EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/30/2010

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  ABA   


2010 Latin America Showcase - by Chris Terrell
2010 Latin America Showcase coming to U.S.
Pro exposure camp for 5 leagues to be held in July

Chantilly, VA The 2010 Latin America Showcase is coming to the the Washington, DC area July 23-25th.

Designed to showcase players interested in playing in Latin America, the exposure camp will have representatives from 5 different Latin America leagues looking to sign U.S. players. The biggest Latin America showcase ever held in the U.S. will have representatives from the following leagues: DIMAYOR (Chile), LPB (Venezuela), LNB (Venezuela), LNBP (Mexico) and CIBACOPA (Mexico). Organizers have also invited the various minor league teams including the ABA and PBL. The showcase will be held at Hoop Magic - the same facility where the NBA recently held its Developmental League (NBDL) exposure camp.

This is a unique opportunity for U.S. players to be seen by teams from all the major leagues in Latin America. Coaches and GM's will be present and will be ready to sign players for their teams. 'We are very excited to be holding this showcase,' said Hoop Magic owner, Curtis Symonds. 'We recently held the NBDL showcase here and we think this camp will be even bigger and better. It gives U.S. players a great opportunity to show their game to decision-makers outside the U.S. and a legitimate shot at getting a contract with teams in Latin America leagues.'

For more information, contact Hoop Magic at (703) 268-5780 or visit the Hoop Magic website at www.HoopMagicSA.com to read all about the camp, the leagues and teams who will be present and to register.


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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina lose third straight against Australia - by Eurobasket News
Australia -Argentina 90:72

Australia completed the clean sweep of their World Challenge series against Argentina. The teams met in Adelaide for the third game of the series. Patrick Mills (183-G-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) exploded with 32 points as the Boomers rolled to a comfortable 90:72 victory.
Argentina finally opened the game confidently. The visitors kept control in the starting quarter as they won it by five points 23:18. But the Boomers responded well in the second term. Australia exploded with 30 points to deny the deficit. Moreover the hosts established a 48:40 lead at halftime. Australia extended their dominance over the third quarter. The hosts stretched the gap to 15 points with ten minutes remaining. Australia stayed in control in the fourth stanza. They did not allow Argentina to recover claiming another clinical win at the end.
Brad Newley (199-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 14 points for Australia. Alexander Loughton (205-F/C-83, college: ODU) and Stevan Markovic had 9 points each in the win. Nicolas Romano (197-F/C-87) answered with 19 points for Argentina. Nicolas de los Santos netted 13 points in the loss.

Australia: Patrick Mills 32, Brad Newley 14, Alexander Loughton 9, Steven Markovic (190-G-85) 9
Argentina: Nicolas Romano 19, Nicolas de los Santos 13



U18 USA blasts U18 Argentina, stays untouchable in San Antonio - by Eurobasket News
FIBA Americas U18 Championship, Day 3: ARGENTINA - USA 67-88

USA and Argentina met in the last day of Preliminary Round in San Antonio. USA demonstrated better performance celebrating 67-88 victory and they finished as No.1 in Group B with perfect 3-0 record. It means that USA will play against Canada in the Semifinals. Argentina dropped to second place with 2-1 score and will meet Brazil in the Semis. Both, USA and Argentina, already booked a spot for 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. Quincy Miller-Scott (6'8''-F/C-93) stepped up for the winners with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Austin Rivers (6'3''-G) and Patrick Casey Young (92) (5 rebs) netted 13 and 11 points respectively. In Argentina, Carlos Paredes (6'7''-F/G-92) and Cristian Scaramuzzino (6'9''-C-92, agency: World Sport Agency) delivered 10 points each.
Except of the last quarter, USA was a way better team in this game. Quincy Miller-Scott opened it with nice 16-24 in the first ten minutes and later in the second quarter totally destroyed their rivals. USA limited Argentina to just 9 points in the second period, while they drained 27 on the other side. It was 25-51 at the HT and question about the winner was already resolved. USA continued in the same rhythm in Q3 ending it 18-28. They finally slowed down after that and Argentina used that opportunity to cut the deficit a little bit.
The Semifinals are scheduled for Tuesday.

Argentina: Carlos Paredes 10, Cristian Scaramuzzino 10
USA: Quincy Miller-Scott 25+5 boards, Austin Rivers 13, Patrick Casey Young 11+5 boards


Olimpico de la Banda land Cristian Amicucci - by Eurobasket News
Olimpico de la Banda have agreed on terms of contract with Cristian Amicucci (201-F/C-85). The 24-year-old centre played for Estudiantes in the previous season. Cristian Amicucci tallied 9.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in Liga A. Previously Cristian Amicucci had spells for Quimsa, El Nacional and Union de Sunchales.


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  AUSTRALIA   


NBL will roll with Spalding next season - by Eurobasket News
Basketball Australia is pleased to announce a new whole of sport partnership with Russell Corporation and their basketball brand Spalding in a multi-year deal that will see the sport supported by the international conglomerate.

Russell Corporation, worlds largest basketball equipment maker and marketers of Spalding basketballs and backboards, will be the Official Game Ball supplier of Basketball Australia, NBL, WNBL and Australian Junior Championships.

Spalding will also have the exclusive rights to produce and sell a range of licensed basketballs, backboards and mini-backboards across Boomers, Opals, NBL and WNBL team properties including the official NBL Game ball.

Basketball Australia CEO, Larry Sengstock said Spalding are a strong brand that will supply our teams and leagues with basketballs and have really impressed us with their commitment to build an exciting licensed product range for fans and participants and a commitment to market our great game.'

With the growing support of our partners we are developing a strong retail presence and an opportunity for people to connect with us through our Network Ten partnership and with Spalding and AND1 official team wear in stores.

Russell Corporations Managing Director Chris Lambert said Spalding is delighted to be involved with Basketball Australia at all levels of the sport, from elite competition to the grass-roots participation program, Aussie Hoops.'

The NBA official game ball and backboard status has made Spalding synonymous with basketball globally. This partnership gives us the opportunity we have been waiting for to demonstrate our commitment to the sport locally said Lambert.

Spalding is working with its American headquarters on a custom designed ball for the NBL that will be unveiled at the tip-off of the 2010 season on the 15th of October with a game between the Melbourne Tigers and the returning Sydney Kings.

With a history of firsts dating back of the invention of the basketball, Spalding is committed to innovating and supporting the sport Lambert said.

As per standard Basketball Australia policy, the financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Courtesy of NBL (www.nbl.com.au)


Boomers Sweep World Challenge - by Ian Moss
Game three of the Boomers World Challenge was held in Adelaide.
The first quarter was close with the two teams trading baskets and Argentina was leading 23-18 at quarter time.
The second quarter saw the Boomers surge back and by half time they were leading 48-40. Patrick Mills led the charge with 21 points by half time. Nathan Jawai had 4 points and 6 rebounds. For Argentina, Nicolas Romano had 14 points and 4 rebounds.
In the third quarter Australia increased their lead and led 70-55 at the start of the fourth.
Argentina refused to give up, and they tried to come back aggressively in the final quarter but the Boomers would have none of it. Patrick Mills was on fire and finished with 32 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists.
The final score was Australia 90 defeating Argentina 72. The Boomers swept the three-game series 3-0.


ABA Standings Leaders - by Eurobasket News
After the weekend results we decided to look closer to the Standings of the ABA tournaments.
Ringwood is on top of Big V with 15-1 record. In the top game of the round the league-leaders overcame Waverley 95:71. Due to 35-20 in the last period Ringwood improved to 15th win in the league. Matthew Snowball paced all the winners with 18 points and Kevin Ratzsch (201-F, college: Northern St.) collected 19 points and 19 rebounds. Ivan Platenik (201-F-83, college: Alaska-Anch.) ended up with 25 points and 18 rebounds in the losing effort. Diamond Valley is second with 13-3 record, while Waverley is third with 9-4.
In Central ABL West Adelaide Bearcats is on top with 12-2 record. The League leaders overcame Norwood Flames 80:57 as they started with 25-12 lead. Anthony Spadavecchia and Christopher Molitor led the way with 17 points each, while Josh Bond netted 16. Ben Howell (191-G-89) delivered 15 points in the losing case. Norwood Flames is second with 11-3 record, while Sturt Sabres and North Adelaide Rockets share the third with 10-4 records each.
In QBL Rockhampton Rockets has 10-1 record on top losing their first game to Mackay Meteors that has 9-1 record. Rhys Martin (193-G-86, college: Nova SE) led the way with 23 points and John Fitzgerald produced 21. Mitch Philp finished night with 22 points in defeat. Northside Wizards follow them with 8-1 record.
Sandringham is on top of the SEABL League. On June 27th the team rolled over Ballarat 85:77. David Moore top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Tom Garlepp notched 22. Tariq Naqqash and Jamal Brown replied with 18 points each in defeat.
In Waratah Parramatta Wildcats are on top with 12-2 record beating Maitland Mustangs 103:97. Stefan Blaszcynski stepped up with 24 points and Clint Reed (198-F-82, college: Co.Carolina) followed him with 23.



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Lakers one win away from playoffs - by Justin Marville
TWELVE VICTORIES. Ten games won in succession.

And amidst all those big figures, Lumber Company Lakers' magic number is just one.

Keefe Birkett scored 12 of his game-high 22 points in a decisive fourth quarter spell, as basketball's Premier League leading Lakers moved one win away from postseason qualification after Saturday night's 78-68 triumph against Colombian Emeralds International Senators at the Wildey Gym.

The win - Lakers' 12th in 13 games - means the Husbands men need just one victory from their last three games to book a seventh straight trip to the playoffs and officially ended Senators (5-8) slim postseason hopes.

And those dreams were seemingly dead and buried long before Birkett's late-game heroics, as Senators only managed one point within the first 4:20 of the second half to fall behind by as many as 16 (45-29).

But Anthony Forde closed the third quarter scoring four straight points, before his team-mates accounted for seven unanswered on the other side of the break to reduce Senators' deficit to just four (54-50).

It proved to be the last success they would enjoy.

Birkett quickly ended that rally and Lakers' drought, hitting a short jumper, a triple and a floater to sandwich a Jamario Grazette basket and put the league leaders ahead 63-54.

Senators didn't go away quietly though, threatening once more after getting within five before Birkett squashed that run with another three, coming on the heels of baskets Matthew Moore and Jamar King as Lakers went up again by double digits (70-60).

Ormond Haynes then duly provided the final margin with six quick points in open play among two Birkett free throws.

Adrian Allman assisted Birkett with 11 points and Haynes finished with ten while George Farrell top-scored for Senators with 14 points.

Earlier, Sagicor Tridents were restricted to just eight third quarter points and 18 overall in the second half as reigning league champs Mpact Station Hill Cavaliers cruised to a 87-53 rout.

Kelvin Patterson celebrated his return to the starting line-up with a team-high points while the Cavs improved a second best 11-2 record to remain only one game behind the rival Lakers.

Errol Flash Pollard added 11 points while Tridents (2-11) point guard Akeem Williams led all scorers with 19.


Jackson ruin Leacock's career night - by Justin Marville
THERE WAS NO CHAMPAGNE. No hurrahs. Nothing special at all.

Worse yet, Godfrey Leacock couldn't even celebrate his career night with a victory either.

Peter Alleyne had 26 points and ten rebounds to lead five players in double digits, as British American Insurance Jackson rendered Leacock's Premier League basketball season's best 39 points trivial in Sunday's 105-85 rout of lowly Nicholls Baking Cougars 105-85 at the Wildey Gym.

It was the second time in as many years the Jackson side spoiled a career high individual effort, following Selwyn Brooks' similarly futile 41-point performance of a year ago.

But at least the DC United swingman had the solace of forcing overtime.This game, however, was finished long before that.

Alleyne, the reigning MVP, hooked up with big men Pearson Griffith and Neil Harewood for 25 points in the second quarter, accounting for all but four of a 27-8 run to finish the half that transformed a two-point deficit into a 56-39 blowout.

This came on the heels of Leacock's surreal first quarter, where the gung-ho rookie sank three treys in scoring 17 of Cougars first 23 points.

But they didn't actually lead until the opening minutes of the second period, and that advantage was rather brief until Griffith responded with a huge two-handed dunk.

The 6'10' national centre then added a subsequent and-one lay-up off a nifty, behind-the-back pass from Alleyne before Harewood dominated the paint to the tune of ten points in the period.

Harewood finished with 23 points while Griffith added 18 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks, as Jackson (9-4) moved within a half game of both Pinelands (9-3) and Warriors for the final playoff spot.


Standings
Premier L. Standings
 1. Lakers 12-1 
 2. Cavaliers 11-2 
 3. Pinelands 9-3 
 4. Warriors 9-3 
 5. Jackson 9-4 
 6. Sonics 6-6 
 7. Senators 5-8 
 8. Patriots 4-8 
 9. Bulls 4-8 
 10. Deacons 2-10 
 11. Tridents 2-11 
 12. Cougars 2-11 


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Oostende Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Base Oostende may have pulled off the suprise of the transfer season so far by signing Belgian League MVP Will Thomas (201-F-86, George Mason) to a contract for the upcoming season plus an option for 2011-2012. Thomas had several options in Belgium and abroad but chose Oostende after a good talk with the Oostende coaching staff.
Thomas had an oustanding season for Liege with averages of 14.9 ppg and 9.3 rpg which earned him League MVP honors as well as Eurobasket Belgium player of the year honors.
This will be Will's 3rd season in Belgium after 2 years with Liege.



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Maurice Spillers will be back in brazil - by Paulo Freire
With 199 high and 106 kg, he is an intense competitor, who fight for every rebound and positioning in the paint, an athlete who is dedicated to defending. Born in 1974, Spillers is a product of Utah State where he played the NCAA.

With a lot experience, the athlete has played in various leagues in the U.S. such as the ABA and USBL, his basketball life in the world led him to places like Austria, South Korea, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, but was in Argentina that Spillers really established himself in basketball playing by the major local teams such as Club River Plate, Boca Juniors, Ben Hur Rafaela, Centro Juventud Sionista and the Obras Sanitarias his team last season where he played for on the League of Americas and again get the attention of the Brazilians with the numbers he put down: 18. ppg, 9.0 rpg and 1.0 apg.

Spillers is the new player of Franca Basketball, the athlete who competed in the finals of the 2008 national championship team for the Brasilia team, should have no problem to adapt to the game system of coach Helio Rubens.


Maurice Spillers (199-F-74, college: Utah St.) last season on the Argentina League averege 12.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 1.4 apg, all this numbers qualify him to be a complemnetary piece for the team that already has the offensive power of Rogerio Klafke (201-F-71, agency: Interperformances), Marcio Dornelles (194-F-75) , Helinho Garcia (186-G-75) and also he new comers Dede Stefanelli (196-F/G-84), Fernando Penna (189-G-83) and William Drudi (206-C/F-81).



U18 Brazil beats U18 Canada for top of Group A - by Eurobasket News
FIBA Americas U18 Championship, Day 3: CANADA - BRAZIL 78-83

Brazil was better than Canada in the last day of the Preliminary Round in San Antonio. Thanks to this victory Brazil is No.1 of Group A with perfect 3-0 record and will meet Argentina in the Semifinals. On the other side, Canada dropped to second place with 2-1 score and will take on powerful USA team. Both, Brazil and Canada, already secured a ticket for 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. Raul Togni (184-G-92) was the MVP of this meeting with impressive valuation 46. He spent 36 minutes on the court collecting 34 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Lucas Nogueira (212-C-92) also was great helping his team with 13 points and 9 boards. Felipe Taddei (192-G-92) is another player with 13 pts in this win. In Canada, Myck Kabongo (188-G-93) shined with 20 points and 12 boards. Hero from the first two games, Kyle Wiltjer (206-C), this time stopped to 18 points and 5 rebs.
Brazil did a good job in the first half. Raul Togni and his teammates created 16-20 in the opening 10 minutes and later jumped to decent 36-44 lead (HT). Canada had 8-point deficit before the second half and they had to improve. They were slightly better in Q3 (17-15), but they needed a way more against tough Brazilians. Both teams were good offensively in the last period, which once again belonged to Canada 25-24, but that was not enough for any better than 78-83 loss.
The Semifinals are scheduled for Tuesday. As mentioned above, Brazill will meet Argentina, while Canada will play against USA.

Canada: Myck Kabongo 20+12 boards, Kyle Wiltjer 18+5 boards
Brazil: Raul Togni 34+8 boards+7 assists, Lucas Nogueira 13+9 boards, Felipe Taddei 13


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U18 Brazil beats U18 Canada for top of Group A - by Eurobasket News
FIBA Americas U18 Championship, Day 3: CANADA - BRAZIL 78-83

Brazil was better than Canada in the last day of the Preliminary Round in San Antonio. Thanks to this victory Brazil is No.1 of Group A with perfect 3-0 record and will meet Argentina in the Semifinals. On the other side, Canada dropped to second place with 2-1 score and will take on powerful USA team. Both, Brazil and Canada, already secured a ticket for 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. Raul Togni (184-G-92) was the MVP of this meeting with impressive valuation 46. He spent 36 minutes on the court collecting 34 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Lucas Nogueira (212-C-92) also was great helping his team with 13 points and 9 boards. Felipe Taddei (192-G-92) is another player with 13 pts in this win. In Canada, Myck Kabongo (188-G-93) shined with 20 points and 12 boards. Hero from the first two games, Kyle Wiltjer (206-C), this time stopped to 18 points and 5 rebs.
Brazil did a good job in the first half. Raul Togni and his teammates created 16-20 in the opening 10 minutes and later jumped to decent 36-44 lead (HT). Canada had 8-point deficit before the second half and they had to improve. They were slightly better in Q3 (17-15), but they needed a way more against tough Brazilians. Both teams were good offensively in the last period, which once again belonged to Canada 25-24, but that was not enough for any better than 78-83 loss.
The Semifinals are scheduled for Tuesday. As mentioned above, Brazill will meet Argentina, while Canada will play against USA.

Canada: Myck Kabongo 20+12 boards, Kyle Wiltjer 18+5 boards
Brazil: Raul Togni 34+8 boards+7 assists, Lucas Nogueira 13+9 boards, Felipe Taddei 13


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  CHINA   


Yi Traded, Yao to Remain in Houston - by Arthur Volbert
Yi Jianlian (212-C/F-87) is changing teams while Yao Ming is staying put.

The New Jersey Nets have traded Yi Jianlian to the Washington Wizards to move themselves $30 million under the salary cap for free agency. Washington sent Quinton Ross to the Nets for Yi. The Nets also sent $3 million to the Wizards. New Nets coach Avery Johnson didnt consider Yi a fit for his system, and the Nets were anxious to clear more cap space to make a run at LeBron James and several other free agents.

Yao Ming is returning to the Houston Rockets next season, accepting the player option in his contract. Yao sat out last season following reconstructive surgery on his left foot. If he had turned down the player option, he would have become an unrestricted free agent on Thursday. Houston general manager Daryl Morey said Tuesday that an official announcement will come in the next day or two. Yao is due to make about $17.69 million next season, the last of his five-year contract.


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Standings - D1
LBS Standings
 1. Barva 14-0 
 2. ARBA San Ram. 11-2 
 3. Escazu 9-4 
 4. Liceo 9-4 
 5. UCR 5-8 
 6. Perez Zeledon 3-10 
 7. Cartago 1-12 
 8. San Luis G. 0-14 


Barva is waiting for contenders - by Gianni Pascucci
Led by Isaac St.Rose (190-G/F-83, college: John Brown) and Amir Alvarado (198-F-84, college: Marshalltown CC), Ferreteria Brenes Barva dominated the CostaRican LSB regular season winning all the 14 games. In the last round, they destroyed Cartago, 109-42, and this tells enough. Barva advanced to the league Semifinals at the #1 spot, and now is waiting for the other three teams that will participate to post season. They will be for sure San Jose ARBA, Escazu and Kolbi Liceo de Costa Rica, but their definitive standings will came out from the results of the postponed games, yet not all played. Liceo made a pace ahead by defeating some days ago Perez Zeledon on the road, 81-66.

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  FRANCE   


Denain ASC Voltaire sign Boakai Lalugba - by Eurobasket
Denain ASC Voltaire (NM1) added to their roster 29-year old American power forward Boakai Lalugba (199-F/C-81, college: Bucknell, agency: Court Side). Lalugba played most recently at Salon Vilpas Vikings (Finland). While playing 15 games for Salon Vilpas last season his stats were: 13.1ppg, 8.0rpg, 1.3apg and 1.1spg. Lalugba played also pro basketball in Finland and Sweden. It's his come back to France as he used to play previously for Bourg for two years. Two years ago he was selected to Eurobasket.com French ProB All-Bosmans/Cotonou Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center


USA Lievin Basket sign Antwon Hoard - by Eurobasket
USA Lievin Basket (NM1) signed 38-year old American forward Antwon Hoard (199-F-72, college: Murray St., agency: ACMT). Hoard played most recently at Boulazac Basket Dordogne (ProB). Hoard has also French nationality. While playing 30 games for Boulazac last season his stats were: 7.2ppg, 5.2rpg and 1.3apg. Hoard is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Finland, Italy and Poland. His best season was 2004-2005, when playing for Besancon, Hoard was voted Eurobasket.com All-French ProB 1st Team.
By Eurobasket Data Center


USA Lievin Basket sign Derrick Russell - by Eurobasket
USA Lievin Basket (NM1) agreed terms with 28-year old American center Derrick Russell (207-C-82, college: Auburn-Montgomery). Russell played most recently at Saint Chamond Basket (NM1). Saint Chamond Basket (France-NM1, starting five), 6.4rpg and 3.2bpg Russell is a very experienced player. He has played in three different pro leagues in the States. He tried also in Latin America playing in Venezuela and Ecuador.
By Eurobasket Data Center


Roche-la-Moliere sign Wayne Morris - by Eurobasket
Roche-la-Moliere (NM1) added to their roster 33-year old American forward Wayne Morris (198-F-77, college: Shippensburg). Morris played most recently at Union Sportive Avignon/Pontet (NM2). Morris is a very experienced player.
By Eurobasket Data Center


Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball sign Keonta Howell - by Eurobasket
Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball (NM1) signed 25-year old American guard Keonta Howell (193-G-85, college: Toledo). Howell played most recently at ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (Germany). While playing 30 games for ETB Wohnbau last season his stats were: 16.8ppg, 4.1rpg and 2.3apg. Howell played also pro basketball in Germany and United Kingdom. Howell's bigger achievement was so far British BBL Winners Cup Winner in 2008.
By Eurobasket Data Center


Paris-Levallois inks American Nigel Wyatte - by Eurobasket News
Paris-Levallois signed one-season deal with Nigel Wyatte (204-F/C-81, agency: Court Side, college: Wagner). The 28-year old American is coming to Paris-Levallois from ESSM Le Portel Cote d'Opale. He played 36 games in ProB last season averaging 13.1 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists. His season-high was 24 points against Lille.
Nigel Wyatte will not be a new face at Paris-Levallois. He already played for the club on season 2008/09. That year Paris-Levallois competed in ProB and Wyatte averaged 12.4 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists for 39 games. The team earned a promotion to ProA at that time. In the past, Nigel Wyatte also played for Spanish teams Huesca, Melilla, Plasencia and Bruesa. Season 2004/05 he spent in Holland with Den Helder. For 30 games in Eredivisie Wyatte had 15.9 ppg and 8.3 rpg. He is a product of Wagner University, where he graduated in 2004. For 28 games in senior season, Nygel Wyatte registered 13.7 ppg and 10.4 rpg.
Paris-Levallois reached the Playoff Quarterfinals last season, where Le Mans eliminated them with 0-2.


Dijon agrees with Elson Mendy - by Eurobasket News
Dijon brought in another reinforcement for the next season. After Jeremy Leloup (202-F-87), Anthony Christophe (189-G-83), Jonathan Tornato (210-C-89), Erroyl Bing (198-F/C-82, college: E.Carolina) and David Melody (184-G-77), the team signed contract with Senegalese player Elson Mendy (200-F-85). The 24-year old forward is coming to Dijon after six seasons with Strasbourg IG. In the latest one he played 29 games in ProA averaging 4.7 points and 2 rebounds. The team also competed in EuroChallenge last season, where Mendy increased his numbers. In four games in this competition Mendy added 6.3 ppg and 1.8 rpg.
Elson Mendy is a product of Strasbourg, where he started as a teenager. He left it just once and it was for few months. It happened in February 2007, when Mendy joined Swiss Boncourt. They reached the LNA Semifinals and Mendy helped the team with 8.4 ppg and 5.1 rpg for 7 games. For the season 2007/08 he came back to Strasbourg.
Dijon failed to survive last season in ProA. They finished dead last with poor 7-23 record. They will compete in ProB in 2010/11, but it is already clear what will be their main goal. The team wants back to ProA asap and the above mentioned signings just confirm this fact.


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  GERMANY   


Wayne Bernard stays with Mitteldeutscher BC - by Moritz Korff
Wayne Bernard (190-G-81, college: Davidson) has renewed his deal with Mitteldeutscher BC (1. Bundesliga) and inked a one-year contract with the Wolves. The 28-year-old out of San Diego, California will enter his third season wearing a MBC uniform. During this past year - his first in the BBL - Bernard produced 8.6 points, 1.9 boards, 1.7 steals, 1.5 assists per contest. In his first season in Weissenfels Bernard had guided the Wolves to a 2. Bundesliga Pro A championship, while he had been named the 2008-09 Eurobasket.com All-Pro A Player of the Year.

Kashirov from Weissenfels to Tuebingen - by Moritz Korff
Anatoly Kashirov (215-C-87) leaves the wolf pack of Mitteldeutscher BC and is going to play basketball wearing a tiger skin in the 2010-2011 season. The Russian center signed a one-year-deal with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen, the club announced today. Kashirov, a former Russian junior international, appeared in 34 games for MBC during this past season, scoring 12 points per night. The 23-year-old from Moscow, Russia has played for CSKA Moskow earlier in his career.

Mirko Anastasov Stays With The ETB Wohnbau Baskets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen continue to shape their 2010-2011 roster by extending the contract of Mirko Anastasov (207-C-84, agency: Court Side). The 25 year old 207cm center has yet to play a game with Essen as he was on the roster last season, but didnt play a single game due to a knee injury. Despite not playing a single game yet for the club, coach Igor Krisanovic is more than content that Anastasov will be able to play. 'Mirko was one of our strongest players in preseason last season.It hit us hard that we had to replace him. Despite filling the center positions with Americans Marcus Van and Kendall Chones, Mirko went through months of tough rehilibitation', stressed coach Igor Krizanovic. His many months of rehibilitation paid off as he was able to practice with the team again near the end of the season. 'It was a tough phase not being able to play so much', said Mirko Anastasov (207-C-84, agency: Court Side). Before coming to Essen,Anastasov played in Oldenburg and Tuebingen.'Because he hasn't played the last season, it will take some time until he finds his rhythm. We will have to be patient', stressed coach Krisanov. 'I can hardly wait untilpractice starts in August', said Mirko Anastasov.
Source: www. etb-basket.com



Ludwigsburg snaps up Lischka - by Moritz Korff
Compared to other 1. Bundesliga teams EnBW Ludwigsburg has been relatively quite thus far, as far as player signings for the 2010-2011 campaign is concerned. However, recently hired head coach Markus Jochum was able to come up with the name of his first new player for the up and coming season today. 23-year-old German wing Johannes Lischka (203-F-87, agency: Court Side) and the Ludwigsburg team agreed to terms on a two-year-contract, as announced today. Lischka, who has won four caps for the German Men's National Team last year and was named the 2008-09 Eurobasket.com All-1. Bundesliga Most Improved Player of the Year, appeared in 26 BBL matches for the Giessen 46ers during this past season and contributed 5.4 points as well as 3.5 boards per encounter. In February he also played a single game for Licher Basket Baeren in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B and posted a double double (24 pts, 11 rbs) in this contest.

Tyron Mccoy Is New Assistant Coach With The Artland Dragons - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After not reaching the BEKO BBL playoffs the last two seasons, The Artland Dragons seem to be engaged in a new facelift starting first in the coaching ranks after getting ex Giessen 46er coacvh Stefan Koch , the club now announced that Tyron McCoy will be the new assistant coach. 37 year old Mccoy is starting his third full season as assistant coach in the BEKO BBL after being the assistant in Ludwigsburg for Rick Stafford and Tolga Ongoren the last two years. 'Tyron is a man that has a lot of respect in the German basketball scene. He has made the jump from a great player to a respected coach. I am looking forward to working together with him and am sure that he will a big enrichment for the Artland Dragons', stressed Stefan Koch . Koch and Mccoy know each other since 12 years. Koch got Mccoy from Austria in 1998 and brought him to Giessen. Koch then became coach of The Opel Skyliners and brought him in again. Mccoy then played for The EWE Baskets Oldenburg from 2001-2007 and finished his career in Leverkusen and retired in 2008. Mccoy was top scorer for his team from 1998-2006.
Source: www.artland-dragons.de


Loibl returns to Chemnitz coaching job - Niners signed Jorge Schmidt - by Moritz Korff
Torsten Loibl returns to head coaching duties at BV Chemnitz 99 (2. Bundesliga Pro A). The 38-year-old signed a contract that will keep him in Chemnitz until 2012. Loibl previously served as head coach in Chemnitz (2002-2006), followed by a two-year stint at Toyota Alvark of Japan. In 2007 he led Alvark to a JBL championship title and received Asia-Basket.com All-JBL Coach of the Year honors. Loibl returned to Chemnitz in 2008 and took over the helm for a second tenure, but stepped down as a coach during the season to become the sport director of the club.
The Niners also announced the signing of Jorge Schmidt (193-G/F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) as the latest addition to the 2010-2011 squad today. The former German junior- and A2 international averaged 7.9 points and 2.9 rebounds through 30 games of the 2. Bundesliga Pro B for Wuerzburg in this past season.


Alphan Bartik New Assistant Coach With TV Langen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Tv Langen has announced that Alphan Bartik will be the new assistant coach for the 2010-2011 PRO B season. The 37 year old will also coach the U-18 TV Langen team. The 37 year old last was coach for the TG Hanau where he coached in the Oberliga Hessen, Regionaliga 2 and last in the Regionaliga 1. 'We are happy to have such an experienced coach in our program. The great success with Hanau in the last years speak for him. Besides helping out with the club, he will also be responsible for bringing our young players to the PRO B level', commented TV Langen manager Jogi Barth.'I know Alphan and his strength as coach. We have been in contact the last weeks discussing the expectations that the team has. We will start in planning the roster in the next days. I am looking forward to working with him', stressed TV Langen coach Fabian Villmeter. 'I cherish the confidence of the club in me. I like that I will be able to help the team and being at the gateway between the U-18 team and PRO B team', warned assistant coach Alphan Bartik
Source: www.tv1862langen.de



Cuxhaven: Huelsewede arrives - Jeka commits to Wuerzburg - by Moritz Korff
Robert Huelsewede (198-F-90) has become the Cuxhaven BasCats' third new player signing for the 2010-2011 season. The 20-year-old forward played 19 games for Paderborn in the 1. Bundesliga during this past campaign, scoring 2.4 points a contest. The Bielefeld native is a current member of the German U20 National Team.
Meanwhile, Australian guard Lee Jeka (187-G-83, agency: Promotex) has committed his near future to the Wuerzburg Baskets by penning a one-year contract with the Pro A newcomer. The 2009-10 Eurobasket.com All-2. Bundesliga Pro A Bosman Player of the Year and All-Pro A Second Team member was third in scoring (19.6ppg) and second in assists (5.5apg) per outing in the Pro A last season.


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IBL tournament starts this Thursday night- as seeds 7 through 10 battle it out - by Trask Frost
Portland, Oregon June 29th- the International Basketball tournament seeds 4 through 10 are now established and locked (ten of the league's fifteen teams will compete in the IBL 2010 Championship tournament). While the league needs Wednesday June 30th games to be completed to determine seeds 1, 2 and 3 (Los Angeles, Albany and Olympia all play on Wednesday night)- to restate this- seeds 4 through 10 are set as seen here:
Seed 4- Vancouver Volcanoes
Seed 5- BC Titans
Seed 6- Bellingham Slam
Seed 7- Yamhill Highflyers
Seed 8- Battle Creek Knights
Seed 9- Tacoma Tide
Seed 10- Oregon Waves


In fact, Thursday night's matchups are known-

Thursday 6:00pm- the Oregon Waves (David Lucas, Jeremiah Dominguez, JS Nash, Isaiah Fox and Robert Day) will play versus the Yamhill Highflyers (Durrell Nevels, Nate Bowie, Jason Hartford, Cheyenne Moore).

Thursday 8:30pm- the Battle Creek Knights (Michigan) will play versus the Tacoma Tide. Both Battle Creek and Tacoma are ten players deep; both teams are very solid with different players who step it up each night. This game will be extremely athletic and emotional as both teams have been playing since early April and have had up and down seasons despite high expectations, strong coaching and great talent. Both teams look to this single game as their redemption moment- so the game will be an epic battle with one team going home disappointed and the other feeling vindicated and still in the hunt. Battle Creek head coach Terrance Dickens- in his sixth year of the IBL is riding an up and down season with his Knights. Tacoma Tide's Dontay Harris will be playing in what might be his final game (Harris is the all time leading scorer in the IBL).

Friday games times will be 1:00pm, 3:30pm, 6:00pm and 8:30pm with the match-ups announced after Wednesday nights games are in the book, although at this point, a few things are known. One thing that is known is that the Los Angeles Lightning will be playing at 6pm (not known as to who they will play yet). A second thing known is that the Vancouver Volcanoes will be playing the 8:30pm game versus the BC Titans- winners of ten straight games including a victory at Vancouver.


Saturday games times are at 6:00pm and 8:30pm.

All 8 of these IBL tournament games will be held at Warner Pacific College, $10 admission ($3 for children 17 and under)- this gets a spectator into all games in a day.

For more information about the IBL and the IBL 2010 Championship tournament, visit- www.iblhoopsonline.com



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Virtus Bologna adds Valerio Amoroso - by Eurobasket News
Virtus Bologna has reached to an agreement with Valerio Amoroso (202-F-80). The 29-year-old forward signed a two-year contract with the Italian team. Amoroso is coming to Virtus from Banca Tercas Teramo, where he spent two years. He played 26 SerieA games last season registering 12.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.8 spg. The team also competed in EuroCup, where Amoroso added 12.7 ppg, 4 rpg, 1.7 apg and 1.2 spg. He had lower digits in his first season with the club (SerieA).
Before Teramo, Valerio Amoroso played three years for Premiata Montegranaro. He joined them in 2005 and helped to win the SerieA promotion with 13.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg ad 1.7 spg in 34 games. In 2008 and 2009 he was named Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Domestic Players. In the past, Amoroso was a member of Scafati, Roseto and Battipaglia. He already played for Virtus Bologna and it was on season 2003/04. At that time Virtus competed in B1.
Virtus Bologna finished last season as No.5 with 15-13 record. They faced with elimination in the Playoff Quarterfinals (NGC Cantu won the series 3-2).


Reggio Emilia keeps veteran Alessandro Frosini - by Eurobasket News
Reggio Emilia announced signing of one-year contract extension with veteran Alessandro Frosini (207-C-72). The 37-year old big guy joined Reggio Emilia last summer from Eldo Caserta. He played 38 games in LegaDue registering 7.5 points and 4.6 rebounds. His season-high was 18 points against Prima Veroli. Alessandro Frosini started basketball career back in 1990 with Verona. Later he played many years for Bologna teams. With Kinder, he won the SerieA title in 1998 and 2001. With the same team he won the Italian Cup in 1999, 2001 and 2002. Kinder was the Euroleague champion in 1998 and 2001. In 2003, Frosini moved to Scavolini and stayed there two seasons. From 2007 to 2009 he played for Caserta. In 2008, they won the LegaDue Playoffs and earned a spot for SerieA.
Meanwhile, Olimpia Milano will look for the new point guard if Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) leaves the club this summer. The latest name connected to Milano team is Kristaps Valters (188-G-81). The Latvian player spent last season with DKV Joventut.


Marconato moves to Cantu - by Gianni Pascucci
NGC Bennet Cantu officially announced the agreement with veteran center Denis Marconato (211-C-75), from Montepaschi Siena. Marconato is a former National Team member who will be a great addition for Cantu, above all considering the International commitments for the team in the upcoming season.

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Russia U18 post another win in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U17 Russia U18 64:87

Russian U18 selection continued their winning march in Lithuania. They recorded the second win in Kaunas. This time Russia prevailed against hosts. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) knocked down 13 points to lead the effort.
Russia scored 24 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. They accumulated a 5-point lead at the first break. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Moreover Russia earned a 12-point advantage at halftime. Russia consolidated their lead in the third stanza. They outgunned Lithuanian U17 team 22:12 to enjoy a 22-point lead heading into the fourth term. Lithuania did not recover in the fourth quarter and had to digest a bitter defeat at the end.
Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) nailed 11 points for Russia. Kulagin and Andrey Loginov (204-F-93) had 10 points each for the winners. Martynas Paliukenas (178-G-93) notched 16 points for Lithuania. Paulius Semaska (179-G-93) netted 11 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 5 assists in the loss.

Lithuania U17: Martynas Paliukenas 16, Paulius Semaska 11
Russia U18: Sergey Karasev 13, Vladislav Trushkin 11, Kulagin 10, Andrey Loginov 10



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Sparta land Cory Abercrombie - by Eurobasket News
Sparta Bertrange changed their import player. They signed a deal with Cory Abercrombie (201-F/C-85, college: Independence CC). The 24-year-old centre spent the previous season in Germany. Cory Abercrombie tallied 15.3 points and 7.5 rebounds per game for Hertener Loewen. The centre was named into All-German 2.Bundesliga ProB 1st Team by our site. Cory Abercrombie also had stints with Dombovar in Hungary and Schalke 04 in Germany. The centre will replace Phil Grant (202-G/F-79, college: Iona) on the squad. Grant decided not to extend his contract with Sparta.


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Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA Awards 2010 - by Eurobasket
All-CIBACOPA 1st Team 2010
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Dallas Logan
Logan
Danny Brown
Brown
Jeremis Smith
Smith
Callistus Eziukwu
Eziukwu
Letheal Cook
Cook
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Player of the Year: Dallas Logan (193-G-82) of Culiacan
Guard of the Year: Dallas Logan (193-G-82) of Culiacan
Forward of the Year: Callistus Eziukwu (208-F/C-85) of Hermosillo
Center of the Year: Letheal Cook (208-C/F-80) of Cananea
Import Player of the Year: Dallas Logan (193-G-82) of Culiacan
Domestic Player of the Year: Horacio Llamas (212-C-73) of Culiacan
Defensive Player of the Year: Jeremis Smith (203-F-86) of Mazatlan
Coach of the Year: Angel Gonzalez of Culiacan

1st Team
G: Dallas Logan (193-82) of Culiacan
G: Danny Brown (193-84) of Mazatlan
F: Jeremis Smith (203-86) of Mazatlan
F/C: Callistus Eziukwu (208-85) of Hermosillo
C/F: Letheal Cook (208-80) of Cananea

2nd Team
G: Marcus Moore (198-80) of Culiacan
G: Franco Harris (183-83) of Cananea
F: Jerome Habel (208-85) of Guaymas
F: Serge Angounou (202-83) of Guasave
C: Horacio Llamas (212-73) of Culiacan

Honorable Mention
Ira Brown (193-F) of Tepic
Jeral Davis (216-C-84) of Tijuana
Emmanuel Little (196-F-85) of Hermosillo
Jazz Cowan (205-F/C-83) of Dorados
Derek Thomas (193-F-84) of Leones RM
Ronald Selleaze (197-F-76) of Mazatlan
Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81) of Mazatlan
Michael Strobbe (201-F-85) of Nogales
Jeremy Bell (183-G-83) of Obregon
Benny West (191-G-80) of Los Mochis
Forrest Fisher (193-G-84) of Mexicali
Victor Avila (210-C-77) of Culiacan

All-Domestic Players Team
G: Franco Harris (183-83) of Cananea
G: Forrest Fisher (193-84) of Mexicali
G/F: Jovan Harris (191-81) of Mazatlan
F: Michael Strobbe (201-85) of Nogales
C: Horacio Llamas (212-73) of Culiacan

All-Imports Team
G: Dallas Logan (193-82) of Culiacan
G: Danny Brown (193-84) of Mazatlan
F: Jeremis Smith (203-86) of Mazatlan
F/C: Callistus Eziukwu (208-85) of Hermosillo
C/F: Letheal Cook (208-80) of Cananea



Leones Regios de Monterrey sign Derek Thomas - by Eurobasket
Leones Regios de Monterrey (CIBANE) added to their roster 26-year old American forward Derek Thomas (193-F-84, college: Appalachian St.). Thomas played most recently at Mineros de Cananea (CIBACOPA). While playing 38 games for Cananea this season he averaged 20.8ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.5apg and 1.3spg. It was his second season at Mineros. Last year he was voted Latinbasket.com All-Mexican CIBACOPA 1st Team.

By Eurobasket Data Center


Standings - Lower Leagues
CIBANE Standings
 1. Leones RM 10-3 
 2. Madereros 10-4 
 3. Mineros 10-4 
 4. Aguilas 6-7 
 5. Caktus 5-9 
 6. Marqueteros 1-11 


Marqueteros de Linares sign Fred Hooks - by Eurobasket
Marqueteros de Linares (CIBANE) added to their roster 28-year old American forward Fred Hooks (198-F-82, college: Humboldt St.). Hooks played most recently at Trigueros de Ciudad Obregon (CIBACOPA). While playing 10 games for Obregon this year he averaged 20.1ppg, 9.0rpg and 2.0apg. Hooks is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Argentina, Iceland, Spain and Venezuela. He played also this year at Mexican CIBACOPA All-Star Game.


By Eurobasket Data Center


U18 U.S. Virgins Islands avoids last place in Group B - by Eurobasket News
FIBA Americas U18 Championship, Day 3: MEXICO - U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 78-88

USVI celebrated the first win in San Antonio. With this one, USVI avoided the last place in Preliminary Group B (1-2) and will meet Puerto Rico in the first classification game for 5-8 spot. Mexico is still winless and will play against Uruguay. Aaron Brown (193-G-92) was totally the best player in this victory. He spent 34 minutes on the court collecting 39 points and 10 rebounds. With valuation 38, Brown was the MVP of this meeting. Rasheed Swanston (95) helped USVI with 12 points, while Merwin Potter (93) added 10 points and 10 boards. In Mexico, Kevin Acosta (175-G-91) shined with 22 points. Jesus Quintero (185-G-92) had 5 points less than him.
USVI opened the game better making 18-23 lead after ten minutes of play. Almost the same picture on the court was seen in Q2, which belonged to USVI 19-23. Aaron Brown was unstoppable in offense and mostly owing to him USVI was 9-point up at the half time. Mexico improved after the breather and fished third period 23-20, but USVI stopped Mexicans on their way in the last ten minutes. Brown was still on fire pacing his team to 18-22 in Q4 for the final 78-88 victory.

Mexico: Kevin Acosta 22, Jesus Quintero 17
USVI: Aaron Brown 39+10 boards, Rasheed Swanston 12, Merwin Potter 10+10 boards


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Knicks recruit Houston to land free agents - by Eurobasket News
Allan Houston (6'6''-G-71, college: Tennessee) will be a big part of Knicks' recruiting team this July just as Donnie Walsh envisioned it when he was hired as his assistant.

Houston has an 'in'' with the LeBron James camp, having known James adviser William Wesley for years. Wesley will be at the Akron, Ohio summit.

Houston also has a chance to tell the free agents James and Joe Johnson what Mike D'Antoni and Walsh can't tell them what it is like to win in New York.

'It's been a few years since people have gotten to see, feel and touch a winner in New York and people forget how special that really is,'' said Houston, on the Knicks 1999 NBA Finals team and perennial deep-playoff squads across the '90s. 'To me, it was exciting to be able to experience it firsthand. The guys who are free agents now are very smart, savvy and well-informed, and all we can hope is their team of advisers helping him make the decision can help him see how special this thing really can be.''

Houston said he feels having a link to the Knicks' glorious years is important as a reminder it wasn't always like the current state.

'I would just hope the free agents would want to ask me what it's really like playing in New York and winning in New York,'' Houston said. 'I believe it's big difference playing in New York and winning in New York. Winning here is nothing like anywhere else.''


Courtesy of www.nypost.com


Timberwolves want Rudy Gay - by Eurobasket News
The Minnesota Timberwolves would apparently love to grab swingman Rudy Gay (6'9''-F/G-86, college: Connecticut) from the Memphis Grizzlies, according to Hoopsworld.

The Griz supposedly offered Gay a contract extension for $10 million annually that he rejected at the beginning of this month. It doesn't seem likely that Gay will get offered more than that when he becomes a restricted free agent next summer. But maybe Memphis is giving him the blues so bad he's gotta split town.

So the rumor is that the Wolves will see how Gay develops this season and pounce on July 1 when there will be a lot of action going on in the NBA free-agent market. The team reportedly wants to see Gay have a stronger 'killer instinct' late in games by then.


Courtesy of Yahoo


Jazz make qualifying offers to Wesley Matthews and Kyrylo Fesenko - by Eurobasket News
As expected the Utah Jazz made qualifying offers to shooting guard Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette) and center Kyrylo Fesenko (7'0''-C-86, agency: Arik Krayn Services), three days before the free agency period begins in the NBA. The move made on Monday makes both players restricted free agents on Thursday when free agency officially begins. The offers are said to be worth $1.0875 million for Fesenko and $937,195 for Matthews.

In order to make their free agent a restricted free agent, a team must submit a qualifying offer to the player by June 30. This prevents the team from not offering a contract and waiting to swoop in when the player tries to sign elsewhere. The qualifying offer ensures that the team does not gain the right of first refusal without also offering a contract themselves. The amount of the qualifying offer for players on rookie 'scale' contracts is based on the player's draft position. The qualifying offer for all other players must be for 125% of the player's previous salary, or the player's minimum salary plus $175,000, whichever is greater. The qualifying offer must be for one season and a player can elect to accept his qualifying offer (the qualifying offer must be accepted by March 1) and play the following season under its terms. This is sometimes done in order to become an unrestricted free agent the following summer.


Courtesy of www.abc4.com


Cavs focusing on Shaw, Scott - by Eurobasket News
While the Cavaliers await a decision on LeBron James' future, their coaching search appears to be nearing the final stages.

Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw arrived in town Monday and will continue meetings with owner Dan Gilbert and General Manager Chris Grant today, the team confirmed. The Cavs would like to make a decision on their next coach today, according to a source with knowledge of their plans, although a ''decision'' does not necessarily mean a contract offer today.

By the conclusion of the interviews with Shaw, however, the team will probably choose between him and Byron Scott.

Shaw, who is represented by CAA Sports, the same firm that represents James, is the second known candidate, after Michigan State's Tom Izzo, to be brought to Cleveland for an interview. Team executives met with Scott in Michigan on Father's Day, according to his agent, Brian McInerney, but no offer was made.

In fact, the night's conversation had little to do with basketball and the Cavs. The two sides have remained in contact since then, but the Cavs have never discussed a contract with Scott, McInerney said.

Shaw and Scott are both former champions with ties to the Lakers. Shaw, 44, has spent the past five years on coach Phil Jackson's staff and was part of the Lakers' three-peat as a player in 2000-02.

He was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1988 and spent 14 seasons in the NBA, averaging 6.9 points and 4.2 assists, and appeared in 127 postseason games. His playing experience and his years working with Jackson would bring him credibility, but he has never been a head coach in the NBA.

Scott, 45, has appeared in seven NBA Finals five as a player and two as a coach. He won three championships, all as a player with the Lakers.

If the Cavs are intent on making an offer to a coach before James' decision, it could tell a lot about how the team views its chances of re-signing him.

Given Scott's experience and resume as a head coach (he led the
New Jersey Nets to consecutive Eastern Conference championships), he could command a contract in the $5 million to $6 million range. Shaw, having never been a head coach, would probably make about half of that.

Money has never been an issue to Gilbert, but without James, it doesn't make much sense to spend more than $20 million the next four years on a coach when the team is rebuilding.

It's also unclear how much interest Scott would have in the job if James departs, but he wouldn't necessarily require speaking to James before taking the job if it were offered, according to a source close to Scott.

One of the reasons Izzo passed, according to a Michigan source close to the Spartans coach, was he could never get James on the phone for a brief conversation.

Both Shaw and Scott, an ESPN analyst, are also considered candidates to replace Jackson in Los Angeles should the 11-time champion finally retire. Jackson has yet to a decide, but reportedly is ''leaning'' toward walking away.

There is a strong push within the Lakers' regime to offer the job to Scott, but he and McInerney have spent the better part of the past week distancing themselves from the Lakers as long as Jackson is in place.

The Cavs have held exclusive negotiating rights with James since the season abruptly ended in the conference semifinals. That time will expire on Thursday, and from all accounts, James is all but out of Cleveland.

An executive on a team with enough cap space to sign James told the New York Times over the weekend that ''it's a done deal'' that James and Chris Bosh will be going to the Chicago Bulls. William Wesley, or Worldwide Wes, has been hinting all along that's where James would land.

Charlie Villanueva, who this time last year was a free agent considering the Cavs, used his Twitter account Sunday to dismiss the Cavs as James' future home.

''You have a better chance seeing me with a Ben Wallace afro than LeBron going back to Cleveland,'' tweeted Villanueva, who is bald.

Free agency officially begins at midnight on July 1. Representatives from the Bulls, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, New Jersey Nets and Los Angeles Clippers will travel to Ohio to make their pitch to James in the first couple of days of July.


Courtesy of www.ohio.com

Indiana Pacers still seek new deal at Conseco Fieldhouse - by Eurobasket News
The Indiana Pacers still are renegotiating the team's lease of Conseco Fieldhouse with a Wednesday deadline approaching.

'Still talking, but no deal yet,' Ann Lathrop, president of the Marion County Capital Improvement Board, wrote in a text message on Monday.

The CIB owns Conseco Fieldhouse, where the Pacers play home games and have been paying $15 million per year in operating costs. The team is approaching an option period in the lease, and the CIB has said the team could move, be sold or shut down if a resolution isn't reached.

Lathrop has said one option is a deal in which the CIB would pay operating costs and still let the Pacers play there. She was optimistic in May, but sticking points include the length of the lease, who runs the building and where non-Pacers revenue would go.

'Negotiations, contracts and deals at this level are clearly tough stuff,' Lathrop said last week. 'It never surfaces around just one deal point. There's multiple things that we have that we're working on.'

Pacers Sports and Entertainment president Jim Morris has declined to comment on the negotiations.

Team president of basketball operations Larry Bird has said he has received calls from people who want to move the team, though team owner Herb Simon has maintained that he wants the team to remain in Indiana.

The Pacers already were losing money when they were successful, and poor performance hasn't helped. Indiana finished with a 32-50 record last season, their worst record since 1988-89, and missed the playoffs for the fourth straight year. The Pacers ranked 27th in the 30-team league this season with average attendance of 14,202.

A study in May concluded that Indianapolis businesses would lose $55 million if the Indiana Pacers left town. Lathrop was hopeful that a solution was forthcoming.

'I think it's always a positive sign when people continue to talk,' she said. 'I don't know that I'm more or less confident than I was a month ago. I know that we're just as dedicated to finding a solution than we were at that time.'

Lathrop said it's in the city's best interests to have the Pacers and the WNBA's Indiana Fever play at Conseco.

'It is always our preference to have a marquee tenant in the building rather than trying to fill those 60-plus days on our own with other events,' she said.

Courtesy of www.startribune.com


Nets buy out, waive guard Keyon Dooling - by Eurobasket News
The Nets announced today they have requested waivers on guard Keyon Dooling (6'3''-G-80, college: Missouri), a move that will open up even more cap space for the Nets by erasing the guard's $3.8 million salary from the team's payroll.

The Nets bought out Dooling by choosing to pay him $500,000 rather than pick up his team option.

By declining Dooling's team option for the coming season,the Nets fulfilled their aims leading up to Thursday, when NBA free agency begins: to free up money to spend and allow for flexibility in signing members of the bumper crop of NBA free agents this offseason.

Dooling said in April that he was hoping to stay with the Nets for the 2010-11 season. But he acknowledged that when it came to returning, the ball was in the Nets' court, not his.

'They have an option, so theres a chance I can be here, and theres a chance I may not be here,'' Dooling said at the time. 'Thats the reality of the situation. Obviously, its not up to me.''

In two seasons with New Jersey, Dooling appeared in 130 games, averaging 8.6 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 3.1 apg.


Courtesy of www.nj.com


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Louisville hires Tim Fuller as assistant coach - by Eurobasket News
Tim Fuller was working at a basketball camp in China earlier this month when the phone rang.

Friend and former boss Ed Cooley told Fuller, who played at Wake Forest and worked at Miami (Fla.) among other places before becoming a marketing representative for Nike two years ago, that Louisville coach Rick Pitino was looking for a new assistant coach and was interested in talking to the 32-year-old Fuller.

'I thought something was wrong with the phone line,' Fuller said with a laugh.

Not really.

A whirlwind three weeks later, Fuller was introduced as Louisville's newest assistant, a rare outside hire by coach Pitino, who typically turns to former players and assistants for help on the bench.

Fuller is an outsider of sorts. That isn't a bad thing, according to Pitino, who admits he was surprised when assistant coach Walter McCarty left the program to join the coaching staff with the NBA's Indiana Pacers.

Fuller and new director of basketball operations Mark Lieberman signal a sea of change for the Cardinals, who are opening a new downtown arena in the fall while moving toward a more up-tempo style of play that Pitino likened to the run-and-gun method used by Loyola Marymount 20 years ago.

'We want to redefine our brand,' Pitino said. 'Every brand needs new innovations, needs some type of creativity. With this new staff, with this new arena, we are going to build a new brand of basketball.'

Fuller's job will be to go out and get players who will fit into Pitino's new scheme. McCarty became in essence Pitino's top recruiter last year. Now that responsibility falls to Fuller.

It's one he happily accepted. Fuller counts several NBA luminaries, including Boston Celtics star and Louisville native Rajon Rondo, among his friends. Fuller and Rondo even worked out together shooting jumpers in a high school gym the night before Game 7 of the NBA Finals.

Rondo spurned his hometown school and opted to play for Kentucky. Fuller's goal is to make sure the best players in the area don't slip through Louisville's fingers again.

Yet he also knows he needs to keep Louisville competitive with other top programs, namely the powerhouse John Calipari is building at Kentucky. Calipari has locked down the top recruiting class in the country in each of the last two years. Fuller doesn't want Calipari to make it three straight.

'I know we have a great school down the street (in Kentucky), but they're not going to beat us on guys,' Fuller said. 'I'm going to give it my full time, devotion and attention to make sure Louisville has premier talent in the country.'

Fuller was a walk-on at Wake Forest in the mid-1990s before working his way up to captain as a senior. He would like to coach one day, but knows Xs-and-Os aren't his top priority, at least not yet.

Lieberman comes to Louisville from Monsignor Pace (Miami, Fla.), where he spent the last 13 years at head coach. He'll rejoin former player Rakeem Buckles, who will be a sophomore at Louisville next season.

Former Louisville star David Padgett, who helped lead the Cardinals to the NCAA regional finals in 2008, has also joined the staff as assistant strength coach.

The remodeled staff will be tasked with helping Pitino perform a makeover of sorts. He'd like to turn the Cardinals into the kind of up-tempo attack he used so expertly at Kentucky.
At Kentucky, however, he had rosters packed with McDonald's All-Americans. The team he'll have next fall won't be quite as talented, though he believes the Cardinals will have the work ethic to be competitive in the Big East.

What Louisville might not have, however, is senior guard Preston Knowles or incoming freshman Justin Coleman.

Pitino said Knowles will 'miss some time' while he tries to work his way out of the doghouse. Knowles has endured a turbulent offseason and was questioned by police following an altercation with his girlfriend's stepfather.

Pitino stressed that Knowles, who averaged 7.2 points per game last season, is not suspended but has some work to do if he wants to remain on scholarship.
'As of right now, he's not in good graces with our basketball team,' Pitino said.

Though Knowles' return is likely if he takes the necessary steps, Coleman's availability for the season appears to be a long shot.

The 6-foot-6 swingman was considered the team's top signee but has struggled to become academically eligible.

'It could be an outside shot (he's here), but it's not looking great,' Pitino said.


Courtesy of http://oneclick.indiatimes.com


U18 USA blasts U18 Argentina, stays untouchable in San Antonio - by Eurobasket News
FIBA Americas U18 Championship, Day 3: ARGENTINA - USA 67-88

USA and Argentina met in the last day of Preliminary Round in San Antonio. USA demonstrated better performance celebrating 67-88 victory and they finished as No.1 in Group B with perfect 3-0 record. It means that USA will play against Canada in the Semifinals. Argentina dropped to second place with 2-1 score and will meet Brazil in the Semis. Both, USA and Argentina, already booked a spot for 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. Quincy Miller-Scott (6'8''-F/C-93) stepped up for the winners with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Austin Rivers (6'3''-G) and Patrick Casey Young (92) (5 rebs) netted 13 and 11 points respectively. In Argentina, Carlos Paredes (6'7''-F/G-92) and Cristian Scaramuzzino (6'9''-C-92, agency: World Sport Agency) delivered 10 points each.
Except of the last quarter, USA was a way better team in this game. Quincy Miller-Scott opened it with nice 16-24 in the first ten minutes and later in the second quarter totally destroyed their rivals. USA limited Argentina to just 9 points in the second period, while they drained 27 on the other side. It was 25-51 at the HT and question about the winner was already resolved. USA continued in the same rhythm in Q3 ending it 18-28. They finally slowed down after that and Argentina used that opportunity to cut the deficit a little bit.
The Semifinals are scheduled for Tuesday.

Argentina: Carlos Paredes 10, Cristian Scaramuzzino 10
USA: Quincy Miller-Scott 25+5 boards, Austin Rivers 13, Patrick Casey Young 11+5 boards


Busy summer for Coach K as Team USA camp looms - by Eurobasket News
Mike Krzyzewski welcomed back a star who turned down the NBA. He also did the same thing himself -- as he has done several times through the years.

Since he won his fourth national championship, it's been an eventful summer for Coach K.

Nearly three months after cutting down the nets in Indianapolis, the 63-year-old Krzyzewski insisted he's feeling plenty refreshed as he prepares for the U.S. national team's training camp next month in Las Vegas.

'I'm on to the next thing, and the next thing is getting better as a basketball coach,' Krzyzewski said Monday during his annual midsummer news conference. 'You've got to get better each year, so the opportunity to coach the United States gives me an opportunity to get better. I'll coach this summer more than anybody in the United States.

'As long as I take my breaks and stay fresh, I think that's a good thing,' he added. 'You would want the guy defending you (in a courtroom) to get better in law. You would want the guy or woman treating you in health to keep up to date, and I think as long as you're in any profession, you should get better, because it's constantly changing.'

Duke's title run that ended in early April 'never wore me out,' he said, because his seniors shouldered so much of the leadership burden.

'Last year's team was a team that, whatever you gave it, they gave back to you,' Krzyzewski said. 'So it wasn't an energy drain, like, 'Man, these guys don't get it.' They got it. ... We worked very hard, but there wasn't what I call couch time or motivational time. Our veterans took care of a lot of those things, either by talking or by setting an example. That's such a good thing. So at the end of the year, I was still very fresh.'

As he looks ahead to 2010-11, he's counting on seniors-to-be Kyle Singler, the most outstanding player at the Final Four, and Nolan Smith to continue that trend. Singler opted not to enter the NBA draft early and returned for a final year with the Blue Devils.

Not surprisingly, Krzyzewski didn't leave either. He maintained his oft-repeated I'm-staying-at-Duke mantra despite pesky rumors that some NBA teams were interested in him -- particularly the Cleveland Cavaliers, who also pursued Tom Izzo for their vacancy before he opted to return to Michigan State.

Krzyzewski said he spoke to Izzo 'a few days before everything hit,' with the Spartans' coach, who asked how he handled his 2004 decision to turn down the Los Angeles Lakers' reported $40 million offer.

'He's about the same age (as Krzyzewski was) when I was considering the Lakers,' he said. 'I just told him, if he accepted it, they better pay him a lot of money before he knows about LeBron (James, the highest-profile pending free agent). 'Whatever they're offering you, if you were going to take it with or without, they need to offer you more, with not knowing or you have to wait, because it's a different decision, obviously.''

Of course, Krzyzewski has another chance to coach NBA players when he leads the U.S. national team later this summer at the FIBA world championships in Turkey. He said Singler and Smith will be among the roughly 20 college players who will head to Las Vegas to compete for a roster spot on the U.S. team.

He'll also prepare the Blue Devils for the scrutiny that comes with defending a national title, and sounds confident that they'll be up to the task -- especially freshman point guard Kyrie Irving, whom Krzyzewski hesitantly compared to Chris Paul because of 'his toughness and his ability to change directions with the dribble.'

But he didn't seem to take any added satisfaction in winning another championship, even though he clearly has hushed the critics who claimed that coaching the U.S. national team left him too little time to focus on the Blue Devils.

'I'm a basketball coach all the time. That's what I do. I don't play golf. I chase my dog, or he chases me, and I whack down some trees and bushes and play with my grandkids and drink a little bit of win,' a smiling Krzyzewski said. 'I like to socialize, but I'm a basketball coach every day of my life.'


Courtesy of http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Former Memphis G Sallie heading to Louisville - by Eurobasket News
Former Memphis guard Roburt Sallie (6'5''-G-86) has signed a financial aid agreement to play at Louisville.

Sallie spent the last two years with the Tigers, averaging 10.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in 22 starts last season. He holds Memphis' school record for career 3-point accuracy, making nearly 44% in his two seasons.

Louisville coach Rick Pitino says Sallie's versatility and experience will help him fit in quickly with the Cardinals, who have lost their top four scorers.

Sallie must complete his bachelor's degree at Memphis this summer and Louisville must request a waiver from the NCAA for Sallie to play this fall. Pitino said he expects to have Sallie available if his academics are in order.


Courtesy of www.14wfie.com


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  NCAA3   


Caleb Kimbrough Returns to Guilford as Assistant Coach - by Arnault Desira
from Guilford website:

Guilford College Athletic Director Tom Palombo announced the appointment of Caleb Kimbrough 08 as an assistant mens basketball coach Tuesday.

Kimbrough replaces Matt Parke on Palombos basketball staff after Parke was named head mens basketball coach at Averett University. Kimbrough returns to his alma mater following one season on the sidelines of Guilfords Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC)-rival Washington and Lee University. He assisted coach Adam Hutchinsons Generals to their best record (17-10) since 1989 and a berth in the ODAC Tournament quarterfinals. Washington and Lee forward Ben Goetsch earned Second Team All-ODAC recognition and was named the leagues Farm Bureau Insurance Mens Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

A Chapel Hill, N.C., native, Kimbrough concluded his four-year Guilford career in 2008 after receiving honorable mention All-ODAC basketball recognition. He started 108 of 112 career games as the Quakers point guard and averaged 6.8 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. His 358 career assists stand fourth in school history and his 130 steals rank third all-time at Guilford. Over his final two years Guilford posted a 48-10 record, won the 2008 ODAC title and made two NCAA playoff appearances. Also an All-ODAC tennis performer, Kimbrough received Guilfords 2008 Nereus C. English '26 Athletic Leadership Award, the schools highest athletic honor. He also won Guilford's 2006-07 Quaker Club Ideal Student-Athlete Award and the 2007 Richard Joyce Sportsmanship Award.



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NBL Finals: Waikato won the Final opener - by Eurobasket News
Wellington - Waikato 74-80
Waikato won the Final opener as they rolled over Wellington 80:74. Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/F-87, college: Washington St.) stepped up with 32 points for the winners and Allen Hayden nailed 17. Tait Lindsay responded with 16 points in the losing effort.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Darryl HUDSON
  Manawatu
  (196-G-85)
  Avg: 24.5
 1. Hudson, Manawatu24.5 
 2. Devendorf, Waikato24.3 
 3. Devendorf, Wellington23.9 
 4. Tisby, Otago23.5 
 5. Amaya, Otago22.9 
 6. Webster, Harbour .22.7 
 7. Rose, Southland S.22.6 
 8. Leasure, Taranaki22.2 
 9. Pace, Bay Hawks22.0 
 10. Helms, Southlan.22.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Alex PLEDGER
  Waikato
  (216-C-87)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Pledger, Waikato12.2 
 2. Tisby, Otago10.3 
 3. Terrell, Bay Hawks9.9 
 4. Vukona, Nelson9.9 
 5. Tucker, Waikato9.4 
 6. Rougeau, Southlan.9.2 
 7. Rickert, Harbour .9.1 
 8. Boucher, Harbour .8.8 
 9. Frank, Wellington8.0 
 10. Abercrombie, Waika.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Lindsay TAIT
  Wellington
  (194-G-82)
  Avg: 6.9
 1. Tait, Wellington6.9 
 2. Boucher, Harbour .5.1 
 3. Kench, Cougars4.3 
 4. Pace, Bay Hawks4.2 
 5. Devendorf, Waikato4.1 
 6. Amaya, Otago4.1 
 7. Martin, Southlan.3.8 
 8. Jones, Nelson3.8 
 9. Hudson, Manawatu3.7 
 10. Tucker, Waikato3.7 
Steals Per Game
 Rene ROUGEAU
  Southland S.
  (198-G-86)
  Avg: 3.7
 1. Rougeau, Southlan.3.7 
 2. Webster, Harbour .2.8 
 3. Devendorf, Waikato2.7 
 4. Rose, Southland S.2.6 
 5. Helms, Southlan.2.2 
 6. Kench, Cougars2.2 
 7. Boucher, Harbour .2.0 
 8. Hudson, Wellington1.9 
 9. Jones, Nelson1.9 
 10. Leasure, Taranaki1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Jon ROGERS
  Bay Hawks
  (204-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Rogers, Bay Hawks2.3 
 2. Abercrombie, Waika.2.3 
 3. Pledger, Waikato2.0 
 4. Harrison, Nelson1.9 
 5. Terrell, Bay Hawks1.6 
 6. Rougeau, Southlan.1.5 
 7. Vukona, Nelson1.0 
 8. Johnson, Taranaki1.0 
 9. Rickert, Harbour .1.0 
 10. Behrendorff, Couga.1.0 


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


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  PBL   


2010 Latin America Showcase - by Chris Terrell
2010 Latin America Showcase coming to U.S.
Pro exposure camp for 5 leagues to be held in July

Chantilly, VA The 2010 Latin America Showcase is coming to the the Washington, DC area July 23-25th.

Designed to showcase players interested in playing in Latin America, the exposure camp will have representatives from 5 different Latin America leagues looking to sign U.S. players. The biggest Latin America showcase ever held in the U.S. will have representatives from the following leagues: DIMAYOR (Chile), LPB (Venezuela), LNB (Venezuela), LNBP (Mexico) and CIBACOPA (Mexico). Organizers have also invited the various minor league teams including the ABA and PBL. The showcase will be held at Hoop Magic - the same facility where the NBA recently held its Developmental League (NBDL) exposure camp.

This is a unique opportunity for U.S. players to be seen by teams from all the major leagues in Latin America. Coaches and GM's will be present and will be ready to sign players for their teams. 'We are very excited to be holding this showcase,' said Hoop Magic owner, Curtis Symonds. 'We recently held the NBDL showcase here and we think this camp will be even bigger and better. It gives U.S. players a great opportunity to show their game to decision-makers outside the U.S. and a legitimate shot at getting a contract with teams in Latin America leagues.'

For more information, contact Hoop Magic at (703) 268-5780 or visit the Hoop Magic website at www.HoopMagicSA.com to read all about the camp, the leagues and teams who will be present and to register.


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  PHILIPPINES   


Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. Talk N Text 15-3 
 2. San Miguel 13-5 
 3. Derby Ace L. 13-5 
 4. Alaska 11-7 
 5. Ginebra 9-9 
 6. Rain or Shine 9-9 
 7. Coca-Cola 8-10 
 8. Santa Lucia 5-13 
 9. Air21 4-14 
 10. Barako 3-15 


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  POLAND   


Michal Baran stays in Siarka Tarnobrzeg - by Lukasz Leik
Michal Baran (185-G-80) extended his contract with ASK KS Siarka Tarnobrzeg. The team captain will play his third year in Tarnobrzeg. Last season Baran averaged 10.9 points and 4.3 assists playing 28.2 minutes per game.
The team has already six players in its roster. Except Baran also Daniel Wall (196-F-82, agency: Promotex), Michal Marciniak (195-G-79), Michal Rabka (199-F-89), Kevin Goffney (196-F-86, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Chattanooga), Louis Truscott (199-F-78, college: Houston) have signed the contracts. However its known that Piotr Bak (191-G-90), Karol Szpyrka (183-G-87), Kamil Uriasz (200-F-88) and Michal Wozniak (190-G-90) will leave Siarka.


PBG Basket signs Goran Bajic - by Eurobasket News
PBG Basket became one of the most active PLK teams this summer. After signing of Vladimir Tica (208-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell), Bartosz Diduszko (198-F-87), Eddie Miller (191-G-85, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Fresno St.) and Piotr Stelmach (205-F-84, agency: AB Agency, college: Mississippi St.), the team from Poznan brought in another reinforcement. It is 26-year old center Goran Bajic (207-C-83, agency: Beo Basket), who arrives from Bosnian team Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo. Bajic appeared 26 times in Adriatic league last season averaging 7 points and 3.2 rebounds. In Bosnian league he added 7.6 ppg and 2.5 rpg. His team reached the domestic league Semifinals and won the National Cup.
Before Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo, Goran Bajic spent two years with Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad. On season 2008/09 he collected 10.3 ppg and 4.3 rpg in 24 Adriatic league games. That was nice improvement from 2.4 ppg and 2.5 rpg, which he had on season 2007/08. From 2001 to 2007 Goran Bajic was a member of another Serbian team, Sloga Telekom Srbija Kraljevo. He also spent some time with BC Mega Ishrana Beograd. In 2008, Goran Bajic was named Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention. In 2006, he participated at the Serbian league All-Star Game.
PBG Basket finished last season as No.9 in Poland with 12-14 record. They were eliminated in the Playoff 1/8 Finals by Energa Czarni.


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First win for U18 Uruguay in San Antonio - by Eurobasket News
FIBA Americas U18 Championship, Day 3: PUERTO RICO - URUGUAY 54-67

Uruguay outplayed Puerto Rico in the last day of the Preliminary Round. It means that Uruguay finished this stage as No.3 in Group A with 1-2 record. On the other side, Puerto Rico is still winless. Both teams failed to reach the Semifinals and will continue in classification games (5-8 place). Ivan Loriente (184-G-92) shined for the winners with 23 points. Mathias Calfani (199-C-92) secured a nice help adding 18 pts and 6 boards, while Alex Alvarez (92) added 11 points and 6 assists. In the loosing squad, Christopher Ortiz (93) had double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds. Emmanuel Andujar (92) had 10 pts and 8 boards.
Both teams were pretty leveled in the first period, which still belonged to Uruguay 13-14. Ivan Loriente and his teammates took control on Puerto Ricans in the second quarter, what resulted with 25-36 lead at the half time. Puerto Rico was not able to reply for rest of the way and Uruguay had no troubles to keep its lead. Third quarter finished 12-13 and the last one 17-18 for the final 54-67 victory.
In the first classification game Uruguay will meet Mexico. Puerto Rico will play against USVI.

Puerto Rico: Christopher Ortiz 10+12 boards, Emmanuel Andujar 10+8 boards
Uruguay: Ivan Loriente 23, Mathias Calfani 18+6 boards, Alex Alvarez 11+6 as


Cowboy one win away from back to back championship - by Luis Ramirez
The Bayamon cowboys won a hard fought game as they beat the Captains 76-71.

The cowboys opened the game with a 7-0 run. The cowboys did not have in uniform, Javier Mojica who suffered a hand injury in the last game; he was replaced by Raymond Barbosa. From the opening toss the cowboys showed a lot of energy in this first quarter, with 5:25 to go in the quarter the Cowboys were up by 9 points, 13-4. Larry Ayuso got hot in the final minutes and scored 11 points as he brought the Captains back into the game as the quarter ended 23-19 in favor of the Cowboys.

In the 2nd quarter, the Captains bench players were effective and with 7:58 to go in the quarter the difference was only 1 point, 25-24. With 3:17 left in the half the score was tied at 31 points. The Cowboys managed to keep a 1 point advantage as the half came to an end 41-40.

In the 3rd quarter, consecutive baskets by the Cowboys at the start of the quarter made the Captains head coach request a quick time out. Both teams remained without taking a big lead and with 3:14 the Cowboys were up by 6 points, 59-53. The quarter came to an end with the Cowboys leading 63-58.

In the 4th quarter, the Cowboys made some bad shot selections in the early minutes of the quarter and a flagrant foul by Tractor Traylor gave the Captains a chance to put the game 63-61 with 7:37 to go in the game. Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) took control down the final stretch to put the Cowboys up by 3, 68-65 with 3:25 to go in the game. The Captains made a their last run in the closing minutes but it was Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) once again came thru for the Cowboys, he sealed the win with 2 free throws with 5 seconds left in the game.

For Bayamon, Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) scored 29 points followed by Robert Traylor and Terrence Shannon both with 12 points, Traylor also captured 15 rebounds.

For Arecibo, Daniel Santiago scored 15 points followed by Larry Ayuso with 13 points.



Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon21.2 
 2. Carmona, Mayaguez20.2 
 3. Hickerson, San G.20.1 
 4. Ramos, Quebradillas19.9 
 5. Maye, Mayaguez19.0 
 6. Priutt, Isabela18.8 
 7. Redhage, Quebradillas18.8 
 8. Ayuso, Capitanes18.6 
 9. Mays, Humacao17.6 
 10. Sweetney, Santurce17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn PRIUTT
  Isabela
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Priutt, Isabela13.4 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas12.3 
 3. Sweetney, Santurce10.8 
 4. Traylor, Bayamon10.0 
 5. Narvaez, Ponce9.8 
 6. Dyer, San German8.7 
 7. Mays, Humacao8.6 
 8. Aubry, Capitanes8.5 
 9. Austin, San German8.0 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon7.9 
Assists Per Game
 C.J. BRUTON
  Quebradillas
  (188-G-75)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Bruton, Quebradillas6.4 
 2. Dalmau, Bayamon5.5 
 3. Rivera, Isabela5.4 
 4. Rodriguez, Capit.5.3 
 5. Guzman, Guaynabo4.9 
 6. Copeland, San G.4.7 
 7. Berdiel, Humacao4.5 
 8. Cruz, Ponce4.4 
 9. Hatton, Ponce4.2 
 10. Redhage, Quebradillas4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ali BERDIEL
  Humacao
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Berdiel, Humacao2.0 
 2. Carmona, Mayaguez1.8 
 3. Rivera, Isabela1.7 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon1.6 
 5. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 6. Perez, Isabela1.4 
 7. Pickett, Capitanes1.4 
 8. Mays, Humacao1.4 
 9. Hinson, Isabela1.3 
 10. Sanchez, Santurce1.3 
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. Shannon, Bayamon1.0 
 6. Nieves, Santurce1.0 
 7. Nailon, Ponce0.9 
 8. Berdiel, Humacao0.9 
 9. Traylor, Bayamon0.9 
 10. Guzman, Guaynabo0.8 


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  QATAR   


Off Season Free Agent Job Search - by Marcus Session
Hello All,

Now is one of the most difficult times of the year. Many players are back home right now and like myself, working out in hopes to sign a new deal for the upcoming season. I am positive that something good will come up, at the same time i do know how hard the job market is right about now due to the domino affect world economy. Last season many teams were downsizing and i, myself, opted to stay at home and teach for a year, turning down certain opportunities to play. I had to go with what would benefit my family most and thats where having a good education plays an important role in life. So i did just that until an end of the season opportunity in Qatar came up that was seemingly a good, short term move, for me and my family also helping me to keep my resume alive. But hey, this is the nature of the Beast, and i know that with God on my side, my steps are ordered and great things will happen. So im back on the chopping block and getting ready for next season if any teams, GMs or Coaches are out there. Just shoot me an email or something.

As for everyone else reading, this is the life of a basketball player int the off season, work out, some of us work other jobs, start businesses and search for the next chapter in our careers. And if anyone wants to get better over the summer my suggestion would be to move to Houston, this is where all the real balling takes place,lol, but im serious.
TIll Next Time, Take Care and God Bless
Sesh


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  RUSSIA   


Russia U18 post another win in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U17 Russia U18 64:87

Russian U18 selection continued their winning march in Lithuania. They recorded the second win in Kaunas. This time Russia prevailed against hosts. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) knocked down 13 points to lead the effort.
Russia scored 24 points in the opening quarter to surge ahead. They accumulated a 5-point lead at the first break. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the second frame. Moreover Russia earned a 12-point advantage at halftime. Russia consolidated their lead in the third stanza. They outgunned Lithuanian U17 team 22:12 to enjoy a 22-point lead heading into the fourth term. Lithuania did not recover in the fourth quarter and had to digest a bitter defeat at the end.
Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) nailed 11 points for Russia. Kulagin and Andrey Loginov (204-F-93) had 10 points each for the winners. Martynas Paliukenas (178-G-93) notched 16 points for Lithuania. Paulius Semaska (179-G-93) netted 11 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 5 assists in the loss.

Lithuania U17: Martynas Paliukenas 16, Paulius Semaska 11
Russia U18: Sergey Karasev 13, Vladislav Trushkin 11, Kulagin 10, Andrey Loginov 10



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  SCOTLAND   


COSTELLO INJURY COULD HIT SCOTS IN MALTA - by Sandy Sutherland
Scotland's main play-maker Laurie Costello
faces a desperate race to be fit in time for
next week's Euro C Basketball Championship in
Malta after suffering a serious knee injury
in the first of Scotland's two internationals
against England at Worcester last weekend.
The 28-year-old Edinburgh Kings point guard
was unable to drive home after the incident
and feared he had cruciate ligament damage.
Costello, the starting guard in Scotland's
2006 Commonwealth Games team and a key member
of this year's team, is waiting for the
swelling to go down so that a proper
diagnosis can be made.
'It certainly is serious and it's probably
50-50 whether he goes to Malta or not', said
Costello's father Danny.
Scotland have only one other point guard in
the squad of 12, Costello's clubmate Garreth
Lodge, and Scotland coach Tom Campbell was
forced to call on his son Euan, his assistant
coach, to help out with the ball-handling
chores in Worcester.
Scotland lost the first game to England 67-57
after Costello was forced to leave the court
at the end of the second quarter and he
played no part in the second game which
England won 72-59.
Scotland open against Denmark in Malta next
Monday, play San Marino on Tuesday and Malta
on Wednesday.



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Dijon agrees with Elson Mendy - by Eurobasket News
Dijon brought in another reinforcement for the next season. After Jeremy Leloup (202-F-87), Anthony Christophe (189-G-83), Jonathan Tornato (210-C-89), Erroyl Bing (198-F/C-82, college: E.Carolina) and David Melody (184-G-77), the team signed contract with Senegalese player Elson Mendy (200-F-85). The 24-year old forward is coming to Dijon after six seasons with Strasbourg IG. In the latest one he played 29 games in ProA averaging 4.7 points and 2 rebounds. The team also competed in EuroChallenge last season, where Mendy increased his numbers. In four games in this competition Mendy added 6.3 ppg and 1.8 rpg.
Elson Mendy is a product of Strasbourg, where he started as a teenager. He left it just once and it was for few months. It happened in February 2007, when Mendy joined Swiss Boncourt. They reached the LNA Semifinals and Mendy helped the team with 8.4 ppg and 5.1 rpg for 7 games. For the season 2007/08 he came back to Strasbourg.
Dijon failed to survive last season in ProA. They finished dead last with poor 7-23 record. They will compete in ProB in 2010/11, but it is already clear what will be their main goal. The team wants back to ProA asap and the above mentioned signings just confirm this fact.


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  SERBIA   


PBG Basket signs Goran Bajic - by Eurobasket News
PBG Basket became one of the most active PLK teams this summer. After signing of Vladimir Tica (208-C/F-81, agency: BeoExcell), Bartosz Diduszko (198-F-87), Eddie Miller (191-G-85, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Fresno St.) and Piotr Stelmach (205-F-84, agency: AB Agency, college: Mississippi St.), the team from Poznan brought in another reinforcement. It is 26-year old center Goran Bajic (207-C-83, agency: Beo Basket), who arrives from Bosnian team Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo. Bajic appeared 26 times in Adriatic league last season averaging 7 points and 3.2 rebounds. In Bosnian league he added 7.6 ppg and 2.5 rpg. His team reached the domestic league Semifinals and won the National Cup.
Before Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo, Goran Bajic spent two years with Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad. On season 2008/09 he collected 10.3 ppg and 4.3 rpg in 24 Adriatic league games. That was nice improvement from 2.4 ppg and 2.5 rpg, which he had on season 2007/08. From 2001 to 2007 Goran Bajic was a member of another Serbian team, Sloga Telekom Srbija Kraljevo. He also spent some time with BC Mega Ishrana Beograd. In 2008, Goran Bajic was named Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention. In 2006, he participated at the Serbian league All-Star Game.
PBG Basket finished last season as No.9 in Poland with 12-14 record. They were eliminated in the Playoff 1/8 Finals by Energa Czarni.


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Venezuela began with the right foot - by Wolfgang Lucena
Venezuela National team played with speed and transition defense to defeat Panama 67-59 in a friendly training game in Roberto Duran Arena, Panama City. 'Our players are getting along with the strategy we are giving to them, coach Nestor Salazar said, this fact have the coaching staff really pleased'.
The national team shows a collective game, discipline on defense and good technique offensively after the first twenty minutes of the game. The Vinotinto opened actions with David Cubillan (183-G-87) , Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82, ), Axiers Sucre (198-F-78), Hector Romero (202-F-80, college: New Orleans) and Jesus Urbina (201-F-84,college: George Mason). Despite the loss, both Jaime Lloreda (201-F/C-80, college: LSU) and Jamual Warren (188-G-83, college: Globe Tech JC) had a good performance for the homeowner. There is a second game between both squads on Wednesday June 30, 2010 at 8:15 pm.


Game result


First quarter: Venezuela 19 / Panama 17
Second quarter: Panama 13 / Venezuela 12
Third quarter: Venezuela 21 / Panama 18
Fourth quarter: Venezuela 15 / Panama 11



Source: Venezuela National Team's media department



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  SOUTH KOREA   


165 PLAYERS INVITED TO KBL CAMP IN LAS VEGAS - by Rick Ross
2010 KBL TRYOUT & DRAFT POLICY
HAS SET UP A STRICT POLICY FOR THE KBL TRYOUT
& DRAFT, VISIT THE KBL WEBSITE FOR DETAILS

http://www.kbl.or.kr/

2010 KBL Tryout Registered Players (165 players)

Sec # First Name Last Name DOB Univ.
1 1 Alfred Aboya 85.01.02 UCLA
2 6 Jeff Adrien 86.02.10 Connecticut
3 7 Uka Agbai 81.05.07 Boston College
4 8 Dokun Akingbade 84.06.05 George Washington
5 15 Ramel Allen 79.06.05 Bridgeport
6 19 Serge Angounou 83.09.01 Arizona
7 24 Julius Ashby 82.09.16 Univ. of Colorado
8 30 Kyle Austin 88.10.18 UC Riverside
9 35 Alpha Bangura 80.02.04 St Johns Univ.
10 39 Ousmane Barro 84.12.07 Marquette
11 41 Nashid Beard 83.02.16 Lamar
12 43 Romel Beck 82.05.29 UNLV
13 46 Rashad Bell 82.09.23 Boston
14 48 Rodrigue Benson 84.10.10 Cal State-Berkeley
15 54 Odartey Blankson 82.03.12 UNLV
16 62 Drelke Bouldin 80.07.08 Fresno State NCAA
17 63 Ruben Boumtje 78.05.20 Georgetown
18 68 Torraye Braggs 76.03.15 Xavier
19 69 Micah Brand 80.10.18 Massachusetts
20 70 Craig Bradshaw 83.07.28 Winthrop
21 86 Robert Brown 80.02.17 Buffalo
22 88 Keith Brumbaugh 85.09.29 Hillsbourgh JC
23 89 John Bryant 87.06.13 Santa Clara
24 111 Dennis Carr 81.01.27 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ.
25 117 Marquin Chandler 82.03.11 San jose St.Univ.
26 123 Ivory Clark 85.06.01 Washington St. Univ.
27 124 Ramon Clemente 85.12.11 Wichita St.
28 125 Gyasi Cline-Heard 79.08.16 Penn St
29 129 Donald Cole 81.09.06 Sam Houston St
30 139 Duke Crews 88.01.20 Bowie St.
31 143 Roberts Cummings 81.08.31 UCLA
32 146 Joe Dabbert 81.06.16 Creighton
33 147 Chris Daniels 84.04.19 Texas A&M CC
34 148 Christopher Daniels 82.01.26 Georgia
35 150 Kendall Dartez 80.12.01 Vincennes Univ.
36 152 Bennet Davis 84.03.14 Northeastern Univ.
37 154 Bryan Davis 86.12.31 Texas A&M
38 157 James Davis 85.06.12 Lamar
39 163 Eric Dawson 84.07.07 Midwestern
40 168 Terence Dials 83.07.15 Ohio State Univ.
41 170 Anthony Dill 81.10.27 Texas St
42 173 Nigel Dixon 80.09.06 W.Kentucky
43 174 Jakim Donaldson 83.09.03 Edinboro
44 179 Casiem Drummond 88.02.10 Marist
45 182 Josh Duncan 86.05.12 Xavier
46 188 Gavin Edwards 88.01.15 Connecticut
47 189 J.K (Juan Khalif) Edwards 82.09.06 UNLV
48 192 Laurence Ekperigin 88.02.21 Le Moyne
49 203 Jaremy Evans 87.10.24 Western Kentucky
50 206 Callitus Eziukwu 85.07.03 Grand Valley St.
51 210 Noel Felix 81.10.04 Frensno St.
52 212 Anwar Ferguson 81.10.10 Houston Univ.
53 214 Michael Fey 83.05.29 UCLA
54 219 Jeff Foote 87.07.14 Cornell
55 221 Richard Ford 85.01.03 Washington
56 222 Tremaine Ford 86.12.11 Cal.St.Northridge
57 234 Rashaun Freeman 81.03.15 Massachusetts Univ.
58 236 Will Frisby 81.06.09 Miami
59 243 Otis George 82.05.07 Louisville
60 247 Jeff Gibbs 80.08.04 Otterbein
61 248 Johnnie Gilbert 81.03.08 Oklahoma
62 249 Devonne Giles 83.07.21 Texas Tech
63 256 Kentrell Gransberry 85.08.01 Univ. of South Florida
64 264 Nathan Green 75.07.19 Idaho State Univ.
65 265 Rodney Green 88.06.24 La Salle
66 266 Brian Greene 81.08.30 Colorado St.
67 275 Gary Hamilton 84.08.07 U of Miami
68 291 Dennis Harrison JR 79.05.07 Trennis Jones
69 298 Christopher Hayes 87.02.17 Univ. of Detroit Mercy
70 300 Aaron Haynes 81.04.01 Boise St.
71 301 Michael Haynes 81.03.15 Fordham Univ.
72 315 Herbert Hill 84.10.01 Providence
73 316 Lawrence Hill 87.08.16 Stanford
74 317 Kyle Hines 86.09.02 NC Greenboro
75 318 Robert Hines 84.01.06 St.Francis
76 321 Delonte Holland 82.03.02 De Paul
77 330 Marcus Hubbard 83.12.23 Angelo State Univ.
78 335 Ryan Humphrey 79.06.24 Notre Dame
79 340 Cedric Jackson 84.07.14 Troy St.
80 346 Gordon James 79.12.04 Bridgeport
81 350 Anthony Johnson 79.04.13 Louisiana Lafayett
82 351 Anthony Johnson 88.05.19 Faorfield
83 363 Johnathan Jones 79.01.09 Brat
84 365 Michael Jones 82.05.19 Sterling College
85 370 Jonathan Kale 85.10.18 Providence
86 386 Joe Krabbenhoft 87.03.24 Wisconsin
87 392 Dan Langhi 77.11.28 Vanderbilt
88 394 Reggie Larry 86.10.26 Boise St.
89 400 Terrence Leather 81.01.07 South Florida
90 402 Christopher Lee 85.01.09 Georgetown college
91 404 Gerald Lee 87.11.23 Old Dominion
92 407 Jai Lewis 83.02.13 George Mason
93 413 Nathan Linhart 86.11.14 AKRON
94 415 Donald Little 78.05.10 Cincinnati
95 418 Reo Logan 81.07.25 Adam Prossin
96 424 Kevin Lyde 80.09.13 Temple Univ.
97 425 Amal Maccaskill 73.10.28 Marquette
98 437 Ben McCauley 86.09.06 North Carolina St.
99 442 Glen McGowan 81.03.23 Pepperdine Univ.
100 443 Akida Mclain 86.03.18 Boston
101 444 Alex Mclean 85.10.20 Liberty
102 447 Antonio Meeking 81.08.24 Louisiana Tech
103 451 Jarred Merrill 81.12.05 Oklahoma Christian
104 452 Scott Merritt 82.01.03 Marquette Univ.
105 458 Charles Minlend 73.05.15 St.John's
106 469 Raymar Morgan 88.08.08 Michigan St.
107 481 Lee Nailon 75.02.22 TCU
108 484 Andrew Naymick 85.02.18 Michigan State Univ.
109 486 Rod Nealy 80.09.06 Houston Baptist Univ.
110 492 Justin Neuhaus 87.04.08 Colorado Christian
111 497 Pierre Niles 87.06.07 Memphis
112 498 Ray Nixon 84.09.10 Winsconsin Univ.
113 505 Dinma Odiakosa 85.12.01 Illinois St.
114 507 Andrew Ogilvy 88.06.17 Vanderbilt
115 513 Arinze Onuaku 87.07.13 Wyracuse
116 519 Kevin Owens 80.06.09 Monmouth Univ.
117 520 Larry Owens 83.01.08 Oral Roberts
118 524 Elijah Palmer 81.02.20 Duquense
119 531 Jeff Parmer 85.04.27 Florida
120 537 James Peters 81.05.24 UNLV
121 539 Marvin Phillips 83.12.28 Claflin
122 547 Shawn Redhage 81.01.21 Arizona St.
123 549 Jared Reiner 82.04.08 Iowa
124 553 Charles Rhodes 85.06.25 Mississippi St
125 556 Darius Rice 82.10.16 Miami
126 567 Michael Roll 87.03.30 UCLA
127 574 Omar Samhan 88.11.03 St. Mary CA
128 578 Marco Sanders 79.08.11 Point Park Univ.
129 584 Ernest Scott 82.08.28 Valdosta State Univ.
130 585 Kahiem Seawrignt 86.12.17 Univ. of Rhode Island
131 586 Sylvester Seay 85.07.29 Fresno St.
132 587 Daryan Selvy 79.01.26 Oklahoma Univ.
133 589 Ansu Sesay 76.01.29
134 595 Joseph Shipp 81.02.25 California
135 597 David Simon 82.08.09 IUPUI-Ft.Wayne
136 598 Anthony Simpson 87.03.21 Kent.St.
137 601 Stephen Sir 85.09.16 N.Arizona
138 607 Jabari Smith 77.02.12 L.S.U
139 618 Sean Sonderleiter 80.12.17 Univ. of Iowa
140 619 Michael Southall 82.03.29 Louisiana LaFayette
141 635 Derek Strinbling 82.11.16 Tennessee Tech
142 642 Chris Taft 85.03.10 Pittsburgh
143 645 Cyrus Tate 85.09.23 Iowa
144 648 Joseph Taylor 85.08.17 Wyoming
145 651 David Teague 83.06.04 Purdue Univ.
146 653 Douglas Thomas 83.09.20 Univ. of Iowa
147 660 Terrance Thomas 80.12.29 Baylor
148 662 Victor Thomas 79.02.19 La Salle
149 665 Deon Thompson 88.09.16 North Carolina
150 666 Garnett Thompson 80.07.17 Providence
151 667 Ronald Thompson 81.05.14 Morehouse College
152 676 Romeo Travis 84.12.10 Akron Univ.
153 681 Larry Turner 82.12.29 Tennessee
154 693 Jeff Varem 83.07.16 Washington St
155 697 Kyle Visser 85.10.19 Wake Forest
156 702 Samaki Walker 76.02.25 Louisville, Kentucky
157 709 Gordon Watt 86.03.20 Houston
158 713 Isaac Wells 85.08.18 Arkansas St.
159 721 Wendell White 84.09.03 UNLV
160 728 Gary Wilkinson 82.10.02 Utah St.
161 735 James Williams 79.06.25 Brown Mackie
162 754 Akeem Wright 84.11.01 Kansas St.
163 755 Ryan Wright 87.01.27 Oklahoma
164 761 Kenny Younger 77.10.21 Houston
165 762 Nick Zachery 79.05.09 UALR



2010 KBL PRE-DRAFT TRYOUT INVITED PLAYERS (224 PLAYERS) - by Rick Ross
2010 KBL Pre-Draft Tryout Invited Players MUST SEND THE REGISTRATION
FORM AND $100 NON-REFUNDABLE REGISTRATION FEE BY 4:30, JUNE 15 (TUE, KOREAN tIME)
ANNOUNCEMENT OF FINAL INVITEES ON JUNE 18TH (FRI)

FOR INFORMATION AND LISTING
VISIT http://www.kbl.or.kr/

Sec First Name Last Name DOB College
1 Alfred Aboya 85.01.02 UCLA
2 Jeff Adrien 86.02.10 Connecticut
3 Uka Agbai 81.05.07 Boston College
4 Dokun Akingbade 84.06.05 George Washington
5 DeAngelo Alexander 84.01.21 Univ. of Oklahoma
6 Derrick Allen 80.07.17 Mississippi St
7 Ramel Allen 79.06.05 Bridgeport
8 Serge Angounou 83.09.01 Arizona
9 Julius Ashby 82.09.16 Univ. of Colorado
10 Kyle Austin 88.10.18 UC Riverside
11 Alpha Bangura 80.02.04 St Johns Univ.
12 Ousmane Barro 84.12.07 Marquette
13 Nashid Beard 83.02.16 Lamar
14 Romel Beck 82.05.29 UNLV
15 Rashad Bell 82.09.23 Boston
16 Rodrigue Benson 84.10.10 Cal State-Berkeley
17 Odartey Blankson 82.03.12 UNLV
18 Drelke Bouldin 80.07.08 Fresno State NCAA
19 Ruben Boumtje 78.05.20 Georgetown
20 Jamal Boykin 87.04.27 California
21 Torraye Braggs 76.03.15 Xavier
22 Micah Brand 80.10.18 Massachusetts
23 Craig Bradshaw 83.07.28 Winthrop
24 Clif Brown 84.01.14 Niagara
25 Daaron Brown 84.01.11 Wyoming
26 Denham Brown 83.01.06 Connection Univ.
27 Graham Brown 84.08.19 Michigan
28 Robert Brown 80.02.17 Buffalo
29 Keith Brumbaugh 85.09.29 Hillsbourgh JC
30 John Bryant 87.06.13 Santa Clara
31 Christian Burns 85.09.04 Philadelphia Univ.
32 Derrick Byars 84.04.25 Vanderbilt
33 Marcus Campbell 82.03.10 Mississippi St Univ
34 Dennis Carr 81.01.27 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ.
35 Marquin Chandler 82.03.11 San jose St.Univ.
36 Ivory Clark 85.06.01 Washington St. Univ.
37 Ramon Clemente 85.12.11 Wichita St.
38 Gyasi Cline-Heard 79.08.16 Penn St
39 Brandon Cole 85.12.11 Xavier
40 Donald Cole 81.09.06 Sam Houston St
41 Jordan Collins 82.10.05 North Carolina St.
42 Duke Crews 88.01.20 Bowie St.
43 Roberts Cummings 81.08.31 UCLA
44 Dwayne Curtis 85.04.01 Mississippi
45 Joe Dabbert 81.06.16 Creighton
46 Chris Daniels 84.04.19 Texas A&M CC
47 Christopher Daniels 82.01.26 Georgia
48 Kendall Dartez 80.12.01 Vincennes Univ.
49 Bennet Davis 84.03.14 Northeastern Univ.
50 Bryan Davis 86.12.31 Texas A&M
51 James Davis 85.06.12 Lamar
52 Quincy Davis 83.02.16 Tulane
53 Eric Dawson 84.07.07 Midwestern
54 Terence Dials 83.07.15 Ohio State Univ.
55 Anthony Dill 81.10.27 Texas St
56 Nigel Dixon 80.09.06 W.Kentucky
57 Jakim Donaldson 83.09.03 Edinboro
58 Andrew Drevo 81.03.04 Nebraska
59 Casiem Drummond 88.02.10 Marist
60 Johnny Dukes 84.09.08 San Francisco
61 Josh Duncan 86.05.12 Xavier
62 Gavin Edwards 88.01.15 Connecticut
63 J.K (Juan Khalif) Edwards 82.09.06 UNLV
64 Benson Egemonye 83.03.30 U of Niagara
65 Laurence Ekperigin 88.02.21 Le Moyne
66 Rodney Elliott 76.03.06 Univ. of Maryland
67 Heshimu Evans 75.05.05 Kentucky
68 Jaremy Evans 87.10.24 Western Kentucky
69 Callitus Eziukwu 85.07.03 Grand Valley St.
70 Noel Felix 81.10.04 Frensno St.
71 Anwar Ferguson 81.10.10 Houston Univ.
72 Michael Fey 83.05.29 UCLA
73 Landry Fields 87.08.16 Stanford
74 Jeff Foote 87.07.14 Cornell
75 Richard Ford 85.01.03 Washington
76 Tremaine Ford 86.12.11 Cal.St.Northridge
77 Gabriel Freeman 85.11.05 Costa Mesa
78 Rashaun Freeman 81.03.15 Massachusetts Univ.
79 Will Frisby 81.06.09 Miami
80 Hiram Fuller 81.05.15 Fresno St.
81 Sherman Gay 82.07.12 Loyola Marymount
82 Otis George 82.05.07 Louisville
83 Jeff Gibbs 80.08.04 Otterbein
84 Johnnie Gilbert 81.03.08 Oklahoma
85 Devonne Giles 83.07.21 Texas Tech
86 Kentrell Gransberry 85.08.01 Univ. of South Florida
87 Gavin Grant 85.03.12 North Carolina St.
88 Marquise Gray 86.01.14 Michigan State
89 Nathan Green 75.07.19 Idaho State Univ.
90 Rodney Green 88.06.24 La Salle
91 Brian Greene 81.08.30 Colorado St.
92 Gary Hamilton 84.08.07 U of Miami
93 Lamont Hamilton 84.04.06 St. John's
94 Aaron Happer 81.03.12 Mississippi
95 Dennis Harrison JR 79.05.07 Trennis Jones
96 Trevor Harvey 80.09.25 Florida St.
97 Christopher Hayes 87.02.17 Univ. of Detroit Mercy
98 Aaron Haynes 81.04.01 Boise St.
99 Michael Haynes 81.03.15 Fordham Univ.
100 Justin Herndon 83.08.07 Belmont
101 Herbert Hill 84.10.01 Providence
102 Lawrence Hill 87.08.16 Stanford
103 Kyle Hines 86.09.02 NC Greenboro
104 Robert Hines 84.01.06 St.Francis
105 Randy Holcomb 79.08.08 San Diego St
106 Delonte Holland 82.03.02 De Paul
107 Justin Howard 81.08.22 Mercer Univ.
108 Marcus Hubbard 83.12.23 Angelo State Univ.
109 Darnell Hugee 84.09.07 Prairie View A&M
110 Ryan Humphrey 79.06.24 Notre Dame
111 Vincent Hunter 84.10.22 Arkansas
112 Cedric Jackson 84.07.14 Troy St.
113 Gordon James 79.12.04 Bridgeport
114 Anthony Johnson 79.04.13 Louisiana Lafayett
115 Anthony Johnson 88.05.19 Faorfield
116 Johnathan Jones 79.01.09 Brat
117 Michael Jones 82.05.19 Sterling College
118 Jonathan Kale 85.10.18 Providence
119 Joe Krabbenhoft 87.03.24 Wisconsin
120 Dan Langhi 77.11.28 Vanderbilt
121 Reggie Larry 86.10.26 Boise St.
122 Darnell Lazare 85.01.29 LSU
123 Terrence Leather 81.01.07 South Florida
124 Christopher Lee 85.01.09 Georgetown college
125 Gerald Lee 87.11.23 Old Dominion
126 Michael Lee 86.06.05 St. Bonaventure
127 Jai Lewis 83.02.13 George Mason
128 Nathan Linhart 86.11.14 AKRON
129 Donald Little 78.05.10 Cincinnati
130 Reo Logan 81.07.25 Adam Prossin
131 Kevin Lyde 80.09.13 Temple Univ.
132 Amal Maccaskill 73.10.28 Marquette
133 Ben McCauley 86.09.06 North Carolina St.
134 Dan Mcclintock 77.04.19 Northern Arizona Univ.
135 Cyrus Mcgowan 86.10.30 Miami
136 Glen McGowan 81.03.23 Pepperdine Univ.
137 Akida Mclain 86.03.18 Boston
138 Alex Mclean 85.10.20 Liberty
139 Antonio Meeking 81.08.24 Louisiana Tech
140 Jarred Merrill 81.12.05 Oklahoma Christian
141 Scott Merritt 82.01.03 Marquette Univ.
142 Charles Minlend 73.05.15 St.John's
143 Tasmin Mitchell 86.06.25 LSU
144 Raymar Morgan 88.08.08 Michigan St.
145 Justin Nabors 87.01.09 Lamar
146 Lee Nailon 75.02.22 TCU
147 Andrew Naymick 85.02.18 Michigan State Univ.
148 Rod Nealy 80.09.06 Houston Baptist Univ.
149 Tyrone Nelson 85.07.16 New Mexico St.
150 Justin Neuhaus 87.04.08 Colorado Christian
151 Yemi Nicholson 83.06.07 Denver
152 Pierre Niles 87.06.07 Memphis
153 Ray Nixon 84.09.10 Winsconsin Univ.
154 David Noel 84.02.27 N.Carolina
155 Derrick Obasohan 81.04.18 Texas Arlington
156 Dinma Odiakosa 85.12.01 Illinois St.
157 Andrew Ogilvy 88.06.17 Vanderbilt
158 Patrick Okafor 79.04.13 Houston
159 Arinze Onuaku 87.07.13 Wyracuse
160 Kevin Owens 80.06.09 Monmouth Univ.
161 Larry Owens 83.01.08 Oral Roberts
162 Elijah Palmer 81.02.20 Duquense
163 Kevin Palmer 87.06.21 Texas A&M CC
164 Adam Parada 81.10.21 Cal-Irvine
165 Jeff Parmer 85.04.27 Florida
166 James Peters 81.05.24 UNLV
167 Marvin Phillips 83.12.28 Claflin
168 Shawn Redhage 81.01.21 Arizona St.
169 Jared Reiner 82.04.08 Iowa
170 Aneglo Reyes 81.09.18 Neosho County
171 Charles Rhodes 85.06.25 Mississippi St
172 Darius Rice 82.10.16 Miami
173 Antywane Robinson 84.07.12 Temple
174 Michael Roll 87.03.30 UCLA
175 Omar Samhan 88.11.03 St. Mary CA
176 Marco Sanders 79.08.11 Point Park Univ.
177 Ernest Scott 82.08.28 Valdosta State Univ.
178 Kahiem Seawrignt 86.12.17 Univ. of Rhode Island
179 Sylvester Seay 85.07.29 Fresno St.
180 Daryan Selvy 79.01.26 Oklahoma Univ.
181 Ansu Sesay 76.01.29
182 Joseph Shipp 81.02.25 California
183 David Simon 82.08.09 IUPUI-Ft.Wayne
184 Anthony Simpson 87.03.21 Kent.St.
185 Diamon Simpson 87.09.08 St.Mary's
186 Deshawn Sims 88.01.21 Michigan
187 Stephen Sir 85.09.16 N.Arizona
188 Jabari Smith 77.02.12 L.S.U
189 Jamar Smith 80.12.05 Maryland
190 Jeremis Smith 86.05.14 Georgia Tech
191 Sean Sonderleiter 80.12.17 Univ. of Iowa
192 Michael Southall 82.03.29 Louisiana LaFayette
193 Derek Strinbling 82.11.16 Tennessee Tech
194 James Sullinger 82.10.05 Ohio State Univ.
195 Michael Sweetney 82.10.25 Georgetown
196 Chris Taft 85.03.10 Pittsburgh
197 Cyrus Tate 85.09.23 Iowa
198 Joseph Taylor 85.08.17 Wyoming
199 David Teague 83.06.04 Purdue Univ.
200 Charles Thomas 86.01.21 Arkansas
201 Douglas Thomas 83.09.20 Univ. of Iowa
202 Terrance Thomas 80.12.29 Baylor
203 Victor Thomas 79.02.19 La Salle
204 Deon Thompson 88.09.16 North Carolina
205 Garnett Thompson 80.07.17 Providence
206 Ronald Thompson 81.05.14 Morehouse College
207 Antonie Tisby 83.04.06 South Carolina Allen Country
208 Romeo Travis 84.12.10 Akron Univ.
209 Larry Turner 82.12.29 Tennessee
210 Jeff Varem 83.07.16 Washington St
211 Kyle Visser 85.10.19 Wake Forest
212 Kenneth Walker 80.02.04 Univ. of Alabama
213 Samaki Walker 76.02.25 Louisville, Kentucky
214 Gordon Watt 86.03.20 Houston
215 Isaac Wells 85.08.18 Arkansas St.
216 Wendell White 84.09.03 UNLV
217 Wes Wikinson 84.04.24 Nebraska
218 Gary Wilkinson 82.10.02 Utah St.
219 Anthony Williams 83.11.14 Central Florida
220 James Williams 79.06.25 Brown Mackie
221 Akeem Wright 84.11.01 Kansas St.
222 Ryan Wright 87.01.27 Oklahoma
223 Kenny Younger 77.10.21 Houston
224 Nick Zachery 79.05.09 UALR



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  SPAIN   


Carl English and Caja Laboral part ways - by Natxo Mendaza
Although it wasn't a secret anymore, as the player himself revealed during the celebration of the ACB title, Carl English (192-G-81, college: Hawaii) won't continue in Caja Laboral next season. The Spanish club confirmed the decision of not extending his contract for another year on Monday afternoon, so English officially has become a free agent. The Canadian SG has played 39 games with Caja Laboral in the ACB League, averaging 20.2 minutes and 9.2 points per night. Talking about the Euroleague, English wore Caja Laboral jersey in 20 games, playing 22.3 mmp and scoring 8.2 ppg. English will be replaced by David Logan, whose signing is expected to become official in the following days.


Jamie Jones joins COB Ourense - by Natxo Mendaza
LEB Gold member Club Ourense Baloncesto officially announced its first signing of the summer; Jamie Jones (201-F-87, college: Portland St.). Jones, who finished his season at Portland State (NCAA) averaging 13.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg and 2.3 bpg, agreed terms for the next season. According to the scouting reports of the club, Jamie Jones, 22, is a left-handed, long-arms power forward, with good scoring and rebounding skills. In addition, Ourense also announced the extension of the assistant coach Raul Jimenez for another season.


Unicaja Malaga keeps Berni Rodriguez for another two years - by Eurobasket
Unicaja Malaga agreed terms with their captain 30-year old domestic swingman Berni Rodriguez (197-F/G-80) to stay for another two seasons. Rodriguez is a very experienced player. He has played in various Spanish NT categories for the last 13 years, all these years with Unicaja. Rodriguez signed for next two seasons with possibility to extend his contract on year-by-year basis for another two years. Last season in 13 Euroleague games he recorded 6.5ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.6apg, while in 37 domestic league games his stats were: 7.8ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.4apg.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS U18   


Standings (Men)
Standings
Group A
1. Brazil3-0
2. Canada2-1
3. Uruguay1-2
4. P.Rico0-3
Group B
1. USA3-0
2. Argentina2-1
3. US Virg.Isl1-2
4. Mexico0-3


Preliminary Round is over - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Canada - Brazil 78-83
Brazil was better than Canada in the last day of the Preliminary Round in San Antonio. Thanks to this victory Brazil is No.1 of Group A with perfect 3-0 record and will meet Argentina in the Semifinals. On the other side, Canada dropped to second place with 2-1 score and will take on powerful USA team. Both, Brazil and Canada, already secured a ticket for 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. Raul Togni (184-G-92) was the MVP of this meeting with impressive valuation 46. He spent 36 minutes on the court collecting 34 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Lucas Nogueira (212-C-92) also was great helping his team with 13 points and 9 boards. Felipe Taddei (192-G-92) is another player with 13 pts in this win. In Canada, Myck Kabongo (188-G-93) shined with 20 points and 12 boards. Hero from the first two games, Kyle Wiltjer (206-C), this time stopped to 18 points and 5 rebs. Brazil did a good job in the first half. Raul Togni and his teammates created 16-20 in the opening 10 minutes and later jumped to decent 36-44 lead (HT). Canada had 8-point deficit before the second half and they had to improve. They were slightly better in Q3 (17-15), but they needed a way more against tough Brazilians. Both teams were good offensively in the last period, which once again belonged to Canada 25-24, but that was not enough for any better than 78-83 loss. The Semifinals are scheduled for Tuesday. As mentioned above, Brazill will meet Argentina, while Canada will play against USA.

Puerto Rico - Uruguay 54-67
Uruguay outplayed Puerto Rico in the last day of the Preliminary Round. It means that Uruguay finished this stage as No.3 in Group A with 1-2 record. On the other side, Puerto Rico is still winless. Both teams failed to reach the Semifinals and will continue in classification games (5-8 place). Ivan Loriente (184-G-92) shined for the winners with 23 points. Mathias Calfani (199-C-92) secured a nice help adding 18 pts and 6 boards, while Alex Alvarez (92) added 11 points and 6 assists. In the loosing squad, Christopher Ortiz (93) had double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds. Emmanuel Andujar (92) had 10 pts and 8 boards. Both teams were pretty leveled in the first period, which still belonged to Uruguay 13-14. Ivan Loriente and his teammates took control on Puerto Ricans in the second quarter, what resulted with 25-36 lead at the half time. Puerto Rico was not able to reply for rest of the way and Uruguay had no troubles to keep its lead. Third quarter finished 12-13 and the last one 17-18 for the final 54-67 victory. In the first classification game Uruguay will meet Mexico. Puerto Rico will play against USVI.

Group B
Mexico - U.S. Virgin Islands 78-88
USVI celebrated the first win in San Antonio. With this one, USVI avoided the last place in Preliminary Group A (1-2) and will meet Puerto Rico in the first classification game for 5-8 spot. Mexico is still winless and will play against Uruguay. Aaron Brown (193-G-92) was totally the best player in this victory. He spent 34 minutes on the court collecting 39 points and 10 rebounds. With valuation 38, Brown was the MVP of this meeting. Rasheed Swanston (95) helped USVI with 12 points, while Merwin Potter (93) added 10 points and 10 boards. In Mexico, Kevin Acosta (175-G-91) shined with 22 points. Jesus Quintero (185-G-92) had 5 points less than him. USVI opened the game better making 18-23 lead after ten minutes of play. Almost the same picture on the court was seen in Q2, which belonged to USVI 19-23. Aaron Brown was unstoppable in offense and mostly owing to him USVI was 9-point up at the half time. Mexico improved after the breather and fished third period 23-20, but USVI stopped Mexicans on their way in the last ten minutes. Brown was still on fire pacing his team to 18-22 in Q4 for the final 78-88 victory.

Argentina - USA 67-88
USA and Argentina met in the last day of Preliminary Round in San Antonio. USA demonstrated better performance celebrating 67-88 victory and they finished as No.1 in Group B with perfect 3-0 record. It means that USA will play against Canada in the Semifinals. Argentina dropped to second place with 2-1 score and will meet Brazil in the Semis. Both, USA and Argentina, already booked a spot for 2011 FIBA U19 World Championship. Quincy Miller-Scott (203-F/C-93) stepped up for the winners with 22 points and 5 rebounds. Austin Rivers (191-G) and Patrick Casey Young (92) (5 rebs) netted 13 and 11 points respectively. In Argentina, Carlos Paredes (201-F/G-92) and Cristian Scaramuzzino (206-C-92, agency: World Sport Agency) delivered 10 points each. Except of the last quarter, USA was a way better team in this game. Quincy Miller-Scott opened it with nice 16-24 in the first ten minutes and later in the second quarter totally destroyed their rivals. USA limited Argentina to just 9 points in the second period, while they drained 27 on the other side. It was 25-51 at the HT and question about the winner was already resolved. USA continued in the same rhythm in Q3 ending it 18-28. They finally slowed down after that and Argentina used that opportunity to cut the deficit a little bit. The Semifinals are scheduled for Tuesday.


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  TURKEY   


Erdemir takes Hakan Demirel - by Eurobasket News
Erdemir announced signing of Hakan Demirel (192-G-85, agency: Court Side) for the next season. The 25-year old guard is coming to Erdemir from Darussafaka. He played 7 games in TBL last season averaging 8.3 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists. Demirel is not a new face in Erdemir as he already played there on season 2008/09. Actually, he joined the team in December 2008 from Fenerbahce Ulker. For 20 TBL games with Erdemir Demirel collected 9.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.4 apg and 1.2 spg.
Before Darussafaka and Erdemir, Hakan Demirel spent three and a half seasons with Fenerbahce Ulker. He had limited time with the Turkish giant. His best season with Fener could be his first one, when Demirel had 5.6 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 3 apg for 31 games in Turkish league. At the same season he added 3.3 ppg and 1.2 apg for 12 games in FIBA Europe Cup. He is a product of Tofas Bursa, where he played until 2005.
Hakan Demirel was a member of the Turkish National team from 2006 to 2008. With them he participated at the World Championship 2006 in Japan and EuroBasket 2007 in Spain. In the past, he was a member of U16, U18 and U20 Turkey.


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Chelcher Powers Guidance Past Dread I's in NBBA Monday Hoops - by David Edole
Andy Chelcher (185-G, college: W.Virg.Wesl.) scored 18 points and grabbed 18 boards as Guidance outlasted Dread Is, 69-64, Monday night in the New Breed Basketball Association action at Central High's Ronald Charles Gymnasium. The game featured numerous ties and lead changes, but the difference in the game came down to a plethora of unforced errors by the Dread Is. Guidance, utilizing a full-court press on defense, did force some of the turnovers, but there were too many times when the Dread Is playmakers just seem to throw the ball away. Even so, the game was tightly played, and only four points separated the teams at the half with Guidance holding the lead at 29-25.
Things really picked up in the second half. Led by seven points from Timothy Sneed, the Dread Is outscored Guidance 20-17 in the third quarter to trail by one point, 46-45, heading to the fourth and final period.
The fourth quarter, with fatigue now becoming an issue for both teams, proved to be the most exciting. Even with all of their turnovers, the Dread Is were right there nose to nose with Guidance. The score was all squared at 53 with 6:10 to go, when Guidance, led by Lamar Bough (G-91) six straight points, went on a 7-0 run to take a 60-53 lead. The Dread Is responded with a 4-0 run and closed to within three points at 60-57 but could get no closer. Guidance would play good defense down the stretch and outscored their rivals 9-7 to pull out a 69-64 victory in the turnover-plagued game.
Bough scored 10 of his game-high 20 points in the critical fourth quarter, but it was the dominant play of Chelcher on the offensive and defensive boards which proved to be the difference in the game.
Guidance also got 15 points from point guard Joelfree Polanco. Ten of the 15 players on the Dread Is bench got on the scoreboard with Sneed's team-high 18 points leading three in double figures. Kareem Harry and Jahawa Joseph dropped in 11 and 10 points respectively for the Dread Is in the loss.
By Dave Davis June 29, 2010


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  UBL   


UBL Oklahoma Win Championship !!! - by Ozzie Denson
(UBL Press writer)The United Basketball League has finish it's third season. With the Oklahoma Impact repeating as the League Champion! What a weekend June 25-26 2010 in Oklahoma City on Friday night the play-off begin with the Oklahoma Impact defeating the Springfield Thrill in a barn burner . It didn't get any better Saturday morning when the Arkansas Warriors defeated the Texas Wranglers in a traditional shootout with both team going toe to toe down to the wire. Setting up a remath between last year final. The Warriors took early control but ran out of gas at the end having played back to back games, the Impact closeout strong with a 107 to 97 win! League Commissioner & CEO Ozzie Denson


Standings
UBL Standings
Central Division
 1. Texas W. 4-2 
 2. Springfield T. 3-3 
 3. Oklahoma I. 3-3 
 4. Arkansas W. 3-3 
 5. Tulsa T. 0-0 
D-League
 1. I-20 Pros 0-0 
 2. CV Titans 0-0 
 3. NM Power 0-0 
 4. Arkansas S. 0-0 
 5. Texas O. 0-0 
 6. Wranglers DL 0-0 


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  UKRAINE   


Jazz make qualifying offers to Wesley Matthews and Kyrylo Fesenko - by Eurobasket News
As expected the Utah Jazz made qualifying offers to shooting guard Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette) and center Kyrylo Fesenko (7'0''-C-86, agency: Arik Krayn Services), three days before the free agency period begins in the NBA. The move made on Monday makes both players restricted free agents on Thursday when free agency officially begins. The offers are said to be worth $1.0875 million for Fesenko and $937,195 for Matthews.

In order to make their free agent a restricted free agent, a team must submit a qualifying offer to the player by June 30. This prevents the team from not offering a contract and waiting to swoop in when the player tries to sign elsewhere. The qualifying offer ensures that the team does not gain the right of first refusal without also offering a contract themselves. The amount of the qualifying offer for players on rookie 'scale' contracts is based on the player's draft position. The qualifying offer for all other players must be for 125% of the player's previous salary, or the player's minimum salary plus $175,000, whichever is greater. The qualifying offer must be for one season and a player can elect to accept his qualifying offer (the qualifying offer must be accepted by March 1) and play the following season under its terms. This is sometimes done in order to become an unrestricted free agent the following summer.


Courtesy of www.abc4.com


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COSTELLO INJURY COULD HIT SCOTS IN MALTA - by Sandy Sutherland
Scotland's main play-maker Laurie Costello
faces a desperate race to be fit in time for
next week's Euro C Basketball Championship in
Malta after suffering a serious knee injury
in the first of Scotland's two internationals
against England at Worcester last weekend.
The 28-year-old Edinburgh Kings point guard
was unable to drive home after the incident
and feared he had cruciate ligament damage.
Costello, the starting guard in Scotland's
2006 Commonwealth Games team and a key member
of this year's team, is waiting for the
swelling to go down so that a proper
diagnosis can be made.
'It certainly is serious and it's probably
50-50 whether he goes to Malta or not', said
Costello's father Danny.
Scotland have only one other point guard in
the squad of 12, Costello's clubmate Garreth
Lodge, and Scotland coach Tom Campbell was
forced to call on his son Euan, his assistant
coach, to help out with the ball-handling
chores in Worcester.
Scotland lost the first game to England 67-57
after Costello was forced to leave the court
at the end of the second quarter and he
played no part in the second game which
England won 72-59.
Scotland open against Denmark in Malta next
Monday, play San Marino on Tuesday and Malta
on Wednesday.



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  URUGUAY   


First win for U18 Uruguay in San Antonio - by Eurobasket News
FIBA Americas U18 Championship, Day 3: PUERTO RICO - URUGUAY 54-67

Uruguay outplayed Puerto Rico in the last day of the Preliminary Round. It means that Uruguay finished this stage as No.3 in Group A with 1-2 record. On the other side, Puerto Rico is still winless. Both teams failed to reach the Semifinals and will continue in classification games (5-8 place). Ivan Loriente (184-G-92) shined for the winners with 23 points. Mathias Calfani (199-C-92) secured a nice help adding 18 pts and 6 boards, while Alex Alvarez (92) added 11 points and 6 assists. In the loosing squad, Christopher Ortiz (93) had double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds. Emmanuel Andujar (92) had 10 pts and 8 boards.
Both teams were pretty leveled in the first period, which still belonged to Uruguay 13-14. Ivan Loriente and his teammates took control on Puerto Ricans in the second quarter, what resulted with 25-36 lead at the half time. Puerto Rico was not able to reply for rest of the way and Uruguay had no troubles to keep its lead. Third quarter finished 12-13 and the last one 17-18 for the final 54-67 victory.
In the first classification game Uruguay will meet Mexico. Puerto Rico will play against USVI.

Puerto Rico: Christopher Ortiz 10+12 boards, Emmanuel Andujar 10+8 boards
Uruguay: Ivan Loriente 23, Mathias Calfani 18+6 boards, Alex Alvarez 11+6 as


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  WBA   


Marietta Storm Get Past Decatur Court Kings, 135-122 - by Joe Myers
Stefhon Hannah (6'1''-G-85, college: Missouri) returned from injury to score 45 points and hand out 11 assists to lead the Marietta Storm to a 135-122 win over the Decatur Court Kings Saturday night in Smyrna, Ga.

Hannah had missed five games due to injury and was backed up by 31 points from Lance Perique (6'7''-F-83, college: Georgia St.) and 22 points and 13 rebounds from Casey Love (6'9''-C-80, college: Robert Morris). Robert Murry (5'11''-G-88, college: Morehead St.) led the Court Kings with 28 points, followed by 27 points and 10 rebounds from Marquis Wright (6'8''-F/C-80, college: Alabama) and Iman Walcott (6'5''-F, college: Belhaven) 26 points in the loss.

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Foremans Game-Winner Helps Florida Flight Edge Franklin Knights 114-112 - by Joe Myers
KISSIMMEE, FL Dwayne Foreman (5'10''-G-84, college: Georgia Southern) layup with three seconds remaining gave the Florida Flight a hard-fought 114-112 win over the Franklin Knights. The game was close throughout, as neither team led by more than eight points at any time during the contest.

Among those in attendance to watch the Flights victory were 2010 Miss Florida USA Megan Clementi and the reigning Miss Central Florida Teen USA Becca Chisholm.

Franklin trailed 112-107 in the final minute, but a three-point play by Jerrell Houston (6'8''-F-85, college: Tennessee St.) (who finished with a game-high 33 points) and two free throws for the visitors from Tennessee knotted the score at 112. That set the stage for Foremans last-second heroics. Floridas Ernest Jones (5'11''-G-81) preserved the win when he raked the ball out of Houstons hands as the final horn sounded.

The Knights took a seven-point lead into the locker room at halftime, but the game turned in the third quarter when the Flight outscored the Knights 41-24, giving Florida a seven-point lead going into the final stanza.

Willie Irick (6'6''-F-84, college: Oklahoma City) led the Flight with 25 points, shooting a sizzling 9-11 from the field. He also collected a team-high eight rebounds. Trevor Bing (6'2''-G-85) finished with 20 points and Alex Hill (6'7''-G/F-84, college: Abraham Balwin JC) contributed 18. Foreman finished with 17 to go along with six assists.




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Women News

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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18 - Women  


Japan and China secure the Final - by Eurobasket News
Semifinals
Japan U18 -South Korea U18 67:60


Japan became the first finalists of the U18 Asia Championship in Thailand. The defending champions held off South Korea to earn the spot in the title game. Naoko Chikahira (180-F-93) nailed 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace the effort. The victory also ensured the U19 World Championship birth for Japan.
South Korea got to the better start. They posted a 12:6 lead midway through the opening quarter. Japan erased the deficit and tied the score at 19. Japan pulled their noses in front early in the second term. Soon the reigning champions accumulated a much more comfortable lead. Japan took a 39:29 buffer into the dressing room. The margin grew at 15-point mark midway through the third stanza. Japan finished the third frame up by 13 points 57:44. South Korea did not surrender as they narrowed the gap to only 3 points in the fourth term. But Japan did not panic and escaped with the victory at the end.
Aoi Katsura (180-F-92) notched 14 points for Japan. Moeko Nagaoka had 12 points and 11 rebounds in the winning case. Lee Jihyun (178-F-92) responded with 14 points for South Korea. Gyuhee Kim and Jeonghyun Lee provided 10 points apiece in the loss.

Japan U18: Naoko Chikahira 18+11 boards, Aoi Katsura 14, Moeko Nagaoka 12+11 boards
South Korea U18: Lee Jihyun 14, Gyuhee Kim 10, Jeonghyun Lee 10

China U18- Taiwan U18 85:56

China reached the championship game at the U18 Asia Championship. They held off ambitious Taiwan to join the defending champions Japan in the title clash. China will try to avenge the loss in the last tournaments Final. The victory meant China would participate at the U19 World Championship in Chile in 2011. Taiwan will try to gain the ticket to the tournament in Chile in the Bronze medals game against South Korea.
Taiwan surged ahead early in the encounter and posted a 13:9. But China gained control later in the period and had a 21:18 lead at the first intermission. The margin started to grow quickly in the second frame. China took control as they rallied to a 46:28 halftime lead. China posted a 20-point lead midway through the third term. China entered the fourth term up by 19 points and did not look back en route to the victory.
Gao Song (190-F-92) tallied 22 points and 12 rebounds for China. Li Meng (185-G-95) added 12 points in the winning effort. Huang Hsiang-Ting (179-G-93) notched 10 points to lead Taiwan. Chi-fang Chang had 9 points in the loss.

China U18: Gao Song 22+12 boards, Li Meng 12, Jiamei Liang 9
Taiwan U18: Huang Hsiang-Ting 10, Chi-fang Chang 9

Level I Consolidation Playoff

Malaysia U18 -India U18 63:40

Malaysia finished their U18 Asia Championship campaign with victory. They held off ambitious India to secure their Level I position for the next edition of the tournament. India stays in Level II for the next championship. Chiau Teng Ting knocked down 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the effort.
Malaysia opened the game with six points in a row. They rallied to a 15:10 first break advantage. The margin grew throughout the second term. Malaysia gradually boosted the gap to 18 points at the interval. Malaysia established a 20-point advantage midway through the third quarter. India tried to bounce back but just narrowed the gap to 19-point mark at the final pause. Malaysia gave no chance for their opponents in the final stanza and rallied to the important victory at the end. Shi yeng Ng (185-C-94) and Hui zen Koo delivered 10 points each for Malaysia. Phey chyi Low added 7 points in the victory. K Kavita (165-G-92) responded with 15 points for India. Amruta Bhuskute netted 7 points in the loss.

Malaysia U18: Chiau teng Ting 12+10 boards, Shi yeng Ng 10, Hui zen Koo 10
India U18: K Kavita 15, Amruta Bhuskute 7

Thailand U18 -Kazakhstan U18 75:63

Thailand entertained the home crowd with the important win at the end of their U18 Asia Championship quest. The hosts held off Kazakhstan to book the ticket into Level I for the tournaments next edition. Kornkanok Kotchrat tallied 24 points and 18 rebounds to pace the home side. Kazakhstan will now play in Level II of the championship.
Thailand surged ahead early in the encounter but could not clear off substantially. Kazakhstan stayed close as they trailed by just three points at the first pause 20:23. The Kazakh team gained the lead midway through the second frame. Thailand bounced back and sealed the first half outcome at 35:31. Kaichalyapoom knocked down 6 points in the third frame to help Thailand took off. The hosts pulled in front to take a 10-point advantage before the fourth stanza. Thailand maintained the margin throughout the final period and celebrated a confident win at the end.
Pornnutcha Sawatong (164-G-93) notched 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning team. Buapa had 14 points for Thailand. Anna Vinokurova (191-C-92) answered with 29 points and 14 rebounds for Kazakhstan. Olga Abdreupova canned 14 points and grabbed 9 caroms in the loss.

Thailand U18: Kornkanok Kotchrat 24+18 boards, Pornnutcha Sawatong 16, Buapa 14
Kazakhstan U18: Anna Vinokurova 29+14 boards, Olga Abdreupova 14



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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Opals warm up for tour with domestic dominance - by Eurobasket News
Jayco Opals representatives have put their respective teams in strong title contention as they enter the tail end of the 2010 SEABL season.

The Launceston Tornadoes won their sixth consecutive game this weekend to firmly establish themselves at the top end of the ladder, with just five rounds left to play in the season.

Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) was in her usual outstanding form, with 22 points and seven rebounds. While most have come to expect as much from SEABLs leading point scorer, Cambages accuracy from the field was excellent even by her high standards, shooting at 71% from the field.

Cambages Bulleen Boomers teammate Desiree Glaubitz (177-G-79) inserted herself well, but shot well below her best at only 20% from the field.

Cambage, Glaubitz and their Tornadoes teammates will now enjoy a well-deserved break with byes in Rounds 16 and 17, but will have to be back on their game when they play 4th placed Kilsyth and 8th placed Nunawading in Round 18.

Nunawading have been going from strength to strength this season, and have now won four from their last five games. The Spectres began their 2-game round in style on Saturday, winning 83-75 in a tough battle over Kilsyth, who were without the services of injured Jayco Opals representatives, Deanna Smith (179-G-80) and Hanna Zavecz (182-F/G-85).

Kilsyth could not contain the Spectres Carly Wilson, who was outstanding from the first whistle, shooting 32 points with three assists, three blocks and seven rebounds. Wilson shot 64.7% from the field and did not fault in her eight free throw attempts or her two attempts from long range.

Fellow Jayco Opals teammate Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) scored 17 points with four assists and two steals. She was equally as dominant as Wilson, but struggled slightly with her accuracy, shooting only 5 from 14.

The roles were reversed for Sundays Frankston Matchup, with Tolo shooting 27 points, landing an impressive 78.6% from the field and guiding Nunawading to a 58-44 win. She also tallied four blocks, five assists and 11 rebounds.

This time it was Wilson who was the less accurate of the two, but still dominant, amassing 13 points, four assists and three blocks.

Nunawading now face another heavy week, with a 2-game round scheduled for Round 16. They meet tournament leaders Dandenong this coming Thursday and 7th placed Knox on Sunday at noon but they will be without Tolo who, along with Cambage and Zavecz will be travelling with the Opals to China as the Australian team kicks off a tour of China, the USA and Hungary on Wednesday.


Courtesy of WNBL (www.wnbl.com.au)


Langhorne and Jackson named Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) of the Washington Mystics and Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) of the Seattle Storm were named the league's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week presented by Kia Motors, respectively, for regular season games played Monday, June 21 through Sunday, June 27.

This marks the first season that Kia Motors, an official marketing partner of the WNBA, has presented the WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week award.

Langhorne, who earned the first Player of the Week presented by Kia Motors award of her career after helping Washington to a 2-1 record, paced the league in scoring (27.7 ppg), ranked second in rebounding (12.3 rpg) and third in shooting percentage (.694 on 34 of 49 field goals). She also tied for sixth in the WNBA in steals with 2.67 per game.

The University of Maryland product and Willingboro, N.J. native opened the week with a career-high 27 points, season-high five steals and 14 rebounds in a win over the Los Angeles Sparks. Three days later, she closed out the week registering a new career-best of 31 points in win over the defending WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury. In between, she recorded 25 points, 13 boards and two assists in a loss at Chicago. Those efforts lifted her to ninth overall in the league in scoring on the season (17.1 ppg).

By winning the Player of the Week presented by Kia Motors award for the third time in the first six weeks of the 2010 season, Jackson extends her own WNBA record for such honors to 17, having surpassed Lisa Leslie for the top spot earlier this season. The Australian native also was selected as the Western Conference Player of the Month presented by Kia Motors for May.

A two-time winner of the WNBA Most Valuable Player award presented by Kia Motors, Jackson led Seattle to a 2-0 mark during the week that improved Seattle's record to a league-leading 13-2. The league's second leading scorer (20.8 ppg), Jackson netted 28 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field, including a perfect 4-for-4 on three-pointers, in a win over Indiana. Jackson also contributed seven rebounds, two blocks and one steal. She then closed out the week with her seventh game of 20-or-more points this season, a 24-point outing in a win at Tulsa.

Now in her 10th WNBA season, Jackson ranked second in the league in scoring (26.0 ppg) during the week, trailing only Langhorne. She also was the sixth most proficient shooter in the league in terms of both overall field goals (.607 on 17 of 28) and three-pointers (.700 on 7 of 10).

Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week presented by Kia Motors were Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry, Connecticut's Tina Charles, Indiana's Katie Douglas, Los Angeles' Noelle Quinn, Minnesota's Rebekkah Brunson, New York's Nicole Powell, Phoenix's Candice Dupree, San Antonio's Becky Hammon and Tulsa's Scholanda Robinson.

The WNBA Western and Eastern Conference Players of the Week presented by Kia Motors are part of a series of on-court performance awards called 'The WNBA Performance Awards Presented by Kia Motors.' The series, currently in its second season, includes four of the WNBA's most prestigious year-end honors: Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player, and Sixth Woman of the Year, along with the WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month. Kia Motors has been an official marketing partner of the WNBA since 2008.


Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  BELGIUM - Women  


France U18 clinch 5th spot at home, Belgium U18 is 6th - by Eurobasket News
France U18-Belgium U18 63:56

France U18 clinched the 5th spot at the home Reze International Tournament. In the game for that place the home side overcame Belgium U18 63:56.
Belgium grabbed 5;4 lead in the opening tip and had 13:7 after the first period. Moreover they increased to 26:21 after 15 minutes of the game. France however finished the half with 10-2 run to take 31:28 halftime advantage. The third frame was a carousel in the game as the teams exchanged the leads several times. Belgium took 41:35, while France enjoyed 48:46 at the end of the third frame. From that time France controlled the game and held off the opponents.
Helena Akmouche (174-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Awa Diallo (189-C-92) and Johanna Joseph (182-F-92) followed her with 8 points each. Lien Delmulle (179-F-93) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort. Hanne Mestdagh (180-F-93) and Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92) delivered 10 points apiece.

Australia U19 wins Reze Tournament as the Gems won all the games. After finishing first in the group they overcame Turkey U18 in the Final 76:53.

France U18: Helena Akmouche 18, Awa Diallo 8, Johanna Joseph 8
Belgium U18: Lien Delmulle 19, Hanne Mestdagh 10, Emmanuella Mayombo 10



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  CHINA - Women  


China reach Japan in Final - by Eurobasket News
China U18 -Taiwan U18 85:56

China reached the championship game at the U18 Asia Championship. They held off ambitious Taiwan to join the defending champions Japan in the title clash. China will try to avenge the loss in the last tournaments Final. The victory meant China would participate at the U19 World Championship in Chile in 2011. Taiwan will try to gain the ticket to the tournament in Chile in the Bronze medals game against South Korea.
Taiwan surged ahead early in the encounter and posted a 13:9. But China gained control later in the period and had a 21:18 lead at the first intermission. The margin started to grow quickly in the second frame. China took control as they rallied to a 46:28 halftime lead. China posted a 20-point lead midway through the third term. China entered the fourth term up by 19 points and did not look back en route to the victory.
Gao Song (190-F-92) tallied 22 points and 12 rebounds for China. Li Meng (185-G-95) added 12 points in the winning effort. Huang Hsiang-Ting (179-G-93) notched 10 points to lead Taiwan. Chang Chi-Fang (174-G-93) had 9 points in the loss.

China U18: Gao Song 22+12 boards, Li Meng 12, Liang Jiamei (183-G) 9
Taiwan U18: Huang Hsiang-Ting 10, Chang Chi-Fang 9



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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Netherlands U18 and Czech Republic U18 finish Reze tournament - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U18-Czech Republic U18 73:75

Czech Republic U18 and Netherlands U18 finished Reze International Tournament. Both teams met each other in the last game as Czech Republic U18 beat the Dutch side 75:73.
Nobody expected an easy start from Netherlands that opened the game with 14-2 lead. Moreover they increased to 27:12 at the end of the first period. Czech Republic woke up in the second quarter and reduced to 35:32 at the halftime. They opened the third frame with 15-2 to take 47:37 advantage. The third quarter had finished with 57:49 after 30 minutes. The last quarter brought intrigue in the last minutes as both teams had a chance to win. Czech Republic U18 however remained in front in the end to seal the last victory.
Tereza Vyoralova (175-G-94) paced all the winners with 16 points to take the 7th spot with them. Jana Hausknechtova (178-G-92) netted 13, while Barbora Kasparkova (182-C-92) added 11. De Kleijn top-scored again fort he Dutch team with 18 points as they finished on the 8th spot. Zera Butter (177-G-92) netted 15 as well as Petronella Kraaijenoord (187-C-93).
Australia U19 won Reze Tournament as the Gems won all the games. After finishing first in the group they overcame Turkey U18 in the Final.

Netherlands U18: De Kleijn 18, Zera Butter 15, Petronella Kraaijenoord 15
Czech Republic U18: Tereza Vyoralova 16, Jana Hausknechtova 13, Barbora Kasparkova 11


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  FRANCE - Women  


France U18 clinch 5th spot at home, Belgium U18 is 6th - by Eurobasket News
France U18-Belgium U18 63:56

France U18 clinched the 5th spot at the home Reze International Tournament. In the game for that place the home side overcame Belgium U18 63:56.
Belgium grabbed 5;4 lead in the opening tip and had 13:7 after the first period. Moreover they increased to 26:21 after 15 minutes of the game. France however finished the half with 10-2 run to take 31:28 halftime advantage. The third frame was a carousel in the game as the teams exchanged the leads several times. Belgium took 41:35, while France enjoyed 48:46 at the end of the third frame. From that time France controlled the game and held off the opponents.
Helena Akmouche (174-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 18 points. Awa Diallo (189-C-92) and Johanna Joseph (182-F-92) followed her with 8 points each. Lien Delmulle (179-F-93) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort. Hanne Mestdagh (180-F-93) and Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92) delivered 10 points apiece.

Australia U19 wins Reze Tournament as the Gems won all the games. After finishing first in the group they overcame Turkey U18 in the Final 76:53.

France U18: Helena Akmouche 18, Awa Diallo 8, Johanna Joseph 8
Belgium U18: Lien Delmulle 19, Hanne Mestdagh 10, Emmanuella Mayombo 10



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  GHANA - Women  


The greater accra basketball league,ladies division - by Charis BX
The second week of the Greater Accra Basketball league began with the women playing on Wednesday .In a nail-biting game between The Holy Family girls' team and the C.Y.O ladies,Holy family beat C.Y.O by a slight margin with the game ending 55-43.
This was the first win for the Holy family team this season as they played their hearts out with the determination and the zeal to win the game. The Magic ladies also whipped the Turbo jet ladies team by a whooping 51-34. For the final game of the day, The Hoops ladies missed their game against the CEPS ladies because they did not show up to the court hence the points were automatically awarded to the CEPS ladies.

All these games took place at the Lebanon House, Tudu. Accra. We wait for the consequent games that would take place next Wednesday.


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Netherlands U18 and Czech Republic U18 finish Reze tournament - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U18-Czech Republic U18 73:75

Czech Republic U18 and Netherlands U18 finished Reze International Tournament. Both teams met each other in the last game as Czech Republic U18 beat the Dutch side 75:73.
Nobody expected an easy start from Netherlands that opened the game with 14-2 lead. Moreover they increased to 27:12 at the end of the first period. Czech Republic woke up in the second quarter and reduced to 35:32 at the halftime. They opened the third frame with 15-2 to take 47:37 advantage. The third quarter had finished with 57:49 after 30 minutes. The last quarter brought intrigue in the last minutes as both teams had a chance to win. Czech Republic U18 however remained in front in the end to seal the last victory.
Tereza Vyoralova (175-G-94) paced all the winners with 16 points to take the 7th spot with them. Jana Hausknechtova (178-G-92) netted 13, while Barbora Kasparkova (182-C-92) added 11. De Kleijn top-scored again fort he Dutch team with 18 points as they finished on the 8th spot. Zera Butter (177-G-92) netted 15 as well as Petronella Kraaijenoord (187-C-93).
Australia U19 won Reze Tournament as the Gems won all the games. After finishing first in the group they overcame Turkey U18 in the Final.

Netherlands U18: De Kleijn 18, Zera Butter 15, Petronella Kraaijenoord 15
Czech Republic U18: Tereza Vyoralova 16, Jana Hausknechtova 13, Barbora Kasparkova 11


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  INDIA - Women  


Malaysia secure Level I place - by Eurobasket News
Malaysia U18- India U18 63:40

Malaysia finished their U18 Asia Championship campaign with victory. They held off ambitious India to secure their Level I position for the next edition of the tournament. India stays in Level II for the next championship. Chiau Teng Ting knocked down 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the effort.
Malaysia opened the game with six points in a row. They rallied to a 15:10 first break advantage. The margin grew throughout the second term. Malaysia gradually boosted the gap to 18 points at the interval. Malaysia established a 20-point advantage midway through the third quarter. India tried to bounce back but just narrowed the gap to 19-point mark at the final pause. Malaysia gave no chance for their opponents in the final stanza and rallied to the important victory at the end. Shi yeng Ng (185-C-94) and Hui Zen Koo (169-G-92) delivered 10 points each for Malaysia. Phey chyi Low added 7 points in the victory. K Kavita (165-G-92) K responded with 15 points for India. Amruta Bhuskute (176-F-93) netted 7 points in the loss.

Malaysia U18: Chiau teng Ting 12+10 boards, Shi yeng Ng 10, Hui Zen Koo 10
India U18: K Kavita 15, Amruta Bhuskute 7



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  ITALY - Women  


Eleonora Lascala will play for SMA Ancona - by Eurobasket News
Eleonora Lascala (174-G-82) will play for SMA Ancona in season 2010/2011. Italian player started her career in 2004-2005 for Terra Sarda Alghero (A1, starting five). In her 25 games she averaged 6.0ppg, 1.9rpg, 0.9apg. In 2005-2006 she moved to Acquario Pallestrina (A2), and in January 2006 moved to Famila Schio (A1). In Italian League after 15 games her stats read 1.9ppg. She also debuted in Euroleague and in 2 games averaged 2.0ppg, 1.0rpg, 0.5apg. In 2007-2008 played for Lila Palestrina (A2, starting five) and in 2009-2010 played for Mercede Basket Alghero (A2).


Tiffany Stansbury-another signing of Liomatic Umbertide - by Eurobasket News
Liomatic Umbertide remains one of the top teams over the off season with the loud signings for the next season. Recently the team announced Tiffany Stansbury (191-F/C-83, college: N.Carolina St.) for 2010/2011 season.
In 2005-2006 Tiffany Stansbury she started with N.Carolina St. (NCAA) and in 30 games averaged 11.5ppg, 6.6rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 1.6bpg, FG: 52.7%, FT: 53.7%. In 2006 was drafted by Houston Comets (WNBA,3rd (29)) and then moved to Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA). In the Regular Season after 4 games she averaged 1.5ppg, 1.8rpg. In
2006-2007 played for Cankaya Universitesi (Turkey-TBBL, starting five) and in 24 games her stats read 14.4ppg, Reb-2 (11.8rpg), 1.3apg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 48.8%, FT: 47.2%. In 2007 started for Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA), but in May moved to Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) and in 30 games showed 4.3ppg, 4.3rpg. In 2007-2008 she appeared for Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut (France-LFB, starting five) and in 27 games showed 13.4ppg, Reb-1 (9.8rpg), 1.2apg, 1.9spg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 49.4%, FT: 51.5%. In another season there Tiffany Stansbury debuted in Euroleague and after 7 games averaged 6.1ppg, 4.3rpg, while in French League showed 6.3ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.9spg, FGP: 47.6%, FT: 39.0%. The last season Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence saw 21 games from the player that averaged 14.8ppg, Reb-5 (8.4rpg), 2.0apg, FGP: 50.2%, FT: 71.0%.
In France she became Eurobasket.com All-French LFB Power Forward of the Year -08, Eurobasket.com All-French LFB 1st Team -08 and Eurobasket.com French LFB All-Imports Team -08.



Italy U20 triumph at Torneo di Pesaro - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20-Sweden U20 43:42

Italy U20 triumph at Torneo di Pesaro as the hosts won all three games. In the last game of two undefeated teams the Italian side celebrated 43:42 win. The team from Scandinavia opened the game with 21:12, but Italy needed 11-2 to come back into the court. Italy also won the last period 11-9 to win the game and the tournament. Frida Fogdemark (185-F-91) s 14 points were not enough for the guests. Danielle Hamilton-Carter posted 10, while Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) added 9.



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  JAPAN - Women  


Japan edge South Korea to reach U18 Asia Championship Final - by Eurobasket News
Japan U18- South Korea U18 67:60

Japan became the first finalists of the U18 Asia Championship in Thailand. The defending champions held off South Korea to earn the spot in the title game. Naoko Chikahira (180-F-93) nailed 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace the effort. The victory also ensured the U19 World Championship birth for Japan.
South Korea got to the better start. They posted a 12:6 lead midway through the opening quarter. Japan erased the deficit and tied the score at 19. Japan pulled their noses in front early in the second term. Soon the reigning champions accumulated a much more comfortable lead. Japan took a 39:29 buffer into the dressing room. The margin grew at 15-point mark midway through the third stanza. Japan finished the third frame up by 13 points 57:44. South Korea did not surrender as they narrowed the gap to only 3 points in the fourth term. But Japan did not panic and escaped with the victory at the end.
Aoi Katsura (180-F-92) notched 14 points for Japan. Moeko Nagaoka (177-G) had 12 points and 11 rebounds in the winning case. Lee Jihyun (178-F-92) responded with 14 points for South Korea. Kim Gyuhee (173-G-92) and Lee JeongHyun (203-C-92) provided 10 points apiece in the loss.

Japan U18: Naoko Chikahira 18+11 boards, Aoi Katsura 14, Moeko Nagaoka 12+11 boards
South Korea U18: Lee Jihyun 14, Kim Gyuhee 10, Lee JeongHyun 10



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  KAZAKHSTAN - Women  


Thailand reach U18 Asia Championship Level I - by Eurobasket News
Thailand U18- Kazakhstan U18 75:63

Thailand entertained the home crowd with the important win at the end of their U18 Asia Championship quest. The hosts held off Kazakhstan to book the ticket into Level I for the tournaments next edition. Kornkanok Kotchrat tallied 24 points and 18 rebounds to pace the home side. Kazakhstan will now play in Level II of the championship.
Thailand surged ahead early in the encounter but could not clear off substantially. Kazakhstan stayed close as they trailed by just three points at the first pause 20:23. The Kazakh team gained the lead midway through the second frame. Thailand bounced back and sealed the first half outcome at 35:31. Kaichalyapoom knocked down 6 points in the third frame to help Thailand took off. The hosts pulled in front to take a 10-point advantage before the fourth stanza. Thailand maintained the margin throughout the final period and celebrated a confident win at the end.
Pornnutcha Sawatong (164-G-93) notched 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning team. Aungkana Buapa (169-G/F-93) had 14 points for Thailand. Anna Vinokurova (191-C-92) answered with 29 points and 14 rebounds for Kazakhstan. Olga Abdreupova (172-G-92) canned 14 points and grabbed 9 caroms in the loss.

Thailand U18: Kornkanok Kotchrat 24+18 boards, Pornnutcha Sawatong 16, Aungkana Buapa 14
Kazakhstan U18: Anna Vinokurova 29+14 boards, Olga Abdreupova 14



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  MALAYSIA - Women  


Malaysia secure Level I place - by Eurobasket News
Malaysia U18- India U18 63:40

Malaysia finished their U18 Asia Championship campaign with victory. They held off ambitious India to secure their Level I position for the next edition of the tournament. India stays in Level II for the next championship. Chiau Teng Ting knocked down 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to pace the effort.
Malaysia opened the game with six points in a row. They rallied to a 15:10 first break advantage. The margin grew throughout the second term. Malaysia gradually boosted the gap to 18 points at the interval. Malaysia established a 20-point advantage midway through the third quarter. India tried to bounce back but just narrowed the gap to 19-point mark at the final pause. Malaysia gave no chance for their opponents in the final stanza and rallied to the important victory at the end. Shi yeng Ng (185-C-94) and Hui Zen Koo (169-G-92) delivered 10 points each for Malaysia. Phey chyi Low added 7 points in the victory. K Kavita (165-G-92) K responded with 15 points for India. Amruta Bhuskute (176-F-93) netted 7 points in the loss.

Malaysia U18: Chiau teng Ting 12+10 boards, Shi yeng Ng 10, Hui Zen Koo 10
India U18: K Kavita 15, Amruta Bhuskute 7



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  RUSSIA - Women  


Svetlana Abrosimova spurs WNBA's Seattle Storm to runaway victory - by Eurobasket News
Forward Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) scored 19 of her season-high 21 points in the second half and the Western Conference-leading Seattle Storm overcame a 13-point second-half deficit to defeat the Tulsa Shock, 83-72, on Sunday.

Down by five points entering the fourth quarter, Abrosimova and Seattle found their touch from 3-point range, hitting 5-of-8 from behind the arc in the quarter, including four consecutive 3s that keyed a 16-0 Storm run.

Abrosimova, who averaged 6.1 points coming into the game, had three 3-pointers in the final period to help Seattle outscore Tulsa 26-10 in the fourth quarter.

We finally found a way to play aggressive and stay poised, Abrosimova said. Their defense is very unpredictable and physical and it took some time for us to adjust. In the fourth quarter, we made the extra pass and didnt turn the ball over.

Lauren Jackson led Seattle (13-2) with 24 points. She scored 11 in the first half when Seattle struggled with Tulsas pressure defense. The Shock held the Storm to 30 points, one of its lowest-scoring halves of the season.

We had plenty of opportunities to give up, but no one did, Jackson said. All of these girls stepped up and we found a way to pull it out in the end.

Seattle played most of the game without starting guard Sue Bird, who left just two minutes into the game with lower back pain. She will be evaluated today.

We missed Sue today, Abrosimova said. When things were chaotic was when we needed her to help us calm down and play our game.

Seattle, which has won four straight games and has the WNBAs best record, needed a strong fourth quarter 7-of-16 shooting in the final 10 minutes to overcome a season-high 25 turnovers.

To be 10 points ahead of that team (Seattle) at halftime was remarkable for our girls, but we just couldnt hold it, Tulsa coach Nolan Richardson said. Any time a team can get its head up and is one of the best-shooting teams in the league, it makes a difference. The goal got big for them in the fourth quarter and we were trying to prevent that.

Tulsa (3-11), which lost its eighth consecutive game, was paced by Scholanda Robinsons 16 points, while Tiffany Jackson scored 11 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in her first start since being acquired in a trade with the New York Liberty.

Tulsa finished the first half on an 18-4 run to take a 40-30 lead into the break. Kara Braxton, who didnt play in the first quarter, led the Shock with seven points during the run. Marion Jones hit a layup just before the halftime buzzer to cap a first half in which Tulsa forced 15 turnovers.

Jones, the former track star, finished with six points.

The Shock held a one-point lead after the first quarter and outscored Seattle 21-12 in the second period to grab the halftime lead. Chante Black and Robinson converted on back-to-back baskets early in the third quarter to push the Shock lead to 13 points, but Abrosimovas 3-pointer keyed the start of Seattles strong shooting that continued through the second half.



FASTBREAKS

Seattle coach Brian Agler has been selected to be the coach for the team of WNBA stars that will face the U.S. national team next month. Its an honor to be coaching in an All-Star event because that means your teams success is being recognized, Agler said. This honor has everything to do with team success and were playing at a very high level right now. Coach of the U.S. team is UConns Geno Auriemma. Auriemmas assistants are Los Angeles Sparks coach Jennifer Gillom and Atlanta Dream coach Marynell Meadors. The game is July 10 in Uncasville, Conn.


Courtesy of www.thenewstribune.com


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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


Japan edge South Korea to reach U18 Asia Championship Final - by Eurobasket News
Japan U18- South Korea U18 67:60

Japan became the first finalists of the U18 Asia Championship in Thailand. The defending champions held off South Korea to earn the spot in the title game. Naoko Chikahira (180-F-93) nailed 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to pace the effort. The victory also ensured the U19 World Championship birth for Japan.
South Korea got to the better start. They posted a 12:6 lead midway through the opening quarter. Japan erased the deficit and tied the score at 19. Japan pulled their noses in front early in the second term. Soon the reigning champions accumulated a much more comfortable lead. Japan took a 39:29 buffer into the dressing room. The margin grew at 15-point mark midway through the third stanza. Japan finished the third frame up by 13 points 57:44. South Korea did not surrender as they narrowed the gap to only 3 points in the fourth term. But Japan did not panic and escaped with the victory at the end.
Aoi Katsura (180-F-92) notched 14 points for Japan. Moeko Nagaoka (177-G) had 12 points and 11 rebounds in the winning case. Lee Jihyun (178-F-92) responded with 14 points for South Korea. Kim Gyuhee (173-G-92) and Lee JeongHyun (203-C-92) provided 10 points apiece in the loss.

Japan U18: Naoko Chikahira 18+11 boards, Aoi Katsura 14, Moeko Nagaoka 12+11 boards
South Korea U18: Lee Jihyun 14, Kim Gyuhee 10, Lee JeongHyun 10



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  SWEDEN - Women  


Italy U20 triumph at Torneo di Pesaro - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20-Sweden U20 43:42

Italy U20 triumph at Torneo di Pesaro as the hosts won all three games. In the last game of two undefeated teams the Italian side celebrated 43:42 win. The team from Scandinavia opened the game with 21:12, but Italy needed 11-2 to come back into the court. Italy also won the last period 11-9 to win the game and the tournament. Frida Fogdemark (185-F-91) s 14 points were not enough for the guests. Danielle Hamilton-Carter posted 10, while Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) added 9.



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  TAIWAN - Women  


China reach Japan in Final - by Eurobasket News
China U18 -Taiwan U18 85:56

China reached the championship game at the U18 Asia Championship. They held off ambitious Taiwan to join the defending champions Japan in the title clash. China will try to avenge the loss in the last tournaments Final. The victory meant China would participate at the U19 World Championship in Chile in 2011. Taiwan will try to gain the ticket to the tournament in Chile in the Bronze medals game against South Korea.
Taiwan surged ahead early in the encounter and posted a 13:9. But China gained control later in the period and had a 21:18 lead at the first intermission. The margin started to grow quickly in the second frame. China took control as they rallied to a 46:28 halftime lead. China posted a 20-point lead midway through the third term. China entered the fourth term up by 19 points and did not look back en route to the victory.
Gao Song (190-F-92) tallied 22 points and 12 rebounds for China. Li Meng (185-G-95) added 12 points in the winning effort. Huang Hsiang-Ting (179-G-93) notched 10 points to lead Taiwan. Chang Chi-Fang (174-G-93) had 9 points in the loss.

China U18: Gao Song 22+12 boards, Li Meng 12, Liang Jiamei (183-G) 9
Taiwan U18: Huang Hsiang-Ting 10, Chang Chi-Fang 9



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  THAILAND - Women  


Thailand reach U18 Asia Championship Level I - by Eurobasket News
Thailand U18- Kazakhstan U18 75:63

Thailand entertained the home crowd with the important win at the end of their U18 Asia Championship quest. The hosts held off Kazakhstan to book the ticket into Level I for the tournaments next edition. Kornkanok Kotchrat tallied 24 points and 18 rebounds to pace the home side. Kazakhstan will now play in Level II of the championship.
Thailand surged ahead early in the encounter but could not clear off substantially. Kazakhstan stayed close as they trailed by just three points at the first pause 20:23. The Kazakh team gained the lead midway through the second frame. Thailand bounced back and sealed the first half outcome at 35:31. Kaichalyapoom knocked down 6 points in the third frame to help Thailand took off. The hosts pulled in front to take a 10-point advantage before the fourth stanza. Thailand maintained the margin throughout the final period and celebrated a confident win at the end.
Pornnutcha Sawatong (164-G-93) notched 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning team. Aungkana Buapa (169-G/F-93) had 14 points for Thailand. Anna Vinokurova (191-C-92) answered with 29 points and 14 rebounds for Kazakhstan. Olga Abdreupova (172-G-92) canned 14 points and grabbed 9 caroms in the loss.

Thailand U18: Kornkanok Kotchrat 24+18 boards, Pornnutcha Sawatong 16, Aungkana Buapa 14
Kazakhstan U18: Anna Vinokurova 29+14 boards, Olga Abdreupova 14



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  USBA - Women  


Raleigh, Knoxville, Norfolk and Nashville to join the roster of WUSBA teams for 2011 - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (June 29, 2010) ---Final team site selections for the 2011 Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) inaugural season are now complete. Opening day is scheduled for Wednesday night June 8, 2011. The league will field 16 teams housed in 3 divisions. 'This is very exciting for us, we see us playing a significant role in the world of womens basketball, said WUSBA President and C.E.O, Duane Allen Jenkins. The United States is ready to support a Triple AAA minor division womens basketball league, baseball has one, the NBA has one, now the WNBA has a league they can draw additional players from, if they choose to do so.

The league was originally set to begin this year. 'We ran out of time, we began to formulate the league in late March, we had eight weeks to pull everything together, we almost pulled it off. Rushed work is never, ever done well' said Jenkins. 'Now we will take all the time necessary to perfect the season properly.'

The league will occupy gymnasiums from colleges, universities and high schools to house their teams. 'We have home arenas under negotiations in each city; We will keep the gymnasiums currently under contract we already have. We will announce all locations to the public in October, when we begin our season ticket promotions We will hire former WNBA players and aspiring women college coaches to coach our teams, we have a standing policy that will not only develop basketball players, but coaches as well.'

Each team will play a twenty eight game schedule. The 2011 regular season will begin with the WUSBA Draft on May 7, 2011. Selected players will be invited to team camps, set to begin on May 20, 2011. The basketball season starts June 4, 2011 with the Feeding America Can Slam Games which is scheduled to double as a preseason game. The regular campaign begins June 8, 2011 and end on August 27, 2011. There is a mid season All Star Classic Game slated for July 16 and July 17, 2011. The Championship game is scheduled for September 3, 2011. Both the All Star game and the Championship game will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. All teams will participate in the playoffs. The league will conduct single game elimination championship tournament. The Coralee Hunter Memorial Championship Trophy will be awarded to the top team.

The league has partnership with churches, civic groups and charitable organizations in each individual team city. The WUSBA offers support to local Churchs, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Feeding America and the USMC Toys for Tots. The league is also extending a very special invitation to children in foster care each city and children housed in juvenile detention centers. The league has authorized each team to conduct educational contest between clubs to select children to be official ball girls and boys. 'We'll invite all groups who help children to contact the league and well issue complimentary tickets to these groups to our home games. The selected children to be the ball kids will receive $25.00 apiece per game for their services,' said Jenkins.

The league has three divisions, the Atlantic, the Southern and the Appalachian. The divisions make up the Southeastern Conference. 'Having a complete year to prepare, its full steam ahead,' said WUSBA Executive Vice President, Kenneth Green. This is a prime opportunity for us to activate the league. 'We now have an opportunity to properly prepare to present a quality product for the players, coaches and especially our fans. Our fans will have ample access to the coaches and players', said Green. An Open House, Job Fair and Individual tryouts for each team will be held on May 22, 2011 in each team city.

The Southern Division consists of the Atlanta Platinum, the Raleigh Road Runners, the Charlotte Blue Wave, the Columbia Breeze, the Augusta Raging River, and the Macon Storm.

The Appalachian Division houses the Birmingham Starz, the Chattanooga Royal, the Knoxville Reign, the Nashville Thunder and the West Virginia Capitals.

The Atlantic Division has the Norfolk Blaze, the Richmond Colonials, the Jacksonville Surf, the Savannah Seahawks and the Charleston Cadets.

The leagues season ticket and game promotions packages will be available in January 2, 2011. The season ticket promotion is called the 2011 WUSBA Season Ticket Extravaganza; the promotion is available in each city. This season ticket promotion is a special event for the fans and is sponsored by the advertisers and sponsors of the WUSBA. The league made 1500 single season tickets available in each city for this promotion. 'This collaborated effort includes the WUSBA, the WUSBA Youth Outreach, Inc., and many of the leagues partners, sponsors and advertisers,' said Jenkins.

The league has set the price of $105.00 per season ticket. Each season ticket comes with admission to all fourteen home games and fifteen free single game tickets; this also includes admittance to all home playoff games. As a bonus, fans receive priority seating, complimentary concessions, a free game day program and a 24-inch x 36-inch full color poster with the basketball team or the dance team. (The total number of admittance per season ticket is 28, which breaks down to $3.62 per admittance). 'We designed the WUSBA basketball games to be family friendly, our promotions, our entertainment and our prices will fit right into anyones budget,' said Jenkins

According to the league, each season ticket holder will be automatically included in a raffle sponsored by the WUSBA Youth Outreach, Inc. 'We're very excited about this promotion. Not only do fans get a chance to see high quality basketball at affordable prices, but also there is the chance to win a new car, a trip to Miami or go on a Disney World vacation.'

2011 WUSBA SEASON TICKET EXTRAVAGAZA

The prize list is as follows:

* Grand Prize: 2011 Honda Accord LX 4 door sedan
(one automobile will be given away in each USBA team city, 16 total league wide),

* 2nd Prize: Disney World Family Vacation Extravaganza
(Family of four, rt airfare on Air Tran Airlines, transfers to and from the airport, daily Disney World Park passes, meals and lodging at a Disney World theme park hotel included, two given away in each USBA team city, 32 total league wide),

* 3rd prize: The Seafarer Cruise Extravaganza
( Trip for two to Miami, Florida, round trip airfare on Air Tran Airlines, one day cruise to Nausea, Bahamas aboard Discovery Cruises, two day stay at an InterContinental Hotel, one day car rental from Enterprise, dinner for two at Outback Steak House and breakfast for two at International House of Pancakes, two given away in each USBA team city, 32 total league wide.)

* 4th Prize: The Schwinn Bicycle Explosion
(Six mens, six womens, six boys and six girls ten speed bicycles, 24 given away at each USBA team city, 384 total league wide)

* 5th Prize: The Outback Steak House Family Feast
(A $60.00 gift card, 25 given away in each USBA team city, 400 total league wide)
*6th Prize: The Race Trac Fuel Giveaway
(A $40.00 gas gift card, 25 given away in each team city, 400 total league wide)
* 7th Prize: Russell Athletic Team Polo Shirts
(25 shirts will be given away in each USBA team city, 400 total league wide)

The Grand prize drawing for this promotion will be held at halftime of the teams home season opener, the drawings for the other prizes will be held at a special pre-game show. 'As far as we know, this is the biggest and most extravagant season ticket promotion in the history of minor league sports,' said Jenkins. Fans will be able to visit our website shortly. According to Jenkins, the new website is now under construction and should be available in the very near future. We plan to begin our first season with a bang. All of our games will be geared toward top notched basketball competition, family fun and entertainment surrounded in a faith based environment, our goal is to offer each community a great experience proclaimed, Mr. Jenkins.

2011 WUSBA Season Ticket Extravaganza Rules and Disclaimer:

Purchase of a season ticket to any 2011 USBA team necessary to be included in the raffle drawing. The USBA Youth Outreach, Inc. is the sponsor of this promotion. This promotion is open to all residents of Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina, who purchase a season ticket during this promotion. This promotion ends June 7, 2011 at midnight Eastern Daylight Time. WUSBA employees, family member of WUSBA employees, team members, Season Ticket Extravaganza sponsors, their employees and their families are ineligible to participate in this promotion. Participants must be at least 18 years old to participate in this promotion. One entry in raffle per season ticket purchased. No other restrictions apply. No substitution of prizes. Prizes are not refundable or transferable. Prize winners are responsible for all taxes and /or gratuity associated with prizes won in this promotion. Odds of winning any prize in this promotion will be determined in direct relation of the number of season tickets sold during this promotion. (Example: 1200 season tickets sold per WUSBA team season, Grand Prize winning odds are 1200 to 1, 2nd prize winning odds are 600 to 1, 3rd Prize winning odds are 600 to 1, 4th Prize winning odds are 50 to 1, each, 5th prize winning odds are 48 to 1, 6th Prize winning odds are 48 to 1). The WUSBA has set aside a minimum of 1200 season tickets per WUSBA team city to be sold, a total 18,000 league wide. Odds of winning a prize in this promotion are derived on a per city basis only. If the same individual purchases two season tickets for the 2011 basketball season and before June 7, 2011 the odds will increase to give the ticket holder double the chance of winning a prize. This promotion is a WUSBA Youth Outreach sponsored event. The WUSBA Youth Outreach, Inc., is a 501 (c) (3) not for Profit Company. Single ticket purchases are not included in this promotion. 2nd and 3rd Prizewinners must make travel reservation through the WUSBA. Travel blackout periods may effect certain travel dates. Grand prizewinners will have a choice of color. There is no time limit for any of the travel prizes, gift card or any other prize in this promotion. Promotion is void where prohibited by law



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Diana Taurasi injury update - by Eurobasket News
Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) suffered a bruised lower back after a fall in the third quarter of a 95-85 loss to the Washington Mystics on Sunday. She is currently listed as day-to-day and is a game-time decision tomorrow night against Atlanta.

Taurasi left the game with 3:22 remaining in the third period with the Mercury trailing 62-53 and did not return. She finished with a team-high 18 points in 22 minutes.

The Mercury takes on the Dream at 4 p.m. PT on Tuesday for the third and final game of a five-day east coast road trip. Phoenix currently stands at 5-9 on the season and is in third place in the Western Conference.


Courtesy of The Washington Mystics

Langhorne and Jackson named Players of the Week - by Eurobasket News
Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) of the Washington Mystics and Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) of the Seattle Storm were named the league's Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week presented by Kia Motors, respectively, for regular season games played Monday, June 21 through Sunday, June 27.

This marks the first season that Kia Motors, an official marketing partner of the WNBA, has presented the WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week award.

Langhorne, who earned the first Player of the Week presented by Kia Motors award of her career after helping Washington to a 2-1 record, paced the league in scoring (27.7 ppg), ranked second in rebounding (12.3 rpg) and third in shooting percentage (.694 on 34 of 49 field goals). She also tied for sixth in the WNBA in steals with 2.67 per game.

The University of Maryland product and Willingboro, N.J. native opened the week with a career-high 27 points, season-high five steals and 14 rebounds in a win over the Los Angeles Sparks. Three days later, she closed out the week registering a new career-best of 31 points in win over the defending WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury. In between, she recorded 25 points, 13 boards and two assists in a loss at Chicago. Those efforts lifted her to ninth overall in the league in scoring on the season (17.1 ppg).

By winning the Player of the Week presented by Kia Motors award for the third time in the first six weeks of the 2010 season, Jackson extends her own WNBA record for such honors to 17, having surpassed Lisa Leslie for the top spot earlier this season. The Australian native also was selected as the Western Conference Player of the Month presented by Kia Motors for May.

A two-time winner of the WNBA Most Valuable Player award presented by Kia Motors, Jackson led Seattle to a 2-0 mark during the week that improved Seattle's record to a league-leading 13-2. The league's second leading scorer (20.8 ppg), Jackson netted 28 points on 9-of-11 shooting from the field, including a perfect 4-for-4 on three-pointers, in a win over Indiana. Jackson also contributed seven rebounds, two blocks and one steal. She then closed out the week with her seventh game of 20-or-more points this season, a 24-point outing in a win at Tulsa.

Now in her 10th WNBA season, Jackson ranked second in the league in scoring (26.0 ppg) during the week, trailing only Langhorne. She also was the sixth most proficient shooter in the league in terms of both overall field goals (.607 on 17 of 28) and three-pointers (.700 on 7 of 10).

Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week presented by Kia Motors were Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry, Connecticut's Tina Charles, Indiana's Katie Douglas, Los Angeles' Noelle Quinn, Minnesota's Rebekkah Brunson, New York's Nicole Powell, Phoenix's Candice Dupree, San Antonio's Becky Hammon and Tulsa's Scholanda Robinson.

The WNBA Western and Eastern Conference Players of the Week presented by Kia Motors are part of a series of on-court performance awards called 'The WNBA Performance Awards Presented by Kia Motors.' The series, currently in its second season, includes four of the WNBA's most prestigious year-end honors: Most Valuable Player, Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player, and Sixth Woman of the Year, along with the WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Month. Kia Motors has been an official marketing partner of the WNBA since 2008.


Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Atlanta D. 9-4 
 2. Connecticut S. 8-4 
 3. Indiana F. 8-4 
 4. Washington M. 7-4 
 5. Chicago S. 5-8 
 6. New York L. 4-7 
Western
 1. Seattle S. 11-2 
 2. Phoenix M. 5-7 
 3. Minnesota L. 5-9 
 4. S.Antonio SS 4-7 
 5. Tulsa S. 3-8 
 6. L.Angeles S. 3-8