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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings

Adriatic League Standings
 1. Union Olimpija 2-0 
 2. Cedevita 1-0 
 3. Igokea 1-0 
 4. Krka 1-0 
 5. MZT Skopje 1-0 
 6. Partizan 1-0 
 7. KK Split 1-1 
 8. Zadar 1-1 
 9. Buducnost 0-1 
 10. Cibona 0-1 
 11. Radnicki KG 0-1 
 12. Siroki WWin 0-1 
 13. Szolnok 0-1 
 14. Crvena Zvezda 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 29: KK Split - Crvena Zvezda 87-81
Sep. 28: Partizan - Zadar 81-74
Sep. 29: Buducnost - Cedevita 74-78
Sep. 29: Cibona - MZT Skopje 72-77
Sep. 30: Krka - Szolnok 71-56
Sep. 29: Radnicki KG - Union Olimpija 65-71
Sep. 28: Siroki WWin - Igokea 63-69

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 2: Zadar - Crvena Zvezda
Oct. 2: Union Olimpija - KK Split
Oct. 3: Cedevita - Radnicki KG
Oct. 3: Igokea - Buducnost
Oct. 3: MZT Skopje - Siroki WWin
Oct. 3: Szolnok - Cibona
Oct. 3: Partizan - Krka


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jaka BLAZIC
  Union O.
  (196-G-90)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Blazic, Union O.20.5 
 2. Mimica, KK Split19.0 
 3. Travis, Zadar18.5 
 4. Rakocevic, Crvena16.5 
 5. Vujcic, KK Split15.0 
 6. Vrbanc, Zadar14.0 
 7. Sobin, KK Split14.0 
 8. Savovic, Crvena Z.11.5 
 9. Rannikko, Union O.10.5 
 10. Prepelic, Union O.10.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Josip SOBIN
  KK Split
  (203-G/F-89)
  Avg: 8
 1. Sobin, KK Split8.0 
 2. Page, Union Olimpi.7.5 
 3. Travis, Zadar7.0 
 4. Vujcic, KK Split4.5 
 5. Salin, Union Olimp.4.0 
 6. Vukusic, KK Split4.0 
 7. Savovic, Crvena Z.3.5 
 8. Almond, Crvena Z.3.5 
 9. Simonovic, Crvena3.0 
 10. Subotic, KK Split3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Srdan SUBOTIC
  KK Split
  (190-G-80)
  Avg: 5
 1. Subotic, KK Split5.0 
 2. Vujcic, KK Split3.5 
 3. Sobin, KK Split3.5 
 4. Rannikko, Union O.3.5 
 5. Mimica, KK Split3.0 
 6. Prostran, Zadar3.0 
 7. Blazic, Union O.2.5 
 8. Page, Union Olimpi.2.0 
 9. Waters, Union O.2.0 
 10. Ramljak, Zadar2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Romeo TRAVIS
  Zadar
  (201-PF-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Travis, Zadar2.0 
 2. Mimica, KK Split2.0 
 3. Salin, Union Olimp.2.0 
 4. Prepelic, Union O.2.0 
 5. Kruslin, KK Split1.5 
 6. Prostran, Zadar1.5 
 7. Rannikko, Union O.1.5 
 8. Markulin, KK Split1.0 
 9. Savovic, Crvena Z.1.0 
 10. Blazic, Union O.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marko RAMLJAK
  Zadar
  (201-PF-93)
  Avg: 1
 1. Ramljak, Zadar1.0 
 2. Vujcic, KK Split1.0 
 3. Page, Union Olimpi.0.5 
 4. Salin, Union Olimp.0.5 
 5. Savovic, Crvena Z.0.5 
 6. Krasic, Zadar0.5 
 7. Sobin, KK Split0.5 
 8. Baynes, Union O.0.5 
 9. Muric, Union Olimp.0.5 
 10. Bubnic, Union O.0.5 



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  AUSTRALIA   


Crocs sign Abney - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Townsville Crocodiles have today signed fan favourite Larry Abney (203-F-77, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Fresno St.) to complete their roster for the 2012/13 season.

Abney comes into the Crocs line up on the back of a stellar season in the NZNBL averaging 19.6ppg and 10.3rpg.

Crocs CEO Ian Smythe believes Abney is the man to get the job done for the Crocs.

'Abney has been putting up some impressive numbers in the NZNBL and we know what he is capable of. It's a great fit for the club,' said Smythe.

Coach Paul Woolpert is also excited about the signing and says he is confident that the Crocs have got the formula for success right this time.

'I've watched Larry play a couple games and he's still very explosive, in great shape and still putting up great numbers in the NZBL,' Woolpert said.

'He's another proven commodity in this league; we're looking forward to what he can bring to the table.'

It's no coincidence that the Crocs have gone with another proven player at NBL level.

'It's very important to have players who have played in this league and at a high level,' Woolpert said

'To know he's been here, been successful and to know that he's helped teams win is invaluable.'

Abney is the second new import to join the Crocs line up this week with the signing of the NBL 2011 MVP, Gary Ervin yesterday.

The two imports are expected to be in Australia later this week. The Crocs play their first game of the iinet NBL 2012/13 championship this Saturday October 6 against the Taipans in Cairns.



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  AUSTRIA   


Apollon enter EuroChallenge Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Apollon - Xion Dukes 96:90

Apollon enter EuroChallenge Regular Season after another victory over Xion Dukes. The team from Cyprus overcame the Austrian side 96:90 and won by 14 points in total.
Apollon started the second game with 8-point advantage after the Austrian trip. They erupted with 30-21 in the first period and led 15 points in total. Xion Dukes did not give up and produced 29-19 in the second frame. Apollon however needed two narrow victories in the second half to seal the total success. They won the third period 28-24 and finished the game with 18-17.
MaJic Dorsey (185-PG-81, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Indiana) paced all the winners with 24 points and Brandon Brown (201-F-85, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: CS San Bernar.) posted 23. Marvin Jefferson (206-C-86, college: Idaho) collected 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Kai Williams (190-F-88, college: S.Dakota St.) added 12. Christoph Nagler (196-G/F-84) nailed 17 points in defeat and Jason Chappell (208-F/C-83, college: Wisconsin) scored 16. Curtis Bobb (198-G/F-78, college: Utah St.) delivered 13, while Ramiz Suljanovic (205-F/C-79) and Damir Zeleznik (185-G-80) notched 12 apiece.

Apollon: MaJic Dorsey 24, Brandon Brown 23, Marvin Jefferson 19+13 rebs, Kai Williams 12
Xion Dukes: Christoph Nagler 17, Jason Chappell 16, Curtis Bobb 13, Ramiz Suljanovic 12, Damir Zeleznik 12



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Standings - Men

Baltic League Standings
Group A
 1. Barsy Atyrau 0-0 
 2. Naglis Palangos 0-0 
 3. Rapla 0-0 
 4. Siauliai 0-0 
 5. TTU 0-0 
 6. Ventspils 0-0 
Group B
 1. Jelgava 0-0 
 2. Juventus 0-0 
 3. Liepaja 0-0 
 4. Lietkabelis 0-0 
 5. Tartu Ulikool 0-0 
 6. Valga 0-0 
Group C
 1. Rudupis 1-0 
 2. Barons kvartals 0-0 
 3. Sakalai 0-0 
 4. Tarvas 0-0 
 5. Tln Kalev 0-0 
 6. Kedainiai 0-1 
Group D
 1. Baltai Kaunas 0-0 
 2. Kalev/Cramo 0-0 
 3. Parnu 0-0 
 4. Pieno Zvaigzdes 0-0 
 5. Valmiera 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 2: Rudupis - Kedainiai 89-67
Oct. 2: Tln Kalev - Barons kvartals
Oct. 4: Jelgava - Tartu Ulikool
Oct. 4: Liepaja - Valga


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Arturas MILAKNIS
  Rudupis
  (195-G-86)
  Avg: 23
 1. Milaknis, Rudupis23.0 
 2. Bishop, Nevezis21.0 
 3. Orelikas, Rudupis14.0 
 4. Janavicius, Rudupis12.0 
 5. Valeika, Rudupis11.0 
 6. Labuckas, Rudupis11.0 
 7. Kulevicius, Nevezis10.0 
 8. Girdziunas, Nevezis10.0 
 9. Kadziulis, Rudupis8.0 
 10. Jakstas, Nevezis8.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arturas VALEIKA
  Rudupis
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 9
 1. Valeika, Rudupis9.0 
 2. Bishop, Nevezis8.0 
 3. Vene, Rudupis7.0 
 4. Bergstedt, Nevezis6.0 
 5. Janavicius, Rudupis6.0 
 6. Orelikas, Rudupis4.0 
 7. Labuckas, Rudupis3.0 
 8. Kulevicius, Nevezis3.0 
 9. Jasikevicius, Neve.3.0 
 10. Girdziunas, Nevez.2.0 
Assists Per Game
 Zygimantas JANAVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 6
 1. Janavicius, Rudupis6.0 
 2. Kadziulis, Rudupis6.0 
 3. Valeika, Rudupis3.0 
 4. Labuckas, Rudupis2.0 
 5. Ivanauskas, Rudup.2.0 
 6. Milaknis, Rudupis2.0 
 7. Jasikevicius, Neve.1.0 
 8. Zyle, Nevezis1.0 
 9. Semaska, Nevezis1.0 
 10. Bergstedt, Nevez.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Arnas LABUCKAS
  Rudupis
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Labuckas, Rudupis4.0 
 2. Kulevicius, Nevezis3.0 
 3. Janavicius, Rudupis3.0 
 4. Jasikevicius, Neve.2.0 
 5. Kadziulis, Rudupis1.0 
 6. Silinskis, Nevezis1.0 
 7. Ivanauskas, Rudup.1.0 
 8. Orelikas, Rudupis1.0 
 9. Milaknis, Rudupis1.0 
 10. Aldakauskas, Rud.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Darius SILINSKIS
  Nevezis
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Silinskis, Nevezis2.0 
 2. Zyle, Nevezis1.0 
 3. Janavicius, Rudupis0.0 
 4. Ivanauskas, Rudup.0.0 
 5. Semaska, Nevezis0.0 
 6. Girdziunas, Nevezis0.0 
 7. Milaknis, Rudupis0.0 
 8. Butkus, Nevezis0.0 
 9. Kulevicius, Nevezis0.0 
 10. Bishop, Nevezis0.0 



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  BRAZIL   

Standings - NLB

Carioca Standings
 1. Flamengo 2-0 
 2. Tijuca TC 1-0 
 3. Riachuelo TC 0-1 
 4. Botafogo 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 1: Flamengo - Botafogo 90-49
Sep. 28: Tijuca TC - Botafogo 86-64
Sep. 28: Riachuelo TC - Flamengo 39-134
Oct. 1: Tijuca TC - Riachuelo TC
Oct. 5: Botafogo - Riachuelo TC
Oct. 5: Flamengo - Tijuca TC


Head Coach Marco Aga is back on the market - by Paulo Freire

The basketball coach Marco Aga is back in the market after a few years seating out.
Aga agreed with the Internacional/Pref. de Santos team after their bad begging of Paulista State Championship.
The coach had worked for many years on Casa Branca team and also Assis team.
He has been knowing as an motivation coach with a lot of energy on the bench.
At Internacional/Pref. de Santos he will run a hard project that have the ambition to make at the NBB sometime soon.



Botafogo sign Assis, Banana, Vinho and Fernandao - by Paulo Freire

The Botafogo F.R. Rio de Janeiro basketball team has add to their roster four new players for the Carioca State Championship.
The team coach by Marcus Hygino brought in the point guard Victor de Almeida more knowing as Vitinho who played in Fluminense and Teresopolis Comary, the guard Eduardo Januario (198-F-82), more knowing as Eduardo Banana who played for Cabo Frio and Iguacu, the small forward Assis Cardoso (PF) who comes in from Tijuca and Fluminense and the forward Fernando Wayand a veteran player that already played for many teams in Rio de Janeiro.



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  CHILE   


Liga Nacional: Import players for the new season - by Daniel Valencia

The new season of Liga Nacional began on saturday night and here we have a list of the import players for each team.

Club Deportivo Valdivia

Terrance Farley (208-C-85, college: Louisville)
Willie Richardson (188-G)

Asociacion Basquetbol Ancud

Cammeron Woodyard (195-G-90, agency: SDJ Sports)
Jermaine Griffin (206-C-86, college: Texas Arlington)

Deportes Castro

Zaronn Cann (198-F, college: Eckerd)
CamRon Clay (203-PF-82)

Club Deportes Las Animas

Tim Zephyr (203-F-87, college: Norfolk St.)
Carlos Medlock (183-G-87, college: E.Michigan)

Club Osorno Basquetbol

Kennel Sanchez (195-G/F-83, college: Drexel)
Calvin Clemmons (203-F/C-81, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Charlotte)

Club Providencia

Alejo Sanchez (193-G-90)
Brandon Crawford (201-F-84, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Albion)

Los Leones de Quilpue

Francisco Rasio (182-G-81, college: Miami Dade CC)
Omar Canton (210-C-82)

CD Sagrados Corazones

Bryan McCullough (198-F/G-83, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: NC-Asheville)
Dale Carn (210-C/F, college: Eckerd)

CD Boston College Santiago

Ismael Torres (202-C-79)


Sergio Alvarado (198-F-81)

Deportivo Espanol de Talca

Paul Davis (205-F-88, college: Winston Salem)
Dallas Green (203-F-88, college: Robert Morris)



Liga Nacional, round 1 & 2 results - by Cristian Quiroga

Last weekend Liga Nacional has started. 16 teams divided in two groups, North and South. Played two rounds leaders of both groups are: Sagrados Corazones, Leones de Quilpue and Boston College in North; meanwhile Castro is the exclusive leader in South group, with two victories playing away home.

Round 1 & 2 complete results are:
Saturday, September 29th
North

Colegio Los Leones de Quilpue 85 Club Providencia 77
Sagrados Corazones 88 Municipal de Puente Alto 84
Stadio Italiano 69 Boston College 89
South
Osorno Basquetbol 78 ABA Ancud 64
CD Las Animas 70 Deportes Castro 82

Sunday, September 30th
North

Colegio Los Leones de Quilpue 78 Municipal Puente Alto 75
Boston College 93 Club Providencia 77
Sagrados Corazones 71 Stadio Italiano 61
South
Espanol de Talca 88 CD Valdivia 54
Osorno Basquetbol 65 Deportes Castro 68
Las Animas 88 ABA Ancud 96



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  CYPRUS   


Apollon enter EuroChallenge Regular Season - by Eurobasket News

Apollon - Xion Dukes 96:90

Apollon enter EuroChallenge Regular Season after another victory over Xion Dukes. The team from Cyprus overcame the Austrian side 96:90 and won by 14 points in total.
Apollon started the second game with 8-point advantage after the Austrian trip. They erupted with 30-21 in the first period and led 15 points in total. Xion Dukes did not give up and produced 29-19 in the second frame. Apollon however needed two narrow victories in the second half to seal the total success. They won the third period 28-24 and finished the game with 18-17.
MaJic Dorsey (185-PG-81, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Indiana) paced all the winners with 24 points and Brandon Brown (201-F-85, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: CS San Bernar.) posted 23. Marvin Jefferson (206-C-86, college: Idaho) collected 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Kai Williams (190-F-88, college: S.Dakota St.) added 12. Christoph Nagler (196-G/F-84) nailed 17 points in defeat and Jason Chappell (208-F/C-83, college: Wisconsin) scored 16. Curtis Bobb (198-G/F-78, college: Utah St.) delivered 13, while Ramiz Suljanovic (205-F/C-79) and Damir Zeleznik (185-G-80) notched 12 apiece.

Apollon: MaJic Dorsey 24, Brandon Brown 23, Marvin Jefferson 19+13 rebs, Kai Williams 12
Xion Dukes: Christoph Nagler 17, Jason Chappell 16, Curtis Bobb 13, Ramiz Suljanovic 12, Damir Zeleznik 12



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Jindrichuv Hradec and BC Kolin won the latest games - by Eurobasket News

Jindrichuv Hradec and BC Kolin won the latest games in the country. Both sides celebrated the preseason clashes.
BK Lions Jindrichuv Hradec overcame WBC Raiffeisen Wels 94:80. The team from Czech Republic won the first half 44:31 and managed to increase to 14 points at the end. Roman Zachrla (200-F-87) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Radim Kramny (215-C-85) netted 13. Tomanec and Melski posted 10 apiece, while Dygryn nailed 9. Tiedeman replied with 29 points and Farokhmanesh had 25.
BC Kolin meanwhile edged BK Prostejov 95:82. Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Missouri Western) stepped up with 26 points and David Machac (205-F-80) nailed 23. Benacek delivered 14, while Dejan Radulovic (185-PG-85) scored 12. Kriz netted 11, Michal Hubalek (195-G-87) scored 5 and Field posted 4.



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  ESTONIA   


Kalev/Cramo to test Keith McLeod - by Eurobasket News

Kalev/Cramo are looking for the ways to bolster their backcourt. They invited Keith McLeod (190-PG-79, college: Bowling Green) for a try-out period. The point guard started the previous season in D-League. He played for the Canton Charge. His stats read 14.2 points, 4.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. Later Keith McLeod was traded to the Erie Bay Hawks. His stats read 13.7 points, 5.3 assists, 2.0 rebounds per game there. He participated at D-League All-Star Game. Previously Keith McLeod had stints in Greece, Italy, D-League, NBA and USBL. He was Italian SeriaA champion back in 2008.


Tofas qualify to EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News

Tofas SC- Rakvere Tarvas 79:76

Tofas qualify to EuroChallenge Regular Season. The Turkish side won the second game 79:76 and advanced to the tournament.
Rakvere Tarvas traveled to Turkey with 30-point disadvantage after the first game. That time they lost to Tofas SC 106:76 in Estonia. Rakvere Tarvas won the first period 25-18, while the score was tied at the halftime. The Estonian side won again the third period 24-22 and led 2 points after three quarters. They did not mind 17-22 in the last quarter from the Turkish side as the board showed 79:76 at the end.
Austin Nichols (200-SF-82, college: Humboldt St.) top-scored for the Turkish side with 14 points and Steven Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) nailed 13. Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) delivered 12, while Joshua Heytvelt (210-F/C-86, college: Gonzaga) collected 11 points and 13 rebounds. Juris Umbrasko (197-G/F-79) finished the game with 17 points in defeat, while Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) and Maris Laksa (205-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Providence) had 13 each. Kaido Saks (205-F-86) followed them with 10 points in a loss.

Tofas SC: Austin Nichols 14, Steven Burtt 13, Kenan Sipahi 12, Joshua Heytvelt 11+13 rebs
Rakvere Tarvas: Juris Umbrasko 17, Reimo Tamm 13, Maris Laksa 13, Kaido Saks 10



BC Kalev/Cramo to test Keith McLeod - by Janar

BC Kalev/Cramo is testing former NBA and Siena Montepaschi player Keith McLeod (190-PG-79, college: Bowling Green). Estonian reigning champion decided to part ways with Derek Glasser and for his replacement has sent out an invitation to Keith McLeod.
McLeod is an ex-NBA player, having played in Minnesota Timberwolves (2003/04), Utah Jazz (2004/06), Golden State Warriors (2006/07) and Indiana Pacersis (2007). During his career in the NBA he played 200 games and averaged 5.5 points and 2.7 assists.
He has also worn Lottomatica Roma (2004) and Montepaschi Siena (2008) uniforms, with Siena he played 4 Euroleague games.
His last club was Erie BayHawks (NBA D-league).




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  EUROCHALLENGE   

Standings

EuroChallenge Standings
Group A
 1. Etha 0-0 
 2. Karsiyaka 0-0 
 3. Krka 0-0 
Group B
 1. Keravnos 0-0 
 2. Krasnie Krilya 0-0 
 3. Ploiesti 0-0 
Group C
 1. Norrkoping 0-0 
 2. Pyrinto 0-0 
 3. Sodertalje 0-0 
 4. Ventspils 0-0 
Group D
 1. Dijon 0-0 
 2. Khimik 0-0 
 3. Tartu Ulikool 0-0 
Group E
 1. Aalstar 0-0 
 2. M.Hainaut 0-0 
 3. Paris-Levallois 0-0 
 4. Pitesti 0-0 
Group F
 1. EWE Baskets 0-0 
 2. Kormend 0-0 
 3. Szolnok 0-0 
 4. Timisoara 0-0 
Group G
 1. Gravelines 0-0 
 2. Minsk-2006 0-0 
 3. Nancy 0-0 
Group H
 1. Antwerp 0-0 
 2. Armia 0-0 
 3. Hapoel Holon 0-0 
 4. Telekom Baskets 0-0 
Qualifying Round
 1. Apollon 2-0 
 2. Kataja 2-0 
 3. Tofas 2-0 
 4. Gaz Metan 1-1 
 5. Ural Ekaterinb. 1-1 
 6. Aliaga 0-2 
 7. Klosterneub. 0-2 
 8. Tarvas 0-2 

Qualifying Round: Round 2

Oct. 2: Apollon - Klosterneub. 96-90
Oct. 2: Ural Ekaterinb. - Gaz Metan 92-97
Oct. 2: Tofas - Tarvas 79-76
Oct. 2: Aliaga - Kataja 64-77


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Apollon
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Brown, Apollon23.5 
 2. Monroe, Ural E.22.0 
 3. Haciyeva, Aliaga21.0 
 4. Heytvelt, Tofas19.5 
 5. Mitchell, Gaz Metan18.0 
 6. Dorsey, Apollon18.0 
 7. Glazunov, Ural E.17.5 
 8. Suljanovic, Kloste.17.0 
 9. Burtt, Tofas16.5 
 10. McGhee, Ural E.15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Apollon
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Brown, Apollon13.5 
 2. Haciyeva, Aliaga12.0 
 3. Mitchell, Gaz Metan10.0 
 4. Heytvelt, Tofas10.0 
 5. Chappell, Klostern.7.5 
 6. Jefferson, Apollon7.5 
 7. St.John, Gaz Metan7.0 
 8. McGhee, Ural E.7.0 
 9. Francis, Aliaga7.0 
 10. Suljanovic, Klost.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 MaJic DORSEY
  Apollon
  (185-PG-81)
  Avg: 8
 1. Dorsey, Apollon8.0 
 2. Ratkovica, Aliaga6.0 
 3. Tamm, Tarvas5.5 
 4. Monroe, Ural E.5.5 
 5. Payton, Klostern.4.5 
 6. Smith, Kataja4.5 
 7. Nagler, Klostern.4.0 
 8. Virtanen, Kataja4.0 
 9. Sipahi, Tofas3.5 
 10. Glazunov, Ural E.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Branislav RATKOVICA
  Aliaga
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Ratkovica, Aliaga2.5 
 2. Umbrasko, Tarvas2.5 
 3. Haciyeva, Aliaga2.5 
 4. Fields, Kataja2.5 
 5. Mitchell, Gaz Metan2.5 
 6. Lanegger, Klostern.2.0 
 7. Pantouris, Apollon2.0 
 8. Saks, Tarvas2.0 
 9. Glazunov, Ural E.1.5 
 10. Sipahi, Tofas1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Brandon BROWN
  Apollon
  (201-F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Brown, Apollon2.0 
 2. Jefferson, Apollon1.5 
 3. Heytvelt, Tofas1.5 
 4. Elonu, Tofas1.5 
 5. Suljanovic, Kloste.1.0 
 6. Mitchell, Gaz Metan1.0 
 7. Saks, Tarvas1.0 
 8. Haciyeva, Aliaga1.0 
 9. Baranov, Ural E.1.0 
 10. Lanegger, Kloster.1.0 


Apollon, Tofas, Kataja and Gaz Metan reach regular season - by Eurobasket News

Apollon - Klosterneub. 96-90
Apollon enter EuroChallenge Regular Season after another victory over Xion Dukes. The team from Cyprus overcame the Austrian side 96:90 and won by 14 points in total. Apollon started the second game with 8-point advantage after the Austrian trip. They erupted with 30-21 in the first period and led 15 points in total. Xion Dukes did not give up and produced 29-19 in the second frame. Apollon however needed two narrow victories in the second half to seal the total success. They won the third period 28-24 and finished the game with 18-17. MaJic Dorsey (185-PG-81, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Indiana) paced all the winners with 24 points and Brandon Brown (201-F-85, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: CS San Bernar.) posted 23. Marvin Jefferson collected 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Kai Williams added 12. Christoph Nagler (196-G/F-84) nailed 17 points in defeat and Jason Chappell scored 16. Curtis Bobb delivered 13, while Ramiz Suljanovic and Damir Zeleznik notched 12 apiece.

Tofas - Tarvas 79-76
Tofas qualify to EuroChallenge Regular Season. The Turkish side won the second game 79:76 and advanced to the tournament. Rakvere Tarvas traveled to Turkey with 30-point disadvantage after the first game. That time they lost to Tofas SC 106:76 in Estonia. Rakvere Tarvas won the first period 25-18, while the score was tied at the halftime. The Estonian side won again the third period 24-22 and led 2 points after three quarters. They did not mind 17-22 in the last quarter from the Turkish side as the board showed 79:76 at the end. Austin Nichols (200-SF-82, college: Humboldt St.) top-scored for the Turkish side with 14 points and Steven Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) nailed 13. Kenan Sipahi delivered 12, while Joshua Heytvelt collected 11 points and 13 rebounds. Juris Umbrasko (197-G/F-79) finished the game with 17 points in defeat, while Reimo Tamm and Maris Laksa had 13 each. Kaido Saks followed them with 10 points in a loss.

Aliaga - Kataja 64-77
Kataja advanced into EuroChallenge regular season. They handed Aliaga Petkim the second loss in a row and ensured a 25-point victory on aggregate in the series. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) stepped up with 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead Kataja to the victory in Turkey. Aliaga Petkim led by a single point 22:21 after ten minutes. But Kataja limited their opponents to 12 points in the second frame and ensured a 38:34 halftime advantage. Kataja took over completely in the third term. They went on a 23:14 rally to post a 13-point lead heading into the final frame. Aliaga ran out of steam in the fourth period and could not challenge the deficit in the final minutes. Antti Kanervo (194-SG-89) posted 14 points, while Jerald Fields and Petri Virtanen provided 12 points each in the win. Orhan Haciyeva (200-PF-89) answered with 16 points and 12 boards for Aliaga. Taquan Dean had 15 points in the loss.

Ural Ekaterinb. - Gaz Metan 92-97
Gaz Metan Medias claimed the spot in EuroChallenge regular season. They overcame Ural Ekaterinburg on the road to deny a 2-point deficit after the home opening leg of the series. Paul Graham (192-G-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: Florida Atlantic) scored 26 points including two late free throws that sealed the deal. Gaz Metan secured a strong start to the game. They grabbed a 20:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Ural Ekaterinburg adjusted their offence in the second quarter. They knocked down 23 points to cut the deficit to 4 points at the interval. But the Romanian team regained the control in the third stanza. They erupted for 26 points to establish a 10-point lead with one period to go. Ural went on a desperate comeback rally in the fourth frame. They got within three points after a three-pointer from Anton Glazunov (182-G-86) with 9 seconds remaining. But Paul Graham sank two free throws and sealed the victory for the visitors. Slobodan Dundjerski (188-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) provided 19 points, while Ivan Ivanovic added 18 points in the victory. Anton Glazunov answered with 26 points for Ural. Dmitri Nikolaev netted 22 points and grabbed 8 boards in the loss.



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Kalnietis to Kuban? - by Uygar Karaca

According to sports.ru blogger Artem Panchenko (@ArtemPanchenko), Zalgris Kaunas PG Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) will join Lokomotiv Kuban. Kuban reached Final Four VTB League last season. However, they lost important guards as Kelvin Rivers and Vlado Ilievski and need more recruitment. Kalnietis is a long time player of Zalgris and Lithuanian National Team member that has won the bronze medal in World Championships in Turkey.


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Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 1

A

Oct. 11: Fener.Ulker - Khimky
Oct. 12: Pall. Cantu - Union Olimpija
Oct. 12: Real Madrid - Panathinaikos

B

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

C

Oct. 11: Zalgiris - Cedevita
Oct. 12: Olympiacos - Caja Laboral
Oct. 12: EA7 Armani - Anadolu Efes

D

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



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Kataja beat Aliaga on the road, seal EuroChallenge regular season appearance - by Eurobasket News

Aliaga Petkim - Kataja 64:77

Kataja advanced into EuroChallenge regular season. They handed Aliaga Petkim the second loss in a row and ensured a 25-point victory on aggregate in the series. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) stepped up with 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead Kataja to the victory in Turkey.
Aliaga Petkim led by a single point 22:21 after ten minutes. But Kataja limited their opponents to 12 points in the second frame and ensured a 38:34 halftime advantage. Kataja took over completely in the third term. They went on a 23:14 rally to post a 13-point lead heading into the final frame. Aliaga ran out of steam in the fourth period and could not challenge the deficit in the final minutes. Antti Kanervo (194-SG-89) posted 14 points, while Jerald Fields (201-F/C-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) and Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) provided 12 points each in the win. Orhan Haciyeva (200-PF-89) answered with 16 points and 12 boards for Aliaga. Taquan Dean (193-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) had 15 points in the loss.

Aliaga Petkim: Orhan Haciyeva 16+12 boards, Taquan Dean 15
Kataja: Jonte Flowers 21, Antti Kanervo 14, Jerald Fields 12, Petri Virtanen 12



Honka Espoo lands Ronald Clark - by Eurobasket News

Honka Espoo Playboys (1st Division) tabbed 31-year old American swingman Ronald Clark (196-102kg-81, college: Colorado State). Clark played most recently at ToPo in Korisliiga. However his team was relegated to 1st Division. In 9 Korisliiga games last season he averaged 4.8ppg and 4.1rpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Clarks team won Latvian League Regular Season in 2009.
He received also Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League Import Player of the Year back award the same year.
Clark is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Luxembourg (Basket Esch), Poland (Energa Czarni), Spain (Palencia Baloncesto), Switzerland (SAM Massagno), Ukraine (BC Odessa) and Latvia (Valmiera).
Clark attended Colorado State until 2004 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



KORISLIIGA without a Team from Helsinki area! - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Top League season # 73, starting tomorrow on October 3 in Finland, will be the first one ever without a team from Helsinki area! 50 years ago 1962-63 there were 12 teams on top level and six of them (50%) from Helsinki City: HKT, Pantterit, TMP, ToPo, YMCA Helsinki and YMCA Sornainen. 30 years later (1992-93) four out of 10 Top League teams were from Helsinki area: Pantterit, ToPo, YMCA Helsinki and Honka (Espoo). Ten years ago (2002-03) no Helsinki teams anymore, however Honka from Espoo and Pussihukat from Vantaa among the 14 Top League teams. Karkkila and Porvoo outside Helsinki taking their place on top level. Last season Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) still winning bronze as the only Helsinki area team in Top League and now even that 80-year-old basketball club out of Korisliiga because of financial problems. Very sad.
12 teams anyway starting their season Finnish Championship as a goal. Last season finalists Bisons (Loimaa) and Kataja (Joensuu) as the biggest favourites. Bisons Head Coach, American Greg Gibson, 43, starting his 10th season as Coach in Finland. Seven years at Kauhajoki and now the third season at Loimaa. Last season he led his team into Finnish Championship, when the Bisons were playing the first time ever on top level! So, interesting times in Finnish basketball.



1.DIVISION: ToPo and Devin Ginty inked - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Division 1 tip-off for 2012-13 will be two days later than in the Top League (Korisliiga). First Korisliiga on October 3 and then Division 1 on October 5. Some 1 Division teams have signed still American players or are testing them on their rosters. Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) has inked with G Devin Ginty (188-G-89, agency: SDJ Sports, college: San Diego). Ginty is first time in Finland. Ronald Clark (196-F/G-81, college: Colorado St.) instead knows well already this country. Last season on ToPo roster and now on Honka (Tapiola) team. Honka will have also Eric Brennan (201-F-89, college: Kutztown) from Kutztown (NCAA2) University on the roster. Brennan's teammate Devon McBride (194-G/F-87, college: Kutztown) is also in Finland. Tarmo (Porvoo) is testing McBride as team's third American player.


EUROCHALLENGE: Kataja continues - by Rauno Hurmalainen

EuroChallenge, Qualifying Round, Izmir, Turkey: Aliaga Petkim meeting Kataja (Joensuu) from Finland the second time tonight. Kataja won at home a week ago 82-70 and this time the difference was 13 points for Kataja: 64-77 (34-38). Quarters: 22-21, 12-17, 14-23 and 16-16. This means Kataja continues in EuroChallenge with digits 134-159.
Kataja is first time ever in this kind of "show" and the start is very promising. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) led Kataja with 21 points. Antti Kanervo (194-SG-89) added 14 pts. Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) and Jerald Fields (201-F/C-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) (12 pts) were also in double digits. Orhan Haciyeva (200-PF-89) led the hosts with a double-double 16pts/12rbs. Taquan Dean (193-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) added 15 pts and Branislav Ratkovica (192-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) 11 pts.

EuroChallenge, Group B: Samara (Russia), Keravnos (Cyprus), Asesoft Ploiest (Romania) and Kataja, Joensuu (Finland).



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Chalon and Vincent Grier part ways - by Eurobasket News

Chalon decided not to keep Vincent Grier (195-G/F-83, college: Minnesota). The swingman joined Chalon several weeks ago but opted not to sign him for season. Grier has played for the last two seasons at Mersin in Turkish TBL league. In 14 TBL games last year he recorded 13.4ppg, 6.8rpg, 2.8apg and 2.1spg.
He was a member of USA University National Team back in 2005. Grier represented USA at the Dell College Slam Dunk Championships six years ago.
He is quite experienced player. Grier played also professionally in NBA (Miami Heat and Washington Wizards), D-League (Sioux Falls Skyforce) and France (Cholet and Gravelines-Dunkerque).
He graduated from University of Minnesota in 2006 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.



ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket may sign Thomas Larrouquis - by Eurobasket News

ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA) is close to sign 27-year old domestic swingman Thomas Larrouquis (197-85). Larrouquis played last season at Chorale de Roanne Basket (ProA). In 7 EuroChallenge games last year he had 3.3ppg and 1.9rpg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Larrouquis also played 17 games in ProA where he recorded 4.4ppg and 1.9rpg.
His team made it to the French Final Four in 2011.
Larrouquis was a member of French U20 National Team back in 2005. He represented France at the European Championships U20 in Moscow seven years ago. His stats at that event were 8 games: 13.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 0.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 46.4%, 3FGP: 47.4%, FT: 68.6%.
Larrouquis has played previously for five other French teams: Limoges CSP Elite, Cholet, JA Vichy, Denek and Cholet.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Adrian Flynn appointed Gotha assistant coach - by Moritz Korff

Adrian Flynn has been appointed the new assistant coach of Pro A team Gotha Rockets. The 36-year-old Scotsman worked in the youth program of Boroughmuir Blaze, a basketball club in Edinburgh, most recently and also served as an assistant of the Scottish U23 team.
The Gotha Rockets were looking for a new assistant to head coach Marko Simic, because Stacey Nolan had left in pre-season. Flynn will make his debut in Gotha's home game against the Ehingen Steeples on Saturday.



Gytis Maciulevicius shines in Herford debut - by Moritz Korff

1. Regionalliga West team BBG Herford reacted to a slow start into the 2012-13 season and two opening losses. The Herford team signed a third Lithuanian player in Gytis Maciulevicius (194-F/G-87) and the 25-year-old Klaipeda native came out strong in his debut this past weekend. He scored a team-high 27 points (including 4 out of 6 from beyond the arc) and grabbed ten rebounds, leading Herford to a 92-74 road win against ETB SW Essen. The former Lituanian junior international, who participated in the 2007 U20 European Championships, played for RKL side Zanavykas Sakiu in the 2011-12 season.


Jacob Burtschi (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven) I Am The Glue Guy That Does A Bit Of Everything - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Jacob Burtschi (198-F-84, college: Air Force) is a 28 year old 198cm forward from Chickasha, Oklahoma who is playing his first season with the Bremerhaven Eisbaeren. He played as a rookie for Phoenix Hagen in 2010-2011 averaging 14.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.5apg, Steals-3 (1.5spg), FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 44.2%, FT: 82.2%. He played at the Air Force from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 49.7%, 3Pts: 39.0%, FT: 77.3%. He had offers to play in the NBA, but served in the Air Force the last three years and could only play club ball. Some achievements that he got in the NCAA were All-MWC Honorable Mention -05, MWC Regular Season Runner-Up -06, All-MWC 2nd Team -06, 07, NABC All-NCAA District 13 2nd Team -07, and NIT Final Four -07. Last season he played for CAI Zaragoza (Spain-ACB, starting five): 9 games: 2.6ppg, 2.4rpg; left in Nov.'11, in Dec.'11 moved to Fraport Skyliners Frankfurt (Germany-BBL): German League: 22 games: 8.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 87.5%; EuroCup: 2 games: 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.0apg, 1.0spg. He spoke to Eurobasket about the season opener in Bamberg.

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven kick off the season in 4 days. How happy have you been with the pre season and how ready is the team for the season?

I would be lying if I said I was thrilled with the preseason. but we are basically a whole new team and are still in the process of figuring each other out. We have these next few days to really get prepared to kick the season off.

You were recently named captain of the team. If you look back at any captain in professional sports, which captain has impressed you the most and who would you try to model your captaincy most around?

Definitely would have to be Charlie Conway of the Mighty Ducks

Tee Eisbaeren are very strong at the guard positions and seemed a bit thin down low until the signing of Keith Waleskowski. What has been your early impression of the player that has gained much experience over the years in Italy?

He is a smart, tough player. He is our veteran. He has the old man moves down and he knows how to be in the right position at the right time.

What kind of role are you having this season besides being captain and how is it different from what you did on the court with the Fraport Skyliners last season?

Iam involved a little bit more offensively this year. but every team I play on I try and be the glue guy. The guy who does a little bit of everything and whatever the team needs to get the job done.

The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven couldnt have been stuck with a tougher opponent than Bamberg in the opener. Bamberg lost many players, but if you look on paper, how would you compare this years team to last in terms of talent?

They are a very talented team. they also have a lot of new players and are trying to gel together. But as of right now, i believe last years team was tougher, but give this team some time and they could be just as good if not better than last year.

Last week, the Fraport Skyliners had the farewell test game for Jimmy Mckinney against the Fraport Skyliners. Mckinney was awarded with the tuxedo from the gala from last season, because he always wanted to have it What is your sweetest memory from the tuxedo fitting day last season?

When I was the host of the video we did during the fitting. I had a blast doing that.

You have been in Bremerhaven now 6 weeks. What have you grown to like the most so far from the sea coast town?

The people. they have been very friendly. I like the small town feel. reminds me of the people back home in Oklahoma.

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

The dictator. hilarious.

Thanks Jacob for the chat.




Ekene Ibekwe Shins In First ACB Game With Crashing Dunks - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After playing his first five professional years in countries like Israel, France, Puerto Rico, Turkey and Germany, American/Nigerian Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (210-F-85, college: Maryland) has made the jump to the top basketball league in Europe ACB in Spain this season playing for Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC. Last season the product of Maryland (ACB) played in the Beko BBL for BBC Bayreuth (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 34 games: 11.6ppg, 5.6rpg, Blocks-3 (1.6bpg), FGP: 58.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 66.4%. This season he will be able to measure his talent against the top players in Europe and right away in the first game of the season had to match up against ex Beko BBL player Tony Gaffney (204-F-84, college: Massachusetts) of the Telekom Baskets. In the first game against Fiatc Joventut Badalona, the Athletic Ibekwe finished with 13 points and eight rebounds in 25 minutes on 5/8 shooting. He had two crashing dunks that could easily end up on ESPNs top 10 plays. In his first dunk, he was fed a perfect ally-op pass from ex NBA player Qyntel Woods. Ibekwe soared so high that it almost seemed like he was going to land on the hoop. In his second pulverising stuff, he dunked over a Badalona player. Tony Gaffney also had a solid showing producing 11 points and seven rebounds in 26 minutes. Lagun Aro GBC won the game 89-73.


Zach Peacock Remains In The Beko BBL Moving To The Fraport Skyliners - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


One day before the start of the 2012-2013 Beko BBL season, the Fraport Skyliners have gotten active on the transfer market hauling in Zachery Peacock (203-F-87, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Tech) Peacock is no unknown face in the German league as Frankfurt will be his third team after having played with the LTi Giessen 46ers and Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. Peacock is a 24 year old 203 cm power forward from Miami, Florida. Last season Peacock played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 34 games: 11.8ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 52.3%, 3PT: 22.2%, FT: 69.2%. The American will land in Frankfurt today and will play in Ludwigsburg tomorrow. Peacock will be playing his third professaional season and he is a big, strong frontcourt player who already is a tremendous rebounder and can shoot the basketball. "Our roster planning had a lot to do the short term decision from Joe Herber retiring. Our rottaion was very thin after this. We are happy that we can rely on our fram team. Our team is a lot younger and inexperienced so we have to bring much fight to balance this. With Peacock we have avery young player but he has two years of experience in the Beko BBL. He will play the position four and five", stressed Fraport Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak.

Peacocok started his basketball career at Georgia Tech (NCAA) in 2006 where he played until 2010. In hiss enior year, he played 35 games: 8.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 79.1%. He played a total of 122 NCAA games. As a rookie, he put on the jersey of the LTi Giessen 46ers (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 34 games: 13.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 56.4%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 68.0%. "It is great to come back to Germany. I am looking forward to my new team and help them win games. I know the league and I think I will be able to quickly get integrated into the team and help them", added Zach Peacock. The Fraport Skyliners also announced that German Max Merz will get a double license to play for the Fraport Skyliners Beko BBL team and the PRO B team and Larry Wright will be able to play 5 Beko BBL games.

Source: Fraport Skyliners






SCI Eagles Sign Lukasz Muszynski - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber



THe SCI Eagles of the German Regionaliga have brought in experience under the basket with Lukasz Muszynski. Lukasz Muszynski is a 31 year old 201cm forward from Poland. Last season he played for : JKKS Gornik Walbrzych (1Liga, starting five): 19 games: 8.3ppg, 5.9rpg, Steals-5 (2.6spg), FGP: 36.9%, FT: 56.9%. The Polish player has stated that he can play any position, but he will be used at forward and center. He also has played for teams like Polonia Warszawa 2nd Team , UKS Trojeczka Olsztyn (3Liga), AZS UWM Olsztyn (2Liga), and Inter Parts AZS UWM Olsztyn (2Liga). Awards/Achievements in his absketball career have been Eurobasket.com All-Polish 2Liga Honorable Mention -10

Source: SCI Eagles





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Bennet Davis is the new big man of NYKK - by Tamas Deri

The 28 years old, 206 cm tall power forward arrived last night to Hungary and started to prepare for the coming season with his new team today. Bennet Davis (206-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) graduated on the University of Northeastern in 2007 and had an amazing senior season averaging 15.0ppg, 6.6rpg, 2.2apg, 2.1bpg. He started his professional carreer with Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan in Israel and added 7.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.1apg in 23 games of the Premier League. After his european rookie season he decided to stay in the USA and spent two seasons with Utah Flash in the D-League. In the first one he helped his team with 6.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.1apg and after winning the Western Division he attended the D-League Finals. In the season 2009-10 Davis got to a key player of the Flash puting up 12.8ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.7apg. He started the season 2010-11 in our country with MJUS-Fortress-Kormend adding 9.4ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.3apg, 1.8spg in 8 games before moving back to the D-League. The experienced power forward started the last season with KTP Basket Kotka in Finland and put up 12.1ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.2spg in 13 games. He left the team in November and finished the season with Niigata Albirex in Japan. Davis signed this summer with Palencia in the LEB Gold and started the preperation for the coming season with the team.


Alba Fehervar and Nyiregyhazi won the latest games - by Eurobasket News

Alba Fehervar overcame MBK Komarno 82:74. The Hungarian team won the first period 18-16 and added massive 27-16 in the second frame. Moreover they won the third period 22-18 and did not mind 15-24 in the last stanza. Brandon Wood (187-G-89, agency: N.E.T., college: Michigan St.) stepped up with 16 points, while Damian Hollis (203-F-88, agency: Two Points, college: G.Washington), Szabo and Juhos had 12 each. Martin Bilik (194-G/F-87) and Thomson posted 18 points each in the losing effort and Robinson scored 16.
Factum Sport lost to Nyiregyhazi KK 66:73. The latter erupted with 35-14 in the first period and led 17 points at the halftime. Factum Sport won the third period 18-12 and added 19-15 in the last stanza. It was not however enough to win the game. Nelson stepped up with 17 points and Berkis posted 15. Georgy Cseh (208-F-87) replied with 12 points in defeat and Earl Pettis (195-G-87, college: La Salle) notched 11.



Nick Williams stays with Atomeromu - by Eurobasket News

Atomeromu SE Paks (A Division) confirmed in their roster 29-year old American shooting guard Nick Williams (192-83, college: Cincinnati, agency: Beo Basket). In 2 EuroChallenge games last season he had 6.5ppg and 1.5apg. He also played 21 games in A Division where he recorded very impressive stats: 15.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg and 1.4spg. Williams helped them to make it to the cup final. He also played at NY Phantoms in German BBL earlier that season. In 5 BBL games last year he recorded 10.6ppg.
Williams won Hungarian League championship title in 2009.
He was also selected to Ukrainian All-Star Game in 2010.
Williams is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Germany (New Yorker Phantoms), USBL (Oklahoma Storm), Ukraine (Halychyna).
Williams attended University of Cincinnati until 2005 and it will be his eighth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. Al Badr 0-0 
 2. Azad 0-0 
 3. Esteghlal 0-0 
 4. Foolad Mahan 0-0 
 5. Gorgan 0-0 
 6. M.H.Ahvaz 0-0 
 7. Mahram 0-0 
 8. Petrochimi 0-0 
 9. Sanaye Petrochimi 0-0 
 10. Zanjan 0-0 



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Wins for Ironi Nes-Ziona and Hod Hasharon in pre-season tourney - by Eurobasket News

Ironi Nes-Ziona and Hod Hasharon victoriously opened the pre-season tournament.
Ironi Nes-Ziona overcame Kiryat Ata 84:77 in the opener. Nes-Ziona posted a 25:16 lead after ten minutes of action. They stretched the gap to 17 points at halftime 44:27. Nes-Ziona maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They established a 68:48 lead heading into the fourth quarter. But Kiryat Ata went on a massive comeback run in the final period. They got within just two points 75:77 late in regulation. However Nes-Ziona survived the challenge and eked out a tough win at the end. Gabe Blair (203-F-87, college: Wichita St.) delivered 19 points for Nes-Ziona. Bilal Benn (196-G/F-86, college: Niagara) and Tal Michael Dunne (197-F-87) added 16 points each for the winners. Will Harris (198-F-86, college: Albany) answered with 27 points for Kiryat Ata. Jefferson had 18 points in the loss.
Hod Hasharon overcame Elitzur Yavne 66:57 in another game of the day. Walker notched 16 points, while Tyrell Baines fired 15 points for Hod Hasharon. Jonathan Starkman posted 13 points in the losing case.



Elitzur Yavne signs Pele Paelay, ex Quimper - by Eurobasket News

Elitzur Yavne (National League) signed 28-year old American (has also -Liberian passport) shooting guard Pele Paelay (193-84, college: Co.Carolina, agency: Two Points). Paelay played last season at Quimper UJAP in French ProB. In 33 ProB games last year he had very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.9spg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honorable Mention. In 2006 he was drafted by Minot Skyrockets (CBA) in fifth round (42nd overall).
Paelay attended Coastal Carolina College and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
His team made it to the ProB Semifinals in 2009.
Paelay was also selected to Africabasket.com NCAA1 All-African 2nd Team back in 2006 in his college time.
He has played also professionally in France (JL Bourg and Charleville-Mezieres) and CBA (Minot Skyrockets and Great Falls Explorers).
Paelay is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Maccabi Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Maccabi Haifa and Ashdod reach Winner Cup Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Maccabi Haifa and Ashdod reach Winner Cup Semifinals after the victories over their opponents.
Maccabi Tel Aviv beat Hapoel Eilat in the last game of the evening 86:63. David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Sunday Elijah (196-F/G-80) netted 15. Hopson scored 26 points in the losing effort, while Eli Holman (208-F/C-89, college: Detroit Mercy) added 17.
Hapoel Jerusalem overcame Hapoel Holon 93:69. Pollen top-scored for the winners with 29 points and Smith added 15. Frank Hassell (203-F-88, college: ODU) collected 26 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, whilst Dyson added 14.
Gilboa / Galil lost to Maccabi Ashdod 66:71. Diamon Simpson (201-F-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 19 rebounds, while Allen netted 17. Sanders nailed 15 in defeat, while Ibzuri and Hayes scored 14 apiece.
Maccabi Haifa edged Maccabi Rishon 71:57. Smith collected 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists, while Ido Kozikaro (202-C-78) added 18 points and 11 rebounds. Iotr had 16 points in defeat and Or Solomon (200-SF-93) added 10.



Eurobasket reveals the details behind Mekel's NBA journey - by David Pick

Cleveland's Omri Casspi is an Israeli pioneer as the first basketball player from his country to become a first-round pick and play in the NBA. Now, Casspi has begun to recruit a few fellow Israelis to join him.

Ex-Wichita State playmaker Gal Mekel entertained several high-level European offers from Israel and Spain before holding a summit with the Cavs' Casspi, his national-team teammate and close friend, before one of Israel's games in Eurobasket qualifying.

Casspi told Mekel that he needed to go to Florida after the Eurobasket campaign to train at the Pro Training Center near Tampa, just as Casspi himself had done early in his pro career.

"Omri called David Thorpe, whom he said was the best coach he had ever trained with, and asked if (Thorpe) would spend two weeks with me", Mekel exclusively told Eurobasket from Tampa, where he is completing his training stint. "Coach Thorpe requested to speak to me first before committing to me, and once we talked I knew it was going to be a great learning experience."

But neither Thorpe, nor Mekel, expected such fast results. Last week, Mekel did so well in an open-gym audition with the Utah Jazz that he was invited to Utahs training camp.

"He's really like a scientist with how he teaches, everything is simple but specific, and I quickly saw results with my game, shooting, dribbling, athleticism, etc.," Mekel said. "When Thorpe told me he thought I was a serious NBA prospect, I was moved and surprised to hear such comments from someone who sees the game like he does," Mekel added.

According to Mekel, Thorpe had begun to speak with a few teams about the 6-foot-4 guard for next season when the Jazz called to invite Mekel in for a look.

That workout turned out to be just the chance Mekel needed to show that his pick-and-roll prowess would adapt well to the NBA. After looking good on a court that also featured the likes of Utah veteran Derrick Favors and NBA veteran point guard Chris Quinn (Agency: Priority Sports), Mekel quickly won over some Jazz officials, including former sharpshooting guard Jeff Hornacek.

But not long after the high of being invited to Jazz camp, which officially began Tuesday, Mekel quickly learned that he would have to turn down the opportunity because he would not be able to secure the required working visa for several days, likely forcing him to miss at least a week of practices.

"Although the lack of an American work permit ruled me out for Utah's training camp, I feel good about my future," Mekel told Eurobasket. "It's very likely I'll play in Europe this year. Armed with all this new knowledge about how I can better my game, my goals are to keep improving my game, help my new team win and be prepared for possibly coming back to the United States next summer for either the NBA summer league or training camp in October."



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Standings - SerieA

SerieA Standings
 1. Montepaschi SI 2-0 
 2. Acea Virtus RM 1-0 
 3. Banco di Sard. 1-0 
 4. Cimberio VA 1-0 
 5. EA7 Armani 1-0 
 6. Pall. Cantu 1-0 
 7. SAIE3 BO 1-0 
 8. Sutor MGR 1-0 
 9. Angelico BI 0-1 
 10. JuveCaserta 0-1 
 11. Sidigas AV 0-1 
 12. Trenkwalder RE 0-1 
 13. Umana VE 0-1 
 14. Vanoli CR 0-1 
 15. Vuelle PS 0-1 
 16. Enel Brindisi 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 30: EA7 Armani - JuveCaserta 97-71
Oct. 2: Pall. Cantu - Umana VE 81-61
Sep. 30: Banco di Sard. - Angelico BI 79-67
Sep. 30: Sidigas AV - Sutor MGR 74-82
Sep. 30: Vuelle PS - Acea Virtus RM 71-75
Sep. 30: Vanoli CR - SAIE3 BO 63-74
Sep. 30: Trenkwalder RE - Montepaschi SI 56-61
Sep. 30: Enel Brindisi - Cimberio VA 110-118 OT

Round 2

Sep. 26: Montepaschi SI - Enel Brindisi 92-65

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 3: SAIE3 BO - EA7 Armani
Oct. 6: Umana VE - Trenkwalder RE
Oct. 6: Cimberio VA - Sidigas AV
Oct. 6: Angelico BI - Vuelle PS
Oct. 6: Acea Virtus RM - Pall. Cantu
Oct. 6: Sutor MGR - Banco di Sard.
Oct. 6: JuveCaserta - Vanoli CR


Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Jonathan GIBSON
  Enel Brindisi
  (182-PG-87)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Gibson, Enel Brind.25.5 
 2. Brown, Montepas.15.5 
 3. Viggiano, Enel B.14.5 
 4. Robinson, Enel B.11.5 
 5. Moss, Montepas.11.0 
 6. Eze, Montepas.9.5 
 7. Kangur, Montepas.9.5 
 8. Grant, Enel Brindi.7.5 
 9. Simmons, Enel B.7.0 
 10. Sanikidze, Montep.6.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Benjamin EZE
  Montepas.
  (207-C/F-81)
  Avg: 7
 1. Eze, Montepas.7.0 
 2. Simmons, Enel B.5.5 
 3. Robinson, Enel B.5.5 
 4. Grant, Enel Brindi.5.0 
 5. Moss, Montepas.5.0 
 6. Reynolds, Enel B.4.5 
 7. Sanikidze, Montep.4.5 
 8. Hackett, Montepas.4.0 
 9. Kangur, Montepas.3.5 
 10. Kasun, Montepas.3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel HACKETT
  Montepas.
  (200-PG-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Hackett, Montepas.6.0 
 2. Reynolds, Enel B.3.0 
 3. Moss, Montepas.2.5 
 4. Brown, Montepas.2.5 
 5. Gibson, Enel Brind.2.0 
 6. Fultz, Enel Brindi.2.0 
 7. Sanikidze, Montep.1.0 
 8. Ndoja, Enel Brindi.1.0 
 9. Carraretto, Montep.1.0 
 10. Kangur, Montepas.0.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jonathan GIBSON
  Enel Brindisi
  (182-PG-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Gibson, Enel Brind.3.5 
 2. Hackett, Montepas.3.5 
 3. Viggiano, Enel B.2.5 
 4. Moss, Montepas.2.5 
 5. Robinson, Enel B.2.0 
 6. Fultz, Enel Brindi.1.5 
 7. Grant, Enel Brindi.1.5 
 8. Simmons, Enel B.1.0 
 9. Reynolds, Enel B.1.0 
 10. Kangur, Montepas.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Enel B.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Simmons, Enel B.3.0 
 2. Ress, Montepas.1.5 
 3. Eze, Montepas.1.5 
 4. Robinson, Enel B.1.0 
 5. Kasun, Montepas.0.5 
 6. Sanikidze, Montep.0.5 
 7. Viggiano, Enel B.0.5 
 8. Fultz, Enel Brindi.0.0 
 9. Kangur, Montepas.0.0 
 10. Moss, Montepas.0.0 


Standings - B1

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 30: Mirandola - Ferrara 88-96
Sep. 30: Matera - Omegna 78-70
Sep. 30: Recanati - Castelletto 75-68
Sep. 30: Latina Basket - Treviglio 74-79
Sep. 30: Torino - Perugia 74-61
Sep. 30: Bologna - Casalpusterlengo 72-70
Sep. 30: Reggio Calabr. - Agrigento 67-82
Sep. 30: Chieti - Lucca 66-69

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 6: Omegna - Reggio Calabr.
Oct. 7: Treviglio - Recanati
Oct. 7: Perugia - San Severo
Oct. 7: Lucca - Latina Basket
Oct. 7: Castelletto - Chieti
Oct. 7: Casalpusterlengo - Torino
Oct. 7: Bari - Matera
Oct. 7: Agrigento - Mirandola
Oct. 7: Firenze - Bologna


LegaDue Cup Quarterfinalists are set - by Eurobasket News

LegaDue Cup quarterfinalists have been set after the second leg of eighth-final round.
Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia entered the next round following a home 57:50 win over Aget Imola. Michael Hicks (194-G/F-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) came up with 18 points to lead the winners. D.J. Gay (183-G-89, college: San Diego St.) answered with 14 points for Aget Imola.
FMC Ferentino needed a 103:96 road win over Prima Veroli to enter the quarterfinals. Delroy James (203-F-87, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Rhode Island) exploded with 38 points to pace the winners. Jimmy Hunter (197-G-77, agency: Two Points, college: Life) responded with 25 points for Prima Veroli.
Fileni Jesi hold off visiting Forli 72:65 to seal the next round appearance. Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) came up with 22 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts. Terrence Roderick (196-G/F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: UAB) had 18 points in the losing case.
Trieste entered the next stage despite a 78:82 home loss to Tezenis Verona. Ariel Filloy (189-PG-87, agency: Interperformances) delivered 20 points for Trieste. Verona answered with 15 points from Charlie Westbrook (193-G-89, college: S.Dakota).
Pallacanestro Trento coasted by Biancoblu Bologna 83:64 at home court. Marco Spanghero (186-G-91) topscored with 21 points for the winners. Donato Cutolo (198-F-87, agency: Players Group) replied with 17 points in the loss.
Nuovo Napoli survived a 93:100 away from home loss against Givova Scafati to reach Cup quarterfinals. Denis Clemente (185-PG-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Kansas St.) finished with 22 points for Napoli. Keddric Mays (183-G-84) came up with 30 points for Scafati.
Casale Monferrato toppled Brescia 98:84 to advance. Casper Ware (177-PG-90, college: Long Beach St.) notched 32 points for the home side. David Brkic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) and Michael Jenkins (191-G-86, college: Winthrop) answered with 19 points each in the loss.
Sigma Barcellona completed the quarterfinal picture following an 84:76 win over Capo d'Orlando. Craig Callahan (203-F-81, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) produced 23 points and 10 rebounds to pace the hosts. Talor Battle (183-G-88, college: Penn St.) replied with 22 points for Capo d'Orlando.

So quarterfinal matchups are as follows:
Casale Monferrato vs. Trieste
Fileni Jesi vs. Napoli
Pistoia vs. Ferentino
Sigma Barcellona vs. Pallacanestro Trento.



SerieA Round 1: Championship gets under way - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in SerieA just started.

Pall. Cantu - Umana VE 81-61

Umana Venezia (0-1) recorded its first loss on the court of Pall. Cantu. Visitors were rolled over by Pall. Cantu 81-61. The game without a history. Pall. Cantu led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Pall. Cantu outrebounded Umana Venezia 43-28 including a 17-5 advantage in offensive rebounds. Umana Venezia was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Jerry Smith (188-87, college: Louisville) nailed 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and his fellow American import forward Jeff Brooks (203-89, college: Penn St.) accounted for 14 points and 7 rebounds. Five Pall. Cantu players scored in double figures. Pall. Cantu's coach Andrea Trinchieri allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Alvin Young (188-75, college: Niagara) came up with 19 points and American-Bulgarian point guard Kee Kee Clark (180-84, college: St.Peter's) added 13 points respectively for Umana Venezia in the defeat. Pall. Cantu will play against Lottomatica Roma on the road in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Umana Venezia will play against Trenkwalder RE in Reggio Emilia.
Top scorers:
Pall. Cantu: J.Brooks 14+7reb, J.Smith 13+5reb+4ast, A.Tyus 12+8reb, P.Aradori 11+7reb+1ast, B.Tabu-Eboma 11+4reb+5ast, M.Cusin 10+4reb
Umana VE: A.Young 19+4reb+2ast, K.Kee Clark 13+1reb+1ast, Y.Diawara 10+5reb, I.Zoroski 6+1reb+2ast, G.Rosselli 6+5reb+1ast, E.Williams 4+2reb
gschID: 185427


Trenkwalder RE - Montepaschi SI 56-61

Very expected game in Reggio Emilia where Trenkwalder RE (0-1) was defeated by Montepaschi Siena (2-0) 61-56. It looked good early as Trenkwalder RE took an 1-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Montepaschi Siena had a 17-14 second period charge getting the lead and Trenkwalder RE was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 56-61. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) who helped to win the game recording 13 points. His fellow American import forward David Moss (196-83, college: Indiana St., agency: SportsTalent) contributed with 7 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. American guard Donnel Taylor (198-82, college: UAB) answered with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 rebounds and American-Swiss Greg Brunner (201-83, college: Iowa) added 13 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Trenkwalder RE. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Montepaschi Siena will have a break next round. Trenkwalder RE will play on the road against Umana Venezia.
Top scorers:
Montepaschi SI: B.Brown 13+4reb+2ast, K.Kangur 10+3reb, T.Ress 9+4reb+1ast, B.Eze 7+3reb+1ast, D.Moss 7+7reb+1ast, V.Sanikidze 4+6reb
Trenkwalder RE: G.Brunner 13+6reb+1ast, D.Taylor 10+10reb+1ast, M.Jeremic 10+2reb+2ast, A.Cinciarini 7+3reb+3ast, M.Antonutti 7+3reb, D.James 3+1reb+2ast
gschID: 185425


Enel Brindisi - Cimberio VA 110-118 OT

Enel Brindisi forced the game against Cimberio Varese into an overtime, but lost by eight points 110-118 on Sunday night. The game took place in Brindisi. But the guests from Varese were better at the end. The guests were tied at the half and again at the end of regular time. But they managed to win overtime period 25-17. Cimberio Varese shot 61.4 percent from the field. They also forced 20 Enel Brindisi turnovers. Nigerian-American swingman Ebi Ere (195-81, college: Oklahoma) fired 32 points and 6 rebounds (on 12-of-15 shooting from the field) for the winners. American power forward Bryant Dunston (202-86) chipped in a double-double by scoring 22 points and 13 rebounds. American point guard Jonathan Gibson (182-87, college: N.Mexico St., agency: Three Eye Sports) produced 34 points (!!!) and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Antywane Robinson (203-84, college: Temple, agency: Priority Sports) added 19 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Enel Brindisi's coach Pier Luigi Bucchi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Cimberio Varese will meet at home Air Avellino in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Enel Brindisi will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Cimberio VA: E.Ere 32+6reb, A.Banks 27+4ast, B.Dunston 22+13reb, M.Green 15+5reb+6ast, A.Polonara 8+4reb+1ast, A.De Nicolao 7
Enel Brindisi: J.Gibson 34+5reb+3ast, A.Robinson 19+7reb+1ast, J.Viggiano 18+4reb, J.Grant 14+7reb, R.Fultz 9+1reb+2ast, C.Simmons 7+5reb
gschID: 185426


Vuelle PS - Acea Virtus RM 71-75

Scavolini Pesaro was not able to use a home court advantage and lost to the opponent from Roma 75-71. The guests were ahead by 5 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 23-18 run, which allowed them to win the game. Lottomatica Roma dominated on the defensive end, holding Scavolini Pesaro to just 7 points in second quarter. They made 20-of-26 charity shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international guard Lorenzo D'Ercole (190-88, agency: Two Points) who helped to win the game recording 17 points. International forward Luigi Datome (203-87) contributed with 16 points and 4 steals (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winners. The former international power forward Valerio Amoroso (204-80) answered with 12 points and 6 rebounds and naturalized French center Sylvere Bryan (208-81, college: Tampa, agency: Interperformances) added 10 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Scavolini Pesaro. Lottomatica Roma's next round opponent will be Pall. Cantu at home. Scavolini Pesaro will play against Angelico Biella and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Acea Virtus RM: L.D'Ercole 17+3reb, L.Datome 16+4reb, O.Czyz 9+6reb, G.Lawal 9+4reb, P.Goss 8+3reb+1ast, B.Jones 7+7reb
Vuelle PS: A.Traini 13+3reb, V.Amoroso 12+6reb+1ast, S.Bryan 10+6reb, L.Mack 10+1ast, A.Barbour 9+4reb+1ast, D.Cavaliero 8+6reb+1ast
gschID: 185422


Sidigas AV - Sutor MGR 74-82

Air Avellino was not able to use a home court advantage and was defeated by the opponent from Montegranaro 82-74. The guests were already 15 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 29-22 Air Avellino's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 82-74 at the end of the game. Sutor Montegranaro forced 20 Air Avellino turnovers. Worth to mention a great performance of American forward Christian Burns (203-85, college: Philadelphia) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 6 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Tamar Slay (204-80, college: Marshall) contributed with 15 points for the winners. American swingman Jeremy Richardson (200-84, college: Delta St.) answered with 23 points and the former international point guard Valerio Spinelli (185-79) added 13 points in the effort for Air Avellino. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Air Avellino's coach tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Sutor Montegranaro's next round opponent will be Banco di Sard. in Sassari, which may be the game of the day. Air Avellino will play on the road against Cimberio Varese.
Top scorers:
Sutor MGR: C.Burns 17+6reb, D.Cinciarini 15+3reb+2ast, T.Slay 15+3reb+3ast, R.Freimanis 13+4reb, F.Di Bella 8+5reb+4ast, V.Mazzola 7+2reb+1ast
Sidigas AV: J.Richardson 23+3reb+1ast, V.Spinelli 13+2reb+3ast, N.Dragovic 11+6reb, M.Shakur 10+3reb+3ast, L.Warren 7+4reb+1ast, N.Ebi 6+5reb
gschID: 185423


Vanoli CR - SAIE3 BO 63-74

Vanoli Cremona lost to the opponent from Bologna 74-63. Vanoli Cremona was ahead by 6 points at the halftime before a 47-30 second half run of SAIE3 BO. They made 18-of-23 charity shots (78.3 percent) during the game. 26 personal fouls committed by Vanoli Cremona helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Kenny Hasbrouck (191-86, college: Siena) who helped to win the game recording 18 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Steven Smith (203-83, college: La Salle) contributed with 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Four SAIE3 BO players scored in double figures. Guard Lance Harris (195-84, college: Kansas St.) answered with 15 points and 5 rebounds and guard Jarrius Jackson (188-85, college: Texas Tech) added 15 points in the effort for Vanoli Cremona. SAIE3 BO's next round opponent will be Armani Milano at home. Vanoli Cremona will play against Juvecaserta in Caserta and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
SAIE3 BO: R.Minard 19+2reb, K.Hasbrouck 18+6reb+1ast, S.Smith 15+7reb+1ast, G.Poeta 12+2reb+3ast, A.Gigli 5+6reb, M.Imbro 3+4reb
Vanoli CR: L.Harris 15+5reb+3ast, J.Jackson 15+4reb+1ast, T.Kotti 10+8reb+1ast, L.Vitali 7+5reb+6ast, A.Johnson 6+2reb, F.Ruini 3+1ast
gschID: 185424


EA7 Armani - JuveCaserta 97-71

Armani Milano used a home court advantage and outplayed the opponent from Caserta 97-71. It was a key game for the second position in the league. Worth to mention a great performance of American swingman Malik Hairston (198-87, college: Oregon) who helped to win the game recording 17 points and 4 assists (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Greek forward Antonis Fotsis (209-81) contributed with 14 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Five Armani Milano players scored in double figures. Armani Milano's coach Sergio Scariolo felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Nigerian center Jeleel Akindele (216-83, college: Chicago St.) answered with 14 points and 6 rebounds and American guard Eric Chatfield (191-79, college: N.Mexico) added 16 points in the effort for Juvecaserta. Armani Milano's next round opponent will be SAIE3 BO in Bologna which should be theoretically another easy game. Juvecaserta will play at home against Vanoli Cremona.
Top scorers:
EA7 Armani: M.Hairston 17+3reb+4ast, A.Fotsis 14+5reb+2ast, I.Bourousis 11+6reb+1ast, R.Hendrix 11+4reb+1ast, N.Melli 10+3reb+2ast, G.Basile 9+1reb+1ast
JuveCaserta: E.Chatfield 16+3reb+2ast, J.Akindele 14+6reb+3ast, N.Wise 10+2reb+1ast, S.Gentile 9, S.Jelovac 6+10reb+1ast, A.Michelori 5+2reb
gschID: 185420


Banco di Sard. - Angelico BI 79-67

The game in Sassari was also worth to mention about. Angelico Biella (0-1) played at the court of Banco di Sard. (1-0). Banco di Sard. defeated Angelico Biella 79-67. The game was mostly controlled by Banco di Sard.. Angelico Biella was better in third quarter 16-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Worth to mention a great performance of American guard Drake Diener (196-81, college: De Paul, agency: Priority Sports) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds. His fellow American import forward Tony Easley (206-87, college: Murray St., agency: Pro One Sports) contributed with 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Banco di Sard.'s coach Romeo Sacchetti used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Zimbabwean forward Julian Mavunga (203-90, college: Miami, OH) answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds and American-Guinean guard Russell Robinson (185-86) added 15 points in the effort for Angelico Biella. Banco di Sard.'s next round opponent will be Sutor Montegranaro on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Angelico Biella will play against Scavolini Pesaro.
Top scorers:
Banco di Sard.: D.Diener 18+10reb+3ast, T.Easley 15+8reb, M.Vanuzzo 13+2reb, M.Ignerski 10+7reb, M.Thornton 7+5reb+4ast, T.Diener 7+4reb+10ast
Angelico BI: J.Mavunga 16+7reb+2ast, R.Robinson 15+2reb+3ast, G.Jurak 10+4reb, C.Brackins 10+2reb+1ast, R.Moore 7+6reb+3ast, N.Jaramaz 7+7reb+1ast
gschID: 185421


Round 2
Montepaschi SI - Enel Brindisi 92-65

Montepaschi Siena smashed Enel Brindisi at home 92-65. The game was mostly controlled by Montepaschi Siena. Enel Brindisi managed to win second period 25-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Montepaschi Siena dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Enel Brindisi's 26. Montepaschi Siena forced 20 Enel Brindisi turnovers and outrebounded them 35-22 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Naturalized Nigerian power forward Benjamin Eze (207-81, college: S.Idaho JC) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and American point guard Bobby Brown (188-84, college: CS Fullerton) chipped in 18 points. At the losing side American point guard Jonathan Gibson (182-87, college: N.Mexico St., agency: Three Eye Sports) responded with 17 points and the other American import point guard Scottie Reynolds (188-87, college: Villanova) scored 8 points and 5 rebounds. 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:
Montepaschi SI: B.Brown 18+1reb+3ast, D.Moss 15+3reb+4ast, B.Eze 12+11reb, V.Sanikidze 9+3reb+2ast, K.Kangur 9+4reb+1ast, A.Rasic 9+1reb+1ast
Enel Brindisi: J.Gibson 17+1reb+1ast, J.Viggiano 11+1reb, M.Formenti 10+1reb, S.Reynolds 8+5reb+3ast, C.Simmons 7+6reb, A.Robinson 4+4reb
gschID: 185428



Nazionale A Round 1 results and stats - by Eurobasket News

Matera - Omegna 78-70

The hosts trailed by 1 point at the halftime before their 45-36 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. 25 personal fouls committed by Omegna helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Swingman Andrea Vitale (199-82, agency: Interperformances) fired a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Argentinian guard Carlos Sebastian Vico (190-86, agency: Players Group) chipped in 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Four Matera players scored in double figures. Swingman Christian Villani (200-82) produced 28 points and 5 rebounds and power forward Massimo Farioli (202-77) added 12 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side.


Top scorers:
Omegna: C.Villani 28+5reb+1ast, M.Farioli 12+7reb, S.Masciadri 10+6reb, M.Toure 8+1reb+2ast, P.Paci 6+4reb, M.Jovancic 4+1reb
Matera: A.Vitale 19+10reb+1ast, M.Rezzano 12+3reb+1ast, A.Iannuzzi 11+5reb, C.Sebastian Vico 10+5reb+5ast, C.Cantone 9+1reb+8ast, C.Grappasonni 7+3reb


gschID: 191610


Torino - Perugia 74-61

Perugia was better in fourth quarter 17-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Power forward Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-91) nailed a double-double by scoring 11 points and 14 rebounds for the winning side and naturalized Polish power forward Jakub Wojciechowski (210-90) accounted for 15 points and 8 rebounds. Four Torino players scored in double figures. Davide Poltroneri (195-85) came up with 27 points and 7 rebounds and Costantino Cutolo (198-89, agency: Players Group) added 11 points respectively for Perugia in the defeat. Perugia's coach Andrea Fabrizi rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.


Top scorers:
Perugia: D.Poltroneri 27+7reb, C.Cutolo 11+2reb, G.Chiatti 7+3reb, P.Chiarello 6+2reb+1ast, J.David Rath 4+4reb, F.Ramenghi 2+3reb
Torino: M.Evangelisti 23+1reb, J.Wojciechowski 15+8reb+1ast, L.Gergati 13+3reb+2ast, F.Baldi Rossi 11+14reb+2ast, D.Sandri 8+2reb+2ast, C.Tommasini 2+3reb+3ast


gschID: 191611


Latina Basket - Treviglio 74-79

Latina Basket trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 19-13 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 74-79 at the end of the game. The former international guard Davide Reati (193-88) fired 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. point guard Simone Ferrarese (182-87) chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds. Treviglio's coach Adriano Vertemati used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. The former international guard Riccardo Santolamazza (195-83) produced 17 points and 7 rebounds (made all of his ten free throws !!!) and point guard Riccardo Tavernelli (188-91) added 16 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side.


Top scorers:
Latina Basket: R.Santolamazza 17+7reb+3ast, F.Gagliardo 17+1reb, R.Tavernelli 16+7reb, M.Micevic 12+7reb+1ast, A.Cecchetti 8+1reb, T.Plateo 2+3reb+1ast
Treviglio: D.Reati 20+5reb+1ast, S.Ferrarese 17+6reb+3ast, G.Maspero 16+7reb, R.Perego 15+5reb+1ast, N.Cazzolato 6+3reb, S.Tomasini 3+1reb+1ast


gschID: 191609


Recanati - Castelletto 75-68

The hosts trailed by 2 points at the halftime before their 22-11 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Recanati outrebounded Castelletto 42-29 including 27 on the defensive glass. Power forward Marco Maganza (204-91) fired a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Forward Attilio Pierini (201-81) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Francesco Ihedioha (196-86) produced 17 points and 7 rebounds and the former international point guard Federico Bolzonella (184-84) added 15 points respectively for lost side.


Top scorers:
Castelletto: F.Ihedioha 17+7reb+2ast, F.Bolzonella 15+4reb+1ast, N.Damiani 10+3reb, S.Hidalgo 10+3reb+1ast, M.Pazzi 8+8reb+2ast, A.Simoncelli 5+1reb+4ast
Recanati: A.Pierini 16+6reb, M.Gnaccarini 12+5reb+3ast, M.Maganza 12+11reb+1ast, M.Tagliabue 10+7reb, N.Benedusi 10+8reb+2ast, G.Cantagalli 8+4reb+4ast


gschID: 191605


Mirandola - Ferrara 88-96


Chieti - Lucca 66-69

The guests trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 16-11 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Lucca forced 25 Chieti turnovers. Point guard Davide Parente (188-83) stepped up and scored 22 points and 8 steals for the winners and Matteo Negri (194-91) chipped in 11 points and 5 rebounds. Four Lucca players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international center Emanuele Rossi (208-82) responded with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 16 rebounds and guard Stefano Rajola (187-72) scored 13 points and 4 assists.


Top scorers:
Chieti: S.Rajola 13+3reb+4ast, E.Rossi 12+16reb, L.Bolletta 9+6reb+2ast, M.Diomede 9+2reb, F.Gialloreto 9+1ast, A.Raschi 7+4reb+2ast
Lucca: D.Parente 22+1reb+1ast, W.Santarossa 13+3reb+2ast, A.Barsanti 11+2reb+2ast, M.Negri 11+5reb+3ast, D.Banti 4+13reb+1ast, S.Zanotti 4+4reb+1ast


gschID: 191607


Bologna - Casalpusterlengo 72-70
gschID: 191603


Reggio Calabr. - Agrigento 67-82

The guests trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 1-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 82-67. Forward Riccardo Castelli (200-88) fired 23 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Guard Vincenzo Di Viccaro (191-84) chipped in 23 points. Agrigento's coach Franco Ciani allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Power forward Marco Ammannato (202-88, agency: Players Group) produced 14 points and guard Marco Caprari (195-76) added 16 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Reggio Calabr.: M.Caprari 16+1reb, M.Ammannato 14+4reb, L.Fontecchio 10+5reb, F.Quaglia 9+6reb, G.Mariani 7+5reb+3ast, G.Zampolli 6+3reb+1ast
Agrigento: R.Castelli 23+7reb+1ast, V.Di Viccaro 23, M.Giovanatto 10+5reb, P.Mossi 8+2reb+1ast, D.Demartini 5+8reb+2ast, F.Mian 5+2reb
gschID: 191604



Interview with Mike Green - by Antonello Varallo

Mike Green (185-PG-85, college: Butler) is the point guard of ambitious Cimberio Varese. He was born in Philadelphia and he grew up in a dangerous ghetto, but thanks to his mom and to basket he avoided troubles.

Q: Blumberg Projects. In Italy we have some areas like it, but we can't know how difficult is living in BP. Can you tell something about it?
Mike Green: Blumberg is two high rise buildings. 18 floors and 9 apartments on each. Similar to the setting in the Tv show "The Wire". Drugs, Crime and Violence.

Q: Family is at the first place of your life. Your mother raised you despite many difficulties, the birth of your son made you choose to play in Europe...
MK: Family is very important to me. I am the only child and was raised by my mother. I have a son who was born right after I finished school. I had to chose between training camp for the Cavs or putting food on the table immediately by taking an offer in Turkey. And I choose my family and Turkey.

Q: You did not forget people who live in Blumberg Projects, I know you try to help young guys with your example. Is sport the only possible redemption for them?
MK: I can never forget the people I grew up with. They are my family, they supported me. Blumberg is like one big family, everybody knows everybody and everything. Basketball helped me to experience life outside of my projects and a lot of my peers haven't had that same opportunity. I don't think basketball is the only way to help kids from my neighborhood, but its where i have expertise.

Q:Are you following the duel between Obama and Romney?
MK: I follow the presidential campaign, but its a subject that is very delicate, so I keep my thoughts to myself.

Q:Did you have any basketball idol?
MK:People always ask me who is my favorite player and my favorite team, but the older and better I got, I stopped having those things. My last favorite player was Penny Hardaway.

Q: This is your third italian season. What are your expectations?
MK: I may change teams year after year, but my expectations and goals never change. I want to win. Win games, championships and trophies.

Q: Your coach, Frank Vitucci, did a great job with your friend Marques Green. Did you talk to Marques before joining Varese?
MK: Yes, Marques is a very good friend of mine. He's like a big/ little brother. LOL.

Q: What did you learn living in Italy? What do you appreciate and what do you dislike?
MK: This is my 3rd year and I am trying to pick up the italian language. Italian food is the best in the world in my opinion. Spaghetti and Rice are my favorite foods, and they both are great in Italy. If I had to chose a dislike in Italy, I would say gas prices. They are ridiculous.



Eurobasket reveals the details behind Mekel's NBA journey - by David Pick

Cleveland's Omri Casspi is an Israeli pioneer as the first basketball player from his country to become a first-round pick and play in the NBA. Now, Casspi has begun to recruit a few fellow Israelis to join him.

Ex-Wichita State playmaker Gal Mekel entertained several high-level European offers from Israel and Spain before holding a summit with the Cavs' Casspi, his national-team teammate and close friend, before one of Israel's games in Eurobasket qualifying.

Casspi told Mekel that he needed to go to Florida after the Eurobasket campaign to train at the Pro Training Center near Tampa, just as Casspi himself had done early in his pro career.

"Omri called David Thorpe, whom he said was the best coach he had ever trained with, and asked if (Thorpe) would spend two weeks with me", Mekel exclusively told Eurobasket from Tampa, where he is completing his training stint. "Coach Thorpe requested to speak to me first before committing to me, and once we talked I knew it was going to be a great learning experience."

But neither Thorpe, nor Mekel, expected such fast results. Last week, Mekel did so well in an open-gym audition with the Utah Jazz that he was invited to Utahs training camp.

"He's really like a scientist with how he teaches, everything is simple but specific, and I quickly saw results with my game, shooting, dribbling, athleticism, etc.," Mekel said. "When Thorpe told me he thought I was a serious NBA prospect, I was moved and surprised to hear such comments from someone who sees the game like he does," Mekel added.

According to Mekel, Thorpe had begun to speak with a few teams about the 6-foot-4 guard for next season when the Jazz called to invite Mekel in for a look.

That workout turned out to be just the chance Mekel needed to show that his pick-and-roll prowess would adapt well to the NBA. After looking good on a court that also featured the likes of Utah veteran Derrick Favors and NBA veteran point guard Chris Quinn (Agency: Priority Sports), Mekel quickly won over some Jazz officials, including former sharpshooting guard Jeff Hornacek.

But not long after the high of being invited to Jazz camp, which officially began Tuesday, Mekel quickly learned that he would have to turn down the opportunity because he would not be able to secure the required working visa for several days, likely forcing him to miss at least a week of practices.

"Although the lack of an American work permit ruled me out for Utah's training camp, I feel good about my future," Mekel told Eurobasket. "It's very likely I'll play in Europe this year. Armed with all this new knowledge about how I can better my game, my goals are to keep improving my game, help my new team win and be prepared for possibly coming back to the United States next summer for either the NBA summer league or training camp in October."



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  JAPAN   

Standings - BJ League

BJ League Standings
Eastern
 1. Akita NH 0-0 
 2. Chiba Jets 0-0 
 3. Gunma 0-0 
 4. Iwate Big Bulls 0-0 
 5. Niigata Albirex 0-0 
 6. Saitama Bron. 0-0 
 7. Sendai 89ers 0-0 
 8. Shinshu BW 0-0 
 9. Tokyo Cinq R. 0-0 
 10. Toyama Grouses 0-0 
 11. Yokohama BC 0-0 
Western
 1. Fukuoka Rizing 0-0 
 2. Hamamatsu P. 0-0 
 3. Kyoto Hannar. 0-0 
 4. Miyazaki SS 0-0 
 5. Oita H.Devils 0-0 
 6. Okinawa GK 0-0 
 7. Osaka Evessa 0-0 
 8. Shiga L-Stars 0-0 
 9. Shimane SM 0-0 
 10. Takamatsu FA 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 6: Niigata Albirex - Iwate Big Bulls
Oct. 6: Hamamatsu P. - Sendai 89ers
Oct. 6: Kyoto Hannar. - Okinawa GK
Oct. 7: Niigata Albirex - Iwate Big Bulls
Oct. 7: Toyama Grouses - Gunma
Oct. 7: Hamamatsu P. - Sendai 89ers
Oct. 7: Kyoto Hannar. - Okinawa GK
Oct. 8: Toyama Grouses - Gunma



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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Astana open VTB League campaign with victory over Lietuvos Rytas - by Eurobasket News

Astana - Lietuvos Rytas 72:71

VTB League season tipped off in Astana tonight. BC Astana outscored Lietuvos Rytas in a tight contest. Rawle Marshall (201-SF-82, college: Oakland) provided 17 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners.
Astana grabbed a 25:21 lead after ten minutes of action. Lietuvos Rytas stopped the rot in the second frame. The visitors spurred ahead and ensured a 47:42 halftime lead. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third quarter. Lietuvos Rytas managed to enter the final period up by 4 points 60:56. But it was not enough to come out as winners. Jerry Johnson (182-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) sank four free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Astana. He finished with 15 points for Astana. Branko Cvetkovic (200-F/G-84, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points in the winning effort. Janis Blums (191-SG-82) answered with 22 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 11 points in the loss.

Astana: Rawle Marshall 17, Jerry Johnson 15, Branko Cvetkovic 13
Lietuvos Rytas: Janis Blums 22, Dejan Ivanov 11



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  KOSOVO   

Standings - Superleague

SuperLeague Standings
 1. Bashkimi 1-0 
 2. Peja 1-0 
 3. Sigal Prishtina 1-0 
 4. Trepca 1-0 
 5. Kolegji Univer. 0-0 
 6. Kosova 0-1 
 7. RTV 21 0-1 
 8. Vellaznimi 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 29: Bashkimi - Vellaznimi 98-65
Oct. 2: Trepca - Drita 93-66
Oct. 2: Sigal Prishtina - Kosova 125-59
Sep. 30: Peja - RTV 21 123-46

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 6: RTV 21 - Vellaznimi
Oct. 6: Kolegji Univer. - Bashkimi
Oct. 6: Kosova - Trepca
Oct. 6: Peja - Sigal Prishtina



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  LIBERIA   


Elitzur Yavne signs Pele Paelay, ex Quimper - by Eurobasket News

Elitzur Yavne (National League) signed 28-year old American (has also -Liberian passport) shooting guard Pele Paelay (193-84, college: Co.Carolina, agency: Two Points). Paelay played last season at Quimper UJAP in French ProB. In 33 ProB games last year he had very impressive stats: 15.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.0apg and 1.9spg. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-French ProB Honorable Mention. In 2006 he was drafted by Minot Skyrockets (CBA) in fifth round (42nd overall).
Paelay attended Coastal Carolina College and it will be his seventh season in pro basketball.
His team made it to the ProB Semifinals in 2009.
Paelay was also selected to Africabasket.com NCAA1 All-African 2nd Team back in 2006 in his college time.
He has played also professionally in France (JL Bourg and Charleville-Mezieres) and CBA (Minot Skyrockets and Great Falls Explorers).
Paelay is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  LITHUANIA   

Standings - LKL

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 2: Juventus - Zalgiris 53-71
Oct. 3: Neptunas - Lietkabelis


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Marcus RELPHORDE
  Naglis P.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 21
 1. Relphorde, Naglis21.0 
 2. Seibutis, Lietuv.18.5 
 3. Morkeliunas, Juven.16.5 
 4. Mockevicius, Nagli.15.5 
 5. Gailius, Neptunas15.0 
 6. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.14.0 
 7. Mazeika, Neptunas13.0 
 8. Lavrinovic, Zalgir.12.5 
 9. Radosevic, Lietuv.12.5 
 10. Viskontas, Juven.11.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vytautas SARAKAUSKAS
  Neptu.
  (204-C-82)
  Avg: 11
 1. Sarakauskas, Nept.11.0 
 2. Balocka, Sakalai9.0 
 3. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.8.5 
 4. Radosevic, Lietuv.6.5 
 5. Gailius, Neptunas6.0 
 6. Matulis, Sakalai6.0 
 7. McCulley, Juventus6.0 
 8. Darden, Zalgiris5.5 
 9. Varnelis, Juventus5.5 
 10. Relphorde, Naglis5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Darrick LEONARD
  Juventus
  (190-G-84)
  Avg: 5
 1. Leonard, Juventus5.0 
 2. Dainys, Neptunas4.0 
 3. Nedovic, Lietuvos.3.0 
 4. Mockevicius, Nagli.3.0 
 5. Broadus, Neptunas2.5 
 6. Seibutis, Lietuv.2.5 
 7. Viskontas, Juvent.2.5 
 8. Lafayette, Zalgiris2.0 
 9. Atuashvili, Naglis2.0 
 10. Lipkevicius, Zalg.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marcus RELPHORDE
  Naglis P.
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Relphorde, Naglis3.0 
 2. Juskevicius, Zalgi.2.5 
 3. Brown, Naglis P.2.5 
 4. Matulis, Juventus2.0 
 5. Mockevicius, Nagli.2.0 
 6. Gintvainis, Sakalai1.5 
 7. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.1.5 
 8. Radosevic, Lietuv.1.5 
 9. Kubilius, Naglis P.1.0 
 10. Leonard, Juventus1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Leon RADOSEVIC
  Lietuv.
  (206-C-90)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Radosevic, Lietuv.1.5 
 2. Samardziski, Lietu.1.0 
 3. Petrukonis, Juven.1.0 
 4. Kumpys, Naglis P.0.5 
 5. McCulley, Juventus0.5 
 6. Mikalauskas, Neptu.0.5 
 7. Darden, Zalgiris0.5 
 8. Nedovic, Lietuvos.0.5 
 9. Atuashvili, Naglis0.5 
 10. Ramasauskas, Sak.0.5 


Astana open VTB League campaign with victory over Lietuvos Rytas - by Eurobasket News

Astana - Lietuvos Rytas 72:71

VTB League season tipped off in Astana tonight. BC Astana outscored Lietuvos Rytas in a tight contest. Rawle Marshall (201-SF-82, college: Oakland) provided 17 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners.
Astana grabbed a 25:21 lead after ten minutes of action. Lietuvos Rytas stopped the rot in the second frame. The visitors spurred ahead and ensured a 47:42 halftime lead. The teams exchanged baskets throughout the third quarter. Lietuvos Rytas managed to enter the final period up by 4 points 60:56. But it was not enough to come out as winners. Jerry Johnson (182-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) sank four free throws in the dying seconds to seal the victory for Astana. He finished with 15 points for Astana. Branko Cvetkovic (200-F/G-84, agency: Beo Basket) added 13 points in the winning effort. Janis Blums (191-SG-82) answered with 22 points for Lietuvos Rytas. Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) had 11 points in the loss.

Astana: Rawle Marshall 17, Jerry Johnson 15, Branko Cvetkovic 13
Lietuvos Rytas: Janis Blums 22, Dejan Ivanov 11



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Scoring Leaders - DBBL

Points Per Game
 Terry BRYANT
  Black Star
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 31
 1. Bryant, Black Star31.0 
 2. Kennedy, Residence31.0 
 3. Green, Soleuvre27.0 
 4. Fisher, Amicale27.0 
 5. Pellum, Residence25.0 
 6. Ulin, Sparta24.0 
 7. Wolzfeld, Contern24.0 
 8. Schumacher, T7123.0 
 9. Powell, Contern23.0 
 10. Simpson, Etzella23.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee FISHER
  Amicale
  (195-F-89)
  Avg: 15
 1. Fisher, Amicale15.0 
 2. Simpson, Etzella13.0 
 3. Ulin, Sparta11.0 
 4. Svitek, Basket Es.11.0 
 5. Golson, Amicale10.0 
 6. Frazier, Contern10.0 
 7. Sharry, T719.0 
 8. Kennedy, Residence8.0 
 9. Hoffmann, Sparta8.0 
 10. Tomas, Residence7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Joe BIEVER
  Basket Esch
  (184-SG-90)
  Avg: 7
 1. Biever, Basket Es.7.0 
 2. Schwartz, Musel P.6.0 
 3. Smith, Sparta6.0 
 4. Birenbaum, Contern6.0 
 5. Delgado, Etzella6.0 
 6. Kox, Musel Pikes5.0 
 7. Jones, Contern5.0 
 8. Rajniak, Basket E.5.0 
 9. Jeitz, Amicale4.0 
 10. Bryant, Black Star4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Christopher JONES
  Contern
  (186-G-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Jones, Contern4.0 
 2. Jeitz, Amicale4.0 
 3. Delgado, Etzella4.0 
 4. Ruffato, T713.0 
 5. Wolzfeld, Contern3.0 
 6. Svitek, Basket Es.3.0 
 7. Bryant, Black Star3.0 
 8. Kox, Musel Pikes2.0 
 9. Schartz, Amicale2.0 
 10. Donnersbach, Bas.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Billy MCDANIEL
  Black S.
  (201-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. McDaniel, Black S.3.0 
 2. Golson, Amicale2.0 
 3. Gindt, Sparta1.0 
 4. Pelham, Soleuvre1.0 
 5. Frazier, Contern1.0 
 6. Muller, Black Star1.0 
 7. Bissener, Etzella1.0 
 8. Kesseler, Basket E.0.0 
 9. Jeitz, Amicale0.0 
 10. Schroeder, Etzella0.0 



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  NBA   


NBA CENTRAL DIVISION PREVIEW! - by Chris Mathieu

NBA CENTRAL DIVISION PREVIEW!

Indiana: Solid additions of PG DJ Augustin, Gerald Green and Ian Mahinmi, the problem is no one knows what contributions Augustin and Green can give to a winning team as they were big contributors to bad teams. Mahinmi is a very solid rotation post player who contributed to good Spurs teams in the past. The only loss of significance is Darren Collison which it remains to be seen if Augustin is an upgrade for the team. The draft was a weak one with Orlando Johnson having a slight chance to surprise. Indiana didnt get better as much as the Bulls got worse. Prediction: 49-33

Milwaukee: The team suffered last season from injuries, bad fit, the lockout and a poorly constructed roster. This team looks significantly better with the additions of Samuel Delembert and rookies John Henson and Doron Lamb. The team lost mostly bit players who werent significant contributors outside of Carlos Delfino. Another team that benefits from the down year of the Bulls, this team has boom or bust written all over it. Prediction: 46-36

Chicago: With an injured Derrick Rose and the dismantling of the bench mob this looks like a rebuilding year for the Bulls. The additions of Kirk Hinrich, Marko Belinelli, Vladimir Radmanovic, Nazr Mohammed, Nate Robinson and Marko Jaric hardly make up for the losses of Omer Asik, Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer, CJ Watson and John Lucas III who proved to be the best bench in the NBA the last two years. Prediction: 44-38

Cleveland: The team added no one of significance and lost Antawan Jamison and Anthony Parker. The team is hoping for big contributions from rookies Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller and a bounce back year from Anderson Varejao who was playing his best basketball when he was injured last season. Kyrie Irving is the best player no one pays attention to in the NBA. Prediction: 35-47

Detroit: How the mighty have fallen, it seems like it wasnt that long ago and Joe Dumars was one of the best GMs in basketball and the team was winning a title. This team lost a disappointing Ben Gordon via a trade and added little in return. Charlie Villenueva was so out of shape he was cut from the Dominican Republic team this summer. The team hopes boom or bust pick Andre Drummond is more Dwight Howard than Micheal Olowakandi or Chris Washburn. Prediction: 31-51



Eurobasket reveals the details behind Mekel's NBA journey - by David Pick

Cleveland's Omri Casspi is an Israeli pioneer as the first basketball player from his country to become a first-round pick and play in the NBA. Now, Casspi has begun to recruit a few fellow Israelis to join him.

Ex-Wichita State playmaker Gal Mekel entertained several high-level European offers from Israel and Spain before holding a summit with the Cavs' Casspi, his national-team teammate and close friend, before one of Israel's games in Eurobasket qualifying.

Casspi told Mekel that he needed to go to Florida after the Eurobasket campaign to train at the Pro Training Center near Tampa, just as Casspi himself had done early in his pro career.

"Omri called David Thorpe, whom he said was the best coach he had ever trained with, and asked if (Thorpe) would spend two weeks with me", Mekel exclusively told Eurobasket from Tampa, where he is completing his training stint. "Coach Thorpe requested to speak to me first before committing to me, and once we talked I knew it was going to be a great learning experience."

But neither Thorpe, nor Mekel, expected such fast results. Last week, Mekel did so well in an open-gym audition with the Utah Jazz that he was invited to Utahs training camp.

"He's really like a scientist with how he teaches, everything is simple but specific, and I quickly saw results with my game, shooting, dribbling, athleticism, etc.," Mekel said. "When Thorpe told me he thought I was a serious NBA prospect, I was moved and surprised to hear such comments from someone who sees the game like he does," Mekel added.

According to Mekel, Thorpe had begun to speak with a few teams about the 6-foot-4 guard for next season when the Jazz called to invite Mekel in for a look.

That workout turned out to be just the chance Mekel needed to show that his pick-and-roll prowess would adapt well to the NBA. After looking good on a court that also featured the likes of Utah veteran Derrick Favors and NBA veteran point guard Chris Quinn (Agency: Priority Sports), Mekel quickly won over some Jazz officials, including former sharpshooting guard Jeff Hornacek.

But not long after the high of being invited to Jazz camp, which officially began Tuesday, Mekel quickly learned that he would have to turn down the opportunity because he would not be able to secure the required working visa for several days, likely forcing him to miss at least a week of practices.

"Although the lack of an American work permit ruled me out for Utah's training camp, I feel good about my future," Mekel told Eurobasket. "It's very likely I'll play in Europe this year. Armed with all this new knowledge about how I can better my game, my goals are to keep improving my game, help my new team win and be prepared for possibly coming back to the United States next summer for either the NBA summer league or training camp in October."



Eurobasket reveals the details behind Mekel's NBA journey - by David Pick

Cleveland's Omri Casspi is an Israeli pioneer as the first basketball player from his country to become a first-round pick and play in the NBA. Now, Casspi has begun to recruit a few fellow Israelis to join him.

Ex-Wichita State playmaker Gal Mekel entertained several high-level European offers from Israel and Spain before holding a summit with the Cavs' Casspi, his national-team teammate and close friend, before one of Israel's games in Eurobasket qualifying.

Casspi told Mekel that he needed to go to Florida after the Eurobasket campaign to train at the Pro Training Center near Tampa, just as Casspi himself had done early in his pro career.

"Omri called David Thorpe, whom he said was the best coach he had ever trained with, and asked if (Thorpe) would spend two weeks with me", Mekel exclusively told Eurobasket from Tampa, where he is completing his training stint. "Coach Thorpe requested to speak to me first before committing to me, and once we talked I knew it was going to be a great learning experience."

But neither Thorpe, nor Mekel, expected such fast results. Last week, Mekel did so well in an open-gym audition with the Utah Jazz that he was invited to Utahs training camp.

"He's really like a scientist with how he teaches, everything is simple but specific, and I quickly saw results with my game, shooting, dribbling, athleticism, etc.," Mekel said. "When Thorpe told me he thought I was a serious NBA prospect, I was moved and surprised to hear such comments from someone who sees the game like he does," Mekel added.

According to Mekel, Thorpe had begun to speak with a few teams about the 6-foot-4 guard for next season when the Jazz called to invite Mekel in for a look.

That workout turned out to be just the chance Mekel needed to show that his pick-and-roll prowess would adapt well to the NBA. After looking good on a court that also featured the likes of Utah veteran Derrick Favors and NBA veteran point guard Chris Quinn (Agency: Priority Sports), Mekel quickly won over some Jazz officials, including former sharpshooting guard Jeff Hornacek.

But not long after the high of being invited to Jazz camp, which officially began Tuesday, Mekel quickly learned that he would have to turn down the opportunity because he would not be able to secure the required working visa for several days, likely forcing him to miss at least a week of practices.

"Although the lack of an American work permit ruled me out for Utah's training camp, I feel good about my future," Mekel told Eurobasket. "It's very likely I'll play in Europe this year. Armed with all this new knowledge about how I can better my game, my goals are to keep improving my game, help my new team win and be prepared for possibly coming back to the United States next summer for either the NBA summer league or training camp in October."



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  OLYMPIC GAMES   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. USA5-0
2. France4-1
3. Argentina3-2
4. Lithuania2-3
5. Nigeria1-4
6. Tunisia0-5
Group B
1. Brazil4-1
2. Russia4-1
3. Spain3-2
4. Australia3-2
5. U.Kingdom1-4
6. China0-5


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Patrick MILLS
  AUS
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Mills, AUS21.5 
 2. Durant, USA20.3 
 3. Ginobili, ARG19.4 
 4. Gasol, ESP19.1 
 5. Scola, ARG18.0 
 6. Kirilenko, RUS17.5 
 7. Barbosa, BRA16.2 
 8. Deng, ENG15.8 
 9. Parker, FRA15.7 
 10. Batum, FRA15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jianlian YI
  (212-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Yi, CHN10.2 
 2. Mejri, TUN10.0 
 3. Ben Ghnia, TUN8.6 
 4. Nene, BRA8.0 
 5. Love, USA7.9 
 6. Gasol, ESP7.6 
 7. Kirilenko, RUS7.5 
 8. Varejao, BRA7.0 
 9. Freeland, ENG6.6 
 10. Deng, ENG6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  ITA
  (190-PG-77)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Prigioni, ARG6.5 
 2. Huertas, BRA6.0 
 3. Shved, RUS5.9 
 4. James, USA5.6 
 5. Jasikevicius, LTU5.3 
 6. Paul, USA4.9 
 7. Kalnietis, LTU4.8 
 8. Deng, ENG4.6 
 9. Dellavedova, AUS4.5 
 10. Diaw, FRA4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Paul, USA2.6 
 2. Kirilenko, RUS1.9 
 3. Prigioni, ARG1.8 
 4. Nielsen, AUS1.8 
 5. Ben Ghnia, TUN1.8 
 6. De Colo, FRA1.7 
 7. Durant, USA1.7 
 8. Ginobili, ARG1.6 
 9. Deng, ENG1.4 
 10. James, USA1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  TUN
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Mejri, TUN3.4 
 2. Yi, CHN2.2 
 3. Kirilenko, RUS1.8 
 4. Batum, FRA1.5 
 5. Ibaka, ESP1.3 
 6. Gasol, ESP1.3 
 7. Seraphin, FRA1.3 
 8. Jankunas, LTU1.0 
 9. Nene, BRA1.0 
 10. Diaw, FRA0.8 



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  PHILIPPINES   

Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

PBA Standings
 1. Barangay Ginebra 1-0 
 2. Air21 Express 0-0 
 3. Alaska Aces 0-0 
 4. Barako Bull 0-0 
 5. Meralco Bolts 0-0 
 6. Petron Blaze 0-0 
 7. Rain or Shine 0-0 
 8. San Mig Coffee 0-0 
 9. Talk N Text 0-0 
 10. Global Port 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 30: Barangay Ginebra - Global Port 110-90
Oct. 3: Air21 Express - Barako Bull
Oct. 3: Petron Blaze - Rain or Shine
Oct. 5: Meralco Bolts - Talk N Text
Oct. 5: San Mig Coffee - Alaska Aces
Oct. 7: Global Port - Air21 Express
Oct. 7: Rain or Shine - Barangay Ginebra


PBA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Willie MILLER
  Global Port
  (180-PG-77)
  Avg: 26
 1. Miller, Global Port26.0 
 2. Caguioa, Barang.18.0 
 3. Maierhofer, Barang.14.0 
 4. Lingganay, Global14.0 
 5. Mamaril, Barang.14.0 
 6. Mandani, Global Po.13.0 
 7. Jensen, Barang.13.0 
 8. Ellis, Barangay.12.0 
 9. Hatfield, Barang.11.0 
 10. David, Global Port9.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Billy MAMARIL
  Barang.
  (198-F-80)
  Avg: 12
 1. Mamaril, Barang.12.0 
 2. Maierhofer, Barang.11.0 
 3. Tenorio, Barang.9.0 
 4. Hatfield, Barang.8.0 
 5. Deutchman, Global6.0 
 6. Wilson, Barang.4.0 
 7. Miller, Global Port4.0 
 8. Manuel, Global Port3.0 
 9. Raymundo, Barang.3.0 
 10. Al-Hussaini, Glob.3.0 
Assists Per Game
 LA TENORIO
  Barang.
  (177-PG-84)
  Avg: 10
 1. Tenorio, Barang.10.0 
 2. Miller, Global Port5.0 
 3. Hatfield, Barang.4.0 
 4. Mandani, Global Po.3.0 
 5. Maierhofer, Barang.3.0 
 6. Raymundo, Barang.3.0 
 7. Caguioa, Barang.2.0 
 8. Helterbrand, Baran.2.0 
 9. Jensen, Barang.2.0 
 10. Cortez, Barang.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 A.J. MANDANI
  Global Port
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Mandani, Global Po.2.0 
 2. Tenorio, Barang.2.0 
 3. Mamaril, Barang.1.0 
 4. Manuel, Global Port1.0 
 5. Raymundo, Global P.1.0 
 6. Hatfield, Barang.1.0 
 7. Wilson, Barang.1.0 
 8. Cruz, Global Port1.0 
 9. Maierhofer, Barang.1.0 
 10. Deutchman, Global1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris ELLIS
  Barangay.
  (--)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ellis, Barangay.3.0 
 2. Jensen, Barang.1.0 
 3. Vanlandingha., Glo.1.0 
 4. Deutchman, Global1.0 
 5. Guevarra, Global P.1.0 
 6. Helterbrand, Baran.0.0 
 7. Cruz, Global Port0.0 
 8. Raymundo, Global P.0.0 
 9. Cortez, Barang.0.0 
 10. Manuel, Global Po.0.0 



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  POLAND   

Standings - DBE

TBL Standings
 1. Anwil 1-0 
 2. Asseco Prokom 1-0 
 3. PGE Turow 1-0 
 4. Siarka Jezioro 1-0 
 5. Stelmet ZG 1-0 
 6. Trefl Sopot 1-0 
 7. AZS Koszalin 0-1 
 8. Energa Czarni 0-1 
 9. Kotwica 0-1 
 10. Polpharma 0-1 
 11. Rosa Radom 0-1 
 12. Start Gdynia 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 29: Stelmet ZG - Energa Czarni 94-73
Sep. 29: Trefl Sopot - Polpharma 87-65
Sep. 29: AZS Koszalin - Siarka Jezioro 77-78
Sep. 29: Asseco Prokom - Start Gdynia 76-60
Sep. 30: Kotwica - Anwil 69-81
Sep. 29: PGE Turow - Rosa Radom 109-71

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 7: Polpharma - Rosa Radom
Oct. 6: Energa Czarni - PGE Turow
Oct. 6: Anwil - Stelmet ZG
Oct. 6: Siarka Jezioro - Kotwica
Oct. 6: AZS Koszalin - Asseco Prokom
Oct. 6: Trefl Sopot - Start Gdynia


DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ben MCCAULEY
  Polph.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 29
 1. McCauley, Polph.29.0 
 2. Hosley, Stelmet ZG24.0 
 3. Addison, Siarka J.21.0 
 4. Ginyard, Anwil19.0 
 5. Wisniewski, AZS K.19.0 
 6. Alexander, Siarka19.0 
 7. Chylinski, PGE T.19.0 
 8. Blassingame, Assec.18.0 
 9. Montgomery, Rosa17.0 
 10. Micic, PGE Turow17.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mateusz JARMAKOWICZ
  Trefl S.
  (208-C/F-88)
  Avg: 13
 1. Jarmakowicz, Trefl13.0 
 2. Robinson, AZS K.11.0 
 3. Gadri-N., Energa C.11.0 
 4. Boykin, Anwil10.0 
 5. McCauley, Polph.9.0 
 6. Dylewicz, Trefl So.9.0 
 7. Cel, PGE Turow9.0 
 8. Mirkovic, Polpharma8.0 
 9. Kulig, PGE Turow8.0 
 10. Wojdyla, Start G.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  Stelmet ZG
  (183-PG-86)
  Avg: 10
 1. Hodge, Stelmet ZG10.0 
 2. Turner, Trefl Sopot9.0 
 3. Szubarga, Anwil7.0 
 4. Mosley, Kotwica6.0 
 5. Skibniewski, AZS K.5.0 
 6. Micic, PGE Turow5.0 
 7. Kowalczyk, Start G.5.0 
 8. Blassingame, Assec.4.0 
 9. Abernethy, Energa4.0 
 10. Jackson, PGE Tur.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marcin MALCZYK
  Start G.
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Malczyk, Start G.5.0 
 2. Jackson, PGE Turow3.0 
 3. Stelmach, Stelm.3.0 
 4. Dabrowski, Trefl S.3.0 
 5. Addison, Siarka J.3.0 
 6. Dloniak, Siarka J.3.0 
 7. Ginyard, Anwil2.0 
 8. Mielczarek, AZS K.2.0 
 9. Montgomery, Rosa2.0 
 10. Chanas, Stelmet2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Milos LOPICIC
  Stelm.
  (216-C-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Lopicic, Stelm.3.0 
 2. Kowalczyk, Start G.2.0 
 3. Mielczarek, AZS K.2.0 
 4. Viney, Asseco P.2.0 
 5. Kostrzewski, Energ.2.0 
 6. Harris, AZS K.2.0 
 7. Gadri-N., Energa C.2.0 
 8. Malczyk, Start G.1.0 
 9. Opacak, PGE Turow1.0 
 10. Pamula, Asseco P.1.0 


Christian Polk leaves Polpharma - by Eurobasket

SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. (TBL) released 25-year old American guard Christian Polk (190-87, college: UTEP, agency: Interperformances) after he was tested there shortly. Polk just graduated from The Univ.of Texas at El Paso (NCAA). He missed two seasons and had longer break from professional basketball.
Polk played in the final of C-USA Tournament in 2010 and 2011.
He received also HS Region Player of the Year and a first-team all-state selection back in 2006.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @probasketpl)



Start Gdynia adds first foreigner to the roster - by Greg

KS Start Gdynia (TBL) added to their roster 26-year old Bosnian international center Robert Rothbart (217-86). He is a triple citizen owning also Israeli and American passport. Rothbart was tested by Lottomatica Roma in Serie A at the beginning of the last season. Then he joined Union Olimpija in Slovenian Telemach League. While playing 22 games in Adriatic League his stats were 8.0ppg and 3.3rpg. He played much better in Euroleague where he recorded 8.1ppg and 5.3rpg in 9 games.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  ROMANIA   


Gaz Metan Medias edge Ural in Ekaterinburg to reach EuroChallenge regular season - by Eurobasket News

Ural Ekaterinburg - Gaz Metan Medias 92:97

Gaz Metan Medias claimed the spot in EuroChallenge regular season. They overcame Ural Ekaterinburg on the road to deny a 2-point deficit after the home opening leg of the series. Paul Graham (192-G-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: Florida Atlantic) scored 26 points including two late free throws that sealed the deal.
Gaz Metan secured a strong start to the game. They grabbed a 20:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Ural Ekaterinburg adjusted their offence in the second quarter. They knocked down 23 points to cut the deficit to 4 points at the interval. But the Romanian team regained the control in the third stanza. They erupted for 26 points to establish a 10-point lead with one period to go. Ural went on a desperate comeback rally in the fourth frame. They got within three points after a three-pointer from Anton Glazunov (182-G-86) with 9 seconds remaining. But Paul Graham sank two free throws and sealed the victory for the visitors. Slobodan Dundjerski (188-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) provided 19 points, while Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) added 18 points in the victory. Anton Glazunov answered with 26 points for Ural. Dmitri Nikolaev (200-F-83) netted 22 points and grabbed 8 boards in the loss.

Ural: Anton Glazunov 26, Dmitri Nikolaev 22
Gaz Metan: Paul Graham 26, Slobodan Dundjerski 19, Ivan Ivanovic 18



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  RUSSIA   


Gaz Metan Medias edge Ural in Ekaterinburg to reach EuroChallenge regular season - by Eurobasket News

Ural Ekaterinburg - Gaz Metan Medias 92:97

Gaz Metan Medias claimed the spot in EuroChallenge regular season. They overcame Ural Ekaterinburg on the road to deny a 2-point deficit after the home opening leg of the series. Paul Graham (192-G-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: Florida Atlantic) scored 26 points including two late free throws that sealed the deal.
Gaz Metan secured a strong start to the game. They grabbed a 20:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Ural Ekaterinburg adjusted their offence in the second quarter. They knocked down 23 points to cut the deficit to 4 points at the interval. But the Romanian team regained the control in the third stanza. They erupted for 26 points to establish a 10-point lead with one period to go. Ural went on a desperate comeback rally in the fourth frame. They got within three points after a three-pointer from Anton Glazunov (182-G-86) with 9 seconds remaining. But Paul Graham sank two free throws and sealed the victory for the visitors. Slobodan Dundjerski (188-G-88, agency: Alti Sport) provided 19 points, while Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) added 18 points in the victory. Anton Glazunov answered with 26 points for Ural. Dmitri Nikolaev (200-F-83) netted 22 points and grabbed 8 boards in the loss.

Ural: Anton Glazunov 26, Dmitri Nikolaev 22
Gaz Metan: Paul Graham 26, Slobodan Dundjerski 19, Ivan Ivanovic 18



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  SCOTLAND   


Glasgow Rocks add Achara to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Glasgow Rocks (BBL) added to their roster 29-year old Scottish ex-international power forward Kieron Achara (208-128kg-83, college: Duquesne, agency: Two Points). He is a dual citizen owning also Nigerian passport. Achara played last season at Assignia Manresa in Spanish ACB league. In 34 ACB games last year he recorded 6.0ppg and 3.5rpg.
He was also a member of Scottish international program for some years. Achara played for Scottish Senior National Team between 2002 and 2005 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2001. He represented Scotland at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) this year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 4.0ppg, 2.3rpg.
Achara has played also professionally in Scotland (Clark Eriksson Fury).
He attended University of Duquesne until 2008 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @BBLofficial)



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  SLOVAKIA   


Spisska Nova Ves add Dwight Burke and Evans N'Gai - by Eurobasket News

BK 04 AC LB Spisska Nova Ves (Extraliga) agreed terms with 26-year old American power forward Dwight Burke (202-C/F-86, college: Marquette). Burke played last season at BK Decin in NBL league in Czech Republic. He managed to play in three leagues in three countries last year (!!!). In 19 NBL games he had 7.4ppg and 6.0rpg. Burke helped them to make it to the cup final and to the league semifinals. He also played at Gmunden in Austrian A Bundesliga earlier that season. In 3 A Bundesliga games he recorded 4.3ppg and 3.7rpg. The other team Burke played that season for was Nantes in French ProB. In 8 ProB games he recorded just 1.9ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.1spg.
He is quite experienced player. Burke has played also professionally in France (ALM Evreux), Czech Republic (NH Ostrava) and Austria (Gmunden Swans).
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league on the market. Burke attended Marquette University until 2009 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.
N'Gai Evans (188-PG-88, college: Wright St.) started last season for Feni Indistrija Kavadarci (FYR Macedonia-Superleague, starting five), left in Oct.'11, but in Jan.'12 moved to Tenis E.Dagcilik Istanbul (Turkey-TB2L). In 21 games he averaged 6.3ppg, 1.5rpg, FGP: 49.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 69.4%.



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  SLOVENIA   


Elektra Sostanj wins Natkov Memorial - by Eurobasket News

Elektra Sostanj wins Natkov Memorial with 4 participating teams. In the Final game they edged Tajfun 67:62. Mensud Julevic (200-PF-85) stepped up with 14 points, while Ziga Zagorc (188-PG-84) and Podvrsnik posted 13 each. Mike Venezia (185-PG-88, college: Colgate) delivered 19 points in the losing effort.
In the game for the third place Rogaska Crystal beat Hopsi Polzela 74:55.
Helios Domzale meanwhile overcame Oberwart Gunners 88:79. The Slovenian team won the first period 22-16 and led massive 44:25 at the halftime. The board showed 65:48 at the end of the third period, while the Austrian team did their best to reduce. Helios Domzale however stayed tough and won the game by 9 points. Darnell Gant (203-F-89, college: Washington) scored 22 points for the Austrian side and Chris Gradnigo (200-F-89, college: Co.Carolina) nailed 16. Hannes Ochsenhofer (185-PG-85) posted 11, whilst Fruhwirth delivered 9.



KK Tajfun Sentjur keep Pelc Anze, Oset Klemen, Primorac Mladen and Skoberne Nejc - by Eurobasket News

KK Tajfun Sentjur keep Anze Pelc (190-G-90), Klemen Oset (185-G-92), Mladen Primorac (210-C-90) and Nejc Skoberne (189-G-94) for the upcoming season.
KK Tajfun Sentjur re-signed 22-year old guard Anze Pelc. In 28 Telemach League games last season he averaged 7.7ppg, 1.6rpg and 1.8apg.Pelc was also voted to Slovenian League U18 All-Star Game back in 2007.He was a member of Slovenian U18 National Team in 2008. Pelc represented Slovenia at the European Championships U18 Division B in Debrecen (Hungary) four years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 8 games: 4.6ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg.
Klemen Oset averaged just 0.3ppg last year. It will be his second year with the team.
The Croatian center Mladen Primorac recorded 4.5ppg and 3.9rpg.He will enter his third season with the team.
KK Tajfun Sentjur also re-signed 18-year old guard Nejc Skoberne. In 3 Telemach League games last season he averaged just 0.7ppg.



Jotic Zeljko, Milasinovic Dejan and Miljkovic Milos stay with Rogaska Crystal - by Eurobasket News

Jotic Zeljko, Milasinovic Dejan and Miljkovic Milos stay with Rogaska Crystal for the upcoming season.
Rogaska Crystal re-signed 23-year old guard Zeljko Jotic. In 24 Telemach League games last season he recorded 3.3ppg and 1.3rpg.
He won Slovenian 1B championship title in 2011.Jotic was also voted to Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian 1B 2nd Team in 2011.
He was a member of Slovenian U20 National Team in 2009 and a member of U16 National Team back in 2005. Jotic represented Slovenia at the European Championships U20 in Rhodos (Greece) three years ago.
Rogaska Crystal confirmed in their roster 23-year old guard Dejan Milasinovic. In 27 Telemach League games last season he had 6.2ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.6apg. Quite impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com League All-Newcomers Team.
He was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Slovenian 1B Honorable Mention in 2010.
Milasinovic was a member of Slovenian U20 National Team in 2008 and a member of U18 National Team back in 2007. He represented Slovenia at the European Championships U18 in Madrid (Spain) five years ago. His stats at that event were 6 games: 4.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.8apg.
Rogaska Crystal (Telemach League) re-signed 28-year old Serbian power forward Milos Miljkovic (204-84). In 28 Telemach League games last season he recorded 11.2ppg, 8.6rpg, 1.8apg and 1.3spg.



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Palencia tabs Cristopher Mortellaro - by Eurobasket News

Palencia Baloncesto (LEB Gold) inked 30-year old American (has also Italian passport) power forward Cristopher Mortellaro (206-100kg-82, college: Drury). Mortellaro played most recently at Baloncesto Leon (EBA). In 34 EBA games last season he averaged 10.9ppg and 7.7rpg.
He was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Honorable Mention in 2011.
Mortellaro has played also professionally in Switzerland (SAM Massagno) and Spain (Badajoz, ADT Tarragona, Hellin, Alaior and Merida).
He attended Drury University until 2004 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Antoine Young leaves Lions de Geneve - by Luca Maffioli

Antoine Young (182-G-89, college: Creighton) is no longer a member of Lions de Geneve. Two sides terminated their deal yesterday. The American guard played for four seasons at Creighton University. He averaged 12.1 points (FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 73.9%), 2.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 2011-2012 NCAA season. Young signed a deal with the Swiss club in july. He won the MVC Tournament 2012.


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Tofas qualify to EuroChallenge - by Eurobasket News

Tofas SC- Rakvere Tarvas 79:76

Tofas qualify to EuroChallenge Regular Season. The Turkish side won the second game 79:76 and advanced to the tournament.
Rakvere Tarvas traveled to Turkey with 30-point disadvantage after the first game. That time they lost to Tofas SC 106:76 in Estonia. Rakvere Tarvas won the first period 25-18, while the score was tied at the halftime. The Estonian side won again the third period 24-22 and led 2 points after three quarters. They did not mind 17-22 in the last quarter from the Turkish side as the board showed 79:76 at the end.
Austin Nichols (200-SF-82, college: Humboldt St.) top-scored for the Turkish side with 14 points and Steven Burtt (185-G-84, college: Iona) nailed 13. Kenan Sipahi (198-PG-95) delivered 12, while Joshua Heytvelt (210-F/C-86, college: Gonzaga) collected 11 points and 13 rebounds. Juris Umbrasko (197-G/F-79) finished the game with 17 points in defeat, while Reimo Tamm (185-PG-84) and Maris Laksa (205-F-81, agency: Court Side, college: Providence) had 13 each. Kaido Saks (205-F-86) followed them with 10 points in a loss.

Tofas SC: Austin Nichols 14, Steven Burtt 13, Kenan Sipahi 12, Joshua Heytvelt 11+13 rebs
Rakvere Tarvas: Juris Umbrasko 17, Reimo Tamm 13, Maris Laksa 13, Kaido Saks 10



Kataja beat Aliaga on the road, seal EuroChallenge regular season appearance - by Eurobasket News

Aliaga Petkim - Kataja 64:77

Kataja advanced into EuroChallenge regular season. They handed Aliaga Petkim the second loss in a row and ensured a 25-point victory on aggregate in the series. Jonte Flowers (196-F/G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Winona St.) stepped up with 21 points and 9 rebounds to lead Kataja to the victory in Turkey.
Aliaga Petkim led by a single point 22:21 after ten minutes. But Kataja limited their opponents to 12 points in the second frame and ensured a 38:34 halftime advantage. Kataja took over completely in the third term. They went on a 23:14 rally to post a 13-point lead heading into the final frame. Aliaga ran out of steam in the fourth period and could not challenge the deficit in the final minutes. Antti Kanervo (194-SG-89) posted 14 points, while Jerald Fields (201-F/C-82, college: E.Tenn.St.) and Petri Virtanen (183-PG-80) provided 12 points each in the win. Orhan Haciyeva (200-PF-89) answered with 16 points and 12 boards for Aliaga. Taquan Dean (193-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) had 15 points in the loss.

Aliaga Petkim: Orhan Haciyeva 16+12 boards, Taquan Dean 15
Kataja: Jonte Flowers 21, Antti Kanervo 14, Jerald Fields 12, Petri Virtanen 12



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Standings - Superleague

Superleague Standings
 1. Khimik 2-0 
 2. Azovmash 2-1 
 3. Budivelnyk 1-0 
 4. DniproAzot 1-0 
 5. Ferro-ZNTU 1-0 
 6. Hoverla 1-0 
 7. Cherkasy 1-1 
 8. BC Donetsk 1-1 
 9. Kryvbasbasket 1-1 
 10. BC Kyiv 0-1 
 11. Halychyna 0-1 
 12. Mykolaiv 0-1 
 13. BC Odessa 0-2 
 14. Dnipro 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 2: Azovmash - Mykolaiv 83-72
Oct. 2: BC Donetsk - Khimik 73-81

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 4: BC Donetsk - Mykolaiv
Oct. 4: Cherkasy - Azovmash


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Derrick LOW
  Dnipro
  (188-PG-86)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Low, Dnipro20.5 
 2. Thomas, Cherkasy19.5 
 3. Florence, Kryvbasb.18.0 
 4. Malchevskiy, Kryvb.17.5 
 5. Korniyenko, Dnipro17.0 
 6. Songaila, BC Do.14.0 
 7. Deane, Khimik14.0 
 8. Sehovic, Khimik14.0 
 9. Dragicevic, Azovm.13.3 
 10. Pecherov, Azovma.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tadija DRAGICEVIC
  Azovm.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 8.7
 1. Dragicevic, Azovm.8.7 
 2. Korniyenko, Dnipro8.5 
 3. Songaila, BC Do.8.0 
 4. Thomas, Cherkasy6.5 
 5. Krstanovic, Kryvba.6.5 
 6. Lesic, Khimik6.0 
 7. Ljubicic, Cherkasy6.0 
 8. Fischer, BC Donet.5.5 
 9. Sehovic, Khimik5.5 
 10. Caldwell, Kryvbas.5.5 
Assists Per Game
 Willie DEANE
  Khimik
  (188-PG-80)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Deane, Khimik6.5 
 2. Low, Dnipro5.5 
 3. Florence, Kryvbasb.5.0 
 4. Gordic, Azovmash5.0 
 5. Greer, Azovmash3.7 
 6. Vilkhovetsky., Dni.3.5 
 7. Thomas, Cherkasy3.5 
 8. Curry, BC Donetsk3.0 
 9. Ryabchuk, Khimik3.0 
 10. Laroche, BC Odes.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Denis IKOVLEV
  Cherkasy
  (201-SF-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ikovlev, Cherkasy3.0 
 2. Krstanovic, Kryvba.2.5 
 3. Misyats, Dnipro2.5 
 4. Koljevic, Cherkasy2.0 
 5. Lesic, Khimik2.0 
 6. Curry, BC Donetsk2.0 
 7. Deane, Khimik2.0 
 8. Sehovic, Khimik1.5 
 9. Frazier, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 10. Gliebov, BC Done.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Vernon GOODRIDGE
  Khimik
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Goodridge, Khimik3.5 
 2. Balashov, BC Odes.2.5 
 3. Kovalenko, Khimik2.0 
 4. Hunter, Cherkasy1.5 
 5. Konev, Kryvbasb.1.5 
 6. Malchevskiy, Kryvb.1.0 
 7. Thomas, Cherkasy1.0 
 8. Love, BC Odessa1.0 
 9. Raduljica, Azovm.1.0 
 10. Glazyrin, Dnipro1.0 


Superleague Round 3: Khimik record second straight victory - by Eurobasket News

Mykolaiv (0-1) recorded its first loss in Mariupol on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Azovmash (2-1) 83-72. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 45-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Azovmash made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Azovmash outrebounded Mykolaiv 36-23 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Serbian power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) chipped in 21 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Azovmash's coach Aleksandar Kesar used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who recorded 12 points and 7 assists. Azovmash are looking forward to face Cherkasy (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Mykolaiv will play against BC Donetsk and hopes to get their first victory.
Another exciting game was between Khimik and BC Donetsk where Khimik (2-0) beat BC Donetsk (1-1) on the road 81-73. It was a good game for Montenegrin-Bosnian swingman Suad Sehovic (196-87) who led his team to a victory with 19 points. Devoe Joseph contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Khimik's coach Zoran Martic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Doron Perkins (188-83, college: Santa Clara) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists for BC Donetsk. Khimik keeps a position of league leader. Khimik will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BC Donetsk will play at home against Mykolaiv (#12) to get more than just one victory in their record.


Azovmash - Mykolaiv 83-72

Mykolaiv (0-1) recorded its first loss in Mariupol on Tuesday night. Visitors were defeated by Azovmash (2-1) 83-72. The hosts trailed by 6 points at the halftime before their 45-28 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Azovmash made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. Azovmash outrebounded Mykolaiv 36-23 including a 26-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. The best player for the winners was Serbian power forward Tadija Dragicevic (206-86, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 17 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Serbian center Miroslav Raduljica (213-88) chipped in 21 points (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field). Azovmash's coach Aleksandar Kesar used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) who recorded 12 points and 7 assists and Lithuanian power forward Arminas Urbutis (205-86, college: Hofstra) added 15 points respectively. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Azovmash are looking forward to face Cherkasy (#7) on the road in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Mykolaiv will play against BC Donetsk and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Mykolaiv: A.Urbutis 15+4reb+1ast, D.Mitchell 13+3reb+2ast, J.Mayo 12+4reb+7ast, R.Sirsnins 10+3reb+6ast, M.Kravcenko 9+4reb+3ast, O.Onufriyev 6+2reb
Azovmash: M.Raduljica 21+4reb+1ast, T.Dragicevic 17+8reb+4ast, I.Paunic 13+2reb+3ast, L.Greer 11+4reb+1ast, O.Pecherov 8+6reb+1ast, O.Kolchenko 5+2reb
gschID: 196911


BC Donetsk - Khimik 73-81

Another exciting game was between Khimik and BC Donetsk where Khimik (2-0) beat BC Donetsk (1-1) on the road 81-73. It looked good early as BC Donetsk took an 4-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Khimik had a 21-10 second period charge getting the lead and BC Donetsk was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 73-81. Khimik forced 20 BC Donetsk turnovers. It was a good game for Montenegrin-Bosnian swingman Suad Sehovic (196-87) who led his team to a victory with 19 points. Canadian guard Devoe Joseph (193-90, college: Oregon, agency: Interperformances) contributed with 12 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Khimik's coach Zoran Martic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. American point guard Doron Perkins (188-83, college: Santa Clara) answered with a double-double by scoring 12 points, 7 rebounds and 10 assists and Lithuanian power forward Darius Songaila (204-78, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) added 14 points and 9 rebounds in the effort for BC Donetsk. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Khimik will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. BC Donetsk will play at home against Mykolaiv (#12) in Mykolaiv to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
BC Donetsk: D.Songaila 14+9reb, R.Curry 14+2reb+3ast, D.Perkins 12+7reb+10ast, D.Fischer 11+7reb+1ast, M.Pustozvonov 7+2reb+1ast, D.Gliebov 7+1reb
Khimik: S.Sehovic 19+1reb+1ast, D.Joseph 12+5reb+3ast, V.Goodridge 12+4reb, S.Lesic 11+5reb, W.Deane 9+2reb+6ast, S.Zavadsky 6+3reb
gschID: 196912



Low: 'I am a Dnipro player!' - by Alexander Muzyka

There were a strange rumours about Derrick Low (188-PG-86). Some mass-media wrote guard can leave Dnipro for playing in Spanish Lagun Aro. They say this possibility appeared after the situation with a Dnipropetrovsk foreigners has happened. Remind that Dnipro is now prohibited by FIBA to sign any of newcomers (Simas Galdikas (203-F-87), Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83) and Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83)) because of Basketball Arbitral TribunalBAT 0201/11. Low was surprised about these rumours and told he had never thought about leaving Dnipropetrovsk.

'I'm playing for Dnipro and I'll try to do the best by myself here. I don't think about possible future but I want to repeat - I'm a Dnipro player. I hope our newcomers will be allowed to play in Ukrainian Superleague and we will show the real strength of today's Dnipro', Derrick said to basket-planet.com.

Dnipro president Valeri Kondratiev said to basket.com.ua Low has a working contract with a club so no rumours about any possible transfer are true. Dnipro had a propositions about Lowe from other teams but refused to sell him. Anyway, there was no proposition from Spanish teams.


Dnipro was named as a one of the strongest teams this season but without three foreign newcomers this team has two loses in two starting games. Low is the only foreign player in roster left from the season 2011/12.

By the way, Lokomotiv Kuban was one of the clubs who wanted to see Low in its roster after its guard Yogev Ohayon (190-PG-87) was injured. But Dnipro's refusal forced Russians to invite Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86) from Zalgiris.



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Three Brits in BBL Team Of The Week - Week 2 - by Paul Nilsen

Our BBL Team Of The Week includes a former BBL MVP and a player who grabs his second appearance of the new season.

Jeremy Bell (184-PG-82, college: Williams Baptist) (UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders)

Former BBL MVP Jeremy Bell (184-PG-82, college: Williams Baptist) stepped onto the floor for the first time this season, and never missed a beat from the previous campaign with a typically influential and classy performance. His display was the best of the weekend, harvesting a valuation score of 35 after accumulating a mammoth 40 points during Raiders opening success at the Pavilions against London Lions. He made 18 of 26 inside the three-point line, and also added seven rebounds and four assists to remind everyone that once again, he is likely to be the driving force behind another title tilt from the Devon club. Of course he is also likely to be a frontrunner to land the most BBL Team Of The Week appearances.

James Jones (193-G/F-83, college: Whitworth) (Manchester Giants)

Having found himself in our opening day line-up, James Jones continued his blistering start to the new campaign with another super performance to make it two starting five appearances in the space of two games. He was again the star performer for the resurgent Giants as they produced a great late show against One Health Sharks Sheffield to book a second victory of the season. He finished the contest with 27 points thanks mainly to a devastating and near flawless display of perimeter shooting, making five triples from just six attempts. He also showed he is more than just a pure shooter with an impressive six assists and four rebounds.

Alex Owumi (196-G-84, college: Alcorn St.) (Worcester Wolves)

It was a tricky first week for Worcester Wolves who slumped to a surprise home loss to Durham Wildcats and then a more predictable defeat at Sport Central against the Eagles. But, the recently recruited Alex Owumi (196-G-84, college: Alcorn St.) helped Paul James team to finally get off the mark at the third attempt with a convincing home success against Manchester Giants. The small forward showcased the inside-outside threat he poses with 25 points including a creditable four of five inside the three point line and five triples from beyond it. He also came up with seven rebounds and five assists to help his relieved team-mates cruise to a first success.

David Watts (206-F-83) (Manchester Giants)

Manchester Giants kept their unbeaten start at home firmly intact with the help of David Watts (206-F-83) who supported the leading role played by team-mate James Jones with a similarly impressive contribution. The forward, who moved during the summer from Wolves, enjoyed an excellent night from all over the floor, finishing the game with 20 points. He also came up big in other areas too. In a terrific all-action performance, Watts managed to pull down seven rebounds, dish up five assists and muster three big blocks in a great nights work which took the Giants to 2-0. However, the weekend was marred slightly for Watts when Giants tasted subsequently tasted defeat for the first time after crashing at his former club Worcester on Saturday night.

Darrius Defoe (204-F-84) (Newcastle Eagles)

The centre continues to be a cornerstone of success for the Tyneside club, having won a stack of trophies during his lengthy stint with the Eagles and typically, he has started this season like most others in impressive fashion. Defoe was instrumental in helping his team avoid an embarrassing reverse against Wolves taking into account they had led by as many as 17 points before squandering their advantage in the final quarter which almost proved costly. But, Defoe helped the Eagles dodge a potential bullet with a strong finish to the game. He produced a super 26 points and eight rebounds, a line made even more impressive considering he was up against the imposing presence and vast experience of Wolves seven foot Lithuanian Arturas Masiulis.

Off The Bench Pavol Losonsky (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders), John Fraley (Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders), Martelle McLemore (Surrey Heat), Gage Daye (One Health Sharks Sheffield), Chez Marks (Cheshire Jets)



Wake Up Call For Giants - by Paul Nilsen



Manchester Giants' coach Jeff Jones admitted that Saturday's loss against Worcester Wolves could provide a wake-up call for his team.

The Giants had won both of their opening two games, but struggled in the first half at Worcester, and left themselves with too much to do despite a second half comeback.

"We were awful and no one played well" said Jones. "Don't get me wrong, Wolves played well we just never got going and it was partly my fault I should have used some guys earlier then I did because they were fresher and would of given us a spark, maybe.

"It honestly would be difficult to single anyone out that played well for us. It was a good reality check for us and just reminded my guys we need to stay with the game-plan if we are going to be respectable in this league.

"Alex Owumi was very good for them we need to stop letting guys have career nights against us, and [Stanley] Ocitti was very good for them extremely active and will be a tough guard for a lot of teams because of their other big guys. Worcester will be there or there about so all in all the game came early enough for us so we can use it to learn we have to play hard every second we are on the floor."

Giants had maintained their perfect start to the season the previous night with an ultimately comfortable win against One Health Sharks Sheffield, but Jones had mixed feelings about the game:

"We were pretty poor in the first half but really stepped it up in the 3rd quarter we actually played at the tempo and intensity we will need to play at for 40 minutes each and every game.

"For us James [Jones], Dave Watts and Stefan Gill scored well and they all got it going at the same time which made it difficult for Sheffield there may not be three better shooters as a trio in the league. We also had Dave Aliu and Mike Williams both getting a double-double which gave us five guys in double figures. Again this is what we want to be like, sharing the ball and getting everyone involved

"Obviously the two guards stood out for them. I really like Micah Williams, he shot the ball really well a but he never really looked rushed and was able to create his shot with minimum effort an extremely economical player and then [Gage] Daye had an exceptional first half I am not sure if we finally guarded him in the second half and maybe he got a little tired which certainly helped us."

Giant return to action on Friday when they host champions Newcastle Eagles before making the long trip to UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders on Sunday afternoon.




Ton Up For Paternostro - by Paul Nilsen



Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders' coach Rob Paternostro collected his 100th victory as coach of the midlands club defeated Cheshire Jets 80-72 on Saturday night.

Paternostro took over as Riders' play-caller in September 2008 and is comfortably the club's most successful coach in their 45-year history, and he was clearly delighted with the win:

"The best part about winning the 100th game was hearing from the many former players that I have had, we have had a lot of great players who were also great people and that is what makes this job special."

Paternostro knows his side still face a tough season ahead of them: "In the game against the Jets on Saturday we looked very good at times and at other times we struggled.

"We have a long way to go but I'm encouraged that in both victories we have played very hard and played unselfishly and have showed the ability to defend. At this stage our defence is ahead of our offense but we will use these two weeks to continue to improve in many areas.

"We understand that with five key players brand new to the BBL it will take time but we feel like we will continue to improve every day.

"I thought John Fraley was again very strong in the paint with 16 [points] and 14 [rebounds] and I thought Pavol Losonsky was able to give us a very productive game. It was nice to see Zaire Taylor have a big game, he played well on both ends of the floor."

Paternostro did have praise for the new-look Cheshire side who made Riders fight all the way for the victory: "Credit the Jets, James [Hamilton] had a game plan to slow the game down and it was effective because they were able to hit some very difficult shots especially very late in the shot clock.

"Chez Marks was on fire he is a guy who knows how to score in this league, but through all that we were able to stay composed and pull through in the end."




National Trophy round-up: Bradford, Tees Valley, Hemel and Derby remain unbeaten - by Eurobasket News

There are still five unbeaten teams in the National Trophy after last weekend's matches.
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Bobby EdmundsBradford Dragons maintained their perfect start to the season winning a thriller in the capital, 90-86 against Westminster Warriors.
Bradford led by eleven points at half-time, but Warriors pegged them back in the second half and managed to take the lead in the closing moments behind some impressive shooting from Leon Bennett-Harris (22) and Jonathan Johnson (20).
Dragons are made of stern stuff though and they rallied to retake the lead and hold on for the win behind 16 points apiece from Daumants Pabrieza and Rihards Sulcs (190-F-87).
Bradford guard Bobby Edmunds (pictured) commented: "We had control of the game in the first half but then they hit some big threes to get them back into it. We managed to make some key stops though and produced some great offensive plays down the stretch, which gave us the win. It was overall a great team win to keep us undefeated thus far."
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Hemel Storm continued their impressive start to the season with a resounding 86-51 win over Worthing Thunder on the south coast.
After Thunder scored seven points in the first three minutes of the game, they were held to just 26 points over the next 27 minutes as Storm won each of the middle two periods by double digits to lead 65-33 at the final break.
Storm were led by 22 points from Louis Sayers as they shot 52% both from the floor overall and from behind the arc.
Joe Carter led Worthing with 11 points and he commented: "The first half wasn't very good for us because we were not getting the right looks. Second half was a little better but they were too organised at the end of the day and it is a good lesson for us. Games like this will make us better and make us a stronger unit."
Storm head coach Dave Titmuss stated: "I thought both teams played really hard for 40 minutes which was impressive, but we were generally able to get better shots than they did and that was the decisive difference in the end.
"Like Worthing, I feel that we're still in a preparation stage because a lack of resources meant we had to assemble the squad quite late, but our 12-man rotation on Sunday gave younsters like Jacob Lloyd (185-G-94), Mike Darlow and Jacob Barr a chance to gain valuable experience and they responded extremely well."
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Essex Leopards picked up their first Trophy win of the season with a 77-63 victory over winless Brixton Topcats on Friday night.
New addition Simon Cummings led Leopards with 21 points and 6 assists as a 52-40 edge in rebounds and marked advantage at the free throw line (Leopards went to the line 41 times and Topcats shot only 30% from the stripe) saw the home team take the spoils.
The fourth quarter started with Topcats just three points behind, but an 'and one' and a technical foul inside the first twenty seconds set the tone for a period that Leopards would win 22-11.
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Tees Valley Mohawks remained unbeaten as they topped Leicester Warriors 81-64 in Leicester on Saturday.
Mohawks held an eight point lead after one quarter and despite Leicester hiting back in the second, they won the second half commandingly to head back to the north east with a comfortable win.
Jorge Ebanks (25) and Jamie Kohn (21) continued their bright start to the season by leading Mohawks in scoring. Elliott Sentance again led Warriors with 12.
Tees Valley coach Steve Butler commented: "Our second half performance was much better. We increased the tempo defensively and caused Leicester to turn the ball over 27 times in the game. Jorge was fantastic today, he was everywhere on the court. We had lapses again in the second quarter but we showed we have depth in the squad with everyone contrubuting on the score sheet and getting valuable minutes."
55 77
Derby Trailblazers improved to 2-0 in Trophy play with a 77-55 win at Team Northumbria on Saturday.
<a href=Tom Sherlock (204-F-81, college: Wayne St., MI)" align=right src="http://www.englandbasketball.co.uk/uploads/National%20League/12-13Season/TomSherlock121001.jpg">After an evenly contested opening quarter Derby held their hosts to just three points in the second period, whilst scoring 22 of their own to open up what seemed to be an unassailable lead.
Northumbria responded in the third quarter with a 25-10 period and they got as close as seven points in the final period, but were unable to make it all the way back and Derby produced another run at the end of the game to give the final score a its lopsided look.
Nick Rose had 24 points and Tom Sherlock (pictured) and 20 points and 12 rebounds. Jamie Glen led Northumbria with 18.
Derby coach Jamie Maudsley was happy with his team's defensive performance: "Overall, we are still a work in progress, but what I'm looking at is whether or not we're improving every game and I think we did that against Northumbria. Defensively, we were very good, because we held a good team to just fifty-five points.
"We tried out a couple of different defences in the second quarter with the result that we held them so just three points from a solitary field goal. We got some really good stops, we rebounded the ball really well and we stopped their penetration. As a result, I think that quarter was the best we've played defensively this season, but I still don't think we were perfect, so hopefully we can still improve on that too."
Image - Alan Mousley
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Last year's treble winners Essex Leopards played their best game of the young campaign on Sunday as they defeated Medway Park Crusaders 80-63 at Basildon Sporting Village.
With recent additions Simon Cummings (14 points) and Carl Josey (13 points and 14 rebounds) contributing well they had too much for the Kent-based side.
The first quarter ended 26-23 in favour of Crusaders, but they were held to just 9 points in each of the second and third quarters, leading to Leopards having a 60-44 advantage going into the final period.
Crusaders did get the gap down to 9 points in the fourth quarter led by 20 points from Mannock Lual, but a 10-4 run by Leopards finished off the game.
65 44
Reading Rockets tasted defeat in their first Trophy game of the season as they went down 65-44 to Team Northumbria on Sunday.
A stifling Team Northumbria defence held Rockets to 9 points in the opening quarter and never allowed Reading to post more than 14 points in any of the subsequent periods.
Whilst Northumbria were hardly setting the scoreboard alight themselves, they were able to win each of the quarters and pull away for a comfortable win.
Siman Stewart was the game's top scorer with 16 points as Northumbria picked up their first ever Trophy win.



Glasgow Rocks add Achara to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Glasgow Rocks (BBL) added to their roster 29-year old Scottish ex-international power forward Kieron Achara (208-128kg-83, college: Duquesne, agency: Two Points). He is a dual citizen owning also Nigerian passport. Achara played last season at Assignia Manresa in Spanish ACB league. In 34 ACB games last year he recorded 6.0ppg and 3.5rpg.
He was also a member of Scottish international program for some years. Achara played for Scottish Senior National Team between 2002 and 2005 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2001. He represented Scotland at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) this year. His stats at that event were 4 games: 4.0ppg, 2.3rpg.
Achara has played also professionally in Scotland (Clark Eriksson Fury).
He attended University of Duquesne until 2008 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @BBLofficial)



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Standings - LUB

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 1: Malvin - Tabare 88-80
Oct. 1: Trouville - Montevideo 80-62
Oct. 1: Nacional - Sayago 79-93
Oct. 2: Bohemios - Olimpia
Oct. 2: Hebraica - Cordon
Oct. 2: Bigua - Defensor
Oct. 3: Larre Borges - Welcome

Round 1

Oct. 1: Aguada - Welcome 67-76


Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Justin KEENAN
  Trouville
  (202-F/C-88)
  Avg: 33.2
 1. Keenan, Trouville33.2 
 2. Baxley, Defensor27.0 
 3. Garcia Moral., Agu.25.0 
 4. Alvarez, Sayago23.7 
 5. Ambres, Nacional22.4 
 6. Johnson, Bigua22.0 
 7. Haller, Montevideo21.0 
 8. Garbarino, Tabare20.8 
 9. Taboada, Un.Atlet.20.3 
 10. Shellman, Sayago20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Krys FABER
  Welcome
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 14.3
 1. Faber, Welcome14.3 
 2. Shellman, Sayago13.0 
 3. Passos, Hebraica12.8 
 4. Martin, Nacional10.8 
 5. Hayes, Aguada10.5 
 6. Myles, Malvin10.4 
 7. Johnson, Bigua10.0 
 8. Haller, Montevideo10.0 
 9. Blankson, Un.Atlet.9.7 
 10. Morris, Cordon9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Federico BAVOSI
  Un.Atletica
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Bavosi, Un.Atletica9.3 
 2. Fitipaldo, Malvin7.2 
 3. Gonzalez, Aguada6.8 
 4. Cortizas, Welcome6.5 
 5. Taboada, Un.Atlet.6.0 
 6. Barrera, Hebraica5.8 
 7. Tornaria, Trouville5.6 
 8. Aguiar, Hebraica5.5 
 9. Garcia Moral., Agu.5.3 
 10. Jeffries, Bigua4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Facundo ROSELLI
  Larre Borges
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Roselli, Larre Bor.3.3 
 2. Garcia, Cordon3.0 
 3. Barrera, Hebraica2.8 
 4. Cortizas, Welcome2.5 
 5. Trelles, Bohemios2.3 
 6. Garcia Moral., Agu.2.0 
 7. De Gouveia, Tabare2.0 
 8. Aguilera, Trouville2.0 
 9. Izuibejeres, Hebra.1.8 
 10. Vazquez, Defensor1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Jon ROGERS
  Un.Atletica
  (204-C-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Rogers, Un.Atletica3.3 
 2. January, Larre B.2.7 
 3. Kanis, Trouville2.6 
 4. Faber, Welcome2.5 
 5. Passos, Hebraica1.8 
 6. Haller, Montevideo1.7 
 7. Bravo, Defensor1.3 
 8. Harrison, Bohemios1.3 
 9. Newsome, Malvin1.2 
 10. Shellman, Sayago1.0 


Malvin reached a 5-0 record - by Hector Lopez

Alexander Galindo (200-F-85, college: FIU) netted 24 pointrs and grabbed 6 rebounds leading Malvin for its fifth straight win 88-80 over Tabar. also for Malvin Fernando Martinez (170-PG-79) scored 15 points Anthony Myles (208-F/C-82, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Xavier) added 10 points and 8 rebounds and Reque Newsome (204-C-81, college: S.Indiana) 6 points 4 rebounds. for Tabare Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 22 points 10 rebounds, Edward Cage (203-F-78, college: Bradley) 18 points and 11 rebounds. Other results:
Sayago 93 - Demian Alvarez (192-F-84) 26 points Terence Shellman (198-F-78) 24 points 13 rebounds, Stanley Jones (208-C-86, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Francis Marion) 14 points 6 rebounds
Nacional 77 - Emiliano Giano (180-G-89) 21 points, Mildon Ambres (198-F/G-84, college: S.Nazarene) 17 points 8 rebounds, Kevin Martin (208-C-83, college: Florida Gulf Coast) 14 points 16 rebounds
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Trouville 80 - Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88, college: Ferris St.) 25 points 12 rebounds, Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 16 points 9 rebounds 3 blocks, Carlton Fay (203-F-88, college: S.Illinois) 2 points 2 rebounds
Montevideo 62 - Diego Pereyra (184-G-85) 25 points, Reggie Chambers (175-G, college: W.Virg.Wesl.) 10 points 3 rebounds, Paul Crosby (203-C, college: Miss.Valley St.) 9 points 6 rebounds
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Welcome 76 - Jamar Nutter (188-G-84, college: Seton Hall) 23 points 5 rebounds, Krys Faber (208-C, college: De Paul) 15 points 14 rebounds
Aguada - Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, college: Texas A&M) 33 points, Christopher Hayes (206-F-87, college: Detroit Mercy) 10 points 8 rebounds, Byron Allen (203-C-81, agency: SDJ Sports, college: Northwestern St.) 2 points 7 rebounds-



A coach from Spain joined Trouville as HC - by Hector Lopez

The coach Mateo Rubio , from Spain, has been named as the new head Coach for Trouville, the team playing for the Uruguayan League announced today. The decision came after Edgardo Ottati,, who was in charge of the team, resigned due to personal problems. It will be the first time a coach from Spain will be working in Uruguay. At the same time other teams announced their import players. Allavena, from paysand, which will be playing the Littoral Group for the Uruguayan League inked Jason Arbet (211-F/C-85, college: Oklahoma City). Maldonado at the same time announced the have signed tho Panamenian players, Ernesto Oglivie (199-F-89) and Daniel King (203-F-87).


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Standings - LNB

LNB Standings
Central-East
 1. Guacharos 12-3 
 2. Tiburones 10-3 
 3. Estudiantes 7-8 
 4. Rojos de Sucre 5-7 
 5. Atleticos UCV 2-13 
Central-West
 1. Cent.Apure 12-4 
 2. Bravos 9-6 
 3. Aduaneros 8-8 
 4. Generales 5-9 
 5. Lanc.Cojedes 3-12 

Regular Season: Round 9

Oct. 2: Tiburones - Bravos 88-70
Oct. 2: Atleticos UCV - Guacharos 83-93
Oct. 2: Rojos de Sucre - Estudiantes 82-77
Oct. 2: Aduaneros - Cent.Apure 70-73
Oct. 2: Lanc.Cojedes - Generales 117-78
Oct. 3: Aduaneros - Cent.Apure
Oct. 3: Lanc.Cojedes - Generales
Oct. 3: Rojos de Sucre - Estudiantes
Oct. 3: Atleticos UCV - Guacharos
Oct. 3: Tiburones - Bravos



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  VTB UNITED LEAGUE   

Standings

VTB United League Standings
Group A
 1. BC Astana 1-0 
 2. Azovmash 0-0 
 3. BC Donetsk 0-0 
 4. Kalev/Cramo 0-0 
 5. Khimky 0-0 
 6. Krasnie Krilya 0-0 
 7. PGE Turow 0-0 
 8. Spartak SP 0-0 
 9. Unics 0-0 
 10. Lietuvos rytas 0-1 
Group B
 1. CEZ Nymburk 0-0 
 2. CSKA 0-0 
 3. Enisey 0-0 
 4. Lokomotiv 0-0 
 5. Minsk-2006 0-0 
 6. N.Novgorod 0-0 
 7. Neptunas 0-0 
 8. Triumph 0-0 
 9. VEF Riga 0-0 
 10. Zalgiris 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 2: BC Astana - Lietuvos rytas 72-71
Oct. 6: Lokomotiv - Zalgiris
Oct. 7: N.Novgorod - CEZ Nymburk
Oct. 7: Neptunas - CSKA
Oct. 8: VEF Riga - Triumph


Kalev/Cramo to test Keith McLeod - by Eurobasket News

Kalev/Cramo are looking for the ways to bolster their backcourt. They invited Keith McLeod (190-PG-79, college: Bowling Green) for a try-out period. The point guard started the previous season in D-League. He played for the Canton Charge. His stats read 14.2 points, 4.4 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game. Later Keith McLeod was traded to the Erie Bay Hawks. His stats read 13.7 points, 5.3 assists, 2.0 rebounds per game there. He participated at D-League All-Star Game. Previously Keith McLeod had stints in Greece, Italy, D-League, NBA and USBL. He was Italian SeriaA champion back in 2008.



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Women News


Coach's ejection fires Korac past Vojvodina - by Zeljko Zule

Radivoj Korac used a 13-0 final quarter run to pull away after tying at 52-52 en route to a 74-68 victory over Vojvodina in the last game of Round 2. Snezana Colic (178-G-92) finished with 21 points and 5 assists, Jelena Jovanovic added 12 points and Tina Jovanovic grabbed 13 points. Vojvodina was led by Natasa Bucevac with her 20 points and 8 rebounds, Jovana Popovic collected 12 points and 7 assists, Natasa Ivancevic had 11 points and 6 rebounds, Anja Stupar and Dina Sesnih both scored 10 points.
Korac lead 41-30 in the third quarter, but Vojvodina went on a 18-6 to take a lead 48-47 going into the final period. Vojvodina's coach Milorad Selimovic was ejected from the game after two technical fouls at 52-52 with 6:30 remaining and Korac scored 13 straight points.



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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   

Standings

Standings
Group A
1. China4-0
2. Japan3-1
3. S.Korea2-2
4. Taiwan2-2
5. Thailand1-3
6. Malaysia0-4
Group B
1. India5-0
2. Hong Kong3-1
3. Kazakhstan.2-2
4. Singapore2-2
5. Sri Lanka1-4
6. Uzbekistan.0-4

Preliminary Round: Round 5

A

Oct. 3: THA - CHN
Oct. 3: JPN - MAS
Oct. 3: TAI - KOR

B

Oct. 3: IND - SRI 114-27
Oct. 3: KAZ - SIN


Day 4 in Johor Bahru - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Malaysia - Taiwan 40-84
Taiwan celebrate the initial win in Malaysia as they improved to 1-2 record in Group A. Taiwan handed the hosts their third loss after 84:40 victory. Both teams entered the game without victories and did their best to put first W in the record. Taiwan did not waste time and grabbed 26-10 in the first period. Moreover they added 19-12 in the second frame and led 23 points at the halftime. Taiwan did not slow down in the second half as well and dominated the court. The needed 24-10 in the third period and 15-8 in the last quarter to seal the comfortable win. Ou Chieh (180-C-95) paced all the winners with 20 points and Chen Yen-Yu delivered 12. Lin Yu-Ting (183-F-94) posted 10, whilst Cheng Yu-Chieh (175-F/C-95) had 9 points and 11 rebounds. Phey Chi Low (170-G-94) nailed 12 points in the losing effort and Lee Phei Ling delivered 9.

China - South Korea 72-66
China closed Day 4 with the win over South Korea at the U18 Asia Championship. The Chinese team needed 72:66 to take 4-0 record on top of Group A. South Korea meanwhile suffered their second loss and dropped at 2-2. It was the game for the top position in Group A. China grabbed 22-12 in the first period, but could not keep the lead at the halftime. South Korea needed 24-11 in the second frame to take 1-point advantage. Moreover the latter won the third period 18-16 and led 3 points entering the last stanza. Yang LiWei (175-G-95) tied the game at 61:61 and then China pushed the tempo for good. They added 23-12 in the last stanza and sealed an important victory. Huang Sijing (190-C/F-96) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Gong Li, Yang LiWei and Zhang Liting (199-C-94) posted 13 points each. Kim Hanbi (180-C-94) delivered 17 points in the losing effort and Ku Seul added 14. Kang Leeseul (180-F-94) posted 9, while Park Jieun nailed 8.

Thailand - Japan 38-103
Japan improved to 3-1 record in Group A at the U18 Asia Championship. The team overcame Thailand 103:38 in the start of Day 4. Japan trailed 0-3 in the opening tip but erupted with 32-7 in the first period. They favorites never looked behind after and allowed the opponents to score another 7 points in the second frame. Maria Kawakami (172-G-94) closed the half at 63:14. In the second half Japan posted 20 points in the third and the last quarters. They won the third period 20-14 and finished the game with 20-10 in the last stanza. Maria Kawakami top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Miyuki Kawamura (183-C-94) nailed 16. Saki Matsumoto (176-CF-94) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Hayasaka Akie added 11. Iam-U-Tama Panparin and Supira Kianbut (175-C-94) delivered 8 points each in defeat.

Group B
Hong Kong - Singapore 88-48
Hong Kong ensured the third win at U18 Asia Championship. They shot down Singapore to stay in the second position at Level II ladder. Singapore fell at 2-2 record in the third place. Wong Man Sze (170-G-95) came up with 23 points to lead Hong Kong. Hong Kong cleared off to a 17:11 lead at the first break. They stretched the gap in the second quarter. Hong Kong triggered a 27:12 run to build a comfortable 44:23 halftime advantage. Singapore managed just 9 points in the third quarter as they trailed by 24 points heading into the fourth stanza. Hong Kong did not slow down in the final period and raced to the victory. Wong Ka Yee (172-F-94) notched 16 points, while Leung Wai (170-F-96) added 10 points in the victory. Ang Pauline (178-C-94) answered with 11 points for Singapore. Lim Alanna (172-C-94) had 7 points in the loss.

Sri Lanka - Kazakhstan 48-77
Kazakhstan tastes first success in Jonor Bahru. The team improved to 1-2 record in Group B of the U18 Asia Championship after a 77:48 win over Sri Lanka. It was the game for the first victory for the both teams. Kazakhstan started with 21-14 and added 18-7 in the second frame. Daria Li (184-C-94) sent the teams to the lockers at 39:21 as she made a free throw. Moreover Kazakhstan dominated the second half as well. They won the third period 19-11 and increased to 26 points after 30 minutes. Another 19-16 in the last stanza allowed them to taste 77:48 win. Anna Zlobina (169-G-95) paced all the winners with 16 points and Oxana Bagmet (170-G-96) added 14. Otepbergen Aigerim collected 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Daria Li nailed 9. Chamodi Liyanaralalage (164-F-95) scored 17 points in the losing effort and Marasinghege Pooja brought 11.



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  CHINA   


U18 Asia Championship: China closed Day 4 with the win over South Korea - by Eurobasket News

China U18-South Korea U18 72:66

China closed Day 4 with the win over South Korea at the U18 Asia Championship. The Chinese team needed 72:66 to take 4-0 record on top of Group A. South Korea meanwhile suffered their second loss and dropped at 2-2.
It was the game for the top position in Group A. China grabbed 22-12 in the first period, but could not keep the lead at the halftime. South Korea needed 24-11 in the second frame to take 1-point advantage. Moreover the latter won the third period 18-16 and led 3 points entering the last stanza. Yang LiWei (175-G-95) tied the game at 61:61 and then China pushed the tempo for good. They added 23-12 in the last stanza and sealed an important victory.
Huang Sijing (190-C/F-96) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Gong Li (187-F-95), Yang LiWei and Zhang Liting (199-C-94) posted 13 points each. Kim Hanbi (180-C-94) delivered 17 points in the losing effort and Ku Seul (183-C-94) added 14. Kang Leeseul (180-F-94) posted 9, while Park Jieun (183-C-95) nailed 8.

China U18: Huang Sijing 20, Gong Li 13, Yang LiWei 13, Zhang Liting 13
South Korea U18: Kim Hanbi 17, Ku Seul 14, Kang Leeseul 9, Park Jieun 8



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  DENMARK   

Standings - Dameligaen

Dameligaen Standings
 1. Falcon 2-0 
 2. Horsholm 2-0 
 3. Lemvig 2-0 
 4. SISU 2-0 
 5. Aabyhoj 0-2 
 6. Amager 0-2 
 7. Horsens 0-2 
 8. Vaerlose 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

Sep. 30: SISU - Horsens 85-31
Sep. 29: Horsholm - Aabyhoj 74-73
Sep. 29: Falcon - Amager 74-48
Sep. 29: Vaerlose - Lemvig 63-82
Sep. 26: Aabyhoj - Lemvig 57-82

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 3: Horsholm - SISU
Oct. 6: Lemvig - Falcon
Oct. 6: Vaerlose - Aabyhoj
Oct. 6: Amager - Horsens


Stats Leaders - Damenligaen

Points Per Game
 Emilie HESSELDAL
  Horsholm
  (185-F/C-90)
  Avg: 25
 1. Hesseldal, Horsholm25.0 
 2. Hatch, Lemvig22.0 
 3. Chili, Vaerlose22.0 
 4. Preetzmann, Aabyh.21.0 
 5. Moore, Lemvig19.5 
 6. Fuller, Falcon17.5 
 7. Vincents, Falcon16.0 
 8. Schicher, Lemvig14.5 
 9. Pretzmann, SISU14.5 
 10. Malone, SISU14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emily HATCH
  Lemvig
  (185-F-89)
  Avg: 11
 1. Hatch, Lemvig11.0 
 2. Hatfield, Vaerlose11.0 
 3. Malone, SISU10.0 
 4. Hesseldal, Horsholm9.0 
 5. Dyszkant, SISU8.5 
 6. Gerlyng-H., Horsh.8.0 
 7. Chili, Vaerlose7.5 
 8. Fuller, Falcon7.5 
 9. Schicher, Lemvig7.0 
 10. Jespersen, Aabyh.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ivana UDOVALIEVA
  Lemvig
  (172-PG-84)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Udovalieva, Lemvig9.5 
 2. Lund, SISU4.0 
 3. Pretzmann, SISU4.0 
 4. Blands, SISU4.0 
 5. Jorgensen, SISU4.0 
 6. Vincents, Falcon3.5 
 7. Schelde, Vaerlose3.0 
 8. Hatch, Lemvig3.0 
 9. Bachler, Vaerlose3.0 
 10. Klussmann, Amager2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mallory MOORE
  Lemvig
  (-F-)
  Avg: 5
 1. Moore, Lemvig5.0 
 2. Hesseldal, Horsholm4.0 
 3. Jorgensen, SISU3.5 
 4. Andersen, Falcon2.5 
 5. Jespersen, Aabyhoj2.5 
 6. Fogelstrom, Amager2.0 
 7. Preetzmann, Aabyh.2.0 
 8. Kristensen, Horsh.2.0 
 9. Hatch, Lemvig2.0 
 10. Bachler, Vaerlose1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Janet HATFIELD
  Vaerlose
  (190-C-85)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Hatfield, Vaerlose2.5 
 2. Fuller, Falcon1.0 
 3. Hoier, Aabyhoj0.5 
 4. Jorgensen, SISU0.5 
 5. Malone, SISU0.5 
 6. Dokkedal, Vaerlose0.5 
 7. Moore, Lemvig0.5 
 8. Gerlyng-H., Horsh.0.5 
 9. Pretzmann, SISU0.5 
 10. Hesseldal, Horsho.0.5 



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  HONG KONG   


U18 Asia Championship: Hong Kong rally past Singapore - by Eurobasket News

Hong Kong U18 - Singapore U18 88:48

Hong Kong ensured the third win at U18 Asia Championship. They shot down Singapore to stay in the second position at Level II ladder. Singapore fell at 2-2 record in the third place. Wong Man Sze (170-G-95) came up with 23 points to lead Hong Kong.
Hong Kong cleared off to a 17:11 lead at the first break. They stretched the gap in the second quarter. Hong Kong triggered a 27:12 run to build a comfortable 44:23 halftime advantage. Singapore managed just 9 points in the third quarter as they trailed by 24 points heading into the fourth stanza. Hong Kong did not slow down in the final period and raced to the victory. Wong Ka Yee (172-F-94) notched 16 points, while Leung Wai (170-F-96) added 10 points in the victory. Ang Pauline (178-C-94) answered with 11 points for Singapore. Lim Alanna (172-C-94) had 7 points in the loss.

Hong Kong U18: Wong Man Sze 23, Wong Ka Yee 16, Leung Wai 10
Singapore U18: Ang Pauline 11, Lim Alanna 7



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U18 Asia Championship: India wins Level II with 4-0 record - by Eurobasket News

India-Sri Lanka 114:27

India wins Level II with 4-0 record as they stormed past Sri Lanka in the start of the last day of the Preliminary Round. The team won 114:27 and remained undefeated. Sri Lanka meanwhile finished with 0-4 record.
India won the first period 25-13 and added massive 33-6 in the second period. Moreover the favorites limited Sri Lanka to just two points in the third period. They erupted with 27-2 and enjoyed 85:21 after 30 minutes. They added 29-6 in the last stanza for a comfortable win.
P.S. Jeena (178-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 16 rebounds, while Anjana Geetha (177-F-94) and Anjana Ekka (174-F-95) scored 15 each. Sharanjeet Kaur (165-F-96) followed them with 11 points in a win. Chamodi Liyanaralalage (164-F-95) nailed 13 points in defeat and Anne Ravindran (156-F-96) added 6.

India: P.S. Jeena 24+16 rebs, Anjana Geetha 15, Anjana Ekka 15, Sharanjeet Kaur 11
Sri Lanka: Chamodi Liyanaralalage 13, Anne Ravindran 6



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  JAPAN   


U18 Asia Championship: Japan improved to 3-1 record in Group A - by Eurobasket News

Thailand U18-Japan U18 38:103

Japan improved to 3-1 record in Group A at the U18 Asia Championship. The team overcame Thailand 103:38 in the start of Day 4.
Japan trailed 0-3 in the opening tip but erupted with 32-7 in the first period. They favorites never looked behind after and allowed the opponents to score another 7 points in the second frame. Maria Kawakami (172-G-94) closed the half at 63:14. In the second half Japan posted 20 points in the third and the last quarters. They won the third period 20-14 and finished the game with 20-10 in the last stanza.
Maria Kawakami top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Miyuki Kawamura (183-C-94) nailed 16. Saki Matsumoto (176-CF-94) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Akie Hayasaka (175-G-94) added 11. Panparin Iam-U-Tama (162-G-95) and Supira Kianbut (175-C-94) delivered 8 points each in defeat.

Thailand U18: Panparin Iam-U-Tama 8, Supira Kianbut 8
Japan U18: Maria Kawakami 17, Miyuki Kawamura 16, Saki Matsumoto 14+10 rebs, Akie Hayasaka 11



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  KAZAKHSTAN   


U18 Asia Championship: Kazakhstan tastes first success in Jonor Bahru - by Eurobasket News

Sri Lanka U18-Kazakhstan U18 48:77

Kazakhstan tastes first success in Jonor Bahru. The team improved to 1-2 record in Group B of the U18 Asia Championship after a 77:48 win over Sri Lanka.
It was the game for the first victory for the both teams. Kazakhstan started with 21-14 and added 18-7 in the second frame. Daria Li (184-C-94) sent the teams to the lockers at 39:21 as she made a free throw. Moreover Kazakhstan dominated the second half as well. They won the third period 19-11 and increased to 26 points after 30 minutes. Another 19-16 in the last stanza allowed them to taste 77:48 win.
Anna Zlobina (169-G-95) paced all the winners with 16 points and Oxana Bagmet (170-G-96) added 14. Aigerim Otepbergen (188-C-95) collected 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Daria Li nailed 9. Chamodi Liyanaralalage (164-F-95) scored 17 points in the losing effort and Pooja Marasinghege (169-C-94) brought 11.

Sri Lanka U18: Chamodi Liyanaralalage 17, Pooja Marasinghege 11
Kazakhstan U18: Anna Zlobina 16, Oxana Bagmet 14, Aigerim Otepbergen 10+11 rebs, Daria Li 9



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  LUXEMBOURG   

Standings - Women

Diekirch League Standings
 1. AB Contern 1-0 
 2. Amicale 1-0 
 3. Etzella 1-0 
 4. Musel Pikes 1-0 
 5. Basket Esch 0-1 
 6. Racing 0-1 
 7. Sparta 0-1 
 8. T71 Dudelange 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 30: Etzella - T71 Dudelange 74-61
Sep. 29: Racing - Amicale 62-97
Sep. 29: Basket Esch - AB Contern 58-74
Sep. 30: Sparta - Musel Pikes 51-69

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 6: AB Contern - Sparta
Oct. 6: Amicale - Basket Esch
Oct. 6: T71 Dudelange - Racing


Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Meghan GARDLER
  Amicale
  (180-F/C-88)
  Avg: 39
 1. Gardler, Amicale39.0 
 2. Yoerger, AB Contern29.0 
 3. Manakova, Amicale29.0 
 4. Grieb, AB Contern24.0 
 5. Stevenson, Racing24.0 
 6. Vaughn, Basket Es.22.0 
 7. Conicelli, Etzella18.0 
 8. Stowe, Musel Pikes17.0 
 9. Fisher, Musel Pikes15.0 
 10. Bridenbaugh, T7115.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Meghan GARDLER
  Amicale
  (180-F/C-88)
  Avg: 17
 1. Gardler, Amicale17.0 
 2. Stevenson, Racing13.0 
 3. Yoerger, AB Contern12.0 
 4. Stowe, Musel Pikes11.0 
 5. Orban, T71 D.10.0 
 6. Conicelli, Etzella10.0 
 7. Grieb, AB Contern10.0 
 8. Fisher, Musel Pikes10.0 
 9. Vaughn, Basket Es.9.0 
 10. Manakova, Amicale9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Katie DONOVAN
  Etzella
  (178-G-82)
  Avg: 8
 1. Donovan, Etzella8.0 
 2. Haris, Basket Esch5.0 
 3. Grieb, AB Contern5.0 
 4. Yoerger, AB Contern4.0 
 5. Wagener, T71 D.4.0 
 6. Manakova, Amicale4.0 
 7. Grethen, Amicale3.0 
 8. Conicelli, Etzella3.0 
 9. Petrova, Etzella3.0 
 10. Stevenson, Racing2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Meghan GARDLER
  Amicale
  (180-F/C-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Gardler, Amicale5.0 
 2. Manakova, Amicale5.0 
 3. Yoerger, AB Contern4.0 
 4. Wagener, T71 D.3.0 
 5. Conicelli, Etzella3.0 
 6. Grieb, AB Contern3.0 
 7. Stevenson, Racing3.0 
 8. Pierce, Racing3.0 
 9. Flick, Amicale2.0 
 10. Vaughn, Basket E.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Michcle ORBAN
  T71 D.
  (190-C-86)
  Avg: 1
 1. Orban, T71 D.1.0 
 2. Schmit, T71 D.1.0 
 3. Flick, Amicale1.0 
 4. Stevenson, Racing1.0 
 5. Marcus, Amicale1.0 
 6. Mangen, Amicale1.0 
 7. Conicelli, Etzella1.0 
 8. Manakova, Amicale0.0 
 9. Klepper, Racing0.0 
 10. Skrijelj, Sparta0.0 



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  MALAYSIA   


U18 Asia Championship: Taiwan celebrate the initial win in Malaysia - by Eurobasket News

Malaysia U18-Taiwan U18 40:84

Taiwan celebrate the initial win in Malaysia as they improved to 1-2 record in Group A. Taiwan handed the hosts their third loss after 84:40 victory.
Both teams entered the game without victories and did their best to put first W in the record. Taiwan did not waste time and grabbed 26-10 in the first period. Moreover they added 19-12 in the second frame and led 23 points at the halftime. Taiwan did not slow down in the second half as well and dominated the court. The needed 24-10 in the third period and 15-8 in the last quarter to seal the comfortable win.
Ou Chieh (180-C-95) paced all the winners with 20 points and Chen Yen-Yu (169-G/F-94) delivered 12. Lin Yu-Ting (183-F-94) posted 10, whilst Cheng Yu-Chieh (175-F/C-95) had 9 points and 11 rebounds. Phey Chi Low (170-G-94) nailed 12 points in the losing effort and Phei Ling Lee (170-F-96) delivered 9.

Malaysia U18: Phey Chi Low 12, Phei Ling Lee 9
Taiwan U18: Ou Chieh 20, Chen Yen-Yu 12, Lin Yu-Ting 10, Cheng Yu-Chieh 9+11 rebs



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  PUERTO RICO   


Piratas get a road win over San German: - by Luis Modestti


Piratas de Quebradillas went on the road and defeated Atleticas de San German 77-66 on Tuesday. Quebradillas is now second with a 12-4 record and San German is 8-7.

Quebradillas controlled the whole game by winning the first quarter 26-13 and at halftime they were up 38-24.

In the second half Quebradillas had a 20 point lead and never looked back.

Becca Bruszewski (185-F-88, college: Notre Dame) netted 21 points for Quebradillas while Cristina Centeno added 13.

The games for today are Aguas Buenas at Carolina and Ponce visits Morovis.



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  SINGAPORE   


U18 Asia Championship: Hong Kong rally past Singapore - by Eurobasket News

Hong Kong U18 - Singapore U18 88:48

Hong Kong ensured the third win at U18 Asia Championship. They shot down Singapore to stay in the second position at Level II ladder. Singapore fell at 2-2 record in the third place. Wong Man Sze (170-G-95) came up with 23 points to lead Hong Kong.
Hong Kong cleared off to a 17:11 lead at the first break. They stretched the gap in the second quarter. Hong Kong triggered a 27:12 run to build a comfortable 44:23 halftime advantage. Singapore managed just 9 points in the third quarter as they trailed by 24 points heading into the fourth stanza. Hong Kong did not slow down in the final period and raced to the victory. Wong Ka Yee (172-F-94) notched 16 points, while Leung Wai (170-F-96) added 10 points in the victory. Ang Pauline (178-C-94) answered with 11 points for Singapore. Lim Alanna (172-C-94) had 7 points in the loss.

Hong Kong U18: Wong Man Sze 23, Wong Ka Yee 16, Leung Wai 10
Singapore U18: Ang Pauline 11, Lim Alanna 7



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  SLOVAKIA   


Dymond Simon has arrived to Piestany - by Michal Duchovic

Piestanske Cajky has signed Dymond Simon (165-PG-89, college: Arizona St.) from America. Simon was 5 years member of Arizona State University. With the team she was two times in NCAA Elite Eight. Then she moved in Australia, where she played for West Coast Waves Perth. Last season she started pre-season in Phoenix Mercury, but they didnt signed her. In Piestanske Cajky she is a replacement for injured Alexandra Babulova. On tuesday she was prepared to train with her new team and she will participate in the next game of Piestanske Cajky.


Lucia Laskova will play for Spisska Ves - by Michal Duchovic

Lucia Laskova (187-F/C-80) from Slovakia will help this season the team of SKBD Rucon Spisska Nova Ves, said on monday the general manager of the team Robert Simkulak. Laskova has played in the sundays match against Samorin (76:64) where he scored 5 points and 4 rebounds. She stated in april that she has ended their career, but she has reconsidered that decision. Laskova is two time winner of Euroleague with team of Ruzomberok. Last season she played in Ruzomberok, where he averaged in 22 games 5.0ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg. Also she participated in Eurocup. In 10 games she averaged 7.0ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.1apg. Laskova was also a member of Slovakian National Team and one the best playes in Slovakian Extraliga.


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  SOUTH KOREA   


U18 Asia Championship: China closed Day 4 with the win over South Korea - by Eurobasket News

China U18-South Korea U18 72:66

China closed Day 4 with the win over South Korea at the U18 Asia Championship. The Chinese team needed 72:66 to take 4-0 record on top of Group A. South Korea meanwhile suffered their second loss and dropped at 2-2.
It was the game for the top position in Group A. China grabbed 22-12 in the first period, but could not keep the lead at the halftime. South Korea needed 24-11 in the second frame to take 1-point advantage. Moreover the latter won the third period 18-16 and led 3 points entering the last stanza. Yang LiWei (175-G-95) tied the game at 61:61 and then China pushed the tempo for good. They added 23-12 in the last stanza and sealed an important victory.
Huang Sijing (190-C/F-96) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Gong Li (187-F-95), Yang LiWei and Zhang Liting (199-C-94) posted 13 points each. Kim Hanbi (180-C-94) delivered 17 points in the losing effort and Ku Seul (183-C-94) added 14. Kang Leeseul (180-F-94) posted 9, while Park Jieun (183-C-95) nailed 8.

China U18: Huang Sijing 20, Gong Li 13, Yang LiWei 13, Zhang Liting 13
South Korea U18: Kim Hanbi 17, Ku Seul 14, Kang Leeseul 9, Park Jieun 8



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  SRI LANKA   


U18 Asia Championship: Kazakhstan tastes first success in Jonor Bahru - by Eurobasket News

Sri Lanka U18-Kazakhstan U18 48:77

Kazakhstan tastes first success in Jonor Bahru. The team improved to 1-2 record in Group B of the U18 Asia Championship after a 77:48 win over Sri Lanka.
It was the game for the first victory for the both teams. Kazakhstan started with 21-14 and added 18-7 in the second frame. Daria Li (184-C-94) sent the teams to the lockers at 39:21 as she made a free throw. Moreover Kazakhstan dominated the second half as well. They won the third period 19-11 and increased to 26 points after 30 minutes. Another 19-16 in the last stanza allowed them to taste 77:48 win.
Anna Zlobina (169-G-95) paced all the winners with 16 points and Oxana Bagmet (170-G-96) added 14. Aigerim Otepbergen (188-C-95) collected 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Daria Li nailed 9. Chamodi Liyanaralalage (164-F-95) scored 17 points in the losing effort and Pooja Marasinghege (169-C-94) brought 11.

Sri Lanka U18: Chamodi Liyanaralalage 17, Pooja Marasinghege 11
Kazakhstan U18: Anna Zlobina 16, Oxana Bagmet 14, Aigerim Otepbergen 10+11 rebs, Daria Li 9



U18 Asia Championship: India wins Level II with 4-0 record - by Eurobasket News

India-Sri Lanka 114:27

India wins Level II with 4-0 record as they stormed past Sri Lanka in the start of the last day of the Preliminary Round. The team won 114:27 and remained undefeated. Sri Lanka meanwhile finished with 0-4 record.
India won the first period 25-13 and added massive 33-6 in the second period. Moreover the favorites limited Sri Lanka to just two points in the third period. They erupted with 27-2 and enjoyed 85:21 after 30 minutes. They added 29-6 in the last stanza for a comfortable win.
P.S. Jeena (178-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 16 rebounds, while Anjana Geetha (177-F-94) and Anjana Ekka (174-F-95) scored 15 each. Sharanjeet Kaur (165-F-96) followed them with 11 points in a win. Chamodi Liyanaralalage (164-F-95) nailed 13 points in defeat and Anne Ravindran (156-F-96) added 6.

India: P.S. Jeena 24+16 rebs, Anjana Geetha 15, Anjana Ekka 15, Sharanjeet Kaur 11
Sri Lanka: Chamodi Liyanaralalage 13, Anne Ravindran 6



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  TAIWAN   


U18 Asia Championship: Taiwan celebrate the initial win in Malaysia - by Eurobasket News

Malaysia U18-Taiwan U18 40:84

Taiwan celebrate the initial win in Malaysia as they improved to 1-2 record in Group A. Taiwan handed the hosts their third loss after 84:40 victory.
Both teams entered the game without victories and did their best to put first W in the record. Taiwan did not waste time and grabbed 26-10 in the first period. Moreover they added 19-12 in the second frame and led 23 points at the halftime. Taiwan did not slow down in the second half as well and dominated the court. The needed 24-10 in the third period and 15-8 in the last quarter to seal the comfortable win.
Ou Chieh (180-C-95) paced all the winners with 20 points and Chen Yen-Yu (169-G/F-94) delivered 12. Lin Yu-Ting (183-F-94) posted 10, whilst Cheng Yu-Chieh (175-F/C-95) had 9 points and 11 rebounds. Phey Chi Low (170-G-94) nailed 12 points in the losing effort and Phei Ling Lee (170-F-96) delivered 9.

Malaysia U18: Phey Chi Low 12, Phei Ling Lee 9
Taiwan U18: Ou Chieh 20, Chen Yen-Yu 12, Lin Yu-Ting 10, Cheng Yu-Chieh 9+11 rebs



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  THAILAND   


U18 Asia Championship: Japan improved to 3-1 record in Group A - by Eurobasket News

Thailand U18-Japan U18 38:103

Japan improved to 3-1 record in Group A at the U18 Asia Championship. The team overcame Thailand 103:38 in the start of Day 4.
Japan trailed 0-3 in the opening tip but erupted with 32-7 in the first period. They favorites never looked behind after and allowed the opponents to score another 7 points in the second frame. Maria Kawakami (172-G-94) closed the half at 63:14. In the second half Japan posted 20 points in the third and the last quarters. They won the third period 20-14 and finished the game with 20-10 in the last stanza.
Maria Kawakami top-scored for the winners with 17 points and Miyuki Kawamura (183-C-94) nailed 16. Saki Matsumoto (176-CF-94) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Akie Hayasaka (175-G-94) added 11. Panparin Iam-U-Tama (162-G-95) and Supira Kianbut (175-C-94) delivered 8 points each in defeat.

Thailand U18: Panparin Iam-U-Tama 8, Supira Kianbut 8
Japan U18: Maria Kawakami 17, Miyuki Kawamura 16, Saki Matsumoto 14+10 rebs, Akie Hayasaka 11



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  TURKEY   

Standings - TBBL

TKBL Standings
 1. Antakya 0-0 
 2. Besiktas 0-0 
 3. Botas 0-0 
 4. Canik Bld 0-0 
 5. Ceyhan Bld 0-0 
 6. Edremit 0-0 
 7. Fenerbahce 0-0 
 8. Galatasaray 0-0 
 9. Istanbul Univ. 0-0 
 10. Kayseri 0-0 
 11. Mersin 0-0 
 12. Samsun 0-0 
 13. Tarsus Bld 0-0 
 14. TED Ankara 0-0 


Homend Antakya clinch Mersin Cumhuriyet Cup title - by Eurobasket News

Homend Antakya celebrated Mersin Cumhuriyet Cup title. They claimed five wins in as many games at the tournament. Homend Antakya prevailed against Mersin 77:60 on the final day of the tourney. Jana Vesela (194-PF-83) led the winners with 24 points. Lucie Bouthors (174-PG-88) added 11 points in the victory. Bahar Ozturk (183-G/F-84, college: Connecticut) answered with 23 points for Mersin as they finished second at 3-2 record.
TED Ankara narrowly defeated Samsun 50:49 to record the third win. Mactabene Amachree (190-F/G-78, college: Abil.Christian) posted 11 points to pace TED Ankara. Duygu Firat (189-F-90, agency: 1x1 Sports) added 10 points in the winning effort. Andja Jelavic (172-G-80) and Anna Vadja (191-F/C-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 12 points apiece for Samsun.
Canik Belediye also grabbed the third victory knocking down Edremit 85:76. Doneeka Hodges-Lewis (175-PG-82, agency: LBM Management, college: LSU) stepped up with 30 points for Canik Belediye. Tanja Cirov (181-G/F-81) was helpful with 20 points in the win. Tulin Okumus (88) responded with 18 points for Edremit.