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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - LigaA

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

Regular Season: Round 4

North

Sep. 23: Regatas C. - Libertad S. 78-79
Sep. 23: Olimpico LB - Union Progr. 71-69
Sep. 23: Sionista - Quimsa 64-78

South

Sep. 22: Obras - 9 de Julio 92-66
Sep. 23: Lanus - Penarol 90-91
Sep. 23: GECR Indalo - Wuber-Est.Bahia 87-82
Sep. 22: Boca Jrs - Argentino 59-75

Regular Season: Round 5

North

Sep. 28: Regatas C. - Atenas
Sep. 28: Quimsa - Union Progr.
Sep. 28: Sionista - Olimpico LB
Sep. 28: Libertad S. - La Union

South

Sep. 28: Boca Jrs - GECR Indalo
Sep. 28: Club 9 - Penarol
Sep. 28: Obras - Lanus
Sep. 28: Argentino - Wuber-Est.Bahia


Standings - TNA

TNA Standings
North
 1. Atl.Echague 1-0 
 2. Estudian.Con. 1-0 
 3. Instituto Cor. 1-0 
 4. Obera TC 1-0 
 5. San Mart.C. 1-0 
 6. Alvear 0-1 
 7. La Union 0-1 
 8. San Isidro 0-1 
 9. Sarmiento 0-1 
 10. Union Sunch 0-1 
South
 1. Alianza Viedma 1-0 
 2. Banda Norte 1-0 
 3. Ciclista 1-0 
 4. Huracan 1-0 
 5. San Lorenzo Ch. 1-0 
 6. Bragado 0-1 
 7. MH Basket 0-1 
 8. Quilmes MP 0-1 
 9. Rocamora 0-1 
 10. Sport Club 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 21: San Mart.C. - Alvear 98-74
Sep. 21: Banda Norte - San Isidro 83-80
Sep. 21: Sarmiento - Obera TC 82-86
Sep. 23: Ciclista - Sport Club 78-68
Sep. 23: Quilmes MP - Alianza Viedma 77-78
Sep. 21: San Lorenzo Ch. - Bragado 75-69
Sep. 21: La Union - Estudian.Con. 74-84
Sep. 21: Huracan - MH Basket 73-71
Sep. 21: Atl.Echague - Rocamora 67-53
Sep. 21: Union Sunch - Instituto Cor. 59-65

Regular Season: Round 2

Sep. 28: Alvear - Sarmiento
Sep. 28: Obera TC - San Mart.C.
Sep. 28: Instituto Cor. - Banda Norte
Sep. 28: San Isidro - Union Sunch
Sep. 28: Rocamora - La Union
Sep. 28: Estudian.Con. - Atl.Echague
Sep. 28: Sport Club - San Lorenzo Ch.
Sep. 28: Bragado - Ciclista
Sep. 28: Alianza Viedma - Huracan
Sep. 28: MH Basket - Quilmes MP


Argentino, Libertad, only undefeated teams. - by Leonardo Contieri

North: Libertad won the due among undefeated teams, an 78-79 over Regatas Corrientes away from home. Ricky sanchez led Libertad with 26 points and william Graves added 16. Paolo Quinteros was Regatas' top scorer with 18, Federico Kammerichs added 14 and 10 rebounds and Tony Washam also added 14.
Quimsa got its first taste of victory in the season winning at sionista's house 64-78 as Eduardo Villares and Gustavo Aguirre scored 15 points each, the latter adding 5 assists. James Williams finished with 11 and 9 rebounds. Josh Pittman scored 15 for the losing team, while Daniel Hure added 11.
Olimpico improved to 3-1 with a close victory over winless Union Progresista, 71-69 at home as Ariel Pau scored 20 points and Cedric McGowan added 15. Sam Clancy only scored 6 but grabbed 18 rebounds.
South: Argentino outscored Boca 26-46 in the second half to remain unbeaten. Nicolas de los Santos scored 15 points, Gaston Luchino 12 and Brian Carlwee 11 for the winning team. Federio Van Lacke led Boca with 18 and John Degroat added 12. Argentino outrebounded Boca 35 to 22.
Martin Osimani scored his 21 points in the first 11 minutes of the game as Obras easily beat 9 de Julio 92-66, Pablo Espinosa helped with 17 points, 15 rebounds and 5 steals. Josimar Ayarza and Edward Nelson scored 14 each for 9 de Julio.
Gimnasia Indalo got its first victory of the season, 87-82 over Weber Bahia Blanca Estudiantes as Diego Romero socred 20 points and got 7 rebounds, David jackson added 17 on 11/11 free throw shooting and Diego Ciorciari scored 16. Richard Roby scored 29 for Estudiantes and Marcus Fizer added 24.
Pearol got its second victory of the season, a close call 90-91 at Lanus' court. David Teague scored 27 points, Facundo Campazzo added 20 points, 6 assists 5 rebounds and 4 steals and Lisandro Rasio added 10 and 11 rebounds. Patricio Prato scored 21 for Lanus and Robert Battle added 18.



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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Lebanon to host 2013 Asian Championships - by Eurobasket News

The 27th Asian championship will be held in Lebanon for the first time after Beirut was selected ahead of Manila and Tehran to host the 2013 event. The decision was made by a vote of the FIBA Asia executive committee after having reviewed presentations made by representatives of two of the three bidders - Lebanon and the Philippines - for the right to host the associations marquee event.

Star player Fadi al-Khatib presented Lebanons bid, a 10 minute video demonstration showcasing the venues and hotels to be used during the championship. The presentation also highlighted the strong support of Lebanese fans and the beauty of Lebanon as a tourist destination.

We have been working on the bid for quite some time, and luckily we were able to convince the FIBA Asia board to grant the hosting rights despite a few concerns over the security situation, said Georges Barakat, head of the Lebanese Basketball Union.

It gives us a golden opportunity to develop the game, with the eyes of the whole basketball community on us. We are ready and we have almost a year to prepare for the tournament.

Lebanon will be the third Arab nation to host the FIBA Asia championship, after Saudi Arabia hosted in 1997, followed by Qatar in 2005.The tournament determines which international sides qualify for the World Championships.Lebanon have good memories of hosting Asian tournaments, with Ghazir Stadium having held three major events.

The 1999 and 2000 Asian Champions Cups provided historic moments for Lebanese basketball, with Sagesse crowned back-to-back champions.

The Lebanese national team also succeeded at the stadium, winning the third FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup in 2010 ahead of Japan and Qatar.

The sports city stadium will be the main court, while we are still to decide whether to use Manara or Jamhour stadiums as the second court, Barakat revealed.

Courtesy of www.dailystar.com.lb



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  BALKAN LEAGUE   

Standings

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

Regular Season: Round 1

A

Oct. 17: Kumanovo - Mornar Bar
Oct. 17: Galil Gilboa - Djuro Djakovic

B

Oct. 16: OKK Beograd - Kozuv
Oct. 17: Kavala - Rilski Sportist



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  BELGIUM   

Standings - Division II

Division II Standings
 1. Excelsior 3-0 
 2. Sint-Jan Ant. 3-0 
 3. St-Niklase 3-0 
 4. Waregem 3-0 
 5. Houthalen 2-0 
 6. Kangor.-Boom 2-1 
 7. CEP Fleurus 1-1 
 8. Tongeren 1-1 
 9. Gent Dragons 1-2 
 10. Sprimont 1-2 
 11. Gembo BBC 0-2 
 12. Giants II 0-2 
 13. Essor Charleroi 0-3 
 14. M.Hainaut II 0-3 
 15. Oudenaarde 0-3 

Regular Season: Round 3

Sep. 23: Essor Charleroi - Houthalen 88-99
Sep. 22: Tongeren - Point Chaud 82-80
Sep. 21: M.Hainaut II - Excelsior 80-92
Sep. 22: St-Niklase - Kangor.-Boom 78-65
Sep. 23: Oudenaarde - Gent Dragons 69-98
Sep. 23: Giants II - Waregem 69-89
Sep. 21: CEP Fleurus - Sint-Jan Ant. 63-76

Regular Season: Round 4

Sep. 28: Point Chaud - Kangor.-Boom
Sep. 29: Waregem - M.Hainaut II
Sep. 29: Gent Dragons - Giants II
Sep. 29: Sint-Jan Ant. - Tongeren
Sep. 30: Excelsior - Essor Charleroi
Sep. 30: Houthalen - Gembo BBC
Sep. 30: Oudenaarde - CEP Fleurus


Nanterre clinch third spot at Alfortville Tourney - by Eurobasket News

Nanterre - Liege 81:79 (OT)

Nanterre clinched the third position at the pre-season tournament of Alfortville. They held off Belgacom Liege in the consolation final. Chris Warren (178-PG-88, college: Mississippi) finished with 18 points to pace the winners.
Nanterre led by two points after ten minutes of action 16:14. They boosted the gap in the second frame. The French team accounted for a 35:31 halftime lead. But Liege denied the deficit in the third quarter. The Belgian team pulled ahead and entered the fourth frame up by as single point 51:50. The teams stayed close throughout the fourth stanza and had to go extra mile to decide on the winner. Nanterre eked out a narrow win in overtime. Jeremy Nzeulie (187-G-91) delivered 15 points, while Stephen Brun (202-F-80) added 10 in the victory. Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-F-91) answered with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Liege. Wen Boss Mukubu (198-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: UAB) had 14 points in the loss.

Nanterre: Chris Warren 18, Jeremy Nzeulie 15, Stephen Brun 10
Liege: Pierre-Antoine Gillet 19+10 boards, Wen Boss Mukubu 14



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  BRAZIL   

Standings - Paulista, Carioca, Minas G. leagues

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

Second Stage: Round 11

Sep. 22: Winner/Limeira - Vivo/Franca 90-80
Sep. 22: Gremio Mogi - Palmeiras 89-79
Sep. 22: Paulistano - Inter Santos 67-47
Sep. 22: Suzano - Metodista/S.B. 66-65
Sep. 23: America - Jacarei
Sep. 23: Rio Claro - Liga Sorocaba


Joao Vianna Agreed with Suzano - by Paulo Freire

The young small forward Joao Vianna (193-G-90, college: W.Wyoming CC) move on to Suzano/Campestre/Instituto Rato team to play the Paulista State.
Joao is the son of the brazilian basketball legend Pipoka, the power forward that won many tittles with the National Team and in the clubs.
The young player, comes in from the NBB champion Brasilia where he played the NBB U-21 last season and did not get many minutes on the floor on the NBB.
In Suzano/Campestre/Instituto Rato Vianna will have the chance to work with



Ricardinho agreed with Botafogo - by Paulo Freire

The veteran point guard Ricardinho dos Santos (189-G-74) will play the Carioca State Championship with the Botafogo F.R. Rio de Janeiro team.
The player comes in after playing the NBB in Tijuca and having a quick passage in Mackenzie team from Minas State.
That will be a come back, since the player already have played in Botafogo F.R. Rio de Janeiro in the past.
Ricardinho is a veteran that can give a lock room view for the young players of the Botafogo F.R. Rio de Janeiro that will have the chance to play the pro level.





Jefferson Campos return to Santos - by Paulo Freire

The Internacional/Pref. de Santos team brings back the point guard Jefferson Campos (190-G-91)
The player was test by the Sorocaba team but did not got a contract there. Since the clubs are pretty with a full roster, the player decided to not try his market anymore and agreed to come back to the team.
Jefferson is in shape and will have no problem to fit and played the Paulista State right away.
Internacional/Pref. de Santos now will have 3 point guards in their rotation, with Jefferson, Rafinha and Caue.




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  CHILE   

Standings - LIBSUR

DIMAYOR Standings
 1. San Fernando 2-0 
 2. Liceo Mixto 1-0 
 3. U.Catolica 1-0 
 4. U.Concepcion 1-1 
 5. Duoc 0-1 
 6. I.P. Virginio 0-1 
 7. Quilicura 0-1 
 8. San Luis 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 2

Sep. 23: San Fernando - U.Concepcion 80-70
Sep. 23: Duoc - San Luis
Sep. 23: U.Catolica - Liceo Mixto
Sep. 23: Quilicura - I.P. Virginio


Dimayor 2012: Round 1 results - by Daniel Valencia

On saturday night was played round 1 of Dimayor 2012. The four teams supposed to be in the top four of the standings won their respective games. Catolica defeated to San Luis 81-64, led by Jeffrey Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) who scored 33 points. U.Concepcion defeated to Quilicura 90-61, led by the Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) who finished the night with 32 points. San Fernando defeated to Instituto 107-70. The americans Kenny Jones and Allan Shepard combined for 55 points. The champion Liceo Mixto defeated to DUOC 86-61, with A.J. Hardeman (203-F) scoring 15 points. These are the complete results.

Round 1

CD Universidad Catolica 81 - San Luis 64
Uc: Jeffrey Fahnbulleh 33 pts. Rodrigo Espinoza 14 pts.
Sl: Jessan Gray 21 pts. Cristian Gridasow 15 pts.7

Municipal Quilicura 61 - CD Universidad de Concepcion 90
Qui: Louis Heder 16 pts. Tim Jones 14 pts.
Ucon: Evandro Arteaga 32 pts. Terrell Taylor 21 pts.

CD San Fernando 107 - Instituto 70
San: Keneth Jones 31 pts. Allan Sheppard 24 pts.
Ins: Antonio Davis 15 pts. Gabriel Rodriguez 12 pts.

DUOC 61 - CD Liceo Mixto 86
Duoc: Eduardo Ulloa (181-F-90) 16 pts. Franco Garrido 15 pts.
Lic: A.J. Hardeman 15 pts. Patricio Briones 12 pts.



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  CHINA   


China Finishes Fifth in Asian Tourney as it Develops Young Players - by Arthur Volbert

China, using its youth development team, finished in fifth place in the FIBA Asia Cup. Iran won the tournament with a 53-51 victory over host Japan. Qatar finished third and the Philippines were fourth.

Other Asian nations used their full senior teams though some stars, like Iran's Hamed Haddadi, did not play. So China's boys held their own against the men of other Asian nations.

China lost to Lebanon 89-69 in the preliminary round but defeated Lebanon 78-63 in the final round. China lost to host Japan 60-50 in the quarter-finals.

All Chinese players are listed as being born in 1990 or thereafter.

Roster:
Guo Ailun Liaoning 1.92M/85 KG Guard 1993

Duan Jiangpeng Shanxi 1.97M/80 KG Guard 1990

Cao Fei Zhejiang 1.92M/80 KG Guard 1991

Wang Zirui Zhejiang 1.88M/70 KG Guard 1993

Sui Ran Shandong 1.92M/83 KG Guard 1992

Zhao TaiLong (193-G/F-90) Fujian 1.93M/85 KG Guard 1990

Wu Ke Shandong 2.09M/100 KG Forward 1990

Cao Yan Bayi 1.92M/85 KG Forward 1991

Yu Changdong Xinjiang 2.06M/110 KG Centre 1991

Zhang Dayu Zhejiang 2.1M/105 KG Centre 1991

Sun Zhe Dongguan 2.2M/115 KG Centre 1990

Wang Zhelin Fujian 2.14M/110 KG Centre 1994

Zhao TaiLong led China in scoring with 15 points per game. Wang Zhelin averaged 13 points. Duan Jiangpeng averaged 10 but was very incosnsistent. Guo Ailun also averaged 10, playing only 6 of 7 games because of injury. Wang Zhelin averaged 10.4 rebounds, third best in the tournament. Wu Ke averaged 5.7 rebounds and Yu Changdong averaged 5.6. Zhang Dayu averaged 5.3 rebounds. Wang Zirui averaged 3.4 assists for China. Guo Ailun averaged 2.3 assists and Sui Ran had 1.9.

Wang Zhelin was indeed the star of this team and looks like, barring injury, he will be a star in senior competition and is a serious NBA prospect. Guo Ailun seems more of a combo guard than a point guard and his future stardom seems far more iffy. Wang Ziruo seems to be the best pure point gaurd among these young players. Zhao TaiLong was the biggest revelation of this team, leading it in scoring. But he has several years of CBA experience at Fujian so we will see if it is greater experience or superior talent that led him to excel. Sun Zhe, despite his 7-3 height, was the least effective big man on the team. He may be amonng athletic 7-3 failures such as Hasheem Thabeet and Shagari Alleyne.

For the first time in 10 years I took a month off so I did not report this tournament game-by-game. But the Chinese were more interested in developing players in this tournament than in winning it. There were players like Sun Zhe whom they wanted to test and some of their best young players, like Li Muhao and Sun Tonglin, did not play. Zhai Xiaochuan did not play because of injury.



Guandong Tigers welcome back Yi - by Eurobasket News

Guandong Southern Tigers (CBA) inked 25-year old Chinese international power forward Jianlian Yi (212-108kg-87). Its actually his comeback to Guandong Tigers as he played here before. Yi played most recently at Dallas Mavericks (NBA) in the U.S.. In 31 NBA games he averaged just 2.6ppg and 1.6rpg last season. He also played at Frisco Texas Legends in USA D-League that season. In 2 D-League games he had 23.0ppg, 12.0rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg and 2.0bpg. The other team Yi played that season for was Guandong Southern Tigers. In 3 CBA games he had 16.7ppg, 10.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg and 1.3bpg.
He has been also a member of Chinese international program for some years. Yi has played for Senior National Team since 2004 and previously for U20 National Team in 2004. He represented China at the Olympic Games in London (United Kingdom) this year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 14.8ppg, Reb-1 (10.2rpg), Blocks-2 (2.2bpg), FGP: 41.5%, 3PT-1 (66.7%), FT: 64.9%.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   

Standings - D2

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 23: Sokol H.K. - Proton Zlin 91-87
Sep. 21: Sparta Praha - Ostrava 88-83
Sep. 21: Sokol P. - Nymburk B 88-65
Sep. 21: Liberec - Litomerice 85-82
Sep. 21: Sokol V. - Kara Trutnov 78-81
Sep. 23: JBC Brno - Loko Plzen


BK Decin edge Stelmet Zielona Gora - by Eurobasket News

BK Decin - Stelmet Zielona Gora 100:77

BK Decin finished the home pre-season tournament with victory. The Czech team thumped Stelmet Zielona Gora. Patrick Pope (183-G-81, college: St.Augustine) stepped up with 20 points to lead the hosts.
Stelmet Zielona Gora ensured a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. But Decin jumped in front in the second quarter. The Czech team accumulated a 44:35 halftime advantage. BK Decin stretched the lead in the third frame. They established a 69:54 advantage before the fourth quarter. The margin grew at 30-point mark in the fourth frame as BK Decin cruised to the victory. Lukas Bazant (198-F-89) contributed 17 points, while Admir Alic (198-F-84) added 15 in the win. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) answered with 17 points for Stelmet Zielona Gora. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) netted 16 points in the loss.

BK Decin: Patrick Pope 20, Lukas Bazant 17, Admir Alic 15
Stelmet Zielona Gora: Walter Hodge 17, Oliver Stevic 16



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  DENMARK   

Standings - Basketligaen

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 22: Aarhus BC - Aalborg 97-90 OT
Sep. 22: Svendborg - Horsens IC 97-87
Sep. 23: Bakken - Horsholm 90-74
Sep. 23: SISU - Naestved 82-61

Regular Season: Round 2

Sep. 25: Aarhus BC - Svendborg
Sep. 26: Vaerlose - SISU
Sep. 27: Horsens IC - Randers
Sep. 27: Bakken - Aalborg
Sep. 27: Naestved - Horsholm


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Ryan WILLEN
  Aalborg
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 32
 1. Willen, Aalborg32.0 
 2. Darboe, Svendborg30.0 
 3. Hesseldal, Horsholm26.0 
 4. Dennis, SISU26.0 
 5. Thorsteinsso., Aal.24.0 
 6. Thomann, Horse.24.0 
 7. Jukic, Horsens IC23.0 
 8. Walker, Naestved22.0 
 9. Petkov, Aarhus BC22.0 
 10. Washington, Sven.21.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Randy DEZOUVRE
  Aarhus BC
  (195-F/G-87)
  Avg: 14
 1. Dezouvre, Aarhus14.0 
 2. Thomann, Horse.12.0 
 3. Hesseldal, Horsholm12.0 
 4. Washington, Svend.11.0 
 5. Petkov, Aarhus BC11.0 
 6. Willen, Aalborg10.0 
 7. Rutherford, Svend.9.0 
 8. Jukic, Horsens IC7.0 
 9. Walker, Naestved7.0 
 10. Dennis, SISU7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Louis GIBSON
  Aarhus BC
  (195-SF-90)
  Avg: 16
 1. Gibson, Aarhus BC16.0 
 2. Tomko, Bakken10.0 
 3. Dennis, SISU7.0 
 4. Bowlin, Horsens IC7.0 
 5. Plannthin, Svend.6.0 
 6. Darboe, Svendborg4.0 
 7. Willen, Aalborg4.0 
 8. Thorsteinsso., Aal.4.0 
 9. Hansen, Horsholm4.0 
 10. Varga, Horsens IC3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Chad TOMKO
  Bakken
  (180-PG-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Tomko, Bakken5.0 
 2. Rungby, Horsens IC3.0 
 3. McShane, Aarhus BC3.0 
 4. Bowlin, Horsens IC3.0 
 5. Iversen, Bakken2.0 
 6. Rutherford, Svend.2.0 
 7. Darboe, Svendborg2.0 
 8. Sakne, Horsens IC2.0 
 9. Gibson, Aarhus BC2.0 
 10. Thorsteinsso., Aa.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Keane THOMANN
  Horse.
  (211-C-89)
  Avg: 2
 1. Thomann, Horse.2.0 
 2. Plannthin, Svend.1.0 
 3. Rutherford, Svend.1.0 
 4. Hansen, Horsholm1.0 
 5. Smith, SISU1.0 
 6. Jensen, Bakken1.0 
 7. Washington, Svend.1.0 
 8. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 9. Lisby, SISU1.0 
 10. Hoirup, Naestved1.0 


Start of 2012/13 Ligaen season: Round 1 review - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Ligaen just started. Host teams show no mercy winning all games.

Aarhus BC - Aalborg 97-90 OT
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Aalborg won third quarter 26-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening, at least not yet. The game turned upside-down in the last quarter, where Aalborg used huge pressure winning it 24-18 getting a tie at the end of regular time. They lost eventually overtime period 4-11. Aarhus BC dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Aalborg's 44. Bulgarian forward Hristo Petkov (202-85, college: Campbellsville) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 22 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and Louis Gibson (195-90) chipped in 14 points and 16 assists. Five Aarhus BC players scored in double figures. Aarhus BC's coach Arnar Gudjonsson used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side American power forward Ryan Willen (204-89, college: Lafayette) responded with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists and Icelandic Aske Thorsteinsson (185-86) scored 24 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
Top scorers:
Aarhus BC: H.Petkov 22+11reb+1ast, K.McShane 20+6reb, R.Dezouvre 19+14reb, L.Gibson 14+4reb+16ast, R.Soby Dalboge 14+1ast, J.Wang 4+2reb
Aalborg: R.Willen 32+10reb+4ast, A.Thorsteinsson 24+5reb+4ast, S.Sorensen 14+5reb, J.Kristiansen 8+4reb+1ast, M.Rasmussen 6+7reb, R.Lauridsen 6+1reb+2ast
gschID: 195220


SISU - Naestved 82-61
The game was mostly controlled by SISU. Naestved was better in third quarter 14-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 24 assists comparing to just 11 passes made by Naestved's players. American swingman Mickey Dennis (190-78, college: JMU) nailed 26 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists (made all of his seven free throws) for the winning side and his fellow American import center Zack Moritz (210-88, college: Boise St.) accounted for 14 points and 7 rebounds. American guard Caleb Walker (193-89, college: Nebraska) came up with 22 points and 7 rebounds and the former international power forward Mads Frandsen (203-90) added 7 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Naestved in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
SISU: M.Dennis 26+7reb+7ast, Z.Moritz 14+7reb+2ast, M.Flowers 14+2reb+2ast, D.Smith 9+3reb+1ast, M.Nielsen 6+3reb+3ast, H.Nielsen 5+1reb
Naestved: C.Walker 22+7reb+2ast, M.Frandsen 7+6reb+2ast, N.Brasas 6+4reb, J.Benjamin 6+3reb+1ast, D.Crowell 6+5reb, A.Murphy 6+1reb+1ast
gschID: 195221


Bakken - Horsholm 90-74
Bakken used a home court advantage and beat the opponent from Horsholm 90-74 on Sunday night. The hosts trailed by 7 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 2-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-74. Bakken made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Bakken outrebounded Horsholm 33-22 including 21 on the defensive glass. Horsholm was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. American point guard Chad Tomko (180-89, college: NC-Wilmington) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 13 points, 10 assists and 5 steals (made all of his nine free throws !!!) for the winners and the former international power forward Nicolai Iversen (205-80, college: San Jose City JC) chipped in 19 points. Tomko is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Four Bakken players scored in double figures. At the losing side the former international forward Casper Hesseldal (198-85, college: Dickinson St., agency: Dynamics Global Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 26 points and 12 rebounds and forward Atila Kovac (-85) scored 18 points.
Top scorers:
Bakken: N.Iversen 19+4reb+2ast, O.Chin 14+6reb, C.Tomko 13+3reb+10ast, C.Lindberg 10+5reb+1ast, A.Jakobsen 9+3reb+3ast, C.Nielsen 8+2reb+2ast
Horsholm: C.Hesseldal 26+12reb+2ast, A.Kovac 18+3reb, Z.Jukic 11+3reb+2ast, A.Hansen 8+4ast, R.Hansen 7+2reb, A.Andersen 4+2reb
gschID: 195222


Svendborg - Horsens IC 97-87
The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 3-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 97-87. The former international guard Adama Darboe (190-86) stepped up and scored 30 points and 4 assists for the winners and U.S. Virgin Islands power forward Gregory Washington (208-84, college: Hofstra) chipped in 21 points and 11 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). At the losing side American center Keane Thomann (211-89, college: Missouri So.) responded with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and international guard Darko Jukic (198-90) scored 23 points and 7 rebounds. Five Horsens IC players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Svendborg: A.Darboe 30+2reb+4ast, G.Washington 21+11reb+1ast, D.Rutherford 19+9reb+3ast, C.Magaard 9+4reb+2ast, M.Plannthin 7+2reb+6ast, A.Haddad 6+2reb
Horsens IC: K.Thomann 24+12reb, D.Jukic 23+7reb+1ast, S.Bowlin 15+1reb+7ast, M.Sakne 12+1reb, F.Rungby 10+4reb+1ast, M.Christensen 3+3reb



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  D-LEAGUE   


Maccabi Rishon Waive Forward Paul Carter - by David Pick

Maccabi Rishon waived American forward Paul Carter (Agency: Edge Sports) according to Israeli journalist Shai Levi.

Carter, 25, was signed earlier this summer to a tryout deal with last season's Israeli Cinderella. Though he recorded high preseason averages, Carter was notified of his release mostly because the team is lacking more of an inside presence to pair up with power-forward Adrian Uter (Agency: Gross Zeev).

The 6'9" shooter recorded 12.5 points and 5 rebounds per game in Mexico last season. Carter also participated in the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, where he played five games for the Atlanta Hawks, posting 4 points and 2.8 boards per contest.

Despite all, Carter's Israeli agent Liron Fanan told Eurobasket the forward will remain in Israel for the next couple of days in attempt to secure a deal with other Division I squads.



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Ventspils prevail against Tartu Ulikool at LOC Cup 2012 - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils - Tartu Ulikool 88:80

Ventspils celebrated the first win at the LOC Cup 2012 in Liepaja. They held off Estonian Tartu Ulikool to set up the clash versus Dynamo Moscow for the third position. Tart Ulikool will take on Liepajas Lauvas for the fifth position.
Ventspils strongly entered the game. They recorded a 24:11 lead after ten minutes. The Latvian team kept their opponents at bay throughout the second quarter. Ventspils posted a 45:33 halftime advantage. Things hardly changed in the third period. Ventspils registered a 68:53 advantage before the fourth stanza. However Tartu refused to give up. They went on a massive rally in the fourth frame to surge ahead 77:76. However Ventspils found the way to recover sinking key free throws late in regulation and snatching a tough win at the end. Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) recorded 26 points for Ventspils. Martins Meiers (206-C-91) added 12 points, while Janis Timma (201-F-92, agency: FCM) and Arturs Berzins (204-PF-88, agency: FCM) had 11 points each in the victory. Kristo Saage (185-PG-85) answered with 22 points for Tart Ulikool. Timo Eichfuss (199-F-88), Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) and Silver Leppik (188-G-83) had 10 points each in the loss.

Ventspils: Donald Sims 26, Martins Meiers 12, Janis Timma 11, Arturs Berzins 11
Tartu Ulikool: Kristo Saage 22, Timo Eichfuss 10, Egidijus Dimsa 10, Silver Leppik 10



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Olympiakos & Panathinaikos: First impressions - by Dimitris Katsionis

The two Greek Euroleague-teams have already start their friendly games and the two new comers on the bench, Georgios Bartzokas and Argyris Pedoulakis, showed a part of their philosophy and coaching directions for this year.

Olympiakos is clearly in his own level. The administration manage to keep all the key players, adding at the same time two very quality Greeks and NTs members. Obviously the Reds are one of the most cohesive teams around, a thing that you can understand directly when you watch them playing. The level of the cooperation is extremely high. It is important to mention that now, at the end of September, Olympiakos is making an end-of November- practice, regarding the training level. Coach Bartzokas wants to keep last years style for the team. A hardnose and very athletic group of players which is based on stiffly defense and transition offense. For sure he will put some new clues (Olympiakos is working a more fast -paced offense). Martinas Gecevicius, who seems improved and Stratos Perperoglous all around offense (midrange scoring and a very evaluated post game) can be the difference makers for the Reds this year.

Panathinaikos coach, Argyris Pedoulakis Is trying to convert all the new pieces to a union. The Greens will have a totally different look this year with too many new adds. However, the expectations remain extremely high. Panathinaikos will "live and die" from his defense. Pedoulakis, a defensive-minded coach, knows pretty well that his team must keep the opponent's production under 70-75 (max) points every night in order to be competitive in the higher level. As a result the Greens will display a different profile. We expect one more hard-caliber team with a lot of toughness. Pedoulakis, who has a lot of common things with Zelimir Obradovic as concerns their basketball philosophy, is working a half court (pickn roll) offense based on Dimitris Diamantidis and Sofoklis Schortsanitis's cooperation. Panathinaikos is in the market for an American forward/center.




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Asia-basket.com All-FIBA Asia Cup Awards 2012 - by Eurobasket Center

All-FIBA Asia Cup 1st Team 2012
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Samad Nik Khahbahrami
Nik Khahbahrami
Hamed Afagh
Afagh
Ryota Sakurai
Sakurai
Kosuke Takeuchi
Takeuchi
Asghar Kardoust
Kardoust
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MVP: Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) of Iran
Best Guard: Hamed Afagh (190-SG-83) of Iran
Best Forward: Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-F-83) of Iran
Best Center: Asghar Kardoust (212-C-86) of Iran
Best Coach: Boban Becirovic of Iran

1st Team
SG: Hamed Afagh (190-83) of Iran
G: Ryota Sakurai (194-83) of Japan
F: Samad Nik Khahbahrami (198-83) of Iran
C/F: Kosuke Takeuchi (206-85) of Japan
C: Asghar Kardoust (212-86) of Iran

2nd Team
PG: Lee Hsueh-Lin (176-84) of Taiwan
G/F: Zhao TaiLong (193-90) of China
F: Fadi Khatib (199-79) of Lebanon
PF: Wang Zhelin (215-94) of Chiba
C/F: Marcus Douthit (210-80) of Phillippines

Honorable Mention
Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (193-G-91) India
Aleksandr Kozlov (201-F-82) of Uzbekistan
Fu In (178-SG-88) of Macau
Erfan Ali (198-PF-83) of Qatar
Tseng Wen-Ting (203-F/C-84) of Taiwan
Garnett Thompson (206-C/F-80) of Lebanon



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KORISLIIGA: Gilberto Clavell to Kouvola - by Rauno Hurmalainen

Kouvot (Kouvola) has finally the roster full, when there is time for the season 2012-13 tip-off only 10 days. Head Coach Jyri Lehtonen has chosen as team's big man Puerto Rican F-C Gilberto Clavell (201-F-89, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Sam Houston St.). Clavell comes from Sam Houston State University (19,5 ppg - 7,3 rpg), where the player played two seasons 2009-11. Clavell has been also on Puerto Rican U18, U19 and U21 National Teams. Last season Clavell played on top level in Puerto Rico. Kouvot has signed earlier with Vernon Taylor (190-G-87, college: Troy) and Chris Hester (192-G/F-79, college: E.Washington).
In Division 1 A Honka (Tapiola) has signed with American F Eric Brennan (201-F-89). Brennan comes from Kutztown University (14,0 ppg - 9,3 rpg).
Huima from Aanekoski is testing American Forwards Andre Stephens (203-F-87, college: S.Mississippi) and Kenny Tribbett (203-F, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Drexel).



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Orchy lands Russell Carter - by Eurobasket News

Orchesien BC (NM1) tabbed 27-year old American guard Russell Carter (196-102kg-85, college: Notre Dame). Carter played in the summer at Frayles de Guasave in Mexican CIBACOPA. In 25 CIBACOPA games he averaged 20.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.3apg and 1.3spg. He can count that season as a very successful as he participated at Mexican CIBACOPA All-Star Game. He also played at Panteras in Venezuelan LPB that season. In 9 LPB games he had 14.7ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.8spg. The other team Carter played that season for was Iowa Energy in USA D-League. In 6 D-League games he had 5.3ppg, 3.2rpg and 1.0apg. He represented USA at the ESPN College Slam Dunk Championships five years ago.
Carter is a very experienced player. He played also professionally in Belgium (VOO Verviers-Pepinster), Colombia (Bucaros and Islanders), Italy, Ukraine (Khimik), Venezuela (Panteras and Bucaneros) and USA (Austin Toros and Iowa Energy).
Carter graduated from University of Notre Dame in 2007 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Nanterre clinch third spot at Alfortville Tourney - by Eurobasket News

Nanterre - Liege 81:79 (OT)

Nanterre clinched the third position at the pre-season tournament of Alfortville. They held off Belgacom Liege in the consolation final. Chris Warren (178-PG-88, college: Mississippi) finished with 18 points to pace the winners.
Nanterre led by two points after ten minutes of action 16:14. They boosted the gap in the second frame. The French team accounted for a 35:31 halftime lead. But Liege denied the deficit in the third quarter. The Belgian team pulled ahead and entered the fourth frame up by as single point 51:50. The teams stayed close throughout the fourth stanza and had to go extra mile to decide on the winner. Nanterre eked out a narrow win in overtime. Jeremy Nzeulie (187-G-91) delivered 15 points, while Stephen Brun (202-F-80) added 10 in the victory. Pierre-Antoine Gillet (201-F-91) answered with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Liege. Wen Boss Mukubu (198-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: UAB) had 14 points in the loss.

Nanterre: Chris Warren 18, Jeremy Nzeulie 15, Stephen Brun 10
Liege: Pierre-Antoine Gillet 19+10 boards, Wen Boss Mukubu 14



Gravelines edge ASVEL in Bourges - by Eurobasket News

Gravelines - ASVEL 81:73

Gravelines clinched the third position in the pre-season tournament in Bourges. They held off ASVEL. Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) scored 19 points to lead the winners.
ASVEL eked out a 14:13 lead after ten minutes. Gravelines turned things around in the second quarter. They went on a 24:14 run to take a 9-point halftime lead. Gravelines boosted the gap at 13-point mark before the final quarter. ASVEL erupted for 29 points in the fourth frame but were unable to escape the loss. Aldo Curti (180-PG-87) finished with 13 points, while Yannick Bokolo (188-SG-85) and Ousmane Camara (202-C-89) added 9 points each for the winners. Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) answered with game-high 31 points for ASVEL. Chace Stanback (203-G/F-89, college: UNLV) netted 12 points in the loss.

Gravelines: Dwight Buycks 19, Aldo Curti 13, Yannick Bokolo 9, Ousmane Camara 9
ASVEL: Edwin Jackson 31, Chace Stanback 12



Strasbourg beat Dijon for Alfortville Tournament title - by Eurobasket News

Strasbourg - Dijon 67:63

Strasbourg clinched the victory at the Alfortville pre-season tournament. They held off Dijon in the Final. Hugo Invernizzi (196-G/F-93) scored 19 points to lead the winners.
Dijon enjoyed a 17:15 lead after ten minutes of action. Strasbourg held their opponents at 12 points in the second frame. Strasbourg pulled ahead to take a 30:29 halftime advantage. Strasbourg managed to clear off in the third term. They ensured a 58:45 advantage at the final intermission. Dijon went on a rescue rally in the fourth frame but came up short of victory at the end. Alexis Ajinca (215-C-88, agency: Priority Sports) notched 11 points and 6 rebounds, while Louis Campbell (190-G-79, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Buffalo) added 18 points for the winning side. Andre Harris (201-F/C-85, college: Fair Dickinson) responded with 11 points for Dijon. Kevin Tiggs (196-G/F-84, college: E.Tenn.St.) and Jeremy Leloup (202-F-87) finished with 10 points apiece in the loss.

Strasbourg: Hugo Invernizzi 19, Louis Campbell 18, Alexis Ajinca 11
Dijon: Andre Harris 11, Kevin Tiggs 10, Jeremy Leloup 10



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Davis and Steed working out with Citybasket Recklinghausen - by Moritz Korff

According to derwesten.de Citybasket Recklinghausen, newcomer to the 2. Bundesliga Pro B, has brought in two big men for a tryout. Andre Davis (206-C) and Austin Steed (203-F-88) are working out with the team, trying to land a contract. Davis played for NCAA Division 1 school Southern and NAIA program Southern-New Orleans during his college career, while Steed attended NCAA D1 schools South Carolina and East Carolina.
The Recklinghausen team initially had added Kendall Chones (201-F-84, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Colgate) as their starting center, who then left for Duesseldorf. Kyle Phillips (205-F, college: Belm.Abbey) joined the team during pre-season, but did not receive a contract following a tryout period.



Nate Rohnert (BBC Bayreuth) My Role Is To Do A Little Bit Of Everything - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Nate Rohnert (197-G-87, college: Denver) is a 25 year old 197cm guard from Colorado that is embarking on his third professional absketball season and first in Germany. He played at Denver (NCAA) from 2006-2010 playing a total of 100 NCAA games and in his senior year played 32 games: 14.5ppg, 5.7rpg, 3.8apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 32.5%, FT: 74.4%. He turned professional in 2010 and played for Tartu Ulikool/Rock (Estonia-KML): only pre-season, in Feb.'11 moved to Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-DBL, starting five): 11 games: 15.8ppg, 8.3rpg, 5.5apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 70.0%. Last season, he played for Denain ASC Voltaire (France-ProB, starting five): 34 games: 12.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 52.0%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 76.8%. He spoke to Eurobasket about basketball.

Welcome to Germany and the Beko BBL. Last season you played in teh French PRO B for Denain ASC Voltaire a small town near the Belgium boarder. Forests were abundant there as are there in Bayreuth. How comfortable have you gotten in Bayreuth and could it be a neighboring town to Denain in terms of scenary?

I have gotten very comfortable here in Bayreuth. It is a beautiful small city and the people here have made me feel right at home.


After playing in Holland and France, you are making the next step in your basketball career in the strong Beko BBL league. How excited and ready are you for this challenge?

I am extremely excited to play in the Beko BBL. I have heard nothing but great things about the league and I am definitely ready for the challenge.

Head coach Marco Van Den Berg has put together a very interesting squad for the upcoming season. What will be your role in the team?

I believe my role on the team will be to do a little bit of everything. I am a very versatile player who can play multiple positions and do several different things well on the court.

In your first two season as a professional, you shot over 40% from downtown something you werent able to do in your last three seasons at Denver (NCAA). Has it been more knowing how to deal with self confidence than putting up more shots in practice or just shot selection which has improved your shooting?

I have worked very hard on my shot of the last couple of years. I realized that if I wanted to be effective at the next level I would have to be able to knock down open shots so I have worked hard to make that a staple in my game.

You are a very versatile player that puts up high stats in points, rebounds and assists. To what NBA player would you describe your game to?

Thats a tough question. I dont know if there is one player that I could compare myself to, but I really like watching Deron Williams, Manu Ginoblili, and Chauncey Billups. If there is anything I can pick up from watching these guys play I try and do that.

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

I would say my passing and ball handling ability. Since I am pretty tall for a guard sometimes people do not think I can do those things but I really enjoy them.


Gary Mcghee is surely going to be a force in the Beko BBL under the basket this season. What has been the most amazing thing that you have seen him do in practice so far?

He is just an anchor down low on defense. He is so big and strong that I am sure he is going to give other centers in this league fits.

Kevin Hamilton is your typical classic point guard. How has your on court relationship developed with him? What do you like most about his game?

Kevin is a true leader out there on the court who makes everyone around him better. He is easy to play with because he is so unselfish and always makes the extra pass.


How did Joe Scott prepare you best for a professional career in basketball. What are you most thankful having learned from him?

Coach Scott taught me so much on and off the court. He taught me hard work, discipline, and many other things that helped me get to where I am at today.


Who was the best player that you played against in the NCAA that might be in the NBA or Europe now?

In college I played against Blake Griffin and the Lopez twins at Stanford and they were all monsters.


If you and Joe Trapani were parked in the corner and got 100 shots to take, who would hit more shots on any given day?

I would win every day of the week easily no questions. I could probably beat Joe in a shooting contest left handed haha


Who would win in their prime in a game the Dream Team or Team USA 2012?

I would have to go with the Dream Team. Their size down low would be too much for the 2012 team.


What was the last DVD that you saw?

Ted it was hilarious. I highly recommend it to everyone

Thanks Nate for the chat




FC Bayern Munchen farewell to BEKO Leagues Cup - by Eurobasket News

FC Bayern Munchen farewell to BEKO Leagues Cup with 4 participating teams.
In Day 1 Besiktas won over Zalgiris 75:57. The Turkish team started with 20-14 in the first period and added 17-16 in the second frame. Moreover Besiktas posted 17-11 in the third period and finished the game with 21-16. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) stepped up with 14 points and Chrsitopher posted 12. Damir Markota (209-F-85) and Hersek delivered 11 points each in a win. Lafayette replied with 12 points and Foote had 9.
CSKA won over FC Bayern Munchen 87:66. The Russian Champion started with 20-16 and led 2 points at the halftime. Moreover they pushed the tempo in the second half and added 24-15 and 23-13 respectively. Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Ponkrashov posted 11. Rice scored 14 in defeat, while Benzing and Jan Jagla brought 13 each.
In the game for the third place FC Bayern Munchen lost to Zalgiris Sasha Kaunas 58:74. The Lithuanian team enjoyed 43:30 halftime advantage and increased the lead after the victory in the second half as well. Popovic top-scored for the winners with 11 points, while Kuzminskas and Dardenas added 10 each. Jan Jagla replied with 12 points and Tyrese Rice notched 11. Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Massachusetts) poured in 10, while Yotam Halperin (193-SG-84) and Robin Benzing scored 9 each.
In the Final game CSKA beat Besiktas 85:60. Alexander Sasha Kaun top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Aaron Jackson, Nenad Krstic and Drew Nicholas posted 11 each. Sonny Weems delivered 10 and Tilos Teodosic had 9. Vladimir Dasic answered with 13 points and 10 boards, while Cevher Ozer naield 11. Patrick Christopher (196-G-88, college: California) and Curtis Jerrells posted 9 points each in defeat.



Cimberio Varese win home tournament - by Eurobasket News

Cimberio Varese - ALBA Berlin 74:73

Cimberio Varese celebrated victory at the home Memorial Pirazzi. They held off ALBA Berlin in the Final. Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) scored 17 points to lead the winners.
ALBA Berlin jumped in front in the opening quarter. They secured a 25:21 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. The German side ensured a 43:39 halftime advantage. Varese got closer in the third quarter. The hosts cut the deficit to three points at the final intermission. Cimberio Varese surged ahead in the final term and managed to hang on for a narrow win at the end. Achille Polonara (202-F-91) finished with 16 points, while Adrian Banks (191-G-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) added 15 in the victory. Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 17 points for ALBA Berlin. Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) provided 13 points in the loss.

Cimberio Varese: Bryant Dunston 17, Achille Polonara 16, Adrian Banks 15
ALBA Berlin: Nihad Djedovic 17, Zach Morley 13



Ludwigsburg, Artland Dragons and New Yorker Phantoms play friendlies - by Eurobasket News

Neckar RIESEN Ludwigsburg won over Nurnberger 87:78. Lucca Staiger (195-SG-88, college: Iowa St.) top-scotred for the winners with 25 points, while John Turek (205-F/C-83, college: Nebraska) added 18.
New Yorker Phantoms overcame Eisbaren Bremerhaven 72:66. Nana top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 7 rebounds, while Mitchell nailed 14. Thaddeus McFadden (188-G-87, college: Fairmont St.) posted 12 and Davis delivered 11.
Banvit meanwhile beat Artland Dragons 96:85. The Turkish team started with 22-18 and led 3 points at the halftime. Moreover they added 30-20 in the third period and did not mind 23-25 in the last stanza. Davis stepped up with 16 points and Sammy Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul) had 15. Serkan Erdogan (190-G-78) posted 14, while Stimac had 13. Popovic replied with 19 points in defeat and Haynes brought 14.



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Olympiakos & Panathinaikos: First impressions - by Dimitris Katsionis

The two Greek Euroleague-teams have already start their friendly games and the two new comers on the bench, Georgios Bartzokas and Argyris Pedoulakis, showed a part of their philosophy and coaching directions for this year.

Olympiakos is clearly in his own level. The administration manage to keep all the key players, adding at the same time two very quality Greeks and NTs members. Obviously the Reds are one of the most cohesive teams around, a thing that you can understand directly when you watch them playing. The level of the cooperation is extremely high. It is important to mention that now, at the end of September, Olympiakos is making an end-of November- practice, regarding the training level. Coach Bartzokas wants to keep last years style for the team. A hardnose and very athletic group of players which is based on stiffly defense and transition offense. For sure he will put some new clues (Olympiakos is working a more fast -paced offense). Martinas Gecevicius, who seems improved and Stratos Perperoglous all around offense (midrange scoring and a very evaluated post game) can be the difference makers for the Reds this year.

Panathinaikos coach, Argyris Pedoulakis Is trying to convert all the new pieces to a union. The Greens will have a totally different look this year with too many new adds. However, the expectations remain extremely high. Panathinaikos will "live and die" from his defense. Pedoulakis, a defensive-minded coach, knows pretty well that his team must keep the opponent's production under 70-75 (max) points every night in order to be competitive in the higher level. As a result the Greens will display a different profile. We expect one more hard-caliber team with a lot of toughness. Pedoulakis, who has a lot of common things with Zelimir Obradovic as concerns their basketball philosophy, is working a half court (pickn roll) offense based on Dimitris Diamantidis and Sofoklis Schortsanitis's cooperation. Panathinaikos is in the market for an American forward/center.




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Standings - Promotie Divisie

Prom.Divisie Standings
 1. De Groene 1-0 
 2. De Hoppers 1-0 
 3. Orca's Urk 1-0 
 4. Punch 1-0 
 5. Red Giants 1-0 
 6. UBALL 1-0 
 7. Almonte 0-0 
 8. Binnenland 0-0 
 9. Almere P. 0-1 
 10. BC Apollo 2 0-1 
 11. Cangeroes 0-1 
 12. Leiden 2 0-1 
 13. MSV/Zeemacht 0-1 
 14. Rotterdam 2 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 22: Orca's Urk - MSV/Zeemacht 76-62
Sep. 22: Punch - Rotterdam 2 72-65
Sep. 22: Cangeroes - De Groene 62-68
Sep. 22: Almere P. - De Hoppers 61-75
Sep. 22: UBALL - Leiden 2 59-56
Sep. 22: BC Apollo 2 - Red Giants 31-61

Regular Season: Round 2

Sep. 29: Leiden 2 - Almere P.
Sep. 29: De Hoppers - Cangeroes
Sep. 29: Red Giants - Orca''s Urk
Sep. 29: Binnenland - BC Apollo 2
Sep. 29: De Groene - Punch
Sep. 30: MSV/Zeemacht - UBALL
Sep. 30: Rotterdam 2 - Almonte



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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi Rishon Waive Forward Paul Carter - by David Pick

Maccabi Rishon waived American forward Paul Carter (Agency: Edge Sports) according to Israeli journalist Shai Levi.

Carter, 25, was signed earlier this summer to a tryout deal with last season's Israeli Cinderella. Though he recorded high preseason averages, Carter was notified of his release mostly because the team is lacking more of an inside presence to pair up with power-forward Adrian Uter (Agency: Gross Zeev).

The 6'9" shooter recorded 12.5 points and 5 rebounds per game in Mexico last season. Carter also participated in the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, where he played five games for the Atlanta Hawks, posting 4 points and 2.8 boards per contest.

Despite all, Carter's Israeli agent Liron Fanan told Eurobasket the forward will remain in Israel for the next couple of days in attempt to secure a deal with other Division I squads.



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  ITALY   


Vanoli Cremona wins Citta di Sassari - by Eurobasket News

Vanoli Cremona wins Citta di Sassari tournament.
In Day 1 Vanoli Cremona beat Ukrainian Dnipro Azot 72:58. The Italian team started with 20-15 and led 42-24 at the halftime. The board showed 57-45 after three quarters, while Vanoli managed to seal a 14-point victory. Jackson posted 26 points to lead all the winners, while Harris nailed 20. Wiggins answered with 17 points and Devendorf delivered 16.
Dinamo Banco di Sardegna overcame Umana Venezia 107:105 in overtime. Thornton top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Diener Drake added 22 points. Diener Travis followed them with 18 and Ignerski notched 17. Clark posted 23 points in defeat and Zoroski had 20.
In the game for the third place Umana Venezia won over Dnipro Azot 103:97. The Italian team won the first period 24-15 but led only 2 points after 20 minutes. The Ukrainian side grabbed 63:61 lead after three quarters, while the score was tied at 83:83 after 40 minutes. In overtime Umana needed some important baskets to seal the victory. Clark erupted with 47 points to pace the winners, while Williams nailed 16. Balashov delivered 17 and Davis brought 14 in defeat.
In the Final game Vanoli Cremona outscored Dinamo Banco di Sardegna 93:82. Harris top-scored for the winners with 31 points and Jackson brought 24. Ignerski ended up with 17 points in defeat and Thornton poured in 16.



Cimberio Varese win home tournament - by Eurobasket News

Cimberio Varese - ALBA Berlin 74:73

Cimberio Varese celebrated victory at the home Memorial Pirazzi. They held off ALBA Berlin in the Final. Bryant Dunston (202-F/C-86) scored 17 points to lead the winners.
ALBA Berlin jumped in front in the opening quarter. They secured a 25:21 lead after ten minutes. The teams traded baskets throughout the second quarter. The German side ensured a 43:39 halftime advantage. Varese got closer in the third quarter. The hosts cut the deficit to three points at the final intermission. Cimberio Varese surged ahead in the final term and managed to hang on for a narrow win at the end. Achille Polonara (202-F-91) finished with 16 points, while Adrian Banks (191-G-86, college: NW Mississippi CC) added 15 in the victory. Nihad Djedovic (198-F-90, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 17 points for ALBA Berlin. Zach Morley (203-F-83, college: Wisconsin) provided 13 points in the loss.

Cimberio Varese: Bryant Dunston 17, Achille Polonara 16, Adrian Banks 15
ALBA Berlin: Nihad Djedovic 17, Zach Morley 13



FINNISH 3 POINT CHAMPION!! - by Dwight Coleman

I'm back in stride again. I competed in a three point contest and signed a few autographs. I'm still a little down on myself because I missed all 5 shots in my first rack. Even though I didn't miss another shot, the first rack is my best spot on the floor! I must say that I expected to make the rest of my shots. When I am in the NBA all star three point shootout I plan to be the first player to make all 25 shots.

Dwight "Sweet Milk" Coleman

FINNISH THREE POINT CHAMP!!!





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  KAZAKHSTAN   


BC Astana edge BC Donetsk in Varese - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana - BC Donetsk 64:62

BC Astana recorded the first win at the pre-season tournament in Varese. They held off BC Donetsk on the final day of the tourney. David Simon (207-C-82, college: IPFW) posted 14 points to lead the Kazakh team.
Astana surged ahead for a 23:20 lead after ten minutes. BC Donetsk stiffened defensively and held their opponents to 8 points in the second frame. The Ukrainian champions accounted for a 37:31 halftime lead. But the Kazakh champs cut the deficit to three points heading into the fourth frame. BC Astana went on a 19:14 run in the fourth stanza to seal the victory. Jerry Johnson (182-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) finished with 13 points, while Rawle Marshall (200-SF-82, college: Oakland) added 12 points for the winners. Maksym Pustozvonov (200-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points for BC Donetsk. Andrei Malysh (204-C/F-83) netted 12 points in the loss.

BC Astana: David Simon 14, Jerry Johnson 13, Rawle Marshall 12
BC Donetsk: Maksym Pustozvonov 14, Andrei Malysh 12



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  KOSOVO   


Berisha joins Peja - by Dren Shporta

Yellow team from Peja has made a sensational transfer, by bringing Dardan Berisha (193-SG-88, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) to his nest. As kosovas sport news portal informed, www.borozani.com, the deal has been reached with some options in it, but Berisha is back.

Dardan Berisha is native pejan and after his spell in Europe, he had became a polish national team member and has showed great success there. He seemed to be very enthusiastic by coming back to his native city and club, which for sure will be a great strengthening to Peja squad.

Dardan Berisha could leave Peja any time during the season, only if some europian team will came with great offer. That's the only option that he could leave the yellow club.

Peja, during the summer has signed Samir Shaptahovic, Artin Gashi (both from Bashkimi), Muhamed Hasani, Alban Veseli (both from Sigal Prishtina) and is searching for international players while croatian center Zoran Pehar is in the club.



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Ventspils prevail against Tartu Ulikool at LOC Cup 2012 - by Eurobasket News

Ventspils - Tartu Ulikool 88:80

Ventspils celebrated the first win at the LOC Cup 2012 in Liepaja. They held off Estonian Tartu Ulikool to set up the clash versus Dynamo Moscow for the third position. Tart Ulikool will take on Liepajas Lauvas for the fifth position.
Ventspils strongly entered the game. They recorded a 24:11 lead after ten minutes. The Latvian team kept their opponents at bay throughout the second quarter. Ventspils posted a 45:33 halftime advantage. Things hardly changed in the third period. Ventspils registered a 68:53 advantage before the fourth stanza. However Tartu refused to give up. They went on a massive rally in the fourth frame to surge ahead 77:76. However Ventspils found the way to recover sinking key free throws late in regulation and snatching a tough win at the end. Donald Sims (185-PG-87, college: Appalachian St.) recorded 26 points for Ventspils. Martins Meiers (206-C-91) added 12 points, while Janis Timma (201-F-92, agency: FCM) and Arturs Berzins (204-PF-88, agency: FCM) had 11 points each in the victory. Kristo Saage (185-PG-85) answered with 22 points for Tart Ulikool. Timo Eichfuss (199-F-88), Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) and Silver Leppik (188-G-83) had 10 points each in the loss.

Ventspils: Donald Sims 26, Martins Meiers 12, Janis Timma 11, Arturs Berzins 11
Tartu Ulikool: Kristo Saage 22, Timo Eichfuss 10, Egidijus Dimsa 10, Silver Leppik 10



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Lebanon to host 2013 Asian Championships - by Eurobasket News

The 27th Asian championship will be held in Lebanon for the first time after Beirut was selected ahead of Manila and Tehran to host the 2013 event. The decision was made by a vote of the FIBA Asia executive committee after having reviewed presentations made by representatives of two of the three bidders - Lebanon and the Philippines - for the right to host the associations marquee event.

Star player Fadi al-Khatib presented Lebanons bid, a 10 minute video demonstration showcasing the venues and hotels to be used during the championship. The presentation also highlighted the strong support of Lebanese fans and the beauty of Lebanon as a tourist destination.

We have been working on the bid for quite some time, and luckily we were able to convince the FIBA Asia board to grant the hosting rights despite a few concerns over the security situation, said Georges Barakat, head of the Lebanese Basketball Union.

It gives us a golden opportunity to develop the game, with the eyes of the whole basketball community on us. We are ready and we have almost a year to prepare for the tournament.

Lebanon will be the third Arab nation to host the FIBA Asia championship, after Saudi Arabia hosted in 1997, followed by Qatar in 2005.The tournament determines which international sides qualify for the World Championships.Lebanon have good memories of hosting Asian tournaments, with Ghazir Stadium having held three major events.

The 1999 and 2000 Asian Champions Cups provided historic moments for Lebanese basketball, with Sagesse crowned back-to-back champions.

The Lebanese national team also succeeded at the stadium, winning the third FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup in 2010 ahead of Japan and Qatar.

The sports city stadium will be the main court, while we are still to decide whether to use Manara or Jamhour stadiums as the second court, Barakat revealed.

Courtesy of www.dailystar.com.lb



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Zalgiris finished third in Munchen - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris finished third in Munchen at the BEKO Leagues Cup.
In Day 1 Besiktas won over Zalgiris 75:57. The Turkish team started with 20-14 in the first period and added 17-16 in the second frame. Moreover Besiktas posted 17-11 in the third period and finished the game with 21-16. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) stepped up with 14 points and Chrsitopher posted 12. Damir Markota (209-F-85) and Baris Hersek (207-PF-88) delivered 11 points each in a win. Oliver Lafayette (188-G-84, college: Houston) replied with 12 points and Foote had 9.
In the game for the third place FC Bayern Munchen lost to Zalgiris Kaunas 58:74. The Lithuanian team enjoyed 43:30 halftime advantage and increased the lead after the victory in the second half as well. Popovic top-scored for the winners with 11 points, while Kuzminskas and Dardenas added 10 each. Jan-Hendrik Jagla (211-PF-81, college: Penn St.) replied with 12 points and Tyrese Rice notched 11. Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Massachusetts) poured in 10, while Yotam Halperin (193-SG-84) and Robin Benzing scored 9 each.



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Standings - LNBP

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Sep. 22: Guerreros - Abejas 90-92
Sep. 23: Toros - Halc.Xalapa 82-80
Sep. 23: Fuerza Regia - Halc.Rojos 81-85
Sep. 22: Soles - Panteras 78-74
Sep. 22: Gigantes - Huracanes 77-90
Sep. 22: Gansos - Lechugueros 71-78
Sep. 22: Osos - Corr.Victoria 102-109 OT
Sep. 22: Pioneros - Barreteros 100-73

Regular Season: Round 8

Sep. 27: Corr.Victoria - Toros
Sep. 27: Panteras - Gigantes
Sep. 27: Barreteros - Osos
Sep. 27: Lechugueros - Pioneros
Sep. 27: Abejas - Soles
Sep. 27: Halc.Rojos - Guerreros
Sep. 27: Halc.Xalapa - Gansos


Alexander number one in Mexican LNBP for round 7 - by Eurobasket News

American forward Rodney Alexander (201-F-87) put on an amazing game in the last round for Corr.Victoria, receiving a Latinbasket.com LNBP Player of the Week award for round 7.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 38 points and 11 rebounds, while his team beat Osos (#14, 1-6) in overtime 109-102. Corr.Victoria is placed at 3rd position in Mexican LNBP. They would have been even better if they did not have these two lost games earlier in Regular Season. Corr.Victoria will need more victories to improve their 5-2 record. Alexander turned to be Corr.Victoria's top player in his first season with the team. Former Oklahoma City University star has very solid stats this year. Alexander is league's best scorer averaging so far 25.2ppg. Alexander is in league's top in rebounds (2nd best: 10.4rpg) and averages impressive 56.1% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 28-year old American McHugh Mattis (198-F-84) of Abejas. Mattis had a very good evening with 25 points and 8 rebounds. It was enough for Abejas to edge the lower-ranked Guerreros (#13, 2-5) 92-90. This victory allowed Abejas to move up to 4th position in the standings. His team's 5-2 record is not bad at all. Mattis is a newcomer at Abejas, but is already one of team's top players.

Third on the list of top players last round was American center Rodrigo Zamora (206-C-86) of Huracanes (#7). Zamora showcased his all-around game by recording 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists in the last round. He was a key player of Huracanes, leading his team to a 90-77 easy win against Gigantes (#16, 0-7). Huracanes needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 5 victories and 2 lost games. Zamora has a very solid season. In 3 games in Mexico he scored 16.7ppg. Rodrigo Zamora has also Mexican passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Eugene Phelps (198-F) of Abejas - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
5. O'Louis McCullough (198-G/F-82) of Corr.Victoria - 35 points and 6 rebounds
6. Terrence Shannon (203-F-79) of Fuerza Regia - 19 points, 10 rebounds and 2 assists
7. CamRon Clay (203-PF-82) of Gansos - 21 points and 7 rebounds
8. Jason Horton (188-G-86) of Barreteros - 22 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Lee Nailon (205-C/F-75) of Panteras - 30 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Alexander Franklin (196-PF-88) of Soles - 14 points and 13 rebounds

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



LNBP Round 7: Halcones UV Xalapa loses the game and top position - by Eurobasket News

After 7 rounds played we can already see who rules in the LNBP and who belongs to weaker ones. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with change at the leadership position, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

There was a change at the LNBP leadership position after last games. Round 7 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Halcones UV Xalapa (6-1). They were edged by second ranked Toros (6-1) 82-80 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Halcones UV Xalapa. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Toros keep a position of league leader, which they share with Halc.Xalapa. Halcones UV Xalapa will play next round against Gansos trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Toros will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Correcaminos in Ciudad Victoria.
Very important is a road loss of third ranked Panteras (5-2) against twelfth ranked Soles (3-4) on Saturday night. Visiting Panteras were defeated by Soles in a tough game in Mexicali 74-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Panteras. It was an exceptional evening for American Alexander Franklin (196-88, college: Siena) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. Kentrell Gransberry accounted for 18 points and 7 rebounds. American power forward Lee Nailon (205-75, college: TCU) came up with 30 points and 6 rebounds for Panteras in the defeat. Panteras' coach Juan Cardona rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Soles moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Panteras at the other side keep the third position with two games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Soles will play against higher ranked Abejas (#4) in Guanajuato in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panteras will play against Gigantes and hope to get back on the winning track.
Bottom-ranked Gigantes (0-7) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to seventh ranked Huracanes (5-2) 90-77 on Saturday evening. Rodrigo Zamora fired 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. Huracanes' coach Luis Lopez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. John Gardiner produced 15 points and 5 rebounds for lost side. Huracanes have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted Gigantes still closes the standings with seven games lost. They share the position with Gansos. Huracanes will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Gigantes will play against Panteras (#6) in Aguascalientes and hope to get finally their first victory.
Bottom-ranked Gansos (0-7) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to thirteenth ranked Lechugueros (3-4) 78-71. Worth to mention a great performance of Babacar Camara who helped to win the game recording 9 points and 15 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lechugueros moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Gansos still closes the standings with seven games lost. Lechugueros' next round opponent will be higher ranked Pioneros (#8) in Cancun and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gansos will play on the road against the league's second-placed Halcones UV Xalapa (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Osos (#14) forced the game against Correcaminos (#4) into an overtime, but lost by seven points 102-109 on Saturday night. The game took place in . But the guests from Ciudad Victoria were better at the end. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for Rodney Alexander who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Correcaminos have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Osos lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the fourteenth position with six games lost. Correcaminos will face league's leader Toros in Nuevo Laredo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Osos will play on the road against Barreteros (#12) in Zacatecas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.

There were no shocking results in the rest of the games of round 7: Halc.Rojos won against Fuerza Regia on the opponent's court 85-81. Guerreros unfortunately lost to Abejas in a home game 90-92. Barreteros were rolled over Pioneros on the road 73-100.


Osos - Corr.Victoria 102-109 OT

Osos (#14) forced the game against Correcaminos (#4) into an overtime, but lost by seven points 102-109 on Saturday night. The game took place in . But the guests from Ciudad Victoria were better at the end. The guests trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime then Osos managed to tie the game at the end of regular time. However that was Correcaminos who were better in overtime eventually winning that period 20-13. They made 34-of-37 free shots (91.9 percent) during the game. Osos were plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Rodney Alexander (201-87, college: Oklahoma City) who led his team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 38 points (!!!) and 11 rebounds. Swingman O'Louis McCullough (198-82, college: Francis Marion) helped adding 35 points (!!!) and 6 rebounds. At the losing side forward Keith Gayden (202-83, college: Duquesne) responded with 17 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists and guard Marlyn Bryant (193-82, college: S.Florida) scored 25 points. Five Osos players scored in double figures. Correcaminos have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Osos lost sixth consecutive game. Newly promoted team keep the fourteenth position with six games lost. Correcaminos will face league's leader Toros in Nuevo Laredo in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Osos will play on the road against Barreteros (#12) in Zacatecas and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Corr.Victoria: R.Alexander 38+11reb, O.McCullough 35+6reb+1ast, D.Riley 8+11reb+2ast, J.Sanchez 7+2reb, B.Heredia 6+3reb+2ast, J.Sanchez 6+4reb+1ast
Osos: M.Bryant 25+4reb+1ast, L.Morinia 18+7reb+1ast, K.Gayden 17+9reb+5ast, S.Bowie 16+4reb+2ast, G.Moron 14+4reb, J.Camacho 5+2reb+2ast
gschID: 188478


Toros - Halc.Xalapa 82-80

There was a change at the LNBP leadership position after last games. Round 7 most important game was a defeat of league's leader Halcones UV Xalapa (6-1). They were edged by second ranked Toros (6-1) 82-80 on Sunday night. It ended at the same time the six-game winning streak of Halcones UV Xalapa. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Toros keep a position of league leader, which they share with Halc.Xalapa. Halcones UV Xalapa will play next round against Gansos trying to make it back to the top of the standings. Toros will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Correcaminos in Ciudad Victoria.
gschID: 188475


Fuerza Regia - Halc.Rojos 81-85

Rather expected game in Monterrey where 9th ranked Fuerza Regia (3-4) was defeated by seventh ranked Halcones Rojos (5-2) 85-81 on Sunday. Fuerza Regia was trailing by 7 points at halftime but managed to get 1-point lead after three quarters before a 20-15 charge of Halcones Rojos, which allowed them to win the game. It was a great evening for Puerto Rican point guard Carlos Rivera (187-83, college: Hofstra, agency: Paris Global Sports) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points. Venezuelan power forward Luis Bethelmy (200-86) helped adding 14 points and 7 rebounds. At the losing side American forward Terrence Shannon (203-79, college: Elgin CC, agency: Paris Global Sports) responded with a double-double by scoring 19 points and 10 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!) and the other American import center Lance Allred (211-81, college: Weber St., agency: SportsTalent) scored 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Five Fuerza Regia players scored in double figures. Both coaches tested many bench players in such tough game. Halcones Rojos moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Fuerza Regia lost third consecutive game. They keep the ninth position with four games lost. Halcones Rojos will face Guerreros (#13) in the next round and are hoping to win another game.
Top scorers:
Halc.Rojos: C.Rivera 23+3reb+1ast, L.Bethelmy 14+7reb+1ast, F.Cruz 10+2reb+3ast, L.Davis 8+1reb+1ast, M.Mitchell 7+3reb+2ast, J.Aubry 7+5reb
Fuerza Regia: T.Shannon 19+10reb+2ast, G.Grays 15+1ast, G.Giron 11+5reb+2ast, L.Allred 11+6reb+4ast, R.Major 10+8reb+1ast, A.Izaguirre 6+3reb+2ast
gschID: 188476


Gigantes - Huracanes 77-90

Bottom-ranked Gigantes (0-7) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to seventh ranked Huracanes (5-2) 90-77 on Saturday evening. Gigantes trailed 42-40 at halftime, rallying from a 32-15 deficit at the end of first quarter to trim the gap. Huracanes dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Gigantes' 36. The former international center Rodrigo Zamora (206-86, college: Montana St.) fired 22 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. American swingman Anthony Johnson (197-79, college: La-Lafayette, agency: Interperformances) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Huracanes' coach Luis Lopez used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. British V.Islands-Vincentian center John Gardiner (203-83, college: Sam Houston St.) produced 15 points and 5 rebounds and Michael Munoz added 12 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side. Four Huracanes and five Gigantes players scored in double figures. Huracanes have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted Gigantes still closes the standings with seven games lost. They share the position with Gansos. Huracanes will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Gigantes will play against Panteras (#6) in Aguascalientes and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Huracanes: R.Zamora 22+7reb+4ast, A.Johnson 18+5reb+2ast, O.Quintero 16+4reb+4ast, M.Morrison 13+5reb+7ast, J.Farrera 9+4reb, M.Ayala 5
Gigantes: J.Gardiner 15+5reb+1ast, A.Morris 12+1reb+4ast, M.Munoz 12+6reb+2ast, S.Liggins 12+1reb+4ast, M.Briggs 10+5reb, Z.Alvidrez 9
gschID: 188477


Guerreros - Abejas 90-92

Very predictable result when fifth ranked Abejas (5-2) edged on the road 11th ranked Guerreros (2-5) 92-90 on Saturday. Guerreros trailed by 12 points after 3 quarters before a 32-22 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 90-92 at the end of the game. Guerreros were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for American-Jamaican forward McHugh Mattis (198-84, college: S.Florida) who led his team to a victory scoring 25 points and 8 rebounds. American forward Eugene Phelps (198, college: Long Beach St.) helped adding 18 points and 11 rebounds. At the losing side American point guard Michael Hunter (178, college: Cal-Irvine) responded with 24 points and American-Puerto Rican power forward Angel Alamo (206-85) scored 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-13 shooting from the field). Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Guerreros' coach Marcelo Elusich tried various players' combinations and tested in total eleven players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game. Abejas have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with 4 other teams. Newly promoted Guerreros dropped to the thirteenth position with five games lost. Abejas will face Soles (#10) in Mexicali in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Guerreros will play on the road against Halcones Rojos in Veracruz.
Top scorers:
Abejas: M.Mattis 25+8reb+1ast, E.Phelps 18+11reb+2ast, V.Buelna 18+2reb, S.Pettigrew 17+2reb+1ast, L.Ramirez 6+1reb+1ast, A.Sandoval 4+2reb
Guerreros: M.Hunter 24+3reb+3ast, A.Alamo 23+6reb, T.Gabbidon 18+9reb+1ast, S.Shorter 14+3reb, F.Calixto 7+1reb+2ast, D.Simental 2+1reb
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Gansos - Lechugueros 71-78

Bottom-ranked Gansos (0-7) is still winless. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their seventh consecutive match to thirteenth ranked Lechugueros (3-4) 78-71. The guests were already 13 points ahead after 3 quarters before a 21-15 Gansos' run in the last quarter cut the lead to 78-71 at the end of the game. Worth to mention a great performance of Senegalese center Babacar Camara (211-81, college: CS Fullerton) who helped to win the game recording 9 points and 15 rebounds. Naturalized American forward Adrian Sanchez (196-86) contributed with 20 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winners. American CamRon Clay (203-82) answered with 21 points and 7 rebounds and the other American import forward Shane Thorson (198-83, college: Tampa) added 10 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Gansos. Four Gansos players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lechugueros moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Newly promoted Gansos still closes the standings with seven games lost. Lechugueros' next round opponent will be higher ranked Pioneros (#8) in Cancun and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Gansos will play on the road against the league's second-placed Halcones UV Xalapa (#2) having rather not much hope for a victory.
Top scorers:
Lechugueros: A.Sanchez 20+2reb, R.Johns 14+2reb+2ast, J.Walker 14+2reb+3ast, B.Camara 9+15reb, G.Preer 8+2ast, E.Martin 6+4reb+4ast
Gansos: C.Clay 21+7reb+1ast, C.Duran 11+5reb+1ast, G.Silva 11+4reb+2ast, S.Thorson 10+5reb+3ast, D.Pineda 8+2reb+1ast, D.Chambers 6
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Pioneros - Barreteros 100-73

Everything could happen in Cancun at the game between two tied teams. Both ninth ranked Pioneros and 10th ranked Barreteros had identical 3-3 record. This time Pioneros used a home court advantage and rolled over the opponent from Zacatecas 100-73 on Saturday night. The game was mostly controlled by Pioneros. Barreteros was better in third quarter 27-26. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 29-of-37 free shots (78.4 percent) during the game. Barreteros were plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. It was a great evening for the former international forward Stephen Soriano (201-84, college: Colorado Mesa) who led his team to a victory scoring 20 points. The former international guard Forrest Fisher (193-80) helped adding 15 points and 5 rebounds. Five Pioneros players scored in double figures. At the losing side American guard Jason Horton (188-86, college: Missouri) responded with 22 points and 5 assists and the other American import forward Jerome Habel (208-85, college: San Diego St.) scored 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Pioneros (4-3) moved-up to eighth place. Loser Barreteros dropped to the ninth position with four games lost. Pioneros will face Lechugueros (#11) in Leon in the next round. Barreteros will play against Osos.
Top scorers:
Pioneros: S.Soriano 20+2reb, H.Hernandez 16+4reb+2ast, F.Fisher 15+5reb+2ast, A.Scott 14+6reb+2ast, H.Llamas 10+6reb, E.Sanchez 9+2reb+2ast
Barreteros: J.Horton 22+3reb+5ast, J.Habel 16+7reb+2ast, M.Battle 11+3reb+2ast, R.Loera Almanza 7+6reb+1ast, A.Chacon 6+1reb+1ast, R.Navarro 4+2reb+1ast
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Soles - Panteras 78-74

Very important is a road loss of third ranked Panteras (5-2) against twelfth ranked Soles (3-4) on Saturday night. Visiting Panteras were defeated by Soles in a tough game in Mexicali 74-78. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Panteras. The hosts were ahead by 4 points but lost the second period ending it with a 2-point deficit before their 20-14 run, which allowed them to win the game. Soles outrebounded Panteras 42-30 including 30 on the defensive glass. It was an exceptional evening for American Alexander Franklin (196-88, college: Siena) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds. His fellow American import center Kentrell Gransberry (206-85, college: S.Florida) accounted for 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winning side. American power forward Lee Nailon (205-75, college: TCU) came up with 30 points and 6 rebounds and Panamanian power forward Antonio Garcia (203-76, college: Ky Wesleyan) added 13 points and 14 rebounds respectively for Panteras in the defeat. Panteras' coach Juan Cardona rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help. Soles moved-up to ninth place, which they share with 3 other teams. Panteras at the other side keep the third position with two games lost. They share it with 4 other teams. Soles will play against higher ranked Abejas (#4) in Guanajuato in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panteras will play against Gigantes and hope to get back on the winning track.
Top scorers:
Soles: K.Gransberry 18+7reb+1ast, C.Elliott 15+2reb+4ast, A.Franklin 14+13reb+1ast, J.Luis Bucio 8+6reb+1ast, J.Griffin 7+1reb+1ast, R.Martinez 6+6reb+3ast
Panteras: L.Nailon 30+6reb+2ast, A.Garcia 13+14reb, R.Melendez 11+1reb+3ast, F.Verdugo 7+3reb+2ast, K.Malpica 6+2reb+7ast, L.Miguel Rangel 3+1reb+1ast
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Carlos Uribe is a newcomer at Gigantes Edomex - by Eurobasket Center

Gigantes Edomex (LNBP) strengthened their roster with addition of 33-year old power forward Carlos Uribe (202-F/C-110kg-79). In his first game he scored 7 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. However his new team lost to Huracanes 77-90. Uribe played most recently at Indios de la UAC-Juarez (Regional). He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Uribe is a very experienced player.

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Mornar signed contracts with Rondovic and Djurisic - by Darko Pekic

Mornar announced today the signing of two players for the next season Nikola Rondovic (207-F-91, agency: Interperformances) and Milos Djurisic (194-G-88, agency: TSS Management). Both players are former members of the club and will try to add some experience to the team coached by Djordjije Pavicevic who replaced his brother Mihailo Pavicevic as the first team head coach.

Nikola Rondovic was born in Bar but raised in Red Star Belgrade youth teams. He made a debut for Red Star during the season 2007/2008, spent three seasons there and then moved to Teodo Tivat (averaged 11.7ppg, 3.5rpg last season). Djurisic spent last year in in Ulcinj and played Balkan league averaging 13.3ppg, 6.4rpg in the regional competition.



Interview with Predrag Milovic, basketball enthusiast and current head coach of Postojna - by Darko Pekic

Predrag Milovic, experienced coach born and raised in Bar with more than three decades in coaching, is talking to eurobasket.com about his beginnings and current situation in Montenegrin basketball.

Mr. Milovic, could you introduce eurobasket.com's readers with your basketball career? How did you fall in love with basketball? It is known that at that time in Bar, the place you are coming from, basketball was not as developed as it is today?

Considering that basketball in Bar arrived in 1973, I joined first the football club Mornar, but I soon realized that as a great dribbler I would not get a chance to play as forward in the team (the coach put me on position of right-back) and I decided to give up on my football dreams. That sport remained my unfulfilled desire. As a man who loves sports as a mean of survival, I decided on 9 February 1974 to enroll in BC Gimnazijalac youth team, which only two weeks later turned into BC Mladost. The things somehow coincided strangely and in 1975 I inherited the jersey with the number 6 from my neighbor Zarko Petrovic and I became first team player of BC Mladost. My first coach became our physical education teacher Branka Korac, and she explained us during the first practice that if we wanted to be good basketball players we should not not drink alcohol, coffee, and smoke, but most of all "dear children, you must be good people." This wonderful woman has left an indelible mark in my basketball career and of course in my whole life. Because of her, I loved basketball and probably wll stay in it until the end of life. Some of us listened to her, others did not but thats all life.


After successful qualifications in Budva in 1975 BC Mladost qualified for Division I of Montenegro league. Of course, former Montenegrin league was played on concrete courts, and we paved our own court (completed it) the night before the competition started.

Today, Bar is a beautiful modern Mediterranean city and has all the conditions for the development of professional basketball. I must emphasize that my playing career lasted only four years and I was mostly a reserve player.

How did you decide to start coaching? What motivated you to change the jersey for a suit?

In 1977, our club qualified for the Second League of former Yugoslavia and our coach at that time brought some reinforcements, which I thought were not better than me and I told him that. Of course, it was the end of my playing career. Also a systematic review in Belgrade has shown that I have a heart arrhythmia, and it all coincided to leave basketball. It was one of the hardest days of my life. My idol back then was Ljubodrag Duci Simonovic and all day I've practiced all of his moves, but in vain, it was the end of my career. Thats how I gave up on my career- I was not able to keep my mouth shut.

And in 1978 I graduated from high school in Bar and since I had no money to study literature (my second love after basketball) in other former Yugoslavian republics, I decided to enroll in the former University of Titograd (now Podgorica) and study law. And one day in the dormitory, came a fateful letter from my friends from school Vesna Jovanovic (captain) and Vesna Aleksic. They were the best basketball player of our club BC Mladost Bar. Specifically club management told them to find a coach, because as no one wanted to train them, they can not continue with competition in the Montenegrin league. How come they remembered me, even now I can not understand, but that letter arrived to my address. And of course a mad man like me did not think twice, I quickly became the coach of the women's team in March 1979..and I was only 19 years old!. My first practice with the team I will never forget. Before my arrival at training were five - six girls, and on that day there were 17 of them. To make the long story short, in 1979 we became the champions of Montenegro and after qualifications, we made it into the Second Federal League. We also won the Cup of Montenegro. Great start for a guy who was actually a boy in those years. Thats how it all started and today I started my 34th coaching season.In 34 years of coaching I have never had an extended break of two - three months.


Its a known fact that every coach tries to adjust his basketball philosophy to his new team. Could you tell us more about your basetball philosophy?

In 1977, we we were lucky enough to have around the famous coach Bratislav Djordjevic (father of Alexander Djordjevic ) who built a house in Bar, and when he saw our young and promising team he was not ablr hide his delight. And then came the D-day for our club and even more for me. Bratislav Djordjevic sent his assistant from Red Star to Bar, a young Bozidar Maljkovic (agency: Interperformances ). He worked with us two or three months, and then I opened my eyes.I realized that before the arrival of Bozo we practiced some other sport! I copied all his practices and have them now in my archives. His style full of humor, but with a lot of work and order, delighted me as a little boy and I fell in love with Bozo. Since then he became my idol. After all these years I can confirm that Bozidar Maljkovic (agency: Interperformances ) motivated me to be a coach.

My basketball philosophy is related to the Montenegrin mentality, at least similar to those ancient days. For myself I can say that I am trying to be honest and open with my players. Of course, I am full of sympathy for all their problems.Unfortunately, this current generation have changed and sometimes do not understand what it is humanity. I'm glad that, despite all the problems, I built my own style, original one. However, I believe that I could have had a much better coaching career, but I did not want to push myself over the limits and sneak into a big club. I do not regret it, because we can not all be the same, we can not all hug with the president, general managers etc. Someone has to be original.


You spent the most of your career in Slovenia. What links you with the former Yugoslav Republic considering the fact that you are a man from the South?

My arrival in Slovenia was a pure luck. With a brilliant generation of cadets I was at a tournament in Kranj.We were the biggest surprise in in the entire country and we won against Zadar, Partizan and domestic Triglav, with players such as Gregor Fucka (214-C-71, agency: Interperformances), Roman Horvat (200-F-71) ...

Victory in this tournament secured us a place in the Final Four in Zagreb. We outscored there the Cadet Championship winner Olimpija and it was my ticket for Slovenia. People from Triglav Kranj invited me and our cooperation started.I should have stayed only six months, but with a lot of luck and the help of two great players from Bar, Vanja Vujadinovic and
Milosav Susic (203-C-68), we became CHAMPIONS of Slovenian league and qualified for the First B Division of Yugoslavia. So I can say thanks to these two players, instead of six months I stayed there 24 years.

After that I had excellent results in all clubs in Slovenia and I got used to people and culture here They are different, although in some aspects of life it can be noticed that they have lived with us for 50 years, in the same state. We learned them a craft.


My family lives here and I feel general happiness, although I must be honest that my nostalgia for Montenegro has never stopped.

I met and got to know a lot of good people and a small number of true friends. To fight against homesickness I go to the sea at least once a week with my friend and a great coach Kosta Subotic (coach of BC.Splona plovba Portoroz ) to watch beautiful Koper, Izola, Ankaran or Portoroz.

In the past four seasons you have coached Postojna, the former Division I club from Slovenia now playing in Division II. Are you pleased with the results in the previous period and the ambitions of the club for the upcoming season?

After wandering around Slovenia for many years I stopped to live in Postojna in 2000. I coached there in the season 1991-1992 years and we made great results in all categories so I established good relatinship with most people around the club. My family decided to live there and I move to other cities and countries when the right opportunity arrives. So far I have worked in Krka Novo Mesto, Koper, Nova Gorica, Bar, Cetinje, Syria (Aleppo), while my family lived in Postojna. I've always helped local club though. Actually our agreement is stay here for a while and try to make a result with the club. And it was often for free, even this year.. After my return from Syria, one member of the administration (my former basketball player Tomislav Tiringer) came to me and told me that the club faced bankruptcy, that there was no money for player and that I was the last chance for the club. He was referring to senior team position. Of course, I decided to help them, took over the club and put together a young team coached by me. And thats how it all started. Last year I found a sponsor in Ljubljana and we were only a few minutes away from Division I. However, we do not have financial resources to partecipate in Division I (SKL) but my team is one of the youngest teams in Division II and it makes me proud. My goal is to endure another two years in this club, but if I do not find a general sponsor by then I will have to go back abroad.

As far as the results in the past three years are concerned, I am very pleased. Moj only goal, since Postojna is a little town, is to create as many young players for the senior team as possible. Currently we have 160 children and they work with six coaches.


We get considerable help from the municipality of Postojna and I must say that primarily athletes and my friends from the city chose me in the last local elections for their representative in municipal Parliament. I do not want to surrender although the whole situation is not easy.

You had last season in your team Savo Milovic (194-G-86), your son. How a well known father influences on his son's career? What do you think?

It is interesting that Savo for the first time in his career played on my team. Savo is a player who understands basketball and its certainly not easy to play on the team that I lead, as expect him to be a leader. He played basketball eight years in Germany with Cologne and won the Championship in Germany. He needed to adapt to such small club where everything is not as he was used to in the big club. Savo has excellent shooting abilities, but very slow legs and I think that's one of the reasons why he did not have a better career. Of course, my wife and I wish to have normal children, because in these difficult times is not that easy to be normal and I am very satisfied with Savo. I have many connections and I could have found him many good jobs as a basketball player but it is much more important to be a good man, and I do think my son is a good man. The whole family is really proud on him.

I know he can play a lot better, but he likes coaching a lot and I will try to help him as much as I can.


Considering your enormous experience, there is a logical question: is it easier to be a player or a coach? How important is a good coach if he has bad players around, or do good players need a good coach at all?

Well, I already told you I had played basketball only four years and during that time I was mostly reserve player, so you can hardly compare the two careers. I only know that I am still the most ambitious coach in the world, but not at any price. Now watch these young coaches. I have a feeling that they would do anything just to get a chance, use any means to get to the coaching bench. Times have changed, people are different. There is less humanity in sports. There are managers, directors, teams secretaries, and even the biggest problem- parents. They try to overcome their frustrations and failures and then blame coaches for their failures because they see their child as a potential million dollar worth business and solution for their problems. Often kids leave school to concentrate on basketball and become antisocial and thats how we create people today.

Today, coach in this business depends on all these factors. His role in the club's management is marginalized and largely depends on the will of the President, his spies etc ... Your career sometimes really depends on the guy who works at the gym , the chauffeur of clubs bus etc. I feel sorry for those good old days, when the coach was equal with the club's President. Of course this does not apply to premium euro coaches, and there are barely a dozen who can openly voice their opinion at any time.

In Slovenia they say I am a coach- motivator, but this new generation is very difficult to motivate because they are just a product of these modern times, where everything is seen through the money. For everything in life you have to have a natural talent and for coaching as well. Sometimes you learn the most from a bad coach, actually you learn how NOT to do something.

With quality players is hard to get along because of their ego, but you need much less effort you share your basketball ideas with them.


Did you follow this summer the Montenegrin National Team led by Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket )? Your impressions?

I enjoyed this summer! As it usually happens one shot can change the life of a coach, of a team and of the whole nation. And it was Nikola Ivanovic (190-PG-94, agency: Beo Basket)'s shot in Belgrade. Thank him for all the joy he brought to all Montenegrins around the planet. It awakened pride in the people in this small country, but we have very brave people indeed. Later everything was routine, the players started believing in themselves, especially in their work, coaches and the result was just a consequence. I have to say that I am delighted how Luka led the team. He is a very smart man, educated, and his charisma is obvious. Montenegro owes him a lot and I hope that he will stay in the National team for at least ten years. He is a man who grew up in Podgorica and knows well the mentality. Montenegro is a sporting phenomenon, because just watch the resuls in women's handball, water polo, the outstanding achievements in women basketball and now in men basketball. The results are admirable. I hope people from our basketball federation will take advantage of it and work on basketball development in Montenegro.

It was a great courage to take a completely new team in the qualifiers, but fortune favors brave men and
Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ) proved to be a brave man and a great coach. He had also a great coaching staff to back him up, with excellent coach Stojan Ivkovic and two most promising young coaches Petar Mijovic and Dusan Dubljevic .

Of course, I also consider to be great coaches my former assistant
Dragan Radovic (head coach of Lovcen now) and Dejan Radonjic (agency: Beo Basket ) who achieved some extraordinary results with Buducnost.

What do you think about the current situation in your town Bar and in Montenegrin basketball league? Do you think that everything goes in the right direction?

It's hard for me to comment on the general state in basketball played in my home town, because I do not have any contact with people who run Mornar now, but I think it would be ideal if Bar gets another club in the Montenegrin First League in which young, domestic players would play. Of course, Bar currently has seven to eight basketball schools and I think that Mornar, as a carrier of basketball in Bar, has to make agreements with all these schools and bring players from there to their junior team program, not let them run away and deal with various unknown agents.

I am particularly satisfied with basketball school Medietran organized by two of my former basketball players,
Ranko Carapic (185-G-70, agency: Beo Basket) and Radovan Pesic (186-G-72, agency: Beo Basket). They give me hope that basketball there will continue to develop as both of them had a lot of good coaches in their careers. Of course, when another senior team is formed it will be a lot easier to promote players.


You have coached also clubs from your home town Bar (Primorka and Mornar), then Lovcen from Cetinje. If there was an ambitious project would you return to Montenegrin league?

Of course, I am always ready to return to Montenegro, but I no longer have patience to take out chestnuts out of the fire. There are not many good projects any more, and every coach is the happiest man in the world when someone can provide it to him. Unfortunately, only good results are highly appreciated. I've already told you about coaching life. Its very hard nowdays. My return to Montenegro is evident and it is only a matter of time. If my former players started implementing their ideas I'd pack my bags and come right now. This summer I met in Bar a great man who lives in Ulcinj, but is a board member of Shkodra, his name is Ilir Taflaj. We have very similar ideas about the development of basketball. After our trip to Shkodra this summer I came up with the idea that even less-developed basketball nations could develop good basketball players. I have had in my teams players from all over the world, and from Albania and Kosovo also. I must say that these are very talented people, not only for basketball but for all sports.

However, Montenegro is and always will be my first option.


Thank you for the interview Good luck in the years to come and I hope you will get a chance to implement your ideas in Montenegro!

Thank you. Your interviews with well known coaches and players also help to get the idea about basketball in Montenegro and promote it in the best way possible.
All the best!



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Dirk Nowitzki analyzes Mavs overhaul, says knee is good to go - by Eurobasket News

Dirk Nowitzki (7'0''-F-78) has some encouraging words for Mavericks fans who might be, at best, unenthusiastic about the team going into the season and, at worst, downright jaded.

First, hes not the least bit disheartened by the moves or lack of marquee moves the Mavericks made this summer. In fact, hes encouraged about the possibilities with training camp opening this week.

Second, and more important, Nowitzki feels wonderful physically. His right knee that gave him such trouble during the first half of the shortened season in 2011-12 no longer is a concern to him.

Thats huge.

I tried to keep in shape all summer long so that it would not be hard to pick up my usual training routine, Nowitzki said in an email interview. I feel great. My knees feel fine, and thats important. I am ready to go.

Nowitzki has been working out extensively in Germany with his friend and mentor, Holger Geschwindner. Nowitzki, 34, had an eventful off-season. He got married in July and while the honeymoon is still going, it hasnt stopped the 11-time all-star from making sure that a repeat of last season doesnt happen.

Thats when he started terribly because the lockout canceled the first eight weeks of the season. When it finally started on Christmas, Nowitzki was not in game shape and his knees let him know it.

He needed a midseason boot camp to get back in gear and finished the season strongly. He averaged 21.6 points and 6.8 rebounds, the lowest numbers since his first two seasons in the league.

This year, he envisions no such problems getting started.

Nowitzki also is stoked about his team. Its been 15 months since the Mavericks won the championship and 10 months since the decision to bust up that title team.

Everybody knows how difficult last season was for Nowitzki and the Mavericks. They struggled with a roster jammed with players who were on one-year contracts or working on the last year of their contracts, or headed for a departure via the amnesty provision, in Brendan Haywoods case.

This year, the Mavericks again have maintained financial flexibility with a lot of short-term contracts. That doesnt deter Nowitzki.

I think we have a good team again, Nowitzki said. I like all the new additions. I think we got younger on the perimeter, more atheltic and that was always our goal.

We can be a really good team, but we have to see how we all fit together, how the chemistry works. The month of October is important to get everyone adjusted, but I think we got a lot of potential.

Individually, Nowitzki sees upgrades at several positions this season, particularly in the paint.

[Chris] Kaman should be the best center offensively that Ive ever played with in Dallas, he said. [O.J.] Mayo is a big-time shot-maker that can also attack the basket and run some screen-and-rolls. [Darren] Collison is a fast guy who is going to push the pace. Hes great at penetrating and has a floater and creates shots.

I think we have a strong team. If the chemistry is right again, anythings possible.

Nowitzki also made it clear that he is in no mood this season to hear about players who are on the last year of their contract or feel like they are headed for another destination in the off-season. That mentality crept into the minds of some players last season.

We are all professionals, and I expect everyone to play at a high level and give it their best no matter what their contract situation is, Nowitzki said. It is an honor to represent the Mavericks and that is how we will approach it.

Courtesy of www.dallasnews.com



Knicks working out Rasheed Wallace, report says - by Eurobasket News

Apparently free agent big man Kenyon Martin still hasn't backed off his demand for something more than a veteran's minimum -- which is all the Knicks can offer -- but the Knicks can go in another direction.

Instead of adding Martin for his rebounding and defensive skills, New York is considering bringing Rasheed Wallace (6'10''-F/C-75, college: N.Carolina) out of retirement, according to ESPN's Ric Bucher.

"NBA news: Rasheed Wallace working out at NYK practice facility w/Camby and Kurt Thomas," Bucher tweeted early Sunday morning. "Knicks' considering."

Unlike Martin, who could be used to trap opposing players in same way coach Mike Woodson used Jared Jeffries last season, Wallace would provide more offense off the bench. Wallace isn't a bad weakside defender, but even at 6-11 he's never been much of a shot blocker.

The last time NBA audiences saw Wallace he was 35 and appearing in 79 regular season games for the Boston Celtics. He did average 9.0 ppg that season, but Wallace's field goal percentage dipped to a career low 40.9 percent and he had his lowest rebounding rate since he was a 24-year old for the Portland Trail Blazers. Wallace averaged only 6.6 rebounds per 36 minutes, which is pretty terrible for someone of his size and athleticism -- even at 35.

Wallace appeared in all 24 of the Celtics' playoff games that season, but his figures over that span aren't much better (he did hit 82.8 percent of his free throws, which helped Boston reach the NBA Finals). He actually had to start in Game 7 of the NBA Finals in 2010 because Kendrick Perkins hurt his right knee in the previous game, and Wallace responded with 11 points in the defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The good news is that Wallace supposedly rededicated himself to being in shape since retiring before the 2010-2011 season. He's played in some charity games and things of that sort and the general consensus is that he hasn't looked this good physically in years.

The Knicks' interest is understandable. They have depth in the frontcourt, but Amar'e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler have a history of injuries and Marcus Camby and Kurt Thomas are both pushing 40.

The 38-year-old Wallace won't make the Knicks younger, but he could make them even deeper, and that's all that counts.

Courtesy of www.nj.com



Prokhorov guarantees postseason for Nets - by Eurobasket News

When Mikhail Prokhorov bought the Nets two years ago, he declared the franchise will win a title by the end of the 2015 season.

After seeing his teams roster dramatically overhauled this offseason ahead of the Nets beginning play in Brooklyn this fall, Prokhorov is standing behind that prediction.

For me, theres only one place: number one, Prokhorov said Friday inside his teams brand-new home, Barclays Center, in Brooklyn. And I do my best to reach the championship.

Were moving on ... slowly, slowly, step by step. Its easy to make a strong team, but its very difficult to make a championship team. So were on the right way. And still, Im expecting our championship within three years.

Prokhorov was at Barclays Center alongside arena developer Bruce Ratner, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other dignitaries to help cut the ribbon for the $1 billion arena.

When I saw, two years ago, a big hole in the ground it was a dream for me, what we see now, Prokhorov said. I think its the best arena in the world, and what I like is were bringing a very good team worthy of this great arena of the borough of Brooklyn.

The state-of-the-art home for the new-look Nets will be opened Friday with a concert by Jay-Z, which Prokhorov plans to attend.

Prokhorov also will be at the first-ever regular season Nets game at the arena, the home opener against the Knicks on Nov. 1.

Im really thirsting for the first of November, he said. I think, what could be better than a rivalry for New York City? Well fight on the court, [and] well see who is better.

Prokhorov said he has personally invited Knicks owner James Dolan to come to the game.

Im still waiting for the answer, he added with a smile.

After spending the past two years since he took over as owner mostly watching from afar, the Russian billionaire reiterated another earlier pledge he would have a bigger presence at his teams games when the Nets completed their long-awaited move to Brooklyn.

Sure, Prokhorov said when asked if hed be around more often, because I promised to be at 25 percent of our home games.

And now we can add playoffs.

Prokhorov then said, For sure, when asked if that meant he was guaranteeing a playoff appearance for his Nets.

That guarantee is far safer than his championship pledge, however, given the way the roster has been retooled during the offseason by Nets general manager Billy King.

Prokhorov said he thinks King will be rewarded for his efforts.

I think, Im sure, I do believe hell be GM of the year, Prokhorov said with a smile.

The owner also threw his support behind the management team of King and coach Avery Johnson, who enters this season in the final year of his initial three-year contract and, for the first time in his three years as Nets coach, with a truly playoff-caliber roster.

I think now we have a very good team, Prokhorov said. We have a great team spirit, with the coaches, the general manager and this team I think well be together for the next couple of years.

He also made it clear that King had his support entering free agency, when the Nets quickly amassed over $300 million in future salary commitments.

We have teamwork, Prokhorov said. We had a strategy we had Plan A, B, C and D. So we work together.

My way of management is to find the best people in the market and let them work, because theyre professionals so we have a really good team now.

Courtesy of www.nypost.com



Celtics sign Darko Milicic to one-year deal - by Eurobasket News

The Celtics have signed center Darko Milicic (7'0''-C-85) to a one-year contract, two league sources tell the Globe's Gary Washburn. A league source tells A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com that the deal is for the veteran minimum.

Milicic was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, chosen ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade. He has famously failed to live up to those lofty expectations, averaging 6.0 points and 4.2 rebounds over his career. The 7-footer averaged 4.6 points and 3.3 rebounds for Minnesota last season.

Milicic becomes the 14th player under contract on the Celtics roster. He adds to the team's frontcourt depth, which is perhaps their biggest weakness. After Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass, Chris Wilcox, rookie Jared Sullinger, veteran center Jason Collins, and Milicic should all compete for playing time. Wilcox looks like the surest thing of that group, though Milicic and Sullinger have the chance to play valuable minutes. Jeff Green could also slide into the power forward role in some rotations.

Milicic is just 27-years-old. His signing leaves one roster spot open for end-of-the-roster players with non-guaranteed contracts like Kris Joseph, Dionte Christmas, and Jamar Smith.

Courtesy of www.boston.com



Redick aims to sign long-term deal with Magic - by Eurobasket News

J.J. Redick (6'4''-G-84, college: Duke) hopes to sign a long-term contract extension with the Magic.

Redick is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in July 2013.

I love playing here and I love playing for Orlando. I love representing our fans and our city, Redick said. But I understand its a transition year for our organization. Ive had conversations with Rob (Hennigan) and were both on the same page with my future going forward. Ive given him my commitment that as long as Im in Orlando and wearing a Magic uniform that Im going to be a pro and give everything like I always have. He knows that and respects that and well be fine.

Redick believes the Magic, sans Dwight Howard, can contend for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Its a different experience this year, not having Dwight. Ive spent my whole career with Dwight and not seeing him is weird, Redick said. But I like the team and I like the group that weve had while working out at Amway. Theres a good spirit about our team and a real professionalism about our team. Theres an excitement because were new and full of energy. Guys have a lot to prove whether its young guys or vets we all have something to prove.

Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com



George Karl believes NBA would be better with permanently shorter season - by Eurobasket News

George Karl enjoyed playing a shorter season due to the lockout in 11-12 and believes the NBA would be better if it became a permanent change.

"I'm sure Commissioner (David) Stern won't like this, but I think the product would be better if we shortened the season. When we start playing in late October, the people are thinking football. If you could just get us less fatigue [in a shorter season], I think you'd have a better product. When they started on Christmas Day, I thought, 'This is not a bad idea. This should be the start of NBA basketball ... Maybe start Dec. 1 and play 62 games, whatever number they'd come to."

Courtesy of http://basketball.realgm.com



Jonny Flynn agrees to one-year deal with Pistons - by Eurobasket News

Free agent point guard Jonny Flynn (6'0''-G-89, college: Syracuse) and the Detroit Pistons have agreed upon a one-year non-guaranteed training camp deal, CSNNW.com has learned.

The No. 6 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft out of Syracuse, played for the Houston Rockets and Portland Trail Blazers during the 2011-12 season.

Flynn worked out for the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls, Cleveland Cavaliers and a few other teams not confirmed at this time. Teams were wanting to see if Flynn has fully recovered from the hip surgery he had two years ago.

Obviously, the Pistons are intrigued with what could be of Flynn. However, the Pistons' backcourt is pretty much solidified with Will Bynum, Rodney Stuckey, and Brandon Knight on the roster.

Flynn, 23, has a career average of 9.2 points per game, 1.9 rebounds, and 4 assist.

Courtesy of www.csnnw.com



Clippers hire Gerald Madkins for front office position - by Eurobasket News

Gerald Madkins, who spent the past two seasons as the New Orleans Hornets Vice President of Player Personnel, has accepted a front office position with the Los Angeles Clippers, a league source confirmed Saturday morning.

Although Madkins was in charge of the Hornets' college scouting, he was based in Los Angeles. With the Clippers, Madkins will become the team's director of basketball operations.

Before Madkins was hired by Hornets General Manager Dell Demps in 2010, he worked with the Houston Rockets for two years as director of scouting. He had responsibilities for scouting colleges and developmental leagues. He was also the director of West Coast scouting for the Seattle SuperSonics and a scout for the New York Knicks from 2003-07.

Madkins becomes the second front office executive on Demps' staff to take a job with another NBA team. Former Hornets director of player personnel Brian Hagan accepted the Chicago Bulls' assistant general manager job last month.

Courtesy of www.nola.com



How Hakeem Olajuwon helped LeBron James - by Eurobasket News

Their association began with a phone call and a question.

What, Hakeem Olajuwon (7'0''-C/F-63, college: Houston) wanted to know, are you trying to accomplish?

LeBron James (6'8''-SF-84), stuck at a career crossroads, didnt' hesitate.

He told me he has played basketball all his life, Olajuwon, the Hall of Fame center, recalls on a recent afternoon at his sprawling home in a southwest suburb of Houston. Facing the basket, shooting threes, this and that, but to complete his game, he needed to get inside.

This was in the late summer of 2011, and LeBron was still in full seeker mode in the aftermath of the Heats NBA Finals collapse against the Dallas Mavericks.

Ripped for disappearing when it mattered most, mocked for still finding himself without a championship eight seasons into his pro career, LeBron reached out to a veritable Mount Olympus of basketball greats as the NBA lockout dragged on.

He met with Magic Johnson, spoke with Isiah Thomas and tried unsuccessfully to set up a chat with Larry Bird.

However, it was the Hakeem Sessions that paid the most obvious dividend.

How many times during the Heats 2012 championship run did LeBron turn his back to the basket and spin past a helpless opponent for an easy score?

How many times during his third league MVP season did LeBron exchange the easy and the familiar of the perimeter for the rugged and the raw of the low post?

And how many times in those final three matchups, against the Pacers and the Celtics and the Thunder, did LeBron help the Heat climb back from daunting series deficits with moves right out of the Olajuwon repertoire?

Spinning, dipping, up-and-unders?

Cheetah-like drop steps followed by thunderous slams?

And yes, even a handful of feathery fadeaways along the baseline, a move so familiar Olajuwon will soon be releasing a full line of lifestyle gear, including personally designed basketball shoes, in its honor.

The Dream Shake.

I saw all of the moves we worked on, Olajuwon, 49, says proudly. When you work with a player, the satisfaction is in knowing that now, when it counts, when it is valued, he is executing.

Last season, his game finally complete, the sports most talented player executed as he never had before.



Getting started

LeBron arrived with an entourage.

Four friends in all, including a videographer, accompanied him to Olajuwons ranch in Katy, about 45 minutes north of his primary home in Sugar Land.

He brought a few of his boys, Olajuwon says, smiling.

Yet, it was clear from the start this was no typical offseason getaway. This, in some sense, was the Last Chance Saloon for a player deemed well overdue in the pursuit of a championship.

Olajuwon, who led the Rockets to back-to-back NBA titles in the Jordanless mid-90s, held the secrets of success, particularly when it came to scoring in heavy traffic.

Since retiring a decade ago after 18 seasons, the native of Lagos, Nigeria had given a handful of these high-level clinics to rising and in some cases established stars.

Kobe Bryant was the first, visiting in 2008 to work on his post moves after a Finals loss to the Celtics, then reeling off two more championships the following two years.

Kobe started all of this, Olajuwon says.

Dwight Howard visited two straight years, including the week before LeBron in 2011.

This summer, it was Amare Stoudmire of the Knicks and a pair of Nuggets big men: JaVale McGee and Kenneth Faried.

Soon, as a favor to former Rockets teammate Mike Woodson, now coaching the Knicks, Olajuwon will pay a visit to Knicks training camp.

However, when it came to LeBron, something was different than the others.

There was almost a desperation to his visit.

He was so determined, Olajuwon says, clenching a fist. Thats number one. He was always saying, Im here.

That pushes me. When somebody wants it so much and is so eager wow. I was very happy because I knew I could help him.

The package of moves Olajuwon shares is tweaked for the particular skills of each NBA visitor. LeBron, he quickly surmised, had some of the same physical attributes of Howard, but no one in the modern game, maybe ever, can fully approximate what the Heat star brings to the table.

Thats why they had to go beyond the norm in their sessions.

What I work on the most is the mentality, Olajuwon says. When you come here, we are not big men. We are not trailers. We are sports cars. Speed, quickness, agility.


Teaching James

It is just the two of us in Olajuwons oversized living room, decorated tastefully in light birch flooring and white cloth sofas to go with cathedral ceilings.

A long bank of windows looks out onto a well-manicured back yard and beyond that a peaceful lake.

Abi Olajuwon, one of Hakeems children, rode his lessons all the way to the WNBA in recent years.

With late-afternoon sunlight streaming into the room, Olajuwon falls easily into deconstructing the game he first embraced three decades ago as a member of Phi Slama Jama, probably the greatest uncrowned dynasty in college basketball history.

Our ballhandling in the post, we should handle the ball like a guard inside in traffic, he says. Your dribble with the spin in traffic is not a traditional dribble. I have to show you.

Now the great Olajuwon leaps up from the couch and retreats to an open space between the living room and the dining area. He begins pantomiming the moves he showed LeBron, demonstrating what might be termed an attacking dribble.

Traditional dribbling is up and down, up and down, he says, demonstrating. I dribble the ball like this: Boom! Right back. Like a yo-yo.

A little later, Olajuwon leaps up again, this time to demonstrate his famous baseline spin move.

Here, put your elbow in my back, he says, inviting me to simulate classic NBA post defense.

Its a bit of a mismatch, as Im giving away at least a foot in height to one of the sleekest big men ever.

No matter.

Hakeem is in his element. Eyes flashing. Words flowing.

Watch this, he says, grinning.

One side of a large Persian rug is the baseline.

A coffee table is the lane.

A fluffy white chair serves as the backboard.

He fakes left and spins right, using short, precise steps.

Everything stays in perfect balance.

I blink, and hes already past me.

Whoosh.

See that, he says. I locked your elbow with mine. Thats all it is.

He laughs happily, claps his hands together in joyous approval and returns to his seat on the long white couch.


Teacher and pupil: a special chemistry

The sessions lasted only three days, three hours each day, with lunch back at the house afterwards.

Yet each day, when Olajuwon walked into his home basketball gym at 10 a.m., he saw the same thing.

LeBron, already stretched and in a full sweat, ready to work after showing up well before the appointed time.

When we started to work on all the drills of the post, at the beginning there were some moves that he was not used to, Olajuwon says. That was challenging for him. As great of an athlete as he is, some moves hes not comfortable with.

The key to changing that?

Repetition, Olajuwon says. The concept is you demonstrate, then you break down the demonstration, then imitation. Over and over and over.

It helped that LeBron and Hakeem clicked right from the start.

They had met once or twice before, quick handshakes during a Cavaliers or Heat trip to Houston, but now they would forge a new dynamic: teacher-pupil.

First, however, LeBron would have to put his trust in the man with nearly 27,000 career points, 11th all-time.

This is a different generation, but we connected when he came this time, Olajuwon says. You could see that he felt very comfortable, very relaxed. He had put a lot of pressure on himself to win a championship, but this was very refreshing for him. No judgment.

Olajuwon took an immediate liking to LeBron. As approachable a superstar as youll find, Olajuwon saw some of those same qualities in LeBron.

I like the way he carries himself, Olajuwon says. Just his demeanor. He was very humble. If somebody is humble, you will like the person, and I sensed that. I liked his personality.

On his first day in Katy, LeBron was heading off to take a shower. Olajuwon, ever the gracious host, tried to help him with some of the logistics, but LeBron smiled and waved him off.

I was telling him where the soap was, Olajuwon says. He said, Dont worry about it. Im low maintenance. I liked that. I liked how simple he was and his friends, too. They came in a very simple way. They were all very normal.


The final test

By the third day, whatever apprehension LeBron might have had about his ability to master the low post had melted away.

Olajuwon, who also has worked with new Heat forward Rashard Lewis, has a test he likes to give his pupils before he sends them on their way.

This test doesnt require a blue book or a No. 2 pencil. Just a basketball, a court and the ability to flow from one Hakeem-style move to the next.

What was beautiful was the last day of the workout, we were running down the court, Olajuwon says. I would make any move. He would do the same perfectly. Perfect. All over the halfcourt.

The attacking yo-yo dribble.

The Heat-lightning drop step.

And, most majestically of all, the Dream Shake along the baseline.

Its like playing horse, but with all the movement, Olajuwon says. Im making my moves, and he just follows off of that. Spin move. He spins. Its all very crisp.

They would speak by phone a few times during the playoffs, LeBrons determination sizzling through the airwaves, even after Chris Boshs injury made the Pacers series look particularly dire.

He was reassuring me, Olajuwon says, more than I was reassuring him.

Olajuwon was back at his other main home in Amman, Jordan, when the Heat finished off the Thunder, but even halfway across the globe he wasnt the least bit surprised to see LeBron finally hoist Larry, the golden grail hed only been chasing for nine professional seasons.

I could see when he left the ranch, his excitement was high and he was ready, Olajuwon says. I thought, He has completed his game. He feels that. He believes that.

With the Heat set to open training camp Saturday, Olajuwon, who knows what it takes to repeat, has some bad news for the rest of the league.

He believes LeBron will soon incorporate even more of the low-post game they polished.

That was just last year, Olajuwon says. That was his first year. Now I think he gets a little more comfortable. When he gets more comfortable, he will come more into his own in the post.

Nor does Olajuwon, while acknowledging the presence of several legitimate title contenders out west, see any reason LeBron cant do what Kobe did and follow up his Hakeem Sessions with back-to-back titles.

I think it will be much easier for him, Olajuwon says. All the pressure of, OK, can he do it? Thats gone now.

In its place is something more pure.

The goal is different, Olajuwon says. Its not to prove a point to people. Now its just to take advantage of the opportunity: Can we really achieve something great in the real sense? Can we get three out of five [championships]?

Olajuwons eyes widen. He leans forward.

The Dream is about to forecast an NBA nightmare.

That is a very realistic goal, he says. In fact, its scary.

Courtesy of www.sun-sentinel.com



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Kentucky offers scholarship to Rashad Vaughn - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota has a nice cache of basketball recruits over the next couple years, but the Gophers are far from the only ones paying attention.

Two locals picked up another offer apiece this weekend, adding to the competition Minnesota is facing for commitments.

Rashad Vaughn, one of the stars of the 2014 class and a shooting guard ranked at No. 12 in ESPNs national rankings for that class, picked up his 21st offer on Friday, according to Chris Fisher of 247sports.com, after coach John Calipari visited Vaughn at Robbinsdale Cooper. Vaughns other offers include Wisconsin, Syracuse, Louisville, Kansas and Minnesota.

Also getting some attention this weekend was 2013s Graham Woodward, a point guard from Edina, who was offered from Penn State. Woodward has 14 other offers right now, including an offer from Gonzaga last week.

Minnesota has shown interest in Woodward but still hasnt offered yet. The Gophers have yet to get a single commitment for 2013.

Courtesy of www.startribune.com



Valley's Young chooses Cal State Fullerton - by Eurobasket News

Daniel Young's impact on the basketball court isnt a mystery, and its one of the reasons Valleys 6-foot-8-inch shot blocker became a hot target on the recruiting trail.

Opposing teams, when they come in the key, theyre not going to get anything easy when Dannys in the game, Valley coach Brian Farnsworth said.

Young will be taking those abilities to the Division I level after high school.

The senior power forward made an oral commitment to Cal State Fullerton while on his official recruiting visit, which ended Saturday. He plans to return to Las Vegas on Sunday.

They recruited me really hard over the summer, Young said of the Titans. I got to meet the players, the coaches. I cant wait to go there and get to work.

Young chose Cal State Fullerton over scholarship offers from Northern Arizona and Southern Utah. Sacramento State and Portland State also recruited Young.

I love the coaches, Young said of Cal State Fullerton. Running up and down the floor is my game.

Young was one of the ingredients in Valleys run to the Northeast League title, a 22-7 record and a berth in the Sunrise Region semifinals last season.

He averaged 7.1 points and 7.9 rebounds, and was among the areas leading shot blockers. He often made opponents driving the lane think twice about putting up a shot.

But Youngs game expanded over the summer while playing for the Compton (Calif.) Magic club team.

Dannys really come a long way, Farnsworth said. His offensive skill set has really come into its own this summer.

Hes able to face up from 15 feet, and he jumps extremely well for someone his size.

Young made his presence felt in the postseason last year, coming up with 10 points, 13 rebounds and three blocked shots in Valleys 72-54 loss to Green Valley in the region semifinals.

With Northeast Most Valuable Player Caleb Carter graduated, Young is set to emerge as a leader for the Vikings his senior year.

I want to be a big team leader and push my guys to go harder in practice, he said.

Farnsworth said that should come naturally for Young.

Danny, he just wants to win, Farnsworth said. He could probably average 15 or 20 (points). As long as hes winning, thats all that matters.

Courtesy of www.nevadapreps.com



Minnesota Gophers: Tubby Smith's first recruit for 2013 commits - by Eurobasket News

Chicago De La Salle High School shooting guard Alvin Ellis became the first player to join Tubby Smith's 2013 recruiting class after giving an oral commitment Sunday, Sept. 23, to play for the Gophers' coach next season.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Ellis picked Minnesota over Kansas State, Butler and Northwestern. The three-star prospect averaged 16 points a game to lead his team last season as a junior, which included a 42-point performance in this final game.

"I'm excited about coming in and trying to play, and just the atmosphere of playing in the Barn," Ellis said Sunday. "I think I can bring scoring, a lot of scoring to the team. I'm also active on defense. I just try to be an all-around player."

Ellis' goal is to "average 30 points" a game as a high school senior this season.

Smith and Gophers assistant coach Vince Taylor visited Ellis last week in Chicago. Ellis and his former De La Salle teammate Alex Foster, a 6-8 forward at Seton Academy in Illinois, made an official trip to Minnesota over the weekend. They also attended the football team's 17-10 victory over Syracuse at TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday.

"Alvin really loved his visit, and he especially got along great with the guys on the team, guys like Austin Hollins (and Andre Hollins)," De La Salle coach Tom White said. "Those players remind him of the players we have here. The Gophers got themselves a really good all-around player. I can't wait to see him play in the Big Ten next year."

Courtesy of www.twincities.com



Prep's Overton commits to Wake Forest - by Eurobasket News

St. Joseph's Prep guard Miles Overton has committed to play his college hoops at Wake Forest.

Overton took an official visit this weekend. "He loved it there," Prep coach Bill 'Speedy Morris said. "He likes the coaches, and he enjoyed the time he spent with the players."

The 6-foot-4 senior also had scholarship offers from Xavier and Marquette, among others. Locally, St. Joseph's and Drexel were in hot pursuit.

Overton's father, Doug, was a star guard at Dobbins High and La Salle University. He went on to play in the NBA, including a stop with the 76ers. He is now an assistant with the Brooklyn Nets.

Courtesy of www.philly.com



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Standings - BLNO

BLNO Standings
 1. Centrum 2-0 
 2. Gimle BBK 2-1 
 3. Froya Basket 2-1 
 4. Tromso 2-1 
 5. Baerum Basket 1-2 
 6. Ammerud Bskt 0-2 
 7. Asker Aliens 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 3

Sep. 23: Baerum Basket - Froya Basket 90-99
Sep. 23: Tromso - Ammerud Bskt 69-54
Sep. 23: Asker Aliens - Gimle BBK 63-86

Regular Season: Round 4

Sep. 29: Gimle BBK - Centrum
Sep. 30: Froya Basket - Centrum
Sep. 30: Asker Aliens - Ammerud Bskt



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Homecoming surprise: SMART-Gilas welcomed by loved ones on arrival - by Eurobasket News

After a grueling campaign in the FIBA Asia Cup in Tokyo, Japan, the SMART-Gilas Pilipinas national team got a homecoming surprise when they were greeted by their families upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on Sunday.

Unbeknownst to members of the team, their wives, girlfriends, children, and other relatives were waiting at the NAIA VIP room to give them a warm welcome. Apart from hugs and kisses, the family members also put up streamers and gave the national players roses.

The team finished fourth in the FIBA Asia Cup, dropping its last assignment against Qatar. But the surprise welcome helped soothe the pain of the loss for the players and coaches, who had spent the past week and a half in Japan.

Feels really good, at least our efforts were appreciated kahit di champion, said SMART-Gilas coach Vincent Reyes.

At the end of the day, its family that will soothe your heartaches, added assistant coach Jong Uichico.

Reyes, meanwhile, chose to look at the positive aspects of the teams campaign.

This is only the teams second try, he said. The boys did their best, but in spite of the defeat, our team is in high spirits, and hopefully, we will do better next year.

Courtesy of www.interaksyon.com



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Trefl Sopot clinch title in Koszalin - by Eurobasket News

Trefl Sopot clinched pre-season tournament title in Koszalin. They overcame AZS Koszalin in the Final 91:82. Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80) stepped up with 20 points to lead the winners.
Trefl Sopot led by a single point after ten minutes 25:24. They fired 27 points in the second quarter to pile up a 7-point lead. AZS Koszalin cut the deficit at 5-point mark at the final intermission. But Trefl Sopot did not allow their opponents to get any closer and rolled to the victory at the end. Adam Waczynski (199-G/F-89, agency: Limelight Hoops) and Przemyslaw Zamojski (194-SG-86, agency: Alti Sport, college: Independence CC) produced 14 points each for the winners. Frank Turner (178-PG-88, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) had 13 points for Trefl Sopot. Jeff Robinson (198-F-88, college: Seton Hall) answered with 22 points for AZS Koszalin. Lukasz Wisniewski (186-G-84, agency: Promotex, college: Barton County CC) netted 16 points in the loss.
Turow Zgorzelec fired past Energa Czarni 66:60 for the third position at the tourney. Ivan Opacak (201-SG-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) stepped up with 14 points for the winning side. Turow piled up a 42:24 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the win. Damian Kulig (206-F/C-87) had 13 points, while Aaron Cel (203-F-87) accounted for 10 in the victory. Robert Tomaszek (204-F-81, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Texas Tech) replied with 19 points, while Mateusz Kostrzewski (201-G/F-89) notched 18 points for Energa Czarni.



Jezioro Tarnobrzeg wins Radom Tournament - by Eurobasket News

Jezioro Tarnobrzeg wins Radom Tournament with 4 Polish teams. In the Final game the team overcame
MKS Dabrowa Gornicza 100:84. V won the first period 24-22 and added 24-23 in the second frame. Moreover the third period became decisive in the game as Jezioro posted 29-16 to reach the comfortable lead. Xavier Alexander (198-G-88, college: S.Nazarene) top-scored for the winners with 29 points and Matt Addison (172-PG-87, college: Hardin-Simmons) nailed 21. Jakub Patoka (200-F-94) notched 12, while Long added 11. Jakub Karolak (196-G/F-93) answered with 20 points in the losing effort and Piechowicz brought 16.
Anwil Wloclawek finished third at the tournament beating Rosa Radom 73:69. Boykin paced all the winners with 18 points and Frasunkiewicz as well as Szubarga had 13 each. Wright followed them with 11 points in a win. Slaven Cupkovic (205-PF-88, agency: BeoExcell) poured in 17 points in the losing effort and Jakub Zalewski (183-PG-86) added 15. Bogavac ended up with 14, while Kardas and Radke posted 6 each.



BK Decin edge Stelmet Zielona Gora - by Eurobasket News

BK Decin - Stelmet Zielona Gora 100:77

BK Decin finished the home pre-season tournament with victory. The Czech team thumped Stelmet Zielona Gora. Patrick Pope (183-G-81, college: St.Augustine) stepped up with 20 points to lead the hosts.
Stelmet Zielona Gora ensured a 22:21 lead after ten minutes. But Decin jumped in front in the second quarter. The Czech team accumulated a 44:35 halftime advantage. BK Decin stretched the lead in the third frame. They established a 69:54 advantage before the fourth quarter. The margin grew at 30-point mark in the fourth frame as BK Decin cruised to the victory. Lukas Bazant (198-F-89) contributed 17 points, while Admir Alic (198-F-84) added 15 in the win. Walter Hodge (183-PG-86, college: Florida) answered with 17 points for Stelmet Zielona Gora. Oliver Stevic (204-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) netted 16 points in the loss.

BK Decin: Patrick Pope 20, Lukas Bazant 17, Admir Alic 15
Stelmet Zielona Gora: Walter Hodge 17, Oliver Stevic 16



Asseco Prokom defeat Kotwica in final pre-season clash - by Eurobasket News

Asseco Prokom - Kotwica 83:81 (OT)

Asseco Prokom played their final pre-season encounter. They narrowly defeated Kotwica Kolobrzeg. Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81, college: UNLV) posted 18 points to lead the defending champions. Kotwica enjoyed a 21:18 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Kotwica ensured a 36:33 halftime advantage. The gap grew at 10-point mark before the fourth frame. But Asseco Prokom went on a 21:11 run in the fourth term to draw things level at the end of regulation. Asseco Prokom then fired 11 points in the extra period to snatch a tough win at the end. Drew Viney (203-F-88, college: Loyola Mary) and Julian Khazzouh (209-C-86) notched 12 points each for Asseco Prokom. Maurice Bolden (208-G/F-89, agency: Strategic Sports, college: S.Mississippi) answered with 25 points for Kotwica. Sean Mosley (193-G, college: Maryland) netted 16 points in the loss.

Asseco Prokom: Jerel Blassingame 18, Drew Viney 12, Julian Khazzouh 12
Kotwica: Maurice Bolden 25, Sean Mosley 16



Jezioro Tarnobrzeg and MKS Dabrowa Gornicza won Radom Tournament openers - by Eurobasket News

Jezioro Tarnobrzeg and MKS Dabrowa Gornicza won Radom Tournament openers. The teams overcame another two Polish representatives.
Jezioro Tarnobrzeg edged Anwil Wloclawek 82:64. They started with 22-15 and added 16-14 in the second frame. Moreover Jezioro needed a strong 27-16 in the third period to lead comfortably in the game. Xavier Alexander (198-G-88, college: S.Nazarene) top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Matt Addison (172-PG-87, college: Hardin-Simmons) added 20. Wright replied with 15 points and 12 rebounds in the losing effort and Boykin scored 13.
Rosa Radom meanwhile lost to MKS Dabrowa Gornicza 87:91. Rosa Radom won the first period 22-20, but lost the second frame 17-29. Both teams posted 21 points each in the third quarter, while Rosa Radom managed to win the last stanza 27-21 to reduce to final 4 points. Michal Woloszyn (202-F-84) and Piechowicz paced all the winners with 19 points each. Radke, Cupkowic and Nikola Vasojevic (195-G-86, agency: BeoExcell) nailed 18 points each in defeat, while Bogavac added 12.



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San Juan won FIBA 3X3 World Tour: - by Luis Modestti

San Juan (Puerto Rico) won the FIBA 3X3 World Tour after beating Split (Croatia) 20-16 in the final played in Miami.

On September 21 San Juan defeated Miami 16-8 and then won over Bucharest 16-13.

Then on Sunday as part of the first round they beat Neuquen (ARG) 20-18, Khabarovsk (RUS) 21-9 and lost to Split (CRO) 17-13.

In the Eighth-Finals they defeated Denver (USA) 20-18 and in the Semi-Finals got a win over Edmonton (CAN) 19-17.

Puerto Rico was represented by Jonathan Garcia (183-G-87, agency: Paris Global Sports), Andres Ortiz (188-G-86), Jose Lopez (196-F-88) and William Orozco (201-F-85). Their coach was Alex Rivera.



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CSKA wins BEKO Leagues Cup - by Eurobasket News

CSKA wins BEKO Leagues Cup in Germany. The Russian team tasted the first trophy of 2012/2013 season.
In the Final game CSKA beat Besiktas 85:60. Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Aaron Jackson, Nenad Krstic and Drew Nicholas posted 11 each. Sonny Weems delivered 10 and Tilos Teodosic had 9. Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 13 points and 10 boards, while Cevher Ozer naield 11. Patrick Christopher (196-G-88, college: California) and Curtis Jerrells posted 9 points each in defeat.
Earlier CSKA won over FC Bayern Munchen 87:66. The Russian Champion started with 20-16 and led 2 points at the halftime. Moreover they pushed the tempo in the second half and added 24-15 and 23-13 respectively. Sasha Kaun top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Anton Ponkrashov (202-SG-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) posted 11. Rice scored 14 in defeat, while Benzing and Jan-Hendrik Jagla (211-PF-81, college: Penn St.) brought 13 each.



Triumph comes back from Mariupol - by Eurobasket News

Triumph comes back from Mariupol after the Azovmash Cup 2012. The Russian team finished third with 1-1 record.
At first Ferro outscored Triumph 95:85. The Ukrainian team won the first period 27-14, while the Russian team reduced to 10 points at the halftime after 18-15 in the second frame. Both teams exchanged the narrow wins in the second half for the final result on the board. Moore stepped up with 32 points and 17 rebounds for the winners and Guinn netted 23. Tasmin Mitchell (201-F-86, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov, college: LSU) replied with 18 points in defeat and Evgeny Valiev (205-F-90, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) netted 17.
In the game for the third place Triumph overcame Cherkasy 80:76. The Ukrainian team started better and won the first period 26-21. Triumph meanwhile responded with 23-14 in the second frame and needed a strong finish to seal the victory. Karasev posted 23 points to lead all the winners. Tasmin Mitchell nailed 11, while Derrick McKey (207-F-67, college: Alabama) had 9. Hunter replied with 22 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort and Yakovlev nailed 18.



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Celtics sign Darko Milicic to one-year deal - by Eurobasket News

The Celtics have signed center Darko Milicic (7'0''-C-85) to a one-year contract, two league sources tell the Globe's Gary Washburn. A league source tells A. Sherrod Blakely of CSNNE.com that the deal is for the veteran minimum.

Milicic was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2003 NBA Draft, chosen ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade. He has famously failed to live up to those lofty expectations, averaging 6.0 points and 4.2 rebounds over his career. The 7-footer averaged 4.6 points and 3.3 rebounds for Minnesota last season.

Milicic becomes the 14th player under contract on the Celtics roster. He adds to the team's frontcourt depth, which is perhaps their biggest weakness. After Kevin Garnett and Brandon Bass, Chris Wilcox, rookie Jared Sullinger, veteran center Jason Collins, and Milicic should all compete for playing time. Wilcox looks like the surest thing of that group, though Milicic and Sullinger have the chance to play valuable minutes. Jeff Green could also slide into the power forward role in some rotations.

Milicic is just 27-years-old. His signing leaves one roster spot open for end-of-the-roster players with non-guaranteed contracts like Kris Joseph, Dionte Christmas, and Jamar Smith.

Courtesy of www.boston.com



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Justin Graham signed to Bratislava - by Michal Duchovic

BK Inter Bratislava has today announced that they have signed Justin Graham (193-G-88, college: San Jose St.). Graham has experiences from NCAA1, where he played for five years in team of San Jose State University. He was a member of their starting five, last season there he played in 32 games with an average of 14.2ppg, 4.5rpg, 4.4apg, 2.3spg. Then he was drafted by Bakersfield Jam, which are members of D-league. He started in 5 games with 5.2ppg, 2.0rpg, 2.6apg, 1.2spg. Graham comes to BK Inter Bratislava as replacement for Aleksander Solujic. For BK Inter Bratislava is this probably their last pre-season signing before the upcoming season.


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Real Madrid wins 2012 Endesa Supercup - by Eurobasket News

Regal Barcelona - Real Madrid 84-95

Real Madrid won the first trophy this season. They outplayed Regal Barcelona tonight 95-84 in the final game of 2012 Endesa Supercup. Barca is dethroned and Real Madrid is the new Supercup winner. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) shined in victory with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) scored 17 points, Sergio Llull (192-SG-87) had 14 points and 5 rebounds, while Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) helped his team with 11 points. In Barca, Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) nailed 20 points and was their top scorer. Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports) (5 rebs) and Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) delivered 16 and 14 points respectively. Real Madrid had better start making 30-23 lead in the first ten minutes. Barca responded with 20-14 in Q2 and Real had minimum lead at the halftime. Rudy Fernandez and his teammates limited Barca to just 13 points in third period, while they drained 21 at the other side. In high scoring Q4 (30-28) Real Madrid managed to extend its lead even more and to grab the first trophy this season. Rudy Fernandez was MVP of the game with valuation 25. Supercup tournament was played in Zaragoza.

Regal Barcelona: Nathan Jawai 20, Joe Ingles 16+5 boards, Erazem Lorbek 14
Real Madrid: Rudy Fernandez 22+5 boards, Jaycee Carroll 17, Sergio Llull 14+5 boards, Nikola Mirotic 11



Valladolid may land Alex Renfroe - by Eurobasket News

Blancos de Rueda Valladolid (ACB) is close to add to their roster 26-year old American point guard Alex Renfroe (191-80kg-86, college: Belmont). Renfroe played last season at Enel Brindisi in Italian Lega2. In 38 Lega2 games he recorded 12.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 3.6apg and 1.9spg. He helped them to win the championship title and the cup. A very spectacular season in his career as he was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 2nd Team.
Renfroe played previously professionally in Latvia (VEF Riga).
He graduated from Belmont University in 2009 and it will be his fourth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Real Madrid and Barcelona to fight for 2012 SuperCup title - by Eurobasket News

CAI Zaragoza - Real Madrid 64-72

Real Madrid eliminated CAI Zaragoza in the Semifinals of 2012 Endesa SuperCup. Real celebrated 72-64 victory and will meet Regal Barcelona today in the title game. Barca is the defending champion from 2011. Nikola Mirotic (207-F/C-91) led Real Madrid with double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds. Sergio Llull (192-SG-87) scored 13 points, while Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) and Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports) netted 10 points each. In the loosing squad, Damjan Rudez (208-F-86) shined with 17 points and 6 rebs. Michael Roll (196-G-87, college: UCLA), Pablo Aguilar (203-F/C-89) and Joseph Jones (204-C/F-86, college: Texas A&M) posted 10 points apiece. Third quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, Real Madrid made 21-17 in Q1 and continued with 15-14 for rest of the first half. Nikola Mirotic and his teammates totally took control on Zaragoza after the breather creating 22-9 in third period. Real was up by 18 points with ten minutes remaining in the game and managed to keep double digit margin despite loosing Q4 with 14-24. The big final starts today at 19h.

CAI Zaragoza: Damjan Rudez 17+6 boards, Michael Roll 10+6 boards+5 assists, Pablo Aguilar 10+7 boards, Joseph Jones 10
Real Madrid: Nikola Mirotic 14+11 boards, Sergio Llull 13, Rudy Fernandez 10, Jaycee Carroll 10



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Standings - BasketEttan

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

Regular Season: Round 1

North

Sep. 22: BG Lulea - Alvik Basket 84-74
Sep. 23: LF Future - Alvik Basket 75-66
Sep. 23: Jarva Devils - Akropol 74-80
Sep. 23: Umea - Fryshuset 68-66
Sep. 22: Orongo - Solna Branten 63-81
Sep. 22: Taby - Uppsala KFUM 101-65

South

Sep. 23: Malbas - Helsingborg 88-70
Sep. 23: Boras II - Jarfalla 84-59
Sep. 22: Hoganas - Hogsbo 83-82
Sep. 23: Brahe Basket - Sanda 82-35
Sep. 22: Eskilstuna - Haga Haninge 71-94
Sep. 23: Talje - Eos 68-73

Regular Season: Round 2

North

Sep. 29: LF Future - Blackeberg
Sep. 29: Solna Branten - Umea
Sep. 29: Taby - Orongo
Sep. 30: BG Lulea - Blackeberg
Sep. 30: Jarva Devils - Umea
Sep. 30: Fryshuset - Orongo

South

Sep. 27: Sanda - Boras II
Sep. 29: Jarfalla - Eskilstuna
Sep. 29: Eos - Malbas
Sep. 30: Helsingborg - Brahe Basket
Sep. 30: Hogsbo - Talje


Stats Leaders - BasketEttan

Points Per Game
 Bjorn Larsson HILLGREN
  Alvik B.
  (--88)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Hillgren, Alvik B.15.5 
 2. Juhlin, Alvik Bask.14.5 
 3. Jagbeck, Alvik B.13.0 
 4. Melinder, Alvik B.9.5 
 5. Hakanson, Alvik B.8.5 
 6. Andersson, Alvik B.3.0 
 7. Olsson-D., Alvik B.3.0 
 8. Korling, Alvik Bas.2.0 
 9. Hansson, Alvik B.1.0 
 10. Sandefeldt, Alv.0.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bjorn Larsson HILLGREN
  Alvik B.
  (--88)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Hillgren, Alvik B.9.5 
 2. Andersson, Alvik B.6.0 
 3. Juhlin, Alvik Bask.4.5 
 4. Hakanson, Alvik B.4.5 
 5. Olsson-D., Alvik B.4.0 
 6. Hansson, Alvik B.3.0 
 7. Jagbeck, Alvik B.2.5 
 8. Korling, Alvik Bas.2.0 
 9. Melinder, Alvik B.1.5 
 10. Sandefeldt, Alv.0.0 
Assists Per Game
 Olof JAGBECK
  Alvik B.
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jagbeck, Alvik B.2.5 
 2. Juhlin, Alvik Bask.2.5 
 3. Andersson, Alvik B.2.0 
 4. Melinder, Alvik B.1.0 
 5. Hillgren, Alvik B.1.0 
 6. Olsson-D., Alvik B.0.5 
 7. Sandefeldt, Alvik0.5 
 8. Hansson, Alvik B.0.5 
 9. Hakanson, Alvik B.0.0 
 10. Korling, Alvik.0.0 
Steals Per Game
 Gustav HANSSON
  Alvik B.
  (182-G-95)
  Avg: 2
 1. Hansson, Alvik B.2.0 
 2. Jagbeck, Alvik B.1.5 
 3. Juhlin, Alvik Bask.0.5 
 4. Hillgren, Alvik B.0.5 
 5. Andersson, Alvik B.0.5 
 6. Korling, Alvik Bas.0.5 
 7. Hakanson, Alvik B.0.0 
 8. Sandefeldt, Alvik0.0 
 9. Olsson-D., Alvik B.0.0 
 10. Melinder, Alvik.0.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sebastian KORLING
  Alvik Basket
  (--88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Korling, Alvik Bas.1.5 
 2. Hillgren, Alvik B.1.0 
 3. Hansson, Alvik B.0.0 
 4. Hakanson, Alvik B.0.0 
 5. Andersson, Alvik B.0.0 
 6. Juhlin, Alvik Bask.0.0 
 7. Sandefeldt, Alvik0.0 
 8. Olsson-D., Alvik B.0.0 
 9. Jagbeck, Alvik B.0.0 
 10. Melinder, Alvik.0.0 


Rudy Mbemba moves to Stockholm Eagles - by Eurobasket News

Another big signing for the Stockholm Eagles. After Omar Krayem (185-G-86, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Cal.Baptist), the Basketligan newcomer penned a deal with Rudy Mbemba (184-G-87). The Swedish point guard appeared 29 times for LF Basket last season averaging 14.6 points, 6.3 assists, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 steals. He was second assistant of the competition and No.4 in steals. He got injured in January and missed almost two months. Before LF Basket, Rudy Mbemba spent one year with the Solna Vikings. There he had 11.9 ppg, 4.9 apg and 4 rpg for 29 games. In the past, Mbemba played in Italy and Germany. He also has some experience from Spain. In 2008, Rudy Mbemba won Basketligan title with Solna Vikings. He is active member of the Swedish NT since 2006.


Welcome to new season of Basketettan: Round 1 review - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Basketettan just started. There was no lack of interesting games this round.

Group North
Future - Alvik Basket 75-66
The game without a history. LF Future led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. Naturalized Australian swingman Timothy Kearney (200-F/G-86) (200-86) stepped up and scored 18 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and center Tresor Saya (203-84) chipped in 8 points and 16 rebounds. At the losing side guard Olof Jagbeck (188-91) responded with 24 points and Bjorn Larsson Hillgren (-88) scored 10 points and 7 rebounds. Alvik Basket's coach Torbjorn Gehrke rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
LF Future: T.Kearney 18+8reb+1ast, A.Ronnqvist 17+1reb+3ast, J.Larsson 16+1reb, E.Lindback 9+8reb+4ast, T.Saya 8+16reb+2ast, J.Eriksson 6+6reb+3ast
Alvik Basket: O.Jagbeck 24+3reb, M.Melinder 13+2reb, B.Larsson Hillgren 10+7reb+2ast, A.Juhlin 7+4reb+2ast, N.Hakanson 5+7reb, J.Andersson 4+8reb+3ast
gschID: 195512


Jarva Devils - Akropol 74-80
The guests trailed by 3 points at the halftime before their 25-12 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to win the game. Forward Richard Hartmann (201-89) fired a double-double by scoring 14 points and 13 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Greek forward Athanasios Kalpakas (198-84) chipped in 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Alex Mebrahtu (198-86) produced 16 points and guard Omid Behboudi (191-86) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Akropol: S.Desport 21+1reb, A.Kalpakas 16+6reb+5ast, R.Hartmann 14+13reb+3ast, C.Sutherlin 13+2reb+3ast, L.Sonko 8+4reb+5ast, J.Masabe Paulsson 3+1reb+1ast
Jarva Devils: A.Mebrahtu 16+3reb+3ast, O.Behboudi 15+3reb+1ast, D.Salih 12+4reb+2ast, J.Tekle 11+6reb+2ast, S.Hasan 8+1reb+1ast, C.Hugner 5+4reb+2ast
gschID: 195513


Taby - Uppsala KFUM 101-65
Taby Basket used a home court advantage and smashed the opponent from Uppsala 101-65 on Saturday night. The game without a history. Taby Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 32 assists comparing to just 13 passes made by KFUM Uppsala's players. Swingman Erik Andersson (197-87) stepped up and scored 24 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and swingman Johan Westerlund (191-84) chipped in 17 points and 6 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). At the losing side swingman Simon Ezra (197-94) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 11 rebounds and guard Lukas Friberg (183-95) scored 9 points.
Top scorers:
Taby: E.Andersson 24+6reb+3ast, J.Westerlund 17+2reb+6ast, J.Ehlde 14+2reb+4ast, F.Nordin 13+2reb, J.Lundin 7+4reb+8ast, Y.Merzoug 7+1reb+7ast
Uppsala KFUM: S.Ezra 21+11reb, K.Grant 10+1reb+2ast, L.Friberg 9+2reb+3ast, A.Mikaelsson 7+2reb+2ast, J.Hellerstrom 6+3reb+2ast, T.Skyttevall 5
gschID: 195510


BG Lulea - Alvik Basket 84-74
The hosts trailed by 1 point after three quarters before their 28-17 charge, which allowed them to win the game. BG Lulea had a 20-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Marcus Flink (190-94) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 11 rebounds for the winners and guard Marcus Grahn (183-95) chipped in 17 points. Five BG Lulea players scored in double figures. At the losing side Bjorn Larsson Hillgren (-88) responded with a double-double by scoring 21 points and 12 rebounds and Anton Juhlin (-91) scored 22 points and 5 rebounds.
Top scorers:
BG Lulea: M.Flink 24+11reb+1ast, M.Grahn 17+2reb+3ast, J.Hallberg 11+8reb+1ast, A.Von Uthmann 10+7reb, D.Niklasson 10+4reb, P.Anttila 6+2reb+2ast
Alvik Basket: A.Juhlin 22+5reb+3ast, B.Larsson Hillgren 21+12reb, N.Hakanson 12+2reb, M.Melinder 6+1reb+2ast, S.Korling 4+4reb, H.Olsson-Drebold 3+3reb+1ast
gschID: 195511


Orongo - Solna Branten 63-81
The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Solna Branten dominated on the defensive end, holding Orongo Dragons to just 7 points in third quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 64 of its points in the paint compared to Orongo Dragons' 44. Solna Branten forced 19 Orongo Dragons turnovers and outrebounded them 39-27 including 32 on the defensive glass. Niklas Larsson (200-94) stepped up and scored 19 points and 5 assists for the winners and forward Jesper Eliasson (203-94) chipped in 12 points and 10 rebounds. Four Solna Branten players scored in double figures. At the losing side power forward William Gutenius (205-92) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 13 rebounds and point guard Oskar Granat (182-95) scored 12 points.
Top scorers:
Solna Branten: N.Larsson 19+3reb+5ast, J.Gunnarsson 12+2reb+2ast, J.Eliasson 12+10reb, H.Kidane 11+8reb, H.Jadersten 10+3reb, S.Makkonen 9+6reb+1ast
Orongo: W.Gutenius 17+13reb+1ast, O.Granat 12+2reb+1ast, D.Eliasson 10+1ast, J.Holmback 6+3reb+5ast, R.Johansson 6+1reb+2ast, S.Lennartsson 4+1reb

gschID: 195509
Umea - Fryshuset 68-66

Group South
Boras II - Jarfalla 84-59
The game without a history. Boras II led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. Boras II forced 21 Jarfalla turnovers and outrebounded them 34-21 including 16 on the offensive glass. Forward Richard Maraker (198-84, college: CS Stanislaus) stepped up and scored 26 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Hajzer Ismaili (200-94) chipped in 10 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side center Leonard Halling (200-92) responded with 9 points and 9 rebounds and forward Joacim Edlund (195-93) scored 13 points.
Top scorers:
Boras II: R.Maraker 26+6reb+2ast, A.Andersson 11+1reb+2ast, H.Ismaili 10+5reb+1ast, E.Lundstedt 7+1reb+3ast, J.Svensson 7+2reb+3ast, F.Elisson 6+4reb+2ast
Jarfalla: J.Edlund 13+4reb+2ast, E.Gerges 10+2reb+1ast, L.Halling 9+9reb+1ast, B.Ndione 9+4reb+2ast, B.Yigzaw 6, M.Catrinin 5+2reb+3ast
gschID: 195643


Brahe Basket - Sanda 82-35
Brahe Basket led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Sanda Basket to just 6 points in first and third quarters. Brahe Basket dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Sanda Basket's 20. Brahe Basket forced 27 Sanda Basket turnovers and outrebounded them 42-26 including 29 on the defensive glass. Jamaican center Hugh Robinson (202-83) stepped up and scored 18 points and 5 rebounds for the winners and naturalized Nigerian forward Kevin Ukhagbe (200-85, college: Bethany, KS) chipped in 11 points and 9 rebounds. Coach Demetrius Poles's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play all 12 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the losing side forward Dennis Meraz (196-94) responded with 9 points and Albin Hall Eriksson (-96) scored 4 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Brahe Basket: H.Robinson 18+5reb+1ast, K.Ukhagbe 11+9reb+2ast, A.Nasser 9+3ast, T.Yulman 9+5reb+4ast, K.Groenhage 8+1reb+1ast, R.Rasmusson 7+2reb
Sanda: A.Russom 9+1reb+1ast, D.Meraz 9+4reb, A.Hall Eriksson 4+7reb+1ast, R.Frisegard 4+2reb+1ast, J.Asherov 4+3reb+1ast, M.Werner 2+4reb+3ast
gschID: 195644


Talje - Eos 68-73
The guests trailed by 3 points after three quarters before their 22-14 charge, which allowed them to win the game. IK Eos made 17-of-21 free shots (81.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 23 Talje Knights turnovers. Talje Knights were plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Abdou Medjedoub (196-93) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 14 rebounds for the winners and guard Adnan Karovic (187-88) chipped in 22 points. At the losing side center Alexander Larsson (203-95) responded with a double-double by scoring 11 points and 12 rebounds and guard Gustav Sundstrom (195-91) scored 11 points and 9 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Eos: A.Karovic 22+4reb+1ast, A.Medjedoub 17+14reb, T.Bendz 9+6reb, K.Adanovur 7+4reb+1ast, G.Nystrom 6+2reb+4ast, N.Gjorup 4+2reb+4ast
Talje: A.Ramstedt 12+1reb, A.Larsson 11+12reb+3ast, G.Sundstrom 11+9reb+1ast, M.Alm 10+1ast, M.Blazevic 9+4reb+5ast, F.Kovacek 7+4reb+3ast
gschID: 195645


Malbas - Helsingborg 88-70
The game was mostly controlled by Malbas. Helsingborg was better in second period 20-18. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Helsingborg to just 7 points in first quarter. Malbas dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Helsingborg's 32. They outrebounded Helsingborg 46-28 including a 31-18 advantage in defensive rebounds. Guard Kristoffer Gafor (194-92) stepped up and scored 29 points and 7 rebounds for the winners and American point guard Dwight Bankhead (181-83) chipped in 17 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists. Malbas' coach Henrik Svensson used an eleven-player rotation and allowed the starting five to get some rest. At the losing side forward Niklas Sellin (197-91) responded with 29 points and 9 rebounds and forward Filip Sjostrom (198-90) scored 13 points and 7 rebounds.
Top scorers:
Malbas: K.Gafor 29+7reb+3ast, D.Bankhead 17+12reb+6ast, K.Ferizi 14+10reb+1ast, J.Magnusson 9+2reb+4ast, E.Gustavsson 7, H.Erhardt 6+4reb+1ast
Helsingborg: N.Sellin 29+9reb+1ast, F.Sjostrom 13+7reb, M.Fastberg 10+3reb+1ast, B.Andersson 5+2reb+2ast, D.Gustafsson 4+3reb+2ast, L.Engstrom 4+1reb
gschID: 195646


Hoganas - Hogsbo 83-82
The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Hogsbo won third quarter 17-15. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lithuanian center Martynas Kuksta (203-89) stepped up and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Lithuanian swingman Aurimas Baltrokonis (190-83) chipped in 14 points and 5 assists. At the losing side forward Markus Lenngren (196-83) responded with 27 points and 6 rebounds and Max Johansson (-92) scored 16 points (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five Hoganas and four Hogsbo players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Hoganas: N.Strazdauskas 19+3reb+1ast, M.Kuksta 16+8reb+2ast, L.Savickas 15+7reb, A.Baltrokonis 14+4reb+5ast, E.Juozapaitis 12+1reb+3ast, D.Bartkus 7
Hogsbo: M.Lenngren 27+6reb+2ast, M.Johansson 16+1reb, J.Peleg 12, J.Minges 11+1reb, R.Isaksson 9+3reb, J.Alberto Garcia 4
gschID: 195641


Eskilstuna - Haga Haninge 71-94
Haga Haninge led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 26-of-31 charity shots (83.9 percent) during the game, while Eskilstuna only scored five points from the stripe. Haga Haninge forced 19 Eskilstuna turnovers. 24 personal fouls committed by Eskilstuna helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Tim Hakansson (192-80) who helped to win the game recording 22 points and 5 rebounds (made all of his nine free throws !!!). Guard Bjorn Johansson (190-83) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Four Haga Haninge players scored in double figures. Haga Haninge's coach Stefan Ameln felt very confident that he used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Spanish Julian Rodriguez Lopez answered with 23 points and 5 rebounds and forward Daniel Urban (198-88) added 10 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Eskilstuna.
Top scorers:
Haga Haninge: T.Hakansson 22+5reb+2ast, B.Johansson 17+4reb, D.Czernik 17+1ast, T.Oberg 11+1reb+1ast, J.Forsman 6+2reb, U.Soderman 6+3reb
Eskilstuna: J.Rodriguez Lopez 23+5reb+2ast, L.Jacas 15+2reb+1ast, D.Urban 10+8reb+1ast, O.Ogren 8+1reb+2ast, R.Norstrom 7+2reb+1ast, E.Jonsson 4+3reb+1ast
gschID: 195642



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  TAIWAN   


Four Asian teams to meet in ABA Three Goodness Championship - by Chris Wang

Four teams from Taiwan, Japan, China and South Korea will meet in the ABA Three Goodness Championship which begins today in the southern city of Kaohsiung, the second largest city in Taiwan.

The invitational tournament is co-organized by former FIBA Asia chairman Cheng Man-ky of Hong Kong and Taiwans Fo Guang Shan, a Buddhism organization. All the games will be played at I-Shou University Gymnasium.

Participating teams include Pure Youth Construction, the defending champion of Taiwans semi-pro league SBL; Japans Yokohama B-Corsairs, which finished 31-21 for 2nd in the Eastern Division and the third place in the BJ League playoffs; South Koreas Changwon LG Sakers, which was 21-33 last season and ranked 7th in the 10-team KBL; Chinas Guandong Southern Tigers, which won five of the last six titles in Chinas CBA and finished 27-5 last season.

Sept. 24
17:00 Yokohama vs. Pure Youth
19:00 Guangdong vs. Changwon

Sept. 25
17:00 Changwon vs. Yokohama
19:00 Pure Youth vs. Guangdong

Sept. 26
17:00 Guangdong vs. Yokohama
19:00 Pure Youth vs. Changwon

Sept. 27 Off day

Sept. 28
17:00 #3 vs. #4
19:00 #1 vs. #2

The tournament will be broadcast by Videoland Sports. Tickets (NT$300, NT$250) could be purchased at Family Marts ticket system.

http://sport.videoland.com.tw/event/2012aba/



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Update on Besiktas and Banvit - by Eurobasket News

Besiktas participated at the International Tournament in Germany.
In Day 1 Besiktas won over Zalgiris 75:57. The Turkish team started with 20-14 in the first period and added 17-16 in the second frame. Moreover Besiktas posted 17-11 in the third period and finished the game with 21-16. Curtis Jerrells (185-G-87, college: Baylor) stepped up with 14 points and Chrsitopher posted 12. Damir Markota (209-F-85) and Hersek delivered 11 points each in a win. Lafayette replied with 12 points and Foote had 9.
In the Final game CSKA beat Besiktas 85:60. Alexander Kaun top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Aaron Jackson (193-G-86, college: Duquesne), Nenad Krstic (213-C-83) and Drew Nicholas posted 11 each. Sonny Weems delivered 10 and Tilos Teodosic had 9. Vladimir Dasic (208-PF-88, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 13 points and 10 boards, while Cevher Ozer nailed 11. Patrick Christopher and Curtis Curtis Jerrells posted 9 points each in defeat.
Banvit meanwhile beat Artland Dragons 96:85. The Turkish team started with 22-18 and led 3 points at the halftime. Moreover they added 30-20 in the third period and did not mind 23-25 in the lasts stanza. Davis stepped up with 16 points and Mejia had 15. Erdogan posted 14, while Vladimir Stimac (211-C-87, agency: Interperformances) had 13. Popovic replied with 19 points in defeat and Marquez Haynes (191-G-86, college: Texas Arlington) brought 14.



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Former St. John's player Abraham dies - by David Edole

NEW YORK (AP) - Ralph Abraham, one of the New York City high school stars who went to St. John's in the 1960s, has died.

Abraham died Tuesday, three days before his 64th birthday, his family said.

He went from St. John's Prep to St. John's, where he played from 1968-70 with the Redmen compiling a 63-22 record in that span.

After graduation, Abraham moved to St. Croix, Virgin Islands, and stayed there until moving to Hampton, Va., in 1989, where he was an educator until retiring.

Abraham is survived by wife Harriet, five children and 11 grandchildren. His son, Faisal, played at Marquette from 1994-97 and daughter Tajama Abraham Ngongba is the women's head coach at Radford University.

A memorial service was held Saturday in Rockaway.



In limbo, Raja Bell to undergo physical week before Utah Jazz camp begins - by David Edole

Brian T. Smith
Veteran Jazz guard Raja Bell (196-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: FIU) told a Miami-area radio station Friday he'll undergo a physical Monday in Salt Lake City.

Utah has yet to resolve a buyout with Bell, who is not expected to play for the Jazz during the 2012-13 season.

During the radio interview, Bell said a buyout agreement was reached early last summer. Bell said the Jazz never officially presented it to him, though, and have been unclear about their intentions for him.

"I'm really in a limbo situation right now," said Bell, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Bell was unavailable for comment Saturday.

Jazz General Manager Dennis Lindsey declined comment when asked about Bell's future with the team.

Bell, 36, started 102 games for Utah the last two seasons and was the team's primary free-agent acquisition in 2010. He didn't play for the Jazz after March 17, though, and never got off the bench during a first-round playoff defeat to San Antonio, despite being healthy.

Bell often clashed with Utah coach Tyrone Corbin last season. A heated dispute March 9 cemented the break between the two.

Bell said at the end of the 2011-12 season he didn't want to play for the Jazz anymore, and Utah Vice President of Basketball Operations Kevin O'Connor recently acknowledged Bell has no interest in continuing his career in Salt Lake City.

A buyout has been on the table since at least July, and Bell's separation from the Jazz has long been expected. But while the chances of him attending camp are slim, at best, it's recently become a remote possibility, since just eight days remain before Jazz media day and there's been no recent progress between the sides.

Bell is in the final year of his contract with Utah and is set to make $3.5 million this season. The amount of the buyout has prevented the Jazz from removing Bell from the roster, and Utah has thus far been unable to trade him.

"As much as I control what I do, I don't," Bell said during the radio interview. "The Jazz hold my rights, they are the owners of the contract. And so if they tell me I'm coming back to camp, then I have to go back to camp.

"On Monday, when I go out and have my physical, I'm really hoping they'll say to me, 'Look, we either have a trade worked out for you or we're going to waive you,' or something that will allow me to move on."



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BC Astana edge BC Donetsk in Varese - by Eurobasket News

BC Astana - BC Donetsk 64:62

BC Astana recorded the first win at the pre-season tournament in Varese. They held off BC Donetsk on the final day of the tourney. David Simon (207-C-82, college: IPFW) posted 14 points to lead the Kazakh team.
Astana surged ahead for a 23:20 lead after ten minutes. BC Donetsk stiffened defensively and held their opponents to 8 points in the second frame. The Ukrainian champions accounted for a 37:31 halftime lead. But the Kazakh champs cut the deficit to three points heading into the fourth frame. BC Astana went on a 19:14 run in the fourth stanza to seal the victory. Jerry Johnson (182-PG-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Rider) finished with 13 points, while Rawle Marshall (200-SF-82, college: Oakland) added 12 points for the winners. Maksym Pustozvonov (200-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 14 points for BC Donetsk. Andrei Malysh (204-C/F-83) netted 12 points in the loss.

BC Astana: David Simon 14, Jerry Johnson 13, Rawle Marshall 12
BC Donetsk: Maksym Pustozvonov 14, Andrei Malysh 12



Azovmash and Ferro advanced to Azovmash Cup Final - by Eurobasket News

Azovmash and Ferro advanced to Azovmash Cup Final after the victories in the Semifinal games.
The hosts of the tournament beat Cherkasy 73:66. Pecherov stepped up with 23 points and Igor Zaytsev (210-C-89) netted 15. Greeg nailed 9 and Nemanja Gordic (193-PG-88) posted 8. Hanter replied with 15 points in the losing effort and Lubicic as well as Thomas had 14 each.
Ferro meanwhile outscored Triumph 95:85. The Ukrainian team won the first period 27-14, while the Russian team reduced to 10 points at the halftime after 18-15 in the second frame. Both teams exchanged the narrow wins in the second half for the final result on the board. Cameron Moore (208-F-90, college: UAB) stepped up with 32 points and 17 rebounds for the winners and R.T. Guinn (208-PF-81, college: Baylor) netted 23. Mitchell replied with 18 points in defeat and Valiev netted 17.



Dnipro Azot finished Italian campaign - by Eurobasket News

Dnipro Azot finished Italian campaign of Citta di Sassari.
In Day 1 Vanoli Cremona beat Ukrainian Dnipro Azot 72:58. The Italian team started with 20-15 and led 42-24 at the halftime. The board showed 57-45 after three quarters, while Vanoli managed to seal a 14-point victory. Jackson posted 26 points to lead all the winners, while Harris nailed 20. Alan Wiggins (206-F-85, college: USF) answered with 17 points and Eric Devendorf (193-G-87, college: Syracuse) delivered 16.
In the game for the third place Umana Venezia won over Dnipro Azot 103:97. The Italian team won the first period 24-15 but led only 2 points after 20 minutes. The Ukrainian side grabbed 63:61 lead after three quarters, while the score was tied at 83:83 after 40 minutes. In overtime Umana needed some important baskets to seal the victory. Kee Kee Clark erupted with 47 points to pace the winners, while Williams nailed 16. Maxim Balashov (190-G-80, agency: Stanislav Ryzhov) delivered 17 and Davis brought 14 in defeat.



Azovmash triumphs at the home tournament - by Eurobasket News

Azovmash triumphs at the home tournament with 4 participating teams. The team from Mariupol overcame Ferro 79:77 at Azovmash Cup 2012.
Azovmash started with 22-16 and added 28-16 in the second period. The second half however belonged to the visiting side. Ferro made everything they could to win two quarters but they could not win the game. Lynn Greer (186-PG-79, college: Temple) stepped up with 14 points and Oleksandr Kolchenko (193-SG-88, agency: Beo Basket) posted 13. Pecherov and Tadija Dragicevic (206-F/C-86, agency: Beo Basket) followed them with 12 points each, while Zaytsev nailed 11. Moore ended up with 19 points in defeat and Guinn nailed 16.
In the game for the third place Triumph overcame Cherkasy 80:76. The Ukrainian team started better and won the first period 26-21. Triumph meanwhile responded with 23-14 in the second frame and needed a strong finish to seal the victory. Sergey Karasev (202-SG-93) posted 23 points to lead all the winners. Mitchell nailed 11, while Mckey had 9. Vincent Hunter (208-F-84, college: Arkansas) replied with 22 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort and Yakovlev nailed 18.



Khimik celebrate victory in Mykolaiv - by Eurobasket News

Khimik clinched the title at the pre-season tournament in Mykolaiv. The Yuzny team overcame Kryvbasbasket in the Final tonight. Vernon Goodridge (206-F-84, college: La Salle) posted 14 points to lead the winners.
Kryvbasbasket stayed in charge throughout the opening quarter. They recorded a 16:11 lead after ten minutes. But Khimik poured in 26 points in the second frame to take a 37:34 halftime lead. Khimik stretched the gap in the third quarter. They ensured a 7-point advantage before the final stanza. The Yuzny team held their opponents to 13 points in the fourth period to seal the victory at the end. Devoe Joseph (193-G-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon) chipped in 11 points, while Sergei Popov (194-G-88) contributed 10 points for the winners. Zoran Krstanovic (204-C-82, agency: TSS Management) answered with 16 points for Kryvbasbasket. James Florence (185-G-88, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mercer) netted 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in the loss.
Mykolaiv finished in the third position. The hosts held off BC Odessa 67:62 in consolation final. Martins Kravcenko (192-G-85) stepped up with 20 points for Mykolaiv. Dwayne Mitchell (196-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: La-Lafayette) added 9 points in the victory. Justin Love (189-G-78, college: St.Louis) responded with 13 points for BC Odessa.



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Standings - BBL

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 21: Manchester G. - London Lions 85-84
Sep. 23: Durham W. - Glasgow Rocks 82-92
Sep. 22: Worcester W. - Durham W. 76-82
Sep. 23: London Lions - Newcastle E. 72-88
Sep. 21: Newcastle E. - Glasgow Rocks 72-65
Sep. 21: Sheffield S. - Leicester R. 55-71
Sep. 22: Surrey Heat - Mersey Tigers 106-45

Regular Season: Round 2

Sep. 28: Manchester G. - Sheffield S.
Sep. 28: Mersey Tigers - Leicester R.
Sep. 28: Newcastle E. - Worcester W.
Sep. 29: Leicester R. - Cheshire Jets
Sep. 29: Worcester W. - Manchester G.
Sep. 30: Cheshire Jets - E.London R.
Sep. 30: Plymouth R. - London Lions
Sep. 30: Sheffield S. - Surrey Heat


BBL Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 James JONES
  Manchest.
  (193-G/F-83)
  Avg: 29
 1. Jones, Manchest.29.0 
 2. Baldarelli, Durham25.0 
 3. Owumi, Worceste.24.0 
 4. Chapman, Newcastl.23.0 
 5. Cricelli, Surrey H.21.0 
 6. Jackman, London L.19.0 
 7. Ogedengbe, London18.0 
 8. Elderkin, Durham W.18.0 
 9. Holmes, Surrey H.18.0 
 10. Keister, Durham W.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank HOLMES
  Surrey H.
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 12
 1. Holmes, Surrey H.12.0 
 2. Flournoy, Newcastl.11.0 
 3. Defoe, Newcastl.11.0 
 4. Davis, Glasgow11.0 
 5. James, London L.10.0 
 6. Cricelli, Surrey H.10.0 
 7. Wedemire, Glasgow10.0 
 8. Watts, Manchest.9.0 
 9. Chapman, Newcastl.8.0 
 10. Ocitti, Worceste.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Chavis HOLMES
  Surrey H.
  (193-G-86)
  Avg: 9
 1. Holmes, Surrey H.9.0 
 2. Huffman, Newcastl.7.0 
 3. Joseph, Surrey He.5.0 
 4. Bailey, Manchest.5.0 
 5. Cricelli, Surrey H.4.0 
 6. Ocitti, Worceste.4.0 
 7. Bucci, Durham W.4.0 
 8. Raftopoulos, Surre.4.0 
 9. Irish, London Lions4.0 
 10. Aliu, Manchest.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Joe CHAPMAN
  Newcastl.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 4
 1. Chapman, Newcastl.4.0 
 2. Flournoy, Newcastl.4.0 
 3. Martin, London L.3.0 
 4. McGinn, Mersey T.3.0 
 5. Cricelli, Surrey H.3.0 
 6. Jones, Manchest.3.0 
 7. Kazlauskas, Worces.2.0 
 8. Masiulis, Worceste.2.0 
 9. McNally, Glasgow2.0 
 10. Ebogbe, Mersey T.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Owen MCNALLY
  Glasgow .
  (203-F-87)
  Avg: 2
 1. McNally, Glasgow2.0 
 2. Maddox, Newcastl.2.0 
 3. Ebogbe, Mersey T.2.0 
 4. Irving, Worceste.1.0 
 5. Martin, London L.1.0 
 6. Ocitti, Worceste.1.0 
 7. Cricelli, Surrey H.1.0 
 8. Robinson, Glasgow1.0 
 9. Flournoy, Newcastl.1.0 
 10. Smith, Newcastl.1.0 


BBL Round Up Sunday 23 Sep - by Paul Nilsen


The end of the opening weekend of the 2012/13 BBL Championship season saw the Newcastle Eagles and Glasgow Rocks end on a high as they defeated the London Lions and Durham Wildcats respectively on Sunday.

The Eagles maintained their 100% start to the season as they secured a 72-88 victory over the Lions as professional basketball returned to Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.

The Eagles had Charles Smith (198-F-75, college: Rider) step up to the plate and he led all scorers in the game with 17 points for the Eagles, while new signing Orlan Jackman (196-F-88, college: Oklahoma City) bagged 16 points for the Lions in the defeat.

A fast start from the Eagles saw them storm out to a 28-17 lead in the opening quarter and they never looked back as they extended their advantage throughout the game and ran out comfortable winners in the end.

In Sunday's other contest, the Glasgow Rocks made the short trip across the border and picked up their first victory of the season with an 82-92 victory over the Durham Wildcats at the Newton
Aycliffe Leisure Centre.

The vistors had a combination of EJ Harrison (186-PG-76, college: Connecticut) and Gareth Murray (201-F-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Kalamazoo Valley CC) to thank in no small part as they each bagged a game-high 20 points for the victors.

The Rocks were able to steadily increase their lead throughout the contest, but were never able to completely end the home side's hopes of staging a comeback despite leading by as many as 14 points

at 68-82 with five minutes remaining in the game.
Wildcats new signing Mike Baldarelli (193-F/G-89, college: Assumption) hit three three-pointers in the closing stages, but it was not enough to fully close the gap as the Rocks held on for the all-important victory.



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Standings - LUB

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Sep. 21: Malvin - Trouville 98-93 OT
Sep. 22: Montevideo - Un.Atletica 96-89
Sep. 21: Defensor - Bohemios 93-56
Sep. 21: Cordon - Nacional 78-85
Sep. 21: Aguada - Sayago 77-70
Sep. 22: Olimpia - Larre Borges 71-86
Sep. 21: Tabare - Hebraica 69-75
Sep. 22: Welcome - Bigua 69-75

Regular Season: Round 3

Sep. 24: Larre Borges - Aguada
Sep. 24: Nacional - Olimpia
Sep. 24: Un.Atletica - Cordon
Sep. 24: Bohemios - Montevideo
Sep. 24: Trouville - Tabare
Sep. 24: Bigua - Malvin
Sep. 25: Sayago - Welcome
Sep. 25: Hebraica - Defensor


Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Mildon AMBRES
  Nacional
  (198-F/G-84)
  Avg: 25
 1. Ambres, Nacional25.0 
 2. Haller, Montevideo23.5 
 3. Galindo, Malvin21.5 
 4. Chambers, Monte.21.0 
 5. Martinez, Malvin19.0 
 6. Giano, Nacional19.0 
 7. Aguiar, Hebraica18.0 
 8. Barrera, Hebraica16.0 
 9. Pereyra, Monte.15.5 
 10. Fitipaldo, Malvin14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hatila PASSOS
  Hebraica
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Passos, Hebraica14.5 
 2. Haller, Montevideo11.0 
 3. Myles, Malvin10.5 
 4. Martin, Nacional9.5 
 5. Charquero, Nacional7.0 
 6. Ambres, Nacional7.0 
 7. Newsome, Malvin7.0 
 8. Crosby, Montevideo6.0 
 9. Silveira, Montevid.5.5 
 10. Baston, Montevid.5.0 
Assists Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Hebraica
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Barrera, Hebraica6.5 
 2. Fitipaldo, Malvin6.5 
 3. Martinez, Malvin6.0 
 4. Aguiar, Hebraica4.0 
 5. Chambers, Monte.3.5 
 6. Pereyra, Monte.3.5 
 7. Silveira, Montevid.3.0 
 8. Vanderbeken, Hebra.3.0 
 9. Myles, Malvin2.5 
 10. Izuibejeres, Hebr.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Gustavo BARRERA
  Hebraica
  (194-G-85)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Barrera, Hebraica3.5 
 2. Giano, Nacional2.5 
 3. Fitipaldo, Malvin1.5 
 4. Izuibejeres, Hebra.1.5 
 5. Rivero, Nacional1.5 
 6. Crosby, Montevideo1.5 
 7. Antunez, Nacional1.5 
 8. Aguiar, Hebraica1.5 
 9. Ambres, Nacional1.0 
 10. Martin, Nacional1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Federico HALLER
  Montevideo
  (198-F-88)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Haller, Montevideo2.5 
 2. Passos, Hebraica1.5 
 3. Charquero, Nacional1.5 
 4. Calfani, Malvin1.0 
 5. Vanderbeken, Hebra.1.0 
 6. Crosby, Montevideo1.0 
 7. Ambres, Nacional1.0 
 8. Chambers, Monte.0.5 
 9. Newsome, Malvin0.5 
 10. Paez, Hebraica0.5 


Chambers netted 30 points for Montevideo - by Hector Lopez

Montevideo won its second straigth game beating Union Atltica 96-89, and is now one of the two leaders for the Uruguayan League after the the second round. For the winner Reggie Chambers (165-G, college: W.Virg.Wesl.) netted 30 points and Federico Haller (198-F-88) added 22 points with 14 rebounds and 3 blocks, while Paul Crosby (203-C, college: Miss.Valley St.) scored 4 points with 5 rebounds. For UnioN Atletica Emilio Taboada (191-F-82) scored 30 points, incluiding 5/7 three points shots, Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) added 17 points with 4 rebounds, Jon Rogers 8 points 6 rebounds and Ryan Blankson (201-C-80, college: Loyola, IL) 10 points 5 rebounds. Other results:
Larre Borges 86 - Facundo Roselli (185-G-91) 20 points, Gerald January (201-C-88, agency: Hightower Law Firm, college: Montevallo) 11 points 9 rebounds, Ike Udanoh (203-C-89, college: Wayne St., MI) 12 points 6 rebounds
Olimpia 71 - Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, college: Park) 20 points 7 rebounds 6 assists, Ricardo de Bem (210-F/C-84, college: Oklahoma City) 3 points 2 rebounds
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Bigua 75 - Anthony Johnson (203-F-88, college: Fairfield) 24 points 9 rebounds, Chris Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) 14 points 4 rebounds
Welcome 69 - Krys Faber (208-C, college: De Paul) 15 points 14 rebounds, Jamar Nutter (188-G-84, college: Seton Hall) 14 points 6 rebounds




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Standings - LNB

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

Regular Season: Round 7

Sep. 21: Atleticos UCV - Aduaneros 99-89
Sep. 21: Rojos de Sucre - Tiburones 95-91
Sep. 21: Bravos - Generales 86-70
Sep. 22: Bravos - Generales 84-88
Sep. 21: Guacharos - Estudiantes 83-76
Sep. 22: Lanc.Cojedes - Cent.Apure 81-82
Sep. 22: Atleticos UCV - Aduaneros 73-102
Sep. 22: Guacharos - Estudiantes 72-73
Sep. 22: Rojos de Sucre - Tiburones 70-72
Sep. 21: Lanc.Cojedes - Cent.Apure 107-113

Regular Season: Round 8

Sep. 28: Bravos - Lanc.Cojedes
Sep. 28: Generales - Aduaneros
Sep. 28: Tiburones - Atleticos UCV
Sep. 28: Guacharos - Rojos de Sucre
Sep. 28: Estudiantes - Cent.Apure
Sep. 29: Bravos - Lanc.Cojedes
Sep. 29: Generales - Aduaneros
Sep. 29: Tiburones - Atleticos UCV
Sep. 29: Guacharos - Rojos de Sucre
Sep. 29: Estudiantes - Cent.Apure




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Women News


Pecs wins opening game of the season - by Zeljko Zule

Hungarian side Pecs beat Vojvodina, 69-65, in the opening game of the 2011-12 Adriatic League season. Amy Jaeschke (196-C-89, college: Northwestern) had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Latinka Dusanic scored 16 points and Lilla Horvath grabbed 13 rebounds for Pecs. Jovana Popovic led all scorers with 23 points and handed out 6 assists and Anja Stupar and Dina Sesnic added 13 points both for Vojvodina. Pecs outrebounded Vojvodina 54-28, picking up 21 offensive boards.


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  ARGENTINA   


Argentinean basketball championship for women starts! - by Leonardo Contieri

On saturday night it started the Argentinean basketball championship for women's clubs.
Group "A" Estrella de Berisso 40 vs Velez Sarfield 83 and Petroleros YPF 53 vs Deportivo Berazategui 69
Group "B" Lanus 54 vs union Florida 59 and Andres Zaninetti 77 vs Sol Dorado 64
Scorers:
Estrella de Berisso (40): Valeria Garca (7), Florencia Birgue (4), Marina Zubilaga (0), Mara Desabantonio (2), Ailn Garca (7), Yanina Merlo (0), Agustina Reato (0), Eliana Celi (0), Mariana Daz Delmonte (5), Jimena Landra (6), Yanina Castillo (3), Valeria Scharbina (6).
Vlez Sarsfield (83): Ornella Santana (7), Macarena Jerez Pilotti (1), Victoria Llorente (4), Brenda Schmidt (10), Agustina Ruecco (2), Marina Cava (17), Macarena Rosset (13), Macarena Durso (10), Sandra Pavn (4), Mara Marchizotti (4), Florencia Llorente (8), Roco Daz (3)
Petroleros YPF (53): Macarena Belleli (2), Ana Castillo (no ingres), Romina Huidobro (11), Gabriela Coria (5), Carolina Dublo (6), Noelia Bustamente (no ingres), Ana Borsetto (8), Daiana Ten (no ingres), Mara Huidobro (6), Emilse Bravo (6), Paula Ramos (9), Jimena Penea (no ingres).
Deportivo Berazategui (69): Natalia Ros (23), Vernica Sobern (23), Noelia Berra (0), Leyda Macas (6), Luciana Zinna (9), Elizabeth Fernndez (4), Roco Amigo (2), Yanina Madera (2), Agustina Tkaez (0), Melina Tkaez (0).
Lans (54): Noelia Zinna (3), Melisa Pavisich (0), Andrea Boquete (14), Natacha Prez (6), Melani Sorian (8), Florencia Salatino (0), Brandina Rodrguez (no ingres), Nadia Flores (4), Agustina Gonzlez (no ingres), Agostina Gerardi (2), Agustina Jourdhevil (2), Agostina Burani (15)
Unin Florida (59): Sandra Deanso (no ingres), Melissa Gretter (19), Celia Fiorotto (0), Diana Cabrera (9), Florencia Paganini (0), Florencia Martnez (0), Florencia Fernndez (19), Daniela Benvenuto (6), Natasha Spiatta (4), Carla Mikulkas (no ingres), Munnay Martinez (0), Natalia Teodori (2).
Andrs Zaninetti (77): Valeria Cergneaux (0), Antonella Rapallo (6), Bianca Tabieres (no ingres), Janet Azario (0), Larua Gonzlez (20), Cielo Reyes (0), Ivana Valente (20), Mayra Ayala (8), Mara Beln Boxler (6), Ailn Ayala (6), Rita Izamendi (9), Leticia Garay (2).
Sol Dorado (64): Ingrid Kunkel (no ingres), Priscila Ramrez (12), Liz Janpzol (no ingres), Iliana Snchez (11), Gabriela Rodrguez (0), Katherin Reichrt (no ingres), Melissa Birck (0), Mariana Reggi (19), Fernando Melo (15), Mariana Martn (2), Mara Laura Ibarrola (no ingres), Emilse Torres (5)
NOTE: The scorer are taken from basketball's federation official site www.cabb.com.ar



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  AUSTRALIA   


Australia U19 advanced to FIBA U19 World Championship in 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Australia U19 advanced to FIBA U19 World Championship in 2013 as they swept the series over New Zealand.
In Game 1 Australia beat New Zealand 83:54. Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Samuels had 16. Penina Davidson (189-F-95) ended up with 11 points in defeat, while Hunter and Spooner-Night added 9 each.
Later Australia edged New Zealand 89:55. Talbot stepped up with 25 points and 13 rebounds, while Carley Mijovic notched 16. Samuels poured in 11, whilst Wilson added 10. Penina Davidson replied with 24 points and Beck scored 9.
Also New Zealand lost to Australia 65:72. Samuels stepped up with 22 points for the winners and Wilson added 17. Chelseah Savage (168-G-95) answered with 16 points in defeat and Spooner-Night had 14.



Erin Phillips matches career high with 21 points in Fevers 91-58 win over Shock - by Eurobasket News

Erin Phillips (173-PG-85) matched a career high with 21 points, and the Indiana Fever beat the Tulsa Shock 91-58 in the regular-season finale for both teams on Sunday night.

Tamika Catchings added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Fever. Catchings posted her 82 career double-double, breaking a second-place tie in WNBA history with Yolanda Griffith. Lisa Leslie has the record with 157.

The Fever (22-12) matched their franchise record for wins in a season. Indiana had lost three straight before beating Washington on Friday.

Ivory Latta led the Shock (9-25) with 16 points. Scholanda Dorrell scored 14, Amber Holt had 10, and Glory Johnson added eight points and 11 rebounds for Tulsa.

Indiana held the Shock to 32.1 percent shooting, the lowest by a Fever opponent this season. The Fever also outscored the Shock 24-14 from the free-throw line.

Indiana, the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, will host the Atlanta Dream in Game 1 of the series on Friday. The Dream beat the Fever last year in the Eastern Conference finals.

The Fever won easily despite playing without three starters. Katie Douglas sat out with an illness, and guards Briann January and guard Shavonte Zellous missed the game due to concussion-like symptoms. Indiana was unable to rest starters because it had only eight active players.

Catchings scored only nine points against Washington on Friday, just the second time this season she failed to score at least 10. She bounced back by making 7 of 10 shots from the field.

Jessica Davenport scored 18 points, and Karima Christmas added a season-high 10 for Indiana.

Indiana outscored the Shock 25-8 in the second quarter and held them to 2-for-14 shooting in the period. The Fever trailed 24-18 at the end of the first quarter but led 43-32 at the break. Catchings had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the first half, and Jeanette Pohlen added 10 points.

The Fever opened the third quarter on a 5-0 run, leading to a timeout by the Shock. Tulsa didnt score for the first 2:30 of the period. The Fever took a 71-43 lead into the fourth quarter.

The Fever had seven turnovers in the first quarter, but just 10 the rest of the game.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com



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  AUSTRIA   


TuS Bad Aibling Fireballs sign Julia Schwab - by Eurobasket Center

TuS Bad Aibling Fireballs signed 30-year old Austrian international power forward Julia Schwab (180-C/F-82). In her first game she scored 11 points and grabbed 3 rebounds. Despite her good performance her new team lost to Jahn Muenchen 52-73. Schwab played most recently at TI Sparkasse Innsbruck Damen (Austria). She helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as she was selected to Eurobasket.com Austrian AWBL All-Domestic Players Team. Schwab is a very experienced player. She played for Austrian senior national team this year.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


19th BWBL Championship involves 9 teams - by Eurobasket News

Baltic Women's Basketball League (BWBL) 19th championship involves nine teams from four countries: Belarus, Estonia, Ukraine and Lithuania. Season will begin on the 20th of October. Kibirkstis-Vici-Iki team will represent Lithuiania in BWBL championship. Kibirkstis-Vici-Iki will start the match from the second round, which will be held in February and March.
Six teams are going to participate in the regular season: Minsk "Minsk-2006", Borisov "Berezina-RCOR", Grodno "Victoria", Tallinn ECLEX and Tallinna Ulikool " and Kiev Tim-Scuf ".
Teams that won the first three places in the last year Championship (Kibirkstis-Vici-Iki, BC Horizont, BC Olimpia) will start the matches from the second round and will play with five best teams from the first round.
The elite division matches will involve eight teams divided into two groups. Final Four tournament will be held 19-21 April, 2013.
First two matches will be in Minsk ant Kiev. There will meet "Berezina-RCOR" and "Minsk-2006" and in the capital of Ukraine will play Tim-Scuf "and" Victoria "team. "It is very unfortunate that BWBL number of teams decreased significantly. Among the participants of the Championship teams will only be one Latvian and one Lithuanian team. This shows that our women's basketball in the region is going through a difficult time "- commented BWBL Secretary General Algimantas Ivaauskas. - The most painful is that less young Lithuanian basketball players will have the opportunity to gain experience in international competitions. Lithuanian clubs won BWBL Championship 16 times, once Latvia and Belarus.
Courtesy of: bwbl.lt



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


USK Praha finished the International Tournament - by Eurobasket News

USK Praha finished the International Tournament in Slovakia. Good Angels triumph at Kosice Grand Prix 2012 as they celebrated the victories in three games.
In Day 2 Kosice beat ZVVZ USK Praha 78:72. The team from Czech Republic won the first period 14-11 and led 3 points at the halftime. The second half however belonged to the hosts that posted two victories to win the game. Quigley top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Kupcikova nailed 12. Krivacevic and Kulichova followed them with 11 points each in a win. Zrustrova delivered 21 points in defeat.
In Day 3 ZVVZ USK Praha overcame MBK Ruzomberok 70:62. The team from Czech Republic started the game with 20-14 and led 4 points at the halftime. MBK Ruzomberok won the third period 20-10, but lost the last stanza 20-6 and the game itself. Zrustova led the way with 17 points for the winners. Tetemondova and Cernakova delivered 14 points each in defeat and Trebecova had 9.



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Good Angels Kosice announced Riquna Williams - by Eurobasket News

Good Angels Kosice announced Riquna Williams (170-PG-90, college: Miami, FL) for the upcoming season. The American player will debut in Europe.
In 2006-2007 she appeared for Miami, FL (NCAA) and after 30 games averaged 5.0ppg, 3.8rpg. In 2007-2008 her stats read 5.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.6%, FT: 53.3%.
In 2008-2009 she improved to 8.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7spg, FGP: 29.9%, 3Pts: 21.6%, FT: 77.0%. In 2009-2010 for Miami, FL (NCAA, starting five) she already had high 19.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.7apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 40.3%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 73.6%.
In 2010-2011 Riquna Williams had high 21.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.8apg, 2.8spg, FGP: 39.7%, 3PT: 29.8%, FT: 77.3% and in 2011-2012 showed 16.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.6apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 39.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 80.4%. In 2012 she was drafted by San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA, 2rd (17).
For her Awards/Achievements it is a must to mention that she was into All-ACC 2nd Team -10 and NIT Finalist -10 (All-Tournament Team). Moreover she made it into All-ACC 1st Team -11, 12 and ACC All-Tournament 2nd Team -11. Riguna became ACC Regular Season Co-Champion -11 and reached ACC Tournament Semifinals -11. This season she tasted ACC Regular Season Runner-Up -12 and Associated Press NCAA All-America 3rd Team -12.



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  FRANCE   

Standings - LFB

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 22: Lyon - Arras 75-63
Sep. 22: Landes - Tarbes 68-64
Sep. 22: Bourges - Perpignan 66-55
Sep. 23: Lattes Montp. - Toulouse 65-45
Sep. 22: Nantes - Aix-en-Provence 55-51
Sep. 23: Villeneuve - Charleville 48-59
Sep. 23: Union Hainaut - Mondeville 40-71

Regular Season: Round 2

Sep. 29: Charleville - Bourges
Sep. 29: Nantes - Villeneuve
Sep. 29: Union Hainaut - Perpignan
Sep. 29: Toulouse - Mondeville
Sep. 29: Tarbes - Lattes Montp.
Sep. 29: Arras - Landes
Sep. 29: Aix-en-Provence - Lyon


LFB Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Celine DUMERC
  Bourges
  (169-G-82)
  Avg: 20
 1. Dumerc, Bourges20.0 
 2. Sharp, Mondeville20.0 
 3. Bishop, Perpignan18.0 
 4. Bade, Arras17.0 
 5. Sy-Diop, Lyon17.0 
 6. Tolo, Aix-en-P.16.0 
 7. Abalde, Landes16.0 
 8. Salagnac, Tarbes16.0 
 9. Le Gluher, Landes16.0 
 10. Podrug, Lyon15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Stephany SKRBA
  Bourges
  (188-F-87)
  Avg: 14
 1. Skrba, Bourges14.0 
 2. Bonnan, Charleville12.0 
 3. Troina, Nantes11.0 
 4. Murphy, Aix-en-P.11.0 
 5. Baer, Lyon10.0 
 6. Francis, Aix-en.10.0 
 7. Robert, Lattes M.10.0 
 8. Amant, Nantes9.0 
 9. Michel, Nantes9.0 
 10. Thorburn, Aix-en.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ingrid TANQUERAY
  Mondeville
  (166-PG-88)
  Avg: 8
 1. Tanqueray, Mondevi.8.0 
 2. Guzman, Landes7.0 
 3. Podrug, Lyon6.0 
 4. Lassiter, Mondevil.6.0 
 5. Aubert, Nantes5.0 
 6. Bremont, Lattes M.5.0 
 7. Sene, Charleville4.0 
 8. Bjorklund, Perpi.4.0 
 9. Ciglar, Perpignan4.0 
 10. Sy-Diop, Lyon4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Diandra TCHATCHOUANG
  Perpi.
  (186-F-91)
  Avg: 5
 1. Tchatchouang, Perp.5.0 
 2. Michel, Nantes5.0 
 3. Lassiter, Mondevil.5.0 
 4. El Gargati, Tarbes4.0 
 5. Cata-Chitiga, Latt.4.0 
 6. Gay, Toulouse4.0 
 7. Dieme, Villeneuve3.0 
 8. Sacko, Lattes M.3.0 
 9. NSoki, Toulouse3.0 
 10. Page, Lyon3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Emmeline NDONGUE
  Bourges
  (191-C-83)
  Avg: 4
 1. Ndongue, Bourges4.0 
 2. Paugaite, Mondevil.3.0 
 3. Gay, Toulouse3.0 
 4. Francis, Aix-en.3.0 
 5. Digbeu, Villeneuve2.0 
 6. Tolo, Aix-en-P.2.0 
 7. Ayissi, Union Hain.2.0 
 8. Reghaissia, Landes2.0 
 9. Minte, Mondeville2.0 
 10. Toure, Arras1.0 


Start of 2012/13 LFB season: Round 1 review - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LFB just started. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round.

Bourges - Perpignan 66-55
The game was mostly controlled by Bourges. Perpignan was better in fourth quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Bourges had a 33-20 advantage in offensive rebounds. International guard Celine Dumerc (169-82) stepped up and scored 20 points and 6 rebounds for the winners and Swedish guard Frida Eldebrink (174-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas) chipped in 14 points and 5 rebounds. At the losing side Australian center Abby Bishop (189-88) responded with 18 points and 7 rebounds and the former international forward Diandra Tchatchouang (186-91, college: Maryland) scored 12 points and 5 rebounds. Perpignan's coach Francois Gomez rotated eleven players in this game, but that didn't help.
Top scorers:
Perpignan: A.Bishop 18+7reb, D.Tchatchouang 12+5reb+1ast, F.Dieng 7+3reb+2ast, A.Bjorklund 5+1reb+4ast, I.Ciglar 5+3reb+4ast, P.Lo 2+3reb
Bourges: C.Dumerc 20+6reb+3ast, F.Eldebrink 14+5reb+1ast, E.Ndongue 12+6reb+1ast, C.Diallo 7+2reb, S.Skrba 6+14reb, S.Ballardini 3
gschID: 187982


Lyon - Arras 75-63
Visitors were defeated by Lyon 75-63. The game was mostly controlled by Lyon. Arras managed to win fourth quarter 21-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Arras' 26. Naturalized Senegalese forward Mame-Marie Sy-Diop (185-85) nailed 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and German forward Romy Baer (187-87) accounted for 12 points and 10 rebounds. Four Lyon players scored in double figures. The former international Krissy Bade (182-80) came up with 17 points and American point guard Dawn Evans (170-89, college: JMU, agency: LBM Management) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for Arras in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Arras: K.Bade 17+4reb+3ast, D.Evans 10+7reb+1ast, A.Carmona 10+6reb+1ast, S.Dijon 7+6reb, J.Gomis 6+1reb+4ast, A.Dabo 6+4reb
Lyon: M.Sy-Diop 17+6reb+4ast, E.Podrug 15+2reb+6ast, R.Baer 12+10reb+2ast, D.Page 10+3reb, M.Plust 7+4reb+2ast, A.Plagnard 5+2reb+4ast
gschID: 187979


Landes - Tarbes 68-64
The hosts trailed by 9 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 68-64. It was a very good performance for Anais Le Gluher (175-82) who helped to win the game recording 16 points. Forward Valeriane Ayayi (184-94) contributed with 11 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. International guard Paoline Salagnac (176-84, agency: Josep and Nicolas) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds and forward Naura El Gargati (192-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas) added 7 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Tarbes. Tarbes' coach Cyril Sicsic tested ten players, but that didn't help to avoid defeat in this game.
Top scorers:
Tarbes: P.Salagnac 16+6reb+3ast, G.Ocete 10+1reb+3ast, A.Robinson 9+6reb, J.Rad 9+3reb, L.Ervin 7+6reb+2ast, N.El Gargati 7+8reb
Landes: T.Abalde 16+2reb, A.Le Gluher 16+3reb+2ast, V.Ayayi 11+6reb+1ast, S.Reghaissia 8+4reb, J.Humphrey 6+8reb+1ast, K.Stepanova 6+5reb+1ast
gschID: 187980


Lattes Montp. - Toulouse 65-45
The game without a history. Lattes Montpellier led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 17-of-19 free shots (89.5 percent) during the game. Lattes Montpellier forced 23 Toulouse turnovers and outrebounded them 38-25 including 27 on the defensive glass. It was a very good performance for the former international forward Geraldine Robert (184-80) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Gaelle Skrela (177-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Four Lattes Montpellier players scored in double figures. Lattes Montpellier's coach Valery Demory used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American forward Carrem Gay (188-87, college: Duke) answered with 10 points and 8 rebounds and guard Agathe Degorces (168-92) added 11 points in the effort for Toulouse.
Top scorers:
Toulouse: A.Degorces 11+2reb+2ast, C.Gay 10+8reb+1ast, M.Medenou 6+1reb, A.Knezevic 6+1reb, J.Legoupil 4+3reb+2ast, D.Adams 4+4reb+1ast
Lattes Montp.: G.Skrela 15+4reb+2ast, G.Robert 13+10reb, A.Lelas 12+4reb+2ast, E.Lawson-Wade 10+7reb+3ast, F.Sacko 7+4reb+1ast, A.Cata-Chitiga 6+4reb
gschID: 187981


Union Hainaut - Mondeville 40-71
It was a very good performance for naturalized American point guard Kristen Sharp (175-81, college: Cincinnati) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. Forward Laetitia Kamba (187-87) contributed with 15 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Mondeville players scored in double figures. American-Greek power forward Stefanie Murphy (193-89, college: Boston Coll.) answered with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Bulgarian center Vera Perostiyska (196-82, college: FIU) added 8 points in the effort for Union Hainaut.
Top scorers:
Union Hainaut: S.Murphy 14+7reb+1ast, V.Perostiyska 8+4reb, L.Garcia 6+4reb, E.Silbande 5+1reb+2ast, C.Paul 2+1reb+1ast, R.Ciappina 2+1ast
Mondeville: K.Sharp 20+2reb+2ast, L.Kamba 15+6reb, G.Paugaite 11+3reb+2ast, N.Coulibaly 10+5reb, H.Minte 6+5reb+1ast, A.Lassiter 5+5reb+6ast
gschID: 187976


Nantes - Aix-en-Provence 55-51
Aix-en-Provence was trailing by 4 points at halftime but managed to get 4-point lead after three quarters before a 17-9 charge of Nantes Reze, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Aix-en-Provence to just 7 points in second quarter. Nantes Reze dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Aix-en-Provence's 24. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Sarah Michel (180-89) who helped to win the game recording 15 points and 9 rebounds. Belarusian forward Tatyana Troina (188-81, college: S.Carolina) contributed with 8 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Australian center Marianna Tolo (196-89) answered with 16 points and 6 rebounds and Canadian forward Lizanne Murphy (185-84, college: Hofstra) added 10 points and 11 rebounds in the effort for Aix-en-Provence. Nantes Reze keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 6 other teams.
Top scorers:
Aix-en-Provence: M.Tolo 16+6reb+2ast, S.Thorburn 10+9reb+1ast, L.Murphy 10+11reb, C.Francis 9+10reb+1ast, S.Gruszczynski 6+2reb+3ast, N.Chambertin 0
Nantes: S.Michel 15+9reb+2ast, B.Ngoyisa 8+6reb+2ast, T.Troina 8+11reb, I.Arrondo 7+4reb+1ast, M.Amant 7+9reb, V.Mircheva 4+2reb
gschID: 187977


Villeneuve - Charleville 48-59
It looked good early as Villeneuve D'Ascq took an 3-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Charleville-Mezieres had a 18-10 second period charge getting the lead and Villeneuve D'Ascq was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 48-59. Charleville-Mezieres forced 19 Villeneuve D'Ascq turnovers. The former international power forward Aurelie Bonnan (187-83, agency: Josep and Nicolas) fired 6 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. The former international forward Yacine Sene (183-82) chipped in 11 points and 4 assists. Four Charleville-Mezieres players scored in double figures. point guard Bintou Dieme (164-84) produced 12 points and the former international Amelie Pochet (180-84) added 9 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Villeneuve: B.Dieme 12+4reb+1ast, A.Pochet 9+6reb+1ast, A.Nayo 7+3reb+1ast, J.Digbeu 5+5reb+2ast, O.Sanni 4+4reb, S.Pirsic 4+5reb
Charleville: A.Bouderra 13+1reb+3ast, D.Diawara 12+4reb, Y.Sene 11+3reb+4ast, A.Pagnier 11+2reb+1ast, A.Bonnan 6+12reb+1ast, E.Dimitrova 3+3reb+2ast



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  GERMANY   

Standings - 2.Bundesliga - by Eurobasket News

2.Bundesliga Standings
North
 1. Berlin 1-0 
 2. Bielefeld 1-0 
 3. Chemnitz 1-0 
 4. Hagen Phoenix 1-0 
 5. Neuss 1-0 
 6. Quakenbrueck 1-0 
 7. Goettingen 0-1 
 8. Gruenberg 0-1 
 9. Hannover 0-1 
 10. Mainz 0-1 
 11. Opladen 0-1 
 12. Rhein MB II 0-1 
South
 1. Heidelberg 1-0 
 2. Jahn Muenchen 1-0 
 3. Keltern 1-0 
 4. Saarlouis 1-0 
 5. Speyer 1-0 
 6. Wuerzburg 0-0 
 7. Bad Aibling 0-1 
 8. Leimen 0-1 
 9. Sandhausen 0-1 
 10. Trier 0-1 
 11. Viernheim 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

North

Sep. 23: Chemnitz - Rhein MB II 90-66
Sep. 22: Neuss - Hannover 77-57
Sep. 22: Hagen Phoenix - Gruenberg 68-64
Sep. 22: Bielefeld - Goettingen 64-54
Sep. 22: Mainz - Berlin 61-63
Sep. 22: Quakenbrueck - Opladen 57-43

South

Sep. 23: Jahn Muenchen - Bad Aibling 73-52
Sep. 23: Saarlouis - Sandhausen 62-46
Sep. 22: Leimen - Keltern 56-74
Sep. 23: Trier - Speyer 44-102
Sep. 22: Viernheim - Heidelberg 40-67

Regular Season: Round 2

North

Oct. 6: Goettingen - Hagen Phoenix
Oct. 6: Opladen - Mainz
Oct. 6: Hannover - Bielefeld
Oct. 6: Rhein MB II - Quakenbrueck
Oct. 6: Gruenberg - Chemnitz
Oct. 6: Berlin - Neuss

South

Oct. 6: Heidelberg - Trier
Oct. 6: Sandhausen - Jahn Muenchen
Oct. 6: Wuerzburg - Viernheim
Oct. 6: Bad Aibling - Leimen
Oct. 6: Speyer - Saarlouis


The start of the 2.Bundesliga - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in 2.Bundesliga just started.
Group North
Bielefeld - Goettingen 64-54
Goettingen was ahead by 8 points after three quarters before a 24-6 charge of Dolphins Bielefeld, which allowed them to win the game. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Goettingen to just 6 points in fourth quarter. Worth to mention a great performance of American center Sarah Acker (191, college: Delaware) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds. Forward Alena Tusek (175) contributed with 15 points for the winners. Polish forward Klaudia Grudzien (183-90) answered with 12 points and 5 rebounds and American swingman Jenele Peterson (174, college: Whitman) added 12 points in the effort for Goettingen.


Top scorers:
Bielefeld: A.Tusek 15+3reb, S.Acker 14+10reb+2ast, N.Rosner 7+1ast, M.Hawley 7+2reb, D.Atsur 6+3reb+2ast, L.Lummer 6+5reb
Goettingen: J.Peterson 12+2reb+3ast, K.Grudzien 12+5reb+2ast, N.Aha 7+2reb+4ast, J.Lucken 6+1reb, M.Vom Hofe 4+5reb, D.Smith 4+6reb


gschID: 182524


Neuss - Hannover 77-57

The game was mostly controlled by TG Neuss. Hannover managed to win fourth quarter 12-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. TG Neuss dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to Hannover's 38. American point guard Shacondra James (172, college: Cent.Florida) fired 20 points and 5 steals for the winners. point guard Hannah Wischnitzki (170) chipped in 15 points. American forward Alexa Mennen (185-87, college: N.Iowa) produced 19 points and forward Anne Weber (171-89) added 8 points respectively for lost side.


Top scorers:
Neuss: S.James 20+2reb+2ast, H.Wischnitzki 15+1ast, J.Kleen 13+1reb, C.Skrobek 8+2reb, S.Lehtoranta 7, V.Jager 6+2reb
Hannover: A.Mennen 19, A.Weber 8, J.Bartsch 7, R.Cantu 4+1reb, A.Battersby 4, M.Jager 4+1reb


gschID: 179867


Hagen Phoenix - Gruenberg 68-64

Baskets Grunberg trailed by 11 points after 3 quarters before a 23-16 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 64-68 at the end of the game. Guard Kimberly Pohlmann (180-92) fired a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Guard Annika Reinhardt (178-92) chipped in 11 points. Hagen Phoenix's coach Ulrich Overhoff allowed to play the deep bench players in such tough game. Forward Ama Degbeon (183-95) produced a double-double by scoring 16 points and 16 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) and guard Elisabeth Dzirma (178-94) added 18 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Hagen Phoenix: A.Reinhardt 11+2reb+1ast, K.Pohlmann 10+11reb+2ast, V.Schielke 10+2reb+1ast, F.Grasshoff 8, F.Goessmann 8+1reb+2ast, B.Bencker 6+1ast
Gruenberg: E.Dzirma 18+5reb, A.Degbeon 16+16reb, I.Meinhart 14+1reb, L.Masek 9+3reb+1ast, N.Happel 3+2reb+1ast, K.Carthauser 2+1reb
gschID: 179868


Quakenbrueck - Opladen 57-43

The game was mostly controlled by Quakenbrueck Dragons. SG BBZ Opladen was better in fourth quarter 11-5. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Quakenbrueck Dragons forced 23 SG BBZ Opladen turnovers. Canadian guard Brittany Moore (168-89) fired 18 points for the winners. Forward Katrin Sokoll-Potratz (176-71) chipped in 6 points and 14 rebounds. Quakenbrueck Dragons' coach allowed to play the deep bench players saving starting five for next games. Center Mareike Nettersheim (186) produced 14 points and 8 rebounds and center Marie Gulich (192-94) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Quakenbrueck: B.Moore 18+4reb+1ast, H.Sunley-Paisley 11+4reb+1ast, K.Davis 7+8reb+1ast, K.Sokoll-Potratz 6+14reb, K.Kubat 6+1reb+2ast, C.Kaiser 3+1ast
Opladen: M.Nettersheim 14+8reb+3ast, M.Gulich 12+8reb+1ast, T.Turnbull 10+4reb+1ast, R.Schmidt 4+2reb, M.Hafner 2+2reb+3ast, J.Kunel 1+2reb+1ast
gschID: 179865


Chemnitz - Rhein MB II 90-66

The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 13-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 90-66. ChemCats Chemnitz dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to Rhein MB II's 32 and made 21-of-27 free shots (77.8 percent) during the game. ChemCats Chemnitz forced 29 Rhein MB II turnovers and outrebounded them 30-18 including 21 on the offensive glass. Rhein MB II was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. American forward Candace Williams (183-88, college: New Hampshire) fired 23 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Her fellow American import swingman Heidi Heintz (177-88, college: Cal-Davis) chipped in 19 points and 7 rebounds (on 7-of-8 shooting from the field). Four ChemCats Chemnitz players scored in double figures. point guard Pia Dietrich (168-94) produced 14 points and 4 assists and Kristin Annawald (184-93) added 7 points respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Chemnitz: C.Williams 23+9reb+2ast, H.Heintz 19+7reb, E.Jones 15+2reb+5ast, N.Protzig 12+2reb+4ast, M.Mihalyi 9+3reb+3ast, K.Wohlberg 4+3reb
Rhein MB II: P.Dietrich 14+3reb+4ast, A.Schlaefcke 8, S.Blank 7+1reb, K.Annawald 7+4reb, F.Schmidt 6+4reb, E.Gaertner 6+2reb
gschID: 179866


Mainz - Berlin 61-63

The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But ASC Theresianum Mainz won third quarter 26-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded ASC Theresianum Mainz 38-21 including 23 on the offensive glass. Center Julia Sandow (182) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and forward Daniela Vogel (179-92) chipped in 15 points. Berlin's coach Timur Topal used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side guard Maria Neufurth (173-88) responded with 12 points, 7 assists and 4 steals and Bulgarian guard Gergana Georgieva (180-87) scored 16 points. Four ASC Theresianum Mainz players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
Berlin: D.Vogel 15+3reb+3ast, J.Sandow 12+12reb, J.Thurau 10+2reb+5ast, L.Gohlisch 7+6reb+2ast, K.Greiner 5+3reb+3ast, N.Rouault 4+5reb
Mainz: G.Georgieva 16+3reb+1ast, C.Berkhoff 13+5reb+1ast, M.Neufurth 12+3reb+7ast, G.Jandova 10+4reb+1ast, S.Suttington 8+3reb, L.Floreth 2+2ast
gschID: 179863


Group South
Jahn Muenchen - Bad Aibling 73-52

Friendsfactory Germering led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Bad Aibling to just 7 points in second quarter. Bad Aibling was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international forward Magdalena von Geyr (180-84) fired 21 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists (made all of her ten free throws !!!) for the winners. Power forward Viktoria Wohlers (190) chipped in 16 points and 6 rebounds. Forward Karin Schubel (184-86) produced a double-double by scoring 10 points and 11 rebounds and point guard Lena-Marie Bradaric (166-93) added 8 points and 6 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Jahn Muenchen: M.von Geyr 21+8reb+4ast, N.Schmidt 17+2ast, V.Wohlers 16+6reb+1ast, S.Eitel 5+2reb+2ast, A.Bieringer 5+6reb+1ast, J.Sommer 5+12reb+3ast
Bad Aibling: J.Schwab 11+3reb+1ast, K.Schubel 10+11reb, L.Bradaric 8+6reb+3ast, J.Genttner 7+4reb, S.Polder 6+1reb+2ast, J.Ohanian 6+1reb+3ast
gschID: 182531


Trier - Speyer 44-102
gschID: 182529


Leimen - Keltern 56-74

The game was mostly controlled by Gruner Stern Keltern. KuSG Leimen was better in second period 21-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. The game was decided in the last minutes when Gruner Stern Keltern won last quarter 28-12. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to KuSG Leimen's 26. Gruner Stern Keltern forced 22 KuSG Leimen turnovers and had a 20-6 advantage in offensive rebounds. Forward Stefanie Grigoleit (186-89) fired 15 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Center Vanessa Seemann (182-88) chipped in 14 points and 6 rebounds. Canadian guard Lauren Taal (175) produced 11 points and 7 rebounds and forward Martina Kraus (186-90) added 10 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Keltern: M.Steidl 17+4ast, S.Grigoleit 15+7reb+1ast, V.Seemann 14+6reb+1ast, D.Johnson 7+2reb+1ast, M.Rosche 5+8reb, A.Fody 4+6reb
Leimen: J.Shinall 13+2reb+2ast, L.Taal 11+7reb+3ast, M.Kraus 10+7reb, J.Ritterhoff 8+5reb+2ast, R.Luepertz 7+4reb+2ast, L.Wurth 3+4reb+1ast
gschID: 182530


Viernheim - Heidelberg 40-67

BasCats Heidelberg led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding TSV Amicitia to just 6 points in fourth quarter. They outrebounded TSV Amicitia 50-26 including a 21-7 advantage in defensive rebounds. Power forward Anna Meusel (178-89) fired 14 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. American center Erica Carlson (193, college: Dixie St.) chipped in 8 points and 12 rebounds. BasCats Heidelberg's coach Dennis Czygan felt very confident using 11 players saving starting five for next games. Forward Alexandra Shaw (176) produced 12 points and forward Elisa Ruhl (171-83) added 6 points and 5 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Heidelberg: A.Meusel 14+8reb, J.Young 12+5reb+2ast, S.Benavente 12+3reb+1ast, E.Carlson 8+12reb+1ast, S.Kranzhofer 7+4reb, E.Hofmann 3+2reb
Viernheim: A.Shaw 12+1reb+1ast, V.Mundelius 6+6reb+1ast, E.Ruhl 6+5reb+3ast, K.Roos 6+3reb, S.Parsons 5+1reb+1ast, J.Wilson 3+5reb+1ast
gschID: 179873


Saarlouis - Sandhausen 62-46


The hosts trailed by 5 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 7-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 62-46. TV Saarlouis Royals dominated on the defensive end, holding TG 1889 Sandhausen to just 6 points in second quarter. Dutch swingman Jamailah Adams (180-93) fired 19 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. American point guard Merideth Marsh (169-88, college: Vanderbilt) chipped in 22 points and 6 rebounds. American forward Tricia Principe (174) produced 21 points and 9 rebounds and Canadian center Matteke Hutzler (188) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side.
Top scorers:
Saarlouis: M.Marsh 22+6reb+2ast, J.Adams 19+9reb+4ast, L.Rahn 11+7reb, L.Brodersen 8+2reb+1ast, L.Edringer 2+2reb, F.Zimmermann 0
Sandhausen: T.Principe 21+9reb+1ast, M.Hutzler 12+8reb, F.Baumann 6+5reb, B.Wagner 4+3reb, K.Auer 2+1reb+3ast, L.Mussgnug 1+5reb


gschID: 179872



TuS Bad Aibling Fireballs sign Julia Schwab - by Eurobasket Center

TuS Bad Aibling Fireballs signed 30-year old Austrian international power forward Julia Schwab (180-C/F-82). In her first game she scored 11 points and grabbed 3 rebounds. Despite her good performance her new team lost to Jahn Muenchen 52-73. Schwab played most recently at TI Sparkasse Innsbruck Damen (Austria). She helped them to make it to the semifinals. A very impressive season as she was selected to Eurobasket.com Austrian AWBL All-Domestic Players Team. Schwab is a very experienced player. She played for Austrian senior national team this year.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  HUNGARY   


Andrea Vincze joins CS Universitatea Cluj Napoca - by Eurobasket Center

CS Universitatea Cluj Napoca agreed terms with 23-year old Hungarian center Andrea Vincze (190-C-89). In her first game she scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Despite her good performance her new team lost to Targoviste 42-93. Vincze played most recently at Cercle Saint Paul Reze (France). She is a very experienced player. Vincze played also pro basketball in France, Germany, Hungary and Spain. She played for Hungarian U18 national team until 2007.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  ISRAEL   


RAMAT CHEN CLOSED THE ROSTER WITH KARIMA CHRISTMAS ! - by Gil Goshen


Karima Christmas signed today with Ramat Chen.
For Karima it is going to be the second year in Israel.
Thje first year she played for Bnoth Hasharon and was the M.V.P
of the team and one of the best player in the Israeli league.
She will join K. Rushdan, S. Prahalis and J. Smith ( used to play for Habykkaa last season ).

2011-2012: Bnot Hasharon (Israel-D1, starting five): 18 games: Score-5 (20.0ppg), 10.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 47.6%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 71.0%
2012: Tulsa Shock (WNBA), in July traded to Indiana Fever (WNBA, starting five)
Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 1st Team -12
Eurobasket.com Israeli League All-Imports Team -12
Karima Christmas (182-G/F-89, college: Duke)



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Australia U19 advanced to FIBA U19 World Championship in 2013 - by Eurobasket News

Australia U19 advanced to FIBA U19 World Championship in 2013 as they swept the series over New Zealand.
In Game 1 Australia beat New Zealand 83:54. Carley Mijovic (197-C-94) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Samuels had 16. Penina Davidson (189-F-95) ended up with 11 points in defeat, while Hunter and Spooner-Night added 9 each.
Later Australia edged New Zealand 89:55. Talbot stepped up with 25 points and 13 rebounds, while Carley Mijovic notched 16. Samuels poured in 11, whilst Wilson added 10. Penina Davidson replied with 24 points and Beck scored 9.
Also New Zealand lost to Australia 65:72. Samuels stepped up with 22 points for the winners and Wilson added 17. Chelseah Savage (168-G-95) answered with 16 points in defeat and Spooner-Night had 14.



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  NORWAY   

Standings - Women

Kvinneligaen Standings
 1. Gimle 1-0 
 2. Ullern 1-0 
 3. Ulriken 1-0 
 4. Ammerud 0-1 
 5. BC Asker 0-1 
 6. Oslo Tigers 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 21: Ullern - Oslo Tigers 91-27
Sep. 21: Ulriken - BC Asker 76-51
Sep. 21: Ammerud - Gimle 49-65

Regular Season: Round 4

Sep. 29: Gimle - Ulriken
Sep. 30: BC Asker - Oslo Tigers



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  PUERTO RICO   

Standings - Women

BSNF Standings
 1. Morovis M. 9-2 
 2. Carolina G. 9-3 
 3. Quebradillas 9-4 
 4. San German 7-5 
 5. Juncos V. 5-7 
 6. Aguas B.T. 3-7 
 7. Ponce L. 0-14 

Regular Season: Round 11

Sep. 23: Carolina G. - Morovis M. 76-81
Sep. 23: Ponce L. - San German 60-82
Sep. 24: Aguas B.T. - Juncos V.
Sep. 25: Morovis M. - San German


Stats Leaders - Superleague 25

Points Per Game
 Yolanda MARTIN
  Aguas B.T.
  (180-G-83)
  Avg: 27.4
 1. Martin, Aguas B.T.27.4 
 2. Valentin, Carolina22.4 
 3. Werema, Juncos V.21.4 
 4. Seals, Aguas B.T.17.5 
 5. Bruszewski, Quebra.17.3 
 6. Williams, Morovis17.1 
 7. Lewis, Ponce L.16.9 
 8. Jones, Carolina G.16.4 
 9. Fairweather, Ponce16.4 
 10. Rosado, Morovis M.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Denise LEWIS
  Ponce L.
  (185-F-90)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Lewis, Ponce L.12.6 
 2. Vargas-S., Juncos11.9 
 3. Jones, Carolina G.11.3 
 4. Rosario, Ponce L.11.1 
 5. Martin, Aguas B.T.10.1 
 6. Seals, Aguas B.T.9.6 
 7. Williams, Morovis9.2 
 8. Gonzalez, San G.8.6 
 9. Pineiro, Morovis M.8.4 
 10. Werema, Juncos V.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Karla RUIZ
  Aguas B.T.
  (--)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Ruiz, Aguas B.T.3.7 
 2. Jones, Carolina G.3.3 
 3. Escalera, Morov.3.3 
 4. Colon, Ponce L.3.3 
 5. Rosado, San German3.2 
 6. Bruszewski, Quebra.3.2 
 7. Figueroa, Morov.3.1 
 8. Johnson, Aguas B..3.1 
 9. Concepcion, Junco.3.0 
 10. Rodriguez, Caroli.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Pamela ROSADO
  Morovis M.
  (165-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Rosado, Morovis M.2.9 
 2. Valentin, Carolina2.6 
 3. Fairweather, Ponce2.6 
 4. De La Paz, Juncos2.5 
 5. Matthews, Aguas B.2.3 
 6. Martin, Aguas B.T.2.3 
 7. Johnson, Aguas B..2.1 
 8. Rodriguez, Carolin.2.1 
 9. Jones, Carolina G.2.1 
 10. Flores, Aguas B.T.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Esmary VARGAS-SANCHEZ
  Juncos V.
  (191-C-81)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Vargas-S., Juncos3.5 
 2. Williams, Morovis2.3 
 3. Rosario, Ponce L.1.9 
 4. Seals, Aguas B.T.1.3 
 5. Werema, Juncos V.1.1 
 6. Placido, Quebradil.1.1 
 7. Rosado, San German1.0 
 8. Smith, San German0.9 
 9. Flores, Ponce L.0.9 
 10. Escalera, Morov.0.9 


Gigantes take first place: - by Luis Modestti


Gigantes de Carolina took first place after beating Piratas de Quebradillas 81-73 at Raymond Dalmau Coliseum. Carolina improves to 9-2 and is still undefeated on the road in six games played.

A balanced attack offensively and an aggressive mindset on defense gave Carolina an early lead. The first quarter ended 23-9 and at halftime they dominated 41-27.

Quebradillas was down 78-73 with 21 seconds and had an opportunity to tie it after a technical foul, but missed the free-throws.

Cynthia Valentin (174-SG-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Indiana) had 20 points, Yolanda Jones 18, Carla Cortijo 16 and Rodsan Rodriguez 10 for the winners.

Piratas had Melissa Lechlitner and Becca Bruszewski with 18 each.

The only game scheduled for Sunday is Ponce at San German.



Leonas get Bermudez in a trade: - by Luis Modestti


Leonas de Ponce acquired Angelica Bermudez (179-G-89, college: Kean) from San German in exchange for Kristina Rosario. The trade was approved by the league.

Leonas need any help they can get after starting the season 0-13. They get Bermudez who played with the national team and averages 4.72 points and 5.72 rebounds this season. In Ponce Bermudez will get a more prominent role.

Meanwhile Rosario averages 9.77 points and 10.85 rebounds for Ponce. San German is 6-5 and wants to secure a spot in the playoffs.

Both Ponce and San German play today at 6:00 p.m.



Atleticas qualify for postseason: - by Luis Modestti

Atleticas de San German secured a spot in the playoffs after dominating Leonas de Ponce 82-60. San German improved their record to 7-5 while Ponce is 0-14.

The game stayed close until San German took off in the final quarter to secure their seventh win this season.

Zuleimarie Sanchez (168-G-87) led the winners with 17 points; Tyra White (182-G-89, college: Texas A&M) added 16 and Stephanie Rosado (189-PF-89, college: IPFW) 14 for the winners.

Denise Lewis had 25 and Jessica Fairweather 14 with 11 boards for Ponce.

In the other game played Montaneras de Morovis got first place back after beating Gigantes de Carolina 81-76.

The action continues on Monday with the game between Aguas Buenas and Juncos.



Williams' double-double lands her Player of the Round award - by Eurobasket News

29-year old power forward Angelina Williams (183-F/C-83) had a very impressive game in the last week for Morovis M. and receives a Latinbasket.com Player of the Round 10 award.
She had a double-double of 37 points and 17 rebounds, while her team crushed San German (#4, 6-5) with 19-point margin 87-68. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Morovis M. maintains the 3rd position in Puerto Rican BSNF. They are still close to the very top. Morovis M. would have been even better if they kept winning the games like in the last week. They have a solid 8-2 record. In the team's last game Williams had a remarkable 58.3% from 2-point range. She turned to be Morovis M.'s top player in her first season with the team. University of Illinois graduate has very impressive stats this year. Williams is in league's top in points (6th best: 17.1ppg), rebounds (7th best: 9.2rpg) and averages solid 2.3bpg.

Second best performed player last week was Esmary Vargas-Sanchez (191-C-81) of Juncos V.. She is former international center in her first season at Juncos V.. In the last game Vargas-Sanchez recorded impressive double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Of course she lead Juncos V. to another comfortable win outscoring Ponce L. (#7, 0-13) 90-53. Juncos V.'s 5th position in the standings has not changed. Her team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-7 record. Vargas-Sanchez is a newcomer at Juncos V. and quickly became one of team's most reliable players.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Stephanie Rosado (189-PF-89) of San German (#4). Rosado scored 21 points and grabbed ten rebounds. Despite Rosado's great performance San German lost 68-87 to #3 ranked Morovis M.. But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing San German needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 6 victories and 5 lost games. Rosado has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 10 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in assists with 3.2apg (6th best). Stephanie Rosado has also Puerto Rican passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Yaitza Guerra) of Juncos V. - 24 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Yolanda Martin (180-G-83) of Aguas B.T. - 23 points and 8 rebounds
6. Becca Bruszewski (185-F-88) of Quebradillas - 18 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Yolanda Jones (184-F-84) of Carolina G. - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Cynthia Valentin (174-SG-84) of Carolina G. - 20 points, 4 rebounds and 5 assists
9. Dominic Seals (188-F-87) of Aguas B.T. - 20 points and 12 rebounds
10. Rodsan Rodriguez (173-G) of Carolina G. - 10 points, 12 rebounds and 3 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)



BSNF Round 10 review - by Eurobasket News

Fourth defeat of league's leader Piratas (9-4) against third ranked Gigantes (9-2) 81-73 was the most important game of the last round. Piratas trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 23-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 73-81 at the end of the game. Gigantes looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Piratas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Yolanda Jones (184-F-84, college: La-Lafayette) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. The former international Cynthia Valentin (174-84, college: Indiana, agency: LBM Management) contributed with 20 points and 5 assists (made all of her eight free throws) for the winners. American forward Becca Bruszewski (185-88, college: Notre Dame) replied with 18 points and 4 assists for Piratas. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Newly promoted Piratas dropped to the second place with four games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Carolina G.. Piratas will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Gigantes will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Montaneras in Morovis.
Leading Piratas (9-4) recorded its fourth loss in Quebradillas. Hosts were edged by sixth ranked Tigres (3-7) 75-73. American forward Dominic Seals (188-87, college: Texas Tech) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and Yolanda Martin chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international forward Mari Placido (181-87) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds. Tigres maintains sixth position with 3-7 record. Newly promoted Piratas dropped to the second place with four games lost. Tigres will play against higher ranked Valencianes (#5) in Juncos in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Piratas will have a break next round.
An interesting game for Montaneras (8-2) which played road game in San German against one of their biggest challengers Athleticas (6-5). Third ranked Montaneras had an easy win 87-68. Angelina Williams notched a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 17 rebounds and 5 blocks to lead the effort. Montaneras' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds by Stephanie Rosado did not help to save the game for Athleticas. Montaneras maintains third position with 8-2 record behind leader Carolina G. Athleticas at the other side keep the fourth place with five games lost. Montaneras will meet league's leader Gigantes in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Athleticas will play again against Montaneras in Morovis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Bottom-ranked Leonas is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 13th consecutive match to fifth ranked Valencianes (5-7) 90-53. Yaitza Guerra fired 24 points for the winners. Leonas' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Valencianes maintains fifth position with 5-7 record. Leonas at the other side still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Valencianes' next round opponent will be Tigres (#6) in Aguas Buenas. Leonas will play at home against Athleticas in San German and hope to get finally their first victory.


San German - Morovis M. 68-87
An interesting game for Montaneras (8-2) which played road game in San German against one of their biggest challengers Athleticas (6-5). Third ranked Montaneras had an easy win 87-68. The game without a history. Montaneras led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 74 of its points in the paint compared to Athleticas' 46. Montaneras had a 39-24 advantage in offensive rebounds. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Montaneras made 8 blocks. American power forward Angelina Williams (183-83, college: Illinois) notched a double-double by scoring 37 points (!!!), 17 rebounds and 5 blocks to lead the effort and Neisha Figueroa supported her with 11 points and 5 rebounds. Five Montaneras players scored in double figures. Montaneras' coach used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Even a double-double of 21 points and 10 rebounds by the former international Stephanie Rosado (189-89, college: IPFW) did not help to save the game for Athleticas. Guard Zuleimarie Sanchez (168-87) added 16 points and 7 rebounds for lost side. Montaneras maintains third position with 8-2 record behind leader Carolina G. Athleticas at the other side keep the fourth place with five games lost. Montaneras will meet league's leader Gigantes in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. Athleticas will play again against Montaneras in Morovis and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
San German: S.Rosado 21+10reb+2ast, Z.Sanchez 16+7reb+2ast, T.White 13+5reb+1ast, M.Gonzalez 7+4reb, S.Pacheco 6+3reb+4ast, K.Rivera 3+1reb
Morovis M.: A.Williams 37+17reb+2ast, P.Rosado 11+8reb, N.Figueroa 11+5reb+3ast, C.Escalera 10+7reb+2ast, K.Rodriguez 10+2reb+2ast, A.Sepulveda 4+2reb+2ast
gschID: 187203


Ponce L. - Juncos V. 53-90
Bottom-ranked Leonas is still unable to win any game. This time they could not use their home court advantage losing their 13th consecutive match to fifth ranked Valencianes (5-7) 90-53. The game without a history. Valencianes led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Leonas to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Valencianes held Leonas to an opponent 23.2 percent shooting from the field compared to 40.3 percent accuracy of the winners and made 22-of-26 charity shots (84.6 percent) during the game. Valencianes players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. Yaitza Guerra fired 24 points for the winners. Taizminely Lanza chipped in 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Four Valencianes players scored in double figures. American forward Denise Lewis (185-90, college: Tulsa) produced a double-double by scoring 20 points and 14 rebounds and her fellow American import forward Jessica Fairweather (178, college: Dominican, NY) added 14 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Leonas' coach gave up on the game allowing to play eleven players seeing no chance for a win. Valencianes maintains fifth position with 5-7 record. Leonas at the other side still closes the standings with 13 games lost. Valencianes' next round opponent will be Tigres (#6) in Aguas Buenas. Leonas will play at home against Athleticas in San German and hope to get finally their first victory.
Top scorers:
Ponce L.: D.Lewis 20+14reb+3ast, J.Fairweather 14+7reb+2ast, K.Rosario 8+8reb+5ast, J.Ithier 3+1reb+2ast, M.Colon 2+2reb+4ast, S.Ramos 2+2reb+3ast
Juncos V.: Y.Guerra 24+2reb+3ast, T.Lanza 17+7reb+4ast, R.Taylor 15+2reb+3ast, E.Vargas-Sanchez 14+10reb+1ast, B.Concepcion 8+6reb+2ast, S.Colon 4+4reb+4ast
gschID: 187204


Carolina G. - Quebradillas 81-73
BSNF round 10 caused change at the leadership position. Fourth defeat of league's leader Piratas (9-4) against third ranked Gigantes (9-2) 81-73 was the most important game of the last round. Piratas trailed by 13 points after 3 quarters before a 23-18 run in the last quarter cut the deficit to 73-81 at the end of the game. Gigantes looked well-organized offensively handing out 27 assists. 27 personal fouls committed by Piratas helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Worth to mention a great performance of international forward Yolanda Jones (184-84, college: La-Lafayette) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 18 points and 11 rebounds. The former international Cynthia Valentin (174-84, college: Indiana, agency: LBM Management) contributed with 20 points and 5 assists (made all of her eight free throws) for the winners. American forward Becca Bruszewski (185-88, college: Notre Dame) replied with 18 points and 4 assists and her fellow American import guard Melissa Lechlitner (170-88, college: Notre Dame) added 18 points and 4 assists in the effort for Piratas. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Defending champion keeps a position of league leader. Newly promoted Piratas dropped to the second place with four games lost. They were replaced at the leadership position by Carolina G.. Piratas will have a break next week, which should allow them to rest and make it back to the top of the standings. Gigantes will try to continue on its current victory against third ranked Montaneras in Morovis.
Top scorers:
Quebradillas: M.Lechlitner 18+3reb+4ast, B.Bruszewski 18+4reb+4ast, Y.Cabrera 10+3reb+3ast, M.Placido 10+6reb+3ast, K.Colon 9+5reb+4ast, C.Centeno 4+5reb+2ast
Carolina G.: C.Valentin 20+4reb+5ast, Y.Jones 18+11reb+3ast, C.Cortijo 16+3reb+1ast, R.Rodriguez 10+12reb+3ast, S.Roman 7+4ast, K.Szunko 4+4reb+5ast
gschID: 187205


Quebradillas - Aguas B.T. 73-75
Leading Piratas (9-4) recorded its fourth loss in Quebradillas. Hosts were edged by sixth ranked Tigres (3-7) 75-73. Piratas were ahead by 4 points at the halftime before a 39-33 second half run of Tigres. They also forced 19 Piratas turnovers and outrebounded them 49-35 including 18 on the offensive glass. American forward Dominic Seals (188-87, college: Texas Tech) had a double-double by scoring 20 points and 12 rebounds to lead the charge for the winners and the other American import guard Yolanda Martin (180-83, college: Brewton Parker) chipped in 23 points and 8 rebounds during the contest. At the losing side the former international forward Mari Placido (181-87) responded with 15 points and 8 rebounds and American guard Melissa Lechlitner (170-88, college: Notre Dame) scored 18 points. Four Piratas players scored in double figures. Tigres maintains sixth position with 3-7 record. Newly promoted Piratas dropped to the second place with four games lost. Tigres will play against higher ranked Valencianes (#5) in Juncos in the next round and it may be quite challenging game. Piratas will have a break next round.
Top scorers:
Quebradillas: M.Lechlitner 18+3reb+3ast, M.Placido 15+8reb+2ast, B.Bruszewski 13+2ast, C.Centeno 11+3reb+2ast, N.Arlequin 8+3reb+1ast, K.Colon 6+7reb+3ast
Aguas B.T.: Y.Martin 23+8reb+1ast, D.Seals 20+12reb+1ast, T.Harris 10+7reb+2ast, K.Ruiz 8+8reb+4ast, F.Lee Flores 7+5reb+1ast, A.Johnson 4+7reb+3ast



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Standings - Women

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 23: Targoviste - Cluj Napoca 93-42
Sep. 23: Satu Mare - Alexandria 86-68
Sep. 23: ICIM Arad - Sf.Gheorghe 80-61
Sep. 23: Brasov - Rapid 80-56
Sep. 23: Sp.Studentesc - Targu Mures 77-69
Sep. 23: Alba Iulia - Craiova 68-51
Sep. 23: Oradea - Olimpia 60-72

Regular Season: Round 2

Sep. 29: Craiova - Timisoara
Sep. 29: Rapid - Oradea
Sep. 29: Sf.Gheorghe - Brasov
Sep. 29: Alexandria - ICIM Arad
Sep. 29: Cluj Napoca - Satu Mare
Sep. 29: Targu Mures - Targoviste
Sep. 29: Alba Iulia - Sp.Studentesc


Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Chrissy GIVENS
  ICIM A.
  (180-F-85)
  Avg: 25
 1. Givens, ICIM A.25.0 
 2. Vlaicu, Oradea23.0 
 3. Ene, Rapid22.0 
 4. Arlen, Alexandria20.0 
 5. Kilin, Olimpia19.0 
 6. Ferenczi, Cluj N.19.0 
 7. Thompson, Alba Iul.17.0 
 8. Boriga, ICIM A.17.0 
 9. Babkina, Targoviste16.0 
 10. Mingo, Brasov16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Biljana STJEPANOVIC
  Brasov
  (189-C-87)
  Avg: 16
 1. Stjepanovic, Brasov16.0 
 2. Thompson, Alba Iul.16.0 
 3. Valentine, Sf.Gheo.12.0 
 4. Arlen, Alexandria11.0 
 5. Demirovic, Sp.Stu.11.0 
 6. Robbins, Targoviste10.0 
 7. Thornton, Brasov10.0 
 8. Laplante, ICIM A.10.0 
 9. Munteanu, Olimpia10.0 
 10. Freeman, Satu Ma.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Annemarie PARAU
  Satu Mare
  (175-G-84)
  Avg: 11
 1. Parau, Satu Mare11.0 
 2. Vranceanu, Rapid6.0 
 3. Cioroiu, Olimpia5.0 
 4. Beljanski, Sp.Stu.5.0 
 5. Givens, ICIM A.4.0 
 6. Stoenescu, Targo.4.0 
 7. Chis, Oradea4.0 
 8. Toma, Craiova4.0 
 9. Knezevic, Sp.Stude.4.0 
 10. Arnold, Alexandria4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Utahya DRYE
  Satu Mare
  (185-F-88)
  Avg: 7
 1. Drye, Satu Mare7.0 
 2. Robbins, Targoviste7.0 
 3. Vlaicu, Oradea5.0 
 4. Hilliard, Targu Mu.5.0 
 5. Beljanski, Sp.Stu.4.0 
 6. Riggs, Targu Mures4.0 
 7. Adams, Targu Mures4.0 
 8. Filip, Targoviste4.0 
 9. Constantin, Rapid4.0 
 10. Adi, Oradea3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Gabriela NECULA
  Brasov
  (187-C-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Necula, Brasov2.0 
 2. Brantlova, Alba Iu.2.0 
 3. Robbins, Targoviste2.0 
 4. Hilliard, Targu Mu.2.0 
 5. Ene, Rapid2.0 
 6. Matic, Targoviste2.0 
 7. Melnika, Alba Iulia1.0 
 8. Orosz, Satu Mare1.0 
 9. Arlen, Alexandria1.0 
 10. Otrocol, Sp.Stude.1.0 


Welcome to 2012/2013 season! - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in Division A just started.

ICIM Arad - Sf.Gheorghe 80-61

Visitors were rolled over by ICIM Arad 80-61. The game was mostly controlled by ICIM Arad. Sf.Gheorghe managed to win fourth quarter 16-14. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. ICIM Arad forced 22 Sf.Gheorghe turnovers. American forward Chrissy Givens (180-85, college: Middle Tenn.St.) fired 25 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. The former international swingman Monika Boriga (176-74) chipped in 17 points. ICIM Arad's coach used an eleven-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American swingman Jasmin Bailey (172-90, college: Ill.-Chicago) produced 10 points and 8 rebounds and Serbian guard Milica Ivanovic (175-88, college: Catawba, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points respectively for lost side. Five ICIM Arad and four Sf.Gheorghe players scored in double figures.
Top scorers:
ICIM Arad: C.Givens 25+9reb+4ast, M.Boriga 17+3reb+3ast, C.Bartee 12+7reb, J.Risper 12+3reb+4ast, K.Laplante 11+10reb+1ast, C.Wirth 2+7reb+2ast
Sf.Gheorghe: M.Ivanovic 14+2reb+2ast, T.Wampler 13+2reb+2ast, J.Rhoads 10+6reb+2ast, J.Bailey 10+8reb+1ast, V.Dinca 9+2reb+2ast, J.Kajdacsi 5+8reb
gschID: 178684


Brasov - Rapid 80-56

Brasov used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Bucuresti 80-56. It was a key game for the top position in the league. The game without a history. Brasov led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 50 of its points in the paint compared to Rapid's 26. They outrebounded Rapid 49-22 including a 36-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. Serbian center Biljana Stjepanovic (189-87) nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points and 16 rebounds for the winning side and point guard Gabriela Cursaru (169-92) accounted for 14 points and 6 rebounds. Four Brasov players scored in double figures. Brasov's coach Daniel Calancea felt very confident using 11 players and allowed the starting five to rest. Swingman Claudia Ene (178-88) came up with 22 points and power forward Raluca Ungureanu (180-80) added 7 points and 6 rebounds respectively for Rapid in the defeat.


Brasov: B.Mingo 16+2reb+3ast, G.Cursaru 14+6reb+3ast, B.Stjepanovic 13+16reb+1ast, M.Thornton 11+10reb, C.Usurelu 9+1reb, G.Necula 7+5reb+1ast
Rapid: C.Ene 22+3reb+1ast, G.Vlad 8+1reb, R.Ungureanu 7+6reb+1ast, A.Cuatu 6+2reb+2ast, E.Constantin 6+4reb, A.Hurmuz 4+3reb


gschID: 178685


Oradea - Olimpia 60-72

Oradea was ahead by 10 points at the halftime before a 41-19 second half run of Olimpia. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Oradea to just 2 points in third quarter. They also forced 23 Oradea turnovers and outrebounded them 39-24 including a 28-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. Oradea was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of forward Gabriela Munteanu (177-88) who helped to win the game recording a double-double by scoring 15 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Tunde Kilin (171-91) contributed with 19 points for the winners. Five Olimpia players scored in double figures. Forward Alexandra Vlaicu (178-91) answered with 23 points and 5 steals and center Mihaela Adi (190-88) added 13 points in the effort for Oradea.
Top scorers:
Olimpia: T.Kilin 19+3reb+2ast, G.Munteanu 15+10reb+2ast, M.Chelariu 12+9reb, A.Dumitrache 11+8reb+1ast, M.Cioroiu 10+2reb+5ast, V.Lache 5+5reb
Oradea: A.Vlaicu 23+4reb+1ast, I.Gavra 13+4reb, M.Adi 13+4reb+1ast, R.Chis 8+4reb+4ast, C.Tigan 3+2reb, O.Moza 0
gschID: 178686


Sp.Studentesc - Targu Mures 77-69

The hosts were ahead by 2 points but lost the second period ending it with a 1-point deficit before their 26-17 run, which allowed them to win the game. Sp.Studentesc forced 19 Targu Mures turnovers and outrebounded them 39-28 including a 32-20 advantage in defensive rebounds. 33 personal fouls committed by Targu Mures helped opponents get some easy free throw opportunities. Bosnian center Emina Demirovic (186-85) nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points and 11 rebounds for the winning side and Serbian center Vladinka Erak (190-84) accounted for 14 points and 8 rebounds. Five Sp.Studentesc players scored in double figures. American guard Takesha Riggs (173, college: Ft.Valley St.) came up with 12 points and 4 steals and the other American import point guard Alexia Adams (163-86, college: Albany St.) added 13 points and 4 steals respectively for Targu Mures in the defeat.
Top scorers:
Sp.Studentesc: V.Erak 14+8reb, M.Beljanski 13+2reb+5ast, E.Demirovic 13+11reb+3ast, M.Ristic 11+1reb+2ast, T.Lungu 11+3reb+1ast, L.Otrocol 10+7reb+1ast
Targu Mures: A.Adams 13+1reb+2ast, T.Riggs 12+2reb+3ast, T.Lashaqua Mackey if (typeof 10+7reb+2ast, C.Hilliard 9+3reb+1ast, M.Mihai 7+4reb+2ast, D.Walker 7+1reb+2ast
gschID: 178681


Targoviste - Cluj Napoca 93-42

The game without a history. CSM Targoviste led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 70 of its points in the paint compared to Cluj Napoca's 28. CSM Targoviste forced 31 Cluj Napoca turnovers and outrebounded them 42-21 including a 29-16 advantage in defensive rebounds. CSM Targoviste players were unselfish on offense dishing 25 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Cluj Napoca's players. American forward Jillian Robbins (185-84, college: Tulsa, agency: LBM Management) nailed a double-double by scoring 13 points and 10 rebounds for the winning side and international forward Gabriela Marginean (182-87, college: Drexel) accounted for 16 points and 8 rebounds. Four CSM Targoviste players scored in double figures. Forward Flavia Ferenczi (175-91) came up with 19 points and Hungarian center Andrea Vincze (190-89) added 15 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Cluj Napoca in the defeat. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games.
Top scorers:
Targoviste: G.Marginean 16+8reb+1ast, E.Babkina 16+2reb+3ast, I.Matic 15+8reb+2ast, J.Robbins 13+10reb+3ast, A.Hutanu 8+1reb+2ast, K.Tikhonenko 6+5reb+2ast
Cluj Napoca: F.Ferenczi 19+2reb+2ast, A.Vincze 15+5reb+2ast, D.Frieson 4+5reb, O.Precup 2+1reb+1ast, N.Pop 1+2reb+2ast, K.Meszaros 1+1reb
gschID: 178682


Satu Mare - Alexandria 86-68

The game was mostly controlled by Satu Mare. Alexandria managed to win fourth quarter 26-20. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 17-of-22 free shots (77.3 percent) during the game. The game was dominated by American players. Forward Utahya Drye (185-88, college: Virginia Tech) stepped up and scored 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and power forward Shanika Freeman (183-83, college: Jacksonville St.) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. At the losing side forward Ashley Arlen (187-90, college: Wayne St., NE, agency: Gamble Sports Management) responded with a double-double by scoring 20 points and 11 rebounds and guard Shanita Arnold (165-89, college: Arizona, agency: Gamble Sports Management) scored 11 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Alexandria's coach Madalin Piperea rotated ten players seeing no chance for a win. Satu Mare keeps a position of league leader, which they share with 6 other teams. Loser Alexandria still closes the standings with one game lost. They share the position with 6 other teams. Satu Mare will meet Cluj Napoca (#10) on the road in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Alexandria will play against ICIM Arad.
Top scorers:
Satu Mare: U.Drye 16+8reb+1ast, A.Orosz 14+1reb, S.Freeman 12+9reb+1ast, H.Szlimak 10+3reb+2ast, D.Kovacevic 10+4reb, A.Parau 9+1reb+11ast
Alexandria: A.Arlen 20+11reb+1ast, C.Lyons 12+3reb+3ast, S.Arnold 11+6reb+4ast, G.Rus 10+3reb+2ast, A.Sipos 7, A.Stefan 6+1reb
gschID: 178683


Alba Iulia - Craiova 68-51

The game was mostly controlled by Alba Iulia. Craiova was better in fourth quarter 18-10. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They outrebounded Craiova 48-22 including a 38-14 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Amanda Thompson (183-87, college: Oklahoma) nailed a double-double by scoring 17 points and 16 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) for the winning side and Latvian center Zenta Melnika (197-91, agency: FCM) accounted for 12 points and 7 rebounds (perfect from the field making all six shots). Alba Iulia's coach Tomas Bilek used entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. The former international center Gabriela Toma (192-74) came up with 10 points and 4 assists and Serbian guard Marija Prlja (163-87) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for Craiova in the defeat.


Top scorers:
Alba Iulia: A.Thompson 17+16reb+3ast, Z.Melnika 12+7reb+1ast, J.Vukoje 8+2reb+1ast, A.Uiuiu 7+3reb+2ast, E.Abramzon 6+2reb+1ast, R.Tarta 6+2reb+1ast
Craiova: B.Barbu 11+2reb+1ast, G.Toma 10+3reb+4ast, Z.Mitov 9+4reb+2ast, M.Prlja 8+5reb+2ast, A.Cutas 7+2reb+2ast, J.Simionca 2+1ast


gschID: 178680



BCT Alexandria add Americans Chelsea Lyons and Shanita Arnold - by Eurobasket Center

BCT Alexandria add Americans Chelsea Lyons and Shanita Arnold for the upcoming season. The players already debuted for their new team.
BCT Alexandria strengthened their roster with addition of American guard Chelsea Lyons. In her first game she scored 12 points, grabbed 3 rebounds and 3 assists. Despite her good performance her new team lost to Satu Mare 68-86. Lyons played most recently at University of Wisconsin - Green Bay (NCAA) in the U.S. She just graduated University of Wisconsin - Green Bay and actually missed last season. It will be her first season in pro basketball.
Shanita Arnold scored 11 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Arnold played most recently at The University of Arkansas (NCAA) in the U.S. She just graduated University of Arizona and it will be her first season in pro basketball.



Kayla Guidry is a newcomer at SCM CSS Craiova - by Eurobasket Center

SCM CSS Craiova strengthened their roster with addition of American guard Kayla Guidry (178-G, college: UTEP). In her first game she didn't score any points but grabbed 3 rebounds. However her new team lost to Alba Iulia 51-68. Guidry played most recently at University of Texas at Arlington (NCAA) in the U.S. She just graduated The Univ.of Texas at El Paso and actually missed last season. It will be her first season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Andrea Vincze joins CS Universitatea Cluj Napoca - by Eurobasket Center

CS Universitatea Cluj Napoca agreed terms with 23-year old Hungarian center Andrea Vincze (190-C-89). In her first game she scored 15 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. Despite her good performance her new team lost to Targoviste 42-93. Vincze played most recently at Cercle Saint Paul Reze (France). She is a very experienced player. Vincze played also pro basketball in France, Germany, Hungary and Spain. She played for Hungarian U18 national team until 2007.

By Eurobasket Data Center



SCM CSS Craiova sign Marija Prlja - by Eurobasket Center

SCM CSS Craiova signed 25-year old Serbian guard Marija Prlja (163-G-87). In her first game she scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. However her new team lost to Alba Iulia 51-68. Prlja played most recently at BCT Alexandria (Division A). While playing 32 games for Alexandria last season her stats were: 13.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.2apg ( best in the league) and 2.8spg (4th best in the league). She was selected also to the all-star game.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SCOTLAND   

Standings - Women

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

Regular Season: Round 4

Sep. 23: Polonia Phoenix - Tayside 85-36
Sep. 23: Glasgow Rocks - Clark Eriksson 58-38

Regular Season: Round 3

Sep. 24: Edinburgh KK - Pentland Star
Sep. 24: Clark Eriksson - Glasgow Rocks
Sep. 24: Tayside - Polonia Phoenix



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SCM CSS Craiova sign Marija Prlja - by Eurobasket Center

SCM CSS Craiova signed 25-year old Serbian guard Marija Prlja (163-G-87). In her first game she scored 8 points and grabbed 5 rebounds. However her new team lost to Alba Iulia 51-68. Prlja played most recently at BCT Alexandria (Division A). While playing 32 games for Alexandria last season her stats were: 13.6ppg, 3.2rpg, 5.2apg ( best in the league) and 2.8spg (4th best in the league). She was selected also to the all-star game.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SLOVAKIA   

Standings - Women

Extraliga Standings
 1. Good Angels 1-0 
 2. MBK Ruzomb. 1-0 
 3. Piestanske C. 1-0 
 4. Samorin 1-0 
 5. SKBD Rucon 1-0 
 6. Cassovia K. 0-1 
 7. Levice 0-1 
 8. Ostrava 0-1 
 9. Petrzalka 0-1 
 10. Poprad 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 18: MBK Ruzomb. - Ostrava 98-56
Sep. 21: Samorin - Poprad 97-39
Sep. 22: Piestanske C. - Petrzalka 88-65
Sep. 23: SKBD Rucon - Levice 69-49
Sep. 15: Good Angels - Cassovia K. 100-30

Regular Season: Round 2

Sep. 26: Cassovia K. - Petrzalka
Sep. 26: Levice - Piestanske C.
Sep. 26: Ostrava - SKBD Rucon
Sep. 26: Samorin - MBK Ruzomb.
Sep. 26: Good Angels - Poprad


Slovak Extraliga: Complete first round results - by Barbora Stuchlikova

A new season in Slovak Extraliga Women has started off with five games of first round. In comparison to previous season there are three more teams competing in the league. In spite of the fact that a number of participant increased, the quality of the league hasn't improved dramatically yet. Results of the first games indicates a huge abyss between the best and the worst teams.

Good Angels Kosice - SK Morris Cassovia Kosice 100:30 (14:14, 27:7, 31:4, 28:5)
Good Angels:Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) 20, Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) 14, Zofia Hruscakova (190-C-95) 12
Cassovia: Andrea Kulcsarova (168-PG-93) 9, Jackova, Beata Jassova (185-F/C-93), Julia Mihalikova (190-PF-93), Katarina Timkova (172-F-81) 4
Good Angels Kosice who are defending champions and are chasing their tenth title in a row faced SK Morris Cassovia Kosice. The young squad of Cassovia was able to keep the pace with their rival just in a first quarter. During the quarter they netted 14 points, but in the following 30 minutes Cassovia dried up and added just 16 points. On the other hand, Good Angels didn't take their foot off the accelerator and managed 100 points. American player with Hungarian passport Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) who had landed in Slovakia just few hours before the match surprised the club with her will to participate in the game. She tallied 6 points. Good Angels had five players on their team to reach double digits Lucia Kupcikova (20), Tijana Krivacevic (14), Zofia Hruscakova (12), Barbora Balintova (176-G-94) (10), Helena Sverrisdottir (175-G-92) (10). On Cassovia' s team, Kulcsarova was the closest to cross 10 points, but the finished the match with 9 on her stats sheet.

MBK Ruzomberok - SBS Ostrava 98-56 (21:18, 24:11, 23:13, 30:14 )
MBK Ruzomberok: Katarina Tetemondova (188-F-88) 23, Veronika Cernakova (175-G-90) 18, Kadidja Andersson (185-PF-80, college: Minnesota) 17
SBS Ostrava: T. Motycakova 19, Tereza Barnetova (183-C-92) 12, Monika Verlikova (182-F-91) 9
MBK Ruzomberok entered the new season with match against a newcomer from Czech Ostrava. Besides Slovak Extraliga, SBS Ostrava also participates in lower Czech league. Although MBK Ruzomberok is in a search of a good center, they had no major difficulties beating their rivals. After a sloppy beginning, the Slovak club was close to reach 100 points. Katarina Tetemondova shined for the hosts with 23 points. Veronika Cernakova, Kadidja Andersson, Sequoia Holmes (185-F-86, agency: Merit Sports, college: UNLV) and Zuzana Brezaniova (171-PG-87) got into double digits too. T. Motycakova notched 19 points for SBS Ostrava

SBK Samorin - ZBK Poprad 97-39 (22:12, 22:8, 32:4, 21:15)
SBK Samorin: Martina Gyurcsi-Luptakova (184-F-77) 18, Timea Sujova (173-G-84) 16
ZBK Poprad: Marianna Draganovska (190-F/C-93) 13, Zuzana Ivancakova (174-F/G-93) 11
By the end of previous season ZBK Poprad lost their major sponsor and the situation has had a considerable impact on team's roster. At the time, the team is basically built on junior players. SBK Samorin brought in former NT member Martina Gyurcsi who also has experiences from France. Gyurcsi spent previous season in MBK Ruzomberok. Another important player of SBK Samorin is Timea Sujova, who participated in EuroBasket Women Qualification for France 2013. Both players led SBK Samorin towards quite easy victory against ZBK Poprad. Margin of the victory was 58 points. ZBK Poprad was pulled offensively by Marianna Draganovska and Ivancakova.

Piestanske Cajky - BK Petrzalka 88:65 (24:21, 26:14, 24:15, 14:15)
Piestanske Cajky: Maria Felixova (191-C-90) 19, Lucia Krc-Turbova (185-F-87) 17, Nikola Dudasova (169-PG-95) 12, Michaela Malinkova (173-F-85) 12
BK Petrzalka: Romana Vynuchalova (192-C/F-86, college: Penn St.) 20, Simona Krivosudska (174-SG-94) 16, Terezia Palenikova (170-G/F-95) 14
Both Piestanske Cajky and BK Petrzalka had their premiere in Slovak Extraliga. The historic victory was grabbed by Piestanske Cajky who gradually warmed up and tamed their opponents 88:65 in front of their own fans. The margin of the victory could have been even greater but Petrzalka had a very valuable player on their team - Romana Vynuchalova, who chipped in 20 points. She also became the best scorer of the match. (Romana Vynuchalova' s former club Zaragoza withdrew from Spanish league due to financial difficulties and the member of Slovak NT is without a contract right now. While searching for a new club, Vynuchalova has joined Petrzalka.) Piestanske Cajky ran away from their guests in the second and third quarter. In scoring, the squad was led by Maria Felixova and Lucia Krc-Turbova who combined for 35 points. Spectators could also saw an interesting clash between sisters Marta and Terezia Palenikova. Terezia, the younger of the sisters, outscored Marta 14:1.

SKBD Rucon Spisska Nova Ves - BKZ Levice 69:49 (23:11, 12:6, 21:17, 13:15)
SNV: Romana Stehlikova (190-C-85) 17, Jade Smith-Williams (170-G-88, college: Cal-Irvine) 13
Levice: Belanska 12, Bacova 12
In their premiere in Slovak Extraliga SKBD Rucon Spisska Nova Ves started in a great style and won the first half by 19 points. After the break Levice moved up a gear but couldn't erase the deficit. The hosts were led mostly by import players Romana Stehlikova and Jade Smith-Williams. Both players got into double digits in scoring. Belanska as well as Bacova grabbed 12 points for Levice. Although SKBD Rucon Spisska Nova Ves had some difficult moments on offence, they claimed a first success in Slovak Extraliga.



Good Angels triumph at Kosice Grand Prix 2012 - by Eurobasket News

Good Angels triumph at Kosice Grand Prix 2012 as they celebrated the victories in three games.
After the victory over MBK Ruzomberok in Day 1, the hosts beat ZVVZ USK Praha 78:72. The team from Czech Republic won the first period 14-11 and led 3 points at the halftime. The second half however belonged to the hosts that posted two victories to win the game. Allie Quigley (180-G-86, college: De Paul) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Kupcikova nailed 12. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) and Kulichova followed them with 11 points each in a win. Zrustrova delivered 21 points in defeat.
MBK Ruzomberok meanwhile beat Wisla Can-Pack 73:72. Anderson top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Holmes notched 16. Dominika Baburova (182-F/G-91) delivered 12 in the winning effort. Mieloszynska answered with 18 points in the losing case.
In Day 3 ZVVZ USK Praha overcame MBK Ruzomberok 70:62. The team from Czech Republic started the game with 20-14 and led 4 points at the halftime. MBK Ruzomberok won the third period 20-10, but lost the last stanza 20-6 and the game itself. Zrustova led the way with 17 points for the winners. Katarina Tetemondova (188-F-88) and Cernakova delivered 14 points each in defeat and Trebecova had 9.
Good Angels Kosice triumphed at the tournament with the win over Wisla Can-Pack Krakov 67:58. The Polish Champions had nothing to lose and started with 22-13 in the first period. Kosice team needed a 18-10 surge in the second frame to reduce to 2 points at the halftime. Moreover they added 23-9 in the third period for a comfortable win. Miljana Bojovic (181-G-87) and Tijana Krivacevic top-scored for the winners with 17 points each, while Allie Quigley notched 13. Zurowska replied with 13 points in the losing effort.



Good Angels Kosice announced Riquna Williams - by Eurobasket News

Good Angels Kosice announced Riquna Williams (170-PG-90, college: Miami, FL) for the upcoming season. The American player will debut in Europe.
In 2006-2007 she appeared for Miami, FL (NCAA) and after 30 games averaged 5.0ppg, 3.8rpg. In 2007-2008 her stats read 5.3ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 45.6%, FT: 53.3%.
In 2008-2009 she improved to 8.7ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7spg, FGP: 29.9%, 3Pts: 21.6%, FT: 77.0%. In 2009-2010 for Miami, FL (NCAA, starting five) she already had high 19.6ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.7apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 40.3%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 73.6%.
In 2010-2011 Riquna Williams had high 21.7ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.8apg, 2.8spg, FGP: 39.7%, 3PT: 29.8%, FT: 77.3% and in 2011-2012 showed 16.6ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.6apg, 2.4spg, FGP: 39.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 80.4%. In 2012 she was drafted by San Antonio Silver Stars (WNBA, 2rd (17).
For her Awards/Achievements it is a must to mention that she was into All-ACC 2nd Team -10 and NIT Finalist -10 (All-Tournament Team). Moreover she made it into All-ACC 1st Team -11, 12 and ACC All-Tournament 2nd Team -11. Riguna became ACC Regular Season Co-Champion -11 and reached ACC Tournament Semifinals -11. This season she tasted ACC Regular Season Runner-Up -12 and Associated Press NCAA All-America 3rd Team -12.



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Homend Antakya wins Botas Cup - by Eurobasket News

Homend Antakya wins Botas Cup with 6 participating teams. They won 4 games and lost 1 to clinch the title.
In the last day of the competition Mersin overcame Homend Antakya 80:78. Zakulzhnaya top-scored for the winners with 31 points and 10 rebounds, while Bahar Ozturk (183-G/F-84, college: Connecticut) collected 25 points and 10 boards. Anderson answered with 17 points, while Lucie Bouthors (174-PG-88) nailed 16.
Kayseri Kaski finished second with 3-2 record after the win over Ceyhan 63:60. Sanders and Begum Dalgalar (183-F-88) stepped up with 15 points each, while Unal netted 9. Ivezic answered with 20 points in the losing effort, whilst Karklina delivered 9.

Tarsus alos finished with 3-2 record, but on the thrid place. The team overcame Botas 57:54 in the last game. Melisa Can (188-F-84, college: Rutgers) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Deniz Colakoglu (185-F-87, agency: 1x1 Sports) nailed 12, while Boz posted 8. Burcu Cigil (180-G/F-90) delivered 19 points in defeat and Engin notched 9.



Fenerbahce won Bolu Tournament - by Mustafa Bozkurt

Fenerbahce beat Samsun Basket 62-36 and won the Bolu Tournament. At Fenerbahce, Agniezska Bibrzycka was the best scorer with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 asists on the other hand Anna Vajda made 20 points 8 rebounds. Megan Frazee didnt play in this game because her injury. Frazee will be out for one month. Here are the other scores:
FENERBAHE
Agniezska Bibrzycka 18 p, 7 r, 3 a
Cansu Kksal 2 p, 6 r, 2 a
Birsel Vardarl 2 p, 2 a
Esra encebe 6 p, 1 r, 2 a
Esmeral Tunluer 4 p, 2 r, 1 a
Kbra Siyahdemir 8 p, 4 r, 2 a
Anastasiya Verameyenka 8 p, 4 r, 3 a
Yasemin Horasan 4 p, 7 r, 2 a
Olcay akr 4 p, 1 r, 2 a
Melis Glcan 2 p, 3 r
Kristen Nevlin 4 p, 3 r, 2 a

SAMSUN BASKETBOL
Asl Inceer 2 r
Andja Jelavic 8 p, 8 r, 6 a
Dilara Kaya 6 p, 2 r
Anna Vajda 20 p, 8 r, 1 a
Banu Yenal 2 p, 6 r





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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 7-0 
 2. Guerreras 5-2 
 3. Aguilas 4-3 
 4. Juveniles 1-6 
 5. Potras 1-7 

Regular Season: Round 5

Sep. 22: Aguilas - Yaracuyanas 88-93
Sep. 22: Guerreras - Juveniles 70-45
Sep. 23: Aguilas - Yaracuyanas
Sep. 23: Guerreras - Juveniles



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Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Connecticut S. 25-9 
 2. Indiana F. 22-12 
 3. Atlanta D. 19-15 
 4. New York L. 15-19 
 5. Chicago S. 14-20 
 6. Washington M. 6-29 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 27-7 
 2. L.Angeles S. 23-11 
 3. S.Antonio SS 21-13 
 4. Seattle S. 17-18 
 5. Tulsa S. 9-25 
 6. Phoenix M. 7-27 

Regular Season: Round 40

Sep. 23: S.Antonio SS - Minnesota L. 99-84
Sep. 23: Connecticut S. - Atlanta D. 92-72
Sep. 23: Indiana F. - Tulsa S. 91-58
Sep. 23: Phoenix M. - Seattle S. 57-71


Sunday's games (4): Lawson breaks 3-pointer record, scores 21 in Sun's 92-72 win over Dream - by Eurobasket News

Connecticut S. - Atlanta D. 92-72
Kara Lawson (5'8''-PG-81, college: Tennessee) had 21 points, eight rebounds, and set a franchise record for 3-pointers in a season as the Connecticut Sun finished the regular season with a 92-72 win over the Atlanta Dream on Sunday. Lawson has made 74 3-pointers this season, topping Katie Douglas' mark of 73 set in 2006. Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Sun (25-9). She also finished with a WNBA-best 345 rebounds and a 10.5 average. Charles also broke her franchise scoring record with 18 points per game. She set the mark last season (17.6). 'It's cool,' Charles said, unaware she had set both marks. Lawson pledged to donate $50 per 3-pointer this season to the Pat Summitt Foundation, named in honor of her former Tennessee coach. The organization was founded shortly after Summitt was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. Connecticut has pledged $50 for every 3-pointer, too. 'I didn't know that I was in the game (to get the record),' Lawson said with a laugh. 'I was kind of looking over like, All right. Sub. At some point.' I didn't realize that was the reason I was in there. I would've probably shot one sooner. 'The 3-pointers since from the beginning of the year have taken on an extra meaning.' Mistie Mims had nine points and five steals, and Kalana Greene scored 12 for Connecticut, which had already clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Sun also finished with the league's second-best record. Lindsay Harding scored 16 points, and Erika de Souza had 13 points and eight rebounds for Atlanta (19-15). Angel McCoughtry added 12 points and secured the league's scoring title with an average of 21.4. Connecticut will open its best-of-three, first-round playoff series against the New York Liberty on Thursday. Atlanta will take on the Indiana Fever in Game 1 on Friday. The Sun, who never trailed, grabbed their biggest lead on Renee Montgomery's layup with 44.6 seconds remaining. 'I thought we ran the ball down the court well, which is how we want to play in the playoffs,' Lawson said. 'Particularly when you're talking about a defensive team like New York. They like to settle into their halfcourt defense, which makes it difficult for me to run my stuff. 'The pace was good and we got contributions from a lot of people. It all starts this Thursday, whether you're ready or not, it doesn't matter.' The Dream started poorly, missing 16 of 19 shots in the first quarter and falling into an 18-8 hole. 'I wanted to give everybody some minutes,' Dream coach Fred Williams said. 'The first quarter, we came out a little flat with some shots that didn't go down for us. It kind of set the tone, but we hung in there all the way into the middle of the fourth quarter.' *Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com

Indiana F. - Tulsa S. 91-58
Erin Phillips (5'8''-PG-85) matched a career high with 21 points, and the Indiana Fever beat the Tulsa Shock 91-58 in the regular-season finale for both teams on Sunday night. Tamika Catchings (6'1''-SF-79, college: Tennessee) added 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Fever. Catchings posted her 82 career double-double, breaking a second-place tie in WNBA history with Yolanda Griffith. Lisa Leslie has the record with 157. The Fever (22-12) matched their franchise record for wins in a season. Indiana had lost three straight before beating Washington on Friday. Ivory Latta led the Shock (9-25) with 16 points. Scholanda Dorrell scored 14, Amber Holt had 10, and Glory Johnson added eight points and 11 rebounds for Tulsa. Indiana held the Shock to 32.1 percent shooting, the lowest by a Fever opponent this season. The Fever also outscored the Shock 24-14 from the free-throw line. Indiana, the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs, will host the Atlanta Dream in Game 1 of the series on Friday. The Dream beat the Fever last year in the Eastern Conference finals. The Fever won easily despite playing without three starters. Katie Douglas sat out with an illness, and guards Briann January and guard Shavonte Zellous missed the game due to concussion-like symptoms. Indiana was unable to rest starters because it had only eight active players. Catchings scored only nine points against Washington on Friday, just the second time this season she failed to score at least 10. She bounced back by making 7 of 10 shots from the field. Jessica Davenport scored 18 points, and Karima Christmas added a season-high 10 for Indiana. Indiana outscored the Shock 25-8 in the second quarter and held them to 2-for-14 shooting in the period. The Fever trailed 24-18 at the end of the first quarter but led 43-32 at the break. Catchings had 14 points and 10 rebounds in the first half, and Jeanette Pohlen added 10 points. The Fever opened the third quarter on a 5-0 run, leading to a timeout by the Shock. Tulsa didn't score for the first 2:30 of the period. The Fever took a 71-43 lead into the fourth quarter. The Fever had seven turnovers in the first quarter, but just 10 the rest of the game. *Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com

Phoenix M. - Seattle S. 57-71
Sue Bird (5'9''-PG-80, college: Connecticut) had 13 points, five rebounds and four assists to help the Seattle Storm beat the Phoenix Mercury 71-57 on Sunday in the regular-season finale for both teams. Seeded fourth in the West, Seattle (16-18) played its regulars most of the game in advance of its playoff series with defending champion Minnesota that begins Friday. The Storm have reached the postseason a WNBA-record nine consecutive seasons. With their seventh straight loss, the last-place Mercury (7-27) recorded its worst season in franchise history, surpassing an 8-26 mark in 2003. They missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008. DeWanna Bonner had 13 points to lead Phoenix. Camille Little had 14 points and eight rebounds, and Shekinna Sticklen added 10 points for the Storm, who finished the regular season with three straight victories. Candice Dupree, in just her third game after knee surgery, had 10 points and three rebounds in 21 minutes. Krystal Thomas, who was cut by both Seattle and Phoenix by signed by the Mercury just five days into the regular season, had a career-best 18 rebounds, her franchise-record fifth straight game of 10 or more rebounds. The Mercury, with just Olympian Diana Taurasi out, took advantage of early Storm turnovers, taking a 16-7 advantage. However, Seattle ran off 16 straight points in the second quarter and led 32-28 at the break. The Storm also started the second half on an 11-4 run to open up a 43-32 lead with 6:09 left. Seattle led 53-44 going into the final period. Taurasi missed 24 games this season, much of it with a hip flexor. *Courtesy of www.chron.com

S.Antonio SS - Minnesota L. 99-84
Danielle Adams (6'1''-F/C-89, college: Texas A&M) scored 28 points, and the San Antonio Silver Stars closed the regular season with a 99-84 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Sunday. Tangela Smith (6'4''-F/C-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Iowa) added 15 points, Danielle Robinson had 14, and Shameka Christon scored 13 for playoff-bound San Antonio (21-13). "We were just moving the ball well, playing like a team," Adams said. " (We were) just getting good shots. We played our defense, and it was just a great team effort for the win." Seimone Augustus had 18 points, Monica Wright added 16, and Lindsay Whalen scored 14 for defending champion Minnesota (27-7). The Lynx, who have the WNBA's best record, missed an opportunity to match the best regular-season record in league history. The Silver Stars set a season high for points in a game despite playing without Becky Hammon and Sophia Young, who didn't suit up to rest for the playoff series against Los Angeles. "We wanted to give some minutes to some people, but we wanted the execution, too, because we ended the year with three playoff teams in a row," Silver Stars coach Dan Hughes said. "We wanted them to get that feel of what we think it's going to be like against that caliber of team." San Antonio scored a season-high 60 points in the first half, shooting 53 percent (20 of 38) with only one turnover. "We knew that with (Hammon and Young) down, we were going to have to come out with extra effort and extra energy," Robinson said. "Everybody was going to have to contribute a little bit more." Smith's 3-pointer gave San Antonio a 73-50 lead with 6 minutes left, its largest lead of the game. Smith's second 3 gave San Antonio a 78-56 edge with 4 minutes left. Wright's layup cut San Antonio's lead to 88-77, the closest Minnesota had been since it trailed 48-37 with 4 minutes left in the first half. Shenise Johnson hit consecutive 3s to extend the Silver Stars' lead to 94-77 with 5 minutes left. "It gives us a great boost," Smith said. "It gives us great confidence. We have it in our mind that we play really well on the road, so that gives us confidence going into L.A. We've beaten them three times. We just have to keep that momentum in our head, because right now, it's anybody's championship." Adams had 13 points in the first half as San Antonio took control early. "They spread you out so much," Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve said. "Danielle has some girth to her. It is just challenging down low." The Silver Stars' Sept. 29 playoff game against Los Angeles will be played at the Freeman Coliseum because of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' concert at the AT&T Center. Minnesota will face Seattle in the first round. "It was a tough game tonight," Augustus said. "Definitely not the outcome we wanted, but it's an eye opener for us leading into the playoffs." *Courtesy of ESPN