15, M. 1 Karic, M. Bulic 24, 13 N. Buza, S. Glogovac 21, Dj. Salic fourth Coach: Mark Trbic
STUDENT: A. Jakubovic 2, 6 M. Duric, M. Alibaic 21, S. Terzic, S. Yasar 2, O. Kaletovic 4, A. Sarajlic 19, E. Mehinovic 4, M. Suljagic 5, JA. ahic . Kikic 11th Coach: Elvir Music

GRADINA 93
LOWER VAKUF 80
(14:13, 31:23, 23:23, 25:21).

SREBRENIK - Sports Hall. Spectators 100th Judges: Kasumovic and Avdic (Tuzla), Beganovic (Srebrenik).
GRADINA: E. Hercegovac 6, A. Avdic, H. Buljubaic 17, I. Hasic 2, N. Serifovic, K. Kaltak 3, E. Nurkanovic 35, J Hodzic, D. Djonlic 4, A. Gopo 2, Topalovic B. 15, R. Hasic 9th Coach: Vladimir Micanovic.
LOWER VAKUF M. Opardija 1, J. Husetic 16, D. Alic, 12, F. Vincevic 2, R. Hockic, A. Caluk 14, Dzihan A., D. alcoholics 2, A. Gradacevic 2 A. Pando 16, M. Pando 13th Coach: Suad Hodzic.

SPARS MOSTAR 113
LIMOMETAL 83
(28:18, 23:29, 34:17, 28:19)

MOSTAR - Sports Hall. Spectators 100th Judges: Hodzic, Mrkovic (Sarajevo), Spahalic (Mostar).
spars (M): E. Safra, A. Hodzic, A. Djelmo 32, Dz. 11 Tanovic, N. Maanovic 4, M. Atic, Idriz H. 10, S. Vujicic 8, 11 A. Hodzic, F. Varelija 17th R. Guest 2, A. Rahimic 18th Coach: Denan Suta.
LIMOMETAL J. Adilagic 5, Mu A. 19, S. 4 Kostadinovic, D. Mahmutovic 8, Damjanic 7 S., E. Kapic 33, Topic A., E. 7th Tatarevic Saud coach Terzic

PLAY OFF 79
ORLOVIK 55
(24:15, 16:18, 27:14, 12:8)

ILIDA - SKC Hall. Spectators 50th Judges: Avdic (Zenica), Obradovic and serer (Sarajevo).
PLAY OFF: K. Kurtagic 4, M. Velic 1, N. Salcin 11, Salcin A., M. Delalic 5, F. Kalamujic 12, A. 17 Dovadija , O. Bravo 10, Galijatovic E., E. Tarcin 10, K. Kalamujic 9th Coach: Admir Prasovic.
ORLOVIK: F. Huseinagic, A. Malicbegovic 13, Derek M. 4, B. Berbic, A. Skopljak 9, K. Kahriman, A. Odobasic 2, K. Bijedic 2, M. Bajric 2, E . Imamovic, K. LJUBOVIN 23rd Coach: Zenan Mujkic

MCO STEEL 91
BONJAK 84
(25, 21, 21:29, 25:13, 20:21)

ZENICA - Dvoirana Bilmice. Spectators 400th Judges: Noinovic, Lasetovic (Tuzla), Preldic (Zepce).
STEEL: N. Andjelic 15, Am. Merdanovica 7, El. Merdanovica 21, D. Mehtic 3, 9 A. Dedic, D. Begagic 18, Dz. Nuranovic, E. Dizdar 2, E. Durmic, A. Ibrahimkadic, E. Suljic 16, Kolak. Coach: Haris Jahic.
BONJAK S. Damjanovic 27, H. Hrgic, D. Mujan 4, M. Dafic 6, 7 Jokanovic B., B. Foric, Mr. Dragovic 19, A. Dizdar 4 E. 17th Residovic Coach: Amir Residovic



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South American League 2012: Flamengo beat Hebraica in the Group C opener - by Eurobasket News

Hebraica-Flamengo 67:75

Flamengo started South American League 2012 with an important with over Hebraica. The Brazilian team needed a 75:67 victory for 1-0 record in Group C.
Flamengo erupted with 27-11 in the first period and added 19-15 in the second frame. The team from Brazil enjoyed 20-point halftime advantage but had difficulties in the second half. As. Hebraica Macabi won the third period 24-15 and reduced to 11 points entering the last period. Moreover they won the last stanza 17-14, but reduced only to the final result.
Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) netted 19. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) posted 12 and Caio Silveira (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) collected 11 points and 11 rebounds. Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) ended up with 19 points in defeat and Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) scored 17. Hatila Passos (211-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) collected 15 points and 15 boards, whilst Luciano Parodi (182-G-94) notched 6.
Tomorrow Flamengo facing Deportes Castro of Chile in the early game, while Hebraica Maccabi battles Penarol in the closer.

Hebraica: Walter Baxley 19, Mauricio Aguiar 17, Hatila Passos 15+15 rebs, Luciano Parodi 6
Flamengo: Marquinhos Vieira 22, Marcelo Magalhaes 19, Vitor Benite 12, Caio Silveira 11+11 rebs



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  BULGARIA   


Balkan League: Levski open win count in new season - by Eurobasket News

Levski - Djuro Djakovic 77:73

Levski recorded the first win at the Balkan League season. The Bulgarian team overcame Djuro Djakovic at home court for 1-0 record in Group A. Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) scored 14 points to lead the winners. Djuro Djakovic fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Djuro Djakovic claimed a 24:21 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second term. Levski trailed by three points at the interval 39:42. The hosts managed to get within two points at the final intermission. Levski increased the tempo in the fourth quarter. They unloaded 23 points in the final frame and surged ahead to clinch the victory. Nikolay Varbanov (210-C-85, agency: Interperformances) notched 12 points, while Dimitar Anguelov (203-SF-79, agency: Interperformances) and Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) added 9 points each for the Bulgarian team. Marko Batina (198-F/G-86) answered with 18 points for Djuro Djakovic. Marino Sarlija (207-C/F-89) had 17 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Levski: Marko Marinovic 14, Nikolay Varbanov 12, Dimitar Anguelov 9, Stefan Georgiev 9
Djuro Djakovic: Marko Batina 18, Marino Sarlija 17



Dimitar Dimitrovs double- double in the Bulgarian NBL - by Interperformances

19 year old forward Dimitar Dimitrov (202-F-93, agency: Interperformances) had a great debut in the first round of the Bulgarian NBL for Levski Sofia. Dimitar had a double-double of 11 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists in 26 minutes helping his team, Levski Sofia beat host Beroe with 15 point difference 84-69. Dimitar has returned to his native country after he spent four years in the youth Program of the Basket Rimini Crabs in Italy. He had been a key player for the Crabs youth programs contributing to reach 3 consecutive finals to the Italian youth National Championship. Additionally, Dimitar won two promotions: the first one; in 2010/2011 with San Lazaro (BO) (Italy DNC) , and in 2011/2012 with San Marino (Italy DNC).
With the Bulgarian National team, Dimitrov shined at U20 EuroBasket Division B this summer with 12.4 ppg, 11.4 rpg and 2.8 apg for 5 games. He helped Bulgaria to reach the Semifinals. However, they failed to Croatia 79-85 in that game and after that lost to Israel 67-101 in the battle for bronze medal. Dimitar Dimitrov helped U18 Bulgarian NT to win the gold medal at U18 EuroBasket Division B in Varna, 2011. There he had 12.9 ppg and 7.6 rpg for 7 games. Bulgaria won the promotion for Division A at this event. In the past, he won gold and bronze medal with U16 Bulgaria. This summer Dimitar Dimitrov played for Bulgarian 3x3 team at FIBA 3x3 World Championship in Greece.



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Aldo Curti selected the top Cameroonian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Cameroonians who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

Aldo Curti
Aldo Curti
   #1. This week's number one is an international point guard Aldo Curti (180-87, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA. He could not help Gravelines-Dunkerque (2-1) in their last game. Despite Curti's good performance Gravelines-Dunkerque lost 55-67 on the road to the lower-ranked (#12) Limoges CSP Elite. He was the second best scorer with 12 points in a mere 19 minutes on the court. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. This year Curti averages: 9.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 38.5%, 3FGP: 28.6% and FT: 92.3% in the three games he played so far. He has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French. Despite Curti played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Cameroonian senior national team.

Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa
   #2. Second place goes to an experienced international shooting guard Joachim Ekanga-Ehawa (187-77, currently plays in France). Ekanga-Ehawa led Aix-Maurienne to a victory over the closely-ranked Lille Metropole (3-2) 100-81 in the French ProB (second division) last Tuesday. He was MVP of the game. Ekanga-Ehawa recorded 23 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Aix-Maurienne Savoie Basket (3-2) is placed sixth in the ProB. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Ekanga-Ehawa has relatively good stats this year: 12.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 64.7%(11-17), 3FGP: 37.9%. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and French. Despite Ekanga-Ehawa played previously for the French national team, he is currently a member of the Cameroonian senior national team.

Alfred Aboya
Alfred Aboya
   #3. The Cameroonian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international power forward Alfred Aboya (206-85, college: UCLA, currently plays in Japan). Aboya was the major contributor in a Shiga L-Stars' victory against the tenth-ranked Osaka Evessa (0-4) 76-64 in the Japanese BJ League on Saturday night. He recorded 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Shiga Lakestars (3-1) are placed fourth in Western group. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. . It's Aboya's first season with the team. This year Aboya has relatively solid stats: 11.8ppg, 6.5rpg, 2FGP: 53.8% and FT: 76.0%. He is also a member of the Cameroonian senior national team.

Victor Samnick
Victor Samnick
   #4. Power forward Victor Samnick (203-79, college: Georgetown, currently plays in France) managed to help Chorale de Roanne Basket in a victory against the fourth-ranked Paris-Levallois (2-1) 74-65 in the French ProA in Friday night's game. Samnick scored only 4 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 16 minutes. Chorale de Roanne Basket (1-2) is placed second from the bottom (#15) in the ProA. . This year Samnick's overall stats are: 5.0ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.7apg in the three games. He has both Cameroonian and French nationalities. Samnick is also Cameroonian national team player.

Arsene Towa
Arsene Towa
   #5. International forward Arsene Towa (191-81, currently plays in Finland) contributed to an easy victory against the leader TuNMKY (3-1) 90-71 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) in Sunday night's game. Towa recorded a double-double by scoring 17 points and getting 10 rebounds. Kerava Energia Team (2-2) is placed fifth in Division B. . Towa is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Kerava Energia Team's roster. He is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). Towa has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 21.3ppg, 13.3rpg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg. Towa plays currently for the Cameroonian national team.

Harding NaNa
Harding NaNa
   #6. Forward Harding NaNa (203-81, college: Delaware, currently plays in Germany) contributed to an New Yorker Phantoms' surprising victory against the league leader BBC Bayreuth (4-1) crushing them 100-69 in the German BBL last Saturday. He scored 6 points in only 11 minutes. New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (2-3) is placed 13th in the BBL. . NaNa has reliable stats this year: 10.4ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.6apg in the five games. He is an international player who is currently on the senior Cameroonian National Team roster.

The list of other players, who all have Cameroonian passport but never been selected to any of Cameroonian national teams:

   #1. Gedeon Pitard (188-G-89, currently plays in France), who plays in the French ProA could not help STB Le Havre (2-1) to beat Cholet (2-1). Pitard scored 5 points in 14 minutes. STB Le Havre lost 62-71 on the road to the leading Cholet. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Pitard's sixth year with the team. This season his overall stats are: 3.0ppg and 2.7rpg in the three games he played so far. Pitard has a dual citizenship: Cameroonian and French.

   #2. Rudolf Mua (201-F/C-80, currently plays in Finland) led Kerava Energia Team to a victory over the leader TuNMKY (3-1) 90-71 in the Finnish 1st Division (second division) in Sunday night's game. He was the best player in that game. Mua recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 12 rebounds. He also added 5 blocks and 5 steals. Kerava Energia Team (2-2) is placed fifth in Division B. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Mua is ranked fourth on the list of the best blockers in the league and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Mua averages: 20.3ppg, 10.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.5bpg and 2.8spg.

   #3. Serge Angounou (202-F-83, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Arizona St., currently plays in Japan), who plays in the Japanese BJ League was not able to help Chiba Jets (1-3) in their last game. Despite his good performance the eighth-placed Chiba Jets were edged 78-77 in Iwate by the leading Big Bulls in the Eastern group. Angounou had a double-double by scoring 12 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 36 minutes. It was Chiba Jets' third consecutive loss in a row. . It's Angounou's first season with the team. This year he has relatively solid stats: 12.3ppg, 9.3rpg, 2.5apg and 2.0spg in the four games.

   #4. Talba Toudjani (201-F-80, currently plays in Georgia) managed to help Energy Invest Rustavi to win against one of league's weakest teams STU (0-1) crushing them 94-62 in the Georgian Superleague last Saturday. He recorded only 2 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. It was his first game for Energy Invest this season. His team is placed in the Superleague.

   #5. Paul Biligha (200-C-90, agency: Players Group, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an Air Avellino's surprising victory against the sixth-ranked Armani Milano (2-2) crushing them 80-58 in the Italian SerieA on Monday night. Biligha scored 5 points in 15 minutes. Sidigas Avellino (1-3) is placed 12th in the SerieA. . This year Biligha averages only 2.3ppg in the four games. He is another player who holds two passports: Cameroonian and Italian.

   #6. Junior MBida (206-C-90, currently plays in France) was not able to secure a victory for Lille Metropole in their game against Aix-Maurienne in the French ProB (second division). MBida cannot count Tuesday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 2 points. His team was badly defeated by 19 points 100-81. MBida's total stats this season are: 2.0ppg and 2.3rpg.



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  CANADA   


Canada book friendly with Nigeria - by Eurobasket News

The Nigeria Basketball Federations president, Mallam Tijani Umar has expressed keenness for friendly encounters.
He was reacting to a request by the Canada Basketball Federation for an international friendly clash next year. President Mallam Tijani Umar said the match will count amongst Nigerias preparations for the 2013 Nations Cup to be hosted by Ivory Coast. He also announced an agreement with the Brazilian basketball Association to play the mens national every year.
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



Levon Kendall selected the top Canadian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Canadian players, who play currently abroad.

Levon Kendall
Levon Kendall
   #1. This week's number one is an international forward Levon Kendall (209-84, college: Pittsburgh, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He could not help Blusens Monbus (3-1) in their last game. Despite Kendall's very good performance Blusens Monbus lost 64-68 on the road to the second-ranked Valencia Basket. He was the top scorer with 24 points. Kendall also added 7 rebounds and 2 blocks in 35 minutes on the court. It was Blusens Monbus' first loss after three consecutive victories. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Kendall is currently second on the list of top scorers with 17.8ppg. He also averaged so far 6.8rpg, 2.5apg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 52.1%, 3FGP: 33.3% and FT: 69.2% in the four games he played so far. Kendall has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Irish. Despite he played previously for the Irish national team, Kendall is currently a member of the Canadian senior national team.

Carl English
Carl English
   #2. Second place goes to an international guard Carl English (192-81, college: Hawaii, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish ACB. He was not able to help Asefa Estudiantes (3-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite English's very good performance Asefa Estudiantes was edged 86-85 in Bilbao by the higher-ranked Gescrap BB (#3). He recorded 16 points. But the season just started, so everything may happen. It's English's first year with the team. English is currently first on the league's list of top scorers. He has individually a very good season with high stats. English averages: 19.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 62.1%(18-29), 3FGP: 44.0%. He is in the roster of the Canadian senior national team.

Devoe Joseph
Devoe Joseph
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former U19 international guard Devoe Joseph (193-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon, currently plays in Ukraine). He led Khimik to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Mykolaiv (1-5) 80-64 in the Ukrainian Superleague last Friday. Joseph scored 11 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 7 assists in 25 minutes. Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (6-2) is placed second in the Superleague. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. This year Joseph's overall stats are: 9.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.5apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 42.0%, 3FGP: 25.0% and FT: 81.8% in the eight games. He played for the Canadian U19 national team five years ago.

Ross Bekkering
Ross Bekkering
   #4. Forward Ross Bekkering (203-87, currently plays in Holland) led Leiden to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Amsterdam (0-3) crushing them 84-64 in the Dutch Eredivisie in Saturday night's game. Bekkering scored 13 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 23 minutes. Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden (3-0) is placed third in the Eredivisie. So far his team won all three games in the Regular Season. . Bekkering is currently third on the league's list of best blockers with 1.3bpg. He also averaged so far 11.0ppg and 5.3rpg in the three games. Bekkering used to play for the Canadian university national team back in 2009.

Jevohn Shepherd
Jevohn Shepherd
   #5. International forward Jevohn Shepherd (196-86, college: Michigan, currently plays in Romania) was the major contributor in a CSM Bucuresti's victory against the closely-ranked Ploiesti (2-2) 93-80 in the Romanian Division A on Saturday night. He scored 27 points (!!!) and had 6 steals in 33 minutes. CS Municipal Bucuresti (2-2) is placed ninth in the Division A. . Shepherd is ranked seventh on the list of the top scorers in the league and also on the list of most steals (second place). He has very impressive stats this year: 18.3ppg, 2.3rpg and 2.7spg in the three games. Shepherd plays currently for the Canadian national team.

Jermaine Bucknor
Jermaine Bucknor
   #6. Forward Jermaine Bucknor (199-83, college: Richmond, currently plays in Germany) contributed to a TBB Trier's victory against the 11th-ranked Phoenix Hagen (2-3) 83-78 in the German BBL in Saturday night's game. He scored 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 16 minutes. TBB Trier (3-1) is placed fifth in the BBL. . This year Bucknor's total stats are: 8.0ppg and 3.3rpg in the four games. Despite he played previously for the Jamaican national team, Bucknor is also a former international player as he played for the Canadian senior team seven years ago.

Nemanja Mitrovic
Nemanja Mitrovic
   #7. International guard Nemanja Mitrovic (197-90, college: Portland, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1 was not able to secure a victory for Kavala (0-2) in their last game. Despite Mitrovic's very good performance the bottom-ranked Kavala lost 74-87 in Eleusina to the higher-ranked (#10) Panelefsiniakos. He was the second best scorer with 16 points. Mitrovic also added 3 passes in 34 minutes; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his first season in pro basketball.. It's Mitrovic's first year with the team. Mitrovic has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.0apg in the two games. Despite he played previously for the Bosnia and Herzegovina national team, Mitrovic is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

Kyle Landry
Kyle Landry
   #8. Power forward Kyle Landry (207-86, college: N.Arizona, currently plays in VTB United League) led his Russian team Triumph Lyubertsy to an easy victory against the eighth-ranked CEZ Nymburk (1-2) crushing them 89-52 in the VTB United League last Sunday. Landry scored 14 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 21 minutes. Triumph Lyubertsy (1-2) is placed sixth in group B. . Landry is ranked sixth on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 7.3rpg. This year he also averages: 13.3ppg in the three games. Landry used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2009.

Olu Ashaolu
Olu Ashaolu
   #9. Former U18 international forward Olu Ashaolu (200-88, college: Oregon, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) couldn't help Caceres Basket (1-2) in their last game. Despite his good performance Caceres Basket was crushed 91-67 in Coruna by the second-ranked Leyma Basquet. Ashaolu was the second best scorer with 13 points. He also added 9 rebounds in 27 minutes. . Ashaolu is currently fifth on the league's list of most steals with 2.3spg. He also averaged so far 9.3ppg and 5.0rpg in the three games. Despite Ashaolu played previously for the Nigerian national team, he is currently in the Canadian U18 national team roster.

David Collins
David Collins
   #10. Center David Collins (213-85, college: Bradley, currently plays in Slovenia) couldn't help Elektra (0-1) in their game against Zlatorog (1-0) in the Slovenian Telemach League. Despite his very good performance last Saturday Collins recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 15 rebounds. He also added 3 blocks. It was his first game for Elektra this season. . Collins is currently first on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place). He is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Canadian senior national team.

   #11. Former international forward Mike Tuck (201-83, college: Loyola, MD, currently plays in United Kingdom) led Sheffield One Health Sharks to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Durham Wildcats 74-58 in the British BBL on Friday night. Tuck had a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 35 minutes. He has averaged so far 9.5ppg, 7.0rpg and 1.5apg in the four games. Despite Tuck played previously for the British national team, he is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

   #12. Former international center Scott Morrison (212-86, college: Portland St., currently plays in Germany) led Eisbaeren Bremerhaven to a victory against the 16th-ranked Deutsche Bank Skyliners 74-68 in the German BBL in Sunday night's game. Morrison scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. He has relatively good stats this season: 11.8ppg and 4.2rpg. Morrison used to play for the Canadian national team back in 2009.

   #13. Former international forward Willie Galick (203-87, college: CS Northridge, currently plays in Spain) led Oviedo CB to a victory over the league outsider Prat Juventud 79-64 in the Spanish LEB Silver (third division) on Saturday night. He was MVP of the game. Galick scored 17 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and made 4 blocks. It was his first game for Oviedo CB this season. He used to play for the Canadian national team three years ago.

   #14. Former U21 international forward Henry Bekkering (198-85, college: E.Washington, currently plays in Holland) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams M.Magixx in their game against The Bright Kings Den Helder in the Dutch Eredivisie. Bekkering scored 8 points. His team was crushed by 24 points 95-71. This season he averages only 6.5ppg. Bekkering used to play for the Canadian U21 national team back in 2004.

   #15. Former University international forward Jacob Doerksen (200-87, currently plays in Germany) helped SC Rasta Vechta win their game against the fifth-ranked NBC 87-83 in the German ProA (second division) on Saturday night. He scored 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Doerksen has averaged so far 7.5ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.0spg. He used to play for the Canadian university national team three years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Canadian passport but never been selected to any of Canadian national teams:

   #1. Corey Muirhead (197-F-83, college: W.Carolina, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL could not help BK Pardubice (3-1) in their last game. Despite Muirhead's very good performance BK Pardubice lost 85-97 on the road to the lower-ranked (#9) Basketbal Svitavy. He had a double-double by scoring 20 points and getting 12 rebounds in 32 minutes. It was BK Pardubice's first loss after three consecutive victories. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Muirhead is currently third on the list of best rebounders with 9.8rpg. This year his other stats are: 15.5ppg, 2.8apg and 1.3spg in the four games he played so far. Muirhead has also Jamaican nationality.

   #2. Jasonn Hannibal (210-C-88, college: Portland, currently plays in Slovenia) contributed to Polzela's victory against the tenth-ranked Geoplin Slovan (0-1) 72-64 in the Slovenian Telemach League in Saturday night's game. He recorded 9 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks. It was his first game for Polzela this season. His team is placed second in the Telemach League. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Hannibal is currently seventh on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (second place).

   #3. Omar El Turk (186-SG-81, college: Dawson Coll., currently plays in Asian Club Championships) led his Lebanese team Al Riyadi to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Belent (1-3) crushing them 116-65 in the Asian Club Championships on Saturday night. El Turk scored 12 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 7 assists. It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (4-0) is placed first in the Asian Club Championships. So far Al Riyadi won all four games in the Semi-Finals. El Turk is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his ninth year in Al Riyadi's roster. He is ranked seventh on the list of the best passers in the league. El Turk's total stats this season are: 7.8ppg, 2.2rpg and 2.8apg. He has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Lebanese. Despite El Turk's Canadian passport, he currently plays for the Lebanese national team and is not eligible to play for the Canadian team.

   #4. Sefton Barrett (196-SF-83, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cent.Michigan, currently plays in Finland) was the major contributor in KTP-Basket's victory against the closely-ranked LrNMKY (3-2) crushing them 96-64 in the Finnish Korisliiga last Friday. He scored 17 points, made 4 passes and 3 steals. KTP Basket Kotka (4-1) is placed second in the Korisliiga. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. . Barrett is currently sixth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best blockers (second place). He has individually a very good season with high stats. Barrett averages: 19.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.8apg, 1.8bpg and 1.4spg.

   #5. Troy Gottselig (203-F-87, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic NBL was not able to help Levice (3-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite his very good performance Levice was defeated 90-81 in Kolin by the higher-ranked BC Kolin (#4). Gottselig was the top scorer with 19 points. He also added 3 steals. . It's Gottselig's first season with the team. Gottselig has relatively good stats this year: 13.0ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.2spg.

   #6. Robbie Sihota (198-F-87, currently plays in Holland), who plays in the Dutch Eredivisie was not able to secure a victory for one of league's weakest teams M.Magixx (2-1) in their last game. Despite his good performance M.Magixx was crushed 95-71 in Den Helder by the higher-ranked (#4) The Bright Kings. Sihota was the top scorer with 14 points. He also added 8 rebounds in 32 minutes. Sihota is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (fourth place). He has very impressive stats this year: 16.0ppg and 9.0rpg in the three games. Sihota has also Indian citizenship.

   #7. Ali Mahmoud (184-G-83, currently plays in Asian Club Championships) is a teammate of previously mentioned Omar El Turk. But that was another game of his team in Asian Club Championships which we would like to mention. Mahmoud contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Mahram crushing them 88-63. He scored 10 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and dished 4 assists. Mahmoud is currently fifth on the list of best passers and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). His total stats this season are: 5.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.0apg and 2.4spg. Mahmoud is another player who holds two passports: Canadian and Lebanese. Despite his Canadian nationality, Mahmoud currently plays for the Lebanese national team and cannot be called to the Canadian team.

   #8. Ali Kanaan (207-C/F-85, college: Mass.-Lowell, currently plays in Asian Club Championships) is a teammate of previously mentioned Omar El Turk. However that was another game of his team in Asian Club Championships which brought him to that list. Kanaan contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider E.R. Falcons crushing them 100-53. He scored 9 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Kanaan has averaged so far 4.6ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.2apg. He has both Canadian and Lebanese nationalities. Despite Kanaan's Canadian passport, he currently plays for the Lebanese national team.

   #9. Kyle Johnson (195-G-88, college: LIU Brooklyn, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Sutor Montegranaro in their game against Juvecaserta in the Italian SerieA. Despite his very good performance in Sunday night's game He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Johnson has averaged so far 6.0ppg, 2.3rpg and 1.3apg. He also holds two passports: Canadian and British. Despite Johnson's Canadian nationality, he currently plays for the British national team.

   #10. Hernst Laroche (185-G, college: N.Mexico St., currently plays in Ukraine) couldn't help BC Odessa in their game against Cherkasy in the Ukrainian Superleague. Despite his very good performance on Friday night He scored 15 points and added 5 assists. Laroche has averaged so far 8.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 4.3apg.



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Standings - DIMAYOR

Liga Nacional Standings
North
 1. Boston Coll. 7-1 
 2. Sagrados 6-2 
 3. Los Leones 5-3 
 4. Providencia 3-4 
 5. Puente Alto 1-5 
 6. Stadio Italiano 0-7 
South
 1. Dep.Espanol 6-1 
 2. Dep.Castro 5-2 
 3. AB Ancud 4-3 
 4. Osorno Basq. 3-3 
 5. Las Animas 1-5 
 6. Dep.Valdivia 1-6 

Regular Season: Round 8

Oct. 21: Los Leones - Stadio Italiano 90-70
Oct. 21: Dep.Espanol - AB Ancud 82-70
Oct. 21: Dep.Valdivia - Dep.Castro 68-84
Oct. 21: Boston Coll. - Sagrados 105-103
Oct. 21: Puente Alto - Providencia


Liga Sudamericana: Castro lost to the argentinean champion in day 1 - by Daniel Valencia

In day 1 of Group C, Deportes Castro lost against the host, Penarol Mar del Plata 86-75. Despite the good scoring performance of shooting guard Gonzalo Velasquez (185-G-81) and the help from the foreign players (Richard,Clay and Cann combined for 45 points), the level of talent of the argentinean champions was too much for the chilean champion. The lack of second chances (only three offensive rebounds) the turnovers (18) and the poor free throws percentage (4-13 31%) were key factors in the defeat of Deportes Castro.

Group C - Day 1

Penarol Mar del Plata 86 - Deportes Castro 75
Pen: David Teague 15 pts. Leonardo Gutierrez pts.
Cas: Gonzalo Velasquez 22 pts. Will Richard 18 pts.

25-19 / 20-12 / 23-23 / 18-21

In day two of group C, Deportes Castro will face Flamengo.



South American League 2012: Penarol outscore Deportes Castro in Day 1 - by Eurobasket News

Penarol -Deportes Castro 86:75

Penarol outscore Deportes Castro in Day 1 of the South American League 2012 in Group C. The team from Argentina overcame Chilean side 86:75.
Penarol took the lead from the very beginning and grabbed 25-19 after the first period. They added 20-12 in the second frame and led 14 points at the halftime. Both teams nailed 23 points each in the third quarter, while Deportes Castro managed to win the last stanza 21-18.
Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) top-scored for the winners with 19 pointsm and David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) collected 15 points and 11 rebounds. Leonardo Gutierrez (201-F/C-78) also scored 15, while Thomas Terrell (201-F/C-79, college: Georgia St.) and Martin Leiva (209-C-80) nailed 10 apiece. Gonzalo Velasquez (185-G-81) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort and Richard Willie brought 18. CamRon Clay (203-PF-82) delivered 15, while Zaronn Cann (198-F, college: Eckerd) brought 12.
Tomorrow Flamengo facing Deportes Castro of Chile in the early game, while Hebraica Maccabi battles Penarol in the closer.

Penarol: Facundo Campazzo 19, David Teague 15+11 rebs, Leonardo Gutierrez 15, Thomas Terrell 10, Martin Leiva 10
Deportes Castro: Gonzalo Velasquez 22, Richard Willie 18, CamRon Clay 15, Zaronn Cann 12



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  COLOMBIA   

Standings

Copa Standings
Group A
 1. Guerreros 8-0 
 2. Cafeteros 4-4 
 3. Once Caldas 3-5 
 4. Patriotas 1-7 
Group B
 1. Choco 5-3 
 2. Bucaros 5-3 
 3. Islanders 4-4 
 4. Hormigueros 2-6 
Places 9-10
 1. Arrieros 0-0 
 2. Bayside 0-0 
Stage One Standings

Second Stage: Round 5

Oct. 22: Hormigueros - Bucaros 97-96
Oct. 22: Choco - Islanders 96-82
Oct. 23: Choco - Islanders 95-83
Oct. 22: Cafeteros - Once Caldas 89-95
Oct. 23: Cafeteros - Once Caldas 89-88
Oct. 23: Hormigueros - Bucaros 82-125
Oct. 23: Patriotas - Guerreros 71-81
Oct. 22: Patriotas - Guerreros 61-89

Second Stage: Round 6

Oct. 26: Cafeteros - Bayside
Oct. 26: Guerreros - Bucaros
Oct. 26: Islanders - Choco
Oct. 26: Arrieros - Once Caldas
Oct. 26: Hormigueros - Patriotas
Oct. 27: Cafeteros - Bayside
Oct. 27: Guerreros - Bucaros
Oct. 27: Islanders - Choco
Oct. 27: Arrieros - Once Caldas
Oct. 27: Hormigueros - Patriotas



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  COSTA RICA   


COCABA U16 Championship: Costa Rica posts two victories in Honduras - by Eurobasket News

Costa Rica posts two victories in Honduras at the COCABA U16 Championship.
In Day 1 Costa Rica smashed Panama 70:43. Costa Rica started with 19-11 and won the rest of the quarters. Miguel Pearson (96) top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Sequeira Murilo Francisco nailed 11. Fonseca Quiros Jose Pablo scored 10 and Chacon Alvarez Marco Antonio brought 9 points. Henriquez Rodriguez Luis Antonio answered with 23 points and 14 rebounds in the losing case.
In Day 2 Honduras was beaten by Costa Rica 31:91. The latter opened the game with 19-6 and added massive 28-11 in the second period. Moreover they won the third period 21-14 and did not allow the opponents to score in the last quarter. Chacon Alvarez Marco Antonio stepped up with 16 points, while Fonseca Quiros Jose Pablo and Miguel Pearson netted 14 points apiece. Bejarano Nolasco Adrian Abel replied with 9 points in the losing effort.



COCABA U16 Championship: Costa Rica becomes the only undefeated team - by Eurobasket News

Costa Rica U16-El Salvador U16 80:58

Costa Rica becomes the only undefeated team at the COCABA U16 Championship. They edged El Salvador 80:58 in Day 3 for 3-0 record. The latter meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped at 2-1 record.
Costa Rica took 25-12 in the first period and added 21-16 in the second quarter. They also looked better in the third period and won it 17-12. El Salvador managed to respond with 18-17 in the last quarter but it was not enough to win the game.
Miguel Pearson (96) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Fonseca Quiros Jose Pablo nailed 19. Chacon Alvarez Marco Antonio delivered 17 and Cortes Bartels Braulio Custodio posted 11. Hernandez Gamero Leonardo Salvador finished the game with 20 points in defeat, while Escoto Bran Luis Eduardo had 12. Alas Solorzano Rene Alejandro produced 9 and Coreas Posadas Omar Sivori added 8 points and 18 rebounds.

Costa Rica U16: Miguel Pearson 20, Fonseca Quiros Jose Pablo 19, Chacon Alvarez Marco Antonio 17, Cortes Bartels Braulio Custodio 11
El Salvador U16: Hernandez Gamero Leonardo Salvador20, Escoto Bran Luis Eduardo 12, Alas Solorzano Rene Alejandro 9, Coreas Posadas Omar Sivori 8+18 rebs



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  CROATIA   


Balkan League: Levski open win count in new season - by Eurobasket News

Levski - Djuro Djakovic 77:73

Levski recorded the first win at the Balkan League season. The Bulgarian team overcame Djuro Djakovic at home court for 1-0 record in Group A. Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) scored 14 points to lead the winners. Djuro Djakovic fell at 0-2 record after the loss.
Djuro Djakovic claimed a 24:21 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the second term. Levski trailed by three points at the interval 39:42. The hosts managed to get within two points at the final intermission. Levski increased the tempo in the fourth quarter. They unloaded 23 points in the final frame and surged ahead to clinch the victory. Nikolay Varbanov (210-C-85, agency: Interperformances) notched 12 points, while Dimitar Anguelov (203-SF-79, agency: Interperformances) and Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) added 9 points each for the Bulgarian team. Marko Batina (198-F/G-86) answered with 18 points for Djuro Djakovic. Marino Sarlija (207-C/F-89) had 17 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Levski: Marko Marinovic 14, Nikolay Varbanov 12, Dimitar Anguelov 9, Stefan Georgiev 9
Djuro Djakovic: Marko Batina 18, Marino Sarlija 17



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  CYPRUS   


AEL is here!!!!!!!!!!!!! - by Michael Aristidou


The most successful team in Cyprus basketball seems to wake up from their sleep! Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol manages to pay out the embargo and now they are eligible to sign up players again.
The team has some talented players from junior team alongside with Giorgos Palalas and Alexis Liatsos. Furthermore the return of Milutin Aleksic (203-F-82) is something that must be mentioned. The first American for this season is Orion Outerbridge (205-F-88, college: Rhode Island) who started the season in Aris Thessalonikis.
Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol is already agreed terms with another two Americans, one guard and one shooting guard.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


BK Opava Brings in Calvin Cage to Strengthen Backcourt - by Surujh Roopnarine

Beset by injuries to start this season, BK BK Breda & Weinstein Opava has agreed to terms on a two-month contract with veteran point guard Calvin Cage (183-G-84, college: Buffalo). Cage, 28, joins BK Breda & Weinstein Opava after having played with Marinos de Anzoategui this February, the same team which would go on to claim the Venezuelan LPB championship. In six games the former University of Buffalo standout averaged 6.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists. Since leaving Buffalo in 2006 as the schools 8th all-time leading scorer Cage has traveled across the globe, playing professionally in Cyprus, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Lebanon, Philippines, Mexico, Iraq, Colombia, Canada and Venezuela over the past six seasons. A 6-0 scoring point guard, Cage will bolster an BK Breda & Weinstein Opava club which has been riddled by injuries, especially in the backcourt as Radim Klecka (190-G-90) in the pre-season and now Jakub Sirina (185-G-87) are shelved for longer periods of time. Already this past weekend the club acquired Marek Gerych (PG-88) from 1.Liga VSK VSB Ostrava for their game versus Chomutov which they lost 72-82. On the season BK Breda & Weinstein Opava stands at 2-3, in 8th position in the 13-team Mattoni NBL.


David Jelinek selected the top Czech playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

We bring you last week's top performances from Czechs who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.

David Jelinek
David Jelinek
   #1. This week's number one is an international shooting guard David Jelinek (194-90, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TBL. He could not help Olin Edirne (1-1) in their last game. Despite Jelinek's very good performance Olin Edirne lost 51-62 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#5) Banvit BK. He was the top scorer with 15 points. Jelinek also added 4 rebounds in 37 minutes on the court. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Jelinek's first year with the team. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Jelinek averages: 16.0ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 44.4% and FT: 85.7% in the two games he played so far. He played for the Czech Republic senior national team years ago.

Tomas Satoransky
Tomas Satoransky
   #2. Second place goes to an international point guard Tomas Satoransky (201-91, currently plays in Spain). He contributed to Cajasol's victory against the closely-ranked G.Canaria 2014 (2-2) 74-63 in the Spanish ACB on Saturday night. Satoransky recorded 9 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists in 30 minutes. Cajasol Banca Civica Sevilla (1-3) is placed 14th in the ACB. They ended the series of three consecutive loses. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. It's Satoransky's first year with the team. Satoransky belongs to league's best passers and is ranked #2 with 4.5apg. This year his other stats are: 9.0ppg, 3.8rpg, 2FGP: 44.0% and FT: 66.7% in the four games. Satoransky played for the Czech Republic national team in 2012.

Tomas Hampl
Tomas Hampl
   #3. The Czech Republic player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Tomas Hampl (215-88, currently plays in Spain). He led River Andorra to a 2-point victory against the tenth-ranked Meridiano Alicante (1-2) 79-77 in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) in Sunday night's game. Hampl scored 14 points. B.C. River Andorra (20-10) is placed in the LEB Gold. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Hampl has relatively good stats this season: 11.7ppg, 6.0rpg, 2FGP: 77.8%(14-18) and FT: 63.6%. He played for the Czech Republic national team years ago.

Ondrej Starosta
Ondrej Starosta
   #4. An experienced center Ondrej Starosta (215-79, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LEB Gold (second division) was not able to help Planasa NV (1-2) in their last game. Despite Starosta's very good performance Planasa NV was crushed 98-77 at home by the higher-ranked (#5) Palencia_Baloncesto. He was the second best scorer with 15 points. Starosta also added 9 rebounds in 21 minutes. . Starosta is ranked first on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 9.0rpg. This year he also averages: 13.0ppg in the three games. Starosta used to play for the Czech Republic national team back in 2008.

Jiri Hubalek
Jiri Hubalek
   #5. Former international center Jiri Hubalek (208-82, agency: Two Points, college: Iowa St., currently plays in Italy), who plays in the Italian Lega2 (second division) was not able to secure a victory for Nuovo Napoli (1-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite his good performance Nuovo Napoli was edged 73-72 on their home court in Napoli by the lower-ranked Aget Service IM (#14). Hubalek recorded a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting 15 rebounds. . Hubalek is currently eighth on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). This season he has very high stats. Hubalek averages: 19.3ppg and 11.7rpg. He used to play for the Czech Republic national team three years ago.

Pavel Pumprla
Pavel Pumprla
   #6. Shooting guard Pavel Pumprla (198-86, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Blusens Monbus (3-1) in their game against Valencia Basket (4-0) in the Spanish ACB. Pumprla recorded only 4 points in 14 minutes. Blusens Monbus lost 64-68 in Valencia to the second-ranked Basket. It was Blusens Monbus' first loss after three consecutive victories. . It's Pumprla's first season with the team. This year his overall stats are: 5.0ppg and 2.0rpg in the four games. Pumprla is international player as he played for the Czech Republic senior team years ago.

The list of other players, who all have Czech Republic passport but never been selected to any of Czech Republic national teams:

   #1. David Steffel (212-C/F-85, currently plays in Romania), who plays in the Romanian Division A could not help Rovinari (3-1) in their last game on Monday. Despite Steffel's very good performance Rovinari was defeated 75-65 on the road by the lower-ranked Ploiesti (#10). He was the top scorer with 19 points. Steffel also added 8 rebounds. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Steffel is currently second on the league's list of best rebounders. He has individually a very good season with high stats. Steffel averages: 16.3ppg, 10.8rpg and 1.3apg.

   #2. Ivo Hoger (225-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, currently plays in Georgia) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Sokhumi (0-1) 97-78 in a derby game in the Georgian Superleague last Saturday. He recorded 8 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. It was his first game for Olimpi this season. His team is placed fourth in the Superleague. .

   #3. Robert Skibniewski (183-PG-83, currently plays in Poland) was not able to help AZS Koszalin (2-2) in their game against Start Gdynia (1-3) in the Polish TBL. Skibniewski cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones. He recorded only 3 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists in 33 minutes. AZS Koszalin lost 73-83 in Gdynia to the lower-ranked (#10) Start. . Skibniewski is currently third on the list of best passers with 6.5apg. This year his other stats are: 8.3ppg, 2.5rpg and 2.0spg in the four games he played so far.

   #4. Jan Novak (194-PF-92, currently plays in Germany) managed to help Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt II to win against the sixth-ranked Licher Baeren (2-2) 77-76 in the German ProB (third division) in Saturday night's game. Novak recorded 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt II (3-1) is placed fourth in Group South. It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row. . Novak's total stats this season are: 4.3ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.5apg. He has also German passport.



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COCABA U16 Championship: El Salvador starts with two victories - by Eurobasket News

El Salvador starts with two victories at the COCABA U16 Championship. The team steps closer to qualify for Centrobasket U17 2013, FIBA Americas Championship U18 and FIBA World Cup U19.
In Day 1 the team overcame Guatemala 87:48. El Salvador started the game with 19-9 and won the rest of the quarters. Escoto Bran Luis Eduardo top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Alas Solorzano Rene Alejandro netted 12. Mejia Lobos Erick Rene replied with 14 points in the losing effort.
In Day 2 El Salvador beat Belize 69:55. The winners won the first two quarters and led 40:26 at the halftime. Belize managed to win the third period 18-15 and reduced to 11 points at the end of 30 minutes. El Salvador however needed a 14-11 surge in the last stanza to seal the victory. Escoto Bran, Luis Eduardo top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Alas Solorzano Rene Alejandro had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Hernandez Gamero Leonardo Salvador posted 16, while Gonzalez Garcia Diego Jose added 9. Crawford Shaquiel Sherman ended up with 16 points and Rodrick Williams (97) had 14.



COCABA U16 Championship: Costa Rica becomes the only undefeated team - by Eurobasket News

Costa Rica U16-El Salvador U16 80:58

Costa Rica becomes the only undefeated team at the COCABA U16 Championship. They edged El Salvador 80:58 in Day 3 for 3-0 record. The latter meanwhile suffered their first loss and dropped at 2-1 record.
Costa Rica took 25-12 in the first period and added 21-16 in the second quarter. They also looked better in the third period and won it 17-12. El Salvador managed to respond with 18-17 in the last quarter but it was not enough to win the game.
Miguel Pearson (96) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Fonseca Quiros Jose Pablo nailed 19. Chacon Alvarez Marco Antonio delivered 17 and Cortes Bartels Braulio Custodio posted 11. Hernandez Gamero Leonardo Salvador finished the game with 20 points in defeat, while Escoto Bran Luis Eduardo had 12. Alas Solorzano Rene Alejandro produced 9 and Coreas Posadas Omar Sivori added 8 points and 18 rebounds.

Costa Rica U16: Miguel Pearson 20, Fonseca Quiros Jose Pablo 19, Chacon Alvarez Marco Antonio 17, Cortes Bartels Braulio Custodio 11
El Salvador U16: Hernandez Gamero Leonardo Salvador20, Escoto Bran Luis Eduardo 12, Alas Solorzano Rene Alejandro 9, Coreas Posadas Omar Sivori 8+18 rebs



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  ESTONIA   

Standings - KML

KML Standings
 1. TU/Rock 3-0 
 2. Valga 3-1 
 3. Tarvas 2-1 
 4. Kalev/Cramo 1-0 
 5. Hito/Johvi 1-2 
 6. Parnu 1-2 
 7. TTU 1-2 
 8. Rapla 0-2 
 9. Tln Kalev 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 23: Valga - Hito/Johvi 87-65
Oct. 20: Rapla - Valga 66-67
Oct. 21: Parnu - TU/Rock 50-80
Oct. 24: TU/Rock - Tln Kalev


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Maris LAKSA
  Tarvas
  (205-F-81)
  Avg: 18.3
 1. Laksa, Tarvas18.3 
 2. Tamm, Tarvas18.0 
 3. Keedus, TTU16.7 
 4. Umbrasko, Tarvas16.3 
 5. Oja, Valga16.3 
 6. Arnold, TTU15.7 
 7. Ingram, TU/Rock15.7 
 8. Laur, Hito/Johvi14.7 
 9. Akenparg, TTU14.3 
 10. Raadik, Parnu13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Rain RAADIK
  Parnu
  (208-C-89)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Raadik, Parnu16.3 
 2. Grim, Valga10.0 
 3. Arnold, TTU9.3 
 4. Umbrasko, Tarvas8.3 
 5. Trumm, Hito/Johvi8.0 
 6. Cunda, Valga7.8 
 7. Keedus, TTU7.7 
 8. Lindmets, Tarvas7.0 
 9. Peciukeviciu., Par.6.0 
 10. Laur, Hito/Johvi5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars CUNDA
  Valga
  (195-G-84)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Cunda, Valga5.8 
 2. Peciukeviciu., Par.4.3 
 3. Keedus, TTU4.3 
 4. Ingram, TU/Rock4.3 
 5. Tamm, Tarvas4.0 
 6. Saare, Hito/Johvi3.3 
 7. Saage, TU/Rock3.0 
 8. Matulionis, Parnu2.7 
 9. Raap, Parnu2.3 
 10. Schleicher, Tarvas2.3 
Steals Per Game
 Reimo TAMM
  Tarvas
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Tamm, Tarvas4.0 
 2. Ingram, TU/Rock2.7 
 3. Saage, TU/Rock2.3 
 4. Lindmets, Tarvas2.0 
 5. Akenparg, TTU2.0 
 6. Laksa, Tarvas2.0 
 7. Matulionis, Parnu1.7 
 8. Peciukeviciu., Par.1.7 
 9. Cunda, Valga1.5 
 10. Oja, Valga1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Morgan GRIM
  Valga
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Grim, Valga1.5 
 2. Arnold, TTU1.3 
 3. Makke, TTU1.0 
 4. Laksa, Tarvas1.0 
 5. Raadik, Parnu1.0 
 6. Keres, TTU0.7 
 7. Uuekula, Hito/Johvi0.7 
 8. Grafs, Valga0.7 
 9. Saks, Tarvas0.7 
 10. Kitsing, Parnu0.7 


Dunigan Rumored to China - by Julius Johnson

Michael Dunigan (6'10''-C-89, agency: N.E.T., college: Oregon), recently waived by the Memphis Grizzlies, is rumored to be in negotiations with a Chinese team.
Since last year's lockout, China seems to be the preferred destination outside the NBA. Dunigan has experienced Europe, winning a championship in 2011.
Interestingly, the salaries in China exceed those of NBA rookies, other than 1st round picks.
There is sure to be a bidding battle, as Euroleague team look to bolster their frontcourts with size and athleticism.





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  EUROCUP   


Donetsk part ways with Jovanovic - by Uygar Karaca

BC Donetsk terminated contract with head coach Vlada Jovanovic (agency: Beo Basket ), announced from official website of the club. With Jovanovic, the ex-Partizan coach who was hired after Sasa Obradovic, who went for ALBA Berlin at the end of last season, Donetsk did not manage to make a good start to the season. Being eliminated from Euroleague Qualifying round after a defeat against Le Mans, things did not go right in domestic league (4-3). After consecutive defeats in VTB league and Ukraine, the club decided that the bench needs a chance technically.


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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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Its been a long time since.. - by Pekka Salminen

No excuses, by bad, mitt fel, mun vika.
Have no reason what so ever for this long an absence from this blog. Sorry!

Any way, made it with the national team, had some great games (like beating Belgium by 37 and beating Poland at Koszalin) and finished at the top of the group with 6-2 record.
So we will be in Slovenia to compete in the Eurobasket 2013 and compete , not participate , is the main word here.

The biggest joy for me was that we did something I did not believe we could do: We played good, momentarily great, basketball without injured Teemu Rannikko, who has been the brains and backbone of the team for so many years. If someone had told me two years ago we would beat these teams without Teemu

Well, other guys stepped up, Petteri Koponen took even one more step being, in my eyes, the MVP of our group, Shawn Huff was also sensational, Sasu Salin was himself, Mikko Koivisto was on fire, Tuukka Kotti and Gerald Lee took care of business inside the paint and the biggest surprise to me was Matti Nuutinen, who played like a seasoned veteran.

Our team play worked, we moved the ball, scored a lot (2nd most points in qualifications): We were really hot from behind the 3p line with 42,6 % (best team in competition) with Shawn huff (57,6%), Mikko Koivisto (56%) and Roope Ahonen (53,3%) being in top four in 3p% category.

The qualification campaign was a big time success also publicity-wise.
There were a lot of spectators in our home games and "susijengi / wolfpack" got a lot of positive publicity.
We can already see that more kids start basketball, Finnish media is still (after qualifications) interested in basketball, it is like a positive snowball (no, we do not have snow at the moment) rolling. Clubs are getting stronger and better, more money (hopefully) is invested into basketball.

Talking about a positive snowball: Have to use the opportunity to congratulate Joensuun Kataja here, the team is coached by my fellow assistant coach from the national team, Jukka Toijala. Kataja beat Aliaga in Eurochallenge qualifications. Great job everybody up there!

Tapiolan Honka, back to routines.

My club program Tapiolan Honka has already started, of course. It has been pure pleasure so far (except yesterdays loss). Professional organization, great players and a clear vision for the whole club.

We are playing in the second level and our goal is make it back to the league. We are 2-1 at the moment, and will face a real tough schedule, out of our next four games three will be road games against top level teams: Oulu, Syntsalo, Porvoo.
The level in this league is surprisingly good, one more sign of the level of our beautiful game is Finland. All the teams have at least two good Finns and when You add 2-3 Americans and good coaching..

We, as a team, do realize that it will not be an easy season, but we will be OK. We have enough experience to understand what we will have to do.

Gotta go now

Will keep U guys updated as the season progresses.
P



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Torrell Martin signs at Nancy - by Eurobasket News

Sluc Nancy Basket Pro (ProA) landed 27-year old American swingman Torrell Martin (196-85, college: Winthrop). Martin has played for the last two years at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven in German BBL league. In 22 BBL games last season he averaged impressive 15.4ppg, 7.1rpg, 3.0apg and 1.7spg.
He is a very experienced player. Martin has played also professionally in Greece (Kavala), Poland (Slask Wroclaw) and Turkey (Kepez Bld), NBA (Orlando Magic).
He attended Winthrop University until 2007 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



French Cup results from midweek - by Eurobasket News

French Cup is in its 1/32 round. There were several surprises during the games played on Tuesday.
Orchies claimed a 75:59 victory over ProB Chalons-Reims. Djordje Petrovic (204-F/C-84) came up with 21 points to lead Orchies. Russell Carter (196-G-85, college: Notre Dame) added 13 points for NM1 side. Justin Burrell (206-F-88, college: St.John's) answered with 15 points and 10 rebounds for Chalons-Reims.
Blois overcame Nantes 71:64 to reach 1/16 finals. Jonathan Tornato (210-C-89) finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds for Blois. Ville Kaunisto (205-F-82) added 14 points for the winning side. Jeremie Douillet (206-C-91) had 14 points for Nantes.
Sorgues held off Aix-Maurienne 86:76 to enter the next round of action. Ryan Zamroz (192-G/F-87, agency: JEMsports, college: Master's) knocked down 20 points, while Xavier Pasut (200-C-84) added 18 points in the victory. Mantcha Traore (203-C-79) replied with 26 points for Aix-Maurienne.

Other results of this round:
Nanterre Charleville-Mezieres 84:77
Bourg-en-Bresse Saint-Vallier 81:69
Vichy Hyeres-Toulon 73:86
Monaco Fos-sur-Mer 69:70
Cognac Poitiers 67:77
La Rochelle Pau-Lacq-Orthez 59:66
Challans Bordeaux 76:86
Brissac Boulazac 67:109
Quimper Limoges 62:76
Chartres Denain 77:83
Rueil Evreux 94:100
Rennes Le Havre 42:86
Angers Rouen 54:98
Vanves Le Portel 66:90
Cergy Boulogne 64:84
Souffelweyersheim Lille 63:68
Saint-Chamond Lyon-Villeurbanne 70:77.



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MZT Skopje split ways with Aleksandar Todorov - by Eurobasket News

Aleksandar Todorov (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) leaves MZT Skopje head coaching position. The club officially confirmed his resignation. Aleksandar Todorov (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) took over the Macedonian powerhouse at the start of the previous season. He led MZT Skopje to the FYR Macedonia League title. Eurobasket.com named the specialist All-Macedonian League Coach of the Year. However MZT Skopje slowly started the current season. They lost three out of five starting Adriatic League games. Aleksandar Todorov (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) will not leave the team completely. The specialist is expected to take over sports director position in the office.
The club announced that the name of the new head coach will be named before the game versus Crvena Zvezda. The Adriatic League clash is scheduled for October 27th.



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Geogian Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Lamar KARIM
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (178-PG-83)
  Avg: 28
 1. Karim, Dinamo Tbil.28.0 
 2. Fatsatsia, Olimpi25.0 
 3. Matiashvili, Kutai.22.0 
 4. Bowie, Rustavi21.0 
 5. Chlaidze, Sokhumi20.0 
 6. Kadaria, Sokhumi19.0 
 7. Ramishvili, Batumi18.0 
 8. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.18.0 
 9. Bakradze, TSU T.18.0 
 10. Nelson, Rustavi17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kyle NELSON
  Rustavi
  (203-F-89)
  Avg: 14
 1. Nelson, Rustavi14.0 
 2. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.13.0 
 3. Milosevic, Olimpi11.0 
 4. Prewitt, MIA A.10.0 
 5. Kadaria, Sokhumi10.0 
 6. Matiashvili, Kutai.9.0 
 7. Keshelava, Batumi9.0 
 8. Archibeque, MIA A.8.0 
 9. Nozadze, TSU T.8.0 
 10. Barbakadze, Kutai.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Giorgi NANITASHVILI
  Batumi
  (187-G-90)
  Avg: 9
 1. Nanitashvili, Batu.9.0 
 2. Rogava, MIA A.9.0 
 3. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi8.0 
 4. Didia, Kutaisi7.0 
 5. Sokk, Olimpi7.0 
 6. Chkareuli, TSU T.6.0 
 7. Pashayev, Kutaisi6.0 
 8. Baakashvili, Sokhu.5.0 
 9. Kadaria, Sokhumi4.0 
 10. Nazmiev, Sokhumi4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nate BOWIE
  Rustavi
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bowie, Rustavi4.0 
 2. Chikviladze, Dinam.4.0 
 3. Dzidziguri, STU T.3.0 
 4. Nanitashvili, Batu.3.0 
 5. Dvalishvili, Olimpi3.0 
 6. Machaladze, STU T.3.0 
 7. Dekanoidze, Sokhu.3.0 
 8. Kokhreidze, TSU T.2.0 
 9. Nazmiev, Sokhumi2.0 
 10. Barbakadze, Kutai.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Milan OLUIC
  Dinamo Tbilisi
  (210-C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Oluic, Dinamo Tbil.3.0 
 2. Matiashvili, Kutai.2.0 
 3. Bekauri, MIA A.2.0 
 4. Archibeque, MIA A.2.0 
 5. Lominashvili, Kuta.1.0 
 6. Prewitt, MIA A.1.0 
 7. Rogava, MIA A.1.0 
 8. Dvalishvili, Olimpi1.0 
 9. Tetelashvili, TSU1.0 
 10. Kvimsadze, Kutaisi1.0 



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Standings - Pro B

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

Regular Season: Round 4

North

Oct. 20: Hannover - Stahnsdorf 89-76
Oct. 20: Rist Wedel - Dorsten 77-67
Oct. 21: SU Medien - Herten Lions 72-74
Oct. 20: Oldenburg - BSW Sixers 71-78
Oct. 20: Recklinghausen - MTV Wolfenbuettel 68-61
Oct. 20: Schwelm - Wulfen 100-76

South

Oct. 21: Dresden - TSV Troester 87-77
Oct. 20: Licher Baeren - Fraport SKY II 76-77
Oct. 21: Weissenhorn - Dragons 71-79
Oct. 20: Hanau - Leitershofen 71-74
Oct. 20: Noerdlingen - Langen 101-82

Regular Season: Round 5

North

Oct. 27: Herten Lions - BSW Sixers
Oct. 27: Dorsten - Hannover
Oct. 27: Stahnsdorf - Oldenburg
Oct. 27: SU Medien - Schwelm
Oct. 27: Wulfen - Recklinghausen
Oct. 27: Rist Wedel - MTV Wolfenbuettel

South

Oct. 27: Langen - Licher Baeren
Oct. 27: Leitershofen - Bayer Giants
Oct. 27: Konstanz - Noerdlingen
Oct. 28: Weissenhorn - Dresden
Oct. 28: TSV Troester - Hanau
Oct. 28: Dragons - Fraport SKY II


Double Double Magnet Blake Poole Returns To BG Dorsten - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

BG Dorsten returned a double double monster back to the team with Blake Poole. Poole is a 23 year old 185cm center that will be playing his second professional season in Germany. Poole started the season with BG Topstar Leitershofen/Stadtbergen (Germany-ProB), but sustained a foot injury. the club already wanted to get the American earlier, but he wasnt fit yet. Last season for BG Dorsten, he played 26 games: 14.9ppg, Reb-1 (12.9rpg), 2.8apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 24.0%, FT: 70.1%. "The team needs a dominant inside player on offense and defense. He is exactly the right guy. We are happy on his return and he will help us", stressed BG Dorsten head coach Torsten Schierenbeck

Poole started his basketball career in 2007 for St.Martin's (NCAA2). He avergaed double double stats in his last three years. His best season was 2009-2010 where he played 27 games: 21.0ppg, 12.2rpg, 3.1apg, 1.1bpg, 1.7spg, FGP: 60.7%, 3Pts: 31.0%, FT: 75.7%. IN 2011, he turned professional and played for Bellingham Slam (IBL, starting five), left during the season: 17 games: 12.5ppg, 10.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.3% . This past summer he played for the IBL team again and as usual averaged double double stats for Bellingham Slam (IBL): 20 games: 18.7ppg, 13.2rpg, 4.1apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 52.7%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 80.4%. "I am happy that I am able to play again after my injury. I am looking forward to Dorsten again", stressed Blake Poole. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been
All-GNAC Co-Freshman of the Year -08, All-GNAC Honorable Mention -09, Daktronics NCAA Division II All-West Region 1st Team -10, NABC Division II All-West Region 1st Team -10, All-GNAC 1st Team -10, 11, All-GNAC Player of the Year -11, Daktronics Division II All-America 2nd Team -11, NABC Division II All-America Team -11
NABC Division II All-Star Game -11, IBL All-Star Game -11, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro B 2nd Team -12, Eurobasket.com German 2.Bundesliga Pro B All-Imports Team -12,, IBL International Division Regular Season Champion -12, IBL Champion -12, USBasket.com All-IBL Center of the Year -12, and USBasket.com All-IBL 1st Team -12

Source: BG Dorsten



Julius Coles claims German ProB weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

American Julius Coles (193-G-89) had a great game in the last round for league's leader Schwelm and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com ProB Player of the Week award for round 4.
The 23-year old guard had a double-double of 30 points and twelve rebounds, while his team crushed Wulfen (#11, 1-3) with 24-point margin 100-76. It allowed Schwelm to jump to the first place in the German ProB. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Schwelm already had a very good start winning all 5 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Coles had a remarkable 60.0% from 2-point range. He turned to be Schwelm's top player in his first season with the team. Canisius College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Coles is league's best scorer averaging so far 29.5ppg. Coles is in league's top in and averages solid 65.2% FGP and 68.4% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old power forward Yannick Evans (202-F/C-86) of Stahnsdorf. Evans impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 22 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Stahnsdorf lost that game 76-89 to the higher-ranked Hannover (#5, 2-2). Stahnsdorf managed to keep the same 12th spot in North. 4 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Evans is one of the most experienced players at Stahnsdorf and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Brandon Hogg (186-G-89) of Noerdlingen (#10). Hogg got into 30-points club by scoring 32 points in the last round. He went also for six assists. He was a key player of Noerdlingen, leading his team to a 101-82 easy win against the higher-ranked Langen (#5, 2-2). Noerdlingen can only dream about fighting for top spots in South. They have rather bad season and 1-3 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Hogg he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Hogg has individually a great season in Germany. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 26.0ppg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Kedrick Johnson (193-F-83) of Noerdlingen - 22 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Peter Huber-Saffer (208-C-80) of Rist Wedel - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Andreas Kronhardt (204-C-89) of Schwelm - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
7. P.J. Reyes (196-G/F) of Langen - 30 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Tobias Welzel (183-G-90) of Hannover - 28 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Robert Franklin (195-F-81) of Recklinghausen - 15 points, 14 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Henje Knopke (193-G/F-85) of MTV Wolfenbuettel - 19 points, 9 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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Apollon Patras land Ivan Krolo - by Eurobasket News

Apollon Patras strengthened their frontcourt. They agreed on terms of contract with Ivan Krolo (217-C-83). The centre started the season with Osejcki Sokol. He tallied 7.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in A1 League. Last season Ivan Krolo played for Apollon Patras. He notched 11.9 points, 7.6 rebounds per appearance. Previously the centre had stints with OS Darda, Dubrava Zagreb, Osijek, Poitiers 86, Le Mans, Cibona Zagreb, Sanac Karlovac. He was named into All-Greek A2 2nd Team in 2012. Ivan Krolo participated at the Croatian League All-Star Game in 2010. He was the member of Croatian U18 National Team back in 2000.


PAOK lands Keys - by Chris Mammides

The experienced point guard William Keys (188-PG-77, college: N.Mexico St.), a player who spent most of his career in the Greek courts he will continue doign so since according to our sources, the veteran player agreed financial terms with the team of Coach Soulis Markopoulos , PAOK Thessaloniki Thessaloniki. The veteran point guard will help the team of PAOK Thessaloniki in many a ways since he is a true leader in the court and a great organiser. He can score, assist and lead the team at the same time and obviously PAOK Thessaloniki needs a player like Keys to help the younger and not so experienced player to give theri best self in the court. Billy, had a solid season with Panionios where he helped the team of the ex Coach of Panionios Bartzokas to finally end up in the third spot of the league.


Aris Thessaloniki lands Jerremy Hunt - by Chris Mammides

The ex swingman of KAOD, American Jeremy Hunt (196-G-83, college: Memphis) is officially the first American player of Aris Thessaloniki for the season 2012-2013. The American player have agreed financial terms with the Thessaloniki team and is joining forces with Aris on a pilot basis since his contract will be for one month only. If Coach Alexandris remains happy with the player then Aris will have the chance to renew his contract until the end of the season.
Hunt was among the stand outs of last seasons team of KAOD and he ended the season with 8 points, 4.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.2 steals per game. The next target for Coach Alexandris might be the point guard Jerome Coleman as rumors do bring him closer to the Thessaloniki team.



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  GUATEMALA   


COCABA U16 Championship: Belize beat Guatemala for 2-1 record - by Eurobasket News

Guatemala U16-Belize U16 50:57

Belize beat Guatemala for 2-1 record at the COCABA U16 Championship. They needed 57:50 victory to step higher in Group A. Guatemala meanwhile fell at 0-3 record.
Guatemala opened the game with 13-10 lead, but the score was tied at the halftime. Belize needed 17-14 for 27:27 at the end of the second frame. The battle continued in the court as both teams scored 12 points each in the third quarter. Only due to 18-11 in the last stanza Belize managed to grab the win.
Crawford Shaquiel Sherman stepped up with 16 points and 10 rebounds for the winners and Carbajal Jamie Dominic added 11. Espinosa Eusebio Joseph followed them with 10 points. De La Cruz Sical Estuardo Benjamin finished the game with 15 points in defeat, while Cervantes Medrano Selvyn Gerardo De Jesus added 12 points and 11 boards. Mejia Lobos Erick Rene scored 7 and Cuellar Ronquillo Jose Pablo delivered 6 points and 12 rebounds.

Guatemala U16: De La Cruz Sical Estuardo Benjamin 15, Cervantes Medrano Selvyn Gerardo De Jesus 12+11 rebs, Mejia Lobos Erick Rene 7, Cuellar Ronquillo Jose Pablo 6+12 rebs
Belize U16: Crawford Shaquiel Sherman 16+10 rebs, Carbajal Jamie Dominic 11, Espinosa Eusebio Joseph 10



COCABA U16 Championship: Guatemala was beaten twice - by Eurobasket News

Guatemala was beaten twice at the start at the COCABA U16 Championship.
In Day 1 El Salvador overcame Guatemala 87:48. El Salvador started the game with 19-9 and won the rest of the quarters. Escoto Bran Luis Eduardo top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Alas Solorzano Rene Alejandro netted 12. Mejia Lobos Erick Rene replied with 14 points in the losing effort.
In Day 2 Panama overcame Guatemala 87:51. They started with 25-10 in the first quarter and added 19-14 in the second frame. Moreover Panama posted the victories in the third and the last periods for the final success. Henriquez Rodriguez Luis Antonio paced all the winners with 25 points and 15 boards, while Balmaceda Khalil Antonio collected 18 points and 11 rebounds. Molinar Archibold Ricardo Enrique had 13, while Ruiz Lara Gilberto Roman had 11. Cervantes Medrano Selvyn Gerardo De Jesus delivered 16 points in defeat and Cuellar Ronquillo Jose Pablo added 12.



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  HOLLAND   

Standings - Eredivisie

Eredivisie Standings
 1. Den Bosch 3-0 
 2. Groningen 3-0 
 3. Leiden 3-0 
 4. M.Magixx 2-1 
 5. Leeuwarden 2-2 
 6. Den Helder K. 2-2 
 7. Zwolle 1-2 
 8. Rotterdam 1-3 
 9. Amsterdam 0-3 
 10. Weert 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 23: Leeuwarden - Den Helder K. 99-60
Oct. 20: Den Helder K. - M.Magixx 95-71
Oct. 20: Leiden - Amsterdam 84-64
Oct. 18: Den Bosch - Leeuwarden 79-75 OT
Oct. 20: Groningen - Rotterdam 73-68
Oct. 21: Zwolle - Weert 104-77

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 24: M.Magixx - Den Bosch
Oct. 25: Groningen - Leiden
Oct. 25: Amsterdam - Zwolle
Oct. 27: Rotterdam - Leiden
Oct. 27: Weert - Amsterdam
Oct. 28: M.Magixx - Groningen
Oct. 28: Zwolle - Leeuwarden


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

27-year old power forward Kenrick Zondervan (206-F/C-85, agency: Court Side) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Zwolle and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds, while his team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Weert (#10, 0-4) with 27-point margin 104-77. Zwolle is placed at 7th position in Dutch league. Zwolle is rather a weak team placed in lower part in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 1-2 record. It's Zondervan's second year at Zwolle and it's hard to imagine this team without him. University of Central Florida graduate has very impressive stats this year. Zondervan is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.0rpg) and averages solid 1.3bpg.

Second best performed player last round was Antwan Carter (198-C, agency: Court Side) of Weert. He is American center in his first season at Weert. In the last game Carter recorded impressive 30 points and 8 rebounds. Bad luck as Weert lost that game 77-104 to Zwolle (1-2). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Carter is a newcomer at Weert and quickly became one of team's most reliable players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 15.8ppg (#9). He also registered 8.5 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to guard Robert Holcomb Faye (185-G-84) of Leeuwarden (#5). Holcomb Faye scored 12 points and passed eleven assists (!!!). He was a key player of Leeuwarden, leading his team to a 99-60 easy win against Den Helder K. (2-2). Leeuwarden needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 2 victories and 2 lost games. Holcomb Faye has a great season in Holland. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 10.0apg (best passer). Holcomb Faye attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jason Dourisseau (196-G-83) of Groningen - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Samme Givens (195-F) of Leeuwarden - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
6. Darryl Webb (198-F-88) of Zwolle - 20 points and 11 rebounds
7. Wil Carter (203-F-88) of Den Bosch - 17 points and 10 rebounds
8. Patrick Hilliman (206-F/C-82) of Leiden - 16 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Bryquis Perine (190-G-88) of Weert - 20 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Mark Hill (180-G) of Den Helder K. - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 8 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)



Eredivisie Round 3: Den Helder K. hands first loss to M.Magixx - by Eurobasket News

This is still too early stage of the Regular Season in Eredivisie and we should expect many changes in upcoming rounds. Coincidentally all hosts won their games, including even overtime victory of Den Bosch at home. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team and extra overtimes.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of M.Magixx (2-1) on the court of fourth ranked Den Helder K. on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Den Helder K. 95-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of M.Magixx. The game was mostly controlled by Den Helder K.. M.Magixx managed to win third quarter 27-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 25-of-28 free shots (89.3 percent) during the game. Den Helder K. forced 20 M.Magixx turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by M.Magixx helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Mark Hill (180-G, agency: Court Side, college: CS Northridge) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 8 assists. His fellow American import forward Storm Warren (200-88, college: LSU) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Den Helder K.'s coach Jean-Marc Jaumin felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Indian-Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (198-87) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds for M.Magixx. Despite that victory Den Helder K. went down to fifth position due to points difference, which they share with Leeuwarden. M.Magixx at the other side keeps the fourth place with one game lost. Den Helder K. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. M.Magixx will play at home against the league's second-placed Groningen (#2) in Groningen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

In the last game of round 3 Den Helder K. was smashed by Leeuwarden on the road 99-60. Zwolle destroyed Weert on its own court 104-77. Rotterdam lost to undefeated Groningen in Groningen 68-73. Leiden rolled over Amsterdam at home 84-64.
The most impressive performance of 3rd round was 30 points and 8 rebounds by Antwan Wil Carter (203-F-88, college: San Jose St.) of Weert.


Leeuwarden - Den Helder K. 99-60

There was a small surprise when sixth ranked Leeuwarden (2-2) crushed at home 4th placed Den Helder K. (2-2) 99-60 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Leeuwarden. Den Helder K. was better in second period 22-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Den Helder K. to just 6 points in third quarter. Leeuwarden forced 22 Den Helder K. turnovers and had a 28-17 advantage in offensive rebounds. They shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 63.2 percentage. Leeuwarden looked well-organized offensively handing out 28 assists comparing to just 9 passes made by Den Helder K.'s players. It was a good game for American forward Jerrell Williams (203-88, college: La Salle) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Valentijn Lietmeijer (191-91) contributed with 23 points for the winners. Five Leeuwarden players scored in double figures. American forward Storm Warren (200-88, college: LSU) answered with 15 points and 6 rebounds and international center Jeroen van der List (213-89, college: Indian Hills CC, agency: Court Side) added 12 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Den Helder K.Den Helder K.'s coach Jean-Marc Jaumin gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Leeuwarden moved-up to fifth place, which they share with defeated Den Helder K. Leeuwarden will face Zwolle (#7) on the road in the next round.
Top scorers:
Leeuwarden: V.Lietmeijer 23+2reb+3ast, J.Williams 19+9reb, S.Givens 19+3reb+5ast, R.Holcomb Faye 12+4reb+11ast, C.Osaikhwuwuomwan 10+4reb, D.David Michaels (201-GF-90, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Whitman) 10+3reb+1ast
Den Helder K.: S.Warren 15+6reb+1ast, J.van der List 12+5reb+1ast, M.Hill 10+2reb+4ast, S.Mladenovic 8+3reb, Q.Treffers 7+5reb, J.van der Kooij 4+2reb
gschID: 193604


Zwolle - Weert 104-77

Rather expected game when bottom-ranked Weert (0-4) was smashed on the road by eighth ranked Zwolle (1-2) 104-77 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Zwolle. Weert was better in fourth quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Weert 44-22 including a 19-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Weert was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American players dominated the game. It was a good game for forward Darryl Webb (198-88, college: Indiana, PA, agency: Pro One Sports) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds. Guard Zack Novak (193-90, college: Michigan, agency: Priority Sports) contributed with 21 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Zwolle players scored in double figures. Coach Herman van den Belt's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Center Antwan Wil Carter (198, college: Longwood, agency: Court Side) answered with 30 points and 8 rebounds and guard Bryquis Perine (190-88, college: Wisc.-Green Bay, agency: Court Side) added 20 points and 4 assists in the effort for Weert. Zwolle left bottom position moving up to seventh place. It was Weert's fourth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. Zwolle will face higher ranked Leeuwarden (#5) at home in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Weert will play against Amsterdam (#9) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Zwolle: Z.Novak 21+5reb+2ast, D.Webb 20+11reb, K.Zondervan 15+10reb+3ast, J.Magette 14+2reb+9ast, T.Smith 13+3reb+2ast, A.Bunnig 11+6reb
Weert: A.Wil Carter 30+8reb+1ast, B.Perine 20+3reb+4ast, R.Fletcher 14+3reb+4ast, S.Besseling 8+6reb+4ast, S.Mulder 3+1ast, J.Padberg 2+1reb+3ast
gschID: 193603


Den Helder K. - M.Magixx 95-71

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of M.Magixx (2-1) on the court of fourth ranked Den Helder K. on Saturday night. Visitors were rolled over by Den Helder K. 95-71. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of M.Magixx. The game was mostly controlled by Den Helder K.. M.Magixx managed to win third quarter 27-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 25-of-28 free shots (89.3 percent) during the game. Den Helder K. forced 20 M.Magixx turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by M.Magixx helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. It was a good game for American guard Mark Hill (180, college: CS Northridge, agency: Court Side) who led his team to a victory with 19 points and 8 assists. His fellow American import forward Storm Warren (200-88, college: LSU) contributed with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Den Helder K.'s coach Jean-Marc Jaumin felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Indian-Canadian forward Robbie Sihota (198-87) answered with 14 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Kelvin Martin (195-89, college: Charleston So.) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for M.Magixx. Five Den Helder K. and four M.Magixx players scored in double figures. Despite that victory Den Helder K. went down to fifth position due to points difference, which they share with Leeuwarden. M.Magixx at the other side keeps the fourth place with one game lost. Den Helder K. will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. M.Magixx will play at home against the league's second-placed Groningen (#2) in Groningen and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Den Helder K.: S.Warren 19+7reb+1ast, M.Hill 19+3reb+8ast, J.van der List 15+6reb+2ast, J.van der Kooij 13+2reb, E.Kloos 11+2reb, S.Mladenovic 10+2reb+2ast
M.Magixx: R.Sihota 14+8reb+1ast, K.Spain 13+3reb+3ast, K.Martin 12+6reb+1ast, N.Oudendag 11+3reb+1ast, H.Bekkering 8, K.Ahelegbe 6+2reb+3ast
gschID: 193602


Groningen - Rotterdam 73-68

Very predictable result when leader Groningen (3-0) won against at home 7th ranked Rotterdam (1-3) 73-68 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. Rotterdam trailed by 16 points after 3 quarters before a 20-9 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 68-73 at the end of the game. They outrebounded Rotterdam 44-25 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Groningen looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists comparing to just 6 passes made by Rotterdam's players. It was a good game for American guard Jason Dourisseau (196-83, college: Nebraska) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 10 rebounds. International Jessey Voorn (193-90, agency: Court Side) contributed with 10 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals for the winners. American guard Anthony Miles (182-89, college: Lamar) answered with 21 points and the former international forward Daniel Jones (200-79) added 13 points in the effort for Rotterdam. Groningen have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Den Bosch and Leiden. Loser Rotterdam dropped to the eighth place with three games lost. Groningen will face M.Magixx (#4) in Nijmegen in the next round. Rotterdam will play at home against Leiden (#3).
Top scorers:
Groningen: J.Dourisseau 20+10reb+3ast, J.Boykin 16+4reb+2ast, J.Voorn 10+8reb+6ast, S.de Randamie 8+8reb+5ast, D.Van Der Horst 6+1reb+5ast, T.Koenis 6+8reb+1ast
Rotterdam: A.Miles 21+3reb+2ast, D.Jones 13+4reb+2ast, M.Otten 10+3reb+1ast, H.Addow 9+7reb, R.Merkx 7+1reb, D.Rigters 3+3reb
gschID: 193601


Leiden - Amsterdam 84-64

Not a big story in a game when bottom-ranked Amsterdam (0-3) was outscored on the road by leader Leiden (3-0) 84-64 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 15-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-64. Leiden outrebounded Amsterdam 36-19 including 23 on the defensive glass. It was a good game for the former international power forward Patrick Hilliman (206-82, college: High Point, agency: R.H.Consultancy) who led his team to a victory with 16 points and 9 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). International guard Arvin Slagter (191-85, agency: Court Side) contributed with 9 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists for the winners. The former international guard Aaron Roye (185-88) answered with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists and the former international guard Jeremy Ormskerk (190-82, agency: Court Side) added 21 points in the effort for Amsterdam. Amsterdam's coach Tyronne Marioneaux rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Leiden have a solid series of three victories in a row. They keep a position of league leader, which they share with Den Bosch and Groningen. Loser Amsterdam still closes the standings with three games lost. Leiden will face Rotterdam (#8) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Amsterdam will play against Weert and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Leiden: P.Hilliman 16+9reb+2ast, M.Schachtner 15+4reb+1ast, R.Bekkering 13+5reb+1ast, A.Slagter 9+6reb+7ast, T.Gallo 9+4reb+3ast, S.Cunningham 9+3reb+1ast
Amsterdam: J.Ormskerk 21+1reb+1ast, A.Roye 16+5reb+5ast, M.Pieper 10+2reb+4ast, B.Weijs 9+2reb+1ast, J.Brandt 4+3reb+1ast, J.Markusse 3+4reb
gschID: 193600


Den Bosch - Leeuwarden 79-75 OT

Deb Bosch used overtime to overcome Leeuwarden at home court. Wil Carter posted 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Dejuan Wright (190-G-88, agency: Court Side, college: FIU) added 16 points for the hosts. David Michaels responded with 15 points for Leeuwarden in the loss.
Top scorers:
Den Bosch: W.Wil Carter 17+10reb, D.Dejuan Wright 16+5reb+2ast, A.Young 11+1reb+9ast, K.Akerboom 10+3reb, S.Wessels 9+8reb+3ast, P.Van Paassen 8+1reb
Leeuwarden: D.David Michaels 15+4reb, J.Williams 12+4reb, S.Givens 12+10reb, R.Holcomb Faye 11+3reb+7ast, S.Poels 10+5reb, C.Osaikhwuwuomwan 7+10reb+2ast
gschID: 193599



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  HONDURAS   


COCABA U16 Championship: Honduras lost two games at the start - by Eurobasket News

Honduras lost two games at the start of the COCABA U16 Championship.
In Day 1 Belize beat Honduras 71:32. Trailing 9-11 after the first period, Belize needed a 21-8 surge to take 29-19 lead at the halftime. Moreover they erupted with 26-2 in the third period and won the last stanza 15-11. Usher Zachary Isaac top-scored for the winners with 15 points and 19 rebounds. Williams Rodrick and Brown Kevin Lindon followed him with 10 points each. Bejarano Nolasco Adrian Abel finished the game with 10 points in the losing effort.
In Day 2 Honduras was beaten by Costa Rica 31:91. The latter opened the game with 19-6 and added massive 28-11 in the second period. Moreover they won the third period 21-14 and did not allow the opponents to score in the last quarter. Chacon Alvarez Marco Antonio stepped up with 16 points, while Fonseca Quiros Jose Pablo and Pearson Castro, Miguel Aurelio netted 14 points apiece. Bejarano Nolasco Adrian Abel replied with 9 points in the losing effort.



COCABA U16 Championship: Panama keep Honduras winless - by Eurobasket News

Honduras U16-Panama U16 34:74

Panama keep Honduras winless at the COCABA U16 Championship. They won 74:34 and improved to 2-1 record. Honduras meanwhile suffered the third straight loss.
Panama was the favorite of the game and proved their ambitions with 17-8 in the start of the game. Panama posted another 13-7 surge in the second period for 30:15 halftime advantage. Moreover the second half also belonged to Panama. The latter won the third period 26-12 and finished the game with 18-7 in the last stanza.
Luis Henriquez paced all the winners with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Christian Arosemena notched 21. Khalil Balmaceda finished the game with 9 points in a win. Bejarano Nolasco Adrian Abel ended up with 15 points in defeat, while Garcia Nunez Edgardo Jose posted 7.

Honduras U16: Bejarano Nolasco Adrian Abel 15, Garcia Nunez Edgardo Jose 7
Panama U16: Luis Henriquez 26+10 rebs, Christian Arosemena 21, Khalil Balmaceda 9



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  IRAN   


Two Program for One league - by Kazem Ghayem

Iranian Basketball federation announced the Scheduling for the first half season of Iranian super league but as the number of teams are not sure ( 9 or 10 teams ) they make Two program for this season. Melli Haffari Ahvaz is the only team that they are not sure that they will take part in the league or not. according to this issue the first half season scheduling is this :

Week 1 Thursday Nov 2nd :

Melli Haffari Ahvaz - Azad University Tehran

Sanaye Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour - Al Badr Kong


Mahram Tehran - Esteghlal Gheshm

Foolad Mahan Esfahan - Hamyari Shahrdari Zanjan

Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour - Shahrdari Gorgan Municipality

Week 2 Nov 9th :

Esteghlal Gheshm - Melli Haffari Ahvaz

Esteghlal Gheshm - Azad University Tehran

Hamyari Shahrdari Zanjan - Sanaye Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour

Shahrdari Gorgan Municipality - Mahram Tehran

Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour - Foolad Mahan Esfahan

the 3rd week will held on Nov 16th and in the other program the teams that they have match against Haffari Will have rest.



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  IRELAND   

Standings - EBS Superleague

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 27: UCD Marian - UL Eagles
Oct. 27: Killester - B.Gais Neptune
Oct. 29: UCC Demons - DCU Saints


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Darren TOWNES
  B.Gais N.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Townes, B.Gais N.24.3 
 2. Taylor, UL Eagles23.3 
 3. Galvin, UCD Marian23.3 
 4. Graham, UCC Demons22.0 
 5. Sullivan, Moycullen20.5 
 6. Killeen, UL Eagles17.0 
 7. Chubb, Killester15.0 
 8. Glover, DCU Saints15.0 
 9. McLoughlin, B.Gais12.3 
 10. Statkus, Ballon I.12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Delwan GRAHAM
  UCC Demons
  (200-F-)
  Avg: 21.3
 1. Graham, UCC Demons21.3 
 2. Galvin, UCD Marian18.0 
 3. Townes, B.Gais N.13.0 
 4. Sullivan, Moycullen12.0 
 5. Killeen, UL Eagles9.8 
 6. Noonan, B.Gais N.9.0 
 7. Foley, UCD Marian8.8 
 8. Griksas, Ballon In.8.7 
 9. Kelly, UCD Marian7.5 
 10. Quill, DCU Saints7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Gerard NOONAN
  B.Gais N.
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Noonan, B.Gais N.7.8 
 2. Coughlan, UCC D.5.3 
 3. Kinevane, UL Eagl.5.0 
 4. Taylor, UL Eagles4.8 
 5. Anderson, DCU S.3.5 
 6. McGinn, B.Gais N.3.5 
 7. O''Sullivan, UCC D.3.3 
 8. Chubb, DCU Saints3.3 
 9. O''Sullivan, UCC D.3.3 
 10. O''Reilly, UCC D.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Robert TAYLOR
  UL Eagles
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Taylor, UL Eagles3.5 
 2. Anderson, DCU S.3.0 
 3. McGinn, B.Gais N.2.5 
 4. Summers, Killester2.3 
 5. Donnelly, DCU S.2.3 
 6. Townes, B.Gais N.2.3 
 7. Noonan, B.Gais N.2.0 
 8. Drumm, UCD Marian2.0 
 9. Roe, Killester2.0 
 10. Graham, UCC Demo.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian2.3 
 2. Stapleton, B.Gais2.3 
 3. Trimmer, DCU S.1.8 
 4. Townes, B.Gais N.1.8 
 5. Killeen, UL Eagles1.5 
 6. Rudak, B.Gais N.1.5 
 7. Quigley, UL Eagles1.3 
 8. Statkus, Ballon I.1.0 
 9. Graham, UCC Demons0.7 
 10. Griksas, Ballon I.0.7 


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

26-year old forward Darren Townes (201-F-86) had a great game in the last round for B.Gais Neptune and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had a double-double of 26 points and 19 rebounds, while his team crushed, the league's bottom-ranked team Moycullen (#8, 0-4) with 22-point margin 90-68. B.Gais Neptune is placed at 6th position in Irish league. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 3 games and recorded just one victory. In the team's last game Townes had a remarkable 81.8% from 2-point range. He turned to be B.Gais Neptune's top player in his first season with the team. Hofstra University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Townes is league's best scorer averaging so far 24.3ppg. Townes is in league's top in rebounds (3rd best: 13.0rpg) and averages solid 1.8bpg,2.3spg and 58.7% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Gerard Noonan (180-G-82). He is a guard in his 6th season at B.Gais Neptune. In the last game Noonan recorded impressive triple-double of 13 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Of course together with Townes he helped B.Gais Neptune with another comfortable win outscoring Moycullen (#8, 0-4) 90-68. This victory allowed B.Gais Neptune to move up to 6th position in the standings. 3 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory B.Gais Neptune managed to get this year. Noonan is one of the most experienced players at B.Gais Neptune and similarly like Darren Townes has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Delwan Graham (200-F, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) of league's leader UCC Demons. Graham scored 20 points and grabbed twenty rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of UCC Demons, leading his team to a 78-76 win against #3 ranked UL Eagles in a game of the week. UCC Demons started extremely well this year. They recorded 4 victories without losing a single game. Graham turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Graham has a great season in Ireland. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.0ppg (4th best) and rebounds with 21.3rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. John Galvin (203-F-88) of UCD Marian - 18 points, 16 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Patrick Sullivan (201-F) of Moycullen - 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Martins Provizors (202-C-87) of DCU Saints - 16 points and 11 rebounds
7. Robert Taylor (188-G-83) of UL Eagles - 25 points and 4 assists
8. Eoin Chubb (188-G-90) of Killester - 22 points and 6 rebounds
9. Michael Westbrooks (193-G-82) of Killester - 17 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
10. Jason Killeen (211-C-85) of UL Eagles - 20 points and 8 rebounds

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)



Superleague Round 4: UCC Demons hand first loss to UL Eagles - by Eurobasket News

There were just four rounds played in Regular Season of Superleague and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated UL Eagles (3-1) in Limerick on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by UCC Demons (4-0) 78-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of UL Eagles. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 3-0 record before this meeting. 28 personal fouls committed by UL Eagles helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Delwan Graham (200-F, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Jacksonville) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 20 rebounds. The former international forward Niall O'Reilly (196-80) contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. American guard Robert Taylor (188-83, college: Rider) replied with 25 points and 4 assists for UL Eagles. UCC Demons have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. UL Eagles at the other side keep the second place with one game lost. They share the position with DCU Saints. UCC Demons are looking forward to face league's second-placed DCU Saints in Dublin in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. UL Eagles will play on the road against UCD Marian in Dublin and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Another interesting game for Killester (2-2) which played in Dublin against 5th ranked Ballon Inter (1-3). Sixth ranked Killester crushed hosts 89-65. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Eoin Chubb (188-90) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds and Lawrence Summers who added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Killester's coach Darren O'Neill felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Lithuanian forward Irmantas Griksas (202-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with UCD Marian. Ballon Inter lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with B.Gais Neptune. Killester will play against B.Gais Neptune (#6) in Cork in the next round. Ballon Inter will have a break next round.
Important to mention another loss for outsider Moycullen, who are unable to win a single game so far. This time they lost in a game in Galway versus seventh ranked B.Gais Neptune 90-68. The winners were led by Darren Townes who had that evening a double-double by scoring 26 points, 19 rebounds and 6 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field). Even a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds by Patrick Sullivan did not help to save the game for Moycullen. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. B.Gais Neptune (1-3) left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with Ballon Inter. It was Moycullen's fourth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. B.Gais Neptune will meet higher ranked Killester (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Moycullen will have a break next round.
Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Dublin: DCU Saints (#3) and UCD Marian (#4). DCU Saints (3-1) won against visiting UCD Marian (2-2) 62-53. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of UCD Marian. Martins Provizors fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. DCU Saints have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with UL Eagles. UCD Marian at the other side keeps the fourth position with two games lost. DCU Saints' next round opponent will be league's leader UCC Demons in Cork and it will be for sure the game of the week. UCD Marian will play at home against UL Eagles in Limerick and it may be a tough game between close rivals.


Ballon Inter - Killester 65-89

Another interesting game for Killester (2-2) which played in Dublin against 5th ranked Ballon Inter (1-3). Sixth ranked Killester crushed hosts 89-65. Killester outrebounded Ballon Inter 41-24 including 18 on the offensive glass. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Eoin Chubb (188-90) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 6 rebounds and American point guard Lawrence Summers (175-83, college: Davidson) who added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists during the contest. Summers is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Killester's coach Darren O'Neill felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Lithuanian forward Irmantas Griksas (202-86) responded with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and Lithuanian forward Mindaugas Tamusauskas (203-83) scored 13 points and 5 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion moved-up to fourth place, which they share with UCD Marian. Ballon Inter lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team dropped to the sixth position with three games lost. They share it with B.Gais Neptune. Killester will play against B.Gais Neptune (#6) in Cork in the next round. Ballon Inter will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Killester: E.Chubb 22+6reb+1ast, M.Westbrooks 17+4reb+3ast, L.Summers 10+9reb+7ast, A.Casey 10+4reb+3ast, M.Gomes 7+3reb+1ast, C.Roe 7+1reb+1ast
Ballon Inter: M.Tamusauskas 13+5reb+1ast, M.Cepliauskas 11+1reb+2ast, I.Griksas 10+10reb, L.Jonaitis 10+3reb, G.Trakauskas 10+1ast, A.Statkus 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 199664


Moycullen - B.Gais Neptune 68-90

Important to mention another loss for outsider Moycullen, who are unable to win a single game so far. This time they lost in a game in Galway versus seventh ranked B.Gais Neptune 90-68. B.Gais Neptune forced 22 Moycullen turnovers and outrebounded them 59-37 including a 41-26 advantage in defensive rebounds. B.Gais Neptune looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by Moycullen's players. The winners were led by American forward Darren Townes (201-86, college: Hofstra) who had that evening a double-double by scoring 26 points, 19 rebounds and 6 assists (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and guard Gerard Noonan (180-82) supported him with 13 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Four B.Gais Neptune players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 19 points and 12 rebounds by American forward Patrick Sullivan (201, college: Hamilton) did not help to save the game for Moycullen. Stephen O'Brien added 14 points for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. B.Gais Neptune (1-3) left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with Ballon Inter. It was Moycullen's fourth loss in a row. They still closes the standings with four games lost. B.Gais Neptune will meet higher ranked Killester (#4) in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Moycullen will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
B.Gais Neptune: D.Townes 26+19reb+6ast, M.McGinn 17+4reb+3ast, I.McLoughlin 16+2reb+2ast, G.Noonan 13+11reb+11ast, G.Walsh 7+2reb+1ast, P.Stapleton 4+7reb+3ast
Moycullen: P.Sullivan 19+12reb+2ast, S.O'Brien 14+2reb+1ast, P.Lyons 10+1ast, J.O'Brien 8+1reb+1ast, D.Costelloe 5+2reb, S.Tummon 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 199667


UL Eagles - UCC Demons 76-78

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated UL Eagles (3-1) in Limerick on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by UCC Demons (4-0) 78-76. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of UL Eagles. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 3-0 record before this meeting. 28 personal fouls committed by UL Eagles helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Delwan Graham (200, college: Jacksonville, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 20 points and 20 rebounds. The former international forward Niall O'Reilly (196-80) contributed with 19 points and 5 assists for the winners. Four UCC Demons players scored in double figures. American guard Robert Taylor (188-83, college: Rider) replied with 25 points and 4 assists and the former international center Jason Killeen (211-85, college: Augusta St.) added 20 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for UL Eagles. UCC Demons have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. UL Eagles at the other side keep the second place with one game lost. They share the position with DCU Saints. UCC Demons are looking forward to face league's second-placed DCU Saints in Dublin in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. UL Eagles will play on the road against UCD Marian in Dublin and are hoping to prove to their fans that this time they can win.
Top scorers:
UCC Demons: D.Graham 20+20reb+1ast, N.O'Reilly 19+4reb+5ast, C.O'Sullivan 13+9reb+4ast, S.Coughlan 12+2reb+3ast, C.Cuffe 7+1reb+3ast, S.Duggan 4+1ast
UL Eagles: R.Taylor 25+1reb+4ast, J.Killeen 20+8reb+1ast, S.Kinevane 15+5reb+2ast, N.Campbell 7+3reb+3ast, R.Lynch 4+5reb+2ast, E.Quigley 3+4reb
gschID: 199665


DCU Saints - UCD Marian 62-53

Another interesting game was a derby match between two teams from Dublin: DCU Saints (#3) and UCD Marian (#4). DCU Saints (3-1) won against visiting UCD Marian (2-2) 62-53. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of UCD Marian. Latvian center Martins Provizors (202-87) fired a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds (perfect from the field making all seven shots !!!) for the winners. Forward Patrick Glover (193-77) chipped in 14 points and 9 rebounds. American forward John Galvin (203-88, college: Fair Dickinson) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 16 rebounds and forward Matthew Kelly (180-87) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. DCU Saints have a solid three-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place, which they share with UL Eagles. UCD Marian at the other side keeps the fourth position with two games lost. DCU Saints' next round opponent will be league's leader UCC Demons in Cork and it will be for sure the game of the week. UCD Marian will play at home against UL Eagles in Limerick and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
DCU Saints: M.Provizors 16+11reb+1ast, P.Glover 14+9reb+1ast, J.Donnelly 9+5reb+1ast, E.Donnelly 8+7reb+4ast, K.Anderson 5+5reb+3ast, E.Quill 4+5reb+1ast
UCD Marian: J.Galvin 18+16reb+2ast, M.Kelly 12+7reb+1ast, C.Meany 8+2reb+3ast, D.James 6+7reb+2ast, C.Finn 5+2reb+1ast, L.Conroy 4+2reb+3ast
gschID: 199666



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  ISRAEL   

Standings - National League

National League Standings
 1. Elitzur Yavne 2-0 
 2. Hapoel Kazrin 2-0 
 3. Hod Hasharon 2-0 
 4. Ironi K-A 2-0 
 5. Ironi Nahariya 2-0 
 6. Hapoel Afula 1-1 
 7. Ironi Ramat Gan 1-1 
 8. Ironi Nes-Ziona 1-1 
 9. Elitzur Ramla 1-1 
 10. Hapoel K/S 0-2 
 11. Kiryat Tivon 0-2 
 12. Macc.B.Yaakov 0-2 
 13. Maccabi K/B 0-2 
 14. Maccabi K/G 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 23: Ironi Nes-Ziona - Macc.B.Yaakov 90-67
Oct. 23: Elitzur Ramla - Maccabi K/B 88-68
Oct. 23: Hod Hasharon - Ironi Ramat Gan 85-84
Oct. 23: Ironi K-A - Hapoel Afula 84-74
Oct. 23: Hapoel K/S - Elitzur Yavne 62-88
Oct. 23: Hapoel Kazrin - Kiryat Tivon 106-75
Oct. 23: Ironi Nahariya - Maccabi K/G 100-72

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 30: Maccabi K/G - Hapoel K/S
Oct. 30: Ironi Ramat Gan - Ironi Nahariya
Oct. 30: Macc.B.Yaakov - Hod Hasharon
Oct. 30: Hapoel Afula - Ironi Nes-Ziona
Oct. 30: Maccabi K/B - Ironi K-A
Oct. 30: Elitzur Yavne - Hapoel Kazrin
Oct. 30: Kiryat Tivon - Elitzur Ramla


Stats Leaders - National League

Points Per Game
 Chukwudinma ODIAKOSA
  Hod H.
  (203-F/C-85)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Odiakosa, Hod H.23.5 
 2. Johnson, Hapoel K.22.5 
 3. Iram, Macc.B.Y.22.0 
 4. McGhee, Elitzur21.0 
 5. Fisher, Hapoel Afu.20.5 
 6. Govens, Ironi K-A20.0 
 7. Westbrook, Hapoel20.0 
 8. Ramsey, Ironi R.19.0 
 9. Durham, Hapoel A.18.5 
 10. Kent, Ironi R.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Chukwudinma ODIAKOSA
  Hod H.
  (203-F/C-85)
  Avg: 19
 1. Odiakosa, Hod H.19.0 
 2. Ramsey, Ironi R.15.0 
 3. Durham, Hapoel A.13.0 
 4. Jefferson, Maccabi12.5 
 5. Ber-Aven, Kiryat T.10.5 
 6. Johnson, Hapoel K.9.5 
 7. Darby, Kiryat Tivon9.0 
 8. Wright, Elitzur Ra.9.0 
 9. Joyner, Maccabi8.5 
 10. Tamir, Ironi R.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ilan NANIKASHVILI
  Ironi K.
  (187-G-79)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Nanikashvili, Iron.9.5 
 2. Gordon, Hapoel K.6.5 
 3. Paelay, Elitzur Ya.5.0 
 4. Govens, Ironi K-A5.0 
 5. Barzilai, Hapoel A.5.0 
 6. Walker, Hod H.4.5 
 7. Assaf, Ironi R.4.5 
 8. Carr, Elitzur Ramla4.0 
 9. Westbrook, Hapoel4.0 
 10. Ber-Aven, Kiryat4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Elad HOFMAN
  Elitzur .
  (192-G/F-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Hofman, Elitzur3.5 
 2. Kent, Ironi R.3.0 
 3. Paelay, Elitzur Ya.3.0 
 4. Eliyahu, Macc.B.Y.3.0 
 5. Engel, Ironi N.3.0 
 6. Benn, Ironi N.2.5 
 7. Ramsey, Ironi R.2.5 
 8. Iram, Macc.B.Y.2.5 
 9. Carr, Elitzur Ramla2.5 
 10. Westbrook, Hapoel2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Johndre JEFFERSON
  Maccabi .
  (207-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Jefferson, Maccabi3.0 
 2. Odiakosa, Hod H.3.0 
 3. Ramsey, Ironi R.1.5 
 4. Clark, Ironi K-A1.5 
 5. Tamir, Ironi R.1.5 
 6. Blayzer, Hapoel Af.1.0 
 7. Grinboim, Ironi R.1.0 
 8. Rum, Maccabi K/G1.0 
 9. Dunne, Ironi N.1.0 
 10. Barak, Maccabi K.1.0 


National League Round 2 review - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nahariya - Maccabi K/G 100-72

The game was mostly controlled by Ironi Nahariya. Maccabi K/G managed to win third quarter 22-21. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ironi Nahariya made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was a great shooting night for Ironi Nahariya especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 60.0 percentage. American-Puerto Rican Ramon Clemente (200-85, college: Wichita St., agency: Global Sports Plaza) notched a double-double by scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Aviram Zelkovits (193-89) supported him with 18 points. Four Ironi Nahariya players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds by American forward Johndre Jefferson (207-88, college: S.Carolina) did not help to save the game for Maccabi K/G. Guard Hen Gonshor (189-89) added 12 points and 4 assists for the guests. Maccabi K/G's coach gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win.


Top scorers:
Ironi Nahariya: R.Clemente 21+13reb+1ast, A.Zelkovits 18+4reb, O.Ben Hemo 13+4reb+5ast, M.Moscovitz 12+7reb, J.Baze 11+1reb+3ast, A.Matta 9+3reb+2ast
Maccabi K/G: J.Jefferson 18+10reb, A.Fisher 12+1reb+2ast, H.Gonshor 12+3reb+4ast, D.Katzaf 9+3reb+3ast, G.Gandel 7+4reb+1ast, C.Rum 5+3reb+3ast


gschID: 197750


Ironi Nes-Ziona - Macc.B.Yaakov 90-67

Ironi Nes-Ziona led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Ironi Nes-Ziona outrebounded Beer Yaakov 43-29 including 29 on the defensive glass. American swingman Bilal Benn (196-86, college: Niagara) notched 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and naturalized Welsh forward Tal Michael Dunne (197-87) supported him with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Benn is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Ironi Nes-Ziona players scored in double figures. Even 21 points and 6 rebounds by guard Inan Iram (194-88, agency: Avi Zilberman) did not help to save the game for Beer Yaakov. American forward Jermaine Hall (196-80, college: Wagner) added 13 points for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.


Top scorers:
Ironi Nes-Ziona: B.Benn 23+8reb+3ast, G.Amitay 14+5reb+1ast, T.Karpels 14+6reb, T.Michael Dunne 12+9reb+2ast, G.Blair 10+6reb+2ast, E.Engel 7+1reb+5ast
Macc.B.Yaakov: I.Iram 21+6reb, J.Hall 13+4reb, B.Laing 8+3reb+1ast, O.Ida 6+6reb, T.Sankar 6, A.Eliyahu 5+1reb+3ast


gschID: 197748


Ironi K-A - Hapoel Afula 84-74

Hapoel Afula managed to win second period 19-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great shooting night for Ironi Kiryat Ata especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 57.9 percentage. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. American point guard Darrin Govens (185-88, college: St.Joseph's) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. The former international power forward Chris Watson (200-75, college: Niagara) contributed with 21 points for the winners. American forward Allen Durham (198-88, college: Grace Bible) replied with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds and his fellow American import guard Anthony Fisher (191-86, agency: Pro One Sports) added 16 points and 4 assists in the effort for Hapoel Afula. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Ironi Kiryat Ata (2-0) keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 4 other teams.


Top scorers:
Ironi K-A: C.Watson 21+4reb+2ast, D.Govens 20+5reb+6ast, I.Clark 12+4reb, I.Nanikashvili 10+4reb+11ast, K.Izik 8+7reb+4ast, A.Nanikashvili 7+1reb+2ast
Hapoel Afula: A.Durham 22+13reb+2ast, O.Blayzer 18+4reb+1ast, A.Fisher 16+4reb+4ast, E.Eliyah 10+4reb+3ast, R.Barzilai 4+4reb+6ast, E.Knafo 4+6reb


gschID: 197747


Elitzur Ramla - Maccabi K/B 88-68

Elitzur Ramla led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Elitzur Ramla forced 24 Maccabi Kiryat Bialik turnovers. American players dominated the game. Swingman Akeem Wright (200-84, college: Kansas St.) notched a double-double by scoring 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Tasheed Carr (193-85, college: St.Joseph's) supported him with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Wright is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas. Four Elitzur Ramla players scored in double figures. Even 19 points and 9 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) by forward Dallis Joyner (200-90, college: Stony Brook) did not help to save the game for Maccabi Kiryat Bialik. Guard Justin Tubbs (190-87, college: E.Tenn.St.) added 16 points and 5 rebounds for the guests.


Top scorers:
Elitzur Ramla: A.Wright 16+11reb+1ast, T.Carr 15+6reb+6ast, I.Rejwan 12+4reb, T.Simchony 10+1reb+3ast, R.Buchbinder 9+3reb, O.Zinderman 9+3reb+1ast
Maccabi K/B: D.Joyner 19+9reb, J.Tubbs 16+5reb+2ast, T.Parselani 12+4reb+1ast, Z.Tavor 9+1ast, L.Furman 7+2reb+3ast, M.Shamis 3+3reb+1ast


gschID: 197746


Hapoel K/S - Elitzur Yavne 62-88

Hapoel Kfar Saba managed to win second period 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Hapoel Kfar Saba 31-16 including 23 on the defensive glass. American forward Monta McGhee (198-79, college: Lewis, agency: I.D.S. Law) notched 27 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and naturalized Ukrainian power forward Igor Nesterenko (201-90) supported him with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Five Elitzur Yavne players scored in double figures. Even 19 points and 4 assists by American guard Brandon Brooks (188-87, college: Alabama St., agency: Pro One Sports) did not help to save the game for Hapoel Kfar Saba. His fellow American import forward Adam Constantine (206-88, college: Elon) added 12 points and 7 rebounds for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.


Top scorers:
Elitzur Yavne: M.McGhee 27+5reb+3ast, P.Paelay 15+2reb+4ast, N.Matalon 12+1reb+1ast, I.Nesterenko 11+11reb, E.Hofman 11+5reb+2ast, L.Shem-Tov 9+1reb
Hapoel K/S: B.Brooks 19+1reb+4ast, A.Harush 17+1reb+1ast, A.Constantine 12+7reb+1ast, S.Kleimintz 9+2reb+1ast, R.Elbaz 5+2reb, N.Shitrit 0


gschID: 197745


Hapoel Kazrin - Kiryat Tivon 106-75

Kiryat Tivon managed to win second period 24-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Kazrin looked well-organized offensively handing out 29 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Kiryat Tivon's players. American players dominated the game. Forward Gary Johnson (198-88, college: Texas) notched 27 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort and guard Lawrence Westbrook (183-88, college: Minnesota) supported him with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Even a double-double of 20 points and 12 rebounds by forward Greg Murray (195-89, college: Point Loma) did not help to save the game for Kiryat Tivon. Forward Taylor Darby (203, college: Pepperdine) added 22 points and 9 rebounds for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.


Top scorers:
Hapoel Kazrin: G.Johnson 27+8reb, L.Westbrook 18+6reb+7ast, A.Kazarnovski 11+7reb+3ast, L.Saraf 10+2reb+2ast, L.Schwartzwalt 10+1reb+4ast, A.Gordon 9+2reb+5ast
Kiryat Tivon: T.Darby 22+9reb, G.Murray 20+12reb+1ast, N.Levy 10+1reb+1ast, T.Ber-Aven 9+7reb+6ast, R.Yavzuri 4+2reb+2ast, S.Farine 4+6reb+1ast


gschID: 197744


Hod Hasharon - Ironi Ramat Gan 85-84

Nigerian power forward Chukwudinma Odiakosa (203-85, college: Illinois St., agency: N.E.T.) had a double-double by scoring 21 points and 24 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and American guard B.A. Walker (188-84, college: VCU, agency: Pro One Sports) chipped in 17 points during the contest. American forward Keith Ramsey (205-87, college: Missouri) responded with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 17 rebounds and guard Itay Grinboim (193-85, agency: Avi Zilberman) scored 23 points and 6 rebounds. Four Hod Hasharon and five Ironi Ramat Gan players scored in double figures.


Top scorers:
Hod Hasharon: C.Odiakosa 21+24reb+1ast, E.Asante Asare 17+2reb+3ast, B.Walker 17+4reb+3ast, O.Hover 14+3reb, A.Skverer 7+5reb+4ast, I.Stolero 6+3reb
Ironi Ramat Gan: I.Grinboim 23+6reb+3ast, T.Kent 18+7reb+1ast, K.Ramsey 16+17reb+1ast, D.Assaf 14+3reb+3ast, A.Tamir 11+5reb+3ast, I.Mayor 2+1reb


gschID: 197749



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  KAZAKHSTAN   

Standings -D1

D1 Standings
 1. Kaspiy Aktau 1-0 
 2. BK Almaty 1-1 
 3. BK Kapshagay 1-1 
 4. Barsy Atyrau 0-0 
 5. BC Astana 0-0 
 6. Tobol 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 23: Kaspiy Aktau - Tobol 78-62
Oct. 20: BK Kapshagay - BK Almaty 71-79
Oct. 19: BK Kapshagay - BK Almaty 60-45
Oct. 24: Kaspiy Aktau - Tobol



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  KENYA   


Co-op Bank extinguishes Blazers - by Eurobasket News

Kenya Basketball Federation 2011 Premier League champions Co-op Bank added mystery to bottom placed Blazers when they crushed them 68-37 at the Nyayo Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon.
In what was a one side encounter, Co-op Bank stamped their dominance right from the 1st quarter sinking in 19 points against Blazers 7. Blazers had a hard time trying to stop the Bankers offences and by the 5th minute of the quarter they had managed only 1 point as their opponents had 8.
Blazers tried to up their game in the second quarter but the defending champions were too strong especially in securing the rebounds earning 23 points against Blazers 12. Blazers were badly affected by poor possession as they easily lost the ball to their opponents who enjoyed a 4219 lead by half time.
In a low scoring 3rd quarter, Blazers pushed the champions managed a slim win of 8 points against Co-ops 7.
Titus Musembi who has been in top form for the Bankers gave his side 10 points while Eugene Genga also sunk in the same number of points. Joseph Kosgei had 10 points for Blazers.
With a strong bench to their side Co-op Bank managed to finish off Blazers in the last quarter with a convincing 19-10 win to take the day. The loss to Co-op Bank means Blazers are still rooted at the base of the standings while Co-op Bank are second since league leaders KCB won their match (44-35) against Strathmore on Saturday.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.ch/



Quarterfinal fixtures - by Eurobasket News

Quarterfinal matches of the Nairobi Basketball Association, NBA tournament take place this weekend at railways according to the following fixtures.

Kenyata University Oryx Vs Footprints

Strathmore University Vs Multi Media University

JKUATS Vs Barclays Bank Eaglets

Barclays Bank Vs Don Bosco

Little Prince Vs Old Pirates

Zetech College Vs Equity Bank

JKATS VS Strathmore
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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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. Regatas C. 3-0 
 2. Uniceub/BRB 2-1 
 3. Malvin 1-2 
 4. Amistad 0-3 
Group C
 1. Flamengo 1-0 
 2. Penarol 1-0 
 3. Dep.Castro 0-1 
 4. Hebraica 0-1 
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 3

Oct. 23: Penarol - Dep.Castro 86-75
Oct. 23: Hebraica - Flamengo 67-75
Oct. 24: Dep.Castro - Flamengo
Oct. 24: Hebraica - Penarol
Oct. 25: Dep.Castro - Hebraica
Oct. 25: Penarol - Flamengo


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Paulinho BORACINI
  Pinheiro.
  (183-G-84)
  Avg: 28
 1. Boracini, Pinheiro.28.0 
 2. Guzman, Mavort24.0 
 3. Giovannoni, Unice.22.3 
 4. Osimani, Obras21.3 
 5. Gutierrez, Obras20.7 
 6. Matthews, Cent..19.7 
 7. Sloan, Mavort19.3 
 8. Smith, Pinheiro.19.3 
 9. Quinteros, Regat.18.5 
 10. Smith, Amistad17.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hiram FULLER
  Mavort
  (206-C-81)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Fuller, Mavort11.3 
 2. Smith, Amistad9.3 
 3. Ferreira, Pinheiro.9.3 
 4. Colmenares, Cent..9.3 
 5. McFarlin, Amistad9.0 
 6. Gutierrez, Obras9.0 
 7. Myvett, Amistad8.3 
 8. Guzman, Mavort8.3 
 9. Giovannoni, Unice.8.0 
 10. Myles, Malvin7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Welington DOS SANTOS
  Unice.
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Dos Santos, Unice.7.7 
 2. Osimani, Obras7.3 
 3. Martinez, Regat.6.7 
 4. Fitipaldo, Malvin6.3 
 5. Ribeiro, Un.6.3 
 6. Cardenas, Mavort5.7 
 7. Quinteros, Regat.4.5 
 8. Myvett, Amistad4.3 
 9. Vargas, Cent.Apure4.0 
 10. Centeno, Cent.Ap.4.0 
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. Quinteros, Regat.2.0 
 5. Osimani, Malvin2.0 
 6. Ribeiro, Un.1.7 
 7. Washam, Regatas C.1.7 
 8. Fitipaldo, Malvin1.7 
 9. Romano, Regatas C.1.7 
 10. Flores, Cent.Apure1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Leonardo MORRO
  Pinheiro.
  (208-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Morro, Pinheiro.2.0 
 2. Ferreira, Pinheiro.1.7 
 3. de Souza, Un.1.7 
 4. Newsome, Malvin1.3 
 5. Fuller, Mavort1.3 
 6. Espinoza, Obras1.3 
 7. Reis, Un.1.0 
 8. Matthews, Cent..1.0 
 9. Kammerichs, Regat.1.0 
 10. Washam, Regatas0.7 


Day 1 in Mar del Plata - by Eurobasket News

Group C

Penarol -Deportes Castro 86:75

Penarol outscore Deportes Castro in Day 1 of the South American League 2012 in Group C. The team from Argentina overcame Chilean side 86:75.
Penarol took the lead from the very beginning and grabbed 25-19 after the first period. They added 20-12 in the second frame and led 14 points at the halftime. Both teams nailed 23 points each in the third quarter, while Deportes Castro managed to win the last stanza 21-18.

Facundo Campazzo (179-PG-91) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and David Teague (196-G-83, college: Purdue) (196-G-83, college: Purdue) collected 15 points and 11 rebounds. Leonardo Gutierrez (201-F/C-78) also scored 15, while Thomas Terrell (201-F/C-79, college: Georgia St.) and Martin Leiva (209-C-80) nailed 10 apiece. Gonzalo Velasquez (185-G-81) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort and Richard Willie brought 18. CamRon Clay (203-PF-82) delivered 15, while Zaronn Cann (198-F, college: Eckerd) brought 12.
Tomorrow Flamengo facing Deportes Castro of Chile in the early game, while Hebraica Maccabi battles Penarol in the closer.




Hebraica-Flamengo 67:75

Flamengo started South American League 2012 with an important with over Hebraica. The Brazilian team needed a 75:67 victory for 1-0 record in Group C.
Flamengo erupted with 27-11 in the first period and added 19-15 in the second frame. The team from Brazil enjoyed 20-point halftime advantage but had difficulties in the second half. As. Hebraica Macabi won the third period 24-15 and reduced to 11 points entering the last period. Moreover they won the last stanza 17-14, but reduced only to the final result.

Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) netted 19. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) posted 12 and Caio Silveira (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) collected 11 points and 11 rebounds. Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) ended up with 19 points in defeat and Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) scored 17. Hatila Passos (211-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) collected 15 points and 15 boards, whilst Luciano Parodi (182-G-94) notched 6.
Tomorrow Flamengo facing Deportes Castro of Chile in the early game, while Hebraica Maccabi battles Penarol in the closer.



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  LITHUANIA   

Standings - LKL

LKL Standings
 1. Rudupis 4-0 
 2. Lietuvos rytas 2-0 
 3. Siauliai 2-0 
 4. Zalgiris 2-0 
 5. Juventus 2-1 
 6. Pieno Zvaigzdes 2-1 
 7. Nevezis 1-2 
 8. LSU-Baltai 1-2 
 9. Neptunas 1-3 
 10. Sakalai 1-3 
 11. Lietkabelis 0-2 
 12. Naglis Palangos 0-4 

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 23: Rudupis - Neptunas 92-69
Oct. 23: LSU-Baltai - Sakalai 67-65

Regular Season: Round 7

Oct. 27: LSU-Baltai - Rudupis
Oct. 27: Nevezis - Lietkabelis
Oct. 27: Juventus - Naglis Palangos
Oct. 28: Siauliai - Pieno Zvaigzdes


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Gediminas ORELIKAS
  Rudupis
  (200-G/F-90)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Orelikas, Rudupis20.8 
 2. Relphorde, Naglis19.7 
 3. Mockevicius, Nagli.15.7 
 4. Mazeika, Neptunas15.0 
 5. Tamosiunas, LSU-B.15.0 
 6. Hughes, Pieno Z.14.0 
 7. Morkeliunas, Juven.13.7 
 8. Leonard, Juventus13.7 
 9. Stasys, LSU-Baltai13.3 
 10. Gailius, Neptunas13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vytautas SARAKAUSKAS
  Neptu.
  (204-C-82)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Sarakauskas, Nept.9.3 
 2. Bishop, Nevezis8.0 
 3. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai7.3 
 4. Vene, Rudupis7.0 
 5. McCulley, Juventus6.0 
 6. Cepukaitis, Pieno6.0 
 7. Balocka, Sakalai6.0 
 8. Ramasauskas, Saka.5.8 
 9. Relphorde, Naglis5.7 
 10. Ulanovas, Pieno Z.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Zygimantas JANAVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Janavicius, Rudupis4.8 
 2. Leonard, Juventus4.3 
 3. Dainys, Neptunas3.7 
 4. Hughes, Pieno Z.3.3 
 5. Kadziulis, Rudupis3.3 
 6. Vene, Rudupis3.3 
 7. Ivanauskas, Rudup.2.8 
 8. Broadus, Neptunas2.8 
 9. Viskontas, Juvent.2.7 
 10. Maceina, Pieno Z.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus RELPHORDE
  Naglis P.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Relphorde, Naglis3.0 
 2. Brown, Naglis P.2.5 
 3. Girdziunas, Nevezis2.3 
 4. Kiausas, Sakalai1.8 
 5. Dambrauskas, Sakal.1.8 
 6. Lengvinas, Naglis1.8 
 7. Ulanovas, Pieno Z.1.7 
 8. Kasiuleviciu., Nag.1.7 
 9. Stasys, LSU-Baltai1.7 
 10. Milaknis, Rudupis1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Tomas URBONAS
  LSU-Baltai
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Urbonas, LSU-Baltai4.3 
 2. Ulanovas, Pieno Z.1.7 
 3. Cepukaitis, Pieno1.7 
 4. Gates, Pieno Z.1.3 
 5. Silinskis, Nevezis1.3 
 6. Vene, Rudupis1.0 
 7. Petrukonis, Juven.1.0 
 8. Ramasauskas, Saka.1.0 
 9. Jakstas, Nevezis1.0 
 10. Bishop, Nevezis1.0 


Best players of Lithuanian LKL round 6 - by Eurobasket News

Talented Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Rudupis and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6.
The 22-year old swingman had the game-high 25 points adding five rebounds and two assists for Rudupis in his team's victory, helping them to crush Neptunas (#9, 1-3) with 23-point margin 92-69. It allowed Rudupis to consolidate first place in the Lithuanian LKL. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Rudupis already had a very good start winning all 4 without losing a single one. Orelikas has many years of experience at Rudupis, through which he has constantly improved. Orelikas has impressive league stats. He is league's best scorer averaging so far 20.8ppg. Orelikas is in league's top in and averages solid 73.7% FGP and 63.2% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old forward Justas Sinica (203-F-85) of Sakalai. Sinica impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 13 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Sakalai was edged by slightly higher-ranked LSU-Baltai (#8, 1-2) 67-65. This loss caused Sakalai to drop to 10th position in the standings. 3 lost games are too many comparing to just one victory Sakalai managed to get this year. Sinica is a newcomer at Sakalai and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was Mindaugas Stasys (180-PG-86) of LSU-Baltai (#8). Stasys scored 19 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of LSU-Baltai, leading his team to a 67-65 win against slightly lower-ranked Sakalai (#10, 1-3). The chances of LSU-Baltai not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Stasys could try to bring LSU-Baltai's a little bit higher in the standings. Stasys has individually a great season in Lithuania. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.3ppg (9th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Vytautas Sarakauskas (204-C-82) of Neptunas - 7 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Taurantas Tamosiunas (192-PG-92) of LSU-Baltai - 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Gintaras Kadziulis (192-G-80) of Rudupis - 15 points, 2 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Tomas Urbonas (215-C-92) of LSU-Baltai - 5 points and 11 rebounds
8. Zygimantas Janavicius (192-G-89) of Rudupis - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists
9. Arunas Vasiliauskas (200-F-85) of LSU-Baltai - 17 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Arminas Urbutis (205-C/F-86) of Rudupis - 11 points and 3 rebounds

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)



LKL Round 6: LSU-Baltai wins their first game - by Eurobasket News

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in LKL, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. Coincidentally all hosts won their games.

LSU-Baltai can celebrate finally their first win this season after two consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Sakalai (1-3) 67-65 on Tuesday. Sakalai was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 21-18 charge of LSU-Baltai, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when LSU-Baltai made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was point guard Taurantas Tamosiunas (192-PG-92) who scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. point guard Mindaugas Stasys (180-86) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Justas Sinica (203-85) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists. LSU-Baltai (1-2) left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with Nevezis. Sakalai at the other side dropped to the ninth position with three games lost. They share it with Neptunas. LSU-Baltai is looking forward to face league's leader Rudupis in Prienai in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sakalai will have a break next round.
Undefeated leader Rudupis delivered the fourth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked Neptunas (1-3) 92-69 in Prienai. It was a good game for swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Zygimantas Janavicius contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Center Vytautas Sarakauskas (204-82) replied with 7 points and 10 rebounds for Neptunas. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rudupis have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Neptunas at the other side dropped to the ninth place with three games lost. They share the position with Sakalai. Rudupis will play against LSU-Baltai (#8) in Kaunas in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Neptunas will have a break next round.


LSU-Baltai - Sakalai 67-65

LSU-Baltai can celebrate finally their first win this season after two consecutive loses. They used home court advantage to defeat Sakalai (1-3) 67-65 on Tuesday. Sakalai was trailing by 6 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 21-18 charge of LSU-Baltai, which allowed them to win the game. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when LSU-Baltai made 7 blocks. The best player for the winners was point guard Taurantas Tamosiunas (192-92) who scored 15 points and 9 rebounds. point guard Mindaugas Stasys (180-86) chipped in 19 points and 4 assists. Four LSU-Baltai players scored in double figures. At the other side the best for losing team was forward Justas Sinica (203-85) who recorded a double-double by scoring 13 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Tomas Cerneckis (190-88) added 15 points respectively. LSU-Baltai (1-2) left bottom position moving up to seventh place, which they share with Nevezis. Sakalai at the other side dropped to the ninth position with three games lost. They share it with Neptunas. LSU-Baltai is looking forward to face league's leader Rudupis in Prienai in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Sakalai will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
LSU-Baltai: M.Stasys 19+3reb+4ast, A.Vasiliauskas 17+5reb+2ast, T.Tamosiunas 15+9reb+3ast, V.Sragauskis 10+4reb+1ast, T.Urbonas 5+11reb, P.Malasauskas 1+5reb+2ast
Sakalai: T.Cerneckis 15+3reb+3ast, P.Balocka 14+3reb, J.Sinica 13+14reb+4ast, A.Kiausas 8+5reb+2ast, P.Dambrauskas 7+3reb+3ast, I.Ramasauskas 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 194233


Rudupis - Neptunas 92-69

Undefeated leader Rudupis delivered the fourth consecutive victory. This time they crushed 8th ranked Neptunas (1-3) 92-69 in Prienai. The game without a history. Rudupis led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Neptunas was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a good game for swingman Gediminas Orelikas (200-90) who led his team to a victory with 25 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Zygimantas Janavicius (192-89, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists for the winners. Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. Center Vytautas Sarakauskas (204-82) replied with 7 points and 10 rebounds and international forward Deividas Gailius (200-88) added 14 points in the effort for Neptunas. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Rudupis have a solid four-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 4-0 record. Neptunas at the other side dropped to the ninth place with three games lost. They share the position with Sakalai. Rudupis will play against LSU-Baltai (#8) in Kaunas in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Neptunas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: G.Orelikas 25+5reb+2ast, G.Kadziulis 15+2reb+4ast, A.Urbutis 11+3reb+1ast, Z.Janavicius 11+6reb+9ast, A.Labuckas 10+1reb, S.Vene 6+10reb+1ast
Neptunas: M.Mazeika 15+1reb+2ast, D.Gailius 14+4reb+1ast, M.Runkauskas 9+2reb+2ast, N.Barinov 8+2reb, V.Sarakauskas 7+10reb+2ast, G.Gustas 6+1ast
gschID: 194232



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  MALTA   


Siggiewi secure MBA Shield semifinal spot - by Eurobasket News

Siggiewi have reached the place at the MBA Shield semifinals. They overcame Loyola 65:38 for the second win in Group 2. Siggiewi limited their opponents to just 2 points in the opening quarter and gained a 15-point lead. The gap grew at 20-point mark at the interval. Siggiewi kept their opponents at bay throughout the second half and raced to the victory. Marko Matijevic (200-F-78) scored 21 points to lead the winners. Peter Shoults (168-G-85) added 13 points in the victory. Stefan Vella (170-PG-90) answered with 12 points for Loyola. Anton Axiaq (188-C-91) netted 9 points in defeat.
Depiro posted a key victory in the fight for the semifinal place in Group 1. They held off Luxol 68:57. Shawn Morgan (198-GF-86, college: Arkansas St.) nailed 26 points to lead the winners. Luxol enjoyed an 18:14 lead after ten minutes. However Depiro went on a 33:22 run in the next two quarters to take the lead. Depiro outgunned Luxol 21:17 in the final frame and sealed the victory at the end. Micallef netted 13 points, while Nigel Sultana (191-F-91) contributed 9 points for the winning side. Stephen Shackleford delivered 18 points for 18 points Luxol. Nebojsa Vasovic had 17 points in the loss.



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  MEXICO   

Standings - LNBP

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

Regular Season: Round 16

Oct. 23: Abejas - Lechugueros 96-85
Oct. 23: Soles - Pioneros 94-86
Oct. 23: Barreteros - Panteras 91-84 OT
Oct. 23: Gansos - Guerreros 87-85
Oct. 23: Osos - Gigantes 79-81
Oct. 23: Halc.Xalapa - Halc.Rojos 79-73
Oct. 23: Fuerza Regia - Toros 65-72
Oct. 23: Huracanes - Corr.Victoria 104-94

Regular Season: Round 17

Oct. 25: Pioneros - Gansos
Oct. 25: Soles - Guerreros
Oct. 25: Panteras - Huracanes
Oct. 25: Barreteros - Corr.Victoria
Oct. 26: Toros - Osos
Oct. 26: Fuerza Regia - Gigantes
Oct. 25: Lechugueros - Halc.Xalapa
Oct. 25: Abejas - Halc.Rojos


LNBP Round 16 of Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Barreteros (9-7) survived in overtime against Panteras (9-7) by seven points 91-84 on Tuesday night. Lamont Sumpter (183-G-86, college: McMurry) fired 22 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. Barreteros moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Panteras. Barreteros will face Correcaminos (#11) in Ciudad Victoria in the next round where they are favorite. Panteras will play at home against Huracanes (#9) in Tampico.

Rest of the games of round 16 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Corr.Victoria were defeated by Huracanes in Tampico 104-94. Halc.Xalapa beat Halc.Rojos at home 79-73. Bottom-ranked Gigantes won against Osos on the opponent's court 81-79. Abejas managed to outperform Lechugueros in a home game 96-85. Toros managed to beat Fuerza Regia on the road 72-65. Gansos defeated Guerreros on its own court 87-85. Pioneros were beaten by Soles in Mexicali 94-86.
The best stats of 16th round was 30 points and 8 rebounds by Ronald Selleaze of Corr.Victoria.


Huracanes - Corr.Victoria 104-94

There was no surprise in Tampico where 11th ranked Correcaminos (7-9) were defeated by ninth ranked Huracanes (8-6) 104-94 on Tuesday. The game was mostly controlled by Huracanes. Correcaminos was better in third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Huracanes looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. The former international point guard Omar Quintero (183-81, college: S.Nazarene) fired 25 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. The former international center Rodrigo Zamora (206-86, college: Montana St.) chipped in 17 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). American forward Ronald Selleaze (197-76, college: CSU Bakersfield, agency: Dream Team Management) produced 30 points and 8 rebounds and his fellow American import forward Rodney Alexander (201-87, college: Oklahoma City) added 21 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Correcaminos players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Huracanes maintains ninth position with 8-6 record. Correcaminos at the other side keep the eleventh place with nine games lost. Huracanes will face higher ranked Panteras (#5) in Aguascalientes in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Correcaminos will play on the road against Barreteros (#8) in Zacatecas.
Top scorers:
Huracanes: O.Quintero 25+6reb+6ast, M.Morrison 21+3reb+3ast, R.Zamora 17+8reb+5ast, M.Pilgrim 9+1ast, L.Nobles 9, M.Ayala 7+5reb+5ast
Corr.Victoria: R.Selleaze 30+8reb+3ast, R.Alexander 21+8reb, L.Keeler 14+2reb, M.Allen 14+3reb+8ast, G.Maciel 4+1reb, A.Olivas 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 188540


Halc.Xalapa - Halc.Rojos 79-73

No shocking result in a game when first ranked Halcones UV Xalapa (15-1) defeated at home 3rd ranked Halcones Rojos (12-4) 79-73 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 20-13 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Halcones UV Xalapa made 22-of-24 free shots (91.7 percent) during the game. American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) fired a double-double by scoring 21 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Victor Mariscal (198-72) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Venezuelan power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) produced a double-double by scoring 25 points and 11 rebounds and American point guard Mike Mitchell (181-83, college: N.Mexico St., agency: Two Points) added 10 points, 8 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals respectively for lost side. Halcones Rojos' coach rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Halcones UV Xalapa have an impressive nine-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 15-1 record. Halcones Rojos at the other side keep the third place with four games lost. Halcones UV Xalapa will face Lechugueros (#12) in Leon in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Halcones Rojos will play on the road against Abejas (#7) in Guanajuato.
Top scorers:
Halc.Xalapa: L.Hickerson 21+10reb+2ast, V.Mariscal 13+6reb+3ast, D.Pearson 11+6reb, O.Mendez-Valdez 9+1ast, L.Mata 8+11reb+2ast, G.Vargas 8+1reb+11ast
Halc.Rojos: L.Bethelmy 25+11reb+1ast, J.Aubry 10+8reb, M.Mitchell 10+8reb+5ast, F.Cruz 9+2reb+2ast, N.Alonzo 8+4reb, R.Ruiz 5+3reb+5ast
gschID: 188546


Osos - Gigantes 79-81

There was a minor upset when 14th ranked Osos (2-14) were edged at home by sixteenth ranked Gigantes (2-14) 81-79 on Tuesday. Osos trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 27-17 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 79-81 at the end of the game. The game was dominated by American players. Guard Sam Liggins (178, college: Alders.-Broad.) fired 23 points and 4 assists for the winners. Power forward John Ruffus (207-81, college: Fayetteville St.) chipped in 18 points and 6 rebounds. Ruffus is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) produced 20 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Keith Gayden (202-83, college: Duquesne) added 20 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gigantes moved-up to fifteenth place, which they share with defeated Osos. Osos lost sixth consecutive game. Gigantes will face higher ranked Fuerza Regia (#10) in Monterrey in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Osos will play on the road against the league's second-placed Toros (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Gigantes: S.Liggins 23+1reb+4ast, J.Ruffus 18+6reb, A.Morris 13+4reb+3ast, Z.Alvidrez 12+1reb+1ast, J.Avalos 8+1reb+3ast, M.Munoz 5+4reb+1ast
Osos: O.McCullough 20+6reb+5ast, K.Gayden 20+8reb+2ast, E.Nuncio 10+2reb+3ast, J.Durazo 10+6reb, J.Smith 8+5reb+1ast, E.Zuniga 7+3reb+1ast
gschID: 188545


Abejas - Lechugueros 96-85

Very predictable result in Guanajuato where seventh ranked Abejas (9-7) beat 12th ranked Lechugueros (5-11) 96-85 on Tuesday. Lechugueros were trailing by 2 points at halftime but managed to get 9-point lead after three quarters before a 35-15 charge of Abejas, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great shooting night for Abejas especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 52.9 percentage. Lechugueros were plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Victor Buelna (192-78) fired 24 points (on 9-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners. American forward Steffphon Pettigrew (195, college: W.Kentucky) chipped in 18 points and 9 rebounds. Senegalese center Babacar Camara (211-81, college: CS Fullerton) produced 19 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and American forward James Penny (198-76, college: TCU) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Abejas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Lechugueros lost fourth consecutive game. They keep the twelfth position with 11 games lost. Abejas will face higher ranked Halcones Rojos (#3) in Veracruz in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Lechugueros will play at home against the league's leader Halcones UV Xalapa (#1).
Top scorers:
Abejas: V.Buelna 24+4reb+1ast, S.Pettigrew 18+9reb+1ast, M.Mattis 16+7reb, E.Phelps 15+2reb+3ast, C.Castillo 7, R.Andrade 6+7ast
Lechugueros: B.Camara 19+6reb+2ast, J.Penny 15+3reb+1ast, J.Thomas 13+2reb, E.Cuen 11+3reb+2ast, A.Sanchez 6+2reb, E.Ruiz 5+2ast
gschID: 188544


Fuerza Regia - Toros 65-72

Not a big story in a game in Monterrey where 10th ranked Fuerza Regia (7-8) was defeated by second ranked Toros (13-2) 72-65 on Tuesday. The guests trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 26-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. American-Nigerian forward Ike Ofoegbu (205-85, college: SMU, agency: Paris Global Sports) fired 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American-Puerto Rican point guard Wilfredo Pagan (184-76) chipped in 13 points. Four Toros players scored in double figures. Toros' coach Jose Martinez used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nigerian-Jamaican guard Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (196-86, college: Providence) produced 17 points and 5 rebounds and American forward Eric Hicks (198-83, college: Cincinnati, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 13 points and 9 rebounds respectively for lost side. Toros have an impressive five-game winning streak. They maintain second position with 13-2 record having just three points less than leader Halc.Xalapa. Fuerza Regia at the other side keeps the tenth place with eight games lost. Toros will face bottom-ranked Osos (#16) in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Fuerza Regia will play against Gigantes (#15).
Top scorers:
Toros: I.Ofoegbu 21+7reb+2ast, A.Henning 13+4reb+1ast, W.Pagan 13+3reb+2ast, Q.Gonzalez 11+4reb+2ast, J.Lopez 6+4reb+1ast, L.Ellis Vasquez 4+4reb+1ast
Fuerza Regia: O.Efejuku 17+5reb+3ast, A.Izaguirre 13+3reb+1ast, E.Hicks 13+9reb+1ast, G.Stokes 7+2ast, D.Gerrick Rivera 7+2reb+5ast, G.Grays 3+3reb+5ast
gschID: 188543


Barreteros - Panteras 91-84 OT

Barreteros (9-7) survived in overtime against Panteras (9-7) by seven points 91-84 on Tuesday night. The hosts trailed by 8 points after three quarters before their 24-16 charge, which allowed them to tie the game at the end of regular time and get a 7-point victory in overtime. Barreteros looked well-organized offensively handing out 31 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Panteras' players. American guard Lamont Sumpter (183-86, college: McMurry) fired 22 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists for the winners. The other American import forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Panamanian power forward Antonio Garcia (203-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and American guard Nate Miller (193-87, college: Bowling Green, agency: KMG Sports Management) added 23 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Barreteros moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 3 other teams including defeated Panteras. Barreteros will face Correcaminos (#11) in Ciudad Victoria in the next round where they are favorite. Panteras will play at home against Huracanes (#9) in Tampico.
Top scorers:
Barreteros: L.Sumpter 22+5reb+8ast, J.Habel 20+11reb+1ast, C.Silva 18+9reb, R.Loera Almanza 17+3reb+1ast, J.Horton 8+4reb+20ast, A.Chacon 4+1reb+1ast
Panteras: N.Miller 23+8reb+3ast, R.Melendez 18+3reb+1ast, A.Garcia 18+13reb+3ast, E.Ayileke 15+8reb, F.Verdugo 6+3reb, A.Gonzalez 2+1reb
gschID: 188542


Gansos - Guerreros 87-85

There was a small surprise when fifteenth ranked Gansos (3-13) edged at home 13th ranked Guerreros (4-12) 87-85 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 21-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Guerreros were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Shannon Shorter (193-89, college: N.Texas) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals for the winners. The other American import swingman Royce Gaye (193-88, college: Tex.A&M-Kingsv.) chipped in 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Gansos' coach Luis Andres Garcia used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. American-Puerto Rican power forward Angel Alamo (206-85) produced 21 points and 7 rebounds and American forward Travis Gabbidon (201, college: UTSA) added 15 points and 12 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Gansos moved-up to fourteenth place. Guerreros lost third consecutive game. Guerreros at the other side, also newcomer in the league, keep the thirteenth position with 12 games lost. Gansos will face higher ranked Pioneros (#6) in Cancun in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game.
Top scorers:
Gansos: S.Shorter 22+10reb+9ast, R.Gaye 20+8reb+4ast, G.Silva 11+5reb, A.Zarco 11+7reb, C.Duran 10+2reb+2ast, N.Nweke 9+6reb
Guerreros: A.Alamo 21+7reb+2ast, T.Gabbidon 15+12reb, M.Hunter 14+4reb+6ast, G.Burris 13+1reb+3ast, F.Calixto 8+4reb, C.Lee 8+4reb
gschID: 188541


Soles - Pioneros 94-86

There was no surprise in Mexicali where 6th ranked Pioneros (9-7) were defeated by fourth ranked Soles (12-4) 94-86 on Tuesday. The hosts trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 23-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Soles forced 20 Pioneros turnovers. Pioneros were plagued by 34 personal fouls down the stretch. American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington, agency: SportsTalent) fired 22 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The other American import center Kentrell Gransberry (206-85, college: S.Florida) chipped in 18 points and 8 rebounds. Soles' coach Ivan Deniz used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. The former international swingman Jovan Harris (191-81, college: USF) produced 21 points and the former international forward Stephen Soriano (201-84, college: Colorado Mesa) added 16 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Five Soles and four Pioneros players scored in double figures. Soles have an impressive 11-game winning streak. They moved-up to third place, which they share with Halc.Rojos. Pioneros at the other side dropped to the fifth position with seven games lost. Soles will face Guerreros (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Pioneros will play against Gansos (#14).
Top scorers:
Soles: C.Elliott 22+8reb+4ast, J.Griffin 19, K.Gransberry 18+8reb, R.Martinez 15+2reb+2ast, A.Franklin 12+6reb+4ast, S.Aguirre 3+2reb+1ast
Pioneros: J.Harris 21+3reb+2ast, A.Scott 17+4reb+3ast, S.Soriano 16+6reb+2ast, H.Hernandez 11+10reb, J.Smith 9+3reb, J.Gutierrez 8+7reb+2ast
gschID: 188539



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Standings - 1B

1B Standings
 1. Buducnost II 1-0 
 2. Gorstak 1-0 
 3. KK Zeta 1-0 
 4. Zeta 2011 1-0 
 5. Gusinje 0-0 
 6. Slobodan 0-0 
 7. Berane 2010 0-1 
 8. Pljevlja 0-1 
 9. S.Centar 0-1 
 10. Un.Mediteran 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 23: Berane 2010 - Buducnost II 81-87
Oct. 20: Gorstak - Pljevlja 73-69
Oct. 20: Un.Mediteran - Zeta 2011 69-78
Oct. 20: S.Centar - KK Zeta 58-68

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 27: KK Zeta - Slobodan
Oct. 27: Zeta 2011 - S.Centar
Oct. 27: Buducnost II - Un.Mediteran
Oct. 27: Pljevlja - Berane 2010
Oct. 27: Gusinje - Gorstak



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  NBA   


The Nets released Stephen Dennis - by Eurobasket News

Brooklyn Nets released 25-year old guard Stephen Dennis (198-82kg-87, college: Kutztown).
The last season he played at New Yorker Phantoms in German BBL. In 18 BBL games last year he had 8.4ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.5apg.
Dennis has never been drafted by the NBA.
He played in the final of PSAC Tournament for two years in a row 2009 and 2010.
Dennis was also voted Daktronics Division II All-America Player of the Year in 2010.
He has played also professionally in other NBA team (LA Clippers), Germany (New Yorker Phantoms) and D-League (Bakersfield Jam).
Dennis attended Kutztown University until 2010 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Dunigan Rumored to China - by Julius Johnson

Michael Dunigan (6'10''-C-89, agency: N.E.T., college: Oregon), recently waived by the Memphis Grizzlies, is rumored to be in negotiations with a Chinese team.
Since last year's lockout, China seems to be the preferred destination outside the NBA. Dunigan has experienced Europe, winning a championship in 2011.
Interestingly, the salaries in China exceed those of NBA rookies, other than 1st round picks.
There is sure to be a bidding battle, as Euroleague team look to bolster their frontcourts with size and athleticism.





The Celtics waived Downs - by Eurobasket

Boston Celtics waived 26-year old swingman Micah Downs (203-86, college: Gonzaga, agency: Priority Sports).
The last season he played at Assignia Manresa in Spanish ACB. In 28 ACB games last year he recorded 11.3ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.4apg.
Downs has never been drafted by the NBA.
He played in the final of Spanish LEB Gold Play-Off in 2011.
Downs was also voted to Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Gold All-Imports Team in 2011.
He has played also professionally in Belgium (Leuven Bears), Croatia (KK Zadar) and Spain (Ford Burgos).
Downs attended Gonzaga University until 2009 and it is his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Celtics let Kurz go - by Eurobasket

Boston Celtics cut 27-year old forward Robert Kurz (206-104kg-85, college: Notre Dame, agency: Priority Sports).
He ended the last season at Sluc Nancy in French ProA. In 13 ProA games last year he averaged 5.9ppg and 3.6rpg. But the most of that year Kurz spent at UCAM Murcia in Spanish ACB. In 14 ACB games he had 6.9ppg and 4.9rpg.
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Kurzs team made it to the German Bundesliga Semifinals in 2011.
He was also voted to Eurobasket.com Spanish ACB All-Imports Team in 2011.
Kurz is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Greece, other NBA teams (Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors), Spain (CB Granada), France (Sluc Nancy), Germany (Artland Dragons) and D-League (Fort Wayne Mad Ants).
Kurz attended University of Notre Dame until 2008 and it is his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Grizzlies cut Dunigan - by Eurobasket

Memphis Grizzlies cut 23-year old center Michael Dunigan (208-111kg-89, college: Oregon, agency: N.E.T.).
The most of last season he spent at DniproAzot in Ukrainian Superleague. In 25 Superleague games last year he averaged 12.4ppg, 8.9rpg (#3 in the league) and 1.7bpg. Dunigan also played at Novipiu Casale in Italian SerieA earlier that season. In 5 SerieA games he had just 2.8ppg and 4.0rpg (#3 in the league).
He has never been drafted by the NBA.
Dunigan won Estonian League championship title in 2011.
He received also Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Center of the Year award the same year.
Dunigan has played previously professionally in Israel (Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem) and Estonia (Kalev/Cramo).
He attended University of Oregon until 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Grizzlies cut Kyle Weaver - by Eurobasket

Memphis Grizzlies cut 26-year old former international guard Kyle Weaver (198-91kg-86, college: Washington State, agency: Interperformances).
The last season he played at ALBA Berlin in German BBL. He played in 3 different leagues (Euroleague Qualifying Round, Eurocup and German League which playing still for ALBA. In total in 50 games last year he recorded 9.4ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.7apg and 1.1spg. In 2008 Weaver was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats in second round (38th overall).
He attended Washington State and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Weaver won Belgian League championship title in 2011.
He was also voted to Gatorade All-D-League Honorable Mention in 2011.
Weaver was a member of USA Senior National Team back in 2007. He represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) five years ago. His stats at that event were 5 games: 1.6ppg, 2.0rpg.
Weaver has played also professionally in other NBA teams (Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder and Charlotte Bobcats), Belgium (Spirou Charleroi) and D-League (Austin Toros and Iowa Energy).

By Eurobasket Data Center



The Spurs waive Brown - by Eurobasket

San Antonio Spurs waived 25-year old forward Derrick Brown (203-103kg-87, college: Xavier).
The last season he played at the Bobcats. In 65 NBA games last year he had 8.1ppg, 3.6rpg and 1.0apg. Three years ago Brown was drafted by Charlotte Bobcats in second round (40th overall).
He attended Xavier University until 2009 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
Browns team won Atlantic 10 Regular Season for three years in a row (between 2007 and 2009).
He was also selected to All-Atlantic 10 2nd Team back in 2009 in his college time.
Brown has played previously for New York Knicks.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Full of action pre-season Monday - by Eurobasket News

The Raptors clinched the fifth pre-season victory. They overcame the Bucks 104:95 at the Air Canada Center. Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F/G-89, college: USC) scored 21 points to lead the hosts. Andrea Bargnani added 17 points for the Raptors. Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) answered with 26 points for the Bucks.
The 76ers toppled the Knicks 98:90 for the 6th victory. Thaddeus Young (6'8''-F-88, college: Georgia Tech) nailed 22 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the 76ers. Jason Richardson posted 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists in the winning effort. Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-SF-84, college: Syracuse) and Raymond Felton (6'1''-PG-84, college: N.Carolina) had 23 points each in the loss.
Dallas overcame New Orleans 87:74 for the third victory. O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87, college: USC) accounted for 13 points to pace the Mavericks. Jae Crowder and Rodrigue Beabouis added 12 points each in the win. Robin Lopez (7'0''-C/F-88, college: Stanford) and Ryan Anderson chipped in 14 points each for the Hornets.
The Suns claimed the second straight home pre-season victory as they held off the Sacramento Kings 103:88. Jared Dudley (6'7''-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) exploded with 25 points for the Suns. Michael Beasley netted 15 points for the winning side. Thomas Robinson (6'9''-PF-91, college: Kansas) replied with 17 points for the Kings.
Portland fired past Utah 120:114 as Nicolas Batum (6'8''-SF-88) erupted for 27 points. Damian Lillard notched 21 points and 8 assists for the Trail Blazers. Enes Kanter (6'10''-C-92, college: Kentucky) stepped up with 18 points and 6 boards for the Jazz.
The Clippers celebrated the third pre-season success as they nipped the Warriors 88:71. DeAndre Jordan (6'11''-C-88, college: Texas A&M) delivered 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winning side. Blake Griffin had 14 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for the Clippers. Jarrett Jack (6'3''-PG-83, college: Georgia Tech) reacted with 14 points for the Warriors.



Heat, Pacers, Bulls and Warriors with victories on Tuesday - by Eurobasket News

NBA pre-season action continued with four games on Tuesday.
The Heat surprised the Bobcats 98:92 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh. Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) led the charge with 21 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Ray Allen scored 15 points coming off the bench for the Heat. Kemba Walker (6'1''-PG-90, college: Connecticut) responded with game-high 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the Bobcats.
The Pacers thumped the Cavs 100:82 at the Quicken Loans Arena. David West (6'8''-F-80, college: Xavier) posted 15 points and 8 rebounds as Indiana improved at 4-2 record in pre-season. Paul George contributed 14 points for the winners. Kyrie Irving (6'3''-G-92, college: Duke) answered with 20 points for the Cavs.
The Bulls held off visiting Thunder 94:89 behind 24 points and 12 rebounds from Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke). Luol Deng contributed 21 points for Chicago. Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89) stepped up with 24 points and 8 rebounds for the Thunder.
Golden State toppled Phoenix 107:92 to gain the 6th pre-season success. David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) and Harrison Barnes (6'8''-F-92, college: N.Carolina) delivered 16 points each for the Warriors. Marcin Gortat (6'11''-C-84) answered with 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Suns.



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Plummers 30 Lead Summerside STORM over Rainmen - by Eurobasket News

Gregory Plummer (6'3''-G-83, college: Eckerd) scored 30 points to lead the Summerside STORM over the Halifax Rainmen 106-97 at the Metro Centre in Halifax on Sunday afternoon.

Halifax led by 1 at halftime and built on the lead before a 25-7 run in the 2nd half by the STORM gave them the lead they wouldnt give up.

Louis Birdsong had 18 points, shooting 7 for 10 from the floor and grabbing 10 rebounds. Point guards Al Stewart and Avery Smith also had strong games. Stewart had 9 points and 9 assist while Smith had 8 points and 9 assists.

Summerside Head Coach Joe Salerno was pleased his team showed character coming back in the game and he felt the win gave his team, with 9 new players this year, the confidence to realize they could win in the NBL. Salerno also singled out Antonio Ballard and Doug McKinney who he felt came up big defensively for the STORM late in the 4th quarter. Salerno said the win was a good one but the team has plenty of work to do to get ready for the upcoming regular season.

Fans will have another opportunity to see the STROM play an inter squad game at UPEI Tuesday evening at 7 oclock, hosted by UPEI, with all proceeds from this game staying with UPEI toward the Panther Basketball teams. The STORM will have a slam dunk contest at halftime. The STORM will also be selling tickets to the Rogers Slam Dunk Charity game set for this Friday with all proceeds from those ticket sales going back to the Panthers.

The teams only home exhibition game is the Rogers Slam Dunk Charity Game at Credit Union Place in Summerside against the Moncton Miracles. Tickets for this game are now on sale at Superstores across PEI with all proceeds from Superstore sales going to PEI Boys and Girls Clubs. Superstores are located in Summerside and Montague, along with two locations in Charlottetown.

Tickets for the Rogers Slam Dunk Charity Game are being sold in the Western part of Prince Edward Island by Bloomfield Elementary School. The school is fundraising for new playground equipment and the school will keep all ticket sales for this project. Tickets are also being sold at Three Oaks Senior High School in Summerside with proceeds from those sales staying with the school.

The Storms first regular season home game is Friday, November 2nd at the Credit Union Place in Summerside when they host the Saint John Mill Rats.
Courtesy of: nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com



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Top 25 - Men

WCC Standings
 1. St.Mary's, CA 14-2 (0-0) 
 2. Gonzaga 12-3 (0-0) 
 3. BYU 11-4 (0-0) 
 4. Loyola Mary 10-5 (0-0) 
 5. USF 8-8 (0-0) 
 6. San Diego 7-8 (0-0) 
 7. Pepperdine 4-12 (0-0) 
 8. Portland 4-12 (0-0) 
 9. Santa Clara 0-16 (0-0) 

Regular Season: Round 1

Nov. 9: Detroit - Northern Michigan
Nov. 9: S. Carolina St. - Claflin
Nov. 9: Tennessee - Kennesaw St.
Nov. 9: East. Michigan - Rochester (MI)
Nov. 9: George Mason - Virginia
Nov. 9: N.C. State - Miami (OH)
Nov. 9: Houston - Florida A&M
Nov. 9: Kansas St. - North Dakota
Nov. 9: TCU - Cal Poly
Nov. 9: Belmont - Lipscomb
Nov. 9: IUPUI - Utah Valley
Nov. 9: San Diego - San Diego Christ.
Nov. 9: Morgan St. - UTSA
Nov. 9: Connecticut - Michigan St.
Nov. 9: Miami (FL) - Stetson
Nov. 9: LIU Brooklyn - Morehead St.
Nov. 9: Pittsburgh - Mount St. Mary's
Nov. 9: Albany - Duquesne
Nov. 9: Florida - Georgetown
Nov. 9: Marquette - Ohio St.
Nov. 9: Georgia Tech - Tulane
Nov. 9: Rider - Robert Morris
Nov. 9: Navy - Marymount
Nov. 9: St. Bonaventure - Bethune-Cookman
Nov. 9: High Point - N.C. Greensboro
Nov. 9: Pennsylvania - UMBC
Nov. 9: Georgia - Jacksonville
Nov. 9: Richmond - Liberty
Nov. 9: Bowling Green - Lake Erie
Nov. 9: Kent St. - Drexel
Nov. 9: Northeastern - Boston U.
Nov. 9: Penn St. - St. Francis (PA)
Nov. 9: Harvard - MIT
Nov. 9: Wake Forest - Radford
Nov. 9: Xavier - Fair. Dickinson
Nov. 9: Campbell - Averett
Nov. 9: Siena - Vermont
Nov. 9: Charlotte - Charleston Sou.
Nov. 9: Colorado - Wofford
Nov. 9: North Carolina - Gardner-Webb
Nov. 9: Davidson - Emory
Nov. 9: Florida St. - South Alabama
Nov. 9: Purdue - Bucknell
Nov. 9: Villanova - Univ. of D.C.
Nov. 9: Monmouth - Hofstra
Nov. 9: Iona - Denver
Nov. 9: N.C. Asheville - Western Carolina
Nov. 9: Duke - Georgia St.
Nov. 9: Old Dominion - Holy Cross
Nov. 9: Appalachian St. - Montreat
Nov. 9: Cleveland St. - Grambling St.
Nov. 9: VCU - Fla Gulf Coast
Nov. 9: Charleston - Towson
Nov. 9: Rhode Island - Norfolk St.
Nov. 9: Oakland - Albion
Nov. 9: Eastern Kentucky - Cincy Christian
Nov. 9: Marshall - Longwood
Nov. 9: Rutgers - St. Peter's
Nov. 9: William & Mary - Hampton
Nov. 9: Seton Hall - Mo. Kansas City
Nov. 9: Coastal Carolina - Akron
Nov. 9: Loyola (MD) - Binghamton
Nov. 9: Austin Peay - Samford
Nov. 9: Wis. Milwaukee - Mary
Nov. 9: Mississippi St. - Troy
Nov. 9: Bradley - Eastern Illinois
Nov. 9: San Diego St. - Syracuse
Nov. 9: Indiana - Bryant
Nov. 9: Alabama A&M - Miles
Nov. 9: Jacksonville St. - Reinhardt
Nov. 9: N.C. A&T - Greensboro
Nov. 9: Texas - Fresno St.
Nov. 9: Auburn - IPFW
Nov. 9: Illinois - Colgate
Nov. 9: Iowa St. - Southern
Nov. 9: North Dakota St. - Valley City St
Nov. 9: Loyola Chicago - Toledo
Nov. 9: LSU - UCSB
Nov. 9: McNeese St. - Louisiana College
Nov. 9: AR Little Rock - Tenn-Martin
Nov. 9: Minnesota - American
Nov. 9: Nebraska Omaha - Northern Illinois
Nov. 9: Arkansas - Sam Houston St.
Nov. 9: Savannah St. - Trinity Baptist
Nov. 9: Saint Louis - S.Car. Upstate
Nov. 9: Kansas - SE Missouri St.
Nov. 9: Texas St. - Fordham
Nov. 9: Northwestern St. - East Texas Baptist
Nov. 9: Texas A&M - Louisiana Tech
Nov. 9: Missouri St. - Philander Smith
Nov. 9: Creighton - North Texas
Nov. 9: Valparaiso - Georgia Southern
Nov. 9: Michigan - Slippery Rock
Nov. 9: Kentucky - Maryland
Nov. 9: Murray St. - Brescia
Nov. 9: Baylor - Lehigh
Nov. 9: Lafayette - St. Francis (NY)
Nov. 9: Middle Tenn. St. - Alabama St.
Nov. 9: Texas Tech - Prairie View A&M
Nov. 9: Marist - Stony Brook
Nov. 9: Alabama - South Dakota St.
Nov. 9: Weber St. - Southwestern (Ariz.)
Nov. 9: Mississippi - Miss. Valley St.
Nov. 9: CSU Bakersfield - TX Arlington
Nov. 9: New Orleans - San Jose St.
Nov. 9: Colorado St. - Montana
Nov. 9: Stephen F. Austin - Howard Payne
Nov. 9: DePaul - UC Riverside
Nov. 9: Oklahoma St. - UC Davis
Nov. 9: Utah - Willamette
Nov. 9: Iowa - TX Pan American
Nov. 9: UTEP - Oral Roberts
Nov. 9: Oregon St. - Niagara
Nov. 9: Gonzaga - Southern Utah
Nov. 9: BYU - Tennessee St.
Nov. 9: Houston Baptist - AR Pine Bluff
Nov. 9: Loyola Marymount -
Nov. 9: Sacramento St. - UC Merced
Nov. 9: Idaho - Wright St.
Nov. 9: CSU Northridge - Pepperdine
Nov. 9: UCLA - Indiana St.
Nov. 9: Stanford - San Francisco
Nov. 9: USC - Coppin St.
Nov. 9: Portland St. - Pacific (OR)
Nov. 9: Hawaii - MD Eastern Shore



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  NIGERIA   


Canada book friendly with Nigeria - by Eurobasket News

The Nigeria Basketball Federations president, Mallam Tijani Umar has expressed keenness for friendly encounters.
He was reacting to a request by the Canada Basketball Federation for an international friendly clash next year. President Mallam Tijani Umar said the match will count amongst Nigerias preparations for the 2013 Nations Cup to be hosted by Ivory Coast. He also announced an agreement with the Brazilian basketball Association to play the mens national every year.
Courtesy of: StarAfrica.com



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  NORWAY   

Standings - BLNO

BLNO Standings
 1. Centrum 7-1 
 2. Tromso 5-1 
 3. Gimle BBK 5-3 
 4. Froya Basket 4-5 
 5. Ammerud Bskt 2-5 
 6. Baerum Basket 2-5 
 7. Asker Aliens 1-6 

Regular Season: Round 8

Oct. 21: Tromso - Gimle BBK 93-84
Oct. 21: Ammerud Bskt - Froya Basket 70-57
Oct. 23: Baerum Basket - Asker Aliens 68-85
Oct. 17: Asker Aliens - Centrum 66-106
Oct. 20: Centrum - Froya Basket 65-64

Regular Season: Round 9

Oct. 27: Baerum Basket - Tromso
Oct. 27: Froya Basket - Centrum
Oct. 28: Asker Aliens - Tromso
Oct. 28: Gimle BBK - Centrum


BLNO Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Keith THOMPSON
  Baerum B.
  (197-F-90)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Thompson, Baerum22.3 
 2. Thomas, Gimle BBK21.8 
 3. Jones, Tromso21.7 
 4. Stien, Asker Aliens19.6 
 5. Wallace, Tromso18.2 
 6. Gabrans, Froya B.17.7 
 7. Ble, Centrum17.3 
 8. Silavs, Froya B.17.2 
 9. Stien, Gimle BBK16.9 
 10. Hinsch, Centrum16.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonathan JONES
  Tromso
  (196-F-88)
  Avg: 15.3
 1. Jones, Tromso15.3 
 2. Thomas, Gimle BBK11.8 
 3. Thompson, Baerum10.1 
 4. Mostafa, Froya B.8.9 
 5. Elsafadi, Froya B.8.0 
 6. Berg, Asker Aliens8.0 
 7. Timus, Ammerud7.0 
 8. Ferranti, Baerum B.6.7 
 9. Harto, Baerum B.6.4 
 10. Ble, Centrum6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Mustafa MAHNIN
  Centrum
  (182-PG-80)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Mahnin, Centrum4.4 
 2. Thomas, Gimle BBK4.1 
 3. Gabrans, Froya B.4.1 
 4. Stien, Asker Aliens4.0 
 5. Holm, Baerum B.3.6 
 6. Mjos, Baerum B.3.4 
 7. Mihaylov, Tromso3.3 
 8. Timus, Ammerud3.1 
 9. Issalhi, Tromso3.0 
 10. Wallace, Tromso2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ronald TIMUS
  Ammerud .
  (197-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Timus, Ammerud2.7 
 2. Issalhi, Tromso2.3 
 3. Jones, Tromso2.0 
 4. Gabrans, Froya B.2.0 
 5. Elsafadi, Froya B.1.8 
 6. Thompson, Baerum1.7 
 7. Silavs, Froya B.1.6 
 8. Wallace, Tromso1.5 
 9. Nzeyimana, Froya B.1.4 
 10. Amoikon, Asker Al.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Delano THOMAS
  Gimle BBK
  (203-F-81)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Thomas, Gimle BBK2.3 
 2. Thompson, Baerum2.0 
 3. Jones, Tromso1.0 
 4. Ferranti, Baerum B.0.9 
 5. Nyborg, Centrum0.9 
 6. Andreassen, Baerum0.7 
 7. Harto, Baerum B.0.6 
 8. Sorensen, Ammerud0.6 
 9. Bwomono, Ammerud0.4 
 10. Timus, Ammerud0.4 


BLNO Round 8: Centrum edges Froya Basket by one point - by Eurobasket News

The most exciting game of round 8 in the BLNO took place in Oslo. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 4th ranked Froya Basket (4-5) to first ranked Centrum (7-1) 65-64 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 20-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) who scored 18 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. The former international forward Frank Nyborg (197-83) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. Guard Hammad Mostafa (-86) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the guests. Centrum have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-1 record. Defending champion Froya Basket keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Centrum are looking forward to face Gimle BBK (#3) in Bergen in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Froya Basket will have a break next round.
An exciting game was played in Tromso. Third ranked Tromso faced second-ranked Gimle BBK. Host Tromso (5-1) defeated guests from Bergen (5-3) 93-84. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Gimle BBK. American forward Jonathan Jones (196-88, college: Kean) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds. Gary Wallace contributed with 24 points and 6 assists for the winners. Tromso's coach Kenneth Webb allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Delano Thomas (203-81, college: Shawnee St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 blocks for Gimle BBK. Tromso have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Gimle BBK at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Tromso will play against bottom-ranked Asker Aliens (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Gimle BBK will play against the league's leader Centrum (#1) in Oslo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Asker Aliens can celebrate finally their first win this season after six consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Bekkestua, where they defeated Baerum Basket (2-5) 85-68 on Tuesday. Worth to mention a great performance of Elias Westerlund who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 5 rebounds. Keith Thompson responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Baerum Basket's coach Mathias Eckhoff rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Asker Aliens maintains seventh position with 1-6 record. It was Baerum Basket's third loss in a row. They keep the fifth place with five games lost. They share the position with Ammerud Bskt. Asker Aliens will meet at home league's second-placed Tromso in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Baerum Basket will play against the league's second-placed Tromso and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Leader Centrum delivered the seventh victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Asker Aliens (1-6) 106-66. The winners were led by Thomas Ble who scored that evening 26 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field). The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Centrum have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-1 record. Asker Aliens lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with six games lost. Centrum's next round opponent will be Gimle BBK (#3) in Bergen, which may be the game of the day. Asker Aliens will play at home against the league's second-placed Tromso (#2).
The game in Oslo was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Froya Basket (4-5) played at the court of sixth ranked Ammerud Bskt (2-5). Ammerud Bskt defeated Froya Basket 70-57 on Sunday. The best player for the winners was Ronald Timus who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Ammerud Bskt's coach Kelvin Woods used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ammerud Bskt moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Baerum Basket. Defending champion Froya Basket keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Ammerud Bskt will have a break next round. Froya Basket will play at home against the league's leader Centrum (#1) in Oslo.



Baerum Basket - Asker Aliens 68-85

Asker Aliens can celebrate finally their first win this season after six consecutive loses. The victory is especially important as it came on the road game in Bekkestua, where they defeated Baerum Basket (2-5) 85-68 on Tuesday. The game without a history. Asker Aliens led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Swedish forward Elias Westerlund (197-88) who helped to win the game recording 31 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Espen Stien (186-86) who added 23 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. American forward Keith Thompson (197-90, college: Utah Valley) responded with 19 points and 8 rebounds and Uruguayan-German guard Phillip Holm (175-80) scored 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Baerum Basket's coach Mathias Eckhoff rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Asker Aliens maintains seventh position with 1-6 record. It was Baerum Basket's third loss in a row. They keep the fifth place with five games lost. They share the position with Ammerud Bskt. Asker Aliens will meet at home league's second-placed Tromso in the next round and they do not belong to the favorites in that game. Baerum Basket will play against the league's second-placed Tromso and will have a slim chance for a victory.
Top scorers:
Asker Aliens: E.Westerlund 31+5reb, E.Stien 23+9reb+3ast, J.Bohn 11+6reb+2ast, S.Tallaksen 7+3reb, P.Midtvedt 6+3reb+1ast, Y.Amoikon 4+5reb+2ast
Baerum Basket: K.Thompson 19+8reb, P.Holm 17+5reb+5ast, T.Mjos 11+1reb+4ast, A.Fjaerestad 6+4reb+1ast, S.Staver 5+5reb+1ast, R.Ferranti 5+4reb
gschID: 178380


Ammerud Bskt - Froya Basket 70-57

The game in Oslo was also quite interesting. One of their biggest challengers Froya Basket (4-5) played at the court of sixth ranked Ammerud Bskt (2-5). Ammerud Bskt defeated Froya Basket 70-57 on Sunday. The game was mostly controlled by Ammerud Bskt. Froya Basket was better in third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ammerud Bskt dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Froya Basket's 24. They outrebounded Froya Basket 53-37 including a 38-23 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was American swingman Ronald Timus (197-84, college: Morgan St.) who had a double-double by scoring 23 points, 15 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. Guard Ole Egeland (186-83) chipped in 15 points and 5 rebounds. Ammerud Bskt's coach Kelvin Woods used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Latvian point guard Reno Silavs (180-91) produced 19 points and the former international swingman Marco Elsafadi (193-76) added 8 points and 14 rebounds respectively for the guests. Ammerud Bskt moved-up to fifth place, which they share with Baerum Basket. Defending champion Froya Basket keeps the fourth position with five games lost. Ammerud Bskt will have a break next round. Froya Basket will play at home against the league's leader Centrum (#1) in Oslo.
Top scorers:
Ammerud Bskt: R.Timus 23+15reb+5ast, O.Egeland 15+5reb+3ast, A.Haddad 10+9reb+2ast, B.Mariampillai 9+3reb+1ast, M.Bryn 5+4reb, H.Sorensen 4+4reb
Froya Basket: R.Silavs 19+4reb+1ast, M.Elsafadi 8+14reb+1ast, H.Mostafa 7+5reb+3ast, E.Gabrans 7+2reb+2ast, E.Dommersnes Markhus 6+2ast, B.El-Safadi 4+3reb
gschID: 178379


Tromso - Gimle BBK 93-84

An exciting game was played in Tromso. Third ranked Tromso faced second-ranked Gimle BBK. Host Tromso (5-1) defeated guests from Bergen (5-3) 93-84. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Gimle BBK. It looked good early as Gimle BBK took an 6-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Tromso had a 24-13 second period charge getting the lead and Gimle BBK was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 84-93. It was a great shooting night for Tromso especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 61.5 percentage. Gimle BBK was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Jonathan Jones (196-88, college: Kean) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 13 rebounds. The other American import guard Gary Wallace (187-88, college: Robert Morris, agency: TSS Management) contributed with 24 points and 6 assists for the winners. Tromso's coach Kenneth Webb allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American forward Delano Thomas (203-81, college: Shawnee St.) replied with a double-double by scoring 34 points (!!!), 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 7 blocks and guard Anders Stien (195-90) added 20 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Gimle BBK. Tromso have an impressive five-game winning streak. They moved-up to second place. Gimle BBK at the other side dropped to the third position with three games lost. Tromso will play against bottom-ranked Asker Aliens (#7) on the road in the next round where they are favorite. Gimle BBK will play against the league's leader Centrum (#1) in Oslo and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Tromso: G.Mihaylov 25+4reb+4ast, G.Wallace 24+4reb+6ast, J.Jones 23+13reb+1ast, H.Issalhi 6+2reb+2ast, V.Hansen 5+4reb+2ast, N.Phillip 4+1reb
Gimle BBK: D.Thomas 34+13reb+4ast, A.Stien 20+6reb+3ast, D.Hammer 14+3reb+1ast, F.Gnatt 4+6reb, M.Elgmork 4, S.Enge 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 178378


Centrum - Froya Basket 65-64

The most exciting game of round 8 in the BLNO took place in Oslo. This derby game ended with only one-point defeat on the road of 4th ranked Froya Basket (4-5) to first ranked Centrum (7-1) 65-64 on Saturday evening. The hosts trailed by 13 points after three quarters before their 20-8 charge, which allowed them to win the game. The best player for the winners was the former international point guard Mustafa Mahnin (182-80) who scored 18 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 steals. The former international forward Frank Nyborg (197-83) chipped in 10 points and 7 rebounds. Four Centrum players scored in double figures. Guard Hammad Mostafa (-86) produced a double-double by scoring 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists and Latvian point guard Reno Silavs (180-91) added 17 points respectively for the guests. Centrum have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-1 record. Defending champion Froya Basket keeps the fourth place with five games lost. Centrum are looking forward to face Gimle BBK (#3) in Bergen in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Froya Basket will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Centrum: M.Mahnin 18+7reb+5ast, C.Hinsch 11+5reb+1ast, F.Nyborg 10+7reb+1ast, T.Hagen 10+6reb, T.Ble 8+6reb+1ast, M.Austgulen 6+3reb
Froya Basket: R.Silavs 17+3reb, H.Mostafa 15+13reb+4ast, E.Gabrans 12+3reb+1ast, A.Nzeyimana 9+4reb+1ast, M.Elsafadi 8+9reb+2ast, A.Schonning 2+1reb
gschID: 178377


Asker Aliens - Centrum 66-106

Leader Centrum delivered the seventh victory. This time they crushed 7th ranked Asker Aliens (1-6) 106-66. The game without a history. Centrum led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They shot 67.2 percent from the field. The winners were led by guard Thomas Ble (185-89) who scored that evening 26 points (on 11-of-14 shooting from the field) and guard Christian Hinsch (186-88, agency: Court Side) supported him with 14 points. Ble is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Centrum players scored in double figures. Even 17 points and 5 rebounds by the former international guard Espen Stien (186-86) did not help to save the game for Asker Aliens. Swedish forward Elias Westerlund (197-88) added 19 points for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Centrum have a solid three-game winning streak. They maintain first position with 7-1 record. Asker Aliens lost sixth consecutive game. They stay at the bottom place with six games lost. Centrum's next round opponent will be Gimle BBK (#3) in Bergen, which may be the game of the day. Asker Aliens will play at home against the league's second-placed Tromso (#2).
Top scorers:
Centrum: T.Ble 26+2reb+2ast, C.Hinsch 14+3reb+2ast, F.Nyborg 14+3reb, M.Austgulen 12+2reb, T.Hagen 11+1reb+2ast, M.Lepovic 10+6reb
Asker Aliens: E.Westerlund 19+1reb, E.Stien 17+5reb+2ast, S.Berg 9+6reb, Y.Amoikon 5+1reb, J.Bohn 5+4reb+1ast, P.Midtvedt 4+1reb
gschID: 178376



Best players of Norwegian BLNO round 8 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Delano Thomas (203-F-81) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Gimle BBK and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 8.
The 31-year old forward had a double-double of 34 points and thirteen rebounds, while his team lost the game against Tromso (#2, 5-1) 84-93. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Gimle BBK moved-up to the 3rd position in the Norwegian BLNO. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Gimle BBK will need to avoid more loses keep or improve their 5-3 record. Thomas turned to be Gimle BBK's top player in his first season with the team. Shawnee State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Thomas is in league's top in points (2nd best: 21.8ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 11.8rpg), assists (2nd best: 4.1apg) and averages solid 2.3bpg and 52.4% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 28-year old American swingman Ronald Timus (197-G/F-84) of Ammerud Bskt. Timus impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 23 points and 15 rebounds. Of course he lead Ammerud Bskt to another comfortable win 70-57 over slightly higher-ranked Froya Basket (#4, 4-5) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed Ammerud Bskt to move up to 5th position in the standings. 5 lost games are too many comparing to just two victories Ammerud Bskt managed to get this year. Timus is a newcomer at Ammerud Bskt and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Jonathan Jones (196-F-88) of second-ranked Tromso. Jones scored 23 points and grabbed thirteen rebounds (!!!). He was a key player of Tromso, leading his team to a 93-84 win against #3 ranked Gimle BBK in a game of the week. Tromso is closer and closer to the top of the standings. They will still need more victories. But 5-1 record is not that bad... Jones has a great season in Norway. After only 6 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.7ppg (3rd best) and rebounds with 15.3rpg (#1 in league).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Espen Stien (186-G-86) of Asker Aliens - 23 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Thomas Ble (185-G-89) of Centrum - 26 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Elias Westerlund (197-F-88) of Asker Aliens - 31 points and 5 rebounds
7. Galin Mihaylov (189-G-80) of Tromso - 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Mustafa Mahnin (182-PG-80) of Centrum - 18 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Gary Wallace (187-G-88) of Tromso - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Hammad Mostafa (G-86) of Froya Basket - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 4 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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COCABA U16 Championship: Panama starts the campaign - by Eurobasket News

Panama starts the campaign with the win and a loss at the COCABA U16 Championship.
In Day 1 Costa Rica smashed Panama 70:43. Costa Rica started with 19-11 and won the rest of the quarters. Pearson Castro Miguel Aurelio top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Sequeira Murilo Francisco nailed 11. Fonseca Quiros Jose Pablo scored 10 and Chacon Alvarez Marco Antonio brought 9 points. Henriquez Rodriguez Luis Antonio answered with 23 points and 14 rebounds in the losing case.
In Day 2 Panama overcame Guatemala 87:51. They started with 25-10 in the first quarter and added 19-14 in the second frame. Moreover Panama posted the victories in the third and the last periods for the final success. Henriquez Rodriguez Luis Antonio paced all the winners with 25 points and 15 boards, while Balmaceda Khalil Antonio collected 18 points and 11 rebounds. Molinar Archibold Ricardo Enrique had 13, while Ruiz Lara Gilberto Roman had 11. Cervantes Medrano Selvyn Gerardo De Jesus delivered 16 points in defeat and Cuellar Ronquillo Jose Pablo added 12.



COCABA U16 Championship: Panama keep Honduras winless - by Eurobasket News

Honduras U16-Panama U16 34:74

Panama keep Honduras winless at the COCABA U16 Championship. They won 74:34 and improved to 2-1 record. Honduras meanwhile suffered the third straight loss.
Panama was the favorite of the game and proved their ambitions with 17-8 in the start of the game. Panama posted another 13-7 surge in the second period for 30:15 halftime advantage. Moreover the second half also belonged to Panama. The latter won the third period 26-12 and finished the game with 18-7 in the last stanza.
Luis Henriquez paced all the winners with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Christian Arosemena notched 21. Khalil Balmaceda finished the game with 9 points in a win. Bejarano Nolasco Adrian Abel ended up with 15 points in defeat, while Garcia Nunez Edgardo Jose posted 7.

Honduras U16: Bejarano Nolasco Adrian Abel 15, Garcia Nunez Edgardo Jose 7
Panama U16: Luis Henriquez 26+10 rebs, Christian Arosemena 21, Khalil Balmaceda 9



Panamanian U16 National Team 2012 - by Simas

Panama U16 National Team 2012
#s#
Gilberto Ruiz
Ruiz
Michael Arauz
Arauz
Alberick Camano
Camano
Khalil Balmaceda
Balmaceda
Christian Arosemena
Arosemena
#e#5
4 Gilberto Ruiz 173-PG-97
5 Michael Arauz 175-PG-97
6 Alberick Camano 175-G-96
7 Khalil Balmaceda 188-G-97
8 Christian Arosemena 191-F-97
9 Ricardo Molinar 191-G-97
10 Luis Henriquez 195-F-96
11 Manuel Yanis 195-F-98
12 Kevin Aguilar 198-F-97
13 Gil Atencio 201-C-96
14 Alfredo Kentish 201-C-96
15 Mauro Fernandez 201-C-96

Rodolfo Fonseca Head Coach
Kenny Lacouture Assistant
Jose Devandas Assistant



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  RUSSIA   


Four teams advance to Russian Cup Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News

Four teams advance to Russian Cup Quarterfinals. Enisey, Ural, Ryazan and Krasnie Krilya beat their opponents in 1/8 Finals.
Enisey overcame Dynamo Moscow 83:68 in Game 2. Jason Rich (191-G-86) and Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) top-scored for the winners with 14 points each, while Zaytsev Vyacheslav posted 11. Nikita Morgunov (210-F-75, agency: Interperformances) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort. In game 1 Enisey won 73:57.
Ural won over Ruskon 71:57. McGhee Aaron stepped up with 20 points and Chris Monroe (191-G-81, college: G.Washington) notched 13. Sotnikov posted 13 points in the losing case. In Game 1 Ruskon overcame Ural 74:73.
Krasnie Krilya overcame Spartak Vidnoe 75:44. Zaryzhko stepped up with 17 points, whiel Fedorchuk netted 12. In Game 1 the favorites celebrated an 89:65 win.
Ryazan beat Temp 89:77 as Andrey Kirdyachkin (207-F/C-90) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Kiruanov added 18. Vohmyakin posted 13 points for the visiting side. In Game 1 Ryazan won 88:84.



Sojuz Zaretchny adds Whiters to their roster - by Eurobasket News

BC Sojuz Zaretchny (Superlaegue) added to their roster 28-year old American guard Terrance Whiters (183-84, college: Arkansas Tech, agency: Ronsport). Whiters has played for the last two seasons at ASS Sale in Moroccan D1 league. In 2008 he was drafted by Los Angeles D-Fenders (D-League) in sixth round (84th overall).
Whiters attended Arkansas Tech and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
He has played previously professionally in China and IBL (West Coast Hotshots).
Whiters is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @RonRonsport)



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  RWANDA   


KBC Regain Top Spot, Espoir Remain Unbeaten - by Eurobasket News

KIGALI Basketball Club (KBC) fought their way back to the helm of the national league standings with an 87-56 victory over National University of Rwanda (NUR) on Sunday at the latter's backyard in Huye.
The reigning champions remain unbeaten after securing their sixth successive win of the season with Congolese-naturalised Rwandan Mike Buzangu emerging the top scorer with a game high 35 points.
On Saturday, KBC also snatched an 89-50 victory over UGB.
Former champions APR overcame newcomers 30-Plus with 64-56, while Rusizi had no mercy for Kigali Institute of Education (KIE) whom they beat 100-60 with Patrick Kuribashi scoring a career high 42 points.
Another former champion, Espoir, also still unbeaten this season, remained on course with two important wins over Cercle Sportif de Kigali (CSK) 86-42 and APR 80-47.
KBC and Espoir jointly lead the league table with 12 points each, followed by APR with 10pts while CSK and KIE have with 8pts each; UGB and Rusizi are also tied on 7 points each, with NUR and 30-Plus lying bottom of the table with 5 points apiece.
Sunday
NUR 56-87 KBC
30-Plus 56-64 APR
Rusizi 100-60 KIE
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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Vlada Jovanovic sacked, already - by Ivan Milenkovic

Already in October, Vlada Jovanovic (agency: Beo Basket ) is fired by Donetsk. Ukrainian team have Doron Perkins, D'or Fischer, Ramel Curry, Darius Songaila... in their roster, but it didn't help former Partizan coach to stay longer in Ukraine. With Serbian as their head coach, Donetsk lost in Round 1 of Euroleague qualifications to Le Mans, had 4-3 record in Ukrainian league and 1-2 record in VTB league. After three defeats in a row (against Hoverla 77-79, Halychyna 66-82 and at Khimky 72-58), Ukrainian team finally decided to sack Vlada Jovanovic (agency: Beo Basket ). He won 5 trophies in two seasons with Partizan, but didn't leave good impression as their head coach overall. Together with him, Donetsk sacked assistant coach Bojan Lazic and strength and conditioning coach Vlada Radonjic.


Mike Scott to sign for Crvena zvezda Beograd - by Ivan Milenkovic

Crvena zvezda Beograd Diva continue to make changes after disappointing start of the season. After sacking coach Milivoje Lazic and American small forward Morris Almond (198-F/G-85, college: Rice), 'red and whites' decided to sign another American Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) as his replacement. He played for Radnicki Kragujevac last season and had good numbers, but didn't start well in Charleroi this season. This means that young Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90), who could replace Morris Almond (198-F/G-85, college: Rice), will not get chance to play for Crvena zvezda Beograd this season, at least for now. Mike Scott (203-F-86, college: Kent St.) should make his debut in home game against Szolnoki.


Crvena Zvezda adds Scott to their roster, ex Spirou - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda DIVA Beograd (A League) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Mike Scott (203-86, college: Kent State). Scott moved there from Spirou in Belgian Ethias League where he supposed to play, but it seems he will not stay with that team after all. The last season he played for Radnicki (Adriatic League). In 22 Adriatic League games last year he recorded very impressive stats: 17.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.4spg. A very spectacular season in his career as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Forward of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team. He also played 16 games in Serbian A League where he was third best scorer with 14.4ppg and had 6.7rpg (#5 in the league), 2.1apg, 1.5spg and 1.0bpg. Scott helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also advanced to the league semifinals. Great season indeed as he was selected Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Forward of the Year and voted to 2nd Team and voted to All-Defensive Team.
His college team won MAC Tournament in 2006 and 2008.
Scott has played also professionally in Germany (BG Goettingen) and Hungary (Kormend), Turkey (Trabzonspor).
He attended Kent State until 2008 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings

KBL Standings
 1. ET Land 4-1 
 2. SK Knights 4-1 
 3. Anyang KGC 3-1 
 4. Mobis Phoebus 3-2 
 5. Goyang Orions 3-3 
 6. Samsung Th. 2-2 
 7. LG Sakers 2-3 
 8. Sonic Boom KT 1-3 
 9. Dongbu Promy 1-4 
 10. KCC Egis 1-4 

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 23: Goyang Orions - SK Knights 58-80
Oct. 24: LG Sakers - Anyang KGC
Oct. 24: Sonic Boom KT - Samsung Th.
Oct. 25: Mobis Phoebus - Dongbu Promy
Oct. 25: ET Land - KCC Egis
Oct. 26: Goyang Orions - Anyang KGC
Oct. 26: SK Knights - Sonic Boom KT



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Stats Leaders-LEB Silver

Points Per Game
 Riley LUETTGERODT
  Avila
  (196-G/F-85)
  Avg: 18
 1. Luettgerodt, Avila18.0 
 2. Joseph, Palma17.5 
 3. Rodriguez, Guadala.17.0 
 4. Arzallus, Cafes A.17.0 
 5. Todorovic, Clinic.16.0 
 6. Llorente, Guadalaj.15.0 
 7. Hedgepeth, Aurten.14.5 
 8. Parejo, Castello14.5 
 9. Ausina, Castello14.0 
 10. Arteaga, Guadalaj.14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Victor ARTEAGA
  Guadalaj.
  (212-C-92)
  Avg: 10
 1. Arteaga, Guadalaj.10.0 
 2. Gonzalez, Avila10.0 
 3. Ausina, Castello9.0 
 4. Elias, Aurtenec.8.5 
 5. Niang, La Palma8.0 
 6. Malick, Clinicas.8.0 
 7. Ortega, Castello7.5 
 8. Marti, Prat J.7.5 
 9. Martinez, Cafes A.7.0 
 10. Arzallus, Cafes A.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Roger VILANOVA
  Prat J.
  (182-G-87)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Vilanova, Prat J.5.5 
 2. Martinez, Cafes A.5.0 
 3. Markovic, Guadalaj.5.0 
 4. Alvarado, Aurtenec.4.5 
 5. Herrero, Avila4.5 
 6. Llorente, Guadalaj.3.5 
 7. Fernandez, Avila3.5 
 8. Carrera, Aurtenec.3.5 
 9. Pampin, Palma3.0 
 10. Santamaria, Cafes3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Fabio SANTANA
  La Palma
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Santana, La Palma3.5 
 2. Parejo, Castello2.5 
 3. Rueda, Castello2.5 
 4. Balmon, Guadalaj.2.5 
 5. Elias, Aurtenec.2.5 
 6. Arruti, Aurtenec.2.0 
 7. Garcia, Castello2.0 
 8. Martinez, Cafes A.2.0 
 9. Diagne, Avila2.0 
 10. Arcelus, Aurtenec.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Gerbert MARTI
  Prat J.
  (203-F/C-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Marti, Prat J.2.5 
 2. Niang, La Palma2.5 
 3. Hedgepeth, Aurten.1.5 
 4. Joseph, Palma1.5 
 5. Fall, Clinicas Rin.1.5 
 6. Hidalgo, Castello1.5 
 7. Arteaga, Guadalaj.1.5 
 8. Gonzalez, Avila1.0 
 9. Aramburu, Cafes A.1.0 
 10. Raya, Prat Juven.1.0 


Spanish EBA Round 6 Best Performance: Alvaro Alarcon & Josep Mestres - by Mariano Galindo

Alvaro Alarcon (202-C-91) & Josep Mestres (208-C-85) shared Spanish EBA Round 6 Best Performance, after their amazing performances in their games of the last weekend. Alarcon and Mestres posted both 33 index rating. Alarcon, who plays for Granollers, signed 27 points and 8 rebounds in 27 minutes while Mestres nailed fo Aracena AEC-Collblanc, 15 points and catched 15 boards. Both Alarcon and Mestres could win their games.


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  SWEDEN   

Standings - Basketligan

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

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 23: Norrkoping - Boras 96-79
Oct. 23: Eagles - LF Basket 91-97
Oct. 23: Eco Orebro - Sodertalje 65-82
Oct. 23: Sundsvall - Jamtland 106-78
Oct. 23: 08 - Nassjo 101-71
Oct. 24: Uppsala - Solna


Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 25.7
 1. Miller, Boras25.7 
 2. Krayem, Eagles20.7 
 3. Cuffee, Sundsvall19.3 
 4. Jeansson, Uppsala19.2 
 5. Sigurdarson, Sunds.18.8 
 6. Wesby, Sundsvall18.7 
 7. Bizaca, Sodertalje18.7 
 8. Walker, Nassjo18.5 
 9. Klaric, Jamtland17.8 
 10. Palm, Boras17.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Michael PALM
  Boras
  (209-C-79)
  Avg: 11
 1. Palm, Boras11.0 
 2. Walker, Nassjo9.3 
 3. Simms, Sodertalje9.3 
 4. Toutziarakis, Solna9.0 
 5. Baeringsson, Sunds.8.8 
 6. Santee, Eco Orebro8.5 
 7. Taylor, Eagles8.2 
 8. Igbavboa, LF Bask.7.3 
 9. Thomas, Boras7.2 
 10. McKnight, Boras7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Edgars JEROMANOVS
  Norrk.
  (186-PG-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Jeromanovs, Norrk.5.0 
 2. Carter, Uppsala5.0 
 3. Miller, Boras5.0 
 4. Krayem, Eagles5.0 
 5. Chuk, Sodertalje4.7 
 6. Beck, 084.7 
 7. Hellgren, Jamtland4.6 
 8. Castle, Eco Orebro4.3 
 9. Dugat, LF Basket4.2 
 10. Ahonen, Solna4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Rhys CARTER
  Uppsala
  (190-PG-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Carter, Uppsala2.4 
 2. Fernandes, Jamtl.2.3 
 3. McKnight, Boras1.8 
 4. Krayem, Eagles1.8 
 5. Walker, Nassjo1.8 
 6. Inan, 081.7 
 7. Wazzi, Nassjo1.7 
 8. Ermolinskij, Norrk.1.7 
 9. Dugat, LF Basket1.7 
 10. Person, LF Basket1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Kenneth SIMMS
  Sodertalje
  (203-C-86)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Simms, Sodertalje1.8 
 2. Hughes, Norrkoping1.5 
 3. Palm, Boras1.0 
 4. Henderson, LF Ba.1.0 
 5. Carter, Uppsala0.8 
 6. Johnson, Solna0.8 
 7. Cvilak, 080.8 
 8. Taylor, Eagles0.8 
 9. McKnight, Boras0.7 
 10. Nilsson, Sundsvall0.6 



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  SWITZERLAND   

Standings - LNA

LNA Standings
 1. SAV Vacallo 3-0 
 2. Geneve Lions 2-1 
 3. Fribourg 2-1 
 4. Lugano Tigers 2-1 
 5. Monthey 2-1 
 6. Boncourt 2-1 
 7. BBC Nyon 1-2 
 8. Neuchatel 1-2 
 9. SAM Massagno 0-3 
 10. Starwings 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 21: Fribourg - SAM Massagno 96-77
Oct. 21: BBC Nyon - Starwings 89-77
Oct. 21: Monthey - Lugano Tigers 86-84 OT
Oct. 21: SAV Vacallo - Geneve Lions 76-67
Oct. 21: Boncourt - Neuchatel 60-45

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 27: Boncourt - SAV Vacallo
Oct. 27: Starwings - Fribourg
Oct. 27: Geneve Lions - Monthey
Oct. 27: Lugano Tigers - Neuchatel
Oct. 28: SAM Massagno - BBC Nyon


Stats Leaders LNA

Points Per Game
 Dusan MLADJAN
  Lugano T.
  (198-SG-86)
  Avg: 26
 1. Mladjan, Lugano T.26.0 
 2. Barrett, SAM M.21.7 
 3. Owens, BBC Nyon20.7 
 4. O''Bannon, SAV V.20.7 
 5. Hodzic, Monthey20.3 
 6. Rutty, BBC Nyon19.7 
 7. Chapman, SAM M.18.7 
 8. Gordon, Lugano T.18.0 
 9. Roberson, Monthey17.5 
 10. Draughan, Fribourg17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Justin RUTTY
  BBC Nyon
  (200-F-89)
  Avg: 11.7
 1. Rutty, BBC Nyon11.7 
 2. Barber, Lugano T.11.3 
 3. Aw, Neuchatel10.7 
 4. Burrows, Starwings9.7 
 5. Garrett, Fribourg9.3 
 6. Dobbins, Starwings9.3 
 7. Gordon, Lugano T.9.0 
 8. Walters, BBC Nyon8.7 
 9. Dubas, Monthey8.3 
 10. Kuburovic, SAV V.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 John ROBERSON
  Monthey
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Roberson, Monthey7.5 
 2. Barrett, SAM M.7.0 
 3. Gibson, SAV Vacallo6.7 
 4. Parker, Geneve L.6.3 
 5. Ewing, Lugano T.5.0 
 6. Kazadi, Fribourg4.7 
 7. Brown, Geneve L.4.7 
 8. Stimac, Geneve L.4.0 
 9. Jenkins, Starwings3.7 
 10. Stockalper, Lugan.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 John ROBERSON
  Monthey
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Roberson, Monthey5.0 
 2. Barrett, SAM M.4.7 
 3. Gibson, SAV Vacallo3.7 
 4. Zivkovic, BBC Nyon3.0 
 5. Jenkins, Starwings2.7 
 6. N''Diaye, Boncourt2.3 
 7. Barber, Lugano T.2.0 
 8. Parker, Geneve L.2.0 
 9. Yates, Fribourg2.0 
 10. Ely, Boncourt2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jaraun BURROWS
  Starwings
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Burrows, Starwings3.0 
 2. Chapman, SAM M.2.7 
 3. Matter, Starwings2.5 
 4. Garrett, Fribourg1.7 
 5. Owens, BBC Nyon1.7 
 6. Barber, Lugano T.1.3 
 7. James, Geneve L.1.3 
 8. Tsonga, BBC Nyon1.0 
 9. Toure, Geneve Lio.0.7 
 10. McCrory, Starwings0.7 


Lugano Tigers land David Fergerson - by Luca Maffioli

Lugano Tigers has agreed to terms with veteran point guard David Fergerson (185-G-78, college: St.Louis). The 34-years old American player come back to Lugano after seven seasons. He already played in Swiss in 2003-2004 with Olympic Fribourg, then he moved to Tigers for 2004-2005 LNA season. Fergerson spent last season in France with Hermine Nantes Atlantique and he averaged 13.5 points (FGP: 53.7%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 88.3%), 3.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.3 steals.


John Roberson gets MVP of the Week award for Swiss LNA - by Eurobasket News

American John Roberson (180-PG-88) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Monthey and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 24-year old playmaker got a double-double of 21 points and ten assists, while his team edged out Lugano Tigers (2-1) in overtime 86-84. Monthey is placed at 5th position in Swiss LNA. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Monthey will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. In the team's last game Roberson had a remarkable three three-pointers out of 6 attempts. He turned to be Monthey's top player in his first season with the team. Texas Tech University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Roberson is in league's top in points (9th best: 17.5ppg), assists (2nd best: 7.5apg) and averages solid 5.0spg and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old Bahamas forward Jaraun Burrows (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International) of Starwings. Burrows impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 15 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Starwings lost that game 77-89 to BBC Nyon (1-2). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Burrows is well-known by Starwings fans and he already established his position as one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was American Richie Gordon (203-F-89) of Lugano Tigers (#4). Gordon scored 18 points and grabbed eleven rebounds (!!!). Despite Gordon's great performance Lugano Tigers lost 84-86in overtime to Monthey (2-1). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The last thing Lugano Tigers needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 2 victories and 1 lost games. Gordon has a great season in Switzerland. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 18.0ppg (8th best) and rebounds with 9.0rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Marvin Owens (196-G/F-86) of BBC Nyon - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Brandon Jenkins (190-G-85) of Starwings - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Justin Dobbins (203-C/F-87) of Starwings - 22 points and 10 rebounds
7. Darrius Garrett (205-F/C-90) of Fribourg - 11 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Larry O'Bannon (194-G-83) of SAV Vacallo - 29 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Roberto Kovac (188-SG-90) of Fribourg - 26 points
10. Justin Rutty (200-F-89) of BBC Nyon - 22 points and 7 rebounds

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



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Utah Jazz: Raja Bell's agent disputes report claiming he said trade being pursued - by David Edole

By Jody Genessy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY-- Raja Bell (196-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) 's agent disputed an Internet report that claimed he said the organization is trying to trade the shooting guard rather than working out a buyout.

"Absolutely not," agent Herb Rudoy told the Deseret News when asked about Tuesday's RealGM.com article, which reported that he'd talked about the Jazz moving on to considering trade scenarios instead of finding a financial settlement.

"I was asked if we are discussing a buyout and I said 'no.' The rest is pure speculation," Rudoy said. "There is no trade talk that I know about."

When asked if a trade is in the works or if the team is no longer pursuing a buyout with Bell, Jazz GM Dennis Lindsey replied with a "no comment."

The 36-year-old Bell has not participated in training camp with Utah. Three days before practices began, the Jazz released a statement explaining that the organization and Bell's camp agreed to have him stay away from the team while a resolution to his contract situation can be ironed out.

Both sides agreed to not speak in public about the contract situation.

According to Bell, the two sides had a buyout in place this offseason, although he told a Florida sports radio show he never saw the actual offer. That buyout agreement never came to fruition. Bell is set to earn $3.5 million in the final season of his three-year deal with the Jazz.

At the end of the 2011-12 season, Bell told reporters he didn't have a playing future with Utah after his relationship with Jazz coach Tyrone Corbin disintegrated.

Bell, who was sent home early from a road trip after a locker room dispute with Corbin, said the way the Jazz coach treated him had been "unprofessional." In his second stint with Utah, Bell also said his relationship with Bell had suffered "irreparable damage."

Because the Jazz didn't use their amnesty on Bell, the organization has limited options. Utah can trade him, settle a buyout, cut him but pay his full contract or leave him on the roster until the end of the season whether he plays or not.

Traditionally, the Jazz prefer to maintain one or two available roster spots open for flexibility and emergency situations. Currently, Utah has 17 players on its roster, which has to be trimmed down to between 13-15 heading into the 2012-13 season.

As it stands, Utah realistically only has one open spot on its roster an opening that could be filled by second-round shooting guard Kevin Murphy, big man Darnell Jackson or point guard Chris Quinn, all of whom have non-guaranteed deals.

The Jazz took Tuesday off after traveling back from their 120-114 loss in Portland on Monday night. Utah will practice again this morning before finishing up the preseason at home Thursday night against former Weber State star Damian Lillard's Blazers.

Bell, meanwhile, is waiting to find out his future. Last month, the Miami resident told 640 Sports' Andy Slater the Heat "would be on the top of my list" of possible suitors.

Last season, Bell started in 33 of the 34 games in which he played for the Jazz. The shooting guard, known for his tough exterior defense and outside shooting, averaged 6.4 points in a limited role. Bell led Utah in 3-point shooting with a 39-percent clip. His season was hampered, however, by nagging injuries and ongoing turmoil with Corbin.



Tim Duncan's new business, 'BlackJack,' sure to be a winning hand - by David Edole

Written by Jeff Garcia

His NBA resume is one of countless accolades, which all but makes him a lock for the Basketball Hall of Fame.something new to add to his resume and that's becoming a business man.

For those who live in San Antonio, you may have seen a huge sign along Huebner Road with "Black Jack Speed Shop" emblazoned with huge black lettering with a red flame design. And in case you didn't know, that's the future site of Duncan's car and truck customization shop with a focus on wheels and tires, suspension, performance parts and accessories.

However, it shouldn't come to much of a surprise Duncan's business is in the automobile industry. He is an avid car fan and has soaked in huge automotive events during his offseason. So it goes without saying, this new venture will be right up his alley.

Duncan's friend and business associate at BlackJack, Jason Pena, invited Project Spurs to talk about the new business, take a tour of the facility, get a sneak-peek at Tim's new business venture, and get the scoop on what automotive and Spurs fans can expect once it opens.

But as Jason points out, BlackJack began small with a simple idea and a way for Duncan to share his passion for cars.

"This is Tim Duncan (211-F/C-76, college: Wake Forest) 's business. We both shared the passion for cars ever since I've known him and it's been going on for a good many of years. We've always talked about how cool it would be, you know one day, if we had a shop, and we can do cars and do things the way we want to do them and so on and so forth," he said. "That conversation had loomed for five years. It came to a point where we sat down one evening and we were like 'Man, it would be really cool to do it,' and I said, 'Yeah, you want to do it, I'm ready to go,' and that's how it started."

From this idea, Duncan began laying the foundation for what BlackJack and what car fanatics can expect from the business. Of course to no ones surprise, Tim is setting a foundation of professionalism and excellence like he does on the court.

"The thing that people know is that he is ultra-competitive and passionate about his profession which is basketball. But what people don't know is that he is just as passionate and equally involved with the car hobby. He is a car guy," Jason said. "To share that type of passion in a respective field that I hold my passion in, we automatically connected."

But if you are thinking Duncan will be the "hands-off" type of owner, think again. Duncan is very involved at BlackJack, something Jason appreciates and highlights. However, San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan is now trying his hand at "Tim is heavily involved throughout all the process of this because, obviously, it's his business," he said. "There's a certain level of expectation for this particular business. His involvement has been from the ground level. Working with him throughout this process has just been an amazing experience. We collaborate even with the little details to what tile to put in the building and how should the building look and the collaboration of our logo which is going to become extremely familiar to the San Antonio area as the popularity and exposure grows about BlackJack."

Now if you haven't caught on to the true meaning and the origins of the name "BlackJack" came from, Jason reveals exactly where it came from which won't be a surprise to most Spurs fans.

"Everybody asks, 'How did you come up with Black Jack Speed Shop? What does that mean?' We tried to find a unique way to incorporate that this is Tim's business, but not put it in people's face that this is Tim's business. So we sat down with this unique idea, and he presented it to me and said, 'What do you think about this? BlackJack!'" Jason said. "I don't get it," he continued. "Like the game? The card game?" Duncan then said, "Think about it. BlackJack. The card game. 21."

"So the correlation was subtle enough and still kind of edgy enough with the whole hot rod theme, that it works," he said.

Initially, the name "BlackJack" wasn't enough for Jason as he felt it needed more. He added "Speed Shop" to the title, and Duncan approved and thus was the birth of the name of Tim's business.

"The whole basis behind "speed shop" is, and one thing I want people to understand, even though the name is "BlackJack Speed Shop," we're not necessarily a speed shop," he said. "We're an automotive accessory business. The whole meaning behind speed shop, is kind of an homage to the early 50's and early 60's from where this industry started from. Long story short, the birth of hot rodding came about during that time."

"We are an accessory store for trucks, cars, we encompass everything. From lift-kits, from lowering to performance exhaust, performance brake upgrades, computer tuning. So everything is encompassed. Even just general maintenance, like your regular brake job," he said. "You can come to this facility and know you're going to get superb service and excellent quality."

As Jason mentioned, Duncan is heavily involved at BlackJack but it's not just the business side he will be involved with. According to Jason, Duncan won't be shy about rolling up his sleeves and getting his hands dirty when it comes to the hands-on side of the business. It would certainly make for a great story to tell for a Spurs fan who brings their car to BlackJack only to see Timmy working on their vehicle.

"We've hand many discussions about that," he said. "Obviously, right now he's focused on the business at hand, the 2012-13 NBA season but Tim is truly a car guy. When he has more time available, like the summer, as dedicated as he is to his profession, he'll still be doing his workouts and everything else, but we've already talked about getting in there and having a project where he's going to get his hands dirty and he's going to get all the essentials of building a car from the ground up. That's how committed and passionate he is about this particular business. Whether it be doing stuff in the front or going in the back and turning some wrenches."

Now that will be a sight to see. A four-time NBA champion getting under the hood and fixing cars but that is the type of person Duncan is. The same dedication he pours on the court for the Spurs, he will do the same at BlackJack.

"He's not intimidated by anything you put in front of him. He's compelled to excel and achieve anything or any goal that he puts in his mind. So as far as a 'mechanic' or 'gear head,' the words I like to use is he is truly a 'car guy.'"

And as much as BlackJack will be serving all of San Antonio's car needs, Jason says Duncan's business will well represented at various automotive outlets and magazines.

"We have one of our vehicles going out, this year, to the 2012 SEMA Trade Show. We'll have our Nissan GTR out there. Represented and sponsored by 3M Auto Vinyl. We're going to have an article in Rides Magazine, which will be released in November."

Jason wants to stress that he, Tim Duncan and BlackJack's main thrust is to take care of all of San Antonio. San Antonio is the business' home base and San Antonio comes first.

"We're also about the community. We've already started a few things that are important to me and Tim. We sponsored the 2012 Reagan Cheer Clinic. We're doing a deal in November where we're sponsoring the San Antonio Camaro Club annual car show. We want the community to know this is a business but this is a place where everyone is welcomed to come in, to feel comfortable to come hang out and experience this business," he said.

As the interview continued, Jason revealed he is a Ford guy (Mustangs) and has a soft-spot for that line of vehicles and for German vehicles like Porsche, Audi or Volkswagen, but in case any of you were wondering what's Tim's favorite line of cars, Jason said Duncan is a classic car type guy.

"He's like a traditional muscle car kind of guy. I would venture to say a '68 Camaro is one of the fun cars he likes. More of the traditional "Americana" hot rods. If I was going to put my finger on a specific genre, that's would I would say."Moreover, Jason also went on to say Duncan really likes to work on any cars to push its horse power.

An interesting side note is that Duncan isn't the only car fanatic on the team. Jason said Stephen Jackson is also a "car guy" and has a nice collection of cars as well.

BlackJack is going to be the premier destination for all car lovers throughout San Antonio. Duncan's business will bring nothing but the best, be an experience for everyone, give high-quality work, professionalism, and integrity in every aspect of the business. In other words, everything that people have come to love about Duncan on the basketball court, expect it duplicated at BlackJack.

Jason says BlackJack will having a soft date as far as a grand opening this December but a firm date for the grand opening will be in the new year, this coming January. So come on out when it opens and soak in the experience. I was told there will be festivities, BlackJack merchandise to purchase and so much more. Also, make sure to follow BlackJack on their Facebook page for all the latest updates.

I want to thank Jason Pena for taking time from his busy schedule and inviting me and Project Spurs for this interview and to get a behind-the-scenes look at Duncan's BlackJack. Be sure to come back to Project Spurs as well will be bringing you all the latest happenings from BlackJack.



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Vlada Jovanovic leaves BC Donetsk - by Eurobasket News

Vlada Jovanovic (agency: Beo Basket ) and BC Donetsk decided to part ways. The sides have agreed on terms of contract termination. The Serbian specialist took over the team at the start of the season. He replaced Sasa Obradovic (agency: Beo Basket ) on the bridge. However BC Donetsk failed to start the new season successfully. The team lost Euroleague qualifying round. They also celebrated just four wins in 7 games played in Superleague. Moreover the Ukrainian champions lost two out of three games played in VTB League. Vlada Jovanovic (agency: Beo Basket ) joined BC Donetsk as one of the most successful Serbian coaches of the last several years. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Serbian Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012. Vlada Jovanovic (agency: Beo Basket ) was also trumped All-Adriatic League Coach of the Year in 2011 while working with Partizan.


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BBL Cup Semi-Finals Drawn - by Paul Nilsen

In less than three months, the prestigious BBL Cup will be lifted aloft at the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham.

And, the pathway to the very first showpiece final of the 2012-13 season is now clearly laid out for the last eight clubs left in the competition after the draw was made for the semi-finals.

A repeat of last years Final is now out of the question after holders Newcastle Eagles were potentially pitched against 2012 runners-up UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders at the semi-final stage that is if both clubs actually manage to reach the last four.

To accomplish this, they must both maintain their impressively perfect league form to come through tricky quarter-final match-ups against Surrey Heat and Worcester Wolves respectively.

Both One Health Sharks Sheffield and London Lions have endured a tough start to the BBL Championship. But, despite their respective disappointments in the league, they will still be very hopeful of making it to the semi-finals of the BBL Cup and playing each other for a place in the Final.

Especially since they each have home advantage in the quarter-finals with Sharks going up against Glasgow Rocks and Lions hosting Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders.

The BBL Cup Semi Finals will be as follows:

Semi Final 1

Surrey Heat or UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders v Newcastle Eagles or Worcester Wolves

Semi Final 2

One Health Sharks Sheffield or Glasgow Rocks v London Lions or Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders

Both semi-finals will be played across two legs, one at each team's home venue, with the winner being determined on aggregate.

For more information go to www.bbl.org.uk and for ticket information on the BBL Cup Final in January 2013 go to www.theticketfactory.com



Creon Is Staying Calm - by Paul Nilsen

Surrey Heat coach Creon Raftopoulos is keeping his feet firmly on the ground despite his side's fine start to the season.

Despite losing key players Mike Martin and Tayo Ogedengbe to BBL rivals London Lions in the summer, the Heat have started their BBL Championship campaign with five wins from six games, and have also progressed in the BBL Cup, but Raftopoulos believes it is too early to get excited.

"We have good chemistry in our team and have accepted the challenge to step up on the defensive end every game we play. We happy with our start but are not getting ahead of ourselves as we know this is a marathon of a season and not a sprint.

"Once we have played and matched up with all the teams it will give us more of an realistic expectation for the season. With the way the fixtures are done we will only meet some of the other teams late in the year. I don't think it's ideal that we will have finished our three game series with Sharks before we have even played all the teams in the league and not all the teams have played the same amount games to date."

The Heat return to action on Sunday with a trip to rivals UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders before the sides meet again at Surrey Sports Park in the BBL quarter-final on Saturday November 3.



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Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Justin KEENAN
  Trouville
  (202-F/C-88)
  Avg: 30.6
 1. Keenan, Trouville30.6 
 2. Baxley, Defensor26.4 
 3. Garcia Moral., Agu.25.0 
 4. Taboada, Un.Atlet.21.9 
 5. Jeffries, Bigua21.2 
 6. Ambres, Nacional20.8 
 7. Johnson, Bigua20.2 
 8. Jennings, Cordon18.6 
 9. Shellman, Sayago18.1 
 10. Aguiar, Hebraica17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin MARTIN
  Nacional
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 16.4
 1. Martin, Nacional16.4 
 2. Faber, Welcome14.3 
 3. Passos, Hebraica13.6 
 4. Shellman, Sayago12.0 
 5. Balbuena, Un.Atlet.12.0 
 6. McFarland, Bohem.11.5 
 7. Blankson, Un.Atlet.11.3 
 8. Keenan, Trouville10.7 
 9. Wilkerson, Tabare10.3 
 10. Myles, Malvin10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Bruno FITIPALDO
  Malvin
  (183-PG-91)
  Avg: 8
 1. Fitipaldo, Malvin8.0 
 2. Bavosi, Un.Atletica7.1 
 3. Barrera, Hebraica6.5 
 4. Cortizas, Welcome6.1 
 5. Jeffries, Bigua5.3 
 6. De Gouveia, Tabare5.3 
 7. Garcia Moral., Agu.5.1 
 8. Aguiar, Hebraica4.9 
 9. Chambers, Monte.4.6 
 10. Gonzalez, Aguada4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Nicolas DELGADO
  Olimpia
  (198-F-87)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Delgado, Olimpia2.3 
 2. Barrera, Hebraica2.3 
 3. Trasante, Olimpia2.3 
 4. Chambers, Monte.2.3 
 5. Jennings, Cordon2.2 
 6. Shellman, Sayago2.0 
 7. Roselli, Larre Bor.2.0 
 8. Aguilera, Trouville2.0 
 9. Garcia, Cordon1.9 
 10. Jeffries, Bigua1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Chas MCFARLAND
  Bohem.
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. McFarland, Bohem.2.7 
 2. Rogers, Un.Atletica2.6 
 3. Faber, Welcome1.9 
 4. Johnson, Bigua1.8 
 5. Bravo, Defensor1.8 
 6. Kanis, Trouville1.8 
 7. Wilkerson, Tabare1.7 
 8. Passos, Hebraica1.5 
 9. January, Larre B.1.4 
 10. Cage, Tabare1.3 


LUB games were postponed - by Hector Lopez

The Uruguayan League games announced to be played last nigth and tonigth were postponed due to a severe storm affecting Montevideo and other Uruguayan cities, with winds of more than 100 km. The games will be now played tomorrow when the weather will improve, the LUB authorities announced. Those games will be: Trouville-Nacional, Bigua-Larre Borges, Bohemios-Welcome, Tabare-Aguada, Malvin-Sayago and Montevideo-Cordon.


South American League 2012: Flamengo beat Hebraica in the Group C opener - by Eurobasket News

Hebraica-Flamengo 67:75

Flamengo started South American League 2012 with an important with over Hebraica. The Brazilian team needed a 75:67 victory for 1-0 record in Group C.
Flamengo erupted with 27-11 in the first period and added 19-15 in the second frame. The team from Brazil enjoyed 20-point halftime advantage but had difficulties in the second half. As. Hebraica Macabi won the third period 24-15 and reduced to 11 points entering the last period. Moreover they won the last stanza 17-14, but reduced only to the final result.
Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Marcelo Magalhaes (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) netted 19. Vitor Benite (190-F/G-90) posted 12 and Caio Silveira (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) collected 11 points and 11 rebounds. Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) ended up with 19 points in defeat and Mauricio Aguiar (197-F-83, agency: Players Group) scored 17. Hatila Passos (211-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) collected 15 points and 15 boards, whilst Luciano Parodi (182-G-94) notched 6.
Tomorrow Flamengo facing Deportes Castro of Chile in the early game, while Hebraica Maccabi battles Penarol in the closer.

Hebraica: Walter Baxley 19, Mauricio Aguiar 17, Hatila Passos 15+15 rebs, Luciano Parodi 6
Flamengo: Marquinhos Vieira 22, Marcelo Magalhaes 19, Vitor Benite 12, Caio Silveira 11+11 rebs



Hebraica inks Walter Baxley, ex Defensor - by Eurobasket

Hebraica Macabi agreed terms with 28-year old American guard Walter Baxley (193-90kg-84, college: Mars Hill). He will help them in Liga Sudamericana. In his first game he scored 19 points. Baxley already started the season at Defensor in the LUB league. In 10 LUB games this season he had very impressive stats: 26.4ppg, 4.2rpg and 2.4apg. The last season he played at Lapuan_Korikobrat in Finnish 1st Division. In 31 1st Division games last year he was the best scorer with impressive 28.4ppg and averaged 5.1rpg, 2.5apg and 2.0spg (in top 4). Baxley helped them to make it to the final. Quite impressive season as he was voted Eurobasket.com All-Finnish 1st Division Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.
He is quite experienced player. Baxley has played also professionally in Germany (ratiopharm Ulm and Saar-Pfalz Braves), Iran (Shahrdari Gorgan), Poland (Gornik), Finland (Kauhajoen Karhu) and ABA (Winston-Salem).
He attended Mars Hill College until 2006 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket of Eurobasket.com



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Standings - LNB

LNB Standings
Central-East
 1. Guacharos 15-5 
 2. Tiburones 14-3 
 3. Rojos de Sucre 10-9 
 4. Estudiantes 9-9 
 5. Atleticos UCV 4-16 
Central-West
 1. Cent.Apure 14-6 
 2. Bravos 12-7 
 3. Aduaneros 9-10 
 4. Generales 5-15 
 5. Lanc.Cojedes 5-15 



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Vlada Jovanovic leaves BC Donetsk - by Eurobasket News

Vlada Jovanovic (agency: Beo Basket ) and BC Donetsk decided to part ways. The sides have agreed on terms of contract termination. The Serbian specialist took over the team at the start of the season. He replaced Sasa Obradovic (agency: Beo Basket ) on the bridge. However BC Donetsk failed to start the new season successfully. The team lost Euroleague qualifying round. They also celebrated just four wins in 7 games played in Superleague. Moreover the Ukrainian champions lost two out of three games played in VTB League. Vlada Jovanovic (agency: Beo Basket ) joined BC Donetsk as one of the most successful Serbian coaches of the last several years. He was named Eurobasket.com All-Serbian Coach of the Year in 2011 and 2012. Vlada Jovanovic (agency: Beo Basket ) was also trumped All-Adriatic League Coach of the Year in 2011 while working with Partizan.



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Women News

Standings

African Champions Cup Standings
Group A
 1. Desportivo M. 3-0 
 2. 1 De Agosto 2-1 
 3. First Bank 2-1 
 4. CSA 1-1 
 5. ABS Radi 0-2 
 6. Ndella BB 0-3 
Group B
 1. First Deepwater 3-0 
 2. Inter-Clube 3-0 
 3. ABC 1-1 
 4. CSS 1-2 
 5. Arc-en-ciel 0-2 
 6. Eagle wings 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 5

A

Oct. 23: First Bank - 1 De Agosto 45-55
Oct. 23: Inter-Clube - First Deepwater
Oct. 23: CSA - Desportivo M.

B

Oct. 23: ABS Radi - Ndella BB 0-20
Oct. 23: Arc-en-ciel - CSS 0-20
Oct. 23: Eagle wings - ABC


18TH ACCW: FIBA Africa hold clinic for Doctors, Coaches and Physiotherapists - by Olusegun Ikuesan

FIBA Africa Medical Commission has put together a one-day medical clinic for accompanying team doctors, coaches and physiotherapists to more awareness on how to manage certain injuries.

The clinic will duel on four key areas such as doping, muscle injury in players, prevention of injury and kneel examination.

The clinic which will be directed by the head of FIBA Africa medical commission Dr. Aboubacar Gueye will take place at Hotel Belle Cote, Abidjan, Cote dIvoire from 9.00am through noon.



18TH ACCW: Mobile Agosto down First Bank - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Mobility combine with agility was all Primeiro DAgosto basketball club of Angola require to put paid to the ambition of First Bank basketball club of Nigeria who had led into the early part of the third quarter to snatch victory by 55-45 points.

First Bank basketball club first quarter lead of 15-09 points was reduced by the Angolan in the second quarter winning by 13-09 points to force a half time score of 24-19 points in favour of First Bank BC.

Primeiro DAgosto shot into the lead with two minutes seven second played in the third quarter and never looked back as they win the third and fourth quarter by 22-08 and 14-13 points.

Agosto Felizarda Jorge led the scorer chat with 19 points while Deolinda Gima and Domitila Ventura added 10 points each with First Bank BC forward Aisha Mohammed having the board with 15 rebounds.



18TH ACCW: Eagle Wings surrender to ABC 46-66 - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Hard fighting Eagle Wings basketball club of Kenya Tuesday surrenders to Abidjan Basket Club of Cote dIvoire losing by 46-66 points in a group-B game of the 18th Africa Champions Cup for Women at the Palais des Sport, Treichville, Abidjan Cote dIvoire.

The lack lustre game saw the Kenyan losing in all four quarters to the Abidjan-based side by 12-19, 07-09, 10-19 and 17-19 points respectively for her fourth straight lose in the final round of the continent biggest women club competition.

ABC Salimata Berte led her team quest for a comfortable finish in the group with 18 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assist while Solange Ebonji added 17 points and 5 rebounds for their side victory.

ABC will take on Nigeria First Deepwater basketball club in both sides last group-B game at 20H00 on Wednesday and Eagle Wings basketball club will battle Arc-En-Ciel basketball club of Democratic Republic of Congo.



18TH ACCW: Interclube out-play First Deepwater 66-38 - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Defending champion of the Africa Champions Cup for Women Interclube basketball club of Angola Tuesday showed that it is truly a champion when it out-played Nigeria First Deepwater basketball club by 66-38 points in a group-B pairing of the 18th Africa Champions Cup for Women at the Palais des Sport, Treichville, Abidjan, Cote dIvoire.

The Angolan won all four quarters of the game by 21-10, 12-11, 23-12 and 10-05 to move back to the top of the group as First Deepwater basketball club held sway for a day.

Interclube forward Astrida Vincente led the floor with 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steal her teammate Pierra Henderson contributed 15 points while centre Ngien-Dula Filipe grabbed 12 rebounds and gave 8 assists for their side victory of the Day-4 pairing of the day.

Interclube will round up it preliminary game against CS SFAX basketball club of Tunisia while First Deepwater basketball club will keep a date against Abidjan Basket Club (ABC) of Cote dIvoire on Wednesday.



18TH ACCW: Ndeye, Kouyate power CSA past Desportiva 80-74 - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Club Sportif DAbidjan (CSA) of Cote dIvoire guards Sene Ndeye and Kani Kouyate were in splendid form Tuesday as they help their side in the hard earn victory pre-game favourite Liga Desportiva basketball club of Mozambique by 80-74 points.

The crunchy tie had started in an explosive form with CSA conceding a point deficit in the first quarter (21-22) but roared back to life in the second and third quarter with a 26-14 and 20-17 points win with Ndeye and Kouyate accounting for 46 of the 80 points scored by their side (Ndeye 24 points, 9 assist, 3 rebounds and 3 steal. Kouyate 22 points, 9 assist, 6 steal and 3 rebounds).

The fourth quarter was more explosive as the Desportiva players try to curtail the CSA players with motion offense and massive defensive play forcing the host of the final round of the 18th Africa Champions Cup for Women to drop the quarter by 13-21 points but this effort was however not enough to stop the victory dance of the CSA team who ran away with 80-74 points victory.

CSA forward Ramata Ndaou contributed 10 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assist as they file out Wednesday against Angola Primeiro DAgosto basketball club while Liga Desportiva of Mozambique will take on Ndella basketball club of Gabon also on Wednesday.
Ndeye Sene (167-G/F-88)



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18TH ACCW: Interclube out-play First Deepwater 66-38 - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Defending champion of the Africa Champions Cup for Women Interclube basketball club of Angola Tuesday showed that it is truly a champion when it out-played Nigeria First Deepwater basketball club by 66-38 points in a group-B pairing of the 18th Africa Champions Cup for Women at the Palais des Sport, Treichville, Abidjan, Cote dIvoire.

The Angolan won all four quarters of the game by 21-10, 12-11, 23-12 and 10-05 to move back to the top of the group as First Deepwater basketball club held sway for a day.

Interclube forward Astrida Vincente led the floor with 25 points, 4 rebounds and 4 steal her teammate Pierra Henderson contributed 15 points while centre Ngien-Dula Filipe grabbed 12 rebounds and gave 8 assists for their side victory of the Day-4 pairing of the day.

Interclube will round up it preliminary game against CS SFAX basketball club of Tunisia while First Deepwater basketball club will keep a date against Abidjan Basket Club (ABC) of Cote dIvoire on Wednesday.



18TH ACCW: Mobile Agosto down First Bank - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Mobility combine with agility was all Primeiro DAgosto basketball club of Angola require to put paid to the ambition of First Bank basketball club of Nigeria who had led into the early part of the third quarter to snatch victory by 55-45 points.

First Bank basketball club first quarter lead of 15-09 points was reduced by the Angolan in the second quarter winning by 13-09 points to force a half time score of 24-19 points in favour of First Bank BC.

Primeiro DAgosto shot into the lead with two minutes seven second played in the third quarter and never looked back as they win the third and fourth quarter by 22-08 and 14-13 points.

Agosto Felizarda Jorge led the scorer chat with 19 points while Deolinda Gima and Domitila Ventura added 10 points each with First Bank BC forward Aisha Mohammed having the board with 15 rebounds.



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Dandenong Rangers sign Monica Wright - by Eurobasket News

Dandenong Rangers (WNBL) signed 24-year old American forward Monica Wright (180-81kg-88, college: Virginia, agency: LBM Management). Wright played last summer at Minnesota Lynx (WNBA). In 43 WNBA games last season she had 8.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. She also played at Botas in Turkish league earlier that season. In 12 Eurocup games last year she was the best scorer with impressive 16.1ppg and averaged 4.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.5spg. Wright also played 24 games in WNBA where she recorded very impressive stats: 20.5ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.2apg and 1.3spg. She helped them to make it to the cup semifinals. A very impressive season as she was voted Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TKBL Newcomer of the Year, named to All-Imports Team and named to 2nd Team. The other team Wright played that season for was Minnesota in WNBA. In 43 WNBA games she recorded 8.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.7apg and 1.1spg. Two years ago she was drafted by Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) as #2 pick overall.
Wright attended The University of Virginia until 2010 and it will be her third season in pro basketball.
She was a member of USA U19 National Team back in 2007.
Wright has played also professionally in Poland (BI SSA Gdynia).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @lovewomensbball)



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Gergana Simeonov selected the top Bulgarian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Bulgarian players, who play currently abroad.

Gergana Simeonov
Gergana Simeonov
   #1. This week's number one is an experienced former international forward Gergana Simeonov (186-79, currently plays in Italy). Simeonov was the major contributor in Parma's victory against the closely-ranked CA Romagna (0-2) 53-47 in the Italian A1 last Sunday. She scored 13 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Lavezzini Parma (1-1) is placed seventh in the A1. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Simeonov has relatively good stats this year: 11.0ppg, 6.5rpg, 3FGP: 55.6%. She played for the Bulgarian senior national team three years ago.

Aleksandra Delcheva
Aleksandra Delcheva
   #2. Second place goes to an international center Aleksandra Delcheva (202-87, agency: Promotex, currently plays in Czech Republic), who plays in the Czech Republic ZBL. Delcheva could not help DSK Karlin (2-4) in their last game. Despite her good performance DSK Karlin was crushed 85-53 on the road by the second-ranked IMOS Brno. Delcheva was the top scorer with 12 points in a mere 15 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Delcheva averages: 3.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 2FGP: 62.5%(10-16) and FT: 75.0% in the six games she played so far. She played for the Bulgarian national team in 2012.

Vera Perostiyska
Vera Perostiyska
   #3. The Bulgarian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international center Vera Perostiyska (195-82, college: FIU, currently plays in France). Perostiyska contributed to a 2-point Union Hainaut's victory against the closely-ranked Tarbes (1-4) 52-50 in the French LFB in Saturday night's game. She scored 6 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 5 assists. Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut (1-4) is placed second from the bottom (#13) in the LFB. They ended the series of four consecutive loses. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Perostiyska is currently fourth on the list of best blockers. Her overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.8apg, 1.6bpg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 39.6% and FT: 55.6%. Perostiyska played for the Bulgarian national team years ago.

Doneeka Hodges-Lewis
Doneeka Hodges-Lewis
   #4. Point guard Doneeka Hodges-Lewis (175-82, agency: LBM Management, college: LSU, currently plays in Turkey) was not able to help Canik Bld (0-1) in their game against Fenerbahce (1-0) in the Turkish TKBL. She recorded 9 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists in 37 minutes. It was his first game for Canik Bld this season. But Canik Bld was crushed 80-59 at home by the higher-ranked (#3) Fenerbahce. . Hodges-Lewis is currently first on the league's list of best passers with 8 assists. She is a naturalized American. Despite Hodges-Lewis played previously for the USA national team, she is currently in the Bulgarian national team roster. Strangely Hodges-Lewis has never played in Bulgaria.

Gergana Georgieva
Gergana Georgieva
   #5. Former U20 international guard Gergana Georgieva (180-87, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for ASC Theresianum Mainz (2-1) in their game against Baskets Grunberg (2-2) in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division). Despite her good performance on Sunday night She recorded 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. . It's Georgieva's sixth season with the team. This year Georgieva has relatively solid stats: 14.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.0apg and 1.3spg. She used to play for the Bulgarian U20 national team five years ago.

Ekaterina Dimitrova
Ekaterina Dimitrova
   #6. Guard Ekaterina Dimitrova (182-87, currently plays in France) couldn't help Charleville-Mezieres (2-3) in their game against Mondeville (3-2) in the French LFB. Dimitrova was the second best scorer with 9 points in 21 minutes. But Charleville-Mezieres lost 49-55 on the opponent's court to the higher-ranked (#6) Mondeville. . This year Dimitrova's overall stats are: 4.6ppg, 1.8rpg and 1.4spg in the five games. She is an international player who is currently on the senior Bulgarian National Team roster.

Evelina Guneva
Evelina Guneva
   #7. Former international forward Evelina Guneva (183-80, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Spain) led Gernika to a 2-point victory against the tenth-ranked Pais Vasco (0-1) 64-62 in the Spanish LF2 (12th division) last Saturday. Guneva recorded a double-double by scoring 11 points and getting 13 rebounds. It was his first game for Gernika this season. Her team is placed fourth in Group B. . Guneva is currently third on the list of best rebounders. She used to play for the Bulgarian national team six years ago.

Radoslava Bachvarova
Radoslava Bachvarova
   #8. Forward Radoslava Bachvarova (183-87, also represented by LBM Management, college: VCU, currently plays in France) couldn't help Arras (1-4) in their game against Lattes Montpellier (5-0) in the French LFB. Bachvarova scored 9 points in 29 minutes. But Arras was crushed 70-48 in Lattes by the leading Montpellier. . This year Bachvarova's total stats are: 7.0ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.5apg in the two games. She used to play for the Bulgarian national team earlier this year.

Roksana Yordanova
Roksana Yordanova
   #9. International forward Roksana Yordanova (184-84, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help San Salvatore (1-2) in their game against Udine (2-1) in the Italian A2 (12th division). Yordanova scored 7 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. The 11th-placed San Salvatore was badly defeated 67-51 on the opponent's court by the higher-ranked Udine (#6) in the North group. . Yordanova has individually a very good season with high stats. She averages: 16.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.3apg and 1.3spg. Yordanova is also in the roster of the Bulgarian national team.

Anna Rimpova
Anna Rimpova
   #10. Forward Anna Rimpova (183-82, currently plays in Italy) couldn't help Marghera (1-2) in their game against San Martino (3-0) in the Italian A2 (12th division). She scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 39 minutes. Marghera (#10) was edged 69-67 on their home court in Venezia by the leading San Martino in the North group. . Rimpova has averaged so far 7.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.0spg in the three games. She is a former international player as five years ago she still played for the Bulgarian senior national team.

   #11. International center Stefka Miteva (190-89, currently plays in Belgium) couldn't help one of league's weakest teams Blue Cats in their game against Tulikivi in the Belgian Division I. Miteva recorded 6 points. Her team was defeated 73-60. Miteva is ranked seventh on the list of the best rebounders in the league and also on the list of best blockers (fifth place). She has averaged so far 8.8ppg, 8.5rpg and 1.3bpg. Miteva used to play for the Bulgarian national team earlier this year.

The list of other players, who all have Bulgarian passport but never been selected to any of Bulgarian national teams:

   #1. Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87, currently plays in France), who plays in the French LFB could not help Nantes Reze (4-1) in their last game. Despite her very good performance Nantes Reze was crushed 93-67 on the road by the lower-ranked (#7) Perpignan. Mircheva was the top scorer with 15 points. She also added 2 blocks (was perfect 5-for-5 from the free throw line) in 20 minutes. It was Nantes Reze's first loss after four consecutive victories. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Mircheva has relatively good stats this year: 11.8ppg and 3.8rpg in the five games she played so far. She has a dual citizenship: Ukrainian and Bulgarian. Despite Mircheva's Bulgarian passport, she currently plays for the Ukrainian national team and is not eligible to play for the Bulgarian team.

   #2. Ana Petrova (170-F-82, currently plays in Luxembourg) contributed to Etzella's victory against the ninth-ranked Basket Esch (0-5) 88-81 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League in Sunday night's game. She scored 9 points in 24 minutes. Etzella Ettelbruck (4-0) is placed first in the Diekirch League. So far her team won all four games in the Regular Season. . Petrova has averaged so far 6.5ppg, 3.0rpg and 2.0apg in the four games. She has also Luxembourg passport.



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Janelle Bekkering's double-double lands her Player of the Week award among Canadians playing currently abroad - by Eurobasket Center

Here is the weekly review of the top performing Canadian players, who play currently abroad.

Janelle Bekkering
Janelle Bekkering
   #1. This week's number one is an international small forward Janelle Bekkering (181-88, college: Gonzaga, currently plays in Belgium). She led BBC Kangoeroes-Boom to a victory over the sixth-ranked Castors Braine (2-2) 71-53 in the Belgian Division I in Saturday night's game. Bekkering was MVP of the game. She had a double-double by scoring 19 points and getting 10 rebounds. Bekkering also added and 4 steals in 28 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only her second season in pro basketball. BBC Kangoeroes-Boom (3-1) is placed first in the Division I. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. It's Bekkering's first year with the team. Bekkering is currently first on the list of top scorers and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). She has individually a very good year with high stats. Bekkering averages: 21.0ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.3apg, 3.3spg, 2FGP: 53.6% and FT: 81.8% in the four games she played so far. She has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Dutch. Despite Bekkering played previously for the Dutch national team, she played also for the Canadian national team in 2012.

Tamara Tatham
Tamara Tatham
   #2. Second place goes to an international forward Tamara Tatham (185-85, college: Massachusetts, currently plays in Germany). Tatham was the main contributor in a SV Halle Lions' victory against the closely-ranked Osnabruck (2-2) 82-71 in the German DBBL last Saturday. She was the best player in that game. Tatham recorded a double-double by scoring 25 points and getting 10 rebounds. SV Halle Lions (3-1) is placed fifth in the DBBL. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Tatham is currently third on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). This season she has very high stats. Tatham averages: 21.0ppg, 11.3rpg, 2.5apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 49.1% and FT: 76.2%. She played for the Canadian national team in 2012.

Kayla Dykstra
Kayla Dykstra
   #3. The Canadian player who performed third best last week abroad was former University international forward Kayla Dykstra (188-87, currently plays in Greece), who plays in the Greek A1. Dykstra could not help PAOK (1-1) in their last game. Despite her good performance PAOK was crushed 85-51 on the road by the second-ranked Athinaikos. Dykstra had a double-double by scoring 13 points and getting 10 rebounds in 25 minutes. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. Dykstra is currently first on the league's list of best rebounders with 10.7rpg. This year her other stats are: 12.3ppg, 2FGP: 53.8% and FT: 64.3% in the three games. Dykstra played for the Canadian university national team three years ago.

Lizanne Murphy
Lizanne Murphy
   #4. Forward Lizanne Murphy (185-84, college: Hofstra, currently plays in France) was not able to help Aix-en-Provence (2-3) in their game against Basket Landes (3-2) in the French LFB. Despite her very good performance in Saturday night's game She was the top scorer with 15 points. Murphy also added 9 rebounds. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Murphy has relatively good stats this season: 11.2ppg and 6.4rpg. She used to play for the Canadian national team earlier this year.

Krista Phillips
Krista Phillips
   #5. International center Krista Phillips (198-88, college: Michigan, currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams West Coast Waves (1-3) crushing them 103-71 in the Australian WNBL last Sunday. Phillips scored 8 points, had 8 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 19 minutes. Dandenong Rangers (2-1) are placed third in the WNBL. . Phillips is ranked third on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 8.3rpg. This year she also averages: 8.0ppg and 3.0apg in the three games. Phillips used to play for the Canadian national team earlier this year.

Stephany Skrba
Stephany Skrba
   #6. Forward Stephany Skrba (188-87, college: Michigan, currently plays in France) managed to help Cercle Jean Mace Bourges in a victory against the tenth-ranked Toulouse (2-3) 67-50 in the French LFB in Saturday night's game. She scored only 4 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 24 minutes. Cercle Jean Mace Bourges (4-1) is placed second in the LFB. . Skrba is ranked second on the list of the best rebounders in the league with 9.4rpg. She also averaged so far 8.6ppg in the five games. Skrba is a former international player as she played for the Canadian senior team six years ago.

Chelsea Aubry
Chelsea Aubry
   #7. International forward Chelsea Aubry (188-84, college: Nebraska, currently plays in Australia) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams West Coast Waves (1-3) crushing them 74-51 in the Australian WNBL last Saturday. She scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds. Bendigo Spirit (5-0) is placed first in the WNBL. So far her team won all five games in the Regular Season. . Aubry's overall stats this season are: 8.8ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.6apg and 1.2bpg. She used to play for the Canadian national team earlier this year.

Shona Thorburn
Shona Thorburn
   #8. Guard Shona Thorburn (178-82, college: Utah, currently plays in France) is a teammate of previously mentioned Lizanne Murphy and both played together in the last French LFB game. Thorburn was not able to secure a victory for Aix-en-Provence (2-3) in their game against Basket Landes (3-2). She scored 8 points and added 6 assists in 32 minutes. Aix-en-Provence was crushed 81-54 in Mont de Marsan by the higher-ranked (#4) Basket Landes. Thorburn is ranked second on the list of the best passers in the league with 5.6apg. This year she also averages: 11.0ppg and 6.4rpg in the five games. Despite Thorburn played previously for the British national team, she is currently in the Canadian national team roster.

Zara Huntley
Zara Huntley
   #9. Former University international center Zara Huntley (188-89, currently plays in Spain) couldn't help Arxil Pontevedra (0-1) in their game against Cortegada (1-0) in the Spanish LF2 (12th division). Despite her very good performance on Saturday night Huntley recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 12 rebounds. She also added 2 blocks. It was his first game for Arxil Pontevedra this season. . Huntley is currently fourth on the list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place). She used to play for the Canadian university national team three years ago.

Katie Donovan
Katie Donovan
   #10. Guard Katie Donovan (178-82, currently plays in Luxembourg) was the major contributor in Etzella's victory against the ninth-ranked Basket Esch (0-5) 88-81 in the Luxembourg Diekirch League last Sunday. Donovan scored 13 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and dished 8 assists in 40 minutes. Etzella Ettelbruck (4-0) is placed first in the Diekirch League. So far her team won all four games in the Regular Season. . Donovan is currently first on the league's list of best passers with 7.0apg. This year she also averages: 15.3ppg, 8.3rpg and 1.8spg in the four games. Donovan is a former U20 international player as nine years ago she still played for the Canadian national team.

   #11. University international forward Julie Seabrook (190-90, college: Colorado, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Bellinzona in their game against Muraltese in the Swiss LNA, despite her very good performance in Saturday night's game. She had a double-double by scoring 29 points and getting 14 rebounds. Seabrook also added and 4 steals in 34 minutes. But her team was badly defeated by 18 points 80-62. Seabrook is currently fourth on the league's list of best rebounders and also on the list of best blockers (third place). She has very impressive stats this year: 18.0ppg, 12.7rpg, 1.3bpg and 2.3spg in the three games. Seabrook plays currently for the Canadian university national team.

   #12. International power forward Miranda Ayim (191-88, college: Pepperdine, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against the fourth-ranked Anadolu Universitesi crushing them 94-63 in the Turkish TKB2L (12th division) in Saturday night's game. Ayim was the top player that evening. She recorded a double-double by scoring 16 points and getting 14 rebounds. Ayim also added 2 blocks and 3 steals. This season she has very high stats. Ayim averages: 23.5ppg, 15.0rpg, 1.5bpg and 3.5spg. She used to play for the Canadian national team earlier this year.

The list of other players, who all have Canadian passport but never been selected to any of Canadian national teams:

   #1. Emma Duinker (182-G/F-89, currently plays in Germany) was the major contributor in a Speyer / Schifferstadt's victory against the sixth-ranked KuSG Leimen crushing them 88-53 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) on Sunday night. She recorded 21 points and grabbed 6 rebounds. TSV TOWERS Speyer / Schifferstadt (3-1) is placed fourth in South group. . It's Duinker's first season with the team. Duinker is currently sixth on the league's list of top scorers. She has individually a very good season with high stats. Duinker averages: 21.0ppg and 3.3rpg.

   #2. Brittany Moore (168-G-89, currently plays in Germany) led Quakenbrueck Dragons to a victory over the tenth-ranked Goettingen (1-3) 51-45 in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) on Sunday night. Moore was the top player that evening. She recorded 19 points in 36 minutes. TSV Quakenbrueck Dragons (3-1) is placed third in North group. . It's Moore's first season with the team. Moore has very impressive stats this year: 18.5ppg and 2.3rpg in the four games she played so far.

   #3. Kathryn Verboom (179-F-86, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Emma Duinker and both played together in the last German 2.Bundesliga game. Verboom contributed to an easy victory against the sixth-ranked KuSG Leimen crushing them 88-53. She recorded 13 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. This season Verboom has very high stats. She averages: 18.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg.

   #4. Rhea Pascal (180-F, college: Amer.Internat., currently plays in Germany), who plays in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) could not help Friendsfactory Germering (2-2) to beat BasCats Heidelberg (0-0). Pascal was the second best scorer with 6 points. She also added 8 rebounds and 2 blocks in 24 minutes. The sixth-placed Friendsfactory Germering lost 42-54 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) BasCats Heidelberg in the South group. . It's Pascal's first season with the team. This year Pascal's overall stats are: 8.3ppg and 7.3rpg in the three games.

   #5. Lauren Taal (175-G, currently plays in Germany) faced previously mentioned Emma Duinker in the German 2.Bundesliga last game. Taal, who plays in the German 2.Bundesliga (12th division) was not able to help KuSG Leimen (0-0) in their last game on Sunday. Despite her good performance the sixth-placed KuSG Leimen was crushed 88-53 in Dudenhofen by the higher-ranked Speyer / Schifferstadt (#5) in the South group. Taal was the top scorer with 13 points. She also added 4 steals. . It's Taal's first season with the team. This year Taal has relatively solid stats: 14.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 2.3apg and 2.8spg.

   #6. Hannah Sunley-Paisley (186-C, currently plays in Germany) is a teammate of previously mentioned Brittany Moore and both played together in the last German 2.Bundesliga game. Sunley-Paisley contributed to a Quakenbrueck Dragons' victory against the tenth-ranked Goettingen 51-45. She recorded 6 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 21 minutes. This year Sunley-Paisley has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.3apg and 2.5spg in the four games.

   #7. Melissa Dalembert (191-F-87, college: S.Florida, currently plays in Germany) managed to help TSV 1880 Wasserburg to win against the closely-ranked Heli Girls 64-59 in the German DBBL in Sunday night's game. She recorded only 2 points. It was his first game for TSV 1880 Wasserburg this season.

   #8. Brittany Hedderson (175-G-90, college: Buffalo, currently plays in Finland) was not able to secure a victory for the league outsider TuRi in their game against Torpan Pojat in the Finnish SM-sarja. Despite her good performance on Saturday night She scored 10 points and added 3 assists. This season Hedderson has relatively solid stats: 10.8ppg, 5.0rpg and 2.8apg.

   #9. Experienced Rhona McKenzie (183-F-76, agency: LBM Management, currently plays in Switzerland) couldn't help Riva Basket in their game against Helios in the Swiss LNA. Despite her good performance last Saturday She was the second best scorer with 11 points. McKenzie also added 9 boards, passed 3 assists and added 6 steals. McKenzie is the league's best rebounder and also on the list of most steals (fourth place). She has very reliable stats this season: 11.0ppg, 13.3rpg, 1.3apg and 4.3spg. McKenzie has a dual citizenship: Canadian and Jamaican. Despite her Canadian passport, McKenzie currently plays for the Jamaican national team and is not eligible to play for the Canadian team.

   #10. Janet Hatfield (190-C-85, currently plays in Denmark) couldn't help Vaerlose in their game against Falcon in the Danish Dameligaen, despite her good performance on Saturday night. She was the second best scorer with 11 points. Hatfield also added 6 rebounds in 31 minutes. But her team was crushed by 21 points 75-54. Hatfield is currently ninth on the league's list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (second place). She has very reliable stats this year: 13.6ppg, 10.4rpg, 1.2apg and 1.6bpg in the five games.



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COCABA U16 Championship: Costa Rica starts the campaign - by Eurobasket News

Costa Rica starts the campaign at the COCABA U16 Championship.
In Day 1 Costa Rica beat Honduras 47:37. Costa Rica opened the game with 14-7 and added defensive 9-8 in the second period. Moreover the winners won the third quarter 10-6 and did not mind 14-16 in the last stanza.
In Day2 El Salvador beat Honduras 98:32. The winners started the game with 17-8 and then added 24-8 in the second frame. Moreover El Salvador looked better in the second half and posted two victories for the final result. Martinez Argueta Hillary Fabiola top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Rodriguez Cortez Alejandra Guadalupe added 21 points and 11 rebounds. Rivas Garcia Adriana Carolina, Sanchez Rodas Nathalie Daniela and Larin Reyes Sandra Karina had 10 points each.



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Andja Jelavic selected the top Croatian playing abroad in last week's games - by Eurobasket Center

Traditionally, every week we bring you a list of the top performances of Croatians who are currently playing abroad.

Andja Jelavic
Andja Jelavic
   #1. This week's number one is an international guard Andja Jelavic (172-80, currently plays in Turkey). She was the major contributor in Samsun's victory against the 11th-ranked Edremit (0-1) crushing them 69-39 in the Turkish TKBL in Sunday night's game. Jelavic recorded 17 points and added 5 assists in 39 minutes on the court. It was his first game for Samsun this season. Her team is placed fifth in the TKBL. But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen. Jelavic is currently fourth on the league's list of best passers with 5 assists. She played for the Croatian senior national team years ago.

Petra Stampalija
Petra Stampalija
   #2. Second place goes to former international center Petra Stampalija (189-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas, currently plays in Poland). Stampalija led Wisla Can-Pak to a victory over the seventh-ranked ROW Rybnik (2-4) crushing them 69-44 in the Polish PLKK last Wednesday. She was MVP of the game. Stampalija scored 17 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow (5-0) is placed second in the PLKK. So far her team won all five games in the Regular Season. But the season just started, so everything may happen. Stampalija has relatively good stats this year: 11.4ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.4spg and FT: 53.8%. She played for the Croatian national team in 2010.

Ana Lelas
Ana Lelas
   #3. The Croatian player who performed third best last week abroad was an international swingman Ana Lelas (183-83, currently plays in France). Lelas contributed to an easy victory against the 11th-ranked Arras (1-4) crushing them 70-48 in the French LFB on Saturday night. She scored 13 points and added 5 assists in 30 minutes. Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket (5-0) is placed first in the LFB. So far her team won all five games in the Regular Season. But the season is still in it's first stage and everything can happen. This year Lelas averages: 9.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.2apg, 2FGP: 30.6%, 3FGP: 41.7% in the five games she played so far. She played for the Croatian national team years ago.

Emilija Podrug
Emilija Podrug
   #4. An experienced center Emilija Podrug (190-79, currently plays in France) contributed to Lyon's victory against the league outsider Villeneuve D'Ascq (1-4) 89-75 in the French LFB in Saturday night's game. Podrug scored 12 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and dished 7 assists. Union Lyon Basket Feminin (3-2) is placed fifth in the LFB. But there are still lots of games to play and it's a long way to go. Podrug is currently first on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best passers (fifth place). She has individually a very good season with high stats. Podrug averages: 16.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 4.2apg and 1.8spg. She used to play for the Croatian national team back in 2010.

Sonja Kireta
Sonja Kireta
   #5. Former international center Sonja Kireta (198-76, currently plays in Italy) was the main contributor in Parma's victory against the closely-ranked CA Romagna (0-2) 53-47 in the Italian A1 in Sunday night's game. She was the best player in that game. Kireta scored 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 33 minutes. Lavezzini Parma (1-1) is placed seventh in the A1. . It's Kireta's first season with the team. Kireta is currently seventh on the list of top scorers and also on the list of best rebounders (sixth place). She has very reliable stats this year: 14.0ppg and 10.0rpg in the two games. Kireta used to play for the Croatian national team five years ago.

Lisa Karcic
Lisa Karcic
   #6. Power forward Lisa Karcic (185-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Villanova, currently plays in Spain), who plays in the Spanish LFB could not help Hondarribia-Irun (1-1) to beat Caja Rural (1-1). She scored 8 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 34 minutes. Hondarribia-Irun lost 86-96 on the road to the higher-ranked (#4) Caja Rural. . This year Karcic's overall stats are: 5.0ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.5apg and 2.0spg in the two games. She is a naturalized American. Despite Karcic played previously for the USA national team, she is also international player as she played for the Croatian senior team years ago. Strangely Karcic has never played in Croatia.

Iva Ciglar
Iva Ciglar
   #7. International point guard Iva Ciglar (168-85, agency: Data Plus Group, currently plays in France) contributed to an easy victory against the third-ranked Nantes Reze (4-1) crushing them 93-67 in the French LFB in Saturday night's game. She scored 7 points and added 5 assists. Perpignan Basket (3-2) is placed seventh in the LFB. . Ciglar's total stats this season are: 3.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 4.0apg. She used to play for the Croatian national team earlier this year.

Jelena Ivezic
Jelena Ivezic
   #8. Swingman Jelena Ivezic (182-84, currently plays in Turkey), who plays in the Turkish TKBL was not able to help Ceyhan Bld (0-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Ivezic's good performance Ceyhan Bld was defeated 66-51 in Istanbul by the higher-ranked Galatasaray (#4). She was the second best scorer with 12 points. It was his first game for Ceyhan Bld this season. . Ivezic used to play for the Croatian national team earlier this year.

Dina Sesnic
Dina Sesnic
   #9. Former U16 international center Dina Sesnic (188-87, currently plays in Adriatic League) contributed to Vojvodina's victory against the closely-ranked Mladi Krajisnik (2-2) 67-63 in the Adriatic League in Saturday night's game. She scored 6 points and had 3 steals in 23 minutes. Vojvodina Nis Novi Sad (2-3) is placed seventh in group T. . This year Sesnic's total stats are: 8.4ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.6spg in the five games. She used to play for the Croatian U16 national team nine years ago.

Romana Stojanovic
Romana Stojanovic
   #10. Swingman Romana Stojanovic (185-93, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA was not able to secure a victory for Highflyers (1-2) in their last game. Despite Stojanovic's good performance Highflyers were crushed 86-58 at home by the leading Fribourg. She scored 11 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 26 minutes. . Stojanovic is currently sixth on the league's list of best rebounders with 11.3rpg. This year her other stats are: 11.0ppg and 3.0spg in the three games. Stojanovic is U18 international player who is currently on the Croatian National Team roster.

The list of other players, who all have Croatian passport but never been selected to any of Croatian national teams:

   #1. Suzy Batkovic-Brown (195-C-80, currently plays in Australia) led Adelaide Lightning to a victory over the sixth-ranked Logan Thunder (1-2) 72-62 in the Australian WNBL last Friday. Batkovic-Brown was the best player in that game. She had a double-double by scoring 24 points and getting 17 rebounds. Batkovic-Brown also added 4 blocks in 31 minutes. Adelaide Link Lightning (3-1) is placed second in the WNBL. It was her team's third consecutive victory in a row. . Batkovic-Brown has individually a very good year with high stats. She averages: 20.0ppg, 13.7rpg, 2.0apg, 3.0bpg and 1.3spg in the three games she played so far. Batkovic-Brown has a dual citizenship: Croatian and Australian. Despite her Croatian passport, Batkovic-Brown currently plays for the Australian national team and is not eligible to play for the Croatian team.

   #2. Dubravka Dacic (201-C-85, agency: Interperformances, currently plays in Turkey) contributed to an easy victory against one of league's weakest teams Mersin (0-1) crushing them 72-47 in the Turkish TKBL on Saturday night. She recorded 11 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. It was his first game for Antakya this season. Her team is placed first in the TKBL. . Dacic is another player who holds two passports: Croatian and Italian. Despite her Croatian nationality, Dacic previously played for the Italian national team and probably cannot be called to the Croatian team.

   #3. Jelena Radic (190-C-87, currently plays in Adriatic League) was the major contributor in a Radivoj Korac's victory against the closely-ranked PEAC-PECS (4-1) crushing them 78-47 in the Adriatic League last Saturday. She scored 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Radivoj Korac Beograd (5-0) is placed second in group T. So far her team won all five games in the Regular Season. . Radic's overall stats this season are: 8.6ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.2apg.

   #4. Iva Grbas (188-F/C-87, currently plays in France), who plays in the French LF2 (12th division) could not help one of league's weakest teams Limoges (2-1) in their last game. Despite Grbas' good performance Limoges was crushed 93-48 on the road by the leading Nice. She was the second best scorer with 13 points. Grbas also added 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. . Grbas belongs to league's top scorers and is ranked #4 with 14.0ppg. This year she also averages: 7.0rpg in the three games.

   #5. Tatjana Pavlovic (183-PF-90, currently plays in Switzerland), who plays in the Swiss LNA was not able to help Highflyers (1-2) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Pavlovic's very good performance Highflyers were crushed 86-58 at home by the leading Fribourg. She was the top scorer with 15 points. Pavlovic also added 4 rebounds and dished 3 assists. . Pavlovic has averaged so far 5.7ppg and 3.3rpg. She has also Swiss citizenship.



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COCABA U16 Championship: El Salvador won first two games - by Eurobasket News

El Salvador won first two games at the COCABA U16 Championship.
In Game 1 El Salvador beat Honduras 98:32. The winners started the game with 17-8 and then added 24-8 in the second frame. Moreover El Salvador looked better in the second half and posted two victories for the final result. Martinez Argueta, Hillary Fabiola top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Rodriguez Cortez, Alejandra Guadalupe added 21 points and 11 rebounds. Rivas Garcia Adriana Carolina, Sanchez Rodas Nathalie Daniela and Larin Reyes Sandra Karina had 10 points each.
In Game 2 El Salvador overcame Costa Rica 54:49. The latter won the first period 11-9 and led 2 points at the halftime. El Salvador however dominated the second half and posted two victories for the final result. Rodriguez Cortez Alejandra Guadalupe and Martinez Argueta Hillary Fabiola top-scored for the winners with 15 points each, while Iglesias Cabrera, Ana Marcela added 11. Pinnock Branford Kathylee ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.



COCABA U16 Championship: El Salvador beat Honduras in Day 4 - by Eurobasket News

Honduras U16- El Salvador U16 37:87

El Salvador beat Honduras in Day 4 at the COCABA U16 Championship. They won 87:37 for perfect 3-0 record. Honduras meanwhile fell at 0-3 record.
El Salvador did not waste time taking the lead and won the first period 13-11. They erupted with 22-5 in the second frame and enjoyed 35-16 halftime advantage. Moreover El Salvador won the third period 31-14 and added 21-7 in the last stanza.
Martinez Argueta Hillary Fabiola stepped up with 22 points and Rodriguez Cortez Alejandra Guadalupe added 21. Rivas Garcia Adriana Carolina collected 18 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Iglesias Cabrera Ana Marcela notched 12. Rapalo July Nelly Alessandra finished the game with 21 points in the losing effort and Callejas Raymond Victoria brought 5. el
Tomorrow El Salvador will face Costa Rica.

Honduras U16: Rapalo July Nelly Alessandra 21, Callejas Raymond Victoria 5
El Salvador U16: Martinez Argueta Hillary Fabiola 22, Rodriguez Cortez Alejandra Guadalupe 21, Rivas Garcia Adriana Carolina 18+11 rebs, Iglesias Cabrera Ana Marcela 12



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Standings - Women

Prva Liga Standings
 1. Badel 1-0 
 2. Krosig Skopje 1-0 
 3. Pelister 1-0 
 4. Vigor Skopje 1-0 
 5. Rabotnicki 0-0 
 6. Klubski 0-1 
 7. Struga 2009 0-1 
 8. Trokal 0-1 
 9. Vard.Mladinec 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 21: Pelister - Vard.Mladinec 77-26
Oct. 20: Krosig Skopje - Klubski 74-72
Oct. 21: Struga 2009 - Vigor Skopje 32-71
Oct. 20: Trokal - Badel 25-79

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 27: Badel - Vigor Skopje
Oct. 27: Trokal - Pelister
Oct. 27: Klubski - Struga 2009
Oct. 27: Vard.Mladinec - Krosig Skopje



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Standings - Women

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

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 27: Den Helder - Grasshoppers
Oct. 27: ProBuild Lions - Binnenland
Oct. 28: CTO - Lekdetec.nl


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Katie BUSSEY
  ProBuild.
  (175-G-90)
  Avg: 23.3
 1. Bussey, ProBuild.23.3 
 2. Klein, Den Helder15.0 
 3. Kooij, Binnenland14.7 
 4. van der Lee, Den13.7 
 5. Biesters, Lekdetec.13.7 
 6. Butter, Binnenland13.0 
 7. Van der Hoek, Den12.7 
 8. Guyt, CTO12.3 
 9. Roubehie-F., Binne.12.0 
 10. Ligthart, Den H.11.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Fieke LIGTHART
  Den H.
  (184-F/C-90)
  Avg: 11
 1. Ligthart, Den H.11.0 
 2. Kooij, Binnenland10.3 
 3. Nieuwveen, Grassho.9.7 
 4. Horelika, ProBui.9.0 
 5. Bettonvil, CTO9.0 
 6. Van der Hoek, Den9.0 
 7. Hof, CTO8.0 
 8. Schouten, Lekdete.7.0 
 9. Butter, Binnenland7.0 
 10. Roubehie-F., Binn.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Molly MCDOWELL
  ProBui.
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. McDowell, ProBui.6.7 
 2. Kuijt, Lekdetec.nl6.0 
 3. Klein, Den Helder5.0 
 4. Roubehie-F., Binne.4.0 
 5. Van der Hoek, Den3.3 
 6. Cornelius, CTO3.3 
 7. Guyt, CTO2.7 
 8. Ligthart, Den H.2.3 
 9. Kasius, Binnenland2.3 
 10. Van den Adel, Bin.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Molly MCDOWELL
  ProBui.
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. McDowell, ProBui.4.3 
 2. Kooij, Binnenland3.0 
 3. Hartman, ProBuild.2.7 
 4. Bussey, ProBuild.2.7 
 5. Horelika, ProBui.2.3 
 6. Kasius, Binnenland2.3 
 7. Biesters, Lekdetec.2.0 
 8. van der Lee, Den1.7 
 9. Ligthart, Den H.1.7 
 10. Essenstam, CTO1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Irma SCHOUTEN
  Lekdetec.
  (192-C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Schouten, Lekdete.2.0 
 2. Van Der Keij., CT.1.0 
 3. Kasius, Binnenland1.0 
 4. Bettonvil, Lekdete.0.7 
 5. Manuputty, Grassh.0.7 
 6. Hof, CTO0.7 
 7. Appers, Binnenland0.7 
 8. Horelika, ProBui.0.3 
 9. Ligthart, Den H.0.3 
 10. Nieuwveen, Grassh.0.3 


Eredivisie Round 3: Binnenland hands first defeat to Den Helder - by Eurobasket News

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Den Helder (2-1) in Rotterdam on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Binnenland (3-0) 61-51. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Den Helder. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 2-0 record before this meeting. The best player for the winners was Priscilla Van Andel (185-86) who scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. International guard Rachel Roubehie-Fissa (175-89) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Marianne Van der Hoek (180-90) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Binnenland have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record. Den Helder at the other side keeps the second position with one game lost. They share it with ProBuild Lions and Grasshoppers. Binnenland are looking forward to face ProBuild Lions (#4) in Landsmeer in the next round. Den Helder will play at home against the league's second-placed Grasshoppers in Katwijk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
The game in Bemmel was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked ProBuild Lions (2-1) played at the court of bottom-ranked Lekdetec.nl (0-3). ProBuild Lions managed to secure a 8-point victory 70-62. It was a good game for American guard Katie Bussey (175-90, college: Montana St.) who led her team to a victory with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Anete Horelika contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. ProBuild Lions' coach Miljenko Lakner allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international swingman Anouk Biesters (182-86) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds for Lekdetec.nl. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Grasshoppers and Den Helder. Lekdetec.nl at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with CTO. ProBuild Lions will play against league's leader Binnenland in Rotterdam in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lekdetec.nl will play on the road against CTO (#5) in Amsterdam and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 3 winless CTO was defeated by Grasshoppers in Katwijk 55-47.


Binnenland - Den Helder 61-51

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of undefeated Den Helder (2-1) in Rotterdam on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by Binnenland (3-0) 61-51. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Den Helder. It was a key game for the top position in the league as both teams had the same 2-0 record before this meeting. The best player for the winners was Priscilla Van Andel (185-86) who scored 17 points and 9 rebounds. International guard Rachel Roubehie-Fissa (175-89) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was the former international forward Marianne Van der Hoek (180-90) who recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and international guard Maaike Klein (177-90) added 11 points and 6 rebounds respectively. Binnenland have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record. Den Helder at the other side keeps the second position with one game lost. They share it with ProBuild Lions and Grasshoppers. Binnenland are looking forward to face ProBuild Lions (#4) in Landsmeer in the next round. Den Helder will play at home against the league's second-placed Grasshoppers in Katwijk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Den Helder: M.Van der Hoek 14+10reb+4ast, R.van der Lee 12+7reb, M.Klein 11+6reb+3ast, F.Ligthart 8+9reb+2ast, R.Van Der Vlies 2, T.De Groot 2+1reb+1ast
Binnenland: P.Van Andel 17+9reb, R.Roubehie-Fissa 14+7reb+3ast, Z.Butter 8+6reb+2ast, L.Van den Adel 6+6reb+1ast, E.Kasius 5+5reb+2ast, L.Kooij 5+11reb+1ast
gschID: 193966


Grasshoppers - CTO 55-47

There was no surprise in Katwijk where bottom-ranked CTO (0-3) was defeated by third ranked Grasshoppers (2-1) 55-47. It was a good game for center Eline Kraaijenoord (191-93) who led her team to a victory with 5 points and 13 rebounds. The former international guard Natalie Van Den Adel (185-90, college: Colorado St.) contributed with 9 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Grasshoppers' coach Ivo Boom allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Britt Zappeij (182-95) answered with 7 points and 10 rebounds and Janine Guyt (173-95) added 13 points in the effort for CTO. Grasshoppers moved-up to second place, which they share with ProBuild Lions and Den Helder. CTO at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with Lekdetec.nl. Grasshoppers will play against Den Helder (#3) in Den Helder in the next round, which may be the game of the day. CTO will play at home against Lekdetec.nl in Bemmel and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
CTO: J.Guyt 13+2reb+1ast, E.Hof 8+5reb, B.Zappeij 7+10reb, L.Bettonvil 6+7reb+1ast, M.Essenstam 5+7reb+2ast, L.Cornelius 3+7reb+6ast
Grasshoppers: N.Van Den Adel 9+7reb+2ast, I.Van der Plas 8+5reb, R.Philippo 7+6reb, J.Dijkman 7+5reb, M.Van Den Oever 5, E.Kraaijenoord 5+13reb+1ast
gschID: 193967


Lekdetec.nl - ProBuild Lions 62-70

The game in Bemmel was also worth to mention about. Fourth ranked ProBuild Lions (2-1) played at the court of bottom-ranked Lekdetec.nl (0-3). ProBuild Lions managed to secure a 8-point victory 70-62. ProBuild Lions dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Lekdetec.nl's 26 and made 17-of-22 charity shots (77.3 percent) during the game. It was a good game for American guard Katie Bussey (175-90, college: Montana St.) who led her team to a victory with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Latvian forward Anete Horelika (177-87, agency: Regeneracom Sports) contributed with 13 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. ProBuild Lions' coach Miljenko Lakner allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The former international swingman Anouk Biesters (182-86) answered with 18 points and 5 rebounds and the former international guard Karin Kuijt (175-90) added 10 points and 8 assists in the effort for Lekdetec.nl. Defending champion moved-up to second place, which they share with Grasshoppers and Den Helder. Lekdetec.nl at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. They share the position with CTO. ProBuild Lions will play against league's leader Binnenland in Rotterdam in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Lekdetec.nl will play on the road against CTO (#5) in Amsterdam and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Lekdetec.nl: A.Biesters 18+5reb+2ast, K.Kuijt 10+4reb+8ast, J.Bettonvil 9+6reb, L.de Jonge 9+5reb+1ast, Y.Kathmann 6+1reb+3ast, G.Van Den Bosch 4+1ast
ProBuild Lions: K.Bussey 24+7reb+3ast, A.Horelika 13+6reb, B.Bos 8+7reb+1ast, A.Simdorn 8+2reb, M.McDowell 6+3reb+4ast, K.Hartman 5+5reb
gschID: 193965



Best players of Dutch Eredivisie round 3 - by Eurobasket News

Talented American Katie Bussey (175-G-90) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for ProBuild Lions and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
The 22-year old guard had the game-high 24 points adding seven rebounds and three assists for ProBuild Lions in her team's victory, helping them to beat Lekdetec.nl (#6, 0-3), the league's bottom-ranked team 70-62. ProBuild Lions maintains the 4th position in Dutch Eredivisie. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. ProBuild Lions will need more victories to improve their 2-1 record. In the team's last game Bussey had a remarkable 66.7% from 2-point range. She turned to be ProBuild Lions' top player in her first season with the team. Montana State University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Bussey is league's best scorer averaging so far 23.3ppg. Bussey is in league's top in and averages solid 2.7spg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was young former international forward Marianne Van der Hoek (180-F-90) of Den Helder. Van der Hoek impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Bad luck as Den Helder lost that game 51-61 to Binnenland (3-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Van der Hoek is a newcomer at Den Helder and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 12.7ppg (#7). Her other stats are also decent: 9.0rpg and 3.3apg.

The third best performed player last round was former international swingman Anouk Biesters (182-G/F-86) of Lekdetec.nl (#6). Biesters scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds. Despite Biesters' great performance Lekdetec.nl lost 62-70 to ProBuild Lions (#4, 2-1). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. Lekdetec.nl can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 3 games. Too bad for Biesters she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Biesters has individually a great season in Holland. After only 3 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 13.7ppg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Priscilla Van Andel (185-PF-86) of Binnenland - 17 points and 9 rebounds
5. Eline Kraaijenoord (191-C-93) of Grasshoppers - 5 points and 13 rebounds
6. Anete Horelika (177-F-87) of ProBuild Lions - 13 points and 6 rebounds
7. Karin Kuijt (175-G-90) of Lekdetec.nl - 10 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Belinda Bos (179-SF-84) of ProBuild Lions - 8 points and 7 rebounds
9. Britt Zappeij (182-PF-95) of CTO - 7 points and 10 rebounds
10. Julia Dijkman (184-C-89) of Grasshoppers - 7 points and 5 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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COCABA U16 Championship: El Salvador beat Honduras in Day 4 - by Eurobasket News

Honduras U16- El Salvador U16 37:87

El Salvador beat Honduras in Day 4 at the COCABA U16 Championship. They won 87:37 for perfect 3-0 record. Honduras meanwhile fell at 0-3 record.
El Salvador did not waste time taking the lead and won the first period 13-11. They erupted with 22-5 in the second frame and enjoyed 35-16 halftime advantage. Moreover El Salvador won the third period 31-14 and added 21-7 in the last stanza.
Martinez Argueta Hillary Fabiola stepped up with 22 points and Rodriguez Cortez Alejandra Guadalupe added 21. Rivas Garcia Adriana Carolina collected 18 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Iglesias Cabrera Ana Marcela notched 12. Rapalo July Nelly Alessandra finished the game with 21 points in the losing effort and Callejas Raymond Victoria brought 5. el
Tomorrow El Salvador will face Costa Rica.

Honduras U16: Rapalo July Nelly Alessandra 21, Callejas Raymond Victoria 5
El Salvador U16: Martinez Argueta Hillary Fabiola 22, Rodriguez Cortez Alejandra Guadalupe 21, Rivas Garcia Adriana Carolina 18+11 rebs, Iglesias Cabrera Ana Marcela 12



COCABA U16 Championship: Honduras lost first two at home court - by Eurobasket News

Honduras lost first two at home court at the COCABA U16 Championship.
In Day 1 Costa Rica beat Honduras 47:37. Costa Rica opened the game with 14-7 and added defensive 9-8 in the second period. Moreover the winners won the third quarter 10-6 and did not mind 14-16 in the last stanza.
In Day 2 El Salvador beat Honduras 98:32. The winners started the game with 17-8 and then added 24-8 in the second frame. Moreover El Salvador looked better in the second half and posted two victories for the final result. Martinez Argueta, Hillary Fabiola top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Rodriguez Cortez, Alejandra Guadalupe added 21 points and 11 rebounds. Rivas Garcia Adriana Carolina, Sanchez Rodas Nathalie Daniela and Larin Reyes Sandra Karina had 10 points each.



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Standings - Women

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 21: DCU Mercy - Waterford W. 75-67
Oct. 21: Singleton - Meteors 58-55
Oct. 20: Liffey Celtics - Killester 41-60
Oct. 20: Ulster Rockets - UL Aughinish 30-77

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 27: Killester - Singleton
Oct. 27: Meteors - Ulster Rockets
Oct. 27: TM Hotel Cork - DCU Mercy
Oct. 27: UL Aughinish - Waterford W.
Oct. 28: Ulster Rockets - Killester
Oct. 28: Singleton - Singleton


Stats Leaders Superleague

Points Per Game
 Rachel VANDERWAL
  UL Aughi.
  (176-G-83)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Vanderwal, UL Augh.21.7 
 2. Woods, DCU Mercy21.3 
 3. Dwyer, TM Hotel.18.5 
 4. Dwyer, TM Hotel.18.0 
 5. Toner, Ulster R.15.0 
 6. Clancy, UL Aughi.14.0 
 7. Clarke, Killester13.7 
 8. Mullally, Waterfor.13.0 
 9. O''Gorman, Waterfor.12.3 
 10. Scully, Killester11.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amy WATERS
  Singleton
  (--)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Waters, Singleton13.5 
 2. Dwyer, TM Hotel.11.0 
 3. Breen, TM Hotel.10.5 
 4. Dwyer, TM Hotel.8.5 
 5. Mullally, Waterfor.8.0 
 6. Kavanagh, Waterfor.8.0 
 7. Maguire, DCU Mercy7.7 
 8. Fahy, UL Aughinish7.7 
 9. McDermott, UL Augh.7.7 
 10. Naughton, Killest.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay PEAT
  DCU Mercy
  (175-G-80)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Peat, DCU Mercy6.7 
 2. Maguire, DCU Mercy4.3 
 3. Waters, Singleton3.0 
 4. Flynn, Killester3.0 
 5. Dwyer, TM Hotel.3.0 
 6. Clarke, Killester3.0 
 7. Rohan, Waterfor.3.0 
 8. Scully, Killester2.7 
 9. Flaherty, Killester2.7 
 10. Fahy, UL Aughini.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Fionnuala TONER
  Ulster R.
  (175-G-)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Toner, Ulster R.5.5 
 2. Dwyer, TM Hotel.4.5 
 3. Maguire, DCU Mercy4.0 
 4. Woods, DCU Mercy4.0 
 5. Dwyer, TM Hotel.3.5 
 6. Vanderwal, UL Augh.3.0 
 7. Coady, Waterfor.2.7 
 8. Breen, TM Hotel.2.5 
 9. Thornton, Singleton2.5 
 10. Daly, Meteors2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Aoife MCDERMOTT
  UL Aughi.
  (185--91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. McDermott, UL Augh.2.7 
 2. Waters, Singleton2.5 
 3. Toner, Ulster R.2.5 
 4. Doyle, Meteors2.0 
 5. Fahy, UL Aughinish2.0 
 6. O''Connor, Liffey C.1.7 
 7. Maher, UL Aughi.1.7 
 8. Maguire, DCU Mercy1.7 
 9. Naughton, Killester1.3 
 10. Toner, Ulster R.1.0 


Superleague Round 3: Singleton beats Meteors by three after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

There were just three rounds played in Regular Season of Superleague and we can clearly see which teams will fight for top positions and which will try to avoid bottom places.

The most exciting game of round 3 in the Superleague took place in Cork. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Meteors (1-2) to sixth ranked Singleton (1-1) 58-55 in the game for the fourth place. It was a good game for Amy Waters who led her team to a victory with 9 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Danielle O'Leary contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Rebecca Nagle (173-92) answered with 12 points and 4 assists for Meteors. Meteors' coach Hugh Kilbride rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Singleton left bottom position moving up to fourth place. Meteors at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Killester and Waterford W.. Singleton's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Cork Singleton.
Superleague top team - DCU Mercy (3-0) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked Waterford Wildcats (1-2) in Dublin 75-67. It was a great evening for the former international guard Lindsay Peat (175-80) who led her team to a victory scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Tessa Solan helped adding 17 points and 9 rebounds. DCU Mercy's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international center Niamh Mullally (180-84) with 17 points and 9 rebounds. DCU Mercy have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record, which they share with UL Aughinish. Waterford Wildcats at the other side keep the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Meteors and Killester. DCU Mercy will play against TM Hotel Cork (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Waterford Wildcats will play against the league's second-placed UL Aughinish in Limerick to get more than just one victory in their record.
The game in Belfast supposed to be also quite interesting. Leader UL Aughinish (3-0) played at the court of bottom-ranked Ulster Rockets (0-2). UL Aughinish smashed Ulster Rockets 77-30 on Saturday. It was an exceptional evening for Rachel Vanderwal who led the winners and scored 28 points and 6 steals. Fionnuala Toner came up with 12 points and 5 rebounds for Ulster Rockets in the defeat. UL Aughinish have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with DCU Mercy. Loser Ulster Rockets still closes the standings with two games lost. UL Aughinish will meet at home Waterford Wildcats (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Ulster Rockets will play against 11890 Killester in Dublin and hope to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 3 Killester smashed Liffey Celtics on the road 60-41.


Ulster Rockets - UL Aughinish 30-77

The game in Belfast supposed to be also quite interesting. Leader UL Aughinish (3-0) played at the court of bottom-ranked Ulster Rockets (0-2). UL Aughinish smashed Ulster Rockets 77-30 on Saturday. UL Aughinish dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Ulster Rockets' 28. They outrebounded Ulster Rockets 33-16 including a 23-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was an exceptional evening for Canadian-British guard Rachel Vanderwal (176-83, college: Boston U.) who led the winners and scored 28 points and 6 steals. The former international guard Rachel Clancy (175-88, college: Cal Poly - SLO) accounted for 15 points and 8 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side. Guard Fionnuala Toner (175, college: MacMurray) came up with 12 points and 5 rebounds and Niamh Toner added 8 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Ulster Rockets in the defeat. UL Aughinish have a solid series of three victories in a row. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader, which they share with DCU Mercy. Loser Ulster Rockets still closes the standings with two games lost. UL Aughinish will meet at home Waterford Wildcats (#6) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. Ulster Rockets will play against 11890 Killester in Dublin and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Ulster Rockets: F.Toner 12+5reb+2ast, N.Toner 8+7reb+1ast, E.McRory 4+1reb+1ast, H.Fairbairn 2+1reb, C.O'Neill 2+1reb+5ast, A.Murray 2
UL Aughinish: R.Vanderwal 28+4reb+3ast, R.Clancy 15+8reb+1ast, A.McDermott 11+6reb+2ast, C.Grant 10+1ast, L.Galvin 6+5reb+2ast, L.Maher 4+4reb+1ast
gschID: 200032


DCU Mercy - Waterford W. 75-67

Superleague top team - DCU Mercy (3-0) added another victory to their record. This time they beat fifth ranked Waterford Wildcats (1-2) in Dublin 75-67. Waterford Wildcats were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for the former international guard Lindsay Peat (175-80) who led her team to a victory scoring 13 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Forward Tessa Solan (177-92) helped adding 17 points and 9 rebounds. Four DCU Mercy players scored in double figures. DCU Mercy's coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. The best for the losing side was the former international center Niamh Mullally (180-84) with 17 points and 9 rebounds and the former international center Christine O'Gorman (178-90) scored 16 points. DCU Mercy have a solid series of three victories in a row. They maintain first place with 3-0 record, which they share with UL Aughinish. Waterford Wildcats at the other side keep the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Meteors and Killester. DCU Mercy will play against TM Hotel Cork (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Waterford Wildcats will play against the league's second-placed UL Aughinish in Limerick to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Waterford W.: N.Mullally 17+9reb, C.O'Gorman 16+3reb+1ast, C.Kavanagh 8+8reb+1ast, E.Kennington 8+3reb, H.Rohan 6+1reb+3ast, J.Coady 5+5reb+3ast
DCU Mercy: S.Woods 18+2reb+1ast, T.Solan 17+9reb+1ast, S.Maguire 14+6reb+2ast, L.Peat 13+6reb+8ast, A.McLaughlin 8+4reb, C.Newton 3+4reb+2ast
gschID: 200035


Singleton - Meteors 58-55

The most exciting game of round 3 in the Superleague took place in Cork. This derby game ended with only three-point defeat on the road of 4th placed Meteors (1-2) to sixth ranked Singleton (1-1) 58-55 in the game for the fourth place. It was a good game for Amy Waters who led her team to a victory with 9 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists. Danielle O'Leary contributed with 12 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Forward Rebecca Nagle (173-92) answered with 12 points and 4 assists and Jade Daly (-91) added 12 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Meteors. Meteors' coach Hugh Kilbride rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Singleton left bottom position moving up to fourth place. Meteors at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with Killester and Waterford W.. Singleton's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Cork Singleton.
Top scorers:
Meteors: J.Daly 12+6reb+1ast, R.Nagle 12+4reb+4ast, B.Meany 11+5reb+3ast, S.Doyle 6+8reb+1ast, S.Fogarty 4+3reb, K.B. Kilbride 4+2reb+3ast
Singleton: M.O'Leary 15+3reb+2ast, G.Omahony 13+4reb, D.O'Leary 12+6reb+3ast, A.Waters 9+14reb+6ast, E.Thornton 8+4reb+2ast, R.Lyall 1+3reb
gschID: 200034


Liffey Celtics - Killester 41-60

Everything could happen in Kildare at the game between two tied teams. Both eighth ranked 11890 Killester and bottom-ranked Liffey Celtics had identical 0-2 record. But Liffey Celtics were not able to use a home court advantage and were crushed by the opponent from Dublin 60-41 on Saturday night. It was an exceptional evening for guard Michelle Clarke (178-94) who led the winners and scored 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Guard Lorraine Scully (176-83) accounted for 16 points and 5 rebounds for the winning side. Aine O'Connor came up with 9 points and 8 rebounds and Ailbhe O'Connor added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Liffey Celtics in the defeat. Liffey Celtics' coach tested eleven players seeing no chance for a win. 11890 Killester (1-2) left bottom position moving up to fifth place, which they share with Meteors and Waterford W. It was Liffey Celtics' third loss in a row. They still closes the standings with three games lost. 11890 Killester will meet Ulster Rockets (#8) in the next round. Liffey Celtics will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Liffey Celtics: A.O'Connor 9+8reb+2ast, A.O'Connor 9+6reb+1ast, M.Hulgraine 5+5reb, K.Mealey 5+2reb+1ast, M.Foley 4+6reb, E.Bracken 3+5reb+2ast
Killester: M.Clarke 20+5reb+5ast, L.Scully 16+5reb+3ast, E.Naughton 11+9reb+2ast, C.Flynn 8+3reb+4ast, C.Flaherty 4+9reb+3ast, A.Russell 1+4reb+1ast
gschID: 200033



Vanderwal's 28 points give her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old guard Rachel Vanderwal (176-G-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for second-ranked UL Aughinish and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
She had the game-high 28 points adding four rebounds and three assists for UL Aughinish in her team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Ulster Rockets (#8, 0-2) with 47-point margin 77-30. UL Aughinish is placed at 2nd position in Irish Superleague. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but UL Aughinish already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Vanderwal had a remarkable 56.3% from 2-point range. She has many years of experience at UL Aughinish, through which he has constantly improved. Boston University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Vanderwal is league's best scorer averaging so far 21.7ppg. Vanderwal is in league's top in and averages solid 3.0spg,52.6% FGP and 70.0% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Michelle Clarke (178-G-94) of Killester. She is a guard in her 4th season at Killester. In the last game Clarke recorded impressive 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Of course she lead Killester to another comfortable win 60-41 over Liffey Celtics (0-3) being unquestionably team leader. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Clarke is one of the most experienced players at Killester and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 13.7ppg (#7). She also registered 5.0 boards per game.

Third place about best performers goes to Amy Waters of Singleton (#4). Waters showcased her all-around game by recording 9 points, fourteen rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. She was a key player of Singleton, leading her team to a 58-55 win against Meteors (#5, 1-2). Singleton needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 1 victories and 1 lost games. Waters has a great season in Ireland. After only 2 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in rebounds with 13.5rpg (#1 in league) and assists with 3.0apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tessa Solan (177-F-92) of DCU Mercy - 17 points and 9 rebounds
5. Rachel Clancy (175-G-88) of UL Aughinish - 15 points and 8 rebounds
6. Jade Daly (91) of Meteors - 12 points and 6 rebounds
7. Niamh Mullally (180-C-84) of Waterford W. - 17 points and 9 rebounds
8. Eimear Naughton (185-F-88) of Killester - 11 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Aoife McDermott (185-91) of UL Aughinish - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Fionnuala Toner (175-G) of Ulster Rockets - 12 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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18TH ACCW: FIBA Africa hold clinic for Doctors, Coaches and Physiotherapists - by Olusegun Ikuesan

FIBA Africa Medical Commission has put together a one-day medical clinic for accompanying team doctors, coaches and physiotherapists to more awareness on how to manage certain injuries.

The clinic will duel on four key areas such as doping, muscle injury in players, prevention of injury and kneel examination.

The clinic which will be directed by the head of FIBA Africa medical commission Dr. Aboubacar Gueye will take place at Hotel Belle Cote, Abidjan, Cote dIvoire from 9.00am through noon.



18TH ACCW: Eagle Wings surrender to ABC 46-66 - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Hard fighting Eagle Wings basketball club of Kenya Tuesday surrenders to Abidjan Basket Club of Cote dIvoire losing by 46-66 points in a group-B game of the 18th Africa Champions Cup for Women at the Palais des Sport, Treichville, Abidjan Cote dIvoire.

The lack lustre game saw the Kenyan losing in all four quarters to the Abidjan-based side by 12-19, 07-09, 10-19 and 17-19 points respectively for her fourth straight lose in the final round of the continent biggest women club competition.

ABC Salimata Berte led her team quest for a comfortable finish in the group with 18 points, 2 rebounds and 2 assist while Solange Ebonji added 17 points and 5 rebounds for their side victory.

ABC will take on Nigeria First Deepwater basketball club in both sides last group-B game at 20H00 on Wednesday and Eagle Wings basketball club will battle Arc-En-Ciel basketball club of Democratic Republic of Congo.



18TH ACCW: Ndeye, Kouyate power CSA past Desportiva 80-74 - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Club Sportif DAbidjan (CSA) of Cote dIvoire guards Sene Ndeye and Kani Kouyate were in splendid form Tuesday as they help their side in the hard earn victory pre-game favourite Liga Desportiva basketball club of Mozambique by 80-74 points.

The crunchy tie had started in an explosive form with CSA conceding a point deficit in the first quarter (21-22) but roared back to life in the second and third quarter with a 26-14 and 20-17 points win with Ndeye and Kouyate accounting for 46 of the 80 points scored by their side (Ndeye 24 points, 9 assist, 3 rebounds and 3 steal. Kouyate 22 points, 9 assist, 6 steal and 3 rebounds).

The fourth quarter was more explosive as the Desportiva players try to curtail the CSA players with motion offense and massive defensive play forcing the host of the final round of the 18th Africa Champions Cup for Women to drop the quarter by 13-21 points but this effort was however not enough to stop the victory dance of the CSA team who ran away with 80-74 points victory.

CSA forward Ramata Ndaou contributed 10 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assist as they file out Wednesday against Angola Primeiro DAgosto basketball club while Liga Desportiva of Mozambique will take on Ndella basketball club of Gabon also on Wednesday.
Ndeye Sene (167-G/F-88)



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Standings - Women

D1 Standings
 1. Irtysh 2-1 
 2. BK Almaty 2-1 
 3. Astana Tigers 2-1 
 4. Okzhetpes 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 23: Irtysh - Astana Tigers 77-71
Oct. 23: BK Almaty - Okzhetpes 73-40
Oct. 24: Astana Tigers - Irtysh
Oct. 24: Okzhetpes - BK Almaty



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  LATVIA   

Standings - LSBL

LSBL Standings
 1. Eclex Tallinn 3-0 
 2. TTT Riga 3-0 
 3. Cesis 2-0 
 4. Liepajas 2-1 
 5. TTT Juniores 2-1 
 6. RTU-Merks 2-2 
 7. Audentes SG/N. 1-1 
 8. LU 1-3 
 9. Rapla KK 1-3 
 10. Kolibri/U-16 0-1 
 11. Tartu U. 0-2 
 12. Tallina U. 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 23: Kolibri/U-16 - Liepajas 57-59
Oct. 23: RTU-Merks - LU 56-45
Oct. 25: Audentes SG/N. - Tartu U.


Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Renate REINE
  TTT Juniores
  (180-G-94)
  Avg: 23
 1. Reine, TTT Juniores23.0 
 2. Rozenberga, TTT R.21.0 
 3. Haas, Rapla KK19.5 
 4. Lazdeniece, RTU-M.19.5 
 5. Mesila-K., Eclex T.18.3 
 6. Miil, Tallina U.18.0 
 7. Bridina, TTT Riga17.0 
 8. Krastina, TTT Riga16.7 
 9. Kosk, Rapla KK15.8 
 10. Nikolai, Eclex T.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dita ROZENBERGA
  TTT R.
  (181-F-92)
  Avg: 13
 1. Rozenberga, TTT R.13.0 
 2. Audere, RTU-Merks10.8 
 3. Peterkin, Liepajas9.3 
 4. Egle, Liepajas9.3 
 5. Koster, Eclex Tall.8.7 
 6. Langina, TTT J.8.3 
 7. Perv, Tallina U.8.0 
 8. Neilande, LU7.8 
 9. Dzarcane, TTT J.7.7 
 10. Lazdeniece, RTU-.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  TTT Riga
  (174-G/F-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Krastina, TTT Riga5.0 
 2. Fomina, RTU-Merks4.5 
 3. Rozenberga, TTT R.4.0 
 4. Rosenfeldt, Eclex3.7 
 5. Audere, RTU-Merks3.5 
 6. Langenfelde, RTU-.3.5 
 7. Kosk, Rapla KK3.3 
 8. Bridina, TTT Riga3.0 
 9. Ptitsona, Eclex T.3.0 
 10. Cirsa, Liepajas3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ieva KRASTINA
  TTT Riga
  (174-G/F-90)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Krastina, TTT Riga4.3 
 2. Rozenberga, TTT R.4.0 
 3. Cirsa, Liepajas3.7 
 4. Koster, Eclex Tall.3.3 
 5. Lazdeniece, RTU-M.3.0 
 6. Nikolai, Eclex T.2.7 
 7. Langenfelde, RTU-.2.5 
 8. Viljus, Rapla KK2.5 
 9. Maaring, Eclex T.2.3 
 10. Kosk, Rapla KK2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Daina LAZDENIECE
  RTU-M.
  (187-C-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lazdeniece, RTU-M.3.0 
 2. Peterkin, Liepajas1.7 
 3. Mesila-K., Eclex T.1.3 
 4. Veidere, TTT Riga1.3 
 5. Cirsa, Liepajas1.3 
 6. Langina, TTT J.1.3 
 7. Dzarcane, TTT J.1.0 
 8. Zoltnere, RTU-M.0.8 
 9. Lagzdina, TTT Riga0.7 
 10. Birina, TTT J.0.7 



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  SCOTLAND   

Standings - Women

National League Standings
 1. Polonia Phoenix 4-0 
 2. Glasgow Rocks 2-1 
 3. Edinburgh KK 2-1 
 4. St.Mirren RKC 2-1 
 5. Clark Eriksson 2-3 
 6. Pentland Star 1-4 
 7. Tayside 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 8

Oct. 23: Edinburgh KK - Pentland Star 83-63
Oct. 26: St.Mirren RKC - Edinburgh KK



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Tanja Cirov out for a month - by Tamara Ruzic

Serbian international experienced guard Tanja Cirov (181-G/F-81) will be out for a month. Canik Belediye has announced that Cirov will have a surgery on metatarsal bone in her foot. She is expected to be back next month.
Cirov injured her foot during practice last week. In 3 Turkish Cup games Cirov was averaging 17.3 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. Before Turkey, Cirov spent last five seasons in Italy, where her last season she was the league's top leading scorer .



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  SWEDEN   


Solna Vikings defeated Telge - by Tamara Ruzic


Solna Vikings defeated Telge Basketball with 55-44 on Monday night. Vikings contributed to execute Telge defense strategy in a brilliant way. They managed to keep Telge on 3 points first period and led by 9 p. The rest of the match was a tough battle in which defense was the key to the game. The game was mostly controlled by Solna Vkings.
Katarina Andersson (191-C-83) nailed 21points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks, Eureka Brooks (170-G-86, college: Florida) came up with 17points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and Tamara Ruzic (180-G-79, college: Charleston So.) added 11 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.
Young talented
Regan Magarity (186-SF-96) scored 14 points and 7 rebounds while Angelique Robinson added 12 and 10 rebounds for Telge in the defeat.




Mark Basket beat Udominate 71-68 - by Tamara Ruzic

Although Udominate came back into the game twice, it became loss away against Mark. Mark started strong and led for the entire game except for a brief period in the third quarter when Udominate led by two points. During the second and third period Udominate had major problems stopping the ball and simultaneously pulled team on the many and unnecessary fouls. Moreover, when Mark's big starAshley Key (177-G-85, college: N.Carolina St.) made 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists then it becomes difficult to win in Kinna hall. Key was looking at Udominate foul to stop the clock to put six straight penalties and with 1.3 seconds left so Udominate could not equalize the match!
The 30-year old American center Amber Petillon (193-F/C-82, college: Richmond) had the game-high 23 points adding seven rebounds for Mark basket in her team's victory, helping them to beat Udominate . In the defeating team
Kristina Nybom (172-G-89) scored 20 points 4 rebounds and 4 assists and American guard Jeannie Saunders (173-G-86, college: Salem Intern.) netted 19 points and 5 rebounds.




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TED Ankara bring in Marcedes Walker - by Eurobasket News

TED Ankara bolstered their frontcourt. They brought in Marcedes Marie Walker (191-C-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Pittsburgh). The centre tipped off the season in Poland. She played for ROW Rybnik. Marcedes Marie Walker posted 14.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game in PLKK. However ROW Rybnik had to part ways with all of their import players and Marcedes Marie Walker opted to move to Turkey. Last season Marcedes Marie Walker started with Elitzur Netanya. Her stats read 13.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 1.0 assist per appearance. Later the centre moved to Elitzur Holon. Marcedes Marie Walker notched 10.8 points, 6.8 rebounds per game. The centre finished the season in Turkey. She played for Orduspor in TKB2L. Her stats read 21.6 points, 11.2 boards and 1.6 assists per game.


Canik Belediyesi lose Tanja Cirov for month - by Eurobasket News

Canik Belediyesi will have to do without Tanja Cirov (181-G/F-81) for at least one month. The Serbian forward has undergone surgery on her foot and is expected to be sidelined for about four weeks. Tanja Cirov joined Canik Belediyesi at the start of the season. Last season the forward played for Italian Acer Priolo. Her stats read 15.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.4 steals per game in A1. Tanja Cirov was named All-Italian A1 Bosman Player of the Year.


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D1 STANDING

LINABAFE Standings
Central
 1. Bucaneras 14-1 
 2. EPB 11-4 
 3. Estudiantes 2-12 
 4. Sel.Nac. U15 0-10 
West
 1. Yaracuyanas 12-0 
 2. Guerreras 8-3 
 3. Aguilas 7-4 
 4. Potras 2-8 
 5. Juveniles 1-11 

Regular Season: Round 9

Oct. 24: Bucaneras - EPB
Oct. 27: Lanceras - Yaracuyanas
Oct. 27: Potras - Juveniles
Oct. 27: Bucaneras - Sel.Nac. U15
Oct. 28: Lanceras - Yaracuyanas
Oct. 28: Potras - Juveniles
Oct. 28: Bucaneras - Sel.Nac. U15



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  WNBA   


WNBA Season Awards 2012 - by Greg

All-WNBA 1st Team 2012
#s#
Tamika Catchings
Catchings
Seimone Augustus
Augustus
Cappie Pondexter
Pondexter
Candace Parker
Parker
Tina Charles
Charles
#e#5

Finals MVP: Tamika Catchings (6'1''-SF-79) of Indiana F.
Most Valuable Player: Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88) of Connecticut S.
Most Improved Player: Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87) of L.Angeles S.
Sixth Man: Renee Montgomery (5'7''-PG-86) of Connecticut S.
Rookie of the Year: Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'3''-F/C-90) of L.Angeles S.
Defensive Player of the Year: Tamika Catchings (6'1''-SF-79) of Indiana F.
Kim Perrot Award: Kara Lawson (5'8''-PG-81) of Connecticut S.
Coach of the Year: Carol Ross of L.Angeles S.

All-WNBA 1st Team
SF: Seimone Augustus (6'0''-84) of Minnesota L.
G: Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-83) of New York L.
SF: Tamika Catchings (6'1''-79) of Indiana F.
C: Candace Parker (6'4''-86) of L.Angeles S.
C: Tina Charles (6'4''-88) of Connecticut S.

All-Defensive 1st Team
Briann January (5'8''-PG-87) of Indiana F.
Alana Beard (5'11''-G/F-82) of L.Angeles S.
Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85) of Chicago S.
Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83) of Atlanta D.
Tamika Catchings (6'1''-SF-79) of Indiana F.

All-Defensive 2nd Team
Danielle Marie Robinson (5'9''-G-89) of S.Antonio SS
Armintie Price (5'9''-G-85) of Atlanta D.
Candace Parker (6'4''-C-86) of L.Angeles S.
Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83) of S.Antonio SS
Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88) of Connecticut S.

All-Rookie Team
Riquna Williams (5'7''-PG-90) of Tulsa S.
Samantha Prahalis (5'7''-PG-90) of Phoenix M.
Tiffany Hayes (5'10''-G-89) of Atlanta D.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike (6'3''-F/C-90) of L.Angeles S.
Glory Johnson (6'3''-F-90) of Tulsa S.