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  ABA   



Tampa Bay Rain Ready to Kick off 2012-13 ABA Pre-Season This Weekend - by Surujh Roopnarine

The Florida State Fairgrounds will be home to Head Coach Tree Rollins and the Tampa Bay Rain this season.
A young and talented squad has been assembled by coaches and management for what they hope to be an exciting and successful 2012-13 season.
This weekend the club will play back-to-back-back home games as warm ups for their season opener on October 26 at home versus the Gainesville Heat.
Friday, October 5: Florida Makos
Saturday, October 6: SW Warriors
Sunday, October 7: Gainesville Heat

2012-13 TAMPA BAY RAIN
Laron Mann (5'11''-G-87)
Otis White (6'3''-G)
Aubrey Brown (6'2''-G)
Kyle Ohman (6'4''-G/F, college: Liberty)
Walter Perkins (6'7''-F)
Isiah Mason (IR)
Kyle Schueller
Alberto Damour (6'5''-F, college: S.Florida)
Russell Brown (6'7''-F-83)
Dane Rawlins (6'4''-G/F-87, college: Tampa)
Orin O'Bryant (6'10''-F-87)


Trayce Macon (6'7''-F-88, college: Georgia SW)
Jamison Clark (6'5''-F-86)

Head Coach: Tree Rollins
Assistant Head Coach: Joe Medina
Assistant Coach: Derek Stewart



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  ALBANIA   


Shima, Bushati in new uniforms and more - by Arnold Laperi

As European qualifications come to an end and domestic leagues begin, Albanian basketball is seeing many changes. Gerti Shima (202-PF-86), Albania's leading scorer this summer, has decided to spend this next season in Kosovo with Peja. Franko Bushati (190-SG-85, agency: Two Points), another famous Albanian international, signed earlier this off-season with Italian side Givova Scafati. A more surprising transaction was the departure of both Erkand Karaj (188-PG-82) and Endrit Hysenagolli (204-C-88) from Albanian champions Tirana to sign with Kamza. In his return from Italy, Marsel Aliaj (196-F-88) once again signed with his hometown team Teuta, who also signed former St. Bonaventure player and Durres native Orion Garo (207-F/C-80, college: Dakota St.). Finally, the newly promoted Apollonia were able to bring Partizani legend, Gazmend Caci, to their bench as their new head coach. Apollonia were also able to convince Bruno Daliu (206-C-85, college: Tusculum) and Arjonel Lame (196-SF-84) to leave the Albanian champions Tirana, while signing U.A.T's captain, Florian Ismeti (187-G-89) as well.


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  ARGENTINA   

Standings - LigaA

LigaA Standings
North
 1. Libertad S. 7-0 
 2. Regatas C. 5-2 
 3. Olimpico LB 5-2 
 4. Sionista 4-4 
 5. Atenas 3-5 
 6. Quimsa 2-4 
 7. Union Progr. 1-5 
 8. La Union 1-6 
South
 1. Penarol 5-2 
 2. Argentino 5-2 
 3. Obras 4-3 
 4. Boca Jrs 3-3 
 5. Lanus 3-3 
 6. GECR Indalo 3-4 
 7. Wuber-Est.Bahia 2-4 
 8. 9 de Julio 1-5 

Regular Season: Round 7

North

Oct. 4: Union Progr. - Quimsa 91-85
Oct. 5: Olimpico LB - Sionista 77-66
Oct. 5: Atenas - Regatas C. 66-62
Oct. 5: La Union - Libertad S. 65-70

South

Oct. 3: GECR Indalo - Obras 95-85
Oct. 5: GECR Indalo - Boca Jrs 82-78
Oct. 5: Wuber-Est.Bahia - Argentino 82-68
Oct. 3: Atenas - Sionista 77-79
Oct. 5: Lanus - Obras 76-74
Oct. 5: Penarol - 9 de Julio 101-69

Regular Season: Round 8

North

Oct. 7: Atenas - Sionista
Oct. 7: Union Progr. - Libertad S.
Oct. 7: Olimpico LB - Regatas C.
Oct. 7: La Union - Quimsa

South

Oct. 7: GECR Indalo - Obras
Oct. 7: Penarol - Argentino
Oct. 7: Lanus - Boca Jrs
Oct. 7: Wuber-Est.Bahia - 9 de Julio


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 Richard ROBY
  Wuber-Es.
  (198-G/F-85)
  Avg: 21
 1. Roby, Wuber-Es.21.0 
 2. Nelson, 9 de Julio19.2 
 3. DeGroat, Boca Jrs18.4 
 4. Gutierrez, Obras18.2 
 5. Graves, Libertad S.18.2 
 6. Pau, Olimpico LB17.7 
 7. De los Santo., Arg.17.2 
 8. Fizer, Wuber-Es.17.2 
 9. Osimani, Obras17.0 
 10. Lewis, La Union16.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darren PHILLIP
  Union Progr.
  (201-F-78)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Phillip, Union Pro.11.8 
 2. Kammerichs, Regat.9.7 
 3. Gutierrez, Obras9.4 
 4. Clancy, Olimpico.9.2 
 5. Nelson, 9 de Julio9.0 
 6. Seawright, GECR I.8.8 
 7. Lewis, La Union8.8 
 8. Williams, Quimsa7.8 
 9. Sanchez, Libertad.7.7 
 10. Fierro, Atenas7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Facundo CAMPAZZO
  Penarol
  (179-PG-91)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Campazzo, Penarol6.7 
 2. De los Santo., Arg.4.8 
 3. Aguirre, Quimsa4.7 
 4. Salles, Olimpico.4.6 
 5. Osimani, Obras4.3 
 6. Treise, Libertad S.4.3 
 7. Martinez, Regat.4.2 
 8. Cajal, Union Progr.4.0 
 9. Faggiano, Wuber-.3.8 
 10. Labaque, Atenas3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Ariel PAU
  Olimpico LB
  (186-G/F-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Pau, Olimpico LB3.2 
 2. Aguirre, Quimsa2.5 
 3. Espinoza, Obras2.3 
 4. De los Santo., Arg.2.3 
 5. Ciorciari, GECR I.2.0 
 6. Campazzo, Penarol2.0 
 7. Phillip, Union Pro.2.0 
 8. Salles, Olimpico.1.8 
 9. Boccia, Lanus1.8 
 10. Pittman, Sionista1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Lanus
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Battle, Lanus1.6 
 2. Mata, Penarol1.5 
 3. Williams, Quimsa1.2 
 4. Clancy, Olimpico.1.2 
 5. Kammerichs, Regat.1.0 
 6. Sanchez, Libertad.1.0 
 7. Gutierrez, Obras1.0 
 8. Wolkowyski, La Uni.0.8 
 9. Dilligard, Union P.0.8 
 10. Ayarza, 9 de Julio0.8 


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

Division Capital Federal
Velez Sarsfield
Sebastian Festa (179-G-72), Lucas Cassetai, Daniel Chaher (192-F-78), Guillermo gavotti, Gonzalo Castagno (194-F-86), Marcelo Piuma, Maximiliano Tabieres, Lucas Bertolotti, Juan Laprovittola
Coach: Juan Boadaz

GEVP
Leandro Podesta (207-C-89), Mauro Corvalan (200-F-92), Juan Perez (193-G-92), German Mastrocola, Tomas Gianelli, Ivan Macharasvilli, Matias Funes (185-F-92), Hugo Maldonado, Santiago Juarez (183-G), Lautaro Cisterna, Nahuel Paciotti, Martin Massone (191-G/F-94)
Coach: Horacio Pacheco

Ferro
Joaquin Olmedo (185-G-85), Nicolas Lorenzo; Maximiliano Gutierrez, Sebastian Alvarez; Cristian Negrotto, Maximiliano Segon, Martin Trimboli (196-F/C-85), Javier Scheines, Gustavo Souto, Joaquin Iviglia (193-F-94)
Coach: Marcelo Majstrovic

Pedro Echague
Santiago Sicardi, Jonathan Laino (182-G-91), Maximiliano Pellegrino (194-G/F-87), Alejo Meire (178-G-86), Pablo Noy, Pablo Israeloff, Marcelo Weiter (198-F), Daniel Kot, Nahuel Sunchesky, Franco Videla, Nicolas Paciotti, Ezequiel Suriano
Coach: Andres garcia

Villa Mitre
Santino Propato, Juan Ocampos, Facundo Madoz (190-G-83), Andres Gambone, Juan Ignacio Guildris (194-F-84), Gabriel Sapochnik, Sebastian Fonseca,Franco Tonelli, Gerardo Anegon
Coach: Federico Carbone

Division Buenos Aires

Estudiantes Olavarria
Fernando Rivera (180-G-85), Federico Silveira, Juan Levrino (188-G-90), Juan Ignacio Mateo, Matias Sesto, Rodrigo Sanchez (200-F-89), Gerardo Barrera, Nicolas Ojeda, Facundo Mendoza, Julian Marinsalta, Bruno Sansimoni (182-G-96), Federico Geraghty (180-G-96)
Coach: Jose Pisani

Independiente Tandil
Leandro Portillo (185-G-85), Sebastian Sevegnani , Ariel Hillebrand, Valerio Andrizzi, Leandro Mateo, Kevin Jerez , Alejandro Arca, Emilio Gonzalez, Santiago Dilascio (175-G-94), Lautaro Lanusse, Exequiel Barroso, Gaston Gonzalez (190-F-93).
Coach: Alvaro Castineira

Union Vecinal la Plata
Mariano Nicolas Garcia, Juan Manuel Seminara, Federico Gonzalez (180-G-88), Mariano Epifanio, Juan Ignacio Bruno, Javier Garcia, Lisandro Martino, Francisco Blanco, Julian Cupeiro, Ramiro Arabena, Fidel Alvarez
Coach: Jorge Constant

San Martin junin
Pablo Martinez (195-F-82), Maximiliano Asan, Amiel Marquez, Nicolas Godoy, Diego Lorio (185-G-86), Renzo Di perna, Joaquin Gamazo, Nicolas Maggi, Gonzalo Marin
Coach: Oscar chacon

Estudiantes La plata
Pablo Bendel (189-G-83), Esteban Serantes (190-G-82), Leonardo Zanassi (196-F-74, agency: Players Group), Javier Bareiro, Fernando Salazar (202-C), Leonardo Canete, Pablo Herrera, Sebastian Sartorelli, Federico Attademo, Daniel Moroni, Facundo Attademo, Khalil Belhart, Pedro Zabala
Coach: Gustavo Perez

Conferencia Patagonia
Perfora Plaza huincul
Leandro Lauro (188-G-80), Matias Barberis, Juan Gonzales, Carlos Sepulveda (200-F-81), Nicolas Bessone, Alexis Knecht (183-G-87), Juan Fuentes, Ignacio Claris (172-G-93), Facundo Barrera (180-G), Adrian tevez
Coach: Fernando Claris

All boys santa rosa
Nicolas Perez (190-G-78), Leon Nicanof (185-G-91), Nicolas Ayala, Jorge Alcaraz, Juan Manuel Lara; Guido Cuadrelli, Antonio Manera, Marcelino Badillo, Martin Ayala, Octavio Fazzini (192-G)
Coach: Maximiliano Rubio

Atletico Regina
German Francia, Marcos Lueg (194-F-91), Rodrigo Pascal, Emanuel Lopez Cerdan, Gaston Gonzalez, Luciano Zupanovich, Diego Felicevich, Emiliano Piccinini, Diego Corazza
Coach: Gustavo Esteybar

Deportivo Roca
Lucas Romera (192-G-89), Leonardo Ansaloni, Juan Quercia, Facundo Abarzua, Guido Gadanoto (190-F-89), Diego casemayor, Gonzalo Sotelo, Facundo Vinambres, Jonatan Faber, Jorge Abraham (195-F), Luciano Carcar
Coach: Sebastian garcia

Hispano Americano
Bruno Gelsi (191-G-76), Gaston Morales, Fernando Gutman, Mario Sepulveda (200-F-77), Valentin Burgos (178-G-92), Gustavo bianco, Pablo Gonzalez (186-G-82), Claudio Aguilar, Leonardo Mosconi
Coach: Leonardo Roquel

Progreso Gral Roca
Leandro Gonzalez (203-C-79), Luciano saborido, Diego Garcia (193-F-83), Martin Fabi, Juan Manuel Fabi, Paolo Casale, Francisco Gaytan, Leopoldo Carlos Ruiz Moreno (191-G-72), Julian Fedele
Coach: Gabriel Cuello




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  AUSTRALIA   

Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. Hawks 1-0 
 2. Wildcats 1-0 
 3. 36ers 0-0 
 4. Crocodiles 0-0 
 5. Taipans 0-0 
 6. Tigers 0-0 
 7. Breakers 0-1 
 8. Kings 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 5: Hawks - Kings 79-76
Oct. 5: Breakers - Wildcats 72-93
Oct. 6: Taipans - Crocodiles
Oct. 7: 36ers - Tigers


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Darnell LAZARE
  Kings
  (203-F-85)
  Avg: 21
 1. Lazare, Kings21.0 
 2. Saville, Hawks21.0 
 3. Lisch, Wildcats20.0 
 4. Knight, Wildcats20.0 
 5. Jackson, Breakers19.0 
 6. Redhage, Wildcats16.0 
 7. Henry, Kings15.0 
 8. Wagstaff, Wildcats14.0 
 9. Forman, Hawks13.0 
 10. Deleon, Hawks12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ian CROSSWHITE
  Kings
  (210-C-82)
  Avg: 10
 1. Crosswhite, Kings10.0 
 2. Knight, Wildcats9.0 
 3. Martin, Wildcats7.0 
 4. Lazare, Kings7.0 
 5. Davidson, Hawks7.0 
 6. Vukona, Breakers6.0 
 7. Madgen, Kings5.0 
 8. Gruber, Hawks5.0 
 9. Henry, Kings4.0 
 10. Wagstaff, Wildca.4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Corin HENRY
  Kings
  (180-PG-88)
  Avg: 6
 1. Henry, Kings6.0 
 2. Jackson, Breakers6.0 
 3. Vukona, Breakers5.0 
 4. Martin, Wildcats4.0 
 5. Redhage, Wildcats4.0 
 6. Saville, Hawks3.0 
 7. Lisch, Wildcats3.0 
 8. Davidson, Hawks3.0 
 9. Forman, Hawks3.0 
 10. Deleon, Hawks3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dillon BOUCHER
  Breakers
  (196-F-75)
  Avg: 5
 1. Boucher, Breakers5.0 
 2. Redhage, Wildcats4.0 
 3. Hire, Wildcats3.0 
 4. Madgen, Kings2.0 
 5. Vukona, Breakers2.0 
 6. Deleon, Hawks2.0 
 7. Wagstaff, Wildcats2.0 
 8. Davidson, Hawks2.0 
 9. Hurdle, Hawks2.0 
 10. Martin, Wildcats2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Breakers
  (213-C-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. Pledger, Breakers2.0 
 2. Lisch, Wildcats2.0 
 3. Boucher, Breakers2.0 
 4. Forman, Hawks1.0 
 5. Crosswhite, Kings1.0 
 6. Redhage, Wildcats1.0 
 7. Henry, Breakers0.0 
 8. Gruber, Hawks0.0 
 9. Garlepp, Kings0.0 
 10. Purser, Wildcats0.0 


Wildcats defeat Breakers in season opener - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Perth Wildcats showed they are primed to wrest the iiNet NBL Championship title back across the Tasman, overwhelming the New Zealand Breakers 93-72 at the North Shore Events Centre on Friday.

Continuing their fine pre-season form, the visitors looked in mid-season touch, rattling off 17 unanswered second- quarter points to open a 25-point lead, from which the Breakers could not recover.

Reigning MVP Kevin Lisch (188-G-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: St.Louis) and centre Matt Knight (9 rebounds) each had 20 points for Perth, while Breaker Cedric Jackson had five three-pointers in his 19 points.

"It was a great win and a great way to start the season, but its only the first game of the year," conceded Lisch.

The night started with the raising of last seasons championship banner at the Breakers spiritual home a ceremony tastefully short enough to avoid any emotional ill-feeling from the Wildcats.

The home team got the better start, and when CJ Bruton came off the bench for his first three-pointer of the season their lead was six points (16-10).

But two quick offensive fouls on both Alex Pledger and his replacement, Will Hudson, halted New Zealand's momentum and by quarter-time the Wildcats enjoyed a 27-20 advantage.

Early in the second period the Perth run had extended to 22-4 and their lead into double figures, as New Zealand could not find an answer offensively and continued to bleed points.

Seventeen unanswered points then took the advantage to 24 points at half-time, the Wildcats cruising at 54-34.

Possession was the key, Perth out-rebounded their rivals 8-3 under their own boards and also out-scored them 15-2 off turnovers.

Jackson caught fire from the arc in the third period, but Perth had all the answers in transition and still led 75-58 entering the home straight.

The Breakers got within 15 early in the final period but were never going to pull this one out of the bag.

"They played with much better desire and hunger than we did," said Breakers coach Andrej Lemanis.

"Right through that second quarter we looked like we were running in mud at times."

The Wildcats enjoyed a 25-5 advantage in points from turnovers even though each team finished with 20 turnovers.

Perth shot 53 per cent from the floor, 44 per cent (7/26) from the arc and had a big advantage (18-of-21) from the charity stripe.

"It was obviously an emotional night, with the unveiling of the banner, a full house and the grand-final replay," said Perth coach Rob Beveridge.

"It was good for us to be here tonight to see that."

"We did a tremendous job defending their bigs. Our game plan was all about playing physical basketball and not letting them get the ball where they wanted."

Perth Wildcats 93 (Lisch 20, Knight 20, Wagstaff 14)

New Zealand Breakers 72 (Jackson 19, Corletto 10)

Attendance: 4,000 (sellout) at North Shore Events Centre, Auckland



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  AUSTRIA   

Standings - A Bundesliga

A Bundesliga Standings
 1. BC Vienna 1-0 
 2. Arkadia 0-0 
 3. Furstenfeld 0-0 
 4. Gmunden 0-0 
 5. Gussing 0-0 
 6. Kapfenberg 0-0 
 7. Klosterneub. 0-0 
 8. Oberwart 0-0 
 9. UBSC Graz 0-0 
 10. Wels 0-0 
 11. St.Polten 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 5: BC Vienna - St.Polten 87-50
Oct. 6: Gussing - Arkadia
Oct. 6: Wels - Oberwart
Oct. 7: Klosterneub. - Kapfenberg
Oct. 6: UBSC Graz - Gmunden


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Florian TRMAL
  BC Vienna
  (193-G/F-89)
  Avg: 23
 1. Trmal, BC Vienna23.0 
 2. Ray, BC Vienna17.0 
 3. Milosevic, St.Polt.12.0 
 4. Danek, BC Vienna12.0 
 5. Kohlmaier, St.Polt.12.0 
 6. Francois, BC Vienna12.0 
 7. Speiser, St.Polten11.0 
 8. Boylan, BC Vienna11.0 
 9. Gaspar, BC Vienna7.0 
 10. Pinezich, St.Polt.4.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Florian TRMAL
  BC Vienna
  (193-G/F-89)
  Avg: 15
 1. Trmal, BC Vienna15.0 
 2. Speiser, St.Polten7.0 
 3. Worenz, St.Polten6.0 
 4. Gaspar, BC Vienna6.0 
 5. Ray, BC Vienna5.0 
 6. Boylan, BC Vienna4.0 
 7. Pinezich, St.Polten4.0 
 8. Kohlmaier, St.Polt.4.0 
 9. Francois, BC Vienna4.0 
 10. Csebits, St.Polten3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna6.0 
 2. Danek, BC Vienna4.0 
 3. Kohlmaier, St.Polt.3.0 
 4. Gaspar, BC Vienna3.0 
 5. Ray, BC Vienna3.0 
 6. Csebits, St.Polten2.0 
 7. Francois, BC Vienna2.0 
 8. Speiser, St.Polten2.0 
 9. Milosevic, St.Polt.1.0 
 10. Worenz, St.Polten1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ian BOYLAN
  BC Vienna
  (197-G/F-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Boylan, BC Vienna3.0 
 2. Ray, BC Vienna2.0 
 3. Danek, BC Vienna2.0 
 4. Trmal, BC Vienna1.0 
 5. Gaspar, BC Vienna0.0 
 6. Cvetinovic, BC Vi.0.0 
 7. Csebits, St.Polten0.0 
 8. Pinezich, St.Polten0.0 
 9. Csar, BC Vienna0.0 
 10. Kohlmaier, St.Pol.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn RAY
  BC Vienna
  (194-G/F-80)
  Avg: 1
 1. Ray, BC Vienna1.0 
 2. Trmal, BC Vienna1.0 
 3. Gaspar, BC Vienna0.0 
 4. Francois, BC Vienna0.0 
 5. Danek, BC Vienna0.0 
 6. Sosiashvili, BC Vi.0.0 
 7. Cvetinovic, BC Vi.0.0 
 8. Pinezich, St.Polten0.0 
 9. Csebits, St.Polten0.0 
 10. Kohlmaier, St.Pol.0.0 



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Stanoje Knezevic extends contract with OKK Beograd - by Zoran Popovic

Management of OKK Beograd agreed terms and extends contract with Stanoje Knezevic. Last season Knezevic played 10 games in BIBL league and average scored 11.2 points, 5.0 boards, 1.0 assist, 1.6 steals and 24 games in Serbian league with average scored 8.5 points, 5.1 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steal per game. Young 23 old Knezevic during the career played for KK Torlak Aboca and last three seasons played for OKK Beograd.


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   

Standings - Men

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 5: Pieno Zvaigzdes - LSU-Baltai 97-70
Oct. 5: Jelgava - Valga 96-86
Oct. 5: TTU - Rapla 87-66
Oct. 5: Siauliai - Barsy Atyrau 81-69
Oct. 5: Tarvas - Rudupis 69-88
Oct. 5: Valmiera - Parnu 68-65
Oct. 5: Naglis Palangos - Ventspils 44-88

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 6: Tln Kalev - Rudupis
Oct. 6: Liepaja - Tartu Ulikool
Oct. 6: Juventus - Lietkabelis
Oct. 6: Barons kvartals - Sakalai
Oct. 7: Naglis Palangos - Barsy Atyrau


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Aleksey ADEDIRAN
  Valga
  (204-C-82)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Adediran, Valga22.5 
 2. Milaknis, Rudupis19.5 
 3. Janavicius, Rudupis15.5 
 4. Vares, Valga14.5 
 5. Orelikas, Rudupis14.0 
 6. Justovics, Jelgava13.0 
 7. Kadziulis, Rudupis12.5 
 8. Jarvelainen, Valga12.5 
 9. Kanbergs, Jelgava12.5 
 10. Silavs, Jelgava11.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aleksey ADEDIRAN
  Valga
  (204-C-82)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Adediran, Valga11.5 
 2. Chamberlain, Jelga.10.0 
 3. Valeika, Rudupis9.0 
 4. Vene, Rudupis8.0 
 5. Krumins, Jelgava5.5 
 6. Mizis, Jelgava5.5 
 7. Janavicius, Rudupis5.0 
 8. Vares, Valga5.0 
 9. Oja, Valga4.0 
 10. Labuckas, Rudupis3.5 
Assists Per Game
 Zygimantas JANAVICIUS
  Rudupis
  (192-G-89)
  Avg: 6
 1. Janavicius, Rudupis6.0 
 2. Oja, Valga6.0 
 3. Silavs, Jelgava5.0 
 4. Kadziulis, Rudupis4.5 
 5. Valeika, Rudupis3.5 
 6. Kanbergs, Jelgava2.5 
 7. Krumins, Jelgava1.5 
 8. Vares, Valga1.0 
 9. Justovics, Jelgava1.0 
 10. Justovics, Jelga.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Keith CHAMBERLAIN
  Jelgava
  (204-F/C-87)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Chamberlain, Jelga.3.5 
 2. Mizis, Jelgava3.5 
 3. Petersonig, Valga2.5 
 4. Jarvelainen, Valga2.0 
 5. Labuckas, Rudupis2.0 
 6. Janavicius, Rudupis1.5 
 7. Vene, Rudupis1.5 
 8. Adediran, Valga1.5 
 9. Valeika, Rudupis1.5 
 10. Kanbergs, Jelgava1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Keith CHAMBERLAIN
  Jelgava
  (204-F/C-87)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Chamberlain, Jelga.1.5 
 2. Valeika, Rudupis0.5 
 3. Vene, Rudupis0.5 
 4. Adediran, Valga0.5 
 5. Orelikas, Rudupis0.5 
 6. Justovics, Jelgava0.0 
 7. Janavicius, Rudupis0.0 
 8. Grim, Valga0.0 
 9. Milaknis, Rudupis0.0 
 10. Duselis, Jelgava0.0 


Round 2: Rudupis edge BC Rakvere for the second straight victory - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Baltic League. There was no lack of excitement in the last round games.

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Estonian BC Rakvere (0-1) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were rolled over by Lithuanian Rudupis (2-0) 88-69. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Guard Zygimantas Janavicius (192-89, agency: Interperformances) scored 19 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Gintaras Kadziulis (192-80) chipped in 17 points during the contest. point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds. BC Rakvere's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Rudupis maintains first position with 2-0 record. Rudupis are looking forward to face Tln Kalev in Tallinn in the next round where they are favorite. BC Rakvere will have a break next round.
Very significant was Latvian Ventspils' 44-point road victory against Lithuanian Naglis Palangos 88-44. American point guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St.) notched 18 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and Ervins Jonats supported him with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Even 11 points by guard Modestas Kumpys (192-91) did not help to save the game for Naglis Palangos. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Ventspils will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Naglis Palangos will play at home against Barsy Atyrau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
A very close game took place in Valmiera between Latvian Valmiera and Estonian KK Parnu. Valmiera managed to escape with a 3-point win 68-65 on Friday evening. The best player for the winners was Janis Berzins who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Rain Raadik produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds for the guests. Valmiera keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 7 other teams. Loser KK Parnu still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with 7 other teams. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
One of the most interesting games of round 2 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Pasvalys where Pieno Zvaigzdes outleveled visiting LSU-Baltai (0-1) 97-70. Vaidas Cepukaitis orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Nerijus Zabarauskas felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games.
One of the most interesting games of round 2 was a derby match between two teams from Estonia. The game took place in Tallinn where TTU outleveled visiting Rapla (0-1) 87-66. Arnold Arnold had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.

In the last two games of round 2 Valga lost to Jelgava on the opponent's court 86-96. Siauliai managed to outperform Barsy Atyrau in a home game 81-69.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 16 points and 13 rebounds by Keith Chamberlain of Jelgava.


Tarvas - Rudupis 69-88

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Estonian BC Rakvere (0-1) at the home court on Friday night. Hosts were rolled over by Lithuanian Rudupis (2-0) 88-69. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Guard Zygimantas Janavicius (192-89, agency: Interperformances) scored 19 points and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and guard Gintaras Kadziulis (192-80) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Four Rudupis players scored in double figures. point guard Reimo Tamm (185-84) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and Latvian swingman Juris Umbrasko (197-79) scored 17 points and 7 rebounds. BC Rakvere's coach rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Rudupis maintains first position with 2-0 record. Rudupis are looking forward to face Tln Kalev in Tallinn in the next round where they are favorite. BC Rakvere will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Rudupis: Z.Janavicius 19+4reb+6ast, G.Kadziulis 17+4reb+3ast, A.Milaknis 16+4reb, G.Orelikas 14+1ast, A.Valeika 10+9reb+4ast, S.Vene 7+9reb
Tarvas: R.Tamm 18+7reb+3ast, J.Umbrasko 17+7reb, R.Grafs 8+4reb+1ast, K.Saks 8+2reb, M.Laksa 7+4reb+1ast, I.Pilk 4+2reb+1ast
gschID: 198095


Pieno Zvaigzdes - LSU-Baltai 97-70

One of the most interesting games of round 2 was a derby match between two teams from Lithuania. The game took place in Pasvalys where Pieno Zvaigzdes outleveled visiting LSU-Baltai (0-1) 97-70. The game without a history. Pieno Zvaigzdes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to LSU-Baltai's 28. It was a great shooting night for Pieno Zvaigzdes especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 58.8 percentage. Center Vaidas Cepukaitis (207-89, agency: Interperformances) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) contributed with 17 points and 7 steals for the winners. Four Pieno Zvaigzdes players scored in double figures. Pieno Zvaigzdes' coach Nerijus Zabarauskas felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. point guard Mindaugas Stasys (180-86) replied with 24 points and 5 rebounds and forward Vidmantas Sragauskis (200-86) added 17 points and 4 assists in the effort for LSU-Baltai. Both teams do not play next round, which will be an opportunity for some rest.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: T.Hughes 17+3reb+2ast, Y.Gates 14+4reb, V.Cepukaitis 14+10reb+1ast, P.Beliavicius 10+2reb+1ast, T.Biggs 9+2reb+1ast, E.Ulanovas 8+2reb+1ast
LSU-Baltai: M.Stasys 24+5reb+3ast, V.Sragauskis 17+2reb+4ast, A.Sakalauskas 12+2reb, E.Alunderis 7+7reb, T.Urbonas 6+11reb+1ast, S.Beniusis 4+5reb
gschID: 198092


Valmiera - Parnu 68-65

A very close game took place in Valmiera between Latvian Valmiera and Estonian KK Parnu. Valmiera (1-0) got a very close home victory over one of their biggest challengers KK Parnu (0-1). Valmiera managed to escape with a 3-point win 68-65 on Friday evening. The hosts trailed by 10 points after three quarters before their 31-18 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Valmiera made 24-of-30 free shots (80.0 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was forward Janis Berzins (202-93, agency: Players Group) who scored 21 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Kalvis Krumins (185-90) chipped in 13 points and 5 rebounds. Four Valmiera players scored in double figures. Center Rain Raadik (208-89) produced a double-double by scoring 19 points and 17 rebounds and Lithuanian guard Augustas Peciukevicius (192-91) added 17 points and 5 assists respectively for the guests.
Top scorers:
Valmiera: J.Berzins 21+9reb+1ast, J.Kaufmanis 14+2reb+5ast, K.Krumins 13+5reb+3ast, P.Veselovs 11+6reb, A.Butjankovs 5+7reb, M.Ziedins 4+9reb
Parnu: R.Raadik 19+17reb+1ast, A.Peciukevicius 17+4reb+5ast, R.Raap 9+2reb, T.Hamarsalu 9, O.Matulionis 5+2reb+3ast, O.Siigur 2+2reb
gschID: 198093


Jelgava - Valga 96-86

Jelgava used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Valga 96-86 on Friday night. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 52-38 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Jelgava made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. They also forced 20 Valga turnovers. American power forward Keith Chamberlain (204-87, college: Grinnell) had a double-double by scoring 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Andris Justovics (200-89, agency: Regeneracom Sports) chipped in 21 points during the contest. Jelgava's coach used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. Nigerian-Russian center Aleksey Adediran (204-82, college: Binghamton) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 12 rebounds and swingman Veljo Vares (200-81) scored 15 points. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Jelgava: A.Justovics 21+3reb+1ast, K.Chamberlain 16+13reb+1ast, K.Kanbergs 16+2reb+3ast, S.Silavs 13+2reb+5ast, A.Duselis 11+1reb, L.Mizis 9+6reb+1ast
Valga: A.Adediran 31+12reb, V.Vares 15+4reb+2ast, J.Jarvelainen 14+4reb+1ast, E.Cunda 10+2reb+4ast, T.Oja 9+3reb+7ast, M.Grim 4+6reb
gschID: 198094


TTU - Rapla 87-66

One of the most interesting games of round 2 was a derby match between two teams from Estonia. The game took place in Tallinn where TTU outleveled visiting Rapla (0-1) 87-66. TTU led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. TTU outrebounded Rapla 37-26 including 27 on the defensive glass. Rapla was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. American center Arnold Arnold (208-86, college: Lewis-Clark St.) had a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and forward Erik Keedus (198-90) chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Five TTU players scored in double figures. Power forward Raido Ringmets (206-83) responded with 12 points and 8 rebounds and guard Martin Paasoja (190-93) scored 9 points. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest.
Top scorers:
TTU: A.Arnold 17+12reb+1ast, E.Keedus 17+7reb+2ast, K.Akenparg 14+2reb, M.Saarmets 12+4reb, M.Kaja 11+6reb, K.Makke 7+1ast
Rapla: R.Ringmets 12+8reb, A.Parn 11+2reb+1ast, M.Paasoja 9+4reb+2ast, I.Kajupank 8+2reb+1ast, K.Voolaid 7+2reb, H.Ruut 7+1reb
gschID: 198089


Naglis Palangos - Ventspils 44-88

Very significant was Latvian Ventspils' 44-point road victory against bottom-ranked Lithuanian Naglis Palangos 88-44. The game without a history. Ventspils led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Naglis Palangos' 18. They outrebounded Naglis Palangos 39-20 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. American point guard Donald Sims (185-87, college: Appalachian St.) notched 18 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and forward Ervins Jonats (203-91) supported him with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Four Ventspils players scored in double figures. Even 11 points by guard Modestas Kumpys (192-91) did not help to save the game for Naglis Palangos. Guard Evaldas Lengvinas (190-89) added 10 points for the hosts. Ventspils will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Naglis Palangos will play at home against Barsy Atyrau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ventspils: D.Sims 18+5reb, J.Timma 11+1reb+4ast, V.Teel 10+5reb, M.Meiers 10+8reb+1ast, E.Jonats 9+9reb+1ast, U.Pinete 9+2reb
Naglis Palangos: M.Kumpys 11+4reb, E.Lengvinas 10, P.Brown 6+3reb+1ast, S.Atuashvili 5+3reb+1ast, R.Simanavicius 5+2reb, M.Relphorde 4+2reb
gschID: 198090


Siauliai - Barsy Atyrau 81-69

Siauliai used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from Atyrau 81-69 on Friday night. The game was mostly controlled by Siauliai. Barsy Atyrau was better in second period 20-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Siauliai had a 31-19 advantage in offensive rebounds. Senegalese forward Papa Dia (208-87, college: SMU) scored 15 points and 8 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and guard Laurynas Samenas (192-88) chipped in 17 points during the contest. Four Siauliai players scored in double figures. American guard Zambalist Fredrick (183-86, college: S.Carolina) responded with 20 points and 6 assists and Ukrainian center Vadim Matyukevych (208-80) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Siauliai will have a break next round. Barsy Atyrau will play on the road against Naglis Palangos in Palanga and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: L.Samenas 17+2reb+3ast, P.Dia 15+8reb, V.Liutych 10+4reb+2ast, L.Jackson 10+6reb+6ast, A.Kieza 7+1reb, J.Jucikas 7+3reb
Barsy Atyrau: Z.Fredrick 20+3reb+6ast, V.Matyukevych 14+11reb+1ast, M.Evstigneev 11+2reb, Y.Korshunov 9, E.Zelionis 6+5reb, B.Callahan 4+1reb+2ast
gschID: 198091



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Sozh Gomel add three Ukrainian players - by Eurobasket News

Sozh Gomel boosted their roster with addition of three Ukrainian players. They landed Sergei Dadukin (198-F-83), Sergei Miakinin (206-F/C-86) and Ivan Kaliayev (205-F-87).
Sergei Dadukin spent the last season in Kazakhstan. The forward played for Tobol Kostanay. He notched 6.1 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in D1. He was Kazakh Cup finalist with Tobol. Previously Sergei Dadukin had stints with Hoverla, Vitalyur and Grodno-93.
Sergei Miakinin played for Pulsar last season. The centre posted 13.0 points and 4.2 rebounds per game in the Higher League. Sergei Miakinin is not new to Sozh. He played for the Gomel team back in 2009/11 seasons.
Ivan Kaliayev played lately for VolinBasket. Last season the forward posted 5.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists per appearance.



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Oostende Transfer News - by Peter Buyse

Telenet Oostende did not waste much time in finding a temp replacement for the injured Van den Spiegel and Drobjnak. They signed former Xavier Musketeer Jamel McLean (203-F-88, college: Xavier).
Till now McLean has been in Italy playing for Givova Scafati. McLean is no stranger to Belgium basketball since he played his first overseas season at Stella Artois Leuven Bears during the 2011-2012 season. In 36 games at Leuven he had solid stats of 9.3 ppg and 6.8 all while making over 51 pct of his field goals.
Initially Jamel was signed to a 2 month contract and should be eligible for his 1st game of the season vs Liege.



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Standings - Paulista, Carioca, Minas G. leagues

Paulista Standings
GroupA
 1. S.Jose/Unimed 11-2 
 2. Pinheiros/Sky 10-3 
 3. Paulistano 9-4 
 4. Gremio Mogi 8-5 
 5. Palmeiras 6-7 
 6. Suzano 4-9 
 7. Metodista/S.B. 3-10 
 8. Inter Santos 1-12 
GroupB
 1. Paschoalotto/B. 9-2 
 2. Winner/Limeira 8-3 
 3. Vivo/Franca 6-5 
 4. Liga Sorocaba 6-5 
 5. America 4-7 
 6. Rio Claro 3-8 
 7. Jacarei 3-9 
Stage Two Standings

Second Stage: Round 14

Oct. 4: Winner/Limeira - Rio Claro 90-61
Oct. 4: S.Jose/Unimed - Palmeiras 88-77
Oct. 3: Gremio Mogi - Metodista/S.B. 85-92
Oct. 4: Jacarei - Paschoalotto/B. 81-115
Oct. 3: Inter Santos - Pinheiros/Sky 76-90
Oct. 4: Liga Sorocaba - America 70-62

Second Stage: Round 15

Oct. 6: Paschoalotto/B. - Winner/Limeira
Oct. 6: America - Rio Claro
Oct. 6: Vivo/Franca - Liga Sorocaba
Oct. 6: Pinheiros/Sky - S.Jose/Unimed
Oct. 6: Paulistano - Gremio Mogi
Oct. 6: Palmeiras - Suzano
Oct. 6: Metodista/S.B. - Inter Santos


Standings - NLB

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 5: Flamengo - Tijuca TC 99-61
Oct. 1: Flamengo - Botafogo 90-49
Sep. 28: Tijuca TC - Botafogo 86-64
Oct. 5: Botafogo - Riachuelo TC 72-74
Sep. 28: Riachuelo TC - Flamengo 39-134
Oct. 1: Tijuca TC - Riachuelo TC 103-66

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 15: Flamengo - Riachuelo TC
Oct. 15: Botafogo - Tijuca TC
Oct. 17: Riachuelo TC - Tijuca TC
Oct. 17: Botafogo - Flamengo
Oct. 19: Riachuelo TC - Botafogo
Oct. 19: Tijuca TC - Flamengo


Easy victories for Bauru and Winner/Limeira - by Eurobasket News

Paschoalotto/Bauru earned the ninth win in Paulista League Group B. They stormed past Jacarei 115:81 on the road. Guilherme Pereira (190-F-91) scored 25 points to lead the visitors. The teams were tied at 20 after the opening quarter. However Bauru exploded 59 points in the next two quarter to take a 12-point lead. Pachoalotto/Bauru went on a 36:14 rally in the final quarter to secure the victory. DeAndre Coleman (201-F-86, college: S.Alabama) posted 23 points, while Jefferson Agba (209-F/C-80, college: Embry Riddle) added 15 for the winners. Alex Matheus (85) and Tony Dennison (191-G-87, college: Barry) answered with 18 points each for Jacarei as they fell at 3-9 record.
Winner/Limeira shot down Rio Claro 90:61 at home court. Fernando Alvim (200-F-80) netted 14 points to carry the hosts to the victory. It was the 8th success for Winner/Limeira as they stay one win behind Bauru in Group B ladder. Winner/Limeira posted a 38:23 halftime lead and rolled to the victory after the big break. Omar Carter (195-G-88, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Appalachian St.) and Matheus Barba (198-F-91) delivered 12 points each in the win. Rio Claro answered with 15 points from Atilio de Mello (203-C-82).



Ceara sign Brandon Cole and Shasta Scott - by Paulo Freire

The Ceara State basketball team lead by head coach Alberto Bial returned from their tour through Asia. The season out of Ceara State served as a pre-season before the NBB season, which will be starting in November.
The news in the return of the team is the addition in the roster of two american players tested in the games played in China. Coach Alberto Bial approved Brandon Cole (203-F/C-84, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Xavier) and Shasta Scott (183-PG-85, college: Point, GA), who are now the reinforces of the team in NBB.





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A1 Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 5: KK Zagreb CO - Dubrovnik 91-55
Oct. 6: Kvarner 2010 - Jolly
Oct. 6: Darda - Osjecki Sokol
Oct. 6: Djuro Djakovic - Zabok
Oct. 6: Alkar Sinj - Krizevci


Stats Leaders - A1

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 


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.




Darda signs Milos Drca - by Dajana Karl

Just before beginning of the regualr season Vrijednosnice OS Darda signed Milos Drca (205-F-88).

Drca previously played with Serbian FMP, Czech Basketbol Brno, Swiss SAV Vacallo and previous season with KK Zabok where he averaged 3.5 points and 1.6 rebounds in 10 games he played.

Vrijednosnice OS Darda's head coach Sead Muminovic said he's satisfied with the results from preparatory part but with these last minute signings, this team full of potential will need some time to adjust.



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Standings - NBL

NBL Standings
 1. CEZ Nymburk 2-0 
 2. BK Pardubice 1-0 
 3. J.Hradec 1-0 
 4. Levice 1-0 
 5. NH Ostrava 1-0 
 6. USK Praha 1-1 
 7. BK Decin 0-0 
 8. B&W Opava 0-1 
 9. BC Kolin 0-1 
 10. BK Prostejov 0-1 
 11. Chomutov 0-1 
 12. Svitavy 0-1 
 13. Usti n/Labem 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 5: CEZ Nymburk - USK Praha 81-66
Oct. 6: Svitavy - B&W Opava
Oct. 6: BK Pardubice - BK Decin
Oct. 6: BK Prostejov - Usti n/Labem
Oct. 6: Chomutov - NH Ostrava
Oct. 6: BC Kolin - J.Hradec


Stats Leaders - NBL

Points Per Game
 Boris MENO
  USK Praha
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 19
 1. Meno, USK Praha19.0 
 2. Mares, USK Praha14.0 
 3. Sokolovsky, CEZ N.12.5 
 4. Benda, CEZ Nymburk12.5 
 5. Tapoutos, CEZ N.11.0 
 6. Sotnar, USK Praha10.5 
 7. Votroubek, USK P.10.0 
 8. Pavkovic, CEZ N.9.0 
 9. Houska, CEZ N.9.0 
 10. Hruban, CEZ N.9.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Boris MENO
  USK Praha
  (203-F-83)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Meno, USK Praha9.5 
 2. Necas, CEZ Nymburk7.0 
 3. Houska, CEZ N.6.5 
 4. Votroubek, USK P.6.0 
 5. Benda, CEZ Nymburk6.0 
 6. Sokolovsky, CEZ N.5.5 
 7. Pavkovic, CEZ N.4.5 
 8. Vocetka, USK Praha4.0 
 9. Cvek, USK Praha4.0 
 10. Tapoutos, CEZ N.4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Miljan PAVKOVIC
  CEZ N.
  (178-G-81)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Pavkovic, CEZ N.8.5 
 2. Festr, USK Praha3.0 
 3. Palyza, CEZ N.2.5 
 4. Necas, CEZ Nymburk2.0 
 5. Mares, USK Praha2.0 
 6. Sotnar, USK Praha2.0 
 7. Coleman, CEZ N.1.5 
 8. Meno, USK Praha1.0 
 9. Hruban, CEZ N.1.0 
 10. Abrams, CEZ N.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Michal MARES
  USK Praha
  (192-G/F-92)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Mares, USK Praha2.5 
 2. Necas, CEZ Nymburk2.0 
 3. Sokolovsky, CEZ N.1.5 
 4. Coleman, CEZ N.1.5 
 5. Votroubek, USK P.1.5 
 6. Pavkovic, CEZ N.1.0 
 7. Cvek, USK Praha1.0 
 8. Benda, CEZ Nymburk1.0 
 9. Palyza, CEZ N.1.0 
 10. Houska, CEZ N.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Stanislav VOTROUBEK
  USK P.
  (212-C-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Votroubek, USK P.1.5 
 2. Meno, USK Praha1.5 
 3. Houska, CEZ N.1.5 
 4. Slavik, USK Praha1.0 
 5. Benda, CEZ Nymburk0.5 
 6. Tapoutos, CEZ N.0.5 
 7. Abrams, CEZ N.0.5 
 8. Necas, CEZ Nymburk0.5 
 9. Hruban, CEZ N.0.5 
 10. Coleman, CEZ N.0.0 


Standings - D2

1Liga Standings
 1. Sparta Praha 3-0 
 2. Sokol H.K. 2-0 
 3. Kara Trutnov 2-1 
 4. Loko Plzen 2-1 
 5. Sokol P. 2-1 
 6. Proton Zlin 1-1 
 7. Liberec 1-1 
 8. JBC Brno 1-2 
 9. Sokol V. 1-2 
 10. U19 0-0 
 11. Litomerice 0-2 
 12. Nymburk B 0-2 
 13. Ostrava 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 5: Sparta Praha - Kara Trutnov 91-82
Oct. 5: Sokol V. - Loko Plzen 88-71
Oct. 5: Sokol P. - JBC Brno 69-63
Oct. 7: Sokol H.K. - Nymburk B
Oct. 5: Liberec - Ostrava
Oct. 7: Litomerice - Proton Zlin


Missing Results from Round 1 - by Surujh Roopnarine

LIONS JINDRICUV HRADEC (79) vs. LEVHARTI CHOMUTOV (53)
J. HRADEC: Radim Kramny (215-C-85) (17pts+9reb), Jan Tomanec (205-C-85) (12pts+13reb), Ondrej Dygryn (190-G-84) (12pts+6reb), Roman Zachrla (200-F-87) (10pts+9reb)
CHOMUTOV: Ladislav Pecka (197-F-91) (14pts+7reb), Pavel Stanek (203-F/C-76) (12pts), Zdenek Hanzlik (200-F-87) (6pts), Jon Pack (210-C, college: Co.Carolina) (6pts)

ASTRUM LEVICE (86) vs. BK OPAVA (76)
LEVICE: Willie Kemp (188-G-87, college: Memphis) (23pts+5ast), Jozef Vojtek (204-F-85) (13pts), Troy Gottselig (203-F-87) (11pts+8reb), Jeremy Simmons (204-F-89, college: Charleston) (10pts+10reb)
OPAVA: Jakub Blazek (203-F-80) (19pts+12reb), Jakub Sirina (185-G-87) (11pts+5reb+6ast+7to), Ladislav Toth (196-F-83) (9pts), Miroslav Kvapil (198-F-93) (8pts+6reb)



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Standings - Basketligaen

Ligaen Standings
 1. Bakken 4-0 
 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. Vaerlose 0-2 
 9. Horsholm 0-3 
 10. Randers 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 5: Bakken - Randers 95-77
Oct. 4: Vaerlose - Horsens IC 65-79
Oct. 6: Svendborg - Aalborg
Oct. 6: Horsholm - SISU


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Damian OCANA
  Randers
  (198-F-86)
  Avg: 24.7
 1. Ocana, Randers24.7 
 2. Darboe, Svendborg22.3 
 3. Rutherford, Svend.20.7 
 4. Dennis, SISU20.0 
 5. Walker, Naestved19.7 
 6. Washington, Svend.19.7 
 7. Bowlin, Horsens IC19.3 
 8. Thomann, Horse.19.3 
 9. Tomko, Bakken19.0 
 10. Jukic, Horsens IC18.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Randy DEZOUVRE
  Aarhus BC
  (195-F/G-87)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Dezouvre, Aarhus11.3 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.10.3 
 3. Ocana, Randers10.3 
 4. Hesseldal, Horsholm10.3 
 5. Washington, Svend.9.3 
 6. Moritz, SISU8.7 
 7. Chin, Bakken8.3 
 8. Thomann, Horse.8.0 
 9. Walker, Naestved7.3 
 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, Bakken6.0 
 3. Plannthin, Svend.5.0 
 4. Murphy, Naestved4.7 
 5. Dennis, SISU4.7 
 6. Nielsen, Randers4.3 
 7. Rutherford, Svend.4.0 
 8. Darboe, Svendborg4.0 
 9. Iversen, Bakken3.8 
 10. Jakobsen, Bakken3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC5.0 
 2. Walker, Naestved3.3 
 3. Dezouvre, Aarhus2.3 
 4. Ocana, Randers2.3 
 5. Ortega, Randers2.0 
 6. Tomko, Bakken2.0 
 7. Darboe, Svendborg2.0 
 8. McShane, Aarhus BC2.0 
 9. Plannthin, Svend.2.0 
 10. Rutherford, Svend.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 1.7
 1. Washington, Svend.1.7 
 2. Christoffers., Bak.1.3 
 3. Thomann, Horse.1.3 
 4. Jukic, Horsens IC1.3 
 5. Smith, SISU1.0 
 6. Jensen, Bakken0.7 
 7. Chin, Bakken0.5 
 8. Hansen, Horsholm0.3 
 9. Ocana, Randers0.3 
 10. Petkov, Aarhus BC0.3 



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Statistical Leaders from LNB Regular Season - by Surujh Roopnarine

** Players must have played in at least 70% of regular season games to qualify

POINTS NORTH DIVISION
Juan Coronado (193-G-83) (Reales) 12 games, 253 --> 21.1ppg
Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, college: USC) (Huracanes) 12 games, 246 --> 20.5ppg
Kelvin Pena (193-G-80, college: Southeastern CC) (Huracanes) 16 games, 326 --> 20.4ppg
Robert Glenn (201-F/C-89, college: IUPUI) (Indios) 20 games, 364 --> 18.2ppg
Victor Liz (188-G/F-88) (Metros) 20 games, 356 --> 17.8ppg
POINTS SOUTH DIVISION
Ollie Bailey (201-F-85, college: Oklahoma City) (Cocolos) 19 games, 464 --> 24.4ppg
Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81) (Cocolos) 17 games, 309 --> 18.2ppg
Manuel Fortunato (Leones) 18 games, 320 --> 17.8ppg
Gerardo Suero (193-G-89, college: Albany) (Titanes) 17 games, 289 --> 17.0ppg
Edward Santana (203-F-80) (Caneros) 18 games, 262 --> 14.6ppg

REBOUNDS NORTHDIVSION
Latavious Williams (202-F-91) (Metros) 13 games, 150 --> 11.5rpg
Robert Glenn (Indios) 20 games, 167 --> 8.4rpg
Kleon Penn (213-C-86, college: McNeese St.) (Huracanes) 17 games, 133 --> 7.8rpg
Marlon Martinez (204-F/C-79) (Huracanes) 19 games, 147 --> 7.7rpg
Andrew Feeley (206-F/C-83, college: UMBC) (Reales) 15 games, 111 --> 7.4rpg
REBOUNDS SOUTH DIVSION
Jack Michael Martinez (Cocolos) 17 games, 199 --> 11.7rpg


Kentrell Gransberry (206-C-85, college: S.Florida) (Leones) 15 games, 159 --> 10.6rpg
Edward Santana (Caneros) 18 games, 182 --> 10.1rpg
Shaun Pruitt (208-C-85, college: Illinois) (Titanes) 14 games, 123 --> 8.8rpg
Evan Brock (204-F-84, college: Alabama) (Cocolos) 20 games, 137 --> 6.9rpg

ASSISTS NORTH DIVISION
Kelvin Pena (Huracanes) 16 games, 88 --> 5.5apg
Richard Ortega (Indios) 20 games, 89 --> 4.5apg
Carlos Morban (187-G-82, college: FIU) (Huracanes) 20 games, 87 --> 4.4apg
Joel Ramirez (Metros) 20 games, 82 --> 4.1apg
Juan Coronado (Reales) 12 games, 48 --> 4.0apg
ASSISTS SOUTH DIVISION
Curtis Stinson (191-G-83, college: Iowa St.) (Caneros) 8 games, 45 --> 5.6apg
Filiberto Rivera (190-PG-82, college: UTEP) (Titanes) 13 games, 55 --> 4.2apg
Heissler Guillent (186-PG-86) (Leones) 14 games, 58 --> 4.1apg
Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan) (Titanes) 10 games, 40 --> 4.0apg
Manuel Fortunato (Leones) 18 games, 69 --> 3.8apg

STEALS NORTH DIVISION
Darious Adams (Reales) 8 games, 30 --> 3.8spg
Juan Coronado (Reales) 12 games, 27 --> 2.3spg
Courtney Fells (198-SF-86, college: N.Carolina St.) (Metros) 12 games, 27 --> 2.3spg
Adris Deleon (180-G-84, college: E.Washington) (Metros) 16 games, 31 --> 1.9spg
Carlos Morban (Huracanes) 20 games, 33 --> 1.7spg
STEALS SOUTH DIVISION
Manuel Fortunato (Leones) 18 games, 43 --> 2.4spg
Ricardo Soliver (191-G-84, college: Iona) (Cocolos) 18 games, 27 --> 1.5spg
Filiberto Rivera (Titanes) 13 games, 17 --> 1.3spg
Heissler Guillent (Leones) 14 games, 18 --> 1.3spg
Jose Olivero (186-PG-85, college: Lehigh) (Caneros) 20 games, 23 --> 1.2spg

FIELD GOAL % - NORTH DIVISION
Robert Glenn (Indios) 20 games, 157/230 --> 68%
Latavious Williams (Metros) 13 games, 89/141 --> 63%
Andrew Feeley 9Reales) 15 games, 79/148 --> 53%
Terrence Shannon (203-F-79, college: Elgin CC) (Huracanes) 14 games, 91/180 --> 51%
Courtney Fells (Metros) 12 games, 81/169 --> 48%
FIELD GOAL % - SOUTH DIVISION
Kentrell Gransberry (Leones) 15 games, 87/142 --> 61%
Ollie Bailey (Cocolos) 19 games, 164/288 --> 57%
Edward Santana (Caneros) 18 games, 96/186 --> 52%
James Maye (201-G/F-81, college: NC-Greensboro) (Titanes) 20 games, 89/174 --> 51%
Luis Manuel Martinez (Caneros) 19 games, 84/171 --> 49%



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Mantas Kalnietis signs with Lokomotiv Kuban - by Eurobasket News

Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) officially signed with Lokomotiv Kuban. The Lithuanian guard inked a three-year deal with the Russian powerhouse. Mantas Kalnietis spent all his career with Zalgiris Kaunas. Last season the guard notched 7.6 points, 3.7 assists and 2.5 boards per game in Euroleague. In Baltic League he posted 12.5 points, 4.5 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals per appearance. Mantas Kalnietis delivered 8.4 points, 3.2 assists, 2.1 boards and 1.2 steals in VTB League. In LKL his stats read 10.0 points, 5.3 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game. He was named All-Lithuanian LKL Guard of the Year in 2012. Mantas Kalnietis was also trumped All-Baltic League Playoff MVP. He has been the member of Lithuanian National Team since 2006. Mantas Kalnietis posted 5.5 points, 4.8 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game at the Olympic Games tournament in London this summer.


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Dominique Sutton invited by Chalon - by Eurobasket News

Chalon have brought in Dominique Sutton (195-F-86). The forward is expected to try to pass one-week long try-out period. Dominique Sutton is looking to start his pro career in France. The forward graduated from the North Carolina Central University this year. He posted 16.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 2.2 steals per game in his senior season. He was named into All-MEAC 1st Team. Dominique Sutton also made it into NABC Division I All-District 15 2nd Team. Sutton started his college career in Kansas State University back in 2008. The forward participated at AirTran Orlando Summer League this year. He notched 4.7 points and 3.3 boards per game for the Orlando Magic.


Sportitalia to broadcast Euroleague games in Italy for three seasons - by Giovanni Bargna

Barcelona, October 5 2012. Euroleague Basketball and Sportitalia are pleased to announce that the Italian sports network will remain an official Turkish Airlines Euroleague broadcaster for the next three seasons. The new agreement means that Sportitalia will have been the Euroleague broadcast partner in Italy for six years at the conclusion of the new contract. Sportitalia will air live games and news footage on three of its stations, Sportitalia, Sportitalia2 and Sportitalia 24.

Starting this season, Sportitalia will have the rights to broadcast live all three Italian teams in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Montepaschi Siena, EA7 Emporio Armani Milano and Mapooro Cantu in addition to other games throughout the season. By seasons end, Sportitalia stations will have brought an estimated 100 games, live or delayed, to Italian viewers.

Continuing this strong relationship with Sportitalia means that Euroleague Basketball retains a truly professional broadcaster with basketball in its DNA, said Andrea Bassani, Euroleague Basketballs Director of Television & New Media Rights. Best of all, due to Sportitalias devotion to our competition, Italian fans will continue to get the very best coverage possible.

Sportitalia 24 will deliver all the latest Euroleague news and will also feature the official weekly Euroleague magazine on the weekends.

Sportitalias SI 1 and SI 2 channels are available on both digital terrestrial and Sky satellite platforms, while SI 24 is available on digital terrestrial.

(Euroleague official press release)



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Standings - Korisliiga

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 5: Pyrinto - KTP 88-81
Oct. 6: FoKoPo - LrNMKY
Oct. 6: Salon Vilpas - Lapua
Oct. 6: Kouvot - Namika Lahti
Oct. 7: Kauhajoki - Nilan Bisons
Oct. 8: Kataja - Korihait


Stats Leaders - Korisliiga

Points Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Pyrinto
  (198-SF-86)
  Avg: 18
 1. Ulmer, Pyrinto18.0 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto18.0 
 3. Lowe, Pyrinto17.5 
 4. Barrett, KTP17.0 
 5. Williams, KTP16.0 
 6. Heinonen, KTP14.0 
 7. Lehto, Pyrinto11.0 
 8. Lindbom, Pyrinto10.5 
 9. Giles, KTP10.0 
 10. Sarcevic, KTP7.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lamonte ULMER
  Pyrinto
  (198-SF-86)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Ulmer, Pyrinto8.5 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto7.0 
 3. Heinonen, KTP6.0 
 4. Lowe, Pyrinto5.5 
 5. Dobras, KTP5.0 
 6. Nikkila, Pyrinto5.0 
 7. Giles, KTP5.0 
 8. Barrett, KTP5.0 
 9. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto4.5 
 10. Lehto, Pyrinto4.5 
Assists Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 8
 1. Williams, Pyrinto8.0 
 2. Sarcevic, KTP4.0 
 3. Giles, KTP2.5 
 4. Barrett, KTP2.0 
 5. Lehto, Pyrinto1.5 
 6. Pounds, KTP1.5 
 7. Williams, KTP1.5 
 8. Heinonen, KTP0.5 
 9. Nikkila, Pyrinto0.5 
 10. Pekkola, Pyrinto0.5 
Steals Per Game
 Antero LEHTO
  Pyrinto
  (184-G-84)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Lehto, Pyrinto2.5 
 2. Williams, Pyrinto1.5 
 3. Barrett, KTP1.5 
 4. Williams, KTP1.5 
 5. Sarcevic, KTP1.5 
 6. Lehtoranta, KTP1.0 
 7. Lowe, Pyrinto0.5 
 8. Heinonen, KTP0.5 
 9. Giles, KTP0.5 
 10. Niemi, Pyrinto0.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Damon WILLIAMS
  Pyrinto
  (201-F-73)
  Avg: 1
 1. Williams, Pyrinto1.0 
 2. Ahvenniemi, Pyrinto1.0 
 3. Barrett, KTP1.0 
 4. Giles, KTP1.0 
 5. Ulmer, Pyrinto1.0 
 6. Nikkila, Pyrinto1.0 
 7. Lowe, Pyrinto0.5 
 8. Williams, KTP0.5 
 9. Dobras, KTP0.0 
 10. Pekkola, Pyrinto0.0 


Standings - Division I

1st Standings
Division A
 1. Porvoon Tarmo 1-0 
 2. SayRi 1-0 
 3. Tapiolan Honka 1-0 
 4. Oulun NMKY 0-0 
 5. Pyrinto II 0-0 
 6. Ura Basket 0-0 
 7. BC Nokia 0-1 
 8. Huima 0-1 
 9. ToPo 0-1 
Division B
 1. HBA-Marsky 1-0 
 2. Jarvenpaa 1-0 
 3. KaU Koris 1-0 
 4. TuNMKY 1-0 
 5. BC Jyvaskyla 0-1 
 6. Espoo Basket 0-1 
 7. JyWe 0-1 
 8. Kerava ET 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

A

Oct. 5: BC Nokia - Porvoon Tarmo 80-84
Oct. 5: SayRi - Huima 78-65
Oct. 5: ToPo - Tapiolan Honka 60-72
Oct. 6: Ura Basket - Oulun NMKY

B

Oct. 5: Jarvenpaa - Kerava ET 83-77
Oct. 5: TuNMKY - BC Jyvaskyla 73-51
Oct. 5: KaU Koris - Espoo Basket 72-55
Oct. 5: JyWe - HBA-Marsky 69-76


Stats Leaders - Division I

Points Per Game
 Brian MOULTRIE
  BC Nokia
  (198-C/F-87)
  Avg: 36
 1. Moultrie, BC Nokia36.0 
 2. Tarjanne, Jarvenpaa30.0 
 3. Coleman, ToPo26.0 
 4. Salminen, TuNM.22.0 
 5. Towa, Kerava ET22.0 
 6. Hazrati, TuNM.22.0 
 7. Stephens, Huima22.0 
 8. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.22.0 
 9. Pederson, SayRi21.0 
 10. Suotamo, Espoo B.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Andre STEPHENS
  Huima
  (180-G-87)
  Avg: 20
 1. Stephens, Huima20.0 
 2. Moultrie, BC Nokia17.0 
 3. Syrjala, KaU Koris15.0 
 4. Clark, Tapiolan Ho.14.0 
 5. Keskitalo, JyWe14.0 
 6. Towa, Kerava ET13.0 
 7. Markkanen, BC Jyv.11.0 
 8. Pederson, SayRi11.0 
 9. Itani, BC Jyvasky.10.0 
 10. Young, Porvoon10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Eryk THOMAS
  SayRi
  (200-C/F-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Thomas, SayRi4.0 
 2. Coleman, ToPo4.0 
 3. Jarvinen, Tapiol.4.0 
 4. Hanninen, Jarvenp.4.0 
 5. Lindqvist, TuNM.3.0 
 6. Puotila, Tapiolan.3.0 
 7. Tarasanski, BC Jyv.3.0 
 8. Juvonen, Kerava ET3.0 
 9. Vilhunen, JyWe3.0 
 10. Pederson, SayRi3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Joni HERRALA
  HBA-M.
  (190-G-94)
  Avg: 5
 1. Herrala, HBA-M.5.0 
 2. Pyykkonen, JyWe5.0 
 3. Michelsen, HBA-M.3.0 
 4. Nissinen, Porvoon3.0 
 5. Thomas, SayRi3.0 
 6. Holme, Porvoon3.0 
 7. Ginty, ToPo3.0 
 8. Collins, SayRi3.0 
 9. Heiskanen, KaU K.2.0 
 10. Moultrie, BC Nokia2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Miikka MARKKANEN
  BC Jyvas.
  (200-C-93)
  Avg: 4
 1. Markkanen, BC Jyv.4.0 
 2. Niskanen, ToPo3.0 
 3. Keskitalo, JyWe2.0 
 4. Suotamo, Espoo B.2.0 
 5. Hanninen, Jarvenp.2.0 
 6. Young, Porvoon2.0 
 7. Brennan, Tapiolan.2.0 
 8. Herrala, HBA-M.2.0 
 9. Moultrie, BC Nokia2.0 
 10. Coleman, ToPo1.0 


KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto defeated KTP 88-81 - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Korisliiga, Round 2: Only one game tonight. Pyrinto (Tampere) defeated at home visitor KTP (Kotka) 88-81 (46-42). Quarters: 23-16, 23-26, 22-18, 20-21. Pyrinto record now 2-0, KTP is 1-1. KTP lost their American big man Devonne Giles (203-F-83, college: Texas Tech) in 12:20 minutes because of his five fouls. That helped the hosts a little bit. Pyrinto's three American players combined 53 points. Kenneth Lowe (192-G-80, college: Purdue) scored 21 points. Antwine Williams (192-F-75, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: N.Colorado) (two seasons in Tampere 2010-12) led KTP with 21 points.
Pyrinto - KTP 88-81 (46-42). (Kenneth Lowe 21, Damon Williams 17/6a, LaMonte Ulmer 15/10 - Antwine Williams 21, Timo Heinonen 20/8, Sefton Barrett 14).
In Division 1A the season got started with three contests. No big upsets; the winners were Honka (Tapiola), Tarmo (Porvoo) and Riento (Saynatsalo).
ToPo - Honka 60-72 (30-36). (HL Coleman 26/9, Sad Niskanen 13, Devin Ginty 9 - Ronnie Clark 22/14, Eric Brennan 17/9, Jouko Jarvinen 11).
BC Nokia - Tarmo 80-84 (43-32). (Brian Moultrie 36/17, Henri Jokinen 17, Timo Riihela 13 - Jerrah Young 20/10, Jarno Nissinen 19, Mikael Holme 11).
SayRi - Huima 78-65 (34-26). (Nicholas Pederson 21/11, CJ Collins 18, Eryk Thomas 11 - Andre Stephens 22/20, Sami Mantymaa 16, Kent Tribbett 14).



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  FRANCE   

Standings - ProA

ProA Standings
 1. ASVEL 1-0 
 2. Paris-Levallois 1-0 
 3. Boulazac 0-0 
 4. Cholet 0-0 
 5. Dijon 0-0 
 6. Gravelines 0-0 
 7. Le Havre 0-0 
 8. Le Mans 0-0 
 9. Limoges 0-0 
 10. Nancy 0-0 
 11. Nanterre 0-0 
 12. Poitiers 0-0 
 13. Roanne 0-0 
 14. Strasbourg 0-0 
 15. Chalon 0-1 
 16. Orleans 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 5: Paris-Levallois - Orleans 93-75
Oct. 5: Chalon - ASVEL 71-72
Oct. 6: Le Mans - Nancy
Oct. 6: Gravelines - Strasbourg
Oct. 6: Cholet - Dijon
Oct. 6: Boulazac - Le Havre
Oct. 6: Roanne - Poitiers
Oct. 6: Nanterre - Limoges


Stats Leaders - ProA

Points Per Game
 Sean MAY
  Paris-Levallois
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 22
 1. May, Paris-Levallo.22.0 
 2. Diot, Paris-Levall.19.0 
 3. Williams, Paris-.18.0 
 4. Green, Orleans17.0 
 5. Schilb, Chalon16.0 
 6. Albicy, Paris-Le.15.0 
 7. Thompson, AS.13.0 
 8. Greene, Orleans13.0 
 9. Lang, Chalon13.0 
 10. Osby, Orleans13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Uche NSONWU-AMADI
  AS.
  (208-F/C-78)
  Avg: 14
 1. Nsonwu-Amadi, AS.14.0 
 2. Green, Orleans12.0 
 3. Jean-B., Chalon10.0 
 4. Joseph, AS.7.0 
 5. Diot, Paris-Levall.7.0 
 6. May, Paris-Levallo.7.0 
 7. Schilb, Chalon6.0 
 8. Williams, Chalon6.0 
 9. Evtimov, Chalon6.0 
 10. Greene, Orleans6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  Paris-Le.
  (178-PG-90)
  Avg: 10
 1. Albicy, Paris-Le.10.0 
 2. Diot, Paris-Levall.9.0 
 3. Greene, Orleans7.0 
 4. Pellin, Orleans6.0 
 5. Schilb, Chalon5.0 
 6. Sy, AS.5.0 
 7. Morlende, AS.4.0 
 8. Thompson, AS.4.0 
 9. Williams, Paris-.3.0 
 10. Evtimov, Chalon3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jawad WILLIAMS
  Paris-.
  (204-F-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Williams, Paris-.6.0 
 2. Morlende, AS.2.0 
 3. Pellin, Orleans2.0 
 4. Schilb, Chalon2.0 
 5. Jackson, AS.2.0 
 6. Albicy, Paris-Le.2.0 
 7. Abromaitis, AS.2.0 
 8. Osby, Orleans1.0 
 9. Lebrun, Orleans1.0 
 10. Jean-B., Chalon1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Amara SY
  AS.
  (202-F-81)
  Avg: 2
 1. Sy, AS.2.0 
 2. Williams, Chalon2.0 
 3. Schilb, Chalon1.0 
 4. Jean-B., Chalon1.0 
 5. Williams, Paris-.1.0 
 6. Jean-Charles, AS.0.0 
 7. Greene, Orleans0.0 
 8. Green, Orleans0.0 
 9. Oniangue, Paris-.0.0 
 10. Evtimov, Chalon0.0 


Standings - ProB

ProB Standings
 1. Antibes 2-0 
 2. Bourg 2-0 
 3. Charleville 2-0 
 4. Evreux 2-0 
 5. Pau-Lacq-Orthez 2-0 
 6. Maurienne 1-1 
 7. Nantes 1-1 
 8. Chalons-Reims 1-1 
 9. Le Portel 1-1 
 10. Lille 1-1 
 11. Rouen 1-1 
 12. St Quentin 1-1 
 13. Boulogne 0-1 
 14. St Vallier 0-1 
 15. Bordeaux 0-2 
 16. Denain 0-2 
 17. Fos Ouest 0-2 
 18. Hyeres-Toulon 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 5: St Quentin - Nantes 86-92
Oct. 5: Pau-Lacq-Orthez - Maurienne 84-72
Oct. 5: Antibes - Lille 82-61
Oct. 5: Fos Ouest - Le Portel 77-79
Oct. 5: Evreux - Chalons-Reims 70-56
Oct. 5: Hyeres-Toulon - Charleville 66-80
Oct. 5: Bordeaux - Bourg 60-76
Oct. 5: Rouen - Denain 104-81
Oct. 6: Boulogne - St Vallier


Stats Leaders - ProB

Points Per Game
 Wilbert BROWN
  Maurienne
  (200-PF-84)
  Avg: 28.5
 1. Brown, Maurienne28.5 
 2. McKines, Rouen24.5 
 3. Gay, Le Portel23.5 
 4. Flowers, Denain22.0 
 5. Blue, Antibes21.5 
 6. Davis, Fos Ouest21.0 
 7. McIntosh, Hyeres-.21.0 
 8. Wood, Evreux20.0 
 9. Hilliard, Antibes19.5 
 10. Sonko, Bourg19.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Julien LESIEU
  St Quentin
  (201-C/F-83)
  Avg: 15
 1. Lesieu, St Quentin15.0 
 2. Bing, Maurienne12.5 
 3. Wood, Evreux11.5 
 4. Jackson, Pau-La.11.5 
 5. Mathis, Nantes10.5 
 6. Brown, Maurienne9.5 
 7. Sonko, Bourg9.5 
 8. Ho You Fat, Evreux9.0 
 9. McKines, Rouen9.0 
 10. Badiane, Antibes8.5 
Assists Per Game
 O''Darien BASSETT
  Rouen
  (191-G-86)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Bassett, Rouen7.5 
 2. Taylor, Le Portel7.5 
 3. Huffman, Antibes7.0 
 4. Hilliard, Antibes6.5 
 5. Da Silva, Rouen6.5 
 6. Gomez, Nantes6.0 
 7. Calvez, Charleville5.5 
 8. Darrigand, Bordeaux5.5 
 9. Wood, Evreux5.0 
 10. Ball, St Quentin5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pierric POUPET
  Chalons-.
  (191-G-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Poupet, Chalons-.3.5 
 2. Johnson, Chalons-.3.5 
 3. Gomez, Nantes3.5 
 4. Jackson, Pau-La.2.5 
 5. Dumas, Bourg2.5 
 6. McIntosh, Hyeres-.2.5 
 7. Hannah, Evreux2.0 
 8. Mathis, Nantes2.0 
 9. Brown, Maurienne2.0 
 10. Mels, Chalons-Rei.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tai WESLEY
  Rouen
  (200-F-86)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wesley, Rouen2.5 
 2. Ho You Fat, Evreux2.0 
 3. Badiane, Antibes2.0 
 4. Gayon, Nantes1.5 
 5. Williams, St Quent.1.5 
 6. Flowers, Denain1.5 
 7. Taccoen, Lille1.5 
 8. Badiane, St Quent.1.5 
 9. Blue, Antibes1.0 
 10. Henry, Nantes1.0 


Le Portel signs Darnell Wilson, ex Antwerp - by Eurobasket News

ESSM Le Portel Cote dOpale (ProB) signed 27-year old American forward Darnell Wilson (198-85, college: Canisius, agency: Court Side) after he was tested there shortly. The last season he played for Antwerp Giants (EuroChallenge). In 12 EuroChallenge games last year he had 14.4ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.1apg and 1.3spg. He also played 31 games in Ethias League where he recorded 10.6ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.1apg and 1.8spg. Wilson helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. They also played in the cup final. They also advanced to the league semifinals. A very impressive season as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Belgian League Honorable Mention.
He has played previously professionally in Verviers-Pepinster, Matrixx Magix Nijmegen and Zwolle.  
Wilson attended Canisius College until 2007 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Fos Ouest is considering to sign Tanguy Ramassamy - by Eurobasket News

Fos Ouest Provence Basket (ProB) is close to sign 22-year old domestic center Tanguy Ramassamy (204-90). He is invited for a try-out period by the team. Ramassamy has played for the last two seasons at Pau-Lacq-Orthez in ProA. However his team was relegated to ProB. In 4 EuroChallenge games last year he had 3.0ppg, 4.0rpg and 1.3apg. He also played 14 games in ProA but he recorded just 0.8ppg.
He was a member of French U20 National Team two years ago and a member of U19 National Team in 2009. Ramassamy represented France at the European Championships U20 in Croatia two years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 9 games: 2.3ppg, 4.2rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Desmond Quincy-Jones signs at St Quentin - by Eurobasket News

Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball (ProB) landed 27-year old forward Desmond Quincy-Jones (201-85, college: Pace). Quincy-Jones moved there from St Etienne (NM3). The last season he played for Sorgues BC (NM1). In 35 NM1 games last year he averaged 6.9ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.7apg.
He has played previously for another French team: Denain Voltaire.
Quincy-Jones attended Pace University until 2008 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Dominique Sutton invited by Chalon - by Eurobasket News

Chalon have brought in Dominique Sutton (195-F-86). The forward is expected to try to pass one-week long try-out period. Dominique Sutton is looking to start his pro career in France. The forward graduated from the North Carolina Central University this year. He posted 16.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 2.2 steals per game in his senior season. He was named into All-MEAC 1st Team. Dominique Sutton also made it into NABC Division I All-District 15 2nd Team. Sutton started his college career in Kansas State University back in 2008. The forward participated at AirTran Orlando Summer League this year. He notched 4.7 points and 3.3 boards per game for the Orlando Magic.


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Marjan Lazovski resigns from NT head coaching position - by Eurobasket News

FYR Macedonia NT was left without head coach yesterday. Marjan Lazovski resigned from the position. The federation board accepted his resignation. Health issues and his desire to concentrate more on his work with Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje were cited as the main reasons for the decision. Marjan Lazovski took over FYR Macedonia NT in 2012. He replace Marin Dokuzovski (agency: Interperformances ) who reached a famous success with FYR Macedonia at 2011 EuroBasket. FYR Macedonia then occupied the fourth position in Lithuania. Marjan Lazovski failed to successfully complete the 2012 Olympic Games Qualifying Round in Venezuela and reach Olympic Games tournament in London.
FYR Macedonia federation will now start looking for a new head coach for the team. FYR Macedonia have been automatically granted the spot at the 2013 EuroBasket in Slovenia. They now await for the tournament draw to be held in November.



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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. Harbut, ETB W.18.5 
 8. Calvin, Ehingen18.5 
 9. Richardson, Karls.18.5 
 10. Lipke, Gotha18.0 
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. Baker, Gotha9.0 
 7. Dennis, Finke B.9.0 
 8. Jones, Chemnitz8.5 
 9. Adomaitis, Jena8.0 
 10. Smith, Gotha8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tyrone BRAZELTON
  NBC
  (185-G-86)
  Avg: 8
 1. Brazelton, NBC8.0 
 2. Smith, Gotha8.0 
 3. Aud, Finke Baskets7.0 
 4. Cook, ETB Wohnbau6.0 
 5. Bynum, Chemnitz6.0 
 6. Jeka, Jena6.0 
 7. Grimaldi, Goetting.5.5 
 8. Stockton, Karlsruhe5.0 
 9. Matthews, Ehingen5.0 
 10. Coleman, Crailshe.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Monyea PRATT
  Cuxhaven
  (195-F-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Pratt, Cuxhaven3.0 
 2. Brooks, Kirchheim3.0 
 3. Jost, Finke Baske.3.0 
 4. Harris, Cuxhaven3.0 
 5. Bynum, Chemnitz2.5 
 6. Adler, NBC2.0 
 7. Grimaldi, Goetting.2.0 
 8. Matthews, Ehingen2.0 
 9. Aud, Finke Baskets1.5 
 10. Kuppe, Gotha1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Ryan DE MICHAEL
  NBC
  (205-F/C-77)
  Avg: 2
 1. De Michael, NBC2.0 
 2. Smallwood, Kirchhe.2.0 
 3. Lathan, Gotha1.5 
 4. Gadley, Leipzig1.5 
 5. Thompson, NBC1.5 
 6. Adler, NBC1.0 
 7. Menck, Karlsruhe1.0 
 8. Aquino, Finke B.1.0 
 9. Adomaitis, Jena1.0 
 10. Dennis, Finke B.0.5 


Standings - Pro B

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

Regular Season: Round 1

North

Oct. 3: BSW Sixers - Recklinghausen 98-69
Oct. 3: MTV Wolfenbuettel - Wulfen 80-68
Oct. 3: Oldenburg - Rist Wedel 65-73
Oct. 3: Dorsten - SU Medien 65-72
Oct. 3: Stahnsdorf - Schwelm 55-84
Oct. 3: Herten Lions - Hannover 106-90

South

Oct. 3: Licher Baeren - Bayer Giants 96-88
Oct. 3: Langen - Dresden 96-67
Oct. 3: Dragons - Noerdlingen 91-54
Oct. 3: Leitershofen - TSV Troester 73-66
Oct. 3: Konstanz - Weissenhorn 70-76
Oct. 3: Fraport SKY II - Hanau 70-72

Regular Season: Round 2

North

Oct. 6: Rist Wedel - BSW Sixers
Oct. 6: Recklinghausen - Stahnsdorf
Oct. 6: Schwelm - Dorsten
Oct. 6: SU Medien - MTV Wolfenbuettel
Oct. 6: Wulfen - Herten Lions
Oct. 6: Hannover - Oldenburg

South

Oct. 6: Dresden - Konstanz
Oct. 6: Hanau - Langen
Oct. 6: Noerdlingen - Licher Baeren
Oct. 7: Bayer Giants - Fraport SKY II
Oct. 7: TSV Troester - Dragons
Oct. 7: Weissenhorn - Leitershofen


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 nearing 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.




Can Another Star Point Guard Finally Bring The Artland Dragons A New Title? - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

A Gordon Herbert has the gift of making the best out of the talent that he has and forming successful teams as he did with the Opel Skyliners in 2004 and Deutsche Bank Skyliners in 2010. Bamberg scout Brendan Rooney has the talent of finding exactly the right players for the Brose baskets Bamberg as he proved with Kyle Hines and Marcus Slaughter giving the needed push to help the five time champion win four additional titles in 2011 and 2012 or John Patrick finding no name NCAA players and shaping them into even better players helping them advance to better European teams as was witnessed with guys like Taylor Rochestie, Chris Oliver or Dwayne Anderson in the last years. He also was responsible for discovering the talent of a Jason Boone who flew from the Regionaliga to the Beko BBL in one swift motion in 2008. Artland Dragon head coach Stefan Koch has been known as being a top coach in the Beko BBL winning the cup with the Opel Skyliners in 2000, leading a lesser talented Giessen 46er team in 2005 to the semi finals getting American Chuck Eidson rolling on the way to becoming a Euroleague player and helping the Artland Dragons go to the playoffs the last two years. He is also heralded as a strategical mastermind on the court. In the last years he has also displayed a knack for bringing in the right young point guard who promt became one of the top offensive players that season. With Tyrese Rice and David Holston, his hunch was right. Can three be a charm with Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.). With Mallet, Koch didnt attempt any risk by bringing in an unknown, young and inexperienced point guard, but a well known European basketball player who won titles with Rhein Energy Cologne, winning the 2008 ULEB Cup with NBA player Rickey Rubio and playing for a team like Macabbi Tel Aviv. Koch didnt gamble with Mallet, but just relied on common sense, the right feeling and knowing what Mallet can do in the past. The question is can mallet bring a second title to Quackenbruck after their last title cup win in 2008 in Hamburg? One can only wonder where Stefan Koch gets this special feeling for finding that special point guard? Each coach has their own way of finding the right talent. Koch just has a good eye for quality. He just knows which players will make his team successful. I also think bringing in Kristaps Valters was the right choice. I like Valters. He plays bold and is always dangerous. You can never leave him out of your eyes, stressed basketball expert Steven Clauss.

After winning their first BEKO BBL title with the cup in 2008 against EnBW Luwdigsburg in Hamburg in 2008, it seemed like the Artland Dragons were on a positive way with possible future hardware, but instead the club might secretly have been dreaming of the glory day in Hamburg where Darius Hall was in the middle of a swarm of Artland fans celebrating the win, because ever since that big title, the team has been looking for another success and missed the playoffs two seasons in a row. The Artland Dragons have been about as unlucky not reaching the playoffs the two seasons as a Formula one driver is racing the race of their life and then dropping out because the engine dies in the last lap as German Sebastian Vettel recently had to accept or poor cute lovable polar bear Knut who is being shunned by three female bears including his mother who cant remember he is her kid. In 2009, they had to win the last game and did crushing Frankfurt 90-69, but not reaching the playoffs because Paderborn won on the last day against BG Goettingen and in 2010, they made a last comeback winning the last four games, but losing their last game 82-80 to the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven a game they had to win missing the playoffs again. "I think that in 2010, Artland was lacking a guard who could control the team until the end. Ross was more of a scoring guard and Price could of done job, but he came to late in season to turn it around. The chemistry was lacking too and it seemed like players had their own agenda", stressed Quentin Pryor.

In 2010-2011,The Artland Dragons finally reached the Beko BBL playoffs again after a two year drought where they should of made it finishing the season with a record of 23-11 and landing in fourth place. They went the distance in the Beko BBL playoffs in the quarters beating a feisty Braunschweig team where the yhad to come from 2-1 down to win and in the semi finals gave a very hard fight against 4 time Beko BBL champion Brose Baskets Bamberg bowing out 83-55 in game five. During the season, they had three three game winning streaks and one five game winning streak. They finished the season strong heading in to the Beko BBL playoffs winning eight of their last 10 games. They were unable to beat Bamberg in the regular season, but lost twice only by a combined score of 8 points. They were able to beat Alba Berlin once, the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven and BG Goettingen. One thing that The Artland Dragons improved on was not getting lost on defense. We didn't lose our defensive focus when we weren't scoring on the offensive end. Earlier in the year, when we would miss shots, our defensive intensity would go down. Later we are able to move on to the next play, without thinking about our past mistakes", stressed ex Artland Dragon guard Bryan Bailey. In that season their strength was their speed and ability to score at a high pace. If you allowed them to play this then they can score 80 points plus. A hidden strength is that they were a very confident team and feel and play as if they were the best team in the league", warned Kyle Hines. Another strength of the team was their depth, they were deep at each position and continued to get better. The weakness if there had to be one is just being consistent but they were doing that late in the season", said John Bynum.

Last season, the Artland Dragons reached the Beko BBL playoffs for a second straight season after missing them twice with successful ratiopharm Ulm head coach Thorsten Leibenath in 2009 and 2010. Last season the Artland Dragons finished in fourth place with a record of 24-10. They were led by David Holston who was only 167cm, but played with a huge heart and like he was a big 195cm guard not being intimidated by the bigger players. The club played pretty solid the whole season having two five games and four game winning streaks in the season. Their biggest wins of the season was against FC Bayern Munich at home 86-83 at home where David Holston had an eye to eye shooting clinic with Je kel Foster that was only out done by the famous Larry Bird-Dominique Wilkins shoot out in the 1988 NBA playoffs. The Artland Dragons also swept the season series with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg and the s.Oliver Baskets Wurzburg. Koch once again formed a very competitive team around Holston with guys like David Fenn, Nathan Peavy, Brandon Thomas, Adam Hess and Bryan Bailey. In the palyoffs, the Artland Dragons squashed the title dreams of FC Bayern Munich winning in five games. Who could forget the spectacular win in Munich where they had no David Holston who had been suspended for a game. In the semi finals, they lost 3-0 to the Brose Baskets Bamberg who just rolled over the Quackenbruck team winning by more than 74 points. It seemed like the spanking of the holy mighty FC Bayern Munich had been their highlight and they just ran out of gas against the Brose Baskets Bamberg in the playoffs.

After two consecutive seasons in the Beko BBL playoffs the only goal for the Artland Dragons is a return, annoying the other top teams and possibly sneaking into the Beko BBL final. The two biggest loses for the team were David Holston and Nathan Peavy. It is still difficult to understand why they didnt try to hold Holston who went back to Turkey where he had started his professional team, but Koch possibly already had mallet in mind to bring that extra needed experience to the team. Peavy left to join 8 time Beko BBL champion Alba Berlin. He had played consistently in his time with the Dragons and will be dearly missed. The club also lost players like Bryan Bailey, Adam Hess, Darren fenn and Brandon Thomas. Despite so many going, the Artland Dragons have presented the league another very strong team this season. Joining Mallet in a top basketball ensemble will be Bryce Taylor possibly the second most important signing after Mallet, because of his offensive and defensive versatility, unending energy and never losing mentality. Andrew Drevo is back in the Beko BBL and will present mismatches at the position four with his stretching the defense. Koch also brought in Kristaps Valters for the injured Mallet who played two seasons with Don Beck in Oldenburg and has been a consistent performer in Europes strongest league ACB in Spain. He also brought in talented youngsters Marquez Haynes who played in the ACB who will bring athletic power to the guard position and Sergio Kerusch who is starting his second professional season after having played in Greece last season. Petar Popovic is a rugged big man that has oodles of experience and will bring physical stability to the boards. The team also brought in German Ben Spoeler. The team kept ex Skyliner Anthony King, versatile guard Johannes Strasser and Germans Guido Grunheid and Acja Njei. The biggest strength of the 2008 cup winner again will be their deep roster and unlimited offensive power. If the Artland Dragons can combine that with a willingness to defend then they will be able to beat any team on any night. The only thing that could stand in the way of the Artland Dragons is underachieving. They are so talented, but will need to bring it to the table every night. Koch is known for forming formidable chemistry in his teams and will do it again with this gang. Stefan Koch has done a good job again finding the right players. He always finds the right players. He knows how to find well functioning teams. Bryce Taylor was a very important pick up. The Artland Dragons will be a top team and play at the top, stressed basketball expert Steven Klauss.

The Frankfurt Skyliners have had unfond memories to playing the Artland Dragons as both having a 7-7 record since 2005 and during 2005-2007 Frankfurtlosing all four games including being outscored in the Artland arena 172-129. However, the tide turned for the better from 2007-2009 as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners had a 3-1 record. Four years ago, they celebrated a very big emotional win 87-75 winning in overtime as captain Pascal Roller sparked Frankfurt to the win with 26 points. two seasons ago on the last day, Frankfurt lacked spirit and were beaten in every phase of the game losing 90-69. In 2009-2010, the team lost a thriller 77-76 in Artland as Frankfurt staged one of their famous comebacks despite a late Pascal Roller three pointer, it wasnt enough as they lost. Frankfurt was able to win at home 77-65 as Pascal Roller scored 20 points. Frankfurt won their first show down in 2010-2011 on the road winning 82-56 coming out of half time with a 24-8 run to easily win. Frankfurt was led by AJ Moye with 18 points and six rebounds and fans will remember a crashing dunk by ex NBA player Roger Powell. Frankfurt also won their home encounter 83-72 as Dashaun Wood had a Derrick Rose type of game making 29 points, 9 assists, five rebounds and four steals. The team lost a meaningless cup game in Bamberg against Artland where both teams played for third place and Frankfurt was without Dashaun Wood. Last season, both teams played a defensive classic in Frankfurt as Artland won 49-44. Frankfurt returned to Artland winning 66-60 as Jimmy Mckinney led the scoring with 15 points and ex NBA player Jermario Davidson had 13 points, six rebounds and six blocks.

In the second game of the season, both teams will have a lot to prove as both teams stunk up the house on the road. The Artland Dragons were routed in Berlin 94-62 as they shot only 21% from outside and had a whopping 21 turnovers. The Artland Dragons will be returning home and are always very difficult to beat there. They didnt show very much offensive power in Berlin and werent on the same defensive page as Stefan Koch. The Fraport Skyliners lost 74-56 and never found their offensive rhythm being stifled by the Ludwigsburg aggressive defense and also not showing their routine defense that they are accustomed to. We are all mad about this performance in Ludiwgsburg. We will go back to practice and see what we did wrong. We have to get Peacock integrated. We will have to play a way better game on offense and defense and let our defense spark our offense, stressed Fraport Skyliner guard Konstantin Klein. That will be a tough game in Artland. Frankfurt will have to play top defense and beat Artland with their quickness, warned Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg guard Wayne Bernard.

The Artland Dragons are led by Demond Mallet. Mallet is a 34 year old 186cm guard from Louisiana that has the distinction of being a cousin of Shaq. He played at Mcneese State and turned professional in 2001 and played for Braunschweig leading the team to the playoffs. With his scoring ability, he quickly went to Bamberg where he was able to become one of the top Americans playing in Germany at that time. He won the Beko BBL title with Bamberg in 2005. He then went to Cologne helping them win the cup in 2007. His biggets success was winning the 2008 ULEB Cup with Joventut Badalona with German Jan Jagla. In the last years, he has played in Turkey, Belgium and Israel. Last season he played for Belgacom Spirou (Belgium-D1, starting five): 26 games: Score-3 (15.1ppg), 2.7rpg, 2.8apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 84.0%; Euroleague: 12 games: Score-4 (16.6ppg), 2.3rpg, 3.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 36.3%, FT: 71.0%; in Dec.'11 moved to Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv (Israel-Premier League): Israeli League: 4 games: 3.8ppg, 1.3rpg, 1.8apg, 1.3spg; Euroleague: 10 games: 4.6ppg; Adriatic League: 12 games: 6.3ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.8apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 31.7%, FT: 87.5%, He is a five time Beko BBL allstar winning the MVP in 2007. He was the Beko BBL player of the year in 2002 and 2003 and was the Belgium league MVP in 2011. The team also brought in 26 year old 196cm shooting guard Bryce Taylor last season who hails from San Diego, California. He is the son of former NBA player Brian Taylor. He is a great sharpshooter with an aggressive dribble drive and has a keen understanding of the game. He played at Oregon from 2004-2008. In his senior year at Oregon, he averaged 12.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 46.1%, 3Pts: 38.2%, FT: 82.3% in 30 games. Three seasons ago, he turned professional and played in Italy for Premiata Montegranaro playing 30 games: and averaging 13.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.6spg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 82.6%. In 2009-2010 in Bonn, he played 6 Eurocup games: 18.5ppg, 3.3rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 56.3%, 3PT: 36.4%; German League: 34 games: 12.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 46.8%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 81.4%. In 2010, he played NBA Summer league for the Indiana Pacers. In 2010-2011 for Alba Berlin Taylor played EuroCup: 11 games: 7.3ppg, 2.3rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 53.3%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 83.9%; Euroleague Qualifying Round: 5 games: 0.8ppg; German League: 49 games: 7.8ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.9apg, FGP: 44.9%, 3PT: 27.5%, FT: 76.0%. Last season for Alba Berlin he played Euroleague Qualifying Round: 2 games: 9.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.0apg; EuroCup: 12 games: 9.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 80.0%; German League: 36 games: 11.8ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 82.4%.

The team also signed Andrew Drevo to a short term contract. Drevo is no unknown player in the Beko BBL as he has played three and a half seasons in the Beko BBL. Drevo is a 31 year old 202cm forward from Lincoln, Nebraska. He has good size and can run the floor while adding a solid presence in the paint. An all-around player, Drevo can pass well inside and has the ability to step outside the arc, which will create matchup problems for opposing defenses.He played at Nebraska (NCAA) from 2002-2004 and was a teammate of Neckar Riesen Ludwigsburg center John Turek. Before coming to Germany to play, he gained experience in countries like Sweden and France. He played for the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig from 2007-2009. He then played for Sant Josep Girona (Spain-LEB Gold): 20 games: 10.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 39.6%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 65.2%,. He played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven helping them reach the 2010 semi finals before losing in five hard fought games to the Deutsch Bank Skyliners. Last season, he played for the Iowa Energy (D-League): 52 games: 11.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 87.3%. The team picked up Kristaps Valters who is a 31 year old 190cm guard from Latvia that is a good point guard. Quick and good ballhandler. Likes fast breaks. Can pass the ball and good court penetration. The Beko BBL remembers him best from his two seasons with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg from 2004-2006. In the 2005-2006 season, he played 34 games: 13.2ppg, 3.9rpg, 4.0apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 40.3%, 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 46.7%. He already played for Efes Pilsen Istanbul as a 19 year old. Since 2006, he has played two seasons in the top Italian league and the last four years in the ACB in Spain. Last season, he played for Unicaja Malaga (Spain-ACB, starting five): Euroleague: 13 games: 8.2ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 41.4%, 3PT: 32.2%, FT: 72.2%; Spanish League: 29 games: 9.4ppg, 1.6rpg, 2.4apg, FGP: 51.8%, 3PT-3 (47.3%), FT: 81.9%. He has been a member of the Latvian national team and played at the European Championships in Belgrade -05: 3 games: 11.0ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 28.6%, 3FGP: 30%, FT: 91.7%. He also played at the European Championships in Poland -09: 8 games: 9.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 4.0apg, FGP: 36.7%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 62.1%. The team also brought in experienced 33 year old 211cm Petar Popovic from Serbia. He is a very experienced center, who knows ho to play back-to-the basket and has good fundamentals. He isn' t an explosive leaper, neither a shot-blocker, and probably he grabs less rebounds than expected, but he' s a good inside presence defensively and has enough soft hands to score in double digits any night.. He already got experience at age 22 joining top team Hemofarm Vrsac playing there for four years. In the last years he has played for teams like Benneton Treviso, MMT Estudiantes Madrid, and Spartak St.Petersburg. Last season, he played for Crvena Zvezda Beograd (A League, starting five): Adriatic League: 25 games: 11.2ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 54.4%, FT: 77.2%; Serbian League: 21 games: 11.1ppg, 4.0rpg, FGP: 55.0%, FT: 58.5%. He has won five titles in his career the biggest being the 2008 ULEB cup with Demond mallet at Badalona Joventut. He also played at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.

The club also signed 25 year old 191cm guard Marquez Haynes from Irving Texas. He played at Boston College from 2005-2007 and finished his NCAA career with Texas Arlington in 2010. In his senior year, he played 30 games: ScoreNCAA-3 (22.6ppg), 4.3rpg, 3.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 40.9%, FT: 74.6%. As a rookie he played together with ex Skyliner Ilian Evtimov for ES Chalon-Sur-Saone (France-ProA, starting five): 33 games: 14.3ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.9apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 38.3%, FT: 73.1%. Last season, he played for C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 (Spain-ACB, starting five): EuroCup: 8 games: 11.1ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 50.0%; Spanish League: 34 games: 10.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 28.5%, FT: 79.1%. Recently he played NBA Summer league with AirTran Orlando Summer League (Oklahoma City Thunder): 2 games: 2.0ppg, 1.0apg. He reached the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2006, won the French cup in 2011 with Chalon and is a member of the Georgian national team. Sergio Kerush is a 23 year old 195cm forward from Memphis, Tennessee that also has the German nationality. He played at Western Kentucky. As a senior he played 32 games: 15.6ppg, 7.9rpg, FGP: 48.5%, 3PT: 30.7%, FT: 64.4%. Last season as rookie he played for Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1): EuroCup: 12 games: 7.4ppg, 5.8rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 66.7%; Greek League: 26 games: 7.5ppg, 4.4rpg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 61.2%. The team also brought in 24 year old 206cm German Ben Spoeler. He started his basketball career in 2oo3 with herten. He then played for the Bayer Giants Leverkusen from 2004-2010 getting into five Beko BBL games. He played two seasons in Paderborn and last season played 24 games: 6.1ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 36.7%, FT: 65.6%.

Anthony King is a 27 year old 206cmpower forward/center from Durham, North Carolina. He is back in the Beko BBL after playing in Cyprus and Greece the last two years. This will be his second season for the Artland Dragons. He gives the team an additional scoring threat in the post as well as rebounding, is a physical performer who doesnt mind mixing it up down low and gives the team added toughness in the paint. He played at Miami, FL (NCAA) from 2003-2008 playing 34 games in his senior year averaging 7.1ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.3apg, 1.4bpg, FGP: 43.1%, FT: 68.9%. He played for the Deutsche Bank Skyliners in his rookie season. In 2009-2010, he played for InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-Division A, starting five): Score-5 (236 pts), Reb-1 (148 rbs), Blocks-2 (24 blocks). Last season, he remained with InterCollege Etha Engomis (Cyprus-Division A, starting five): Cypriot League: EuroChallenge: 8 games: 17.0ppg, 8.4rpg, 1.1apg, Blocks-1 (2.0bpg), FGP: 53.6%, FT: 76.2%; Cyprus League: 16 games: 14.3ppg, Reb-2 (10.0rpg), 1.1apg, 1.3spg, Blocks-2 (1.8bpg), FGP: 54.1%, 3PT-3 (50.0%), FT: 76.8%; Playoffs: 10 games: 14.2ppg, 10.4rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 51.4%, FT:80%, after winning the championship moved in Apr.'11 to Aris Thessaloniki (Greece-A1, starting five): 9 games: 8.1ppg, 5.8rpg, FGP: 50.8%, FT: 57.9%. He was won the double in Cyprus with InterCollege Etha Engomis. %. Last season, he played EuroCup Qualifications: 2 games: 3.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.0bpg; EuroChallenge: 14 games: 10.8ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 62.0%, FT: 81.8%; German League: 36 games: 9.9ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1bpg, FGP: 57.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 80.2% 30 year old 190cm combo guard Johannes Strasser is playing his third season with The Artland Dragons. He is a very strong point guard that can hit the open three pointer at any time, penetrate and finish or find the open guy and is a pest on defense. He started his basketball career at Rhondorf in 1999. He had a very successful time with Rhein Energy Cologne from 2001-2007 winning the 2006 BBL league title and three cup titles in 2004,2005 and 2007. He played with the Telekom Baskets Bonn from 2007-2010 reaching the BEKO BBL title twice. His job is to come from the bench and help out at the point or hurt opponents with his deadly three pointer. In 2010-2011, he played 40 games: 6.4ppg, 1.5rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 87.2%. Last season, he played : EuroCup Qualifications: 2 games: 8.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0spg; EuroChallenge: 14 games: 4.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.6apg; German League: 42 games: 5.9ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 84.1%

Guido Gruinheid is a 30 year old 209cm forward from Jena that is playing his second season for the Artland Dragons. He is an in-betweener forward with the height (but not the size) of a 4 and the quickness (but not the ball handling and the shot) of a 3. A good rebounder and a hustler. He played for Alba Berlin from 2001-2005 winning three BEKO BBL titles and two cup titles. He then moved to Rhein Energie Koln in 2005 where he won his fourth BEKO BBL title in 2006 and another cup in 2007. He got added experience playing in Holland for Hanzevast Capitals Groningen . He also has gained valuable experience playing for the German national team as he was a member playing at the 2006 World Championships in Japan and at the 2007 European Championships in Spain. In 2010-2011 for MBC, he played 33 games: 7.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 58.9%, 3PT: 23.0%, FT: 44.7%. Last season for Artland he played : EuroCup Qualifications: 2 games: 8.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 1.0spg; EuroChallenge: 14 games: 4.2ppg, 1.2rpg, 2.6apg; German League: 42 games: 5.9ppg, 1.2rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 51.6%, 3PT: 37.8%, FT: 84.1%. The team also retain Christian Hoffman and Acha Njei. Hoffmann is a 25 year old 187cm guard from the Tegernsee in Bavaria. He started his basketball career in 2003 for FC Bayern Munchen (Regionalliga) where he played until 2007. He then got some Beko BBL experience form 2007-2009 playing 44 Beko BBL games with TBB Trier. He then played another season with FC Bayern Munich and Science City Jena before coming to Artland last season. Acha Njei is a 27 year old 190cm guard that started his basketball career in 2004 with Vegesacker TV (2. Regionalliga). He then played fort eh Bremen Roosters from 2005-2009. He then played for 2009 Beko BBL champion EWE Baskets Oldenburg from 2009-2011 playing seven Beko BBL games and three Euroleague games. Last season for Artland he played EuroCup Qualifications: 1 game: 0pts; EuroChallenge: 9 games: 0.6ppg, 1.0rpg; German League: 15 games: 0.7ppg.





FC Bayern Munich Appoint Andreas Wagner as Assistant Coach - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After the hoopla with the going of ex German national coach Dirk Bauermann, the club hopes for some calmness to set with the traditional German team and have brought in an old known face to the organization with Andreas Wagner to help sooth the last week of turbulence concerning the team. Wagner is a 36 year old German that started his coaching career in Munich in 1998 with TSV Mnchen Ost (2. Regionalliga). He was coach of : FC Bayern Munchen (1. Regionalliga) in 1999 helping the team move to teh second German Bundesliga in 2005. Wagner last was a German coach for the women for the German basketball federation. "It is nice to be with FC Bayern Munich again. This team is in my heart and it feels like I am home again. I am looking forward to the upcoming duties and will do all I can to help support the current situation", stressed Andreas Wagner .

Before coming to the Beko BBL to get some experience Wagner was coach with : Residence Walferdange (Luxembourg-DBBL) in 2006. He then coached Nordlingen from 2007-2009 helpibg that team reach the Beko BBL in 2008. He then coached BBC Bayreuth from 2009 to October 2011. He showed his knack for helping teams move from the PRO A to the Beko BBL again with bringing the team up in 2010. Awards/Achievements in his basketball acreer have been Head Coach: Bavaria Selection Team 00-02 Head Coach: German Rookie All Star Team 04 German Regionalliga champion (Group South-East) -04, -06, Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Coach of the Year -08, 10, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Regular Season Champion -08, German 2.Bundesliga Pro A Champion -10, and Head Coach: German Woman National Team -12

Source: FC Bayern Munich





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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. Galvin, UCD Marian26.0 
 4. O''Sullivan, UCC D.20.0 
 5. Graham, UCC Demons18.0 
 6. Coughlan, UCC D.17.0 
 7. Sullivan, Moycullen17.0 
 8. Nihill, Moycullen15.0 
 9. Chubb, Killester13.0 
 10. Westbrooks, Kille.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 John GALVIN
  UCD Marian
  (203-F-88)
  Avg: 18
 1. Galvin, UCD Marian18.0 
 2. Graham, UCC Demons14.0 
 3. Townes, B.Gais N.12.0 
 4. Foley, UCD Marian12.0 
 5. Sullivan, Moycullen11.0 
 6. Campbell, UL Ea.9.0 
 7. Kelly, UCD Marian8.0 
 8. Killeen, UL Eagles8.0 
 9. Nihill, Moycullen8.0 
 10. O''Mahony, UCC D.7.0 
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. Taylor, UL Eagles3.0 
 9. Townes, B.Gais N.3.0 
 10. Meany, UCD Marian3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Lawrence SUMMERS
  Killester
  (175-PG-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Summers, Killester5.0 
 2. Townes, B.Gais N.4.0 
 3. Sullivan, Moycullen3.0 
 4. Noonan, B.Gais N.3.0 
 5. Coughlan, UCC D.2.0 
 6. Graham, UCC Demons2.0 
 7. Camps, Moycullen2.0 
 8. McGinn, B.Gais N.2.0 
 9. Burke, Moycullen2.0 
 10. Taylor, UL Eagles2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Darren TOWNES
  B.Gais N.
  (201-F-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Townes, B.Gais N.3.0 
 2. Quigley, UL Eagles3.0 
 3. Galvin, UCD Marian3.0 
 4. Rudak, B.Gais N.2.0 
 5. Stapleton, B.Gais2.0 
 6. Cronin, B.Gais N.1.0 
 7. Westbrooks, Killes.1.0 
 8. Sullivan, Moycullen1.0 
 9. Foley, UCD Marian1.0 
 10. Graham, UCC Demo.0.0 



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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Maccabi Ashdod reach Winner Cup Final - by Eurobasket News

Maccabi Tel-Aviv advanced into Winners Cup pre-season tournament Final. They overcame Maccabi Haifa 86:79 in the semifinal. Maccabi Tel-Aviv led by just a single point 45:44 at halftime. Maccabi Haifa went on a 10:2 run early in the second half to surge ahead. They extended the margin to 8 points in the fourth quarter 72:64. But David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) stepped up for Tel-Aviv late in the game. He drained 11 points in the crucial stage of the game to secure a tough win for Maccabi Tel-Aviv. David Logan finished with 16 points to lead the winners. Lior Eliyahu (203-SF-85, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices) posted 14 points, while Ricky Hickman (189-PG-85, college: NC-Greensboro) added 13 points for Maccabi Tel-Aviv. Donta Smith (201-SF-83, college: SE Illinois JC) answered with 27 points for Maccabi Haifa. Paul Stoll (178-PG-85) came up with 19 points in the loss.
Maccabi Ashdod had little problems against Hapoel Jerusalem en route to a 69:59 success. Ashdod went on an 18:2 run in the opening quarter to take a 23:6 lead. They boosted the lead to 20 points 31:11 early in the second quarter and protected the advantage well enough to escape with the victory at the end. Diamon Simpson (201-F-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) posted 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to lead the charge. Chris Allen (190-G-88, college: Iowa St.) added 15 points in the winning effort. Raviv Limonad (191-SG-84) answered with 12 points in the loss.



Rumour or truth - Allen Iverson will play two games for Maccabi Haifa - by Eurobasket News

According to some sources Allen Iverson (184-G-75, college: Georgetown) will play two games for Maccabi Haifa. However after we contacted the club, they deny the rumours. The Israeli team supposedly invited the NBA player in their US trip.
In 2010 BESIKTAS's sensational signing brought so much interest to Turksih basketball. Iverson was reported to get 1,5 million US dollars from Besiktas as guaranteed money, with bonuses and other fees, the total cost will be 2 million US dollars.
In 2010-2011 he signed at Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul (Turkey-TBL, starting five) and in EuroCup averaged 9.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.7spg. In Turkish League his stats read 14.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 4.7apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 44.2%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 73.0%.
Earlier in 2009-2010 he started for Memphis Grizzlies (NBA) and showed 12.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 3.7apg. In Dec.'09 moved to Philadelphia 76ers (NBA, $1,045,164, starting five) and had13.9ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 42.5%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 82.4%, left in Feb.'10.



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  ITALY   


Sportitalia to broadcast Euroleague games in Italy - by Giovanni Bargna

Barcelona, October 5 2012. Euroleague Basketball and Sportitalia are pleased to announce that the Italian sports network will remain an official Turkish Airlines Euroleague broadcaster for the next three seasons. The new agreement means that Sportitalia will have been the Euroleague broadcast partner in Italy for six years at the conclusion of the new contract. Sportitalia will air live games and news footage on three of its stations, Sportitalia, Sportitalia2 and Sportitalia 24.

Starting this season, Sportitalia will have the rights to broadcast live all three Italian teams in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Montepaschi Siena, EA7 Emporio Armani Milano and Mapooro Cantu in addition to other games throughout the season. By seasons end, Sportitalia stations will have brought an estimated 100 games, live or delayed, to Italian viewers.

Continuing this strong relationship with Sportitalia means that Euroleague Basketball retains a truly professional broadcaster with basketball in its DNA, said Andrea Bassani, Euroleague Basketballs Director of Television & New Media Rights. Best of all, due to Sportitalias devotion to our competition, Italian fans will continue to get the very best coverage possible.

Sportitalia 24 will deliver all the latest Euroleague news and will also feature the official weekly Euroleague magazine on the weekends.

Sportitalias SI 1 and SI 2 channels are available on both digital terrestrial and Sky satellite platforms, while SI 24 is available on digital terrestrial.

(Euroleague official press release)



ME-WE - by Dwight Coleman

I am excited to see that people are following my progress via this blog. I wish to give my fan base personal insight on my immediate goals. By doing so, I wish to create a we vibe and not a ME as I accomplish these goals. I believe that I am going to the NBA so that is not my foremost goal. My first and foremost goal is to be the 2012-2013 leading scorer in world among all professional basketball players. My second goal is to take my current team to a Finnish Division 1 League Title. I know that this is a lofty goal, but I also know that if I achieve this goal it removes all doubt that I can help any team win. My third immediate goal is to set the single game and season tallied European records for three pointers made. My long term goal that I wish for my fan base to celebrate with me will be the day that I win the NBA 3 point shootout at the All Star game. I would like to thank my fans for their interest in my blog, my career, and my personal life. I would like to send a special thanks to Andrew Mckee from Chicago IL. a fan who reached out to me. I will be sending you a package in the mail thanking you for your support including a pair of autograph game worn shoes and poster.

Dwight "Sweet Milk" Coleman
The Finnish Three Point Champ!!!



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  JAPAN   

Standings - JBL

JBL Standings
 1. Toshiba BT 1-0 
 2. Toyota Alvark 1-0 
 3. Aishin SH 0-0 
 4. Hitachi SR 0-0 
 5. Hokkaido L. 0-0 
 6. Panasonic T. 0-0 
 7. Mitsubishi DD 0-1 
 8. Tochigi Brex 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 5: Toyota Alvark - Tochigi Brex 85-54
Oct. 5: Toshiba BT - Mitsubishi DD 73-68
Oct. 6: Toyota Alvark - Tochigi Brex
Oct. 6: Toshiba BT - Mitsubishi DD
Oct. 6: Aishin SH - Hokkaido L.
Oct. 6: Panasonic T. - Hitachi SR
Oct. 7: Aishin SH - Hokkaido L.
Oct. 7: Panasonic T. - Hitachi SR


Stats Leaders - JBL Superleague

Points Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 25
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba25.0 
 2. Ito, Toyota Alvark17.0 
 3. Ito, Tochigi Brex15.0 
 4. Okada, Toyota A.14.0 
 5. Hale, Mitsubis.14.0 
 6. Igarashi, Mitsubis.13.0 
 7. Ueta, Mitsubis.12.0 
 8. Yamada, Tochigi12.0 
 9. Tsuji, Toshiba BT11.0 
 10. Kumagai, Toyota11.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shunsuke ITO
  Tochigi Brex
  (204-C/F-79)
  Avg: 10
 1. Ito, Tochigi Brex10.0 
 2. Takeuchi, Toyota10.0 
 3. Diouf, Toshiba BT9.0 
 4. Hale, Mitsubis.7.0 
 5. Gibbs, Toyota A.7.0 
 6. Kumagai, Toyota A.7.0 
 7. Takahashi, Toyota5.0 
 8. Shonaka, Toyota A.5.0 
 9. Fazekas, Toshiba5.0 
 10. Katsumata, Toshi.5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Naoto TSUJI
  Toshiba BT
  (185-G/F-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Tsuji, Toshiba BT4.0 
 2. Kawamura, Tochigi4.0 
 3. Shinoyama, Toshi.4.0 
 4. Ricci, Toyota Alva.4.0 
 5. Igarashi, Mitsubis.3.0 
 6. Takeda, Tochigi3.0 
 7. Hale, Mitsubis.2.0 
 8. Ninomiya, Toyota A.2.0 
 9. Diouf, Toshiba BT2.0 
 10. Shonaka, Toyota2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kei IGARASHI
  Mitsubis.
  (180-G-80)
  Avg: 3
 1. Igarashi, Mitsubis.3.0 
 2. Rolle, Mitsubis.2.0 
 3. Tsuji, Toshiba BT2.0 
 4. Kikuchi, Toshiba BT2.0 
 5. Hale, Mitsubis.2.0 
 6. Kumagai, Toyota A.2.0 
 7. Diouf, Toshiba BT1.0 
 8. Takeda, Tochigi1.0 
 9. Anzai, Tochigi Brex1.0 
 10. Tanaka, Toyota A.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nick FAZEKAS
  Toshiba BT
  (211-F-85)
  Avg: 2
 1. Fazekas, Toshiba2.0 
 2. Takeuchi, Toyota2.0 
 3. Shinoyama, Toshi.1.0 
 4. Yamada, Tochigi1.0 
 5. Arao, Toyota Alvark1.0 
 6. Diouf, Toshiba BT1.0 
 7. Minatoya, Mitsubis.0.0 
 8. Kikuchi, Toshiba BT0.0 
 9. Tsuji, Toshiba BT0.0 
 10. Kawamura, Tochigi0.0 



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  LATVIA   

Standings - LBAL

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 5: Livani - DSN 79-76
Oct. 4: Kvele - ViA 78-61
Oct. 5: Liepaja-2 - RSU 67-87
Oct. 3: Ridzene - Ogres 61-88
Oct. 5: VeA - Saldus 50-63
Oct. 3: Valmiera BSS - Jelgava/LLU 43-92

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 10: RSU - Ridzene
Oct. 11: DSN - BK VEF-LSPA
Oct. 11: Ogres - VEF skola
Oct. 11: ViA - Valmiera BSS



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Standings - NKL

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 4: Dzukija - Statyba 88-93
Oct. 5: Silute - S.Marciulionio 87-88
Oct. 5: Olimpas - Zalgiris-Sabonio 84-91
Oct. 5: Perlas-MRU - Radviliskis 81-76
Oct. 5: Birstono - Zanavykas 77-61
Oct. 5: Triobet - Mazeikiai 75-83
Oct. 5: Ezerunas-Karys - Delikatesas 70-91
Oct. 5: Meresta - Suduva-Mantinga 61-60
Oct. 5: Gargzdai - Nafta Universitetas


Stats Leaders - NKL

Points Per Game
 Arvydas GYDRA
  S.Marciulionio
  (206-F-89)
  Avg: 27
 1. Gydra, S.Marciulio.27.0 
 2. Varanauskas, Stat.26.0 
 3. Pancerevas, Silute25.0 
 4. Kazakauskas, Olimp.23.0 
 5. Grigonis, Zalgir.23.0 
 6. Tarvydas, Statyba23.0 
 7. Skripkauskas, Dzuk.22.0 
 8. Kvedaraviciu., Del.22.0 
 9. Kleiza, Birstono22.0 
 10. Sidlauskas, Mazei.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Janas JURGO
  Radviliskis
  (200-F-83)
  Avg: 12
 1. Jurgo, Radviliskis12.0 
 2. Virbalas, Perla.11.0 
 3. Vaitiekunas, Triob.11.0 
 4. Kalvelis, Suduva.10.0 
 5. Trybanski, Dzukija10.0 
 6. Macernis, Mazeikiai10.0 
 7. Ambrulaitis, Ezeru.10.0 
 8. Gudaitis, Zalgir.9.0 
 9. Sumskis, Zanavykas9.0 
 10. Vaiksnis, Zanavy.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Bryan HARRISON
  Dzukija
  (188-G-84)
  Avg: 10
 1. Harrison, Dzukija10.0 
 2. Varanauskas, Stat.9.0 
 3. Elvikis, Perla.8.0 
 4. Razutis, Olimpas6.0 
 5. Klemas, Delikatesas6.0 
 6. Brents, Silute6.0 
 7. Grigonis, Zalgir.5.0 
 8. Bitinas, S.Marciu.5.0 
 9. Juknevicius, Triob.5.0 
 10. Kvedaraviciu., De.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mantas KADZEVICIUS
  Meres.
  (194-G-91)
  Avg: 7
 1. Kadzevicius, Meres.7.0 
 2. Razutis, Olimpas5.0 
 3. Reminas, Dzukija4.0 
 4. Kleiza, Birstono4.0 
 5. Stanionis, Zanav.4.0 
 6. Klemas, Delikatesas3.0 
 7. Pikalavicius, Maze.3.0 
 8. Giedraitis, Mazeik.3.0 
 9. Sidlauskas, Mazeik.3.0 
 10. Birgelis, Suduva.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Mantas VIRBALAS
  Perla.
  (203-C/F-88)
  Avg: 4
 1. Virbalas, Perla.4.0 
 2. Trybanski, Dzukija3.0 
 3. Vorotnikovas, Trio.3.0 
 4. Gudaitis, Zalgir.3.0 
 5. Kaubrys, Silute3.0 
 6. Ambrulaitis, Ezeru.2.0 
 7. Kadzevicius, Meres.2.0 
 8. Zarskus, Statyba2.0 
 9. Kaminskas, Olimpas1.0 
 10. Navickas, Ezerun.1.0 



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  MALTA   


Preview of the 2012-2013 Malta Men's Basketball Season - by Steve Dolan

The Malta Basketball Association will kick off the 2012 Men's St. James Hospital Preseason Tournament in just a short time today. The 2012-2013 season looks to be one that the fans of Malta and Europe will not want to miss. The St James Hospital Preseason Tournament will tip of October 6. 2012 at 0800am. This will give the fans in Malta the first chance to see their clubs new additions as well as give the fans a little insight on what to expect in the upcoming season from their favorite clubs.

Athleta- The 2011-2012 Malta League Champions are the favorites entering the 2012-2013 to win Malta League Championship once again. Atleta have signed the 5'9 22 year old Maltese Shooting Guard Shawn Pace from rival Loyola and also added 21 year oldd Bulgarian Mihail Aleksandrov . Athleta also retained their Star Serbian 6'9" Power Forward/ Center Marko Todorovic whom is one of the biggest forces within the paint in Malta. Athleta has retained some very good talent and added very good talent to make them one of the favorites to report at the champions but rumor has it they have lost Michael Naudi to retirement. Naudi to many has been consider the best Malta Player for the past decade.

Depiro- After a run to the title game last season after getting swept 0-3 by Athleta in the finals Depiro is on a mission in 2012-2013 season. Depiro has retained their core players with the addition of two players. Depiro added Etienne Bezzina 6'9" F/C from the defending champions Athleta to strengthen their inside. Depiro had to replace their import from last season Greg Hamlin whom signed in Israel for the 2012-2013 with the signing of their American Star Guard/Forward 6'6" 220 pound Shawn Morgan (Arkansas State NCAA 1) whom to many may be the difference in Depiro winning the title in 2012-2013 season. Morgan spent 2011 in Uruguay where is was named the MVP avg 21.4ppg 8.3rpg, 4.0apg, 2.3spg,1.0bpg, FGP: 55.7%, FT: 70.3% in 2012 Morgan played in Mexico where he continued to show he is one of the brightest stars out their waiting to be discovered by Europe where he avg 27.4ppg, 10.8rpg, 7.3apg ,2.4spg, .07bpg including a 52 point game. Morgan was named to the following teams in 2011-2012 Salten LIGA MVP-11 , Salten LIGA All-Star Team-11 ,LatinAmerica.com LiCoMuBa 1st Team-12, LatinAmerica.com LiCoMuBa Defensive 1st Team-12.

Luxol- has lost the services of a few of the their Maltese players from last season from reports. Luxol is said to have lost Lee Ross (Free Agent at the moment) and Antonine Costa whom moved to play with Qormi in the 2nd Division. Luxol went out an replaced Ron Belin with 6'6" 205 F Stephen Shackelford out of University Texas San Antonio (NCAA 1). Shackelford is entering his first pro season and is said to be a player that can play in side or out but likes to shot the three ball.

Floriana- has been one of the most active teams within the league this summer, Floriana has made sevearl key signings from their rivals as well as a very nice American Power Forward. Floriana managed to sign Power Forward Dirk Schembri from the defending champions Athleta and Shooting Guard David Camilleri from Loyola. Floriana has also wrnt out and signed Hungarian Forward Gabor Szokreny as well 6'8" 245 pound American Forward Phillip Thomas (Portland St) whom will be entering his first professional season. Thomas finished his college basketball career in 2010-2011 season at Portland State where he avg 9.2ppg, 3.1rpg in 21min per game for the Vikings.


Siggiewi - have added forward lee grech and shooting guard Clayton Agius who have moved from Siggiewi's 2nd division team to their 1st division team.

Loyola - have been weakened with the departures of Shawn Pace and David Camilleri and to date they still haven't registered any new signings. They should be having an American on trial for this tournament



AZ Electronics Athleta open season with victory in St James SuperCup - by Eurobasket News

Athleta - BUPA Luxol 67:56

Athleta victoriously opened the new season. They clinched the first trophy of the season. Athleta overcame BUPA Luxol to celebrate St James SuperCup. The teams clashed at the University Sports Hall, Tal-Qroqq. Luxol surged ahead in the first half. Led by Steve Shackelford Luxol posted a 32:30 lead after twenty minutes of action. But Athleta found the way to turn things around in the second half. They stepped on the gas in the fourth quarter and snatched a difficult win at the end. David Bugeja (180-SG-92) stepped up with 17 points to lead the winners. Marko Todorovic (204-F/C-85) accounted for 16 points for Athleta.



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  MEXICO   

Standings - LNBP

LNBP Standings
 1. Halc.Xalapa 9-1 
 2. Halc.Rojos 8-2 
 3. Toros 7-1 
 4. Panteras 7-3 
 5. Huracanes 6-2 
 6. Abejas 6-4 
 7. Corr.Victoria 6-4 
 8. Pioneros 5-4 
 9. Soles 5-4 
 10. Barreteros 5-5 
 11. Fuerza Regia 4-4 
 12. Lechugueros 3-7 
 13. Guerreros 2-8 
 14. Osos 2-8 
 15. Gigantes 1-9 
 16. Gansos 0-10 

Regular Season: Round 10

Oct. 4: Huracanes - Abejas 94-91
Oct. 4: Corr.Victoria - Lechugueros 90-86 OT
Oct. 4: Osos - Gansos 87-82
Oct. 4: Barreteros - Halc.Xalapa 87-105
Oct. 4: Panteras - Halc.Rojos 83-84
Oct. 4: Gigantes - Guerreros 102-99
Oct. 5: Toros - Pioneros
Oct. 5: Fuerza Regia - Soles



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Sehovic and Milosevic joined Mornar - by Darko Pekic

Sead Sehovic (196-G/F-89), member of Montenegro National Team, and Nemanja Milosevic (204-F/C-87, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky), former player of Buducnost joined Mornar and they will represent great reinforcements for the club coached by Mihailo Pavicevic . Sead Sehovic, who gave an important contribution to Montenegrin hystoric achievement- Qualification to the European Championships in Slovenia with a 10-0 record, joined this summer the Italian side Montegranaro but they failed to provide financial guarantees to the Federation and Sehovic had to look for a job elsewhere. He will play for Mornar until he finds a job abroad.

Milosevic is a former student of Western Kentucky. He played last season for Buducnost but did not get much playing time so the club and the player decided to part ways at the end of the season.



Interview with Aaron Mitchell, the point guard of Centar Bijelo Polje and newcomer in Erste Basketball League - by Darko Pekic

Aaron Mitchell (187-G, college: Longwood), US point guard who has recently joined the newly promoted Centar from Bijelo Polje answered on eurobasket.com's questions about his goals and first overseas experience in Bijelo Polje. Take a look...

Hello Aaron, tell us more about your first steps in the basketball world? Have you always dreams to be a professional basketball player?


Yes that has been one of my lifetime goals to become a professional player since a child.

You are from Virginia, a state in the US not well known for its basketball, but mostly known for its football. Do you feel that basketball players from Virginia are somehow overlooked?

In some way you can say we are but when you really look at we have a lot of players playing professional basketball. I have many friends that I played with or grew up playing professional like Jay Threatt (180-G-89, college: Delaware St.), Brandon Rozzell (187-G-89, college: VCU), Tyrese Rice (185-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Boston Coll.) to just name a few. But I think we are starting to get recognize more now.

You played college basketball at Longwood (NCAA1). Was there any specific reason to choose Longwood?

Yes there was I had went to FL for JUCO basketball my 1st two years. So my family really couldnt see me play. So being back home was a plus. Also Longwood really showed they wanted me on my visit.

After a solid college career ( Senior season stats: 13.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.8apg and 1.0spg ) you appeared in a Pro Camp in Las Vegas but you did not get a deal to go abroad last season. How did you feel at that moment? You felt you needed to work more on your game and keep imporoving or you were just disappointed?

I was really disappointed but that motivated me to really work hard and keep working towards getting overseas! Everybody has there own path of getting overseas mine just took a little longer.

Last season you played for Richmond Elite (ABA), a team which had many NCAA 1 and 2 players on its roster and was coached by George Lancaster who is a coaching legend in Virginia. Did this experience help you get mentally and physically stronger and adjust to the requirements of pro basketball?

ABA was a big help like it got me adjusted to the speed and physical play of pro ball. Learning from Coach Lancaster was great like he really teaches you the fundamentals demands respect from his players. He we had a great season we finished #11 in the nation.

In September you joined Centar Bijelo Polje, the newcomer in Division I (Montenegro). Before you left the States, did you have any idea about the level of basketball in this small Mediteranian country or you just wanted to play and did not care much about other things?

No I didn't have any clue about the talent level here. I just wanted to get my foot in the door so I could have chance at a pro career overseas!

In Centar you will have an important role as starting point guard. Could you tell now the fans what they can expect from you this year?

Expect for me to come here and play my hardest and do everything possible to help the team win games. It's all about getting wins for the team and coach!

You will not be the only American in the team as there is already Rickey Young (204-F/C-90, college: W.Virginia Tech), who played last year in Montenegro and got important experience. Is Rickey there for you to help you when the help is needed?

Yes, Rickey has made the transition a lot smother for me here. He some I can ask questions about certain things on the court that will help. Not only has he been a big help on the court but off the court too. I would probably still be lost out here now haha.

What are your first impressions about the town and the club? How far can go this team?

The town is very friendly and everybody knows each other like one big family here. The people have been nothing but friendly to me. We are young group of guys so we can go as far as our energy on defense takes us. It's start with the defense. We have to beat teams with our quickness and defense.

Thank you Aaron for this interview. Eurobasket.com will keep following your games and the games of your team. Good luck in the new season!

Thank you for taking your time to interview me.



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  NBA   


Top Undrafted NBA Players by Salary - by Julius Johnson

Despite having slipped through the cracks of the NBA draft, the below players have earned their players cards.
In this study, the minimum qualifying criteria is the $2,575,000 room exception.

Through 2012-13 Season
$8,374,646 (2012) Jeremy Lin (6'3''-PG-88, college: Harvard)
$6,505,320 (2010) Wesley Matthews
$5,486,250 (2011) Chuck Hayes (6'6''-F-83, college: Kentucky)
$4,060,000 (2010) Udonis Haslem (6'8''-F-80, college: Florida)
$4,000,000 (2010) Anthony Morrow (6'5''-G-85)
$3,750,000 (2010) Joel Anthony (6'9''-C-82, college: UNLV)
$3,500,000 (2012) Alonzo Gee (6'6''-G-87, college: Alabama)
$3,500,000 (2007) Matt Carroll
$3,250 000 (2008) Will Bynum
$2,612,500 (2011) Reggie Williams
$2,575,000 (2012) Gregory Stiemsma (6'11''-C-85, agency: N.E.T., college: Wisconsin)

Through 2013-14 Season
$8,374,646 (2012) Jeremy Lin
$6,875,480 (2010) Wesley Matthews
$5,722,500 (2011) Chuck Hayes
$4,340,000 (2010) Udonis Haslem
$3,800,000 (2010) Joel Anthony
$3,250,000 (2012) Alonzo Gee
$2,690,875 (2012) Gregory Stiemsma





NY Knicks' Kurt Thomas not thinking retirement as veteran enters season still feeling young - by Milord Nikolic

This year will be Thomas 18th in the league, three shy of the NBA record held by Robert Parish and Kevin Willis. Kurt Thomas, who turned 40 Thursday, wont let age hold him back. The body is fine and the mind is still sharp. In fact, the only time Kurt Thomas feels old is when hes wearing his Knicks uniform. After all, No. 40 just turned 40. I feel the same as yesterday, Thomas says. No difference. The Knicks really are aging right before our eyes. On Tuesday, Tyson Chandler celebrated his 30th birthday and on Thursday, Thomas celebrated his milestone with a three-hour practice with his teammates in Greenburgh. Thomas is the NBAs oldest player, but he not only feels that he can contribute this season, he still believes he has a few good years left in him. I never think about retiring, Thomas said. Until no one wants my services anymore, then Ill start thinking about that. But until then Im always focusing on the next season. Thomas was acquired from Portland in July as part of the Raymond Felton deal. The veteran 6-foot-9 forward/center can still knock down a mid-range jumper and remains a terrific low post defender. His leadership and maturity should be a plus inside the Knicks sometimes volatile locker room. But with the additions of Marcus Camby and Rasheed Wallace, the Knicks have two more aging frontcourt players. Its hard to believe that Mike Woodson can find playing time for all three or if the head coach will want all three. Camby signed a three-year deal and isnt going anywhere. Wallace was out of the league for two years and is a favorite of the head coach. If Wallace demonstrates that he can still be a productive player, that would limit Thomas chances and could lead to him being released. Thomas has been around long enough to understand how the business works. He also knows that there is a job out there for him if things dont work out in New York. His prefers to remain in the town where he rejuvenated his career beginning in 1999 when he was a reserve forward on the last Knicks team to reach the NBA Finals. I didnt think I would ever come back to New York, Thomas says. But Im definitely thankful for the opportunity and looking forward to getting through training camp and the start of a new season. This year will be Thomas 18th in the league, three shy of the NBA record held by Robert Parish and Kevin Willis. And when you play nearly two decades you build up an impressive list of former teammates, including Alonzo Mourning, Patrick Ewing, Steve Nash, Kevin Durant, Tim Duncan, Derrick Rose and Amare Stoudemire twice. I used to tell Herb Williams when we were playing together back in the day that I couldnt believe he was playing at 40. Now, look, Im playing at 40 years old. Like I say, I still enjoy playing. I still enjoy competing out there every day and Im having fun every day, Thomas said.


NBA Europe Live 2012: Fenerbahce Ulker shock Boston Celtics in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce Ulker - Boston Celtics 97:91

Boston Celtics came to Turkey for a friendly game against Fenerbahce Ulker. The team from NBA started with 27-26, but could not win the half. The Turkish representative erupted with 29-18 in the second frame to take 10-points advantage at the halftime.
Boston Celtics managed to win the third and the last stanzas however it was not enough to beat the hosts. Boston Celtics won the third period 27-24 and added 19-18 in the last stanza. Although Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) reduced to just three points with 1 minute to go, Romain Sato (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Xavier) nailed three for the final success. Smith and Christmas missed their far shots as the board showed 97:91 for Fenerbahce Ulker.
Romain Sato top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Bo McCalebb (5'10''-PG-85, college: New Orleans) nailed 21. Bojan Bogdanovic (6'8''-SG-89) posted 11, whilst Oguz Savas (7'0''-C-87) added 10. Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger (6'9''-PF-92, college: Ohio St.) replied with 16 points for the NBA team. Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) scored 13 and Brandon Bass (6'8''-F-85, college: LSU) posted 9.

Fenerbahce Ulker: Romain Sato 24, Bo McCalebb 21, Bojan Bogdanovic 11, Oguz Savas 10
Boston Celtics: Jeff Green 16, Jared Sullinger 16, Rajon Rondo 13, Brandon Bass 9



Spurs waive Sherron Collins - by Eurobasket News

San Antonio Spurs waived Sherron Collins (5'11''-PG-87, college: Kansas). The point guard signed with the Spurs on October 1. Last season Sherron Collins spent in Turkey. He played for Hacettepe University. Sherron Collins posted 10.6 points, 2.8 assists and 2.1 rebounds per game in TBL.


Chicago Bulls waive Vance Cooksey - by Eurobasket News

Chicago Bulls decided to waive Vance Cooksey (6'0''-PG-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Pikeville). The guard joined the Bulls on October 1 as a free agent. Last season he played in D-League. Vance Cooksey started the season with the Frisco Texas Legends. He notched 8.8 points, 5.3 assists, 2.8 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game. Later the point guard moved to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. His stats read 9.0 points, 2.2 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game there. It was the first pro season for Vance Cooksey. He was drafted by the Legends in 2011. The guard graduated from the University of Pikeville. Vance Cooksey led his team to the NAIA D1 title in 2011. He made it into NAIA D1 All-Tournament Team.


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Saint John Mill Rats bring in Antonio Anderson - by Eurobasket News

Saint John Mill Rats announced the newcomer. Antonio Anderson (6'6''-G-85, college: Memphis) will play for the team in the upcoming season. The guard started the previous season in Germany. He played for BG Illertal/Weissenhorn. His stats read 2.5 points per game in ProB. Later Antonio Anderson moved to D-League. The guard inked with the Maine Red Claws. He averaged 4.8 points, 1.6 assists and 1.0 board per appearance. Previously Antonio Anderson had stints in D-League, NBA and Puerto Rico. He earned All-D-League Honourable Mention in 2010. Antonio Anderson participated at D-League All-Star Game in 2010.


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Wildcats defeat Breakers in season opener - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Perth Wildcats showed they are primed to wrest the iiNet NBL Championship title back across the Tasman, overwhelming the New Zealand Breakers 93-72 at the North Shore Events Centre on Friday.

Continuing their fine pre-season form, the visitors looked in mid-season touch, rattling off 17 unanswered second- quarter points to open a 25-point lead, from which the Breakers could not recover.

Reigning MVP Kevin Lisch (188-G-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: St.Louis) and centre Matt Knight (9 rebounds) each had 20 points for Perth, while Breaker Cedric Jackson had five three-pointers in his 19 points.

"It was a great win and a great way to start the season, but its only the first game of the year," conceded Lisch.

The night started with the raising of last seasons championship banner at the Breakers spiritual home a ceremony tastefully short enough to avoid any emotional ill-feeling from the Wildcats.

The home team got the better start, and when CJ Bruton came off the bench for his first three-pointer of the season their lead was six points (16-10).

But two quick offensive fouls on both Alex Pledger and his replacement, Will Hudson, halted New Zealand's momentum and by quarter-time the Wildcats enjoyed a 27-20 advantage.

Early in the second period the Perth run had extended to 22-4 and their lead into double figures, as New Zealand could not find an answer offensively and continued to bleed points.

Seventeen unanswered points then took the advantage to 24 points at half-time, the Wildcats cruising at 54-34.

Possession was the key, Perth out-rebounded their rivals 8-3 under their own boards and also out-scored them 15-2 off turnovers.

Jackson caught fire from the arc in the third period, but Perth had all the answers in transition and still led 75-58 entering the home straight.

The Breakers got within 15 early in the final period but were never going to pull this one out of the bag.

"They played with much better desire and hunger than we did," said Breakers coach Andrej Lemanis.

"Right through that second quarter we looked like we were running in mud at times."

The Wildcats enjoyed a 25-5 advantage in points from turnovers even though each team finished with 20 turnovers.

Perth shot 53 per cent from the floor, 44 per cent (7/26) from the arc and had a big advantage (18-of-21) from the charity stripe.

"It was obviously an emotional night, with the unveiling of the banner, a full house and the grand-final replay," said Perth coach Rob Beveridge.

"It was good for us to be here tonight to see that."

"We did a tremendous job defending their bigs. Our game plan was all about playing physical basketball and not letting them get the ball where they wanted."

Perth Wildcats 93 (Lisch 20, Knight 20, Wagstaff 14)

New Zealand Breakers 72 (Jackson 19, Corletto 10)

Attendance: 4,000 (sellout) at North Shore Events Centre, Auckland



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Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference

PBA Standings
 1. Barako Bull 1-0 
 2. Barangay Ginebra 1-0 
 3. Rain or Shine 1-0 
 4. San Mig Coffee 1-0 
 5. Talk N Text 1-0 
 6. Air21 Express 0-1 
 7. Alaska Aces 0-1 
 8. Global Port 0-1 
 9. Meralco Bolts 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 110-112
Oct. 5: San Mig Coffee - Alaska Aces 103-83
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. Hatfield, Barang.1.0 
 6. Manuel, Global Port1.0 
 7. Arboleda, Air21 E.1.0 
 8. Matias, Rain or Sh.1.0 
 9. Baclao, Air21 E.1.0 
 10. Miranda, Petron B.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. Ibanes, Rain o.1.0 
 6. Norwood, Rain o.1.0 
 7. Pennisi, Barako Bu.1.0 
 8. Canaleta, Air21 E.1.0 
 9. Santos, Petron B.1.0 
 10. Deutchman, Global1.0 


2012 PBA Philippine Cup Roundup: October 5, 2012 - by Enzo Flojo



The two protagonists in the last years most heated Philippine Cup semifinal series both won in their respective opening games, but they did it in contrasting fashion.

The Tropang Texters, steered by interim coach Nash Racela, had to go through the wringer, escaping sister team Meralco in overtime, 112-110. TNT actually had a big lead in the second half, but they squandered it as the Bolts put up a big run behind Gilas 2.0 back-up center Jay-R Reyes.

In the second game, former national team standout Yancy De Ocampo outplayed Gilas 2.0 big man Sonny Thoss. De Ocampo recorded a double-double to be the initial frontrunner in the leagues statistical points ladder.

The Texters take on the Global Port Batang Pier next Friday, while the Mixers mix it up with sister team Petron next Sunday.

Game Recaps:
TALK N TEXT TROPANG TEXTERS over MERALCO BOLTS, 112-110 (OT)

Nash Racelas debut as PBA head coach had to go extra innings.

But after 53 minutes, the long-time deputy mentor got the job done, propelling the two-time defending champion Talk N Text Tropang Texters to a tense 112-110 victory over the Meralco Bolts Friday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

Im relieved, said Racela, who is pitching in as head coach for Norman Black, who is finishing his coaching stint with Ateneo in the UAAP. Going to this game, our objective was to win, regardless of what happens. Yun bilin ni Coach Norman.

In Racelas first game, Talk N Text squandered a 24-point lead late in the third quarter.

Led by Jay-R Reyes, the Bolts unleashed a crippling 25-4 run . The 6-foot-7 center had six of his teams last nine points, including a last basket in regulation off a feed by Sol Mercado that sent the game into overtime.

But the Tropang Texters showed their championship poise in the extra period.

Four straight points from Jayson Castro and Jared Dillinger gave the Tropang Texters some headway, 110-109. But a three-pointer by Sol Mercado cut the lead to just a single point.

Meralco sent Castro to the free throw line, before the Talk N Text bench was called for a late technical foul for improper bench decorum. Ronjay Buenafe tied the score with a technical free throw, but Castro hit both foul shots to give his team a two-point lead.

Talk N Text shadowed Mercado into a turnover to escape with the win.

TNT 112- Dillinger 20, Castro 16, Reyes 12, Williams 11, De Ocampo 11, Carey 11, Peek 10, Raymundo 8, Fonacier 8, Gamalinda 5
MER 110- Reyes 25, Mercado 20, Hodge 19, Buenafe 18, Salvacion 8, Ross 7, Cardona 7, Hugnatan 6, Belencion 0, Sharma 0
QS: 33-20, 53-43, 86-64, 99-99, 112-110

SAN MIG COFFEE MIXERS over ALASKA ACES, 103-83

San Mig Coffee jumped the gun early on Alaska and never looked back, coasting to an easy 103-83 triumph in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday night at the SMART-Araneta Coliseum.

The Mixers shot a steady 64.6 percent from the field (42-of-65), clobbered the Aces off the boards (50 to 37) and dished out more assists (27 to 13), leaving San Mig Coffee coach Tim Cone more than satisfied with the win.

We jumped into them early at a time when they had great expectations. We lost to them twice in the preseason, said Cone. They were discouraged with our shooting, we defended well and we moved the ball better. When you have that kind of game, you will end up with a 20-point win.

Yancy de Ocampo imposed his will inside, finishing with 22 points, 13 rebounds, six assists, and two blocks while James Yap contributed 20 points despite coming off an injury.

Its nice to have a best player of the game aside from James. Its an indictation that were moving the ball better, added Cone.

We just got James back yesterday in practice, Ping (Marc Pingris) two days ago, and Joe back a few days ago. We got Joe back tonight and gave him a few minutes, but he needs to lose some weight. Hes a nice weapon for our team.

The Aces were held to only 30.7 percent shooting from the field (27-of-88) and were outmatched by the Mixers in almost all fronts.

Alaska, which made key additions in the offseason from its coaching staff to its personnel, struggled in their first game without LA Tenorio, the teams former floor leader.

Tenorio was traded to Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in a deal that netted the Aces Dondon Hontiveros and JVee Casio. Hontiveros led the way for Alaska with 14 points, but Casio struggled with just three points in his debut with his new team.

SMC 103- De Ocampo 22, Yap 20, Barroca 16, Simon 16, Ramos 6, Villanueva 6, Pingris 5, Gonzales 4, Reavis 4, Gaco 2, Devance 2, Ponferada 0, Pacana 0
ALA 83- Hontiveros 14, Baguio 13, Baracael 12, Espinas 12, Dela Cruz 8, Cablay 7, Reyes 6, Thoss 6, Casio 3, Eman 2, Belasco 0
QS: 34-25, 57-42, 75-56, 103-83

Source: Unless otherwise specified, game recaps were compressed and compiled from InterAKTV. (Writing credit to Rey Joble.)

Images: All images are from InterAKTV. (Photo credit to Paolo Papa & Paul Ryan Tan)




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Standings - DBE

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 5: Energa Czarni - PGE Turow 70-83
Oct. 7: Polpharma - Rosa Radom
Oct. 6: Anwil - Stelmet ZG
Oct. 6: Siarka Jezioro - Kotwica
Oct. 6: AZS Koszalin - Asseco Prokom
Oct. 6: Trefl Sopot - Start Gdynia


DBE Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Michal CHYLINSKI
  PGE T.
  (190-G-86)
  Avg: 18
 1. Chylinski, PGE T.18.0 
 2. Gadri-N., Energa C.14.5 
 3. Micic, PGE Turow14.0 
 4. Cel, PGE Turow14.0 
 5. Jackson, PGE Turow12.0 
 6. Knutson, Energa C.9.5 
 7. Opacak, PGE Turow9.5 
 8. Brandwein, Energa9.0 
 9. Dutkiewicz, Energa8.0 
 10. Zigeranovic, PGE8.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aaron CEL
  PGE Turow
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 9
 1. Cel, PGE Turow9.0 
 2. Gadri-N., Energa C.8.5 
 3. Kulig, PGE Turow6.5 
 4. Tomaszek, Energa5.5 
 5. Zigeranovic, PGE T.5.5 
 6. Dabkus, Energa C.5.0 
 7. Nowakowski, Energa4.0 
 8. Jackson, PGE Turow4.0 
 9. Dutkiewicz, Energa4.0 
 10. Kostrzewski, Ener.3.5 
Assists Per Game
 Todd ABERNETHY
  Energa C.
  (185-PG-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Abernethy, Energa3.5 
 2. Jackson, PGE Turow3.5 
 3. Aleksic, PGE Turow3.0 
 4. Kulig, PGE Turow2.5 
 5. Micic, PGE Turow2.5 
 6. Brandwein, Energa2.0 
 7. Zigeranovic, PGE T.2.0 
 8. Knutson, Energa C.2.0 
 9. Chylinski, PGE T.2.0 
 10. Dabkus, Energa C.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 David JACKSON
  PGE Turow
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 2
 1. Jackson, PGE Turow2.0 
 2. Tomaszek, Energa2.0 
 3. Nowakowski, Energa1.0 
 4. Micic, PGE Turow1.0 
 5. Knutson, Energa C.1.0 
 6. Abernethy, Energa1.0 
 7. Cel, PGE Turow1.0 
 8. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.0 
 9. Dutkiewicz, Energa1.0 
 10. Dabkus, Energa C.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Bertengeh GADRI-NICHOLSON
  Energa C.
  (208-C-83)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Gadri-N., Energa C.1.5 
 2. Kostrzewski, Energ.1.0 
 3. Wichniarz, PGE T.0.5 
 4. Zigeranovic, PGE T.0.5 
 5. Micic, PGE Turow0.5 
 6. Opacak, PGE Turow0.5 
 7. Brandwein, Energa0.0 
 8. Abernethy, Energa0.0 
 9. Knutson, Energa C.0.0 
 10. Dabkus, Energa C.0.0 


Sek Henry in AZS Koszalin - by Maciej Paszyn

From the prolonging reason of return to basketball court of first PG player - Igor Milicic (194-G-76, agency: Alti Sport), management Board AZS Koszalin S.A. along with the coaching staff made a decision to employ the new guard which would be supposed to help the team of the Teo Cizmicia coach on the position 1.
Sek Henry (193-G-87, college: Nebraska) became new player of Koszalin club.
25-year Henry began his career in School Patterson in North Carolina where from found his way to University of Nebraska (NCAA, Conference: of Creases this Conference). He spent last season in Japan BJ-League in team Akita Northern Happinets where where during 49 played games his averages was 18.9 points and 5.0 assists. After end of BJ-legaue Henry moved to Venezuela to Bucaneros de La Guaira.

A very good throw and an excellent inspection of the situation on the floor are the greatest advantages of the new AZS playr. Already during the game on University of Nebraska Henry had one of the bestresults of the university league in terms of the assist. He also proved his abilities in the more late career.

Henry reached Koszalin yesterday evening (04.10 Thursday) and at once underwent required medical tests.



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Standings - Superleague B

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 5: Planeta-Univ. - Ruskon-Mord. 99-66
Oct. 5: Avtodor S. - Rjazan 88-71
Oct. 5: Dynamo Mo. - Sojuz Zaretchny 79-76
Oct. 4: Novosybirsk - Ataman 72-78
Oct. 5: AltajBasket - TEMP-SUMZ 68-71
Oct. 5: Severstal - Spartak V. 62-44
Oct. 5: Volgograd - Univ.Surgut 57-84

Regular Season: Round 2

Oct. 13: Volgograd - Ural Ekaterinb.
Oct. 13: Ruskon-Mord. - Spartak V.
Oct. 13: TEMP-SUMZ - Severstal
Oct. 13: Ataman - Planeta-Univ.
Oct. 13: Sojuz Zaretchny - AltajBasket
Oct. 13: Rjazan - Novosybirsk
Oct. 13: Univ.Surgut - Dynamo Mo.


Stats Leaders - Superleague B

Points Per Game
 Stanislav MAKSHANTSEV
  Novosy.
  (205-PF-78)
  Avg: 31
 1. Makshantsev, Novo.31.0 
 2. Chernov, Planeta-.29.0 
 3. Chernov, AltajBas.28.0 
 4. Amelin, Planeta-Un.22.0 
 5. Zagnoyko, Ataman21.0 
 6. Zaykin, Planeta-Un.21.0 
 7. Zakharov, Severstal21.0 
 8. Aleksandrov, Ata.21.0 
 9. Karpeko, Dynamo M.18.0 
 10. Chudinovskic., So.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stanislav MAKSHANTSEV
  Novosy.
  (205-PF-78)
  Avg: 13
 1. Makshantsev, Novo.13.0 
 2. Manikhin, Planeta-.13.0 
 3. Kondrashin, Sever.12.0 
 4. Petukhov, Avtod.11.0 
 5. Khomyakov, Sojuz11.0 
 6. Pavlov, Ataman11.0 
 7. Pavlov, Ataman11.0 
 8. Sotnikov, Ruskon-.9.0 
 9. Zaykin, Planeta-Un.9.0 
 10. Trushkin, Spart.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Artur URAZMANOV
  Dynamo M.
  (186-G-87)
  Avg: 6
 1. Urazmanov, Dynamo6.0 
 2. Filin, Avtodor S.6.0 
 3. Chernov, AltajBas.6.0 
 4. Tokarev, Novosybi.5.0 
 5. Uskov, Rjazan5.0 
 6. Gerasimenko, TEMP-.4.0 
 7. Korchagin, Dynamo4.0 
 8. Aleksandrov, Ata.4.0 
 9. Klimenko, Avtod.4.0 
 10. Gusev, Avtodor S.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Maxim KIRYANOV
  TE.
  (190-G-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Kiryanov, TE.5.0 
 2. Mateyunas, Avtod.4.0 
 3. Gusev, Avtodor S.4.0 
 4. Korchagin, Dynamo3.0 
 5. Zinchenko, Sever.3.0 
 6. Diatchkov, AltajBa.3.0 
 7. Petukhov, Avtod.3.0 
 8. Chernov, AltajBas.3.0 
 9. Novikov, Novosybi.2.0 
 10. Shvetsov, Planet.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Alexei KUZNETSOV
  Ruskon-M.
  (203-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kuznetsov, Ruskon.3.0 
 2. Sayapin, Novosybi.3.0 
 3. Tokarev, Novosybi.2.0 
 4. Kondrashin, Sever.2.0 
 5. Zagnoyko, Ataman2.0 
 6. Kurtsevich, Ataman1.0 
 7. Podkolzin, Novosyb.1.0 
 8. Baranov, TE.1.0 
 9. Ponosov, AltajBas.1.0 
 10. Gresev, Ruskon-M.1.0 


Mantas Kalnietis signs with Lokomotiv Kuban - by Eurobasket News

Mantas Kalnietis (195-PG-86, agency: Interperformances) officially signed with Lokomotiv Kuban. The Lithuanian guard inked a three-year deal with the Russian powerhouse. Mantas Kalnietis spent all his career with Zalgiris Kaunas. Last season the guard notched 7.6 points, 3.7 assists and 2.5 boards per game in Euroleague. In Baltic League he posted 12.5 points, 4.5 assists, 2.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals per appearance. Mantas Kalnietis delivered 8.4 points, 3.2 assists, 2.1 boards and 1.2 steals in VTB League. In LKL his stats read 10.0 points, 5.3 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game. He was named All-Lithuanian LKL Guard of the Year in 2012. Mantas Kalnietis was also trumped All-Baltic League Playoff MVP. He has been the member of Lithuanian National Team since 2006. Mantas Kalnietis posted 5.5 points, 4.8 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game at the Olympic Games tournament in London this summer.


Semen Antonov extends contract with Nizhny Novgorod - by Eurobasket News

Semen Antonov (202-PF-89, agency: RU-Basket Management) signed a new contract with Nizhny Novgorod. The deal is meant for three seasons. The power forward joined Nizhny Novgorod back in 2010. Last season he posted 11.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in EuroChallenge. In PBL the forward delivered 12.2 points, 5.1 boards and 1.5 assists per appearance. In VTB League his stats read 10.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists. Previously Semen Antonov played for Avtodor Saratov and TSU-Basket Tambov. He has been the member of Russian National Team since 2011. Semen Antonov participated at 2012 Olympic Games in London. The forward delivered 2.2 points per game at the tournament.


Superleague Round 1: Results and stats from opening day - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Superlaegue just started.

Planeta-Univ. - Ruskon-Mord. 99-66

The most crucial game of the last round was the first loss of Ruskon-Mordovia (0-1) in Ukhta on Friday night. Visitors were rolled over by Planeta-Univ. (1-0) 99-66. The game without a history. Planeta-Univ. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Planeta-Univ. forced 19 Ruskon-Mordovia turnovers. They shot the lights out from three sinking 16 long-distance shots on high 61.5 percentage. 26 personal fouls committed by Ruskon-Mordovia helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of point guard Ilya Chernov (187-89) who helped to win the game recording 29 points. Power forward Aleksandr Zaykin (208-84) contributed with 21 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Power forward Alexei Kuznetsov (203-84) answered with 18 points and point guard Alexander Varnakov (185-92) added 14 points in the effort for Ruskon-Mordovia. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Planeta-Univ. is looking forward to face Ataman in Rostov in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Ruskon-Mordovia will play at home against Spartak Vidnoye in Moscow and is hoping to prove to their supporters that the loss was just an accident.
Top scorers:
Planeta-Univ.: I.Chernov 29+4reb+3ast, A.Amelin 22+4reb+3ast, A.Zaykin 21+9reb+1ast, D.Nesterov 6+2reb+3ast, A.Dudukin 6+1reb, D.Shvetsov 4+4reb+2ast
Ruskon-Mord.: A.Kuznetsov 18+3reb+1ast, A.Varnakov 14+3reb, R.Semerninov 10+5reb+1ast, Y.Cherniavskiy 7+1reb, N.Gresev 6+3reb+2ast, F.Klyuchnikov 5+3reb
gschID: 193383


Dynamo Mo. - Sojuz Zaretchny 79-76

A very interesting game took place in Moscow. It ended with only three-point defeat on the road of Sojuz Zaretchny (0-1) to Dynamo Moscow (1-0) 79-76 on Friday evening. Sojuz Zaretchny was ahead by 3 points at the halftime before a 40-34 second half run of Dynamo Moscow. They also forced 26 Sojuz Zaretchny turnovers. Strangely Sojuz Zaretchny outrebounded Dynamo Moscow 44-16 including a 27-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. 32 personal fouls committed by Sojuz Zaretchny helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Forward Aleksei Karpeko (194-89) fired 18 points for the winners. Guard Alexandr Korchagin (188-88, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) chipped in 15 points and 4 assists. Dynamo Moscow's coach Aleksandr Afanasaev allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. point guard Sergei Chudinovskich (193-81, agency: RU-Basket Management) produced 18 points and center Anton Lanchakov (202-85) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Sojuz Zaretchny players scored in double figures. Dynamo Moscow's next round opponent will be Universitet-Yugra in Surgut which should be theoretically an easy game. Sojuz Zaretchny will play at home against AltajBasket in Barnau and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Dynamo Mo.: A.Karpeko 18+3reb, A.Korchagin 15+2reb+4ast, K.Babynin 11+2reb, E.Karpeko 9+1reb+2ast, A.Urazmanov 9+4reb+6ast, A.Savkov 7+2reb
Sojuz Zaretchny: S.Chudinovskich 18+3ast, A.Pushkin 13+4reb+1ast, A.Lanchakov 12+8reb, N.Zhmako 10+4reb+1ast, D.Novikov 9+5reb, V.Sleta 7+8reb
gschID: 193380


AltajBasket - TEMP-SUMZ 68-71

A very close game took place in Barnau between TEMP-SUMZ Revda and AltajBasket. TEMP-SUMZ Revda (1-0) got a very close victory on the road over much higher ranked AltajBasket (0-1). TEMP-SUMZ Revda managed to escape with a 3-point win 71-68 on Friday evening. The guests trailed by 20 points after first quarter, but they rallied back and won the game by 3 points. TEMP-SUMZ Revda dominated on the defensive end, holding AltajBasket to just 5 points in fourth quarter. TEMP-SUMZ Revda forced 28 AltajBasket turnovers. Forward Maksim Baranov (192-82) nailed 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Gleb Gerasimenko (180-88) accounted for 14 points and 4 assists. Four TEMP-SUMZ Revda players scored in double figures. Guard Sergey Chernov (187-86) came up with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists (made all of his eight free throws) and forward Alexander Lunev (201-80, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for AltajBasket in the defeat. AltajBasket's coach Aleksandr Rachenkov rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. TEMP-SUMZ Revda will meet at home Severstal in the next round. AltajBasket will play against Sojuz Zaretchny.
Top scorers:
TEMP-SUMZ: M.Baranov 15+7reb+2ast, G.Gerasimenko 14+4reb+4ast, S.Khlopov 12+6reb+3ast, D.Kachanko 10+2reb+2ast, A.Komarov 9+2reb+1ast, A.Tsvetkov 4+7reb
AltajBasket: S.Chernov 28+7reb+6ast, A.Lunev 14+8reb+2ast, A.Diatchkov 7+6reb, S.Dubinin 5+1reb, V.Chichaykin 5+2reb+2ast, D.Ponosov 4+8reb
gschID: 193381


Severstal - Spartak V. 62-44

Severstal used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Moscow 62-44. Severstal dominated on the defensive end, holding Spartak Vidnoye to just 7 points in first quarter. They outrebounded Spartak Vidnoye 45-32 including 28 on the offensive glass. Guard Sergei Zakharov (194-86) fired 21 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Forward Stanislav Zinchenko (203-87) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Four Severstal players scored in double figures. Forward Vladislav Trushkin (201-93) produced 14 points and 9 rebounds and center Vyacheslav Voronchikhin (208-91) added 7 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Severstal's next round opponent will be TEMP-SUMZ Revda on the road which should be theoretically an easy game. Spartak Vidnoye will play against Ruskon-Mordovia in Saransk.
Top scorers:
Severstal: S.Zakharov 21+7reb+2ast, S.Zinchenko 14+7reb+3ast, P.Zhukanenko 10+6reb+2ast, A.Kondrashin 10+12reb, V.Pavlenko 5+1reb+1ast, A.Borisov 2+4reb+3ast
Spartak V.: V.Trushkin 14+9reb+2ast, V.Voronchikhin 7+5reb+1ast, D.Zakharov 5+3reb+2ast, A.Karpukhin 4+3reb+2ast, E.Marinin 4+2reb+3ast, G.Goldyrev 4
gschID: 193382


Novosybirsk - Ataman 72-78

Another exciting game for Ataman (1-0) which played on the court of Novosybirsk (0-1). Ataman won 78-72. Novosybirsk was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Pavel Aleksandrov (196-89) stepped up and scored 21 points and 4 assists (made all of his eight free throws) for the winners and guard Dmitriy Zagnoyko (192-85) chipped in 21 points. At the losing side naturalized Kazakhstan Stanislav Makshantsev (205-78, college: Furman) responded with a double-double by scoring 31 points and 13 rebounds and guard Igor Novikov (192-90) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Ataman will play against Planeta-Univ. in Ukhta in the next round. Novosybirsk will play on the road against Rjazan and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Ataman: P.Aleksandrov 21+4reb+4ast, D.Zagnoyko 21+3reb+1ast, I.Pavlov 12+11reb+1ast, R.Korchaga 8+2reb, D.Beliaev 5+1reb, A.Amirkhanov 4+1ast
Novosybirsk: S.Makshantsev 31+13reb+1ast, I.Novikov 16+9reb+2ast, S.Tokarev 6+2reb+5ast, P.Podkolzin 5+4reb, V.Pronin 5+4reb, M.Sinelnikov 4
gschID: 193377


Volgograd - Univ.Surgut 57-84

Volgograd was not able to use a home court advantage and was smashed by the opponent from Surgut 84-57. The game was mostly controlled by Universitet-Yugra. Volgograd was better in second period 21-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Volgograd to just 5 points in first quarter. Universitet-Yugra's next round opponent will be Dynamo Moscow at home, which may be the game of the day. Volgograd will play against Ural Ekaterinburg.
gschID: 193378


Avtodor S. - Rjazan 88-71

Avtodor S. used a home court advantage and won against the opponent from Rjazan 88-71. The game without a history. Avtodor S. led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 58 of its points in the paint compared to Rjazan's 32. Avtodor S. forced 22 Rjazan turnovers. Forward Andrey Petukhov (207-86, agency: RU-Basket Management) fired a double-double by scoring 15 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ilia Gusev (192-88) chipped in 13 points and 4 assists. Four Avtodor S. players scored in double figures. Guard Aleksei Vzdykhalkin (190-85, agency: Interperformances) produced 13 points and 7 rebounds and forward Aleksey Kirjanov (206-81) added 17 points respectively for lost side. Avtodor S. will have a break next round. Rjazan will play at home against Novosybirsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Avtodor S.: A.Petukhov 15+11reb, I.Gusev 13+3reb+4ast, A.Mateyunas 13+2reb+3ast, S.Toropov 12+5reb, O.Filin 6+3reb+6ast, A.Lavnikov 6+1reb
Rjazan: A.Kirjanov 17+2reb, A.Vzdykhalkin 13+7reb+2ast, V.Uskov 11+2reb+5ast, M.Polyakov 8+5reb, N.Stepanenkov 5+2reb, R.Vasilev 4+1reb
gschID: 193379



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  SAUDI ARABIA   


Saudi Arabia edge UAE in Manama - by Eurobasket News

Saudi Arabia - UAE 67:60

Saudi Arabia registered the second win at the Arabian Gulf Cup in Manama. They outplayed UAE for 1-2 record. Saudi Arabia thus clinched the third position at the tournament. They sealed the ticket to the Asian Cup to be held in Lebanon next year. UAE fell at 1-3 record after the defeat.
Saudi Arabia strongly tipped off the game. They accumulated a 27:13 lead after ten minutes. UAE responded with an 18:3 run in the second frame. They denied the deficit and ensured a one-point halftime lead 30:31. Saudi Arabia came back to life in the third quarter. They held UAE to 13 points to snatch a 4-point lead at the final break. Saudi Arabia outscored their opponents in the fourth period and celebrated a crucial win at the end. Fahad Al Salik came up with 19 points to lead the winners. Jaber Kabe (184-SG-85) added 15 points for Saudi Arabia. Rashed Al Zaabi (189-G-88) answered with 24 points for UAE. Abdulla Jasim (205-C-88) netted 13 points in the losing effort.

Saudi Arabia: Fahad Al Salik 19, Jaber Kabe 15
UAE: Rashed Al Zaabi 24, Abdulla Jasim 13



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  SERBIA   


Stanoje Knezevic extends contract with OKK Beograd - by Zoran Popovic

Management of OKK Beograd agreed terms and extends contract with Stanoje Knezevic. Last season Knezevic played 10 games in BIBL league and average scored 11.2 points, 5.0 boards, 1.0 assist, 1.6 steals and 24 games in Serbian league with average scored 8.5 points, 5.1 boards, 1.4 assists and 1.0 steal per game. Young 23 old Knezevic during the career played for KK Torlak Aboca and last three seasons played for OKK Beograd.


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  SLOVENIA   


Isiah Martin is a newcomer at Polzela, ex Balkan - by Eurobasket News

Hopsi Polzela (Telemach League) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old American power forward Isiah Martin (203-89, college: Indiana State). Martin played most recently at Balkan in Bulgarian NBL league. In 29 NBL games last season he recorded 8.4ppg and 4.7rpg.
His team won MVC Tournament in 2011.
Martin was also voted to MVC All-Freshman Team back in 2008 in his college time.
He graduated from Indiana State in 2011 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @SLO_Basketball)



Sani Becirovic denies signing with Iranian club - by Rado Markovic Hribernik

Slovenian former national team star player Sani Becirovic (196-G-81), who during his career played for powerhouses like Panathinaikos Athens, CSKA Moscow, SAIE3 Bologna and some others denied on Friday for Slovenian media, to have signed with Iranian club Petrochimi Bandar Imam Harbour.

"No, I have not signed a contract with any of the clubs for the following season. There are three options open for me at the moment, which I will carefully consider and make a decision during the weekend," Sani told the press.

Most recently, Sani Becirovic played in Italy for Benetton Treviso, where he averaged 12.7 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game in Eurocup Basketball. Last summer he retired from Slovenian national team after a dispute with head coach Bozidar Maljkovic and didn't play in EuroBasket in Lithuania.




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  SPAIN   

Standings - LEB Gold

LEB Gold Standings
 1. A.Ford Burgos 1-0 
 2. Andorra 1-0 
 3. Melilla 1-0 
 4. Palencia 1-0 
 5. Breogan 0-0 
 6. Clavijo 0-0 
 7. Coruna 0-0 
 8. FCB Regal II 0-0 
 9. Lucentum 0-0 
 10. Planasa NV 0-0 
 11. Caceres 0-1 
 12. Forca Lleida 0-1 
 13. Lobe Huesca 0-1 
 14. Ourense 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 5: Melilla - Caceres 95-78
Oct. 5: Lobe Huesca - Andorra 81-82
Oct. 5: Ourense - Palencia 68-93
Oct. 5: Forca Lleida - A.Ford Burgos 52-67
Oct. 6: Breogan - FCB Regal II
Oct. 7: Lucentum - Clavijo
Oct. 7: Coruna - Planasa NV


Stats Leaders - LEB Gold

Points Per Game
 Nick BARBOUR
  Ourense
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 27
 1. Barbour, Ourense27.0 
 2. Cebular, Lobe H.25.0 
 3. Sanchez, Melilla22.0 
 4. Castro, Melilla19.0 
 5. Garrido, Palencia19.0 
 6. Safford, Andorra17.0 
 7. McDermott, Palen.16.0 
 8. Wachsmann, Melilla15.0 
 9. Johnson, Forca L.14.0 
 10. Robles, Caceres14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex THOMPSON
  Forca L.
  (208-F-85)
  Avg: 10
 1. Thompson, Forca L.10.0 
 2. Ortega, A.Ford B.10.0 
 3. Ogide, Ourense10.0 
 4. Krusic, Lobe Hues.9.0 
 5. Samuels, Lobe H.9.0 
 6. Manzano, Melilla8.0 
 7. Schreiner, Andorra8.0 
 8. Hampl, Andorra8.0 
 9. Lopez, Ourense8.0 
 10. Gonzalez, Ourense7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Richard NGUEMA
  Caceres
  (191-PG-88)
  Avg: 7
 1. Nguema, Caceres7.0 
 2. Marco, Melilla7.0 
 3. Lopez, A.Ford B.7.0 
 4. Castro, Melilla6.0 
 5. Xavier, A.Ford B.6.0 
 6. Costa, Lobe Huesca5.0 
 7. Schreiner, Andorra5.0 
 8. Van Oostrum, Cacer.5.0 
 9. Robles, Caceres4.0 
 10. Rodriguez, Forca3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Urko OTEGUI
  Palencia
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 4
 1. Otegui, Palencia4.0 
 2. Ashaolu, Caceres4.0 
 3. McDermott, Palen.4.0 
 4. Castro, Melilla4.0 
 5. Costa, Lobe Huesca3.0 
 6. Schreiner, Andorra3.0 
 7. Cebular, Lobe H.3.0 
 8. Nguema, Caceres3.0 
 9. Manzano, Melilla3.0 
 10. Lopez, Caceres2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jose AMADOR
  Melilla
  (210-F/C-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Amador, Melilla2.0 
 2. Oriola, Forca Llei.1.0 
 3. Safford, Andorra1.0 
 4. Samuels, Lobe H.1.0 
 5. Flis, Andorra1.0 
 6. Serrano, Ourense1.0 
 7. Lopez, A.Ford B.1.0 
 8. Sikma, A.Ford B.1.0 
 9. Ogide, Ourense1.0 
 10. Thompson, Forca1.0 


Seydou Aboubacar joins Prat Juventud - by Eurobasket News

CB Prat Juventud (LEB Silver) agreed terms with Seydou Aboubacar. Aboubacar played last season at Pielagos (EBA). In 12 EBA games last year he had just 2.5ppg and 2.0rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SWEDEN   

Standings - Basketligan

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 5: Eagles - Eco Orebro 96-65
Oct. 5: LF Basket - Solna 79-82
Oct. 5: Jamtland - Nassjo 75-49
Oct. 5: Sundsvall - Uppsala 74-80
Oct. 4: Boras - 08 101-96
Oct. 6: Sodertalje - Norrkoping


Stats Leaders - Basketligan

Points Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 37
 1. Miller, Boras37.0 
 2. Wesby, Sundsvall25.0 
 3. Levin, Solna24.0 
 4. Carlsson, Boras24.0 
 5. Cuffee, Sundsvall23.0 
 6. Krayem, Eagles21.0 
 7. Inan, 0821.0 
 8. Jeansson, Uppsala20.0 
 9. Augustus, 0819.0 
 10. Hudson, Jamtland18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darryl HUDSON
  Jamtland
  (195-G-85)
  Avg: 16
 1. Hudson, Jamtland16.0 
 2. Igbavboa, LF Bask.11.0 
 3. Thomas, Boras10.0 
 4. Damjanovic, Nassjo10.0 
 5. Lukasiak, Nassjo9.0 
 6. Wesby, Sundsvall9.0 
 7. Henderson, LF Ba.9.0 
 8. Toutziarakis, Solna9.0 
 9. Taylor, Eagles9.0 
 10. Wazzi, Nassjo8.0 
Assists Per Game
 James MILLER
  Boras
  (180-PG-79)
  Avg: 6
 1. Miller, Boras6.0 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.6.0 
 3. Krayem, Eagles6.0 
 4. Cvilak, 086.0 
 5. Beck, 085.0 
 6. Hudson, Jamtland5.0 
 7. Levin, Solna5.0 
 8. Salon, Sundsvall4.0 
 9. Carter, Uppsala4.0 
 10. Diez, Eco Orebro4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Rhys CARTER
  Uppsala
  (190-PG-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Carter, Uppsala7.0 
 2. Diez, Eco Orebro4.0 
 3. Santee, Eco Orebro3.0 
 4. Stefanovic, Eagles3.0 
 5. Wazzi, Nassjo3.0 
 6. Krayem, Eagles3.0 
 7. Hellgren, Jamtland3.0 
 8. Carlsson, Boras3.0 
 9. Cvilak, 082.0 
 10. Micovic, Eagles2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Esian HENDERSON
  LF Ba.
  (204-F/C-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Henderson, LF Ba.3.0 
 2. Baeringsson, Sunds.2.0 
 3. Koutras, Eagles1.0 
 4. Lukasiak, Nassjo1.0 
 5. Nilsson, Sundsvall1.0 
 6. Cvilak, 081.0 
 7. Soskic, LF Basket1.0 
 8. Johnson, Solna1.0 
 9. Taylor, Eagles1.0 
 10. Carlsson, Boras1.0 


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. Flink, BG Lulea19.0 
 7. Andersson, Taby19.0 
 8. Ronnqvist, LF Fu.19.0 
 9. Westerlund, Taby17.7 
 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: 9.3
 1. Westerlund, Taby9.3 
 2. Trott, Hogsbo6.5 
 3. Nystrom, Eos6.0 
 4. Gjorup, Eos5.5 
 5. Blazevic, Talje5.5 
 6. Dilek, Fryshuset5.0 
 7. Lundin, Taby4.7 
 8. Pierre, Umea4.7 
 9. Fastberg, Helsingb.4.5 
 10. Bankhead, Malbas4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jakob ERIKSSON
  LF Future
  (199-F-90)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Eriksson, LF Future3.5 
 2. Flink, BG Lulea3.0 
 3. Halling, Jarfalla3.0 
 4. Sellin, Helsingborg3.0 
 5. Dilek, Fryshuset3.0 
 6. Medjedoub, Eos3.0 
 7. Jagbeck, Alvik B.2.7 
 8. Hansson, Alvik B.2.7 
 9. Andersson, Boras2.5 
 10. Oksman, Eskilstu.2.5 
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. Hartmann, Akropol1.0 
 9. Larsson, Talje1.0 
 10. Bergstrom, Black.1.0 



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  SWITZERLAND   


SAM Massagno signs Pete Campbell - by Luca Maffioli

SAM Basket Massagno agreed terms with Pete Campbell (201-F-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Butler). The American power forward will replace the injured player Danilo Mitrovic. Graduated at Butler, he started his pro-career in Germany with Duesseldorf Giants. Campbell spent last season with BBC Bayreuth, then he moved to Fico Finance Nelson Giants. In Germany he averaged 8.2 points (FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 46.0%, FT: 90.9%) and 2.6 rebounds in 34 1.Bundesliga games. In New Zeland he averaged 14.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 16 games of NBL.


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  TAIWAN   


Asian University Mens Basketball Championship to take place once again in Taiwan - by Chris Wang

According to the Asian University Sports Federation (AUSF), the 4th Asian University Mens Basketball Championship (AUMBC) will be held during Oct. 30 - Nov. 4 in New Taipei City, Taiwan, the fourth time that Taiwan hosts this event since 2006, but for the first time in New Taipei City.

New Taipei City, with a population of 3.9 million, is located beside Taipei City. The venue will be Sinjhuang Stadium.

Chinese Taipei University Sports Federation (CTUSF), governing body of Taiwans collegiate sports, announced on Oct. 1 that the Taiwan NT will be coached by Lu Ching-shan, head coach of the defending UBA champion National Taiwan University of Art (NTUA).

The assistant coaches will be Lee Po-lun, San Mao-sun and Huang Chih-tsai.

Taiwan NT roster:

Chen Tse-yu, National Taiwan University of Art
Chiang Yu-an, National Taiwan Sport University
Lee Wei-che, Chinese Culture University
Lu Kuan-liang, National Taiwan University of Art
Cheng Tieh, National Taiwan University of Art
Huang Cheng, Fu Jen University
Lee Chi-wei, Mindao University
Hu Kai-hsiang, Chinese Culture University
Wang Hao-chi, Hsing Wu University of Science and Technology
Chen Kuan-chuan, National Taiwan Normal University
Lin Chi-wei, Chinese Culture University
Lu Kuan-ting, National Taiwan University of Art

http://www.ausf.org/eventsshow.php?sid=28&tid=72&pid=277

Provisional Competition Program
Oct. 28 Teams Arrival
Oct. 29 Training / General Technical Meeting
Oct. 30 Opening ceremony/ Competition
Oct. 30 - Nov. 3 Competition
Nov. 4 Competition / Closing Ceremony
Nov. 5 Teams Departure



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  TURKEY   

Standings - TB2L

TB2L Standings
 1. Gelisim 1-0 
 2. Pi Koleji 1-0 
 3. Akhisar Bld 0-0 
 4. Balikesir 0-0 
 5. Bandirma Kir. 0-0 
 6. Darussafaka 0-0 
 7. Final Genclik 0-0 
 8. Istanbul B.B. 0-0 
 9. Istanbulspor 0-0 
 10. Maliye Milli 0-0 
 11. Pertevniyal 0-0 
 12. Selcuk Univ. 0-0 
 13. Trabzonspor 0-0 
 14. Usak 0-0 
 15. Vestel 0-0 
 16. Yesilgiresun 0-0 
 17. Baskent Genclik 0-1 
 18. Izmir BSB 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 5: Gelisim - Baskent Genclik 83-68 OT
Oct. 5: Pi Koleji - Izmir BSB 81-78
Oct. 6: Istanbul B.B. - Darussafaka
Oct. 6: Balikesir - Trabzonspor
Oct. 6: Maliye Milli - Akhisar Bld
Oct. 6: Selcuk Univ. - Bandirma Kir.
Oct. 6: Istanbulspor - Pertevniyal
Oct. 6: Vestel - Final Genclik
Oct. 7: Usak - Yesilgiresun


TB2L Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Ahmet Murat YOLCU
  Baskent .
  (184-PG-78)
  Avg: 22
 1. Yolcu, Baskent22.0 
 2. Porrini, Gelisim18.0 
 3. Kan, Baskent18.0 
 4. Dearman, Gelisim18.0 
 5. Gacemer, Izmir BSB16.0 
 6. Ergen, Izmir BSB14.0 
 7. Ergin, Gelisim14.0 
 8. Kapucu, Gelisim14.0 
 9. Delic, Pi Koleji13.0 
 10. Gungor, Pi Koleji13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Halit Serdar GUNGOR
  Pi Koleji
  (--77)
  Avg: 10
 1. Gungor, Pi Koleji10.0 
 2. Erol, Gelisim9.0 
 3. Delic, Pi Koleji9.0 
 4. Dearman, Gelisim9.0 
 5. Ergen, Izmir BSB8.0 
 6. Uskuplu, Basken.7.0 
 7. Tasdelen, Basken.7.0 
 8. Sokolov, Pi Koleji7.0 
 9. Porrini, Gelisim6.0 
 10. Ergin, Gelisim6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Admir Aziz KAN
  Baskent .
  (185-G-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Kan, Baskent8.0 
 2. Porrini, Gelisim6.0 
 3. Sahillioglu, Pi Ko.5.0 
 4. Dearman, Gelisim5.0 
 5. Gacemer, Izmir BSB4.0 
 6. Ozgur, Izmir BSB4.0 
 7. Sefa, Izmir BSB3.0 
 8. Kavut, Pi Koleji3.0 
 9. Sevim, Izmir BSB3.0 
 10. Erol, Gelisim2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jermaine DEARMAN
  Gelisim
  (202-F/C-80)
  Avg: 4
 1. Dearman, Gelisim4.0 
 2. Sefa, Izmir BSB3.0 
 3. Ergin, Gelisim2.0 
 4. Celebioglu, Gelisim2.0 
 5. Kan, Baskent2.0 
 6. Tasdelen, Basken.1.0 
 7. Ozseven, Basken.1.0 
 8. Kapucu, Gelisim1.0 
 9. Sokolov, Pi Koleji1.0 
 10. Onver, Gelisim1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Nenad DELIC
  Pi Koleji
  (210-F/C-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Delic, Pi Koleji3.0 
 2. Kapucu, Gelisim1.0 
 3. Ozseven, Basken.1.0 
 4. Baybora, Izmir BSB1.0 
 5. Gokcepinar, Izmir1.0 
 6. Kan, Baskent0.0 
 7. Gokalp, Gelisim0.0 
 8. Tasdelen, Basken.0.0 
 9. Gacemer, Izmir BSB0.0 
 10. Sevim, Izmir BSB0.0 


Ataman wants peace - by Efe Gorkem

Galatasaray Medical Park coach Ergin Ataman was happy after yesterday's win over arch-rivals Fenerbahe lker. However, he took his time to warn hooligans about their behaviours.

"Our fans threw some flammable items on the court. Moreover, fans sitting on the upper decks threw them to other fans who support the same team. At the end of the game, this time Fenerbahe fans started throwing things on the court. This is not sportsmanship. I don't want them to come to our games."

Ataman said there isn't any tension between players and coaches.

"We stayed at the same hotel with Fenerbahe for three days. We had the breakfast together and had no problems. If you come to watch the game, you have to behave accordingly. You can't act like this, it's a shame! I want everyone to obey the Sports Laws and I want serious punishments. In the future that would go worse. Before the game, I saw both teams' fans in the same arena and I had a hope. Hooligans are like 5-10 percent of the real fans. Please don't let them come our games."

Galatasaray beat Fenerbahe 74-69 in a Turkish Cup game.



NBA Europe Live 2012: Fenerbahce Ulker shock Boston Celtics in Istanbul - by Eurobasket News

Fenerbahce Ulker - Boston Celtics 97:91

Boston Celtics came to Turkey for a friendly game against Fenerbahce Ulker. The team from NBA started with 27-26, but could not win the half. The Turkish representative erupted with 29-18 in the second frame to take 10-points advantage at the halftime.
Boston Celtics managed to win the third and the last stanzas however it was not enough to beat the hosts. Boston Celtics won the third period 27-24 and added 19-18 in the last stanza. Although Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) reduced to just three points with 1 minute to go, Romain Sato (6'5''-G/F-81, college: Xavier) nailed three for the final success. Smith and Christmas missed their far shots as the board showed 97:91 for Fenerbahce Ulker.
Romain Sato top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Bo McCalebb (5'10''-PG-85, college: New Orleans) nailed 21. Bojan Bogdanovic (6'8''-SG-89) posted 11, whilst Oguz Savas (7'0''-C-87) added 10. Jeff Green and Jared Sullinger (6'9''-PF-92, college: Ohio St.) replied with 16 points for the NBA team. Rajon Rondo (6'1''-PG-86, college: Kentucky) scored 13 and Brandon Bass (6'8''-F-85, college: LSU) posted 9.

Fenerbahce Ulker: Romain Sato 24, Bo McCalebb 21, Bojan Bogdanovic 11, Oguz Savas 10
Boston Celtics: Jeff Green 16, Jared Sullinger 16, Rajon Rondo 13, Brandon Bass 9



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Season Player Previews: Kemba Walker - by David Edole

By Brandon Becker

After being selected with the ninth overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft Kemba Walker (185-PG-90, college: Connecticut) entered his first season with something to prove. Walker was fresh off a NCAA national championship at UConn and was lauded as a "winner" out of college. Michael Jordan and general manager Rich Cho wanted to change the culture of losing within the organization and take a more proven player to pair with the No. 7 overall pick in that same draft, who ended up being Bismack Biyombo.

The pick of Walker didn't exactly change the losing culture in Charlotte, as we all know the team would go on to win only seven games in a lockout shortened season. Walker wasn't to be blamed for the poor season by the Bobcats. The team was too young, experienced too many injuries and simply didn't have enough talent.

Veteran D.J. Augustin was entrenched as the starting point guard at the beginning of the season, but injuries and the decision to play Kemba at the 2 occasionally led to him starting 25 games. Overall it was an up and down season for the rookie guard with mixed results.The Bobcats didn't feel confident enough to go into the season with Walker running the offense this early in his career, which is why Ramon Sessions was brought in on a two-year deal.

Look for Walker to be used as a spark plug off the bench. Last season he struggled getting others involved only compiling 4.4 assists per game in an average of 27.2 minutes. Playing with a lack of talent and having to be more of a scorer didn't help any, but getting others involved doesn't come naturally to Walker; it's something he is going to have to continue to work on and have coaches continue to stress.

The biggest concern heading into year two with Kemba isn't on the offensive end. We know he's going to be able to put points on the board but can he prevent them? He's listed at 6'1" and around 170 pounds give or take a few. We saw him struggle to stay in front of opponents last season and most guards were able to push him around.

Walker is always going to have a disadvantage on the defensive end because of his size, but he can become a much better technical defender. Learning how to stay focused, how to play angles, anticipate and learn the nuances of other point guards will come as he ages. Right now a consistent effort on the defensive end would be nice to see. At times last season when the team was struggling or Walker's shot wasn't falling the defensive focus and effort wasn't there. He's got to play at a higher level on the defensive side if he wants to be the point guard of the future for this team.

On the offensive side of things, the clear area of improvement has to come in shooting percentage. Last season he finished at 36 percent and 30 percent from beyond the arc. The good news is he was able to create space and get good looks in his rookie season, but he failed to knock down shots that he should make. Walker was a volume scorer in college and it may be unrealistic to expect him to shoot at a high percentage compared to his peers.

There's a lot to like about the young guard but the biggest question I struggle with is whether or not he can be the lead guard on a team. It'll be interesting to see what role he ultimately serves this season. Is he going to be asked to come in behind Sessions and be a prototypical point guard, or will first year head coach Mike Dunlap let him be more of a scorer, which is unquestionably his greatest strength.

Last season sucked any hope and optimism fans had about this roster. I think from some there was this perception that Walker could come in and have a Cam Newton-esque effect on the franchise. A lot of people just saw the highlights and remember him lighting it up in college and held on to the glimmer of hope it would translate over to the NBA. There's no question in my mind one of the biggest things that hindered Kemba was the lack of talent around him. Injuries left him leading an offense Steve Nash would struggle to look good in.

In year two don't expect a drastic leap from Walker but steady improvement. With Sessions in the fold it will take the pressure off of Kemba to carry so much of the burden this season. This team isn't going to make the playoffs any time soon if it doesn't successfully develop its younger players. Walker's maturation into a team leader and more of a distributor will determine his long term success, but for this season just making steps forward, no matter how big would be constituted as a success.



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  UKRAINE   

Standings - Superleague

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Oct. 5: Ferro-ZNTU - Kryvbasbasket 90-81
Oct. 5: Halychyna - DniproAzot 89-57
Oct. 5: BC Odessa - Budivelnyk 77-82
Oct. 5: Khimik - BC Kyiv 77-64
Oct. 5: Hoverla - Dnipro 62-63

Regular Season: Round 6

Oct. 7: Hoverla - DniproAzot
Oct. 7: Halychyna - Dnipro
Oct. 7: BC Odessa - BC Kyiv
Oct. 7: Mykolaiv - Ferro-ZNTU
Oct. 7: Khimik - Budivelnyk


Stats Leaders - Men

Points Per Game
 James FLORENCE
  Kryvbasb.
  (185-G-88)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Florence, Kryvbasb.20.3 
 2. Thomas, Cherkasy18.7 
 3. Low, Dnipro16.3 
 4. Love, BC Odessa14.7 
 5. Malchevskiy, Kryvb.14.3 
 6. Songaila, BC Do.14.0 
 7. Pecherov, Azovmash13.5 
 8. Sehovic, Khimik13.0 
 9. Caldwell, Kryvbasb.12.7 
 10. Deane, Khimik12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darius SONGAILA
  BC Do.
  (204-C/F-78)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Songaila, BC Do.7.7 
 2. Dragicevic, Azovm.7.3 
 3. Ljubicic, Cherkasy7.3 
 4. Goodridge, Khimik6.7 
 5. Korniyenko, Dnipro6.0 
 6. Pecherov, Azovmash5.8 
 7. Caldwell, Kryvbasb.5.7 
 8. Lesic, Khimik5.7 
 9. Agafonov, BC Odes.5.7 
 10. Krstanovic, Kryvb.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Willie DEANE
  Khimik
  (188-PG-80)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Deane, Khimik7.7 
 2. Low, Dnipro5.7 
 3. Florence, Kryvbasb.5.3 
 4. Greer, Azovmash5.0 
 5. Gordic, Azovmash4.5 
 6. Vilkhovetsky., Dni.3.3 
 7. Ljubicic, Cherkasy3.3 
 8. Laroche, BC Odessa3.3 
 9. Ryabchuk, Khimik3.0 
 10. Love, BC Odessa3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Olexandr MISYATS
  Dnipro
  (200-SF-92)
  Avg: 2
 1. Misyats, Dnipro2.0 
 2. Gliebov, BC Donet.2.0 
 3. Ikovlev, Cherkasy2.0 
 4. Lesic, Khimik2.0 
 5. Krstanovic, Kryvba.2.0 
 6. Florence, Kryvbasb.1.7 
 7. Songaila, BC Do.1.7 
 8. Koljevic, Cherkasy1.3 
 9. Joseph, Khimik1.3 
 10. Zabirchenko, Azov.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Vernon GOODRIDGE
  Khimik
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Goodridge, Khimik2.7 
 2. Balashov, BC Odes.2.0 
 3. Korniyenko, Dnipro1.3 
 4. Hunter, Cherkasy1.3 
 5. Kovalenko, Khimik1.3 
 6. Raduljica, Azovm.1.0 
 7. Konev, Kryvbasb.1.0 
 8. Hunt, BC Odessa1.0 
 9. Agafonov, BC Odes.1.0 
 10. Zavadsky, Khimik0.7 


Dnipro was allowed to have a full roster - by Alexander Muzyka

Ukrainian Basketball Federation informed basket-planet.com that Dnipro was allowed to set its newcomers for an official games. So Daniel Kickert (208-C/F-83), Valdas Vasylius (203-F-83) and Simas Galdikas (203-F-87) will be able to play in today's game vs Hoverla in Ivano-Frakivsk. Remind that Dnipro played first two games of Superleague without these foreigners because of FIBA's ban about Shawn Taggart's Basketball Arbitral TribunalBAT 0201/11.
'It was too hard to prepare by one team and to play by another one. Especially for the team with a big number of young players. But now we have full roster. It's good because our next opponents Hoverla and Politekhnika are strong and tough teams', Dnipro head coach Valdemaras Chomicius said.



Superleague Round 5: Khimik keeps a leadership position - by Eurobasket News

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Khimik as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Khimik defeated bottom-ranked BC Kyiv in Yuzhny 77-64. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-64. 25 personal fouls committed by BC Kyiv helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Bulgarian point guard Willie Deane (188-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 assists for the winners and American forward Vernon Goodridge (206-84, college: La Salle) chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds. Khimik's coach Zoran Martic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Anthony Goods (191-87, college: Stanford) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds. Khimik have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. BC Kyiv at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Mykolaiv. BC Kyiv will play next round against BC Odessa trying to get back on the winning streak. Khimik will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Budivelnyk in Kyiv.
Undefeated Hoverla (1-1) recorded its first loss in Frankivsk. Hosts were edged by thirteenth ranked Dnipro (1-2) 63-62. Australian-Dutch power forward Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) nailed 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winning side and Valdas Vasylius accounted for 14 points. American Kyndall Dykes (190-87, college: New Orleans, agency: Edge Sports) came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Hoverla in the defeat. Hoverla's coach Evgeni Murzin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dnipro left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Kryvbasbasket and Cherkasy. Hoverla at the other side dropped to the sixth position with one game lost. They share it with Halychyna and DniproAzot. Dnipro will play against higher ranked Halychyna (#6) in Lviv in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hoverla will play at home against DniproAzot in Dniprodzerzhynsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Halychyna has registered their first victory this season after a loss. The win is especially important as they outplayed much higher ranked DniproAzot (1-1) 89-57 on Friday. The best player for the winners was Sasa Vasiljevic who scored 18 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Ronald Davis produced 19 points for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Halychyna left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with Hoverla and DniproAzot. Halychyna will meet at home Dnipro (#11) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. DniproAzot will play against Hoverla (#7) in Frankivsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked BC Odessa (0-3) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their third consecutive match to leader Budivelnyk (2-0) 82-77. Leo Lyons orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Budivelnyk moved-up to third place, which they share with Ferro-ZNTU. BC Odessa at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Budivelnyk's next round opponent will be league's leader Khimik in Yuzhny and it will be for sure the game of the week. BC Odessa will play at home against BC Kyiv (#12) and hopes to get finally their first victory.

In the last game of round 5 Kryvbasbasket lost to undefeated Ferro-ZNTU on the opponent's court 81-90.
The most impressive stats of the last round was 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists by Randy Culpepper of Ferro-ZNTU.


Khimik - BC Kyiv 77-64

The game had a very big importance for second-ranked Khimik as it allowed them to take a leadership position. Khimik defeated bottom-ranked BC Kyiv in Yuzhny 77-64. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 77-64. 25 personal fouls committed by BC Kyiv helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. American-Bulgarian point guard Willie Deane (188-80, college: Purdue, agency: Higher Vision Sports) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 10 points and 10 assists for the winners and American forward Vernon Goodridge (206-84, college: La Salle) chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds. Goodridge is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Khimik players scored in double figures. Khimik's coach Zoran Martic used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Anthony Goods (191-87, college: Stanford) responded with 15 points and 5 rebounds and the other American import forward Jarrod Jones (205-90, college: Ball St.) scored 7 points and 12 rebounds. Khimik have a solid series of three victories in a row. As mentioned above they are alone now at the top position. BC Kyiv at the other side still closes the standings with two games lost. They share the position with Mykolaiv. BC Kyiv will play next round against BC Odessa trying to get back on the winning streak. Khimik will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Budivelnyk in Kyiv.
Top scorers:
BC Kyiv: A.Goods 15+5reb+2ast, J.Primm 10+4reb+2ast, J.Robinson 9+2reb+3ast, V.Bobrov 7+3reb+1ast, J.Jones 7+12reb+1ast, A.Shvets 6+2reb
Khimik: V.Goodridge 12+10reb, S.Sehovic 11+2reb+1ast, S.Lesic 11+5reb+1ast, V.Kovalenko 10+2reb, W.Deane 10+3reb+10ast, D.Joseph 9+4reb+2ast
gschID: 196918


Ferro-ZNTU - Kryvbasbasket 90-81

Rather expected game in Zaporozhye where 8th ranked Kryvbasbasket (1-2) was defeated by leader Ferro-ZNTU (2-0) 90-81. The hosts were already 17 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 24-16 Kryvbasbasket's run in the last quarter cut the lead to 90-81 at the end of the game. Ferro-ZNTU made 24-of-30 charity shots (80.0 percent) during the game. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 26 assists comparing to just 12 passes made by Kryvbasbasket's players. 25 personal fouls committed by Kryvbasbasket helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Americans were the main players on the court. Guard Randy Culpepper (182-89, college: UTEP) orchestrated the victory with a triple-double by scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Guard Jeremy Chappell (191-87, college: Robert Morris) contributed with 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line) for the winners. Five Ferro-ZNTU players scored in double figures. Guard James Florence (185-88, college: Mercer, agency: Pro One Sports) answered with 25 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists and guard Pierce Caldwell (191-88, college: Incarnate Word, agency: Alti Sport) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Kryvbasbasket. Kryvbasbasket's coach Karlis Muiznieks tested eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Ferro-ZNTU moved-up to third place, which they share with Budivelnyk. Kryvbasbasket at the other side dropped to the ninth position with two games lost. Ferro-ZNTU's next round opponent will be Mykolaiv (#13) in Mykolaiv and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Kryvbasbasket: J.Florence 25+7reb+6ast, P.Caldwell 19+6reb+3ast, W.Frazier 14+2reb, V.Malchevskiy 8, C.Eziukwu 6+12reb+1ast, V.Cherepovsky 3+2reb+1ast
Ferro-ZNTU: R.Culpepper 26+11reb+10ast, J.Chappell 19+8reb+4ast, D.Werner 17+5reb+2ast, C.Moore 15+12reb+2ast, R.Guinn 12+5reb+1ast, A.Rybalko 1+1reb+2ast
gschID: 196919


Hoverla - Dnipro 62-63

Undefeated Hoverla (1-1) recorded its first loss in Frankivsk. Hosts were edged by thirteenth ranked Dnipro (1-2) 63-62. Australian-Dutch power forward Daniel Kickert (208-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) nailed 14 points, 5 rebounds and 4 blocks for the winning side and Lithuanian forward Valdas Vasylius (203-83, college: ODU) accounted for 14 points. American Kyndall Dykes (190-87, college: New Orleans, agency: Edge Sports) came up with 20 points and 8 rebounds and the other American import forward Ryan Pearson (198-90, college: George Mason) added 13 points and 11 rebounds respectively for Hoverla in the defeat. Hoverla's coach Evgeni Murzin rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Dnipro left bottom position moving up to ninth place, which they share with Kryvbasbasket and Cherkasy. Hoverla at the other side dropped to the sixth position with one game lost. They share it with Halychyna and DniproAzot. Dnipro will play against higher ranked Halychyna (#6) in Lviv in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Hoverla will play at home against DniproAzot in Dniprodzerzhynsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Hoverla: K.Dykes 20+8reb+3ast, R.Pearson 13+11reb+2ast, Y.Lemyk 12+3reb, E.Lawrence 8+3reb+8ast, V.Bliznyuk 4+1ast, Y.Frasenyuk 3+6reb+1ast
Dnipro: D.Kickert 14+5reb+2ast, V.Vasylius 14+4reb+2ast, D.Low 8+5reb+6ast, O.Misyats 7+1reb+1ast, S.Tymofeyenko 6+6reb+1ast, O.Shchepkin 6+3reb
gschID: 196915


Halychyna - DniproAzot 89-57

Halychyna has registered their first victory this season after a loss. The win is especially important as they outplayed much higher ranked DniproAzot (1-1) 89-57 on Friday. The hosts trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 12-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 89-57. Halychyna made 19-of-20 free shots (95.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 22 DniproAzot turnovers. The best player for the winners was Serbian-Bosnian point guard Sasa Vasiljevic (180-79, agency: Beo Basket) who scored 18 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). American point guard Darrel Mitchell (181-84, college: LSU, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in 20 points and 5 assists (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Four Halychyna players scored in double figures. American guard Ronald Davis (190-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) produced 19 points and the other American import guard Derrick Zimmerman (191-81, college: Mississippi St., agency: Three Eye Sports) added 9 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Halychyna left bottom position moving up to sixth place, which they share with Hoverla and DniproAzot. Halychyna will meet at home Dnipro (#11) in the next round which should be theoretically another easy game. DniproAzot will play against Hoverla (#7) in Frankivsk and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
DniproAzot: R.Davis 19+1reb, E.Devendorf 11+3reb+1ast, D.Zimmerman 9+5reb+1ast, V.Gurtovoy 9+3reb+1ast, S.Muldrow 6+2reb, M.Balashov 2+1ast
Halychyna: D.Mitchell 20+2reb+5ast, S.Vasiljevic 18+3reb+6ast, L.Michael 14+4reb, L.Stefanishin 10+1reb+2ast, O.Saltovets 7+8reb+2ast, M.Lee 7+2reb+3ast
gschID: 196916


BC Odessa - Budivelnyk 77-82

Bottom-ranked BC Odessa (0-3) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their third consecutive match to leader Budivelnyk (2-0) 82-77. The guests were tied after three quarters but managed to speed up in last quarter eventually winning the game. American forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) orchestrated the victory by scoring 20 points and 6 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Lithuanian forward Dainius Salenga (197-77) contributed with 13 points and 6 assists for the winners. American guard Justin Love (189-78, college: St.Louis) answered with 21 points and 4 assists and the former international center Stanislav Balashov (210-79, agency: New Trend Agency) added 18 points in the effort for BC Odessa. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Budivelnyk moved-up to third place, which they share with Ferro-ZNTU. BC Odessa at the other side still closes the standings with three games lost. Budivelnyk's next round opponent will be league's leader Khimik in Yuzhny and it will be for sure the game of the week. BC Odessa will play at home against BC Kyiv (#12) and hopes to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
BC Odessa: J.Love 21+3reb+4ast, S.Balashov 18+3reb+1ast, R.Kryvych 11+1reb+3ast, D.Hunt 11+6reb+2ast, A.Agafonov 7+8reb+3ast, H.Laroche 4+5reb+4ast
Budivelnyk: L.Lyons 20+6reb+2ast, D.Salenga 13+4reb+6ast, M.Delaney 12+3reb+1ast, M.Witt 10+4reb+2ast, A.Drozdov 8+3reb+2ast, G.Tsintsadze 7+4reb
gschID: 196917



Natyazhko's 18 points and 7 rebounds give him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

22-year old forward Kyryl Natyazhko (207-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) had a great game in the last round for league's best team Azovmash and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 4.
He had the game-high 18 points adding seven rebounds for Azovmash in his team's victory, helping them to edge out Cherkasy (#9, 1-2) 75-73. It allowed Azovmash to take over top position in the Ukrainian league. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost that single game earlier this season. Azovmash has a very solid 3-1 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. It was one of impressive evenings for Natyazhko as usually he does not deliver so high stats. Kyryl Natyazhko averages this season 8.0ppg.

Second best performed player last round was Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) of BC Donetsk. He is FYR Macedonian guard in his first season at BC Donetsk. In the last game Stojanovski recorded impressive 20 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Of course he lead BC Donetsk to another comfortable win 91-75 over Mykolaiv (#14, 0-2) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed BC Donetsk to move up to 3rd position in the standings. His team's 2-1 record is not bad at all. Stojanovski is a newcomer at BC Donetsk and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Azovmash's star - guard Lynn Greer (186-PG-79). Greer showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, five rebounds and nine assists in the last round. He was another key player of Azovmash, helping his team with a 75-73 win against the lower-ranked Cherkasy (#9, 1-2). Azovmash confirms their top position in the standings. Their record at this point is 3 victories and 1 lost games. Greer has a great season in Ukraine. After only 4 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 9.3ppg (6th best), rebounds with 3.5rpg (9th best) and assists with 5.0apg (best passer).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Ivan Koljevic (187-PG-84) of Cherkasy - 21 points, 3 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Josh Mayo (182-G-87) of Mykolaiv - 23 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
6. Dwayne Mitchell (196-G/F-82) of Mykolaiv - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 7 assists
7. Vincent Hunter (208-F-84) of Cherkasy - 9 points and 10 rebounds
8. Oleksiy Pecherov (213-C-85) of Azovmash - 15 points and 8 rebounds
9. Marko Ljubicic (195-G-87) of Cherkasy - 5 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Darius Songaila (204-C/F-78) of BC Donetsk - 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists

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



Randy Culpepper's triple-double lands him Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

American guard Randy Culpepper (182-G-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for Ferro-ZNTU, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 23-year old player recorded a triple-double of 26 points addeding also 11 rebounds and 10 assists, while his team beat Kryvbasbasket (#9, 1-2) 90-81. Ferro-ZNTU is placed at 4th position in Ukrainian Superleague. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Ferro-ZNTU won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. In the team's last game Culpepper had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 10 attempts. It's his second year at Ferro-ZNTU and it's hard to imagine this team without him. Randy Culpepper averages just after two games 22.5ppg, 7.0rpg and 9.0apg.

The second best player in last round's games was 34-year old American Justin Love (189-G-78) of BC Odessa. Love had a very good evening with 21 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as BC Odessa lost that game 77-82 to league's leader Budivelnyk (#3, 2-0). This loss caused BC Odessa to slide to the very bottom (14) position in the standings. 3 lost games are too many considering they did not win any game. Love is well-known at BC Odessa and is a proven leader in his second season with the team. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 14.7ppg (#4).

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard James Florence (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports) of Kryvbasbasket (#9). Florence showcased his all-around game by recording 25 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the last round. Despite Florence's great performance Kryvbasbasket lost 81-90 to the league's current leader Ferro-ZNTU (#4, 2-0). But his team cannot count on just a single player as he also needs help of the other teammates. The chances of Kryvbasbasket not to end season at such low position in the league, however are less than slim as they have already lost 2 games, recording just one victories. With bigger assistance of his teammates, Florence could try to bring Kryvbasbasket's a little bit higher in the standings. Florence has individually a great season in Ukraine. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 20.3ppg (best scorer) and assists with 5.3apg (3rd best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Leo Lyons (206-F-87) of Budivelnyk - 20 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Ryan Pearson (198-F-90) of Hoverla - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Kyndall Dykes (190-SG-87) of Hoverla - 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Cameron Moore (208-F-90) of Ferro-ZNTU - 15 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
8. Jeremy Chappell (191-G-87) of Ferro-ZNTU - 19 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Dario Hunt (203-F-89) of BC Odessa - 11 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) of Budivelnyk - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists

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



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Saudi Arabia edge UAE in Manama - by Eurobasket News

Saudi Arabia - UAE 67:60

Saudi Arabia registered the second win at the Arabian Gulf Cup in Manama. They outplayed UAE for 1-2 record. Saudi Arabia thus clinched the third position at the tournament. They sealed the ticket to the Asian Cup to be held in Lebanon next year. UAE fell at 1-3 record after the defeat.
Saudi Arabia strongly tipped off the game. They accumulated a 27:13 lead after ten minutes. UAE responded with an 18:3 run in the second frame. They denied the deficit and ensured a one-point halftime lead 30:31. Saudi Arabia came back to life in the third quarter. They held UAE to 13 points to snatch a 4-point lead at the final break. Saudi Arabia outscored their opponents in the fourth period and celebrated a crucial win at the end. Fahad Al Salik came up with 19 points to lead the winners. Jaber Kabe (184-SG-85) added 15 points for Saudi Arabia. Rashed Al Zaabi (189-G-88) answered with 24 points for UAE. Abdulla Jasim (205-C-88) netted 13 points in the losing effort.

Saudi Arabia: Fahad Al Salik 19, Jaber Kabe 15
UAE: Rashed Al Zaabi 24, Abdulla Jasim 13



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Standings - BBL

BBL Standings
 1. Newcastle E. 4-0 
 2. Leicester R. 2-0 
 3. Surrey Heat 2-1 
 4. Manchester G. 2-2 
 5. Plymouth R. 1-0 
 6. Glasgow Rocks 1-1 
 7. Durham W. 1-1 
 8. Worcester W. 1-2 
 9. London Lions 1-3 
 10. Cheshire Jets 0-1 
 11. Mersey Tigers 0-1 
 12. Sheffield S. 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 5: London Lions - Surrey Heat 95-91
Oct. 5: Manchester G. - Newcastle E. 82-91

Regular Season: Round 4

Oct. 7: Cheshire Jets - Mersey Tigers
Oct. 7: Glasgow Rocks - Newcastle E.
Oct. 7: Surrey Heat - Worcester W.
Oct. 7: Plymouth R. - Manchester G.


BBL Round Up Friday 05 Oct - by Paul Nilsen

Friday night's action in the BBL Championship saw the Newcastle Eagles maintain their 100% start to the season, while the London Lions picked up their first victory of the campaign to move themselves off the foot of the table.

The Eagles were made to work hard by the Manchester Giants but came away from Wright Robinson College with an 82-91 victory.

An impressive second quarter performance from the Eagles helped the visitors into an early advantage as they led 35-50 at the half, but the Giants worked hard in the second half to get themselves right back into the contest and provide a little bit of a scare on the current BBL Champions.

A combination of Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: I.D.S. Law, college: Marquette) and Charles Smith led the scoring for the Eagles with 20 points a-piece and meant the Eagles held onto top spot in the early weeks of the season.

In the other game of the night, the Lions secured their first victory of the season with a 95-91 victory over the Surrey Heat at Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.

An impressive 27 point haul from Tayo Ogedengbe (198-F-87) was the stand-out performance for the home side, while Chavis Holmes bagged 24 points for the visitors in the defeat.

The Lions led for the vast majority of the game, but the game remained close throughout with both sides vying for the victory, the home side looking for their first and the visitors looking to maintain their strong start to the season, but it was the Lions who remained cool down the stretch and a pair of free-throws from Nuno Pedroso with seven seconds remaining was enough to hand the Lions the all-important victory.



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Semen Antonov extends contract with Nizhny Novgorod - by Eurobasket News

Semen Antonov (202-PF-89, agency: RU-Basket Management) signed a new contract with Nizhny Novgorod. The deal is meant for three seasons. The power forward joined Nizhny Novgorod back in 2010. Last season he posted 11.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in EuroChallenge. In PBL the forward delivered 12.2 points, 5.1 boards and 1.5 assists per appearance. In VTB League his stats read 10.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists. Previously Semen Antonov played for Avtodor Saratov and TSU-Basket Tambov. He has been the member of Russian National Team since 2011. Semen Antonov participated at 2012 Olympic Games in London. The forward delivered 2.2 points per game at the tournament.



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China and Japan to play for the title in Johor Bahru - by Eurobasket News

SEMIFINALS
China - South Korea 72-46
China became the first finalists of U18 Asia Championship in Malaysia. They defeated South Korea to reach the title game. Yang LiWei (175-G-95) scored 15 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 4 assists to lead the charge. China dominated from the opening minutes. They posted a 20:10 lead ten minutes into the game. China cruised in the second quarter. They established a comfortable 43:20 halftime advantage. South Korea however turned things around in the third term. They limited their opponents to 8 points to narrow the deficit 15-point mark before the final frame. China made necessary arrangements in the final break and shifted the gear in the fourth period. They outgunned the Korean side 21:10 in the final ten minutes to celebrate a well-deserved win at the end. Huang Sijing (190-C/F-96) accounted for 12 points, while Zhang Jiahe added 9 points for China. Ku Seul (183-C-94) registered 12 points for South Korea. Kim Minjeong delivered 8 points in the loss.

Japan - Taiwan 113-55
Japan joined China in the U18 Asia Championship Final. They held off Taiwan in the second semifinal clash today. Miyuki Kawamura (183-C-94) and Saori Miyazaki (165-SG-95) posted 16 points each to lead the effort. Japan fired 27 points in the opening quarter to take a 6-point lead. They stretched the lead in the second quarter. Japan dominated at every end of the floor posting a 51:32 halftime lead. Japan exploded with 32 points in the third frame to take a 38-point advantage at the final intermission. Japan dropped 30 points in the fourth frame to clinch a comprehensive victory. Kanako Masuoka and Yunika Nakamura delivered 13 points each in the winning effort. Huang Ling-Chuan (174-F-94) answered with 11 points for Taiwan. Chen Wei-An and Chen Yen-Yu netted 8 points apiece in the losing effort.
Qual. Round
Thailand - Hong Kong 55-47
Thailand secured their Level I spot for another season. They overcame Hong Kong in the Qualifying Round to stay in the top division. Supira Kianbut (175-C-94) came up with 16 points and 12 rebounds to pace the winners. Hong Kong started the game aggressively. They registered a 14:12 lead after ten minutes. But Thailand paid much stress to defence in the second quarter and held Hong Kong to only 7 points. Thailand surged ahead to pile up a 30:21 halftime lead. Thailand kept Hong Kong at bay throughout the third frame. They registered a 12-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Hong Kong fought bravely until the final buzzer but could not avoid the loss at the end. Panparin Iam-U-Tama (162-G-95) had 13 points, while Varitta Srijunvong added 12 points for the winners. Wong Ka Yee (172-F-94) answered with 18 points and 9 boards for Hong Kong. Li Tsz Kwan netted 12 points and 9 caroms in the loss.

Malaysia - India 59-60
India recorded the crucial win at the U18 Asia Championship. They overcame hosting Malaysia in a tightly-contested battle to secure the place in Level I for the next edition of the tournament. Jeena Skaria (94) came up with 24 points and 11 boards to pace the visitors. India grabbed a 15:11 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. India enjoyed a 34:26 halftime buffer. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. India entered the fourth stanza up by 8 points 46:38. But the hosts refused to give up. Malaysia narrowed the deficit to a single point with just over a minute remaining. But several misses in the dying stages did not allow Malaysia to snatch the victory. They will have to start from Level II in the next edition of the competition. Anjana Geetha (177-F-94) had 10 points for the winners. Shi yeng Ng (186-C-94) answered with 20 points and 12 rebounds for Malaysia. Chiew Yen Lee had 17 points in the loss.



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Standings - WNBL

WNBL Standings
 1. Bendigo S. 1-0 
 2. Dandenong R. 1-0 
 3. Canberra C. 0-0 
 4. Logan T. 0-0 
 5. Sydney UF 0-0 
 6. Townsville F. 0-0 
 7. West Coast 0-0 
 8. Adelaide 0-1 
 9. Bulleen B. 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 5: Dandenong R. - Bulleen B. 90-75
Oct. 5: Adelaide - Bendigo S. 71-73
Oct. 6: Sydney UF - Canberra C.
Oct. 6: Townsville F. - Logan T.
Oct. 6: West Coast - Bendigo S.


Stats Leaders - WNBL

Points Per Game
 Gabrielle RICHARDS
  Bendi.
  (191-C-84)
  Avg: 24
 1. Richards, Bendi.24.0 
 2. Harrower, Bendi.20.0 
 3. Blicavs, Dandenon.19.0 
 4. Kunek, Bulleen B.17.0 
 5. Jarry, Bulleen B.17.0 
 6. Batkovic-B., Adela.17.0 
 7. Hodges, Adelaide15.0 
 8. Macleod, Dandenon.13.0 
 9. Phillips, Dandenon.12.0 
 10. Wilson, Bendigo S.12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Suzy BATKOVIC-BROWN
  Adelaide
  (195-C-80)
  Avg: 13
 1. Batkovic-B., Adela.13.0 
 2. Cunningham, Dande.13.0 
 3. Kunek, Bulleen B.10.0 
 4. Phillips, Dandenon.9.0 
 5. Richards, Bendi.9.0 
 6. Blicavs, Dandenon.8.0 
 7. Harrower, Bendi.8.0 
 8. Lewis, Adelaide8.0 
 9. Madgen, Bulleen B.7.0 
 10. Grima, Bulleen B.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Kristi HARROWER
  Bendi.
  (166-PG-75)
  Avg: 10
 1. Harrower, Bendi.10.0 
 2. Madgen, Bulleen B.8.0 
 3. Marino, Adelaide7.0 
 4. Talbot, Adelaide4.0 
 5. Macleod, Dandenon.4.0 
 6. Lewis, Adelaide4.0 
 7. Wilson, Bendigo S.3.0 
 8. Randall, Bulleen B.3.0 
 9. Cumming, Dandenon.2.0 
 10. Jarry, Bulleen B.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Kelly WILSON
  Bendigo S.
  (170-G-84)
  Avg: 3
 1. Wilson, Bendigo S.3.0 
 2. Allen, Bulleen B.3.0 
 3. Harrower, Bendi.3.0 
 4. Downie, Dandenon.3.0 
 5. Cunningham, Dande.2.0 
 6. Marino, Adelaide2.0 
 7. Jarry, Bulleen B.2.0 
 8. Batkovic-B., Adela.2.0 
 9. Blicavs, Dandenon.1.0 
 10. Madgen, Bulleen B.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Krista PHILLIPS
  Dandenon.
  (198-C-88)
  Avg: 3
 1. Phillips, Dandenon.3.0 
 2. Jarry, Bulleen B.3.0 
 3. Batkovic-B., Adela.3.0 
 4. Collins, Bulleen B.2.0 
 5. Aubry, Bendigo S.2.0 
 6. Grima, Bulleen B.2.0 
 7. Ireland, Adelaide1.0 
 8. Perera, Bendigo S.1.0 
 9. Randall, Bulleen B.1.0 
 10. Kunek, Bulleen B.1.0 



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Women's D1 News - by Peter Buyse

Spirou Monceau added a Spanish player who previously played for the Spanish U20 and U19 national teams. Celia Menendez (188-C-90) joins the team to reinforce the roster for the ongoing season. Memendez played in Burgos the past season.

Bad news for Castors Braine who will miss Amandine Halin (170-G-90) for the rest of the season. She suffered a knee injury in the opening game of the season vs Gentson. She hurt the ligaments of the same knee on which she was operated on already 6 months ago.



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Arras sign Radoslava Bachvarova - by Eurobasket News

Arras Pays dArtois Basket Feminin (LFB) signed 25-year old Bulgarian international forward Radoslava Bachvarova (183-87, college: VCU, agency: LBM Management). Bachvarova played last season at Union Hainaut (LFB). In 6 Eurocup games last year she had 10.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg. She also played 14 games in LFB where she recorded 7.0ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.6apg. Bachvarova also played at Levski in Bulgarian NBL earlier that season. In 8 NBL games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.9spg.
She has been also a member of Bulgarian international program for some years. Bachvarova played for Senior National Team this year and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006. She represented Bulgaria at the 3x3 Women World Championships in Greece this year.
Bachvarova has played previously professionally in Bulgaria (Dunav 8806 Ruse)
She attended Virginia Commonwealth University until 2009 and it will be her fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @lovewomensbball)



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  CAMEROON   


Amina Njonkou signs at Conquero, ex SIG - by Eurobasket News

CB Conquero Huelva (LFB) landed 24-year old Cameroonian ex-international forward Amina Njonkou (185-88, college: Arizona). Njonkou has played for the last two years at Strasbourg Illkirch-Graffenstaden in French LF2 league. In 18 LF2 games last season she averaged 13.9ppg, 9.1rpg and 1.3apg. It was a very successful year in her career as she was selected to Eurobasket.com All-French LF2 Honorable Mention.
Njonkou was a member of Cameroonian Senior National Team in 2009. She also represented Cameroon at the African Championships in Madagascar three years ago. Her stats at that event were 3 games: 13.7ppg, 8.0rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 66.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 54.5%.
Njonkou has played also professionally in France and Switzerland.
She attended University of Arizona until 2009 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @lovewomensbball)



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  CHINA   


U18 Asia Championship: China ease past South Korea into Final - by Eurobasket News

China U18 - South Korea U18 72:46

China became the first finalists of U18 Asia Championship in Malaysia. They defeated South Korea to reach the title game. Yang LiWei (175-G-95) scored 15 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 4 assists to lead the charge.
China dominated from the opening minutes. They posted a 20:10 lead ten minutes into the game. China cruised in the second quarter. They established a comfortable 43:20 halftime advantage. South Korea however turned things around in the third term. They limited their opponents to 8 points to narrow the deficit 15-point mark before the final frame. China made necessary arrangements in the final break and shifted the gear in the fourth period. They outgunned the Korean side 21:10 in the final ten minutes to celebrate a well-deserved win at the end. Huang Sijing (190-C/F-96) accounted for 12 points, while Zhang Jiahe (182-F-94) added 9 points for China. Ku Seul (183-C-94) registered 12 points for South Korea. Kim Minjeong (180-C-94) delivered 8 points in the loss.

China U18: Yang LiWei 15, Huang Sijing 12, Zhang Jiahe 9
South Korea U18: Ku Seul 12, Kim Minjeong 8



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  FRANCE   

Standings - LFB

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Oct. 5: Landes - Nantes 62-65
Oct. 6: Mondeville - Tarbes
Oct. 6: Perpignan - Toulouse
Oct. 6: Villeneuve - Aix-en-Provence
Oct. 6: Lyon - Charleville
Oct. 6: Lattes Montp. - Union Hainaut
Oct. 6: Bourges - Arras


LFB Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Gaelle SKRELA
  Lattes M.
  (177-G-83)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Skrela, Lattes M.19.5 
 2. Dieme, Villeneuve17.5 
 3. Dumerc, Bourges16.0 
 4. Robert, Lattes M.15.5 
 5. Podrug, Lyon15.5 
 6. Sy-Diop, Lyon15.0 
 7. Bishop, Perpignan14.5 
 8. Kamba, Mondeville14.0 
 9. Amant, Nantes13.7 
 10. Diawara, Charlevi.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stephany SKRBA
  Bourges
  (188-F-87)
  Avg: 12
 1. Skrba, Bourges12.0 
 2. Francis, Aix-en.10.5 
 3. Bonnan, Charleville9.5 
 4. Dabo, Arras9.0 
 5. Humphrey, Landes8.7 
 6. Robert, Lattes M.8.5 
 7. Thorburn, Aix-en.8.0 
 8. Sy-Diop, Lyon8.0 
 9. Murphy, Aix-en-P.7.5 
 10. Coulibaly, Mondev.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Ingrid TANQUERAY
  Mondeville
  (166-PG-88)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Tanqueray, Mondevi.7.5 
 2. Lassiter, Mondevil.4.5 
 3. Bremont, Lattes M.4.5 
 4. Baer, Lyon4.0 
 5. Ciglar, Perpignan4.0 
 6. Podrug, Lyon4.0 
 7. Salagnac, Tarbes4.0 
 8. Plagnard, Lyon4.0 
 9. Dumerc, Bourges3.5 
 10. Bonnan, Charlevil.3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Laetitia KAMBA
  Mondeville
  (187-F-87)
  Avg: 3
 1. Kamba, Mondeville3.0 
 2. NSoki, Toulouse3.0 
 3. Dieme, Villeneuve3.0 
 4. Robert, Lattes M.3.0 
 5. Gomis, Arras3.0 
 6. Tchatchouang, Perp.2.5 
 7. Lassiter, Mondevil.2.5 
 8. Houts, Union H.2.5 
 9. Gay, Toulouse2.5 
 10. Michel, Nantes2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Emmeline NDONGUE
  Bourges
  (191-C-83)
  Avg: 3
 1. Ndongue, Bourges3.0 
 2. Francis, Aix-en.2.5 
 3. Sy-Diop, Lyon2.0 
 4. Gay, Toulouse2.0 
 5. Tolo, Aix-en-P.2.0 
 6. Digbeu, Villeneuve1.5 
 7. Page, Lyon1.5 
 8. Baer, Lyon1.5 
 9. Paugaite, Mondevil.1.5 
 10. Lassiter, Mondevi.1.5 


Arras sign Radoslava Bachvarova - by Eurobasket News

Arras Pays dArtois Basket Feminin (LFB) signed 25-year old Bulgarian international forward Radoslava Bachvarova (183-87, college: VCU, agency: LBM Management). Bachvarova played last season at Union Hainaut (LFB). In 6 Eurocup games last year she had 10.3ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg. She also played 14 games in LFB where she recorded 7.0ppg, 3.8rpg and 1.6apg. Bachvarova also played at Levski in Bulgarian NBL earlier that season. In 8 NBL games she recorded very impressive stats: 15.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 1.6apg and 1.9spg.
She has been also a member of Bulgarian international program for some years. Bachvarova played for Senior National Team this year and previously for U20 National Team between 2005 and 2006. She represented Bulgaria at the 3x3 Women World Championships in Greece this year.
Bachvarova has played previously professionally in Bulgaria (Dunav 8806 Ruse)
She attended Virginia Commonwealth University until 2009 and it will be her fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @lovewomensbball)



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  HONG KONG   


U18 Asia Championship: Thailand edge Hong Kong to secure Level I spot - by Eurobasket News

Thailand U18 - Hong Kong U18 55:47

Thailand secured their Level I spot for another season. They overcame Hong Kong in the Qualifying Round to stay in the top division. Supira Kianbut (175-C-94) came up with 16 points and 12 rebounds to pace the winners.
Hong Kong started the game aggressively. They registered a 14:12 lead after ten minutes. But Thailand paid much stress to defence in the second quarter and held Hong Kong to only 7 points. Thailand surged ahead to pile up a 30:21 halftime lead. Thailand kept Hong Kong at bay throughout the third frame. They registered a 12-point lead heading into the fourth quarter. Hong Kong fought bravely until the final buzzer but could not avoid the loss at the end. Panparin Iam-U-Tama (162-G-95) had 13 points, while Varitta Srijunvong (168-F-97) added 12 points for the winners. Wong Ka Yee (172-F-94) answered with 18 points and 9 boards for Hong Kong. Li Tsz Kwan (169-F-95) netted 12 points and 9 caroms in the loss.

Thailand U18: Supira Kianbut 16+12 boards, Panparin Iam-U-Tama 13, Varitta Srijunvong 12
Hong Kong U18: Wong Ka Yee 18, Li Tsz Kwan 12



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  HUNGARY   


PINKK-Pecsi 424 adds Dorogobuzova to their roster, ex Arras - by Eurobasket News

PINKK-Pecsi 424 (B Division) added to their roster 22-year old Ukrainian ex-international forward Katerina Dorogobuzova (190-90, agency: LBM Management). Dorogobuzova spent pre-season at Arras Pays dArtois Basket Feminin in French LFB league. Previously the forward played for Neftochimic 2010 Burgas. Dorogobuzovas team made it to the Bulgarian final. She was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Bosman Player of the Year.
Dorogobuzova was also a member of Ukrainian international program for some years. She played for Ukrainian Senior National Team between 2009 and 2011 and previously for U18 National Team between 2007 and 2008. Dorogobuzova also represented Ukraine at the European Championships U20 in Liepaja (Latvia) two years ago. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 4.9ppg, 2.6rpg.
Dorogobuzova is quite experienced player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  INDIA   


U18 Asia Championship: India scrape past Malaysia, into Level I - by Eurobasket News

India U18 - Malaysia U18 60:59

India recorded the crucial win at the U18 Asia Championship. They overcame hosting Malaysia in a tightly-contested battle to secure the place in Level I for the next edition of the tournament. Jeena Skaria (94) came up with 24 points and 11 boards to pace the visitors.
India grabbed a 15:11 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. India enjoyed a 34:26 halftime buffer. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. India entered the fourth stanza up by 8 points 46:38. But the hosts refused to give up. Malaysia narrowed the deficit to a single point with just over a minute remaining. But several misses in the dying stages did not allow Malaysia to snatch the victory. They will have to start from Level II in the next edition of the competition. Anjana Geetha (177-F-94) had 10 points for the winners. Shi yeng Ng (186-C-94) answered with 20 points and 12 rebounds for Malaysia. Chiew Yen Lee (168-G/F-95) had 17 points in the loss.

India U18: Jeena Skaria 24+11 boards, Anjana Geetha 10, Raja Priyadarshini 8+14 boards
Malaysia U18: Shi yeng Ng 20+12 boards, Chiew Yen Lee 17



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  JAPAN   


U18 Asia Championship: Japan roll past Taiwan - by Eurobasket News

Japan U18 - Taiwan U18 113:55

Japan joined China in the U18 Asia Championship Final. They held off Taiwan in the second semifinal clash today. Miyuki Kawamura (183-C-94) and Saori Miyazaki (165-SG-95) posted 16 points each to lead the effort.
Japan fired 27 points in the opening quarter to take a 6-point lead. They stretched the lead in the second quarter. Japan dominated at every end of the floor posting a 51:32 halftime lead. Japan exploded with 32 points in the third frame to take a 38-point advantage at the final intermission. Japan dropped 30 points in the fourth frame to clinch a comprehensive victory. Kanako Masuoka (173-G-94) and Yunika Nakamura (177-PF-95) delivered 13 points each in the winning effort. Huang Ling-Chuan (174-F-94) answered with 11 points for Taiwan. Chen Wei-An (178-C-95) and Chen Yen-Yu (169-G/F-94) netted 8 points apiece in the losing effort.

Japan U18: Miyuki Kawamura 16, Saori Miyazaki 16 Kanako Masuoka 13, Yunika Nakamura 13
Taiwan U18: Huang Ling-Chuan 11, Chen Wei-An 8, Chen Yen-Yu 8



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  MALAYSIA   


U18 Asia Championship: India scrape past Malaysia, into Level I - by Eurobasket News

India U18 - Malaysia U18 60:59

India recorded the crucial win at the U18 Asia Championship. They overcame hosting Malaysia in a tightly-contested battle to secure the place in Level I for the next edition of the tournament. Jeena Skaria (94) came up with 24 points and 11 boards to pace the visitors.
India grabbed a 15:11 lead ten minutes into the game. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. India enjoyed a 34:26 halftime buffer. The teams traded baskets throughout the third quarter. India entered the fourth stanza up by 8 points 46:38. But the hosts refused to give up. Malaysia narrowed the deficit to a single point with just over a minute remaining. But several misses in the dying stages did not allow Malaysia to snatch the victory. They will have to start from Level II in the next edition of the competition. Anjana Geetha (177-F-94) had 10 points for the winners. Shi yeng Ng (186-C-94) answered with 20 points and 12 rebounds for Malaysia. Chiew Yen Lee (168-G/F-95) had 17 points in the loss.

India U18: Jeena Skaria 24+11 boards, Anjana Geetha 10, Raja Priyadarshini 8+14 boards
Malaysia U18: Shi yeng Ng 20+12 boards, Chiew Yen Lee 17



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  PUERTO RICO   

Standings - Women

BSNF Standings
 1. Quebradillas 12-4 
 2. Carolina G. 11-3 
 3. Morovis M. 11-4 
 4.