EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/5/2010

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  ARGENTINA   


Olimpico de La Banda add Andre Laws - by Eurobasket News
Olimpico de La Banda signed the contract with a new import player. The team have agreed on terms with Andre Laws (186-G-80, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: San Diego). The 29-year-old guard spent the previous season in Atenas. He tallied 10.1 points, 2.1 assists and 1.9 rebounds per game. Previously Andre Laws had stints with Halcones de Xalapa, Dorados de Playa and Calor de Mexicali in Mexico, Al Riyadi in Jordan, Ramat Hasharon in Israel and Siroki Eronet in Bosnia.


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  AUSTRALIA   


SBL Saturday results and stats - by Eurobasket News
Six more games of the SBL Round 17 were played on Saturday. Lakeside Lightning defeated Goldfields Giants at the Lakeside Recreation Centre 101:90. Benjamin Beran top-scored for the winners with 26 points and Luke Payne notched 21. Ryan Hulme (178-G-81) finished the night with 28 points in the losing case.
Geraldton Buccaneers were defeated by Willetton Tigers at the Tip Top Stadium 80:104. Daniel Johnson exploded with 45 points and 10 rebounds. Alex Prince (84) and Cameron Tovey followed him with 21 points each. Ben Pepper (213-C-75) responded with 19 points in the losing effort.
Perth Redbacks overcame Southwest Slammers at the Belmont Oasis 125:74 as Jon Meriweather (201-F-85, college: Park) paced all the winners with 29 points. Ryan Neill (190-G-76) nailed 28 and Daniel Maddox had 14. Jason Miller delivered 14 points for the guests.
Wanneroo Wolves cruised past Stirling Senators at the Joondalup Basketball Stadium 115:97. Eight players scored in double digits as Sebestian Salinas led them all with 16 points. Edward Morris Jr had 33 points and 10 rebounds in the losing case.
Mandurah Magic defeated East Perth Eagles at the Mandurah Aquatic and Recreation Centre 118:107 as Casey Crevelone and Taylor Mullenax posted 29 points each for the winners. Cockburn Cougars defeated Rockingham Flames at the Wally Hagan Stadium 107:102. Bryce Burch (201-F/C-79, college: Houston Baptist) top-scored for the winners with 37 points and 15 rebounds.



ABA leaders celebrate the latest victories - by Eurobasket News
Ringwood improved to 16-1 record in Big V as they beat Sherbrooke at the Monbulk Secondary College 103:92. Daryl Corletto (193-G-81) top-scored for the winners with 31 points and Luke McMillan (200-F-80) followed him with 28. Luke McMillan ended up with 29 points in the losing case. In another games Hume City defeated Bulleen 90:78 at the Broadmeadows Basketball Stadium. Waverley lost to Diamond Valley 77:79 at the Waverley Basketball Centre, while Melbourne overcame Eltham 104:79 at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre. On July 4th Bulleen lost to Waverley at the Veneto Club 67:78.

In Central ABL West Adelaide Bearcats are on top with 13-2 records after the win over Woodville Warriors 76:63. Kurtis Phillips (198-G/F-90) led the way with 19 points and Anthony Spadavecchia (178-G-87) followed him with 18. Joshua Knight (194-F-80) finished the night with 20 points and 10 rebounds. In another games South Adelaide Panthers outscored Southern Tigers 102:93, while Norwood Flames lost to North Adelaide Rockets 66:73. Sturt Sabres defeated Forestville Eagles 93:81 and Woodville Warriors were beaten by West Adelaide Bearcats 63:76. Eastern Mavericks beat Central Districts Lions 111:95.

Rockhampton Rockets took 11-1 record on top of the QBL as they stormed past Northside Wizards 69:59. Mitch Philp top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Ryan McDade (201-F-80, college: N.Arizona) collected 12 points and 16 rebounds. Ryan McDade erupted with 30 points in the losing case. In another games Mackay Meteors defeated Northside Wizards 93:75, while Toowoomba Mountaineers lost to Ipswich Force 73:94. Cairns Marlins outscored Gladstone Power 94:74 and Maroochydore Clippers beat Gold Coast Goannas 85:63. Brisbane Capitals edged Bundaberg Bulls 114:92, while Townsville Heat def. Gladstone Power 85:68. South West Metro Pirates outscored Caboolture Suns 114:71 and Ipswich Force defeated Bundaberg Bulls 89:87.



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


Standings - SBL
SBL Standings
 1. Willetton T. 19-4 
 2. Lakeside L. 19-5 
 3. Geraldton B. 18-6 
 4. Perth R. 15-9 
 5. Wanneroo W. 15-9 
 6. Goldfield G. 13-10 
 7. Perry Lakes H. 13-10 
 8. East Perth E. 11-12 
 9. Stirling S. 11-12 
 10. Mandurah M. 9-13 
 11. Cockburn C. 7-16 
 12. Rockingham F. 7-16 
 13. Kalamunda E.S. 5-18 
 14. SW Slammers 0-22 


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  BRAZIL   


Paulistano add two players and new coach - by Paulo Freire
The Paulistano team has lost most of their starters and also their head coach.
Now it was about time to start to work on the new team. The first moves have been the signings of guard Luis Felipe Lemos, who defended the Minas Team last season, and the powerfoward Roberto Mafra, which had been playing at University of San Diego. From the team that was in action in the second edition of the New Basketball Brazil (NBB), has renewed the contract:
Paulinho Boracini (183-G-84), Edu de Oliveira (195-G/F-83, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC) and Luiz Felipe (201-F-79)

With the departure of coach Joao Marcelo Leite, who sign with Pinheiros / Sky, the Paulistano / Amil had decided to promote as head coach Gustavo de Conti, the Gustavinho, who held the post of assistant coach for several seasons.

The new point guard Luiz Felipe Campos (191-G-80, college: BYU) will let guard Paulinho play the two position and Roberto Mafra (206-F/C-85) will add more power to the pain for Paulistano.



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  BULGARIA   


Aleksandar Yanev set to extend with Cherno More - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from Bulgarian media, BC Cherno More is close to secure the extension for an important member of the squad. They have reportedly, reached an initial agreement with Aleksandar Yanev (203-F-90) to continue cooperation. Reportedly, Lukoil Akademik has expressed interest in the young and promising player, but Cherno More was quick to react. So it seems that Yanev will continue his development with Cherno More in the upcoming season. Still, Cherno More management is still facing a busy summer. They have recently let go their Head Coach Daniel Dimitrov and are on the lookout for a new one. It remains to be seen whether the Assistant Coach Petko Delev will get the nod, or will the club look for some other alternative.
Aleksandar Yanev made his professional debut during 2007-2008 season with Cherno More. He made 33 league appearances and has posted averages of 3.9 points and 1.9 rebounds. At the same time, he was polishing off his game with Cherno More 2 in Bulgarian A2 league. There he averaged 17.2 points and 8.8 rebounds in 24 games. Last season, Yanov significantly improved his game becoming valuable part of the rotation. He upped his averages to 8.7 points and 3.8 rebounds in 32 league matches. This season he continued his development and has appeared in 12 BIBL league games where he averaged 11.9 points and 5.5. boards per contest. In Bulgarian league, he added 12.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in 30 games. So far Yanev has represented Bulgaria at youth level. He appeared at the U20 European Championships Division B in FYR Macedonia in 2009.


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  CANADA   


Legends beat Volcanoes 124-105 in IBL Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
The #1 Albany Legends and the #4 Vancouver Volcanoes started the game off in competitive fashion, with the score close throughout much of the opening period. Vancouver led 12-11 at the 7:30 mark, but Albany charged and had a 26-20 lead with a minute remaining in the period. From there, Albany opened it up. Over the next 4 minutes, Albany went on an 11-2 run to go up 37-22 at the 9:10 mark. The scoring was pretty equal for the remainder of the period, with the teams going into the break with Albany leading 63-42. The Legends took control in the third, opening up a 40 point lead with an assault of constant attacks at the rim and perimeter shooting. But the Volcanoes wouldn't let this turn into a laugher, as they climbed back slowly and surely. It was 91-61 with 2:55 left in the third. The final was 124-105, with Albany winning a spot in the IBL Championship against the Bellingham Slam. The league will announce the official date and location of the championship within the next couple days.

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  CHILE   


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


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  CHINA   


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


China in Battle With Lithuania, Serbia, Argentina for Place in Quarter-finals - by Arthur Volbert
China,in Group A of the FIBA Under-17 World Championship, is in a battle with Serbia, Argentina and Lithuania for a place in the quarter-finals. Three of these teams will make it and the fourth will not. All these teams have 1-1 records today, a day of rest.

The USA, at 2-0, has sent a very strong team to this tournament and should get through the group undefeated. Egypt,at 0-2, has a very weak team and should emerge winless.

If China defeats Argentina, it will be in the quarterfinals. But if it loses to Argentina, and Serbia defeats either Argentina or Lithuania, China could find fourth place decided by complex tie-breakers. In that event, it is impossible to predict which team will make it.

Germany and Poland share the lead in Group B with 2-0 records. Canada and Spain are at 1-1 and Australia and Korea are 0-2.

Yesterday's Scores:
Argentina 98 Egypt 60
USA 102 Lithuania 66
Canada 76 Australia 68
Poland 101 Korea 83
Germany 74 Spain 64
China 74 Serbia 71

Standings
Group A
USA----------- 2 0
Serbia--------- 1 1
Argentina----- 1 1
China---------- 1 1
Lithuania------ 1 1
Egypt---------- 0 2

Group B
Poland--------- 2 0
Germany------ 2 0
Canada-------- 1 1
Spain---------- 1 1
Australia------ 0 2
Korea--------- 0 2


NBL Round: 9 (Regular Season) - by Eurobasket News
Heilongjiang - Whampoa 98-115
Whampoa grabbed 115:98 over Heilongjiang as Yu Ning (198-F-82) paced all the winners with 32 points. Taylor Terrell followed him with 27 points and 11 rebounds, while Lawson Christopher netted 21. Zhang Jun produced 20 points in defeat.

Jiangsu - W.Liaoning 103-91
Jiangsu rolled over W.Liaoning 103:91 at the start of the Regular Season Round 9. Davis Quincy (206-F/C-83, college: Tulane) led the way with 32 points and 21 rebounds, while Feng Xin added 18. Dials Terence collected 23 points and 17 boards in defeat.

Changan Group - ShenYang 84-79
Changan Group overcame ShenYang 84:79 to close Regular Season Round 9 on June 4th. Lei (196-F-88) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and Mingo Ronell collected 19 points and 14 rebounds. Di XiaoWei ended up with 18 points in defeat.

Guangzhou FM - Sichuan 81-85
Guangzhou FM lost to Sichuan 81:85 as the latter got 18 points from He Xiaobin (198-F-86) and Chao Ma. Dawson Marc finished the night with 19 points, while Shao Tiangang posted 16.

Jiyuan - Hangzhou 115-108
Jiyuan outscored Hangzhou 115:108 on July 3rd. Taggart Shawn (207-F-85, college: Memphis) top-scored for the winners with 37 points and 12 boards, while Zhang Chao added 24. Zhang Tian-bao posted 30 points in the losing effort.



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  CROATIA   


Makarska enjoys U20 International Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Croatian Makarska hosts an International Tournament with 4 teams under 20-years-old participating. Croatia U20 is happy to host Italy U20, Greece U20 and Turkey U20 for the Final preparation for U20 European Championship.

In Day 1 Croatia U20 outscored Greece U20 77:61. The hosts looked better in the first half and won both opening periods. At first Croatia produced 20-17 in the first period, while in the second they added 16-14. In order not to slow down, the hosts continued to dominate the court and increase the lead. They won the third quarter 23-14 and had 18-16 in the last frame. Leon Radosevic (208-C-90) poured in 19 points for the home side and Batur netted 16. Tomislav Zubcic (214-C/F-90, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 13, while Ramljak followed them with 12. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) finished the night with 15 points in the losing case. Pappas scored 12 and Papanikolaou chipped in 10.
Italy U20 overcame Turkey U20 73:68. The Italian team opened the game with 23-19 in the opening period and added 16-14 in the second quarter. Moreover Italy won the third quarter 17-15, while Turkey grabbed 20-17 in the last stanza. Paul Biligha (200-C-90) stepped up with 11 points for the winners, while Davide Pascolo (200-F-90), Crotta and Gentile each added 9. Sandri produced 8 and Cournooh delivered 7.

In Day 2 Croatia U20 rolled over Italy U20 77:60. The hosts looked better from the very beginning and dominated the court. At first they started with 23-18 and added 16-11 in the second period. Croatia also won the third quarter 22-9, while Italy managed to win the last stanza. Leon Radosevic top-scored for the winners with 19 points as Croatia will face Turkey tonight. Delas and Tomislav Zubcic followed him with 14 points each. Andrea Giampaoli (185-G-90) ended up with 10 points in the losing effort. Crotta notched 8, while Sandri posted 7. Italy will face Greece tonight.
Greece U20 edged Turkey U20 65:56. Greek side kept the advantage through the game as Kaselakis nailed three for 58:36. Turkey meanwhile responded with 10-0 run as Batuk brought the team back to 58:46 with 3 minutes in the game. Cenk Yildrim nailed another three-pointer for 63:53 with 30 seconds to play, but Greece held off the opponents. Papanikolaou top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Georgakis nailed 13. Aldemir produced 13 points in the losing case. Cenk Yildrim posted 9, while Kilicli and Mahmutoglu netted 8 each.



U18 Croatia needs an overtime to beat U18 Montenegro - by Eurobasket News
U18 Croatia - U18 Montenegro 105:97 (88:88)

In a second friendly game between U18 Croatia and U18 Montenegro, it was young Croats who had more sports luck. After overtime, they have managed to record 105-97 win, and previously they made a comeback from a deficit to force the overtime. The game started better for U18 Montenegro team. They were almost without a miss in the first quarter and have managed to build 18-25 lead after ten minutes of play. In the second period, it was still a high scoring affair but Croatia was able to put better resistance. They had an answer for every baskets cored by young Montenegrins but they still went for halftime trailing 38-46. After the break, U18 Croatian players started to catch up with their opponent. They won the third period 28-22 and have brought the game to a thrilling end in the final frame. After the score was tied at 88 apiece the game went into overtime. There, U18 Croatian players carried the momentum and have tightened their defense. They limited Montenegrin players to 9 points during the extra period, while they scored 17 and that was enough for 105-97 win in the end.
Toni Katic (185-G-92) and Roko Rogic (187-G-92) were great for U18 Croatia as they led the way with 26 and 22 points respectively. Saric was also excellent with 20 points while Percan added 11. On the other side, U18 Montenegro got 29 points from Nemanja Djurisic (202-F-92), as well as 26 point effort from Radosav Spasojevic (204-F-92). Hot also managed to reach double digits with 13 points.

U18 Crotia: Zadravec 4, Roko Rogic 22, Toni Katic 26, Barac 16, Percan 11, Kucan, Kukoc, Ramljak 6, Zaric 20, Zango, Najev, Topalovic.
U18 Montenegro: Ratkovic 9, Martinovic, Radovic, Djordan 7, Grabovica 6, Hot 13, Mugoa 4, Kalic, Nemanja Djurisic 29, Cebalovic, Radosav Spasojevic 26, Perovic 3.


Kresimir Loncar moves to Khimky - by Eurobasket News
Croatian International Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83) has moved to Khimky. Experienced center has spent previous two seasons with Unics, where he played with great success. He will stay in Russia as Khimky and Loncar have agreed a two year deal, but the financial details were not disclosed. Loncar is the second Croatian player to join Khimky after they have recently brought in Zornan Planinic from CSKA Moscow. Loncar is the 5th signing so far, as along with Planinic the club has brought in Benjamin Eze, Sergey Monya and Alexei Savresenko. The club is entering next season with high ambitions, and Loncar will be expected to give his contribution under the rim.
Kresimir Loncar is a product of BC Split junior system, and he has made his professional debut during 1999-2000 season. In his rich career he has represented numerous European clubs throughout Europe. He played for the likes of DJK S.Oliver Wurzburg, Teramo Basket, Benetton Treviso and BC Kyiv. He has won National titles in Italy in 2003 with Benetton as well as Ukrainian Title as member of Kyiv in 2005. He started his Russian adventure in 2006 when he signed with Lokomotiv Rostov where he averaged 13.0 and 5.5 rebounds per game in 32 league matches in debut season. Two years later, Loncar moved to Unics Kazan at the start of 2008-2009 season. He made 27 league appearances last season, and he has posted averages of 10.9 points and 4.6 rebounds per match. He has also won National cup in his first season with the club. This season, Loncar has averaged 15.0 points and 5.9 rebounds in 8 VTB league games while in EuroCup, Loncar played in 12 matches and has averaged 13.0 points and 4.8 rebounds. He is a regular member of Croatian National Team with whom he has participated at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, as well as European Championship which was held in Poland in 2009.


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  D-LEAGUE   


Utah Flash fire head coach Brad Jones after three seasons - by Eurobasket News
The Utah Flash, Orem-based NBA Development League of the Jazz, announced Saturday that they've decided against offering a new contract to head coach Brad Jones .

The firing was solely the decision of the Flash, and the Jazz had no input into it.

Jones, an ex-Jazz scout and nephew-by-marriage of Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, led the Flash to the 2009 D-League finals.

They had an 84-66 regular-season record in Jones' three years with the minor-league team, including 28-22 and a first-round playoff exit this past season.

'We picked the right guy to help us start our franchise and it has been a pleasure working with Coach Jones,' Flash president Joe Brown said in a statement released by the team, which also is an affiliate of the NBA's Atlanta Hawks. 'After careful consideration we have decided that we now want to move in a different direction.'

'I have no doubt Brad will make a significant contribution wherever he decides to go.'

The search for a new coach already is underway, according to the release.

The decision, Jazz general manager Kevin O'Connor suggested Saturday night, will have no impact on the NBA team's affiliation for next season.

'It's a good affiliation,' said O'Connor, who had no comment on the coaching move.


Courtesy of www.deseretnews.com


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  EUROCUP   


Benetton Treviso signs Ryan Toolson - by Eurobasket News
Benetton Treviso announced signing of Ryan Toolson (193-G-85, college: Utah Valley St.) for the next two years. The 25-year old American is coming to Italy from Turkish team Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir. He appeared 33 times in TBL last season averaging 16.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Toolson joined the team last summer and for very short time became one of their best players. It is important to mention that last season was Toolson s first one as a pro. He helped Karsiyaka to finished regular season in TBL with nice 16-14 record. That was enough for sixth place and Playoff Quarterfinals. There, Karsiyaka took on No.3 Banvit and faced with 1-3 elimination. They were one of the most pleasant surprises of the season. For his performance Toolson was awarded with Turkish League All-Star Game invitation.
Ryan Toolson graduated last summer at the Utah Valley State University. He had outstanding numbers in his senior season: 28 games: 23.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.4%, 3Pts: 38.9%, FT: 92.7%. Toolson appeared at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament and played for the Sacramento Kings at the Las Vegas Summer League. However, he failed to reach the NBA deal and moved overseas. In 2008, Toolson was named All-Independent Player of the Year.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Fenerbahce Ulker officially signs Darjus Lavrinovic - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce Ulker officially signed the Lithuanian star Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79). The 30-year old big guy is coming to Istanbul from Real Madrid, where he spent last season. Lavrinovic played 20 games in Eurolegue averaging 11.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists. The Whites were eliminated in the Quarterfinals against Regal Barca. In ACB, Lavrinovic played 42 games collecting 9.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 1.4 apg. His teams ended this competition in the Semifinals, where Caja Laboral was too strong for them.
Before Real Madrid, Darjus Lavrinovic played one season or Dynamo Moscow. He had 8.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg for 13 games in EuroCup. In Russian league he improved to 9.9 ppg and 5.7 rpg for 23 games. In the past, Lavrinovic also played for Unics Kazan, Zalgiris Kaunas and Alytus Alita.
He is an active member of Team Lithuania since 2005. Last summer in Poland he appeared in 6 games averaging 6.2 points and 4.7 rebounds. He also played for Lithuanians at the Olympic Games in Beijing, EuroBasket 2007 in Spain and 2005 in Belgrade, and also at the World Championship 2006 in Japan. Lithuania won the Bronze in Spain and Lavrinovic helped them with 6.6 ppg and 3 rpg for 9 games.


ALBA Berlin and Derrick Allen agree to a deal - by Eurobasket News
After three seasons with the Deutsche Bank Skyliners, Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) will start his seventh year in the BEKO BBL with 8 time German champion ALBA Berlin. Allen is a 29-year old 203cm forward from Gadsen Alabama that played 48 games last season averaging14.4ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.3apg, FGP: 53.2%, 3PT: 32.4%, FT: 76.2%. Alba Berlin had a position four problem last season, but with Allen get one of the best power forwards in the BEKO BBL. 'With his high intensity and will to win, Allen was one of the most importnat players in the BEKO BBL last season. We are really happy to have such a positive player with a great focus playing for us', stressed Alba Berlin coach Luka Pavicevic. Allen started his basketball career in Iceland for Iprottabandalag Keflavikur (Iceland-Epson League): FIBA Europe Cup: 8 games: 26.6ppg, 9.4rpg, 2.5apg, 1.8spg; Icelandic League: 22 games: 23,4ppg, 10.5rpg winning the Iceland league title and cup. He then played two seasons with BG Karlsruhe, and a season with The Bayer Giants Leverkusen in 2006-2007. He reached the playoffs with Frankfurt the last three years losing in the semi finals in 2008 to Bonn, Quarterfinals in 2009 to Oldenburg and a heart breaker in the 2010 BEKO BBL final to Bamberg losing by two points in game five. *by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber (German section)

ALBA Berlin lands Marko Marinovic - by Eurobasket News
ALBA Berlin signed contract with Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-G-83). The 27-year old player is coming to ALBA from Spanish Valencia. He appeared 28 times in ACB averaging 7.2 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists. Valencia won the EuroCup last season and Marinovic helped them with 6.9 ppg and 1.5 apg for 15 games.
Before Valencia, Marko Marinovic was a member of Crvena Zvezda Belgrade. With them he appeared 24 times in Adriatic league collecting 10.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 3 apg. In EuroCup, Marinovic added 10.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 4 apg for 11 games. Season 2007/08 Marinovic spent with Vive Menorca. A year before, he played for Akasvayu Girona. The team managed to win the FIBA EuroCup and Marinovic was one of their leading players with 9.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 2.9 apg for 17 games. In ACB that season he had 11.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 2.5 apg for 34 games. In the past Marinovic also played for Reflex Beograd, FMP Beograd and Borac Cacak.
Head coach of ALBA Berlin Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ) is happy in getting the Serb point guard.
'Despite his age, he has a lot of experience in the top leagues in Europe. He is known for his first class attitude and positive energy that he gives to a team. We hope that he can gives us his qualities and make us better this season', stated Luka Pavicevic for ALBA Berlin official web site.


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  FINLAND   


Finnish U20 team in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Finnish U20 selection traded victories with their Latvian counterparts. The teams clashed twice in Kandava. The first game finished with Finland grabbing a 67:54 victory. Sasu Salin (190-G-91) notched 27 points to lead the effort. Finland led by four points at the first frame. They boosted the margin to 11 points at halftime. Latvia could not recover in the second half. The visitors maintained the advantage and sealed the winning outcome at the end. Roope Ahonen (186-G-90) knocked down 23 points for the winners. Lauri Toivonen (200-G/F-91) and Antto Nikkarinen (185-G-91) finished with 4 points each.
But Latvia managed to bounce back in the second encounter. Finland once again got to the better start. They posted an 8-point lead at the first break. But the home side narrowed the deficit to a single point at halftime. Latvia surged in front in the third term and escaped with a tough 87:83 win at the end. Sasu Salin accounted for 23 points. Roope Ahonen added 22 points, while Carl Lindbom (204-F-91) secured 20 points in the loss.



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Bosko Jovovic extends with Feni Industri - by Eurobasket News
Feni Industri has extended another player from their champions roster. Reportedly, they have reached an agreement with Bosko Jovovic (205-F/C-83), who will be staying at Kavadarci. Feni has offered one-year extension to Jovovic and the player accepted it. With this move, Feni has secured stability under the rim for next season, as Jovovic has proved to be a valuable piece of the squad which has won the double this season. It remains to be seen what the next move for Feni management will be. They have two more players who are out of contract so it remains to be seen will they also be extended or the team plans to bring in new faces.
Bosko Jovovic made his professional debut during 2004-2005 season as member of BC Napredak Krusevac. After two seasons with the club, he has moved to FYR Macedonia where he has signed with Pelister Bitola. In 2007 Jovovic agreed a deal with Feni Industri. In his first year with the club, he has made it to FYR Macedonian league semifinals and was voted All-Macedonian League 2nd Team and Macedonian League All-Imports Team for his performances. Last season, Jovovic returned to Napredak Krusevac where he appeared in 15 league games and has averaged 7.5 points and 1.9 rebounds. In May of 2009 he came back to Feni Industri. This season, he has helped Feni to win the double. He has posted averages of 10.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 21 league games. Jovovic was also solid in BIBL where he appeared in 13 games and has averaged 9.1 points per game.


Bojan Trajkovski signs with Torus - by Eurobasket News
According to the reports from FYR Macedonian media, BC Torus has reinforced its forward position with an important signing. Reportedly they have agreed terms with Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) who has recently parted ways with Feni Industri. Trajkovski has reportedly put a signature to a one-year deal with the club. The player himself has stated that he is glad to be joining a young and promising squad. Trajkovski is expected to bring toughness under the basket. Also, after being part of championship teams with Rabotnicki and Feni Industri, his experience will be very useful to Torus.
Bojan Trajkovski mad his first basketball steps Balkan Steel youth system. He signed his first professional contract with Rabotnicki in 2003. He has won 4 Titles and 2 Cups with Rabotnicki, while last season he was voted MVP of the Playoff Finals. During 2008/2009 season, Trajkovski appeared in 12 BIBL games averaging 10.1 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 63.0% for two. Hard financial situation has prompted Trajkovski to leave Rabotnicki at the start of this season and has signed with Feni Industri. There he appeared in 13 BIBL games during which he has posted averages of 8.4 points and 5.4 rebound per game. Trajkovski has also helped Feni win the National Title this season. He averaged 10.5 points and 4.4 rebounds in 29 games played.


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The Deutsche Bank Skyliners Sign AJ Moye - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

17 days after losing a heartbreaker in game 5 of the 2010 BEKO BBL finals in Bamberg 72-70, The Deutsche Bank Skyliners are already looking towards the new season and made their first signing getting a well known face with Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana) who played three seasons with The Walter TIgers Tuebingen from 2006-2009. Moye is a 28 year old 183cm guard that was born in Los Angeles. Last season, he played in Finnland for Kouvot Kouvola playing 52 games and averaging 18.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 87.7%. Moye was a wish candiidate from coach Gordon Herbert. Herbert is happy that he was able to get the scoring machine. 'Moye has a lot of experience in the BEKO BBL and will give us a lot of physical presence at the position 2 and 3. He also has a very professional attitude', stressed Gordon Herbert.

Moye
may only be 6-3, but he can play the 2 and 3 positions and score in a variety of ways. He is a very strong player who can post and finish at will in the open floor and can be very spectacular. He is a great player who can do it all. He makes everybody around him better and will help Frankfurt very much on defense. He is a great 1-1 Player. He is a team leader on and off the Court and could very well take the role of Derrick Allen in the focused attitude and hardworking presence that he gave the team the last three years. Moye played at Indiana (NCAA) from 2000-2004. In his senior year, he played 29 games averaging 10.0ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.5apg. He turned professional in 2004 and went to Iceland in 2005 following Derrick Allen to Keflavik where he played 19 games averaging 28.9ppg, 10.7rpg, 2.6apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 61,1%, 3PT: 30,8%, FT: 78,4%; EuroCup Challenge: 6 games: Score-1 (25.8ppg), Reb-3 (10.2rpg), 2.5apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 63.9%, 3FGP: 31.3%, FT: 84.2%. In 2006, he came to Tuebingen and in his first season played 34 games averaging 15.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 49.7%, 3FGP: 32.9%, FT: 77.0%. In 2007-2008, he played 29 games averaging10.7ppg, 3.7rpg, 1.3apg, 2FGP: 46.6%, 3PT: 32.3%, FT: 76.0%, injured in April 2008 and was off for the rest of the season (a torn ACL in the right knee). In 2008-2009, he played 32 games averaging 8.5ppg, 3.8rpg, 1.0apg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 29.4%, FT: 75.7%. Moye was Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Defensive Player of the Year 2010, Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga 2nd Team 2010, Eurobasket.com Finnish Korisliiga All-Imports Team 2010 and Eurobasket.com Finnish Korisliiga All-Defensive Team 2010. He also was named import player of the year by the Korisliiga. He once scored 66 points in a high school game.

Source: www.deutschebankskyliners.de



AJ Moye Gives First Interview as New Member Of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Ajene Moye (193-G-82, college: Indiana) is a 28 year old 193cm guard/forward that will start his fourth BEKO BBL season and first with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners. At only 6-3, he can play the 2 and 3 positions, and score in a variety of ways. He is a very strong player who can post and finish at will in the open floor. He can be very spectacular. He is a great Player who can do it all. He makes everybody around him better. He is also a fantastic defender and a great 1-1 Player. He is a team leader on and off the Court!! He started his basketball career at Indiana (NCAA) and played there from 2000-2004. In his senior year, he played 29 games averaging 10.0ppg, 6.4rpg, 1.5apg. In 2005-2006, he started his professional basketball career in Iceland for Keflavik (Iceland-Iceland Express L., starting five): 19 games: 28.9ppg, 10.7rpg, 2.6apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 61,1%, 3PT: 30,8%, FT: 78,4%; EuroCup Challenge: 6 games: Score-1 (25.8ppg), Reb-3 (10.2rpg), 2.5apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 63.9%, 3FGP: 31.3%, FT: 84.2%. He then came to Germany and played with The Walter Tigers Tuebingen from 2006-2009. He best statistical season was 2006-2007 as he averaged 15.4ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.0apg, 2FGP: 49.7%, 3FGP: 32.9%, FT: 77.0%. Last season, he played in Finland for Kouvot Kouvola playing 52 games and averaging 18.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 87.7%. In his only season in Finland, he won Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga Defensive Player of the Year 2010, Eurobasket.com All-Finnish Korisliiga 2nd Team 2010,Eurobasket.com FinnishKorisliiga All-Imports Team 2010 and Eurobasket.com Finnish Korisliiga All-Defensive Team 2010. Moye gave his first interview since returning back to the BEKO BBL to eurobasket.com

How excited are you about coming to the Deutsche Bank Skyliners?

I am thrilled. Frankfurt is a class organization along with a coach who believes in me and my style of play and leadership and an absolutely wonderful city and great fans. I can't complain.'God is good'

What were the main reasons why you chose The Deutsche Bank Skyliners?

1. tradition--the bottom line is winning and playing the right way (team 1st, me 2nd approach). 2. the coach, Gordie and I have a good rapport, we actually went at each other's throats the first time I competed against his team last season. I was bottling up his point guard and he was complaining to the ref, and I told him to 'stop crying' and the respect grew from there, real funny how it came about.3. the organization, they're committed to excellence, the training facilities re-enforce this, as well as the competitive schedule in term of European matches.

You are the first signing. I see you as taking over the role of Derrick Allen who left for Alba Berlin in terms of leadership and role model function for the team and how would you like to see your role on the court?

Definitely, I was brought in to lead, add a constant element of physical toughness and be the kind of teammate to lift the fighting and competitive spirits of the guys on the court or bench alike. On the court i'll just try to lead thru defensive intensity, focus to the game plan and effort. The offensive elements will fall into place as long as we take care of those

You are a scorer. Is this something you see happening in a team like Frankfurt that probably wil have more scorers like you had back in Tuebingen and in Finland?

It'll be more of a pick my spots thing, coming into the BBL at 23, 24 or even playing the game at that age--'you see it in a different speed', its you're almost in constant 'attack mode', but as you mature, the game 'slows' so to speak and you're more aware of when to capitalize on scoring or playmaking opportunities, so I won't be a volume scorer, just more of a 'timely scorer' trying to get the job done when it matters most.

What do you know about the coach Gordon Herbert? Have you talked to him?

Gordie is a competitor, he demands that of his guys or you probably won't see the court. we've talked several times, and I appreciate the silent confidence he exudes and instils in his players and he appreciates my professionalism and the mean streak in my demeanor

What Skyliner are you looking forward to playing with the most and why?

I am looking forward to playing with Jimmy if he's still there, we've been solid friends for 8 or 9 years. I love De Mello's game, can't wait to work out with him after and before practice, and I think he's better than most give him credit for. I hope it all starts clicking for him and Marius is one of those guys every team needs, you hate to play against him, but its certainly a big plus to have him on your side since a guy like that makes everybody better, so many intangibles he brings that go beneath the radar.

Bold
Are you more comfortable playing position two or three and why?

It doesn't really matter to me, because I can guard 4 positions on a good day. Defensively is really the only adjustment between playing the 2 or 3. Offensively, its all about reading the defender matched up against and an quickly analyzing and identifying his weaknesses and strengths.

Will you feel a lot of pressure this season full filling expectations as the team lost by only two points in game 5 of the BEKO BBL final in Bamberg?

Pressure is welcomed. I mean i've never entered a season without greater or the greatest expectations in my mind. I always make it a point to where no coach, teammate, fan or anyone can expect more from me or my team than myself soI am definitely up for the challenge of going a step farther in the cup, playoffs, European competitions, everything. We have our work cut out for us without a doubt.

Did you follow the BEKO BBL last season?

Yes I followed it and was very proud of Gottingen and the level of intensity they consistently bring. I actually believed Gordy was going to win it all once he got the job.. even though Bamberg defeated us, Chris Fleming is a coach I always admired and we share a mutual respect, and i've known Casey Jacobsen since playing AAU against each other at age 15.Bobo (Julius) on ALBA I always follow since I knew him since I was about 16 and of course my old team, Rome, Kenny, Jay and Bane are good friends.

Were you surprised how well The Walter Tigers Tuebingen played?

No not at all. Igor has a brilliant basketball mind and I expected Rome to compete at a high level, but I believe Bane Ratkovica is special and will only continue to blossom. Dane had a solid year as well.

What is a hidden strength in your game that nobody knows about?

Thats a good one, I'm really not one to toot my own horn much. I work vigorously to improve all facets of my game year round, so I can't really say. I probably have more range on my 3 point shot than one would think, but Im pretty much 'what you see is what you get'. I only work on things that are useful for actual game situations.

Last season, you averaged 18.6ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.7apg, FGP: 52.4%, 3PT: 35.2%, FT: 87.7% in 52 games in Finland. What were you able to improve in your game there?

Everything, I feel every year I've played I've improved. I work before/after practice/off days regardless if I'm to be featured in the offense or not. Its just that this season I was in a system that catered more to my style of play and the numbers reflected it so it was good to be involved in the offense again. My final season and a half in Tuebingen the wings weren't really used at all, so naturally my numbers dipped scoring wise, but I feel Coach Ongeron helped me improve a great deal defensively so I say, year to year, I always improve, its just that sum years the numbers reflect it more so than others.

What was an experience in Finland that you will never forget?

Going snowmobiling with my teammates in like -20 weather and I was a natural tho, flying around the track at 140. I loved it.

You are 29 years old now. Are you in the prime of your basketball career and what can you still reach as a player?

Well dont age me too fast, I'm ONLY 28 Miles, I need that extra year.. lol. I feel I'm maybe a season or two from my prime, you can never truly master this sport in terms of skill, concentration or emotional balance. As a player, I just want to win a multitude of championships--cups, league titles, international competitions. I feel I'm in a solid situation now.

How vivid is the 104-102 double overtime loss to FRankfurt in your head from 2007. It was a wild game where you had 18 points, Rasko Katic had 13 points and 20 rebounds, Jamal Davis 16 points and 10 rebounds and Travon Bryant had 26 points and 11 rebounds. Was that one of your craziest games in Germany?

Its still the most draining game I ever been in as a pro. It was just intense. back n forth, lead swings. I was so pissed after that loss I remember breaking a trash can and a chair in the locker room (but those were my younger days) . It was a great game though, Travon and I always talk about it when we cross paths .

Will a rotation of Ajene Moye, Jimmy Mckinney, Quantez Robertson and Dominic Bahiense De mello at the position 2 work?

It will have to work, plus those 3 guys have shown it can work, I may be the oldest out of the bunch, but the responsibility and onus is on me to come in and raise the level of competition, but most importantly blend in and compliment those guys in terms of what we are trying to accomplish as a unit.

Who would win a one on one game on the court? You or Jimmy Mckinney and how would you play him?

I don't know, Jimmy's been injured a lot and I rarely get injured. I'm trying to keep him healthy, I maybe got 20 kilos on Jimmy, but if we were to play, of course.. 'I'd be physical'.

Who won a one on one in practice last season in Finland? You or KYLE SHILOH? How did you play him?

Well I'm 28 now and I'm really not trying to approach these 23, 24, 25 year old guys and go 1 on 1, but Kyle was a blur when we got 1 on 1 time, most of the time I was instructing him on ways to utilize his athletic ability and exploit his quickness besides I dont want to beat him and take his confidence away... lol

How does a summer workout day look like with you?

I get up about 5:30 am or 6 :00am and run 3 to 4 miles. nothing too heavy and then every other day, after that run, I got a hill that is about 30 meters long, 10-15 meters high incline and I sprint it maybe 20-40 times (depends on the legs). I lift everyday, not for bulk, but just for function. I'm going to shoot 700-1500 shots a day with some days midrange, post turnarounds, jab series, pump fake series, 3's. At night I'm goin to scrimmage against former guys who are pros that played on my old AAU team (Atlanta Celtics) so you got, Donnell Harvey, Jeffrey Newton (Japan), Jumaine Jones, B.J. Elder, Jarret Jack, Dion Glover, Randolph Morris, Josh Smith, maybe Dwight shows up, but I don't play too much 5 on 5 other than that.

What do you like most about the country Germany?

I just think its the easiest country to travel, how the highways are set up and all. Its very westernized and the language isnt as hard to speak as other countries. There is nothing I dislike about Germany. I love the countryside, castles and I dig it for the most part.

What will you miss the most form the States?

My family of course. Thats it.

What was the last DVD that you saw?

Not really a DVD guy, went to see the last Air Bender last night, it was awful, felt like they should have paid me to watch that... arrrgghh

Thanks AJ for the chat! All the best with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners in 2010-2011.



Q&A with Brendan Campbell - by Moritz Korff
Brendan Campbell (196-F-86, college: St.Martin's) scored 16.8 points and grabbed 7.5 rebounds a contest for the BIS Baskets Speyer throughout the 2009-2010 season. Despite his solid individual performances the 23-year-old forward could not defy the odds. Speyer had a bad year, ending the season on a 3-27 record and was relegated to the Regionalliga ranks. He took the time to talk about his thoughts on his first season in Germany and his plans for the future.
To take a look at his game, make sure to check out his YouTube highlight clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rdPxO6dF1v8

Looking back at your season with Speyer: Did it frustrate you at times, falling short in the majority of games you played and finishing the season in last place with only three wins in league play?
Of course it was frustrating losing, but you need to remain positive and motivated, especially when you are in a leadership position because if you don't the rest of the team will begin to fold.

What have you learned from a season like that? Anything that you are going to benefit from in the future?
From a season such as that you develop a stronger sense of mental toughness. When a season isn't going as expected it is so easy to hang your head and blame everyone else around you. Staying positive and motivated is most of the battle when trying to turn a season around.

Talk about your off-court experiences in Germany a litte bit. Is there any story that stands out in your mind?
My time, despite the losing, was absolutely phenomenal. The organization was extremely hospitable and caring which made it much easier for me to transition to a different culture. If I have to pick one story I would have to choose the road trip that our team physical therapist, Michael Gartmann, and I took to Eastern Germany over Easter break. We visited 6 cities in 7 days, including Berlin, staying with friends/family of Michaels throughout. It was truly life changing to be able to interact so intimately with the people of Germany. I truly felt the pulse of Germany in that trip.

Graduates from St. Martin's College have not made much noise in European basketball thus far. Actually there are not very many Saints who even made it to overseas basketball. Do SMU players fly under the radar of European pro teams a little bit?
Yes they do, and it isn't because of lack of talent. St. Martin's is a very small school that has only began to be successful until the last few years. When you are a very good player at a small school that doesn't have the reputation of being a national contender year in and year out (yet) it makes it difficult to find a job overseas.

How does your summer work outs look like?
I will be living on the New Jersey shore this summer so my workouts involve a lot of early morning runs, sprints, and plyometrics on the beach. I also have individual skill development drills and a weight room program that I do 5 days a week. I will also be playing pro-am leagues around the Jersey/Philadelphia region.

Please tell us about your plans for the upcoming season. Any offers that you might have gotten from teams yet? And are you planning to continue playing in Germany?
So far there has not been any offers from any teams for next season. I would still be interested in playing in Germany for another season, but it would also be nice to see a different niche of the world, such as South America, Australia, or another country in Europe.


Summer check in - by John Bynum
first off Happy 4th of July for everyone who celebrates it.... well the summer months of vacation are winding down and it is almost time to make moves back over across the water for the 2010-2011 season so I just wanted to touch base and give some thoughts of my summer and what going into the new year will mean to me where ever I may wind up for the upcoming season. Looking back I am beginning to realize that these years are catching up and it is crazy how quick time is flying. I cant help but sit here and wonder where the time has gone. It seems like yesterday I was in the regionliga as a rookie trying to make a name for myself. Looking back in restropect I have to be thankful for all the opportunities that have came my way coming from a division 2 program without big numbers. My goal when I first came over was to win games and put up big numbers, now as a veteran (experienced player) my goal is to come in and help out a team in any possible way. At this stage in my career it is more about survival and getting in where I fit in and helping younger players, and using my experience as my advantage. It is about taking advantage of an opportunity in front of you. It is about doing what the team needs and how you fit in with your teammates. Either way, I want and look forward to taking more of a leadership role in whatever situation I will be in. Last season I was fortunate to be in a situation where I was able to show off my skills and put myself in a situation to where I may get a contract for next season at a higher level. It was a great season to be a part of in Crailsheim and I am happy they gave me the chance to be part of there team this past season. The fans were great and it was an experience of a lifetime being there.... I wish them the best of luck for the upcoming season. Congrats to all the people who have signed so far and best of luck to all the clubs finding the player they want. Anyhow, i know this blog was boring for the most part filled with obvious info.. but hey thats what im here for... to do a blog..... maybe the next one will be better.. till next time.

Germany U18 wins and loses in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Germany U18 wins and loses in Italy during the first two days of the International tournament with four teams participating: Italy U18, Poland U18, Serbia U18 and Germany U18.
Italian Cisternino hosts and International tournament with four teams participating: Italy U18, Poland U18, Serbia U18 and Germany U18.
In Day 1 Serbia U18 edged Germany U18 78:65. The winners started with 12-10 after the opening quarter and increased to 29:26 at the halftime. Serbia continued to take a bigger lead in the second half and grabbed 56:50 lead after three periods. They managed to keep the score for good and won the opener. Nikola Siladi (206-F-92) top-scored for Serbia with 20 points and Besovic posted 16. Drenovac delivered 12, whilst Bogic Vujosevic (189-G-92) produced 8. Dennis Kramer (208-F-92) replied with 24 points in the losing case. Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) collected 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Patrick Heckmann scored 6.
In Day 2 Italy U18 lost to Germany U18 48:52. The most interesting part of the game was that the last quarter has finished with 4-4. At first Germany opened the game with 18-12 after the first 10 minutes. Italy responded with 16-15 in the second period and also produced the same 16-15 in the third quarter. Both teams entered the last frame at 48:44 but managed to add only 4 points each. Mathis Monninghoff paced all the winners with 11 points and Dennis Kramer netted 8. Philipp Neumann and Lars Wendt notched 6 points apiece, while Ole Wendt nailed 5. Marco Ceron (192-G-92) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort. Sabbatino chipped in 8, whilst Pini scored 6.



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Greece U20 gets ready for European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Greece U20 gets ready for European Championship that will be held in Croatia soon. Right now the team participates at the International Tournament there.
In Day 1 Croatia U20 outscored Greece U20 77:61. The hosts looked better in the first half and won both opening periods. At first Croatia produced 20-17 in the first period, while in the second they added 16-14. In order not to slow down, the hosts continued to dominate the court and increase the lead. They won the third quarter 23-14 and had 18-16 in the last frame. Leon Radosevic (208-C-90) poured in 19 points for the home side and Batur netted 16. Tomislav Zubcic (214-C/F-90, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 13, while Ramljak followed them with 12. Sloukas finished the night with 15 points in the losing case. Pappas scored 12 and Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) chipped in 10.
Greece U20 edged Turkey U20 65:56. Greek side kept the advantage through the game as Kaselakis nailed three for 58:36. Turkey meanwhile responded with 10-0 run as Batuk brought the team back to 58:46 with 3 minutes in the game. Yildrim nailed another three-pointer for 63:53 with 30 seconds to play, but Greece held off the opponents. Kostas Papanikolaou top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Georgios Georgakis (205-C-91, agency: FCM) nailed 13. Aldemir produced 13 points in the losing case. Yildrim posted 9, while Kilicli and Mahmutoglu netted 8 each.


Bilbao inks Costas Vasiliadis - by Eurobasket News
Bilbao Basket announced signing of 2+1 year deal with Costas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM). The Greek player arrives to Bilbao from Xacobeo BS, where he played last season. Vasiliadis appeared 25 times in ACB averaging 16 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals. He ended the season as fifth best scorer in this competition. Unfortunately, Xacobeo BS was not able to survive in their rookie year. They ended as No.17 with 8-26 score.
Costas Vasiliadis joined Xacobeo BS last summer from Premiata Montegranaro. He started 2008/09 season with PAOK, but in January moved to Italy. For 9 games in SerieA Vasiliadis registered 12.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 1.1 apg. With PAOK he had 15.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.9 apg in 14 games in Greece. Before Montegranaro and PAOK, Vasiliadis was a member of Olympiakos, Unicaja Malaga and once again PAOK. He played for the Greek National Team in 2005 and he also got a call to join them this summer.
Costas Vasiliadis will be third Greek in Bilbao next season. Their head coach is Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ), who already brought in Dimitrios Mavroidis (208-C-85, agency: FCM).


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Netanya land Chris Watson - by Eurobasket News
Netanya strengthened their frontcourt. They added experienced Chris Watson (200-F-75, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Niagara) to the roster. The 34-year-old forward started the previous season in Ironi Ashkelon. Chris Watson tallied 5.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. In December the player moved to Ironi Ramat Gan. His stats grew at 12.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 2.0 assists per appearance.


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Cisternino hosts an International tournament - by Eurobasket News
Italian Cisternino hosts an International tournament with four teams participating: Italy U18, Poland U18, Serbia U18 and Germany U18.
In Day 1 Italy U18 rolled over Poland U18 82:59. The home side opened the game with 22-16, while the Polish youngsters grabbed 15-14 in the second frame. Italy looked more balanced in the second half winning both of the quarters. At first they produced 23-11 in the third stanza and finished the game with 23-17 in the last. Marco Ceron (192-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Mian nailed 13. Francesco Centrone and Sgobba posted 10 each and Chillo added 9.
Meanwhile Serbia U18 edged Germany U18 78:65. The winners started with 12-10 after the opening quarter and increased to 29:26 at the halftime. Serbia continued to take a bigger lead in the second half and grabbed 56:50 lead after three periods. They managed to keep the score for good and won the opener. Siladi top-scored for Serbia with 20 points and Besovic posted 16. Dorde Drenovac (197-F-92, agency: Interperformances) delivered 12, whilst Vujosevic produced 8. Dennis Kramer (208-F-92) replied with 24 points in the losing case. Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) collected 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Patrick Heckmann scored 6.

In Day 2 Italy U18 lost to Germany U18 48:52. The most interesting part of the game was that the last quarter has finished with 4-4. At first Germany opened the game with 18-12 after the first 10 minutes. Italy responded with 16-15 in the second period and also produced the same 16-15 in the third quarter. Both teams entered the last frame at 48:44 but managed to add only 4 points each. Mathis Monninghoff paced all the winners with 11 points and Dennis Kramer netted 8. Philipp Neumann and Lars Wendt notched 6 points apiece, while Ole Wendt nailed 5. Marco Ceron ended up with 15 points in the losing effort. Sabbatino chipped in 8, whilst Pini scored 6.
Serbia U18 overcame Poland U18 80:71. It was not an easy start for the Serbian squad that trailed 4 points at the halftime. The Polish team tied the first quarter at 19-19 and took the lead after 18-14 in the second frame. Both teams produced 23 points in the third period that still remained Poland in front. In the last stanza Serbia needed 24-11 to seal the victory. Bozo Dumic (208-C-92) paced all the winners with 16 points and Vujosevic as well as Lambic posted 10 each. Petkovic, Dorde Drenovac and Seslija followed them with 9 points apiece.



Italian U20 team participates in Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Italian U20 team participates in Makarska tournament in Croatia, the Final preparation for U20 European Championship. After two days the team won and lost their clashes.
At first on July 2nd Italy U20 overcame Turkey U20 73:68. The Italian team opened the game with 23-19 in the opening period and added 16-14 in the second quarter. Moreover Italy won the third quarter 17-15, while Turkey grabbed 20-17 in the last stanza. Paul Biligha (200-C-90) stepped up with 11 points for the winners, while Pascolo, Stefano Crotta (207-F/C-90) and Gentile each added 9. Daniele Sandri (195-F/G-90) produced 8 and Cournooh delivered 7.
In Day 2 Croatia U20 rolled over Italy U20 77:60. The hosts looked better from the very beginning and dominated the court. At first they started with 23-18 and added 16-11 in the second period. Croatia also won the third quarter 22-9, while Italy managed to win the last stanza. Leon Radosevic top-scored for the winners with 19 points as Croatia will face Turkey tonight. Mario Delas (208-C/F-90) and Zubcic followed him with 14 points each. Andrea Giampaoli (185-G-90) ended up with 10 points in the losing effort. Stefano Crotta notched 8, while Daniele Sandri posted 7. Italy will face Greece tonight.



Jakub Parzenski moves to Italy - by Eurobasket News
Jakub Parzenski (209-F/C-91) signed a deal with Bologna. The 19-year-old Polish centre will play in Seria A in the upcoming season. Last season Jakub Parzenski spent in Slask Wroclaw U20 team. He tallied 13.5 points, 7.5 boards and 1.2 blocks per game. In 2009 Jakub Parzenski played at the U18 European Championship in Bosnia and Herzegovina. He tallied 7.4 points and 3.9 rebounds per game at the tournament.


Benetton Treviso signs Ryan Toolson - by Eurobasket News
Benetton Treviso announced signing of Ryan Toolson (193-G-85, college: Utah Valley St.) for the next two years. The 25-year old American is coming to Italy from Turkish team Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir. He appeared 33 times in TBL last season averaging 16.7 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists. Toolson joined the team last summer and for very short time became one of their best players. It is important to mention that last season was Toolson s first one as a pro. He helped Karsiyaka to finished regular season in TBL with nice 16-14 record. That was enough for sixth place and Playoff Quarterfinals. There, Karsiyaka took on No.3 Banvit and faced with 1-3 elimination. They were one of the most pleasant surprises of the season. For his performance Toolson was awarded with Turkish League All-Star Game invitation.
Ryan Toolson graduated last summer at the Utah Valley State University. He had outstanding numbers in his senior season: 28 games: 23.8ppg, 3.8rpg, 3.1apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 46.4%, 3Pts: 38.9%, FT: 92.7%. Toolson appeared at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament and played for the Sacramento Kings at the Las Vegas Summer League. However, he failed to reach the NBA deal and moved overseas. In 2008, Toolson was named All-Independent Player of the Year.


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Mitsubishi hire Antonio Lang - by Eurobasket News
Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins have appointed Antonio Lang as their new head coach. Lang will replace Masahiro Fujita at the bridge. The Diamond Dolphins hope Antonio Lang will help the team improve on the last seasons woeful 8-34 record. Antonio Lang worked as an assistant coach with Mitsubishi over the last four seasons. Earlier Antonio Lang played for the team and actually wrapped up his career in the club.


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Latvian National team edge U20 selection - by Eurobasket News
Latvia - Latvia U20 99:78

Latvian National team started their busy summer of test games. They clashed with U20 selection in the opening encounter. Latvia posted a comfortable 99:78 victory. Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85, agency: FCM) fired 14 points to pace the effort. The teams played five periods ten minutes each.
Latvia opened the game confidently. They earned a 23:15 advantage at the first break. The senior team maintained the advantage in the second stanza. They ensured a 9-point buffer twenty minutes into the game. The third belonged to Latvian senior squad. They stretched the gap to as many as 18 points. Latvia U20 adjusted their defense in the next two periods and challenged their opponents. But Latvia still looked better and recorded a comfortable win at the end.
Ingus Bankevics (195-G/F-85, agency: FCM) delivered accounted for 12 points in the win. Ivars Timermanis (202-F-82) and Ronalds Zakis (207-F/C-87) contributed 10 points each for Latvia. Haralds Karlis (194-F-91) answered with 10 points for U20 selection. Oto Osenieks (202-F-90) finished with 9 points, while Martins Laksa (200-F-90) netted 8 points in the loss.
Latvia will next take on Poland in two-game test series. The games are scheduled on July 10 and 11.

Latvia: Kaspars Berzins 14, Ingus Bankevics 12, Ivars Timermanis 10, Ronalds Zakis 10
Latvia U20: Haralds Karlis 10, Oto Osenieks 9, Martins Laksa 8



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Fenerbahce Ulker officially signs Darjus Lavrinovic - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce Ulker officially signed the Lithuanian star Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79). The 30-year old big guy is coming to Istanbul from Real Madrid, where he spent last season. Lavrinovic played 20 games in Eurolegue averaging 11.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists. The Whites were eliminated in the Quarterfinals against Regal Barca. In ACB, Lavrinovic played 42 games collecting 9.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 1.4 apg. His teams ended this competition in the Semifinals, where Caja Laboral was too strong for them.
Before Real Madrid, Darjus Lavrinovic played one season or Dynamo Moscow. He had 8.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg for 13 games in EuroCup. In Russian league he improved to 9.9 ppg and 5.7 rpg for 23 games. In the past, Lavrinovic also played for Unics Kazan, Zalgiris Kaunas and Alytus Alita.
He is an active member of Team Lithuania since 2005. Last summer in Poland he appeared in 6 games averaging 6.2 points and 4.7 rebounds. He also played for Lithuanians at the Olympic Games in Beijing, EuroBasket 2007 in Spain and 2005 in Belgrade, and also at the World Championship 2006 in Japan. Lithuania won the Bronze in Spain and Lavrinovic helped them with 6.6 ppg and 3 rpg for 9 games.


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U18 Croatia needs an overtime to beat U18 Montenegro - by Eurobasket News
U18 Croatia - U18 Montenegro 105:97 (88:88)

In a second friendly game between U18 Croatia and U18 Montenegro, it was young Croats who had more sports luck. After overtime, they have managed to record 105-97 win, and previously they made a comeback from a deficit to force the overtime. The game started better for U18 Montenegro team. They were almost without a miss in the first quarter and have managed to build 18-25 lead after ten minutes of play. In the second period, it was still a high scoring affair but Croatia was able to put better resistance. They had an answer for every baskets cored by young Montenegrins but they still went for halftime trailing 38-46. After the break, U18 Croatian players started to catch up with their opponent. They won the third period 28-22 and have brought the game to a thrilling end in the final frame. After the score was tied at 88 apiece the game went into overtime. There, U18 Croatian players carried the momentum and have tightened their defense. They limited Montenegrin players to 9 points during the extra period, while they scored 17 and that was enough for 105-97 win in the end.
Toni Katic (185-G-92) and Roko Rogic (187-G-92) were great for U18 Croatia as they led the way with 26 and 22 points respectively. Saric was also excellent with 20 points while Percan added 11. On the other side, U18 Montenegro got 29 points from Nemanja Djurisic (202-F-92), as well as 26 point effort from Radosav Spasojevic (204-F-92). Hot also managed to reach double digits with 13 points.

U18 Crotia: Zadravec 4, Roko Rogic 22, Toni Katic 26, Barac 16, Percan 11, Kucan, Kukoc, Ramljak 6, Zaric 20, Zango, Najev, Topalovic.
U18 Montenegro: Ratkovic 9, Martinovic, Radovic, Djordan 7, Grabovica 6, Hot 13, Mugoa 4, Kalic, Nemanja Djurisic 29, Cebalovic, Radosav Spasojevic 26, Perovic 3.


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Portland Showtime run to Game One win in NABL finals - by Joe Becerra










NABL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME ONE- Courtesy: Michael Jackson






Portland resident and Showtime fan Michael Jackson covered the game for the NABL.



Game one of the NABL Championship between the Salem Stampede and Portland Showtime took place July 3rd in the heart of the city at Jefferson High Schools infamous gym. The result, a 20 point beasting enforced by Showtime, ending with a final score of 160-140. I know what you may be thinking, 300 combined points showing on the scoreboard of a championship basketball game? Is this All Star Weekend? Where is the 'D'?!







Well the question soon became, how much 'O' can there really be in one game?



Portland Showtime quickly let it be known as they gave you a full taste of balanced scoring, with six players with 20 plus points. They initially exploited the Stampede with inside scoring; Terrence Twotwo (26pts. 12rebs), dominated the glass, the entertaining Kevin Ford posted 26pts. 15rebs, and dished out 9asst. Bayo Arigbon had 25 off the block. The slim Bryan Martin dropped in ___, while Anthony 'Mr. Mellow' Lackey (22) and DeMarcus 'Wee' Foster (22) rained 3's from well beyond the 3 point line. The dynamic point guard Mac Hopson opened up the whole Jason Kidd (the early Dallas Mavericks years) like package, posting another triple double 24pts, 12rebs and 19 dimes in his head to head battle with the Stampede's Jeremiah Dominguez. Dominguez ended the game with 29pts. and 14 assists and 9 boards too. Hopson's steady back court mate and Jeremiah's former tandem terror at Portland State; Dominic Waters missed the game due to Rookie Camp Tryouts with the Utah Jazz.







Now don't think this Salem squad didn't come to ball! The exciting Chris Neal dropped 24 in the loss; the cool offense of Jeff Dunn led to 28, with 18 of those points from 6 threes. The Schmidt brothers caught hell fire early, with Matt scoring 22. His brother Ryan led all scorers with 33. Along with Dominguez they hit their Stampeding stride and erased the 20 point piecing they were enduring, narrowing it down to just 4 early in the 3rd quarter. This is the same third quarter that saw Bayo go on a complete one man domination, as his low post game seemed to be showcased. He scored 17 in a very short span and almost single handedly rounded up the Stampede. The fourth period saw Showtime's center Kevin Ford playing multiple positions, including point guard. The play of the game came from Kevin as he took it back to 2002 NBA All Star Game starring as TMAC. Ford grabbed a miss by Salem's Chris Neal, went from one coast displaying his AND ONE Mix Tape handles as he entered the other coast. Tossing the ball off the glass, he caught it with two hands and smashed all hopes of a Stamped win. GAME OVER!



The Portland Showtime now sit one game away from being the NABL CHAMPIONS, The Salem Stampede host game 2 in Salem this weekend. Details for the game will be released ASAP. Game three will be Sunday July 11th at Jefferson High (if necessary). Make your presence felt, the Offense will definitely be dealt.



Salem will be looking to push the series back to Portland for a deciding game three with a game two home win.

Portland will be looking to close out the Championship and parade back up Interstate 5 with the

NABL's coveted Iron Horse League Championship Trophy



M.Jax….









Standings

NABL Standings
 1. Salem S. 10-5 
 2. Portland S. 9-3 
 3. Snohomish C. 9-6 
 4. Seattle A. 4-5 
 5. Tacoma T. 1-6 
 6. Tualatin R. 1-8 
 7. Seattle M. 0-0 


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Knicks turning attention to Mike Miller - by Eurobasket News
As Joe Johnson moves closer to re-signing with the Atlanta Hawks, the Knicks are turning their attention to Washington guard Mike Miller (6'8''-F/G-80, college: Florida), who has also drawn interest from Miami and Chicago.

According to a Knicks source, the club is confident that they can sign Miller and believe he is a suitable alternative for Johnson. Miller and Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni hit it off in Los Angeles three days ago and Miller is said to want to play in New York and D'Antoni's system.

In fact, the Knicks are hopeful to have verbal agreements from both Miller and Amar'e Stoudemire sometime over the next three days. Stoudemire is mulling a five-year, $96 million contract from the Knicks. He was expected to arrive in town today and will meet with Knicks official on Sunday.


Courtesy of www.nydailynews.com


Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks agree 'to get it done' - by Eurobasket News
Dirk Nowitzki (6'11''-F-78) is sticking with the Dallas Mavericks.

Next question: Will he and Jason Kidd be able to lure anyone to join them?

Nowitzki's adviser, Holger Geschwindner, told The Associated Press late Saturday night that Nowitzki and Mavs owner Mark Cuban have agreed 'to get it done.' Teams and free agents can strike deals at any time, but can't sign them until Thursday.

According to a person familiar with negotiations, the deal is for more than $80 million over four years, with a no-trade clause. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the NBA's moratorium until Thursday. Team officials couldn't comment because of that same rule.

'I think it's a great deal,' Geschwindner said. 'We're pumped.'

The deal was first reported by ESPN.

The 2007 NBA MVP has spent his entire 12-year career in Dallas. He is the franchise's career scoring and rebounding leader and has led the Mavs to 10 straight 50-win seasons.

But they haven't won a championship. And they've won only a single playoff series since blowing a 2-0 lead in the 2006 NBA finals.

At 32, Nowitzki feels he can remain at an elite level for several more years, and Cuban certainly agrees. He's put together a roster in win-now mode, and will look to make some major upgrades this summer.

Nowitzki and Kidd could serve as great recruiters.

Although Dallas lacks the salary cap room to sign the big names, the club has all sorts of desirable pieces piled up to make sign-and-trade deals. Nowitzki helped free up some money by not pushing for his maximum deal, which would've been $96 million.

Nowitzki opted out of the final year of his contract to become an unrestricted free agent for the first time. He didn't talk seriously with any other teams, but there was a bit of drama to what might've seemed like a slam-dunk return.

He kept changing his plans - from opening free agency in Germany to flying to Dallas to making a detour through New York. A meeting Friday led to more meetings Saturday and the delays were nervewracking for Mavs fans fearful of him walking away like his pal Steve Nash did six years ago.

'We did not know (if he would re-sign),' Geschwindner said. 'We had a bunch of options. Finally, he agreed. Dirk agreed with Mark, one-on-one.'

Nowitzki wound up deciding to stay put on the third day of free agency. That's longer than it took Paul Pierce to stay in Boston but a lot quicker than the other marquee free agents who are juggling all sorts of options.

And now - if Cuban, Nowitzki and Kidd have anything to say about it - those marquee guys might have one more option.


Courtesy of www.nola.com


Joe Johnson likely to stay a Hawk - by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Hawks have offered free agent Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) a maximum six-year contract worth $119 million, and sources told ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard that Johnson is all but sure to accept.

The Hawks and Johnson's representatives met Thursday morning in Los Angeles. Since Johnson cannot sign until July 8, he'll give other teams the courtesy of hearing them out. But unless a team completely blows him away, Johnson will take the Hawks' offer, the sources said.

Johnson met with the New York Knicks and Miami Heat after free agency opened Wednesday.

'We met with the Hawks and Knicks [on Wednesday] night and have heard a number of other teams with significant interest in Joe,' Johnson's agent, Arn Tellem, said Thursday. 'At this point, Joe has many great options to choose from. We plan to meet with the Hawks again [Thursday] to discuss the details of their offer and we hope to make a decision in the near future.'

Armed with third-party intelligence that LeBron James considers Johnson a desirable potential teammate, the Knicks booked a flight to meet Johnson before traveling to Cleveland to meet with James on Thursday.

Tellem told The Associated Press on Wednesday night that Johnson has not been involved in any meetings with other free agents.

Johnson led the Hawks in scoring at 21.3 points per game.

Courtesy of ESPN


Wolves woo David Lee - by Eurobasket News
Free agent forward David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida) has visited the Minnesota Timberwolves. His agent says the worst team in the Western Conference made a strong pitch to try and persuade Lee to join the rebuilding effort.

Lee visited the Twin Cities for about nine hours on Saturday. He met with the Wolves front office and attended part of the Rays-Twins game at Target Field with coach Kurt Rambis and team president David Kahn.

Lee's agent, Mark Bartelstein, says the Timberwolves' pitch had a lot of enthusiasm. He called it 'a great visit.' He would not say if an offer was made, but did say he and Lee will talk things over in the next few days.

Lee averaged 20.2 points and 11.7 rebounds for the New York Knicks last season.


Courtesy of www.kstp.com


Pistons' Dumars wants to keep Ben Wallace and Will Bynum - by Eurobasket News
Joe Dumars built a champion-caliber franchise, transforming the Detroit Pistons from a 32-win team in his first season in charge to one good enough to win the 2004 NBA title during a six-year run of advancing to at least the conference finals.

Dumars didnt like what he saw last season, being relegated to watching the playoffs for the first time since 2001 - his first season as president of basketball operations - with Detroits second-lowest victory total in three decades.

Hes determined to do something about it.

When the NBAs free agency period opened Thursday, Detroit wasnt expected to be a major player, but that didnt mean Dumars planned to be idle.

Our first order of business is to retain our own free agents, Ben Wallace (6'9''-C-74, college: Virginia Union) and Will Bynum (5'11''-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Georgia Tech), Dumars told The Associated Press.

Dumars best shot at making a splash this summer seems to be tied to trading Tayshaun Prince and Richard Hamilton, but he wont move one or both players just for the sake of looking busy.

The Pistons are about $10 million under the salary cap, including the midlevel exception that should help them sign a solid veteran.

Dumars was determined to add size in last weeks draft and he did, taking Georgetowns Greg Monroe No. 7 overall.

The Hall of Fame player knows he still has work to do.

Joes juices are flowing, Detroit coach John Kuester said after the NBA draft.


Courtesy of www.taragana.com


Hawks' Johnson agrees to six-year deal to stay in Atlanta - by Eurobasket News
All-star guard Joe Johnson (6'8''-F-81, college: Arkansas) had agreed to a maximum contract to stay with the Atlanta Hawks, his agent said Sunday.

Arn Tellem confirmed an entry he wrote for the Huffington Post website, in which he said Johnson 'announced his intention to re-sign with the Hawks for six more years.'

Tellem wrote that Johnson chose to remain in Atlanta over Chicago and New York, where he would have been reunited with Mike D'Antoni, his former coach in Phoenix.

The Hawks could pay him nearly US$120 million, while other teams could only give Johnson five years and pay him about $25 million less.

That made it easy to stick with the Hawks, who have reached the second round of the playoffs the past two years with Johnson as their top player. He's a four-time all-star and has averaged more than 20 points in each of his five years with Hawks.

'His priorities are his family, his friends and his game,' Tellem wrote. 'Joe could have forced a sign-and-trade deal for five years with another team, but he decided that winning in Atlanta would be more meaningful. When the Hawks offered the maximum -- six years -- he happily reciprocated.'

The Hawks would not comment, citing the NBA's moratorium on signings. Deals can't become official until July 8.

Johnson has been at the centre of the Hawks' resurgence since arriving in Atlanta from Phoenix in a sign-and-trade deal on Aug. 19, 2005. A 13-win team the season before he arrived, the Hawks doubled that the next season and went 53-29 in 2009-10 before getting swept by Orlando in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Johnson averaged 21.3 points during the regular season but played poorly during that series, creating speculation he may have cost himself max dollars. And there was thought he may want out of Atlanta, anyway, since he turned down a $60 million extension last summer and was critical of the team's fans this season.

Instead, Tellem said Johnson was impressed by the commitment of Hawks ownership and new coach Larry Drew, and said Johnson is equally committed to the team and its players.

'For his next act, Joe plans to actively recruit other top free agents to Atlanta, a place not unlike his hometown, where he feels comfortable and appreciated,' Tellem wrote.

Johnson, a first-round pick of Boston in the 2001 draft, has averaged 17.6 points for his career.


Courtesy of www.tsn.ca


Bulls, Heat in the game for Chris Bosh - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors are growing tired of playing the Chris Bosh (6'11''-F-84, college: Georgia Tech) waiting game, but that doesn't mean they won't cooperate in the sign-and-trade deal he covets.

So long as he and his two pals -- LeBron James and Dwyane Wade -- make up their minds relatively soon.

A source close to the situation told FanHouse the Raptors are becoming 'less enthusiastic' about doing the deal that would give Bosh the sixth year and additional $29.4 million on his maximum contract, but they certainly haven't stopped working toward that end.

The Raptors, who have fielded calls from 'half the league,' the source says, currently have six sign-and-trade proposals ready to be executed. Offers from Miami and Chicago, according to the source, are being more heavily considered than the rest. The Lakers are among the teams that have inquired, but they are not believed to be among the top six trading partners being considered.

' (Miami and Chicago) are more in the game,' the source said.

The lay of that land offers insight into Bosh's thinking, as Toronto must be aware of his ever-changing intentions before they are able to proceed. The Bulls have the assets to get the deal done, but Miami, which has only Michael Beasley and Mario Chalmers on contract for next season, would have to offer an enticing package of draft picks to go along with the compulsory hefty trade exception for the Raptors to agree.

Yet in order to pull off the free agency coup of bringing Bosh, James and Wade to South Beach, the Raptors would have to be willing to take back the expiring $4.9 million contract of Beasley in order for all three to get their desired maximum deals. If only Bosh, James and Wade would make up their minds.

' (The Raptors) are hanging on what those three decide to do,' the source said. 'This thing is a spectacle.'

Yet according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Brian Windhorst, James' decision -- otherwise known as the first domino -- won't come until July 7. Free agents can't formally sign until July 8. And with every day, the chances of Bosh securing the most money possible are minimized.


Courtesy of http://nba.fanhouse.com


New York Knicks had surprise second meeting with LeBron James' representatives in Cleveland - by Eurobasket News
The Knicks, who haven't given up on the dream of signing LeBron James (6'8''-F-84), were granted a second meeting with the free agent superstar's representatives late Saturday in Cleveland, The Daily News has learned.

According to a Knicks official, Garden president Scott O'Neil and senior VP of Basketball Operations Glen Grunwald were dispatched to James' hometown and held a brief clandestine meeting with James' reps to make a second pitch to the two-time MVP.

It is unclear if James was in the meeting but it is believed that his business manager, Maverick Carter, and agent, Leon Rose, met with the two Knicks executives on the same day that James spoke to both the Cavs and Bulls.

The timing of the meeting is interesting since it came one day after the Knicks received a verbal commitment from All Star power forward Amar'e Stoudemire. The Knicks wanted to relay to James that the organization is committed to doing everything in its power to surround him with talent.

The sense the Knicks get is that James will likely re-sign with the Cavs. In fact, as recently as Thursday, one Knicks source said it was 'very doubtful' that James would sign with New York.

Also yesterday, Joe Johnson announced that he would re-sign with Atlanta. Johnson was considering both the Knicks and Hawks but without a sign-and-trade deal, those teams could only offer $30 million less than Atlanta could.


Courtesy of www.nydailynews.com


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BSN Finals, Game 7: Arecibo takes the crown from Bayamon! - by Eurobasket News
Capitanes - Bayamon 73-62
The Arecibo Capitanes won the BSN title for season 2010. Arecibo was better than Bayamon in Game Seven of the Playoff Finals grabbing the title after four years. Last time they made it in 2005. Bayamon was the host of this crucial meeting, but despite that Arecibo played good and took the crown in Puerto Rico. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) was the top-scorer of this game with 23 points. Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) added 21 points and 5 rebounds, while Guillermo Diaz (188-G-85, college: Miami (FL)) (10 rebs, 5 as) and Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) helped with 11 points each. In the loosing squad, Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) replied with 22 pts and 5 boards. Carmelo Lee (201-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Long Beach St.) had 11 pts in this game. The Arecibo Capitanes opened the game better making 22-19 lead after ten minutes of play. Second quarter was the crucial one last night as Larry Ayuso and his teammates totally took control on their rivals. They limited Bayamon players to 12 points for 10 minutes, while netting 21 on the other side for comfortable 43-31 lead at the half time. That was too much for Bayamon, who was not able to reply for rest of the way. Third quarter was tied as each team scored 19 pts, while in the last ten minutes Arecibo managed to keep its lead, despite Baymon finished Q4 with 11-12. Last season it was Bayamon who won the BSN title.


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon21.5 
 2. Carmona, Mayaguez20.2 
 3. Hickerson, San G.20.1 
 4. Ramos, Quebradillas19.9 
 5. Maye, Mayaguez19.0 
 6. Priutt, Isabela18.8 
 7. Redhage, Quebradillas18.8 
 8. Ayuso, Capitanes18.8 
 9. Mays, Humacao17.6 
 10. Sweetney, Santurce17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn PRIUTT
  Isabela
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Priutt, Isabela13.4 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas12.3 
 3. Sweetney, Santurce10.8 
 4. Traylor, Bayamon10.1 
 5. Narvaez, Ponce9.8 
 6. Dyer, San German8.7 
 7. Mays, Humacao8.6 
 8. Aubry, Capitanes8.4 
 9. Austin, San German8.0 
 10. Shannon, Bayamon7.7 
Assists Per Game
 C.J. BRUTON
  Quebradillas
  (188-G-75)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Bruton, Quebradillas6.4 
 2. Dalmau, Bayamon5.4 
 3. Rivera, Isabela5.4 
 4. Rodriguez, Capit.5.3 
 5. Guzman, Guaynabo4.9 
 6. Copeland, San G.4.7 
 7. Berdiel, Humacao4.5 
 8. Cruz, Ponce4.4 
 9. Hatton, Ponce4.2 
 10. Redhage, Quebradillas4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ali BERDIEL
  Humacao
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Berdiel, Humacao2.0 
 2. Carmona, Mayaguez1.8 
 3. Rivera, Isabela1.7 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon1.6 
 5. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 6. Mays, Humacao1.4 
 7. Perez, Isabela1.4 
 8. Pickett, Capitanes1.4 
 9. Austin, San German1.3 
 10. Copeland, San G.1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Michael SWEETNEY
  Santurce
  (203-F-82)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Sweetney, Santurce1.3 
 2. Priutt, Isabela1.3 
 3. Mays, Humacao1.2 
 4. Perez, Isabela1.2 
 5. Nieves, Santurce1.0 
 6. Traylor, Bayamon1.0 
 7. Nailon, Ponce0.9 
 8. Berdiel, Humacao0.9 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon0.9 
 10. Guzman, Guaynabo0.8 


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Standings - Higher League
Higher League Standings
Places 1-4
 1. Dinamo May. 2-0 
 2. Dizelist 1-1 
 3. Voronezh 1-1 
 4. Stary Sobol 0-2 
Places 5-8
 1. Zaretchny 2-0 
 2. Volzhan.-GES 1-1 
 3. Tolyatti 1-1 
 4. Tobolsk 0-2 
Places 9-14
 1. Kamit-Univ. 4-1 
 2. Stavropol 4-1 
 3. Cherkessk 3-2 
 4. Avtodor 2-3 
 5. Omsk 2-3 
 6. Ukhta 0-5 
Places 15-19
 1. Lipetsk 4-0 
 2. Kursk 3-1 
 3. Orel 2-2 
 4. Izhevsk 1-3 
 5. Bryansk 0-4 


Stanislav Eremin leaves Triumph - by Eurobasket News
Stanislav Eremin and Triumph parted ways. The 59-year-old specialist has decided not to prolong his contract with the team. Stanislav Eremin has worked with the Lyubertsy team during the last three seasons. He guided the team into Russian Cup semifinal and EuroChallenge semis in 2009. Previously Stanislav Eremin had stints with CSKA, Unics and Russian NT.


Aleksandr Fomin heads to Krasnie Krilya - by Eurobasket News
Aleksandr Fomin (208-F/C-86, agency: Interperformances) heads to Krasnie Krilya and will join the team in the 2010/2011 season. The Russian Forward comes back from BK Minsk-2006 where he spent the last season.
In 2000-2001 he started for Sojuz Zaretchny (Higher League) and spent two seasons there. In 2002-2003 Fomin joined CSKA Moscow and played mostly for junior team. In 2004-2005 moved to LenVO St.Petersburg (B Superleague, starting five) and after 58games became the fourth top-scorer of the league 17,6ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.3apg, 0.9spg, 2FGP: 42.0%, 3FGP: 36.0%. In 2005-2006 signed with Dynamo Moscow Region (A Superleague) and in Russian League averaged 4.8ppg. That year he debuted in FIBA Europe Cup as after 6 games his stats read 1.3ppg, 3reb, 1ast. In 2006-2007 appeared in Ural Great Perm (A Superleague) and after 22 games averaged 3.0ppg, 1.4rpg. In 2007-2008 moved to Spartak Primorie Vladivostok (A Superleague) and in 15 games showed 3.5ppg, 2.2rpg, while in year 2008 had 4.1ppg, 1.7rpg. In 2009-2010 spent a year for BK Minsk-2006 (Belarus-Premier League). In EuroChallenge after 6 games his stats read 6.7ppg, 2.5rpg, FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 18.8%, FT: 87.5%. Last year Aleksandr Fomin was awarded Belarusian Cup Winner, participated in Belarusian League All-Star Game, became Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League Center of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League Bosman Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Belarusian League 1st Team, Eurobasket.com Belarusian League All-Domestic Players Team, Eurobasket.com Belarusian League All-Imports Team.
In his best game for BK Minsk-2006 in EuroChallenge Aleksandr Fomin nailed 16 points as Minsk-2006 shocked Europe with 76:68 first win in EuroChallenge. The team from Belarus overcame EclipseJet in Holland to improve to 1-2 record in Group C. The hosts however started with 22-18 and added 22-20 in the second period. Although Minsk reduced to four points entering the last quarter, it did not seem that the Dutch side would give up. Minsk-2006 erupted with 21-9 to win their first game in the tournament.



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  SERBIA   


Serbia U18 posts two wins in Cisternino - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U18 posts two wins in Cisternino in the preparation tournament for U18 European Championship.
In Day 1 Serbia U18 edged Germany U18 78:65. The winners started with 12-10 after the opening quarter and increased to 29:26 at the halftime. Serbia continued to take a bigger lead in the second half and grabbed 56:50 lead after three periods. They managed to keep the score for good and won the opener. Nikola Siladi (206-F-92) top-scored for Serbia with 20 points and Besovic posted 16. Dorde Drenovac (197-F-92, agency: Interperformances) delivered 12, whilst Vujosevic produced 8. Dennis Kramer (208-F-92) replied with 24 points in the losing case. Philipp Neumann collected 18 points and 14 rebounds, while Patrick Heckmann scored 6.
In Day 2 Serbia U18 overcame Poland U18 80:71. It was not an easy start for the Serbian squad that trailed 4 points at the halftime. The Polish team tied the first quarter at 19-19 and took the lead after 18-14 in the second frame. Both teams produced 23 points in the third period that still remained Poland in front. In the last stanza Serbia needed 24-11 to seal the victory. Bozo Dumic (208-C-92) paced all the winners with 16 points and Vujosevic as well as Petar Lambic (195-G-92) posted 10 each. Petkovic, Dorde Drenovac and Seslija followed them with 9 points apiece.


ALBA Berlin lands Marko Marinovic - by Eurobasket News
ALBA Berlin signed contract with Serbian point guard Marko Marinovic (183-G-83). The 27-year old player is coming to ALBA from Spanish Valencia. He appeared 28 times in ACB averaging 7.2 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists. Valencia won the EuroCup last season and Marinovic helped them with 6.9 ppg and 1.5 apg for 15 games.
Before Valencia, Marko Marinovic was a member of Crvena Zvezda Belgrade. With them he appeared 24 times in Adriatic league collecting 10.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 3 apg. In EuroCup, Marinovic added 10.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 4 apg for 11 games. Season 2007/08 Marinovic spent with Vive Menorca. A year before, he played for Akasvayu Girona. The team managed to win the FIBA EuroCup and Marinovic was one of their leading players with 9.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 2.9 apg for 17 games. In ACB that season he had 11.6 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 2.5 apg for 34 games. In the past Marinovic also played for Reflex Beograd, FMP Beograd and Borac Cacak.
Head coach of ALBA Berlin Luka Pavicevic (agency: Beo Basket ) is happy in getting the Serb point guard.
'Despite his age, he has a lot of experience in the top leagues in Europe. He is known for his first class attitude and positive energy that he gives to a team. We hope that he can gives us his qualities and make us better this season', stated Luka Pavicevic for ALBA Berlin official web site.


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  SPAIN   


Alicante and Urtasun part ways, Xavi Sanchez retires - by Eurobasket News
Meridiano Alicante and Txemi Urtasun (193-G-84, agency: Interperformances) parted ways yesterday. They did not reach an agreement to extend the contract and Urtasun will be looking for a new challenge. Urtasun was one of the leading Alicante players last season. He helped the team to survive in ACB with 10.6 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 1.9 apg in 34 games. Urtasun joined Alicante in 2008 from Estudiantes. In his first season with the club, Urtasun helped them to win the LEB Gold Playoff and a spot for ACB. That season he had 12.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 2.5 apg for 37 games. In the past, Urtasun also played for Siglo, La Palma, Unicaja and Bruesa. He was a member of U18 and U20 Spanish NT.
Meanwhile Xavier Sanchez (195-G/F-75) decided to retire as a professional basketball player. Sanchez spent last season with Murcia averaging just 1.5 ppg in 21 games. He had limited playing time and Murcia faced with fiasco last season in ACB. Sanchez was a member of Murcia from 2001 to 2007 as well. Season 2007/08 he spent in LEB Bronze and LEB Silver. In 2003, he won the LEB1 championship with Murcia. In 2006, celebrated in LEB Gold Cup.


Cajasol keeps Tariq Kirksay for two more years - by Eurobasket News
According to Diario de Sevilla, Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) has accepted to sign two-year contract extension with Cajasol. The experienced American, who also has French citizenship, joined Cajasol last summer from Unics Kazan. He appeared in 35 Spanish league games averaging 7.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.9 apg and 2.4 sgp. He finished the season as third ranked rebounder and the leading 'stealer'. For his performance Kirksay was awarded with 'Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB Defensive Player of the Year' and also 'Eurobasket.com All-Spanish ACB 2nd Team'. Cajasol made a great result as they reached the Playoff Quarterfinals.
Before Cajasol, Tariq Kirksay spent two seasons with Unics Kazan. During 2008/09, he was one of their best players in EuroCup with 12 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.7 apg and 1.8 spg for 12 games. In Russian league Kirksay's numbers decreased to 7.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.7 apg and 1.8 spg. He helped them to win the Russian Cup. From 2004 to 2007 Tariq Kirksay played for the French Nancy. In the past he also was a member of Bourg, Rueil, Besancon, Mulhouse, Andino Sport Club La Rioja and Rabotbicki. He graduated 10 years ago at the Iona University. In 2007 and 2008 Kirksay was a member of the French National Team.


Bilbao inks Costas Vasiliadis - by Eurobasket News
Bilbao Basket announced signing of 2+1 year deal with Costas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM). The Greek player arrives to Bilbao from Xacobeo BS, where he played last season. Vasiliadis appeared 25 times in ACB averaging 16 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.5 steals. He ended the season as fifth best scorer in this competition. Unfortunately, Xacobeo BS was not able to survive in their rookie year. They ended as No.17 with 8-26 score.
Costas Vasiliadis joined Xacobeo BS last summer from Premiata Montegranaro. He started 2008/09 season with PAOK, but in January moved to Italy. For 9 games in SerieA Vasiliadis registered 12.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 1.1 apg. With PAOK he had 15.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.9 apg in 14 games in Greece. Before Montegranaro and PAOK, Vasiliadis was a member of Olympiakos, Unicaja Malaga and once again PAOK. He played for the Greek National Team in 2005 and he also got a call to join them this summer.
Costas Vasiliadis will be third Greek in Bilbao next season. Their head coach is Fotis Katsikaris (agency: FCM ), who already brought in Dimitrios Mavroidis (208-C-85, agency: FCM).


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  TURKEY   


Turkey U20 to face Croatian side tonight - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U20 to face Croatian side tonight at the International Tournament with 4 teams participating. Croatia U20 hosts Italy U20, Greece U20 and Turkey U20 for the Final preparation for U20 European Championship.
In Day 1 Italy U20 overcame Turkey U20 73:68. The Italian team opened the game with 23-19 in the opening period and added 16-14 in the second quarter. Moreover Italy won the third quarter 17-15, while Turkey grabbed 20-17 in the last stanza. Biligha stepped up with 11 points for the winners, while Pascolo, Stefano Crotta (207-F/C-90) and Gentile each added 9. Daniele Sandri (195-F/G-90) produced 8 and Cournooh delivered 7.
In Day 2 Greece U20 edged Turkey U20 65:56. Greek side kept the advantage through the game as Leonidas Kaselakis (201-C-90) nailed three for 58:36. Turkey meanwhile responded with 10-0 run as Batuk brought the team back to 58:46 with 3 minutes in the game. Cenk Yildrim nailed another three-pointer for 63:53 with 30 seconds to play, but Greece held off the opponents. Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Georgakis nailed 13. Furkan Aldemir (205-F-91) produced 13 points in the losing case. Cenk Yildrim posted 9, while Kilicli and Melih Mahmutoglu (187-G-90) netted 8 each.



Olin Genclik bring in Filip Videnov - by Eurobasket News
Edirne Olin Genclik added Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: W.Kentucky) to the roster. The 30-year-old Bulgarian started the previous season in Crvena Zvezda. He tallied 13.9 points, 3.2 boards and 2.4 assists per game in Adriatic League. In EuroCup his stats read 8.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists. In April Filip Videnov moved to FMP Zeleznik. In Serbian league the guard notched 13.5 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per appearance.


Antalya strengthen roster - by Eurobasket News
Antalya landed two new players. The team signed deals with Emre Bayav (212-C-87) and Can Ozcan (201-F-89).
Emre Bayav signed for Pinar Karsiyaka prior to the start of the previous season but left without playing a single game. The 22-year-old centre inked with Aliaga in February. He tallied 3.4 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in TBL. Emre Bayav used to play for U16, U18 and U20 Turkish selections.
Antaya also penned the deal with Can Ozcan. The 21-year-old forward played for Durassafaka in the previous season. The forward tallied 2.8 points and 1.5 rebounds per appearance. Can Ozcan played for the Turkish U20 National Team at the 2009 European Championship. He notched 8.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game in Greece.



Fenerbahce Ulker officially signs Darjus Lavrinovic - by Eurobasket News
Fenerbahce Ulker officially signed the Lithuanian star Darjus Lavrinovic (212-C-79). The 30-year old big guy is coming to Istanbul from Real Madrid, where he spent last season. Lavrinovic played 20 games in Eurolegue averaging 11.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists. The Whites were eliminated in the Quarterfinals against Regal Barca. In ACB, Lavrinovic played 42 games collecting 9.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 1.4 apg. His teams ended this competition in the Semifinals, where Caja Laboral was too strong for them.
Before Real Madrid, Darjus Lavrinovic played one season or Dynamo Moscow. He had 8.2 ppg and 4.2 rpg for 13 games in EuroCup. In Russian league he improved to 9.9 ppg and 5.7 rpg for 23 games. In the past, Lavrinovic also played for Unics Kazan, Zalgiris Kaunas and Alytus Alita.
He is an active member of Team Lithuania since 2005. Last summer in Poland he appeared in 6 games averaging 6.2 points and 4.7 rebounds. He also played for Lithuanians at the Olympic Games in Beijing, EuroBasket 2007 in Spain and 2005 in Belgrade, and also at the World Championship 2006 in Japan. Lithuania won the Bronze in Spain and Lavrinovic helped them with 6.6 ppg and 3 rpg for 9 games.


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


2010 men's Centrobasket - by David Edole
Jason Edwin (197-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Kent St.) and the Virgin Islands senior men open the 2010 Centrobasket Championship against neighbor British Virgin Islands at 3:30 pm (V.I. time) on Tuesday July 5. The game (s) will be broadcast live on channel 12 WTJX with hosts Michael Ware and Myron Corbett. The 2010 Centrobasket Championship qualifies the top four teams for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship (Pre-Olympic), the top eight for the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games in Mayagez, Puerto Rico and the top three for the 2011 Pan-American Games scheduled for Guadalajara, Mexico.

The Roster: Frank Elegar (206-C-86, agency: Buck Andre, college: Drexel), JaJa Richards, Kashif Gumbs, Walter Hodge (183-G-86, college: Florida), Carl Thomas (203-F-76, college: Charleston), Aaron Brown (193-G-92), Rasheem Richards (185-G, college: York (NB)), Theophilus Little (208-F/C-85, college: Arkansas St.), Kitwana Rhymer (208-C-78, college: Massachusetts) and Devon Peltier (180-G)

The group composition is as follows:

Group A: US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands, Panama, Jamaica and Dominican Republic.

Group B: Puerto Rico, Belize, Trinidad & Tobago, Mxico and Cuba.

Competition schedule:
In the Preliminary Round each team plays against the other four in their group (July 5-9). The top two teams per group continue their participation and the other six teams go home.

Monday, July 5:
3:30 pm British Virgin Islands vs. US Virgin Islands

Tuesday, July 6:
Bye: US Virgin Islands

Wednesday, July 7:
1:00 pm US Virgin Islands vs. Panama

Thursday, July 8:
1:00 pm Jamaica vs. US Virgin Islands

Friday, July 9:
8:30 pm US Virgin Islands vs. Dominican Republic

Semifinals:
The four teams still alive will play in the semifinal (1A vs. 2B, 1B
vs. 2A). The other six teams end their participation.

Saturday, July 10:
A1 vs. B2
B1 vs. A2

Final:
Sunday, July 11:

Loser semifinal 1 vs. Loser semifinal 2
Winner semifinal 1 vs. Winner semifinal 2

The winners in the semifinal go for the Gold and losers for the Bronze.
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Women News

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  ARGENTINA - Women  


Standings - Women
Liga Nacional Standings
 1. Lanus 9-1 
 2. Velez S. 8-2 
 3. C.Entrerriano 6-3 
 4. Union Florida 6-5 
 5. Ben Hur 3-7 
 6. Recreo 2-6 
 7. San Agustin 0-10 


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  ARMENIA - Women  


Malta wins the EuroBasket 2010, Division C - by Eurobasket News
EuroBasket 2010, Division C (Finals): Armenia - Malta 65-74

Malta is the winner of EuroBasket 2010, Division C. Josephine Grima (193-C-84) and her teammates managed to beat Armenia in the Big Final 65-74 grabbing the title in Yerevan. The host of this event faced with defeat and they finished as No.2 Grima was the leading player in Malta with double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds. Rebecca Thoresen (178-F/G-78) secured a nice help adding 13 points and the same number of boards. Ashleigh Vella (182-F-90) had 13 pts, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. In Armenia, Christina Kepenekian (168-G-85) collected 28 points and 5 rebs. Despite defeat in the Finals, Kepenekian was named MVP of EuroBasket 2010, Division C. Amanda Jackson (175-G/F-85, college: Miami (OH)) had 15 points and 12 rebs in this game, while Anna Baghdoyan (180-F-84) stopped on 14 pts.
Malta took control or Armenia at the very beginning. After ten minutes of play, Malta was already 10-19 up. They still were in control in Q2 (13-17) increasing the lead to 13 points until the half time. Armenia improved after the breather closing the gap to 4 points before the last frame. However, Malta was the best when it was the most important for them ending the last ten minutes with 13-18 for the final 65-74 win.
Malta finished EuroBasket 2010, Division C with perfect 4-0 record.

Armenia: Christina Kepenekian 28+5 boards, Amanda Jackson 15+12 boards, Anna Baghdoyan 14
Malta: Josephine Grima 22+14 boards, Rebecca Thoresen 13+13 boards, Ashleigh Vella 13+8 boards+6 as


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


China edge Australia in Game 1 of test series - by Eurobasket News
China - Australia 74:59
China recorded the first win against Australia in their exhibition three-game series. China opened the series with a comfortable 15-point win in Jiyuan. Chen Nan (197-C-83) scored 16 points to lead the effort.
China opened the game with nine points in a row to take the lead. They maintained it throughout the starting stanza and finished the period up by 6 points 19:13. The Opals looked much more concentrated in the second period. They narrowed the deficit pulling as close as four points at halftime 34:38. The close game continued in the third stanza. The teams traded baskets as China eked out a 52:49 lead with ten minutes to go in the game. Several three-pointers helped the hosts to clear off to a double-digit lead in the fourth stanza. China looked solid in the reminder of the contest and posted a well-deserved win at the end. Miao LiJie (180-G-81) knocked down 15 points for the hosts. Guan Xin (196-C-87) had 12 points in the win. Jenna O'Hea (185-G/F-87) and Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) answered with 12 points each for Australia. Belinda Snell (181-F-81) and Hollie Grima (190-C/F-83) added 8 points apiece in the losing effort.

China: Chen Nan 16, Miao LiJie 15, Guan Xin 12
Australia: Jenna O'Hea 12, Elizabeth Cambage 12, Belinda Snell 8, Hollie Grima 8



Australia U19 starts another International tournament - by Eurobasket News
Australia U19 starts another International tournament as they won the first two games at the International Tournament in Troyes with 4 teams participating. The city welcomed France U18, Germany U18, Belgium U18 and Australia U19.
In Day 1 Australian Gems opened their account in the Troyes tournament with a 72:63 win over Belgium U18. Australian team started better and enjoyed 8-point lead in the opening quarter. Belgium however was far to give up and tied the game later in the half. Due to 24-9 in the end of the game the Gems managed to win the opener. Kerryn Harrington (171-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 16 points to take 1-0 record with the team. Rebecca Cole (177-G-92) nailed 15, while Rebecca Allen (185-F-92) followed them with 12 points. H Mestdaugh ended up with 18 points in the losing effort. Schyvens produced 10 and Meylemans finished the game with 8.
In Day 2 Australia U19 rolled over Germany U18 52:43. The winners had more defensive start of the game and allowed the opponents to post only 6 points in the first 10 minutes. Moreover after 15-7 in the second frame they enjoyed 28:13 halftime advantage. Germany however started to play better in the second half and won the third and the last frames. At first they cut it to 12 points after 17-14 win in the third quarter and then reduced to 9 points winning the last period 13-10. Sonja Greinacher (192-F/C-92) brought her team 10 points and Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) scored 8. Christina Schnorr netted 7, while Finja Schaake (179-G/F-92) delivered 7.



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  BELGIUM - Women  


Belgium U18 upset the home side in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U18 upset the home side in Day 2 of the International Tournament with 4 teams participating. In Day 2 France U18 lost to Belgium U18 63:66. The latter grabbed 16:9 after the opening quarter and looked also better in the second period. Belgium added 16-15 to their 8-point lead at the halftime. France answered with 23-20 in the third quarter and added 16-14. Lien Delmulle (179-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 11 points, while Caroline Bourlioux (182-C-92) and Demeyer chipped in 9 each. Sien Devliegher (174-G-93) and Mayombo ended up with 8 points each, whilst Mestdagh scored 6.
In Day 1 Australian Gems opened their account in the Troyes tournament with a 72:63 win over Belgium U18. Australian team started better and enjoyed 8-point lead in the opening quarter. Belgium however was far to give up and tied the game later in the half. Due to 24-9 in the end of the game the Gems managed to win the opener. Kerryn Harrington top-scored for the winners with 16 points to take 1-0 record with the team. Rebecca Cole (177-G-92) nailed 15, while Rebecca Allen (185-F-92) followed them with 12 points. H Mestdaugh ended up with 18 points in the losing effort. Ann Schyvens (160-G-93) produced 10 and Meylemans finished the game with 8.



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  CHINA - Women  


China edge Australia in Game 1 of test series - by Eurobasket News
China - Australia 74:59
China recorded the first win against Australia in their exhibition three-game series. China opened the series with a comfortable 15-point win in Jiyuan. Chen Nan (197-C-83) scored 16 points to lead the effort.
China opened the game with nine points in a row to take the lead. They maintained it throughout the starting stanza and finished the period up by 6 points 19:13. The Opals looked much more concentrated in the second period. They narrowed the deficit pulling as close as four points at halftime 34:38. The close game continued in the third stanza. The teams traded baskets as China eked out a 52:49 lead with ten minutes to go in the game. Several three-pointers helped the hosts to clear off to a double-digit lead in the fourth stanza. China looked solid in the reminder of the contest and posted a well-deserved win at the end. Miao LiJie (180-G-81) knocked down 15 points for the hosts. Guan Xin (196-C-87) had 12 points in the win. Jenna O'Hea (185-G/F-87) and Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) answered with 12 points each for Australia. Belinda Snell (181-F-81) and Hollie Grima (190-C/F-83) added 8 points apiece in the losing effort.

China: Chen Nan 16, Miao LiJie 15, Guan Xin 12
Australia: Jenna O'Hea 12, Elizabeth Cambage 12, Belinda Snell 8, Hollie Grima 8



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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Czech Republic U20 beat Germany U20 twice - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U20 beat Germany U20 twice in the friendly clashes between two sides. At first the team from Czech Republic overcame the German squad 97:60. They opened the game with 27-16 and added massive 27-16 in the second period. The hosts did not even think of slowing down and produced another 28-11 in the third frame for a bigger lead. Germany managed to win the last frame for the final result. Stephanie Wagner (181-F-90) posted 17 points in the losing effort. Pia Mankertz (170-G-90) nailed 10, while Wiebke Bruns (176-F-90) notched 6.
In the second game Czech Republic became even stronger and produced another massive win. The hosts celebrated 106:70 victory in Game 2. At first they opened the game with 29-17 in the opening quarter and then had 22-18 in the second period. The Czechs were also better in the second half as they won the third and the last frames. With 26-19 they started the third frame and had 28-16 in the final stanza. Anna-lisa Rexroth (174-G-90) ended up with 17 points for the German side. Stephanie Wagner delivered 16, whilst Pia Mankertz scored 13.
Both teams get ready for the European Championships this summer. Germany will start on July 15th, while Czech Republic will tip off on July 16th.


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  DENMARK - Women  


Horsens shape up roster - by Eurobasket News
Horsens started to shape up their roster for 2010/11 season. The Pirates have reached an agreement on terms of contract prolongation with their leader Jessica Smith (191-C-86, college: Iona). The 24-year-old centre had a strong season for Horsens. She tallied 14.4 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in her first pro championship.
Kaja Siig Laursen (183-F-83) also extended her contract with the team. The 27-year-old forward will enter her third straight season with the Pirates. She averaged 8.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in the previous Dameligaen championship.
Horsens also tabbed Emma Dorph (171-G/F-88) and Isabella Duffill. The Swedish 22-year-old played for the Pirates in 2008/09 season. She notched 5.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game then. Isabella Duffill is the 17-year-old forward. She comes from Aabyhoj.



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  EUROCUP - Women  


Standings
Eurocup Standings
Group A
 1. Chevakata 0-0 
 2. Lemminkain. 0-0 
 3. Zeljeznicar 0-0 
Group B
 1. Craiova 0-0 
 2. Horizon 0-0 
 3. Spartak N. 0-0 
Group C
 1. Aris Thessal. 0-0 
 2. Besiktas 0-0 
 3. Partizan 0-0 
Group D
 1. Athinaikos 0-0 
 2. Dnipro 0-0 
 3. Lupa Promot. 0-0 
Group E
 1. Dynamo K. 0-0 
 2. Dynamo-NPU 0-0 
 3. Sibenik 0-0 
Group F
 1. Dynamo NSU 0-0 
 2. Elizur Ramla 0-0 
 3. Hatis Yerevan 0-0 
Group G
 1. AEK Larnaca 0-0 
 2. Dynamo M. 0-0 
 3. Minsk-2006 0-0 
Group H
 1. AD Vagos 0-0 
 2. Nantes 0-0 
 3. Saarlouis 0-0 
 4. SEAT Lami 0-0 
Group I
 1. Ieper 0-0 
 2. MBK Ruzomb. 0-0 
 3. Olivais 0-0 
 4. Villeneuve 0-0 
Group J
 1. Alges 0-0 
 2. Energa Torun 0-0 
 3. Mann Filter 0-0 
Group K
 1. Arras 0-0 
 2. Dexia 0-0 
 3. Umana Reyer 0-0 
Group L
 1. Gran Canaria 0-0 
 2. Sint Kateline 0-0 
 3. Szeged 0-0 


EuroCup 2010/2011 groups - by Eurobasket News
FIBA Europe were glad to inform last night from Munich that 38 teams were devided into two regions and drawn into ten groups of three teams and two groups of four teams. The winner and the runner up from each group plus the eight best from the teams placed third will qualify to the Sixteenth-Finals. Last year's EuroCup Women champion, Sony Athinaikos confirmed EuroCup participation. Early in April Athinaikos won the trophy as in two games they beat Nadezhda from Russia 118:114 in total.

Group A
Chevakata
Lemminkainen
BC Zeljeznicar

Group B
Spartak Noginsk
SCM-CSS Craiova
BH Horizont

Group C
Aris Thessaloniki
Besiktas Cola Turka
ZKK Partizan Galenika

Group D
Sony Athinaikos
Lupa Promotion Novi Zagreb
BC Dnipro

Group E
Dynamo Kursk
Jolly JBS Sibenik
Dynamo NPU Kiev

Group F
Dynamo Novosibirsk
Elitzur Ramla
Hatis Yerevan

Group G
Dynamo Moscow
Petrolina AEK Lanarca
BC Minsk 2006

Group H
Nantes Reze 44
Seat Lami Ved Gyor
A.D. Vagos
TV Saarlouis Royals

Group I
ESB Villeneuve
MBK Ruzomberok
Olivais F.C. Coimbra
Young Cats

Group J
Zaragoza
MMKS Katarzynki Torun
S.A. Dafundo

Group K
Arras PA Basket Feminin
Reyer Venezia Mestre
Dexia Namur Kapitale

Group L
CB Islas Canarias
Szeviep Szeged
BBC St. Katelijne Waver



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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


The EuroLeague Women Groups are set - by Eurobasket News
Last night FIBA Europe announced the groups for 2010/2011 season.The 24 teams were divided in 4 groups of six clubs each for the Regular Season groups. Wisla Can-Pack Krakow, Good Angels Kosice, Cras Basket Taranto, Pecs 2010, TTT Riga and USO Mondeville made Group A. In Group B will play UMMC Ekaterinburg, Fenerbahce Istanbul, Rivas Ecopolis, Lotos Gdynia, MKB Euroleasing Sopron and Gospic Croatia. The winner of the last three tournaments Spartak Moscow Region Vidnoje will be in Group C along with Halcon Avenida Salamanca, ZVVZ USK Prague, Galatasaray, Tarbes GB and VICI Kaunas. In Group D will be Ros Casares Valencia, Frisco Sika Brno, Beretta Famila Schio, Bourges Basket, KS AZS Gorzow and Nadezhda Orenburg.
The teams finishing at the top four positions in each group qualify for the best-of-three Eighth-Finals play-offs. The EuroLeague Women season will tip off on October 27.

Group A
Wisla Can-Pack Krakow
Good Angels Kosice
Cras Basket Taranto
Pecs 2010
TTT Riga
USO Mondeville

Group B
UMMC Ekaterinburg
Fenerbahce Istanbul
Rivas Ecopolis
Lotos Gdynia
MKB Euroleasing Sopron
Gospic Croatia

Group C
Spartak Moscow Region
Halcon Avenida Salamanca
ZVVZ USK Prague
Galatasaray
Tarbes GB
ICI Kaunas

Group D
Ros Casares Valencia
Frisco Sika Brno
Beretta Famila Schio
Bourges Basket
KS AZS Gorzow
Nadezhda Orenburg



Standings (Women)
Euroleague Standings
Group A
 1. Dobri Anjeli 0-0 
 2. MiZo Pecs 0-0 
 3. Mondeville 0-0 
 4. Taranto 0-0 
 5. TTT Riga 0-0 
 6. Wisla Can-Pak 0-0 
Group B
 1. Fenerbahce 0-0 
 2. Gospic 0-0 
 3. Lotos Gdynia 0-0 
 4. MKB Eurol. 0-0 
 5. Rivas Ecopolis 0-0 
 6. UMMC 0-0 
Group C
 1. Galatasaray 0-0 
 2. Perfumerias 0-0 
 3. Spartak V MR 0-0 
 4. Tarbes 0-0 
 5. USK Praha 0-0 
 6. VICI Kaunas 0-0 
Group D
 1. Bourges 0-0 
 2. Familia Schio 0-0 
 3. Frisco Sika 0-0 
 4. Gorzow 0-0 
 5. Nadezhda O. 0-0 
 6. Ros Casares 0-0 


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


EuroBasket 2010, Division C: Malta beats Armenia to win the fist place in Yerevan - by Eurobasket News
BIG FINAL

EuroBasket 2010, Division C (Finals): Armenia - Malta 65-74
Malta is the winner of EuroBasket 2010, Division C. Josephine Grima (193-C-84) and her teammates managed to beat Armenia in the Big Final 65-74 grabbing the title in Yerevan. The host of this event faced with defeat and they finished as No.2. Grima was the leading player in Malta with double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds. Rebecca Thoresen (178-F/G-78) secured a nice help adding 13 points and the same number of boards. Ashleigh Vella (182-F-90) had 13 pts, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. In Armenia, Christina Kepenekian (168-G-85) collected 28 points and 5 rebs. Despite defeat in the Finals, Kepenekian was named MVP of EuroBasket 2010, Division C. Amanda Jackson (175-G/F-85, college: Miami (OH)) had 15 points and 12 rebs in this game, while Anna Baghdoyan (180-F-84) stopped on 14 pts.
Malta took control or Armenia at the very beginning. After ten minutes of play, Malta was already 10-19 up. They still were in control in Q2 (13-17) increasing the lead to 13 points until the half time. Armenia improved after the breather closing the gap to 4 points before the last frame. However, Malta was the best when it was the most important for them ending the last ten minutes with 13-18 for the final 65-74 win.
Malta finished EuroBasket 2010, Division C with perfect 4-0 record.

Armenia: Christina Kepenekian 28+5 boards, Amanda Jackson 15+12 boards, Anna Baghdoyan 14
Malta: Josephine Grima 22+14 boards, Rebecca Thoresen 13+13 boards, Ashleigh Vella 13+8 boards+6 as



THIRD PLACE

EuroBasket 2010, Division C (Third place): Scotland - Moldova 88-67

Scotland was too strong for Moldova in the battle for third place in Yerevan. Scotland celebrated 88-67 victory in this game and third place belongs to them. On the other side, Moldova is No.4. Malta is the top-ranked team at this event, while Armenia is No.2. Gillian Baird (182-F-88) stepped up for Scotland with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Natalie Chaloner (173-F/G-86) also was on fire scoring 22 points and she handed out 5 assists beside that. Erin McGarrachan (182-F-92) helped the winners with 11 points and 7 boards. In Moldova, Irina Crasnoscioc (191-F-81) shined with 20 points, 7 boards and 5 assists. Olga Cazac (188-C-74, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Margarita Schitco (182-F-87) added 18 and 12 points respectively.
Scotland was better team from the beginning. Gillian Baird and her teammates made nice 26-18 lead in the first quarter. They ended Q2 with 17-14 for plus 11 at the half time break. Moldova slightly improved after that, but still was not able to win third period, which also belonged to Scotland (21-19). In the last ten minutes, Scotland outplayed its rival with 24-16 for the final 88-67 victory and third place in Yerevan.

Scotland: Gillian Baird 28+10 boards, Natalie Chaloner 22+5 as, Erin McGarrachan 11+7 boards+5 as
Moldova: Irina Crasnoscioc 20+7 boards+5 as, Olga Cazac 18+5 boards, Margarita Schitco 12+5 boards



FIFTH PLACE

EuroBasket 2010, Division C (Fifth place): Wales - Andorra 41-38

After two straight defeats in Preliminary Round, Wales grabbed two consecutive wins. In the first game of Classification Round for 5th to 7th place Wales outplayed Gibraltar 69-53. Their last obstacle was Andorra and Wales beat them in low-scoring game 41-38. It means that Wales ended as No.5 in Yerevan, while Andorra is No.6. Sarah Wagstaff (173-G-86) paced Wales to victory with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Rebecca Short (181-C-88) was the last one with double-digits in scoring with 11 pts. She also pulled down 15 rebounds beside that. Andorra had only one player with more than ten and it was Patricia Meira, who scored 12 points (17 rebs).
Last quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, Wales made 10-9 in the first and Andorra replied with nice 8-17 in the second period. The teams were leveled in Q3 (12-12), meaning that Andorra was 8 points up before the last ten minutes. Than, something extraordinary happened. Andorra was not able score a single point in the last quarter, while Wales was decent on the other side netting 11 pts. That was enough for 41-48 victory and fifth place in Yerevan. The last ranked team at this event is Gibraltar.

Wales: Sarah Wagstaff 13+6 boards, Rebecca Short 11+15 boards
Andorra: Patricia Meira 12+17 boards

FINAL STANDINGS
1. Malta
2. Armenia
3. Scotland
4. Moldova
5. Wales
6. Andorra
7. Gibraltar



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  FRANCE - Women  


Troyes holds four young teams tournament - by Eurobasket News
French Troyes is holding an International Tournament with 4 teams participating. The city welcomed France U18, Germany U18, Belgium U18 and Australia U19.
In Day 1 France U18 overcame Germany U18 56:45. The hosts easily took 15-7 in the opening quarter and added 14-13 in the second period. France also started to dominate the court in the third frame with 19-11, while Germany responded with 14-8 in the last stanza. Sonja Greinacher (192-F/C-92) finished the game with 13 points for Germany. Christina Schnorr (187-F/C-92) nailed 11, while Sophie Eder netted 9.
Australian Gems opened their account in the Troyes tournament with a 72:63 win over Belgium U18. Australian team started better and enjoyed 8-point lead in the opening quarter. Belgium however was far to give up and tied the game later in the half. Due to 24-9 in the end of the game the Gems managed to win the opener. Kerryn Harrington top-scored for the winners with 16 points to take 1-0 record with the team. Rebecca Cole (177-G-92) nailed 15, while Rebecca Allen followed them with 12 points. H Mestdaugh ended up with 18 points in the losing effort. Ann Schyvens (160-G-93) produced 10 and Meylemans finished the game with 8.

In Day 2 France U18 lost to Belgium U18 63:66. The latter grabbed 16:9 after the opening quarter and looked also better in the second period. Belgium added 16-15 to their 8-point lead at the halftime. France answered with 23-20 in the third quarter and added 16-14. Lien Delmulle (179-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 11 points, while Bourlioux and Demeyer chipped in 9 each. Devliegher and Mayombo ended up with 8 points each, whilst Mestdagh scored 6.
Australia u19 meanwhile rolled over Germany U18 52:43. The winners had more defensive start of the game and allowed the opponents to post only 6 points in the first 10 minutes. Moreover after 15-7 in the second frame they enjoyed 28:13 halftime advantage. Germany however started to play better in the second half and won the third and the last frames. At first they cut it to 12 points after 17-14 win in the third quarter and then reduced to 9 points winning the last period 13-10. Sonja Greinacher brought her team 10 points and Laura Hebecker scored 8. Christina Schnorr netted 7, while Finja Schaake delivered 7.



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  GERMANY - Women  


Czech Republic U20 beat Germany U20 twice - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U20 beat Germany U20 twice in the friendly clashes between two sides. At first the team from Czech Republic overcame the German squad 97:60. They opened the game with 27-16 and added massive 27-16 in the second period. The hosts did not even think of slowing down and produced another 28-11 in the third frame for a bigger lead. Germany managed to win the last frame for the final result. Stephanie Wagner (181-F-90) posted 17 points in the losing effort. Pia Mankertz (170-G-90) nailed 10, while Wiebke Bruns (176-F-90) notched 6.
In the second game Czech Republic became even stronger and produced another massive win. The hosts celebrated 106:70 victory in Game 2. At first they opened the game with 29-17 in the opening quarter and then had 22-18 in the second period. The Czechs were also better in the second half as they won the third and the last frames. With 26-19 they started the third frame and had 28-16 in the final stanza. Anna-lisa Rexroth (174-G-90) ended up with 17 points for the German side. Stephanie Wagner delivered 16, whilst Pia Mankertz scored 13.
Both teams get ready for the European Championships this summer. Germany will start on July 15th, while Czech Republic will tip off on July 16th.


Germany U18 is seeking for the initial win - by Eurobasket News
Germany U18 is seeking for the initial win tonight at the International Tournament with 4 teams participating in France. Tonight the team will face Belgium U18.
In Day 1 France U18 overcame Germany U18 56:45. The hosts easily took 15-7 in the opening quarter and added 14-13 in the second period. France also started to dominate the court in the third frame with 19-11, while Germany responded with 14-8 in the last stanza. Sonja Greinacher (192-F/C-92) finished the game with 13 points for Germany. Christina Schnorr (187-F/C-92) nailed 11, while Sophie Eder (178-F-93) netted 9.
In Day 2 Australia U19 rolled over Germany U18 52:43. The winners had more defensive start of the game and allowed the opponents to post only 6 points in the first 10 minutes. Moreover after 15-7 in the second frame they enjoyed 28:13 halftime advantage. Germany however started to play better in the second half and won the third and the last frames. At first they cut it to 12 points after 17-14 win in the third quarter and then reduced to 9 points winning the last period 13-10. Sonja Greinacher brought her team 10 points and Laura Hebecker scored 8. Christina Schnorr netted 7, while Finja Schaake (179-G/F-92) delivered 7.



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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Sweden and Lithuania exchange victories - by Eurobasket News
Swedish and Lithuanian U20 National teams played two exhibition encounters in Druskininkai. The teams traded victories.
Sweden opened the test series with a 46:41 win. The visitors won the first half by 5 points. Lithuania got closer in the third term but could not capitalize allowing Sweden to roll to the victory at the end. Danielle Hamilton-Carter (193-F) knocked down 15 points for Sweden. Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) added 9 points in the victory.
The next game was a different story. Lithuania stormed into the game. They outgunned their opponents 15:2 in the starting ten minutes. Sweden came back to life in the second period but could not threaten the margin. The hosts piled up a 16-point buffer at the interval. Sweden won the third quarter but Lithuania gained control in the fourth term and rallied to a comfortable 63:43 win at the end. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) knocked down 12 points to lead the home team. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) added 11 points in the win. Danielle Hamilton-Carter answered with 10 points for Sweden. Maria Gultekin (166-G-90) finished with 9 points in the loss.



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  MALTA - Women  


Malta wins the EuroBasket 2010, Division C - by Eurobasket News
EuroBasket 2010, Division C (Finals): Armenia - Malta 65-74

Malta is the winner of EuroBasket 2010, Division C. Josephine Grima (193-C-84) and her teammates managed to beat Armenia in the Big Final 65-74 grabbing the title in Yerevan. The host of this event faced with defeat and they finished as No.2 Grima was the leading player in Malta with double-double of 22 points and 14 rebounds. Rebecca Thoresen (178-F/G-78) secured a nice help adding 13 points and the same number of boards. Ashleigh Vella (182-F-90) had 13 pts, 8 rebounds and 6 assists. In Armenia, Christina Kepenekian (168-G-85) collected 28 points and 5 rebs. Despite defeat in the Finals, Kepenekian was named MVP of EuroBasket 2010, Division C. Amanda Jackson (175-G/F-85, college: Miami (OH)) had 15 points and 12 rebs in this game, while Anna Baghdoyan (180-F-84) stopped on 14 pts.
Malta took control or Armenia at the very beginning. After ten minutes of play, Malta was already 10-19 up. They still were in control in Q2 (13-17) increasing the lead to 13 points until the half time. Armenia improved after the breather closing the gap to 4 points before the last frame. However, Malta was the best when it was the most important for them ending the last ten minutes with 13-18 for the final 65-74 win.
Malta finished EuroBasket 2010, Division C with perfect 4-0 record.

Armenia: Christina Kepenekian 28+5 boards, Amanda Jackson 15+12 boards, Anna Baghdoyan 14
Malta: Josephine Grima 22+14 boards, Rebecca Thoresen 13+13 boards, Ashleigh Vella 13+8 boards+6 as


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  MOLDOVA - Women  


EuroBasket 2010, Division C: Scotland beats Moldova for third place - by Eurobasket News
EuroBasket 2010, Division C (Third place): Scotland - Moldova 88-67

Scotland was too strong for Moldova in the battle for third place in Yerevan. Scotland celebrated 88-67 victory in this game and third place belongs to them. On the other side, Moldova is No.4. Malta is the top-ranked team at this event, while Armenia is No.2. Gillian Baird (182-F-88) stepped up for Scotland with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Natalie Chaloner (173-F/G-86) also was on fire scoring 22 points and she handed out 5 assists beside that. Erin McGarrachan (182-F-92) helped the winners with 11 points and 7 boards. In Moldova, Irina Crasnoscioc (191-F-81) shined with 20 points, 7 boards and 5 assists. Olga Cazac (188-C-74, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Margarita Schitco (182-F-87) added 18 and 12 points respectively.
Scotland was better team from the beginning. Gillian Baird and her teammates made nice 26-18 lead in the first quarter. They ended Q2 with 17-14 for plus 11 at the half time break. Moldova slightly improved after that, but still was not able to win third period, which also belonged to Scotland (21-19). In the last ten minutes, Scotland outplayed its rival with 24-16 for the final 88-67 victory and third place in Yerevan.

Scotland: Gillian Baird 28+10 boards, Natalie Chaloner 22+5 as, Erin McGarrachan 11+7 boards+5 as
Moldova: Irina Crasnoscioc 20+7 boards+5 as, Olga Cazac 18+5 boards, Margarita Schitco 12+5 boards


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  SCOTLAND - Women  


EuroBasket 2010, Division C: Scotland beats Moldova for third place - by Eurobasket News
EuroBasket 2010, Division C (Third place): Scotland - Moldova 88-67

Scotland was too strong for Moldova in the battle for third place in Yerevan. Scotland celebrated 88-67 victory in this game and third place belongs to them. On the other side, Moldova is No.4. Malta is the top-ranked team at this event, while Armenia is No.2. Gillian Baird (182-F-88) stepped up for Scotland with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Natalie Chaloner (173-F/G-86) also was on fire scoring 22 points and she handed out 5 assists beside that. Erin McGarrachan (182-F-92) helped the winners with 11 points and 7 boards. In Moldova, Irina Crasnoscioc (191-F-81) shined with 20 points, 7 boards and 5 assists. Olga Cazac (188-C-74, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Margarita Schitco (182-F-87) added 18 and 12 points respectively.
Scotland was better team from the beginning. Gillian Baird and her teammates made nice 26-18 lead in the first quarter. They ended Q2 with 17-14 for plus 11 at the half time break. Moldova slightly improved after that, but still was not able to win third period, which also belonged to Scotland (21-19). In the last ten minutes, Scotland outplayed its rival with 24-16 for the final 88-67 victory and third place in Yerevan.

Scotland: Gillian Baird 28+10 boards, Natalie Chaloner 22+5 as, Erin McGarrachan 11+7 boards+5 as
Moldova: Irina Crasnoscioc 20+7 boards+5 as, Olga Cazac 18+5 boards, Margarita Schitco 12+5 boards


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  SPAIN - Women  


EuroBasket 2010, Division C: Wales keeps Andorra scoreless in Q4, grabs fifth place in Yerevan - by Eurobasket News
EuroBasket 2010, Division C (Fifth place): Wales - Andorra 41-38

After two straight defeats in Preliminary Round, Wales grabbed two consecutive wins. In the first game of Classification Round for 5th to 7th place Wales outplayed Gibraltar 69-53. Their last obstacle was Andorra and Wales beat them in low-scoring game 41-38. It means that Wales ended as No.5 in Yerevan, while Andorra is No.6. Sarah Wagstaff (173-G-86) paced Wales to victory with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Rebecca Short (181-C-88) was the last one with double-digits in scoring with 11 pts. She also pulled down 15 rebounds beside that. Andorra had only one player with more than ten and it was Patricia Meira, who scored 12 points (17 rebs).
Last quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, Wales made 10-9 in the first and Andorra replied with nice 8-17 in the second period. The teams were leveled in Q3 (12-12), meaning that Andorra was 8 points up before the last ten minutes. Than, something extraordinary happened. Andorra was not able score a single point in the last quarter, while Wales was decent on the other side netting 11 pts. That was enough for 41-48 victory and fifth place in Yerevan. The last ranked team at this event is Gibraltar.

Wales: Sarah Wagstaff 13+6 boards, Rebecca Short 11+15 boards
Andorra: Patricia Meira 12+17 boards


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Sweden and Lithuania exchange victories - by Eurobasket News
Swedish and Lithuanian U20 National teams played two exhibition encounters in Druskininkai. The teams traded victories.
Sweden opened the test series with a 46:41 win. The visitors won the first half by 5 points. Lithuania got closer in the third term but could not capitalize allowing Sweden to roll to the victory at the end. Danielle Hamilton-Carter (193-F) knocked down 15 points for Sweden. Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) added 9 points in the victory.
The next game was a different story. Lithuania stormed into the game. They outgunned their opponents 15:2 in the starting ten minutes. Sweden came back to life in the second period but could not threaten the margin. The hosts piled up a 16-point buffer at the interval. Sweden won the third quarter but Lithuania gained control in the fourth term and rallied to a comfortable 63:43 win at the end. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) knocked down 12 points to lead the home team. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) added 11 points in the win. Danielle Hamilton-Carter answered with 10 points for Sweden. Maria Gultekin (166-G-90) finished with 9 points in the loss.



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Stacy Griffith Selected to Play for U.S. Virgin Islands National Basketball Team - by David Edole
University of the District of Columbia Firebirds women's basketball player Stacy Griffith (183-F-89) has been selected to play for the U.S. Virgin Islands National Team at the upcoming Centrobasket Championship for Women. Griffith, a forward who will be a junior at UDC next season, is currently training with the team in St. Croix before heading to the Centrobasket Championships, which are set for July, 10-14 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Griffith, whose was born in the Virgin Islands, was a key player for the Firebirds as a sophomore last season. Griffith was fourth on the team in scoring with a 7.8 per game mark, while averaging 6.8 rebounds per contest. She poured in a career-high 17 points and 15 rebounds during a win versus American University of Puerto Rico on January 4th.

'It's an honor to have the opportunity to be a part of the team' said Griffith. 'The best part of this experience is being able to represent my country and have fun while doing it!'

The eight participating countries at the Centrobasket Championships were divided into two groups of four teams each, with the U.S. Virgin Islands landing in Group A with Jamaica, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. Group B is made up of Guatemala, Puerto Rico, St. Vincent & Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago. The two best teams per group will reach the semifinals and the third and fourth place teams go to the Reclassification Round.

The U.S. Virgin Islands is set to open play against Jamaica on Saturday, July 10 at Palacio de los Deportes.

This tournament qualifies the top three teams for the 2011 FIBA Americas Women's Championship and two teams for the 2011 Pan-American Games. All eight teams will compete at the Central American and Caribbean Games.



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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


EuroBasket 2010, Division C: Wales keeps Andorra scoreless in Q4, grabs fifth place in Yerevan - by Eurobasket News
EuroBasket 2010, Division C (Fifth place): Wales - Andorra 41-38

After two straight defeats in Preliminary Round, Wales grabbed two consecutive wins. In the first game of Classification Round for 5th to 7th place Wales outplayed Gibraltar 69-53. Their last obstacle was Andorra and Wales beat them in low-scoring game 41-38. It means that Wales ended as No.5 in Yerevan, while Andorra is No.6. Sarah Wagstaff (173-G-86) paced Wales to victory with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Rebecca Short (181-C-88) was the last one with double-digits in scoring with 11 pts. She also pulled down 15 rebounds beside that. Andorra had only one player with more than ten and it was Patricia Meira, who scored 12 points (17 rebs).
Last quarter was the crucial one in this game. Before that, Wales made 10-9 in the first and Andorra replied with nice 8-17 in the second period. The teams were leveled in Q3 (12-12), meaning that Andorra was 8 points up before the last ten minutes. Than, something extraordinary happened. Andorra was not able score a single point in the last quarter, while Wales was decent on the other side netting 11 pts. That was enough for 41-48 victory and fifth place in Yerevan. The last ranked team at this event is Gibraltar.

Wales: Sarah Wagstaff 13+6 boards, Rebecca Short 11+15 boards
Andorra: Patricia Meira 12+17 boards


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  USBA - Women  


What will happen from now and until the start of the WUSBA 2011 basketball season - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (July 3, 2010) ----The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) announced June 5, 2010, the complete preparation for the 2011 season is under way. Over the next year, the league has set the venue to properly conduct a successful 2011 basketball season.

WUSBA President Duane Allen Jenkins issued the following statement:

'Every professional sports league owes its very existence to the fans of their respected community. Everyone associated with the Women's United States Basketball Association has the fans and their community first and foremost on their agenda. We will accomplish all that is necessary to maintain the trust and the loyalty of all our fans. We are truly grateful to be accepted in these great cities and towns.'

'In the beginning, I stated that the WUSBA would assist female basketball players to continue their careers. We have created a system that will bring our league right underneath the WNBA. We plan to utilize former WNBA players as coaches and league staff. We will begin our inaugural season with 16 teams that are united in their dedication to bring top quality basketball to our team cities. The teams, coaches and players will share a common objective and a commitment to our fans' satisfaction; we will work together as community partners with our team cities.'

The following is a list of teams for the WUSBA 2011 basketball season:

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

'We are devoting a feverous pace to complete everything it takes to run a sixteen team league in the pursuit of our original goals. Today, I can tell you that our determination remains as strong as ever before. When we made the decision to open the WUSBA, our goals are to secure the most qualified coaches and players available. This commitment will ensure the success of the WUSBA. This ongoing policy would benefit the city, the towns, the teams, the sponsors, and the fans we serve.'

'When I announced the continuation of the WUSBA for 2011, I said each WUSBA team would play a full schedule and we would offer viable employment opportunities to the people in our team communities, along with offering secure jobs to our coaches and players. We now have everything in place to complete the upcoming season, venues are in the process of being secured; uniforms are ordered, Golden Corral meal cards secured, lodging reserved for the players and coaches and league sponsorships committed.'

'As I stand before you today, it is my proud duty to announce the march to the opening of our 2011 basketball season has begun; it is our goal to conduct proper preparation for the season.
Accordingly, I am pleased to announce the final formation of the formentioned sixteen teams that will compete in the 2011 Women's United States Basketball Association basketball season. We will conduct our player acquisition in a manner consistent with major professional women's basketball.'

'As I also said in June 2010, we will present a great competitive product that will be entertaining to our fans, our team cities and the profession of basketball as a whole. We are extremely excited about future of our league and our 16 teams. We now have the time to do it right and I stand here today to assure that everything will be ready for our 2011 basketball season.'

'We'll see you, your family and your friends courtside in June 2011.'

'The Women's United States Basketball Association was formed in late March 2010, but the WUSBA concept was originally founded in July 2007. Through the months and years, we have faced a variety of challenges -- some of which seemed insurmountable at the time. The WUSBA will persevere through the tough economic adversities our country has faced and the WUSBA will persevere through this one, as well -- to emerge with a framework for the future, one that everyone will be proud to be associated with -- where our players and coaches have an opportunity to achieve their goals.'

'This is a great, rewardable day that all of us here at the WUSBA, we are please to be associated with the great game of womens basketball'



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  WNBA - Women  


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 


Saturday's games (4) review - by Eurobasket News
New York L. - Phoenix M. 82-97
Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) had 24 points and nine rebounds to help the Phoenix Mercury to a 97-82 win Saturday night over the New York Liberty and former teammate Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers), who was ejected in the third quarter. Pondexter, who won the 2007 and 2009 WNBA titles with Phoenix, smacked Penelope Taylor (6'1''-F-81) in the face as she went up for a layup with 9:06 left in the third quarter. Taylor got up and looked as if she would retaliate, but players and officials got in between the two. Pondexter got a flagrant 2 foul and Taylor received a technical. Tangela Smith (6'4''-F/C-77, college: Iowa) added 21 points and 10 rebounds and Taurasi had 20 points and five assists for Phoenix (6-11), which snapped a six-game losing streak. Pondexter finished with 21 points and five rebounds for the Liberty (7-8). Plenette Pierson scored 13 of her 18 points after Pondexter was tossed. The fourth-year guard from Rutgers played her first three seasons in Phoenix before being traded to New York was part in a three-team deal that sent Dupree to Phoenix. She received her championship ring and warm greetings from the Mercury in a short ceremony before the game.*Courtesy of www.cbsnews.com

Seattle S. - L.Angeles S. 75-62
Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) had 20 points and eight rebounds to lead the Seattle Storm to a 75-62 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Saturday. Swin Cash (6'2''-F-79, college: Connecticut) added 18 points and eight rebounds, and Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) had 11 points and seven assists for the Storm (15-2), who won their sixth consecutive game. Kristi Toliver (5'7''-G-87, college: Maryland) scored 18 points for the Sparks (4-12), who have lost five of six. Delisha Milton-Jones (6'1''-F-74, college: Florida) added 14 points and Tina Thompson had 11 points and 10 rebounds. *Courtesy of www.msn.foxsports.com

Chicago S. - Atlanta D. 88-82
Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) had 22 points and 12 rebounds to help the Chicago Sky snap the Atlanta Dream's four-game winning streak in a rugged 88-82 victory Saturday night. The Sky (8-9) made 35 of their 42 free throws, while the Dream were 30 for 39. Erin Thorn (5'10''-G-81, college: BYU) scored 14 points for Chicago, which got 32 points from bench players. Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) had 20 points for Atlanta (13-5). The Eastern Conference-leading Dream are 7-2 at home this season — both losses came against the Sky, who won 80-70 on June 4. Chicago's Mistie Bass also may have broken her nose when she fouled McCoughtry on a a 3-point attempt. McCoughtry's shoulder Bass in the act of shooting and Bass was called for a foul. Atlanta went on a 7-2 run to make it 82-80 with 1:17 remaining, but Dominique Canty hit a jumper and Fowles made two foul shots to close out the victory. *Courtesy of www.sfgate.com

Washington M. - Tulsa S. 69-54
Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) had 15 points and nine rebounds to help the Washington Mystics send the Tulsa Shock to their 10th consecutive loss, 69-54 Saturday night. Monique Currie (6'0''-G/F-83, college: Duke) led Washington (11-5) with 17 points and Lindsey Harding (5'8''-G-84, college: Duke) scored 14 points. Scholanda Robinson (5'10''-G-83, college: LSU) led the Shock with 16 points and Shanna Crossley (5'10''-G-83, college: Tennessee) had 11 for Tulsa (3-13), which was outrebounded 45-26. *Courtesy of www.heraldtribune.com