EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/15/2010

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  ARGENTINA   


Stats Leaders - LigaA

Points Per Game
 David JACKSON
  La Union
  (196-G-82)
  Avg: 18.9
 1. Jackson, La Union18.9 
 2. Lamonte, Penarol18.2 
 3. Lo Grippo, Atenas18.1 
 4. Moodie, Boca Jrs17.8 
 5. Nelson, Quilmes MP16.7 
 6. Funes, C.Entrer.16.7 
 7. Profit, Libertad S.16.6 
 8. Cutley, C.Entrer.16.2 
 9. Gonzalez, Quimsa15.9 
 10. Marshall, C.Entrer.15.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Federico KAMMERICHS
  Regatas C.
  (203-F/C-80)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Kammerichs, Regat.11.8 
 2. Williams, Union S.8.1 
 3. Rollins, Gimnasia.8.0 
 4. Leiva, Penarol7.4 
 5. Wolkowyski, Libertad.7.3 
 6. Assie, Quilmes MP7.3 
 7. Gonzalez, Quimsa7.0 
 8. McFarlan, Union S.6.9 
 9. Mikulas, Boca Jrs6.7 
 10. Nelson, Quilmes MP6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Fernando TITARELLI
  Quilmes MP
  (183-G-82)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Titarelli, Quilm.6.4 
 2. Cequeira, Sionista4.4 
 3. Victoriano, Lanus4.1 
 4. Franco, Estudiantes4.1 
 5. Martinez, Sionista3.8 
 6. Labaque, Obras3.6 
 7. Ginobili, Libertad S.3.4 
 8. Williams, Olimpico.3.1 
 9. Cadillac, C.Entrer.3.0 
 10. Figueroa, Atenas3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Frank WILLIAMS
  Olimpico LB
  (191-G-80)
  Avg: 1.8
 1. Williams, Olimpico.1.8 
 2. Moldu, Libertad S.1.7 
 3. Marshall, C.Entrer.1.6 
 4. Funes, C.Entrer.1.6 
 5. Aguirre, Boca Jrs1.6 
 6. Franco, Estudiantes1.6 
 7. Pelussi, Libertad S.1.6 
 8. Campazzo, Penarol1.5 
 9. Cutley, C.Entrer.1.4 
 10. Pau, La Union1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Derrick ALSTON
  Olimpico LB
  (208-C/F-72)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Alston, Olimpico.1.9 
 2. Billings, Regatas C.1.6 
 3. White, Atenas1.4 
 4. Alston, Boca Jrs1.3 
 5. Bortz, Obras1.2 
 6. Rollins, Gimnasia.1.2 
 7. Kammerichs, Regat.1.1 
 8. Williams, Union S.1.1 
 9. Assie, Quilmes MP1.0 
 10. Gomez, Quimsa0.8 


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  AUSTRALIA   


The Emus post two more wins in China - by Eurobasket News
Australian U19 selection recorded the fifth and sixth victories at the Asian tour.
The Emus began the final faze of their journey in Shuangyashan. They faced the US Basketball Academy and clinched a tough 83:80 overtime victory. The Emus got to the better start to the game. They led in the first half but could not capitalize. The US Basketball Academy took over in the second part of the clash and forced overtime. The Emus overcame a 6-point deficit in the extra period to escape with a narrow win at the end. Igor Hadziomerovic (195-G-92) came up with 26 points for Australia. Mitchell Creek (195-F-92), Jackson Aldridge (185-G-92) and Jackson Hussey (G) provided 15 points each in the winning effort.
Next the Emus faced Slovenia. Jackson Aldridge fired 19 points and Australia celebrated a 65:61 victory at the end. It was not an easy jog for the Emus though. Slovenia led by 8 points at the first intermission and made the Emus sweat before taking a 51:42 advantage heading into the fourth frame. Slovenia won the fourth period but came up just of the win at the end. Anthony Drmic (196-F-92) knocked down 12 points, while Igor Hadziomerovic finished with 9 in the victory.



ABA:June 13th results - by Eurobasket News
Two games closed the rounds in QBL and SEABL on June 13th. In QBL Gold Coast Goannas beat South West Metro Pirates 83:81. The latter actually won the first period 18-15 and also enjoyed 23-20 in the second period. The third frame became decisive in the game as the hosts produced 26-18 to keep the lead until the end. David Gurney (194-F-85) top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Shaun Gleeson netted 24. Adam Darragh and Michael Gullotta followed them with 12 points each. Brendan Teys (188-G-90) responded with 17 points in the losing effort. Steven Broom (205-F/C-87) delivered 14, while Zac Carter and Jason Cameron (200-G/F-74) added 13 apiece.
In Crazy John's SEABL Men 2010 Kilsyth rolled over Mt Gambier 83:63. The hosts started with 19-9 in the opening quarter, but lost the second period 16-18. Kilsyth managed to score 24 points in the third and the fourth periods and did not allow the opponents to reach the same digits. Tim Lang (206-C-85, college: Stetson) paced all the winners with 22 points and Qunicy Henderson notched 18. Fernandez Lockett (196-F-85, college: Austin Peay St.) delivered 14, while Matt O'Hea (196-G-82) netted 12. Andrew Rice responded with 19 points in the losing effort.



Standings - ABA
ABA Standings
Big V
 1. Ringwood H. 13-1 
 2. Diamond V.E. 10-3 
 3. Waverley F. 8-3 
 4. Melbourne 6-8 
 5. Hume City 4-9 
 6. Sherbrooke S. 4-9 
 7. Bulleen B. 3-7 
 8. Eltham W. 2-10 
Central ABL
 1. Norwood F. 9-2 
 2. Sturt S. 9-2 
 3. W.Adelaide B. 9-2 
 4. N.Adelaide R. 8-3 
 5. Forestville E. 6-5 
 6. Eastern M. 4-7 
 7. Woodville W. 4-7 
 8. S.Adelaide P. 3-8 
 9. South.Tigers 2-9 
 10. C.District L. 1-10 
QBL
 1. Rockhampton 9-0 
 2. Mackay M. 7-1 
 3. Northside W. 6-1 
 4. SW Metro P. 6-3 
 5. Gold Coast G. 5-2 
 6. Cairns M. 4-3 
 7. Townsville H. 4-4 
 8. Bundaberg B. 3-4 
 9. Gladstone P. 3-4 
 10. Ipswich F. 3-5 
 11. Maroochydore 3-5 
 12. Brisbane C. 1-8 
 13. Caboolture S. 1-8 
 14. Toowoomba 0-7 
SEABL-East
 1. Bendigo B. 14-4 
 2. Kilsyth C. 13-6 
 3. Ballarat M. 10-8 
 4. Brisbane S. 9-8 
 5. Knox R. 9-8 
 6. Dandenong 8-10 
 7. AIS 3-7 
 8. Canberra G. 3-14 
SEABL-South
 1. Sandringham S. 12-4 
 2. Nunawading S. 12-7 
 3. Geelong S. 11-9 
 4. NW Tasmania 9-8 
 5. Hobart C. 9-9 
 6. Mt Gambier 7-11 
 7. Frankston B. 6-12 
 8. Albury W.B. 4-14 
WARATAH
 1. Parramatta W. 10-2 
 2. Manly Warr. 9-3 
 3. Sydney C. 9-3 
 4. Newcastle H. 7-4 
 5. Norths Bears 7-5 
 6. Bankstown B. 6-7 
 7. Maitland M. 5-4 
 8. Hills H. 4-7 
 9. Hornsby S. 4-8 
 10. Canberra N. 1-10 
 11. Sutherland S. 1-10 


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  AUSTRIA   


NT Roster For The Summer - by Stefan Heinrich
#s#
Jason Detrick
Detrick
Thomas Schreiner
Schreiner
Davor Lamesic
Lamesic
Christoph Nagler
Nagler
Heinz Kugerl
Kugerl
#e#6
National Team Coach Neno Asceric nominated 16 players for this summer's European Qualifications in the Division B.

Here are the players:
Richard Poiger (206-F-87) of UBC St. Polten
Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87) of UBC St. Polten
Martin Speiser (202-F-83) of UBC St. Polten
Heinz Kugerl (211-C-86) of Kapfenberg Bulls
Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90) of Kapfenberg Bulls
Kevin Payton (196-G-86) of BasketClubs Vienna
Stjepan Stazic (199-G-78) of BasketClubs Vienna
Benedikt Danek (174-G-86) of Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions
Jason Detrick (198-G-80) of Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC Spain
Davor Lamesic (205-F-83) of WBC Raiffeisen Wels
Rasid Mahalbasic (207-F/C-90) of kelag Worthersee Piraten
Matthias Mayer (205-C/F-81) of Allianz Swans Gmunden
Christoph Nagler (194-G-84) of Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg
Alexander Nunner (190-G-85) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers
Hannes Ochsenhofer (186-G-85) of Oberwart Gunners
Hermann Opoku (208-F-86) of The George Washington University USA



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  BELGIUM   


Belgian U20 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
#s#
Dennis Donkor
Donkor
Pierre-Antoine Gillet
Gillet
Maarten Rademakers
Rademakers
Thomas De Thaey
De Thaey
Thomas Creppy
Creppy
#e#5
Dennis Donkor 194-G/F-91 Antwerp Belgium
Pierre-Antoine Gillet 200-G-91 Liege Belgium
Maarten Rademakers 205-C-91 Antwerp Belgium
Thomas De Thaey 197-F-91 Antwerp Belgium
Thomas Creppy 198-F-90 Leuven Belgium
Kjell Devacht 186-G-91 Ieper Belgium
Yannick Moray 198-F-91 Charleroi Belgium
Quentin Serron 190-G-90 Oostende Belgium
Lionel Loris 185-G-91 Atomia Belgium
Jean Salumu 193-F-90 Oostende Belgium



Norway edge Belgium in Ostrow Wielkopolski - by Eurobasket News
Norway U20 - Belgium U20 76:70
Norway U20 clinched the third position at the international tournament in Poland. They finished the competition at 1-2 record just enough to occupy the third position. Belgium finished fourth earning one win in three games. Anders Stien (195-G-90) fired 17 points to lead Norway in this one.
The Scandinavians opened the game confidently. They stayed in charge in the opening minutes and built a 21:18 lead at the first break. Norway developed their success in the second stanza. They limited Belgium to just 13 points and built a 13-point buffer at the main intermission. Belgium got back to life in the third stanza. Led by Thomas De Thaey (197-F-91) they cut the distance to 4 points heading into the fourth period. Norway held their opponents to just 12 points in the final frame and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Magnus Midtvedt (182-G-90) provided 15 points for the winning team. Aksel Bolinz (206-F-90) notched 14 points in the victory. Thomas De Thaey fired 15 points to pace Belgium. Maarten Rademakers (205-C-91) and Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91) finished with 11 points apiece in defeat.

Norway U20: Anders Stien 17, Magnus Midtvedt 15, Aksel Bolinz 14
Belgium U20: Thomas De Thaey 15, Maarten Rademakers 11, Dennis Donkor 11



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  BULGARIA   


Bulgarian NT training camp started - by Maria Mitzova
Bulgarian NT gathered today to start preparations for the upcoming qualifiers for Euro 2011. The training camp will be in Pravets, where 14 players have already arrived. The rest will join at later stages as follows: the Americans with Bulgarian passports Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA), Jared Homan (206-C-83, college: Iowa St.) and Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) on June 20th, the Ivanovi twins on June 21st, Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) on 25th and Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) on 28th. Bulgarian Basketball Federation is already working on getting Bulgarian passport for Calloway.
The head coach Rosen Barchovski (agency: Interperformances ) showed together with the consultant Svetislav Pesic (agency: Agency No 10 ) and the Federation Chairman Mihail Mihov on the first gathering of the National Team.
As it was previously announced, some players from the U20 selection will take part in the preparations with the Men NT. Surprisingly, these players don't include Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances), who participated on Euro 2009. The names of the youngsters to join the Men team are Hristo Zahariev (197-G/F-90), Aleksandar Yanev (203-F-90) and Tihomir Zhelev (192-G-90).
The first test for Bulgarian NT will be two games against Romania on July 2nd and 3rd. The program includes also friendly tournaments in Minsk, Belarus (July 9-11), Florence, Italy (July 16-18) and games with Czech Republic on July 26-27.



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  CAMEROON   


3 players native of Cameroon in French national team - by Clement Hofbauer
French team coach Vincent Collet recently announced his first list of 24 players toward the final group that should head to Turkey. This list includes 3 players native of Cameroon with:
Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) Small forward for the Portland Trail Blazers, son of Richard Batum ex player for the cameroonian national team.
Aldo Curti (180-G-87) Point guard for french pro A team Orleans, was born in Ebolowa, Cameroon.
Joakim Noah (211-F/C-85, college: Florida) Center for the Chicago Bulls, born in New york, son of yannick Noah and grand son of Zacharie Noah ex cameroonian soccer player. His participation with the french team remain uncertain because of the negociation of his new contract.'



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  CANADA   


Canadian U16 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
#s#
Tanveer Bhullar
Bhullar
Mandrez Downey
Downey
Kevin Pangos
Pangos
Adam Spurrell
Spurrell
Andrew Wiggins
Wiggins
#e#5
Jonathan Alexander-Guillaume 198-F-93
David Andoh 201-F
Anthony Bennett 196-F-92
Tanveer Bhullar 218-C-95
Kevin Blake Suffolk
Joseph De Ciman 191-G-93
Mandrez Downey 175-G
Olivier Hanlan 188-G
Mitch Jacobsen 201-G
Nicholas Lewis 186-G-92
Junior Lomomba 193-F
Duane Notice 188-G-94
Kevin Pangos 186-G-93
Richard Peters 208-C
Dyshawn Pierre 196-F
Jean Pierre-Charles 201-F
Jacob Simmons 201-F
Adam Spurrell 191-F
Michael Thorne-Finch 198-F
David Wagner 206-F-92
Andrew Wiggins 196-F
Matthew Willms 208-C
Kevin Zabo 186-G

Roy Rana Assistant Ryerson Canada
Kirby Schepp Assistant Manitoba Canada


Canadian U18 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
#s#
Braeden Anderson
Anderson
Sim Bhullar
Bhullar
Khem Birch
Birch
Kenny Fred-Cherry
Fred-Cherry
Grandy Glaze
Glaze
#e#5
Braeden Anderson 203-C
Sim Bhullar 223-C-94
Khem Birch 206-C
Julian Clarke 191-F
Stefan Cvrkalj 193-G
Wells Davis 196-F
Kenny Fred-Cherry 183-G
Grandy Glaze 201-F
Myck Kabongo 188-G-93
Nicolas Langley 197-G/F-92 McGill Canada
Emerson Murray 191-G/F
Kemy Osse 188-G
Phil Scrubb 191-G
Kevin Thomas 201-C
Kevin Thomas 201-C
Rodell Wigginton 196-F/G
Kyle Wiltjer 206-C

Greg Francis Head Coach Alberta Canada
Peter Guarasci Assistant


Canada's cadet and junior men tip off training camp for FIBA Championships - by Eurobasket News
Canada Basketball announced Friday the 2010 Cadet Mens National Team (CMNT) and Junior Mens National Team (JMNT) tryout/training camp rosters, camp schedules and international competitions for the summer season. The CMNT training camp runs in conjunction with the JMNT from June 11-12 at Ryerson University in Toronto as they prepare for their respective FIBA championship tournaments.

2010 CADET MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM: (see below for roster)

Arriving from all across Canada, 24 of the top age-eligible male athletes will compete for a spot on the 2010 CMNT and the chance to represent Canada at the-first ever FIBA U17 World Championship for Men from July 2-11 in Hamburg, Germany.

A core group of eight players, including Kevin Pangos (186-G-93) (Holland Landing, Ont.), Duane Notice (Woodbridge, Ont.) and Anthony Bennett (196-F-92) (Brampton, Ont.), are returning from the 2009 team that finished third in the first-ever 2009 U16 FIBA Americas Championship for Men held in Argentina.

We expect the tryout and preparation phase to be extremely intense and competitive as we prepare for the World Championship, said CMNT Head Coach Roy Rana. All of us are excited but there is much teaching and learning ahead of us in a short period of time. Mental focus, toughness and ability to learn quickly may be the key element in this summers preparation.

'Our jobs as coaches will be to instill all of the physical, technical and mental elements required to build great chemistry for the ultimate team goal of a medal in Hamburg.'


2010 JUNIOR MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM (see below for roster)

The 2010 JMNT features 17 new faces, including standouts like Myck Kabongo (188-G-93) (Toronto), Julian Clarke (Toronto), Emerson Murray (Surrey, B.C.), Grandy Glaze (Brampton, Ont.) and Sim Bhullar (Toronto).

The Junior team will look to repeat the 2008 medal performance in the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship tournament in San Antonio, Texas, from June 26-30. The 2008 bronze medal finish was the highest-ever for Canadas JMNT at a FIBA Americas U18 Championship tournament. The top four finishing teams in 2010 will earn qualifying berths to the 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship for Men.

I expect there is going to be some really good competition in camp this summer with the talent pool we have coming in, said JMNT Head Coach Greg Francis. There will be lots of opportunities for these young guns to show their stuff and gain valuable global competition experience as a stepping stone towards their ultimate goal of playing for the senior team.

'The mens national program has been building a strong foundation for the past several years and continues to show vast improvement at the international level. With this great exposure we will be able to draw more young Canadian players to try out for our teams and represent Canada.



2010 CADET MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM TRYOUT BY INVITATION LIST
# Name Position Height Hometown School / Club (2009/10)

Jon Alexander-Guillaume Wing 6'5 Toronto, ON Mountain State Academy
David Andoh Wing 6'7 San Jose, CA Santa Teresa High School
Anthony Bennett Wing 6'5 Brampton, ON Mountain State Academy
Tanveer Bhullar Post 7'2 North York, ON The Kiski Prep School
Kevin Blake Wing 6'2 Etobicoke, ON Oakwood Collegiate Institute
Joseph De Ciman Wing 6'5 Regina, SK Dr. Martin LeBoldus High School
Mandrez Downey Guard 5'7 North Preston, NS Cole Harbour High School
Olivier Hanlan Guard 6'2 Gatineau, QC Grand Riviere High School
Mitch Jacobsen Wing 6'7 Calgary, AB Sir Winston Churchill High School
Nick Lewis Wing 6'1 Scarborough, ON Pope John Paul II Secondary School
Junior Lomomba Wing 64 Madison, WI Memorial High School
Duane Notice Guard 62 Woodbridge, ON St. Michaels College School
Kevin Pangos Guard 61 Holland Landing, ON Dr. John M. Denison Secondary School
Richard Peters Post 610 Pickering, ON Bewster Academy
Dyshawn Pierre Wing 65 Whitby, ON Anderson Collegiate Vocational
Jean Pierre-Charles Wing 67 Ottawa, ON Ashbury College
Jacob Simmons Wing 67 Belfast, PEI Charlottetown Rural High School
Adam Spurrell Wing 63 Quispamsis, NB Kennebacasis Valley High School
Michael Thorne-Finch Wing 66 Winnipeg, MB Kelvin Secondary School
David Wagner Post 68 Kamloops, BC South Kamloops Secondary School
Negus Webster-Chan Wing 67 Scarborough, ON Pope John Paul II Secondary School
Andrew Wiggins Wing 66 Toronto, ON Vaughan Secondary High School
Matthew Willms Post 610 Leamington, ON Leamington District Secondary
Kevin Zabo Guard 61 Gatineau, QC Ecole Secondaire Delile



2010 CADET MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM STAFF
Name Position Hometown

Roy Rana Head Coach Toronto, ON
Kirby Schepp Assistant Coach Winnipeg, MB
Nathan Schellenberg Assistant Coach Saskatoon, SK
Madhav Trivedi Team Manager Toronto, ON
Krisjon Vargas Athletic Therapist Toronto, ON


2010 JUNIOR MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM TRYOUT BY INVITATION LIST
# Name Position Height Hometown School / Club (2009/10)

Braeden Anderson Post 6'8 Okotoks, AB Christian Faith Centre
Sim Bhullar Post 7'4 North York, ON The Kiski Prep School
Khem Birch Post 6'9 Montreal, QC Winchendon School
Julian Clarke Wing 6'3 Toronto, ON Oakwood Collegiate Institute
Stefan Cvrkalj Guard 6'4 Novi Sad, Serbia Bluevale C.I.
Wells Davis Wing 6'5 La Porte, IN La Lumiere School
Kenny Fred-Cherry Guard 6'0 Montreal, QC Archbishop Carrol
Grandy Glaze Wing 6'7 Brampton, ON NP Prep School
Myck Kabongo Guard 6'2 Toronto, ON St. Benedicts HighSchool
Nic Langley Wing 6'7 Golden, B.C McGill University
Emerson Murray Wing 6'3 Surrey, BC St. Georges School
Kemy Osse Wing 62 Montreal, QC Archbishop Carrol High School
Phil Scrubb Guard 63 Richmond, BC Vancouver College
Kevin Thomas Post 68 Ajax, ON Christian Faith Centre Academy High School
Kevin Thomas Post 67 Brampton, ON Proctor Academy High school
Rodell Wigginton Wing 65 Dartmouth, NS Boston Trinity Academy
Kyle Wiltjer Post 69 West Linn, OR Jesuit High School


2010 JUNIOR MEN'S NATIONAL TEAM STAFF
Name Position Hometown

Greg Francis Head Coach Edmonton, AB
Pete Guarasci Assistant Coach Kelowna, BC
Dean McCord Team Manager Calgary, AB
Minh Nguyen Athletic Therapist Ottawa, ON


Courtesy of www.basketball.ca


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  CBL   


Sea Dawgs have back to back losses - by Eurobasket News
After losing last night to the Savannah Wildcats, the Wilmington Sea Dawgs were not able to redeem themselves after falling to the Carolina Cougarz for their fifth loss of the season by a score of 108-97. The Sea Dawgs did not have two of their starters for this game, Kadiri Richards or Donielle Davis

The team was not able to cliche a playoff spot this weekend, but we now have two home games next week.

There next game is June 17th against the Carolina Cougarz.

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First game: The Wilmington Sea Dawgs were on the road and come home with their fourth loss of the season against the Savannah Wildcats by a score of 101 - 91. The Sea Dawgs were trailing during half time 52-42.

The Sea Dawgs play tomorrow at Fayetteville against the Carolina Cougarz. This makes the Sea Dawgs with 8 wins and 4 losses in the standings, while the Wildcats have 7 wins and 4 losses.
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Courtesy of CBL


Standings
CBL Standings
 1. Wilmington SD 11-6 
 2. Carolina C. 9-8 
 3. Savannah W. 7-6 
 4. Birmingham S. 4-8 


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  CHILE   


Standings - LIBSUR
LIBSUR Standings
North Group
1. CD Victoria 8-1
2. CD Valdivia 8-0
3. AB Temuco 5-3
4. D.Lautaro 2-7
5. D.Imperial 2-7
6. D.Carahue 2-6
7. Las Animas 2-5
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. DA Puerto Varas 2-6
6. Osorno Basquetbol 2-7
7. CD Esp. Osorno 0-9


Libsur: Round 10 results - by Daniel Valencia
Deportes Victoria and Deportivo Valdivia remains as the top of the standing in the north group after saturday night victories against Temuco and Imperial. In the 89-82 road victory, Victoria was led by Felipe Acuna (182-G-92) with 28 points. In the huge victory against Imperial, Deportivo Valdivia was led by Cristian Munoz (190-F-83) with 21 points. In the south group, Universidad de Los Lagos is the exclusive leader with a 8-1 record, after the victory of saturday night against Ancud, 79-69, led by Fernando Bucarey (185-F-88), who ended the night with 18 points. These are the complete results for Round 10.

North Group
Asociacion Basquebol Temuco 82 - Deportes Victoria 89
Tem: Josef Krause 35 pts. Ronald Cruces 20 pts.
Vic: Felipe Acuna 28 pts. Cristian Zamorano 16 pts.

Deportes Lautaro 38 - Deportivo Las Animas 74
Lau: Eduardo astete 9 pts. Jorge montes 8 pts.
Ani: Cristobal Herrera 21 pts. Johnny Gomez 17 pts.

Deportivo Valdivia 129 - Deportivo Imperial 52
Val: Cristian Munoz 21 pts. Claus Prutzmann 20 pts.
Imp: Luis Gonzalez 15 pts. Mizzio GuiNez 11 pts.

South Group

Deportes Puerto Varas 84 - Deportivo Aleman 73
Var: Rodrigo Zuniga 29 pts. Patricio Robles 16 pts.
Ale: Pedro Sandoval 21 pts. Francisco Gonzalez 16 pts.

Universidad de Los Lagos 79 - Asociacion Basquetbol Ancud 69
Ula: Fernando Bucarey 18 pts.Humberto Carrizo 17 pts.
Anc: Carlos Sepulveda 24 pts. Francisco Pavez 20 pts.

Deportes Castro 106 - Deportivo Espanol 32
Cas: Angel Labrin 19 pts. Leonel Mendez 14 pts.
Esp: Leonardo Martinez 11 pts. Carlos Garcia 7 pts.


First win for the NT - by Daniel Valencia
In the first game during the trip to Argentina, the Chilean National Team defeated Club Atletico Barrio Parque 81-74. The game was played at the argentinian city of Carlos Paz.

Chile 81 - Club Atletico Barrio Parque
CHI: Patricio Briones (213-C-72, college: Dade CC) 26 pts.
PAR: Nicolas Rossi (196-C-85) 19 pts.

The second game for the NT will be played this monday night against another team from Cordoba, while on tuesday the NT will face Instituto ACC, and on wednesday against Sociedad Union Electrica.


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  CHINA   


Xin Jiang Team info. - by Robert Wang
Before 2010-2011 season start, Xi Jiang Guanghui Basketball club released two decisitions. One is the former NBA big guy Ba Teer has confirmed to stay in Xin Jiang for the following season. The other is the two other foreign coaches will join in Xin Jiang as the assist coach and team technical advisor. Their goal is to impact to the champion on the season 2010-2011 season led by the headcoach Mr. Jiang Xing Quan. These 2 foreign coaches will arrive in Xin jiang next week. Club President said that they still have not signed the contract with them and he doesnt want to release their names to till the contract signed. We will follow up their info.

Jiangsu catches up with Sichuan - by Eurobasket News
Jiangsu catches up with Sichuan as both teams are on top of NBL with 3-0 records each. Last night the team overcame ShenYang 104:88. Trailing 22-29 in the opening quarter the favorites produced 35-19 in the second quarter to take the lead at the halftime. Moreover they won the third and the last periods.
The next games to be played on June 15-16th.


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
Stage Two A
 1. Jiangsu 3-0 
 2. Sichuan 3-0 
 3. Guangzhou FM 2-1 
 4. Hangzhou 2-1 
 5. Changan Group 2-1 
 6. Heilongjiang 1-2 
 7. Jiyuan 1-2 
 8. ShenYang 1-2 
 9. W.Liaoning 0-3 
 10. Whampoa 0-3 
Stage One
 1. Anhui NS 0-0 
 2. Guangxi 0-0 
 3. Hebei 0-0 
 4. Hill 0-0 
 5. Hong Kong 0-0 
 6. Hubei 0-0 
 7. Liaoning 3C 0-0 
 8. Ningxia Hanas 0-0 


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  CROATIA   


Stats Leaders - A1
Points Per Game
 Toni BIZACA
  Trogir
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 21
 1. Bizaca, Trogir21.0 
 2. Vragovic, Dubrava20.7 
 3. Zoric, KK.20.3 
 4. Gordon, Cibona19.5 
 5. Spahija, Svjetlost17.7 
 6. Peric, Zadar17.5 
 7. Filipovic, Sibenik16.8 
 8. Bogdanovic, Cibona16.6 
 9. Stipcevic, Zadar16.1 
 10. Drezga, Trogir16.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jurica SPAHIJA
  Svjetlost
  (203-F/C-83)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Spahija, Svjetlost10.2 
 2. Zoric, KK.9.1 
 3. Ruzic, Zadar8.4 
 4. Peric, Zadar7.4 
 5. Sakic, Dubrava7.2 
 6. Macura, KK Split7.0 
 7. Vukicevic, Svjetlost7.0 
 8. Krolo, Darda7.0 
 9. Krapic, Zabok7.0 
 10. Maric, Dubrava6.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jamont GORDON
  Cibona
  (193-G/F-87)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Gordon, Cibona4.8 
 2. Mulaomerovic, KK Za.4.1 
 3. Bazdaric, Cedevita4.1 
 4. Tomeljak, Zabok4.1 
 5. Stipcevic, Zadar4.0 
 6. Blajic, Trogir3.7 
 7. Cosic, Svjetlost3.7 
 8. Norac, Svjetlost3.6 
 9. Camagajevac, Darda3.6 
 10. Sumic, KK Split3.4 
Steals Per Game
 Vinko BOSNJAK
  Dubrava
  (186-G-80)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Bosnjak, Dubrava2.4 
 2. Norac, Svjetlost2.4 
 3. Sumic, KK Split2.0 
 4. Gordon, Cibona1.9 
 5. Stipcevic, Zadar1.9 
 6. Katic, KK Split1.9 
 7. Kruslin, Dubrovnik1.8 
 8. Tomeljak, Zabok1.6 
 9. Krstic, KK.1.6 
 10. Bizaca, Trogir1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Jere MACURA
  KK Split
  (205-F-80)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Macura, KK Split1.6 
 2. Zoric, KK.1.5 
 3. Vladovic, Sibenik1.2 
 4. Sobin, KK Split1.1 
 5. Gordon, Cibona0.7 
 6. Krolo, Darda0.7 
 7. Bizaca, Trogir0.7 
 8. Bagaric, Cibona0.7 
 9. Kamaldin, Darda0.7 
 10. Petrovic, Cedevita0.7 


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  CYPRUS   


Jarret Hart is a free agent - by Dr. Nasios Orinos
According to official news, Jarrett Hart (194-G-80, college: Kansas St.) who successfully played in Cyprus the last few years seems to be a free agent. Jarret is a proven winner. He is a smart guard, an excellent ball handler and great shooter.

Awards/Achievements:

Eurobasket.com Greek A2 All-Bosmans Team -07
Greek A2 Runner-Up -07
Eurobasket.com Cyprus League All-Bosmans Team -08, 09, 10
Cyprus League Regular Season Champion -08
Cyprus League Champion -08
British National Team -08-09
Qualifications to European Championships 2009 -08: 5 games: 3.6ppg, 1.2rpg
Cyprus Cup Semifinals -09
Cyprus League Regular Season Runner-Up -09
Cyprus League Finalist -09
European Championships in Poland -09: 7 games: 4.7ppg, 2.7rpg, 1.3apg
Cyprus Cup Winner -10
Cyprus League Semifinals -10



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  DENMARK   


Martin Hoirup stays at Naestved - by Eurobasket News
One of the Danish stars of Naestved Martin Hoirup (192-F-82) will remain in the team for the next season. Starting his career with the team in year 2002 the experienced player is glad to continue there. In the last season he played in 28 games and averaged 8.5ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.0apg, FGP-1 (66.7%), 3PT: 14.3%, FT: 65.9%. In 2009 he became Danish Cup Finalist and reached Danish League Semifinals. last season he reached Danish Cup Semifinals with his team.

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  FRANCE   


ProA, Big Final: Cholet beats Le Mans, wins the championship title - by Eurobasket News
Cholet - Le Mans 81-65
Cholet outplayed Le Mans in the Big Final winning the ProA championship title. Cholet had six players with double-digits in scoring. Antywane Robinson (203-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Temple) was the leading one with 15, while Randal Falker (201-F-85, college: S.Illinois) added one point less. Samuel Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul) secured a nice help with 12 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Mickael Gelabale (201-F-83) (9 rebs and 5 as) and Marcellus Sommerville (200-F-82, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Bradley) netted 11 pts apiece, and John Linehan (175-G-78, college: Providence) had 10. In the loosing squad, Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) collected 21 points and 5 rebounds. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) had 12 pts and also 5 rebs. Cholet opened the game better as they made 25-20 lead after ten minutes of play. Le Mans slightly improved after that, especially in defense, managing to limit Cholet to 15 pts in Q2. On the other side, they scored 18 for 40-38 deficit at the HT. Third quarter was the crucial one in this game. Antywane Robinson and his teammates took control on their rivals and stopped them to only 8 points for the entire period. Cholet drained 18 for comfortable 58-46 with ten minutes left. Cholet had no troubles to keep and even to increase its lead for the final 81-65 victory! Cholet was the regular season champion in France with 23-7 record. In the Playoff Quarterfinals they eliminated Poitiers 2-0 and later outplayed Gravelines in the Semis 2-1. Last season, it was ASVEL who won the championship title.


ProB: Pau-Lacq-Orthez is the champion - by Eurobasket News
Pau-Lacq-Ort. - Limoges 78-62
Pau-Lacq-Orthez is the ProB champion for season 2009/10. They were too strong for Limoges in the Big Final 78-62. Slaven Rimac (195-G-74) was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 30. He spent 33 minutes on the court collecting 24 points and 5 rebounds. Teddy Gipson (193-G-80, college: Arkansas) was the second scorer in victory with 18 points and he had 6 assists beside that. Antoine Mendy (198-F-83) helped with 13 pts. In Limoges, Kevin Braswell (188-G-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgetown) top-scored with 15 pts. John McCord (201-F-73, college: Cornell) had 14 points and 7 boards. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was a better team from the beginning. They drained 21 points in the first quarter and won it by five. Second period also belonged to Pau-Lacq-Orthez, who was up by 6 at the HT, 34-28. Question about the winner is resolved in Q3, when Slaven Rimac and his teammates jumped to plus 13. Last ten minutes were just the formality as Pau-Lacq-Orthez closed the game out in style, 78-62. Pau-Lacq-Orthez was the regular season champion in ProB with 28-6 record. In the Quarterfinals they eliminated Evreux 2-1 and after that Maurienne, also with 2-1 (Semifinals). Both, Pau-Lacq-Orthez and Limoges, will play in ProA next season.


Le Mans parts ways with Zach Wright and Marc Salyers - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans will not continue collaboration with Zach Wright (188-G-85, college: Cent.Missouri) and Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford). Last night, the team failed against Cholet in the ProA Final Game.
Zach Wright arrived to Le Mans last summer from Chalon. He appeared 12 times in EuroCup averaging 7.6 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.7 steals. In ProA he played 36 games adding 8.9 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 4.4 apg and 1.9 spg. Wright was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Honorable Mention -10. Before Le Mans and Chalon, he was a member of Braunschweig in Germany.
Marc Salyers also joined Le Mans last year. He played 12 games in EuroCup averaging 12.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 2.3 apg. In domestic championship Salyers had 11.7 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 2.8 apg for 36 games. It seems that was not enough for the coach JD Jackson, who decided not to keep the player for the next season. Before Le Mans, Salyers spent one year with Azovmash Mariupol. From 2006 to 2008 he played for Roanne and before that for Montecatini, Gravelines, Fenerbahce, Oyak Renault and Novara. He graduated at Samford in 2001.


David Noel moves from Roanne to Paris-Levallois - by Eurobasket News
David Noel (198-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina) will stay in France for at least two more seasons, but not with Roanne. The 26-year old American signed a deal with Paris-Levallois.
David Noel arrived to Roanne last year from Philippines. He played 16 games in EuroChallenge this season averaging 10.8 points, 4 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Roanne reached EuroChallenge Semifinals. Noel had better numbers in ProA: 11.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 2.9 apg.
Before Roanne, David Noel had a great numbers in PBA with his Barangay Ginebra Kings. For 20 games there Noel averaged 19.8 ppg, 12.8 rpg and 5.4 apg. He started last season with the LA Clippers, but in October moved to Albuquerque Thunderbirds and later to Reno Bighorns. In the past, Noel also was a member of Joventut, Tulsa 66ers and Milwaukee Bucks. On season 2006/07, Noel averaged 2.7 points and 1.8 rebounds for 68 NBA games. He graduated at North Carolina in 2006. In his last season Noel had 12.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg and 3.5 apg for 31 games.
Paris-Levallois ended last season as No.7 and was eliminated in the Quarterfinals (Le Mans).


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. King, Le Havre4.6 
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. Greer, Nancy1.8 
 7. Mims, Roanne1.8 
 8. Melody, Vichy1.7 
 9. Rogers, Rouen1.7 
 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. Badiane, Poitiers1.6 
 4. Akpomedah, Grave.1.6 
 5. Slaughter, Nancy1.4 
 6. Akingbala, Nancy1.3 
 7. Falker, Cholet1.2 
 8. Simon, Strasbourg1.2 
 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. Jennings, Boulazac0.9 
 9. Bauer, Pau-Lacq.0.9 
 10. N''Diaye, Le Portel0.9 


French U18 National Team 2010 - by Sahereh

French U18 National Team 2010:


#s#
Ulysse Adjagba
Adjagba
Mourad Benkloua
Benkloua
Lambert Diacono
Diacono
Rudy Gobert
Gobert
Hugo Invernizzi
Invernizzi
#e#5
Ulysse Adjagba 184-G-93 CFBB France
Mourad Benkloua 204-C-92 Roanne France
Lambert Diacono 194-G/F-92 ASVEL France
Rudy Gobert 211-C-92 Cholet France
Hugo Invernizzi 196-F/G-93 CFBB France
Jean-Charles Livio 202-F/C-93 CFBB France
Theo Leon 178-G-92 ASVEL France
Yannis Morin 206-C/F-93 CFBB France
Hugo Naurais 200-F-92 Chalon France
Matthieu Robin 187-G/F-92 Cholet France
Axel Toupane 196-F-92 Strasbourg France
Valentin Bigote 194-F-92
Jordan Fauconnet 180-G-93 Roanne France
Anis Gabsi 197-G-93 Orleans France
Romain Pintiaux 197-G-93 Nancy France


French U19 National Team 2010:

#s#
Evan Fournier
Fournier
Mathis Keita
Keita
Louis Labeyrie
Labeyrie
Kevin Mendy
Mendy
Jonathan Radjouki
Radjouki
#e#5
Thomas Ceci 194-G-92 Le Mans Sarthe Basket France
Rudy Deal 202-F/C-92 ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket France
Evan Fournier 198-G/F-92 JSF Nanterre France
Livio Jean-Charles 201-F/C-93 Centre Federal du Basket-Ball France
Mathis Keita 192-G-92 Centre Federal du Basket-Ball France
Louis Labeyrie 208-C-92 Fos Ouest Provence Basket France
Clement Leotard 185-G-92 JDA Dijon Bourgogne France
Kevin Mendy 200-G/F-92 Le Mans Sarthe Basket France
Antonin Moynet 202-F-92 Entente Orleans 45 France
Jonathan Radjouki 205-F/C-92 Centre Federal du Basket-Ball France
Yannis Morin 204-C-93 Centre Federal du Basket-Ball France

Philippe Ory Head Coach Centre Federal du Basket-Ball France



French U15 National Team 2010 - by Sahereh
Jean Biog (93)
Antoine Chevrier
Dylan David
Paul Lou Duwiquet
Lionel Ebreuil
Etienne Joumard
Alexandre Karolak
Romuald Morency
Paul Noizet
Lucas Paoletti
Paul Rigot
Thomas Ros
Quentin Saniez
Ibrahima Sidibe (93)
Brice Tejedor
Bryan Vespuce
Bryan Willman
Olivier Yao-Delon


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  GERMANY   


Seth Doliboa (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) Thoughts To Game 3 and 4 In the BEKO BBL Finals Against The Brose Baskets Bamberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.) is a 28 year old 203 cm power forward that will be playing his first season with the Deutsche Bank Skyliners. He grew up in Ohio and went to Wright State. In his junior year, he played 28 games averaging 22.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.3apg. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 15.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.0apg. He started his professional basketball career with the Roanoke Dazzle playing in the NBDL league and then in the D-League, playing 47 games averaging 10.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 43%, 3PT: 33%, FT: 78.1%. Last season, he played in Portugal for Sport Lisboa Benfica playing 26 games and averaging 17.6ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 59.9%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 72.8%. He won the Portugal league championship and was the 2009 Allstar MVP award. Seth spoke to Eurobasket before game four against The Brose Baskets Bamberg.

A tough 97-52 loss in game three. have you ever suffered such a big loss like this in your career?

Any team can get blown out at some point. It was a little embarrassing for it to happen to us in a finals game.

Is this a loss what The Deutsche Bank Skyliners can truly forget quickly?

We don t have a choice. That game is over and we re still trying to win a championship. We know what level we can play to and we still beieve we can win.

Frankfurt once again got off to a slow start in the first quarter. Why does the club continue to start slow?

It s something we struggled with the entire year. We seem to like to get our back against the wall before we really start playing

Frankfurt once again was unable to find an offensive rhythm in game three. After seeing Bamberg so often is there not anything the team can do get more of a rhythm on offense?



It s really not much to do with who the opponent is. We just need to do a better job executing our offense.


Is there anything Frankfurt can change up on defense to rattle Bamberg in game four?


Once again, I don t think it s about making changes. We have to execute what we do better.


Are The Deutsche Bank Skyliners possibly fatigued from the long playoff run?

Of course we re fatigued. Everyone s fatigued this time of year, but that s not enough to stop us from obtaining our goal.

Welcome to Beckham Wyrick. He would play many minutes for most other teams. What impressed you with his game?

I would have to say I don t remember. I was trying to forget that game before the final buzzer went off.

What is your personal record in do or die games?

I m not sure what my record is but, I do have a good feeling about this upcoming game.

Who has momentum in NBA finals and who will win it?

I like the Celtics right now. They have a nice flow going.
Thanks Seth for the chat.



Seth Doliboa (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) Thoughts To Game 3 and 4 In the BEKO BBL Finals Against The Brose Baskets Bamberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Seth Doliboa is a 28 year old 203 cm power forward that will be playing his first season with the Deutsche Bank Skyliners. He grew up in Ohio and went to Wright State. In his junior year, he played 28 games averaging 22.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.3apg. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 15.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.0apg. He started his professional basketball career with the Roanoke Dazzle playing in the NBDL league and then in the D-League, playing 47 games averaging 10.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 43%, 3PT: 33%, FT: 78.1%. Last season, he played in Portugal for Sport Lisboa Benfica playing 26 games and averaging 17.6ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 59.9%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 72.8%. He won the Portugal league championship and was the 2009 Allstar MVP award. Seth spoke to Eurobasket before game four against The Brose Baskets Bamberg.





A tough 97-52 loss in game three. have you ever suffered such a big loss like this in your career?

Any team can get blown out at some point. It was a little embarrassing for it to happen to us in a finals game.



Is this a loss what The Deutsche Bank Skyliners can truly forget quickly?



We don t have a choice. That game is over and we re still trying to win a championship. We know what level we can play to and we still beleive we can win.

Frankfurt once again got off to a slow start in the first quarter. Why does the club continue to start slow?



It s something we struggled with the entire year. We seem to like to get our back against the wall before we really start playing


Frankfurt once again was unable to find an offensive rhythm in game three. After seeing Bamberg so often is there not anything the team can do get more of a rhythm on offense?

It s really not much to do with who the opponent is. We just need to do a better job executing our offense.


Is there anything Frankfurt can change up on offense to rattle Bamberg in game four?




It s really not much to do with who the opponent is. We just need to do a better job executing our offense.

Are The Deutsche Bank Skyliners possibly fatigued from the long playoff run?



Of course we re fatigued. Everyone s fatigued this time of year, but that s not enough to stop us from obtaining our goal.




Welcome to Beckham Wyrick. He would play many minutes for most other teams. What impressed you with his game?



I would have to say I don t remember. I was trying to forget that game before the final buzzer went off.




What is your personal record in do or die games?


I m not sure what my record is but, I do have a good feeling about this upcoming game.


Who has momentum in NBA finals and who will win it?




I like the Celtics right now. They have a nice flow going.





Thanks Seth for the chat.


Seth Doliboa (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) Thoughts To Game 3 and 4 In the BEKO BBL Finals Against The Brose Baskets Bamberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.) is a 28 year old 203 cm power forward that will be playing his first season with the Deutsche Bank Skyliners. He grew up in Ohio and went to Wright State. In his junior year, he played 28 games averaging 22.3ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.3apg. In his senior year, he played 28 games averaging 15.0ppg, 7.4rpg, 1.0apg. He started his professional basketball career with the Roanoke Dazzle playing in the NBDL league and then in the D-League, playing 47 games averaging 10.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 43%, 3PT: 33%, FT: 78.1%. Last season, he played in Portugal for Sport Lisboa Benfica playing 26 games and averaging 17.6ppg, 7.7rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 59.9%, 3PT: 38.7%, FT: 72.8%. He won the Portugal league championship and was the 2009 Allstar MVP award. Seth spoke to Eurobasket before game four against The Brose Baskets Bamberg.

A tough 97-52 loss in game three. have you ever suffered such a big loss like this in your career?

Any team can get blown out at some point. It was a little embarrassing for it to happen to us in a finals game.

Is this a loss what The Deutsche Bank Skyliners can truly forget quickly?

We don t have a choice. That game is over and we re still trying to win a championship. We know what level we can play to and we still believe we can win.

Frankfurt once again got off to a slow start in the first quarter. Why does the club continue to start slow?

It s something we struggled with the entire year. We seem to like to get our back against the wall before we really start playing

Frankfurt once again was unable to find an offensive rhythm in game three. After seeing Bamberg so often is there not anything the team can do get more of a rhythm on offense?

It s really not much to do with who the opponent is. We just need to do a better job executing our offense.

Is there anything Frankfurt can change up on offense to rattle Bamberg in game four?

It s really not much to do with who the opponent is. We just need to do a better job executing our offense.

Are The Deutsche Bank Skyliners possibly fatigued from the long playoff run?

Of course we re fatigued. Everyone s fatigued this time of year, but that s not enough to stop us from obtaining our goal.

Welcome to Beckham Wyrick. He would play many minutes for most other teams. What impressed you with his game?

I would have to say I don t remember. I was trying to forget that game before the final buzzer went off.

What is your personal record in do or die games?

I m not sure what my record is but, I do have a good feeling about this upcoming game.

Who has momentum in NBA finals and who will win it?

I like the Celtics right now. They have a nice flow going.
Thanks Seth for the chat.



A Conversation With Quantez Robertson (Deutsche Bank Skyliners) - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) is a 24 year old 190 cm guard from Cincinnati Ohio. He is playing his rookie season in Germany in the BBL for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. He played at Auburn from 2005-2009. In his senior year he played 36 games averaging 6.0ppg, 3.9rpg, 3.2apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 39.4%, 3Pts: 23.6%, FT: 62.3%. He reached the NIT elite 8 with Aubrun in 2009.He is seen as an athletic freak with amazing lateral quickness and long arms and is good enough to play in the NBA based off of his defensive skills alone. He spoke to Eurobasket before game four of the 2010 BEKO BBL finals.

Was the 97-52 the worst loss in your career?

Yes, I would say so. They hit their shots and it was tough to come back.

Why did Frankfurt not get into the game?

They made it tough, got us out of our rhythm and we could not capitalize of the few the mistakes they made and make our shots.

Why was it so hard to stop Bamberg?

They were able to defend very well and they made tough shots. The big men were setting good screens, which made it easier for them to kick the ball out and hit open shots.

What did coach Gordie Herbert tell you guys after the loss?

He said it was a bad loss but it was only one game. We need to come back, play more aggressive and with intensity in game 4.

What adjustments need to be made for game 4?

We have to play together as a team more, we have to get more defensive stops and get more shots on offense.

How difficult is it to defend Brian Roberts? What makes him so strong?

He can penetrate and get to the rim and can shoot the ball. He is good off the screen and you never know what he will do.

How happy were you with your performance in game 3?

I was not happy with my game, I could have played better. I need to play better on offense and defense.

What was your playoff highlight the Berlin or Bremerhaven series?

I did not really have a highlight, I thought I played well in both series, I just did what I have been doing all season long which is playing good defense.

What has changed with the team since the arrival of Gordon Herbert?

He has told us not to be afraid to be aggressive or to make mistakes. He just wants us to always play hard.

What do you miss most about Murat Didin?

He was a good coach and I liked being around him, I liked the way he coached.

What is a strength of coach Gordon Herbert?

He is a strong coach and I like how he interacts with us at team meals. He is very attentive in the locker room and on the court and he knows how to motivate us.

How is your relationship to Gordon Herbert?

We have a good relationship. He talks to me off the court and tells me what I should do better.

What have you learnted from him to do better on offense and defense?

He has helped me to improve my shooting and my freethrows and on defense, he tells me to keep being aggressive and since I am one of the best defenders of the team, he tells me I should act like it. He has helped me to improve getting in the passing lanes and stopping the other teams best player.

Besides the strong heart and being able to come back, what else is a strength of Frankfurt?

The players rely on each other. We help each other out on the court and are aggressive on the court.

Where would the Deutsche Bank Skyliners be on defense without Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn)?

I think they would still be where they are. I am just a piece of the puzzle to the success on the defense.

You had 5 steals against Bremerhaven in a game in the playoffs, what was the most steals you had in your career?

I had 7 steals against Oklahoma State.

How happy are you with your rookie season?

I feel good about my rookie season, I came to a team where I did all I could to help them reach the final.

What have you improved on your game?

I am shooting the ball better than I did before.

What do you still need to improve?

My shooting and my defense.

What was a nicer moment the buzzer beater in Dusseldorf or the game winning shot in Bamberg?

The game winning shot in Bamberg was nicer because it was in a tough environment and in the finals.

What have you learnt from Aubrey Reese this season on the court?

I learnt to play better on the pick and roll.

If you could ask THE Michael Jordan a question about athletism, what would you ask him?

I do not really know but I believe I am as athletic as him, just not as tall.

What is your dream steal?

With the clock running down, making the steal and tying the game or winning it with the bucket.

Would you like to play in Frankfurt next season?

We will see if they want me back, I would love to play here.

What do you like most about Germany?

Germany is a nice place and the people are friendly.

Why are there so many basketball players from Ohio?

I am not really sure, I think that they practice a lot and get better.

What is your favourite place in Frankfurt?

The Champions Bar, where I eat.

Who wins a one on one in practise, you or Jimmy McKinney?

I would win, Jimmy is too goofy and not serious.

What has been the difference in the Celtics Lakers series?

Celtics bench has been better.

What was the last DVD that you saw?

40-year old virgin.

Thank you, Tez, for the interview.



Travnizek heads to Nuernberg - Who will coach Herzoege Wolfenbuettel? - by Moritz Korff
2. Bundesliga Pro B club Herzoege Wolfenbuettel is eager to find a new coach after Benjamin Travnizek has been appointed a new coach assistant, NBBL head coach and director of youth basketball at Nuernberger BC. The 28-year-old had taken over the headcoaching job in Wolfenbuettel during this past season. According to newsclick.de the Herzoege team also suffered a set-back in filling its 2010-2011 roster with a promising German wing, dropping out of the hunt for Cornelius Adler (195-G/F-89). As newsclick.de reports, the former German U20 international who suited up for Ehingen since 2008 might have reached an agreement with 1. Bundesliga side BG Goettingen.

Christopher Mcnaughten Moves To The EWE Baskets Oldenburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After failing to defend their 2009 BEKO BBL title, there was speculation that the club may start to go in a new direction and rebuild with new players as it was announced that Jason gardner would not return, Je Kel Foster let it be known that he wanted to look for teams in the warmer climates of Europe and Daniel Strauch retired, and The EWE Baskets Oldenburg got help under the basket signing ex BG Goettingen center Christopher McNaughton (211-C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Bucknell). He is a 27 year old 211cm center that is a true back-to-the-basket big man, but does possess good mobility for his size. Oldenburg coach Predrag Krunic is thrilled in getting the big man. 'He played an important role in Goettingen and got added internationl experience', stresed Predrag Krunic . Oldenburg CEO Hermann Schueller is also happy in getting added help under the basket. 'We were looking for a player that could help us right away. He played a big role with BG Goettingen and was an importnat piece to their success in the Eurochallenge success', said Hermann Schueller.

Mcnaughton comes from Leutershausen Germany and started his basketball career with
TSK universa Bamberg, but only practiced with the team and also had a licence for TSV Troester Breitengrussbach. He played for TSV Troester Breitengrussbach from 2001-2003. He then went to the States and played NCAA for Bucknell from 2003-2007. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 12.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 56.7%, 3Pts: 33.3%, FT: 71.3%. In 2007-2008, he went to Spain and played for C.B. L'Hospitalet (Spain-LEB Gold): 6 games: 1.7ppg, 2.0rpg, also played at C.B. Prat (Spain-LEB Silver): 24 games: 10.6ppg, 6.2rpg, 2FGP: 58.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 66.0%. In 2008-2009, he played for Faymasa Palencia (Spain-LEB Silver): 29 games: 10.4ppg, 5.1rpg, FGP: 59.6%, FT: 72.8%. He was Spanish LEB Silver Cup Winner in 2009. Last season, he played for BG Goettingen avergaing 7,4ppg and 3,0rpg in 15 minutes per game. In the Eurochallenge final, he scored 22 points in 15 minutes.
Source: www.ewe-baskets.de



Serbia record second win against Germany - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U17 - Germany U17 68:67
Serbian U17 selection earned the second straight win over their German counterparts. Serbia eked out a narrow victory in Belgrade. The teams will soon clash again. Hamburg will host ING-DiBa Tournament from June 17 through 21 with both teams participating.
Germany got to a brave start. They quickly gained the lead and posted a 22:16 lead at the first break. Germany continued to dominate in the second period. They fired 26 points in the second period taking a comfortable 48:32 advantage at the interval. But the third term turned into a real disaster for the visitors. Serbia drastically changed their attitude. They limited Germany to only 5 points and narrowed the gap to only 3 points with ten minutes to go. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93) stepped up in the final stanza. He poured in 10 points in the fourth quarter helping Serbia snatch a tough victory at the end.
Nenad Miljenovic notched 15 points to lead Serbia. Nemanja Bezbradica (205-F/C-93) added 14 points for the winners. Julius Wolf (201-F-93) answered with 16 points for Germany. Besnik Bekteshi (187-G-93) had 13 points in the losing effort.

Serbia U17: Nenad Miljenovic 15, Nemanja Bezbradica 14, Nikola Radicevic (195-G-94) 11
Germany U17: Julius Wolf 16, Besnik Bekteshi 13



Chris McNaughton joins Oldenburg - by Eurobasket News
EWE Baskets Oldenburg have announced the signing of Christopher McNaughton (211-C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Bucknell). The 27-year-old centre spent the previous season in Goettingen. Christopher McNaughton tallied 8.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game in EuroChallenge. In German BBL McNaughton notched 7.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per appearance. Earlier the centre had spells for Hospitalitet and Palencia in Spain.


SSV Lok Bernau Sign Perica Simic - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
SSV Lok Bernau got active for the new season by bringing back Perica Simic (198-F-80) who played for the club back in the 2002-2003 basketball season. The 30 year old 198cm forward also has the Croatian-German citzenship. Bernau coach Torsten Schierenbeck coached Simic earlier in his career and is happy that he is has him as player again. 'I know Peri since many years back to the Magdeburg time. He fits perfect into our system and was my wish player at the forward position. I like his playing style, but also that he is loyal and his charachter', stressed coach Torsten Schierenbeck . Simic played for BBC Magdeburg from 2003-2005 and then for BG Magdeburg from 2005-2007. In the 2007-2008 season, he played for Wolfenbuettel Dukes (Germany-ProB, starting five): 29 games: 5.2ppg, 3.7rpg, FGP: 51.3%, FT: 60.7%. he returned back to BG Magdeburg playing there from 2008-2010. Last season, he played 12 games averaging 10.8ppg.'It is nice to be able to play in Bernau again and take up the challenge of the PRO B. I was in Bernau a few times last season and experienced the great atmosphere there. The Bernau fans are great and I am looking forward to the first home game', said Perica Simic.
Source: ssv-lok-bernau.de



BSV Wulfen seals Henley swoop - by Moritz Korff
Forward Joey Henley (196-F, college: Sacred Heart) has secured a move to 2. Bundesliga Pro B newcomer BSV Wulfen after joining the club from SVD 49 Dortmund. Henley played 26 games for Dortmund during this past season and averaged 21.7 points as well as 8.5 rebounds per contest. He looks to follow in the footsteps of Ahmad Smith (194-G-84, college: St.Bonaventure) who once moved from Dortmund to Wulfen, came out like gangbusters at the BSV team and draw the attention of higher league teams while wearing the red and white jersey. Smith ended up signing with Herten following his Wulfen stint and recently commited to the Wuerzburg Baskets who signed the versatile guard on a two-year deal.
Henley might have plans to use Wulfen as a springboard as well, in order to make himself a name in German basketball and to tie in with his promising start that he has had as a pro player in Dortmund during the 2009-10 campaign. The graduate of Sacred Heart University stands only 196cm tall, but feels comfortable to take on the big guys in the middle, taking care of the dirty work, crashing the boards and scoring in the paint. He left SHU as a All-NEC member in 2009 and had also spent two seasons on the Pioneers' football varsity team.


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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. 13-2 
 2. L.Angeles L. 11-2 
 3. Edmonton E. 10-4 
 4. Kankakee S. 10-8 
 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. B.Colombia T. 11-7 
 4. Bellingham S. 10-6 
 5. Yamhill H. 8-8 
 6. C.Oregon H. 4-10 
 7. Oregon W. 3-13 
 8. Shanxi Zh. 0-0 


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A Dilettanti Finals 2, game 3 & 4 - by Armando Caporaso
Four games were not enough to decide the second team promoted to the LegaA2! Among 2 days the decisive final game 5 at Forli'.

In the game 3 (6/11) very important victory of Forli' at Bologna for 75-68. After three quarter very balanced led by the Fortitudo the VemSistemi plays a very perfect last quarter and, with a partial of 24-11, brings home the victory and the advantage in the series for 2-1. For the winners excellent performance of all team with 5 players with more of 10 points. The top scorer is Christian Villani (200-G/F-82) with 16 points and 4 steals starting by bench. Matteo Frassineti (195-G/F-87) closes with 14 points and only one error at shoot (5/6), 10 points and 6 rebounds with 3 steals for Mitchell Poletti (205-F/C-88), 12 points for Massimo Farioli (202-F/C-77, agency: Interperformances) and 10 points with 6 rebounds for the argentinian Andres Forray (188-G-86). For the others 8 points for Stefano Masciadri (200-F-89) and 5 of Federico Tassinari (194-G-77, agency: Players Group). For the hosts the MVP is Alessandro Cittadini (207-C/F-79) with 18 points, 8/9 by 2, 8 rebounds, 4 steals (but 4 turnovers), 7 fouls suffered and 2 blocks. Bad game for Matteo Malaventura (196-G-78) with only 7 points and 3/13 at shoot, 11 points for Gennaro Sorrentino (185-G-85), Alejandro Muro (187-G-74, agency: Players Group) and Silvio Gigena (200-F-75). For the argentinian also 8 rebounds, including 5 offensives, while for the Uruguayan 3 assist but 2/9 by 3. Only 4 points with 5 rebounds for Davide Lamma (192-G-76, agency: Players Group), out for 5 fouls.

Yesterday at PalaDozza, in the game 4, Bologna tie the series with the victory for 85-69. The Fortitudo starts very strong already in the first quarter (27-12) and controls the match until the end. Matteo Malaventura is the top scorer with 20 points, 7/7 at free throw but 1/8 by 3 and 5 steals. Very excellent performance of Davide Lamma, after a bad game 3, with 16 points, 8/9 at free throw and 8 assist with 29 of ranking. 9 points and 7 rebounds for Silvio Gigena, 12 points of Gennaro Sorrentino and Alessandro Cittadini that catches 9 rebounds and adds 4 steals in only 17 minutes. From the bench 10 points of Francesco Quaglia (207-F/C-88) with 4 rebounds in 21 minutes, played in place of Cittadini, out for 5 fouls very soon. For the visitors too many free throw granted to opponents (38) and too many rebounds (41-28 under the boards). Massimo Farioli with 15 points, 8 rebounds and 8 fouls suffered is the MVP for the VemSistemi. Good job also for Matteo Frassineti and Mitchell Poletti with 14 points. For the forward 6/12 at shoot, for the center 5 rebounds. Andres Forray scores 10 points and adds 4 steals + 3 assist, 6 points for Claudio Tommasini (190-G-91) and Federico Tassinari with 6 rebounds and 4 assist (but 4 turnovers). Only 2 points for Stefano Masciadri and Christian Villani.


Tomo Mahoric takes over in Cremona - by Eurobasket News
Tomo Mahoric has been appointed the new head coach of Vanoli Cremona. The 44-year-old Slovenian specialist was last seen in BC Kyiv in 2007/08 season. He replaced Attilio Caja at the bridge in Cremona. Tomo Mahoric worked as a head coach in Olimpija, Slask Wroclaw, Lietuvos Rytas.


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Mindaugas Kuzminskas pulls out of NBA draft - by Simas Baranauskas
Mindaugas Kuzminskas (204-F-89) decided to pull out of the 2010 NBA draft. The twenty-year-old forward withdrew his application before the deadline to do so expiring later on today.

Kuzminskas will try his luck in the next year's NBA draft and expects to go higher in the 2011 than he would have this year.

As the official version goes, this decision was made because of a tight training schedule and modest predictions on where Kuzminskas could have been drafted.

The player from Vilnius had received invitations to work out in training from New Jersey Nets, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Phoenix Suns, Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks. However, he declined all of them with the sight of the Lithuanian National Team in his future as the player wants to take a breath before the training camp with the National squad.

Kuzminskas was included in the preliminary roster of Lithuanian National team and will train with the second squad from June 30.

The player was expected to go late in the second round, therefore he will wait another year and try to go in the first round next year.

Every player wants to be drafted in the first round. Mindaugas can achieve this after a good season in Euroleague with Zalgiris Kaunas, the players agency reveals.

Kuzminskas followed the example of another Lithuanian prospect Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances), who also pulled out of this years draft.

Courtesy of www.LithuaniaBasketball.com


Poland win home tournament - by Eurobasket News
Poland U20 - Lithuania U20 95:86

Polish U20 National Team clinched the top spot at the international tournament in Ostrow Wielkopolski. They finished the competition at 2-1 record just enough to claim the top position. Poland overcame previously undefeated Lithuania to reach the success. Sebastian Szymanski (186-G-91) fired 20 points to pace the effort.
The first half saw an intense close battle. Poland and Lithuania stayed leveled 26:26 at the first break. Lithuania managed to pull their noses in front 47:45 at the main break. But Poland entered the second half firing from all guns. They exploded with 31 points in the third frame and cleared off to an 11-point distance with one quarter remaining. Lithuania regained the momentum in the fourth term but it was too late. Poland stayed confident and rallied to the victory at the end. Piotr Pamula (195-G-90) and Jaroslaw Mokros (201-F-90) knocked down 16 points each for the winners. Aleksander Czyz added 15 points for the hosts. Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) responded with 14 points for Lithuania. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) provided 11 points in the loss.

Poland U20: Sebastian Szymanski 20, Piotr Pamula 16, Jaroslaw Mokros 16
Lithuania U20: Giedrius Staniulis 14, Gediminas Orelikas 11



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AS Sale and Maghreb Fez to meet in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
AS Sale and Maghreb Fez eliminated their rivals in the Semis and will meet in the Playoff Finals.
AS Sale was too strong for Sport Plazza Casa. ASS celebrated 59-86 road victory in Game One and after that registered another easy win. In the second meeting ASS players blasted PCS by 20 (93-72) securing a passage to the last stage.
On the other side, Maghreb Fez eliminated Raja Casablanca. In Game One, MAF celebrated 54-79 win on the road making a huge step forward to the last stage. Maghreb took control on its rival from the very beginning. They started strongly from the opening tip-off limiting RCA to just 8 points for ten minutes. On the other side they drained 22 and it was a clear signal that Maghreb is going to take this one. Nothing has changed in Q2. Actually, RCA improved in offense, but still it was Maghreb who increased its lead to huge 26-47. And that was not all. Maghreb continued in the same rhythm after the HT break creating 12-23 in Q3. The only question for rest of the way was how big difference it will be at the end. Maghreb slowed down in the last ten minutes scoring just 9 points. At the same time, RCA players had 16, but still that was not enough for any better than 25-point deficit. In the second meeting MAF also was better 97-76.
First game of the Playoff Finals is scheduled for June 19. It will be best-of-three series.


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Salem scores season high 169 points in Game One playoff win - by Joe Becerra
The Salem Stampede opened the 2010 NABL playoffs with a 169-144 win over
The Snohomish County Explosion Sunday night in Salem.
Salem leads the best of three series 1-0.

The Stampede rolled to 42 points in the first quarter and added 92 points in the second
half as they had their highest scoring showing of the season.

Matt Schmidt (6'6''-F) and Ryan Schmidt (6'6''-F-84, college: W.Oregon) had 35 and 34 points to lead the Stampede.
The Schmidt brothers averaged over 20 points a game each in the last 5 regular season games of the year.
Both also had impressive performances in the NABL all star game played in May.

Mike Tabb (6'6''-G/F-82, college: San Jose City JC) named First team ALL-NABL this week showed his playoff game with a triple double performance of 29 points 14 rebounds and 11 assists.

Willie Freemann (6'7''-F-80, college: W.Carolina) was also named to the ALL-NABL (3rd) team announced this past week.
Freeman proved the voters right contributing his own triple double performance
closing the books with17 points 14 rebounds and 13 assists.

Stampede veteran star Ryan Skinner (6'1''-G-79, college: Yakima Valley CC) may have topped everyones night
with a very complete game of 31 points (on 15-18 FGs) 10 rebounds
8 assists and tied his own team record of 9 steals.

Jeff Dunn (6'5''-G-83, college: Corban) hit 8-12 shots and finished with 19 points.
Mike McGloughlin a late season addition to the roster continues to
show a great presence around the basket grabbing 8 boards dishing
4 assists and scoring 4 points.

Chris Ferguson (6'0''-G-81, college: Evergreen St.) led Snohomish with an impressive 42 point outburst.
Ferguson named the 2010 NABL sixth man of the year hit shots from
all six Salem zip codes.
Chris Weakley (6'3''-G-79, college: Salem Intern.) (1st team ALL-NABL) scored 35 points for Snohomish.

The Explosion now prepare for game two which is set for Sunday
at 5pm in Monroe, WA.

Monroe is one of the toughest places to win in minor league basketball.
Salem will go in trying to close the series with a win and
advance to the NABL finals.

The Portland Showtime received a bye and await the winner of the
best of three series.



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Dwyane Wade seeking best player to join him in Miami - by Eurobasket News
As the July 1 opening of the NBA's free-agent shopping spree draws near, Dwyane Wade (6'4''-G-82, college: Marquette) says he will start off by looking for the best player to join him with the Miami Heat, rather than searching for the franchise where he would best fit.

'It's going to be fit with me first,' Wade said. 'I've made that very clear. Do I want to leave? Nope. Mmm-hmm. I want to be in Miami. That's where it starts.'

Wade attended Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Boston with his two sons, because at ages 8 and 3 they have no memories of their father's run to the championship with the Heat in 2006 -- and because the recollections are beginning to get hazy for Wade himself after failing to get past the first round of the playoffs in the past four seasons.

While he has said he will talk to other players and got the NBA world buzzing with his concept of a 'free-agent summit' he said, 'I don't do recruiting. Not now, anyway.'

'I don't look at it as recruiting. I'll gauge and see if guys want to be [in Miami], who wants to be with me.

'It's about who can come to Miami, it's about who do you trust, who can fit the organization, who best fits you as a player, things of that nature.'

Wade told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on Saturday he talked with Toronto Raptors forward Chris Bosh and Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson in Los Angeles this past week.

Wade told the newspaper he had dinner with Bosh and saw Johnson at a Brand Jordan event.

'My friends are the guys that are in the league,' Wade told the Sun-Sentinel. 'Some of my closest friends in the NBA happen to be certain guys that are up in this free-agent market. Yeah, it's going to be like that. Like I said, I don't worry about it. I smile and I keep on going with my day.

'Me and Chris have been friends since we came into the NBA. We signed with the same agent. So we can't eat together? It's all good. We understand what's going to come about from anything that goes on. But, no worries, it's just friends eating dinner.'

The Heat have one edge in the free-agent marketplace: they have Wade in house and can give him a larger contract than any other team, and they have the salary cap space to offer a maximum contract to an additional free agent.

So does Wade believe he will end up in Miami?

'I hope so,' Wade said.

As for Cleveland's LeBron James, Wade said, 'I have no idea. I don't know about anyone else.'

He said James is 'his own man. He's going to decide for himself. Everyone has their thoughts of what's going to happen. No one knows. I don't even think LeBron knows.'

When the free-agency period begins, Wade, Bosh, Johnson, James and Amare Stoudemire are among players who could be changing teams.


Courtesy of ESPN

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo texts AP 'still gathering' info on opportunity with Cavaliers - by Eurobasket News
Michigan State fans planted 'WE LOVE IZZO' signs - with the love represented by a red heart - alongside roads Tom Izzo would take on his way to work.

On Monday morning, the Tom Izzo Spartan Basketball Camp opens in East Lansing, Mich.

It's not clear if the camp's namesake will be there.

Izzo's stay-or-go decision likely hinges on what he thinks - or is told - LeBron James is going to do next month.

It's not known if he has contacted James, who might not know where he'll sign next month and may choose not to provide a Izzo with a hint.

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has said James wouldn't be consulted during his coaching search, but attempting to get in touch with the two-time MVP probably is part of Izzo's plan.

A week after reports surfaced about the Cavs' interest in one of college basketball's best coaches, Izzo indicated he's still undecided.

'Still gathering,' Izzo wrote Sunday in a text message to The Associated Press.

Izzo spent several hours in Cleveland with team officials on Thursday, and he told reporters that night at the Lansing, Mich., airport that the situation wouldn't go on forever.

Cleveland may intensify talks with Byron Scott if Izzo tells Gilbert that he's declining the offer. The Spartans may hire one of Izzo's former assistants, such as Dayton's Brian Gregory, should Izzo find himself with a new employer for the first time since 1983.

The Cavaliers are not commenting on their coaching search.

Gilbert, a Michigan State graduate, is seeking a replacement for fired coach Mike Brown, and the team will also attempt to re-sign James when free agency begins July 1.

Cavs general manager Chris Grant talked to Scott, a former New Jersey Nets and New Orleans Hornets coach, on the phone 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 for Phil Jackson's decision to stick with that franchise or step away. Scott's agent, Brian McInerney, has deferred all inquiries to the Cavs.

If Izzo leaves, he would be making a jump perhaps only one highly successful college coach Lou Carnesecca has made with similar roots at a program.

Carnesecca was an assistant to Joe Lapchick at St. John's from 1956-65 and took over as head coach from 1966-70 before leaving to coach the ABA's New York Nets for three seasons. Carnesecca returned to St. John's in 1974 and remained there until 1992.

Michigan State wouldn't be able to truly replace Izzo if he goes, but it might have to try to do just that if he can't turn down an opportunity to perhaps make $6 million doubling his salary while coaching a team that might include one of the world's best basketball players.

Gregory, Tulsa's Doug Wojcik, Utah's Jim Boylen all assistants under Izzo likely would be on the list of candidates, along with Michigan State associate head coach Mark Montgomery and Dwayne Stephens. Both played for the Spartans when Izzo was a relatively unknown assistant for Jud Heathcote.


Courtesy of www.washingtonexaminer.com


Source: LeBron James '100 percent' behind Cleveland Cavaliers' bid to hire Tom Izzo - by Eurobasket News
LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) may not be ready to commit to what he's doing in free agency, but he may be willing to make his opinion known on the Cavaliers' coaching search.

According to a high-level source, James would endorse the Cavs' hiring Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo.

Share Cavs owner Dan Gilbert said last week that James is not involved in the search for a replacement for Mike Brown, but sources have indicated James approves of the highly-respected Izzo. James also said in an interview with Larry King that he doesn't want to be heavily involved with selecting his next coach.

But James '100 percent' would endorse Izzo's hiring, the source said.

Izzo, meanwhile, is still pondering the Cavs job. On Sunday, Izzo told several Michigan-based reporters via text messages that he was 'still gathering' in regards to the Cavs' offer. Gathering facts and opinions, it is assumed. Perhaps even attempting to gather information from James' himself.

Lansing (Mich.) television station WLNS reported on Sunday that Izzo is waiting to speak directly with James, which the station reported had not happened as of Sunday night.

Nonetheless, James isn't believed to be giving anyone a hint to what his personal plans will be once he hits free agency on July 1. That seems to be the greatest issue Izzo is considering. Izzo has consulted numerous friends and acquaintances looking for an opinion of what James' intentions might be and what the Cavs may be able to do if they re-sign him or if they do not.

While he ponders and hopes to speak with James, though, Michigan State is trying to leverage its hometown edge. Several grassroots campaigns have been organized to appeal to Izzo to turn down the Cleveland offer.

A Web site has been formed to collect messages from fans and several groups have formed rallies and gatherings to make signs. There are now hundreds of signs supporting Izzo throughout East Lansing and the route from Izzo's home to the Breslin Center, the Spartans' arena, is littered with signs.

Izzo will likely have to drive past them on Monday when he's scheduled to host the start of a youth basketball camp that bears his name.

Though there has been an expectation that Izzo would make up his mind over the weekend, there were no indications on Sunday that Izzo planned an announcement on Monday.


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Gasol has little impact in Game 5 loss - by Eurobasket News
Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) finally got the ball with a chance to shoot, and Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76, agency: Pro Management Agency) sent it back at him.

A few minutes later, the same thing happened.

Gasol was little more than a spectator of the Kobe Bryant (notes) show in Game 5 of the NBA finals on Sunday night. And if he doesnt become part of the offense again, he might be watching something else: another Boston Celtics celebration at the Los Angeles Lakers expense.

The forward from Spain either couldnt get himself involved or the Lakers wouldnt involve him. Gasol got only four shots in the first half and finished with 12 points on 5-of-12 shooting in the Celtics 92-86 victory that gave them a 3-2 lead in the series.

Hes been consistent for us for a while now, so he can afford to have a bad game every once in a while, Bryant said.

Even worse for the Lakers, Gasol looked passive and pouty, getting overwhelmed by Garnett and often complaining to the officials, just as he did when the Celtics beat the Lakers in the 2008 finals.

Ive got to find ways to get better looks throughout the game, and then when I do just be assertive and be aggressive and dont be hesitant when I get the ball, Gasol said. Just attack.

Gasol was hardly the Lakers only problem. Nobody else was in double figures until his free throw with 2:25 remaining, and they wouldve been blown off the TD Garden floor if not for Bryants sensational third quarter.

But Gasol is the one who is most expected to step up and be the No. 2 man, the All-Star big with enough skills to score inside or out. And he had been mostly making up for his miserable 2008 series, averaging 20.5 points on 54 percent shooting in the first four games while largely outplaying Garnett.

But he has occasionally expressed frustration when the Lakers forget to throw the ball into the post, and he got few touches in the first half. He put up only four shots, then was swatted twice by Garnett in the third quarter when the ball did come his way.

He didnt have a lot of opportunities in the first half, and in the second half it looked like he broke away, went by Garnett, got to the front of the hoop, and he blocked it from behind, Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. He had another one blocked.

You know, until I see the edit, I cant make a comment on what happened out there, whether he was tentative or whether he had good defensive plays made against him. I thought Garnett made a couple good defensive plays.

Just for good measure, Tony Allen (notes) got him, too, racing in from nowhere to stop Gasols attempt under the basket.

This resembled a Lakers game from the 2005-06 season, when they had little talent around Bryant and forced him to be great nearly every game for a chance to win.

He was superb in the third quarter, scoring 19 points on a series of long jumpers. But thats not going to beat the Celtics, who are prepared to deal with big nights from Bryant as long as nobody else has them.

We are going to have to win a game eventually in this series where he goes off for a big number, Boston coach Doc Rivers said before the game. But that number, whatever it is, its still not the final number. Other people still have to score for them.

Derek Fisher (notes) and Andrew Bynum (notes) couldnt, going scoreless after combining for 15 points in the first quarter. Gasol couldnt do much better in his lowest-scoring game of the series.
He needed to be better in 2008, and still does now.


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Doc Rivers could be facing homecourt swan song - by Eurobasket News
The Boston Celtics played their last home game of the season Sunday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. It might be Doc Rivers last home game as their coach.

Rivers, an offseason resident of Orlando, Fla., has expressed a desire to see his children play for their high school and college teams and hasn't said whether he'll return next season. But he does know the Celtics' season will end in Los Angeles in Game 6 on Tuesday night or in Game 7, if necessary, on Thursday night.

'Our guys haven't talked about that a lot,' Rivers said before the start of Game 5 with the series tied 2-2. 'I've heard it a lot. I think fans realize that we don't have Game 6 or 7 here, so this is our final home game. Our guys are really just focusing on the game tonight, and I like where our focus is, in this case, over the fans' focus.'

Rivers' children all will be seniors next fall. Jeremiah will play basketball at Indiana, Callie will play volleyball at Florida and Austin will play basketball in high school.
'One thing you can't do is make a decision a week after a season' about his future, Rivers said. 'Whether you win or lose, you can't. You just can't.'
He said that after the Celtics team in the summer league finishes play, he'll meet with team president Danny Ainge.

'So far as work, I'm still here,' Rivers said. 'But the kids are always that's the issue each year, do you want to see I've got to see them play at some point.'
Bynum starts

Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum started Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night and had six points and one rebound in 10 minutes in the first quarter.

A right knee injury had limited him to just 12 minutes in the Boston Celtics' 96-89 win in Game 4 that tied the series at 2-2. Bynum had fluid drained from his right knee after Thursday night's game and had an MRI on Friday. He said Saturday that the swelling had not returned and that he definitely would play Sunday.

Lakers coach Phil Jackson said there was no change in Bynum's condition since Sunday morning. He also said no consideration was given to sending Bynum to Los Angeles on Friday and having him miss Game 5 in hopes the extra rest would help him be ready for Game 6 and, if necessary, Game 7.

Lakers forward Adam Morrison was active Sunday night for the first time in the NBA Finals and third time in Los Angeles' 20 playoff games. He replaced center DJ Mbenga, who has played in just two of those 20 games.

Morrison has been a disappointment since being drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats in 2006 with the third pick out of Gonzaga. The Bobcats traded him to the Lakers on Feb. 7, 2009. This season, he played just 33 games with 82 points and 37 rebounds. His two playoff games came in the opening round against Oklahoma City in which he had nine points.
Mbenga, a five-year veteran, has appeared in just two playoff games this year. He had three points and three rebounds against Oklahoma City and two points and one rebound in the Western Conference finals against Phoenix.


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Celtics withstand Kobe Bryant barrage to lead NBA Finals 3-2 - by Eurobasket News
Paul Pierce (6'7''-F-77, college: Kansas) had his best tally of the National Basketball Association Finals as the Boston Celtics withstood a 19-point third-quarter barrage by Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) to move within one win of a record-extending 18th national title.

Pierce scored 27 points in the Celtics 92-86 win over the Los Angeles Lakers at TD Garden in Boston to give the home team a three-games-to-two lead in the best-of-seven series.

The Celtics have won all 11 NBA Finals that theyve led 3-2. The Lakers are trailing for the first time in the 2010 playoffs, leaving coach Phil Jackson in jeopardy of losing his first playoff series in 48 after his team has won the opening game. The series moves back to Los Angeles for Game 6 tomorrow, with a decisive seventh meeting, if necessary, on June 17.

Weve got two games in L.A., we just gotta get one, Pierce said in a news conference. Were too close to our goal.

The Celtics beat the Lakers in six games two years ago to capture a record 17th NBA title. The Lakers, the defending champion, are seeking their 16th title. Its the 12th time the teams have met in the Finals.

On the 25 previous occasions the Finals have been tied at 2-2, the team that prevailed in the fifth game has won the title 19 times.

The Lakers played the best between us to get home-court advantage, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said in a news conference. But we played the best all year on the road, so our team will be ready. Its going to be a hell of a challenge for us because theyre going to be great and were going to have to beat them at their best.

Boston Leads

The Celtics led by two points after the first quarter last night. They extended the advantage to six points at halftime and led by a game-high 13 points with 2:34 to play in the third before starting the final quarter with an eight-point lead.

Bryant scored the Lakers first 19 points in the third quarter -- half his total for the game -- before Pau Gasol (7'0''-F/C-80) added three points and Sasha Vujacic made a 22-foor jumper for the teams only other scores in the quarter.

Hes the kind of guy you ride a hot hand, Jackson said of Bryant. We were waiting for him to do that. He came in at halftime and got his ankle retaped again and went out there and found a rhythm.

Even with Bryants onslaught, Boston outscored Los Angeles 28-26 in the third quarter.

Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas holds the single-quarter scoring record in the NBA Finals. Thomas had 25 points for the Detroit Pistons in a 1988 Game 6 loss to the Lakers, who went on to win the title.

Shooting Accuracy

The Celtics made 65 percent of their field-goal attempts in the first three quarters and 56 percent of their shots in the game, compared with 40 percent for the Lakers.

I told the players before the game this teams going to shoot well one of these games, they havent shot well yet on their home court, Jackson said. You just have to hang with them.

Bryant made three free throws to make it 87-82 with 90 seconds of the game remaining, Bostons narrowest lead of the second half. Ron Artest then missed twice from the free-throw line for the Lakers before Rajon Rondo made it 89-82 with 35 seconds to play.

Lamar Odom (6'10''-F-79, college: Rhode Island) cut the deficit to five points with 28 seconds left before Ray Allen (6'6''-G-75, college: Connecticut) and Kevin Garnett (6'10''-F-76, agency: Pro Management Agency) completed the scoring from the free-throw line.

Garnett had 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Rondo contributed 18 points.


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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 


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Michigan State coach Tom Izzo texts AP 'still gathering' info on opportunity with Cavaliers - by Eurobasket News
Michigan State fans planted 'WE LOVE IZZO' signs - with the love represented by a red heart - alongside roads Tom Izzo would take on his way to work.

On Monday morning, the Tom Izzo Spartan Basketball Camp opens in East Lansing, Mich.

It's not clear if the camp's namesake will be there.

Izzo's stay-or-go decision likely hinges on what he thinks - or is told - LeBron James is going to do next month.

It's not known if he has contacted James, who might not know where he'll sign next month and may choose not to provide a Izzo with a hint.

Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert has said James wouldn't be consulted during his coaching search, but attempting to get in touch with the two-time MVP probably is part of Izzo's plan.

A week after reports surfaced about the Cavs' interest in one of college basketball's best coaches, Izzo indicated he's still undecided.

'Still gathering,' Izzo wrote Sunday in a text message to The Associated Press.

Izzo spent several hours in Cleveland with team officials on Thursday, and he told reporters that night at the Lansing, Mich., airport that the situation wouldn't go on forever.

Cleveland may intensify talks with Byron Scott if Izzo tells Gilbert that he's declining the offer. The Spartans may hire one of Izzo's former assistants, such as Dayton's Brian Gregory, should Izzo find himself with a new employer for the first time since 1983.

The Cavaliers are not commenting on their coaching search.

Gilbert, a Michigan State graduate, is seeking a replacement for fired coach Mike Brown, and the team will also attempt to re-sign James when free agency begins July 1.

Cavs general manager Chris Grant talked to Scott, a former New Jersey Nets and New Orleans Hornets coach, on the phone 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 for Phil Jackson's decision to stick with that franchise or step away. Scott's agent, Brian McInerney, has deferred all inquiries to the Cavs.

If Izzo leaves, he would be making a jump perhaps only one highly successful college coach Lou Carnesecca has made with similar roots at a program.

Carnesecca was an assistant to Joe Lapchick at St. John's from 1956-65 and took over as head coach from 1966-70 before leaving to coach the ABA's New York Nets for three seasons. Carnesecca returned to St. John's in 1974 and remained there until 1992.

Michigan State wouldn't be able to truly replace Izzo if he goes, but it might have to try to do just that if he can't turn down an opportunity to perhaps make $6 million doubling his salary while coaching a team that might include one of the world's best basketball players.

Gregory, Tulsa's Doug Wojcik, Utah's Jim Boylen all assistants under Izzo likely would be on the list of candidates, along with Michigan State associate head coach Mark Montgomery and Dwayne Stephens. Both played for the Spartans when Izzo was a relatively unknown assistant for Jud Heathcote.


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Missouri officials want to save Big 12 - by Eurobasket News
Missouri curators met behind closed doors Sunday nightfor the fourth time in as many days as the school turns its attention to savingthe Big 12 Conference after its apparent bid to join the Big Ten failed.

The meeting followed two days of discussions in Columbia amid a shiftinglandscape that saw fellow Big 12 members Colorado and Nebraska bolt for thePac-10 and Big Ten, respectively.

Missouri was considered one of the top prospects for an expanded Big Ten,and the school could still wind up there as conference realignment continues tounfold.

For now, school officials are publicly pledging their loyalty to a 10-teamBig 12even as their counterparts in Texas and Oklahoma prepare for their ownprivate meetings this week that could result in an exodus from the conference,with as many as five Big 12 teams possibly headed to the Pac-10.

Chancellor Brady Deaton told alumni in an e-mail he will do everythingpossible to assure the success of the conference. He offered similarassurances Sunday night at a crowded news briefing on the steps of UniversityHall after the one-hour curator meeting, which resulted in no action.

He noted Missouris century-old history with the schools that form the coreof the Big 12 and its predecessorsinstitutions such as Kansas, Kansas Stateand Iowa State that are also faced with trying to save the conference.

We have been a proud member of the Big Six, Big Seven and Big Eight, andwe continue to take great pride in the accomplishments of the Big 12, Deatonwrote while noting Missouris role in forming the Missouri ValleyIntercollegiate Athletic Association in 1907. Our position as a member formore than 100 years gives us a great appreciation for the tremendous value ofour conference and a vital stake in its future.

Those words represent a sharp turn from Missouris previously statedinterest in exploring all its options with conference realignment.

But those earlier flirtations came before Nebraskas departure andassertions from both Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany and Big 12 leader Dan Beebethat the oldest conference in Division I sports was not targeting any other Big12 schoolsat least for the time being.

Missouris interest in joining a bigger and broader Big Ten was met withcriticism Friday from Nebraska Chancellor Harvey Perlman, who cited publiccomments by Deaton, Athletics director Mike Alden and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon asfodder for the 14-year-old Big 12s possible collapse.

Alden responded by calling such assertions silly and ridiculous. AndUniversity of Missouri system President Gary Forsee said the school bears noblame for simply protecting its self-interest.

We were only doing what you would expect any institution, whether youresitting here or in Lawrence, Kan., or Waco, Texas, Forsee said. Did wecontribute more or less than any other institution in the Big 12 or nationally?No. I think weve all been caught up in now this national discussion thatcertainly has spread beyond the Big Ten, and the Big 12 is certainly in themiddle of that.

That would be the 10-team Big 12, as Deaton pointed out after struggling todifferentiate Missouris current home with the now 12-team Big Ten and 11-memberPac-10.

Were working hard to strengthen the Big 12, or the Big Ten as it is rightnow. In other words,the 10 institutions left in the Big 12.

Nomenclature is very difficult in this process, Deaton said.

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Pac-10 commish yet to meet with Kansas - by Eurobasket News
Pac-10 commissioner Larry Scott filed a flight plan that would have put him in Kansas City on Sunday night, apparently to talk conference expansion with Kansas.

But the private plane which carried Scott and deputy commissioner Kevin Weiberg to Oklahoma and and Texas on Saturday and Sunday did not make its scheduled 9:48 p.m. CDT arrival at Kansas City International Airport.

According to its flight plan, it was supposed to fly in from Austin, Texas.

An official at the airport said apparently the flight had been changed or canceled.

Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins has refused to speak with reporters since the school announced earlier in the week that he would retire in September 2011. Jim Marchiony, an associate athletic director at Kansas, said Perkins was 'working around the clock' to find a major conference for the Jayhawks if the Big 12 continues to crumble.


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Kench number one in New Zealand for round 15 - by Eurobasket News
Former international guard Jeremy Kench (187-G-84) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Christchurch Cougars, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 15.
The 26-year old player was the main contributor (29 points, six rebounds and two assists) to his team's victory, helping them to crush, the league's worst team Otago (#10, 0-18) with 21-point margin 101-80. Cougars maintains the 6th position in New Zealand NBL. Cougars is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 9-9 record. In the team's last game Kench had a remarkable 64.3% from 2-point range. He just recently signed at Cougars, being already a very valuable addition to the team. Jeremy Kench has solid league stats. He is in league's top in assists (3rd best: 4.3apg) and averages impressive 2.2spg and 51.8% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 36-year old guard Phill Jones (196-G-74) of ecogise Nelson Giants. Jones had a very good evening with 40 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Bad luck as Nelson lost that game 72-92 to slightly lower-ranked Harbour Heat (#5, 10-7). Nelson managed to keep the same 4th spot in the standings. His team's 11-6 record is not bad at all. Jones is one of the most experienced players at Nelson and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Tyler Amaya (199-F-82) of Otago Nuggets (#10). Amaya showcased his all-around game by recording 27 points, six rebounds and ten assists (!!!) in the last round. Despite Amaya's great performance Otago lost 80-101 to the higher-ranked Cougars (#6, 9-9). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Otago can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have awful season losing so far all 18 games. Too bad for Amaya he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Amaya has individually a great season in New Zealand. After 18 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.9ppg (4th best) and assists with 4.1apg (5th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Tyler Amaya (199-F-82) of Otago - 29 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
5. Corey Webster (185-G-88) of Harbour Heat - 19 points and 7 rebounds
6. Rick Rickert (211-F-83) of Harbour Heat - 19 points, 15 rebounds and 4 assists
7. Trenton Wurtz (203-F-83) of Cougars - 12 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
8. Marcel Jones (203-F-85) of Wellington - 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Michael Harrison (206-F/C-84) of Nelson - 18 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Kavossy Franklin (188-G-75) of Harbour Heat - 15 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists


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DStv PL: Royal Hoopers, Kano Pillars lead Atlantic, Savannah conference - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt trip to Lagos the hub of the Atlantic conference of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) organized DStv Premier League proved worthy at the weekend as the Coach Ogoh Odaudu tutored side returned to its base with hundred percent record beating Ebun Comets and Union Bank basketball clubs respectively.

First to fall to the Hoopers was Ebun Comets who lost to the superior fire power of the Hoopers by 63-52 points in a highly tactical game as Coach Odaudu a former player and captain of the Comets style of play so well.

Hoopers won three of the four quarters in the first, third and fourth quarters (24-13, 16-10 and 18-15) while Comets settled for the second quarter with a 14-05 points win as consolation on Saturday.

The Hoopers returned to the centre court of the National Stadium, Lagos on Sunday to take on Union Bank basketball club who had earlier lost to Lagos Islanders basketball club by 89-76 points after over-time in a local derby.

Royal Hoopers entered the game against Union Bank as the under-dog given the pedigree of the Stallion boys who has dropped just one game but turned the table against the Rotimi Savage coached Union Bank winning the first quarter by 19-14 points.

The bankers tried all they could to get back into the game at the resumption of play in the second quarter but meet stiff opposition from the Anyebe Ujoh and Moses Daudu anchored Hoopers back-court to even the second quarter score at 15 points apiece.

Union Bank came back stronger into the game in the third quarter which paid off with a 20-17 points win to reduce between it and the visitor to just two points of 51-49 points going into the last and decisive quarter with Royal Hoopers players playing to the coaches instruction with a combination of good offense and defense to win the quarter by 27-10 points to run away with a 78-59 points win.


Hoopers now lead other teams in the Atlantic conference with 12 points from seven games while Islanders also had a great weekend beating Union Bank basketball club by 89-76 points last Friday with Cameroon-Nigerian small forward William Ndoumbe scoring a season high of 32 points and on Sunday the Islanders returned from where they left off to beat Nigeria Customs Service basketball club by 56-45 points to move to the second spot with 11 points from seven games.

Union bank retained its third position with 10 points from six games pushing down Police Baton who led the conference for two days to fourth place, Delta Force of Asaba, Dodan Warriors of Lagos, Ebun Comets of Lagos and Nigeria Customs occupies the fifth, sixth, seventh and eight positions on the Atlantic conference table where only four teams will make it to the final-8 playoffs.

In the Savannah conference league defending champion, Kano Pillars basketball club have continue to dictate the pace with a 75-51 points win over Plateau Peaks basketball club of Jos at the sports hall of the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano last Saturday.

Pillars now lead the Savannah conference with 11 points from six games while Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna proved that its qualification for the playoffs last season when it became the first team in the league to post a centenary point with a 101-65 points whitewashing of Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos on Saturday at the sports hall of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.

AHIP Giants basketball club of Kano picked her first win of the season with a 68-64 points victory over Plateau Peaks Sunday, the lose further put the aspiration of the Peaks to make it to its fourth consecutive playoffs in jeopardy.

Full results:


Atlantic Conference:

Lagos Islanders 89-76 Union Bank Over-time

Ebun Comets 52-63 Royal Hoopers

Union Bank 59-78 Royal Hoopers

Nigeria Customs 45-56 Lagos Islanders

Savannah Conference:

Kano Pillars 75-51 Plateau Peaks
Tapgun Rockets 65-101 Kada Stars
AHIP Giants 68-64 Plateau Peaks


Standings - Premier L.
Premier L. Standings
Atlantic Conf.
 1. Royal H. 5-2 
 2. Police B. 4-1 
 3. Union Bank 4-2 
 4. Islanders 4-3 
 5. D. Warriors 3-2 
 6. Ebun Comets 2-3 
 7. Delta Force 2-5 
 8. Customs 0-6 
Savannah Conf.
 1. Kano Pillars 5-1 
 2. Bauchi Nets 4-1 
 3. Kadda Stars 4-2 
 4. Niger Potters 3-2 
 5. Yelwa Hawks 2-3 
 6. Plateau Peaks 2-5 
 7. AHIP Giants 1-3 
 8. Rockets 1-5 


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Norwegian U20 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Anders Stien
Stien
Nicholas Phillip
Phillip
Thomas Mjoes
Mjoes
Magnus Midtvedt
Midtvedt
Martin Elgmork
Elgmork
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Anders Stien 195-G-90 Jamtland Sweden
Nicholas Phillip 187-G/F-90 Froya Norway
Thomas Mjoes 181-G-90 Sandvika Norway
Magnus Midtvedt 182-G-90 Asker Norway
Martin Elgmork 179-G-90 Baerum Norway
Karamo Jawara 198-F-91 Froya Norway
Aksel Bolinz 206-F-90 N.Illinois USA
Ali Ouakkaha 184-G-90 Ulriken Norway
Roy Nwachukwu 192-F-90 Ammerud Norway



Norway edge Belgium in Ostrow Wielkopolski - by Eurobasket News
Norway U20 - Belgium U20 76:70
Norway U20 clinched the third position at the international tournament in Poland. They finished the competition at 1-2 record just enough to occupy the third position. Belgium finished fourth earning one win in three games. Anders Stien (195-G-90) fired 17 points to lead Norway in this one.
The Scandinavians opened the game confidently. They stayed in charge in the opening minutes and built a 21:18 lead at the first break. Norway developed their success in the second stanza. They limited Belgium to just 13 points and built a 13-point buffer at the main intermission. Belgium got back to life in the third stanza. Led by Thomas De Thaey (197-F-91) they cut the distance to 4 points heading into the fourth period. Norway held their opponents to just 12 points in the final frame and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Magnus Midtvedt (182-G-90) provided 15 points for the winning team. Aksel Bolinz (206-F-90) notched 14 points in the victory. Thomas De Thaey fired 15 points to pace Belgium. Maarten Rademakers (205-C-91) and Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91) finished with 11 points apiece in defeat.

Norway U20: Anders Stien 17, Magnus Midtvedt 15, Aksel Bolinz 14
Belgium U20: Thomas De Thaey 15, Maarten Rademakers 11, Dennis Donkor 11



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  PALESTINE   


D1 Standing
D1 Standings
 1. Birzeit 3-0 
 2. Samaritan YC 3-0 
 3. Huwara 2-0 
 4. Al Fara 2-1 
 5. AlSileh 1-1 
 6. Abna' AlQuds 1-2 
 7. Ahli Qalqilya 1-2 
 8. Beita SC 1-2 
 9. AlBireh 0-0 
 10. Jensafot 0-2 
 11. Thaqafi T. 0-2 
 12. Toubas 0-2 


Standings - Men
PBBA Standings
 1. Ibdaa D. 14-1 
 2. De La Salle 14-1 
 3. Sarriyet 11-4 
 4. Orthodox R. 11-4 
 5. Qalandia 10-5 
 6. Catholic A. 10-5 
 7. Orth. Thaq. BS 7-8 
 8. Ebal 7-8 
 9. Hiteen 6-9 
 10. Bethlehem 6-9 
 11. Islami 6-9 
 12. Terrasanta 5-10 
 13. Al Ahli 5-10 
 14. AlAroob YC 3-12 
 15. Orthodox BJ 3-12 
 16. RaI AlSaleh 2-13 


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In the best FINAL SERIES ever, Libertad winsTOP 5 championship. - by Santiago Maciel

Beautiful show we have seen at the final 6th game of the TOP 5 PROFESSIONAL tournament last Saturday night. Libertad beat Olimpia de Asuncion in game 6 of TOP 5, 87 to 70.
Both teams gave all they had, for us this might have been the best FINALS ever in at least the past 30 years, due to the competitiveness of both teams, the self effort by each player and coaching staffs and of course the over all team`s staff who have put all their effort to succeed in this first half of the season.
Libertad took the advantage needed to raise up this Cup due to better decisions in the selection of the players. The depth of their bench saved them in great manner from all injuries they had to go through. Players like Christian Rodas, Edgar Riveros,G. Benitez, Gustavo Paniagua (186-G-80) stood up while the starters were not able to play. From my point of view, this was crucial, especially in the under 22 years of age player recruitment. It was here were Olimpia de Asuncion made a big mistake not selecting enough players to fulfill their potential needs. This is even considering Olimpia de Asuncion had the chance to bring in the roster 7 players over 22 years of age, unlike Libertad whom by the 2010 new rules had only six players available each night.
The tactical war won by Luis A. Orono, Libertad`s coach had first class decision elements. Like the presence of Gustavo Paniagua in games where he really needed back up for his perimeters, giving both Richard Ozuna (185-G/F-82) and Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) enough oxygen to close up the FINAL game with an overwhelming performance. Amazing performance by both guards, they were simply unstoppable when running the floor. Also, Orono did not include Paniagua in game six to wear down Guillermo Araujo (204-C-82) who had been too much for Libertad`s inside players until game 5.However, Marcos Tannel (199-F/C-83), Roberto Laratro (196-C-83, college: Gettysburg), Christian Rodas and Elias Sosa came in game six, to control him. And they did.
Beautiful game to wacht, the SND arena was pack, Olimpia de Asuncion is back to big basketball events, we all hope they stay. Paraguayan basketball is the big winner after first half of the season is closed. Congratulations to both teams.
LIBERTAD: Richard Ozuna 18 puntos, Daniel Prez 24, Bruno Zanotti (197-F-82, college: Merrimack) 8, Elas Sosa 14 y Marcos Tannel 14.Coach: Luis Orono, Alexis Benitez 3, Edgar Riveros, Cristhian Rodas y Roberto Laratro 6.
OLIMPIA: Federico Mellone 4 puntos, Ramn Snchez 13, Vctor Brizuela 8, Bruno Martinessi 24 y Guillermo Arajo 16. Coach: Christian Viveros. Rodrigo Franco 5, Sergio Marquez y Anderson Villamayor.
Final: Libertad 87- Olimpia de Asuncion 70



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PBA: Latest games - by Eurobasket News
Barako - Santa Lucia 103-100
Third victory of the season for Barako, whose leading player was Sammy Monroe (198-F-85, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Newberry) with impressive 41 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. Mark Isip (193-F-80) secured a great help adding 22 points and 7 boards. In Santa Lucia, Anthony Johnson (197-G/F-79, college: La-Lafayette) was great with 45 points and 15 rebounds. Johnson drained 9 triples.

Ginebra - Coca-Cola 95-96
Coca-Cola grabbed 95-96 thriller win against Ginebra improving to 6-9 record. John Williamson (198-C-86, college: Cincinnati) stepped up for the Tigers with 24 points and 9 rebounds. Gary David (187-G/F-78) and Asi Taulava (206-C-73, college: BYU-Hawaii) (10 rebs) had 16 and 15 points respectively. For the Kings, Mark Caguioa (188-G-79, college: Glendale CC (AZ)) delivered 24 points.

Talk N Text - San Miguel 85-82
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 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 (183-G-82, college: Hawaii-Hilo) 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. - Courtesy of RCJ, GMANews.TV


Ginebra signs Mike Cortez, Tigers land John Williamson - by Eurobasket News
Ginebra announced signing of Mike Cortez (183-G-80, college: Cal.St.-Los Angeles) for rest of the season. Cortez arrives from another PBA team - Air21 Express. He appeared 14 times this season averaging 10.6 points, 4.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists. Before Air21, Cortez spent two years with the San Miguel Beermen. From 2003 to 2008 he was a member of the Alaska Aces. In 2006, Cortez was named to PBA All-Star Team.
At the same time, the Coca-Cola Tigers landed John Williamson (198-C-86, college: Cincinnati) for rest of the season. The 23-year old American is coming to Philippines from Sweden, where he played for Plannja Basket Lulea. He joined them in February and for very short time became their leading player. Williamson played 8 games in Basketligan averaging 23.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.9 assists. He started the last season with Znicz Jaroslaw in Polish PLK. For 15 games in this league he had 17.9 ppg, 6.9 rpg and 1.5 apg. On Season 2008/09 Williamson was a member of Nantes and it was his first year as a pro basketball player. He graduated at Cincinnati in 2007.


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 9-7 
 6. Rain or Shine 7-7 
 7. Coca-Cola 6-8 
 8. Santa Lucia 4-11 
 9. Air21 3-12 
 10. Barako 3-13 
 11. Smart Gilas 0-0 


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony JOHNSON
  Santa Lucia
  (197-G/F-79)
  Avg: 30.6
 1. Johnson, Santa L.30.6 
 2. Bell, Coca-Cola28.0 
 3. Simpson, Alaska26.7 
 4. Monroe, Barako26.3 
 5. Penny, Coca-Cola26.2 
 6. Wade, Derby Ace L.25.2 
 7. Storey, Ginebra24.0 
 8. Larry, Air2122.6 
 9. David, Coca-Cola21.5 
 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.13.4 
 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. Cortez, Air214.1 
 6. Tenorio, Alaska4.1 
 7. Miller, Ginebra4.0 
 8. Bell, Coca-Cola4.0 
 9. Mercado, Rain o.4.0 
 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. Williams, Santa Lucia1.7 
 5. Simpson, Alaska1.7 
 6. Lanete, Coca-Cola1.5 
 7. Yap, Derby Ace L.1.5 
 8. Reyes, Santa Lucia1.4 
 9. Norwood, Rain o.1.4 
 10. Monroe, Barako1.3 
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. Monroe, Barako1.6 
 6. Simpson, Alaska1.6 
 7. Freeman, San M.1.4 
 8. Johnson, Santa L.1.3 
 9. Williams, Talk N.1.0 
 10. Lewis, Rain or Shine1.0 


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AZS Koszalin hire Charles Barton - by Eurobasket News
AZS Koszalin will be led by Charles Barton in the next season. The US-Swedish specialist worked as assistant coach in Gothia Basket in Sweden in 2008/09 season. Earlier Charles Barton worked as head coach with Aris in Greece, Skyliners Frankfurt in Germany, APOEL and AEL Limassol in Cyprus. Barton also guided the Danish NT back in 2000/02 seasons.
AZS Koszalin extended the contracts of Michael Kuebler (195-G/F-82, college: Hawaii), Igor Milicic (194-G-76) and Grzegorz Arabas (190-F/G-78).



Poland win home tournament - by Eurobasket News
Poland U20 - Lithuania U20 95:86

Polish U20 National Team clinched the top spot at the international tournament in Ostrow Wielkopolski. They finished the competition at 2-1 record just enough to claim the top position. Poland overcame previously undefeated Lithuania to reach the success. Sebastian Szymanski (186-G-91) fired 20 points to pace the effort.
The first half saw an intense close battle. Poland and Lithuania stayed leveled 26:26 at the first break. Lithuania managed to pull their noses in front 47:45 at the main break. But Poland entered the second half firing from all guns. They exploded with 31 points in the third frame and cleared off to an 11-point distance with one quarter remaining. Lithuania regained the momentum in the fourth term but it was too late. Poland stayed confident and rallied to the victory at the end. Piotr Pamula (195-G-90) and Jaroslaw Mokros (201-F-90) knocked down 16 points each for the winners. Aleksander Czyz added 15 points for the hosts. Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) responded with 14 points for Lithuania. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) provided 11 points in the loss.

Poland U20: Sebastian Szymanski 20, Piotr Pamula 16, Jaroslaw Mokros 16
Lithuania U20: Giedrius Staniulis 14, Gediminas Orelikas 11



Prokom Gdynia keep Daniel Ewing and Piotr Szczotka - by Eurobasket News
The PLK champions Prokom Gdynia extended the contracts of Daniel Ewing (191-G-83, college: Duke) and Piotr Szczotka (197-F-81).
Daniel Ewing joined the Polish powerhouse back in 2008. Last season the 27-year-old guard tallied 11.6 points, 2.8 assists and 1.7 rebounds per Euroleague appearance. In PLK the guard notched 11.2 points, 3.8 assists and 1.8 rebounds per game.
Piotr Szczotka scored 2.1 points and pulled down 2.2 boards per game in the Polish championship.



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BSN Semifinals, Fifth Games: Bayamon and Quebradillas are 3-2 up against their rivals - by Eurobasket News
Santurce - Bayamon 72-87
Bayamon outplayed Santruce in Game Five of the BSN Semifinals. Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 28. Dalmau scored 22 points and handed out 5 assists for 39 minutes on the court. Raymond Barbosa (188-G-84, college: UMBC) drained 21 and Robert Traylor (204-F/C-77, college: Michigan) added 15 pts, plus 5 boards in this victory. In Santruce, Ricardo Dalmau (188-G-77) was the leading scorer with just 11 points. Bayamon did a great job in the first half. They grabbed 16-23 lead in Q1 and after that finished Q2 with 24-31. Santruce improved after the breather, but Bayamon shined in the last quarter (12-20) for the final 72-87 victory. Bayamon has 3-2 lead now and needs one more win for the Finals.

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.


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. Mays, Humacao17.6 
 10. Sweetney, Santurce17.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn PRIUTT
  Isabela
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Priutt, Isabela13.4 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas12.1 
 3. Sweetney, Santurce11.1 
 4. Narvaez, Ponce9.8 
 5. Traylor, Bayamon9.7 
 6. Dyer, San German8.7 
 7. Mays, Humacao8.6 
 8. Aubry, Capitanes8.6 
 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. Dalmau, Bayamon1.7 
 4. Rivera, Isabela1.7 
 5. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 6. Pickett, Capitanes1.4 
 7. Mays, Humacao1.4 
 8. Perez, Isabela1.4 
 9. Hinson, Isabela1.3 
 10. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn PRIUTT
  Isabela
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Priutt, Isabela1.3 
 2. Sweetney, Santurce1.3 
 3. Mays, Humacao1.2 
 4. Perez, Isabela1.2 
 5. Nieves, Santurce1.0 
 6. Traylor, Bayamon1.0 
 7. Reyes, Capitanes0.9 
 8. Nailon, Ponce0.9 
 9. Berdiel, Humacao0.9 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon0.8 


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Serbia record second win against Germany - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U17 - Germany U17 68:67
Serbian U17 selection earned the second straight win over their German counterparts. Serbia eked out a narrow victory in Belgrade. The teams will soon clash again. Hamburg will host ING-DiBa Tournament from June 17 through 21 with both teams participating.
Germany got to a brave start. They quickly gained the lead and posted a 22:16 lead at the first break. Germany continued to dominate in the second period. They fired 26 points in the second period taking a comfortable 48:32 advantage at the interval. But the third term turned into a real disaster for the visitors. Serbia drastically changed their attitude. They limited Germany to only 5 points and narrowed the gap to only 3 points with ten minutes to go. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93) stepped up in the final stanza. He poured in 10 points in the fourth quarter helping Serbia snatch a tough victory at the end.
Nenad Miljenovic notched 15 points to lead Serbia. Nemanja Bezbradica (205-F/C-93) added 14 points for the winners. Julius Wolf (201-F-93) answered with 16 points for Germany. Besnik Bekteshi (187-G-93) had 13 points in the losing effort.

Serbia U17: Nenad Miljenovic 15, Nemanja Bezbradica 14, Nikola Radicevic (195-G-94) 11
Germany U17: Julius Wolf 16, Besnik Bekteshi 13



Stats Leaders - 1A
Points Per Game
 Miroslav RADULJICA
  FMP
  (213-C-88)
  Avg: 21.1
 1. Raduljica, FMP21.1 
 2. Bjelica, Crvena Z.18.9 
 3. Mladenovic, Ergon.17.8 
 4. Panic, Metalac17.6 
 5. Jorovic, Borac16.6 
 6. Micic, Napredak16.5 
 7. Markovic, Napredak16.5 
 8. Markovic, Tamis16.4 
 9. Vukosavljevi., Prolet.16.4 
 10. Martinic, Vojvodina15.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Miroslav RADULJICA
  FMP
  (213-C-88)
  Avg: 8.6
 1. Raduljica, FMP8.6 
 2. Mladenovic, Ergon.7.4 
 3. Bjelica, Crvena Z.7.4 
 4. Roberts, Partizan7.3 
 5. Ilic, Metalac6.9 
 6. Mikic, KG 066.9 
 7. Stevic, Crvena Z.6.6 
 8. Macvan, Hemofarm6.4 
 9. Ljubojevic, Novi S.6.2 
 10. Bosnjak, Vojvodina6.2 
Assists Per Game
 Vid ZARKOVIC
  Proleter Naft.
  (189-G-75)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Zarkovic, Prolet.7.2 
 2. Radivojevic, Crvena Z.5.1 
 3. Aleksic, Radnicki K.5.1 
 4. Teodosic, Metalac4.6 
 5. Stefanovic, Metal.4.3 
 6. Rakic, Novi Sad4.2 
 7. Korac, Beograd4.1 
 8. Covic, FMP4.1 
 9. Djordjevic, Sloga4.0 
 10. Prolovic, Borac3.8 
Steals Per Game
 Marko VULIN
  Proleter Naft.
  (196-G-83)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Vulin, Proleter Naft.2.2 
 2. McCalebb, Partizan2.2 
 3. Martinic, Vojvodina2.0 
 4. Jereminov, Tamis1.9 
 5. Zarkovic, Prolet.1.9 
 6. Teodosic, Metalac1.8 
 7. Stevic, Crvena Z.1.8 
 8. Dundjerski, Beograd1.7 
 9. Borovcanin, Sloga1.7 
 10. Rakic, Novi Sad1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Slavko VRANES
  Partizan
  (229-C-83)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Vranes, Partizan1.6 
 2. Marjanovic, Hemof.1.2 
 3. Maravic, Mega V.1.2 
 4. Mladenovic, Ergon.1.2 
 5. Lukovic, Radnic.1.0 
 6. Ilic, Metalac1.0 
 7. Buric, Tamis0.9 
 8. Maric, Partizan0.8 
 9. Ljubojevic, Novi S.0.8 
 10. Arsic, Masinac0.8 


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  SLOVAKIA   


Making A Change In The World Through Baketball - by TJ Bannister
Even though I love this game of basketball and I enjoy traveling all over the world, but I feel this is much bigger than basketball. I am using the talent that God gave me to play this game to be a role model for kids growing and show them that you can accomplish anything you put your mind to. Im a firm believer that hard work pays off and that even when things dont look bright you should always keep the faith. I just want to say to the athletes throughout the world that w should all try to make a change in the world and not just focus on basketball, money, and partying. We should really try to set examples for the kids coming up and following us because there arent too many good role models in the world that I can think of. I mean there is probably a hand full of them and for the most part that do it whole-heartedly. When I watch some NBA players doing charity events, I always wonder if they really want to do it or if theyre just doing it because thats what the NBA requires. I feel that if you do something with the kids, disabled, or less unfortunate it should be done whole-heartedly. On the other hand, I feel we should do things such as helping children grow and learn how to become a better person and teach them about morals because a lot of kids are growing up and not learning any of this. We should teach them first and foremost that they should have God as number one in their life and without him we cant do anything because he gives us all the strength we have and need. Secondly, we should teach them the way to treat one another and not take life for granted because there are so many killings going on in the world its scary. One thing I will teach my children when I eventually have some is to always treat people with respect even if someone is treating you wrong, because your character is what defines you. I also feel that we should teach the kids how to live a great life of integrity and the way to do that is by having the discipline, honesty, and faith. The discipline to do it every day no matter how much you dont want to, the honesty to never lie and always be truthful in any and every situation no matter how much it hurts, and the faith to believe in God because he will never let you down. I listened to a sermon the other day by my pastor Bishop Vaughn Mcglaughlin and he said that successful people should be like a mirror for other people that see us, meaning that when they see you they see that they can achieve their same potential by hard work and say well is he/she can do it, so can I. That was an awesome way to put it because thats the way I feel little kids should look up to us athletes, and say wow if hes doing something he loves to do and making money doing it then so can I. Dreams do come true and I will continue to try to make a difference in the world by spreading the word of God through basketball, living a great life of integrity, and never giving up no matter the circumstance. Have a great day and I hope after reading this blog you will consider your ways and ask yourself do you want to make a change in the world, and help change our youth? God bless you all!!!

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  SOUTH AFRICA   


DStv PL: Royal Hoopers, Kano Pillars lead Atlantic, Savannah conference - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Royal Hoopers basketball club of Port Harcourt trip to Lagos the hub of the Atlantic conference of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) organized DStv Premier League proved worthy at the weekend as the Coach Ogoh Odaudu tutored side returned to its base with hundred percent record beating Ebun Comets and Union Bank basketball clubs respectively.

First to fall to the Hoopers was Ebun Comets who lost to the superior fire power of the Hoopers by 63-52 points in a highly tactical game as Coach Odaudu a former player and captain of the Comets style of play so well.

Hoopers won three of the four quarters in the first, third and fourth quarters (24-13, 16-10 and 18-15) while Comets settled for the second quarter with a 14-05 points win as consolation on Saturday.

The Hoopers returned to the centre court of the National Stadium, Lagos on Sunday to take on Union Bank basketball club who had earlier lost to Lagos Islanders basketball club by 89-76 points after over-time in a local derby.

Royal Hoopers entered the game against Union Bank as the under-dog given the pedigree of the Stallion boys who has dropped just one game but turned the table against the Rotimi Savage coached Union Bank winning the first quarter by 19-14 points.

The bankers tried all they could to get back into the game at the resumption of play in the second quarter but meet stiff opposition from the Anyebe Ujoh and Moses Daudu anchored Hoopers back-court to even the second quarter score at 15 points apiece.

Union Bank came back stronger into the game in the third quarter which paid off with a 20-17 points win to reduce between it and the visitor to just two points of 51-49 points going into the last and decisive quarter with Royal Hoopers players playing to the coaches instruction with a combination of good offense and defense to win the quarter by 27-10 points to run away with a 78-59 points win.


Hoopers now lead other teams in the Atlantic conference with 12 points from seven games while Islanders also had a great weekend beating Union Bank basketball club by 89-76 points last Friday with Cameroon-Nigerian small forward William Ndoumbe scoring a season high of 32 points and on Sunday the Islanders returned from where they left off to beat Nigeria Customs Service basketball club by 56-45 points to move to the second spot with 11 points from seven games.

Union bank retained its third position with 10 points from six games pushing down Police Baton who led the conference for two days to fourth place, Delta Force of Asaba, Dodan Warriors of Lagos, Ebun Comets of Lagos and Nigeria Customs occupies the fifth, sixth, seventh and eight positions on the Atlantic conference table where only four teams will make it to the final-8 playoffs.

In the Savannah conference league defending champion, Kano Pillars basketball club have continue to dictate the pace with a 75-51 points win over Plateau Peaks basketball club of Jos at the sports hall of the Sani Abacha Stadium, Kano last Saturday.

Pillars now lead the Savannah conference with 11 points from six games while Kada Stars basketball club of Kaduna proved that its qualification for the playoffs last season when it became the first team in the league to post a centenary point with a 101-65 points whitewashing of Tapgun Rockets basketball club of Jos on Saturday at the sports hall of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna.

AHIP Giants basketball club of Kano picked her first win of the season with a 68-64 points victory over Plateau Peaks Sunday, the lose further put the aspiration of the Peaks to make it to its fourth consecutive playoffs in jeopardy.

Full results:


Atlantic Conference:

Lagos Islanders 89-76 Union Bank Over-time

Ebun Comets 52-63 Royal Hoopers

Union Bank 59-78 Royal Hoopers

Nigeria Customs 45-56 Lagos Islanders

Savannah Conference:

Kano Pillars 75-51 Plateau Peaks
Tapgun Rockets 65-101 Kada Stars
AHIP Giants 68-64 Plateau Peaks


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  SPAIN   


Valladolid keeps Isaac Lopez, Unicaja and Gomis part ways - by Eurobasket News
Valladolid announced signing of Isaac Lopez (196-F/G-78) on a two-year contract extension. The experienced Spanish player arrived to Valladolid last summer from Bruesa. He played 33 games this season averaging 7.2 points and 3.6 rebounds. Lopezs season-high was 20 points (twice, against Granada and Joventut). From 2007 to 2009 Lopez played for Bruesa. In his second year with the club Lopez had 8.1 ppg and 2.1 rpg for 31 games in ACB. In 2008 they won the LEB Gold Playoff and earned promotion to ACB. In the past, Lopez was a member of Lobos, Huelva and Plasencia.
Unicaja Malaga and Joseph Gomis (180-G-78) parted ways. The French guard got injured in September and player just 8 games in total. He appeared 3 times in Euroleague and 5 times in ACB. At that time, the team decided to sign Pooh Jeter to replace him. Gomis plays in ACB since 2002, when he joined Breogan from Nancy. In 2006, he moved from Breogan to Valladolid and stayed there until September 2008. Joseph Gomis was a member of Team France at the World Championship 2006 in Japan. He appeared 8 times averaging 5.6 points and 1.4 rebounds. On EuroBasket 2007 in Spain he had 4.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 1.6 apg for 9 games.


Dusko Savanovic joins Valencia - by Eurobasket News
Valencia have agreed on terms of two-year deal with Dusko Savanovic (204-F/C-83, agency: Beo Basket). The Serbian centre spent the previous season in Cajasol. The 26-year-old player tallied 14.7 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game in the ACB. Dusko Savanovic played for FMP Zeleznik, Unics Kazan and Cajasol during his career. Dusko Savanovic also enjoyed several appearances for the Serbian NT.


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  TPBL   


TPBL hosting West Tx summer high school championship tourney - by Chris Cardenas
SAN ANGELO, TX - In our efforts here with the TPBL we've tried to keep basketball alive out in west Texas for many years. So for the fourth year the TPBL will be hosting the 4TH ANNUAL WEST TEXAS HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER SHOOT OUT. Some of the best teams in Texas will come out to San Angelo Tx to showcase their skills and represent their high schools and cities. Chris Cardenas tpbl league owner ,' the 2009 shoot out had four state ranked girls basketball teams and the boys division had some high flying sharp shooting teams as well. This years event is going to be the best yet.' The WEST TX HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER SHOOT OUT welcomes all classifications 1A-5A basketball teams. Here is more info on the tournament:
WHAT: 4th Annual West Tx High School Summer Shoot out , WHEN: JULY 10-11 , WHERE: SAN ANGELO,TX , ENTRY: $225 PER TEAM, 3 GAME GUARANTEE, TASO OFFICIALS: concho valley chapter, 1st-3rd place team awards, all tournaments, and mvp awards for both divisions. TO ENTER CALL: 325-763-6630 or email : cardenas_chris@yahoo.com


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


St. Croix crowned Biddy Champs - by David Edole
ST. THOMAS St. Croix was crowned king of the annual USVI/BVI Biddy Basketball world after sweeping all three games. The Crucians defeated BVI all stars, 27-25, in Fridays second game and went on to route St. John and St. Thomas teams on Saturday, 41-23 and 50-20, respectively. The team from Ay Ay was led by MVP Donteh Connell who was the teams consistent inside scorer and had tournament high of 18 points in the win over St. Thomas. However, the talk of the tournament was St. Croixs big man Deshawn Malone. Malone intimidated all opposing players that tried to enter the lane. He swatted six shots in the St. John game and was a menace against St. Thomas. At 6-foot-5 and just 13 years old, the big man who is built like and defensive end was the one player the other teams had no answers for.
'This is his (Malone) first season playing basketball,' said St. Croix's assistant coach Keith Swanston. 'In a couple of years, he is going to be tough to handle. With that combination of size and strength, he can be something special.'
Malone wowed the crowd by standing under the biddy rim and holding on to it without jumping. It was like Yao Ming grabbing a 10-foot rim without leaving the ground. That act prompted many in the audience to ask for his birth certificate. This was met with quick response by the Ronald Charles Basketball Association President Mr. Johnny Clenance.
'His birth certificate was the first one in the package,' said Clenance. 'Anything else anyone wants to know, we will be glad to discuss it.'
Kimron Telemaque took home the sportsmanship award after leading BVI to second place finish. After dropping the first contest to St. Croix, BVI went on to defeat St. Thomas, 38-20, and St. John, 41-26.
St. Thomas concluded the tournament in third place after outlasting St John 22-21 in Fridays opener.
The annual tournament was sponsored by Sports, Parks and Recreation.

St. Thomas 22 St. John 21
STT: Jmoi Bell 8, LaShawn Robin 8, Aquan Renault 3, Javier Adams 2, BJ Todman 1
STJ: Jalen Frazier 6, Devonte Barthlette 4, Jahreem Fahie 4, TeKejah Richardson 3, Courtney Matthias 2, Malik Richards 2

St. Croix 27 BVI 25
STX: Rahkeem Richards 7, Donteh Connel 7, Khari Jones 5, Kareem Felix 3, Jahkeibo Joseph 2, Romani Hansen 2, Jahsel Herbert 1
BVI: Kimron Telemaque 12, Juwan Stevens 4, Rashelee Roberts 2, Hakeem Penn 2, Jamoi Dore 2, Terique Wattley 1

BVI 38 St. Thomas 20
BVI: Jamoii Dagou 12, Terrique Wattley 7, Tahj Malone 6, Kimron Telemaque 5, Rashelee Roberts 4, Jamoi Dore 4
STT: Kwame McBean 5, Lashawn Robin 5, Jkoi Bell 4, Jmoi Bell 4, Gweshau Richards 2

St. Croix 41 St. John 23
STX: Jahkeibo Joseph 10, Donteh Connell 6, Dashwan Malone 6, James Barry 5, Rahkeem Richards 4, Kareem Felix 4, Jahsel Herbert 2, Yvaughn Charles 2, Kyrone Burke 2
STJ: Jahreem Fahie 6, Devonte Barthlette 5, Filixiano Oliveri 5, TeKejah Richrdson 3, Malik Richards 2, Kyrique Brown 2

BVI 42 St. John 26
BVI: Kimron Telemaque 17, Jamoii Dogou 5, Jamoi Dore 4, Juwan Stevens 4, Jahmar Blyden 4, Terique Wattley 3, Jaash Victor 2, Hakeem Penn 2, Jmoi Liburd 1
STJ: Abari Meade 6, Jahreem Fahie 6, Malik Richards 5, Filixiano Oliveri 5, Courtney Matthias 2, Kobe Vallamond 2

St. Croix 50 St. Thomas 20
STX: Donteh Connel 18, James Barry 7, Khareem Felix 6, Jahsel Herbert 5, Kyrone Burke 4, Rahkeem Richardson 4, Jahkeibo Joseph2, Khari Jones 2, Dashawn Malone 2
STT: Aquan Renault 5, Gweshau Richards 5, Lashawn Robin 4, Javier Adams 2, Kwame McBean 2, Jkoi Bell 2



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  UKRAINE   


Changes in Hoverla - by Eurobasket News
Igor Kryvych (199-F-78) head to Hoverla for the next season and will do his best help the team from Ivano-Frankivsk. Igor Kryvych is a strong-bodied swingman, who can hit the basket from inside and outside, and who is very effective at the rebounding department. In January 2010 he signed at BC Donetsk (Superleague): and participated in EuroChallenge. After 4 games he averaged 7.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 3PT: 43.8%.In February 2010 moved to BC Odessa (Superleague, starting five) and in 16 games his stats read 6.1ppg, 2.5rpg, FGP: 60.0%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 88.9%. Meanwhile his brother Rostislav Kryvych played for Hoverla last season but now will join Azovmash that have reportedly agreed on terms of contract with the experienced player. The guard averaged 10.1 points, 2.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists per appearance for the Ivano-Frankivsk team.
Earlier reports also sent Jerome Coleman to Hoverla, but clubs general manager claims the team was never in contact with the player or his agent. In 2009-2010 for BC Odessa (Ukraine-Superleague) he played in 29 games and averaged 16.4ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.0apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 47.5%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 79.2%. In his best game DniproAzot was beaten by BC Odessa 83:104 in Regular Season Round 2. Jerome Coleman was unstoppable with 37 points and 7 rebounds. DeGroat John posted 19, whilst Gurtovoy Volodymyr scored 17. Morton Miguel finished the night with 20 points and 13 boards, while Umbrasko Juris posted 15 in defeat. BC Kyiv bumped Odessa on the road to punch the semifinal ticket as in that game Jerome Coleman posted 5.



Ukraine about to lose top talent? - by Max Brodsky
Sources in Russia have confirmed that Spartak St.Petersburg is trying to take one of the top talent out of the Ukraine permenantly. Sources indicate that Club intends to make Konstantin Anikienko (215-C-92, agency: Buck Andre) Russian by giving him a Russian passport. If that happens Anikienko will be lost for Ukrainian basketball forever as he will not be playing in any age category of Ukrianian National Team. Losing Anikienko would be a big blow to Ukrainian basketball since he's one of the top talents in the country.



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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


WNBL Awards 2009-2010 - by Richard
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Kristi Harrower
Harrower
Suzy Batkovic-Brown
Batkovic-Brown
Elizabeth Cambage
Cambage
Jenna O
O'Hea
Deanna Smith
Smith
#e#6
Coach of the Year: Tom Maher of Bulleen Boomers
Rookie of the Year: Tayla Roberts (191-F/C-93) of AIS
Top Shooter Award: Suzy Batkovic-Brown (193-C-80) of Sydney Uni Flames

All-Star Five:
Kristi Harrower (166-G-75) of Bendigo Spirit of Bendigo Spirit
Suzy Batkovic-Brown of Sydney Uni Flames
Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) of Bulleen Melbourne Boomers
Jenna O'Hea (185-G/F-87) of Bulleen Melbourne Boomers
Deanna Smith (179-G-80) of Sydney Uni Flames


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Franciele Nascimiento remains in Burgos - by Eurobasket News
Franciele Nascimiento (190-C-87) remains in her Spanish team for the next season. She played for Rivas Ecopolis (Spain-LFB, starting five) in 2008/2009 season in Spanish League and after 13 games averaged 2.3ppg, 1.1rpg; EuroCup: 7 games: 4.3ppg, 2.3rpg. In January 2009 moved to Iniexa Caceres 2016 (Spain-LF2, starting five) and in 17 games became the fouth top-scorer averaging 19.4ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 63.0%. Last season she played for Arranz-Jopisa Burgos (Spain-LF2, starting five) and will stay there.

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  FRANCE - Women  


French U17 team play three friendlies - by Eurobasket News
French U17 team is getting fit for the upcoming World Championship. The tournament is slated to tip off on July 16. France will be hosting the event and will play in Pool A together with Canada, Japan, Russia, Turkey and the USA.
France participated at the Fougeres Tournament over the weekend. France opened the tourney against Mali. The first quarter proved the difference. The hosts won it 23:0 and never looked back en route to the victory. Caroline Plust (170-G-93) scored 19 points to pace the Les Bleus. Christelle Diallo (193-C-93) provided 15 points for the winners.
France next faced Turkish counterparts. A tough defensively-minded game turned into thriller. Turkey sneaked past the hosts 48:47. Christelle Diallo provided 9 points for the French team. Olivia Epoupa (163-G-94), Romane Bernies (93), Cornelia and Marie-Bernadette Mbuyamba-Tshimanga (183-C-93) finished with 6 points each in the loss.
France took on Belgium in the third game and claimed a 59:41 victory. Margaux Galliou (184-F-93) delivered 14 points to pace the hosts. Esther Moisan Niamke (163-G-93) produced 10 points in the winning effort.



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  ITALY - Women  


Paolo Rossi takes over Umana Reyer, Yacoubou-Dehoui officially in Schio - by Eurobasket News
Paolo Rossi takes over Umana Reyer and will coach the team next season. As a Head Coach he enjoyed the first season in 2004-2005 for H.S. Penta Faenza (A1). In 2005-2006 he moved Basket Rimini Crabs (Lega2). In 2006-2007 Paolo joined Germano Zama Faenza (A1) and stayed there until the last season. he already achieved Italian Cup Winner -07, 09, Europe Cup Finalist -07, talian A1 Regular Season Champion -07, alian A1 Finalist -07, alian A1 Supercup Finalist -07, 09, alian A1 Semifinals -09, 10. Last season he was nemed Coach of The Year in Italy.
Alessia Scopigno (175-G-84) heads to Ceprini Costruzioni. The Italian player started for Tecno Allarmi Cervia (A2, starting five) in 2006. In 2007-2008 she went to Tecno Allarmi Cervia (A2, starting five) and then played for
Memar Reggio Emilia (A2, starting five). Last season Alessia played for Virtus La Spezia (A2).
Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (190-C-86) officially becomes a player of Famila Wuber Schio. A French International played for Tarbes (France) since year 2003. In her last season there she appeared in 10 Euroleague's games and averaged 9.1ppg, 5.9rpg, FGP: 43.0%, 3PT: 50.0%, FT: 50.0%. In French League after 24 games she became the fourth top/scorer with 15.1ppg, 7.8rpg, 1.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 42.9%, FT: 67.3%.


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Women club basketball hotbed moves to Kaunas - by Simas Baranauskas
Lithuania's hotbed of women basketball will move from Vilnius to Kaunas. The most successful side of the past years TEO Vilnius has been disbanded as the telecommunication giants TEO LT have decided not to support the team. The shares of the club were remised to a Kaunas-based company Vici Sport, therefore the team will now play their games in the second largest city in Lithuania.

The new team will keep the place in Euroleague, where TEO had been in the Final Four twice. However, the organization will have a new name.

Courtesy of www.LithuaniaBasketball.com


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  MALI - Women  


Mali U17 lost three in France - by Eurobasket News
Mali U17 National Team traveled to France to take part at the Fougeres Tournament. The team is getting ready for the upcoming U17 World Championship in France. Mali will play in Group B in France together with Argentina, Australia, Belgium, China and Spain.
Mali did not succeed at the Fougeres Tournament. The African team suffered three defeats in as many games played.
Mali opened the tourney against hosting France and suffered a bitter 25:91 loss. Mali could not score in the opening frame and trailed 0:23 at the first intermission. They could not recover in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end. Aissata Toure and Aminata Traore delivered 7 points each for Mali. Mah Traore had 4 points in the loss.
The second game at the tournament was not of an improvement for Mali. They faced Belgium and suffered a 25:103 defeat. Mali trailed 7:23 after the starting frame but conceded a 17:4 run from Belgium at the start of the second period and could not recover. Mah Traore finished with 10 points for Mali. Mariam Maiga notched 6 points in the losing effort.
Mali finished their campaign against Turkey. Despite trailing 0:10 five minutes into the encounter Mali showed character. They went on a 12:4 run to trail by just 2 points at the first break. Mali stayed contestant throughout the whole game and left the tournament hopeful despite losing the third game 37:70. Mah Traore produced 12 points and 6 rebounds for Mali. Sadio Konate and Mariam Maiga netted 5 points each in defeat.



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  PALESTINE - Women  


PBBA Women Standing
PBBA Standings
 1. Catholic A. 1-0 
 2. De La Salle B. 1-0 
 3. De La Salle J. 0-0 
 4. Ibdaa D. 0-0 
 5. O. Beit Jala 0-0 
 6. O. Ramallah 0-0 
 7. S. Ramallah 0-0 
 8. T. Beit Sahour 0-0 
 9. T. Jerusalem 0-0 
 10. O. Beit Sahour 0-1 
 11. RaI AlSaleh 0-1 


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  POLAND - Women  


1Liga Standings - by Eurobasket
1Liga Standings
Group C
 1. PA-CO Bank 22-0 
 2. Widzew 14-8 
 3. Lomianki 14-8 
 4. MKS PWSZ 11-11 
 5. Jelenia Gora 11-11 
 6. Korona K. 11-11 
 7. AZS Mostostal 10-12 
 8. Ostrovia 10-12 
 9. Zyrardowianka 9-13 
 10. Piaseczno 8-14 
 11. AZS AWF K-ce 8-14 
Group D
 1. AZS UMCS 9-5 
 2. AZS II PWSZ 9-5 
 3. Siem.Piekary 8-6 
 4. KU AZS UW 8-6 
 5. AZS Uniw.Gd. 8-6 
 6. Wisla II 8-6 
 7. Czestochowa 5-9 
 8. WUKS Korona 0-0 
 9. VBW Gdynia 0-14 


Polish U16 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Kinga Wozniak
Wozniak
Wioletta Wisniewska
Wisniewska
Marlena Blicharz
Blicharz
Katarzyna Jaworska
Jaworska
Beata Jaworska
Jaworska
#e#5
Kinga Wozniak 166-G-94 Inea AZS P. Poland
Daria Marciniak Inea AZS P. Poland
Wioletta Wisniewska 182-F-94 Inea AZS P. Poland
Monika Skrzecz
Monika Naczk
Marlena Blicharz 169-G-94
Malwina Rudzka Szprotawa Poland
Katarzyna Jaworska 185-F-94 Szprotawa Poland
Beata Jaworska 185-F-94 Szprotawa Poland
Elzbieta Giedrojc Szczecin Poland
Maja Rynkiewicz 178-F-94 VBW Gdynia Poland
Joanna Kwasniewska VBW Gdynia Poland
Paula Swiatowska Polkowice Poland
Dominika Duraj VBW Gdynia Poland
Aleksandra Wolanska Katowice Poland
Dominika Miloszewska 185-C-94 Lomianki Poland



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  SPAIN - Women  


Updates in Mariana and Burgos - by Eurobasket News
Alejandra Quirante and Maria Espana become new players of El Joventut Mariana. Two new young players will try their best in the top division for 2010/2011 season.
Franciele Nascimiento (190-C-87), Demetress Adams (193-F-87, college: S.Carolina) and Laine Kurpniece (188-C-86, college: Binghamton) will remain in Arranz-Jopisa Burgos. Guillermo Fernandez will be changed by Ricardo Gonzalez who will become a new coach of the team. The latter was an assistant last season for the club.
Franciele Nascimiento played for Rivas Ecopolis (Spain-LFB, starting five) in 2008/2009 season in Spanish League and after 13 games averaged 2.3ppg, 1.1rpg; EuroCup: 7 games: 4.3ppg, 2.3rpg. In January 2009 moved to Iniexa Caceres 2016 (Spain-LF2, starting five) and in 17 games became the fourth top-scorer averaging 19.4ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, 2FGP: 49.0%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 63.0%. Last season she played for Arranz-Jopisa Burgos (Spain-LF2, starting five)
American Demetress Adams started last season first for Iberconsulting Extremadura Caceres 2016 (Spain-LF2, starting five), but in January 2010 moved to Arranz-Jopisa Burgos (Spain-LF2, starting five).
Latvian Laine Kurpniece enjoyed last season for Arranz-Jopisa Burgos (Spain-LF2, starting five), before that she brought a great support for European Championships U20 in Sopron in 2006. In 8 games she averaged 13.4ppg, 8.1rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 37%, 3FGP: 60%, FT: 74.6%.


Lucas Mondelo names U20 roster - by Eurobasket News
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Cristina Ouvina
Ouvina
Berta Chumillas
Chumillas
Leonor Rodriguez Manso
Rodriguez Manso
Marta Xargay Casademont
Xargay Casademont
Elena Espiau Guarner
Espiau Guarner
#e#6
Lucas Mondelo Garcia Coach Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca Spain
named U20 roster for European Championship:

Cristina Ouvina 173-G-90 Mann Filter Zaragoza Spain
(Mann Filter)
Berta Chumillas 90 C.B. Conquero Huelva Spain
(Conquero)
Leonor Rodriguez Manso 178-G-91 Florida State University USA
(Florida State)
Marta Xargay Casademont 180-G-90 Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca Spain
(Perfumerias Avenida)
Elena Espiau Guarner 178-G-90 Platges de Mataro Spain
(Mataro)
Marta Tudanca Acedo 182-F-90 Universitario de Ferrol Spain
(Univ. de Ferrol),
Celia Menendez Antoli 188-C-90 Moguerza Real Canoe N.C. Spain
(RC Canoe)
Mireia Vila (Sant Josep)
Vega Gimeno Martinez 183-F-91 Robert Morris University USA
(Robert Morris),
Miriam Foraste (Sarria),
Amaya Gastaminza Ganuza 188-F-91 Oregon State University USA
(Oregon State)
Miriam Bolivar Rigo 188-C-90 Soller Joventud Mariana Spain
(Soller),
Vanessa Ble F-91 EBE Ibiza-PDV Sta Eulalia Spain
(Palacio de Congresos Ibiza)
Laura Gil Collado 190-F-92 Segle XXI Bercelona Spain
(Segle XXI)



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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


New coach for Elfic Fribourg - by Melanie Nussbaumer
After the departure of the head coach Darko Ristic , BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket found his replacement for the season 2010-2011 with options for the next season: Romain Gaspoz . He is not new to the swiss women championship as he was the head coach of Sdent Sierre Basket the past two seasons (until January 2010), where he won Swiss LNA Championship 2009-2010 and 2010 Swiss Cup. He also previously coached in men's swiss first division for Herens Basket.

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  TURKEY - Women  


Samsun keeps Gulsah Akkaya for the next season - by Eurobasket News
After decent 'rookie' year in TBBL, Samsun decided to extend contract with Gulsah Akkaya (181-F-77). The experienced forward arrived to Samsun last summer from Ceyhan Belediyespor. She appeared 22 times in TBBL averaging 12.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.5 assists. She also played 6 games in EuroCup adding 11 ppg and 3.8 rpg. Samsun ended last season as No.10 in TBBL with 8-14 record.
Before Samsun, Gulsah Akkaya spent half of the season with Cevhan. She played 11 games in TBBL averaging 7.3 points and 2.8 rebounds. She started 2008/09 in Spain with Mann Filter Zaragoza. For 5 games in LFB she had only 1.8 ppg and 2.6 rpg, before they parted ways. On season 2007/08 Akkaya was a member of Galatasaray. They were TBBL finalists and EuroCup Semifinalists. In 2007, she played for the Team Turkey on EuroBasket in Italy. For 6 games Akkaya had 2.2 ppg and 1.2 rpg. She was a member of the NT in 2006 and 2007.


Turkey win two games in Fougeres - by Eurobasket News
Turkish U17 selection participated at the Fougeres Tournament in France. They posted two victories in three games played. Turkey opened the tournament against Belgium. The lead changed hands throughout the whole encounter. The teams stayed neck and neck but Belgium proved strength in the extra period 56:58. Melike Yalcinkaya (189-C-93) provided 13 points to lead the effort. Olcay Cakir (180-G-93) netted 10 points in the loss.
The second game turned into another thriller for Turkey. They faced hosting France and escaped with a narrow 48:47 victory. France led 36:33 heading into the fourth frame but Turkey managed to pull away with a tough win. Melike Yalcinkaya nailed 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds for Turkey. Ayse Cora (175-F-93) and Cansu Yetis (168-G-93) produced 9 points each in the winning case.
Turkey finished the tournament against Mali. Despite a slow start the Turkish side managed to earn a comfortable 70:37 win at the end. Ayse Cora delivered 12 points to lead the charge. Olcay Cakir canned 10 points in the victory.



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  WBCBL - Women  


WBCBL to host Puerto Rico Senior Women National Team - by Willie McCray
The WBCBL has been selected to assist the Puerto Rico Women National Team to prepare for the upcoming Centro Basket and Centro Americanos games.

We are honored to have this opportunity with our guest from Puerto Rico and looking forward to test our teams on the International circuit, say Shirl Johnson (WBCBL Sun Coast Regional Director)

During the week June 14-17, teams in the WBCBL Sun Coast Region will host exhibition games against the Puerto Rico Women National Team in head-to-head competition.

Games will take place as followed:

June 14 Brevard Flame
June 15 Jacksonville Cougars
June 16 Savannah Lady Warriors
June 17 Orlando Extreme


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  


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 


Sunday's games (3) review - by Eurobasket News
Minnesota L. - L.Angeles S. 84-88
Delisha Milton-Jones (6'1''-F-74, college: Florida) scored a season-high 22 points and Marie Ferdinand-Harris (5'9''-G-78, college: LSU)-Harris had eight of her 19 points in the final two minutes to lead the Los Angeles Sparks over the Minnesota Lynx 88-84 on Sunday. Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, college: USC) added 14 points for the Sparks (3-7). Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) had 12 points and seven rebounds before leaving the game with an injured left shoulder in the second quarter. Parker went to a hospital for evaluation. Charde Houston scored 21 points for the Lynx (2-9). Candice Wiggins (5'11''-G-87, college: Stanford) had 18 points, Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) had 16 points and 15 rebounds and Seimone Augustus scored 16 points. The Lynx held an 82-79 lead when Ferdinand-Harris made two jumpers within 42 seconds to put the Sparks ahead 83-82 with 1:06 to play. Augustus banked a 6-foot shot with 37.3 seconds left to give Minnesota an 84-83 lead. Ferdinand-Harris responded by converting four free throws in a 12-second span as Los Angeles regained an 87-84 advantage with 17.8 seconds to go. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

S.Antonio SS - Atlanta D. 83-90
Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83, college: Houston) had 24 points and 12 rebounds, Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) scored 23 points and the Atlanta Dream defeated the San Antonio Silver Stars 90-83 Sunday. Lyttle was 8 for 8 at the foul line and McCoughtry went 9 for 10 as Atlanta (8-3) converted 23 of 30 after going into the game as the WNBA's worst free throwing shooting team. San Antonio (3-6) had just nine attempts, making all of them. Lyttle scored eight points during a 14-0 third-quarter run and the Dream led 66-55 going into the final quarter and 86-75 with just over two minutes remaining. Iziane Castro Marques (6'0''-G/F-82) scored 12 points for Atlanta while Shalee Lehning had 10 points and eight assists and Alison Bales added 10 points and eight rebounds. Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) had 24 points for San Antonio and Chamique Holdsclaw (6'2''-F-77, college: Tennessee) scored 15, including 10 in the fourth quarter. Michelle Snow (6'5''-C-80, agency: LBM Management, college: Tennessee) and Edwige Lawson-Wade each had 14 points and Becky Hammon scored 11. Young had 13 points in the first half as San Antonio led 23-20 after the first quarter and 39-37 at intermission despite getting just three points from Holdsclaw, who hit one of the Silver Stars' four first-quarter 3-pointers. She missed her other six shots. McCoughtry had 11 of her 13 first-half points in the opening quarter, hitting four of her first five shots. Castro Marques had just two points for Atlanta at halftime, shooting 1 of 7. *Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Connecticut S. - Indiana F. 67-77
Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) scored 20 points and Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) scored 12 of her 18 in the fourth quarter to help the Indiana Fever beat the Connecticut Sun 77-67 on Sunday. Catchings also had 13 rebounds and four steals for the Fever. She made all eight of her free-throw attempts in the fourth quarter and now has made 30 straight, the second-longest streak in franchise history. Indiana (6-4), which lost 86-77 at Connecticut on Friday, has won 6 of 8 after losing its first two games this season. Renee Montgomery (5'7''-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) was 4 for 8 on 3-pointers and led Connecticut (6-3) with 17 points. Tan White, a former Fever player, added 14 points for the Sun. Connecticut had won three straight, but Indiana outrebounded the Sun 39-24 and held them to 36-percent shooting. The Fever led 58-49 at the end of the third quarter and appeared to be in control of the game. Catchings committed a clear path foul against Montgomery, who made two free throws to cut Indiana's lead to 60-54. Connecticut retained possession and White made a 3 to pull to 60-57. Montgomery hit another 3 to tie it at 60-all with 7 minutes to play. Catchings took over from there, scoring 12 of Indiana's final 17 points. She stole the ball from rookie Kelsey Griffin (6'2''-F-87, college: Nebraska), then made a layup with 1:36 to play to give Indiana a 74-63 lead. Indiana outscored Connecticut 22-10 in the second quarter to lead 42-26 at halftime. The Fever outrebounded the Sun 23-9 in the first half to make up for committing 13 turnovers. *Courtesy of www.taragana.com


WNBA All-Star event could be Feverish - by Eurobasket News
Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) and Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) had a chance to play against Indiana Fever teammates Tamara Sutton-Brown (6'4''-C-78, college: Rutgers), Ebony Hoffman (6'2''-C/F-82, college: USC) and Briann January (5'8''-G-87, college: Arizona St.) during the WNBA's offseason.

Catchings could soon have a chance to play against Douglas and the other three Fever starters in the July 10 WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun game in Connecticut. The contest, which replaces the All-Star Game, will pit top vote-getters from the WNBA against the USA team, of which Catchings is a member.

'It's definitely going to be interesting this year, but nonetheless, it's going to be exciting,' said Catchings, a six-time All-Star. 'I know the fans are really looking forward to coming out to Connecticut and seeing great matchups. More than likely, I'll probably be playing with the USA team, and just trying to get ready and get some training before the World Championships because as a whole team, we haven't really had a chance to have any practices.'

The Fever, who host Connecticut at 6 p.m. today, are making WNBA All-Star history, according to team media relations director Kevin Messenger. He said having six players on the ballot is unprecedented.

The Fever's Shavonte Zellous, who began the season with Tulsa and is listed as a Shock player, joins the five starters on the ballot.

'In Connecticut, we had the starting five make it,' said Douglas, a three-time All-Star. 'That was a pretty cool thing -- to have five of your teammates make the All-Star team. Of course, I would love for all six of us to represent the Indiana Fever, but it's a long time until then. I think every individual is definitely looking forward to continuing what we're doing, and as long as we continue to win, you're going to get that kind of recognition.'

Balloting will continue through June 21 and is available at WNBA games, the NBA Store and NBA Nation and online at WNBA.com.

'It's definitely an honor, more so when you get selected by the fans,' Catchings said. 'They're the ones that buy the tickets, they're the ones that come support us, they're the ones that keep this league going, and when you get selected by the fans to be a part of something such as the All-Star Game, it is a big deal.

'I play for myself, of course, and my family and for the team, but to keep these people coming back, I want them when they leave to be like, 'Man, that No. 24, I don't know who she is, but she was everywhere -- offense, defense, whatever.' That's what I play for, with that energy, with that motivation and just having a lot of fun.'


Courtesy of www.indystar.com


Candace Parker dislocates shoulder in Sparks' win over Lynx - by Eurobasket News
The Sparks won Sunday, but they also may have suffered a loss.

Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee), the 2008 WNBA rookie of the year and most valuable player, was taken to a hospital after she aggravated a left shoulder injury while grabbing a defensive rebound with 2 minutes 55 seconds left in the second quarter. After suffering the injury, Parker went directly from the court to the locker room.

After the game, Sparks Coach Jennifer Gillom said she was not sure how badly Parker was injured or how long she will be out.

Later, Sparks co-owner Kathy Goodman reported in The Times' Fabulous Forum blog that Parker had 'dislocated her shoulder - the same injury that has plagued her since college.'

Parker initially injured her shoulder in a loss Friday night to the Seattle Storm.

Without the face of the team Sunday, the Sparks won on heart.

The Sparks, who are in fifth place in the Western Conference, beat the sixth-place Minnesota Lynx, 88-84, at Staples Center in front of an announced crowd of 7,005.

Parker set the tone early, leading the Sparks (3-7) to a 42-39 halftime advantage with 12 points and seven rebounds in 17:05 of play. When she left the game, the team's morale quickly followed suit.

'At the half we were down,' Marie Ferdinand-Harris said. 'We were concerned with Candace.'

Ferdinand-Harris' fear morphed into determination when the Sparks trailed, 82-79, with 2:46 left. Ferdinand-Harris, who has averaged 2.4 points a game while struggling with a nagging knee injury, went on to make two consecutive jump shots to give the Sparks an 83-82 lead with 1:05 left.

Then Seimone Augustus banked in a six-footer to give the Lynx (2-9) a one-point advantage with 37.2 seconds to go. After Gillom called a 20-second timeout, Ferdinand-Harris proceeded to convert four free throws down the stretch to clinch the victory for the Sparks. She finished with a season-high 19 points in 18:30 of play on six-for-seven shooting.

'I'm always prepared, waiting on that opportunity,' Ferdinand-Harris said. 'And [today] was that moment that the Lord blessed me with.'

DeLisha Milton-Jones scored a game-high 22 points and said she hoped this win would be a turning point in the Sparks' season.

'Our backs were against the wall and it felt like we were digging a grave,' Milton-Jones said. 'Now we can see some light.'

Gillom, who was celebrating her 46th birthday, swelled with pride when talking about the team's effort in spite of Parker's injury. But her birthday celebration will have to wait.

'My heart is with Candace right now,' Gillom said.


Courtesy of www.latimes.com


Phoenix Mercury set WNBA scoring record - by Eurobasket News
The pace was perfect and breathtaking.

The Mercury turned the Tulsa Shock's '40 minutes of Hell' into 40 minutes of fun. Just ask the 6,580 who witnessed the Mercury set a WNBA record for points in a game in a 116-84 win Saturday night at US Airways Center.

The Mercury (5-5) remained in second place in the Western Conference behind leader Seattle (9-1).

For the Mercury and their fans, it was just nice to see this running team play to its capabilities after its up-and-down performances this season. On Saturday it was the tempo that was up and down in a record-breaking night.

The Mercury's 116 points surpassed their record in a 115-point overtime win against the now-defunct Sacramento Monarchs last season. The Mercury's 59 points in the first half Saturday night were a franchise record.

'We are only going to get better,' said guard Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut), who had 18 points. 'I think we are getting a little sense on how good we can be. We can't be complacent.'

Forward Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) made all nine of her shots, another franchise record, and finished with 18 points. Penelope Taylor (6'1''-F-81) tied a career high with eight assists, all in the first half, and had 14 points.

With an 18-point lead with 4:23 left in the third quarter, the Mercury didn't have a starter on the floor and played reserves the rest of the game. Reserve rookie sharpshooter Taylor Lilley had 14 points, scoring her first 11 in her first five minutes.

The 3-6 Shock were playing the second game of a back-to-back set and just couldn't keep up.

The Mercury's offense flowed the way it should, for a change. They tied a franchise record with 29 assists. At one point, the Mercury had 16 assists on 20 baskets.

By the middle of the third quarter, the Mercury had five reserves on the court who pushed the lead to 35 points.

'Training camp is over,' Mercury coach Corey Gaines said. 'We are starting to jell together.'


Courtesy of www.azcentral.com