EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/8/2012 1:04:01 AM

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  ARGENTINA   



Libertad clinch 6th Copa Internacional Sancor Seguros title - by Eurobasket News

Libertad - Malvin 68:55

Libertad de Sunchales celebrated the title at the 6th Copa Internacional Sancor Seguros tournament. They overcame Malvin in the Final. Gabriel Mikulas (200-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Carolina) posted 17 points to lead the winners.
Libertad secured a 17:14 lead after ten minutes of action. The Argentinean team stretched the gap to 10 points at the interval 36:26. Malvin cut the deficit in the third term. They got within four points at the final intermission 45:49. Libertad de Sunchales however kept the Uruguayan team at safe distance throughout the fourth frame and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Ricardo Sanchez (212-C-87) and Marcos Saglietti (190-G-86) provided 15 points each for Libertad. Fernando Martinez (170-PG-79) answered with 17 points for Malvin. Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91) accounted for 9 points in the loss.

Libertad: Gabriel Mikulas 17, Ricardo Sanchez 15, Marcos Saglietti 15
Malvin: Fernando Martinez 17, Bruno Fitipaldo 9



Lanus clinch Ciudad de Parana Cup title - by Eurobasket News

Lanus - Sionista 83:76

Lanus celebrated Ciudad de Parana Cup pre-season tournament title. They defeated Sionista in the title clash. William McFarlan (201-F-76, agency: Dream Team Management, college: St.Thomas Aquinas) stepped up with 19 points to lead the charge.
Sionista got to the better start in the game. They recorded a 20:12 lead after ten minutes of action. But Lanus denied the deficit in the second frame. They pulled ahead for a 39:38 halftime lead. Sionista regained the advantage in the third stanza. They eked out a 63:61 advantage with one quarter to go. However Lanus used a 7:2 run at the start of the fourth period to spur ahead. They maintained the lead throughout the final frame and sealed the victory at the end. Nicolas Laprovittola (188-PG-90) accounted for 14 points, while Carlos Schattmann (194-G-87) netted 11 points in the winning case. Luis Cequeira (180-PG-85) responded with 25 points for Sionista. Jerome Meyinsse (206-F/C-88, agency: Dream Team Management, college: Virginia) had 16 points in the loss.

Lanus: William McFarlan 19, Nicolas Laprovittola 14, Carlos Schattmann 11
Sionista: Luis Cequeira 25, Jerome Meyinsse 16



Joel Jones moves to Boca Juniors - by Eurobasket News

Joel Jones (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Sacramento St.) will continue his career in Argentina. The Puerto Rican American swingman penned a deal with Boca Juniors. The team also inked Daniel Santiago yesterday. Most recently Jones played for Indios de San Francisco (Dominican Republic). Before that he was a member of Quebradillas Pirates averaging 12.5 points and 4.2 rebounds in 34 BSN games. Jones played for Quebradillas also in 2011. In 2010/11 season Joel Jones was the scoring champion on Cyprus. He had 17.7 ppg for 13 games in the league and was named to Eurobasket.com All-Cyprus League 1st Team -11. In the past, he played in Poland, China and Germany. Jones also has experience from Ponce and Bayamon. He played for the Puerto Rican National Team in 2004 and 2007. Jones helped them win the gold medal at 2007 Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro.


Fuenlabrada keeps Leo Mainoldi for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News

Fuenlabrada announced signing of a 1-year contract extension Leonardo Mainoldi (203-F-85). It will be their fifth straight season together. The Argentinean/Italian forward penned a 4-year deal in 2008 and it expired earlier this summer. Mainoldi appeared 31 times in Liga Endesa last season averaging 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds. He also added 12.7 ppg and 4.2 rpg for 13 games in EuroChallenge. Fuenla reached Quarterfinals and Mainoldi was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Honorable Mention -12. Before Fuenlabrada, Leonardo Mainoldi was a member of Lleida. He also has experience from Burgos and Pamesa Castellon. In 2006, he won LEB2 title and Cup with Burgos. Leonardo Mainoldi played for Argentinean National Team from 2006 to 2010. He was also on the list of candidates this summer. At 2010 South American Championships in Colombia the player shined with 11.6 ppg and 6.4 rpg for 5 games, while Argentina won the silver medal.


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  BOSNIA   


KK SPARS TRANSFER NEWS! - by Chris Mathieu


KK SPARS has accumulated a lot of the young basketball talent the country produces and is adding to the tally with the addition of two new players and the debut of another young talent.
Alija Piric who almost made the U16 team this season and was one of the best young talents in the country has signed with the team. Alija is a big man talent who drew interest from many teams before deciding on the move to SPARS. Alija previously played with Magic Tuzla before moving to Sarajevo and joining KK SPARS.
Refik Basic is another big man talent who recently made the move to KK SPARS after starting out in Zenica. He is 208cm tall and only 17 years old so still have a lot of time to develop into a quality player.
The team also recently saw the debut of Darko Bajo who is considered a bright young prospect of the next generation.



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  BRAZIL   

Standings - Paulista, Carioca, Minas G. leagues

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

Second Stage: Round 6

Sep. 5: America - Liga Sorocaba 93-73
Sep. 6: Itabom/Bauru - Jacarei 91-62
Sep. 5: S.Jose/Unimed - Pinheiros/Sky 89-81
Sep. 6: Gremio Mogi - Paulistano 82-84
Sep. 5: Rio Claro - Winner/Limeira 64-90
Sep. 6: Inter Santos - Metodista/S.B. 63-73
Sep. 6: Suzano - Palmeiras 104-87

Second Stage: Round 7

Sep. 8: Liga Sorocaba - Vivo/Franca
Sep. 8: Jacarei - Rio Claro
Sep. 8: Pinheiros/Sky - Inter Santos
Sep. 8: Winner/Limeira - Itabom/Bauru
Sep. 9: Gremio Mogi - Suzano
Sep. 9: Paulistano - Metodista/S.B.
Sep. 9: Palmeiras - S.Jose/Unimed



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  BULGARIA   


Rilski Sportist started preparation for the new season - by Christomir Rackov

Rilski Sportist Samokov had its first practice before the start of the 2012/2013 season under coach Rosen Barchovski and his new assistant Ludmil Hadjisotirov . Four new players took part as well.

The new names on the team are Terry Smith (185-PG-86), Braxton Dupree (203-F-89), Tony Gugino (207-C-86) and Stanislav Slaveykov (198-F-86). Along with them, familiar faces from last season - Branko Mirkovic (190-G-82), Stanislav Vaklinov (206-PF-89), Hristo Zahariev (197-SG-90), Darin Ivanov (184-PG-91), Lubomir Kirov (195-G-89) and Krasimir Georgiev (198-F-89) - were also at the opening practice session, as they are staying with the team for the new campaign.

Rilski Sportist team president Petar Georgiev watched the session alongside executive director Borislav Chilingirov. The official presentation of the team will be on the 14th of September.



Levski Sofia lands point guard Marko Marinovic - by Eurobasket News

Levski Sofia signed a 1-year deal with Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83). Few days ago, the team inked center Vasil Evtimov (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina).
Marko Marinovic spent last season with Enisey Krasnoyarsk. He appeared 8 times in EuroChallenge with them averaging 10.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists. The player also added 9.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 2.1 apg for 19 games in VTB United League. He had almost the same numbers in Russian championship. Before Enisey, Marinovic split 2010/11 season between ALBA Berlin and Krasnie Kryila Samara. In the past, he was a member of Valencia, Crvena Zvezda, Menorca, Girona, FMP and Borac Cacak. Marinovic also played for Serbia and Montenegro National Team at 2006 World Championship in Japan. He won FIBA EuroCup title with Girona in 2007 and also with Valencia two years ago. With FMP, Marinovic won Adriatic league title in 2006 and was named Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Guard of the Year.



Cherno More returns Aleksandar Bojic after 5 years - by Eurobasket News

Aleksandar Bojic (207-C-82, college: Hawaii-Pacific) is back to Bulgaria. The Serbian center penned a deal with his former team Cherno More. He was their member in 2006/07 season. At that time Bojic was averaging 18.3 points and 8.6 rebounds for 32 games. Aleksandar Bojic most recently played for Greek Marousi. It was in 2010/11 season. The player registered 8.2 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 11 games in A1. Before Marousi, Bojic played for AEL Limassol, Optimum TED Ankara, Al Moutahed Tripoli and Kalev-Carmo Tallinn. He also has experience from France, Czech Republic and Slovenia. In 2007, Aleksandar Bojic was named to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 1st Team. Actually, he was the MVP in Bulgaria that season. In 2008, the player participated at Czech Repulic All-Star Game.


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  CANADA   


Raptors will bring Jamaal Magloire to training camp - by Eurobasket News

NBA training camps are approaching, and the non-guaranteed camp invites are starting to roll in. The latest veteran to get a shot: Jamaal Magloire (6'10''-F/C-78, college: Kentucky) with the Toronto Raptors.

Magloire, 34, worked last season on a one-year, veteran minimum deal with Toronto, averaging 1.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 11 minutes in 34 games. His best days are certainly behind him, but his leadership could be valuable to a team with a young core of forwards.

What's unlikely for Magloire, if he makes the team, is much playing time. As noted by Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun, Toronto has a frontcourt logjam: Andrea Bargnani, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas, Ed Davis, Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy would all be ahead of the 2004 All-Star in the rotation.

Magloire, a Toronto native, has also played for the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat.

Toronto finished 23-43 last seasonthat put them 12 wins out of the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot, despite the 66-game post-lockout schedule. Valanciunas, their 2011 first-round pick, is the highest-profile addition. He's a highly athletic, 20-year-old 6-11 center who struggled in the 2012 Olympics after a strong showing at the 2011 European championship.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com



Modibo and family en route to Canada - by Eurobasket News

The Saint John Mill Rats Organization and the Africa to Canada Committee are excited to announce that Modibo Diarra, his wife Mariam and three year old daughter, Cindy, are currently on a flight heading to Saint John, NB.

The family will be arriving at Your Saint John Airport at approximately 12:20am Sunday, September 9th. All are invited to attend to welcome the family to Canadian soil.

This arrival to Canada marks a successful turning point for the fundraising group who has been meeting for months, planning separate fundraising initiatives in the hopes of bringing Diarra and family to Canada to escape the ongoing conflict in Mali, Africa.

The committee was successful in raising their $15,000 goal, but the money has been depleted quite a bit over the last few months of waiting to receive word on the Visa's. The committee will be sending more information regarding items the family may need when they arrive including winter clothes, hats, gloves, boots, gift cards for food, etc.

In the interim, Geoffrey and Rebecca McCullogh and family, have graciously opened up their doors to the Diarra family, offering them a place to stay during the month of September while getting settled. Both McCullogh's work for Rothesay Netherwood School, which Diarra is quite familiar with as the RNS gym is the official practicing venue for the Mill Rats.

A sincere thank you to Paul Kitchen, Head of School at RNS, for opening the cafeteria doors up to the family to eat for the month of September, free of charge.

General Manager, Ian McCarthy, is blown away by the community support. "This is a true demonstration of a community that stands together. Not only have people reached out from Saint John, but from Quispamsis, Rothesay, Grand Bay, Hampton, St. Andrews - the list continues. We are focused on getting him and his family settled and healthy."

Diarra still supports 22 family members back home. McCarthy added, "If I know Dibo, he will be focused on getting some funds over to them as well. We are going to set him up to start working shifts at the Mill Rats Fan Zone. This is a great way for him to be out in the open to express his gratitude and also, to support his family here and back home."

Apryll Stansfield, Media Relations for the Mill Rats said, "This story is about community, it's about integrity, it's about a man having the courage and compassion for his family to stand by their side and be ready to go down with them if need be. There was no stopping him from flying to Mali to be by their side when the coup first broke out. Dibo is truly a remarkable man."

Before boarding the plane, Diarra emailed to say, "Well today my mom and Mariam's parents were in our house to say bye. For the last couple of days, Cindy has been talking to everyone telling them that we are going to move to Canada. She is so excited to start a new life!"

The Africa to Canada Committee are planning a large welcoming back party for the Diarra family towards the end of September, but until then, those who want to say hello, can stop by Jungle Jims this Tuesday evening, September 11th at 7pm. The committee and family will be having a meal and celebrating his return.

A reminder about the Saint John Board of Trade Mixer happening on September 13th from 5-7pm at the Mill Rats Fan Zone located on the 2nd floor of Brunswick Square (beside Tim Hortons). Bring your business cards to enter into a draw for two season tickets. Catering provided by the Bourbon Quarter.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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  COLOMBIA   


ONCE CALDAS TEAM ROSTER FOR THE 2012 FEDERATION CUP - by Victor Garcia

Once Caldas is another newcomer this year, with the support of the Once Caldas Football Club and the Caldas goverment the team assembled a good squad with Colombian talent and good imports, looks like one of the candidates to be in the postseason.

Rodrigo Caicedo (1,78 G)
Oscar Jurado (1,83 G)
Andres Castao (1,85 G)
Jorge Leon (1,90 G)
Jorge Moreno (1,92 F)
Yader Fernandez (1,97 F)
Jairo Mendoza (2,00 F)
Sergio Trocha (2,05 C)
Tayron Thomas (1,92 G - USA)
Alpha Bangura (1,93 - G/F - Sierra Leona)
Christopher Moore (2,04 C - USA)
Coach: Tomas Diaz.
Hometown: Manizales





BAYSIDE ROSTER FOR THE 2012 FEDERATION CUP - by Victor Garcia

The Island of San Andres is the born place of many talented basketball players, this year the local goverment is supporting this program to promote the young talent, most of the players in the team are U-23 and just the veteran Alberto "Mongo" Sinclair has previous experience in the Cup.

Alberto Sinclair (1,88 G)
Jose Deluque (2,00 C)
Francesco Bowie
Reynor William
Joel Bowie
Kirby Mitchell
Jose Martinez
Irmo Archbold
Jose Deluque (2,00 C )
Tre Brewer (1,95 F USA)
Keith Thompson (1,98 F - USA)
Zack Atkinson (2,06 C - USA)

Coach: Bernardo Gonzalez
Home: San Andrs Island
Homecourt: Coliseo de San Luis.




HORMIGUEROS ROSTER FOR THE 2012 FEDERATION CUP - by Victor Garcia

One of the newcomers, has a young and unexperienced roster, Cruz Salcedo and Patrick Culvert will add some experience to the team,
Javier Dulcey (1,80 G)
Larry Pomare (1,82 G)
Cruz Salcedo (1,92 - G)
Alfish Forbes
Axell Steele
Doel Forbes (2,01 C)
Patrick Culver (2,10 -C USA)
Coach:: Jess Cordobes
Sports Manager: Javier Gordon
Manager: Vladimir Lopez
Home: Bucarmanga.
Homecourt: Coliseo Vicente Diaz Romero.





NUEVO CHOCO TEAM ROSTER FOR THE 2012 FEDERATION CUP - by Victor Garcia

Choco is another Colombias departament full of talent, this year for the first time in its history will have its own profesional team, mostly made with players of the city with good background in the Colombian Basketball, the team is supported also for the local goverment, two of the imports is still pending to be confirmed.

Edgar Moreno (1,91 - G)
Salomon Mosquera (1,78 - G)
Steward Palacios (1, 78 - G)
Cesar Ordonez (1.96 - F)
Adinson Mosquera (2,02 - F/C)
Cristian Arboleda (2,01 - C)
Jeisson Cordoba (1.92 - F)
Ralphy Holmes (1,93 - G - USA)

Coach: Manuel Cordoba
Hometown: Quibdo - Choco.





CAFETEROS TEAM ROSTER FOR THE 2012 FEDERATION CUP - by Victor Garcia

After many years of absence the Cafeteros Club is back on the Colombias elite basketball, with a group of young players that makes a project for the future, the team began to work two months ago with a camp to pick its players:

Deiby Aguirre (1,92 G/F)
Diomedes Cassiani (2,00 C)
Adison Blandon (2,00 F)
Gonzalo Zilo Mena (1,98 F)
Roger Cardona (1,85 G)
Daladier Demarchy Jr (1,85 G)
Sebastian Marquez (1,96 F)
Marvin Ramirez (1,88 G)
Oliver Mosquera
Dirseu Cuero
Humberto Escobar
John Ortega
Carlos Gutierrez
Darrin Dorsey (1,88 G USA)
Eric Williams (1,98 F USA)
Jeremiah Wilson (2,01 F/C USA)
Coach: Daladier Demarchy

Hometown: Armenia.



PATRIOTAS TEAM ROSTER FOR THE 2012 FEDERATION CUP - by Victor Garcia

Mexican coach Gio Rivera comes to Colombia to drive the Patriotas team, with a short budget the team will have to put all its confidence on the american imports, over its shoulders will rest the chances of this team.

Jose Lopez (1,86 G)
Juan Carlos Garca (1,91 G Col/Ven)
Diego Quiroz (1,82 G)
Michael Dodd (1,93 F/G Col/USA)
John Perez (1,82 G)
Alex Nieto (2,01 C)
Luis Martinez
Mateo Solarte
Richard Gilliam (1,88 G - USA)
Brad Byerson (2,01 - F - USA)
Steadman Short (2,05 C USA)
Coach: Giovanni Rivera
Hometown: Tunja



FEDERATION CUP 2012, DAY 1 RESULTS - by Victor Garcia

Guerreros defeated Nuevo Choco in a close game, jus took the lead at the end of the second half.
Guerreros 77 S. Ortiz 15 pts, L Malloy 13 pts + 9 reb, D. Perez 13 pts + 9 reb
Nuevo Choco 68 L. Truscott 19 pts, C. Ordoez 18 pts

Bayside was close to surprise , Arrieros had to put its best effort to reach the victory in the opener
Arrieros 108 D. Gonner 24 pts, E. Torres 24 pts
Bayside 101 K. Thompson 40 pts.

Islanders won the first at home but had to use all the experience its players to beat a hard Cafeteros team
Islanders Sopesa 89 K. Jones 21 pts, E. Renteria 20 pts
Cafeteros 75

Once Caldas got the first victory of the season as visitor
Once Caldas 78
Hormigueros 69


Bukaros got an easy victory against the Patriotas, Boyacas team just completed its roster few hours before the game
Bukaros 101
Patriotas 50




INDERVALLE TEAM ROSTER FOR THE 2012 FEDERATION CUP - by Victor Garcia

One more team Indervalle takes to local young talent and assembles a team that could very dangerous, the savior guidance of Guillermo Moreno is the main strenghnt of this team, they are still waiting to choose one import to play the center, keep your eyes on Andres Perlaza

Leonado Salazar (1,80 G)
Henry Ordonez (1,90 G)
Jacobo Ceter (1,86 G)
John Velez (2,02 F)
Edwin Cortes (1,98 F)
Harvey Guevara (1,97 F/C)
Andres Perlaza (2,10 - F/C)
Carlos Arrechea
Camontae Griffin (1,78 G USA)
Robert Barnes (1,94 G/F USA)
Coach: Guillermo Moreno
Hometown: Cali



ARRIEROS TEAM ROSTER FOR THE 2012 FEDERATION CUP - by Victor Garcia

Big changes in Medellin, the gree team lost 4 of its 5 starters, but the have Heissler Guillent back, with the addition of some veterans the team is still one of the main candidates to go far in the Cup.

Alvaro Contreras (1,78 G)
Nicolas Leon (1.80 G)
Alex Londono (1,89 G)
Camilo Londono (1,88 G)
Eduardo Torres (1,95 F Col / Ven)
Diego Cuervo (1,94 F)
Jean Otero (2,00 F/G)
Enielsen Guevara (2,04 - F/C)
Hebert Bayona (2,10 C)
Yuber Hinestroza (2,03 C)
Heissler Guillent (1,86 G - Ven)
Juan Herrera (1, 97 F -Ven)
Dainmon Gonner (1,98 F USA)
Coach: Hernn Giraldo.
Hometown: Medellin
Homecourt: Coliseo de la Univ de Antioquia / Coliseo Ivan de Bedout.



ISLANDERS SOPESA TEAM ROSTER FOR THE 2012 FEDERATION CUP - by Victor Garcia

A big effort of Sopesa to put togoether a competitive team will worth if the coaching staff can build chemistry, the addition of Torrye Braggs and Jesus Urbina is a great achievement and will make them stronger in the paint, but the team still need to wait a way to play under control each night, another candidate for the postseason.

Franklin Forbes (1,80 G)
Eleuterio Renteria (1,93 F/G)
Michael Jackson (1,95 F)
Eward Steele (1,86 G)
Jared Corpus (1,92 F)
Stefano Steele (1,90 F)
Joe Manuel (1,96 F)
Jesus Urbina (2,00 F Col / Ven)
Kendrick Jones (1.90 G USA)
Torraye Braggs (2,03 F/C USA)
Chucky Frierson (1,98 F USA)
Coach: Luis Beleno and Nora Francis
Hometown: San Andres Island.
Homecourt: Coliseo de San Luis.




GUERREROS TEAM ROSTER FOR THE 2012 FEDERATION CUP - by Victor Garcia

Pacific Rubiales Foundation and Saeta Sports clothing are supporting the Bogotas team Guerreros that has builded a strong roster for the 2012 Federation Cup, adding the best Colombian player: Stalin Ortiz and the talent of Divier Perez, for this year the Guerreros are one of the main candidates.

Gianluca Bacci (G - 1,86)
Julian Pineda - (G - 1,78)
Stalin Ortiz - (G - 1,91)
Gerson Pea - (G - 1,86)
Norbey Aragon (F 1,94)
Felipe Barrios (1,90 G/F)
Emiro Romero (1,96 F)
Divier Perez (2,02 - F/C)
Rafael Gomez (2,00 C)
Stuard Baldonado (2,01 F)
Greg Plummer - (G/F - 1,94 - USA)
Rashad Bell - (F - 2,01 - USA)
Lashawn Malloy C 2,08 USA)
Coach: Yesid Rivero
President: Jaime Lombana.
Hometown: Bogota
Homecourt: Coliseo El Salitre.




BUKAROS TEAM ROSTER FOR THE 2012 FEDERATION CUP - by Victor Garcia

Bukaros Freskaleche wants to repeat, put togoether an experienced team with the return of Cory Bradford, and good additions such as the veteran Erron Maxey.

Adan Reyes (1,83 - G Col / Ven)
Rodrigo Gutierrez (1,84- G)
Hansel Atencia (1,82 G)
Miguel Fernandez (1,94 F)
Cesar Silva (1,88 G Col / Ven)
Edgar Pimienta (1,87 G)
Elides Pereira (1,90 F)
Cesar Cortez (2,00 F)
John Hernandez (2,07 C)
Miguel Marriaga (2,06 C)
Cory Bradford (1,91 G - USA)
Richard Jeter (1,98 F USA)
Erron Maxey (1,98 F USA)
Coach: Adriano Dillone
Manager: Carlos Parra
Hometown: Bucaramanga.
Homecourt: Coliseo Vicente Diaz Romero.





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  CROATIA   


Zadar close to return PG Toni Prostran - by Eurobasket News

Toni Prostran (183-PG-91) could return to Zadar for the upcoming season. The 21-year-point guard is a product of Zadar, where he played until January of 2010. Last two and a half seasons Prostran spent with Zagreb, but he missed most of the games due to injury. Actually, Prostran appeared only four times with Zagreb last season, while in 2010/11 he got a chance in 5 games. Toni Prostran was one of the biggest prospects in the country as junior. He exploded with 20.9 ppg, 7.9 apg and 4.6 rpg for 7 games at U16 EuroBasket in Metz, 2009. Prostran was named Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Best Guard -09. He was top scorer and best assistant of this event. That same year he helped U19 Croatia to win the bronze medal at FIBA U19 World Championship. In 2008, Prostran won the bronze medal with U18 Croatia and U18 EuroBasket in Greece. He also played for U20 NT two years ago.


Friendly games - by Eurobasket News

Vrijednosnice Os Darda played its first friendly game this preseason. They met Belisce and destroyed them with huge 124-67. Darda took control on its rival from the very beginning and never looked back. Mate Perajica (203-C-81) top-scored in victory with 20 points, while Stjepan Tesija (206-F-89) and Mirza Hrncic (203-F/C-86) followed with 18 points each. Panduric and Marko Mandic (189-PG-80) netted 17 and 14 points respectively. In defeat, Kristijan Preglej (206-C/F-79) and Nikola Peternek (204-C-89) posted 14 and 13 points. Ivan Busic (190-G-85) stopped to 11 pts.
Djuro Djakovic (former Svjetlost Slavonski Brod) also outplayed Belisce earlier this week, 84-46. Josip Blajic (192-PG-87) and Mario Matasovic (200-F-93) scored 15 points each for the winners. Hrvoje Camagajevac (184-PG-80) had 11 points in defeat.
More friendlies will be played this weekend.



Cedevita on the market for point guard - by Eurobasket News

Cedevita will sign another point guard for the upcoming season. The team is on the market and will bring in another PG soon, according to Sports Director Matej Mamic.
The good news for Cedevita is also that Marko Tomas (201-G-85) recovers well after the surgery. He might return on the court even earlier than expected. Tomas underwent successful foot surgery two weeks ago. The player signed with Cedevita earlier this summer, but failed to pass the medical tests due to this injury. However, the team decided to keep him. Marko Tomas played for Fenerbahce Ulker from 2010 until this summer. However, he missed most of the 2011/12 season due to injury. In 2010/11, the player had 8.5 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 15 Euroleague games. He also added 9.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 1.9 apg for 35 games in TBL. Tomas won TBL title and Cup with FB Ulker. In 2009/10, he played for Cibona Zagreb winning the championship title with them. From 2005 to 2007 and later in 2008/09 season Marko Tomas played for Real Madrid. They were ACB league champions in ULEB Cup winners in 2007. In 2007/08, the player was loaned to Fuenlabrada. Tomas is a product of KK Zagreb. Tomas is active member of Croatian NT since 2004, but he had to miss this summer.



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  CYPRUS   


Cyprus NT's sixth straight loss proves a lot.... (part 2) - by Chris Mammides

With expert from across the country - including a number of Cypriot Head Coaches and veteran players - weighing in their experience and their history in the Cyprus basketball, I thought it only be fair that I offer my own insight (once more) and personal opinion concerning the state of basketball in Cyprus today after only three seasons from my previous article concerning the Basketball in the country and its future since the situation is even worst.
Many experts would have you believe that the league is not in any kind of trouble (even though many clubs are having serious financial problems) and that there is not a dire need of a makeover. People bitch and moan about how boring the game is without the presence of Cypriot players, how the American and Bosman players have no heart and, most of all, that the game lacks the local star power it once had. Many of us (the older) still remember players such as Thyrotos, Soleas, Kozakis, Stylianou, Evzonas, Mirallais, Ashikalli brothers, Kyriakou bothers, Stylianides brothers, Frikos Karagiannis and many other local players that they could bring people back to the courts but at the same time could stand with dignity in any other court whether European or local!.

Well, I am here to simply ask all you cynics: Which Cyprus Basketball do you watch today? Which local team? Which champion team?
Mine is still (and after two years from my previous article which was once more focusing on the future of Cyprus Basketball) a Cyprus league with no Cypriots, with a small exception that is not even on a double digit number, (especially this last season without even Achilleas Kaimakliou) a league in which the team that has more than 2 local players is considered to do a social effort for the island! The Cyprus league is lacking local star power, just look at the names that can play decent basketball in the first division clubs; they are not more than 5-8 players. These players together with the players that play in the A2 and second division teams in the Hellenic leagues are actually the members of the Cyprus NT, an NT that even though the new coaching team tried their best by giving the Cypriot citizenship to one of the top American players played in the island the last few seasons is still far and away from any level that could upgrade the Cyprus basketball. The NT got younger in age (as in my previous article I was claiming the old age of the team) but is not getting better unfortunately my opinion (especially after the 60 points received by Croats few nights ago) still remains the same, simply that there is no future unless critical steps to be taken sooner than later with a strategic plan at any political cost for the Basketball masters, something that is very difficult to become reality, at least at this stage and today.

So far Ive only listed the most obvious problems of basketball in Cyprus today. There are many more that am afraid it will take me some ages to count, besides in my very first article a year or so I received an unmanned email (coming from the Cyprus Federation since it came from the email address admin@basketball.org.cy ) stating more or less that everything is going marvelous in the Cyprus basketball and that everybody is working hard towards the success of the sport, and that the only thread more or less is simply my articles all these years since the rest are fine

I will keep writing and writing what is my personal opinion (and only that) sating simply that the Cyprus Federation has not been able to give any incentives for the sport all these years, that is the reason why there are no National Teams of U16, U 18, U20 other than the Mens team, if a country wants to upgrade a sport at any level and all over the world needs to give incentives, true and real incentives and invest in the younger ages. Cyprus basketball is not offering these incentives. The country is not participating even in competitions than used to in the U16 leagues. Can anyone imagine that? Especially if there are serious statements about the various training camps that Cypriot athletes take part in Greece

Can anyone imagine what the Basketball professionals and experts working in the Cyprus Basketball federation gave as incentive for the athletes who played three years ago, in the Cyprus NT U16, (European Championship - B Division) that took place in Skopje with great results and many promises for the future for Cyprus basketball?
I really had the illusion that there will be some kind of action by the Federation or even from the clubs towards these players. Today, 4 years later, still nothing. All this talent gathered in the 2007 NT (U16) is lost 100%, these players will never play professional basketball, with all this skill having been wasted and no actual progress on behalf of the Cyprus Federation neither the Clubs, as they do not invest anymore (as they used to) in the youth, there is really a very big problem and the future of basketball in Cyprus is not bright at all.


The fact that the new National coaching team has called a number of youngsters this summer was a first step but was obviously a step with no strategy in, nor any tactics and not real profit at the end of the day since these youngsters received no real time in the court.
We all know that the European Basketball is targeting the youth, all the modern Basketball Federations are investing in the youth, the competitions of U16, U18 etc, are becoming more and more serious, hundreds of scouters all over the world are watching these tournaments and they are ready to find the new European stars of the future.
The Best leagues in Europe, Hellas, Spain, Italy and France are investing big time in the youth, many of the teams to participate in the next Eurobasket will have at least 2-3 players which will be U19, this is something which must be followed in Cyprus very soon as it is already too late, but.. there is still a hope.


So, while skeptics may say that the players in the Cyprus League today are bringing the league upwards, as they are coming from very good European and American leagues and that the European results of the Cypriot teams are getting better I say just give todays Cyprus players a chance. They may not be exactly what youre hoping for, but its time for a new breed of basketball players to take over the Cyprus League and bring some Fresh air in the Cyprus NT.

The Cyprus Federation must push the creation and the development of National Teams in all the key ages starting of U16, U18 and U20 to participate in the big European and Global tournaments. These tournaments can be used as the base to plan the future of the Cyprus Basketball. The performance of the young Cyprus players will be watched with keen interest by many scouters and the slightest talent will arise in no time with the right steps.
The promising youngsters will display their wares in ample measure in order to make headway into the European scheme of things for the future, in order to become key players for the senior NT and also for their clubs around Europe especially after Cyprus starts bringing some fair results.


All these actions must take place TODAY not TOMORROW as then it will be too late. The preliminary year must be the year of development, then and the federation with the help of selected head coaches, trainers and scouters (Cyprus has many fresh coaches with high expectations and passion for the sport, that are ready to take on more responsibilities and are currently either unemployed or they are far and away from the media, while at the same time there is a prospective number of persons dealing with basketball that can scout for the team not only locally but also internationally), to find or develop some local talents that are going to be able to come up for another 10 or 12 years with the Cyprus NT.
For Statistical and Historical reasons I can mention at least four countries smaller than Cyprus which not only are becoming stronger in the sport but they are participating at all levels and in all international competitions (Montenegro, Luxemburg, Skopje, and Estonia), while leagues such as Belgium, Austria, Belarusian, Czech and Polish are investing in their youth and they already picking up the results of their success, see Belgium NT U16 this season and England and Finland in the U18 competitions..



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Rostislav Pelikan Moves to NH Ostrava - by Surujh Roopnarine

Veteran big man Rostislav Pelikan (207-F/C-78) will play for BK Nova Hut Ostrava this upcoming season. the 33-year old Pelikan appeared in in 32 games as a reserve last season for BK Prostejov where he averaged 2.9 points and 2.0 rebounds. A native of Ostrava, Pelikan began his career there coming up the junior ranks back in the late 1990s and had played his entire pro career exclusively for Nivy Jicin prior to last season. Pelikan missed about one-month last season after suffering a knee injury against Lukoil Academik in Eurocup qualification play.


USK Praha Lands Big Prize in Boris Meno - by Surujh Roopnarine

28-year old power forward Boris Meno (203-F-83, college: Davidson) will play for USK Praha this season. Entering his fifth-professional season, Meno has spent nearly his entire career in the Czech Republic. Last season he played for Svitavy, where in 38 games he averaged 14.8 points and 8.4 rebounds (3rd in the league) while being named an All-Star for the first time. After leaving Davidson in 2008 the Congolese native began his career in France before moving to Liberec of the NBL. He then spent the past three seasons split between Brno and Svitavy. Meno, a defensive stalwart will help fill the void in the frontcourt of USK Praha after star center Peter Sedmak (207-C-85) left this off-season to Decin.


Levharti Chomutov Land Rookie Center Jon Pack - by Surujh Roopnarine

6-11 American center Jon Pack (210-C) is the newest addition to Levharti Chomutov. The 23-year old Pack just graduated from Coastal Carolina where he played for four-seasons. His best season was his senior campaign where he averaged career highs of 7.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 30 games, while shooting 56.4% from the field and 47.5% from the free-throw line. He joins fellow American imports Showron Glover and Charles Little in a re-vamped Chomutov lineup for the 2012-13 season.


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LNB: Everything is ready for the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

LNB regular season is over and everything is ready for the Semis. Indios SF are the winners of Group North with 14-6 record, while Metros ended as No.2 with 12-8 and also advanced to the next stage. In Group South, Caneros are No.1 and Titanes are No.2. Both teams had the same 11-9 score. In the Semis, Indios SF will meet Titanes, while Caneros will play against Metros. First games are scheduled for today. Robert Glenn (201-F/C-89, college: IUPUI) is named MVP of the regular season.


Gerardo Suero was named LNB 2012 Rookie of the Year - by Kerwin Abreu

Gerardo Suero (193-G-89, college: Albany) was named this thurday as LNB 2012 Rookie of the year. Suero was selected as Titanes Del Distrito Nacional first pick this same year and made a great impact in the team.

In his first professional season in the LNB, Suero posted great numbers. He averaged 17.0 points 4.8 rebounds and 1.4 asist. From the field he had 48%, 40% from the 3 poing range and 72% from the free throw line.

The 23 years old player, had a great summer while playing for the Dominican National Basketball Team in Puerto Rico, wining the Gold medal in Centrobasket 2012.

"This is a great league, I was better than what I expected and I think better things will come for me", said Suero.

Now Suero will play with Titanes Del Distrito Nacional in the LNB playoffs semifinal vs Indios de San Francisco, the series starts tonight.

for more: masterdeportes.com



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Yannick Bokolo returns to Gravelines, signs 2+1 year deal - by Eurobasket News

Yannick Bokolo (188-SG-85) returned to Gravelines. They signed 2+1 year deal. Bokolo spent last two weeks with Cajasol, where he moved just for the training camp. The player left Gravelines earlier this summer, despite the team offered him a long-term contract extension. Bokolo spent last four years with Gravelines. He had 8.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 2.6 apg for 10 EuroCup games last season. The player also added 7.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 2.9 apg for 31 games in ProA. Gravelines was ProA regular season champion, but they failed to Cholet in the Quarterfinals. Before Gravelines, Yannick Bokolo played for Le Mans. They won ProA title and Semaines des As in 2006. A year ago, Bokolo won Semaine des As trophy also with Gravelines. He was named MVP. Yannick Bokolo appeared 6 times with the French National Team in London this summer registering 1.2 ppg.


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FC Barcelona confirm Mario Hezonja - by Eurobasket News

Mario Hezonja (202-G/F-95) will play in Spain. He agreed on terms of contract with FC Barcelona. The Croatian guard signed a multi-year deal with the Spanish powerhouse. He will though play for FC Barca B in LEB Gold for now. Mario Hezonja led U17 Croatia to Bronze medal at U17 World Championship in Kaunas. He had 20.8 ppg, 7 rpg and 2.3 spg for 8 games at this event. Hezonja finished as the second scorer of the championship. He was named Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U17 Best Guard -12 and Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U17 1st Team -12. A year ago, Mario Hezonja led U16 Croatia to Gold medal at U16 EuroBasket in Czech Republic. There he had 20 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.7 apg and 2.2 spg. He was named MVP of this event. Last season Hezonja played for Zargeb juniors.


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Latest victories for Gravelines-Dunkerque and Nancy - by Eurobasket News

Gravelines-Dunkerque overcame Montepasci Siena twice. At first the French side produced a 91:83 win as they needed a strong second half to win the game. Dwight Buycks (190-PG-89, college: Marquette) stepped up with 18 points and EDWARDS J.K. as well as MBAYE Abdoulaye posted 16 each. KEMP Marcellus and Matt Janning (193-G-88, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Northeastern) ended up with 19 points each in the losing effort.
In Game 2 Gravelines-Dunkerque grabbed 82:81 victory. The teams exchanged 24-17 wins in the first two quarters, while Gravelines-Dunkerque won the third quarter 22-21 for 1-point lead. Both teams posted 19 points each in the last stanza for the final result. MBAYE Abdoulaye, Ousmane Camara (202-C-89) and JOHNSON Juby poured in 12 points each to lead the winners. Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) posted 11 and Dwight Buycks scored 10. BROWN Bobby erupted with 29 points in the losing effort and KASUN Mario scored 14.
Nancy meanwhile overcame Strasbourg IG (Pro A) 88:78. The third quarter was decisive in the game when the winners needed a massive 33-13 surge to seal the victory. DIABATE Souleyman stepped up with 18 points and LINEHAN John netted 17. Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh) replied with 21 points and Alexis Ajinca (215-C-88, agency: Priority Sports) had 19.



Strasbourg adds Vitali to their roster - by Eurobasket

Strasbourg IG (ProA) agreed terms with 26-year old Italian international point guard Luca Vitali (201-87kg-86). He played last season at Canadian Solar Bologna in Italian SerieA. While playing 29 games for SAIE3 BO Vitali averaged 4.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.0apg. He played in the final of Italian SerieA in 2009, when he had played in Milano. He has been a member of Italian international program for some years. Vitali played for senior national team this year and previously for U20 national team between 2004 and 2006.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Edwin Ubiles joins Cholet - by Eurobasket

Cholet Basket (ProA) signed 26-year old Puerto Rican international-USA swingman Edwin Ubiles (198-93kg-86, college: Siena). He played last season at Dakota Wizards (D-League) in the U.S. While playing 43 D-League games for the team from Bismarck Ubiles averaged 19.2ppg, 5.0rpg and 3.1apg. He was selected also to the D-League All-Star Game in 2012. Ubiles played also 4 games for Washington Wizards in D-League where he had 3.5ppg and 2.5rpg. Ubiles was also selected to Latinbasket.com All-Panamerican Games Honorable Mention in 2011 while playing for Puerto Rican National Team, where his team won Gold. His stats at this event were 5 games: 9.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 61.3%, 3PT: 30.0%.
Ubiles tried for Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls this summer attending their summer leagues in Orlando and Las Vegas respectively.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Yannick Bokolo returns to Gravelines, signs 2+1 year deal - by Eurobasket News

Yannick Bokolo (188-SG-85) returned to Gravelines. They signed 2+1 year deal. Bokolo spent last two weeks with Cajasol, where he moved just for the training camp. The player left Gravelines earlier this summer, despite the team offered him a long-term contract extension. Bokolo spent last four years with Gravelines. He had 8.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 2.6 apg for 10 EuroCup games last season. The player also added 7.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 2.9 apg for 31 games in ProA. Gravelines was ProA regular season champion, but they failed to Cholet in the Quarterfinals. Before Gravelines, Yannick Bokolo played for Le Mans. They won ProA title and Semaines des As in 2006. A year ago, Bokolo won Semaine des As trophy also with Gravelines. He was named MVP. Yannick Bokolo appeared 6 times with the French National Team in London this summer registering 1.2 ppg.


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Michael Juice Thompson Moves To Le Havre - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After a stellar season at Northwestern and solid rookie campaign for the Fraport Skyliners, Michael Thompson (177-PG-89, college: Northwestern) is headed to play in the French PRO A league for Le Havre. He got a one year deal, but the team has the chance to opt out after three weeks. After playing 129 NCAA games for Northwestern in his home town of Chicago, he played his rookie season in Germany last season for the Fraport Skyliners playing EuroCup: 6 games: 7.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 3.3apg, FGP: 34.8%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 83.3%; German League: 27 games: 8.5ppg, 1.7rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 47.4%, 3PT: 44.4%, FT: 76.1%. He scored in double figures 11 times. His strongest game was helping Frankfurt get a 77-70 win in Braunschweig steering 22 points to the win and getting 16 points in a big 81-80 home win against the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig. He will be best remembered for his successful shooting, timely big shots and his relentless will to win and always improve his game.


NBC Bring In Power With Ronald Thompson - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

PRO B team Nurnberger BC have brought in lots of experience with Ronald Thompson (208-F/C-81, college: Morehouse) who has played in Uruguay, New Zealand, Finland, Luxemberg, Spain, Germany and Ireland. Thompson is a 31 year old 208cm power forward that is an extraordinary player that has the quality to play on both ends excellent. Very secure ballhandling, very good passer in traffic, can shoot off the dribble, in the turnaround and in catch'n'shoot. Very quick feet, great helpside defender and shot blocker. Extremely quick cutter and has an excellent anticipation on defensiv end. Professional attitude and always loyal to the team and the club. He is the complete player that NBC needs at the big position. Last season, he played for : Bord Gais Neptune Cork (Ireland-SuperLeague, starting five): 17 games: Score-1 (24.4ppg), Reb-2 (13.8rpg), 3.4apg, Steals-2 (3.1spg), Blocks-2 (2.2bpg), FGP: 59.9%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 50.0%. He started his basketball career in 1999 for Clark (NCAA2) where he played until 2001. He then completed his college career at Morehouse (NCAA2) where he played until 2004. In 2004, he started his professional basketball career with Olimpia (Uruguay) signed in Sept.'04: 21.6 PPG, 10.0 RPG, 67.0% FG, in Dec.'04 moved to Atlanta WBA Stars (SEBL). In 2005-2006, he played for Wellington Saints (New Zealand-NBL): 11 games: 8.2ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 51.3%, FT: 46.2%
and then played for T 71 Dudelange (Luxembourg-DBBL): 24 games, 21,9ppg, 7,8rpg, 3,4apg, 2,2spg, 1,3bpg, 69,5%FG, 25,0%3PT, 48,4%FT. In 2007-2008, he played for Mitteldeutscher BC (Germany-ProA, starting five): 29 games: 10.7ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.6apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 62.6%, FT: 43.1%. In 2008-2009, he moved to Spain to AD Molina (Spain-LEB Bronze, starting five): 34 games: 10.4ppg, Reb-4 (8.5rpg), 1.3spg, FGP: 59.7%, FT: 41.7%. In 2009-2010, he played for A.D. Tarragona (Spain-LEB Silver, starting five): 28 games: 15.4ppg, Reb-1 (8.8rpg), 2.4apg, 1.6spg, Blocks-3 (1.2bpg), FGP: 62.1%, FT: 50.0%. In 2010-2011, he played for Leyma Basquet Coruna (Spain-LEB Silver, starting five): 11 games: 10.5ppg, 6.5rpg, FGP: 60.0%, FT: 48.7%; in Dec.'10 moved to Salon Vilpas Vikings (Finland-Korisliiga, starting five): 8 games: 10.1ppg, 7.3rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 58.6%, FT: 40.6%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been SIAC Champion -03,04, MVP of SIAC National Championship Game -03, 04, in Black College All-Star game in Atlanta, GA -04, All-Tournament Team at SIAC Championship Tournament -03, 04, Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League 2nd Team -06, Eurobasket.com Luxembourg League All-Defensive Team -06, Spanish LEB Bronze Play-Offs Semifinals -09, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Bronze Honorable Mention -09, Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Bronze All-Imports Team -09, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Defensive Player of the Year -10, Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver 1st Team -10, Eurobasket.com Spanish LEB Silver All-Imports Team -10, Eurobasket.com All-Irish Superleague 1st Team -12, Eurobasket.com Irish Superleague All-Imports Team -12, Eurobasket.com Irish Superleague All-Defensive Team -12, Irish Superleague South Conference Runner-Up -12, and Irish Superleague Cup Semifinals -12.

Source: NBC



The Artland Dragons Haul In Andrew Drevo For 2 Month Contract With An Option - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The Artland Dragons announced that Andrew Drevo (202-F/C-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Nebraska) will get a 2 month contract with an option. Drevo is a 31 year old 202 cm power forward that gives head coach Stefan Koch the ability to spread the floor with his deadly three pointer something the Frankfurt Skyliners experienced when they played against the Lincoln, Nebraska native when he was playing for the New Yorker Phnatoms Braunschweig and Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. Drevo also has good size and can run the floor while adding a solid presence in the paint. An all-around player, Drevo can pass well inside and has the ability to step outside the arc, which will create matchup problems for opposing defenses. Last season he took a breather from the European scene and returned to the States to play for the Iowa Energy (D-League) 52 games: 11.3ppg, 6.3rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 87.3%. "Andrew is a player that knows the Beko BBL and has played for two different players and played well. We dont have a player at the moment that can spread the floor. We have found this player with Andrew with the good three point shot. He is also strong enough to play with his back to the hoop. We hope that he will bring our passing game to life with his experience and game intelligence", added Artland Dragons head coach Stefan Koch .

Drevo started his basketball career at Morningstar (NCAA2) in 1999 where he played until 2002. In 2002, he played at Nebraska (NCAA) until 2004. In his senior year, he plalyed 31 games: 10.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.7apg. In 004, he started his professional basketball career at Sodertalje Kings Sweden-Basketligan): 30 games: Score-4 (20.6ppg), 8.9rpg, 1.1apg, 1.3bpg, 1.7spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3Pts-1 (44.9%). In 2005-2006, he played for Etendard de Brest (France-ProA): 14 games: 12.9ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.6apg, 1.1spg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 26.4% waived in Dec.'05: 13.5ppg , 6.4rpg, then joined JSF Nanterre (France-ProB): 19 games: 14.7ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 49.5%, 3PT: 40.7%, FT: 88.6%. In 2006-2007, he played for JSF Nanterre (France-ProB): 34 games: 14.2ppg, 6.2rpg, 2.1apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 45.6%, 3PT: 41.6%, FT: 75.7%. He then played in the Beko BBL from 2007-2011 playing atotal of 127 Beko BBL games. He played for the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig from 2007-2009. He then played for the Eisbaeren Bremerhaven from 2009-2011. He did start the 2009-2010 season for Sant Josep Girona (Spain-LEB Gold): 20 games: 10.0ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.5apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 39.6%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 65.2%. Awards/Achievements in his basketball career have been Big 12 Conf. All-Newcomer Team -03, Swedish Basketligan All-Stars Game -05, Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan 2nd Team -05, Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Imports Team -05, Swedish Basketligan Champion -05, French Cup Finalist -07, French ProB Regular Season Runner-Up -07, German Bundesliga All-Star Game -08, 09, German Bundesliga Semifinals -10, and Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Honorable Mention -10

Source: Artland Dragons








Weissenhorn Youngstars waive Milligan and sign Hesson - by Moritz Korff

Pro B team Weissenhorn Youngstars has parted ways with Georgio Milligan (187-PG, college: Franklin & Marshall) and agreed to terms with British national team players Myles Hesson (195-F-90, agency: Two Points).
Hesson attended the training camp of the British NT this summer, but was cut before the Olympic Games in London. Last season he averaged posted 15.1 points and 7.7 rebounds a game for BBL team Liverpool Mersey Tigers. He has already played for Weissenhorn's new head coach Tim Lewis in the past.



Kyle Phillips joins Citybasket Recklinghausen - by Moritz Korff

To replace Kendall Chones (201-F-84, agency: Dynamics Global Management, college: Colgate) who left for Duesseldorf, Pro B newcomer Citybasket Recklinghausen has added another forward/center in Kyle Phillips (205-F). The Lexington, South Carolina, native was a four-year starter at NCAA Division 2 school Belmont Abbey. As a senior he averaged 14.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per contest.
Following graduation at Belmont Abbey he took part in a pre-NBA draft workout with the Charlotte Bobcats.



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Standings - Promotie Divisie

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Sep. 22: Almere P. - De Hoppers
Sep. 22: Almonte - Binnenland
Sep. 22: Cangeroes - De Groene
Sep. 22: Punch - Rotterdam 2
Sep. 22: MSV/Zeemacht - Orca''s Urk
Sep. 22: UBALL - Leiden 2
Sep. 22: BC Apollo 2 - Red Giants


Preseason interview with Head coach Erik Braal - by Fred Roggen

Aris Leeuwarden Head coach Erik Braal recently sat down with Eurobasket.com for the preseason Q&A Series to preview the 2012-13 campaign for the Northern team.
Erik Braal will once again have a gritty group of players who should find their fair share of victories by simply outworking their opponents.

How does this years team compare with last years team?
It is impossible to compare, because we have 6 new players. 4 of 11 from last year stayed. We build the team differently, by starting to get a core of good Dutch players
together and to look what they need to make a good contribution.

I know it's hard to answer many questions with so much change, but what should we expect to be the strengths and weaknesses of this years team?
The question is difficult to answer, because Jerrell WIlliams just got in. We just started our preparation. At this point everything looks great and everybody is enthusiastic.
We have good athletes on the team and players who value winning above anything else. That's a good starting point, but from now on we have to get to know each other better,
play games to understand where we need to work on and experience adversity to know how to handle that as a team.

You obviously will have a whole bunch of new faces coming in. Who do you think will make the biggest impact?
I hope the team will make the biggest impact. That we will be tough mentally, play in the moment and not get distracted and that we play great defense.

Discuss the incoming guys for a bit. What type of players are they?
We added Hicham and Craig to the Dutch core. Both played in the Dutch League before. Hicham is a good defender and intelligent passer. He helps the team with his hustle,
aggressive mindset and mentality. Craig will add size, quickness and athletic ability to our team. He can shoot and if he continues to develop his focus, he can be a very good
player. We have an experienced and smart playmaker with Whit Holcomb Faye. He makes his teammates better. On the small forward position David Micheals will help us with his
scoring, rebounding and defense. On the inside positions we added Samme Givens and Jerrell Williams. Both like to play physical, go to line and are great defenders and
rebounders.

Who will be the biggest leaders on this year's squad?
That's to early to say. Whit is providing great leadership on the court as a point guard. Tjoe is helping and talking to everybody. In my view leadership is not the
responsibility of one person, but is behavior that everybody can add to the team. Not everybody is loud and should be loud, be in doing the right things you can add a lot to
the well being of the team and keep the energy focused towards performance.

Erik, what's the best change you've made in your coaching style in recent seasons?
Coaching is about gaining experience and this will be my 10th season in the league. You add things to your philosophy and you subtract things that don't work. You learn from
success and try to repeat it, and you learn from your mistakes by trying to avoid them the next time. So there is not a major change, but hopefully a gradual improvement.

What are your feelings about how the preseason has been thus far?
As I said before, the group is enthusiastic and practices with energy. We have players who are team oriented and competitive. That's a solid start. To have a successful season
we need to experience some adversity and setbacks and see how we cope with that. That will reveal the true character of the team and commitment to the goals.

Realistically, discuss what your goals and hopes are for this season despite so many unknowns.
What I am hoping for is easy; the championship. It is a too early to say anything about our goals in particular. We want to win as much games as possible and will prepare
every game to win the it.

Thanks Erik for the time doing this interview. Wish You and the team a successful season.



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  IRAQ   


Eugen Ilie and Miljan Medvedj join Zakho - by Eurobasket News

Eugen Ilie and Miljan Medvedj (182-G-79) will continue their careers in Iraq. They agreed on terms of contract with local team Zakho BC.
Eugen Ilie will take over the team in the next season. The Romanian specialist worked with CS Otopeni over the last two seasons. He started his coaching career as assistant coach in CS Otopeni in 2009. This summer Eugen Ilie guided Romanian U18 National Team during European Championship in Division B.
Eugen Ilie would be accompanied by Miljan Medvedj. The guard played for CS Otopeni last season. Miljan Medvedj tallied 9.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.0 boards and 1.4 steals per game in Division A. Previously Miljan Medvedj had stints with U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca, Leotar Trebinje, Timisoara, Sabac. He made it into Romanian League All-Bosmans Team in 2008



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  ITALY   


Italy makes late comeback and beats Turkey 82-83 - by Pervin Elgin

In Quilifying Group F of the 2013 Eurobasket Championships, Turkey looked on course to beat group leader Italy. The Turks were leading with 18 points in the first half, but were beaten seven seconds before the final buzzer: 82-83. Danilo Gallinari (205-SF-88, agency: Players Group) and Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) both scored 19 points for the Italians, Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) was the top scorer for Turkey with 14 points. Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Ender Arslan (190-PG-83) both added 12.

Italy opened the score in the first quarter, but Turkey responded immediately. Both teams kept on scoring, leading to 13-13 equality after 7 minutes of playing time. After that, Turkey gained the advantage and finished the period with a 21-17 lead.

In the second quarter Furkan Aldemir (207-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Ender Arslan (190-PG-83) increased the difference to 10 points after 12 minutes (29-19). Italy scores 4 points in a row after that, but consecutive 3-point scores by Ender Arslan (190-PG-83) took the Turks to 37-23 after 15 minutes. Baris Hersek (207-PF-88) increased the gap 18 points before the Italians finally responded, but Turkey still went to the locker room with a 44-31 lead.

In the beginning of the third period a 7-0 series by Italy the lead to 6 points: 44-38 after 22 minutes of playing time. Furkan Aldemir (207-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) broke the silence for Turkey. Italy remained in control and took the lead after 28 minutes, 53-54, but a series of baskets and free throws put the Turks ahead with 62-56 at the buzzer.

Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Dogus Balbay (185-PG-89, college: Texas) increased the gap to 10 points again in the beginning of the final period, 66-56 after 31.5 minutes, but Italy slowly closed the gap to 75-73 with 2.5 minutes left. Sinan Guler's free throws increased the difference to 4 points again, with 52 seconds left, but Italy answered with a 3-point score by Daniel Hackett (200-PG-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC). A jump shot by Luigi Datome (203-F-87) put the Italians back in the lead with 7 seconds left, and Ender Arslan (190-PG-83) missed his shot in the final seconds, leaving Turkey empty handed: 82-83.



Strasbourg adds Vitali to their roster - by Eurobasket

Strasbourg IG (ProA) agreed terms with 26-year old Italian international point guard Luca Vitali (201-87kg-86). He played last season at Canadian Solar Bologna in Italian SerieA. While playing 29 games for SAIE3 BO Vitali averaged 4.5ppg, 1.9rpg and 1.0apg. He played in the final of Italian SerieA in 2009, when he had played in Milano. He has been a member of Italian international program for some years. Vitali played for senior national team this year and previously for U20 national team between 2004 and 2006.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Michael Jenkins joins Brescia - by Eurobasket

Centrale del Latte Brescia (Lega2) signed 26-year old American guard Michael Jenkins (191-86, college: Winthrop). He played last season at Gent Dragons in Belgian Ethias League. While playing 29 games for Gent Dragons Jenkins averaged 13.0ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg. His team won Montenegrin Cup in 2009 while playing for Buducnost. Jenkins was also selected to All-Big South Conference 2nd Team in 2008 back at his college time with Winthrop. He played also pro basketball in Montenegro and Germany.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Reggio Emilia brings in Maltese C Samuel Deguara for tryout - by Eurobasket News

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


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  JAPAN   


Shinshu Brave Warriors land Wayne Marshall - by Eurobasket News

Wayne Marshall (211-C-86, college: Temple) will stay in Japan for another season. The centre has agreed on terms of contract with Shinshu Brave Warriors. Wayne Marshall spent the last two seasons with Osaka Evessa. Last season the centre posted 11.3 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.5 blocks per game in BJ League. Previously Wayne Marshall had spells in Canada and PBL. He was PBL champion in 2010. Wayne Marshall played in BJ League semis in 2011.


Preseason Workout - by Emeka Eke

As the bj-league gears up for its eighth regular season kickoff next month, Japan Times authoritatively reports that most teams playing in that category have busied themselves with preseason competition. Featuring teams include, Takamatsu Five Arrows, a team that went 2-50 last term, defending champions, Ryuku Golden Kings who now have a new head coach, last season's runners up, Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix, who now play in the western conference as well as two expansion clubs, Tokyo Cinq Reeves and Gunma Crane Thunders.
Others are Akita Northern Happinets who play host to Korean Basketball League's, Wonju Dongu Promy, Shimane Susanoo Magic, Kyoto Hanaryz and Saitama Broncos. Oita Heat Devils, Yokoma B-corsairs ans Rizing Fukuoka have yet to schedule any exhibition games against bj-league or any pro team.



Miyazaki add four players - by Eurobasket News

Miyazaki Shining Suns secured the services of four import players. They brought in Donald Little (211-C-78, college: Cincinnati), Dominique Keller (203-F-88, college: Illinois), Marshall Brown (199-F-85, college: Missouri) and Larriques Cunningham (198-F, college: Lee).
Donald Little started the previous season with Singapore Slingers. The centre notched 13.8 points, 9.3 rebounds, 2.3 blocks per game in ASEAN League. Later Donald Little moved to KL Dragons. His stats read 7.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 blocks per ASEAN League game. Donald Little finished the season in Ecuador playing for Guerreros de Neumane.
Dominique Keller played in Slovakia last season. He started the season with Onyx Levice. His stats read 13.4 points, 4.8 rebounds per game in Extraliga. Later the forward moved to Rieker Komarno. Dominique Keller notched 10.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game there.
Marshall Brown played for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers last season. He notched 10.2 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game in D-League.
Larriques Cunningham played for Mexican Cerveceros de Meoqui last season. The forward posted 27.4 points, 13.1 boards, 2.5 assists and 1.8 steals per game in Chihuahua Vive League.



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  LITHUANIA   


Lietuvos Rytas edge Neptunas at the start of Garastas Cup - by Eurobasket News

Lietuvos Rytas - Neptunas 94:78

Lietuvos Rytas victoriously opened their Garastas Cup pre-season tournament campaign. They defeated Neptunas in Klaipeda. Renaldas Seibutis (198-SG-85), Predrag Samardziski (215-C-86, agency: Beo Basket), Steponas Babrauskas (197-G/F-84) and Dovydas Redikas (195-G-92) delivered 12 points each to lead the winners.
Lietuvos Rytas stayed in charge throughout the first half. They posted a 23:19 lead after ten minutes. The margin grew at 17-point mark at halftime 51:34. Lietuvos Rytas maintained the lead throughout the third term. They accumulated a 31-point buffer heading into the fourth frame. Neptunas cut the margin with a 30:15 rally in the last ten minutes but could not rescue the battle. Katelynas and Blums accounted for 11 points each in the win. Martynas Mazeika (193-G-85, agency: Interperformances) answered with 16 points for Neptunas. Deividas Gailius (200-F-88) had 14 points in the loss.

Lietuvos Rytas: Renaldas Seibutis 12, Predrag Samardziski 12, Steponas Babrauskas 12, Dovydas Redikas 12
Neptunas: Martynas Mazeika 16, Deividas Gailius 14



Zalgiris rally past Khimik in test game - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Khimik 81:67

Zalgiris overcame Khimik Yuzny in pre-season battle. Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) scored 15 points to lead the winners.
Zalgiris stormed into the game. They quickly opened a 14-point lead early in the encounter. Zalgiris finished the opening quarter with 32 points to their tally to lead by 13 points. Khimik adjusted their offence in the second quarter. They dropped 24 points to narrow the gap at 11-point mark. Zalgiris however held their opponents to 8 points in the third term and secured a 16-point buffer heading into the fourth frame. Khimik outscored Zalgiris in the fourth period but just sweetened the pill at the end. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) provided 14 points, while Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) added 13 points for the winners. Devoe Joseph (193-G-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon) answered with 13 points for Khimik. Vernon Goodridge (206-F-84, college: La Salle) had 10 points and 4 blocks in the loss.

Zalgiris: Rimantas Kaukenas 15, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 14, Tremmell Darden 13
Khimik: Devoe Joseph 13, Vernon Goodridge 10



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  MALTA   


Reggio Emilia brings in Maltese C Samuel Deguara for tryout - by Eurobasket News

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


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  MEXICO   

CIBACOPA Stats Leaders

Points Per Game
 Devon PEARSON
  Los M.
  (198-F-84)
  Avg: 27.2
 1. Pearson, Los M.27.2 
 2. Reese, Tepic24.4 
 3. Thomas, Cananea22.6 
 4. Scott, Los Mochis22.4 
 5. McCullough, Nogales22.3 
 6. Robinson, Culiacan22.1 
 7. Alexander, Cananea21.8 
 8. Carter, Guasave20.4 
 9. Selleaze, Navolato20.3 
 10. Hornsby, Tijuana20.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 11.2
 1. Riley, Tepic11.2 
 2. Pearson, Los M.10.2 
 3. Alexander, Cananea10.1 
 4. Selleaze, Navolato8.4 
 5. Sanders-F., Nogales8.2 
 6. Scott, Los Mochis8.0 
 7. Robinson, Culiacan7.8 
 8. Moore, Navolato7.6 
 9. Habel, Guaymas7.4 
 10. Strobbe, Nogales7.4 
Assists Per Game
 William FUNN
  Los Mochis
  (188-G-82)
  Avg: 9.4
 1. Funn, Los Mochis9.4 
 2. Allen, Guaymas7.0 
 3. Monreal, Hermosillo5.8 
 4. Taylor, Los Mochis5.8 
 5. Harris, Cananea4.6 
 6. Hornsby, Tijuana4.6 
 7. Riley, Tepic4.1 
 8. Nungaray, Guaymas3.9 
 9. Pulido, Culiacan3.9 
 10. Quintero, Tijuana3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Brian HAMILTON
  Hermosillo
  (198-F-82)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Hamilton, Hermosil.1.9 
 2. George, Nogales1.8 
 3. Gibson, Navolato1.6 
 4. Riley, Tepic1.5 
 5. Hornsby, Tijuana1.5 
 6. Monreal, Hermosillo1.5 
 7. Thomas, Cananea1.4 
 8. Carter, Guasave1.3 
 9. Toussaint, Los M.1.3 
 10. Buelna, Guasave1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Deangelo RILEY
  Tepic
  (205-C-)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Riley, Tepic3.5 
 2. Habel, Guaymas1.4 
 3. Zamora, Culiacan1.3 
 4. Wiley, Los Mochis1.0 
 5. Young, Tepic0.9 
 6. Alexander, Cananea0.9 
 7. Scott, Los Mochis0.8 
 8. Robinson, Culiacan0.8 
 9. Davis, Nogales0.8 
 10. Tate, Tijuana0.7 


Standings - LNBP

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

Regular Season: Round 2

Sep. 6: Toros - Lechugueros 89-49
Sep. 6: Osos - Halc.Xalapa 76-110
Sep. 6: Gigantes - Halc.Rojos 75-116
Sep. 6: Gansos - Barreteros 71-104
Sep. 6: Guerreros - Panteras 67-91
Sep. 6: Soles - Huracanes 65-68
Sep. 6: Pioneros - Corr.Victoria 103-65
Sep. 7: Fuerza Regia - Abejas



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  NBA   


Hornets sign second-round pick Darius Miller - by Eurobasket News

The New Orleans Hornets have signed 2012 second-round draft pick Darius Miller (6'8''-G-90, college: Kentucky).

Miller, a 6-foot-8 small forward, was drafted 46th overall after being named the 2012 Southeastern Conference Sixth-Man of the Year and helping Kentucky to the national title in New Orleans.

Miller, who played four years for the Wildcats, averaged 9.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 26.1 minutes per game last season.

The Hornets are not disclosing the terms of the deal for Miller, citing team policies.

Miller was the third player drafted last June by the Hornets, who selected Kentucky big-man Anthony Davis first overall and Duke guard Austin Rivers 10th overall.

Courtesy of www.bostonherald.com



Hawks sign rookie forward Mike Scott - by Eurobasket News

The Atlanta Hawks have signed rookie forward Mike Scott (6'8''-F-88, college: Virginia) to a contract, according to President of Basketball Operations/GM Danny Ferry. Per team policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Scott was selected by Atlanta in the second round (43rd overall) of the 2012 NBA Draft.

The 6'8 forward earned First Team All-ACC honors as a senior at Virginia after averaging 18.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg and 1.2 apg (.563 FG%, .808 FT%). He ranks third in school history in rebounds (944) and double-doubles (34), while finishing 16th in points scored (1,538).

Scott was born July 16, 1988 in Chesapeake, Virginia, and attended Deep Creek High School. He will wear number 32.

Courtesy of www.11alive.com



Nuggets sign Quincy Miller, Denver's roster is now set - by Eurobasket News

Second-round pick Quincy Miller-Scott (6'9''-F-92, college: Baylor) signed with the Nuggets today, giving the squad 15 players heading into training camp, which opens on Oct. 2.

Its understood that on this deep Nuggets team, the 19 year old will likely spend some time in the D-League this season. But the plan is to have the Baylor product in camp and let him develop with Denvers assistants as much as possible.

The 6-9, 210-pound forward, was the 38th overall selection in the draft, after being named the 2011-12 Big 12 Co-Freshman of the Year. He averaged 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds in 37 games, helping the Bears reach the Elite Eight.

This summer I did a piece about Millers past he was actually considered one of the top players in his entire high-school class, along with Anthony Davis, before an injury.

He looked underwhelming in summer league, as he began to learn the pro game. He averaged 6.8 points and 5.2 rebounds in five games.



Denver Nuggets 2012-13 roster to start training camp:

No. Player Position Height
13 Corey Brewer F 6-9
21 Wilson Chandler F 6-8
35 Kenneth Faried F 6-8
94 Evan Fournier G 6-6
8 Danilo Gallinari F 6-10
1 Jordan Hamilton G-F 6-7
9 Andre Iguodala G-F 6-6
41 Kosta Koufos C 7-0
3 Ty Lawson G 5-11
34 JaVale McGee C 7-0
24 Andre Miller G 6-2
30 Quincy Miller-Scott F 6-9
25 Timofey Mozgov C 7-1
15 Anthony Randolph F 6-11
10 Julyan Stone G 6-6

Courtesy of http://blogs.denverpost.com



Rockets promote Gersson Rosas to Executive VP of Basketball Operations - by Eurobasket News

Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has elevated Gersson Rosas to the title of Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations. Rosas will also continue his duties as General Manager for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, which is Houstons single-affiliation NBA Development League partner.

"Gersson is one of the best basketball evaluators and executives in the NBA, said Morey. He has been key to the success we have had in the draft and all personnel moves during his tenure. He is one of the fastest rising executives in the industry. We are thrilled with this move."

Rosas enters his ninth season with the Houston Rockets and his first as Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations. He moves into his current role after working the last three seasons (2009-12) as Vice President of Player Personnel. In 2008-09, Rosas served as Houstons Director of Player Personnel after working one campaign as the teams Director of Scouting and three seasons as the teams Personnel Scout/Video Coordinator.

In his new position, Rosas will assists Morey in all basketball operations of the franchise and will be responsible for the teams player personnel matters, including the evaluation of draft prospects, free agents and potential trade targets. In addition, he will continue overseeing domestic and international scouting, while also assisting in the coordination of the teams Player Development program.

In his three seasons as Rio Grande Valleys GM, the Vipers took home the 2009-10 D-League championship, reached back-to-back D-League Finals, compiled a 91-59 (.607) regular season record and have had nine players earn All-NBA D-League honors. In 2011-12, Rio Grande Valley center Greg Smith was named to the 2011-12 All-NBA D-League First Team and the 2011-12 D-League All-Rookie First Team. Center Jeff Adrien was also named the 2010-11 D-League Impact Player of the Year as voted on by the leagues head coaches. Vipers forward Mike Harris was named the 2009-10 NBA D-Leagues Most Valuable Player, while then-Head Coach Chris Finch took home the 2009-10 Dennis Johnson Coach of the Year Award. In addition, Rio Grande Valley broke the NBA D-League single-season record for Call-Ups to the NBA in 2009-10 with 10, including Mike Harris, Garrett Temple and Will Conroy signing with the Rockets.

Courtesy of www.click2houston.com



Varnado comes back to Miami Heat - by Eurobasket

Miami Heat (NBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 24-year old forward Jarvis Varnado (206-88, college: Mississippi State). Its actually his comeback to Miami as he was drafted by them in 2010 and then tested in NBA Summer League in Las Vegas the same summer. Varnado played most recently at Acea Virtus RM in Italian SerieA. While playing 14 SerieA games for the team from Roma last season he averaged 10.4ppg, 6.5rpg and 1.9bpg. He played also 12 games for Hapoel J-M (Israel) in Israeli Winner League where he had 9.3ppg, 4.9rpg and 2.0bpg. He played also 6 games in Eurocup where his stats were 8.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 1.3apg and 2.2bpg. Varnado was also voted to Eurobasket.com Italian Lega2 All-Imports Team in 2011.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Gladness comes back to Miami Heat - by Eurobasket

Miami Heat (NBA) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old center Mickell Gladness (211-104kg-86). Its actually his comeback to Miami as he played here before. Gladness played most recently at Golden State Warriors (NBA). While playing 18 NBA games for the team from Oakland last season he averaged 3.0ppg, 2.6rpg and 1.1bpg. Gladness won D-League Southwest Division championship title in 2010. He played already part of last season for Miami Heat where he had 1.4rpg in 8 games. The other team Gladness played that season was Dakota Wizards, where in 4 D-League games his stats were 7.8ppg, 5.3rpg and 1.8bpg. Gladness played also pro basketball in Holland back in 2008-2009.

By Eurobasket Data Center



Knicks Brewer to miss six to eight weeks with torn meniscus. - by Bryan Floyd

Ronnie Brewer (6'7''-G-85, college: Arkansas) will be out six weeks following surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Brewer was brought in this off-season to help stabilize New York's perimeter defense and with Iman Shumpert sidelined to begin the season as well, they will be putting all of their trust in J.R. Smith to deliver at SG. Brewer has to be pretty frustrated, but he is a very hard worker and will be dedicated to get back and help the Knicks. I look for him to be back exactly at the six month mark which would mean he will be ready right in time for the season opener


Justin Timberlake may buy into Grizz - by Eurobasket News

Robert Pera, prospective new owner of the Memphis Grizzlies, has recruited a famous Memphian to be part of his ownership group: Justin Timberlake.

Sources with knowledge of the arrangement said Thursday that Timberlake, one of the NBA's most prominent celebrity fans and a Memphis native, has committed to joining Pera's team of minority partners as the sale of the franchise from Michael Heisley to the 34-year-old technology magnate nears completion.

Sources told ESPN.com that Timberlake and Pera have quickly struck up a friendship, with one source adding that the singer/actor is making "a meaningful investment into the team" and "plans to be active" with the Grizzlies. The league office, sources said, has been made aware of Timberlake's proposed involvement and is already well acquainted with him after inviting the self-proclaimed basketball junkie to participate in various celebrity games at All-Star Weekend.

It emerged last month that Pera, who splits his time between Northern California and Taiwan, already has agreed to terms with five other local partners to purchase up to one-third of the franchise. The Memphis Commercial Appeal reported that the arrangement -- which includes AutoZone founder J.R. "Pitt" Hyde among the investors -- would "practically guarantee" the team's future in Memphis for at least 15 more years.

Pera, though, has maintained since coming to terms with Heisley that he has no intention of moving the franchise. And the fact that Pera is committed to Memphis, sources said, was one of the key factors that triggered Timberlake's desire to get involved.

ESPN.com reported in June that Pera, CEO of Ubiquiti Networks, had agreed to pay an estimated $350 million to buy the Grizzlies from Heisley. Although shares in Pera's company -- which specializes in wireless technology hardware -- have slumped since news of the sale agreement emerged, sources close to the process have maintained for weeks that Pera's purchase remains on course to receive formal approval from the NBA before the start of the regular season. NBA commissioner David Stern said in July after a Board of Governors meeting in Las Vegas that the process was "proceeding on pace and we hope in the next couple months to be able to approve that."

Sources said Pera and Timberlake, in addition to their blossoming basketball connection, have bonded over the star's keen interest in technology. In the 2010 movie "The Social Network" about the rise of Facebook, Timberlake portrayed Napster co-founder Sean Parker.

Pera is also said to have bonded with the outgoing Heisley, who assumed control of the Grizzlies in 2000 when they were still in Vancouver and recently turned 75.

If the Grizzlies' sale goes ahead as expected, Timberlake would join Jay-Z (Brooklyn Nets) and Will Smith (Philadelphia 76ers) as prominent NBA minority owners from the world of Hollywood.

Courtesy of ESPN



Raptors will bring Jamaal Magloire to training camp - by Eurobasket News

NBA training camps are approaching, and the non-guaranteed camp invites are starting to roll in. The latest veteran to get a shot: Jamaal Magloire (6'10''-F/C-78, college: Kentucky) with the Toronto Raptors.

Magloire, 34, worked last season on a one-year, veteran minimum deal with Toronto, averaging 1.1 points, 3.3 rebounds and 11 minutes in 34 games. His best days are certainly behind him, but his leadership could be valuable to a team with a young core of forwards.

What's unlikely for Magloire, if he makes the team, is much playing time. As noted by Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun, Toronto has a frontcourt logjam: Andrea Bargnani, Amir Johnson, Jonas Valanciunas, Ed Davis, Aaron Gray and Quincy Acy would all be ahead of the 2004 All-Star in the rotation.

Magloire, a Toronto native, has also played for the Charlotte/New Orleans Hornets, Milwaukee Bucks, New Jersey Nets, Dallas Mavericks and Miami Heat.

Toronto finished 23-43 last seasonthat put them 12 wins out of the Eastern Conference's final playoff spot, despite the 66-game post-lockout schedule. Valanciunas, their 2011 first-round pick, is the highest-profile addition. He's a highly athletic, 20-year-old 6-11 center who struggled in the 2012 Olympics after a strong showing at the 2011 European championship.

Courtesy of http://aol.sportingnews.com



Magic sign free agent E'Twaun Moore - by Eurobasket News

The Orlando Magic have signed free agent guard E'Twaun Moore (6'4''-G-89, agency: Priority Sports, college: Purdue),, General Manager Rob Hennigan announced Thursday. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed.

Moore (64, 191, 2/25/89) played in 38 games during his rookie campaign last season with Boston, averaging 2.9 ppg. in 8.7 minpg. He scored a career-high 16 points, including four three-pointers on Jan. 26 @ Orlando. Moore also appeared in nine playoff outings.

Originally selected in the second round (55th overall) by Boston in the 2011 NBA Draft, Moore appeared in 140 games (136 starts) during his four-year collegiate career at Purdue University, averaging 15.3 ppg., 4.4 rpg., 2.9 rpg. and 1.17 stlpg in 32.3 minpg. He led the Boilermakers in scoring for three straight seasons (2007-10), was named First Team All-Big Ten twice (2009-10, 2010-11) and Second Team All-Big Ten twice (2007-08, 2008-09).

During his senior season (2010-11), Moore played and started in 34 games, averaging 18.0 ppg., 5.1 rpg.3.2 rpg. and 1.21 stlpg. in 33.9 minpg. As a junior (2009-10), he became the first player in 20 years to lead Purdue in both scoring and assists. In 2007-08, Moore became the first true freshman ever to lead the Boilermakers in scoring.

Courtesy of www.baynews9.com



Utah Jazz promote Michael Sanders to assistant coach - by Eurobasket News

The Utah Jazz announced that Michael Sanders has been promoted to an assistant coach on Tyrone Corbins staff, after having spent the 2011-12 season as assistant coach/player development. In a related move, the Jazz has also agreed in principle with veteran NBA Development League coach, and former Jazz scout, Brad Jones to assume Sanders previous position as assistant coach/player development.

Moving Mike from player development to the bench is a promotion that he has earned. His strong work ethic and skillset, coupled with his experience as a former player and coach in the NBA and D-League, has proven to be valuable to our franchise and I look forward to working with him closer in his enhanced role, said Utah Jazz Head Coach Tyrone Corbin. Brad is a well-respected and recognized young coaching talent with a proven track-record of player development. We are very happy to be bringing him back to the Jazz family.

A veteran of the coaching ranks, Sanders recently completed his first season with the Jazz and has previously served as an assistant coach in the NBA for Detroit, Milwaukee and Charlotte. He originally began his coaching career in 1998 as an assistant coach with the Wisconsin Blast of the International Basketball Association (IBA) before becoming head coach of the IBAs Black Hills Gold for the 1999-2000 season. In 2000-01 he then became head coach of the United States Basketball League (USBL)s Washington Congressionals. In 2000-01 Sanders joined the Detroit Pistons an assistant coach.

The following season he joined the D-Leagues Asheville Altitude, where he would spend four years as an assistant coach and director of player personnel, helping to lead the franchise to D-League championships in 2004 and 2005. During his time with the Altitude, Sanders also spent three offseasons with the USBLs Adirondack Wildcats as the teams head coach (2002-2004). In 2005, Sanders returned to the NBA, joining the Milwaukee Bucks staff as an assistant coach for two seasons. He then served as an assistant coach and advance scout with the Charlotte Bobcats for the 2007-08 campaign.

Prior to his coaching career, Sanders played 11 seasons in the NBA for four teams San Antonio (1982-83), Phoenix (1983-88), Cleveland (1987-89, 91-93) and Indiana (1989-92). Originally selected in the fourth round (74th overall) of the 1982 NBA Draft by the Kansas City Kings, Sanders appeared in 648 career games (209 starts) and averaged 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 19.1 minutes.

Jones returns to the Jazz after spending the previous two seasons as head coach of the San Antonio Spurs-owned Austin Toros of the D-League. Jones led the Toros to a D-League Championship this past season, defeating the L.A. D-Fenders two games to one in the D-League Finals.

Prior to his time with the Toros, Jones previously spent three seasons as the original head coach of the D-Leagues Utah Flash (2007-10). As a D-League expansion team, the Flash enjoyed a successful inaugural campaign under Jones finishing the 2007-08 season with a 24-26 mark. A year later the Jones guided the Flash to a 32-18 record and advanced them to the 2009 D-League Finals. The Flash posted a 28-22 record in 2009-10, making a second straight playoff appearance.

During his five-year D-League coaching career, Jones had eight different players under his tutelage called-up up to the NBA a total of 13 times, and also had 12 different NBA players assigned by their respective teams to work with him on a total of 14 D-League assignments.

Prior to joining the Flash, Jones served as a regional scout for the Utah Jazz for six years (2001-2007). Jones also served as the head coach at Lambuth University in Jackson, Tenn., from 1995-2001. During his tenure at the helm of the Eagles he was twice named the Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year and led the school to a pair of conference championships.

Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com



Brian Scalabrine says he's likely retiring - by Eurobasket News

After 11 NBA seasons as a popular and quirky figure as a player, Brian Scalabrine (6'9''-F-78, college: USC) said his playing career is likely over.

Scalabrine told Yahoo! Sports he has turned down a chance to stay with the Chicago Bulls as an assistant coach and has agreed to broadcast 11 early season Boston Celtics games for Comcast Sports New England on what he called "a trial run."

Scalabrine had wanted to play another season in the NBA, but conceded, "There was zero interest [in me]. Not some, but zero."

Scalabrine is set to do the color analysis on three preseason and eight regular season Celtics games, as well as some studio work, through January. He left open the possibility of taking a playing job overseas in early 2013. "But being away from my family for that long of a stretch isn't appealing to me, and I think that's probably a small possibility."

Scalabrine had been a long-shot player his whole life. He had been cut twice as a high school player, and had no scholarship offers until blossoming in junior college. He was a second-round pick of the New Jersey Nets in 2001 and reached the NBA Finals as a player four times: twice with the Nets and twice with the Boston Celtics. He played his final two seasons with the Bulls, where he had a close relationship with coach Tom Thibodeau.

"Saying no to Thibs was the hardest decision Ive ever had to make," Scalabrine said. "I thought it would be great to work with him and the Bulls, but I think a trial run with TV is the way I want to go right now."

Courtesy of Yahoo! Sports



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Modibo and family en route to Canada - by Eurobasket News

The Saint John Mill Rats Organization and the Africa to Canada Committee are excited to announce that Modibo Diarra, his wife Mariam and three year old daughter, Cindy, are currently on a flight heading to Saint John, NB.

The family will be arriving at Your Saint John Airport at approximately 12:20am Sunday, September 9th. All are invited to attend to welcome the family to Canadian soil.

This arrival to Canada marks a successful turning point for the fundraising group who has been meeting for months, planning separate fundraising initiatives in the hopes of bringing Diarra and family to Canada to escape the ongoing conflict in Mali, Africa.

The committee was successful in raising their $15,000 goal, but the money has been depleted quite a bit over the last few months of waiting to receive word on the Visa's. The committee will be sending more information regarding items the family may need when they arrive including winter clothes, hats, gloves, boots, gift cards for food, etc.

In the interim, Geoffrey and Rebecca McCullogh and family, have graciously opened up their doors to the Diarra family, offering them a place to stay during the month of September while getting settled. Both McCullogh's work for Rothesay Netherwood School, which Diarra is quite familiar with as the RNS gym is the official practicing venue for the Mill Rats.

A sincere thank you to Paul Kitchen, Head of School at RNS, for opening the cafeteria doors up to the family to eat for the month of September, free of charge.

General Manager, Ian McCarthy, is blown away by the community support. "This is a true demonstration of a community that stands together. Not only have people reached out from Saint John, but from Quispamsis, Rothesay, Grand Bay, Hampton, St. Andrews - the list continues. We are focused on getting him and his family settled and healthy."

Diarra still supports 22 family members back home. McCarthy added, "If I know Dibo, he will be focused on getting some funds over to them as well. We are going to set him up to start working shifts at the Mill Rats Fan Zone. This is a great way for him to be out in the open to express his gratitude and also, to support his family here and back home."

Apryll Stansfield, Media Relations for the Mill Rats said, "This story is about community, it's about integrity, it's about a man having the courage and compassion for his family to stand by their side and be ready to go down with them if need be. There was no stopping him from flying to Mali to be by their side when the coup first broke out. Dibo is truly a remarkable man."

Before boarding the plane, Diarra emailed to say, "Well today my mom and Mariam's parents were in our house to say bye. For the last couple of days, Cindy has been talking to everyone telling them that we are going to move to Canada. She is so excited to start a new life!"

The Africa to Canada Committee are planning a large welcoming back party for the Diarra family towards the end of September, but until then, those who want to say hello, can stop by Jungle Jims this Tuesday evening, September 11th at 7pm. The committee and family will be having a meal and celebrating his return.

A reminder about the Saint John Board of Trade Mixer happening on September 13th from 5-7pm at the Mill Rats Fan Zone located on the 2nd floor of Brunswick Square (beside Tim Hortons). Bring your business cards to enter into a draw for two season tickets. Catering provided by the Bourbon Quarter.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



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Calipari 'comfortable' Nerlens Noel will be able to play - by Eurobasket News

Kentucky coach John Calipari doesn't appear to be too worried about all the attention freshman center Nerlens Noel (6'11''-C-94) has been getting this summer.

There were questions about Noel's academic standing after he reclassified during recruitment to move up a year. Noel was cleared academically by the NCAA and started classes in late August. Then there was an SI.com report that the NCAA was expanding its inquiry into Noel's amateur status.

Noel was unable to answer any questions regarding the NCAA, but Calipari seemed optimistic Thursday when asked about the uncertainty surrounding Noel and the possibility of him playing this season.

"We feel comfortable," Calipari told USA TODAY Sports. "It's a review that those kinds of players go through. When you reclassify, you're going to have reviews. When you reclassify and some people are mad you reclassified, there are going to be some reviews. That's how it is. We're comfortable that he's done everything he was supposed to do."

Noel, one of the top recruits of the 2012 class, is a 6-11 center from Everett, Mass., who played for Tilton (N.H.) Prep last season and was the USA TODAY Sports high school player of the year. Some analysts expect him to be a better shot-blocker than Anthony Davis, who blocked 186 shots and swept all of the national player of the year awards last season before being the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft.

Noel chose Kentucky over Georgetown and Syracuse.

Courtesy of www.usatoday.com



Texas Tech's Gillispie leaves hospital amid probe - by Eurobasket News

Texas Tech coach Billy Gillispie was discharged from the hospital on Thursday after a six-day stay amid an investigation into alleged player mistreatment.

University Medical Center spokesman Eric Finley said Gillispie left the hospital sometime after 3 p.m. Thursday. Messages were left seeking comment from Gillispie and athletic director Kirby Hocutt.

Hocutt has said the university is investigating allegations that Gillispie mistreated players.

Gillispie called 911 on Friday morning, just hours before he was set to meet with Hocutt to discuss what the AD had heard from players Aug. 29.

His breathing sounded labored as he told a Lubbock police dispatcher and an EMS operator his address, according to a tape recording of his call obtained Thursday through an open records request. The recording was redacted once Gillispie was transferred to the EMS operator due to medical privacy.

Gillispie told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal last weekend that he felt like he was having a heart attack or a stroke. He also said he was told his blood pressure was dangerously high and that he has been dealing with stress.

Gillispie is entering his second year as Red Raiders coach. His first Texas Tech team finished 8-23, winning just one Big 12 game.

He was reprimanded in January for exceeding practice-time limits during a two-week period in October. The school penalized the program by reducing the team's practice time by 12 hours and 20 minutes, officials said. An unnamed assistant coach also was reprimanded.

The school reported the secondary violation to the NCAA, which allows 20 hours of practice per week, and the governing body approved the punishment, Hocutt said.

NCAA spokeswoman Stacey Osburn said in an email that the organization does not comment on secondary violations.

When Gillispie was hired by Texas Tech in March 2011, he had been out of coaching for two years after being fired at Kentucky after just two seasons.

He got the Kentucky job after leading Texas A&M to three consecutive 20-win seasons. In his previous coaching stop, he oversaw a turnaround at UTEP in which the Miners tied the NCAA record for most improved team from one season to the next.

Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com



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Sean Mosley joins Kotwica - by Eurobasket News

Kotwica Kolobrzeg strengthened their roster. They added Sean Mosley (193-G) to the squad. The guard will start his pro career in Poland. Sean Mosley has just graduated from the University of Maryland. The guard posted 10.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game in his senior season.


PC SIDEn Torun and Jezioro Tarnobrzeg wins pre-season games in Torun - by Lukasz Lukaszewski

At the day one of X Wojciech Michniewicz tournament Siarka Jezioro Tarnobrzeg defeat Jakub Dloniak (192-F-83, agency: Promotex) 83:68 in the opening game. In the second game host team - Polski Cukier SIDEn Torun win the game against powerful Trefl Sopot 66:61. That was a big surprise.

Siarka Jezioro Tarnobrzeg started the match with 11:2 run. Then they were controlling the game. Only in the second quarter KS Start Gdynia has a lead for a while. Jakub Dloniak noticed great game with 19 points. He made some important long distance shots in 3rd quarter. Also players from USA in the team from Tarnobrzeg showed quite good abilities on the court. Michal Jankowski (192-G-87) was the best shooter in Jakub Dloniak. He scored 17 points for the losers.

Siarka Jezioro Tarnobrzeg - Jakub Dloniak 83:68 (23:19, 16:15, 26:10, 18:24)
Jezioro: J. Doniak 19, X. Aleksander 16, M. Person 14, M. Addison 12, K. Krajniewski 6, D. Przybyszewski 6, R. Long 5, J. Patoka 5, M. Strzelecki 0, P. Pandura 0, P. Pyszniak 0.
Start: M. Jankowski 17, G. Mordzak 13, T. Wojdya 11, J. Mokros 8, S. Kowalczyk 7, P. Peka 6, T. Andrzejewski 6, M. Kucharek 0, M. Malczyk 0.

After that host team- Polski Cukier SIDEn Torun faced silver medallist from PLK - Trefl Sopot. Torun made a great start. Host players was able to elaborate 9 point lead in first five
minutes of the game. Polski Cukier SIDEn Torun was very good especially in transition. Match was very aligned, both teams were playing hard. Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80) made 8 points in the short time of the last quarter, but his team was not able to win this game. Polish perspective player from Trefl Sopot - David Brembly (197-SG-93) noticed good game. He was very active and scored 16 points. Piotr Smigielski (190-G-89) led his team to win scoring 16 points. Lukasz Zytko (181-G-81) and Arkadiusz Kobus (197-F-86, agency: Promotex) made a double figures.

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Polski Cukier SIDEn Torun - Trefl Sopot 66:61 (19:13, 13:17, 14:17, 20:14)
PC SIDEn: P. migielski 16, . ytko 11, A. Kobus 10, A. Perka 7, S. Sikora 6, A. Lisewski 6, J. Jarecki 5, M. Kowalewski 3, B. Krlikowski 2, J. Nowak 0, W. Pagacz 0.
Trefl: F. Dylewicz 20, D. Brembley 16, M. Jarmakowicz 8, . Wilczek 5, M. Stefanski 4, M. Michalak 4, P. Dabrowski 2, R. Szymanski 2.

Schedule for 2nd and 3rd day of the tournament:
Saturday (8.09.2012):
15:00 Trefl Sopot - Siarka Jezioro Tarnobrzeg
17:00 Polski Cukier SIDEn Torun - KS Start Gdynia

Sunday (9.09.2012):
12:00 Polski Cukier SIDEn Torun- Siarka Jezioro Tarnobrzeg
14:00 KS Start Gdynia - Franz Astoria Bydgoszcz




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Edwin Ubiles joins Cholet - by Eurobasket

Cholet Basket (ProA) signed 26-year old Puerto Rican international-USA swingman Edwin Ubiles (198-93kg-86, college: Siena). He played last season at Dakota Wizards (D-League) in the U.S. While playing 43 D-League games for the team from Bismarck Ubiles averaged 19.2ppg, 5.0rpg and 3.1apg. He was selected also to the D-League All-Star Game in 2012. Ubiles played also 4 games for Washington Wizards in D-League where he had 3.5ppg and 2.5rpg. Ubiles was also selected to Latinbasket.com All-Panamerican Games Honorable Mention in 2011 while playing for Puerto Rican National Team, where his team won Gold. His stats at this event were 5 games: 9.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 61.3%, 3PT: 30.0%.
Ubiles tried for Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls this summer attending their summer leagues in Orlando and Las Vegas respectively.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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Standings - Superleague B

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

Regular Season: Round 1

Oct. 4: Novosybirsk - Ataman
Oct. 5: Volgograd - Univ.Surgut
Oct. 5: Avtodor S. - Rjazan
Oct. 5: Dynamo Mo. - Sojuz Zaretchny
Oct. 5: AltajBasket - TEMP-SUMZ
Oct. 5: Severstal - Spartak V.
Oct. 5: Planeta-Univ. - Ruskon-Mord.


Lokomotiv Kuban start Klaipeda Tournament with win over Budivelnyk - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban - Budivelnyk 105:90

Lokomotiv Kuban opened win count at pre-season tournament in Klaipeda. They faced Budivelnyk in the opener. Jimmy Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island) and Simas Jasaitis (201-SF-82) scored 19 points each to lead Lokomotiv to the victory.
The Russian team fired 32 points in the opening quarter to take a 6-point lead. Budivelnyk trimmed the deficit in the second stanza. They got within 2 points at halftime 54:52. Lokomotiv however stayed in charge throughout the third term. They ensured a four-point buffer heading into the fourth frame. Lokomotiv outscored their opponents 26:15 in the final period and sealed the victory. Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) posted 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Leo Lyons (206-F-87, college: Missouri) answered with 27 points for Budivelnyk. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) provided 19 points in the loss.

Lokomotiv Kuban: Jimmy Baron 19, Simas Jasaitis 19, Aleks Maric 17, Nick Calathes 16+16 assists
Budivelnyk: Leo Lyons 27, Dainius Salenga 19



CSKA wins, Spartak SP loses in pre-season action - by Eurobasket News

CSKA celebrated pre-season victory. They knocked down Bologna 70:61 in Italy. Sasha Kaun (211-C-85), Vladimir Micov (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) and Andrey Vorontsevich (204-C-87) posted 11 points each to lead the winners.
CSKA earned a 14:12 lead after ten minutes. The Russian powerhouse boosted the margin to 11 points at halftime 35:24. CSKA extended their lead in the third term. They ensured a 58:44 advantage before the fourth stanza. Virtus Bologna narrowed the gap in the final period before losing the battle. Aaron Jackson (193-G-86, college: Duquesne) contributed 10 points, while Viktor Khryapa (205-SF-82) finished with 7 points for CSKA.
In the meantime Spartak Saint Petersburg came up short Cantu 56:63 in Bormio. Josh Carter (201-F/G-88, college: Texas A&M) scored 20 points but could not prevent Spartak from losing. Spartak were up by one point at halftime 34:33. But Cantu used a 20:10 run in the third term to spur in front. Spartak outscored their opponents in the fourth term but came up short of victory. Loukas Mavrokefalidis (209-C-84) produced 9 points, while Zakharov had 8 points in the loss.



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BC Donetsk open Hotel City Cup with victory - by Eurobasket News

BC Donetsk - Mega Vizura 79:71

BC Donetsk claimed the first win at the Hotel City Cup in Serbia. They overcame Mega Vizura in the opener. Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) posted 15 points to lead the Ukrainian team.
Mega Vizura got to the better start. The Serbian team ensured a 20:15 lead after ten minutes. BC Donetsk surged in front in the second frame. They posted a 39:33 halftime advantage. BC Donetsk stretched the gap in the third term. They recorded a 64:53 advantage at the final break. Mega Vizura limited BC Donetsk to 15 points in the fourth period but could not save the game. D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) accounted for 11 points, while Petar Bozic (197-G-78) added 9 points in the win. Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 21 points for Mega Vizura. Marko Lukovic (204-SF-92, agency: Beo Basket) had 13 points in the loss.

BC Donetsk: Kaloyan Ivanov 15, D'or Fischer 11, Petar Bozic 9
Mega Vizura: Boban Marjanovic 21, Marko Lukovic 13



Levski Sofia lands point guard Marko Marinovic - by Eurobasket News

Levski Sofia signed a 1-year deal with Marko Marinovic (183-PG-83). Few days ago, the team inked center Vasil Evtimov (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina).
Marko Marinovic spent last season with Enisey Krasnoyarsk. He appeared 8 times in EuroChallenge with them averaging 10.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists. The player also added 9.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 2.1 apg for 19 games in VTB United League. He had almost the same numbers in Russian championship. Before Enisey, Marinovic split 2010/11 season between ALBA Berlin and Krasnie Kryila Samara. In the past, he was a member of Valencia, Crvena Zvezda, Menorca, Girona, FMP and Borac Cacak. Marinovic also played for Serbia and Montenegro National Team at 2006 World Championship in Japan. He won FIBA EuroCup title with Girona in 2007 and also with Valencia two years ago. With FMP, Marinovic won Adriatic league title in 2006 and was named Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Guard of the Year.



Radnicki Basket signs A League scoring champion Milos Bojovic - by Eurobasket News

Radnicki Basket (Radnicki FMP) announced signing of Milos Bojovic (198-G-81, agency: Beo Basket). He was the scoring champion in A League last season averaging 23.5 points for 17 games with Zeleznicar Indjija. The player also added 4.8 ppg, 3 apg and 2 spg. In February, Bojovic moved to Greek PAOK where he stayed until the end of the season. There he had 3 ppg and 1.4 rpg for 7 games. In 2010/11 season Milos Bojovic played in France. He registered 11.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 2.3 apg for 32 games with ProB team Antibes. Bojovic was named to Eurobasket.com French ProB All-Bosmans Team -11. Before Antibes, the player spent one year with Ukrainian Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv and one with Buducnost Podgorica. With Buducnost he won the Montenegrin league title and Cup. In the past, he was a member of Vojvodina, Sloga, Atlas Banka and Avala Ada.


Cherno More returns Aleksandar Bojic after 5 years - by Eurobasket News

Aleksandar Bojic (207-C-82, college: Hawaii-Pacific) is back to Bulgaria. The Serbian center penned a deal with his former team Cherno More. He was their member in 2006/07 season. At that time Bojic was averaging 18.3 points and 8.6 rebounds for 32 games. Aleksandar Bojic most recently played for Greek Marousi. It was in 2010/11 season. The player registered 8.2 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 11 games in A1. Before Marousi, Bojic played for AEL Limassol, Optimum TED Ankara, Al Moutahed Tripoli and Kalev-Carmo Tallinn. He also has experience from France, Czech Republic and Slovenia. In 2007, Aleksandar Bojic was named to Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League 1st Team. Actually, he was the MVP in Bulgaria that season. In 2008, the player participated at Czech Repulic All-Star Game.


Radnicki Kragujevac defeats Vojvodina in friendly game - by Eurobasket News

Radnicki Kragujevac - Vojvodina 91-81

Radnicki Kragujevac and Vojvodina played a friendly game yesterday. Radnicki was the host and celebrated 91-81 victory in this meeting. They had to work very hard for it as Vojvodina was up by 7 points with ten minutes remaining in the game. Terrico White (196-G-90, college: Mississippi) led the hosts with 24 points. Vladislav Dragojlovic (207-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) and Mark Worthington (202-PF-83, college: Metro St.) followed him with 15 points each, while Milos Borisov (199-G/F-85) added 14 pts. Bojan Krstovic (194-G-80, agency: Interperformances) helped Radnicki with 12 points in this game. In Vojvodina, Dragan Zekovic (210-F/C-87, agency: Interperformances) was better than the others with 21 points and Radomir Marojevic (207-C-81) netted 16 points. Zarko Comagic (201-F-85, college: N.Arizona) and Radovan Markovic (194-G-82) stopped to 10 points each. Radnicki had better start making 22-16 lead in the first ten minutes. However, visitors responded with 17-25 in the second period and continued with 22-27 after the breather. As mentioned above, Ter White and his teammates totally took control on Vojvodina in the last ten minutes. They made impressive 30-13, what was enough for the comfortable win.

Radnicki Kragujevac: Terrico White 24, Vladislav Dragojlovic 15, Mark Worthington 15, Milos Borisov 14, Bojan Krstovic 12
Vojvodina: Dragan Zekovic 21, Radomir Marojevic 16, Zarko Comagic 10, Radovan Markovic 10



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Nitra adds Zvan to their roster - by Michal Duchovic

Rene Zvan (182-G-87) from Slovenia is the lattest addition to roster of BK SPU Bemaco Nitra. The 22-years old center guard has played in his carrier only in Slovenia. Five years he was a member of Krka Novo Mesto. He has experience from Adriatic League where he played 7 games. Then he has suffered a serious injury. Last season he played in second slovenian league. Rene has succed on try-out in BK SPU Bemaco Nitra. He was training with the team for over one month. The squad of BK SPU Bemaco Nitra is not yet closed, the management are looking for another two or three players.


Two towers has arrived to Bratislava - by Michal Duchovic

The team of BK Inter Bratislava has strongly strenghten their squad by adding two players. First choice of coach Oliver Vidin under the basket will be Hamidu Rahman (210-C). Rahman has his whole carrier in team New Mexico State University. Four seasons of NCAA experience will help the new forming team of BK Inter Bratislava. Last season he started in 36 games with average of 9.9ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.1bpg. With New Mexico he has won the Western Athletic Conference tournament and he was a member of All-WAC team. The second choice under the basket will be Hungarian Gyorgy Kinter (213-C-88). The talented played has experience from Spain and Hungary. He was also a member of Hungarian U20 National Team in 2008. Last year he participated in World University Games. Kinter comes to BK Inter Bratislava from Zalakeramia-ZTE KK. In 22 games he averaged 7.3ppg, 4.1rpg.


Levice land Simmons from Gdansk - by Michal Duchovic

The team of Astrum Levice has signed seventh foreign player, this time he is from USA. His name is Jeremy Simmons (203-F-89, agency: Interperformances, college: Charleston) and he is playing the position of forward. Simmons has played four seasons in NCAA league for College of Charleston. Last two seasons there he was a member of starting five. His average was 13.3ppg, 6.2rpg, 1.0apg, 1.3bpg. Last season he went to Polish PLK League to the team of SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd.. He started in 36 games where he averaged 10.8ppg, 7.2rpg. With team he won Supercup. The manager of Astrum Levice Lubos Pohanka has stated, that Simmons is the last main sign to their squad.


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Fuenlabrada keeps Leo Mainoldi for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News

Fuenlabrada announced signing of a 1-year contract extension Leonardo Mainoldi (203-F-85). It will be their fifth straight season together. The Argentinean/Italian forward penned a 4-year deal in 2008 and it expired earlier this summer. Mainoldi appeared 31 times in Liga Endesa last season averaging 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds. He also added 12.7 ppg and 4.2 rpg for 13 games in EuroChallenge. Fuenla reached Quarterfinals and Mainoldi was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-EuroChallenge Honorable Mention -12. Before Fuenlabrada, Leonardo Mainoldi was a member of Lleida. He also has experience from Burgos and Pamesa Castellon. In 2006, he won LEB2 title and Cup with Burgos. Leonardo Mainoldi played for Argentinean National Team from 2006 to 2010. He was also on the list of candidates this summer. At 2010 South American Championships in Colombia the player shined with 11.6 ppg and 6.4 rpg for 5 games, while Argentina won the silver medal.


FC Barcelona confirm Mario Hezonja - by Eurobasket News

Mario Hezonja (202-G/F-95) will play in Spain. He agreed on terms of contract with FC Barcelona. The Croatian guard signed a multi-year deal with the Spanish powerhouse. He will though play for FC Barca B in LEB Gold for now. Mario Hezonja led U17 Croatia to Bronze medal at U17 World Championship in Kaunas. He had 20.8 ppg, 7 rpg and 2.3 spg for 8 games at this event. Hezonja finished as the second scorer of the championship. He was named Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U17 Best Guard -12 and Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U17 1st Team -12. A year ago, Mario Hezonja led U16 Croatia to Gold medal at U16 EuroBasket in Czech Republic. There he had 20 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.7 apg and 2.2 spg. He was named MVP of this event. Last season Hezonja played for Zargeb juniors.


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  SWITZERLAND   


Fribourg lands Arizona Reid - by Luca Maffioli

Benetton Fribourg Olympic have officially signed Arizona Reid (196-F-86, college: High Point). The American forward come back to Swiss after one year. AZ spent last season in Germany with Mitteldeutscher BC Weissenfels and he averaged 16.8 points (FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 28.9%, FT: 83.2%), 5.9 rebounds, 1.5 assists in 33 games. He won the German 2.Bundesliga Pro A 2012. Graduated at High Point, Reid played also with Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, BBC Monthey, Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut, UU-Korihait Uusikaupunki and Geneva Devils.


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  TURKEY   


Italy makes late comeback and beats Turkey 82-83 - by Pervin Elgin

In Quilifying Group F of the 2013 Eurobasket Championships, Turkey looked on course to beat group leader Italy. The Turks were leading with 18 points in the first half, but were beaten seven seconds before the final buzzer: 82-83. Danilo Gallinari (205-SF-88, agency: Players Group) and Pietro Aradori (195-SG-88) both scored 19 points for the Italians, Semih Erden (211-F/C-86) was the top scorer for Turkey with 14 points. Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Ender Arslan (190-PG-83) both added 12.

Italy opened the score in the first quarter, but Turkey responded immediately. Both teams kept on scoring, leading to 13-13 equality after 7 minutes of playing time. After that, Turkey gained the advantage and finished the period with a 21-17 lead.

In the second quarter Furkan Aldemir (207-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) and Ender Arslan (190-PG-83) increased the difference to 10 points after 12 minutes (29-19). Italy scores 4 points in a row after that, but consecutive 3-point scores by Ender Arslan (190-PG-83) took the Turks to 37-23 after 15 minutes. Baris Hersek (207-PF-88) increased the gap 18 points before the Italians finally responded, but Turkey still went to the locker room with a 44-31 lead.

In the beginning of the third period a 7-0 series by Italy the lead to 6 points: 44-38 after 22 minutes of playing time. Furkan Aldemir (207-PF-91, agency: Beo Basket) broke the silence for Turkey. Italy remained in control and took the lead after 28 minutes, 53-54, but a series of baskets and free throws put the Turks ahead with 62-56 at the buzzer.

Emir Preldzic (205-SF-87, agency: Beo Basket) and Dogus Balbay (185-PG-89, college: Texas) increased the gap to 10 points again in the beginning of the final period, 66-56 after 31.5 minutes, but Italy slowly closed the gap to 75-73 with 2.5 minutes left. Sinan Guler's free throws increased the difference to 4 points again, with 52 seconds left, but Italy answered with a 3-point score by Daniel Hackett (200-PG-87, agency: Two Points, college: USC). A jump shot by Luigi Datome (203-F-87) put the Italians back in the lead with 7 seconds left, and Ender Arslan (190-PG-83) missed his shot in the final seconds, leaving Turkey empty handed: 82-83.

With two games left to play, Turkey now ranks third in Group F with a 3-3 record, and will have to win the remaining games against Portugal and the Czech Republic to make it to the Final Round.



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  UGANDA   


Dula set to return for Falcons, weekend tixtures 07/sept - by Joel Nature

With 10 wins in a row, no doubt Falcons are the most inform team. The way they are easily winning games, a challenge will only come in the last three games of the regular season when they play Warriors, Power and Titans as well as the second round of the post season.

Falcons, who last saw league glory five years back will even get better when point guard Abdulahi Dula Ramanthan returns to the team. We have been in touch with him and he will be returning this week Gad Eteu said.

The flashy number one who has not made a appearance this season will alternate in the back court with the likes of Jeff Omondi and Julius Lutwama which will make Falcons even better and a real force to reckon with as play-offs draw close. He is a good player and important to this group Eteu added

Falcons play Ndejje University Angels who have lost five straight on Sunday evening which shouldnt give Falcons

fixtures

KIU Rangers vs UCU Lady Canons 18:30 Div. 1 Women Wandegeya YMCA
KIU Titans vs Warriors 20:30 Div. 1 Men Wandegeya YMCA
8-Sep-2012 SAT 408 UMU Flames vs ABaCoDe 9:30 Div. 3B Men Wandegeya YMCA
St. Michael vs Emperors 10:00 Div. 3A Men Makerere Main Ground
A1 Challenge vs MUK Cubs 11:30 Div. 1 Women Wandegeya YMCA
Bush Court vs Diamonds In The Sun 12:00 Div. 2 Men Makerere Main Ground
Amazon Rhino vs Nkumba Lady Marines 13:30 Div. 1 Women Wandegeya YMCA
Knight Riders vs Makindye Shooters 14:00 Div. 2 Men Makerere Main Ground
Vegetarian vs Miracle 15:30 Div. 1 Men Wandegeya YMCA
Gulu Hawks vs UCU JV 15:30 Div. 2 Men Gulu Caribbean
Nkumba Marines vs Rez Life 17:30 Div. 1 Men Wandegeya YMCA
Victoria Univ. Heaters vs D-Mark Power 19:30 Div. 1 Men Wandegeya YMCA
9-Sep-2012 SUN 418 Gulu Hawks vs MBC Rocks 9:30 Div. 2 Men Gulu Caribbean
Crane High Ladies vs MUK Sparks 9:30 Div. 1 Women Wandegeya YMCA
Air Force vs Ssaku 12:00 Div. 3A Men Makerere Main Ground
Nabisunsa vs KCC Leopards 11:30 Div. 1 Women Wandegeya YMCA
YMCA Ham Stars vs Blue Jackets 14:00 Div. 3B Men Makerere Main Ground
UCU Canons vs Giant Stormers 15:30 Div. 1 Men Wandegeya YMCA
Kings vs Kampala Univ. Eagles 16:00 Div. 2 Men Makerere Main Ground
Gladiators vs Magic Stormers 17:30 Div. 1 Women Wandegeya YMCA
426 Falcon vs Ndejje Univ. Angels



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  UKRAINE   


Lokomotiv Kuban start Klaipeda Tournament with win over Budivelnyk - by Eurobasket News

Lokomotiv Kuban - Budivelnyk 105:90

Lokomotiv Kuban opened win count at pre-season tournament in Klaipeda. They faced Budivelnyk in the opener. Jimmy Baron (191-G-86, college: Rhode Island) and Simas Jasaitis (201-SF-82) scored 19 points each to lead Lokomotiv to the victory.
The Russian team fired 32 points in the opening quarter to take a 6-point lead. Budivelnyk trimmed the deficit in the second stanza. They got within 2 points at halftime 54:52. Lokomotiv however stayed in charge throughout the third term. They ensured a four-point buffer heading into the fourth frame. Lokomotiv outscored their opponents 26:15 in the final period and sealed the victory. Aleks Maric (211-C-84, college: Nebraska) posted 17 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Leo Lyons (206-F-87, college: Missouri) answered with 27 points for Budivelnyk. Dainius Salenga (197-F-77) provided 19 points in the loss.

Lokomotiv Kuban: Jimmy Baron 19, Simas Jasaitis 19, Aleks Maric 17, Nick Calathes 16+16 assists
Budivelnyk: Leo Lyons 27, Dainius Salenga 19



Zalgiris rally past Khimik in test game - by Eurobasket News

Zalgiris - Khimik 81:67

Zalgiris overcame Khimik Yuzny in pre-season battle. Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) scored 15 points to lead the winners.
Zalgiris stormed into the game. They quickly opened a 14-point lead early in the encounter. Zalgiris finished the opening quarter with 32 points to their tally to lead by 13 points. Khimik adjusted their offence in the second quarter. They dropped 24 points to narrow the gap at 11-point mark. Zalgiris however held their opponents to 8 points in the third term and secured a 16-point buffer heading into the fourth frame. Khimik outscored Zalgiris in the fourth period but just sweetened the pill at the end. Mindaugas Kuzminskas (205-F-89) provided 14 points, while Tremmell Darden (194-G/F-81, college: Niagara) added 13 points for the winners. Devoe Joseph (193-G-90, agency: Interperformances, college: Oregon) answered with 13 points for Khimik. Vernon Goodridge (206-F-84, college: La Salle) had 10 points and 4 blocks in the loss.

Zalgiris: Rimantas Kaukenas 15, Mindaugas Kuzminskas 14, Tremmell Darden 13
Khimik: Devoe Joseph 13, Vernon Goodridge 10



BC Donetsk open Hotel City Cup with victory - by Eurobasket News

BC Donetsk - Mega Vizura 79:71

BC Donetsk claimed the first win at the Hotel City Cup in Serbia. They overcame Mega Vizura in the opener. Kaloyan Ivanov (205-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) posted 15 points to lead the Ukrainian team.
Mega Vizura got to the better start. The Serbian team ensured a 20:15 lead after ten minutes. BC Donetsk surged in front in the second frame. They posted a 39:33 halftime advantage. BC Donetsk stretched the gap in the third term. They recorded a 64:53 advantage at the final break. Mega Vizura limited BC Donetsk to 15 points in the fourth period but could not save the game. D'or Fischer (211-C-81, college: W.Virginia) accounted for 11 points, while Petar Bozic (197-G-78) added 9 points in the win. Boban Marjanovic (222-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 21 points for Mega Vizura. Marko Lukovic (204-SF-92, agency: Beo Basket) had 13 points in the loss.

BC Donetsk: Kaloyan Ivanov 15, D'or Fischer 11, Petar Bozic 9
Mega Vizura: Boban Marjanovic 21, Marko Lukovic 13



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  URUGUAY   

Standings - Metropolitan League

Metropolitan Second stage Standings
 1. Atenas 18-7 
 2. Cader 15-10 
 3. Goes 15-10 
 4. Marne 15-10 
 5. Urunday Univ. 12-13 
 6. Capitol 11-10 
 7. Larranaga 11-14 
 8. Guruyu Waston 0-0 
 9. Romis N. 0-0 
 10. Verdirrojo 0-0 
 11. Yale 0-0 

Second Stage: Round 5

Sep. 5: Marne - Atenas 85-61
Sep. 5: Goes - Urunday Univ. 63-54
Sep. 5: Larranaga - Cader 0-20


Libertad clinch 6th Copa Internacional Sancor Seguros title - by Eurobasket News

Libertad - Malvin 68:55

Libertad de Sunchales celebrated the title at the 6th Copa Internacional Sancor Seguros tournament. They overcame Malvin in the Final. Gabriel Mikulas (200-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Carolina) posted 17 points to lead the winners.
Libertad secured a 17:14 lead after ten minutes of action. The Argentinean team stretched the gap to 10 points at the interval 36:26. Malvin cut the deficit in the third term. They got within four points at the final intermission 45:49. Libertad de Sunchales however kept the Uruguayan team at safe distance throughout the fourth frame and sealed a comfortable win at the end. Ricardo Sanchez (212-C-87) and Marcos Saglietti (190-G-86) provided 15 points each for Libertad. Fernando Martinez (170-PG-79) answered with 17 points for Malvin. Bruno Fitipaldo (183-PG-91) accounted for 9 points in the loss.

Libertad: Gabriel Mikulas 17, Ricardo Sanchez 15, Marcos Saglietti 15
Malvin: Fernando Martinez 17, Bruno Fitipaldo 9




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Women News


Chelsea Aubry stays in Bendigo Spirit for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News

Chelsea Aubry (188-F-84, college: Nebraska) will stay at least one more year in Australia. The Canadian National Team forward signed contract extension with her Bendigo Spirit. She joined them three years ago. For 20 games in the league last season Aubry averaged 7.2 points and 4 rebounds. In 2010/11 she had 9.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg in 24 games. In her first year with Bendigo Chelsea Aubry collected 11.7 ppg and 4.3 rpg for 23 games. Her first season as a pro the player spent with Slovakian Kosice. Aubry is a product of Nebraska University, where she graduated in 2007. She is active member of the Canadian National Team since 2005. This summer Aubry had 4.2 ppg and 1.8 rpg for 6 games at the Olympic Games in London. The player had 2.4 ppg and 2.8 rpg for 5 games at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Ankara.


Harrower back on board in Bendigo - by Eurobasket News

Bendigos four time Olympic medallist, basketball player Kristi Harrower (166-PG-75), will re-join her Spirit team mates for the WNBL season.

Harrower, who claimed her fourth Olympic medal in London this year as the starting point guard for the Australian Opals had been in doubt to resign but a healthy body and excitement about the Spirit has drawn her back.

After a serious Achilles injury significantly restricted Kristis training and playing time for more than half of the last WNBL season treatment and a solid rehabilitation regime got her into great shape for the Olympics.

In her last game in Australian colours Kristi scored 21 points to help Australia beat Russia to claim the bronze medal.

Kristi said she had taken her time to make this decision to make sure she was confident her body was in good shape and that it was the right thing to do.

Having the Achilles injury was tough, but at the Olympics people were saying that they could see Id recaptured some the speed and agility that Id missed for the past couple of years, she said.

I said to the club that I wanted to see how things went in London, then take a break for a few weeks to refresh and decide if I wanted to play on.

Bendigo people have supported me so strongly, I love the city and I think its an exciting time for the Bendigo Spirit as we enter our sixth season.

Weve brought together a great group of girls some players whove been here for a few years now, some key new recruits and some new young faces. Im really looking forward to it.

I think that with this team, if we work hard and all pull in the same direction, we can be a serious finals threat.

Courtesy of WNBL Australia



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  CANADA   


Chelsea Aubry stays in Bendigo Spirit for 2012/13 - by Eurobasket News

Chelsea Aubry (188-F-84, college: Nebraska) will stay at least one more year in Australia. The Canadian National Team forward signed contract extension with her Bendigo Spirit. She joined them three years ago. For 20 games in the league last season Aubry averaged 7.2 points and 4 rebounds. In 2010/11 she had 9.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg in 24 games. In her first year with Bendigo Chelsea Aubry collected 11.7 ppg and 4.3 rpg for 23 games. Her first season as a pro the player spent with Slovakian Kosice. Aubry is a product of Nebraska University, where she graduated in 2007. She is active member of the Canadian National Team since 2005. This summer Aubry had 4.2 ppg and 1.8 rpg for 6 games at the Olympic Games in London. The player had 2.4 ppg and 2.8 rpg for 5 games at the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Ankara.


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U18 National Team SF Ruzica Dzankic moves to Medvescak - by Eurobasket News

Ruzica Dzankic (179-SF-94) is a new member of Medvescak. The 18-year-old small forward penned a deal for the upcoming season. She arrives to the club from ZKK Croatia 2006 Zagreb. Dzankic played for U18 Croatian National Team this summer at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. The player had 6.3 ppg and 3.2 rpg for 9 games at this event. Last summer she also played for U18 NT. They won the gold medal at U18 EuroBasket Division B in Miskolc. At the same time, U18 Croatia won the promotion for Division A. In 2010, Ruzica Dzankic was named to Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U16 1st Team -10. The small forward shined at this event with 13.3 ppg and 7.1 rpg for 9 games. She was fifth scorer of the competition helping U16 Croatia to win the silver medal.


Novi Zagreb signs young Lana Packovski - by Eurobasket News

Good news for Novi Zagreb. Lana Packovski (170-G-94) finally got all the necessary papers and she penned a deal with Euroleague newcomer. The 18-year-old guard spent last two seasons with Medvescak. She had 3.1 ppg and 1.1 apg for 10 Adriatic league games in their first year together. Before Medvescak, she was a member of Croatia 2006 Zagreb. Lana Packovski played for U18 Croatian National Team this summer. She had 9.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2 apg for 9 games at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Two years ago, Packovski won the silver medal with U16 Croatia at U16 EuroBasket in Greece. There she shined with 10.1 ppg, 3.9 apg and 3.6 rpg for 8 games. She was second assistant of this event. Three years ago Packovski won another silver with U16 Croatia. It was U16 EuroBasket Division B, where Croatia also won the promotion for Division A.


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Trutnov adds Anderson to their roster - by Eurobasket

Kara Trutnov (ZBL) agreed terms with 28-year old American forward Ambrosia Anderson (186-84, college: BYU). She played last season at Elitzur Netanya in Israeli D1. While playing 14 D1 games for the team from Netanya Anderson averaged 19.3ppg, 7.1rpg, 3.4apg, 1.6spg and 1.2bpg. She played in the final of Israeli League in 2011, while she represented Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion in D1 where she had 12.0ppg, 11.8rpg and 3.0spg. Andersons team made it also to the Israeli Final Four in 2011. She was also selected to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League Honorable Mention in 2011. Anderson played also pro basketball in Greece and Portugal.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Novi Zagreb signs young Lana Packovski - by Eurobasket News

Good news for Novi Zagreb. Lana Packovski (170-G-94) finally got all the necessary papers and she penned a deal with Euroleague newcomer. The 18-year-old guard spent last two seasons with Medvescak. She had 3.1 ppg and 1.1 apg for 10 Adriatic league games in their first year together. Before Medvescak, she was a member of Croatia 2006 Zagreb. Lana Packovski played for U18 Croatian National Team this summer. She had 9.6 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2 apg for 9 games at U18 EuroBasket in Bucharest. Two years ago, Packovski won the silver medal with U16 Croatia at U16 EuroBasket in Greece. There she shined with 10.1 ppg, 3.9 apg and 3.6 rpg for 8 games. She was second assistant of this event. Three years ago Packovski won another silver with U16 Croatia. It was U16 EuroBasket Division B, where Croatia also won the promotion for Division A.


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  HOLLAND   


Treffers going to Italy - by Bas Hendriks

Exciting young Dutch Powerforward Kourtney Treffers (186-PF-94) inked a deal in a2 liga in Italy. The Dutch U18 international signed with Battipaglia after her first season abroad with Rivas Ecropolis.

The Dutch powerforward was a great factor for the Dutch U18 team coached by Eurobasket.com author Remy de Wit who went for 4th place at he Europeans in Bucharest this year. She totalled 12.2 points and 7.7 rebounds in the Tournament. It got her Allstar honours for the All tournament team.



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  ITALY   


Cras Taranto inks National Team PF Abiola Wabara - by Eurobasket News

Nnena Wabara (183-F-81, agency: Two Points, college: Baylor) is a new member of Cras Taranto. The Italian power forward penned a 1-year deal with her new club. She arrives to Taranto from CUS Cagliari. Wabara appeared 27 times in A1 last season averaging 8.9 points and 6 rebounds. They reached Playoff Semifinals. Before CUS Cagliari, Wabara played year and a half for Bracco Geas Sesto San Giovanni. In 2010/11 season she had 6.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 2.3 spg for 29 games. She joined them in January of 2010 from Spanish Ibiza. In the past, Nnena Wabara played in Israel and Hungary. He graduated at Baylor University in 2006. Nnena Wabara played for Italian National Team this summer. She collected 4.5 ppg and 3.2 rpg for 6 games in 2013 EuroBasket Qualifications.


Min.Battipaglia tabs Kourtney Treffers - by Eurobasket

Minibasket Battipaglia (A2) strengthened their roster with addition of 18-year old Dutch international power forward Kourtney Treffers (186-94). She played most recently at Rivas Ecopolis in Spanish LFB. While playing 2 Euroleague games for the team from Rivas last season Treffers averaged 4.0ppg. Despite Treffers played mostly for junior team, she also played 9 games in LFB where she had 0.7ppg . Treffers helped them to make it to the cup final four. She was voted to Eurobasket.com Dutch Eredivisie All-Domestic Players Team in 2011 while playing at HLB Accountants Den Helder (14.3ppg, 8.2rpg). She has been a member of Dutch international program for some years. Treffers was a member of both senior U18, and U20 national teams this year. She represented Holland at the European Championships U18 in Bucharest (Romania) this year. Treffers team got to the Semifinals and her stats at this event were 9 games: 12.2ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 44.0%, FT: 57.9%.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  POLAND   


Lorin Dixon is a newcomer at BI SSA Gdynia - by Eurobasket

Basketball Investments SSA Gdynia (PLKK) added to their roster 23-year old American point guard Lorin Dixon (162-89, college: Connecticut, agency: Merit Sports). She played most recently at Tulsa Shock (WNBA) in the U.S. Dixon won Big East Conference Regular Season and the tournament for 4 years in a row (2008-11) while playing at Connecticut.

By Eurobasket Data Center



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  PORTUGAL   


Carmen Reynolds To Play In Top Portuguese League - by Luis Filipe Cristovao

Former University of Michigan Wolverine guard/forward Carmen Reynolds (182-G/F-90), who is the alltime leading 3point shooter at Michigan, will continue her basketball career on the island of Madeira in the Liga Feminina, the top Portuguese league for women. Reynolds signed a professional contract to play for CAB Madeira last month.



'I am really looking forward to playing for CAB Madeira, and I am thrilled my American teammate is fellow Ohioan, Justine Raterman. I know she is a great player and I am excited to work with her and the rest of my new teammates towards winning a championship,' said Reynolds.



Reynolds earned her degree in informatics last May after helping the team to a 2012 record and Michigan's first NCAA Tournament appearance in ten years. Over her fouryear career, Reynolds averaged 10 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. She knocked down a school record 205 3pointers at an impressive rate of 39%.



CAB Madeira finished fourth out of twelve teams in the league last season.





Source:MK Sports


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Standings - Women

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

Regular Season: Round 5

Sep. 4: Morovis M. - Juncos V. 69-68
Sep. 3: San German - Quebradillas 66-74
Sep. 1: Quebradillas - Juncos V. 61-60
Sep. 5: Ponce L. - San German 54-103

Regular Season: Round 6

Sep. 6: Carolina G. - Aguas B.T.
Sep. 6: San German - Juncos V.
Sep. 7: Aguas B.T. - Morovis M.
Sep. 8: Quebradillas - Carolina G.


Stats Leaders - Superleague 25

Points Per Game
 Yolanda MARTIN
  Aguas B.T.
  (180-G-83)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Martin, Aguas B.T.25.8 
 2. Werema, Juncos V.23.7 
 3. Valentin, Carolina22.3 
 4. Bruszewski, Quebra.18.9 
 5. Fairweather, Ponce18.0 
 6. Jones, Carolina G.17.8 
 7. Williams, San Germ.17.0 
 8. Seals, Aguas B.T.16.8 
 9. Williams, Morovis15.3 
 10. Lechlitner, Quebr.14.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yolanda JONES
  Carolina G.
  (184-F-84)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Jones, Carolina G.14.5 
 2. Rosario, Ponce L.12.0 
 3. Martin, Aguas B.T.10.5 
 4. Seals, Aguas B.T.9.5 
 5. Bruszewski, Quebra.9.3 
 6. Pineiro, Morovis M.8.5 
 7. Cabrera, Juncos V.8.5 
 8. Williams, Morovis8.3 
 9. Gonzalez, San G.7.8 
 10. Werema, Juncos V.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Karla RUIZ
  Aguas B.T.
  (--)
  Avg: 4
 1. Ruiz, Aguas B.T.4.0 
 2. Escalera, Morov.3.8 
 3. Rosado, San German3.8 
 4. Bruszewski, Quebra.3.6 
 5. Johnson, Aguas B..3.5 
 6. Figueroa, Morov.3.5 
 7. Gonzalez, San G.3.3 
 8. Fairweather, Ponce3.1 
 9. Magee, Carolina G.3.0 
 10. Rodriguez, Caroli.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Tia MAGEE
  Carolina G.
  (187-F-)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Magee, Carolina G.3.8 
 2. Rosado, Morovis M.3.5 
 3. Cabrera, Juncos V.3.3 
 4. Fairweather, Ponce2.7 
 5. Rodriguez, Carolin.2.5 
 6. Jones, Carolina G.2.5 
 7. De La Paz, Juncos2.5 
 8. Lanza, Juncos V.2.4 
 9. Seals, Aguas B.T.2.3 
 10. Matthews, Aguas2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Angelina WILLIAMS
  Morovis M.
  (183-F/C-83)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Williams, Morovis3.3 
 2. Rosario, Ponce L.1.6 
 3. Seals, Aguas B.T.1.5 
 4. Placido, Quebradil.1.4 
 5. Escalera, Morov.1.3 
 6. Werema, Juncos V.1.2 
 7. Ruiz, Aguas B.T.1.0 
 8. Rosado, San German1.0 
 9. Martin, Aguas B.T.1.0 
 10. Bruszewski, Quebr.1.0 


Bermudez number one in Puerto Rico for Round 5 - by Eurobasket News

Guard Angelica Bermudez (179-G-89) had a very impressive game in the last round for San German, receiving a Latinbasket.com Player of the Round 5 award.
The 23-year old player had a double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds, while her team outclassed, the league's bottom-ranked team Ponce L. (#7, 0-8) with 49-point margin 103-54. San German maintains the 4th position in American BSNF. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost two games earlier this season. San German will need more victories to improve their 3-2 record. It's Bermudez's second year at San German and it's hard to imagine this team without her.

The second best player in last week's games was 29-year old American Angelina Williams (183-F/C-83) of league's second-best Morovis M.. Williams had a very good evening with a double-double of 20 points and 11 rebounds. It was enough for Morovis M. to edge the lower-ranked Juncos V. (#6, 1-5) 69-68. Morovis M.'s second position in the standings has not changed. A very good start of the season for her team, which won so far all 5 games without any defeat. Williams is a newcomer at Morovis M., but is already one of team's top players. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 16.5ppg (#3). She also registered 7.5 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last week was former international center Esmary Vargas-Sanchez (191-C-81) of Juncos V. (#6). Vargas-Sanchez scored 17 points and grabbed seventeen rebounds (!!!). Despite Vargas-Sanchez's great performance Juncos V. lost 60-61 to the higher-ranked Quebradillas (#1, 6-1). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. Juncos V. can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 1-5 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Vargas-Sanchez she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Vargas-Sanchez has a very solid season. In 2 games in Puerto Rico she scored 13.0ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Becca Bruszewski (185-F-88) of Quebradillas - 20 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Jessica Fairweather (178-F) of Ponce L. - 29 points and 6 rebounds
6. Earnesia Williams (185-F-87) of San German - 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists
7. Melissa Lechlitner (170-G-88) of Quebradillas - 20 points and 4 rebounds
8. Dominique Smith (177-G) of San German - 20 points and 3 rebounds
9. Zuleimarie Sanchez (168-G-87) of San German - 15 points and 6 rebounds
10. Earnesia Williams (185-F-87) of San German - 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists

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



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Mirjana Beronja moved to Radivoj Korac - by Dragana Vukovic

The management of Radivoj Korac Beograd announced that they signed Mirjana Beronja (170-PG-86), the first reinforcement for the upcoming season. Mirjana Beronja spent last five seasons in ZKK Partizan Galenika Beograd. During that period she won three Serbian Championships, one Cup title and one Adriatic league title. Last season she was averaging 5.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists during 18.1 minutes on the court in Adriatic league and 1.5 points during 7 minutes in Fiba Cup.


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KED Panter Ilirija inks Jovana Karakasevic - by Eurobasket News

Jovana Karakasevic (190-C/F-92) will continue her career in Slovenia. The Serbian PF/C penned a deal with KED Panter Ilirija Ljubljana. She arrives to the club from Crvena Zvezda. Karakasevic appeared 20 times in Adriatic league last season averaging 11.1 points and 8 rebounds. Before Crvena Zvezda, she spent one year with Partizan Galenika. There she had 2.6 ppg and 2.6 rpg for 10 games. With Partizan she won the Serbian league title. In the past, Jovana Karakasevic played for Vojvodina. Over the past two years she was on the list of candidates for the Serbian U20 National Team. In 2010, she played for U18 Serbia at U18 EuroBasket in Slovakia. The PF/C had 4.7 ppg and 1.7 rpg for 3 games. Karakasevic also played for U16 Serbia in the past.


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Navarra tabs Laura Broomfield - by Eurobasket News

UNB Obenasa Navarra Pamplona (LFB) added to their roster 22-year old American forward Laura Broomfield (185-90, college: N.Carolina). She played most recently at New York Liberty (WNBA) in the U.S. While playing 26 games for New York Liberty last season Broomfield averaged 9.0ppg, 9.8rpg, 1.0spg and 1.2bpg. She played in the final of ACC Tournament in 2011. Broomfield was also voted to All-ACC Honorable Mention in 2012.

By Eurobasket NEWS3 of Eurobasket.com



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Standings

WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Connecticut S. 20-7 
 2. Indiana F. 17-9 
 3. Atlanta D. 15-13 
 4. New York L. 11-16 
 5. Chicago S. 10-16 
 6. Washington M. 6-22 
Western
 1. Minnesota L. 22-4 
 2. L.Angeles S. 18-10 
 3. S.Antonio SS 17-9 
 4. Seattle S. 13-14 
 5. Phoenix M. 6-20 
 6. Tulsa S. 6-21 

Regular Season: Round 32

Sep. 4: Minnesota L. - L.Angeles S. 88-77
Sep. 5: New York L. - Phoenix M. 87-59
Sep. 5: Atlanta D. - Indiana F. 71-64
Sep. 4: Washington M. - Connecticut S. 70-77
Sep. 6: Seattle S. - Tulsa S. 101-74

Regular Season: Round 33

Sep. 7: Washington M. - L.Angeles S.
Sep. 7: Connecticut S. - Phoenix M.
Sep. 7: New York L. - Chicago S.
Sep. 7: S.Antonio SS - Indiana F.
Sep. 7: Minnesota L. - Atlanta D.
Sep. 8: Tulsa S. - Seattle S.


WNBA to celebrate team USA's female medalists - by Eurobasket News

The women of Team USA -- fresh from the Olympic Games in London where they earned 58 of the 104 medals by the United States -- will receive the WNBA Inspiration Award for 2012. The USA Basketball Women's National Team, the most decorated women's team in U.S. Olympic history, is also slated to receive a special recognition, WNBA President Laurel J. Richie announced Thursday.

Each year, the WNBA Inspiring Women national luncheon celebrates individuals who show the world what is possible. As Title IX turns 40 and as American women made headlines at this summer's Olympic Games, a host of female Olympians from multiple sports will be in attendance to receive their acknowledgement including Betsey Armstrong (Water Polo), Danielle Scott-Arruda (Indoor Volleyball), Kayla Harrison (Judo), Taylor Ritzel (Rowing), and Lauren Tamayo (Cycling). Reigning WNBA MVP Tamika Catchings (6'1''-SF-79, college: Tennessee) will represent the USA Basketball Women's National Team in accepting a special recognition for receiving their fifth straight gold medal.

This luncheon celebrates Team USA women and others who have blazed new paths on the court, in the boardroom, and in the community on Monday, Sept. 10, at Chelsea Piers in New York City. More than 300 people from the worlds of entertainment, sports, business, and politics are expected to attend.

"It truly was the summer for female athletes as they dominated the global stage with their efforts being seen and cheered by millions of people worldwide," said WNBA President Laurel J. Richie. "We are proud of all their accomplishments and it brings the league great joy to present the WNBA Inspiration Award to these extraordinary women."

In addition to the WNBA Inspiration Award, two special presentations will take place during the luncheon. Teresa Edwards, Women's Basketball Legend and Hall of Famer will receive the Boost Mobile Pioneer Award, which recognizes a female in the sports world who embodies the spirit of both the WNBA and Boost Mobile, a leader in the no-contract wireless industry. The individual is seen as a pioneer in the community, is passionate about her professional and personal endeavors through which she blazes trails for the next generation.

Bacardi U.S.A., Inc. and the WNBA, in collaboration with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, will award two $15,000 scholarships to young women (21+) from the N.Y. Tri-State area. The Inspiring Women Gold Standard Scholarship Award recognizes leaders who excel in the classroom, are influential members of their community and who exemplify the values of volunteerism and service.

Also, as part of the WNBA Inspiring Women celebration, The Coca-Cola Company will host WNBA FIT Live Positively community event for the Mosaic Preparatory Academy on Friday, Sept. 7 in New York. Led by WNBA Legend Kym Hampton, the clinic will engage youth through a variety of fitness skills and drills while stressing the importance of health and nutrition.

Gold Partners for the luncheon include Bacardi, BBVA, Boost Mobile, The Coca-Cola Company, Ebony, Hotel Indigo, Jamba Juice and SAP.

At the league's inaugural luncheon in 2006, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright addressed a group of inspiring women as the league honored and recognized the WNBA All-Decade Team. Other past honorees include former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, political commentator Cokie Roberts, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice and award-winning journalist Katie Couric.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com



Lynx see focus as key in tough stretch run - by Eurobasket News

Minnesota will be prepared for the playoffs after playing six of its final seven regular-season games on the road.

When Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve sees her players in a circle, heads down, arms on teammates' shoulders, she sees a team that's ready to finish out the season strong.

Most of the time her players come out of those huddles -- taken after falling behind in a game or finding themselves in a mini-slump -- with a new strategy, a new optimism and energy.

"We stop the bleeding," Reeve said.

It's a strength the team has found in the second half of the season, pushing aside a three-game losing streak before the Olympic break, the only real slipup of the season, to make way for a nine-game winning streak that had been achieved, they say, by keeping their wits about them no matter what.

And it's something the Lynx will need to do more than ever as they head into a tough final stretch. After Friday's home game against Atlanta, the Lynx will play six of their last seven games on the road.

"We're at the point of the season where it's a grind," Maya Moore said. "We're going to really just have a high level of focus. And we feel like when we do that, we can't be beaten."

The last time the Lynx were beaten seems long ago. In July, the team lost three in a row -- at San Antonio, at Los Angeles and against Connecticut, a span that has stuck with it since.

"I think that happened because we had been playing mediocre basketball up 'til that point and winning, and that gives you a false sense of victory," veteran Taj McWilliams-Franklin said.

But that period was critical to getting the team focused the way they were a season ago, when they won the WNBA title, Reeve said.

Just as the Lynx were targeted in July as the team to beat, they will be again now. The defending champions -- who have the best record in the league at 22-4 and are four games up on second-place Los Angeles in the West -- face a battery of tough teams, including San Antonio twice on the road, Los Angeles on the road and a home-and-away against Indiana.

Reeve said the team had tried to "hold back" bits and pieces of offense and strategy throughout the year to help give an element of surprise now, when everyone is tired. And the Lynx constantly are tweaking their offense. Still, with teams who have faced each other this many times -- the Lynx already have seen San Antonio and Los Angeles three times each -- game planning often gives way to simple execution and passion.

"It's not really about X's and O's when you play a team five times and you see them in the playoffs," McWilliams-Franklin said. "It's about who wants it, who's willing to go the extra mile, who gets more of the 50-50 balls ... it's not about stopping a certain play or keeping this offense or that, it's just the bare bones of the game."

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Aching Sun will have to earn this title - by Eurobasket News

It has been customary for the Connecticut Sun to sip champagne on the days they've clinched their three previous Eastern Conference regular season championships.

If the Sun hang on to their lead this season, they may consider guzzling.

Because they sure will have earned it.

The Sun, who lead Indiana by two games heading to the final two weeks, have negotiated life without Olympian Asjha Jones quite well, amassing a 5-3 record while Jones rehabilitates a strained Achilles' tendon.

Now they may have to play a game or two - at some point - without Most Valuable Player candidate Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut), who sat out Thursday's workout with what coach Mike Thibault called "hip and groin issues."

"We're trying to find out when the best time is to give her some time off," Thibault said.

Thibault and Charles will meet today to talk more.

"She's been pretty sore most of the year," Thibault said, "and it's catching up to her."

The schedule, however, remains unyielding. The Sun play Phoenix tonight at Mohegan Sun Arena (7 p.m., CPTV, CPTV Sports). Connecticut (20-7) has a magic number of six to clinch the regular season title.

The Sun completed a four-city road trip earlier this week in Washington, during which they went 3-1 to maintain their lead. They did so without Jones and forward Mistie Mims for two games.

"A lot of players playing big minutes are pretty beat up," Thibault said. "I know every team goes through it. But it takes an extra toll when you already have one person out."

Jones underwent an MRI on her Achilles Thursday to monitor the healing process. Thibault said she might be able to return next week during the Sun's road trip through Phoenix, Los Angeles and Seattle.

"There's been a toughness about this team," Thibault said. "Our maturity level has reached the point where it's 'OK, we'll figure out a way to win.' Part of it is that we don't let anybody dwell on (injuries) either. The games are still going to be there whether we like it or not.

"It helps a little when you know you are already in the playoffs. It may not be ideal and we may not get the best record, but I'd rather play well and be rested when the playoffs start than be worn out just because we were trying to win one or two more regular season games."

Phoenix (6-20) has played most of the season without its best players. Penny Taylor has been out all season, Diana Taurasi has played in six games and Candice Dupree 10 games. Point guard Samantha Prahalis injured her shoulder in Thursday's game at New York. Her status for tonight is unknown.

Courtesy of www.theday.com



Latest games: Storm roll past Shock 101-74 - by Eurobasket News

Seattle S. - Tulsa S. 101-74
Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) scored a season-high 23 points to lead the Seattle Storm past the Tulsa Shock 101-74 on Thursday night. Jackson found a rhythm, something she's been missing since playing her first game of the season with the Storm on Aug. 23, in the first quarter when she scored seven points. That was more than her total in two of the three games since her return. She scored 13 points in the first half and added 10 in a dominant third quarter. Her layup put Seattle (12-14) in front 68-44 with 5:30 left in the third. Jackson did not play in the fourth quarter and was on the court just 14:28 for the game. Ivory Latta (5'6''-PG-84, college: N.Carolina) led Tulsa (6-21) with 18 points while Riquna Williams scored 17 and Glory Johnson added 15 as the Shock fell to 1-12 on the road this season. *Courtesy of www.sacbee.com

Washington M. - Connecticut S. 70-77
Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lift the Connecticut Sun over the Washington Mystics 77-70 on Tuesday night. The Sun (20-7) have beaten the Mystics (5-22) nine straight times, including all five matchups this season. Connecticut's victory on Tuesday was its narrowest in the streak. ''It was a hard game,'' Sun coach Mike Thibault said. ''We kind of hung together when we had a bad start. We had a bad middle of the second half. We just kind of regrouped each time.'' Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) led the Mystics with 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting - her highest-scoring game since she scored 24 points against the New York Liberty on July 13 - and added nine rebounds. But Washington lost its season-worst sixth in a row. Charles scored with 46 seconds left to give Connecticut a 73-70 lead and grabbed a defensive rebound on the ensuing Washington possession. Mystics guard Noelle Quinn answered with a steal, but Washington turned the ball over and began intentionally fouling. ''We've talked about it all week in terms of working on our poise and staying calm in crucial situations,'' Mystics coach Trudi Lacey said. ''We just still need to make plays down the stretch to close out these games.'' Charles, who entered fourth in the WNBA in scoring, didn't record her first point until 30.6 seconds remained in the first quarter. That began a 13-0 run, and the Sun grabbed a lead they would hold until midway through the fourth. ''We're not one of those teams that's just trying to get it to Tina,'' Charles said. ''Whoever has the hot hand.'' The Mystics - boosted by 10 points each from Quinn and Shannon Bobbitt - hung around for most of the game after leading 23-16 late in the first quarter. After Connecticut extended its lead to 13 points in the third, Washington used an 8-0 run to get within three points in the fourth. Later in the quarter, Bobbitt hit a 3-pointer with the shot clock expiring. Matee Ajavon (5'7''-PG-86, college: Rutgers) made shots on two consecutive possessions, including a 3-pointer, to give the Mystics a 67-66 lead. Sun forward Mistie Mims returned after missing two games because of a strained quad and had 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists. ''I didn't really know what to expect,'' Thibault said. ''I just know that we always get a great effort, so effort can make up for some rustiness.'' Kara Lawson (5'8''-PG-81, college: Tennessee) added 16 points and four assists for Connecticut, which was without forward Asjha Jones for a ninth straight game because of a strained left Achilles tendon. ''I just would like her to get somewhere between two and four games in before the playoffs, so that she gets her rhythm back,'' Thibault said of Jones. ''It's hard to come out and start a playoff series cold.'' Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com

Minnesota L. - L.Angeles S. 88-77
Maya Moore (6'0''-SG-89, college: Connecticut) and Seimone Augustus (6'0''-SF-84, college: LSU) scored 23 points apiece to lead the Minnesota Lynx to an 88-77 win over the Los Angeles Sparks on Tuesday night. Minnesota scored 29 points off 20 turnovers, an effort led by Moore. The second-year forward matched a franchise record with five first-half steals and finished with a career-high seven. She also grabbed nine rebounds and kept several more possessions alive with hustle plays. "She was like Catwoman," Augustus said. "She was here, she was there; she did an awesome job. Seven steals - that was amazing." Augustus, meanwhile, set a career high with six 3-pointers. Her third of the night earned the 2006 No. 1 overall pick the top spot on the Lynx career scoring list, surpassing Katie Smith's 3,605 points with 4:11 left in the second quarter. "We needed them," Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said of the 3s. "Her ability to shake a defender is just really impressive. I don't think the Timberwolves would mind having her." Lindsay Whalen (5'9''-PG-82, college: Minnesota) added 12 points and Candice Wiggins (5'11''-G-87, college: Stanford) had 10 for the first-place Lynx, who extended their lead in the Western Conference to three games over the Sparks. With eight games remaining, Minnesota needs only four more victories to clinch the No. 1 seed in the West regardless of what Los Angeles (19-9) and San Antonio (17-9) do the rest of the way. The Lynx (22-4) won their ninth consecutive game and tied a franchise record with their 14th home win of the season. Alana Beard (5'11''-G/F-82, college: Duke) scored 17 points and Jenna O'Hea added 15 for the Sparks, who matched a season high with their third straight loss. Sparks leading scorer Candace Parker was shut out in the first half and finished with just six points, while second-leading scorer Kristi Toliver managed only five. The two entered the game with a combined average of 36.1 points. "They did a great job of making us do things we didn't want to do," Beard said. "But at the same time we did a lot of things that were in our control in terms of turnovers and forced shots." Courtesy of www.chron.com

New York L. - Phoenix M. 87-59
It's been a while since Phoenix Mercury guard Samantha Prahalis (5'7''-PG-90, college: Ohio St.) played an organized basketball game in the New York area. The last time was Dec. 19, 2010, at Madison Square Garden and Prahalis was a junior point guard playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Wednesday night, the Commack product made her return to the area for the first time as a pro to take on the Liberty. However, her homecoming was spoiled as the Liberty routed the struggling Mercury, 87-59, at the Prudential Center. The win gives the Liberty (11-16) a half-game lead over the idle Chicago Sky (10-16) for the fourth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference. Plenette Pierson (6'2''-PF-81, college: Texas Tech) (13) and Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) totaled 23 points as the Liberty bolted to a 51-29 halftime lead. The Liberty kept the pressure on as a layup by Alex Montgomery gave it a 67-35 lead with 2:55 left in the third quarter. "We knew Phoenix is a streaky team," Pierson said. "We knew we just had to stay focused coming out the locker room at halftime and I think we did a great job of that." Pierson led the Liberty with 17 points, Montgomery and Kara Braxton had 12 points each and Nicole Powell finished with 10 points. DeWanna Bonner (6'4''-G-87, agency: Josep and Nicolas, college: Auburn) led Phoenix with 20 points. Prahalis didn't have much input in the contest as a first-quarter shoulder injury limited her to six minutes. "I got hurt so early that I didn't really play, but it was good to see my family," she said. Phoenix dropped to 6-20 with the loss, but Prahalis, who didn't score, sees brighter days ahead for the Mercury. "We want to finish out the season strong, but in the back of our heads we know it's going to be serious," said Prahalis, whose team has played much of the season without injured starters Diana Taurasi, Candice Dupree and Penny Taylor. "All these losses we have now . . . won't be there [next year]." Courtesy of www.newsday.com

Atlanta D. - Indiana F. 71-64
Lindsey Harding (5'8''-G-84, college: Duke) scored 20 points and Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-SF-86, college: Louisville) came off the bench to add 15, leading the Atlanta Dream to a 71-64 win over the Indiana Fever on Wednesday night. Tiffany Hayes (5'10''-G-89, college: Connecticut) added 12 points and Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83, college: Houston) 10 for Atlanta, which has won three straight under new coach Fred Williams as it tries to keep pace in the Eastern Conference. The third-place Dream are three games behind the Fever in the East and five back of Connecticut. The Dream, the two-time defending conference champions, struggled for much of the season before beating the Sun 87-80 Sunday and rallying past Indiana. Atlanta (15-13) trailed 52-48 after three quarters, but Harding scored 12 points in the final period and Hayes added six to help the Dream snap Indiana's win streak at four. Katie Douglas hit five 3-pointers and scored 23 points for Indiana (17-9). Tamika Catchings added 13 points and nine rebounds. The Fever controlled much of the first half and built their biggest lead when Douglas made a pair of free throws with 2:08 left in the second quarter to make it 32-21. Atlanta closed the half with an 8-0 run, however, keyed by two turnovers and a blocked shot by Dream center Erika de Souza to close to 32-29 at intermission. The Dream kept the momentum early in the second half, and de Souza's putback gave the home team a 35-34 lead with 6:50 left in the third quarter. Douglas hit back-to-back 3s to give the Fever a 45-42 lead and by the end of the third quarter Indiana led 52-48. But Douglas missed her final four 3-point tries. The Dream made just 1 of 16 from 3-point range in the game, but was helped by a 7-for-10 showing at the free throw line in the fourth quarter. Courtesy of www.sacbee.com