EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/13/2010

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Spralja and Stemberger extend with Siroki - by Eurobasket News
Good news for BC Siroki as they reportedly agreed extensions with two important members of the championship roster. According to reports from Bosnian media, Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) and Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83) have reached an agreement with Siroki to extend cooperation. Both players were integral part of the team (along with Chester Mason) who have helped Siroki win the title this year. It is a good indication that the club management has high ambitions for the next season and this is a great move forward.
Sinisa Stemberger started his career with Rijeka junior team and he has made his professional debut during 1999-2000 season. After 5 seasons with the club, where he established himself as teams leader, Stemberger moved to Zadar in 2004. In his first season he appeared in 18 League games and has posted averages of 6.4 points and 1.8 rebound. He has also won the National title that same season. His first stint with Siroki came in 2006, and there he has also helped the club win the National title as well as the National cup in 2008. In 2008/09, he played for Split averaging 13.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 22 Adriatic League games. He was also good in Croatian league where he played in 13 games and posted averages of 8.2 points. Last, Stemberger averaged 10.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in Bosnian league. In Adriatic league he had 10.8 ppg and 2.8 apg for 23 games.
Sime Spralja is a long serving team captain who has so far in his career played for the likes of Zadar, Split and Siroki. Last season, Spralja has averaged 16.1 points and 5.5 rebounds, helping Siroki win the title. In Adriatic League, he was also good as he posted averages of 9.9 points and 3.5 rebounds in 24 games.


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  ARGENTINA   


Enzo Cafferata joins Bragado - by Eurobasket News
Cuidad de Bragado continue to strengthen their roster. They recently added Enzo Cafferata (186-G-88) to the roster. The 22-year-old guard spent the previous season in Alma Juniors Esperanza. Enzo Cafferata averaged 5.3 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.9 assists per appearance. Previously the guard had spells for Argentino Junin, Club River Plate and Belgrano San Nicolas.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - ABA
ABA Standings
Big V
 1. Ringwood H. 17-1 
 2. Diamond V.E. 15-3 
 3. Waverley F. 10-6 
 4. Melbourne 8-10 
 5. Hume City 7-10 
 6. Sherbrooke S. 5-12 
 7. Bulleen B. 4-13 
 8. Eltham W. 3-14 
Central ABL
 1. W.Adelaide B. 14-2 
 2. Norwood F. 12-4 
 3. N.Adelaide R. 11-5 
 4. Sturt S. 11-5 
 5. Forestville E. 10-6 
 6. Eastern M. 8-8 
 7. Woodville W. 6-10 
 8. S.Adelaide P. 4-12 
 9. South.Tigers 3-13 
 10. C.District L. 1-15 
QBL
 1. Mackay M. 11-1 
 2. Rockhampton 11-2 
 3. Northside W. 10-3 
 4. SW Metro P. 9-5 
 5. Townsville H. 9-5 
 6. Gold Coast G. 7-5 
 7. Cairns M. 7-6 
 8. Ipswich F. 6-7 
 9. Maroochydore 6-7 
 10. Gladstone P. 5-8 
 11. Bundaberg B. 5-9 
 12. Caboolture S. 3-10 
 13. Brisbane C. 3-11 
 14. Toowoomba 0-12 
SEABL-East
 1. Bendigo B. 16-7 
 2. Kilsyth C. 16-8 
 3. Brisbane S. 13-11 
 4. Knox R. 13-11 
 5. Ballarat M. 11-11 
 6. Dandenong 10-13 
 7. AIS 4-11 
 8. Canberra G. 3-18 
SEABL-South
 1. Nunawading S. 17-7 
 2. Sandringham S. 16-8 
 3. Geelong S. 15-9 
 4. Hobart C. 14-9 
 5. NW Tasmania 13-10 
 6. Mt Gambier 9-14 
 7. Frankston B. 8-15 
 8. Albury W.B. 4-19 
WARATAH
 1. Manly Warr. 14-3 
 2. Parramatta W. 12-5 
 3. Maitland M. 11-5 
 4. Newcastle H. 10-6 
 5. Sydney C. 10-7 
 6. Bankstown B. 10-8 
 7. Norths Bears 8-9 
 8. Hornsby S. 6-10 
 9. Hills H. 6-11 
 10. Sutherland S. 4-12 
 11. Canberra N. 1-18 


ABA League Leaders - by Eurobasket News
Ringwood is on top with Big V League with 17-1 record now beating Eltham 88:83. Luke McMillan (200-F-80) top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Daryl Corletto (193-G-81) netted 20 and Kevin Ratzsch added 19 points and 16 rebounds. Ashley Bryar ended up with 20 points in the losing effort.
In Central ABL West Adelaide Bearcats are on top with 14-2 record. The league leaders had a tough victory over Sturt Sabres 77:71. Anthony Spadavecchia stepped up with 26 points and Ben Evans as well as Kurtis Phillips (198-G/F-90) had 11 each. Jacob Holmes responded with 20 points and 17 rebounds in defeat.
Nunawading became the Leader of SEABL as they reached 17-7 record. They rolled over Sandringham 93:85 as Shane McDonald (187-G-85, college: Nova SE) posted 20 points for the winners. Daniel Dillon answered with 24 points in defeat and Nathan Crosswell scored 22. Bendigo is with 16-7 record beating Dandenong 90:74. Luke Meyer (196-G/F-85, college: St.Louis) poured in 26 points, while Ivan Mcfarlin collected 21 points and 17 rebounds. Brent Hobba finished the game with 18 points in the losing effort.
Mackay Meteors have 11-1 record on top of QBL as they cruised past Gladstone Power 103:77. Timothy Coenraad (201-G/F-85, college: Nova SE) erupted with 33 points and 11 rebounds, while John Fitzgerald followed him with 24. Raymond Canady Jr. (201-F-84, agency: GOTathletes, college: Valdosta St.) finished the night with 31 points in the losing effort.
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles cover the top of Waratah with 14-3 record. The League leaders won over Sydney Comets 81:75. Luke Cooper (183-G-84, college: Alaska-Anch.) stepped up with 20 points and Karl King (193-F/G-81) notched 18. Blake Henricks delivered 14 points in the losing effort.



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  BELARUS   


Belarus edged Ukraine in Minsk to finish second - by Eurobasket News
Belarus-Ukraine 74:69

Belarus and Ukraine National teams closed Day 3 at the International Tournament in Minsk. The hosts edged Ukrainian side 74:69 to finish second in the tournament with 2-1 record. Ukraine lost all three game and finished last.
After two loses in the start Ukraine tried hard to achieve their first win. They started with 16:12 after the first 10 minutes and even led the game at the halftime. Belarus win the second period 20-19 to reduce at 32:35 when both teams disappeared in the lockers. The game was tied at 49:49 after three quarters and the teams remained tough in the court. Due to 25-20 in the last quarter the hosts grabbed the second win to finish second.
Alexander Kudryavtsev (190-G-80, agency: AB Agency) and Pavel Ulyanko (204-F/C-79) top-scored for the winners with 17 points each. Lashkevich collected 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Dante Stiggers (187-G-82, college: S.Mississippi) added 9 points and 7 assists. Maksym Pustozvonov (200-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) ended up with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort. Andriy Agafonov (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) collected 13 points and 8 rebounds, whilst Kornienko had 12 points and 8 boards.
Bulgaria became the Winner of the International tournament with 4 teams participating in Minsk, Belarus. After the victory in the first day over Ukraine, Bulgaria beat Belarus 76:64 to take 2-0 record after the second. Last night the team lost to Israel 69:72, but finished on top of the ladder.

Belarus: Alexander Kudryavtsev 17, Pavel Ulyanko 17, Lashkevich 16+9 rebs, Dante Stiggers 9+7 ast
Ukraine: Maksym Pustozvonov 17+10 rebs, Andriy Agafonov 13+8 rebs, Kornienko 12+8 rebs



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  BOSNIA   


Spralja and Stemberger extend with Siroki - by Eurobasket News
Good news for BC Siroki as they reportedly agreed extensions with two important members of the championship roster. According to reports from Bosnian media, Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) and Sime Spralja (206-F/C-83) have reached an agreement with Siroki to extend cooperation. Both players were integral part of the team (along with Chester Mason) who have helped Siroki win the title this year. It is a good indication that the club management has high ambitions for the next season and this is a great move forward.
Sinisa Stemberger started his career with Rijeka junior team and he has made his professional debut during 1999-2000 season. After 5 seasons with the club, where he established himself as teams leader, Stemberger moved to Zadar in 2004. In his first season he appeared in 18 League games and has posted averages of 6.4 points and 1.8 rebound. He has also won the National title that same season. His first stint with Siroki came in 2006, and there he has also helped the club win the National title as well as the National cup in 2008. In 2008/09, he played for Split averaging 13.9 points and 2.3 rebounds in 22 Adriatic League games. He was also good in Croatian league where he played in 13 games and posted averages of 8.2 points. Last, Stemberger averaged 10.7 points, 2.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game in Bosnian league. In Adriatic league he had 10.8 ppg and 2.8 apg for 23 games.
Sime Spralja is a long serving team captain who has so far in his career played for the likes of Zadar, Split and Siroki. Last season, Spralja has averaged 16.1 points and 5.5 rebounds, helping Siroki win the title. In Adriatic League, he was also good as he posted averages of 9.9 points and 3.5 rebounds in 24 games.


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  BRAZIL   


Stats Leaders - BNL
CBB BNL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Marcelinho, Flam. 26.4
2 Boracini, Paulis. 23.2
3 Shamell, Pinheiro 22.5
4 Stevens, Cetaf 21.1
5 Fernando, Lond. 21.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Olivinha, Pinh. 10.4
2 Murilo, Minas 9.4
3 Drudi, Minas 8.6
4 Deivisson, Palm. 8.4
5 Guilherme, Univ. 7.7
Assists Per Game
1 Sucatzky, Minas 9.0
2 Fulvio, St.Jose 7.7
3 Fernando, Paulis. 5.8
4 Larry, Bauru 5.7
5 Valtinho, Univ. 5.0
Steals Per Game
1 Marcelinho, Flam. 2.5
2 Duda, Flam. 2.3
3 Parker, Assis 2.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Morro, Pinh. 1.5
2 Estevam, Univ. 1.3
3 Teichmann, Flam. 1.1


Real Madrid inks young Brazilian - by Paulo Freire
Real Madrid, according to Marca newspaper, the Real Madrid made a new important signing for the future. The Spanish powerhouse signed from Majadahonda Jefferson Froelich, the exact name of the team is European Basketball College Majadahonda, and is located close to Madrid. .

Froelich is a Brazilian who averaged 10.5ppg, 5.8rpg and 4.5apg in EBA (fourth division) and actually they are at the top of the standings on group B.

Jefferson is one of the best brazilian prospect, Jefferson Froehlich ('91), a 1.95 all-around player who makes many things. The player was last summer with Brazil NT in the Nike Global Challenge with another brazilian who is playing in Spain: Jordan Burger ('91), from Sevilla.


Jefferson Froehlich (193-G-91) in 2008 played for Joinville team, he will be in the young team of Real Madrid but is expect to also be with the professional team.


GRSA/Bauru bring in Julio Toledo - by Eurobasket News
GRSA/Bauru added a new player to the roster. They signed a deal with Julio Toledo (194-F-85). The 24-year-old forward spent the previous season in Palmeiras. Julio Toledo played for the Brazilian selection at the 2009 World University Games. He tallied 2.0 points, 2.3 boards and 1.5 assists per game in Belgrade. Julio Toledo won the Slam Dunk Contest during the latest NBB All-Star Game.


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


BVIBF wants you! - by David Edole
British Virgin Islands Basketball Federation is coming off a somewhat successful Centro Basket and is in search of basketball players for the upcoming Central American and Caribbean Basketball Games. If you were born in the B.V.I. you are eligible to compete. If one of your parents or even both were born in the B.V.I. you are eligible to compete. If you grand parent (s) are from the B.V.I. you are eligible to compete. The C.A.C games are scheduled for July 24-31, 2010. If interested send an email.

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  BULGARIA   


Canadian Solar Bologna sign Jared Homan - by Eurobasket
Canadian Solar Bologna signed 27-year old Bosman center Jared Homan (206-C-83, college: Iowa St.). Homan played most recently at Marousi BC (Greece). While playing Euroleague for Marousi BC last season his stats were: 20 games: 9.6ppg, 5.2rpg and 5.6rpg. Homan is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Croatia, Greece, Poland and Turkey. Homan has double American and Bulgarian citizenships. He was recently called for Bulgarian National Team.
By Eurobasket Data Center


Bulgarian U20 National Team 2010 - by Richard
#s#
Stanislav Stoev
Stoev
Vasil Kyosev
Kyosev
Bozhidar Avramov
Avramov
Tihomir Zhelev
Zhelev
Kalin Hristov
Hristov
#e#5
Stanislav Stoev 199-F-92
Vasil Kyosev 195-G-90 Cherno More Bulgaria
Bozhidar Avramov 196-G-90 Olimpia L. Greece
Tihomir Zhelev 192-G-90 Cherno More Bulgaria
Kalin Hristov 192-G-90 Lukoil A. Bulgaria
Lyuben Paskov 198-F-90 CSKA Bulgaria
Hristo Zahariev 197-G/F-90 Chernomorets Bulgaria
Emil Binev 198-F-91 Chernomorets Bulgaria
Ivo Slavchev 198-F-90 Aalborg Denmark
Aleksandar Yanev 203-F-90 Cherno More Bulgaria
Dimitre Marintchechki 200-F-90 Overgas Bulgaria
Lachezar Radev 205-C-91 Cherno M.2 Bulgaria

Georgi Mladenov Head Coach Lukoil A. Bulgaria


Bulgaria became the Winner of the International tournament - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria became the Winner of the International tournament with 4 teams participating in Minsk, Belarus. After the victory in the first day over Ukraine, Bulgaria beat Belarus 76:64 to take 2-0 record after the second. Last night the team lost to Israel 69:72, but finished on top of the ladder. Israel took 23-17 lead after the first 10 minutes, while the latter enjoyed 44;34 at the halftime. Israel pushed the tempo in the third period and increased to 65:42 after three periods, while Bulgaria did their best to recover. They reduced to 69:72 at the final that was enough to celebrate in the tournament. Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) top-scored for Bulgaria with 17 points, while Ivanov posted 11. Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) brought Israel 22 points and finished third in the tournament.


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  CENTROBASKET   


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  IVO
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Hodge, ISV20.8 
 2. Villanueva, DOM20.6 
 3. Arroyo, PUR19.3 
 4. Chiverton, IVB18.3 
 5. Harris, MEX17.8 
 6. Palacio, BIZ17.5 
 7. Pinnock, PAN16.8 
 8. Blair, JAM15.3 
 9. Ramos, PUR15.0 
 10. Barea, PUR13.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Frank ELEGAR
  ISV
  (206-C-86)
  Avg: 11.8
 1. Elegar, ISV11.8 
 2. Martinez, DOM10.7 
 3. Balkman, PUR9.7 
 4. Lloreda, PAN9.7 
 5. Trim, TRI9.3 
 6. Troyer, BIZ9.0 
 7. Ayon, MEX9.0 
 8. Penn, IVB8.8 
 9. Ffriend, JAM8.5 
 10. Pomare, PAN8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Jose Juan BAREA
  PUR
  (181-G-84)
  Avg: 7
 1. Barea, PUR7.0 
 2. Palacio, BIZ6.3 
 3. Arroyo, PUR6.3 
 4. Pineiro, CUB4.3 
 5. Hodge, ISV4.0 
 6. Harris, MEX4.0 
 7. Arias, DOM4.0 
 8. Munoz, PAN3.8 
 9. Pena, DOM3.5 
 10. Martinez, DOM3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Halstead CHIVERTON
  (193-G-82)
  Avg: 3
 1. Chiverton, IVB3.0 
 2. Pineiro, CUB2.8 
 3. Pena, DOM2.7 
 4. Scott, JAM2.5 
 5. Mariscal, MEX2.5 
 6. Bass, IVB2.5 
 7. Smith, JAM2.5 
 8. Ayon, MEX2.0 
 9. Harris, MEX2.0 
 10. Haywood, TRI1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  IVB
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Penn, IVB2.8 
 2. Ayon, MEX2.5 
 3. Ramos, PUR1.8 
 4. Richards, ISV1.5 
 5. Elegar, ISV1.3 
 6. Batista, CUB1.2 
 7. George, IVB1.0 
 8. Carter, TRI1.0 
 9. Torres, CUB1.0 
 10. Lloreda, PAN1.0 


Puerto Rico defends the title - by Eurobasket News
Big Final
Dominican Republic - Puerto Rico 80-89
Puerto Rico managed to beat Dominican Republic 80-89 and to defend the Centrobasket title. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: Florida Intern.) was the MVP of the Big Final with valuation 24. He spent 34 minutes on the court collecting 23 points and 5 assists. Jose Juan Barea (181-G-84, college: Northeastern) added 16 pts in this victory. Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut) shined in defeat with 36 points and 11 boards.

Third place
Cuba - Panama 74-75
Panama grabbed the Bronze in Santo Domingo thanks to 74-75 thriller win against Cuba. Jose Lloreda (201-F/C-80, college: LSU) stepped up for his team with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Joel Munoz (179-G-80) netted 18 pts. In defeat, Orestes Torres (202-C-87) had 16 points, 7 boards and 6 assists.


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  CHILE   


Libsur: Round 14 results - by Daniel Valencia
Round 14
North Group

A. B. Temuco .78 - Ronald Cruces 23 ptos. Josef Krause 15 ptos.
C. D. Valdivia 87 - Rodrigo Munoz (186-G/F-80) 19 ptos. Gerardo Isla 18 ptos.

C. D. Lautaro 59 - Jorge Montes 14 ptos. Edgardo Astete 10 ptos.
C. D. Carahue 65 - Victor Godoy (90) 13 ptos. Sergio Thiers 12 ptos.

C. D. Las Animas 71 - Miguel Gutierrez 18 ptos. Michael Ruiz 17 ptos.
Dep. Victoria 80 - Cristian Zamorano (183-G-86) 28 ptos. Felipe Acuna 15 ptos.

South Group

C. D. Pto. Varas 81 - Marquis Johnson 17 ptos. Nicolas Ulloa 15 ptos.
Dep. Castro 91 - Gonzalo Velasquez (185-G-81) 29 ptos. Leonel Mendez 23 ptos.

C. D. U. Lagos 87 - Humberto Carrizo (202-C-86) 17 ptos. Haralt Funk 13 ptos.
CD SC Osorno 51 - Fabian Muniz 14 ptos. Carlos Cardenas 10 ptos.

ABA Ancud 106 - Gustavo Mansilla 29 ptos. Jose Arriagada 22 ptos.
C. D. Aleman 45 - Pedro Sandoval 18 ptos. Francisco Gonzalez 17 ptos.



Standings - LIBSUR
LIBSUR Standings
North Group
 1. CD Valdiva 12-0 
 2. CD Victoria 10-2 
 3. AB Temuco 8-4 
 4. CD Carahue 5-7 
 5. CD Imperial 3-9 
 6. CD Lautaro 2-10 
 7. CD Las Animas 2-10 
South Group
 1. AB Ancud 10-2 
 2. CD Castro 10-2 
 3. CD U.Los Lagos 9-3 
 4. CD Puerto Varas 7-5 
 5. CB Osorno 3-9 
 6. DA Puerto Varas 2-10 
 7. CD Esp. Osorno 1-11 


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  CHINA   


Chinese NBL round 11 best performance: Shawn Taggart - by Eurobasket News
American forward Shawn Taggart (207-F-85) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Henan Jiyuan Iron and Steel, receiving a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 11.
The 25-year old player had a double-double of 29 points and 18 rebounds, while his team Jiyuan maintains the 10th position in Chinese NBL. Too late to salvage the team, which is currently ranked such low. They already lost 9 games and recorded just two victories. Taggart has many years of experience at Jiyuan, through which he has constantly improved. Former University of Memphis star has very solid stats this year. Taggart is league's best scorer averaging so far 31.7ppg. Taggart is in league's top in rebounds (5th best: 13.7rpg) and averages impressive 54.3% FGP.

The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American Terrell Taylor (203-C-81, agency: Liman Sports) of Guangzhou Liu Sui Whampoa. Taylor had a very good evening with a double-double of 30 points and 22 rebounds. Bad luck as Whampoa lost that game 83-92 to the higher-ranked Changan Group (#3, 8-3). Whampoa managed to keep the same 8th spot in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 4-8 record. Taylor is one of the most experienced players at Whampoa and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 24.8ppg (#2). He also registered 14.1 boards per game.

Third on the list of top players last round was American forward Dante Milligan (206-F-84, agency: ZAG Advocates) of Heilongjiang Zhaozhou Feng Shen (#9). Milligan got into 30-points club by scoring 41 points in the last round. He went also for thirteen rebounds . Despite Milligan's great performance Heilongjiang lost 109-117 to the higher-ranked Jiangsu (#1, 10-1). But his team cannot count on just a single shooter as he also needs help of the other teammates. Heilongjiang can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-8 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Milligan he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. The season just started for Milligan as he played only first game. But it already looks like he can be team's leader.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Terence Dials (206-F/C-83) of W.Liaoning - 19 points and 24 rebounds
5. Nick Stallings (190-G-83) of Hangzhou - 26 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists
6. Austen Powers (203-F-87) of Hangzhou - 24 points, 19 rebounds and 4 assists
7. T.J. Bannister (180-G-84) of Sichuan - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Marc Dawson (206-F/C-83) of Guangzhou FM - 24 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists
9. Dennis Mims (205-F-80) of Sichuan - 15 points and 18 rebounds
10. Nikola Bulajic (208-C-84) of Guangzhou FM - 25 points and 16 rebounds


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  CROATIA   


Zadar losses their captain - by Eurobasket News
BC Zadar is set to loose their captain. Reportedly Tomislav Ruzic (208-F/C-79) has reached an agreement with the Turkish outfit Tofas Bursa. Ruzic is the third signing for Tofas, after they have previously agreed a deal with Austin Nichols and Jason Rowe. Ruzic is expected to bring toughness to Tofas and his experience from playing in various European leagues. He is expected not to have troubles adjusting in, as he has already played in Turkey for the likes of Beskitas and Kepez. Ruzic is expected to join his teammates in the coming days. Still it remains to be seen who will Zadar try to bring in as replacement for their long serving captain.
Tomislav Ruzic started his professional career in 1996 as member of BC Zadar. After 6 seasons with the club, he has moved to BC Cibona Zagreb. Following season, he has started his international journey after agreeing a deal with Besiktas. In 2004, Ruzic has moved to France where he signed for ASVEL. After two seasons, he transfered to Besancon where he averaged 11.2 points and 7.7 rebounds in 33 league games. After another season in Turkey, Ruzic returned to BC Zadar at the start of 2008-2009 season. This season, he has appeared in 22 Croatian League games and has posted averages of 11.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. For his showings, Ruzic has been voted All-Croatian A1 League Center of the Year as well as All-Croatian A1 League 1st Team.


Plaisted and Rozic could continue in Italy - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from various Croatian media, Italian outfit Vanoli Cremona is looking to add two players from the Croatian league. Reportedly, new Head Coach Tomo Mahoric is trying to agree deals with Marin Rozic (201-F-83) and (211-F/C-86, agency: Priority Sports, college: BYU). Rozic spent this season with BC Cibona, while Plaisted has been playing for Zadar. It remains to be seen if any of these transfers will materialize, especially regarding Rozic who has recently also been targeted by Cedevita.
Trent Plaisted played his collegiate basketball at BYU in the NCAA Division I. In his final season with the University he has posted averages of 15.6 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. After being drafted by Seattle Supersonics in the 2nd round of 2008 NBA Draft, Plaisted moved to Europe where he signed with Angelico Biella. This season he moved to BC Zadar where he recorded 6 EuroCup appearances during which he averaged 8.7 points and 6.2 rebounds. In the Adriatic League Plaisted averaged 6.6 points and 3.8 rebounds in 26 games.
Marin Rozic is a product of Zrinjevac Zagreb Junior team. He made his debut during 2000-2001 season and has spent three years with the club. In 2003, he moved to Italy where he signed a deal with Mabo Livorno. Following season he returned to Croatia where he signed with BC Cibona.. With Cibona, Rozic has won 3 National Titles in 2006, 2007 and 2009. In 2009, he has also won the National Cup. Rozic has been a member of the Croatian National team from 2007. He represented Croatia at the EuroBasket 2007 in Spain as well as Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. In 2009, Rozic played in 9 games for Croatia at the Eurobasket in Poland and has averaged 5.3 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. This season, Rozic was hampered by injuries and has only appeared in 15 Adriatic League matches during which he has averaged 9.8 points.


Makarska enjoyed the last game of the first day at the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U20-Russia U20 75:61

Makarska enjoyed the last game of the first day in the Qualifying Round of the U20 European Championship as the hosts overcame Russia U20 75:61. The Croatian side won the opening quarter and added two victories in the second half.
Leon Radosevic (208-C-90) opened the scoring account for Croatia while Pavel Antipov (203-F-91) responded for the guests. After 14:14, Croatia pushed the tempo in the end of the quarter to take 25:16 lead. Moreover Planinic made it 31:19 and Mario Delas (208-C/F-90) scored for 34:24. Russia meanwhile replied with 12-2 run to tie the game at 36:36 when Klyuchnikov made two free throws. Josip Bilinovac (195-G-90) was the last to post in the half to bring Croatia 40:36 advantage. In the third period Croatia had 5-10 points deficit and kept the lead. Planinic with a lay-up brought his side to 57:50 after thirty minutes in the court. Russia tried to stay closer, but the hosts always replied for the guests' baskets. Pavel Antipov reduced to 66:59, but Leon Radosevic, Olivari and Josip Bilinovac delivered for 73:59. Zubcic made the final shot to celebrate 75:61 win with Croatia.
Leon Radosevic led the way with 18 points as Croatia improved to 2-1 record. Mario Delas notched 15, while Josip Bilinovac scored 12. Maksim Bychkov (192-G-90), Vladimir Ivlev (204-F-90) and Pavel Antipov answered with 10 points each in the losing effort.

Croatia U20: Leon Radosevic 18, Mario Delas 15, Josip Bilinovac 12
Russia U20: Maksim Bychkov 10, Vladimir Ivlev 10, Pavel Antipov 10



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Germany put Czech Republic closer to relegation - by Eurobasket News
Germany U20 - Czech Republic U20 73:68 (OT)
Germany outscored Czech Republic in the opening game of the Relegation Round of the U20 European Championship. Germany needed overtime to tame pesky Czech Republic. T.J. DiLeo (188-G) knocked down 20 points to pace the effort.
Germany used a 9:1 run late in the first quarter to take a 16:11 lead. But Czech Republic opened the second frame on a 7:0 run to step in front. Germany stole back the lead but Kraz and Tomas Satoransky (196-G/F-91) capped the first half with four points in a row to give the Czech team a 22:21 advantage. Tomas Voslajer (203-C-90) drained back-to-back three-pointers at the start of the third term to boost the lead. Germany responded with seven straight points midway through the third term to regain control. They posted a 40:34 advantage heading into the fourth stanza. Roller-coaster action continued in the final period. Tomas Voslajer, Martin Kriz (200-F-93), Tomas Satoransky and Tomas Vyoral (190-G-92) allowed Czech Republic to enjoy a 46:42 advantage midway through the fourth term. Germany denied the deficit and Maurice Stuckey (187-G-90, agency: Pro One Sports) gave the Bundesteam a 55:52 lead with 50 seconds to go in regulation. But Tomas Satoransky accounted for three points in the dying seconds to force overtime. The teams kept it close in the extra period but Schmitz and Steven Monse (200-F-90) hit five free throws in the late stages to seal the winning outcome for Germany.
Steven Monse knocked down 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Germany. Maurice Stuckey added 10 points in the winning effort. Tomas Voslajer responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Czech Republic. Tomas Vyoral and Tomas Satoransky had 11 points each in the loss.

Germany U20: T.J. DiLeo 20, Steven Monse 11, Maurice Stuckey 10
Czech Republic U20: Tomas Voslajer 22, Tomas Vyoral 11, Tomas Satoransky 11



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Puerto Rico wins the Gold in Santo Domingo - by Eurobasket News
2010 Centrobasket, Big Final: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - PUERTO RICO 80-89

Puerto Rico defended the Centrobasket title. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: Florida Intern.) and his teammates outplayed Dominican Republic 80-89 in the Big Final in Santo Domingo. Both teams booked a spot for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship (Pre-Olympic) and Pan-American Games in Guadalajara. Carlos Arroyo once again was the leading player in Puerto Rico as he collected 23 points and 5 assists. Jose Juan Barea (181-G-84, college: Northeastern) scored 16 points, David Cortez (190-G/F-81) had 14, while Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) helped with 12 pts. For the hosts of 2010 Centrobasket, Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut) exploded with 36 points and 11 rebounds. He made seven triples in this game. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) (8 rebs, 5 as) and Elpidio Fortuna (186-G-85) added 10 points each.
Last quarter was the crucial one in this meeting. Before that, Dominican Republic opened the game with decent 23-19 lead. Charlie Villanueva was on fire and mostly owing to him Dominicans made 24-20 in the second quarter for nice 47-39 lead at the half time. Puerto Rico finally improved after the breather. Carlos Arroyo stepped up for his team leading it to 17-24 in Q3. It means that Puerto Rico cut the margin to just one point before the last ten minutes and everything was open again. Puerto Rico played great when it was the most important and smashed Dominicans in the last quarter 16-26 for the final 80-89 victory and another Centrobasket title.

Dominican Republic: Charlie Villanueva 36+11 boards, Jack Michael Martinez 10+8 boards+5 assists, Elpidio Fortuna 10
Puerto Rico: Carlos Arroyo 23+5 as, Jose Juan Barea 16, David Cortez 14, Peter John Ramos 12


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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


The Eurobasket Summer League in Las Vegas was an awesome display of talent - by Darryl Reshaw
The ESL 2010 Las Vegas event was an awesome display of talent.
There were scouts from Austrailia, Japan, Spain, Finland, NBDL, NBA, Portugal, Uraguay, Mexico, Germany, Austria, Lithuania, Sweden, ABA and the PBL.
This was the most talented event that the ESL has ever had in it's three year history.
A lot of the scouts refused to leave and focussed on the ESL instead of going to the NBA Summer League.
Rick Mahorn the former NBA player and famous memberof Detroit's Bad Boys won the ESL Championship and was a very positive influence on the winning team.


Rick's NBA experience and hard work ethic was implemented into the talented athletes on his team who played hard especially of the defensive side and set great picks all weekend. His knowledge of the game and calm presence were vital in their victory.
Darrell Armstrong (182-G-68, college: Fayetteville St.) the former NBA point guard and current Dallas Mavericks coach participated in two games and did an excellent job for his team who went 2-0 with his presence.
Deane Martin the former NBDL and Japan League coach managed an ESL team; Larry Lessett a former coach from the LNBP league in Mexico coached a team; Mike Taylor from ULM in Germany took his team to his second straight 2nd place finished in the ESL Las Vegas event; Dan Tacheny a former NBA scout and current LNBP (Mexico) coach managed another ESL squad.


Tunde Adekola the Ulm assistant coach and the ESL veteran did a great job and was very closed to the Championship game.
The feed back from the European coaches that attended the event were impressed at the talent level and the fact that the teams were organized and played systems due to the level of professional coaches in the event.
The Doolittle facility allowed all the teams ample practice time due to having an gym that was only used for practice and testing by Ignition Sports.
There were a lot of job offers on the spot for some of the most talented players at the event and there will be more offers to follow.

The game reports and all tournament teams from the Chicago and Las Vegas events will be posted as our staff returns from Las Vegas on Tuesday morning.
Next week the ESL will feature a dual men and women's event in the Atlanta area at the Suwanee Sports Center.

For more information please contact marketing@eurobasket.com



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  EUROCHALLENGE   


Interview with Augustinas Vitas - by Serafim Karaiskakis
Augustinas Vitas (210-C-82), Lithuanian Center who played with success the last two years in Ukraine, spoke to Eurobasket.com:

Eurobasket: How you decided to study in USA and what you remember from the games you played in NCAA?


Augustinas Vitas: I had to make a decision what to do with my life after finishing high school and Marciulionis basketball school .Study, play basketball or compare them both. Stepas Kairys helped me to make this decision.
From NCAA games I remember good atmosphere in the gym. Dedication, sacrifice and hard work of each player during every second of the 40 minutes of every game.
College basketball teaches work ethic, discipline.

Eurobasket: You have been selected to play for Lithuania U18 NT, what about the teammates you had in that team? Where they play now?

Augustinas Vitas: They are great guys, who love this game. Simas Jasaitis-Galatasary (Turkey), Saulius Kuzminskas Tref Sopot (Poland) , Povilas Ciukinas-Zalgiris (Lithuania) , Matas Niparavicius (Slovenia).

Eurobasket: You played in Ukraine, Poland, Sweden and Bulgaria which league you liked most and why?

Augustinas Vitas: Every league and country has to offer something different. Basketball wise I liked Ukraine, because basketball is more physical, as a center-forward I always liked physical aspect of this game.

Eurobasket: How you describe yourself as a player

Augustinas Vitas: Player who likes to play in the paint and same time can step out and shoot mid range shot, has good work ethic and discipline.

Eurobasket: Inform the decision, regarding basketball, you took in the past and changed your life.

Augustinas Vitas: When I decided to play basketball, my life changed. Sports helped to build stronger character and work as team.

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  EUROLEAGUE   


Matt Nielsen will join Olympiakos - by Eurobasket News
Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket) is expected to sign the contract with Olympiakos. The sides have reportedly agreed on terms of a two-year deal. Matt Nielsen spent the previous season in Valencia. The Australian centre averaged 9.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per EuroCup game. In ACB his stats reached 8.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per appearance. Matt Nielsen is not new to Greece as he played for PAOK back in 2004/05 season.


Final Four 2011 not to be held in Turin - by Eurobasket
Euroleague Basketball and the region of Piemonte, Italy, have agreed to postpone the holding of the upcoming 2011 Euroleague Final Four in the city of Turin. The Euroleague Final would have been held as part of the celebrations to comemorate 150 years of Italian unity. Euroleague understands that the new government of the Piemonte region, recently elected, requires more time to be able to organize a project such as hosting the Final Four. Euroleague has waited until the last general assembly meeting, as a maximum deadline, to ensure that this project would be able to come through. It has therefore decided to contact cities that were in negotiations with Euroleague for future Finals to find the best alternative for this next 2010-11 season. The Euroleague and officials from Turin have agreed that they will revisit the idea of a Euroleague Final Four in Turin in the future. Euroleague Basketball hopes to announce a new site for the 2011 Euroleague Final Four shortly.

Courtesy of Euroleague


Omar Cook joins Power Electronics Valencia - by Eurobasket News
Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) is a new player of Power Electronics Valencia. The 28-year old American/Montenegrin point guard arrives to Valencia from Unicaja Malaga, where he played last two years. In 2009/10 Cook appeared in 16 Euroleague games collecting 9.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg and 5.9 apg. He ended the season as the best Euroleague assistant. In the Spanish league Cook added 8.6 ppg, 1.4 rpg and 5.7 apg. There he also was No.1 in assists. In his first season with Unicaja, Cook had slightly lower numbers.
Before Unicaja, Omar Cook spent a season with the Serbian team Crvena Zvezda. He shined in Adriatic league averaging 16.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 3 steals. Very close numbers he also had in domestic championship. On season 2006/07 he played for CSK VVS Samara and later for Strasbourg in France. Cook also has experience from Belgium with Dexia Mons-Hainaut. In June 2008 he received the Montenegrin citizenship and joined their National Team. Last summer with Montenegro he had 8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.5 apg and 2.2 spg for 6 games in EuroBasket, Division B. In 2008, Cook was named Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League and Serbian League Guard of the Year. At the same year he also was awarded with Eurobasket.com ULEB Cup All-Imports Team.
Power Electronics Valencia will compete in Euroleague next season as they won the EuroCup this year.


Zalgiris re-signs Tadas Klimavicius - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris signed one-year contract extension with Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) with option for 2011/12 season. The 27-year old forward played 14 Euroleague games last season registering 7.7 ppg and 4.1 rpg. Zalgiris ended the first stage as No.3 in Group A and reached the Top16. They failed to reach the Quarterfinals later. However, Zalgiris managed to win the Baltic league this season. There, Tadas Klimavicius helped his team with 10.9 ppg and 6.6 rpg for 19 games. Eurobasket awarded him with All-Baltic League Player of the Year. In Lithuanian league Klimavicius was named Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Domestic Players Team.
Tadas Klimavicius joined Zalgiris Kaunas in 2008 from Greek AEL 1964 Larissa. He played 26 games in the Greek league that season averaging 9.8 points and 6.9 rebounds. In the past he played for Siaulai, Fabriano Basket and Alita-Savy Alytus. On season 2002/03 he also was a member of Zalgiris.
Tadas Klimavicius got a call to join the Lithuanian National Team this summer. On World Championship in Turkey Lithuania is placed to Group D with Canada, Spain, France, New Zealand and Lebanon.


AJ Milano brings in young Nicolo Melli - by Eurobasket News
AJ Milano locked the Italian prospect Nicolo Melli (205-F-91) for the next four seasons. The 19-year old forward is coming to AJ Milano from LegaDue team Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia. He played 27 games last season for them collecting 10.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg and 1.5 spg. Melli's season-high was 24 points against Snaidero Udine. Reggio Emilia finished as No.5 in the league with 18-12 record. They reached the Playoff Semifinals later.
Nicolo Melli started his basketball career with Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia. He made his debut with senior team in 2007, when he was just 16-year old kid. In his rookie season Melli had 3.7 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 33 games in LegaDue. Next season his numbers increased a lot. He had almost 9 points and 5.3 rebounds in 13 games.
Nicolo Melli was a member of U16 and U18 Italy and now he plays for the U20 Italian NT.

'I'm very happy to be here in a big club with great tradition. I know this day is just a starting point for my career', said Nicolo Melli for the Euroleague web site.


Maccabi Electra extends David Bluthenthal - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Electra announced signing of one-year contract extension with David Bluthenthal (202-F-80, college: USC). The experienced American/Israeli forward and Maccabi also included an option for 2011/12 season.
David Bluthenthal played 19 Euroleague games last season registering 9.3 ppg, and 3 rpg. His team reached the Quarterfinals, but was not able to go on. They also failed to win the title in Israel celebrating just in National Cup. Bluthenthal appeared 28 times in Premier league last season adding 11.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 1.6 spg. He re-joined Maccabi after one year with Le Mans Sarthe Basket in France. That was on season 2008/09 when Bluthental had 12.7 ppg and 3.8 rpg for 10 Euroleague games. In ProA he helped Le Mans with 10.8 ppg and 5.1 rpg. Le Mans was the regular season champion in France and reached the semifinals.
Bluthenthal also played for the Israeli giant on season 2007/08. He was their member from 2002 to 2004 as well. In the meantime, Bluthental played for Climamio Bologna, VidiVici Bologna, Benetton Treviso and Dynamo St. Petersburg. He graduated at the University of Southern California in 2001. He got a call to joined the Israeli NT this summer.


Spanoulis in Olympiakos!! - by Chris Mammides
A surprising transfer took place last night! The Greek star of Panathinaikos, Vassilis Spanoulis after three tremendous years in Panathinaikos joined his rivals, team of Olympiakos for the next three years. Spanoulis becomes the most expensive transfer in the history of the Greek Basketball as the total cost for Olympiakos and Aggelopoulos brothers will be something like an amount closed to 15 million Euros. Spanoulis will receive for these three years the amount of 7.2 million euros (Panathinaikos was offering him 6 million euros) for a contract of three years, while the taxes and the agency's fees will bring this amount to 15 million, more or less.
Spanoulis currently 28 years old was able to win 4 champions in the Greek league with Panathinaikos jersey while he won also the Euroleague in Berlin in the seazon 2008-2009. He, now will lead the 'new team' of Coach Ivkovic in order to 'change' the current situation with Panathinaikos being the one and only king. Olympiakos last champion took place back in 1997 with Head Coach Ivkovic beang the Admiral of the team...


Partizan keeps the captain Petar Bozic - by Eurobasket News
The Serbian powerhouse announced signing of one-year contract extension with their captain Petar Bozic (197-G-78). The experienced guard helped Partizan Belgrade to reach the Euroleague Final Four last season with 5.4 ppg and 1.4 apg for 20 games. They managed to defend the championship title in Serbia and also in Adriatic league. In the regional championship Bozic averaged 5.9 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 22 games. In domestic league he added 5.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg and 1.2 apg. Partizan also defended the trophy in Serbian National Cup. Petar Bozic arrived to Partizan in 2004 from Hemofarm. For these six years he helped them win six straight titles in Serbia. Before Partizan, Petar Bozic was a member of Radnicki and Beobanka.
Two days ago, Partizan also secured a deal with the big guy Rasko Katic (208-F-80, agency: Beo Basket). The 29-year old big guy is coming to Serbian powerhouse from Hemofarm. He appeared 22 times in Adriatic league last season averaging 6.9 points and 2.8 rebounds. In Serbian championship Katic added 6.2 ppg and 2.4 rpg. He also played 3 games in EuroCup collecting 9.7 ppg and 3.7 rpg. Rasko Katic joined Hemofarm last summer from the German Walter Tigers Tuebingen, where he spent four years. With them Katic was one of the best centers in German championship. In 2007 he was named Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Bosman Player of the Year. A year later Katic was invited to play at the German Bundesliga All-Star Game, while in 2009 he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 2nd Team. In his last season with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen, Katic averaged 14.8 points and 7.1 rebounds in 34 games. He ended the contest as the fifth best scorer. In the past, Rasko Katic was a member of Ergonom, ITU Istanbul, Crvena Zvezda Belgrade and KK Zastava-Radnicki Kragujevac. He supposes to replace Slavko Vranes on position five. As a reminder, Vranes moved to Unics Kazan few days ago.
Partizan recently stayed without their Head Coach Dusko Vujosevic (agency: Beo Basket ), who took over CSKA Moscow. The team promoted former assistant Vlada Jovanovic to this position.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   


Standings
Standings
Group E
1. Greece3-0
2. Serbia2-1
3. Ukraine2-1
4. Lithuania1-2
5. Montenegro.1-2
6. Latvia1-3
Group F
1. Spain3-0
2. France3-0
3. Croatia2-1
4. Russia1-2
5. Slovenia0-3
6. Italy0-3
Group G
1. Germany1-0
2. Holland1-0
3. Turkey0-1
4. Czech Repu.0-1


Day: 4 (Qualifying Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Montenegro - Ukraine 75-88
Ukraine U20 surprise Montenegro U20 in Crikvenica to start the Qualifying Round with 2-1 record. Ruslan Otverchenko (192-G/F-90) and Natyazhko Kyryl combined for 50 points to seal another win for Ukraine. Montenegro started with four points in a row and had 17:13 later in the period. Ukraine however exploded later int he game and immediately created a 16-0 run for 29:17 lead. From that time they never looked behind and reached the necessary victory. After 22-13 in the second frame they reached 47:30 advantage. Stojanovic cut it to 40:50 and Mihailovic made a lay-up for 50:60. Dubljevic Bojan closed the third quarter at 54:65 and still kept the hope for his team. Ukraine did not allow the opponents to reduce for more and even increased to 81:67 when Ruslan Otverchenko made two-free throws. Natyazhko Kyryl made the lay-up in the end of the game for the final success. Ruslan Otverchenko exploded with 32 points. Natyazhko Kyryl collected 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Lypovyy Oleksandr notched 17. Dubljevic Bojan finished the night with 29 points in defeat, while Mihailovic Vladimir scored 13. Tomorrow Ukraine will meet Serbia, while Montenegro will face Greece.

Latvia - Serbia 57-70
Serbia U20 improved to 2-1 record beating Latvia U20 in the last game of Group E Qualifying Round Day 1. The winners overcame Latvia U20 70:57 in Crikvenica. Trailing 2:9 in the opening tip Serbia tied the game at 9:9 and won the opening quarter 18:13. Dekic brought 25:15 and Andjusic scored from the perimeter for 35:25 at the halftime. Latvia managed to win the third period 19-18, while the last quarter brought the intrigue back into the game. Serbia had 53:44 with 8 minutes in the game, while Blaus made a jump shot for 53:46. Blaus scored another three points in the game to reduce to 49:53, but Nemanja Nedovic (192-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) posted three for 56:49. It was another shot from Blaus for 56:51 and again Nemanja Nedovic made two free throws for 58:51. Zeidaks and Musli exchanged the baskets for 60:53 and then the teams had some difficulties on scoring another basket. Laksa later reduced to 60:55, while Milutinovic increased the lead for Serbia at 62:55. Nemanja Nedovic made it 64:55 and Laksa kept Latvia alive at 64:57 with two minutes in the game. The top-scorer for Serbia scored one more free throw, while Mitrovic brought another two for 67:57. Dekic made the final 70:57 win for the Serbian squad. Nemanja Nedovic top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Mitrovik and Musli netted 14 each. Blaus finished the night with 19 points and Zeidaks scored 16.

Lithuania - Greece 70-75
Greece U20 opened the Qualifying Round with the win and remained the only undefeated team in Group E. The team rolled over Lithuania U20 75:70 due to the second half. Sarikopoulos gave the winners the first lead and another lay-up from the player brought 14:10. Lithuania tied the game several times, while Greece grabbed 26:20 after 10 minutes. Staniulis tied it again at 30, while Slezas gave the Baltic side 39:38 advantage. Again the score was tied at 41:41 as the teams disappeared in the lockers. Both squads stayed tough in the third quarter and as a result the board showed 50:50 with 3 minutes in the frame. Georgakis kept Greek side in front 56:55 after 30 minutes. In the last frame however Greece broke the intrigue and took the bigger lead. They increased to 71:61 as Kaselakis made a lay-up. Nikos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) made the last two free throws at the end for the final success. Nikos Pappas stepped up with 18 points for the winners. Sloukas Konstantinos notched 14, while Papanikolaou Konstantinos added 13. Paulius Dambrauskas (191-G-91) poured in 13 points in the losing effort as Lithuania fell at 1-2. Sapiega Matas and Orelikas Gediminas delivered 12 points each in defeat.

Group F
Croatia - Russia 75-61
Makarska enjoyed the last game of the first day in the Qualifying Round of the U20 European Championship as the hosts overcame Russia U20 75:61. The Croatian side won the opening quarter and added two victories in the second half. Leon Radosevic (208-C-90) opened the scoring account for Croatia while Antipov responded for the guests. After 14:14, Croatia pushed the tempo in the end of the quarter to take 25:16 lead. Moreover Planinic made it 31:19 and Delas scored for 34:24. Russia meanwhile replied with 12-2 run to tie the game at 36:36 when Klyuchnikov made two free throws. Bilinovac was the last to post in the half to bring Croatia 40:36 advantage. In the third period Croatia had 5-10 points deficit and kept the lead. Planinic with a lay-up brought his side to 57:50 after thirty minutes in the court. Russia tried to stay closer, but the hosts always replied for the guests' baskets. Antipov reduced to 66:59, but Leon Radosevic, Olivari and Bilinovac delivered for 73:59. Zubcic made the final shot to celebrate 75:61 win with Croatia. Leon Radosevic led the way with 18 points as Croatia improved to 2-1 record. Delas notched 15, while Bilinovac scored 12. Bychkov, Ivlev and Antipov answered with 10 points each in the losing effort.

Slovenia - France 43-50
French U20 selection tipped off the Qualifying Round of the European Championship with win. They toppled Slovenia in Group F. France thus improved at 3-0 record, while Slovenia slipped at 0-3. Alexis Tanghe led Les Bleus with 11 points in this low-scoring affair. The teams limped offensively in the first frame. They combined for only 10 points in the quarter with the teams being tied at 5. The lead changed hands for several times in the second period before France pulled ahead. Les Bleus earned a 16:13 lead at halftime. Edo Muric put Slovenia in charge early in the third frame but France reacted quickly. They went on a 9:0 run to post a 27:20 advantage. Slovenia bounced back again to narrow the margin to a single point at the final break 28:29. Edo Muric and Jakob Cebasek helped Slovenia put their noses in front. However Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) and Lacombe came up with some costly points late in regulation as France ran away for good. Christophe Leonard knocked down 10 points for France. Andrew Albicy added 9 points in the victory. Uros Zadnik replied with 10 points for Slovenia. Edo Muric, Jakob Cebasek and Luka Dimec had 7 points apiece in the loss.

Italy - Spain 56-78
Spanish U20 team opened the Qualifying Round of the European Championship with victory. They toppled Italy to improve at 3-0 record in Group F. Italy in the meantime slipped at 0-3. Ignacio Llovet came up with 18 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge. Spain went on a 12:2 run midway through the opening quarter to clear off. Spain finished the first frame leading by 10 points 20:10. Sastre and Gil tipped off the second term with four points to boost the margin. But Italy responded with 10:0 run to get closer. Andrea Casella and Stefano Crotta exploded with three-pointers as Italy leveled things up at 32 late in the first half. Stefano Crotta capped the half with a lay-up to give Italy a 34:33 advantage. Spain used a 9:0 run midway through the third quarter to retain the lead. Ignacio Llovet and Simeon soon ensured a 54:43 advantage for Spaniards late in the third term. Martinez and Josep Franch (198-G-91) helped Spain to boost the margin to 17 points midway through the fourth term. Italy never recovered in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end. Josep Franch knocked down 18 points for Spain. Alvaro Munoz added 8 points in the victory. Alessandro Gentile responded with 16 points for Italy. Daniele Sandri had 8 points in the losing effort.

Group G
Czech Republic - Germany 68-73
Germany outscored Czech Republic in the opening game of the Relegation Round of the U20 European Championship. Germany needed overtime to tame pesky Czech Republic. T.J. DiLeo knocked down 20 points to pace the effort. Germany used a 9:1 run late in the first quarter to take a 16:11 lead. But Czech Republic opened the second frame on a 7:0 run to step in front. Germany stole back the lead but Kraz and Tomas Satoransky capped the first half with four points in a row to give the Czech team a 22:21 advantage. Tomas Voslajer drained back-to-back three-pointers at the start of the third term to boost the lead. Germany responded with seven straight points midway through the third term to regain control. They posted a 40:34 advantage heading into the fourth stanza. Roller-coaster action continued in the final period. Tomas Voslajer, Martin Kriz, Tomas Satoransky and Tomas Vyoral allowed Czech Republic to enjoy a 46:42 advantage midway through the fourth term. Germany denied the deficit and Maurice Stuckey gave the Bundesteam a 55:52 lead with 50 seconds to go in regulation. But Tomas Satoransky accounted for three points in the dying seconds to force overtime. The teams kept it close in the extra period but Schmitz and Steven Monse (200-F-90) hit five free throws in the late stages to seal the winning outcome for Germany. Steven Monse knocked down 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Germany. Maurice Stuckey added 10 points in the winning effort. Tomas Voslajer responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Czech Republic. Tomas Vyoral and Tomas Satoransky had 11 points each in the loss.

Turkey - Holland 63-68
Netherlands posted the first win at the U20 European Championship. The Dutch team held off Turkey in the opening game of the Classification round campaign. Turkey led throughout the bigger part of the clash but Netherlands came from behind late in regulation and eked out victory. Aldemir helped Turkey to a quick start. They earned a 10:7 lead midway through the opening quarter. Netherlands drew things level but Aldemir and Koksal allowed Turkey to take a 19:14 lead at the first break. Turkey used an 11:o run to post a 30:16 advantage midway through the second quarter. Charlon Kloof ignited a 7:0 run to bring Netherlands closer. Jessey Voorn capped the half with a three-pointer as the Dutch team trailed by six points at halftime 31:37. Three-pointers from Jessey Voorn helped Netherlands to get within two in the third term. But Turkey stayed calm as they recorded a 50:47 advantage at the final intermission. Melih Mahmutoglu (187-G-90) and Ilkan Karaman dragged Turkey to a 7-point lead Mohammed Kherrazi answered with seven points of his own as Netherlands knotted things up at 60. Mohammed Kherrazi then triggered an 8:0 run to help the Dutchmen gain a 67:62 advantage with 21 seconds remaining. Melih Mahmutoglu answered with just one free throw in the remaining seconds and Netherlands celebrated an important victory at the end. Mohammed Kherrazi knocked down 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead Netherlands. Jessey Voorn added 14 points in the victory. Melih Mahmutoglu replied with 15 points for Turkey. Ilkan Karaman had 14 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nikos PAPPAS
  (194-G-90)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Pappas, GRE22.8 
 2. Otverchenko, UKR20.5 
 3. Gentile, ITA19.0 
 4. Lypovyy, UKR18.5 
 5. Natyazhko, UKR18.0 
 6. Dubljevic, MNT17.5 
 7. Llovet, ESP16.5 
 8. Papanikolaou, GRE15.5 
 9. Ivlev, RUS15.0 
 10. Musli, SRB14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladimir IVLEV
  (204-F-90)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Ivlev, RUS11.3 
 2. Aldemir, TUR10.0 
 3. Kherrazi, NED9.3 
 4. Llovet, ESP8.8 
 5. Delas, CRO8.5 
 6. Natyazhko, UKR8.5 
 7. Musli, SRB8.0 
 8. Papanikolaou, GRE7.5 
 9. Karaman, TUR7.5 
 10. Zirbes, GER7.3 
Assists Per Game
 Nemanja NEDOVIC
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Nedovic, SRB5.5 
 2. Prostran, CRO5.0 
 3. Satoransky, CZE5.0 
 4. Albicy, FRA4.8 
 5. Krumins, LAT3.8 
 6. Sloukas, GRE3.8 
 7. Peciukeviciu., LTU3.5 
 8. Zadnik, SLO3.0 
 9. Jaramaz, SRB3.0 
 10. Lypovyy, UKR3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  (178-G-90)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Albicy, FRA3.3 
 2. Stuckey, GER3.0 
 3. Pappas, GRE2.8 
 4. Satoransky, CZE2.5 
 5. Perez, ESP2.5 
 6. Lypovyy, UKR2.5 
 7. Papanikolaou, GRE2.3 
 8. Leonard, FRA2.3 
 9. Sloukas, GRE2.3 
 10. Dubljevic, MNT2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Dejan MUSLI
  (214-C-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Musli, SRB2.3 
 2. Vranjkovic, SLO2.0 
 3. Radosevic, CRO2.0 
 4. Aldemir, TUR1.8 
 5. Natyazhko, UKR1.3 
 6. Papanikolaou, GRE1.0 
 7. Sandul, UKR1.0 
 8. Kosenkov, UKR1.0 
 9. Rozitis, LAT1.0 
 10. Karaman, TUR1.0 


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  FRANCE   


France prevail against Slovenia in Croatia - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Slovenia U20 50:43
French U20 selection tipped off the Qualifying Round of the European Championship with win. They toppled Slovenia in Group F. France thus improved at 3-0 record, while Slovenia slipped at 0-3. Alexis Tanghe (208-F/C-90, agency: Beo Basket) led Les Bleus with 11 points in this low-scoring affair.
The teams limped offensively in the first frame. They combined for only 10 points in the quarter with the teams being tied at 5. The lead changed hands for several times in the second period before France pulled ahead. Les Bleus earned a 16:13 lead at halftime. Edo Muric (202-F-91) put Slovenia in charge early in the third frame but France reacted quickly. They went on a 9:0 run to post a 27:20 advantage. Slovenia bounced back again to narrow the margin to a single point at the final break 28:29. Edo Muric and Jakob Cebasek (198-G/F-91) helped Slovenia put their noses in front. However Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) and Lacombe came up with some costly points late in regulation as France ran away for good.
Christophe Leonard (199-F-90) knocked down 10 points for France. Andrew Albicy added 9 points in the victory. Uros Zadnik (187-G-90) replied with 10 points for Slovenia. Edo Muric, Jakob Cebasek and Luka Dimec (207-F/C-90) had 7 points apiece in the loss.

France U20: Alexis Tanghe 11, Christophe Leonard 10, Andrew Albicy 9
Slovenia U20: Uros Zadnik 10, Edo Muric 7, Jakob Cebasek 7, Luka Dimec 7



Limoges signs Cedric Banks - by Eurobasket News
Limoges announced signing of a two-year deal with Cedrick Banks (190-G-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Ill.-Chicago). The 28-year old American recently parted way with Orleans. He appeared 14 times in Euroleague last season averaging 13 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists. In ProA he added 15.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 3.3 apg for 32 appearances. Eurobasket awarded him with All-French ProA Honorable Mention. Banks helped Orleans to win the National Cup this year.
On season 2008/09 Orleans reached the ProA Finals. At that time Cedrick Banks helped them with 15 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 2.3 apg in 36 games. Before Orleanes, Banks played for Israeli Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion. He was one of their leading players with 14 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 27 games. Season 2006/07 he spent with Nancy. A year before Banks was the top-scorer of ProB championship. He was a member of Besancon registering 20.6 ppg in 34 games. He is a product of University of Illinois-Chicago, where he graduated in 2005.
Limoges reached the ProB Finals last season and will compete in 2010/11 ProA edition.


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Todor Gecevski will play for FYROM National Team - by Eurobasket News
FYROM NT has finally received some good news after several important squad members have been withdrawing in the recent days. According to the reports from FYR Macedonian media, experienced center Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) has agreed to play for FYROM at the upcoming qualifications for EuroBasket 2011. Recently, players including Ilievski, Massey, Samardziski and Washington have been forced to withdraw for various reasons and Gecevski was also unsure. But now it seems that the center made his decision to help his teammates to reach the next European Championships.
Todor Gecevski started his career with BC Kavadarci. He has also played for host of teams including Kavadarci, Nikol Fert Gostivar, Air Avellino, Brandt Hagen before coming to Zadar. In 2005 and 2008 he has won National League while in 2004 and 2005 he has won National Cup. This year Gecevski had good season on all fronts, averaging 14.4 points and 5.9 rebounds in 15 Croatian League games. In Adriatic League he made 26 appearances averaging 14.3 points and 7.8 rebounds. In EuroCup he averaged 14.6 points and 4.5 rebounds in 13 games. Gecevski is also a member of Macedonian National Team. He represented FYROM at EuroBasket 2009 in Poland. He has helped his country to reach the second round. Last season, Gecevski signed for the Greek outfit PAOK. In 28 league games, he has posted averages of 9.8 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.


Torus brings in Gorjan Markovski - by Eurobasket News
BC Torus management has continued with roster strengthening for the upcoming season by bringing in another new player. This time they were thinking about long term future as they have agreed a deal with potential U20 National team member. According to the reports from FYROM media, Gorjan Markovski (193-G-92) is a new player of BC Torus. Reportedly the club and the player have agreed a four-year deal, but the financial details were not disclosed. Markovski who is one of FYROM greatest young talents has been playing for Rabotnicki last season. He is expected to join his new teammates in the coming weeks.
Gorjan Markovski is a product of Rabotnicki youth system. He has made his senior debut this season. He appeared in 5 BIBL games averaging 1.6 points and 1.2 rebounds. In FYROM league Markovski has recorded 13 appearances. He has averaged 4.7 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. He has so far represented FYROM at the U16 and U20 level. In 2008, he has participated at the U16 European Championships Group B in Bosnia. In 8 games he has averaged 17.4 points and 2.8 rebounds per contest.


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  GERMANY   


BG Goettingen Strike With Two New Players With Sean Barnette And Trenton Meacham - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Workaholic and the man with the magic hand of picking the right new players coach John Patrick (agency: Warren Sports International ) found two new players for the 2010-2011 BEKO BBL season with Americans Sean Barnette (195-F-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Wingate) and Trenton Meacham (188-G-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Illinois), but both players wont be rookies, but have gathered some professional basketball experience with three years combined. Sean Barnette (195-F-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Wingate) is a 24 year old 195cm forward that was born in Rock Hill. He played at Wingate (NCAA2) from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 31 games averaging 21.2ppg, 9.8rpg, 2.9apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 50.8%, 3PT: 31.5%, FT: 65.1%. In 2008-2009, he played in France for Saint Vallier Basket Drome (France-ProB, starting five): 34 games: 16.1ppg, 5.4rpg, 2.5apg, Steals-5 (2.1spg), FGP: 51.4%, 3PT: 38.8%, FT: 69.5%. Last season, he played in the D-League for teh Iowa Energy (D-League): 25 games: 7.0ppg, 2.6rpg, FGP: 46.4%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 84.4%, in Mar.'10 moved to Rio Grande Valley Vipers (D-League): 5 games: 2.6ppg, 2.0rpg, 1.2apg. Coach John Patrick (agency: Warren Sports International ) is overjoyed about getting Barnette. 'Sean left a great impression as I saw him at a workout in Indianapolis. He can do a lot on the court, is a hard worker and goes for every ball. With his 196cm and long arms, he is a very good defender. He is a good rebounder and very strong ball handler for his size. he can play the positions 2-4', stressed BG Goettingen coach John Patrick. Barnette was
SAC Tournament Winner with Wingate in 2006 and 2007 and was mVP in 2006.

BG Goettingen also signed American Trenton Meacham who is a
24 year old 188cm guard from Champaign, Illinois. He started his NCAA career at Dayton in 2004-2005 playing 29 games: 6.4ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 41.9%, 3Pts: 45.9%. He then played at Illinois from 2005-2009. He had an outstanding carrer at Illinois playing together with American Chester Frazier. Trent was an Academic All-Big Ten selection in all 3 years at Illinois. Also, Trent was team captain in the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Trent is an outstanding guard who is very capable of playing the point full time as well as the 2 spot. He started all 34 games on the season in 2009, ranking third on the team in scoring with an average of 10.2 points. Trent is an outstanding shooter and he led the Illini and ranked second in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal shooting at 42.1 percent (69-164). Trent also ranked fifth in the league with an average of 2.0 treys per game He ranks fifth on the Illinois career 3-point field goal percentage list at 40.8 percent (178-436) and ninth on the school career 3-point field goals list with 178 treys. He scored in double figures 16 times and was the Illini's leading scorer in six games on the year. In final game of his career, scored a season-high 24 points vs. Western Kentucky in the first round of the NCAA?Tournament. Also had a career-high four steals vs. the Hilltoppers. Named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 29 after averaging 19.5 points, 4.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds in wins over No. 25 Missouri and Eastern Michigan. He scored 23 points vs. Mizzou and had 16 points vs. EMU. Scored 21 points vs. Indiana on Jan. 10 and made seven 3-pointers vs. the Hoosiers, one shy of his school record. Trent was third on the team in assists with an average of 2.7 apg. Tied career-high of six assists on three occasions, vs. Georgia (Dec. 6), at Purdue (Dec. 30) and at Ohio State (Feb. 22). Trent was third on the team with 31 steals. Meacham started his professional absketball career in 2009-2010 playing in Austria for WBC Kraftwerk Wels (Austria-A Bundesliga, starting five): EuroChallenge: 6 games: 13.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.0apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 45.2%, 3PT: 45.2%, FT: 91.7%; Austrian League: 37 games: 15.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 2.6apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 55.8%, 3PT-2 (45.0%), FT: 82.4%. 'Trent is a great defender and shooter. He can play guard or forward. He showed in the NCAA and in the Eurochallenge with wels that he can play at a high level. H eis mentally and physically strong. I am sure he will play a leading role in our team', said John Patrick.

Source: www.bg74.de




PRO B Club BSV Wulfen Aquire Steve Briggs - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


BSV Wulfen want to make their first season in the PRO B a big success and have signed their second American with Steve Briggs (178-G). Briggs is a 177cm guard rookie from Oklahoma that played college ball at Okla.Wesleyan (NAIA, starting five) from 2007-2010. In his senior year, he played 34 games averaging 22.4ppg, 2.7rpg, 3.6apg, 1.1spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3Pts: 39.2%, FT: 79.8%. BSV Wulfen coach Philipp Kappenstein had a big selection of players to choose from, but felt that Briggs was the best man for the job. 'We think that we made the right choice with him', stated coach Philipp Kappenstein. The most points that he scored in college was 46 points including nine three pointers. He might of only played NAIA, but he still knew how to bury three pointers and finished his college career in 4th place out of all college leagues with most made three pointers with 497. The alltime three point leader is American Brandon Cole who played for BSV Wulfen in the 2006-2007 season. Briggs still is ahead in the all time three pointers made before NBA player J.J Rednick and ex Alba Berlin player Mike Penberthy.



Germany put Czech Republic closer to relegation - by Eurobasket News
Germany U20 - Czech Republic U20 73:68 (OT)
Germany outscored Czech Republic in the opening game of the Relegation Round of the U20 European Championship. Germany needed overtime to tame pesky Czech Republic. T.J. DiLeo (188-G) knocked down 20 points to pace the effort.
Germany used a 9:1 run late in the first quarter to take a 16:11 lead. But Czech Republic opened the second frame on a 7:0 run to step in front. Germany stole back the lead but Kraz and Tomas Satoransky (196-G/F-91) capped the first half with four points in a row to give the Czech team a 22:21 advantage. Tomas Voslajer (203-C-90) drained back-to-back three-pointers at the start of the third term to boost the lead. Germany responded with seven straight points midway through the third term to regain control. They posted a 40:34 advantage heading into the fourth stanza. Roller-coaster action continued in the final period. Tomas Voslajer, Martin Kriz (200-F-93), Tomas Satoransky and Tomas Vyoral (190-G-92) allowed Czech Republic to enjoy a 46:42 advantage midway through the fourth term. Germany denied the deficit and Maurice Stuckey (187-G-90, agency: Pro One Sports) gave the Bundesteam a 55:52 lead with 50 seconds to go in regulation. But Tomas Satoransky accounted for three points in the dying seconds to force overtime. The teams kept it close in the extra period but Schmitz and Steven Monse (200-F-90) hit five free throws in the late stages to seal the winning outcome for Germany.
Steven Monse knocked down 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for Germany. Maurice Stuckey added 10 points in the winning effort. Tomas Voslajer responded with 22 points and 9 rebounds for Czech Republic. Tomas Vyoral and Tomas Satoransky had 11 points each in the loss.

Germany U20: T.J. DiLeo 20, Steven Monse 11, Maurice Stuckey 10
Czech Republic U20: Tomas Voslajer 22, Tomas Vyoral 11, Tomas Satoransky 11



Germany U18 returns from Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
Germany U18 returns from Slovenia as they participated at the International Tournament.
In Day 1 Montenegro U18 overcame Germany U18 85:76. Montenegro grabbed 22-14 in the opening quarter and took 44-20 at the halftime. The German side won the third period 23-15 to reduce to 59:53, while Montenegro needed 26-23 in the last frame to seal the victory. Radosav Spasojevic (204-F-92) paced all the winners with 28 points and Hot added 16. Durisic delivered 10, while Dordan and Ratkovicc posted 9 apiece. Hekman replied with 17 points in the losing case, Kramer netted 16 and Brojning scored 15.
In Day 2 Germany U18 beat Slovenia U18 77:73. It was the game when both teams exchanged the victories in two quarters. Germany won the last period 22-19 to win the game. Mathis Monninghoff (199-G-92) paced all the winners with 14 points, while Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) and Mario Blessing (184-G-92) netted 12 each. Pajic delivered 18 points in the losing case, while Klemen Prepelic (190-G-92) and Rupnik added 12 apiece.
In Day 3 Israel U18 overcame Germany U18 67:60. Israel won the opening quarter 25-23, but Germany had 40:49 at the halftime. The last quarter became decisive in the game as Israel won it and reached the victory. Martin Breunig (203-F-92) scored 14 points for Germany and Ole Wendt notched 13.



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  GREECE   


Greece U20 opened the Qualifying Round with the win - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20-Greece U20 70:75

Greece U20 opened the Qualifying Round with the win and remained the only undefeated team in Group E. The team rolled over Lithuania U20 75:70 due to the second half.
Sarikopoulos gave the winners the first lead and another lay-up from the player brought 14:10. Lithuania tied the game several times, while Greece grabbed 26:20 after 10 minutes. Staniulis tied it again at 30, while Slezas gave the Baltic side 39:38 advantage. Again the score was tied at 41:41 as the teams disappeared in the lockers. Both squads stayed tough in the third quarter and as a result the board showed 50:50 with 3 minutes in the frame. Georgakis kept Greek side in front 56:55 after 30 minutes. In the last frame however Greece broke the intrigue and took the bigger lead. They increased to 71:61 as Kaselakis made a lay-up. Nikos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) made the last two free throws at the end for the final success.
Nikos Pappas stepped up with 18 points for the winners. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) notched 14, while Konstantinos Papanikolaou (204-F/C-91) added 13. Paulius Dambrauskas (191-G-91) poured in 13 points in the losing effort as Lithuania fell at 1-2. Matas Sapiega (180-G-90) and Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) delivered 12 points each in defeat.

Lithuania U20: Paulius Dambrauskas 13, Matas Sapiega 12, Gediminas Orelikas 12
Greece U20: Nikos Pappas 18, Konstantinos Sloukas 14, Konstantinos Papanikolaou 13


Matt Nielsen will join Olympiakos - by Eurobasket News
Matt Nielsen (208-F/C-78, agency: Beo Basket) is expected to sign the contract with Olympiakos. The sides have reportedly agreed on terms of a two-year deal. Matt Nielsen spent the previous season in Valencia. The Australian centre averaged 9.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists per EuroCup game. In ACB his stats reached 8.8 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per appearance. Matt Nielsen is not new to Greece as he played for PAOK back in 2004/05 season.


Spanoulis in Olympiakos!! - by Chris Mammides
A surprising transfer took place last night! The Greek star of Panathinaikos, Vassilis Spanoulis after three tremendous years in Panathinaikos joined his rivals, team of Olympiakos for the next three years. Spanoulis becomes the most expensive transfer in the history of the Greek Basketball as the total cost for Olympiakos and Aggelopoulos brothers will be something like an amount closed to 15 million Euros. Spanoulis will receive for these three years the amount of 7.2 million euros (Panathinaikos was offering him 6 million euros) for a contract of three years, while the taxes and the agency's fees will bring this amount to 15 million, more or less.
Spanoulis currently 28 years old was able to win 4 champions in the Greek league with Panathinaikos jersey while he won also the Euroleague in Berlin in the seazon 2008-2009. He, now will lead the 'new team' of Coach Ivkovic in order to 'change' the current situation with Panathinaikos being the one and only king. Olympiakos last champion took place back in 1997 with Head Coach Ivkovic beang the Admiral of the team...


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  HAITI   


Giants Vs ASBA in finals of Hoops I Am Alive Tournament - by Princeloo Alexandre
The tournament of the League Senior of Basketball (LSB) Hoops I am Alive has ended. Giants and the ASBA disputed on Saturday July 3rd 2010 at Quisqueya Christian School the final.
Here is a resume of the interview of Mr. Jason VALBRUN, one of the persons in charge of LSB, by a reporter of the newspaper Le Matin two days before the finals.
After the disaster of January 12, the Haitian basketball was inactive and to mitigate this handicap, we at the LSB, took the initiative to gather the basketball family by organizing a tournament.
We have organizes the tournament without the support of any sponsors. We have even requested to the participating teams to give a contribution for which several were unable to answer positively - he mentioned.
We asked several private institutions, some ONGs and OIs to join this tournament. It is only the MINUSTAH with its Philippines contingent that had answered to our invitation. In the name of all the members of the LSB I thank the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), which expresses its intention to participate in the championship of festival vacations planed for next July.
We intend to carry out this championship with 14 teams and we hope that the Ministry of Sports will help to carry out this tournament in order to make it possible to the young people to enjoy it - he informed.
Mr. VALBRUN benefitted from the occasion to announce to the sports fans, the opening of the sporting store called Slam Dunk on July 3, next in Delmas 50.
This store will be available for the information relative to the activities of ASI, FBS and LSB. The journalists will be able to also have all the results of the matches and they will be able to call to +50928131629 for extra information - concluded Mr. Jason VALBRUN.



Giants Vs ASBA in finals of Hoops I Am Alive Tournament - by Princeloo Alexandre
The tournament of the League Senior of Basketball (LSB) Hoops I am Alive has ended. Giants and the ASBA disputed on Saturday July 3rd 2010 at Quisqueya Christian School the final.
Here is a resume of the interview of Mr. Jason VALBRUN, one of the persons in charge of LSB, by a reporter of the newspaper Le Matin two days before the final.
After the disaster of January 12, the Haitian basketball was inactive and to mitigate this handicap, we at the LSB, took the initiative to gather the basketball family by organizing a tournament.
We have organizes the tournament without the support of any sponsors. We have even requested to the participating teams to give a contribution for which several were unable to answer positively - he mentioned.
We asked several private institutions, some ONGs and OIs to join this tournament. It is only the MINUSTAH with its Philippines contingent that had answered to our invitation. In the name of all the members of the LSB I thank the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), which expresses its intention to participate in the championship of festival vacations planed for next July.
We intend to carry out this championship with 14 teams and we hope that the Ministry of Sports will help to carry out this tournament in order to make it possible to the young people to enjoy it - he informed.
Mr. VALBRUN benefitted from the occasion to announce to the sports fans, the opening of the sporting store called Slam Dunk on July 3, next in Delmas 50.
This store will be available for the information relative to the activities of ASI, FBS and LSB. The journalists will be able to also have all the results of the matches and they will be able to call to +50928131629 for extra information - concluded Mr. Jason VALBRUN.



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  HOLLAND   


Netherlands draw first blood in Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U20 - Turkey U20 68:63

Netherlands posted the first win at the U20 European Championship. The Dutch team held off Turkey in the opening game of the Classification round campaign. Turkey led throughout the bigger part of the clash but Netherlands came from behind late in regulation and eked out victory.
Aldemir helped Turkey to a quick start. They earned a 10:7 lead midway through the opening quarter. Netherlands drew things level but Aldemir and Koksal allowed Turkey to take a 19:14 lead at the first break. Turkey used an 11:o run to post a 30:16 advantage midway through the second quarter. Charlon Kloof (188-G-90) ignited a 7:0 run to bring Netherlands closer. Jessey Voorn (193-G-90, agency: R.H.Consultancy) capped the half with a three-pointer as the Dutch team trailed by six points at halftime 31:37. Three-pointers from Jessey Voorn helped Netherlands to get within two in the third term. But Turkey stayed calm as they recorded a 50:47 advantage at the final intermission. Melih Mahmutoglu (187-G-90) and Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90) dragged Turkey to a 7-point lead Mohammed Kherrazi (200-F-90, agency: R.H.Consultancy) answered with seven points of his own as Netherlands knotted things up at 60. Mohammed Kherrazi then triggered an 8:0 run to help the Dutchmen gain a 67:62 advantage with 21 seconds remaining. Melih Mahmutoglu answered with just one free throw in the remaining seconds and Netherlands celebrated an important victory at the end.
Mohammed Kherrazi knocked down 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead Netherlands. Jessey Voorn added 14 points in the victory. Melih Mahmutoglu replied with 15 points for Turkey. Ilkan Karaman had 14 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Netherlands U20: Mohammed Kherrazi 15, Jessey Voorn 14, Charlon Kloof 11
Turkey U20: Melih Mahmutoglu 15, Ilkan Karaman 14



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  IBL   


IBL Championship game to be broadcast live on KBAI - by Trask Frost
BELLINGHAM, Wash. The Bellingham Slam will have the 2010 International Basketball League Championship game broadcast live on KBAI AM 930, Bellingham's progressive talk station. The game tips-off on July 16 at 8 p.m. local time, or 5 p.m. Pacific, from the Washington Avenue Armory in Albany, N.Y. KBAI broadcast all ten Slam home games during the regular season, and also broadcast the 2008 IBL Championship game between Bellingham and the Elkhart Express. Veteran broadcasters Doug Lange and Mark Scholten will head to Albany to call the action. In addition to being broadcast live over the air on KBAI AM 930, the play-by-play will also be streamed live on KBAIs website at www.930kbai.com. Lange and Scholten will take to the air fifteen minutes prior to tip-off, at 5:45 p.m. Pacific time with the Bellingham Slam pre-game show. For more information, contact the Slam at (360) 734-SLAM or visit their website at www.bellinghamslam.com


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  ICELAND   


Justin Shouse stays with Stjarnan - by Eurobasket News
Justin Shouse (180-G-81, college: Mercyhurst) will stay with Stjarnan in the upcoming season. The 28-year-old guard has agreed on terms of his contract prolongation. Justin Shouse will enter his third straight season in Stjarnan. He tallied 23.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.1 steals per game in the previous championship. Before Stjarnan Justin Shouse had spells for Bergheim Bandits in Germany as well as Drangur and Snaefell in Iceland.


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  IRAN   


Italy Were Too Strong For Iran ... - by Mohammad Ahmadi
Iran NT played their second game at the Trofeo Gianatti International Tournament after losing to Hungary in first game with just 1 Point.

At the second game they played against Italy and they couldn't show any special game and Italy could beat Iran on 78-41 .

IRAN 41 :
5 Starters of Iran in this game were :
Aren Davoudi (182-G-86) , Iman Zandi (186-G-81) , Samad Nikkhah (199-G/F-83) , Oshin Sahakian (202-F-86) and Asghar Kardoust (210-C-86).

In this game Samad Nikkhah had only 11 points and 4 rebounds in 33 minutes and Oshin Sahakian got 12 points and 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. The Best Rebounder for Iran was Asghar Kardoust with 10 rebounds and 5 points in 33 minutes.

ITALY 78:
Italy started the game by Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83) , Marco Mordente (191-G-79) , Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84) , Marco Carraretto (196-G-77) and Antonio Maestranzi (178-G-84).

Andrea Crosariol grabbed 11 rebounds and 10 points in only 19 minutes and was out beause of his 5th personal foul. Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) had 15 points in 14 minutes with 3 of 4 in 3pts shot and 4 of 4 in Free Throw. Marco Carraretto and Antonio Maestranzi could score 13 and 12 points in this game.


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  ISRAEL   


Raviv Limonad moves to ViveMenorca - by Eurobasket News
Raviv Limonad (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) will continue career in Spain. The 26-year old guard will join the ACB returnee - ViveMenorca. Limonad parted ways with Maccabi Tel-Aviv few days ago. He played 14 Euroleague games for them last season scoring 1.6 ppg. His numbers were way better in Premier League, where Limonad added 8.3 ppg, 2 rpg and 1.9 apg. He joined the Israeli giant in March 2009 from Iscar Nahariya.
Before the above mentioned teams, Raviv Limonad was a member of Hapoel Jerusalem from 2004 to 2006. In the past he also played for Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan and Maccabi Netanya.
Raviv Limonad is an active member of the Israeli National Team. He appeared 8 times at the EuroBasket 2009 in Poland averaging 7.1 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists. During the qualifications Limonad had 6.7 ppg and 1.3 rpg for 6 games. He was a member of all Israeli youth National Team selections.
ViveMenorca returns to ACB after just one season. They won the LEB Gold Playoffs few months ago and together with CAI Zaragoza secured the ticket for ACB. They hope to build a solid squad for the next season and to avoid relegation.


Maccabi Haifa lands Sasa Bratic - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Haifa announced signing of Sasa Bratic (202-F/G-81, agency: BeoExcell) for the upcoming season. The 28-year old power forward is coming to Haifa from another Israeli team - Hapoel Holon. He joined them in January this year averaging 11.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists for 13 Premier League games. Bratic's season-high was 26 points against Hapoel Afula.
From 2007 to 2009 Sasa Bratic was a member of the Ukrainian Khimik-OPZ Yuzhny. In 2008 he was named Eurobasket.com FIBA Eurocup All-Europeans Team after he averaged 15.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.4 spg for 10 games. Before that, Bratic played two years for Hapoel Galil Elyon. In his second season he had 16.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 1.9 apg in Israeli Premier League. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 2nd Team. At the same year in EuroCup Challenge Bratic added 17.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 2.4 apg for 5 games. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Challenge Honorable Mention. In his first season with the club Bratic had pretty close numbers.
Beside the above mentioned teams, Sasa Bratic also played for few Serbian outfits FMP Zeleznik and Crvena Zvezda.
Maccabi Haifa ended last season as No.4 in Israel with 14-8 record. They were eliminated in the Playoff Quarterfinals by Netanya.


Maccabi Electra extends David Bluthenthal - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Electra announced signing of one-year contract extension with David Bluthenthal (202-F-80, college: USC). The experienced American/Israeli forward and Maccabi also included an option for 2011/12 season.
David Bluthenthal played 19 Euroleague games last season registering 9.3 ppg, and 3 rpg. His team reached the Quarterfinals, but was not able to go on. They also failed to win the title in Israel celebrating just in National Cup. Bluthenthal appeared 28 times in Premier league last season adding 11.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 1.6 spg. He re-joined Maccabi after one year with Le Mans Sarthe Basket in France. That was on season 2008/09 when Bluthental had 12.7 ppg and 3.8 rpg for 10 Euroleague games. In ProA he helped Le Mans with 10.8 ppg and 5.1 rpg. Le Mans was the regular season champion in France and reached the semifinals.
Bluthenthal also played for the Israeli giant on season 2007/08. He was their member from 2002 to 2004 as well. In the meantime, Bluthental played for Climamio Bologna, VidiVici Bologna, Benetton Treviso and Dynamo St. Petersburg. He graduated at the University of Southern California in 2001. He got a call to joined the Israeli NT this summer.


Even due to the second win Israel finished third - by Eurobasket News
Even due to the second win Israel finished third at the International tournament in Minsk, Belarus.
After the loss in the opener, Israel beat Ukraine and faced Bulgaria last night. Israel won 72:69 but due to the difference in points finished third. In the last game Israel took 23-17 lead after the first 10 minutes, while the latter enjoyed 44;34 at the halftime. Israel pushed the tempo in the third period and increased to 65:42 after three periods, while Bulgaria did their best to recover. They reduced to 69:72 at the final that was enough to celebrate in the tournament. Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) top-scored for Bulgaria with 17 points, while Ivanov posted 11. Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) brought Israel 22 points and finished third in the tournament.


Israel U18 is third at the International Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Israel U18 is third at the International Tournament in Slovenia after the last win. Skofja Loka hosted an International Tournament for U18 teams as Slovenia U18, Germany U18, Israel U18 and Montenegro U18 participated in it.
In Day 1 Slovenia U18 rolled over Israel U18 74:67. The winners started with 23-14 in the first frame, while Israel responded with 18-12 in the second period. Slovenia needed 17-15 in the third quarter and 22-20 in the last to seal the victory in the opener. Matej Rojc (198-G-93) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Radulovi nailed 12, while Hodzic netted 11.
In Day 2 Montenegro U18 celebrated the second victory rolling past Israel U18 80:72. It was a tough beginning as the winners enjoyed only 19-17 win. They however added 26-16 in the second period and never looked behind after. Durisic top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Amin Hot (190-G-92) nailed 17. Spasojevic notched 15, while Marko Mugosa (195-F-93) scored 9. Labanovski ended up with 23 points in the losing effort. Miguel Leis (204-C-91) notched 12, while Maor scored 8.
In Day 3 Israel U18 overcame Germany U18 67:60. Israel won the opening quarter 25-23, but Germany had 40:49 at the halftime. The last quarter became decisive in the game as Israel won it and reached the victory. Martin Breunig (203-F-92) scored 14 points for Germany and Ole Wendt (190-G-92) notched 13.



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Lottomatica Virtus Roma sign Luke Jackson - by Eurobasket
Lottomatica Virtus Roma strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American swingman Luke Jackson (201-F/G-81, college: Oregon, agency: Priority Sports). Jackson played most recently at Carife Ferrara (Lega2). While playing 30 games for Carife FE last season his stats were: 15.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.3apg and 2.1spg. He was selected last season to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention. Jackson is a very experienced player. Jackson is currently at NBA Summer League in Vegas. He still hopes to make it to the NBA. However if it does not work out, he will play another season in Italy.
By Eurobasket Data Center


Enel Brindisi sign Chris Monroe - by Eurobasket
Serie A newcomer Enel Brindisi strengthened their roster with addition of 29-year old American guard Chris Monroe (191-G-81, college: George Washington). Monroe played most recently at Armani Jeans Milano (SerieA). While playing 13 games for Armani MI last season his stats were: 7.5ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.0apg and 1.8spg. Monroe is a very experienced player. Monroe helped Armani Jeans to make it to Serie A finals. He played also pro basketball in Austria, Belgium, France, Greece and Hungary.
By Eurobasket Data Center


Spain open Qualifying Round with win over Italy - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20 - Italy U20 78:56
Spanish U20 team opened the Qualifying Round of the European Championship with victory. They toppled Italy to improve at 3-0 record in Group F. Italy in the meantime slipped at 0-3. Ignacio Llovet (202-C-91) came up with 18 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge.
Spain went on a 12:2 run midway through the opening quarter to clear off. Spain finished the first frame leading by 10 points 20:10. Sastre and Gil tipped off the second term with four points to boost the margin. But Italy responded with 10:0 run to get closer. Andrea Casella (197-G-90, agency: Interperformances) and Stefano Crotta (207-F/C-90) exploded with three-pointers as Italy leveled things up at 32 late in the first half. Stefano Crotta capped the half with a lay-up to give Italy a 34:33 advantage. Spain used a 9:0 run midway through the third quarter to retain the lead. Ignacio Llovet and Simeon soon ensured a 54:43 advantage for Spaniards late in the third term. Martinez and Josep Franch (198-G-91) helped Spain to boost the margin to 17 points midway through the fourth term. Italy never recovered in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end.
Josep Franch knocked down 18 points for Spain. Alvaro Munoz (195-F-90) added 8 points in the victory. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) responded with 16 points for Italy. Daniele Sandri (195-F/G-90) had 8 points in the losing effort.

Spain U20: Ignacio Llovet 18+15 boards, Josep Franch 18, Alvaro Munoz 8
Italy U20: Alessandro Gentile 16, Daniele Sandri 8



Air Avellino sign Herve Toure - by Eurobasket
Air Avellino added to their roster 28-year old French forward Herve Toure (202-F-82, agency: ACMT). Toure played most recently at Lottomatica Virtus Roma (SerieA). While playing Euroleague for Lottomatica last season his stats were: 9 games: 6.2ppg and 4.2rpg and 4.2rpg. Toure played also pro basketball in Belgium and France. Toure was born in France, but has also Ivorian nationality. He was recently called for the camp of Ivorian National Team.
By Eurobasket Data Center


Canadian Solar Bologna sign Jared Homan - by Eurobasket
Canadian Solar Bologna signed 27-year old Bosman center Jared Homan (206-C-83, college: Iowa St.). Homan played most recently at Marousi BC (Greece). While playing Euroleague for Marousi BC last season his stats were: 20 games: 9.6ppg, 5.2rpg and 5.6rpg. Homan is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Croatia, Greece, Poland and Turkey. Homan has double American and Bulgarian citizenships. He was recently called for Bulgarian National Team.
By Eurobasket Data Center


AJ Milano brings in young Nicolo Melli - by Eurobasket News
AJ Milano locked the Italian prospect Nicolo Melli (205-F-91) for the next four seasons. The 19-year old forward is coming to AJ Milano from LegaDue team Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia. He played 27 games last season for them collecting 10.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg and 1.5 spg. Melli's season-high was 24 points against Snaidero Udine. Reggio Emilia finished as No.5 in the league with 18-12 record. They reached the Playoff Semifinals later.
Nicolo Melli started his basketball career with Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia. He made his debut with senior team in 2007, when he was just 16-year old kid. In his rookie season Melli had 3.7 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 33 games in LegaDue. Next season his numbers increased a lot. He had almost 9 points and 5.3 rebounds in 13 games.
Nicolo Melli was a member of U16 and U18 Italy and now he plays for the U20 Italian NT.

'I'm very happy to be here in a big club with great tradition. I know this day is just a starting point for my career', said Nicolo Melli for the Euroleague web site.


Cimberio Varese brings in Phil Goss - by Antonello Varallo
Cimberio Varese announced the name of the point guard for the upcoming season:Phil Goss (186-G-83, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Drexel), a veteran of Italian Legadue, having played with Rimini in 2008/09 (17.6 ppg in 33 games) and Scafati during last season (20.7 ppg in 33 games with a season high of 32 points). Goss is a very quick player and a good shooter, who during his career has also played for AZS Koszalin (Poland-DBE), Ironi Ashkelon (Israel-Premier League), Beykozspor (Turkey-D1) and Polynom Giants Bergen Op Zoom (Holland-Eredivisie) in Europe and with Drexel (NCAA) during college career.

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Poland strikes back against Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Latvia - Poland 60:71
Polish NT rebounded after the starting loss in the friendly series against Latvia. Krzysztof Szubarga (182-G-84, agency: AB Agency) knocked down 17 points to lead Igor Griszczuk team.
Poland opened the game confidently. They grabbed a 20:14 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Latvia stopped the bleeding in the second frame. They adjusted the rhythm and narrowed the gap. Latvia trailed by just 4 points at halftime 31:35. But Poland persisted and boosted the margin in the third term. Krzysztof Szubarga and Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) helped the Polish side to earn an 11-point buffer at the final break. Latvia exploded with 13 points in a row early in the fourth frame to take the lead 57:55. But Poland stayed calm and eventually bounced back taking a 66:58 advantage. They remained cool-headed in the remaining minutes and sealed the winning outcome at the end.
Filip Dylewicz came up with 17 points for Poland. Lukasz Majewski (199-F-82) and Adam Hrycaniuk (208-C-84, college: Cincinnati) knocked down 8 points each for the winners. Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85, agency: FCM) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Raitis Grafs (208-C-81, college: Valparaiso) knocked down 11 points, while Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) had 10 in the loss.

Latvia: Krzysztof Szubarga 17, Filip Dylewicz 17, Lukasz Majewski 8, Adam Hrycaniuk 8
Poland: Kaspars Berzins 14, Raitis Grafs 11, Ronalds Zakis 10



Serbia U20 improved to 2-1 record beating Latvia U20 - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U20-Serbia U20 57:70

Serbia U20 improved to 2-1 record beating Latvia U20 in the last game of Group E Qualifying Round Day 1. The winners overcame Latvia U20 70:57 in Crikvenica.
Trailing 2:9 in the opening tip Serbia tied the game at 9:9 and won the opening quarter 18:13. Dekic brought 25:15 and Andjusic scored from the perimeter for 35:25 at the halftime. Latvia managed to win the third period 19-18, while the last quarter brought the intrigue back into the game. Serbia had 53:44 with 8 minutes in the game, while Lauris Blaus (204-C-90) made a jump shot for 53:46. Lauris Blaus scored another three points in the game to reduce to 49:53, but Nemanja Nedovic (192-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) posted three for 56:49. It was another shot from Lauris Blaus for 56:51 and again Nemanja Nedovic made two free throws for 58:51. Kristers Zeidaks (202-F-90) and Dejan Musli (214-C-91) exchanged the baskets for 60:53 and then the teams had some difficulties on scoring another basket. Laksa later reduced to 60:55, while Milutinovic increased the lead for Serbia at 62:55. Nemanja Nedovic made it 64:55 and Laksa kept Latvia alive at 64:57 with two minutes in the game. The top-scorer for Serbia scored one more free throw, while Aleksandar Mitrovic (202-F-90) brought another two for 67:57. Dekic made the final 70:57 win for the Serbian squad.
Nemanja Nedovic top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dejan Musli netted 14 each. Lauris Blaus finished the night with 19 points and Kristers Zeidaks scored 16.

Latvia U20: Lauris Blaus 19, Kristers Zeidaks 16
Serbia U20: Nemanja Nedovic 16, Aleksandar Mitrovic 14, Dejan Musli 14


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World Championship preparation - by Asia-Basket Lebanon
The Lebanese Men National Team started its preparartions for the World Championship , for this reason Tab Thomas Baldwin invited the following players :

1. Rony Fahed (182-G-81, agency: Pro Management Agency)
2. Ali Mahmoud (182-G-83)
3. Rodrigue Akl (185-G-88, agency: Pro Management Agency)
4. Jean Abed El Nour (198-G/F-83)
5. Elie Estephane (190-G/F)
6. Elie Roustom (192-F-87)
7. Ahmad Ibrahim (199-G-92)
8. Ghaleb Rida (190-G-81)
9. Fadi El Khatib (199-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency)
10. Ali Fakhreddine (202-C-83)
11. Roy Samaha (205-F/C-84, agency: Pro Management Agency)
12. Ali Kanaan (206-F-85, agency: Pro Management Agency)
13. William Pharis (206-F/C-81, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Arkansas)
14. Matt Freije (206-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt)
15. Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.)

The team will start a tourney to Taipei and Japan , to participate in the 32nd Jones Cup in Taipei and in the Japan Invitational Games .
In the Jones Cup Lebanon will play 6 games against Japan , Iran , Chinese Taipei A , Chinese Taipei B , Philippines.
In Japan Lebanon will play 3 games against Japan in 3 different cities .
After Japan the team will participate in the 3rd Stankovic Cup which will be held in Beirut with Japan , Chinese Taipei , Philippines , Kazakhstan , Qatar, Iran, Iraq,Syria.
ON August 21st the team will be in Ankara for the Efes World Cup for 3 games against Argentina, Turkey & Canada before heading on August 24th to Izmir for the World Championship.'



Lebanese National Team 2010 - by Richard
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Ali Mahmoud
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Rodrigue Akl
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Jean Abed El Nour
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1 Rony Fahed 182-G-81 Al Riyadi Lebanon
2 Ali Mahmoud 182-G-83 Al Riyadi Lebanon
3 Rodrigue Akl 185-G-88 Al Riyadi Lebanon
4 Jean Abed El Nour 198-G/F-83 Al Riyadi Lebanon
5 Elie Estephane 190-G/F Champville Lebanon
6 Elie Roustom 192-F-87 Moutahed Lebanon
7 Ahmad Ibrahim 199-G-92
8 Ghaleb Rida 190-G-81 Al Riyadi Lebanon
9 Fadi El Khatib 199-F-79 Al Riyadi Lebanon
10 Ali Fakhreddine 202-C-83 Al Riyadi Lebanon
11 Roy Samaha 205-F/C-84 Al Riyadi Lebanon
12 Ali Kanaan 206-F-85 Mass.-Lowell USA
13 William Pharis 206-F/C-81 Svendborg Denmark
14 Matt Freije 206-F-81 Guaynabo Puerto Rico
15 Jackson Vroman 208-C/F-81 Mahram Iran

Thomas Baldwin Head Coach Kepez Bld Turkey


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Zalgiris re-signs Tadas Klimavicius - by Eurobasket News
Zalgiris signed one-year contract extension with Tadas Klimavicius (204-F-82, agency: Interperformances) with option for 2011/12 season. The 27-year old forward played 14 Euroleague games last season registering 7.7 ppg and 4.1 rpg. Zalgiris ended the first stage as No.3 in Group A and reached the Top16. They failed to reach the Quarterfinals later. However, Zalgiris managed to win the Baltic league this season. There, Tadas Klimavicius helped his team with 10.9 ppg and 6.6 rpg for 19 games. Eurobasket awarded him with All-Baltic League Player of the Year. In Lithuanian league Klimavicius was named Eurobasket.com Lithuanian LKL All-Domestic Players Team.
Tadas Klimavicius joined Zalgiris Kaunas in 2008 from Greek AEL 1964 Larissa. He played 26 games in the Greek league that season averaging 9.8 points and 6.9 rebounds. In the past he played for Siaulai, Fabriano Basket and Alita-Savy Alytus. On season 2002/03 he also was a member of Zalgiris.
Tadas Klimavicius got a call to join the Lithuanian National Team this summer. On World Championship in Turkey Lithuania is placed to Group D with Canada, Spain, France, New Zealand and Lebanon.


Interview with Augustinas Vitas - by Serafim Karaiskakis
Augustinas Vitas (210-C-82), Lithuanian Center who played with success the last two years in Ukraine, spoke to Eurobasket.com:

Eurobasket: How you decided to study in USA and what you remember from the games you played in NCAA?


Augustinas Vitas: I had to make a decision what to do with my life after finishing high school and Marciulionis basketball school .Study, play basketball or compare them both. Stepas Kairys helped me to make this decision.
From NCAA games I remember good atmosphere in the gym. Dedication, sacrifice and hard work of each player during every second of the 40 minutes of every game.
College basketball teaches work ethic, discipline.

Eurobasket: You have been selected to play for Lithuania U18 NT, what about the teammates you had in that team? Where they play now?

Augustinas Vitas: They are great guys, who love this game. Simas Jasaitis-Galatasary (Turkey), Saulius Kuzminskas Tref Sopot (Poland) , Povilas Ciukinas-Zalgiris (Lithuania) , Matas Niparavicius (Slovenia).

Eurobasket: You played in Ukraine, Poland, Sweden and Bulgaria which league you liked most and why?

Augustinas Vitas: Every league and country has to offer something different. Basketball wise I liked Ukraine, because basketball is more physical, as a center-forward I always liked physical aspect of this game.

Eurobasket: How you describe yourself as a player

Augustinas Vitas: Player who likes to play in the paint and same time can step out and shoot mid range shot, has good work ethic and discipline.

Eurobasket: Inform the decision, regarding basketball, you took in the past and changed your life.

Augustinas Vitas: When I decided to play basketball, my life changed. Sports helped to build stronger character and work as team.

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Greece U20 opened the Qualifying Round with the win - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20-Greece U20 70:75

Greece U20 opened the Qualifying Round with the win and remained the only undefeated team in Group E. The team rolled over Lithuania U20 75:70 due to the second half.
Sarikopoulos gave the winners the first lead and another lay-up from the player brought 14:10. Lithuania tied the game several times, while Greece grabbed 26:20 after 10 minutes. Staniulis tied it again at 30, while Slezas gave the Baltic side 39:38 advantage. Again the score was tied at 41:41 as the teams disappeared in the lockers. Both squads stayed tough in the third quarter and as a result the board showed 50:50 with 3 minutes in the frame. Georgakis kept Greek side in front 56:55 after 30 minutes. In the last frame however Greece broke the intrigue and took the bigger lead. They increased to 71:61 as Kaselakis made a lay-up. Nikos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) made the last two free throws at the end for the final success.
Nikos Pappas stepped up with 18 points for the winners. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) notched 14, while Konstantinos Papanikolaou (204-F/C-91) added 13. Paulius Dambrauskas (191-G-91) poured in 13 points in the losing effort as Lithuania fell at 1-2. Matas Sapiega (180-G-90) and Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) delivered 12 points each in defeat.

Lithuania U20: Paulius Dambrauskas 13, Matas Sapiega 12, Gediminas Orelikas 12
Greece U20: Nikos Pappas 18, Konstantinos Sloukas 14, Konstantinos Papanikolaou 13


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Ukraine U20 surprise Montenegro U20 in Crikvenica - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20-Ukraine U20 75:88

Ukraine U20 surprise Montenegro U20 in Crikvenica to start the Qualifying Round with 2-1 record. Ruslan Otverchenko (192-G/F-90) and Kyryl Natyazhko (208-C-90) combined for 50 points to seal another win for Ukraine.
Montenegro started with four points in a row and had 17:13 later in the period. Ukraine however exploded later int he game and immediately created a 16-0 run for 29:17 lead. From that time they never looked behind and reached the necessary victory. After 22-13 in the second frame they reached 47:30 advantage.
Stojanovic cut it to 40:50 and Mihailovic made a lay-up for 50:60. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) closed the third quarter at 54:65 and still kept the hope for his team. Ukraine did not allow the opponents to reduce for more and even increased to 81:67 when Ruslan Otverchenko made two-free throws. Kyryl Natyazhko made the lay-up in the end of the game for the final success.
Ruslan Otverchenko exploded with 32 points. Kyryl Natyazhko collected 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Oleksandr Lypovyy (200-G-91) notched 17. Bojan Dubljevic finished the night with 29 points in defeat, while Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) scored 13.
Tomorrow Ukraine will meet Serbia, while Montenegro will face Greece.

Montenegro U20: Bojan Dubljevic 29, Vladimir Mihailovic 13
Ukraine U20: Ruslan Otverchenko 32, Kyryl Natyazhko 18+8 rebs, Oleksandr Lypovyy 17


Montenegro U18 finished second in Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U18 finished second in Slovenia participating with another three teams in it. Skofja Loka hosted an International Tournament for U18 teams as Slovenia U18, Germany U18, Israel U18 and Montenegro U18.
In Day 1 Montenegro U18 overcame Germany U18 85:76. Montenegro grabbed 22-14 in the opening quarter and took 44-20 at the halftime. The German side won the third period 23-15 to reduce to 59:53, while Montenegro needed 26-23 in the last frame to seal the victory. Radosav Spasojevic (204-F-92) paced all the winners with 28 points and Hot added 16. Durisic delivered 10, while Dordan and Ratkovicc posted 9 apiece. Hekman replied with 17 points in the losing case, Kramer netted 16 and Brojning scored 15.
In Day 2 Montenegro U18 celebrated the second victory rolling past Israel U18 80:72. It was a tough beginning as the winners enjoyed only 19-17 win. They however added 26-16 in the second period and never looked behind after. Durisic top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Hot nailed 17. Radosav Spasojevic notched 15, while Marko Mugosa (195-F-93) scored 9. Labanovski ended up with 23 points in the losing effort. Miguel Leis (204-C-91) notched 12, while Maor scored 8.
In Day 3 Slovenia U18 outscored Montenegro U18 83:70 to finish first, while both teams had 2-1 record. Both teams exchanged victories in the first two periods, while Slovenia added 20-19 in the third frame. Moreover the winners produced 21-13 in the last frame to triumph in the tournament. Klemen Prepelic (190-G-92) and Luznar paced all the winners with 13 points each. Span netted 11, while Jure Besedic (206-F-92), Pajic and Dimec nailed 8 each. Durisic answered with 24 points in the losing effort.



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Las Vegas Summer League: Day Two - by Eurobasket News
If you watch enough basketball in Las Vegas odd things are bound to happen. Maybe it's the National Anthem being performed by a former Vegas show girl being accompanied by a drummer or maybe it's an referee dressed as Elvis Presley.

One of those things actually happened today. Use your imagination.

Another thing that happened today, about 15 feet in front of where I was sitting at the baseline media table, was of the more gruesome variety.

Denver Nuggets center Brian Butch (6'11''-F/C-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin) went up for a possible tip-in when his left knee simple gave out. There was no contact on the play which you can see here at about the 50 second mark (warning: Not Safe For Weak Stomach). Butch immediately started writhing on the ground and yelling in pain which in the small and silent gym was not a pleasant experience. From my vantage, which was far too close for comfort, his knee had a very visible dent where the knee cap should be.

He was eventually taken off by stretcher and gave the crowd a fist pump on his way out. It was later reported that Butch suffered (and in this case that word is an understatement) a dislocated patella tendon. After being evaluated at a local hospital he will return to Denver for additional treatment.

If that was the dark side of the day, this next anecdote should cheer you up a bit.

Playing for the Dallas Mavericks this summer is 7 foot 4 inch Moussa Seck. I'd never heard of Seck before but at soon as he stepped on the court he was hard to miss. The dwarfed the otherwise large men and comically enough his giant body is topped by a very small head.

He only played six minutes where he seemed to move fairly well, grabbing 3 rebounds, but he teammates and coach clearly aren't sold on his very raw talent. At one point an opposing guard was switched on to him in the post and despite having a 14-inch height advantage his teammates didn't even look to pass him the ball.

Maybe you had to be there to appreciate the comedy of the moment. Maybe the earlier Butch incident simply made the sight of a very tall man with a small head seem more amusing than it really was.



Game 1: Toronto 103 - Phoenix 69
The score differential doesn't fully explain how completely dominant the Raptors where in this game. Their roster is stacked with NBA caliber player along with plenty of really big big men and solid guards to handle the ball. The Raptors biggest advantage however, is the wing duo of Sonny Weems (6'6''-G/F-86, college: Arkansas) and Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F-89, college: USC).

The Suns had no chance of stopping those two dynamic players with the likes of Matt Janning and Taylor Griffin.

The 2009 lottery pick for the Suns, Earl Clark, had yet another disappointing performance which elicited this warning from his coach as reported by SB Nation Arizona:

'I don't really care about him making shots right now. I just want him to play hard and make other people better,' Suns coach Dan Majerle told SB Nation Arizona after the game before issuing this warning, 'He's not doing that right now, but he's got to figure it out or he'll find himself riding the pine again.'



Game 2: Denver 92 - Los Angeles Lakers 74
The quality combo of Coby Karl (6'5''-G-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Boise St.) and Ty Lawson (5'11''-G-87, college: N.Carolina) combined for 30 points and did a fantastic job controlling the game. Denver is now 2-0 in Vegas.

The surprise player of the game was Laker center Derrick Caracter. A powerful and active post player, Caracter displayed energy and toughness in the paint as evidenced by his 12 rebounds and 17 points. Caracter was drafted 58th by the Lakers.



Game 3: Detroit 89 - Golden State 69
A fairly forgettable game, the Pistons were lead by second year small man Austin Daye (6'11''-F-88, college: Gonzaga). What Daye lacks in muscle and size he makes up for in skill. With 20 points he was the class of the team. Sorry Pistons and Georgetown fans, Greg Monroe did nothing to write home (or here) about.

The Warriors got solid production from Reggie Williams who had 16 points but only connected on 4 of his 14 attempts.



Game 4: Houston 87 - Dallas 78
The Rockets weren't able to get a repeat performance from Patrick Patterson (6'9''-F-89) who was very sharp in his first game but much less so today. They did get another fantastic showing from one of the early candidates for Summer League MVP, Jermaine Taylor (6'4''-G-86, college: Cent.Florida).

Taylor is a powerful shooting guard with silky smooth touch. 21 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists for him.

Dallas young flashy stud Roddy Beaubois really put on a show with his speed and long arms which he somehow has combined into a deadly combination of scoring perfection. 28 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds for this up-and-coming point guard from France.

SB Nation's Mavericks blog Mavs Money Ball had this to say about Beaubois:

Coach Carlisle was commenting on what's expected of Roddy in the Summer League and going forward. Rick said the emphasis is getting more experience at the point guard position and focusing on facilitating and building his leadership abilities. He also commented that Roddy needs to stay aggressive and force the second defender to commit and make the right decision. Roddy responded, it was a night and day performance for Beaubois in game 2. He made the right decisions and played with much better poise. His court vision was excellent and if he was playing with NBA-caliber talent, he would have had a lot more assists. It was good to see that he continued to shoot with confidence after a sluggish game one, he showed excellent diversity with shooting versus attacking the lane. It was a great game for Beaubois.


Courtesy of www.sbnation.com


Phoenix Suns close to acquiring Josh Childress, Hedo Turkoglu - by Eurobasket News
The Suns are on the verge of acquiring forwards Hedo Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) and Josh Childress (6'8''-G/F-83, college: Stanford), swiftly rebounding from the loss of Amar'e Stoudemire with two impact players.

The Suns would send seven-year veteran guard Leandro Barbosa and late-season addition Dwayne Jones to Toronto for Turkoglu, a 6-foot-10 forward from Turkey with versatile skills to shoot from long range and be a playmaker. Toronto would then move Jones and its trade exception from the Chris Bosh sign-and-trade deal to Charlotte for former Suns forward Boris Diaw.

Phoenix will send a 2012 second-round pick to Atlanta in a sign-and-trade deal for Childress, who will leave Greece for a five-year, $33 million contract to play for the Suns.

Turkoglu, 31, has played 10 NBA seasons with four teams and wanted out of Toronto after being unhappy there in the first year of a five-year, $53 million contract. To come to Phoenix, Turkoglu is yielding about $5 million of his trade kicker and reducing the guaranteed money on the final year of his contract, which was worth $12 million in 2013-14. He also has an early termination option on that season.

Turkoglu will make $9.8 million, $10.6 million and $11.4 million salaries in the next three seasons while Barbosa, coming off his career's worst shooting season, was owed $14.7 million for the next two seasons.

Turkoglu averaged 11.3 points last season on 40.9 percent shooting, his lowest scoring average and shooting percentage in six years.

Two seasons ago, Turkoglu was the NBA's Most Improved Player when he averaged 19.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists for Orlando and followed it up with a 2008-09 season with averages of 16.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists with the Magic.

Turkoglu could become the Suns' starting power forward in place of Stoudemire, allowing new acquisition Hakim Warrick to come off the bench with Childress, Channing Frye, Jared Dudley and Goran Dragic.

Turkoglu nearly became a Suns player in 2004, when he had an agreement in principle with then Suns General Manager Bryan Colangelo and was in Phoenix when Orlando called with a better offer. This deal was negotiated between Colangelo and Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver, who had an ugly split in 2006 when Colangelo left Phoenix midseason for Toronto.

Phoenix must acquire Childress from Atlanta, which still has his rights after he left the Hawks and the NBA to take a three-year, $20 million deal with the Greek team Olympiakos in 2008. The Suns are using $6.5 million of the trade exception acquired in Friday's Stoudemire trade to make the deal work without sending Atlanta a player of similar value. Phoenix also used $4 million the trade exception to acquire Warrick in a sign-and-trade deal Friday.

The Suns have about $5.7 million of the exception remaining after the Childress and Warrick deals.

Childress, 27, is able to leave Greece early to sign with the Suns. Childress, the sixth pick in the 2004 draft from Stanford, is a 6-foot-8 swingman who is a quality defender and averaged 11.1 points over four seasons with Atlanta, shooting 52.2 percent from the field and 36 percent on 3-pointers.

Turkoglu is represented by Lon Babby, who league sources have said will be the next leader of the Suns' basketball operations, perhaps as a president. Until recently, Childress was represented by Babby's agency before he switched to Octagon.

With word of Babby coming aboard, San Antonio Assistant General Manager Dennis Lindsey withdrew his name from consideration after being an early front-runner for the general-manager role.


Courtesy of www.azcentral.com


Tony Allen agrees to deal with Memphis Grizzlies - by Eurobasket News
Free agent guard Tony Allen (6'4''-G-82, college: Oklahoma St.) agreed to a three-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, according to multiple reports.

Allen will received $10 million in guaranteed money, Yahoo! Sports reported.

Allen has been plagued by injuries during his career, but has developed a reputation as a lockdown defender. His defense of LeBron James and Kobe Bryant in last season's playoffs was a big reason why the Celtics almost won the NBA Finals.

Allen, a former Big 12 Player of the Year with Oklahoma State, played his first six NBA seasons with the Celtics. For his career, Allen has averaged 7.2 points and 1.3 assists in just over 18 minutes per game.


Courtesy of www.newsok.com


Trading Pistons' Richard Hamilton now seems less tricky - by Eurobasket News
Now that the big dominoes have fallen in free agency, NBA teams still searching for players can go about filling out their rosters.

Talks between the Pistons and other teams have kicked up, but it appears nothing is imminent.

As teams that were spurned in free agency and those waiting for the dust to settle seek avenues to improve, the Pistons could be open to trade offers.

And Richard Hamilton (6'7''-G-78, college: Connecticut) could be looking better and better.

Many have said that the $25 million owed to Hamilton over two seasons, plus a partial guarantee for a third season, was too onerous for him to be dealt.

But considering the money being tossed around during free agency, the deal doesn't look that expensive.

Things haven't changed for the Pistons -- Hamilton has been in play for either a good player or future cap relief. Tayshaun Prince's name probably will be mentioned as well, but his expiring deal of $11 million is a valuable chip that will be dealt only if a good player comes back.

As far as the free-agency period, since the Pistons reached out to Brendan Haywood, who re-signed with the Mavs, the market probably has exceeded the midlevel exception ($5.7 million), limiting the Pistons' options to upgrade the frontcourt. The Pistons remain in contact with their own free agents (restricted point guard Will Bynum and unrestricted big man Ben Wallace).


Courtes of www.freep.com


Chicago Bulls agree with Omer Asik - by Eurobasket News
The Chicago Bulls reached an agreement with the Turkish player Omer Asik (6'11''-C-86). The 24-year old center arrives to Chicago from Fenerbahce Ulker. He supposes to be a high-level reserve for Joakom Noah.
Omer Asik helped Fenerbahce Ulker to win the TBL title last season. He appeared 9 times in the league averaging 10.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. He suffered a season-ending injury in December. Until that time, Asik played 7 Euroleague games adding 8.9 ppg and 6 rpg. He joined Fenerbahce Ulker in December 2007 from Alpella Istanbul. In the past Asik also played for Kadikoy Belediyesi, but he is a product of Fenerbahce where he started as a kid. In 2007, Asik was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Newcomer of the Year.
Omer Asik is an active member of the Turkish National Team. At the latest EuroBasket in Poland he had 12.8 ppg and 6.3 rpg for 9 games. It was his first year with the senior NT. His country will be the host of the FIBA World Championship this summer. In the past, Omer Asik played for U20 Turkey. They won the Silver at U20 EuroBasket 2006 in Izmir.


Las Vegas Summer League: Day One - by Eurobasket News
If you are looking for beautiful team basketball, played with precision timing and execution than Vegas Summer League isn't for you. These teams have had just a few days to practice together as a unit and they are comprised mostly of players who are on the fringes of NBA talent. Add to that the 10-foul rule which encourages hacking in the paint and you basically have a jumbled mess.

And yet we watch this mess because it is our first chance to see big-name rookies in action and check on the progress of second and third year players. Forget Mike Tyson's tiger, this is what Las Vegas is really about.



Day 1 of the Las Vegas Summer League featured four games:


Game 1: Denver 88 - Dallas 70
Dallas came into this game with one of the more exciting young players in the league, Rodrigue Beaubois (6'1''-G-88, agency: Court Side). The speedy French point guard was extremely impressive during his inconsistent court time for the Mavericks last season but today against the stingy defense of Ty Lawson and Coby Karl (6'5''-G-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Boise St.) he was held to 12 points on only 3 of 16 shooting.

SB Nation's Ridiculous Upside blog picked four 'Monstars' from today's games, two were Nuggets:

Coby Karl, SG, Denver Nuggets - Karl got the start alongside Ty Lawson, though he brought the ball up a fair amount. He didn't have the best shooting night, 3-8, though he got to the free-throw line and finished with 16 points along with seven rebounds, five assists and two steals. During the game, IMG Basketball Academy and ESPN's David Thorpe tweeted 'I sound like a broken record, but I'm always mystified that Coby Karl has to fight for an NBA job every year.' Karl looked pretty comfortable on the court and amply demonstrated his versatility (he also played decent defense, and like Thorpe I'll be pretty mystified if he doesn't get a serious NBA look this year.

Shane Edwards (6'7''-F-87, college: UALR), SF, Denver Nuggets - Summer League is full of guys like Edwards, a quick, athletic leaper (or slasher, or both) who played out of position in college and trying to transition to something closer to what the NBA is looking for. Edwards has been working hard for over a year to improve his skills, and if day 1 was any indication it's paying off. Edwards attacked the basket relentlessly, making five of his six field goals on the way to 15 points in a little over 21 minutes. He also used his quickness on defense, picking up three steals and three rebounds.



Game 2: Houston 100 - Phoenix 82
This game was actually pretty close until the fourth quarter when the Rockets superior size and muscle took it's toll on the Suns. The Rockets featured three second-year NBA players (Jermaine Taylor, Jordan Hill and Chase Budinger) along with rookie Patrick Patterson (6'9''-F-89).

Hill and Budinger both played well, but the real stars for Houston were Patterson, who showed surprising range for a big man, and Jermaine Taylor who lead his team in scoring (25) and rebounds (7) from the shooting guard position.

Rockets blog The Dream Shake was duly impressed:

...if you weren't excited about Patterson before you should be now. In twenty minutes of play, he was 8/9 with 18 points and two rebounds. He also showed off his range by sinking both of his three point attempts. Yes, this guy is a much better perimeter shooter than I personally knew about. And from the comments in the game thread, many others were quite surprised as well.

Jermaine Taylor obviously had the green light to shoot tonight. Because I don't think the work 'pass' is in his vocabulary. But that isn't necessarily a bad thing. He ended the night with 25 points on 10/19 shooting with a highlight reel flush... Rick Adelman is high on the kid and I understand why. There is still plenty of room for growth for Taylor, but he already looked worlds better tonight than in his rookie campaign.

The Suns were hoping to see similar progress from Earl Clark who saw very little court time during his rookie season. Unfortunately, he reverted back to form and settled for too many jump shots as described by Bright Side of the Sun.



Game 3: Detroit 89 - Lakers 84
This was the best game of the day thanks to a couple of evenly matched teams.

Last season's number 15 pick, Austin Daye (6'11''-F-88, college: Gonzaga), eventually showed his sophomore surge as he lead his team with 22 points with 10 coming in the fourth quarter. The Pistons also got the kind of solid performance we've come to expect from Jonas Jerebko and DaJuan Summers.

Newly drafted Greg Monroe looked tentative and couldn't find any kind of touch on his shot. For a big guy, he seemed much to willing to settle for mid-range attempts.



Game 4: Golden State 77 - New Orleans 76
The Hornets featured two of the more surprising and dynamic rookies from last season, Darren Collison (6'0''-G-87, college: UCLA) and Marcus Thorton. Thorton picked up right where he left off, shooting from long range and showing a surprising ability to get to the rim despite sub-par athleticism.

Except both Thorton and Collison were missing at an unsustainable rate. They combined for a .352 shooting percentage.

For the Warriors, it was just good to see the frequently injured Brandan Wright on the court. He looked a bit stronger than in years past and played a solid all around game.

SB Nation talked to Wright after the game. He said his shoulder was feeling good and he had full extension and just needs to get his timing and feel back.

'It's going to be huge. They brought in David Lee but I really think they are expecting a lot of things out of me this year,' Wright said about his role this coming season with the Warriors.


Courtesy of www.sbnation.com


Nets agree to terms with Lakers G Jordan Farmar - by Eurobasket News
Guard Jordan Farmar (6'2''-G-86, college: UCLA) of the NBA champion Lakers has agreed to join the Nets.

New Jersey added another low-profile free agent Sunday after the NBAs worst team last season, with more than $30 million to spend, struck out in its bid to lure LeBron James, Chris Bosh or Dwyane Wade.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Farmar averaged 6.9 points and 2.1 assists in 18.1 minutes in four years with the Lakers.

The agreement is contingent on Farmar passing a physical.

The Nets also have reached deals with center Johan Petro and forward Travis Outlaw.


Courtesy of Yahoo

Wesley Matthews signs offer sheet with Portland - by Eurobasket News
The Portland Trail Blazers have struck again.

A year after trying to snatch Paul Millsap away from the Jazz with a 'toxic' contract offer, the Blazers have signed Utah starting shooting guard Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette) to an offer sheet in the range of $34 million over five years.

Matthews signed the offer today, his agent Lance Young confirmed.

Here's the tough part for the Jazz: Portland frontloaded the contract with a $9.2 million first-year jackpot for the restricted free agent in an effort to make it too pricey for Utah to match, Yahoo! Sports reported.

That's similar to what the Blazers did with Millsap's $32 million deal last summer.

The Jazz, who matched Millsap's contract, will have seven days to decide whether or not to match Portland's bid for Matthews.

Despite not being drafted, the Marquette product earned his way onto the Jazz's roster last season. He proceeded to work his way into the rotation and eventually became Utah's starting shooting guard.

Matthews, one of only two Jazz players to see action in all 82 games, averaged 9.4 points and 2.3 rebounds in the regular season. He picked up his play even more in the playoffs, averaging 13.2 points and 4.4 rebounds while playing solid defense in two rounds.


Courtesy of www.kls.com


Big Ben is back: Ben Wallace tells AP he will sign 2-year contract soon with Pistons - by Eurobasket News
Ben Wallace (6'9''-C-74, college: Virginia Union) says he'll sign a two-year contract soon with the Detroit Pistons.

Wallace told The Associated Press on Sunday he heard from a lot of teams, but agreed to a two-year deal about a week ago because he wants to retire with the Pistons. He'll make $1.9 million each season.

Pistons president Joe Dumars said on the first day of free agency that the team's first order of business was to keep Wallace and restricted free agent Will Bynum.

The 35-year-old Wallace was one of Detroit's best players last season when it missed the playoffs for the first time since 2001.

The center helped the Pistons win the 2004 title during his prime when he was the Defensive Player of the Year four times in five years.


Courtesy of www.startribune.com


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Mika Vukona extends with Nelson Giants - by Eurobasket News
Mika Vukona (197-F-82) has agreed on terms of contract extension with the Nelson Giants. The Tall Blacks forward will spend the next three seasons with the Giants. Mika Vukona tallied 13.4 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in 2010 NBL season. Mika Vukona also signed a deal with the New Zealand Breakers in the Australian NBL. Mike Vukona was the member of the Tall Blacks at the 2006 World Championship in Japan.


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DStv PL -Union Bank goes past Dodan Warriors 87-79 after O/T - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Union Bank basketball club of Lagos brightened it chances of making the final-8 playoffs cut with a 87-79 points victory over Dodan Warriors basketball club after Over-time at the weekend in Lagos.

Warriors had led in the first three quarters of the week-32 games of the Atlantic conference of the DStv Premier League by 21-20; 18-11 and 22-20 to move into the last quarter with a nine points advantage of 60-51 points only to surrender to the Stallion Boys as the bankers are known in the fourth and decisive quarter by 18-09 points to force an over-time after scores stood at 69 points apiece.

Union Bank coached by its former team manager, Rotimi Savage stood its ground in the over-time winning by 18-10 points to run away with a 87-79 points win thus confirming its superiority over the Coach Adeka Daudu tutored Warriors.

Union Bank combo-guard and former captain, Seyi Ayodele was in superb form netting a total of 21 points, skipper of the side and Nigeria Senior National Team player, Azuoma Dike recorded 14 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists while the duo of Abba Usman and Peter Okojie added 13 and 12 points each with centre, Godspower Igben grabbing 10 rebounds for the bankers victory.

Ebun Comets returned to the court on Sunday to hand Nigeria Customs basketball club of Lagos its tenth defeat of the season by 91-60 points thus confirming the border boys road to division-one.

Comets now take its record to 5-4 and catapult them to the second position on the Atlantic conference standing with an eye for a playoffs slot.



DStv PL - Yelwa Hawks drop two road game in Kaduna - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Kada Stars hope of qualifying for its second consecutive playoffs receive a big boost Saturday when the Coach Sani Turi side defeated visiting Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi by 73-68 points.

The visitor who raced to a first half lead of (14-12 and 20-16) were made to kiss the court in the third and fourth quarters by the home team forcing them down by 26-16 and 19-18 points lose for a cumulative score-line of 73-68 points.

Kada Stars forward, Yusuf Oyaifo Yakubu who records a double double figure of 13 rebounds, 10 points, 3 assists and 2 steal says his side is committed to making it to Port Harcourt for the playoffs.

Im happy we won today (Saturday) which is good for our playoffs ambition, but I must give credit to the Yelwa players who were not ready to go down easily, they are a solid side but the good thing is that we won, said the Kada Stars forward.

In Kano it was defending champion, Kano Pillars all the way as they spanked AHIP Giants by a whopping 40 points difference of 89-49 points.

Pillars back-line anchored by Abubakar Usman proved a hard nut for the AHIP Giants side to crack as they turned the week-32 Savannah conference pairing to a one-sided game.

The win took their record to 7-1 while Niger Potters basketball club defeated Bauchi Nets basketball club by 48-39 points in a lack-luster game in Minna.

And on Sunday Coach Oche Omuh tutored Yelwa Hawks lost narrowly to Plateau Peaks at the sports hall of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna by 69-67 points.

The lose by the Hawks to the Peaks making it two consecutive road game lose and a 3-7 record as their hope of making the final-8 playoffs now hangs in the balance with four games left for them in the regular season.

Weekend Results:

Atlantic Conference

Ebun Comets 79-67 Police Baton


Union Bank 87-79 Dodan Warriors OT

NGR Customs 60-91 Ebun Comets

Savannah Conference

Kada Stars 73-68 Yelwa Hawks

AHIP Giants 49-89

Niger Potters 48-39 Bauchi Nets
Plateau Peaks 69-67 Yelwa Hawks



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Alaska jumps to 2-0 against Ginebra - by Eurobasket News
Alaska went to Joe Devance (201-C-82, college: UTEP) when the going got tough, and then watched Sunday Salvacion botched a game-winning three-pointer as the Aces escaped with a gripping 84-82 win over Barangay Ginebra and moved on the threshold of advancing to the semifinals of the PBA Fiesta Cup.

Twice scoring off an assist by L.A. Tenorio, DeVance accounted for the Aces' last six points underneath the basket, including one in the final 10.3 seconds that broke an 82-82 contest.

The Kings had one final shot at salvaging Game 2 of the quarterfinals series, but Salvacion failed to hit an open three-pointer as the clock was winding down.

His shot drifted hard on the backboard before it rimmed out, allowing the Aces to escape with the win, and a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five quarterfinals series, played before a big Sunday crowd at the Astrodome.

'LA was more creative. He created a lot of things for us while Joe had good finishes,' said Alaska coach Tim Cone, who ran a series of bread-and-butter plays anchored on the two players.

'It was one heck of a game. Both teams were not about to give in until the final buzzer sounded, so this win is certainly a proud win for us. The past two games all came down to the last possession and I expect the next three could be either way as well,' added Cone. 'Still, the idea is to play solid on Wednesday and we hope to close things out.'

DeVance had 19 points for the Aces, who were led by Diamon Simpson (201-F-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) 's 30 points and 17 boards.

Cyrus Baguio added 16 and Tenorio had 11 assists and seven rebounds.

Import Chris Daniels (200-F-82, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Georgia) showed the way for the embattled Kings with 19 points and 18 rebounds, but found himself without ample local support.

Ronald Tubid (186-G-81) was the best local player for the Kings with 14, but he shot a measly 5-of-13 from the field. Eric Menk, who was held scoreless in Game One, ended up with 11.

Still, the Kings had their moments, rallying from a 10-point deficit in the first half to take the lead in the final quarter, 78-76, behind a huge three-pointer by Willier Miller.

But the Kings committed three turnovers after that, allowing the Aces to regain the upperhand at 80-78.

Daniels, then, tied the game at 80, and then again at 82, before Devance came through with that point-blank shot for the game-winning basket.


Courtesy of RCJ, www.GMANews.TV

Rain or Shine tie the score against Derby Ace to 1-1 - by Eurobasket News
Rain or Shine cooled down Derby Ace's shooting touch with a daunting 3-2 zone and translating it into a rousing 79-69 win that leveled their PBA Fiesta Cup quarterfinals at 1-1 apiece Sunday night at the Astrodome.

Known more for their fancy-footloose style of play, the Elasto Painters surprisingly beat the defensive-minded Llamados in their own brand of game.

The Elasto Painters held the Llamados to their lowest output in the season-ending tournament by limiting them to a conference low 28.4 percent clip from the field.

They capped their tremendous defensive stance by holding the Llamados to just a single point - a split from the foul line by James Yap (191-F/G-82) - in a five-minute span during the fourth quarter, that quashed any hopes of a Derby Ace comeback.

With the series now reduced into a best-of-three affair, Wednesday's Game 3 at the Araneta Coliseum, is certainly a pivotal one.

'We made some adjustments in our zone defense after that close loss in Game 1,' said Solomon Mercado (183-G-84, college: Biola (CA)), who topscored for Rain or Shine with 19 points. 'We've come all the way from the wild card to win here,' said the stocky Fil-Am guard.

Yap's split free throw inside the final three minutes broke the Llamados' silence and shoved them to within 67-70 after trailing by as many as eight.

That's when Mercado began to take over on offense for the Elasto Painters.

The sophomore Elasto Painter completed a three-point play - off a runner - in Rain or Shine's next possession to make it a six-point lead, and following another missed attempt for the Llamados at the other end, Mercado barreled his way inside two Derby Ace defenders to score on a two handed lay-up with 47 seconds remaining, and a 75-67 edge.

Import Roderick Nealy (198-F-80, college: Houston Baptist) had a quiet 17-point game for the night, opting to give the limelight on the high-flying Gabe Norwood.

Norwood, easily one of the most exciting players to watch in the PBA, finished with 13 points. Het came through with two of the game's highlight-reel plays - a perfect alley-oop throwdown off a perfect feed by Mercado in the first half, and a two-handed putback following a missed shot by Jeff Chan.

Only James Yap lighted up the scoring for Derby Ace on a consistent basis with 20 points, while rookie Rico Maierhofer (198-C-85) added 13 points.

Clif Brown came up short on the offensive end for the second straight game. After producing 17 in the Llamados' 108-102 win in Game 1, the Derby Ace import was only good for 11 this time, further reinforcing rumors that he may be on the way out.

Marc Pingris, who played with a hurting thigh, and other banged-up players like Roger Yap, Raffy Reavies and Don Allado, could only combine for 19 points, while Peter June Simon, the hero in the Llamados' Game 1 victory, was held down to just two points.

Worst was Nino Canaleta, who went 1-of-10 from the field, and finished with only three points.


Courtesy of RCJ, www.GMANews.TV

PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony JOHNSON
  Santa Lucia
  (197-G/F-79)
  Avg: 29.2
 1. Johnson, Santa L.29.2 
 2. Simpson, Alaska26.4 
 3. Penny, Coca-Cola26.2 
 4. Monroe, Barako26.0 
 5. Nealy, Rain or Shine23.6 
 6. Larry, Air2122.6 
 7. David, Coca-Cola21.5 
 8. Freeman, San M.20.8 
 9. Ambres, Ginebra20.0 
 10. Brown, Derby A.19.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gabriel FREEMAN
  San Miguel
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Freeman, San M.16.3 
 2. Simpson, Alaska16.1 
 3. Ambres, Ginebra15.3 
 4. Brown, Derby A.14.3 
 5. Larry, Air2114.1 
 6. Daniels, Talk N.13.9 
 7. Penny, Coca-Cola13.8 
 8. Johnson, Santa L.13.4 
 9. Lewis, Rain or Shine12.3 
 10. Nealy, Rain or Shine12.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy ALAPAG
  Talk N Text
  (178-G-77)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Alapag, Talk N Text7.3 
 2. Cabagnot, San M.6.5 
 3. Nealy, Rain or Shine4.6 
 4. Reyes, Santa Lucia4.6 
 5. Helterbrand, Gineb.4.6 
 6. Tenorio, Alaska4.5 
 7. Mercado, Rain o.4.3 
 8. Norwood, Rain o.4.1 
 9. Monroe, Barako4.1 
 10. Cortez, Air214.1 
Steals Per Game
 Shawn DANIELS
  Talk N Text
  (200-C-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Daniels, Talk N.2.2 
 2. Simpson, Alaska1.7 
 3. Williams, Santa Lucia1.7 
 4. Baguio, Alaska1.7 
 5. Yap, Derby Ace L.1.4 
 6. Norwood, Rain o.1.4 
 7. Reyes, Santa Lucia1.4 
 8. Monroe, Barako1.3 
 9. Tenorio, Alaska1.3 
 10. Penny, Coca-Cola1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn DANIELS
  Talk N Text
  (200-C-79)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Daniels, Talk N.2.3 
 2. Penny, Coca-Cola2.3 
 3. Simpson, Alaska1.7 
 4. Monroe, Barako1.5 
 5. Johnson, Santa L.1.4 
 6. Freeman, San M.1.4 
 7. Nealy, Rain or Shine1.1 
 8. Larry, Air211.0 
 9. Williams, Talk N.1.0 
 10. Reyes, Barako1.0 


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Turow land Torey Thomas - by Eurobasket News
PGE Turow added import player to their roster. They signed a deal with Torey Thomas (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross). Last season the 25-year-old guard started in Matrixx Magix in Netherlands. He tallied 16.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game. In May Torey Thomas moved to Venezuela to join Guaros de Lara. The guard also had stints in Turkey, Sweden and France.


AZS Koszalin ink Mateusz Bartosz - by Eurobasket News
AZS Koszalin landed Mateusz Bartosz (205-F-87, agency: AB Agency). The 23-year-old forward started the previous season in PBG Basket. He tallied 1.0 point and 1.4 rebounds per appearance. In January Mateusz Bartosz moved to Big Star Tychy from 1Liga. He averaged 7.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game. In 2009 Mateusz Bartosz was named the Eurobasket.com All-Polish 1Liga Defensive Player of the Year while playing for Polonia 2011.


Poland strikes back against Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Latvia - Poland 60:71
Polish NT rebounded after the starting loss in the friendly series against Latvia. Krzysztof Szubarga (182-G-84, agency: AB Agency) knocked down 17 points to lead Igor Griszczuk team.
Poland opened the game confidently. They grabbed a 20:14 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Latvia stopped the bleeding in the second frame. They adjusted the rhythm and narrowed the gap. Latvia trailed by just 4 points at halftime 31:35. But Poland persisted and boosted the margin in the third term. Krzysztof Szubarga and Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) helped the Polish side to earn an 11-point buffer at the final break. Latvia exploded with 13 points in a row early in the fourth frame to take the lead 57:55. But Poland stayed calm and eventually bounced back taking a 66:58 advantage. They remained cool-headed in the remaining minutes and sealed the winning outcome at the end.
Filip Dylewicz came up with 17 points for Poland. Lukasz Majewski (199-F-82) and Adam Hrycaniuk (208-C-84, college: Cincinnati) knocked down 8 points each for the winners. Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85, agency: FCM) answered with 14 points and 9 rebounds. Raitis Grafs (208-C-81, college: Valparaiso) knocked down 11 points, while Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) had 10 in the loss.

Latvia: Krzysztof Szubarga 17, Filip Dylewicz 17, Lukasz Majewski 8, Adam Hrycaniuk 8
Poland: Kaspars Berzins 14, Raitis Grafs 11, Ronalds Zakis 10



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  PUERTO RICO   


Puerto Rico wins the Gold in CentroBasket - by Luis Ramirez
Puerto Rico faced Centrobasket host Dominican Republic for the gold in a jammed pack Arena.

Puerto Rico opened with a 3 pointer from David Huertas to take an early lead 3-1 but Charlie Villanueva tied the game with a layup. Minutes later Villanueva made a 3 pointer to put Dominicana in the lead 6-5 with 7minutes left in the quarter. With 3:19 left in the quarter it was Dominicana with the lead 12-11. Jack Michael Martinez closed the quarter with a 3 pointer for Dominicana to put the score 23-19. Puerto Rico looked lax in their defense in this 1st quarter and paid dearly for it.

In the 2nd quarter, it was Martinez with another 3 pointer and a dunk from Villanueva to put the Dominican team up by 9 points, 28-19. Puerto Rico called for an emergency time out. Puerto Rico got some offense and they made a better effort on defense to cut the lead of Dominicana which had climbed to 11 points, to just 4 points, 32-28 with 6:13 to go in the 1st half. The Dominican team still controlled the game and with 2:18 left in the half were leading by 6, 41-35. The 1st ended 47-39 with Dominicana in the lead.

In the 3rd quarter, Puerto Rico opened up with a rally of 5 points to put the score 47-44. Puerto Rico and Dominicana traded 3 pointers but it was the Dominican team on top 58-51 with 6:08 to go in the quarter. Puerto Rico tied the score at 60 points with a layup from Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: Florida Intern.) with 1:28 to go in the quarter. The quarter ended with Dominicana in the lead by the minimum 64-63.

In the 4th quarter, Nathan Peavy tied the score at 64 with a free throw with 8:42 to go in the game. Puerto Rico took the lead with a 3 pointer from David Cortes and another basket from Filiberto Rivera put Puerto Rico up by 5 points 69-64 with 7:07 left. David Cortes made consecutive 3 pointers to extend the lead for Puerto Rico by 11 points 75-64 with 5:45 on the clock. Dominicana made an effort to come back into the game but a 3 pointer from Barea put Puerto Rico up by 10 points, 85-75. The final score was 89-80 the win for Puerto Rico.

For Puerto Rico, Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: Florida Intern.) scored 23 points followed by Jose Juan Barea with 16 points.

For Dominicana, Charlie Villanueva scored 36 points and 11 rebounds followed by Jack Michael Martinez and Elpidio Fortuna with 10 points each.



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  ROMANIA   


Energia Rovinari hires Slobodan Nikolic as Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
CS Energia Rovinari hired Slobodan Nikolic (agency: Beo Basket ) as their new Head Coach. It will be the first stint for the Serbian specialist in Romania. Energia Rovinari finished last season as No.10 in Romanian championship with 14-16 record. They failed to reach the Playoffs, what was one of the main reasons why they decided to replace Theo Evans.
Slobodan Nikolic most recently worked with Borac Nektar Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina). That was on season 2007/08, when Borac Nektar Banja Luka reached the National Cup Finals. Season 2006/07 Nikolic spent with the Serbian team OKK Beograd. In the past, Nikolic was coaching Russian Spartak Primorie Vladivostok in A Superleague and also Bulgarian powerhouse PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia. With Lukoil Nikolic won the double in Bulgaria and was named Eurobasket All-Bulgarian League Coach of the Year 2004. From 2000 to 2003 Slobodan Nikolic was a Head Coach of the Czech outfit Opava. They won the Czech Cup two times and reached the league Finals once. In Serbia, Nikolic was also working with Radnicki Kragujevac.
CS Energia Rovinari finished season 2008/09 as No.7 in Romania. They won the promotion to D1 in 2008.


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  RUSSIA   


Makarska enjoyed the last game of the first day at the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U20-Russia U20 75:61

Makarska enjoyed the last game of the first day in the Qualifying Round of the U20 European Championship as the hosts overcame Russia U20 75:61. The Croatian side won the opening quarter and added two victories in the second half.
Leon Radosevic (208-C-90) opened the scoring account for Croatia while Pavel Antipov (203-F-91) responded for the guests. After 14:14, Croatia pushed the tempo in the end of the quarter to take 25:16 lead. Moreover Planinic made it 31:19 and Mario Delas (208-C/F-90) scored for 34:24. Russia meanwhile replied with 12-2 run to tie the game at 36:36 when Klyuchnikov made two free throws. Josip Bilinovac (195-G-90) was the last to post in the half to bring Croatia 40:36 advantage. In the third period Croatia had 5-10 points deficit and kept the lead. Planinic with a lay-up brought his side to 57:50 after thirty minutes in the court. Russia tried to stay closer, but the hosts always replied for the guests' baskets. Pavel Antipov reduced to 66:59, but Leon Radosevic, Olivari and Josip Bilinovac delivered for 73:59. Zubcic made the final shot to celebrate 75:61 win with Croatia.
Leon Radosevic led the way with 18 points as Croatia improved to 2-1 record. Mario Delas notched 15, while Josip Bilinovac scored 12. Maksim Bychkov (192-G-90), Vladimir Ivlev (204-F-90) and Pavel Antipov answered with 10 points each in the losing effort.

Croatia U20: Leon Radosevic 18, Mario Delas 15, Josip Bilinovac 12
Russia U20: Maksim Bychkov 10, Vladimir Ivlev 10, Pavel Antipov 10



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  SEBL   


Standings
SEBL Standings
 1. Tri-County 3-0 
 2. BC Lakers 2-1 
 3. Black Monop. 2-1 
 4. Norcross Angels 2-1 
 5. Metro Stars 1-1 
 6. Reep 3 1-2 
 7. D.O.T.S. 0-2 
 8. Crusaders 0-3 


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  SERBIA   


Serbia U20 improved to 2-1 record beating Latvia U20 - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U20-Serbia U20 57:70

Serbia U20 improved to 2-1 record beating Latvia U20 in the last game of Group E Qualifying Round Day 1. The winners overcame Latvia U20 70:57 in Crikvenica.
Trailing 2:9 in the opening tip Serbia tied the game at 9:9 and won the opening quarter 18:13. Dekic brought 25:15 and Andjusic scored from the perimeter for 35:25 at the halftime. Latvia managed to win the third period 19-18, while the last quarter brought the intrigue back into the game. Serbia had 53:44 with 8 minutes in the game, while Lauris Blaus (204-C-90) made a jump shot for 53:46. Lauris Blaus scored another three points in the game to reduce to 49:53, but Nemanja Nedovic (192-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) posted three for 56:49. It was another shot from Lauris Blaus for 56:51 and again Nemanja Nedovic made two free throws for 58:51. Kristers Zeidaks (202-F-90) and Dejan Musli (214-C-91) exchanged the baskets for 60:53 and then the teams had some difficulties on scoring another basket. Laksa later reduced to 60:55, while Milutinovic increased the lead for Serbia at 62:55. Nemanja Nedovic made it 64:55 and Laksa kept Latvia alive at 64:57 with two minutes in the game. The top-scorer for Serbia scored one more free throw, while Aleksandar Mitrovic (202-F-90) brought another two for 67:57. Dekic made the final 70:57 win for the Serbian squad.
Nemanja Nedovic top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dejan Musli netted 14 each. Lauris Blaus finished the night with 19 points and Kristers Zeidaks scored 16.

Latvia U20: Lauris Blaus 19, Kristers Zeidaks 16
Serbia U20: Nemanja Nedovic 16, Aleksandar Mitrovic 14, Dejan Musli 14


Energia Rovinari hires Slobodan Nikolic as Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
CS Energia Rovinari hired Slobodan Nikolic (agency: Beo Basket ) as their new Head Coach. It will be the first stint for the Serbian specialist in Romania. Energia Rovinari finished last season as No.10 in Romanian championship with 14-16 record. They failed to reach the Playoffs, what was one of the main reasons why they decided to replace Theo Evans.
Slobodan Nikolic most recently worked with Borac Nektar Banja Luka (Bosnia and Herzegovina). That was on season 2007/08, when Borac Nektar Banja Luka reached the National Cup Finals. Season 2006/07 Nikolic spent with the Serbian team OKK Beograd. In the past, Nikolic was coaching Russian Spartak Primorie Vladivostok in A Superleague and also Bulgarian powerhouse PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia. With Lukoil Nikolic won the double in Bulgaria and was named Eurobasket All-Bulgarian League Coach of the Year 2004. From 2000 to 2003 Slobodan Nikolic was a Head Coach of the Czech outfit Opava. They won the Czech Cup two times and reached the league Finals once. In Serbia, Nikolic was also working with Radnicki Kragujevac.
CS Energia Rovinari finished season 2008/09 as No.7 in Romania. They won the promotion to D1 in 2008.


Maccabi Haifa lands Sasa Bratic - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Haifa announced signing of Sasa Bratic (202-F/G-81, agency: BeoExcell) for the upcoming season. The 28-year old power forward is coming to Haifa from another Israeli team - Hapoel Holon. He joined them in January this year averaging 11.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists for 13 Premier League games. Bratic's season-high was 26 points against Hapoel Afula.
From 2007 to 2009 Sasa Bratic was a member of the Ukrainian Khimik-OPZ Yuzhny. In 2008 he was named Eurobasket.com FIBA Eurocup All-Europeans Team after he averaged 15.3 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.4 spg for 10 games. Before that, Bratic played two years for Hapoel Galil Elyon. In his second season he had 16.7 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 1.9 apg in Israeli Premier League. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Israeli League 2nd Team. At the same year in EuroCup Challenge Bratic added 17.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 2.4 apg for 5 games. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Challenge Honorable Mention. In his first season with the club Bratic had pretty close numbers.
Beside the above mentioned teams, Sasa Bratic also played for few Serbian outfits FMP Zeleznik and Crvena Zvezda.
Maccabi Haifa ended last season as No.4 in Israel with 14-8 record. They were eliminated in the Playoff Quarterfinals by Netanya.


Partizan keeps the captain Petar Bozic - by Eurobasket News
The Serbian powerhouse announced signing of one-year contract extension with their captain Petar Bozic (197-G-78). The experienced guard helped Partizan Belgrade to reach the Euroleague Final Four last season with 5.4 ppg and 1.4 apg for 20 games. They managed to defend the championship title in Serbia and also in Adriatic league. In the regional championship Bozic averaged 5.9 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 22 games. In domestic league he added 5.3 ppg, 1.1 rpg and 1.2 apg. Partizan also defended the trophy in Serbian National Cup. Petar Bozic arrived to Partizan in 2004 from Hemofarm. For these six years he helped them win six straight titles in Serbia. Before Partizan, Petar Bozic was a member of Radnicki and Beobanka.
Two days ago, Partizan also secured a deal with the big guy Rasko Katic (208-F-80, agency: Beo Basket). The 29-year old big guy is coming to Serbian powerhouse from Hemofarm. He appeared 22 times in Adriatic league last season averaging 6.9 points and 2.8 rebounds. In Serbian championship Katic added 6.2 ppg and 2.4 rpg. He also played 3 games in EuroCup collecting 9.7 ppg and 3.7 rpg. Rasko Katic joined Hemofarm last summer from the German Walter Tigers Tuebingen, where he spent four years. With them Katic was one of the best centers in German championship. In 2007 he was named Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Bosman Player of the Year. A year later Katic was invited to play at the German Bundesliga All-Star Game, while in 2009 he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 2nd Team. In his last season with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen, Katic averaged 14.8 points and 7.1 rebounds in 34 games. He ended the contest as the fifth best scorer. In the past, Rasko Katic was a member of Ergonom, ITU Istanbul, Crvena Zvezda Belgrade and KK Zastava-Radnicki Kragujevac. He supposes to replace Slavko Vranes on position five. As a reminder, Vranes moved to Unics Kazan few days ago.
Partizan recently stayed without their Head Coach Dusko Vujosevic (agency: Beo Basket ), who took over CSKA Moscow. The team promoted former assistant Vlada Jovanovic to this position.


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  SLOVAKIA   


Peter Terlanda joins Nitra, Jozef Vojtek heads to Levice - by Eurobasket News
Peter Terlanda (204-F/C-88) will play for Nitra in the upcoming season. The 22-year-old centre moved to Nitra from Levice. Last season Peter Terlanda averaged 9.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. Previously Terlanda played for Inter Bratislava. Peter Terlanda became the third newcomer in Nitra. Earlier the Slovakian vice-champions have agreed on terms of contracts with Marek Jass (194-G-90) and Miroslav Kral (194-F-89).
In the meantime Levice not only let Peter Terlanda go but also brought in the reinforcement. They penned the deal with Jozef Vojtek (203-F/C-85). The 25-year-old centre spent the previous two season with Handlova. He tallied 3.8 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in the last championship. Jozef Vojtek was the part of the Slovakian selection at the 2005 World University Games in Turkey. He had stints with Inter Bratislava and Nitra. Levice is working actively at the market. They already secured the services of Ramon Harris (201-F-88), Peter Seman (191-F-77), Tadej Kostomaj (186-G-87). The team also appointed Ivan Stanisak as their new head coach.



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  SLOVENIA   


Lagun Aro GBC keeps Domen Lorbek - by Eurobasket News
Lagun Aro GBC will keep the Slovenian guard Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) for another year. The 25-year old player arrived to the team in February from Helios Domzale. He played 9 games in ACB averaging 6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists. It seems that was enough for Lagun Aro GBC to keep him for another year.
Domen Lorbek started last season with Cajasol Sevilla. He played 8 games with 2.9 ppg and in December they parted ways. Lorbek moved to Slovenian outfit Helios Domzale. For 9 games in Adriatic league Lorbek added 13.6 ppg and 2.1 rpg. Finally in February he came back to Spain.
Season 2008/09 Domen Lorbek spent with the Italian Benetton Treviso. He had 8.8 ppg and 2.4 rpg for 13 EuroCup games. In SerieA he added 6 ppg and 2.3 rpg for 23 games. His first season in Spain was 2007/08 with Estudiantes Madrid. Lorbek had 7.8 ppg and 1.7 rpg at that time. In the past he was a member of Union Olimpija, Helios and Triglav Kranj. Since 2005 he is a player of the Slovenian National Team. Last summer in Poland Lorbek registered 5.9 ppg, 2 rpg and 1.1 apg for 8 games. Slovenia reached the Semifinals.


Skofja Loka hosted an International Tournament for U18 teams - by Eurobasket News
Skofja Loka hosted an International Tournament for U18 teams as Slovenia U18, Germany U18, Israel U18 and Montenegro U18 participated in it.
In Day 1 Slovenia U18 rolled over Israel U18 74:67. The winners started with 23-14 in the first frame, while Israel responded with 18-12 in the second period. Slovenia needed 17-15 in the third quarter and 22-20 in the last to seal the victory in the opener. Matej Rojc (198-G-93) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Bojan Radulovic (210-C-92) nailed 12, while Hodzic netted 11.
Montenegro U18 overcame Germany U18 85:76. Montenegro grabbed 22-14 in the opening quarter and took 44-20 at the halftime. The German side won the third period 23-15 to reduce to 59:53, while Montenegro needed 26-23 in the last frame to seal the victory. Radosav Spasojevic (204-F-92) paced all the winners with 28 points and Hot added 16. Durisic delivered 10, while Dordan and Ratkovic posted 9 apiece. Hekman replied with 17 points in the losing case, Kramer netted 16 and Brojning scored 15.

In Day 2 Montenegro U18 celebrated the second victory rolling past Israel U18 80:72. It was a tough beginning as the winners enjoyed only 19-17 win. They however added 26-16 in the second period and never looked behind after. Durisic top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Hot nailed 17. Radosav Spasojevic notched 15, while Mugosa scored 9. Labanovski ended up with 23 points in the losing effort. Leis notched 12, while Maor scored 8.
Germany U18 beat Slovenia U18 77:73. It was the game when both teams exchanged the victories in two quarters. Germany won the last period 22-19 to win the game. Mathis Monninghoff (199-G-92) paced all the winners with 14 points, while Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) and Mario Blessing (184-G-92) netted 12 each. Marko Pajic (204-F-92) delivered 18 points in the losing case, while Klemen Prepelic (190-G-92) and Rupnik added 12 apiece.

In Day 3 Israel U18 overcame Germany U18 67:60. Israel won the opening quarter 25-23, but Germnay had 40:49 at the halftime. The last quarter became decisive in the game as Israel won it and reached the victory. Martin Breunig (203-F-92) scored 14 points for Germany and Ole Wendt notched 13.
Slovenia U18 outscored Montenegro U18 83:70 to finish first, while both teams had 2-1 record. Both teams exchanged victories in the first two periods, while Slovenia added 20-19 in the third frame. Moreover the winners produced 21-13 in the last frame to triumph in the tournament. Klemen Prepelic and Matej Luznar (192-G-92) paced all the winners with 13 points each. Jan Span (189-G-92) netted 11, while Besedic, Marko Pajic and Dimec nailed 8 each. Durisic answered with 24 points in the losing effort.



France prevail against Slovenia in Croatia - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Slovenia U20 50:43
French U20 selection tipped off the Qualifying Round of the European Championship with win. They toppled Slovenia in Group F. France thus improved at 3-0 record, while Slovenia slipped at 0-3. Alexis Tanghe (208-F/C-90, agency: Beo Basket) led Les Bleus with 11 points in this low-scoring affair.
The teams limped offensively in the first frame. They combined for only 10 points in the quarter with the teams being tied at 5. The lead changed hands for several times in the second period before France pulled ahead. Les Bleus earned a 16:13 lead at halftime. Edo Muric (202-F-91) put Slovenia in charge early in the third frame but France reacted quickly. They went on a 9:0 run to post a 27:20 advantage. Slovenia bounced back again to narrow the margin to a single point at the final break 28:29. Edo Muric and Jakob Cebasek (198-G/F-91) helped Slovenia put their noses in front. However Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) and Lacombe came up with some costly points late in regulation as France ran away for good.
Christophe Leonard (199-F-90) knocked down 10 points for France. Andrew Albicy added 9 points in the victory. Uros Zadnik (187-G-90) replied with 10 points for Slovenia. Edo Muric, Jakob Cebasek and Luka Dimec (207-F/C-90) had 7 points apiece in the loss.

France U20: Alexis Tanghe 11, Christophe Leonard 10, Andrew Albicy 9
Slovenia U20: Uros Zadnik 10, Edo Muric 7, Jakob Cebasek 7, Luka Dimec 7



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  SOUTH AFRICA   


DStv PL - Yelwa Hawks drop two road game in Kaduna - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Kada Stars hope of qualifying for its second consecutive playoffs receive a big boost Saturday when the Coach Sani Turi side defeated visiting Yelwa Hawks basketball club of Bauchi by 73-68 points.

The visitor who raced to a first half lead of (14-12 and 20-16) were made to kiss the court in the third and fourth quarters by the home team forcing them down by 26-16 and 19-18 points lose for a cumulative score-line of 73-68 points.

Kada Stars forward, Yusuf Oyaifo Yakubu who records a double double figure of 13 rebounds, 10 points, 3 assists and 2 steal says his side is committed to making it to Port Harcourt for the playoffs.

Im happy we won today (Saturday) which is good for our playoffs ambition, but I must give credit to the Yelwa players who were not ready to go down easily, they are a solid side but the good thing is that we won, said the Kada Stars forward.

In Kano it was defending champion, Kano Pillars all the way as they spanked AHIP Giants by a whopping 40 points difference of 89-49 points.

Pillars back-line anchored by Abubakar Usman proved a hard nut for the AHIP Giants side to crack as they turned the week-32 Savannah conference pairing to a one-sided game.

The win took their record to 7-1 while Niger Potters basketball club defeated Bauchi Nets basketball club by 48-39 points in a lack-luster game in Minna.

And on Sunday Coach Oche Omuh tutored Yelwa Hawks lost narrowly to Plateau Peaks at the sports hall of the Ahmadu Bello Stadium, Kaduna by 69-67 points.

The lose by the Hawks to the Peaks making it two consecutive road game lose and a 3-7 record as their hope of making the final-8 playoffs now hangs in the balance with four games left for them in the regular season.

Weekend Results:

Atlantic Conference

Ebun Comets 79-67 Police Baton


Union Bank 87-79 Dodan Warriors OT

NGR Customs 60-91 Ebun Comets

Savannah Conference

Kada Stars 73-68 Yelwa Hawks

AHIP Giants 49-89

Niger Potters 48-39 Bauchi Nets
Plateau Peaks 69-67 Yelwa Hawks



DStv PL -Union Bank goes past Dodan Warriors 87-79 after O/T - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Union Bank basketball club of Lagos brightened it chances of making the final-8 playoffs cut with a 87-79 points victory over Dodan Warriors basketball club after Over-time at the weekend in Lagos.

Warriors had led in the first three quarters of the week-32 games of the Atlantic conference of the DStv Premier League by 21-20; 18-11 and 22-20 to move into the last quarter with a nine points advantage of 60-51 points only to surrender to the Stallion Boys as the bankers are known in the fourth and decisive quarter by 18-09 points to force an over-time after scores stood at 69 points apiece.

Union Bank coached by its former team manager, Rotimi Savage stood its ground in the over-time winning by 18-10 points to run away with a 87-79 points win thus confirming its superiority over the Coach Adeka Daudu tutored Warriors.

Union Bank combo-guard and former captain, Seyi Ayodele was in superb form netting a total of 21 points, skipper of the side and Nigeria Senior National Team player, Azuoma Dike recorded 14 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists while the duo of Abba Usman and Peter Okojie added 13 and 12 points each with centre, Godspower Igben grabbing 10 rebounds for the bankers victory.

Ebun Comets returned to the court on Sunday to hand Nigeria Customs basketball club of Lagos its tenth defeat of the season by 91-60 points thus confirming the border boys road to division-one.

Comets now take its record to 5-4 and catapult them to the second position on the Atlantic conference standing with an eye for a playoffs slot.



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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Argentina National team with a busy agenda - by Wolfgang Lucena
Argentina's National team is handling a busy schedule in order to get ready for the South American Championship this upcoming July 26-31, 2010in Neiva, Colombia.
The Argentinean team began its trainings twice a day this past July 8, 2010 in Andes Talleres. On Monday, July 12, 2010 The Argentina team will travel to Chile to play two scrimmage games with Chile National team, afterward they will return on Thursday to Mendoza for two more games with the Chileans. Only on Sunday will be an open practice from 18:30 to 21:30. The rest of the workouts will be closed, only local coaches will be allowed to attend the practices.

Full Schedule before the South American Championship

Monday July 12: Trip to Santiago (Chile)
Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 games versus Chile National Team
Thursday 15: Return to Mendoza
Friday 16 and Saturday 17 versus Chile National Team in the Andes Club Talleres de Godoy
Sunday 18: Trip to Buenos Aires
Monday 19: trip to Caracas (Venezuela)
Wednesday 21: Brazil-Argentina-Uruguay and Venezuela in Caracas
Thursday 22: Argentina, Uruguay and Venezuela-Brazil in Caracas
Friday 23: Brazil-Uruguay-Argentina and Venezuela in Caracas
Saturday 24: fly out Caracas-Bogota-Neiva (Colombia)
Sunday 25 to Saturday 31 July: South American Seniors in Neiva (Colombia).



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Lagun Aro GBC keeps Domen Lorbek - by Eurobasket News
Lagun Aro GBC will keep the Slovenian guard Domen Lorbek (198-G/F-85) for another year. The 25-year old player arrived to the team in February from Helios Domzale. He played 9 games in ACB averaging 6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists. It seems that was enough for Lagun Aro GBC to keep him for another year.
Domen Lorbek started last season with Cajasol Sevilla. He played 8 games with 2.9 ppg and in December they parted ways. Lorbek moved to Slovenian outfit Helios Domzale. For 9 games in Adriatic league Lorbek added 13.6 ppg and 2.1 rpg. Finally in February he came back to Spain.
Season 2008/09 Domen Lorbek spent with the Italian Benetton Treviso. He had 8.8 ppg and 2.4 rpg for 13 EuroCup games. In SerieA he added 6 ppg and 2.3 rpg for 23 games. His first season in Spain was 2007/08 with Estudiantes Madrid. Lorbek had 7.8 ppg and 1.7 rpg at that time. In the past he was a member of Union Olimpija, Helios and Triglav Kranj. Since 2005 he is a player of the Slovenian National Team. Last summer in Poland Lorbek registered 5.9 ppg, 2 rpg and 1.1 apg for 8 games. Slovenia reached the Semifinals.


Omar Cook joins Power Electronics Valencia - by Eurobasket News
Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) is a new player of Power Electronics Valencia. The 28-year old American/Montenegrin point guard arrives to Valencia from Unicaja Malaga, where he played last two years. In 2009/10 Cook appeared in 16 Euroleague games collecting 9.7 ppg, 1.8 rpg and 5.9 apg. He ended the season as the best Euroleague assistant. In the Spanish league Cook added 8.6 ppg, 1.4 rpg and 5.7 apg. There he also was No.1 in assists. In his first season with Unicaja, Cook had slightly lower numbers.
Before Unicaja, Omar Cook spent a season with the Serbian team Crvena Zvezda. He shined in Adriatic league averaging 16.5 points, 2.3 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 3 steals. Very close numbers he also had in domestic championship. On season 2006/07 he played for CSK VVS Samara and later for Strasbourg in France. Cook also has experience from Belgium with Dexia Mons-Hainaut. In June 2008 he received the Montenegrin citizenship and joined their National Team. Last summer with Montenegro he had 8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.5 apg and 2.2 spg for 6 games in EuroBasket, Division B. In 2008, Cook was named Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League and Serbian League Guard of the Year. At the same year he also was awarded with Eurobasket.com ULEB Cup All-Imports Team.
Power Electronics Valencia will compete in Euroleague next season as they won the EuroCup this year.


Raviv Limonad moves to ViveMenorca - by Eurobasket News
Raviv Limonad (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) will continue career in Spain. The 26-year old guard will join the ACB returnee - ViveMenorca. Limonad parted ways with Maccabi Tel-Aviv few days ago. He played 14 Euroleague games for them last season scoring 1.6 ppg. His numbers were way better in Premier League, where Limonad added 8.3 ppg, 2 rpg and 1.9 apg. He joined the Israeli giant in March 2009 from Iscar Nahariya.
Before the above mentioned teams, Raviv Limonad was a member of Hapoel Jerusalem from 2004 to 2006. In the past he also played for Maccabi Ironi Ramat Gan and Maccabi Netanya.
Raviv Limonad is an active member of the Israeli National Team. He appeared 8 times at the EuroBasket 2009 in Poland averaging 7.1 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists. During the qualifications Limonad had 6.7 ppg and 1.3 rpg for 6 games. He was a member of all Israeli youth National Team selections.
ViveMenorca returns to ACB after just one season. They won the LEB Gold Playoffs few months ago and together with CAI Zaragoza secured the ticket for ACB. They hope to build a solid squad for the next season and to avoid relegation.


Spain open Qualifying Round with win over Italy - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20 - Italy U20 78:56
Spanish U20 team opened the Qualifying Round of the European Championship with victory. They toppled Italy to improve at 3-0 record in Group F. Italy in the meantime slipped at 0-3. Ignacio Llovet (202-C-91) came up with 18 points and 15 rebounds to lead the charge.
Spain went on a 12:2 run midway through the opening quarter to clear off. Spain finished the first frame leading by 10 points 20:10. Sastre and Gil tipped off the second term with four points to boost the margin. But Italy responded with 10:0 run to get closer. Andrea Casella (197-G-90, agency: Interperformances) and Stefano Crotta (207-F/C-90) exploded with three-pointers as Italy leveled things up at 32 late in the first half. Stefano Crotta capped the half with a lay-up to give Italy a 34:33 advantage. Spain used a 9:0 run midway through the third quarter to retain the lead. Ignacio Llovet and Simeon soon ensured a 54:43 advantage for Spaniards late in the third term. Martinez and Josep Franch (198-G-91) helped Spain to boost the margin to 17 points midway through the fourth term. Italy never recovered in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end.
Josep Franch knocked down 18 points for Spain. Alvaro Munoz (195-F-90) added 8 points in the victory. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) responded with 16 points for Italy. Daniele Sandri (195-F/G-90) had 8 points in the losing effort.

Spain U20: Ignacio Llovet 18+15 boards, Josep Franch 18, Alvaro Munoz 8
Italy U20: Alessandro Gentile 16, Daniele Sandri 8



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  TURKEY   


Netherlands draw first blood in Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U20 - Turkey U20 68:63

Netherlands posted the first win at the U20 European Championship. The Dutch team held off Turkey in the opening game of the Classification round campaign. Turkey led throughout the bigger part of the clash but Netherlands came from behind late in regulation and eked out victory.
Aldemir helped Turkey to a quick start. They earned a 10:7 lead midway through the opening quarter. Netherlands drew things level but Aldemir and Koksal allowed Turkey to take a 19:14 lead at the first break. Turkey used an 11:o run to post a 30:16 advantage midway through the second quarter. Charlon Kloof (188-G-90) ignited a 7:0 run to bring Netherlands closer. Jessey Voorn (193-G-90, agency: R.H.Consultancy) capped the half with a three-pointer as the Dutch team trailed by six points at halftime 31:37. Three-pointers from Jessey Voorn helped Netherlands to get within two in the third term. But Turkey stayed calm as they recorded a 50:47 advantage at the final intermission. Melih Mahmutoglu (187-G-90) and Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90) dragged Turkey to a 7-point lead Mohammed Kherrazi (200-F-90, agency: R.H.Consultancy) answered with seven points of his own as Netherlands knotted things up at 60. Mohammed Kherrazi then triggered an 8:0 run to help the Dutchmen gain a 67:62 advantage with 21 seconds remaining. Melih Mahmutoglu answered with just one free throw in the remaining seconds and Netherlands celebrated an important victory at the end.
Mohammed Kherrazi knocked down 15 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead Netherlands. Jessey Voorn added 14 points in the victory. Melih Mahmutoglu replied with 15 points for Turkey. Ilkan Karaman had 14 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Netherlands U20: Mohammed Kherrazi 15, Jessey Voorn 14, Charlon Kloof 11
Turkey U20: Melih Mahmutoglu 15, Ilkan Karaman 14



Chicago Bulls agree with Omer Asik - by Eurobasket News
The Chicago Bulls reached an agreement with the Turkish player Omer Asik (6'11''-C-86). The 24-year old center arrives to Chicago from Fenerbahce Ulker. He supposes to be a high-level reserve for Joakom Noah.
Omer Asik helped Fenerbahce Ulker to win the TBL title last season. He appeared 9 times in the league averaging 10.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks. He suffered a season-ending injury in December. Until that time, Asik played 7 Euroleague games adding 8.9 ppg and 6 rpg. He joined Fenerbahce Ulker in December 2007 from Alpella Istanbul. In the past Asik also played for Kadikoy Belediyesi, but he is a product of Fenerbahce where he started as a kid. In 2007, Asik was named Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Newcomer of the Year.
Omer Asik is an active member of the Turkish National Team. At the latest EuroBasket in Poland he had 12.8 ppg and 6.3 rpg for 9 games. It was his first year with the senior NT. His country will be the host of the FIBA World Championship this summer. In the past, Omer Asik played for U20 Turkey. They won the Silver at U20 EuroBasket 2006 in Izmir.


Phoenix Suns close to acquiring Josh Childress, Hedo Turkoglu - by Eurobasket News
The Suns are on the verge of acquiring forwards Hedo Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) and Josh Childress (6'8''-G/F-83, college: Stanford), swiftly rebounding from the loss of Amar'e Stoudemire with two impact players.

The Suns would send seven-year veteran guard Leandro Barbosa and late-season addition Dwayne Jones to Toronto for Turkoglu, a 6-foot-10 forward from Turkey with versatile skills to shoot from long range and be a playmaker. Toronto would then move Jones and its trade exception from the Chris Bosh sign-and-trade deal to Charlotte for former Suns forward Boris Diaw.

Phoenix will send a 2012 second-round pick to Atlanta in a sign-and-trade deal for Childress, who will leave Greece for a five-year, $33 million contract to play for the Suns.

Turkoglu, 31, has played 10 NBA seasons with four teams and wanted out of Toronto after being unhappy there in the first year of a five-year, $53 million contract. To come to Phoenix, Turkoglu is yielding about $5 million of his trade kicker and reducing the guaranteed money on the final year of his contract, which was worth $12 million in 2013-14. He also has an early termination option on that season.

Turkoglu will make $9.8 million, $10.6 million and $11.4 million salaries in the next three seasons while Barbosa, coming off his career's worst shooting season, was owed $14.7 million for the next two seasons.

Turkoglu averaged 11.3 points last season on 40.9 percent shooting, his lowest scoring average and shooting percentage in six years.

Two seasons ago, Turkoglu was the NBA's Most Improved Player when he averaged 19.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.6 assists for Orlando and followed it up with a 2008-09 season with averages of 16.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists with the Magic.

Turkoglu could become the Suns' starting power forward in place of Stoudemire, allowing new acquisition Hakim Warrick to come off the bench with Childress, Channing Frye, Jared Dudley and Goran Dragic.

Turkoglu nearly became a Suns player in 2004, when he had an agreement in principle with then Suns General Manager Bryan Colangelo and was in Phoenix when Orlando called with a better offer. This deal was negotiated between Colangelo and Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver, who had an ugly split in 2006 when Colangelo left Phoenix midseason for Toronto.

Phoenix must acquire Childress from Atlanta, which still has his rights after he left the Hawks and the NBA to take a three-year, $20 million deal with the Greek team Olympiakos in 2008. The Suns are using $6.5 million of the trade exception acquired in Friday's Stoudemire trade to make the deal work without sending Atlanta a player of similar value. Phoenix also used $4 million the trade exception to acquire Warrick in a sign-and-trade deal Friday.

The Suns have about $5.7 million of the exception remaining after the Childress and Warrick deals.

Childress, 27, is able to leave Greece early to sign with the Suns. Childress, the sixth pick in the 2004 draft from Stanford, is a 6-foot-8 swingman who is a quality defender and averaged 11.1 points over four seasons with Atlanta, shooting 52.2 percent from the field and 36 percent on 3-pointers.

Turkoglu is represented by Lon Babby, who league sources have said will be the next leader of the Suns' basketball operations, perhaps as a president. Until recently, Childress was represented by Babby's agency before he switched to Octagon.

With word of Babby coming aboard, San Antonio Assistant General Manager Dennis Lindsey withdrew his name from consideration after being an early front-runner for the general-manager role.


Courtesy of www.azcentral.com


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  UKRAINE   


Belarus edged Ukraine in Minsk to finish second - by Eurobasket News
Belarus-Ukraine 74:69

Belarus and Ukraine National teams closed Day 3 at the International Tournament in Minsk. The hosts edged Ukrainian side 74:69 to finish second in the tournament with 2-1 record. Ukraine lost all three game and finished last.
After two loses in the start Ukraine tried hard to achieve their first win. They started with 16:12 after the first 10 minutes and even led the game at the halftime. Belarus win the second period 20-19 to reduce at 32:35 when both teams disappeared in the lockers. The game was tied at 49:49 after three quarters and the teams remained tough in the court. Due to 25-20 in the last quarter the hosts grabbed the second win to finish second.
Alexander Kudryavtsev (190-G-80, agency: AB Agency) and Pavel Ulyanko (204-F/C-79) top-scored for the winners with 17 points each. Lashkevich collected 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Dante Stiggers (187-G-82, college: S.Mississippi) added 9 points and 7 assists. Maksym Pustozvonov (200-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) ended up with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort. Andriy Agafonov (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) collected 13 points and 8 rebounds, whilst Kornienko had 12 points and 8 boards.
Bulgaria became the Winner of the International tournament with 4 teams participating in Minsk, Belarus. After the victory in the first day over Ukraine, Bulgaria beat Belarus 76:64 to take 2-0 record after the second. Last night the team lost to Israel 69:72, but finished on top of the ladder.

Belarus: Alexander Kudryavtsev 17, Pavel Ulyanko 17, Lashkevich 16+9 rebs, Dante Stiggers 9+7 ast
Ukraine: Maksym Pustozvonov 17+10 rebs, Andriy Agafonov 13+8 rebs, Kornienko 12+8 rebs



Ukraine U20 surprise Montenegro U20 in Crikvenica - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20-Ukraine U20 75:88

Ukraine U20 surprise Montenegro U20 in Crikvenica to start the Qualifying Round with 2-1 record. Ruslan Otverchenko (192-G/F-90) and Kyryl Natyazhko (208-C-90) combined for 50 points to seal another win for Ukraine.
Montenegro started with four points in a row and had 17:13 later in the period. Ukraine however exploded later int he game and immediately created a 16-0 run for 29:17 lead. From that time they never looked behind and reached the necessary victory. After 22-13 in the second frame they reached 47:30 advantage.
Stojanovic cut it to 40:50 and Mihailovic made a lay-up for 50:60. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91, agency: Beo Basket) closed the third quarter at 54:65 and still kept the hope for his team. Ukraine did not allow the opponents to reduce for more and even increased to 81:67 when Ruslan Otverchenko made two-free throws. Kyryl Natyazhko made the lay-up in the end of the game for the final success.
Ruslan Otverchenko exploded with 32 points. Kyryl Natyazhko collected 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Oleksandr Lypovyy (200-G-91) notched 17. Bojan Dubljevic finished the night with 29 points in defeat, while Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) scored 13.
Tomorrow Ukraine will meet Serbia, while Montenegro will face Greece.

Montenegro U20: Bojan Dubljevic 29, Vladimir Mihailovic 13
Ukraine U20: Ruslan Otverchenko 32, Kyryl Natyazhko 18+8 rebs, Oleksandr Lypovyy 17


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  URUGUAY   


Larranaga and Larre Borges will play the Metro League senmifinals games - by Hector Lopez
Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, agency: Liman Sports, college: W.Kentucky) scored 17 points, grabbed 16 rebounds and added 11 blocks leading Larranaga to qualify for the Metro League semmifinal after they beat Capurrro 87-81. For Capurro Joshua Stanhiser (211-F-80) netted 13 points with 3 repounds and 5 blocks. Larre Borges also advanced to semifinals beating Waston 74-59. Guillermo Nathan (200-C-88) scored 19 for the winner, while the import player for Waston, Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles), netted 8 points. Waston already won the championship and already advanced to play the Uruguayan League 2011.
Two other teams are still pending to qualify for the semifinals for the second promotion. Other results for the 21th round:
Capitol 72 - Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 21 points 18 rebounds 5 blocks
Olivol Mundial - Kevin Mickens (206-F-83, college: George Mason) 17 points 4 rebounds
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Nacional 99 - Jermaine Walker (198-F-77, college: Miami (FL)) 21 points 9 rebpunds 6 assists
Verdirrojo 69 - Joaquin Osimani (193-F-87) 12 points 4 rebounds
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Tabare 86 - Diego Taramasso (192-F-78) 14 points 6 rebounds
YAle 80 - Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) 24 points 9 rebounds.


Standings - Metropolitan League
Metropolitan Standings
 1. Waston 17-4 
 2. Larranaga 14-7 
 3. Larre Borges 14-7 
 4. Verdirrojo 12-9 
 5. Capurro 12-9 
 6. Yale 12-9 
 7. Tabare 10-11 
 8. Capitol 8-13 
 9. Nacional 8-13 
 10. 25 de Agosto 7-13 
 11. Olivol Mundial 7-14 
 12. Marne 4-16 




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Women News

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  ARGENTINA - Women  


U17 Argentina National team 2010 - by Facundo Iatzky
Roster for the upcoming World Championship in France

Melisa Gretter (93)
G-162
club: Ben Hur (Rafaela)

Macarena Jerez (94)
G-162
club: Velez Sarsfield (Buenos Aires)


Micaela Sancisi (94)
G-160
club: Social Lanus

Julieta Armesto (94)
G-176

club: Social Lanus

Julieta Vazquez (93)
F-173
club: Deportivo Berazategui

Rocio Evangelina Diaz (93)
F-170
club: Zaninetti

Carolina Martinez (93)
F-160
club: Velez Sarsfield

Daiana Acosta (93)
F-180
club: Social Lanus

Evangelina Zetzsche (93)
F-183
club: Lanus

Diana Cabrera (93)
F-187
club: Union Florida

Brenda Chaine (93)
C-182
club: Lanus

Mariana Favre (93)
C-180
Ultimo club: Maciel
coach: Eduardo Pinto


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Opals beat rival USA - by Eurobasket News
The Jayco Australian Opals have overpowered the United States, 87-72, in a friendly scrimmage in Connecticut, USA overnight.

The Jayco Opals were without star Lauren Jackson who is still recovering from a concussion suffered in a WNBA game on July 3.

Despite the absence of Jackson, the Australians were able to pull off the victory, a result they have not been able to achieve against the USA in official tournaments in recent years.

With both teams ensconced in training camps this week, and the USA playing against a WNBA All-Star team the previous night, both coaches ran out their full squads, 15 players per team, in the encounter.

Victorian Jenna O'Hea (185-G/F-87) continued her standout form on tour, top-scoring against the USA overnight with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. The 2009/10 WNBL All-Star added four rebounds and two assists. Belinda Snell (181-F-81) was in support with 13 points, four assists and three rebounds.

Abby Bishop (189-C-88) showed that she has made some improvements to her game since joining the WNBA and playing against the USAs best on a regular basis; she finished with 11 points, five rebounds and two steals.

The day after scoring 12 points in the USA v WNBA game, Australian forward Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) put up 10 points and grabbed two rebounds for the Opals in her first appearance for the team since 2008. Taylors Phoenix Mercury teammate and 2009 WNBA MVP Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) led the USA with 11 points.

It was a great learning opportunity for some of Australias younger players, including 203cm centre Liz Cambage, to experience playing against the USA senior national team for the first time. Cambage finished the game with eight points, two rebounds and a steal.

The Australians made a slow start but managed to hang with the USA in the first half, facing just a two-point deficit at halftime, 43-41.

But out-rebounding the USA 40-27 allowed the Aussies to pull ahead in the second half and take the win.

The Jayco Opals depart for the final leg of their tour on Tuesday, when they will fly to Hungary for a four nation tournament.

[Box Score]

Quarter by quarter:

1: USA 23 AUS 22
H: USA 43 AUS 41 (20-19)
3: AUS 63 USA 59 (22-16)
F: AUS 87 USA 72 (24-13)

AUSTRALIA 87 (J O'Hea 20, B Snell 13, A Bishop 11) def
USA 72 (D Taurasi 11, C Dupree 10, M Moore 8)

At Uncasville, Connecticut


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


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  BELGIUM - Women  


Italy U18 and Belgium U18 played three friendlies in Pesaro - by Eurobasket News
Italy U18 and Belgium U18 played three friendlies as the hosts managed to win only the opener. Belgium played better in the last two games, while both teams enjoyed the welcoming Pesaro.
Italy U18 rolled over Belgium U18 65:46 in the opener. It was the best game for the Italian side that looked great in the court. Francesca Dotto (165-G-93) stepped up with 11 points to become the top-scorer for the winners. Irene Cigliani (175-G-92) followed her with 9, while Panella, Lucia Morsiani (180-G-92) and Virginia Galbiati (173-G-92) added 8 each.
In Day 2 Belgium celebrated 53:39 win due to the great defense. Italy tried hard but could not find a match for the winners.
Diene top-scored for Italy with 7 points, while Salvini notched 6. Lucia Morsiani nailed 5 and Gaia Gorini (175-G-92) as well as Zanin had 4 each. In the last game Belgium U18 grabbed 50:47 victory. It was a tough game and kept the audience alive until the last minutes. Belgium however kept the lead and won the game. For Italy Gaia Gorini finished the game with 10 points and Carangelo netted 9. Panella notched 8, while Francesca Dotto scored 7.



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  BULGARIA - Women  


Croatia U18 won all three games over Bulgaria U18 in Montana - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U18-Croatia U18 71:73

Croatia U18 won all three games over Bulgaria U18 in Mladost, Montana. The last one was the most interesting and kept the spectators alive until the last seconds. Croatia grabbed 73:71 to sweep the series.
Bulgaria spent one of the best games on the series and started with 26-18 lead. Croatia replied with 18-10 in the second period to tied the score at the halftime. The hosts again took the lead in the third quarter and finished it with 18-15. Croatia however looked better at the end of the game and closed it with 22-17 in the last frame.
Sanja Kovacevic (93) paced all the winners with 11 points for the winners. Rahela Mikulic (92) nailed 10 and Glorija Sikiric (165-G-95) posted 9. Kalina Marinova (180-F/C-92) ended up with 21 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. Maria Svetoslavova poured in 16, while Vesela Kovacheva (170-G-92) ended up with 11 points.
Bulgaria U18 showed better percentage from the filed as they showed 50% versus 47% from Croatia. The hosts were also better in three-point shooting (45%/25%) and from free throw line (52%/48%).Even the Rebounds Section looked better for Bulgaria that collected 41 versus 31.

Bulgaria U18: Kalina Marinova 21+7 rebs, Maria Svetoslavova 16, Vesela Kovacheva 11
Croatia U18: Sanja Kovacevic 11, Rahela Mikulic 10, Glorija Sikiric 9


Japan destroyed Bulgaria in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Japan destroyed Bulgaria 97:50 in a friendly game in Lithuania. The Asian team started with 25-12 and added 27-17. Moreover they produced 28-13 in the third frame and added 17-8 in the last stanza. Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) responded with 12 points for the European team, while Doneeka Hodges (175-G-82, college: LSU) scored just 4. Roksana Yordanova (184-G-84) ended up with 6 points, while Slavova scored 5.

Bulgaria U20 and Great Britain U20 played their last game before heading to Latvia and Macedonia - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U20-Great Britain U20 46:65

Bulgaria U20 and Great Britain U20 played their last game between each other before heading to Latvia and Macedonia to represent the country at the U20 European Championship Women 2010.
Although Great Britain U20 will start in Division B, they won all three games. In the last game they produced 65:46 to sweep the series. The guests opened the game with 15-6 in the opening quarter and never looked behind after that. Great Britain U20 added 19-18 in the second period to take 34:24 at the halftime. Great Britain U20 won also the third period 18-10 and celebrated the victory added another 13-11 in the last frame.
Mairi Buchan (188-F/C-90) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Mary Durojaye (188-F-90) collected 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Tamzin Barroilhet (183-G-90) and Renee E. Busch (174-G-92) notched 7 each. Antonia Zagorova (190-F/C-90) poured in 18 points in defeat and Violina Kocheva (176-F-91) scored 11. Pamela Decheva (185-F-92) and Mila Videnova (183-F/C-90) ended up with 5 points apiece for the home side.
Great Britain U20 will prepare now for Division B in Kavadarci that will start in July 16-25. Bulgaria will start Division A in Liepaja in July 15-25.

Bulgaria U20: Antonia Zagorova 18, Violina Kocheva 11, Pamela Decheva 5, Mila Videnova 5
Great Britain U20: Mairi Buchan 15, Mary Durojaye 12+14 rebs, Tamzin Barroilhet 7, Renee E. Busch 7



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  CENTROBASKET - Women  


Day Three in Mayaguez - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Mexico - U.S. Virgin Islands 81-37
Mexico finished Preliminary Round as No.2 in Group A with 2-1 record and advanced to Semifinals. Brisa Silva (168-G-84, college: Oklahoma St.) shined in this victory with 23 points. The U.S. Virgin Islands (0-3) got 10 points and 9 boards from Tamara Petersen (87).

Jamaica - Dominican Republic 79-76
Jamaica goes to the Semifinals with perfect 3-0 record in Group A. Their leading player in this game was Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn) with 33 points and 5 assists. Dominican Republic had Carmen Guzman (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) on fire with 27 pts (7 rebs). They failed to reach the next stage (1-2).

Group B
Guatemala - Puerto Rico 53-87
Perfect 3-0 for Puerto Rico at the end of the first stage. Jazmine Sepulveda (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) shined for the winners with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Maria Fleischmann (181-F/C-79) responded with 18 points and 7 rebs in defeat. Her Guatemala dropped to third place (1-2) and failed to reach the Semis.

Trinidad and Tobago - Saint Vincent 101-46
Trinidad and Tobago is No.2 in Group B and goes to Semifinals, while Saint Vincent ended with three huge defeats. Alicia Liverpool (188-C-85) top-scored in victory with 20 points (9 rebounds). Tenicha Gittens (163-G-81) replied with 19 points in defeat.


Standings (Women)
Standings
Group A
1. Jamaica3-0
2. Mexico2-1
3. Dominican R.1-2
4. US Virg.Isl0-3
Group B
1. P.Rico3-0
2. Trinid/T.2-1
3. Guatemala1-2
4. Saint Vinc.0-3


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  CROATIA - Women  


Croatia U18 won all three games over Bulgaria U18 in Montana - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U18-Croatia U18 71:73

Croatia U18 won all three games over Bulgaria U18 in Mladost, Montana. The last one was the most interesting and kept the spectators alive until the last seconds. Croatia grabbed 73:71 to sweep the series.
Bulgaria spent one of the best games on the series and started with 26-18 lead. Croatia replied with 18-10 in the second period to tied the score at the halftime. The hosts again took the lead in the third quarter and finished it with 18-15. Croatia however looked better at the end of the game and closed it with 22-17 in the last frame.
Sanja Kovacevic (93) paced all the winners with 11 points for the winners. Rahela Mikulic (92) nailed 10 and Glorija Sikiric (165-G-95) posted 9. Kalina Marinova (180-F/C-92) ended up with 21 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. Maria Svetoslavova poured in 16, while Vesela Kovacheva (170-G-92) ended up with 11 points.
Bulgaria U18 showed better percentage from the filed as they showed 50% versus 47% from Croatia. The hosts were also better in three-point shooting (45%/25%) and from free throw line (52%/48%).Even the Rebounds Section looked better for Bulgaria that collected 41 versus 31.

Bulgaria U18: Kalina Marinova 21+7 rebs, Maria Svetoslavova 16, Vesela Kovacheva 11
Croatia U18: Sanja Kovacevic 11, Rahela Mikulic 10, Glorija Sikiric 9


Serbia beats Croatia in friendly game - by Eurobasket News
Friendly: Croatia - Serbia 77-88

Serbian female NT has managed to take one from their hosts Croatia in the second friendly match. They have displayed better performance than in game one and as result they were able to celebrate 11-point win. Game started off close, with neither team establishing control. In a fairly high scoring affair, it was Serbia who claimed 21-22 lead after one quarter of play. Not much has changed in the second period, as both teams were putting more emphasis on offense than defense. Serbia won second quarter 24-26 after a closely contested game. So as result they took 45-48 lead to the halftime break. Than in the third quarter, Serbian players increased their defensive pressure. They limited hosts to only 11 points in the period. On the other side, they used pressure to create easy transition baskets so they were able to build 56-69 lead. In the final 10 minutes, Croatia players tried to cut the deficit, but visiting side was controlling rhythm of the match. All hosts were able to do was to cut the deficit by 2 points for the final score of 77-88.
Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79) and Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) were the leading scorers in victory with 23 and 21 points respectively. Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) was also good as she added 15 points, while Mina Maksimovic (190-F/C-83) chipped in 13 points. For Croatia, Iva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) led the way with 16 points, while Marta Cakic (175-G-82) added 13. Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) and Madir also reached double digits as they both scored 10 points on the night.

Croatia: Mandir 10, Jelavic, Misura 7, Marta Cakic 13, Lokas 8, Stampalija, Iva Ciglar 16, Sliskovic 4, Vrsaljko 5, Badanjak 4, Cacic, Jelena Ivezic 10.
Serbia: Vukoje, Pesovic 4, koric 4, Djuric 5, Jefimija Karakasevic (191-C-89) 3, Adrijana Knezevic 15, Ivanka Matic 23, Beljanski, Ana Dabovic 21, J. Mina Maksimovic 13


Serbia defeat Croatia in exhibition clash - by Eurobasket News
Croatia - Serbia 77:88

Serbia bounced back from the loss a day ago and knocked down Croatia in the second test encounter. Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79) delivered 23 points to lead the visitors.
The teams kept it close throughout the opening frame. Serbia eked out a narrow 22:21 lead ten minutes into the encounter. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the intense second period. Serbia arrived at halftime up by three points 48:45. The third quarter proved decisive in this one. Serbia capitalized on mistakes from the home team and cleared off. The visiting side accumulated a 13-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. Croatia tried to bounce back in the final period. They cut the margin but nothing more as Serbia rolled to the victory at the end.
Milica Dabovic (175-G-82) notched 21 points for Serbia. Jovana Karakasevic (187-C-92) and Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) finished with 13 points each in the win. Iva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) answered with 16 points for Croatia. Marta Cakic (175-G-82) nailed 13 points in the loss.

Croatia: Iva Ciglar 16, Marta Cakic 13
Serbia: Ivanka Matic 23, Milica Dabovic 21, Jovana Karakasevic 13, Jelena Maksimovic 13



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Women  


Dominican Republic takes the first win in Mayaguez - by Eurobasket News
2010 Centrobasket, Day Two: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 97-70

First win for Dominican Republic in Mayaguez. Both teams failed in Day One, but Dominican Republic jumped to 1-1 now, while the U.S. Virgin Islands dropped to 0-2. The ISV has no chance to reach the Semifinals at this event. Carmen Guzman (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) was totally the best player in victory. She spent 27 minutes on the court collecting 25 points and 5 rebounds. Guzman was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 24. Sugeiry Monsac (186-F/C-81) had 13 points and 5 boards, while Andreina Paniagua (78) and Jennifer Estrella (88) helped with 10 points each. In the loosing squad, Yanique Javois (176-G-86, college: Saint Louis) replied with 16 points. Victoria Hamilton (183-G-91) had 14 pts and 8 boards.
Dominican Republic was slightly better in the first quarter making 22-19 lead. Carmen Guzman and her teammates exploded in the next ten minutes making a crucial lead. Dominican Republic scored 33 points in this period, while limiting the ISV to 17 for excellent 55-36 at the half time. The game winner was already known and last ten minutes were just the formality. Anyway, Dominican Republic ended Q3 with 21-19 and the last one with 21-15 for the final 97-70 blowout.
In Day Three, Dominican Republic will meet Jamaica. Mexico will play against ISV.

Dominican Republic: Carmen Guzman 25+5 boards, Sugeiry Monsac 13+5 boards, Andreina Paniagua 10, Jennifer Estrella 10
U.S. Virgin Islands: Yanique Javois 16, Victoria Hamilton 14+8 boards


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  FRANCE - Women  


The defending champions are ready Liepaja - by Eurobasket News
The defending champions France U20 are ready Liepaja as they finished their last preparation tournament in Italy. After winning two pre-tournaments at home, France U20 finished second recently in Torneo di Caorle.
In Day 1 Italy U20 lost to France U20 61:66 in a real thriller of both teams. Hhadydia Minte (185-F-91) stepped up with 18 points, while Laurie Datchy (175-G/F-90) and Medenou nailed 8 each. Pauline Thizy (190-C-90), De Colo and Diandra Tchatchouang (191-F-91) followed them with 6 apiece.
In Day 2 France clinched another victory beating Holland 67:44. Diandra Tchatchouang top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Okou Zouzouo added 12. Pauline Thizy and Hhadydia Minte poured in 8 apiece, while Laurie Datchy scored 7.
In Day 3 Spain U17 rolled over France U17 64:51 to clinch the top spot. Both teams finished the tournament with 2-1 records, while the Spaniards won over the opponent. Konate, Pauline Thizy, Medenou and Hhadydia Minte paced all the French side with 7 points each. Laurie Datchy and Plagnard delivered 5 apiece and Westelynck, De Colo and Martins netted 3 each.
As a reminder France U20 toppled Spain U20 74:52 to win the title of the U20 European Championship Women 2009 in Gdynia, Poland. This year Frnace will play in Group A together with Bulgaria U20, Holland U20 and Poland U20. France will open their 2010 campaign in the game versus Bulgaria on July 14th.


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  GERMANY - Women  


Poland edge Germany twice - by Eurobasket News
Polish U16 selection played a couple of friendlies against their German counterparts. Andrzej Curyl and Radoslaw Szwaja team swept the series claiming back-to-back victories in Walcz.
Poland earned a 76:58 victory in the opening encounter. Germany led by 6 points at the first break. But Poland gradually adjusted their rhythm and surged ahead for a 39:34 lead at halftime. Poland maintained the lead well throughout the second half. They established an 11-point buffer at the third break and did not look back en route to the victory in the fourth quarter. Elzbieta Giedrojc knocked down 15 points to lead the effort. Beata Jaworska (185-F-94) added 12 points for the winners. Marie Gulich (192-C-94) answered with 14 points for Germany. Carla Bellscheidt (181-F-94) had 11 points in the loss.
The second game was a tougher battle. Poland led by a single point at the first break 21:20. They stepped on the gas in the second frame taking a 13-point lead at halftime. Germany struck right back in the third term. They narrowed the gap to 5 points with ten minutes to go. Germany got even closer in the final term but Poland survived clinching a 71:68 victory. Daria Marciniak nailed 15 points to lead Poland. Marlena Blicharz (169-G-94) added 11 points for the winners. Marie Gulich answered with 17 points for Germany. Teresa Kucera (184-F/C-94) had 12 points in the loss.



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  GUATEMALA - Women  


Trinidad and Tobago too strong for Guatemala 95-59 - by Eurobasket News
2010 Centrobasket, Day Two: GUATEMALA - TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 59-95

Trinidad and Tobago blasted Guatemala so both teams have 1-1 score in Group B. T&T faced with defeat against Puerto Rico in Day One, while Guatemala was better than Saint Vincent. Now, T&T has way better chance to reach the Semifinals. Sharmion Selman (183-F-83) and Rhea Codio (165-G-88) shined in victory with 20 points each. Selman pulled down 13 rebounds beside that, while Codio handed out 13 assists. Rhonda John-Davis (F/G-75) scored 16, while Jonee Billy (188-F/C-84, college: Mount Holyoke) added 14 pts and 10 rebs. In the loosing squad, Blanca Amado (180-G/F-79) top-scored with 15 points. Ligia Del Valle (171-G-87) had 12.
Trinidad and Tobago was much better team in this game. Sharmion Selman and her teammates made 14-26 lead in the first ten minutes sending a clear signal who the winner of the match will be. They were better in Q2 as well for 33-48 HT lead. Nothing has changed after the breather. Trinidad and Tobago still dominated jumping to plus 18 before the last ten minutes. Than in the last quarter Guatemala gave up and Trinidad blasted them 8-26 for the final 59-95 victory.
In Day Three, Trinidad and Tobago will meet winless Saint Vincent. Guatemala will take on strong Puerto Rico.

Guatemala: Blanca Amado 15, Ligia Del Valle 12
Trinidad and Tobago: Sharmion Selman 20+13 boards, Rhea Codio 20+13 as, Rhonda John-Davis 16, Jonee Billy 14+10 boards


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Holland U20 is back from Caorle - by Eurobasket News
Holland U20 is back from Caorle as they participated at the International tournament. The team played versus Italy U20, France U20 and Spain U20.
In Day 1 Spain U20 without any problems started the campaign versus Holland U20 and won 73:41. In Day 2 France clinched another victory beating Holland 67:44. Diandra Tchatchouang (191-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Okou Zouzouo added 12. Thizy and Hhadydia Minte (185-F-91) poured in 8 apiece, while Datchy scored 7.
In Day 3 Holland U20 surprised Italy U20 73:66 as both teams finished with 1-2 records. Holand enjoyed 37:22 lead after the first two quarters and managed to keep the lead. Italy however tied hard to catch up and managed only to reduce the gap. Elena Bestagno (180-G-91) erupted with 21 points that were not enough for the win. Pasqualin followed her with 13, while Marcella Barlassina (172-G-91) added 12. Oriana Milazzo (170-G-91) delivered and Cerri as well as Quarta posted 4 each.
In 2009 Holland U20 defeated the Slovak Republic 75:66 to classify for Division A. This year they will start in Group A together with France, Bulgaria and Poland.



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  ICELAND - Women  


Keflavik land Ingibjorg Jakobsdottir - by Eurobasket News
Keflavik strengthened their roster. They added Ingibjorg Jakobsdottir (174-G-90) to the squad. The 20-year-old guard spent the previous season in Grindavik. She tallied 5.0 points, 3.3 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game. Ingibjorg Jakobsdottir is the member of the Icelandic National Team.


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  ITALY - Women  


Italy U18 and Belgium U18 played three friendlies in Pesaro - by Eurobasket News
Italy U18 and Belgium U18 played three friendlies as the hosts managed to win only the opener. Belgium played better in the last two games, while both teams enjoyed the welcoming Pesaro.
Italy U18 rolled over Belgium U18 65:46 in the opener. It was the best game for the Italian side that looked great in the court. Francesca Dotto (165-G-93) stepped up with 11 points to become the top-scorer for the winners. Irene Cigliani (175-G-92) followed her with 9, while Panella, Lucia Morsiani (180-G-92) and Virginia Galbiati (173-G-92) added 8 each.
In Day 2 Belgium celebrated 53:39 win due to the great defense. Italy tried hard but could not find a match for the winners.
Diene top-scored for Italy with 7 points, while Salvini notched 6. Lucia Morsiani nailed 5 and Gaia Gorini (175-G-92) as well as Zanin had 4 each. In the last game Belgium U18 grabbed 50:47 victory. It was a tough game and kept the audience alive until the last minutes. Belgium however kept the lead and won the game. For Italy Gaia Gorini finished the game with 10 points and Carangelo netted 9. Panella notched 8, while Francesca Dotto scored 7.



Italy hosted the Torneo di Caorle - by Eurobasket News
Italy hosted the Torneo di Caorle as four U20 teams participated in the tournament.
In Day 1 Italy U20 lost to France U20 61:66 in a real thriller of both teams. Spain U20 without any problems started the campaign versus Holland U20 and won 73:41.
In Day 2 Italy U20 rolled over Spain U20 83:73. It was an easy start as the hosts even reached 23 points of deficit. Italy however enjoyed 43:28 halftime advantage. In the second half Spain started to play better and reduced the gap. They cut it to 15 as both teams had 1-1 record after two days. Elena Bestagno (180-G-91) top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Oriana Milazzo (170-G-91) nailed 12, while Cerri and Alice Quarta (175-G-91) netted 10 each. Laura Spreafico (178-G-91) delivered 8 and Marcella Barlassina (172-G-91) as well as Tognalini had 7 apiece.
Frnace clinched another victory beating Holland.
In Day 3 Spain U17 rolled over France U17 64:51 to clinch the top spot. Both teams finished the tournament with 2-1 records, while the Spaniards won over the opponent.
Holland U20 surprised Italy U20 73:66 as both teams finished with 1-2 records. Holand enjoyed 37:22 lead after the first two quarters and managed to keep the lead. Italy however tied hard to catch up and managed only to reduce the gap. Elena Bestagno erupted with 21 points that were not enough for the win. Giulia Pasqualin (177-G-91) followed her with 13, while Marcella Barlassina added 12. Oriana Milazzo delivered and Cerri as well as Alice Quarta posted 4 each.



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  JAMAICA - Women  


Jamaica beats Mexico, stays unbeaten in Mayaguez - by Eurobasket News
2010 Centrobasket, Day Two: JAMAICA - MEXICO 78-73

Jamaica made a huge step forward to Semifinals after 78-73 win against Mexico in Day Two. It means that Jamaica has perfect 2-0 in Preliminary Group A and currently is No.1. At the same time, Mexico faced with the first loss and dropped to 1-1. Simone Edwards (193-C-73, college: Iowa) stepped up for the winners with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn) followed her with 21 points, 5 boards and 7 assists. Vanessa Gidden (191-C-85, college: Hofstra) also had important role in this win adding 13 points and 10 boards. Erika Gomez (187-F/C-76) replied with 19 points and 11 rebounds on the other side. Alexis Castro (183-G/F-86, agency: 22ft, college: Vermont) had 17 pts and 7 boards.
Jamaica did a great job in the first and third quarter. After opening ten minutes, Simone Edwards and her teammates were 20-14 up. However, Mexico replied in the second frame making a 36-38 turn (HT). Jamaica recovered playing a great third quarter. They finished it with 24-15 for decent 7-point lead before the lat ten minutes. Last period belonged to Mexico, but they needed a way more in order to avoid defeat in this game.
In Day Three, Jamaica will meet Dominican Republic. Mexico will play against the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Jamaica: Simone Edwards 22+13 boards, Nicole Louden 21+5 boards+7 as, Vanessa Gidden 13+10 boards
Mexico: Erika Gomez 19+1 boards, Alexis Castro 17+7 boards


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  JAPAN - Women  


Japan destroyed Bulgaria in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Japan destroyed Bulgaria 97:50 in a friendly game in Lithuania. The Asian team started with 25-12 and added 27-17. Moreover they produced 28-13 in the third frame and added 17-8 in the last stanza. Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) responded with 12 points for the European team, while Doneeka Hodges (175-G-82, college: LSU) scored just 4. Roksana Yordanova (184-G-84) ended up with 6 points, while Slavova scored 5.

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  MEXICO - Women  


Jamaica beats Mexico, stays unbeaten in Mayaguez - by Eurobasket News
2010 Centrobasket, Day Two: JAMAICA - MEXICO 78-73

Jamaica made a huge step forward to Semifinals after 78-73 win against Mexico in Day Two. It means that Jamaica has perfect 2-0 in Preliminary Group A and currently is No.1. At the same time, Mexico faced with the first loss and dropped to 1-1. Simone Edwards (193-C-73, college: Iowa) stepped up for the winners with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn) followed her with 21 points, 5 boards and 7 assists. Vanessa Gidden (191-C-85, college: Hofstra) also had important role in this win adding 13 points and 10 boards. Erika Gomez (187-F/C-76) replied with 19 points and 11 rebounds on the other side. Alexis Castro (183-G/F-86, agency: 22ft, college: Vermont) had 17 pts and 7 boards.
Jamaica did a great job in the first and third quarter. After opening ten minutes, Simone Edwards and her teammates were 20-14 up. However, Mexico replied in the second frame making a 36-38 turn (HT). Jamaica recovered playing a great third quarter. They finished it with 24-15 for decent 7-point lead before the lat ten minutes. Last period belonged to Mexico, but they needed a way more in order to avoid defeat in this game.
In Day Three, Jamaica will meet Dominican Republic. Mexico will play against the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Jamaica: Simone Edwards 22+13 boards, Nicole Louden 21+5 boards+7 as, Vanessa Gidden 13+10 boards
Mexico: Erika Gomez 19+1 boards, Alexis Castro 17+7 boards


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  POLAND - Women  


Poland edge Germany twice - by Eurobasket News
Polish U16 selection played a couple of friendlies against their German counterparts. Andrzej Curyl and Radoslaw Szwaja team swept the series claiming back-to-back victories in Walcz.
Poland earned a 76:58 victory in the opening encounter. Germany led by 6 points at the first break. But Poland gradually adjusted their rhythm and surged ahead for a 39:34 lead at halftime. Poland maintained the lead well throughout the second half. They established an 11-point buffer at the third break and did not look back en route to the victory in the fourth quarter. Elzbieta Giedrojc knocked down 15 points to lead the effort. Beata Jaworska (185-F-94) added 12 points for the winners. Marie Gulich (192-C-94) answered with 14 points for Germany. Carla Bellscheidt (181-F-94) had 11 points in the loss.
The second game was a tougher battle. Poland led by a single point at the first break 21:20. They stepped on the gas in the second frame taking a 13-point lead at halftime. Germany struck right back in the third term. They narrowed the gap to 5 points with ten minutes to go. Germany got even closer in the final term but Poland survived clinching a 71:68 victory. Daria Marciniak nailed 15 points to lead Poland. Marlena Blicharz (169-G-94) added 11 points for the winners. Marie Gulich answered with 17 points for Germany. Teresa Kucera (184-F/C-94) had 12 points in the loss.



CCC Polkowice sign Valeriya Musina - by Eurobasket
CCC Polkowice signed 23-year old Russian guard Valeriya Musina (183-G-87, college: Lee). Musina played most recently at Spartak Vidnoe Moscow Region (Russia), where in 6 games averaged 3.3rpg, 1.2apg and 1.0spg. Musina came last year after spending 4 years in the States. She started first with Louisville University. But she hoped for something more than just sitting on the bench (1.5ppg, 1.5apg). So she moved to Long Beach State. Due to NCAA rules, she had to redshirt the first season. In her second season at Long Beach State Musina had very solid 7.8ppg and 3.7rpg. Her final college year she spent at Lee University in NAIA. NAIA is not a part of NCAA, so she did not have to sit-out another year and had a very good season at Lee helping them to make it to NAIA D1 Elite Eight.
By Eurobasket Data Center


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Portuguese U18 and U20 teams clash in friendly - by Eurobasket News
Portugal U20 - Portugal U18 57:53 (2OT)

Both U20 and U18 Portuguese selections are getting ready for the upcoming European battles. As part of their preparations they clashed in the exhibition encounter. U20 team clinched the win in the second overtime. Luiana Livulo (187-C-91) came up with 12 points to lead the effort.
U18 selection surged ahead in the opening frame. They built a 13:6 lead ten minutes into the game. U20 narrowed the gap in the second period. They trailed by 4 points at halftime. Portugal U20 got closer in the third term as they were down by just 3 points with ten minutes to go. U20 selection limited their younger opponents to 5 points in the fourth period and denied the deficit. The teams headed into overtime. The first extra period did not decide on the winner as the teams stayed leveled at 50. Finally Portugal U20 stepped on the gas and eked out a difficult victory at the end.
Michelle Brandao (171-G-91) knocked down 9 points for the winners. Sofia Carolina produced 8 points for U20 team. Ines Faustino (167-G-92) answered with 12 points for U18 selection. Maria Joao Andrade (186-F/C-92) and Vitoria Pacheco (179-C-92) had 10 points each in the loss.

Portugal U20: Luiana Livulo 12, Michelle Brandao 9, Sofia Carolina 8
Portugal U18: Ines Faustino 12, Maria Joao Andrade 10, Vitoria Pacheco 10



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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


Puerto Rico smashes Saint Vincent 130-32 in Day Two - by Eurobasket News
2010 Centrobasket, Day Two: PUERTO RICO - SAINT VINCENT 130-32

Puerto Rico destroyed Saint Vincent for perfect 2-0 in Group B. It was an expected win for the strong Puerto Rico team, whose main goal is to take this championship. Saint Vincent on the other side already lost the chance to reach the Semifinals and they will probably end this stage winless. Michelle Pacheco (173-G-88) came up with 22 points and 8 assists in victory. She was the MVP of this game with valuation 31. Jazmine Sepulveda (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) had 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists, while Sandra Garcia (191-F-90) added 15 pts. In defeat, Sorayah Williams (84) shined with 17 points and 5 rebounds. The second scorer was Tenicha Gittens (163-G-81) with 8 points.
What to say for this game. Puerto Rico simply was better in all basketball elements. Saint Vincent players were not able to resists against strong PUR and faced with huge 130-32 defeat. Quarters in this game: 37-9, 24-7, 39-8 and 30-8.
In Day Three, Puerto Rico will meet Guatemala. Saint Martin will play against Trinidad and Tobago.

Puerto Rico: Michelle Pacheco 22+8 as, Jazmine Sepulveda 18+6 boards+ 7 as, Sandra Garcia 15
Saint Vincent: Sorayah Williams 17+5 boards, Tenicha Gittens 8


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  SAINT VINCENT - Women  


Puerto Rico smashes Saint Vincent 130-32 in Day Two - by Eurobasket News
2010 Centrobasket, Day Two: PUERTO RICO - SAINT VINCENT 130-32

Puerto Rico destroyed Saint Vincent for perfect 2-0 in Group B. It was an expected win for the strong Puerto Rico team, whose main goal is to take this championship. Saint Vincent on the other side already lost the chance to reach the Semifinals and they will probably end this stage winless. Michelle Pacheco (173-G-88) came up with 22 points and 8 assists in victory. She was the MVP of this game with valuation 31. Jazmine Sepulveda (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) had 18 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists, while Sandra Garcia (191-F-90) added 15 pts. In defeat, Sorayah Williams (84) shined with 17 points and 5 rebounds. The second scorer was Tenicha Gittens (163-G-81) with 8 points.
What to say for this game. Puerto Rico simply was better in all basketball elements. Saint Vincent players were not able to resists against strong PUR and faced with huge 130-32 defeat. Quarters in this game: 37-9, 24-7, 39-8 and 30-8.
In Day Three, Puerto Rico will meet Guatemala. Saint Martin will play against Trinidad and Tobago.

Puerto Rico: Michelle Pacheco 22+8 as, Jazmine Sepulveda 18+6 boards+ 7 as, Sandra Garcia 15
Saint Vincent: Sorayah Williams 17+5 boards, Tenicha Gittens 8


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  SERBIA - Women  


Serbia beat Romania three times - by Dragana Vukovic
U16 NT had the first preparation games Last weeekend they played three games against U16 NT of Romania.Coach Dragan Ognjenovic gave a chance to all 21 players to show what they did during the 21 days.After these games U16 NT continues the preparation for the U16 European Championship in Greece.Thez will spent all time of preparation in Banja Koviljaca.

First day:

Serbia - Romania 77:39

Serbia: Cetkovic 4,Stanacev 7,Mandic 6,Petrovic 9,Piper 11,Crvendakic 8,Zagorac 11,Novic 9,Jankovic 4,Anicic 7
Romania: Inbasin 2,Milehis 1,Grigore 2,Lache,Glerle,Pasca 8,Dumitrache 6,Usurelu 11,Ioparceanu 2,Domokos,Ardelean,Raileanu 6,Demeter,Lovaris 1

Second day:

Serbia - Romania 88:56

Serbia: Ljiljak 10,Vidakovic 9,Bosnjak 4,Gvero 4,Nikolic 1,Topuzovic,Corto 7,Kovacevic 22,Boskovic 16,Ciric 5,Vuckovic 10
Romania: Inbasin,Milehis 1,Grigore 4,Lache 4,Glerle,Pasca4,Dumitrache 14,Usurelu 4,Ioparceanu,Domokos,Ardelean,Raileanu 18,Demeter,Lovaris 7

Third day:

Serbia - Romania 77:49

Serbia: Cetkovic 14,Ljiljak 9,Bosnjak 6,Gvero 7,Petrovic 2,Nikolic,Corto 2,Topuzovic 4,Zagorac 4,Novic 17,Anicic 11,Ciric 1
Romania: Inbasin,Milehis,Grigore 10,Lache 6,Glerle,Pasca 2,Dumitrache 9,Usurelu 2,Ioparceanu,Domokos,Ardeleanu 2,Raileanu 7,Demeter,Lovaris 9


Serbia defeat Croatia in exhibition clash - by Eurobasket News
Croatia - Serbia 77:88

Serbia bounced back from the loss a day ago and knocked down Croatia in the second test encounter. Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79) delivered 23 points to lead the visitors.
The teams kept it close throughout the opening frame. Serbia eked out a narrow 22:21 lead ten minutes into the encounter. The visitors maintained the lead throughout the intense second period. Serbia arrived at halftime up by three points 48:45. The third quarter proved decisive in this one. Serbia capitalized on mistakes from the home team and cleared off. The visiting side accumulated a 13-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. Croatia tried to bounce back in the final period. They cut the margin but nothing more as Serbia rolled to the victory at the end.
Milica Dabovic (175-G-82) notched 21 points for Serbia. Jovana Karakasevic (187-C-92) and Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) finished with 13 points each in the win. Iva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) answered with 16 points for Croatia. Marta Cakic (175-G-82) nailed 13 points in the loss.

Croatia: Iva Ciglar 16, Marta Cakic 13
Serbia: Ivanka Matic 23, Milica Dabovic 21, Jovana Karakasevic 13, Jelena Maksimovic 13



Serbia beats Croatia in friendly game - by Eurobasket News
Friendly: Croatia - Serbia 77-88

Serbian female NT has managed to take one from their hosts Croatia in the second friendly match. They have displayed better performance than in game one and as result they were able to celebrate 11-point win. Game started off close, with neither team establishing control. In a fairly high scoring affair, it was Serbia who claimed 21-22 lead after one quarter of play. Not much has changed in the second period, as both teams were putting more emphasis on offense than defense. Serbia won second quarter 24-26 after a closely contested game. So as result they took 45-48 lead to the halftime break. Than in the third quarter, Serbian players increased their defensive pressure. They limited hosts to only 11 points in the period. On the other side, they used pressure to create easy transition baskets so they were able to build 56-69 lead. In the final 10 minutes, Croatia players tried to cut the deficit, but visiting side was controlling rhythm of the match. All hosts were able to do was to cut the deficit by 2 points for the final score of 77-88.
Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79) and Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) were the leading scorers in victory with 23 and 21 points respectively. Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) was also good as she added 15 points, while Mina Maksimovic (190-F/C-83) chipped in 13 points. For Croatia, Iva Ciglar (170-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) led the way with 16 points, while Marta Cakic (175-G-82) added 13. Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) and Madir also reached double digits as they both scored 10 points on the night.

Croatia: Mandir 10, Jelavic, Misura 7, Marta Cakic 13, Lokas 8, Stampalija, Iva Ciglar 16, Sliskovic 4, Vrsaljko 5, Badanjak 4, Cacic, Jelena Ivezic 10.
Serbia: Vukoje, Pesovic 4, koric 4, Djuric 5, Jefimija Karakasevic (191-C-89) 3, Adrijana Knezevic 15, Ivanka Matic 23, Beljanski, Ana Dabovic 21, J. Mina Maksimovic 13


Serbian U20 squad for European Championship - by Dragana Vukovic
Tijana Ajdukovic of Hemofarm
Kristina Baltic of Maribor
Sandra Boskovic of Vojvodina
Latinka Dusanic of Vojvodina
Nevena Jovanovic of Kovin
Jelena Jovanovic of Radivoj Korac
Sara Krnjic of Miszo Pecuj
Sanja Oroyovic of Spartak
Jovana Popovic of Crvena Zvezda
Ana Radovic of Vozdovac
Milana Zivadinovic of Crvena Zvezda
Tatjana Zivanovic of Kovin

Head Coach: Dragomir Bukvic
Assistant Coach: Milkan Mrdja
Assistant Coach: Bogdan Bulj
Phisical preparation Coach: Rade Pavlovic


Serbian National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Adrijana Knezevic
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Ivanka Matic
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Melica Beljanski
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Ana Dabovic
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Jelena Maksimovic
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Jovana Vukoje 174-G-86 Vozdovac Serbia
Biljana Pesovic 180-G-83 Hemofarm Serbia
Maja Skoric 184-F-89 Hemofarm Serbia
Neda Djuric 173-G-80 AEL Cyprus
Dragana Gobeljic 185-F-88 Proleter Serbia
Jelena Velinovic 193-C-81 Crvena Zv. Serbia
Jefimija Karakasevic 191-C-89 M.Kraj. BL Bosnia
Adrijana Knezevic 184-F-87 Mariana Spain
Ivanka Matic 195-F/C-79 Tarbes France
Melica Beljanski 185-F-83 Toulouse France
Ana Dabovic 183-G/F-89 Aris Thessal. Greece
Mina Maksimovic 190-F/C-83 Vozdovac Serbia
Jelena Maksimovic 192-C-82 Jedinstvo Bosnia
Marija Eric 164-G-83 Vomero NA Italy

Miodrag Veskovic Head Coach Spartak M. Russia
Sasa Jakovljevic Assistant
Radojica Nikitovic Assistant Vojvodina Serbia
Dejan Kovacevic Assistant
Slobodan Kecman Assistant M.Kraj. BL Bosnia
Goran Topic Assistant Hemofarm Serbia


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Turkey edge Slovenia in friendly - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U18 - Slovenia U18 67:63
Turkish U18 National Team recorded the first win in the exhibition series against their Slovenian counterparts. Turkey posted a 4-point win in the first out of three exhibition games. Ecem Guler tallied 21 points and 12 rebounds to pace Turkey.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. The scoreboard read 15:15 ten minutes into the game. Turkey put their noses in front in the second term. They earned a narrow 31:30 lead at halftime. Slovenia went at full throttle in the third term. The visitors fired 23 points to take an 8-point buffer before the final term. But Turkey reacted immediately. They adjusted defense and limited Slovenia to only 10 points in the fourth quarter. The hosts fired 22 points and eked out a tough win at the end.
Aysegul Gunay (172-G-92) provided 18 points for the winners. Ozlem Ozturk (174-F-92) added 7 points in the win. Nika Baric (169-G-92) answered with 13 points for Slovenia. Tjasa Gortnar (185-F-92) accounted for 12 points and 15 rebounds in the loss. The teams will meet again tonight.

Turkey U18: Ecem Guler 21+12 boards, Aysegul Gunay 18, Ozlem Ozturk 7
Slovenia U18: Nika Baric 13, Tjasa Gortnar 12+15 boards



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  SPAIN - Women  


Spain wins U20 Pre-Championship tournament - by Eurobasket News
Spain wins U20 Pre-Championship tournament as they finished with 2-1 record in Italy. In Day 1 Spain U20 without any problems started the campaign versus Holland U20 and won 73:41.
In Day 2 Italy U20 rolled over Spain U20 83:73. It was an easy start as the hosts even reached 23 points of deficit. Italy however enjoyed 43:28 halftime advantage. In the second half Spain started to play better and reduced the gap. They cut it to 15 as both teams had 1-1 record after two days. Elena Bestagno (180-G-91) top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Milazzo nailed 12, while Gilda Cerri (185-C/F-90) and Quarta netted 10 each. Spreafico delivered 8 and Barlassina Marcella as well as Tognalini had 7 apiece.
In Day 3 Spain U17 rolled over France U17 64:51 to clinch the top spot. Both teams finished the tournament with 2-1 records, while the Spaniards won over the opponent. Konate, Pauline Thizy (190-C-90), Medenou and Minte paced all the winners with 7 points each. Laurie Datchy and Alexia Plagnard (172-G-90) delivered 5 apiece and Westelynck, De Colo and Martins netted 3 each.
As a reminder France U20 toppled Spain U20 74:52 to win the title of the U20 European Championship Women 2009 in Gdynia, Poland.



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Sweden U20 lose twice - by Eurobasket News
Swedish U20 selection played two exhibition encounters against their Danish counterparts. Both games ended with Denmark claiming victories.
First game saw Denmark got to the better start. They earned a 20:17 lead ten minutes into the game. Sweden stopped the bleeding as they came as close as two points at halftime. Denmark cleared off once again in the third term as they enjoyed a 6-point buffer heading into the fourth quarter. Sweden outscored their opponents 20:19 in the final period but still came up short of victory 70:75. Frida Fogdemark (185-F-91) finished with 19 points. Stefanie Yderstrom (173-G-90) provided 14 points, while Tanya Massamba (182-F-91) had 11 points in the loss.
The second game had the same starting frame scenario. Denmark outscored their rivals to take a 20:18 lead at the first intermission. They maintained the lead throughout the second quarter arriving at halftime up by 8 points 36:28. Sweden could not get any closer in the third stanza and trailed by 10 points with ten minutes to go. Sweden finally found the right rhythm in the fourth stanza but it was too late to save the game. The second loss in a row 61:64. Stefanie Yderstrom knocked down 10 points for Sweden. Tilde Ahlin (183-F-90) provided 9 points, while Danielle Hamilton Carter (187-F-90, college: Fayetteville) notched 8 in the loss.



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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - Women  


Trinidad and Tobago too strong for Guatemala 95-59 - by Eurobasket News
2010 Centrobasket, Day Two: GUATEMALA - TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO 59-95

Trinidad and Tobago blasted Guatemala so both teams have 1-1 score in Group B. T&T faced with defeat against Puerto Rico in Day One, while Guatemala was better than Saint Vincent. Now, T&T has way better chance to reach the Semifinals. Sharmion Selman (183-F-83) and Rhea Codio (165-G-88) shined in victory with 20 points each. Selman pulled down 13 rebounds beside that, while Codio handed out 13 assists. Rhonda John-Davis (F/G-75) scored 16, while Jonee Billy (188-F/C-84, college: Mount Holyoke) added 14 pts and 10 rebs. In the loosing squad, Blanca Amado (180-G/F-79) top-scored with 15 points. Ligia Del Valle (171-G-87) had 12.
Trinidad and Tobago was much better team in this game. Sharmion Selman and her teammates made 14-26 lead in the first ten minutes sending a clear signal who the winner of the match will be. They were better in Q2 as well for 33-48 HT lead. Nothing has changed after the breather. Trinidad and Tobago still dominated jumping to plus 18 before the last ten minutes. Than in the last quarter Guatemala gave up and Trinidad blasted them 8-26 for the final 59-95 victory.
In Day Three, Trinidad and Tobago will meet winless Saint Vincent. Guatemala will take on strong Puerto Rico.

Guatemala: Blanca Amado 15, Ligia Del Valle 12
Trinidad and Tobago: Sharmion Selman 20+13 boards, Rhea Codio 20+13 as, Rhonda John-Davis 16, Jonee Billy 14+10 boards


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Turkey edge Slovenia in friendly - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U18 - Slovenia U18 67:63
Turkish U18 National Team recorded the first win in the exhibition series against their Slovenian counterparts. Turkey posted a 4-point win in the first out of three exhibition games. Ecem Guler tallied 21 points and 12 rebounds to pace Turkey.
The teams stayed neck and neck throughout the first half. The scoreboard read 15:15 ten minutes into the game. Turkey put their noses in front in the second term. They earned a narrow 31:30 lead at halftime. Slovenia went at full throttle in the third term. The visitors fired 23 points to take an 8-point buffer before the final term. But Turkey reacted immediately. They adjusted defense and limited Slovenia to only 10 points in the fourth quarter. The hosts fired 22 points and eked out a tough win at the end.
Aysegul Gunay (172-G-92) provided 18 points for the winners. Ozlem Ozturk (174-F-92) added 7 points in the win. Nika Baric (169-G-92) answered with 13 points for Slovenia. Tjasa Gortnar (185-F-92) accounted for 12 points and 15 rebounds in the loss. The teams will meet again tonight.

Turkey U18: Ecem Guler 21+12 boards, Aysegul Gunay 18, Ozlem Ozturk 7
Slovenia U18: Nika Baric 13, Tjasa Gortnar 12+15 boards



Tarsus Belediyesi tab Naile Ivegin - by Eurobasket News
Tarsus Belediyesi made an important signing. They landed the TBBL Most Improved Player of 2010 Naile Ivegin (185-F/C-85). The 25-year-old centre spent the previous season in Besiktas. She tallied 5.5 points and 4.0 rebounds per EuroCup appearance. In TBBL she tallied 6.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per appearance. Naile Ivegin played for Turkey at the 2009 EuroBasket. She notched 1.7 points and 2.3 rebounds per game in Latvia.


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Dominican Republic takes the first win in Mayaguez - by Eurobasket News
2010 Centrobasket, Day Two: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 97-70

First win for Dominican Republic in Mayaguez. Both teams failed in Day One, but Dominican Republic jumped to 1-1 now, while the U.S. Virgin Islands dropped to 0-2. The ISV has no chance to reach the Semifinals at this event. Carmen Guzman (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) was totally the best player in victory. She spent 27 minutes on the court collecting 25 points and 5 rebounds. Guzman was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 24. Sugeiry Monsac (186-F/C-81) had 13 points and 5 boards, while Andreina Paniagua (78) and Jennifer Estrella (88) helped with 10 points each. In the loosing squad, Yanique Javois (176-G-86, college: Saint Louis) replied with 16 points. Victoria Hamilton (183-G-91) had 14 pts and 8 boards.
Dominican Republic was slightly better in the first quarter making 22-19 lead. Carmen Guzman and her teammates exploded in the next ten minutes making a crucial lead. Dominican Republic scored 33 points in this period, while limiting the ISV to 17 for excellent 55-36 at the half time. The game winner was already known and last ten minutes were just the formality. Anyway, Dominican Republic ended Q3 with 21-19 and the last one with 21-15 for the final 97-70 blowout.
In Day Three, Dominican Republic will meet Jamaica. Mexico will play against ISV.

Dominican Republic: Carmen Guzman 25+5 boards, Sugeiry Monsac 13+5 boards, Andreina Paniagua 10, Jennifer Estrella 10
U.S. Virgin Islands: Yanique Javois 16, Victoria Hamilton 14+8 boards


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Bulgaria U20 and Great Britain U20 played their last game before heading to Latvia and Macedonia - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U20-Great Britain U20 46:65

Bulgaria U20 and Great Britain U20 played their last game between each other before heading to Latvia and Macedonia to represent the country at the U20 European Championship Women 2010.
Although Great Britain U20 will start in Division B, they won all three games. In the last game they produced 65:46 to sweep the series. The guests opened the game with 15-6 in the opening quarter and never looked behind after that. Great Britain U20 added 19-18 in the second period to take 34:24 at the halftime. Great Britain U20 won also the third period 18-10 and celebrated the victory added another 13-11 in the last frame.
Mairi Buchan (188-F/C-90) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Mary Durojaye (188-F-90) collected 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Tamzin Barroilhet (183-G-90) and Renee E. Busch (174-G-92) notched 7 each. Antonia Zagorova (190-F/C-90) poured in 18 points in defeat and Violina Kocheva (176-F-91) scored 11. Pamela Decheva (185-F-92) and Mila Videnova (183-F/C-90) ended up with 5 points apiece for the home side.
Great Britain U20 will prepare now for Division B in Kavadarci that will start in July 16-25. Bulgaria will start Division A in Liepaja in July 15-25.

Bulgaria U20: Antonia Zagorova 18, Violina Kocheva 11, Pamela Decheva 5, Mila Videnova 5
Great Britain U20: Mairi Buchan 15, Mary Durojaye 12+14 rebs, Tamzin Barroilhet 7, Renee E. Busch 7



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  USBA - Women  


Preparations for WUSBA basketball teams finalized for 2011 season: 16 teams set to play - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (July 12, 2010) ---Final preparations and site location 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.
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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 a mere 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 play games in gymnasiums at colleges, universities and larger high schools. '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 and schedule 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 28, 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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Opals beat rival USA - by Eurobasket News
The Jayco Australian Opals have overpowered the United States, 87-72, in a friendly scrimmage in Connecticut, USA overnight.

The Jayco Opals were without star Lauren Jackson who is still recovering from a concussion suffered in a WNBA game on July 3.

Despite the absence of Jackson, the Australians were able to pull off the victory, a result they have not been able to achieve against the USA in official tournaments in recent years.

With both teams ensconced in training camps this week, and the USA playing against a WNBA All-Star team the previous night, both coaches ran out their full squads, 15 players per team, in the encounter.

Victorian Jenna O'Hea (185-G/F-87) continued her standout form on tour, top-scoring against the USA overnight with 20 points on 7-of-11 shooting including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc. The 2009/10 WNBL All-Star added four rebounds and two assists. Belinda Snell (181-F-81) was in support with 13 points, four assists and three rebounds.

Abby Bishop (189-C-88) showed that she has made some improvements to her game since joining the WNBA and playing against the USAs best on a regular basis; she finished with 11 points, five rebounds and two steals.

The day after scoring 12 points in the USA v WNBA game, Australian forward Penelope Taylor (185-F-81) put up 10 points and grabbed two rebounds for the Opals in her first appearance for the team since 2008. Taylors Phoenix Mercury teammate and 2009 WNBA MVP Diana Taurasi (182-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) led the USA with 11 points.

It was a great learning opportunity for some of Australias younger players, including 203cm centre Liz Cambage, to experience playing against the USA senior national team for the first time. Cambage finished the game with eight points, two rebounds and a steal.

The Australians made a slow start but managed to hang with the USA in the first half, facing just a two-point deficit at halftime, 43-41.

But out-rebounding the USA 40-27 allowed the Aussies to pull ahead in the second half and take the win.

The Jayco Opals depart for the final leg of their tour on Tuesday, when they will fly to Hungary for a four nation tournament.

[Box Score]

Quarter by quarter:

1: USA 23 AUS 22
H: USA 43 AUS 41 (20-19)
3: AUS 63 USA 59 (22-16)
F: AUS 87 USA 72 (24-13)

AUSTRALIA 87 (J O'Hea 20, B Snell 13, A Bishop 11) def
USA 72 (D Taurasi 11, C Dupree 10, M Moore 8)

At Uncasville, Connecticut


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


Indiana Fever waive Shay Murphy, re-sign Joy Cheek - by Eurobasket News
The Indiana Fever has waived fourth-year guard Shaya Murphy (5'11''-G/F-85, college: USC) and re-signed rookie forward Joy Cheek (6'1''-F-88, college: Duke), as announced by Chief Operating Officer and General Manager Kelly Krauskopf.

Murphy was a part of Indiana's WNBA Finals roster in 2009 and played in 15 games this season despite battling a nagging right wrist injury sustained in the waning moments of the Fever's loss at Tulsa, May 29. During the club's first five games, Murphy was one of Indiana's brightest stars, averaging 11.2 points and a team-leading 7.0 rebounds per game. In 10 games since the injury, however, she has averaged just 2.0 points and 2.6 rebounds.

Cheek, 6-1, was Indiana's third-round draft pick last April and one of the team's final cuts in training camp. The former Duke standout averaged nine points in two preseason games with Indiana and led the club with six rebounds per game.

Said Krauskopf, 'We are hopeful that the next month or so will give Shay time to heal her wrist and be ready for a strong season overseas. I hope we have the opportunity to bring her back to Indy next season.'

The Fever, 11-6 at the midway point of its summer schedule, plays seven of its next 11 games at Conseco Fieldhouse where it has won seven straight. The defending Eastern Conference champion, Indiana currently trails Atlanta by two games and second-place Washington by one. The Fever battles Atlanta and Washington in five of those next 11 games.

Following its first visit to the WNBA Finals and three consecutive sellout crowds during the 2009 WNBA Playoffs, the Indiana Fever is eager to pursue a sixth straight playoffs appearance and a return trip to the Finals in 2010. The Fever hosts the Connecticut Sun during its annual Kids Day presented by Knozone on Wednesday, July 14 (1:00 p.m.) and entertains the East-leading Atlanta Dream on Friday, July 16 (7:00 p.m.). Season and single-game tickets are available at FeverBasketball.com or by calling (317) 917-2500.


Courtesy of The Indiana Fever