EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/14/2010

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  ABA   


Other new ABA teams announced - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association announced the addition of four other new teams to 2009-10 line-up.
The first one is a team in Mid-Valley California. 'With the addition of both South Valley and Mid-Valley, located in Central California, we have teams that will play in both the SoCal and NoCal Divisions,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'And like South Valley, this is a very capable group with experience both on and off the court and we have no doubt that they will represent themselves very well.' The co-owners of the Mid-Valley Titans are Joshua Glenn England and Dennis Johnson. For more information, email johnson1888@sbcglobal.net
or jlx3@netzero.net
The second new team will be a return to Alabama, with the addition of the Mobile Bay Hurricanes startin in the new season in December. 'We have always wanted to fuse music with sports,' said Joe Newman 'And with Roland Turner and Mike Wilson, that will certainly happen. And their entertainment company will have an impact on the entire ABA.when we unfold the entertainment part of this relationship. We are excited.'The team will be owned by Global Music Group, the record label founded by Roland Turner who now partners with Mike Wilson. For more information, call 251 391 8896 or email rolandturner@globalmusicgroup.net
or mikewilson@globalmusicgroup.net The website is under construction - but you can learn more about Global Music Group by visiting www.globalmusicgroup.net.
With the annoucement of the return to St. Louis, MO this season, the ABA adds a third new team. The St. Louis Pioneers will be owned by James Graham, a young man 'with a very strong passion for basketball,' stated Joe Newman . For more information, email samej839@ymail.com
or call 314 681 2061
The fourth team team of this last 'burst' is a further expansion of the Pacific Northwest Division. The ABA announced that it has expanded with the King County Rampage under the leadership of 13-year US Army veteran Kinshasa Martin following two tours in Iraq. For more information, call 253 446 6703 or 253 666 3487 or email everettbasketball@gmail.com
. The website will be completed shortly; tryouts will be announced shortly.


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  ANGOLA   


Teixeira and Pereira finish the season with Penafiel - by Eurobasket News
Vladimir Teixeira (180-G-84) and Joao Pereira (186-G-83) finish the season with Penafiel and taste Silver this season. Their team finished second as in the Finla series they lost to Lusitania that claimed the Proliga championship title. They overcame Penafiel on the road in the decisive fifth game of the series to triumph in the country. Its a huge success for the team that had to play with six players throughout the bigger part of the season. Augusto Sobrinho scored 32 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to pace the effort.
Penafiel got to the better start. They accounted for 23 points in the starting frame and earned a 3-point lead at the initial break. But Lusitania tightened their defense in the second quarter. They limited Penafiel to just 11 points in the second period and surged ahead. Lusitania piled up a one-point advantage at the big break 35:34. Lusitania did not slow down in the third period. They stayed concentrated and determined to establish a 51:48 lead into the fourth stanza. The tempo grew in the final frame. Penafiel fired 28 points in the quarter but Lusitania matched the effort accounting for 30 points and sealing the victory at the end.
Mohamed Camara knocked down 16 points and grabbed 12 boards for Lusitania. Daniel Monteiro had 13 points in the victory. James Grabowski netted 25 points and pulled down 10 boards for Penafiel. Vladimir Teixeira collected 6 points, 7 assists, 5 steals and 4 rebounds, while Joao Pereira had 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Alexander Kravtsov and Sidney Holmes dropped 12 points each in the loss.
Before that Lusitania posted the second win over Penafiel in the Proliga championship series. Daniel Monteiro fired 27 points as Lusitania leveled the series at 2-2. Augusto Sobrinho added 22 points for the winners. Sidney Holmes and James Grabowski accounted for 22 points apiece in the loss, while Vladimir Teixeira posted 10 points.



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  ARGENTINA   


Libertad on winning track in China - by Eurobasket News
Libertad Sunchales continued their China tour. They recently claimed the Republic of China Cup. The Argentinean powerhouse overcame Rudupis of Lithuania to clinch the trophy. The teams clashed in the city of Wuhu. Previously the teams exchanged victories. This time Libertad grabbed the initiative right from the start. They dominated the first frame and built a 19:14 lead at the first break. Libertad remained in front throughout the second period. The Latin American side arrived at halftime ahead by 6 points 39:33. The game turned into a leveled battle in the third frame. The teams traded baskets as Libertad managed to secure a 6-point cushion heading into the fourth term. Rudupis tried hard in the fourth quarter but Libertad stayed determined. The Argentinean team notched 26 points in the period and escaped with a comfortable 84:74 victory at the end.
Robert Battle (204-C-81, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Drexel) knocked down 16 points to lead the charge. Marcos Saglietti (189-G-86) accounted for 15 points, while Juan Emilio Fernandez (196-G/F-91) netted 13 points for the winners. Sebastian Ginobili (190-G-72, agency: Interperformances) delivered 12 points and 8 assists. The guard was trumped the MVP after the encounter.



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  AUSTRALIA   


SBL: wekend results and stats - by Eurobasket News
On June 11th East Perth Eagles defeated Wanneroo Wolves at the Morley Sport and Recreation Centre 113:91. Stephen Weigh (198-G/F-87) stepped up with 27 points for the winners and John Taylor netted 18. Zachary Coverstone responded with 20 points in defeat.
On June 12th Peter Crawford (193-G-79) delivered 29 points as his Perry Lakes Hawks beat Cockburn Cougars at the Wally Hagan Stadium 113:99. Christian Cavanaugh answered with 26 points and 11 rebounds for the home side. Goldfields Giants lost to Rockingham Flames 94:112 as the latter got 40 points from Demetrius Hazel (198-G/F-85, college: Cal.St.-Los Angeles). John Vaudreuil (203-C, college: Minn.-Duluth) resisted with 29 points and 17 rebounds in the losing case.
Geraldton Buccaneers defeated Kalamunda Eastern Suns 106:96, while Wanneroo Wolves beat Cockburn Cougars 94:76.Perry Lakes Hawks were beaten by Lakeside Lightning 85:104 as Ryan Sofoulis (178-G-88) paced all the winners with 25 points and Benjamin Beran poured in 20 points adding also 10 rebounds. Peter Crawford delivered 31 points for the home side. Perth Redbacks edged Mandurah Magic at the Waroona Recreation Centre 102:98 and Stirling Senators cruised past Southwest Slammers 109:78. Willetton Tigers rolled over East Perth Eagles 112:93 as Daniel Johnson and Alex Prince (84) combined for 60 points for the winning side. Sam Harris (221-C-84, college: ODU) ended up with 25 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort.



Shaw Redhage shines in Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News
Australian Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) demonstrates great performance in Puerto Rican BSN Playoffs. His Quebradillas Pirates reached the Semifinals and currently have 3-2 lead against the Arecibo Capitanes. Redhage was a key player of the team in Game Five and mostly owing to him the Pirates made a big step forward to the next stage. Australia has another representative in the same team and it is C.J. Bruton (188-G-75, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Indian Hills CC).
Thriller win for Quebradillas in Game Five of the BSN Semifinals. The Pirates escaped with 73-71 victory for 3-2 in the series. Now they need one more for the Finals. Shawn Redhage was the leading player in Quebradillas last night. He spent 38 minutes on the floor registering double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Radhage reached valuation 35. Peter John Ramos also shined last night adding 19 pts and 17 boards. David Huertas scored 13 pts. In Arecibo, Daniel Santiago collected 20 points and 10 rebounds. Larry Ayuso netted 17 pts. First half was tied as each of two teams scored 33 points (14-15, 19-18). The Arecibo Capitanes shined after the breather and closed third period with nice 15-22. There was ten minutes left and Arecibo had decent lead. However, Shawn Redhage and his teammates exploded in the last period and managed to win it by 9 points (25-16), what was enough for the final score of 73-71 and 3-2 lead in the series. Game Six is scheduled for Monday.
Shawn Redhage averages 18.8 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists for 29 games in BSN.


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  BELGIUM   


Gent Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Eurobasket has learned that the next player signed by Optima Gent is forward J''Nathan J'Nathan Bullock (196-F-87, college: Cleveland St.)..
J'Nathan Bullock plays at present in the Australian SEABL league for the Geelong Supercats. In 19 games so far he averages 19.4 ppg and 7.2 rpg.
Before going to Geelong he played 4 years at Cleveland State, where he improved on his stats year after year. His senior year stats were 15.3 ppg and 7.0 rpg.
He led Cleveland State in scoring all 4 of his seasons there, being only the 3rd player ever to do this.
J'Nathan Bullock earned All Horizon League 1st honors his last 2 seasons at Cleveland State. In his senior year Bullock was one of the major reasons his team made it to the NCAA tournament for the first time since the late 80s. They defeated Butler (ranked nr 14) in the Horizon League finals and later went on to eliminate nr 4 Wake Forest in the 1st round of the NCAA tournament.

Below is comment on Bullock at the time of NCAA tourney.

'Bullock is the consummate mid-major big man. He is only 6'5, but his brute strength can't be understated. He plays much bigger than his frame on the defensive end. Offensively, he forces opposing big man to step away from the lane and respect his range, which extends beyond the three-point arc'.


Lithuania too good for Belgium in Ostrow Wielkopolski - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20 - Belgium U20 104:81

Lithuania U20 recorded the second straight victory at the international tournament in Poland. They held off Belgian counterparts to improve at 2-0 record. Belgium lost the first game at the tourney and slipped at 1-1 record. Lithuania will face hosting Poland, while Belgium will take on Norway in the final round of the competition. Tautvydas Slezas (207-C-90, agency: Interperformances) dropped 20 points to lead the Baltic team.
Lithuania strongly opened the game. They accounted for 28 points in the starting frame to accumulate a 15-point lead. Lithuania continued to mount their advantage in the second frame. They secured a massive 19-point buffer at the interval. Belgium could not pick up the slack in the third stanza. Lithuania stretched the margin to as many as 31 points heading into the fourth period. Belgium finally managed to succeed offensively in the final term. They dropped 28 points to cut the deficit but it did not prevent Lithuania from marching to the victory at the end.
Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) accounted for 16 points. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) and Adomas Drungilas (203-C-90) provided 14 points each in the winning effort. Thomas De Thaey (197-F-91) responded with 20 points for Belgium. Thomas Creppy (198-F-90, agency: LBM Management) notched 12 points in the loss.

Lithuania U20: Tautvydas Slezas 20, Giedrius Staniulis 16, Gediminas Orelikas 14, Adomas Drungilas 14
Belgium U20: Thomas De Thaey 20, Thomas Creppy 12



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  BOTSWANA   


Police Roster 2010 - by Thomas Fink
Name Pos Nationality
K. Khama G Botswana
T. Shai G Botswana
O. Gobusamang G Botswana
G. Bantsi G Botswana
J. Kalebwe F Zambian
D. Moyo F Zimbabwe
P. Bashe F Botswana
K. Makgethe G Botswana
O. Mothibi G Botswana
T. Taedza F Zimbabwe
K. Dira F Botswana
T. Moatshe F Botswana

Coach: Lolly Shalishali


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  BRAZIL   


Assis Basket starts announces their new players - by Paulo Freire
One of basketball poles of Sao Paulo with great tradition, the Assis Basket has already announced an overhaul of their roster since the change in charge of head coach of the team in the end of the NBB season with the arrival of coach Carlao, which will obviously be able now to begin to implement his philosophy and system.
The team released their athletes immediately after the end of the season, and now begins to present their new roster. The names submitted, create the expectation that the city will be represented by a team with a renewed spirit and youth who will work very strong defensively.


The follow athletes below was confirmed in the2010-2011 roster:

Center Adriano Machado (208-C-83) that played for Lodrina last season and average 10.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 0.6 apg on the NBB.

Point guard Zezinho Jose Anibal (183-G-88) that also played for Londrina last season and average 8.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.7 apg on the NBB.

Powerfoward Andre de Sousa (198-C-90) that played for Franca last season and average 2.6 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 0.1 apg on the NBB.

Smallfoward Caue Freitas (188-F-88) that played for Franca last season and average 2.0 ppg, 0.7 rpg, 0.7 apg on the NBB.

These are some of the new reinforcements from Assis, it is clear that head coach Carlao is picking his players, especially the trio Zezinho, CauÍ and Andre, all work with Carlao on the young teams from Franca when he used to coach there.



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  CANADA   


Volcanoes edge Slam on late shot, 129-127 - by Eurobasket News
A Kevin Tyner (183-G-83, college: W.Oregon) driving lay-in with 2.4 seconds left was the difference as the Vancouver Volcanoes edged the Bellingham Slam, 129-127, in a hotly-contested International Basketball League game at Clark College on Saturday.

The loss spoiled a career night for Paul Hafford (193-G-84, college: Portland St.), who scored a game-high 40 points thanks to hot outside shooting.

The Slam began the game with one of their hottest starts of the season, posting 24 points in the first six minutes, and led 41-33 at the end of the first quarter. Paul Hafford was unstoppable in the period, shooting 5-of-6 from three-point range and adding a three-point play from the foul line to lead both teams with 18 points.

The second quarter saw the Volcanoes mount a substantial comeback, using a 15-4 run to take their first lead of the game at 59-56 with 4:07 left in the first half. The Slam were able to regroup and held a 64-62 halftime advantage.

Vancouver was the better of the two teams in the third quarter, outscoring the Slam 33-29 to lead 95-93.

Both teams played a back-and-fourth fourth quarter, with Bellingham going up by eight, at 112-104, with 7:53 left before Vancouver rallied to take a six-point lead, at 125-119, with under three minutes to play. The Slam chipped away at the Volcanoes' lead, eventually tying the game with ten seconds left at 127-127 on a lay-in from Ike Ohanson. After Tyner's go-ahead shot, the Slam had a chance to win at the buzzer, but a tough shot from the corner by Hafford didn't go.

Hafford's 40-point night was complemented by 25 points from Jacob Stevenson and 21 from Ike Ohanson.

Porter Troupe (196-G/F-83, college: Portland) led seven Vancouver players in double figures with 24 points.

The game was the third straight contest at Clark College between the two teams that was decided at either the buzzer or with under three seconds left.

The Slam stay on the road and will now face the Tacoma Tide on Thursday. A 7 p.m. tip-off is set for Curtis High School in University Place.

For more information, contact the Slam at (360) 734-SLAM or visit their website at www.bellinghamslam.com.


Courtesy of The Bellingham Slam


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  CHILE   


Standings - LIBSUR
LIBSUR Standings
North Group
 1. CD Valdiva 8-0 
 2. CD Victoria 8-1 
 3. AB Temuco 5-3 
 4. CD Las Animas 2-5 
 5. CD Carahue 2-6 
 6. CD Lautaro 2-7 
 7. CD Imperial 2-7 
South Group
 1. CD U.Los Lagos 8-1 
 2. CD Castro 7-1 
 3. AB Ancud 6-2 
 4. CD Puerto Varas 5-4 
 5. CB Osorno 2-6 
 6. DA Puerto Varas 2-7 
 7. CD Esp. Osorno 0-9 


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  CHINA   


Sichuan improves to 3-0 record at NBL - by Eurobasket News
Two teams remain undefeated at NBL after two/three games played for each team. Sichuan improves to 3-0 record at NBL as they overcame Heilongjiang 103:80 in the latest success.
Sichuan opened the game versus the opponents with 30-23 in the opening quarter. They added 26-16 in the second frame to take bigger advantage in the court. In the third stanza the favorites continued to dominate the court and after 29-22 enjoyed the lead after three periods. Heilongjiang managed to win the last frame 19-18 just to reduce the gap a bit in the game. Dannisimi Williams top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Chao Ma (196-F-86) followed him with 19. Wayne Oliver (201-F/C-80, college: W.Hills JC) responded with 23 points in the losing effort.
In another games of June 12th Guangzhou FM overcame Jiyuan 96:88 to take 2-1 record. The hosts trailed 22-25 in the opening quarter but then produced 18-12 in the second period. They won also the third and the last stanzas to celebrate the victory. Mark Dawson stepped up with 26 points for the winners and Zeke followed him with 21. Guo Shaohua and Erqiaoyina replied with 21 points in the losing case.
Hangzhou beat Whampoa 120:113 as they opened the game with 30-20 in the opening quarter and never looked behind after. Nicholas Springs top-scored for the winners with 33 points and Austin Powers added 28. Yu Ning (198-F-82) answered with 36 points in the losing effort and Christopher added 28.
Changan Group grabbed 100:90 win over W.Liaoning. Trailing 15-24 after the first period the winners produced three victories ion the next three quarters to seal the win. Business Lei paced all the winners with 22 points, while Terence Day scored 20 in defeat.
Jiangsu that is with 2-0 record will play tonight.



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  COSTA RICA   


Standings - D1
LBS Standings
 1. Barva 11-0 
 2. ARBA San Ram. 9-2 
 3. Escazu 7-4 
 4. Liceo 7-4 
 5. Perez Zeledon 3-8 
 6. UCR 3-8 
 7. Cartago 1-10 
 8. San Luis G. 0-11 


Barva defeats again Liceo - by Gianni Pascucci
The main game of Round 11 of LSB was the second meeting between Ferreteria Brenes Barva and Kolbi Liceo, and the game ended as expected, with the eleventh win in a row of Barva, this time 77-61 on the road, with Amir Alvarado (198-F-84, college: Marshalltown CC) topping all the scorers at 27 and Isaac St.Rose (190-G/F-83, college: John Brown) adding 22 at the winning side. With 18 ponts, Clifford Smith (193-G-80, college: Barry) was the best at the losing side, and Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75) added 13. In the other games, USJ ARBA San Ramon destroyed San Luis Gonzaga on the road, 95-45, UCR prevailed over Perez Zeledon 82-68 and Escazu defeated Cartago on the road, 69-65.

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  CROATIA   


Croatian U20 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Mario Delas
Delas
Sime Olivari
Olivari
Toni Prostran
Prostran
Josip Bilinovac
Bilinovac
Darko Planinic
Planinic
#e#5
4 Nikola Dosen 187-G-91 Sibenik Croatia
5 Josip Vranes 198-F-90 South Plains JC USA
6 Matteo Juricic 191-G-91 Dubrava Croatia
7 Mario Delas 208-C/F-90 Zalgiris Lithuania
8 Sime Olivari 190-G-90 Borik Croatia
9 Dino Butorac 192-G-90 Cedevita Croatia
10 Toni Prostran 182-G-91 KK Zagreb CO Croatia
11 Josip Bilinovac 195-G-90 Grude Bosnia
12 Darko Planinic 211-C-90 Siroki TT Bosnia
13 Domagoj Bubalo 214-C-91 KK Zagreb CO Croatia
14 Robert Rikic 219-C-90 KK Zagreb CO Croatia
15 Ivan Buva 208-C-91 Cedevita Croatia



Ivica Skelin takes over Pepinster - by Eurobasket News
Pepinster hired Croatian Ivica Skelin as a new Head Coach. The 36-year old specialist already worked with Pepinster from 2006-2008. He was their Coach Assistant from 2001-2005. Last two seasons Skelin was a HC of Leuven. Except of the above mentioned Belgian teams, Ivica Skelin worked as a Head Coach of Split. That was on season 2005/06. His team reached the Playoff Semifinals.

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  CYPRUS   


Keravnos sign Courtney Fells and more!!! - by Michael Aristidou
Its looks like transfer period has begun well in Cyprus league. One by one the teams start either to sign players or coaches. Keravnos Strovolou was the most active team the lasto couple of days. Keravnos Strovolou sigh Courtney Fells (198-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.) who make a good seazon with Proteas EKA AEL Limassol last year and Vassilis Kounas (195-G-84). The cypriot was in Keravnos Strovolou junior team 10 years ago! In other news Christoforos Livadiotis (184-G-80) of InterCollege Etha Engomis decided to end his career and join the coaching team of InterCollege Etha Engomis. Moreover Proteas EKA AEL Limassol is looking for a new coach with Linos Gavriel to be one of the candidates. Linos Gavriel gavriil has been the last years coach of the woman team of K V Imperial AEL.

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  DENMARK   


Kevin Larsen to Vearlose - by Eurobasket News
Born in 1993 the young and prospective Danish player signs with Vaerlose. After a season with BK Stevnsgade (1st Division), Kevin Larsen (203-F-93) heads to Vearlose. He was a Danish U16 National Team in 2009 and participated in European Championships U16 Division B in Portugal where Denmark grabbed (Silver). After 7 games he averaged 7.6ppg, Reb-1 (11.3rpg), 1.3apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 48.1%, FT: 12.5%. This year he is Danish U18 National Team player.


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  D-LEAGUE   


Sixers hire Austin Toros' coach Quin Snyder as head of player development - by Eurobasket News
The 2009-2010 season was already a fantastic one for the D-League, with a record number of NBA call-ups, incredible success for individual players like Reggie Williams and Anthony Tolliver, and record attendance and viewership. It seems the 2010-2011 season will pick up right where this year left off, as there's already one notable D-League call-up for next season: According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, Austin Toros head coach has been hired by the Philadelphia 76ers to be the head of player development under Doug Collins.

Quin Snyder was one of the finest coaches in the D, and his mentoring of the Toros was a big reason why the organization was one of the most successful in the D-League. Now he'll have an opportunity to work with a new level of talent. No offense to Curtis Jerrells and Dwayne Jones, but they're not quite Jrue Holiday and Marreese Speights. Quin Snyder should also have a chance to work with whoever Philly selects with the No. 2 pick in this summer's draft.

Losing Quin Snyder to the big leagues is kind of a bummer for the D-League and the Toros, but this is what it's all about. Players and coaches alike can prove themselves on a level where the competition is solid but the pressure to produce immediately isn't as high, which facilitates development and growth. Quin Snyder grew as a coach and repaired his tarnished reputation while with the Toros, and while it would be great to see him running the show in Austin again, it's even better to see his time in the D earning him an NBA job.


Courtesy of http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com


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  FRANCE   


Stats Leaders - ProA
Points Per Game
 Derrick OBASOHAN
  Trabzonspor
  (199-F-81)
  Avg: 19.8
 1. Obasohan, Hyeres-T.19.8 
 2. Spencer, Le Mans18.7 
 3. Roberson, Stras.18.5 
 4. Vassallo, Paris-.17.8 
 5. Chatfield, Rouen17.0 
 6. Greer, Nancy15.8 
 7. Gray, Chalon15.8 
 8. Banks, Orleans15.7 
 9. Traore, AS.15.6 
 10. Schilb, Chalon15.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mouhamed SENE
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 11.4
 1. Sene, Hyeres-Toulon11.4 
 2. Issa, Vichy10.8 
 3. Nsonwu, Roanne8.9 
 4. Greer, Nancy8.7 
 5. Terrell, Hyeres-T.7.6 
 6. Falker, Cholet7.5 
 7. Edwards, Grave.7.4 
 8. Gray, Chalon7.3 
 9. Slaughter, Nancy7.0 
 10. Jones, Le Havre6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Kareem REID
  Vichy
  (178-G-75)
  Avg: 7.8
 1. Reid, Vichy7.8 
 2. Rogers, Rouen6.8 
 3. Everett, Chalon6.4 
 4. Greer, Nancy6.1 
 5. Neitzel, Chalon5.3 
 6. Pierce, Hyeres-T.5.1 
 7. Sciarra, Orleans5.0 
 8. Heurtel, Strasbourg4.8 
 9. Linehan, Cholet4.6 
 10. Tchicamboud, Nancy4.6 
Steals Per Game
 John LINEHAN
  Cholet
  (175-G-78)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Linehan, Cholet2.8 
 2. Flowers, Vichy2.0 
 3. Everett, Chalon2.0 
 4. Issa, Vichy1.9 
 5. Wright, Le Mans1.9 
 6. Mims, Roanne1.8 
 7. Greer, Nancy1.8 
 8. Rogers, Rouen1.7 
 9. Melody, Vichy1.7 
 10. Spencer, Le Mans1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Mouhamed SENE
  Hyeres-Toulon
  (213-C-86)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Sene, Hyeres-Toulon2.4 
 2. Issa, Vichy2.3 
 3. Akpomedah, Grave.1.6 
 4. Badiane, Poitiers1.6 
 5. Slaughter, Nancy1.4 
 6. Akingbala, Nancy1.3 
 7. Simon, Strasbourg1.2 
 8. Falker, Cholet1.2 
 9. Darden, Strasbourg1.1 
 10. Soliman, Rouen1.1 


Stats Leaders - ProB
Points Per Game
 Chris DAVIS
  Le Portel
  (196-G/F-80)
  Avg: 18.2
 1. Davis, Charleville18.2 
 2. Siggers, Lille17.9 
 3. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.16.2 
 4. McKenzie, St Va.16.2 
 5. Huertas, Fos Ouest16.1 
 6. Ingram, Clermont15.9 
 7. Taylor, Le Portel15.8 
 8. Mohammed, Limoges15.8 
 9. Gay, Fos Ouest15.7 
 10. Carter, Nanterre15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Luc-Arthur VEBOBE
  Antibes
  (203-F-80)
  Avg: 10.6
 1. Vebobe, Antibes10.6 
 2. Giles, Nantes9.6 
 3. Jennings, Boulazac8.7 
 4. Bing, Clermont8.6 
 5. McClark, Bourg8.2 
 6. Lovedale, Quimper8.1 
 7. Calasan, Charleville8.0 
 8. McKenzie, St Va.7.8 
 9. McHugh, Quimper7.6 
 10. Mathis, Evreux7.2 
Assists Per Game
 Philippe DA SILVA
  Evreux
  (192-G-79)
  Avg: 8.1
 1. Da Silva, Evreux8.1 
 2. Downey, Nantes7.4 
 3. Taylor, Le Portel6.8 
 4. Kerckhof, Antibes6.0 
 5. Braswell, Limoges5.9 
 6. McIntosh, St Va.5.7 
 7. Mullins, Bourg5.7 
 8. Gipson, Pau-Lacq.5.3 
 9. Cisse, Fos Ouest5.3 
 10. Swift, Brest4.8 
Steals Per Game
 Sami DRISS
  Bordeaux
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Driss, Bordeaux2.9 
 2. Riley, Nanterre2.7 
 3. Craven, Boulazac2.5 
 4. Denave, St Vallier2.2 
 5. Mullins, Bourg2.1 
 6. Da Silva, Evreux2.0 
 7. Siggers, Lille2.0 
 8. Dunn, Maurienne1.9 
 9. McKenzie, St Va.1.8 
 10. Paelay, Charleville1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Tarvis WILLIAMS
  Bordeaux
  (205-F/C-78)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Williams, Bordeaux1.8 
 2. Gay, Fos Ouest1.7 
 3. Badiane, Maurienne1.7 
 4. Ford, Limoges1.6 
 5. Owona, Bordeaux1.5 
 6. Taccoen, Lille1.1 
 7. Gouez, Lille1.0 
 8. N''Diaye, Le Portel0.9 
 9. Jennings, Boulazac0.9 
 10. Bauer, Pau-Lacq.0.9 


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Stats Leaders - 1.Bundesliga
Points Per Game
 David TEAGUE
  LTi 46ers
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 20.4
 1. Teague, LTi 46ers20.4 
 2. Copeland, TBB Trier16.8 
 3. Rochestie, Goett.15.1 
 4. Suput, Brose B.15.1 
 5. Burns, ratiopharm14.8 
 6. Jenkins, ALBA14.8 
 7. Allen, Dt.14.5 
 8. Travis, Walter Tigers14.4 
 9. Jeffers, LTi 46ers14.4 
 10. Oliver, Goettingen14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jeff GIBBS
  Bremerhaven
  (188-F-80)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Gibbs, Bremerhaven8.6 
 2. Ensminger, Telek.8.5 
 3. Ovcina, LTi 46ers8.1 
 4. Johnson, LTi 46ers7.2 
 5. Kale, Phoenix Hagen7.0 
 6. Turek, Phoenix .6.6 
 7. Travis, Walter Tigers6.5 
 8. Trice, ratiopharm6.3 
 9. Burns, ratiopharm6.3 
 10. Oliver, Goettingen6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Louis CAMPBELL
  Bremerhaven
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Campbell, Bremerha.5.7 
 2. Ratkovica, Walter T.5.7 
 3. Hamilton, NY Phant.5.4 
 4. Jordan, Phoenix .5.3 
 5. Jordan, Telekom B.5.3 
 6. Gamqrelidze, MBC3.8 
 7. Reese, Dt.3.8 
 8. Williams, LTi 46ers3.6 
 9. McElroy, AL.3.4 
 10. Schaffartzik, NY Pha.3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Roderick TRICE
  ratiopharm
  (191-F-84)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Trice, ratiopharm2.4 
 2. Jenkins, Walter T.1.9 
 3. Hamilton, NY Phant.1.9 
 4. Teague, LTi 46ers1.5 
 5. Bernard, MBC1.5 
 6. Anderson, Goett.1.4 
 7. Foster, EWE B.1.4 
 8. Robertson, Dt.Ba.1.3 
 9. Martin, Bremerha.1.3 
 10. Burns, ratiopharm1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 John TUREK
  Phoenix Hagen
  (205-F/C-83)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Turek, Phoenix .1.4 
 2. Boumtje, EWE B.1.2 
 3. Pleiss, Brose B.1.2 
 4. Lyde, Bremerhaven1.1 
 5. Ohlbrecht, Telek.1.1 
 6. Goree, NY Phantoms1.1 
 7. Ovcina, LTi 46ers1.0 
 8. Bryant, ratiopharm0.9 
 9. Barrett, Pad.Bask.0.9 
 10. Flomo, Telekom B.0.8 


Bundesliga Finals: Brose Baskets destroyed Skyliners in Game 3 - by Eurobasket News
Brose Baskets - Dt.Bank SKY 97-52
Brose Baskets destroyed Deutsche Bank SKYLINERS 97:52 in Game 3 of the Finals. The hosts started with 19-6 and never looked behind later in the court. Moreover Brose Baskets won all the quarters and now one step from the title. Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) stepped up with 20 points for the winners and Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) netted 18. Aubrey Reese (183-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: Murray St.) responded with 12 points in the losing effort. Game 4 is scheduled for June 15th.



German U20 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Danilo Barthel
Barthel
T.J. DiLeo
DiLeo
Felix Engel
Engel
Jusuf El Domiaty
El Domiaty
Niels Giffey
Giffey
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Danilo Barthel 207-F-91 Heidelberg Germany
T.J. DiLeo 188-G Temple USA
Felix Engel 191-G-91 Ehingen Germany
Jusuf El Domiaty 189-G-90 NY Phantoms Germany
Niels Giffey 200-F-91 ALBA Berlin II Germany
Robert Huelsewede 198-F-90 Pad.Baskets Germany
Tobias Korndoerfer 200-F-90 Ehingen Germany
Steven Monse 200-F-90 ALBA Berlin II Germany
Simon Schmitz 188-G-90 Jena Germany
Daniel Schmidt 186-G-90 Brose Baskets Germany
Alexander Schrempf 196-F-90 UCLA USA
Maurice Stuckey 187-G-90 Brose Baskets Germany
Akeem Vargas 191-G-90 Iowa Lakes CC USA
Jonas Wohlfarth-Bottermann 207-C-90 Telekom B. Germany
Maik Zirbes 205-C-90 TBB Trier Germany



Serbia topple Germany in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U17 - Germany U17 62:52
Serbian U17 team posted the first win over their German counterparts in the series of friendlies. The teams met in Belgrade and the hosts claimed a confident win at the end. Both teams are getting ready for the upcoming U17 World Championship. The tournament is scheduled to tip off on July 2 in Hamburg. Serbia got into Pool A with Argentina, China, Egypt, Lithuania and the USA. Germany will play in Pool B together with Australia, Canada, South Korea, Poland and Spain.
This game belonged to Serbia right from the start. The hosts played aggressively in defense and limited Germany to just 9 points in the starting quarter. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Serbia managed to maintain the lead as they established a 31:26 lead at halftime. The hosts increased the tempo in the third frame and cleared off to a 9-point distance with ten minutes remaining. Germany succeeded in the final term as they won it by one point but it was not enough to threaten the hosts. Nemanja Bezbradica (205-F/C-93) scored 13 points for Serbia. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93) added 11 points in the win. Malik Muller (187-G-94), Tim Unterluggauer (207-C-93) and Paul Albrecht (205-F-93) nailed 9 points each in the loss.

Serbia U17: Nemanja Bezbradica 13, Nenad Miljenovic 11
Germany U17: Malik Muller 9, Tim Unterluggauer 9, Paul Albrecht 9



The Brose Baskets Bamberg Have The Deutsche Bank Skyliners For A Tasty Four Course Meal Winning Game Three 97-52 And Taking A 2-1 Final Series Lead - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


With the German National soccer team making their debut only a few hours after game three, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners wanted to start the evening and give their fans a stimulating ecstasy feeling as strong as when big baby Glen Davis snares and dunks the basketball, Tom Cruise staring at Katie Holmes blinding her sense whenever he chooses to and Seal blasting his Kiss from a rose for his model wife Heidi Klum, but Frankfurt was unable to give their faithful fans a smile as The Brose Baskets Bamberg were so hungry as they had their opponent for a yummy four course meal destroying the club from the main river 97-52 and taking a 2-1 final series lead. There were two teams on the court, but not only the score, but the play on the floor showed that there was a huge difference between both teams like there was between Germany and Australia in the first half of their opening World Cup game. It was no surprise that Frankfurt was about as disappointed as a dog is when its master gives the cat a bone by mistake. 'We had a bad start and got down quickly. This was just a very bad performance by us. Bamberg did everything right on offense and defense. We were not able to execute the way that we wanted to in any way', stressed Skyliner forward Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.) The Brose Baskets Bamberg played a seemingly perfect game winning by 45 points even if the club didnt really alter anything from the first two games. 'We didnt do too much differently. We wanted to keep the ball moving and we hit our shots. We locked down on defense which got our offense going. Our offense was dominant and we played good defense. All in all it was a team win', said Brose Baskets Bamberg guard Brian Roberts (188-G-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services). 'We had a black day. Bamberg played well. Bamberg played quick and aggressive and we had no answers. We had no energy to fight today. It was a very bitter loss and one of the worst in my career'. , stressed Skyliner center Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops).

One thing that The Deutsche Bank Skyliners have not been able to do in the Bamberg series is get off to a good start and they failed once again in game three as The Brose Baskets Bamberg took a 13-2 lead as their offense quickly found their rhythm while Frankfurt seemed like they had hung around the bears in the zoo and joined them in a nap as they were in the valley of intensity as Bamberg was already near the peak of the mountain in intensity. Bamberg had so many options and what hurt Frankfurt was that they were making their shots. Casey Jacobsen (198-G/F-81, college: Stanford) and Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) scored inside and German National player Tibor Pleiss (214-F/C-89) scored inside with his left hand and a two handed dunk leaving Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87) looking for his jock strap. It doesnt always look elegant when Suput scores, but he has the killer instinct as he put the ball in over Greg Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) and Casey Jacobsen showed why he played in the NBA making a nice penetration move to the basket and scoring. Frankfurt then got an instant of energy as Greg Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) made an offensive rebound and scored in the zone and then made a perfect feed to Seth Doliboa for a two handed ally-op dunk. Jacobson followed with a three pointer and Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) grabbed another Bamberg offensive rebound and scored. The Brose Baskets Bamberg had the comfortable 19-6 lead after one quarter. 'Bamberg found their way into the game very quick. Bamberg was shooting very well', said BEKO BBL chef Jan Pommer. 'Bamberg showed very much structure in their offense. Jacobson got hot and Pleiss played very well. Bamberg showed quickly that they have many guys that can step up', expressed former Cologne manager Stephan Baeck. The Brose Baskets Bamberg were shooting 44% from the field and 17% from outside while Frankfurt was shooting 14% from the field and 0% from outside. Bamberg had the 13-11 rebound edge and only one turnover while Frankfurt had four turnovers.

It seemed like The Brose Baskets Bamberg got stronger as the game progressed being able to extend their lead as The Deutsche Bank Skyliners continued to exert energy coming back which didnt work to their advantage. Bamberg started the second quarter with a 13-3 run to lead 32-9. Bamberg got production from the three point line from Worthington and Brian Roberts (188-G-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services) and found ways to score inside as Elton Brown (206-F/C-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Virginia) scored over Greg Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona). Bamberg is a strong offensive team, but Frankfurt often looked like a harmless kitten afraid of anything that comes their way. An Elton Brown (206-F/C-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Virginia) steal off a bad pass from Allen into the low post to Jenkins told the story of a day where nothing much seemed to be going right for Frankfurt. The big 206cm power forward led the fast break setting up Worthington for a fast break hoop. That was probably the last time one will ever see Brown leading a fast break again. Frankfurt was missing a player that was ready to take control and every now and then got little traces of a player willing to step up in the scoring department as Aubrey Reese (183-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: Murray St.) scored twice in the zone cutting the Bamberg lead to 34-16. However Bamberg was three times as strong as in game one where they allowed Frankfurt to come back, but in game three Frankfurt had little resistance on defense to get a string of stops going. Bamberg was able to keep their lead around 20 points as they hit three pointers from Suput and Jacobsen and experiencing Frankfurt misses on offense as Bamberg led 43-19. Frankfurt finished the second quarter with a 5-0 run getting free throw points from Pascal Roller (180-G-76) Greg Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) and Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn). Frankfurt seemed to be looking down an endless road at halftime as they trailed 43-24. 'Bamberg continued to be shooting very well. Frankfurt was losing the ball too much, but were fighting', said BEKO BBL chef Jan Pommer. 'Frankfurt was unable to find a way to break the intensity of Bamberg. They also didnt have a player like Pascal Roller who took control in game two', commented Stephan Baeck. The Brose Baskets Bamberg shot 48% from the field and 33% from the three point line. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting 27% from the field and still 0% (0/8) from the three point line. Bamberg had the narrow 19-18 rebound lead and had only two turnovers while Frankfurt had seven turnovers.

In the third quarter, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were unable to find some extra energy for a comeback, but it was actually The Brose Baskets Bamberg that were able to find extra energy and continue to extend their lead to 30 points. Bamberg had so many options on offense on this day and in the beginning of the third quarter, it was Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) that scored four of the first five Bamberg Baskets. Suput can score in so many ways showing his mid distance jumper, turn around shot and running hook shot as Bamberg led 52-29 lead. Skyliner coach Gordon Herbert isnt known for playing guys that arent usually in his rotation, but took a page from ex coach Murat Didin by inserting little used Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) into the game as he responded with a lay up. Nolte finished with two points in 11 minutes, but showed his never die attitude. I had an idea that coach might play me. I wanted to come into the game and be aggressive and show my fighting qualities. My conditioning really wasnt that good since I havent had much playing time since my injury. It was nice to play, but I would have rather won then played, stressed Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). Nolte couldnt change much as could Frankfurt as The Brose Baskets Bamberg finished the third quarter on a 19-7 run to lead 71-38 after three quarters. Bamberg was able to draw fouls and get three pointers from Karsten Tadda and Brian Roberts (188-G-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services). Frankfurt was getting stripped and taking forced shots which didnt help Frankfurt in their comeback run. Grayson Moyer (196-G-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.)r had given Frankfurt instant energy from the bench in the Bremerhaven series and in game three took some time for his energy to surface, but he scored four unanswered points at the end of the quarter, but Bamberg still was dominating the game and Frankfurt was searching for answers which nobody could come up with. 'We wanted to come out from half time and not let up. We could have been satisfied and let up, but we wanted more and continued to play very strong', stressed Ohio native Brian Roberts (188-G-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services). The Brose Baskets Bamberg shot 51% from the field and 42% from the parking lot while The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were shooting only 26% from the field and had the big goose egg % 0/10) from the parking lot. Bamberg still had the slim 27-26 rebound edge and only had five turnovers while Frankfurt had eight turnovers.

In the fourth quarter, The Brose Baskets Bamberg continued to show that their offense clock work was still in force as they scored 26 points showing a three point shot clinic as players were hanging out behind the three point line and just dropped bombs as frequently as planes land at Frankfurt airport daily. Bamberg got massive production from outside as they got three pointers from Beckham Wyrick (198-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington), Worthington and two from Tadda as Bamberg had their biggest lead of the game at 85-43. Frankfurt kept missing shots and it was an enigma how often Frankfurt had in and outs as they must have had about 10 during the game. Bamberg continued hitting at ease from outside as Worthington and Wyrick hit open shots that the only thing missing were team blindfolds to see if their luck would still hold up. Bamberg led 90-45 and the last few minutes suddenly seemed like a lifetime as Frankfurt was waiting for the game to finally end. Seth Doliboa was able to do something for his stats as he scored inside and on a dunka s Frankfurt trailed 93-49. Wyrick then hit a three pointer and little used Skyliner German Fabian Franke (198-F-88) hit a half court buzzer beater ending the game. 'This was a crazy win and one of the most lopsided wins in my professional career. We executed well and simply everything worked for us', stressed Brian Roberts (188-G-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services).

The Brose Baskets Bamberg were led by Australian Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) with 20 points and eight rebounds. Casey Jacobsen added 18 points. Predrag Suput (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket) chipped in with 15 points and three rebounds. Beckham Wyrick (198-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Wilmington) added 10 points and four rebounds. The Deutsche Bank Skyliners were led by Aubrey Reese (183-G-78, agency: Interperformances, college: Murray St.) with 12 points. Greg Jenkins (206-F/C-82, college: Iona) added 11 points and seven rebounds.

This is a game that The Deutsche Bank Skyliners will want to forget as quickly as possible. Frankfurt shot 28% from the field and if Fabian Franke (198-F-88) hadnt made a last second buzzer beater three pointer from mid court would have gone 40 minutes without making a three pointer. Frankfurt shot a horrifying 7% from outside. Frankfurt had difficulty getting the rebounds losing the battle 41-33. 'Our rebounding was big and limiting Frankfurt to one shot was key', added Brian Roberts (188-G-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services). Frankfurt had 12 turnovers and Bamberg only eight. Frankfurt found no answer to cracking the Bamberg offense and will have to find a way in game 4, otherwise their season will be over sooner than wanted. 'Bamberg did what they wanted on offense. We need confidence to be successful. Our head was down a bit and that didnt help our confidence either. No matter what we tried switching up on defesne going to a zone, nothing worked and we will have to be a lot better in game four', warned ex Paderborn center Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). Bamberg held Frankfurt to 52 points and showed why their defense is without a doubt the strongest in the BEKO BBL. 'We have worked on our defense all season long. We have a lot of guys that can score, but we have committed to playing defense this season and that has made us a lot more dangerous. We also have good defenders', stressed Brian Roberts (188-G-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services). Bamberg is one game away from capturing their third BEKO BBL title and know that Frankfurt will not play like they did in game three. 'We know that Frankfurt will not hang their heads. We have to focus on game four and know it is a totally new game. We will be ready', warned Brian Roberts (188-G-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services). ''Game four will be a fight. We want to show our fans that we wont give up', warned Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). The Deutsche Bank Skyliners host The Brose Baskets Bamberg in game four on Tuesday June 15th at 19:55.



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Josimar Cardoso wins the title abroad - by Eurobasket News
Josimar Cardoso (201-F-87) wins the title abroad as his Lusitania claimed the Proliga championship title in Portugal. They overcame Penafiel on the road in the decisive fifth game of the series to triumph in the country. Its a huge success for the team that had to play with six players throughout the bigger part of the season. Augusto Sobrinho scored 32 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to pace the effort.
Penafiel got to the better start. They accounted for 23 points in the starting frame and earned a 3-point lead at the initial break. But Lusitania tightened their defense in the second quarter. They limited Penafiel to just 11 points in the second period and surged ahead. Lusitania piled up a one-point advantage at the big break 35:34. Lusitania did not slow down in the third period. They stayed concentrated and determined to establish a 51:48 lead into the fourth stanza. The tempo grew in the final frame. Penafiel fired 28 points in the quarter but Lusitania matched the effort accounting for 30 points and sealing the victory at the end.
Mohamed Camara knocked down 16 points and grabbed 12 boards for Lusitania. Daniel Monteiro had 13 points in the victory. James Grabowski netted 25 points and pulled down 10 boards for Penafiel. Alexander Kravtsov and Sidney Holmes dropped 12 points each in the loss.
Before that Lusitania posted the second win over Penafiel in the Proliga championship series. Daniel Monteiro fired 27 points as Lusitania leveled the series at 2-2. Augusto Sobrinho added 22 points for the winners, while Josimar Cardoso netted 17. Sidney Holmes and James Grabowski accounted for 22 points apiece in the loss.
Josimar Cardoso averaged 9.4 points per game and had 4.8 rebounds per game.



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Branislav Dzunics is the new head coach of Albacomp - by Balazs Radics
Hungarian National Team Coach Branislav Dzunic signed a 1 year contract with Albacomp. Branislav Dzunic , won the championship title with ASE last season, but released in february as Paks couldn t deliver the same results this year. Albacomp expect from him to top this season' quaterfinal performance. The 46 years old coach who was one of the best player in the 90s also played for Hungary retired from playing in 2005, and now leading the National Team alongside with Lajos Meszaros.


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Standings
IBL Standings
 1. Ohio H.G. 1-0 
 2. Lansing C. 0-1 
 3. Arizona R. 0-2 
 4. Nevada P. 0-4 
Continental Division
 1. Albany L. 12-2 
 2. L.Angeles L. 11-2 
 3. Edmonton E. 10-4 
 4. Kankakee S. 10-7 
 5. Battle Creek K. 10-9 
 6. Holland B. 7-7 
 7. Tacoma T. 5-13 
 8. USA All-Stars 2-23 
International Division
 1. Vancouver V. 12-6 
 2. Olympia R. 11-3 
 3. Bellingham S. 10-6 
 4. B.Colombia T. 10-7 
 5. Yamhill H. 8-7 
 6. C.Oregon H. 4-10 
 7. Oregon W. 3-13 
 8. Shanxi Zh. 0-0 


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  IRAN   


Iran wins 10th WABA tournament - by Eurobasket News
Iran B won the 10th WABA tournament as the team won all the games there. The National Team took part in the 10th WABA tournament taking place in Duhok, Iraq from the 9th 13th of June, 2010, along with Syria U23, Palestine and Iraq, being the only four teams (having Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen withdrawing) qualifying to the Stankovic Cup in Lebanon from the 7th 15th of August.
At first Iran overcame Iraq 71:59.The Iranian Club which forms of young players used well-arranged techniques in the game that has been played at Sport College Hall. Worthily mentioning, this is the first time that such a large number of people attend Basketball game.
Iran outscored Syria 58:42 as both teams played really bad in offence. The Mvp of the game was awarded to Mehrad Atashi (192-G-86).
In the last game of the tournament Iran overcame Palestine to triumph in 10th WABA tournament. Palestine however opened the game with 19-18 in the first period, while Iran responded with 22-18 in the second quarter. Iran had 61:55 at the end of the third period and led the game to the win.

Iran B Roster:
Ali Baheran (187-G-86) (Zob Ahan)
Farid Aslani (Azad)
Mohammad Reza Amel Khabbazan (Pasargad)
Mehrad Atashi (Mahram)
Vahid Hajian (Tozin)
Mohammad Zare'ei (Shahrekord)
Ali Jamshidi (196-G/F-85) (AS Shiraz)
Mohammad Jamshidi (196-F-91) (Petrochimi)
Mohammad Reza Ebrahiminia (Pasargad)
Mojtaba Bordbar (Petrochimi)
Asghar Kardoust (210-C-86, agency: SportsList Inc.) (Azad)
Mousa Nabipour (212-C-83) (Azad)
Rouzbeh Arghavan (212-F-88) (Saba)
Head Coach: Mohammad Kasaeipour
Coach: Ali Nikooraftar
Coach: Ali Tofigh



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  IRAQ   


Duhok hosted 10th WABA tournament - by Eurobasket News
Duhok hosted 10th WABA tournament from the 9th 13th of June, 2010, along with Syria U23, Palestine and Iran B, being the only four teams (having Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen withdrawing) qualifying to the Stankovic Cup in Lebanon from the 7th 15th of August. Iran B won the 10th WABA tournament as the team won all the games there, while Iraq finished second with 2-1 record.
At first Iran overcame Iraq 71:59.The Iranian Club which forms of young players used well-arranged techniques in the game that has been played at Sport College Hall. Worthily mentioning, this is the first time that such a large number of people attend Basketball game.
Iraq overcame Syria U23 57:52. The latter started with 13-12 after the opening quarter and even won the second period. Syria increased to 35-20 but could not keep the score for good. Iraq was too good in the second half and won the game. The Iraqis showed their best and was able to win vs. Syrian team right from the beginning of the game via the active players such as Ahmad Obeid (190-F-90) and Qutaiba Abdullah. In the last twenty second, Mohamad Dhiaa was able to record three points in which it was the last points in the champion.
Iraq won over Palestine 74:59 starting with 15-8 after the opening quarter. The hosts added 21-19 in the second period and never looked behind. Moreover they won the third and the last periods to finish second.



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  ISRAEL   


Lior Lubin is the new Head Coach of Galil Gilboa - by Eurobasket News
The Israeli champion Galil Gilboa got a new Head Coach after leaving of Oded Katash (agency: Arik Krayn Services ). The team decided to promote Katash's assistants Lior Lubin and he will lead the team next season.
Lior Lubin was hired as an Assistant Coach by Galil Gilboa during the summer 2008. That was his first coaching job after many years of his playing career (point guard). As a player, Lior Lubin changed many teams. Most of the time in his career Lubin spent with Maccabi Ramat Gan. He also was a member of Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Azovmash Mariupol, Apollon Patras and CSKA Sophia.


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  ITALY   


Montepaschi surge ahead in Seria A title series - by Eurobasket News
Montepaschi - Armani MI 100-80
Montepaschi used a strong second half to pull away to the first win in the Seria A championship series. Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) was impressive with 29 points for the hosts. Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) added 18 points, while Shaun Stonerook (203-F/C-77, college: Ohio) provided 13 points and 9 rebounds in the victory. Chris Monroe (191-G-81, college: George Washington) responded with 15 points for Armani Jeans. Morris Finley (180-G-81, college: UAB) had 14 points in the loss.



Sassari triumph in LegaDue Playoffs - by Eurobasket News
Banco Di Sardegna Sassari clinched the victory in the LegaDue playoffs. They overcame Prima Veroli in the Final series 3-1. After losing the opening game Sassari claimed three straight victories and won the series. Sassari thus sealed the Seria A promotion.
The hosts opened the fourth game of the series aggressively. Sassari accounted for 26 points in the starting quarter and enjoyed an 11-point buffer at the first break. But Prima Veroli gradually straightened their rhythm. The visitors took over in the second period and got closer. Prima Veroli narrowed the deficit to just 5 points at the interval. The visitors continued to threaten the margin and cut it to as little as two points 63:65 with ten minutes to go. But the fourth frame turned into the display of Sassari's dominance. The hosts unleashed 34 points and marched to a 99:78 triumph at the end. Jason Rowe (178-G-78, college: Loyola (MD)) unloaded 30 points, issued 9 assists and grabbed 5 boards for the winners. Jiri Hubalek (209-C-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Iowa St.) added 21 points for the home side. Guido Rosselli (196-G-83) provided 22 points and 10 rebounds for Prima Veroli. Kyle Hines (198-F/C-86) notched 20 points in the loss.



Stats Leaders - SerieA
Points Per Game
 Gary NEAL
  Unicaja
  (193-G-84)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Neal, Benetton TV19.4 
 2. Grundy, Carife FE17.9 
 3. Aradori, Angelico.16.7 
 4. Ford, Carife FE16.6 
 5. Hicks, Scavolini PS15.4 
 6. Lavrinovic, Montepas.15.1 
 7. Ere, Pepsi Caserta15.1 
 8. Jackson, Carife FE15.1 
 9. Bell, Vanoli CR14.8 
 10. Brown, Air AV14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Carife FE
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 9.8
 1. Ford, Carife FE9.8 
 2. Brunner, Sigma C.8.4 
 3. Jones, Pepsi C.8.4 
 4. Williams, Scavolin.7.9 
 5. Troutman, Air AV7.9 
 6. Pasco, Angelico BI7.5 
 7. Wallace, Benetton.7.2 
 8. Rocca, Armani MI6.9 
 9. Szewczyk, Air AV6.6 
 10. Ivanov, Sigma C.6.4 
Assists Per Game
 Dee BROWN
  Air AV
  (185-G-84)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Brown, Air AV5.2 
 2. Green, Scavolini PS5.0 
 3. Poeta, Banca Tercas4.4 
 4. Childress, Cimberio.4.3 
 5. Smith, Angelico BI4.1 
 6. McIntyre, Montepas.4.0 
 7. Rowland, Vanoli CR3.6 
 8. Finley, Armani MI3.0 
 9. Bowers, Pepsi C.2.9 
 10. Kus, Benetton TV2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Marques GREEN
  Scavolini PS
  (170-G-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Green, Scavolini PS3.3 
 2. Jaaber, Lottomat.3.1 
 3. Rowland, Vanoli CR2.9 
 4. Troutman, Air AV2.6 
 5. Hawkins, Montepas.2.6 
 6. Minard, Lottomat.2.4 
 7. Grundy, Carife FE2.3 
 8. Farabello, Carife F.2.3 
 9. Ere, Pepsi Caserta2.3 
 10. Di Bella, Pepsi C.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Sharrod FORD
  Carife FE
  (206-F/C-82)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Ford, Carife FE3.1 
 2. Eze, Montepaschi1.4 
 3. Szewczyk, Air AV1.1 
 4. Crosariol, Lottomat.1.1 
 5. Pasco, Angelico BI1.0 
 6. Sanikidze, CS Bo.0.8 
 7. Ortner, NGC Cantu0.8 
 8. Maggioli, CS Bo.0.8 
 9. Gigli, Lottomatica0.7 
 10. Nicevic, Benetton.0.7 


Stats Leaders - Lega2
Points Per Game
 Trent WHITING
  Aget IM
  (185-G-76)
  Avg: 22.3
 1. Whiting, Aget IM22.3 
 2. Kemp, Banco Sard.21.4 
 3. Forte, Edimes PV20.8 
 4. Goss, Scafati .20.7 
 5. Young, Umana Reyer19.4 
 6. Crispin, Enel B.18.9 
 7. Slay, Carmatic PT18.8 
 8. Hines, Prima Veroli18.5 
 9. Adams, Fileni Jesi18.5 
 10. Rowe, Banco Sard.18.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ndudi EBI
  Edilizia
  (206-F-84)
  Avg: 13.6
 1. Ebi, Edilizia13.6 
 2. Boykin, Edimes PV10.2 
 3. Waleskowski, Fileni J.9.7 
 4. Ezugwu, Aget IM8.4 
 5. Chiacig, Scafati .8.3 
 6. Hines, Prima Veroli8.1 
 7. Missere, A.B. L.7.5 
 8. Brkic, Snaidero UD7.5 
 9. Thomas, Enel Brindisi7.5 
 10. Smith, Trenkwalder7.4 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus HATTEN
  UCC Casalpus.
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Hatten, UCC C.4.8 
 2. Levin, Fastweb CM4.6 
 3. Forte, Edimes PV4.2 
 4. Rowe, Banco Sard.4.2 
 5. Nissim, Prima Veroli4.1 
 6. Young, Edimes PV3.4 
 7. Brown, Snaidero UD3.3 
 8. Bertolazzi, Miro R.3.2 
 9. Garris, Umana R.3.1 
 10. Whiting, Aget IM3.1 
Steals Per Game
 Joseph FORTE
  Edimes PV
  (193-G-81)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Forte, Edimes PV3.8 
 2. Hatten, UCC C.3.5 
 3. Hines, Prima Veroli3.5 
 4. Goss, Scafati .3.3 
 5. Ebi, Edilizia3.2 
 6. Young, Umana Reyer3.1 
 7. Boyette, Miro R.2.7 
 8. Whiting, Aget IM2.6 
 9. Williams, Miro R.2.6 
 10. Draper, Prima Veroli2.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Troy OSTLER
  UCC Casalpus.
  (209-F-78)
  Avg: 2
 1. Ostler, UCC C.2.0 
 2. Ebi, Edilizia1.7 
 3. Di Giuliomar., Umana R.1.7 
 4. Hines, Prima Veroli1.6 
 5. Bryan, Enel Brindisi1.1 
 6. Boykin, Fileni Jesi1.0 
 7. Melli, Trenkwalder1.0 
 8. Ferrero, A.B. L.0.9 
 9. Hubalek, Banco S.0.9 
 10. Boykin, Edimes PV0.9 


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Olympiacos considering Tomas Pacesas? - by Simas Baranauskas
Asseco Prokom Gdynia lost their Euroleague quarterfinal series against Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus 3-1, but the Polish teams Lithuanian coach Tomas Pacesas looks to have made a name for himself in the eyes of his opposition in the Euroleague playoffs.

According to reports in the Greek media, the Lithuanian is in the list of possible candidates to coach the much-spending club from Piraeus, who have plans to replace their not-so-successful coach Panagiotis Giannakis. It has been revealed that negotiations between the team and Pacesas are already under way.

The coach had another good season coaching the Polish champions leading them not only to the teams seventh domestic title, but also their best ever performance on the European stage.

More news about Lithuanian basketball at LithuaniaBasketball.com


Lithuania too good for Belgium in Ostrow Wielkopolski - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20 - Belgium U20 104:81

Lithuania U20 recorded the second straight victory at the international tournament in Poland. They held off Belgian counterparts to improve at 2-0 record. Belgium lost the first game at the tourney and slipped at 1-1 record. Lithuania will face hosting Poland, while Belgium will take on Norway in the final round of the competition. Tautvydas Slezas (207-C-90, agency: Interperformances) dropped 20 points to lead the Baltic team.
Lithuania strongly opened the game. They accounted for 28 points in the starting frame to accumulate a 15-point lead. Lithuania continued to mount their advantage in the second frame. They secured a massive 19-point buffer at the interval. Belgium could not pick up the slack in the third stanza. Lithuania stretched the margin to as many as 31 points heading into the fourth period. Belgium finally managed to succeed offensively in the final term. They dropped 28 points to cut the deficit but it did not prevent Lithuania from marching to the victory at the end.
Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) accounted for 16 points. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) and Adomas Drungilas (203-C-90) provided 14 points each in the winning effort. Thomas De Thaey (197-F-91) responded with 20 points for Belgium. Thomas Creppy (198-F-90, agency: LBM Management) notched 12 points in the loss.

Lithuania U20: Tautvydas Slezas 20, Giedrius Staniulis 16, Gediminas Orelikas 14, Adomas Drungilas 14
Belgium U20: Thomas De Thaey 20, Thomas Creppy 12



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Martin Rajniak strengthens Basket Esch - by Eurobasket News
Basket Esch add another player to the roster. The Diekirch League newcomers signed Martin Rajniak (204-F-78, college: CSU Bakersfield). The 32-year-old forward just finished the season with T71 Dudelange. Martin Rajnaik helped the team win the championship. Rajniak tallied 17.9 points, 5.5 boards and 1.9 assists per game. Martin Rajniak had spells in Spain, Norway and France after graduating from California State University Bakersfield.


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Kevin DURANT
  Oklah.City T.
  (206-G/F-88)
  Avg: 29.8
 1. Durant, Oklah.Ci.29.8 
 2. James, Clevelan.29.6 
 3. Anthony, Denver N.28.4 
 4. Bryant, LA Lakers27.6 
 5. Wade, Miami Heat27.0 
 6. Ellis, Golde S.25.5 
 7. Nowitzki, Dallas M.25.1 
 8. Granger, Indiana P.24.1 
 9. Bosh, Toronto R.24.0 
 10. Stoudemire, Phoeni.23.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 12.9
 1. Howard, Orlando M.12.9 
 2. Camby, LA Clippers12.2 
 3. Randolph, Memph.11.7 
 4. Lee, New York K.11.7 
 5. Boozer, Utah Jazz11.4 
 6. Noah, Chicago B.11.2 
 7. Gasol, LA Lakers11.1 
 8. Love, Minnesota T.11.0 
 9. Bosh, Toronto R.10.8 
 10. Haywood, Washingt.10.3 
Assists Per Game
 Steve NASH
  Phoenix Suns
  (190-G-74)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Nash, Phoenix Suns10.9 
 2. Paul, N.Orleans H.10.7 
 3. Williams, Utah Jazz10.5 
 4. Rondo, Boston C.9.7 
 5. Kidd, Dallas M.8.9 
 6. James, Clevelan.8.4 
 7. Davis, LA Clippers8.0 
 8. Westbrook, Oklah..7.8 
 9. Harris, New J.6.6 
 10. Wade, Miami Heat6.5 
Steals Per Game
 Monta ELLIS
  Golde State W.
  (192-G-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ellis, Golde S.2.3 
 2. Rondo, Boston C.2.2 
 3. Paul, N.Orleans H.2.1 
 4. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 5. Curry, Golde S.1.9 
 6. Wade, Miami Heat1.8 
 7. Ariza, Houston R.1.8 
 8. Kidd, Dallas M.1.8 
 9. Iguodala, Philadel.1.7 
 10. Davis, LA Clippers1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Dwight HOWARD
  Orlando M.
  (207-F-85)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Howard, Orlando M.2.9 
 2. Bogut, Milwauke.2.5 
 3. Haywood, Washingt.2.1 
 4. Smith, Atlanta H.2.0 
 5. Haywood, Dallas M.2.0 
 6. Camby, LA Clippers2.0 
 7. Dalembert, Philad.1.8 
 8. Gasol, LA Lakers1.8 
 9. McGee, Washingt.1.8 
 10. Andersen, Denver N.1.8 


Bynum set for Game 5 after knee drained again - by Eurobasket News
After having his right knee drained of fluid for the second time this postseason, Lakers center Andrew Bynum (7'0''-C-87, agency: David Lee services) says he'll be ready to go for Sunday's Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Celtics.

'One-hundred percent sure I'm playing,' Bynum said when asked after Saturday's practice about his status.

Bynum had fluid drained from his right knee after Boston evened the series 2-2 with a 96-89 win Thursday night. He was encouraged the swelling had not returned. He had fluid drained from the same knee before the series and the swelling reappeared.

He knows it will happen again.

'It's going to come back after Game 5, for sure,' Bynum said. 'It's guaranteed. But as long as I'm able to be out there and be effective, that's what counts.'

Bynum has a torn meniscus and bone bruise in his knee. Surgery is scheduled for July with an expected rehabilitation period of 2-5 five weeks, he said.

Meanwhile, he plays on.

'He's made the ultimate sacrifice and tried to pay the ultimate price,' Lakers guard Derek Fisher said. 'As a professional basketball player, your commodity is your body. So for him to take the steps that he's taking to try and help us win, I think that says a lot about who he is and what his purpose is with our team.'

An MRI on Friday revealed no further damage to the knee. Bynum has remained insistent on not missing any games. In particular, Game 5 struck him as too important.

'I know this game is the biggest game, because it could change the whole series either way,' Bynum said.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson expressed uncertainty before Game 4 about the availability of Bynum, who was limited to less than two minutes of playing time during the game's second half and 12 minutes in all. Bynum had hoped to avoid another draining of the knee but had no choice.

'It was either not play or do the draining,' he said. 'There was too much swelling in it. The draining really helped. It hasn't come back yet. There will be more treatment [Saturday night], just to make sure I'll be ready for Sunday.'

How many minutes Bynum will play Sunday depends on how his knee responds.

'The pain is the thing that's easy for me to to play with. It's just pain. The swelling, the other muscles around it get tired and they just don't fire. That was really the issue -- being able to hold your position. I think [Kevin Garnett] ran into me and my knee buckled. You just have to be aware of those things.'

Bynum, 22, was 17 when the Lakers made him the youngest player ever drafted in the first round. His scoring average has increased in each of his five seasons, to 15.0 this season along with 8.3 rebounds.

Without him, the Lakers only consistently effective inside player is 7-foot Pau Gasol.

'He's been a factor when he's been out there,' Gasol said. 'It also helps me to have him there just because of his presence and his length, his size, just rebounding, defending. Those two things are keys at this point because they've been the difference in the series.'


Courtesy of ESPN


Spartan coach Izzo yet to announce his coaching plans for next season - by Eurobasket News
The Tom Izzo saga staggers on.

And you thought the LeBron James rumors were getting tiresome.

Izzo's week-plus courtship by the Cleveland Cavaliers continued Saturday with no resolution -- and no timetable for a decision from Michigan State's coach, who is considering a five-year, $30 million contract offer from the team to leave college for the NBA.

Either he hasn't decided where he'll coach next season or he's keeping it a secret.

There was no word from the 55-year-old Izzo, who spent nearly nine hours meeting with Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert and other team executives on Thursday. After returning to Michigan from the visit with his family, Izzo said his dance with the Cavs 'won't go on forever.'

It can't, but the lack of a conclusion could point to the difficulty in the decision for Izzo to possibly leave East Lansing, where he has built one of college basketball's sturdiest programs.

Attempts to reach Izzo were unsuccessful on Saturday, and there were no announcements by the school's athletic department. The Cavaliers were equally quiet as a spokesman said the team would have no update on anything regarding their coaching search.

Izzo could be taking the weekend to consult close friends and family before announcing his decision.

The uncertainty has added a layer of drama to the most important summer in Cleveland's history. Owner Dan Gilbert wants to find a replacement for fired coach Mike Brown before the start of free agency on July 1, when the club will attempt to re-sign James.

But that could be impossible with James offering no clues about his next move. Izzo is also at James' mercy.

Without any assurances from the two-time MVP, Izzo may be reluctant to finally make the leap to the pros after several close calls in the past. A demanding, defensive-minded coach in college, Izzo could make a successful transition to the pro game but it would be much tougher if James is elsewhere.

It's not known if Izzo has tried to contact James. Last week, Gilbert said James wouldn't be consulted during Cleveland's coaching search.

While Izzo mulls his future, the Cavs have continued to research and identify potential coaching candidates.

General manager Chris Grant spoke with former New Jersey and New Orleans coach Byron Scott over the phone on Thursday. Scott fits the profile of the type of coach Gilbert wants, but the three-time NBA champion guard for the Lakers could be waiting to see what else opens up.

There is a possibility Phil Jackson could retire in Los Angeles after this season, and Scott would likely be interested in that job.

As for any interest in Cleveland, Scott's longtime agent, Brian McInerney, deferred all inquiries to the Cavaliers.


Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Tyson Chandlers opt-out unlikely - by Eurobasket News
Rick Bonnell, longtime Hornets beat writer for the Charlotte Observer, disputes a Chad Ford report that indicated that Bobcats center Tyson Chandler (7'1''-C-82) is seriously considering exercising the early termination option in his contract: Theres a report on espn.com, quoting an unnamed source, saying Chandler is considering exercising an early-termination option. While that would make Chandler an unrestricted free agent, it would also forfeit $12.6 million in salary. Chandler said twice during the season that he didnt intend to opt out. Higgins said hes heard nothing from Chandler or his agent, Jeff Schwartz, indicating Chandler is considering an opt-out. I have not spoken to Jeff in a while, but its so funny - I was texting back-and-forth with Tyson just last night - that didnt come up, Higgins said Friday.

Courtesy of www.slamonline.com


Sixers hire Austin Toros' coach Quin Snyder as head of player development - by Eurobasket News
The 2009-2010 season was already a fantastic one for the D-League, with a record number of NBA call-ups, incredible success for individual players like Reggie Williams and Anthony Tolliver, and record attendance and viewership. It seems the 2010-2011 season will pick up right where this year left off, as there's already one notable D-League call-up for next season: According to David Aldridge of NBA.com, Austin Toros head coach has been hired by the Philadelphia 76ers to be the head of player development under Doug Collins.

Quin Snyder was one of the finest coaches in the D, and his mentoring of the Toros was a big reason why the organization was one of the most successful in the D-League. Now he'll have an opportunity to work with a new level of talent. No offense to Curtis Jerrells and Dwayne Jones, but they're not quite Jrue Holiday and Marreese Speights. Quin Snyder should also have a chance to work with whoever Philly selects with the No. 2 pick in this summer's draft.

Losing Quin Snyder to the big leagues is kind of a bummer for the D-League and the Toros, but this is what it's all about. Players and coaches alike can prove themselves on a level where the competition is solid but the pressure to produce immediately isn't as high, which facilitates development and growth. Quin Snyder grew as a coach and repaired his tarnished reputation while with the Toros, and while it would be great to see him running the show in Austin again, it's even better to see his time in the D earning him an NBA job.


Courtesy of http://probasketballtalk.nbcsports.com


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AD DeLoss Dodds says Texas still 'looking at all options' - by Eurobasket News
Texas is still 'looking at all options' before deciding whether to stay in the crumbling Big 12 or move to another league, athletic director DeLoss Dodds said Saturday.

Dodds spoke outside of his stadium suite before Saturday's Texas-TCU baseball game, but declined further comment on what those options are.

Dodds has said he wants to keep the Big 12 together. The Longhorns are considered the key to the league's survival, particularly after it lost Nebraska (Big Ten) and Colorado (Pac-10) in a matter of two days this week.

The Texas regents have scheduled a meeting Tuesday for 'discussion and appropriate action regarding athletic conference membership.'

An official at a Big 12 school with knowledge of the talks confirmed that Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott was traveling to Texas and Oklahoma this weekend to present a case for Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to join the Pac-10.

The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly on the discussions.

Pac-10 conference officials did meet Saturday with top University of Oklahoma officials, a spokesman for the university's president said.

Jay Doyle, a spokesman for Oklahoma President David Boren, said Boren and athletic director Joe Castiglione 'had a very cordial and informative meeting' with Scott and deputy commissioner Kevin Weiberg.

Texas President William Powers Jr. and football coach Mack Brown watched the baseball game from Dodds' suite. Powers, when stopped in the stairwell of Disch-Falk Stadium, declined comment.

'I'm just watching the ball game guys,' Powers said.

Texas would need the regents' approval to change leagues. Texas Tech has also scheduled a Tuesday regents meetings.

Texas A&M, which is reported to be considering a move to the Southeastern Conference, has not scheduled a regents meeting. Texas A&M President Bowen Loftin would not comment this week on speculation that A&M is considering moves to the SEC or the Pac-10, or say if the school was leaning toward one league over another.

Loftin said he would like A&M and Texas to continue their annual football rivalry, even if the teams end up in different leagues.

'We were very happy to stay in the Big 12, the way it was. It's changing now,' Loftin said. 'The Big 12 is not what it was, and we have to think about its future, and ours.'

The possible breakup of the Big 12, and the prospect of Baylor and Texas A&M not joining Texas in a new league, is causing some alarm at the Texas Capitol.

The House Higher Education Committee has scheduled a Wednesday meeting 'to discuss matters pertaining to higher education, including collegiate athletics.'

Gov. Rick Perry, a Texas A&M graduate and former Aggie yell leader, has appointed every regent to the schools' respective boards. But he said this week he is staying out of the conference decisions and would not try to influence what the schools do.

Courtesy of www.azcentral.com


Pac-10 officials meet with OU, Oklahoma State - by Eurobasket News
The presidents of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State met Saturday with top Pacific-10 Conference officials as the two Big 12 schools weighed their options.

After meeting with Pac-10 Commissioner Larry Scott and Deputy Commissioner Kevin Weiberg, a spokesman for Oklahoma President David Boren said the university's regents would hold a special meeting Wednesday afternoon in Norman to weigh possible conference options available to the university.

Boren's spokesman, Jay Doyle, said in an e-mail that Scott and Weiberg had a very cordial and informative meeting with Boren and athletic director Joe Castiglione on Saturday but didn't elaborate. Doyle did not immediately return a phone message left Saturday night.

Weiberg is a former commissioner of the Big 12, which lost Colorado to the Pac-10 on Thursday and Nebraska to the Big Ten on Friday. An official at a Big 12 school with knowledge of the talks, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the discussions, confirmed Scott was traveling to Texas and Oklahoma this weekend to make a case for Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State to join the Pac-10.

An Oklahoma State official, who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the discussions, confirmed that Scott also met with OSU President Burns Hargis and athletic director Mike Holder on Saturday.

In an e-mail, Holder declined comment about the discussions. It is not known if Scott issued an invitation to either Oklahoma State or Oklahoma to join the Pac-10.

As of late Saturday, Oklahoma State had not scheduled a special regents meeting. However, the regents do have a regular meeting scheduled for Friday morning in Oklahoma City.

E-mail exchanges released to The Associated Press on Friday after an open records request indicate Oklahoma State wants to remain aligned with Texas during the conference upheaval. In an e-mail to University of Texas System regent Robert L. Stillwell last week, Holder wrote: We just want to be with Texas when the dust settles!

Stillwell is linked to Oklahoma State through longtime associate T. Boone Pickens, the billionaire alumnus who has donated millions of dollars to both schools.

Regents at Texas will hold a special meeting Tuesday for discussion and appropriate action regarding athletic conference membership. Texas Tech regents also will meet Tuesday.

Texas A&M has also been mentioned as a potential Pac-10 target but also is reported to be considering a move to the Southeastern Conference. That school has not scheduled a special regents meeting.

Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have been Big 12 members since it began play in 1996. Oklahoma State joined Oklahoma as a Big Eight Conference member before the 1958 football season. Before that, Oklahoma's history in the Big Six/Big Seven dates to 1928 and Oklahoma State was a Missouri Valley Conference member starting in 1925.

Courtesy of www.chron.com


Spartan coach Izzo yet to announce his coaching plans for next season - by Eurobasket News
The Tom Izzo saga staggers on.

And you thought the LeBron James rumors were getting tiresome.

Izzo's week-plus courtship by the Cleveland Cavaliers continued Saturday with no resolution -- and no timetable for a decision from Michigan State's coach, who is considering a five-year, $30 million contract offer from the team to leave college for the NBA.

Either he hasn't decided where he'll coach next season or he's keeping it a secret.

There was no word from the 55-year-old Izzo, who spent nearly nine hours meeting with Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert and other team executives on Thursday. After returning to Michigan from the visit with his family, Izzo said his dance with the Cavs 'won't go on forever.'

It can't, but the lack of a conclusion could point to the difficulty in the decision for Izzo to possibly leave East Lansing, where he has built one of college basketball's sturdiest programs.

Attempts to reach Izzo were unsuccessful on Saturday, and there were no announcements by the school's athletic department. The Cavaliers were equally quiet as a spokesman said the team would have no update on anything regarding their coaching search.

Izzo could be taking the weekend to consult close friends and family before announcing his decision.

The uncertainty has added a layer of drama to the most important summer in Cleveland's history. Owner Dan Gilbert wants to find a replacement for fired coach Mike Brown before the start of free agency on July 1, when the club will attempt to re-sign James.

But that could be impossible with James offering no clues about his next move. Izzo is also at James' mercy.

Without any assurances from the two-time MVP, Izzo may be reluctant to finally make the leap to the pros after several close calls in the past. A demanding, defensive-minded coach in college, Izzo could make a successful transition to the pro game but it would be much tougher if James is elsewhere.

It's not known if Izzo has tried to contact James. Last week, Gilbert said James wouldn't be consulted during Cleveland's coaching search.

While Izzo mulls his future, the Cavs have continued to research and identify potential coaching candidates.

General manager Chris Grant spoke with former New Jersey and New Orleans coach Byron Scott over the phone on Thursday. Scott fits the profile of the type of coach Gilbert wants, but the three-time NBA champion guard for the Lakers could be waiting to see what else opens up.

There is a possibility Phil Jackson could retire in Los Angeles after this season, and Scott would likely be interested in that job.

As for any interest in Cleveland, Scott's longtime agent, Brian McInerney, deferred all inquiries to the Cavaliers.


Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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Standings Men
NBL Standings
 1. Waikato 13-4 
 2. Wellington 13-4 
 3. Bay Hawks 11-6 
 4. Nelson 11-6 
 5. Harbour Heat 10-7 
 6. Cougars 9-9 
 7. Southland Sharks 8-8 
 8. Taranaki 6-11 
 9. Manawatu 4-12 
 10. Otago 0-18 


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Eric DEVENDORF
  Wellington
  (193-G-87)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Devendorf, Waikato24.3 
 2. Tisby, Otago23.5 
 3. Hudson, Manawatu23.5 
 4. Amaya, Otago22.9 
 5. Webster, Harbour .22.8 
 6. Rose, Southland S.22.6 
 7. Helms, Southlan.22.3 
 8. Leasure, Taranaki22.1 
 9. Abercrombie, Waika.21.2 
 10. Jones, Nelson21.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Waikato
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Pledger, Waikato12.6 
 2. Tisby, Otago10.3 
 3. Terrell, Bay Hawks9.9 
 4. Vukona, Nelson9.9 
 5. Rickert, Harbour .9.4 
 6. Boucher, Harbour .9.0 
 7. Rougeau, Southlan.8.2 
 8. Frank, Wellington8.0 
 9. Nowell, Taranaki8.0 
 10. Abercrombie, Waika.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington
  (194-G-82)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Tait, Wellington7.2 
 2. Boucher, Harbour .5.2 
 3. Kench, Cougars4.3 
 4. Martin, Southlan.4.3 
 5. Amaya, Otago4.1 
 6. Devendorf, Waikato4.1 
 7. Jones, Nelson4.0 
 8. Pace, Bay Hawks3.8 
 9. Hudson, Manawatu3.7 
 10. Daly, Cougars3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Rene ROUGEAU
  Southland S.
  (198-G-86)
  Avg: 4.1
 1. Rougeau, Southlan.4.1 
 2. Webster, Harbour .2.9 
 3. Devendorf, Waikato2.7 
 4. Rose, Southland S.2.6 
 5. Helms, Southlan.2.5 
 6. Kench, Cougars2.2 
 7. Boucher, Harbour .2.2 
 8. Te Huna, Manawatu2.0 
 9. Hudson, Wellington1.9 
 10. Leasure, Taranaki1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jon ROGERS
  Bay Hawks
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rogers, Bay Hawks2.3 
 2. Abercrombie, Waika.2.1 
 3. Pledger, Waikato1.9 
 4. Terrell, Bay Hawks1.6 
 5. Harrison, Nelson1.6 
 6. Rougeau, Southlan.1.3 
 7. Vukona, Nelson1.1 
 8. Rickert, Harbour .1.1 
 9. Behrendorff, Couga.1.0 
 10. Trousdell, Southlan.1.0 


NBL Round: 15 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Otago - Bay Hawks 83-114
Christopher Daniel (197-G/F-85) knocked down 23 points to lead the Bay Hawks to the 11th win in the season. They shot down Otago on the road. Everard Bartlett (191-G-86) added 19 points in the victory. Tyler Amaya (199-F-82, college: W.Washington) was responsible for 29 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds for the Nuggets in the loss.

Taranaki - Southland S. 84-99
Southland are now one win away from the playoff birth as they nipped Taranaki on the road. Mike Helms (184-G-82, college: Oakland) came up with 22 points to lead the effort. Rene Rougeau (198-G-86, agency: Liman Sports, college: UNLV) added 20 points, 10 rebounds, 8 steals and 4 assists for the winners. Jeremiah Trueman (206-F-87, college: Alaska-Anch.) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds for the Mountain Airs as they slipped at 6-11 record.

Wellington - Manawatu 102-65
Wellington left no chance for the visiting Jets. Marcel Jones (203-F-85, college: Oregon St.) came off the bench to score 19 points for the Saints. Leon Henry (200-G/F-85, college: S.Idaho JC) provided 16 points in the victory. Calum McLeod (216-C-84) and Chris Reay (206-C-84, college: Midwestern St.) responded with 13 points apiece in the loss.

Bay Hawks - Taranaki 87-68
The Bay Hawks held off pesky Taranaki at home court. Josh Pace (198-G-83, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: Syracuse) provided 20 points for the home side. Everard Bartlett and Jon Rogers (204-F/C-84, college: Valdosta St.) finished with 12 points each in the win. Jack Leasure (191-G-86, college: Co.Carolina) replied with 17 points for the Mountain Airs.

Nelson - Harbour Heat 72-92
Corey Webster (185-G-88, college: Lambuth) knocked down 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds as the Heat overcame impressive performance from Phill Jones (196-G-74) and shocked the Giants on the road. Rick Rickert (211-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: Minnesota) tallied 19 points and 15 rebounds to pace the winners. Phill Jones fired 40 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in the loss.

Waikato - Southland S. 90-83
Waikato needed overtime to tame visiting Southland. Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/F-87, college: Washington St.) fired 26 poins to pace the defending champions. Tony Ronaldson (203-F-72) added 21 points and 6 rebounds for the Pistons. The Sharks replied with game-high 29 points from Mike Helms. Arthur Trousdell (203-F-81, college: Cameron) finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Cougars - Otago 101-80
The Christchurch Cougars recorded the ninth win in the season as they fired past Otago at home court. Jeremy Kench (187-G-84) knocked down 29 points and grabbed 6 rebounds to lead the Cougars. Dan Peck (196-G-88) added 13 points in the winning effort. Tyler Amaya answered with 27 points, 10 assists and 6 rebounds for the Nuggets.



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  NIGERIA   


Milo Championship: Adamawa, Kano berth in Milo grand finale - by Olusegun Ikuesan
After secondary schools from Ebonyi and Enugu states sealed through to the grand finale of the annual Nestle Milo Secondary School Basketball Championship, the number of teams expected in Lagos has continued to swell with schools from Adamawa and Kano states qualifying from the Savannah Conference the biggest youth basketball competition in Nigeria.

The girls and boys teams from Adamawa and Kano emerged champions during the final of the Savannah conference held in Kano Tuesday. The team is now Lagos bound after confirming their places in the grand finale holding later in the year.

Adamawa Government Girls Secondary School defeated Zamfara Government Girls Day Secondary School by 18-16 points in the girls final of the Savannah Conference while efforts by Adamawa state to have its male team at the grand finale was halted as the Yola-based General Murtala Mohammed College fell to the host and former national champion, Ahmadiya College of Kano by 85-79 points in a pulsating conference final.

Being the biggest score line recorded so far this year in the championship, the support from the home fans was what spurred the Kano boys to victory against the hard-fighting Yola team in the explosive encounter.

The Nigeria School Sports Federation (NSSF) confirmed that Bayelsa state boys team were disqualified from the Atlantic Conference final in Enugu for fielding ineligible players.

Disclosing this to journalists, the federation spokesman, Kudu Biu Omar said, it was discovered during the screening that most of the Bayelsa boys were found to belong to a team, with some of them admitting not to be students.

We would have sanctioned the state for three years, but we found out that the officials admitted the mistakes, having been absent from the federation meeting in the past so we only decided to disqualify the team from taking part in this years event in order to serve as deterrent to others, he said.

The regional finals will move to the Western and Central conferences with the ancient city of Ibadan, Oyo State hosting the Western Conference, while Ilorin, the Kwara State capital welcomes teams from Bauchi, Nasarawa, Kaduna, Abuja, Niger, Plateau, Benue and Gombe states for the Central Conference finals.

Schools that will compete at the Western conference in Ibadan are drawn from Edo, Delta, Lagos, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Ekiti and Kogi states. The regional finals in Central and Western conferences will hold from the 18th to 24th of this month.



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  NORWAY   


Poland narrowly edge Norway - by Eurobasket News
Poland U20 - Norway U20 54:52

Polish U20 National Team recorded the initial win at the international tournament in Ostrow Wielkopolski. Poland overcame a slow start to the game and tamed their opponents after the big break. Poland improved at 1-1 record, while Norway slipped at 0-2. Poland will face Lithuania, while Norway will play against Belgium in the third round.
Anders Stien (195-G-90) led the visitors as they got to a confident start. Norway built a narrow 12:10 lead at the first break. The Scandinavian side did not slow down in the second frame. They controlled the tempo and arrived at halftime up by 8 points 29:21. But Poland changed the complexion of the encounter drastically in the third period. They limited the visiting team to only 8 points and fired to a 39:37 advantage with one quarter remaining. The teams stayed close in the final moments but Poland managed to eke out a tough win at the end.
Jaroslaw Mokros (201-F-90) finished with 16 points. Aleksander Czyz (201-F-90) added 13 points, while Sebastian Szymanski (186-G-91) provided 10 in the win. Anders Stien responded with game-high 25 points. Nicholas Phillip (187-G/F-90) accounted for 8 points in the loss.

Poland U20: Jaroslaw Mokros 16, Aleksander Czyz 13, Sebastian Szymanski 10
Norway U20: Anders Stien 25, Nicholas Phillip 8



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  PALESTINE   


Palestine vs. Iran Best Game in the 10th WABA Tournament - by Tamara Awartani
The National Team took part in the 10th WABA tournament taking place in Duhok, Iraq from the 9th 13th of June, 2010, along with Iran (B), Syria (U23) and Iraq, being the only four teams (having Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen withdrawing) qualifying to the Stankovic Cup in Lebanon from the 7th 15th of August.

The National Team according to coach Mohammed Najjar (Shurta Team) who was responsible for analyzing the WABA tournament games said that Palestine's game against Iran was the best & most exciting game in the tournament where the Palestinians played passionately, competitively and where able to keep up & lead at some point with the well known Iranian team.

The National Team coached by Derrick Crayton assisted by Coach Nader Marta, consists of several well known players such as
Ibrahim Al Habash (194-F-75), Yahia Al Khatib (190-G-77), Sani Sakakini (204-C-88) (Jordanian League), Saleem Sakakini, Mahdi Eid (194-F-81), Tawfiq Rafidi, Hussein AlHaj (Syrian League) as well as other good & young players who gained great game experience Ibrahim AlBandak, Nabeel Nasser, Jack Tannous, Adham AbdelQader and Oday Hilal.

The National Team played 3 games with different results reflecting great gaps, exhaustion and definitely not enough preparation, however, in their last game against Iran, they played strong throughout the whole game.

Palestine vs. Iraq 59 74
8/15, 19/21, 13/16, 19/22

Palestine vs. Syria 53 - 100

Palestine vs. Iran 63 78
19/18, 17/22, 19/21, 8/17

The federation will need to look into the current roster as there are other several well-known experienced players who stood out in the SuperLeague, as well as putting out a well organized plan for the National team to get ready for the Stankovic cup, intensive practices & camps in neighboring countries so as not only to take part for the sake of taking part but to reflect good Palestinian Basketball in its 1st of time history taking part in this Asian Tournament.

Last but not least, special thanks to the president of the Kurdistan region, Mr.Masod Barzany, Duhok governor, Mr.Tamar Ramadhan, and Kurdish people for hosting the Palestinian Delegation.



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  PHILIPPINES   


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony JOHNSON
  Santa Lucia
  (197-G/F-79)
  Avg: 29.6
 1. Johnson, Santa L.29.6 
 2. Bell, Coca-Cola28.0 
 3. Simpson, Alaska26.7 
 4. Penny, Coca-Cola26.2 
 5. Wade, Derby Ace L.25.2 
 6. Monroe, Barako25.2 
 7. Storey, Ginebra24.0 
 8. Larry, Air2122.6 
 9. David, Coca-Cola21.9 
 10. Freeman, San M.20.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Awvee STOREY
  Ginebra
  (198-G/F-77)
  Avg: 17.6
 1. Storey, Ginebra17.6 
 2. Simpson, Alaska16.4 
 3. Freeman, San M.15.6 
 4. Ambres, Ginebra15.3 
 5. Brown, Derby A.14.6 
 6. Larry, Air2114.1 
 7. Daniels, Talk N.13.9 
 8. Penny, Coca-Cola13.8 
 9. Johnson, Santa L.13.3 
 10. Bell, Coca-Cola13.2 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy ALAPAG
  Talk N Text
  (178-G-77)
  Avg: 7.7
 1. Alapag, Talk N Text7.7 
 2. Cabagnot, San M.6.0 
 3. Helterbrand, Gineb.4.8 
 4. Reyes, Santa Lucia4.6 
 5. Miller, Ginebra4.2 
 6. Cortez, Air214.1 
 7. Tenorio, Alaska4.1 
 8. Mercado, Rain o.4.0 
 9. Bell, Coca-Cola4.0 
 10. Norwood, Rain o.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Shawn DANIELS
  Talk N Text
  (200-C-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Daniels, Talk N.2.3 
 2. Baguio, Alaska1.8 
 3. Wade, Derby Ace L.1.8 
 4. Simpson, Alaska1.7 
 5. Williams, Santa Lucia1.7 
 6. Yap, Derby Ace L.1.5 
 7. Lanete, Coca-Cola1.5 
 8. Reyes, Santa Lucia1.4 
 9. Monroe, Barako1.4 
 10. Norwood, Rain o.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 James PENNY
  Coca-Cola
  (198-F-76)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Penny, Coca-Cola2.3 
 2. Daniels, Talk N.2.3 
 3. Bell, Coca-Cola1.6 
 4. Wade, Derby Ace L.1.6 
 5. Simpson, Alaska1.6 
 6. Monroe, Barako1.6 
 7. Freeman, San M.1.4 
 8. Johnson, Santa L.1.4 
 9. Williams, Talk N.1.0 
 10. Lewis, Rain or Shine1.0 


Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. Talk N Text 14-2 
 2. San Miguel 11-4 
 3. Derby Ace L. 10-6 
 4. Alaska 9-6 
 5. Ginebra 9-6 
 6. Rain or Shine 7-7 
 7. Coca-Cola 5-8 
 8. Santa Lucia 4-10 
 9. Air21 3-12 
 10. Barako 2-13 
 11. Smart Gilas 0-0 


Texters streak to 13th straight win, outlast Beermen in road game - by Eurobasket News
Add defending champion San Miguel to Talk 'N Text's growing list of victims in the PBA Fiesta Cup.

Getting the big shots from Ranidel de Ocampo (195-F-81) and Jimmy Alapag (178-G-77, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) down the stretch, the Tropang Texters subdued the import-less Beermen, but not after overcoming a big endgame scare in an 85-82 win at the Victorias Sports and Amusement Center in Negros Occidental.

A three-pointer by De Ocampo gave the league's hottest team a six-point cushion in the final 76 seconds, before Alapag sank four straight free throws to seal the deal in a match pitting two of the league's top teams.

Their 13th straight win the longest in the tournament had the Tropang Texters retaining the top spot with a 14-2 card, with still two remaining games left in their elimination round campaign.

They likewise avenged their 106-112 loss to the Beermen in the first round.

De Ocampo bounced back from a lackluster game in the team's 76-75 win over Alaska the last time, scoring a team-high 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists, while Alapag and Harvey Carey had 15 points each.

Back-to-back jumpers by De Ocampo, followed by a pressure-packed Alapag three-pointer put the Tropang Texters in front for good, 76-74, at the 3:00 mark of the pivotal fourth.

The Beermen fell to 11-4 as they suffered their second straight loss in the season-ending meet. They remain in solo second, though.

But they didn't have import Gabe Freeman around as the versatile American was out with a flu.

Still, the reigning champions gave the Tropang Texters a tough time as Danny Seigle (198-F/G-76, college: Wagner) played his best game of the conference by leading the team with 21 points, including five of the Beermen's last five points.

San Miguel actually had a shot of winning the game in the final 22 seconds and the team trailing, 81-80, as Talk 'N Text missed two consecutive baskets and Carey failed to handle the leather as it went out of bounce.

Unfortunately, Alex Cabagnot committed a blunder following an offensive foul, giving possession back to the Tropang Texters and resulting in two free throws by Alapag.

After Arwind Santos cut made it 83-82 with 6.5 seconds, Alapag was sent to the foul line again, and the hot-shooting guard delivered by sinking both charities for the marginal count.

Santos' bid to send the game into overtime fell short as his desperate trey at the final buzzer didn't even hit the rim.

Scores:

Talk 'N Text 85 - De Ocampo 17, Alapag 15, Carey 15, Dillinger 12, Williams 10, Cardona 5, Daniels 4, Yee 3, Reyes 2, Castro 2.

San Miguel Beer 82 - Seigle 21, Washington 16, Santos 11, Cabagnot 7, Yeo 7, Hontiveros 7, Villanueva 6, Ildefonso 5, Pena 2, Pennisi 0.
Quarterscores: 20-20, 42-36, 59-63, 85-8
Courtesy of RCJ, www.GMANews.TV


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  POLAND   


Poland narrowly edge Norway - by Eurobasket News
Poland U20 - Norway U20 54:52

Polish U20 National Team recorded the initial win at the international tournament in Ostrow Wielkopolski. Poland overcame a slow start to the game and tamed their opponents after the big break. Poland improved at 1-1 record, while Norway slipped at 0-2. Poland will face Lithuania, while Norway will play against Belgium in the third round.
Anders Stien (195-G-90) led the visitors as they got to a confident start. Norway built a narrow 12:10 lead at the first break. The Scandinavian side did not slow down in the second frame. They controlled the tempo and arrived at halftime up by 8 points 29:21. But Poland changed the complexion of the encounter drastically in the third period. They limited the visiting team to only 8 points and fired to a 39:37 advantage with one quarter remaining. The teams stayed close in the final moments but Poland managed to eke out a tough win at the end.
Jaroslaw Mokros (201-F-90) finished with 16 points. Aleksander Czyz (201-F-90) added 13 points, while Sebastian Szymanski (186-G-91) provided 10 in the win. Anders Stien responded with game-high 25 points. Nicholas Phillip (187-G/F-90) accounted for 8 points in the loss.

Poland U20: Jaroslaw Mokros 16, Aleksander Czyz 13, Sebastian Szymanski 10
Norway U20: Anders Stien 25, Nicholas Phillip 8



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  PUERTO RICO   


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon21.2 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas20.4 
 3. Carmona, Mayaguez20.2 
 4. Hickerson, San G.20.1 
 5. Maye, Mayaguez19.0 
 6. Priutt, Isabela18.8 
 7. Redhage, Quebradillas18.8 
 8. Ayuso, Capitanes18.7 
 9. Sweetney, Santurce17.9 
 10. Mays, Humacao17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn PRIUTT
  Isabela
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Priutt, Isabela13.4 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas12.1 
 3. Sweetney, Santurce11.3 
 4. Traylor, Bayamon9.9 
 5. Narvaez, Ponce9.8 
 6. Dyer, San German8.7 
 7. Aubry, Capitanes8.6 
 8. Mays, Humacao8.6 
 9. Austin, San German8.0 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon8.0 
Assists Per Game
 C.J. BRUTON
  Quebradillas
  (188-G-75)
  Avg: 6.7
 1. Bruton, Quebradillas6.7 
 2. Dalmau, Bayamon5.7 
 3. Rodriguez, Capit.5.4 
 4. Rivera, Isabela5.4 
 5. Guzman, Guaynabo4.9 
 6. Copeland, San G.4.7 
 7. Berdiel, Humacao4.5 
 8. Cruz, Ponce4.4 
 9. Redhage, Quebradillas4.3 
 10. Hatton, Ponce4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ali BERDIEL
  Humacao
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Berdiel, Humacao2.0 
 2. Carmona, Mayaguez1.8 
 3. Rivera, Isabela1.7 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon1.7 
 5. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 6. Pickett, Capitanes1.4 
 7. Perez, Isabela1.4 
 8. Mays, Humacao1.4 
 9. Hinson, Isabela1.3 
 10. Austin, San German1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael SWEETNEY
  Santurce
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 1.4
 1. Sweetney, Santurce1.4 
 2. Priutt, Isabela1.3 
 3. Mays, Humacao1.2 
 4. Perez, Isabela1.2 
 5. Nieves, Santurce1.1 
 6. Traylor, Bayamon1.0 
 7. Nailon, Ponce0.9 
 8. Reyes, Capitanes0.9 
 9. Berdiel, Humacao0.9 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon0.9 


BSN Semifinals: Quebradillas grabs 3-2 lead against Arecibo - by Eurobasket News
BSN Semifinals, Game 5: Quebradillas - Capitanes 73-71
Thriller win for Quebradillas in Game Five of the BSN Semifinals. The Pirates escaped with 73-71 victory for 3-2 in the series. Now they need one more for the Finals. Shawn Redhage (203-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) was the leading player in Quebradillas last night. He spent 38 minutes on the floor registering double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Redhage reached valuation 35. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) also shined last night adding 19 pts and 17 boards. David Huertas (196-G-87, college: Mississippi) scored 13 pts. In Arecibo, Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) collected 20 points and 10 rebounds. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) netted 17 pts.
First half was tied as each of two teams scored 33 points (14-15, 19-18). The Arecibo Capitanes shined after the breather and closed third period with nice 15-22. There was ten minutes left and Arecibo had decent lead. However, Shawn Redhage and his teammates exploded in the last period and managed to win it by 9 points (25-16), what was enough for the final score of 73-71 and 3-2 lead in the series.
Game Six is scheduled for Monday.


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  ROMANIA   


Milos Pesic heads to U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca - by Eurobasket News
CS Elba Timisoara did all the best to keep the Serbian player, however it was announced that Milos Pesic (202-F-84) heads to CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca. He started his career in 2002-2003 for Beopetrol Beograd and then appeared in ELBA Timisoara (Romania-Div.A, starting five). In season 2007-2008 the Serbian player debuted in FIBA EuroCup and after 2 games averaged 9.5ppg, 1.5rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 26.7%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 50%. In Romanian League his stats read 16 games: 15.4ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.3apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 77.2%. In 2008-2009 BCM Timisoara saw 39 games from the player that showed 13.6ppg, 6.1rpg, 2.9apg, FGP: 53.6%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 67.6%. Last season Milos Pesic became the third top-scorer in the League as he improved to 19.1ppg, 5.6rpg, 3.6apg, FGP: 54.5%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 74.0%.
In one of his top games he recorded 29 points as CSU Sibiu tied the series at 1-1 over Timisoara after 78:77 in Game 2. Herndon Justin top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Johnson Brandon netted 17. Pesic Milos produced 29 points in the losing effort.
In his last game for CS Elba Timisoara the Serbian player faces his new team UMobitelco that joined Ploiesti in the Final series. The Cluj Napoca team crushed Timisoara 92:75 on the road to book the ticket to the championship series. Mihai Silvason scored 25 points to pace UMobitelco. Zoran Krstanovic netted 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the visitors. Dan Paltinisanu replied with 19 points and 9 caroms for Timisoara, while Milos Pesic netted 7.



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  RUSSIA   


Spartak will not keep Goran Suton, Milovan Rakovic and James White - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Saint Petersburg will not prolong contracts of Goran Suton (209-C-85, college: Michigan St.), Milovan Rakovic (208-C-85) and James White (198-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Cincinnati).
Goran Suton joined Spartak back in November. The 24-year-old centre averaged 4.8 points and 3.5 boards per game in EuroCup. In Russian Superleague Goran Suton tallied 1.0 point and 1.7 boards per game.
James White also arrived to Russia in November. The 25-year-old guard tallied 16.0 points, 3.0 boards and 1.8 assists in EuroCup. In Superleague James White delivered 14.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game.
Milovan Rakovic had a solid season with the Saint Petersburg team. The 25-year-old centre played a key role for Spartak. He notched 14.3 points, 6.0 boards and 1.5 assists per game in Europe. Milovan Rakovic also delivered 15.2 points, 6.4 boards and 1.5 assists in Superleague. The centre is expected to sign contract with Montepaschi Siena. The Italian powerhouse is looking for the replacement for Benjamin Eze in the upcoming season. The reports are sending the Serbian centre to Italy.



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  SERBIA   


Serbian U18 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Luka Igrutinovic
Igrutinovic
Petar Lambic
Lambic
Bogic Vujosevic
Vujosevic
Nemanja Besovic
Besovic
Marko Lukovic
Lukovic
#e#5
Luka Igrutinovic 196-G-92 Hemofarm Serbia
Petar Lambic 195-G-92 Hemofarm Serbia
Nemanja Knezevic 201-F-92 Hemofarm Serbia
Marko Gujanicic 200-F-92 Mladost CA Serbia
Bogdan Bogdanovic 197-G-92 FMP Serbia
Luka Pajkovic 190-G-92 FMP Serbia
Vukasin Petkovic 198-F-92 Novi Sad Serbia
Strahinja Petkovic 197-F-92 Novi Sad Serbia
Bogic Vujosevic 189-G-92 Novi Sad Serbia
Rados Seslija Novi Sad Serbia
Djumic Bozo 206-F/C-92 Novi Sad Serbia
Nemanja Besovic 221-C-92 Partizan Serbia
Marko Josilo 197-G-92 Partizan Serbia
Nemanja Vucicevic 193-G-92 Partizan II Serbia
Marko Lukovic 204-G-92 Mega Vizura Serbia
Nikola Siladji 205-F-92 FMP II Serbia
Dimitrije Savic 205-C KG 06 Serbia
Stefan Nastic 210-C-92
Dorde Drenovac 197-F-92 Arkadia Austria



Serbia topple Germany in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U17 - Germany U17 62:52
Serbian U17 team posted the first win over their German counterparts in the series of friendlies. The teams met in Belgrade and the hosts claimed a confident win at the end. Both teams are getting ready for the upcoming U17 World Championship. The tournament is scheduled to tip off on July 2 in Hamburg. Serbia got into Pool A with Argentina, China, Egypt, Lithuania and the USA. Germany will play in Pool B together with Australia, Canada, South Korea, Poland and Spain.
This game belonged to Serbia right from the start. The hosts played aggressively in defense and limited Germany to just 9 points in the starting quarter. The teams traded baskets throughout the second frame. Serbia managed to maintain the lead as they established a 31:26 lead at halftime. The hosts increased the tempo in the third frame and cleared off to a 9-point distance with ten minutes remaining. Germany succeeded in the final term as they won it by one point but it was not enough to threaten the hosts. Nemanja Bezbradica (205-F/C-93) scored 13 points for Serbia. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93) added 11 points in the win. Malik Muller (187-G-94), Tim Unterluggauer (207-C-93) and Paul Albrecht (205-F-93) nailed 9 points each in the loss.

Serbia U17: Nemanja Bezbradica 13, Nenad Miljenovic 11
Germany U17: Malik Muller 9, Tim Unterluggauer 9, Paul Albrecht 9



Serbian U20 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Nemanja Nedovic
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Lazar Radosavljevic
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Nikola Vukasovic
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Andreja Milutinovic
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Svetozar Stamenkovic
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Nemanja Nedovic 192-G-91 Crvena Zvez. Serbia
Lazar Radosavljevic 203-F-91 Crvena Zvez. Serbia
Nikola Vukasovic 192-G-91 Radnicki Basket Serbia
Andreja Milutinovic 199-G-90 FMP Serbia
Svetozar Stamenkovic 202-F/C-90 FMP Serbia
Bojan Subotic 206-F/C-90 FMP Serbia
Dusan Ognjenovic 216-C-91 FMP II Serbia
Dejan Musli 214-C-91 FMP Serbia
Aleksandar Vlahovic 190-G-90 Partizan II Serbia
Bogdan Riznic 202-G/F-90 Ergonom Serbia
Aleksandar Mitrovic 202-F-90 Partizan Serbia
Branislav Djekic 207-F/C-91 Partizan Serbia
Nemanja Jaramaz 201-G-91 Mega Vizura Serbia
Milic Blagojevic 200-G/F-91 Mega Vizura Serbia
Nemanja Arnautovic 194-G-90 Buducnost Montenegro
Danilo Andjusic 198-G-91 Hemofarm Serbia
Uros Petrovic 207-F-90 Hemofarm Serbia
Djordje Majstorovic 209-C/F-90 Majadahonda Spain



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Stats Leaders - ACB
Points Per Game
 Jaycee CARROLL
  Gran Canaria
  (188-G-83)
  Avg: 18.8
 1. Carroll, Gran Canaria18.8 
 2. Fitch, Fuenlabrada17.9 
 3. Vujanic, CB Murcia17.7 
 4. Tucker, DKV J.16.2 
 5. Vasiliadis, Xacob.16.0 
 6. Splitter, Caja L.15.5 
 7. Navarro, Regal B.14.8 
 8. Savanovic, Cajasol14.7 
 9. Batista, Fuenlabr.14.1 
 10. Martinez, Valencia.13.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Esteban BATISTA
  Fuenlabrada
  (208-F/C-83)
  Avg: 8.4
 1. Batista, Fuenlabr.8.4 
 2. Prestes, CB Murcia7.3 
 3. Kirksay, Cajasol7.1 
 4. Augustine, Gran C.7.1 
 5. Panko, Lagun A.6.9 
 6. Splitter, Caja L.6.9 
 7. Hendrix, Granada6.9 
 8. Moss, CB Murcia6.7 
 9. Jackson, Xacobeo BS6.5 
 10. Caner-Medley, Estudi.6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Omar COOK
  Unicaja
  (186-G-82)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Cook, Unicaja5.7 
 2. Stanic, Xacobeo BS5.2 
 3. Huertas, Caja L.5.0 
 4. Valters, DKV J.4.3 
 5. Rubio, Regal Barca4.2 
 6. Calloway, Cajasol4.2 
 7. Dumas, Valladolid4.1 
 8. Prigioni, MMC R.4.0 
 9. Oliver, Estudiantes3.9 
 10. Norris, Gran C.3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Tariq KIRKSAY
  Cajasol
  (199-F-79)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Kirksay, Cajasol2.4 
 2. Prigioni, MMC R.2.2 
 3. Rubio, Regal Barca1.8 
 4. Van Lacke, Valladolid1.8 
 5. Rodriguez, Bizkai.1.6 
 6. Vasiliadis, Xacob.1.5 
 7. Triguero, Cajasol1.4 
 8. Fisher, Gran C.1.4 
 9. San Miguel, Manre.1.4 
 10. Lewis, Manresa1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Robert BATTLE
  Valladolid
  (204-C-81)
  Avg: 1.5
 1. Battle, Valladolid1.5 
 2. Hendrix, Granada1.3 
 3. Vazquez, Regal B.1.2 
 4. Aguilar, Granada1.2 
 5. Batista, Fuenlabr.1.1 
 6. Lavrinovic, MMC R.1.1 
 7. Freeland, Unicaja1.0 
 8. Triguero, Cajasol0.9 
 9. Hervelle, Bizkai.0.9 
 10. Savane, Gran C.0.9 


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  SYRIA   


Syria U23 comes back from 10th WABA tournament - by Eurobasket News
Syria U23 comes back from 10th WABA tournament as the team had a great time there. The National Team took part in the 10th WABA tournament taking place in Duhok, Iraq from the 9th 13th of June, 2010, along with IranB, Palestine and Iraq, being the only four teams (having Jordan, Lebanon and Yemen withdrawing) qualifying to the Stankovic Cup in Lebanon from the 7th 15th of August.
At first Syria beat Palestine 100:53. It was an easy start for the Syrian team that opened the game withn 32-12. They also won the second period 19-16 and had 70:39 lead after three periods.
Iran outscored Syria 58:42 as both teams played really bad in offence. The MVP of the game was awarded to Mehrad Atashi (192-G-86).
Iraq overcame Syria U23 57:52. The latter started with 13-12 after the opening quarter and even won the second period. Syria increased to 35-20 but could not keep the score for good. Iraq was too good in the second half and won the game.

Syria played in the following roster:
Joseph Abboud
Tarek Al-Jabi
Sharif Al-Esh
Rabie Hashem
Nour Diarbakrly (188-G-90)
Mustafa Al-Beek
Iyad Hilani
Tarek Al-Sebai
Bilal Jneed
Imad Hassaballah
Mahmoud Osfira
Ahmed Issac
Azmi Abdulnour
Majed Abou-Eita
Sameh Srour
Hani Dribi



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  TURKEY   


Umit Sonkol pens deal with Bornova - by Eurobasket News
Bornova brought in Umit Sonkol (206-F-82). The 27-year-old forward signed a one-year deal with the team. Umit Sonkol played for Turk Telekom in the previous season. He tallied 2.6 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in EuroCup. In TBL Umit Sonkol tallied 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per appearance. Earlier Umit Sonkol played for ITU Istanbul, Karsiyaka, Mersin and Banvit.


Banvit inks Mutlu Akpinar - by Eurobasket News
Banvit announced signing of Mutlu Akpinar (203-C/F-83) for the next season. The 27-year old power forward is coming to Banvit from Turk Telekom, where he played since 2000. Last season Akpinar appeared 5 times in EuroCup averaging less than a point. In TBL, he played 21 games adding 3.9 ppg.
Mutlu Akpinar was a member of Turk Telekom since 2000. In the past he played for the Turkish U17, U18 and U21 National Team. In 2006 he got a call to join the senior NT and last year played on Mediterranean Games. With Turk Telekom, Akpinar won the Turkish Cup in 2008.




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Women News

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  ARMENIA - Women  


Gia Ghazanchian appointed head coach of Armenian NT - by Eurobasket News
Gia Ghazanchian will guide the Armenian National Team during the upcoming European Championship in Division C. The specialist has already started his work with the team. Armenia is training in Yerevan at the moment. Amanda Jackson (175-G-85, college: Miami (OH)) has already joined the team.
Armenia will tip off their campaign on June 28. They will face Gibraltar.



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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


QBL: Three teams share the top - by Eurobasket News
Northside Wizards, Gladstone Power and Cairns Dolphins are on top with 6-1 record each. Round 7 have just finished in the League as none of the leaders played over the weekend.
On June 11th Townsville Flames defeated Rockhampton Cyclones 87:70 at the NPA Stadium. Kirby Dalgleish stepped up with 22 points for the winners and Jillian Haughton followed her with 16. Daphanie Kennedy (170-G-86) responded with 26 points in the losing effort.
On June 12th Mackay Meteorettes overcame Ipswich Force 85:65 at the Candle Stick Park as Rachel Allison (185-F-87, agency: LBM Management) exploded with 32 points and 15 rebounds. Rachael Flanagan netted 19 and Jacqui Zelenka scored 12. Natasha Hasse ended up with 12 points each for the guests.
Bundaberg Bears was defeated by Brisbane Capitals 84:94 at the Century 21 Stadium. Crista Ricketts (185-F-85, college: La Salle) collected 32 points and 11 rebounds, while Rachel Maenpaa added 22 points and 12 boards. Yvonne Turner (173-G-87) delivered 26 in defeat and Stephanie Jones had 25 points and 12 boards.
South West Metro Pirates destroyed Caboolture Suns 77:27 at the Morayfield Park Leisure Centre. Heidi Freeburn top-scored with 19 points and Jessica Wallis posted 15. Toowoomba Mountaineers lost to Maroochydore Clippers 52:60 at the Toowoomba Basketball Stadium as the latter got 25 points from Kirsty Dallas. Ezria Parsons collected 17 points and 18 rebounds in the losing effort. Cairns Dolphins stun Rockhampton Cyclones 81:80 as Kate Mcmeeken-Ruscoe delivered 26 points for the winners. Daphanie Kennedy erupted with 39 points in defeat that was not enough for the win. Gold Coast Gliders defeated South West Metro Pirates 89:87 in the only game of June 13th. Sarah Petrie top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 11 boards, whilst Pip Connell added 20. Heidi Freeburn ended up with 31 points in the losing case.



Central ABL: Sturt Sabres improved to 10-1 record - by Eurobasket News
Sturt Sabres defeated South Adelaide Panthers 72:41 to take 10-1 record on top of Central ABL. Monique Bowley (185-F-82) top-scored for the league-leaders with 14 points and 15 rebounds. Hannah Richards (F) and Brooke Sidebottom produced 12 points apiece, while Caroline Burgess added 10. Caroline Burgess finished the game with 14 points for the guests.
Forestville Eagles is with 9-2 record on the second place. Forestville Eagles stun Woodville Warriors 58:53 as Mia Newley (184-G-88) led the way with 20 points and 23 caroms. Katherine Perkas replied with 14 points and the same number of rebounds in defeat.
North Adelaide Rockets lost to Southern Tigers 67:76 at the Hillcrest. Ashleigh Spencer stepped up with 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Madelaine Cunningham netted 15. Jo Hill delivered 17 points and 12 rebounds for the home side.
Norwood Flames smashed Central Districts Lions 71:41 as Kate Gladstone paced all the winners with 14 points. Jess Hansberry and Lisa Ackroyd followed her with 10 points apiece. Amber Land (188-F, college: E.Michigan) brought 14 points and 19 boards in the losing effort.
West Adelaide Bearcats rolled over Eastern Mavericks 100:91 as Nikita-Lee Martin paced all the winners with 30 points and 12 rebounds, while Ashlea Vordermaier scored 28. Tess Madgen answered with 26 points in defeat.



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  ITALY - Women  


Barbora Fabianova joins Cagliari - by Eurobasket News
Barbora Fabianova (182-F-82, agency: LBM Management, college: Youngstown St.) will stay in Italy in the next season. The Slovak Republic international signed a one-year deal with Cagliari. Last season Barbora Fabianova played for Le Mura Lucca in A2 League. In 2008/2009 season Barbora Fabianova started in Pabellon Ourense in Spain. Later Fabianova moved to Sweden, where she won the Damligan Championship with the Solna Vikings.


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  POLAND - Women  


Agnieszka Skobel lands in Gorzow - by Eurobasket News
Agnieszka Skobel (180-F-89) will play for Gorzow in the next season. The 21-year-old forward signed a deal with the Polish vice-champions. Agnieszka Skobel played for AZS Poznan in the previous season. She tallied 14.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.0 steals, 1.9 assists per game in the PLKK. Last year Agnieszka Skobel participated at the U20 European Championship in Poland. The forward notched 11.7 points, 4.4 boards, 3.3 steals and 1.3 assists per appearance.


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  WBCBL - Women  


Standings
WBCBL Standings
Atlantic
 1. Virginia LS 3-1 
 2. USA Elite 2-1 
 3. Central VA AS. 0-0 
 4. Sting 0-0 
 5. Travelers 0-1 
 6. Golden Eagles 0-2 
East Coast
 1. Pennsylvania L. 2-0 
 2. Delaware LD 1-1 
 3. NYC Exodus 1-1 
 4. Mass Marvels 1-2 
 5. LMAS 0-0 
 6. Memphis E. 0-0 
Gulf South
 1. Montgomery D. 2-0 
 2. Baton Rouge 1-0 
 3. Gulf Coast S. 1-1 
 4. N.Orleans R. 0-1 
 5. Gulf Coast T. 0-2 
Mid South
 1. Dallas LD 2-1 
 2. Shreveport S. 2-1 
 3. Arkansas S. 1-1 
 4. Dallas S. 1-1 
 5. Louisiana AS 1-1 
 6. Little Rock B. 0-2 
Mid West
 1. Kansas N. 2-0 
 2. Columbia R. 2-1 
 3. Kansas Q. 1-1 
 4. St. Louis Surge 0-3 
North Central
 1. Rock County R. 2-0 
 2. Chicago S. 1-1 
 3. Chicago E. 0-0 
North East
 1. Columbus HG 5-0 
 2. Cleveland R. 2-2 
 3. Detroit D. 1-1 
 4. Toronto S. 0-0 
 5. Toronto L.E. 0-1 
 6. Lexington L. 0-2 
 7. Flint F. 0-3 
South
 1. Charleston S. 2-0 
 2. Savannah LW 2-0 
 3. Tallahassee T. 1-0 
 4. Atlanta BC 0-0 
 5. S.Carolina AS 0-1 
 6. Florida K. 0-2 
Suncoast
 1. Orlando E. 3-0 
 2. Miami R. 2-1 
 3. Tampa X. 2-1 
 4. Lauderdale L. 1-2 
 5. Jacksonville C. 1-2 
 6. Brevard F. 0-0 
 7. Palm Beach 0-0 
West Coast
 1. Fort Worth LT 0-0 
 2. Los Angeles A. 0-0 
 3. Monterey Sea Q. 0-0 
 4. Phoenix R. 0-0 
 5. Portland E. 0-0 
 6. San Diego S. 0-0 
 7. Tuscon S. 0-0 


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  WNBA - Women  


Taurasi, Dupree lead Mercury past Shock,116-84 - by Eurobasket News
Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) and Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) scored 18 points each to lead a balanced offense as the Phoenix Mercury had a franchise-record scoring total in a 116-84 victory over the Tulsa Shock on Saturday night.

Penelope Taylor (6'1''-F-81) had 14 points and a career high-tying eight assists, Taylor Lilley (5'6''-G-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Oregon) also scored 14 points, and Temeka Johnson (5'3''-G-82, college: LSU) and Nicole Ohlde (6'4''-F/C-82, college: Kansas St.) added 11 each to help defending WNBA champion Phoenix (5-5) win consecutive games for the first time this season.

'We are getting a little sense on how good we can be,' Taurasi said. 'We can't be complacent. We can't be happy with winning two in a row. But on the other side, it feels good to go out there and you know the hard work and kind of learning from our losses, putting them into playing games and seeing success.'

The Mercury's fast-paced offense led to plenty of easy baskets in transition and off rebounds, and Phoenix scored a franchise-record 59 points in the first half. The previous mark was 58, scored against the Shock on May 25. The Mercury also tied a team record with 29 assists.

Dupree was 9 for 9 from the field as Phoenix shot 53 percent and made a season-low nine turnovers.

'It's the turnovers that was the problem before, ' Mercury coach Corey Gaines said. 'We're starting to make the easy play, easy pass, shot there, real simple basketball.'

Shanna Crossley (5'10''-G-83, college: Tennessee) scored 17 points to lead the Shock (3-6), who lost their third straight - including an 87-75 defeat at San Antonio on Friday night. Kara Braxton and Amber Holt had 13 points each, and Kiesha Brown added 10.

'After being beat by that much I don't think fatigue was necessarily the main issue,' Crossley said. 'We had a back-to-back last week and we're learning how to overcome that and come back from that night before. It goes a lot deeper than just fatigue and being tired from the game before.'

Former world-class sprinter Marion Jones played just over 10 minutes for Tulsa, and scored a season-high four points.

The Mercury honored center Tangela Smith in a pregame ceremony for becoming the fourth player in WNBA history to record 4,500 career points and 2,000 rebounds. Smith joined Lisa Leslie, Tina Thompson and Lauren Jackson with that distinction.


Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Washington M. 2-0 
 2. Atlanta D. 2-0 
 3. Connecticut S. 1-0 
 4. New York L. 1-0 
 5. Chicago S. 0-2 
 6. Indiana F. 0-2 
Western
 1. Phoenix M. 1-0 
 2. Seattle S. 1-0 
 3. Minnesota L. 1-0 
 4. Tulsa S. 0-1 
 5. S.Antonio SS 0-1 
 6. L.Angeles S. 0-2 


Monique Currie's 20 points help Mystics cruise past Liberty - by Eurobasket News
Monique Currie (6'0''-G/F-83, college: Duke) scored 20 points to lead the Washington Mystics to an 82-65 victory over the New York Liberty on Saturday night.

Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) had 13 points and nine rebounds, Lindsey Harding (5'8''-G-84, college: Duke) also scored 13 and Matee Ajavon (5'8''-G-86, college: Rutgers) added 11 to help the Mystics (6-4) win their second straight. Washington was coming off a 95-78 victory at Chicago on Friday night.

'I'm really proud of our team in back-to-back wins,' coach Julie Plank said. 'Our team played really well and I want to continue to get better and better. I think we have worked on execution and moving the ball better and putting some different sets in.'

Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) scored 20 points and Tiffany Jackson (6'3''-F-85, college: Texas) had 12 for the Liberty (4-5), who have lost three of five.

The Mystics beat the Liberty for the second time this season. Washington won 77-61 at home on May 21.

Washington scored the first seven points of the game and never trailed. The Mystics led by 12 at halftime and began pulling away late in the third quarter. Harding scored seven points during a 13-0 run that stretched the lead to 74-49 with 7:20 left in the game.

'We spent most of the first half frustrated,' Liberty coach Anne Donovan said. 'Instead of taking a reflective breath and executing harder we got frustrated and we played like that. We played with lack of energy, lack of composure. In the second half I think we got it together better but we can't have 38 points on turnovers. That's not going to win a game, I don't care who you're playing.'

Langhorne had a pair of jumpers during a 9-0 run that gave the Mystics a 19-6 lead with 3:05 left in the first quarter.

'It started from the beginning of the game,' Pondexter said. 'And we never recovered. We made strides to win the game but when you play a great team, strides aren't enough.'

Leilani Mitchell hit a three-pointer to pull the Liberty within four with 6:16 to go in the first half, but Washington closed the first half with a 12-4 run to take a 43-31 lead at the break.


Courtesy of www.usatoday.com