EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/27/2012 4:04:01 AM

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  ANTIGUA   



Kurt Looby signs at Trefl Sopot - by Eurobasket News

Trefl Sopot (TBL) landed 28-year old American-USA power forward Kurt Looby (208-104kg-84, college: Iowa). Looby played in the summer at Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 14 BSN games he averaged 3.4ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.6bpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Looby also played at Neckar Lburg in German BBL earlier that season. In 34 BBL games he had 7.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.6bpg. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Defensive Team. In 2008 Looby was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (NBA) in third round (44th overall).
He attended University of Iowa until 2008 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball. Looby represented Antigua at the CARICOM Championships eight years ago. His team won Bronze.
Looby is a very experienced player. He played also professionally in Antigua, Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg) and D-League (New Mexico Thunderbirds, Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Maine Red Claws).
Looby graduated from University of Iowa in 2008 and it will be his fifth season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  ARGENTINA   


Quimsa, 9 de Julio win - by Leonardo Contieri

Quimsa defeated still winless Union Progresista 83-76 as Eduardo Villares led five Quimsa's players in double figure scoring with 17 points, James Williams added 13 and 9 rebounds and Diego Lo Grippo added 15. Victor Cajal led Progresista with 19 points and Greg Dilligard added 18 points and 12 rebounds in his last game for the team, since he was cut.
9 de Julio beat Weber Bahia Blanca Estudiantes at home 92-90 in a thrilling finish as Diego Gerbaudo (180-PG-89) hit the winning lay-up with .1 seconds remaining. Estudiantes led by two in the final seconds as Gerbaudo attempted a long three point and missed, the long rebound came to midcourt and as Gerbaudo was trying to get a hold of the ball, the officials called for a foul on Diego Rivero with three seconds left. as the game was being televised, Estudiantes assistant coach Alejandro Montecchia tryed to look the replay on the tv monitor and was ejected by offiicial Pablo Estevez, giving 9 de Julio the chance to get 4 free throws and the inbound ball, being down 88-90 with 3 seconds left. Diego Gerbaudo went to the line and scored the first two, tying the game, but missed the last two. On the inbound play he rallied and get a lay-ip to win the game. He finished with 23 points and 4 assits, Ed Nelson added 18 and 7 rebound before fouling out in the final minute. Richard Roby led Estudiantes with 22 points and 9 rebounds while Marcus Fizer added 18.



Adrian Moss joins Union Progresista - by Eurobasket News

Union Progresista made the first changes after a woeful 0-4 start to their LigaA campaign. The coaching staff decided to split ways with Gregory Dilligard (203-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International). The forward notched 7.8 points, 4.5 rebounds per game in four LigaA appearances. Adrian Moss (203-F-81, college: Florida) will replace Dilligard on the roster. The forward spent the last season in Spain. He played for Palencia Baloncesto. Adrian Moss recorded 15.4 points and 6.1 boards per game in LEB Gold. He earned All-Spanish LEB Gold Honourable Mention. Adrian Moss was linked to Le Portel in French ProB in pre-season but opted to join Union Progresista. Previously Adrian Moss had spells for Hapoel Kiryat Tivon, Ourense, Bremerhaven, CD Villa de Los Barrios, POM baskets Jena, Lausanne and Randers.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Wildcats win opening "Cable Beach" game - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Perth Wildcats have kept their pre-season winning run going this afternoon opening the Cable Beach Invitational in Broome with a 62-54 win over the Singapore Slingers.

The Wildcats have now won five straight pre-season games dating back to winning the second match against the Taipans in Cairns, and then all three encounters at the NBL pre-season tournament against Sydney, Melbourne and Wollongong in Melbourne last week.

That saw the 'Cats win their third straight pre-season title and head up to Broome for the second Cable Beach Invitational in good form and confident, and that translated into an eight-point victory over the Singapore Slingers despite some stars not playing and others having limited minutes.

Reigning NBL MVP Kevin Lisch, big man Matt Knight, guard Everard Bartlett and co-captain Brad Robbins all didnt line-up as part of the 10-man team against the Slingers while Shawn Redhage, Cam Tovey and Jesse Wagstaff all had relatively limited playing time.

Despite that, the Wildcats made a fast start leading 22-13 after the first quarter and then opened that lead up to 11 points at three quarter-time before the final margin of eight.

The 'Cats dominated on the glass with 37 rebounds to 23 with eight more assists than the Slingers as well, but 19 turnovers to 13 would have been somewhat of a concern to coach Rob Beveridge.

Development players Ben Purser (201-G/F-90, college: Augusta St.) and Gavin Field top-scored for the Wildcats with Purser finishing with 12 points, four rebounds and two assists, and Field with 11 points.

Greg Hire, Damien Scott, Jeremiah Trueman and Redhage all scored six points as well with Wagstaff adding five points, Tovey four, Damian Martin four (and six assists) and Michael Vigor two (and six rebounds).

Singapore's imports top-scored for the Slingers with Kyle Jeffers finishing with 16 points, Lester Strong 13 and Jose Reyes eight.

The Wildcats will now continue in the Cable Beach Invitational in Broome taking on the Guangsha Lions on Thursday and Shanghai Sharks on Friday. Both games tip-off at 4pm.

Box score: http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/19960/05/41/95/65dRe0rZD2rlM/



Crocs release both imports - by Hugh McAuliffe

The Townsville Crocodiles have made the difficult decision to release both Jason Forte (196-G/F-84, college: S.Mississippi) and Curtis Withers (203-F-84, agency: Court Side, college: Charlotte) for the coming NBL season, before the regular season has even commenced.

After an extensive off season search the club was convinced that Jason Forte and Curtis Withers would be the right players to supplement their existing Australian players.

After a month of preseason training and five preseason games it was decided that this was not the case, and they have been released from their contracts to return to the USA.

Coach Paul Woolpert while openly disappointed believed that he was left with few options.

'After such a successful season last year we made the decision to retain as many of our players as we could to give ourselves the best chances of winning in the coming season,' said Woolpert

'For me it was then about finding the pieces that fitted perfectly into the existing team. Unfortunately, while being great players Jason and Curtis have not quite been the fit I thought they would be and I need to change this.'

Crocs CEO Ian Smythe also shares Coach Woolpert's disappointment but believe it is the right decision.

'Jason and Curtis have been working hard on their game since they arrived and it was a difficult decision to make,' Smythe said.

'At the end of the day we have to ensure that we take every step, make every decision possible to give the Crocs the best chance of winning a championship. Sometimes that means making the tough decisions but that is what our members and sponsors expect us to do.'

Smythe is fully aware that the decision may not be fully appreciated by all involved with the club.

'I know that we will be criticized for making the call so early, but there is no sense in us looking at this issue half way through the season. By then the damage may be done, Smythe said. It was a decision that needed to be made sooner rather than later, and we did,' said Smythe.

The club has immediately begun the search for replacements for the two released players. While not 100% certain on the direction, the club has identified a point guard as their number one priority.

'We need to ensure that the right guys have the ball in their hands at the right time. We have two great young guards in Mitch Norton and Chris Cedar and to add some experience and leadership with these two will certainly give us the edge we are looking for," Woolpert said

'I am happy with the pieces I have in place so far, I just need the last two to finish the puzzle.'

Paul Woolpert believes that both Forte and Withers will do great things in the future.

'Just because it has not worked out here for them, does not, mean we won't see them show up somewhere else. They are both great players who have a lot to prove in their future basketball careers," Woolpert added.

Smythe indicated that the club will also be looking at the Australian players who have yet to secure a contract for the coming iiNet NBL season.

'We have been really impressed with the growth we have seen so far from our eight Australian players and they are giving us a lot more than we planned on. Ben Allen in particular has shown real maturity and has shown already that he can compete with the best in the NBL,' Smythe said.

The Townsville McDonalds Crocodiles will hold a press conference at 12pm, September 27, at their training facilities at Wulguru to answer any further questions from the media. CEO Ian Smythe and Coach Paul Woolpert will be in attendance.



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  AUSTRIA   


Interview with Giovonne Woods - by Ozell Wells

EUROBASKET HAD THE PLEASURE OF SITTING DOWN WITH NEW AUSTRIAN SIGNEE GIO WOODS. THE NEWEST RECRUIT OF KAPFENBURG, HE BRIEFLY SHARED HIS THOUGHTS ON THE COMING SEASON AND ALSO SPOKE ON HIS EXPERIENCES IN BOTH SPAIN AND IN THE UNITED STATES.

EU: GIO, THANKS FOR SITTING WITH US. HOW HAVE YOU FOUND AUSTRIA THUS FAR? HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN HERE?
GW: Thanks for having me. Austria seems to be a very inviting place thus far. The city of Kapfenberg is small and quiet. I;ve been here a little over a month and a half.

EU: HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT BASKETBALL HERE IN AUSTRIA? DID YOU KNOW THAT THEY PLAY HERE? WHAT WERE YOUR INITIAL THOUGHTS ABOUT THE PLACE BEFORE ARRIVING AND NOW THAT YOU ARE HERE?
GW: Ive known about basketball here via eurobasket and also some friends that competed in the league here. Having lived in Germany as a child through the Military, i figured that were somewhat similiar.
Being here reminds me of my past experiences in Germany as a youth.

EU: HOW IS IT PLAYING ALONGSIDE VETERANS LIKE DETERI MAYES OR AUSTRIAN STALWART DEMETRIUS NELSON?
GW: Its rare that you get an opportunity to play with a Veteran like DT Mayes who has played in Austria his entire career has been very successful. His experience and knowledge for the game in general is amazing and having played in this league,he knows the in's and out's of how to grow and get better as an individual and team. Demetrius Nelson is also a great player to have on your team. He is a team guy and very skilled big man. We connected prior to landing in Kapfenberg and built chemistry which has transferred over to the court.

EU: WE SEE THAT YOU SPENT A SEASON IN SPAIN'S EBA...HOW WOULD YOU COMPARE THE TWO LOCALES?
GW: Playing in Spain on the island of Tenerife was beautiful and i enjoyed my time there. Going to comparring the level of play from EBA to Top Division Austria is a major difference. From age of players to the level of competition i would say is much greater in Austria. For my skill set and ability to play at a higher level, Austria is a great fit. Having a different role and playing here at the Point Guard position allows me to display my game as a complete player and team leader.

EU: AS A TESTIMONY OF USING THE PRO EXPOSURE SHOWCASE ROUTE, WHAT WORDS OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THE ASPIRING PRO PLAYER? WE SEE THAT YOU HAD FREQUENTED SHOWCASES AND EXPERIENCED SUCCESSES AS A RESULT.
GW: My advice to any aspiring players and or current players is to never sell yourself short. Dont think that just because you have done one camp you have done them all. Exposure is key to becoming successful in this line of work. You may never know who will be at the camps or who knows who or what opportunity may arise. People want to see the product in person and not just on film. You have to work hard and sometimes it may mean spending alot of money to invest in your career as a pro athlete. And for that i have found success at exposure camps.

EU: WHAT IF ANY OUTLOOK DO YOU HAVE ON THE SEASON UPCOMING?
GW: My goal for this season is to first lead my team both by example and vocally. To help reach our highest potential in the league. To continue to grow as a player and a person. Also, to enhance my opportunities to play at the highest level possible.

EU: WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS?
GW: After entering the NBA draft in 2009 and 2 NBDL drafts and coming out unsuccessful in being drafted,overseas exposure camps have given me a chance to continue my career. I first want to represent GOD,my family, my agency Courtside and my current team The ECE Kapfenberg Bulls in the best way possible leadng them as a point guard should.
Winning a championship would be great. I would also like the opportunity one day to play in the NBA Developement league or the NBA summer league as i continue my dream of playing in the NBA.

EU: ANY WORDS FOR YOUR FANS FROM THE US AND/OR SPAIN?
GW: TO all my Family and friends in Lacey Washington and Detroit Michigan, i thank you for all your support and love and i hope that you continue to "GRIND" with me as I continue my journey. S/O GRINDTEAM

EUROBASKET WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND OUR BEST WISHES TO GIOVONNE ON A FRUITFUL AND EVENTFUL SEASON IN AUSTRIA WITH KAPFENBURG. WE LOOK FORWARD TO SITTING DOWN WITH HIM AGAIN & ALSO TO HEARING TALES OF CLUTCH BASKETS SCORED AND VICTORIES THIS SEASON UPCOMING. BEST SWISHES GIO!



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  BELGIUM   


Division II - Third Round - by Bert Larsimont

Essor Charleroi (Spirou B) vs. Cuva Houthalen: 88-99

Despite the loss at home against top challengers Cuva Houthalen, Essor (Spirou) Charleroi of young Coach Sebastien Dufour had some good periods offensively. Essor had only scored 64 and 55 points respectively against Kangoeroes and Condors in their first two losses of the season. They are improving and, as time goes by, could become tough contenders in this competition.

Port of Antwerp Giants II vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem: 69-89


The Giants led by Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91) had a very quick start. Nevrtheless, BS Waregem's big men won the battle of the rebounds: Thomas Foucart (195-F-84) rebounded 6 times, Stan Naudts (195-F-86) grabbed 9 of them, Ahmet Gueye (203-C/F-82, college: Hawaii) had 11 rebounds and Bart Willy Samaey (199-C-87) was untreatable with 14 boards. In the middle of the third quarter, the scoreboard still showed 51-48 for the Giants. The visitors recorded a 0-10 run before the Giants reacted well and came back into the game: 64-65. Thanks to a last 5-24, Waregem finished strongly and recorded a nice win away.
Score evolution: 30-21, 40-38, 57-58 and 69-89.
Best scorers:
Giants II: Peeters 4, Rojas Palma 14, D. Donkor 14, Van Den Broek 2, De Hoon 7, Y. Schoepen 9, Rademakers 7, Marchant 12.
BS Waregem: O. Foucart 10, A. Steinbach 19, S. Naudts 12, A. Gueye 25, B. Samaey 12, T. Foucart 8, L. Delepeleire 2.

BBC Haantjes Oudenaarde vs. Gent Dragons: 69-98


Although the Haantjes were particularly boosted after their Belgian Cup win of last week against Sint-Jan Antwerp, the home team could not reiterate this time in a regular Division II season game against last season's Ethias League representatives of Gent Dragons. Although the hosts played well in the first quarter (8-13, 19-17 and 23-26 on the scoreboard), they had to play against a tough defense set by the Dragons. Led by scorers Brian Heinle (205-F-78, agency: Court Side, college: CS Northridge) and Thomas Van De Vondel (194-F/G-80), the Dragons left no chance to their opponents from the beginning of the second quarter on.
Score evolution: 23-26, 39-52, 53-74 and 69-98.
Best scorers:
Haantjes: N/A
Dragons: B. Heinle 16, R. Spaens 17, L. Tielens 6, F. Lait 13, T. Van de Vondel 24, M. Van Gelder 14, M. Detiege 2, C. Tshimuanga 6.

St-Niklase Condors vs. Kangoeroes Boom: 78-65


The Division II Dream Team of Boom was defeated by the men of Coach Steve Ibens. This is probably the biggest surprise of 2012-13 Division II Round Three. The whole home team had a great performance and even if some Condors seemed nervous at the beginning of the game, they managed to record a third win (and no loss so far) in the competition.

BasKet Tongeren vs. Point Chaud Sprimont: 82-80


Karim Doukmani (178-G-83) scored the last basket of the game for the winning side and Point Chaud Sprimont missed a last three-point attempt.
Score evolution: 12-20, 37-38, 53-56 and 82-80.
Best scorers:
Tongeren: P. Pipeleers 18, J. Moonen 15.
Sprimont: N/A

Belfius Mons Hainaut II vs. Excelsior Brussels: 80-92


Excelsior players proved again that we should count on them to play a key role in the Division II competition this season. Thanks to a strong start and great team spirit, they left no chance to their rivals of last weekend. Week after week, Stephane Pelle (205-C/F-80, college: Colorado) seems to find a better rhythm and is getting very efficient in the paint: 15 points, 9 rebounds, 3 block shots and 1 steal.
Score evolution: 18-30, 36-45, 59-64 and 80-92.
Best scorers:
Mons Hainaut II: N/A
Excelsior: E. Mampuya 12, X. Collette 2, N. Verrept 8, M. Depuydt 11, J. Van Haevermaet 16, G. De Pooter 7, J. De Schepper 7, S. Pelle 15, S. Semijejero 14.

CEP Fleurus vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp: 63-76


CEP Fleurus' scorer Kevin Jonniaux (198-G-83), injured, sat on the bench and will still be missing the next two or three games. Senne Geukens (190-G-83) and Vinnie Haerbos (180-PG-90, out after 5 minutes in the game) did not play for Sint-Jan. CEP center Sead Muric (205-C-81) had a great start in this game but was quickly stopped by the Anwerp visitors' defense. Too many bad options chosen by the home team and too many second or even third chances offered by the hosts to Sint-Jan players Mario Brown (202-F-84, college: Jacksonville) or Ashley Druwez (192-G/F-89). The CEP guys of Coach Paul Vervaeck kept chasing behind the very well-balanced Sint-Jan team. Despite many efforts by CEP guards Mitchel Kouwijzer (190-G-87, agency: Court Side), Ludovic Pourtoit (182-G-88) and Thomas Bauwens (192-F-86) to bring their team to -4 in the last quarter, the visitors led by hardworking center Mario Brown and very efficient Bram Raes (211-C-86), Naim El Kounchar (191-G-94), Vincent Verbeeck (196-F-87) and Ashley Druwez recorded a very convincing win at the Salle Andre Robert.
Score evolution: 17-21, 32-44, 47-60 and 63-76.
Best scorers:
CEP Fleurus: M. Kouwijzer 11, C. Manzanza 7, L. Pourtoit 17, T. Bauwens 9, C. Ilongo 7, S. Muric 10, J. Garvin 2.
Sint-Jan: V. Haerbos 5, B. Hartshorne 6, V. Verbeeck 16, B. Raes 4, N. El Kounchar 17, A. Druwez 18, M. Brown 10.


Bye: Gembo BBC



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D1: KK Zrinjski replaces KK Hercegovac - by Sead Buljina

KK "Hercegovac", Bileca has ceased to exist and will be replaced by KK "Zrinjski" in the upcoming season. Financial isues were too much to overcome for team from Bileca. Thus, KK "Zrinjski", Mostar gets a lucky break since they were relegated to D2 following the last season.

In addition, Bosnian basketball association has invited KK "Celik", Zenica to remain in the top division since "Zrinjski" was supposed to play D2. Now that "Zrinjski" takes "Hercegovac" spot, "Celik", which also is supposed to play D2 gets a chance to stay in D1.
KK "Celik" is considering the opportunity but it will be difficult for them to continue competing in D1 due to financial troubles. Any club that fails to pay D1 competition fees by deadline in October will not be allowed to participate in Bosnian top league.



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  BRAZIL   

Standings - Paulista, Carioca, Minas G. leagues

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

Second Stage: Round 12

Sep. 26: Suzano - Gremio Mogi 93-94
Sep. 26: Inter Santos - S.Jose/Unimed 85-104
Sep. 26: Palmeiras - Paulistano 73-85
Sep. 26: America - Jacarei 72-88
Sep. 27: Liga Sorocaba - Winner/Limeira
Sep. 27: Vivo/Franca - Paschoalotto/B.
Sep. 27: Pinheiros/Sky - Metodista/S.B.


Washington Wizards C Nene Hilario (foot) could sit training camp - by Eurobasket News

After taking on Hilario Nene (6'10''-C-82) and the vast majority of his 5-year, $67 million contract in a March trade, the Washington Wizards plan to treat their investment with kid gloves.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Nene could miss some or all of the Wizards' October training camp because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

He hasn't had must time to rest this summer because of the commitment he had to his national team, [Wizards president Ernie] Grunfeld said of Nene, who missed a game in the Olympics because of soreness in his left foot. So we're going to be very, very cautious. We're going to take it very slow with him and make sure he's 100 percent when we put him out there full time.

Grunfeld went on to say that he expects Nene to be ready for Washington's regular season opener against the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Oct. 30. The Brazilian center pencils in as a starter, alongside trade acquisition Emeka Okafor, in a new look and more mature Wizards frontline than we've seen in recent years. The Wizards have third-year big men Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Booker to provide depth behind the Nene/Okafor pairing.

Nene, 30, signed his 5-year deal with the Denver Nuggets in December 2011. The Nuggets traded out of it a little more than three months later. After three straight seasons of solid health, Nene missed nearly half of the 2011-12 lockout-shortened season, including time missed due to plantar fasciitis.

Representing Brazil at the 2012 London Olympics, Nene averaged 7.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.0 block in 21 minutes per game. He sat out Brazil's fifth game of the group stage before coming back to play in the team's quarterfinals loss to Argentina.

Nene averaged 13.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steal and 1.0 block in his 39 total appearances in 2011-12. He holds career averages of 12.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



Andre Coimbra sign with team from Japan - by Paulo Freire

The brazilian forward Andre Coimbra (205-F) has sign with Osaka Evessa a team from the bj-league.
Coimbra left brazil really young to play college basketball in U.S., he just finish his college career playing for Central Michigan.
He is a really strong defense player that can also shoot the long distance ball.
Andre played also in the Northeastern Oklahoma A&M before transferring to Michigan.
Andre really fills a need for athleticism and he brings a lot of energy to the game



Sao Jose/Vinac keep leading position in Paulista League - by Eurobasket News

Sao Jose/Vinac registered the 9th win in Paulista League Group A. They fired past Inter Santos 104:85 on the road. Fulvio de Assis (187-G-81) stepped up with 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead the winners. Inter Santos were up by 9 points after the first quarter 27:18. But Sao Jose/Vinac exploded with 60 points in the next two periods to ensure a 13-point lead heading into the fourth frame. Sao Jose/Vinac did not slow down and raced to the victory at the end. Dede Stefanelli provided 18 points, while Deivisson Costa (211-C-80) and Luiz Felipe Lemes (193-G-80, college: BYU) had 14 points each in the win. Ricardo Gaspar (202-F-84) responded with 22 points for the hosts. Caue Rico (182-G-82) netted 19 points in the loss.
Gremio Mogi celebrated the fourth straight win as they snatched a 94:93 road win over Suzano. Guilherme Filipin (191-G/F-83) stepped up with 33 points to lead the visitors. Suzano seemed comfortable in charge up by 12 points at halftime 49:37. But Gremio Mogi turned things around in the final frame to seal the victory at the end. Pedro Patekoski (200-F-89) netted 12 points for the winners. Paulo Nery (188-G-81) answered with 24 points for Suzano.



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Randy 'Chino' George Lights Up Paris - by David Edole

The Virgin Islands Randy George (200-F-81, college: Henderson St.) took his talent to France this year and has immediately impacted the league with a game high scoring performance in the opening game of the season.

George led all scores with 20 points and snatched a game high 12 rebounds as FC Mulhouse Basketball Club picked up a 79-71 victory away from home against Tremblay Athletic Club in Paris last Saturday, September 22.

His teammates, Kevin Walter had 19 points, Matthieu Gitta and Xavier Di-Marzio each had 12 points a piece.

George told BVI Platinum News that he thought the supporting cast came in and played pretty well, but the most important thing is that the team played hard and together as a team which was all the coaching staff requested.

"I felt really good going into the first game; I thought we were aggressive on both ends of the floor. I thought we executed our game play to perfection and limited their main players. Coach gave me a personal assignment to guard their best post player and I limited him to 1 point for the entire game. I think we got a pretty good team even though the leading scorer (Mario Porter) who lead the league and the team in scoring last season is out for another 3 weeks with a hamstring injury," George stated.

George recalled that he worked both jumpers and inside play as he listened to the Coach who told him to be aggressive from the start. He said he took what the defense offered, but a lot of credit must be given to his teammates as they got him the ball in good positions.

"I think we work well as a team, we believe in each other as we been together practicing for a month and a half now, so we know what each other strengths are which makes things a lot easier. I feel we got to continue getting better on the defensive end of the court because the team was the best defensive team in the league last season so we want to be on that level again. We got a lot of offensive weapons so on any given night any one can score 20 or more points, and once Mario comes back from injury, I think we'll be a force to be reckoned with as that will also give us another scoring option," George noted.

FC Mulhouse Basketball Clubs next game is September 29th at home against Saint Charles Charenton.

"I am just looking forward to having a good season and staying healthy and continue working hard and getting better individually and getting better as a team. Our ultimate goal is to be a top 4 team at the end of the season, make it to the playoffs and win the championship which will get us promoted to National 1.

The Alsace Region based team finished the season in 2nd place in pool D of the National 2 League last year. FC Mulhouse was knocking on the doors of promotion to the French National 1 League, but eventually lost in the playoffs to AS Monaco in the best of 3 series (2-1).

This year the club hopes to make it into the National 1 League.

George is an active member of the BVI national team as well as a member of the reigning BVI Basketball Federations Senior Division champions Legs.



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  CANADA   


Oshawa Power trade Morgan Lewis to the London Lightning - by Eurobasket News

The Oshawa Power announce that they have traded Morgan Lewis (6'4''-F-87, college: Findlay, OH) to the London Lightning in exchange for the Lightnings 3rd Round Draft Pick of the 2013 NBL Canada Draft along with cash considerations. Unfortunately, Lewis and the Power were unable to come to terms and did what was best for both parties.

Lewis has grown to truly appreciate Canada and has great talent to indefinitely further his career. The Power has assisted many players in reaching their professional goals and will continue to do so. The Oshawa Power Basketball Team wishes Lewis the best of luck as he continues his NBL Canada career.

Lewis, the #1 Overall Draft Pick of NBL Canadas Inaugural Season, averaged 16.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, and 3.5 apg. He was also recognized as a NBL Canada All-Star as well as NBL Canadas Player of the Week twice.

The Oshawa Power will continue to strengthen their roster as the 2012 Oshawa Power Player Showcase is scheduled for Sunday, September 30th at Durham College.

Courtesy of http://nbloshawa.pointstreaksites.com



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  CHINA   


D.J. White signs with Shanghai Sharks in China - by Eurobasket News

Free-agent forward D.J. White (206-F-86, college: Indiana) has reached agreement on a one-year contract to play for owner Yao Ming and the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association, sources told Yahoo! Sports.

White, who played for the Charlotte Bobcats last season, has a chance to become an elite player in the CBA and could help elevate Yao's franchise into serious contention.

Yao bought the cash-strapped Sharks in 2009 and has resurrected one of China's proudest basketball franchises. White will play for respected American coach Dan Panaggio for the Sharks. After numerous injuries, Yao retired from the Houston Rockets in 2011.

Once the Chinese season is over in March, White will become eligible to sign with an NBA team and be eligible for inclusion on a playoff roster. Several contenders including Boston, San Antonio and Miami had White work out for them in recent weeks, and he could be a coveted player to add frontline depth for a team's postseason push.

White, 26, played nearly 19 minutes for the Charlotte Bobcats a season ago, averaging 6.8 and 3.6 rebounds per game. The 29th selection of the 2009 NBA draft out of Indiana, White played three-plus seasons for Oklahoma City before joining the Charlotte Bobcats in 2010.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports



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FEDERATION CUP DAY 10 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Hormigueros looks ready to challenge the giants, with an awesome comeback defeated the Guerreros in the overtime, after a 15 points deficit with less than 5 minutes in the clock Camontae Griffin took the load over his shoulders.
Hormigueros 104
Guerreros 99.


Patriotas does not want to surrender, the Boyac team had a great defensive performance to stop Cafeteros Dorsey and with the leadership of Jermaine Watson and Steadman Short defeated Cafeteros as visitors.
Cafeteros 86
Patriotas 94.

Bayside gives the biggest surprise of the season defeating the co-leader Once Caldas in the Island, Once Caldas had to use Alpha Bangura limited minutes due an injury.
Bayside 79
Once Caldas 72.

The arrival of James Maye (201-G/F-81, college: NC-Greensboro) gives to Nuevo Choco a new dimension, Maye 23 points leads the Choco team to an important victory against the Bukaros.
Nuevo Choco 72 J. Maye 23 pts.
Bukaros 62.




FEDERATION CUP DAY 9 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Guerreros had to made a big effort to defeat the surprising Hormigueros de Santander and keep the first place in the standings, Rashad Bell (201-F-82, college: Boston U.) leaded the offensive of the Guerreros.
Hormigueros 76 C. Salcedo 21 pts
Guerreros 81 R. Bell 23 pts, L. Malloy 13 pts + 10 rebs.

Cafeteros is still on its way to the postseason, defeating a direct rival the Patriotas , for Cafeteros Darrin Dorsey again leaded the offensive.
Cafeteros 86
Patriotas 71.

A hard fight for the boards in Medellin, Arrieros level is rising a defeated the powerfull Islanders Sopesa.
Arrieros 96
Islanders 92.

Once Caldas arrived to San Andrs a defeated the young Bayside team, Once Caldas is tied in the first place.
Bayside 69
Once Caldas 104

Bukaros is proving day by day that is ready to the fight for the crown, with a smart game defeated the Nuevo Choco team in Quibdo.
Bukaros 82
Nuevo Choco 71.




FEDERATION CUP 2012, DAY 12 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Once Caldas fall in its third straight game as visitor, the Islanders again took control of the boards and ran the fastbreak to get the victory.
Islanders 87
Once Caldas 67


A different style of game but the same result in Tunja, both teams played a most accurate offensive but the Patriotas defense controlled the clutch to defeat Nuevo Choco again.
Patriotas 92
Nuevo Choco 85.

Arrieros improves his game and got an important victory against the leaders Guerreros, Enielsen Guevara (204-F/C-82) had a great night to lead the Arrieros.
Arrieros 82 E. Guevara 20 pts.
Guerreros 73 R. Bell 20 pts.

Again the Bukaros played relaxed to get another w in the standings defeating the weak Bayside team.
Bukaros 101
Bayside 73.

Cafeteros gave a very important step to clinch a place among the top eight seeded defeating the Hormigueros in back to back games at Armenia.
Cafeteros 107
Hormigueros 93




FEDERATION CUP 2012, DAY 11 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Islanders had a great challenge at home but finally defeated the Once Caldas team, for Islanders the arrival of Jesus Urbina boosted the power in the frontcourt.
Islanders 76
Once Caldas 72


Patriotas is becoming strong at home and defeated the Nuevo Choco team, both teams looks cold on the offensive side , focused on stop the main weapons of the rival.
Patriotas 56
Nuevo Choco 52

Guerreros defense stopped the offensive of Arrieros to defeat the green team in Medellin, a great team effort for the Guerreros, Stalin Ortiz (190-G-81, college: Valparaiso) leaded the winners
Guerreros 84 S. Ortiz 23pts, R. Bell 20 pts.
Arrieros 68 K. Pea 22 pts.

Bukaros had an easy game at home defeating the Bayside team, Bukaros is climbing to the second place in the standings.
Bukaros 85
Bayside 56.

Darrin Dorsey again leaded the Cafeteros to get the victory at his home, defeating the Hormigueros , the Hormigueros are now in a very difficult situation to get a place in the next round.
Cafeteros 102
Hormigueros 97




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Zadar tabs Chaisson Allen - by Eurobasket News

KK Zadar (A1) inked 23-year old American point guard Chaisson Allen (192-88kg-89, college: Northeastern). Allen played most recently at Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir in Turkish TBL league. He managed to play in four leagues last year (!!!). In 2 EuroChallenge games he averaged 3.0ppg and 1.0rpg. Allen also played 12 games in TBL where he had 6.8ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.0apg. He also played at Galil Gilboa in Israeli league earlier that season. In 6 Balkan League games he had 8.8ppg, 3.3rpg and 1.8apg. Allen also played 7 games in Israeli Winner League where he had 11.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 3.7apg and 1.1spg.
Allen graduated from Northeastern University in 2011 and it will be his second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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ONE DOWN AND ONE TO GO!!! - by Brandon Brown

Whats up eurobasket world. I havent been on my blog in a minute ,but the season is just starting up. Im currently in cyprus playing for Pizza Express Apollon Limassol But now im back on track with my blog. Im on the last leg of the trip in austria from this eurochallenge game. Luckily we came out with a win.but the Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg put up a good fight on there home court thats for sure. I came into the game and thought it was going to be easy, but it wasnt we had to fight for that W in a packed out gym. Drums going off ppl chanting (glitter) ahahah. But we secured the win. I am DEFF ready to leave austria.. Its nice here but i live on an island (cyprus) 2 blocks from the beach, where its sunny 360 days out of the year.and the women arent to bad to LOOK at either lol. You cant beat that. But back to business. This win os over for me because we have one more game to go. Even though its in our gym at home we still need to go out and take care business. No playin around like we did in the first qt here in austria. We are a new team so we are still trying to get use to each others game, but the good thing about that is that we have another month to build chemistry,and with the team we have i think we will be ok.. This is all i have for today. We are about to go to Vienna to go site seing for bout 5 hours which is not that appealing to me but its a team thing so i guess im on board. Next game october 2nd.I hope we win the game cause if we dont, like coach AKIS say THE PLANES ARE READY. AHAHAHAHHAHA LMAO


Brandon Brown SIGNING OUT

YOLO



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Standings - Basketligaen

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Sep. 25: Aarhus BC - Svendborg 65-78
Sep. 26: Vaerlose - SISU 54-76
Sep. 27: Horsens IC - Randers
Sep. 27: Bakken - Aalborg
Sep. 27: Naestved - Horsholm


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 22.5
 1. Washington, Svend.22.5 
 2. Dennis, SISU21.5 
 3. Darboe, Svendborg21.5 
 4. Rutherford, Svend.20.5 
 5. McShane, Aarhus BC20.5 
 6. Dezouvre, Aarhus15.0 
 7. Soby Dalboge, Aarh.14.5 
 8. Moritz, SISU14.0 
 9. Petkov, Aarhus BC14.0 
 10. Smith, SISU14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Randy DEZOUVRE
  Aarhus BC
  (195-F/G-87)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Dezouvre, Aarhus11.5 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.10.5 
 3. Washington, Svend.10.0 
 4. Moritz, SISU9.5 
 5. Petkov, Aarhus BC8.0 
 6. Dennis, SISU6.5 
 7. McShane, Aarhus BC6.0 
 8. Magaard, Svendborg4.5 
 9. Smith, SISU4.0 
 10. Wang, Aarhus BC3.5 
Assists Per Game
 Arnar JONSSON
  Aarhus BC
  (183-G-83)
  Avg: 8.5
 1. Jonsson, Aarhus BC8.5 
 2. Dennis, SISU6.0 
 3. Rutherford, Svend.4.5 
 4. Darboe, Svendborg4.5 
 5. Plannthin, Svend.3.0 
 6. Gertz, Svendborg2.5 
 7. Moritz, SISU2.0 
 8. Magaard, Svendborg2.0 
 9. Glahn, SISU2.0 
 10. Soby Dalboge, Aar.1.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jakob WANG
  Aarhus BC
  (190-F-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Wang, Aarhus BC2.5 
 2. Rutherford, Svend.2.5 
 3. McShane, Aarhus BC2.5 
 4. Jonsson, Aarhus BC2.0 
 5. Darboe, Svendborg2.0 
 6. Flowers, SISU2.0 
 7. Dezouvre, Aarhus2.0 
 8. Nielsen, SISU1.5 
 9. Glahn, SISU1.5 
 10. Plannthin, Svend.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Gregory WASHINGTON
  Svend.
  (208-C/F-84)
  Avg: 2
 1. Washington, Svend.2.0 
 2. Smith, SISU1.5 
 3. Plannthin, Svend.0.5 
 4. Lisby, SISU0.5 
 5. Rutherford, Svend.0.5 
 6. Haddad, Svendborg0.0 
 7. Flowers, SISU0.0 
 8. Dezouvre, Aarhus0.0 
 9. Nielsen, SISU0.0 
 10. Dennis, SISU0.0 



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Gene Cross to take the reins as BayHawks next coach - by Eurobasket News

The Erie BayHawks have named Gene Cross as the third head coach in the franchise's history. Cross, a Chicago native, has a wealth of experience on the sidelines as a coach in both collegiate and professional basketball. The forty year old spent last season with the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League.

The coaching search was spearheaded by BayHawks General Manager of Basketball Operations and New York Knicks Assistant General Manager, Allan Houston. "We are extremely excited that Gene Cross is the new head coach of the Erie BayHawks. We believe that his passion for the game, experience in evaluating players, knowledge of the NBA Development League, and his commitment to winning and developing young talent on and off the court will make him a great addition to not only the BayHawks, but to the New York Knicks, as well." Houston said.

His commitment to winning also struck chords with the BayHawks majority owner, Steve Demetriou. "Gene Cross embodies the BayHawks commitment to excellence. I am certain that he will form and lead a BayHawks team that competes for championships while being active in the Erie community throughout his tenure." Demetriou said.

Prior to joining the Energy, Cross spent time with the Maine Red Claws and Utah Flash of the D-League following multiple years coaching in the college ranks. Originally hired as an assistant by the University of Illinois-Chicago, he made the jump to the Conference USA by joining the DePaul Blue Devils in 2002. In 2005, Cross accepted a position with the Virginia Cavaliers before moving on to assist Mike Bray at Notre Dame the following season. In 2008, Cross was hired as the head coach of the Toledo Rockets in the Mid American Conference and held the position until his move to the D-League in 2010.

Replacing Jay Larranaga, who departed to serve as an assistant for the Boston Celtics, Cross will begin to shape his team this weekend in New York City with the first of two open tryouts. A second tryout will take place in Erie on October 13. The BayHawks begin the season on Friday, November 23, at Fort Wayne against the Mad Ants and play their first home game on Saturday, December 1, at 7 p.m. versus the Canton Charge.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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Standings - 1.Liiga

1.Liiga Standings
 1. Audentese/N. 0-0 
 2. Balteco 0-0 
 3. BC Kalev II 0-0 
 4. Elion/Corle 0-0 
 5. Kohila SK 0-0 
 6. Kures. SWE-7 0-0 
 7. Marcus 0-0 
 8. Parnu II 0-0 
 9. Rapina 0-0 
 10. Rapla KK 0-0 
 11. SK RIM T.Kalev 0-0 
 12. Swedbank 0-0 
 13. Tamsalu 0-0 
 14. Tartu Ulikool II 0-0 
 15. TTU SK 0-0 
 16. Voru KK 0-0 


Sodertalje wins third game in Estonia - by Janar

After back-to-back wins against BC Kalev/Cramo, the guests from Sweden won their third consecutive friendly game in Tallinn. This time, against TTU, Kings had much more trouble. The hosts, guided by Tiit Sokk, the head coach of Estonian NT, won the first half 41:38. Second half belonged to the guests, though, who won 72:67.
Dino Pita (193-SG-88) led the winners with 14 points. Erik Keedus (194-F-90) scored 24 in losing effort.



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Valencia signs short term deal with Mindaugas Lukauskis - by Eurobasket News

Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) is a new member of Valencia. The experienced Lithuanian is brought in as replacement for injured Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.). His recovery will take 3-5 weeks. Kelati suffered knee injury during the Endesa Supercup Semifinals against Barcelona.
Mindaugas Lukauskis spent last season with Sigma Barcellona. He appeared 32 times in LegaDue averaging 11.7 points and 4.3 rebounds. The player was named to Eurobasket.com Italian Lega2 All-Bosmans Team -12, while Barcellona reached Playoff Semifinals. In 2010/11, Lukauskis played for Oldenburg. There he had 12.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 3.1 apg in 40 German league games. The player also added 13.3 ppg, 4.7 apg and 4.3 rpg for 6 EuroCup appearances. Before Oldenburg, Lukauskis spent one year with ASVEL. From 2003 to 2009 he was a member of Lietuvos Rytas. Mindaugas Lukauskis played for Lithuanian NT in 2005 and later from 2008 to 2011.



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  EUROLEAGUE   

Standings

Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Fener.Ulker 0-0 
 2. Khimky 0-0 
 3. Panathinaikos 0-0 
 4. Real Madrid 0-0 
 5. Union Olimpija 0-0 
Group B
 1. ALBA 0-0 
 2. Asseco Prokom 0-0 
 3. Chalon 0-0 
 4. Maccabi T-A 0-0 
 5. Montepaschi 0-0 
 6. Unicaja 0-0 
Group C
 1. Anadolu Efes 0-0 
 2. Caja Laboral 0-0 
 3. Cedevita 0-0 
 4. EA7 0-0 
 5. Olympiacos 0-0 
 6. Zalgiris 0-0 
Group D
 1. Besiktas 0-0 
 2. Brose Baskets 0-0 
 3. CSKA 0-0 
 4. FCB Regal 0-0 
 5. Lietuvos rytas 0-0 
 6. Partizan 0-0 
Qualifying Round
 1. Bennet Cantu 1-0 
 2. CEZ Nymburk 1-0 
 3. Le Mans 1-0 
 4. Unics 1-0 
 5. BC Donetsk 0-1 
 6. Lukoil Academik 0-1 
 7. Oostende 0-1 
 8. Ratiopharm 0-1 

Qualifying Round: Round 1

Sep. 26: Unics - Ratiopharm 91-73
Sep. 25: Pall. Cantu - Lukoil Academik 87-79
Sep. 25: CEZ Nymburk - Oostende 83-65
Sep. 26: Le Mans - BC Donetsk 61-55

Qualifying Round: Round 2

Sep. 27: Pall. Cantu - CEZ Nymburk
Sep. 27: Unics - Le Mans


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Brandon HEATH
  Lukoil A.
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 21
 1. Heath, Lukoil A.21.0 
 2. Lyday, Unics21.0 
 3. Vougioukas, Unics18.0 
 4. Tyus, Pall. Cantu18.0 
 5. Watkins, Lukoil A.18.0 
 6. Bryant, Ratiopharm17.0 
 7. Ray, Ratiopharm17.0 
 8. Lojeski, Oostende16.0 
 9. Chatman, Unics15.0 
 10. Perkins, BC Done.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Darryl WATKINS
  Lukoil A.
  (211-C-84)
  Avg: 15
 1. Watkins, Lukoil A.15.0 
 2. Houska, CEZ N.11.0 
 3. Perkins, BC Donet.10.0 
 4. Veremeenko, Unics9.0 
 5. Wright, Oostende9.0 
 6. Leunen, Pall. Cantu8.0 
 7. Kahudi, Le Mans8.0 
 8. Watts, Ratiopharm8.0 
 9. Fischer, BC Donet.7.0 
 10. Bryant, Ratiopharm7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jerry SMITH
  Pall. Cantu
  (188-PG-87)
  Avg: 5
 1. Smith, Pall. Cantu5.0 
 2. Stojic, Oostende5.0 
 3. Heath, Lukoil A.5.0 
 4. El-Amin, Le Mans5.0 
 5. Samoylenko, Unics5.0 
 6. Chatman, Unics4.0 
 7. Eidson, Unics4.0 
 8. Lyday, Unics4.0 
 9. Pavkovic, CEZ N.3.0 
 10. Abrams, CEZ N.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Dane WATTS
  Ratiopharm
  (203-F-86)
  Avg: 3
 1. Watts, Ratiopharm3.0 
 2. Perkins, BC Donet.3.0 
 3. Eidson, Unics3.0 
 4. Smith, Pall. Cantu2.0 
 5. Theis, Ratiopharm2.0 
 6. Katnic, Oostende2.0 
 7. Victor, Le Mans2.0 
 8. Drobnjak, Oostende2.0 
 9. Long, Le Mans2.0 
 10. Taylor, CEZ N.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 D''or FISCHER
  BC Donetsk
  (211-C-81)
  Avg: 5
 1. Fischer, BC Donet.5.0 
 2. Cusin, Pall. Cantu4.0 
 3. Benda, CEZ Nymburk3.0 
 4. Watkins, Lukoil A.2.0 
 5. Houska, CEZ N.1.0 
 6. Tapoutos, CEZ N.1.0 
 7. Tyus, Pall. Cantu1.0 
 8. Esterkamp, Ratio.1.0 
 9. Victor, Le Mans1.0 
 10. Batista, Le Mans1.0 


Okben Ulubay staying in Anadolu Efes - by Ugur Turker

Mother of Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) who is MVP of U1 European championship Banu Ulubay to Eurobasket.com Turkey about future of Okben.

How do you ( Okben and family ) feel in Anadolu Efes Istanbul ?
We are very happy with enviroment in Anadolu Efes Istanbul. We hope that Okben stays in Anadolu Efes Istanbul for many years and wins championships with Men's team.

It looks like man European teams insterested for Okben, is there any idea to go abroad ?
We read in reports about European teams having interest in Okben and it makes us so proud. However, right now, we as parents and Okben are very happy to be in Efes and we don't think anything else. Efes is a great team and there is nothing to consider a move to Europe.

What is Okben doing right now ?
He is only concentrated his basketball, working hard to improve his games. He wants so be a player who can do everything in game that is why he is working in every detail in his game.





Besiktas signs Randal Falker for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News

It's official. Besiktas penned a 1-season deal with Randal Falker (201-F-85, college: S.Illinois). He spent last four years with Cholet, where his coach was Erman Kunter (new Besiktas HC). Falker appeared 34 times in ProA last season averaging 6.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.5 blocks. They reached ProA, French Cup and Semaine des As Semifinals. A year ago, Cholet was the Supercup winner. In 2009/10 season Randal Falker helped Cholet to win the ProA title. He had 7 ppg and 7.5 rpg for 36 games that season. In 2010/11, he collected 6.6 ppg and 5.9 rpg for 9 Euroleague appearances. Cholet reached EuroChallenge Finals three years ago. Randal Falker is a product of Southern Illinois University, where he graduated in 2008. Eurobasket reported recently that Besiktas and Falker verbally agreed terms. The player already arrived to Istanbul and joined his new teammates.


Euroleague Qualifying Rounds Day 2 - by Giovanni Bargna

After we saw Cez Nymburk downing Telenet Oostende 83-65 in the opening game of the tournament and then MapoOro Cant managing a win after a very balanced game against Lukoil Sofia for 87-79 yesterday, it is time to get on the court again today.
Unics Kazan, considered one of the best team of this qualifying round, is facing the german team of Ratiopharm Ulm at 6PM, while BC Donetsk is playing against Le Mans Sarthe in the last game of the quarterfinals, 8:45 PM.
The two winners of these matches will meet each other in the semifinal game to be held tomorrow at 8:45PM, while Cantu and Cez Nymburk is scheduled tomorrow at 6PM.

I remind you that you can receive real time updates from the games LIVE on twitter following my account.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


EuroBasket 2013 Draw seeds announced - by Eurobasket News

FIBA Europe has confirmed the seedings the EuroBasket 2013 Draw, which will take place later this year.

The 24 teams are divided into 6 seeding pots and they will be drawn into 4 round-robin groups of 6 teams for the First Round of competition. The top 3 teams from each group will progress to the Second Round.

Reigning European champions Spain are the highest-ranked team and in the top group of seeds alongside EuroBasket 2011 silver medallists France, bronze medallists Russia and F.Y.R. of Macedonia, who had taken fourth place.

EuroBasket 2011 hosts Lithuania finished in fifth place in that tournament and are in the second pot of seeds, together with sixth-placed Greece and EuroBasket 2013 hosts Slovenia.

Olympic Games hosts Great Britain are the other team in this pot.

The four teams that completed the EuroBasket Qualification Round undefeated make up the third group of seeds. Italy, the team with the highest goal average is ranked ninth, followed by Croatia, Germany and Montenegro.

The fourth, fifth and sixth pots of seeds consist of the remaining teams that also earned their ticket to next summer's EuroBasket through the Qualification Round, according to their win/loss record and goal average.

The EuroBasket 2013 Draw will take place later on this year. The tournament is scheduled for 4-22 September 2013.



EUROBASKET 2013 DRAW SEEDINGS

Rank Country Last FIBA Europe Competition Position Record W/L % Goal Avg.

1 SPAIN EuroBasket 2011 1
2 FRANCE EuroBasket 2011 2
3 RUSSIA EuroBasket 2011 3
4 F.Y.R. Of MACEDONIA EuroBasket 2011 4

5 LITHUANIA EuroBasket 2011 5
6 GREECE EuroBasket 2011 6
7 SLOVENIA EuroBasket 2011 7
8 GREAT BRITAIN EuroBasket 2011 Olympics Host

9 ITALY EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 1 8-0 100 1.2862
10 CROATIA EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 2 8-0 100 1.2708
11 GERMANY EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 3 8-0 100 1.2705
12 MONTENEGRO EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 4 10-0 100 1.1680

13 FINLAND EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 5 6-2 75 1.2534
14 POLAND EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 6 6-2 75 1.2394
15 UKRAINE EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 7 6-2 75 1.1089
16 BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 8 6-2 75 1.0952

17 GEORGIA EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 9 6-2 75 1.0615
18 BELGIUM EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 10 5-3 62.5 1.1339
19 LATVIA EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 11 5-3 62.5 1.1215
20 TURKEY EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 12 5-3 62.5 1.0862

21 CZECH REPUBLIC EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 13 5-3 62.5 1.0254
22 SERBIA EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 14 6-4 60 1.1733
23 ISRAEL EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 15 6-4 60 1.1464
24 SWEDEN EuroBasket 2013 Qualification Round 16 4-4 50 1.0870

Courtesy of FIBA Europe



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Euroleague Qualifying Round: Le Mans hands 61-55 loss to Donetsk - by Eurobasket News

Le Mans - Donetsk 61-55

Le Mans advanced to the second stage of 2012/13 Euroleague Qualifying Round. Its rival will be Unics Kazan and game is scheduled for tomorrow at 20:45h. Donetsk will compete in EuroCup next season. Cam Long (193-G-88, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: George Mason) top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, college: Connecticut) and Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points each. Pape Sy (201-G/F-88) followed them with 10 pts. In defeat, Doron Perkins (188-PG-83, college: Santa Clara) was much better than the others with double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) and Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) posted 11 and 10 pts respectively. It is important to mention that D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) scored only 2 points for almost 30 minutes on the court. Quarters: 13-19, 22-12, 13-16, 13-8. Eight teams participated at the first stage of the Qualifying Round. Four are already eliminated, while only one ticket for the regular season is available.

Le Mans: Cam Long 14, Khalid El-Amin 12+5 assists, Alain Koffi 12, Pape Sy 10
Donetsk: Doron Perkins 15+10 boards, Vojdan Stojanovski 11, Ramel Curry 10



Darryl Thompson signs at Le Havre - by Eurobasket News

STB Le Havre (ProA) landed 27-year old American point guard Darryl Thompson (173-85, college: Appalachian State). Thompson played most recently at Ilysiakos in Greek A1 league. In 24 A1 games he averaged 10.1ppg, 1.8rpg, 3.5apg and 1.7spg last season.
He played also professionally in Turkey (Antalya), Poland (Anwil, AZS Koszalin) and Greece (AEK).
Thompson graduated from Appalachian State University in 2007 and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Mahmoud Diakite joins Saint-Quentin for try-outs - by Eurobasket News

Mahmoud Diakite (197-G/F-86, college: Wyoming) joined Saint-Quentin. The forward will be tested by the team. Mahmoud Diakite spent the previous season in NM1 League. He played for Clermontois Basket. The forward notched 8.5 points and 3.7 rebounds per game. Previously Mahmoud Diakite had stints with Rouen, Besancon and Bourg U21 team. He also spent one year studying and playing for the University of Wyoming. Mahmoud Diakite has been the member of Mali National Team since 2011. The forward is meant to replace Gilles Sylvain (206-PF-82). Sylvain got injured and is expected to miss at least four months of action.


Scavolini Pesaro tabs Sylvere Bryan - by Eurobasket News

Victoria Libertas Pesaro (SerieA) inked 31-year old naturalized French center Sylvere Bryan (208-109kg-81, college: Tampa, agency: Interperformances) for one month. Bryan has played for the last two years at Umana Reyer Venezia (SerieA). In 32 SerieA games last season he averaged 3.3ppg and 3.1rpg.
He played previously also in Italy (Tuscany Pistoia, Naturhouse Ferrara, Enel Brindisi, Air Avellino and Roseto) and Czech Republic (BK Prostejov).
Bryan graduated from University of Tampa in 2002 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Chalon edge Roanne in pre-season clash - by Eurobasket News

Chalon - Roanne 79:66

Chalon took on Roanne at the Coliseum. The hosts celebrated a comfortable win at the end. Nicolas Lang (196-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) stepped up with 16 points to lead the winners.
Roanne jumped to an early lead. The visitors recorded a 20:16 lead after ten minutes. But Chalon denied the deficit. They surged ahead to take a 36:33 halftime lead. Chalon maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter. They accumulated a 6-point buffer before the final frame 57:51. Chalon outgunned their opponents 22:15 in the fourth stanza to seal the victory at the end. Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) recorded 14 points for the winners. Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) and William Gradit (197-SF-82, college: Hill JC) answered with 14 points apiece for Roanne.

Chalon: Nicolas Lang 16, Steed Tchicamboud 14
Roanne: Pape-Philippe Amagou 14, William Gradit 14



Cholet tabs Karim Souchu - by Eurobasket News

Cholet Basket (ProA) inked 33-year old former international forward Karim Souchu (198-79, college: Furman). The forward signed a short-term deal with Cholet. Souchu played most recently at STB Le Havre (ProA). He managed to play in three leagues last year (!!!). In 9 ProA games he averaged 9.1ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.0apg. Souchu helped them to make it to the cup semifinals. He also played at Roanne earlier that season. In 6 EuroChallenge games he had 4.0ppg and 3.0rpg. Souchu also played 6 games in ProA where he had just 2.2ppg, 2.0rpg and 1.0apg. He contributed to his team making it to the cup semifinals. 
He was also a member of French international program for some years. Souchu played for French Senior National Team back in 2003 and previously for U22 National Team between 1998 and 2002. He represented France at the 3x3 World Championships in Greece this year.
Souchu is a very experienced player. He played previously in Cyprus (Proteas Danoi AEL Limassol) and Spain (Lleida Basquet).
Souchu graduated from Furman University in 2003 and it will be his tenth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Kumanovo reportedly signs Miko Golubovic - by Eurobasket News

Miko Golubovic (206-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza) is a new member of Kumanovo, according to local media. The player reportedly signed a 1-year deal. Golubovic is not a new face in FYROM as he finished last season there. He shined with 17.7 ppg and 5.1 rpg for 7 games with Kozuv. Golubovic started 2011/12 with Serbian team Napredak Rubin Krusevac. There he had 4.8 ppg for 5 Serbian league games. He also added 5.5 ppg for 2 Balkan league appearances. In 2010/11, Miko Golubovuc won the Cypriot league title and Cup with Etha Nicosia. He had limited playing time there. In the past, Golubovic was a member of Omonia Nicosia, Rovinari and Rilski. He also has experience from Rudar Pljevlja, Pelister Bitola and Spartak Subotica.


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A new team in the League Basketball Libreville? - by Rodrigue Olivier Kassa


This Friday, September 28, 2012 will be the election of the new office of the League Basketball Libreville for the next two seasons. The outgoing president NGUEMBHYT Guy will apply for another term. It is currently the only officially declared candidate. His balance is positive for clubs in Libreville swept the 2012 national competitions in the senior ladies (Ndella) and men (Toungui) ...
The new League team will launch activities from 1 October 2012, when the new school year in Gabon.
Championship Basketball has a status: amateur ...



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Unics Kazan downs Ratiopharm Ulm 91-73 to start Euroleague Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News

Unics Kazan of Russia withstood a spirited challenge by Ratiopharm Ulm of Germany to win 91-73 in their Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds game on Wednesday in Desio, Italy. Unics stays in the tournament, to play either Le Mans Sarthe Basket of France or BC Donetsk of Ukraine on Thursday. Ulm is eliminated, but will make its Eurocup debut, instead, this season. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) blistered the nets by making 5 of his first 6 triples on the way to 21 points for the night to lead the winners. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) provided the inside scoring for Unics with 18 points, while Petr Samoylenko (185-PG-77), Chuck Eidson (202-F/G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina), Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) and Lyday each had 4 or more assists. Ulm, which made first-half noise with a 0-15 run and tried to do it again with the first 7 points of the fourth quarter, couldn't keep up with Unics, which was a Euroleague quarterfinalist last season. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) and John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) scored 17 points each for Ulm.

Courtesy of Euroleague



Citybasket Recklinghausen keeps Austin Steed - by Moritz Korff

Pro B newcomer Citybasket Recklinghausen has confirmed the signing of Austin Steed (203-F-88, college: E.Carolina) for the 2012-13 season. The 24-year-old was working out with the team in these past days and eventually was offered a contract. Steed comes out of Hephzibah, Georgia, and spent the first three years of his college career at NCAA Division One school South Carolina. He transferred to East Carolina University for his senior season, and averaged 4.1 points and 4.3 rebounds throughout this past campaign. Steed and his new team will kick off the Pro B season with an away game against the BSW Sixers on October 3rd.


Duesseldorf Baskets have completed their 2012-13 roster - by Moritz Korff

According to wz-newsline.de, Pro A team Duesseldorf Baskets has completed the 2012-13 roster with the addition of five players, while Brandon Griffin (202-F-82, college: SE Missouri St.), who had been announced as a newcomer during the summer, won't play for the team in the up and coming season. Reportedly he will try to land a spot in the NBA D-League.
Two German players, former Langen forward Sebastian Greene (203-F-84, college: Fordham) and Nico Adamczak (189-G-90), who played for BG Goettingen last season, will shoot hoops for the Duesseldorf team, as well as three Americans, according to the article: Dominique Johnson (177-PG-87), a point guard who graduated from NCAA D1 program North Texas in 2011, big man Meneptha Darden (206-C-88, college: Rogers St.), who attended NAIA school Rogers State last season, and former Florida Atlantic (NCAA D1) forward Jelani Floyd (203-G/F-88).
The Duesseldorf Baskets will play their first game of the 2012-13 season against SC Rasta Vechta on Sunday.



BG Goettingen Complete Roster With Nick Livas - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


According to hna.de, BG Goettingen are ready to start in the 2012-2013 PRO A season as they have completed their roster with Nick Livas (198-G-87, college: Ill.-Springfield) giving him a contract until the end of December. Livas was born in 1987 and is of German/Greek origin. Last season he played for BC Prievidza (Slovakia-Extraliga) playing 18 games: 6.4ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1spg, FGP: 51.5%, 3PT: 27.3%, FT: 56.3%. He is the fourth player after Paul Guede, Bobby Davis and Sullivan Phillips that played last for BC Prievidza to strap on a BG Goettingen jersey. He will play in the home opener against Science City Jena Sunday. Livas started his basketball career in 2005 for Olivet Nazarene University (NAIA): 25 games: 9.8ppg, 6.3rpg. In 2006-2007, he played for McKendree (NAIA): 29 games: 13.5ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.1apg. He then played for ll.-Springfield (NAIA) from 2007-2009. In 2009-2010, he started his professional basketball career for Tromso Storm (Norway-BLNO) playing 19 games: 11.6ppg, 6.9rpg, 2.7apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 55.4%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 51.9%. In 2010-2011, he played for the : Glasgow Rocks (United Kingdom-BBL) playing 33 games: 13.2ppg, 6.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 56.4%, 3PT. This year, he also played for Chicago Muscle (PBL) 6 games: 13.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 47.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 66.7%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been AMWC Regular Season Runner-Up -07, 09, AMWC Tournament Finalist -07, NAIA D1 Sweet 16 -07, AMWC Tournament Semifinals -09, All-AMWC Team -09, All-NAIA D1 Honorable Mention -09, Norwegian BLNO Finalist -10, Eurobasket.com Norwegian BLNO All-Bosmans Team -10, Eurobasket.com British BBL All-Bosmans Team -11, Slovakian League Champion -12, and Slovakian League Regular Season Runner-Up -12





Eric Boateng Signs With The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

With less than a week before the start of the 2012-2013 Beko BBL season, the New Yorker Phantoms Braubschweig have found their center after a long search signing Eric Boateng (208-C-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona St.). Boateng is a 27 year old 208cm center that will be starting his third professional season and first in Germany. He has the British/Ghana citzenships and has the size and rebounding skills to be a factor at any European leagues level. Last season, he played for ASH Peristeri GS Athens (Greece-A1, starting five), left in Jan.''12 because of injury: 7 games: 8.4ppg, 4.1rpg, FGP: 65.7%, FT: 46.4%. "We were looking for a player that can help us defensively, rebound well and knows the pick and roll. Eric has all these attributes. He is also very motivated and played for the national team last summer. Thta means we also get aplayer that has a good fitness level shortly before the start of the season and that was relevant in our decision", said New Yorker phnatoms Braunschweig head coach Kostas Flevarakis. It only took one test game for the Phantoms to realize that Boateng was there man as he scored 10 points and hauled down 10 rebounds in 23 minutes against Breemrhaven. Boateng had only been with the Phantoms three days, but one could see his talent right away. "One could see that we still had rebound problems in the pre season. Eric is suppoesed to give us stability there. He also is a hard worker on the offensive boards and will give us second chances there", added sport director Oliver Braun. Boateng started his basketball career in 2005 for Duke (NCAA): 20 games: 0.7ppg, 0.6rpg, FGP: 6-7, FT: 2-2. He then finished his NCAA career at Arizona St. (NCAA) in 2010. In his senior year, he played 33 games: 8.8ppg, 7.2rpg, FGP: 66.5%, FT: 54.2%. In 2010-2011, he started his professional basketball career with Idaho Stampede (D-League): 17 games: 5.2ppg, 4.9rpg, FGP: 46.1%, FT: 52.9%, in Feb.''11 moved to Austin Toros (D-League): 22 games: 4.9ppg, 4.9rpg. This past summer, he played at the Olympic games for England averaging 4,0ppg and 2,7rpg. His best game was 10 points in 14 minutes against China. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been High School McDonald''s All American Team -05, Hoop Summit -05 (World Team Selection), ACC Regular Season Champion -06, ACC Tournament Winner -06, NCAA Sweet 16 -06, Great Britain National Team -06, NIT Elite Eight -08, British National Team -08, 10-11-12, Qualifications to European Championships 2009 -08: 1 game: 0ptsPac-10 Tournament Finalist -09, European Championships in Poland -09: 1 game: 0pts, Pac-10 Regular Season Runner-Up -10, Reese''s College All-Star Game -10, English National Team -10, Qualifications to European Championships 2011 -10: 4 games: 1.0ppg, 1.3rpg, European Championships in Lithuania -11: 4 games: 1.5ppg, 2.0rpg, and Olympic Games in London (United Kingdon) -12: 3 games: 4.0ppg, 2.7rpg










The Fraport Skyliners Keep Johnathon Jones But Release Anthony Jones - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Fraport Skyliners continue to make changes as the season starts in one week but instead of adding more players as they are missing a center and shooting guard, they released Anthony Jones (194-G/F-84, college: Indiana Tech) as the team now only has 8 players. The release of Anthony Jones comes as a bit of a surprise as he was the top scorer in pre season and was a consistent scoring threat. The team decided to keep Johnathon Jones (183-PG-88, agency: TSS Management, college: Oakland) as he got a contract until mid January 2013. Head coach Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ) has a plausible reason for his decision. "Anthony is a very good player and I am sure that he will find a new team soon. We talked and we saw that he is not the player that we are looking for. We wish him further a lot of luck and success", declared Fraport Skyliners head coach Muli Katzurin (agency: Avi Zilberman ). Fraport Skyliner sport director Kamil Novak also stated that Anthony Jones just doesnt fit into their system. A quick and agile Johnathon Jones is more worth in the full court press defense than the scoring of Anthony Jones.

Source: www.fraportskyliners.de





Brian Harper (TBB Trier) I Have The Chance To Play For A Coach That Really Understands The Game Of Basketball - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Brian Harper (206-F/G-85, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Paine) is a 27 year old 206cm forward that is commencing his first season in Germany in the Beko BBL for TBB Trier. He started off playing guard at 6'5" at Paine and grew to 6'10" and never changing positions. Brian's a smooth shooting wing with explosive athleticism. He has tremendous lateral movement with a wing span of 7'4". Brian is a talented ball handler. He adds an extra advantage as he utilizes his size to rebound over smaller defenders. He played at Paine (NCAA2) from 2003-2007. He turned professional in 2007 and played for Gimle BBK Bergen (Norway-1Div., starting five): 15 games: Score-3 (25.1ppg), 8.3rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, 2.0bpg, 2FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 21.5%, FT: 66.3%. In 2008-2009, he played for KCC Egis (Korea-KBL, starting five): Korean League: 9 games: 15.1ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 20.0%, FT: 76.7%; released in Nov.'08, in Feb.'09 moved to Sioux Falls Skyforce (D-League): 8 games: 3.5ppg, 1.6rpg; in March '09 signed at Reno Bighorns (D-League): 5 games: 1.2ppg. In the last three years, he played in Japan for Toyama Grouses (Japan-BJ League) playing a total of 102 games. Last season, he played 49 games: 16.3ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 28.7%, FT: 61.3%. He spoke to Eurobasket about basketball.

Congrats on your new job with TBB Trier in the German Beko BBL: Wat were the main reasons why you decided to join this team?

Thanks, I decided to join TBB Trier because of the opportunity to play in a great league and for a great organization. Also its going to give me a chance to play under a coach that really understands the game of basketball.

You played the last three years in Japan. You played as a rookie in Norway in 2007. Did you miss Europe or why did you decide to leave Japan?

I did miss Europe and always at some point of my career wanted to come back and play in Europe again.


Some basketball players perfer to stay in one country. There is a good lifestyle in Japan. Did you ever think about possibly having a long basketball career in Japan?

Leaving Japan wasnt an easy thing to do I love the culture, fans and professional basketball league in Japan , but I knew that if I wanted to continue to grow as a basketball player and wanted to play at the highest of levels it was something I had to do . Im extremely excited and grateful to be playing in Trier this upcoming season.


As an American what was the most difficult thing that you had to get used to to the Japan way of life?

I would have to say the bowing and taking off of the shoes ..Lol, yeah those two things took a little getting used to.

You are the ultimate swing man at 206 cm that can rebound, but also is very quick and can create massive mismatches at the position three. Where do you feel more comfortable at the three or four?

Honestly I feel comfortable at both positions. I feel that with my size and skill set I can contribute to a team at either of the two positions.


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

I would say my ability to play defense and block shots.


How excited are you about playing for coach Hendrik Rodl at TBB Trier? Do you remember watching the 1993 NCAA March madness where North Carolina Won? Rodl was on the winning team that won it all?

Im very excited about playing for Coach Hendrik Rodl. Its not often you get the chance to play for a coach that has had so much success as a player and as a coach. Im looking forward to learning as much as I can from him! Yeah I remember Coach winning it all in 1993!


Who was your fiercest competitor that you played against in the NCAA 2 that might be in the NBA or Europe now?

Monyea Pratt from Stillman College we played in the same conference and he always played real hard and was a good ball player. He plays pro ball in Germany now.


As a rookie you played in Norway for Bergin. What was your wake up call to professional basketball in Europe as a rookie?


The wakeup call was everyone that I was playing with and against could really play there were no breaks every night you had to come ready to play


In your second season, you got experience in the D-league playing for Sioux Falls Skyforce and Reno Bighorns (D-League). What experience will you never forget in the D-league?

Yeah when I got back from Korea I spent about a month in the D-League and really enjoyed it. I will never forget the NBA style of play.


The United States have many stars on the Olympic team. Who will be the MVP of the team in their quest for the gold?

Kobe Bryant

What was the last DVD movie that you saw?

Safe House

Thanks Brian for the chat.




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Sixers work out Gadzuric, camp invite likely - by Fred Roggen

The Sixers worked out 6-foot-11 center Dan Gadzuric (211-C-78, college: UCLA) on Tuesday and likely will extend an invitation to training camp next week.
Gadzuric, 34, has played 10 NBA seasons, most recently with the Knicks for two games last season. Before signing with the Knicks last season, the Dutchman worked out for the Sixers along with fellow countryman Francisco Elson. The team ended up signing Elson to a series of 10-day contracts instead.

Gadzuric spent the brunt of his NBA career with Milwaukee and has averaged 4.7 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in 527 games. He also played for Golden State and New Jersey during the 2010-11 season. His best year was 2004-05 when Gadzuric appeared in 81 games and averaged 7.3 points and 8.3 rebounds per game.

Courtesy of phillyburbs.csnphilly.com



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KFI Reykjavik signs Momcilo Latinovic - by Eurobasket News

KFI Reykjavik (Dominos League) signed Serbian guard Momcilo Latinovic (198, college: N.Mexico Highlands). Latinovic spent pre-season at Boras Basket in Swedish Basketligan.
Latinovic graduated from N.Mexico Highlands University in 2012 and it will be his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - Superleague

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



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National League Fixtures 2012-13 announced - by Patrick Maher



National League Fixtures 2012-13 announced

The 2012-13 National League Basketball fixtures have been announced.

In the Nivea For Men's SuperLeague, newcomers Dublin Inter, previously known as Ballon Basketball Club, will host last season's beaten finalists DCU Saints in the opening game of the season at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on Friday, September 28th.

Reigning champions UL Eagles face a tricky opening encounter away to Neptune, while Moycullen and Killester take on UCC Demons and UCD Marian respectively.

The format of the League in 2012-13 will include 8 teams. Belfast Star has withdrawn from the League, while Dublin Inter has been granted a one year licence. The League will operate on a 3 round League format, with the League winners being determined by table position at the end of the 21 game season.

A new End of Season competition will be introduced. For 2012-13, this will involve the League and Cup winners and the next best placed two teams in the League at the end of the season. This format will be reviewed for 2013-2014.

In the Nivea Women's SuperLeague, which starts on the weekend of October 6th, champions UL, who went the entire of last season unbeaten, welcome Killester to the UL Arena and beaten finalists Team Montenotte Hotel have a date with Meteors.

DCU Mercy make the trip to Ulster Rockets and WIT Wildcats face Liffey Celtics.

Opening Two Weekends

Basketball Ireland National League Fixtures 2012-2013

Friday September 28th 2012

Nivea Mens Superleague
Dublin Inter v DCU Saints, National Basketball Arena, 19:45

Saturday September 29th 2012

Nivea Mens Superleague
Moycullen v UCC Demons, NUIG Kingfisher, 15:45; Killester v UCD Marian, Greendale, 20:00

Basketball Ireland Mens Division One
Donegal Town v Dublin Thunder, Abbey Vocational School, 17:30; Fr. Mathews v Maree, Colaiste Chriost Ri, 19:15; Templeogue v Ulster Elks, Oblate Hall, 19:30; Team Left Bank Kilkenny v Blue Demons, OLoughlins Gaels, 19:30; Team Garveys St. Marys v Matt OFlahertys Chemists Titans, Castleisland Community Centre, 19:45

Basketball Ireland Womens Division One
UL v Team Tom McCarthys St. Marys, UL Arena, 17:00; Britton Insurance Donegal Town v Portlaoise Panthers, Abbey Vocational School, 20:00

Sunday September 30th 2012

Nivea Mens Superleague
Bord Gais Neptune v UL Eagles, Neptune Stadium, 15:00

Saturday October 6th 2012
Nivea Mens Superleague
DCU Saints v Moycullen, DCU Sports Complex, 19:00; UCD Marian v Bord Gais Neptune, UCD Sports Complex, 19:10; UL Eagles v Killester, UL Arena, 19:30

Nivea Womens SuperLeague
UL v Killester, UL Arena, 17:00; Ulster Rockets v DCU Mercy, De La Salle, 18:30; Team Montonette Hotel Cork v Meteors, Upper Glanmire, 19:00; WIT Wildcats v Liffey Celtics, Mercy Sports Hall, 19:00

Basketball Ireland Mens Division One
Maree v Donegal Town, Calasanctius College, 17:00; Matt OFlahertys Chemists Titans v Templeogue, Renmore Community Centre, 19:00; Dublin Thunder v Team Left Bank Kilkenny, OCarroll Arena, 20:00

Basketball Ireland Womens Division One
Portlaoise Panthers v NUIG Mystics, St. Marys Hall, 19:30; Team Tom McCarthys St. Marys v Britton Insurance Donegal Town, Castleisland Community Centre, 19:45

Sunday October 7th 2012
Nivea Mens Superleague
UCC Demons v Dublin Inter, Mardyke Arena, 15:30

Basketball Ireland Mens Division One
Blue Demons v Ballon, Mardyke Arena, 13:00; Team Left Bank Kilkenny v Fr. Mathews, Watershed Sports Centre, 15:30

Basketball Ireland Womens Division One
Tralee Imperials v Britton Insurance Donegal Town, Mercy Mounthawk, 13:00; Oblate Dynamos v UL, Oblate Hall, 13:30

Courtesy ... Shane Whelan .... www.basketballireland.ie

updates on player changes etc to follow ....



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Julian Wright could agree terms with Maccabi Rishon - by Eurobasket

Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion (Winner League) is close to land 25-year old American forward Julian Wright (203-102kg-87, college: Kansas). Wright played most recently at Austin Toros (D-League) in the U.S.. In 25 D-League games he averaged 16.8ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg and 1.1bpg last season. He helped them to win the title despite they ended the West Conference at the second place. Wright also played at Toronto Raptors in NBA earlier that season. In 2007 Wright was drafted by New Orleans Hornets (NBA) in first round (13th overall).
He attended University of Kansas and it will be his sixth season in pro basketball.
Wright was voted to All-Big 12 1st Team back in 2007 playing back at the college.
He was a member of USA U18 National Team in 2005.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - SerieA

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 30: EA7 Armani - JuveCaserta
Sep. 30: Banco di Sard. - Angelico BI
Sep. 30: Vuelle PS - Acea Virtus RM
Sep. 30: Sidigas AV - Sutor MGR
Sep. 30: Vanoli CR - SAIE3 BO
Sep. 30: Trenkwalder RE - Montepaschi SI
Sep. 30: Enel Brindisi - Cimberio VA
Oct. 2: Pall. Cantu - Umana VE

Round 2

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


Stats Leaders - SerieA

Points Per Game
 Bobby BROWN
  Montepas.
  (188-PG-84)
  Avg: 18
 1. Brown, Montepas.18.0 
 2. Gibson, Enel Brind.17.0 
 3. Moss, Montepas.15.0 
 4. Eze, Montepas.12.0 
 5. Viggiano, Enel B.11.0 
 6. Formenti, Enel B.10.0 
 7. Kangur, Montepas.9.0 
 8. Rasic, Montepas.9.0 
 9. Sanikidze, Montep.9.0 
 10. Reynolds, Enel B.8.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Benjamin EZE
  Montepas.
  (207-C/F-81)
  Avg: 11
 1. Eze, Montepas.11.0 
 2. Simmons, Enel B.6.0 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.5.0 
 4. Kangur, Montepas.4.0 
 5. Robinson, Enel B.4.0 
 6. Kasun, Montepas.4.0 
 7. Hackett, Montepas.4.0 
 8. Sanikidze, Montep.3.0 
 9. Grant, Enel Brindi.3.0 
 10. Carraretto, Monte.3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Daniel HACKETT
  Montepas.
  (200-PG-87)
  Avg: 7
 1. Hackett, Montepas.7.0 
 2. Moss, Montepas.4.0 
 3. Reynolds, Enel B.3.0 
 4. Brown, Montepas.3.0 
 5. Fultz, Enel Brindi.2.0 
 6. Sanikidze, Montep.2.0 
 7. Ndoja, Enel Brindi.2.0 
 8. Carraretto, Montep.2.0 
 9. Rasic, Montepas.1.0 
 10. Kangur, Montepas.1.0 
Steals Per Game
 Daniel HACKETT
  Montepas.
  (200-PG-87)
  Avg: 4
 1. Hackett, Montepas.4.0 
 2. Viggiano, Enel B.3.0 
 3. Moss, Montepas.3.0 
 4. Kangur, Montepas.2.0 
 5. Gibson, Enel Brind.2.0 
 6. Robinson, Enel B.2.0 
 7. Simmons, Enel B.1.0 
 8. Kasun, Montepas.1.0 
 9. Carraretto, Montep.1.0 
 10. Sanikidze, Montep.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Cedric SIMMONS
  Enel B.
  (206-F/C-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Simmons, Enel B.5.0 
 2. Robinson, Enel B.2.0 
 3. Eze, Montepas.2.0 
 4. Kasun, Montepas.1.0 
 5. Sanikidze, Montep.1.0 
 6. Grant, Enel Brindi.0.0 
 7. Formenti, Enel B.0.0 
 8. Ndoja, Enel Brindi.0.0 
 9. Carraretto, Montep.0.0 
 10. Lechthaler, Monte.0.0 


Alessandro Gentile back on the court - by Eurobasket News

Alessandro Gentile (200-G/F-92) is back on the court after injury. The player fully recovered one month earlier than expected. He already played first game this preseason. Gentile arrived to Armani Jeans Milano last December. He appeared 34 times in SerieA averaging 8.2 points and 3.6 rebounds. The player also added 4.6 ppg and 1.9 rpg for 7 Euroleague games. Alessandro Gentile started the season with Benetton Treviso. There he had 12.8 ppg and 4.3 rpg for 10 SerieA games. In EuroCup Gentile shined with 15 ppg and 6.6 rpg. Alessandro Gentile was on the list of candidates for the Italian senior NT this summer, but he had to withdraw due to injury. In the past, Gentile very successfully played for Italian youth National Teams.


Reggio Emilia to sign Samuel Deguara after tryout - by Eurobasket News

Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia is expected to sign Samuel Deguara (223-C-91) for the upcoming season. The Maltese center joined the club recently for tryout and it seems he did enough to earn a deal. He played for the club at the Summer League in Imola. Deguara practiced with Partizan Belgrade recently. However, the Serbian powerhouse didn't offer him a deal. Deguara played last season for Italian Nazionale A team Chimica D'Agostino Bari. The big guy was sent on loan from Benetton Treviso. He had 4.8 ppg and 4.9 rpg in 34 games with Bari. Deguara arrived to Benetton as 16-year old player. He mostly played for their junior team. Deguara played for Maltese National Team at European Championships Division C in Malta -10. In the past he was a member of Maltese youth NTs.


Scavolini Pesaro tabs Sylvere Bryan - by Eurobasket News

Victoria Libertas Pesaro (SerieA) inked 31-year old naturalized French center Sylvere Bryan (208-109kg-81, college: Tampa, agency: Interperformances) for one month. Bryan has played for the last two years at Umana Reyer Venezia (SerieA). In 32 SerieA games last season he averaged 3.3ppg and 3.1rpg.
He played previously also in Italy (Tuscany Pistoia, Naturhouse Ferrara, Enel Brindisi, Air Avellino and Roseto) and Czech Republic (BK Prostejov).
Bryan graduated from University of Tampa in 2002 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



LegaDue Cup Eighth-Finals results - by Eurobasket News

LegaDue Cup Eighth-Finals continued with five more first leg encounters on Wednesday.
Fileni Jesi narrowly defeated Forli 76:74 on the road. Michele Maggioli (212-C-77) fired 18 points to lead the visitors. Eric Griffin (203-F-90, college: Campbell) accounted for 17 points for Fileni Jesi. Miroslav Todic (205-F-85) answered with 20 points for Forli as they now face a tough task of overcoming Fileni Jesi on the road.
Pallancanestro Trento 2009 almost secured their quarterfinal birth after beating Biancoblu Basket Bologna 79:58 on the road. Trento held the hosts to just 7 points in the fourth frame to clear off for good. Luigi Dordei (202-F-81) came up with 22 points for the visitors. Michael Umeh (188-PG-84, agency: Two Points, college: UNLV) added 15 points in the win. David Cournooh (190-G-90) netted 22 points for Bolgona. Andrea Pecile (187-PG-80) had 13 points in the loss.
Ferentino took care of Prima Veroli 79:65 at home court. Alex Righetti (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) and Delroy James (203-F-87, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Rhode Island) stepped up with 19 points each to lead the hosts. Tommaso Rinaldi (206-F/C-85, agency: Interperformances) topscored with 17 points for Prima Veroli.
Aget Imola and Giorgio Tesi Group Pistoia finished their battle in an 83:83 draw. D.J. Gay (183-G-89, college: San Diego St.) fired 21 points, while Fabio Zanelli (196-G-76) contributed 19 points for Aget Imola. Michael Hicks (194-G/F-76, college: Texas A&M-CC) unloaded 25 points to pace Pistoia.
Centrale del Latte held off visiting Casale Monferrato 89:87.



Omegna signs Riccardo Silvestrini - by Eurobasket News

Paffoni Omegna (Nazionale A) signed 27-year old domestic guard Riccardo Silvestrini (185-85, agency: Interperformances). Silvestrini played last season at Crabs Rimini (Nazionale B).
He played in the final of Italian B1 in 2007.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @basketinside360)



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  JAPAN   


Osaka Evessa bring in Andre Coimbra - by Eurobasket News

Osaka Evessa deepened their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Andre Coimbra (205-F). The forward wil start his pro career in Japan. The Brazilian forward has just graduated from Central Michigan University. Andre Coimbra tallied 8.1 points, 5.5 boards and 1.0 blocks per game in his senior season.


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  KAZAKHSTAN   


BK Almaty Alma-Ata keep Kuznetsov, Nurlanur, Volk and Savchenko - by Eurobasket News

BK Almaty Alma-Ata keep Kuznetsov, Nurlanur, Volk and Savchenko for the upcoming season.
BK Almaty Alma-Ata (D1) re-signed 28-year old Russian guard Aleksandr Kuznetsov (192-G-84). Kuznetsov played there last season. He helped them to make it to the cup semifinals. A very good season in his career as he was awarded Asia-Basket.com All-League Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team and voted to All-Imports Team.
BK Almaty Alma-Ata (D1) added to their roster 27-year old Belarusian point guard Sergey Volk (186-PG-85) after he was tested there shortly. Volk played last season at SBK Osipovichi in Belarusian Premier League. In 11 Premier League games he recorded 9.5ppg, 3.5rpg and 3.0apg.
The team confirmed in their roster 20-year old domestic point guard Baurzhan Nurlanur (185-PG-92). Nurlanur played there last season.
BK Almaty Alma-Ata (D1) inked 25-year old point guard Vasili Savchenko (190-PG-87). Savchenko played most recently at BC Astana (D1). He helped them to win the title and the cup. Savchenko represented Kazakhstan at the World Military Championships in Rio de Janeiro (Brazil) last year..



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  KOSOVO   

Standings - Superleague

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


Peja signs Shima - by Dren Shporta

Peja is seriously the absolute favorite for this seasons silverware in Kosovo's Superleague. As kosovan trusted portal borozani.com says, they have transferred the albanian power forward Gerti Shima (202-PF-86).

Shima who played at Capljina last season, is the best player of Albania's national team. After a series of transfers the yellow team from Peja, is looking forward to win everything in Kosovo this year.

Just days before they made a spectacular transfer of Dardan Berisha, which was the teams 6th transfer after Samir Shaptahovic, Artin Gashi, Alban Veseli, Muhamed Hasani and croatian Zoran Pehar.

Peja will play their opening match of the season in Karagac court against newcomers RTV 21.



Prishtina signs american duo - by Dren Shporta

Former champions Sigal Prishtina has signed american duo of Jeremy Price and Sylvester Seay (208-F-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Fresno St.). Team of Arben Kransiqi after taking some players from Kolegji Unviers that were there on loan, in a press conference presented their new players, american duo and kosovan player that came from Turkey, Adnan Mustafa, who played at Tofas.

Sigal Prishtina last season didn't win anything, which was the first season without silverware for them since 2002. This year they want to comeback and to take championship at least.

In the opening match they will play against Kosova from Vushtrri this weekend.



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  LATVIA   

Standings - LBAL

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

Regular Season: Round 1

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



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  LEGAL CORNER   


Enforcement of Arbitration Awards - Where Do I Start? - by John Kern

Prior to 2007, players, agents and coaches were on their own to litigate in civil courts against clubs that failed to pay them according to their employment contracts. All too often these claims were stifled and as a practical matter, players in Eastern Europe, the Balkans and Southern Europe had difficulty successfully suing the clubs in their home "court."

In the last five years there have been about 250 cases taken by players, coaches and agents to FIBA's Basketball Arbitral Tribunal (BAT) which is based in Geneva, Switzerland. (There have also been cases where clubs have succeeded in defending themselves, and each case is unique and success depends on the merits of each case. We ran a primer on the workings of the BAT in the Legal Corner and please refer to that posting for more information about the process of arbitration. in fact, FIBA's BAT was recently nominated for an award as an innovator of justice by the Hague Institute on the Internationalisation of Law.


The question arises, however, "what do I do with a BAT Award?" In fact, the question of the various methods of arbitration award enforcement was posed to me recently by a reader of the Legal Corner, Takis from Greece.

Well, Takis, essentially there are three means of basketball-related arbitration award enforcement. Of course these are not mutually exclusive and arbiitration award holders are free to assert all three methods. The first is converting the slip of paper which is the arbitration award into a formal court judgment and then seeking execution against the club's property. The second is appealing to the Secretary General of FIBA to impose sanctions on the club for failing to honor the award. The third is to pursue the club through the national basketball federation in the country where the club is located.

Converting an arbitration award into a court judgment requires going back into the Lion's Den of the courts in the nation where the Club is located. A final court judgment is subject to enforcement through execution upon the debtor's assets and also presents the opportunity of placing the debtor into insolvency proceedings. The distinction, however, between litigation and arbitration enforcement is that the legal proceeding for the enrollment of the award is instead based upon a 60 year old and somewhat reliable international convention (a multinational treaty) that provides a fairly efficient means of realizing a final court order which formalizes the arbitrator's decision. The New York Convention of June 10, 1958, provides judges in the courts where the assets of clubs are located a means of adhering to a legal obligation to enforce the award so long as the arbitration process is found to be satisfactory from a perspective of the protection of the rights of the parties. Keep in mind that each judicial system has its own rules about whether appeals are allowed of a judicial decision to enroll an arbitration award. for example, I am involved in one player and agent case in Croatia that is still ongoing - this one is on its second appeal after an arbitration award was secured from another Swiss arbitration tribunal in 2005. This can take time and really requires assistance from local counsel.

FIBA's rules provide that clubs that fail to honor a BAT award are subject to three different types of sanctions. The decision to impose these sanctions - or to refrain from imposing sanctions - is left to the discretion of the Secretary General in Geneva, Mr. Bauman, who is himself trained as a Swiss lawyer. The first FIBA sanction is a monetary fine. FIBA's rules provide for fines of up to EUR150,000, which in theory is quite a threat to a club's financial condition. In reality, however, FIBA never fines clubs more than EUR15,000, and does this only as a last resort. Consequently, this works out to be sort of a slap on the wrist. Indeed, there is no formal consequence to the club failing to pay the fine to FIBA. What's more, the beneficiary of the fine is not the player who is trying to get paid, but instead FIBA itself.


The second FIBA sanction is in the form of a prohibition on the signing of new international players. The rules do not prevent a foreign player from remaining under contract to a club that has failed to pay a former player.

Finally, the third sanction on clubs is a prohibition on the club's participation in international competitions. This is a concern only to first division clubs and among those, the clubs that are in contention for EuroCup and Euroleague matches. So a second division club - or a first division club that slides down to the second division - can avoid the consequence of sanctions almost entirely. Indeed, FIBA maintains a list of the clubs that are under sanctions on its BAT website. At the moment, there are 23 men's clubs on the "blacklist" and there are four women's clubs identified by FIBA.


These sanctions can have teeth and are a source of concern for clubs. A couple of years ago the Greek national basketball federation threatened that it would not recognize contracts which contained the BAT arbitration clause and could give rise to FIBA asserting sanctions against non-paying clubs. They were trying to protect the clubs from the consequences of not paying their players. You are absolutely within your rights to demand a BAT clause in your contract, and to seek the support of FIBA in compelling the clubs to honor the outcomes of the cases.

Please note that if you proceed to an arbitration forum other than FIBA's BAT and you prevail, you will not be eligible to ask the Secretary General to impose sanctions on a club. One can make an argument that arbitration decisions from any forum which provides basic protections to the parties should be eligible for the FIBA Secretary General's imposition of sanctions, but FIBA has not reasoned in this manner as of this time.

The final means of seeking to impose a consequence on a non-award paying club is to seek reference to the rules of the national basketball federation in the jurisdiction where the club is a member. Not all federations impose consequences on member clubs for failing to pay their players, but some do. This is a question with an answer specific to the country of the club. For example, the Russian internal regulations prevent federation members from engaging in federation sponsored competitions if they have outstanding obligations to players or coaches. Italy prevents delinquent clubs from playing in the first division. Other country federations are less concerned with the rights of the players and more focused on the financial survival of the clubs. Interestingly, as you may know, FIBA itself is a federation of the national basketball federations but has not imposed a standard treatment of delinquent clubs to date.

I trust that this information will help guide your decisions about seeking enforcement. Every case is different and a qualified lawyer will help you make good decisions. If you have questions concerning the law pertaining to the law and international basketball, feel free to drop me a line at kern@jbkinternational.com. In the meantime, have a good season.



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  LITHUANIA   

Standings - LKL

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 26: Naglis Palangos - Zalgiris 59-101
Sep. 27: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Sakalai
Sep. 27: Siauliai - Lietkabelis
Sep. 27: Neptunas - Lietuvos rytas


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Marcus RELPHORDE
  Naglis P.
  (200-F-88)
  Avg: 20
 1. Relphorde, Naglis20.0 
 2. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.18.0 
 3. Delas, Zalgiris18.0 
 4. Mockevicius, Nagli.15.0 
 5. Klimavicius, Zalgi.10.0 
 6. Lipkevicius, Zalgi.9.0 
 7. Jankunas, Zalgiris8.0 
 8. Lavrinovic, Zalgir.8.0 
 9. Lavrinovic, Zalgir.8.0 
 10. Kaukenas, Zalgiris8.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mindaugas KUZMINSKAS
  Zalgiris
  (205-F-89)
  Avg: 12
 1. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.12.0 
 2. Klimavicius, Zalgi.7.0 
 3. Jankunas, Zalgiris6.0 
 4. Relphorde, Naglis6.0 
 5. Brown, Naglis P.6.0 
 6. Atuashvili, Naglis6.0 
 7. Darden, Zalgiris6.0 
 8. Delas, Zalgiris5.0 
 9. Kumpys, Naglis P.4.0 
 10. Kaukenas, Zalgiris3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Sergo ATUASHVILI
  Naglis P.
  (223-C-85)
  Avg: 4
 1. Atuashvili, Naglis4.0 
 2. Lipkevicius, Zalgi.3.0 
 3. Mockevicius, Nagli.3.0 
 4. Juskevicius, Zalgi.3.0 
 5. Lafayette, Zalgiris3.0 
 6. Jankunas, Zalgiris2.0 
 7. Lavrinovic, Zalgir.2.0 
 8. Delas, Zalgiris2.0 
 9. Klimavicius, Zalgi.2.0 
 10. Kalnietis, Zalgir.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Adas JUSKEVICIUS
  Zalgiris
  (194-G/F-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Juskevicius, Zalgi.4.0 
 2. Relphorde, Naglis4.0 
 3. Mockevicius, Nagli.3.0 
 4. Kubilius, Naglis P.2.0 
 5. Lengvinas, Naglis2.0 
 6. Lipkevicius, Zalgi.1.0 
 7. Delas, Zalgiris1.0 
 8. Brown, Naglis P.1.0 
 9. Klimavicius, Zalgi.1.0 
 10. Atuashvili, Nagli.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Mindaugas KUZMINSKAS
  Zalgiris
  (205-F-89)
  Avg: 1
 1. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.1.0 
 2. Atuashvili, Naglis1.0 
 3. Kalnietis, Zalgiris1.0 
 4. Darden, Zalgiris1.0 
 5. Kubilius, Naglis P.0.0 
 6. Juskevicius, Zalgi.0.0 
 7. Lipkevicius, Zalgi.0.0 
 8. Jankunas, Zalgiris0.0 
 9. Lavrinovic, Zalgir.0.0 
 10. Delas, Zalgiris0.0 



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  MALTA   


Reggio Emilia to sign Samuel Deguara after tryout - by Eurobasket News

Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia is expected to sign Samuel Deguara (223-C-91) for the upcoming season. The Maltese center joined the club recently for tryout and it seems he did enough to earn a deal. He played for the club at the Summer League in Imola. Deguara practiced with Partizan Belgrade recently. However, the Serbian powerhouse didn't offer him a deal. Deguara played last season for Italian Nazionale A team Chimica D'Agostino Bari. The big guy was sent on loan from Benetton Treviso. He had 4.8 ppg and 4.9 rpg in 34 games with Bari. Deguara arrived to Benetton as 16-year old player. He mostly played for their junior team. Deguara played for Maltese National Team at European Championships Division C in Malta -10. In the past he was a member of Maltese youth NTs.


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  MONTENEGRO   


Buducnost Voli won first place - by Dragan Scepanovic

Basketball team Buducnost Voli is winner of the international tournament "Tansev Mehcioglu," which ends today in Ankara. Points to win the Montenegrin champions Di Bost scored a penalty to the line 11 seconds before the end.

Pinar Karsiaka - Buducnost Voli 75:76 (21:21, 18:14, 20:22, 16:19)
Ankara - SC: Ankara sport salon. Spect. 500. Reff: Pukl (SLO), Jlmaz (TUR), Sahin (TUR).
Pinar: Tomas 7, Senturk 2, Dikson 27, Sonkol 19, Buker 5, Aminu 7, Kalban, Diebler 8, Kentil, Serkan.
Buducnost Voli: Bost 13, Mihailovic 13, M. Popovic, M. Milosevic 8, S. Milosevic 3, Mugosa, Li 8, Vitkovac 9, Bunic 2, Aleksa Popovic (200-SF-87) 12, Ivanovic 8, Ivanov.



Vranes and Jocovic joined AO Pagrati Athens - by Darko Pekic

Two Montenegrins and former players of Sutjeska big man Vladan Jocovic (211-C-82) and guard Nemanja Vranjes (188-G-88) joined the Greek Division II club AO Pagrati Athens and signed one year contracts with the club. Vladan Jocovic is a Niksic born player who spent last season in Sutjeska and helped the newcomers tp achieve the best result in their history- they made the League Finals. His teammate in Sutjeska Nemanja Vranjes was the League leading scorer with 23.0 ppg and this duo will play together even this year in Greece.



Slavko Vranes is free agent, not signing in Greece - by Eurobasket News

Slavko Vranes (230-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) is free agent. According to BeoBasket agency, the player is not joining Greek team AO Pagrati Athens. Vranes spent last season in Iran and was awarded with Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Honorable Mention -12. The center won WABA Club championship title with Mahran Tehran. In 2010/11, Slavko Vranes played for Unics Kazan. There he had 5.2 ppg and 2.4 rpg for 9 VTB United League games. The player had lower numbers in Russian league and Euroleague qualifications. From 2007 to 2010, Slavko Vranes played for Partizan Belgrade. They won 3 Serbian and Adriatic league titles together. Vranes also won 3 Cup trophies with the Serbian powerhouse. In the past he played for Buducnost Podgorica. Vranes played for the Montenegrin NT last summer in Lithuania. He also played for his country in 2008 and 2010.


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  NBA   


Time Warner Cable's broadcasts of Lakers games set for tipoff - by Eurobasket News

Steve Nash (6'3''-PG-74, college: Santa Clara) and Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) aren't the only new players on the Lakers' roster this season. The storied Los Angeles franchise also has a new local TV partner: Time Warner Cable.

For the Lakers, teaming up with Time Warner Cable is about getting more offense. The cable giant is poised to spend many millions on more programming and promotion devoted to the National Basketball Assn. team than previous rights holders Fox Sports West and KCAL-TV.

But Time Warner Cable's play is strictly a defensive move. Tired of paying big bucks for sports networks, the cable company decided to start its own and cut out the middle man. On Oct. 1, it is launching the English-language SportsNet and the Spanish-language Deportes with the Lakers as their marquee asset.

"This is very reflective of what is going on in the ecosystem," said sports media consultant Chris Bevilacqua. "The mother of all battles is for control of the customer."

For Time Warner Cable, this is no small bet. Although neither the company nor the Lakers would comment on the terms of their 20-year rights deal, industry insiders estimate the value at $3 billion. Time Warner Cable spent an additional $55 million for rights to the Galaxy soccer team for 10 years, and more than $30 million building a facility with three studios in El Segundo to house the networks.

Time Warner Cable has more on its shopping list and is eyeing the Dodgers, whose deal with Fox's Prime Ticket expires next season.

But, to make the channels pay off, Time Warner Cable must get other distributors in the area to carry the networks as well. So far none is rushing to sign a contract.

Time Warner Cable is hoping its heavy investment in original programming beyond the games and forgoing infomercials which fill most local sports channels when a game isn't on and provide a steady stream of cash will help sell the networks to other distributors.

The new shows include "Backstage Lakers," which is modeled after HBO's critically acclaimed series "Hard Knocks," which follows an NFL team through training camp. "Backstage Lakers" will take fans to previously off-limits areas, including the executive suites and locker rooms.

Also in the lineup is "Floor Seats," an interview program that will showcase the Lakers' celebrity fan base, and "Laker Girls," a reality show about the team's famous eye candy.

Deportes which will have its own reporting team and crew instead of a dubbed simulcast of the English-language broadcast of Lakers and Galaxy coverage will also feature boxing and wrestling as well as the weekly series "#LaPrepa" about local high school sports.

Although the channels are 100% owned by Time Warner Cable, the Lakers have a lot of editorial control, including final cut over "Backstage Lakers" and other shows about the franchise. It's common for local sports channels to cede some editorial control to teams, but this agreement seems particularly restrictive.

"The approval rights were born out of a desire to be more involved in how our brand is portrayed," said Tim Harris, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of the Lakers.

The team, he added, isn't opening its doors to Time Warner Cable so it can act like TMZ.

"We certainly don't want someone we've allowed in the door just sniffing for a scoop," Harris said.

Time Warner Cable is on the same page.

"The Laker relationship is transcendent," said Mark Shuken, senior vice president and general manager of Time Warner Sports Regional Networks.

The channels, he promised, "will share the truth" with viewers, but it will do so in partnership with the Lakers. "We would make sure their viewpoint is represented."

The Lakers also have a lot of sway over who will cover the team, as evidenced by Time Warner Cable's backtracking on hiring former Boston Red Sox reporter Heidi Watney. Although Shuken said the decision to sever ties with Watney was between her and Time Warner Cable, the Lakers made it clear that they were not comfortable with the hire.

All that Harris would say was, "When it comes to the talent, we would certainly like to be simpatico."

A call to Watney seeking comment was not returned. Her Twitter home page features the famous Thomas Paine quote: "Reputation is what men and women think of us; character is what God and angels know of us."

With more than 2.3 million subscribers in the region, Time Warner Cable is the largest pay-TV distributor in the region. But for the new channels to succeed, they need to be carried by other local distributors, such as satellite broadcasters DirecTV and Dish Network as well as Cox, Charter and Verizon none of which has signed up yet.

Time Warner Cable won't divulge what it is seeking for the two channels, but people familiar with the situation said the price tag is as much as $3.95 per subscriber per month for both channels depending on what part of Southern California a distributor serves. That's more than what Fox Sports West, which previously had the Lakers, charged. It is also more than Prime Ticket charges. Those channels have far more sports Dodgers, Angels, Clippers, Kings and Ducks than SportsNet and Deportes.

"We understand that the Lakers are popular sports programming, but that programming comes at an extremely high price," a Cox spokesman said. "Our goal is to provide Cox customers with the best TV experience at the most reasonable price."

Spokespeople for DirecTV, Dish and Charter offered similar comments.

Shuken isn't sweating yet. Negotiations between distributors and program suppliers typically heat up only when a deadline is approaching. The channels go live Monday, but the first regular-season Lakers game on the channels isn't until Oct. 31.

"We assume there will be some conversations into October. That's natural," Shuken said.

And sports fans and pay-TV subscribers will be caught in the middle.

"It's going to be a very high-profile public negotiation, and at the end of the day we'll be in our cars listening to radio ads with each side calling the other evil personified," predicted David Carter, executive director of USC's Sports Business Institute. "Ultimately it will cost more to the consumers."

Courtesy of www.latimes.com



Bulls to sign Fesenko to non-guaranteed deal - by Eurobasket News

The Chicago Bulls have invited veteran center Kyrylo Fesenko (7'0''-C-86) to training camp on a non-guaranteed contract, according to sources close to the situation.

Sources told ESPN.com that Fesenko is on course to sign with the Bulls by week's end after working out for team officials this week.

Chicago has been searching for an established big man willing to come to training camp on a non-guaranteed deal because league rules prevent the hard-capped Bulls from handing out any guaranteed deals heading into the season.

But sources say the Bulls, if Fesenko has a strong camp, could well ask the burly Ukranian to wait until the Nov. 20 range, when Chicago would gain the ability to offer him a pro-rated veteran minimum deal.

Under the new collective bargaining agreement hatched last December, teams that use certain exceptions -- exceptions reserved for non-taxpaying teams -- have to live with a hard cap.

The Bulls brought on a hard cap when they signed guards Kirk Hinrich and Marco Belinelli this offseason using exceptions reserved for non-taxpayers. Their payroll, as a result, can't exceed the hard-cap limit of $74.307 million -- and it stands at $73.5 million.

Chicago is thus forbidden from signing veterans to guaranteed deals and so it will sign Fesenko, like veteran guard Nate Robinson before him, on a non-guaranteed basis.

After spending his first four seasons as a reserve center for the Utah Jazz, Fesenko, 25, was picked up midseason in 2011-12 by the Indiana Pacers. Fesenko, though, appeared in only three games in Indiana, averaging 2.7 points and 3.0 rebounds.

The massive 7-foot-1 center is a huge defensive presence but has struggled in the NBA to avoid foul trouble and develop his offensive game.

Yet, he continues to intrigue teams thanks to his considerable defensive potential. Fesenko's short stay with the Pacers was seen in some circles as the byproduct of an unfortunate 2011 offseason during which he sustained a knee injury playing for Ukraine's national team.

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Trail Blazers will open training camp with J.J. Hickson starting at center - by Eurobasket News

And the starting lineup for your 2012-13 Trail Blazers is: Damian Lillard (6'2''-PG-90, college: Weber St.), Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette), Nicolas Batum (6'8''-SF-88), LaMarcus Aldridge (6'11''-F/C-85, college: Texas) and J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina St.).

Well, maybe.

When the Blazers open training camp one week from today at the practice facility in Tualatin, that's the lineup new coach Terry Stotts will debut. The 29 days that follow will determine whether it sticks when the Blazers open the season on Halloween against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Rose Garden.

Lillard, Matthews, Batum and Aldridge are no-brainers. Lillard was named the Las Vegas Summer League MVP in July and has been anointed as the franchise's Point Guard of the Future heading into his highly anticipated rookie season. Aldridge, Matthews and Batum are established NBA starters. But there were -- and likely will continue to be -- questions about who starts at center.

And although this Blazers season will be littered with a heavy dose of new -- from coach to general manager to an overhauled roster that features five rookies -- Stotts says he will open training camp with Hickson at center, in part, because of his history with the team.

"J.J. is the incumbent," Stotts said. "I'm not saying he's going to be the starting center opening night. We'll have to see how training camp goes, see how the preseason goes, and then we'll make that determination. Meyers (Leonard) has played very well (this summer). But it's just like politics: J.J. has been here, he's the returner, so going into it he has the advantage."

Who starts at center is just one of many questions looming over the franchise as the Blazers prepare for a rebuilding season that is sure to feature plenty of bumps and bruises along the way. The Blazers' 15-man roster averages just 25.0 years old, likely making it one of the youngest in the NBA this season.

Stotts will open his first Blazers camp with back-to-back two-a-day practices before settling in to single workouts on Friday for the remainder of the preseason. Because the team is so young, Stotts said his camp will feature a surplus of fundamental work and teaching. And because the Blazers' coaching staff is almost entirely new -- assistant Kaleb Canales is the only holdover -- it's only natural to expect a steep learning curve in the early going.

As Stotts finished up an in-studio radio interview Tuesday morning and hopped into a car bound for the practice facility, he indirectly acknowledged the challenge ahead in a phone interview with The Oregonian.

"I haven't lost a game and I haven't screwed up a substitution yet," he said, laughing. "So all is well."

But eventually there will be scrutiny, starting with his starting lineup. Once the Blazers struck out on All-Star center Roy Hibbert in free agency, GM Neil Olshey recalibrated expectations for 2012-13 and jumped feet-first into a clear rebuild.

The youngest and rawest position on the roster is center, where only 10-year veteran Jared Jeffries, who is not expected to be a prominent contributor, has extensive NBA experience outside of Hickson. Leonard, 20, has just two college seasons on his resume, and another contender to start, British big man Joel Freeland, also is a rookie. That leaves Hickson, who excelled for the Blazers in a 19-game audition late last season, as the frontrunner.

Ideally, Hickson would play backup power forward behind Aldridge, giving the Blazers a second-string weapon they have lacked for years. But Hickson and Aldridge revealed good chemistry playing alongside each other during brief spurts last season, and Hickson's combination of ability and experience -- he's started 158 games in his five-year career -- make him a logical frontcourt mate for Aldridge.

But with just seven returning players from last season's team, it would be illogical to assume too much about this team, and Stotts' player rotation is a work in progress. In addition to center, questions loom at backup shooting guard.

Third-year guard Elliot Williams tore his left Achilles tendon during a voluntary workout on Sept. 11 and will miss the entire season. Stotts said he will look at a variety of ways to compensate for Williams' loss, including playing rookie Will Barton and second-year combo guard Nolan Smith.

But two of the more intriguing options Stotts says he will consider are sliding Batum over to shooting guard in the second unit and playing veteran point guard Ronnie Price alongside Lillard in the same backcourt. The Dallas Mavericks played Jason Terry and J.J. Barea in the same backcourt while Stotts was an assistant coach in Dallas, and he said he likes the offensive mismatches created by featuring two backcourt players with ballhandling and scoring ability.

As for Batum, Stotts said he is intrigued by the idea of the Blazers' $45 million man anchoring the backcourt when the Blazers go with a big lineup.

"I think that'll be a process," Stotts said. "I'll play around with it and see what we can do. Nothing is set in stone, but I think we have two or three options I'll look at."

The Blazers also will give a serious look at keeping Adam Morrison all season. The former No. 3 overall NBA draft pick and one-time college star is a nonroster invite to training camp, but Stotts said Morrison will be given a chance to make the roster.

Morrison has battled inconsistency and injuries -- including a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee -- in his career and has not played in the NBA since the 2010 playoffs. But after two stints overseas and excelling in the 2012 Las Vegas Summer League, where he averaged 20.0 points and 5.0 rebounds for the Clippers, the Blazers could be Morrison's path back to the league.

"He wouldn't be here if he didn't have a legitimate chance to make the team," Stotts said of Morrison. "He's had a bumpy start to his career, but he's a talented player who can put the ball in the basket. He's going to have every opportunity to make the team."

Notes: The Blazers will wear a new alternate red uniform this season, which will be unveiled during their home opener on Halloween against the Lakers. The team plans to wear the new threads 8-10 times this season, but only once at the Rose Garden, and fans are encouraged to wear red to the Lakers game as well. ... Stotts said Williams' season-ending injury was a freak accident and was not caused by a collision with another player. "There wasn't any contact," Stotts said. "It was just one of those things where he made a quick move and tore the Achilles." ... It does not seem as though Stotts has any intention of tempering enthusiasm for Lillard, who is on most NBA pundits' short lists for Rookie of the Year consideration. "What he did in Vegas wasn't a fluke," Stotts said of Lillard, who averaged 26.5 points, 5.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds at summer league. "He's very talented."

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Butch joins Utah Jazz for their pre-season camp - by Eurobasket

Utah Jazz added to their pre-season roster 28-year old power forward Brian Butch (211-109kg-84, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports). Butch was a team leader last season shile playing for Bakersfield Jam. In 21 D-League games he recorded 15.4ppg, 10.4rpg and 1.4apg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Butch was called during the season by the New Orleans Hornets.
Butch has never been drafted by the NBA. But in 2008 Minot Skyrockets selected him in first round (5th overall) in the CBA draft.
He attended University of Wisconsin until 2008 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball.
Butch was a member of USA Senior National Team last year. He also represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara (Mexico) last year. Butchs team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 4 games: 3.3ppg, 2.0rpg.
Butch is quite experienced player. He played previously in Germany (Noerdlingen), Greece (Ilysiakos), Spain (Los Barrios) and other NBA team (Denver Nuggets).

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @SpearsNBAYahoo)



Warriors adds also Rick Jackson to their roster - by Eurobasket

The third player added to Golden State Warriors pre-season camp is 23-year old American forward Rick Jackson (206-107kg-89, college: Syracuse). Jackson played last season at Chorale de Roanne Basket in French ProA. In 10 EuroChallenge games he had 7.6ppg and 5.9rpg. He helped them to make it to the quarterfinals. Jackson also played 21 games in ProA where he recorded 9.0ppg and 5.5rpg.
He graduated from Syracuse University in 2011 and it will be his second season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @SpearsNBAYahoo)



Lance Goulbourne agreed terms with Warriors for their pre-season camp - by Eurobasket

Golden State Warriors (NBA) added another player to their pre-season camp: 23-year old forward Lance Goulbourne (203-89). Goulbourne just graduated from Vanderbilt (NCAA). In 36 games last season he recorded 8.7ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.2apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to win SEC Tournament where he was voted to All-Tournament Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @SpearsNBAYahoo)



4th played in Warriors pre-season camp: Tarence Kinsey - by Eurobasket

The fourth player added to the pre-season roster of Golden State Warriors is 28-year old American guard Tarence Kinsey (200-84, college: S.Carolina). Kinsey played last season at Anadolu Efes in Turkish TBL league. In 28 TBL games he had 8.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.0spg. He helped them to make it to the final. Kinsey also played 9 games in Euroleague where he recorded 8.2ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.6spg. He also played at Fenerbahce Ulker in TBL earlier that season.
Kinsey played previously with Cleveland Cavaliers and Memphis Grizzlies.
He graduated from University of South Carolina in 2006 and it will be his seventh season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @SpearsNBAYahoo)



Warriors add Brown to their roster - by Eurobasket

Golden State Warriors (NBA) added to their pre-season roster 23-year old guard Carlon Brown (195-98kg-89). Brown just graduated from Colorado (NCAA). In 36 games last season he recorded 12.6ppg, 3.8rpg and 2.0apg. Very strong end of the season as he helped his team to win Pac-12 Tournament where was selected All-Tournament MVP. He was also voted to All-Pac-12 2nd Team.
He played this summer in Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft), where in 3 games he averaged 10.0ppg, 3.7rpg, and 3.3ap.
He played previously also in Utah University before moving to Colorado.
As mentioned above Brown just graduated from Colorado and it will be his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @SpearsNBAYahoo)



Washington Wizards C Nene Hilario (foot) could sit training camp - by Eurobasket News

After taking on Hilario Nene (6'10''-C-82) and the vast majority of his 5-year, $67 million contract in a March trade, the Washington Wizards plan to treat their investment with kid gloves.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Nene could miss some or all of the Wizards' October training camp because of plantar fasciitis in his left foot.

He hasn't had must time to rest this summer because of the commitment he had to his national team, [Wizards president Ernie] Grunfeld said of Nene, who missed a game in the Olympics because of soreness in his left foot. So we're going to be very, very cautious. We're going to take it very slow with him and make sure he's 100 percent when we put him out there full time.

Grunfeld went on to say that he expects Nene to be ready for Washington's regular season opener against the Cavaliers in Cleveland on Oct. 30. The Brazilian center pencils in as a starter, alongside trade acquisition Emeka Okafor, in a new look and more mature Wizards frontline than we've seen in recent years. The Wizards have third-year big men Kevin Seraphin and Trevor Booker to provide depth behind the Nene/Okafor pairing.

Nene, 30, signed his 5-year deal with the Denver Nuggets in December 2011. The Nuggets traded out of it a little more than three months later. After three straight seasons of solid health, Nene missed nearly half of the 2011-12 lockout-shortened season, including time missed due to plantar fasciitis.

Representing Brazil at the 2012 London Olympics, Nene averaged 7.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.0 block in 21 minutes per game. He sat out Brazil's fifth game of the group stage before coming back to play in the team's quarterfinals loss to Argentina.

Nene averaged 13.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.1 steal and 1.0 block in his 39 total appearances in 2011-12. He holds career averages of 12.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists.

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Reports: Memphis Grizzlies F Darrell Arthur suffers leg fracture - by Eurobasket News

The grit-and-grind Memphis Grizzlies could be down a man heading into next week's training camp.

The Memphis Commercial-Appeal reports that reserve forward Darrell Arthur (6'9''-F-88, college: Kansas) sustained a leg fracture while playing pick-up basketball and the injury could compromise his availability for the start of camp. Later Wednesday, the Grizzlies confirmed that Arthur suffered a "small, non-displaced fracture in the head of the fibula in his left leg" and placed his recovery timeline at "an estimated 4-6 weeks."

Arthur, 24, is a physical power forward who averaged 9.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Along with Marreese Speights, he provides depth behind Memphis' frontline starters: All-Star center Marc Gasol and forward Zach Randolph.

If Arthur winds up missing appreciable time, his loss will be more significant because of an offseason trade of forward Dante Cunningham to the Minnesota Timberwolves for reserve guard Wayne Ellington. There was a logjam on the Grizzlies' roster with Randolph, Speights, Arthur and Cunningham, so the deal with Minnesota made sense. But one injury and one trade later, depth is a real question mark.

The Grizzlies open their preseason Oct. 6 against Spanish club Real Madrid in Memphis. Their regular-season opener is set for Oct. 31 against the Clippers in Los Angeles.

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Nets GM gushes over deep roster - by Eurobasket News

The Nets spent the past two seasons preparing for their move to Brooklyn this fall. And, after a very busy summer, theyll debut there with an overhauled roster that is considered easily good enough to make the playoffs.

But just how good is it? The man who put it together thinks it has the potential to be special.

I think we have a lot of talent, Nets general manager Billy King said Tuesday at his preseason press conference at the teams practice facility in East Rutherford, N.J. I think weve got a good team. I think we have a team thats a playoff team on paper. I think we have a team that can withstand injuries, because we have depth.

But, as Ive always said, can we win a championship? Yes. But it takes luck in an NBA season to do that. You have to be healthy, for the most part. Youve gotta get some breaks the ball has to bounce your way sometimes when it doesnt.

Having a roster King thinks is a potential title contender is a far cry from the team he put together the past two seasons. But after trying to land first Carmelo Anthony, then Dwight Howard, waiting to see what Deron Williams would decide, and revamping the entire roster this summer, King admitted its a different feeling entering this season.

It feels like my first year with the Nets, because of the fact that each training camp there was that distraction of Carmelo Anthony or Dwight Howard, King said. I mention them because its not a factor anymore. I think thats the greatest thing for our players and the organization.

Were going to go to training camp focused on preparing for Opening Night, not preparing for guys thinking, Am I going to be here on Opening Night? And I think weve got a team now thats preparing for Opening Night on national TV, and thats a difference.

Its a fresh start for both King and the Nets, who arrive in Brooklyn with one of the most talked-about teams in the league, thanks in part to both the roster upgrades as well as the teams makeover off the court as it prepares to begin its first season in Brooklyn.

King said he began to notice a difference in the perception of the franchise around the league as soon as the move became official.

Once we launched the logo and changed the colors the reality of Brooklyn came about, so then people were calling that their players had interest in playing here, King said. It became more of a selection process instead of a recruitment process, so it became a lot easier for us. Then it became which guys do we want, which guys that we dont want.

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Atlanta Hawks: New contract for Smith unlikely this season - by Eurobasket News

Josh Smith (6'9''-F-85) is entering the final year of his current contract with the Hawks but it is unlikely that he will be re-signed before the end of the upcoming season. The forward is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Dont panic yet Hawks fans.

Under the rules of the NBAs collective bargaining agreement, it could be advantageous for Smith, and to some degree the Hawks, to wait on a new contract. In simplest terms, if Smith re-signs with the Hawks before June 30, the extension can be for only a maximum of three years. If he waits until after his contract expires, he can re-sign for up to five years.

According to Hawks general manager Danny Ferry, Smith and his agents have said he would like to remain in Atlanta.

Ive been clear that I value Josh as a player, Ferry told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has worked hard this summer and I believe he is going to have great season. Ive been in contact with his representatives. Josh and his representatives have been clear that he is excited about the direction of the team and wants to be part of the future in Atlanta. That being said, I dont expect the contract situation to be resolved until next summer.

Smith and the rest of the Hawks will officially report for training camp on Monday with practices beginning the next day.

There is an element of risk for both sides in not reaching an agreement early. Smith could be injured or have a poor season prior to being eligible for the free agency market. There would be more money available to him by way of two extra years on a new contract if he stays with the Hawks. On the other side, the Hawks could lock Smith to a longer term but also run the risk of losing him to free agency.

Negotiations are not completely closed and there is always a possibility, albeit slim, that a deal could be worked out before next summer.

Smith, a co-captain last season, led the team in points (tied with the departed Joe Johnson at 18.8) and rebounds (9.6) per game. He and Jeff Teague were the only players to appear in all 66 regular-season games.

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Decisions loom in Heat training camp - by Eurobasket News

Four decisions facing the Heat during training camp, which opens Saturday:

### Starting power forward: With Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) expecting to remain at center, the options are natural small forward Shane Battier, who handled the job for most of the final three rounds of the playoffs; Rashard Lewis (6'10''-F-79), looking to resuscitate his career; and Udonis Haslem. Using Battier or Lewis with the other starters would spread the floor; Haslem would provide more rebounding.

Battier and Lewis arent big rebounders - the 6-10 Lewis has, at times during his career, ranked among the lowest rebound-per-minute starter for a player of his size - but LeBron James work on the boards could compensate for that. The question is whether Battier, at 225 pounds, can sustain a full season at power forward.

I think I could get away with it, he said. The regular season is not as physical as the playoffs. Guys arent hitting as hard.

### Which two young centers to keep: Two likely will make the team from among Dexter Pittman (6'10''-C-88, college: Texas) (a front-runner), Josh Harrellson (6'10''-F-89, college: Kentucky), Mickell Gladness (6'11''-C-86) and Jarvis Varnado (6'9''-F-88, college: Mississippi St.). Pat Riley opted for youth over a veteran such as Mehmet Okur or Darko Milicic. Juwan Howard is still working out with the Heat, hoping for a one-year contract.

Pittman is the only one of the four with a guaranteed contract, but Riley made clear he expects more from him than his uneven, foul-plagued performance in summer league. The Heat likes his rebounding and offensive growth but has grown exasperated, at times, by his penchant for fouling: one every 4.1 minutes last season).

Harrellson, 6-10, is the best shooter of the four: 20 for 59 on threes, but probably the worst defender. But heres what intriguing: In four of the five games when he played at least 27 minutes for the Knicks, he produced 14 points and 12 boards; 11 and 7; 8 and 7; and 18 and 9.

The coaching staff likes the upside of the 6-11 Gladness; hes a natural shot-blocker and less foul-prone than Pittman (one every 7.9 minutes).

The 6-9 Varnado, who spent the past two years in Italy and Israel after being drafted 41st by Miami in 2010, is the biggest long shot of the four but ranks as the NCAAs all-time career leader in blocked shots (at Mississippi State) and one of two players in NCAA history (with David Robinson) to produce at least 1000 points, 1000 rebounds and 500 blocks.

Harrellson can be exposed defensively, but hes a better player than Gladness and more skilled, an Eastern Conference scout said. Gladness is athletic and long but has no offensive game. Harrellson can shoot it and plays his butt off. That scout gives the edge to Pittman and Harrellson among the four.

### How deep the rotation goes: Besides the Big Three and Mario Chalmers, Ray Allen, Battier and Haslem will play, Joel Anthony likely will get limited minutes (unless Pittman or one of the other young centers outplays him), and Lewis will play unless he shows nothing in camp. Thats nine.

The conundrum for Erik Spoelstra is whether to regularly play Norris Cole or give those minutes to Mike Miller, with Allen or Wade as primary ball-handlers when Chalmers is out. That could depend partly on matchups. Though Miller avoided back surgery, his health bears watching. Its difficult to envision much time for James Jones.

### Terrel Harris or Garrett Temple for the last perimeter spot (or possibly Nigerian national team member Chamberlain Oguchi, who has impressed the Heat but hadn't been offered a contract yet as of Tuesday evening):

Harris and Temple both went undrafted in 2009 and both must improve their shooting. Harris, 6-4, showed growth in summer league but shot 34.9 percent as a rookie. He spent the summer working on that and his ball handling.

"Can he handle the ball? Yes. Can he bring it up the court and enter us into an offensive set? Yes," Riley said earlier this offseason. "Can he be a point guard? That would be a stretch. But I would play him as a scoring point guard if I had to."

The 6-6 Temple, from LSU, has played 51 NBA games for five teams, averaging 3.8 points and shooting 37.9 percent.

Close call, the scout said of Harris/Temple. Temple is an all-purpose guy who can play point guard. Harris is a little better athlete.

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Knicks want Wallace, but he's not sure if he wants to come out of retirement - by Eurobasket News

Its up to Rasheed.

The Knicks are willing to take a gamble on 6-foot-11 power forward Rasheed Wallace (6'10''-F/C-75, college: N.Carolina), who retired two seasons ago after finishing a disappointing one-year stint as a Celtic.

But Wallace, who worked out with Knicks players Saturday at their training facility, still has not decided whether he is willing to dedicate himself to getting himself back in NBA shape at age 38. Clearly, hes nowhere close now.

Knicks coach Mike Woodson, who was on Larry Browns staff in 2004 when the Pistons won the title with Wallace as a linchpin, wants this to happen. The Knicks feel they have nothing to lose for the veterans minimum of $1.7 million.

According to Wallaces agent, Bill Strickland, six teams have tried to get Wallace out of retirement over the past two years - including the Knicks last season - and all have failed.

He will make this decision on his own, Strickland told The Post. Rasheeds his own man. This time Ill be more a facilitator than an advisor. As hes told me, hes a grown man and hes got this.

Strickland said he has not yet spoke contract terms with Knicks assistant general manager Allan Houston, who also is represented by Strickland.

I havent had any formal discussions with the Knicks about a contract, Strickland said.

Wallace was a technical-foul machine during his prime years, but he was one of the games best post defenders during his Pistons career. Wallace has often been credited with being the final piece to the Pistons championship puzzle. He has been living in the Detroit area and Durham, N.C., since retiring.

Wallace, a former Tar Heel, has a reputation of being surly with the media and that could lead to embarrassing confrontations in the worlds media capital. James Dolans Knicks probably arent worried about that their sole goal is winning a championship this season before the window closes.

People talk about how volatile he is, but players whove played with him always talk about what a good teammate hes been, Strickland said.

There were hints the Celtics made a play for Wallace earlier this offseason to help fill their big-man shortage, though he fell out of shape during his one season in Beantown.

The Knicks already have a trio of excellent defensive big men in Tyson Chandler, who turns 30 next week, Marcus Camby, 38, and Kurt Thomas, 40. But the Knicks are worried about the durability of their elderly bigs and Amare Stoudemire. They want to be as deep as possible to prevent the injury nightmare that occurred in the playoffs against the Heat, and Woodson cherishes veterans.

When he left Portland, I was surprised at how much a student of the game he really was, knowing the rosters, the playing styles, when we looked at teams, Strickland said. He will decide what he wants to do.

* Shooting guru Dave Hopla soon will be named an instructor for the Knicks. Hopla, known for hitting 1,234 free throws in a row, listed himself as a Knicks assistant coach on his Twitter profile, then removed the title after a blog referenced it.

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Celtics not looking for another guard - by Eurobasket News

Keyon Dooling's (6'3''-G-80, college: Missouri) retirement may have caught many off guard, but the Celtics had a decent idea that he was leaning in that direction. Dooling's absence opens the door for one or more of their young players to make the roster during training camp and team president Danny Ainge said the team isn't looking to bring in another veteran.

"We probably won't bring anyone else in," Ainge said. "We like our young guys. We like Kris Joseph and Dionte Christmas and Jamar Smith and they'll be competing for that last spot."

All three players will arrive for training camp on non-guaranteed deals. Joseph, a second-round pick out of Syracuse, is signed to a two-year deal with neither year guaranteed. Christimas, who opened eyes with his play in summer league, has half his deal guaranteed and may have a leg up on the competition entering camp. Smith is the only pure guard of the bunch and his chances shouldn't be discounted.

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Matt Barnes pleads no contest, gets 2 years probation - by Eurobasket News

Los Angeles Clippers forward Matt Barnes (6'7''-F-80, college: UCLA) has pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of unlicensed driving and resisting arrest.

Barnes, who was not present in court, entered his plea Tuesday through his attorney.

Superior Court Judge Burt Pines sentenced him to two years of probation. The judge also ordered Barnes to complete 30 hours of community service and attend 13 counseling sessions with a private therapist.

Authorities say Barnes, 32, resisted arrest when a Manhattan Beach police officer attempted to take him into custody in July on an outstanding warrant for driving with a suspended license.

In court Tuesday, his attorney provided proof that he has obtained a valid license.

Barnes, who played the previous two seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers, recently signed with the Clippers for next season.

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Pacers: Granger to be brought along slowly early in camp - by Eurobasket News

I made the first of what will be many trips to Bankers Life Fieldhouse over the next eight months on Tuesday to talk to Pacers coach Frank Vogel for a story for the paper later this week.

Vogel addressed a number of topics about the team heading into training camp next week. Some of the things he talked about doesnt fit in the story so Ill give you guys a run down of the extra stuff here in the blog.

Before we get to that, though, forward Danny Granger (6'8''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico), the teams leading scorer the past five seasons, will be limited some at the start of training camp after an issue with his left knee, which happened while working out in Los Angeles late in the summer, caused him to get an injection in it. Grangers at the fieldhouse working out with the rest of his teammates daily, but the Pacers, who dont believe its a major issue, plan to take it easy with him early on and allow him to use the preseason to work on his conditioning. Grangers expected to play in some of the preseason games.

I ran into forward David West in the building and immediately noticed that he spent a lot of time in the offseason toning up his upper body.

It helps that he was able to work on his entire body during the summer instead of just focusing on rehabilitating his surgically repaired knee like in the summer of 2011.

After spending most of last season getting comfortable with his new teammates and having to find a rhythm again, West ended the season as the most consistent Pacer. I wouldnt be shocked if he carries that over to this season, too.



Vogel on the bench:

I do believe its better, but thats to be seen. Clearly change does not equal improvement, but the pieces we brought in, to me, are going to give us a chance at succeeding with the second unit. The more I watch the September pickup games, the more I believe in that strength.

Vogel said Lance Stephenson has the inside track to backup Paul George at shooting guard.

Lance Stephenson has challenged for playing time for two years. Now hes playing with more confidence than he ever has. So hes going to challenge the starters.


Vogel on Gerald Green and D.J. Augustin:

Gerald Green is doing things everyday I didnt think was possible for human beings to do. D.J. has really blown me away in the limited time that hes been here in terms of his ability to create and make others better. Thats a unique talent to have. Literally on almost every possession he makes somebody better with his passing.



Vogel on Jeff Pendergraph:

He might have had as good a September as anybody on our team. Donnie Walsh called him the MVP of the month. Hes going to be pushing for minutes.


Vogel on Ian Mahinmi:

We felt like Lou (Amundson) did a great job last year, but we also felt like we got lucky with injuries to (Andrew) Bogut, (Al) Horford, (Brook) Lopez and (Dwight) Howard. We think Mahinmi will size up and give us more depth against those elite centers better than Lou did.

Courtesy of http://blogs.indystar.com
(Robert Scheer)



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Oshawa Power trade Morgan Lewis to the London Lightning - by Eurobasket News

The Oshawa Power announce that they have traded Morgan Lewis (6'4''-F-87, college: Findlay, OH) to the London Lightning in exchange for the Lightnings 3rd Round Draft Pick of the 2013 NBL Canada Draft along with cash considerations. Unfortunately, Lewis and the Power were unable to come to terms and did what was best for both parties.

Lewis has grown to truly appreciate Canada and has great talent to indefinitely further his career. The Power has assisted many players in reaching their professional goals and will continue to do so. The Oshawa Power Basketball Team wishes Lewis the best of luck as he continues his NBL Canada career.

Lewis, the #1 Overall Draft Pick of NBL Canadas Inaugural Season, averaged 16.8 ppg, 6.8 rpg, and 3.5 apg. He was also recognized as a NBL Canada All-Star as well as NBL Canadas Player of the Week twice.

The Oshawa Power will continue to strengthen their roster as the 2012 Oshawa Power Player Showcase is scheduled for Sunday, September 30th at Durham College.

Courtesy of http://nbloshawa.pointstreaksites.com



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Steve Lavin: St. John's roster deepest he's ever coached - by Rick Ross

Courtesy of CNNSI.COM

Steve Lavin walked into the Carnesecca Arena lobby Saturday morning with a smile
and left with an even larger grin. Meeting the media for the first time since compiling his
nationally ranked recruiting class, the St. John's coach couldn't hide his
enthusiasm for his young team.

This team is unique in that it's the deepest team I've ever coached,
Lavin said prior to the Dribble for the Cure event at St. John's for pediatric cancer research.
He has plenty of reasons for optimism, professionally and personally.

Lavin said he is fully healthy after being diagnosed with prostate cancer
last year and ready to resume full-time coaching duties after missing most of last season.
All the bloodwork has been clean and I'm cancer-free, Lavin said.

I clearly feel at a better place in terms of my stamina and my strength and my conditioning.



Madison Square Garden not in ACC's tournament plans, sources say - by Eurobasket News

Despite six schools leaving the Big East for the ACC, the Big East will not lose Madison Square Garden, the home of its men's basketball tournament, to the ACC anytime soon.

The deadline to bid for the 2016-21 ACC's men's basketball tournaments has passed, and Madison Square Garden did not submit a bid, sources told ESPN. The 2013-15 ACC men's basketball tournaments will be held in Greensboro, N.C.

A decision for where the 2016-21 ACC tournaments will be held will be made in the coming months. The Barclays Center in Brooklyn also did not submit a bid.

Big East and Madison Square Garden officials also are continuing discussions about extending the Big East's current deal with the Garden, sources told ESPN. The Big East's current deal with MSG runs through 2016. The length of the extension being discussed is 10 years, which would lock up the Garden through 2026, the New York Post reported.

Since 1983, Madison Square Garden has hosted the Big East men's tournament. However, when Pittsburgh and Syracuse announced last year that they were leaving the Big East, ACC commissioner John Swofford discussed the possibility of the ACC playing its basketball tournament in the Garden.

"I don't think there's any question that taking a look at New York and Madison Square Garden would be very appealing for Atlantic Coast Conference basketball fans," Swofford said last year. "And even more so now with even more teams in closer proximity. With that being the media center of the world, so to speak, we'd probably be remiss if we didn't think of it in those terms."

In the past nine years, six schools have left the Big East for the ACC or given notice that they were leaving for the ACC: Virginia Tech, Boston College, Miami, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame.

Courtesy of ESPN



Duke first college team to switch playbooks to iPad - by Eurobasket News

What will come first: the NCAA's finishing an investigation into Lance Thomas or an iPad that is actually worth purchasing?

I snark because I can. In fact, Duke (according to Duke) is the first college basketball program to step into the playbook future (Michigan in fact beat it to the punch), and that's pretty cool. I suspect others to not be that far behind. (Kentucky and Calipari, you dropped the ball on this one.)

The use of iPads for sports teams isn't totally newfangled -- many pro football teams, notably, made the switch a couple of years ago -- but for college hoops, it's certainly unfounded territory up 'til now. That's primarily because iPads cost a lot of money and there's liability here. You're dealing with 19-year-old college kids who misplace things as often as they forget to set a screen. I still can't find my super-tall Chicago Bears mug from college and wow am I getting irrationally angry just now even thinking about it.

Anyway, back to the iPads. Point is, Duke's loaded, it can afford the risk, so bully for it. I wonder how it will effectively help going forward. Also, I can't help but think Mason Plumlee is already addicted to Temple Run. Mashabale with more:

The 64 GB version of the new iPad will provide players with practice schedules, scouting reports and stats from games and practices. They'll also be updated with video content from practice and games, as well as clips breaking down players' tendencies and what to expect from opponents.

The Duke basketball program is always trying to equip our players and staff with the very best resources, and the introduction of the iPads is another step in that direction, associate head coach Steve Wojciechowski told GoDuke.com This new technology will help all of us work more efficiently and productively, while communicating at a higher level. We are very excited to involve the iPads in our day-to-day operations, evaluating our scouting, video analysis, schedule and game preparation.

Duke is one of college basketball's most historically successful programs. Besides adding convenience, the new player iPads will help the Blue Devils impress recruits in the ever-escalating college sports arms race for talent, luxury and cutting-edge technologies.

Does the iPad help in recruiting? I can't help but think it does. While Duke can use it as a learning device, it's also basically a shiny toy. You get recruits on campus and they see Quinn Cook is attached to this thing, it's gotta be a nice little extra nudge their way.

Mashable writes this commitment to the iPad could have cost the school more than 13 grand when you consider 64-gig iPads go for $829 apiece. A discount could have been involved, though. You know, wholesale purchase, etc.

The iPad has become more integral in the coaching experience in the game, too. While on the trail this past July, I talked with a number of coaches who were splitting time between watching the game and keeping notes on their iPads. Apple's marketing brilliance extends far beyond the common man: even college programs are finding ways to make this tablet necessary to the job.

Courtesy of www.cbssports.com



UNC: Williams' kidney tumor is benign - by Eurobasket News

North Carolina said Roy Williams' surgically removed kidney tumor was not cancerous, though he will have a biopsy to ensure a second kidney tumor is also benign.

In a news release Tuesday afternoon, the school said tests have determined the tumor removed last week from Williams' right kidney was an oncocytoma, which is a benign growth often indistinguishable from kidney cancer on X-rays that doesn't spread like a cancerous tumor would.

Williams also has a tumor on his left kidney, but according to the school, doctors say there is ''a good chance'' that growth is the same as the one removed Sept. 19. Doctors plan to biopsy that tumor next week and won't have to perform a second surgery if the tumor is also an oncocytoma.

Dr. Eric Wallen, a UNC professor of urology who led the surgical team during 3 1/2-hour procedure, said last week that Williams should be back in plenty of time for the start of preseason practice on Oct. 13.

''We are pleased with how well Coach Williams is doing,'' Wallen said Tuesday in a statement. ''If everything continues to progress as expected, he should be back to his normal activities soon.

In a statement, Williams thanked the medical staff who treated him and said he was ''overwhelmed'' by the messages of support he had received since the surgery.

''I've just been blown away by the calls, cards, prayers and well-wishes from people all around the world in and out of the basketball community,'' Williams said. ''My family and I are thankful to all that have expressed your concerns.''

Williams, 62, has had minor health issues in recent years, including occasional bouts with vertigo and back problems. The Hall of Fame coach had shoulder surgery three years ago to repair a torn labrum, which left him to coach several weeks with his left arm in a sling.

''There is still work to be done,'' Williams said, ''but we will continue to deal with that over the next few weeks and get through it with the help of first-rate medical care and the continued support of my family and our extended family and friends through Carolina Basketball.''

Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com



Athletic director Tom Osborne retiring at Nebraska - by Eurobasket News

Tom Osborne, who put together one of the most successful coaching runs in college football history before serving in Congress and taking the reins as Nebraska's athletic director five years ago, is retiring.

The 75-year-old Osborne announced at a news conference Wednesday that he would step down Jan. 1, though he will stay for an additional six months to assist in the transition to a new athletic director.

"At some point, whether you're able to function or not, just the perception that you're getting old can get in the way," Osborne said. "I don't want to be one of those guys everybody is walking around wringing their hands trying to figure out what are we going to do with him? That happens sometimes."

Osborne, who had double-bypass heart surgery in 1985, said he has no health issues that led to his decision.

"I'm probably healthier today than when I was a member of Congress. That takes a big toll on you," he said.

Basketball coach Tim Miles tweeted news of Osborne's retirement announcement shortly before Osborne spoke to reporters. Miles said Osborne leaves "an unreal legacy" at Nebraska.

Associate athletic director Jamie Williams, who played tight end for Osborne in the early 1980s, said, "They don't make a lot of Tom Osbornes. There aren't a lot of living legends left that you can rub elbows with every day. For him to say he's going off to pasture, I told him we have more dragons to slay. Sometimes fishing becomes more important."

Osborne said he told chancellor Harvey Perlman in August that he planned to retire after the football season. Perlman said a search firm had been hired to identify candidates to succeed Osborne, and that he has already interviewed some of them.

"The decision will be his," Osborne said, referring to Perlman. "I'll support him any way I can."

Besides the success his Cornhuskers teams enjoyed from 1973-1997, Osborne served in Congress and lost a gubernatorial bid before returning to the university in 2007 to take over the athletic department. He oversaw the rebuilding of the football program he loves and shepherded the school's move from the Big 12 to the Big Ten.

Under Osborne's watch, the athletic department has built a new basketball practice facility and entered into a public-private partnership to build a 16,000-seat basketball arena in downtown Lincoln that will open for the 2013-14 season. He also oversaw an expansion project that will increase Memorial Stadium's capacity to more than 90,000 next year.

Perlman had asked Osborne to take over the athletic department at a time of turmoil. The football program was struggling under Bill Callahan, and staff morale was low under athletic director Steve Pederson.

Osborne recalled Wednesday that when he first met with athletic department executives, a few of them told him they were receiving counseling because of stress. Several staff members either had quit or were considering quitting.

"I wouldn't say things were awful," Osborne said, "but things were a little fragmented. Some people had quit and some people were thinking about quitting. People pulled together very quickly. Hopefully, it has worked out well."

Osborne fired Callahan after the 2007 season and hired Bo Pelini, who made the Huskers competitive again and led them to the Big 12 championship game in 2009 and 2010. Among Osborne's other key personnel moves: hiring Miles from Colorado State last March to coach the men's basketball program and hiring former major-leaguer Darin Erstad in 2010 to coach baseball at his alma mater.

Osborne is most widely known for his coaching. Every one of his 25 teams won at least nine games, and three of his last four teams won national championships. He retired with a career record of 255-49-3, an .836 winning percentage that ranked fifth all-time among Division I coaches, and 13 conference titles. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998, the year after he retired.

Osborne turned to politics after his coaching days. By overwhelming margins, voters in the western Nebraska district elected him to the House of Representatives in 2000, 2002 and 2004. In perhaps the greatest upset in Nebraska political history, Osborne lost to incumbent Dave Heineman in the 2006 Republican gubernatorial primary.

Osborne finished his third term after the crushing defeat, then returned to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he taught classes in leadership and business ethics before taking the reins of the athletic department.

"I feel we're well positioned," Osborne said. "We worked hard on the culture and part of that has not just been internal. We've tried to link this place with the former players. ... Whatever we've accomplished couldn't happen if we didn't have a united fan base. It would be hard to find one equal to our fans around the country. It allows a program in a state of 1.8 million to be competitive with programs in densely populated areas."

Perlman praised Osborne for stabilizing the athletic department.

"There are people you can admire from a distance and then when you get up close you see all the warts," he said. "That's not been my experience with Tom. It's been fun to interview head coaches with him and to see the national respect and awe they have of his reputation."

Williams said he hoped Osborne would stay involved in Nebraska athletics long after the new athletic director is hired.

"But at some point," Williams said, "he has to do more fishing."

Osborne joked that his wife approved of his decision.

"It leaves me with a great deal of fear and trepidation," he said with a smile, "because she keeps reminding me the garage hasn't been cleaned in three years and I can see a whole list of things popping up."

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



Branden Dawson's health a concern, but Spartans guard has made 'freakish, remarkable' recovery - by Eurobasket News

Branden Dawson (6'6''-F-93) may not be one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history, but just like Peyton Manning, he knows what it's like to try to make a long-term recovery from injury.
The Michigan State sophomore has spent much of the year working his way back from an ACL tear he suffered as a freshman back in March.

Manning who had a 13-year Hall of Fame career in Indianapolis, but was cut by the Colts because of concerns about a neck injury signed with Denver in the offseason. Yet, despite his recovery and despite his greatness, he's finding out it's not easy to miss a full season and come back at peak performance.

While Dawson is "jumping like he never had surgery," Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo said the missed time on the court is what has him up at night.

"Our biggest concern is the health of Branden Dawson," Izzo said at a press conference before he was the keynote speaker at the Big Brothers Big Sisters 35th annual benefit dinner in Kalamazoo. "His knee he's back doing drills almost 100 percent, but it's the seven months he missed. How long it takes to make that up as we're learning from Peyton Manning there'll be some ups and downs, I'm sure, in the early part of the season."

Izzo is still thankful for how rapidly the 6-foot-6, 220-pounder has come back from the knee surgery.

"The guy has made freakish, remarkable recovery," he said. "It shows (his) strength and athleticism. He's just bounced back. If you looked at him, I don't think you could tell which knee it was."

Things aren't going as swimmingly for Kenny Kaminski, a 6-foot-8 freshman forward from Medina, Ohio.

Kaminski, who separated his shoulder during his senior in high school, suffered the same injury again, though it's in a different spot.

"Same issue, just one of those freak things," Izzo said. "He got hit in one of those small practices. He'll probably be out for the year. It's going to be January (when he returns), and we'll want to redshirt him, but that's between him and his family, and our input."

"I think Kenny had the longest way to go, but he gave us that one thing we needed in that he's a knockdown shooter. He can really shoot it."

Finally, though, the Spartans should be with the services of Russell Byrd, the big shooting guard who has been an injury list stalwart in his first couple of seasons.

"Thank goodness, it looks like Russell Byrd is finally going to be injury free," Izzo said. "He's been, I guess, a disappointment because in people's minds, they haven't seen him. But it hasn't been for lack of skill or lack of effort or lack of health. Now he's been healthy, and he gives us a long, long range 6-7 guy who can really shoot it."

Courtesy of www.mlive.com



Source: Top recruit Jabari Parker to schedule official visit to Michigan State - by Eurobasket News

Jabari Parker (6'8''-F-95) is expected to make an official visit to Michigan State, according to a source who said Wednesday the top basketball recruit will reschedule a trip to East Lansing that previously had been set for this weekend.

An official visit from Parker would be a sign of where Michigan State stands in his recruitment, as the 6-foot-8 forward can only make up to five official visits to college campuses. Michigan State was among the 10 schools Parker tweeted in July that he would consider, and he is reportedly scheduled to visit Duke next month.

Spartans coach Tom Izzo visited Parker's home in Chicago last week.

"Jabari has always liked Coach Izzo from Day One," Mike Irvin, Parker's AAU coach, told SpartanMag.com. "He said it went great and MSU is a school that he's really, really, really considering."

Not speaking about a specific recruit, Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis told high school athletic directors in Grand Rapids on the day of Parker's in-home visit that Izzo is "fabulous" when it comes to making such visits and isn't afraid to provide honest feedback about players to their parents.

"You may not like what I tell you, but you're going to hear it," Hollis said of what Izzo tells parents.

Meanwhile, Michigan State continues to bring in top recruits for visits. Forward Johnathan Williams III, a top-50 recruit in the 2013 class from Memphis, is scheduled to visit campus this weekend following an in-home visit, according to a source. Big man Cliff Alexander, a top-10 recruit in the 2014 class from Chicago, visited East Lansing last week.

Courtesy of www.mlive.com



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Standings - 1Div.

1Div. Standings
 1. Fyllingen BBK 0-0 
 2. Hoybraten 0-0 
 3. Miners 0-0 
 4. Persbraaten 0-0 
 5. Sverresborg 0-0 
 6. Varden 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 6: Hoybraten - Persbraaten
Sep. 29: Fyllingen BBK - Miners



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Trefl Sopot edge Asseco Prokom to clinch SuperCup title - by Eurobasket News

Trefl Sopot - Asseco Prokom 74:69

Trefl Sopot claimed the first trophy of the new season. They overcame PLK champions Asseco Prokom for the SuperCup title. Adam Waczynski (199-G/F-89, agency: Limelight Hoops) stepped up with 18 points and 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
Trefl Sopot eked out a 19:17 lead after ten minutes of action. The teams traded baskets throughout close second frame. Trefl Sopot managed to secure a 36:34 halftime lead. The teams remained neck and neck throughout the third quarter. Viney and Ponitka put Asseco Prokom in front but not for long. Trefl Sopot regained the lead and entered the fourth quarter up by a single point 54:53. Adam Waczynski stretched the lead to 9 points early in the final quarter. Jerel Blassingame (175-PG-81, college: UNLV) put Asseco Prokom within two points 61:63. But Trefl went on a 10:2 rally to take a 10-point lead. Asseco Prokom could not recover in the remaining minutes and had to surrender at the end. Frank Turner (178-PG-88, agency: Court Side, college: Canisius) finished with 15 points, while Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80) added 14 points in the win. Jerel Blassingame answered with 21 points for Asseco Prokom. Lukasz Koszarek (187-PG-84) had 14 points in the loss.

Trefl Sopot: Adam Waczynski 18, Frank Turner 15, Filip Dylewicz 14
Asseco Prokom: Jerel Blassingame 21, Lukasz Koszarek 14



Kurt Looby signs at Trefl Sopot - by Eurobasket News

Trefl Sopot (TBL) landed 28-year old American-USA power forward Kurt Looby (208-104kg-84, college: Iowa). Looby played in the summer at Vaqueros de Bayamon in Puerto Rican BSN league. In 14 BSN games he averaged 3.4ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.6bpg. He helped them to make it to the semifinals. Looby also played at Neckar Lburg in German BBL earlier that season. In 34 BBL games he had 7.0ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.6bpg. It was a very successful year in his career as he was selected to Eurobasket.com German Bundesliga All-Defensive Team. In 2008 Looby was drafted by Rio Grande Valley Vipers (NBA) in third round (44th overall).
He attended University of Iowa until 2008 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball. Looby represented Antigua at the CARICOM Championships eight years ago. His team won Bronze.
Looby is a very experienced player. He played also professionally in Antigua, Germany (EnBW Ludwigsburg) and D-League (New Mexico Thunderbirds, Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Maine Red Claws).
Looby graduated from University of Iowa in 2008 and it will be his fifth season as a pro.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Romanian Cup - Regional Qualfier (Dobresti) - by Chris Terrell

The season is fast approaching in Romania and the regional qualifiers for the Romanian Cup signals the first official games of the season. No longer classified as preseason encounters or friendlies, the clubs in the top league in Romania take their Cup seriously. For the purpose of this article we'll focus on the regional being held in Dobresti, a suburb just outside of the Country's capital city of Bucharest. The pairings in this regional have some intrigue as 4 clubs face off in 3 games in 3 nights. U Mobitelco, CSM, Dinamo, and Giurgiu all will have their first chance this year to show what their clubs have.

The first night's match up of U Mobitelco and Dinamo is a game between two clubs with a long and storied tradition. Dinamo along with Steaua both of Bucharest took turns winning titles year after year for some three decades from the 50's to 80's. Dinamo added 3 more titles in the 90s and last took the top honor in the 2002-2003 Season. Coincidentally, the 2nd division championship round played out some 17 months ago featured Dinamo, who had fallen on difficult times in the win-loss column the year prior, and Giurgiu, a team that had never played in the first division. The two clubs both joined the 1st division last season as a result. This season Dinamo has decided to begin the season without imports as they attempt to build their base of Local and National younger talent. U Mobitelco (Cluj) on the other hand is stocked with experience. The 2010-2011 Romanian Champion is considered by many around the league to be a club that could compete for another championship this season. Although they did not bring back two key performers from their team last season, Dykes and Krystonovic, they are reloaded with one of the stronger rosters on paper going into the season. Sean Barnette (198-F-86, college: Wingate) has led the team in scoring during the preseason and the strong and athletic 3 man will a difficult guy to contend with for Dinamo.

The late game features CSM and Giurgiu. As noted above, Giurgiu is just now entering it's second season in the top league, while CSM has firmly supplanted Dinamo as the power from the capital city. CSM returns much of the same roster from the best season in franchise history last year and is looked at as a club that could vie for hardware this season and a deep playoff run. Pupovic, the Serbian big man who played in Ukraine last season with CSM teammate Bosnjak has taken the spot in the starting line-up formerly occupied by American Bryson McKenzie. Much of the other key roles are the same of a very good club of a year ago with Martinic and Gallimore leading the way. Giurgiu, on the other hand, had a complete overhaul in the off-season only returning Brian Burrell (192-G-84, agency: TSS Management, college: UTPA) from the list of imports from last season. It's early and really anything can happen, but this is a good early season test for all clubs involved at this regional and will go a long way towards beginning to determine who will establish themselves this season as a top contender. The winner of the bracket will advance along with possibly a 2nd club to be determined by other qualifiers and results. Saturday's games will be Giurgiu and Cluj while the two teams from Bucharest face each other CSM and Dinamo. Sunday CSM and Cluj Mobitelco play while the two teams that joined the top division a year ago play again on the final day of the qualifier, Giurgiu and Dinamo. Results will be covered here with all the other news of the day.



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Unics Kazan downs Ratiopharm Ulm 91-73 to start Euroleague Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News

Unics Kazan of Russia withstood a spirited challenge by Ratiopharm Ulm of Germany to win 91-73 in their Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds game on Wednesday in Desio, Italy. Unics stays in the tournament, to play either Le Mans Sarthe Basket of France or BC Donetsk of Ukraine on Thursday. Ulm is eliminated, but will make its Eurocup debut, instead, this season. Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) blistered the nets by making 5 of his first 6 triples on the way to 21 points for the night to lead the winners. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) provided the inside scoring for Unics with 18 points, while Petr Samoylenko (185-PG-77), Chuck Eidson (202-F/G-80, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: S.Carolina), Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) and Lyday each had 4 or more assists. Ulm, which made first-half noise with a 0-15 run and tried to do it again with the first 7 points of the fourth quarter, couldn't keep up with Unics, which was a Euroleague quarterfinalist last season. Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova) and John Bryant (208-C-87, college: Santa Clara) scored 17 points each for Ulm.

Courtesy of Euroleague



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Standings - B Liga

B League Standings
 1. Beovuk 72 0-0 
 2. Crnokosa 0-0 
 3. Meridiana NS 0-0 
 4. Mladost Cacak 0-0 
 5. Mladost Zemun 0-0 
 6. Morava 0-0 
 7. Napredak A. 0-0 
 8. Napredak K. 0-0 
 9. Partizan II 0-0 
 10. Plana 0-0 
 11. Proleter Naftagas 0-0 
 12. Radnicki OB 0-0 
 13. Spartak 0-0 
 14. Zeleznicar 0-0 

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 6: Napredak K. - Spartak
Oct. 6: Crnokosa - Proleter Naftagas
Oct. 6: Meridiana NS - Mladost Zemun
Oct. 6: Zeleznicar - Napredak A.
Oct. 6: Plana - Morava
Oct. 6: Partizan II - Radnicki OB
Oct. 6: Beovuk 72 - Mladost Cacak


Metalac gets bigger with Kimany Ffriend - by Eurobasket News

Metalac added another player for the upcoming season. It is Jamaican big guy Kimany Ffriend (211-C-77, agency: Three Eye Sports, college: Nebraska). He penned a deal for the upcoming season. Ffriend is not a new face in Serbia. He played for FMP Zeleznik in 2003/04 season and was named Eurobasket.com All-Serbia and Montenegro League Center of the Year -04. They were Adriatic league winners and reached ULEB Cup Semifinals. Last season Kimany Ffriend finished with Fuenlabrada. He joined them in April averaging 9.6 points and 4.6 rebounds for 5 games. He started the season with Iranian Hamyari Shahrdari Zanjan. Kimany Ffriend played for Bornova in 2010/11. Actually he joined them in January of 2011 registering 16 ppg and 8.7 rpg (No.5) for 15 games. In the past, he played in Ukraine, Colombia, Cyprus, Venezuela, Germany, South Korea etc. Kimany Ffriend is also active member of the Jamaican National Team. They won the bronze medal at CentroBasket in San Juan this summer.


Naron adds Bodic to their roster - by Eurobasket

Baloncesto Naron (EBA) added to their roster 29-year old Serbian forward Nikola Bodic (196-83, college: W.Illinois). Bodic has played for the last two seasons at Ferrol (EBA). In 3 EBA games last year he recorded 8.0ppg and 3.3rpg.
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
Bodic graduated from Western Illinois University in 2008 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



KFI Reykjavik signs Momcilo Latinovic - by Eurobasket News

KFI Reykjavik (Dominos League) signed Serbian guard Momcilo Latinovic (198, college: N.Mexico Highlands). Latinovic spent pre-season at Boras Basket in Swedish Basketligan.
Latinovic graduated from N.Mexico Highlands University in 2012 and it will be his first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SPAIN   


CAI Zaragoza celebrates in last friendly check - by Eurobasket News

CAI Zaragoza - Baloncesto Navarra 92-65

CAI Zaragoza celebrated in its last friendly game before the start of 2012/13 season. They cruised past Baloncesto Navarra at home. Pedro Llompart (190-G-82) led the winners with 18 points. Pablo Aguilar (203-F/C-89) was the second scorer with 15 points, while Jon Stefansson (196-G-82) and Henk Norel (214-C-87) added 12 points each. At the other side, Inaki Narros (194-G-81) delivered 18 points. Inaki Sanz (190-PG-84) and Ondrej Starosta (215-C-79) stopped to 16 and 10 pts respectively for Navarra. CAI Zaragoza was better team during the entire game. They made 8-point lead in the opening quarter and jumped to plus 17 until the halftime. It was 47-30 for Zaragoza. The hosts were even better in Q3 creating 36-15. All after that was just the formality.

CAI Zaragoza: Pedro Llompart 18, Pablo Aguilar 15, Jon Stefansson 12, Henk Norel 12
Baloncesto Navarra: Inaki Narros 18, Inaki Sanz 16, Ondrej Starosta 10



Barca and Joventut to meet in the Final of Liga Catalana - by Eurobasket News

Barcelona Regal and Fiatc Joventut will play in the final game of 2012 Liga Catalana.
In the Semifinals, Barca downed Forca Lleida 80-60. The reigning Spanish champion took control on Lleida in the second quarter and never looked back. Ante Tomic (217-C-87), Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) and Alejandro Abrines (198-F-93) scored 14 points each for the winners. Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) followed them with two points less. In defeat, Alex Thompson (208-F-85, college: Iowa St.) was better than the others with 12 points. Quarters: 17-17, 21-7, 23-20, 19-16.
Fiatc Joventut defeated Assignia Manresa 88-80 in the other Semis. Emmanuel Quezada (188-PG-85, college: USF) and Ognjen Kuzmic (215-C-90) netted 17 and 16 points respectively for the winners. Alejandro Barrera (198-F/G-92) and Ehambe Moses Randall (198-G/F-86, college: ORU) posted 12 and 11 pts. In Manresa, Troy DeVries (193-G-82, college: N.Mexico) responded with 17 points and Oliver Arteaga (211-C-83) had 15. Quarters: 20-24, 21-21, 19-14, 28-21.
The final game will start tonight at 21h in Badalona.



Valencia signs short term deal with Mindaugas Lukauskis - by Eurobasket News

Mindaugas Lukauskis (198-G-79) is a new member of Valencia. The experienced Lithuanian is brought in as replacement for injured Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.). His recovery will take 3-5 weeks. Kelati suffered knee injury during the Endesa Supercup Semifinals against Barcelona.
Mindaugas Lukauskis spent last season with Sigma Barcellona. He appeared 32 times in LegaDue averaging 11.7 points and 4.3 rebounds. The player was named to Eurobasket.com Italian Lega2 All-Bosmans Team -12, while Barcellona reached Playoff Semifinals. In 2010/11, Lukauskis played for Oldenburg. There he had 12.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 3.1 apg in 40 German league games. The player also added 13.3 ppg, 4.7 apg and 4.3 rpg for 6 EuroCup appearances. Before Oldenburg, Lukauskis spent one year with ASVEL. From 2003 to 2009 he was a member of Lietuvos Rytas. Mindaugas Lukauskis played for Lithuanian NT in 2005 and later from 2008 to 2011.



Naron adds Bodic to their roster - by Eurobasket

Baloncesto Naron (EBA) added to their roster 29-year old Serbian forward Nikola Bodic (196-83, college: W.Illinois). Bodic has played for the last two seasons at Ferrol (EBA). In 3 EBA games last year he recorded 8.0ppg and 3.3rpg.
He is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top summer league for players who want to play basketball overseas.
Bodic graduated from Western Illinois University in 2008 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SWEDEN   


Solna Vikings sign Sean Smith for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News

Sean Smith (198-G-87, college: NC-Asheville) is a new member of Solna Vikings. The Swedish guard penned a deal for the upcoming season. He arrives to the club from Sundsvall Dragons. Smith had very limited playing time last season averaging 2.4 points for 30 games. In 2010/11 he was a member of Eco Orebro. There, the player had 8.6 ppg and 2.5 rpg for 36 games. It was his first season as a pro. Sean Smith graduated at the University of North Carolina - Asheville two years ago. He had 9.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 2.3 apg for 31 games as a senior. In the past, Sean Smith played for the Swedish U20 and U18 National Teams. In 2010, he was on the list of candidates for the senior NT.


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


Defence Force defeats Surinam team in Tournament finals - by Don Farrell

After claiming easy victories in their first two matches, Surinamese champions Sociaal Culturele Vereniging Uitvlugt (SCVU) were upset by Super-10 Basketball League holders Defence Force 91-78 in the final match of the Central Zone Basketball Commissions (CZBC) Republic Day Weekend Regional Basketball Festival, on Sunday. The miniature tournament concluded at the Central Regional Indoor Sports Arena (CRISA) with the army/coastguard combination proving too formidable an opponent. Just as the SCVU opened the tour with straightforward wins over Central All Stars (88-52) and another Super-10 outfit Ministry of Sport (MOS) Schoolaz, Defence Force was just as commanding. After the two teams ended the first period at 16-16, Defence Force began to control the match and left the court at half-time leading by five points (37-32).

Defence Force never gave SCVU any sight of a comeback as they ran riot, outscoring the latter team 26-15 to take a healthy 63-47 lead, with one period remaining. SCVU finally had the better exchange in the final period, but only by three points, which was not nearly close enough to consider a comeback. The best finishers of the match came from familiar names in Steven Lighter Lewis, who led the pack with 28 points, followed by Derrick Boxill, on 19. Wilt Vincent and Kevan Bacquain assisted with 12 and 11 points, respectively. SCVUs leading scorer on the day, Roberto Graanoogst finished with 15 points, 12 of which came from the three-point range, while Ryan Russel and Sergio Panka scored 14 and 13 points. In the opening match the Ministry of Sport defeated Central all Stars 76-67. Ronell Winter and Ashton DeMurrell were the top players for MOS Schoolaz, with 22 and 20 points. Mervyn Springer led the charge for Central All Stars with 14 points. The Surinamese team will leave tonight.



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Okben Ulubay staying Anadoul Efes - by Ugur Turker

Mother of Okben Ulubay (200-F-97) who is MVP of U1 European championship Banu Ulubay to Eurobasket.com Turkey about future of Okben.

How do you ( Okben and family ) feel in Anadolu Efes Istanbul ?
We are very happy with enviroment in Anadolu Efes Istanbul. We hope that Okben stays in Anadolu Efes Istanbul for many years and wins championships with Men's team.

It looks like man European teams insterested for Okben, is there any idea to go abroad ?
We read in reports about European teams having interest in Okben and it makes us so proud. However, right now, we as parents and Okben are very happy to be in Efes and we don't think anything else. Efes is a great team and there is nothing to consider a move to Europe.

What is Okben doing right now ?
He is only concentrated his basketball, working hard to improve his games. He wants so be a player who can do everything in game that is why he is working in every detail in his game.





SPORTOTO Turkish Cup is beginning. - by Baha Kurtulus

In order to determine the groups attending to quarter finals, the games will take place in four different cities and groups in 2nd-4th October, 4th-6th October and 5th-7th October 2012.

Groups, cities and teams schedule is;
Group A - ADANA
4th October 2012
Anadolu Efes - Royal Hali Gaziantep BSB.
Pinar Karsiyaka - Mersin BSB.
5th October 2012
Mersin BB. - Anadolu Efes
Royal Hali Gaziantep BSB. - Pinar Karsiyaka
6th October 2012
Anadolu Efes - Pinar Karsiyaka
Mersin BSB. - Royal Hali Gaziantep BSB.

Group B - KOCAELI
5th October 2012
Besiktas - Antalya BSB.
Aliaga Petkim - Hacettepe Universitesi
6th October 2012
Hacettepe Universitesi - Besiktas
Antalya BSB. - Aliaga Petkim
7th October 2012
Besiktas - Aliaga Petkim
Hacettepe Universitesi Antalaya BSB.

Group C - MANISA
5th October 2012
Banvit - TED Ankara Kolejliler
TOFAS - Turk Telekom
6th October 2012
Turk Telekom - Banvit
TED Ankara Kolejliler - TOFAS
7th October 2012
Banvit - TOFAS
Turk Telekom - TED Ankara Kolejliler

Group D - IZMIR
2nd October 2012
Galatasaray Medical Park - Olin Edirne
Fenerbahce Ulker - Erdemir
3rd October 2012
Erdemir - Galatasaray Medical Park
Olin Edirne - Fenerbahce Ulker
4th October 2012
Galatasaray Medical Park - Fenerbahce Ulker
Erdemir - Olin Edirne



TED Ankara Kolejliler beats Erdemir 74-72 in preseason clash - by Eurobasket News

TED Ankara Kolejliler - Erdemir 74-72

TBL teams are getting ready for the beginning of 2012/13 season. In the latest game TED Ankara Kolejliler celebrated 74-72 win against Erdemir. It was another very exciting game this preseason. Kirk Penney (196-G-80, agency: Duran International, college: Wisconsin) top-scored in victory with 13 points, while Ali Kavaklioglu (186-G-86), Nedim Yucel (203-F-79) and Rifat Murat Kaya (194-F/G-84, agency: 1x1 Sports) posted 11 points each. In Erdemir, Jure Balazic (204-F-80) shined with 21 points and was their leading scorer. Sean Marshall (198-G/F-85, college: Boston Coll.) had 15 points, Asim Pars (212-C-76, agency: World Sport Agency) 12 and Gerrod Henderson (192-G-78, college: Louisiana Tech) netted 11 pts. Ends of period: 20-15, 38-27, 54-53, 74-72. New TBL season begins on October 13. In the first round TED Koleji will host Tofas. Erdemir waits former TBL champion Fenerbahce Ulker.

TED Ankara Kolejliler: Kirk Penney 13, Ali Kavaklioglu 11, Nedim Yucel 11, Rifat Murat Kaya 11
Erdemir: Jure Balazic 21, Sean Marshall 15, Asim Pars 12, Gerrod Henderson 11



Turk Telekom grabs 78-75 win against Hacettepe - by Eurobasket News

Hacettepe - Turk Telekom 75-78

Hacettepe and Turk Telekom met in a friendly game yesterday. It was a very exciting match and Turk Telekom grabbed 78-75 victory at the end. Cedrick Banks (190-G-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Ill.-Chicago) was a key player in Turk Telekom with 25 points. Their second scorer was Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) with 15 pts, while Miha Zupan (205-F/C-82) and Hazer Avci (206-F-87, agency: Court Side) posted 9 points each. In the loosing squad, Polat Kaya (197-G/F-86) and Ali Isik (206-C/F-90) delivered 14 points apiece. Cameron Bennerman (193-G-84, college: N.Carolina St.) and Courtney Eldridge (176-PG-80, agency: Alti Sport, college: NC-Greensboro) stopped to 13 and 12 points respectively. Hacettepe was better team at the beginning as they had 25-22 lead after opening ten minutes. Turk Telekom replied with 13-16 in Q2, so teams went to the HT with 38-38 tie. Turk Telekom made minimum lead at the end of Q3 and it was 58-57. Cedrick Banks and his teammates shined when it mattered most and managed to grab 78-75 victory in the finish.

Hacettepe: Polat Kaya 14, Ali Isik 14, Cameron Bennerman 13, Courtney Eldridge 12
Turk Telekom: Cedrick Banks 25, Drago Pasalic 15, Miha Zupan 9, Hazer Avci 9



Warren Carter signs in Turkey - by Eurobasket

According to some rumours Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye (TBL) is most possibly the team, which agreed terms with 27-year old American power forward Warren Carter (205-100kg-85, college: Illinois, agency: Edge Sports). Carter played last season at GreenTops Netanya in Israeli Winner League. In 7 Winner League games he had 11.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.3apg and 1.6spg.
He played in the final of Israeli Premier League in 2011.
Carter was also selected to Eurobasket.com Latvian League All-Imports Team back in 2009.
He is quite experienced player. Carter played also professionally in Greece (Ilysiakos), Spain (Cajasol), NBA (New York Knicks), Latvia (Ventspils) and Turkey (Selcuk Universitesi).
He graduated from University of Illinois in 2007 and it will be his sixth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Besiktas signs Randal Falker for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News

It's official. Besiktas penned a 1-season deal with Randal Falker (201-F-85, college: S.Illinois). He spent last four years with Cholet, where his coach was Erman Kunter (new Besiktas HC). Falker appeared 34 times in ProA last season averaging 6.2 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.5 blocks. They reached ProA, French Cup and Semaine des As Semifinals. A year ago, Cholet was the Supercup winner. In 2009/10 season Randal Falker helped Cholet to win the ProA title. He had 7 ppg and 7.5 rpg for 36 games that season. In 2010/11, he collected 6.6 ppg and 5.9 rpg for 9 Euroleague appearances. Cholet reached EuroChallenge Finals three years ago. Randal Falker is a product of Southern Illinois University, where he graduated in 2008. Eurobasket reported recently that Besiktas and Falker verbally agreed terms. The player already arrived to Istanbul and joined his new teammates.


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The intriguing, - by David Edole

By Donna Ditota, The Post-Standard
Syracuse, NY -- One of the interesting Syracuse basketball story lines heading into the 2012-13 season involves two of the Orange big men.

SU lists sophomore Rakeem Christmas (205-F-91) as 6-foot-9 and 242 pounds. It lists freshman Dajuan Coleman as 6-foot-9 and 288 pounds.

I checked with SU officials about the weight listed for Coleman and was assured that 288 was an accurate measurement taken earlier this month. I asked because Coleman has never looked leaner (aside from his eighth-grade playing days at Fowler High School, when he was pencil-thin). And SU coach Jim Boeheim said last week that Coleman has significantly reduced his body fat from the start of the summer.

Coleman, the Jamesville-DeWitt graduate, and Christmas, the SU sophomore, will be "interchangeable" this year, according to Boeheim. He said both can play center or power forward. He characterized Coleman as a "possibly" better option on the offensive end as a power forward, but added this disclaimer:

"That remains to be seen. You never can predict what a freshmans going to do. You have to wait and see just what theyre really capable of."

One thing is indisputable: Coleman possesses an unusual reservoir of size and strength for a college freshman. Boeheim cited Otis Hill and Etan Thomas as two former Orange men of similar rookie stature. The SU coach likes that Coleman has been the subject of constant defensive attention since his freshman year in high school. He likes that Coleman has had to deal with the double-teams and zones designed to shut him down.

"This will be easier in some ways for him. This will be more fun for him than high school, I think," Boeheim said. "Hes been through it. He knows what it takes to win. I think hell be more than ready to play."

Boeheim, too, said he was pleased with the physical transformation of Christmas, whose upper body displays the fruits of a summer of weightlifting labor.

Christmas said last season that he preferred the center spot, especially for defensive purposes, where he was more familiar with the middle of the zone. But his experience on the back line of the SU defense, where he must stretch to the corners to reach the shooters from the power forward spot, will help him this season. And Boeheim said he believed Coleman, too, could reach the shooters on the back line of SU's 2-3.

Christmas and Coleman played against each other for the first time last summer, in the King of Kings League. Both were adept rebounders in that league -- an ingredient Boeheim wants them to provide for this year's SU team.

SU, according to information provided by ESPN, will unveil its 2012-13 team on Oct. 12, when it hosts its version of Midnight Madness in the Carrier Dome.



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Ndejje beat UCU, edge close to clinching Playoff Place. - by Joel Nature

With three games still to play on their regular season schedule, its almost certain that Ndejje University Angels will make this season playoffs. this follows Ndejje's 63-61 edge out of fellow University outfit UCU Canons at YMCA recently.
Geofrey Soro scored game high 23 points and picked 11 rebounds, Jonah Otim added 14 points and Moses Otem chipped in with 10 as Angels (8-11) heldoff UCU for the vital win.
Ndejje have to play Nkumba Marines, Vegetarian and Rez Life.
The University side faces competition for the final play-off place from Former Champions, Nkumba Marines who suffered a set back on Saturday after suffering a 45-61 loss to KIU Titans and still have to face each other and complete its schedule against Eagles.
In the other Sunday game, Eagles beat Victoria University Heaters 50-47 behind Ivan Lumanyika's 18 points and 15 boards. Andrew Opio added 9 points for Eagles (11-9) Andrew Okot and Derrick Mbusi scored 8 and 6 points respectively for heaters (9-11).
Meanwhile three players, Richard Balemwa, Ben Komakech and Joseph Ikong scored in Double Digits to pace Dmark Power to an 80-53 win over RezLife Saints. Wlliam Odongo's game high 23 points and 12 rebounds were in a losing effort as the new comers look destined for a winless top flight season.
In the Women's Division, Sarah Nakitende scored 11 points and Carol Nyafwono and Sarah Nassuna added 10 each to lead Magic Stormers to a 62-36 win over Nkumba Lady Marines on Saturday. Esther Marion scored 11 and picked 11 rebounds for Lady Marines (4-15) and Sylivia Nakazibwe contributed 10 points. Amazon Rhino beat MUK Cubs 43-20 behind Lucy Kabanyana's Double -Double (17 points, 10rebounds) and Belinda Feni added 16 points while Rashida Namubiru and Gloria Nanfuka contributed 6 points each for cubs.
High School sides, Nabisunsa and Crane High Ladies lost to League Giants A1 Challenge and KCCA Leopards. Four A1 Ladies, Liz Kizza (19 points), Agnes Sentongo (14 points), Vickie Ntale (13 points) and Mariam Birungi (10 points) scored in double figure in the 67-33 win over Nabisunsa who were led by Ruth Nakito's game high 21 points. KCCA Leopards survived Ritah Imanishimwe's 24 points to see off Crane High 70-36.



Ndejje beat UCU, edge close to clinching Playoff Place. - by Joel Nature

With three games still to play on their regular season schedule, its almost certain that Ndejje University Angels will make this season playoffs. this follows Ndejje's 63-61 edge out of fellow University outfit UCU Canons at YMCA recently.
Geofrey Soro scored game high 23 points and picked 11 rebounds, Jonah Otim added 14 points and Moses Otem chipped in with 10 as Angels (8-11) heldoff UCU for the vital win.
Ndejje have to play Nkumba Marines, Vegetarian and Rez Life.
The University side faces competition for the final play-off place from Former Champions, Nkumba Marines who suffered a set back on Saturday after suffering a 45-61 loss to KIU Titans and still have to face each other and complete its schedule against Eagles.
In the other Sunday game, Eagles beat Victoria University Heaters 50-47 behind Ivan Lumanyika's 18 points and 15 boards. Andrew Opio added 9 points for Eagles (11-9) Andrew Okot and Derrick Mbusi scored 8 and 6 points respectively for heaters (9-11).
Meanwhile three players, Richard Balemwa, Ben Komakech and Joseph Ikong scored in Double Digits to pace Dmark Power to an 80-53 win over RezLife Saints. Wlliam Odongo's game high 23 points and 12 rebounds were in a losing effort as the new comers look destined for a winless top flight season.
In the Women's Division, Sarah Nakitende scored 11 points and Carol Nyafwono and Sarah Nassuna added 10 each to lead Magic Stormers to a 62-36 win over Nkumba Lady Marines on Saturday. Esther Marion scored 11 and picked 11 rebounds for Lady Marines (4-15) and Sylivia Nakazibwe contributed 10 points. Amazon Rhino beat MUK Cubs 43-20 behind Lucy Kabanyana's Double -Double (17 points, 10rebounds) and Belinda Feni added 16 points while Rashida Namubiru and Gloria Nanfuka contributed 6 points each for cubs.
High School sides, Nabisunsa and Crane High Ladies lost to League Giants A1 Challenge and KCCA Leopards. Four A1 Ladies, Liz Kizza (19 points), Agnes Sentongo (14 points), Vickie Ntale (13 points) and Mariam Birungi (10 points) scored in double figure in the 67-33 win over Nabisunsa who were led by Ruth Nakito's game high 21 points. KCCA Leopards survived Ritah Imanishimwe's 24 points to see off Crane High 70-36.



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Leo Lyons passed his tryout period and signed with Budivelnyk - by Greg

Budivelnyk Kyiv (Superleague) tabbed 25-year forward Leo Lyons (206-87, college: Missouri) after he was tested there shortly. Lyons played most recently at Dakota Wizards (D-League) in the U.S.. In 16 D-League games he averaged 9.3ppg, 5.4rpg and 1.1apg last season. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in the league. He can count that season as a very successful as D-League All-Star Game. Lyons also played at Austin Toros earlier that season. In 26 D-League games he had very impressive stats: 16.2ppg, 8.9rpg and 1.5apg.
He was a member of USA Select Team for the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara (Mexico) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 6.6ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 42.9%, 3PT-1 (66.7%).
He attended University of Missouri until 2009 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Euroleague Qualifying Round: Le Mans hands 61-55 loss to Donetsk - by Eurobasket News

Le Mans - Donetsk 61-55

Le Mans advanced to the second stage of 2012/13 Euroleague Qualifying Round. Its rival will be Unics Kazan and game is scheduled for tomorrow at 20:45h. Donetsk will compete in EuroCup next season. Cam Long (193-G-88, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: George Mason) top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, college: Connecticut) and Alain Koffi (207-C-83, agency: Beo Basket) added 12 points each. Pape Sy (201-G/F-88) followed them with 10 pts. In defeat, Doron Perkins (188-PG-83, college: Santa Clara) was much better than the others with double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) and Ramel Curry (192-G-80, college: CSU Bakersfield) posted 11 and 10 pts respectively. It is important to mention that D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) scored only 2 points for almost 30 minutes on the court. Quarters: 13-19, 22-12, 13-16, 13-8. Eight teams participated at the first stage of the Qualifying Round. Four are already eliminated, while only one ticket for the regular season is available.

Le Mans: Cam Long 14, Khalid El-Amin 12+5 assists, Alain Koffi 12, Pape Sy 10
Donetsk: Doron Perkins 15+10 boards, Vojdan Stojanovski 11, Ramel Curry 10



Bulls to sign Fesenko to non-guaranteed deal - by Eurobasket News

The Chicago Bulls have invited veteran center Kyrylo Fesenko (7'0''-C-86) to training camp on a non-guaranteed contract, according to sources close to the situation.

Sources told ESPN.com that Fesenko is on course to sign with the Bulls by week's end after working out for team officials this week.

Chicago has been searching for an established big man willing to come to training camp on a non-guaranteed deal because league rules prevent the hard-capped Bulls from handing out any guaranteed deals heading into the season.

But sources say the Bulls, if Fesenko has a strong camp, could well ask the burly Ukranian to wait until the Nov. 20 range, when Chicago would gain the ability to offer him a pro-rated veteran minimum deal.

Under the new collective bargaining agreement hatched last December, teams that use certain exceptions -- exceptions reserved for non-taxpaying teams -- have to live with a hard cap.

The Bulls brought on a hard cap when they signed guards Kirk Hinrich and Marco Belinelli this offseason using exceptions reserved for non-taxpayers. Their payroll, as a result, can't exceed the hard-cap limit of $74.307 million -- and it stands at $73.5 million.

Chicago is thus forbidden from signing veterans to guaranteed deals and so it will sign Fesenko, like veteran guard Nate Robinson before him, on a non-guaranteed basis.

After spending his first four seasons as a reserve center for the Utah Jazz, Fesenko, 25, was picked up midseason in 2011-12 by the Indiana Pacers. Fesenko, though, appeared in only three games in Indiana, averaging 2.7 points and 3.0 rebounds.

The massive 7-foot-1 center is a huge defensive presence but has struggled in the NBA to avoid foul trouble and develop his offensive game.

Yet, he continues to intrigue teams thanks to his considerable defensive potential. Fesenko's short stay with the Pacers was seen in some circles as the byproduct of an unfortunate 2011 offseason during which he sustained a knee injury playing for Ukraine's national team.

Courtesy of ESPN



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Standings - LUB

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

Regular Season: Round 3

Sep. 24: Un.Atletica - Cordon 99-73
Sep. 24: Larre Borges - Aguada 83-88
Sep. 25: Sayago - Welcome 80-78
Sep. 24: Hebraica - Defensor 79-81
Sep. 24: Trouville - Tabare 78-67
Sep. 24: Nacional - Olimpia 74-78
Sep. 24: Bigua - Malvin 72-78
Sep. 24: Bohemios - Montevideo 67-73

Regular Season: Round 4

Sep. 28: Welcome - Malvin
Sep. 28: Montevideo - Hebraica
Sep. 28: Aguada - Nacional
Sep. 29: Tabare - Bigua
Sep. 29: Defensor - Trouville
Sep. 29: Cordon - Bohemios
Sep. 29: Un.Atletica - Un.Atletica
Sep. 29: Sayago - Larre Borges

Round 1

Sep. 26: Larre Borges - Cordon
Sep. 26: Bohemios - Tabare
Sep. 26: Trouville - Bigua


Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Justin KEENAN
  Trouville
  (202-F/C-88)
  Avg: 33
 1. Keenan, Trouville33.0 
 2. Haller, Montevideo23.5 
 3. Baxley, Defensor23.5 
 4. Alvarez, Sayago22.5 
 5. Ambres, Nacional22.3 
 6. Trasante, Olimpia22.0 
 7. Chambers, Monte.21.0 
 8. Giano, Nacional21.0 
 9. Johnson, Bigua20.5 
 10. Taboada, Un.Atlet.20.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Krys FABER
  Welcome
  (208-C-)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Faber, Welcome14.5 
 2. Passos, Hebraica13.3 
 3. Shellman, Sayago13.0 
 4. Hayes, Aguada11.5 
 5. Johnson, Bigua11.0 
 6. Haller, Montevideo11.0 
 7. Martin, Nacional10.0 
 8. Crosby, Montevideo9.0 
 9. Morris, Cordon9.0 
 10. Myles, Malvin8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Diego GONZALEZ
  Aguada
  (175-PG-84)
  Avg: 8
 1. Gonzalez, Aguada8.0 
 2. Fitipaldo, Malvin7.7 
 3. Bavosi, Un.Atletica7.5 
 4. Barrera, Hebraica6.7 
 5. Taboada, Un.Atlet.6.5 
 6. Garcia Moral., Agu.6.0 
 7. Trasante, Olimpia6.0 
 8. Jennings, Cordon5.0 
 9. Vidal, Bigua5.0 
 10. Tornaria, Trouvil.5.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mauricio TRASANTE
  Olimpia
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Trasante, Olimpia5.0 
 2. Garcia, Cordon3.5 
 3. Roselli, Larre Bor.3.0 
 4. Barrera, Hebraica3.0 
 5. Cortizas, Welcome2.5 
 6. Delgado, Olimpia2.5 
 7. Garcia Moral., Agu.2.5 
 8. Garcia, Defensor2.0 
 9. Olivera, Larre B.2.0 
 10. Trelles, Bohemios2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jon ROGERS
  Un.Atletica
  (204-C-84)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Rogers, Un.Atletica3.5 
 2. Kanis, Trouville2.5 
 3. Haller, Montevideo2.5 
 4. Faber, Welcome2.0 
 5. January, Larre B.2.0 
 6. Passos, Hebraica1.7 
 7. Harrison, Bohemios1.5 
 8. Shellman, Sayago1.5 
 9. Vanderbeken, Hebra.1.0 
 10. Bravo, Defensor1.0 


Shellman scored 32 points an grabbed 12 rebounds - by Hector Lopez

Sayago recovered from a 15 points deficit with 7.30 to play in the last quarter and scored 29-12 to defeat Welcome 80-78 for the Uruguayan League third round. Terence Shellman (198-F-78) scored two points to tie the game 78-78 and with 50 seconds to play netted again to finish with 32 points and 12 rebounds. Also for Sayago Demian Alvarez (192-F-84) scored 30 points with 7 rebounds and 3 assists. The second import player for Sayago, Stanley Jones (208-C-86, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Francis Marion) scored 1 points with 7 rebounds. For Welcome Juan Carlos Zaballa (181-G-77) scored 22 points with 3 rebounds and 2 asists, Krys Faber (208-C, college: De Paul) netted 19 points with 15 rebounds and 2 assists, and Jamar Nutter (188-G-84, college: Seton Hall) scored 10 points, 1 rebound 5 assists.


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LNB 2012 Week 6 - Jose Vargas (Aduaneros) MVP for the third time this season - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Liga Nacional de Baloncesto's technical board awarded Jose Vargas (195-G/F-82), of Aduaneros de Carabobo, as Most Valuable Player in Week 6 of the regular season, the third time in six chances that the player has been the best among all in the 2012 edition of this league.

Vargas averaged 27.0 points and 7.5 rebounds in his two games against Atleticos UCV, while his team got a series split. He scored 8 of 18 free-throws, 14 of 17 two-point shots and 6 of 16 three-point shots. He had also won the weekly award in Week 2 and Week 5. Other winners of this recognition have been Maurice Carter (183-G-83) of Guacharos de Monagas and Graddy Osorio (193-F-87) of Generales de Lara.

Also, the league has announced that the LNB's All-Star Game, to be played between a team of the Central-East Conference and the South-West Conference, has been rescheduled and will be played on October 16th at Gilberto Roque Morales Arena of Maturin.



LNB 2012 Week 6 - Guacharos and Centauros remain on top of their conferences - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guacharos de Monagas and Centauros de Apure remained on top of their respective conferences in Venezuela's Liga Nacional de Baloncesto (LNB) after Week 6.

Guacharos defeated Estudiantes de Guarico 83-76 as hosts at Gilberto Roque Morales Arena in Maturin, thanks to Maurice Carter (183-G-83) and his 34 points. He got help from Kervis Ramirez (190-PG-78) with 13 points. For Estudiantes, Marques Lewis (203-C-83) finished up with 14 points and 7 rebounds and Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) added 12 points. However, Estudiantes took revenge the next day, winning 73-72 thanks to 13 points of Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) and 12 of Ernesto Mijares (190-PG-76).

Centauros needed two extra times to overcome Lanceros de Cojedes 113-107 as visitors at Jose Miguel Pandare Colisseum of San Carlos. Tulio Cobos (196-F-86) scored 37 points for the winning side, while Rafael Perez (193-G/F-) and Nestor Colmenares (203-F-87) added 21 points each. For Lanceros, Elvis Baez (189-PG-89) and Morris Sierralta (190-G/F-87) finished up with 23 points each. In the second game, the same story. Centauros and Lanceros had to go into extra time and Centauros won 82-81. Rene Farias (188-G-86, college: Snow CC) led the winners with 20 points and Nestor Colmenares added 19. For Lanceros, Morris Sierralta scored 23 points again.

Bravos de Portuguesa held on to second place in the South-West Conference by splitting their series against Generales de Lara as hosts at Wilbaldo Zabaleta Arena in Acarigua. Bravos won the first game by a 16-point margin, 86-70. Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) finished up with 20 points and 9 rebounds, Kenji Urdaneta (188-G-85) added 20 points and 6 assists, Byron Burnett (206-C-82) completed a double double of 11 points and 11 rebounds and Elder Gimenez (186-G-91) supported them with 10 points and 5 rebounds. For Generales, Carlos Rodriguez (206-C-89) scored 17 points and Yorbis Umbria (203-F-84) followed him with 16.

The next day, Generales forced two extra times to win, 88-84, thanks to 32 points by Graddy Osorio (193-F-87), 22 points and 12 rebounds by Jose Manaure (193-F-87) and 19 rebounds of Carlos Rodriguez. For Bravos, Francisco Centeno netted 23 points.

Tiburones de Vargas remain at second place in the Central-East Conference thanks to a split as visitors against Rojos de Sucre in Cumana. Rojos won the first game 95-91 with good efforts by Daniel Macuare (190-F-84) with 25 points and Jorge Diaz (195-F-77) with 18. For Vargas, Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) netted 22 and Axiers Sucre (200-F-78) added 18. Then, in the second game, Tiburones won 72-70 with Guevara scoring 17 and Kenneth Cooper (208-C-87) adding 12. For Rojos, Marlon Patino (204-F/C-80) finished up with 17.

Atleticos UCV split their series against Aduaneros de Carabobo by taking the first game, 99-89, with another solid performance by the recently signed Yima Chia-Kurr (196-F-86) with 31 points, while Eduardo Rios (182-G-88) supported him with 18. For the loosing side, Pedro Cubillan (187-G-82) scored 26 and Jose Vargas (195-G/F-82) added 24. Aduaneros took revenge the next game with a 102-73 scoreboard. Jose Vargas netted 30 points and Gary Redus (198-G/F-89) added 23. For UCV, Yima Chia-Kurr scored 26 and Jovanni Diaz (195-G-92) added 10.




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Standings

Adriatic League Standings
 1. PEAC-PECS 2-0 
 2. Celik 1-0 
 3. Partizan 1-0 
 4. Radivoj Korac 1-0 
 5. Vojvodina 1-1 
 6. Hemofarm 0-0 
 7. Mladi Krajisnik 0-0 
 8. Athlete Celje 0-1 
 9. Ilrija 0-1 
 10. Novi Zagreb 0-1 
 11. Sloboda 0-1 
 12. Vozdovac 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 26: Novi Zagreb - Partizan 90-93 OT
Sep. 26: Vojvodina - Athlete Celje 74-56
Sep. 26: Celik - Ilrija 74-48
Sep. 25: Vozdovac - PEAC-PECS 64-69
Sep. 26: Sloboda - Radivoj Korac 42-73
Sep. 26: Hemofarm - Mladi Krajisnik

Round 3

Sep. 23: Vojvodina - PEAC-PECS 65-69


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Jovana POPOVIC
  Vojvodina
  (173-G-90)
  Avg: 25.5
 1. Popovic, Vojvodina25.5 
 2. Jaeschke, PE.17.0 
 3. Sesnic, Vojvodina10.5 
 4. Furesz, PE.10.5 
 5. Barbour, PE.10.5 
 6. Dusanic, PE.10.0 
 7. Stupar, Vojvodina8.5 
 8. Boskovic, Vojvodina8.5 
 9. Szamosi, PE.8.0 
 10. Horvath, PE.8.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amy JAESCHKE
  PE.
  (196-C-89)
  Avg: 11
 1. Jaeschke, PE.11.0 
 2. Horvath, PE.8.0 
 3. Szamosi, PE.7.5 
 4. Sesnic, Vojvodina7.5 
 5. Stupar, Vojvodina6.5 
 6. Furesz, PE.6.0 
 7. Dusanic, PE.5.5 
 8. Barbour, PE.5.5 
 9. Bucevac, Vojvodina5.0 
 10. Csutoras, PE.3.0 
Assists Per Game
 Diana FURESZ
  PE.
  (174-G-84)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Furesz, PE.5.5 
 2. Popovic, Vojvodina4.5 
 3. Stupar, Vojvodina3.0 
 4. Bucevac, Vojvodina2.0 
 5. Barbour, PE.1.5 
 6. Jaeschke, PE.1.5 
 7. Dusanic, PE.1.0 
 8. Czirjak, PE.1.0 
 9. Sesnic, Vojvodina1.0 
 10. Csutoras, PE.0.5 
Steals Per Game
 Jovana POPOVIC
  Vojvodina
  (173-G-90)
  Avg: 5
 1. Popovic, Vojvodina5.0 
 2. Boskovic, Vojvodina3.5 
 3. Jaeschke, PE.2.5 
 4. Czirjak, PE.1.5 
 5. Barbour, PE.1.0 
 6. Furesz, PE.1.0 
 7. Stupar, Vojvodina1.0 
 8. Bucevac, Vojvodina0.5 
 9. Szamosi, PE.0.5 
 10. Sesnic, Vojvodi.0.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Amy JAESCHKE
  PE.
  (196-C-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Jaeschke, PE.2.5 
 2. Barbour, PE.1.0 
 3. Popovic, Vojvodina0.5 
 4. Furesz, PE.0.5 
 5. Stupar, Vojvodina0.5 
 6. Corto, Vojvodina0.0 
 7. Horvath, PE.0.0 
 8. Dusanic, PE.0.0 
 9. Sesnic, Vojvodina0.0 
 10. Csutoras, PE.0.0 


Defending champion Partizan win season opener in overtime - by Zeljko Zule

Defending champion Partizan opened new season with a 93-90 road overtime win over Euroleague side Novi Zagreb. Vojvodina beat Celje for first win since October 18, 2008. Korac gained control of the game against Sloboda with a 16-2 lead. Celik crushed newcomer Ilirija by 74-48. Mladi Krajisnik won in all four quarters.
Novi Zagreb-Partizan Galenika 90-93 OT: Trailing by 78-83 with two minutes remaining, Partizan scored seven straight points to take a lead 85-83 with 5 seconds left. Mirna Mazic missed the jumper, but grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to send the game into overtime. Partizan never trailed in extra period. Nevena Jovanovic (179-G-90) scored 21 points including five 3-pointers, Milica Dabovic finished with 18 points and had 15 fouls drawn, Tamara Radocaj added 16 points and Marina Mandic scored 10 points. Zagreb outrebounded Partizan 38-27, but commited 31 turnovers. Latoya Williams, former Partizan's player, scored 36 points on shooting 14-of-18 from the field and grabbed 7 rebounds, but she had 7 turnovers. Mirna Mazic collected 22 points and 14 rebounds and Dunja Prcic had 15 points and 8 rebounds.
Vojvodina-Athlete Celje 74-56: Leading 29-27 at the half, Vojvodina outscored Celje 45-29 in the second half and ended seven game head-to-head losing streak to Slovenian champion. Jovana Popovic had 28 points and 8 steals, Sandra Boskovic scored 14 points and Natasa Ivancevic added 10 points and 9 rebounds. Celje was led by 15-year Alma Potocnik who scored 12 points in her debut. Sanja Orozovic added 12 points, Rebeka Abramovic had 11 points and 5 steals and Marica Gajic grabbed 10 rebounds.
Sloboda-Radivoj Korac 42-73: The visiting team opened the game with a 16-2 run and in the the second quarter limited Sloboda to just one point. Jelena Jovanovic scored 19 points, Mirjana Beronja 11 and Snezana Colic 10. Sloboda shot 50-percent (16-of-32) from the field, but commited 32 turnovers. Natasa Kajtaz finished with 13 points, Dragana Stankovic had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Ljiljana Latinovic posted 10 points.
Celik-Subrina Ilirija 74-48: Bosnian team never trailed and used a huge 20-3 run spanning the first and second quarter for an easy win. Lejla Bejtic scored 19 points while Jovana Karakasevic and Matea Tavic led Ilirija with 13 points both.

Vrsac-Mladi Krajisnik 52-70: The visiting team won in all four quarters. Jelena Velinovic scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Jovana Markovic posted 15 points. Vrsac was led by Jovana Jaksic with 14 points, Milana Kerkez netted 12 points and Marija Mrsic had 11 points.




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Houthalen signs rookie Kelly Keil - by Eurobasket News

DBC Houthalen (Division I) inked American center Kelly Keil (193). Keil has only college experience so far playing last time Dayton (NCAA) and Bridgeport University. She tallied 15.8 points and 8.5 boards per game in her senior season.
Of course it will be Keils first season in professional basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Dovile Miliauskaite agreed terms with Waregem - by Eurobasket News

Declercq Stortbeton Waregem (Division I) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old Lithuanian forward Dovile Miliauskaite (187-89, college: Towson). Miliauskaite played most recently at Real Canoe in Spanish LF2 league. In 30 LF2 games she recorded 8.3ppg and 6.6rpg last season.
Her team made it to CAA Tournament Semifinals in 2008.
Miliauskaite received HS Central Virginia Player of the Year by the News Daily Advance back award in 2007.
She was a member of Lithuanian U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009 and a member of U19 National Team in 2007. Miliauskaite represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) three years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 9.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.9%, FT: 58.8%.
She graduated from Towson University in 2011 and it will be her second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - ZBL (W)

ZBL Standings
 1. Frisco Sika 1-0 
 2. Lokomotiva 1-0 
 3. Trutnov 1-0 
 4. USK Praha 1-0 
 5. Valosun Brno 1-0 
 6. VS Praha 1-0 
 7. DSK Karlin 0-1 
 8. Hradec Kralove 0-1 
 9. Pardubice 0-1 
 10. Slovanka MB 0-1 
 11. Strakonice 0-1 
 12. VSE Praha 0-1 

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 26: Valosun Brno - DSK Karlin 95-68
Sep. 26: Trutnov - Slovanka MB 93-61
Sep. 26: VS Praha - VSE Praha 83-56
Sep. 26: Lokomotiva - Strakonice 71-70
Sep. 26: Hradec Kralove - IMOS Brno 52-61
Sep. 26: Pardubice - USK Praha 45-117

Regular Season: Round 2

Sep. 30: Slovanka MB - Strakonice
Sep. 29: USK Praha - Lokomotiva
Sep. 29: IMOS Brno - Pardubice
Sep. 29: DSK Karlin - Hradec Kralove
Sep. 29: VSE Praha - Valosun Brno
Sep. 29: Trutnov - VS Praha


Stats Leaders - Women

Points Per Game
 Katerina ELHOTOVA
  USK Praha
  (180-SG-89)
  Avg: 31
 1. Elhotova, USK Pra.31.0 
 2. Fontenette, Valos.27.0 
 3. Jileckova, Strakon.23.0 
 4. Sprague, Valosun22.0 
 5. Zaplatova, Trutnov21.0 
 6. Horakova, VSE Pra.21.0 
 7. Tesarikova, Slovan.20.0 
 8. Carter, Lokomotiva20.0 
 9. Anderson, Trutnov19.0 
 10. Kucerova, Lokom.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Arnika BROWN
  DSK Karlin
  (187-F-87)
  Avg: 16
 1. Brown, DSK Karlin16.0 
 2. Sprague, Valosun14.0 
 3. Anderson, Trutnov13.0 
 4. Abdi, Frisco Sika12.0 
 5. Dotson, VS Praha12.0 
 6. Vetrovcova, Trutn.11.0 
 7. Callens, VS Praha10.0 
 8. Greer, Trutnov10.0 
 9. Horakova, Frisco S.9.0 
 10. Jurcenkova, Frisc.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jovana MILOVANOVIC
  Lokom.
  (171-G-83)
  Avg: 8
 1. Milovanovic, Lokom.8.0 
 2. Elhotova, USK Pra.6.0 
 3. Lardy, USK Praha5.0 
 4. De Forge, USK P.5.0 
 5. Matulkova, VS Pr.4.0 
 6. Nezdarilova, Slova.4.0 
 7. Anderson, Trutnov4.0 
 8. Bartakova, VS Pra.4.0 
 9. Jenistova, Strak.3.0 
 10. Eglite, Lokomotiva3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Ashleigh FONTENETTE
  Valosu.
  (172-G-89)
  Avg: 8
 1. Fontenette, Valos.8.0 
 2. Kucerova, Lokom.4.0 
 3. Nezdarilova, Slova.4.0 
 4. Benuskova, Strak.4.0 
 5. Borecka, Valosun4.0 
 6. Kuthanova, Hradec3.0 
 7. Satoranska, Slovan.3.0 
 8. Habetinkova, Pardu.3.0 
 9. Zaplatova, Trutnov3.0 
 10. Milovanovic, Loko.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 El Sara GREER
  Trutnov
  (188-C/F-)
  Avg: 2
 1. Greer, Trutnov2.0 
 2. Ohlde, Frisco Sika2.0 
 3. Rosenbaumova, Hra.1.0 
 4. Spirkova, DSK K.1.0 
 5. Sprague, Valosun1.0 
 6. Hejdova, Frisco S.1.0 
 7. Svrdlikova, Valosu.1.0 
 8. Jurcenkova, Frisco1.0 
 9. Vetrovcova, Trutn.1.0 
 10. Dotson, VS Praha1.0 


Jelena Budimir agreed terms with Basket Slovanka MB - by Eurobasket News

Basket Slovanka MB Tabor (ZBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Serbian power forward Jelena Budimir (192-85, college: Bethel, TN, agency: LBM Management). Budimir worked out most recently at Galatasaray in Turkish TKBL. Last season she spent with DKSK Miskolc. Budimir played previously professionally in Serbia (Crvena Zvezda and Radnicki Novi Beograd). She graduated from Bethel College, TN in 2009 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



ZBL Round 1: Favourites gain victories at the start - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in ZBL just started. The round was rather attractive and full of interesting results.

Lokomotiva - Strakonice 71-70

Aldast Strakonice (0-1) lost on the court of Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary. Visitors were edged by Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary 71-70. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning the initial quarter 18-15. But Aldast Strakonice won second period 21-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary made 17-of-20 charity shots (85.0 percent) during the game. They also forced 24 Aldast Strakonice turnovers. Aldast Strakonice was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Worth to mention a great performance of American point guard Kira Carter (170-90, college: Co.Carolina) who helped to win the game recording 20 points. Sarka Kucerova (181-82) contributed with 18 points and 4 steals for the winners. Four Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary players scored in double figures. Center Zora Jileckova (194-81) answered with 23 points and 6 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) and forward Alena Jenistova (184-86) added 9 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Aldast Strakonice. Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary will play against USK Praha on the road in the next round. Aldast Strakonice will play against Basket Slovanka MB in Vodochody to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Lokomotiva: K.Carter 20+3reb+2ast, S.Kucerova 18+4reb+1ast, J.Eisnerova 10+4reb, J.Milovanovic 10+1reb+8ast, B.Eglite 7+6reb+3ast, D.Kuslitova 4
Strakonice: Z.Jileckova 23+6reb+2ast, V.Libicova 11+5reb+2ast, Z.Mracnova 9+3reb+1ast, A.Jenistova 9+6reb+3ast, L.Balakova 6+2reb, D.Benuskova 6+2reb+2ast
gschID: 183092


Valosun Brno - DSK Karlin 95-68

Host Valosun Brno (1-0) crushed DSK Karlin (0-1) 95-68 on Wednesday evening. Valosun Brno led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 60 of its points in the paint compared to DSK Karlin's 38 and made 20-of-26 free shots (76.9 percent) during the game. Valosun Brno forced 27 DSK Karlin turnovers. Strangely DSK Karlin outrebounded Valosun Brno 49-32 including a 25-14 advantage in offensive rebounds. The game was dominated by American players. Center Amber Sprague (196-86, college: San Diego) fired a double-double by scoring 22 points and 14 rebounds for the winners. Guard Ashleigh Fontenette (172-89, college: Texas) chipped in 27 points and 8 steals. Four Valosun Brno players scored in double figures. Forward Arnika Brown (187-87, college: W.Kentucky, agency: LBM Management) produced a double-double by scoring 11 points and 16 rebounds and center Melissa D'Amico (195-86, college: Notre Dame, agency: Regeneracom Sports) added 14 points and 8 rebounds respectively for lost side. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. DSK Karlin will play next round against Sokol Hradec Kralove. Valosun Brno will try to continue on its current victory against VSE Praha on the road.
Top scorers:
Valosun Brno: A.Fontenette 27+3reb, A.Sprague 22+14reb+1ast, E.Mrhalkova 17+3reb+2ast, K.Sedlakova 12+8reb+2ast, I.Borecka 6+1reb, M.Vojtkova 5+1ast
DSK Karlin: M.D'Amico 14+8reb+1ast, I.Helceletova 11+2reb, A.Brown 11+16reb, A.Hunkova 8+6reb+1ast, I.Spirkova 8+3reb, A.Buldrova 5+1reb+1ast
gschID: 183089


Hradec Kralove - Frisco Sika 52-61

An interesting game where Frisco Sika beat host Sokol Hradec Kralove 61-52 on Wednesday evening. The guests started the game with a very strong first quarter 20-9. But Sokol Hradec Kralove won second period 15-13. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Frisco Sika dominated down low during the game scoring 42 of its points in the paint compared to Sokol Hradec Kralove's 22. They outrebounded Sokol Hradec Kralove 50-32 including a 37-24 advantage in defensive rebounds. Swedish forward Farhiya Abdi (188-92) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 16 points and 12 rebounds for the winners and the former international swingman Hana Horakova (182-79) chipped in 12 points and 9 rebounds. Four Frisco Sika players scored in double figures. At the losing side center Klara Pochobradska (186-89) responded with 13 points and the former international center Michaela Hartigova (192-83) scored 9 points and 6 rebounds. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Frisco Sika will meet at home BK Pliska Studanka in the next round and are hoping to win another game. Sokol Hradec Kralove will play against DSK Karlin and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Frisco Sika: F.Abdi 16+12reb+2ast, H.Horakova 12+9reb+2ast, A.Jurcenkova 12+9reb, N.Ohlde 12+7reb+1ast, V.Vlkova 9+1reb+1ast, M.Vackova 0
Hradec Kralove: K.Pochobradska 13+4reb, K.Zavazalova 12+3reb, M.Hartigova 9+6reb+2ast, M.Stara 9+2reb+1ast, D.Misurova 5+5reb, T.Kuthanova 4+6reb+1ast
gschID: 183090


Pardubice - USK Praha 45-117

We should mention about the upset which took place in Pardubice, where BK Pliska Studanka (0-1) was outleveled at home by USK Praha (1-0) 117-45 on Wednesday. The game without a history. USK Praha led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding BK Pliska Studanka to just 5 points in second and third quarters. USK Praha well out of reach of BK Pliska Studanka shooting 71.0 percent from the field. They also forced 19 BK Pliska Studanka turnovers and outrebounded them 34-23 including a 28-12 advantage in defensive rebounds. USK Praha looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists comparing to just 5 passes made by BK Pliska Studanka's players. International Katerina Elhotova (180-SG-89) fired 31 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists (on 12-of-13 shooting from the field) for the winners. American-Montenegrin Anna De Forge (178-76, college: Nebraska, agency: Josep and Nicolas) chipped in 14 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Five USK Praha players scored in double figures. Forward Hana Kramperova (176-85) produced 11 points and center Marketa Jedlickova (187-94) added 8 points respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. USK Praha will face Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary at home in the next round and it will be for sure the game of the week. BK Pliska Studanka will play against Frisco Sika in Brno.
Top scorers:
USK Praha: K.Elhotova 31+5reb+6ast, E.Viteckova 15+3reb+2ast, A.De Forge 14+7reb+5ast, I.Burgrova 14+4reb+1ast, J.Dubljevic 11+2reb+1ast, M.Zrustova 10+7reb+3ast
Pardubice: H.Kramperova 11+2reb+1ast, M.Jedlickova 8+4reb, Z.Duskova 5+2reb+1ast, N.Zakova 4+2reb+1ast, P.Jirkova 4+1ast, P.Chocholousova 3+1reb
gschID: 183091


Trutnov - Slovanka MB 93-61

The game in Trutnov supposed to be also worth to mention about. Basket Slovanka MB (0-1) played at the court of Kara Trutnov (1-0). Kara Trutnov smashed Basket Slovanka MB 93-61. Kara Trutnov led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Basket Slovanka MB's 20 and made 18-of-22 charity shots (81.8 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Basket Slovanka MB 50-23 including a 32-11 advantage in defensive rebounds. It was a great shooting night for Kara Trutnov especially from behind the arc, where they had solid 69.2 percentage. American forward Ambrosia Anderson (186-84, college: BYU) nailed a double-double by scoring 19 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side and swingman Petra Zaplatova (175-91) accounted for 21 points. Center Linda Tesarikova (178-78) came up with 20 points and point guard Hana Nezdarilova (170-84) added 9 points and 4 assists respectively for Basket Slovanka MB in the defeat. Kara Trutnov's next round opponent will be VS Praha at home which should be theoretically another easy game. Basket Slovanka MB will play against Aldast Strakonice.
Top scorers:
Trutnov: P.Zaplatova 21+2reb+1ast, A.Anderson 19+13reb+4ast, M.Steffanova 13+4reb+1ast, A.Vackova 13+2reb, H.Vesela 9+5reb+1ast, E.Sara Greer 7+10reb+2ast
Slovanka MB: L.Tesarikova 20+4reb, E.Dujsikova 10+3reb+1ast, H.Nezdarilova 9+2reb+4ast, P.Pospisilova 8+4reb, D.Behalova 5+1reb+1ast, M.Satoranska 5+3reb
gschID: 183087


VS Praha - VSE Praha 83-56

VS Praha used a home court advantage and crushed the cross-town rivals 83-56 on Wednesday night. VS Praha led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. VS Praha outrebounded VSE Praha 45-25 including a 33-15 advantage in defensive rebounds. American forward Marshae Dotson (180-87, college: Florida, agency: Merit Sports) fired a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Belgian power forward Evelien Callens (187-84) chipped in a double-double by scoring 16 points and 10 rebounds. Four VS Praha players scored in double figures. Forward Eva Horakova (188-72) produced 21 points and 8 rebounds and American forward Baendu Lowenthal (183-88, college: Fairfield) added 12 points respectively for lost side. Since the result was very predictable, it gave the chance for the coaches to test many bench players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. VS Praha will face Kara Trutnov on the road in the next round, which may be the game of the day. VSE Praha will play against Valosun Brno.
Top scorers:
VS Praha: E.Callens 16+10reb+1ast, P.Reisingerova 14+6reb+2ast, M.Dotson 13+12reb+2ast, D.Pohunkova 12+1reb+1ast, A.Tarasava 11+3reb+1ast, L.Bartakova 9+2reb+4ast
VSE Praha: E.Horakova 21+8reb+2ast, B.Lowenthal 12+2reb+1ast, A.Sladkova 9+3reb, D.Chlebovcova 4+1ast, K.Novotna 3+3reb, J.Krizova 3+1reb
gschID: 183088



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  DENMARK   

Standings - Dameligaen

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Sep. 26: Aabyhoj - Lemvig 57-82
Sep. 29: Horsholm - Aabyhoj
Sep. 29: Falcon - Amager
Sep. 29: Vaerlose - Lemvig
Sep. 30: SISU - Horsens


Stats Leaders - Damenligaen

Points Per Game
 Emily HATCH
  Lemvig
  (185-F-89)
  Avg: 27
 1. Hatch, Lemvig27.0 
 2. Chili, Vaerlose24.0 
 3. Hesseldal, Horsholm22.0 
 4. Vincents, Falcon21.0 
 5. Malone, SISU19.0 
 6. Hatfield, Vaerlose18.0 
 7. Moore, Lemvig18.0 
 8. Preetzmann, Aabyh.17.0 
 9. Jensen, Amager16.0 
 10. Schicher, Lemvig16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Janet HATFIELD
  Vaerlose
  (190-C-85)
  Avg: 12
 1. Hatfield, Vaerlose12.0 
 2. Malone, SISU10.0 
 3. Hesseldal, Horsholm10.0 
 4. Gerlyng-H., Horsh.9.0 
 5. Fabricius, Vaerlose8.0 
 6. Klussmann, Amager7.0 
 7. Elmgreen, Falcon6.0 
 8. Schicher, Lemvig6.0 
 9. Sheikh, Vaerlose6.0 
 10. Hatch, Lemvig6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ivana UDOVALIEVA
  Lemvig
  (172-PG-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Udovalieva, Lemvig7.0 
 2. Pretzmann, SISU4.0 
 3. Bachler, Vaerlose4.0 
 4. Jorgensen, SISU4.0 
 5. Blands, SISU4.0 
 6. Hatfield, Vaerlose3.0 
 7. Hoier, Aabyhoj3.0 
 8. Gerlyng-H., Horsh.2.0 
 9. Jespersen, Aabyhoj2.0 
 10. Lund, SISU2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Mallory MOORE
  Lemvig
  (-F-)
  Avg: 4
 1. Moore, Lemvig4.0 
 2. Hesseldal, Horsholm3.0 
 3. Jorgensen, SISU3.0 
 4. Andersen, Falcon3.0 
 5. Bachler, Vaerlose3.0 
 6. Hatch, Lemvig2.0 
 7. Ravn, Horsens2.0 
 8. Dokkedal, Vaerlose2.0 
 9. Strunch, Falcon2.0 
 10. Blands, SISU2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Tea JORGENSEN
  SISU
  (177-F-87)
  Avg: 1
 1. Jorgensen, SISU1.0 
 2. Dinesen, Amager1.0 
 3. Moore, Lemvig1.0 
 4. Gerlyng-H., Horsh.1.0 
 5. Schicher, Lemvig1.0 
 6. Hatfield, Vaerlose1.0 
 7. Viso, Amager1.0 
 8. Dokkedal, Vaerlose1.0 
 9. Hoier, Aabyhoj1.0 
 10. Hatch, Lemvig1.0 



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   

Stats Leaders W - Group A

Points Per Game
 Emma lina STACH
  (175-PG-96)
  Avg: 19.2
 1. Stach, GER19.2 
 2. Crvendakic, SRB17.1 
 3. Onar, TUR16.8 
 4. Dojkic, CRO16.5 
 5. Kolosovskaya, RUS14.8 
 6. Zandalasini, ITA14.7 
 7. Slonjsak, CRO14.0 
 8. Salvadores, ESP13.6 
 9. Dubei, HUN12.3 
 10. Horvath, HUN11.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anita KELAVA
  (185-PF-97)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Kelava, CRO9.5 
 2. Linskens, BEL9.2 
 3. Crvendakic, SRB9.0 
 4. Oikonomaki, GRE8.9 
 5. Ndiba, NED8.8 
 6. Zandalasini, ITA8.6 
 7. Stach, GER8.0 
 8. Tivenius, SWE8.0 
 9. Bura, CRO7.6 
 10. Brossmann, GER7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Ksenia LEVCHENKO
  (165-PG-96)
  Avg: 4
 1. Levchenko, RUS4.0 
 2. Onar, TUR3.5 
 3. Duchet, FRA3.3 
 4. Cukic, SRB3.3 
 5. Flores, ESP2.9 
 6. Manlaci, TUR2.8 
 7. Dojkic, CRO2.8 
 8. Kuijt, NED2.6 
 9. Pavlopoulou, GRE2.6 
 10. Allemand, BEL2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Martina KACERIK
  (179-PG-96)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Kacerik, ITA3.1 
 2. Kuijt, NED2.9 
 3. Flores, ESP2.9 
 4. Manlaci, TUR2.6 
 5. Andelova, CZE2.4 
 6. Allemand, BEL2.4 
 7. Dojkic, CRO2.4 
 8. Dambach, FRA2.3 
 9. Ondrejkova, SVK2.3 
 10. Capella, ESP2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Kyara LINSKENS
  (189-C-96)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Linskens, BEL2.4 
 2. Sema, RUS2.3 
 3. Lo Sylla, ESP2.2 
 4. Kelava, CRO1.9 
 5. Ba, FRA1.6 
 6. Geldof, BEL1.4 
 7. Bura, CRO1.4 
 8. Karambatsa, GRE1.3 
 9. Zandalasini, ITA1.3 
 10. Oikonomaki, GRE1.3 



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   

Div.A Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Paulina HERSLER
  (190-PF-94)
  Avg: 20.9
 1. Hersler, SWE20.9 
 2. Ben Abdelkad., BEL18.6 
 3. Stamolamprou, GRE16.3 
 4. Bilgic, TUR14.3 
 5. Hruscakova, SVK14.0 
 6. Stanacev, SRB14.0 
 7. Tikvic, CRO13.6 
 8. Balintova, SVK12.9 
 9. Raileanu, ROM12.8 
 10. Delaere, BEL12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Eva LISEC
  (191-C-95)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Lisec, SLO10.9 
 2. Hruscakova, SVK10.6 
 3. Tikvic, CRO9.0 
 4. Badiane, FRA9.0 
 5. Begic, CRO8.6 
 6. Stankovic, SRB8.3 
 7. Gaye, FRA8.2 
 8. Hersler, SWE7.9 
 9. Marchenkova, RUS7.7 
 10. Treffers, NED7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Olivia EPOUPA
  (166-PG-94)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Epoupa, FRA4.6 
 2. Stanacev, SRB4.4 
 3. Eriksson, SWE3.3 
 4. Havlikova, CZE3.3 
 5. Gabrovsek, SLO3.3 
 6. Ben Abdelkad., BEL3.2 
 7. Owczarzak, POL3.0 
 8. Mandic, SRB2.8 
 9. Dumitrache, ROM2.7 
 10. Novikova, RUS2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Leticia ROMERO
  (176-SG-95)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Romero, ESP2.6 
 2. Hanson, SWE2.4 
 3. Gavrila, ROM2.3 
 4. Aydin, TUR2.2 
 5. Epoupa, FRA2.1 
 6. Balintova, SVK2.0 
 7. Stamolamprou, GRE2.0 
 8. Bilgic, TUR2.0 
 9. Gladkova, RUS1.9 
 10. Owczarzak, POL1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Dragana STANKOVIC
  SRB
  (188-PF-95)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Stankovic, SRB2.8 
 2. Tikvic, CRO2.6 
 3. Gaye, FRA2.2 
 4. Jaworska, POL1.7 
 5. Marchenkova, RUS1.3 
 6. Hersler, SWE1.3 
 7. Coklar, TUR1.0 
 8. Badiane, FRA0.8 
 9. Bende, BEL0.8 
 10. Slim, NED0.7 


Div.B Stats Leaders - by Greg

Points Per Game
 Iva KOSTOVA
  (178-SG-94)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Kostova, BUL20.8 
 2. Austgulen, NOR19.3 
 3. Kedem, ISR15.7 
 4. Jespersen, DEN15.5 
 5. Joseph, ENG15.3 
 6. Papova, BLR14.6 
 7. Stojanovska2, MKD14.0 
 8. Hristova, BUL13.9 
 9. Kraujunaite, LTU13.8 
 10. Kalenta, BLR13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Amadea SZAMOSI
  (190-C/F-94)
  Avg: 11
 1. Szamosi, HUN11.0 
 2. Green, ENG10.4 
 3. Papova, BLR9.7 
 4. Jespersen, DEN9.6 
 5. Rakovic, MNT8.9 
 6. Perrenoud, SUI8.4 
 7. Kalenta, BLR8.3 
 8. Austgulen, NOR7.4 
 9. Kostourkova, POR7.3 
 10. Stojanovska2, MKD7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Justina KRAUJUNAITE
  (174-F-95)
  Avg: 3.9
 1. Kraujunaite, LTU3.9 
 2. Viana, POR3.6 
 3. Bridina, LAT3.1 
 4. Sirsinaityte, LTU3.0 
 5. Wood, SCO3.0 
 6. Papova, BLR2.9 
 7. Csutoras, HUN2.7 
 8. Kmetovska, MKD2.7 
 9. Bravo-H., ENG2.7 
 10. Jamsa, FIN2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Iva KOSTOVA
  (178-SG-94)
  Avg: 4
 1. Kostova, BUL4.0 
 2. Ferreira, POR2.6 
 3. Bridina, LAT2.4 
 4. Nikpaljevic, MNT2.4 
 5. Dzirma, GER2.3 
 6. Dayan, ISR2.1 
 7. Dimitrova, BUL2.1 
 8. Myshapud, BLR2.0 
 9. Runsas, FIN2.0 
 10. Abboud, ISR2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Laura PERRENOUD
  (189-C-94)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Perrenoud, SUI3.1 
 2. Papova, BLR2.6 
 3. Kalenta, BLR2.1 
 4. Kostova, BUL1.8 
 5. Kostova, BUL1.6 
 6. Kostourkova, POR1.4 
 7. Szamosi, HUN1.4 
 8. Zelnyte, LTU1.1 
 9. Gulich, GER1.1 
 10. Tveito, NOR1.1 



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Stats Leaders (Women)

Points Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  (186-G/F-92)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. Iagupova, UKR27.6 
 2. Zietara, POL17.2 
 3. Abdi, SWE16.2 
 4. Butter, NED15.6 
 5. Domingues, POR14.8 
 6. Papova, BLR14.0 
 7. De Kleijn, NED14.0 
 8. Colic, SRB13.9 
 9. Rozenberga, LAT13.6 
 10. Casas, ESP13.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Monika GRIGALAUSKYTE
  (190-PF-92)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Grigalauskyt., LTU10.6 
 2. Tikhonenko, RUS10.6 
 3. Iagupova, UKR10.1 
 4. Mistygacz, POL9.3 
 5. Svaryte, LTU9.1 
 6. Green, ENG8.8 
 7. Papova, BLR8.2 
 8. Gil, ESP8.2 
 9. Brajkovic, SRB7.5 
 10. Hruscakova, SVK7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Alina IAGUPOVA
  (186-G/F-92)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Iagupova, UKR5.3 
 2. Zietara, POL3.7 
 3. Cakir, TUR3.7 
 4. Dotto, ITA3.3 
 5. Ortiz, ESP3.0 
 6. Nystrom, SWE2.9 
 7. Dotto, ITA2.9 
 8. Adams, NED2.9 
 9. Colic, SRB2.9 
 10. Balintova, SVK2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Dorota MISTYGACZ
  (183-F/C-92)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Mistygacz, POL3.1 
 2. Casas, ESP3.1 
 3. Iagupova, UKR3.0 
 4. Dotto, ITA2.9 
 5. Colic, SRB2.7 
 6. Bridina, LAT2.6 
 7. Ortiz, ESP2.4 
 8. Zietara, POL2.3 
 9. Butter, NED2.3 
 10. Cakir, TUR2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Dorota MISTYGACZ
  (183-F/C-92)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Mistygacz, POL1.9 
 2. Tikhonenko, RUS1.7 
 3. Ivashchanka, BLR1.1 
 4. Papova, BLR1.0 
 5. Filonchyk, BLR0.9 
 6. Efimova, RUS0.9 
 7. Cornelie, FRA0.9 
 8. Zahui, SWE0.8 
 9. Diallo, FRA0.7 
 10. Basaran, TUR0.7 



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  ITALY   


Priolo signs Mary Durojaye - by Eurobasket News

Trogylos Priolo (A1) signed 22-year old British forward Mary Durojaye (187-90). Durojaye just graduated from Robert Morris (NCAA). In 32 games last season she had 12.9ppg, 8.1rpg and 1.0spg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Durojaye was a member of British U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010 and a member of University National Team last year. She represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 Division B in Kavadarci (FYR Macedonia) two years ago. Durojayes team won Gold and her stats at that event were 7 games: 9.7ppg, 6.7rpg, FGP: 46.2%, FT: 50.0%.
Durojaye played previously also in London Mets and Harringey Angels.
As mentioned above she just graduated from Robert Morris and it will be her first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @LEGABASKETFEMM)



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  LITHUANIA   


Dovile Miliauskaite agreed terms with Waregem - by Eurobasket News

Declercq Stortbeton Waregem (Division I) strengthened their roster with addition of 23-year old Lithuanian forward Dovile Miliauskaite (187-89, college: Towson). Miliauskaite played most recently at Real Canoe in Spanish LF2 league. In 30 LF2 games she recorded 8.3ppg and 6.6rpg last season.
Her team made it to CAA Tournament Semifinals in 2008.
Miliauskaite received HS Central Virginia Player of the Year by the News Daily Advance back award in 2007.
She was a member of Lithuanian U20 National Team between 2008 and 2009 and a member of U19 National Team in 2007. Miliauskaite represented Lithuania at the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) three years ago. Her stats at that event were 8 games: 9.5ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.9%, FT: 58.8%.
She graduated from Towson University in 2011 and it will be her second season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  LUXEMBOURG   


T71 Dudelange replaces Shay Holmes with Tonya Young - by Eurobasket News

T71 Dudelange decided to make a change in import spot. They were not satisfied with the performance of Shay Holmes (185-F, college: Ark.-Pine Bluff) and parted ways with the forward. She will replaced by Tonya Young (187-F/C, college: Vermont). The forward started the previous season in Portugal. She played for Torres Novas. Her stats read 15.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per appearance. Later Tonya Young moved to Slovak Republic. She signed with Poprad. There the forward notched 16.0 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. She made it into All-Slovakian Extraliga 1st Team. It was the first pro season for Tonya Young.


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  MALTA   


Preview of 2012-2013 Women's St. James Hospital League Season - by Steve Dolan

Steve Dolan Reports:
9/26/2012
Malta:

The 2012-2013 Women's St James Hospital League season is fast approaching upon us. The 2012-2013 season will start off this weekend 29 September 2012 with the St James Hospital Preseason Tournament which will be held at University Gym due to the damage at Ta Qali Basketball Complex. The St. James Hospital Preseason Tournament will start with the Women's League Defending Champions Luxol v Alyssa Ashley LBC 0800 29 September 2012 and will wrap up with the Championship game 30 September 2012 @ 1830. The tournament will allow the fans to see the new imports brought in by each club that has been reported except for Phoenix whom will be without their import whom will report 1 November 2012 as well as the clubs newly acquired transferred players. This preseason tournament will allow fans to see what each of their clubs will have to offer for the rest of the season.

Depiro- Has been very busy during the off season bringing in a very talented import Latisha Belcher 6'2" PF/C whom played her college basketball in the United States at East Tennessee University (NCAA 1) where she was named the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year. Depiro really strengthen their roster by going out an obtaining some transfers from their rivals such Shooting Guard Beverly Zammit whom was with the defending champions Luxol last season as well as Emma Moore whom spent the 2011-2012 Season with Loyola. Depiro from all reports have gained the most in the off season and may end up being the favorites to win the league championship but time will tell.

Luxol- The defending champions can not be over looked as they have went out and signed a very good import as well Mollie Williams 6'2 F University of Washington (NCAA 1) to boaster their roster for the 2012-2013 season along with their talented Maltese players. Williams is a very versatile Forward that can be a force inside as well as step out and shoot the ball from the three. The defending champions will be looking to 3 peat as the Maltese League Champions in 2013.


Loyola- will be looking to make a run back to the Maltese League Championship game after losing in a deciding 5th game in the last moments to the defending champions Luxol. Loyola went out and acquired a sharp shooting guard Brietta Thomas 511 La Tech (NCAA 1). Thomas comes to Loyola with high praise from her former Coach WNBA Legend and Women's Basketball Hall of Famer Teressa Weatherspoon. Loyola added the talented Thomas to their roster after Christina Grima whom signed to play this season in Italy from reports as well as the loss of Abigail Sciberra whom decided to go study abroad.


Phoenix- Has went out and probably made the biggest splash with adding American to their roster for the 2012-2013 season. Phoenix added Brittaney Thomas a 5'9 guard out of University Pittsburgh (NCAA 1) where in her final season Thomas avg 15ppg in the toughest college basketball conference in the United States. Brittaney played this past season in the WBCBL where she led the nation in scoring at over 24ppg. Phoenix also strengthen their roster with adding Alexis Darmanin from Hibs. Phoenix may be the most improved team within the league after finishing at the bottom of the standings last season with the addition of Brittaney Thomas they could contend for a playoff spot.

Hibs- Hibs has not reported to our sources that they have signed an import player for the 2012-2013 season as of yet. Hibs is looking to improve on their semifinals appearance after finishing 4th in the regular season. Hibs had a very successful season in 2011-2012 after winning both the Maltese Cup and BOV Knock-Out Cup. This may be a tough task t repeat if they decide not to bring a import player in even with their talented Maltese players.


Athleta- is looking to make a playoff run after just missing out on the playoffs after finishing in 5th place during the regular season and only one game behind Hibs for the final playoff push. No reports have been reported to Athleta bringing a import in for the upcoming season as of yet to our sources. Athleta may not have reported an addition of an import but sources are telling us they have added transfers Edwina Vella from Deprio, Justine Xuereb from Depiro, and Marie Claire Cilia from Starlites for the the 2012-2013 season

Starlite- is looking to improve on their 6th place finish from the 2011-2012, this may be a struggle they have not reported to our sources any signings of imports nor any transfers at this time such as the other teams have. All the teams above Starlite has improved their rosters and so has Phoenix whom is the only team to finish below Starlite in the 2011-2012 season with the signing of their star import Brittaney Thomas.



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  MONTENEGRO   


Montenegro vs Turkey, Slovakia and Ukraine - by Dragan Scepanovic

Montenegrin woman basketball team at the European Championships in France next year, playing in group A together with Turkey, Slovakia and Ukraine. This is the epilogue of today's lottery in Paris, and the competition is scheduled from 15 to 30 June.
In group B are Russia, Italy, Sweden and Spain, while Group C consists of hosts France, Great Britain, Serbia and Latvia. Czech Republic, Croatia, Lithuania and Belarus in Group D.
The competition continues through first three selections from all groups.
At the European Championships no bad opponents, but we have to acknowledge that we were lucky on lottery, which should be an additional reason for us to get ready in the best way for what awaits us in France, says captain Jelena Skerovic (176-G-80, agency: Josep and Nicolas).



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Notre Dame assistant chosen BCA board president - by Eurobasket News

The Black Coaches & Administrators have selected Notre Dame associate head coach Carol Owens as its new president.

BCA executive director Floyd Keith announced the decision Tuesday.

Owens is serving her second stint on Notre Dame's coaching staff. She was Muffet McGraw's top assistant from 1995-96 through 2004-05, then returned to the staff in the same role in 2010-11. She also spent five seasons as head coach at Northern Illinois, Owens' alma mater.

During her two stints at Notre Dame, the Fighting Irish went to three Final Fours and won the 2001 national championship.

In 2008, she joined the Women's Basketball Coaching Association board of directors, where she served as the executive committee secretary until 2011 when she stepped down to join the BCA's 11-member board.

Courtesy of http://sports.sportsillustrated.cnn.com



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Standings - Women

BSNF Standings
 1. Morovis M. 9-3 
 2. Carolina G. 9-3 
 3. Quebradillas 9-4 
 4. San German 8-5 
 5. Juncos V. 6-7 
 6. Aguas B.T. 3-8 
 7. Ponce L. 0-14 

Regular Season: Round 11

Sep. 24: Aguas B.T. - Juncos V. 83-85 OT
Sep. 23: Carolina G. - Morovis M. 76-81
Sep. 25: Morovis M. - San German 75-79
Sep. 23: Ponce L. - San German 60-82

Regular Season: Round 12

Sep. 26: Aguas B.T. - Quebradillas
Sep. 27: San German - Carolina G.
Sep. 27: Juncos V. - Morovis M.


Stats Leaders - Superleague 25

Points Per Game
 Monique MARTIN
  Aguas B.T.
  (180-G-83)
  Avg: 27.6
 1. Martin, Aguas B.T.27.6 
 2. Valentin, Carolina22.3 
 3. Werema, Juncos V.21.4 
 4. Williams, Morovis18.7 
 5. Lewis, Ponce L.17.8 
 6. Bruszewski, Quebra.17.3 
 7. Jones, Carolina G.17.1 
 8. Seals, Aguas B.T.16.3 
 9. Fairweather, Ponce16.2 
 10. Rosado, Morovis M.14.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Esmary VARGAS-SANCHEZ
  Juncos V.
  (191-C-81)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Vargas-S., Juncos12.3 
 2. Lewis, Ponce L.12.0 
 3. Jones, Carolina G.12.0 
 4. Rosario, Ponce L.11.1 
 5. Martin, Aguas B.T.10.4 
 6. Seals, Aguas B.T.10.3 
 7. Williams, Morovis9.5 
 8. Gonzalez, San G.8.8 
 9. Werema, Juncos V.8.2 
 10. Bruszewski, Quebr.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Karla RUIZ
  Aguas B.T.
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  Avg: 3.5
 1. Ruiz, Aguas B.T.3.5 
 2. Jones, Carolina G.3.4 
 3. Escalera, Morov.3.3 
 4. Colon, Ponce L.3.2 
 5. Johnson, Aguas B..3.2 
 6. Bruszewski, Quebra.3.2 
 7. Rosario, Ponce L.3.0 
 8. Concepcion, Junco.3.0 
 9. Rodriguez, Carolin.3.0 
 10. Valentin, Carolin.2.9 
Steals Per Game
 Pamela ROSADO
  Morovis M.
  (165-PG-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Rosado, Morovis M.2.8 
 2. Martin, Aguas B.T.2.6 
 3. Valentin, Carolina2.5 
 4. De La Paz, Juncos2.5 
 5. Fairweather, Ponce2.5 
 6. Matthews, Aguas B.2.3 
 7. Rodriguez, Carolin.2.2 
 8. Jones, Carolina G.2.0 
 9. Cortijo, Carolina2.0 
 10. Johnson, Aguas B.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Esmary VARGAS-SANCHEZ
  Juncos V.
  (191-C-81)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Vargas-S., Juncos3.3 
 2. Williams, Morovis2.6 
 3. Rosario, Ponce L.1.9 
 4. Seals, Aguas B.T.1.5 
 5. Werema, Juncos V.1.1 
 6. Placido, Quebradil.1.1 
 7. Martin, Aguas B.T.0.9 
 8. Smith, San German0.9 
 9. Rosado, San German0.9 
 10. Flores, Ponce L.0.9 


BSNF Round 11: #1 Montaneras are defeated by Athleticas - by Eurobasket News

What a coincidence that all visitors won their games. There was no lack of interesting games this round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Montaneras (9-3) in Morovis on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Athleticas (8-5) 79-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Montaneras. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Montaneras won third quarter 25-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for the former international guard Michelle Gonzalez (167-89, college: FIU) who led her team to a victory scoring 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Zuleimarie Sanchez (168-87) helped adding 13 points and 7 rebounds. American power forward Angelina Williams (183-83, college: Illinois) responded with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks. Athleticas maintains fourth place with 8-5 record. Montaneras at the other side still keep top position with three games lost. They share it with Carolina G.. Athleticas are looking forward to face league's second-placed Gigantes in Carolina in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Montaneras will play on the road against Valencianes in Juncos and are hoping to win this game.

The most impressive stats of the last round was 30 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists and 6 steals by Monique Martin of Aguas B.T..


Morovis M. - San German 75-79

The most crucial game of the last round was a loss of top-ranked Montaneras (9-3) in Morovis on Tuesday night. Hosts were defeated by fourth ranked Athleticas (8-5) 79-75. It ended at the same time the two-game winning streak of Montaneras. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Montaneras won third quarter 25-19. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a great evening for the former international guard Michelle Gonzalez (167-89, college: FIU) who led her team to a victory scoring 19 points and 5 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field). Guard Zuleimarie Sanchez (168-87) helped adding 13 points and 7 rebounds. Five Athleticas players scored in double figures. American power forward Angelina Williams (183-83, college: Illinois) responded with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks and international point guard Pamela Rosado (165-86) scored 14 points. Athleticas maintains fourth place with 8-5 record. Montaneras at the other side still keep top position with three games lost. They share it with Carolina G.. Athleticas are looking forward to face league's second-placed Gigantes in Carolina in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Montaneras will play on the road against Valencianes in Juncos and are hoping to win this game.
Top scorers:
Morovis M.: A.Williams 20+8reb+3ast, K.Rodriguez 15+1reb+1ast, P.Rosado 14+3reb+2ast, N.Figueroa 9+7reb, A.Sepulveda 8+5reb+3ast, C.Escalera 6+7reb+2ast
San German: M.Gonzalez 19+5reb+1ast, Z.Sanchez 13+7reb+3ast, S.Leslie 13+3reb+4ast, S.Rosado 12+6reb, K.Rosario 10+4reb+3ast, T.White 8+3reb
gschID: 187209


Carolina G. - Morovis M. 76-81

There was a minor upset in Carolina where leader Gigantes (9-3) were defeated by first ranked Montaneras (9-3) 81-76 on Sunday. It was a key game for the top position in the league. Gigantes were tied after three quarters but could not keep up in the last quarter eventually losing the game. Montaneras made 22-of-28 free shots (78.6 percent) during the game. Strangely Gigantes outrebounded Montaneras 49-37 including 20 on the offensive glass. It was a great evening for American power forward Angelina Williams (183-83, college: Illinois) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 32 points, 14 rebounds and 4 blocks. International point guard Pamela Rosado (165-86) helped adding 16 points and 4 steals. International forward Yolanda Jones (184-84, college: La-Lafayette) responded with a double-double by scoring 23 points, 18 rebounds and 4 assists and the former international Cynthia Valentin (174-84, college: Indiana, agency: LBM Management) scored 21 points and 4 assists. Montaneras maintains first place with 9-3 record, which they share with Carolina G. Montaneras will face Valencianes (#5) in Juncos in the next round. Gigantes will play on the road against Athleticas (#4) in San German.
Top scorers:
Carolina G.: Y.Jones 23+18reb+4ast, C.Valentin 21+3reb+4ast, A.Morales 11+3reb+2ast, C.Cortijo 8+4reb+4ast, K.Szunko 6+11reb+3ast, R.Rodriguez 5+7reb+3ast
Morovis M.: A.Williams 32+14reb+3ast, P.Rosado 16+3reb+2ast, A.Sepulveda 10+1reb+3ast, S.Pineiro 7+7reb+3ast, C.Escalera 7+5reb+4ast, K.Rodriguez 5+6reb+1ast
gschID: 187206


Ponce L. - San German 60-82

Rather predictable result in Ponce where fourth ranked Athleticas (8-5) smashed bottom-ranked Leonas (0-14) 82-60 on Sunday. The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. Athleticas dominated down low during the game scoring 68 of its points in the paint compared to Leonas' 46. They outrebounded Leonas 58-40 including a 43-27 advantage in defensive rebounds. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for forward Kristina Rosario (188-88, college: Morgan St.) who led her team to a victory with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 15 rebounds. Guard Tyra White (182-89, college: Texas A&M) helped adding 16 points and 7 rebounds. Five Athleticas players scored in double figures. Forward Denise Lewis (185-90, college: Tulsa) responded with 25 points and 7 rebounds and forward Jessica Fairweather (178, college: Dominican, NY) produced a double-double by scoring 14 points and 11 rebounds. Athleticas maintains fourth place with 8-5 record. Loser Leonas still closes the standings with 14 games lost. Athleticas will face league's second-placed Gigantes in Carolina in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory.
Top scorers:
Ponce L.: D.Lewis 25+7reb+1ast, J.Fairweather 14+11reb+3ast, J.Ithier 8+3reb, M.Colon 7+6reb+1ast, A.Bermudez 6+13reb+4ast, J.Flores 0
San German: Z.Sanchez 17+5reb+3ast, T.White 16+7reb+3ast, S.Rosado 14+9reb+2ast, K.Rosario 13+15reb, S.Leslie 11+4reb+5ast, M.Gonzalez 5+5reb
gschID: 187207


Aguas B.T. - Juncos V. 83-85 OT

Top scorers:
Aguas B.T.: M.Martin 30+13reb+4ast, F.Lee Flores 21+2reb+3ast, T.Harris 16+6reb+4ast, A.Johnson 5+3reb+4ast, K.Ruiz 5+6reb+1ast, D.Seals 4+17reb+2ast
Juncos V.: R.Taylor 33+5reb+2ast, T.Lanza 17+10reb+4ast, L.Rivera 12+5reb+3ast, E.Vargas-Sanchez 9+16reb+3ast, T.De La Paz 7+6reb+4ast, Y.Guerra 5+3reb+1ast
gschID: 187208



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Stats Leaders - 1A women

Points Per Game
 Aleksandra KATIC
  Radnicki KG
  (172-G-87)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Katic, Radnicki KG20.8 
 2. Maric, Celarevo19.6 
 3. Vasic, Celarevo18.6 
 4. Grubor, Jagodina.18.1 
 5. Prvulovic, Radnick.16.8 
 6. Ilic, Student16.8 
 7. Marinkov, Proleter16.0 
 8. Veselinovic, Spart.15.5 
 9. Kovacic, Jagodina.15.2 
 10. Tomasevic, Crvena14.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mirjana VELISAVLJEVIC
  Sabac
  (188-C-78)
  Avg: 10
 1. Velisavljevi., Sab.10.0 
 2. Marinkov, Proleter9.7 
 3. Maric, Celarevo9.7 
 4. Ilic, Student9.4 
 5. Carkic, Proleter9.3 
 6. Emese, Spartak9.3 
 7. Kovacic, Jagodina.8.8 
 8. Varda, Beocin8.8 
 9. Vasic, Celarevo8.6 
 10. Karakasevic, Crve.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Tamara PETKOVIC
  Jagodina.
  (170-G-89)
  Avg: 5
 1. Petkovic, Jagodina.5.0 
 2. Vasic, Celarevo4.2 
 3. Vidakovic, Sabac3.6 
 4. Cukic, Vrbas M.3.5 
 5. Musulin, Stara P.3.5 
 6. Stanacev, Crvena3.5 
 7. Grahovac, Beocin3.3 
 8. Grubor, Jagodina.3.3 
 9. Prvulovic, Radnick.3.1 
 10. Ruzic, Jagodina.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Jovana VESELINOVIC
  Spartak
  (170-G-88)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Veselinovic, Spart.3.4 
 2. Milovanovic, Vrbas3.3 
 3. Niksic, Crvena Z.3.2 
 4. Milosevic, Radnick.3.2 
 5. Emese, Spartak2.9 
 6. Katic, Radnicki KG2.8 
 7. Stanacev, Crvena2.6 
 8. Grahovac, Beocin2.5 
 9. Golubovic, Beocin2.5 
 10. Tomasevic, Crvena2.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Danijela VARDA
  Beocin
  (196-C-74)
  Avg: 2
 1. Varda, Beocin2.0 
 2. Terzic, Celarevo1.6 
 3. Carkic, Proleter1.6 
 4. Velisavljevi., Sab.1.1 
 5. Rajic, Vrbas M.1.0 
 6. Emese, Spartak0.9 
 7. Mijatovic, Vrbas M.0.8 
 8. Kovacic, Jagodina.0.7 
 9. Ilic, Student0.7 
 10. Ciric, Sabac0.6 


Jelena Budimir agreed terms with Basket Slovanka MB - by Eurobasket News

Basket Slovanka MB Tabor (ZBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 27-year old Serbian power forward Jelena Budimir (192-85, college: Bethel, TN, agency: LBM Management). Budimir worked out most recently at Galatasaray in Turkish TKBL. Last season she spent with DKSK Miskolc. Budimir played previously professionally in Serbia (Crvena Zvezda and Radnicki Novi Beograd). She graduated from Bethel College, TN in 2009 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - Women

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Sep. 26: Cassovia K. - Petrzalka 63-71
Sep. 26: Samorin - MBK Ruzomb. 55-68
Sep. 26: Levice - Piestanske C. 41-71
Sep. 26: Good Angels - Poprad 124-13
Sep. 26: Ostrava - SKBD Rucon



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Poor start for SLO team in Adriatic League - by Zeljko Zule

Both Slovenian teams, Athlete Celje and Subrina Ilirija, lost their openings games in 2012-13 Adriatic League. Celje lost to Vojvodina 56-74 and Ilirija were defeated 48-74 by runner-up Celik.
Trailing 27-29 at the half, Celje were outscored 29-45 in the second half and ended the seven game head-to-head winning streak by losing to Vojvodina 56-74. Celje was led by15-year Alma Potocnik (169-PG-97) who scored 12 points in her debut. Sanja Orozovic added 12 points, Rebeka Abramovic had 11 points and 5 steals and Marica Gajic grabbed 10 rebounds.
Ilirija trailed by as many as 24 points before the break. Jovana Karakasevic and Matea Tavic both finished with 13 points.




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Northland Basket adds National Team guard Martina Stalvant - by Eurobasket News

Great news for Northland Basket fans. Their team landed Swedish NT guard Martina Stalvant (181-G-89) for the upcoming season. She arrives to the club from Frisco Sika Brno. Stalvant appeared 37 times in Czech league averaging 5.2 points and 1.4 assists. They reached ZBL and Cup Finals. The player also added 2.5 ppg for 13 Euroleague appearances. Martina Stalvant played for Spanish Gran Canaria in 2010/11 season. With them she had 6.4 ppg fro 25 LFB games. Stalvant had almost the same number for 9 EuroCup games. In the past, Martina Stalvant spent few years with 08 Stockholm. She is active member of the Swedish NT since 2009. This summer in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications Martina Stalvant had 2.3 ppg and 1.3 rpg for 8 games.


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Priolo signs Mary Durojaye - by Eurobasket News

Trogylos Priolo (A1) signed 22-year old British forward Mary Durojaye (187-90). Durojaye just graduated from Robert Morris (NCAA). In 32 games last season she had 12.9ppg, 8.1rpg and 1.0spg. She helped them to make it to the semifinals.
Durojaye was a member of British U20 National Team between 2009 and 2010 and a member of University National Team last year. She represented United Kingdom at the European Championships U20 Division B in Kavadarci (FYR Macedonia) two years ago. Durojayes team won Gold and her stats at that event were 7 games: 9.7ppg, 6.7rpg, FGP: 46.2%, FT: 50.0%.
Durojaye played previously also in London Mets and Harringey Angels.
As mentioned above she just graduated from Robert Morris and it will be her first season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @LEGABASKETFEMM)



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The Future Starts Now: a look at the 2013 WNBA Draft - by Diamadis Farmakis

The 2013 Draft features three game-changing prospects that could shape the WNBA landscape for many years One of the most important days on this year's WNBA calendar will actually take place the day before the playoffs start. That's because the fate of four franchises will be in the balance as the 2013 WNBA Draft Lottery takes place on Sept. 26. These are the three players that draws all the attention, until now.

The hype surrounding this years draft class which includes three game-changing prospects in Baylors Brittney Griner, Delaware's Elena Delle Donne and Notre Dames Skylar Diggins is at an all-time high as all three have the potential to immediately resurrect a franchise

The draft lottery will be held for the first time at ESPN in Bristol, Conn. during the 6 p.m. ET edition of SportsCenter

The importance of the draft lottery cannot be overstated. In 2011, Minnesota selected Maya Moore with the No. 1 overall pick and the Lynx went on to win a championship her rookie year. Other notable No. 1 picks include Lauren Jackson (2001), Sue Bird (2002), Diana Taurasi (2004), Seimone Augustus (2006) and Candace Parker (2008).

With three rare talents seemingly capable of being stars in this league for quite some time set to enter the WNBA, this draft lottery could very well be a lucky team's first step to winning a championship. The outcome of this lottery -- which holds the hopes and dreams of the teams involved, their fans and the players themselves -- has the potential to shape the landscape of the WNBA for many years.

ELENA DELLE DONNE

Two time All-American
Former Scout.com No. 1 high school recruit
Accepted a basketball scholarship from UConn but enrolled at University of Delaware
Staying home kept her close to her sister, who is blind and deaf and suffers from autism and cerebral palsy
Led the nation in scoring in 2011 with 28.1 average
Has scored over 2000 points in her three seasons

SKYLAR DIGGINS

Two-time All-American
Led her Notre Dame to back-to-back NCAA championship games
Averaged 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 5 assists per game in 2011
2012 Big East Player of the Year
Recipient of the 2012 Nancy Lieberman point guard award, which honors the nation's top collegiate point guard
2012 BET Award nominees for Sportswoman of the Year (alongside Brittney Griner, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, and Candace Parker)
2012 summer intern at espnW

BRITTNEY GRINER

Three-time All-American
2012 AP Player of the Year
Arm-span of 86 inches
Averaged 23.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 5.2 (nation high) blocks per game in 2011-12
Led Baylor to perfect 40-0 season in 2011-12
First NCAA player to score more than 2000 points with 500 blocked shots
65 blocks away from becoming all-time leader in NCAA history
2012 BET Award nominee for Sportswoman of the Year (alongside Skylar Diggins, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, and Candace Parker)
Enjoys skateboarding



Asjha Jones, Sun enter WNBA Playoffs in better health - by Eurobasket News

If winning a WNBA title depended only on talent, the Connecticut Sun might have had one or two by now. But there's much more to it, of course.

Ill-timed injuries to Wendy Palmer-Daniel (6'2''-F-74, college: Virginia), Lindsay Whalen (5'9''-PG-82, college: Minnesota), Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) and Asjha Jones (6'2''-PF-80, college: Connecticut) have had as much to do with the Sun's postseason problems in their first nine years as anything.

"You need both on your side, fate and talent," Sun coach Mike Thibault said. "And you can't have one without the other. All you want is the chance to be able to battle it out.

"Where luck comes into it is in regard to health. And you have no control over those things. They just happen. I remember the conference finals in 2006 [against Detroit] when Asjha and Katie were taking injections just to be able to play. We could barely walk in the deciding game."

The Sun played in four Eastern Conference finals (2003-06) and for two championships (2004-05) but haven't been able to wrap their hands around any hardware. And that has been a source of frustration to the organization.

"It's what everybody plays for," Thibault said. "Anyone who is worth anything in professional basketball is dying to play in a playoff game. It's exciting. It's like being a little kid in your driveway."

It's a new day for the Sun, another chance to do something for the first time.

"It sure would be nice to get to the Finals this season with everyone on the team healthy," Jones said. "And that's what we are aiming for."

With the best record in the East (25-9), the Sun open the postseason Thursday against the New York Liberty (15-19) with the first game of a best-of-three at the Mohegan Sun Arena.

The Sun won 4 of 5 against New York this season, losing only in the first game following the Olympic break, Aug. 16 in Newark, N.J., when center Tina Charles, their leading scorer and rebounder, was held to four points.

"Of course, there is a chance [for the Liberty]," ESPN's Rebecca Lobo said. "I wouldn't say they would surprise the Sun, but I think because the Sun are expecting a tough series with New York. [The five games] were relatively close, well played, fun, exciting games."

So playoff time is a time when experience matters. Knowing how to win matters. Having championship experience can matter, and New York has a lot of those things.

Connecticut is in the midst of a long postseason drought. It has not won a playoff game since Sept. 18, 2008, a Game 2 win over New York. The Sun did not even make the playoffs in 2009 or 2010 and was swept by Atlanta in the opening round last season.

This team has not lost consecutive games this season. But it has only one player, Jones, who has ever won a playoff game with the Sun, and just one, Kara Lawson, with a championship (with Sacramento in 2005).

"Knowing how to win matters," Lobo said. "Having championship experience can matter, and New York has a lot of those things."

Thibault is well aware.

"It takes a little maturity, a lot of skill and being able to stay in the moment," Thibault said. "The one thing I am worried about, with a young team like ours, is its ability to maintain its focus."

And that brings us back to injuries and the status of Jones, the Sun's veteran leader.

Since 2009, Jones has been dealing with a chronically sore Achilles' tendon. It required surgery in February 2010 to relieve an impediment that was causing her pain. Then on July 11, she stepped on the foot of Washington's Michelle Snow, causing a new injury to the area.

"It's an irritant, but when you think about it, everyone in the league is hurting now to some degree," Jones said. "I'm not special. It's not a problem. I try not to get frustrated. It's just a part of the game.

"We all wake up in the morning wishing we didn't have to go to [physical therapy]. Then you quickly realize it's a lot better than going [to work] 9-to-5."

Courtesy of www.courant.com