EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/17/2012 1:04:01 AM

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  ABA   



First signings for the Gwizzlies - by Gianni Pascucci

The ABA Georgia Gwizzlies begins it's 8th consecutive season in minor league professional basketball in November.
Leading the way are 2011-12 ABA all-stars Ramar Smith (6'2''-G-87, college: Tennessee), Webb Dunnell Jr (6'6''-G-89, college: San Diego CC) and All-star nominee point guard Carl-Jean Bart (5'10''-G-87, college: Toccoa Falls). Newcomers are New Yorkers Isiah Woods (6'5''-F, college: Jamestown-Catt. JC), 6-4 Ali Ramadan, 6-6 Mike Milliner, 6-3 Mark Dishman and James Vincent (6'10''-C-90)
Four more open spots will be filled by November 17th when the team travel to play the Phenix city Bombers in Alabama.



Delvin Maston named GM/Head Coach for Texas Fuel - by Gianni Pascucci

The ABA San Antonio FUEL today announced that Delvin Maston has been named General Manager/Head Coach of the team. "I feel incredibly fortunate to have found Coach Maston," stated Aurora Deiri , co-owner. "He is a wounded warrior with a prosthetic limb and he is a wheelchair basketball player for the Para-Olympics. Coach Maston played overseas as a professional basketball player before the amputation of one leg in the course of serving his US military duty." Coach Maston continues to play and also coaches the US Army basketball team. "I love the game," added Maston. "And I am confident that our team will be in the top five this season. I am also looking for an assistant coach." For more information, call 205 422 8637 or email delvinmaston@gmail.com or visit www.txfuelbasxketball.com or www.HTOsports.com/FUEL


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  ARGENTINA   

Standings - LigaA

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

Regular Season: Round 2

North

Sep. 16: Libertad S. - Atenas 86-69
Sep. 16: La Union - Regatas C. 69-73
Sep. 16: Quimsa - Olimpico LB 65-66
Sep. 16: Union Progr. - Sionista 63-66

South

Sep. 16: Wuber-Est.Bahia - Boca Jrs 91-84
Sep. 16: Argentino - GECR Indalo 81-67
Sep. 16: Club 9 - Lanus 77-81
Sep. 16: Penarol - Obras 71-85

Regular Season: Round 3

North

Sep. 21: Regatas C. - Quimsa
Sep. 21: Atenas - Union Progr.
Sep. 21: Sionista - Libertad S.
Sep. 21: Olimpico LB - La Union

Round 1

Sep. 18: Argentino - Lanus

South

Sep. 21: Boca Jrs - Club 9
Sep. 21: GECR Indalo - Penarol
Sep. 21: Obras - Argentino
Sep. 21: Lanus - Wuber-Est.Bahia


League second round - by Leonardo Contieri

North: Libertad defeated Atenas 86-69 behind William Garves' 24 points and 7 rebounds, Marcos Saglietti added 14, Gabriel Mikulas 13 and 7 rebounds and Jonatan Treise 13 and 8 assists. Roman Gonzalez led Atenas with 13and Mariano Fierro added 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Regatas won again on the road, 69-73 over La Union Formosa, Javier Martinez scored 16 points while Nicolas Romano and Djibril Kante added 12 each. Rubern Wolkowisky was La Union's top scorer with 18 while Greg Lewis and Kyle Lamonte scored 13 each.
In Santiago del Estero's classic, Olimpico won at Quimsa's court 65-66 with 18 points from Ariel Pau and 14 from Ramirez Barrios while Sam Clancy finished with 8 points and 11 rebounds. Eduardo Villares scored 13 for Quimsa and Ramzee Stanton added 10.
Sionista also won away from home, 63-66 over Union Progresista in a game that finished 23-24 at halftime. Luciano GOnzalez scored 18 and Luis Cequeira added 15 for Sionista. Darren Phillip had 17 points and 18 rebounds for Progresista and Victor Cajal added 13.
South: Obras beat Pearol 71-85 in Mar del Plata with Juan Gutierrez scoring 21 points and getting 7 rebounds. Martin Osimani added 17, Fernando Calvi 10, and Tyler Field and Dabid Huertas scored 10 each. Marcos Mata led Pearol with 17, Facundo Campazzo and Selem Safar scored 12 each and Leonardo Gutierrez 11. Both Pearol foreign players combined for 5 points and 1 for 7 shooting from the field in 40 minutes.
Webber Bahia Blanca Estudiantes got its first win over Boca, 91-84 in overtime. Richard Doby scored 21 points and Marcus Fizer added 17. Federico Van Lacke and John DeGroat led Boca with 17, the latter also got 14 boards.
Argentino Junin made its season debut with a victory over Gimnasia-Indalo 81-67, as Nicolas de los Santos led 4 players in double digit scoring with 23 points.Brian Carlwell added 17 and 8 rebounds. Kahiem Seawright led Gimnasia with 22, Diego Romero and Mariano Byro scored 11 each.
After leading 29-44 at halftime, Lanus had to suffer to secure a 77-81 victory at 9 de Julio's court. Robert Battle scored 16 points and grabbed 9 rebounds while William McFarlan also scored 16 for the winning team. Ed Nelson finished with 21 points and 8 rebounds while Jaz Cowan added 18 for 9 de Julio.



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

29-year old power forward Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's best team Obras and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
He had a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds, while his team crushed Wuber-Est.Bahia (#4, 1-1) with 16-point margin 92-76. It allowed Obras to take over top position in the Argentinian league. But it's just the very beginning of the season and Obras won both games without losing any. It's too early to say anything as the standings can be changed completely after next round. Gutierrez has many years of experience at Obras, through which he has constantly improved. Gutierrez has impressive league stats. He is in league's top in points (4th best: 21.0ppg), rebounds (9th best: 10.0rpg) and averages solid 4.0bpg and 60.0% from behind 3-point line.

Second best performed player last round was Edward Nelson (203-F-82, agency: Dream Team Management) of Club 9. He is American forward in his first season at Club 9. In the last game Nelson recorded impressive double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Club 9 cruised to a 78-66 relatively comfortable win over GECR Indalo (0-2). The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Nelson is a newcomer at Club 9 and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to another Club 9's star - guard Gaston Torre (184-G-85). Torre scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds. He was another key player of Club 9, helping his team with a 78-66 win against GECR Indalo (#7, 0-2). Club 9 needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in South. Their record at this point is 1 victories and 1 lost games. The season just started for Torre as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be another team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. James Williams (204-F/C-79) of Quimsa - 15 points and 14 rebounds
5. Marcos Mata (201-SF-86) of Penarol - 13 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
6. William Graves (198-F/G-88) of Libertad S. - 22 points and 7 rebounds
7. Darren Phillip (201-F-78) of Union Progr. - 15 points and 11 rebounds
8. Ricardo Sanchez (212-C-87) of Libertad S. - 11 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Tyler Field (205-F/C-78) of Obras - 16 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Federico Van Lacke (191-G-80) of Boca Jrs - 12 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists

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



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Saigon Heat keep Jason Rabedeaux - by Eurobasket News

Saigon Heat have agreed on terms of contract extension with head coach Jason Rabedeaux (agency: Edge Sports ). The specialist will remain at helm of the Heat for three more seasons. Jason Rabedeaux (agency: Edge Sports ) took over Saigon Heat midway through the last season. The Heat opened their inaugural ASEAN League campaign with seven straight defeats. However Jason Rabedeaux (agency: Edge Sports ) helped Saigon finish 8-13 record in the sixth position in the ladder. Jason Rabedeaux (agency: Edge Sports ) had a vast assist coaching experience in the USA. He worked with Oklahoma and Marquette in NCAA. Later Jason Rebedeaux took over UTEP and guided the programme for three seasons. He also worked as head coach of Jiangsu Nangang Dragons Nanjing in China, Link Tochigi Brex in Japan and Al Manama in Bahrain. He was Bahrain Cup and SuperCup winner with Al Manama.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Hawks finish New Zealand tour with victory - by Eurobasket News

Breakers - Hawks 84:90

Wollongong Hawks finished their New Zealand tour on a high note. They defeated the Breakers to make it two wins out of three games. Lance Hurdle (188-G-87, college: Miami, FL) accounted for 21 points to lead the winners.
The teams stayed close throughout the whole game. The Breakers were up by one at halftime 44:43. But the Hawks managed to pull ahead in the second half. Lance Hurdle stepped for Wollongong in the key moments and sealed the victory for the visitors. Larry Davidson (206-C/F-83, college: Boise St.) posted 16 points and 8 rebounds for the Hawks. Dave Gruber contributed 12 points, while Rhys Martin (193-G-86, college: Nova SE) had 13 in the win. Cedric Jackson (191-G-86, college: Cleveland St.) responded with 16 points for the Breakers. Will Hudson (206-F/C-89, college: Oakland) notched 11 points in the loss.

Breakers: Cedric Jackson 16, Will Hudson 11
Hawks: Lance Hurdle 21, Larry Davidson 16, Rhys Martin 13



Townsville win again - by Eurobasket News

The Townsville Crocodiles have completed a two-game sweep of Sydney in their Toowoomba pre-season double, downing the Kings 92-79 on Sunday afternoon.

Benjamin Allen (211-C-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) led the Crocs with 17 points and nine rebounds, while Russell Hinder showed his comeback from injury was on track with 16 points, four rebounds, four assists and one block. Peter Crawford (193-G/F-79) was also strong for the Crocs, with 14 points (including four-of-five three-pointers).

Sydney import Darnell Lazare (203-F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) continued to impress for the Kings with 23 points and nine rebounds, while Ben Madgen (193-G/F-85, college: Augusta St.) had 19 points. American Corin Henry (180-PG-88, college: Tarleton St.) also had 16 points for Sydney.

Townsville held a narrow one-point lead at quarter time, 22-21, and had increased their buffer marginally to 42-39 at the main break.

A 29-14 scoring advantage in the third period saw the Crocs take control of the game and, despite the Kings outscoring the Crocs 26-21 in the final period, Townsville went on to record their second straight win over Sydney in three days.

The Townsville defence helped spark the Crocs transition offence, as the Queenslanders scored 17 points off Sydneys 14 turnovers.

The Crocs were also efficient from the field (32-of-63 at 51%) and took 12 more freethrows (16-of-28) than the Kings (13-of-16).

Courtesy of NBL Australia



NBL season launch in Melbourne Thursday - by Eurobasket News

Basketball fans in Melbourne can help celebrate the upcoming tip-off of the NBL and WNBL seasons when the two leagues hold their official launch this Thursday at lunchtime in Federation Square.

Players from all WNBL and NBL teams will be on hand at a specially laid halfcourt which will be built in St Pauls Court at Federation Square in Melbourne from 12:00PM Midday on Thursday 20 September.

Fans will be able to see some of their favourite players in action, before having the opportunity to hear them speak and get autographs.

There will also be heaps of giveaways, as well as the chance for one lucky fan to take home a $1,000 cash prize in a special shootout competition.

So get down to Fed Square on Thursday to help us celebrate the return of the WNBL and NBL on October 5 and for your chance to win!

Courtesy of NBL Australia



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  BELGIUM   


Update on Spirou Charleroi and Telenet Oostende - by Eurobasket News

Spirou Charleroi and Telenet Oostende continue their preparation for the upcoming season. Spirou Charleroi participated at the Tournoi des Leopards. In Day 1 SPO Rouen overcame Spirou Charleroi 80:60. The French side led 21:15 at the end of the first period and added 19-18 in the second frame. Moreover they needed a 23-10 surge in the last stanza to seal the victory. O'Darien Bassett (191-G-86, college: Troy) nailed 25 points to lead all the winners, while Wendell McKines (198-F-88, college: N.Mexico St.) posted 20. Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, college: Florida) and Allen netted 16 points each in the losing effort, while Scott delivered 19. Later the team lost to STB Le Havre (Pro A) 62:76.
Ratiopharm Ulm beat Telenet Oostende 92:88. The game was tied at 83:83, while the German side pushed the tempo for good to win the game. Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) scored 18 points for the Belgian side and Petrovic had 13.
Later Telenet Oostende outscored LTI Giessen 91:79. Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Lojeski followed him with 18.



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  BELIZE   


The Belize Basketball Federation Elects a New Executive!!! - by David Magana

Saturday, 15 September 2012 16:59
On Saturday September 8th, 2012, the Belize Basketball Federation (BBF) held a general meeting to elect a new executive committee to serve for another four years. The meeting was held at the Belize Olympic Committee Offices in Belize City.
Paul Thompson was re-elected to serve as President along with Charles Ellis as Vice President, Julian Murillo as Secretary General and Frank Lord as Executive Member. Three new members were added to the team: Karim Juan as Vice President, Bernard Wagner as Finance Officer and Benedict Terry (196-F-87) as an executive member. Karim Juan is currently the national instructor for basketball referees and the Vice Principal of Sacred Heart College in San Ignacio. Karim is pursuing a doctorate degree from the University of Florida. Bernard Wagner, a former BBF executive, was instrumental in launching the Belize Bank bulldogs program. He is the branch manager of the Belize Bank Market Square Branch. Benedict Terry (196-F-87), a recent graduate from the University of Southern Alabama and one of the first members of the University of Belize Black Jaguars team, is currently employed at the Central Bank of Belize.
The Association members present reiterated their support for the new executive and unanimously pledged their commitment to continue with the plans that the BBF developed and launched. These programs have given Belize championships and glory in the, international arena as was seen recently in the CODICADER games where Belize won gold medal and the U 15 and U 17 COCABA Championships where Belize placed second over the last 2 years. Currently, the BBF is continuing with programs to ensure that the triumphs that are presently being witnessed at the youth levels are achieved at the senior level. The endorsement was witnessed and sanctioned by Mr. Patrick Henry, Sports Director of the National Sport Council and by Mr. Sonny Meighan, member of the Belize Olympic Committee.



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  BOSNIA   


MZT Skopje clinch Mirza Delibasic Memorial trophy - by Eurobasket News

Bosna - MZT Skopje 62:89

MZT Skopje claimed the title at Mirza Delibasic Memorial. They overcame Bosna in Sarajevo for the trophy. Cade Davis (197-F/G-88, college: Oklahoma) scored posted 25 points to lead the winners.
MZT Skopje led from start to finish. They gave no chance for the hosts and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) posted 24 points, while Cekovski contributed 12 points for MZT Skopje. Nermin Buza (205-F/C-91) and Alin Demic (202-G/F-91) had 11 points each for Bosna.



Partizan wins tournament in Laktasi - by Nicky Vasic

BC Partizan MT:S Beograd have won a four-team friendly tournament in Laktasi tonight by beating Russian side BC Khimky Moscow Region 68:56. Very young and talented side coached by legendary coach Dusko Vujosevic (agency: Beo Basket ) showed some great defensive play to keep favored Russian side at only 56 points. Djordje Gagic (210-C-90, agency: Interperformances) led the winning side with 27 points, French wonderkid Leo Westermann (198-G-92, agency: Beo Basket) added 11 points while Drew Gordon (205-F-90, college: N.Mexico) helped with 9. K.C. Rivers (196-G/F-87, college: Clemson) scored 21 for the losing side. It is also worth mentioning that Fridzon and Monya from Khimky, and Andjusic, Bertans, Musli and Lucic from Partizan were all rested.

Prior to the final match, home team BC Igokea Aleksandrovac beat Slovenian side Krka Novo Mesto to claim 3rd place.




Nedim Buza MVP of Basketball Without Borders camp in Moscow! - by Chris Mathieu

Nedim Buza (201-SF-95) MVP of Basketball Without Borders camp in Moscow! After an amazing and spectacular summer for Bosnian basketball there is another award for a member of the Bosnian family. Nedim Buza was named MVP of the camp, the camp brought together 45 of the brightest young stars of European basketball and none of the stars shone brighter than Buza. Nedim had the chance to work with Russian stars Andrei Kirilenko, Alexy Shved and Timofey Mozgov and impressed everyone with his ability, commitment and play. No doubt that Nedim is one of the brightest young stars in Europe and he is impressing basketball scouts in the NBA and his stock continues to rise in the eyes of scouts.


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  BRAZIL   

Standings - Paulista, Carioca, Minas G. leagues

Paulista Standings
GroupA
 1. Paulistano 7-2 
 2. S.Jose/Unimed 7-2 
 3. Palmeiras 5-3 
 4. Pinheiros/Sky 5-3 
 5. Gremio Mogi 5-4 
 6. Suzano 3-5 
 7. Metodista/S.B. 2-7 
 8. Inter Santos 0-8 
GroupB
 1. Paschoalotto/B. 7-1 
 2. Winner/Limeira 5-2 
 3. Vivo/Franca 5-3 
 4. America 3-4 
 5. Liga Sorocaba 2-5 
 6. Rio Claro 2-5 
 7. Jacarei 2-6 
Stage Two Standings

Second Stage: Round 9

Sep. 15: Vivo/Franca - Jacarei 97-70
Sep. 15: Liga Sorocaba - Paschoalotto/B. 95-96
Sep. 15: Gremio Mogi - S.Jose/Unimed 79-78
Sep. 15: Metodista/S.B. - Paulistano 66-76
Sep. 16: Palmeiras - Pinheiros/Sky
Sep. 16: Suzano - Inter Santos



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  BULGARIA   


Chernomorets returns F Kiril Raykov - by Eurobasket News

Kiril Raykov (196-F-87) is back to Chernomorets Burgas. The Bulgarian forward penned a deal for the upcoming season. He already played for Chernomorets in 2010/11. Actually, Raykov joined them club in January of 2011 and spent rest of the season there. He averaged 10.4 points and 4.3 rebounds for 11 games. The player started that season with Balkan Botevgrad. He played for the Botevgrad team from 2003 to 2011. Kiril Raykov started last season with Balkan and in January moved to German Regionalliga squad BG Bonn-Meckenheimer TuS. It was his first time abroad and Raykov averaged 9.1 ppg, plus 2.5 rpg for 10 games. Before that he had 4.9 ppg and 2.9 rpg for 12 NBL games with Balkan. They reached Playoff and Cup Semifinals two years ago, but Raykov had very limited playing time.


Levski wins tournament in Kavala - by Maria Mitzova

Levski Sofia recorded two wins in the second and third pre-season games. Bulgarian runner-up won both games in the friendly tournament in Kavala, Greece and came back home in good mood.
Levski Sofia blew up 18-point lead in the first match against the hosts, to win only by 2 81:79 (28:16, 46:22, 65:50)


Levski Sofia: Varbanov 8, Zlatin Georgiev (195-G-85) 14, Chavdar Kostov (195-SG-88, agency: Interperformances) 15, H.Dimitrov 2, D.Dimitrov 8, Petkov 7, Angelov 3, Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83) 12, Ivanov 2.
Second game, Levski Sofia - Olin Edirne was hard-contested till the end, but Bulgarian team prevailed to 78:70 win, in the separate quarters - 17-18, 19-21, 21-16, 21-15.
Next test for Levski Sofia will be visit to Nis in Serbia, where the four-team tourney will feature the hosts from Constantin, Radnicki and MZT Skopje.



Lukoil outshined Zvezda for the third place in Sofia tournament - by Maria Mitzova

Lukoil Academik Sofia won third place in its home tournament in Sofia, where Barcelona got the first place and Panathinaikos remained second.
Bulgarian champion fought hard in the first day of the tournament, but couldnt beat Barcelona. In the second game Lukoil was very balanced, and with the inclusion of the latest addition Thomas Massamba, was able to win against Crvena Zvezda Beograd 85:75.
Game was tied in the first half, with Serbians starting better, then Lukoil catching up. At the break, Zvezda led by three 43:40.
Third quarter was a tied affair, with visiting team again on top, just for the sharp-shooter Bozhidar Avramov (196-PG-90, agency: Interperformances) to cut Lukoils deficit with some three-pointers. Slowly, but surely, Bulgarians were getting tougher in defense and scoring in smooth transitions.
Lukoil stepped its game up in the last quarter, and broke the tie to start building some lead. Zvezda went scoreless for 2 minutes which got the difference in double digits 11 points with less than two minutes to go. This practically put an end to the game, and Bulgarian champion put aside second pre-season victory.
Avramov was hot in the game with 19 points. Mohammed Abukar showed some consistency with 16 points in Zvezda game, and 11 in the one with Barcelona. Devin Green scored 15 more vs Zvezda, and was the most efficient player on the floor. Maurice Almond was topscorer for Serbian team with 15 points.
Last preseason test for Lukoil Academik Sofia will be a visit to Radnicki in Serbia next week, before the Euroleague Qualifying Round.


SCORES AND STATS FROM THE SOFIA TOURNAMENT



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  CANADA   


Mill Rats re-sign Anthony Anderson - by Eurobasket News

The Saint John Mill Rats are pleased to announcing the re-signing of All-NBL Canada First Team performer, Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts).

The 5'11 guard has been a stalwart on the Mill Rats clubs since 2007. Last season in the NBL Canada he garned All-League honors, was named an All Star, and averaged 18.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game.

"Anthony is definitely our franchise player and we are excited about him coming back for another season," stated Mill Rats President and General Manager Ian McCarthy. "He's an elite player at any level and is our leader in our pursuit of championship."

Mill Rats new Head Coach David Cooper intends to run much of the offense this season through "Double A" as he is known to fans and teammates. "Man I'm so excited to be able to coach a player of Ant's calibur, we are putting the pieces together to make a strong run this year."

The Mill Rats Front Office is currently finalizing its training camp roster and signing players for the upcoming season, and look for more announcements to follow.

The Saint John Mill Rats regular season opener is November 3rd at Harbour Station. Season tickets are on sale now at the Harbour Station Box Office and the Mill Rats Fan Zone in Brunswick Square (next to Tim Hortons).

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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  CHINA   


Straits Cup tournament to be held in Taipei - by Chris Wang

The 2012 Straits Cup basketball tournament will take place from Oct. 12-14 in Taipei and the central city of Taichung with four teams from Taiwan and China competing in the annual cross-strait tourney.

Shanghai Dongfang Sharks, Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank of the Chinese pro league CBA will match up against a pair of home teams -- defending SBL champion Pure Youth Construction and Dacin Tigers, the runner-up last season -- in the three-day tourney.

Former NBA Houston Rockets star center Ming Yao (226-C-80) will visit Taiwan as Shanghai owner.

Four popular Taiwanese players will represent different teams as Tseng Wen-ting will play for Shanghai and Lin Chih-chieh plays for Zhejiang. Chen Hsin-an leads Pure Youth while Tien Lei represents Dacin.

Game venues:
Taipei Physical Education College Gymnasium (No.101, Sec.2, Jhongcheng Rd.,Shihlin District, Taipei)
National Taiwan University of Physical Education and Sport Gymnasium (No. 16, Sec. 1, Shuang-Shih Rd., Taichung)

Game schedule:
Oct. 12 (@ Taipei)
18:00 Zhejiang vs. Pure Youth
20:00 Dacin vs. Shanghai
Oct. 13 (@ Taichung)
16:00 Shanghai vs. Zhejiang
18:00 Pure Youth vs. Dacin
Oct. 14 (@ Taichung)
16:00 Dacin vs. Zhejiang
18:00 Shanghai vs. Pure Youth

Official website http://blog.yam.com/straitscup2012



Shandong Flaming Bulls sign PG Pooh Jeter - by Eurobasket News

As expected, Pooh Jeter (179-PG-83, college: Portland) became a new member of Shandong Flaming Bulls. The American point guard penned a deal for the next season. Jeter announced this news today via Twitter. He spent last season with Joventut Badalona. For 31 games in Spanish league he had 11.5 ppg and 2.9 apg. Pooh Jeter played for the Sacramento Kings in 2010/11 NBA season. There he collected 4.2 ppg and 2.7 apg for 61 games. The player started 2009/10 with Unicaja Malaga and during the season moved to Hapoel Jerusalem. In the past, Jeter also played for Menorca, Kyiv and Colorado 14ers (D-League). He graduated at the University of Portland six years ago.


Fiba Asia Cup: Lebanon coast past China - by Eurobasket News

Lebanon - China 89:69

Lebanon clinched the second win at the Fiba Asia Cup. They taught a young Chinese team a good lesson beating those by 20 points. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) and Jean Abdel Nour (198-F/G-83) posted 25 points each to lead the winners.
China looked better in the opening quarter. They jumped to a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. But Lebanon took over pretty quickly in the second frame. They went on a 25:8 rally to establish a 40:30 halftime lead. China tried to return into the contest in the third term. They narrowed the gap at 9-point mark before the fourth frame. However Lebanon went on a 12:2 run midway through the fourth period and cleared off for good. Elie Estephane (193-G-86, college: Alabama So. CC) had 14 points for the winners. Zhao TaiLong (193-G/F-90) and Zhang Dayu (210-C-91) recorded 12 points apiece for China. Duan JiangPeng (197-F-90) netted 11 points in the loss.

Lebanon: Fadi Khatib 25, Jean Abdel Nour 25, Elie Estephane 15
China: Zhao TaiLong 12, Zhang Dayu 12, Duan JiangPeng 11



2012 Fiba Asia Cup: China improve to 2-1 record in Group A - by Eurobasket News

Uzbekistan-China 47:107

China improve to 2-1 record in Group A after the victory over Uzbekistan at the 2012 Fiba Asia Cup. The Chinese team won 107:47 and sent the opponents to 1-2 record.
China started the game with 21-11 and never looked behind after. They added massive 31-8 burst to take a 52:19 halftime advantage. Moreover China continued to dominate the second half as well. China won the third period 30-19 and finished the game with 25-9 in the last stanza.
Zhao TaiLong (193-G/F-90) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Duan JiangPeng (197-F-90) notched 17. Wang Zhelin (215-PF-94) delivered 16, while Wang Zirui (190-G-93) had 14. Aleksandr Kozlov (201-F-82) ended up with 11 points in defeat and Samender Juginisov (202-F-87) finished the game with 10.

Uzbekistan: Aleksandr Kozlov 11, Samender Juginisov 10
China: Zhao TaiLong 20, Duan JiangPeng 17, Wang Zhelin 16, Wang Zirui 14



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  COLOMBIA   

Standings

Copa Federacion Standings
 1. Guerreros 6-0 
 2. Once Caldas 6-0 
 3. Arrieros 4-1 
 4. Bucaros 4-2 
 5. Islanders 2-2 
 6. Choco 2-4 
 7. Cafeteros 1-3 
 8. Patriotas 1-5 
 9. Bayside 1-5 
 10. Hormigueros 0-5 

Regular Season: Round 3

Sep. 15: Bucaros - Once Caldas 94-97
Sep. 15: Guerreros - Islanders 92-65
Sep. 14: Once Caldas - Bucaros 83-74
Sep. 14: Bayside - Patriotas 75-59
Sep. 15: Choco - Hormigueros 74-65
Sep. 14: Choco - Hormigueros 71-70
Sep. 15: Bayside - Patriotas 61-78
Sep. 14: Guerreros - Islanders 116-88
Sep. 15: Arrieros - Cafeteros 111-100
Sep. 14: Arrieros - Cafeteros 100-107

Regular Season: Round 4

Sep. 17: Bayside - Cafeteros
Sep. 17: Bucaros - Guerreros
Sep. 17: Choco - Islanders
Sep. 17: Once Caldas - Arrieros
Sep. 17: Patriotas - Hormigueros
Sep. 18: Bayside - Cafeteros
Sep. 18: Bucaros - Guerreros
Sep. 18: Choco - Islanders
Sep. 18: Once Caldas - Arrieros
Sep. 18: Patriotas - Hormigueros



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Djuro Djakovic signs Swedish big guy Brice Massamba - by Eurobasket News

Brice Massamba (208-F/C-88) is set to start his professional basketball career. The Swedish power forward/center signed a 1-year deal with Djuro Djakovic Slavonski Brod. They will compete in Croatian A1 league. Massamba graduated at UNLV (University of Nevada -Las Vegas) few months ago. He had 6.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg for his school in 33 games as a senior. The player spent all four years with UNLV. Before that he played for Talje BK in Basketettan (Swedish second division). Brice Massamba played for the Swedish National Team in Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011. He also was on the list of candidates this summer. In the past, Massamba played for U20 and U18 Sweden.


KK Split edge Vrijednosnice OS Darda at Mirza Delibasic Memorial - by Eurobasket News

KK Split - Vrijednosnica OS Darda 76:66

KK Split occupied the third position at the Mirza Delibasic Memorial tournament. They overcame Vrijednosnica OS Darda on the last day of the tourney. Srdan Subotic (193-G-80) posted 21 points to lead the winners.
Split led by just a single point 23:22 after ten minutes. But they managed to stretch the gap in the second frame. Split ensured a 5-point lead at the interval 41:36. KK Split boosted the gap in the third term. They accumulated a 6-point advantage heading into the fourth quarter. KK Split held Vrijednosnica OS Darda to 15 points in the final period and sealed the victory at the end. Vedran Vukusic (206-F-82, college: Northwestern) and Ivan Mimica (193-G-80) accounted for 16 points each in the winning effort. Stjepan Tesija (206-F-89) answered with 19 points for Vrijednosnica OS Darda. Mate Perajica (203-C-81) netted 13 points in defeat.

KK Split: Srdan Subotic 21, Vedran Vukusic 16, Ivan Mimica 16
Vrijednosnica OS Darda: Stjepan Tesija 19, Mate Perajica 13



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Former Mad Ants coach receives NBA call-up - by Eurobasket News

The Fort Wayne Mad Ants announced today that assistant coach Sebastian Pruiti recently earned a "call-up" when he accepted a job with the Oklahoma City Thunder as Video Analyst/Personnel. Sebastian is the third Mad Ants coach to make the jump to the NBA following Mike Sanders, who currently coaches for the Utah Jazz, and Vitaly Potapenko, who spent one season with the Indiana Pacers.

"Sebastian was a great asset for the Mad Ants last year," said Mad Ants President Jeff Potter. "His basketball acumen is invaluable to a coaching staff and he will be missed, but we couldn't be more excited about his opportunity with Oklahoma City."

After earning his undergrad degrees in Business Administration and Finance from The College of New Jersey, Pruiti went on to earn his MBA in Sport Management from Seton Hall University. Sebastian founded the blogs, NBA Playbook and Nets Are Scorching, and has been a regular contributor to ESPN's Grantland.com.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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Tartu Ulikool win Kasztelan Cup in Poland - by Eurobasket News

Tartu Ulikool - VEF Riga 75:65

Tartu Ulikool celebrated victory at the pre-season Kasztelan Cup tournament in Poland. They overcame VEF Riga on the final day of the tourney to celebrate the trophy. Kristo Saage (185-PG-85) delivered 17 points to lead the charge.
VEF Riga jumped to an early lead. They ensured a 19:15 advantage ten minutes into the game. Tartu Ulikool stole the initiative in the second period. The Estonian outfit pulled ahead for a 38:35 halftime advantage. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third stanza. They exchanged baskets as Tartu ensured a 3-point lead into the fourth period. Tartu Ulikool held the Latvian champions to just 12 points in the final frame and sealed the victory. Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) notched 12 points, while Vallo Allingu (206-F/C-78) added 11 points for the winning side. Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) replied with 19 points for VEF Riga. Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) had 10 points in the defeat.

Tartu Ulikool: Kristo Saage 17, Egidijus Dimsa 12, Vallo Allingu 11
VEF Riga: Donatas Zavackas 19, Dairis Bertans 10



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Atlanta ESL official first day games, courts 1 & 2! - by ESL News

Atlanta ESL first day official games, Court 1:


Game 1: France 81 Russia 61
This was game was not a very close game even though we had two quality teams on the floor. France just took control and never looked back. France was led by Joel Smith who had 17 pts and 4 rebounds. Russia had a very balanced attack and was led by Kenneth Moore with 16 pts.

Film: http://www.youtube.com/user/EurobasketAtlanta?feature=mhee

France 81:, Moses Edun 9 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast, Ervin Herron, (196-F/G, college: So.Poly State) 14 pts, 4 rbs, Mike Dabney, (203-F/C-88) 14 pts 5 rbs, Anthony Sims, (193-G/F, college: W.Florida) 4 pts 4rbs 1 ast, Trevor Niles (198-F/G-88) 6 pts, 3 rbs, Oliver Hunter 7 pts, 1 rb, Tremanye Russell 6 pts, 2rbs, 1 ast, Joel Smith 17 pts, 4 rbs, 2 ast,, Derrick Darkis 4 pts, 1 rb, 1 ast.
Russia: Brice Kellog, 9 pts, 1rb, 1 ast, Corey Edmondson (188-G-89, college: Reinhardt) 7 pts, 1 ast, Kenneth Moore 16 pts, 3 rbs, Stein Stohlman 5 pts, 1 rb, Dwayne Harmason (178-G-86, college: Miss.Valley St.) 9 pts, 2 ast, Richard England 8 pts, 3rbs, Geoff Gaylor 3 rbs 1 ast, Zach Payton 3 pts 1 rb 3 ast, Joseph Jones 1 rb 1 ast.

Game 2: Germany 91 Greece 85
Germany's balanced attack barely separated them from Greece. Kenneth Willis led his team with 19 pts. Dwight Gordon (188-PG-88, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Biola, CA) followed with 15 pts and Senario Hillman (185-PG-88, college: Alabama) followed with 14 pts. On the losing side for Greece, Jeremy Bynum had 22 pts and Jemarco Warren had 15pts.

Film: http://www.youtube.com/user/EurobasketAtlanta?feature=mhee

Germany: P.J. Meyers 2 pts 2 rbs 6 ast, Dwight Gordon 15 pts 4 rbs 2 ast, Kenneth Willis 19 pts 1 rb 3 ast, Dario Green 11 pts, Senario Hillman 14 pts, Brandon Sims 22 pts 3 rbs, Cedric Melice 2 pts 2 rbs 2 ast, R.J. Jarrett 8 pts 3 rbs.
Greece: Sam Taub 8 pts 2 rbs 1 ast, Omare Kinsey 2 pts 2 rbs 3 ast, Antonio Ester 14 pts 8 rbs 4 ast, Jeremy Bynum 22 pts, Jamarco Warren (180-G-88) 15 pts 1ast, Richard Lewis 5 pts 2 ast, Deshar Clipper 10 pts 4 rbs, Lucas Hackett 3 pts 1 ast, Mark Phillips 6 pts 3 rbs 1 ast.

Atlanta ESL first day official games, Court 2:

Game 1: Spain 68 England 65
On Court two Spain won a very close match with England and defeated them in the end with 68-65 score. For the winners, Spain was led by Tim Eriste and Justin Monroe who each had 13 pts. On the losing end of this match, Brandon Armstrong led the charge with 18 pts and 4 rebounds.


Film: http://www.youtube.com/user/EurobasketAtlanta?feature=mhee

England-65: Brad Hougabrok 11 pts, 1 rb, 5 ast, Justin Chambers 8 pts, 4 rbs, Justin Lockhart 5 rbs, Tre Cunningham (195-G-86) 4 pts, 1 rb, Albert Abrams 10 pts 3 rbs, Steve Baker 9 pts 1 rb 1 ast, Brandon Armstrong 18 pts, 4rbs, Stanely Honrat 8 pts, 4rbs, 3 ast.
Spain-68: Clayton Burkes 1rb, Sidney Harris 8 pts 5 rbs, Hector Genao 4 pts 1 rb, Tim Eriste 13 pts, 5 rbs 3 ast, Daron Sims 14 pts, 4 rbs, Tyrell Timpson 5 pts 2 rbs, 2 ast, Josh Spears 2 pts 1 rb 2 ast, Maurice Stewart 6 pts, 3 1rb, 1ast, Justin Monroe 13 pts 1 rb.

Game 2: Ireland 77 Italy 71
Another close game of the day was the Ireland vs. Italy game where Ireland snuck a victory out in the end with a 77-71 score. Richard Francis led Ireland with 17 pts and Dimar Pitts followed him with 14 pts. On the losing side for Italy, Tim Giles (168-PG-87, college: Wilberforce) brought home 16 pts.

Film: http://www.youtube.com/user/EurobasketAtlanta?feature=mhee

Ireland: Adam Waldo (203-F/C-84, college: Belmont) 2 pts, 1 rb, 1 ast, Marquette Knight (195-SF-88) 4 pts, 8 rbs, 1 ast, Richard Francis 17 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Andre Cornelius 7 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Chris McHenry 11 pts, 1 rb , 3 ast, Damier Pitts 14 pts, 2 rbs, 2 ast, Brandon Long 12 pts, Marcus Travis 10 pts, 2 rbs, 3 ast.
Italy: Eric Chwillinski 6 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Wayne Turner 4 pts, 3 rbs, 3 ast, Tim Giles 16 pts, 1 rb, 1 ast, Donald Vaughn (195-F-90) 27 pts, 5 rbs, Brandon Hichson 1 rb, Sam Goodmen 8 pts, 2 rbs 3 ast, Emmanuel Williams 1 rb, 1 ast, Neil Edwards 10 pts, 9 rbs.



Atlanta ESL second day official games, courts one! - by ESL News

Game 1: France 74 Spain 49

This was not even a contest as the team of Spain was still asleep as France beat them 74-49. With a number of scouts on hand and videos up, France jumped on them from the beginning and never let up. France was led by Joel Smith who had 16 points followed by Mike Dabney who had 12 points in his teams balanced attack. On the losing side DaRon Sims led his team with 12 points.

Film: http://www.youtube.com/user/EurobasketAtlanta?feature=mhee

France-74, Joel Smith, 16 pts, 2 rbs, 1 asts, Anthony Sims (193-G/F, college: W.Florida), 8 pts, 4 rbs, 3 asts, Moses Edun, 6 pts, 4 rbs, 2 asts, Tremnayne Russell, 11 pts, 4 rbs, 3 asts, Derrick Darkis, 9 pts, 2 rbs, Trevor Niles, 6 pts, 2 asts, Oliver Hunter, 6 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Mike Dabney, 12 pts, 4 rbs, Ervin Herron, 1 reb

Spain-49, Tyrell Timpson, 3 pts, 2 asts, Josh Spears, 1 rbd, 1 ast, Justin Monroe, 5 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Clayton Burks, 2 pts, 1 rbd, DeRon Sims, 12 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast, Tim Eriste, 4 pts, Sidney Harris, 4 pts, 1 rbd, 1 ast, Maurice Stewart, 9 pts, 5 rbs, Hector Genao, 2 pts, 1 rb, 1 ast, Al Muteba, 8 pts, 3 rbs, 2 asts.

Game 2: Italy 83 Germany 52

Another game where in the previous day Germany looked really good, but just could not put it together this morning. Italy came out and played hard and beat Germany 83-52. Italy was led by Tim Giles with 23 points with a plethora of 3s and one 2. On the losing side, the leading scorers were Jeff Webb and Dwight Gordon who each had 12 points.

Film: http://www.youtube.com/user/EurobasketAtlanta?feature=mhee

Italy-83, Brandon Hickson, 14 pts, 4 rbs, 5 asts, Donald Vaughn, 20 pts, 5 rbs, 1 ast, Time Giles, 23 pts, 2 rbd, 2 asts, Emmanuel Williams, 0 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Lontrell Jackson, 5 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Eric Chwilinski, 5 pts, 4 rbs, Sam Goodman, 12 pts, 6 rbs, 1 ast, Wayne Turner, 0 pts, 3 reb, 1 ast

Germany-52, PJ Meyers, 2 pts, 4 rbs, 3 asts, Jeff Webb, 12 pts, 2 ast, Dwight Gordon, 12 pts, 4 rbs, 2 ast, Kenneth Willis 4 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Derrio Green, 7 pts, 2 rbs, 2 ast, R.J. Jarrett, 0 pts, 4 rbs, Brandon Sims, 2 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast, Cedric Melice, 7 pts, 5 rbs, 1 ast, Joshua Ayers, 0 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Senario Hillman, 6 pts, 1 rb

Game 3: England 89 France 80

This game was very competitive and came down to the final minutes as England was able to fend off France and keep the victory 89-80. England was led in the victory by Steve Baker with 16 points and 2 rebounds. He was supported in victory by Albert Abrams and Stanley Honarat with 13 each. Mike Dabney had 19 points for the losing team, France.

Film: http://www.youtube.com/user/EurobasketAtlanta?feature=mhee

England-89 Brandon Armstrong, 10 pts, 4 rbs, 2 ast, Steven Baker, 16 pts, 2 rebs, 1 ast, Tre Cunningham, 6 pts, 0 rbs, Stanley Honorat, 13 pts, 2 rbs, 3 asts, Justin Chambers, 2 pts, 5 rbs, 1 ast, Daniel Bryant, 11 pts, 1 rbs, 1 ast, Brad Haugabrook, 8 pts, 1 rbs, 1 ast, Justin Lockhart, 10 pts, 4 rbs, Albert Abrams, 13 pts, 3 rbs

France-80 Ervin Herron, 3 pts,3 rbs, Oliver Hunter, 7 pts, 4 rbs, 1 asts, Anthony Sims 2 pts, 3 rebs, Joel Smith, 6 pts, 4 rbs, 2 ast, Mike Dabney, 19 pts, 5 rebs, Tremnayne Russell, 18 pts, 2 rbs, Trevor Niles, 8 pts, 1 rebs, Derick Darkis, 11 pts, 3 asts, Moses Edun, 6 pts, 2 rebs

Game 4: Italy 75 Spain 69
Italy won a very close match and stole a victory from Spain for a 75-69 score. Italy came back in second half and was led by Brandon Hickson with 26 points and Neal Edwards who had 14 points 5 rebounds. Brandon and Neal led Italy back from 7 down at the half to win the game for Italy. Sidney Harris was the leading scorer for the losing team with 21 points. Josh Spears had 14 points in the losing effort.

Film: http://www.youtube.com/user/EurobasketAtlanta?feature=mhee

Italy-75, Tim Giles, 10 pts, 1 ast, Donald Vaughn, 4 pts, Sam Goodman, 12 pts, 7 rbs, 1 ast, Brandon Hickson, 26 pts, 4 rbs, 2 ast, Neal Edwards, 14 pts, 5 rbs, Eric Chwilinski, 3 pts, 2 rbs, Wayne Turner, 4 pts, 1 rebs, 4 ast, Emmanuel Williams, 3 ast, Lontrell Jackson, 2 pts, 1reb
Spain-69, Tyrell Timpson, 2 pts, Sidney Harris, 21 pts, 3 rebs, Clayton Burks, 2 asts, Hector Genao, 0 pts, 0 rebs, 0 asts, Justin Monroe, 7 pts, 2 rbs, 1 asts, Josh Spears, 14 pts, 4 rbs, 3 asts, Daron Sims, 11 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Tim Eriste, 6 pts, 4 rbs, Maurice Stewart, 4 pts, 1 ast, Al Muteba, 4 pts, 2 rebs, 2 ast

Game 5: France 85 Russia 57

This game was a blowout from the beginning and was not even close as if the players seemed to be on cruise control. Leading the way for the France was Joel Smith with 16 points. Helping him out with the win was Ervin Herron with 14 points. On the losing side Richard England led the way with 13 points for the losers.

Film: http://www.youtube.com/user/EurobasketAtlanta?feature=mhee

France-85, Derrick Darkis, 7 pts, 2 asts, Anthony Sims, 4 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast, Oliver Hunter, 8 pts, 3 rbd, 3 asts, Trevor Niles, 10 pts, 1 rbs, 1 ast, Ervin Herron, 14 pts, 2 rb, 1 ast, Joel Smith, 16 pts, 2 rbs, 2 ast, Tremayne Russell, 4 pts, 4 rbs, 2 ast, Mike Dabney, 12 pts,11 rbs, Moses Edun, 10 pts, 2 rbs

Russia 57, Joesph Jones, 4 pts, 1 rbs, 2 ast, Stein Stohlman, 2 pt, 1 rb, Dwayne Harmason, 10 pts, 1 rbs, 1 ast, Zach Payton, 8 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Corey Edmondson, 8 pts, Geoff Gaylor, 2 rebs, Richard Enlgand, 13 pts, Ken Moore, 10 pts, 1 reb, Brice Kellog 2 pts, 4 rbs

Game 6: England 85 Spain 83

This game was very competitive and came down to the final minutes as Spain played hard but, but Daniel Bryant was too strong in the end and England won the contest 85-83. Bryant had a great scoring performance in the victory with 21 points. Baker came through with 19 points. On the losing side Spain was led by Daron Sims with 22 points and 9 rebounds.

Film: http://www.youtube.com/user/EurobasketAtlanta?feature=mhee

England- 85, Steve Baker, 19 pts, 2 rbs, 3 asts, Justin Lockhart, 4 pts, 4 rbs, Stanley Honorat, 10 pts, 1 ast, Justin Chambers 10 pts, 1 rb, Tre Cunningham, 5 pts, 3 rbs, Albert Abrams, 4 pts, 1 rbs, Brad Haugabrook, 6 pts, 3 rbs, 3 asts, Daniel Bryant 21 pts, 1 ast, Brandon Armstrong, 6 pts, 1 ast

Spain-83, Sidney Harris, 12 pts, 3 asts, Hector Genao, 3 pts, 1 asts, Daron Sims, 22 pts, 9 rbs, Maurice Stewart, 18 pts, 5 rbs, Tim Eriste, 12 pts, 5 rbs, Justin Monroe, 2 pts, 1 reb, 2 ast, Clayton Brukes, 2 reb, 1 ast, Tyrell Timpson, 6 pts, Josh Spears, 8 pts, 3 rbs, 3 ast

Game 7: Greece 87 Russia 54
This game was a blowout as from beginning to end. Greece was led by Sam Taub 23 points and 8 rebounds. Richard Lewis came through big with 21 points. Dwayne Harmason led Russia in a losing effort with 13 points.

Film: http://www.youtube.com/user/EurobasketAtlanta?feature=mhee

Greece 87- Jamarco Warren, 11 pts, 1 reb, Lucas Nachet, 1 rbs, Omarie Kinsey, 2 pts, 2 rbs, Sam Taub, 23 pts, 8 rbs, Marc Philips, 7 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Antonio Hester, 9 pts, 11 rbs, Richard Lewis, 21 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Jeremy Bynum, 14 pts, 1 rb, 1 ast

Russia 54- Stein Stohlman 7 pts, 1 reb, 1 ast, Zachary Payton, 2 pts, 1 rebs, 3 ast, Richard England,8 pts, 4 rbs, Corey Edmondson, 11 pts, Brice Kellog, 2 pts, 1 ast, Joseph Jones, 2 pts, 1 reb, 2 asts, Ken Moore, 9 pts, 3 rebs, Dwayne Harmason, 13 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast

Game 8: Ireland 86 Spain 85

Ireland had a well balanced attack with four guys scoring in double figures. Ireland was led by Andre Cornelius with 19 points. Al Metuba added 15 points in a strong effort as well. Spain, in a losing effort, was led by DaRon Sims who had 26 points 5 rebounds.

Film: http://www.youtube.com/user/EurobasketAtlanta?feature=mhee

Ireland 86- Chris McHenry 9 pts, 4 asts, Brandon Long, 5 pts, 1 reb, 1 ast, Al Metuba, 15 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Marquette Knight, 14 pts, 1 reb, Rich Francis, 7 pts, 2 asts, Damier Pitts, 12 pts, 1 reb, 2 ast, Andre Cornelius, 19 pts, 2 rebs, 5 ast, Marcus Travis, 3 pts, 1 reb, 1 ast, Adam Waldo, 2 pts, 1 ast

Spain 85- Clayton Burkes, 2 pts, 2 rebs, 4 ast, Josh Spears, 5 pts, 2 rebs, 1 ast, Tyrell Timpson, 10 pts, 1 reb, Maurice Stewart, 12 pts, 2 rebs, DaRon Sims, 26 pts, 5 rebs, 1 ast, Justin Monroe, 8 pts, 2 rebs, 1 ast, Tim Eriste, 3 rebs, 1 ast, Hector Genao, 6 pts, 1 reb, Sidney Harris, 16 pts, 3 rebs,



Atlanta ESL second day official games, court 2! - by ESL News

Game 1:
England 80 Russia 72
Engalnd and Russia started off in the first game of the day with a back and forth battle that had twelve lead changes. England was lead in scoring by Brad Haugabrook with 19 points and followed up by Stanely Honorat with 12 points and Steven Baker with 11 points.
Russia was lead by Zachary Payton with 25 points.


Film: http://www.youtube.com/user/EurobasketAtlanta?feature=mhee

England-80: Steve Baker (187-G-90), 11 pts, 2 rb, 4 ast, Daniel Bryant (177-PG-87, college: Arkansas St.), 8 pts, 1 rb, 2 ast, Stanely Honorat, 12 pts, 4 rb, 1 ast, Brandon Armstrong , 3 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast, Albert Abrahams, 4 pts, 5 rbs , 2 ast, Brad Haugabrook, 19 pts, 3 rbs, 2 ast, Justin Lockhart, 9 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Trey Cunningham, 8 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Justin Chambers, 6 pts, 3 rbs.
Russia-72: Zachary Payton, 25 pts, 7 rbs, 2 ast, Brice Kellogg, 3 pts, 1 rb, Corey Edmondson (188-G-89, college: Reinhardt), 10 pts, 2 ast, Joseph Jones, 4 pts, 4 rbs, 5 ast, Richard England, 14 pts, 6 rbs, Geoff Gaylor, 6 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Dwayne Harmason, 1 rb, Steven Stohlman, 2 pts, 1 rb, Kenneth Moore, 8 pts, 8 rbs.

Game 2:
Ireland 70 Greece 55
In Game 2 Ireland came out and put a beating on a lackluster Greece. Andre Cornelius and Chris McHenry lead the charge for Ireland with each scoring 14 points. Greeces top scorers were Jeremy Bynum 13 points and Sam Tuab 11 points and 3 rebounds.

Film: http://www.youtube.com/user/EurobasketAtlanta?feature=mhee

Ireland-70: Marcus Travis, 8 pts, 3 rbs, 3 ast, Richard Francis, 12 pts, 3 rbs, Damier Pitts, 10 pts, 2 ast, Brandon Long, 1 ast, Andre Cornelius, 14 pts, 1 rbs, 2 ast, Marquette Knight, 5 pts, 2 rbs, 3 ast, Chris McHenry, 14 pts, 5 rbs, 2 ast, Al Muetba, Adam Waldo (203-F/C-84, college: Belmont), 7 pts, 3 rbs.
Greece-55: Mark Phillips, 2 rbs, Jamarco Warren, 7 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Omaire Kinsey, 5 pts, 1 rb, 2 ast, Antoinio Hester, 8 pts, 4 rbs, 5 ast, Richard Lewis, 4 pts, 1 rbs, 1 ast, Jeremy Bynum, 13 pts, 1 rbs, 2 ast, Sam Tuab, 11 pts, 3 rbs, Deshar Clipper, 7 pts, 9 rbs.

Game 3:
Russia 92 Greece 90
In game 3 Russia and Greece had a dog fight that ended with Russias Richard England (16 points) hitting the game winning shot as time expired to give Russia the 2 point victory. Russia was also lead Dwayne Harmason 16 points and Geoff Gaylor 13 points.
In an honorable effort Richard Lewis 21 points and Jeremy Bynum 18 points lead Greece. Also, Antonio Hester had 12 points and ripped down 8 rebounds.

Film: http://www.youtube.com/user/EurobasketAtlanta?feature=mhee

Russia-92: Zachary Payton, 10 pts, 4 rbs, 7 ast, Brice Kellogg, 2 pts, 1 rb, Corey Edmondson, 10 pts, 1 ast, Joseph Jones, 10 pts, 2 rbs, Richard England, 16 pts, 2 rbs, Geoff Gaylor, 13 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Dwayne Harmason, 16 pts, 1 rb, Steven Stohlman, 7 pts, 1 rb, Kenneth Moore, 8 pts, 1 ast.
Greece-90: Mark Phillips, 8 pts, 2 rbs, Jamarco Warren, 5 pts, 2 rbs, 3 ast, Omaire Kinsey, 7 pts, 2 ast, Antoinio Hester, 12 pts, 8 rbs, 5 ast, Richard Lewis, 21 pts, 2 rbs, 2 ast, Jeremy Bynum, 18 pts, 6 rbs, 2 ast, Sam Tuab, 13 pts, 6 rbs, 4 ast, Deshar Clipper, 6 pts, 1 rb.


Game 4:
Game 4 featured Ireland placing a beat down on a tough Germany team 85 to 67. Damier Pitts had 17 points to lead Ireland to the victory. Ricahrd Francis followed him closely with 16 points and 8 rebounds and Chris McHenry chipped in 16 points. Germanys top game players were Senario Hillman 15 points, Jeff Webb 11 points and Brandon Sims 11 points.

Film: http://www.youtube.com/user/EurobasketAtlanta?feature=mhee


Ireland 85 Germany 67
Ireland-85
: Marcus Travis, 5 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Richard Francis, 16 pts, 8 rbs, Damier Pitts, 17 pts, Brandon Long, 2 pts, 1 rb, Andre Cornelius, 14 pts, 3 rbs, 2 ast, Marquette Knight, 6 pts, 3 rbs, Chris McHenry, 16 pts, 1 rbs, 2 ast, Al Muetba, Adam Waldo, 9 pts, 4 rb.
Germany-67: Cedric Mellcie, 4 pts, 2 rbs, Derio Green, 2 pts, 2 rb, 2 ast, Senario Hillman, 15 pts, P.J. Meyers, 9 pts, 1 rb, 4 ast, Brandon Sims, 11 pts, Dwight Gordon, 10 pts, 3 rb 3 ast, R.J. Jarrett, 2 pts, 2 rbs, 1 ast, Jeff Webb, 11 pts, 1 rbs, Joshua Ayers, 4 rbs, 1 ast, Kenneth Willis, 2 rb, 2 ast.

Game 5:
Game 5 featured a high scoring affair with Germany winning the battle. Germany was lead by Brandon Sims 17 points and R.J. Jarrett 13 points.
In a losing effort Greece was lead by Jeremy Bynums hot hand with 20 points 4 rebounds and Sam Tuabs 15 points and 5 rebounds.

Film: http://www.youtube.com/user/EurobasketAtlanta?feature=mhee

Germany 84 Greece 75
Germany-84: Cedric Mellcie, 5 pts, 2 rbs, Derio Green, 10 pts, 2 rb, 2 ast, Senario Hillman, 10 pts, P.J. Meyers, 6 pts, 1 rb, 4 ast, Brandon Sims, 17 pts, Dwight Gordon, 10 pts, 1 rb 3 ast, R.J. Jarrett, 13 pts, 1 ast, Jeff Webb, 4 pts, 1 rbs, Joshua Ayers, 1 ast, Kenneth Willis, 9 pts 2 rb, 2 ast.
Greece-75: Mark Phillips, 6 pts, 4 rbs, Jamarco Warren, 11 pts, 4 rbs, Omaire Kinsey, 12 pts, 3 rbs, 5 ast, Antoinio Hester, 6 pts, 4 rbs, 2 ast, Richard Lewis, 5 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast, Jeremy Bynum, 20 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast, Sam Tuab, 15 pts, 5 rbs.

Game 6:
Ireland came out and won a tight game against Italy in another close game on Court 2. This game featured two of the better shooters in the Atlanta ESL with Irelands Damier Pitts 26 points shooting it out vs. Italys Tim Giles 16 points. However, down the stretch Pitts got some extra help from his teammate Richard Francis 15 points and 3 rebounds to pull out the victory. Italys other top scores in the losing effort was Sam Goodman 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists and Donald Vaughns 13 points, 4 rebounds.

Film: http://www.youtube.com/user/EurobasketAtlanta?feature=mhee

Ireland 68 Italy 62
Ireland-68: Marcus Travis, 8 pts, 3 rbs, 2 ast, Richard Francis, 15 pts, 3 rbs, Damier Pitts, 26 pts, Brandon Long, 3 pts, 1 rb, Andre Cornelius, 8 pts, 2 ast, Marquette Knight, 3 pts, Chris McHenry, 2 rbs, 3 ast, Al Muetba, 3 pts. Adam Waldo, 2 pts, 1 rb.
Italy-62: Sam Goodman, 14 pts, 5 rbs, 2 ast, Lontrell Jackson, 3 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Brandon Hickson, 8 pts, 2 rbs, 3 ast, Donald Vaughn, 13 pts, 4 rbs, Eric Chwillinski, 4 pts, 1 rb, Tim Giles, 16 pts, 5 rbs, Emmanuel Williams, 2 pts, 1 rb, Wayne Turner, 1 ast, Neil Edwards, 2 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast.

Game 7:
Game 7 on Court 2 today featured an upset of France by Germany. France came out hot and built a fifteen-point lead by shooting 85% from the floor in the first twelve minutes of the first half. Germany battled back with their version of hot shooting from the field and tied the game up and built a seven-point lead going into half time. The second half featured a back and forth battle that had 15 different lead changes. In the final seconds of the game France had a chance to win it, but Moses Edun was unable to convert a lay-up. Germany was lead by Senario Hillmans 13 points and followed by Kenneth Willis with 12 points. France was lead in scoring by Joel Smiths 13 points 3 rebounds and Mike Dabneys 12 points and 5 rebounds in the losing effort.

Film: http://www.youtube.com/user/EurobasketAtlanta?feature=mhee

Germany 72 France 71
Germany-72: Cedric Mellcie, 4 pts, 3 rbs, Derio Green, 5 pts, 1 rb, 2 ast, Senario Hillman, 13 pts, P.J. Meyers, 6 pts, 1 rb, 1 ast, Brandon Sims, 8 pts, Dwight Gordon, 6 pts, 3 ast, R.J. Jarrett, 3 pts, 1 ast, Jeff Webb, 11 pts, 2 rbs, Joshua Ayers, 4 pts, 1 ast, Kenneth Willis, 12 pts.
France-71: Oliver Hunter, 6 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Trevor Niles, 6 pts, 3 rbs, Anthony Sims, 4 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast, Derrick Darkus, 6 pts, 1 ast, Mike Dabney, 12 pts, 5 rbs, Tremyne Russell, 11 pts, 1 rb, 2 ast, Ervin Herron, 11 pts, 3rbs, Moses Edun, 2 pts, 1 rb, 1 ast, Joel Smith, 13 pts, 3 rbs, 1 ast.


Game 8:
England 89 Italy 82
In the final game on Court 2 today England came out and took an early lead on some top notch shooting from Steve Baker who led his team with 26 points. He was followed by teammate Stanely Honorat with 14 points. Italy made a run in the second and tied the game three different times. However, in the last five minutes of the game Baker scored 13 of his 26 points to help secure the lead and victory for England. Italy was led by Neil Edwards 15 points and Donald Vaughns 14 points in a losing effort.

Film: http://www.youtube.com/user/EurobasketAtlanta?feature=mhee

England-89: Steve Baker, 26 pts, 1 rb, 4 ast, Daniel Bryant 9 pts, 1 rb, 2 ast, Stanely Honorat, 14 pts, 1 rb, 1 ast, Brandon Armstrong , 7pts, 4 rbs, 3 ast, Albert Abrahams, 7 pts, 5 rbs , Brad Haugabrook, 12 pts, 2 rbs, 2 ast, Justin Lockhart, 4 pts, 1 ast, Trey Cunningham, 4 pts, 4 rbs, 1 ast, Justin Chambers, 6 pts, 4 rbs.
Italy-82: Sam Goodman, 11 pts, 1 rb, Emmanuel Williams, 3 pts, Eric Chwillinski, 5 pts, 1 rb, Brandon Hickson, 7 pts, 3ast, Donald Vaughn, 14 pts, 1 rb, Tim Giles, 17 pts, 1 ast, Lontrell Jackson, 10 pts, 3 rbs, Neil Edwards, 15 pts, 4 rbs.



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Standings

Standings
Group A
1. Philippine.3-1
2. China2-1
3. Lebanon2-1
4. Uzbekistan.1-2
5. Macau0-3
Group B
1. Iran2-0
2. Japan2-0
3. Taiwan1-1
4. Qatar1-2
5. India0-3

Preliminary Round: Round 4

A

Sep. 17: UZB - CHN 47-107
Sep. 17: MAC - PHI 46-98

B

Sep. 17: JPN - IND
Sep. 17: TAI - IRI


Results and Stats from Day 3 in Tokyo - by Eurobasket News

Group A
Philippines - Uzbekistan 85-50
Philippines registered the second straight win at the Fiba Asia Cup in Tokyo. They outgunned Uzbekistan to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Uzbekistan fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Jeffrei Chan (192-F-83) posted 20 points to lead the winners. Philippines set the tone early in the clash. They outscored Uzbekistan for a 23:16 lead after ten minutes. Philippines limited their opponents at 5 points in the second quarter to boost the gap. Smart Gilas Pilipinas accumulated a 39:21 halftime advantage. They maintained the lead well enough throughout the second half and cruised to the victory. Jared Dillinger (191-G/F-84, college: Hawaii) produced 10 points, while Marcus Douthit added 9 points for the winners. Vyacheslav Denisov (195-G-83) answered with 16 points for Uzbekistan. Samender Juginisov had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

China - Lebanon 69-89
Lebanon clinched the second win at the Fiba Asia Cup. They taught a young Chinese team a good lesson beating those by 20 points. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) and Jean Abdel Nour (198-F/G-83) posted 25 points each to lead the winners. China looked better in the opening quarter. They jumped to a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. But Lebanon took over pretty quickly in the second frame. They went on a 25:8 rally to establish a 40:30 halftime lead. China tried to return into the contest in the third term. They narrowed the gap at 9-point mark before the fourth frame. However Lebanon went on a 12:2 run midway through the fourth period and cleared off for good. Elie Estephane had 14 points for the winners. Zhao TaiLong (193-G/F-90) and Zhang Dayu (210-C-91) recorded 12 points apiece for China. Duan JiangPeng netted 11 points in the loss.

Group B
Iran - Qatar 85-75 OT
Iran earned the second win at the Fiba Asia Cup. They needed overtime to defeat pesky Qatar for 2-0 record in Group B. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) posted 27 points to lead the winning side. Qatar silenced Iran in the opening frame. They went on a 23:12 run to take a comfortable lead. Qatar boosted the lead in the second quarter. They accumulated a 45:26 halftime advantage. But Iran turned things upside down in the second half. They held Qatar to 6 points in the third frame to narrow the gap at 4-point mark. Iran surged ahead for a 64:57 lead with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. But Daoud Mousa and Mansour Atif (177-PG-90) drew things level at 69 at the end of normal time. Iran fired 16 points in the extra period and eked out a sweat-breaking victory at the end. Hamed Afagh (190-SG-83) accounted for 18 points, while Rouzbeh Arghavan added 11 points in the win. Mansour Atif responded with 21 points for Qatar. Daoud Mousa contributed 16 points in the loss.

India - Taiwan 88-113
Taiwan celebrated the first win at the Fiba Asia Cup in Tokyo. They overwhelmed India to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Tsung-Hsien Chang (192-G-87) stepped up with 20 points to lead the winners. India suffered the third straight loss at the tournament. Taiwan unloaded 31 points in the opening quarter to gain a 7-point lead. They stayed aggressive offensively throughout the second quarter. Taiwan ensured a 58:41 halftime lead. Taiwan fired 33 points in the third term to build a massive 33-point lead before the fourth quarter. India did not surrender scoring 30 points in the final frame but it was too late to save the game. Creighton Douglas (196-F-85) netted 15 points, while Lin Chih-Chieh added 13 points for the winners. Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (193-G-91) answered with 20 points and 12 rebounds for India. AmritPal Singh and Pethani Rikin netted 18 points apiece in the loss.



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SPO Rouen wins Tournoi des Leopards - by Eurobasket News

SPO Rouen wins Tournoi des Leopards with 4 participating teams.
In Day 1 SPO Rouen overcame Spirou Charleroi 80:60. The French side led 21:15 at the end of the first period and added 19-18 in the second frame. Moreover they needed a 23-10 surge in the last stanza to seal the victory. O'Darien Bassett (191-G-86, college: Troy) nailed 25 points to lead all the winners, while Wendell McKines (198-F-88, college: N.Mexico St.) posted 20. Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, college: Florida) and Allen netted 16 points each in the losing effort, while Scott delivered 19.
In the Final SPO Rouen won over ALM Evreux 74:64. It was a real battle in the court as the teams scored the same number of points in the first three quarters. They posted 17 points each in the first and then in the second quarters and also nailed 14 points each in the third period. Only due to 26-16 in the last stanza SPO Rouen managed to seal the victory. Wendell McKines stepped up with 29 points, while O'Darien Bassett and Gary Chathuant (195-SF-83) added 15 each. Ho You Fat delivered 21 points in the losing effort and Wood had 10.



Dijon signs T.J. Campbell after 1-month tryout - by Eurobasket News

T.J. Campbell (175-PG-88, college: Portland) will continue his career in France. The American point guard penned a 1-year contract with Dijon. He successfully ended 1-monh tryout period and earned a deal for the upcoming season. Campbell spent the last one in the NBA D-League. He had 13 ppg, 5.3 apg and 3.2 rpg for 56 games with Canton Charge. The player split 2010/11 season between Australian Melbourne Tigers and Turkish Optimum TED. T.J. Campbell graduated at the University of Portland in 2010. He had 13.7 ppg and 5.6 apg for his school in 32 games as a senior. Campbell played for the Cleveland Cavaliers at 2012 NBA Pro Summer League in Las Vegas. He registered 5.2 ppg and 2.2 apg for 5 games.


Dijon and rookie LaRon Dendy part ways after tryout - by Eurobasket News

LaRon Dendy (205-C-88, college: Middle Tenn.St.) will not play in France next season. The American rookie arrived to JDA Dijon on tryout recently, but he already left the club and agreed a deal with Greek Kolossos Rhodes. Meanwhile, Dijon inked T.J. Campbell (175-PG-88, college: Portland) after 1-month tryout. Dendy is a product of Middle Tennessee State University where he graduated few months ago. He shined with 14.8 ppg, 7.1 rpg and 2.1 apg for his school in 30 games as a senior. Dendy was named All-Sun Belt Player of the Year -12. Middle Tennessee State reached NIT Elite Eight this year. LaRon Dendy transferred to MTSU in 2010 from Iowa State. He was redshirted in 2010/11 due to NCAA transfer rules. With Iowa State the center had 7.3 ppg and 3.6 rpg in 24 games. As freshman LaRon Dendy played for the Indian Hills CC (JUCO). T.J. Campbell spent last season in the NBA D-League. He had 13 ppg, 5.3 apg and 3.2 rpg for 56 games with Canton Charge.


Paris-Levallois downs Caja Laboral to win tournament in Angers - by Eurobasket News

Paris-Levallois - Caja Laboral 82-69

Paris-Levallois is the winner of international tournament in Angers. It ended last night with 82-69 victory for Paris-Levallois against Caja Laboral. The French squad had amazing second half to celebrate double digit victory in this game. Visitors were up by 8 at the halftime (30-38), but it didn't help them. Jawad Williams (204-F-83, college: N.Carolina) and his teammates shined after the breathing making 23-12 in Q3 for 53-50 lead with ten minutes remaining in the game. PL exploded offensively in the last period draining 29 points, while at the same time they limited Caja Laboral to 29 for comfortable win at the end. Jawad Williams led PL with 20 points, while Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) and Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) posted 16 points each. John Cox (196-G-81, college: USF) delivered 10 points for the French squad. In Caja Laboral, Fabien Causeur (193-SG-87) was better than the others with 15 points and Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) netted one point less. Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) posted 11 points in loss. Pape Sy of Gravelines was named MVP of the tournament. Best five: Pape Sy (Gravelines), Brad Oleson (Caja Laboral), Antoine Diot (PL), Cuthbert Victor (Le Mans) and Sean May (PL).

Paris-Levallois: Jawad Williams 20, Andrew Albicy 16, Sean May 16, John Cox 10
Caja Laboral: Fabien Causeur 15, Andres Nocioni 14, Brad Oleson 11



Cholet grabs 79-77 win against Caja Laboral in Roche sur Yon - by Eurobasket News

Cholet and Caja Laboral met in a friendly game on Sunday. The former French champion grabbed 79-77 victory in this meeting. Edwin Ubiles (198-G/F-86, college: Siena) was the leading player in victory with 20 points. Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) and Rudy Gobert (212-C-92) followed him with 16 and 15 points respectively. Carl Ona-Embo (185-G-89) also had a good game adding 11 points for Cholet. Ben Uzoh was in the roster, but according to local media two sides negotiate contract termination. In Caja Laboral, Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) delivered 16 points and Fabien Causeur (193-SG-87) netted 15. Tibor Pleiss (215-C-89) scored 12 points, while Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89) and Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) added one point less.
Before this game Caja Laboral participated at tournament in Angers. They lost to Paris-Levallois on Saturday 69-82. Visitors were up by 8 at the halftime (30-38), but it didn't help them. Jawad Williams (204-F-83, college: N.Carolina) his teammates shined after the breathing making 23-12 in Q3 for 53-50 lead with ten minutes remaining in the game. PL exploded offensively in the last period draining 29 points, while at the same time they limited Caja Laboral to 29 for comfortable win at the end. Jawad Williams led PL with 20 points, while Andrew Albicy and Sean May posted 16 points each. John Cox delivered 10 points for the French squad. In Caja Laboral, Fabien Causeur was better than the others with 15 points and Andres Nocioni netted one point less. Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) posted 11 points in loss.



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MZT Skopje clinch Mirza Delibasic Memorial trophy - by Eurobasket News

Bosna - MZT Skopje 62:89

MZT Skopje claimed the title at Mirza Delibasic Memorial. They overcame Bosna in Sarajevo for the trophy. Cade Davis (197-F/G-88, college: Oklahoma) scored posted 25 points to lead the winners.
MZT Skopje led from start to finish. They gave no chance for the hosts and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) posted 24 points, while Cekovski contributed 12 points for MZT Skopje. Nermin Buza (205-F/C-91) and Alin Demic (202-G/F-91) had 11 points each for Bosna.



MZT - by Georgi Bujukliev


Champion of Macedonia with easy victory 89:62 in the final over host "Bosna"-Sarajevo won first place in the tournament dedicated to basketball legend Mirza Delibashik.

The players of the Coach , Alexander Todorov with conclusive 89:62 came up trophy "Mirza Delibashik" by instituting the start and pushing its advantage to the final 27 points difference.

Most Valuable Player of the tournament in Sarajevo by the organizer was named center of MZT Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) , who, after a great game against Split-Croatia,in the finals against Bosnia ended with 24 points. One point more than it scored Kejd Davis, while George Chekovski followed with 12 points.



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ALBA edged FC Bayern Munchen in O2 World - by Eurobasket News

ALBA edged FC Bayern Munchen 65:57 in O2 World. They started with 19-16 in the first period and led 33:30 at the halftime. ALBA increased to 48:43 after three quarters and added another victory in the last stanza. Deon Thompson (203-F-88, college: N.Carolina) posted 16 points to lead the pace, while Wood netted 12. Jared Homan (206-C-83, college: Iowa St.) replied with 15 points in the losing effort.
Ratiopharm Ulm beat Telenet Oostende 92:88. The game was tied at 83:83, while the German side pushed the tempo for good to win the game. Dragisa Drobnjak (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) scored 18 points for the Belgian side and Petrovic had 13.
Later Telenet Oostende outscored LTI Giessen 91:79. Mario Stojic (198-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Lojeski followed him with 18.



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Panionios win Lech Birgfellner Memorial despite loss to Khimik - by Eurobasket News

Panionios - Khimik 74:82

Panionios celebrated victory at the Lech Birgfellener Memorial in Poland. They did so despite loss to Khimik Yuzny on the last day of the tournament. Sava Lesic (205-C/F-88) posted 23 points and 12 rebounds to pace Khimik who occupied the fourth position at 1-2 record.
Khimik strongly entered the game. They delivered 27 points in the opening quarter to take a 12-point lead. Khimik boosted the gap in the second frame. They registered a 46:33 halftime lead. Panionios started to come back to life in the third stanza. They cut the distance at 8-point mark before the fourth frame. The teams traded baskets throughout the final quarter as Khimik managed to escape with the victory. Vernon Goodridge (206-F-84, college: La Salle) delivered 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Devoe Joseph (193-G-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon) contributed 16 points for the winners. Nikos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) answered with 28 points and 7 rebounds for Panionios. Ashton Gibbs (187-PG-90, college: Pittsburgh) had 20 points in the loss.

Panionios: Nikos Pappas 28, Ashton Gibbs 20
Khimik: Sava Lesic 23+12 boards, Vernon Goodridge 17+11 boards, Devoe Joseph 16



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Preseason games on September 16 - by Fred Roggen

Wulfen (Dui) Aris Leeuwarden 98-101
Aris Leeuwarden beat German Pro-B team BSV Wulfen with 98-101, thanks to an outstanding performance of the team in the first three quarters. Scorers Aris Leeuwarden: Samme Givens (195-F, college: Drexel) 26, Robert Holcomb Faye (185-G-84, college: Radford) 21

Eisbren Bremerhaven (Dui) Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden 67-62
Dutch Cup winner ZZ Leiden played their first preseason game in Germany against Eisbren Bremerhaven. At halftime the score was 33-33 but at the end Bremerhaven took the win 67-62. Coach van Helfteren need more time to put together all of the pieces. Scorers ZZ Leiden: Michael Schachtner (206-F-86, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) 20, Arvin Slagter (191-G-85, agency: Court Side) 10.

Landstede Zwolle Gttingen (Dui)
Landstede Zwolle had a close win over German Pro-A team of BG Gottingen 73-71. Scorers Landstede: Tanner Smith (195-G-90, agency: Priority Sports, college: Clemson) 19, Darryl Webb (198-F-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Indiana, PA) 19 ptn and Josh Magette (185-G-90) 11,

EiffelTowers-Apollo Amsterdam (Veghel) 77-41
Dutch champion Den Bosch outscored the newcomer in the Dutch league BC Apollo Amsterdam 77-41 and seems already on a good way to build a good team chemistry.
Scorers EiffelTowers: Dejuan Wright (190-G-88, agency: Court Side, college: FIU) 17, Wil Carter (203-F-88, college: San Jose St.) 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Skyliners Frankfurt (Dui) Matrixx Magixx 70-73
Matrixx Magixx downed Skyliners Frankfurt 70-73 and reached the final of the Bosch Rexroth Cup. In the final they will face S.Oliver Baskets on Sunday. Matrixx Magixx was missing Kwadzo Ahelegbe (187-G-88, college: N.Iowa) and Kyle Spain (196-F-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: San Diego St.). Scorers: Henry Bekkering (198-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: E.Washington) 25, Robbie Sihota (198-F-87) 21.



Schaftenaar has surgery on ankle, out several weeks - by Fred Roggen

Roeland Schaftenaar (211-F/C-88, college: Oregon St.) the Dutch power forward of Breogan, underwent an operation on his ankle at the Polusa Clinic. After the arthroscopy, it was determined that the injury is less serious than it had estimated last week. In principle, the power forward must rest for two weeks, then he can begin with the rehabilitation.
If Schaftenaar meet the rehab schedule, he could make his return to the court in the second game of the season on Oct. 13 against Andorra.




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Pre-Season Tournament - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Two pre-season tournament where on this weekend.
In Akureyri where 4 teams tournament with three Division 1 teams and one from Top league Dominos league.
Results. Day 1. Tindastoll 94. Thor Akureyri 67. Hottur 82. IA 48
Day 2. Thor 75. Hottur 71. Tindastoll 115. IA 52. Thor 101. IA 93. Tindastoll 98 Hottur 71
Tindastoll won the tournament

Valur Tournament in Reykjavik had 5 teams participating. Three teams from Dominos league and two from Division 1.
Results. Day 1. Thor Thorl. 82. Fjolnir 79. Valur 76. Augnablik 64. Fjolnir 100. Skallagrimur 73. Augnablik 46, Thor 72 Valur 84. Skallagrimur 76.
day 2. Fjolnir 78 Augnablik 82. Valur 60. Thor 97. Augnablik 76 Skallagrimur 86. Valur 77 Fjolnir 72. Thor 82. Skallagrimur 76
Thor is the winner of this tournament



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2012 Fiba Asia Cup: Taiwan march past India - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan - India 113:88

Taiwan celebrated the first win at the Fiba Asia Cup in Tokyo. They overwhelmed India to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Tsung-Hsien Chang (192-G-87) stepped up with 20 points to lead the winners. India suffered the third straight loss at the tournament.
Taiwan unloaded 31 points in the opening quarter to gain a 7-point lead. They stayed aggressive offensively throughout the second quarter. Taiwan ensured a 58:41 halftime lead. Taiwan fired 33 points in the third term to build a massive 33-point lead before the fourth quarter. India did not surrender scoring 30 points in the final frame but it was too late to save the game. Creighton Douglas (196-F-85) netted 15 points, while Lin Chih-Chieh (192-G-82) added 13 points for the winners. Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (193-G-91) answered with 20 points and 12 rebounds for India. AmritPal Singh (201-F-91) and Pethani Rikin (206-C-90) netted 18 points apiece in the loss.

Taiwan: Tsung-Hsien Chang 20, Creighton Douglas 15, Lin Chih-Chieh 13
India: Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 20+12 boards, AmritPal Singh 18, Pethani Rikin 18



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Fiba Asia Cup: Iran survive overtime to tame Qatar - by Eurobasket News

Iran - Qatar 85:75

Iran earned the second win at the Fiba Asia Cup. They needed overtime to defeat pesky Qatar for 2-0 record in Group B. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) posted 27 points to lead the winning side.
Qatar silenced Iran in the opening frame. They went on a 23:12 run to take a comfortable lead. Qatar boosted the lead in the second quarter. They accumulated a 45:26 halftime advantage. But Iran turned things upside down in the second half. They held Qatar to 6 points in the third frame to narrow the gap at 4-point mark. Iran surged ahead for a 64:57 lead with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. But Daoud Mousa (193-G-82) and Mansour Atif (177-PG-90) drew things level at 69 at the end of normal time. Iran fired 16 points in the extra period and eked out a sweat-breaking victory at the end. Hamed Afagh (190-SG-83) accounted for 18 points, while Rouzbeh Arghavan (214-C/F-88) added 11 points in the win. Mansour Atif responded with 21 points for Qatar. Daoud Mousa contributed 16 points in the loss.

Iran: Samad Nik Khahbahrami 27, Hamed Afagh 18, Rouzbeh Arghavan 11
Qatar: Mansour Atif 21, Daoud Mousa 16



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National League pre-season games - by Netanel Dahan

The 1st pre season games of the National League teams began yesterday as Hapoel Afula won Maccabi Hod Hasharon 86-66, Elitzur Yavne won Maccabi Kiryat Gat 86-80, and Elitzur Kiryat Ata shocked Gilboa/Galil from the Winner League 73-68.

With that some off the teams made some changes as Megido signed the Jewish/American guard Simon Farine, and Ramat Gan decided to sign Keith Ramsey.

Afula Hod Hasharon box score:

Top scorers for Afula: Allen Durham 23 pts, Anthony Fisher 16, Oz Blayzer 13, Dror Davidi 12.

Top Scorers for Hod Hasharon: Eran Asenti 15 pts, Ofir Hover 13 pts.



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Prima Veroli triumphs at Memorial Zeppieri - by Eurobasket News

Prima Veroli triumphs at Memorial Zeppieri with 4 participating teams.
At first Prima Veroli overcame Nuovo Basket Napoli 76:61. Prima Veroli opened the game with 23-13 and increased to 20 points at the halftime. Moreover they led 62:43 at the end of the third period and did not mind 12-point victory at the end. Walker top-scored for the winners with 18 points, while Luca Infante (204-F/C-82) nailed 17. Mareks Jurevicus (197-G/F-85) followed them with 13 points.
In another game Fileni Jesi lost to Sigma Barcellona 84:89. Green stepped up with 16 points and Bell posted 15. Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) delivered 17 points in defeat and Sanders had 16.
In the Final game Prima Veroli edged Barcellona 68:59. Luca Infante stepped up with 20 points, while Mareks Jurevicus added 18. Walker scored 11 and Hunter as well as Tommaso Rinaldi (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances) brought 6 each. Sanders ended up with 18 points in the losing case and Green notched 10.



Angelico Biella post two latest victories - by Eurobasket News

Angelico Biella post two latest victories in preseason. They won over Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia and Vanoli Cremona.
Angelico Biella overcame Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia 67:66. They started with 19-8 lead and led 36:29 at the halftime. Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia took 54:52 lead after three quarters, while Angelico Biella needed the final push the seal the victory. Craig Brackins (208-F-87, college: Iowa St.) and Julian Mavunga (203-F-90, college: Miami, OH) top-scored for thre winners with 15 points each, while Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-SF-92) had 11.
Angelico Biella also overcame Vanoli Cremona 59:54. They grabbed 23:11 after the first period, but led 29:24 at the halftime. Vanoli Cremona managed to tie the game at the end of the third period, while Angelico Biella posted 13-8 in the lasts stanza to win the game. Robinson paced all the winners with 18 points and Craig Brackins added 12. Shawn Huff (198-SF-84, college: Valparaiso) ended up with 10 points in defeat, while Jackson scored 9.



Cimberio Varese wins Torneo Della Calzatura - by Eurobasket News

Cimberio Varese wins Torneo Della Calzatura. The team overcame Enel Brindisi 88:73 in the Final game to clinch the title. Varese started with 22-17 lead and added 21-20 in the second period. Moreover Varese won the third and the last quarters for the final success. Achille Polonara (202-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Dusan Sakota (209-SF-86, agency: Beo Basket) notched 21. Robinson replied with 15 points in the losing effort and Robert Fultz (189-PG-82, agency: Interperformances) had 14.
Earlier Cimberio Varese won over V.L. Pesaro 84:68. The latter grabbed 25:24 lead after the first 10 minutes, but Cimberio Varese erupted with 27-11 in the second frame to take the lead at the halftime. Another 18-13 in the third period gave them 69:49 at the end of the third period, while Pesaro managed to reduce to 16 points. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) stepped up with 17 points, while Dusan Sakota had 13. Hamilton brought 18 points in defeat, while Andrea Traini (184-PG-92) notched 14.



Roberto Chiacig signs at Angelico Biella - by Eurobasket

Angelico Biella (SerieA) landed 38-year old former international center Roberto Chiacig (210-116kg-74). Chiacig played most recently at Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia in Lega2. He helped his team get promotion to SerieA. In 27 Lega2 games he averaged 6.8ppg and 5.8rpg last season. 
He was a member of Italian Senior National Team between 1997 and 2005. Chiacig also represented Italy at the European Championships in Belgrade seven years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 6.0ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 56.3%, FT: 46.2%.
Chiacig is a very experienced player. He played previously for Greece, Spain (Valencia Basket).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Angelico BI.

By Eurobasket Data Center (from @legabasketA)



Roberto Chiacig signs at Angelico Biella - by Eurobasket

Angelico Biella (SerieA) landed 38-year old former international center Roberto Chiacig (210-116kg-74). Chiacig played most recently at Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia in Lega2. He helped his team get promotion to SerieA. In 27 Lega2 games he averaged 6.8ppg and 5.8rpg last season.
He was a member of Italian Senior National Team between 1997 and 2005. Chiacig also represented Italy at the European Championships in Belgrade seven years ago. His stats at that event were 4 games: 6.0ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 56.3%, FT: 46.2%.
Chiacig is a very experienced player. He played previously for Greece, Spain (Valencia Basket).
It may be one of last seasons in his extensive career, which he may end at Angelico BI.

By Eurobasket Data Center (from @legabasketA)



Vanoli Cremona signs Luca Vitali for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News

Luca Vitali (201-PG-86) is a new member of Guerino Vanoli Basket Cremona. He signed a deal for the upcoming season. Vitali spent the last one with Canadian Solar Bologna averaging 4.5 points and 1.9 rebounds for 29 SerieA games. Before Bologna team, the Italian point guard played two years for Lottomatica Virtus Roma. He had 6 ppg and 1.8 rpg for 10 Euroleague games in their second season together. In SerieA, Vitali averaged 4.1 points for 19 games that season. In 2008/09, Luca Vitali played for Armani Jeans Milano. Luca Vitali played for Italian National Team in Qualifications to European Championships 2009 and 2011 as well. In the past, he played for Italian youth National Teams. In 2006, Vitali was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Most Improved Player of the Year.


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Lett to ASU?? - by Mohammed Malas

According to sources inside ASU Sports Club, The American power forward Ontario Lett is so close from joining the first team for the new JPL season.

Lett's vast experience with Jordanian basketball may be the main reason of ASU's signature with Lett who led Zain club in several tournaments in the past in the addition of playing with several clubs in Japan, Iran, Australia, South Korea and Spain.



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  LATVIA   


Tartu Ulikool win Kasztelan Cup in Poland - by Eurobasket News

Tartu Ulikool - VEF Riga 75:65

Tartu Ulikool celebrated victory at the pre-season Kasztelan Cup tournament in Poland. They overcame VEF Riga on the final day of the tourney to celebrate the trophy. Kristo Saage (185-PG-85) delivered 17 points to lead the charge.
VEF Riga jumped to an early lead. They ensured a 19:15 advantage ten minutes into the game. Tartu Ulikool stole the initiative in the second period. The Estonian outfit pulled ahead for a 38:35 halftime advantage. The teams went neck and neck throughout the third stanza. They exchanged baskets as Tartu ensured a 3-point lead into the fourth period. Tartu Ulikool held the Latvian champions to just 12 points in the final frame and sealed the victory. Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) notched 12 points, while Vallo Allingu (206-F/C-78) added 11 points for the winning side. Donatas Zavackas (203-F-80, college: Pittsburgh) replied with 19 points for VEF Riga. Dairis Bertans (192-SG-89) had 10 points in the defeat.

Tartu Ulikool: Kristo Saage 17, Egidijus Dimsa 12, Vallo Allingu 11
VEF Riga: Donatas Zavackas 19, Dairis Bertans 10



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Fiba Asia Cup: Lebanon coast past China - by Eurobasket News

Lebanon - China 89:69

Lebanon clinched the second win at the Fiba Asia Cup. They taught a young Chinese team a good lesson beating those by 20 points. Fadi Khatib (199-F-79) and Jean Abdel Nour (198-F/G-83) posted 25 points each to lead the winners.
China looked better in the opening quarter. They jumped to a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. But Lebanon took over pretty quickly in the second frame. They went on a 25:8 rally to establish a 40:30 halftime lead. China tried to return into the contest in the third term. They narrowed the gap at 9-point mark before the fourth frame. However Lebanon went on a 12:2 run midway through the fourth period and cleared off for good. Elie Estephane (193-G-86, college: Alabama So. CC) had 14 points for the winners. Zhao TaiLong (193-G/F-90) and Zhang Dayu (210-C-91) recorded 12 points apiece for China. Duan JiangPeng (197-F-90) netted 11 points in the loss.

Lebanon: Fadi Khatib 25, Jean Abdel Nour 25, Elie Estephane 15
China: Zhao TaiLong 12, Zhang Dayu 12, Duan JiangPeng 11



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2012 Fiba Asia Cup: Philippines smashed Macau - by Eurobasket News

Macau-Philippines 46:98

Philippines smashed Macau in Fiba Asia Cup in Tokyo. The team improved to 3-1 record in Group A after 98:46 victory, while Macau fell at 0-3 record.
Philippines started the game with massive 33:14 burst and added 22-19 in the second period. Moreover the second half also belonged to the winning side. Philippines won the third period 28-8 and finished the game with 15-5.
Jeffrei Chan (192-F-83) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Jay-R Reyes (200-C-84) as well as Gary David (188-G/F-78) had 12 each. Matt Ganuelas (195-F-90) and Jared Dillinger (191-G/F-84, college: Hawaii) delivered 11 points each in a win. Fu In (178-SG-88) posted 14 points in the losing effort and Tong Fai Cheong (190-PG-93) scored 12. Hip Meng Lo (185-SF-93) collected 10 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Shao Bing Cai (191-PG-92) nailed 6.
Tomorrow Philippines will have a Day-off, while Macau will face China.

Macau: Fu In 14, Tong Fai Cheong 12, Hip Meng Lo 10+12 rebs, Shao Bing Cai 6
Philippines: Jeffrei Chan 18, Jay-R Reyes 12, Gary David 12, Matt Ganuelas 11, Jared Dillinger 11



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Standings - LNBP

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Sep. 15: Abejas - Gigantes 99-83
Sep. 15: Halc.Xalapa - Pioneros 90-81
Sep. 15: Corr.Victoria - Gansos 87-82
Sep. 15: Lechugueros - Osos 81-74
Sep. 15: Barreteros - Toros 72-64
Sep. 15: Halc.Rojos - Soles 70-67
Sep. 15: Huracanes - Guerreros 102-85
Sep. 15: Panteras - Fuerza Regia 100-94

Regular Season: Round 6

Sep. 20: Pioneros - Panteras
Sep. 20: Soles - Barreteros
Sep. 20: Guerreros - Lechugueros
Sep. 20: Gansos - Abejas
Sep. 21: Toros - Halc.Rojos
Sep. 21: Fuerza Regia - Halc.Xalapa
Sep. 20: Gigantes - Corr.Victoria
Sep. 20: Osos - Huracanes


Best players of Mexican LNBP round 5 - by Eurobasket News

Experienced American Lee Nailon (205-C/F-75) had a very impressive game in the last round for Panteras and that's him to receive a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 5.
The 37-year old had the game-high 44 points adding eight rebounds and two assists for Panteras in his team's victory, helping them to beat Fuerza Regia (#6, 3-2) 100-94. Panteras is placed at 4th position in Mexican LNBP. They are still close to the very top. Panteras would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last round. They have a solid 4-1 record. Nailon turned to be Panteras' top player in his first season with the team. Lee Nailon averages this season 17.0ppg.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 30-year old American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) of league's best team Halc.Xalapa. Hickerson impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 26 points and 11 rebounds. Of course Halc.Xalapa cruised to a 90-81 relatively comfortable win over the lower-ranked Pioneros (#5, 3-2). Of course Halc.Xalapa still keep the league's top spot. A very good start of the season for his team, which won so far all 5 games without any defeat. Hickerson is a newcomer at Halc.Xalapa and it seems he did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders.

The third best performed player last round was American Travis Gabbidon (201-F) of Guerreros (#12). Gabbidon got into 30-points club by scoring 35 points in the last round. He went also for eleven rebounds and four assists. Despite Gabbidon's great performance Guerreros lost 85-102 to the higher-ranked Huracanes (#9, 3-2). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Guerreros can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-4 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Gabbidon he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Gabbidon has individually a great season in Mexico. After only 3 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 21.7ppg (4th best). Gabbidon attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Anthony Johnson (197-G/F-79) of Huracanes - 32 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists
5. CamRon Clay (203-PF-82) of Gansos - 27 points and 11 rebounds
6. Babacar Camara (211-C-81) of Lechugueros - 18 points and 14 rebounds
7. Keith Gayden (202-F-83) of Osos - 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists
8. Michael Fraser (203-C/F-84) of Soles - 17 points and 12 rebounds
9. Rene Rougeau (198-G/F-86) of Toros - 18 points and 10 rebounds
10. Hector Hernandez (206-F-85) of Pioneros - 24 points, 8 rebounds and 2 assists

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



LNBP Round 5: Barreteros hand first defeat to Toros - by Eurobasket News

It's still too early stage of the Regular Season in LNBP, but even now we can clearly see the differece between stronger teams and outsiders. Coincidentally all hosts won their games. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results. The round ended with loss of the undefeated team, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

Undefeated Toros (4-1) recorded its first loss in Zacatecas on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by ninth ranked Barreteros (3-2) 72-64. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Toros. Toros were trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 16-3 charge of Barreteros, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Toros to just 3 points in fourth quarter. The best player for the winners was American guard Jason Horton (188-86, college: Missouri) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. His fellow American import guard Mike Battle (193, college: Cent.Florida) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV, agency: ProSportsCareers) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds for the guests. Toros' coach Jose Martinez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Barreteros moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Toros at the other side keep the second position with one game lost. They share it with Panteras and Halc.Rojos. Barreteros is looking forward to face Soles (#14) in Mexicali in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Toros will play at home against Halcones Rojos (#3) in Veracruz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Undefeated leader Halcones UV Xalapa delivered the fifth consecutive victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Pioneros (3-2) 90-81. American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. Orlando Mendez-Valdez contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Hector Hernandez (206-85, college: Fresno St.) answered with 24 points and 8 rebounds for Pioneros. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Undefeated Halcones UV Xalapa (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 5 victories in a row. Pioneros at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with 5 other teams. Halcones UV Xalapa will play against Fuerza Regia (#6) in Monterrey in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Pioneros will play at home against Panteras in Aguascalientes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Gigantes (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 99-83 loss to eighth ranked Abejas (3-2) in Guanajuato on Saturday evening. Abejas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Gigantes lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with five games lost. They share the position with Gansos. Abejas will meet Gansos (#15) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gigantes will play against Correcaminos in Ciudad Victoria and hope to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Gansos (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 87-82 loss to seventh ranked Correcaminos (3-2) in Ciudad Victoria. The game was dominated by American players. Rodney Alexander nailed 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. Gansos' coach Luis Andres Garcia tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Correcaminos moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Gansos lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with five games lost. Correcaminos' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Gigantes (#16) which should be an easy win for them. Gansos will play against Abejas in Guanajuato and look forward to get finally their first victory.
The game in Aguascalientes was also quite interesting. 4th placed Fuerza Regia (3-2) played at the court of fifth ranked Panteras (4-1). Panteras managed to secure a 6-point victory 100-94 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fuerza Regia. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The best player for the winners was Lee Nailon who scored 44 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Panteras moved-up to second place, which they share with Toros and Halc.Rojos. Loser Fuerza Regia dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Panteras will face Pioneros (#5) in Cancun in the next round. Fuerza Regia will play at home against the league's leader Halcones UV Xalapa.

Other games of round 5 were quite predictable and ended without any surprises. Here they are:
Soles was defeated by Halc.Rojos in Veracruz 70-67. Lechugueros beat Osos at home 81-74. Guerreros lost to Huracanes on the opponent's court 85-102.


Halc.Rojos - Soles 70-67

There was no surprise in Veracruz where 14th ranked Soles (1-4) were edged by third ranked Halcones Rojos (4-1) 70-67 on Saturday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts trailed by 3 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 70-67. Halcones Rojos made 19-of-23 free shots (82.6 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American point guard Mike Mitchell (181-83, college: N.Mexico St., agency: Two Points) who had a double-double by scoring 17 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists. Venezuelan power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) chipped in 14 points and 7 rebounds. Halcones Rojos' coach Eddie Casiano used an eleven-player rotation in such tough game. American guard Carl Elliott (193-83, college: G.Washington, agency: SportsTalent) produced 26 points and 4 assists and Canadian power forward Michael Fraser (203-84, college: Oklah.Baptist) added 17 points and 12 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field) respectively for the guests. The victory was the fourth consecutive win for Halcones Rojos. They moved-up to second place, which they share with Panteras and Toros. Loser Soles dropped to the twelfth position with four games lost. Halcones Rojos will face league's second-placed Toros in Nuevo Laredo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Soles will play at home against Barreteros (#8) in Zacatecas.
Top scorers:
Halc.Rojos: M.Mitchell 17+10reb+5ast, L.Bethelmy 14+7reb, N.Alonzo 12+4reb+1ast, J.Aubry 8+2reb+2ast, C.Rivera 6+4reb+1ast, A.Solares 5+4reb
Soles: C.Elliott 26+4reb+4ast, M.Fraser 17+12reb, J.Griffin 13+3reb+3ast, N.Doaks 6+6reb+1ast, J.Flores 3+3reb+2ast, I.Nolasco 2
gschID: 188461


Halc.Xalapa - Pioneros 90-81

Undefeated leader Halcones UV Xalapa delivered the fifth consecutive victory. This time they beat 6th ranked Pioneros (3-2) 90-81. Pioneros were ahead by 6 points after three quarters before a 30-15 charge of Halcones UV Xalapa, which allowed them to win the game. American guard LeRoy Hickerson (196-82, college: Cumberlands) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 26 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. International guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-86, college: W.Kentucky) contributed with 20 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Hector Hernandez (206-85, college: Fresno St.) answered with 24 points and 8 rebounds and the former international center Horacio Llamas (212-73) added 17 points in the effort for Pioneros. Four Pioneros players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Halcones UV Xalapa (5-0) have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain first place with a perfect record of 5 victories in a row. Pioneros at the other side dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. They share it with 5 other teams. Halcones UV Xalapa will play against Fuerza Regia (#6) in Monterrey in the next round which should be theoretically an easy game. Pioneros will play at home against Panteras in Aguascalientes and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Halc.Xalapa: L.Hickerson 26+11reb+6ast, O.Mendez-Valdez 20+5reb+3ast, F.Harris 16+2ast, L.Mata 8+4reb+1ast, G.Vargas 7+4reb+6ast, S.Monroe 6+5reb+1ast
Pioneros: H.Hernandez 24+8reb+2ast, H.Llamas 17+3reb+2ast, J.Harris 13+5reb+3ast, A.Scott 10+4reb+3ast, F.Fisher 8+3reb+1ast, S.Soriano 4+4reb
gschID: 188462


Barreteros - Toros 72-64

Undefeated Toros (4-1) recorded its first loss in Zacatecas on Saturday night. Visitors were defeated by ninth ranked Barreteros (3-2) 72-64. It ended at the same time the four-game winning streak of Toros. Toros were trailing by 3 points at halftime but managed to get 5-point lead after three quarters before a 16-3 charge of Barreteros, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Toros to just 3 points in fourth quarter. The best player for the winners was American guard Jason Horton (188-86, college: Missouri) who had a double-double by scoring 15 points, 5 rebounds and 11 assists. His fellow American import guard Mike Battle (193, college: Cent.Florida) chipped in 13 points and 7 rebounds. Horton is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Five Barreteros players scored in double figures. American swingman Rene Rougeau (198-86, college: UNLV, agency: ProSportsCareers) produced a double-double by scoring 18 points and 10 rebounds and the former international forward Jesus Lopez (205-83, college: SW Baptist) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the guests. Toros' coach Jose Martinez rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Barreteros moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Toros at the other side keep the second position with one game lost. They share it with Panteras and Halc.Rojos. Barreteros is looking forward to face Soles (#14) in Mexicali in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Toros will play at home against Halcones Rojos (#3) in Veracruz and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Barreteros: J.Horton 15+5reb+11ast, M.Battle 13+7reb+1ast, C.Silva 10+3reb+1ast, R.Navarro 10+2ast, J.Habel 10+6reb, R.Loera Almanza 7+3reb
Toros: R.Rougeau 18+10reb, J.Lopez 15+5reb+1ast, Q.Gonzalez 8+3reb+2ast, I.Ofoegbu 8+3reb, L.Ellis Vasquez 5+1reb, B.Angley 4+4reb+5ast
gschID: 188458


Lechugueros - Osos 81-74

Everything could happen in Leon at the game between two tied teams. Both twelfth ranked Lechugueros and 13th ranked Osos had identical 1-3 record. This time Lechugueros used a home court advantage and defeated the opponent from 81-74 on Saturday night. The hosts trailed by 2 points after three quarters before their 23-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. Lechugueros made 19-of-21 free shots (90.5 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 26 assists. The best player for the winners was Senegalese center Babacar Camara (211-81, college: CS Fullerton) who had a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line). Jamaican guard Ricky Johns (193-85, college: Utah) chipped in 17 points and 5 assists. American forward Keith Gayden (202-83, college: Duquesne) produced 24 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists and the other American import guard Marlyn Bryant (193-82, college: S.Florida) added 17 points and 4 assists respectively for the guests. Lechugueros (2-3) moved-up to eleventh place. Osos lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth position with four games lost. Lechugueros will face Guerreros (#12) in the next round. Osos will play against Huracanes in Tampico.
Top scorers:
Lechugueros: B.Camara 18+14reb, R.Johns 17+3reb+5ast, E.Martin 17+1reb+2ast, G.Preer 9+3reb+2ast, A.Sanchez 8+2reb+1ast, J.Walker 7+1reb+3ast
Osos: K.Gayden 24+6reb+4ast, M.Bryant 17+2reb+4ast, J.Smith 14+4reb+4ast, J.Camacho 7+4reb+2ast, G.Moron 4+1reb, L.Morinia 3+1reb+4ast
gschID: 188459


Abejas - Gigantes 99-83

Bottom-ranked Gigantes (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 99-83 loss to eighth ranked Abejas (3-2) in Guanajuato on Saturday evening. Abejas moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Gigantes lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with five games lost. They share the position with Gansos. Abejas will meet Gansos (#15) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Gigantes will play against Correcaminos in Ciudad Victoria and hope to get finally their first victory.
gschID: 188460


Corr.Victoria - Gansos 87-82

Bottom-ranked Gansos (0-5) tried to put together a comeback for its first victory of the season, but they fell short in the 87-82 loss to seventh ranked Correcaminos (3-2) in Ciudad Victoria. The hosts were already 11 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 19-13 Gansos' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 87-82 at the end of the game. Correcaminos made 19-of-24 charity shots (79.2 percent) during the game. 24 personal fouls committed by Gansos helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Rodney Alexander (201-87, college: Oklahoma City) nailed 22 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side and swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) accounted for 13 points and 6 rebounds. Four Correcaminos players scored in double figures. CamRon Clay (203-82) came up with a double-double by scoring 27 points and 11 rebounds and guard Devin Chambers (188-86, college: S.Maine) added 17 points and 5 steals respectively for Gansos in the defeat. Gansos' coach Luis Andres Garcia tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Correcaminos moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Gansos lost their fifth game in a row. Newly promoted team still closes the standings with five games lost. Correcaminos' next round opponent will be bottom-ranked Gigantes (#16) which should be an easy win for them. Gansos will play against Abejas in Guanajuato and look forward to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Corr.Victoria: R.Alexander 22+7reb+1ast, B.Heredia 14+2reb+3ast, J.Sanchez 13+1reb+1ast, O.McCullough 13+6reb, D.Riley 9+6reb, J.Sanchez 6+1reb+1ast
Gansos: C.Clay 27+11reb, D.Chambers 17+1reb+1ast, C.GEYNE DURAN 17+3reb+2ast, J.Perez 6+2ast, I.Silva 6+7reb, E.Loubet 3+3reb
gschID: 188455


Huracanes - Guerreros 102-85

The game between closely ranked teams ended with 11th ranked Guerreros' (1-4) road loss to tenth ranked Huracanes (3-2) 85-102 on Saturday. The game without a history. Huracanes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 10 passes made by Guerreros' players. The game was also dominated by American players. The best player for the winners was swingman Anthony Johnson (197-79, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) who scored 32 points (was perfect 7-for-7 from the free throw line). Swingman Marcus Morrison (198-84, college: Middle Tenn.St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Five Huracanes players scored in double figures. Huracanes' coach Luis Lopez used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Forward Travis Gabbidon (201, college: UTSA) produced a double-double by scoring 35 points (!!!), 11 rebounds and 4 assists and point guard Michael Hunter (178, college: Cal-Irvine) added 22 points respectively for the guests. Huracanes moved-up to fifth place, which they share with 5 other teams. Guerreros lost their fourth game in a row. Newly promoted team dropped to the twelfth position with four games lost. Huracanes will face Osos (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Guerreros will play against Lechugueros in Leon and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Huracanes: A.Johnson 32+4reb+3ast, R.Zamora 18+8reb+1ast, M.Morrison 14+10reb+7ast, O.Quintero 12+4reb+6ast, J.Gonzalez 10+2reb+1ast, M.Pilgrim 7+4reb+2ast
Guerreros: T.Gabbidon 35+11reb+4ast, M.Hunter 22+2reb+2ast, A.Alamo 14+7reb+1ast, C.Kaba 5+10reb+1ast, J.Calvo 4+3reb, J.Carino 3+3reb+2ast
gschID: 188456


Panteras - Fuerza Regia 100-94

The game in Aguascalientes was also quite interesting. 4th placed Fuerza Regia (3-2) played at the court of fifth ranked Panteras (4-1). Panteras managed to secure a 6-point victory 100-94 on Saturday. It ended at the same time the three-game winning streak of Fuerza Regia. It was a key game for the second position in the league. The hosts trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 54-44 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Panteras made 25-of-32 free shots (78.1 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. Fuerza Regia was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. The best player for the winners was American power forward Lee Nailon (205-75, college: TCU) who scored 44 points (!!!) and 8 rebounds. Panamanian power forward Antonio Garcia (203-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists. American forward Renaldo Major (201-82, college: Fresno St., agency: Edge Sports) produced 25 points (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and the other American import forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) added 18 points and 9 rebounds respectively for the guests. Four Panteras and five Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Panteras moved-up to second place, which they share with Toros and Halc.Rojos. Loser Fuerza Regia dropped to the fifth position with two games lost. Panteras will face Pioneros (#5) in Cancun in the next round. Fuerza Regia will play at home against the league's leader Halcones UV Xalapa.
Top scorers:
Panteras: L.Nailon 44+8reb+2ast, A.Garcia 14+13reb+5ast, R.Melendez 14+2reb+1ast, K.Malpica 14+5reb+8ast, F.Verdugo 6+2reb+1ast, J.Alfredo Casillas 4+4reb+3ast
Fuerza Regia: R.Major 25+2reb+3ast, T.Shannon 18+9reb+1ast, L.Allred 13+7reb+2ast, G.Stokes 11+1reb+3ast, A.Joseph Tyronzic 11+6reb+5ast, G.Grays 5+1reb+3ast
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Gansos Salvajes de la Uic lands Perez - by Eurobasket Center

Gansos Salvajes de la Uic (LNBP) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Jorge Perez (85). In his first game he scored 6 points. However his new team lost to Corr.Victoria 82-87. Perez played most recently at Volcanes de Toluca (LNBP). While playing 4 games for Volcanes last season he averaged 6.0ppg and 2.0rpg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Huracanes de Tampico sign Rodrigo Zamora - by Eurobasket Center

Huracanes de Tampico (LNBP) signed 26-year old naturalized Mexican international center Rodrigo Zamora (206-C-106kg-86, college: Montana St.). In his first game he scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds helping his new team beat Guerreros 102-85. Zamora played most recently at Caballeros de Culiacan (CIBACOPA). While playing 39 games for Culiacan last season his stats were: 14.4ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3bpg (3rd best in the league). He was selected also to the all-star game. A very impressive season as he was selected to Latinbasket.com Mexican CIBACOPA All-Domestic Players Team. Zamora is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Dominican Rep., Puerto Rico and USA. Zamora graduated Montana State University in 2008 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball. Zamora played for Mexican senior national team this year.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Huracanes de Tampico sign Rodrigo Zamora - by Eurobasket Center

Huracanes de Tampico (LNBP) signed 26-year old naturalized Mexican international center Rodrigo Zamora (206-C-106kg-86, college: Montana St.). In his first game he scored 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds helping his new team beat Guerreros 102-85. Zamora played most recently at Caballeros de Culiacan (CIBACOPA). While playing 39 games for Culiacan last season his stats were: 14.4ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.6apg and 1.3bpg (3rd best in the league). He was selected also to the all-star game. A very impressive season as he was selected to Latinbasket.com Mexican CIBACOPA All-Domestic Players Team. Zamora is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Dominican Rep., Puerto Rico and USA. Zamora graduated Montana State University in 2008 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball. Zamora played for Mexican senior national team this year.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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The EBL newcomer Ibar Rozaje signed three players for the new season - by Darko Pekic

The EBL newcomer and winner of Division II, Ibar Rozaje announced today the signing of three players. The new names for the "Greens" are US point guard Brandon Roberson (180-G, college: Missouri Baptist), Montenegrin big man and former center of Mediteran Zivojin Grubovic (207-C-85) and Serbian center Asmir Numanovic (206-C-91). The club started season preparations on 1st of September and players coached by Rejhan Palamar are currently preparing for the tough challanges in the Elite Division.

The squad for season 2012/2013 is the following:

Mersudin Kosuta MNE
Armin Kalic (194-G/F-92) MNE
Zivojin Grubovic MNE
Vladimir Culjkovic MNE
Demir Kalic (193-G-89) MNE
Kenan Zejnelovic MNE
Eldin Kalic MNE
Nurkovic Admir MNE
Asmir Numanovic SRB
Brandon Roberson USA
Haris Hadibegovic MNE
Nedim Felec MNE



Petar Mijovic reinforced Buducnost's coaching staff - by Darko Pekic

Petar Mijovic , one of the most talented coaches of the new generation in Montenegro signed today a contract with Buducnost. He will coach the youth team trying to produce as many first team members (and Natioanal Team players) as possible in the years to come. Mijovic spent this summer in Montenegro National Team and assisted Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ) on his road to European Championship qualification (10-0).

Mijovic started his coaching career in Mornar youth team and for years worked in Mornar. Then he moved to Podgorica and became the head coach of the Wolves. Last year he led them in the EBL and promoted many interesting players for the future of Montenegrin basketball.



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Derrick Rose: ''Ive got to learn how to walk again'' - by Diamadis Farmakis

Derrick Rose (6'3''-G-88, college: Memphis) is moving forward and keeping the faith. Bulls point guard provides an update on his rehabilitation, shares his thoughts on the return of Kirk Hinrich, and talks about patience as a virtue

**''My leg is getting a lot stronger and Im able to run a little bit more," said Rose. Then he saw his D Rose 3 signature basketball shoe, new logo and apparel collection launched by adidas on Thursday


**"My body is feeling good, I'm in a peaceful place right now''

**''When I tell you that youve got to learn how to walk again, I really do mean that, said Rose while riding a stationary bike in the Berto Center weight room. You probably dont see people until theyve started walking again and you just assume that they started walking right after the surgery. But after my surgery, I wasnt able to bend my leg at all. For me, just to bend my leg was a blessing. Now, to see me on the bike right now as Im doing this interview, it really amazes me''.

The physical challenges that Rose has faced are obvious. But hes also had to overcome some serious emotional hurdles along the way, realizing he wouldnt be on the court as his team continued to compete in the NBA Playoffs, and accepting that his road to recovery would be lengthy, eight to twelve months according to Bulls team physician Dr. Brian Cole.

Rose, however, is not deterred. And he believes hes past the worst of it.

**''I got through the hard part I think,'' said Rose. ''At first, I couldnt believe it at all. But now, I have a lot of confidence in myself. My faith in God has grown too along the way''.

**''Ive got my teammates and the franchise behind me, added Rose. The whole organization is behind me, so Im good. I know that if Im doing what Im supposed to do, the people here are going to take care of me. So I dont have anything to worry about''.


**''I got my dog back,' Rose said of Hinrich. 'I think at the time, I was a little bit too young to appreciate him. Now, knowing what kind of player he is, as well as the type of person that he is-he's a guy who wants to win. You've got to go with that, if anything. I'm the same way where I want to win at everything. So I know that I'm going to have somebody back there who is going to be fighting with me.'



Shaq expects Nets-Knicks rivalry to heat up - by Eurobasket News

As the Nets enter their first season in Brooklyn, plenty of New Yorkers are wondering if the Big Apple ever will be a Nets town.

Future Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal (7'2''-C-72, college: LSU) doesn't think so.

"No, probably not," O'Neal told ESPNNewYork.com.

The big man likes what Brooklyn did in the offseason, particularly its re-signing of center Brook Lopez.

"Brooklyn got better," he said.

O'Neal also thinks the Knicks-Nets rivalry will heat up now that Mikhail Prokhorov's team is in Brooklyn.

"The good thing about (New Yorkers) is that they're always excited, they're very competitive," said O'Neal, who attended the Yankees-Tampa Bay Rays game Friday night in the Bronx. " (So) I'm looking for the Nets-Knicks rivalry to amp up a little bit more this year."

Prokhorov, the Nets' owner, stirred up things in the East River rivalry recently when he called Knicks owner James Dolan "that little man" in a New York Magazine article.

The Knicks and Nets have engaged in a publicity war this offseason. They face off Nov. 1 at the new Barclays Center in both teams' regular-season opener.

O'Neal thinks the Knicks' stars, Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, need to take things "more personally" to succeed against the defending NBA champion Miami Heat.

"I think when Carmelo plays against LeBron (James) and (Dwyane Wade), he should take it personally, like he's always talked about last (among the three). When Amare plays against (Chris) Bosh, he should take it personally," O'Neal said. "That's what I always used to do. I played against guys, I used to take it personally that you're not talking about me.

"They need to do that. In order to beat Miami, they've got to."

O'Neal said Anthony and Stoudemire have played "OK" in their season and a half together in New York. The Knicks have a sub-.500 record in games in which Anthony and Stoudemire have started.

"They've done OK. But in New York, OK is not good enough," O'Neal said. "In order to have a legitimate 1-2 punch, OK is not good enough.

" (Kobe) Bryant and Shaq, we were OK in 1997, '98, '99. But it just wasn't good enough. And then we both decided to become a little bit more aggressive, more dominant and it was OK."

O'Neal also said that Knicks great Patrick Ewing made the right decision when he turned down the Knicks' offer to coach its D-League affiliate, the Erie Bayhawks. According to a source, Ewing turned down the job because he wanted to remain in the NBA and, as an eight-year NBA assistant, he felt slighted by the offer.

"I think Pat made the correct decision not going to the D-League," O'Neal said. "He's done a lot for the organization and he wants to be a professional (NBA) coach. You have to look at the situation and say to yourself, 'Jacque Vaughn (the new Orlando Magic coach) gets a job before me?'

"So Pat did the correct thing. Hopefully one day a slot will open up for him."

Courtesy of ESPN



Celtics' Green 'fully recovered,' ready to return - by Eurobasket News

The questions about his health are inevitable after he sat out all of last season after surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm, but Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green (6'9''-F-86, college: Georgetown) doesn't waste much time stressing that he's physically ready for the 2012-13 campaign.

"Fully recovered, part of the team, cleared for everything," Green said Friday after joining teammates Dionte Christmas and Kris Joseph to run a basketball clinic at the Holland Elementary School in Dorchester, as part of a community service day alongside other members of the Celtics' organization, the Harvard Pilgrim HealthCare Foundation, and City Year volunteers.

Green knows he'll be peppered with questions about his health, but having not played an NBA game in nearly 16 months, it's clear his focus now is on what lies ahead. That's why when asked about the toughest hurdle in getting back on the floor, he smiles and declares, "Nothing."

To be certain, there is rust to shake.

"Getting in a groove, getting in a rhythm -- but it'll come," Green said. "We still have two months until the beginning of the regular season. That stuff will come. I've really been able to do everything -- contact, my movements, my shot is there, my lift is there. Everything is coming along."

Green signed a four-year, $36 million contract with the Celtics last month despite sitting out all of last season when a preseason screening detected the aneurysm. He underwent surgery at the renowned Cleveland Clinic and rehabbed at times around the team with a goal of returning to Boston this season.

Originally acquired from Oklahoma City at the trade deadline in February 2011, Green didn't feel like he put his best foot forward in his abbreviated time with the Celtics. A year off gave the 26-year-old time to assess his game, and he hopes to make a bigger impact on the 2012-13 squad.

"Just probably being more assertive, more aggressive in certain situations," Green said of changes he'd like to make in his approach. "That's about it. My game pretty much speaks for itself -- a guy who can play multiple positions ... attack in different situations. My game is what it is. I just have to improve on different things. Just show it out there on the court."

That includes a renewed focus on rebounding, one of his weaker points.

" (Rebounding is about) being aggressive toward the ball," Green said. "It's a hard thing, but you just have to go out there and want to do it."
Green brushed aside talk of more playing time at small forward, saying, "I can play the 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 -- whatever (coach) Doc (Rivers) puts me at, that's where I'm going to be." He also gushed about the potential for running with Rajon Rondo in transition.

Green has been participating in informal workouts with his teammates with training camp set to open later this month. But it's not just being back on the court that excites him; getting back in the community is important, as well.

"I had a lot of fun (with the basketball clinic). It felt good to get back out here in the community," he said. "I haven't been able to in the past year or so. Now I'm back with the team, able to do this, it was great coming out here with the kids, putting smiles on their faces. Yelling and screaming, but being productive with it in a good way."

One of the messages Green hammered home to the students was taking advantage of their education, something he has a greater appreciation for after finishing up his degree at Georgetown while he rehabbed.

"Education, for me, was big. It allows me to have different avenues, job-wise, because basketball is not forever," Green said. "One message that I wanted to get to them was be serious with your education, it will allow you to do so many different things in this world. With what's going on in Chicago (teacher strikes), hopefully everything gets settled and the kids can go back to school, because I feel like education is very important for the kids. That's the next generation ... their education gets them started, puts them in good routines. Learn, learn, learn, and the sky is the limit for the young kids."

Courtesy of ESPN



Josh Howard to visit Spurs on Monday - by Eurobasket News

Josh Howard (6'6''-F-80, college: Wake Forest) will visit the San Antonio Spurs on Monday according to Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports.

Marc J. Spears - @SpearsNBAYahoo
Free agent forward
Josh Howard to visit Spurs on Monday, source tells Y! Sports.

This news come after he chose the Utah Jazz over the Spurs in free agency. He appeared in 43 games with Utah last season, averaging 8.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 39.9% shooting.

The Spurs have been reportedly interested in signing Howard for the last couple of years. They are interested in the 32-year-old forward despite statistical data indicating that Howard is steadily declining. His PER, true shooting percentage, free throw rate, rebounding rate and turnover rate are dropping in the wrong direction.

Perhaps the Spurs believe their ball movement will coax Howard into improving his shot selection. Nearly half of his attempts came from the most inefficient spots on the floor. His 33% mark from 10-23 feet isnt enough to offset the inherent inefficiency from these types of attempts.

Howard can still make a tangible impact defensively; Utah allowed 102.2 points per 100 possessions with Howard on the floor, which would rank them eighth in the entire league, compared to a league-average 104.2 points per 100 possessions with Howard sidelined.

If Howard were to parlay his visit tomorrow into a roster spot with San Antonio, it would likely be in a limited role. Despite his track record, he is still a downgrade from Kawhi Leonard and Stephen Jackson at this current stage of his career.

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Harold Ford Jr. joins Robert Pera's bid to buy Griz - by Eurobasket News

Former congressman Harold Ford Jr. has agreed to become a member of Robert Pera's Memphis Grizzlies ownership group.

Less than two weeks after Pera added some star power in the person of homegrown pop star and actor Justin Timberlake, he's come to an agreement with the former five-term congressman from Memphis.

"I'm honored to be a part of Robert's ownership group," said Ford, who did not specify what percentage of the team he will own. "He's a genuine guy and a great guy."

Ford said he met Pera through mutual friends more than a year ago, before Pera began his pursuit of the Grizzlies. When Pera reached an agreement with Michael Heisley to buy the franchise, Ford said he had the same concerns as everyone else.

"I still have a home in Memphis; I didn't want to see the team leave," he said. "I watched the speculation and read the articles. But from the beginning, Robert assured me that moving the team was not his desire. He's serious about making the team a success on and off the court. He's even more serious about making sure there's local involvement."

To that end, Ford said, he talked to Pera about navigating the political landscape in Memphis, about talking to the right people about the right things.

"I give Robert a lot of the credit for that," he said. "I wouldn't have wanted to be a part of anything that was not going to work out favorably for the city. At no time did Robert ever object to doing the right thing for Memphis, at no time did he ever resist. Honestly, I never got the sense that there was any other interest other than the team succeeding on and off the court."

In August, Pera agreed to terms with a group of local minority partners including AutoZone founder J.R. "Pitt" Hyde and financier Staley Cates, who were minority owners under Heisley. In the new agreement, Pera agreed to terms that will effectively guarantee the team's future in Memphis for the next 15 years.

This month has brought the additions of Timberlake, and now Ford, who lives in New York, where he works as a senior managing director for Morgan Stanley. He's a frequent contributor on MSNBC.

"Pera is getting his Ph.D. in Memphisology; his educated actions are speaking volumes," said Andy Dolich, the former Grizzlies president of business operations, who now works as a consultant. "So far he is checking all the right boxes."

The structure of Pera's group is similar to that of Heisley's a majority owner with several local minority-share investors and both groups include Hyde and Cates.

Pera did not comment on the addition of Ford, but Memphians could be hearing from him before long. Grizzlies training camp opens Oct. 2 and the NBA could try to approve the sale of the team before then.

Ford confirmed that he will be at the official news conference, whenever it happens. There's no word on Timberlake. But given the roster of locals who have signed on to the enterprise, Ford anticipates an optimistic mood.

"To me, Robert has done all the right things," he said. "That's why I'm so excited about this. I'll tell you another thing about Robert: He wants to win."

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Dwight Howard: 'I wanted everybody to love me' - by Eurobasket News

Few will be surprised to hear that Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) wants to be loved by everyone. But it is fascinating to hear him describe in his own words just how much LeBron James' Decision -- and the resulting backlash -- affected his ability to make the clean break he seemed to want from Orlando.

Here's the money quote from an interview with Ric Bucher for ESPN's Sunday Conversation.

"And it was a tug of war between my feelings and the fans and everybody else and their feelings and what happened to LeBron. And I saw him -- everybody hated him for leaving Cleveland and what he did," Howard said of LeBron James' free-agent move from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Miami Heat in 2010. "I never wanted anybody to hate me, you know. I wanted everybody to love me, you know, like me, for sticking around and doing what they wanted me to do. And making everybody else happy. And that was a valuable lesson for me, you know.

"I can't make everybody happy."

Decisions are hard. So here's a suggestion for Dwight Howard -- a secret we learned from Michael Lewis' recent profile of President Obama. Simplify your wardrobe, Dwight. Here's why:

"He had very self-consciously sought to eliminate all trivial decision-making from his life, such as what he wears to work," Lewis tells NPR's Renee Montagne about his interviews with the president for his piece in the October issue of Vanity Fair. "So, he says, 'I got rid of all the clothes I have except for gray suits and blue suits, so I don't even have to think about what I put on.' "

Why? The president "started talking about research that showed the mere act of making a decision, however trivial it was, degraded your ability to make a subsequent decision," Lewis says. "A lot of ... the trivial decisions in life -- what he wears, what he eats -- [are] essentially made for him."

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Lawrence Frank pleased with Pistons' work ethic - by Eurobasket News

Lawrence Frank wouldn't say whose idea it was to bring a ping-pong table to the practice facility, but the Pistons coach admitted he was pleased with the competitive spirit of the 11 players who have participated in unofficial workouts and are expected to make the roster.

"I mean, this is all voluntarily; they don't have to be here, and we can't force them," Frank said. "Eleven of the 15 have been here, and we expect Jonas (Jerebko) and Slava Kravtsov to be here Tuesday."

Jerebko and Kravtsov have been at the Eurobasket 2013 qualifying tournament, with Jerebko playing very well and Kravtsov showing promise.

With camp just weeks away, Frank has the luxury of having time to work his players, unlike last season when he, like all teams and coaches, had to deal with a lockout and playing just about every other day.

"We have a majority of our team here," Frank said. "I've been very, very happy with the work our guys have put in, not just in the month of September, but the whole summer. It has been a very productive summer for our guys. Our staff has been able to touch base with every one of them in different places, whether it was here or in their hometowns or other places. It's good to see how determined the guys are and to build this thing."

Frank wouldn't make any excuses for the 25-41 season a year ago because every team was in the same position. As a new coach, he had to implement his program on the fly, and the team seemed to get better as the strike-shortened season progressed.

With the addition of rookies Kyle Singler, Andre Drummond, Kim English and Khris Middleton, all of whom have been regulars at the practice facility, the team hopes to be even younger and more athletic.

"The conditioning aspect is important, but just (as important is) the work they're putting in as far as skill development and playing and being around each other and developing some camaraderie and chemistry and to enjoy each other," Frank said.

"We can't force them to do this. It would be one thing if it was voluntary and they were just doing it and getting out, but they're spending time with each other, which is invaluable. When you're building and growing, those intangibles are huge."

Courtesy of www.freep.com



Memphis Grizzlies invite Flip Murray to the training camp - by Eurobasket News

The Griz received five verbal commitments from players to participate in training camp on nonguaranteed contracts. NBA veteran guard Ronald 'Flip' Murray (6'4''-G-79, college: Shaw) will join journeyman forward Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: LSU) and centers Jerome Jordan (7'0''-C-86, college: Tulsa), Michael Dunigan (6'10''-C-89, agency: N.E.T., college: Oregon) and Jarrid Famous (6'10''-C/F-88, college: S.Florida) on the team's training camp roster.

Murray, a 6-3 combo guard, last played in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls during the 2009-10 season. He's worked overseas and in the NBA Development League the past two years. Dupree, 6-7, has played appeared in just eight NBA regular-season games with three teams since the 2006-07 season. He's mostly earned a living playing overseas after leaving LSU.

Dunigan, a 6-10 center out of Oregon, might be the most intriguing prospect, since the Griz considered taking Dunigan in the 2011 draft but chose Josh Selby instead with the 49th pick.

Jordan is a 7-foot center who appeared in 22 games, including one postseason game, with the New York Knicks last season. Famous, a 6-11 center out of South Florida, played in the NBA Development League and participated in the Indiana Pacers' training camp last year.

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Grizzlies' Tony Allen back in action following knee surgery - by Eurobasket News

Memphians might have noticed Grizzlies guard Tony Allen (6'4''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) in the community recently at block parties and autograph signings at retail stores.

However, the best news regarding Allen these days is that he's back on the basketball court while recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery. The Grizzlies' stalwart on defense underwent a minor procedure during the offseason to repair cartilage in his left knee.

Allen has been in town working out in FedExForum and declared that he'll be ready when training camp opens Oct. 2.

"I'm definitely getting myself back to being that thirsty dog," Allen said. "I don't want to rush it. But I'll be back for the first game, Oct. 31, against the (Los Angeles) Clippers. I guarantee that."

General manager Chris Wallace pointed out that Allen's health has been a key to his success with the Griz over the past two seasons. Allen, who is entering the final year of a three-year contract, appeared in nearly 90 percent of games in which he's been eligible for Memphis. Before joining the Griz in 2010, Allen had played in just 60 percent of eligible games during his final two seasons with the Boston Celtics.

"Tony's an elder statesman now on this team," Wallace said. "We're expecting more of the same."

Allen once told reporters that he'd like to retire in Memphis. But that decision is out of his hands given he'll become an unrestricted free agent next summer. The Griz cannot extend Allen's contract this season. Players must be signed to at least a four-year deal to be eligible for a contract extension, per the NBA's collective bargaining agreement.

"I can't think about that. I have to let that play out," Allen said. "When I came here, I did everything they asked me to do. I'll keep it simple and let the organization make that decision. I don't want to go anywhere."

Allen also gave his stamp of approval to the team's additions of guards Jerryd Bayless and Wayne Ellington during free agency.

"The guys we added had some games last year when they hurt us, so I wasn't surprised that Chris Wallace went and recruited those guys," Allen said. "They both are talented. Ellington can shoot from anywhere and Bayless is a scorer. He kind of reminds me of O.J. (Mayo). I'm ready to go to war with whoever we have in camp."

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Mike Miller says he will be ready for Heat season - by Eurobasket News

Three months later, he's still in one piece, his limbs attached to all the right places. For the first time with the Miami Heat, Mike Miller (6'8''-F/G-80, college: Florida) might actually start a regular season in uniform.

After considering retirement during the NBA Finals and then contemplating back surgery at the completion of the Heat's championship run, Miller is up and running and looking forward to the Sept. 29 start of training camp at AmericanAirlines Arena.

"I'm feeling pretty good," he said Saturday.

Instead of gaining a $2.9 million injury exception for a replacement player, the Heat apparently will have the real thing, with Miller hoping to pick up where he left off, which just happened to be with seven 3-pointers in the Game 5 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder that gave the Heat their second championship.

The first step toward a return came in July, when the Heat bypassed the opportunity to utilize their amnesty exception on Miller and instead banked it for future use. Such a release would have allowed the Heat to avoid the $5.8 million luxury-tax payment now due on Miller's 2012-13 salary.

From there, rigorous rehab in place of expected back surgery has delivered the 12-year-veteran to the precipice of a camp some thought the 32-year-old never would make, with Miller in contact with Miami neurosurgeon Dr. Barth Green throughout the process.

"I basically looked at my options and back surgery, with Dr. Green pretty confident that we could get it to where I need to be without it. So we're slowly but surely getting there," he said at a Saturday promotional appearance at Maye Pediatric Dentistry and Shelling Orthodontics along with teammates James Jones and Udonis Haslem, who was there to collect contributions for the Udonis Haslem Children's Foundation. "My body feels good. Like I said, we've just got to be smart about it."

This would be the first season Miller has a chance to start on time for the Heat, a thumb injury sustained late in training camp wiping out the first half of his 2010-11 debut season and then surgery for a sports hernia keeping him out of last season's training camp and the early stages of the regular season.

"It's a long haul," he said. "Like we found out the last two seasons, you've just got to make sure you're smart about it early."

That could have him in slow-go mode at the start of camp.

"If it was up to me, personally, yes, I'd be ready," he said. "I feel good enough. It's going to be interesting once I get contact and stuff like that."

Because for all the strides Miller has made with his back, he's been limiting his strides these past three months. He returned to the court two weeks ago.

"It feels good. It's getting there," he said. "Obviously, I've got to get my legs back. Stationary shooting feels fantastic, really. The break probably helped that. But moving and shooting, movement with your legs, and conditioning has been a little bit tough."

To a degree, the Heat added Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis as Miller insurance. Now the three are working in unison on the practice court, Miller noting a renewed energy in Lewis' approach.

"I'm definitely trying to pick up things from both of those," he said. "It feels good to be in there working with those guys, exciting."

But, no, there haven't been any shooting contests yet.

"We'll start, we'll start," Miller said with a laugh. "I told them they've got to give me some time. It's the longest I've ever been off without shooting the ball."

Courtesy of www.sun-sentinel.com



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Mill Rats re-sign Anthony Anderson - by Eurobasket News

The Saint John Mill Rats are pleased to announcing the re-signing of All-NBL Canada First Team performer, Anthony Anderson (5'11''-G-81, college: Massachusetts).

The 5'11 guard has been a stalwart on the Mill Rats clubs since 2007. Last season in the NBL Canada he garned All-League honors, was named an All Star, and averaged 18.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game.

"Anthony is definitely our franchise player and we are excited about him coming back for another season," stated Mill Rats President and General Manager Ian McCarthy. "He's an elite player at any level and is our leader in our pursuit of championship."

Mill Rats new Head Coach David Cooper intends to run much of the offense this season through "Double A" as he is known to fans and teammates. "Man I'm so excited to be able to coach a player of Ant's calibur, we are putting the pieces together to make a strong run this year."

The Mill Rats Front Office is currently finalizing its training camp roster and signing players for the upcoming season, and look for more announcements to follow.

The Saint John Mill Rats regular season opener is November 3rd at Harbour Station. Season tickets are on sale now at the Harbour Station Box Office and the Mill Rats Fan Zone in Brunswick Square (next to Tim Hortons).

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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Syracuse, Temple in inaugural Gotham Classic - by Eurobasket News

Syracuse and Temple, two of the winningest programs in college basketball history, highlight the field of the inaugural Gotham Classic.

The rest of the field announced Friday are Detroit, Canisius, and Alcorn State.

The format will feature 10 games with all the teams facing each other once. Syracuse and Temple will meet in the feature game on Dec. 17 at Madison Square Garden.

Canisius will be at Syracuse on Dec. 15, at Temple on Dec. 19 and at Detroit on Dec. 29. Alcorn State visits Temple on Dec. 17, Canisius on Dec. 27 and Detroit on Dec. 29. Detroit will be at Syracuse on Dec. 17, at Alcorn State on Dec. 19, and at Temple on Dec. 27.

The Syracuse-Temple and Detroit-Syracuse games will be televised on the ESPN networks.

The Gotham Classic is produced by the Gazelle Group.

Courtesy of www.sacbee.com



Aresco: Big East still best despite Notre Dame exit - by Eurobasket News

Big East Commissioner Mike Aresco said his league remains "the nation's best" basketball conference and dismissed talk of the league's demise.

"Is the Big East dead? That's utter nonsense," Aresco said. "You always have a perception issue to deal with and that's why we were out there, vigorously talking about what our conference is. We're not looking back, we're looking forward."

Aresco said because Notre Dame's exit was somewhat expected, it lessened the blow of Wednesday's announcement. The commissioner, speaking before Saturday's Louisville-North Carolina game, focused on what the league has, not what it lost. He said the Irish's departure will have minimal impact on basketball.

"Nobody's going to argue that we're not the strongest basketball conference in the country," Aresco said.

"There's no arguing we're a better football league than we were when we were eight teams. ... We liked having Notre Dame and having them at Madison Square Garden. ... but I'm just looking ahead," he added.

Notre Dame is joining the Atlantic Coast Conference to compete in every sport but football. It's the third Big East school to leave for the ACC; Pittsburgh and Syracuse announced they were leaving earlier this year.

Pittsburgh and Syracuse competed in Big East football while Notre Dame remained independent -- and will continue to do so in the ACC. The league is offsetting those departures by adding Temple, Boise State, Memphis, Southern Methodist, Texas Christian, Central Florida and Navy.

The Big East will feature two six-team divisions and its first championship game, indications of the league's strength, Aresco said. The commissioner is also confident that negotiations with ESPN for a new television contract would increase exposure and revenue.

"We're going to be fine," said Aresco, who didn't specify financial figures being discussed in the new deal. "We have a very bright future and vast potential. ... We have a ratings-proven product in basketball, a ratings-proven product in football."

As proof, he cited Midwest schools such as Louisville, Cincinnati, Marquette, and Northeast members Georgetown and St. John's. While women's basketball loses Notre Dame, a Final Four participant the past two seasons, Aresco expected minimal impact.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Ex-NBA guard Sam Cassell rips NCAA for denying eligibility to his son - by Eurobasket News

Former NBA guard Sam Cassell (6'3''-G-69, college: Florida St.) is furious with the NCAA for rejecting his son's last-ditch appeal to play college basketball next season.

Cassell, now an assistant coach with the Washington Wizards, lashed out in an interview with CBSSports.com, calling the NCAA "neighborhood bullies" and insisting that "what they do to kids isn't right."

At issue is the NCAA's decision to invalidate classes Maryland signee Sam Cassell Jr. and Xavier signee Myles Davis (6'2''-G-93) took during the 2011-12 school year at Notre Dame Prep. The NCAA has placed the Massachusetts school on its "Watch List" as part of its crackdown on rogue prep schools.

The elder Cassell contends the NCAA's ruling isn't fair because Notre Dame Prep's academic standards weren't under review until after the 2011-12 school year began. Eight players who took the very same classes Cassell and Davis took at Notre Dame Prep the previous year were able to play college basketball as freshmen this past season, CBSSports.com reported.

"The NCAA just wants kids to fail," the elder Cassell told CBSSports.com. "It's not these kids' fault. The NCAA can't penalize Notre Dame Prep, so they are squashing the kids dreams."

Cassell's criticism of the NCAA's motives is certainly over-the-top, but the point he is trying to make has some validity to it. Neither Cassell Jr. nor Davis presumably had any reason to suspect the classes they took at Notre Dame Prep would be invalid when they enrolled in them, so is it fair to punish them belatedly?
At the same time, the NCAA should be credited rather than criticized for cracking down on the diploma mill prep schools that have popped up in recent years. Notre Dame Prep may very well be legitimate, but those that do offer sham classes designed to ease the academic burden for basketball standouts are giving academic-oriented prep schools a bad name.

Since Maryland cannot accept a non-qualifier, the only way Cassell will ever suit up for the Terps is if he attends a junior college first. Otherwise he can transfer to a school that would allow him to enroll immediately and begin competing during their second year in the program.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports



Top-10 prospect Cat Barber commits to NC State - by Eurobasket News

Anthony 'Cat' Barber has had a very interesting recruitment over the past three months. The top-10 prospect once said Kansas and Alabama were his favorites, then added North Carolina State and Louisville to his list. The Cardinals seemed to be making up ground, and then suddenly the two parties separated earlier this week.

Barber took an official visit to North Carolina State this weekend - and ended his recruitment. The No. 9-ranked prospect is headed to Raleigh.

A source confirmed the news to CBSSports.com earlier Saturday.

Barber is the third-ranked point guard in the class of 2013, boosting his stock with stellar performances throughout the spring and summer. He's extremely quick, capable of beating his man off the dribble and getting into the lane seemingly at will. Barber is aggressive defensively, constantly harassing opponents into turnovers. He is also adept at jumping passing lanes, and turning defense into offense.

North Carolina State's proximity to Barber's Hampton, Va., home was a key factor in his decision. According to sources, it's only a three-hour drive from Barber's house to Raleigh -- compared to 14 hours to Kansas. Alabama struck out early Saturday with Rashawn Powell, and the Crimson Tide missed out with Barber as well.

Mark Gottfried has turned the Wolfpack into a consistent ACC contender in a very short time, and his efforts on the recruiting trail have been outstanding. He picked up one of the best recruiting classes in the country last season and he seems to be on his way to another stellar group this year.

With Barber in tow, NC State is set at the point guard position for a couple of years. Lorenzo Brown is an All-ACC caliber player this season, and incoming freshman Tyler Lewis will find ways to make plays. Rodney Purvis -- who is yet to be cleared -- is another player who loves to have the ball in his hands. Gottfried will have no shortage of playmakers at his disposal.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Billy Gillispie out of hospital, returns to Lubbock - by Eurobasket News

Embattled Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie on Friday night returned to his home in Lubbock, Texas, after a four-day stay at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Gillispie, 52, has been in and out of hospitals for two weeks as he struggled to deal with high blood pressure and a stress disorder amongst other things, he told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

The health scare -- Gillispie told reporters he thought he was having a stroke or heart attack -- came just hours after Texas Tech players went to athletics director Kirby Hocutt with allegations of torturous practices and mental abuse by Gillispie.

Hocutt has since relieved Gillispie of day-to-day management of the team and ordered him to have no contact with Red Raiders players, coaches or administrators as the investigation into the allegations continues. Gillispie is technically on sick leave from his job. Assistant coach Chris Walker currently is in charge of the programs day-to-day operations.

Hocutt said once he completes his investigation and Gillispies health stabilizes, the two will meet and discuss the future of the program and Gillispies status as the coach. Texas Tech spokesperson Blayne Beal told the Avalanche-Journal on Friday night that no meeting has been scheduled.

Gillispie, entering his second year with the Red Raiders, went 8-23 last season and won only one Big 12 game. Since the end of the season, six players have transferred.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com



St. John's Steve Lavin promotes 2 assistants, hires another - by Eurobasket News

St. John's coach Steve Lavin has rounded out his staff with the promotions of assistants Rico Hines and Tony Chiles and the hiring of former NBA guard Darrick Martin.

Lavin announced Friday that Hines and Chiles will move up on the staff while adding Martin, who played at UCLA when Lavin was an assistant there before embarking on 13-year NBA career.

The staff will have three members with NBA experience as Hines played with Golden State for five seasons and special assistant Gene Keady was with Toronto as an assistant for one season.

Martin replaces Mike Dunlap, who coached the Red Storm for most of last season as Lavin recovered from prostate cancer surgery. Dunlap was hired in June as the head coach of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



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Days 3 of the 2012 FIBA Asia Cup - by Enzo Flojo


The Philippines never really broke a sweat to dispose of the Uzbeks on Day 2 of competition at the 2012 FIBA Asia Cup in Ota City, Japan. The Pinoys, however, are in danger of dropping to 2nd place in Group A after the Lebanese blew the Chinese out of the water. Iran, meanwhile, tied Japan for a share of Group Bs top spot after they rallied in OT to beat Qatar, and Taiwan finally got a W after blasting the Indians.

TAIWAN over INDIA, 113-88
Jet Chang and Taiwanese-American Doug Creighton paired up for 35 points to lead Coach Hsu Chin-Ches wards to win #1 in their Tokyo campaign. The dynamic duo combined with Lin Chih-Chieh for 10 of Taiwans 16 triples. The EABA squad shot 55% overall from beyond the arc, negating the size advantage of India. Four Indians scored 18 or more points for Coach Kumar Chansoria with Vishesh Bhriguvanshi leading the way with 20 markers. This is the SABA champs third loss, and with Japan up next, it seems like theyll go back home winless.

TPE 113- Chang 20, Creighton 15, Lin 13, Lee 12, Tien 12, Mao 9, Tseng 8, Su 6, Chen SC 6, Chen HA 6, Wu 4, Lu 2
IND 88- Bhriguvanshi 20, Grewal 18, Singh Al 18, Pethani 18, Singh J 5, Singh Y 5, Brar 2, Singh R 2, Singh At 0, Kaushik 0
QS: 31-24, 58-41, 91-58, 113-88

PHILIPPINES over UZBEKISTAN, 85-50
Jeff Chan hit four triples on his way to 20 points in leading the Philippines past CABA team Uzbekistan. Chan, who laid a big fat egg against the Lebanese on Day 2, finally found his stride, connecting on 8 of his 15 field goal attempts to help the Pinoys race to a big first half lead they would never relinquish. Only Jared Dillinger registerd double-digits outside of Chans production, but Coach Chot Reyes didnt need a lot of scoring form his big guns today. Instead, the multi-titled former PBA coach let some of his second and third stringers see a lot of burn. Most notable among these were Jay-R Reyes and Matt Ganuelas Rosser, who combined for 15 points and 15 rebounds. Rosser also dished out 4 assists and had a nice breakaway jam off a steal. Vyacheslav Denisov and Samender Juginisov led the Uzbeks with 16 and 12 points respectively. Coach Oleg Levins posse is still assured of entering the second round due to their win over Macau on Day 2.

PHI 85- Chan 20, Dillinger 10, Douthit 9, Rosser 8, Reyes 7, Fonacier 7, David 7, Villanueva 6, De Ocampo 5, Norwood 4, Tenorio 2, Thoss 0
UZB 50- Denisov 16, Juginisov 12, Kozlov 6, Yahin 6, Rahimov 6, Tangrikulov 2, Nuraliev 2, Nabiev 0, Timofeev 0, Safarov 0, Kadirov 0
QS: 23-16, 39-21, 63-33, 85-50

LEBANON over CHINA, 89-69
The Lebanese were aware they needed to beat China by more than 17 points to steal Group As top spot from the Philippines, and they were merciless in blasting the younger Chinese, especially in the fourth quarter. Despite falling early, Coach Ghassan Sarkiss boys never wavered, and they simply muscled their way to erect a 10-point bulge at the half. Lebanon was relentless and they never eased on the gas pedal. Jean Abdel Nour, Elie Stephan, and Fadi El-Khatib all hit at least three triples each to underscore Lebanons balanced attack. Garnett Thompson took care of the middle with 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Zhao Tailong, Guo Ailun, and Wang Zhelin tried to rally the Chinese to no avail as as the trio shot a combined 11-of-33 from the floor. Even if China wins its last two games, they will probably finish third in Group A.

LIB 89- Abdel Nour 25, El-Khatib F 25, Stephan 14, Thompson 13, Sarkis 6, El-Khatib C 3, Akl 3, Tabet 0, Rustom 0
CHN 69- Zhao 12, Zhang 12, Duan 11, Wang ZL 10, Cao Y 10, Guo 6, Sui 4, Wu 2, Sun 2, Wang ZR 0, Cao F 0, Yu 0
QS: 15-22, 40-30, 60-51, 89-69

IRAN over QATAR, 85-75 (OT)
Qatar played excellently in the first half, but Iran came back strong to take the lead late in the fourth quarter. The Gulf state, however, managed to tie the game and force overtime, where Iran outscored them early and never looked back. This was by far the most exciting game of the tournament so far, and if Qatar had held on, this wouldve had severe repercussions throughout the remaining days of competition. Hamed Afagh and Samad Nikkhah Bahrami, though, found their marks just in time as Iran pulled the rug from under Coach Tom Wismans boys. Bahrami and Afagh combined for 45 points, while seldom-used big man Rouzbeh Arghavan pumped in 11 markers and 7 rebounds. Qatar was led by the trio of Mansour El Hadary, Daoud Daoud, and Erfan Ali Saeed with 21, 16, and 11 points respectively.

IRI 85- Bahrami 27, Afagh 18, Arghavan 11, Kardoust 9, Jamshidi 9, Aslani 7, Sahakian 4, Mashayekhi 0, Yakhchali 0, Foroutan 0
QAT 75- El Hadary 21, Daoud 16, Saeed 11, Mohammed B 7, Ali 5, Salem 5, Zaidan 4, Mohamed 3, Musa 3, Mohammed M 0
QS: 12-23, 26-45, 47-51, 69-69, 85-75

Source: HoopNut.blogspot.com



2012 Fiba Asia Cup: Philippines smashed Macau - by Eurobasket News

Macau-Philippines 46:98

Philippines smashed Macau in Fiba Asia Cup in Tokyo. The team improved to 3-1 record in Group A after 98:46 victory, while Macau fell at 0-3 record.
Philippines started the game with massive 33:14 burst and added 22-19 in the second period. Moreover the second half also belonged to the winning side. Philippines won the third period 28-8 and finished the game with 15-5.
Jeffrei Chan (192-F-83) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Jay-R Reyes (200-C-84) as well as Gary David (188-G/F-78) had 12 each. Matt Ganuelas (195-F-90) and Jared Dillinger (191-G/F-84, college: Hawaii) delivered 11 points each in a win. Fu In (178-SG-88) posted 14 points in the losing effort and Tong Fai Cheong (190-PG-93) scored 12. Hip Meng Lo (185-SF-93) collected 10 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Shao Bing Cai (191-PG-92) nailed 6.
Tomorrow Philippines will have a Day-off, while Macau will face China.

Macau: Fu In 14, Tong Fai Cheong 12, Hip Meng Lo 10+12 rebs, Shao Bing Cai 6
Philippines: Jeffrei Chan 18, Jay-R Reyes 12, Gary David 12, Matt Ganuelas 11, Jared Dillinger 11



2012 Fiba Asia Cup: Philippines dominate Uzbekistan for second victory - by Eurobasket News

Philippines - Uzbekistan 85:50

Philippines registered the second straight win at the Fiba Asia Cup in Tokyo. They outgunned Uzbekistan to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Uzbekistan fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Jeffrei Chan (192-F-83) posted 20 points to lead the winners.
Philippines set the tone early in the clash. They outscored Uzbekistan for a 23:16 lead after ten minutes. Philippines limited their opponents at 5 points in the second quarter to boost the gap. Smart Gilas Pilipinas accumulated a 39:21 halftime advantage. They maintained the lead well enough throughout the second half and cruised to the victory. Jared Dillinger (191-G/F-84, college: Hawaii) produced 10 points, while Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) added 9 points for the winners. Vyacheslav Denisov (195-G-83) answered with 16 points for Uzbekistan. Samender Juginisov (202-F-87) had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Philippines: Jeffrei Chan 20, Jared Dillinger 10, Marcus Douthit 9
Uzbekistan: Vyacheslav Denisov 16, Samender Juginisov 12+10 boards



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Asseco Prokom fire past Anwil at Kasztelan Cup - by Eurobasket News

Asseco Prokom - Anwil Wloclawek 71:55

Asseco Prokom finished 2012 Kasztelan Cup with victory. They overcame hosting Anwil to clinch the third position in the ladder. Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) scored 18 points to lead the Gdynia team. Anwil finished in the fourth position.
Anwil led by a single point after ten minutes of action 21:20. But Asseco Prokom limited their opponents to 11 points in the second quarter and surged ahead for a 38:32 halftime lead. Asseco Prokom maintained the lead throughout the third term. The visitors outscored Anwil in the fourth period to seal a comfortable win at the end. Drew Viney (203-F-88, college: Loyola Mary) netted 17 points, while Piotr Pamula (194-G-90) posted 11 points for the winning side. Seid Hajric (203-F-83) answered with 14 points for Anwil. Krzysztof Szubarga (182-PG-84) provided 12 points in the loss.

Asseco Prokom: Lukasz Koszarek 18, Drew Viney 17, Piotr Pamula 11
Anwil: Seid Hajric 14, Krzysztof Szubarga 12



Stelmet Zielona Gora knock down PGE Turow - by Eurobasket News

Stelmet Zielona Gora - PGE Turow 87:70

Stelmet Zielona Gora finished Lech Birgfellner Memorial on a high note. They fired past PGE Turow to finish at 2-1 record in the second position in the ladder. Quinton Hosley (201-F/G-84, college: Fresno St.) provided 19 points to lead the charge. PGE Turow slipped at 1-2 record and occupied the third position.
Zielona Gora accounted for 25 points in the first frame to take a 5-point lead. They exploded with 28 points in the second stanza to ensure a 14-point advantage at the interval 53:39. The hosts maintained the lead throughout the third term. They held PGE Turow to 7 points in the third stanza to build a 25-point buffer. PGE Turow outscored Zielona Gora in the fourth frame but could not avoid the defeat. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) finished with 14 points, while Mantas Cesnauskis (189-G-81) added 13 points for the winners. Ivan Zigeranovic (212-C-84, agency: BeoExcell) and Damian Kulig (206-F/C-87) answered with 15 points each for PGE Turow. Djordje Micic (195-G-83) netted 11 points in the loss.

Stelmet Zielona Gora: Quinton Hosley 19, Walter Hodge 14, Mantas Cesnauskis 13
PGE Turow: Ivan Zigeranovic 15, Damian Kulig 15, Djordje Micic 11



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Fiba Asia Cup: Iran survive overtime to tame Qatar - by Eurobasket News

Iran - Qatar 85:75

Iran earned the second win at the Fiba Asia Cup. They needed overtime to defeat pesky Qatar for 2-0 record in Group B. Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) posted 27 points to lead the winning side.
Qatar silenced Iran in the opening frame. They went on a 23:12 run to take a comfortable lead. Qatar boosted the lead in the second quarter. They accumulated a 45:26 halftime advantage. But Iran turned things upside down in the second half. They held Qatar to 6 points in the third frame to narrow the gap at 4-point mark. Iran surged ahead for a 64:57 lead with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. But Daoud Mousa (193-G-82) and Mansour Atif (177-PG-90) drew things level at 69 at the end of normal time. Iran fired 16 points in the extra period and eked out a sweat-breaking victory at the end. Hamed Afagh (190-SG-83) accounted for 18 points, while Rouzbeh Arghavan (214-C/F-88) added 11 points in the win. Mansour Atif responded with 21 points for Qatar. Daoud Mousa contributed 16 points in the loss.

Iran: Samad Nik Khahbahrami 27, Hamed Afagh 18, Rouzbeh Arghavan 11
Qatar: Mansour Atif 21, Daoud Mousa 16



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Romania, Russia, Austria, Hungary, Serbia - Preseason action 9/16 - by Chris Terrell

Romania - As the 2012-2013 Season approaches, 5 Romanian clubs faced off against clubs from other Countries yesterday and took all 5 contests. Here are the results:

Romanian club - score - Foreign club (League)

BC Timisoara 74 - 68 Ruskon Mordovia (Russia 2)
CSU Sibiu 97 - 67 Arkadia Traiskirchen (Austria 1)
CSM Oradea 63 56 Albacomp (Hungary 1)
CSM Bucuresti 82 78 Mega Vizura Belgrad (Serbia 1)
SCM Craiova 92 - 77 Vizura Smederevo (Serbia 1)

It's early for everyone here and abroad but by mid-September most teams are starting to get in season shape. The Romanian Cup will tip off on the 28th of September followed by the Romanian Season opens on the 6th of October.



Enisey beat Timisoara to win pre-season tournament in Porec - by Eurobasket News

Enisey - Timisoara 89:61

Enisey claimed pre-season tournament title in Porec. They shot down Timisoara for the trophy. Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Pavel Gromyko (198-SF-89) scored 13 points each to lead the Russian team.
Enisey opened the game in a flying manner. They fired 33 points to take a 22-point lead. Timisoara slowed their opponents down in the second frame. The Romanian team cut the deficit at 18-point mark at the interval 29:47. But Enisey picked up the tempo again in the third frame. They ensured a 23-point buffer before the fourth quarter and never looked back en route to the win. Alexei Kotishevskiy (197-SF-85, agency: RU-Basket Management) contributed 11 points for the winners. Dominique Archie (200-F-87, college: S.Carolina) answered with 12 points for Timisoara. Robert Sarovic (205-F-78) had 10 points in the loss.

Enisey: Elmedin Kikanovic 13, Pavel Gromyko 13, Alexei Kotishevskiy 11
Timisoara: Dominique Archie 12, Robert Sarovic 10



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CSKA lost another game, Krasnie Krilya won - by Eurobasket News

CSKA lost another game, Krasnie Krilya won last night.
CSKA was beaten again by Fenerbahce. The latter grabbed 74:56 win in Game 2. Fenerbahce started with 18-11 and added 24-12 in the second period. CSKA replied with 18-16 in the third quarter, but lost the last period 15-16. Omer Onan (194-G-78) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90) posted 9. Peker had 10 and McCalebb as well as Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) posted 9 apiece. Sonny Weems (198-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) replied with 12 points in the losing effort.
Krasnie Krilya meanwhile overcame Verona 78:84. The Russian team led 18 points midway through the game but finished with 78:74 win. It was another great game for Samara team.



Spartak Saint Petersburg fire past Tofas in Bormio - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Saint Petersburg - Tofas 75:48

Spartak Saint Petersburg clinched another victory at the training camp in Bormio. They outscored Tofas from Turkey. Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas) provided 16 points to lead the winners.
Spartak started the game with a stifling defence and limited Tofas to just 8 points in the opening quarter. The Russian team gained an 8-point lead. Spartak increased the tempo in the second quarter. They accumulated a 37:18 halftime lead. Tofas narrowed the gap at 17-point mark before the fourth frame but conceded a 12:22 rally from Spartak in the final quarter and surrendered at the end. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (209-C-84) and Vladimir Dragicevic (205-C/F-86) notched 11 points apiece for Spartak. Yakovenko added 10 points for the winning team. Austin Nichols (198-SF-82, college: Humboldt St.) answered with 13 points for Tofas. Samet Geyik (205-F-93) had 12 points in the loss.

Spartak SP: Patrick Beverley 16, Loukas Mavrokefalidis 11, Vladimir Dragicevic 11
Tofas: Austin Nichols 13, Samet Geyik 12



Enisey beat Timisoara to win pre-season tournament in Porec - by Eurobasket News

Enisey - Timisoara 89:61

Enisey claimed pre-season tournament title in Porec. They shot down Timisoara for the trophy. Elmedin Kikanovic (210-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Pavel Gromyko (198-SF-89) scored 13 points each to lead the Russian team.
Enisey opened the game in a flying manner. They fired 33 points to take a 22-point lead. Timisoara slowed their opponents down in the second frame. The Romanian team cut the deficit at 18-point mark at the interval 29:47. But Enisey picked up the tempo again in the third frame. They ensured a 23-point buffer before the fourth quarter and never looked back en route to the win. Alexei Kotishevskiy (197-SF-85, agency: RU-Basket Management) contributed 11 points for the winners. Dominique Archie (200-F-87, college: S.Carolina) answered with 12 points for Timisoara. Robert Sarovic (205-F-78) had 10 points in the loss.

Enisey: Elmedin Kikanovic 13, Pavel Gromyko 13, Alexei Kotishevskiy 11
Timisoara: Dominique Archie 12, Robert Sarovic 10



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Standings

National League Standings
 1. C.Eriksson F. 2-0 
 2. Edinburgh K. 2-0 
 3. Troon T. 2-0 
 4. St.Mirren S. 1-0 
 5. Stirling K. 1-1 
 6. Glasgow R. II 0-1 
 7. Glasgow Storm 0-1 
 8. Glasgow Univ. 0-1 
 9. Boroughmuir 0-2 
 10. Dunfermline R. 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

Sep. 15: C.Eriksson F. - Boroughmuir 77-65
Sep. 15: Edinburgh K. - Dunfermline R. 76-42
Sep. 15: Glasgow R. II - Troon T. 63-66
Sep. 15: Stirling K. - St.Mirren S. 61-96
Sep. 15: Glasgow Univ. - Glasgow Storm



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Young Serbian prospects shined in Moscow - by Zoran Popovic

Young Serbian prospect Dusan Ristic (206-C-95) was MVP of All-star game played in Moscow on NBA camp Basketball without borders. According to Serbian sports news young player of Crvena Zvezda Diva Dusan Ristic scored 14 points and voted for MVP of the game. Except Ristic, four days on camp in Moscow was Marko Tejic (209-C/F-95) and in competition of 44 European prospects, young Serbian players represent Serbian basketball. Both young players are from FMP basketball school and members of Serbian U16 National team and Dusan Ristic in Serbian U18 National team in Lithuania who wins bronze medal on European championship 2012.


Crvena Zvezda with two defeats in Sofia - by Eurobasket News

Crvena Zvezda ended as the last ranked team at very strong international tournament in Sofia. The Serbian squad failed to Panathinaikos 64-70 in Day One. The Greens had lead from start to finish but most of the time it was a slim margin. PAO had a 14-12 advantage after the first quarter and after a good finish to the first half they went up by 30-23 at the break. PAO scored the first two points of the second half but then Zvezda had a 7-0 run to cut the deficit to 2. The Serbians never managed to actually tie the game though, as PAO's lead went up once again and after 30 minutes it was 8 points, 47-39. In the last quarter the margin went up to 17 points, although Zvezda eventually managed to cut it to 6 at the final buzzer. Sofoklis Schortsanitis was the top scorer for the winners with 18 points, while for Zvezda Elton Brown (206-C-83, college: Virginia) scored 14. Igor Rakocevic (193-G-78) had 11 points and Vuk Radivojevic (197-G-83) netted 10 pts.
In the game for third place Crvena Zvezda faced with 75-85 loss to host Lukoil Akademik. Game was tied in the first half, with Serbians starting better, then Lukoil catching up. At the break, Zvezda led by three 43-40. Third quarter was a tied affair, with visiting team again on top, just for the sharp-shooter Bozhidar Avramov to cut Lukoils deficit with some three-pointers. Slowly, but surely, Bulgarians were getting tougher in defense and scoring in smooth transitions. Lukoil stepped its game up in the last quarter, and broke the tie to start building some lead. Zvezda went scoreless for 2 minutes which got the difference in double digits 11 points with less than two minutes to go. This practically put an end to the game, and Bulgarian champion put aside second pre-season victory. Avramov was hot in the game with 19 points. Mohammed Abukar showed some consistency with 16 points in Zvezda game, and 11 in the one with Barcelona. Devin Green scored 15 more vs Zvezda, and was the most efficient player on the floor. Morris Almond (198-F/G-85, college: Rice) was topscorer for Serbian team with 15 points. Rasko Katic (208-C-80, agency: Beo Basket) and Igor Rakocevic had 13 and 10 points respectively. (Read more at Bulgarian section. News posted by Eurobasket correspondents Maria Mitzova and Christomir Rackov).
Crvena Zvezda will play more friendly games next week.



Metalac returns scorer Vladimir Panic, adds Vladimir Mijovic - by Eurobasket News

Vladimir Panic (194-F-82) is back to Metalac for the upcoming season. At the same time, the team from Valjevo penned a deal with Vladimir Mijovic (207-F-84).
Vladimir Panic played for Metalac from 2008 to 2010. He exploded with 17.6 ppg and 4.5 rpg in their second season together. Panic appeared 28 times in Serbian league that season and was fourth scorer of the competition. He also was third scorer of the Balkan League with 19.1 ppg for 7 games. A year ago Panic was the scoring champion in Slovenia with 20.4 ppg for 28 games with Zlatorog Lasko. Last season he had lower numbers, but missed almost four months of action due to injury.
Vladimir Mijovic played last season for the Romanian team U-Mobitelco BT Cluj Napoca. He had 10.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 2.9 apg for 32 games in the league. The player registered slightly lower numbers in 6 EuroChallenge games. In the past, he played for Rilski, Achilleas Kaimakliou, Lukoil Akademik, Sloga, Borac Banja Luka, Atlas Banka and Partizan.
Earlier this summer Metalac Valjevo brought in Dragan Mitrovic (200-G/F-85), Petar Jokic (199-F-91) and Dragomir Marojevic (207-C-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza). The team extended deals with Dragan Kruscic (198-F/G-86) and Stefan Balmazovic (202-F-89).



Radnicki Kragujevac wins tournament in Kumanovo - by Eurobasket News

Radnicki Kragujevac is the winner of international tournament in Kumanovo which ended yesterday. Radnicki handed 87-72 loss to Vojvodina in the final game. Terrico White (196-G-90, college: Mississippi) was a key player in victory with 27 points. Matthew Bryan-Amaning (205-F-88, agency: Interperformances, college: Washington) was the second scorer in Radnicki with 11 points, while Mark Worthington (202-PF-83, college: Metro St.), Vladislav Dragojlovic (207-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) and Danilo Mijatovic (205-F-83) netted 10 points each. The team from Kragujevac took control on Vojvodina in the second period and never looked back after that. Quarters: 21-23, 28-16, 14-11, 24-22.
In the battle for third place at this tournament Kumanovo downed Rabotnicki 76-63.
In the Semifinals, Radnicki Kragujevac was better than Rabotnicki Skopje 83-77. Terrico White scored 23 points for the winners and Milos Borisov (199-G/F-85) had 15 pts. Vojvodina outplayed host Kumanovo in the Semis 79-74. Radovan Markovic (194-G-82) exploded with 26 points in this meeting.



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CAI Zaragoza lands big guy Joseph Jones - by Eurobasket News

CAI Zaragoza reinforced its roster at position 5, but it is not Esteban Batista (208-C/F-83, agency: Duran International). The Spanish squad signed a deal for the upcoming season with center Joseph Jones (204-C/F-86, college: Texas A&M). According to some sources, CAI Zaragoza will have an option to terminate the contract after one month. If they don't do it, Jones will stay for the whole season. This option could be a signal that Zaragoza still hopes to get Batista, but everything will be clear soon. Joseph Jones most recently played in Dominican Republic. Last season he spent with Galil Gilboa helping them to win the Balkan League title. The American shined with 14.7 ppg and 4.6 rpg for 11 games and was named Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Center of the Year -12. He was MVP of the Final Four Tournament. In Israeli championship Jones had 13.2 ppg and 5.7 rpg for 28 games. Before Galil Gilboa, Joseph Jones played two years for Le Havre. He had 12.5 ppg and 7.7 rpg for 30 ProA games in their second season together. His rookie year Jones spent with Turkish Oyak Renault. The player graduated at Texas A&M University four years ago.


Paris-Levallois downs Caja Laboral to win tournament in Angers - by Eurobasket News

Paris-Levallois - Caja Laboral 82-69

Paris-Levallois is the winner of international tournament in Angers. It ended last night with 82-69 victory for Paris-Levallois against Caja Laboral. The French squad had amazing second half to celebrate double digit victory in this game. Visitors were up by 8 at the halftime (30-38), but it didn't help them. Jawad Williams (204-F-83, college: N.Carolina) and his teammates shined after the breathing making 23-12 in Q3 for 53-50 lead with ten minutes remaining in the game. PL exploded offensively in the last period draining 29 points, while at the same time they limited Caja Laboral to 29 for comfortable win at the end. Jawad Williams led PL with 20 points, while Andrew Albicy (178-PG-90) and Sean May (206-F-84, college: N.Carolina) posted 16 points each. John Cox (196-G-81, college: USF) delivered 10 points for the French squad. In Caja Laboral, Fabien Causeur (193-SG-87) was better than the others with 15 points and Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) netted one point less. Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) posted 11 points in loss. Pape Sy of Gravelines was named MVP of the tournament. Best five: Pape Sy (Gravelines), Brad Oleson (Caja Laboral), Antoine Diot (PL), Cuthbert Victor (Le Mans) and Sean May (PL).

Paris-Levallois: Jawad Williams 20, Andrew Albicy 16, Sean May 16, John Cox 10
Caja Laboral: Fabien Causeur 15, Andres Nocioni 14, Brad Oleson 11



Cholet grabs 79-77 win against Caja Laboral in Roche sur Yon - by Eurobasket News

Cholet and Caja Laboral met in a friendly game on Sunday. The former French champion grabbed 79-77 victory in this meeting. Edwin Ubiles (198-G/F-86, college: Siena) was the leading player in victory with 20 points. Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) and Rudy Gobert (212-C-92) followed him with 16 and 15 points respectively. Carl Ona-Embo (185-G-89) also had a good game adding 11 points for Cholet. Ben Uzoh was in the roster, but according to local media two sides negotiate contract termination. In Caja Laboral, Fernando San Emeterio (198-F/G-84) delivered 16 points and Fabien Causeur (193-SG-87) netted 15. Tibor Pleiss (215-C-89) scored 12 points, while Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89) and Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) added one point less.
Before this game Caja Laboral participated at tournament in Angers. They lost to Paris-Levallois on Saturday 69-82. Visitors were up by 8 at the halftime (30-38), but it didn't help them. Jawad Williams (204-F-83, college: N.Carolina) his teammates shined after the breathing making 23-12 in Q3 for 53-50 lead with ten minutes remaining in the game. PL exploded offensively in the last period draining 29 points, while at the same time they limited Caja Laboral to 29 for comfortable win at the end. Jawad Williams led PL with 20 points, while Andrew Albicy and Sean May posted 16 points each. John Cox delivered 10 points for the French squad. In Caja Laboral, Fabien Causeur was better than the others with 15 points and Andres Nocioni netted one point less. Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) posted 11 points in loss.



Bilbao too strong for UCAM Murcia in San Javier, 90-75 - by Eurobasket News

Bilbao too strong for UCAM Murcia in San Javier, 90-75.


Gran Canaria, Palencia and Fuenlabrada celebrate in preseason games - by Eurobasket News

Herbalife Gran Canaria downed Lagun Aro GBC 99-85 yesterday in Azpeitia. Spencer Nelson (202-F/C-80, college: Utah St.) scored 22 points for the winners, Jon Scheyer (196-G-87, agency: Priority Sports, college: Duke) had 19 pts and Brad Newley (199-F/G-85, agency: Beo Basket) posted 16. Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) also was good netting 13 pts for Granca. In defeat, Guillem Rubio (202-C-82) had 16 points, while Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (210-F-85, college: Maryland) and Javier Salgado (180-PG-80) contributed with 15 pts apiece. Quarters: 18-26, 29-12, 24-28, 28-19.
Palencia was better than Valladolid 95-87 in the Semifinals of XI Copa Castilla and Leon. Carles Bravo (192-F/G-79) scored 19 points for the winners, Michael Tveidt (200-F-87, college: N.Dakota St.) had 18 and Alfredo Ott (193-G-83, college: Dillard) added 16 pts. Nacho Martin (205-F-83) answered with 20 points in loss. Quarters: 22-11, 29-17, 23-27, 21-32.
Fuenlabrada handed 93-77 loss to Cajasol. Charles Garcia (206-F-88, college: Seattle) led the hosts with 16 points, while Sergii Gladyr (196-SG-88) and James Feldeine (193-G-88, college: Quinnipiac) had 14 pts each. Bradley Buckman (203-F-84, college: Texas) and Brian Asbury (200-SF-86, college: Miami, FL) scored 15 and 14 pts in defeat. Quarters: 20-15, 19-24, 31-24, 23-14.



FIATC Joventut blasts Kyiv in the second half for 81-57 win - by Eurobasket News

FIATC Joventut - BC Kyiv 81-57

FIATC Joventut and BC Kyiv met last night in a friendly game. The Spanish squad exploded in the second half to celebrate 81-57 victory in this meeting. The game was played in Olot (Girona, Catalonia). Ehambe Moses Randall (198-G/F-86, college: ORU) stepped up for the winners with 22 points and Corey Fisher (186-PG-88, college: Villanova) helped with 14 pts. Bosnian giant Ognjen Kuzmic (215-C-90) nailed 13 pts for Joventut and their fourth scorer was Sitapha Savane (202-F-78, college: Navy) with 11 points. At the other side, Kyiv had three players with double digits in scoring. J.P. Primm (185-G, college: NC-Asheville) was the leading one with 12 points, while Jarrod Jones (205-F-90, college: Ball St.) and Anthony Goods (191-G-87, college: Stanford) posted 11 points each. As mentioned above, Joventut had great second half and it includes impressive 26-2 run. Kyiv was not able to recover after it. It important to mention that Joventut's newcomer Ehambe Moses Randall drained 6 of 9 attempts from behind the arc in this game.

FIATC Joventut: Trias 2, Quezada 4, Oliver 4, Fisher 14, Ventura, Barrera 3, Ognjen Kuzmic 13, Gaffney 8, Sitapha Savane 11, Ehambe Moses Randall 22.
BC Kyiv: Robinson, Anthony, Otverchenko 4, Podolyan 9, Slava, Papo, Paved, Zhenia, Jarrod Jones 11, J.P. Primm 12, Sundal 1, Anthony Goods 11, Vrodov 7, Shvets 2.



Joseph Jones is a newcomer at CAI Zaragoza - by Eurobasket

CAI Zaragoza (ACB) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American power forward Joseph Jones (204-130kg-86, college: Texas A&M). Jones played in the summer at Metros in LNB league in Dominican Republic. He also played at Galil Gilboa in Israeli league that season. In 11 Balkan League games he recorded 14.7ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.5apg. Jones helped them to win the championship title. Great season indeed as he was awarded Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Center of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team. He also played 28 games in Israeli Winner League where he averaged 13.2ppg, 5.7rpg and 1.6apg. Jones helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. A very good season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 3rd Team. He represented USA at the HS MVP of the Texas State Championship game eight years ago.
Jones is a very experienced player. He played also professionally in France (STB Le Havre), Turkey (Oyak Renault) and Israel (Galil Gilboa).
Jones graduated from Texas A&M University in 2008 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center (from @trendbasket)



Palencia wins XI Copa Castilla and Leon, Valladolid is No.4 - by Eurobasket News

Palencia is the winner of XI Copa Castilla and Leon. They outplayed Burgos 82-77 in the final game. Carles Bravo (192-F/G-79) was a key player in victory with 24 points, while Urko Otegui (203-F/C-81) and Michael Tveidt (200-F-87, college: N.Dakota St.) helped with 11 points each. Enricue Garrido (178-PG-82) followed them with one point less. In defeat, Lucas Sikma (203-F-89, college: Portland) and Sergio Olmos (213-C-86, college: Temple) posted 16 and 14 points respectively. Quarters: 20-19, 17-25, 24-19, 21-14.
Valladolid lost to Avila in the game for third place 88-90. Oscar Herrero (182-PG-87) stepped up for the winners with 23 points and Diagne added 13 points. In defeat, Nacho Martin (205-F-83) was better than the others with 23 points. Ian O'Leary (201-F-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) and Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: Louisville) posted 15 pts each. Quarters: 25-21, 25-25, 19-19, 21-23.



Barcelona beats Panathinaikos 85-80 to win tournament in Sofia - by Eurobasket News

Barcelona is the winner of strong international tournament in Sofia. The game between two former Euroleague champions was very exciting and it was Barca who celebrated 85-80 win at the end. Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports) top-scored in Barca with 18 points, Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) had 13 points and Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) added 11 pts to this victory. Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) and Ante Tomic (217-C-87) collected 10 points each. In PAO, Schortsanitis and Derwin Kitchen (193-G-86, college: Florida St.) nailed 15 points apiece. Jonas Maciulis (200-G/F-85) and Hilton Armstrong (208-C/F-84, college: Connecticut) followed them with 14 pts. The game was played last night.
In the Semifinals, Regal Barca had to work very hard to beat Lukoil Academic 71-69. Nathan Jawai stepped up with 21 points in this meeting and Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) scored 13. Erazem Lorbek helped with 10 points and was the last one with double digits. In Lukoil, veteran Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) posted 15 pts.



Blusens Monbus is the winner of XXVII Copa Galicia - by Eurobasket News

Blusens Monbus Obradoiro won XXVII Copa Galicia yesterday. The Liga Endesa team cruised past Ourense in the final game 86-67. Blusens Monbus exploded after the breather to take the victory in this meeting (25-19, 17-20, 25-10, 19-18). Alberto Corbacho (201-F-84) led the winners in scoring with 18 points, while Levon Kendall (209-F-84, college: Pittsburgh) and Oriol Junyent (208-C-76) were behind him with 17 points each. William Buford (198-G-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Ohio St.) also had a good game delivering 14 pts. In Ourense, Mateo Kedzo (206-F/C-84) shined with 23 points.
In the Semifinals, Blusens Monbus grabbed 81-77 victory against Breogan. Levon Kendall top-scored in this game with 24 points. William Buford and Alberto Corbacho added 14 and 13 points respectively. In Breogan, Anthony Winchester (193-G-83, college: W.Kentucky) and Alejandro Navajas (201-F/C-86) answered with 19 and 16 points. Quarters: 12-21, 20-19, 25-16, 24-21.



Real Madrid downs Estudiantes to win Torneo de la Comunidad de Madrid - by Eurobasket News

Real Madrid - Asefa Estudiantes 71-60

Real Madrid is the winner of 2012 Torneo de la Comunidad de Madrid. They handed 71-60 loss to Asefa Estudiantes on Sunday. Real shined in the last ten minutes to take the victory in this meeting. The Students opened the game better making 16-26 lead in Q1, but Real cut the margin to 7 points until the halftime. Real made 16-12 after the breather and they were down by 3 with one quarter to go. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) and his teammates limited Estu to only 9 points in the last ten minutes, while they drained 23 at the other side and it was enough for comfortable 71-60 victory. Mirotic netted 21 points for Real Madrid, Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) had 18 points and Felipe Reyes (206-PF-80) added 10 pts. Carlos Suarez (202-F-86, agency: Court Side) and Sergio Llull (192-SG-87) posted 7 points each. For the Students, Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) and Kyle Kuric (193-G/F-89, college: Louisville) delivered 18 and 14 points respectively. German Gabriel (207-C-80) stopped to 9 points in this meeting.

Real Madrid: Nikola Mirotic 21, Rudy Fernandez 18, Felipe Reyes 10, Carlos Suarez 7, Sergio Llull 7
Asefa Estudiantes: Carl English 18, Kyle Kuric 14, German Gabriel 9



Breogan inks Eduardo Martinez - by Eurobasket News

Leche Rio Breogan Lugo (LEB Gold) signed 22-year old domestic forward Eduardo Martinez (202-90). He played last season at Asefa Estudiantes Madrid (ACB). In 10 ACB games he had just 2.2ppg. Martinez represented Spain at the European Championships U20 in Croatia two years ago. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 7 games: 2.1ppg.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Djuro Djakovic signs Swedish big guy Brice Massamba - by Eurobasket News

Brice Massamba (208-F/C-88) is set to start his professional basketball career. The Swedish power forward/center signed a 1-year deal with Djuro Djakovic Slavonski Brod. They will compete in Croatian A1 league. Massamba graduated at UNLV (University of Nevada -Las Vegas) few months ago. He had 6.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg for his school in 33 games as a senior. The player spent all four years with UNLV. Before that he played for Talje BK in Basketettan (Swedish second division). Brice Massamba played for the Swedish National Team in Qualifications to European Championships Division B 2011. He also was on the list of candidates this summer. In the past, Massamba played for U20 and U18 Sweden.


BC Odessa edge Sodertalje in overtime - by Eurobasket News

BC Odessa - Sodertalje 74:73 (OT)

BC Odessa claimed a tough pre-season win over Swedish Sodertalje. The Ukrainian team needed overtime to tame their opponents. Stanislav Balashov (210-C-79, agency: New Trend Agency) posted 20 points to lead the winners.
BC Odessa surged ahead in the starting quarter. They posted a 23:15 lead after ten minutes. But the Kings turned things around in the third term. They limited BC Odessa to 11 points and levelled things up at 34. Sodertalje pulled in front in the third quarter. The Swedish team accounted for a 5-point lead at the third break. BC Odessa denied it and sent the game into overtime. The Ukrainain side eked out a narrow one point victory at the end. Justin Love (189-G-78, college: St.Louis) delivered 13 points, while Hernst Laroche (185-G, college: N.Mexico St.) added 12 points for the winners. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) answered with game-high 28 points for the Kings. Kenneth Simms (203-C-86, agency: JEMsports, college: Cumberland) had 14 points in the loss.

BC Odessa: Stanislav Balashov 20, Justin Love 13, Hernst Laroche 12
Sodertalje: Toni Bizaca 28, Kenneth Simms 14



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BC Donetsk knock down Vacallo in test game - by Eurobasket News

BC Donetsk - Vacallo 65:59

BC Donetsk recorded the first win at their training camp in Italy. They overcame Swiss Vacallo. Darius Songaila (204-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) accounted for 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Ukrainian powerhouse.
BC Donetsk led by just two points after ten minutes 18:16. The teams stayed close throughout the second frame. BC Donetsk eked out a 33:30 halftime advantage. BC Donetsk remained in charge throughout the third period. The Ukrainian team entered the fourth frame up by 4 points. They held Vacallo to 15 points in the fourth period and clinched the victory at the end. D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) posted 9 points, while Doron Perkins (188-PG-83, college: Santa Clara) had 8 points in the win. Ivan Kuburovic (203-F-81) answered with 21 points for Vacallo. Larry O'Bannon (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Louisville) had 16 points in the loss.

BC Donetsk: Darius Songaila 18, D'or Fischer 9, Doron Perkins 8
Vacallo: Ivan Kuburovic 21, Larry O'Bannon 16



Two losses for Vacallo in Bormio - by Eurobasket News

Vacallo Basket travelled to Bormio, Italy for a training camp. They played two friendly games already. The Swiss team surrendered against Spartak Saint Petersburg and Tofas.
SAV Vacallo confidently started the game against Russian Spartak. The Swiss team earned a 16:15 lead after ten minutes. But Spartak used a 19:2 run in the second quarter to gain a 34:18 halftime lead. Vacallo managed to outscore their opponents 13:8 in the fourth frame but could not avoid a 47:62 loss. Ivan Kuburovic (203-F-81) accounted for 10 points for Vacallo. Larry O'Bannon (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Louisville) posted 8 points in the defeat.
Next Vacallo faced Turkish Tofas. The teams went neck and neck throughout the first half. The scoreboard read 29:29 at the interval. Tofas surged ahead in the third quarter. They accumulated a 46:36 advantage before the fourth frame. But Vacallo managed to deny the deficit and sent the game into overtime. Tofas proved the strength in the extra term and eked out a 72:67 victory. Matt Schneiderman (204-F/C-81, college: N.Iowa) topscored with 18 points for Vacallo. Ivan Kuburovic added 16 points for the Swiss side.



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Straits Cup tournament to be held in Taipei - by Chris Wang

The 2012 Straits Cup basketball tournament will take place from Oct. 12-14 in Taipei and the central city of Taichung with four teams from Taiwan and China competing in the annual cross-strait tourney.

Shanghai Dongfang Sharks, Zhejiang Chouzhou Bank of the Chinese pro league CBA will match up against a pair of home teams -- defending SBL champion Pure Youth Construction and Dacin Tigers, the runner-up last season -- in the three-day tourney.

Former NBA Houston Rockets star center Ming Yao (226-C-80) will visit Taiwan as Shanghai owner.

Four popular Taiwanese players will represent different teams as Tseng Wen-ting will play for Shanghai and Lin Chih-chieh plays for Zhejiang. Chen Hsin-an leads Pure Youth while Tien Lei represents Dacin.

Game venues:
Taipei Physical Education College Gymnasium (No.101, Sec.2, Jhongcheng Rd.,Shihlin District, Taipei)
National Taiwan University of Physical Education and Sport Gymnasium (No. 16, Sec. 1, Shuang-Shih Rd., Taichung)

Game schedule:
Oct. 12 (@ Taipei)
18:00 Zhejiang vs. Pure Youth
20:00 Dacin vs. Shanghai
Oct. 13 (@ Taichung)
16:00 Shanghai vs. Zhejiang
18:00 Pure Youth vs. Dacin
Oct. 14 (@ Taichung)
16:00 Dacin vs. Zhejiang
18:00 Shanghai vs. Pure Youth

Official website http://blog.yam.com/straitscup2012



2012 Fiba Asia Cup: Taiwan march past India - by Eurobasket News

Taiwan - India 113:88

Taiwan celebrated the first win at the Fiba Asia Cup in Tokyo. They overwhelmed India to improve at 1-1 record in Group B. Tsung-Hsien Chang (192-G-87) stepped up with 20 points to lead the winners. India suffered the third straight loss at the tournament.
Taiwan unloaded 31 points in the opening quarter to gain a 7-point lead. They stayed aggressive offensively throughout the second quarter. Taiwan ensured a 58:41 halftime lead. Taiwan fired 33 points in the third term to build a massive 33-point lead before the fourth quarter. India did not surrender scoring 30 points in the final frame but it was too late to save the game. Creighton Douglas (196-F-85) netted 15 points, while Lin Chih-Chieh (192-G-82) added 13 points for the winners. Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (193-G-91) answered with 20 points and 12 rebounds for India. AmritPal Singh (201-F-91) and Pethani Rikin (206-C-90) netted 18 points apiece in the loss.

Taiwan: Tsung-Hsien Chang 20, Creighton Douglas 15, Lin Chih-Chieh 13
India: Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 20+12 boards, AmritPal Singh 18, Pethani Rikin 18



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Rixos Cup : Semifinals Results - by Baha Kurtulus

Besiktas Istanbul Banvit Basketbol Kulubu : 80 -81
Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul - Anadolu Efes Istanbul : 71-73

Besiktas Istanbul and Banvit Basketbol Kulubu met in first semifinal game. Banvit Basketbol Kulubu celebrated 81-80 win in this meeting.
Vladimir Stimac (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) top-scored in Banvit Basketbol Kulubu with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Samuel Mejia had one point less. Serkan Erdogan and Erkan Veyseloglu stopped to 13 and 11 points respectively. Cevher Ozer netted 19 points and 7 rebounds, Tutku Acik and Patrick Chistopher followed him with 18 points each. Curtis Jerrels added 12 points in defeat.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul beat Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul in second semifinal game.

Sasha Vujacic (201-SG-84) top-scored with 25 points and Jordan Farmar (188-PG-86, college: UCLA) shined with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for winner. David Hawkins (194-G-82, college: Temple) led Galatasaray with 22 points. Boniface Ndong (213-C-77) added 14 points. Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) helped with 11 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists in defeat.

16th September
15:45 Besiktas Istanbul - Galatasaray ( 3rd rank)
18:00 Banvit Basketbol Kulubu - Anadolu Efes Istanbul ( Final )



Banvit claim 5th Rixos Cup title - by Baha Kurtulus

Banvit Basketbol Kulubu grabbed 78-74 win against Anadolu Efes Istanbul .
Vladimir Stimac (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) was MVP of the game. He recorded double-double with18 points and 12 rebounds. Samuel Meija nette 13 points and 7 rebounds, Kenan Bajramovis helped them with 13 points too. Jordan Farmar contributed 18 points and 3 assists, Sasha Vujacic posted 15 points for Anadolu Efes Istanbul.

The game for 3rd rank before the final, Galatasaray Medical Park Istanbul beat Besiktas Istanbul and got the 3rd rank in the tournament with 86-77.
David Hawkins posted 20 points and 5 rebounds, Furkan Aldemir followed him with double double score, 20 points and 12 rebounds. Patrick Christopher, Gasper Vidmar and Muratcan Guler netted 16 points each in defeat.



Spartak Saint Petersburg fire past Tofas in Bormio - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Saint Petersburg - Tofas 75:48

Spartak Saint Petersburg clinched another victory at the training camp in Bormio. They outscored Tofas from Turkey. Patrick Beverley (185-PG-88, college: Arkansas) provided 16 points to lead the winners.
Spartak started the game with a stifling defence and limited Tofas to just 8 points in the opening quarter. The Russian team gained an 8-point lead. Spartak increased the tempo in the second quarter. They accumulated a 37:18 halftime lead. Tofas narrowed the gap at 17-point mark before the fourth frame but conceded a 12:22 rally from Spartak in the final quarter and surrendered at the end. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (209-C-84) and Vladimir Dragicevic (205-C/F-86) notched 11 points apiece for Spartak. Yakovenko added 10 points for the winning team. Austin Nichols (198-SF-82, college: Humboldt St.) answered with 13 points for Tofas. Samet Geyik (205-F-93) had 12 points in the loss.

Spartak SP: Patrick Beverley 16, Loukas Mavrokefalidis 11, Vladimir Dragicevic 11
Tofas: Austin Nichols 13, Samet Geyik 12



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Zero tolerance basketball awards - by David Edole

Zero Tolerance Basketball Org. Inc Summer Leagues and 11th Annual 19 & Under Labor Day Tournament Awards Ceremony
September 15, 2012

9-12
1st Place: Rising Stars
Runner Up: Jah Youths
Champion: Rising Stars
MVP: Collin Joseph, Jr., Rising Stars
Best Sportsmanship: Himoi Andrew, Shakers

13-15

1st Place: All Coast Ballers
Runner Up: All Coast Ballers
Champion: Jah Youths
MVP: Akiyo Neille, All Coast Ballers
Best Sportsmanship: Jevon Philpott, Jah Youths

16-18
1st Place: Aint Gonna See Us Fall
Runner Up: Justice
Champion: Aint Gonna See Us Fall
MVP: Jah-Gamba Felix, AGSUF
Best Sportsmanship: J'Moi Smith, AGSUF

19 & Under
Runner Up: All Coast Ballers
Champion: Win It All
MVP: Elisha Arnold, Win It All
Best Sportsmanship: Kwame McBean, Jah Youths

SPONSORS: Red Hook Agencies
Financial Trust Company Inc.
Government of the USVI
St. Thomas Association Referees (STAR)
Hibiscus Graphics (Kenny Todman)





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BC Donetsk knock down Vacallo in test game - by Eurobasket News

BC Donetsk - Vacallo 65:59

BC Donetsk recorded the first win at their training camp in Italy. They overcame Swiss Vacallo. Darius Songaila (204-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) accounted for 18 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Ukrainian powerhouse.
BC Donetsk led by just two points after ten minutes 18:16. The teams stayed close throughout the second frame. BC Donetsk eked out a 33:30 halftime advantage. BC Donetsk remained in charge throughout the third period. The Ukrainian team entered the fourth frame up by 4 points. They held Vacallo to 15 points in the fourth period and clinched the victory at the end. D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) posted 9 points, while Doron Perkins (188-PG-83, college: Santa Clara) had 8 points in the win. Ivan Kuburovic (203-F-81) answered with 21 points for Vacallo. Larry O'Bannon (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances, college: Louisville) had 16 points in the loss.

BC Donetsk: Darius Songaila 18, D'or Fischer 9, Doron Perkins 8
Vacallo: Ivan Kuburovic 21, Larry O'Bannon 16



Panionios win Lech Birgfellner Memorial despite loss to Khimik - by Eurobasket News

Panionios - Khimik 74:82

Panionios celebrated victory at the Lech Birgfellener Memorial in Poland. They did so despite loss to Khimik Yuzny on the last day of the tournament. Sava Lesic (205-C/F-88) posted 23 points and 12 rebounds to pace Khimik who occupied the fourth position at 1-2 record.
Khimik strongly entered the game. They delivered 27 points in the opening quarter to take a 12-point lead. Khimik boosted the gap in the second frame. They registered a 46:33 halftime lead. Panionios started to come back to life in the third stanza. They cut the distance at 8-point mark before the fourth frame. The teams traded baskets throughout the final quarter as Khimik managed to escape with the victory. Vernon Goodridge (206-F-84, college: La Salle) delivered 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Devoe Joseph (193-G-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon) contributed 16 points for the winners. Nikos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) answered with 28 points and 7 rebounds for Panionios. Ashton Gibbs (187-PG-90, college: Pittsburgh) had 20 points in the loss.

Panionios: Nikos Pappas 28, Ashton Gibbs 20
Khimik: Sava Lesic 23+12 boards, Vernon Goodridge 17+11 boards, Devoe Joseph 16



Ferro-ZNTU and Politekhnika-Halychyna claim wins in Zaporizhya - by Eurobasket News

Ferro-ZNTU celebrated the third straight win at the Gavrilov Memorial tournament in Zaporizhya. The hosts shot down DniproAzot 91:71. Cameron Moore (208-F-90, college: UAB) delivered 22 points and 11 rebounds to lead the tournaments winners. Ferro-ZNTU ensured a 56:29 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Daniel Werner (203-F-87, college: Florida) posted 17 points, while Jeremy Chappell (191-G-87, college: Robert Morris) added 15 points for the home side. Ronald Davis (190-G-82, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) answered with 20 points for DniproAzot. Alan Wiggins (206-F-85, college: USF) delivered 12 points in the loss.
Politekhnika-Halychyna posted the second win at the tournament. They outgunned Mykolaiv 117:105 in overtime. Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) had another big game scoring 27 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Darrel Mitchell (181-PG-84, agency: Beo Basket, college: LSU) added 27 points, 7 assists and 5 boards for the Lviv team. Josh Mayo (182-G-87, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav, college: Ill.-Chicago) responded with 29 points and 7 rebounds for Mykolaiv. Rinalds Sirsnins (186-PG-85, agency: Promotex) finished with 23 points for Mykolaiv as they suffered the third straight loss.



BC Odessa edge Sodertalje in overtime - by Eurobasket News

BC Odessa - Sodertalje 74:73 (OT)

BC Odessa claimed a tough pre-season win over Swedish Sodertalje. The Ukrainian team needed overtime to tame their opponents. Stanislav Balashov (210-C-79, agency: New Trend Agency) posted 20 points to lead the winners.
BC Odessa surged ahead in the starting quarter. They posted a 23:15 lead after ten minutes. But the Kings turned things around in the third term. They limited BC Odessa to 11 points and levelled things up at 34. Sodertalje pulled in front in the third quarter. The Swedish team accounted for a 5-point lead at the third break. BC Odessa denied it and sent the game into overtime. The Ukrainain side eked out a narrow one point victory at the end. Justin Love (189-G-78, college: St.Louis) delivered 13 points, while Hernst Laroche (185-G, college: N.Mexico St.) added 12 points for the winners. Toni Bizaca (202-F-82) answered with game-high 28 points for the Kings. Kenneth Simms (203-C-86, agency: JEMsports, college: Cumberland) had 14 points in the loss.

BC Odessa: Stanislav Balashov 20, Justin Love 13, Hernst Laroche 12
Sodertalje: Toni Bizaca 28, Kenneth Simms 14



FIATC Joventut blasts Kyiv in the second half for 81-57 win - by Eurobasket News

FIATC Joventut - BC Kyiv 81-57

FIATC Joventut and BC Kyiv met last night in a friendly game. The Spanish squad exploded in the second half to celebrate 81-57 victory in this meeting. The game was played in Olot (Girona, Catalonia). Ehambe Moses Randall (198-G/F-86, college: ORU) stepped up for the winners with 22 points and Corey Fisher (186-PG-88, college: Villanova) helped with 14 pts. Bosnian giant Ognjen Kuzmic (215-C-90) nailed 13 pts for Joventut and their fourth scorer was Sitapha Savane (202-F-78, college: Navy) with 11 points. At the other side, Kyiv had three players with double digits in scoring. J.P. Primm (185-G, college: NC-Asheville) was the leading one with 12 points, while Jarrod Jones (205-F-90, college: Ball St.) and Anthony Goods (191-G-87, college: Stanford) posted 11 points each. As mentioned above, Joventut had great second half and it includes impressive 26-2 run. Kyiv was not able to recover after it. It important to mention that Joventut's newcomer Ehambe Moses Randall drained 6 of 9 attempts from behind the arc in this game.

FIATC Joventut: Trias 2, Quezada 4, Oliver 4, Fisher 14, Ventura, Barrera 3, Ognjen Kuzmic 13, Gaffney 8, Sitapha Savane 11, Ehambe Moses Randall 22.
BC Kyiv: Robinson, Anthony, Otverchenko 4, Podolyan 9, Slava, Papo, Paved, Zhenia, Jarrod Jones 11, J.P. Primm 12, Sundal 1, Anthony Goods 11, Vrodov 7, Shvets 2.



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New Faces At Wildcats - by Paul Nilsen

Durham Wildcats have brought in a string of new recruits for their second season in the British Basketball League (BBL).

Having managed to retain the services of their veteran star Ralph Bucci (193-G-75, college: St.Rose, NY) , who will continue to lead the team from the backcourt, they have also acquired a quartert of potential starting five players including three new import players as they try and build and improve on a solid rookie BBL campaign.

Fresh out of Hillsdale College, versatile small forward Brad Guinane (198-F-89) is relishing his first shot at professional basketball with the Wildcats and comes after a very productive senior year when his 14 points and six rebounds per game helped Hillsdale to their first regular season Conference title in 31 years. Known for his all-round skills, leadership, mental toughness shooting ability and defence, Guinane carries an outside threat and isnt afraid of taking responsibility in crunch time.

Power forward Andrew Keister (205-F, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) arrives in Newton Aycliffe having graduated last year from Holy Cross where he tore it up in the Patriot League. He was awarded All-Conference honours three times and was known for regularly posting double-double performances. He averaged 12.9 points and 9.2 rebounds per game in his final year before grabbing his first taste of pro-action with Kapsovari in Hungary.

Meanwhile swingman Mike Baldarelli (193-F/G) spent his College career with Assumption and enjoyed a fruitful time with the Greyhounds whom he captained for much ofthe time. A do-it-all player, he averaged 12.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game and consequently should provide a nice option on the wing for head coach Dave Elderkin.

Another new face, but one already recognisable to fans of the BBL is Keith Page (191-G-87, college: Ursinus) who has played for Cheshire Jets and Manchester Magic. And, his assured playmaking skills will also be welcomed by Wildcats supporters.

Durham have also managed to re-sign Odiba Attah, Paul Elderkin and Sam Chambers in addition to Bucci.

Durham tip-off their season at Worcester Wolves on Saturday 22nd September and home fans can catch a first glimpse of their favourites at Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre on Sunday 23rd September when Glasgow Rocks are the visitors.



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2012 Fiba Asia Cup: Philippines dominate Uzbekistan for second victory - by Eurobasket News

Philippines - Uzbekistan 85:50

Philippines registered the second straight win at the Fiba Asia Cup in Tokyo. They outgunned Uzbekistan to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Uzbekistan fell at 1-1 record after the loss. Jeffrei Chan (192-F-83) posted 20 points to lead the winners.
Philippines set the tone early in the clash. They outscored Uzbekistan for a 23:16 lead after ten minutes. Philippines limited their opponents at 5 points in the second quarter to boost the gap. Smart Gilas Pilipinas accumulated a 39:21 halftime advantage. They maintained the lead well enough throughout the second half and cruised to the victory. Jared Dillinger (191-G/F-84, college: Hawaii) produced 10 points, while Marcus Douthit (210-C/F-80, agency: Edge Sports, college: Providence) added 9 points for the winners. Vyacheslav Denisov (195-G-83) answered with 16 points for Uzbekistan. Samender Juginisov (202-F-87) had 12 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Philippines: Jeffrei Chan 20, Jared Dillinger 10, Marcus Douthit 9
Uzbekistan: Vyacheslav Denisov 16, Samender Juginisov 12+10 boards



2012 Fiba Asia Cup: China improve to 2-1 record in Group A - by Eurobasket News

Uzbekistan-China 47:107

China improve to 2-1 record in Group A after the victory over Uzbekistan at the 2012 Fiba Asia Cup. The Chinese team won 107:47 and sent the opponents to 1-2 record.
China started the game with 21-11 and never looked behind after. They added massive 31-8 burst to take a 52:19 halftime advantage. Moreover China continued to dominate the second half as well. China won the third period 30-19 and finished the game with 25-9 in the last stanza.
Zhao TaiLong (193-G/F-90) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Duan JiangPeng (197-F-90) notched 17. Wang Zhelin (215-PF-94) delivered 16, while Wang Zirui (190-G-93) had 14. Aleksandr Kozlov (201-F-82) ended up with 11 points in defeat and Samender Juginisov (202-F-87) finished the game with 10.

Uzbekistan: Aleksandr Kozlov 11, Samender Juginisov 10
China: Zhao TaiLong 20, Duan JiangPeng 17, Wang Zhelin 16, Wang Zirui 14



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Standings - LNB

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

Regular Season: Round 6

Sep. 15: Guacharos - Tiburones 97-87
Sep. 15: Aduaneros - Lanc.Cojedes 96-90
Sep. 14: Cent.Apure - Bravos 88-70
Sep. 14: Estudiantes - Atleticos UCV 82-80
Sep. 15: Estudiantes - Atleticos UCV 78-85
Sep. 14: Guacharos - Tiburones 75-82
Sep. 15: Cent.Apure - Bravos 73-88
Sep. 14: Aduaneros - Lanc.Cojedes 114-110
Sep. 14: Rojos de Sucre - Generales
Sep. 15: Rojos de Sucre - Generales


Stats Leaders - LNB

LNB 2012 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Carter, Guacharos 23.7
Walker, Rojos 22.5
Ramirez, Estudiantes 21.3
Sucre, Tiburones 20.0
Jo Vargas, Aduaneros 19.6
Garcia, Atleticos 17.0
Matthews, Centauros 16.8
Osorio, Generales 16.8
Umbria, Generales 15.1
Perez, Centauros 14.6
Rebounds Per Game
Sucre, Tiburones 7.8
Graterol, Tiburones 7.6
Umbria, Generales 7.6
Matthews, Centauros 7.0
Aguilera, Bravos 6.7
Jo Vargas, Aduaneros 6.2
Ja Vargas, Aduaneros 6.1
Centeno, Bravos 6.0
Osorio, Generales 5.7
Matos, Lanceros 5.0
Assists Per Game
Berroteran, Aduaneros 5.8
Vargas, Aduaneros 4.8
Centeno, Centauros 4.5
Ecker, Tiburones 4.1
Macuare, Rojos 3.5
Palacios, Atleticos 3.3
Urdaneta, Bravos 2.7
Mijares, Estudiantes 2.7
Chiquito, Bravos 2.7
Farias, Centauros 2.6
Steals Per Game
Cobos, Centauros 3.0
Centeno, Centauros 2.8
Perez, Centauros 2.5
Jo Vargas, Aduaneros 2.3
Sierralta, Lanceros 2.3
Matthews, Centauros 2.1
Colmenares, Centauros 2.1
Centeno, Bravos 1.8
Farias, Centauros 1.7
Baez, Lanceros 1.7
Blocks Per Game
Carrillo, Aduaneros 1.6
Kvietek, Estudiantes 0.7
Centeno, Bravos 0.7
Matthews, Centauros 0.6
Irazabal, Aduaneros 0.6
Cobos, Centauros 0.5
Jo Vargas, Aduaneros 0.5
Rodriguez, Lanceros 0.5
Graterol, Tiburones 0.5
Martinez, Estudiantes 0.5
2FGP
Jaramillo, Lanceros 83.0
Matthews, Centauros 68.0
Osorio, Generales 59.0
Cobos, Centauros 59.0
Sierralta, Lanceros 57.0
Sucre, Tiburones 53.0
Carter, Guacharos 51.0
Ramirez, Estudiantes 48.0
Walker, Rojos 42.0
Jo Vargas, Aduaneros 41.0

3FGP
Cappare, Estudiantes 63.0
Lucena, Guacharos 59.0
Cedeno, Guacharos 54.0
Sanabria, Guacharos 52.0
Ramirez, Estudiantes 51.0
Carter, Guacharos 48.0
Perez, Centauros 46.0
Mijares, Estudiantes 45.0
Baez, Lanceros 44.0
Garcia, Atleticos 39.0
Free Throws
Centeno, Centauros 85.0
Carter, Guacharos 82.0
Salcedo, Generales 79.0
Martinez, Estudiantes 76.0
Ramirez, Estudiantes 75.0
Pinero, Estudiantes 74.0
Kvietek, Estudiantes 74.0
Matthews, Centauros 73.0
Jo Vargas, Aduaneros 72.0
Walker, Rojos 66.0




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Saigon Heat keep Jason Rabedeaux - by Eurobasket News

Saigon Heat have agreed on terms of contract extension with head coach Jason Rabedeaux (agency: Edge Sports ). The specialist will remain at helm of the Heat for three more seasons. Jason Rabedeaux (agency: Edge Sports ) took over Saigon Heat midway through the last season. The Heat opened their inaugural ASEAN League campaign with seven straight defeats. However Jason Rabedeaux (agency: Edge Sports ) helped Saigon finish 8-13 record in the sixth position in the ladder. Jason Rabedeaux (agency: Edge Sports ) had a vast assist coaching experience in the USA. He worked with Oklahoma and Marquette in NCAA. Later Jason Rebedeaux took over UTEP and guided the programme for three seasons. He also worked as head coach of Jiangsu Nangang Dragons Nanjing in China, Link Tochigi Brex in Japan and Al Manama in Bahrain. He was Bahrain Cup and SuperCup winner with Al Manama.



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Women News


Come launch the WNBL season in Melbourne - by Eurobasket News

Basketball fans in Melbourne can help celebrate the upcoming tip-off of the NBL and WNBL seasons when the two leagues hold their official launch this Thursday at lunchtime in Federation Square.

Players from all WNBL and NBL teams will be on hand at a specially laid halfcourt which will be built in St Pauls Court at Federation Square in Melbourne from 12:00PM Midday on Thursday 20 September.

Fans will be able to see some of their favourite players in action, before having the opportunity to hear them speak and get autographs.

There will also be heaps of giveaways, as well as the chance for one lucky fan to take home a $1,000 cash prize in a special shootout competition.

So get down to Fed Square on Thursday to help us celebrate the return of the WNBL and NBL on October 5 and for your chance to win!

Courtesy of WNBL Australia



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Gospic signs Chevon Keith - by Dajana Karl

American Guard Chevon Keith (178-G-86, college: W.Carolina) will continue her carrier with Gospic Croatia Osiguranje.

Last season Keith spent in Romania, where she played with CSM Sportul Studentesc Bucuresti, averaging 16.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists.

Keith went to Western Carolina University where she earned titles such as Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Year, SCSMA All-Conference First Team, Southern All-Conference, NCCSIA First Team All-State.

Gospic Croatia Osiguranje's head coach commented the upcoming season: "I expect that we'll stay at the top and fight for winning the cup as well as the championship. There are some teams which have shown a lot of ambition, primarily Novi Zagreb which took over Gospic Croatia Osiguranje's place in Euroleage. They brought plenty of great players, but that doesn't mean anything because the trophies will be given in April, and the question is what are the teams going to look like and in what kind of shape will they to be in by then. I expect, after New Years, in last two, three months of Croatian league, that we'll be bringing one more payer and hunt these trophies. These last four seasons Gospic Croatia Osiguranje is the consecutive winner of cups and Croatian championship."



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MEKR'S CUP 2012: KARA Trutnov beat TSV Wasserburg - by Eurobasket News

KARA Trutnov - TSV Wasserburg 86:67

KARA Trutnov beat TSV Wasserburg in the game for the 7-8 places at the MEKR'S CUP 2012. The team from Czech Republic overcame the visitors from Germany 86:67.
Although it was the game for the last spot the team showed their best. At first TSV Wasserburg grabbed 18L16 after the first period, while KARA Trutnov replied with 27-19 in the second frame. The second half however fully belonged to Trutnov team that posted two victories. They won the third quarter 18-15 and finished the game with 25-15 in the last stanza.
Ambrosia Anderson (186-F-84, college: BYU) stepped up with 24 points for the winners and Milena Steffanova (179-F-81) netted 14. Hana Vesela (190-C-96) and Andrea Vackova (178-F-89) delivered 12 points each in a win. Emma Cannon (188-F, college: Cent.Florida) answered with 20 points in the losing effort, while Barnert Stine brought 14. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) scored 9 and Rebecca Thoresen (178-F/G-78) posted 7.

KARA Trutnov: Ambrosia Anderson 24, Milena Steffanova 14, Hana Vesela 12, Andrea Vackova 12
TSV Wasserburg: Emma Cannon 20, Barnert Stine 14, Anne Breitreiner 9, Rebecca Thoresen 7



MEKR'S CUP 2012: ZVVZ USK Praha edged Uni Gyor for the 5th - by Eurobasket News

Uni Gyor - ZVVZ USK Praha 79:83

ZVVZ USK Praha edged Uni Gyor for the 5th place at the MEKRS CUP 2012. The team from Czech Republic overcame the Hungarian representative 83:79.
Both teams nailed 19 points each in the first period and then ZVVZ USK Praha grabbed 3-point lead at the halftime. The latter needed 28:25 for 47:44 advantage after two quarters. Uni Gyor meanwhile reduced to the minimum entering the last period but could not win the game. Praha posted 23-21 in the last stanza for the final result.
Anna De Forge (178-SG-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) paced all the winners with 15 points each. Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) nailed 14, while Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) had 11. Natalie Hurst (163-G-83) replied with 19 points in the losing effort and Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) delivered 17. Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) brought 12 and Zsofia Simon (180-G-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) notched 9.

Uni Gyor: Natalie Hurst 19, Ieva Kublina 17, Krisztina Raksanyi 12, Zsofia Simon 9
ZVVZ USK Praha: Anna De Forge 15, Eva Viteckova 15, Katerina Elhotova 14, Ilona Burgrova 11



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Cathy Joens out six weeks due to injury - by Eurobasket News

Bad news for Catherine Joens (180-G-82) and her team Bourges. One of the best team players suffered stress fracture in her right foot and she will miss about six weeks, according to Leberry.fr. It means that Bourges will not be able to count on Joens for the beginning of the season.
Catherine Joens joined Bourges two years ago from Riva Ecopolis. Last season she had 13 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 15 Euroleague games. The player also added 13.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 2.2 apg for 27 games in LFB. She was named to Eurobasket.com All-French LFB 2nd Team. In 2011 and last season as well Joens was named to Eurobasket.com French LFB All-Imports Team. They won two LFB titles together. Before Bourges and Rivas Ecopolis, Catherine Joens played for Aix en Provence and Elitzur Ramla. She also has WNBA experience with Chicago Sky.



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Kerava adds Rosetta Adzasu and Shantale Bramble-Donaldson - by Eurobasket News

Kerava adds Rosetta Adzasu (165-G, college: Washington St.) and Shantale Bramble-Donaldson (185-F-90) for the upcoming season. The Finnish team announced two more players.
The 5'5" Ghana Point Guard will get her first international experience in Finland. Adzasu was the starting Point Guard at Washington State University in 2011-2012 where she avg 31 games: 6.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.9apg, 2.1spg, FGP: 36.3%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 65.3%
Shantale Bramble-Donaldson will start her international career in Finland. Donaldson a 6'2" Forward out of LA Tech (NCAA 1) where she was coached by WNBA Legend Teressa Wheatherspoon thrived as she earned All WAC 2nd Team honors in 2011-2012 while she avg 11.1ppg, 8.1rpg, while shooting 51% from the floor for the Lady Techester. With the addition of Donaldson and Adzasu Kerava got shock Finland in the 2012-2013 season.



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Cathy Joens out six weeks due to injury - by Eurobasket News

Bad news for Catherine Joens (180-G-82) and her team Bourges. One of the best team players suffered stress fracture in her right foot and she will miss about six weeks, according to Leberry.fr. It means that Bourges will not be able to count on Joens for the beginning of the season.
Catherine Joens joined Bourges two years ago from Riva Ecopolis. Last season she had 13 ppg and 3.6 rpg for 15 Euroleague games. The player also added 13.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 2.2 apg for 27 games in LFB. She was named to Eurobasket.com All-French LFB 2nd Team. In 2011 and last season as well Joens was named to Eurobasket.com French LFB All-Imports Team. They won two LFB titles together. Before Bourges and Rivas Ecopolis, Catherine Joens played for Aix en Provence and Elitzur Ramla. She also has WNBA experience with Chicago Sky.



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MEKR'S CUP 2012: KARA Trutnov beat TSV Wasserburg - by Eurobasket News

KARA Trutnov - TSV Wasserburg 86:67

KARA Trutnov beat TSV Wasserburg in the game for the 7-8 places at the MEKR'S CUP 2012. The team from Czech Republic overcame the visitors from Germany 86:67.
Although it was the game for the last spot the team showed their best. At first TSV Wasserburg grabbed 18L16 after the first period, while KARA Trutnov replied with 27-19 in the second frame. The second half however fully belonged to Trutnov team that posted two victories. They won the third quarter 18-15 and finished the game with 25-15 in the last stanza.
Ambrosia Anderson (186-F-84, college: BYU) stepped up with 24 points for the winners and Milena Steffanova (179-F-81) netted 14. Hana Vesela (190-C-96) and Andrea Vackova (178-F-89) delivered 12 points each in a win. Emma Cannon (188-F, college: Cent.Florida) answered with 20 points in the losing effort, while Barnert Stine brought 14. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) scored 9 and Rebecca Thoresen (178-F/G-78) posted 7.

KARA Trutnov: Ambrosia Anderson 24, Milena Steffanova 14, Hana Vesela 12, Andrea Vackova 12
TSV Wasserburg: Emma Cannon 20, Barnert Stine 14, Anne Breitreiner 9, Rebecca Thoresen 7



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MEKR'S CUP 2012: ZVVZ USK Praha edged Uni Gyor for the 5th - by Eurobasket News

Uni Gyor - ZVVZ USK Praha 79:83

ZVVZ USK Praha edged Uni Gyor for the 5th place at the MEKRS CUP 2012. The team from Czech Republic overcame the Hungarian representative 83:79.
Both teams nailed 19 points each in the first period and then ZVVZ USK Praha grabbed 3-point lead at the halftime. The latter needed 28:25 for 47:44 advantage after two quarters. Uni Gyor meanwhile reduced to the minimum entering the last period but could not win the game. Praha posted 23-21 in the last stanza for the final result.
Anna De Forge (178-SG-76, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Nebraska) and Eva Viteckova (190-F-82) paced all the winners with 15 points each. Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) nailed 14, while Ilona Burgrova (196-C-84, college: S.Carolina) had 11. Natalie Hurst (163-G-83) replied with 19 points in the losing effort and Ieva Kublina (193-C-82, college: Virginia Tech) delivered 17. Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) brought 12 and Zsofia Simon (180-G-89, agency: Laszlo Vinko Group) notched 9.

Uni Gyor: Natalie Hurst 19, Ieva Kublina 17, Krisztina Raksanyi 12, Zsofia Simon 9
ZVVZ USK Praha: Anna De Forge 15, Eva Viteckova 15, Katerina Elhotova 14, Ilona Burgrova 11



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  ICELAND   


Fjolnir signs Porsha Porter - by Eurobasket News

Fjolnir Reykjavik (Dominos League) signed 23-year old American guard Porsha Porter (167-89). Porter just graduated from Mississippi State University (NCAA). In 29 games last season she had 13.0ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.2apg and 3.1spg. She was selected to SEC All-Defensive Team back at the college. Porter played in the final of NJCAA in 2010.
She played previously for Jefferson CC.
As mentioned above Porter just graduated from Mississippi State University and it will be her first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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NOELLE QUINN SIGNED WITH ELITZUR RAMLA.! - by Gil Goshen


Elitzur Ramla signed Noelle Quinn
She will join Natasha Lacy and Ashley Walker.
It is going to be her second year with the team, the first one was on 2009.

2011: Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA): 33 games: 5.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 37.6%, 3PT: 41.8%, FT: 81.8%
2011-2012: in Jan.'12 joined Botasspor Adana (Turkey-TKBL): EuroCup: 6 games: 4.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.2apg; Turkish League: 3 games: 9.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.7apg
2012: Washington Mystics (WNBA, starting five)



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Thomas inks at Loyola at the beginning of her pro career - by Eurobasket News

Alyssa Ashley Loyola (Peugeot League) strengthened their roster with addition of 22-year old American guard Brietta Thomas (180-90). Thomas has only college experience so far playing last time for Louisiana Tech (NCAA). She missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball. In 26 games last season she recorded 6.0ppg, 2.9rpg and 1.1spg. Thomas helped them to win regular season and make it to the WAC Tournament final.

Of course it will be her first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Michigan St women's basketball players suspended - by Eurobasket News

Michigan State women's basketball players Kiana Johnson (5'7''-G-93) and Akyah Taylor (5'11''-F) have been suspended for the first nine games of the 2012-13 season. The school says NCAA guidelines ''related to receipt of extra benefits'' were violated.

Coach Suzy Merchant says Johnson, a sophomore, and Taylor, a redshirt freshman, are ''good student-athletes that made a bad decision this summer.'' The school did not announce further details.

Johnson and Taylor will be eligible to return Dec. 16 against IPFW.

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com



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Nadezhda Orenburg dethrone Wisla at MEKR'S CUP 2012 - by Eurobasket News

Nadezhda Orenburg - Wisla Can-Pack Krakow 83:59

Nadezhda Orenburg wins MEKRS CUP 2012 with 8 participating teams. The Russian team managed to win all the game and in the Final dethroned Wisla. Nadezhda won 83:59 after the victories in all the quarters.
Nadezhda won the first period 23-19 and added massive 28-13 in the second quarter. Moreover the second half also belonged to the Russian team. They won the third quarter 18-14 and finished the game with 14-13 in the last stanza.
Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Natalia Zhedik (182-SF-88) netted 16. Elena Danilochkina (183-SG-86) ended up with 15 points and Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) added 14. Katarzyna Krezel (184-F/G-85, college: UTEP) replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Petra Stampalija (189-C-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) brought 9. De Mondt Anke and Justyna Zurowska (188-F-85) followed her with 8 points apiece.

Nadezhda Orenburg: Liudmila Sapova 19, Natalia Zhedik 16, Elena Danilochkina 15, Iva Perovanovic 14
Wisla Can-Pack Krakow: Katarzyna Krezel 14, Petra Stampalija 9, Anke De Mondt (176-F/G-79) 8, Justyna Zurowska 8



MEKR'S CUP 2012: Dynamo Kursk wins bronze - by Eurobasket News

CCC Polkowice - Dynamo Kursk 55:64

Dynamo Kursk wins bronze of the MEKRS CUP 2012. The Russian team overcame CCC Polkowice 64:55 in the game for the third place.
CCC Polkowice started the game with 13-11, but the game was tied after the halftime. Dynamo Kursk dominated however the second half and needed first 15-14 in the third quarter to take 1-point lead entering the last stanza. Moreover they pushed the tempo for good and won the last period 24-16.
Natalia Vodopiyanova (190-PF-81) and Lisina Ekaterina top-scored for the winners with 14 points each, while Ausra Bimbaite (178-SG-82) netted 11. Maria Cherepanova (190-PF-87) and Psareva Barbara delivered 8 points each in a win. Valeriya Musina (183-G-87, college: Lee) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort, while Palau Laila nailed 9. Karolina Puss (182-SF-94) had 8 and Agnieszka Majewska (195-C-82) brought 7.

CCC Polkowice: Valeriya Musina 14, Palau Laila 9, Karolina Puss 8, Agnieszka Majewska 7
Dynamo Kursk: Natalia Vodopiyanova 14, Lisina Ekaterina 14, Ausra Bimbaite 11, Maria Cherepanova 8, Psareva Barbara 8



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Standings - Women

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

Regular Season: Round 8

Sep. 13: Carolina G. - Ponce L. 80-71
Sep. 14: Quebradillas - San German 77-66
Sep. 14: Juncos V. - Carolina G. 54-75
Sep. 15: Quebradillas - Morovis M.


Stats Leaders - Superleague 25

Points Per Game
 Yolanda MARTIN
  Aguas B.T.
  (180-G-83)
  Avg: 27.9
 1. Martin, Aguas B.T.27.9 
 2. Valentin, Carolina23.6 
 3. Werema, Juncos V.21.4 
 4. Bruszewski, Quebra.17.6 
 5. Fairweather, Ponce17.4 
 6. Seals, Aguas B.T.16.9 
 7. Jones, Carolina G.16.3 
 8. Smith, San German15.1 
 9. Rosado, Morovis M.14.5 
 10. Gonzalez, San G.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kristina ROSARIO
  Ponce L.
  (188-F-88)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Rosario, Ponce L.12.2 
 2. Vargas-S., Juncos11.8 
 3. Jones, Carolina G.11.4 
 4. Martin, Aguas B.T.10.1 
 5. Seals, Aguas B.T.9.6 
 6. Bruszewski, Quebra.8.7 
 7. Gonzalez, San G.8.3 
 8. Werema, Juncos V.8.2 
 9. Williams, Morovis7.8 
 10. Pineiro, Morovis7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Karla RUIZ
  Aguas B.T.
  (--)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Ruiz, Aguas B.T.3.6 
 2. Escalera, Morov.3.5 
 3. Johnson, Aguas B..3.5 
 4. Rosado, San German3.4 
 5. Jones, Carolina G.3.4 
 6. Concepcion, Junco.3.2 
 7. Figueroa, Morov.3.2 
 8. Gonzalez, San G.3.1 
 9. Colon, Ponce L.3.1 
 10. Bruszewski, Quebr.3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Pamela ROSADO
  Morovis M.
  (165-PG-86)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Rosado, Morovis M.3.5 
 2. Magee, Carolina G.3.0 
 3. Fairweather, Ponce2.9 
 4. Valentin, Carolina2.8 
 5. De La Paz, Juncos2.6 
 6. Martin, Aguas B.T.2.5 
 7. Rodriguez, Carolin.2.4 
 8. Matthews, Aguas B.2.3 
 9. Johnson, Aguas B..2.1 
 10. Jones, Carolina G.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Esmary VARGAS-SANCHEZ
  Juncos V.
  (191-C-81)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Vargas-S., Juncos3.8 
 2. Williams, Morovis2.3 
 3. Rosario, Ponce L.2.0 
 4. Placido, Quebradil.1.2 
 5. Seals, Aguas B.T.1.1 
 6. Werema, Juncos V.1.1 
 7. Escalera, Morov.1.0 
 8. Smith, San German0.9 
 9. Flores, Ponce L.0.8 
 10. Martin, Aguas B.T.0.8 


Quebradillas hands Morovis their first loss: - by Luis Modestti

Piratas de Quebradillas took down the only undefeated team in the league by beating Montaneras de Morovis 71-65. Morovis started the season with seven wins in a row but lost their first game at home.

Becca Becca Bruszewski (185-F-88, college: Notre Dame) scored 18 points; Mari Placido added 15 and Cristina Centeno had 13 for the winners who are now 9-2.

Quebradillas started with a 10-0 run and never gave up the lead. Morovis came back many times but fell short due to great execution by Quebradillas in crucial moments.

Pamela Rosado led Morovis with 25 points and Carla Escalera had 10.

The games for Sunday are Ponce at Carolina and Juncos visits San German.



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Standings - Women

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 23: Alba Iulia - Craiova
Sep. 23: Sp.Studentesc - Targu Mures
Sep. 23: Targoviste - Cluj Napoca
Sep. 23: Satu Mare - Alexandria
Sep. 23: ICIM Arad - Sf.Gheorghe
Sep. 23: Brasov - Rapid
Sep. 23: Oradea - Olimpia



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Nadezhda Orenburg dethrone Wisla at MEKR'S CUP 2012 - by Eurobasket News

Nadezhda Orenburg - Wisla Can-Pack Krakow 83:59

Nadezhda Orenburg wins MEKRS CUP 2012 with 8 participating teams. The Russian team managed to win all the game and in the Final dethroned Wisla. Nadezhda won 83:59 after the victories in all the quarters.
Nadezhda won the first period 23-19 and added massive 28-13 in the second quarter. Moreover the second half also belonged to the Russian team. They won the third quarter 18-14 and finished the game with 14-13 in the last stanza.
Liudmila Sapova (185-F/C-84) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and Natalia Zhedik (182-SF-88) netted 16. Elena Danilochkina (183-SG-86) ended up with 15 points and Iva Perovanovic (189-C/F-83) added 14. Katarzyna Krezel (184-F/G-85, college: UTEP) replied with 14 points in the losing effort and Petra Stampalija (189-C-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) brought 9. De Mondt Anke and Justyna Zurowska (188-F-85) followed her with 8 points apiece.

Nadezhda Orenburg: Liudmila Sapova 19, Natalia Zhedik 16, Elena Danilochkina 15, Iva Perovanovic 14
Wisla Can-Pack Krakow: Katarzyna Krezel 14, Petra Stampalija 9, Anke De Mondt (176-F/G-79) 8, Justyna Zurowska 8



MEKR'S CUP 2012: Dynamo Kursk wins bronze - by Eurobasket News

CCC Polkowice - Dynamo Kursk 55:64

Dynamo Kursk wins bronze of the MEKRS CUP 2012. The Russian team overcame CCC Polkowice 64:55 in the game for the third place.
CCC Polkowice started the game with 13-11, but the game was tied after the halftime. Dynamo Kursk dominated however the second half and needed first 15-14 in the third quarter to take 1-point lead entering the last stanza. Moreover they pushed the tempo for good and won the last period 24-16.
Natalia Vodopiyanova (190-PF-81) and Lisina Ekaterina top-scored for the winners with 14 points each, while Ausra Bimbaite (178-SG-82) netted 11. Maria Cherepanova (190-PF-87) and Psareva Barbara delivered 8 points each in a win. Valeriya Musina (183-G-87, college: Lee) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort, while Palau Laila nailed 9. Karolina Puss (182-SF-94) had 8 and Agnieszka Majewska (195-C-82) brought 7.

CCC Polkowice: Valeriya Musina 14, Palau Laila 9, Karolina Puss 8, Agnieszka Majewska 7
Dynamo Kursk: Natalia Vodopiyanova 14, Lisina Ekaterina 14, Ausra Bimbaite 11, Maria Cherepanova 8, Psareva Barbara 8



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  SCOTLAND   

Standings - Women

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Sep. 15: Clark Eriksson - Tayside 76-67
Sep. 16: Glasgow Rocks - St.Mirren RKC 75-56
Sep. 16: Pentland Star - Polonia Phoenix 40-58

Regular Season: Round 4

Sep. 22: Polonia Phoenix - Edinburgh KK
Sep. 22: St.Mirren RKC - Tayside
Sep. 23: Pentland Star - Clark Eriksson



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Milica Deura agreed terms with Partizan Galenika - by Tamara Ruzic

Partizan Galenika strengthened their roster with addition of 21-year old Bosnian guard Milica Deura (178-G-90). She played all her career for Mladi Krajisnik from Banja Luka in Bosnia. Last season in Adriatic league, she played 18 games where she recorded 17.7 ppg, 2.6rpg and 3.1apg. Deura helped her team to make it to the final Bosnian Cup and Championship, after they ended regular season as second best team. Milica Deura represented Bosnia for U18 and Senior National team. Also, she was Eurobasket.com All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Player of the Year -11, 12 and Guard of the Year -11, 12



Vrbas signed Tatjana Zivanovic - by Dragana Vukovic

The management of ZKK Vrbas Medela announced that they have signed Tatjana Zivanovic (189-F-90) for the upcoming season. Tatjana Zivanovic will be the last addition and ZKK Vrbas Medela completed the roster by this signing. Last two seasons she spent in Vozdovac Beograd. She had limited minutes on the court averaging 0.9 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.3 assists in Adriatic league and 1.3 points, 1.0 rebounds and 0. 3 assists in Serbian league play offs. Befor Vozdovac Beograd she played for ZKK Kovin and ZKK Kraljevo. She was a member of Serbian youngsters NT, U16, U18 and two times for U20.


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Spisska Nova Ves have big goals - by Michal Duchovic

The newcomers in Slovak Women Extraliga is the team SKBD Rucon Spisska Nova Ves. The manager of the team Robert Simkulak has high hopes before their rookie season. "We want to go to top 4, so then we will be participating in league with Hungarian teams", said Simkulak. Also will be SKBD Rucon Spisska Nova Ves playing in Central Europe Women League. Their roster is completed, so take a look on that:

Squad of SKBD Rucon Spisska Nova Ves for 2012/2013: Zuzana Babarikova (176-F-86), Josephine Grima (193-C-84), Michaela Jurcisinova, Martina Letkova (189-F-92), Gabriela Nagyova (175-G-92), Regina Palusna (192-F/C-89, agency: Josep and Nicolas), Katarina Petrikova (182-F/C-80), Jade Smith-Williams (170-G, college: Cal-Irvine), Lucia Stanekova (187-C/F-91), Romana Stehlikova (190-C-85), Veronika Vajnerova (172-F-92), Marketa Zatloukalova (190-C-89).



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Tintos de Toro Caja Rural triumphs at Copa Castilla - by Eurobasket News

Tintos de Toro Caja Rural triumphs at Copa Castilla with 4 participating teams. In the Final they surprised Perfumerias Avenida 83:71. Tintos de Toro Caja Rural started the game with 29-21 and added 25-15 in the second frame. They did not mind narrow losses in the second half to seal the victory. Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Lamar) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Chatzinikolau collected 11 points and 12 rebounds. Laura Gimeno (193-F/C-87) notched 11, while Vilaro posted 10. Marta Xargay Casademont (180-G-90, agency: Josep and Nicolas) replied with 16 points and Fernandez delivered 13.
In the game for the third place CB Bembibre PDM beat Jopisa Ciudad de Burgos 59:57. Brown top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Vivias netted 13. Miller followed them with 8 points in a win. Amaya Gastaminza (189-F-91, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Oregon St.) replied with 16 points in the losing case and Cuevas posted 14.



Laura Izquierdo could be added to Conquero roster - by Eurobasket

CB Conquero Huelva (LFB) is close to ink 20-year old forward Laura Izquierdo (177-92). She played most recently at Real Canoe (LF2). Izquierdo missed last season and had one year break from professional basketball. In 7 LF2 games (10-11 season) she recorded just 1.4ppg and 1.0rpg. Her team was Runner-Up of LF2 Group B Regular Season in 2011.

By Eurobasket Data Center (from @baloncestofeb)



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  VENEZUELA   

D1 STANDING

LINABAFE Standings
Central
 1. EPB 3-1 
 2. Bucaneras 2-1 
 3. Sel.Nac. U15 0-0 
 4. Estudiantes 0-3 
West
 1. Yaracuyanas 6-0 
 2. Guerreras 4-2 
 3. Aguilas 4-2 
 4. Juveniles 1-5 
 5. Potras 1-7 

Regular Season: Round 4

Sep. 15: Juveniles - Potras 80-56
Sep. 16: Yaracuyanas - Guerreras 79-66
Sep. 15: Yaracuyanas - Guerreras 72-56
Sep. 16: Juveniles - Potras 53-70
Sep. 12: EPB - Bucaneras
Sep. 12: Estudiantes - Sel.Nac. U15
Sep. 15: Estudiantes - EPB
Sep. 16: Estudiantes - EPB



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  WNBA   

Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Connecticut S. 23-9 
 2. Indiana F. 20-10 
 3. Atlanta D. 18-14 
 4. New York L. 14-17 
 5. Chicago S. 13-18 
 6. Washington M. 6-27 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 25-5 
 2. L.Angeles S. 21-11 
 3. S.Antonio SS 19-12 
 4. Seattle S. 14-18 
 5. Tulsa S. 8-23 
 6. Phoenix M. 7-24 

Regular Season: Round 37

Sep. 16: S.Antonio SS - Tulsa S. 70-80
Sep. 16: Washington M. - New York L. 68-75
Sep. 16: Seattle S. - Connecticut S. 58-60
Sep. 16: Phoenix M. - Chicago S. 55-86

Regular Season: Round 38

Sep. 18: S.Antonio SS - New York L.
Sep. 18: Seattle S. - Chicago S.
Sep. 18: L.Angeles S. - Phoenix M.
Sep. 19: Connecticut S. - Indiana F.
Sep. 20: Tulsa S. - New York L.
Sep. 20: Chicago S. - Atlanta D.
Sep. 20: L.Angeles S. - Minnesota L.
Sep. 17: Minnesota L. - Indiana F.


Sunday (4 games): Montgomery lifts Sun past Storm, 60-58 - by Eurobasket News

Seattle S. - Connecticut S. 58-60
Renee Montgomery (5'7''-PG-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) made two free throws with 14.4 seconds left to help the Connecticut Sun beat the short-handed Seattle Storm 60-58 on Sunday night. Montgomery drew a foul against Camille Little (6'2''-F/G-85, college: N.Carolina) to set up the free throws that made it 59-58. Connecticut improved to 23-9 and moved two games ahead of Indiana atop the Eastern Conference. Kara Lawson led the Sun with 13 points, Tina Charles added 12, and Mistie Mims had 11 points and 11 rebounds. Shekinna Stricklen scored 12 points to lead Seattle (13-18), but the rookie missed two shots in the final seconds. The Storm have lost four straight. Tina Thompson and Katie Smith hit consecutive 3-pointers to give the Storm a 56-54 lead with 2:21 remaining, and Smith added a 13-foot jumper to make it 58-54 with 1:22 left. Lawson hit a 3 to cut the lead to 58-57 with 51.5 seconds left. The Storm played without regular starters Sue Bird (strained right hip flexor) and Lauren Jackson (strained hamstring). Seattle, fourth in the Western Conference, has clinched its ninth consecutive playoff berth. *Courtesy of www.sacbee.com

S.Antonio SS - Tulsa S. 70-80
Temeka Johnson (5'3''-PG-82, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU) scored 18 points to lead the Tulsa Shock to an 80-70 victory against the playoff-bound San Antonio Silver Stars on Sunday. Ivory Latta (5'6''-PG-84, college: N.Carolina) added 15 points and Roneeka Hodges 11 for Tulsa (8-23), which won its second straight after a four-game skid. Sophia Young scored 15 points and Danielle Adams 12 to lead San Antonio (19-12), which has lost seven of 10 since a 12-game winning streak. Becky Hammon and Jia Perkins both scored 10 points. The Shock shot 63 percent (12 for 19) on 3-pointers as Hodges went 3 for 5 from beyond the arc and Johnson was 3 for 3. Tulsa outscored the Silver Stars 10-2 in the final 5 minutes of the game to turn a close contest into its first victory over San Antonio in five meetings this season.. ''Today they were better than us,'' Hammon said. ''I don't necessarily think they are the better team, but today they were, so give them credit.'' Young's layup with 4:57 was San Antonio's last points until Adams hit a short jumper with 25.2 seconds left. ''Defense makes stops,'' Latta said. ''We can go down and score anytime. We did a great job on Sophia. Everybody else got out on their shooters.'' The fourth quarter started off as the third did, with San Antonio opening strongly only to have Tulsa respond with its own run. Adams' layup completed a 6-0 run that tied game at 64, but the Shock regained the lead when Jennifer Lacy made a layup and Hodges a 3-pointer for a 69-64 advantage. Courntey Paris' layup gave Tulsa a 74-68 lead with 2:56 left in the game, and neither team scored until Latta's jumper about 80 seconds later. ''We executed really well down the stretch,'' Shock coach Gary Kloppenburg said. ''We had a couple of big shots go in (and) we got stops down the stretch when we needed them. That has been our problem with San Antonio. Before, in the fourth quarter, we were usually right there in the game and we could not get some key stops.'' San Antonio finished the game shooting 39 percent from the field (26 for 66) after both teams shot better than 50 percent from the field in the first half. Johnson hit consecutive 3s to give Tulsa an 11-7 lead with 7 minutes left in the first quarter. Young responded with a pair of layups to tie the game at 11. Young's one-foot jumper gave the Silver Stars their first lead of the game at 15-13. The Silver Stars' energy helped them take a 22-20 lead into the second quarter. San Antonio took a 20-15 lead when Hammon leapt and tossed the ball backward to prevent a backcourt violation. Young gathered the ball near midcourt and fired to Danielle Robinson in the right corner, who found a cutting Perkins for an 8-foot jumper. The physicality grew in the second quarter, which produced a bizarre non-call. Tim Greene blew his whistle as several players battled under the basket during a Tulsa possession, but he allowed play to continue when Kurt Walker slapped his hands together to signal the ball was touched. Greene never acknowledged his whistle even though play stopped momentarily prior to Walker assessing a separate foul several seconds later. Latta's 3-pointer and pull-up jumper from the free throw line gave Tulsa a 30-27 lead. Riquna Williams' 3 extended the lead to 33-29. Johnson's driving layup gave Tulsa 41-35 lead and prompted a timeout from Hughes with 2:07 left in the first half. Perkins scored with 2.3 second left to pull the Stars within 48-44 at the half after scoring a layup on her third steal of the first half. San Antonio opened the second half on an 8-0 run to take a 52-48 lead. Hodges' 3-pointer completed a 7-2 run that gave the Shock a 55-54 lead with 6 minutes left in the third quarter. San Antonio regained a 58-55 lead on baskets by Jayne Appel and Robinson, but Tulsa closed the quarter 9-0 run to take a 64-58 lead after three quarters. ''We had spurts and moments when we tried to compete, but I thought they were more focused and ready to play than we were,'' Young said. ''Starting in the second half we made a run, but we just couldn't sustain it.'' *Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com

Washington M. - New York L. 68-75
Trailing by nine points with about nine minutes remaining, a loss to last place Washington could have dealt a serious blow to the New York Liberty's playoff chances. However, thanks to Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers), Nicole Powell (6'2''-G/F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Stanford) and some stifling defense, the Liberty remain in control of their future. Pondexter had 30 points, including 10 in the fourth quarter, and 11 rebounds as the Liberty rallied to beat the Mystics 75-68. "Defense is our key," Liberty coach John Whisenant said. "And Cappie. She's been awesome. She's our MVP and the most important player to her team of anybody in the league." Powell scored 10 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter as well and Essence Carson added 15 points as New York (14-17) won its third straight. The Liberty began the day with a one-game lead over Chicago for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Sky play at Phoenix later. Jasmine Thomas scored 16 points (on 7-of-11 shooting) and Monique Currie had 12 to lead the Washington (5-27), which has lost 11 straight. "I think we played a tough game. We fought through until the end," Currie said. "They executed better than we did. They made some tough shots, some big shots." After Washington scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to take a 56-49 lead, Pondexter scored the first six of an 8-0 run by the Liberty. The Mystics pushed the lead to 63-58 with 4:36 left and New York called timeout. "When it looked like they could take over the game with about four minutes left, we had a time out, talked about it, and regrouped," Pondexter said. Powell's 3-pointer tied the score at 63 with 2:50 left and her short jumper gave the Liberty a 67-65 lead with 1:34 to play. "Nicole made some huge shots down the stretch," Pondexter said. After a miss by Currie, Kara Braxton scored on a layup off a nice pass from Pondexter to make it 69-65 with 48 seconds left. "I think we stepped up our defensive intensity when it mattered most," Pondexter said. Matee Ajavon missed a short jumper and Pondexter hit two three throws. Thomas's 3-pointer made it 71-68 with 19 seconds to go, but the Mystics got no closer. "Coming into the stretch I don't know if it's a loss of focus, or what it is, but we have to figure it out," said Thomas. The Liberty outrebounded the Mystics 13-4 in the fourth quarter. "We only gave them one shot so we were blocking out well," Whisenant said. "Nicole Powell got a couple of rebound putbacks that were critical when the basket was shrinking up on us a little bit." The Mystics' Ashley Robinson finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Washington outscored New York 19-12 in the third quarter and built a five-point lead as the Liberty hit just 5-of-22 field goals. Washington played without leading scorer Crystal Langhorne (14.7 ppg), who left Friday's loss to Atlanta with a left foot sprain, and Noelle Quinn (6.5 ppg), out with an injured right shoulder. *COurtesy of www.cleveland.com

Phoenix M. - Chicago S. 55-86
Eshaya Murphy (6'0''-G/F-85, college: USC) scored 20 of her career-high 22 points in the first half and the Chicago Sky beat the short-handed Phoenix Mercury 86-55 on Sunday to stay a game behind New York for the fourth and final playoff spot in the East with three games to play. Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers) added 15 points and four assists, and Swin Cash had 12 points and eight rebounds for Chicago. The Sky have won four of their last six games to improve to 13-18. Murphy scored seven straight points during a 12-0 run late in the second quarter as Chicago went up 55-26 at the break. The Mercury never got closer than 21 in the second half. It was the largest margin of victory in Sky franchise history, surpassing a 27-point win over San Antonio on July 14, 2010. Charde Houston had 15 points, four rebounds and three assists for Phoenix (7-24). *Courtesy of www.sacbee.com