EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/20/2010

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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - SBL
SBL Standings
 1. Lakeside L. 21-5 
 2. Willetton T. 21-5 
 3. Geraldton B. 20-6 
 4. Perth R. 17-9 
 5. Wanneroo W. 16-10 
 6. Perry Lakes H. 15-11 
 7. Goldfield G. 14-12 
 8. East Perth E. 13-13 
 9. Stirling S. 11-15 
 10. Mandurah M. 10-16 
 11. Cockburn C. 8-18 
 12. Rockingham F. 8-18 
 13. Kalamunda E.S. 7-19 
 14. SW Slammers 1-25 


Patrick Mills Impressive in NBA Summer League - by Ian Moss
Patrick Mills chances of securing a new contract with his Portland Trail Blazers NBA team must surely be firming after yet another outstanding effort in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas on Sunday.

In 30 minutes on court in his role as a starter, Mills scored 18 points as well as adding three assists and one rebound as the Blazers improved to 3-1 in summer league play with an 83-69 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Mills went 7-of-16 from the field, including nailing 4-of-8 three-pointers.

The indigenous Australian star is fighting for a new contract and has been averaging an eye-catching 14.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists in the summer league competition.

Mills' performances haven't gone unoticed.

D.J. Foster of ClipperBlog and ESPN Los Angeles on Patty Mills wrote that:

'Most 6-foot point guards with diminutive frames would be weary of mixing it up, but Mills isn't your typical guard. Despite his stature, Mills is a scorer first and foremost who actually does some of his best work off the ball. One display of his aptitude without the rock came when Mills hurled himself at a Hornets defender almost twice his size, setting such a thick baseline screen that his own man had to scurry off to help. The suddenly wide-open Mills then floated to the perimeter for a clean 3, bringing his total on the evening to 14 points on 6-for-9 shooting. In Mills, the Blazers look to have another threat off the bench who can pack a punch offensively, whether he's the primary ball-handler or not. With players like Brandon Roy and Jerryd Bayless typically dominating the ball, Mills' abilities away from the play should prove.'

Mills is slated to shortly join his Australian Boomers teammates on the Gold Coast for a training camp to prepare for the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey.
(Courtesy NBL.com.au)


SBL: Lakeside Lightning finish on top with a tie breaker - by Eurobasket News
SBL: Lakeside Lightning finish on top with a tie breaker as they improved to 21-5 record after the win over Southwest Slammers at the Lakeside Recreation Centre 115:75. Luke Payne (188-G-85, college: USC Upstate) poured in 27 points and Brad Jackson followed him with 24. Jordan Hickert responded with 24 points in the losing effort.
Willetton Tigers also finished with 21-5 record but had lower points difference. In the last game the team lost to Perth Redbacks 106:115. Ryan Neill (190-G-76) paced all the winners with 29 points and Jon Meriweather notched 27. Daniel Maddox (201-F/C-85, college: Ouachita Baptist) collected 23 points and 15 rebounds, while Jesse Wagstaff added 16. Cameron Tovey (200-F-85, college: Augusta St.) recorded 41 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.
Geraldton Buccaneers are third with 20-6 record beating East Perth Eagles 91:89. The winners started with 28-20 and added 22-21 in the second period. Moreover they increased the lead another 2 points after 20-18 in the third period. East Perth Eagles replied with 30-21 in the last stanza but it was not enough for the total success. Ryan Zamroz top-scored for the winners with 30 points and Daniel Thomas netted 15. Ben Pepper collected 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Brian Connelly (203-F-87, college: Albany) notched 12. Stephen Weigh ended up with 37 points and 10 rebounds in the losing effort. Sam Harris (221-C-84, college: ODU) collected 26 points and 11 boards, while Paul Rogers scored 10.


Patrick Mills Impressive in NBA Summer League - by Ian Moss
Patrick Mills chances of securing a new contract with his Portland Trail Blazers NBA team must surely be firming after yet another outstanding effort in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas on Sunday.

In 30 minutes on court in his role as a starter, Mills scored 18 points as well as adding three assists and one rebound as the Blazers improved to 3-1 in summer league play with an 83-69 victory over the Chicago Bulls.

Mills went 7-of-16 from the field, including nailing 4-of-8 three-pointers.

The indigenous Australian star is fighting for a new contract and has been averaging an eye-catching 14.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 5.3 assists in the summer league competition.

Mills' performances haven't gone unoticed.

D.J. Foster of ClipperBlog and ESPN Los Angeles on Patty Mills wrote that:

'Most 6-foot point guards with diminutive frames would be weary of mixing it up, but Mills isn't your typical guard. Despite his stature, Mills is a scorer first and foremost who actually does some of his best work off the ball. One display of his aptitude without the rock came when Mills hurled himself at a Hornets defender almost twice his size, setting such a thick baseline screen that his own man had to scurry off to help. The suddenly wide-open Mills then floated to the perimeter for a clean 3, bringing his total on the evening to 14 points on 6-for-9 shooting. In Mills, the Blazers look to have another threat off the bench who can pack a punch offensively, whether he's the primary ball-handler or not. With players like Brandon Roy and Jerryd Bayless typically dominating the ball, Mills' abilities away from the play should prove.'

Mills is slated to shortly join his Australian Boomers teammates on the Gold Coast for a training camp to prepare for the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey.


(Courtesy nbl.com.au)


Nunawading improves to 18-7 record on top of SEABL - by Eurobasket News
Nunawading improves to 18-7 record on top of SEABL as they rolled over NW Tasmania 103:76. The hosts started easily with 20-11 in the first period and lost however the second frame 19-28. The league-leaders notched 27 points in the third and last quarters respectively in the second half to win the game. Eric Williams top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Chris Cameron (210-F/C-82, college: La-Lafayette) nailed 18. Maalo Hicks notched 15, while Tommy Greer (201-F-83, college: Nova SE) delivered 13. Jeff Dowdell and Michael Martin (201-C, college: Chico St.) ended up with 19 points each in the losing effort.
Sandringham is with 17-8 record in the second place beating Canberra 108:80. The hosts started with 24-18 and never looked behind after. They also added 32-19 in the third period to seal the victory. David Moore paced all the winners with 23 points and Nathan Crosswell (190-G-79) netted 21. Daniel Dillon and Kye Patrick delivered 16 points each in a win. Zlatko Todorovski (190-G-80) finished the night with 21 points in the losing effort.
Bendigo, Kilsyth and Geelong share the third with 8-3 records each.


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  AUSTRIA   


The hosts reach perfect 3-0 record in Group F - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic U20-Austria U20 65:72

Austria celebrated the third victory at the Division B U20 European Championship Men 2010. They rolled over Slovak Republic U20 72:65 for 3-0 record in Group F of the Qualifying round of the tournament.
The first quarter became more defensive and brought 10:9 for the guests. Slovak Republic U20 continued to play better and reached 28:25 at the halftime as Michal Kozar (191-F-90) made a jump shot. Moreover Mrvis increased the lead for the team at 41:29, while Anton Maresch (191-G-91) gave the hosts 49:48 lead after three quarters.
Rasid Mahalbasic (210-F/C-90) made the score 64:55 with less than three minutes to go. Jass nailed three for 64:58 to bring intrigue with 2.30 in the game. Anton Maresch made two free throws for 66:58 and Rasid Mahalbasic increased the lead to 10 points. Mrvis reduced the gap to 68:62, whilst Mikulik nailed three for 69:65. The hosts closed the game from the free throw line to make the final 72:65 win.
Anton Maresch paced all the winners with 23 points as they improved to 3-0 record. Rasid Mahalbasic nailed 14, while Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90, agency: Interperformances) netted 12. Michal Kozar finished the game with 18 points in defeat, whilst Otto Ulman (205-C-90) scored 15.

Slovak Republic U20: Michal Kozar 18, Otto Ulman 15
Austria U20: Anton Maresch 23, Rasid Mahalbasic 14, Moritz Lanegger 12



Dragan Miletic inks with UBSC Graz - by Stefan Prager
As reported Slovenian Guard Dragan Miletic (195-G-82, agency: High Post Agency) has inked with UBSC Raiffeisen Graz. Miletic has played in Austria before. He used to be the leader in Gussing where he played for the Knights from 2006 to 2008. Miletic was trasferred to Furstenfeld Panthers in where he barely played within the two seasons and went back to Gussing during the 08/09 campaign. The 6'5'' combo Guard shortly played in Cyprus last season but was released by Pizza Express Primetel Apollon in November 2009. Miletic was a member of the Slovenian National Team in 2002 and has won the Slovenian Cup when he played at Pivovarna Lasko. He also played in the German Bundesliga for Telekom Baskets Bonn where he reached the Cup Final in 2005. He was selected to the Austrian All Star Game in 2008 but coudn't participate due to an injury.

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  BARBADOS   


Standings
Premier L. Standings
 1. Lakers 14-1 
 2. Warriors 12-3 
 3. Cavaliers 11-4 
 4. Pinelands 10-5 
 5. Jackson 10-5 
 6. Sonics 8-7 
 7. Bulls 6-9 
 8. Senators 6-10 
 9. Patriots 5-11 
 10. Deacons 4-11 
 11. Tridents 3-13 
 12. Cougars 3-13 


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  BELGIUM   


Poland outlast Belgium for fifth straight win in Austria - by Eurobasket News
Poland U20 - Belgium U20 84:72
Polish U20 National team recorded the fifth straight win at the European Championship in Division B. They opened the Qualifying round campaign with a rout of Belgium. Poland thus climbed at 3-0 record on top of Group F. Belgium slipped at 0-3. Piotr Pamula (195-G-90) top-scored with 23 points for the winners.
The lead changed hands for several times throughout the starting quarter. Poland finally pulled ahead and posted a 20:17 advantage at the first break. Belgium did not allow their opponents to run away in the second stanza. Moreover Moray and Gillet drew things level at 32 late in the half. Poland managed to earn a 36:33 advantage at halftime. Thomas De Thaey put Belgium in charge early in the third quarter. The teams traded baskets before Jakub Wojciechowski (211-C-90) and Piotr Pamula gave the Polish team a 60:55 lead at the final break. Jakub Wojciechowski and Aleksander Czyz (201-F-90) kept Poland in front in the fourth term. Then Piotr Pamula stepped up with seven points in a row as Poland opened up a double-digit lead and never looked back en route to the win.
Jakub Wojciechowski produced 20 points and 12 rebounds for Poland. Jaroslaw Mokros (201-F-90) and Aleksander Czyz had 16 points apiece in the win. Thomas De Thaey (197-F-91) replied with 24 points for Belgium. Quentin Serron (190-G-90) netted 15 points in the loss.

Poland U20: Piotr Pamula 23, Jakub Wojciechowski 20+12 boards, Jaroslaw Mokros 16, Aleksander Czyz 16
Belgium U20: Thomas De Thaey 24, Quentin Serron 15



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Pekovic defeats BIH - by Nedzad Kladusak
MNT - BiH 84:71

In the second preparation match of BIH Montenegro was again too strong for BIH. It must have been for Rizvic and Bajramovic like a kind of a Harlem Globetrotter show starring Nikola Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket), new member of Minnesota Timberwolves when they played against Montenegro. Pekovic made 39 points making look our big men like schoolboys competing against Jordan. Jazvin picked up an injury in the previous match which made things not easier for Rizvic and Bajramovic to stop the 130kg beast.However Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) is the best pivot player since years and fortunately we are not in the group with Montenegro.
On Wednesday BIH will play in Vienna against Austria featuring Rasid Mahalbasic.

Zlatibor - Dvorana: Sportski centar Zlatibor. Visitors: 500. Refs: Mrdakovic, Veskovic, Strika
MNT: Dasic 9, Jeretin 7, Sead Sehovic 3, Vucevic, Borisov 1, Golubovic 2, Kuk 8, Vranes 2, Drobnjak, Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) 39, Dragicevic 2, Maras 10.
BiH: Nesovic, Kojadinovic 14, Hodzic, Gordic 13, Milosevic 7, Djurasovic, Jazvin, Halilovic, Rizvic 2, Bavcic 14, Djedovic 17, Bajramovic 4.


Keravnos lands Milan Milosevic - by Eurobasket News
Keravnos announced signing of a one-year deal with Milan Milosevic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket). The 24-year old Bosnian is coming to the island from Bosna ASA BHT, where he spent last season. Milosevic appeared 12 times in Adriatic league averaging 9.5 points and 4.4 rebounds. In Bosnian league, he had 6.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg helping Bosna ASA BHT to reach the Finals. They won the Bosnia and Herzegovina National Cup this year.
Milan Milosevic started last season with the Serbian outfit Crvena Zvezda. He played just few games for them, before moving to Bosna ASA BHT. He was a member of Crvena Zvezda also on season 2008/09. For 19 games in Adriatic league he had 4.4 ppg and 2.4 rpg. At that time Milosevic also added 4.4 ppg and 2.9 rpg for 9 EuroCup games. In the past, he played for Sloboda Dita Tuzla and Hercegovac Bileca, both Bosnian teams.
Keravnos finished last season on Cyprus as No.4 with 10-6 record. They reached the Playoff Semifinals later, but faced with 2-3 elimination against AEL. Keravnos was the Cypriot champion in 2008.


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  BULGARIA   


Bulgaria keep record spotless in Austria - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U20 - Hungary U20 89:57
Bulgaria posted the fourth straight win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They toppled Hungary at the start of the Qualifying Round in Austria. Aleksandar Georgiev (203-F-90) had another outstanding game as he notched 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Bulgaria improved at 3-0 record, while Hungary slipped at 0-3 in Group E.
Paskov and Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances) ensured a 10:2 start to the game for Bulgaria. Bozhidar Avramov capped the period with a jumper as Bulgaria posted a 21:8 lead. Georgi Mladenov team maintained the lead well enough throughout the second stanza. They recorded a 42:30 advantage at the interval. Aleksandar Georgiev notched 10 points in the third term to keep Bulgaria in charge. They built a 68:42 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Hungary could not get closer in the fourth quarter and had to give up at the end.
Bozhidar Avramov produced 19 points for Bulgaria. Vasil Kyosev (195-G-90) added 14 points in the winning effort. Ferdinand Morgen (206-F/C-90) answered with 15 points for Hungary. Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) accounted for 12 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Bulgaria U20: Aleksandar Georgiev 21+11 boards, Bozhidar Avramov 19, Vasil Kyosev 14
Hungary U20: Ferdinand Morgen 15, Janos Eilingsfeld 12



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  CANADA   


Canada's DMNT open their European Tour with a win - by Eurobasket News
Canada's Development Men's National Team (DMNT) opened their European tour on Sunday with a 70-59 victory over Ivory Coast at the Sleuyter Areana in Ostende, Belgium. Toronto native Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) led the Canadians with 17 points while Denham Brown (198-F-83, college: Connecticut) added 11 points.
After a long trip this group started out a little rushed but managed to settle down and took control of the game, said DMNT Head Coach Leo Rautins .
Jevohn Sheppard, Denham Brown and Ryan Bell (193-G-84), all three with senior team experience, led the group. Kelly Olynyk (211-F-91) and Brady Heslip (188-G) also made key contributions. Its important to learn and get better each game.
The Canadians shot 44 percent from the field and 45 per cent from beyond the arc. The DMNT held an advantage at the charity stripe as they went to the line 10 more times than their opponent and shot 71 per cent from the line.
Personally it feels good to play for my country again and a lot of national pride comes through, said Denham Brown, who also added five rebounds.
It was a tough week of camp, and we came out and still got the job done. Guys focused on what the coaching staff wants from them.
Team Canada continues their European exhibition tour as they play Belgium on July 19 in Antwerp, Belgium.
Courtesy of: basketball.ca



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  CENTRAL AFRICA   


Greens land Romain Sato for the next three years - by Eurobasket News
According to Greek media, it seems that Panathinaikos finally signed contract with Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier). There was many rumors about this over the past few days. Some sources stated that the deal is signed, while PAO was denying it. It seems that this story came to the end and Sato will play next three years for the Greek powerhouse. According to reports, he will earn $7 million.
Romain Sato is coming to PAO from Montepaschi Siena. He was the 'Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Player of the Year' last season. For 39 games in Italy he averaged 14.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals. Of course, the team from Siena defended the championship title. It was a four straight for Sato. In Euroleague last season he added 13.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg for 16 games. In 2008, 2009 and this year as well Sato was named 'Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Defensive Player of the Year'. He joined the team in 2006 from Sicc BPA Jessi. He was on high level from the beginning and quickly became one of Montepashi's key players. In his first season with the club he had 13.3 ppg and 6.5 rpg in 43 Serie A games. A year before that he played in LegaDue with Jesi.
Romain Sato is active member of the Central African National Team. At the latest AfroBasket 2009 in Libya he exploded with 21.6 ppg and 8.6 rpg for 7 games. Sato is a product of Xavier University, where he graduated in 2004.


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  CHINA   


Guangzhou Free Man sign Julius Hodge - by Eurobasket
Guangzhou Free Man (NBL) signed 27-year old U.S. Virgin Islands guard Hodge Julius (201-G-83, college: N.Carolina St.). Hodge played most recently at Trotamundos de Carabobo (Venezuela). Hodge is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Australia, France, Italy and Venezuela. In his first game in China he helped Guangzhou to edge ShenYang 101-99. He scored at that game 16 points adding 6 rebounds and 5 assists. Hodge replaced Serbian center Bulajic Nikola (208-C-84).
By Eurobasket Data Center


Changan Group Guangdong sign Chris Ellis - by Eurobasket
Changan Group Guangdong (NBL) strengthened their roster with addition of 26-year old American power forward Chris Ellis (206-F/C-84, college: Wake Forest). Ellis played most recently at CS Municipal Bucuresti (Romania). Ellis is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Romania, Ukraine and Uruguay. In his first game in China he was the main player for Changan which crushed Heilongjiang 93-77. Ellis recorded double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
By Eurobasket Data Center


Stallings' a double-double lands him NBL Player of the Week award - by Eurobasket News
27-year old guard Nick Stallings (190-G-83) put on an amazing game in the last round for Hangzhou Yong Tong and receives a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 13.
He recorded a triple-double of 28 points and added12 rebounds and 11 assists, while his team crushed W.Liaoning (#7, 5-8) with 16-point margin 105-89. Hangzhou maintains the 5th position in Chinese NBL. Hangzhou is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-7 record. Stallings has many years of experience at Hangzhou, through which he has constantly improved. Centenary College graduate has very impressive stats this year. Stallings is in league's top in points (3rd best: 23.5ppg), assists (2nd best: 6.1apg) and averages solid 2.3spg and 52.5% FGP. Worth to mention Stallings played also at Eurobasket Summer League, which helped him get the job in pro basketball.

Second best performed player last round was Daniel Rose (208-C-83) of ShenYang Dongjin. He is Jamaican center in his first season at ShenYang. In the last game Rose recorded impressive double-double of 24 points and 20 rebounds. Bad luck as ShenYang was edged by the higher-ranked Guangzhou FM (#4, 7-6) 101-99. This loss caused ShenYang to drop to 8th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-9 record. Rose is one of the most experienced players at ShenYang and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

Third place about best performers goes to forward Dante Milligan (206-F-84, agency: ZAG Advocates) of Heilongjiang Zhaozhou Feng Shen (#9). Milligan scored 19 points and grabbed fifteen rebounds (!!!). Despite Milligan's great performance Heilongjiang lost 77-93 to the higher-ranked Changan Group (#3, 9-4). But his team cannot count on just a single player 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 3-10 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. Milligan has a very solid season. In 3 games in China he scored 27.3ppg.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dennis Mims (205-F-80) of Sichuan - 21 points, 19 rebounds and 3 assists
5. Edward Basden (196-G/F-83) of W.Liaoning - 23 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
6. Marc Dawson (206-F/C-83) of Guangzhou FM - 25 points, 16 rebounds and 3 assists
7. Austen Powers (203-F-87) of Hangzhou - 28 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists
8. Shawn Taggart (207-F-85) of Jiyuan - 32 points and 12 rebounds
9. T.J. Bannister (180-G-84) of Sichuan - 21 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists
10. Quincy Davis (206-F/C-83) of Jiangsu - 28 points and 10 rebounds


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  COLOMBIA   


Colombian National Team getting ready for Southamerican - by Victor Garcia
Colombian National team moves forward in the trainning camp for the 44th, Southamerican Championship that will began July 25 in the city of Neiva, the national team reaches its 11th day of training with 13 players, the good news is that Enielsen Guevara finally arrives and now is part of the group, the team will play a friendly tournament in Pitalito (a city at the south of Neiva) from July 22th to July 24th, in the friendly tournament Colombia will face Uruguay, Chile and Ecuador.

The final roster of 12 players will be released after this friendly tournament, looking to the trainnings the starting five of Colombia will be:
PG: Edgar Morenoo
SG: Stalin Ortiz
SF: Norbey Aragn.
PF: Enielsen Guevara.
C: John Hernandez

The 13 players working in Neiva are:

GUARDS:
Edgar Moreno
Stalin Ortiz
Rodrigo Caicedo
Gianluca Bacci

FORWARDS:
Norbey Aragon.
Eleuterio Renteria
Yader Fernandez
Cesar Cortes.
Jairo Mendoza.
Adison Mosquera
Enielsen Guevara

CENTERS:
Divier Perez
John Hernandez



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  CYPRUS   


Keravnos lands Milan Milosevic - by Eurobasket News
Keravnos announced signing of a one-year deal with Milan Milosevic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket). The 24-year old Bosnian is coming to the island from Bosna ASA BHT, where he spent last season. Milosevic appeared 12 times in Adriatic league averaging 9.5 points and 4.4 rebounds. In Bosnian league, he had 6.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg helping Bosna ASA BHT to reach the Finals. They won the Bosnia and Herzegovina National Cup this year.
Milan Milosevic started last season with the Serbian outfit Crvena Zvezda. He played just few games for them, before moving to Bosna ASA BHT. He was a member of Crvena Zvezda also on season 2008/09. For 19 games in Adriatic league he had 4.4 ppg and 2.4 rpg. At that time Milosevic also added 4.4 ppg and 2.9 rpg for 9 EuroCup games. In the past, he played for Sloboda Dita Tuzla and Hercegovac Bileca, both Bosnian teams.
Keravnos finished last season on Cyprus as No.4 with 10-6 record. They reached the Playoff Semifinals later, but faced with 2-3 elimination against AEL. Keravnos was the Cypriot champion in 2008.


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  EUROCUP   


Dynamo Moscow add Nikita Shabalkin - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo Moscow brought in new player. They signed a one-year deal with Nikita Shabalkin (204-F-86). The 23-year-old forward spent the previous season in Triumph. He appeared in just six games tallying 8.2 points and 2.0 rebounds. Earlier Nikita Shabalkin had spells for CSKA Moscow, CSK-VVS Samara and Khimky.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Rafa Martinez stays with Power Electronics Valencia - by Eurobasket News
Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) will stay with Power Electronics Valencia until the end of 2013/14 season. The 28-year-old guard joined Valencia (at that time Pamesa) during the summer 2008 from Manresa. He played 17 games for them in EuroCup last season registering 11.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 1.8 apg. Valencia celebrated in this competition and booked a spot for Euroleague 2010/11. In ACB, Martinez appeared 35 times collecting 13.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB 2nd Team. Martinez also was named Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention. In his first season with Valencia (Pamesa), Martinez had slightly lower numbers than 2009/10.
From 2003 to 2008, Rafael Martinez was a member of Ricoh Manresa. In their last season together Martinez exploded with 14.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2.4 apg for 34 games in ACB. That did not go unnoticed and Pamesa landed the player. In the past Martinez also was a member of Valls-Felix Hotel in LEB2. In 2005, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Most Improved Player of the Year.
Few days ago, PE Valencia landed American PG Omar Cook (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's).


Greens land Romain Sato for the next three years - by Eurobasket News
According to Greek media, it seems that Panathinaikos finally signed contract with Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier). There was many rumors about this over the past few days. Some sources stated that the deal is signed, while PAO was denying it. Now, it seems that this story came to the end and Sato will play next three years for the Greek powerhouse. According to reports, he will earn $7 million.
Romain Sato is coming to PAO from Montepaschi Siena. He was the 'Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Player of the Year' last season. For 39 games in Italy he averaged 14.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals. Of course, the team from Siena defended the championship title. It was a four straight for Sato. In Euroleague last season he added 13.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg for 16 games. In 2008, 2009 and this year as well Sato was named 'Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Defensive Player of the Year'. He joined the team in 2006 from Sicc BPA Jessi. He was on high level from the beginning and quickly became one of Montepashi's key players. In his first season with the club he had 13.3 ppg and 6.5 rpg in 43 Serie A games. A year before that he played in LegaDue with Jesi.
Romain Sato is active member of the Central African National Team. At the latest AfroBasket 2009 in Libya he exploded with 21.6 ppg and 8.6 rpg for 7 games. Sato is a product of Xavier University, where he graduated in 2004.


Real Madrid keeps Sergio Llull until 2014 - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid and Sergio Llull (190-G-87) extended the contract and the Spanish guard will stay with the Whites until the end of 2013/14 season. Llull made a decision to stay, despite the Houston Rockets showed serious interest in him.
Sergio Llull joined the Whites in 2007 from Ricoh Manresa. He had limited playing time his first season in Madrid averaging just 2.9 ppg and 1.5 apg for 30 games in ACB. He had even lower numbers in Euroleague that year. On season 2008/09, Llull had more important role with the team. His digits increased to 8.7 ppg and 2.7 apg for 38 games in ACB. In Euroleague, he also improved to 7.2 ppg and 2.1 apg for 18 appearances. Last season, Llull just continued where he left off in 2009. His numbers in Spanish league jumped to 11.2 ppg and 2.1 apg for 35 games. In Euroleague, he had almost 10 ppg and 2 apg for 18 matches. Despite his good performance, Real Madrid was unable to win the trophy in any of the competitions this season.
Sergio Llull is active member of the Spanish National Team. Last summer in Poland he helped them to win the Gold with 4 ppg for 9 games. In the past, Llull also played for U18 and U20 Spain.


CSKA Moscow signs Jamont Gordon to a three-year deal - by Eurobasket News
As expected, CSKA Moscow has officially announced the signing of Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) to a three-year contract. The 23-year-old American guard arrives the Russian powerhouse from Cibona Zagreb. He appeared 15 times in Euroleague last season averaging 13.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists. Gordon also had 19.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.8 apg and 1.9 spg for 21 games in Croatian championship, where Cibona defended the title. In Adriatic league, Gordon added 14.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.6 apg and 1.9 spg for 28 games. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Player of the Year and also Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Guard of the Year. Cibona was the regular season champion in Adriatic league, but failed in the Finals against Partizan Belgrade. In Euroleague, Eurobasket awarded Gordon with Honorable Mention,
Before Cibona Zagreb, Jamont Gordon was a member of GMAC Real Estate Bologna. He had 11.3 ppg and 4.7 rpg for 29 games in Serie A. He also had 11.3 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 6 EuroCup games. It was the first season for Gordon as a pro. He graduated at the Mississippi State University in 2008. In his senior season Gordon had 17.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 4.9 apg in 34 games.


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M-Standings - Division B
Standings Div.B
Group E
1. Bulgaria3-0
2. Israel2-1
3. Sweden2-1
4. Portugal1-2
5. Finland1-2
6. Hungary0-3
Group F
1. Austria3-0
2. Poland3-0
3. U.Kingdom2-1
4. Norway1-2
5. Belgium0-3
6. Slovakia0-3
Group G
1. Belarus1-0
2. Denmark0-0
3. Georgia0-0
4. Switzerlan.0-0
5. Romania0-1


Div. B Day: 4 (Qualifying Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Finland - Sweden 84-77
Finland opened the Qualifying round at the U20 European Championship in Division B with victory. They held off Sweden for 1-2 record in Group E. Sweden in the meantime suffered the second straight loss at the tournament and slipped at 2-1 record in the ladder. Sasu Salin (190-G-91) notched 19 points and 12 caroms to lead the winners. Niemi and Sasu Salin ensured a brave start for Finland. They established a 16:4 lead midway through the opening quarter. Sasu Salin and Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) stretched the margin to 16 points late in the period. Alexander Lindqvist (202-F-91) capped the term with a three-pointer as Sweden got within 7 points 17:24. Andreas Person (188-G-91) dragged Sweden within two late in the first half but Finland quickly responded. They went on a 9:1 run to take some breathing space. Finland entered the fourth quarter up by 11 points 45:34. Zahden and Alexander Lindqvist narrowed the gap to just 6 points with five minutes remaining. However Alanen and Sasu Salin went deadly from the stripe, while Carl Lindbom fired from downtown to seal the winning outcome for Finland. Roope Ahonen (186-G-90) notched 18 points for Finland. Carl Lindbom produced 14 points in the victory. Andreas Person answered with 21 points for Sweden. Alexander Lindqvist had 14 points in the loss.

Portugal - Israel 57-64
Israeli U20 National team recorded their third straight win at the European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Portugal to open the Qualifying Round campaign. Israel improved at 2-1 record in Group E, while Portugal fell at 1-2. Portugal opened the game with five points in a row. They maintained the lead throughout the starting quarter and recorded a 22:14 lead at the first break. Yotam Shiran (198-F-90, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) and Tamir Ariely (189-G-90, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) dragged Israel in front in the second stanza. Israel finished the first half up by 4 points 36:32. The teams exchanged baskets in the third term. Israel managed to stay in charge as they entered the fourth quarter up by one 44:43. Portugal surged back in front in the fourth term. Guerreiro gave Portugal a 54:50 lead midway through the final quarter. Israel responded with an 8:0 run to take a 60:55 lead with 13 seconds remaining. Portugal never recovered and surrendered at the end. Yotam Shiran fired 19 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for Israel. Jacob Cohen (210-C-90) nailed 17 points, while Tamir Ariely had 14 points in the win. Tomas Barroso (180-G-90) and Andre Pereira (200-C-90) answered with 17 points each for Portugal.

Hungary - Bulgaria 57-89
Bulgaria posted the fourth straight win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They toppled Hungary at the start of the Qualifying Round in Austria. Aleksandar Georgiev (203-F-90) had another outstanding game as he notched 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Bulgaria improved at 3-0 record, while Hungary slipped at 0-3 in Group E. Paskov and Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances) ensured a 10:2 start to the game for Bulgaria. Bozhidar Avramov capped the period with a jumper as Bulgaria posted a 21:8 lead. Georgi Mladenov team maintained the lead well enough throughout the second stanza. They recorded a 42:30 advantage at the interval. Aleksandar Georgiev notched 10 points in the third term to keep Bulgaria in charge. They built a 68:42 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Hungary could not get closer in the fourth quarter and had to give up at the end. Bozhidar Avramov produced 19 points for Bulgaria. Vasil Kyosev (195-G-90) added 14 points in the winning effort. Ferdinand Morgen (206-F/C-90) answered with 15 points for Hungary. Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) accounted for 12 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Group F
Slovakia - Austria 65-72
Austria celebrated the third victory at the Division B U20 European Championship Men 2010. They rolled over Slovak Republic U20 72:65 for 3-0 record in Group F of the Qualifying round of the tournament. The first quarter became more defensive and brought 10:9 for the guests. Slovak Republic U20 continued to play better and reached 28:25 at the halftime as Michal Kozar (191-F-90) made a jump shot. Moreover Mrvis increased the lead for the team at 41:29, while Anton Maresch (191-G-91) gave the hosts 49:48 lead after three quarters. Rasid Mahalbasic (210-F/C-90) made the score 64:55 with less than three minutes to go. Jass nailed three for 64:58 to bring intrigue with 2.30 in the game. Anton Maresch made two free throws for 66:58 and Rasid Mahalbasic increased the lead to 10 points. Mrvis reduced the gap to 68:62, whilst Mikulik nailed three for 69:65. The hosts closed the game from the free throw line to make the final 72:65 win. Anton Maresch paced all the winners with 23 points as they improved to 3-0 record. Rasid Mahalbasic nailed 14, while Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90, agency: Interperformances) netted 12. Michal Kozar finished the game with 18 points in defeat, whilst Otto Ulman (205-C-90) scored 15.

Norway - United Kingdom 47-83
Great Britain posted the first win at the Qualifying Round of the U20 European Championship in Division B. They fired past Norway to improve at 2-1 record in Group F. Norway slipped at 1-2 record after the loss. William Neighbour (203-F-90) tallied 24 points and 14 rebounds to pace Great Britain. Great Britain shocked their opponents at the beginning of the game. They tipped off the encounter on an 11:0 run. Norway narrowed the distance but still trailed by 6 points 11:17 at the first pause. Great Britain ignited a 12:2 run to open the second term. The British team rallied to a 46:28 lead at the interval. Ovie Soko (203-F-91) and William Neighbour teamed up for 10 points in a row early in the third quarter as the margin grew at 28-point mark. Norway could not recover as they trailed by as many as 33 points at the final break. Great Britain maintained the lead throughout the fourth quarter and recorded a well-deserved win at the end. Jack Stannard (187-G-90) and Ovie Soko nailed 13 points each for Great Britain. Lawrence added 10 points and 6 assists for the winners. Anders Stien (195-G-90) replied with 14 points for Norway. Roy Nwachukwu (192-F-90) delivered 8 points in the losing case.

Belgium - Poland 72-84
Polish U20 National team recorded the fifth straight win at the European Championship in Division B. They opened the Qualifying round campaign with a rout of Belgium. Poland thus climbed at 3-0 record on top of Group F. Belgium slipped at 0-3. Piotr Pamula (195-G-90) top-scored with 23 points for the winners. The lead changed hands for several times throughout the starting quarter. Poland finally pulled ahead and posted a 20:17 advantage at the first break. Belgium did not allow their opponents to run away in the second stanza. Moreover Moray and Gillet drew things level at 32 late in the half. Poland managed to earn a 36:33 advantage at halftime. Thomas De Thaey (197-F-91) put Belgium in charge early in the third quarter. The teams traded baskets before Jakub Wojciechowski (211-C-90) and Piotr Pamula gave the Polish team a 60:55 lead at the final break. Jakub Wojciechowski and Aleksander Czyz (201-F-90) kept Poland in front in the fourth term. Then Piotr Pamula stepped up with seven points in a row as Poland opened up a double-digit lead and never looked back en route to the win. Jakub Wojciechowski produced 20 points and 12 rebounds for Poland. Jaroslaw Mokros (201-F-90) and Aleksander Czyz had 16 points apiece in the win. Thomas De Thaey replied with 24 points for Belgium. Quentin Serron (190-G-90) netted 15 points in the loss.



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Finland keep title hopes alive - by Eurobasket News
Finland U20 - Sweden U20 84:77
Finland opened the Qualifying round at the U20 European Championship in Division B with victory. They held off Sweden for 1-2 record in Group E. Sweden in the meantime suffered the second straight loss at the tournament and slipped at 2-1 record in the ladder. Sasu Salin (190-G-91) notched 19 points and 12 caroms to lead the winners.
Niemi and Sasu Salin ensured a brave start for Finland. They established a 16:4 lead midway through the opening quarter. Sasu Salin and Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) stretched the margin to 16 points late in the period. Alexander Lindqvist (202-F-91) capped the term with a three-pointer as Sweden got within 7 points 17:24. Andreas Person (188-G-91) dragged Sweden within two late in the first half but Finland quickly responded. They went on a 9:1 run to take some breathing space. Finland entered the fourth quarter up by 11 points 45:34. Zahden and Alexander Lindqvist narrowed the gap to just 6 points with five minutes remaining. However Alanen and Sasu Salin went deadly from the stripe, while Carl Lindbom fired from downtown to seal the winning outcome for Finland.
Roope Ahonen (186-G-90) notched 18 points for Finland. Carl Lindbom produced 14 points in the victory. Andreas Person answered with 21 points for Sweden. Alexander Lindqvist had 14 points in the loss.

Finland U20: Sasu Salin 19+12 boards, Roope Ahonen 18, Carl Lindbom 14
Sweden U20: Andreas Person 21, Alexander Lindqvist 14



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  FRANCE   


Limoges CSP signs Jeff Varem - by Eurobasket News
Limoges CSP continues with signings this summer. The latest addition to the squad is the Nigerian small forward Jeff Varem (198-G/F-83, college: Washington St.). The 27-year old player arrives to Limoges from the Iranian club Saba Mehr, whose member he also was on season 2008/09. This year he also played on Philippines for the Barako Bull Energy Boosters. Varem is not a new face in France as he already played there in the past. On season 2007/08 he was a member of ASVEL averaging 3.4 ppg and 4.4 rpg for 11 games in ProA. At that time he also had 6.5 ppg and 3 rpg in 4 EuroCup games. His first stint in France was with Pau-Orthez on season 2005/06. That season Varem had 5.6 ppg and 3.8 rpg for 30 games in ProA. Pau-Orthez also competed in Euroleague, where Varem added 4 ppg and 3 rpg in 14 games. In the meantime, he also played for the Sioux Fall Skyforce in NBDL.
Jeff Varem is a product of the Washington State University, where he graduated five years ago. In his senior season Varem had 10.5 ppg and 7.8 rpg for 28 games. He is a member of the Nigerian National Team since 2003.


Orleans brings in Amara Sy - by Eurobasket News
Orleans announced signing of Amary Sy for the next two years. The 28-year old Mali/French forward spent last season with Murcia. Actually he started it in NBDL with the Bakersfield Jam, but in January moved to Spain. For 16 games in ACB, Sy had 5.8 ppg and 4.5 rpg. In NBDL he averaged 15 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 3.5 apg with the Jam.
Season 2008/09, Amara Sy (202-F-81) spent with ASVEL. He shined with 12.3 ppg and 5.4 rpg for 31 games in ProA. In EuroCup, Sy was even better adding 16 ppg and 5.3 rpg for 6 games. Before ASVEL, he played one year in Greece for AEK Athens. From 2005 to 2007 he also was a member of ASVEL, as well as from 1999 to 2002. In the meantime, he spent three years with Le Mans.
Amara Sy is a member of Mali National team since 2001. He was one of the best players at the 2009 AfroBasket in Libya. For 9 games at this event Sy collected 15.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 2.4 apg. He was awarded with Africabasket.com All-African Championships Honorable Mention.


France U16 contniues their preparation for Montenegro - by Eurobasket News
France U16 contniues their preparation for European Championship and participated recenlty at the Memorial Simoncini for U16 teams. Italy hosted Memorial Simoncini for U16 teams as Italy U16, Turkey U16, France U16 and Germany U16 competed in the tournament.
In Day 1 France U16 rolled over Turkey U16 58:51 in the opener. Typhoon Erulku's 17 points were not enough in the losing effort. Zafer Sezer Alp notched 13, whilst Kenan Sipahi (189-G-95) added 10.
In Day 2 Italy U16 overcame France U16 74:69. Both teams showed their best, however the hosts deserved the win more. Landi stepped up with 18 points and Imbro netted 15. Tessitori scored 12, while Rodriguez Made notched 7. Raphael Binvignat (194-F-94) and Inglis finished the night with 10 points each in the losing effort. Anthony Racine (187-G-94) and Boris Dallo (191-G-94) nailed 9 apiece and Mei as well as Jaiteh added 7 each.
In the end of June France swept Germany in a battle of teams preparing for the U16 European Championship Men in Bar, Montenegro. France won over Germany 72:59, 72:56 and 83:78 as Charly Maraux (185-G-94) had 19 and Damien Inglis contributed 15 in the last success.



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Georgia U-20 defeats Sweden 79:73 - by Akaki Bakradze
Georgia won but the victory did not change anything. Sweden won the group and Georgia remains in last place. Should be noted that the Georgians are gradually improving the game. The game was equal but Georgia has more often been a little ahead and finally brought the game to victory
Georgia U-20: Bakradze 35 min. 4 ass. Chikviladze 33 min. 15 pts. Sharabidze 33 min.19 pts. 10 rbs. Shengelia 33 min. 23 pts. 13 rbs.

Giorgi Sharabidze (208-C-90)


Slovakia vs. Georgia 80:72 10:15 32:24 22:18 16:15 - by Akaki Bakradze
After losing in Hungary, Georgia lost the second friendly match in Slovakia. In this match didnt play Tsintsadze, because of small injury. A lot of time on the court conducted a back-up players: Kote Tugushi, Anatoli Boisa, Konstantine Tomaradze, Nodar Shengelia, Mikheil Berishvili. This new roster and of course take some time for teamwork.
Georgia: Pachulia 10 pts. Green 10. Tskitishvili 10
Slovakia: Marko 16 Novak 16 Gavel 10 Szalay 6

Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84)


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Schwelm Pick Up Yannick Opitz - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Schwelmer Baskets do a good deed for young German talents by picking up Yannick Opitz (185-G-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement). Opitz is a 20 year old 186cm guard that comes from Phoenix Hagen. Opitz is a player that is known as a strong defender that has fantastic range from the three point line. Schwelm coach Raffi Wilder is content that the young German will be able to help his club. 'Despite his young age, he already has a lot of experience at a high level. He has goten a lot of playing time for the 1 Regionaliga and NBBL team of Phoenix Hagen and has shown a lot of potential. I am awaiting his strong defense and good shot from outside', stated coach Raffi Wilder. Opitz is looking forward to playing for Schwelm. 'I am looking for the challenge and because of the fans and good organization of the team was always interesed to playing there. I am lucky that I have the chance this season. I can combine my studies and basketball', stressed Yannick Opitz (185-G-90, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement). Opitz started his basketball career with BBV Hagen in 2005.
Source: www.schwelmer-baskets.de



Germany U16 prepares for European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Germany U16 prepares for European Championship as they particiopated at the Memorial Simoncini for U16 teams over the weekend. Italy hosted Memorial Simoncini for U16 teams as Italy U16, Turkey U16, France U16 and Germany U16 competed in the tournament.
In Day 1 Germany U16 overcame Italy U16 59:57. The game was tough for both teams and remained the spectators alive until the last seconds. The team of Stein however grabbed the first victory as Taylor paced all the winners with 14 points. Paul Zipser (94) notched 11, while Robin Jorch (201-F-94) scored 8. Lockhart delivered 7 and Diouf chipped in 6. Amedeo Vittorio Tessitori (200-C-94) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort. Bianchi posted 10, while Aristide Landi (200-F-94) netted 9 points.
In Day 2 Turkey U16 edged Germany U16 73:57 as they started with 22-19 lead. Turkey added another 19-8 in the second frame to take the bigger lead at the halftime. Germany meanwhile won the third period 16-13, but Turkey finished with 19-14 in the last quarter to seal the victory. Zafer Sezer Alp top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Tayfun Erulku (188-G-94) nailed 14. Burak Haciismail collected 8 points and 5 rebounds, while Kenan Siphai and Krsat Sozen posted 6 each.



Andrej Mangold Goes To The Artland Dragons - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

Since years, The Artland Dragons have been known for having an influx of Americans, but so far this season, the team has been heavily involved with stocking up with German players. After signing Johannes Strasser, the club now picked up another German with Andrej Mangold (190-G-87, agency: Liman Sports). Mangold is a 23 year old 190cm guard that was born in Hannover. Last season, he played for UBC Hannover Tigers in the PRO A playing 25 games and averaging 8.5ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 45.7%, 3PT: 35.7%, FT: 69.1%. Dragons coach Stefan Koch sees Mangold as a player that will be able to show his talent on the court. 'He showed last season that he can play at the PRO A level. He will give us a high practice quality and also be able to play some minutes in games. He is very strong for aguard and always gives everything and that is what you need at this position', warned Stefan Koch.

Mangold started his basketball career with TK Hannover (Regionaliga in the 2004-2005 season. He then played for Oldenburger TB (Regionalliga): from 2005 to 2007. In the 2006-2007 season, he played 23 games averaging 9.8ppg. In the 2007-2008 season, he played for Muenchen Basket (ProB): 29 games: 8.8ppg, 3.7rpg, 3.7apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 45.0%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 58.1%. In 2008-2009, he continued in Munich with FC Bayern Muenchen (ProA), but left in Oct.2008, in Nov.'08 moved to Telemotive Muenchen (ProB, starting five): 22 games: 8.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.8apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 43.6%, 3PT: 32.7%, FT: 64.2%. He played for The German National A-2 team in 2008. Mangold is thrilled about his new challenge. 'The sporting situation in Quackenbruck is very interesting for me, because they have good practice facilities and are playing at the international level. I played a good PRO A season and am ready for the next step', said Andrej Mangold (190-G-87, agency: Liman Sports).
Source: www.artland-dragons.de
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Greens land Romain Sato for the next three years - by Eurobasket News
According to Greek media, it seems that Panathinaikos finally signed contract with Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier). There was many rumors about this over the past few days. Some sources stated that the deal is signed, while PAO was denying it. Now, it seems that this story came to the end and Sato will play next three years for the Greek powerhouse. According to reports, he will earn $7 million.
Romain Sato is coming to PAO from Montepaschi Siena. He was the 'Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Player of the Year' last season. For 39 games in Italy he averaged 14.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals. Of course, the team from Siena defended the championship title. It was a four straight for Sato. In Euroleague last season he added 13.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg for 16 games. In 2008, 2009 and this year as well Sato was named 'Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Defensive Player of the Year'. He joined the team in 2006 from Sicc BPA Jessi. He was on high level from the beginning and quickly became one of Montepashi's key players. In his first season with the club he had 13.3 ppg and 6.5 rpg in 43 Serie A games. A year before that he played in LegaDue with Jesi.
Romain Sato is active member of the Central African National Team. At the latest AfroBasket 2009 in Libya he exploded with 21.6 ppg and 8.6 rpg for 7 games. Sato is a product of Xavier University, where he graduated in 2004.


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Roeland Schaftenaar goes to Spain - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria 2014 announced signing of a two-year deal with Roeland Schaftenaar (211-F/C-88). The Dutch big guy will play his first professional season. He graduated few months ago at the Oregon State University. In his senior year Schaftenaar averaged 9.2 points, 4 rebounds and 1.8 assists. He was named All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention. Roeland Schaftenaar started basketball career with Demon Astronauts Amsterdam youth team. He was a member of U18 and U20 Holland over the past years. With U20 Holland in 2008, he participated at the EuroBasket Division B in Targu Mures. He exploded at this event with 14 ppg, 10 rpg and 1 bpg for 7 games.

Worthy de Jong to ZZ Leiden - by Fred Roggen
Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden, attracted the 22-year-old shooting guard Worthy de Jong (194-G-88, agency: R.H.Consultancy). He is coming from Rotterdam Challengers. He made his debut in Rotterdam as a Eredivisie player last season. Worthy de Jong is a shooting guard. He is 1.94 meters long and demonstrated in Rotterdam being a very good three-point shooter.
He came in his first Eredivisie league season to 36.7 percent (18 out of 49). De Jong played 34 games for Rotterdam and came up with 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.5 steals in almost 20minutes playing time.


Upstairs Weert lands James Hairston - by Fred Roggen
The 2.02-meter wing James Hairston (203-F-84, college: Towson), is the new small forward for the team of Terence Stansbury. Hairston, impressed the technical staff during the Court - Side basketball camp in Las Vegas (best scorer and three-point shooter of the tournament) in mid-July, brings a lot of energy and scoring ability in the new team of Upstairs BSW.
Hairston played in the 2008/2009 season for Towson State in the strong Colonial Conference. At Towson State, Hairston played both the power forward and small forward position. With 13 points and 7.4 rebounds, he was one of the better players in the conference.
He played last season in Turkey with Ducze Genlick in the Turkish TB2L, where he had good statistics, 19.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game.



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Bulgaria keep record spotless in Austria - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U20 - Hungary U20 89:57
Bulgaria posted the fourth straight win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They toppled Hungary at the start of the Qualifying Round in Austria. Aleksandar Georgiev (203-F-90) had another outstanding game as he notched 21 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Bulgaria improved at 3-0 record, while Hungary slipped at 0-3 in Group E.
Paskov and Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances) ensured a 10:2 start to the game for Bulgaria. Bozhidar Avramov capped the period with a jumper as Bulgaria posted a 21:8 lead. Georgi Mladenov team maintained the lead well enough throughout the second stanza. They recorded a 42:30 advantage at the interval. Aleksandar Georgiev notched 10 points in the third term to keep Bulgaria in charge. They built a 68:42 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Hungary could not get closer in the fourth quarter and had to give up at the end.
Bozhidar Avramov produced 19 points for Bulgaria. Vasil Kyosev (195-G-90) added 14 points in the winning effort. Ferdinand Morgen (206-F/C-90) answered with 15 points for Hungary. Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) accounted for 12 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Bulgaria U20: Aleksandar Georgiev 21+11 boards, Bozhidar Avramov 19, Vasil Kyosev 14
Hungary U20: Ferdinand Morgen 15, Janos Eilingsfeld 12



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  ISRAEL   


Israel open Qualifying Round with win over Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Israel U20 - Portugal U20 64:57

Israeli U20 National team recorded their third straight win at the European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Portugal to open the Qualifying Round campaign. Israel improved at 2-1 record in Group E, while Portugal fell at 1-2.
Portugal opened the game with five points in a row. They maintained the lead throughout the starting quarter and recorded a 22:14 lead at the first break. Yotam Shiran (198-F-90, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) and Tamir Ariely (189-G-90, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) dragged Israel in front in the second stanza. Israel finished the first half up by 4 points 36:32. The teams exchanged baskets in the third term. Israel managed to stay in charge as they entered the fourth quarter up by one 44:43. Portugal surged back in front in the fourth term. Guerreiro gave Portugal a 54:50 lead midway through the final quarter. Israel responded with an 8:0 run to take a 60:55 lead with 13 seconds remaining. Portugal never recovered and surrendered at the end.
Yotam Shiran fired 19 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for Israel. Jacob Cohen (210-C-90) nailed 17 points, while Tamir Ariely had 14 points in the win. Tomas Barroso (180-G-90) and Andre Pereira (200-C-90) answered with 17 points each for Portugal.

Israel U20: Yotam Shiran 19, Jacob Cohen 17, Tamir Ariely 14
Portugal U20: Tomas Barroso 17, Andre Pereira 17



Market news - by Netanel Dahan
Hapoel Usishkin Tel Aviv,the first team in Israel which founded by fans,signed their first forigner player on the history of the club Adrian Uter (201-F/C-84, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Hofstra) Uter played last season in Maccabi Ha'abikaa and advanced with them to the first league (the team still undecided if they will play in the first league next season),and finished as the top shot-blocker of the second league two seasons in a row,he avraged last season:17.3ppg, 9.3rpg,and1.9 bpg.

Dror Hagag (178-G-78, agency: Avi Zilberman),signed in Ashkelon,Dror played last season in Maccabi Haifa he notched there: 7.8ppg, 3.1rpg,and 4.4 apg.

Maccabi Ashdod could play in the first league next season,since some teams that should have play in the first league noticed to the league adminstration about financial problems they have,the league adminstration met Ashdod's representatives and the direction is positive.



DeMarcus Nelson expected in Bnei Hasharon - by Eurobasket News
DeMarcus Nelson (193-G-85, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Duke) can soon bolster Bnei Hasharon. The 25-year-old guard is reportedly close to reaching agreement with the Israeli side. DeMarcus Nelson spent the previous season in Italy. He notched 8.9 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.2 assists per game for Air Avellino. DeMarcus Nelson graduated from Duke back in 2008 and had stints with the Bakersfield Jam and Austin Toros in D-League as well as KK Zagreb in Croatia.


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Latest transactions - by Eurobasket News
Cimberio Varese and Teemu Rannikko (189-G-80) agreed on a deal and the Finish guard will return to Italy after five years. Last season, Rannikko spent in Spain with CB Granada. For 32 games in ACB he averaged 4.8 points and 1.5 assists. From 2007 to 2009 he was a member of Khimky Moscow Region. His first season was a better one with the Russian squad as Rannikko registered 8.1 ppg and 1.9 apg for 12 games in A Superleague. He also played 8 games in ULEB Cup adding 10.1 ppg and 2.3 apg. Before Khimky, he played two years for Union Olimpija. In Italy, Teemu Rannikko was a member of Scavolini Pesaro, Roseto and Reggio Emilia.
Sharrod Ford (206-F/C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Clemson) confirmed he will play for Montegranaro next season. The American PF/C is coming to Montegranaro from Carife Ferrara. He moved to Italy in January this year from Spartak St. Petersburg. For 17 games in SerieA, Ford exploded with 16.6 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 2.1 spg and 3.1 bpg. He already was a member Montegranaro on season 2007/08 and was their key player.
Dinamo Sassari extended Jiri Jiri Hubalek (209-C-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Iowa St.)k for another year. The Czech big guy was one of the key players of the team, which earned a promotion for Serie A. Jiri Hubalekk averaged 17.3 ppg and 6.3 rpg in Legadue.


Italy won Memorial Simoncini for U16 teams - by Eurobasket News
Italy hosted Memorial Simoncini for U16 teams as Italy U16, Turkey U16, France U16 and Germany U16 competed in the tournament.
In Day 1 Germany U16 overcame Italy U16 59:57. The game was tough for both teams and remained the spectators alive until the last seconds. The team of Stein however grabbed the first victory as Taylor paced all the winners with 14 points. Paul Zipser (94) notched 11, while Jorch scored 8. Lockhart delivered 7 and Diouf chipped in 6. Amedeo Vittorio Tessitori (200-C-94) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort. Bianchi posted 10, while Landi netted 9 points.
France U16 rolled over Turkey U16 58:51 in the opener. Typhoon Erulku's 17 points were not enough in the losing effort. Zafer Alp (182-G-94) notched 13, whilst Kenan Sipahi added 10.

In Day 2 Italy U16 overcame France U16 74:69. Both teams showed their best, however the hosts deserved the win more. Landi stepped up with 18 points and Imbro netted 15. Amedeo Vittorio Tessitori scored 12, while Rodriguez Made notched 7. Raphael Binvignat (194-F-94) and Inglis finished the night with 10 points each in the losing effort. Racine and Dallo nailed 9 apiece and Mei as well as Jaiteh added 7 each.
Turkey U16 edged Germany U16 73:57 as they started with 22-19 lead. Turkey added another 19-8 in the second frame to take the bigger lead at the halftime. Germany meanwhile won the third period 16-13, but Turkey finished with 19-14 in the last quarter to seal the victory. Zafer Alp top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Tayfun Erulku nailed 14. Burak Haciismail collected 8 points and 5 rebounds, while Kenan Siphai and Krsat Sozen posted 6 each.

In Day 3 Italy U16 won over Turkey U16 66:63 to finish with 2-1 record and won the title. Mirco Turel (190-G-94) stepped up with 15 points for the winners and Landi followed him with 12. Imbro scored 10, while Candussi ended up with 8 points. Haciismail responded with 22 points in the losing case. Sipahi posted 9, while Zafer Alp notched 8.



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Palma Set For Weird Experience when Facing Angola ! - by Omar Shafaamri

AMMAN (2010 FIBA World Championship) Jordan coach Mario Leonel Palma admits it will be strange when he coaches against his former team, Angola, at the FIBA World Championship this summer.

Palma, who guided Angola for many years and led them to African titles as well as qualification for FIBA World Championships and Olympic Games, steered Jordan to the bronze medal at last years FIBA Asia Championship.

They will face Angola, Australia, Serbia, Argentina and Germany in Group A at the FIBA World Championship.

I got sad with the draw, Palma said to FIBA.com.

It will be a pleasure to meet my former players, but it will be unpleasant to face them.

They were part of my life for at least seven years. We had tough and marvelous experiences together.

It will be weird to instruct my players to stop [Miguel] Lutonda - a player I have had good relationship with.

He is an exceptional one.

Palma doesnt believe his Jordan team could have had a tougher draw.

It is an extremely tough group with all teams ranking in the top 11, he said.
Julio Chitunda
FIBA
Source : FIBA.com



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Lithuania lost two in China - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania lost two in China in the friendly games between two teams. The Chinese National Team won the first of three exhibition games against Lithuania 86:82. Valdas Dabkus (204-F-84) and Vasylius delivered 17 points each, while Kuzminskas scored 14. Mazeika and Gailius nailed 12 points each, while Arvydas Eitutavicius (188-G-82, college: American) and Vytautas Sarakauskas (204-C-82) added 4 each. Liu Wei led the way with 21 points and 5 rebounds. Wang ShiPeng (197-F/G-83) had 13 points and 6 rebounds. Wang ZhiZhi (214-C-79) had 15 points in 15 minutes. Jin Lipeng (190-G-78) scored 9. Su Wei had 7 points and 11 rebounds in 27 minutes. Zhou Peng had 6 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in 23 minutes.
The Chinese National Team won its second straight game against a Lithuanian squad 81:77. The Chinese team started with 10-6 in the opening quarter and added 20-19 in the second frame. Lithuania won the third period 30-23, while China won the game due to 28-22. Adas Juskevicius (194-G/F-89) brought 20 points for the European team. Mindaugo Kuzminsko nailed 15, while Arvydo Siksniaus added 14 and Vytauto Sarakausko scored 11. Ding Jinhui (204-C-90) scored 15 points in 19 minutes. Liu Wei had 14 points, while Wang ShiPeng scored 13.



Lithuania U-18 team - by Evaldas Ceilytkas
European championships begins on friday In Vilnius. So Lithuanian team is almost ready to show the strenght. Now there are 14 players in team:
Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92)
Egidijus Mockevicius (204-C-92)
Zygimantas Skucas (200-F-92)
Tautvydas Sabonis (201-F-92)
Rimvydas Brencius (200-F-92)
Rolandas Jakstas (198-F-92)
Eigirdas Zukauskas (196-F-92)
Edgaras Ulanovas (197-F-92)
Tadas Mazelis (194-G/F-92)
Deividas Pukis (193-G/F-92)
Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92)
Evaldas Aniulis (188-G-92)
Renaldas Simanavicius (184-G-92)
Vytenis Cizauskas (189-G-92)
Coaches: Kazys Maksvytis, Marius Linartas, Egidijus Vasiliauskas


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Orleans brings in Amara Sy - by Eurobasket News
Orleans announced signing of Amary Sy for the next two years. The 28-year old Mali/French forward spent last season with Murcia. Actually he started it in NBDL with the Bakersfield Jam, but in January moved to Spain. For 16 games in ACB, Sy had 5.8 ppg and 4.5 rpg. In NBDL he averaged 15 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 3.5 apg with the Jam.
Season 2008/09, Amara Sy (202-F-81) spent with ASVEL. He shined with 12.3 ppg and 5.4 rpg for 31 games in ProA. In EuroCup, Sy was even better adding 16 ppg and 5.3 rpg for 6 games. Before ASVEL, he played one year in Greece for AEK Athens. From 2005 to 2007 he also was a member of ASVEL, as well as from 1999 to 2002. In the meantime, he spent three years with Le Mans.
Amara Sy is a member of Mali National team since 2001. He was one of the best players at the 2009 AfroBasket in Libya. For 9 games at this event Sy collected 15.6 ppg, 7.2 rpg and 2.4 apg. He was awarded with Africabasket.com All-African Championships Honorable Mention.


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Standings - Lower Leagues
CIBANE Standings
CIBANE
 1. Mineros 15-7 
 2. Madereros 15-7 
 3. Leones RM 12-6 
 4. Aguilas 7-11 
 5. Caktus 6-12 
 6. Marqueteros 1-17 
LiCoMuBa
 1. Cerveceros 0-0 
 2. Choriceros 0-0 
 3. Dorados 0-0 
 4. Estudiandes 0-0 
 5. Faraones 0-0 
 6. Liebres 0-0 
 7. Mineros Parral 0-0 
 8. Nogaleros 0-0 
 9. Queseros 0-0 
Liga del Sureste
 1. Aluxes 0-0 
 2. Dorados 0-0 
 3. Marineros 0-0 
 4. Meteoros 0-0 
LiMeBa
 1. Apaches 0-0 
 2. Cuauhtemoc 0-0 
 3. Gomez Farias 0-0 
 4. Jaguares 0-0 
 5. Panteras 0-0 
 6. Pioneros 0-0 
 7. Soles 0-0 
 8. UACh 0-0 


CIBANE: News from the Playoffs - by Carlos Chapa
The Playoffs started last Friday the 16th in the CIBANE league with the first match of the semifinals featuring Leones Regios de Monterrey (3) and Madereros de Durango (2), that game, which was played in Durango's Auditorio del Pueblo, was won by the locals with a score of 83-100, the leading producer of the game was Abraham Ramos, of Monterrey, with 26 points; Santiago Nogueira had 18 points for Madereros. The next day game two was played and also won by Madereros de Durango, this time with a score of 69-102, Sandrell Spann and Santiago Nogueira both scored 19 units.

The other semifinal matched Aguilas de Piedras Negras (4) with Mineros de Fresnillo (1). The first couple of games were won by Mineros, game one with a score of 86-123 and game two with a score of 85-115.



To advance to the CIBANE finals, teams must win 3 out of 5 games.


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NBA Summer League: Getting Close to the End - by Carl Berman
We love our time at the NBA Summer League each year and this year was no exception. The event concludes today. Many of our European friends have headed home and the last games will begin in a few hours. Here's a review of yesterday's action:

* The Knicks came back from a 20-point deficit to beat the Wizards 109-107 in overtime. Leo Lyons led the comeback with an 11-point fourth quarter. The fans who came to see John Wall were disappointed as Wall sat the game out. Cartier Martin led all scores with 24 points for the Wizards. Lyons had 21 for the Knicks. Toney Douglas continued his strong play with 19 points and six assists for the Knicks.
* Cleveland topped Miami 73-69 in a poorly played game in which several of the better players for both teams sat out. Danny Green of Cleveland led all scored with 17 points. There were 60 fouls called in the game.
* Toronto went to 5-0 in the session in beating winless (0-5) New Orleans 101-93. Quincy Pondexter of the Hornets led the scoring with 26 points. Raptor center 7'1 Cheikh Samb had a nice game with 19 points, six rebounds and seven blocked shots.
* San Antonio went to 4-0 in the league with a 77-62 win over the Clippers. Alonzo Gee was the best player on the floor with 20 points and six rebounds. Eric Bledsoe continued his poor play for the Clippers with seven points on 1-for-5 shooting and eight turnovers. He'll need some time to develop.
* Sacramento edged the Bulls 76-75 as they came back from a double-digit deficit by outscoring Chicago 35-17 in the fourth quarter. DeMarcus Cousins had his worst game of the week with 10 points on 3-for-15 shooting. Omri Casspi (6'9''-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances) has been solid all week and continued his strong showing with a 22-point performance. Samardo Samuels had his best game of the week with 17 points and seven rebounds for the Bulls.
* Portland topped Minnesota 67-60 in another poor shooting game. Luke Babbitt led the Trail Blazers with 15 but shot ony 5-for-17. Portland point Patty Mills shot 5-for-18. 29-year-old Deon Thomas was Minnesota's best player with 16 and 12. Enough said.
* In the final game of the day, the Atlanta Hawks topped the winless D-League Select team 97-86. Rookie Jordan Crawford of the Hawks continued to impress with 18 points on 6-for-11 shooting. Temple grad from a few years back, Mark Tyndale had the strongest game with 21 points in 18 minutes for the D-League Select.

We'll report of today's games later tonight after we get home. Early in the week we will be naming our All-Summer League teams as well as review each team's players.

Carl Berman is a Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball. Information on NetScouts Basketball can be found on their website at www.netscoutsbasketball.com.


Heat agree to bring back James Jones - by Eurobasket News
The Miami Heat have reportedly agreed to bring back forward James Jones (6'8''-F-80, college: Miami (FL)) at the veteran's minimum.

Miami requested waivers on the seven-year veteran in June, buying out the final three years of his previous contract to make him a free agent.

The Miami Herald reported Jones spurned larger offers, including a reported $6 million deal with the Spurs, for a chance to return to the new-look Heat.

Jones would provide another outside shooting threat on a roster being stacked with veterans and rookies alongside LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

It's been speculated for some time the Heat are also in the works to add free agent forward Juwan Howard and also re-sign guard Carlos Arroyo and center Jamaal Magloire.

Jones spent the past two seasons with Miami as a reserve and appeared in 36 games last year while averaging 4.1 points in 14 minutes per game. The 29- year-old connected on 37 three-pointers, hitting 41.1 percent from beyond the arc.

Over 366 games, including 65 starts, Jones has averaged 6.4 points and 2.4 rebounds while shooting 39.5 percent from three-point range. He has also logged stints with Indiana, Phoenix and Portland.


Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Nelson hopes to coach Warriors in '10 - by Eurobasket News
The winningest coach in NBA history doesn't deny that his future with the Golden State Warriors is in doubt.

But Don Nelson hopes to convince the Warriors' new ownership to keep him on the bench for one more season.

In a phone interview Thursday, Nelson told ESPN.com that he is eager to coach newcomer David Lee alongside Stephen Curry and serve out the final season remaining on his contract, despite persistent speculation about his job security.

Yet Nelson also acknowledged that he would 'understand' if Mandalay Entertainment Group CEO Peter Guber and Bay Area businessman Joe Lacob -- who agreed to terms Thursday to purchase the Warriors from Chris Cohan for a reported $450 million -- decide to start over and hire their own coach.

'I'm excited about the new ownership,' Nelson said. 'I think this team needed that kind of change.

'I think we've made a couple good deals to improve the roster. I really love Lee and I think our locker room is getting cleaned up. We're really moving in a good direction.

'I'd love to coach another year, but I understand that it's a possibility [I won't be retained]. I want to do what's best for the organization. If I have to be a part of the change, I will understand.'

After just one playoff appearance in Cohan's 16 seasons, pockets of Golden State's famously loyal fans are hoping for a housecleaning that would lead to the ousters of team president Robert Rowell, general manager Larry Riley and Nelson, who has one season left on his contract at $6 million.

But one source close to the situation, pointing out that the Guber-Lacob takeover will not be finalized for 60 to 90 days, told ESPN.com on Thursday that it is possible that Nelson would be given the chance to finish out his contract, since the Warriors wouldn't be able to hire a replacement until the sale goes through.

The expectation in league coaching circles, however, remains that Golden State will make a change before training camp starts in late September. If so, Nelson would still be owed the $6 million.

In an interview Thursday with the Contra Costa Times, Lacob declined to specifically address the futures of Rowell, Riley and Nelson, saying: 'I'm not going to talk about that. But we've thought about this. We're fans just like everybody else. We think we understand what has to be done. But I'm going to take my time. We've got to close this deal first. We've got to get league approval.'

After a messy end to his first stint as Warriors coach -- he landed in court with Cohan in a dispute over money -- Nelson was stunningly brought back to Golden State by Cohan and then-GM Chris Mullin for the 2006-07 season.

Fueled by a late-season surge after the acquisition of Stephen Jackson, Nelson guided the long-suffering Warriors to their first playoff appearance since 1993-94, which was Nelson's last full season with the club. The 42-40 Warriors then ousted the 67-win Dallas Mavericks -- another team Nelson left in acrimony -- in the first round of the playoffs to record the first triumph in league history by a No. 8 seed over a No. 1 seed in a seven-game series.

Golden State won 48 games in the following season, only to narrowly miss the playoffs in an ultracompetitive Western Conference.

The past two seasons, however, have been filled with turmoil and injuries, costing Mullin his job along the way and resulting in records of 29-53 and 26-56. One of the few bright spots in that span was Golden State's 5-3 record in April, when a collection of youngsters and D-Leaguers led by Rookie of the Year runner-up Curry ultimately enabled Nelson to surpass Lenny Wilkens for the most coaching wins in NBA history on April 7 at Minneapolis.

Nelson, who turned 70 on May 15, now sports a career record of 1,335-1,063 in coaching stints with Milwaukee, New York, Dallas and two with Golden State.

At the NBA's annual summer league in Las Vegas, Riley told AOL Fanhouse that he had yet to speak with the new owners. When asked about his and Nelson's future, Riley said: 'I would think some of that will start coming down here in the next few days.'

Riley has been one of the league's busier executives of late, shipping Corey Maggette to Milwaukee and completing the sign-and-trade with New York for Lee.

'I'm going to do my job until I'm told otherwise,' Riley told Fanhouse.

There have been numerous media reports in recent months that Los Angeles Lakers legend Jerry West would have been pursued to run Golden State's front office -- with former Phoenix Suns executive David Griffin hired to head day-to-day operations -- had Oracle CEO Larry Ellison won the bidding for the Warriors.

Guber and Lacob have NBA ties, but little is known about their intentions.

Lacob didn't reference any of the Warriors' current decision-makers by name in his interview with the Contra Costa Times but was complimentary about the team's business operations, which are headed by Rowell.

'I do want to say that they did a good job,' Lacob told the Times. 'Things on the business side have [gone] very, very well. Obviously I know it's all about the results on the court. We all get judged on results and I expect and I expect to be judged on the results.'


Courtesy of ESPN


NBA summer league: Winners and losers - by Eurobasket News
John Wall (6'4''-G-90, college: Kentucky) sat comfortably on the bench in a white T-shirt and pants during the Washington Wizards summer league finale Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas. The Wizards gave Wall the game off because they already had seen enough from their rookie guard almost all of it good.

Other than a slow start in his first game, Wall dazzled Las Vegas, making him &ndash and the Wizards the big winners of summer league. Heres a look at who did well and not so well during the NBAs two summer sessions in Orlando and Las Vegas.

Wall dominated the Las Vegas summer league, averaging 23.5 points and 7.8 assists both highs for the league in four games. The Wizards rookie needs to work on his jump shot (he missed all but one of his eight 3-point attempts) and he also committed an average of 5.2 turnovers. Even so, Wall showed off not only his own scoring prowess, but also the ability to make his teammates better.

He displayed leadership and accepted coaching both important traits for someone who will be the centerpiece of the Wizards rebuilding.


LOSER: Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88, college: Ohio St.)
While Wall lived up to expectations as the top pick of the draft, the No. 2 selection had a much more difficult time.
Turner was the biggest disappointment of the Orlando summer league, averaging just 9.4 points on 33.3 percent shooting. He also averaged more turnovers (3.4) than assists (2.8). The Philadelphia 76ers rookie didnt appear to be in great shape. He rebounded well, but never scored more than 13 points in five games.


WINNER: Sacramento Kings
Rookie center DeMarcus Cousins played well inside and out. He hit the midrange shot, passed well and already commanded double-teams.
The No. 5 overall pick also quieted questions about his maturity. He accepted constructive criticism and showed some leadership on Sacramentos summer league team.
Hassan Whiteside, a 7-foot forward-center taken 33rd by the Kings, was Vegas most intimidating shot-blocker. Hell need to get a lot stronger, but he already has shown some promise.


LOSER: Derrick Favors (6'10''-F-91)
The third pick in the draft averaged just seven shots in the New Jersey Nets first four summer league games in Orlando because teammate Terrence Williams (notes) was busy hoisting away. Williams, the Nets second-year guard, averaged 19 shots a game.
When the Nets limited Williams to just four minutes in their finale, Favors went for 23 points and 11 rebounds while making 10 of his 17 shots. If the Nets could do it over, they might want to feature Favors a little more prominently.


WINNER: Jrue Holiday (6'3''-G-90, college: UCLA)
The Sixers second-year point guard built a strong case in front of new coach Doug Collins for why he should be starting. Holiday, 20, averaged 19.3 points, six assists and 1.7 steals in three games.


LOSER: Minnesota Timberwolves
Wesley Johnson, the third overall pick for the Twolves, played in just one game in Las Vegas because of a hamstring injury. Second-year Wolves guard Jonny Flynn also didnt play in the summer league because of a hip injury.
With Johnson and Flynn out, it was the Patrick OBryant and Wayne Ellington show for Minnesota in Vegas.


WINNER: New York Knicks
The Knicks didnt have a first-round pick in this years draft, but did display three second-rounders in Vegas who might be able to make an impact as reserves: forward Landry Fields, sharpshooter Andy Rautins and 7-foot center Jerome Jordan. Swingman Bill Walker, just 22 years old, also showed promise that he might be ready to become a rotation player.
Amare Stoudemire, the new face of the Knicks franchise, supported the young players by attending several of their games.


LOSER: Ekpe Udoh
The Golden State Warriors first-round pick missed the Las Vegas summer league after undergoing surgery on his injured left wrist that will keep him out six months. The absence of Udoh certainly has Warriors fans wondering if the franchise should have instead selected Greg Monroe (notes) with the No. 6 pick.
The Warriors did have a bright spot in forward Reggie Williams, who averaged 22.3 points.


WINNER: Indiana Pacers
The Pacers gambled when they drafted Fresno State guard Paul George with the 11th overall pick, but George didnt disappoint in Orlando. He not only scored well, averaging 15.2 points, but also grabbed 7.8 rebounds and was a better-than-expected defender with 2.4 steals per game.
Guard Lance Stephenson and forward Magnum Rolle, both second-round picks of the Pacers, also proved worthy of roster spots.


WINNER: Toronto Raptors
Chris Bosh is gone, but the Raptors might have found a younger version of him in first-round pick Ed Davis. Expect the skilled Davis to be a force for the Raptors once he adds muscle to his slender 6-10, 227-pound frame.
Swingmen DeMar DeRozan and Sonny Weems also showed their athleticism and versatility in Las Vegas.


LOSER: Former Jayhawks
The University of Kansas had two lottery picks in center Cole Aldrich and Xavier Henry, but neither played in summer league. Aldrich didnt play for the Oklahoma City Thunder because league rules prevented his trade from New Orleans from being finalized until July 8 too late for him to jump onto the Thunders entry in Orlando.
Henry didnt play for the Memphis Grizzlies in Las Vegas because his rookie contract had yet to be finalized.


WINNER: The unheralded
Forwards Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter, taken by the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round, both showed promise. The Boston Celtics landed a power forward in the second round who could help them immediately off the bench: Luke Harangody averaged 16.6 points and made nine of his 18 3-pointers.
Other intriguing lesser-known summer league players included Utah forward Jeremy Evans, sharpshooting Dallas guard Jeremy Lin, Cleveland point guard Pooh Jeter and Boston guard Jaycee Carroll. Lin went undrafted and Jeter and Carroll have both been playing overseas.


LOSER: Los Angeles Clippers
The Clippers received solid play from their two first-round picks, forward Al-Farouq Aminu and guard Eric Bledsoe. Forward Blake Griffin, the No. 1 pick of the 2009 draft, participated in practice, but was held out of summer league games after missing all of last season with a broken left kneecap.

Still, one of the most memorable scenes in Las Vegas came when Clippers president Andy Roeser scolded the franchises most passionate fan for heckling John Wall during a summer league game.

Darrell Bailey, more commonly known as Clipper Darrell, has attended 385 consecutive Clippers games and even has his BMW painted in the teams red and blue colors. Still, that didnt keep Roeser from admonishing Bailey and asking him to stop heckling Wall.

Bailey, who has been a Clippers season-ticket holder for nine seasons, has loyally supported the woeful franchise, even once turning down a job offer from the Dallas Mavericks.


Courtesy of Yahoo


Turkoglu undergoes gall bladder surgery - by Eurobasket News
Phoenix Suns forward Hedo Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) had gall bladder surgery last week in Turkey, where he was practicing for the World Championships in August.

The procedure was described as minor by Turkish media, and Turkoglu is not expected to miss significant time with the Turkish national team, the Arizona Republic reported.

'It's not a big deal,' Suns coach Alvin Gentry told the newspaper. 'We checked with the doctors, and it's a minor procedure. He (was) just having some gallstones removed. He's supposed to be playing in 3 to 4 days and has been cleared to travel next week.'

The Suns acquired the 6-foot-10 Turkoglu, 31, from the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Leandro Barbosa and Dwayne Jones.


Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com


Iguodala has chance to score big role with Team USA - by Eurobasket News
Andre Iguodala (6'6''-G-84, college: Arizona) has a chance to make a name for himself internationally this summer.

With most of the elite NBA stars - namely LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Dwyane Wade, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Tayshaun Prince and Carlos Boozer - withdrawing from competition in 2010 for various reasons, Iguodala could make the USA Basketball National Team and play a key role at the FIBA World Championships beginning Aug. 28 in Turkey.

Iguodala's versatility is probably his biggest asset.

'I think it's a great opportunity for him,' said Sixers president Ed Stefanski. 'When you're putting a team together to go overseas to play, a guy like that who can guard 1s, 2s and 3s and play multiple positions at the offensive end is a guy that they'll look at closely. But there's competition.'

Twenty-one players, including Kevin Durant, Chauncey Billups, Derrick Rose and Amare Stoudemire, will start practicing Tuesday in Las Vegas.

Iguodala participated in the 2009 USA Basketball National Team mini-camp and also joined the 2008 men's select team of young guys that scrimmaged against eventual Olympians such as Bryant, James, Wade and Bosh.

'I'm hoping for the best for Andre,' Stefanski said.

Iguodala, a six-year pro, has led the Sixers in scoring in each of the past four seasons. He owns career averages of 15.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.8 steals.

Iguodala, the ninth pick in the 2004 draft, has only missed six games as a pro (all in 2006-07). He logged the second-most minutes in the league last season (3,192), putting him behind only Durant.

Iguodala's agent, Rob Pelinka, who also represents Bryant, Boozer and others, didn't return a message seeking comment.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski will again coach the U.S. team.

Nocioni to play for Argentina

The Sixers' Andres Nocioni is expected to play for Argentina in the World Championships. He was a member of the Argentine national team that won the gold medal in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and took the bronze in 2008.


Courtesy of www.phillyburbs.com


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Northside turn over Waitakere - by Mike Lacey
Week two of the Super City Basketball Competition threw up three largely one sided games and a real cracker as Northside prevailed 71-64 over Waitakere. The two teams were locked 20-20 at quarter time and 37-37 at half time. By three quarter time Waitakere had edged ahead 53-52 and with 5 minutes remaining nothing separated the two teams. It was Northside however who took control down the stretch led by Marco Alexander who finished with a game high 30 points. Ultimately the 31 turnovers committed by Waitakere was their undoing, a statistic they wont be proud of.
Final Score;
Northside 71 (Marco Alexander 30, Sefo Leusage 10).
Waitakere 64 (Houiston ORiley 11, Josh Tuaiti 11).
Heat Reserves welcomed back Karl Noyer (193-G-88) after injury and he contributed 13 points in a comfortable victory over Northland Suns. The other Northland team Hgatiwai Soldie found it very hard going against a Rivets side led by 25 points from Willy McVitty and Dylan PerfectTait played a bit of a lone hand for Auckland as they found the scoring power of former Junior Tall Blacks Josh Bloxham, Sam King and Morgan Nathan just too hard to handle.
Other second round scores;
Breakers Academy 96 (Morgan Nathan 21, Sam King 19, Josh Bloxham 16, Tim Wyatt 10) Basketball Auckland 68 (Dylan Perfect-Tait 22).
Harbour Heat Reserves 79 (Dan Ryan 22, Zac Fitzgerald 15, Karl Noyer (193-G-88) 13) Northland Suns 51 (Josh Martina 10, Justin Friedrich 10)
Rivets 96 (Willie McVitty 25, Steve Robertson 18, Chris Etienne 16). Ngatiwai Soldie 36 (Aaron Ah Chee 20)



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  NIGERIA   


Limoges CSP signs Jeff Varem - by Eurobasket News
Limoges CSP continues with signings this summer. The latest addition to the squad is the Nigerian small forward Jeff Varem (198-G/F-83, college: Washington St.). The 27-year old player arrives to Limoges from the Iranian club Saba Mehr, whose member he also was on season 2008/09. This year he also played on Philippines for the Barako Bull Energy Boosters. Varem is not a new face in France as he already played there in the past. On season 2007/08 he was a member of ASVEL averaging 3.4 ppg and 4.4 rpg for 11 games in ProA. At that time he also had 6.5 ppg and 3 rpg in 4 EuroCup games. His first stint in France was with Pau-Orthez on season 2005/06. That season Varem had 5.6 ppg and 3.8 rpg for 30 games in ProA. Pau-Orthez also competed in Euroleague, where Varem added 4 ppg and 3 rpg in 14 games. In the meantime, he also played for the Sioux Fall Skyforce in NBDL.
Jeff Varem is a product of the Washington State University, where he graduated five years ago. In his senior season Varem had 10.5 ppg and 7.8 rpg for 28 games. He is a member of the Nigerian National Team since 2003.


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Great Britain drive past Norway - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain U20 - Norway U20 83:47

Great Britain posted the first win at the Qualifying Round of the U20 European Championship in Division B. They fired past Norway to improve at 2-1 record in Group F. Norway slipped at 1-2 record after the loss. William Neighbour (203-F-90) tallied 24 points and 14 rebounds to pace Great Britain.
Great Britain shocked their opponents at the beginning of the game. They tipped off the encounter on an 11:0 run. Norway narrowed the distance but still trailed by 6 points 11:17 at the first pause. Great Britain ignited a 12:2 run to open the second term. The British team rallied to a 46:28 lead at the interval. Ovie Soko (203-F-91) and William Neighbour teamed up for 10 points in a row early in the third quarter as the margin grew at 28-point mark. Norway could not recover as they trailed by as many as 33 points at the final break. Great Britain maintained the lead throughout the fourth quarter and recorded a well-deserved win at the end.
Jack Stannard (187-G-90) and Ovie Soko nailed 13 points each for Great Britain. Lawrence added 10 points and 6 assists for the winners. Anders Stien (195-G-90) replied with 14 points for Norway. Roy Nwachukwu (192-F-90) delivered 8 points in the losing case.

Great Britain U20: William Neighbour 24+14 boards, Jack Stannard 13, Ovie Soko 13
Norway U20: Anders Stien 14, Roy Nwachukwu 8



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  PARAGUAY   


3rd. Metro Comuneros Final Series results. - by Santiago Maciel
The FINAL SERIES between Deportivo Sajonia and Cerro Porteno Asuncion of the 3rd METRO COMUNEROS have been very even. Considering Cerro Porteno Asuncion came out as the favourite to win the Cup, what has been done by Deportivo Sajonia and its very young roster is to be noted. With very low budget, an almost whole new team they are close to make the note of the parallel METRO tournament.
Just to remind the readers, Libertad just won the 74th TOP 5 METRO to Olimpia in the best series of last 30 years 4 to 3.
3rd Metro Comuneros overall final results:

4th game: Deportivo Sajonia 82 - Cerro Porteno Asuncion Porteo 80
3rd. gamel: Cerro Porteno Asuncion Porteo 78 - Deportivo Sajonia 77
2nd game Deportivo Sajonia 70 - Cerro Porteno Asuncion Porteo 60
1st.. game Cerro Porteno Asuncion Porteo 87 - Deportivo Sajonia 70


Sajonia forces game 5 against favorite Cerro - by Santiago Maciel
In a very cold saturdaday night, Sajonia warmed up to take ganme 4 against favorite Cerro.
The whole game was controlled by Sajonia, taking a consistent lead of 8 to 10 points until fourth quarter where Cerro finally got a hold on the Orange team and also got a lead of 2 points. 82-80 was the end result, in regulation time with 2 free throws hit by Agustin Carnovale (195-G-86) with 5 seconds left in the clock. Hugo Paredes from Cerro was cold all night by hitted 14 points in the last quarter. Jose Fabio (198-F-77) from Cerro was also very far from usual averages due to right wrist injury.
Tuesday night will be held 5th final series game after which a new Metro Comuneros Cahmpion will be known.


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PBA Fiesta Cup: Alaska takes Game Five against Ginebra, goes to Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Not at the expense of one of the proudest franchises in Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) history. Not at the expense of the league's winningest coach.

Diamon Simpson (201-F-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) found himself unmolested underneath the basket and banked in an easy lay up with five seconds left as the Aces hang tough for 93-91 win over the Kings and clinched the last semifinals berth in the Fiesta Cup Sunday night at the packed Big Dome.

The Alaska import was left open after Rudy Hatfield decided to help and double team Joe DeVance from the right corner, and the 6-foot-7 Fil-Am was quick to capitalize and dumped the ball to Simspon for the lay in and the go-ahead basket, 92-91.

The Kings had five seconds left to complete a game-winning play, but Eric Menk, harassed by Simpson and Cyrus Baguio (188-G-80), fumbled the ball at the post and completely lost possession, signaling the end of what had been a roller-coaster season for the league's crowd darling.

The Aces wrapped up the quarterfinals series, 3-2, but needed to weather Ginebra's searing comeback after being down, 0-2, early in the best-of-five affair.

Alaska now advances to the semifinals opposite top seeded team Talk `N Text. Game 1 of the best-of-seven series starts on Wednesday.

'I'm really sorry that there's one team which had to lose in this game,' said Alaska's Tim Cone, the coach with the most number of wins in PBA annals.

'This is just an incredible series and it's a pity that one team has to lose tonight.'

LA Tenorio (178-G-84) topscored for the Aces with 25 points and was 4-of-8 from three-point range, the last of which shoved the Aces to a 90-84 lead with 2:14 remaining in the do-or-die Game 5.

But the Kings regrouped and came up with one final push, scoring seven straight points, capped by a big JayJay Helterbrand three-pointer off a steal, to give Ginebra a 91-90 lead in the last 28 seconds amidst chants of Ginebra! Ginebra! Ginebra! from a crowd of 21,062 at the Araneta Coliseum.

Coming off a time out, Alaska almost lost control of the ball, but patiently worked on their offense until DeVance found Simpson under the basket for the game-winning play.

Simpson added 24 for the Aces and Baguio torched his former team with 22 points.

The Kings, who led by as many as 24-13 late in the first quarter, was led by the 19 of Willie Miller (180-G-77), who embraced Cone, his former coach, at center court shortly after the game.


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. Penny, Coca-Cola26.2 
 3. Simpson, Alaska26.2 
 4. Monroe, Barako26.0 
 5. Nealy, Rain or Shine23.5 
 6. David, Coca-Cola21.5 
 7. Freeman, San M.20.8 
 8. Brown, Derby A.20.1 
 9. Ambres, Ginebra20.0 
 10. Yap, Derby Ace L.19.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gabriel FREEMAN
  San Miguel
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Freeman, San M.16.3 
 2. Simpson, Alaska16.2 
 3. Ambres, Ginebra15.3 
 4. Brown, Derby A.14.8 
 5. Daniels, Talk N.13.9 
 6. Penny, Coca-Cola13.8 
 7. Johnson, Santa L.13.4 
 8. Lewis, Rain or Shine12.3 
 9. Nealy, Rain or Shine11.1 
 10. Taulava, Coca-Cola10.9 
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. Tenorio, Alaska4.6 
 4. Mercado, Rain o.4.6 
 5. Reyes, Santa Lucia4.6 
 6. Helterbrand, Gineb.4.3 
 7. Yap, Derby Ace L.4.3 
 8. Nealy, Rain or Shine4.1 
 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. Baguio, Alaska1.8 
 3. Williams, Santa Lucia1.7 
 4. Simpson, Alaska1.6 
 5. Reyes, Santa Lucia1.4 
 6. Norwood, Rain o.1.4 
 7. Monroe, Barako1.3 
 8. Yap, Derby Ace L.1.3 
 9. Tenorio, Alaska1.2 
 10. Cortez, Air211.2 
Blocks Per Game
 James PENNY
  Coca-Cola
  (198-F-76)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Penny, Coca-Cola2.3 
 2. Daniels, Talk N.2.3 
 3. Simpson, Alaska1.9 
 4. Monroe, Barako1.5 
 5. Freeman, San M.1.4 
 6. Johnson, Santa L.1.4 
 7. Reyes, Barako1.0 
 8. Nealy, Rain or Shine1.0 
 9. Williams, Talk N.1.0 
 10. Lewis, Rain or Shine0.9 


Tony Washam lifts Derby Ace to PBA Fiesta Cup Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Tony Washam (198-F/G-82, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: St.Vincent) carried B-Meg Derby Ace into his shoulders for four full quarters before the rest of the Llamados took over in the extra period of a dramatic 105-100 win over Rain or Shine Sunday at the Big Dome.

The win enabled the Llamados of an entry into the semifinals of the PBA Fiesta Cup.

Playing in just his second game, Washam, a second-generation import, exploded for a conference-high 49 points before a roaring crowd of 20,026, steering the Llamados to the hard-earned victory that almost slipped out of their hands after watching the Elasto Painters ferociously fought back from as much as a 23-point deficit.

The Llamados clinched the grueling quarterfinals affair, 3-2. They trailed the Elasto Painters midway in the series, 1-2, before winning the last two games by deciding to junk Clif Brown for Washam.

'You're just seeing the tip of the iceberg,' said coach Ryan Gregorio of his import, a European League veteran, who's a son of former Gilbey's Gin import Dartona Washam.

The younger Washam shot 17-of-33 from the field and was 6-of-9 from downtown.

'Tony just came in at the right place and at the right time.'

The reigning Philippine Cup champions now take on the well-rested and defending champion San Miguel Beermen in the best-of-seven semifinals series that begins Wednesday.

For a while, the semifinals stint looked bleak for the Llamados, who lost a huge 56-33 lead. They found themselves trailing 85-88 with 1:41 to go in regulation on a follow-up basket by Eddie Laure.

Laure's basket capped Rain or Shine's spectacular second-half comeback, but the Elasto Painters just simply couldn't hang on.

Raffi Reavis scored on a follow-up, and after Sol Mercado had a split, Nino Canaleta hit his only triple for the night to push the Llamados up again at 90-89 with 47 seconds left to play.

Mercado had another split in the ensuing possession to level the score at 90, and both squads traded ill-advised shots, with Mercado failing to win it after launching a long three-point shot at the buzzer.

The Llamados' locals went to work from there.

The Llamados raced to a 96-90 lead, before keeping its poise when the Elasto Painters came to within a field-goal twice - at 100-98 and 102-100 - both coming off baskets by Gabe Norwood (196-G/F-85, college: George Mason).

James Yap (191-F/G-82) practically sealed it with a pair of charities with 10.1 seconds to go, 104-100.

'It was truly an incredible series,' said Gregorio. 'Every time we face Rain or Shine, we were always pushed to the limit. I've coached for more than 300 games, and this is one of the toughest, most emotional. It's because of experience why we prevailed.'

Rico Maierhofer led all Derby Ace's locals with 17 points and 10 rebounds before fouling out late in regulation, while James Yap, sporting a slightly swollen left eyelid caused by an inadvertent head-butt in Game Four from Mercado, highlighted his 13-point performance by connecting on all six free throw attempts in overtime.

Norwood finished with 25 and Mercado added 23 for the Elasto Painters, who only got 12 points from import Rod Nealy. Coach Caloy Garcia opted to sit out Nealy in the second half at the height of Rain or Shine's searing rally.


Courtesy of RCJ, www.GMANews.TV


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  POLAND   


Dominic Calegari signs first pro contract in Poland - by Eurobasket News
Anwil Wloclawek strengthened their roster. They added Dominic Calegari (208-F) to the squad. The forward just graduated from the University of California, Davis. Dominic Calegari tallied 16.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.1 steals per game in his senior season in college. The forward made it into the All-Big West 2nd Team at the end of the season.


Poland outlast Belgium for fifth straight win in Austria - by Eurobasket News
Poland U20 - Belgium U20 84:72
Polish U20 National team recorded the fifth straight win at the European Championship in Division B. They opened the Qualifying round campaign with a rout of Belgium. Poland thus climbed at 3-0 record on top of Group F. Belgium slipped at 0-3. Piotr Pamula (195-G-90) top-scored with 23 points for the winners.
The lead changed hands for several times throughout the starting quarter. Poland finally pulled ahead and posted a 20:17 advantage at the first break. Belgium did not allow their opponents to run away in the second stanza. Moreover Moray and Gillet drew things level at 32 late in the half. Poland managed to earn a 36:33 advantage at halftime. Thomas De Thaey put Belgium in charge early in the third quarter. The teams traded baskets before Jakub Wojciechowski (211-C-90) and Piotr Pamula gave the Polish team a 60:55 lead at the final break. Jakub Wojciechowski and Aleksander Czyz (201-F-90) kept Poland in front in the fourth term. Then Piotr Pamula stepped up with seven points in a row as Poland opened up a double-digit lead and never looked back en route to the win.
Jakub Wojciechowski produced 20 points and 12 rebounds for Poland. Jaroslaw Mokros (201-F-90) and Aleksander Czyz had 16 points apiece in the win. Thomas De Thaey (197-F-91) replied with 24 points for Belgium. Quentin Serron (190-G-90) netted 15 points in the loss.

Poland U20: Piotr Pamula 23, Jakub Wojciechowski 20+12 boards, Jaroslaw Mokros 16, Aleksander Czyz 16
Belgium U20: Thomas De Thaey 24, Quentin Serron 15



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  PORTUGAL   


Israel open Qualifying Round with win over Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Israel U20 - Portugal U20 64:57

Israeli U20 National team recorded their third straight win at the European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Portugal to open the Qualifying Round campaign. Israel improved at 2-1 record in Group E, while Portugal fell at 1-2.
Portugal opened the game with five points in a row. They maintained the lead throughout the starting quarter and recorded a 22:14 lead at the first break. Yotam Shiran (198-F-90, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) and Tamir Ariely (189-G-90, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) dragged Israel in front in the second stanza. Israel finished the first half up by 4 points 36:32. The teams exchanged baskets in the third term. Israel managed to stay in charge as they entered the fourth quarter up by one 44:43. Portugal surged back in front in the fourth term. Guerreiro gave Portugal a 54:50 lead midway through the final quarter. Israel responded with an 8:0 run to take a 60:55 lead with 13 seconds remaining. Portugal never recovered and surrendered at the end.
Yotam Shiran fired 19 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for Israel. Jacob Cohen (210-C-90) nailed 17 points, while Tamir Ariely had 14 points in the win. Tomas Barroso (180-G-90) and Andre Pereira (200-C-90) answered with 17 points each for Portugal.

Israel U20: Yotam Shiran 19, Jacob Cohen 17, Tamir Ariely 14
Portugal U20: Tomas Barroso 17, Andre Pereira 17



Jason Smith sings with Ovarense - by Bruno Baltazar
Jason Smith just signed with Ovarense,another return to the portuguese league.
Alot of players are seeing a return to the league that gave them sucess,this time its the american guard Jason Smith,26 years old played for CAB Madeira in 08/09 being the best scorer in the league and in steals,in 25 games averaged (21.8ppg), 2.3rpg, Assists-4 (4.1apg), Steals-1 (2.8spg),last season had a quick apearance in the Bulgarian league for BC Levski Sophia.


Cordell Henry in Benfica - by Bruno Baltazar
Cordell Henry (178-G-80, agency: N.E.T., college: Marquette) just signed with Benfica for this upcoming season.
A return to one of the best guards in the past seasons that played in Portugal,played for Ovarense from 2006 to 2008 when he won the lesgue between other trophies,lately and after Ovarense he played in Venezuela and Mexico,his last team was in Venezuela in Los Guaros de Lara,in 13 games averaged 11.7ppg, 1.7rpg, 3.0apg, 1.5spg,and last season played for Halcones in Mexico ,in 24 games he averaged 14.8ppg, 2.2rpg, 3.9apg, 1.8spg.
He has experience from NBA summer leagues too and a well know fast guard,he is now 30 years old and full of experience in what he will see in the portuguese league ,another good singing for Benfica.


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  ROMANIA   


CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca sign Claudiu Fometescu - by Eurobasket
CS U-Mobitelco Cluj Napoca added to their roster former international 37-year old guard Claudiu Fometescu (188-G-73). Fometescu played most recently at CS Dinamo Bucuresti (Div.A). While playing 29 games for Dinamo B. last season his stats were: 15.2ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.4apg and 1.8spg. His good performance lead him to being voted to play in the All-Star Game last year. Fometescu is a very experienced player.
By Eurobasket Data Center


CS Elba Timisoara sign Brice Kabengele-Kalala - by Eurobasket
CS Elba Timisoara agreed terms with 29-year old French guard Brice Kabengele-Kalala (196-G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Kabengele-Kalala played most recently at CSU Asesoft Ploiesti (Div.A). Kabengele-Kalala has also Romanian nationality and was tested few years ago at the Romanian National Team. While playing EuroChallenge for Ploiesti last season his stats were: 5 games: 3.0ppg; Romanian League: 35 games: 3.8ppg and 1.7rpg. Kabengele-Kalala is a very experienced player. He came to Romania in 2005 after playing for few years in France.
By Eurobasket Data Center


CS Municipal Bucuresti sign Rade Dzambic - by Eurobasket
CS Municipal Bucuresti strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old Serbian guard Rade Dzambic (188-G-80, college: NYIT). Dzambic was tested at the beginning of last year in the Greek league. But it did not work out, so he joined CS Elba Timisoara (Div.A) for a very successful season. He was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Romanian League 2nd Team. While playing 34 games for Timisoara last season his stats were: 15.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 5.0apg (4th best in the league) and 1.5spg. Dzambic is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Bosnia, Greece, Italy, Serbia and Slovenia.
By Eurobasket Data Center


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  RUSSIA   


Sasha Kaun will stay in CSKA - by Eurobasket News
Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) will stay in CSKA for another season and will not head to NBA. One of the key players for the defending champions will play in 2010/2011 season.
Sasha started his career in 2004-2005 for Kansas (NCAA) where he spent four seasons. In the last one there after 40 games he averaged 7.1ppg, 3.9rpg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 61.9%, FT: 54.1%. In June 2008 signed a 3-year contract with CSKA Moscow, while in 2008 was also drafted by Seattle Supersonics (NBA,2rd (56)). In 2008-2009 for 950,000 appeared in CSKA Moscow (A Superleague, starting five) and debuted in Euroleague. After 8 games he averaged 1.3ppg, 1.8rpg, while in Russian League after 24 games his stats read 5.0ppg, 3.1rpg. In the porevious season in Russian League he improved to 11.3ppg, Reb-5 (5.9rpg), FGP-2 (71.0%), FT: 72.2%. Sasha Kaun debuted also in VTB League and in 7 games showed 9.7ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 67.5%, FT: 58.3%. In Euroleague after 21 games his stats were increased to 9.1ppg, 4.6rpg, FGP-2 (71.3%), FT: 56.9%. Only for the last season he was awarded Russian A Superleague Regular Season Champion, Russian A Superleague Champion, VTB United League Champion, Russian Cup Winner, Eurobasket.com All-VTB League 2nd Team, Eurobasket.com All-Russian A Superleague 2nd Team, Eurobasket.com Russian A Superleague All-Domestic Players Team, Eurobasket.com Russian A Superleague All-Defensive Team and reached Euroleague Final Four.
Last season Sasha Kaun recorded 23 points in the Regular Round 11 in Superleague as CSKA enjoyed the top and proved the ambitions with 84:73 win over Lokomotiv. Kaun Sasha top-scored for the winners with 23 points, Holden notched 17 and Langdon Trajan posted 16. Surovtsev Aleksei finished the night with 22 points in the losing effort.



CSKA Moscow signs Jamont Gordon to a three-year deal - by Eurobasket News
As expected, CSKA Moscow has officially announced the signing of Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.) to a three-year contract. The 23-year-old American guard arrives the Russian powerhouse from Cibona Zagreb. He appeared 15 times in Euroleague last season averaging 13.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.8 assists. Gordon also had 19.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.8 apg and 1.9 spg for 21 games in Croatian championship, where Cibona defended the title. In Adriatic league, Gordon added 14.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.6 apg and 1.9 spg for 28 games. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Croatian A1 League Player of the Year and also Eurobasket.com All-Adriatic League Guard of the Year. Cibona was the regular season champion in Adriatic league, but failed in the Finals against Partizan Belgrade. In Euroleague, Eurobasket awarded Gordon with Honorable Mention,
Before Cibona Zagreb, Jamont Gordon was a member of GMAC Real Estate Bologna. He had 11.3 ppg and 4.7 rpg for 29 games in Serie A. He also had 11.3 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 6 EuroCup games. It was the first season for Gordon as a pro. He graduated at the Mississippi State University in 2008. In his senior season Gordon had 17.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 4.9 apg in 34 games.


Dynamo Moscow add Nikita Shabalkin - by Eurobasket News
Dynamo Moscow brought in new player. They signed a one-year deal with Nikita Shabalkin (204-F-86). The 23-year-old forward spent the previous season in Triumph. He appeared in just six games tallying 8.2 points and 2.0 rebounds. Earlier Nikita Shabalkin had spells for CSKA Moscow, CSK-VVS Samara and Khimky.


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The hosts reach perfect 3-0 record in Group F - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic U20-Austria U20 65:72

Austria celebrated the third victory at the Division B U20 European Championship Men 2010. They rolled over Slovak Republic U20 72:65 for 3-0 record in Group F of the Qualifying round of the tournament.
The first quarter became more defensive and brought 10:9 for the guests. Slovak Republic U20 continued to play better and reached 28:25 at the halftime as Michal Kozar (191-F-90) made a jump shot. Moreover Mrvis increased the lead for the team at 41:29, while Anton Maresch (191-G-91) gave the hosts 49:48 lead after three quarters.
Rasid Mahalbasic (210-F/C-90) made the score 64:55 with less than three minutes to go. Jass nailed three for 64:58 to bring intrigue with 2.30 in the game. Anton Maresch made two free throws for 66:58 and Rasid Mahalbasic increased the lead to 10 points. Mrvis reduced the gap to 68:62, whilst Mikulik nailed three for 69:65. The hosts closed the game from the free throw line to make the final 72:65 win.
Anton Maresch paced all the winners with 23 points as they improved to 3-0 record. Rasid Mahalbasic nailed 14, while Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90, agency: Interperformances) netted 12. Michal Kozar finished the game with 18 points in defeat, whilst Otto Ulman (205-C-90) scored 15.

Slovak Republic U20: Michal Kozar 18, Otto Ulman 15
Austria U20: Anton Maresch 23, Rasid Mahalbasic 14, Moritz Lanegger 12



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Zlatorog inks Panic - by Zeljko Zule
Zlatorog inked Serbian Vladimir Panic (194-F-82, agency: 011 Sports) until the end of the 2011-12 season. He is already a familiar face in Telemach League. Season 2005/06 and first part of 2007/08 season Panic spent with Luka Koper. Serbian shooter arrives from Metalac Valjevo, where he averaged 17.6 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 28 games of Serbian League last season and 19.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 7 Balkan League games.

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LEB Transactions - by Llorenc Morro
Andorra (LEB Silver)'s general manager, Francesco Solana , inked Joan Penarroya as team new head coach replacing Alfredo Julbe
Guard Alex Ros (192-G-83), forward Pablo Sanchez (197-F-81), and American guard James Holmes (188-G-83, college: S.Florida) signed at River Andorra (LEB Silver).
Caceres (LEB Gold) inked American guard Jeffrey Xavier (185-G-85, agency: BrezoPro, college: Providence) as a 'cotonou' (has also Cape Verde citizenship) player, and the captain Juan Sanguino (206-F/C-80) still one more year.
Gran Canaria (ACB) signed Dutch center Roeland Schaftenaar (211-F/C-88, college: Oregon St.) 4 years and loaned him to La Palma (LEb Gold).
Congolese swingman Moses Ehambe (198-G/F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: ORU), domestic point guard Francisco Cardenas (177-G-90) (Qalat Cajasol) and American power forward Jamie Jones (201-F/C-87, college: Portland St.) (Portland State) are new players at Ourense Aguas de Sousas (LEB Gold).
Angel Jareno is a new coach in Navarra (LEB Silver), replacing Urabayen.


Rafa Martinez stays with Power Electronics Valencia - by Eurobasket News
Rafael Martinez (191-G-82) will stay with Power Electronics Valencia until the end of 2013/14 season. The 28-year-old guard joined Valencia (at that time Pamesa) during the summer 2008 from Manresa. He played 17 games for them in EuroCup last season registering 11.1 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 1.8 apg. Valencia celebrated in this competition and booked a spot for Euroleague 2010/11. In ACB, Martinez appeared 35 times collecting 13.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB 2nd Team. Martinez also was named Eurobasket.com All-EuroCup Honorable Mention. In his first season with Valencia (Pamesa), Martinez had slightly lower numbers than 2009/10.
From 2003 to 2008, Rafael Martinez was a member of Ricoh Manresa. In their last season together Martinez exploded with 14.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 2.4 apg for 34 games in ACB. That did not go unnoticed and Pamesa landed the player. In the past Martinez also was a member of Valls-Felix Hotel in LEB2. In 2005, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Most Improved Player of the Year.
Few days ago, PE Valencia landed American PG Omar Cook (186-G-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.John's).


Alicante ink deal with Justin Doellman - by Eurobasket News
Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier) will move to Spain. The 25-year-old forward has agreed on terms of contract with Alicante. Justin Doellman spent the previous season in France. He notched 12.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game for Orleans in Euroleague. In ProA the forward delivered 9.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per appearance. Previously Justin Doellman had spells for Cholet and Besancon.


Real Madrid keeps Sergio Llull until 2014 - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid and Sergio Llull (190-G-87) extended the contract and the Spanish guard will stay with the Whites until the end of 2013/14 season. Llull made a decision to stay, despite the Houston Rockets showed serious interest in him.
Sergio Llull joined the Whites in 2007 from Ricoh Manresa. He had limited playing time his first season in Madrid averaging just 2.9 ppg and 1.5 apg for 30 games in ACB. He had even lower numbers in Euroleague that year. On season 2008/09, Llull had more important role with the team. His digits increased to 8.7 ppg and 2.7 apg for 38 games in ACB. In Euroleague, he also improved to 7.2 ppg and 2.1 apg for 18 appearances. Last season, Llull just continued where he left off in 2009. His numbers in Spanish league jumped to 11.2 ppg and 2.1 apg for 35 games. In Euroleague, he had almost 10 ppg and 2 apg for 18 matches. Despite his good performance, Real Madrid was unable to win the trophy in any of the competitions this season.
Sergio Llull is active member of the Spanish National Team. Last summer in Poland he helped them to win the Gold with 4 ppg for 9 games. In the past, Llull also played for U18 and U20 Spain.


Gran Canaria 2014 tab Roeland Schaftenaar - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria 2014 added another player to the roster. They signed Roeland Schaftenaar (211-F/C-88). The deal is meant for two years. Roeland Schaftenaar inked his first pro contract. The Dutch centre just graduated from the Oregon State University. He notched 9.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in his senior college season.


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  SWEDEN   


Sundsvall bringing in their gold-heroes - by Andreas Eriksson
Two years ago Sundsvall Dragons won the first title in club history, that time they were lead by Liam Rush (202-F/G-82) and Alex Wesby (196-G-80, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Temple) , after the championship, Wesby went on to play in Cyprus this past season, and Liam Rush ended up with Gothia in the Swedish league - now, after a year apart, the two have both signed a 2-year contract with Sundsvall, in order to once again try to win the championship. For Wesby it will be his 4th season in Total, and in all the previous three, he has lead Sundsvall to the Finals in the playoffs (their only three finals apperances, not a bad record from the G/F from Temple). In fact, rumours also say that Sundsvall is in negotiations with another hero from the 2009-champions; Olivie Ilunga, who also spent last year in Sweden, but since they already have Jakob Sigurdarsson on the team for next year as PG that doesn't sound like a big possibility.

Finland keep title hopes alive - by Eurobasket News
Finland U20 - Sweden U20 84:77
Finland opened the Qualifying round at the U20 European Championship in Division B with victory. They held off Sweden for 1-2 record in Group E. Sweden in the meantime suffered the second straight loss at the tournament and slipped at 2-1 record in the ladder. Sasu Salin (190-G-91) notched 19 points and 12 caroms to lead the winners.
Niemi and Sasu Salin ensured a brave start for Finland. They established a 16:4 lead midway through the opening quarter. Sasu Salin and Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) stretched the margin to 16 points late in the period. Alexander Lindqvist (202-F-91) capped the term with a three-pointer as Sweden got within 7 points 17:24. Andreas Person (188-G-91) dragged Sweden within two late in the first half but Finland quickly responded. They went on a 9:1 run to take some breathing space. Finland entered the fourth quarter up by 11 points 45:34. Zahden and Alexander Lindqvist narrowed the gap to just 6 points with five minutes remaining. However Alanen and Sasu Salin went deadly from the stripe, while Carl Lindbom fired from downtown to seal the winning outcome for Finland.
Roope Ahonen (186-G-90) notched 18 points for Finland. Carl Lindbom produced 14 points in the victory. Andreas Person answered with 21 points for Sweden. Alexander Lindqvist had 14 points in the loss.

Finland U20: Sasu Salin 19+12 boards, Roope Ahonen 18, Carl Lindbom 14
Sweden U20: Andreas Person 21, Alexander Lindqvist 14



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  TAIWAN   


2010 Jones Cup Day 6: Japan beat weary Philippines - by Chris Wang
Resting less than 15 hours after the overtime win over Taiwan Sunday night, the Philippines fell in the hands of Japan, 84-74, Monday in the 2010 William Jones Cup basketball tournament.

The result could be crucial to the final ranking for both teams, which are now tied at 3-2. Japan is scheduled to meet Taiwan University All-Stars Tuesday in a game that heavily favors the Japanese while the Philippines will take on Lebanon, which is now 4-1, in a tough battle.

If Lebanon wins, it will lock up the No. 2 with a 5-1 record and the Philippines finished 3-3. If the Philippines pulls out a win, Philippines, Lebanon and Japan could be in a three-way tie at 4-2.

Back to the game, Japan enjoy an advantage of having a 'bye' day on Sunday over the tired Philippine team. A 7-0 run early in the 4th quarter increased Japan's lead to double-digit before the Philippines managed to pull within four, but that's the best they could do.

Marcus Douthit once again led the Philippines with 20 points to go with 21 rebounds. Marnel Baracael had 24 points. Japeth Aguilar and Japan's Takuya Kawamura both sat out the game.

'There's no enough time for us to rest and be in game condition after the game wnet into overtime last night, ' said Philippines head coach Rajko Toroman. japans head coach Thomas Wisman also admitted that his team was able to pull it off in the final period because of better stamina.

In other games, Iran defeated Taiwan University All-Stars, 97-65, with no problem. Lebanon routed Crocs 81-52 with Jackson Vroman sitting out the game.

Standings:
Iran 5-0
Lebanon 4-1
Philippines 3-2
Japan 3-2
Taiwan 2-3
Taiwan University All-Stars 1-4
Crocs 0-6


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  TURKEY   


Turkey U16 participated in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16 participated in Italy at the Memorial Simoncini for U16 teams. Italy hosted Memorial Simoncini for U16 teams as Italy U16, Turkey U16, France U16 and Germany U16 competed in the tournament.
In Day 1 France U16 rolled over Turkey U16 58:51 in the opener. Typhoon Erulku's 17 points were not enough in the losing effort. Zafer Alp (182-G-94) notched 13, whilst Kenan Sipahi (189-G-95) added 10.
In Day 2 Turkey U16 edged Germany U16 73:57 as they started with 22-19 lead. Turkey added another 19-8 in the second frame to take the bigger lead at the halftime. Germany meanwhile won the third period 16-13, but Turkey finished with 19-14 in the last quarter to seal the victory. Zafer Alp top-scored for the winners with 24 points and Tayfun Erulku nailed 14. Burak Haciismail collected 8 points and 5 rebounds, while Kenan Sipah and Krsat Sozen posted 6 each.
In Day 3 Italy U16 won over Turkey U16 66:63 to finish with 2-1 record and won the title. Turel stepped up with 15 points for the winners and Landi followed him with 12. Imbro scored 10, while Candussi ended up with 8 points. Burak Haciismail responded with 22 points in the losing case. Kenan Sipahi posted 9, while Zafer Alp notched 8.



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  UBA   


URBL Stats Leaders
UBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
UBA Playoff Classic 10'
1. Hill, Team Japan 31.3
2. Webb, Disciples 30.0
3. Barnes, Disciples 26.0
Rebounds Per Game
Rebounding Champ 2009
Jerome Boyd (15.1).
Who will take it in 2010
Assists Per Game
Assist Champ of 2009
Sherman Douglas (12.1).
Who will take it in 2010?
Steals Per Game
Steals Champ of 2009
Jermaine Barnes (4.1).
Who will take it in 2010?
Blocks Per Game
Blocks Champ of 2009
Derrick Stroud (2.8).
Who will take it in 2010?
2FGP
1.Boyd, DFW .913
2.Fisher, Con .750
3.James, Irving .532
4.Cato, Con .500
5.Barnes, DFW .500
3FGP
1.Douglas, DFW 100
2.Harner, Con .700
3.James, Irving .600
4.Tranquier, Texas .500
5.Barnes, DFW .495


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  UKRAINE   


Politekhnika-Halychyna tab Rashaun Broadus and Alan Wiggins - by Eurobasket News
Politekhnika-Halychyna continued to strengthen their roster. The most recent acquisitions are Rashaun Broadus (183-G-84, college: BYU) and Alan Wiggins (206-F-84, college: USF).
Rashaun Broadus spent the previous season in Lithuania. The 25-year-old guard signed for Suduva in November. Rashaun Broadus tallied 13.8 points, 5.3 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game in LKL. In Baltic League the guard notched 21.7 points, 6.7 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 3.0 steals per appearance. The guard was named into eurobasket.com All-Baltic League 2nd Team. Broadus also played in Canada and Romania after graduating from the Brigham Young University.
Alan Wiggins comes from Romania. The 26-year-old US forward spent the previous season playing for Steaua Turabo. He tallied 12.7 points, 6.3 boards and 1.5 steals per game in the Romanian League. In Balkan league Alan Wiggins notched 14.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per appearance. Wiggins spent two season in Cholet before joining Steaua Turabo. He helped Cholet reach EuroChallenge Final back in 2009.



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Great Britain drive past Norway - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain U20 - Norway U20 83:47

Great Britain posted the first win at the Qualifying Round of the U20 European Championship in Division B. They fired past Norway to improve at 2-1 record in Group F. Norway slipped at 1-2 record after the loss. William Neighbour (203-F-90) tallied 24 points and 14 rebounds to pace Great Britain.
Great Britain shocked their opponents at the beginning of the game. They tipped off the encounter on an 11:0 run. Norway narrowed the distance but still trailed by 6 points 11:17 at the first pause. Great Britain ignited a 12:2 run to open the second term. The British team rallied to a 46:28 lead at the interval. Ovie Soko (203-F-91) and William Neighbour teamed up for 10 points in a row early in the third quarter as the margin grew at 28-point mark. Norway could not recover as they trailed by as many as 33 points at the final break. Great Britain maintained the lead throughout the fourth quarter and recorded a well-deserved win at the end.
Jack Stannard (187-G-90) and Ovie Soko nailed 13 points each for Great Britain. Lawrence added 10 points and 6 assists for the winners. Anders Stien (195-G-90) replied with 14 points for Norway. Roy Nwachukwu (192-F-90) delivered 8 points in the losing case.

Great Britain U20: William Neighbour 24+14 boards, Jack Stannard 13, Ovie Soko 13
Norway U20: Anders Stien 14, Roy Nwachukwu 8



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  VENEZUELA   


Coach Tony Ruiz signed by Guaiqueries - by Yelitza La Torre
Guaiqueries de Margarita ensures Coach Tony Ruiz's services signing up him for the upcoming 2011 professional Basketball League of Venezuela. Although Coach Ruiz mentioned in his twitter account about this two years agreement with Guaiqueries, there is not yet an official information about it from Guaiqueries' management. Last LPB season The Boricua did not start with the organization, he took over Guaiqueries head coach position that left Maita Mercedes.


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  WILLIAM JONES CUP   


2010 Jones Cup Day 6: Japan beat weary Philippines - by Chris Wang
Resting less than 15 hours after the overtime win over Taiwan Sunday night, the Philippines fell in the hands of Japan, 84-74, Monday in the 2010 William Jones Cup basketball tournament.

The result could be crucial to the final ranking for both teams, which are now tied at 3-2. Japan is scheduled to meet Taiwan University All-Stars Tuesday in a game that heavily favors the Japanese while the Philippines will take on Lebanon, which is now 4-1, in a tough battle.

If Lebanon wins, it will lock up the No. 2 with a 5-1 record and the Philippines finished 3-3. If the Philippines pulls out a win, Philippines, Lebanon and Japan could be in a three-way tie at 4-2.

Back to the game, Japan enjoy an advantage of having a 'bye' day on Sunday over the tired Philippine team. A 7-0 run early in the 4th quarter increased Japan's lead to double-digit before the Philippines managed to pull within four, but that's the best they could do.

Marcus Douthit once again led the Philippines with 20 points to go with 21 rebounds. Marnel Baracael had 24 points. Japeth Aguilar and Japan's Takuya Kawamura both sat out the game.

'There's no enough time for us to rest and be in game condition after the game wnet into overtime last night, ' said Philippines head coach Rajko Toroman. japans head coach Thomas Wisman also admitted that his team was able to pull it off in the final period because of better stamina.

In other games, Iran defeated Taiwan University All-Stars, 97-65, with no problem. Lebanon routed Crocs 81-52 with Jackson Vroman sitting out the game.

Standings:
Iran 5-0
Lebanon 4-1
Philippines 3-2
Japan 3-2
Taiwan 2-3
Taiwan University All-Stars 1-4
Crocs 0-6


Standings
Standings
1. Iran5-0
2. Lebanon4-1
3. Philippines3-2
4. Japan3-2
5. Taiwan2-3
6. Taiwan B1-4
7. Australia0-6


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Palma Set For Weird Experience when Facing Angola ! - by Omar Shafaamri

AMMAN (2010 FIBA World Championship) Jordan coach Mario Leonel Palma admits it will be strange when he coaches against his former team, Angola, at the FIBA World Championship this summer.

Palma, who guided Angola for many years and led them to African titles as well as qualification for FIBA World Championships and Olympic Games, steered Jordan to the bronze medal at last years FIBA Asia Championship.

They will face Angola, Australia, Serbia, Argentina and Germany in Group A at the FIBA World Championship.

I got sad with the draw, Palma said to FIBA.com.

It will be a pleasure to meet my former players, but it will be unpleasant to face them.

They were part of my life for at least seven years. We had tough and marvelous experiences together.

It will be weird to instruct my players to stop [Miguel] Lutonda - a player I have had good relationship with.

He is an exceptional one.

Palma doesnt believe his Jordan team could have had a tougher draw.

It is an extremely tough group with all teams ranking in the top 11, he said.
Julio Chitunda
FIBA
Source : FIBA.com





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Women News

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  AUSTRIA - Women  


U20 Israel jumps to 2-1 in Kavadarci - by Eurobasket News
U20 EuroBasket Division B, Preliminary Round (Day Three): ISRAEL - AUSTRIA 61-58

Israel grabbed the second win in Kavadarci and secured a passage though the first stage. They have 2-1 now in Group A and currently are on the second place, behind the perfect Portugal. Austria on the other hand slipped to 0-2 and will have to improve a lot in order to reach the Quarterfinals. Keren Nechama (175-F-90) stepped up for the winners with 18 points and 8 rebounds. She was their only player with double-digits in scoring. Naama Shafir (170-G-90) (5 rebs, 7 as), Idit Oryon (182-F-90) (5 rebs) and Shira Shecht (183-F-91) added 9 points each. Kata Takacs (183-F-91) replied with 15 points and 6 boards in defeat. Sarah Schicher (188-F-90) had 11 pts and 14 rebs.
This game was decided in the finish. With 2:29 remaining Israel was 59-57 up. Naama Shafir was fouled after that and she managed to make both free throws for plus 4. Austria had the ball and they missed from the paint. However, De Leeuw grabbed the OR and passed the ball to Lazarevic, who missed for three. Dagan missed a triple on the other side as well, so Austria had the possession once again. Sarah Schicher was fouled, but she made just one FT and there was one minute left. Neither of teams was able to score a single point in the finish, meaning that Israel took this one 61-58.
On Tuesday, Israel will meet Slovakia. Austria will take on Greece.

Israel: Keren Nechama 18+8 boards, Naama Shafir 9+5 boards+7 as, Idit Oryon 9+5 boards, Shira Shecht 9
Austria: Kata Takacs 15+6 boards, Sarah Schicher 11+14 boards


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  BELGIUM - Women  


U20 Hungary beats U20 Belgium thanks to 10-0 run at the beginning of Q4 - by Eurobasket News
U20 EuroBasket Division B, Preliminary Round (Day Three): BELGIUM - HUNGARY 65-77

Hungary finally grabbed the first win in Kavadarci. It was a very important game for both teams as they were winless before it. Hungary had 0-2, while Belgium entered to this meeting with 0-1. Now, Hungary is in better position to reach the Quarterfinals. Orsolya Szecsi (187-F-92) shined for the winners with 21 points and 19 rebounds. She reached valuation 34 and was the MVP of this meeting. Reka Balint (181-F-91) had 19 and Nikolett Sarok (180-G/F-90) helped with 13 pts. In Belgium, Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92) collected 17 points. Miete Celus (175-G/F-91) had one less than her.
Last quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, Hungary made 15-18 in Q1, while Belgium replied with 23-18 in the second frame. Third quarter belonged to Hungary (14-19) once again and they were 52-55 up after 30 minutes of play. Than, Orsolya Szecsi and her teammates made crucial 0-10 run for plus 13 with seven minutes to go. That turned out as unreachable for Belgium, who faced with the second loss in Kavadarci.
Hungary will have two days-off, while Belgium will meet FYROM on Tuesday.

Belgium: Emmanuella Mayombo 17, Miete Celus 16
Hungary: Orsolya Szecsi 21+19 boards, Reka Balint 19, Nikolett Sarok 13


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Bulgaria win all three over the Dutch team - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria won all three over the Dutch team in Dunav, Ruse. Eurobasket wrote that on July 15th Bulgaria celebrated a tough 77:75 win.
On July 16th Bulgaria grabbed 74:52 win over Netherlands. The hosts started with 16-11 lead in the opening quarter and added 17-8 in the second period. The hosts also were better in the third and the last frames. Doneeka Hodges (175-G-82, college: LSU) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Radostina Slavova (186-F-86) netted 14. Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) delivered 9, while Daniela Peteva posted 6. Marlous Nieuwveen answered with 11 points in the losing effort.
In Game 3 Bulgaria won 86:73 to sweep the clashes. The hosts opened the game with 18-16, while the Dutch team replied with 24-19. Bulgaria needed 22-17 in the third quarter to take the lead back and produced 27-16 in the last frame to celebrate the victory. Jaklin Zlatanova stepped up with 22 points and 7 rebounds, while Doneeka Hodges netted 15. Leonie Kooij (187-F-86) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort. Tanya Broring (178-G-84) scored 12, while Anouk Biesters (182-G/F-86) and Myrthe Beld added 11 each.


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  CAC GAMES - Women  


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. US Virg.Isl1-0
2. P.Rico1-0
3. Trinid/T.0-1
4. Saint Vinc.0-1
Group B
1. Jamaica2-0
2. Mexico1-0
3. Dominican R.0-1
4. Guatemala0-2


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20 - Women  


Division A, Qualifying Round: Day Four in Liepaja - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Ukraine - France 66-80
France continued its winning streak in Liepaja and stretched it to four. Diandra Tchatchouang (191-F-91) top-scored for France today with 16 points and she had 8 rebounds beside that. Olesia Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) shined in defeat with 22 pts and 9 boards. France 3-0, Ukraine 0-3 in Group E.

Holland - Russia 74-53
Holland cruised past Russia in Liepaja for the first win in Qualifying Round. Maaike Klein (177-G-90) exploded in this victory with 25 points. Tatiana Petrushina (185-F-90) delivered 12 points in defeat. Holland 1-2, Russia 2-1.

Latvia - Poland 63-49
The box-score and game report will be available soon.

Group F
Lithuania - Serbia 63-57
Valuable win for Lithuania, who jumped to 2-1 in Group F. At the same time, Serbia dropped to 1-2. Egle Siksniute (196-F/C-91) was the leading scorer in victory with 18 points (7 rebs). Nevena Jovanovic (179-G-90) responded with 15 points in loss.

Belarus - Spain 69-91
Spain blasted Belarus for perfect 3-0 in Qualifying Group F. Marta Xargay Casademont (180-G-90) was a key player in Spain with 18 points, 14 rebounds and 5 assists. She reached valuation 29. Belarus (0-3) got 18 points from Katsiaryna Kashlei (166-G-90).

Italy - Turkey 58-67
Perfect 3-0 for Turkey and poor 0-3 for Italy after this game. Yasemen Saylar (173-G-90) shined for the winners with 21 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) had 13 points and 9 rebs on the other side.

Places 13-16
Bulgaria - Romania 51-80
Romania made the first step forward to survival in Division A. Cristina Bigica (182-F-92) was their leading player with 22 points and 9 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 22. Bulgaria got 13 points from Aleksandra Kancheva (182-F-90).

Sweden - Germany 57-84
Easy one for Germany, who got 23 points from Anna-lisa Rexroth (174-G-90). Stephanie Wagner (181-F-90) followed with 18 points and 6 boards. In the loosing squad, Danielle Hamilton Carter (187-F-90, college: Fayetteville) had 18 pts and 5 rebs. Germany 1-0, Sweden 0-1 in Group G.


W-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group E
1. France3-0
2. Latvia2-1
3. Russia2-1
4. Holland1-2
5. Poland1-2
6. Ukraine0-3
Group F
1. Spain3-0
2. Turkey3-0
3. Lithuania2-1
4. Serbia1-2
5. Italy0-3
6. Belarus0-3
Group G
1. Germany1-0
2. Romania1-0
3. Sweden0-1
4. Bulgaria0-1


Stats Leaders (Women)
Points Per Game
 Marina SOLOPOVA
  (180-G/F-90)
  Avg: 24.8
 1. Solopova, LTU24.8 
 2. Niedola, LAT19.7 
 3. Malashenko, UKR16.0 
 4. Gultekin, SWE15.8 
 5. Siksniute, LTU15.0 
 6. Canitez, TUR14.8 
 7. Filonchyk, BLR14.3 
 8. Shilova, RUS13.8 
 9. Hamilton Car., SWE13.5 
 10. Saylar, TUR13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Giedre PAUGAITE
  (192-C-90)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Paugaite, LTU13.5 
 2. Canitez, TUR13.3 
 3. Manta, ROM9.8 
 4. Siksniute, LTU9.5 
 5. Malashenko, UKR9.0 
 6. Niedola, LAT8.7 
 7. Misiuk, POL8.7 
 8. Xargay Casad., ESP8.3 
 9. Solopova, LTU8.3 
 10. Iagupova, UKR8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jovana POPOVIC
  (173-G-90)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Popovic, SRB5.5 
 2. Klintsone, LAT5.0 
 3. Solopova, LTU4.3 
 4. Ouvina, ESP4.0 
 5. Saylar, TUR3.8 
 6. Zubrytskaya, BLR3.7 
 7. Iagupova, UKR3.3 
 8. Bestagno, ITA3.3 
 9. Tomialowicz, POL3.3 
 10. Priede, LAT3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Marina SOLOPOVA
  (180-G/F-90)
  Avg: 3
 1. Solopova, LTU3.0 
 2. Niedola, LAT3.0 
 3. Zubrytskaya, BLR2.7 
 4. Tchatchouang, FRA2.5 
 5. Gultekin, SWE2.5 
 6. Ouvina, ESP2.3 
 7. Chivu, ROM2.3 
 8. Minte, FRA2.3 
 9. Xargay Casad., ESP2.0 
 10. Cebulska, POL2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Giedre PAUGAITE
  (192-C-90)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Paugaite, LTU2.8 
 2. Alminaite, LTU2.0 
 3. Malashenko, UKR2.0 
 4. Tchatchouang, FRA1.8 
 5. Manta, ROM1.5 
 6. Petrushina, RUS1.5 
 7. Rashchenia, BLR1.5 
 8. Loginova, RUS1.5 
 9. Rubene, LAT1.3 
 10. Misiuk, POL1.3 


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  FRANCE - Women  


Nice holds the tournament for young ladies - by Eurobasket News
Nice holds the tournament for young ladies as four U16 teams participate in the tournament. Sweden U16, France U16, Hungary U16 and Turkey U16 participate in it.
In Day 1 France U16 rolls over Sweden U16 73:52. France easily took control of the game and added 15-8 in the second period. The team from Scandinavia started to play better in the second half and altough losing the third period 15-16, won the last stanza 19-16. Gabriella Frykbo (G)'s 11 points weer not enough for the Swedish side. Paulina Hersler (189-F-94) nailed 9, Erica Iderstal (G) scored 7 and Raushan Gltekin added 6.
Turkey U16 overcame Hungary U16 67:46. The latter started with 25-20, but failed in all the other periods. In the second period France produced 17-16, while the third quarter ended up with 14-0 for the Turkish side. They also added 16-5 in the last quarter to smash the opponents. Didem Nakas paced all the winners with 14 points and Melek Yusufoglu followed her with 11. Tilbe Senyurek (185-C-95) ended up with 9 points, while three other players scored 7 each. Amedea Szzmosi answered with 10 points and 9 rebounds in the losing case.

In Day 2 France U16 beat Turkey U16 69:63. Turkey opened the game with 26-16 in the opening period, whilst France responded with 14-9 in the second quarter. Moreover the hosts produced 14-13 in the third frame and celebrated the victory due to 25-15 in the last quarter. Ayayi stepped up with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Turcinovic added 15. Badiane netted 9 and Morateur had 7. Deniz Dogan finished the night with 16 points and Didem Nakas posted 14. Melek Yusufoglu scored 8, whilst Cansu Koksal notched 6.
Hungary U16 rolled over Sweden U16 77:52. Hungary started with 17-10, while Scandinavian squad produced 14-12 in the second frame. Hungary looked better in the second half and won both periods. They clinched 26-10 in the third frame and added 22-18 in the last period. Szamosi stepped up with 22 points for the winners. pap scored 18 and Szabo F.nailed 9. Paulina Hersler's 14 points were not enough for Sweden. Gabriella Frykbo nailed 12, while Evelina Stromberg posted 7. Erica Iderstal notched 6, Sandra Hansson had 5 and Mi Edlund netted 4.


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  FYR MACEDONIA - Women  


U20 EC, Division B: United Kingdom beats FYROM in thriller - by Eurobasket News
U20 EuroBasket Division B, Preliminary Round (Day Three): UNITED KINGDOM - FYR MACEDONIA 70-69

Thriller win for the UK, who jumped to 3-0 in Group B. It means that the UK will most probably fight against Czech Republic for the first place in this pool. FYROM on the other hand dropped to 0-2, but still has a chance to reach the next stage. They will probably have to beat just Belgium. Mairi Buchan (188-F/C-90) came up with 17 points and 12 rebounds in victory. Mary Durojaye (188-F-90) followed her with 13 points and 7 boards, while Tamzin Barroilhet (183-G-90) added 10 pts. In FYROM, Jelena Antic (185-F-91) shined with 25 points and 11 rebounds. She needed three more assists in order to make a triple-double. Vanesa Vasilevska (180-F-92) scored 12 pts.
FYROM opened the game better making 15-21 lead in the first ten minutes. However, the UK players woke up immediately and replied with 20-12 in the next period. Third frame was pretty leveled, but still it belonged to UK 21-19. It means that UK had 56-52 lead with ten minutes to go and everything was still open. FYROM didnt give up and made 66-67 turn in the finish. Tamzin Barroilhet responded with a basket and two free throws for plus 3 with 36 seconds to go. Reskoska made a lay-up for FYROM and UK somehow managed to keep the ball until the very end.
On Tuesday, United Kingdom will meet Czech Republic. FYROM will play against Belgium.

United Kingdom: Mairi Buchan 17+12 boards, Mary Durojaye 13+7 boards, Tamzin Barroilhet 10
FYROM: Jelena Antic 25+11 boards, Vanesa Vasilevska 12


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  GERMANY - Women  


The German national team has won their last game of the tournament in Cavalese - by Eurobasket News
The German national team has won their last game of the tournament in Cavalese, Italy and finished with 1-2 record. The team overcame Latvia 67:54 as both of them as well as Italy ended up with the same record. The National team of Turkey became the winner of the International tournament with four National teams participated. Turkey won all three games and became the only undefeated team. In Day 3 Turkey overcame Italy 69:62.
Latvia started better and took 24;14 after the opening quarter.The German team played without Linda Frohlich, due to a painful injury to his big toe a break. Germany however replied with 17-12 and reduced the gap at the halftime. In the third period Germany took the lead and control of the game producing 18-10. Moreover they stun the opponents 18-8 in the last stanza to win the only game in the tournament. Petra Glaser (196-F/C-81, college: Long Beach St.) stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Birte Thimm (180-F-87) followed her with 10. Tina Menz (174-G/F-88) ended up with 9 points, while Margret Skuballa (186-F-87) and Romy Bar (189-F-87, agency: LBM Management) scored 8 each. Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) and finished the game with 4 points each in a win.


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  GREECE - Women  


U20 Portugal remains undefeated in Kavadarci - by Eurobasket News
U20 EuroBasket Division B, Preliminary Round (Day Three): GREECE - PORTUGAL 32-82

Portugal blasted Greece to stay undefeated after three days in Kavadarci. Portugal already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals, but remains to be seen will they finish as No.1 of Group A. They will have one more game at this stage. On the other side, Greece dropped to 0-2, but despite that still has a chance to reach the QFinals. Maria Correia (174-G/F-91) shined for Portugal in this game with 19 points. Sofia Silva (187-C-90) also was great as she added 13 pts and 11 boards. Joana Bernardeco (168-G-90) helped with 11 pts and 5 assists, while Michelle Brandao (171-G-91) also scored 11 points. In defeat, Angeliki Nikolopoulou (179-G-91) and Ioanna Diela (175-F-90) had 9 points each.
Portugal took control on Greece from the very beginning. After ten minutes of play, Portugal was already 10-17 up. They were even better in Q2 ending it 6-22. Greece was not able to resist and was on the way to fiasco. Greece was limited to just 4 points in third quarter, while Portugal drained 20 on the other side huge 20-59 lead. The game winner was already known and the last ten minutes were just the formality.
Portugal will have a two days-off and on Wednesday will meet Austria. Greece will meet Slovak Republic on Tuesday.

Greece: Angeliki Nikolopoulou 9, Ioanna Diela 9
Portugal: Maria Correia 19, Sofia Silva 13+11 boards, Joana Bernardeco 11+5 as, Michelle Brandao 11


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Bulgaria win all three over the Dutch team - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria won all three over the Dutch team in Dunav, Ruse. Eurobasket wrote that on July 15th Bulgaria celebrated a tough 77:75 win.
On July 16th Bulgaria grabbed 74:52 win over Netherlands. The hosts started with 16-11 lead in the opening quarter and added 17-8 in the second period. The hosts also were better in the third and the last frames. Doneeka Hodges (175-G-82, college: LSU) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Radostina Slavova (186-F-86) netted 14. Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) delivered 9, while Daniela Peteva posted 6. Marlous Nieuwveen answered with 11 points in the losing effort.
In Game 3 Bulgaria won 86:73 to sweep the clashes. The hosts opened the game with 18-16, while the Dutch team replied with 24-19. Bulgaria needed 22-17 in the third quarter to take the lead back and produced 27-16 in the last frame to celebrate the victory. Jaklin Zlatanova stepped up with 22 points and 7 rebounds, while Doneeka Hodges netted 15. Leonie Kooij (187-F-86) ended up with 17 points in the losing effort. Tanya Broring (178-G-84) scored 12, while Anouk Biesters (182-G/F-86) and Myrthe Beld added 11 each.


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Hungary U16 rolled over Scandinavian team after the loss from Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U16 rolled over Scandinavian team after the loss from France at the International tournament in France. Nice holds the tournament for young ladies as four U16 teams participate in the tournament. Sweden U16, France U16, Hungary U16 and Turkey U16 participate in it.
In Day 1 Turkey U16 overcame Hungary U16 67:46. The latter started with 25-20, but failed in all the other periods. In the second period France produced 17-16, while the third quarter ended up with 14-0 for the Turkish side. They also added 16-5 in the last quarter to smash the opponents. Didem Nakas paced all the winners with 14 points and Melek Yusufoglu followed her with 11. Tilbe Senyurek ended up with 9 points, while three other players scored 7 each. Amadea Szamosi (189-C-94) answered with 10 points and 9 rebounds in the losing case.
Hungary U16 rolled over Sweden U16 77:52. Hungary started with 17-10, while Scandinavian squad produced 14-12 in the second frame. Hungary looked better in the second half and won both periods. They clinched 26-10 in the third frame and added 22-18 in the last period. Amadea Szamosi stepped up with 22 points for the winners. pap scored 18 and Szabo F.nailed 9. Paulina Hersler's 14 points were not enough for Sweden. Gabriella Frykbo (G) nailed 12, while Evelina Stromberg (G) posted 7. Erica Iderstal (G) notched 6, Sandra Hansson (F) had 5 and Mi Edlund netted 4.



U20 Hungary beats U20 Belgium thanks to 10-0 run at the beginning of Q4 - by Eurobasket News
U20 EuroBasket Division B, Preliminary Round (Day Three): BELGIUM - HUNGARY 65-77

Hungary finally grabbed the first win in Kavadarci. It was a very important game for both teams as they were winless before it. Hungary had 0-2, while Belgium entered to this meeting with 0-1. Now, Hungary is in better position to reach the Quarterfinals. Orsolya Szecsi (187-F-92) shined for the winners with 21 points and 19 rebounds. She reached valuation 34 and was the MVP of this meeting. Reka Balint (181-F-91) had 19 and Nikolett Sarok (180-G/F-90) helped with 13 pts. In Belgium, Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92) collected 17 points. Miete Celus (175-G/F-91) had one less than her.
Last quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, Hungary made 15-18 in Q1, while Belgium replied with 23-18 in the second frame. Third quarter belonged to Hungary (14-19) once again and they were 52-55 up after 30 minutes of play. Than, Orsolya Szecsi and her teammates made crucial 0-10 run for plus 13 with seven minutes to go. That turned out as unreachable for Belgium, who faced with the second loss in Kavadarci.
Hungary will have two days-off, while Belgium will meet FYROM on Tuesday.

Belgium: Emmanuella Mayombo 17, Miete Celus 16
Hungary: Orsolya Szecsi 21+19 boards, Reka Balint 19, Nikolett Sarok 13


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  ISRAEL - Women  


U20 Israel jumps to 2-1 in Kavadarci - by Eurobasket News
U20 EuroBasket Division B, Preliminary Round (Day Three): ISRAEL - AUSTRIA 61-58

Israel grabbed the second win in Kavadarci and secured a passage though the first stage. They have 2-1 now in Group A and currently are on the second place, behind the perfect Portugal. Austria on the other hand slipped to 0-2 and will have to improve a lot in order to reach the Quarterfinals. Keren Nechama (175-F-90) stepped up for the winners with 18 points and 8 rebounds. She was their only player with double-digits in scoring. Naama Shafir (170-G-90) (5 rebs, 7 as), Idit Oryon (182-F-90) (5 rebs) and Shira Shecht (183-F-91) added 9 points each. Kata Takacs (183-F-91) replied with 15 points and 6 boards in defeat. Sarah Schicher (188-F-90) had 11 pts and 14 rebs.
This game was decided in the finish. With 2:29 remaining Israel was 59-57 up. Naama Shafir was fouled after that and she managed to make both free throws for plus 4. Austria had the ball and they missed from the paint. However, De Leeuw grabbed the OR and passed the ball to Lazarevic, who missed for three. Dagan missed a triple on the other side as well, so Austria had the possession once again. Sarah Schicher was fouled, but she made just one FT and there was one minute left. Neither of teams was able to score a single point in the finish, meaning that Israel took this one 61-58.
On Tuesday, Israel will meet Slovakia. Austria will take on Greece.

Israel: Keren Nechama 18+8 boards, Naama Shafir 9+5 boards+7 as, Idit Oryon 9+5 boards, Shira Shecht 9
Austria: Kata Takacs 15+6 boards, Sarah Schicher 11+14 boards


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  KAZAKHSTAN - Women  


Kazakhstan lost all the games in Taiwan - by Eurobasket News
Kazakhstan lost all the games in Taiwan and unfortunately the difference was more than enough. After the first three losses the team was smashed by Cool Cats 106:33 that faced Taiwan in the final. In the game for the third place tonight Kazakhstan lost to Taiwan University All-Stars 39:118. Darya Li from Kazakhstan became one of top five players of the tournament.

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  LATVIA - Women  


The German national team has won their last game of the tournament in Cavalese - by Eurobasket News
The German national team has won their last game of the tournament in Cavalese, Italy and finished with 1-2 record. The team overcame Latvia 67:54 as both of them as well as Italy ended up with the same record. The National team of Turkey became the winner of the International tournament with four National teams participated. Turkey won all three games and became the only undefeated team. In Day 3 Turkey overcame Italy 69:62.
Latvia started better and took 24;14 after the opening quarter.The German team played without Linda Frohlich, due to a painful injury to his big toe a break. Germany however replied with 17-12 and reduced the gap at the halftime. In the third period Germany took the lead and control of the game producing 18-10. Moreover they stun the opponents 18-8 in the last stanza to win the only game in the tournament. Petra Glaser (196-F/C-81, college: Long Beach St.) stepped up with 17 points for the winners and Birte Thimm (180-F-87) followed her with 10. Tina Menz (174-G/F-88) ended up with 9 points, while Margret Skuballa (186-F-87) and Romy Bar (189-F-87, agency: LBM Management) scored 8 each. Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) and finished the game with 4 points each in a win.


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  NORWAY - Women  


Norway edge Luxembourg again - by Eurobasket News
Norway posted the second straight win over Luxembourg. Kristina Tattersdill (186-F/C-83) knocked down 13 points to pace Norway in a 52:45 victory. Norway thus swept the exhibition series in Oslo.
Luxembourg got to the better start in this one. They earned a 14:7 lead at the first break. Norway bounce back in the second term. The hosts cut the margin to a single point at halftime 21:22. Norway maintained the pressure in the third term. They erased the deficit and the teams entered the final quarter tied at 38. Norway stressed defense in the fourth quarter. The home team limited Luxembourg to only 7 points in the term and posted a confident win at the end. Nanna Sand (181-F-77, college: Arizona St.) produced 9 points for the hosts. Mia Spasowska (185-C-84, college: Humboldt St.) added 7 points in the winning effort.
Norway will now move to Tallinn. They are scheduled to play two exhibition encounters against Estonia.



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  POLAND - Women  


PTS Lider land Alicja Perlinska - by Eurobasket News
PTS Lider brought in another new player. They landed Alicja Perlinska (170-G-83). The 26-year-old guard spent the last two seasons playing for LKS Lodz. She tallied 10.8 points, 2.5 assists, 2.2 steals and 2.1 rebounds per game in the previous championship. Earlier Alicja Perlinska had stints with PZU Pabianice and MMKS Energa Torun.


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


U20 Portugal remains undefeated in Kavadarci - by Eurobasket News
U20 EuroBasket Division B, Preliminary Round (Day Three): GREECE - PORTUGAL 32-82

Portugal blasted Greece to stay undefeated after three days in Kavadarci. Portugal already booked a spot for the Quarterfinals, but remains to be seen will they finish as No.1 of Group A. They will have one more game at this stage. On the other side, Greece dropped to 0-2, but despite that still has a chance to reach the QFinals. Maria Correia (174-G/F-91) shined for Portugal in this game with 19 points. Sofia Silva (187-C-90) also was great as she added 13 pts and 11 boards. Joana Bernardeco (168-G-90) helped with 11 pts and 5 assists, while Michelle Brandao (171-G-91) also scored 11 points. In defeat, Angeliki Nikolopoulou (179-G-91) and Ioanna Diela (175-F-90) had 9 points each.
Portugal took control on Greece from the very beginning. After ten minutes of play, Portugal was already 10-17 up. They were even better in Q2 ending it 6-22. Greece was not able to resist and was on the way to fiasco. Greece was limited to just 4 points in third quarter, while Portugal drained 20 on the other side huge 20-59 lead. The game winner was already known and the last ten minutes were just the formality.
Portugal will have a two days-off and on Wednesday will meet Austria. Greece will meet Slovak Republic on Tuesday.

Greece: Angeliki Nikolopoulou 9, Ioanna Diela 9
Portugal: Maria Correia 19, Sofia Silva 13+11 boards, Joana Bernardeco 11+5 as, Michelle Brandao 11


Great Britain defeat Portugal again - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain - Portugal 73:65

Great Britain recorded the second straight win over Portugal. This time the clash was much tighter action but Great Britain proved the strength at the end. JulieAnne Page (188-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: E.Washington) knocked down 20 points to lead the effort.
Natalie Stafford (173-G) notched incredible 15 points in the opening quarter to set the tone. Portugal however withheld the effort as the teams were tied at 21 ten minutes into the game. Great Britain pushed the throttle in the second frame. They earned a 48:31 advantage at halftime. Portugal found the right rhythm in the second half. They won the third quarter by 5 points to get closer. Portugal succeeded defensively in the fourth quarter limiting their opponents to just 12 points. But it proved insufficient as Great Britain escaped with a difficult win at the end.
Natalie Stafford notched 19 points for the winners. Bulter provided 11 points and 11 rebounds for Great Britain. Sonia Borges (189-C-84) answered with 17 points. Sofia Ramalho (166-G-80) produced 13 points in the loss.

Great Britain: JulieAnne Page 20, Natalie Stafford 19, Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) 11+11 boards
Portugal: Sonia Borges 17, Sofia Ramalho 13



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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


Puerto Rico rips St. Vincent in CAC Opener - by Raul Colon
In front of a frenetic crow, the Puerto Rico national team easily defeated St. Vincent 118-24 in the opening game of the 2010 Centro American and Caribbean Games being played held in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.

The Puertorricans got off to an 8-8 lead in the first quarter and never looked back. They went into halftime sporting a commanding 40 point (51-11) lead.

Jazmine Sepulveda and Carla Escalera led the boricuas with 18 points a piece. Lindsay Gonzalez added 16. Michelle Pacheco and Sandra Garcia chipped in with 13 each.

Sepulveda, who was selected the Most Valuable Player of the recently completed FIBA Women Centrobasketball Champions, added 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Sorayah Williams was the top point getter for St. Vincent with 12.

St. Vincent never made it close as they managed to score just 14 total points in the second stanza. Puerto Rico shot 56% (44-73) from the field. St. Vincent managed only 18% (8-45). Neither team connected a three pointer. The boricuas were 0-6 while its rivals missed all 11 shoots they took.



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  SERBIA - Women  


Serbian U20 squad for European Championship - by Dragana Vukovic


Tijana Ajdukovic (197-C-91) of Hemofarm Stada Vrsac
Kristina Baltic (187-F/C-90) of AJM Maribor
Sandra Boskovic (171-F-91) of Vojvodina Nis Novi Sad
Latinka Dusanic (178-G-90) of Vojvodina Nis Novi Sad
Nevena Jovanovic (179-G-90) of ZKK Kovin
Jelena Jovanovic (184-F-90) of Radivoj Korac Beograd
Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) of MiZo Pecs 2010
Sanja Orozovic (184-G-90) of Spartak Subotica
Jovana Popovic (173-G-90) of Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Ana Radovic (190-C-90) of Vozdovac Beograd
Milana Zivadinovic (172-G-91) of Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Tatjana Zivanovic (189-F-90) of ZKK Kovin

Head Coach: Dragomir Bukvic of Pool Comense
Assistant Coach: Milkan Mrdja of KK Celarevo
Assistant Coach: Bogdan Bulj of Hemofarm Stada Vrsac
Physical preparation Coach: Rade Pavlovic of Vozdovac Beograd

Physiotherapist: Bojana Musovic
of Vozdovac Beograd


Serbian U18 squad for European Championship - by Dragana Vukovic


Snezana Colic (175-G-92) of Radivoj Korac Beograd
Zorana Nikolic (189-G-92) of Hemofarm Stada Vrsac
Jelena Stankovic (182-F-93) of KK Celarevo
Tijana Dijan (174-G-92) of Radivoj Korac Beograd
Jelena Stulic (180-G-93) of Sivac Bosko Filipovic
Kaja Stankovic (173-G-92) of Radivoj Korac Beograd
Jelena Repic (185-F-92) of KK Loznica
Milica Toskovic (186-F-93) of USA
Dijana Stancic (180-G/F-93) of Radivoj Korac Beograd
Jovana Karakasevic (187-C-92) of Vojvodina Nis Novi Sad
Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) of Radivoj Korac Beograd
Jovana Dordevic (185-F-93) of Radivoj Korac Beograd

Head Coach: Zoran Kovacic of Federation
Assistant Coach: Dragan Vukovic of Radivoj Korac Beograd
Assistant Coach: Zeljko Vasiljevic of KK Loznica
Physical preparation Coach: Nikola Perisic of Radivoj Korac Beograd
Physotherapist: Igor Kovacic of Federation


Vozdovac signed Jelena Velinovic - by Dragana Vukovic
The management of Vozdovac Beograd announced that they signed Jelena Velinovic (193-C-81) for the upcoming season.She spent 5 seasons in Crvena Zvezda Beograd,with one year break,during the season 2008./09., when she moved to K.V. Imperial AEL Limassol.Last season she came back in Crvena Zvezda Beograd and she was averaging 17.1 points and 11.5 rebounds per game during 30.1 minutes.Now,Jelena Velinovic is with NT of Serbia and she is preparing for the Qualifications for European Championship.

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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


Cool Cats win all the games at Jones Cup - by Eurobasket News
Cool Cats that represented South Korea win all the games at Jones Cup 2010. The team finished the group with 3-0 record and then advanced to the Semifinals from the top place. Cool Cats smashed Kazakhstan 106:33 to face Taiwan in the final. Tournament MVP Kim Na-youn had 21 points and 6 rebounds as Koreas Sinsegae Coolcat beat Taiwan NT 80:68 to win the 2010 William Jones Cup tournament womens title. Park Ha-Na (G) became one of five top-players of the tournament.

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  SPAIN - Women  


Natasha Lacy heads to Hondarribia-Irun - by Eurobasket News
Natasha Lacy (178-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UTEP) heads to Hondarribia-Irun as the player will help the team in 2010/2011 season. An American player will be a great addition to the roster for the next year.
In 2005-2006 she started for TCU (NCAA) and in 29 games averaged 14.4ppg, 7.4rpg, 3.9apg, 1.7spg, FG: 41.4%, 3PT: 29.8%, FT: 67.8%. She was the only player in TCU history with more than 700 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists In 2007-2008 appeared for UTEP (NCAA, starting five) and in 32 games her stats read 13.0ppg, 5.9rpg, 4.9apg, 3.4spg, FGP: 43.3%, 3Pts: 30.1%, FT: 72.3%. In 2008 Natasha Lacy was drafted by Detroit Shock (WNBA,2rd (28)), while later moved to K.V. Imperial AEL Limassol (Cyprus-A1, starting five). She debuted in EuroCup and after 10 games averaged 11.7ppg, 5.0rpg, Assists-5 (4.5apg), 2.0spg, FGP: 50.6%, 3PT: 11.1%, FT: 62.2%. In February 2009 moved to Maccabi Ashdod (Israel-D1, starting five) and in 3 games had 15.3ppg, 6.7rpg, 3.0apg, 1.3spg. Last season in Europe she started for Maccabi Ashdod (D1, starting five) and in 23 games averaged 17.1ppg, 7.9rpg, Assists-2 (5.6apg), Steals-1 (3.3spg), FGP: 55.5%, 3PT: 31.8%, FT: 60.2%. This summer she started with Tulsa Shock (WNBA), but left in July. In her last game Crystal Langhorne had 15 points and nine rebounds to help the Washington Mystics send the Tulsa Shock to their 10th consecutive loss, 69:54. Monique Currie led Washington (11-5) with 17 points and Lindsey Harding scored 14 points. Scholanda Robinson led the Shock with 16 points and Shanna Crossley had 11 for Tulsa (3-13), which was outrebounded 45-26.



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  SWEDEN - Women  


Sweden U16 lost first two in France - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U16 lost first two in France at the International tournament. Nice holds the tournament for young ladies as four U16 teams participate in the tournament. Sweden U16, France U16, Hungary U16 and Turkey U16 participate in it.
In Day 1 France U16 rolls over Sweden U16 73:52. France easily took control of the game and added 15-8 in the second period. The team from Scandinavia started to play better in the second half and although losing the third period 15-16, won the last stanza 19-16. Gabriella Frykbo (G)'s 11 points weer not enough for the Swedish side. Paulina Hersler (189-F-94) nailed 9, Erica Iderstal (G) scored 7 and Raushan Gltekin added 6.
In Day 2 Hungary U16 rolled over Sweden U16 77:52. Hungary started with 17-10, while Scandinavian squad produced 14-12 in the second frame. Hungary looked better in the second half and won both periods. They clinched 26-10 in the third frame and added 22-18 in the last period. Szamosi stepped up with 22 points for the winners. pap scored 18 and Szabo F.nailed 9. Paulina Hersler's 14 points were not enough for Sweden. Gabriella Frykbo nailed 12, while Evelina Stromberg (G) posted 7. Erica Iderstal notched 6, Sandra Hansson had 5 and Mi Edlund netted 4.


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Riva Basket brings in Traci Edwards - by Eurobasket News
Riva Basket brought in another import for the next season. After Heather Bowman (188-F-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Gonzaga), the team signed contract with Traci Edwards (188-F/C-87, agency: LBM Management, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee). The 22-year old PF/C is coming to Switzerland from Bulgaria. She spent last season with Lukoil Neftochimik Burgas helping them to win the Bulgarian title. For 12 games in A1, Edwards shined with 22.9 ppg and 10.2 rpg. She ended the league as the best scorer and the best rebounder. Lukoil won the title by beating Levski 3-1 in the Finals.
It was the first season overseas for Traci Edwards and at the same time first as a pro. She graduated at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee last year. In her senior season with the school Edwards had 17.8 ppg and 9 rpg. The best number Edwards had as a junior. For 33 games that season she averaged 20.6 points and 9.7 rebounds. In 2008, she was named All-Horizon League Player of the Year.
Riva Basket finished last season as No.4 in Switzerland. They registered 8-8 record and later reached the Semifinals. However, it seems that Riva Basket has much higher ambition for the next season, what they proved with signings of Heather Bowman and Traci Edwards.


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  TAIWAN - Women  


Koreas Sinsegae wins 2010 Jones Cup womens competition - by Chris Wang
Tournament MVP Kim Na-youn had 21 points and 6 rebounds as Koreas Sinsegae Coolcat beat Taiwan NT 80-68 to win the 2010 William Jones Cup tournament womens title Monday.

Taiwan finished runner-up and Taiwan University All-Stars, which routed Kazakhstan 118-39 in the third-place game, ranked third in the 4-team competition.

Nothing went right for Taiwan after a 7-0 opening run. Korea quickly turned the game around and led by double-digit in most of the second half. Kim Ji-youn added 17 points.

Liu Chun-yi led Taiwan with 18 points and Chang Shih-chieh had 12. Wen Chi and Chiang Feng-chun had 10 points each.

Tournament Best Five:
F Liu Chun-yi, Taiwan
F Kim Na-youn, Korea
F Darya Li, Kazakhstan
G Wen Chi, Taiwan
G Park Ha-na, Korea


Final Ranking:
1. Sinsegae Coolcat, Korea
2. Taiwan NT
3. Taiwan University All-Stars
4. Kazakhstan NT


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  TURKEY - Women  


Turkey U16 enjoys the tournament in Nice - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16 enjoys the tournament in Nice as they participate in the International tournament.Nice holds the tournament for young ladies as four U16 teams participate in the tournament. Sweden U16, France U16, Hungary U16 and Turkey U16 participate in it.
In Day 1 Turkey U16 overcame Hungary U16 67:46. The latter started with 25-20, but failed in all the other periods. In the second period France produced 17-16, while the third quarter ended up with 14-0 for the Turkish side. They also added 16-5 in the last quarter to smash the opponents. Didem Nakas paced all the winners with 14 points and Melek Yusufoglu followed her with 11. Tilbe Senyurek (185-C-95) ended up with 9 points, while three other players scored 7 each. Amedea Szzmosi answered with 10 points and 9 rebounds in the losing case.
In Day 2 France U16 beat Turkey U16 69:63. Turkey opened the game with 26-16 in the opening period, whilst France responded with 14-9 in the second quarter. Moreover the hosts produced 14-13 in the third frame and celebrated the victory due to 25-15 in the last quarter. Ayayi stepped up with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Turcinovic added 15. Badiane netted 9 and Morateur had 7. Deniz Dogan finished the night with 16 points and Didem Nakas posted 14. Melek Yusufoglu scored 8, whilst Cansu Koksal (185-F-94) notched 6.



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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


Great Britain defeat Portugal again - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain - Portugal 73:65

Great Britain recorded the second straight win over Portugal. This time the clash was much tighter action but Great Britain proved the strength at the end. JulieAnne Page (188-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management, college: E.Washington) knocked down 20 points to lead the effort.
Natalie Stafford (173-G) notched incredible 15 points in the opening quarter to set the tone. Portugal however withheld the effort as the teams were tied at 21 ten minutes into the game. Great Britain pushed the throttle in the second frame. They earned a 48:31 advantage at halftime. Portugal found the right rhythm in the second half. They won the third quarter by 5 points to get closer. Portugal succeeded defensively in the fourth quarter limiting their opponents to just 12 points. But it proved insufficient as Great Britain escaped with a difficult win at the end.
Natalie Stafford notched 19 points for the winners. Bulter provided 11 points and 11 rebounds for Great Britain. Sonia Borges (189-C-84) answered with 17 points. Sofia Ramalho (166-G-80) produced 13 points in the loss.

Great Britain: JulieAnne Page 20, Natalie Stafford 19, Kimberly Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) 11+11 boards
Portugal: Sonia Borges 17, Sofia Ramalho 13



U20 EC, Division B: United Kingdom beats FYROM in thriller - by Eurobasket News
U20 EuroBasket Division B, Preliminary Round (Day Three): UNITED KINGDOM - FYR MACEDONIA 70-69

Thriller win for the UK, who jumped to 3-0 in Group B. It means that the UK will most probably fight against Czech Republic for the first place in this pool. FYROM on the other hand dropped to 0-2, but still has a chance to reach the next stage. They will probably have to beat just Belgium. Mairi Buchan (188-F/C-90) came up with 17 points and 12 rebounds in victory. Mary Durojaye (188-F-90) followed her with 13 points and 7 boards, while Tamzin Barroilhet (183-G-90) added 10 pts. In FYROM, Jelena Antic (185-F-91) shined with 25 points and 11 rebounds. She needed three more assists in order to make a triple-double. Vanesa Vasilevska (180-F-92) scored 12 pts.
FYROM opened the game better making 15-21 lead in the first ten minutes. However, the UK players woke up immediately and replied with 20-12 in the next period. Third frame was pretty leveled, but still it belonged to UK 21-19. It means that UK had 56-52 lead with ten minutes to go and everything was still open. FYROM didnt give up and made 66-67 turn in the finish. Tamzin Barroilhet responded with a basket and two free throws for plus 3 with 36 seconds to go. Reskoska made a lay-up for FYROM and UK somehow managed to keep the ball until the very end.
On Tuesday, United Kingdom will meet Czech Republic. FYROM will play against Belgium.

United Kingdom: Mairi Buchan 17+12 boards, Mary Durojaye 13+7 boards, Tamzin Barroilhet 10
FYROM: Jelena Antic 25+11 boards, Vanesa Vasilevska 12


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  USBA - Women  


WUSBA is set and ready to go for 2011 basketball season - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (July 20, 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 any ones 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 affect 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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  WILLIAM JONES CUP - Women  


Koreas Sinsegae wins 2010 Jones Cup womens competition - by Chris Wang
Tournament MVP Kim Na-youn had 21 points and 6 rebounds as Koreas Sinsegae Coolcat beat Taiwan NT 80-68 to win the 2010 William Jones Cup tournament womens title Monday.

Taiwan finished runner-up and Taiwan University All-Stars, which routed Kazakhstan 118-39 in the third-place game, ranked third in the 4-team competition.

Nothing went right for Taiwan after a 7-0 opening run. Korea quickly turned the game around and led by double-digit in most of the second half. Kim Ji-youn added 17 points.

Liu Chun-yi led Taiwan with 18 points and Chang Shih-chieh had 12. Wen Chi and Chiang Feng-chun had 10 points each.

Tournament Best Five:
F Liu Chun-yi, Taiwan
F Kim Na-youn, Korea
F Darya Li, Kazakhstan
G Wen Chi, Taiwan
G Park Ha-na, Korea


Final Ranking:
1. Sinsegae Coolcat, Korea
2. Taiwan NT
3. Taiwan University All-Stars
4. Kazakhstan NT


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  WNBA - Women  


Sunday: Wins for Fever, Sky and Silver Stars - by Eurobasket News
Indiana F. - New York L. 84-81 OT
After focusing on setting up her teammates for most of the game, Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) took over in overtime and led the Indiana Fever to a big win. Catchings scored nine of her 22 points in the extra period to lift Indiana to an 84-81 victory over the New York Liberty on Sunday, moving the defending Eastern Conference champions into first place. Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) finished with 21 points and Ebony Hoffman (6'2''-C/F-82, college: USC) added 15 points to help the Fever (13-7) win for the fourth time in five games and jump percentage points ahead of Atlanta. Washington, which began the day in first place, lost to Chicago and fell a half game behind the Fever and Dream. Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) had a franchise-record and career-high 40 points for New York (9-10), which fell to last place in the East - a half-game behind the Sky and 2 1/2 behind Connecticut for the conference's fourth and last playoff spot. Leilani Mitchell (5'5''-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah) scored 15 points on 5-for-6 shooting on 3-pointers and Janel McCarville (6'2''-C-82, college: Minnesota) added 12 points. *Courtesy of http://nbcsports.msnbc.com

Chicago S. - Washington M. 61-59
Sylvia Fowles' (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) aggressive play inside is making the difference for the Chicago Sky. Fowles scored 13 points, including a go-ahead inside basket late, to help the Chicago Sky to a 61-59 victory over the Washington Mystics on Sunday. Fowles also grabbed 11 rebounds for her sixth straight double double, blocked a late layup attempt from Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland), and generally set the tone for a hard-fought win to pull the Sky (11-11) to .500 for the first time in 14 games. Dominique Canty (5'9''-G/F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Alabama) scored 11 points and Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) added 10 for Chicago, which won three straight for the first time since it won four in a row from May 27 and June 5. *Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com

L.Angeles S. - S.Antonio SS 73-83
Roneeka Hodges (5'11''-G-82, college: Florida St.) scored a season-high 24 points, helping the San Antonio Silver Stars end a three-game losing streak with an 83-73 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday. Hodges, starting for the first time since June 6, was 6 of 10 from 3-point range. She had 13 points in the first half and 11 in the third quarter to lead San Antonio's 26-12 run Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, college: Colorado St.) scored 21 points and Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) added 17 for the Silver Stars (7-12), who moved into a third-place tie in the West with Minnesota, a half game behind Phoenix. San Antonio, the league's lowest-scoring offense, had its first 80-point game since an 80-66 victory over Minnesota on June 26. The Silver Stars are 6-1 when scoring at least 80. Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) scored 23 points, including 17 in a fourth-quarter rally that allowed Los Angeles (5-15) to get within five after entering the period down by 17. Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


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


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U17 - Women  


Preliminary Round: Day Three in Rodez and Toulouse - by Eurobasket News
Group A
USA - Canada 114-57
USA destroyed Canada in North American derby for perfect 3-0 in Group A. Kaleena Lewis (183-F-93) shined for the winners with 21 points. She reached valuation 25 was the MVP of this meeting. Canada (1-2) got 17 points and 5 boards from Nirra Fields (173-G-93).

Japan - Turkey 80-60
After this blowout win, Japan (2-1) jumped to second place in Group A. On the other hand, Turkey joined group of the teams with 1-2. Yuki Miyazawa (181-F-93) came up with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Japan. Olcay Cakir (180-G-93) netted 16 pts for Turkey.

Russia - France 53-56
France escaped with tiny 53-56 against Russia celebrating the first win in Rodez. Both teams have 1-2 record after three days. Christelle Diallo (193-C-93) stepped up for France with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-C/F-93) answered with 13 points and 10 boards in defeat.

Group B
China - Mali 103-54
Third appearance and third win for China in Toulouse. Li Meng (185-G-95) once again was the leading player in her team collecting 18 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists. She reached valuation 30. Fatoumata Sanou (185-C-93) had 15 points for Mali, who dropped to 0-3.

Australia - Argentina 77-57
Both teams had 1-1 record before this meeting. Australia made it mostly owing to Gretel Tippett (190-F-93) (8 rebs) and Tayla Roberts (191-F/C-93) (6 rebs), who drained 21 and 20 points respectively. Argentina did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring.

Spain - Belgium 54-55
Thriller win for Belgium, who shares the second place with Australia now (Group B, 2-2). Julie Vanloo (172-G-93) and Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) (8 rebs) led Belgium with 16 and 14 points respectively. Spain (1-2) got 13 points and 7 boards from Andrea Vilaro (179-F-93).