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  ABA   



ABA announces The Pennsylvania Project - by Gianni Pascucci

The American Basketball Association (ABA) announced The Pennsylvania Project in association with Height Athletics of Harrisburg, PA. The Pennsylvania Project is the most aggressive single expansion of a professional sports league in history with an anticipated nineteen (19) new teams entering the league beginning in November, 2013.
"The growth of the ABA during the past several years has been phenomenal," stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. "We have developed the business of basketball to such an extent that not only do we provide exciting professional basketball at affordable prices, but our business model is such that it can be very profitable if executed properly. In Pastor David Stewart, Jr. and his wife, Sharonda Stewart, we believe we have found the perfect partners to develop The Pennsylvania Project to its fullest."
Height Athletics is a full service athletics firm that was born from the New Height Christian Center. Pastor Stewart recognized the need for good, constructive team sports opportunities that would engage a community and accentuate positive activities while decreasing the negative.
"Height Athletics is committed to develop each team as a brand identity, maximizing its potential through social media, community outreach, public relations and strategic marketing programs," stated Pastor Stewart. "We will cover all aspects so that our teams can do what they do best. Having worked with a diverse group of athletes and teams, we will focus on expanding the overall reach of our staff and athletes and make an impact in every Pennsylvania community. We are very excited about The Pennsylvania Project and being a part of the great ABA and its great tradition."
David Stewart, Jr. is the CEO of Height Athletics, a company recognized for sports management, team sports competitions. It's management team has over 30 years of sports experience. Sharonda Stewart has worked in the IT community for many years and developed Destiny Designs, a quality graphic, print and copy firm. She was also ordained as a Pastor and will continue to serve at New Height Christian Center as Co-Pastor and Co-Founder. Initial teams and cities will include:

Harrisburg Hawks
York Hornets
Allentown Lions
Reading Raiders
Carlisle Gladiators
Chambersburg Wolves
Chester Bearcats
Lancaster Knights
Scranton Lumberjacks
Wilkes Barre Gators
Johnstown Priates
Altoona Sharks
Philidelphia Dragon
Williamsport Eagles
Easton Indians
State College
Bethleham Bulldogs
McKeesport Cardinals
Erie Angels

"Some people have suggested that David and I are taking on an almost impossible task with such rapid-fire expansion," added Sharonda Stewart. "We believe we have the forward-thinking, insightful communications skills and wisdom to drive the bottom line. We have empowered others to reach goals and dreams and to cultivate profitable relationships built on trust and respect...we are very creative and our business strategies bring out the best, instilling hope, inciting action and realizing fulfillment. "
For more information, email dscgroup.inc@gmail.com or call 717 736 0876 or visit www.abalive.com
Team websites will be introduced shortly as well as additional information.



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Crvena Zvezda part ways with Milivoje Lazic - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda decided to split ways with head coach Milivoje Lazic . The Serbian specialist entered the second straight season with the Belgrade team. But back-to-back losses at the start of Adriatic League season cost him a job. Crvena Zvezda entered the game full of ambitions but they were put to challenge after losses against Zadar and KK Split.
The main candidates for Crvena Zvezda head coaching position are reportedly Aleksandar Trifunovic (agency: Alti Sport ), Stevan Karadzic (agency: Alti Sport ) and Vlada Vukoicic .



Vlada Vukoicic named Crvena Zvezda head coach - by Eurobasket News

Vlada Vukoicic has been named Crvena Zvezda new head coach. The Belgrade powerhouse has just parted ways with Milivoje Lazic . But they did not look for the new coach for too long. Vlada Vukoicic was up for the challenge and agreed to guide Crvena Zvezda in the upcoming season. The Serbian specialist spent the last two seasons with Mega Vizura. Previously he worked with FMP Zeleznik, Hemofarm, Oostende, Bosna Sarajevo. He was named All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Coach of the Year in 2009. In 2006 Vlada Vukoicic was trumped All-Adriatic League Coach of the Year. He also worked with Serbian U20 National Team. Vlada Vukoicic was assistant coach with Serbia and Montenegro National Team in 2006 as well as Serbian National Team in 2012.


Marton Bader claims Adriatic League weekly honour - by Eurobasket News

Experienced Marton Bader (212-C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) put on an amazing game in the last round for Szolnok and that's him to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 2.
The 32-year old center had a double-double of 18 points and fourteen rebounds, while his team edged out Cibona (0-2) 75-71. Bader has many years of experience at Szolnok, through which he has constantly improved. He leads league in rebounds with 11.0rpg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 23-year old swingman Josip Sobin (203-G/F-89) of KK Split. Sobin impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Bad luck as KK Split lost that game 73-82 to Union Olimpija (2-0). The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Sobin is one of the most experienced players at KK Split and has a reputation of one of team's most reliable players.

The third best performed player last round was Jaka Blazic (196-G-90) of Union Olimpija. Blazic scored 22 points and passed four assists. He was a key player of Union Olimpija, leading his team to a 82-73 win against KK Split (1-1). Union Olimpija has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. Blazic also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.5ppg (best scorer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dejan Musli (213-C-91) of Partizan - 15 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Goran Vrbanc (194-G-84) of Zadar - 22 points and 3 rebounds
6. Corsley Edwards (205-C/F-79) of Igokea - 15 points and 7 rebounds
7. Teemu Rannikko (189-PG-80) of Union Olimpija - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Edo Muric (202-F-91) of Krka - 16 points and 3 rebounds
9. Bracey Wright (191-G-84) of Cedevita - 24 points
10. Pavle Marcinkovic (197-G/F-89) of Cibona - 14 points and 9 rebounds

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



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  ANGOLA   


Libolo and Petro Open Zone Tournament With Victory - by Eurobasket News

The Angolan teams of Recreativo do Libolo and Petro de Luanda opened on Monday with victory the zone 4 preliminaries stage of Cup of Africa Champions League in males basketball, taking place in Maputo (Mozambique).
Recreativo do Libolo beat Ferrovirio de Maputo by 56-48, whilst Petro de Luanda Heroes of Zambia by 125-46.
The Angolan team of 1 de Agosto will only play this Tuesday Matero Magic of Zambia.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  AUSTRALIA   


Round 1 Injury Report - by Eurobasket News

Below is an update of the injury status of all National Basketball League (NBL) teams as reported by each iiNet NBL Championship club as at 4 October.

Adelaide 36ers

No injuries reported

Cairns Taipans

Dusty Ryhchart Finger Out 4 weeks

Melbourne Tigers

Adam Ballinger (205-F/C-79, college: Michigan St.) Toe fracture Out 1 to 2 weeks

New Zealand Breakers

Dillon Boucher (196-F-75) Illness - Fitness test

Will Hudson (206-F/C-89, college: Oakland) Illness - Fitness test

Joshua Bloxham (186-G-90) High ankle strain Out 3 to 4 weeks

Perth Wildcats

Brad Robbins (186-PG-85) Wrist Will not play

Sydney Kings

No injuries reported

Townsville Crocodiles

No injuries reported

Wollongong Hawks

Tyson Demos - Knee Out 4 weeks

Tim Coenraad - Foot - Subject to medical clearance

Larry Davidson (206-C/F-83, college: Boise St.) - Knee - Subject to medical clearance
Courtesy of: nbl.com.au



R1 Preview: Cairns Taipans v Townsville Crocodiles - by Eurobasket News

Tip-off: Saturday, October 6, 7.30pm (local), Cairns Convention Centre

Broadcast: NBL.TV (live)

Last time they met: Townsville 75 (Crawford 14, M Cedar 12, Gill 12, Schenscher 12) d Cairns 43 (Hill, Warren 10), Round 20, 2011/12, Townsville Entertainment Centre

The story

Having signed a two-year deal to stay in beautiful Cairns, Jamar Wilson (185-PG-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Albany) doesnt need much more motivation to get excited about basketball, but it looks like hes got it.

In this league you have to be prepared for each game, but it makes it that much better knowing Garys going to be there now, he said.

Gary, of course, is 2011 NBL MVP Gary Ervin, who this week signed with Townsville, sparking a furious rush by Crocs staff to obtain a working visa ahead of the season-opening Reptile Rumble.

While Wilson wasnt in the NBL during Ervins stint, the pair were born six months apart in New York and grew up playing starring roles opposite one another.

Were pretty familiar with each other, he was lightning quick back then, Wilson said.

Its hard to translate that because in New York we are in our element, you can do everything. Everyones shooting, everyones dunking, its that New York mentality.

When we played against each other when we were younger he pretty much did everything.

But Wilson laughingly denies fans will see an old-fashioned New York playground battle on Saturday night.

No, weve got to keep it professional. I play for the Skytrans Cairns Taipans and were a blue-collar team!

Wilson also doesnt believe shutting down Ervin will beat the Crocs, or that they dont stand a chance if he isnt cleared in time.

Townsvilles been pretty tough and theyre bringing most of the same group back. Theyre really well coached and the guys know their stuff, they have a really tight core, he said.

The stats

On debut last season, Wilson was second in scoring in the iiNet NBL Championship and runner-up in the MVP, both behind Wildcats star Kevin Lisch.

In Ervins debut year, he was also second in regular-season scoring behind Kirk Penney but went one better than his old rival by claiming the MVP trophy, one vote ahead of Julian Khazzouh.

When Wilson scored 15 or more points last season the Taipans record was 13-7. On his few bad nights they were 2-6.

Townsvilles lucky charm was point guard Eddie Gill. The Crocs were 8-5 when he scored 15 or more and just 8-10 when he didnt.

They will be hoping Ervin can more consistently deliver big numbers.

The wrap

Twelve of the past 13 Reptile Rumbles have been won by the home team, with the Taipans memorable semi-final victory in 2011 the only time since November 2009 the visitor has prevailed.

Townsvilles well-documented pre-season import dramas will make the task of pinching a road win all the more difficult, with both Ervin and Larry Abney unfamiliar with teammates even if cleared to play.

The Taipans have a much stronger offensive arsenal this season with the additions of Cam Tragardh, rookie Clint Steindl (201-F/G-89, college: St.Mary's, CA) and athletic import Shane Edwards.

If Wilson is free to weave his magic, the Taipans scorers will get enough opportunities to put the Crocs away.

The key for Townsville is to attack. Cairns transition defence has been near impenetrable under coach Fearne, but with five new players in Saturdays line-up it might not be up to its usual standard.

That said, the 5000-strong Orange Army and the class of Wilson, Tragardh and veteran Alexander Loughton (205-F/C-83, college: ODU) should see the Taipans home.

Prediction: Taipans by 7
Courtesy of: www.nbl.com.au



R1 Preview: Wollongong Hawks v Sydney Kings - by Eurobasket News

Tip-off: Friday, October 5, 7.30pm (local), Win Entertainment Centre, Wollongong

TV: ONE, 9.30pm (local); NBL.TV (live to mobile, simulcast to web)

Last time they met: Wollongong 77 (Catron 15, Ubaka 13, Martin 12) d Sydney 68 (Bose 21, Khazzouh 18, Madgen 15), Round 25, 2011/12, Sydney Entertainment Centre

The story

It didnt take Sydney coach Shane Heal long to identify Ian Crosswhite as the man to replace departed centre Julian Khazzouh.

Hes really the heart and soul of us, defensively, Heal said.

So while hes not going to put up the points Julian Khazzouh did, I think we actually get something thats better in the other area.

Until Heals late-season arrival, the Kings were the NBLs worst defensive team in 2011/12, something also addressed by the recruitment of 27-year-old American Darnell Lazare.

Darnells been coached so well, hes a very good individual defender and he grasps the team concepts too, he said.

After four seasons at the respected Louisiana State University, Lazare is well drilled in basketball fundamentals, especially defending on-ball screens, an area the Kings were deficient in last season.

Its one of the keys of the game, Heal said.

The first thing you are always evaluating is how are you going to defend pick-and-rolls and pick-and-pops?

This defensive-minded duo have allowed to the Kings to develop some more sophisticated schemes.

In the pre-season we trialled seven different ways to defend the on-ball screen and you end up working out the ways youll be able to get it done in the regular season, Heal said.

This will be soundly tested by Wollongong coach Gordie McLeods on-ball screen-based offence and Heal knows his men cant get too focused on talented Hawks guards Adris Deleon, Rhys Martin (193-G-86, college: Nova SE) and Lance Hurdle.

The team defence against players like that, who are very good one-on-one, is crucial, but Gordies done a good job of putting guys in positions where they can score, like Oscar (Forman) in the pick-and-pop, he said.

So you cant pay too much attention to one part of it and then let someone else beat you with their strengths."

The stats

Sydney will boast four starters who are new to the club, Wollongong will likely open with just one newcomer either Deleon or Hurdle.

These teams played twice last season after Heal took over as Kings coach. Sydney won the first 92-81, shooting 10-of-14 from long range, but lost the second 68-77 while shooting just 4-of-18.

With sharp-shooters James Harvey and Corin Henry on board, the Kings will be hoping for more high-percentage nights after making just 30 per cent of their three-pointers last season.

Wollongong were clearly the worst offensive rebounding team in 2011/12, pulling in only 231 in 28 games. The league average was 319.

On the nine times the Hawks collected more offensive boards than their opponents, their record was 5-4. It was a paltry 4-15 when they didnt.

The wrap

Wollongong have made almost every post a winner this pre-season, capitalising on the familiarity of their roster.

With frontcourters Larry Davidson, Auryn MacMillan (204-F/C-87, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Gardner-Webb), Glen Saville and Forman all capable three-point shooters, the Hawks trio of guards has become particularly dangerous.

Sydneys on-ball screen defence will be crucial to limiting penetration, which will inevitably lead to open shots as Wollongongs shooters wait behind the arc.

Offensively, the Kings appear to rely on the post play of Lazare and perimeter shooting of Harvey, Henry, Aaron Bruce and Ben Madgen.

If Lazare continues his pre-season form, Sydneys marksmen should get plenty of open looks as the defence collapses.

Ultimately though, this new Kings outfit wont know each others tendencies nearly as well as the Hawks and that, combined with home-court advantage, should result in a Wollongong victory.

Prediction: Hawks by 9
Courtesy of: nbl.com.au



Purser to replace injured Robbins - by Hugh McAuliffe

Perth Wildcats co-captain Brad Robbins has been ruled out of Friday's season opener against New Zealand in Auckland.

Robbins is continuing his rehabilitation after undergoing wrist surgery in the off-season and is targeting a return in three weeks.

Wildcats coach Rob Beveridge is still awaiting the all-clear from medical staff before selecting the tough guard.

"He's doing exceptionally well - he started training yesterday and he'll do more today," Beveridge said.

"But it's about getting the tick from surgeon and he said 'let's just wait off'.

"Three weeks is probably worst case scenario, that's what we're hoping anyway."

Beveridge denied there had been a setback in Robbins' rehabilitation despite last week rating his charge a 50-50 prospect for round one.

"He is looking fantastic and I think that's why he's so frustrated - he thinks he can go right now," Beveridge said.

"But until the medical staff give him the 100 per cent clearance, we won't play him. We don't want to risk an injury this early."

Highly-related development player Ben Purser will take Robbins' place against the Breakers.

Robbins says he is the fittest he has ever been following a gruelling pre-season training schedule and hopes to play against Melbourne on October 21.

"Fitness is not the issue - it will be more of a pain thing and if there's any chance of rupturing the tendon again," Robbins said.

"It's extremely frustrating standing on the sidelines, especially as one of the main leaders of the group.

"You certainly want to be out there supporting the rest of the guys, especially in the games where there's a lot of adversity."

At their season launch this morning, the Wildcats announced they had reached 6000 members.

The figure is well short of the club's ambitious target of reaching 10,000 members, but they still have six weeks until the first home game on November 16.



Purser to replace injured Robbins - by Hugh McAuliffe

Perth Wildcats co-captain Brad Robbins (186-PG-85) has been ruled out of Friday's season opener against New Zealand in Auckland.

Robbins is continuing his rehabilitation after undergoing wrist surgery in the off-season and is targeting a return in three weeks.

Wildcats coach Rob Beveridge is still awaiting the all-clear from medical staff before selecting the tough guard.

"He's doing exceptionally well - he started training yesterday and he'll do more today," Beveridge said.

"But it's about getting the tick from surgeon and he said 'let's just wait off'."

"Three weeks is probably worst case scenario, that's what we're hoping anyway."

Beveridge denied there had been a setback in Robbins' rehabilitation despite last week rating his charge a 50-50 prospect for round one.

"He is looking fantastic and I think that's why he's so frustrated - he thinks he can go right now," Beveridge said.

"But until the medical staff give him the 100 per cent clearance, we won't play him. We don't want to risk an injury this early."

Highly-related development player Ben Purser (201-G/F-90, college: Augusta St.) will take Robbins' place against the Breakers.

Robbins says he is the fittest he has ever been following a gruelling pre-season training schedule and hopes to play against Melbourne on October 21.

"Fitness is not the issue - it will be more of a pain thing and if there's any chance of rupturing the tendon again," Robbins said.

"It's extremely frustrating standing on the sidelines, especially as one of the main leaders of the group."

"You certainly want to be out there supporting the rest of the guys, especially in the games where there's a lot of adversity."

At their season launch this morning, the Wildcats announced they had reached 6000 members.

The figure is well short of the club's ambitious target of reaching 10,000 members, but they still have six weeks until the first home game on November 16.



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ABL Transfer News - by Stefan Prager

The BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers signed two Americans to try- out contracts. Power Forward/Center Maurice Pearson (206-F/C-89, college: Georgetown, KY) is coming from Georgetown KY from the NAIA. He spent the most part of the preseason in Poland at Siarka Jezioro Tarnobrzeg but wasn't signed. In his last season in Georgetown Pearson put up 15.2ppg and 8.5rpg in 31 appearences for the Tigers. Second player on try- out is forward Cor-J Cox (195-F/G, college: Miss.Valley St.). The 6'5'' swingman spent the preseason at Albacomp in Hungry but wasn't signed. Cox played three seasons of NCAA Division 1 basketball at Mississippi Valley State University averaging 11.1ppg along with 6.7rpg in 34 games in his last season.

Meanwhile BC Zepter Vienna has parted ways with forward Shelton Colwell (202-C/F-80, college: Missouri St.).



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Bahrain record third straight win in Manama - by Eurobasket News

Bahrain - Oman 83:36

Bahrain registered the third consecutive win at the Arabian Gulf Cup in Manama. They knocked down Oman to stay undefeated. Oman suffered the second straight loss at the tourney.
Bahrain stormed into the game. They posted a 28:6 lead after ten minutes of action. Bahrain slowed down in the second quarter but still managed to pile up a 44:12 halftime lead. Bahrain maintained the pressure and ensured a 59:23 lead at the final break. The hosts did not look back in the fourth frame posting a well-deserved victory at the end. Mohammed Hassan (194-F/G-80) stepped up with 15 points for Bahrain. Bader Abdulla Malabes (87) and Ahmed Al Dirazi delivered 12 points apiece in the victory. Mohmood Abdulla responded with 10 points for Oman. Ali Al Sobahi added 8 points in the losing effort.

Bahrain: Mohammed Hassan 15, Bader Abdulla Malabes 12, Ahmed Al Dirazi 12
Oman: Mohmood Abudulla 10, Ali Al Sobahi 8



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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. Liepaja 1-0 
 2. Tartu Ulikool 1-0 
 3. Juventus 0-0 
 4. Lietkabelis 0-0 
 5. Jelgava 0-1 
 6. Valga 0-1 
Group C
 1. Barons kvartals 1-0 
 2. Rudupis 1-0 
 3. Sakalai 0-0 
 4. Tarvas 0-0 
 5. Nevezis 0-1 
 6. Tln Kalev 0-1 
Group D
 1. Kalev/Cramo 0-0 
 2. LSU-Baltai 0-0 
 3. Parnu 0-0 
 4. Pieno Zvaigzdes 0-0 
 5. Valmiera 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 4: Liepaja - Valga 96-66
Oct. 2: Rudupis - Nevezis 89-67
Oct. 2: Tln Kalev - Barons kvartals 75-77
Oct. 4: Jelgava - Tartu Ulikool 62-96

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 5: TTU - Rapla
Oct. 5: Naglis Palangos - Ventspils
Oct. 5: Siauliai - Barsy Atyrau
Oct. 5: Pieno Zvaigzdes - LSU-Baltai
Oct. 5: Valmiera - Parnu
Oct. 5: Jelgava - Valga
Oct. 5: Tarvas - Rudupis


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Arturas MILAKNIS
  Rudupis
  (195-G-86)
  Avg: 23
 1. Milaknis, Rudupis23.0 
 2. Bishop, Nevezis21.0 
 3. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.20.0 
 4. Bergmanis, Barons20.0 
 5. Metra, Barons k.19.0 
 6. Bricis, Liepaja18.0 
 7. Okoye, Tln Kalev18.0 
 8. Campbell, Tln Kalev17.0 
 9. Nelyubov, Tartu U.15.0 
 10. Adediran, Valga14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ike OKOYE
  Tln Kalev
  (206-F-)
  Avg: 13
 1. Okoye, Tln Kalev13.0 
 2. Adediran, Valga11.0 
 3. Valeika, Rudupis9.0 
 4. Krumins, Jelgava8.0 
 5. Gulbis, Barons k.8.0 
 6. Bishop, Nevezis8.0 
 7. Dimsa, Tartu Uliko.7.0 
 8. Chamberlain, Jelga.7.0 
 9. Vene, Rudupis7.0 
 10. Nelyubov, Tartu U.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Gintaras KADZIULIS
  Rudupis
  (192-G-80)
  Avg: 6
 1. Kadziulis, Rudupis6.0 
 2. Janavicius, Rudupis6.0 
 3. Ezerskis, Liepaja6.0 
 4. Oja, Valga5.0 
 5. Silavs, Jelgava5.0 
 6. Vahter, Tln Kalev4.0 
 7. Kriisa, Tartu Ulik.4.0 
 8. Campbell, Tln Kalev4.0 
 9. Jakovics, Liepaja3.0 
 10. Valeika, Rudupis3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kristo SAAGE
  Tartu Ulikool
  (185-PG-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Saage, Tartu Uliko.5.0 
 2. Mizis, Jelgava5.0 
 3. Jakovics, Liepaja5.0 
 4. Labuckas, Rudupis4.0 
 5. Leppik, Tartu Ulik.4.0 
 6. Kurbas, Tartu Ulik.3.0 
 7. Adediran, Valga3.0 
 8. Bergmanis, Barons3.0 
 9. Metra, Barons k.3.0 
 10. Janavicius, Rudup.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Darius SILINSKIS
  Nevezis
  (216-C-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Silinskis, Nevezis2.0 
 2. Chamberlain, Jelga.2.0 
 3. Bricis, Liepaja2.0 
 4. Nelyubov, Tartu U.1.0 
 5. Vahter, Tln Kalev1.0 
 6. Kurbas, Tartu Ulik.1.0 
 7. Zyle, Nevezis1.0 
 8. Adediran, Valga1.0 
 9. Miglinieks, Liepaja1.0 
 10. Okoye, Tln Kalev1.0 


Round 1: BBL season tips off with four games - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Baltic League just started.

Liepaja - Valga 96-66

Liepaja smashed Estonian Valga at home 96-66. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 96-66. Liepaja forced 27 Valga turnovers. Arturs Bricis (196-92) stepped up and scored 18 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Artis Ate (191-89) chipped in 14 points. Liepaja's coach Guntis Endzels felt very confident that he used entire bench which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Nigerian-Russian center Aleksey Adediran (204-82, college: Binghamton) responded with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds and swingman Veljo Vares (200-81) scored 14 points and 6 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Valga will play next round against Jelgava trying to get back on the winning streak. Liepaja will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game.
Top scorers:
Valga: V.Vares 14+6reb, A.Adediran 14+11reb, M.Grim 12, J.Jarvelainen 11+2reb, R.Petersonig 6+3reb+1ast, T.Leok 5+1ast
Liepaja: A.Bricis 18+2reb+1ast, A.Ate 14+3reb+1ast, K.Miglinieks 12+3reb, I.Jakovics 12+2reb+3ast, T.Leiteris 8+4reb+1ast, R.Krumins 8+2reb+2ast
gschID: 198080


Rudupis - Nevezis 89-67

Visitors were rolled over by Rudupis (1-0) 89-67. The game was mostly controlled by Rudupis. Nevezis was better in second period 19-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Rudupis forced 20 Nevezis turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists comparing to just 7 passes made by Nevezis' players. Guard Arturas Milaknis (195-G-86) nailed 23 points for the winning side and guard Zygimantas Janavicius (192-89, agency: Interperformances) accounted for 12 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists. Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. American forward Tony Bishop (201-89, college: Texas St., agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) came up with 21 points and 8 rebounds and guard Sarunas Kulevicius (195-89) added 10 points respectively for Nevezis in the defeat. Nevezis' coach Darius Sirtautas gave up on the game allowing to play ten players seeing no chance for a win. Rudupis will play against BC Rakvere (#3) on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. Nevezis will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Nevezis: T.Bishop 21+8reb, S.Kulevicius 10+3reb+1ast, M.Girdziunas 10+2reb+1ast, R.Jakstas 8+2reb, P.Semaska 6+1reb+1ast, V.Jasikevicius 6+3reb+1ast
Rudupis: A.Milaknis 23+1reb+2ast, G.Orelikas 14+4reb+1ast, Z.Janavicius 12+6reb+6ast, A.Labuckas 11+3reb+2ast, A.Valeika 11+9reb+3ast, G.Kadziulis 8+2reb+6ast
gschID: 198077


Tln Kalev - Barons kvartals 75-77

A very close game took place in Tallinn between Latvian Barons kvartals and Estonian Tln Kalev. Barons kvartals (1-0) got a very close victory on the road over Tln Kalev (0-1). Barons kvartals managed to escape with a 2-point win 77-75 on Tuesday evening. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The guests trailed by 4 points after three quarters before their 18-12 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Point guard Ilmars Bergmanis (184-81) fired 20 points for the winners. Swingman Salvis Metra (195-84) chipped in 19 points. Nigerian forward Ike Okoye (206, college: Boise St.) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 13 rebounds and American-Italian guard Marc Campbell (180-86, college: N.Carolina) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively for lost side. Five Tln Kalev players scored in double figures. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Tln Kalev: I.Okoye 18+13reb, M.Campbell 17+4reb+4ast, J.Vahter 13+3reb+4ast, M.Kurg 13+6reb, E.Luts 10, R.Roos 2+2reb+2ast
Barons kvartals: I.Bergmanis 20+3reb, S.Metra 19+2reb+1ast, M.Gulbis 10+8reb+3ast, A.Epners 7+4reb, A.Brunins 6+6reb+2ast, D.Zonne 6+2reb
gschID: 198078


Jelgava - Tartu Ulikool 62-96

Latvian Jelgava (0-1) was outscored at home by Estonian Tartu Ulikool (1-0) with the biggest margin this round 96-62. The game without a history. Tartu Ulikool led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Tartu Ulikool forced 26 Jelgava turnovers. 25 personal fouls committed by Jelgava helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of guard Silver Leppik (189-83) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 4 steals. Russian center Ivan Nelyubov (207-88) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Tartu Ulikool players scored in double figures. Latvian guard Sandis Silavs (195-88) answered with 10 points and 5 assists and swingman Edgars Krumins (194-86) added 5 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Jelgava. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Tartu Ulikool will have a break next round. Jelgava will play at home against Valga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: S.Silavs 10+1reb+5ast, K.Kanbergs 9+1reb+2ast, L.Mizis 9+5reb, A.Lagzdins 5+2reb, A.Duselis 5+5reb, A.Justovics 5+2reb+1ast
Tartu Ulikool: S.Leppik 20+1reb+1ast, I.Nelyubov 15+6reb+1ast, T.Eichfuss 14+6reb, J.Toome 11+6reb, T.Kurbas 9+1reb+2ast, E.Dimsa 8+7reb+2ast
gschID: 198079



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Oostende Injury News - by Peter Buyse

Telenet Oostende is looking on short term for a center to temporarily replace their injured centers.
Another setback in the return of Tomas Van Den Spiegel (214-C-78) to the Oostende roster with a newly discovered broken bone in his foot. Surgery is scheduled for next week and from there on a recovery periond of 12 to 13 weeks is anticipated.
Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77) is also out for at least 3 weeks after he suffered a torn thigh muscle during the supercup game vs Aalstar.
Still out for a long time s Quentin Serron (190-G-90), who is looking at another 5 months on the sidelines because of his shoulder injury.



Verviers-Pepinster Transfer - by Peter Buyse

With just days before the start of the new season VOO Verviers-Pepinster has added one more American player to their roster. Travele Jones (203-PF-88, college: Texas Southern) comes to Belgium from Switzerland where he played during the 2011-2012 season. In 26 games with LNA team SAM Massagno he averaged 16.8 ppg and 7.3 rpg.
Before coming to Europe he played college ball at Texas Southern. He had an outstanding senior year in which he had averages of 16.0 ppg and 6.9 rpg. This earned him SWAC Player of the Year honors. It is unlikely that he will be eligible for the team's first game of the season vs Oostende this weekend.



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  BRAZIL   

Standings - Paulista, Carioca, Minas G. leagues

Paulista Standings
GroupA
 1. S.Jose/Unimed 10-2 
 2. Pinheiros/Sky 10-3 
 3. Paulistano 9-4 
 4. Gremio Mogi 8-5 
 5. Palmeiras 6-6 
 6. Suzano 4-9 
 7. Metodista/S.B. 3-10 
 8. Inter Santos 1-12 
GroupB
 1. Paschoalotto/B. 8-2 
 2. Winner/Limeira 7-3 
 3. Vivo/Franca 6-5 
 4. Liga Sorocaba 5-5 
 5. America 4-6 
 6. Rio Claro 3-7 
 7. Jacarei 3-8 
Stage Two Standings

Second Stage: Round 14

Oct. 3: Gremio Mogi - Metodista/S.B. 85-92
Oct. 3: Inter Santos - Pinheiros/Sky 76-90
Oct. 4: Liga Sorocaba - America
Oct. 4: Jacarei - Paschoalotto/B.
Oct. 4: Winner/Limeira - Rio Claro
Oct. 4: S.Jose/Unimed - Palmeiras



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Standings A2

Division A Standings
 1. Academik BL 0-0 
 2. Academik PL 0-0 
 3. Balkan 2 0-0 
 4. Chavdar 0-0 
 5. Dunav 2007 0-0 
 6. Spartak MVR 0-0 
 7. Thrace Univ. 0-0 
 8. Varna 0-0 
 9. Vidabasket 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 21: Academik BL - Balkan 2
Oct. 21: Thrace Univ. - Dunav 2007
Oct. 21: Academik PL - Chavdar
Oct. 21: Varna - Spartak MVR



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Mill Rats Sign Anthony - by Eurobasket News

(Saint John, NB): The Saint John Mill Rats were thrilled to introduce 6'6 wing Antonio Anderson (198-G-85, college: Memphis) as their newest signing for the upcoming season in the National Basketball League of Canada, at a press conference today at Harbour Station. His official status is pending FIBA clearance.

Anderson played in the NBA in 2010 with the Oklahoma City Thunder and has spent several years in the NBA Development League. He was named a D-League All Star in 2010 while with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, a team he also led to a D-League Championship. While in Rio Grande, Anderson averaged 16.2 points, 6.1 assists, and 1.25 steals per game. For the past two seasons he has played for the D-League's Maine Red Claws, an affiliate of the Boston Celtics.

In addition to his stint with the Thunder, Anderson was also signed by the Houston Rockets and participated in training camp with the Philadelphia 76ers and the Charlotte Bobcats.

Antonio, who hails from Lynn, Massachusetts, is the younger brother of Mill Rats star guard, and First Team All-NBL Canada performer, Anthony Anderson.

"I wanted to play with my brother professionally for the first time in my career", stated Anderson. "We play well together so its going to be tough for our opponents."

Anderson (#5) with Derrick Rose (#230 and Chris Douglas-Roberts (#14)

Antonio had a storied career at the University of Memphis were he started for Coach John Calipari all four years, teaming in the backcourt with future NBA stars such as Derrick Rose, Chris Douglas-Roberts, and Tyreke Evans.

While at Memphis, Anderson was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year as a senior, and earned All-Defensive Team honors for three straight seasons. He is the only Memphis Tiger in history to record 1,000 career points, 500 rebounds, and 500 assists. His free throws inside the final minute beat Texas A & M in the 2007 Sweet 16. He hit a game-winning shot as time expired at UAB in 2008 to help Memphis stay atop the national rankings. And it was Anderson - not Douglas-Roberts or Rose, who earned MVP honors at the 2008 Conference USA tournament.

His college career ended with Anderson simply being the winningest player in the history of NCAA college basketball with 138 wins.

"He just a winner pure and simple," stated Mill Rats President & General Manager Ian McCarthy. "He was 138-12 at Memphis, he won a title in the D-League, and now he's here to help us accomplish our goal of winning the NBL Canada Championship this season."

"What I really enjoy about Antonio is that with him its defense first and he plays basketball the right way," explained Mill Rats Head Coach David Cooper. "He is unselfish and loves to hit the open man, but is very capable in his own right."

The Mill Rats are also pleased to report that they have agreed to terms with the #1 overall pick in the 2012 NBL Canada, 6'10 power forward-centre Robert Curtis. He replaces power forward James Reaves who decided to retire from the sport this week.

The Saint John Mill Rats open training camp on October 20th. The list of players signed by the Mill Rats for training camp is:

Anthony Anderson 5'11 guard

Jerice Crouch 6'0 guard

Darin Mency 6'2 guard

Mike Anderson 6'4 guard

Melvin Council 6'4 guard

Taneiko Robinson 6'6 forward

Antonio Anderson 6'6 guard-forward

Steve Deluca 6'7 forward

P.J. Young 6'7 forward

Cavell Johnson 6'8 power forward

Modibo Diarra 6'10 centre

Robert Curtis 6'10 power forward-centre

Micah Brand 6'11 centre-power forward

The Saint John Mill Rats regular season opener is November 3rd at Harbour Station. Season tickets are on sale now at the Harbour Station Box Office and at the Mill Rats Fan Zone in Brunswick Square on the second level (next to Tim Hortons)! Hustle down to get your pick of the best remaining seats!
Courtesy of: nblcanada.pointstreaksites.com



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FEDERATION CUP 2012, DAY 14 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Once Caldas keep his race among the top three in the Cup defeating Patriotas for the second straight night, the Patriotas looks without energy maybe tired after a hard game the previous night.
Once Caldas 125
Patriotas 95


Cafeteros got an important victory at his home defeating the leaders of the Cup Guerreros de Bogot, Darrin Dorsey leaded the Cafeteros but key three pointers of Adison Blandon and Roger Cardona helped to get the game.
Cafeteros 85 D. Dorsey 28 pts.
Guerreros 76 R. Bell 76 pts.

Bukaros took revenge of the previous night and defeated the hard Arrieros, the duo of Cory Bradford (191-G-78, agency: Edge Sports, college: Illinois) and Richard Jeter leaded the yellow team,.
Bukaros 89
Arrieros 71.

Islanders defeated the Hormigueros in the second game at the island, the Hormigueros are now far from the 8 spot and will have to win their upcoming 6 games to get a place in the postseason.
Islanders 100
Hormigueros 86

Nuevo Choco defeated the young Bayside team , the locals was 16 points behind at the end of the second quarter but played a good second half to get the victory.
Nuevo Choco 80
Bayside 74.




FEDERATION CUP 2012, DAY 15 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Hormigueros got a very important victory that keeps the alive in the fight for the eight place defeating Bayside in San Andres, Carl Micthell leaded the Hormigueros.
Bayside 93
Hormigueros 96


Bukaros blasted the islanders in the first game in Bucaramanga, the collective game of the champions was too much for the islanders.
Bukaros 107
Islanders 87


Nuevo Choco defeated the Cafeteros in Quibdo to hook the seventh place in the standings, Maye and Trouscott leaded the way.
Nuevo Choco 74
Cafeteros 69


Patriotas fall at home against the Arrieros, the Arrieros are climbing in the standings and currently reaches the fifth place, while the Patriotas with its third straight lose are in the edge at the eight place.
Patriotas 76
Arrieros 83


Guerreros got an exciting victory over the Once Caldas team in Bogot , game that start with Guerreros ruling the actions and with the debut of Juan Diego Tello Palacios, but quickly Once Caldas swith its defense and start to cut the gap, Thomas pulled the Manizales offense, the game arrived very close to the las minute, Guerreros two points lead but failed to stop the Once Caldas offense, after a time out and with 20 seconds left Guerreros played the ball and thanks to a couple fo offensive rebounds Gregory Plummer (191-G-83, college: Eckerd) sealed the victory at the Buzzer.
Guerreros 85, S. Ortiz 17 pts, J. Tello 16 pts, R. Bell 16 pts.
Once Caldas 83, T. Thomas 27 pts, A. Bangura 21 pts.




Terrance Gamble injured leaves Once Caldas - by Victor Garcia

American Center Terrance Gamble had a hard injury in the first quarter of the first game agains the Guerreros de Bogot, Gamble sudenly stopped and bend over his knees in pain and had to leave the game.
Medical examinations in Manizales revealed that Gambles achillee tendon was broken, the player will undergo surgery soon the rehab the injury and be back on the courts.
Manizales is now trying to find a center to fill Gambles spot at OC.



FEDERATION CUP 2012, DAY 16 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Bayside lost a very important game against their direct rival Hormigueros , Bayside is now one game behind the Hormigueros and at the bottom of the standings.
Bayside 75
Hormigueros 83


Bukaros had to fight until the last second to defeat the Islanders and sweep, Islanders has not been winning on the road, Bukaros is now alone at the second place in the standings.
Bukaros 87
Islanders 86


Nuevo Choco fall against the Cafeteros in Quibdo, cafeteros are already in 0,500 with 8 W and 8 L,
Nuev Choco is in the seventh place one game below the 0,500.
Nuevo Choco 81
Cafeteros 94

Arrieros won its 3rd game in the last 4 games on the road defeating again the Patriotas at Tunja, Arrieros already got the 5th place in the standings with one game less.
Patriotas 89
Arrieros 99


Guerreros sweeped the Once Caldas winning the second game, with a similar history Guerreros had best control in the last two quarters and managed the distance to win the game, Stalin Ortiz leaded the Guerreros with 36 pts.
Guerrreros 87 S. Ortiz 37ps
Once Caldas 80.




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  CROATIA   


Krizevci signs Patrick Rembert - by Dajana Karl

Earlier today, Prigorje Financije Krizevci signed American Patrick Rembert (185-PG-89, college: Cal-Irvine). This 23-year-old point guard spent his last season as a rookie with Slovenian KK Tajfun Sentjur averaging 12.2 points and 2.2 rebounds.
Rembert went to UC Irvine. His senior year he was averaging 12.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 0.1 blocks and 0.9 steals in all of 32 games playing the average of 33.1 minute.

Rembert already had a chance to show off his skills playing with Krizevci last week at the tournament in Koper, Slovenia. In the game against Vujic Metalac Valjevo he had 24 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists, while in the final game against UKK Koper he scored 26 points, 7 rebounds and 11 assists.




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  DENMARK   

Standings - Basketligaen

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

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 4: Vaerlose - Horsens IC 65-79
Oct. 5: Bakken - Randers
Oct. 6: Svendborg - Aalborg
Oct. 6: Horsholm - SISU


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Adama DARBOE
  Svendborg
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Darboe, Svendborg22.3 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.20.7 
 3. Dennis, SISU20.0 
 4. Washington, Svend.19.7 
 5. Walker, Naestved19.7 
 6. Bowlin, Horsens IC19.3 
 7. Thomann, Horse.19.3 
 8. Tomko, Bakken19.0 
 9. Jukic, Horsens IC18.3 
 10. Dezouvre, Aarhus17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Randy DEZOUVRE
  Aarhus BC
  (195-F/G-87)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Dezouvre, Aarhus11.3 
 2. Hesseldal, Horsholm10.3 
 3. Rutherford, Svend.10.3 
 4. Washington, Svend.9.3 
 5. Moritz, SISU8.7 
 6. Chin, Bakken8.0 
 7. Thomann, Horse.8.0 
 8. Walker, Naestved7.3 
 9. Petkov, Aarhus BC7.0 
 10. Jukic, Horsens IC7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC7.8 
 2. Tomko, Bakken6.7 
 3. Plannthin, Svend.5.0 
 4. Dennis, SISU4.7 
 5. Murphy, Naestved4.7 
 6. Rutherford, Svend.4.0 
 7. Darboe, Svendborg4.0 
 8. Jakobsen, Bakken3.3 
 9. Hansen, Horsholm3.0 
 10. Iversen, Bakken2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC5.0 
 2. Walker, Naestved3.3 
 3. Tomko, Bakken2.7 
 4. Dezouvre, Aarhus2.3 
 5. Darboe, Svendborg2.0 
 6. Plannthin, Svend.2.0 
 7. Rutherford, Svend.2.0 
 8. McShane, Aarhus BC2.0 
 9. Jukic, Horsens IC1.8 
 10. Varga, Horsens IC1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Washington, Svend.1.7 
 2. Thomann, Horse.1.3 
 3. Jukic, Horsens IC1.3 
 4. Smith, SISU1.0 
 5. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 6. Chin, Bakken0.7 
 7. Hoirup, Naestved0.3 
 8. Petkov, Aarhus BC0.3 
 9. Piechnik, Horsholm0.3 
 10. Crowell, Naestved0.3 


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

25-year old power forward Donald Rutherford (199-F/C-87) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Svendborg and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, while his team edged out Randers (0-2) 96-93. Svendborg maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. Rutherford turned to be Svendborg's top player in his first season with the team. Catawba College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Rutherford is in league's top in points (6th best: 20.7ppg), rebounds (2nd best: 10.3rpg), assists (8th best: 4.0apg) and averages solid 51.3% FGP.

Second best performed player last round was Casper Hesseldal (198-F-85, agency: Dynamics Global Management) of Horsholm. He is former international forward in his first season at Horsholm. In the last game Hesseldal recorded impressive double-double of 25 points and 12 rebounds. Bad luck as Horsholm was edged by Aarhus BC (2-1) 67-63. The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Hesseldal is a newcomer at Horsholm and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Damian Ocana (198-F-86) of Randers (#9). Ocana scored 28 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Despite Ocana's great performance Randers lost 93-96 to Svendborg (3-0). Ocana has individually a great season in Denmark. After only 2 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.0ppg (2nd best) and rebounds with 9.0rpg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Randy Dezouvre (195-F/G-87) of Aarhus BC - 23 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists
5. Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89) of Horsens IC - 28 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists
6. Orane Chin (200-F-88) of Bakken - 20 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Caleb Walker (193-G-89) of Naestved - 20 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Adama Darboe (190-G-86) of Svendborg - 24 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Attila Kovacs (203-F-85) of Horsholm - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists
10. Alexander Murphy (183-G-88) of Naestved - 10 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists

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



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  D-LEAGUE   


Texas Legends to Host Final Local Tryout on October 20th - by Surujh Roopnarine

In preparation for Novembers D-League draft and the start of the 2012-2013 season, the Texas Legends will host their second, and final player tryout of the Fall.

Tryouts will take place over the course of two days. October 20-21.

The Legends tryouts give prospective players the opportunity to showcase their talents in front of President of Basketball Operations Spud Webb, General Manager Del Harris, and Assistant General Manager Nancy Lieberman. Participants will compete to earn an invitation to the teams training camp, which will begin in early November. Space is limited in the tryouts as the Legends hosted more than 125 participants at last seasons event. Tryouts are being held on October 20thand October 21st.

Applicants can pre-register by submitting the official registration, disclosure and release forms, in addition to a NBA D-League mandated $100 non-refundable fee by October 10th. The fee for day of registration will be $150. Pre-registration payments may be made by money order, cashiers check, cash, or via credit card. Day of registration payments must be made by money order, cashiers check, or cash. Application forms are available on our website. For additional information on the tryouts please contact the Legends at tryouts@texlegends.com

Forms and Payment can be mailed to Texas Legends

2601 Avenue of the Stars
Suite 300
Frisco, TX 75034
Fax 214-469-0823

Application forms and Credit Card Authorization can found here : http://www.nba.com/dleague/texas/october_20th_tryouts_2012_09_04.html

Thank you

Tyler Gatlin
Texas Legends
Scout
214-803-0551



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


LNB Finals: Indios cut the deficit again - by Eurobasket News

Indios SF - Caneros 81:65

Indios de San Fransisco cut the deficit in LNB Finals. They celebrated victory in the fifth game of the series to get within one victory from Caneros at 2-3. Robert Glenn (201-F/C-89, college: IUPUI) came up with 18 points to lead the winners. The sixth and what could be decisive game of the championship series is scheduled for tomorrow at the Eleoncio Mercedes de La Romana Arena.
Indios posted a 22:16 lead after ten minutes of action. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. The hosts ensured a 40:34 halftime advantage. They extended the lead to 13 points in the third quarter. Caneros stayed behind throughout the fourth frame as Indios celebrated a vital win at the end. Richard Ortega (190-F-86, college: St.Joseph's) posted 13 points, while Ollie Bailey (201-F-85, college: Oklahoma City) added 12 points for the winners. Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83) answered with 20 points for Caneros. Edward Santana (203-F-80, agency: Regeneracom Sports) netted 17 points in the loss.

Indios SF: Robert Glenn 18, Richard Ortega 13, Ollie Bailey 12
Caneros: Alejandro Carmona 20, Edward Santana 17



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  EUROCUP   


Social Responsibility Project from Galatasaray Medical Park - by Ugur Turker

Galatasaray Sports Club visited Van where happened earthquake last year and number of people dead and wounded. The Social Responsibility Project We are 1 for Van had been started for children. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul Head Coach Ergin Ataman (agency: Beo Basket ), Coordinator of Galatasaray Basketball Organisation Murat Ozyer , players David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) and Isil Alben (170-G-86) talked about project.

Murat Ozyer We are inviting children who are interested in basketball. They can come to Istanbul, be our guests. I think , this is the day that we created aliveness and i hope we will be succesfull about what we are trying to do

Here to read projects and all statements in Turkish
http://www.galatasaray.org/basketbol/haber/14489.php



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Zalgiris lose Tadas Klimavicius with torn ACL - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris suffered a big blow on Tuesday. Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) torn ACL and is expected to miss around six months of action now. The doctors confirmed the diagnosis yesterday and Klimavicius would undergo surgery in the upcoming days. It is the second big time blow for Zalgiris after Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) was sidelined for what might be the whole season with foot injury. Tadas Klimavicius tallied 5.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in LKL this season. Last season he notched 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in Baltic League. In VTB League his stats read 4.4 points, 3.1 rebounds. The forward also posted 2.2 points and 3.1 rebounds in Euroleague. He was named All-Baltic League Player of the Year in 2010. Tadas Klimavicius was the member of Lithuanian National Team in 2010.


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  FINLAND   


1.DIVISION: ToPo starting with three Americans - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Torpan Pojat (Helsinki) has signed with three American players and will possibly try a quick return back to Top League? ToPo's new Head Coach Mikko Mantere is satisfied he has on the roster now besides G Devin Ginty (188-G-89, agency: SDJ Sports, college: San Diego) also veteran HL Coleman (202-F-74, college: Wyoming) and Antywan Jones (198-F-86, college: Troy). F Coleman will start his fourth season in Finland, but Jones is first time in Scandinavia and Helsinki. F Jones played shortly in Czech R. 2010-11 and later in the ABA.


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  FRANCE   


Thomas Larrouquis signs at ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket - by Eurobasket News

ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket (ProA) landed 27-year old swingman Thomas Larrouquis (197-85). Larrouquis played most recently at Chorale de Roanne Basket (ProA). In 7 EuroChallenge games last season he averaged 3.3ppg and 1.9rpg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Larrouquis also played 17 games in ProA where he had 4.4ppg and 1.9rpg.
He was a member of French U20 National Team back in 2005. Larrouquis 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 four other French teams: Limoges CSP Elite, JA Vichy, Denek and Cholet.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Enzo Tsonga signs at BBC Nyon, ex Le Mans - by Eurobasket News

BBC Nyon (LNA) landed 22-year old French-Congolese guard Enzo Tsonga (194-90). Tsonga has played for the last one years at the junior team of Le Mans Sarthe Basket in French ProA. He missed two seasons and had longer break from professional basketball.
Tsonga was a member of French U18 National Team back in 2007 and a member of U16 National Team in 2006. He represented France at the European Championships U16 in Jaen (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 1.4ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  GERMANY   

Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. Ehingen 2-0 
 2. Goettingen 2-0 
 3. Cuxhaven 1-1 
 4. Crailsheim 1-1 
 5. Karlsruhe 1-1 
 6. Jena 1-1 
 7. NBC 1-1 
 8. ETB Wohnbau 1-1 
 9. Gotha 1-1 
 10. Duesseldorf 1-1 
 11. Finke Baskets 1-1 
 12. Chemnitz 1-1 
 13. Kirchheim 1-1 
 14. Heidelberg 0-1 
 15. Vechta 0-1 
 16. Leipzig 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 3: Cuxhaven - Chemnitz 99-65
Oct. 3: Jena - Karlsruhe 98-87
Oct. 3: Kirchheim - NBC 95-94
Oct. 3: Crailsheim - Duesseldorf 94-81
Oct. 3: ETB Wohnbau - Goettingen 80-86
Oct. 3: Finke Baskets - Gotha 76-74
Oct. 3: Leipzig - Ehingen 67-77

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 6: Chemnitz - Kirchheim
Oct. 6: Finke Baskets - Cuxhaven
Oct. 6: Duesseldorf - Leipzig
Oct. 6: Heidelberg - Crailsheim
Oct. 6: Goettingen - Vechta
Oct. 6: Karlsruhe - ETB Wohnbau
Oct. 6: NBC - Jena
Oct. 6: Gotha - Ehingen


Stats Leaders - 2.Bundesliga

Points Per Game
 Logan STUTZ
  ETB Wohnbau
  (205-F-88)
  Avg: 24
 1. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau24.0 
 2. Thomas, Cuxhaven24.0 
 3. Thompson, NBC22.5 
 4. Brazelton, NBC22.5 
 5. Barker, Jena19.0 
 6. Simon, Leipzig19.0 
 7. Calvin, Ehingen18.5 
 8. Harbut, ETB W.18.5 
 9. Richardson, Karls.18.5 
 10. Chavis, NBC18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ronald THOMPSON
  NBC
  (208-F/C-81)
  Avg: 14
 1. Thompson, NBC14.0 
 2. Richardson, Karls.11.0 
 3. Gadley, Leipzig11.0 
 4. Unterluggaue., Ehi.10.5 
 5. Stutz, ETB Wohnbau10.0 
 6. Jones, Chemnitz8.5 
 7. Adomaitis, Jena8.0 
 8. Calvin, Ehingen7.5 
 9. Greene, Duesseldorf7.5 
 10. Harris, Cuxhaven7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tyrone BRAZELTON
  NBC
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. Brazelton, NBC8.0 
 2. Jeka, Jena6.0 
 3. Cook, ETB Wohnbau6.0 
 4. Bynum, Chemnitz6.0 
 5. Grimaldi, Goetting.5.5 
 6. Matthews, Ehingen5.0 
 7. Stockton, Karlsruhe5.0 
 8. Barker, Jena4.5 
 9. Coleman, Crailsheim4.5 
 10. Phillips, Goettin.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Monyea PRATT
  Cuxhaven
  (195-F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Pratt, Cuxhaven3.0 
 2. Harris, Cuxhaven3.0 
 3. Brooks, Kirchheim3.0 
 4. Bynum, Chemnitz2.5 
 5. Adler, NBC2.0 
 6. Grimaldi, Goetting.2.0 
 7. Matthews, Ehingen2.0 
 8. Thompson, NBC1.5 
 9. Roessler, Karlsruhe1.5 
 10. Adeberg, Kirchheim1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan DE MICHAEL
  NBC
  (205-F/C-77)
  Avg: 2
 1. De Michael, NBC2.0 
 2. Smallwood, Kirchhe.2.0 
 3. Thompson, NBC1.5 
 4. Gadley, Leipzig1.5 
 5. Adler, NBC1.0 
 6. Adomaitis, Jena1.0 
 7. Menck, Karlsruhe1.0 
 8. Fabrizius, NBC0.5 
 9. Obiango, Chemnitz0.5 
 10. Calvin, Ehingen0.5 


John Allen (Defense Is My Best Quality And I Help Teams In A Lot Of Ways That Dont Always Show With Stats) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


John Allen (194-G/F-82, college: Seton Hall) is a 29 year old 196 cm shooting guard/small forward who played for Anwil Wloclawek (Poland) last season playing 38 games: 9.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 32.9%, FT: 76.7%; VTB League: 3 games: 9.0ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 36.8%, 3PT: 57.1%, FT: 25.0%. He is a a swingman who can be a huge problem for lots of defenses; can deliver some driving dunks and also display a deft shooting touch from the perimeter; and this double dimension make him a very tough player to guard. He comes from Coatesville, Pennsylvania. He went to Seton Hall from 2001-2005 and was a very important player in his time there. He never averaged less than 11,4ppg in his four years. His most productive season was the 2002-2003 season where he played 30 games averaging 14.0ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.7apg. He took no time resting a few months after graduation and in May signed with the New Jersey Flyers of the USBL playing 21 games and averaging 21.7ppg, 7.2rpg, 3.0apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3FGP: 39.0%, FT: 73.8%. He then went to Finland for the 2005-2006 season playing for Kouvolan Kouvot playing 44 games and averaging 19.8ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.6apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 55.3%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 81.9%. In 2006-2007, he went to Israel to play for Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan playing 27 games and averaging 15.3ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.8apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 46.3%, FT: 81.5%. In 2007-2008, he had his first tenure with The New York Phantoms Braunschweig playing 34 games and averaging 13.2ppg, 4.2rpg, 3.7apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 28.3%, FT: 75.4%. In 2008-2009, he played in France for Strassburg playing 31 games and averaging 8.5ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 30.6%, FT: 84.7%. In 2009-2010, he played for New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 32 games: 6.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 22.0%, FT: 67.9%. In 2009-2010 he played for New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 32 games: 6.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 22.0%, FT: 67.9%. In 2010-2011, he played for Karhu Kauhajoki (Finland-Korisliiga, starting five): 20 games: 17.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 81.4%, try-out, in Jan.'11 moved to Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany-1.Bundesliga): 19 games: 8.9ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 72.9%. He spoke to Eurobasket about basketball.

Its already October John and your still without a team. How surprised are you that you are still basketball jobless?

I am am a little surprised because I have played well in many countries, but its up to coaches and sport directors so I just have be patient.

Is it that the offers arent coming in or that your being more selective waiting for that perfect situation to arise?

I am being more selective

You played 2 and half seasons in Germany. What memories do you have most about playing there?

The German league was always professional, that is what I remember, the teams in the league were really professional and the fans in the league are always passionate about their teams!


Last season you played for Anwil Wloclawek in Poland and averaged 9.9ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.0apg. Was Poland no option to return to being that you had a solid season there?

Yes Poland was a option but I didnt like the offers that I had


What could you learn from ex NBA player Lorinza Harrington who is your size on the court?

Lorinza was always professional and always came to practice ready to work

What is a strength in your game that doesnt always get noticed right away?

I am a team player. I help teams in a lot of ways that dont always show with stats

Frankfurt needs some help at the shooting guard position. You could really help them with your experience. How much would you like to play for them?

I think that any player would like to play for the Skyliners they are a great organization and have a lot of history


You are a swingman. How could you help the Fraport Skyliners most at the shooting guard position?

I could bring a lot of experience and do whatever is needed to help the team win

What is your most prized basketball ability that would entice any head coach to sign you right away?

Defense is my best quality and last season I was defensive player of the year and I take a lot of pride in it

The 2009-2010 Phantoms team was a magical one reaching the playoffs for the firts time since 2003. What could you learn from head coach Sebastian Machowski who led this club to the playoffs three straight years?

In 2009-10 we had a lot of really good players and Machowski brought us together and made us a really good team. I learned a lot about basketball playing on that team

What goals do you still have as a basketball player at age 30

The goals I have now are just to be as professional as possible, always be prepared and help any team win and achieve success in any way possible.


Thanks John for the chat.




Kammron Taylor Leads The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg Past The Fraport Skyliners 74-56 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

In the last years whenever the Frankfurt Skyliners visited the scenic city Ludwigsburg to tangle with their Beko BBL team, it was near the end of the season, flowers blooming, cafs starting to bustle, the soccer Bundesliga title race getting heated up, mini dresses popping up more and more on the street and Quantez Robertson still having enough energy unleashing his explosive flight to the basket with no signs of fatigue at the end of the season. However in the 2012-2013 season, the Fraport Skyliners had an early date with the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg with the dog days of summer having ended, the NFL just underway, the MLB ready for a perfect October finish, ex Beko BBL players Chris Copeland, Brian Roberts and Stephen Dennis preparing for NBA training camps and the Fraport Skyliners clashing on the most important German holiday the Unification day on October third. No game is a cat walk in the Beko BBL as the league continues to get more and more competitive in the last years, but having such an early date in Ludwigsburg was a bit unusual considering how the Beko BBL game plan had been set up the last years, but the excitement of the start of the season blocked any memory for Quantez Robertson about having played there at the end of the season the last years. I doesnt matter when we play them at the start or end of season. This was just another game and our first of the season. The only thing that I will remember from this game is that we just played bad, stressed Quantez Robertson. The 28 point performance by ex NBA player Roger Powell seemed like a century away and long forgotten form the last game win of the season in the 2010-2011 season as the Fraport Skyliners had lost the last two games in a row.

The Fraport Skyliners wanted to get on the right track right in the first game as they were drawn with a tough schedule with seven of the first ten games on the road, but had little fortune in Ludwigsburg getting outplayed for 40 minutes by the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg losing 74-56. It was one of those games where nothing went right and everything went right for the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg. After a 14-0 run in the second quarter, the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg were able to extend their lead to 20 plus points and never looked back stifling the Fraport Skyliners with an aggressive defense never letting them find their rhythm. The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg played solid offense, but it was their defense which was lauded most by head coach Steven Key. I am most proud about our focus and concentration on defense. We didnt allow them any easy buckets at the start. We noticed early that they had no dominant player in the post and concentrated on giving them the pick and pop more. We did a great job on never letting them get in their comfort zone, stressed Steven Key. After the game seeing the long faces of the Fraport Skyliners told the story of a game that went totally wrong for the 2004 Beko BBL champion. A loss like that is even harder to digest when you played ok defense, but couldnt muster any kind of rhythm on offense. Nothing worked for us on offense. We had no spacing and didnt play inside enough. Playing against the switch it looked like it was the first time we had ever played against it. We didnt use the mismatches well and werent able to defend the way we did against Wurzburg, stressed Fraport Skyliner guard Konstantin Klein.

With the jump ball only moments away, one could sense the excitement of the new Beko BBL season growing and growing within the last hour before the start of the game. One could see Lurchi riding around the court on his scooter maybe dreaming of the 2012 Beko BBL allstar game where he had all his mascot buddies in his living room for basketball chowder, Zach Peacocok who had flown in from Atlanta a day earlier and still having jet lag was hitting jumper after jumper in warm ups as if he had been on the team for ages and an abundance of Lucca Staiger jerseys were seen being worn by middle aged women. The Fraport Skyliners were without American Devin Gibson who had a knee problem and Ivan Elliot was back in the line up for the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg after missing most of the pre season with an injury. The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg didnt waste anytime showing the Fraport Skyliners quickly what they were capable of doing on offense as they raced out on a 9-2 lead. They drilled three three pointers in a row from ex Skyliner Max Weber, Joshua Jackson and ex Iowa State guard Lucca Staiger. Johnathon Jones was the only bright spot for the Fraport Sklyiners early on as he scored twice in the lane, but the fierce fire power of the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg kept firing away at Frankfurt as they kept hitting shots after shots as if they had been practicing on these rims 24 hours a day. Kammron Taylor (188-G-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) who is playing in his ninth country nailed a three pointer and versatile Max Weber another jumper as Frankfurt trailed 13-5. The last thing that any one expects Quantez Robertson to do is score much, but in this game he had to take on the offensive load and produced. Robertson hit a three pointer cutting the Ludwigsburg lead to 13-8. However no matter what Frankfurt did to stay close to Ludwigsburg, the home team kept hitting on all cylinders as Taylor hit two more jumpers and John Turek made a jumper as Frankfurt trailed 20-11. The Fraport Sklyiner closed out the first quarter strong with a 5-2 run to trail 22-16 after one quarter. The two PRO B players Danilo Barthel and Konstantin Klein shined. Barthel gave the perfect example of a mal nourished work horse battling down low getting two offensive rebounds and hammering home the ball on the third try and Klein nailed a three pointer. They hit so well in the first quarter that we quickly got depressed. Tez quickly got three fouls which hurt us on defense. We were able to come back at the end of the first quarter to stay in game, stressed Skyliner captain Marius Nolte. The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg were shooting 82% from the field and 80% form outside while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 43% from the field and 50% from outside. Ludwigsburg had the seven to four rebound lead, but six turnovers while Frankfurt had four turnovers.

The Fraport Skyliners stayed on the heel of the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg cutting the lead to 24-21 as Dion Dowell hit a three pointer and Jones showed his quickness scoring inside. However then came the turning point in the game as the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg rolled on to a 14-0 run to lead 38-21. The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg played very strong in this phase scoring in so many different ways and getting to the foul line. Ex Wake Forest center David Weaver scored inside sneaking in back door retrieving a perfect lob pass from Ivan Elliot. Besnik Bekteshi gave valuable production form the bench scoring inside, Turek made a steal catching Frankfurt napping on transition defense as he fed Staiger for a fast break dunk, then Staiger scored on a fade away from the wing and Turek made a mid distance jumper. Jones and Turek traded buckets at the end of the second quarter. Jones made a dunk on the fast break and Elliot socred inside as Danilo Barthel got no help defense. At halftime the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg trailed 41-23. The Skyliners fell apart in this quarter. They continued to have no rhythm on offense and practiced more one on one plays, stressed basketball expert Stephen Klauss. The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg were shooting 57% from the field and 36$ from the three point line while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 35% from the field and 31% from the three point line. Ludwigsburg had the big 19-11 rebound edge and eight turnovers while Frankfurt had nine turnovers.

The third quarter didnt get any better for the Fraport Skyliners. The problems didnt have to do with concentration, but it seemed more like they wanted to do too much which kept leading to easy mistakes and turnovers. The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg continued to be very consistent on offense strutting out on a 12-2 run to lead 53-25. Ludwigsburg was getting good ball movement which resulted in good shots. Joshua Jackson and Wayne Bernard hit three pointers, Turek nailed a fade away jumper and Taylor kept scoring this time on the fast break. Ludwigsburg kept up the lead while Robertson tried any which way to get the Skyliners back in the game scoring inside twice with his athletic flights. The Fraport Skyliners continued to be as stiff as cement while the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg continued to spread the floor and get shots all over. Down the stretch, the Fraport Skyliners got some production form new Skyliner Zach Peacock hitting two jumpers. Peacock is long, strong and athletic. I think that he can be a weapon for Frankfurt if he plays hard, warned ex MBC guard Wayne Bernard. After 30 minutes, the Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg still led extremely comfortably 60-35. Frankfurt wasnt together and continued to shoot bad. Ludwigsburg continued to defend very aggressively making much pressure giving Frankfurt problems being patient, explained Steven Klauss. The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg were still shooting at a very high percentage with 55% from the field and 47% from the parking lot while the Fraport Skyliners were shooting 32% from the field and 24% from the parking lot. Ludwigsburg continued to rule the boards 29-18, but had 14 turnovers while Frankfurt had 12 turnovers.

The game was as good as decided in the fourth quarter, but the lead was simply too high for the Fraport Skyliners too be able to turn the game around despite it being their strongest quarter scoring 21 points. Ludwigsburg was able to keep the lead at 28 points 68-40 with some Turek buckets, but with the game decided, the Fraport Skyliners closed out the game strong with a 16-6 run. Robertson continued to be the scoring weapon that Frankfurt needed on a day where no other offensive production loomed. Robertson had a dunk, three pointer and some free throws. Dowell also helped his stat sheet with a lay up and jumper. After 40 minutes the Fraport Skyliners quickly came to the realization that this was a game that quickly needed to be forgotten. Ludwigsburg deserved to win. They fought and defended well for 40 minutes. They were able to play their game and shot well. Frankfurt had no stability on offense and will have to shoot better and have less turnovers in Artland, added Steven Klauss. We were ready on defense and were able to make adjustments on defense and exploited the mismatches very well, added Wayne Bernard.

The Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg were led by Kammron Taylor with 20 points. John Turek and Lucca Staiger combined for 11 points a piece. The Fraport Skyliners were led by Quantez Robertson with 16 points, three rebounds, two assists and five steals. Despite his five steals, he wasnt too impressed by his defense. I have been top scorer before. I made some shots and got to the free throw line. My defense was ok, but it could have been better. I was able to read the passing lanes well on those five steals, stressed Quantez Robertson. Johnathon Jones chipped in with 11 points. Konstantin Klein made his Beko BBL debut finishing with four points and three rebounds in 17 minutes. I was still a bit tired from the 36 minute PRO B game that I played yesterday. It was nice to play 17 minutes, but I made many mistakes. This wont be a nice memory after a bad game, added Konstantin Klein. Despite this opening game poor performance by the Fraport Skyliners, there is no need to panic. Frankfurt doesnt seem to be complete yet. They still have to put the pieces together. It was the first game and the season is long, commented Wayne Bernard. One thing that you have to like about Quantez Robertson is his straight forward logic which is about as normal as one of his pounding dunks when talking to the gregarious American about the teams chances in Artland. If we play aggressive on offense and defense and execute on offense, then we should be able to win, warned Quantez Robertson. The Artland Dragons host the Fraport Skyliners October sixth at 20:00.




The Brose Baskets Bamberg Extend Contract With Chris Fleming Until 2016 - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The name Chris Fleming (agency: Pro One Sports ) has always been a name that seems to be tossed around when it comes to open coaching positions like with OLYMPIACOS S.F.P. PIREUS and recently FC Bayern Munich, but at the end of teh day the heart of the three time Beko BBL champion Fleming remains with Bamberg. Fleming has won the six titles with the Brose Baskets Bamberg and the club remsains convinced that he will continue to bring muchh happines and titles to the Bavarian city extending his contract until 2016. "I am very thankful that the club and Brose has extended the contracts of the whole coaching staff. The club has a vision how we can still improve ourselves and one saw that with the new practice facility. Also the cooperation of the coaching staff and Wolfgang Heyder fits. I think the club has a big future. We like to be here and still have a lot we want to do. We are looking forward to the next years", stated Chris Fleming (agency: Pro One Sports ).

Source: Brose Baskets Bamberg



ProA Round 2 results and stats - by Eurobasket News

Crailsheim - Duesseldorf 94-81

Crailsheim Merlins led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Naturalized American forward Joseph Buck (201-81, college: USC) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points and 9 rebounds. Naturalized American swingman Jonathan Moore (203-82, college: N.C.Central) contributed with 18 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Five Crailsheim Merlins players scored in double figures. Forward Sebastian Greene (203-84, college: Fordham) replied with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and American forward Kendall Chones (201-84, college: Colgate, agency: Dynamics Global Management) added 16 points in the effort for Duesseldorf Baskets.
Top scorers:
Duesseldorf: K.Chones 16+4reb, T.Tzakopoulos 14+1reb+1ast, S.Greene 12+11reb+1ast, G.Johnson 9+5reb+4ast, N.Adamczak 8+2reb+2ast, M.Petric 6+3reb+2ast
Crailsheim: J.Moore 18+6reb+2ast, J.Buck 16+9reb+2ast, J.Crow 15+4reb+1ast, D.Coleman 14+2reb+8ast, B.Lischka 14+5reb, P.Friedel 7+2ast
gschID: 184360


Kirchheim - NBC 95-94

Kirchheim Knights made 27-of-30 charity shots (90.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 NBC turnovers. 27 personal fouls committed by NBC helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was also dominated by American players. Guard Cedric Brooks (185-80, college: Pittsburg St.) notched 21 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals to lead the effort and point guard Chris Alexander (186-83, college: Southern) supported him with 18 points. Five Kirchheim Knights players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 27 points and 12 rebounds by power forward Ronald Thompson (208-81, college: Morehouse) did not help to save the game for NBC. Guard Tyrone Brazelton (185-86, college: W.Kentucky) added 29 points and 6 assists for the guests. NBC's coach Martin Ides tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.


Top scorers:
NBC: T.Brazelton 29+3reb+6ast, R.Thompson 27+12reb+2ast, W.Chavis 13+2reb+1ast, C.Abercrombie 7+4reb+1ast, S.Schroeder 7+1reb, R.De Michael 5+4reb
Kirchheim: C.Brooks 21+6reb+4ast, C.Alexander 18+4reb+3ast, R.Tomasevic 15+6reb+4ast, M.Smallwood 15+6reb, S.Adeberg 15+3reb+1ast, G.Prodromou 7+2reb+1ast


gschID: 184356


Jena - Karlsruhe 98-87

BG Karlsruhe was better in third quarter 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Science City Jena made 25-of-30 free shots (83.3 percent) during the game. Science City Jena outrebounded BG Karlsruhe 40-21 including a 26-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. BG Karlsruhe was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American guard Kenny Barker (191-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) who scored 28 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Lithuanian Aurimas Adomaitis (206-87, college: LIU Brooklyn) chipped in a double-double by scoring 23 points and 11 rebounds (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field). Science City Jena's coach Georg Eichler used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. American forward Jeremy Black (203-85, college: Tampa, agency: Court Side) produced 16 points and 7 rebounds and his fellow American import center DeWayne Richardson (202-77, college: Fairmont St.) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests.


Top scorers:
Karlsruhe: J.Black 16+7reb, S.Hauer 15+2reb+1ast, D.Richardson 15+5reb+1ast, M.Stockton 12+2reb+4ast, R.Roessler 11+2reb+2ast, J.Harris 10+4ast
Jena: K.Barker 28+5reb+7ast, A.Adomaitis 23+11reb+2ast, L.Jeka 15+7reb+8ast, C.Roquette 14+6reb+4ast, S.Watts 10+5reb, T.Schwartz 5+3reb


gschID: 184357


ETB Wohnbau - Goettingen 80-86

The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 49-39 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Ramon Harris (201-88, college: Kentucky) scored 23 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Bobby Davis (200-87, college: Edinboro) chipped in 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists during the contest. Forward Logan Stutz (205-88, college: Washburn) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points and 10 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) and Joey Henley (196-85, college: Sacred Heart) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
ETB Wohnbau: L.Stutz 23+10reb+1ast, J.Henley 17+7reb+3ast, T.Harbut 13+3reb+4ast, M.Buljevic 11+1reb+2ast, A.Cook 6+4reb+8ast, A.Henrichs 5+1reb+2ast
Goettingen: R.Harris 23+8reb+1ast, B.Davis 18+5reb+4ast, M.Grimaldi 15+7reb+4ast, P.Guede 11+6reb+1ast, S.Phillips 9+4reb+4ast, A.Vargas 6+2reb
gschID: 184358


Finke Baskets - Gotha 76-74
gschID: 184354


Cuxhaven - Chemnitz 99-65

Cuxhaven BasCats led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 23-of-29 free shots (79.3 percent) during the game. Cuxhaven BasCats forced 21 BV Chemnitz 99 turnovers. 26 personal fouls committed by BV Chemnitz 99 helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The best player for the winners was American forward Scott Thomas (200-89, college: Bowling Green) who scored 19 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). The other American import power forward Evan Harris (206-86, college: Harvard, agency: I.D.S. Law) chipped in 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Cuxhaven BasCats players scored in double figures. Cuxhaven BasCats' coach Krists Plendiskis felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Alex Jones (206-87, college: Seattle) produced 13 points and 8 rebounds (on 6-of-7 shooting from the field) and swingman Jorge Schmidt (193-85) added 10 points and 8 rebounds respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: A.Jones 13+8reb, T.Ishizaki 11, J.Bynum 11+2reb+5ast, J.Schmidt 10+8reb+1ast, B.Obiango 7+4reb, P.Stachula 6+3reb+2ast
Cuxhaven: S.Thomas 19+4reb+2ast, M.Rockmann 14+2reb+2ast, J.Kelly 14+3reb+2ast, M.Pluskota 14+7reb, E.Harris 13+6reb+2ast, G.Onwuegbuze 8+3ast
gschID: 184355


Leipzig - Ehingen 67-77

Ehingen/Urspringschule made 18-of-21 free shots (85.7 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American forward Andre Calvin (196-85, college: Drake) who scored 22 points and 8 rebounds. The other American import guard Virgil Matthews (188-83, college: Montana) chipped in 12 points and 4 assists. American center Chris Gadley (207-87, college: Canisius) produced a double-double by scoring 13 points and 14 rebounds and forward Walter Simon (202-89, college: Cumberland) added 17 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts.
Top scorers:
Leipzig: W.Simon 17+5reb+3ast, C.Gadley 13+14reb+2ast, A.Macevicius 9+5reb, K.Schaffartzik 8+5reb+5ast, N.Freer 8+8reb+1ast, K.Kranz 7+1reb+1ast
Ehingen: A.Calvin 22+8reb+2ast, J.Anderson 16+2reb+2ast, V.Matthews 12+4reb+4ast, M.Mueller 8+3reb+3ast, S.Marlon Theis 6+1reb, S.Haukohl 5+2reb+1ast
gschID: 184353



Brose Baskets sign Latavious Williams, ex Metros - by Eurobasket News

Brose Baskets Bamberg (BBL) signed 21-year old American forward Latavious Williams (202-102kg-91). Williams played last summer at Metros in LNB league in Dominican Republic. He played in two countries last year (!!!). Williams also played at FIATC Joventut in Spanish ACB earlier that season. In 34 ACB games last season he had 9.6ppg, 7.1rpg and 1.3spg. Three years ago he was drafted by Tulsa 66ers (D-League) in first round (16th overall).
Williams has played previously professionally in D-League (Tulsa 66ers)

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  GREECE   


The Start of A1 League postponed indefinitely - by Eurobasket News

The start of the new A1 League season has been postponed indefinitely. The clubs were unable to reach the agreement with ERT television company on the cost of the TV rights for the upcoming season. ERT cut the amount for almost 40% from the last years proposal which had not satisfied A1 teams. ERT reportedly increased the proposal before the voting but A1 teams still refused to accept it. The possible dates for the start of the championship are unclear at the moment.


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  HOLLAND   


Runs Officially Joins Men's Basketball, Cleared To Practice - by Fred Roggen

Matthias Runs (208-C) has officially joined the St. Bonaventure men's basketball team and will have three years of playing eligibility beginning as a sophomore in the 2013-14 season.

Runs, a freshman psychology major, will not be allowed to play in games during the 2012-13 season due to the NCAA's "delayed enrollment" ruling. Since more than a year passed between Runs' high school graduation date and his enrollment at St. Bonaventure, the NCAA mandates that he "sit the year in residency" before becoming eligible.

Runs graduated from high school in the spring of 2010 and took a year off from schooling and basketball competition before enrolling at Spain's Canaries Basketball Academy (CBA) in the fall of 2011. The Netherlands native played in 22 games at CBA during the 2011-12 season. That competition combined with the "delayed enrollment" caused him to lose a year of eligibility.

Runs, who signed an athletics-grant-in-aid earlier this summer, has been taking classes at St. Bonaventure since the beginning of the semester. The 7-foot center is allowed to participate in team workouts and practices this year, but cannot play in games or travel with the team to away contests.

"I am glad a resolution has been reached regarding Matthias' eligibility," head coach Mark Schmidt said. "We are excited about Matthias' potential as a player. A year of practicing and working with our team will provide him a great opportunity to grow in our program, as well as continue his development as a player. We look forward to next season when Matthias will be eligible to play in games."

Courtesy of www.gobonnies.com



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  HUNGARY   

Standings - A Division

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 4: Falco-Szova - Soproni 87-73
Oct. 5: Marso NYKK - PVSK Pannon
Oct. 5: Albacomp - ZTE KK
Oct. 6: Kormend - Kaposvari
Oct. 7: Szedeak - FS Debrecen
Oct. 7: Atomeromu - Jaszberenyi


A Division Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michael FEY
  Falco-Szova
  (213-F/C-83)
  Avg: 26
 1. Fey, Falco-Szova26.0 
 2. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.22.0 
 3. Barovic, Soproni21.0 
 4. Levy, Falco-Szova19.0 
 5. Molnar, Soproni16.0 
 6. Thomas, Soproni13.0 
 7. Toth, Soproni12.0 
 8. Simon, Falco-Szova8.0 
 9. Will, Falco-Szova7.0 
 10. Kalman, Falco-Sz.4.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Filip BAROVIC
  Soproni
  (208-F/C-90)
  Avg: 8
 1. Barovic, Soproni8.0 
 2. Fey, Falco-Szova8.0 
 3. Molnar, Soproni6.0 
 4. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.5.0 
 5. Levy, Falco-Szova5.0 
 6. Toth, Soproni4.0 
 7. Will, Falco-Szova4.0 
 8. Kalman, Falco-Sz.3.0 
 9. Jones, Soproni2.0 
 10. Harazin, Falco-Sz.2.0 
Assists Per Game
 Laszlo KALMAN
  Falco-Sz.
  (186-G-72)
  Avg: 12
 1. Kalman, Falco-Sz.12.0 
 2. Thomas, Soproni7.0 
 3. Toth, Soproni4.0 
 4. Barovic, Soproni3.0 
 5. Levy, Falco-Szova3.0 
 6. Fey, Falco-Szova2.0 
 7. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.2.0 
 8. Molnar, Soproni2.0 
 9. Will, Falco-Szova1.0 
 10. Bus, Soproni1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tomislav IVOSEV
  Falco-Szova
  (204-F-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.4.0 
 2. Will, Falco-Szova2.0 
 3. Thomas, Soproni1.0 
 4. Toth, Soproni1.0 
 5. Harazin, Falco-Sz.1.0 
 6. Levy, Falco-Szova1.0 
 7. Gombas, Soproni0.0 
 8. Simon, Falco-Szova0.0 
 9. Keresztes, Soproni0.0 
 10. Szanati, Falco-Sz.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonathan LEVY
  Falco-Szova
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 2
 1. Levy, Falco-Szova2.0 
 2. Thomas, Soproni1.0 
 3. Barovic, Soproni1.0 
 4. Kalman, Falco-Sz.0.0 
 5. Ivosev, Falco-Szo.0.0 
 6. Harazin, Falco-Sz.0.0 
 7. Takacs, Soproni0.0 
 8. Gombas, Soproni0.0 
 9. Simon, Falco-Szova0.0 
 10. Fey, Falco-Szova0.0 



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  ICELAND   


Jakob Sigurdarson voted # 1 in Sweden - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Icelandic National Team and Sundsvall Dragons player Jakob Sigurdarson (192-PG-82, college: Birm.Southern) ( Agent, Icebasket) was voted the best player in Swedish Basket league by community of 13 coaches, sports writers and other basketball specialist. Every player in the league was given grade 1-10. Sigurdarson average was 9.15
The comment this community gave was as follows. Great shooter, stable, experienced, balanced, winner that makes the big shot.
Two other Icelandic National team players where in top ten, Sigurdarson teammate at Sundsvall Hlynur Baeringsson was # 6-7 with average 8.46 and Pavel Ermolinskij # 8 with average of 8.38



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  IRAN   


SANI BECIROVIC moves to Iran - by Mohammad Amin Maghsoodlou

Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour signed with Slovenian star Sani Becirovic (196-G-81) . Sani Becirovic is one of the best European players ever comes to Asia. He played internationally in Italia , Greece , Russia , Turkey and etc.
Sani Becirovic Awards/Achievements:
Slovenian U18 National Team -98
European Championships U18 -98 (MVP): Score-1 (28.8ppg, Assists-1 (3.8apg)
Slovenian National Team -98-06, 08-09-10
Euro U-18 Team -98
Slovenian League All-Star Game -99, 00, 01
All-Slovenian League 2nd Team -99
Slovenian Cup Finalist -99
Slovenian League Finalist -99
European Championships -99
Slovenian Cup Winner -00,01
Slovenian All-League Team -00
Slovenian All-Domestic Players 1st Team -00
Slovenian U20 National Team -00
European U20 Champion -00 (MVP)
Holland Basketball Week All-Star Team and Most Spectacular Player -Dec.'00
All-Euroleague Regular Season 3rd Team -01
ULEB Euroleague Quarterfinals -01
Slovenian U20 Champion -01
Slovenian League Champion -01
Slovenian U22 National Team -01
Slovenian Play-Off MVP -01
European 2nd Best Young Player -01 (by Besket News)
European Championships in Turkey -01
Slovenian Player of the Year -2001
Italian Cup Winner -02
Euroleague Finalist -02
Italian SerieA Semifinals -02
European Championships in Belgrade -05: 6 games: 10.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 2.5apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 31.8%, FT: 62.5%
Italian SerieA Supercup Winner -05
Italian SerieA Regular Season Champion -06
Italian SerieA Finalist -06, 10
World Championships in Japan -06: 6 games: 13.0ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.7apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 40.6%, 3FGP: 31.8%, FT: 95%
Euroleague Champion -07
Greek Cup Winner -07, 08
Greek League All-Star Game -07 (3-Points Contest Winner)
Greek League Regular Season Champion -07, 08
Greek League Champion -07, 08
Eurobasket.com All-Greek A1 League Bosman Player of the Year -07
Euroleague Regular Season MVP -09
Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention -09
Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Domestic Players Team -09
Italian SerieA Regular Season Runner-Up -09
Slovenian Super Cup Winner -10
World Championships in Turkey -10: 9 games: 8.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.1apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 48.1%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT-2 (94.3%)
VTB United League Finalist -11
Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention -12



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  IRELAND   

Standings - EBS Superleague

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 6: UL Eagles - Killester
Oct. 6: UCD Marian - B.Gais Neptune
Oct. 6: DCU Saints - Moycullen
Oct. 7: UCC Demons - Ballon


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Darren TOWNES
  B.Gais N.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 31
 1. Townes, B.Gais N.31.0 
 2. Taylor, UL Eagles27.0 
 3. O''Sullivan, UCC D.20.0 
 4. Graham, UCC Demons18.0 
 5. Sullivan, Moycullen17.0 
 6. Coughlan, UCC D.17.0 
 7. Nihill, Moycullen15.0 
 8. Killeen, UL Eagles12.0 
 9. O''Brien, Moycullen11.0 
 10. Rudak, B.Gais N.10.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Delwan GRAHAM
  UCC Demons
  (200-F-)
  Avg: 14
 1. Graham, UCC Demons14.0 
 2. Townes, B.Gais N.12.0 
 3. Sullivan, Moycullen11.0 
 4. Campbell, UL Ea.9.0 
 5. Killeen, UL Eagles8.0 
 6. Nihill, Moycullen8.0 
 7. O''Mahony, UCC D.7.0 
 8. O''Reilly, UCC D.6.0 
 9. Lynch, UL Eagles6.0 
 10. Stapleton, B.Gais6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Shane COUGHLAN
  UCC D.
  (188-G-79)
  Avg: 9
 1. Coughlan, UCC D.9.0 
 2. Noonan, B.Gais N.7.0 
 3. Lyons, Moycullen4.0 
 4. O''Sullivan, UCC D.4.0 
 5. Kinevane, UL Eagl.4.0 
 6. McGinn, B.Gais N.4.0 
 7. Camps, Moycullen4.0 
 8. Nihill, Moycullen3.0 
 9. Walsh, B.Gais N.3.0 
 10. Campbell, UL Ea.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Darren TOWNES
  B.Gais N.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Townes, B.Gais N.4.0 
 2. Sullivan, Moycullen3.0 
 3. Noonan, B.Gais N.3.0 
 4. Coughlan, UCC D.2.0 
 5. McGinn, B.Gais N.2.0 
 6. Taylor, UL Eagles2.0 
 7. Burke, Moycullen2.0 
 8. Camps, Moycullen2.0 
 9. Graham, UCC Demons2.0 
 10. Wilkinson, B.Gais1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Eion QUIGLEY
  UL Eagles
  (--)
  Avg: 3
 1. Quigley, UL Eagles3.0 
 2. Townes, B.Gais N.3.0 
 3. Stapleton, B.Gais2.0 
 4. Rudak, B.Gais N.2.0 
 5. Cronin, B.Gais N.1.0 
 6. Sullivan, Moycullen1.0 
 7. Kinevane, UL Eagl.0.0 
 8. Dowling, B.Gais N.0.0 
 9. O''Sullivan, UCC D.0.0 
 10. Cunningham, Moycu.0.0 



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  ITALY   


Brescia tabs Gino Cuccarolo - by Eurobasket News

Centrale del Latte Brescia (Lega2) inked 25-year old center Gino Cuccarolo (221-125kg-87). Cuccarolo moved there from Angelico Biella (SerieA) where he supposed to play, but the plans were changed. The last season he played for Benetton Treviso (Eurocup). In 12 Eurocup games last year he averaged 3.7ppg and 2.7rpg. He also played 29 games in SerieA where he had just 2.5ppg and 2.6rpg. A very good season in his career as he SerieA All-Star Game.
Cuccarolo was a member of Italian U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006, and played also for U18 National Team between 2004 and 2005. He represented Italy at the European Championships U20 in Nova Gorica (Slovenia) five years ago. Cuccarolos team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 8 games: 3.3ppg, 6.0rpg.
Cuccarolo has played previously for four other Italian teams: Umana Venezia, Montecatini, Siena Virtus and Istrana

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  KENYA   


Eagle Wings to represent Kenya at Africa Club Basketball tourney - by Eurobasket News

Eagle Wings will be Kenyas representative at this years Africa Club Bassketball Championship scheduled to take place in Cote dIvoire in mid October.
The tournament that brings together 12 teams will hold from the 19-28 October in Abidjan.

Wings who are Kenyan Champions qualified alongside Kenyan Port Authority (KPA) last month at the Zone 5 meeting in Kampala, Uganda, last month.

Nigerian club First Deepwater and Abidjan Basketball Club (ABC) from Ivory Coast booked their tickets from the ongoing Zone Six qualifiers in Maputo, Mozambique. Defending champions Interclube and 1st Agosto from Angola are also favoured to sail through to the main Africa show.

Courtesy of:starafrica.com



KBF premier league latest results - by Eurobasket News

Matches of the Kenya Basketball Federation Premier League took place last weekend with the following results recorded.


W/Delight Vs Usui Flames: 37-62


Mmust Vs Usiu Tigers: 70-73


Equity Vs Strathmore: 60-72


Coop Bank Vs Eagle Wings: 41-57


Ulinzi Vs Terror: 70-62


K.A.A Vs K.U Pirates: 47-41


Parklands Vs NRB Aviation: 47-75


Upper Hill vs Nakuru Club: 38-65


Coop Bank Vs Gladiators: 47-29


KCB Lions Vs Coopbank: 77-79
Courtesy of: starafrica.com



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  LATVIA   

LBL Standing

LBL Standings
 1. Jurmala 1-0 
 2. VEF Riga 1-0 
 3. Barons kvartals 0-0 
 4. Jelgava 0-0 
 5. Liepaja 0-0 
 6. Turiba 0-0 
 7. U18 0-0 
 8. Valmiera 0-0 
 9. Ventspils 0-0 
 10. Jekabpils 0-1 
 11. LU 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 3: VEF Riga - LU 96-63
Oct. 4: Jekabpils - Jurmala 58-70
Oct. 7: LU - U18


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Marcis VITOLS
  LU
  (184-PG-92)
  Avg: 19
 1. Vitols, LU19.0 
 2. Vilums, Jurmala18.0 
 3. Bertans, VEF Riga18.0 
 4. Kavaliauskas, VEF14.0 
 5. Mednis, Jurmala14.0 
 6. O''Brien, Jekabpils13.0 
 7. Hill jr., Jekabpils13.0 
 8. Slesers, Jurmala12.0 
 9. Peiners, LU11.0 
 10. Berzins, VEF Riga11.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Roberts MEDNIS
  Jurmala
  (204-C-89)
  Avg: 10
 1. Mednis, Jurmala10.0 
 2. O''Brien, Jekabpils9.0 
 3. Zavackas, VEF Riga8.0 
 4. Kavaliauskas, VEF7.0 
 5. Vitols, LU6.0 
 6. Mediss, Jekabpils5.0 
 7. Virsis, Jekabpils5.0 
 8. Blaus, VEF Riga5.0 
 9. Slesers, Jurmala5.0 
 10. Aleksejevs, Jekab.5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Earl ROWLAND
  VEF Riga
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Rowland, VEF Riga6.0 
 2. Zavackas, VEF Riga5.0 
 3. Peiners, LU5.0 
 4. Mednis, Jurmala4.0 
 5. Daniels, VEF Riga3.0 
 6. Janicenoks, VEF R.3.0 
 7. Berzins, VEF Riga3.0 
 8. Jahovics, VEF Riga3.0 
 9. Hill jr., Jekabpils3.0 
 10. Aizpurs, LU2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Davis CODERS
  Jurmala
  (188-PG-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Coders, Jurmala3.0 
 2. O''Brien, Jekabpils3.0 
 3. Peiners, LU2.0 
 4. Strazdins, LU2.0 
 5. Janicenoks, VEF R.2.0 
 6. Rowland, VEF Riga2.0 
 7. Daniels, VEF Riga2.0 
 8. Stumbris, Jurmala1.0 
 9. Liepa, Jurmala1.0 
 10. Zebergs, LU1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  VEF Riga
  (213-PF-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Berzins, VEF Riga3.0 
 2. Rubenis, LU1.0 
 3. Vilums, Jurmala1.0 
 4. Dargais, LU1.0 
 5. Vitols, Jekabpils1.0 
 6. O''Brien, Jekabpils1.0 
 7. Kavaliauskas, VEF1.0 
 8. Daniels, VEF Riga1.0 
 9. Hlebowicki, Jekabp.0.0 
 10. Dargis, LU0.0 


Standings - LBAL

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 4: Kvele - ViA 78-61
Oct. 3: Ridzene - Ogres 61-88
Oct. 3: Valmiera BSS - Jelgava/LLU 43-92
Oct. 5: VeA - Saldus
Oct. 5: Liepaja-2 - RSU
Oct. 5: Livani - DSN


Ploiesti inks Ivars Timermanis - by Eurobasket News

CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (Division A) agreed terms with 30-year old Latvian ex-international forward Ivars Timermanis (203-100kg-82, agency: Alti Sport). Timermanis moved there from Liepajas Lauvas, where he spent the preseason and even played in BBL Cup in September. The last season he played for SK Cherkasy Monkeys (Superleague). In 27 Superleague games last year he had 10.4ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1apg.
Timermanis was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Honorable Mention in 2011.
He was also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Timermanis played for Latvian Senior National Team between 2003 and 2007 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2001. He represented Latvia at the European Championships in Belgrade seven years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 5.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 23.1%, FT: 40%.
Timermanis is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Poland (Sportino), Ukraine and Estonia (BC Rakvere).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @TotalBaschet)



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  LESOTHO   


Blockbuster Moves for 2012-2013 season to New teams - by Eurobasket News

Player1
Khotso Spotso, MVP 2011-2012 season from Shines to Bashana Ba Heso.
Player2
Pana, skillful big man from Shines to KTA Allstars.
Player3
Nuch Mothepu, Point guard and shooting guard from KTA Allstars to Rovers
Player4
Mokete, Point guard and shooting guard from Bashana Ba Heso to KTA Allstars
Player5
Motloang Jordan, shooting guard and small forward resigns with Rovers.

Which players will have most impact on their new teams and which team between BBH, KTA, and Rovers will be more dominant come Memorial Independence Tournament and the League?
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  LIBERIA   


Massive Shifts in Ducor Magic - by Eurobasket News

The Liberia Basketball Association 2011/2012 2nd division runner-up Ducor Magic says massive recruitment is expected in the team ahead of their national league kickoff.
In an exclusive interview with our sports desk, the head coach of Ducor Magic Howard Sieh said about six experienced and matured players to form part of the team as they prepares to taste 1st division basketball next season.
The veteran Liberian sports tactician clearly stated that most of the guys that qualified the team to 1st division won't be given the green light to ply their trade with the team next season.
"Not all those qualified the team are qualify to next in the next division, this is universal" he maintained "some will be appreciated for job well done at the same time training with the team until other team can put in for them and few will be taken in the 1st division league" he said.
According to him, most of the players will be dropped due to indiscipline and lack of form in previous season.
Letting the cat out of the bag, Mr. Sieh noted that Ducor Mgic first season in the Liberia Basketball top notch competition will be used to build a team for the following season despite new faces joining the team. He stated with a mandate from the local basketball house on Broad Street that a team should register fifteen (15) players; he is anticipating carrying about ten (10) players to get a stronger team.
Meanwhile, Ducor Magic basketball team Manager Howard Sieh is urging incoming player to not demand what is being paid to players of LPRC Oilers, NPA Pythons and Uhuru Kings from the owner and fancier of the team Mr. Amos P.K.Brosius.
He pointed out that those are autonomous of government and as such can not be compared to private run business institution, but however maintained that at the level of the 1st division league, there will be lucrative salaries for the team. "My advice to players in Liberia is to hold on to their talents first and their wishes will arrive later, is the wrong will of beginning their careers" he stated.
Ducor ended the 2nd division league as a runner-up to eventual winner Timber Wolves after losing three of the best out of five matches.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  LITHUANIA   

Standings - NKL

NKL Standings
 1. Statyba 1-0 
 2. Birstono 0-0 
 3. Delikatesas 0-0 
 4. Ezerunas-Karys 0-0 
 5. Gargzdai 0-0 
 6. Mazeikiai 0-0 
 7. Meresta 0-0 
 8. Nafta Universitetas 0-0 
 9. Olimpas 0-0 
 10. Perlas-MRU 0-0 
 11. Radviliskis 0-0 
 12. S.Marciulionio 0-0 
 13. Silute 0-0 
 14. Suduva-Mantinga 0-0 
 15. Triobet 0-0 
 16. Zalgiris-Sabonio 0-0 
 17. Zanavykas 0-0 
 18. Dzukija 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 4: Dzukija - Statyba 88-93
Oct. 5: Gargzdai - Nafta Universitetas
Oct. 5: Silute - S.Marciulionio
Oct. 5: Perlas-MRU - Radviliskis
Oct. 5: Meresta - Suduva-Mantinga
Oct. 5: Ezerunas-Karys - Delikatesas
Oct. 5: Triobet - Mazeikiai
Oct. 5: Birstono - Zanavykas
Oct. 5: Olimpas - Zalgiris-Sabonio


Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Ovidijus VARANAUSKAS
  Staty.
  (187-PG-91)
  Avg: 26
 1. Varanauskas, Stat.26.0 
 2. Tarvydas, Statyba23.0 
 3. Skripkauskas, Dzuk.22.0 
 4. Harrison, Dzukija20.0 
 5. Trybanski, Dzukija15.0 
 6. Sakinis, Dzukija15.0 
 7. Marciukaitis, Stat.12.0 
 8. Reminas, Dzukija9.0 
 9. Paliukenas, Staty.7.0 
 10. Rinkunas, Statyba7.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 10
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija10.0 
 2. Zarskus, Statyba7.0 
 3. Skripkauskas, Dzuk.7.0 
 4. Tarvydas, Statyba6.0 
 5. Brusokas, Statyba5.0 
 6. Harrison, Dzukija5.0 
 7. Sakinis, Dzukija5.0 
 8. Reminas, Dzukija3.0 
 9. Kurtinaitis, Dzuki.3.0 
 10. Paliukenas, Stat.2.0 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Dzukija
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 10
 1. Harrison, Dzukija10.0 
 2. Varanauskas, Stat.9.0 
 3. Skripkauskas, Dzuk.2.0 
 4. Luksa, Statyba2.0 
 5. Tarvydas, Statyba2.0 
 6. Reminas, Dzukija1.0 
 7. Kazlauskas, Staty.1.0 
 8. Zarskus, Statyba1.0 
 9. Paliukenas, Staty.1.0 
 10. Trybanski, Dzuki.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mindaugas REMINAS
  Dzukija
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 4
 1. Reminas, Dzukija4.0 
 2. Zarskus, Statyba3.0 
 3. Marciukaitis, Stat.3.0 
 4. Luksa, Statyba2.0 
 5. Harrison, Dzukija2.0 
 6. Varanauskas, Stat.2.0 
 7. Rinkunas, Statyba1.0 
 8. Paliukenas, Staty.1.0 
 9. Tarvydas, Statyba1.0 
 10. Brusokas, Statyba1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cezary TRYBANSKI
  Dzukija
  (218-C-79)
  Avg: 3
 1. Trybanski, Dzukija3.0 
 2. Zarskus, Statyba2.0 
 3. Tarvydas, Statyba1.0 
 4. Kurtinaitis, Dzuki.0.0 
 5. Karlikanovas, Dzuk.0.0 
 6. Sakinis, Dzukija0.0 
 7. Jonuska, Statyba0.0 
 8. Reminas, Dzukija0.0 
 9. Harrison, Dzukija0.0 
 10. Marciukaitis, S.0.0 


Zalgiris lose Tadas Klimavicius with torn ACL - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris suffered a big blow on Tuesday. Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) torn ACL and is expected to miss around six months of action now. The doctors confirmed the diagnosis yesterday and Klimavicius would undergo surgery in the upcoming days. It is the second big time blow for Zalgiris after Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) was sidelined for what might be the whole season with foot injury. Tadas Klimavicius tallied 5.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in LKL this season. Last season he notched 8.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in Baltic League. In VTB League his stats read 4.4 points, 3.1 rebounds. The forward also posted 2.2 points and 3.1 rebounds in Euroleague. He was named All-Baltic League Player of the Year in 2010. Tadas Klimavicius was the member of Lithuanian National Team in 2010.


J.Sinica agreed with Sakalai - by Evaldas Ceilytkas

Lithuanian forward Justas Sinica (203-F-85) has joined Vilniaus Sakalai. This summer Justas Sinica was for tryout in Varese Cimberio and Bolognia Biancoglu, but after tryouts didn't agreed with teams. Last year Justas Sinica played in Lithuania league Prienu Rudupis. He averaged 7.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.7apg. in LKL and 4.3rpg, 1.0rpg, 1.3apg. In January Justas Sinica moved to BK MInsk-2006. In Belarusian league he averaged 10.6ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.0pg. He will play for Sakalai till he find better contract.


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  LUXEMBOURG   


Kayldall tabs James Cochran, ex Al Salmiyah - by Eurobasket News

Red Miners Kayldall (N2) inked 29-year old American guard James Cochran (183-83). Cochran has played for the last two years at Al Salmiyah in Kuwaiti D1 league.
He has played also professionally in Germany and USA.

By Eurobasket Data Center



BBC Nitia lands Derrick Stevens, ex Giessen - by Eurobasket News

BBC Nitia Bettembourg (N2) tabbed 32-year old American guard Derrick Stevens (180-85kg-80, college: Colorado State). He will replace Quenell Green on the roster. Stevens played most recently at VfB 1900 Giessen Pointers in German ProB. In 16 ProB games last season he averaged impressive 17.3ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.3apg and 1.2spg. He also played at MTV Wolfenbuettel in ProB earlier that season. In 9 ProB games last year he had very impressive stats: 17.8ppg, 2.1rpg and 3.1apg. In 2007 (three years after he left the college) Stevens was drafted by Idaho Stampede (D-League) in first round (137th overall).
He attended Colorado State until 2004 and it will be his ninth season in pro basketball.
Stevens is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Sweden (LF Basket), Germany (Herzoege Wolfenbuettel and Magdeburg), D-League (Frisco Texas Legends) and WBA (Mayas-USA).
Stevens attended previously one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on he way to pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  MEXICO   


Jorge Gutierrez agreed terms with Pioneros - by Eurobasket News

Pioneros de Quintana Roo-Cancun (LNBP) inked 24-year old Mexican international guard Jorge Gutierrez (190-88kg-88, college: California). 
Gutierrez has been a member of Mexican international program for some years. He played for Senior National B Team this year and for U22 National Team last year.
Gutierrez graduated from University of California in 2012 and it will be his first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  NBA   


Miami Heat keep Norris Cole through 2014 - by Eurobasket News

Miami Heat have exercised the option in the contract of Norris Cole (6'2''-PG-88, college: Cleveland St.) to keep the player through 2014. The point guard was drafted by the Bulls in 2011. He was then traded to the Heat. Last season Norris Cole notched 5.7 points, 1.7 assists, 1.2 boards per game in the NBA. He participated at NBA Pro Summer League this summer. Norris Cole posted 13.0 points, 4.8 assists, 2.5 rebounds per game in Las Vegas.


Nuggets recruit Vance Walberg as assistant coach - by Eurobasket News

Denver Nuggets announced the hiring of Vance Walberg as assistant coach. The specialist spent the previous season with the Nuggets in an informal capacity. Previously Vance Walberg worked as assistant coach with the University of Massachusetts. Previously he guided the basketball programme in Pepperdine. He is the creator of so-called dribble-drive offence.


London will host NBA game in January - by Eurobasket News

NBA is coming back to London. The Association announced today they had scheduled NBA regular season game in the United Kingdom capital. The London NBA Live 2013 will be held on January 17, 2013 at the O2 Arena. It will feature the Detroit Pistons facing the New York Knicks. The O2 Arena will be hosting its seventh NBA game including four pre-season clashes.
NBA is also planning to hold four pre-season games in Europe. The Boston Celtics will meet Fenerbahce in Istanbul and Armani Jeans in Italy. The Dallas Mavericks will play versus ALBA Berlin in Berlin on October 6th and will take on FC Regal Barcelona on October 8th in Catalonia.



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  NIGERIA   


Disclaimer: Fraudsters hacked my yahoo email account - by Olusegun Ikuesan

This is to inform the public that my yahoo email segstic@yahoo.com was hacked on Monday October 1, 2012 by cyber fraudsters sending out email to all my contact even to my gmail account that I am stranded in Madrid Spain requesting for a loan of 2000 euros.

I want my friends to know that such email never emanate from me as the period in question was when I was preparing to return to Nigeria from Dakar Senegal after the conclusion of the 2012 Afrobasket for U18 Women.



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  OMAN   


Bahrain record third straight win in Manama - by Eurobasket News

Bahrain - Oman 83:36

Bahrain registered the third consecutive win at the Arabian Gulf Cup in Manama. They knocked down Oman to stay undefeated. Oman suffered the second straight loss at the tourney.
Bahrain stormed into the game. They posted a 28:6 lead after ten minutes of action. Bahrain slowed down in the second quarter but still managed to pile up a 44:12 halftime lead. Bahrain maintained the pressure and ensured a 59:23 lead at the final break. The hosts did not look back in the fourth frame posting a well-deserved victory at the end. Mohammed Hassan (194-F/G-80) stepped up with 15 points for Bahrain. Bader Abdulla Malabes (87) and Ahmed Al Dirazi delivered 12 points apiece in the victory. Mohmood Abdulla responded with 10 points for Oman. Ali Al Sobahi added 8 points in the losing effort.

Bahrain: Mohammed Hassan 15, Bader Abdulla Malabes 12, Ahmed Al Dirazi 12
Oman: Mohmood Abudulla 10, Ali Al Sobahi 8



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  PHILIPPINES   

Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 3: Air21 Express - Barako Bull 87-90
Oct. 3: Petron Blaze - Rain or Shine 86-102
Sep. 30: Barangay Ginebra - Global Port 110-90
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. Chan, Rain or Shine20.0 
 3. Tubid, Barako Bull19.0 
 4. Baclao, Air21 E.18.0 
 5. Anthony, Barako B.18.0 
 6. Caguioa, Barang.18.0 
 7. Wilson, Air21 Expr.17.0 
 8. Isip, Air21 Express16.0 
 9. Yeo, Petron Blaze16.0 
 10. Santos, Petron B.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Enrico VILLANUEVA
  Barako B.
  (196-C-80)
  Avg: 14
 1. Villanueva, Barako14.0 
 2. Mamaril, Barang.12.0 
 3. Fajardo, Petron B.12.0 
 4. Maierhofer, Barang.11.0 
 5. Kramer, Barako B.10.0 
 6. Lutz, Petron Blaze10.0 
 7. Tenorio, Barang.9.0 
 8. Santos, Petron B.9.0 
 9. Anthony, Barako B.9.0 
 10. Cruz, Rain or Shi.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 LA TENORIO
  Barang.
  (177-PG-84)
  Avg: 10
 1. Tenorio, Barang.10.0 
 2. Norwood, Rain o.6.0 
 3. Lutz, Petron Blaze5.0 
 4. Anthony, Barako B.5.0 
 5. Miller, Global Port5.0 
 6. Hatfield, Barang.4.0 
 7. Wilson, Air21 Expr.4.0 
 8. Arboleda, Air21 E.4.0 
 9. Urbiztondo, Barako4.0 
 10. Miranda, Petron B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 John WILSON
  Air21 Express
  (183-G-)
  Avg: 2
 1. Wilson, Air21 Expr.2.0 
 2. Chan, Rain or Shine2.0 
 3. Tenorio, Barang.2.0 
 4. Mandani, Global Po.2.0 
 5. Maierhofer, Barang.1.0 
 6. Manuel, Global Port1.0 
 7. Matias, Rain or Sh.1.0 
 8. Baclao, Air21 E.1.0 
 9. Miranda, Petron B.1.0 
 10. Canaleta, Air21 E.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Chris ELLIS
  Barangay.
  (--)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ellis, Barangay.3.0 
 2. Washington, Petron2.0 
 3. Quinahan, Rain o.2.0 
 4. Fajardo, Petron B.2.0 
 5. Guevarra, Global P.1.0 
 6. Norwood, Rain o.1.0 
 7. Cabagnot, Petron1.0 
 8. Pennisi, Barako Bu.1.0 
 9. Chan, Rain or Shine1.0 
 10. Santos, Petron B.1.0 



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  QATAR   


Qatar earn second win at Gulf Cup - by Eurobasket News

Qatar - UAE 81:62

Qatar registered the second straight win at the Arabian Gulf Cup in Manama. They prevailed against UAE. Qatar stay perfect after two games played at the tournament. UAE slipped at 1-2 record.
Qatar led by just four points 21:17 after ten minutes but managed to boost the lead in the second frame. They accumulated a 42:31 halftime lead. Qatar entered the fourth frame up by 11 points and did not allow their opponents to get any closer in the final minutes. Qatar will take on Oman tonight. UAE will face Saudi Arabia looking for the second victory at the tournament.
Qatar will play versus Bahrain on Saturday in what could be decisive battle at the tournament.



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  ROMANIA   


Ploiesti inks Ivars Timermanis - by Eurobasket News

CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (Division A) agreed terms with 30-year old Latvian ex-international forward Ivars Timermanis (203-100kg-82, agency: Alti Sport). Timermanis moved there from Liepajas Lauvas, where he spent the preseason and even played in BBL Cup in September. The last season he played for SK Cherkasy Monkeys (Superleague). In 27 Superleague games last year he had 10.4ppg, 4.4rpg and 1.1apg.
Timermanis was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Honorable Mention in 2011.
He was also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Timermanis played for Latvian Senior National Team between 2003 and 2007 and previously for U20 National Team back in 2001. He represented Latvia at the European Championships in Belgrade seven years ago. His stats at that event were 3 games: 5.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 42.9%, 3FGP: 23.1%, FT: 40%.
Timermanis is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in Poland (Sportino), Ukraine and Estonia (BC Rakvere).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @TotalBaschet)



Milos Marjanovic agreed terms with CSU Sibiu, ex Servitium - by Eurobasket News

CSU Atlassib Sibiu (Division A) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old Serbian center Milos Marjanovic (207-105kg-81, agency: BeoExcell). Marjanovic played most recently at Servitium in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 4 Division I games last season he recorded 4.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 3.0spg.
Marjanovic has played also professionally in Serbia (Zdravlje, Vojvodina Srbijagas, Kolubara, Lavovi and Radnicki Kragujevac).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @TotalBaschet)



The time is Now!! - by Marcel Jones

So the Start of our National Regular season is upon us. Based on our hard work and progress throughout the preseason, I would say we are ready to compete at a high level. We had long practices along with preseason tournaments that have tested us mentally and physically. From 3 practices a day to 3 games in 3 days, we have taken everything in stride and responded well to every situation. Sometimes as players we cant control every decision that is made but rather control how we react to it.

I like this team here in Pitesti and feel like we can do something special this season. Im sure most players feel the same way going into the season but this team is built to win if we work hard. For example, We played in the Supercup a few weeks ago. The champions from the National Competition play the winners of the National Cup ( 2 different things) for bragging rights and the first trophy of the season. We, Pitesti, were not given a chance to win by anyone but the guys on the team believed in our hard work and in each other. We put together a good game to get the victory and secure the first trophy of this new season.

Fortunately for me I recieved the MVP with my performance but this is a team sport so credit to my teammates for stepping up to the challenge. All season we will face teams and situations where we might be the underdog, but as long as we are confident we can handle anything.

I am glad the regular season is starting which means official games will keep coming and everything counts. For me, there is no better feeling than getting ready for a game and executing what we as a team have been practicing The time is NOW and I couldnt be more excited.

I will check back soon but until then keep working hard, the world is watching!!!!!!... Blessings go out to all the athletes and thier individual situations across the world.

Marcel Jones





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  RUSSIA   

Standings - Superleague A

PBL Standings
 1. CSKA 1-0 
 2. Khimky 1-0 
 3. Lokomotiv 1-0 
 4. N.Novgorod 1-0 
 5. Spartak SP 1-0 
 6. Enisey 0-1 
 7. Krasnie Krilya 0-1 
 8. Spartak-Prim. 0-1 
 9. Triumph 0-1 
 10. Unics 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 3: N.Novgorod - Unics 86-73
Oct. 3: Khimky - Triumph 76-72
Oct. 3: Lokomotiv - Krasnie Krilya 74-72
Oct. 3: Enisey - Spartak SP 64-70
Oct. 3: Spartak-Prim. - CSKA 51-82

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 14: CSKA - Enisey
Oct. 18: Lokomotiv - Spartak-Prim.
Oct. 19: Krasnie Krilya - N.Novgorod


Stats Leaders - Superleague A

Points Per Game
 Sergey KARASEV
  Triumph
  (202-SG-93)
  Avg: 23
 1. Karasev, Triumph23.0 
 2. Beverley, Spart.21.0 
 3. Fridzon, Khimky20.0 
 4. Smith, Krasnie Kri.18.0 
 5. Simmons, Krasnie18.0 
 6. Calathes, Lokom.18.0 
 7. Zhukanenko, Khimky17.0 
 8. Gillenwater, Spart.17.0 
 9. Kulagin, Krasnie16.0 
 10. Trotter, N.Novgor.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Primoz BREZEC
  N.Novgorod
  (216-F/C-79)
  Avg: 10
 1. Brezec, N.Novgorod10.0 
 2. McKee, Triumph9.0 
 3. Augustine, Khimky8.0 
 4. Antonov, N.Novgor.8.0 
 5. Dowdell, Enisey7.0 
 6. Maric, Lokomotiv7.0 
 7. Karasev, Triumph7.0 
 8. Calathes, Lokom.7.0 
 9. Gillenwater, Spart.6.0 
 10. Vorontsevich, CS.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Milos TEODOSIC
  CSKA
  (195-PG-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Teodosic, CSKA5.0 
 2. Trotter, N.Novgorod5.0 
 3. Naimy, Triumph5.0 
 4. Miles, Krasnie Kri.5.0 
 5. Planinic, Khimky5.0 
 6. Komarovskiy, Eni.4.0 
 7. Samoylenko, Unics4.0 
 8. Jackson, CSKA4.0 
 9. McKee, Triumph4.0 
 10. Koponen, Khimky4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Aaron MILES
  Krasnie Krilya
  (186-G-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Miles, Krasnie Kri.8.0 
 2. Landry, Triumph4.0 
 3. McKee, Triumph3.0 
 4. Beverley, Spart.3.0 
 5. Jackson, CSKA2.0 
 6. Kurbanov, Spart.2.0 
 7. Fridzon, Khimky2.0 
 8. Nicholas, CSKA2.0 
 9. Dowdell, Enisey2.0 
 10. Simmons, Krasnie2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sergey MONYA
  Khimky
  (202-PF-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Monya, Khimky2.0 
 2. Rizvic, Enisey2.0 
 3. Mitchell, Triumph1.0 
 4. Rivers, Khimky1.0 
 5. Gillenwater, Spart.1.0 
 6. Shashkov, N.Nov.1.0 
 7. Karasev, Triumph1.0 
 8. Toporov, Triumph1.0 
 9. Lyday, Unics1.0 
 10. Vougioukas, Unics1.0 


Standings - Superleague B

Superleague Standings
 1. Ataman 1-0 
 2. AltajBasket 0-0 
 3. Avtodor S. 0-0 
 4. Dynamo Mo. 0-0 
 5. Planeta-Univ. 0-0 
 6. Rjazan 0-0 
 7. Ruskon-Mord. 0-0 
 8. Severstal 0-0 
 9. Sojuz Zaretchny 0-0 
 10. Spartak V. 0-0 
 11. TEMP-SUMZ 0-0 
 12. Univ.Surgut 0-0 
 13. Ural Ekaterinb. 0-0 
 14. Volgograd 0-0 
 15. Novosybirsk 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 4: Novosybirsk - Ataman 72-78
Oct. 5: Volgograd - Univ.Surgut
Oct. 5: Avtodor S. - Rjazan
Oct. 5: Dynamo Mo. - Sojuz Zaretchny
Oct. 5: AltajBasket - TEMP-SUMZ
Oct. 5: Severstal - Spartak V.
Oct. 5: Planeta-Univ. - Ruskon-Mord.


Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Stanislav MAKSHANTSEV
  Novosy.
  (205-PF-78)
  Avg: 31
 1. Makshantsev, Novo.31.0 
 2. Zagnoyko, Ataman21.0 
 3. Aleksandrov, Ata.21.0 
 4. Novikov, Novosybi.16.0 
 5. Pavlov, Ataman12.0 
 6. Korchaga, Ataman8.0 
 7. Tokarev, Novosybi.6.0 
 8. Pronin, Novosybirsk5.0 
 9. Podkolzin, Novosyb.5.0 
 10. Beliaev, Ataman5.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav MAKSHANTSEV
  Novosy.
  (205-PF-78)
  Avg: 13
 1. Makshantsev, Novo.13.0 
 2. Pavlov, Ataman11.0 
 3. Pavlov, Ataman11.0 
 4. Novikov, Novosybi.9.0 
 5. Sayapin, Novosybi.7.0 
 6. Kurtsevich, Ataman5.0 
 7. Shatokhin, Novosyb.5.0 
 8. Pronin, Novosybirsk4.0 
 9. Agapov, Ataman4.0 
 10. Aleksandrov, Ata.4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sergei TOKAREV
  Novosybi.
  (190-G-85)
  Avg: 5
 1. Tokarev, Novosybi.5.0 
 2. Aleksandrov, Ata.4.0 
 3. Novikov, Novosybi.2.0 
 4. Zakamov, Novosybi.1.0 
 5. Shatokhin, Novosyb.1.0 
 6. Muraviev, Ataman1.0 
 7. Zagnoyko, Ataman1.0 
 8. Pavlov, Ataman1.0 
 9. Burtsev, Ataman1.0 
 10. Amirkhanov, Atam.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitriy ZAGNOYKO
  Ataman
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Zagnoyko, Ataman2.0 
 2. Zakamov, Novosybi.2.0 
 3. Novikov, Novosybi.2.0 
 4. Kurtsevich, Ataman2.0 
 5. Tokarev, Novosybi.2.0 
 6. Muraviev, Ataman1.0 
 7. Sinelnikov, Novosy.1.0 
 8. Pronin, Novosybirsk1.0 
 9. Pavlov, Ataman1.0 
 10. Aleksandrov, Ata.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Anton SAYAPIN
  Novosybi.
  (205-F/C-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Sayapin, Novosybi.3.0 
 2. Zagnoyko, Ataman2.0 
 3. Tokarev, Novosybi.2.0 
 4. Pavlov, Ataman1.0 
 5. Zakamov, Novosybi.1.0 
 6. Kurtsevich, Ataman1.0 
 7. Podkolzin, Novosyb.1.0 
 8. Agapov, Ataman1.0 
 9. Beliaev, Ataman0.0 
 10. Novikov, Novosybi.0.0 



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  RWANDA   


Quotas to Cap Foreign Players - by Eurobasket News

RWANDA Basketball Federation has indicated that it plans to reduce the number of foreign players in the national league effective this season.
According to the body's Secretary General Richard Mutabazi, the move is aimed at promoting local players for the good of the national team.
When the proposed policy takes effect, Mutabazi said, all league clubs will be allowed to field only two foreign players.
The official revealed that the federation is working together with the clubs to make sure the policy is implemented without any difficulties.
In the past, like the country's football clubs, local basketball teams have largely relied on many foreign players but the federation wants that to change starting this season which is scheduled to kick off at the weekend.
"This will give local players more playing time, something they have been deprived of in the past," Mutabazi told Times Sport.
He added, "I think no Rwandan can be happy when our teams use just foreign players, leaving home-grown talents to rot on the sidelines."
And Mutabazi admitted, "We have been working hard to set new and clear rules to avoid ambiguity and we hope to have a thrilling and competitive league this time round."
The fixtures for the new season are already out. Newcomers 30-Plus will make their league debut against the defending champions Kigali Basketball Club (KBC), while CSK will host APR. Kigali Institute of Education will start their campaign against UGB, while Espoir will meet Rusizi on the first day.
On Sunday, KBC play against Rusizi, Espoir host National University of Rwanda, while KIE will be entertaining CSK, with UGB playing APR.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



Ferwaba plans many local competitions - by Eurobasket News

Ferweba boss Dsir Mugwiza.RWANDA Basketball Federation (Ferwaba) plans to organise more competitions countrywide aimed at popularising the sport.

According to the federation chairman, Dsir Mugwiza, the more the competitions the more competitive the players and teams will become as Rwanda seeks to re-establish itself as a force to reckon with in the region and beyond at both club and national level.
He said, I believe if we have more quality competitions, it will raise the level of competitiveness for the players as the more games they the stronger they will become and in the end, it will help the national team.
The first competition of the season, Agaciro Development Fund tournament is already out of the way, and Mugwiza hopes for more similar competitions countrywide throughout the course of the season.
League champions Kigali Basketball Club won the pre-season tournament after beating Espoir 75-65 in the final last weekend.
We have plans to organise many competitions in all parts of the country in order to bring the fans back to watch the game. With this arrangement, I hope we shall unearth many young talents, he stated.
Mugwiza said that there is need for all clubs to groom many young players, which will provide the national teams to have a large of pool of players to pick from.

The start of the 2012/13 national basketball league season has been postponed to the next weekend because some clubs have not submitted their squad lists.

By last week, according to the federation Secretary General, Richard Mutabazi, only three teams in mens category had submitted lists of their players. They are Espoir, UGB and Rusizi. Others including the champions KBC, APR, NUR and KIE had not yet submitted theirs.

Initially, the new league season was supposed to kick off at the weekend, but it has been moved to next week.

The fixtures for the new season are already out. Newcomers 30-Plus will make their league debut against the defending champions Kigali Basketball Club, while CSK will host APR on the first day.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  SERBIA   


Crvena Zvezda part ways with Milivoje Lazic - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda decided to split ways with head coach Milivoje Lazic . The Serbian specialist entered the second straight season with the Belgrade team. But back-to-back losses at the start of Adriatic League season cost him a job. Crvena Zvezda entered the game full of ambitions but they were put to challenge after losses against Zadar and KK Split.
The main candidates for Crvena Zvezda head coaching position are reportedly Aleksandar Trifunovic (agency: Alti Sport ), Stevan Karadzic (agency: Alti Sport ) and Vlada Vukoicic .



Vlada Vukoicic named Crvena Zvezda head coach - by Eurobasket News

Vlada Vukoicic has been named Crvena Zvezda new head coach. The Belgrade powerhouse has just parted ways with Milivoje Lazic . But they did not look for the new coach for too long. Vlada Vukoicic was up for the challenge and agreed to guide Crvena Zvezda in the upcoming season. The Serbian specialist spent the last two seasons with Mega Vizura. Previously he worked with FMP Zeleznik, Hemofarm, Oostende, Bosna Sarajevo. He was named All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Coach of the Year in 2009. In 2006 Vlada Vukoicic was trumped All-Adriatic League Coach of the Year. He also worked with Serbian U20 National Team. Vlada Vukoicic was assistant coach with Serbia and Montenegro National Team in 2006 as well as Serbian National Team in 2012.


Milos Marjanovic agreed terms with CSU Sibiu, ex Servitium - by Eurobasket News

CSU Atlassib Sibiu (Division A) strengthened their roster with addition of 31-year old Serbian center Milos Marjanovic (207-105kg-81, agency: BeoExcell). Marjanovic played most recently at Servitium in Bosnia and Herzegovina Division I. In 4 Division I games last season he recorded 4.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 3.0spg.
Marjanovic has played also professionally in Serbia (Zdravlje, Vojvodina Srbijagas, Kolubara, Lavovi and Radnicki Kragujevac).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @TotalBaschet)



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  SPAIN   


Plasencia inks Federico Ucles - by Eurobasket News

Plasencia Extremadura (1 Div.) signed 19-year old domestic power forward Federico Ucles (204-93). Ucles played last season at CB Granada in LEB Gold. However his team withdrew from the league. In 14 LEB Gold  games last year he had just 2.2ppg and 2.4rpg.
He was a member of Spanish U20 National Team in 2012 and played also for U18 National Team last year.
Ucles has played previously for another Spanish team: Guadix.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @baloncestofeb)



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  SWEDEN   

Standings - Basketligan

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 4: Boras - 08 101-96
Oct. 5: LF Basket - Solna
Oct. 5: Sundsvall - Uppsala
Oct. 5: Eagles - Eco Orebro
Oct. 5: Jamtland - Nassjo
Oct. 6: Sodertalje - Norrkoping


Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 37
 1. Miller, Boras37.0 
 2. Carlsson, Boras24.0 
 3. Inan, 0821.0 
 4. Augustus, 0819.0 
 5. Hedstrom, 0816.0 
 6. Palm, Boras16.0 
 7. Beck, 0813.0 
 8. Brown, 0812.0 
 9. Thomas, Boras12.0 
 10. Blom, 0811.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jason THOMAS
  Boras
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 10
 1. Thomas, Boras10.0 
 2. Palm, Boras8.0 
 3. Blom, 087.0 
 4. Hedstrom, 085.0 
 5. Inan, 084.0 
 6. Beck, 084.0 
 7. Augustus, 084.0 
 8. Cvilak, 084.0 
 9. McKnight, Boras4.0 
 10. Miller, Boras3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Bojan CVILAK
  08
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 6
 1. Cvilak, 086.0 
 2. Miller, Boras6.0 
 3. Beck, 085.0 
 4. Carlsson, Boras3.0 
 5. Palm, Boras3.0 
 6. Inan, 083.0 
 7. Blom, 083.0 
 8. Augustus, 082.0 
 9. McKnight, Boras2.0 
 10. Hedstrom, 081.0 
Steals Per Game
 Henrik CARLSSON
  Boras
  (193-G-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Carlsson, Boras3.0 
 2. Cvilak, 082.0 
 3. Beck, 082.0 
 4. Hedstrom, 081.0 
 5. Thomas, Boras1.0 
 6. Palm, Boras1.0 
 7. Augustus, 081.0 
 8. Andersson, Boras0.0 
 9. McKnight, Boras0.0 
 10. Blom, 080.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bojan CVILAK
  08
  (200-F-82)
  Avg: 1
 1. Cvilak, 081.0 
 2. Carlsson, Boras1.0 
 3. Augustus, 081.0 
 4. Dawit, 080.0 
 5. Blom, 080.0 
 6. Miller, Boras0.0 
 7. Beck, 080.0 
 8. Inan, 080.0 
 9. Andersson, Boras0.0 
 10. Goransson, Bor.0.0 


Standings - BasketEttan

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

Regular Season: Round 3

North

Oct. 3: Alvik Basket - Jarva Devils 86-70
Oct. 6: Uppsala KFUM - Solna Branten
Oct. 6: Orongo - BG Lulea
Oct. 6: Akropol - Fryshuset
Oct. 10: Umea - BG Lulea

Round 2

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

South

Oct. 6: Eskilstuna - Sanda
Oct. 7: Boras II - Helsingborg
Oct. 7: Talje - Hoganas
Oct. 7: Brahe Basket - Eos
Oct. 7: Malbas - Hogsbo


Stats Leaders - BasketEttan

Points Per Game
 Markus LENNGREN
  Hogsbo
  (196-F-83)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Lenngren, Hogsbo25.5 
 2. Dawit, Fryshuset25.0 
 3. Sellin, Helsingborg21.5 
 4. Saleman, Umea19.3 
 5. Gafor, Malbas19.0 
 6. Ronnqvist, LF Fu.19.0 
 7. Flink, BG Lulea19.0 
 8. Andersson, Taby18.5 
 9. Westerlund, Taby18.5 
 10. Bankhead, Malbas17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin UKHAGBE
  Brahe B.
  (200-F-85)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Ukhagbe, Brahe B.13.5 
 2. Sellin, Helsingborg12.5 
 3. Medjedoub, Eos10.5 
 4. Lindback, LF Futu.10.0 
 5. Ferizi, Malbas10.0 
 6. Saya, LF Future9.5 
 7. Saleman, Umea9.3 
 8. Hallberg, BG Lulea9.0 
 9. Lenngren, Hogsbo9.0 
 10. Larsson, Talje8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Johan WESTERLUND
  Taby
  (191-G/F-84)
  Avg: 10
 1. Westerlund, Taby10.0 
 2. Trott, Hogsbo6.5 
 3. Nystrom, Eos6.0 
 4. Gjorup, Eos5.5 
 5. Blazevic, Talje5.5 
 6. Merzoug, Taby5.0 
 7. Dilek, Fryshuset5.0 
 8. Lundin, Taby5.0 
 9. Pierre, Umea4.7 
 10. Bankhead, Malbas4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jakob ERIKSSON
  LF Future
  (199-F-90)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Eriksson, LF Future3.5 
 2. Halling, Jarfalla3.0 
 3. Lundin, Taby3.0 
 4. Medjedoub, Eos3.0 
 5. Dilek, Fryshuset3.0 
 6. Sellin, Helsingborg3.0 
 7. Flink, BG Lulea3.0 
 8. Hansson, Alvik B.2.7 
 9. Jagbeck, Alvik B.2.7 
 10. Andersson, Boras2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Jakob ERIKSSON
  LF Future
  (199-F-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Eriksson, LF Future2.5 
 2. Saleman, Umea2.3 
 3. Robinson, Brahe B.2.0 
 4. Dawit, Fryshuset2.0 
 5. Hallberg, BG Lulea1.5 
 6. Kidane, Solna B.1.5 
 7. Mukoko, Brahe B.1.5 
 8. Gustafsson, Helsin.1.0 
 9. Larsson, Talje1.0 
 10. Sjostrom, Helsing.1.0 



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  SWITZERLAND   


Enzo Tsonga signs at BBC Nyon, ex Le Mans - by Eurobasket News

BBC Nyon (LNA) landed 22-year old French-Congolese guard Enzo Tsonga (194-90). Tsonga has played for the last one years at the junior team of Le Mans Sarthe Basket in French ProA. He missed two seasons and had longer break from professional basketball.
Tsonga was a member of French U18 National Team back in 2007 and a member of U16 National Team in 2006. He represented France at the European Championships U16 in Jaen (Spain) six years ago. His stats at that event were 7 games: 1.4ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



BBC Monthey part ways with Shay Shine - by Luca Maffioli

BBC Monthey decided to split ways with the American guard Shay Shine (187-G-89, college: High Point). The 23-years old player graduated at High Point in 2011. He averaged 12.1 points (FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 39.7%, FT: 81.1%), 5.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals in 2011-2012 NCAA season.


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


Pacers cool down Heat! - by Albert-Lee Young

Maloney Pacers scored a hard fought 109-104 win over Valencia Heat in Game One of their Big Four final of the Eastern Community Basketball League at the Maloney Indoor Facility on Tuesday night.

Led by point guard Keon Joseph with a match-high 40 points, Pacers led 42-38 at the end of the first half. However, despite the efforts of forward Wayne Warlord Richards with 30 points, Heat was unable to slow down Pacers who pulled away in the final period to go one up in the best of three series.

For Pacers, Joseph was ably supported by Captain Gimel Lewis and Nathyon Lewis with 12pts apiece. While for Heat, Jeffrey Saunders added 28pts, Captain Fabrice Fisher had 26 while 16yr old Ivan Williams contributed 18.

The second game is scheduled for Saturday.

In the first game of a double header, Red Hill Jets defeated Mayaro Pacers 74-60 in Game One of their Second Division series. Jets were inspired by Hilwayn Hernandez and Dave Johnson with 14 points each while Luane Lok Tow chipped in with 10.

For Mayaro, Garry Halgly scored a game high 21 points and Ludwell Richardson added 17.



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  TURKEY   


Social Responsibility Project from Galatasaray Medical Park - by Ugur Turker

Galatasaray Sports Club visited Van where happened earthquake last year and number of people dead and wounded. The Social Responsibility Project We are 1 for Van had been started for children. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul Head Coach Ergin Ataman (agency: Beo Basket ), Coordinator of Galatasaray Basketball Organisation Murat Ozyer , players David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) and Isil Alben (170-G-86) talked about project.

Murat Ozyer We are inviting children who are interested in basketball. They can come to Istanbul, be our guests. I think , this is the day that we created aliveness and i hope we will be succesfull about what we are trying to do

Here to read projects and all statements in Turkish
http://www.galatasaray.org/basketbol/haber/14489.php



Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul passes everlasting rival - by Bulent Karagoz

Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul had the third victory in the Group D. Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul started a good quarter with the scores of Bo McCalebb (178-PG-85, college: New Orleans) and Oguz Savas (212-C-87). Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul replied with the scores of David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) and the first quarter was 15-15. During the second period it was easily be seen that the defences seems to play the key role for the upcoming season for both of the teams. David Hawkins and Oguz Savas scored 14 points for their team in the first half.

Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul had the same good start to the second half. It was 32-39 Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul, before the two 3 points scores of Engin Atsur (193-G-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: N.Carolina St.). Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul had the lead 56-55, 5:40 before the final whistle. Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul gained a marge of 5 points 74-69 at the end. David Hawkins had the key role for the victory with 30 points.




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  UBA   


Mutual Almafuert (Argentina) ink Anthony Joseph - by David Walls

David Walls Reports:
10/4/2012

Asoc.Mutual y Social Club Atl. Brown signed 30-year old American forward Anthony Joseph (6'8''-F/C-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Emporia St.). In his first game he scored 17 points helping Mutualy to win. Joseph played most recently in Uruguay for Circulo Sportivo (Uruguay). He is a very experienced player. Joseph played also pro basketball in the UBA, Dominican Republic, Dleague, WBA and Uruguay. He graduated Emporia State University in 2006 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  UKRAINE   

Standings - Superleague

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

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 4: BC Donetsk - Mykolaiv 91-75
Oct. 4: Cherkasy - Azovmash 73-75

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 5: Hoverla - Dnipro
Oct. 5: Halychyna - DniproAzot
Oct. 5: BC Odessa - Budivelnyk
Oct. 5: Khimik - BC Kyiv
Oct. 5: Ferro-ZNTU - Kryvbasbasket


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 Charles THOMAS
  Cherkasy
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 18.7
 1. Thomas, Cherkasy18.7 
 2. Songaila, BC Do.14.0 
 3. Pecherov, Azovmash13.5 
 4. Koljevic, Cherkasy11.7 
 5. Dragicevic, Azovm.11.0 
 6. Greer, Azovmash9.3 
 7. Gordic, Azovmash9.0 
 8. Lypovyy, BC Donet.9.0 
 9. Ikovlev, Cherkasy9.0 
 10. Raduljica, Azovm.8.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darius SONGAILA
  BC Do.
  (204-C/F-78)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Songaila, BC Do.7.7 
 2. Ljubicic, Cherkasy7.3 
 3. Dragicevic, Azovm.7.3 
 4. Pecherov, Azovmash5.8 
 5. Hunter, Cherkasy5.7 
 6. Thomas, Cherkasy5.3 
 7. Ikovlev, Cherkasy4.0 
 8. Sokur, Cherkasy4.0 
 9. Greer, Azovmash3.5 
 10. Gordic, Azovmash3.5 
Assists Per Game
 Lynn GREER
  Azovmash
  (186-PG-79)
  Avg: 5
 1. Greer, Azovmash5.0 
 2. Gordic, Azovmash4.5 
 3. Ljubicic, Cherkasy3.3 
 4. Koljevic, Cherkasy3.0 
 5. Thomas, Cherkasy2.7 
 6. Slipenchuk, Azovm.2.0 
 7. Paunic, Azovmash1.7 
 8. Lypovyy, BC Donet.1.7 
 9. Dragicevic, Azovm.1.5 
 10. Songaila, BC Do.1.3 
Steals Per Game
 Dmytro GLIEBOV
  BC Donetsk
  (198-G/F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Gliebov, BC Donet.2.0 
 2. Ikovlev, Cherkasy2.0 
 3. Songaila, BC Do.1.7 
 4. Koljevic, Cherkasy1.3 
 5. Zabirchenko, Azovm.1.3 
 6. Raduljica, Azovm.1.0 
 7. Thomas, Cherkasy1.0 
 8. Dragicevic, Azovm.0.8 
 9. Pecherov, Azovmash0.8 
 10. Kolchenko, Azovm.0.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Vincent HUNTER
  Cherkasy
  (208-F-84)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Hunter, Cherkasy1.3 
 2. Raduljica, Azovm.1.0 
 3. Thomas, Cherkasy0.7 
 4. Ikovlev, Cherkasy0.7 
 5. Sokur, Cherkasy0.7 
 6. Zaytsev, Azovmash0.5 
 7. Kolchenko, Azovm.0.5 
 8. Pecherov, Azovmash0.5 
 9. Gliebov, BC Donet.0.3 
 10. Malysh, BC Donet.0.3 


Superleague Round 4: Azovmash beats Cherkasy by two after a very close game - by Eurobasket News

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

The most exciting game of round 4 in the Superleague took place in Cherkasy. This game ended with only two-point home defeat of 7th ranked Cherkasy (1-2) to second ranked Azovmash (3-1) 75-73 on Thursday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 23-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Lynn Greer (186-79, college: Temple) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. International forward Kyryl Natyazhko (207-90, college: Arizona, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winners. Azovmash's coach Aleksandar Kesar used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Montenegrin point guard Ivan Koljevic (187-84, agency: New Trend Agency) replied with 21 points and 6 assists for Cherkasy. Azovmash keeps a position of league leader. Cherkasy at the other side dropped to the ninth place with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Bottom-ranked Mykolaiv is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their second consecutive match to eighth ranked BC Donetsk (2-1) 91-75. Worth to mention a great performance of FYR Macedonian guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds and Darius Songaila who added 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. BC Donetsk's coach Vlada Jovanovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) responded with 23 points. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Mykolaiv at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with BC Odessa and Dnipro. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.


BC Donetsk - Mykolaiv 91-75

Bottom-ranked Mykolaiv is still unable to win any game. This time they lost on the road their second consecutive match to eighth ranked BC Donetsk (2-1) 91-75. It was a very close game until the last quarter, when BC Donetsk's pressure prevailed and they won that period 27-17 extending their advantage to 16 points. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Mykolaiv's 28. BC Donetsk players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. Worth to mention a great performance of FYR Macedonian guard Vojdan Stojanovski (194-87) who helped to win the game recording 20 points and 5 rebounds and Lithuanian power forward Darius Songaila (204-78, college: Wake Forest, agency: Priority Sports) who added 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Four BC Donetsk players scored in double figures. BC Donetsk's coach Vlada Jovanovic allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. At the losing side American guard Josh Mayo (182-87, college: Ill.-Chicago, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) responded with 23 points and his fellow American import swingman Dwayne Mitchell (196-82, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) scored 15 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. Defending champion moved-up to third place. Mykolaiv at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with BC Odessa and Dnipro. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
BC Donetsk: V.Stojanovski 20+5reb+3ast, I.Radenovic 16+4reb+3ast, D.Songaila 14+7reb+3ast, K.Ivanov 12+1reb+1ast, A.Malysh 11+1ast, O.Lypovyy 9+3reb+1ast
Mykolaiv: J.Mayo 23+2reb+3ast, D.Mitchell 15+4reb+7ast, A.Urbutis 9+3reb+1ast, D.Kozlov 8+3reb+1ast, M.Kravcenko 8+3reb+4ast, I.Chumakov 7+4reb+1ast
gschID: 196913


Cherkasy - Azovmash 73-75

The most exciting game of round 4 in the Superleague took place in Cherkasy. This derby game ended with only two-point home defeat of 7th ranked Cherkasy (1-2) to second ranked Azovmash (3-1) 75-73 on Thursday evening. Guest team only slightly avoided a big embarassment. The guests trailed by 7 points after three quarters before their 23-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Lynn Greer (186-79, college: Temple) who helped to win the game recording 16 points, 5 rebounds and 9 assists. International forward Kyryl Natyazhko (207-90, college: Arizona, agency: Beo Basket) contributed with 18 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all eight shots !!!) for the winners. Azovmash's coach Aleksandar Kesar used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. Montenegrin point guard Ivan Koljevic (187-84, agency: New Trend Agency) replied with 21 points and 6 assists and Serbian guard Marko Ljubicic (195-87, agency: Beo Basket) added 5 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists in the effort for Cherkasy. Azovmash keeps a position of league leader. Cherkasy at the other side dropped to the ninth place with two games lost. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Azovmash: K.Natyazhko 18+7reb, L.Greer 16+5reb+9ast, O.Pecherov 15+8reb, A.Slipenchuk 6+2ast, N.Gordic 6+1reb+3ast, T.Dragicevic 4+3reb
Cherkasy: I.Koljevic 21+3reb+6ast, C.Thomas 17+3reb+1ast, V.Hunter 9+10reb, D.Ikovlev 9+5reb+1ast, S.Sokur 8+3reb+1ast, M.Ljubicic 5+10reb+6ast
gschID: 196914



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Qatar earn second win at Gulf Cup - by Eurobasket News

Qatar - UAE 81:62

Qatar registered the second straight win at the Arabian Gulf Cup in Manama. They prevailed against UAE. Qatar stay perfect after two games played at the tournament. UAE slipped at 1-2 record.
Qatar led by just four points 21:17 after ten minutes but managed to boost the lead in the second frame. They accumulated a 42:31 halftime lead. Qatar entered the fourth frame up by 11 points and did not allow their opponents to get any closer in the final minutes. Qatar will take on Oman tonight. UAE will face Saudi Arabia looking for the second victory at the tournament.
Qatar will play versus Bahrain on Saturday in what could be decisive battle at the tournament.



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


London will host NBA game in January - by Eurobasket News

NBA is coming back to London. The Association announced today they had scheduled NBA regular season game in the United Kingdom capital. The London NBA Live 2013 will be held on January 17, 2013 at the O2 Arena. It will feature the Detroit Pistons facing the New York Knicks. The O2 Arena will be hosting its seventh NBA game including four pre-season clashes.
NBA is also planning to hold four pre-season games in Europe. The Boston Celtics will meet Fenerbahce in Istanbul and Armani Jeans in Italy. The Dallas Mavericks will play versus ALBA Berlin in Berlin on October 6th and will take on FC Regal Barcelona on October 8th in Catalonia.



BBL Appoints New Commercial Director - by Paul Nilsen

The British Basketball League (BBL) is delighted to welcome David Leyden Dunbar as Commercial Director with immediate effect.

The post will see David focusing all of his energy and expertise on three essential areas which will help to strengthen the BBL both as a business, and as a product.

These include selling sponsorship and developing commercial partnerships for the BBL, developing and implementing a TV and media strategy and also developing and implementing a marketing strategy.

David joins the BBL from London Scottish RFC and is excited at being handed the opportunity to shape and influence the future of the BBL.

He said, "I'm thrilled to be getting involved with the BBL at what is undoubtedly an exciting time for the league as we build on the momentum created by the Olympic Games this Summer.

"Coming from professional rugby, we could only dream of the youth participation numbers that basketball has already achieved and this was one of the primary factors that motivated my move.

"I feel with the BBL, the product is strong and commercial partners will very quickly grasp its potential through us taking the necessary steps to generate a greater profile for our marquee players, widening our broadcast appeal and building on what is a formidable foundation.

He added, "The British Basketball League has the figures to prove that as a sport, we penetrate demographics that other platforms struggle with and it's my intention to play to these strengths."

The appointment was fully endorsed by British Basketball League Chairman Paul Blake who can't wait for the newest member of the BBL Executive Team to start making progress.

"This is a really exciting day for the BBL. We have all recognised a need to rebuild a full time commercial operation at league level, and now we are delighted to be in a position to do so, with an outstanding Executive. We are already seeing an increase in interest in the sport following the Olympics, and I am very confident that this appointment, linked to the continued improvement of club venues, will see a bright future for BBL" explained Blake.



BBL Backs YMCA World Challenge - by Paul Nilsen

The British Basketball League (BBL) is throwing its support behind the YMCA World Challenge.

The BBL member clubs will be participating in this hugely exciting global event in a variety of different ways, as over 5 million people are mobilised on the same day to celebrate the empowerment of young people via a collective 'basketball shoot' right around the world.

This will be further complimented by a range of other basketball related activities with the aim of the YMCA World Challenge to promote how the YMCA is empowering young people and transforming communities through culture, sport, education, spiritual development and a host of other activities.

BBL clubs will be running initiatives on game nights during this weekend of activity and also attending various community programmes across the country which have been set up by local YMCA organisations.

The main day of the Challenge will be the 13th October with everyone involved encouraged by the YMCA to send photos which will be published on a special website on the same day.

For more information you can go to the YMCA World Challenge website: http://challenge.ymca.int



BBL : The Friday Preview - by Paul Nilsen

An exciting weekend lies ahead including the first BBL Cup tie of the season.

Whilst the intensity of the BBL Championship continues, London Lions are scheduled to host Durham Wildcats on Sunday as the BBL Cup gets underway. Even if the Lions may have been thought of as clear favourites when the draw was made, Coach Macaulay and his team could be heading into this one on a four game losing streak. And, with Durham having won at Worcester Wolves, its no foregone conclusion.

Meanwhile in the league, defending champions Newcastle Eagles face a tough double road test this weekend. Fabulous Flournoy (192-G/F-73, college: McNeese St.) and his team are sitting pretty and unbeaten after three games but that perfect record will be put to the test in no uncertain terms when they step out in Manchester tonight and at Glasgow Rocks on Sunday.

The Giants are seeking a third straight home victory of the season and something will have to give when they match-up with the Eagles although according to Giants head coach Jeff Jones, his team know they are also in for a big test.

Not only do they host the Eagles, but they must also travel to Devon on Sunday to face UCP Marjon Plymouth Raiders - the other team installed as a frontrunner to win the title. So, could Jones have had a more difficult weekend?

Only if I was crossing the Arctic circle on foot! laughed the play-caller who is now realising just what it means to be back in the big time.

All this seemed like a great idea a couple of years ago and to be honest, this is the kind of weekend you want, no matter what the results are.

I wanted to get back into coaching in order to challenge the best teams in the league.

I guess I would prefer not to do it on the same weekend, but if you don't want to play and coach in these type of contests, you shouldn't be playing the game.

Rocks against the Eagles always throws up a classic more often than not, and, the Commonwealth Arena will gets its first taste of this rip-roaring rivalry. This could be a fascinating game since both sides have already met each other this season with the Eagles winning relatively comfortably on the opening night of the season.

Another side who faces a weekend double header are Surrey Heat as they try to continue a solid start to the season which has seen them win both of their opening games. That is of course a stark contrast to the beginning of last season when Creon Raftopoulos and his team posted a nightmare start which meant they had to play catch up for pretty much the rest of the campaign.

With wins against struggling One Health Sharks Sheffield and Mersey Tigers in the bag, they will be wary of facing a backlash from their former captain Mike Martin and London Lions this evening at Crystal Palace. Lions are still yet to win a game this season after opening up with three straight losses, and they will want a win behind them to not only get off the mark in the league, but to also build confidence ahead of Sundays Cup tie with Wildcats.

Heat then host Worcester Wolves at Surrey Sports Park on Sunday with the visitors no doubt buoyed by their convincing win against Manchester Giants last weekend and this promises to be an intriguing clash.

Theres also going to be potential fireworks in the north-west too, as Cheshire Jets host Mersey Tigers in a derby game at the Northgate Arena. The only guarantee is that one team will pick up their first success of the 2012-13 season and the smart money will be on the home team who gave a terrific account of themselves against Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders last Saturday night despite the loss.

Enjoy the games!



Jospeh Excited At Season Start - by Paul Nilsen

Surrey Heat forward Julius Joseph (193-F-75, college: Georgia Coll.) is excited about the start his side have made to the BBL Championship season.

The Heat followed up their big opening weekend victory against Mersey Tigers with a road win at One Health Sharks Sheffield, and Joseph is delighted with how their new-look team have gelled:

"We've had a really good start, and we're playing some good basketball" said the 37-year-old who is now in his fourth straight season with the Heat.

"Obviously we need to keep it up, but we're gelling well together. We really have a good team chemistry, and it's better than it has been for a couple of years. It's not a case of building on it, focussing and staying on track.

"The new guys have brought a whole new chemistry to the team, we try to share the ball and get the best shot. It's become more about the collective than any individual."

Heat travel to Crystal Palace on Friday to face London Lions, and Joseph is also looking forward to playing against former Heat players Mike Martin and Tayo Ogengdenbe: "It'll be a lot of fun. It'll also be a bit strange, but that's the name of the game and how the business works.

"I saw them play last week, and they're a very athletic team. They have a lot of players and go deep into their bench. They play with a lot of energy and passion, they're going to be a really tough team to face.

"Orlan Jackman seems to be playing really well and he stood out on the floor, but they have a lot of weapons and on any given day a different player can step up and score. I'm surprised they've started with three losses."

As well as Friday's game, both teams are home on Sunday with the Heat hosting former coach Paul James and the Worcester Wolves at 3pm, and Lions facing Durham Wildcats in the BBL Cup - tip-off 5pm.



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Standings - LUB

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 1: Malvin - Tabare 88-80
Oct. 2: Hebraica - Cordon 86-67
Oct. 2: Bigua - Defensor 81-90
Oct. 1: Trouville - Montevideo 80-62
Oct. 1: Nacional - Sayago 79-93
Oct. 3: Larre Borges - Welcome 74-83

Round 1

Oct. 1: Aguada - Welcome 67-76

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 5: Defensor - Malvin
Oct. 5: Cordon - Trouville
Oct. 5: Aguada - Bohemios
Oct. 5: Sayago - Un.Atletica
Oct. 6: Welcome - Tabare
Oct. 6: Montevideo - Bigua
Oct. 6: Olimpia - Hebraica
Oct. 6: Larre Borges - Nacional


Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Justin KEENAN
  Trouville
  (202-F/C-88)
  Avg: 33.2
 1. Keenan, Trouville33.2 
 2. Baxley, Defensor28.8 
 3. Garcia Moral., Agu.25.0 
 4. Alvarez, Sayago23.7 
 5. Ambres, Nacional22.4 
 6. Johnson, Bigua21.5 
 7. Jeffries, Bigua21.3 
 8. Haller, Montevideo21.0 
 9. Garbarino, Tabare20.8 
 10. Shellman, Sayago20.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Krys FABER
  Welcome
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 15.4
 1. Faber, Welcome15.4 
 2. Shellman, Sayago13.0 
 3. Passos, Hebraica13.0 
 4. Martin, Nacional10.8 
 5. Hayes, Aguada10.5 
 6. Myles, Malvin10.4 
 7. Johnson, Bigua10.3 
 8. Haller, Montevideo10.0 
 9. Blankson, Un.Atlet.9.7 
 10. January, Larre B.9.5 
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, Welcome6.8 
 5. Barrera, Hebraica6.4 
 6. Taboada, Un.Atlet.6.0 
 7. Aguiar, Hebraica5.8 
 8. Tornaria, Trouville5.6 
 9. Jeffries, Bigua5.5 
 10. Garcia Moral., Ag.5.3 
Steals Per Game
 Brian GARCIA
  Cordon
  (180-G-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Garcia, Cordon2.5 
 2. Roselli, Larre Bor.2.5 
 3. Barrera, Hebraica2.4 
 4. Trelles, Bohemios2.3 
 5. Jeffries, Bigua2.0 
 6. Jennings, Cordon2.0 
 7. De Gouveia, Tabare2.0 
 8. Garcia Moral., Agu.2.0 
 9. Aguilera, Trouville2.0 
 10. Cortizas, Welcome2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jon ROGERS
  Un.Atletica
  (204-C-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Rogers, Un.Atletica3.3 
 2. Kanis, Trouville2.6 
 3. Faber, Welcome2.4 
 4. January, Larre B.2.3 
 5. Passos, Hebraica1.8 
 6. Haller, Montevideo1.7 
 7. Harrison, Bohemios1.3 
 8. Johnson, Bigua1.3 
 9. Bravo, Defensor1.2 
 10. Newsome, Malvin1.2 


Jeffries number one in Uruguay for round 5 - by Eurobasket News

American forward Chris Jeffries (199-F-80) had a very impressive game in the last round for Bigua, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 32-year old player was the main contributor (34 points, three rebounds and eight assists) to as his team Bigua moved-up to the 8th position in the Uruguayan LUB. Bigua is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. But it was their 2nd lost game this season out of 4 games. In the team's last game Jeffries had a remarkable 88.9% from 2-point range. He turned to be Bigua's top player in his first season with the team. Former Washington University - St.Louis star has very solid stats this year. Jeffries is in league's top in points (7th best: 21.3ppg), assists (9th best: 5.5apg) and averages impressive 73.5% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 32-year old Italian Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80) of Aguada. Garcia Morales had a very good evening with 33 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Aguada lost that game 67-76 to the lower-ranked Welcome (#11, 2-3). This loss caused Aguada to drop to 3rd position in Round 1. His team's 3-1 record is not bad at all. Garcia Morales is a newcomer at Aguada, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points) of Tabare (#13). Wilkerson scored 22 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Wilkerson's great performance Tabare lost 80-88 to the league's current leader Malvin (#1, 5-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. Tabare can only dream about fighting for top spots in . They have rather bad season and 1-3 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Wilkerson he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Wilkerson has a very solid season. In 4 games in Uruguay he scored 14.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Krys Faber (208-C) of Welcome - 19 points and 20 rebounds
5. Terence Shellman (198-F-78) of Sayago - 24 points, 13 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88) of Trouville - 25 points and 12 rebounds
7. Walter Baxley (193-G-84) of Defensor - 36 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Hatila Passos (211-C-86) of Hebraica - 17 points and 14 rebounds
9. Demian Alvarez (192-F-84) of Sayago - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists
10. Krys Faber (208-C) of Welcome - 15 points and 14 rebounds

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



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Standings - LNB

LNB Standings
Central-East
 1. Guacharos 13-3 
 2. Tiburones 11-3 
 3. Estudiantes 7-9 
 4. Rojos de Sucre 6-7 
 5. Atleticos UCV 2-14 
Central-West
 1. Cent.Apure 12-4 
 2. Bravos 9-7 
 3. Aduaneros 8-8 
 4. Generales 5-10 
 5. Lanc.Cojedes 4-12 

Regular Season: Round 9

Oct. 3: Lanc.Cojedes - Generales 90-76
Oct. 3: Aduaneros - Cent.Apure 89-92
Oct. 2: Tiburones - Bravos 88-70
Oct. 3: Atleticos UCV - Guacharos 85-97
Oct. 3: Tiburones - Bravos 84-77
Oct. 2: Atleticos UCV - Guacharos 83-93
Oct. 2: Rojos de Sucre - Estudiantes 82-77
Oct. 2: Aduaneros - Cent.Apure 70-73
Oct. 3: Rojos de Sucre - Estudiantes 69-68
Oct. 2: Lanc.Cojedes - Generales 117-78

Regular Season: Round 10

Oct. 13: Cent.Apure - Generales
Oct. 13: Estudiantes - Tiburones
Oct. 13: Aduaneros - Bravos
Oct. 13: Rojos de Sucre - Atleticos UCV
Oct. 13: Guacharos - Lanc.Cojedes
Oct. 14: Cent.Apure - Generales
Oct. 14: Estudiantes - Tiburones
Oct. 14: Aduaneros - Bravos
Oct. 14: Rojos de Sucre - Atleticos UCV
Oct. 14: Guacharos - Lanc.Cojedes



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Teams Cancel Basketball Tourney - by Eurobasket News

LOCAL basketball teams that were scheduled to take part in the Zone Six Club Championships in Mozambique were left disappointed after they failed to secure sponsorship for the trip. The championships are already underway and will end on October 6 in Maputo with countries such as South Africa, Lesotho, Angola and Mozambique participating.
Zimbabwe were hoping to send four clubs: Cameo and Mercenaries in the men's section while JBC and Varsity Leopards were set to compete in the women's category.
However, the teams failed to travel to Mozambique due to lack of funds.
Basketball Union of Zimbabwe president and coach for JBC, Addison Chiware, said the teams could not raise enough money for the trip.
"There are no teams that managed to go. I think the liquidity challenge in our country affected us.
"Our advice to them (clubs) was to secure the money for next year's club championships," said Chiware.
Chiware said there was nothing much they can do to help the clubs, as they have to source their own funds.
"Club situation is different but we are trying to do something, we have got an entity that have agreed to sponsor the winners men and women for next year," said Chiware. The Buz president also urged the clubs to come up with long-term strategies that would help them to sustain their teams.
"Clubs that are interested should start rolling out a plan now.
"They can have fundraising programmes and in the event that they fail to qualify they can always use the money for other events," said Chiware.
Cameo public relations officer Brian Muyengwa said they could not raise the required US$15 000 in time for the trip. "Unfortunately we could not raise the required amount and we had no option but to abort the trip.
"This will have a negative impact because as far as we are concerned our basketball is not getting anywhere if we keep playing locally. When we were preparing for the Zone Six we were preparing to face the best of the best from the region but due to financial constraints we could not go.
"If we could get more corporate partners to complement our efforts we would be very grateful," said Muyengwa. The winners at the championships progress to the African championships.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com




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Women News


Interclube, 1 De Agosto Thrash Opponents in Mozambique - by Eurobasket News

Luanda The senior females basketball teams of Interclube and 1 de Agosto thrashed on Monday Unza of Zambia and BDF of Botswana by 106-29 and 155-12, respectively.
For the same first round, Liga Muulmana of Mozambique beat Politcnica of Mozambique by 61-41.
For the second round, Interclube will face BDF of Botswana, while 1 de Agosto play Liga Muulmana of Mozambique.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  BRAZIL   


Santo Andre post fourth win in Paulista League action - by Eurobasket News

Santo Andre toppled Divino/COC 60:51 on the road to improve at 4-1 record on top of the ladder. Jaqueline Silvestre (178-F-86) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners. Divino/CAC fell at 0-4 record after the defeat.
Santo Andre were up by just two points after twenty minutes of action 30:28. They stretched the lead to three points with one quarter remaining 45:42. Santo Andre limited the hosts to 9 points in the final frame and celebrated a tough win at the end. Ega Garvao (185-C-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas) finished with 16 points, while Micaela Martins (180-F-79, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 10 points for the visitors. Leidy Ferreira (189-F/C-91) answered with 16 points for Divino/COC.
Sao Jose also improved at 4-1 record following a home success against Sao Caetano. Ariadna Felipe (179-G/F-83) and Nadia Calhado (193-C-89) stepped up with 19 points each to pace the hosts. Sao Jose cleared off to a 14-point lead after ten minutes. They boosted the margin to 27-point mark at the interval and never looked back en route to the victory. Cristina Souza netted 14 points in the win. Sao Caetano answered with 14 points from Monica Da Silva Nascimento (191-C/F-91).



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  CROATIA   


Novi Zagreb edge Dynamo Moscow - by Eurobasket News

Novi Zagreb - Dynamo Moscow 74:71

Novi Zagreb finished their pre-season action with a tough win over Dynamo Moscow. Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) stepped up with 22 points to lead the Croatian side. Novi Zagreb jumped to a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. Dynamo Moscow cut the deficit to just a single point at the interval 38:37. Dynamo Moscow surged ahead in the third term. They established a 58:52 lead at the final intermission. But Novi Zagreb managed to recover. They went on a 22:13 run in the final quarter and snatched the victory at the end. Latoya Williams (193-C-87, college: Chipola JC) posted 17 points, while Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, college: Richmond) added 11 in the win. Snezana Aleksic (172-G-89) and Tatiana Vidmer (191-C-86) answered with 16 points each for Dynamo Moscow.

Novi Zagreb: Sandra Mandir 22, Latoya Williams 17, Mirna Mazic 11
Dynamo Moscow: Snezana Aleksic 16, Tatiana Vidmer 16



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  FINLAND   

Standings - Women

SM-sarja Standings
 1. Huima 1-0 
 2. BC Nokia 0-0 
 3. Catz 0-0 
 4. FoA 0-0 
 5. Honka 0-0 
 6. HyPo 0-0 
 7. Kerava 0-0 
 8. PeKa 0-0 
 9. ToPo 0-0 
 10. TuRi 0-0 
 11. HoNsU 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 4: Huima - HoNsU 78-71
Oct. 6: ToPo - BC Nokia
Oct. 6: TuRi - PeKa
Oct. 6: Catz - FoA
Oct. 6: Kerava - Honka


Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Kenya ROBINSON
  Huima
  (182-C-70)
  Avg: 24
 1. Robinson, Huima24.0 
 2. Jackson, HoNsU20.0 
 3. Sten, HoNsU18.0 
 4. Lagerstedt, Huima14.0 
 5. Lahtinen, HoNsU13.0 
 6. Torrance, Huima10.0 
 7. Holliday, Huima9.0 
 8. Nurmi, Huima7.0 
 9. Latvala, Huima6.0 
 10. Chisholm, HoNsU5.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kenya ROBINSON
  Huima
  (182-C-70)
  Avg: 11
 1. Robinson, Huima11.0 
 2. Torrance, Huima7.0 
 3. Sten, HoNsU6.0 
 4. Jackson, HoNsU4.0 
 5. Lagerstedt, Huima3.0 
 6. Puskala, Huima3.0 
 7. Lahtinen, HoNsU3.0 
 8. Holliday, Huima3.0 
 9. Nurmi, Huima2.0 
 10. Jantti, HoNsU1.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jasmin HOLLIDAY
  Huima
  (182-G/F-90)
  Avg: 1
 1. Holliday, Huima1.0 
 2. Robinson, Huima1.0 
 3. Lepisto, HoNsU0.0 
 4. Lahtinen, HoNsU0.0 
 5. Sten, HoNsU0.0 
 6. Lagerstedt, Huima0.0 
 7. Puskala, Huima0.0 
 8. Juka, HoNsU0.0 
 9. Nikula, HoNsU0.0 
 10. Jantti, HoNsU0.0 
Steals Per Game
 Nia JACKSON
  HoNsU
  (170-G-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Jackson, HoNsU4.0 
 2. Lepisto, HoNsU4.0 
 3. Torrance, Huima3.0 
 4. Lahtinen, HoNsU2.0 
 5. Chisholm, HoNsU1.0 
 6. Holliday, Huima1.0 
 7. Sten, HoNsU1.0 
 8. Lagerstedt, Huima0.0 
 9. Nurmi, Huima0.0 
 10. Puskala, Huima0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaisa LIND
  HoNsU
  (179-F-87)
  Avg: 0
 1. Lind, HoNsU0.0 
 2. Lepisto, HoNsU0.0 
 3. Torrance, Huima0.0 
 4. Latvala, Huima0.0 
 5. Sten, HoNsU0.0 
 6. Lahtinen, HoNsU0.0 
 7. Robinson, Huima0.0 
 8. Lagerstedt, Huima0.0 
 9. Nurmi, Huima0.0 
 10. Juka, HoNsU0.0 



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  HUNGARY   

Standings - Women

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 3: PEAC-PECS - BSE-FCSM 87-48
Oct. 3: Cegledi EKK - DKSK 68-99
Oct. 3: Atomeromu - UNI Gyor 52-75
Oct. 3: MBK Eurl.Vasas - UNIQA Eurol. 36-89

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 6: BSE-FCSM - Bacsbasket
Oct. 6: ZTE NKK - Cegledi EKK
Oct. 6: DKSK - Atomeromu
Oct. 6: UNI Gyor - MBK Eurl.Vasas
Oct. 7: UNIQA Eurol. - PEAC-PECS



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  ICELAND   


Round 1 best performance: Lele Hardy - by Eurobasket News

American Lele Hardy (182-SF-88, agency: Merit Sports) had an amazing evening for Njardvik, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
The 24-year old player had a double-double of 33 points and 19 rebounds, while her team beat Fjolnir (0-1) 74-63.

The second best player in first round's games was 24-year old American Siarre Evans (178-G/F-88) of Haukar. Evans had a very good evening with a double-double of 31 points and 19 rebounds. Bad luck as Haukar lost that game 62-79 to Keflavik (1-0).

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Kieraah Marlow (178-F-85) of Snaefell. Marlow showcased her all-around game by recording 19 points, eleven rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. She was a key player of Snaefell, leading her team to a 64-48 easy win against Valur (0-1).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Sigrun Amundadottir (181-C/F-88) of KR - 21 points, 9 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Sara Run Hinriksdottir (165-F-96) of Keflavik - 19 points and 9 rebounds
6. Helga Hallgrimsdottir (180-C-87) of Grindavik - 13 points and 11 rebounds
7. Patechia Hartman (170-G-83) of KR - 13 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists
8. Helga Einarsdottir (186-F-88) of KR - 12 points and 10 rebounds
9. Berglind Gunnarsdottir (178-F-93) of Snaefell - 17 points and 7 rebounds
10. Unnur Asgeirsdottir (175-F-90) of Valur - 11 points and 11 rebounds

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



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  ITALY   


Ragusa edge Priolo in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Ragusa - Priolo 57:51

Ragusa celebrated a six-point win over Priolo in a friendly encounter. Milica Micovic (182-G-84, agency: Players Group) stepped up with 18 points to lead the winners.
Ragusa stormed into the game. They piled up a 23:11 lead after ten minutes. Ragusa maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They secured a 34:25 halftime advantage. Priolo managed to cut the margin at the final break. They got within just three points 39:42. But Ragusa protected the lead and claimed a narrow win at the end. Virginia Galbiati (173-G-92) and Peli Papamichail (189-F/C-86, agency: Josep and Nicolas) posted 11 points each for the winners. Marija Eric (164-G-83) and Dimana Georgieva answered with 14 points apiece for Priolo.

Ragusa: Milica Micovic 18, Virginia Galbiati 11, Peli Papamichail 11
Priolo: Marija Eric 14, Dimana Georgieva 14



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  LATVIA   


Chevakata edge TTT Riga in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Chevakata - TTT Riga 71:63

Chevakata claimed another pre-season victory. They overcame TTT Riga during the training camp in Lithuania. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) came up with 22 points to lead the winners.
Chevakata trailed by two points after the opening quarter 18:20. But they went on a 20:13 run in the second term to take a 5-point halftime advantage. Chevakata boosted the gap in the third quarter. They ensured a 58:46 lead at the final intermission. TTT Riga cut the deficit in the fourth period but came up short of victory at the end. Juliya Kiseleva (200-C-85) delivered 14 points, while Elena Volkova (176-G-83) and Anastasia Logunova (188-C-90) added 9 points each in the win. Ieva Krastina (175-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) and Dita Rozenberga (181-F-92) answered with 16 points each for TTT.

Chevakata: Katerina Snytsina 22, Juliya Kiseleva 14, Elena Volkova 9, Anastasia Logunova 9
TTT Riga: Ieva Krastina 16, Dita Rozenberga 16



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  ROMANIA   

Standings - Women

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 6: Sp.Studentesc - Craiova
Oct. 6: Targoviste - Alba Iulia
Oct. 6: Satu Mare - Targu Mures
Oct. 6: ICIM Arad - Cluj Napoca
Oct. 6: Brasov - Alexandria
Oct. 6: Oradea - Sf.Gheorghe
Oct. 6: Timisoara - Olimpia

Round 2

Oct. 4: Craiova - Timisoara 69-71


Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Alexandra VLAICU
  Oradea
  (178-F-91)
  Avg: 20.5
 1. Vlaicu, Oradea20.5 
 2. Givens, ICIM A.20.0 
 3. Bailey, Sf.Gheorghe20.0 
 4. Ferenczi, Cluj N.19.5 
 5. Thompson, Alba Iul.19.0 
 6. Risper, ICIM A.18.5 
 7. Matic, Targoviste18.0 
 8. Marginean, Targo.17.5 
 9. Cursaru, Brasov17.0 
 10. Hilliard, Targu M.16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amanda THOMPSON
  Alba Iulia
  (183-F-87)
  Avg: 13
 1. Thompson, Alba Iul.13.0 
 2. Stjepanovic, Brasov11.0 
 3. Arlen, Alexandria10.5 
 4. Matic, Targoviste10.0 
 5. Valentine, Sf.Gheo.9.5 
 6. Thornton, Brasov9.5 
 7. Ungureanu, Rapid9.0 
 8. Freeman, Satu Mare9.0 
 9. Demirovic, Sp.Stu.9.0 
 10. Givens, ICIM A.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Annemarie PARAU
  Satu Mare
  (175-G-84)
  Avg: 9
 1. Parau, Satu Mare9.0 
 2. Risper, ICIM A.4.5 
 3. Cursaru, Brasov4.5 
 4. Beljanski, Sp.Stu.4.5 
 5. Lyons, Alexandria4.0 
 6. Prlja, Craiova3.5 
 7. Tobin, Alba Iulia3.5 
 8. Arnold, Alexandria3.5 
 9. Thompson, Alba Iul.3.5 
 10. Stoenescu, Targo.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Utahya DRYE
  Satu Mare
  (185-F-88)
  Avg: 5
 1. Drye, Satu Mare5.0 
 2. Parau, Satu Mare4.0 
 3. Freeman, Satu Mare3.5 
 4. Vlaicu, Oradea3.5 
 5. Ferenczi, Cluj N.3.5 
 6. Filip, Targoviste3.5 
 7. Ivanovic, Sf.Gheor.3.0 
 8. Hilliard, Targu Mu.3.0 
 9. Bailey, Sf.Gheorghe3.0 
 10. Barbu, Craiova2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Georgiana RUS
  Alexandria
  (189-F-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Rus, Alexandria1.5 
 2. Necula, Brasov1.0 
 3. Pop, Cluj Napoca1.0 
 4. Brantlova, Alba Iu.1.0 
 5. Prlja, Craiova1.0 
 6. Gavra, Oradea1.0 
 7. Simionca, Craiova1.0 
 8. Kovacevic, Satu M.1.0 
 9. Toma, Craiova1.0 
 10. Melnika, Alba Iul.1.0 



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  RUSSIA   


Rostov lands Olga Vorobyeva, ex Targoviste - by Eurobasket News

BC Rostov nad Donou (PBL) tabbed 25-year old Russian guard Olga Vorobyeva (180-87, agency: LBM Management). Vorobyeva moved there from CSM Targoviste in Romanian Division A where he supposed to play, but the plans were changed. The last season he played for Spartak St.Petersburg (Superleague). In 24 Superleague games last year she averaged 11.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg.
She has played previously professionally in Russia (Dynamo-GUVD Novosibirsk, Krasnoyanochka, Slavyanka and Shelen-ETK-2 Krasnoyarsk)

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @lovewomensbball)



Rostov lands Olga Vorobyeva, ex Targoviste - by Eurobasket News

BC Rostov nad Donou (PBL) tabbed 25-year old Russian guard Olga Vorobyeva (180-87, agency: LBM Management). Vorobyeva moved there from CSM Targoviste in Romanian Division A, where she appeared in just one game. The last season he played for Spartak St.Petersburg (Superleague). In 24 Superleague games last year she averaged 11.9ppg, 4.8rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg.
She has played previously professionally in Russia (Dynamo-GUVD Novosibirsk, Krasnoyanochka, Slavyanka and Shelen-ETK-2 Krasnoyarsk)

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @lovewomensbball)



Novi Zagreb edge Dynamo Moscow - by Eurobasket News

Novi Zagreb - Dynamo Moscow 74:71

Novi Zagreb finished their pre-season action with a tough win over Dynamo Moscow. Sandra Mandir (177-G-77) stepped up with 22 points to lead the Croatian side. Novi Zagreb jumped to a 23:18 lead after ten minutes. Dynamo Moscow cut the deficit to just a single point at the interval 38:37. Dynamo Moscow surged ahead in the third term. They established a 58:52 lead at the final intermission. But Novi Zagreb managed to recover. They went on a 22:13 run in the final quarter and snatched the victory at the end. Latoya Williams (193-C-87, college: Chipola JC) posted 17 points, while Mirna Mazic (188-F-85, college: Richmond) added 11 in the win. Snezana Aleksic (172-G-89) and Tatiana Vidmer (191-C-86) answered with 16 points each for Dynamo Moscow.

Novi Zagreb: Sandra Mandir 22, Latoya Williams 17, Mirna Mazic 11
Dynamo Moscow: Snezana Aleksic 16, Tatiana Vidmer 16



Chevakata edge TTT Riga in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Chevakata - TTT Riga 71:63

Chevakata claimed another pre-season victory. They overcame TTT Riga during the training camp in Lithuania. Katerina Snytsina (188-F-85) came up with 22 points to lead the winners.
Chevakata trailed by two points after the opening quarter 18:20. But they went on a 20:13 run in the second term to take a 5-point halftime advantage. Chevakata boosted the gap in the third quarter. They ensured a 58:46 lead at the final intermission. TTT Riga cut the deficit in the fourth period but came up short of victory at the end. Juliya Kiseleva (200-C-85) delivered 14 points, while Elena Volkova (176-G-83) and Anastasia Logunova (188-C-90) added 9 points each in the win. Ieva Krastina (175-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) and Dita Rozenberga (181-F-92) answered with 16 points each for TTT.

Chevakata: Katerina Snytsina 22, Juliya Kiseleva 14, Elena Volkova 9, Anastasia Logunova 9
TTT Riga: Ieva Krastina 16, Dita Rozenberga 16



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  SERBIA   


Biljana Pesovic scores 39 points against Craiova ! - by Tamara Ruzic

29 - year old Serbian guard Biljana Pesovic (180-G-83) had an amazing evening for BCM Bega Danzio Timisoara.
Pesovic went down firing.and had a pretty good scoring night. She scored 39 points on 23 shots in a 69-71 victory over Craiova.
Shooting from the 3 pts arch 66.7%, and for 2pts 13 for 20 shoots. This is her second year in Timisoara and it's hard to imagine this team without her. She was member of Serbian U-16 and Serbian National Team -10-11.



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  SPAIN   


Cadi ICG split ways with Lady Comfort - by Eurobasket News

Cadi ICG decided to split ways with Lady Comfort (188-C-86, college: Temple). The centre moved to Spain from Portugal. She played for Boa Viagem last season. Lady Comfort averaged 16.7 points, 12.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 blocks per game in Liga Feminina. She was named All-Portuguese League Centre of the Year. Previously Lady Comfort had stints in Puerto Rico, Spain, France and Montenegro. The centre made it into All-Adriatic League 2nd Team in 2009. Lady Comfort graduated from the Temple University back in 2008. She was named All-Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player of the Year in 2007.
Cadi ICG will now look for the player to fill in the centre position.



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  TURKEY   


Fenerbahce clinch Erciyes Cup title - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce celebrated five wins in as many games played and clinched Erciyes Cup title. They stormed past Istanbul Universitesi 86:55 on the final day of the tournament. Kubra Siyahdemir (183-F-86) stepped up with 16 points to lead the winners. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Abil.Christian) added 15 points, while Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) contributed 14 points for Fenerbahce. Irina Osipova (196-C-81) responded with 16 points and 11 rebounds for Istanbul Universitesi.
Tarsus finished in the second spot despite the loss in the final round. They suffered the second defeat falling short against Botas 68:70. Gamze Takmaz (184-F-91) stepped up with 16 points for Botas. Christi Thomas (191-F-82, college: Georgia) contributed 10 points in the winning case. Tarsus answered with 16 points from Liene Jansone (191-F/C-81, college: Siena).
Kayseri clinched the second victory overcoming Ceyhan Belediyespor 82:68. Selen Demirok (88) delivered 20 points, while Begum Dalgalar (183-F-88) posted 16 points in the victory. Kristine Karklina (175-G-83, agency: Regeneracom Sports) chipped in 19 points in the loss.



Fenerbahce stay undefeated at Erciyes Cup - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce registered the fourth straight win at the Erciyes Cup. They knocked down Ceyhan Belediyespor 78:68 behind 26 points from Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Abil.Christian). Ivana Matovic (197-C-83) added 12 points, while Anastasiya Veremeenko (194-C-87) had 11 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Asena Yalcin (172-PG-91) answered with 17 points for Ceyhan.
Tarsus improved at 3-1 record following a 63:55 success against Istanbul Universitesi. Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas) stepped up with 18 points to lead the charge. Can contributed 13 points in the winning effort. Irina Osipova (196-C-81) answered with 12 points and 10 rebounds for Istanbul Universitesi.
Kayseri recorded the first victory as they toppled Botas 71:54. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: Josep and Nicolas) netted 19 points, while Begum Dalgalar (183-F-88) accounted for 13 points for the winning side. Pelin Bilgic (173-G-94) replied with 13 points for Botas.



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  WNBA   


Lynx beat Sparks 94-77 in Western finals opener - by Eurobasket News

Playing strong close to the basket has the Minnesota Lynx one win away from a return trip to the WNBA finals.

Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut) scored 20 points, Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) had 14 points and 10 rebounds, and the Lynx beat the Los Angeles Sparks 94-77 Thursday night in the opener of the Western Conference finals.

Seimone Augustus (6'0''-SF-84, college: LSU) added 16 points for the defending champion Lynx.

Candace Parker (6'4''-C-86, college: Tennessee) scored 25 points and had 11 rebounds for Los Angeles. Alana Beard (5'11''-G/F-82, college: Duke) added 16 points, but Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland), who came in averaging 26 points in the playoffs, was held to 12.

Game 2 of the best-of-three series is Sunday in Los Angeles, where the Lynx are 4-21 all-time.

"It was a really good team win," Moore said.

Minnesota held a 37-25 rebounding edge, outscored the Sparks 46-34 in the paint and held a 20-2 advantage in second-chance points to improve to 19-1 at home this season.

"We did not answer or match their physicality and we paid for it," said Sparks coach Carol Ross. "We ended with four offensive rebounds, just one at halftime. You can't survive that way."

Parker had 11 rebounds for Los Angeles, but only one other Sparks player had more than two reserve Nicky Anosike with four.

"We really have to put a lot of our focus on our effort and what we do once the ball is shot and it hits the rim," said DeLisha Milton-Jones. "They cannot get second-chance points, because it puts us in a world of trouble."

Besides Brunson, who has 46 rebounds in four playoff games, including three double-doubles, Augustus had six rebounds for Minnesota, Moore had five, Taj McWilliams-Franklin and Amber Harris each had four.

"We just kept going. We never gave up. We never gave in. We knew that was going to be key for this game, to limit their second chance points. They crash the boards pretty hard," Brunson said. "We really locked in. We focused in. We did a great job."

Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve was especially impressed by the 42-year-old McWilliams-Franklin keeping rookie Nneka Ogwumike in check. The latter was averaging six boards a game.

"Ogwumike is just so impressive athletically. She has a lot of fast-twitch muscles and Taj doesn't have any, but Taj has intelligence and she plays on angles. And like she said, 'Coach, I may not get a rebound, but I will block her out.'"

Minnesota, which averaged a WNBA-best 86 points during the regular season - just two more than Los Angeles, took control in the second quarter, outscoring the Sparks 32-16 for a 48-31 halftime lead.

As part of a 14-2 run, the Lynx scored six points on the break and added another down low before a 3-pointer by Moore finished the surge. After Milton-Jones missed a long jumper for the Sparks, Harris scored her first postseason points with back-to-back layups for a 38-23 lead.

A 3-pointer by Candice Wiggins, steal and layup by Monica Wright, and a 3-pointer by Augustus put the Lynx up 46-26. After Parker scored five straight points for the Sparks, Lindsay Whalen scored on a putback at the buzzer.

Playing with a broken left ring finger and a bruised left wrist, Whalen finished with 12 points.

"She plays with so much heart and it's contagious," Moore said.

Minnesota increased its lead to 24 in the third quarter before Parker, who is averaging 27.3 points in the postseason, began to find success down low. She scored eight points during a 16-5 run that got the Sparks within 66-53 late in the quarter.

"This team didn't wait for us to wake up," Parker said. "For three-fourths of the game we laid down and took it."

Los Angeles pulled to 73-63 midway through the fourth, but the Lynx answered with back-to-back 3-pointers by Moore and Wright.

Moore was 5-for-5 from the field in the final quarter.

"She was tremendous. She hit back-breaking shots," Ross said. "She wants the ball and knows what to do with it when she gets it."

Toliver was quiet through three quarters, with just two points and no assists, before getting 10 points in the final 10 minutes.

"One thing I know about Kristi is that she'll come back stronger in the next game," Parker said.

McWilliams-Franklin set a league record by playing in her 59th career playoff game.

Courtesy of www.kitsapsun.com