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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   



Partizan loan Marinkovic to OKK Beograd - by Zoran Popovic

According to Serbian Sports news young Serbian prospect Ivan Marinkovic (208-F/C-93) is new enforcement of OKK Beograd before the start of new season. Management of Partizan Beograd and OKK Beograd made agreement in which will young Marinkovic spent season in OKK Beograd and be refreshment for coach Jekovic team. Ivan Marinkovic was born November 27th, 1993. During the career passed all young teams of Crvena Zvezda Beograd and last three seasons played for their junior team, Ivan Marinkovic was member of Serbian U18 and U20 team.


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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   

Standings

Standings
1. Senegal5-0
2. Egypt4-1
3. Mali3-2
4. Tunisia2-3
5. Angola1-4
6. Kenya0-5



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  ANGOLA   


First Adingono, then Bitee, now Tangara - by Eurobasket News

Tunisian club Etoile du Sahels recent dominance in African Clubs Championship (ACC) competitions is making Angolans seriously ponder the future, and they seem to be doing anything to return to the top position no matter what.
Last December, Etoile du Sahel stunned Angolan giants Primeiro DAgosto in the Final of the ACC in Moroccan region of Sale to halt Angolan clubs reign in the competition.
In response, Angolans are seeking new options in the African market. Petro de Luanda parted ways with Portuguese coach Alberto Babo , before D'Agosto and Portugal's most celebrated coach Mario Leonel Palma went their separate ways too.
In July, 2010 African clubs champions Petro de Luanda signed Cameroon national head coach Lazare Adingono and then followed that with the capture of Cameroon's Parfait Bitee, who led his team in scoring at last year's Afrobasket.
This week, though, Angolan champions Recreativo do Libolo confirmed the signing of Mali's Mohamed Tangara, the fifth leading rebounder at the 2011 continental championship in Madagascar.
Adingono and Bitte helped to eliminate their new employers from the 2011 ACC podium as they represented host club Moroccans AS Sale - who finished third in the competition - at the time.
Nevertheless, Angola has a history of appreciating African players as some have even ended up representing the country on the international stage and others, rarely, remained in the country less than two seasons.

For instance, Gabon-born Victor Muzadi represented Angola at the Sydney and Athens Olympics while Chad-born Abdel Moussa became a double Olympian after showing his skills in Athens and Beijing.
In the past, Angolan clubs attracted Cape Verde internationals Rodrigo Mascarenhas and Marques Houtman while Tunisia's Macram Ben Rondhane was rumoured to be joining DAgosto although he remains with his Etoile du Sahel, at least for now.
Moreover, Angolas African success over the past 20 years has been based on the chemistry between the national team players, most of whom play in the Angolan league, unlike their main opponents. Although players such as Carlos Morais, Milton Barros or Joaquim Gomes played US college basketball, they returned to play professionally at home.
Besides Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco - and despite the reduced number of teams competing in the national league (eight teams) - Angola is one of the few African nations that enjoys a professional basketball league with players making a good standard of living. perhaps basketball passion in the country is to blame.
Meanwhile, Tangara, Bitee and Adingono are not alone as Cape Verde international Mario Correia (189-G-78, college: Bryant) plays for DAgosto and DR Congo international Celo Lifetu-Selenge plays for Inter de Luanda.
According to Angola men's national team assistant coach Emanuel Trovoada, the arrival of the Cameroonians Adingono and Bitee, more than the Malians, may have some implications for the national team, as some of their leading players - including Morais and Miguel Kiala - will be under Adingonos scrutiny at Petro de Luanda.
It should not be a big deal as there are examples in basketball's history of teammates facing each other at international tournaments. For instance, Kobe Bryant vs Pau Gasol or Kevin Durant vs Serge Ibaka.
However the Angolans vs Cameroonians is a different and unique reality, as Angolan players have never been so exposed to an opposing head coach as this time, and the rivalry of these two teams has become a case-study.
Adingonos Cameroon were frustrated at last years Afrobasket after an 84-83 Quarter-Final loss to Angola in the last three seconds of the game. Four years earlier, Angola claimed their ninth African title after beating Cameroon in the Final of the 2007 Afrobasket held in Angola.
Despite Cameroons inability to beat Angola, Adingonos skills and mindset were not ignored in Luanda circles, as they expect him to restore Petros dominance.
Should Cameroon secure a place to the 2013 Afrobasket in the Central African Republic's capital of Bangui next week, there are good chances that Cameroon will take on Angola in Abidjan for the third time in four tournaments.
No doubt that Angola clubs are free to generate income and revenue, but former Cape Verde head coach Emmanuel Trovoada says they have to be professional and accept and welcome the new signings as Angolans are in general are prepared to overcome such issues.
No doubts, Trovoada says that "Lazare is going to learn more of our game and our play style, but we have to act professionally."
For now Petro de Luanda, Primeiro DAgosto and Libolo warm up for the ACC competition which will be staged in November in Equatorial Guinea.
Julio Chitunda
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.com



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  ARGENTINA   


Boca, Lanus get victories - by Leonardo Contieri

Boca defeated Gimnasia Indalo77-68 as Phillip Hopson (188-G-87, college: Idaho) led four players in double figures with 17 points, John De Groat added 15 and Federico Van Lacke and Daniel Santiago 12 each. David Jackson was the game's top scorer for Gimnasia with 18 points and Kahiem Seawright added 10 and 12 rebounds.
Lanus totally destroyed Obras with a 49-74 victory away from home. Obras offensive futillity reached its peak in the second quarter when they scored only two points. Leonel Schattman finished with 15 points and 6 rebounds for Lanus, Nicolas Laprovittola added 13 and Adrian Boccia 10. Juan Gutirrez scored 12 for Obras and grabbed 16 rebounds. Martin Osimani also scored 12 points. Obras shot 19 for 59 from the field and turned the ball over 17 times.



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  ASEAN LEAGUE   


Petron Blaze add Brian Williams - by Eurobasket News

Petron Blaze bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Brian Williams (208-C-87, college: Tennessee).
Brian Williams spent the previous season in Malaysia. The centre played for Westports KL Dragons. He tallied 20.8 points, 14.4 boards, 3.0 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.0 block per game in ASEAN League. Brian Williams was named into Asia-Basket.com All-ASEAN League 1st Team. It was the first pro season for Brian Williams. Brian Williams graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2011. He notched 6.8 points, 7.4 boards and 1.4 assists per game in his senior season. Brian Williams was named All-SEC Sixth Man of the Year in 2011.



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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Rudupis add Siim-Sander Vene and Karolis Aldakauskas - by Eurobasket News

Rudupis boosted their roster with addition of two players. They landed Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) and Karolis Aldakauskas (193-G-92).
Siim-Sander Vene started the previous season with Baltai Kaunas. He tallied 8.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in LKL. In Baltic League the forward notched 11.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per appearance. Later Siim-Sander Vene moved to VEF Riga. The forward notched 6.6 points, 4.6 boards and 1.2 assists per LBL game. In VTB League he averaged 4.0 points, while in EuroCup his stats read 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds.
Karolis Aldakauskas joins Rudupis from their affiliate Rudupis KKSC Prienu team. The guard played in RKL last season.



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  BELGIUM   


Gent Dragons Transfer - by Peter Buyse

Gent Dragons the former Optiaa Gent has signed Nigerian center Leigh Enobakhare (206-C-86, agency: Court Side) for the rest of the season. The former Oostende center played the past season in D2 for Kangoeroes Boom. Before that he played both for Oostende and Duva Gistel.
The team needed another big man to replace Kristof Ongenaet who till now has not played any regular season games due to an injury.
The team is now complete with the recent return of its other injured players.



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  BRAZIL   


Romario finish his college career and is back in Brazil - by Paulo Freire

Mackenzie/Meridional Kawaii announced today, a new contract making the player Romario Souza (208-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) the Mackenzie/Meridional Kawaii new center for the Mineiro State Championship that will be dispute. The athlete came close to be announced officially by the Tijuca team for this season.
The big man of 24 years old has experience at the Minas Tenis Clube team before going to US for college. He also had been at the Brazilian NT under-19 in 2006.
In the last 4 years he has been in the United States playing college basketball, he has graduated at NCAA University of Louisiana, as he was recruited by the former NBA legend Karl Malone.
The athlete already has a date to debut.



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  CANADA   


Cavell Johnson joins Saint John Mill Rats - by Eurobasket News

Saint John Mill Rats agreed terms with 27-year old American forward Cavell Johnson (203-95kg-85, college: UMBC). Johnson played last summer at InderValle in Colombian Copa Federacion. He also played at Beltway Bombers in ACPBL ACPBL earlier that season. Johnson helped them to win the title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. Quite impressive season as he was named to USBasket.com All-ACPBL 2nd Team.
Johnson attended University of Maryland -Baltimore County until 2008 and it will be his fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Mill Rats inks duo to contracts - by Eurobasket News

The Saint John Mill Rats continue to stockpile talent for training camp. This time by re-signing Mill Rats veteran, P.J. Young (6'6''-F-82, college: S.New Hampshire), and adding 6'8 power forward, Cavell Johnson (6'8''-F-85, college: UMBC).

Last season, the durable 67 Young was the only Mill Rat to appear in all 38 regular season and playoff games. He averaged 6.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per contest, but his defensive intensity and energy meant the most to the club.

Johnson was a teammate of Mill Rats new Head Coach David Cooper at Division I James Madison University from 2004-2006 before transferring to the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. At UMBC, he averaged 12.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game.

After taking a few years away from the game, Johnson burst back onto the season in the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball Association (ACPBL), winning the league championship and garnering the finals Most Valuable Player award.

The list of players signed by the Mill Rats for training camp is:

Anthony Anderson 511 guard
Jerice Crouch 60 guard
Darin Mency 62 guard
Mike Anderson 64 guard
Melvin Council 64 guard
Taneiko Robinson 66 forward
P.J. Young 67 forward
James Reaves 68 power forward
Cavell Johnson 68 power forward
Modibo Diarra 610 centre
Micah Brand 611 centre-power forward

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

Courtesy of St. Johns Mill Rats



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  CHINA   


Fujian tabs Justin Dentmon - by Eurobasket News

Fujian Quanzhou Bank (CBA) inked 27-year old USA ex-international guard Justin Dentmon (182-85kg-85, college: Washington). Dentmon played most recently at EA7 Armani in Italian SerieA. He managed to play in five leagues last year (!!!). In 3 SerieA games he recorded 4.3ppg, 1.3rpg and 1.3apg. Dentmon also played at Austin Toros in D-League earlier that season. In 47 D-League games he averaged impressive 22.2ppg, 3.6rpg, 5.3apg and 1.5spg. He helped them to win the title despite they ended the regular season at the second place. A very good season in his career as he was awarded USBasket.com All-D-League Player of the Year, Guard of the Year and voted to 1st Team. The other team Dentmon played that season for was Toronto Raptors in NBA. In 4 NBA games he averaged 5.5ppg, 1.8rpg and 2.3apg. Another team he played that season for was San Antonio Spurs in NBA. In 2 NBA games he averaged just 2.0ppg. Another team Dentmon played that season for was New Orleans Hornets in NBA. Two years ago Texas Legends selected him as fourth overall pick in NBA draft.
Dentmon attended The University of Washington until 2009 and it will be his fourth season in pro basketball.
He was a member of USA Senior National Team last year. Dentmon also represented USA at the Panamerican Games in Guadalajara (Mexico) last year. His team won Bronze and his stats at that event were 5 games: 9.2ppg, Assists-5 (3.2apg), FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 37.5%, FT: 85.7%.
Dentmon is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Israel (Hapoel Afula), Venezuela (Toros), NBA (New Orleans Hornets and San Antonio Spurs), Dominican Republic (Cocolos) and D-League (Frisco Texas Legends).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Jerome Jordan may agree terms with Qingdao Eagles - by Eurobasket News

Qingdao Double Star Eagles (CBA) is close to land 26-year old Jamaican international center Jerome Jordan (213-100kg-86, college: Tulsa). Jordan played most recently at Houston Rockets in the NBA. Two years ago Jordan was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) in second round (44th overall).
He attended The University of Tulsa until 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
Jordan has been a member of Jamaican Senior National Team between 2006 and 2012. He also represented Jamaica at the CARICOM Championships six years ago. Jordan's team won Gold and his stats at that event were - 5 games: 2.6ppg.
Jordan is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Slovenia (Krka), NBA (New York Knicks) and D-League (Erie Bay Hawks).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  CROATIA   


Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut signs 1-month deal with Dalibor Bagaric - by Eurobasket News

Dalibor Bagaric (217-C-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) will continue his career in Lebanon. The Croatian center penned a 1-month deal with Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut. He will temporarily replace injured Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona). Lebanese league begins in about a month, but Al Riyadi will be the host of Asia Cup in the meantime. Head Coach of the team is Croatian Slobodan Subotic (agency: Global Sports Plaza ).
Dalibor Bagaric finished last season with Cedevita Zagreb. They won Croatian Cup trophy together and reached League Finals. Bagaric had 5.4 ppg and 2.9 rpg in 14 domestic league games. He also added 4 ppg and 2.9 rpg for 17 appearances in Adriatic league. Bagaric started last season with Valladolid, but they parted ways after four games. Before Valladolid, Dalibor Bagaric played for Marousi, Dubrava, Cibona, Bologna, Girona, Olympiakos etc.. He also has NBA experience.



Hrvoje Peric is not joining Zadar after all - by Dajana Karl

In the end Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) won't be playing with KK Zadar this season. KK Zadar have decided that it was for the best because of their financial situation.

"The reasons are always the same - a financial nature, regarding the inability of proper payment of the contract. We estimated that at this moment KK Zadar doesn't have the strength nor the ability to have one more contract. We're sorry, because we believe that we could use Peric very well on our team, but unfortunately, we just couldn't. When we put everything on the scale, it's, at this moment, impossible mission" - says Branko Skroce, the sporting director.

KK Zadar is currently in a difficult financial situation and they must pay last season debts as well as try to regularly pay the current team. For now Peric is not coming back, but Chaisson Allen (192-PG-89, college: Northeastern) will be landing in KK Zadar very soon.

"We have not yet received the signed contract, but his agent confirmed that everything was fine. It's realistic to expect him to be in KK Zadar by the end of the week and have a couple of practices with us before the arrival of Crvena Zvezda DIVA Beograd." - Skroce says.

KK Zadar is currently in Belgrade where they're having their first game of the Adriatic league against BC Partizan MT:S Beograd. They have left without sick Ive Ivanov (200-C-85) and Ante Delas (201-G/F-88). Ivan Batur (203-G/F-91), Toni Prostran (183-PG-91), Goran Vrbanc (194-G-84) and Marko Ramljak (201-PF-93, agency: Interperformances) recently had influenza as well and it's hard to tell in which type of condition are they in. The game is being played this Friday at 8 pm.





Darda inks Josip Glavinic, release Igor Salamun - by Eurobasket News

Josip Glavinic (192-G-82) is a new member of Darda. The Croatian point guard penned a deal for the upcoming season. At the same time Darda released Igor Salamun (186-PG-85). He signed a contract earlier this summer.
Josip Glavinic spent last season with Krizevci. He had 8.8 ppg, 5.1 apg and 3.9 rpg for 29 games. He was top assistant of A1 league. Before Krizevci, Glavinic played one year for Hungarian PVSK Pecs. He was named to Eurobasket.com Hungarian League All-Bosmans Team -11. Glavinic also has experience from Slovakian MBK Handlova, Kvarner, Dubrovnik and Cedevita.
Igor Salamun arrived to Darda from Jolly JBS, where he finished last season. He started it with Kvarner.



Cedevita reportedly agrees with PG Vlado Ilievski - by Eurobasket News

Vlado Ilievski (187-PG-80, agency: Beo Basket) will play for Cedevita Zagreb next season, according to Siol.net. The Euroleague newcomer agreed terms with experienced point guard and deal will be signed soon. Ilievski joins Head Coach Bozidar Maljkovic, with whom he worked last season at Lokomotiv Kuban. The player moved to Kuban from Anadolu Efers in February. He had 6.4 ppg and 2.1 apg for 11 games in VTB United League. Ilievski also added 6.6 ppg and 2.4 apg for 8 games in Russia, plus 4.4 ppg and 2.2 apg for 5 EuroCup appearances. As mentioned above, he started last season with Anadolu Efes averaging 2.7 points and 2.6 assists for 10 Euroleague games. Before Efes, Vlado Ilievski played for Union Olimpija, Tau Ceramica, Montepaschi, Lottomatica Roma and Barcelona. Last summer he paced FYROM National Team to Semifinals of the EuroBasket in Lithuania.


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Cantu outplays CEZ Nymburk 89-83 in Euroleague Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News

Cantu - CEZ Nymburk 89-83

Cantu is one win away from the Euroleague regular season. In the second stage of the Qualifying Round the Italian squad handed 89-83 loss to CEZ Nymburk. The reigning Czech champion will compete in EuroCup this season. In the last game of qualifications Cantu will meet the winner of Unics Kazan - Le Mans match-up. Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) top-scored in victory with 19 points. Jerry Smith (188-PG-87, college: Louisville) had 16 points and 5 assists, while Jeff Brooks (203-F-89, college: Penn St.) netted 13 pts. Smith was the MVP of this game with valuation 20. In defeat, A.J. Abrams (180-G-86, agency: Two Points, college: Texas) and Michael Taylor (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) answered with 16 points each. Lukas Palyza (204-F-89) was third scorer in Nymburk with 13 pts. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) nailed back-to-back three-pointers to end the third-quarter and start the fourth as Cantu used a 13-0 run to surge ahead 74-57. Nymburk fought its way back within 6 in the final minute, but Cantu held on. Quarters: 23-17, 20-27, 25-13, 21-26. Last game of the Qualifying Round is scheduled for tomorrow at 20:30h in Desio, Italy.

Cantu: Pietro Aradori 19, Jerry Smith 16+5 as, Jeff Brooks 13
CEZ Nymburk: A.J. Abrams 16, Michael Taylor 16, Lukas Palyza 13



CEZ Nymburk Lands Oliver Tot for the 2012-13 Season - by Surujh Roopnarine

Perennial Czech powerhouse CEZ Basketball Nymburk, poised yet again for another NBL title and European cup success, has secured the services of young point guard Oliver Tot (198-PG-94) for the 2012-13 season. Oliver Tot, who will turn 18 at the end of November, spent last season with BK Inter Bratislava. During a tumultuous season for the club, the 6-6 Slovakian U20 National Team member, appeared in 36 games averaging 2.8 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists. This past summer at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sofia, Bulgaria Oliver Tot appeared in eight games for Slovakia, averaging 8.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists (4th in the tournament) and 1.4 steals while connecting on 22-56 field goal attempts. As the youngest member of the Nymburk team Oliver Tot will have an excellent opportunity to practice and learn from some of the best players and coaches in the Czech Republic.


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  DENMARK   

Standings - Basketligaen

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Sep. 27: Naestved - Horsholm 66-52
Sep. 25: Aarhus BC - Svendborg 65-78
Sep. 26: Vaerlose - SISU 54-76
Sep. 27: Bakken - Aalborg 108-87
Sep. 27: Horsens IC - Randers 100-90

Regular Season: Round 3

Sep. 29: Horsholm - Aarhus BC
Sep. 30: Horsens IC - Naestved
Sep. 30: SISU - Bakken
Oct. 1: Randers - Svendborg


Stats Leaders - Basketligaen

Points Per Game
 Ryan WILLEN
  Aalborg
  (204-F/C-89)
  Avg: 27
 1. Willen, Aalborg27.0 
 2. Washington, Svend.22.5 
 3. Thomann, Horse.22.0 
 4. Delaney, Aalborg21.5 
 5. Darboe, Svendborg21.5 
 6. Dennis, SISU21.5 
 7. Rutherford, Svend.20.5 
 8. McShane, Aarhus BC20.5 
 9. Jukic, Horsens IC20.5 
 10. Walker, Naestved19.5 
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. Hesseldal, Horsholm9.5 
 5. Moritz, SISU9.5 
 6. Walker, Naestved8.5 
 7. Willen, Aalborg8.0 
 8. Thomann, Horse.8.0 
 9. Petkov, Aarhus BC8.0 
 10. Chin, Bakken7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC9.5 
 2. Tomko, Bakken8.5 
 3. Jonsson, Aarhus BC8.5 
 4. Dennis, SISU6.0 
 5. Darboe, Svendborg4.5 
 6. Rutherford, Svend.4.5 
 7. Jakobsen, Bakken3.5 
 8. Plannthin, Svend.3.0 
 9. Willen, Aalborg3.0 
 10. Delaney, Aalborg3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Skyler BOWLIN
  Horsens IC
  (190-G-89)
  Avg: 7
 1. Bowlin, Horsens IC7.0 
 2. Walker, Naestved3.5 
 3. Tomko, Bakken3.0 
 4. Wang, Aarhus BC2.5 
 5. Varga, Horsens IC2.5 
 6. Delaney, Aalborg2.5 
 7. Rungby, Horsens IC2.5 
 8. McShane, Aarhus BC2.5 
 9. Rutherford, Svend.2.5 
 10. Dezouvre, Aarhus2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Keane THOMANN
  Horse.
  (211-C-89)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Thomann, Horse.2.5 
 2. Washington, Svend.2.0 
 3. Smith, SISU1.5 
 4. Jukic, Horsens IC1.5 
 5. Christoffers., Bak.1.0 
 6. Jensen, Bakken0.5 
 7. Plannthin, Svend.0.5 
 8. Hoirup, Naestved0.5 
 9. Rutherford, Svend.0.5 
 10. Lisby, SISU0.5 


Ligaen: Round 2 review - by Eurobasket News

There were only 2 rounds played so far and it's still very beginning of the Regular Season in Ligaen.

Horsens IC - Randers 100-90
Visitors were defeated by Horsens IC 100-90. Randers was ahead by 1 point at the halftime before a 55-44 second half run of Horsens IC. They dominated down low during the game scoring 66 of its points in the paint compared to Randers' 46. Horsens IC forced 24 Randers turnovers. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists. American guard Skyler Bowlin (190-G-89, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Missouri So.) (190-89, college: Missouri So., agency: Warren Sports International) orchestrated the victory with a triple-double by scoring 23 points, 6 rebounds, 12 assists and 11 steals. International guard Darko Jukic (198-90) contributed with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Forward Damian Ocana (198-86) replied with 22 points and 9 rebounds and Spanish point guard Miguel Ortega (188-91) added 16 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for Randers. Both teams had five players each who scored in double figures. Horsens IC will play against Naestved at home in the next round. Randers will play against Svendborg to get more than just one victory in their record.
Top scorers:
Randers: D.Ocana 22+9reb+1ast, M.Ortega 16+8reb+3ast, M.Nielsen 12+2reb+3ast, P.Nielsen 10+2reb+1ast, C.Jorgensen 10+2reb, K.Schweiger 8+2reb+1ast
Horsens IC: S.Bowlin 23+6reb+12ast, K.Thomann 20+4reb, D.Friedrich 20+2reb+1ast, D.Jukic 18+5reb+4ast, L.Varga 10+3reb+2ast, F.Rungby 8+4reb
gschID: 195225


Bakken - Aalborg 108-87
Bakken smashed Aalborg in Aarhus 108-87. The hosts trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 9-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 108-87. Bakken shot the lights out from three sinking 12 long-distance shots on high 63.2 percentage. The best player for the winners was American point guard Chad Tomko (180-89, college: NC-Wilmington) who scored 23 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Jamaican forward Orane Chin (200-88, college: CS Fullerton) chipped in 14 points and 8 rebounds. Tomko is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Bakken's coach Philip Dejworek felt very confident that he used 11 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American power forward Ryan Willen (204-89, college: Lafayette) produced 22 points and 6 rebounds and forward Mads Rasmussen (195-88) added 22 points respectively for the guests. Five Bakken and four Aalborg players scored in double figures. Bakken will try to continue on its current victory against SISU in Copenhagen.
Top scorers:
Aalborg: R.Willen 22+6reb+2ast, M.Rasmussen 22+4reb+2ast, R.Delaney 19+5reb+2ast, R.Lauridsen 14+1reb+1ast, S.Sorensen 9+7reb+2ast, A.Jorgensen 1+1reb
Bakken: C.Tomko 23+5reb+7ast, N.Iversen 16+3reb+3ast, O.Chin 14+8reb+2ast, J.Jensen 14+2reb, C.Christoffersen 12+4reb+1ast, C.Nielsen 12+3reb+2ast
gschID: 195226


Naestved - Horsholm 66-52
The game was mostly controlled by Naestved. Horsholm was better in fourth quarter 16-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. American guard Caleb Walker (193-89, college: Nebraska) notched a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the effort and the former international power forward Mads Frandsen (203-90) supported him with 7 points and 7 rebounds. Even 21 points by Hungarian forward Attila Kovacs (203-85) did not help to save the game for Horsholm. Anders Hansen (190-94) added 6 points and 6 rebounds for the guests.
Top scorers:
Horsholm: A.Kovacs 21+4reb+1ast, B.Marinkovic 8+3reb, R.Hansen 6+4reb, A.Hansen 6+6reb+2ast, Z.Jukic 5+2reb+1ast, K.Arvedsen 2
Naestved: C.Walker 17+10reb, A.Murphy 10+1reb+4ast, S.Mjos 10, M.Frandsen 7+7reb+2ast, D.Crowell 5+8reb+2ast, M.Nielsen 4+2reb
gschID: 195227


Aarhus BC - Svendborg 65-78
AnThe guests trailed by 2 points after first quarter, but they stormed back to get the 6-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 78-65. American power forward Donald Rutherford (199-87, college: Catawba) had a double-double by scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the charge for the winners and U.S. Virgin Islands power forward Gregory Washington (208-84, college: Hofstra) chipped in 24 points and 9 rebounds during the contest. Four Svendborg players scored in double figures. American power forward Kevin McShane (207-88, college: Oregon St.) responded with 21 points and 6 rebounds and international guard Rasmus Soby Dalboge (191-89) scored 15 points and 5 rebounds. Svendborg will meet Randers on the road in the next round. Aarhus BC will play against Horsholm.
Top scorers:
Aarhus BC: K.McShane 21+6reb+2ast, R.Soby Dalboge 15+5reb+2ast, R.Dezouvre 11+9reb+2ast, H.Petkov 6+5reb, J.Wang 6+5reb+3ast, R.Laier 6+2reb
Svendborg: G.Washington 24+9reb+1ast, D.Rutherford 22+12reb+6ast, A.Darboe 13+2reb+5ast, M.Plannthin 10+3reb, K.Gertz 5+1reb+2ast, C.Magaard 3+5reb+2ast
gschID: 195223


Vaerlose - SISU 54-76
SISU smashed Vaerlose 76-54 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by SISU. Vaerlose was better in third quarter 16-12. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated down low during the game scoring 54 of its points in the paint compared to Vaerlose's 32 and made 16-of-19 free shots (84.2 percent) during the game. The best player for the winners was American swingman Mickey Dennis (190-78, college: JMU) who scored 17 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists. The other American import center Zack Moritz (210-88, college: Boise St.) chipped in a double-double by scoring 14 points and 12 rebounds. Four SISU players scored in double figures. American guard Richard Delk (193-86, college: Troy) produced 20 points and 5 rebounds and guard Peter Moller (190-94) added 8 points and 5 rebounds respectively for the hosts. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. SISU will face Bakken in Aarhus in the next round and it could be the game of the week.
Top scorers:
Vaerlose: R.Delk 20+5reb+2ast, P.Moller 8+5reb+3ast, J.Jensen 6+9reb+1ast, N.Christensen 6+3reb+2ast, T.Christensen 5+2reb+1ast, A.Karason 4+5reb
SISU: D.Smith 19+5reb+1ast, M.Dennis 17+6reb+5ast, Z.Moritz 14+12reb+2ast, M.Flowers 12+4reb+1ast, M.Nielsen 8, J.Visaq 3+1reb+1ast



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Reno Bighorns combine Utah and Reno tryouts - by Eurobasket News

The Reno Bighorns are combining the tryout dates for Utah and Reno into a two-day tryout at the South Reno Athletic Club.

The tryouts begin at 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 20 and run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 21. Bighorns coach Paul Mokeski will hold the tryouts.

This will be one of the last opportunities for players to be seen by D-League coaches.

To register for the tryout, fill out the online form at www.renobighorns.com. The cost is $150 and players must be at least 18 years old.

Courtesy of www.rgj.com



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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 2-0 
 2. Le Mans 2-0 
 3. CEZ Nymburk 1-1 
 4. Unics 1-1 
 5. BC Donetsk 0-1 
 6. Lukoil Academik 0-1 
 7. Oostende 0-1 
 8. Ratiopharm 0-1 

Qualifying Round: Round 2

Sep. 27: Pall. Cantu - CEZ Nymburk 89-83
Sep. 27: Unics - Le Mans 78-86

Qualifying Round: Round 3

Sep. 28: Pall. Cantu - Le Mans


Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Terrell LYDAY
  Unics
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 19.5
 1. Lyday, Unics19.5 
 2. Aradori, Pall. Can.15.5 
 3. Abrams, CEZ N.15.5 
 4. Vougioukas, Unics15.0 
 5. Taylor, CEZ N.14.5 
 6. Smith, Pall. Cantu14.5 
 7. Kaimakoglou, Unics14.5 
 8. Chatman, Unics14.0 
 9. Batista, Le Mans13.5 
 10. Long, Le Mans13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Pavel HOUSKA
  CEZ N.
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Houska, CEZ N.6.5 
 2. Kaimakoglou, Unics6.5 
 3. Eidson, Unics6.0 
 4. Batista, Le Mans6.0 
 5. Leunen, Pall. Cantu6.0 
 6. Smith, Pall. Cantu5.0 
 7. Victor, Le Mans5.0 
 8. Tyus, Pall. Cantu5.0 
 9. Tapoutos, CEZ N.5.0 
 10. Kahudi, Le Mans4.5 
Assists Per Game
 Petr SAMOYLENKO
  Unics
  (185-PG-77)
  Avg: 5
 1. Samoylenko, Unics5.0 
 2. Smith, Pall. Cantu5.0 
 3. El-Amin, Le Mans4.5 
 4. Taylor, CEZ N.4.0 
 5. Eidson, Unics3.5 
 6. Abrams, CEZ N.2.5 
 7. Chatman, Unics2.0 
 8. Lyday, Unics2.0 
 9. Markoishvili, Pall.2.0 
 10. Kaimakoglou, Unics2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Cam LONG
  Le Mans
  (193-G-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Long, Le Mans2.0 
 2. Eidson, Unics2.0 
 3. Kaimakoglou, Unics2.0 
 4. Kahudi, Le Mans2.0 
 5. Smith, Pall. Cantu1.5 
 6. Hruban, CEZ N.1.0 
 7. Taylor, CEZ N.1.0 
 8. Batista, Le Mans1.0 
 9. Victor, Le Mans1.0 
 10. Pavkovic, CEZ N.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Marco CUSIN
  Pall. Cantu
  (210-C-85)
  Avg: 3
 1. Cusin, Pall. Cantu3.0 
 2. Naymick, CEZ N.1.5 
 3. Benda, CEZ Nymburk1.5 
 4. Tyus, Pall. Cantu1.0 
 5. Smith, Pall. Cantu0.5 
 6. Victor, Le Mans0.5 
 7. Vougioukas, Unics0.5 
 8. Hruban, CEZ N.0.5 
 9. Zamanskiy, Unics0.5 
 10. Tapoutos, CEZ N.0.5 


Cedevita reportedly agrees with PG Vlado Ilievski - by Eurobasket News

Vlado Ilievski (187-PG-80, agency: Beo Basket) will play for Cedevita Zagreb next season, according to Siol.net. The Euroleague newcomer agreed terms with experienced point guard and deal will be signed soon. Ilievski joins Head Coach Bozidar Maljkovic, with whom he worked last season at Lokomotiv Kuban. The player moved to Kuban from Anadolu Efers in February. He had 6.4 ppg and 2.1 apg for 11 games in VTB United League. Ilievski also added 6.6 ppg and 2.4 apg for 8 games in Russia, plus 4.4 ppg and 2.2 apg for 5 EuroCup appearances. As mentioned above, he started last season with Anadolu Efes averaging 2.7 points and 2.6 assists for 10 Euroleague games. Before Efes, Vlado Ilievski played for Union Olimpija, Tau Ceramica, Montepaschi, Lottomatica Roma and Barcelona. Last summer he paced FYROM National Team to Semifinals of the EuroBasket in Lithuania.


Qualifying Round: Cantu and Le Mans advance to final game - by Eurobasket News

Unics Kazan - Le Mans 78-86
Le Mans registered second straight win in Euroleague Qualifying Round and advanced to the final game. There, Le Mans will meet Italian Cantu. The winner of that game will play in Euroleague 2012/13 regular season. Unics will compete in EuroCup. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) stepped up for Le Mans with double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Cuthbert Victor (197-F-83, college: Murray St.) and Charles Kahudi (197-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 15 and 13 points respectively. Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) shined for Unics with 20 points and 8 rebounds, and Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) added 18 pts. Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) had 13 points and 5 boards. Quarters: 20-22, 18-20, 23-16, 17-28. Final game between Le Mans and Cantu is scheduled for tomorrow at 20:30h. It will be played in Desio as well.

Unics Kazan: Kostas Kaimakoglou 20+8 boards, Terrell Lyday 18, Mire Chatman 13+5 boards
Le Mans: Joao Paulo Batista 20+10 boards, Cuthbert Victor 15, Charles Kahudi 13



Cantu - CEZ Nymburk 89-83
Cantu is one win away from the Euroleague regular season. In the second stage of the Qualifying Round the Italian squad handed 89-83 loss to CEZ Nymburk. The reigning Czech champion will compete in EuroCup this season. In the last game of qualifications Cantu will meet the winner of Unics Kazan - Le Mans match-up. Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) top-scored in victory with 19 points. Jerry Smith (188-PG-87, college: Louisville) had 16 points and 5 assists, while Jeff Brooks (203-F-89, college: Penn St.) netted 13 pts. Smith was the MVP of this game with valuation 20. In defeat, A.J. Abrams (180-G-86, agency: Two Points, college: Texas) and Michael Taylor (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) answered with 16 points each. Lukas Palyza (204-F-89) was third scorer in Nymburk with 13 pts. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) nailed back-to-back three-pointers to end the third-quarter and start the fourth as Cantu used a 13-0 run to surge ahead 74-57. Nymburk fought its way back within 6 in the final minute, but Cantu held on. Quarters: 23-17, 20-27, 25-13, 21-26. Last game of the Qualifying Round is scheduled for tomorrow at 20:30h in Desio, Italy.

Cantu: Pietro Aradori 19, Jerry Smith 16+5 as, Jeff Brooks 13
CEZ Nymburk: A.J. Abrams 16, Michael Taylor 16, Lukas Palyza 13



Euroleague.TV blasts off with special offers for the 2012-13 season! - by Diamadis Farmakis

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The season starts with a bang on Euroleague TV with free live coverage of the entire do-or-die Turkish Airlines Euroleague Qualifying Rounds between Tuesday, September 25 and Friday, September 29.

Looking ahead with anticipation to the regular season, starting on Thursday, October 11. Euroleague TV brings fans more than ever before with high-quality live coverage, video news, highlights, top plays, weekly magazine shows and other special features

The new Euroleague.TV DVR Player enhances the live and on-demand video experience, with personal controls to pause, fast-forward and rewind live content while enjoying both in-game statistics and picture-in-picture features.

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Those who act now will also get huge discounts on exclusive access to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague's endless action. Early Bird pricing in place until October 5, 2012, lets fans purchase full-season Euroleague packages for just 54.99.


Visit www.euroleague.tv, now!



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Euroleague Qualifying Round: Le Mans eliminates Unics Kazan, 86-78 - by Eurobasket News

Unics Kazan - Le Mans 78-86

Le Mans registered second straight win in Euroleague Qualifying Round and advanced to the final game. There, Le Mans will meet Italian Cantu. The winner of that game will play in Euroleague 2012/13 regular season. Unics will compete in EuroCup. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) stepped up for Le Mans with double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Cuthbert Victor (197-F-83, college: Murray St.) and Charles Kahudi (197-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 15 and 13 points respectively. Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) shined for Unics with 20 points and 8 rebounds, and Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) added 18 pts. Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) had 13 points and 5 boards. Quarters: 20-22, 18-20, 23-16, 17-28. Final game between Le Mans and Cantu is scheduled for tomorrow at 20:30h. It will be played in Desio as well.

Unics Kazan: Kostas Kaimakoglou 20+8 boards, Terrell Lyday 18, Mire Chatman 13+5 boards
Le Mans: Joao Paulo Batista 20+10 boards, Cuthbert Victor 15, Charles Kahudi 13



CSP Limoges to part ways with Reda Rhalimi - by Eurobasket News

CSP Limoges will part ways with Reda Rhalimi (213-C-82, college: St.Mary's, CA). The Moroccan center joined the club few days ago for tryout, but according to Frederic Forte he is out of shape. The team will most likely keep Ty Walker (213-C-89, college: Wake Forest). Most recently Rhalimi played for As de Sale in Moroccan D1. Two years ago his team played 6 games in African Champions Cup, where Rhalimi recorded 7.0ppg and 6.8rpg. He's been a member of Moroccan National Team since 2001. He has quite strong international experience playing previously in Greece, France, China, Egypt, Philippines and Japan. In 2007-07 he played for JDA Dijon Bourgogne in ProA, but he did not impress (1.7ppg, 2.7rpg) and was let go very shortly. Then next season he played part of the season for Cholet Basket (ProA), where in 14 games he had 3.2ppg, 2.4rpg.


Le Havre edge Cholet in test game - by Eurobasket News

Cholet - Le Havre 61:69

Le Havre claimed a pre-season victory over Cholet. Bernard King (196-G-81, college: Texas A&M) fired 32 points to lead the winners.
Cholet got to the better start to the game. They ensured a 21:15 lead after ten minutes. Cholet dominated in the second quarter. They recorded a 41:31 halftime lead. But Le Havre took over gradually in the second half. They cut the margin to 8 points heading into the fourth quarter. Le Havre exploded with a 24:8 run in the final stanza to seal the victory at the end. Vlad Moldoveanu (209-F-88, college: American) delivered 15 points, while Gedeon Pitard (188-G-89) added 7 points for the winners. Rudy Gobert (212-C-92) and Terrell Everett (193-G-84, agency: Z.A.G. - Law Offices, college: Oklahoma) replied with 12 points each for Cholet. Marcus Goree (201-F-77, college: W.Virginia) had 10 points in the loss.

Cholet: Rudy Gobert 12, Terrell Everett 12, Marcus Goree 10
Le Havre: Bernard King 32, Vlad Moldoveanu 15, Gedeon Pitard 7



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  GABON   


A new team in the League Basketball Libreville? - by Eurobasket News

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
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.ch/



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MIA Academy lands Kirk Archibeque at center - by Geo Basket

'After signing Deonta Vaughn (185-PG-86, college: Cincinnati) and Chad Prewitt (206-F/C-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona St.), MIA Academy Tbilisi further strengthened its frontcourt with the addition of center Kirk Archibeque (205-C-84, college: Fort Lewis) for the coming season. The players spent last two seasons in Poland. Last season he was averaging 16.7ppg, 10.2rpg, 1.5apg, FGP: 53.7%, FT: 80.0% in 11 games for LKS Sphinx Petrolinvest Lodz; then moved to Zastal Zeilona Gora and finished season with 10.9ppg, Reb-4 (8.0rpg), FGP: 56.9%, FT: 69.3% in 33 games. In 2010-2011 season while playing for SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. he was a teammate of Deonta Vaughn. After signing Archibeque, Giorgos Ketselidis' team roster is fully completed for the upcoming season.


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  GERMANY   


The Licher Basket Baeren Bring In Jermale Jones - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B team Licher Basket Baeren have reacted to the injury to Willis Gardner and brought in Jermale Jones (186-G-86, college: Tuskegee) The club has given Jones a contract until the end of December 2012. Jones is a 25 year old 186cm guard from Birmingham, Alabama. He is an outstanding perimeter shooter with nice athletic skills, great defender, passes the ball very well, has high level experience in college in the SIAC and is a scoring machine that can shoot and score bunches very quickly. He was a total team player who could hit the deep ball but pass as well. He has experience in Germany as last season he played for SSV Lokomotive Bernau (Germany-ProB, starting five): 18 games: 17.5ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 36.4%, FT: 79.2%. "On account of the injury to Willis, we had to react. Since we don't know when he will return, we took a look at the market and brought in Jermale who had good games against us last season. We had him in good memory. He is a very quick guard that shoots well and can penetrate dynamicaly", Stressed Licher Basket Baeren head coach Igor Starcevic.

Jones started his basketball career in 2005 with Lawson State CC (JUCO). In 2007, he transfered to Tuskegee (NCAA2). In his senior year, he played 26 games: 14.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 38.3%, 3Pts: 34.0%, FT: 76.0%. Since turning professional he has gained experience with Team France (Eurobasket Summer League in Atlanta) and Germany Slammers Exposure Pro Camp. "I ma happy to be in Lich and want to help the team have a successful season. I thank Igor and management for giving me this chance. I can hardly wait to play in front of these great fans", stressed Jermale Jones. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Newcomer of the Year -06, Lawson State Community College- MVP -07, Lawson State Community College Final Four Appearance -07, SIAC Player of the Week -08, Tuskegee Most Improved Player -08, SIAC Tournament Finalist -08
First Annual Black College Basketball Classic---Champions & All Tournament Team -09, Three point shooter in the SIAC Conference -09, Top three scorers in the SIAC Conference -09, All-SIAC 2nd Team -09, Tuskegee MVP -09, Eurobasket Summer League in Atlanta All-Tournament 2nd Team -10, Eurobasket Summer League in Atlanta Champion -10, Germany Slammers Exposure Pro Camp -10 (MVP), and Pro One Exposure Camp All-Star Game -10

Source: Licher Basket Baeren






FC Bayern Munich And Dirk Bauermann Go Separate Ways - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

If you look at the calendar today it is September 27th and not April 1st as there is no April Fools in Munich today as just before dinner time in Germany, FC Bayern Munich announced that they have split from head coach Dirk Bauermann (agency: Pro One Sports ). The team announced that there were numerous talks between head coach and the club, and the reason for the split was that there were different view points form both sides about the direction in the development the team should go in the future. "Dirk Bauermann (agency: Pro One Sports ) has had a significant role in the development of the basketball with FC Bayern Munich. After much discussions in the last weeks, there had been different views of how the furtehr development should go. On account of this, we decided to take this difficult step", stressed FC Bayern Munich vice president Bernd Rauch. Yannis Christopoulos will take ove rthe reigns as head coach now.


Source: FC Bayern Munich






Dominic Lockhart Wont Play For The LTi Giessen 46ers This season - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Not only are injuries causing uneasiness for the Hessen team Lti Giessen 46ers, but they also have lost another player but not due to an injury, but due to future NCAA regulations. The club announced today that Dominic Lockhart (197-F-94) wont play for the team this season. Lockhart is a 18 year old 197cm forward that was born in Schweinfurt, Germany and started his career at TV Wetzler. He then came to Giessen playing for the junior team and last season played for the VfB 1900 Giessen Pointers (ProB, starting five): 25 games: 5.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 1.6apg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 26.5%, FT: 81.5%. This season, he was on the LTi Giessen roster, but has decided to concentrate on school in Germany as he is striving to play in the NCAA after. On account of problems for players coming from Europe who have played professional and not getting the NCAA eligibility, the German has decided not play for the LTi Giessen 46ers.

Source: LTi GIESSEN 46ers





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Rejection of ERT's offer for the TV rights puts in doubt the beginning of A1 - by George Fragkos

One month before the beginning of the Greek A1 a great problem appears to threaten the whole organization. The main income of almost all the clubs, the TV rights, seem to reduce deteriorating even more the financial status of Greek basketball.

So far the only channel that has shown interest is the national TV, ERT, though the money they have suggested to ESAKE is far from satisfying for the clubs. The financial struggle the Greek nation faces does not leave ERT to support the clubs as much as in the previous years and their offer for the TV rights is extremely low.

This has made ESAKE reject the suggestion which puts in doubt the TV coverage of the league. Consequently, the whole organization of the league has been put in danger as without the money from TV, the clubs wont be able to match the budget they have set. For this reason, even if its very early to predict something like that, a lock-out is something really possible, as long as this problem is not solved.

The only possible solution that seems to exist is the improvement of the offer of ERT. However, this is something that currently does not look likely to happen at all and the fans in Greece get more and more anxious that they may have to wait even longer to watch their favourite sport.



Panathinaikos lands Lasme - by Chris Mammides

Panathinaikos Athens, the team of Coach Argiris Pedoulakis will officially announce the dynamic forward Stephane Lasme in its roster for the season 2012-2013. The Gabonese power forward tried to sign a contract in NBA (with Boston Celtics) and even if he gave his best shot he couldn't gain the trust to the NBA teams. According to most of the Greek media the contract will be for one year and the total amount for the player will be around 400.000 Euros.
In case of rejection either by player or by the team the plan B is the well known American forward Jeremmiah Massey.



Nick Livas signs with German Goettingen - by Eurobasket News

Nick Livas (198-G-87, college: Ill.-Springfield) will continue his career in Germany. The Greek/American guard penned a deal with BG Goettingen. He will stay with the club until the end of December. Livas will make debut next weekend against Jena.
Nick Livas finished last season with Slovakian Prievidza. He appeared 18 times in Extraliga averaging 6.4 points and 4.9 rebounds. Livas helped Prievidza to win the championship title. The player graduated at the University of Illinois at Springfield (NAIA) in 2009. His first year as a pro Livas spent with Norwegian Tromso Storm. The player had 11.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 3.2 apg for 33 games. After that he spent one season with Glasgow Rocks (UK-BBL). Livas was named to Eurobasket.com Norwegian BLNO All-Bosmans Team -10 and also to Eurobasket.com British BBL All-Bosmans Team -11.



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Gino Lanisse returns BBC Nyon - by Eurobasket News

Gino Lanisse (200-F-81) is back to BBC Nyon. The Haitian/Swiss forward penned a deal for the upcoming season. He played for BBC Nyon from 2005 to 2009 and before that in 2003/04 season. Lanisse missed 2011/12 and before that he spent one year with Jump Union Neuchatel. The player averaged 13.8 points and 8.2 rebounds for 19 LNB games. They won LNB title and Lanisse was named to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNB 1st Team -11. In 2009/10, Gino Lanisse was a member of MGS Grand-Saconnex Basket. There he had 5.7 ppg and 4.7 rpg for 29 games in LNA. As mentioned above, Lanisse spent five years with BBC Nyon. He had 4.3 ppg and 3.1 rpg in 2008/09. They reached Swiss League Cup Finals that year.


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Gilchrist continues his career with Szeged - by Levente Szabo

John Gilchrist (187-G-84, college: Maryland) will replace Kevin Sims in the roster of Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeak Szeged as he reached an agreement with the club this week.

The American Point Guard was an early entry candidate in the 2005 NBA-draft but despite his strong and memorable performances on the college level with University of Maryland, he didn't get drafted. He started his professional career in the Israeli top division with Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion and finished his rookie season really strong averaging: 13.2ppg, 4.9rpg, 3.2apg and 1.9spg.

In the past 6 years he played mostly in France, Israel and Australia. He had his strongest season as a pro with Adelaide 36ers (Australia) where he recorded 16.9ppg, 5.4rpg, and 4.2apg (FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 68.5%).

Last year John Gilchrist played for Sigal Prishtina (Kosovo) leading his team to the Finals while he made the All-Star team too.

John is expected to arrive to Hungary on Friday and will have a short week to get familiar with the environment and his teammates before the season starts.



Milos Markovic agreed terms with Jaszberenyi - by Eurobasket News

TOP COP Security Jaszbereny (A Division) inked 28-year old Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84). Markovic played most recently at CSM Oradea in Romanian Division A. In 31 Division A games he recorded 9.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.1apg last season. He helped them to make it to the cup semifinals. Markovic represented Serbia at the European Championships U18 in Sodertalje (Sweden) three years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 55.6%.
Markovic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Montenegro (Buducnost), Slovenia (Krka), Ukraine (Khimik) and Serbia (Masinac, Vrsac, Sloboda and Mega Vizura).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Factum Sport Debrecen add Earl Pettis - by Eurobasket News

Factum Sport Debrecen bolstered their roster. They agreed on terms of contract with Earl Pettis (195-G-87). The guard is expected to join the team tomorrow. Earl Pettis is looking to start his pro career in Hungary. The guard has just graduated from La Salle University. He notched 15.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.8 steals per game in his senior season. Earl Pettis was named All-Atlantic 10 Most Improved Player of the Year. He also earned All-Atlantic 10 Honourable Mention in 2012. Earl Pettis will be the third import on the squad. Factum Sport Debrecen landed Sean Carter (205-F/C-88, college: Massachusetts) and Kenny Izzo (206-F, college: Georgetown) before.


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Al Shurtah Police signs two Americans - by Eurobasket News

Al Shurtah Police signed deals with Jamarr Hardy (191-G-83, college: Lenoir CC) and Jonathan Huffman (213-F/C-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Iona).
Jamarr Hardy participated at 2012 Eurobasket Summer League in Charlotte. He shined with 18.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 3.2 apg for 5 games. He won the title with Team Asker and was named to Eurobasket Summer League in Charlotte All-Star Team -12. Hardy played for Egyptian Al Zamalek in 2010/11. Before that, he played in Tunisia, Nicaragua and ABA. In 2010, he was named Africabasket.com All-Tunisian League Player of the Year -10.
Jonathan Huffman played last season for Egyptian Shorta-Police. Before that he was a member of Romanian Perla Harghitei Miercurea Ciuc. There the player had 10.9 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 23 games. Huffman graduated at Iona University two years ago.



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Sutor Montegranaro could land Rolands Freimanis - by Eurobasket News

Sutor Montegranaro (SerieA) is close to sign 24-year old Latvian international power forward Rolands Freimanis (210-106kg-88, agency: Players Group). Freimanis played last season at Sant Josep Girona in Spanish LEB Silver. In 34 LEB Silver games he recorded 12.6ppg and 5.8rpg.
He played in the final of Latvian League in 2009.
Freimanis was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Bosman Player of the Year in 2010.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Freimanis has played for Senior National Team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008. He represented Latvia at the European Championships in Lithuania last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 10.2ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 57.6%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 70.0%.
Freimanis has played previously professionally in Spain (Lobe Huesca, Qalat CajaSol and Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC) and Latvia (ASK Riga).

By Eurobasket Data Center



Cantu outplays CEZ Nymburk 89-83 in Euroleague Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News

Cantu - CEZ Nymburk 89-83

Cantu is one win away from the Euroleague regular season. In the second stage of the Qualifying Round the Italian squad handed 89-83 loss to CEZ Nymburk. The reigning Czech champion will compete in EuroCup this season. In the last game of qualifications Cantu will meet the winner of Unics Kazan - Le Mans match-up. Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) top-scored in victory with 19 points. Jerry Smith (188-PG-87, college: Louisville) had 16 points and 5 assists, while Jeff Brooks (203-F-89, college: Penn St.) netted 13 pts. Smith was the MVP of this game with valuation 20. In defeat, A.J. Abrams (180-G-86, agency: Two Points, college: Texas) and Michael Taylor (188-G-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: Iowa St.) answered with 16 points each. Lukas Palyza (204-F-89) was third scorer in Nymburk with 13 pts. Maarten Leunen (206-F-85, college: Oregon) nailed back-to-back three-pointers to end the third-quarter and start the fourth as Cantu used a 13-0 run to surge ahead 74-57. Nymburk fought its way back within 6 in the final minute, but Cantu held on. Quarters: 23-17, 20-27, 25-13, 21-26. Last game of the Qualifying Round is scheduled for tomorrow at 20:30h in Desio, Italy.

Cantu: Pietro Aradori 19, Jerry Smith 16+5 as, Jeff Brooks 13
CEZ Nymburk: A.J. Abrams 16, Michael Taylor 16, Lukas Palyza 13



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Jerome Jordan may agree terms with Qingdao Eagles - by Eurobasket News

Qingdao Double Star Eagles (CBA) is close to land 26-year old Jamaican international center Jerome Jordan (213-100kg-86, college: Tulsa). Jordan played most recently at Houston Rockets in the NBA. Two years ago Jordan was drafted by Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) in second round (44th overall).
He attended The University of Tulsa until 2010 and it will be his third season in pro basketball.
Jordan has been a member of Jamaican Senior National Team between 2006 and 2012. He also represented Jamaica at the CARICOM Championships six years ago. Jordan's team won Gold and his stats at that event were - 5 games: 2.6ppg.
Jordan is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Slovenia (Krka), NBA (New York Knicks) and D-League (Erie Bay Hawks).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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KCB in top spot in Basketball League - by Eurobasket News

The KCB Lions reclaimed the top spot which they have held for most of the season since the leagues onset in April after registering double wins in their Western Kenya trips over the weekend. On Saturday they were in Kakamega where they beat hosts Masinde Muliro University 68-57 then travelled to Kisumu registering another win over 11th placed Lakeside (78-34).

Mens Category
P W L F Points
KCB Lions 15 15 _ _ 30
Co-op Bank 16 12 4 _ 26
Ulinzi 16 10 6 _ 26
USIU 15 10 5 _ 25
KPA 14 10 4 _ 24
Strathmore 15 9 6 _ 24
Mennonites 19 4 14 1 21
MMUST 15 6 9 _ 21
Thunder 16 6 9 1 20
UON-Terror 15 4 11 _ 19
Lakeside 15 4 10 1 18
Blazers 14 3 11 _ 17



Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.ch/



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Vellaznimi signs Young and Vasiljevic - by Dren Shporta

The newcomers to the Super League, Vellaznimi, have signed international duo Rickey Young (204-F/C-90, college: W.Virginia Tech) and Uros Vasiljevic (201-F-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Kenyon).

The news has been official as the Basketball Federation of Kosovo confirmed their registration on their official website. The reds from the Gjakova town with this signings have becomed the fifth force in Super League.

American power forward, Rickey Young (204-F/C-90, college: W.Virginia Tech), was in trial period at champions Trepca but they didn't reach agreement, and after that he went to Vellaznimi. While macedonian forward, Uros Vasiljevic (201-F-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Kenyon), was playing for Rabotnicki last season

Vellaznimi will travel to Prizren on Saturday to face Bashkimi in Sezai Surroi court, which is the first match of the new season 2012/13.



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Sutor Montegranaro could land Rolands Freimanis - by Eurobasket News

Sutor Montegranaro (SerieA) is close to sign 24-year old Latvian international power forward Rolands Freimanis (210-106kg-88, agency: Players Group). Freimanis played last season at Sant Josep Girona in Spanish LEB Silver. In 34 LEB Silver games he recorded 12.6ppg and 5.8rpg.
He played in the final of Latvian League in 2009.
Freimanis was also voted Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Bosman Player of the Year in 2010.
He has been also a member of Latvian international program for some years. Freimanis has played for Senior National Team since 2009 and previously for U20 National Team between 2007 and 2008. He represented Latvia at the European Championships in Lithuania last year. His stats at that event were 5 games: 10.2ppg, 5.6rpg, FGP: 57.6%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 70.0%.
Freimanis has played previously professionally in Spain (Lobe Huesca, Qalat CajaSol and Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC) and Latvia (ASK Riga).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Lebanon 1-1 in the WABA U16 Championship - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

In the WABA U16 championship Lebanon had a very important win against Syria on the score of 60-54. Lebanon suffered a big loss in the first day of the championship against Iran on the score of 60-36. IN the game against Syria Lebanon regrouped and led almost all the game but the Syrians made a big comeback and tied the game to take the lead before the end by 3 minutes , Jospen Dick came from the bench and scored Lebanons last 7 points in the game to secure this precious win on the score of 60-54.Lebanon suffered from big foul problems the team committed 32 fouls as for the Syrians they had 12 fouls missing 29 Free throw shots out of 42 attempts.

Lebanon will play its last game against the home team Jordan on Friday September 28th at 17:00, winning this game will give Lebanon the second place in the standings for the phase one.



Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut signs 1-month deal with Dalibor Bagaric - by Eurobasket News

Dalibor Bagaric (217-C-80, agency: INVICTUS Sports Group) will continue his career in Lebanon. The Croatian center penned a 1-month deal with Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut. He will temporarily replace injured Loren Woods (218-C-78, college: Arizona). Lebanese league begins in about a month, but Al Riyadi will be the host of Asia Cup in the meantime. Head Coach of the team is Croatian Slobodan Subotic (agency: Global Sports Plaza ).
Dalibor Bagaric finished last season with Cedevita Zagreb. They won Croatian Cup trophy together and reached League Finals. Bagaric had 5.4 ppg and 2.9 rpg in 14 domestic league games. He also added 4 ppg and 2.9 rpg for 17 appearances in Adriatic league. Bagaric started last season with Valladolid, but they parted ways after four games. Before Valladolid, Dalibor Bagaric played for Marousi, Dubrava, Cibona, Bologna, Girona, Olympiakos etc.. He also has NBA experience.



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Standings - LKL

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 27: Siauliai - Lietkabelis 77-63
Sep. 27: Neptunas - Lietuvos rytas 75-92
Sep. 27: Pieno Zvaigzdes - Sakalai 75-53
Sep. 26: Naglis Palangos - Zalgiris 59-101

Regular Season: Round 2

Sep. 28: Rudupis - Naglis Palangos
Sep. 29: Kedainiai - Baltai Kaunas
Sep. 29: Sakalai - Lietuvos rytas
Sep. 29: Juventus - Neptunas


Stats Leaders - LKL

Points Per Game
 Renaldas SEIBUTIS
  Lietuv.
  (198-SG-85)
  Avg: 28
 1. Seibutis, Lietuv.28.0 
 2. Samenas, Siauliai22.0 
 3. Relphorde, Naglis20.0 
 4. Kieza, Siauliai18.0 
 5. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.18.0 
 6. Delas, Zalgiris18.0 
 7. Hughes, Pieno Z.18.0 
 8. Cipruss, Lietkabel.17.0 
 9. Sirutavicius, Liet.17.0 
 10. Mockevicius, Nagl.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 14
 1. Kieza, Siauliai14.0 
 2. Sarakauskas, Nept.12.0 
 3. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.12.0 
 4. Cipruss, Lietkabel.12.0 
 5. Balocka, Sakalai11.0 
 6. Katelynas, Lietuv.10.0 
 7. Gailius, Neptunas8.0 
 8. Ramasauskas, Saka.7.0 
 9. Radosevic, Lietuv.7.0 
 10. Klimavicius, Zalg.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Gytis SIRUTAVICIUS
  Lietka.
  (195-SF-83)
  Avg: 6
 1. Sirutavicius, Liet.6.0 
 2. Jackson, Siauliai5.0 
 3. Ginevicius, Lietka.4.0 
 4. Seibutis, Lietuv.4.0 
 5. Atuashvili, Naglis4.0 
 6. Broadus, Neptunas4.0 
 7. Juskevicius, Zalgi.3.0 
 8. Mockevicius, Nagli.3.0 
 9. Cepukaitis, Pieno3.0 
 10. Nedovic, Lietuvos.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Aurimas KIEZA
  Siauliai
  (202-PF-82)
  Avg: 5
 1. Kieza, Siauliai5.0 
 2. Relphorde, Naglis4.0 
 3. Juskevicius, Zalgi.4.0 
 4. Hughes, Pieno Z.3.0 
 5. Ulanovas, Pieno Z.3.0 
 6. Mockevicius, Nagli.3.0 
 7. Babkauskas, Lietk.3.0 
 8. Baniulis, Sakalai2.0 
 9. Samenas, Siauliai2.0 
 10. Kubilius, Naglis2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Vaidas CEPUKAITIS
  Pieno Z.
  (207-C-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Cepukaitis, Pieno4.0 
 2. Gates, Pieno Z.3.0 
 3. Ulanovas, Pieno Z.2.0 
 4. Kalnietis, Zalgiris1.0 
 5. Kuzminskas, Zalgir.1.0 
 6. Kuzminskas, Siauli.1.0 
 7. Cipruss, Lietkabel.1.0 
 8. Mikalauskas, Neptu.1.0 
 9. Gintvainis, Sakalai1.0 
 10. Radosevic, Lietuv.1.0 


LKL Round 1: Wins for Zalgiris and Lietuvos Rytas - by Eurobasket News

The Regular Season in LKL just started.

Siauliai - Lietkabelis 77-63

Lietkabelis (0-1) lost on the court of Siauliai on Thursday night. Visitors were defeated by Siauliai 77-63. The hosts trailed by 9 points at the halftime before their 44-21 charge in the second half, which allowed them to win the game. Siauliai dominated on the defensive end, holding Lietkabelis to just 7 points in third quarter. The former international Aurimas Kieza (202-82, college: Hofstra) stepped up with a double-double by scoring 18 points and 14 rebounds (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) for the winners and guard Laurynas Samenas (192-88) chipped in 22 points. Siauliai's coach Gediminas Petrauskas used a ten-player rotation which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. At the losing side Latvian center Kaspars Cipruss (210-82, agency: Interperformances) responded with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 12 rebounds (on 8-of-9 shooting from the field) and Gytis Sirutavicius (195-83) scored 17 points and 6 assists.
Top scorers:
Siauliai: L.Samenas 22+4reb+3ast, A.Kieza 18+14reb+3ast, L.Jackson 14+3reb+5ast, V.Liutych 6+4reb+2ast, S.Kuzminskas 6+2reb, P.Dia 6+4reb
Lietkabelis: G.Sirutavicius 17+3reb+6ast, K.Cipruss 17+12reb+1ast, A.Drungilas 9+4reb, D.Griskenas 7+3reb+1ast, M.Andriukaitis 5+4reb+2ast, M.Kupsas 4
gschID: 194218


Neptunas - Lietuvos rytas 75-92

Very impressive was Lietuvos rytas' 17-point road victory against Neptunas 92-75. It looked good early as Neptunas took an 8-point lead at the end of first quarter. But then Lietuvos rytas had a 26-12 second period charge getting the lead and Neptunas was not able to take back game control losing it eventually 75-92. Lietuvos rytas made 23-of-28 charity shots (82.1 percent) during the game. Neptunas was plagued by 29 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international Renaldas Seibutis (198-85) nailed 28 points and 4 assists (made all of his ten free throws !!!) for the winning side and the former international forward Mindaugas Katelynas (206-83, college: Chattanooga) accounted for 14 points and 10 rebounds. Four Lietuvos rytas players scored in double figures. Center Vytautas Sarakauskas (204-82) came up with a double-double by scoring 13 points and 12 rebounds and international forward Deividas Gailius (200-88) added 12 points and 8 rebounds respectively for Neptunas in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players and allowed the starting five to rest. Lietuvos rytas' supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Vilnius to the arena Sakalai.
Top scorers:
Lietuvos rytas: R.Seibutis 28+1reb+4ast, M.Katelynas 14+10reb+2ast, D.Ivanov 13+5reb+2ast, S.Babrauskas 11+5reb+3ast, L.Radosevic 8+7reb, N.Nedovic 7+3reb+3ast
Neptunas: V.Sarakauskas 13+12reb, D.Gailius 12+8reb+2ast, M.Mazeika 10+2reb+1ast, M.Runkauskas 7+1reb, R.Broadus 7+3reb+4ast, L.Mikalauskas 6+5reb+2ast
gschID: 194219


Naglis Palangos - Zalgiris 59-101

An interesting game took place in Palanga where Naglis Palangos (0-1) was upset on its own court by Zalgiris (1-0) 101-59 on Wednesday. The game was mostly controlled by Zalgiris. Naglis Palangos managed to win fourth quarter 15-11. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Zalgiris dominated down low during the game scoring 72 of its points in the paint compared to Naglis Palangos' 44. Zalgiris forced 20 Naglis Palangos turnovers and outrebounded them 50-25 including a 32-13 advantage in defensive rebounds. Zalgiris looked well-organized offensively handing out 22 assists. International forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-89) fired a double-double by scoring 18 points and 12 rebounds for the winners. Croatian power forward Mario Delas (207-90) chipped in 18 points and 5 rebounds. Zalgiris' coach Joan Plaza felt very confident that he used entire bench saving starting five for next games. American forward Marcus Relphorde (200-88, college: Colorado) produced 20 points and 6 rebounds and guard Mantas Mockevicius (189-93, college: Olney Central CC) added 15 points respectively for lost side. Zalgiris will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Naglis Palangos will play against Rudupis in Prienai and it may be a tough game between close rivals.
Top scorers:
Zalgiris: M.Kuzminskas 18+12reb, M.Delas 18+5reb+2ast, T.Klimavicius 10+7reb+2ast, V.Lipkevicius 9+1reb+3ast, P.Jankunas 8+6reb+2ast, K.Lavrinovic 8+3reb+2ast
Naglis Palangos: M.Relphorde 20+6reb+1ast, M.Mockevicius 15+1reb+3ast, P.Brown 7+6reb+1ast, M.Kumpys 6+4reb, S.Atuashvili 5+6reb+4ast, E.Lengvinas 4+1reb+1ast
gschID: 194216


Pieno Zvaigzdes - Sakalai 75-53

Pieno Zvaigzdes used a home court advantage and crushed the opponent from Vilnius 75-53 on Thursday night. The hosts trailed by 8 points after first quarter, but they stormed back and won the game by 22 points. Pieno Zvaigzdes dominated on the defensive end, holding Sakalai to just 7 points in fourth quarter. Great defensive blocking was one of the keys in this match when Pieno Zvaigzdes made 10 blocks. American-Puerto Rican point guard TreVon Hughes (183-87, college: Wisconsin, agency: Edge Sports) fired 18 points for the winners. Guard Edgaras Ulanovas (197-92) chipped in 12 points and 6 rebounds. Coach Nerijus Zabarauskas's team controlled all game and the coach could let to play 10 players and allowed the starting five to get some rest. Center Petras Balocka (205-86, college: Hawaii) produced a double-double by scoring 12 points and 11 rebounds and center Ignas Ramasauskas (211-93) added 6 points and 7 rebounds respectively for lost side. Pieno Zvaigzdes will have a break next round, and it should allow them to practice more before next game. Sakalai's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Vilnius Lietuvos rytas.
Top scorers:
Pieno Zvaigzdes: T.Hughes 18+4reb+2ast, E.Ulanovas 12+6reb, T.Biggs 9+2reb, Y.Gates 9+6reb, L.Brazdauskis 8, M.Ruikis 7+4reb+1ast
Sakalai: P.Balocka 12+11reb, J.Gintvainis 11+2reb, P.Dambrauskas 9+1reb+1ast, I.Ramasauskas 6+7reb+1ast, T.Cerneckis 6+3reb, R.Matulis 4+5reb+1ast
gschID: 194217



Edvinas Alunderis is a newcomer at LSU-Baltai - by Eurobasket News

LSU-Baltai (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 20-year old forward Edvinas Alunderis (202-88kg-92). Alunderis played last season at LKKA-Atletas (LKL). In 11 LKL games he recorded just 2.1ppg and 1.5rpg. He also played at Neringos earlier that season.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Rudupis add Siim-Sander Vene and Karolis Aldakauskas - by Eurobasket News

Rudupis boosted their roster with addition of two players. They landed Siim-Sander Vene (203-SF-90, agency: Alti Sport) and Karolis Aldakauskas (193-G-92).
Siim-Sander Vene started the previous season with Baltai Kaunas. He tallied 8.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game in LKL. In Baltic League the forward notched 11.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.3 steals per appearance. Later Siim-Sander Vene moved to VEF Riga. The forward notched 6.6 points, 4.6 boards and 1.2 assists per LBL game. In VTB League he averaged 4.0 points, while in EuroCup his stats read 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds.
Karolis Aldakauskas joins Rudupis from their affiliate Rudupis KKSC Prienu team. The guard played in RKL last season.



Silinskis comes back to Nevezis - by Eurobasket News

Nevezis Kedainiai (LKL) strengthened their roster with addition of 28-year old Lithuanian center Darius Silinskis (216-118kg-84, agency: Interperformances). Its actually his comeback to Kedainiai as he played here before. Silinskis played for BK Edymax SPU Nitra in Slovakian Extraliga last season. In 5 EuroChallenge games he recorded just 2.6ppg and 3.8rpg. He also played 31 games in Extraliga where he averaged 5.3ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.1bpg. Silinskis helped them to win the cup and make to league semifinals. He represented Lithuania at the World University Championships in Bangkok five years ago.
Silinskis is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Italy (Reggio C. Redel), Spain (Huelva), Ukraine (DniproAzot) and Lithuania (Zalgiris, Lietkabelis, Alytus and of course Nevezis).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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CSP Limoges to part ways with Reda Rhalimi - by Eurobasket News

CSP Limoges will part ways with Reda Rhalimi (213-C-82, college: St.Mary's, CA). The Moroccan center joined the club few days ago for tryout, but according to Frederic Forte he is out of shape. The team will most likely keep Ty Walker (213-C-89, college: Wake Forest). Most recently Rhalimi played for As de Sale in Moroccan D1. Two years ago his team played 6 games in African Champions Cup, where Rhalimi recorded 7.0ppg and 6.8rpg. He's been a member of Moroccan National Team since 2001. He has quite strong international experience playing previously in Greece, France, China, Egypt, Philippines and Japan. In 2007-07 he played for JDA Dijon Bourgogne in ProA, but he did not impress (1.7ppg, 2.7rpg) and was let go very shortly. Then next season he played part of the season for Cholet Basket (ProA), where in 14 games he had 3.2ppg, 2.4rpg.


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  NBA   


Dwight Howard Update: Sept. 26 - by Diamadis Farmakis

On Sept 13, we heard the first official Dwight Howard (6'11''-C-85) injury update from the Lakers staff, detailing his rehabilitation process.

On Wednesday afternoon, Howard continued to make progress, focusing on upper and lower body strengthening, core stabilization, light running plus some basketball activities.

Assistant coaches Darvin Ham and Chuck Person went through low post moves with the six time All-Star center (see video below), with Howard adding some shooting from the paint and the free throw line

Howard dropped in a high percentage of his patented baby hooks with either hand, spinning either to the baseline or the middle depending on Hams defense, and showed his quick first step getting to the hoop when Ham closed out.

The team continues to stress that no timetable has been determined for Howards return, but allowed that there have been no set backs to this point in his rehabilitation.



Josh Howard, in case the Anthony-Stoudemire plan doesn't pan out - by Eurobasket News

With training camp set to begin next week, the New York Knicks have been busy trying to lock up one more forward for their bench.

Last week, the conversation revolved around Tracy McGrady (6'8''-G/F-79), who is reportedly no longer being considered. This week, the target has been Rasheed Wallace. And a target from earlier in the offseason, Josh Howard (6'6''-F-80, college: Wake Forest), is still in the mix, too.

Whether Wallace, a power forward, or Howard, who is a small forward, is a better fit has a lot to do with how you see Amar'e Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony fitting together on the court.

Consider that there's a significant possibility that the Knicks are best off playing Carmelo Anthony at power forward, where he thrived last season while Stoudemire was out with a back injury. In that scenario, Stoudemire would become the focal point of the second unit's offense, while the two stars would rarely overlap and be forced to share the ball.

The argument for that is Anthony's best stretch as a Knick, along with the relative futility from the two stars playing together.

It is premature to conclude from this evidence that the two cannot work together in the Knick offense. Their time as teammates has consisted of: a mid-year deal bringing Anthony in 2011, followed by a lockout and Stoudemire's first back injury, which brought him to the Knicks last fall out of shape. The lockout gave the two stars almost no time to work together, and they started the season without a point guard. They returned from missing time to Linsanity, and had to figure out how to work with that, at which point their coach, Mike D'Antoni, resigned. Then came another Stoudemire injury and a Lin injury that left the Knicks without a point guard again.

By contrast, Stoudemire is healthy this offseason and training hard. He and Anthony will have a full training camp to get the offense right, and three point guards in Raymond Felton, Jason Kidd, and Pablo Prigioni to guide the ball to each of them. Clearly, Plan A is, and should be, to have the two most expensive and offensively talented players on the court together as often as possible.

That's where Wallace comes in. If Stoudemire and Anthony are playing major minutes at the 3/4, that means Wallace and Kurt Thomas can split time behind Stoudemire, with Steve Novak serving as the putative small forward, and Marcus Camby serving as Tyson Chandler's backup center. The combination of Wallace and Camby defensively largely mitigates Novak's limitations on the defensive end.

But what if Stoudemire and Anthony don't work together? That compromise of Stoudemire off the bench would almost certainly mean more time for the second unit. It would mean finding another player, in addition to Novak, to play the small forward, or risking the large defensive hole created by playing Novak and Stoudemire together for long stretches.

That's where Josh Howard would fit in perfectly, assuming he's healthy enough now to revert at least somewhat to his all star form of the middle of last decade. If so, he could play the part of the Carmelo Anthony understudy quite nicely; no one else on the roster really can.

So depending on the Knicks' level of optimism about the Anthony/Stoudemire partnership, Howard becomes the safe playinsurance for a roster built on a lot of best-case assumptions.

Courtesy of www.capitalnewyork.com



Nick Young 'shocked' to be a Sixer - by Eurobasket News

Nick Young (6'6''-G/F-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: USC) never expected to be a 76er.

Upon becoming an unrestricted free agent last summer, Young admitted Wednesday to being shocked at ending up in Philadelphia.

A phone call and subsequent chat with Doug Collins early in the free agency period gave the Sixers the inside track with Young.

Collins sealed the deal by meeting with Youngs parents a few days later.

He sat down and talked to my dad and mom. Once my mom started raving about him, it was pretty much a wrap right there, said Young, smiling.

Young officially signed a one-year, $6 million contract July 12.

Although Young said hes not sure what his role will be when the 2012-13 Sixers begin training camp Tuesday at Saint Josephs University, its likely hell be a taller version of Lou Williams.

The 6-foot-7 Young has come off the bench in 204 of 357 NBA games, averaging 14.2 points and shooting 37.8 percent from 3-point range.

I have a chance to get a new start with a new team, said Young, 27. Ive just been waiting for the opportunity.

Young spent his first 4 NBA seasons with the Wizards before the Southern California native and former USC star was traded to the Clippers on March 15. He played 22 regular-season games and 11 playoff contests there, hitting 51.5 percent of his 3-pointers in the postseason.

Young admitted it was a little disappointing to leave after he called it a dream come true to play in L.A.

I have family and friends there, he said. It was great. (But) Im back with a team where we can make some big things happen.

As for those who have said he made a mistake leaving L.A., Young said, Its like I brought L.A. with me, with all the L.A. guys and the big man (Andrew Bynum, from the Lakers).

He spent a lot of time with Sixers small forward Dorell Wright in Southern California over the summer. Jrue Holiday was also born and raised there, and Bynum played his first seven NBA seasons with the Lakers.

Jrue (and I) grew up around the same neighborhood, Young said. He was one of the younger guys coming around. Its a good fit.

While he liked what he saw in the Sixers in July, he grew even more excited with the trade for Bynum, the starting center for the Western Conference in the 2012 NBA All-Star Game.

That was, like, unbelievable, really, Young said. Thats big to get a player like that.

Young is confident he can make Bynums life here easier.

Im going to be somebody to score the ball and take some of the pressure off Bynum, he said. When they double team him, he can kick it to me and I can knock down that shot.

In mid-July, Collins said his goal is for Young to be the NBAs Most Improved Player.

I think he has that kind of talent, Collins said. He can score the ball and hes got size.

Young said at Wednesdays media availability that hed like nothing more than to fulfill Collins wish.

Most definitely, he said. I just have to be more aggressive out there.

Courtesy of www.phillyburbs.com



Jay-Z: Bringing Nets to Brooklyn an American dream - by Eurobasket News

Jay-Z has accomplished a lot in his career, but his latest feat has him feeling that like he's living the American dream.

The 42-year-old music mogul and entrepreneur says when he was a poor kid in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, he never imagined that he'd someday own a piece of a basketball team. Now Jay is an investor in the Brooklyn Nets and instrumental in moving the franchise from New Jersey.

He feels his rags-to-riches story embodies all that is possible in America.

''Yeah I think I'm the American dream,'' Jay-Z said. ''That whole thing that you could come here and pull yourself up by the bootstraps, like that whole thing what America has always put up to the world that we represent. I feel that. Yes, I've lived that.''

Jay-Z made the comments at the launch party for the upcoming NBA 2K13 video game, where he acted as the game's executive producer.

As a child, he says, he dreamed of glory on the basketball court.

''You know the three-two-one, oh, he hits the winning shot,'' Jay-Z said. ''But no one was ever on the court saying I was gonna own the Knicks. Yes, it's way beyond any of my wildest dreams.''

Now as an investor in the Nets, he's even designed the team's black and white logo. Brooklyn has not had a major professional sports team since the Brooklyn Dodgers left for Los Angeles after the 1957 baseball season.

Rapper Bow Wow, who appears in the video game, says he's always looked up to Jay-Z, but the move to bring the Nets to Brooklyn immortalizes him.

''I think that's the biggest inspirational thing for any kid growing up in any ghetto and any suburb, and you can do whatever you want to do as long as you put your mind to it. That's a great man to follow, right there,'' Bow Wow said.

As for his success with music, fashion with his brand Rocawear and now a video game, Jay says his creativity is all over the place.

''When you're an artist, you can see greatness in all things, and you say, man, I wonder if I can try and tinker with that and maybe if we put the music into (NBA)2K and bring those two cultures'' together, Jay Z-said. They ''were cousins already, so why not bring the family together and let them sit at the same table?''

The Brooklyn Nets will play in the newly built Barclays Center. But before his new team takes the court for the first time, the rapper will christen the new arena with an eight-show run beginning Friday.

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports



Unclear if Clippers will keep coach Vinny Del Negro long-term - by Eurobasket News

In May, the Clippers picked up the option on Vinny Del Negro's contract, giving him a third season as coach for about $2 million. Still, Del Negro, 46, enters the new season in the final year of his contract.

Sitting in his office Wednesday afternoon, Del Negro leaned back in his chair and said of his situation: I think theres always pressure, but I think thats a position that you want to be in.

My goal coming here was to help change the environment, change the culture and change the direction of the organization.

Last season the Clippers went 40-26 in the regular season and Del Negro took them to the second round of the playoffs for just the second time since the franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1984.

All signs point to Del Negro s leading the Clippers to back-to-back playoff appearances. If that happens, it will be for just the second time during the 32 years Donald Sterling will have owned the team. The Clippers last reached the postseason in consecutive years in 1992 and 1993 when Larry Brown was coach.

Courtesy of www.latimes.com (via www.insidehoops.com)



Memphis Grizzlies sale imminent? - by Eurobasket News

Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley bragged Wednesday about losing 80 pounds for health reasons. The Chicago-based billionaire also still expects to shed the Griz from his business portfolio.

Heisley, who has owned the franchise for the past 12 years, remains confident about his agreement to sell the team to Robert Pera despite the more-than three months that have expired since the deal was announced.

The reportedly $350 million deal will not close this month, according to sources familiar with the process, but is expected to reach a conclusion sometime next month. Pera is working to satisfy the terms of the contract. He then must gain approval from the NBA Board of Governors. League owners meet Oct. 25 but could announce a decision before then after an e-mail vote.

Im not really worried about whether (the sale) will consummate or not, Heisley said, adding that it is business as usual until Pera is approved. Theres an understanding between me and Mr. Pera that I would go forward and make the decisions that need to be made.

Courtesy of www.hoopsworld.com



Chandler: Wallace would be 'great addition' - by Eurobasket News

Rasheed Wallace (6'10''-F/C-75, college: N.Carolina) is mulling a return to the NBA.

If the veteran forward decides to come back and join the New York Knicks, Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82) said he thinks Wallace would be "a great addition" to the team.

The Knicks brought Wallace in for a workout on Saturday, ESPN.com's Ric Bucher reported.

Chandler was there for the workout. He said the 15-year veteran "looked good."

"I hope he stays. I don't know what the situation is but he's a great communicator on defense and we know he can knock down the open 3 and the jump shot," Chandler said on Wednesday at his photo exhibit "A New York Minute" -- a series of photos by Chandler has taken over the past year. "To have myself and Amare [Stoudemire] and to have Marcus Camby and Rasheed as backups, it's going to be nice."

Wallace retired in 2010 after reaching the NBA Finals with the Boston Celtics.

It is unclear if Wallace is in playing shape now. (For what it's worth, here is video of Wallace playing in a pro-am league over the past two summers.) A league source said Wallace is a "possible" candidate to join the Knicks.

The Knicks have 13 guaranteed contracts, and in theory can add two more to get to the maximum roster allotment of 15. They have 19 players overall under contract, but six of the 19 are under partial or non-guaranteed deals.

The Knicks have also shown interest in Kenyon Martin, Lou Amundson and Josh Howard, among others. Amundson signed with Minnesota earlier this week. Martin hasn't made a decision. Reports earlier this summer indicated he was holding out for a more lucrative deal than the veteran's minimum, which is all the Knicks can offer.

New York, of course, could decide to stand pat and leave two roster spots open in case a veteran becomes available during the season. Or the Knicks could use the final two spots to carry two players not under fully guaranteed contracts.

If they bring in the 6-foot-11 Wallace, it would likely be to back up Amare Stoudemire and, barring injury, fill in at center. Wallace, widely known for his penchant for technical fouls, is also a strong post defender.

Courtesy of ESPN



Utah Jazz announce training camp signings - by Eurobasket News

The Jazz officially announced Wednesday forwards Trey Gilder (6'9''-F-85, college: Northwestern St.) and Darnell Jackson (6'8''-F-85, college: Kansas), center Brian Butch (6'11''-C/F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) and guard Chris Quinn (6'2''-PG-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) have been added to the teams 2012-13 training camp roster.

The Tribune previously reported the signings of Gilder, Jackson and Butch.

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Quinn has played with Miami, New Jersey and San Antonio during five seasons. The Notre Dame product has averaged 4.6 points and 1.6 assists during 13.4 average minutes in 234 total games.

Utahs roster stands at 19 players and must be cut down to 15 before the start of the regular season.

Second-round pick Kevin Murphy must make the team to eventually have his contract guaranteed, while veteran guard Raja Bell isnt expected to play for Utah this season.

The Jazz have yet to finalize a long-delayed buyout with Bell, though, and there had been no reported progress in negotiations as of Wednesday evening.

The Jazz will hold their annual media day Monday. Camp starts Tuesday and runs through Friday. Utah will then hold a free, open-to-the-public scrimmage 4 p.m. Saturday at EnergySolutions Arena.

The Jazz begin an eight-game preseason run Oct. 8 at Golden State.

Utah tips off its regular season Oct. 31 against Dallas.

Courtesy of www.sltrib.com



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Mill Rats inks duo to contracts - by Eurobasket News

The Saint John Mill Rats continue to stockpile talent for training camp. This time by re-signing Mill Rats veteran, P.J. Young (6'6''-F-82, college: S.New Hampshire), and adding 6'8 power forward, Cavell Johnson (6'8''-F-85, college: UMBC).

Last season, the durable 67 Young was the only Mill Rat to appear in all 38 regular season and playoff games. He averaged 6.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per contest, but his defensive intensity and energy meant the most to the club.

Johnson was a teammate of Mill Rats new Head Coach David Cooper at Division I James Madison University from 2004-2006 before transferring to the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. At UMBC, he averaged 12.9 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks per game.

After taking a few years away from the game, Johnson burst back onto the season in the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball Association (ACPBL), winning the league championship and garnering the finals Most Valuable Player award.

The list of players signed by the Mill Rats for training camp is:

Anthony Anderson 511 guard
Jerice Crouch 60 guard
Darin Mency 62 guard
Mike Anderson 64 guard
Melvin Council 64 guard
Taneiko Robinson 66 forward
P.J. Young 67 forward
James Reaves 68 power forward
Cavell Johnson 68 power forward
Modibo Diarra 610 centre
Micah Brand 611 centre-power forward

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

Courtesy of St. Johns Mill Rats



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One and Done - by Oronde Bandele

In 2005, the NBA made the decision to prohibit high school athletes from entering the NBA draft following their graduation. This decision denied potential players draft eligibility pending a full calendar year after completing high school, thus giving birth to the concept of "one and done" college players. This refers to the student athlete who would be a potential NBA draft pick whom spends one season in college during their year of ineligibility. There are many different cases which argue whether players should be allowed to go straight to the draft out of high school or whether the one year should be extended to two or maybe three years in college. I myself am against this rule inhibiting eighteen year old athletes from making their own life and career decisions. Many arguments have been made that this rule better prepares players for the NBA on a skill and maturity level, while also helping NBA organizations avoid draft "busts" such as Kwame Brown, Darius Miles, Sebastian Telfair, Eddy Curry and so on. While this argument does hold validity it can be counteracted with the likes of Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Dwight Howard and others who have become perennial All-Stars and future Hall Of Famers after being drafted out of high school. Today with this rule in place we see more players attend colleges with no intentions of staying in school long term, only to enter the NBA draft following their freshman year. The question is how much does this rule really change the outcome of players NBA careers and overall the success of these NBA organizations draft selections. Well, if you look at players such as Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis and John Wall who would have probably been number one overall selections if they had entered out of high school, you could say this rule does little to affect the draft. Then again a player like Kyrie Irving who's play after one year in college elevated him to 1st pick status, speaks to the other side of this argument. In result of the one year rule a new trend of foregoing the one college season to instead play professionally overseas has begun lead by Brandon Jennings who chose to play abroad for a year. Following Jennings decision, Jeremy Tyler of the Golden state Warriors decided to skip his senior year in high school to play professional basketball internationally for two years until he was NBA draft eligible. Although we still see the same "bust" picks even with this rule in place such as Greg Oden who spent a year in college and has been less successful in the league than Kwame Brown. Another factor that we must not forget is that many players whom entered the draft directly out of high school came from homes of financial instability or could not meet academic requirements for college basketball making entering the NBA draft an immediate and neccessary decision. Though this rule is very controversial whether or not it has a positive or negative effect on the NBA is subjective and will be argued for many years to come. So from my perspective one thing this rule cannot change is the lottery type risk-reward basis of the NBA draft, which means whether a player is out of high school, out of college or from an international team the job of a NBA scout doesn't get any easier.


Alabama approves raises for Anthony Grant, Mal Moore - by Eurobasket News

Alabama men's basketball coach Anthony Grant has received a $100,000 raise and a one-year contract extension through 2019.

University system trustees approved a raise Thursday to $1.9 million from Grant's deal in April 2009.

Grant got a two-year extension last year but no raise. He led Alabama to its first NCAA tournament since 2006 last season. Grant's buyout will be reduced over time to $500,000 for the last four years.

Athletic director Mal Moore's salary goes from $588,500 to $620,000 but the deal still runs through June 30, 2014.

Moore also received a $125,000 raise two years ago.

The trustees also approved raises of $10,000-$20,000 for several other coaches and four-year deals for new swimming and diving coach Dennis Pursley ($140,000) and new men's tennis coach George Husack ($110,000).

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



NCAA agreement allows some UND Sioux logos to stay - by Eurobasket News

Thousands of logos depicting an American Indian warrior will remain inside the University of North Dakota's hockey and basketball arenas under a reworked agreement announced Wednesday by the NCAA and the state's attorney general.

The agreement comes in a decades-old controversy that has included lawsuits, legislation, NCAA threats and a statewide vote about whether the school's Fighting Sioux nickname and Indian-head logo were insensitive to local tribes.

The state Board of Higher Education had ordered the school this summer to drop the nickname and moniker to abide by a 2007 agreement with the NCAA. But that plan called for all Sioux logos to be removed from the two arenas, which have thousands of the logos - including on brass medallions on chairs and a 10-foot sketch in the hockey arena's granite floor.

The new plan allows that imagery to stay, though six signs that say "Home of the Fighting Sioux" must be removed so the school will be in NCAA compliance and able to host post-season sporting events at its Grand Forks campus, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said. The logo also won't be replaced when it wears out in carpeting.

"I am very pleased that the NCAA was willing to show flexibility in its policy," Stenehjem said, adding that the overwhelming statewide vote against retaining the nickname and the expense of removing the logos were key factors in the negotiations.

University President Robert Kelley also praised the agreement, calling it "a good resolution."

The agreement applies to the hockey arena, the Ralph Engelstad Arena, and the attached Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, where basketball, volleyball and soccer are played. It also allows the school to create a commemorative wall within the athletic complex depicting the history of the Sioux Nation and its contributions to the state.

"The agreement by Ralph Engelstad Arena to reduce the nickname and Native American mascot imagery, and to place the imagery in an historic context, is consistent with the NCAA policy for the University of North Dakota to host NCAA championship events at that site," the NCAA said in a statement.

Arena manager Jody Hodgson said he needed to discuss the new plan with his board of directors, saying they were encouraged but "we're still kind of soaking it in and considering what the implications are."

The hockey arena is named after alumnus and former goaltender Ralph Engelstad, a property developer and casino owner who donated $100 million to finance the 400,000-square-foot arena. Before his death in 2002, he'd told state higher education board he would withdraw his support if the nickname were changed. The arena opened in October 2001, and the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, named for his wife, opened in 2004.

The debate over the Fighting Sioux nickname heated up in 2005, when the NCAA listed 19 schools with American Indian nicknames, logos and mascots it deemed to be "hostile and abusive."

The NCAA allowed some schools to keep such nicknames provided they received tribal support. But in the University of North Dakota's case, the Spirit Lake Sioux tribe endorsed using the nickname and logo, but The Standing Rock Sioux's tribal council didn't. The university sued the NCAA, which eventually led to the settlement agreement.

A state law requiring the school to keep the moniker was repealed eight months after it took effect in 2011, after the NCAA refused to budge on sanctions. Then ardent nickname supporters gathered enough signatures to put the issue on the June 2012 ballot, but two-thirds of voters said the nickname should go.

The Legislature has determined that a new nickname cannot be chosen for three years.

"We are pleased to bring this matter to closure," said Ham Shirvani, who recently took over as chancellor of the North Dakota university system.

The chairman of the Standing Rock tribal council didn't return an after-hours phone message seeking comment Wednesday.

Courtesy of www.minotdailynews.com



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CBS to Televise March 2 WWU-SFU Men's Hoop Tilt - by Sanjey Noriega

From: gnacsports.com

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - NCAA Division II defending men's basketball champion Western Washington University will host Simon Fraser, the NCAA's first international member, in a nationally televised game on the CBS Sports Network (CBSSports.com) on March 2 (1 p.m.) at Sam Carver Gymnasium on the WWU campus.

That will be one of nine men's and women's basketball games from seven Division II conferences on the 2013 regular-season television schedule announced by the NCAA. The program is in its seventh year. The package also includes defending Division II women's champion Shaw, which hosts Johnson C. Smith on Feb. 23.

"Our membership continues to value this program," said Division II Vice President Mike Racy. "Not only does it give our schools an opportunity to showcase their student-athletes, it also gives them a big platform to tell the world about their overall institution and their community."

2013 NCAA Division II Basketball Game of the Week TV Schedule

All times EST

Jan. 5 (12:30 p.m.) Doubleheader Northwest Missouri State at Pittsburg State (MIAA)
Jan. 12 (Noon) Men's Anderson at Lincoln Memorial (SAC)
Jan. 26 (11:30 a.m.) Doubleheader Delta State at Valdosta State (GSC)
Feb. 9 (Noon) Women's Nova Southeastern at Florida Southern (SSC)
Feb. 16 (Noon) Men's Clayton State at Montevallo (PBC)
Feb. 23 (Noon) Women's Johnson C. Smith at Shaw (CIAA)
March 2 (4 p.m.) Men's Simon Fraser at Western Washington (GNAC)



Villars Basket inks rookie Robbie Lewis - by Eurobasket News

Robbie Lewis (198-F) is set to start his professional basketball career. The American forward penned a 1-year deal with Villars Basket, He graduated few months ago at the West Virginia State University (NCAA2). They reached WVIAC Tournament Finals in 2011.
Earlier this summer, Villars Basket also penned a deal with Malik Mechti (197-F/C-92). He arrived to the club from Blonay Basket. Alessandro Veglio (190-G-91) is another new player at Villars. Most recently he played for SAV Vacallo Basket. Marko Kraljevic (195-G/F-91) also signed with the club for 2012/13. He spent last season with Union Neuchatel. Mohamed Hassan (187-G-90) joined Villars from Neuchatel as well. He played there in 2010/11.



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Tab Baldwin to coach Hawks in 2013 - by Hugh McAuliffe

Faced with the daunting task of replacing local legend Paul Henare, the HBS Bank Hawks have pulled a rabbit out of the hat, signing former Tall Blacks coach Tab Baldwin for the 2013 Bartercard National Basketball League season.

Baldwin (54) hasn't coached in the competition since 2001, but has won more titles than any other coach in league history, guiding the Auckland Stars to five in eight seasons at the helm. His return gives him a chance to regain the lead for career wins - he currently has 203, second only to current Tall Blacks coach Nenad Vucinic (237).

'We're really excited to have him here,' says Hawks general manager Paul Trass. 'Tab will add something special to the basketball community in Hawke's Bay, which is already pretty strong.

'He has a very professional manner and he's a great motivator, not only within basketball, but also in the wider community. Tab just commands respect.

'We couldn't believe how excited he was about coming to Hawke's Bay. When you get that feeling, you start to believe it could be great.'

Baldwin was a key figure in the development of predecessor Henare as a player, luring him from Napier to Auckland in 1998 to be part of his championship dynasty. After hanging up his sneakers, Henare guided the Hawks to the 2011 NBL final and the semis again last season, but has signed with the Southland Sharks next year.

After leaving the NBL, Baldwin steered the national men's team to their first Oceania series victory over Australia in 2001, taking them to two world championships, the 2004 Athens Olympics and silver medals at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.

He surrendered the Tall Blacks' reins in 2007 to pursue a professional career in Europe, coaching in Turkey, Romania and Greece, before taking the Lebanon men to the 2010 world championships and Jordan within a basket of qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics.

He is currently coaching the Fujian Sturgeons in the Chinese national league. Baldwin will arrive in Napier in the new year to supervise the pre-season programme for HBS Bank Hawks.

'Returning to NZ is such an exciting move for me and my family,' says Baldwin. 'I've missed the people, the lifestyle and the basketball community that have given me so much throughout my career.'

'My goal is to take what is already a great organisation to the very top of NZ basketball. The players that we will bring in or keep in the programme will be totally dedicated to this goal or their flight time with the Hawks will be short-lived.

'Commitment to the Hawks organisation, community and team goals will be beyond compromise. We owe this to the community and will pledge this to our fans.'

Trass says the recruitment process begins now.

'We told everyone the new coach wouldn't be a disappointment and we believe we'll have most of last year's players back, plus a couple of other significant signings.'



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Gent Dragons add Enobakhare to their roster - by Eurobasket News

Gent Dragons (Division II) added to their roster 26-year old Nigerian center Leigh Enobakhare (206-113kg-86, agency: Court Side). Enobakhare played last season at Kangor.-Boom (Division II).
He won Belgian D2 championship title in 2011.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Euroleague Qualifying Round: Le Mans eliminates Unics Kazan, 86-78 - by Eurobasket News

Unics Kazan - Le Mans 78-86

Le Mans registered second straight win in Euroleague Qualifying Round and advanced to the final game. There, Le Mans will meet Italian Cantu. The winner of that game will play in Euroleague 2012/13 regular season. Unics will compete in EuroCup. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) stepped up for Le Mans with double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Cuthbert Victor (197-F-83, college: Murray St.) and Charles Kahudi (197-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) scored 15 and 13 points respectively. Kostas Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83) shined for Unics with 20 points and 8 rebounds, and Terrell Lyday (190-G-79, college: BYU) added 18 pts. Mire Chatman (187-PG-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: UTPA) had 13 points and 5 boards. Quarters: 20-22, 18-20, 23-16, 17-28. Final game between Le Mans and Cantu is scheduled for tomorrow at 20:30h. It will be played in Desio as well.

Unics Kazan: Kostas Kaimakoglou 20+8 boards, Terrell Lyday 18, Mire Chatman 13+5 boards
Le Mans: Joao Paulo Batista 20+10 boards, Cuthbert Victor 15, Charles Kahudi 13



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KBC, APR crowned Agaciro champions - by Eurobasket News

The Agaciro basketball tourney ended over the weekend in Rwanda with Kigali Basketball Club, and APR winning the title.
In the mens fray, KBC beat Espoir 75-65 to lift the trophy while in the womens final, APR edged Rwandans Allied for peace 67-32. In the semifinals that took place Saturday, KBC won APR 76-63 and Espoir humbled CSK 81-32. RAPP qualified in the womens after beating NUR 52-47. The Agaciro development tournament aims at raising funds to contribute towards national solidarity, and the total amount contributed this year will be made public this week.
Courtesy of: starafrica.com



FERWABA National League 2012-13: The championship will start on Saturday - by Eurobasket News

FERWABA National League 2012 will start on Saturday, 29th September 2012.
Following 9 teams will participate in Men Category:
Kigali BC, ESPOIR BBC, APR BBC, CSK BBC, United Generation Basketball (UGB), UNR BBC, KIE BBC, RUSIZI BC, 30 Plus (New team).
For Women category, only 5 teams will be present on courts: APR Ladies, UNR (W) BBC, KIE BBC, CSK (W) BBC, RAPP BBC (New team).
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.ch/



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Rocks register their first win of 2012/13 season: Rocks 92 - 82 Wildcats - by Eurobasket News

Durham Wildcats 82 (19,39,55) (Mike Baldarelli (193-F/G-89, college: Assumption) 18, Elderkin 17, Guinane 16)

Glasgow Rocks 92 (19,42,64) (Harrison/Murray 20, Davis 15)

Glasgow Rocks picked up their first victory of the season in the BBL Championship thanks to a hard-fought 82-92 win over the Durham Wildcats at the Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre on Sunday evening.

After a slow start to the contest, six points from EJ Harrison helped the Rocks into an early 5-11 lead midway through the opening quarter, however an immediate 9-3 response from the Wildcats saw the home side tie the game at 14-14. Both sides traded baskets for the remainder of the stanza and ended the quarter tied at 19-19.

In the second quarter, a Harrison three-pointer took the score out to 23-26 after three minutes of the period, but they could not hake off a resilient Wildcats outfit as the home side kept themselves in the contest thanks to a Mike Mike Baldarelli three-point play to trim the deficit to just a point at 28-29. The Rocks kept their noses in front thanks to four points from Brice Fantazia and a Gareth Murray (201-F-84, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Kalamazoo Valley CC) free-throw handed the visitors a seven point lead at 33-40, but the Wildcats bagged six of the last eight points of the half to trim the deficit to just three points at 39-42 heading into the locker rooms at the half.

In the second half, a 7-2 Rocks start to the third quarter took the score out to 41-49 with seven minutes remaining in the period. The home side tried valiantly to get themselves back into the contest and managed to close the gap down to five points at 50-55 midway through the third quarter, but a strong finish from the Rocks saw the visitors close out the period leading 55-64 heading into the final stanza.

In the final quarter, the Rocks continued to stretch their lead through the early exchanges and opened up their biggest lead of the game at 68-82 with five minutes remaining in the contest. The home side picked up their intensity in the closing stages of the game at both ends of the floor, and three three-pointers from Mike Baldarelli helped the Wildcats trim the deficit slightly, but it was all to no avail as the Rocks held on to get their first victory of the season.

A combination of Harrison and Gareth Murray led the scoring for the Rocks with 20 points a-piece, while new signing Mike Baldarelli was the main man for the Wildcats as he netted a team-high 18 points.
Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowrocks.co.uk



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Partizan loan Marinkovic to OKK Beograd - by Zoran Popovic

According to Serbian Sports news young Serbian prospect Ivan Marinkovic (208-F/C-93) is new enforcement of OKK Beograd before the start of new season. Management of Partizan Beograd and OKK Beograd made agreement in which will young Marinkovic spent season in OKK Beograd and be refreshment for coach Jekovic team. Ivan Marinkovic was born November 27th, 1993. During the career passed all young teams of Crvena Zvezda Beograd and last three seasons played for their junior team, Ivan Marinkovic was member of Serbian U18 and U20 team.


Milos Markovic agreed terms with Jaszberenyi - by Eurobasket News

TOP COP Security Jaszbereny (A Division) inked 28-year old Serbian swingman Milos Markovic (201-84). Markovic played most recently at CSM Oradea in Romanian Division A. In 31 Division A games he recorded 9.7ppg, 5.3rpg and 2.1apg last season. He helped them to make it to the cup semifinals. Markovic represented Serbia at the European Championships U18 in Sodertalje (Sweden) three years ago. His stats at that event were 9 games: 6.8ppg, 4.8rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3PT: 35.0%, FT: 55.6%.
Markovic is a very experienced player. He has played also professionally in Montenegro (Buducnost), Slovenia (Krka), Ukraine (Khimik) and Serbia (Masinac, Vrsac, Sloboda and Mega Vizura).

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  SLOVAKIA   


Svit keep Kenneth Henderson - by Eurobasket News

Svit managed to keep Kenneth Henderson (201-F-82, college: Texas Arlington) on the roster. The team has agreed on terms of contract extension with the player. Kenneth Henderson joined Svit midway through the last season. The forward notched 18.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.3 steals per game in Extraliga. Kenneth Henderson earned All-Slovakian Extraliga Honourable Mention. He started the season in UBA. Kenneth Henderson played for the Houston Express. His stats read 19.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.3 steals per appearance there. Previously the forward had stints in Poland, Hungary, France, Finland and Netherlands. He made it into All-UBA Classic 2nd Team in 2011.


CEZ Nymburk Lands Oliver Tot for the 2012-13 Season - by Surujh Roopnarine

Perennial Czech powerhouse CEZ Basketball Nymburk, poised yet again for another NBL title and European cup success, has secured the services of young point guard Oliver Tot (198-PG-94) for the 2012-13 season. Oliver Tot, who will turn 18 at the end of November, spent last season with BK Inter Bratislava. During a tumultuous season for the club, the 6-6 Slovakian U20 National Team member, appeared in 36 games averaging 2.8 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists. This past summer at the European Championships U20 Division B in Sofia, Bulgaria Oliver Tot appeared in eight games for Slovakia, averaging 8.8 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.4 assists (4th in the tournament) and 1.4 steals while connecting on 22-56 field goal attempts. As the youngest member of the Nymburk team Oliver Tot will have an excellent opportunity to practice and learn from some of the best players and coaches in the Czech Republic.


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  SPAIN   


Aurteneche Maquinaria Euskadi tabs Mick Hedgepeth - by Eurobasket News

Aurteneche Maquinaria Euskadi (LEB Silver) inked 23-year old American power forward Mick Hedgepeth (205-102kg-89, college: Belmont). Hedgepeth spent the pre-season with BC Kyiv in Ukraine.
Hedgepeth graduated from Belmont University in 2012 and it will be his first season in pro basketball. He tallied 9.6 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in his senior season in college.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Regal Barcelona wins '2012 Liga Catalana' - by Eurobasket News

Regal Barcelona is the winner of '2012 Liga Catalana'. They handed 76-69 loss to Fiatc Joventut in the final game. The tournament was held in Badalona and it ended last night. Erazem Lorbek (209-F/C-84, college: Michigan St.) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Pete Mickeal (199-F-78, college: Cincinnati) added 13. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) helped his team with 12 points, while Ante Tomic (217-C-87) and Joe Ingles added 9 points each. In defeat, Emmanuel Quezada (188-PG-85, college: USF) was better than the others with 19 points. Tony Gaffney (204-F-84, college: Massachusetts) and Alejandro Barrera (198-F/G-92) netted 14 and 9 pts. Quarters (69-76): 17-18, 12-21, 20-16, 20-21. Regal Barcelona was the winner of Liga Catalana last year as well.
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, Nathan Jawai (208-F/C-86, college: Midland CC) and Alejandro Abrines (198-F-93) scored 14 points each for the winners. Pete Mickeal followed them with two points less. In defeat, Alex Thompson (208-F-85, college: Iowa St.) answered with 12 pts. Quarters: 17-17, 21-7, 23-20, 19-16.
Fiatc Joventut defeated Assignia Manresa 88-80 in the other Semis.



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Standings - BasketEttan

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

Regular Season: Round 2

North

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

Round 7

Sep. 29: Taby - Orongo

South

Sep. 27: Sanda - Boras II 63-80
Sep. 29: Jarfalla - Eskilstuna
Sep. 29: Eos - Malbas
Sep. 30: Helsingborg - Brahe Basket
Sep. 30: Hogsbo - Talje


Stats Leaders - BasketEttan

Points Per Game
 Richard MARAKER
  Boras II
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 17
 1. Maraker, Boras II17.0 
 2. Andersson, Boras16.5 
 3. Hillgren, Alvik B.15.5 
 4. Russom, Sanda15.0 
 5. Juhlin, Alvik Bask.14.5 
 6. Jagbeck, Alvik B.13.0 
 7. Ismaili, Boras II10.5 
 8. Melinder, Alvik B.9.5 
 9. Eriksson, Sanda8.5 
 10. Hakanson, Alvik B.8.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Bjorn Larsson HILLGREN
  Alvik B.
  (--88)
  Avg: 9.5
 1. Hillgren, Alvik B.9.5 
 2. Eriksson, Sanda7.5 
 3. Ismaili, Boras II6.5 
 4. Andersson, Alvik B.6.0 
 5. Elisson, Boras II5.5 
 6. Maraker, Boras II5.5 
 7. Juhlin, Alvik Bask.4.5 
 8. Hakanson, Alvik B.4.5 
 9. Olsson-D., Alvik B.4.0 
 10. Gunarsson, Boras4.0 
Assists Per Game
 Adam ANDERSSON
  Boras II
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 4
 1. Andersson, Boras4.0 
 2. Svensson, Boras II2.5 
 3. Werner, Sanda2.5 
 4. Juhlin, Alvik Bask.2.5 
 5. Jagbeck, Alvik B.2.5 
 6. Russom, Sanda2.5 
 7. Andersson, Alvik B.2.0 
 8. Lundstedt, Boras2.0 
 9. Nefatti, Boras II2.0 
 10. Gunarsson, Boras1.5 
Steals Per Game
 Adam ANDERSSON
  Boras II
  (188-G-91)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Andersson, Boras2.5 
 2. Maraker, Boras II2.0 
 3. Svensson, Boras II2.0 
 4. Eriksson, Sanda2.0 
 5. Asherov, Sanda2.0 
 6. Hansson, Alvik B.2.0 
 7. Jagbeck, Alvik B.1.5 
 8. Gunarsson, Boras1.5 
 9. Lundstedt, Boras1.5 
 10. Osmanbegovic, Bor.1.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Sebastian KORLING
  Alvik Basket
  (--88)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Korling, Alvik Bas.1.5 
 2. Nefatti, Boras II1.0 
 3. Hillgren, Alvik B.1.0 
 4. Gunarsson, Boras0.5 
 5. Eriksson, Sanda0.5 
 6. Ismaili, Boras II0.5 
 7. Hakanson, Alvik B.0.0 
 8. Asherov, Sanda0.0 
 9. Olsson-D., Alvik B.0.0 
 10. Andersson, Alvik0.0 



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Gino Lanisse returns BBC Nyon - by Eurobasket News

Gino Lanisse (200-F-81) is back to BBC Nyon. The Haitian/Swiss forward penned a deal for the upcoming season. He played for BBC Nyon from 2005 to 2009 and before that in 2003/04 season. Lanisse missed 2011/12 and before that he spent one year with Jump Union Neuchatel. The player averaged 13.8 points and 8.2 rebounds for 19 LNB games. They won LNB title and Lanisse was named to Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNB 1st Team -11. In 2009/10, Gino Lanisse was a member of MGS Grand-Saconnex Basket. There he had 5.7 ppg and 4.7 rpg for 29 games in LNA. As mentioned above, Lanisse spent five years with BBC Nyon. He had 4.3 ppg and 3.1 rpg in 2008/09. They reached Swiss League Cup Finals that year.


Villars Basket inks rookie Robbie Lewis - by Eurobasket News

Robbie Lewis (198-F) is set to start his professional basketball career. The American forward penned a 1-year deal with Villars Basket, He graduated few months ago at the West Virginia State University (NCAA2). They reached WVIAC Tournament Finals in 2011.
Earlier this summer, Villars Basket also penned a deal with Malik Mechti (197-F/C-92). He arrived to the club from Blonay Basket. Alessandro Veglio (190-G-91) is another new player at Villars. Most recently he played for SAV Vacallo Basket. Marko Kraljevic (195-G/F-91) also signed with the club for 2012/13. He spent last season with Union Neuchatel. Mohamed Hassan (187-G-90) joined Villars from Neuchatel as well. He played there in 2010/11.



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Rant Sports NCAAB Season Preview: Paradise Jam - by David Edole

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Early season tournaments continue to emerge and increase from a competition standpoint. Non-conference schedules have gotten tougher and college basketball fans prepare for premier match-ups and upsets even in November.

Lets take a look at the Paradise Jam.

Tournament Date (s): November 16-19, 2012.

Tournament Location (s): University of the Virgin Islands, U. S. Virgin Islands.

Tournament Field: Mercer, Connecticut, Quinnipiac, George Mason, Illinois-Chicago, Iona, New Mexico, and Wake Forest.

Tournament Summary: While this years crop for Paradise Jam may not be very star-studded, there are a number of talented mid-majors, in addition to one school that everyone will be watching this year: Connecticut. After losing Jim Calhoun as head coach, the Huskies have uncertain expectations and are banned from postseason play due to low APR scores. Well see what positives new coach Kevin Ollie can take out of this situation. Mercer has battled Belmont for the Atlantic Sun title the past few years and has come out on the short end of the stick. The Bears could get a leg up on their rival with some wins at the Paradise Jam. Wake Forest may need to win this tournament more than anyone. The Demon Deacons want to rebound from a bad year last season and do return top scorers C. J. Harris and Travis McKie, but in a rising ACC, non-conference wins are even more important. George Mason was on the cusp of the NCAA Tournament last season, but now without Ryan Pearson, the Patriots need others to step up. Illinois-Chicago wont bother anyone in this tournament (3-15 in the Horizon last year). Quinnipiac will be giving junior Ike Azotam the reigns of the team and hope he keeps them as competitive as theyve been in recent years. Iona and New Mexico will both be missing their stars, Scott Machado and Drew Gordon respectively, but theyll each have a nice amount of firepower and the opportunity to dance again in 2013. For the Gaels, this is Momo Jones team now, for the Lobos, watch out for Kendall Williams.

Player to Watch: Ryan Boatright, Connecticut: This may surprise some people, but I did say that all eyes will be on Connecticut, so wont we want to see how they do? Sure, they were terrible in Big East play last year and lost Jeremy Lamb and Andre Drummond to the NBA Draft, so how could they possibly be good? With the backcourt tandem of Boatright and Shabazz Napier, thats how. We know what we get with Napier. Hes run the offense and can score in bunches. Thats why Boatright is so appealing. After an impressive freshman season, it still remains to be seen just how good he can be. Boatright is a fierce scorer who uses athleticism and quickness to make up for his lack of size. He can get to the rim as well as shoot from long range. If Boatright can make the leap, the Huskies could actually be sneaky good.




V.I. Pride basketball registration - by David Edole

V.I. Pride basketball registration
ST. THOMAS - The Virgin Islands Pride Basketball Association is having registration for the upcoming 37-plus basketball league and the female open basketball league. Registration deadline is 6 p.m. Thursday at the CAHS gymnasium, when there will be a final meeting before the start of the league. Entrance fee is $250 and $10 for insurance. If not using league insurance, a wiver form must be signed. For more information or to register, contact JoJo Gumbs at 690-2847 or Kirby Callendar at 344-6126.



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  UBA   


Top 5 former UBA players currently overseas based on performance - by David Walls


As you know, the Universal Basketball Association pride themselves on their athletes making it to the next level (overseas). In just four years the UBA has sent over 97 players to Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East. With all the great success the UBA has voted it's top international players in league history (09-12).

#1. Chris Miller-Williams (6'6''-F/G-87, college: W.Georgia) (Iceland):

Miller-Williams has to be the best success story of the UBA. He joined the UBA in 2010, after playing for South Carolina State and finishing at West Georgia. Miller-Williams had an average college career and no one would think that an undersized post could become a standout in mid major Europe. He was signed for the 2010-11 season with the Georgia Lions. He averaged 18 points and 8 rebounds earning him Rookie of the Year honors. After a great UBA season he signed with KFI Reykjavik (Iceland) in the 2nd league, he averaged a team best 22.4ppg and a league best 12.3rpg. He was later named Eurobasket.com All-Iceland Forward of the Year along with All-Import honors. Although awards are great Miller-Williams did the unthinkable helping his team move into the top league with an 18-1 record.

UBA Season: 2010-2011
UBA Team: Georgia Lions: 30 games: 18.5ppg, 8.0rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 39.4%, FT: 76.5%
UBA Awards: Rookie of the Year, 2nd Team All-UBA, All-Star Selection, 1st Team All-Rookie

Overseas Team since UBA: Iceland
2011-2012: KFI Reykjavik Reykjavik: 16 games: 22.2ppg, 1- (12.7rpg), 1.6apg, 1.8spg, 1.5bpg, FGP: 51.7%, 3PT: 41.7%, FT: 66.7%
2012-2013: Re-Signed with KFI Reykjavik (now Express league)
Iceland Awards: Forward of the Year, All-Import Team, 1st Team All-Iceland, Iceland Championship

#2. Jermaine Dailey (6'8''-F-86, college: Ill.-Chicago) (Taiwan):

In 2010 Dailey was selected by the GIE Morrow Disciples with the first overall pick. He was by far the best athlete to play in the league with his great dunking and leaping ability. Dailey set the UBA rebounding mark with 24 boards vs. the Southern Generals. He averaged 16 points and a league best 14 rebounds earning him Defensive Player of the Year honors. After a great UBA season he signed with Yulon Luxgen (Taiwan), he averaged 14.0ppg and a league best 15.9rpg. He was later named Asiabasket.com All-SBL Defensive Player of the Year along with All-Import honors.

UBA Season (s): 2010-2012
UBA Team (s): GIE Morrow Disciples (10-11), Georgia Lions (11-12): 24 games: 16.2ppg, 13.0rpg, 2.4bpg, FGP: 52.1%, 3PT: 38.4%, FT: 74.6%
UBA Awards: Defensive Player of the Year, 2nd Team All-UBA, 1st Team All-UBA, (2) All-Star Selection, 1st Team All-Rookie

Overseas Team since UBA: Uruguay, Taiwan, Dubai, Venezuela
Best Season (Taiwan): 20 games: 13.9ppg, Reb-2 (15.9rpg), 1.4spg, Blocks-3 (1.6bpg), FGP: 54.5%, FT: 63.2%
Taiwan Awards: Defensive Player of the Year, All-Import Team

#3. Mychal Kearse (6'5''-G-83, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Mt.St.Mary's) (Japan):

In 2009 signed with the GIE Morrow Disciples and later joined the Dallas Stars (2010). Kearse averaged 23 points and a league best 3.4 steals earning him All-UBA honors. After a great UBA season he signed a 2 year deal with SISU Copenhagen (Denmark), he averaged a league best 24.0ppg and 7.0rpg. Kearse was later named Euroabasket.com All-Danish Defensive Player of the Year along with All-Import honors. He also was the MVP of the Danish All-Star game.

UBA Season (s): 2009-2011
UBA Team (s): GIE Morrow Disciples (09-10), Dallas Stars (10-11): 24 games: 23.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 3.4bpg, FGP: 49.1%, 3PT: 38.6%, FT: 77.6%
UBA Awards: 1st Team All-UBA, All-UBA Playoff Team, All-Star Selection, 1st Team All-Rookie

Overseas Team since UBA: Denmark, Lebanon, Romania, Japan
Best Season (Denmark): 28 games: Score-1 (23.4ppg), 7.4rpg, 2.2apg, Steals-2 (2.1spg), FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: FT: 83.9%
Denmark Awards: Defensive Player of the Year, (2) All-Import Team, All-Star Game MVP, (2) All-Danish 2nd Team

#4. Michael Sloan (6'5''-G/F-84, college: Clayton St.) (Iceland):

Sloan is also a great story over the years in the UBA. He joined the league in 2010, after playing for Clayton State University. In 2010 Sloan was drafted by the Southern Generals in the 2nd Round. He averaged 23 points and 5 rebounds earning him Southern Conference Player of the Year honors. Sloan breakout season helped carry the Generals to a 32-3 record and its first UBA title. After a great UBA season he signed with Hottur (Iceland), he averaged a league best 30.0ppg, 7.6 rebounds and 5 assists. He was later named Eurobasket.com All-Iceland Guard of the Year along with All-Import honors.

UBA Season: 2010-2011
UBA Team: Southern Generals: 35 games: 23.5ppg, 5.5rpg, 3.4apg, FGP: 50.3%, 3PT: 41.4%, FT: 80.1%
UBA Awards: Southern Conference Player of the Year, 1st Team All-UBA, All-Star Selection, UBA Guard of the Year

Overseas Team since UBA: Iceland, Venezuela, Ecuador
2011-2012: Hottur: 19 games: Score-1 (30.0ppg), 7.6rpg, Ast-3 (5.1apg), 2.9spg, FGP: 56.6%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 75.7%
2012-2013: Asociacin Deportiva Naval Marina (Ecuador)
Iceland Awards: Guard of the Year, All-Import Team, 1st Team All-Iceland, Iceland Scoring Leader

#5. Jermaine Barnes (6'5''-G/F-82, agency: Gamble Sports Management, college: Point, GA) (Dominican Republic):

Barnes is the most active player in UBA history. He was draft first overall by the DFW Disciples in 2009. He later went on to win 3 MVP awards and 3 UBA scoring titles. He is the record holder in scoring with an amazing 60 point outburst versus the Tennessee Dragons in 2011. Barnes best UBA season was in 2012 where he averaged a league best 30 points per games and winning his 3rd UBA title. He was later named Usbasket.com All-United States Guard of the Year voted by all sports writers of Usbasket.com. After several great season in the UBA Barnes signed to play in Saudi Arabia, Mexico, Uruguay, Dominican Republic and Taiwan for the USA National Team for the William Jones Cup. His best season came in Uruguay where he average a league best 30 points per game leading Universtalio to the Semi Finals of the Salt-Uruguay LIGA playoffs.

UBA Season: 2011-2012
UBA Team: GIE Morrow Disciples: 21 games: Score-1 (30.0ppg), 7.4rpg, 6.4apg, 2.9spg, FGP: 49.8%, 3PT: 42.6%, FT: 74.1%
UBA Awards: (3) UBA MVP, (3) Conference POY, (3) UBA All-Star, (3) 1st Team All-UBA, Usbasket.com USA Guard of the Year, All-United States 1st Team

Overseas Team since UBA: Japan, Uruguay, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Dominican Republic, Taiwan (USA Team)
2009-2010: Universitario Salto: 10 games Score-1 (30.5ppg), 9.5rpg, 6.0apg, FGP: 55.0%, 3PT: 41.0%, FT: 80.0%
Iceland Awards: All-Import Team, Scoring Leader




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Standings - LUB

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

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: Un.Atletica - Defensor 93-79
Sep. 26: Bohemios - Tabare 89-99
Sep. 26: Trouville - Bigua 85-100
Sep. 26: Larre Borges - Cordon 82-81


Stats Leaders - LUB

Points Per Game
 Justin KEENAN
  Trouville
  (202-F/C-88)
  Avg: 34.7
 1. Keenan, Trouville34.7 
 2. Baxley, Defensor24.7 
 3. Haller, Montevideo23.5 
 4. Garbarino, Tabare23.0 
 5. Alvarez, Sayago22.5 
 6. Ambres, Nacional22.3 
 7. Trasante, Olimpia22.0 
 8. Johnson, Bigua22.0 
 9. Chambers, Monte.21.0 
 10. Giano, Nacional21.0 
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. Haller, Montevideo11.0 
 6. Martin, Nacional10.0 
 7. Johnson, Bigua10.0 
 8. Blankson, Un.Atlet.9.7 
 9. Morris, Cordon9.0 
 10. Crosby, Montevid.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Federico BAVOSI
  Un.Atletica
  (185-G-81)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Bavosi, Un.Atletica9.3 
 2. Gonzalez, Aguada8.0 
 3. Fitipaldo, Malvin7.7 
 4. Barrera, Hebraica6.7 
 5. Trasante, Olimpia6.0 
 6. Garcia Moral., Agu.6.0 
 7. Taboada, Un.Atlet.6.0 
 8. Martinez, Malvin5.0 
 9. Tornaria, Trouville4.7 
 10. Aguiar, Hebraica4.7 
Steals Per Game
 Mauricio TRASANTE
  Olimpia
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 5
 1. Trasante, Olimpia5.0 
 2. Roselli, Larre Bor.3.3 
 3. Garcia, Cordon3.0 
 4. Barrera, Hebraica3.0 
 5. Delgado, Olimpia2.5 
 6. Cortizas, Welcome2.5 
 7. Garcia Moral., Agu.2.5 
 8. Trelles, Bohemios2.3 
 9. Vazquez, Defensor2.0 
 10. Aguilera, Trouvil.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jon ROGERS
  Un.Atletica
  (204-C-84)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Rogers, Un.Atletica3.3 
 2. January, Larre B.2.7 
 3. Haller, Montevideo2.5 
 4. Faber, Welcome2.0 
 5. Kanis, Trouville2.0 
 6. Passos, Hebraica1.7 
 7. Shellman, Sayago1.5 
 8. Bravo, Defensor1.3 
 9. Harrison, Bohemios1.3 
 10. Craig, Bohemios1.0 


Results for postponed games from the 1st round - by Hector Lopez

Results for the Uruguayan League with games postponed from the 1st. round with nmain scvorers and all import players:

Union Atletica 93 - Jimmy Boston (201-F-77, college: N.C.Central) 14 points 9 rebounds, Emilio Taboada (191-F-82) 21 points 5 assists, Jon Rogers (204-C-84, college: Valdosta St.) 8 points 4 rebounds, Ryan Blankson (201-C-80, college: Loyola, IL) 13 points 13 rebounds
Defensor Sporting 79 - Walter Baxley (193-G-84, college: Mars Hill) 27 points 2 rebounds, Jose Juan Bravo (202-C-86) 2 points 8 rebounds
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Larre Borges 82 - Andres San Miguel (198-F-82) 20 points Gerald January (201-C-88, agency: Hightower Law Firm, college: Montevallo) 8 points 10 rebunds 4 blocks
Cordon 81 - Timothy Jennings (193-G-83, college: Gardner-Webb) 112 points 4 rebounds, Brian Morris (205-F-87, college: Humboldt St.) 13 points 9 rebounds
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Bigua 100 - Anthony Johnson (203-F-88, college: Fairfield) 25 points 8 rebounds, Chris Jeffries (199-F-80, college: Wash.-St.Louis) 23 points 7 rebounds
Trouville 85 - Justin Keenan (202-F/C-88, college: Ferris St.) 38 points 10 rebounds 3 blocks, Carlton Fay (203-F-88, college: S.Illinois) 6 points 1 rebounds, Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 2 points 2 rebounds
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Tabare 99 - Juan Garbarino (185-G-89) 33 points Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, agency: Two Points, college: Wofford) 11 points 8 rebounds, Edward Cage (203-F-78, college: Bradley) 15 points 7 rebounds
Bohemios 89 - John Huggins (188-G-82, college: Amer.Internat.) 25 points 4 reboounds, Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 15 points 9 rebounds, Jenard Harrison (203-F-84, college: Amer.Internat.) 15 points 8 rebounds



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LPB 2013 Interview - Rafael Guevara feels great about playing for Guaros - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan SG Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) was interviewed via phone by Latinbasket.com Venezuela and expressed that he feels great about having been traded from Bucaneros de La Guaira to Guaros de Lara for SF Jackson Zapata (198-F-85), a move that allows him to play again in a team that he briefly belonged to back in 2008.

Guevara, a 33-year old 1.94m tall former member of Venezuela's Senior NT, played 14 games for Guaros back then after arriving in a trade from Marinos de Anzoategui, but asked to go back to his previous team, due to differences with the ownership and lack of proper finantial conditions.

"I'm happy because, despites what happened back in 2008, I didn't take anything personal. What I was getting from Marinos back then, I wasn't getting it with the old management of Guaros and that's why I left the team", said Guevara, nicknamed "La Tormenta" or "The Storm".

"As far as the fans and the city are concerned, I never had any complains. It was quite the opposite, because a city like that deserves to have a good team, because its people really gives it all out there for the team. That's why I'm glad I have this new opportunity", he added.

He also acknowledged that he was very grateful to owners Jorge Hernandez and Luis Sojo and GM Tomas Morris. "This is a compromise and a responsibility not only for them, but for us, the players. We need to stay humble and take the motivation that we're given".

He said he talked to PG Heissler Guillent (186-PG-86) after he learned that he was traded to the team and said that he's happy to play with him again. In Tiburones de Vargas, his team in Liga Nacional (LNB), Guevara is playing with another recent acquisition of Guaros, Robert Yriarte (201-F-89), who came from Marinos de Anzoategui alongside SF Carlos Morris (194-G-76) in exchange for SG Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77).

"Yriarte is also happy because the moves made were made with respect and we appreciate it. He hasn't played that much in LPB, but he's got a great future and there aren't many players with his height and talent in the league. In Guaros, he'll learn a lot from the American coach (Scott Fields) and Jack Michael Martinez (201-F-81)", explained Guevara.

Guevara thinks that, with the team that has been put together, there are "no excuses" for Guaros to be able to fight for a championship. He also expects the fans of Barquisimeto to "give me an opportunity and support me, because the last time I played there, I never had any problems with the fans. Everything else is just part of the past. I learned a lot from it and I'm now a more mature player and human being. I have been acquired in my best moment and won't have any problems to give it all out there for this team".



Venezuelans Abroad - Jesus Urbina scores 27 and grabs 14 boards against Once Caldas - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PF Jesus Urbina (201-F-84) had another solid performance as reinforcement player for San Andres Islanders Caribbean Heat in Colombia's Federation Cup, as he scored 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in a victory over Once Caldas Manizales, 87-67, in Matchday 12, according to his agent, Castor Besteiro.

Urbina, born in Barquisimeto and 28 years old, plays his second straight season in Colombia thanks to his father's nationality. He's a former George Mason Patriots player in the NCAA and belongs to Toros de Aragua in Venezuela's LPB.

He got help from Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76) with 11 points to defeat a team that includes Venezuelans Deivis Ananguren (192-F-85) and Jorge Leon (188-G-79) and former LPB players such as Tayron Thomas (191-PG-84) and Alpha Bangura (197-F/G-80).

Urbina has been targeted by the general management of Guaros de Lara, but the owner of Toros refused to accept negotiating a deal that could include his name, according to what was said by the owner of Guaros, Jorge Hernandez, in a recent press conference.



Jorge Rondon undergoes surgery, won't play till 2013 - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan SF Jorge Rondon (193-G/F-90), who plays for Rojos de Sucre in Liga Nacional de Baloncesto (LNB) and belongs to Bucaneros de La Guaira in Liga Profesional (LPB), underwent surgery in Caracas to fix a torn ACL and repair his left knee, according to a press release of Bucaneros.

The surgery was performed by specialist German Medina and he expressed that the player would need "at least 3 to 4 months of rehab" to be ready to play again, which would allow him to be available in the month of January, when LPB 2013 is expected to begin.

"We had to rebuild the ACL by introducing tissue that was taken from his thigh" said doctor Medina. Rondon arrived to Bucaneros during the LPB 2012 season from Guaiqueries de Margarita alongside PG Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85), in a move that involded C Richard Lugo (209-C-73). Rondon also went to trainings with Venezuela's Senior NT prior to the 2012 South American Championship, played in Argentina last June. He didn't make the final cut.



LPB 2013 News - Rafael Perez in talks with Trotamundos - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan PG Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82), who had been linked as a possible acquisition by Guaros de Lara via trade, in a move that would have involved PG Rene Farias (188-G-86) and SF Deivis Ananguren (192-F-85), went to the offices of his Liga Profesional (LPB) team, Trotamundos de Carabobo, to begin talks regarding the 2013 season.

Gustavo Garcia Saez, general manager of Trotamundos, uploaded a pic standing next to Perez, in an effort to end the rumours involving Perez's departure. The player is currently active in Venezuela's Liga Nacional (LNB) playing for the current title holders, Centauros de Apure, a team that's set to play in the upcoming Liga Suramericana and is currently leading the South-West Conference.

Perez's got experience with Venezuela's Senior NT and has played in pro leagues in Puerto Rico and Mexico.




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Women News

Standings

Adriatic League Standings
 1. PEAC-PECS 2-0 
 2. Celik 1-0 
 3. Mladi Krajisnik 1-0 
 4. Partizan 1-0 
 5. Radivoj Korac 1-0 
 6. Vojvodina 1-1 
 7. Athlete Celje 0-1 
 8. Ilrija 0-1 
 9. Novi Zagreb 0-1 
 10. Sloboda 0-1 
 11. Vozdovac 0-1 
 12. Vrsac 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: Hemofarm - Mladi Krajisnik 52-70
Sep. 26: Sloboda - Radivoj Korac 42-73

Round 3

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Sep. 29: Ilrija - Athlete Celje
Oct. 1: Radivoj Korac - Vojvodina
Sep. 29: PEAC-PECS - Sloboda
Sep. 30: Partizan - Vozdovac
Sep. 30: Mladi Krajisnik - Novi Zagreb
Sep. 29: Celik - Hemofarm


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 


Popovic's 28 points give her Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News

22-year old guard Jovana Popovic (173-G-90) had an amazing evening for Vojvodina and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 1.
She had the game-high 28 points adding three assists for Vojvodina in her team's victory, helping them to crush Athlete Celje (0-1) with 18-point margin 74-56. Popovic had a remarkable 71.4% from 2-point range. It's her second year at Vojvodina and it's hard to imagine this team without her.

Second best performed player last round was Mirna Mazic (188-F-85) of Novi Zagreb. She is a forward in her 2nd season at Novi Zagreb. In the last game Mazic recorded impressive double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as Novi Zagreb was edged in overtime by Partizan (1-0) 93-90. The season is still at the very beginning and this lost game may not be such crucial, of course if they start win the games. Let's wait for the next round. Mazic is well-known at Novi Zagreb and she already established her position as one of the team's leaders.

Third place about best performers goes to another Novi Zagreb's star - center Latoya Williams (193-C-87). Williams got into 30-points club by scoring 36 points in the last round. She went also for seven rebounds . Despite Williams' great performance Novi Zagreb lost 90-93 in overtime to Partizan (#4, 1-0). But her team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Jelena Velinovic (193-C-81) of Mladi Krajisnik - 16 points, 14 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Tina Jovanovic (190-F/C-91) of Radivoj Korac - 19 points and 6 rebounds
6. Amy Jaeschke (196-C-89) of PEAC-PECS - 18 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Amy Jaeschke (196-C-89) of PEAC-PECS - 16 points and 11 rebounds
8. Milica Dabovic (175-PG-82) of Partizan - 18 points, 2 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Nevena Jovanovic (179-G-90) of Partizan - 21 points and 3 rebounds
10. Ana Radovic (190-C-90) of Vozdovac - 21 points and 8 rebounds

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



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Dakar 2012: Kenya end series with a win, lose to Mali 40-68 - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Kenya U18 women national team end the preliminary campaign of the Afrobasket for U18 Women in Dakar, Senegal without a win after losing it last preliminary game Wednesday to Mali by 40-68.

The Kenyan lost all four quarters (09-16, 12-23, 05-10 and 14-19) as coach Donald Liruh describe the Kenyan experience in Dakar as worthwhile one but noted that his players lack some of the basic fundamental of the game.

Speaking during the post match conference the Kenyan tactician says the team may have lost all it preliminary games they have indeed have some lessons to take home and impact on the players.

We will continue to work on the team and other players out there in Kenya when we return home as our participation cannot be said to be a total failure.

We notice that most of the players in other teams are fundamentally sound than our players and these are some of the lessons we will take back home and continue to impact on our players so as to be able to compete favourably well against other opposition in Africa, Coach Liruh concluded.

Mali Fanta Gundo led her team quest for a semi-finals ticket with 11 points, 5 steals, 3 assists and 2 rebounds, Mariam Kone added 10 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists while Madjan Camara was the best player on the board with 11 rebounds and 8 points.
Aminata Traore (186-C-95)



Dakar 2012: Senegal wins superiority battle over Egypt 73-54 - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Senegal Wednesday night defeated Egypt to the top spot of the preliminary round of the 2012 Afrobasket for U18 Women in Dakar Senegal.

Backed by a vociferous home crowd Senegal took the first quarter by 16-12 points but fell to the resilient Egyptian who are the title holder of the championship in the second quarter by 13-17 points to level score at 29 points apiece at half-time.

Senegal double it effort at the resumption of play in the third quarter thus opening a 15 points margin going into the fourth quarter with a 23-08 points win in the third quarter and again took the fourth quarter by 21-17 points to sail to victory by 73-54 points to lead the preliminary round and a semi-final duel against fourth place finisher Tunisia.

Senegal enterprising guard Yacine Diop led her team quest for honours with 22 points, 6 steal, 5 rebound and 4 assist. Aminata Kamara posted 12 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assist and 2 steal. Ndeye Fatou Ndiaye added 12 points, 5 assist and 3 rebounds while forward Mame Coumba Sy grabbed 13 rebounds and 4 points to help their side beat Egypt to the top spot.



Dakar 2012: Senegal, Egypt, Mali, Tunisia set for the semis - by Olusegun Ikuesan

The 2012 edition of Africa foremost youth competition for young women across the continent enter the semi-finals stage Friday at the Marius Ndiaye gymnasium Dakar Senegal with the four semi-finalists, host Senegal defending champion Egypt, Mali and Tunisia gearing to go.

Separating the four from the six countries on parade was no mean feat as Senegal, Egypt and Mali already through before the closing day of the preliminary round two games played (Senegal Vs Egypt and Tunisia Vs Angola) were very crucial to the players and their handlers as Senegal and Egypt searches for who lead the preliminary pool which Senegal eventual won by 19 points margin of 73-54 points while the pairing between Tunisia and Angola was more daisy as the eventual winner Tunisia picked the last semi-finals spot with a 46-38 points victory.

Senegal Vs Tunisia 17H00
The semi-finals pairing will see Senegal taking on Tunisia in the first semis at 17H00 a game pundit had predicted to stretch to the buzzer as Tunisia who earlier in the competition lost to Senegal by 47-54 points getting better with every game it has played so far.

Senegal will be playing under some kind of pressure as it will be playing before a vociferous fans who will demand nothing less than victory from the team couple with injuries to some of it players against a Tunisian side who are not court shy.

Senegal will be banking on the duo of Yacine Diop and Ndeye Dieng to rally the young lioness as it look forward to make it to the grand finale billed for Saturday while Tunisia will bank on the scoring and rebounding prowess of forward Hamrouni Houda and Wafa Lobiri to rescue them from the claw of the lioness.

Diop who feature in three of the five preliminary games played by her side has an average total of 27.40 minutes; 17.33 points; 5.33 rebound; 3 assist; 4 steal; 3 turn over and .33 block shot must be able to repeat her form which saw led her team against Egypt where she poured in 22 points, 6 steal, 5 rebound and 4 assist while fast pace guard Dieng with cumulative average of 24.05 minutes; 8.2 points; 3.4 rebound; 2.4 assist; .6 steal; one turn-over and .4 block shot from five games being able to repeat her run down the base-line and execute jump-ball and provide her team with the kind of court leadership which has seen her become a dominant player so far.

For Tunisia Houda and Lobiri must carry their teammates along in the execution of their play if they must go past Senegal Friday evening. Houda who has had wonderful performance since the competition began over a week ago rank among the championship top scorer having feature in all her team preliminary games.

With an average of 32.09 minutes; 19.8 points; 8 rebound; 1.4 assist; 2.6 steal; 3.6 turn-over and .2 blocks the ES CAP BON basketball club of Tunis forward surely knows what is at stake at this stage of the competition just as Lobiri also boast of an impressive record of 27.06 minutes per game; 12.4 points; 3.6 rebound; 1.6 assist; 2 steal and 4 turn-over the stage is set for the semi-final cracker against Senegal.
Wafa Lobiri (F-95)



Dakar 2012: Egypt, Mali set for the semi final show down - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Semi-final - Egypt Vs Mali 19H00
The Egypt Mali pairing is one match-up that appear the most difficult to predict as both sides boast of players who decide a game with the forty minutes of play, having meet once during the preliminary with Egypt running away with a 53-43 points victory Mali will be looking forward to getting it pound of flesh as both sides will file out at 19H00 for the epic battle.


Egypt who are eyeing to retain the title it won two years ago on home court must do everything possible to stop Mali who parade some of the best post players of the competition.

Egypt will rely on its inspirational guard Soraia Deghady with good court vision, passing and shooting skill her other teammates must be prepared to play at her pace if they want to get past the difficult task ahead of them, Deghady is expected to combine with Ola EL Temsahi.

Mali on the other hand have always dominated it opponent in the paint and will rely on the fierceness of Aminata Traore and Madjan Camara to pick rebounds and make second shots for them

Egypt Deghady who has enjoyed an average of 31.01 minutes per game almost the highest minute played by any player from the six countries couple with her impressive scoring ability with 15.25 points; 1.25 in rebound; one assist; 1.5 steal and 2 turn-over her combination with Temsahi who has 19.04 minutes; 11.8 points; 3.6 rebound; .4 assist; 1.6 steal; 1.8 turn-over and .2 block shot should be enough to scare the Mali whose two forwards.
Traore and Camara lead other players in rebound. Traore has recorded a cumulative average of 28.03 minutes; 12.4 points; 8.2 rebound; 2 assist; 1.5 steal; 2.8 turn-over and .6 blocks with Camara being more effective in the paint with a record of 21.04 minutes; 7.6 points; 9.8 rebound; .8 assist; .4 steal and 2.4 turn-over from five preliminary games but both players (Traore and Camara) must avoid early foul which saw them fouling out in the game against Senegal during the preliminary round. Madjan Camara (95)



Dakar 2012: Houda double double earn Tunisia semi-final ticket - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Tunisia forward Hamrouni Houda played a vital role to help her team secure the last semi-finals ticket of the 2012 Afrobasket for U18 Women at the expense of Angola in both sides last preliminary game.

Both sides enter the game on equal strength of 1-3 record with the fourth semi-finals ticket in mind and while other players were shy of taking the initiative the youthful Tunisian forward step forward for her team pouring in 16 points, 11 rebounds, 7 steals, 2 assists and one block-shot to help her team earn a semi-final ticket with a 46-38 points victory over Angola.

Houda who was on duty for 36.27 minutes had four fouls but manage to finish the game without fouling out of the game with four turn-over, scoring two out of fifteen two-point field goal attempt, two out six three-point field goal attempt and made six of eight free throw.

Tunisia won the first two quarters by 11-05 and 14-05 just as it lost the last two quarters to the Angolan (11-15, 10-13) who showed some promises late into the game.
Houda Hamrouni (F-94)



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Paulista standings - by Eurobasket News

Paulista Standings
 1. Sao Jose 4-0 
 2. Abdala 3-0 
 3. Santo Andre 3-1 
 4. Ourinhos 2-0 
 5. Guarulhos 2-2 
 6. Americana 1-1 
 7. Marilia 1-2 
 8. Recreativa 1-2 
 9. Rio Claro 1-2 
 10. Sao Caetano 1-3 
 11. ABPV 0-0 
 12. XV/Unimep 0-2 
 13. Divino/COC 0-4 



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Lubor Blazek stays with Czech National Team - by Eurobasket News

Czech Basketball Federation extended contract with NT Head Coach Lubor Blazek . He will be with the team for 2013 EuroBasket. If Czech Republic books a ticket for 2014 World Championship, contract of coach Blazek will be automatically extended for one more year. Lubor Blazek took over Czech NT in 2010. They won the silver medal together at the World Championship in Czech Republic. Last summer they reached Semifinals at the EuroBasket in Poland. This summer at the Olympic Games in London Czech Republic reached Quarterfinals. Lubor Blazek won thee ZBL titles with USK Praha in 2009, 2011 and last season as well. In 2009, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Czech Rep. D1 Coach of the Year -09. Last season USK Praha was also the Cup winner in Czech Republic. In the past, Lubor Blazek worked as Assistant Coach of the NT.


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Atomeromu inks Oleksandra Chek - by Eurobasket News

Atomeromu KSC Szekszard (A Division) signed 19-year old Ukrainian center Oleksandra Chek (191-93, agency: New Trend Agency). Chek played last season at Regina-Basket Bar in Ukrainian Higher League. In 28 Higher League games she had 9.5ppg and 5.8rpg. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Higher League 2nd Team.
Chek was a member of Ukrainian U20 National Team between 2010 and 2012, and played also for U18 National Team between 2010 and 2011. She represented Ukraine at the European Championships U20 in Debrecen (Hungary) this year. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 10.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 76.2%.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @lovewomensbball)



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  ICELAND   


Snaefell takes the first Trophy - by Siggi Hjorleifsson

Snaefell is the Lengjan Cup winner 2012 and takes the first Trophy of the season.
Final game was played at Keflavik tonight between the hometeam Keflavik vs Snaefell.
Tight from beginning, Keflavik stronger in first half but in second half Snaefell start playing zone defense which Keflavik could not handle well enough
Final score Keflavik 72 Snaefell 78
Scorers for Keflavik Sara Run Hinriksdottir 22. Palina Gunnlaugsdottir 14. Ingunn Embla Kristinardottir 12. Sandra Lind Thrasdardottir 10. Anita Eva Vidarsdottir 6. Bryndis Gudmundsdottir 6. Soffia Run Skuladottir 2
For Snaefell. Alda Leif Jonsdottir 19 Hildur Bjorg Kjartansdottir 17 + 13 rebounds. Kierah Marlow 15 + 13 rebounds. Berglind Gunnarsdottir 14. Hildur Sigurdardottir 8. Helga Bjorgvinsdottir 3. Rosa Indridadottir 2




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  ITALY   


Chieti signs Pamela Rosanio - by Eurobasket News

C.U.S. Chieti (A1) signed 26-year old American swingman Pamela Rosanio (178-86, college: Massachusetts). Rosanio played last season at Solna Vikings in Swedish Damligan. In 29 Damligan games she had 12.4ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.7apg and 1.8spg.
She has played previously professionally in WBCBL (Pennsylvania Lazers).
Rosanio attended University of Massachusetts until 2008 and it will be her fifth season as a professional player.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @lovewomensbball)



Taranto fire past Chieti in friendly - by Eurobasket News

Taranto - Chieti 98:36

Taranto celebrated a confident win over Chieti in the test clash. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) stepped up with 26 points to lead the winners.
Taranto gained full speed in the opening quarter. They recorded a 28:10 lead after ten minutes. Taranto increased the tempo and posted a 57:19 lead at the interval. Things were just getting worse for Chieti in the second half. Taranto accumulated 76:29 advantage going into the fourth period and never looked back en route to the victory. Megan Mahoney (183-F-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Kansas St.) recorded 20 points for Taranto. Nicole Antibe (187-C/F-74) added 16 points in the winning case. Pamela Rosanio (178-G/F-86, college: Massachusetts) answered with 12 points for Chieti. Natasha David (190-F/C-91, agency: Players Group) had 6 points in the loss.

Taranto: Gintare Petronyte 26, Megan Mahoney 20, Nicole Antibe 16
Chieti: Pamela Rosanio 12, Natasha David 6



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  KENYA   


USIU Flames still lead with 26 points - by Eurobasket News

In the ladies category USIU Flames still lead with 26 points after losing only 2 of their 14 matches. 2011Champions Eagle Wings are piling on pressure to the top 3 teams after crushing Western Delight and Gladiators over the past weekend. On Saturday they overcame the Kakamega based Western Delight 82-12 then wrote off Gladiators 81-11 on Sunday. Eagle Wings have 22 points from 12 matches.
Full League standings
Ladies Category
P W L F Points
USIU 14 12 2 _ 26
Co-op Bank 14 10 4 _ 24
Storms 14 9 5 _ 23
Eagle Wings 12 10 2 _ 22
Western Delight 15 6 9 _ 21
Strathmore 12 8 4 _ 20
Safe Spaces 16 3 13 _ 19
KPA 9 8 1 _ 17
Mennonites 15 1 14 _ 16
Gladiators 15 _ 14 1 14
NYTA- Shimba Hills 8 5 3 _ 13

Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.ch/



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LBA Gives Women Platform - by Eurobasket News

MASERU - The Lesotho Basketball Association creates a platform for women as they plan to host the women basketball tournament on Saturday 22nd September 2012 at Lehakoe Cultural Centre.

The aim is to create the platform for ladies basketball since their few basketball club members of the association and it is open for High Schools and National Basketball League (NBL) ladies clubs. The association is also expecting the member clubs to register with M150 to encourage clubs to participate.
At the closing of the business on Friday last week only two high schools and no NBL member have registered for the tournament, the NBL clubs expected are Khubetsoana All Stars (KTA), Rovers, Lerotholi Polytechnics, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT) Rangers, National Heath Training College (NHTC), Centre of Accounting Studies (CAS) and Shines.
While the High Schools are Methodist High School, Lesotho High School, St James, Mabathoana, Sefika, St Patricks, St Johns, Johnson Baker, Bereng, St Stevens, Masitise, St Paul, St Boniface and Machabeng the 2012 High School Top 4 champions. The two high schools which have registered are Sefika and Mabathoana High Schools.
Some of these clubs which have not yet been registered have members in the Executive Committee of the association and Women in Sports, while this tourney meant to empower women who play basketball. The tournament was expected to be hosted during the Womens Month but due to LBA activities last month they could not. Registration per club is M150, 00.
Lerato Mochekela - the associations Office Administrator told Informative Newspaper that, Although the tournament is meant to empower women but they relented to register, LBA decided to organise this tourney in order to entice many clubs because few clubs have registered with National Basketball League and we - Basketball Women In Sport - are planning to host an Open Tournament and we wish to invite international clubs.
We want to ensure that we will have enough clubs which can compete with international clubs from Botswana, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Namibia, Zambia and Mozambique in the future. Only if we host tournaments of this nature we can compete against such clubs and also have the strong Women National Squads, we are left with few days before the tournament and we have to drawn the tourney fixture before the 22nd September 2012,
They hosted High School Basketball Top 8 at Maputsoe in Leribe at St Boniface High School on the 25th August 2012, on the 31st August till the 01st September 2012 the national association organised a two days workshop on Life Skills in Maseru, while on the 08th September they have High Schools Top 4 at Lehakoe Cultural Centre in Maseru.
Courtesy of: http://basket-in-africa.blogspot.ch/



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  LITHUANIA   


Kibirkstis-VICI post win and draw against Belarusian teams - by Eurobasket News

Kibirkstis-VICI played two test games recently. They faced Belarusian Gorizont and Minsk-2006.
First Kibirkstis-VICI overcame Gorizont 58:54. The Belarusian team led by a single point after ten minutes of action 15:14. But the hosts surged ahead for a 25:24 halftime lead but Horizont returned the lead in the third quarter. However the hosts retained the lead in the final period and sealed the victory at the end. Celeste Trahan-Davis (184-C-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Elizabeth City) accounted for 16 points to lead the charge. Greta Sniokaite (180-G-91) added 11 points, while Mante Kvederaviciute (180-G-90) posted 10 points in the victory. Tatsiana Likhtarovich (179-G/F-88, agency: LBM Management) answered with 10 points for Gorizont.
Next Kibirkstis-VICI took on Minsk-2006. Tough game ended in a 66:66 draw. Kibirkstis-VICI surged ahead for a 26:14 lead after ten minutes. They maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. Kibirkstis-VICI gained a 48:38 halftime lead. The teams entered the fourth frame with the Lithuanian side up by 9 points 59:50. However Minsk-2006 turned things around in the fourth frame and managed to level things up at 66 at the end of regulation. Celeste Trahan-Davis chipped in 13 points for Kibirkstis-VICI. Kristina Alminaite (204-C-90) contributed 12 points for the Lithuanian side.



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Dakar 2012: Kenya end series with a win, lose to Mali 40-68 - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Kenya U18 women national team end the preliminary campaign of the Afrobasket for U18 Women in Dakar, Senegal without a win after losing it last preliminary game Wednesday to Mali by 40-68.

The Kenyan lost all four quarters (09-16, 12-23, 05-10 and 14-19) as coach Donald Liruh describe the Kenyan experience in Dakar as worthwhile one but noted that his players lack some of the basic fundamental of the game.

Speaking during the post match conference the Kenyan tactician says the team may have lost all it preliminary games they have indeed have some lessons to take home and impact on the players.

We will continue to work on the team and other players out there in Kenya when we return home as our participation cannot be said to be a total failure.

We notice that most of the players in other teams are fundamentally sound than our players and these are some of the lessons we will take back home and continue to impact on our players so as to be able to compete favourably well against other opposition in Africa, Coach Liruh concluded.

Mali Fanta Gundo led her team quest for a semi-finals ticket with 11 points, 5 steals, 3 assists and 2 rebounds, Mariam Kone added 10 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists while Madjan Camara was the best player on the board with 11 rebounds and 8 points.
Aminata Traore (186-C-95)



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  MALTA   


2012-2013 St.James Hospital Pre-Season Tournament Schedule this Weekend! - by Steve Dolan

The Saint James Hospital Women's Pre-Season Tournament will take Place at the University Gym 29 September 2012 through 30 September 2012. View the full schedule of games below.

First Game Next Saturday ;
08.00 Luxol vs ALYSSA ASHLEY LBC. POOL 1
09.30 HONEY Athleta vs PHOENIX PETRUS PIZZA Qormi POOL 1
11.00 MCDONALDS Depiro vs Hibs MELITA GARDENS POOL 2
12.30 HONEY Athleta vs Luxol POOL 1
18.00 ALYSSA ASHLEY LBC vs PHOENIX PETRUS PIZZA Qormi POOL 1
19.30 Starlites SPORTS EXPERIENCE vs MCDONALDS Depiro POOL 2
21.00 PHOENIX PETRUS PIZZA Qormi vs Luxol POOL 1

WOMENS ST JAMES HOSPITAL CUP
DAY 2 Sunday 30th September 2012
08.00 HONEY Athleta vs ALYSSA ASHLEY LBC POOL 1
09.30 Hibs MELITA GARDENS vs Starlites SPORTS EXPERIENCE POOL 2
11.00 3r place pool 1 vs 3rd place pool 2
12.30 Winner pool 1 vs runner up pool 2
14.00 Winner pool 2 vs runner up pool 1
15.30 SUPER CUP MEN ATHLETA VS LUXOL
17.30 3RD / 4TH PLACE Loser S/F 1 vs Looser S/F 2
19.00 FINAL Winner S/1 VS Winner S/F 2



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  PUERTO RICO   


Williams number one in Puerto Rico for Round 11 - by Eurobasket News

American power forward Angelina Williams (183-F/C-83) had an amazing evening in the last week for top-ranked Morovis M., receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Week award for week 11.
The 29-year old player had a double-double of 32 points and 14 rebounds, while her team beat Carolina G. (9-3) 81-76. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. It allowed Morovis M. to consolidate first place in the Puerto Rican BSNF. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Morovis M. has a very solid 9-3 record, but they cannot be too comfortable about keeping top position. Williams turned to be Morovis M.'s top player in her first season with the team. Former University of Illinois star has very solid stats this year. Williams is in league's top in points (4th best: 18.7ppg), rebounds (7th best: 9.5rpg) and averages impressive 2.6bpg.

The second best player in last week's games was 29-year old American Monique Martin (180-G-83) of Aguas B.T.. Martin had a very good evening with a double-double of 30 points and 13 rebounds. Bad luck as Aguas B.T. was edged in overtime by slightly higher-ranked Juncos V. (#5, 6-7) 85-83. Aguas B.T. managed to keep the same 6th spot in the standings. 8 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Aguas B.T. managed to get this year. Martin is a newcomer at Aguas B.T., but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 27.6ppg (#1). She also registered 10.4 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last week was American forward Yolanda Jones (184-F-84) of league's second-best Carolina G.. Jones showcased her all-around game by recording 23 points, eighteen rebounds (!!!) and four assists in the last week. Despite Jones' great performance Carolina G. lost 76-81 to #1 ranked Morovis M.. But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates especially in such crucial game. The last thing Carolina G. needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 9 victories and 3 lost games. Jones has a great season in Puerto Rico. After 10 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 17.1ppg (7th best), rebounds with 12.0rpg (3rd best) and assists with 3.4apg (2nd best). Yolanda Jones has also Puerto Rican passport and can play in the league with a status of domestic player.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michelle Gonzalez (167-G-89) of San German - 19 points and 5 rebounds
5. Renee Taylor (158-G-85) of Juncos V. - 33 points, 5 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Tyra White (182-G-89) of San German - 16 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Kristina Rosario (188-F-88) of San German - 13 points and 15 rebounds
8. Taizminely Lanza) of Juncos V. - 17 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists
9. Neisha Figueroa) of Morovis M. - 9 points and 7 rebounds
10. Esmary Vargas-Sanchez (191-C-81) of Juncos V. - 9 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists

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



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Falkirk Clark Eriksson Fury announced Gallagher Jennifer, Alicia McFadden, Jenna Beattie, Laura Nimmo, Allie Gardner - by Eurobasket News

Falkirk Clark Eriksson Fury announced Jennifer Gallagher (C), Alicia Mary McFadden (175-G-91), Jenna Beattie (180-F-93), Laura Nimmo, Allie Gardner (164-G-94) in the roster for 2012/2013 season.
Jennifer Gallagher entered her 5th straight season for the team. She is very experienced player.
Alicia Mary McFadden was a member of the Scottish U18 National Team in 2007.
Jenna Beattie was a member of the Scottish U18 National Team -10. She participated at the European Championships U18 Division B for Women in Timisoara (Romania). In 7 games her stats read 2.4ppg, 1.4rpg.
Nimmo Laura played for the team last year.
Allie Gardner is a 1994 year born player. She is a member of the Scottish U18 National Team -11-12.



Glasgow Rocks keep Mairi MacNeil, Siobhan Moore, Corkindale Rona, Ailidh Hood and Nadele Strain - by Eurobasket News

Glasgow Rocks keep Mairi MacNeil, Siobhan Moore (185-C-87, college: Bridgeport), Rona Corkindale (177-F-86), Ailidh Hood (179-F-88) and Nadele Strain (170-G-88) for 2012-2013 season. The players appeared for the Rocks in the starting five.
Mairi MacNeil joined the team in 2009-2010. Together with them she became Scottish Cup Winner -10, 12 and Scottish National League Champion -12.
Siobhan Moore played earlier for Bridgeport (NCAA2). As a member of the Great Britain U20 National Team in 2006 she participated at the European Championships U20 Div.B in Druskininkai (Lithuania) and reached (Semifinals).
Rona Corkindale played earlier for St Mirren Reid Kerr College (D1). Last year she was an active player of the Rocks.
Hood Ailidh will enter her 4th season with the team. Earlier she spent two season with St Mirren Reid Kerr College.
Nadele Strain also played for St Mirren Reid Kerr College before coming to Glasgow Rocks in 2009/2010 season.



Lady Rocks defeat Fury, go top of the league - by Eurobasket News

The Lady Rocks soared to the top of the National League at the weekend, with a 58 - 38 win over visiting Falkirk Fury.

Toni Carvill (182-F-86) poured in a game high 18 points and Ailidh Hood contributed 14 as the Rocks continued their winning ways and home court dominance.

The Rocks have given their home support plenty to cheer about so far, but the gymnasium fell silent when Rona Corkindale slipped on a drive to the basket at the start of the third period. The forward sustained a hit to the face and was forced to sit out for the remainder of the second half.

It was unfortunate that Rona went down with the facial injury, lamented assistant coach Phil Birch.

A lot of our offence goes through Rona, but we have enough depth in our team and the other girls managed to step up and take care of business.

One of the girls who stepped up was Captain Toni Carvill, who provided most of the scoring punch in Ronas absence. She netted an impressive six points in the period to keep Fury at bay.

The Rocks showed little sign of wearing down and they held on to a 46 29 advantage heading into the final spell.

But it was Fury who came out the more aggressive side in the fourth. They pushed the ball on offence and went on a nine point scoring spree that caught the Rocks by surprise.

Leading the comeback for Falkirk was the trio of Jen Gallacher, Alicia McFadden and Debbie Primrose. Primrose was fouled on a layup attempt, and hit her first free throw to make the score 48 - 38. However, she missed on her second shot, which would have reduced Falkirks deficit to single digits.
From there, the Rocks managed to regroup and regain their composure. They piled on the pressure and pulled away from the visitors with some excellent offensive play by Toni Carvill and Ailidh Hood.

A nifty layup by youngster Taylor McKeown, capped off a ten point unanswered run that sealed the win for the Rocks.

Rocks next game is a home tie against Polonia Phoenix on Saturday, October 6, with tip-off at 12:20pm.

Starting 5 for Glasgow: Mairi MacNeil, Siobhan Moore, Rona Corkindale, Ailidh Hood, Nadele Strain

Starting 5 for Falkirk: Jen Gallacher, Alicia McFadden, Jenna Beattie, Laura Nimmo, Allie Gardner

MVP: Toni Carvill with 18 points

HOT: Ten point run to end the game on a high

NOT: Losing Rona Corkindale for the second half

Game Notes: Toni Carvill went down at the start of the second after overstretching her groin. But the Captain wasnt out for long and returned to the game a few minutes later...Fury went on a long scoring drought in the second period, until a turnaround jump shot from Laura Nimmo with 4:30 left in the half finally put the visitors on the scoreboard...Rocks played in white and Fury wore red.

MICHAEL DOTT
Courtesy of: http://www.glasgowrocks.co.uk



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Dakar 2012: Senegal wins superiority battle over Egypt 73-54 - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Senegal Wednesday night defeated Egypt to the top spot of the preliminary round of the 2012 Afrobasket for U18 Women in Dakar Senegal.

Backed by a vociferous home crowd Senegal took the first quarter by 16-12 points but fell to the resilient Egyptian who are the title holder of the championship in the second quarter by 13-17 points to level score at 29 points apiece at half-time.

Senegal double it effort at the resumption of play in the third quarter thus opening a 15 points margin going into the fourth quarter with a 23-08 points win in the third quarter and again took the fourth quarter by 21-17 points to sail to victory by 73-54 points to lead the preliminary round and a semi-final duel against fourth place finisher Tunisia.

Senegal enterprising guard Yacine Diop led her team quest for honours with 22 points, 6 steal, 5 rebound and 4 assist. Aminata Kamara posted 12 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assist and 2 steal. Ndeye Fatou Ndiaye added 12 points, 5 assist and 3 rebounds while forward Mame Coumba Sy grabbed 13 rebounds and 4 points to help their side beat Egypt to the top spot.



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Standings - Women

A League Standings
 1. Basket Stars 0-0 
 2. Beocin 0-0 
 3. Celarevo 0-0 
 4. Crvena Zvezda 0-0 
 5. Jagodina 2001 0-0 
 6. Partizan 0-0 
 7. Proleter 0-0 
 8. Radivoj Korac 0-0 
 9. Radnicki KG 0-0 
 10. Sabac 0-0 
 11. Srbobran 0-0 
 12. Stara Pazova 0-0 
 13. Student 0-0 
 14. Vojvodina 0-0 
 15. Vozdovac 0-0 
 16. Vrbas Medela 0-0 
 17. Vrsac 0-0 



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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 2-0 
 5. Petrzalka 1-1 
 6. Samorin 1-1 
 7. Cassovia K. 0-2 
 8. Levice 0-2 
 9. Ostrava 0-2 
 10. Poprad 0-2 

Regular Season: Round 2

Sep. 26: Ostrava - SKBD Rucon 72-81
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

Regular Season: Round 3

Sep. 29: Poprad - Cassovia K.
Sep. 29: MBK Ruzomb. - Good Angels
Sep. 29: SKBD Rucon - Samorin
Sep. 29: Piestanske C. - Ostrava
Sep. 29: Petrzalka - Levice


Slovak Extraliga: Complete second round results - by Barbora Stuchlikova

BK SOUZ Cassovia Kosice - BK Petrzalka 63:71 (17:7, 14:26, 19:16, 13:22)
Cassovia: Timkova 17, Mihalikova 14, Kulcsarova 12
Petrzalka: Vynuchalova 25, Palenikova 11, Krivosudska 9, Slezarikova 9
Cassovia Kosice started against BK Petrzalka in a great style. After the first quarter the hosts led by 10 points. But Petrzalka erased the deficit very quickly and after the second frame they were on top. The team could rely one more time on Vynuchalova. With no doubts she won the game to Petrzalka with 25 points. But she is on the team just temporarily therefore it's hard to evaluate Petrzalka's performances. The results of their first two games in Slovak Extraliga don't reflect the real strength and potential of the squad.

Good Angels Kosice - ZBK Poprad 124:13 (32:4, 27:0, 34:8, 31:1)
Good Angels: Helena Sverrisdottir (185-F/G-88, college: TCU) 35, Quigley 15, Krivacevic 14
Poprad: Simova 4
It seems Poprad is the weakest team in the league at the moment. The club struggles financially and their roster in build on junior players who haven't had an opportunity to practice as a real professional basketball team playing in the highest national league. On the other hand, Good Angels Kosice are the best Slovak club, they participate in Euroleague, the team is mostly made of import players with a lot of experiences from Euroleague, WNBA and NT's. To say that Poprad is just weaker than their opponents is totally incorrect. Kosice outscored Poprad 27:0 (!) in the second period. Poprad delivered just 13 points in 40 minutes. Unfortunately, that is not a performance worth National League and that is not a quality worth National League.

BKZ Levice - Piestanske Cajky 41:71 (17:20, 6:18, 10:26, 8:17)
Levice: Bacova 12, Kubusova 7, Belanska 6
Piestanske Cajky: Bartanusova 13, Malinkova 11, Krc-Turbova 10
Levice as well as Poprad belong among lower ranged teams in the league. In a home court defeat to Piestanske Cajky Bacova was the top scorer of the hosts. Cajky ran away from their rivals in the second quarter and managed 15-point lead till the break. Every time, someone else pulled the team offensively. Bartanusova, Malinkova and Krc-Turbova top scored for Piestanske Cajky and all got into double digits.

SBK Samorin - MBK Ruzomberok 55:68 (16:13, 10:16, 15:26, 14:13)
Ruzomberok: Parker 18, Holmes 15, Cernakova 13
SBK Samorin: Gyurcsi 11, Slamova 10, Sujova 10
Valiant SBK Samorin faced MBK Ruzomberok in the second round. The bronze team from previous season managed to keep themselves within touching distance till a half break. In the third frame Ruzomberok outscored SBK Samorin 26:15 and won by double digits. Parker, the new player on Ruzomberok's team chipped in 18 points in her premiere in Slovak Extraliga and become the top scorer of the match. Gyurcsiova who spend previous season in Ruzomberok, poured in 11 points for SBK Samorin.

SBS Ostrava - SKBD Rucon Spisska Nova Ves 72 81 (15:18, 17:24, 18:23, 22:16)
Ostrava: Pustejova 14, Sedlackova 11, Motycakova 9, Minarovicova 9
SNV: Letkova 24, Nagyova 15, Krnjetin 13
In the last game of the round Spisska Nova Ves travelled to Ostrava for another victory in the league. Pace of the game was quite fast. Ostrava kept the game very close but due to several missed lay-ups and critical moments of defence they let Spisska Nova Ves run away. The host even had a chance to tie the game but Spisska Nova Ves eased their way back into contest. Letkova shined for the guests with 24 points. With all players in rotation the Slovak club triumphed over Ostrava 81:82.



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Dakar 2012: Houda double double earn Tunisia semi-final ticket - by Olusegun Ikuesan

Tunisia forward Hamrouni Houda played a vital role to help her team secure the last semi-finals ticket of the 2012 Afrobasket for U18 Women at the expense of Angola in both sides last preliminary game.

Both sides enter the game on equal strength of 1-3 record with the fourth semi-finals ticket in mind and while other players were shy of taking the initiative the youthful Tunisian forward step forward for her team pouring in 16 points, 11 rebounds, 7 steals, 2 assists and one block-shot to help her team earn a semi-final ticket with a 46-38 points victory over Angola.

Houda who was on duty for 36.27 minutes had four fouls but manage to finish the game without fouling out of the game with four turn-over, scoring two out of fifteen two-point field goal attempt, two out six three-point field goal attempt and made six of eight free throw.

Tunisia won the first two quarters by 11-05 and 14-05 just as it lost the last two quarters to the Angolan (11-15, 10-13) who showed some promises late into the game.
Houda Hamrouni (F-94)



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Mersin Cumhuriyet Cup tips off in Turkey - by Eurobasket News

Mersin Cumhuriyet Cup started in Turkey. Canik Belediye, TED Ankara and Homend Antakya celebrated victories in the openers.
Canik Belediye overcame Mersin 67:58 for the opening win. Tanja Cirov (181-G/F-81) stepped up with 24 points and 18 rebounds to lead the winners. Doneeka Hodges-Lewis (175-PG-82, agency: LBM Management, college: LSU) added 15 points for Canik Belediye. Mersin answered with 22 points, 6 boards and 4 assists from Bahar Ozturk (183-G/F-84, college: Connecticut). Oksana Zakalyuzhnaya (198-C-77) delivered 16 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
TED Ankara shot down Edremit Bld. 72:65 in another battle. TED Ankara gained a 22:7 lead after ten minutes and never looked back en route to the victory. Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) accounted for 21 points to lead the winners. Mactabene Amachree (190-G-78, college: Abil.Christian) finished with 17 points for TED Ankara. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) responded with 15 points for Edremit Bld.
Homend Antakya cruised past Samsun 81:43. Jolene Anderson (175-SG-86, college: Wisconsin) stepped up with 17 points, while Lucie Bouthors (174-PG-88) added 13 points for the winning side. Rana Derin (175-G/F-92) responded with 11 points for Samsun.



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Braunschweiger BG (Germany) add DORTAE FREEMAN - by David Walls


Braunschweiger BG (Germany) added to their roster 25-year old American guard Dortae Freeman (5'9''-G-87, college: Buffalo). She just graduated from Buffalo University (NCAA). Their Freeman averaged 3.4ppg and 2.0 rebounds.

This season Freeman played in the WUBA for the Atlanta Assault. In 10 games she averaged 4.4ppg, 5.8rpg, 4.3apg, 1.2spg per games. Her 4.3 assists per game ranked 7th in the league along with her 1.2 steals.




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Atomeromu inks Oleksandra Chek - by Eurobasket News

Atomeromu KSC Szekszard (A Division) signed 19-year old Ukrainian center Oleksandra Chek (191-93, agency: New Trend Agency). Chek played last season at Regina-Basket Bar in Ukrainian Higher League. In 28 Higher League games she had 9.5ppg and 5.8rpg. She helped them to win the regular season and make it to the final. A very impressive season as she was named to Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Higher League 2nd Team.
Chek was a member of Ukrainian U20 National Team between 2010 and 2012, and played also for U18 National Team between 2010 and 2011. She represented Ukraine at the European Championships U20 in Debrecen (Hungary) this year. Her stats at that event were 9 games: 10.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 38.5%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 76.2%.

By Eurobasket Data Center (via @lovewomensbball)



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  WNBA   


Mercury win WNBA draft lottery, chance to land Baylor's Brittney Griner with No. 1 pick - by Eurobasket News

Phoenix Mercury president Amber Cox is an avid user of social media.

She had just witnessed one of the greatest moments in team history when Phoenix won the WNBA draft lottery Wednesday night, earning the No. 1 pick and the chance to select Baylors Brittney Griner (6'8''-C-90).

Cox wanted to share the news with fans and coach Corey Gaines, who was in the television studio waiting for the draft order to be unveiled. Instead, she had to wait two hours until the results were broadcast on TV for the first time in league history. Cox and the other team executives who participated in the lottery were sequestered in a room, unable to access their phones or computers.

It was tough, but it was fun to watch his reaction too, on TV, Cox said. Coreys usually a cool customer and doesnt show any emotion, but he had a hard time holding that one in.

Cox was cool herself when the winning combination 4, 5, 6, 14 was drawn. There was no loud cheer or fist pump; she just sat there quietly taking in the moment.

The Mercury (7-27) had the second-worst record in the league this season and were assigned 276 of the 1,000 possible lottery combinations. Fortunately for Cox and the Mercury, one of those combos came up first.

Were really excited. It means a lot to our fans, it means a lot to our organization, Cox said. Were just really excited and kind of speechless at the moment. We came into the draft lottery today, Corey and I, with no expectations and, again, like he said, we knew that anyone we would be able to add to the pieces we already have would be good.

This is obviously icing on the cake.

Chicago will pick second and Tulsa third. Washington, which had the worst record in the league, will pick fourth. The Mystics (5-29) had a 44-percent chance to win the top pick. Only four times in the 11 previous lotteries has the team with the worst record secured the top pick, and that hasnt happened since 2009.

Mystics chief operating officer Greg Bibb had a homemade pouch with him in the lottery room. It didnt help.

Neither Gaines nor Cox would commit to selecting Griner after the lottery results were announced.

Griner has a unique skill set, Cox said. Well look at the class and its our job over the next few months to figure out whats the best fit for us.

Griner, though, is a once-in-a-lifetime talent. The 6-foot-8 Baylor star is an unbelievable shot blocker and also can play above the rim. She helped guide Baylor to a national championship last year and the first 40-0 season in college basketball history. The reigning Associated Press player of the year will try to lead the Lady Bears to a second straight championship when the season starts next month.

We like to fast break and you need to rebound and play defense to get out and run, said Gaines, smiling. Obviously she can block shots and rebound the ball well.

Griner headlines a talented class. Delawares Elena Delle Donne led the nation in scoring last season and is a versatile 6-foot-5 guard who can score from almost anywhere on the court. Notre Dames Skylar Diggins has guided the Irish to the past two national championship games and is one of the most followed female athletes on Twitter.

They all are very different players and can do different things for us, Cox said.

Phoenix was plagued by injuries most of the season. Star Diana Taurasi played in only eight games and Penny Taylor missed the entire year while recovering from an ACL injury. Candice Dupree also missed 21 games because of a knee injury.

This was a difficult season with all the injuries we had, Gaines said. The players this year tried so hard and now the texts are coming in from them. They are ready to come back and excited.

The Mercury have had the first pick in the draft two other times, including 2004 when they drafted Taurasi.

This was the first time that the lottery was shown on television. In the past, the lottery had been held later in the calendar year behind closed doors at a league meeting.

This worked out great, WNBA President Laurel Richie said. It creates a buzz and gets people talking now for the next few months until the draft in April.

Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com



WNBA playoff series previews - by Eurobasket News

A look at the four first-round series in the WNBA playoffs, which start Thursday:


EASTERN CONFERENCE


NO. 1 CONNECTICUT (25-9) VS. NO. 4 NEW YORK (15-19)

Season Series: Sun won 4-1, including a sweep of the three home games.

Connecticut: The Sun are in the playoffs for the second straight year, winning the franchise's fourth regular-season conference title -- first since taking three straight from 2004-06. Connecticut fell one win short of matching the franchise record, achieved in both 2005 and 2006. The Sun, who were 18-4 in conference play, did not lose consecutive games all season, had just two stretches in which they lost two of three, and also went a WNBA-best 13-4 on the road.

Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) (18.0 ppg, 10.5 rpg) was the league's top rebounder and tied Candace Parker for the most double-doubles (18). Veteran guard Kara Lawson, mostly a reserve in her 10-year career, started at least 30 games for the third time and averaged career highs in scoring (15.1), assists (4.0) and rebounds (3.9). She also set the franchise-mark with 74 3-pointers made. Asjha Jones (12.2 ppg, 7.1 rpg) returned for the final two games after missing 14 due to a strained left Achilles tendon. Renee Montgomery (11.6 ppg), a former starter, is a solid reserve. The Sun have a good mix of veterans and young players, with six who began the season with three years or fewer experience and four with seven or more. The Sun were fourth in scoring (81.6) and sixth in rebounding (34.4), field-goal shooting (43 percent) and 3-point shooting (35.6 percent). Charles averaged 21.8 points and 10.3 rebounds in Connecticut's four wins against New York.

New York: After struggling with inconsistency most of the season, the Liberty won five of six down the stretch, going nearly to the final game to beat out Chicago for the last playoff spot in the East. New York went 9-7 after the Olympic break, including a win against the Sun in the first game back from the monthlong hiatus.

Cappie Pondexter (20.4 ppg, 4.5 apg, 4.3 rpg) was again the catalyst on offense, finishing third in the league in scoring. Plenette Pierson (12.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg) missed eight games with a left knee strain and Kia Vaughn (6.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg) was out for three due to a concussion as the Liberty struggled defensively heading into the midseason break. Essence Carson (11.6 ppg) had some big games, and Nicole Powell and Leilani Mitchell are key 3-point shooters. New York has won just two of nine regular-season meetings with Connecticut the last two years. The Liberty were 10th scoring (73.1), eighth in field-goal shooting (42.5 percent), nine in assists (15.7) and 10th in steals (7.4). They were about middle of the pack in rebounding (33.4) and 3-point shooting (36 percent). Pondexter averaged 16.8 points -- including just six points in one game -- against the Sun, and Pierson 13.6 points and 5.8 rebounds. The teams have met twice in the playoffs -- both times in the conference semifinals -- with Connecticut winning in 2004 and the Liberty advancing in 2008.

Prediction: Connecticut in 2.


NO. 2 INDIANA (22-12) VS. NO. 3 ATLANTA (19-15)

Season series: Fever won 3-2, sweeping two games at home and winning once on the road.

Indiana: The Fever matched the franchise record for victories set in 2009, and had at least 21 wins for the seventh time in eight years. They won 10 of the first 12 after the league's monthlong Olympic break to seize control of the No. 2 seed in the East before the first two losses of a three-game skid knocked them out of contention for the top spot. Indiana -- which joined San Antonio was the only teams other than the conference leaders to finish with winning records on the road, both 9-8 -- then finished up with wins against non-playoff teams Washington and Tulsa.

The Fever, who lost to Atlanta in three games in the conference finals last year, were again led by reigning MVP Tamika Catchings (17.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 3.1 apg) and Katie Douglas (16.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.2 apg). Briann January (10.3 ppg, 3.9 apg) and Shavonte Zellous (7.5 ppg) were also solid starters, but both missed the last three games due to concussion-like symptoms. Fever coach Lin Dunn was hoped to have them cleared to practice by Thursday. Indiana tied with Minnesota for the league lead in 3-point shooting at 40 percent -- though the Fever had 110 more attempts -- and were sixth in scoring (78.3), but ninth in overall field-goal shooting (42 percent). Defensively, they were third in total steals (324) and allowed the second-fewest points (72.3). Douglas and Catchings combined to average 35.2 points -- right around their season numbers -- against the Dream.

Atlanta: Coming off two straight trips to the WNBA Finals, the fifth-year Dream are making their fourth straight playoff appearance. Atlanta began the season with seven losses in 11 games and had a strong finish, winning seven of eight-- with the loss coming in two overtimes at Minnesota -- before dropping the finale at Connecticut. The Dream's strong finish came on the heels of the firing of coach Marynell Meadors and suspension of league scoring leader Angel McCoughtry by Fred Williams -- Meadors' replacement.

McCoughtry (21.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.9 apg) won her first scoring title -- after narrowly finishing behind Diana Taurasi a year ago. Sancho Lyttle (14.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg) and Lindsey Harding (12.3 ppg, 4.5 apg) were solid starters all season, and Erika DeSouza (11.6 ppg, 8.2 rpg) provided a strong boost after missing the first half of the season while training with the Brazilian national team for the London Olympics. Armintie Price (8.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.5 apg) rounds out the starting lineup, and rookie Tiffany Hayes (8.6 ppg), Aneika Henry (4.8 ppg) and Cathrine Kraayeveld (4.6 ppg, 40 percent 3-point shooting) are strong reserves. Atlanta led the league in steals (333) for the second straight year, and was fifth in scoring (78.6) and rebounding (34.8), and fourth in shooting (43 percent). McCoughtry was around her season averages against the Fever, and Lyttle averaged 11.6 points and 8.4 rebounds.

Prediction: Indiana in 3.


WESTERN CONFERENCE


NO. 1 MINNESOTA (27-7) VS. NO. 4 SEATTLE (16-18)

Season series: Lynx won 3-1, including a sweep of the two home games.

Minnesota: The defending champions' chemistry was evident all season as they matched their franchise record for wins set a year ago. The Lynx won their first 10 games, and then followed their only losing streak of the season -- a three-game skid in the first week of July -- with an 11-game winning streak. Minnesota split its last six games, but still set the franchise mark with a 16-1 record at home.

Seimone Augustus (16.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg) missed three games earlier this month due to a sprained right foot, but was at her scoring average the last two games while playing about 22 minutes in the four games since her return. Reigning Rookie of the Year Maya Moore (16.4 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 3.6 apg) picked up her production in her second season. Lindsay Whalen (11.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 5.4 apg), Rebekkah Brunson (11.4 ppg, 8.9 rpg) and Taj McWilliams-Franklin (8.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg) are solid veterans, and Monica Wright (8.6 ppg) is the top reserve. Minnesota led the league in scoring (85.9), field-goal shooting (47 percent) and assists (20.8), and was tied for first in 3-point shooting (40 percent). while allowing the second-fewest points (73.1). The Lynx were also the top rebounding team (37.8), and finished second in blocks (159) -- led by McWilliams-Franklin's 46. Moore and Brunson were around their season averages against the Storm, and Augustus averaged 14.7 points in three meetings.

Seattle: The Storm are in the playoffs for the ninth straight year, despite playing without three-time MVP Lauren Jackson until the final nine games while she trained with the Australian national team for the London Olympics. Seattle opened with seven losses in the first eight games, then rebounded to win eight of 11 heading into the Olympic break. In the second half, the Storm had a stretch in which they lost four of five in August and lost four straight earlier this month.

Sue Bird (12.2 ppg, 5.3 apg) led the offense without Jackson, and Camille Little (11.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg) was a solid starter. Jackson averaged 10.2 points -- a little more than half her career average -- and 5.6 rebounds after joining the team. Ann Wauters (9.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg) started 17 of the 25 games she played, and 16-year-veteran Tina Thompson (8.9 ppg) hit some key shots. Shekinna Stricklen (8.0 ppg) played solid minutes as rookie, and Tanisha Wright (7.9 ppg) and Katie Smith (6.7 ppg) are key veteran starters. The Storm finished 11th in scoring (71.2), 10th in rebounding (31.9) and last in steals (205). However, they were tops in scoring defense (71.7) and field-goal shooting defense (39 percent). Bird averaged 19 points in the two meetings at home and 6.0 in the two on the road -- both in the first three weeks of the season. Seattle's three losses were all by double digits.

Prediction: Minnesota in 2.



NO. 2 LOS ANGELES (24-10) VS. NO. 3 SAN ANTONIO (21-13)

Season series: Silver Stars won 3-1, including a split of the two road games.

Los Angeles: After missing out last year, the Sparks return to the playoffs in their first season under new coach Carol Ross. Los Angeles got off to a strong start, winning seven of eight, then hit a rough patch before putting together a nine-game win streak sandwiched around the Olympic break. The Sparks then won five of their last six to close with their most wins since going 25-9 in 2006. Los Angeles tied for the league's best home mark at 16-1, but the opener of this series will be played at USC's Galen Center because of a "Batman Live" show at Staples Center. The finale, if necessary, will be back at Staples.

Kristi Toliver (17.5 ppg, 4.9 apg) led the team in scoring and is a strong candidate for the league's most improved player award. Candace Parker (17.4 ppg, 9.7 ppg) was healthy the entire season for the first time since her rookie year in 2008, and led the league with 76 blocks. Nneka Ogwumike (14.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg), the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft should win Rookie of the Year honors. Alana Beard (11.4 ppg) bounced back year after missing the last two seasons with Washington due to injuries, and DeLisha Milton-Jones (10.0 ppg) also scored in double digits as the five regular starters accounted for 82 percent of the scoring. Los Angeles was second in scoring (84.0) and field-goal shooting (46 percent), third in rebounding (37.9) and tops in blocks (5.3). Parker averaged 16.3 points and 12.3 rebounds, and Beard 17.0 points against the Silver Stars.

San Antonio: The Silver Stars had 12-game winning streak in the middle of the season that was part of a 15-2 stretch that all but assured them of their sixth straight playoff appearance. However, San Antonio lost seven of its last 11, but still finished 9-8 on the road to join Indiana as the only teams other than the conference leaders to have winning marks away from home. The Silver Stars, losers in the first round each year since reaching the finals in 2008, are again led by Sophia Young (16.3 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.2 spg) and Becky Hammon (14.7 ppg, 5.3 apg). Hammon is the catalyst on offense again, as San Antonio lost eight of 11 games she scored 11 points or fewer.

Danielle Adams (11.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg) had a solid second season and Jia Perkins (10.6, 2.8 rpg) was a valuable veteran reserve again. Danielle Robinson (9.9 ppg) and Shameka Christon (7.9 ppg) -- who missed most of the last two seasons with Chicago due to injuries -- hit some big shots. The Silver Stars were third in scoring (82.1) and field-goal shooting (44.5 percent) and second in assists (18.9). However, they were just eighth in rebounding (33.2). San Antonio won the first three meetings, all in a 13-day span in June; Los Angeles won by 24 points on Aug. 24. Hammon averaged 17.7 points and 7.7 assists and Young 22.3 points in the three wins, and the two combined for 14 points in the loss.

Prediction: Sparks in 3.

Courtesy of www.newsday.com



Storm owners have passion, business savvy, but making team a longterm success is huge challenge - by Eurobasket News

They laugh about the memory all the time. It's like a family joke that gets repeated every holiday.

Minutes before the January 2008 news conference to introduce the Storm's new owners, a group mingled and burst with enthusiasm in a waiting room. Longtime Storm front office executive Karen Bryant was meeting her new bosses for the first time, but she couldn't help expressing her earnest desire to build an organization the proper way. Though excited, Bryant interjected with several ideas about improvement and sobering reality.

"I just want you to know there are a lot of challenges ahead," Bryant warned.

In almost any other business endeavor, the Storm ownership trio known as Force 10 Hoops would be anywhere from a safe bet to a sure thing. But as WNBA owners, they face a befuddling question: Why is it so hard to turn a profit in the WNBA?

How can owners with so much passion and business savvy be considered underdogs?

The answer can be as simple as the league still isn't established enough after 16 seasons, and it has a seemingly insurmountable task to gain better traction among male fans who have the greatest influence on perception and popularity in sports. But the issue is more complex than that.

The new owners' initial thought after Bryant was so upfront: Party pooper. Their lasting impression: Wow, she was right.

"I had been waiting for that day for so long," Bryant says now. "And here I had a captive audience with our new owners and probably just felt excited to get down to work."

They forgave her eagerness. In fact, they rewarded it. Bryant has been the Storm's CEO during the entire Force 10 Hoops ownership tenure.

After a transition that included the Sonics leaving sooner than the Storm expected and the departure of influential civic leader Anne Levinson from the ownership group, the Storm is now in position to make its strongest push toward profitability. Still, the organization will need to be even sharper and more strategic than it already has been.

"Not a day goes by when I haven't been reminded of what a challenge we have and how important it is that we succeed," Bryant said. "What we have now is a group that is capable of taking that challenge head on."

Renowned sports economist Andrew Zimbalist puts the challenge of a WNBA owner in perspective.

"I think the league is still struggling," said Zimbalist, the Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith College. "It's structured to be an activity to fill arenas during a time of year when people don't want to go to arenas. That's a challenge, and I don't think that's insignificant. I think longterm viability is possible, but it's clearly something that's not going to happen overnight. Whoever invests is going to have to stay patient, and the good thing is that, so far, the NBA has been patient. But it has to grow and promote the game better."

The Storm is good at the most important part winning. They have a good product. They qualified for a record ninth straight postseason appearance this year. They open a playoff series against the defending champion Minnesota on Friday.

This was not the typical Storm season, however. Despite making the playoffs, they had a losing record (16-18), snapping a 10-year streak of finishing .500 or better. It has been a struggle, but stars Sue Bird and Lauren Jackson are still in their early 30s.

Off the court, there have been significant breakthroughs. In 2010, the franchise leveraged its Microsoft connections and signed a multiyear sponsorship deal with Bing that pays at least $1 million a year. In addition, during her time as a part-owner, Levinson led efforts to find office space in Interbay, create a practice facility by partnering with Seattle Pacific University and sign a favorable longterm lease at KeyArena.

In the lease, which runs through 2018, the city pays the Storm $300,000 a year to be the primary tenant at KeyArena. The franchise pays $100,000 in rent each season. Levinson, a former deputy mayor and municipal judge and longtime professional women's basketball advocate, was able to get the city to agree to that $300,000 sum because she argued that, as the new primary tenant of KeyArena, the Storm deserved compensation for not being able to sell the naming rights of the arena. KeyBank's contract with the arena expired at the end of 2010, however, and the city has been unable to sell the rights since then.

City officials agreed to this revenue-sharing deal because they estimated the Storm could generate $750,000 per season through ticket, business and occupation taxes.

Levinson considered the lease "central, fundamental to the business being able to break even." The Storm used to operate under a year-to-year lease. Now, it has stability and a sweet deal that makes it easier to field the team.

The lease has received media attention lately because of Chris Hansen's attempt to build a new arena in Sodo. Whether the Storm would move to Sodo if the new arena is built remains uncertain, but if it does decide to leave, the Storm would receive $5 million under the city's deal with Hansen.

If the Storm achieves profitability, it will be partly because they have a fairly stable expense structure. A lot of their expenses are fixed, including player salaries. The WNBA has a hard team salary cap of $878,000 for 2012, and every team must spend at least $844,000.

Still, there are challenges. The Storm averaged 7,486 fans for 17 home dates this season, the lowest home attendance of Force 10's five-season run. It was a significant drop from the 8,659 average in 2011. With a rebuilding team that started the season 1-7 and an Olympic break interrupting the WNBA season, it was impossible to create buzz.

"It's been challenging," Storm co-owner Ginny Gilder said of this season. "But we're doing what it takes to help the franchise long term. I don't like losing. You find somebody here who does."

The owners are willing to be patient and focus on growth. Bryant says the franchise could slash its way to profitability, but over time, that would put the Storm in an even deeper hole.

Right now, the Storm remains in a growth period. After the Sonics left in 2008 and the franchise became a true independent, the owners made a major commitment to spend money properly, investing in marketing and promotions, advertising, broadcast and employees. When the Sonics were in town, the Storm had a shared services agreement. The Storm had a full NBA staff available to assist, but it didn't have much staff dedicated solely to the Storm.

Now, the franchise has about 35 full-time employees, not counting the players and basketball operations staff. But it's a high-turnover business and the owners have a demanding standard, and right now, it would be imprudent for them to adjust by paying top dollar for the staff. They're growing, but retention is a concern.

The Storm owners are considered cutting-edge businesswomen in a league full of teams trying different things to make the WNBA work as a business. Only 3 of 12 teams reported making a profit in 2011. Half the league is still tied to NBA teams that subsidize them. The other half is independent.

Some are cutting costs. Some are trying to grow. Some are trying to maintain.

In Seattle, the hope is that passion will soon lead to profit. After a photo shoot for this series, Gilder, Dawn Trudeau and Lisa Brummel stood together in the upper concourse of KeyArena, laughing and holding up foam No. 1 fingers. Brummel joked about hot sales on merchandise. If the owners' enthusiasm factored into profitability, the Storm would be worth $500 million.

Spirit doesn't have a monetary value, of course, but it gives them the energy to endure.

They're no sure thing. But they're laughing despite the long odds.

Courtesy of http://seattletimes.com



Sparks beat Silver Stars 93-86 in playoff opener - by Eurobasket News

Kristi Toliver (5'7''-PG-87, college: Maryland) is one of the WNBA's best players. She also knows how to keep a secret.

Toliver tied her career high with 29 points, including the go-ahead free throws with 45 seconds remaining, and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 93-86 in the opening game of the Western Conference semifinals on Thursday night.

Toliver accepted the league's Most Improved Player award before the game a presentation that surprised teammate Candace Parker (6'4''-C-86, college: Tennessee).

"I want to put out there how upset I am that Kristi didn't tell me and I found out with the crowd," Parker quipped before adding, "It was a no-brainer. She put herself this season as one of the top players in the league."

Toliver defended herself, saying: "I found out in a call from the team president. She said, 'You can only tell your mommy and your daddy.' I follow directions."

"I want to be a great player and I know what it takes," she said. "I'm happy I'm on my way to becoming one of the top players in the league."

Parker, runner-up for the league's MVP award, added 25 points and Alana Beard had 18 for the second-seeded Sparks, who improved to 17-1 at home this season. The game was played at Galen Center, Southern California's home arena, because of a scheduling conflict at Staples Center.

Becky Hammon's (5'9''-PG-77, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Colorado St.) led the third-seeded Silver Stars with 19 points. Danielle Adams had 17 and Danielle Robinson finished with 16.

Game 2 is Saturday in San Antonio at Freeman Coliseum. The Silver Stars are being forced out of AT&T Center by a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert.

San Antonio won three of the teams' four regular-season meetings, with the Sparks winning the last one 101-77.

"We know we can beat this team," Adams said. "Our motivation is high. Our drive is high. The next two games are going to be very good."

The Sparks were helped by a 32-11 edge at the free throw line. Toliver made all 10 of her attempts, while Parker hit 7 of 8.

"It was kind of foul central at the end," Hammons said. "When you look at the free throw line, that's the game. We gave that one away. That's definitely a missed opportunity for us."

The Sparks dominated the final quarter after trailing through the first three periods. Jenna O'Hea's (6'1''-SF-87) basket gave them the lead early in the fourth as part of an 11-0 run that put the Sparks ahead 78-69.

The Silver Stars answered with a 9-2 run to tie it at 80.

From there, the Sparks closed on a 13-6 run, including 10 consecutive free throws. Toliver made two, Parker hit six in a row, and O'Hea had two to end the game.

"I've got to look at the tape and see why we fouled so much," San Antonio coach Dan Hughes said. "We fouled least in the WNBA this season.

"It's the first game I've ever coached Becky and Sophia (Young) where they didn't shoot a free throw."

The Silver Stars led by 10 points late in the third before the Sparks rallied to cut their deficit to 67-65 going into the fourth.

"We got a little undisciplined defensively," Hammons said. "They hit some tough shots. We didn't get to the free throw line much. We just didn't get awarded for the aggressiveness."

Parker sat out for a stretch in the third, and it wasn't to catch her breath.

"Coach was upset with me for my lack of rebounding and she should have been," she said. "I just wasn't boxing out."

The Silver Stars led 44-40 at the break behind 13 points by Adams, who helped them dominate the paint 26-14 in the half. Neither team led by more than five points, with the lead changing hands 15 times in the early going.

"We need to come out with more aggression and energy," Parker said. "We were kind of dead the first couple of quarters."

Clippers teammates Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, along with Olympic 200-meter champion Allyson Felix, sat courtside for the Sparks' first playoff game since 2010. Former Sparks coach Michael Cooper was with his current USC women's players.

Courtesy of www.timesunion.com



Sun beat Liberty 65-60 In Playoff opener - by Eurobasket News

A double-digit lead had slowly whittled away and the Connecticut Sun, finding themselves tied with the New York Liberty late in the third quarter, used much of their roster to finally find some lasting separation Thursday night in their WNBA playoff opener.

Winning a championship isn't about being top-heavy. It's about having depth. And the Sun showed how many options they have while regrouping and cruising to a relatively easy 65-60 victory before 5,520 at Mohegan Sun Arena.

"We had a good run," coach Mike Thibault said of a 12-point burst to break a 45-all tie. "We were terrible in the third quarter. We missed layups. We missed jump shots. We gave them second shots. We made three or four stops and we had an advantage again. I'm happy with the effort but we need to play better."

Tan White created a turnover and fed Kara Lawson for a basket that gave the Sun a 47-45 lead, and later made another steal for an uncontested basket. The reserve guard gave a stale offense needed boosts. In between, there were key baskets by the ailing Asjha Jones (6'2''-PF-80, college: Connecticut), the veteran forward still recuperating from an Achilles injury, and Kara Lawson, the veteran guard.

"I'm getting stronger every day," Jones said.

Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut), named the WNBA MVP in a pre-game press conference, led the Sun with 17 points, but the Sun didn't have to lean on her for every key play. In fact, she was on the bench for the 12-0 run. Jones, who had played just 17 combined minutes in her first two games back from injury, had 10 points and nine rebounds in 29 minutes.

Sitting next to Jones in a post-game press conference, Thibault said, "We've got a warrior here."

Allison Hightower (5'10''-G-88, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: LSU) had nine points, Lawson eight and Montgomery seven for the Sun, who led 27-13 in the first quarter but allowed the Liberty, now winless in four tries at Mohegan, to hang around.

Game 2 of the best-of-three semifinal series is Saturday in Newark, N.J. Game 3, if necessary, would be back at Mohegan Monday night. The Sun have not lost back-to-back games all season and have won four of five against the Liberty.

"They've got more scoring options than most teams, and they're hard to defend," Liberty coach John Whisenant said. "We gave ourselves a chance to win on their court, and they're the Eastern Conference champions. We did that shooting 26 percent and 21 percent from the three-point line So we're optimistic. We just didn't hit shots. Now, you've got to give them credit. They mixed defense and changed things up. But we haven't thrown in the towel yet."

The Liberty were 20-for-77 from the field and 5-for-23 on three-pointers. New York had a 44-39 rebounding edge and had 16 offensive rebounds. Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) had 14 points but was just 3-for-16 from the field. Plenette Pierson (6'2''-PF-81, college: Texas Tech) had 13 points and was 5-for-13. Still, the Liberty gave the Sun fits.

"As long as we keep building on this, we'll be fine," Charles said. "The way we came back, the way we were able to fight back and get that win [is a positive]. They kept us off the boards for a long time, but as long as we're able to correct that we'll be good."

This was a nice night for the Sun franchise. Before the game, Charles was named MVP the first Sun player to win the award. At the same press conference, Montgomery was named Sixth Woman of the Year and Lawson was honored with the league's sportsmanship award. Also, Mohegan Sun Arena was announced as the site for the 2013 All-Star Game the third time of the Sun have hosted (2005, 2009).

But the most important thing for the Sun was to take a small step toward an elusive first WNBA title, which looked like it would be easy when it was 27-13 in the first quarter. But Charles struggled to rebound she had none at halftime and three in the game and the Sun couldn't shake their rivals until it was absolutely necessary.

This was the Sun's first playoff win since 2008.

"It's the first playoff win for this group," Thibault said. "We'll take the win. We'll have to play better Saturday."

Courtesy of www.courant.com



Cappie Pondexter and Candace Parker are Players of the Month - by Eurobasket News

Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) of the New York Liberty and Candace Parker (6'4''-C-86, college: Tennessee) of the Los Angeles Sparks were named the WNBAs Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month presented by Boost Mobile, respectively, for games played in the month of September.

This marks the first season that Boost Mobile the leaguewide marquee partner of the WNBA has presented the WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month awards.

For Pondexter, the WNBA Eastern Conference Player of the Month presented by Boost Mobile award is a first in her WNBA career. She has previously earned Player of the Week presented by Boost Mobile honors several times, becoming the first player in league history to win the award three consecutive weeks in 2008.

In leading the Liberty (15-19) to a 6-3 record to close out the regular season, Pondexter helped New York clinch its third consecutive berth in the WNBA Playoffs presented by Boost Mobile. Along the way the seven-year veteran ranked second in assists (5.3 apg), third in scoring (19.7 ppg) and tied for second in both field goals (62) and points (177). The Rutgers product also ranks third in scoring for the season (20.4 ppg).

Highlights of Pondexters WNBA action in September included:

Sept. 5 vs. Phoenix: Eight assists and 10 points in an 87-59 win

Sept. 9 vs. Los Angeles Sparks: Double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds in a 73-71 win

Sept. 12 vs. Washington: Three-for-seven from beyond the arc, six assists and 22 points in a 75-62 win

Sept. 16 at Washington: Double-double with 30 points and 11 rebounds in a 75-68 win

Parker is being honored with the Western Conference Player of the Month presented by Boost Mobile distinction for the fourth time this season (May, June, July and September). Led by Parker, the Los Angeles Sparks have swept this honor for the 2012 season, with Kristi Toliver receiving the honor in August.

The University of Tennessee product led the Sparks (24-10) to a 5-3 record in the final weeks of the regular season, seeding them second in the West going into the postseason. For the month, Parker ranked second in the league in rebounds per game (9.5), fourth in the West in shooting percentage (.523) and third in the West in scoring (16.9 ppg).

A five-year veteran from the University of Tennessee, Parker was the first player in league history to receive both the WNBA MVP and Rookie of the Year awards in the same year (2008). A standout in the 2012 Olympics where she helped the U.S. Olympic Womens Basketball Team win her second and the teams fifth-straight gold medal, an Olympic record for traditional womens team sports.

Highlights of Parkers month included:

Sept. 7 at Washington: Recorded a season-high eight assists in a 96-68 win

Sept. 9 at New York: Double-double with 15 rebounds and 14 points in a 71-73 loss

Sept. 14 vs. Connecticut: Double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds in a 93-82 win

Sept. 18 vs. Phoenix: Double-double with 26 points and 11 rebounds in a 101-76 win

Sept. 20 vs. Minnesota: Double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds in a 92-76 win

The WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month presented by Boost Mobile are part of a series of on-court performance awards called the WNBA Performance Awards presented by Boost Mobile. The series, currently in its first season, also includes the WNBA Players of the Week presented by Boost Mobile and four of the WNBA's most prestigious year-end honors: WNBA Most Valuable Player presented by Boost Mobile, WNBA Defensive Player of the Year presented by Boost Mobile, WNBA Sixth Woman presented by Boost Mobile, and WNBA Most Improved Player presented by Boost Mobile.

For more information on this week's Players of the Month presented by Boost Mobile winners, visit www.wnba.com/awards.

Courtesy of WNBA



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Varsity Leopardess withdraw from FIBA zone VI Club tourney - by Eurobasket News

Varsity Leopards womens basketball team will not take part in the International Basketball Federation Zone VI Club championships that kick off Friday in Mozambique.
The team is reported to have withdrawn due to the lack of funds to permit them travel. Three days to the start of the events, Cameo men and JBC women are yet to secure some funding for their trip. Presently, Mercenaries of Mutare in Zimbabwe are the only ones sure to make it. It should be recalled that the varsity leopardess last month ended a training camp in South Africa ahead of the Mozambique rendezvous.
Courtesy of: starafrica.com