EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/2/2010

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  ARGENTINA   


Brazil beats Argentina to win the Gold in Neiva - by Eurobasket News
South American Championship, Big Final: BRAZIL - ARGENTINA 87-77

Brazil outplayed Argentina 87-77 to win the Gold in Neiva. Brazilians ended this championship with the perfect 5-0 record. Murilo da Rosa (210-C/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) exploded in the Big Final with double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds. He reached valuation 33 and grabbed the MVP title for this game. Eduardo Machado (195-G-82) scored 15 points and handed out 5 assists, while Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) added 13 points and 5 boards. In Argentina, Juan Pablo Cantero (184-G-82) shined with 25 points. Leonardo Mainoldi (204-F-85) and Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78) scored 14 and 11 points respectively.
Brazil was slightly better team in the first quarter and they made 19-18 lead. Murilo da Rosa and his teammates exploded in the second frame and totally took control on Argentina. They drained 21 points for ten minutes, while limiting Argentineans to 13 for 40-31 lead at the half time. Argentina desperately needed a run, but they were not able to make it. Both teams were good offensively in Q3, but that period also belonged to Brazil (22-21). Brazilians were focused until the very end keeping the safe distance without any bigger efforts. Last quarter ended with 25-25 tie for the final 87-77 win and the Gold medal for Brazil. Of course, Argentina as No.2 and they won the Silver in Neiva.

Brazil: Murilo da Rosa 30+10 boards, Eduardo Machado 15+5 as, Joao Paulo Batista 13+5 boards
Argentina: Juan Pablo Cantero 25, Leonardo Mainoldi 14, Roman Gonzalez 11




Lanus bring in three players - by Eurobasket News
Lanus strengthened the roster. The team signed deals with three players. They are Gabriel Fernandez (204-C-76), Jose Muruaga (198-G-84) and Mariano Byro (195-G-82).
Gabriel Fernandez played for Obras in the previous season. The 33-year-old centre averaged 12.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. Gabriel Fernandez used to play in France, Spain, Italy and Venezuela before coming back to Argentina in 2008/09 season.
Jose Muruaga arrives from Quimsa. The 25-year-old guard averaged 6.8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game in LigaA. In Liga Sudamericana his stats read 5.8 points and 1.5 boards per appearance. Jose Muruaga also notched 6.0 points, 2.0 boards and 1.2 assists in Liga Americas.
Mariano Byro was the member of Olimpico de La Banda roster at the start of the previous season. The 28-year-old guard left the team in November. Mariano Byro was named the LigaA Most Improved Player of the Year back in 2007. The same year the guard participated at the Panamerican Games in Rio de Janeiro. Mariano Byro tallied 1.2 points and 1.0 board per game for Argentina.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Slovenia Reaped Laurel for The Second Time - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia capped Austria 71-60 in the final showdown on August 1st, becoming the champion of Stankovic continental Cup for the second time.
Primoz Brezec scored two points for Slovenia in the opening minutes before Worthington shot behind the arc. Australia then played a 7-2 run. With Samo Udrih (195-G-79) 's impressive performance, Slovenia fought tooth and nail, trimming the deficit to one point. Australia took a modest lead, 16-12 heading into the second quarter.
Australia extended its lead by an early tip-in of Baynes before Goran Dragic (194-G-86, agency: Interperformances) found touch behind the arc. Slovenia outscored later 24-23 in the second quarter thanks to its shooting charge from both inside and outside presence. Australia trailed, 29-27 at the end of the first half.
Two teams ties the score three times in the third quarter before a three-pointer barrage made Slovenia stood out, prevailing 43-34. They poured in 5 points later as Australia managed to catch up. Slovenia bolted to 49-42 at the end of the third quarter.

The final quarter was intense. Baynes made a jump shot before Dragic buried a three-pointer for Australia. Slovenia kept Australia in check, though Australia shot from the field in a row. Austria mounted a rally then, cutting the deficit to 5 points. As Slovenia extended its lead to 65-57, Australia called timeout, which didn't work well. Eventually, Slovenia reaped the final success, outscoring Australia 71-60.
Courtesy of: http://bscup.tom.com


Standings - ABA
ABA Standings
Big V
 1. Ringwood H. 19-2 
 2. Diamond V.E. 16-5 
 3. Waverley F. 12-9 
 4. Hume City 10-11 
 5. Melbourne 10-11 
 6. Bulleen B. 6-15 
 7. Sherbrooke S. 6-15 
 8. Eltham W. 5-16 
Central ABL
 1. W.Adelaide B. 15-3 
 2. Norwood F. 13-5 
 3. Sturt S. 13-5 
 4. Forestville E. 12-6 
 5. N.Adelaide R. 11-7 
 6. Eastern M. 9-9 
 7. Woodville W. 7-11 
 8. S.Adelaide P. 5-13 
 9. South.Tigers 4-14 
 10. C.District L. 1-17 
QBL
 1. Mackay M. 15-1 
 2. Rockhampton 15-2 
 3. Northside W. 12-5 
 4. Cairns M. 11-6 
 5. SW Metro P. 11-6 
 6. Townsville H. 11-6 
 7. Gold Coast G. 9-8 
 8. Ipswich F. 8-8 
 9. Maroochydore 8-9 
 10. Bundaberg B. 6-11 
 11. Gladstone P. 5-12 
 12. Caboolture S. 4-13 
 13. Brisbane C. 3-13 
 14. Toowoomba 0-17 
SEABL-East
 1. Kilsyth C. 20-8 
 2. Bendigo B. 18-9 
 3. Knox R. 15-12 
 4. Brisbane S. 15-13 
 5. Ballarat M. 12-15 
 6. Dandenong 12-15 
 7. AIS 4-11 
 8. Canberra G. 4-21 
SEABL-South
 1. Nunawading S. 20-7 
 2. Sandringham S. 18-9 
 3. Geelong S. 18-10 
 4. Hobart C. 17-10 
 5. NW Tasmania 15-12 
 6. Mt Gambier 10-17 
 7. Frankston B. 8-19 
 8. Albury W.B. 5-22 
WARATAH
 1. Manly Warr. 16-3 
 2. Parramatta W. 14-5 
 3. Maitland M. 12-6 
 4. Sydney C. 12-7 
 5. Bankstown B. 11-8 
 6. Newcastle H. 10-8 
 7. Hornsby S. 8-11 
 8. Norths Bears 8-11 
 9. Hills H. 6-13 
 10. Sutherland S. 5-13 
 11. Canberra N. 1-20 


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  AUSTRIA   


Belarus edge Austria in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Belarus U18 - Austria U18 94:66
Belarus clinched the ninth place at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They wrapped up their campaign in Israel with victory over Austria. Vitali Liutych (198-G/F-92) provided 25 points and 10 rebounds for the winners.
The teams stayed close before Artsiom Maliauka (203-C-92) and Yauheni Suhaniaka (200-F-92) helped Belarus to a 27:17 lead. Belarus claimed a 30:19 advantage at the first break. Yauheni Suhaniaka, Artsiom Maliauka and Vitali Liutych ensured a 39:21 lead for Belarus early in the second stanza. Austria struggled to tune up their offense and they trailed by as many as 24 points at halftime 29:53. Belarus opened the second half on a 15:2 run to earn a massive 37-point advantage. Belarus entered the fourth quarter with a 46-point buffer. Austria poured in 29 points in the fourth stanza but managed just to sweeten the pill.
Yauheni Suhaniaka notched 17 points and 10 rebounds for Belarus. Henadziy Zakhar (198-F-92) and Artsiom Maliauka added 14 points each in the victory. Daniel Friedrich (180-G-92) and Erwin Zulic (197-F-92) answered with 13 points apiece for Austria. Mair finished with 9 points in the loss.

Belarus U18: Vitali Liutych 25+10 boards, Yauheni Suhaniaka 17+10 boards, Henadziy Zakhar 14, Artsiom Maliauka 14
Austria U18: Daniel Friedrich 13, Erwin Zulic 13



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  BELARUS   


Belarus edge Austria in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Belarus U18 - Austria U18 94:66
Belarus clinched the ninth place at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They wrapped up their campaign in Israel with victory over Austria. Vitali Liutych (198-G/F-92) provided 25 points and 10 rebounds for the winners.
The teams stayed close before Artsiom Maliauka (203-C-92) and Yauheni Suhaniaka (200-F-92) helped Belarus to a 27:17 lead. Belarus claimed a 30:19 advantage at the first break. Yauheni Suhaniaka, Artsiom Maliauka and Vitali Liutych ensured a 39:21 lead for Belarus early in the second stanza. Austria struggled to tune up their offense and they trailed by as many as 24 points at halftime 29:53. Belarus opened the second half on a 15:2 run to earn a massive 37-point advantage. Belarus entered the fourth quarter with a 46-point buffer. Austria poured in 29 points in the fourth stanza but managed just to sweeten the pill.
Yauheni Suhaniaka notched 17 points and 10 rebounds for Belarus. Henadziy Zakhar (198-F-92) and Artsiom Maliauka added 14 points each in the victory. Daniel Friedrich (180-G-92) and Erwin Zulic (197-F-92) answered with 13 points apiece for Austria. Mair finished with 9 points in the loss.

Belarus U18: Vitali Liutych 25+10 boards, Yauheni Suhaniaka 17+10 boards, Henadziy Zakhar 14, Artsiom Maliauka 14
Austria U18: Daniel Friedrich 13, Erwin Zulic 13



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  BELGIUM   


Germany coast past Belgium at the start of Nations Cup tournament - by Eurobasket News
Germany - Belgium 76:58
Germany got to the winning start of the international Nations Cup tournament in Leiden, Netherlands. They held off Belgium for 1-0 record. Germany will next face Netherlands, while Belgium will take on Sweden.
Germany and Belgium traded baskets throughout high-flying first quarter. Germany were able to eke out a 27:25 advantage ten minutes into the encounter. Belguim bounce back in the second frame. They erased the deficit for teams to go into the dressing rooms tied at 40. Germany cleared off at the start of the third term to lead by 8 points. Later they went on a 13:4 run to take a 17-point lead into the fourth stanza. The gap grew at 19-point mark early in the fourth period. Germany stayed calm and solid and never looked back en route to the win.
Lucca Staiger (196-G-88, college: Iowa St.) and Tim Ohlbrecht (211-C/F-88) came up with 11 points each to lead Germany. Christopher McNaughton (211-C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Bucknell) notched 10 points in the victory. Marcus Faison (196-G-78, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Siena) answered with 13 points for Belgium. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) finished with 10 points in defeat.

Germany: Lucca Staiger 11, Tim Ohlbrecht 11, Christopher McNaughton 10
Belgium: Marcus Faison 13, Christophe Beghin 10



Amaury Gorgemans leads Belgium past Bosnia and Herzegovina - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U18 - Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 97:57
Belgium finished the U18 European Championship in Division B with victory. They knocked down Bosnia and Herzegovina to clinch the seventh position in Israel. Amaury Gorgemans (208-C-92) exploded with 30 points and 9 rebounds to lead Belgium.
Bosnia and Herzegovina started the game bravely. They ensured a 13:3 lead four minutes into the encounter. But Belgium gradually narrowed the margin. Bosnia and Herzegovina led by just three points at the first intermission 22:19. Belgium capped the second stanza on a stunning 19:1 run to take a 43:30 lead at halftime. Amaury Gorgemans stretched the margin to 18 points early in the third quarter. He knocked down 11 points in the third quarter to help Belgium pile up a 75:44 advantage at the final break. The Belgian team knocked down 9 straight points at the start of the fourth stanza and did not look back en route to the victory.
Andreas Rojas (188-G-92) netted 16 points and made 7 steals for Belgium. Elias Lasisi (192-G/F-92) added 13 points in the victory. Miljan Markovic (205-F-92) replied with 16 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dino Begagic (193-G-92) and Marko Miletic (198-F-92) accounted for 9 points apiece in the loss.

Belgium U18: Amaury Gorgemans 30, Andreas Rojas 16, Elias Lasisi 13
Bosnia and Herzegovina U18: Miljan Markovic 16, Dino Begagic 9, Marko Miletic 9



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  BOSNIA   


Amaury Gorgemans leads Belgium past Bosnia and Herzegovina - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U18 - Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 97:57
Belgium finished the U18 European Championship in Division B with victory. They knocked down Bosnia and Herzegovina to clinch the seventh position in Israel. Amaury Gorgemans (208-C-92) exploded with 30 points and 9 rebounds to lead Belgium.
Bosnia and Herzegovina started the game bravely. They ensured a 13:3 lead four minutes into the encounter. But Belgium gradually narrowed the margin. Bosnia and Herzegovina led by just three points at the first intermission 22:19. Belgium capped the second stanza on a stunning 19:1 run to take a 43:30 lead at halftime. Amaury Gorgemans stretched the margin to 18 points early in the third quarter. He knocked down 11 points in the third quarter to help Belgium pile up a 75:44 advantage at the final break. The Belgian team knocked down 9 straight points at the start of the fourth stanza and did not look back en route to the victory.
Andreas Rojas (188-G-92) netted 16 points and made 7 steals for Belgium. Elias Lasisi (192-G/F-92) added 13 points in the victory. Miljan Markovic (205-F-92) replied with 16 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dino Begagic (193-G-92) and Marko Miletic (198-F-92) accounted for 9 points apiece in the loss.

Belgium U18: Amaury Gorgemans 30, Andreas Rojas 16, Elias Lasisi 13
Bosnia and Herzegovina U18: Miljan Markovic 16, Dino Begagic 9, Marko Miletic 9



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  BRAZIL   


Brazil beats Argentina to win the Gold in Neiva - by Eurobasket News
South American Championship, Big Final: BRAZIL - ARGENTINA 87-77

Brazil outplayed Argentina 87-77 to win the Gold in Neiva. Brazilians ended this championship with the perfect 5-0 record. Murilo da Rosa (210-C/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) exploded in the Big Final with double-double of 30 points and 10 rebounds. He reached valuation 33 and grabbed the MVP title for this game. Eduardo Machado (195-G-82) scored 15 points and handed out 5 assists, while Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) added 13 points and 5 boards. In Argentina, Juan Pablo Cantero (184-G-82) shined with 25 points. Leonardo Mainoldi (204-F-85) and Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78) scored 14 and 11 points respectively.
Brazil was slightly better team in the first quarter and they made 19-18 lead. Murilo da Rosa and his teammates exploded in the second frame and totally took control on Argentina. They drained 21 points for ten minutes, while limiting Argentineans to 13 for 40-31 lead at the half time. Argentina desperately needed a run, but they were not able to make it. Both teams were good offensively in Q3, but that period also belonged to Brazil (22-21). Brazilians were focused until the very end keeping the safe distance without any bigger efforts. Last quarter ended with 25-25 tie for the final 87-77 win and the Gold medal for Brazil. Of course, Argentina as No.2 and they won the Silver in Neiva.

Brazil: Murilo da Rosa 30+10 boards, Eduardo Machado 15+5 as, Joao Paulo Batista 13+5 boards
Argentina: Juan Pablo Cantero 25, Leonardo Mainoldi 14, Roman Gonzalez 11




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  BULGARIA   


Germany trailed in the majority of the game to Bulgaria however won their last game in Vilnius - by Eurobasket News
Germany U18-Bulgaria U18 72:67
Germany trailed in the majority of the game to Bulgaria however won their last game 72:67. The German side will remain in Division A of the U18 European Championship for the next year, while Bulgaria will have to start from Division B.
Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) drove a lay-up at the very beginning and as it became clear it was the only lead in the first half for Germany. Bulgaria started to play their best and won the opening quarter 26:15. Simeonov scored for 29:18 and Dimitrov made a jump shot for 34:23. Germany managed to reduce a bit, while Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) sent the teams to the lockers for 42:34. It seemed that Germany would prove their ambitions in the third quarter when Breunig scored for 45:39. Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) and Francis nailed from the perimeter each for 56:45 advantage. Dafinov closed the frame with a jump shot for 58:45, while Pavlin Ivanov opened the last quarter for 60:45. A 10-0 run pulled Germany back to 60:55 and Philipp Neumann tied it alter at 65:65. Wendt and later Patrick Heckmann (196-G/F-92) scored for 70:67 and remained Bulgaria scoreless in the last two minutes. The German side increased the win to 5 points as Philipp Neumann was perfect from the free throw line to celebrated the final victory with the winners.
Patrick Heckmann paced all the winners with 13 points and 11 rebounds for 5-1 record. Falko Theilig (180-G-92) nailed 12, while Philipp Neumann collected 12 points and 11 rebounds. Tencho Tenchev ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Pavlin Ivanov added 17.

Germany U18: Patrick Heckmann 13+11 rebs, Falko Theilig 12, Philipp Neumann 12+11 rebs
Bulgaria U18: Tencho Tenchev 23, Pavlin Ivanov 17


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  CAC GAMES   


Latinbasket.com All-Central American and Caribbean Games Awards 2010 - by Eurobasket
All-Tournament 1st Team
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Renaldo Balkman
Balkman
Jose Juan Barea
Barea
Jovan Harris
Harris
Nathan Peavy
Peavy
Jack Michael Martinez
Martinez
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MVP: Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84) Puerto Rico
Best Guard: Jose Juan Barea (181-G-84) Puerto Rico
Best Forward: Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84) Puerto Rico
Best Center: Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) Dominican Republic
Best Defensive Player: Kleon Penn (211-C-86)
Best Coach: Josep Claros of Mexico

1st Team
G: Jose Juan Barea (181-84) Puerto Rico
G/F: Jovan Harris (191-81) Mexico
F: Renaldo Balkman (201-84) Puerto Rico
F: Nathan Peavy (203-85) of Puerto Rico
F/C: Jack Michael Martinez (203-81) Dominican Republic

2nd Team
G: Cristian Arias (191-81) Dominican Republic
G/F: Jason Edwin (197-81)
F: Leonardo Pomare (203-86) Panama
F/C: Jaime Lloreda (201-80) Panama
C: Kleon Penn (211-86)

Honorable Mention
Angel Vasallo (196-G/F-86) Puerto Rico
Carmelo Lee (201-F-77) Puerto Rico
Orlando Mendez-Valdez (185-G-86) Mexico
Carlos Paniagua (201-F/C-76) Dominican Republic
Andre Smith (188-G-80)
Hector Hernandez (206-F-85) Mexico




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  CANADA   


Spain won over Canada in Torneo de Las Palmas in Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News
Spain-Canada 84:38
Spain won over Canada in Torneo de Las Palmas in Gran Canaria. It was an easy start for the favorites that reached 84:38 victory.
The home side opened the game with 24-13 in the first period and limited the guests to just 6 points in the second frame. Spain added 17-6 in the next period for 41:19 at the halftime. In the second half Spain continued to dominate the court and won also the third and the last quarters. Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) and Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) led the way to 23-10 in the third period. In the last stanza Spain added 20-9 to seal the victory.
Felipe Reyes top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Rudy Fernandez scored 12. Carlos Suarez (202-F-86, agency: Court Side) nailed 10 points, while Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) and M. Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) posted 8 each. Marc Trasolini (206-F-90) ended up with 9 points for Canada. D. Brown finished the game with 8, while Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) and Brady Heslip (188-G) notched 6 apiece.
In the opener of the tournament on July 31st Canada beat Ivory Coast 95:92 in the opening match of the International Tournament in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) top-scored with 27 points.

Spain: Felipe Reyes 14 points, Rudy Fernandez 12, Carlos Suarez 10, Jorge Garbajosa 8, M. Marc Gasol 8
Canada: Marc Trasolini 9, D. Brown 8, Kyle Landry 6, Brady Heslip 6




Canada prevail against Ivory Coast in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Canada - Ivory Coast 95:92
Canada Development National Team overcame Ivory Coast in the exhibition clash in Las Palmas De Gran Canaria, Spain. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) knocked down 27 points to lead the effort. Canada will take on mighty Spain on Sunday.
Ivory Coast got the slightly better start to the game. The African powerhouse outscored Canada for 23:20 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Canada recovered in the second stanza. Jevohn Shepherd and Denham Brown (198-F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Connecticut) helped Canada account for 31 points as they built a 5-point advantage at halftime. Ivory Coast stepped on the gas in the third term. They outscored Canada 23:13 in the quarter to gain a 5-point lead into the fourth quarter. But the North American team once again found the way out. They poured in 31 points in the last period and escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Denham Brown notched 12 points and 7 assists for Canada. Ryan Wright (206-F-87, college: UCLA) and Brady Heslip (188-G) contributed 10 points each for the winners. Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds for Ivory Coast. Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) produced 18 points in the loss.

Canada: Jevohn Shepherd 27, Denham Brown 12, Ryan Wright 10, Brady Heslip 10
Ivory Coast: Mohamed Kone 19, Pape-Philippe Amagou 18



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  CHINA   


China Beats Iran for Third Place in the Stankovic Cup - by Arthur Volbert
China rallied strongly in the second half today to defeat Iran 76-58 and gain third place in the Stankovic Cup. Slovenia took first place with a 71-60 win over Australia.
More importantly, we are seeing the true composition of the team that will be going to the World Championship in Turkey.


The starters appear to be Wang Zhizhi, Yi Jianlian (212-C/F-87), Sun Yue, Wang Shipeng and Liu Wei. Su Wei will back up at center, Li Xiaoxu at power forward, Zhou Peng at small forward and shooting guard, and Yu Shulong and Guo Ailun at point guard. Ding Jinhui will also see time at backup forward.

The last slot on the team appears to be between Jin Lipeng, who is strictly a pure shooter, and Zhang Zhaoxu, a highly talented 7-3 center who is not quite ready to perform at the international level. Yi Li and Dong Hanlin were not used in the tournament and seem to no longer have a chance of making the team.

Yi Jianlian led China in today's game with 18 points and 10 rebounds in 18 minutes. But he hit only 6 of 17 shots. Wang Shipeng scored 14 and Zhou Peng had 10. Liu Wei had 9 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals.

Ding Jinhui, who appears to be assuming a more prominent role, had 7 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Sun Yue had 7 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists, but only hit 1 of 7 shots and it is clear that whenever he plays against competent defenses shooting percentage is not his strong point.
Link to Chinese box score:
http://cba.sports.sina.com.cn/look_scores.php?m_id=4716




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  COLOMBIA   


Brazil the well deserved Champion of the Southamerican Championship - by Victor Garcia
Brazil won the 44 edition of the Southamerican Championship, looking solid from the first game and finishing undefeated after face teams like Uruguay, Venezuela and Argentina in the final game defeating them 87 - 77.
The final game was a great performance of the Brazilian team that had in the new player of Sao Jose Unimed, Murilho Becker his offensive leader, Becker finished the final with 30 pts and 10 rebounds.
Brazil took control of the game from the first quarter, with a Fulvio handling the ball and going inside finding J.P. Batista in the low post and Duda, in the perimeter, Argentina faced a good defense of Brazil but Leo Mainoldi 3 ptrs and Cequeira helped its team to keep close in the game.
For the second quarter the speed of Nezinho bring problems to Argentina, Brazil ruling the boards were able to run a couple fo good fast breaks to take distance, Argentinas offense were cold in the second quarter and also from the line, shooting just 57% of the free throws, Nezinho close the second quarter with a buzzer beater from behind the middle field.
Argentinas defense did a better job in the third quarter, but yet was unable to cut the distance, Brazil accuracy in the game was great, putting 55% from the field and 43% beyond the arc, and an awesome 100% from the line.
The third quarter brings a late wake up of Argentina that put them 4 points behind with baskets of Cantero, Mainoldi and Vega, but one more time the Brazilians adjust after a time out and went to the floor to take new control on the game, however with less than two minutes in the clock a couple or Argentinas three pointers of Schattmann and Cantero bring some hope to Argentina, but again Brazil had an offensive answer with Murilho.
Brazil won with justice, showing the most powerful offensive of the Championship averaging 84 pts per game leaded by Murilho, Tavernari , Duda and Nezinho, also with great control of the boards, thanks to a good job of JP Batista, Murilho, Fiorotto and Rafael.
Argentina took the second place with honor, the young team them bring was a perfect probe of the great Argentinean process and for the future players like Schattmann, Fernandez, Aguerre , Sandes and Mainoldi can take the blue and with flag.
Uruguay did not have its best performance, E. Batista did not have his best Championship, but J. Martinez exploded like a reliable point guard.
Venezuela disappoints, them arrive with a good preparation and with good previous results, but failed to get the first place of the group having to face Brazil in the semis, and also failed against Uruguay in the fight for the bronze, time for the Venezuelan Federation to think in the future.



Colombia finshed 6th in the Southamerican - by Victor Garcia
Colombia 6th place in the Southamerican Champioship is a picture of the state of the Basketball in the country, the National team played a good game against Venezuela in the first round, but failed to managed the game against Argentina to go get the qualification for the semifinals
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Our national team had good talent, Moreno, Ortiz, Aragon and Guevara are player with good levl and skills, Hernandez and Bacci can also reach its level, Fernandez and Renteria can give good help, but the good results will not come if the National Federation does not begins a serious national team program, that can give goo time of training for the national teams, bringing all the the players that can help like Juan Diego Tello Palacios, Freddy Asprilla, Jean Otero and Hanner Mosquera.
A plan like this needs resources, sponsors and investors; this is the task for the Federation, find this kind of help.
The future does not looks to brilliant, there are not in the scope young players with level to take the place of Moreno, Ortiz and company, the national tournaments does not have Federation scouting, the leagues, does not have any kind of control that forces them to have development programs, and the Federation Cup does not have serious regulations and true teams playing.
The last two games of the team in Southamerican were bad, specially the last one against Paraguay, in which our team failed, but this is just a symptom, the real illness is the lack of a process that put our talent in the best environment to reach better goals.

Congratulations to the Neiva authorities for the great organization and warm welcome to all the people that arrives for the Southamerican Championship.



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  COSTA RICA   


Round 20 results - by Gianni Pascucci
The CostaRican LBS played last games the past week, because the National Team is now meeting some international teams in test matches. In the games of 20th Round, San Jose ARBA San Ramon defeated on the road Liceo, 63-60, confirming its very goos moment. Daniel Simmons (194-F/C-80) scored the last and decisive two points for San Ramon, Darrell St.Rose (191-F-88) was the top performer at 20 pts. The game top scorer, instead, was Clifford Smith (193-G-80, college: Barry), who scored 25 in losing effort. In the othar games of the round, San Luis Gonzaga defeated Cartago 82-78 and Perez Zeledon felt at home to Escazu, 62-80.
Led by Isaac St.Rose (190-G/F-83, college: John Brown), who scored 21 pts, Ferreteria Brenes Barva slaughtered UCR, 101-50, and Pablo Alvarado (193-F/C-86) was the last to surrender un UCR with 21 points he too.


Standings - D1
LBS Standings
 1. Barva 19-1 
 2. ARBA San Ram. 17-3 
 3. Escazu 13-7 
 4. Liceo 12-8 
 5. UCR 8-12 
 6. Cartago 4-16 
 7. Perez Zeledon 4-16 
 8. San Luis G. 3-17 


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  CROATIA   


Croatia won the fifth spot with a 92:77 win over Poland - by Eurobasket News
Poland U18-Croatia U18 77:92
Croatia won the fifth spot with a 92:77 win over Poland at the U18 European Championship at Siemens Arena in Vilnius, Lithuania. Both teams also advanced to the U19 Fiba World Championship for the next year.
Croatia and Poland wanted to finish on a high note and managed to solved their goals for the next year. Karnowski and Toni Katic (185-G-92) brought the first points for the winners and the teams exchanged the leads several times. Bartoszewicz closed the first quarter as Croatia however enjoyed 25:21 lead. Roko Rogic (187-G-92) scored the first 6 points in the second frame and Dario Saric (204-F/C-93) made it 33:22. Dario Saric also nailed three later in the period for 46:31, while Marko Ramljak (199-F/G-93) was the last to score in the half for 59:40 as Croatia nailed 34 points in the second frame. Poland paid more attention to defense in the third quarter and limited the winners to 12 points. Boris Barac (204-F-92) closed the third frame at 71:57 as he made two free throws. There was no chance for Poland to catch up with the opponents as Croatia also won the last quarter. Dario Saric scored for 90:72 and Sango posted two fro 92:77 at the final.
Toni Katic shined with 20 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds, while Dario Saric nailed 13. Roko Rogic posted 12, while Boris Barac and Marko Ramljak netted 11 each. Tomasz Gielo (204-F-93) finished the game with 14 points and Grzegorz Grochowski (176-G-93) scored 13.


Poland U18: Tomasz Gielo 14, Grzegorz Grochowski 13
Croatia U18: Toni Katic 20+7 ast+6 rebs, Dario Saric 13, Roko Rogic 12, Boris Barac 11, Marko Ramljak 11




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  CYPRUS   


U16 European Championship Division C: Cyprus NT busted all!! - by Chris Mammides
Day 1
Cyprus got off to a flying start in the U16 European Championship Division C as they routed San Marino 114-43. Constantinos Papacostas led six Cypriots scoring in double figures in a game that saw them jump into a 32-5 lead by the end of the first quarter. Stefanos Iliadis added 19 points, while Roberto Alexander Mantovani had an amazing first double-double in the championship with 14points and 14 rebounds together with Giorgos Stylianou who came up for 13 points and 18 rebounds developing the second double-double for the Cyprus NT. Julian Gualtieri did his best in the San Marino cause, scoring 23 points. There are not many details to be given for the specific game and the job of Head Coach Michalis Tsaggaridis and his team was very easy in all the aspects.
The other Group B game saw Malta brush aside Gibraltar 63-35.
Scotland was the big winner in Group A, topping the Principality of Monaco 81-33 with the help of 19 points from Jack Nicholson, while Andorra beat Wales 72-52.
Day 2
Cyprus recorded another huge victory on day two of the U16 European Championship for Men Division C as they routed Gibraltar 123-34. That improved on their 114-43 thrashing of San Marino on the opening day as they lay down a huge early marker in the competition.
Cyprus outscored their opponents 38-2 in the opening quarter of a game that was never a contest. A new top scorer was able to find the young Cypriot NT as the top performer Dimitris Aristotelous (185-G-94) led six Cypriots scoring in double figures as he poured in 24 followed by Papacostas with 20 points. Mantovani succeeded his second double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Antreas Christodoulou (192-G-95) missed the double-double for 2 assists as he scored 12 points and 8 assists! James Quigley was the only Gibraltar player to reach double figures with 11. Once more there are not many things that you can say for the game as the 89 points difference says it all!!
In the other Group B game saw San Marino bounce back from their loss to Cyprus by beating Malta 68-51 as Julian Gulatieri scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. San Marino led 38-18 by half-time, and although Malta rallied in the second half, the damage was already done. However, Malta retain second place behind Cyprus in the group due to San Marino's inferior points differential.
Day 3
Cyprus wrapped up another dominant display in the group stages of the U16 European Championship for Men Division C as they beat Malta 94-48 to go to 3-0.
Although falling short of 100 points for the first time in the tournament, this was another dominant performance from the Cypriots as Antreas Christodoulou scored 20 points; Dimitris Aristotelous added 19 and Constantinos Papacostas got 18, while Giorgos Stylianou had the amazing number of 17 rebounds and 8 points, 2 assists and 3 steals with Mantovani adding 8 points and 12 rebounds in just 16 minutes of playing time. Robert Bonnici and Aaron Falzon got 17 points each for Malta, but they must now contest the qualifying round after dropping down to third place in Group B. Once more the 46 points of difference cant give any real reason to pull out more details for the specific game.
San Marino took second place to advance to the semi-finals by beating Gibraltar 87-41 behind another stellar effort from Julian Gualtieri, who had 28 points and 11 rebounds.
In Group A, Scotland secured a 3-0 record by edging out hosts Andorra 76-71. Malta will now face the Principality of Monaco in the qualifying round, while Wales will take on Gibraltar.

Day 4
Scotland and Cyprus will contest the final of the U16 European Championship for Men Division C tournament.
Cyprus has blown out every team they have faced so far and it was no different as they put hosts Andorra to the sword in an 87-45 victory.
Dimitris Aristotelous scored 16 points to lead no less than six Cypriots scoring in double figures as they overwhelmed their opponents. Viktoras Ieronymidis added 15 points and Costantinos Papacostas the top scorer of the Cyprus NT succeeded another double-double figure with his 11 points and 10 rebounds. San Marino and Andorra will now play for third place. Scotland booked their place in the final with a 71-52 victory over San Marino.
Matthew Wilcox got 18 points to lead four Scots scoring in double figures, with Jack Nicholson adding 14. Julian Gualtieri did his best for San Marino, pouring in 25 points.
In Friday's other game, the Principality of Monaco claimed seventh place overall as they beat Gibraltar 49-36 with Daniel Piper's 13 points leading the way.

Day 5 Final
Cyprus Scotland 30-74
The Cyprus NT was the great winner in Andorra after thrashing all its opponents with differences not less than 42 points per game. Against the Scottish NT there was not any difference at all! Even though the final of the tournament, the Cypriot NT dominated 100% and the difference of the 44 points says it all.
The Scottish NT was not able to score more than 9 points per quarter so the 34 points scored it was simply logical!! The quarters were: 7-28, 9-7, 8-18, 6-21. Top scorer for the Champion team of the Cyprus NT were Giorgos Stylianou with 20 points,7 rebounds, and 3 steals, followed by Papacostas with 16 points and Aristotelous who succeeded his second double-double figure with 12 points and 14 rebounds! Mantovani was steady for another one game as he scored 12 points and 13 rebounds finishing the tournament with 4 out 5 games in double-double figures.
The Cyprus NT is most definitely an NT which belongs and ought to play in the Division B and that was proved by this tournament with the young islanders over scoring all their opponents with differences starting of 42 points differences and going up to 89!! Eurobasket.com wishes that all these players will not to be lost and that very soon the presidents and managers of the teams will start investing on them and not trying to bring unknown bosman all around the island!!




Cypriot U16 National Team 2010 - by Kasia
Starting five
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Stefanos Iliadis
Iliadis
Constantinos Papacostas
Papacostas
Giorgos Stylianou
Stylianou
Viktoras Ieronymidis
Ieronymidis
Dimitris Gavriel
Gavriel
#e#5
4 Viktoras Ieronymidis 195-F-95 Keravnos Cyprus
5 Antreas Christodoulou 192-G-95 AEL Cyprus
6 Stefanos Iliadis 183-G-94
7 Dimitris Aristotelous 185-G-94 Etha Cyprus
8 Dimitris Gavriel 189-F-94 Keravnos Cyprus
9 Renos Georgiou 185-G-94
10 Ioannis Koutsoftides 191-C-94
11 Giorgos Avgoustinou 201-F/C-94 Omonia Cyprus
12 Constantinos Papacostas 193-F-95
13 Giorgos Giorgallidis 186-G-94
14 Roberto Alexander Mantovani 200-F-94
15 Giorgos Stylianou 198-F/C-94 AEL Cyprus

Michalis Tsaggarides Head Coach
Nicos Lambrias Assistant


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Czech Republic triumphs in Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U18 - Finland U18 78:46
Czech Republic clinched the title at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They wrapped up their campaign in Israel in style rallying past Finland in the championship game. Both teams entered the game with the main task solved. They both won Division A promotion and now looked to crown the success. But it turned out Czech Republic saved more energy for this one. Czech Republic opened the game with nine points in a row to set the tone. Finland cut the deficit but still trailed by four points 8:12 at the first break. Markus Molenius (203-F-92) helped Finland draw things level at 14 early in the second stanza. Czech Republic regained control with a 7:0 run late in the half. They ensured a 32:25 lead at the interval. The teams kept scoreless for two minutes at the start of the third term before Ondrej Balvin (215-C-92) and Tomas Vyoral (190-G-92) notched five points in a row. Tomas Vyoral and Jaromir Bohacik (198-F-92) followed with back-to-back three-pointers as Czech Republic gained a 42:28 lead midway through the third quarter. Czech Repubic cruised freely as they accumulated a massive 58:33 lead with ten minutes to go. They opened the fourth frame with seven consecutive points and did not look back en route to an impressive victory at the end.
Ondrej Balvin had 16 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. Jaromir Bohacik finished with 14 points, while Tomas Vyoral added 13 points for the winners. Villematti Kopio (182-G-92) and Markus Molenius replied with 10 points each for Finland. Joel Heinikoski (185-G/F-92) delivered 7 points in the losing case.

Czech Republic U18: Ondrej Balvin 16+15 boards, Jaromir Bohacik 14, Tomas Vyoral 13
Finland U18: Villematti Kopio 10, Markus Molenius 10



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  DENMARK   


Denmark edge Luxembourg to occupy 15th place in Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News
Denmark U18 - Luxembourg U18 92:67
Denmark finished their U18 European Championship in Division B campaign on a high note. They bruised Luxembourg to clinch the 15th position. Kevin Larsen (204-F-93) accounted for 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead Denmark to the victory.
Luxembourg ensured the better start. Steffen and Arendt gave the team a 17:10 lead late in the starting quarter. But Denmark capped the period on a 12:4 rally to spur ahead 22:21. Tim Steffen (192-F-93) unloaded five quick points at the beginning of the second term as Luxembourg returned the lead. Denmark used a 15:3 run to take a 37:29 lead midway through the second quarter. They stayed in charge and ensured a 47:44 advantage at halftime. Denmark opened the second half with nine points in a row to boost the lead. Denmark rallied confidently throughout the quarter and posted a 64:52 advantage at the final intermission. Luxembourg never got closer in the fourth quarter as the Danish team cruised to the victory.
Adam Haddad (196-G/F-92) notched 16 points and 10 boards for Denmark. Niels Andreasen (192-G-92) and Andreas Bigum (203-F-93) added 15 points each for the winning side. Tim Steffen replied with 20 points for Luxembourg. Tom Steffen (187-F-92) had 9 points in the loss.

Denmark U18: Kevin Larsen 18, Adam Haddad 16+10 boards, Niels Andreasen 15, Andreas Bigum 15
Luxembourg U18: Tim Steffen 20, Tom Steffen 9



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  D-LEAGUE   


Bakersfield Jam Announce 2010-11 Free Agent Tryout Camps - by Surujh Roopnarine
Re-vamped and ready for the upcoming season, the Bakersfield Jam have announced two free agent tryout camps for players with a dream on playing in the NBA. Now the only NBA D-League team in California, the Jam will be the NBA affiliates for both the NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers as well as the Los Angeles Clippers.
Head Coach Will Voigt (agency: Warren Sports International ) is looking for players who not only have the talent to play in the D-League, but also the work ethic, attitude, determination and mind-set to learn the NBA way and help the Jam reach the playoffs in his second season in charge.
The first open Tryout will be held in the Bakersfield Area on August 28 & 29, 2010 at the Bakersfield Jam Events Center (1400 Norris Road, Bakersfield, CA). Registration begins at 7:30am on the 28th with camp beginning promptly at 9am. The cost for the Bakersfield camp will be $150 if registered prior to August 20, or $200 after or on the day of the camp.
The second camp will be in the Los Angeles area on September 11 & 12, 2010 at the HAX (Hangar Athletic Xchange / 3203 Jack Northrop Avenue, Hawthorne, CA). The cost for the Los Angeles camp will be $150 if registered prior to September 3, or $200 after or on the day of the camp.
The Bakersfield Jam joined the NBA D-league in 2006 and have played in the Western division for the last four seasons, finishing third in 2009. Former Jam players include ex-NBA players Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Missouri St.), Mateen Cleaves (6'2''-G-77, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Michigan St.), John Edwards (7'0''-C-81, college: Kent St.), Reece Gaines (6'6''-G-81, college: Louisville), Robert Swift (7'0''-F/C-85), Patrick O'Bryant (7'0''-C-86, college: Bradley) and Jeff Trepagnier (6'4''-G-79, college: USC) to name a few. Jeremy Wise (6'3''-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: S.Mississippi), who left Southern Mississippi early to play in the D-League, is possibly the next Jam alum to make the NBA as he had a strong season last season in the D-League and has earned a camp invite with the Golden State Warriors after playing with their entry at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.
For more information on the 2010-11 Open Tryouts including applications and payment procedures as well as the Bakersfield Jam organization, please visit their website at www.bakersfieldjam.com



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  ESTONIA   


Estonia edge England, finish fifth in Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U18 - England U18 70:63
Estonia clinched the fifth overall position at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They knocked down England on the final day of the tournament. Rannar Raap (188-G/F-92) came up with 13 points to lead the effort.
England opened the game with five points in a row. But Estonia immediately responded with eight consecutive points of their own to jump in charge. Chuku put England back in charge 17:15 late in the quarter but Rannar Raap capped with a three-pointer as Estonia enjoyed an 18:17 advantage ten minutes into the encounter. England accounted for seven straight points at the start of the second quarter to regain control. Estonia kept it close and trailed by a single point at halftime 33:34. Estonia tipped off the third term with 11 points in a row to surge in front. The Baltic side arrived at the final break up by three points 56:53. England did not surrender as they went on an 8:0 run to open the fourth stanza. Estonia replied with 12 points in a row and rallied to the win at the end. Remy Pold (198-G-92) accounted for 11 points for the winners. Joonas Vaino (204-F-92) and Martin Paasoja (190-G-93) added 10 points each for Estonia. Grant Fiorentinos (208-F/C-92) had 12 points for England. Aaron Geramipoor (208-F-92) finished with 11 points in the loss.
Estonia U18: Rannar Raap 13, Remy Pold 11, Joonas Vaino 10, Martin Paasoja 10
England U18: Grant Fiorentinos 12, Aaron Geramipoor 11




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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


ESL Las Vegas Day 2 Results - by Darryl Reshaw
ESL Vegas Day 2

Game 1
Geneva 86 vs. Lugano 87
Lugano holds on for the first win of the day defeating a tough Geneva team 86 - 87.
The first game got off to an intensive start.
Both teams played extremely hard trying to get their teams to the finals.
Marcus Stout (193-G-86, college: Fordham) the former Atlantic 10 All Conference and Austrian League professional picked up much of the scoring load for Lugano in the first half with 8 in the first quarter.
They lead at the end of the quarter 25-26.
Midway through the second quarter the game was evenly matched.
Until the athletic and very talented Michael Anderson hit a couple of baskets to give his team a six-point lead.
Pierce Caldwell (191-G, agency: Union Sports) (191-G, agency: Union Sports) the pure shooting NCAA Division II All American got hot with couple of daggers from NBA range.
Willie Taylor (197-G-80, college: Va Commonwealth)'s Lugano team had a lot of fight in them.
They fought back only to trail by two at the end of the first half 52-50.
As the third quarter started, coach Larry Lessett team began to extend their lead again.
Dominique Keller (201-F-88) of Illinois University led the charge with 7 points and 5 rebounds in a three-minute span.
The lead stretched to 6 to close the third quarter.
The fourth and final quarter was a battle till the finish. Lugano finally took the lead 78-80 with 5 minutes left in the game.
Christopher Hayes (206-F-87, college: Detroit Mercy) the former ESL 2009 Chicago MVP and NBDL player led the charge with six points in six minutes.
With a seesaw battle both teams exchanged the lead until the final minute.
With 40 seconds remaining Pierce Caldwelll hit a big three pointer to give Lugano a one point advantage.
Geneva never recovered as the game finished 86-87.
Dominique Keller (201-F-88) led all scores with 20 points and 6 rebounds respectfully and had help for his two teammates
Micheal Anderson adding 17pts, along with 6rbs and Terrance Woodbury (201-G/F-86, college: Georgia) scoring 16pts along with 5rbs and 2ast in a losing effort.
Pierce Caldwelll had an outstanding game on his way to the games MVP with 19pts, 4rbs, and 4ast, his teammate Marcus Stout (193-G-86, college: Fordham) also chipped in with 15pts, 5rbs, and 2ast on there way to a victory.
Game MVP Pierce Caldwelll 19pts. 4rbs. 4a.
Lugano
Alton Robinson (201-F-86): 12pts; 5rbs; 3ast
Kyle Plath (193-G-88): 3pts
Marcus Stout (193-G-86, college: Fordham): 15pts; 5rbs; 3ast
Christopher Hayes: 13pts; 8rbs
Dane Cruz (178-G-86, college: Doane): 4pts; 2rbs; 5ast
Pierce Caldwelll: 19pts; 4rbs; 4ast
Naurice Mullings: 0pts; 2rbs; 2ast
Travis Bledsoe (183-G, agency: Stanley International): 2pts; 2rbs
Lawrence Nwevo (203-F/C-85): 9pts; 10rbs; 2ast; 5stl
Brandon Adams (201-F): 2pts; 8rbs
Jaranimo Marks (185-G-86): 0pts; 2rbs; 4ast
Geneva
Matthew Barrow (193-G-86): 5pts; 5rbs
Terrance Woodbury: 16pts; 5rbs; 2ast
Brandon Roberson (180-G-87): 6pts; 3rbs; 3ast
Willie Taylor (197-G-80, college: Va Commonwealth): 3pts; 3rbs
Jeral Davis (216-C-84): 0pts
Micheal Anderson: 2pts; 8rbs; 2blks
Tyronne Mcneal (213-C-87, college: Miami Dade CC): 8pts; 8rbs; 2blks
Sammy Monroe (198-F-85, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Newberry): 6pts; 4rbs; 5ast
Micheal Anderson: 17pts; 6rbs; 2blks
Dominique Keller (201-F-88): 20pts; 6rbs; 2ast
John Wolf (196-G): 2pts; 2ast; 2rbs
Game 2
Manchester 69 vs. Monaco 100
Monaco dominated the game making a strong statement as they beat Manchester convincingly 100 - 69.
Monaco, coached by Darrell Armstrong (182-G-68, college: Fayetteville St.), got off to a good start behind an 8 point first quarter by Trevor Trevor Bing (188-G-85).
Jamel Jamel Guyton (191-G-88) helped to expend the lead with a strong finish to the first quarter with 8 points giving Monaco a 21-15 lead.
In the second quarter coach Armstrong's team increased their lead to 9-points.
Monaco was dominating the Manchester team with their defensive pressure.
At the end of the half Monaco led the way 42-29.
Monaco opened their lead at the beginning of the third quarter leading by 16.
Manchester had a rally late in the quarter to cut the lead to 11.
At the end of the third Monaco led 61-49.
Willie Irick (198-F-84, college: Oklahoma City) began to show his potential in the fourth displaying his full arsenal adding 16pts, 8rbs and 3ast.
With his help Monaco dominated the fourth quarter extending their lead 100-67.
Trevor Bing also chipped in with 17 points and 4 rebounds along with teammate Lamont Houston who added 14pts along with 2rbs in a winning effort.
Meanwhile in a losing effort for Manchester's Derrick Derrick Franklin (208-C-81, college: Columbus St.) led the way with his 15pts, and 7rbs.
Game MVP Willie Irick 17pts. 9rbs.
Manchester
Jason Stubbs (188-G-87): 4pts; 2rbs; 3ast
Trey Harris (183-G-87): 9pts; 4rbs; 3ast
Harvey Perry (196-G-85): 3pts; 2rbs; 3ast
Derrick Derrick Franklin (208-C-81, college: Columbus St.): 15pts; 7rbs
Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87): 8pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Marcel Anderson (175-G-86):
Nathan Green (203-F-75, college: Idaho St.): 6pts; 2rbs
Micheal Bridges: 5pts; 4rbs
Kent Tuttle: 6pts
Jonathan Huffman (213-F/C-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Louisville): 7pts; 4rbs
Jason Duty (185-G-87, agency: KMG Sports Management): 6pts
Monaco
John Holmes (196-G/F-86, agency: RIZO): 5pts; 9rbs; 2ast
Trevor Bing: 20pts; 4rbs
Willie Irick: 16pts; 8rbs; 4ast
Dwayne Foreman (178-G-84, college: Georgia Southern): 9pts; 7ast; 3rbs
Jamel Jamel Guyton (191-G-88): 9pts; 5rbs; 2ast
Derell Henderson (201-F-86):
Errol Porteous (206-F):
Lamont Huston: 14pts; 2rbs
Marcus Watts (201-F-86, college: Chattanooga): 17pts; 7rbs; 3ast
Sean Coleman (203-F-87, college: Tulsa): 7pts; 3rbs
Game 3
Venice 97 vs. Brussels 123
Brussels with its dominating play from its big time players out classes Venice to win the game 123 - 97.
Brussels started the game with Wellington Smith (201-F-87, agency: KMG Sports Management) on fire.
He had 11 points in 5 minutes. He led his team to a 30-18 lead.
Dustin Mitchell (206-F/C)l pitched in with 8 in the quarter for Venice.
Devon Greene (198-G/F-84, college: Grand Canyon) took control in the second with 13 points in the quarter.
Venice went on a 10-0 run to cut the lead to five late in the half.
In the beginning of the third Brussels increased their lead back to 12.
With 8 minutes to play coach Tunde Adekola (G) went to a zone to change the momentum of the game.
But Brussels didn't let up pushing the ball and building on the lead.
Venice made another push at closing the gab 74-81.
Robert Taylor (188-G-83, college: Rider) had a big quarter with 6 for Venice.
Brussels began the fourth the same way they started the game extending their lead back to 12.
They were too dominant on the boards. By the six-minute mark they had already had 100 points and a 16-point lead.
Venice seemed to run out of gas with 4 minutes left to play.
At the end of the game Brussels wins 123-97.
In a losing effort Venice had a few outstanding performers Devon Greene who was hot the first half adding 21pts, 5ast, and 4rbs with help from Dustin Mitchell (206-F/C)ll who added a strong 17pts and 4rbs.
Robert Taylor also chipped in with 12 pts, 4rbs, and 2ast in a losing effort for Venice.
Michael Pilgrim (203-F-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: LSU-Shreveport) had an impressive game with 18 points 7 rebounds and 3 assist.
Wellington Smith (201-F-87, agency: KMG Sports Management) had an outstanding all around game with his 24pts and 4rbs with help from his teammates Jermaine Watson (193-G-81, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Boston Coll.) who added 16pts with 3rbs and Tyrone Bradshaw (203-F-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana) who also added 18pts on there way to a dominating win.
Game MVP Wellington Smith (201-F-87, agency: KMG Sports Management) 24pts. 4rbs.
Venice
Robert Taylor: 12pts; 4rbs; 2ast
Chris Gatlin (198-G/F-87, college: LSU-Shreveport): 7pts; 2ast
Dustin Mitchell (206-F/C)ll: 17pts; 4rbs
Daniel Thomas (201-F-85): 10pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Eric Webb (188-G-84, college: Furman): 9pts; 2rbs; 2ast
Demond Hickman (201-F-87): 6pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Channing Toney (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances): 2pts
Devon Greene: 21pts; 5ast; 4rbs
P.J. Hill (185-G)l: 3pts: 2ast
Demetrius Williamson (198-F-87): 8pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Bilal Benn (196-G/F-86, agency: Stanley International, college: Niagara) : 2pts; 4rbs; 2ast
Brussels
Reggie Jackson (180-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Duquesne): 11pts; 5ast
Jason Horton (188-G-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Missouri): 2pts; 4ast; 2rbs
Dwayne Shackleford (180-G-81, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: USC): 4pts; 7ast; 2rbs
Jermaine Watson (193-G-81, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Boston Coll.): 16pts; 3rbs
Michael Pilgrim: 18pts; 7rbs; 3ast
Wellington Smith (201-F-87, agency: KMG Sports Management): 24pts; 4rbs; 2ast
Shane Lawal (206-F/C-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Wayne St., MI)l: 14pts; 7rbs; 2ast
Luis Colon (208-C-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Kansas St.): 4pts; 3rbs
Kenneth Cooper (208-C-87, agency: KMG Sports Management)r: 12pts; 5rbs;
Tyrone Bradshaw (203-F-86, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: S.Indiana): 18pts;
Game 4
Dublin 106 vs. Zurich 118
Zurich defeats Dublin 118 - 106 in a high scoring shootout featuring its two standout player's Brandon Brown (201-F, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) and Jason Warren (200-F-84, college: Missouri Western) each scoring 24 points.
Sean Dantzler (193-G/F-83, college: St.Francis, NY) began the game on fire! He connected on a couple threes, mid range jump shots and a couple of nice drives to the basket.
He led Dublin with 14 in the first quarter.
Brandon Brown (201-F, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) had to keep up with Sean Dantzlerr to keep Zurich in the game.
He knotted 10 in the first. At the end of the quarter it was Dublin 34 Zurich 25.
Jason Warren (200-F-84, college: Missouri Western), MVP of Chicago, woke up in the second draining 11 points and 4 rebounds in the quarter.
He helped his team to capture the lead of 48-51 with 4 minutes left in the half. Sean Dantzler helped his team capture the lead finishing the half with 16 points.
In the third quarter Brian Addison (205-F-87) put on a clinic scoring 22pts along with 3rbs.
He showed every post move in the post move book collecting 12 points in the quarter.
There were several lead changes in the quarter. Dublin finished the quarter with the lead 87-86.
The final quarter of the day started out with the best slam of the weekend by Vernon Vernon Goodridge (206-F-84, agency: Strategic Sports).
He didn't stop there. Vernon continued his assault on Zurich hitting shots from all over the floor lighting it up with 23pts and 6rbs.
He did his best but Zurich took the lead 89-95 at the 8-minute mark.
With four minutes remaining Zurich began to pull away. A big three from Timothy Jennings (193-G-83, agency: GOTathletes, college: Gardner-Webb) and the lead was up to 10.
Zurich never looked back after that. They finished the game with the 118-106 win.
Jason Warren (200-F-84, college: Missouri Western) and Brandon Brown (201-F, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) each finished with 24 points, Dayshawn Wright (198-F-85, college: Mountain St.) had 16 points and 10 rebounds all in a losing effort.
Karron Clarke (198-F-85, college: De Paul) finished with 12 points and 10 rebounds for the winners.
Game Co-MVP Sean Dantzler 29pts. 3rbs. & Vernon Goodridge (206-F-84, agency: Strategic Sports) 23pts 6rbs. 4blks.
Zurich
Timothy Jennings (193-G-83, agency: GOTathletes, college: Gardner-Webb): 5pts; 6ast; 3rbs
Justin Taylor (191-G-85, college: Georgetown, KY)r: 4pts; 5rbs; 5ast
D.J. Marsh (193-F): 7pts; 2rbs
Brandon Brown (201-F, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.): 24pts; 9rbs; 3ast
Glean Eddy (196-F-82, college: Colorado): 14pts; 6rbs; 3ast
Dayshawn Wright: 16pts; 10rbs
Aaron Davis (196-G/F-79, college: Faulkner): 4pts; 2ast; 2rbs
Aaron Burgess (203-F/C-84, college: Xavier (LA)): 7pts; 6rbs
Jason Warren (200-F-84, college: Missouri Western): 24pts; 6rbs; 2ast
Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: NM Services, college: Missouri Western): DNP
Antoine Hood (195-G-83, agency: Liman Sports, college: Air Force): 8pts

Dublin
Karron Karron Clarke (198-F-85, college: De Paul): 12pts; 10rbs; 3ast
James Tyler (218-C-88): 6pts; 6rbs
Jeffrey Willis (206-F-85, college: Barry): 5pts; 6rbs; 2ast
Nick Carter (186-F-86, college: C.W. Post): 2pts; 3ast
Gerald Carter (193-G-85, college: S.New Hampshire): 2pts; 11ast; 3rbs
John Boyer (185-G-88)r: 5pts; 4ast; 2rbs
James Tchana (201-F-86, college: C.W. Post): 0pts; 5rbs; 2ast
Sean Dantzler: 29pts; 2rbs
Jamal Nelson: 6pts; 3rbs; 2ast
Brian Addison (205-F-87): 22pts; 3rbs
Vernon Goodridge (206-F-84, agency: Strategic Sports): 23pts; 6rbs; 2ast



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Armani Jeans Milano inks Gabriele Ganeto - by Eurobasket News
Armani Jeans Milano continues with signings this summer. The team inked a multi-year deal with Italian player Gabriele Ganeto (200-G/F-87). The 23-year-old forward is coming to Milano from MiroRadici Finance Vigevano, where he spent last two seasons. In 2009/10, Ganeto appeared 30 times in LegaDue registering 11.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.8 spg. In his first season with the club Ganeto collected 9.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 1.7 spg for 17 games. At that time Vigevano competed in A Dilettanti and he helped them to win the promotion to LegaDue.
Before Vigevano, Gabriele Ganeto spent one season with Aironi Castelletto Ticino. He already has SerieA experience as a member of Angelico Biella. He had limited playing time with Biella from 2005 to 2007 and was forced to move to Junior Casale Monferrato in LegaDue.
Gabriele Ganeto was a member of U16, U18 and U20 Italy. He also played for the Italian University National Team last summer.
Armani Jeans Milano finished regular season as No.3 in Italy with 17-11 record. They managed to reach the Playoff Finals, but Montepaschi was too strong for them (0-4). In Euroleague, they failed to reach the Top16. Armani Jeans Milano already signed Nicolo Melli (205-F-91) and Ibrahim Jaaber (187-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Pennsylvania) for the next season.


Unicaja and Uros Tripkovic agree on terms of contract - by Eurobasket News
Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86) and Unicaja have reached an agreement on terms of two-year contract. The 23-year-old guard played for Joventut in the previous season. He tallied 9.1 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in EuroCup. In ACB Uros Tripkovic delivered 11.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per appearance. Uros Tripkovic played for Serbia at the 2009 EuroBasket. The guard notched 9.1 points per game in Poland.


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U16 European Championship Division C: Cyprus NT busted all!! - by Chris Mammides
Day 1
Cyprus got off to a flying start in the U16 European Championship Division C as they routed San Marino 114-43. Constantinos Papacostas led six Cypriots scoring in double figures in a game that saw them jump into a 32-5 lead by the end of the first quarter. Stefanos Iliadis added 19 points, while Roberto Alexander Mantovani had an amazing first double-double in the championship with 14points and 14 rebounds together with Giorgos Stylianou who came up for 13 points and 18 rebounds developing the second double-double for the Cyprus NT. Julian Gualtieri did his best in the San Marino cause, scoring 23 points. There are not many details to be given for the specific game and the job of Head Coach Michalis Tsaggaridis and his team was very easy in all the aspects.
The other Group B game saw Malta brush aside Gibraltar 63-35.
Scotland was the big winner in Group A, topping the Principality of Monaco 81-33 with the help of 19 points from Jack Nicholson, while Andorra beat Wales 72-52.
Day 2
Cyprus recorded another huge victory on day two of the U16 European Championship for Men Division C as they routed Gibraltar 123-34. That improved on their 114-43 thrashing of San Marino on the opening day as they lay down a huge early marker in the competition.
Cyprus outscored their opponents 38-2 in the opening quarter of a game that was never a contest. A new top scorer was able to find the young Cypriot NT as the top performer Dimitris Aristotelous (185-G-94) led six Cypriots scoring in double figures as he poured in 24 followed by Papacostas with 20 points. Mantovani succeeded his second double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Antreas Christodoulou (192-G-95) missed the double-double for 2 assists as he scored 12 points and 8 assists! James Quigley was the only Gibraltar player to reach double figures with 11. Once more there are not many things that you can say for the game as the 89 points difference says it all!!
In the other Group B game saw San Marino bounce back from their loss to Cyprus by beating Malta 68-51 as Julian Gulatieri scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. San Marino led 38-18 by half-time, and although Malta rallied in the second half, the damage was already done. However, Malta retain second place behind Cyprus in the group due to San Marino's inferior points differential.
Day 3
Cyprus wrapped up another dominant display in the group stages of the U16 European Championship for Men Division C as they beat Malta 94-48 to go to 3-0.
Although falling short of 100 points for the first time in the tournament, this was another dominant performance from the Cypriots as Antreas Christodoulou scored 20 points; Dimitris Aristotelous added 19 and Constantinos Papacostas got 18, while Giorgos Stylianou had the amazing number of 17 rebounds and 8 points, 2 assists and 3 steals with Mantovani adding 8 points and 12 rebounds in just 16 minutes of playing time. Robert Bonnici and Aaron Falzon got 17 points each for Malta, but they must now contest the qualifying round after dropping down to third place in Group B. Once more the 46 points of difference cant give any real reason to pull out more details for the specific game.
San Marino took second place to advance to the semi-finals by beating Gibraltar 87-41 behind another stellar effort from Julian Gualtieri, who had 28 points and 11 rebounds.
In Group A, Scotland secured a 3-0 record by edging out hosts Andorra 76-71. Malta will now face the Principality of Monaco in the qualifying round, while Wales will take on Gibraltar.

Day 4
Scotland and Cyprus will contest the final of the U16 European Championship for Men Division C tournament.
Cyprus has blown out every team they have faced so far and it was no different as they put hosts Andorra to the sword in an 87-45 victory.
Dimitris Aristotelous scored 16 points to lead no less than six Cypriots scoring in double figures as they overwhelmed their opponents. Viktoras Ieronymidis added 15 points and Costantinos Papacostas the top scorer of the Cyprus NT succeeded another double-double figure with his 11 points and 10 rebounds. San Marino and Andorra will now play for third place. Scotland booked their place in the final with a 71-52 victory over San Marino.
Matthew Wilcox got 18 points to lead four Scots scoring in double figures, with Jack Nicholson adding 14. Julian Gualtieri did his best for San Marino, pouring in 25 points.
In Friday's other game, the Principality of Monaco claimed seventh place overall as they beat Gibraltar 49-36 with Daniel Piper's 13 points leading the way.

Day 5 Final
Cyprus Scotland 30-74
The Cyprus NT was the great winner in Andorra after thrashing all its opponents with differences not less than 42 points per game. Against the Scottish NT there was not any difference at all! Even though the final of the tournament, the Cypriot NT dominated 100% and the difference of the 44 points says it all.
The Scottish NT was not able to score more than 9 points per quarter so the 34 points scored it was simply logical!! The quarters were: 7-28, 9-7, 8-18, 6-21. Top scorer for the Champion team of the Cyprus NT were Giorgos Stylianou with 20 points,7 rebounds, and 3 steals, followed by Papacostas with 16 points and Aristotelous who succeeded his second double-double figure with 12 points and 14 rebounds! Mantovani was steady for another one game as he scored 12 points and 13 rebounds finishing the tournament with 4 out 5 games in double-double figures.
The Cyprus NT is most definitely an NT which belongs and ought to play in the Division B and that was proved by this tournament with the young islanders over scoring all their opponents with differences starting of 42 points differences and going up to 89!! Eurobasket.com wishes that all these players will not to be lost and that very soon the presidents and managers of the teams will start investing on them and not trying to bring unknown bosman all around the island!!




Div. B: Czech Republic are the winners! - by Eurobasket News
Final
Czech Republic - Finland 78-46
Czech Republic clinched the title at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They wrapped up their campaign in Israel in style rallying past Finland in the championship game. Both teams entered the game with the main task solved. They both won Division A promotion and now looked to crown the success. But it turned out Czech Republic saved more energy for this one. Czech Republic opened the game with nine points in a row to set the tone. Finland cut the deficit but still trailed by four points 8:12 at the first break. Markus Molenius (203-F-92) helped Finland draw things level at 14 early in the second stanza. Czech Republic regained control with a 7:0 run late in the half. They ensured a 32:25 lead at the interval. The teams kept scoreless for two minutes at the start of the third term before Ondrej Balvin (215-C-92) and Tomas Vyoral (190-G-92) notched five points in a row. Tomas Vyoral and Jaromir Bohacik (198-F-92) followed with back-to-back three-pointers as Czech Republic gained a 42:28 lead midway through the third quarter. Czech Repubic cruised freely as they accumulated a massive 58:33 lead with ten minutes to go. They opened the fourth frame with seven consecutive points and did not look back en route to an impressive victory at the end. Ondrej Balvin had 16 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. Jaromir Bohacik finished with 14 points, while Tomas Vyoral added 13 points for the winners. Villematti Kopio (182-G-92) and Markus Molenius replied with 10 points each for Finland. Joel Heinikoski (185-G/F-92) delivered 7 points in the losing case.



3-4 place
Israel - Montenegro 60-75
Montenegro stepped on the pedestal at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They beat Israel in the consolation final tonight to earn the Bronze. Israel finished in the fourth position. Radosav Spasojevic (204-F-92) stepped up with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the winners. Israel used a 10:0 run midway through the starting quarter to surge in front. They maintained the advantage and posted a 15:13 lead at the first break. However Nemanja Djurisic (202-F-92) and Radosav Spasojevic quickly gave the lead to Montenegro in the second frame. The teams traded baskets throughout the quarter as the Balkan side earned a 34:33 advantage at halftime. Israel surged back in front in the third term but not for too long. Montenegro regained control and entered the fourth stanza up by three points 53:50. Stefan Djordan (185-G-92) opened the final frame with a treble to ignite a 16:0 run from Montenegro. They took over and cruised to the win at the end. Nemanja Djurisic finished with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Montenegro. Stefan Djordan notched 13 points in the win. Bar Timor (192-G-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) responded with 16 points for Israel. Ram Elias-Pour (208-C-93) had 10 points in defeat.
5-6 place
Estonia - United Kingdom 70-63
Estonia clinched the fifth overall position at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They knocked down England on the final day of the tournament. Rannar Raap (188-G/F-92) came up with 13 points to lead the effort. England opened the game with five points in a row. But Estonia immediately responded with eight consecutive points of their own to jump in charge. Chuku put England back in charge 17:15 late in the quarter but Rannar Raap capped with a three-pointer as Estonia enjoyed an 18:17 advantage ten minutes into the encounter. England accounted for seven straight points at the start of the second quarter to regain control. Estonia kept it close and trailed by a single point at halftime 33:34. Estonia tipped off the third term with 11 points in a row to surge in front. The Baltic side arrived at the final break up by three points 56:53. England did not surrender as they went on an 8:0 run to open the fourth stanza. Estonia replied with 12 points in a row and rallied to the win at the end. Remy Pold (198-G-92) accounted for 11 points for the winners. Joonas Vaino (204-F-92) and Martin Paasoja (190-G-93) added 10 points each for Estonia. Grant Fiorentinos (208-F/C-92) had 12 points for England. Aaron Geramipoor (208-F-92) finished with 11 points in the loss.
7-8 place
Bosnia - Belgium 57-97
Belgium finished the U18 European Championship in Division B with victory. They knocked down Bosnia and Herzegovina to clinch the seventh position in Israel. Amaury Gorgemans (208-C-92) exploded with 30 points and 9 rebounds to lead Belgium. Bosnia and Herzegovina started the game bravely. They ensured a 13:3 lead four minutes into the encounter. But Belgium gradually narrowed the margin. Bosnia and Herzegovina led by just three points at the first intermission 22:19. Belgium capped the second stanza on a stunning 19:1 run to take a 43:30 lead at halftime. Amaury Gorgemans stretched the margin to 18 points early in the third quarter. He knocked down 11 points in the third quarter to help Belgium pile up a 75:44 advantage at the final break. The Belgian team knocked down 9 straight points at the start of the fourth stanza and did not look back en route to the victory. Andreas Rojas (188-G-92) netted 16 points and made 7 steals for Belgium. Elias Lasisi (192-G/F-92) added 13 points in the victory. Miljan Markovic (205-F-92) replied with 16 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dino Begagic (193-G-92) and Marko Miletic (198-F-92) accounted for 9 points apiece in the loss.
9-10 place
Belarus - Austria 94-66
Belarus clinched the ninth place at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They wrapped up their campaign in Israel with victory over Austria. Vitali Liutych (198-G/F-92) provided 25 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. The teams stayed close before Artsiom Maliauka (203-C-92) and Yauheni Suhaniaka (200-F-92) helped Belarus to a 27:17 lead. Belarus claimed a 30:19 advantage at the first break. Yauheni Suhaniaka, Artsiom Maliauka and Vitali Liutych ensured a 39:21 lead for Belarus early in the second stanza. Austria struggled to tune up their offense and they trailed by as many as 24 points at halftime 29:53. Belarus opened the second half on a 15:2 run to earn a massive 37-point advantage. Belarus entered the fourth quarter with a 46-point buffer. Austria poured in 29 points in the fourth stanza but managed just to sweeten the pill. Yauheni Suhaniaka notched 17 points and 10 rebounds for Belarus. Henadziy Zakhar (198-F-92) and Artsiom Maliauka added 14 points each in the victory. Daniel Friedrich (180-G-92) and Erwin Zulic (197-F-92) answered with 13 points apiece for Austria. Mair finished with 9 points in the loss.

11-12 place
Holland - Switzerland 53-59
Switzerland claimed the 11th overall position at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They held off Netherlands on the final day of the tournament in Israel. Taulant Murati (180-G-92) scored 10 points to pace well-balanced effort from the Swiss team. The teams kept it close at the start of the game. But Switzerland capped the period on a 7:0 rally to establish a 19:12 lead. Koludrovic opened a double-digit advantage for Switzerland early in the second frame. Switzerland maintained the lead and posted a 34:22 advantage at halftime. Netherlands tipped off the second half with 7 straight points to pull closer. The Swiss stayed in charge and recorded a 45:38 lead with ten minutes to go. Scheltes poured in six points in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter to drag Netherlands within two 48:50. However Taulant Murati replied with four consecutive points, while Evrard Atcho (207-F/C-92) added three more as Switzerland ran away for good in this one. Marko Mladjan (204-F-93) and Brian Savoy (191-G-92) provided 9 points each for the winners. Milos Bozovic (202-F-92) and Evrard Atcho had 7 points apiece for Switzerland. Sven Burger (193-G/F-92) answered with 13 points for Netherlands. Yannick Van Der Ark (187-F-93) accounted for 9 points and 7 caroms in the loss.
13-14 place
Scotland - Hungary 55-84
Hungary occupied the 13th overall position at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They held off Scotland on the final day of the tournament. Bence Delity (193-G/F-92) notched 23 points to lead the winners. Bence Delity proved the difference in the starting quarter. He knocked down 11 points, while Bence Narai (206-F/C-92) added 10 as Hungary won the frame 27:19. Hungary quickly opened a double-digit lead early in the second frame. Bence Delity and Balazs Kerpel-Fronius (193-G/F-92) soon accumulated a 20-point advantage for Hungary. Balazs Kerpel-Fronius crowned the first half with a three-pointer to ensure an 18-point lead for Hungary 48:30. Bence Narai and Bodor tipped off the second half with four points in a row to keep rolling. Hungary eased to a 69:41 lead with ten minutes to go. Scotland never recovered in the fourth stanza and had to surrender at the end. Bence Narai tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds for Hungary. Balazs Kerpel-Fronius added 10 points in the victory. Alasdair Fraser (201-C-92) answered with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Scotland. Jonathan Bunyan (182-G-92) had 12 points in the loss.
15-16 place
Luxembourg - Denmark 67-92
Denmark finished their U18 European Championship in Division B campaign on a high note. They bruised Luxembourg to clinch the 15th position. Kevin Larsen (204-F-93) accounted for 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead Denmark to the victory. Luxembourg ensured the better start. Steffen and Arendt gave the team a 17:10 lead late in the starting quarter. But Denmark capped the period on a 12:4 rally to spur ahead 22:21. Tim Steffen (192-F-93) unloaded five quick points at the beginning of the second term as Luxembourg returned the lead. Denmark used a 15:3 run to take a 37:29 lead midway through the second quarter. They stayed in charge and ensured a 47:44 advantage at halftime. Denmark opened the second half with nine points in a row to boost the lead. Denmark rallied confidently throughout the quarter and posted a 64:52 advantage at the final intermission. Luxembourg never got closer in the fourth quarter as the Danish team cruised to the victory. Adam Haddad (196-G/F-92) notched 16 points and 10 boards for Denmark. Niels Andreasen (192-G-92) and Andreas Bigum (203-F-93) added 15 points each for the winning side. Tim Steffen replied with 20 points for Luxembourg. Tom Steffen (187-F-92) had 9 points in the loss.




Gold for 12000 fans and Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
Lithuania - Russia 90-61
Siemens Arena was packed with 12000 fans as Lithuania triumphed at U18 European Championship in Vilnius. The home side won all the games and cruised past Russia 90:61 in the Final. The hosts opened the game with 8-0 run and Karasev managed to bring the first points for Russia. The crowd helped Lithuania to take the lead as the hosts never looked behind. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) scored for 20:6 and Pukis nailed three for 28:9.Jonas Valanciunas made two free throws at the end of the period for 28:9. Lithuania opened the second period with 6:2 lead, but Russia started to play better later in the frame. With 22-18 in it Russia reduced to 46:31 at the halftime. A 7-0 run answered fro all the questions about the winner in the start of the third quarter. Skucas made a jump shot for 53:31 and Jonas Valanciunas gave the hosts 56:36. Sabonis kept the advantage closing the quarter at 63:43. Simanavicius nailed three for 68:48, while Pukis increased for 81:54. Mockevicius scored the last points of the Champions as Lithuania as a team and as a host did their best at the tournament. Jonas Valanciunas exploded with 31 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Pukis nailed 21, while Simanavicius poured in 12. Karasev chipped in 15 points in the losing effort as Russia finished with Silver. Trushkin netted 13 and Bekkiev scored 11.

3rd place
Serbia - Latvia 49-75
Latvia grabbed Bronze in the border-country Lithuania at the U18 European Championship at Siemens Arena in Vilnius. In the game for the third place the Baltic state rolled over Serbia 75:49. Latvia actually responded for a big loss yesterday from Russia. Serbia however started better and finished the opening quarter with 16:14 lead. Helmanis from the perimeter brought the lead back to Latvia and Rostovs gave them 27:24. Rostovs closed the half at 30:28 for the Baltic State. Petkovic pulled back Serbia to 31:30 but it was the last lead for his team. With a 12-0 run Latvia reached 50:38 advantage and Misters scored for 52:40. Bogdanovic remained Serbia alive at 55:43 after three quarters. The last quarter however belonged only to one team as Latvia limited Serbia to just 6 points. The winners meanwhile scored 20 for the big win. Kaspars Vecvagars (190-G-93) scored the last points for the winners to taste bronze of the U18 European Championship. Bertans top-scored for the winners with 24 points. Kaspars Vecvagars poured in 13, while Helmanis scored 10. Bogdanovic finished the night with 12 points in the losing effort. Dumic and Petkovic notched 9 apiece as Serbia is 4th at the tournament.
5th place
Poland - Croatia 77-92
Croatia won the fifth spot with a 92:77 win over Poland at the U18 European Championship at Siemens Arena in Vilnius, Lithuania. Both teams also advanced to the U19 Fiba World Championship for the next year. Croatia and Poland wanted to finish on a high note and managed to solved their goals for the next year. Karnowski and Toni Katic (185-G-92) brought the first points for the winners and the teams exchanged the leads several times. Bartoszewicz closed the first quarter as Croatia however enjoyed 25:21 lead. Rogic scored the first 6 points in the second frame and Saric made it 33:22. Saric also nailed three later in the period for 46:31, while Ramljak was the last to score in the half for 59:40 as Croatia nailed 34 points in the second frame. Poland paid more attention to defense in the third quarter and limited the winners to 12 points. Barac closed the third frame at 71:57 as he made two free throws. There was no chance for Poland to catch up with the opponents as Croatia also won the last quarter. Saric scored for 90:72 and Sango posted two fro 92:77 at the final. Toni Katic shined with 20 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds, while Saric nailed 13. Rogic posted 12, while Barac and Ramljak netted 11 each. Gielo finished the game with 14 points and Grochowski scored 13.
7th place
Greece - France 75-77
France claimed 7th place in Vilnius, Greece is 8th due to the last game for both teams at the U18 European Championship. France won 77:75 due to the run in the last 4 minutes. Psaropoulos and Naurais were the first players to score for the squads in the opening tip. Motsenigos and Bigote later nailed three each for 17:15 at the end of the first. Invernizzi scored two from the perimeter for 29:24 and Bigote gave France 39:30. Chrysikopoulos with a jump shot closed the second frame at 36:43. The third quarter belonged to Greece that made a huge comeback. Chrysikopoulos firts tied the game at 54:54, while Mavrogiannis gave Greece 59:58 at the end of thirty minutes. Anastasios Antonakis (204-C/F-92) increased to 65:59 and Chrysikopoulos scored two more for 8-point deficit with 6 minutes to play. Keita tied it all at 67:67, while Gobert brought 75:69 for France that used a 16-2 run for the lead. Keita gave the winners the last points and Motsenigos reduced to two points with the buzzer. Invernizzi paced all the winners with 17 points. Gobert collected 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Bigote chipped in 10. Chrysikopoulos finished the night with 26 points in the losing effort and Motsenigos poured in 17.
Group G
Sweden - Ukraine 73-79
Ukraine U18 remains in Division A for the next year as they won do-or-die game over Sweden U18. In the last game of the U18 European Championship Ukraine rolled over the Scandinavian team 79:73 as Sweden will have to play in Division B next year. Ukraine finished with 4-2 record the Classification Round and Sweden dropped to 2-4. Definitely for both teams it was the most important game of the tournament. Eriksson nailed three for Sweden to give them 10:6 in the start, while Gaddefors scored for 14:8. Sweden played better in the first 10 minutes and as a result took 21:16 lead. The second quarter however belonged to the Ukrainian side as Artamonov brought 28:27 lead. Barton and Prokopenko exchanged the three-pointers in the end of the frame for 37:34 for Ukraine. Three times the score was tied in the third quarter, while Ukraine grabbed the lead again. Krutous netted three for 53:49 and Barton closed the third frame at 53:51. In the fourth period Ukraine was too good for the opponent and proved the ambitions for staying in Division A. Olexiy Len (210-C-93) scored four in a row for 70:58 and he later brought 75:65. Desport closed the game from the perimeter but Ukraine celebrated the necessary success. Olexiy Len erupted with 24 points and 20 rebounds to lead all the winners. Marchenko nailed 16, while Prokopenko scored 13. Person poured in 24 points in the losing effort and Eriksson scored 17.
Germany - Bulgaria 72-67
Germany trailed in the majority of the game to Bulgaria however won their last game 72:67. The German side will remain in Division A of the U18 European Championship for the next year, while Bulgaria will have to start from Division B. Neumann drove a lay-up at the very beginning and as it became clear it was the only lead in the first half for Germany. Bulgaria started to play their best and won the opening quarter 26:15. Simeonov scored for 29:18 and Dimitrov made a jump shot for 34:23. Germany managed to reduce a bit, while Tenchev sent the teams to the lockers for 42:34. It seemed that Germany would prove their ambitions in the third quarter when Breunig scored for 45:39. Ivanov and Francis nailed from the perimeter each for 56:45 advantage. Dafinov closed the frame with a jump shot for 58:45, while Ivanov opened the last quarter for 60:45. A 10-0 run pulled Germany back to 60:55 and Neumann tied it alter at 65:65. Wendt and later Patrick Heckmann (196-G/F-92) scored for 70:67 and remained Bulgaria scoreless in the last two minutes. The German side increased the win to 5 points as Neumann was perfect from the free throw line to celebrated the final victory with the winners. Patrick Heckmann paced all the winners with 13 points and 11 rebounds for 5-1 record. Theilig nailed 12, while Neumann collected 12 points and 11 rebounds. Tenchev ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Ivanov added 17.




Eurobaske.com All-European Championships U18 Division B Awards 2010 - by Kasia
Eurobasket.com All-Tournament 1st Team
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Ondrej Balvin
Balvin
Villematti Kopio
Kopio
Bar Timor
Timor
Radosav Spasojevic
Spasojevic
Janari Joesaar
Joesaar
#e#5

MVP: Ondrej Balvin (215-C-92) Czech Republic
Best Guard: Villematti Kopio (182-G-92) Finland
Best Forward: Radosav Spasojevic (204-F-92) Montenegro
Best Center: Ondrej Balvin (215-C-92) Czech Republic
Best Defensive Player: Ondrej Balvin (215-C-92) Czech Republic
Best Coach: Jan Ulrych Czech Republic

1st Team
G: Villematti Kopio (182-92) Finland
G: Bar Timor (192-92) Israel
F: Radosav Spasojevic (204-92) Montenegro
F: Janari Joesaar (197-93) Estonia
C: Ondrej Balvin (215-92) Czech Republic

2nd Team
G/F: Vitali Liutych (198-92) Belarus
G/F: Rannar Raap (188-92) Estonia
F: Nemanja Djurisic (202-92) Montenegro
F: Martin Kriz (200-93) Czech Republic
C: Alasdair Fraser (201-92)

3rd Team
G: Devon Van Oostrum (190-93)
F: Jaromir Bohacik (198-92) Czech Republic
F/G: Osku Heinonen (194-92) Finland
F: Kevin Larsen (204-93) Denmark
F: Mirza Bulic (204-92) Bosnia

Honorable Mention
Guy Lavie (187-G-92) Israel
Henadziy Zakhar (198-F-92) Belarus
Yauheni Suhaniaka (200-F-92) Belarus
Daniel Friedrich (180-G-92) Austria
Laszlo Dobos (216-C-93) Hungary
Alex Laurent (195-C-93) Luxembourg
Boris Bojanovsky (215-C-93)
Rafael Wildner (204-F/C-92)




Eurobaske.com All-European Championships U18 Awards 2010 - by Kasia
Eurobasket.com All-Tournament 1st Team
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Jonas Valanciunas
Valanciunas
Dmitry Kulagin
Kulagin
Bogdan Bogdanovic
Bogdanovic
Deividas Pukis
Pukis
Davis Bertans
Bertans
#e#5

MVP: Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) Lithuania
Best Guard: Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) Russia
Best Forward: Davis Bertans (200-F-92) Latvia
Best Center: Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) Lithuania
Best Defensive Player: Olexiy Len (210-C-93) Ukraine
Best Coach: Kazys Maskvytis Lithuania

1st Team
G: Dmitry Kulagin (195-92) Russia
G: Bogdan Bogdanovic (197-92) Serbia
G/F: Deividas Pukis (193-92) Lithuania
F: Davis Bertans (200-92) Latvia
C: Jonas Valanciunas (210-92) Lithuania

2nd Team
G/F: Alessandro Gentile (198-92) Italy
F: Vladislav Trushkin (200-93) Russia
F: Nikola Siladi (206-92) Serbia
C: Olexiy Len (210-93) Ukraine
C: Rudy Gobert (212-92) France

3rd Team
G: Jonathan Person (190-93) Sweden
F: Zygimantas Skucas (200-92) Lithuania
F: Sergey Karasev (200-93) Russia
F: Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-92) Greece
C: Alen Omic (213-92) Slovenia

Honorable Mention
Edmunds Dukulis (201-C-92) Latvia
Dario Saric (204-F/C-93) Croatia
Toni Katic (185-G-92) Croatia
Tomasz Gielo (204-F-93) Poland
Marko Pajic (204-F-92) Slovenia
Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) Germany
Dmytro Marchenko (202-F-92) Ukraine
Hristo Gospodinov (199-F-92) Bulgaria




Standings Division A
Standings
Group E
1. Lithuania5-0
2. Latvia3-2
3. Poland2-3
4. France2-3
5. Spain2-3
6. Slovenia1-4
Group F
1. Russia4-1
2. Serbia3-2
3. Croatia3-2
4. Greece3-2
5. Italy1-4
6. Turkey1-4
Group G (Classif.)
1. Germany5-1
2. Ukraine4-2
3. Sweden2-4
4. Bulgaria1-5


Stats Leader
Points Per Game
 Alasdair FRASER
  (201-C-92)
  Avg: 20.6
 1. Fraser, SCO20.6 
 2. Liutych, BLR19.5 
 3. Sanadze, GEO18.7 
 4. Spasojevic, MNT17.9 
 5. Laurent, LUX16.6 
 6. Larsen, DEN16.4 
 7. Novas, AUT15.8 
 8. Benzon, DEN15.3 
 9. Djurisic, MNT14.3 
 10. Bulic, BIH14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ondrej BALVIN
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 11
 1. Balvin, CZE11.0 
 2. Rados, AUT10.3 
 3. Suhaniaka, BLR9.9 
 4. Fraser, SCO9.6 
 5. Zakhar, BLR9.1 
 6. Liutych, BLR8.5 
 7. Laurent, LUX8.5 
 8. Joesaar, EST8.3 
 9. Toth, ROM8.0 
 10. Kriz, CZE7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Bar TIMOR
  (192-G-92)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Timor, ISR5.8 
 2. Van Oostrum, ENG5.1 
 3. Maksimovic, BIH4.4 
 4. Bunyan, SCO4.4 
 5. Tetelashvili, GEO4.1 
 6. Lavie, ISR3.9 
 7. Vancura, AUT3.9 
 8. Kysela, SVK3.7 
 9. Parlog, ROM3.6 
 10. Dossing, DEN3.6 
Steals Per Game
 Taulant MURATI
  SCO
  (180-G-92)
  Avg: 3.1
 1. Murati, SUI3.1 
 2. Lavie, ISR2.9 
 3. Sanadze, GEO2.6 
 4. Savoy, SUI2.5 
 5. Timor, ISR2.5 
 6. Raap, EST2.4 
 7. Papruha, BLR2.2 
 8. Bulic, BIH2.1 
 9. Cristiean, ROM2.1 
 10. Hot, MNT2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Ondrej BALVIN
  (215-C-92)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Balvin, CZE2.9 
 2. Bojanovsky, SVK2.4 
 3. Toth, ROM2.3 
 4. Dobos, HUN2.3 
 5. Zakhar, BLR2.1 
 6. Eleraky, DEN1.7 
 7. Mumladze, GEO1.6 
 8. Nzege, SUI1.5 
 9. Laurent, LUX1.4 
 10. Olah, ROM1.4 


Stats Leaders Div. A
Points Per Game
 Alessandro GENTILE
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 23
 1. Gentile, ITA23.0 
 2. Valanciunas, LTU19.4 
 3. Chrysikopoul., GRE17.0 
 4. Len, UKR16.0 
 5. Pukis, LTU15.8 
 6. Ceron, ITA14.8 
 7. Bertans, LAT14.8 
 8. Artamonov, UKR14.7 
 9. Omic, SLO14.3 
 10. Ponitka, POL13.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Valanciunas, LTU13.4 
 2. Len, UKR11.4 
 3. Pajic, SLO10.0 
 4. Gospodinov, BUL9.0 
 5. Gobert, FRA9.0 
 6. Neumann, GER8.4 
 7. Dukulis, LAT8.4 
 8. Chrysikopoul., GRE8.0 
 9. Omic, SLO7.9 
 10. Bertans, LAT7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Vytenis CIZAUSKAS
  (189-G-92)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Cizauskas, LTU5.7 
 2. Varnakov, RUS5.3 
 3. Artamonov, UKR5.1 
 4. Person, SWE4.3 
 5. Kulagin, RUS4.2 
 6. Katic, CRO4.1 
 7. Dafinov, BUL4.1 
 8. Rupnik, SLO4.0 
 9. Vecvagars, LAT4.0 
 10. Kwiatkowski, POL3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Dmitry KULAGIN
  (195-G-92)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Kulagin, RUS2.6 
 2. Varnakov, RUS2.1 
 3. Marchenko, UKR2.0 
 4. Trushkin, RUS2.0 
 5. Rupnik, SLO2.0 
 6. Vujosevic, SRB1.9 
 7. Leon, FRA1.9 
 8. Heckmann, GER1.9 
 9. Gentile, ITA1.8 
 10. Timma, LAT1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Olexiy LEN
  (210-C-93)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Len, UKR4.3 
 2. Chrysikopoul., GRE2.7 
 3. Valanciunas, LTU2.7 
 4. Gobert, FRA1.7 
 5. Bertans, LAT1.6 
 6. Neumann, GER1.4 
 7. Bobrov, UKR1.4 
 8. Trushkin, RUS1.2 
 9. Najev, CRO1.2 
 10. Niedzwiedzki, POL1.2 


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  FINLAND   


Czech Republic triumphs in Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U18 - Finland U18 78:46
Czech Republic clinched the title at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They wrapped up their campaign in Israel in style rallying past Finland in the championship game. Both teams entered the game with the main task solved. They both won Division A promotion and now looked to crown the success. But it turned out Czech Republic saved more energy for this one. Czech Republic opened the game with nine points in a row to set the tone. Finland cut the deficit but still trailed by four points 8:12 at the first break. Markus Molenius (203-F-92) helped Finland draw things level at 14 early in the second stanza. Czech Republic regained control with a 7:0 run late in the half. They ensured a 32:25 lead at the interval. The teams kept scoreless for two minutes at the start of the third term before Ondrej Balvin (215-C-92) and Tomas Vyoral (190-G-92) notched five points in a row. Tomas Vyoral and Jaromir Bohacik (198-F-92) followed with back-to-back three-pointers as Czech Republic gained a 42:28 lead midway through the third quarter. Czech Repubic cruised freely as they accumulated a massive 58:33 lead with ten minutes to go. They opened the fourth frame with seven consecutive points and did not look back en route to an impressive victory at the end.
Ondrej Balvin had 16 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. Jaromir Bohacik finished with 14 points, while Tomas Vyoral added 13 points for the winners. Villematti Kopio (182-G-92) and Markus Molenius replied with 10 points each for Finland. Joel Heinikoski (185-G/F-92) delivered 7 points in the losing case.

Czech Republic U18: Ondrej Balvin 16+15 boards, Jaromir Bohacik 14, Tomas Vyoral 13
Finland U18: Villematti Kopio 10, Markus Molenius 10



Lithuania topple Finland in Siauliai - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Finland 91:59
Lithuania knocked down Finland in the exhibition encounter in Siauliai. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) scored 19 points to lead the hosts to a comfortable victory.
Lithuania stormed into the game. The hosts poured in 28 points in the opening frame to accumulate a 12-point lead. Finland matched the tempo in the second quarter. The teams traded baskets throughout the period. Lithuania arrived at halftime break up by 13 points 51:38. The third period saw Lithuania consolidate the lead. They fired 30 points in the frame and cleared off to a massive 29-point distance at the final intermission. Finland could not recover as they scored just 7 points in the final period. Lithuania coasted to the victory at the end.
Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) produced 18 points for the winners. Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) provided 17 points for Lithuania. Finland replied with 9 points from Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). Petri Virtanen (183-G-80), Hanno Mottola (209-F/C-76, college: Utah) and Gerald Lee (208-F-87) accounted for 8 points each in the loss.

Lithuania: Martynas Gecevicius 19, Renaldas Seibutis 18, Simas Jasaitis 17
Finland: Kimmo Muurinen 9, Petri Virtanen 8, Hanno Mottola 8, Gerald Lee 8



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  FRANCE   


SLUC Nancy adds Kenny Grant - by Eurobasket News
SLUC Nancy added another player for the next season. They signed 1+1 year deal with the Swedish guard Kenneth Grant (188-G-82, college: Davidson). The 28-year-old player is coming to France from the Norrkoping Dolphins. They had wonderful last season winning the Challenge Cup (Baltic league). Grant helped his team with 10.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 5.6 apg for 13 games. He ended this championship as third best assistant. In Sweden, the Dolphins were regular season champions with 34-6 record and later managed to win the title by beating Plannja Basket with almost perfect 4-1 in the series. Grant collected 10.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 5.8 apg and 2 spg for 36 games in Sweden. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Domestic Player of the Year.
Kenneth Grant joined the Dolphins during the summer 2008. Before that, he played for Atlas Stal Ostrow and Gaz Metan Medias. Grant already has experience from France, as he played for Nantes on season 2006/07. That was his first year as a pro after the graduated at the Davidson University in 2006. With Nantes, Grant averaged 7.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists for 33 games in Pro B.


France claimed 7th place in Vilnius, Greece is 8th - by Eurobasket News
Greece U18-France U18 75:77

France claimed 7th place in Vilnius, Greece is 8th due to the last game for both teams at the U18 European Championship. France won 77:75 due to the run in the last 4 minutes.
Psaropoulos and Naurais were the first players to score for the squads in the opening tip. Spyridon Motsenigos (194-G/F-92) and Valentin Bigote (197-F-92) later nailed three each for 17:15 at the end of the first. Hugo Invernizzi (196-F/G-93) scored two from the perimeter for 29:24 and Valentin Bigote gave France 39:30. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-F-92) with a jump shot closed the second frame at 36:43. The third quarter belonged to Greece that made a huge comeback. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos firts tied the game at 54:54, while Mavrogiannis gave Greece 59:58 at the end of thirty minutes. Antonakis increased to 65:59 and Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos scored two more for 8-point deficit with 6 minutes to play. Keita tied it all at 67:67, while Rudy Gobert (212-C-92) brought 75:69 for France that used a 16-2 run for the lead. Keita gave the winners the last points and Spyridon Motsenigos reduced to two points with the buzzer.
Hugo Invernizzi paced all the winners with 17 points. Rudy Gobert collected 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Valentin Bigote chipped in 10. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos finished the night with 26 points in the losing effort and Spyridon Motsenigos poured in 17.

Greece U18: Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos 26, Spyridon Motsenigos 17
France U18: Hugo Invernizzi 17, Rudy Gobert 14+12 rebs, Valentin Bigote 10




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  GERMANY   


Germany trailed in the majority of the game to Bulgaria however won their last game in Vilnius - by Eurobasket News
Germany U18-Bulgaria U18 72:67
Germany trailed in the majority of the game to Bulgaria however won their last game 72:67. The German side will remain in Division A of the U18 European Championship for the next year, while Bulgaria will have to start from Division B.
Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) drove a lay-up at the very beginning and as it became clear it was the only lead in the first half for Germany. Bulgaria started to play their best and won the opening quarter 26:15. Simeonov scored for 29:18 and Dimitrov made a jump shot for 34:23. Germany managed to reduce a bit, while Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) sent the teams to the lockers for 42:34. It seemed that Germany would prove their ambitions in the third quarter when Breunig scored for 45:39. Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) and Francis nailed from the perimeter each for 56:45 advantage. Dafinov closed the frame with a jump shot for 58:45, while Pavlin Ivanov opened the last quarter for 60:45. A 10-0 run pulled Germany back to 60:55 and Philipp Neumann tied it alter at 65:65. Wendt and later Patrick Heckmann (196-G/F-92) scored for 70:67 and remained Bulgaria scoreless in the last two minutes. The German side increased the win to 5 points as Philipp Neumann was perfect from the free throw line to celebrated the final victory with the winners.
Patrick Heckmann paced all the winners with 13 points and 11 rebounds for 5-1 record. Falko Theilig (180-G-92) nailed 12, while Philipp Neumann collected 12 points and 11 rebounds. Tencho Tenchev ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Pavlin Ivanov added 17.

Germany U18: Patrick Heckmann 13+11 rebs, Falko Theilig 12, Philipp Neumann 12+11 rebs
Bulgaria U18: Tencho Tenchev 23, Pavlin Ivanov 17


Theodis Tarver Remains With The Saar Pfaltz Braves And Thomas Wodny Joins - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Saar Pfaltz Braves have resigned Theodis Tarver (206-F/C-84, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: Georgia Tech) for the upcoming season. Last season, he played 29 games averaging 3.7ppg, 2.3rpg in 10 minutes playing time. Tarver is a 26 year old 206 cm power forward from Monroe, Louisana that is a powerful center who is an outstanding shot blocker and an excellent post defender and despite his low stats is an importnat part of the team. 'Theo did a great job helping the team get better on and off the court last season. He had a big part in many victories through his positive personality not only what he did on the court. This is a very seldon quality that players have. So I am very happy that he will return', stated Stephan Cramer. 'The whole Braves family is happy that Theo is returning and he is the missing piece to the puzzle for the 2010-2011 season', stressed Braves manager Stephan Seile .
Tarver played at Georgia Tech from 2002-2006 and in his senior year played 27 games: 3.1ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.3bpg. He came to Germany in the 2006-2007 season and played for Bremen Roosters (Germany-2.Bundesliga): 30 games: 15.7ppg, 7.1rpg, 1.6apg, 1.6spg, Blocks-3 (2.4bpg), 2FGP: 57.4%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 61.1%. In the 2007-2008 season, he played for BG Karlsruhe (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 26 games: 8.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.3bpg, 2FGP: 49.4%, FT: 51.2%. In the 2008-2009 season, he played for two PRO A teams and in Chille for Cuxhaven BasCats (Germany-ProA, starting five): 3 games: 3.0ppg, 1.7rpg, later that month moved to LTi Lich (Germany-ProA, starting five): 20 games: 11.7ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 55.2%, 3PT: 16.7%, FT: 70.2% 2009: CD Universidad Catolica de Santiago (Chile-DIMAYOR, starting five): Clausura League: 8 games: 9.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.5spg, 2FGP: 25.6%, FT: 61.5%, left in August: 8games: 9.3ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.5spg, 1.5bpg.
The team also announced teh signing of Thomas Wodny. Wogny played for the P4two Ballers Osnabrueck in teh Regionaliga the last five seasons.


Source: www.k-city-ballers.de




Zachery Peacock Joins The Giessen 46ers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Giessen 46ers have found some strength in the front court by signing Zachery Peacock (203-F-87) for the 2010-2011 BEKO BBL season. Peacocok is a 22 year old 203cm power forwad from Miami Florida. He will be a rookie this season and just completed four years at Georgia Tech. In his senior year, he played 35 games averaging 8.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.0apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 37.3%, FT: 79.1%. At Georgia Tech, he played together with Derrick Favors and Gani Lawai at the big position and was able to learn from both guys as both were drafted by the NBA. Peacock averaged 22 minutes per game at Georgia Tech and recently played two games for The Miami Heat summer league team and had seven points in 12 minutes of work against The Detroit Pistons. Giessen 46er head coach Vladi Bogojevic is certain that Peacocok is at the start of a big basketball career. 'Getting Zack at position four was our biggest priority. He was at a big college and we are happy that he decided to come to Giessen. He can do very much for a big man. For us it was important to get a player that can show all his qualities under the basket, but also can bring some danger from outside. He is big, but can move as well. He can attack face up or with his back to the hoop. He has a good mid distance jumper and is a good free throw shooter', stated Vladi Bogjevic.


Source: www.giessen-46ers.de

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Germany coast past Belgium at the start of Nations Cup tournament - by Eurobasket News
Germany - Belgium 76:58
Germany got to the winning start of the international Nations Cup tournament in Leiden, Netherlands. They held off Belgium for 1-0 record. Germany will next face Netherlands, while Belgium will take on Sweden.
Germany and Belgium traded baskets throughout high-flying first quarter. Germany were able to eke out a 27:25 advantage ten minutes into the encounter. Belguim bounce back in the second frame. They erased the deficit for teams to go into the dressing rooms tied at 40. Germany cleared off at the start of the third term to lead by 8 points. Later they went on a 13:4 run to take a 17-point lead into the fourth stanza. The gap grew at 19-point mark early in the fourth period. Germany stayed calm and solid and never looked back en route to the win.
Lucca Staiger (196-G-88, college: Iowa St.) and Tim Ohlbrecht (211-C/F-88) came up with 11 points each to lead Germany. Christopher McNaughton (211-C-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Bucknell) notched 10 points in the victory. Marcus Faison (196-G-78, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Siena) answered with 13 points for Belgium. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) finished with 10 points in defeat.

Germany: Lucca Staiger 11, Tim Ohlbrecht 11, Christopher McNaughton 10
Belgium: Marcus Faison 13, Christophe Beghin 10



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  GREECE   


Transfer news from lower divisions - by Chris Mammides
Stergios Koufos is the new head coach of A.G.O Rethymno Aegean
Ljubo Jovanovic (206-C-87) agreed terms with KAO Dramas for one seazon
Nikos Pettas (195-G-81) agreed to continue his career in AEP Olimpiada Patron for another one season
Thanasis Straganiotis (180-G-83) and Giorgos Stamatis (199-F-80) agreed terms with Panerythraikos AS
Iasonas Somos (197-F-94) agreed terms with Aiolos Trikallon
Komotini agreed financial terms with the following three players:
Jovan Mikic (196-F-88) who was playing in Eleftheroupoli Kavalas and in the past played for two years in Komotini. Theodoros Staboulis (192-F-88) ex player of Tavros and previously in Komotini.
A.S. Leonidiou agreed financial terms with Giorgos Melas (204-F-82), Nikos Kritsalos (192-G-77) and Apost Koutroulias (206-C-76), Head Coach Harris Koulouriotis is creating a very strong team to be a protagonist in the third division.
The newcomers Aetos Kilkis, agreed financial terms with Vassilis Giahanatzis (195-F-90), renewed Antreas Giahanatzis (194-G-87) and signed Dimitris Vogiatzis (195-G-88) ex player of Niki Volou.
Titanes Dramas, another newcomer team in the division agreed financial terms with Nikos Vogiatzakis (188-G-85), Giorgos Moukas from PAOK junior team, Nikos Vogiatzakis (188-G-85) a small forward who played in Eleftheroupoli and renewed Lazaros Melisaridis (190-G-81), Vitalis Papadopoulos (195-F-87) and Giannis Tasoudis (189-G-80).
AGEH Gymnastikos Halkidonas agreed terms with Petros Mantsos (197-F-83)
Tryfonas Gioudas (190-G-81) agreed terms with Foinikas Larissa



Two rookies in Greece!! - by Chris Mammides
Two rookies from the NCAA and from very good colleges have been slected by Coaches Giannis Sferopoulos and Aris Likogiannis respectively.
VAP Kolossos Rodou and Head Coach Giannis Sferopoulos agreed financial terms with the American forward Jamine Peterson (198-F-88) who ended his college career with really amazing stats as he had 20ppg and 10rpg.
On the other hand, Ikaros Neas Smyrnis after Giannis Kalambokis (195-G-78) added another weapon in its roster, the American forward Deon Thompson (203-F-88) is the new player and the first foreigner for the Nea Smyrni team. Deon ended his college career as a champion with 13ppg and 7rpg in a really great seazon.
Eurobasket.com wishes all the best to both the teams and their new players...


France claimed 7th place in Vilnius, Greece is 8th - by Eurobasket News
Greece U18-France U18 75:77

France claimed 7th place in Vilnius, Greece is 8th due to the last game for both teams at the U18 European Championship. France won 77:75 due to the run in the last 4 minutes.
Psaropoulos and Naurais were the first players to score for the squads in the opening tip. Spyridon Motsenigos (194-G/F-92) and Valentin Bigote (197-F-92) later nailed three each for 17:15 at the end of the first. Hugo Invernizzi (196-F/G-93) scored two from the perimeter for 29:24 and Valentin Bigote gave France 39:30. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-F-92) with a jump shot closed the second frame at 36:43. The third quarter belonged to Greece that made a huge comeback. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos firts tied the game at 54:54, while Mavrogiannis gave Greece 59:58 at the end of thirty minutes. Antonakis increased to 65:59 and Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos scored two more for 8-point deficit with 6 minutes to play. Keita tied it all at 67:67, while Rudy Gobert (212-C-92) brought 75:69 for France that used a 16-2 run for the lead. Keita gave the winners the last points and Spyridon Motsenigos reduced to two points with the buzzer.
Hugo Invernizzi paced all the winners with 17 points. Rudy Gobert collected 14 points and 12 rebounds, while Valentin Bigote chipped in 10. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos finished the night with 26 points in the losing effort and Spyridon Motsenigos poured in 17.

Greece U18: Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos 26, Spyridon Motsenigos 17
France U18: Hugo Invernizzi 17, Rudy Gobert 14+12 rebs, Valentin Bigote 10




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  HOLLAND   


Switzerland overcome Netherlands, clinch 11th spot in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland U18 - Netherlands U18 59:53
Switzerland claimed the 11th overall position at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They held off Netherlands on the final day of the tournament in Israel. Taulant Murati (180-G-92) scored 10 points to pace well-balanced effort from the Swiss team.
The teams kept it close at the start of the game. But Switzerland capped the period on a 7:0 rally to establish a 19:12 lead. Koludrovic opened a double-digit advantage for Switzerland early in the second frame. Switzerland maintained the lead and posted a 34:22 advantage at halftime. Netherlands tipped off the second half with 7 straight points to pull closer. The Swiss stayed in charge and recorded a 45:38 lead with ten minutes to go. Scheltes poured in six points in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter to drag Netherlands within two 48:50. However Taulant Murati replied with four consecutive points, while Evrard Atcho (207-F/C-92) added three more as Switzerland ran away for good in this one.
Marko Mladjan (204-F-93) and Brian Savoy (191-G-92) provided 9 points each for the winners. Milos Bozovic (202-F-92) and Evrard Atcho had 7 points apiece for Switzerland. Sven Burger (193-G/F-92) answered with 13 points for Netherlands. Yannick Van Der Ark (187-F-93) accounted for 9 points and 7 caroms in the loss.

Switzerland U18: Taulant Murati 10, Marko Mladjan 9, Brian Savoy 9
Netherlands U18: Sven Burger 13, Yannick Van Der Ark 9



Sweden edge Netherlands in Leiden - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands - Sweden 68:80
Sweden opened the international Nations Cup tournament in Leiden with victory. They bruised hosting Netherlands. Martin Pahlmblad (193-G-86) scored 16 points to pace the Scandinavian team.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 21:21 ten minutes into the game. Netherlands stepped on the gas in the second frame. They were able to clear off to a 4-point advantage at halftime 46:42. But Sweden turned things around in the second half. They outgunned the home team 23:12 in the third period to surge in front. Sweden entered the fourth quarter up by 7 points. The visitors held Netherlands to only 10 points in the fourth quarter and rolled to the win at the end.
Martin Ringstrom (206-F-81, agency: Rasmussen Services) provided 15 points for Sweden. Anton Saks (200-G-89) finished with 12 points in the victory. Henk Norel (212-F/C-87) replied with 24 points and 9 rebounds for Netherlands.




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  HUNGARY   


Hungary take 13th place in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U18 - Scotland U18 84:55
Hungary occupied the 13th overall position at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They held off Scotland on the final day of the tournament. Bence Delity (193-G/F-92) notched 23 points to lead the winners.
Bence Delity proved the difference in the starting quarter. He knocked down 11 points, while Bence Narai (206-F/C-92) added 10 as Hungary won the frame 27:19. Hungary quickly opened a double-digit lead early in the second frame. Bence Delity and Balazs Kerpel-Fronius (193-G/F-92) soon accumulated a 20-point advantage for Hungary. Balazs Kerpel-Fronius crowned the first half with a three-pointer to ensure an 18-point lead for Hungary 48:30. Bence Narai and Bodor tipped off the second half with four points in a row to keep rolling. Hungary eased to a 69:41 lead with ten minutes to go. Scotland never recovered in the fourth stanza and had to surrender at the end.
Bence Narai tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds for Hungary. Balazs Kerpel-Fronius added 10 points in the victory. Alasdair Fraser (201-C-92) answered with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Scotland. Jonathan Bunyan (182-G-92) had 12 points in the loss.

Hungary U18: Bence Delity 23, Bence Narai 16+10 boards, Balazs Kerpel-Fronius 10
Scotland U18: Alasdair Fraser 17, Jonathan Bunyan 12



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  IRAN   


Second Win on Iran Led China to Third Place - by Eurobasket News
China finished third at the Stankovic Continental Cup 2010 on August 1, the final day of Sankovic Continental Cup. Iran was down 76-58.
China Was Overwhelmed
Yi Jianlian mounted a rally in the opening minutes but was downplayed by strengthened defense of Iran. However, China drew fouls, starting the game with a 5-0 lead. Both sides suffered a cold spell in this stage. Iran later finished its scoring drought, 5-3, with 6 minutes and 15 seconds left, but was caught in foul troubles. Collecting free throws in a row, Su Wei came to the fore as Yi Jianlian was kept in check. Iran succeeded in a rally after China made substitution, pulling away for a 21-10 lead. China was down, 23-13, at the end of the first quarter, making only 4 of 15 shooting attempts.
Yi Jianlian Spearheaded in A Losing Quarter
As the second quarter started, Guo Ailun (193-G-93) and Yi Jianlian came back to court. China was lifted by their momentum, but was undermined by turnovers. Robert Donewald, head coach of China, changed to spread wealth on inside presence. Yin Jianlian got a scoring punch, trimming the deficit to a single digit. However, Iran kept dominating the game and capitalized on a turnover of Guo Ailun to surge to a fast break rally. Iran saw off China 37-27 by halftime.
Yi Jianlian Showcased His Depth
China came back to the second half with starting lineup. Iran fouled Su Wei first, but was avenged with three-point play. Trailing 9 points, China kept lost in shooing woes, making 11 of 31 attempts. Yi Jianlian made his present felt by playing a pair of three-point plays, surviving China from a fading success. Later China mounted a decisive 8-0 run, edging in 41-38. The game tied the score 43 thanks to two free throws of Sun Yue. Iran surrendered its lead after a free throw of Wang ShiPeng (197-F/G-83). China fired away then, dispatching Iran 54-47.
Scoring Punch of China Routed Iran

China staged a superb fourth quarter turnaround by staggering Iran with a double digital lead by a three-pointer barrage of Wang ShiPeng and Zhou Peng. Wang zhizhi and Yijianlian teamed up together before Iran played full court press. However, poor pass and cut downplayed the last rally of Iran while China clicked to the great effect. China cruised to a 76-58 win over Iran, finishing third at the Stankovic Continental Cup 2010.
Courtesy of: http://bscup.tom.com


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  ISRAEL   


Montenegro earn Bronze in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U18 - Israel U18 75:60
Montenegro stepped on the pedestal at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They beat Israel in the consolation final tonight to earn the Bronze. Israel finished in the fourth position. Radosav Spasojevic (204-F-92) stepped up with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the winners.
Israel used a 10:0 run midway through the starting quarter to surge in front. They maintained the advantage and posted a 15:13 lead at the first break. However Nemanja Djurisic (202-F-92) and Radosav Spasojevic quickly gave the lead to Montenegro in the second frame. The teams traded baskets throughout the quarter as the Balkan side earned a 34:33 advantage at halftime. Israel surged back in front in the third term but not for too long. Montenegro regained control and entered the fourth stanza up by three points 53:50. Stefan Djordan (185-G-92) opened the final frame with a treble to ignite a 16:0 run from Montenegro. They took over and cruised to the win at the end.
Nemanja Djurisic finished with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Montenegro. Stefan Djordan notched 13 points in the win. Bar Timor (192-G-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) responded with 16 points for Israel. Ram Elias-Pour (208-C-93) had 10 points in defeat.

Montenegro U18: Radosav Spasojevic 22, Nemanja Djurisic 20, Stefan Djordan 13
Israel U18: Bar Timor 16, Ram Elias-Pour 10



Israeli Basketball Summer League - by David Pick
Israeli Summer League Hoops is back in business. Tonight (August 1st) the Israeli basketball league will host its first summer league program in 20 years. The games will take place this Sunday through Thursday in the 'Maccabi House' arena in Rishon LeZion, Israel. Amit Tamir (210-C-79, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: California) who is a former Israeli champion with Hapoel Holon spoke today with Eurobasket: 'It is a great opportunity for us to show what we have. Israelis love to play basketball whenever, wherever and it is going to be fun'. Tamir will also play with his younger brother on the same team, Daniel Tamir (206-C-91) for the first time: 'It is going to be great. We usually play against each other. I will help him, push him and drive him'.
Other Israeli superstars who will play in the Summer League are 'Israeli player of the decade' Meir Tapiro (194-G-75, agency: Avi Zilberman), Moran Roth (184-G-82), Avi Ben-Chimol (194-G-84) as well as American Jermaine Hall (196-F-80, college: Wagner) and many more.



Lee Nailon is back in Israel!!!! - by David Pick
Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon announced this evening (Sunday) on the signing of a power forward, Lee Nailon (204-F-75, college: TCU), for the upcoming season. Nailon played for Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon in the 2006-07 season, and lead the team alone to the Israeli Final4 and the Israeli cup finals while beating Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv in the semi finals. Nailon finished the 06/07 season averaging 20.3 points and 5.6 rebounds per game as well as being named MVP of the season. Nailon returns to Israel after spending the last two years playing in Porto Ricko.

'I am very happy to return to what I consider as my second, Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon' said Lee Nailon (204-F-75, college: TCU) after signing. 'Three years ago, we missed our goals which were to win the Cup and championship. Now once again, our goals remain the same. I look forward to playing under coach Dan Shamir , someone I have great respect for. Above all I appreciate the board members in the Sharon and owner Lenny Recanati who still believes in me. I intend to repay them for this confidence on the court. '



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  ITALY   


Enel Brindisi takes Eric Williams - by Eurobasket News
Enel Brindisi announced signing of Eric Williams (206-C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) to a one-year deal. With this move the SerieA newcomer once again confirmed their big ambitions for the next season.
Eric Williams arrives to Brindisi from Scavolini Spar Pesaro. He played 25 games in SerieA last season collecting 13.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg and 2 spg. Williams ended the championship as fifth best rebounder and was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention. He also appeared in 15 EuroChallenge games adding 11.9 ppg and 5.7 rpg. Scavolini reached the Semifinals.
Before Scavolini, Eric Williams played two years for Air Avelino. In 2008/09, he helped them with 8 ppg, 4.7 rpg and 1.9 spg for 25 SerieA games. The team also competed in Euroleague, where Williams had better numbers: 9.9 ppg and 5.1 rpg. In his first season with Air Avelino, Williams collected 12.8 ppg and 8.1 rpg in Italy. They reached Playoff Semifinals. Williams also played for Cantu in the past.
Eric Williams is a product of the Wake Forest University, where he graduated in 2006. In his senior season Williams registered 16.3 ppg and 8.9 rpg in 34 games.


Armani Jeans Milano inks Gabriele Ganeto - by Eurobasket News
Armani Jeans Milano continues with signings this summer. The team inked a multi-year deal with Italian player Gabriele Ganeto (200-G/F-87). The 23-year-old forward is coming to Milano from MiroRadici Finance Vigevano, where he spent last two seasons. In 2009/10, Ganeto appeared 30 times in LegaDue registering 11.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.8 spg. In his first season with the club Ganeto collected 9.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 1.7 spg for 17 games. At that time Vigevano competed in A Dilettanti and he helped them to win the promotion to LegaDue.
Before Vigevano, Gabriele Ganeto spent one season with Aironi Castelletto Ticino. He already has SerieA experience as a member of Angelico Biella. He had limited playing time with Biella from 2005 to 2007 and was forced to move to Junior Casale Monferrato in LegaDue.
Gabriele Ganeto was a member of U16, U18 and U20 Italy. He also played for the Italian University National Team last summer.
Armani Jeans Milano finished regular season as No.3 in Italy with 17-11 record. They managed to reach the Playoff Finals, but Montepaschi was too strong for them (0-4). In Euroleague, they failed to reach the Top16. Armani Jeans Milano already signed Nicolo Melli (205-F-91) and Ibrahim Jaaber (187-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Pennsylvania) for the next season.


Prima Veroli tab Scottie Reynolds - by Eurobasket News
Prima Veroli have agreed on terms of contract with Scottie Reynolds (188-G-87). The deal is meant for one season. It is the first pro contract for Scottie Reynolds. The 22-year-old guard just graduated from Villanova University. He tallied 18.2 points, 3.3 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game for the Wildcast in his senior season. Scottie Reynolds made it into NABC Division I All-America 1st Team in 2010.


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Canada prevail against Ivory Coast in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Canada - Ivory Coast 95:92
Canada Development National Team overcame Ivory Coast in the exhibition clash in Las Palmas De Gran Canaria, Spain. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) knocked down 27 points to lead the effort. Canada will take on mighty Spain on Sunday.
Ivory Coast got the slightly better start to the game. The African powerhouse outscored Canada for 23:20 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Canada recovered in the second stanza. Jevohn Shepherd and Denham Brown (198-F-83, agency: Edge Sports, college: Connecticut) helped Canada account for 31 points as they built a 5-point advantage at halftime. Ivory Coast stepped on the gas in the third term. They outscored Canada 23:13 in the quarter to gain a 5-point lead into the fourth quarter. But the North American team once again found the way out. They poured in 31 points in the last period and escaped with a narrow victory at the end. Denham Brown notched 12 points and 7 assists for Canada. Ryan Wright (206-F-87, college: UCLA) and Brady Heslip (188-G) contributed 10 points each for the winners. Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso) answered with 19 points and 6 rebounds for Ivory Coast. Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) produced 18 points in the loss.

Canada: Jevohn Shepherd 27, Denham Brown 12, Ryan Wright 10, Brady Heslip 10
Ivory Coast: Mohamed Kone 19, Pape-Philippe Amagou 18



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  LATVIA   


The Baltic State grabs Bronze - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U18-Latvia U18 49:75

Latvia grabbed Bronze in the border-country Lithuania at the U18 European Championship at Siemens Arena in Vilnius. In the game for the third place the Baltic state rolled over Serbia 75:49.
Latvia actually responded for a big loss yesterday from Russia. Serbia however started better and finished the opening quarter with 16:14 lead. Arnolds Helmanis (201-F-92) from the perimeter brought the lead back to Latvia and Rostovs gave them 27:24. Rostovs closed the half at 30:28 for the Baltic State. Stefan Petkovic (186-G-92) pulled back Serbia to 31:30 but it was the last lead for his team. With a 12-0 run Latvia reached 50:38 advantage and Misters scored for 52:40. Bogdan Bogdanovic (197-G-92) remained Serbia alive at 55:43 after three quarters. The last quarter however belonged only to one team as Latvia limited Serbia to just 6 points. The winners meanwhile scored 20 for the big win. Kaspars Vecvagars (190-G-93) scored the last points for the winners to taste bronze of the U18 European Championship.
Davis Bertans (200-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 24 points. Kaspars Vecvagars poured in 13, while Arnolds Helmanis scored 10. Bogdan Bogdanovic finished the night with 12 points in the losing effort. Bozo Dumic (208-C-92) and Stefan Petkovic notched 9 apiece as Serbia is 4th at the tournament.

Serbia U18: Bogdan Bogdanovic 12, Bozo Dumic 9, Stefan Petkovic 9
Latvia U18: Davis Bertans 24, Kaspars Vecvagars 13, Arnolds Helmanis 10




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  LITHUANIA   


Sakalai signs Arvydas Gydra and Justas Kaziliunas - by Eurobasket News
Sakalai bolstered their roster with two new players. The Lithuanian outfit signed a two-year deal with Arvydas Gydra (206-F-89) and one-year agreement with Justas Kaziliunas (190-G-84).
Arvydas Gydra is coming to Sakalai from KK Akademija Vilnius. He appeared 33 times in NKL last season averaging 15 points and 7.3 rebounds. He ended the NKL championship as the fourth leading scorer. The 20-year old prospect was named Eurobasket.com All-Lithuanian NKL Center of the Year. Last summer he played for U20 Lithuania at the U20 EuroBasket in Rhodes.
Justas Kaziliunas arrives to Sakalai from Panevezys Techasas. He joined Panevezys in December last year having very limited playing time. The Lithuanian guard started the season with Suduva. With them he averaged 6.2 points and 1.4 rebounds for 5 LKL games. Kaziliunas already was a member of Sakalai and it was on season 2003/04.
Sakalai ended last season as No.9 in Lithuania. They failed to reach the Playoffs.


Rytas Vaisvila is the new Head Coach of Neptunas - by Eurobasket News
Neptunas heads to the upcoming season with the new Head Coach. The team hired Vaisvila Rytas to replace Paulius Juodis. Neptunas finished last season as No.5 with 11-13 record. They were eliminated in the Quarterfinals by Juventus.
Vaisvila Rytas already was Head Coach of Neptunas on season 2008/09. At that time the team also finished regular season on fifth place, but they reached the Semifinals later. Last season Vaisvila Rytas spent in China with Liaoning Panpan Hunters. Actually, he parted ways with the team in February and from that point was on the lookout for the new job. It seems Neptunas was satisfied with Vaisvila two years ago and they decided to hire him once again.
Vaisvila Rytas was a professional player for almost 15 years. He played in Lithuania, Russia, Hungary, Latvia, Finland and Slovakia In 2001, Vaisvila won the Russian title with Ural Great Perm. In 2005, he helped Nitra to win the title in Slovakian championship. A year after that Vaisvila won the Hungarian Cup with Kesckemeti. He was a member of the Lithuanian National Team from 1994 to 1998.


Lithuania topple Finland in Siauliai - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Finland 91:59
Lithuania knocked down Finland in the exhibition encounter in Siauliai. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) scored 19 points to lead the hosts to a comfortable victory.
Lithuania stormed into the game. The hosts poured in 28 points in the opening frame to accumulate a 12-point lead. Finland matched the tempo in the second quarter. The teams traded baskets throughout the period. Lithuania arrived at halftime break up by 13 points 51:38. The third period saw Lithuania consolidate the lead. They fired 30 points in the frame and cleared off to a massive 29-point distance at the final intermission. Finland could not recover as they scored just 7 points in the final period. Lithuania coasted to the victory at the end.
Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) produced 18 points for the winners. Simas Jasaitis (202-F/G-82) provided 17 points for Lithuania. Finland replied with 9 points from Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR). Petri Virtanen (183-G-80), Hanno Mottola (209-F/C-76, college: Utah) and Gerald Lee (208-F-87) accounted for 8 points each in the loss.

Lithuania: Martynas Gecevicius 19, Renaldas Seibutis 18, Simas Jasaitis 17
Finland: Kimmo Muurinen 9, Petri Virtanen 8, Hanno Mottola 8, Gerald Lee 8



Gold for 12000 fans and Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U18-Russia U18 90:61
Siemens Arena was packed with 12000 fans as Lithuania triumphed at U18 European Championship in Vilnius. The home side won all the games and cruised past Russia 90:61 in the Final.
The hosts opened the game with 8-0 run and Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) managed to bring the first points for Russia. The crowd helped Lithuania to take the lead as the hosts never looked behind. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) scored for 20:6 and Deividas Pukis (193-G/F-92) nailed three for 28:9.Jonas Valanciunas made two free throws at the end of the period for 28:9. Lithuania opened the second period with 6:2 lead, but Russia started to play better later in the frame. With 22-18 in it Russia reduced to 46:31 at the halftime. A 7-0 run answered fro all the questions about the winner in the start of the third quarter. Skucas made a jump shot for 53:31 and Jonas Valanciunas gave the hosts 56:36. Sabonis kept the advantage closing the quarter at 63:43. Renaldas Simanavicius (184-G-92) nailed three for 68:48, while Deividas Pukis increased for 81:54. Mockevicius scored the last points of the Champions as Lithuania as a team and as a host did their best at the tournament.
Jonas Valanciunas exploded with 31 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Deividas Pukis nailed 21, while Renaldas Simanavicius poured in 12. Sergey Karasev chipped in 15 points in the losing effort as Russia finished with Silver. Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) netted 13 and Tamirlan Bekkiev (204-F-92) scored 11.

Lithuania U18: Jonas Valanciunas 31+18 rebs, Deividas Pukis 21, Renaldas Simanavicius 12
Russia U18: Sergey Karasev 15, Vladislav Trushkin 13, Tamirlan Bekkiev 11



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Denmark edge Luxembourg to occupy 15th place in Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News
Denmark U18 - Luxembourg U18 92:67
Denmark finished their U18 European Championship in Division B campaign on a high note. They bruised Luxembourg to clinch the 15th position. Kevin Larsen (204-F-93) accounted for 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists to lead Denmark to the victory.
Luxembourg ensured the better start. Steffen and Arendt gave the team a 17:10 lead late in the starting quarter. But Denmark capped the period on a 12:4 rally to spur ahead 22:21. Tim Steffen (192-F-93) unloaded five quick points at the beginning of the second term as Luxembourg returned the lead. Denmark used a 15:3 run to take a 37:29 lead midway through the second quarter. They stayed in charge and ensured a 47:44 advantage at halftime. Denmark opened the second half with nine points in a row to boost the lead. Denmark rallied confidently throughout the quarter and posted a 64:52 advantage at the final intermission. Luxembourg never got closer in the fourth quarter as the Danish team cruised to the victory.
Adam Haddad (196-G/F-92) notched 16 points and 10 boards for Denmark. Niels Andreasen (192-G-92) and Andreas Bigum (203-F-93) added 15 points each for the winning side. Tim Steffen replied with 20 points for Luxembourg. Tom Steffen (187-F-92) had 9 points in the loss.

Denmark U18: Kevin Larsen 18, Adam Haddad 16+10 boards, Niels Andreasen 15, Andreas Bigum 15
Luxembourg U18: Tim Steffen 20, Tom Steffen 9



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  MONTENEGRO   


Montenegro earn Bronze in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U18 - Israel U18 75:60
Montenegro stepped on the pedestal at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They beat Israel in the consolation final tonight to earn the Bronze. Israel finished in the fourth position. Radosav Spasojevic (204-F-92) stepped up with 22 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists to lead the winners.
Israel used a 10:0 run midway through the starting quarter to surge in front. They maintained the advantage and posted a 15:13 lead at the first break. However Nemanja Djurisic (202-F-92) and Radosav Spasojevic quickly gave the lead to Montenegro in the second frame. The teams traded baskets throughout the quarter as the Balkan side earned a 34:33 advantage at halftime. Israel surged back in front in the third term but not for too long. Montenegro regained control and entered the fourth stanza up by three points 53:50. Stefan Djordan (185-G-92) opened the final frame with a treble to ignite a 16:0 run from Montenegro. They took over and cruised to the win at the end.
Nemanja Djurisic finished with 20 points and 8 rebounds for Montenegro. Stefan Djordan notched 13 points in the win. Bar Timor (192-G-92, agency: Avi Zilberman) responded with 16 points for Israel. Ram Elias-Pour (208-C-93) had 10 points in defeat.

Montenegro U18: Radosav Spasojevic 22, Nemanja Djurisic 20, Stefan Djordan 13
Israel U18: Bar Timor 16, Ram Elias-Pour 10



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  NBA   


Wizards re-sign Josh Howard - by Eurobasket News
The Washington Wizards signed free agent forward Josh Howard (6'6''-F-80, college: Wake Forest) to a one-year deal Friday.

Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. However, TNT analyst David Aldridge reported earlier in the week that the deal could pay the veteran up to $4 million if he is able to reach incentive clauses.

The Wizards acquired Howard from Dallas in February as part of a seven-player deal that sent forward Caron Butler to the Mavericks.

He suffered a torn ACL in his left knee a week after he was traded and missed the remainder of the season after playing in only four games for the Wizards.

'We were impressed with Josh's versatility, how well he fit in with our team and his attitude and work ethic both before and after his unfortunate knee injury,' said Wizards president Ernie Grunfeld. 'His experience playing in a winning situation makes him an ideal veteran presence for us as we develop our roster of young talent.'

A product of Wake Forest, Howard averaged 12.7 points and 3.6 rebounds in 35 total games last season for the Mavs and Wizards.

Over his seven-year career, with those two teams, he has posted per game averages of 15.3 points and six boards in 435 contests, 371 as a starter.

Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com




Cavaliers sign Joey Graham - by Eurobasket News
The Cavaliers and small forward Joey Graham (6'7''-G/F-82, college: Oklahoma St.) have agreed to terms on a two-year, $2.1 million contract. The second year of the deal is a team option.

Graham, 6-7, is expected to be a reserve wing defender for the Cavs this season. He averaged 4.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in 54 games with the Denver Nuggets last season.

Graham was a former first round pick of the Toronto Raptors. He is the twin brother of Stephen Graham, who played for the Cavs in 2005-06.

The Cavs signed Graham by using the minimum salary exception and did not use any part of their mid-level exception of $5.7 million.

Courtesy of www.cleveland.com




Thunder waives Kyle Weaver - by Eurobasket News
The Oklahoma City Thunder announced Friday it has waived back-up guard Kyle Weaver (6'6''-G-86, college: Washington St.).

The second-year-player, who missed much of last season with a shoulder injury, averaged three points per game in 12 appearances. He also played in one of Oklahoma City's first-round playoff games against the Los Angeles Lakers, scoring two points and grabbing two rebounds.

As a rookie, Weaver averaged 5.3 points and 1.8 assists per game in 56 games, including 19 starts.

He was drafted by the Charlotte Bobcats out of Washington State with the 38th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft and traded to Oklahoma City for a 2009 second-round pick in August 2008.

Courtesy of www.ktul.com




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  NIGERIA   


ISL, Doregos dominate Southwest Zone-1 tourney - by Olusegun Ikuesan
University of Lagos International School at the weekend won the 4th edition of the Southwest Zone-1 Basketball Championship with a 75-64 points victory over Marella College, Ibadan.

The championship held at the refurbished out-door court of the Liberty stadium, Ibadan was watch by capacity crowd including dignitaries from the three states (Lagos, Ogun and Oyo) that made up the zone and top-shots from neighouring Ekiti and Ondo states.

ISL had taken a 19-10 points lead in the first quarter but the brave Morella boys fought back in the second quarter to win at 26-15 points to take a two points lead into the break (36-34).

The Akoka, Lagos-based school rallied back strongly in the third quarter with a 19-06 points win to reclaim its lead going into the last quarter which both sides shared at 22 points apiece for a cumulative score-line of 75-64 points in favour of the UNILAG International School.

Another Lagos-based school, Doregos Private Academy won in the girls category by 28-26 points over the Marella girls who could not control their emotion as the referees sounded the whistle to signal the end of the exciting game.

Head Coach of ISL, Ijeoma Ernest describe his boys victory as sweet victor. The soft spoken coach went further to give kudos to his players and the players from Morella College for displaying good basketball skill to the delight of the dignitaries that throng out to watch the final.

Coach Ernest says the win has put his players in good stead ahead the grand finale of the Nestle Milo Secondary Championship coming up in Lagos in the last quarter of the year.

Doregos Private Academy finished third in the boys category with a 58-30 points victory over Regal College, Shagamu, Ogun State.

An excited Doregos Private Academy coach, Akinwole Gbemileke describe the feat of his girls as wonderful and hope to build on the achievement.

Coordinator of the Southwest Zone-1 of the National Sports Commission who is the chief organiser of the 3-Day event, Steve Olarinoye congratulated all the schools that participated in the championship.

The NSC big-wig says the mission of the zone is grassroot sports development.

The zonal coordinator call on the three states, schools and sports clubs that are within the zone to take advantage of the refurbished facilities that dotted the Liberty Stadium.

Seven schools from the three states in the zone took part in the 3-Day championship with four in the boys (ISL, Marella, Doregos and Regal) and three in the girls (Doregos, Marella and Regal) categories


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Croatia won the fifth spot with a 92:77 win over Poland - by Eurobasket News
Poland U18-Croatia U18 77:92
Croatia won the fifth spot with a 92:77 win over Poland at the U18 European Championship at Siemens Arena in Vilnius, Lithuania. Both teams also advanced to the U19 Fiba World Championship for the next year.
Croatia and Poland wanted to finish on a high note and managed to solved their goals for the next year. Karnowski and Toni Katic (185-G-92) brought the first points for the winners and the teams exchanged the leads several times. Bartoszewicz closed the first quarter as Croatia however enjoyed 25:21 lead. Roko Rogic (187-G-92) scored the first 6 points in the second frame and Dario Saric (204-F/C-93) made it 33:22. Dario Saric also nailed three later in the period for 46:31, while Marko Ramljak (199-F/G-93) was the last to score in the half for 59:40 as Croatia nailed 34 points in the second frame. Poland paid more attention to defense in the third quarter and limited the winners to 12 points. Boris Barac (204-F-92) closed the third frame at 71:57 as he made two free throws. There was no chance for Poland to catch up with the opponents as Croatia also won the last quarter. Dario Saric scored for 90:72 and Sango posted two fro 92:77 at the final.
Toni Katic shined with 20 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds, while Dario Saric nailed 13. Roko Rogic posted 12, while Boris Barac and Marko Ramljak netted 11 each. Tomasz Gielo (204-F-93) finished the game with 14 points and Grzegorz Grochowski (176-G-93) scored 13.


Poland U18: Tomasz Gielo 14, Grzegorz Grochowski 13
Croatia U18: Toni Katic 20+7 ast+6 rebs, Dario Saric 13, Roko Rogic 12, Boris Barac 11, Marko Ramljak 11




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  ROMANIA   


Levi Levine joins CSS BC Miercurea Ciuc - by Eurobasket
CSS BC Miercurea Ciuc agreed terms with 28-year old American forward Levi Levine (198-F-82, college: Albany). Levine played most recently at CS BC Gladiator Cluj Napoca (Div.B). While playing 29 games for Gladiator CN last season he recorded 17.1ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.4apg and 1.7spg. Levine is a very experienced player. He played also pro basketball in Germany, Ireland and USA.

By Eurobasket Data Center


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  RUSSIA   


Spartak Primorie latest signings - by Eurobasket News
Spartak Primorie Vladivostok singed Evgeni Baburin (195-G-87) and Aleksandr Pavlov (201-F-86, agency: RIZO) for the next season.
Evgeni Baburin started his career in 2003-2004 for NBA N.Novgorod (A Higher League). He stayed with the team until year 2008. In the last season there after 48 games he averaged 6.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.1apg, Steals-2 (2.0spg), 2FGP: 52.7%, 3PT: 37.2%, FT: 75.2%. In 2008-2009 moved to TEMP-SUMZ Revda (B Superleague) and after 54 games showed 11.1ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.1apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 41.1%, 3PT: 36.9%, FT: 64.0%. In 2009-2010 played for TEMP-SUMZ Revda (B Superleague, starting five) and after 48 games improved to 12.1ppg, 2.6rpg, 4apg, 2spg.
Aleksandr Pavlov meanwhile started for BC Khimky-3 Moscow reg. early in 2004 and played also at BC Khimky-2 Moscow reg. (B Superleague). After three seasons there he moved to Spartak St.Petersburg (A Superleague) and debuted in FIBA EuroCup. In 2007 after 6 games his stats read 1.3ppg, 1.3rpg. In Russian League after 13 games he averaged 2.4ppg, 1.7rpg, also played for Spartak-2 SPb. In 2008-2009 signed with Liepajas Lauvas (Latvia-LBL) and in Latvian League after 8 games his stats read 6.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.4apg, FGP: 41.4%, 3PT: 21.4%, FT: 69.6%. In Baltic League (Challenge Cup) after 5 games he averaged 4.2ppg, 2.2rpg, left in December 2008 moved to BC Sojuz Zaretchny (B Superleague, starting five) and after 23 games showed 11.3ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.0apg, 2FGP: 53.4%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 80.9%. Last season the player appeared in TEMP-SUMZ Revda (B Superleague, starting five) and after 39 games averaged 10.2ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.3spg.



Gold for 12000 fans and Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U18-Russia U18 90:61
Siemens Arena was packed with 12000 fans as Lithuania triumphed at U18 European Championship in Vilnius. The home side won all the games and cruised past Russia 90:61 in the Final.
The hosts opened the game with 8-0 run and Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) managed to bring the first points for Russia. The crowd helped Lithuania to take the lead as the hosts never looked behind. Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) scored for 20:6 and Deividas Pukis (193-G/F-92) nailed three for 28:9.Jonas Valanciunas made two free throws at the end of the period for 28:9. Lithuania opened the second period with 6:2 lead, but Russia started to play better later in the frame. With 22-18 in it Russia reduced to 46:31 at the halftime. A 7-0 run answered fro all the questions about the winner in the start of the third quarter. Skucas made a jump shot for 53:31 and Jonas Valanciunas gave the hosts 56:36. Sabonis kept the advantage closing the quarter at 63:43. Renaldas Simanavicius (184-G-92) nailed three for 68:48, while Deividas Pukis increased for 81:54. Mockevicius scored the last points of the Champions as Lithuania as a team and as a host did their best at the tournament.
Jonas Valanciunas exploded with 31 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Deividas Pukis nailed 21, while Renaldas Simanavicius poured in 12. Sergey Karasev chipped in 15 points in the losing effort as Russia finished with Silver. Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) netted 13 and Tamirlan Bekkiev (204-F-92) scored 11.

Lithuania U18: Jonas Valanciunas 31+18 rebs, Deividas Pukis 21, Renaldas Simanavicius 12
Russia U18: Sergey Karasev 15, Vladislav Trushkin 13, Tamirlan Bekkiev 11



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Hungary take 13th place in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U18 - Scotland U18 84:55
Hungary occupied the 13th overall position at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They held off Scotland on the final day of the tournament. Bence Delity (193-G/F-92) notched 23 points to lead the winners.
Bence Delity proved the difference in the starting quarter. He knocked down 11 points, while Bence Narai (206-F/C-92) added 10 as Hungary won the frame 27:19. Hungary quickly opened a double-digit lead early in the second frame. Bence Delity and Balazs Kerpel-Fronius (193-G/F-92) soon accumulated a 20-point advantage for Hungary. Balazs Kerpel-Fronius crowned the first half with a three-pointer to ensure an 18-point lead for Hungary 48:30. Bence Narai and Bodor tipped off the second half with four points in a row to keep rolling. Hungary eased to a 69:41 lead with ten minutes to go. Scotland never recovered in the fourth stanza and had to surrender at the end.
Bence Narai tallied 16 points and 10 rebounds for Hungary. Balazs Kerpel-Fronius added 10 points in the victory. Alasdair Fraser (201-C-92) answered with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists for Scotland. Jonathan Bunyan (182-G-92) had 12 points in the loss.

Hungary U18: Bence Delity 23, Bence Narai 16+10 boards, Balazs Kerpel-Fronius 10
Scotland U18: Alasdair Fraser 17, Jonathan Bunyan 12



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SEBL & WSEBL wrap up regular season, prepare for playoffs... - by SEBL
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Jermaine Spivey
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Darnell Cox
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Darrell Wilkins
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Antone Anderson
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Terrence Hundley
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WSEBL Womens Results on Wednesday July 28, 2010:

SH-Baseline 65 Lady Sparks 48... Airel Anderson downed 20 points, while Porsha Harris contributed 15, as SH-Baseline cruised to an easy victory over the Lady Sparks. Natasha Morris scored 15 for the Sparks.
OBG 54 Dynasty 43... Mandy Anderson had 14 points, while Mattatha Brunson and Lexi Katt each had 12, as OBG was able to hang on for the 11-point win over a competitive Dynasty team. Dynasty got 12 points from Monesha Wilkins and 11 from Tiesha Jackson.


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SEBL A-League North Division Results on Wednesday July 28, 2010:

Rome Go Service 112 BC Howren-1 79... Jermaine Spivey (6'3''-G-72) 29 points paced Rome, as they ran away from a roster depleted BC Howren team. Darnell Cox (6'11''-C-85) also had 26, while Quinton Wood had 18, Mike Dean 15, Fred Christopher 10 and Richard Sullivan 10. For BC Howren, Antone Anderson (6'4''-F-81) had 25, Roman Gilliam 22, Mike Howren 16 and Darrell Wilkins (6'1''-G-84) 14.
Marietta Outlaw 83 Cartersville Baseline 78... Terrence Hundley (6'3''-G-85) posted another 32-point effort and was supported by Tim Williams 18, along with 13 from Courtney George and Jazz Ross. For Baseline, Chris Brown raced for 29 points, as Cornelius Wise contributed nine.

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SEBL Metro A-League South Division Results on Wednesday July 28, 2010:

Tri County 86 Metro Stars 77 (2OT)... The Metro Stars fought valiantly, battling back from a 20-point deficit to actually take a lead late in the contest. Down by 6 with :45 seconds left, Tri-County got two big three pointers to send the game to overtime. The two teams scratched to a second OT, where Tri-Countys composure and experience prevailed. The win ensured Tri-Countys top seed going into the playoffs. The loss entrenched Metro Stars as the #7 South seed.
Reep 3 74 Crusaders 64... Reep was able to hang on for an important win, which allowed them to solidify the #5 South seed going into the tournament. The Crusaders finished winless, thus occupy the #8 seed for the upcoming tourney.
Black Monopoly 82 NC Angels 80... Black Monopoly claimed a narrow victory over the Angels, subsequently locking up the #3 South seed. The Angels, have slipped to the #4 South seed after dropping their final three regular season games.
BC Lakers vs. DOTS... no results

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Playoff Standings and Scenarios

Thurs July 29 SEBL Metro A-League South Division Playoff Matchups:
6:30 - #1 Tri County vs #8 Crusaders
7:30 - #2 Lakers vs #7 Metro Stars
8:30 - #3 Black Monololy vs #6 D.O.T.S
9:30 - #4 Norcross Angels vs #5 Reep 3

Saturday July 31 SEBL Metro A-League North Division Playoff Matchups:
5:00pm WSEBL #4 Lady Sparks vs. WSEBL #1 OBG
6:00pm WSEBL #2 SH-Baseline vs. WSEBL #3 Dynasty
7:00pm N#3 Cartersville-Baseline Warriors vs. N#2 Rome Go Service
8:00pm N#4 BC Howren-1 vs. N#1 Marietta Outlaw




Standings
SEBL Standings
North Div.
 1. Marietta O. 7-0 
 2. RGS 5-2 
 3. Cartersville W. 1-6 
 4. BC Howren-1 1-6 
South Div.
 1. Tri-County 7-1 
 2. BC Lakers 7-1 
 3. Black Monop. 6-2 
 4. Norcross Angels 5-3 
 5. Reep 3 3-5 
 6. D.O.T.S. 2-6 
 7. Metro Stars 1-6 
 8. Crusaders 0-8 


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The Baltic State grabs Bronze - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U18-Latvia U18 49:75

Latvia grabbed Bronze in the border-country Lithuania at the U18 European Championship at Siemens Arena in Vilnius. In the game for the third place the Baltic state rolled over Serbia 75:49.
Latvia actually responded for a big loss yesterday from Russia. Serbia however started better and finished the opening quarter with 16:14 lead. Arnolds Helmanis (201-F-92) from the perimeter brought the lead back to Latvia and Rostovs gave them 27:24. Rostovs closed the half at 30:28 for the Baltic State. Stefan Petkovic (186-G-92) pulled back Serbia to 31:30 but it was the last lead for his team. With a 12-0 run Latvia reached 50:38 advantage and Misters scored for 52:40. Bogdan Bogdanovic (197-G-92) remained Serbia alive at 55:43 after three quarters. The last quarter however belonged only to one team as Latvia limited Serbia to just 6 points. The winners meanwhile scored 20 for the big win. Kaspars Vecvagars (190-G-93) scored the last points for the winners to taste bronze of the U18 European Championship.
Davis Bertans (200-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 24 points. Kaspars Vecvagars poured in 13, while Arnolds Helmanis scored 10. Bogdan Bogdanovic finished the night with 12 points in the losing effort. Bozo Dumic (208-C-92) and Stefan Petkovic notched 9 apiece as Serbia is 4th at the tournament.

Serbia U18: Bogdan Bogdanovic 12, Bozo Dumic 9, Stefan Petkovic 9
Latvia U18: Davis Bertans 24, Kaspars Vecvagars 13, Arnolds Helmanis 10




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Slovenia Reaped Laurel for The Second Time - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia capped Austria 71-60 in the final showdown on August 1st, becoming the champion of Stankovic continental Cup for the second time.
Primoz Brezec scored two points for Slovenia in the opening minutes before Worthington shot behind the arc. Australia then played a 7-2 run. With Samo Udrih (195-G-79) 's impressive performance, Slovenia fought tooth and nail, trimming the deficit to one point. Australia took a modest lead, 16-12 heading into the second quarter.
Australia extended its lead by an early tip-in of Baynes before Goran Dragic (194-G-86, agency: Interperformances) found touch behind the arc. Slovenia outscored later 24-23 in the second quarter thanks to its shooting charge from both inside and outside presence. Australia trailed, 29-27 at the end of the first half.
Two teams ties the score three times in the third quarter before a three-pointer barrage made Slovenia stood out, prevailing 43-34. They poured in 5 points later as Australia managed to catch up. Slovenia bolted to 49-42 at the end of the third quarter.

The final quarter was intense. Baynes made a jump shot before Dragic buried a three-pointer for Australia. Slovenia kept Australia in check, though Australia shot from the field in a row. Austria mounted a rally then, cutting the deficit to 5 points. As Slovenia extended its lead to 65-57, Australia called timeout, which didn't work well. Eventually, Slovenia reaped the final success, outscoring Australia 71-60.
Courtesy of: http://bscup.tom.com


Dragic Honored with MVP, Yi Entered Best Team - by Eurobasket News
Dongfeng Yueda Kia Stankovic Continental Champions Cup successfully ended in Liuzhou, Guangxi Province. Slovenia beat Australia with 71-60 in the final, gaining another championship since 2006. Earlier, China beat Iran to win the third place.
In the awarding ceremony after the match, the best team of this championship came out, which including David Andersen (212-C-80) and Patrick Mills (183-G-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) from Australia, Goran Dragic (194-G-86, agency: Interperformances) and Sani Becirovic (195-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) from Slovenia, and Yi Jianlian (212-C/F-87) from China.
Except for being selected in the best team, Goran Dragic from Slovenia, who is now serving NBA Phoenix Suns, was also honored with MVP due to his outstanding performance.

At last, the coach and players from Slovenia received the trophy and memento golden ball from honorary life president of FIBA Dr.Cheng Wangqi and Head of the United Front Work Department of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Huang Daowei; Australia gained the second place, and China won another third place, the same as last time, Iran stood in the fourth place. So far, the five-day's 6th Stankovic Continental Champions Cup successfully ended in Liuzhou.
Courtesy of: http://bscup.tom.com


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Brazil the well deserved Champion of the Southamerican Championship - by Victor Garcia
Brazil won the 44 edition of the Southamerican Championship, looking solid from the first game and finishing undefeated after face teams like Uruguay, Venezuela and Argentina in the final game defeating them 87 - 77.
The final game was a great performance of the Brazilian team that had in the new player of Sao Jose Unimed, Murilho Becker his offensive leader, Becker finished the final with 30 pts and 10 rebounds.
Brazil took control of the game from the first quarter, with a Fulvio handling the ball and going inside finding J.P. Batista in the low post and Duda, in the perimeter, Argentina faced a good defense of Brazil but Leo Mainoldi 3 ptrs and Cequeira helped its team to keep close in the game.
For the second quarter the speed of Nezinho bring problems to Argentina, Brazil ruling the boards were able to run a couple fo good fast breaks to take distance, Argentinas offense were cold in the second quarter and also from the line, shooting just 57% of the free throws, Nezinho close the second quarter with a buzzer beater from behind the middle field.
Argentinas defense did a better job in the third quarter, but yet was unable to cut the distance, Brazil accuracy in the game was great, putting 55% from the field and 43% beyond the arc, and an awesome 100% from the line.
The third quarter brings a late wake up of Argentina that put them 4 points behind with baskets of Cantero, Mainoldi and Vega, but one more time the Brazilians adjust after a time out and went to the floor to take new control on the game, however with less than two minutes in the clock a couple or Argentinas three pointers of Schattmann and Cantero bring some hope to Argentina, but again Brazil had an offensive answer with Murilho.
Brazil won with justice, showing the most powerful offensive of the Championship averaging 84 pts per game leaded by Murilho, Tavernari , Duda and Nezinho, also with great control of the boards, thanks to a good job of JP Batista, Murilho, Fiorotto and Rafael.
Argentina took the second place with honor, the young team them bring was a perfect probe of the great Argentinean process and for the future players like Schattmann, Fernandez, Aguerre , Sandes and Mainoldi can take the blue and with flag.
Uruguay did not have its best performance, E. Batista did not have his best Championship, but J. Martinez exploded like a reliable point guard.
Venezuela disappoints, them arrive with a good preparation and with good previous results, but failed to get the first place of the group having to face Brazil in the semis, and also failed against Uruguay in the fight for the bronze, time for the Venezuelan Federation to think in the future.



Latinbasket.com All-South American Championships Awards 2010 - by Eurobasket
All-Tournament 1st Team
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Murilo da Rosa
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Javier Martinez
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Fulvio de Assis
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Leonardo Mainoldi
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Esteban Batista
Batista
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MVP: Murilo da Rosa (210-C/F-83) of S.Jose/Vinac Brazil
Best Guard: Javier Martinez (189-G-78) of Regatas C. Argentina
Best Forward: Leonardo Mainoldi (204-F-85) of Fuenlabrada Spain
Best Center: Murilo da Rosa (210-C/F-83) of S.Jose/Vinac Brazil
Best Defensive Player: Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) of Fuenlabrada Spain
Best Coach: Josep Claros of DKV Joventut Spain

1st Team

G: Javier Martinez (189-78) of Regatas C. Argentina
G: Fulvio de Assis (187-81) of S.Jose/Vinac Brazil
F: Leonardo Mainoldi (204-85) of Fuenlabrada Spain
F/C: Esteban Batista (208-83) of Fuenlabrada Spain
C/F: Murilo da Rosa (210-83) of S.Jose/Vinac Brazil

2nd Team

G: Stalin Ortiz (191-81) of Regatas C. Argentina
G/F: Jonathan Tavernari (197-87) of BYU USA
F: Mauricio Aguiar (199-83) of Vanoli CR Italy
F/C: Juan Gutierrez (205-83) of Granada Spain
C: Guillermo Araujo (204-82) of Olimpia Paraguay

Honorable Mention

Patricio Briones (213-C-72) of Liceo Mixto Chile
Edgar Moreno (191-G-81) of Cocodrilos Venezuela
Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78) of Quimsa Argentina
Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) of Marinos Venezuela
Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86) of Cocodrilos Venezuela
Jose Fabio (198-F-77) of Cerro Porteno Paraguay




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  SPAIN   


Spain won over Canada in Torneo de Las Palmas in Gran Canaria - by Eurobasket News
Spain-Canada 84:38
Spain won over Canada in Torneo de Las Palmas in Gran Canaria. It was an easy start for the favorites that reached 84:38 victory.
The home side opened the game with 24-13 in the first period and limited the guests to just 6 points in the second frame. Spain added 17-6 in the next period for 41:19 at the halftime. In the second half Spain continued to dominate the court and won also the third and the last quarters. Felipe Reyes (203-F/C-80) and Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) led the way to 23-10 in the third period. In the last stanza Spain added 20-9 to seal the victory.
Felipe Reyes top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Rudy Fernandez scored 12. Carlos Suarez (202-F-86, agency: Court Side) nailed 10 points, while Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) and M. Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) posted 8 each. Marc Trasolini (206-F-90) ended up with 9 points for Canada. D. Brown finished the game with 8, while Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) and Brady Heslip (188-G) notched 6 apiece.
In the opener of the tournament on July 31st Canada beat Ivory Coast 95:92 in the opening match of the International Tournament in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) top-scored with 27 points.

Spain: Felipe Reyes 14 points, Rudy Fernandez 12, Carlos Suarez 10, Jorge Garbajosa 8, M. Marc Gasol 8
Canada: Marc Trasolini 9, D. Brown 8, Kyle Landry 6, Brady Heslip 6




Unicaja and Uros Tripkovic agree on terms of contract - by Eurobasket News
Uros Tripkovic (197-G-86) and Unicaja have reached an agreement on terms of two-year contract. The 23-year-old guard played for Joventut in the previous season. He tallied 9.1 points and 1.5 rebounds per game in EuroCup. In ACB Uros Tripkovic delivered 11.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per appearance. Uros Tripkovic played for Serbia at the 2009 EuroBasket. The guard notched 9.1 points per game in Poland.


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Ukraine U18 remains in Division A for the next year, Sweden U18 is out - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18-Ukraine U18 73:79

Ukraine U18 remains in Division A for the next year as they won do-or-die game over Sweden U18. In the last game of the U18 European Championship Ukraine rolled over the Scandinavian team 79:73 as Sweden will have to play in Division B next year. Ukraine finished with 4-2 record the Classification Round and Sweden dropped to 2-4.
Definitely for both teams it was the most important game of the tournament. Marcus Eriksson (196-G-93) nailed three for Sweden to give them 10:6 in the start, while Gaddefors scored for 14:8. Sweden played better in the first 10 minutes and as a result took 21:16 lead. The second quarter however belonged to the Ukrainian side as Artamonov brought 28:27 lead. Barton and Prokopenko exchanged the three-pointers in the end of the frame for 37:34 for Ukraine. Three times the score was tied in the third quarter, while Ukraine grabbed the lead again. Krutous netted three for 53:49 and Barton closed the third frame at 53:51. In the fourth period Ukraine was too good for the opponent and proved the ambitions for staying in Division A. Olexiy Len (210-C-93) scored four in a row for 70:58 and he later brought 75:65. Desport closed the game from the perimeter but Ukraine celebrated the necessary success.
Olexiy Len erupted with 24 points and 20 rebounds to lead all the winners. Dmytro Marchenko (202-F-92) nailed 16, while Prokopenko scored 13. Jonathan Person (190-G-93, agency: JEMsports) poured in 24 points in the losing effort and Marcus Eriksson scored 17.


Sweden U18: Jonathan Person 24, Marcus Eriksson 17
Ukraine U18: Olexiy Len 24+20 rebs, Dmytro Marchenko 16, Prokopenko 13




Sweden edge Netherlands in Leiden - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands - Sweden 68:80
Sweden opened the international Nations Cup tournament in Leiden with victory. They bruised hosting Netherlands. Martin Pahlmblad (193-G-86) scored 16 points to pace the Scandinavian team.
The teams stayed close throughout the opening quarter. The scoreboard read 21:21 ten minutes into the game. Netherlands stepped on the gas in the second frame. They were able to clear off to a 4-point advantage at halftime 46:42. But Sweden turned things around in the second half. They outgunned the home team 23:12 in the third period to surge in front. Sweden entered the fourth quarter up by 7 points. The visitors held Netherlands to only 10 points in the fourth quarter and rolled to the win at the end.
Martin Ringstrom (206-F-81, agency: Rasmussen Services) provided 15 points for Sweden. Anton Saks (200-G-89) finished with 12 points in the victory. Henk Norel (212-F/C-87) replied with 24 points and 9 rebounds for Netherlands.




SLUC Nancy adds Kenny Grant - by Eurobasket News
SLUC Nancy added another player for the next season. They signed 1+1 year deal with the Swedish guard Kenneth Grant (188-G-82, college: Davidson). The 28-year-old player is coming to France from the Norrkoping Dolphins. They had wonderful last season winning the Challenge Cup (Baltic league). Grant helped his team with 10.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 5.6 apg for 13 games. He ended this championship as third best assistant. In Sweden, the Dolphins were regular season champions with 34-6 record and later managed to win the title by beating Plannja Basket with almost perfect 4-1 in the series. Grant collected 10.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 5.8 apg and 2 spg for 36 games in Sweden. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Domestic Player of the Year.
Kenneth Grant joined the Dolphins during the summer 2008. Before that, he played for Atlas Stal Ostrow and Gaz Metan Medias. Grant already has experience from France, as he played for Nantes on season 2006/07. That was his first year as a pro after the graduated at the Davidson University in 2006. With Nantes, Grant averaged 7.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists for 33 games in Pro B.


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Switzerland overcome Netherlands, clinch 11th spot in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland U18 - Netherlands U18 59:53
Switzerland claimed the 11th overall position at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They held off Netherlands on the final day of the tournament in Israel. Taulant Murati (180-G-92) scored 10 points to pace well-balanced effort from the Swiss team.
The teams kept it close at the start of the game. But Switzerland capped the period on a 7:0 rally to establish a 19:12 lead. Koludrovic opened a double-digit advantage for Switzerland early in the second frame. Switzerland maintained the lead and posted a 34:22 advantage at halftime. Netherlands tipped off the second half with 7 straight points to pull closer. The Swiss stayed in charge and recorded a 45:38 lead with ten minutes to go. Scheltes poured in six points in the first six minutes of the fourth quarter to drag Netherlands within two 48:50. However Taulant Murati replied with four consecutive points, while Evrard Atcho (207-F/C-92) added three more as Switzerland ran away for good in this one.
Marko Mladjan (204-F-93) and Brian Savoy (191-G-92) provided 9 points each for the winners. Milos Bozovic (202-F-92) and Evrard Atcho had 7 points apiece for Switzerland. Sven Burger (193-G/F-92) answered with 13 points for Netherlands. Yannick Van Der Ark (187-F-93) accounted for 9 points and 7 caroms in the loss.

Switzerland U18: Taulant Murati 10, Marko Mladjan 9, Brian Savoy 9
Netherlands U18: Sven Burger 13, Yannick Van Der Ark 9



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  UKRAINE   


Ukraine U18 remains in Division A for the next year, Sweden U18 is out - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18-Ukraine U18 73:79

Ukraine U18 remains in Division A for the next year as they won do-or-die game over Sweden U18. In the last game of the U18 European Championship Ukraine rolled over the Scandinavian team 79:73 as Sweden will have to play in Division B next year. Ukraine finished with 4-2 record the Classification Round and Sweden dropped to 2-4.
Definitely for both teams it was the most important game of the tournament. Marcus Eriksson (196-G-93) nailed three for Sweden to give them 10:6 in the start, while Gaddefors scored for 14:8. Sweden played better in the first 10 minutes and as a result took 21:16 lead. The second quarter however belonged to the Ukrainian side as Artamonov brought 28:27 lead. Barton and Prokopenko exchanged the three-pointers in the end of the frame for 37:34 for Ukraine. Three times the score was tied in the third quarter, while Ukraine grabbed the lead again. Krutous netted three for 53:49 and Barton closed the third frame at 53:51. In the fourth period Ukraine was too good for the opponent and proved the ambitions for staying in Division A. Olexiy Len (210-C-93) scored four in a row for 70:58 and he later brought 75:65. Desport closed the game from the perimeter but Ukraine celebrated the necessary success.
Olexiy Len erupted with 24 points and 20 rebounds to lead all the winners. Dmytro Marchenko (202-F-92) nailed 16, while Prokopenko scored 13. Jonathan Person (190-G-93, agency: JEMsports) poured in 24 points in the losing effort and Marcus Eriksson scored 17.


Sweden U18: Jonathan Person 24, Marcus Eriksson 17
Ukraine U18: Olexiy Len 24+20 rebs, Dmytro Marchenko 16, Prokopenko 13




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Estonia edge England, finish fifth in Tel-Aviv - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U18 - England U18 70:63
Estonia clinched the fifth overall position at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They knocked down England on the final day of the tournament. Rannar Raap (188-G/F-92) came up with 13 points to lead the effort.
England opened the game with five points in a row. But Estonia immediately responded with eight consecutive points of their own to jump in charge. Chuku put England back in charge 17:15 late in the quarter but Rannar Raap capped with a three-pointer as Estonia enjoyed an 18:17 advantage ten minutes into the encounter. England accounted for seven straight points at the start of the second quarter to regain control. Estonia kept it close and trailed by a single point at halftime 33:34. Estonia tipped off the third term with 11 points in a row to surge in front. The Baltic side arrived at the final break up by three points 56:53. England did not surrender as they went on an 8:0 run to open the fourth stanza. Estonia replied with 12 points in a row and rallied to the win at the end. Remy Pold (198-G-92) accounted for 11 points for the winners. Joonas Vaino (204-F-92) and Martin Paasoja (190-G-93) added 10 points each for Estonia. Grant Fiorentinos (208-F/C-92) had 12 points for England. Aaron Geramipoor (208-F-92) finished with 11 points in the loss.
Estonia U18: Rannar Raap 13, Remy Pold 11, Joonas Vaino 10, Martin Paasoja 10
England U18: Grant Fiorentinos 12, Aaron Geramipoor 11






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Women News

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  BELGIUM - Women  


Belgium edge Germany in friendly - by Eurobasket News
Germany - Belgium 76:83
Belgian National Team posted the fifth straight win in the exhibition games prior to the start of the 2011 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Belgium held off Germany for another success yesterday. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) knocked down 17 points to pace the winners.
Germany pulled ahead in the opening frame. They posted a 23:17 lead ten minutes into the encounter. But Belgium stormed in front in the second frame. They exploded with 33 points to leave Germany behind. The scoreboard read 50:37 for Belgium at halftime. Germany did not surrender. They pushed harder in the third term and pulled within 8 points at the end of the frame. Germany and Belgium exchanged baskets throughout the fourth stanza and though Imre Szittya team outscored their opponents Belgium managed to escape with a narrow win at the end.
Ann Wauters (194-C-80) finished with 16 points in the victory. Kathy Wambe (173-G-81) added 13 points for Belgium. Linda Frohlich (188-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management, college: UNLV) replied with 21 points for Germany. Petra Glaser (196-F/C-81, college: Long Beach St.) nailed 11 points in the loss.

Germany: Linda Frohlich 21, Petra Glaser 11
Belgium: Sara Leemans 17, Ann Wauters 16, Kathy Wambe 13



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  EUROLEAGUE - Women  


Galatasaray Medical Park adds Monique Curry - by Uygar Karaca
After Gintare Petronyte, Galatasaray Medical Park adds Monquie Curry for the next Euroleague Women season. Curry, WNBA 2006 Draft No. 3, taken by Charlotte Sting. After the defunction of the franchise, she went to Chicago Sky and traded from there to Mystics. This year, she had 10,7 pts per game with 4,2 rebs per game and 2,1 asists per game.

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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18 - Women  


Div.B Stats Leaders - by Eurobasket
Points Per Game
 Artemis SPANOU
  (185-F-93)
  Avg: 20.3
 1. Spanou, GRE20.3 
 2. Bigica, ROM19.5 
 3. Premasunac, CRO17.0 
 4. Musatava, BLR16.5 
 5. Hurd, ENG16.5 
 6. Schaake, GER15.5 
 7. Dzinic, BIH15.5 
 8. Fagbenle, ENG14.5 
 9. Ryder, DEN14.5 
 10. Domingues, POR14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Temitope FAGBENLE
  (191-F-92)
  Avg: 15
 1. Fagbenle, ENG15.0 
 2. Ursu, ROM12.5 
 3. Greinacher, GER12.0 
 4. Bohdan, BLR11.0 
 5. Premasunac, CRO10.0 
 6. Saarinen, FIN10.0 
 7. Todoric, CRO10.0 
 8. Filonchyk, BLR10.0 
 9. Van Der Keij., NED9.5 
 10. Mestrovic, CRO9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Ema MESTROVIC
  (168-F-93)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Mestrovic, CRO4.5 
 2. Cursaru, ROM4.5 
 3. Domingues, POR4.0 
 4. Ryder, DEN4.0 
 5. Ursu, ROM3.5 
 6. Gaudermann, GER3.5 
 7. Bullard, ENG3.5 
 8. Hamilton, ENG3.5 
 9. Musatava, BLR3.5 
 10. Iiskola, FIN3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Ema MESTROVIC
  (168-F-93)
  Avg: 6
 1. Mestrovic, CRO6.0 
 2. Pilv, EST5.0 
 3. Gaudermann, GER4.0 
 4. Saarinen, FIN3.7 
 5. Dzinic, BIH3.5 
 6. Cursaru, ROM3.5 
 7. Puljic, CRO3.5 
 8. Todoric, CRO3.5 
 9. Koster, EST3.3 
 10. Kallenberg, NED3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Maryia RASHCHENIA
  (185-F-92)
  Avg: 4
 1. Rashchenia, BLR4.0 
 2. Fagbenle, ENG3.5 
 3. Blanaru, ROM3.0 
 4. Dzinic, BIH2.5 
 5. Premasunac, CRO2.0 
 6. Thompson, ENG1.5 
 7. Fogelstrom, DEN1.5 
 8. Ivashchanka, BLR1.5 
 9. Murray, SCO1.5 
 10. Gajic, BIH1.5 


W-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group E
1. Spain2-0
2. Russia1-1
3. Slovenia1-1
4. Slovakia1-1
5. Sweden1-1
6. Serbia0-2
Group F
1. France2-0
2. Italy2-0
3. Lithuania1-1
4. Ukraine1-1
5. Poland0-2
6. Turkey0-2
Group H
1. Belgium0-0
2. Czech Repub.0-0
3. Hungary0-0
4. Latvia0-0


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  GERMANY - Women  


Belgium edge Germany in friendly - by Eurobasket News
Germany - Belgium 76:83
Belgian National Team posted the fifth straight win in the exhibition games prior to the start of the 2011 EuroBasket Qualifying Round. Belgium held off Germany for another success yesterday. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) knocked down 17 points to pace the winners.
Germany pulled ahead in the opening frame. They posted a 23:17 lead ten minutes into the encounter. But Belgium stormed in front in the second frame. They exploded with 33 points to leave Germany behind. The scoreboard read 50:37 for Belgium at halftime. Germany did not surrender. They pushed harder in the third term and pulled within 8 points at the end of the frame. Germany and Belgium exchanged baskets throughout the fourth stanza and though Imre Szittya team outscored their opponents Belgium managed to escape with a narrow win at the end.
Ann Wauters (194-C-80) finished with 16 points in the victory. Kathy Wambe (173-G-81) added 13 points for Belgium. Linda Frohlich (188-F/C-79, agency: LBM Management, college: UNLV) replied with 21 points for Germany. Petra Glaser (196-F/C-81, college: Long Beach St.) nailed 11 points in the loss.

Germany: Linda Frohlich 21, Petra Glaser 11
Belgium: Sara Leemans 17, Ann Wauters 16, Kathy Wambe 13



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  GREECE - Women  


Greece U16 lost all in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Greece U16 lost all in Italy at the International Tournament of Caorle.
In Day 1 Russia U16 outscored Greece U16 78:43. The winners opened the game with 20-7 and added another win in the second period for 45:24 at the halftime. Russian increased to 59:34 after three quarters and led to the winning start at the tournament. Nikolina Ioannidou (185-C-94) ended up with 11 points in the losing effort.
In Day 2 Italy U16 edged Greece U16 65:42. The home side opened the game with 21:9 and increased to 20-point advantage at the halftime. Italy led 50:27 after three quarters and managed to keep the lead until the end. Ramo paced all the winners with 11 points and Giulia Gombac (176-G/F-94) netted 10. Scaramuzza and Minali produced 9 apiece, while Reggiani added 7. Sideris, Tarla and Nikolina Ioannidou scored 9 points each in the losing effort.
In Day 3 Spain U16 thrashed Greece U16 70:39. It was an easy start for the winners that opened the game with 15:4. Greece tried hard to stay on track but trailed 16:33 at the halftime. Spain lost the third quarter but reached 47:34 after thirty minutes. With 23-5 the Spanish outfit finished the fourth quarter and ended up on the third place with 1-2 record. Kotoulas finished the game with 12 points for Greece.




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  ITALY - Women  


Caorle hosted the tournament for U16 teams - by Eurobasket News
Caorle hosted the tournament for U16 teams. Russia won all the games to triumph in it.
In Day 1 Russia U16 outscored Greece U16 78:43. The winners opened the game with 20-7 and added another win in the second period for 45:24 at the halftime. Russian increased to 59:34 after three quarters and led to the winning start at the tournament. Nikolina Ioannidou (185-C-94) ended up with 11 points in the losing effort.
Italy U16 grabbed the first victory over Spain U16 54:52. It was a tough game and both teams could win the opener, while the hosts managed to take 1-0 record. Mazzoleni top-scored for the winners with 11 points and Ramo netted 10. Marida Orazzo (173-G-94) chipped in 6, while Calabrese and Zanetti added 5 apiece.
In Day 2 Italy U16 edged Greece U16 65:42. The home side opened the game with 21:9 and increased to 20-point advantage at the halftime. Italy led 50:27 after three quarters and managed to keep the lead until the end. Ramo paced all the winners with 11 points and Giulia Gombac (176-G/F-94) netted 10. Scaramuzza and Francesca Minali (94) produced 9 apiece, while Erica Reggiani (172-G-94) added 7. Sideris, Tarla and Nikolina Ioannidou scored 9 points each in the losing effort.
Russia U16 beat Spain U16 75:64 for the second straight win.

In Day 3 Spain U16 thrashed Greece U16 70:39. It was an easy start for the winners that opened the game with 15:4. Greece tried hard to stay on track but trailed 16:33 at the halftime. Spain lost the third quarter but reached 47:34 after thirty minutes. With 23-5 the Spanish outfit finished the fourth quarter and ended up on the third place with 1-2 record. Kotoulas finished the game with 12 points for Greece.
Russia U16 became the winner of the tournament as the team rolled over Italy 57:51. The team of Guido Cantamesse played better in the first half and enjoyed 27-21 advantage. Russia pushed the tempo in the second half and won the game as well as the tournament.



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  POLAND - Women  


Poland U16 lost twice in the friendlies - by Eurobasket News
Poland U16 continues their preparation for U16 European Championship. Recently the team played some friendlies with Serbia and Italy.
Italy U16 rolled over Poland U16 78:59. Italian side started with 26-13 and added 22-19 in the second period. Poland bounced back with 13-6 in the third quarter, however Italy sealed the victory due to 24-14 in the last quarter. For Poland Rynkiewicz nailed 19 points and Miloszewska posted 9. Dominika Owczarzak (167-G-94), Elzbieta Giedrojc, Malwina Rudzka and Jaworska each netted 5 points in the losing effort.
Serbia U16 edged Poland 83:71. At first Poland grabbed 20-18 lead after the first quarter but could not keep the advantage. Serbia responded with 27-19 in the second period to take the lead. Moreover Serbia celebrated the win in the third quarter 17-12 and finished the game with 21-20. For Poland Wozniak top-scored with 15 points. Malwina Rudzka notched 10, whilst Marlena Blicharz (169-G-94) scored 9. Aleksandra Wolanska and Naczk poured in 8 apiece, while Dominika Owczarzak and Jaworska B. 6 added 6 each.




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  RUSSIA - Women  


Russia U16 won Torneo di Caorle - by Eurobasket News
Russia U16 won Torneo di Caorle in Italy. Russia won all three games to triumph in the tournament.
In Day 1 Russia U16 outscored Greece U16 78:43. The winners opened the game with 20-7 and added another win in the second period for 45:24 at the halftime. Russian increased to 59:34 after three quarters and led to the winning start at the tournament. Nikolina Ioannidou (185-C-94) ended up with 11 points in the losing effort. Later Russia U16 beat Spain U16 75:64 for the second straight win.
In Day 3 Russia U16 became the winner of the tournament as the team rolled over Italy 57:51. The team of Guido Cantamesse played better in the first half and enjoyed 27-21 advantage. Russia pushed the tempo in the second half and won the game as well as the tournament.
Russia U16 will continue to prepare for U16 European Championship for Women. The championship will take place in Greece from August 12 through August 22. Three best teams of each group will advance into the qualifying round of the tournament. The rest four teams will play in the relegation round. Russia will start from Group A together with Sweden, Finland and Lithuania.


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  SERBIA - Women  


Slovak Republic claim second straight win in Kosice - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic - Serbia 79:57
Slovak Republic claimed the second win in a row at the start of the international tournament in Kosice. They held off Serbia for 2-0 record. Luisa Michulkova (179-F-84) knocked down 13 points to pace balanced effort.
Serbia looked better in the opening frame. The visitors knocked down 21 points to accumulate a 6-point lead ten minutes into the encounter. But Slovak Republic stunned their opponents in the second frame. The hosts limited Serbia to only 7 points and rallied to a 12-point lead at halftime. Slovak Republic worked hard to boost the margin in the third stanza. The hosts opened a 25-point lead into the final stanza. Serbia stopped the bleeding in the final term but were unable to revive the intrigue. Slovak Republic celebrated a well-deserved win at the end.
Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) netted 11 points for Slovak Republic. Lucia Laskova (187-F-80, agency: LBM Management), Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84), Katarina Hrickova (180-F-80) and Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) added 10 points each in the victory. Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) answered with 12 points for Serbia. Milica Dabovic (175-G-82, agency: 011 Sports) netted 10 points in the loss.

Slovak Republic: Luisa Michulkova 13, Ivana Jalcova 11, Lucia Laskova 10
Serbia: Jelena Milovanovic 12, Milica Dabovic 10




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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Slovak Republic claim second straight win in Kosice - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic - Serbia 79:57
Slovak Republic claimed the second win in a row at the start of the international tournament in Kosice. They held off Serbia for 2-0 record. Luisa Michulkova (179-F-84) knocked down 13 points to pace balanced effort.
Serbia looked better in the opening frame. The visitors knocked down 21 points to accumulate a 6-point lead ten minutes into the encounter. But Slovak Republic stunned their opponents in the second frame. The hosts limited Serbia to only 7 points and rallied to a 12-point lead at halftime. Slovak Republic worked hard to boost the margin in the third stanza. The hosts opened a 25-point lead into the final stanza. Serbia stopped the bleeding in the final term but were unable to revive the intrigue. Slovak Republic celebrated a well-deserved win at the end.
Ivana Jalcova (182-G-83) netted 11 points for Slovak Republic. Lucia Laskova (187-F-80, agency: LBM Management), Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84), Katarina Hrickova (180-F-80) and Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) added 10 points each in the victory. Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) answered with 12 points for Serbia. Milica Dabovic (175-G-82, agency: 011 Sports) netted 10 points in the loss.

Slovak Republic: Luisa Michulkova 13, Ivana Jalcova 11, Lucia Laskova 10
Serbia: Jelena Milovanovic 12, Milica Dabovic 10




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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Slovenia win final warm-up game - by Zeljko Zule
Slovenia edged Bosnia&Herzegovina, 76-49, in its last warm up game before the Eurobasket Women Division B campaign. Tina Trebec scored 14 points, Eva Komplet 13 and Martina Dover (177-G-86) had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
SLOVENIA 76 (23+17+19+17): Erkic 9, Radulovic 2, Panic 3, Temnik 9, Dover 13, Komplet 13, Oblak 6, Trebec 14, Jagodic, Ilijev 3, Pavli 4.
BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA 49 (11+12+15+11): Deura 10, Surlan, Kajtaz 1, Gagic 12, Stupar 5, Kovacevic 11, Tavic, Omberasic, Kecojevic, Demirovic 8, Rados, Hamsic 2.



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  SPAIN - Women  


Spain U16 finished the International Tournament with a win - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 finished the International Tournament with a win as the team participated in Caorle with Greece, Russia and Italy.
Italy U16 grabbed the first victory over Spain U16 54:52. It was a tough game and both teams could win the opener, while the hosts managed to take 1-0 record. Mazzoleni top-scored for the winners with 11 points and Ramo netted 10. Orazzo chipped in 6, while Calabrese and Zanetti added 5 apiece. Russia U16 beat Spain U16 75:64 for the second straight win.
In Day 3 Spain U16 thrashed Greece U16 70:39. It was an easy start for the winners that opened the game with 15:4. Greece tried hard to stay on track but trailed 16:33 at the halftime. Spain lost the third quarter but reached 47:34 after thirty minutes. With 23-5 the Spanish outfit finished the fourth quarter and ended up on the third place with 1-2 record. Kotoulas finished the game with 12 points for Greece.

Spain will continue to prepare for U16 European Championship in Greece that will start on August 12.



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  TURKEY - Women  


Galatasaray adds Monique Curry - by Uygar Karaca
After Gintare Petronyte, Galatasaray Medical Park adds Monquie Curry for the next Euroleague Women season. Curry, WNBA 2006 Draft No. 3, taken by Charlotte Sting. After the defunction of the franchise, she went to Chicago Sky and traded from there to Mystics. This year, she had 10,7 pts per game with 4,2 rebs per game and 2,1 asists per game.